With Squid Game currently the most popular show on earth, and on pace to be Netflix’s most popular show of all time, a season 2 is obviously inevitable. The initial problem, however, was that the man who wrote and directed all nine episodes of season 1, Hwang Dong-hyuk said he didn’t have a clear plan for a second season, and would need help with it, if it did come to pass.
Well, he seems to be getting some ideas now. In a new interview with The Times, Hwang Dong-hyuk has shared some ideas he has for season 2 of Squid Game, other than the obvious implication of the cliffhanger ending (spoilers follow) where it’s clear that newly rich winner Gi-hun was going to pursue the shadowy cabal still running Squid Game, rather than move on with his life.
Hwang Dong-hyuk had this to say about a potential focus he’s been thinking of for season 2, besides Gi-hun’s return:”
“If I do get to do one — one would be the story of the Frontman [a former cop who now oversees the game]. I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. I see it on the global news. This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in season two I can talk about this more.”
So, season 1 is clearly about wealth inequality and the exploitation of the poor, global issues, which is why the show has resonated around the world. It’s kind of hard to extract the fundamental purpose of the Game from that, but it seems like Squid Game may try to tackle the additional issue of police misconduct, another global problem, though obviously something the US has been dealing with in particular as of late.
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In terms of the actual storyline of Squid Game, it was not fully revealed how or why the Frontman because a core part of the game. There was an entire subplot devoted to his brother attempting to locate him, with the implication that he was a player, not an administrator, and this ended with the brother (played by Korean heartthrob Wi Ha-Joon) apparently being killed, though some fans believe he may have survived, and could return. If the Frontman is a focus of the season, it does seem possible that could happen, to give that storyline more dimension.
I am curious how Squid Game season 2 will go with really only two cast members returning, given that everyone else, including loads of fan-favorite characters were killed off, as is the nature of the game. But that’s a challenge Hwang Dong-hyuk seems well-suited to overcome, given his success in making us empathize with the season 1 cast.
More info on season 2 of Squid Game to come soon, hopefully, as you know Netflix is going to lock that down as fast as they can, even if Hwang Dong-hyuk is still saying things like “if he gets to do one.” I don’t really think that’s a question at this point.