Will the new season take more time to premiere on Netflix? Here is everything we know so far about Squid Game Season 2.
Red Light, Green Light. No, we are not talking about the green light for the release date of Squid Game Season 2. As sad as it may sound, according to the latest reports, it appears that Squid Game Season 2 will not be premiering on Netflix until 2023, and fans will have to wait a little longer! In an interview with Ilgan Sports, Lee Jung-jae, who plays the lead character Seong Gi-hun in Squid Game, stated that the upcoming season’s production will take longer than Season 1 which is exciting to know and get some scoop on the anticipated season.
He stated, “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.”
If you recall, Netflix confirmed that the second season was greenlit in June 2022. Now with these new developments, the anticipated premiere date for the upcoming season has now shifted with this new production schedule starting in the summer of 2023, which will release the new season sometime in 2024 as photography will take 10 months.
This will lead to a lengthy production and post-production stage in order to perfect the episodes and make the next season much more compelling for the fans. Hence, we suggest fans be patient for some time, as more of these announcements will take time to be published and approved by the streaming platforms.
Squid Game Season 2: What to expect in the upcoming season?
In the dystopian K-drama, citizens gamble away their lives in order to win a life-changing cash prize. Through a lineup of terrifying and brutal childhood games, players are fatally eliminated until there’s one left standing. Fans might have to wait a bit longer before returning to the games, however. “We are working on the script right now and making the form of the story,” executive producer Kim Ji-yeon tells Tudum. “But there’s definitely a lot of pressure on how to make [Season 2] even better. I know that a lot of the different fans and audiences have enjoyed the series very much, but really we’re focusing on how to make it even more joyful to the global audience.”
Additionally, Hwang said in an interview with The Times that a second season may focus more on the story of the Front Man as well as incorporating more about the police, quoting, “I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. I see it on the global news that the police force can be very late in acting on things – there are more victims or a situation gets worse because of them not acting fast enough. This was an issue that I wanted to raise.” He added he also wanted to explore the relationship between the cryptic Front Man and his policeman brother Hwang Jun-ho, as well as the background of the salesman character (portrayed by Gong Yoo).
Although the second season is still in its early stages, Hwang confirms that there will be some familiar faces returning next season. Last year’s winner Gi-hun will be back with the Front Man, in addition to a brand-new character. Everyone’s favorite killer doll Young-hee is officially off the market and viewers will be introduced to her boyfriend Cheol-su. Maybe we’ll get a romantic duet from the couple right before they give you that deadly look. Will we see more of The Salesman slapping people in the face?
“The man in the suit with ddakji might be back,” Hwang teases. It’s time to cue up the Pink Soldiers’ theme song because the game isn’t over yet.
When the release date draws closer, Squid Game Season 2 will be available exclusively on Netflix, with all episodes also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options starting at $9.99/month, and the standard membership starting at $15.49/month.
In the meantime, check out the official trailer of Squid Game’s first season, which showcases, “Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits – with deadly high stakes.” On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 95% with an average rating of 8.10/10. On Metacritic, the series has an average score of 69 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” Take a look at the official trailer below:
Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more Squid Game Season 2 updates.