Spoiler Alert: The following article contains minor spoilers about the ending of season one of “Squid Game”.

 

 

“Squid Game 2” is going to be a thing.

Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has confirmed a second season of the beloved South Korean survival drama. Hwang, who previously stated no immediate plans for a sophomore season, gave fans a major update at a red carpet event on Monday.

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“So, there’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love for a second season,” Hwang said, according to The Associated Press. “So I almost feel like you leave us no choice.

“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. But I do think it’s too early to say when and how that’s going to happen.”

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Season 1 of “Squid Game” premiered on Sept. 17 and became an immediate global hit for Netflix. The critically acclaimed show was the top-viewed program in 94 countries, according to the streaming service, and is officially its most-watched series.

Speaking with EW, Hwang says he does “have the basic story line in my head” about how the second season will go but admitted that the first almost ended very different.

“We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending,” he said. “There was one, the other alternate ending, where Gi-hun would get on the plane and leave. And then there was of course the one where he would turn back and walk towards the camera. We constantly asked ourselves, is it really right for Gi-hun to make the decision to leave and go see his family, to pursue his own happiness? Is that the right way for us to really propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?”

“We came to the conclusion that the question that we wanted to propose cannot be done if he left on the plane,” Hwang says. “The question that we want to answer — why has the world come to what it is now? — can only be answered or can only be proposed if Gi-hun turned back and walked towards the camera. So that’s how we ended up with that ending in the finale.”

He also expressed that season two will “go beyond” fan expectations.