‘Squid Game’ became the first Korean drama series to rank number one for two consecutive days on Netflix TV shows worldwide.
The nine-episode series gained a lot of attention after ranking #1 on Netflix U.S., following its massive success at the top on Netflix Japan, Korea, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, and many more.
It also broke the record for having the highest U.S. ranking achieved by a Korean drama, previously held by ‘Sweet Home’.
The series was released on September 17, 2021 but was first announced in 2019, which means that production on season one took two years to complete.
Meanwhile, the audience is calling for a second season that is likely to arrive as soon as late 2022.
Squid Game hasn’t been officially renewed yet by Netflix, but an announcement shouldn’t take too long if all of the buzz around this show is anything to go by.
On his part, director Hwang Dong-hyuk recently told YTN, a Korean news outlet, that he first thought of the show’s premise back in 2008, so he’s had plenty of time to flesh out a longer game plan beyond season one.
In a similar vein to The Hunger Games and Japanese stories like Battle Royale and Alice In Borderland, Squid Game forces strangers to fight to the death in a twisted and deadly competition.
If they survive long enough to win, they’re awarded an obscene amount of money, but what sets this show apart from the rest is that each one of these participants actually volunteers to play of their own free will.