“The Squid Game universe has just begun,” promises Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has talked repeatedly about making another season of his Korean dystopian drama since Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched series of all time. “There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season. So I almost feel like you leave us no choice!” Hwang told the Associated Press late last year. “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.”
A Squid Game “universe” however, suggests something more than a series renewal. Will there be spin-off kids shows, anime series, films? We won’t know just yet, but let’s hope it all stays in Hwang’s hands and doesn’t become another huge-profits entertainment juggernaut. Or else Netflix really do have a good grip on irony.
The series tells the story of a mysterious invitation that sees 456 participants, all of whom are in dire financial situations, locked in a secret location and forced to play a series of traditional Korean kids games in order to win 45.6 billion won. Those who do not win, however, will die.