Months after taking the world by storm and leaving fans yelling for more, Netflix’s Squid Game has finally has got greenlit for a Season 2 renewal. During a fourth-quarter earnings conference call with investors, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos was asked whether or not there will be a second season.
While indicating fans could see much more than just a new season, Sarandos revealed, “Absolutely. The Squid Game universe has just begun.” The CEO of Netflix further added that there could be potential for live experiences along with games and other merchandise. He also singled out other hits like Bridgerton, which will debut its second season in March, and Stranger Things, which has its fourth season debuting this summer.
However, Sarandos didn’t offer any other details about a second season of Squid Game, such as returning cast members or if the creative team will still be intact. While Sarandos’ statement is the first indication from Netflix that a second season is happening, series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk did indicate there are plans in the works.
While speaking to AP, Hwang said, “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season. 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,’ he added. Hwang added that breakout star Lee Jung-jae will be back as the main character Seong Gi-hun.
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For unversed, Squid Game follows a group of 456 people chosen to partake in a series of bizarre and deadly games for a chance at winning billions. The show’s first season ended with quite the natural lead-in for a second season, with Gi-hun going on a quest to figure out who’s running this sadistic game, instead of seeing his daughter in Los Angeles.
Moreover, Squid Game recently set a new record as Netflix’s most-watched show in history, with over 1.65 billion hours viewed by subscribers in the first 28 days of release. The show also made history by becoming the first non-English-language TV series to be nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with four nominations in total.