Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator and director of Squid Game is now working hard on how best to exceed the ludicrous expectations laid down by Netflix’s season. Hwang has revealed that, while nothing is yet concrete, he does have the basic storyline in mind ready for when Netflix gives season 2 the official greenlight.
“As you can imagine, I’ve been getting so many comments and questions about season 2. I do have the basic storyline in my head. I am in the process currently of brainstorming the details, but nothing has been made concrete in terms of we don’t have a fixed season 2 with Netflix or how it’s going to turn out, so I’ll just say that I do have a basic storyline in my head.”
In his approach to the second season, Hwang is tackling audience expectations head-on, even turning to YouTube to watch fan videos discussing theories and ideas. Clearly there is a lot of pressure on Hwang to deliver, with the first season of Squid Game having become Netflix’s most-watched series to date, but despite such overwhelming hype, Hwang is hoping to go beyond expectations.
“When you look at the fans’ expectation, it’s very difficult. I go on YouTube and see all of these fans imagining what the second season should be like or will be like, and their imaginations are really running wild. If there were to be a second season, I think I am going to stick to the basic story line that I have in mind. And I can only hope that it will not only meet the fans’ expectations, but go beyond that. Their expectations are truly immense and very diverse, so I think it’s going to be very difficult to pinpoint exactly what the fans want.”
If you somehow still don’t know what Squid Game is all about, the series centers on a contest in which 456 players, drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, play a set of children’s games with deadly consequences, in the hopes of winning a 45.6 billion Won prize. Starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, O Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung, Squid Game has been a monstrous hit for the streaming service and has since received huge critical acclaim.
Though Squid Game was initially devised as a one-off limited series, the sheer popularity quickly led to discussions about a second season, with Hwang unsure whether he wanted to return. This all change recently when the creator revealed that, after a brief pause, he is ready to continue the story. “So there’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season,” Hwang said while speaking with the Associated Press. “So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say, there will indeed be 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 it’s going to happen. So I will promise you this… Gi-hun will come back, he’ll do something for the world.”
The first season of Squid Game is now available on Netflix. This comes to us from EW.