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Squid Game season 2 release date: When does the hit South Korean series return to Netflix?

It's still one of the streamer's biggest shows ever.

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Following a very brief teaser, Squid Game season 2 is now set to become one of Netflix's biggest releases of 2024. Here's everything we know about its arrival.

Can Gi-hun find those in power who are behind the games and shut down their operations? Is Detective Hwang well and alive? What's next for his brother, the villainous Front Man? Squid Game's explosive season 1 finale was anything but fully conclusive, so viewers 100% knew a second volume was coming. The question was: when?

Well, we now have received confirmation that it's coming later this year. Moreover, Netflix shared the first-ever images last week, featuring "Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), Front Man (Lee Byung-hun), Recruiter (Gong Yoo) and Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), and a new character played by Park Gyu-young." But what about a specific release date?

When is the Squid Game season 2 release date?

Netflix has yet to announce the release date for Squid Game season 2. Plus, there's always the possibility of the second set of episodes being split in two, something that happened with some of streamer's recent hit shows, like The Crown season 6.

Looking at Netflix's busy 2024 schedule for the first half of the year, it's safe to assume Squid Game season 2 won't arrive until the late summer at the earliest. On a less serious note: Looking at how big Squid Game costumes were in Halloween 2021, we wouldn't be surprised if Netflix tried to line up its arrival with the celebrations, dropping it around October.

For reference: the first season of Squid Game was released on September 17, 2021.

What is Squid Game about?

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In South Korea, hundreds of cash-strapped people receive and accept a strange invitation to compete in quite familiar children's games. Inside the unknown location where the games are held, the tempting prize of ₩45.6 billion awaits, but the stakes are deadly: several survival games in which every error results in death.

Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and indebted gambler who lives with his elderly mother, is the main character, but the series is more of a rather large ensemble, and the story quickly becomes more complex and layered than anticipated.

Series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk conceived the idea based on his own economic struggles, as well as the common class disparity seen in South Korea and rampant capitalism.

Squid Game diehards received an extra something in 2023 in the shape of Squid Game: The Challenge, a real-life game show based on the TV series. Whether that was a good idea or not is up for debate, and we had our thoughts.

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