Spoilers under for season 1 of Squid Recreation.
Netflix’s large Okay-drama hit Squid Recreation is, at face worth, a spin on the Japanese basic Battle Royale. A gaggle of strangers are positioned in an enclosure, the place they’re pressured to kill each other in the event that they hope to assert the carrot dangling earlier than them: cash, and plenty of it. However in contrast to in Battle Royale and The Starvation Video games, the place the fighters are youngsters pressured into the world towards their will, Squid Recreation posits an intriguing morality shift: These individuals are adults, and so they volunteered.
To be clear, they volunteered for a sport. Every of them down on their luck and pining for a life-changing payday—the prize is a $38.5 million examine—every contestant is invited to a “survival competitors” made up of seemingly innocuous youngsters’s video games. Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) is one such unlucky soul, inspired to repay his many money owed by means of a “high-stakes” competitors. Determined, he accepts, solely to awaken in an eerily nondescript constructing, surrounded by a whole lot of equally confused contestants. They’re rounded as much as play a spherical of Crimson Gentle, Inexperienced Gentle. They dash. Those that do not screech to a halt in time are instantly gunned down.
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If this sounds rather less cheery than your common Netflix binge, your instincts are right. However Squid Recreation, which has been in improvement for greater than a decade, is the type of thriller that works as a result of it makes use of its mind-twisting ethics—in any case, what would you do in a battle to the loss of life?—to stir dialog. Ever since its launch on September 17, 2021 the Okay-drama has shot to the highest of the Netflix charts and change into the streamer’s most-viewed collection in historical past. We might spend hours dissecting why precisely this present has captured the world’s consideration, nevertheless it finally boils right down to Squid Recreation‘s outstanding use of its haunted characters. So, naturally, followers are keen to look at them return. As viewers devour the primary 9 episodes, here is what we find out about a future for Netflix’s newest and biggest success story.
Will Squid Recreation get a season 2?
The primary season closes with one thing of a decision, relying on the way you select to interpret it. Gi-hun has received the Recreation and is now processing the trauma of what he is accomplished, solely to find that the previous man he befriended in the course of the course of the competitors was, actually, its creator. Alas, betrayal on the grandest scale.
After this man dies, Gi-hun learns the Recreation continues to be ongoing—he witnesses a candidate get recruited—and vows to cease it as soon as and for all. We might select to interpret this because the writers tying a vibrant bow on the finale, or it is potential they meant to gas hypothesis for a second chapter. Regardless, the present’s creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, quickly addressed the potential for a season 2 after the present grew to become such a break-out performer.
“I nearly really feel such as you go away us no selection,” he instructed the Related Press about whether or not a second season is due, after obsessed followers throughout the globe have been clamoring for extra. “There’s been a lot strain, a lot demand and a lot love for a second season.”
“It’s in my head proper now,” Hwang added to AP. “I’m within the planning course of at present. However I do suppose it’s too early to say when and the way that’s going to occur. So I’ll promise you this, Gi-hun will likely be again and he’ll do one thing for the world.”
Hwang had beforehand shared that he was so exhausted after making the primary season, he wasn’t initially pondering of extending the story. (Okay-dramas do not often go on for a number of seasons.) “I feel I do have the duty to elucidate it to the followers and I’m excited about season 2, however on the time, I used to be so drained after ending season 1, I couldn’t actually consider season 2,” he instructed IndieWire. “However now that it’s change into such an enormous hit, individuals would hate me if I don’t make a season 2, so I really feel a number of strain and suppose I’d need to.”
If he have been to maneuver ahead with one other season, nevertheless, he says he’d eschew his typical solo strategy and herald assist. “If I have been to do it, I will surely not do it alone,” Hwang instructed Selection. “I’d think about using a writers’ room and would need a number of skilled administrators.”
Positive sufficient, in January 2022, Netflix co-CEO and chief content material officer Ted Sarandos confirmed throughout an earnings name that Squid Recreation season 2 was on its means: “The Squid Recreation universe has begun,” he stated, as reported by Selection.
After which in June 2022, Netflix shared a message from Hwang Dong-Hyuk by which he warned, “A second spherical is coming.”
“It took 12 years to carry the primary season of ‘Squid Recreation’ to life final yr. But it surely took 12 days for ‘Squid Recreation’ to change into the preferred Netflix collection ever. As the author, director, and producer of ‘Squid Recreation,’ an enormous shout out to followers all over the world. Thanks for watching and loving our present.”
He then gave some direct solutions about who followers can count on to see once more, writing, “And now, Gi-hun returns. The Entrance Man returns. Season 2 is coming. The person within the go well with with ddakji is perhaps again. You may even be launched to Younger-hee’s boyfriend, Cheol-su.”
Whereas we proceed ready for an precise launch date, we do know that Hwang is in the midst of writing season 2 now. “I’ve a deadline to complete writing season two of Squid Recreation by the tip of this yr or early subsequent yr,” he instructed The Hollywood Reporter in August 2022. That might imply it may very well be at the very least one other yr earlier than Squid Recreation returns to Netflix.
Who will likely be within the solid?
Now that we all know Netflix is cashing in on a sure-to-be-successful season 2, it is possible Lee Jung-jae would return as Gi-hun. However as a result of so many different characters died—thus is the character of a battle royale, in any case—we would nearly actually get a brand new supporting solid, maybe joined by a number of cameos (in flashbacks or in any other case) from our previous mates Park Hae-soo, Oh Yeong-su, and the beloved HoYeon Jung.
Positive sufficient, Netflix confirmed that Lee Jung-jae (Gi-hun), Lee Byung-Hun (The Entrance Man), Wi Ha-jun (Hwang Jun-ho), and Gong Yoo (The Salesman) will return.
The streamer additionally introduced new solid members for season 2: Yim Si-Wan, Kang Ha-Neul, Park Sung-Hoon, Yang Dong-Geun will star as new gamers.
What would a second season be about?
Season 2’s plot would possible concentrate on Gi-hun’s quest to finish the Recreation, very like Katniss Everdeen’s saga centered round her revolutionary efforts to cease the Starvation Video games and restore fairness to the districts. What stays unclear is that if this noble pursuit would land Gi-hun himself again within the area, or if Squid Recreation would pull a Westworld and draw its characters out of the simulation and into the bigger dystopian actuality. All we all know from Hwang for certain is that Gi-hun will return—we simply do not know the way.
For his half, Hwang has loads of concepts. “It’s true that season one resulted in an open-ended means, however I really thought that this may very well be good closure for the entire story, too,” he instructed The Hollywood Reporter in October 2021. “…However there are another tales within the collection that haven’t been addressed. For instance, the story of the police officer and the story of his brother, The Entrance Man. So if I find yourself creating season two, I’d wish to discover that storyline—what’s going on between these two brothers? I might additionally go into the story of that recruiter within the go well with who performs the sport of ddakji with Gi-hun and provides him the cardboard within the first episode. And, in fact, we might go together with Gi-hun’s story as he turns again, and discover extra about how he’s going to navigate by means of his reckoning with the people who find themselves designing the video games. So, I don’t know but, however I’ll simply say there are a number of potentialities on the market for season two storylines.”
He later added that, regardless of the large strain from followers begging for a second chapter, he is selecting to see the adoration as a supply of inspiration. “Due to all that strain, I haven’t determined but whether or not or not I ought to do one other season,” he stated. “However in case you have a look at it in a constructive means, as a result of so many individuals liked season one and expect good issues for season two, there are individuals all over the place on the planet providing their opinions about the place the present ought to go. I might really pull concepts from followers all all over the world to create the subsequent season.”
Nevertheless, Hwang would not need to solely let followers’ expectations dictate the present. “I don’t need to make season two as a response to these reactions,” he instructed THR in August. “The philosophies I put in season one all naturally prolong to season two. As a substitute of attempting to satisfy the expectations of viewers, I simply thought concerning the final second when Gi-hun turned away from boarding the airplane, and I considered what he’ll do subsequent. There’ll naturally be a circulation of occasions that may lead all the best way to the tip of the season. I can’t share any particulars but, however you realize that Seong Gi-hun has change into a completely new individual by the tip of season one, so season two goes to be about what that new Gi-hun goes to do and the way issues will unfold with this new type of character.”
What number of seasons will there be in complete?
In a current interview with the Korea Occasions, Hwang revealed he was envisioning an excellent longer story arc for Squid Recreation. “I’m in talks with Netflix over season 2 in addition to season 3,” he stated. “We are going to come to a conclusion any time quickly.”
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Lauren Puckett-Pope is a employees tradition author at ELLE, the place she primarily covers movie, tv and books. She was beforehand an affiliate editor at ELLE.
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