Netflix Confirms Our Squid Game Season 2 Exclusive

By Doug Norrie | 4 months ago

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Squid Game became one of the surprise hits on Netflix last year, combining a number of different elements into a show that took off like wildfire in the streaming space. Sometimes with a series that comes somewhat out of nowhere, it’s tough to know how their long-term trajectory and timeline will work out. But it looks like the show is here to stay. Confirming the Giant Freakin Robot exclusive from many months ago, Variety is reporting that Squid Game Season 2 will be airing on Netflix and that a new story is in development for the now-budding series. 

The word about the next round of stories for Squid Game Season 2 came via an earnings interview for the streamer in which Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos was asked about the show and if there was any expectation around more stories. Sarandos didn’t mix words about the second season saying the “The Squid Game universe has just begun.” Along with a second season, it would seem that there is potential for even more stories around this group of characters and the concept in general. Considering the framework of the series, there are likely to be spin-offs in different settings around the same idea. 

And along with this announcement of a Squid Game Season 2, it was also confirmed that some of the main players will return for a second season. Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk will be back for a second time around. He had previously indicated that there would be a sequel season to the show, but that hadn’t been confirmed by the streamer itself. And the star of Squid Game, Lee Jung-jae will be back as well. It’s unclear how the story will unfold to put him back in the game show itself, but they haven’t had a problem moving him back and forth during the first season. There are plenty of avenues to make this happen once again. 

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It will be interesting to see how Squid Game Season 2 capitalizes on the success of the surprise series and how it captures a piece of the zeitgeist the first time around. The show debuted on Netflix back in September of last year and was a near-instant hit for the streamer. The South Korean series focuses on contestants of a game show who risk their lives to earn prizes playing different kids’ games. The morbidity of the situation juxtaposed against the inanity of the games these folks were playing in order to win cash prizes made for huge numbers in the ratings. People just couldn’t get enough of the schadenfreude when it came to watching destitute folks put themselves in harm’s way to win cash in games like Red Light, Green Light, Hopscotch, Marbles, and Tug of War. 

And the numbers for the first season more than back up a green light for Squid Game Season 2. In its first 28 days o the streamer, the timeline Netflix uses to compare different series and movies, it became the most-watched show ever for the platform. Jumping past the first season of Bridgerton, Squid Game hit 142 million accounts during that time which blew away the previous high on the platform. It even entered the Nielsen ratings as the most-watched series in the United States during its second week on Netflix.