“Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”
As you probably know by now, in a similar vein to The Hunger Games and Japanese stories like Battle Royale, As the Gods Will 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. Even after they find out what horrors await, they are all in a desperate enough situation (through debt, mostly) that they want to come back.
Childhood games that end in a gruesome fashion, of course, but that were all filmed with the utmost care for the cast and crew. In the wake of the shooting tragedy on the set of Rust in the US, Hwang Dong-hyuk has spoken about the safety measures taken when filming Squid Game.
Squid Game was first announced in 2019, which means that production on season one took two years to complete. But now that many of the key pieces are in place, we hope a second season could arrive in 2022. However, with the show being as monumental as it is today, it is more than likely that season 2 won’t be in our hands in the earlier half of 2022 due to the creator having reservations about producing his masterpiece at a rushed pace.