For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, this article will be spoiler-free. Despite the name of the show “Squid Game” has almost nothing to do with an actual squid. To get to know the show a bit better I’ll give a summary of the basic goal of the show.
Summary: Squid game revolves around 456 heavily in debt contestants from different age groups, who participate in six rounds of various Korean children’s games to win a humongous sum of money.
This show has a great and unique way of showing economic struggles and class divide in South Korea, with eight characters playing major roles.
The creator of the Squid game Hwang Dong-hyuk wrote theories for squid game in 2008, he passed the idea of the show to various studios over the last 10 years resulting in rejection each time before Netflix decides to pick up the project in 2019. Originally named round six two years ago when it was first announced.
Hwang Dong-hyuk also intended for Squid game to be a movie but changed his mind once he pitched the show to Netflix it turned into a series resulting in him creating more characters that weren’t in the main draft.
Now squid game is the most-watched original series with 111 million viewers in the span of the first 28 days of release. Not only did Squid game reach No. 1 in the United States, but also in No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 lists in 94 countries around the world. This happened because the show was released in 31 languages in 190 countries on the same day.
Another Netflix show called Bridgerton had 82 million viewers in their first 28-day debut, however, Squid-game surpassed that number in a shorter amount of time.
Since the release of Squid-game, other things have been happening as well.
- White vans (Shoes) have risen in sales by 7,800%
- One of the main actors of the show HoYeon Jung grew Instagram’s popularity by 19.5 million people.
- The color teal rose in global searches by 130%
Now Netflix has made 900 million dollars from squid game when they only spent 21 million dollars on it. With this show being very popular and different from any other show, I recommend you watch it.
This show has the ability to bring out some emotion in you. However, If you do decide to watch it you better start now because
Director Hwang Dong-hyuk recently announced in an AP Entertainment interview that season 2 of squid game is on its way! Season 1 was released on September 17, 2021, so as a prediction we could expect to see season 2 around September 2022. Hwang Dong-hyuk has been very clear that he did not have season 2 ideas in mind when he finished season 1. With that information season 2 may take a while due to planning, and writing out what it could be.
Hwang Dong-hyuk stated in the interview “So there’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season. So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season. It’s in my head right now. I’m in the planning process currently.”
With that said I’m confident he’ll make squid game better than it was before.