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The game is far from over, folks. Recently speaking with AP Entertainment, Squid Game creator and director Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed that Netflix's global sensation will be returning for a second season. It was always more of an inevitability once the series launch racked up more viewership numbers than a pair of fan favorite Netflix juggernauts: Stranger Things and The Witcher (in fact, an estimated five percent of all humans on the planet have most likely watched it).
"There's been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season," he said with a smile. "So, I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season. It's in my head right now; I'm in the planning process currently. I do think it's too early to say when and how that's going to happen, so I will promise you this: Gi-hun will come back [and] he'll do something for the world."
Gi-hun is, of course, Squid Game's main character played by Lee Jung-jae. The debut season ends on a more ambiguous note with the protagonist torn between the option to board a plane for the United States (where he might locate the masterminds behind the deadly game) or simply walk away and live his life.
"That was, in fact, my way of communicating the message that you should not be dragged along by the competitive flow of society, but that you should start thinking about who has created the whole system — and whether there is some potential for you to turn back and face it," Dong-hyuk recently explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "So it’s not necessarily Gi-hun turning back to get revenge. It could actually be interpreted as him making a very on-the-spot eye contact with what is truly going on in the bigger picture. So I thought that might be a good, simple-but-ambiguous way to end the story for Gi-hun."
The creator also has other, Gi-hun-less narrative avenues in mind, including the side of the story centered around "the police officer and ... his brother, the Front Man." He continued: "If I end up creating Season 2, I’d like to explore that storyline — what is going on between those two brothers? And then I could also go into the story of that recruiter in the suit who plays the game of ddakji with Gi-hun and gives him the card in the first episode. And, of course, we could go with Gi-hun’s story as he turns back, and explore more about how he’s going to navigate through his reckoning with the people who are designing the games."
Season 1 of Squid Game is now streaming on Netflix. To keep fans engaged after the show's ending, the streamer also added three films directed by Dong-hyuk prior to his current rise to international fame.