South Korean drama Squid Game became a phenomenon last year, breaking new ground for Netflix. The series became the platform’s most-watched show ever, generating a whopping 1.65 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days on the streaming service.
Since then it’s made history again, earning itself a total of 14 Emmy nominations which includes the series becoming the first-ever non-English show to receive an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama.
Given its huge success, there was no doubt that a second season would be commissioned. Although it will be some time before we see the series return, its creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has given fans a little insight into what they expect from the new season.
Speaking in a recent interview, Dong-hyuk spoke about how season 2 will be a natural extension of the first season:
“I’ve seen many reactions from people about the show, but I don’t want to make season two as a response to those reactions. The philosophies I put in season one all naturally extend to season two. Instead of trying to meet the expectations of viewers, I just thought about the last moment when Gi-hun turned away from boarding the plane, and I thought about what he will do next. There will naturally be a flow of events that will lead all the way to the end of the season. I can’t share any details yet, but you know that Seong Gi-hun has become a totally new person by the end of season one, so season two is going to be about what that new Gi-hun is going to do and how things will unfold with this new kind of character.”
When pressed on the idea of Squid Game expanding into other countries, Dong-hyuk spoke about how it was an idea he conceived early in the development of the series:
“That was actually part of my intentions from the outset. I wrote the script in a way to hint that the Squid Game was happening in other parts of the world. As you can see from the conversations that the VIPs are having, they say the Korean game this year is spectacular, which means that there are other games as well. So this was also intended, because I thought that if the show did well, I wanted to expand the universe further, so that other countries could have their own version of the Squid Game.”
It certainly sounds like exciting times lie ahead for the series.
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