Netflix's series Squid Game is set to make a return this year and the world is buzzing with anticipation. Unveiling a glimpse of what's to come, the recent "Next On Netflix" event further fanned excitement over a show that remains Netflix's most popular series more than two years after its release.
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 by more than 142 million households in its first 28 days, the series took the number one spot in "Today's Top 10" in 94 countries.
Beyond its massive viewership, the series made history by winning six 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 recent 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 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.
Visionary director Hwang Dong-hyuk also 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.
Lee Byung-hun will play Front Man. photo: