Netflix has confirmed that ‘The Squid Game’ will be continued for a second season
Squid Game, Netflix’s blockbuster hit South Korean TV series, has been officially confirmed for a second season. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-chief executive officer and chief content officer, confirmed the news during a fourth-quarter interview with Variety.
Sarandos said, “Absolutely, the ‘Squid Game’ universe has just begun.”
The survival drama series, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, featured a game show akin to Battle Royale in which debt-ridden people competed in games for a grand prize of 45.6 billion won ($38.6 million, or more than Rs 2 billion). The games in the competition were South Korean childhood games.
The catch was that those who were eliminated in each round would not only be sent home empty-handed, but they would also be executed. According to the game’s unknown inventors, it was fairer than the daily game that participants play in the real world. Outside of the game, money was only guaranteed if one was intelligent and ruthless enough — which was not the case here.
The program was taken as a scathing critique of modern capitalist cultures, with the implication that economic mobility is an illusion fostered by the wealthy.
In any case, the show became a cult classic. It is still Netflix’s most-watched series, with 1.65 billion viewing hours after four weeks of release, far outnumbering Bridgerton’s 625.5 million hours.