Squid Game’s Success Has Changed Netflix’s 2022 Plans In A Big Way

By Carolyn Jenkins | 4 months ago

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Streaming content has increased in the past few years and nothing makes this more evident than last year’s break-out hit, Squid Game. Though there are many streaming platforms to choose from, Netflix found a hit with their recent breakout series. This became apparent almost immediately after release. According to Variety, Squid Game smashed previous records with 1.65 billion hours of the show being streamed within 28 days of its premiere in 2021. The high stakes drama was a Korean production with elements of The Hunger Games-esque brutality but at the same time unified all who were watching it.

Squid Game was followed closely by fellow Korean drama Hellbound, which also brought in a wide viewership (via The Hollywood Reporter). With this in mind, Netflix has decided to capitalize on the appreciation for these Korean dramas. The platform will be releasing 25 additional Korean films and television for 2022. This is a large influx of Korean content in comparison to the past year which only produced 15.

Among those slated for release, The Silent Sea will be returning for a second season in 2022. The show has significant star power in Bae Doona who is notable for starring in another Netflix venture, Sense8. For those who haven’t caught up on The Silent Sea, the series is about a lunar mission to an abandoned base where the crew must solve a mystery (via Marie Claire). Also to look forward to this coming year is All Of Us Are Dead. For fans of Squid Game, this show appeals to the high stakes featured in the series. All Of Us Are Dead centers around a group of students fighting for their lives amid a zombie outbreak.

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But there are many who are yearning for a Squid Game season 2. There are elements of the series that prove to be universal, making the show a must-see. The series revolves around Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung Jae), a down on his luck father. After struggling to make ends meet amid his struggle with gambling, Gi-hun is at his wits end. He thinks there is no way to make money until someone approaches him at a train station with a tempting offer. Gi-hun is invited to join the Squid Game. Though he ultimately learns that the games are life threatening, he returns in order to win the cash prize. All the contestants are chosen because they have debt or financial trouble that they cannot get out of. Capitalism is on the chopping block in the series while weaving a tale about human connection.

Squid Game season 1 ended on a cliffhanger with Gi-hun going after the makers of the games. With the first season’s excessive popularity, it is no wonder that fans are eager to find out what happens next. As the season just aired in September of 2021, it may be some time before a new installment is available for streaming on Netflix. However, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk assures viewers that Squid Game season 3 is being planned as well. In the meantime, fans can satiate themselves with the new dramas Netflix is planning to release this year.