In an interview with Vulture, Netflix Global TV head Bela Bajaria is described as “upbeat” about the possibility of a second season, saying the future of Squid Game rests on the shoulders of its creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, who “has a film and other things he’s working on.”
Hwang recently spoke with The Times where he revealed that Season 2 could revolve around “the issue with police officers,” adding, “While I was writing season one, I thought about the stories that could be in season two if I get to do one—one would be the story of the Frontman.” If you haven’t finished Season 1 yet, you will eventually understand what he’s referring to.
“I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. 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,” he said. “This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in season two I can talk about this more.”
Hwang also mentions that Season 2 could involve him bringing in a writers’ room and tapping directors, a departure from the first season where he assumed both roles for all nine episodes. Hwang and Netflix appear to be on the same page, as Bajaria notes, “We’re trying to figure out the right structure for him.”
Whether that means accomodating his request for additional help or working around his scheduling demands, Netflix appears more than willing to do whatever it takes to get a Season 2 off the ground, at some point.
And why wouldn’t they? The show has been such a global sensation that a Seoul-based telecommunications company filed a lawsuit because of the surge in traffic spurred by the series. According to a Reuters report, internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix in an effort to get them to cover costs from increased network traffic “and maintenance work” because of a boom in viewership.