Are Lee Jung-jae, Wi Ha-joon part of 'Squid Game' Season 2? Netflix confirms new season

The director had previously shared he would go ahead with Season 2 even if Netflix hadn't renewed the K-drama


                            Are Lee Jung-jae, Wi Ha-joon part of 'Squid Game' Season 2? Netflix confirms new season
Wi Ha-joon and Lee Jung-jae's characters have open endings in 'Squid Game' Season 1 (@netflixkr, @from_jjlee/Instagram)

With the makers of ‘Squid Game’ hinting at not only a Season 2 but also a Season 3, fans all over the world are excited. The Netflix original K-drama was one of the biggest shows on the OTT platform. The show and the cast like Korean movie star Lee Jungjae and top model HoYeon Jung reached new heights of international fame as it was watched all over the world and trended on social media for months in the second half of 2021. It became the most-watched Netflix show beating 2020’s ‘Bridgerton’.

142 million subscribers watched ‘Squid Game’. The K-drama is also getting acknowledged worldwide from becoming eligible for a Primetime Emmy to winning a Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award. The Netflix show is also nominated for Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards. We also had Oh Yeong-su who was cast in the role of Player 1 aka Oh Il-nam becoming the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe. Meanwhile, HoYeon Jung who played Player 67 aka Kang Sae-byeok has entered Hollywood after signing with Creative Artists Agency, home to Harry Styles, Beyonce and Zendaya.

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‘Squid Game’ gets a Season 2

Following its smashing success as it was watched in over 94 countries, ‘Squid Game’ is now confirmed to be getting a new season. On January 21, Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the international phenomenon had been renewed for a second season and that production had begun. In fact, when Netflix was interviewed about 2021’s fourth-quarter revenue, Sarandos had reportedly said, “Of course, there will be [a season 2]. The ‘Squid Game’ universe has just begun.” Fans also wondered if the season 1 cast members like Lee Jung-jae would be returning.



 

While many of the fan-favorites like Sae-byeok, Ji-yeong, Ali, Oh Il-nam cannot return to season 2 due to their storyline ending in the first season, fans were eager to know about the open ending that Jung-jae’s character Gi-hun aka Player 456 had. They also wish to see Hwang Jun-ho played by Wi Ha-joon since his mysterious ending in Season 1 gives fans hope. While there aren’t any spoilers for Season 2 yet, director Hwang Dong-hyuk has confirmed Lee Jung-jae will be returning as Gi-hun.

Previously, the director of ‘Squid Game’ had turned heads by revealing that he would be working on a Season 2 even if Netflix had not decided to renew the drama. Dong-hyuk had shared, “There was an immense demand for a second season, and there was a lot of love. So I think that's why there was no choice. [The idea] is inside my head right now. It is currently in the works.”

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