Squid Game season 2: because who needs peaceful sleep anyway?

Netflix’s Squid Game, the show that transformed playground games into horrifying, nightmare-inducing death traps is gearing up for a second season. Yes, that’s right, folks, we’re going back into the ring. And if you thought the first season was the stuff of anxiety-laden dreams, then you’re in for a treat! After all, what is entertainment without the lingering possibility of psychological trauma?

The star-studded cast of this deadly circus will once again feature Lee Jung-jae, who shall be reprising his role as Gi-hun, the reluctant hero with a dash of gambling issues. Joining him on this delightful ride will be Lee Byung-hun, and Wi Ha-jun. And we can already hear the ominous laughter of that creepy giant doll echoing in the background.

Initially, Hwang, the multi-talented wizard behind the creation, production, and writing of the series, was hesitant to dive into a sequel. Understandable, considering he’d just executed the equivalent of a storytelling decathlon with the first series of nine episodes. In his own words, he’d “likely need a staff of writers and directors” to even consider penning a sequel. Who wouldn’t, right?

However, the widespread popularity of the show, which basically left people everywhere terrified of red light, green light, sparked an inner flame in Hwang. The wizard started thinking about a second season, teasing us with statements such as “so many people are enthusiastic that I’m really contemplating it.” To which we say, Hwang, don’t play with our hearts like this!

As for the potential storyline, it’s set to delve deeper into the enigmatic Front Man, his complicated relationship with his police officer brother, Hwang Jun-ho, and possibly more about that sly salesman, portrayed by Gong Yoo. Hwang, our friendly puppeteer, hinted at wanting to discuss global police issues, providing much-needed social commentary in between brutal, televised carnage.

Fast-forward to late 2021, Hwang was already chatting it up with Netflix about a sequel. By December, he was even considering a third season while simultaneously trying to secure a deal for releasing additional films on Netflix. Talk about being ambitious!

As of November 2021, Hwang confirmed conceptualization work for Squid Game’s second season had begun. Netflix was coy, stating no official green light was given yet. But, who were they kidding? We all knew the second season was inevitable. By January 2022, Netflix’s Sarandos affirmed our predictions stating, “Absolutely…the Squid Game universe has just begun.”

As of now, Hwang is multitasking like a pro, working on an adaptation of Umberto Eco’s work “Pape Satan Aleppe: Chronicles of a Liquid Society” (or as it’s known in Korean, “The way to pretend to understand the crazy world”). He anticipates the second season will be ready for broadcast by 2024.

The second season promises the return of old characters like Gi-hun and the Front Man, along with new characters like Cheol-su, Young-hee’s boyfriend. And yes, our beloved departed characters might make a surprise comeback. Because why not add a sprinkle of undead to our survival games?

In conclusion, Squid Game Season 2 is coming to wreak havoc on our mental peace. Prepare your comfort blankets, stress balls, and therapist’s number on speed dial. We’re heading back into the playground from hell, and it’s going to be a wild ride!


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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