Netflix has released an update on the status of Squid Game season 2, commenting on the chances and timeline for the smash-hit Korean series getting a second chapter. While Netflix has had significant international success in the past with non-English shows like Lupin and Money Heist, nothing has compared to Squid Game, which is set to become the streamer’s biggest series ever. That level of success would seem to demand a Squid Game season 2, but will it happen?
The end of Squid Game season 1 certainly leaves enough loose ends hanging to generate more story in a potential Squid Game season 2. Much of the lore and history surrounding the deadly competition is left shrouded in mystery, leaving some major storylines open for continuation in the future. However, Squid Game’s unprecedented popularity on Netflix couldn’t possibly have been anticipated, so the plan for the franchise’s future surely looks quite different now than it did when Squid Game first aired.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s head of Global TV, discussed the likelihood and potential timeline of Squid Game season 2 and when it could arrive. Because Squid Game’s popularity has so drastically exceeded Netflix’s expectations, the main question seems to be the availability of creator Hwang Dong-hyuk. “He has a film and other things he’s working on,” Bajaria said, emphasizing that Netflix is “trying to figure out the right structure for him.” It’s good that Netflix is deferring to Hwang and prioritizing his availability, but that also means that Squid Game season 2 may not be coming for a while.
Still, it’s encouraging to hear that plans for Squid Game season 2 are in motion at Netflix. From the dystopic storyline and rich, taught atmosphere to the striking visual style and Squid Game’s cast of talented stars, there are a lot of reasons to love Hwang’s series, and it’s great to see it catching on all over the world. Given how many characters die throughout the series, of course, Squid Game season 2 could be a good deal different than season 1, but that only means more opportunities for new and exciting storylines.
Hwang has said that he wants to take some time away from Squid Game before jumping back in for season 2. There’s a chance that he could decide not to return to the franchise at all, which would lead to either a shift in creative oversight for future installments or Squid Game season 1 simply being all there is. For the story, the ending of Squid Game season 1 could easily serve as the end of the series as a whole, but it’s unlikely that Netflix would leave such a massively popular property undeveloped.