Cast, Story & Everything We Know

After becoming Netflix’s most-watched original show ever, Squid Game season 2 updates promise more twisted competitions. Squid Game season 1 focused on a group of everyday people invited to take part in the titular event, a secretive competition that carries grave consequences for its losers. Those selected all carry heavy financial burdens to bear, the type of debt that can make life one big ball of stress. Despite the likelihood of death, if winning the game can make their lives less of a living hell, the contestants are on board.


Squid Game burst onto the scene and was instantly beloved by both critics and viewers, then rode massive amounts of positive word of mouth to Netflix viewership records. Following its success, Netflix is looking to make Squid Game into a broader universe, with multiple spin-offs in development. It’s no surprise that Squid Game season 2 is coming, it’s only a matter of how long viewers will have to wait. While there have not been many solid details, there has been a steady stream of Squid Game season 2 updates since it was confirmed, including who is in the cast and its potential story.

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The Latest Squid Game Season 2 News

The Red Guard in Squid Game.

The most recent Squid Game season 2 updates indicate that filming is finally getting ready to start. Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk said that there was a lot of stress in getting the first season made, and he wanted a break before starting the second season. That break seems to be ending, as he has said that the second season has a new production start date. The show will start filming the second season in July 2023 and will last for 10 months (via What’s On Netflix). This means the release date will not come until the end of 2024 at the earliest.

There was also a new cast video released, and it reveals some interesting information about one character whose fate was left unknown in the first season. Jun-Ho’s brother shot him after he discovered his illegal gaming organization. While there were thoughts he was dead, he was named as a returning character in season 2 which could mean that his storyline is continuing or there will be flashbacks utilized.

Despite there being an incredibly high level of anticipation even several years after season 1 concluded, the news is still fairly slow on the Squid Game season 2 front. While Netflix continues to feature Squid Game in its marketing, including a Super Bowl commercial, the second season hasn’t entered production and probably won’t for a while yet. However, series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk continues to drop hints about what Squid Game season 2 will eventually look like (via Variety and multiple other outlets). Hwang has said that the second season will involve the return of Gi-Hun and delve further into the role of the mysterious Front Man.

Squid Game Season 2 Is Confirmed

Gi-hun in Squid Game season 1

Hwang Dong-hyuk has confirmed that Squid Game season 2 is happening. Much of the appeal in season 1 of Squid Game came from the challenges the contestants faced, and Hwang Dong-hyuk promises more deadly games in Squid Game season 2. Whether Squid Game season 2 will feature entirely new games or a mix of old and new remains to be seen. Season 2 will explore contestants attempting to work together in the hopes of sharing victory, as opposed to how everything devolved to everyone for themselves in season 1. Hwang has also suggested that the second season could focus more on the Front Man and how police allow the Squid Game to take place. There is no Squid Game season 2 release date yet, but most speculation seems to put it arriving in 2024 at the earliest.

Squid Game Season 2 Cast: Who Is Returning?

Gi hun and a Front Man in Squid Game.

The latest Squid Game season 2 updates include some cast confirmation, including one character whose fate was left uncertain in the first Squid Game season. This was thanks to a TUDUM Event cast announcement. This video showed the surviving cast members from season 1 will be back for season 2. This includes Lee Jung-Jae as Seong Gi-hun, Lee Byeong-Heon as Hwang In-ho (The Front Man), Wi Ha-Joon as Hwang Jun-ho, and Gong Yoo as the person who recruits participants for the game. With Jun-Ho back, it looks like he survived when his brother shot him.

There are also three new cast members joining the Squid Game season 2 cast. They include Kang Ha-Neul, Yim Si-Wan, Park Sung-Hoon, and Yang Dong-Geun. There are no hints about who they play, but there is a good chance they are some of the main characters in the next iteration of the Squid Game on the show.

Squid Game Season 2 Story

Gihun in Squid Game.

Squid Game season 1’s ending definitely left the door open for a sequel, although many wondered if the setup would be vastly different and not focus as much on the actual game. Sole surviving protagonist Gi-hun seemingly opts to try and take down the organization behind Squid Game rather than move on with his daughter, and it’s unlikely he would willingly participate in the game again, even if baited by Squid Game’s resident recruiter. However, there’s always a way for dystopian organizations like this to force compliance, so perhaps Gi-hun’s daughter will be used to bait him back into the game. Squid Game‘s complex in-universe creator Il-nam is also apparently dead, which may lead to an even less fair game than before.

Yes, Netflix is Making a Squid Game Reality Show

Gi-hun looking forward in Squid Game.

A Squid Game reality show may seem to miss the point of the Korean series, but it’s on the way. In addition to Squid Game season 2, Netflix aims to create what head Ted Sarandos calls the “Squid Game universe.” This could include Squid Game spinoffs set in other countries, but the first part of Netflix’s grand plans is Squid Game: The Challenge, a reality show emulating the in-universe competition pitting 456 competitors against each other for a $4.56 million prize.

The games obviously won’t be as lethal as the fictional version, but the series has already attracted controversy, with on-set injuries and accusations of rigging and cruel treatment of contestants. With The Challenge beginning filming in late 2022, it will be the next Squid Game-related content released on Netflix. With the second season of the main show arriving late in 2024 – at the earliest – Squid Game: The Challenge will premiere on Netflix in November 2023.

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