Ever since Squid Game received a green flag in 2022 for the second season, fans of this thriller have been madly anticipating it to arrive on Netflix to experience the chill run through their spine all over again. However, if you’re one of them, we hate to break the unfortunate news to you. The South Korean smash hit show won’t hit the Netflix library in March 2023. In fact, the lack of any updates regarding the second season point to the possibility of the show not releasing in 2023 at all.
For those unversed, Squid Game constitutes a high-stakes game where 456 people compete to survive. The games are twisted versions of the classical Korean kids’ games to gain an exorbitant prize pot. Prize for only one winner among 456, things are bound to get cruel and relationships are fated to destroy. It took the show’s creator Emmy winner Hwang Dong-hyuk 12 years to create Squid Game. How much time will season 2 take?
Find out to know all the latest updates about Squid Game season 2.
When was Squid Game officially renewed for a second season?
This sensational Korean drama was renewed for a second season on June 12, 2022. The announcement was made on the official Twitter account saying, “Gi-hun returns. The Front Man returns. Season 2 is coming. The man in the suit with ddakji might be back. You’ll also be introduced to Young-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su. Join us once more for a whole new round!”
With the arrival of a whole new round, we speculate there will be some new cast members. If not, we might get to learn new things about the old ones. No matter what the situation, we know one thing for sure. Games will take an even more perilous turn. The question is: Who will win the prize this time? Or more importantly: are you ready?
Red light… GREENLIGHT!
Squid Game is officially coming back for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/4usO2Zld39
— Netflix (@netflix) June 12, 2022
What is the overall performance of Squid Game season one on Netflix?
When Squid Game premiered on Netflix on September 17th, 2021, it dethroned Bridgerton from its highest place by breaking its record for the most-viewed Netflix original series ever. Seldom any show has received an impeccable critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Enter Squid Game with a critic score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nominated for the Bingeworthy Show of the Year Award, People’s Choice Awards and more, it’s not a complete surprise why Squid Game was renewed for a second season, despite it being ordered for only one originally. During Netflix’s fourth-quarter 2021 earnings interview, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and the chief content officer was interviewed about whether the streaming giant’s breakout series would be renewed for a second season. Sarandos responded, “Absolutely. The Squid Game universe has just begun.”
Not only that, but Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator also confirmed the news to the Associated Press, disclosing that a new season is in the works. He explained, “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!” Hwang said. “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. But I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen.”
What to expect from Squid Game season 2?
In season one, unfortunately, we saw a majority of the show’s characters dying. This misery is also shared by the show’s creator, who said, while renewing the show for the second season, according to Reuters, “So many characters died, especially beloved ones died. I’m sorry I killed them so easily; I didn’t know this was coming…I want to revive Ji-young, but her best friend Sae-byeok also died, so I’m thinking what to do.”
In September 2022, Dong-hyuk released a previously unreleased clip from season one which did not take more time to become a sensation. Described as “the shocking reveal of Front Man” by Netflix, in the video we see a man carrying a bag of goldfish before the camera reveals his face.
What does the goldfish signify? Only season 2 can tell.
TVGuide contends, “You ever play that game at a carnival where you throw ping pong balls at bowls of goldfish? Maybe that will be one of the games in Season 2, except instead of goldfish, they’re sharks, and instead of ping pong balls, it’s other people!”
Regardless of “a whole new round” of games that season 2 has in store for us, the upcoming installment of this South Korean thriller will advertently focus on the Frontman. In an interview with The Times, Dong-hyuk said, “While I was writing Season 1, I thought about the stories that could be in Season 2 if I get to do one — one would be the story of the Frontman.”
Elsewhere, in conversation with E! News, he disclosed that he already has a “set outline”, saying, “I have a treatment of a whole Season 2 episode with new games and new characters. I like it. I think it’s good. It’s better than what I expected.”
In conversation with Deadline on March 19, 2022, Hwang briefly disclosed what could the audience expect from season 2, saying, “There will be more great games, that’s all I can say. I’m just still brainstorming and collecting the ideas for Season 2. I haven’t even started with the writing yet.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the creator Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed the possible tangents the brand new season of this adrenaline-hitting, thrill-rushing, series could offer. He said:
“But there are some other stories in the series that have not been addressed. For example, the story of the police officer and the story of his brother, the Front Man. So if I end up creating season two, 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. So, I don’t know yet, but I’ll just say there are a lot of possibilities out there for season two storylines.”
Who are the expected cast members of Squid Game Season 2?
Season one showcased a lot of death. Consequently, we don’t expect a majority of the cast members featured in season one to reprise their roles in the upcoming season. With that said, we expect a lot of new characters to be introduced in the future. However, as per a tweet by Dong-hyuk, the main character, Seong Gi-hun aka Player 456, whose role is reprised by Lee Jung-jae will return, along with The Front Man, reprised by Lee Byung-hun. Dong-hyuk also teased, “The man in the suit with ddakji might be back.”
What is the production status of Squid Game Season 2?
It’s time for some good news! In conversation with Ilgan Sports, star Lee Jung-jae who plays Seong Gi-hun, unraveled that Squid Game season 2 will begin filming this summer. However, he also mentioned that the second season might take even longer to film than season one, because (deep breaths), it’s going to be grander and thrilling than its predecessor. Jung-jae shared:
“Anyways, ‘Squid Game 2’ will begin filming in the summer and the filming will likely last for about 10 months. We were working on season 1 for about 10 months as well, but that was with delays caused by COVID-19. But seeing as season 2 will be bigger in scale, it will probably take longer to complete.”
However, if the production begins in summer 2023, it will presumably end in spring 2024. This points to the paucity of the series this year. (sigh)
When can we expect Squid Game season 2 to release on Netflix?
As previously mentioned, Squid Game season 2 is not arriving on Netflix in 2023, since it won’t start filming until summer. We presume that the show will take at least 10 months or even longer for production, since it took 10 months for the first season to complete the production. Not only that, but add six months for post-production and promotion.
Based upon this analysis, we cannot expect the stream Squid Game season 2 on Netflix before mid to late 2024.
Will there be a Squid Game Season 3?
Ever since Squid Game was renewed for a second season, rumours have been circulating in the streets of internet concerning the release of the third season. Interestingly, the creator Hwang Dong-hyuk joked with IndieWire that he wanted to bring Leonardo DiCaprio in for season 3.
Be that as it may, Netflix has not officially announced the renewal of Squid Game season 3. However, if we use our brains for a second here, then a third season of this bone-chilling thriller does not seem far-fetched. There are a very few shows which have been successful in dethroning Squid Game from its royal seat. So, if you take a bird’ eye view of the situation, then not only a third season but many more of Squid Game is what we expect. What do you think?
With that said, stay tuned to Web News Observer, for more details regarding Squid Game season 2!