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The K-drama Squid Game is hugely popular with Netflix viewers, leading to demands for it to be renewed for Season 2. Meanwhile, the series was screened in Los Angeles on Monday this week, with creator Hwang Dong-hyuk giving fans some hope. Read on to find out what we know so far about the possible renewal of the thrilling and brutal series.
Netflix Original K-drama Squid Game
While brutal and bloody, the K-drama Squid Game soon became a fan favorite on Netflix. The idea came from Hwang’s own family’s struggles in South Korea, following the global financial crisis. As a synopsis, Squid Game follows 456 players, all of whom are in deep financial debt. They go on to risk their lives by playing a series of deadly children’s games, hoping for the huge cash prize.
Fans quickly felt empathy with certain players, including player 001, an elderly man suffering a brain tumor. Meanwhile, our hero, player 456 is also a favorite, along with the “pickpocket,” a young girl that stole a fortune from him before the game. While she is obviously a criminal, she quickly attracted sympathy from viewers and also from player 456 himself.
Viewers also appreciated the lavish sets for Squid Game, built for each game, including a children’s playground on a gigantic scale.
Will the K-drama be renewed for Season 2?
After dropping on the streaming channel in September, the series quickly became one of the most popular shows on Netflix. In fact, in the first 28 days on the streaming channel, Squid Game was viewed by 111 million users for at least two minutes. Reportedly, this is the most of any show during that time frame.
Meanwhile, the deadly K-drama Squid Game has beaten out the previous record-holder Bridgerton. That series was viewed by 82 million subscribers for at least two minutes in its first 28 days on Netflix.
It seems Netflix is considering a second season of the show but has not yet confirmed the start of production. On Tuesday this week, Associated Press reported that the creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk had strongly hinted at renewal. He told the news service that he almost feels like fans have left them no choice. The filmmaker added that there has been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season.
Hwang told reporters that he plans for lead actor Lee Jung-Jae to return as the main character, Seong Gi-hun (player 456).
However, he doesn’t know when production will begin on Season 2 of Squid Game. Hwang said of the project, “It’s in my head right now,” adding that he is currently in the planning process. However, he does think it is too early to say when and how it is going to happen.
Meanwhile, a Netflix spokesperson told CNBC that Season 2 is definitely “in discussions, but not confirmed yet.”
Readers, are you excited about the possibility of Season 2 of Squid Game on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below and also reveal your favorite character from the K-drama.