To the surprise of no one, Netflix's mega-hit Squid Game has been officially renewed for a second season, with series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk sharing new details on what fans can expect from the return of the series.
Netflix executives and Hwang himself already "greenlit" Squid Game season 2 earlier in the year, but this announcement marks the first official confirmation that new episodes of the unprecedented dystopian drama are on the way.
The streamer revealed the news via social media, posting a thread of tweets that included an ominous teaser and a revealing message from Hwang himself. Check it out below:
Red light… GREEN LIGHT! Squid Game is officially back for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/4usO2Zld3912June 2022, XNUMX
In the statement, Hwang confirmed that the characters Seong Gi-hun and Front Man will return in Squid Game Season 2, adding that “the man in the ddakji suit may also return.”
However, while the writer-director had teased the three's participation in various interviews before the show's renewal, Hwang's post also mentioned a new character: Cheol-su.
"You will also be introduced to Young-hee's boyfriend Cheol-su," Hwang wrote, referring to the series' now-iconic killer robot doll. Young-hee appeared in the first episode of Squid Game – Red Light, Green Light – as a motion-sensitive animatron who commands the death of any contestant caught in motion under her watchful eye. Young-hee was responsible for 255 kills in the series, making Red Light, Green Light the deadliest game out of all nine Squid Game episodes.
Cheol-su, it seems, is Young-hee's male partner, and we hope he's just as terrifying. He might even sing his own version of the latter's weird "Red Light, Green Light, 1-2-3" jingle...
Let the games begin again (again)
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Either way, it's clear that Squid Game Season 2 will include more dangerous puzzles from the series, a fact confirmed by creator Hwang in a recent interview with Vanity Fair (opens in a new tab). "Humanity will be tested through these games once again," Hwang said of the series' return in May. "I want to ask the question: 'Is true solidarity between humans possible?'"
As for the story that the new episodes of the Netflix series will tell, the most likely common thread to explore is Gi-hun's quest for revenge against the mysterious organizers of the games. Hwang's latest statement adds fuel to this fire, and the relationship between leader In-ho and his brother Jun-hon is also confirmed to figure in the proceedings.
Either way, it looks like we'll be waiting a few years to find out Gi-hun's fate. Vanity Fair reports that Hwang "n'a que environ trois d'idees qu'il envisage de transformer en script" for season 2 at the moment, adding that new episodes have not yet arrived on Netflix before the end of 2023 as soon as possible .
The slow progress is a result of the writer's continued involvement with other projects: Hwang is currently working on a new movie, Killing Old People Club, which he says is sure to be "another controversial movie."
To make your wait for Squid Game Season 2 easier, check out our final Squid Game breakdown, which asks some important questions about what to expect from the highly anticipated second season of the show.