In a not-so-surprising bit of news, Netflix co-CEO/CCO Ted Sarandos has confirmed that Squid Game will be getting a second season. During the company’s fourth-quarter 2021 earnings interview, the question came up about a potential second season for Netflix’s breakout hit of the year. Sarandos replied, “Absolutely. The Squid Game universe has just begun.”
This follows from the news a few months back where series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk indicated that he would be interested in continuing his series. Dong-hyuk told the Associated Press in November, “So I almost feel like you leave us no choice,” when questioned.
So far, only lead actor Lee Jung-Jae has been confirmed as returning. That makes sense considering the story of Squid Game, but it doesn’t completely rule out other characters making appearances in flashback sequences. Still, it’s great to get 100% confirmation that the story of Seong Gi-hun isn’t yet finished.
When Squid Game was released last year, it quickly shot up Netflix’s charts to become the platform’s most-watched show ever. Amassing something like 1.65 billion hours watched within its first month, the series would remain at the number one spot for months until The Witcher – Season Two eventually released. Even then, nothing has been able to top the number of viewers this show has received.
In the wake of that success, Netflix has been making a push for not only more South Korean material but multi-cultural material in general. With many networks still shunning shows and films from BIPOC creators, Netflix is cornering a market that has been crying out for content for decades. It’s certainly an excellent way to maintain interest in the service, even if recent growth has dropped a bit.