Squid Game was undoubtedly one of Netflix’s biggest breakout hits in all of 2021, and possibly in all of streaming entertainment for 2021. South Korean writer Hwang Dong-hyuk’s story of down-on-his-luck Seong Gi-hun’s sudden entry into a cutthroat series of children’s games with millions on the line found its audience and then some, setting Netflix records for most concurrent viewers and rising to become a viral sensation.
The first season of the series ended on a cliffhanger, and while he hadn’t planned for a second season originally, Hwang said that the reception was so positive, it was pretty much a given that another season would arise. Last week, Netflix confirmed his inkling.
During the company’s fourth-quarter earnings review, the company co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos was asked whether Squid Game would make an eventual return to the platform. “Absolutely,” Sarandos replied. “The Squid Game universe has just begun.”
Netflix has confirmed Squid Game is getting a Season 2, noting “The Squid Game universe has just begun.” https://t.co/uP5TVDhOyM pic.twitter.com/Myc99KYHpO
— IGN (@IGN) January 21, 2022
In addition to confirming the viability of a second season, Sarandos added that he saw Squid Game as a franchise with major growth potential, believing it could be spun off into a variety of other business sectors, from games and merchandise to live, in-person experiences (though hopefully without the armed snipers). He’s definitely not wrong on that last part; at the height of Squid Game‘s popularity, numerous online personalities like streamers and influencers arranged their own friendly Squid Game competitions, drawing numerous participants.
No word yet on when another season of Squid Game could arrive, but it’s a safe bet that it’s high on Netflix’s list of priorities, so it should be sooner rather than later.