Squid Game, is set to make a triumphant return this year, and the world is buzzing with anticipation. Unveiling tantalizing glimpses of what’s to come, the “Next On Netflix” event today further fans the excitement over a show that remains Netflix’s most popular series more than two years after its release.
Beyond its massive viewership, the series wrote history by winning 6 Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Directing for Hwang Dong-hyuk and Outstanding Lead Actor for Lee Jung-jae, and earned prestigious accolades including the Gotham Award for “Breakthrough Series,” and an “AFI Honor in 2021”.
A heart-pounding finale clip presented at the event shows Gi-hun making a critical decision. Portrayed by Lee Jung-jae, who won Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 74th Primetime Emmys®, Gi-hun abandons his US plans after a mysterious call and embarks on a chase with a motive.
The new season will also welcome other beloved characters back like Front Man (Lee Byung-hun) and Recruiter (Gong Yoo). Adding to the intrigue, a new character played by Park Gyu-young makes her debut, sparking curiosity about the new character.
Visionary director Hwang Dong-hyuk returns to steer the ship once again. Following his historic win at the 74th Primetime Emmys® as the first Asian to clinch Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Hwang resumes his role as director, writer, and producer. With a dream ensemble cast by his side, expectations are high for the mastermind behind the Squid Game juggernaut.
Squid Game took the world by storm upon its 2021 premiere, quickly becoming one of Netflix’s most-watched series around the world. Garnering over 1.65 billion viewing hours watched by more than 142 million households in its first 28 days, the series took the #1 spot in “Today’s Top 10” across 94 countries.
Beyond its massive viewership, the series earned prestigious awards such as the Gotham Awards’ “Breakthrough Series,” the People’s Choice Award for “Binge-Worthy Show of 2021,” and the “AFI Special Award.”
Recognized for its cinematic quality, Squid Game received nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards. The series was lauded for its refreshing social commentary of a modern society fraught with intense competition, all told against the backdrop of nostalgic childhood games, turning all things Squid Game — its art, music, fashion, and games — into a global cultural phenomenon.