Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard about the Netflix thriller “Squid Game.” You’re probably already searching for the possibility of a season 2. It’s inevitable as the ending of the series leaves it open for a sequel. But since Netflix has yet to green light another season, let me share with you my thoughts about this series and why I think it might have a follow-up.
The Good vs. the Evil
As in most dramas, there’s always that plotline involving the good vs. the evil. Those lines are somewhat blurred in “Squid Game” since all the characters are flawed. There is that inner debate whether to abandon all traces of humanity when faced with death. Even the kind hearted characters are forced to do everything to survive.
Without spoiling much about the ending, one of the main characters makes a decision to take back his humanity and goodness wins. Or does it? It’s all up in the air as the games continue. We will probably see whether good really trumps evil if there’s a “Squid Game” season 2.
‘Squid Game’ is not a K-drama
Apart from incorporating traditional Korean children’s games such as the honeycomb game and the squid game, there is really nothing typically Korean about this series that warrants it to be called a K-drama. It’s a series starring Korean actors intended for an international audience. Depending on your lenses, you may see this as a tactic to pull a bigger audience to Hallyu content. One may also view this as Westernizing what used to be a niche segment of the entertainment market.
It’s an understatement to say that Korean entertainment has gone through major changes over the past years. Whether for the better or worse depends on how we see these changes as rabid consumers of K-entertainment. “Squid Game” is a testament to that.
‘Squid Game’ Season 2?
Whatever your view is, most of us would likely agree that “Squid Game” is entertaining for its shocking, hold on to your seats scenes. It’s “The Hunger Games” on violence steroids. Violence sells even to this day, a form of entertainment dating back to Roman Colosseum fights where gladiators fight to the death.
There is no doubt that “Squid Game” season 2, if it pushes through, would again make its way to Netflix’s trending and most popular lists. But for now, you can all enjoy the first season with its enchanting production design and all its gore.