Squid Game has taken the world by storm, dominating Netflix charts globally, and although writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk was pretty film that he wasn't immediately interested in returning to Netflix's South Korean hit, it appears like he is more interested in making a sequel. In a recent interview with The Times, he said that if Netflix officially greenlights a second season, he'd like it to focus on "the issue with police officers."
Warning: Major spoilers from Squid Game Season 1 ahead.
At the finale of Squid Game Season 1, Gi-hun turned from the plane and walked back, presumably to enact revenge against the manipulative organizers of the survival games. This seems to open up a revenge-driven story for another season, but Hwang Dong-hyuk talked about something less obvious.
"While I was writing season one, I thought about the stories that could be in season two if I get to do one—one would be the story of the Frontman," the director/writer told The Times. The Front Man was the name given to the person in the black mask, seemingly the one in control for much of Season 1. It was revealed later on that he was Hwang In-ho, the brother of Hwang Jun-ho, the police officer who sneaks in the Game to investigate what happened to him. Because he was a former police officer, it's the angle that Dong-hyuk wants to take.
"I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea," he said. "I see it on the global news that the police force can be very late on 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. Maybe in season two I can talk about this more."
A couple of weeks ago, Dong-hyuk told Variety, "I don't have well developed plans for Squid Game 2. It is quite tiring just thinking about it", so it looks like he's taking a different position now since the show has become a huge hit all over the world. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarando revealed in a statement, "Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure, and there's a very good chance it's going to be our biggest show ever." So, it looks like the incredible success of Squid Game might be a strong reason to work on the second season, earlier than planned.
However, it's likely that Season 2 won't be released in 2022. Hwang Dong-hyuk started writing Squid Game as a film back in 2008, and he said that the two episodes of the show took him six months to write. However, in September, the director told Variety, "[I]f I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I'd consider using a writers' room and would want multiple experienced directors." With a team of writers, it's likely that Season 2 will come to Netflix sooner than originally planned.
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