Squid Game Season 2: Cast, plot & everything we know

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Here’s what we know about Squid Game Season 2, including any release date updates, cast, plot details, and more.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Korean survival drama Squid Game swept the world in 2021. After millions of viewers binged the show on Netflix, it quickly became the most-watched show in the streaming giant’s history.

The global phenomenon has slowed no signs of slowing down in the months since. YouTubers like MrBeast smashed records by recreating the show, and even a video game is in development.

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But it’s the prospect of a second season that has fans really excited. Well, after endless rumors and speculation, Squid Game Season 2 has been confirmed. Here’s everything we know so far.


Is there a Squid Game Season 2 release date?

Squid Game Season 2 doesn’t have an official release date – but we can expect it to land in late 2024.

According to What’s on Netflix, Squid Game will start filming its second season in July 2023 and continue for 10 months.

While Season 1 reportedly took Dong-hyuk 10 years to write, thankfully this season won’t take quite as long.

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When asked, Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos did confirm the hit series would return, saying, “Absolutely. The Squid Game universe has just begun.”

Although it has been renewed, fans might have to wait before they get their second helping of twisted childhood games. In November 2021, director Hwang Dong-hyuk noted he was in the “planning process” of the second season.

He told Korean broadcaster KBS, as per the Korea Times: “I’m in talks with Netflix over Season 2 as well as Season 3. We will come to a conclusion any time soon.”

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Netflix officially confirmed Season 2 in June last year, posting a short teaser video with the caption: “Red light… GREENLIGHT!” And in February of 2023, it was confirmed by star Lee Jung-jae that Season 2 will begin filming this Summer.

Here’s hoping that means the wait won’t be too long.

Squid Game Season 2 cast: Who’s in it?

Lee Jung-Jae will reprise his role as Seong Gi-Hun. Additionally, Lee Byeong-Heon as Hwang In-ho, Wi Ha-Joon as Hwang Jun-ho, and Gong Yoo as the participant recruiter will return for Squid Game Season 2.

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In fact, when discussing the second season with Deadline, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk suggested he’ll “try something to bring back [dead characters] in Season 2.” That could mean anything from brief flashbacks to potential throwback episodes set before or during the first batch of episodes.

“So many characters died, especially beloved ones died. I’m sorry I killed them so easily; I didn’t know this was coming,” he told Reuters, saying he also wants to “revive Ji-young, but her best friend Sae-byeok also died.”

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But given how Season 1 wraps itself up, we’re expecting to see a virtually entirely new lineup in Season 2. While it probably won’t happen, the director expressed interest in nabbing Leonardo DiCaprio for the series.

As for unfamiliar faces, the second season has cast more actors playing undetermined roles: Kang Ha-Neul, Yim Si-Wan, Park Sung-Hoon, and Yang Dong-Geun.

Eight new cast members were also announced on June 29: Park Gyu-young, Jo Yu-ri, Kang Ae-sim, Lee David, Lee Jin-uk, Choi Seung-hyun, Roh Jae-won, and Won Ji-an.

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Squid Game Season 2 plot: What will it be about?

Squid Game Season 2 will follow Seong Gi-Hun, sporting a fresh new red hairstyle, as he looks to take down those behind the titular Squid Game. It will also deal with the fallout of Gi-Hun choosing to remain in Korea instead of joining his daughter in the US.

The second outing will hopefully shine a new light on the mysterious games and show us even more of the people who run them. More details will no doubt emerge as Season 2 moves along in production and the first trailers rollout.

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Actor Lee Jung-jae told People: “I have no idea what will happen or the scale of it, but the only thing [director Hwang] did tell me was that Seong Gi-hun is going to be in the show again, and he’s going to be playing in the arena again.”

Squid Game Season 2 trailer: Is there a trailer?

On June 17, 2023, Netflix unveiled the first teaser trailer of Squid Game’s second season. The video aired during the streaming service’s TUDUM event and featured several cast members.

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There you have it, that was everything we know about Squid Game Season 2. We’ll be updating this page will all the latest information, so make sure to check back regularly. Check out our other hubs below:

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