Squid Game Season 2: Release Date, Cast And Plot

Squid Game: Let's find out everything we know about the return of the K-drama, from its release date, cast and the plot...
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Netflix has confirmed the return of the popular K-drama. So let’s find out everything we know about Squid Game season 2, from its release date to the potential plot…

We’ve finally had our first look at the highly anticipated second series of the hit TV South Korean drama with a 17-second long trailer as part of Netflix’s Next On in 2024 preview.

It shows a now red-haired Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun walking through an airport and receiving a phone call.

“You’ll regret your decision,” the person on the other end of the phone ominously says.

Seong Gi-hun then warns: “I will find you.”

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With this sneak peek at what’s to come, many fans have asked when is the official release date, who from the cast will be returning and what the plot will be. So let’s take a look at what we know so far…

Warning: there may be spoilers!

Squid Game season 2 release date: When is it coming to Netflix?

For now, all we know is that season 2 is expected to drop sometime in 2024.

This was confirmed by What’s New on Netflix, with the streaming platform also corroborating the news with Variety.

Due to the extensive filming and post-production schedule, it’s likely the show will be released in the latter half of the year.

Last year, in February 2023, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae told All K-Pop that the K-drama would ‘begin filming in the summer’ and would probably last ‘about 10 months’.

He added: “We were working on season 1 for about 10 months as well, but that was with delays caused by Covid-19. But seeing as season 2 will be bigger in scale, it will probably take longer to complete.”

Squid Game
Squid Game is expected to drop sometime in late 2024. Credit: Netflix

It has been over two years since the first series ended in September 2021.

On the plus side, it looks as though there could be a season 3 coming too.

In December 2021, director Hwang Dong-hyuk told Korean broadcaster KBS (via 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.”

Squid Game season 2 cast: Who is returning?

Because of the nature of the game, there won’t be many familiar faces coming back for season two.

All but one of the original 456 Squid Game participants died during the show.

“So many characters died, especially beloved ones died. I’m sorry I killed them so easily; I didn’t know this was coming,” Hwang told Reuters.

He added that wanted to ‘revive Ji-young, but her best friend Sae-byeok also died’, sharing that he’s ‘thinking what to do’.

It does seem that Seong Gi-hun will be making a comeback, after successfully making it out of the first game alive.

Wi Ha-jun will reprise his role as police detective Jun-ho.

Kang Sae-byeok in Squid Game.
There won’t be many familiar faces coming back for season two. Credit: Netflix

“I’m dying to know what happened to him,” he told Deadline. “I want him to return alive, find his brother and ask him tons of questions. I hope to see a more brother-love side of their relationship as well.”

The anonymous recruiter who lures people into the game, Gong Yoo, is also set to return.

Other new cast members have been announced, including It’s Okay Not to Be Okay’s Park Gyu-young, singer Jo Yu-ri, Kang Ae-sim, Itaewon Class’ Lee David, Sweet Home’s Lee Jin-uk, rapper Choi Seung-hyun (aka TOP), Roh Jae-won, and DP’s Won Ji-an.

Squid Game season 2 plot: What might happen?

Based on the finale of season one, it’s likely we will follow Gi-hun as he attempts to put an end to the game.

“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,” Lee Jung-jae told People.

The drama’s creator, Hwang, told The Times he would like season 2 to look at the Korean police, as the first series mainly focused on contestants.

Old Man Oh Il-nam in Squid Game.
Squid Game season 2 could explore several backstories. Credit: Netflix

“While I was writing season 1, I thought about the stories that could be in season 2 if I get to do one – one would be the story of the Frontman. I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea,” he explained.

“I see it on the global news that the police force can be very late on acting on things – there are more victims or a situation gets worse because of them not acting fast enough. This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in season 2, I can talk about this more.”

Hwang is also open to exploring the backstory of Old Man Oh Il-nam, who is revealed to be one of the wealthy investors behind the game.

He teased to Radio Times: “It seems, however, the way how he yearns for the happy moments of his past shows that he has lost many things including his family and his humanity at the cost of success. If there will be a season two, we might reveal a little more about his past story.”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

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