By word of mouth—by word of horrified, perplexed, agape mouth—Squid Game is currently the most watched series on Netflix. It features the kind of class-conscious survival horror we’ve come to love over the past few years (see: Snowpiercer, Us, Parasite, Kingdom), even if the premise feels slightly derivative of other properties.
One property in particular—Japan’s 2014 survival horror entry As the Gods Will—has caused some fans to cry “plagiarism,” with As the Gods Will featuring many of the same plot components as Squid Game—in particular the first survival game played by characters in both properties.
Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk, however, has said he began writing his own story long before the 2014 release. Hwang explains how he first developed the idea for the hit Netflix series:
The genre has of course become more familiar (and probably more marketable). And because cruelty is entertainment, Squid Game found a loving home on Netflix.
But since Hwang’s world expands beyond this single year of survival competition—the games have been going on in this fictional hellspace for decades—there’s plenty left to explore after season 1.
Here’s what we know about a potential season 2 of Squid Game.
Will there be a Squid Game season 2?
Netflix hasn’t yet announced plans to renew the series. Still, the instantaneous popularity of the show after hitting Netflix in mid-September bodes well for future production.
When can we expect Squid Game season 2?
Though the script was finished in 2009, the series reportedly didn’t begin filming until September 2020. And production was… big. The team filmed on an actual set, using many practical effects, including the giant doll in the first episode. They also cast 456 actors to play the incoming class of contestants.
If season 2 happens, we can expect even bigger productions—though, hopefully this time with a faster pipeline. If filming can begin later this year or early 2022, we may be able to get a late fall 2022 release.
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