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Squid Game will return for a second season, creator confirms

Netflix are yet to officially confirm a second instalment of the most-streamed show in its history

By Joe Goggins

A still from Squid Game on Netflix of the guards and players
An episode still from 'Squid Game', Netflix's biggest ever debut. Photo: Netflix

Squid Game will return for a second season, its creator has confirmed.

Hwang Dong-hyuk told reporters at a red carpet event for the show in Los Angeles that a new batch of episodes of the Netflix sensation were in the works. “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love,” he said. “You leave us no choice!”

Netflix has yet to officially confirm the news, saying in a statement: “A second season is in discussions, but not confirmed yet.” It seems unimaginable, however, that it would pass up the chance to commission another season of what has become the streaming platform’s biggest show of the year.

The South Korean drama launched on the platform in September and follows a group of people in dire straits who compete for a cash prize in a series of life-or-death challenges.

It has since secured Netflix’s biggest ever launch, with leaked internal documents obtained by Bloomberg suggesting that the show has generated $900m in value.

142m households have streamed ‘Squid Game’, which has topped Netflix’s viewing rankings in 94 countries.

A cliffhanger ending to the first season provides plenty of possibilities for a follow-up, although Hwang provided scant details at the event on Sunday (November 8). “I will promise you this: Gi-hun will come back,” he said, in reference to the series’ central character. “He will do something for the world.”

Beyond that, season two would appear to be in its very early stages. “I’m in the planning process currently,” Hwang continued. “I do think it’s too early to say when and how [the next season] is going to happen.”

The show was caught up in another controversy earlier this week, when a ten-foot doll from its ‘Red Light, Green Light’ episode appeared at Manchester’s Trafford Centre, dividing opinion among shoppers.