Netflix announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing back its mega-hit South Korean drama “Squid Game” for a second season.
The show was originally conceived of as a single-season mini-series story, as is typical for South Korean television, but the streaming platform has decided to expand the franchise due to the show’s unbelievable success across the world.
The show’s creator and director, Hwang Don-hyuk, jokingly acknowledged the situation he found himself in due to the show’s large and ever-growing fan base, saying that “I almost feel like you leave us no choice.”
“There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season,” Dong-hyuk explained at an official event for the show on Monday.
“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,” Hwang added.
The enthralling show explores the lives of various characters who need money so badly that they decide to participate in a high-stakes competition where they subject themselves to childhood games in which the losers are killed and the winners advance closer towards the prize– a large cash sum.
Squid Game has launched its cast into international stardom
The darkly entertaining show quickly became the most popular show in the history of the entire streaming platform, launching its largely South Korean cast into international superstardom.
Jun Ho-yeon, a 27-year-old model who has pivoted to acting with Squid Game, has become one of the most recognizable performers from the show. The young star was greeted by fans in all corners of the world as she made her way to Los Angeles from Korea recently, even encountering an immigration employee who recognized her.
Other members of the cast have expanded their online presence to engage with their fans more, as star Park Hae-soo explained that he “made the big decision” to open a public Instagram profile.
Park explained that he did this in order to interact more closely with his fans:
“Now I really wanted to communicate with the world and everybody, so I started my Instagram account.”
Lee Jung-jae, the star of the show, was a mainstay of Korean television for nearly 3 decades. But Squid Game has launched him into a new stratosphere of celebrity, making him a household name in America overnight:
“That’s amazing, right? People just go around and say hello. So I really don’t know how to respond to all the love. It’s so great to be able to meet the fans who have loved and watched the show so much.”