Fans of Netflix’s hit series, Squid Game can finally breathe a sigh of relief after creator and director, Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed on Tuesday that the show would be back for a second season.
Speaking at a guild screening of Squid Game on Monday in Hollywood, Hwang told Associated Press that the show’s rabid fanbase had left him with ‘no choice‘ but to get to work on a second season.
Released on September 17, “Squid Game” follows Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, as he and hundreds of other desperate and deeply indebted contestants compete in a violent and often grotesque competition for about 45.6 billion won ($38.31 million).
Only one person can win the prize, and those who lose the series of children’s games pay with their lives.
Hwang Dong-hyuk ,the director, creator and writer of the nine-episode Korean thriller, 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.
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.
Since its release in September, the South Korean dystopian drama has gone on to be become Netflix’s most-watched series ever with 111 million fans in four weeks, toppling the previous champion Bridgerton.
However, the creator, who also directed every episode of the series, didn’t have much to say about the direction of a second season, but confirmed that Lee would continue to be a major focus of the series.
‘I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen. So I will promise you this,’ he said in Korean, before switching to English, ‘Gi-hun will come back, and he’ll do something for the world.’
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) November 9, 2021
The series has been a hit both with critics and fans, who haven’t been turned off by its dark premise.
While speaking with The Times in October, Hwang suggested that a second season could focus more on the masked antagonist the Front Man, who oversees the games.
Following the success of Squid Game, Netflix added three of Hwang’s earlier films to the service to tide fans over.