Squid Game creator says season two is in the 'planning process'

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  • Warning: This article contains spoilers.
  • It's official the hit South Korean series Squid Game will return for a second season.
  • The dystopian drama is Netflix's most popular series launch ever.
  • "It's in my head right now. I'm in the planning process currently," said creator Hwang Dong-hyuk.


The hit South Korean Netflix series Squid Game will be back for a second season.

In October, the dystopian drama became the streaming service's most popular series launch ever, drawing 111 million fans.

READ MORE | Squid Game becomes Netflix's biggest-ever launch hit

In the nine-episode survival drama, hundreds of cash-strapped people compete in a series of children's games to win the final reward of 45.6 billion won (R572 million).

At an event celebrating the show in Los Angeles, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk announced that the show will be back for a second season but that it's too early to say when it will happen.

Speaking to the Associated Press, he said: "There's been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love for a second season.

"It's in my head right now. I'm in the planning process currently. But I do think it's too early to say when and how that's going to happen. So I will promise you this, Gi-hun will be back and he'll do something for the world."

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the creator shared that the show almost had a different ending.

In the last episode, after winning the game, Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) decides not to get on the aeroplane to visit his daughter in the US but instead heads back to face off with the organisers of Squid Game.

"We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending," he told the publication.

He explained: "There was one, the other alternate ending, where Gi-hun would get on the plane and leave. And then there was, of course, the one where he would turn back and walk towards the camera. We constantly asked ourselves, is it really right for Gi-hun to make the decision to leave and go see his family, to pursue his own happiness? Is that the right way for us to really propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?"

They decided to end the show on a cliffhanger which teased a possible second season.

"The question that we want to answer — why has the world come to what it is now? — can only be answered or can only be proposed if Gi-hun turned back and walked towards the camera. So that's how we ended up with that ending in the finale," said Dong-hyuk.

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