South Korean sensation Squid Game will be back for season two, the show’s creator has signalled.
“There’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love,” director and writer Hwang Dong-hyuk said at a red carpet event for the series. “You leave us no choice!”
The premise of Squid Game, by now, is well known. A bloody, ultra-stylised critique of capitalism told through a battle royale of characters competing in violent renditions of Korean childhood games, the series skyrocketed to become Netflix’s most-watched show ever.
A “mind-boggling” 142m households tuned into the series, Netflix said last month, and it reached the No 1 slot in the streamer’s Top 10 lists in 94 countries.
The show is estimated to have generated $900m in value for Netflix, according to leaked internal documents reported by Bloomberg.
Squid Game’s first season ended on a cliffhanger note, with Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), the victor and sole survivor of the games, resolving to unmask its shady organisers.
“I will promise you this,” said Hwang. “Gi-hun will come back. He will do something for the world.”
Other details remain up in the air.
“I’m in the planning process currently. I do think it’s too early to say when and how [season two is] going to happen.”
Netflix, meanwhile, tempered expectations.
“A second season is in discussions, but not confirmed yet,” a spokesperson for the company said.