Squid Game is coming back with a whole new season, Netflix announced the news on Sunday, June 12th. The Squid Game dystopian series is about a mysterious organization that challenges 456 players from all walks of life. Each individual is deeply in debt and they’re challenged to play a series of children’s games. The contestants must win all 6 games to claim the prize money of 45.6 billion. And the consequences for losing or breaking rules is death. The Korean Netflix sensation series is made up of 9 episodes, and Netflix estimated that it gained about 142 million household viewers across the globe since its release in September 2021.
SEASON 2 TEASER
Netflix announced the with a characteristically creepy 10-second teaser that opens on an extreme close-up of the show’s “Red Light, Green Light” animatronic doll. The circle, square, and triangle representing different designations of the Squid Game guards appear at the bottom of the screen as the number “2” takes the place of the robot’s eye. The streamer also treated fans to a sneak preview of the upcoming season from writer, director, and executive producer, Hwang Dong-Hyuk. The message opened with a heartfelt note to fans, thanking them for watching and loving their show.
Dong-Hyuk then revealed that protagonist Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae, who won Best Male Actor at this year’s Screen Actor Guild Awards for the role) will return for Season 2, as will the Front Man (Lee Byung-hun), the masked man who oversees the Squid Game from a luxury apartment. The man in the suit with ddakji (Gong Yoo), a salesman who recruits members of the public to participate in the Game “might be back.” And, last but not least, Season 2 will introduce a boyfriend, Cheol-see, for the terrifying robot doll Young-hee. Netflix hasn’t announced a date yet for Season 2.
THE BEST SCENES FROM S1
Squid Game’s first game kicks off with the highly familiar Red Light, Green Light. Players can progress forward while on a green light, and lose if caught moving on a red light. The condition of the task is that if a player is caught moving by Squid Game’s giant doll, they’re immediately shot to death with sniper rifles. This was traumatic to watch, to say the least, but it did set the tone for the rest of the series.
The dalgona challenge
The goal of the dalgona challenge instructed players to cut out the carved symbols on the candy in various shapes- circle, triangle, star, or maybe an umbrella- without breaking the delicate dessert. The dalgona candy challenge quickly became viral on TikTok with many users trying it out.
The Tug Of War Challenge
Episode 4 introduced the cast to The tug-of-war challenge. The cast described it as “the most difficult” challenge of them all during the Squid Game round table panel discussion. The tug-of-war moments were certainly very intense as 10 members from each team had to fight the hard fall. All of the actors gave their best to make the Squid Game scenes look accurate.
The Glass Bridge (Bonus)
Episode 7 featured the elevated glass bridge challenge which featured the players crossing a faulty glass bridge. Think hopscotch or stepping stones. On the latter, cardboard or paper pieces are set out in a path where the players are only allowed to walk on stepping stones. A proctor usually gives a set pattern in which the players can walk that they have to remember. If they get it wrong, they’re punished with a consequence that takes them out of the game.
DID YOU KNOW?
Netflix is also going to premiere a Squid Game: The Challenge show. This will be a reality competition series based on the global hit drama. The series is reportedly going to feature the largest cast and cash prize in reality television history. 456 players will compete for $4.56 Million. Contestants will go through a series of games inspired by the original show. New additions are all intended to test their strategies, alliances, and character as others are eliminated around them.
Casting for the series is currently open to English-language speakers from anywhere in the world.
The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert and The Garden and will be filmed in the U.K. For more information about casting, visit SquidGameCasting.com.