Hwang explained that he has left some things open-ended, to bring it up in the second season including the backstory of The Front Man and Gong Yoo as the man with the ddakjis.
Netflix's Korean show, Squid Game has been making waves around the world. It reached the top spot in the US just four days after it was released on the streaming platform and is projected to become the most-viewed show soon. The show follows a group of people who are trying hard to make ends meet and are recruited to play children's games by an anonymous group for a reward of ₩45.6 billion ($38.6 million) but at a fatal cost.
The show's commentary on the economic struggles and class disparity has resonated with a worldwide audience. The show has stellar episodes and ends on a very curious note. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk has left some things open-ended, to bring it up in the second season.
Warning, spoilers ahead.
For those who have watched the show already, the last episode ends with Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae), the winner of the games, abandoning his plane that would have taken him to see his daughter. He gets a call from the game organizers who are recruiting another group of people and Gi-hun seems determined to take matters into his own hands. This is a great set-up for a second season. Speaking to CNN, Hwang has revealed his big plans for the second season following the success of the first season. "It feels like I've become BTS," he stated. "It's as though I've created a Harry Potter or Star Wars franchise."
"I have left some things open to discuss in the second season if that happens," he said. "I want to unfold The Front Man (played by Lee Byung Hun)'s past and Joonho (played by Wi Ha Joon)'s story and the man who carries around ddakjis in his briefcase (played by Gong Yoo)'s story. These weren't necessarily explained in the first season so I'd like to explain those parts in season 2." He also revealed that he lost six teeth in the process of bringing his project to the screen, a feat that took nearly a decade. Preparing for the new season could prove just as challenging.
Hwang also shared more details of his characters saying that the two main characters, Seong Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo, are named after his old friends, whom he calls his "inner clones." They also represent him, he explains, "I was raised by a single mother in a financially troubled environment in Ssangmun-dong. At the same time, like Sang-woo, I went to Seoul National University and my entire neighborhood praised me and had high expectations of me." Hwang said the entire premise of the show started with the simple question of "what would it be like to go back and play those childhood games again?"
He added, "Writing, producing, and directing a series alone was really such a big task. When I think about doing the same for season two, I'm personally kind of worried. There's nothing confirmed at the moment, but so many people are enthusiastic that I'm really contemplating it." He had previously revealed that he was not planning on a second season after the stressful journey of the first season.