What 'Squid Game' Cast Have Said About Season 2

It's official—a "whole new round" of Squid Game is coming. Netflix's biggest show of all time will return for a second season, the streamer confirmed this week.

"A new game begins," writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in a statement shared by Netflix Korea, promising that the gripping drama about a deadly survival competition would return with "a newer game and even more amazing story."

Hwang also confirmed the return of two key Season 1 characters—Gi-hun, or contestant No. 456 (played by Lee Jung-jae) and the Front Man (played by Lee Byung-hun, currently starring in Our Blues on Netflix).

The Squid Game creator also hinted that "the man in the suit holding ddakji" (the Salesman played by Gong Yoo, who recruits contestants via the traditional Korean children's game) "may be back" in Season 2.

Viewers will also be introduced to "Young-hee's boyfriend, Cheol-su" in Season 2, Hwang said. Young-hee is the creepy giant doll seen in the first round of the games and has become an icon of the show.

Here, we look at what some of the key Squid Game cast members have said about Season 2.

"Squid Game" cast members from Season 1.
Clockwise from left: Cast members from "Squid Game," including Sang-woo (No. 218, played by Park Hae-soo), next to Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae); the detective Jun-ho (played by Wi Ha-jun); Sae-byeok (played by Jung Ho-yeon). Netflix

Lee Jung-jae (Player No. 456)

Lee, a Screen Actors Guild award winner and Golden Globe nominee for Squid Game, told an interviewer last December that Season 2 might reveal a more "humorous side" of his character Gi-hun, who wins the deadly competition.

In the dramatic series finale, Gi-hun appears to have put the game behind him, but he changes his mind when he spots the Salesman trying to recruit a new player. He calls the mysterious organizer of the deadly contest and says: "I can't forgive you...for everything you're doing."

Lee told Esquire: "Because Gi-hun became more serious because he has to rescue these people, I'm thinking that he would become a more determined character.

"But if he's just too determined, that could be a little bit boring. So, I'm guessing the fun parts of Gi-hun will also come out in the next season."

Player no. 456 seen in "Squid Game".
No. 456 (played by Lee Jung-jae) during the "dalgona" candy round of the contest in "Squid Game" on Netflix. Netflix

Park Hae-soo (No. 218)

In his first interview with a major U.S. publication, Park Hae-soo spoke to Newsweek in May about the possible return of his character Sang-woo (No. 218) and his "unresolved pain."

The Screen Actors Guild nominee, who plays the formidable Berlin character in the highly anticipated Korean version of Money Heist set for release this month, said that "if I could have it my way," he would want Sang-woo to see his mother in the second season.

No. 218 took his own life during a dramatic face-off with Gi-hun in the final round of the competition. "He didn't get to see his mother once before he died," Park said of Sang-woo, who was wanted by police for embezzlement and other financial crimes.

"Even when he was alive, he never got to meet her face-to-face. He only saw her from a distance while hiding himself in a corner when he went to her market stall. He carries this pain of not having been able to see her," the actor added.

During the second episode, when the contestants left the game facility following a majority vote to end the competition, Sang-woo was seen observing his mother at her market stall from afar, ashamed of his failures.

Park explained if his character were to appear in the second season, "while Sang-woo can't be rid of the bad luck he's had in life, I'd want him to at least see his mother."

Park Hae-soo in "Squid Game" on Netflix.
Korean actor Park Hae-soo, seen as Cho Sang-woo (player No. 218) in "Squid Game" on Netflix. Netflix

Wi Ha-jun (the Policeman)

Wi Ha-jun plays Jun-ho, the detective who infiltrates the game facility in a quest to discover what has happened to his missing brother. It is later revealed that his brother is the Front Man.

In the series finale, the detective's cover is blown and he runs from game staff as he frantically tries to send damning evidence about the games to his superior officer via his mobile phone. He is then shot by the Front Man, plunging off a cliff.

Speaking in October 2021, Wi told Newsweek in his first interview with a major U.S. publication that he believes "the detective was not fatally wounded" since he was shot in the arm.

However, the actor added that he was "still not really sure" whether Jun-ho survived and that it seems "highly likely" the evidence did not reach his boss.

Wi would like to see "various questions around the story of Jun-ho and the Front Man answered" in Season 2.

"I wonder why he became the Front Man and why he had to point the gun at his younger brother," he said, pointing out that the Front Man "has a deep affection for his brother."

Wi Ha-jun in "Squid Game."
Jun-ho, played by Wi Ha-jun, in a scene from "Squid Game." Netflix

Jung Ho-yeon (Player No. 067)

Sae-byeok (contestant No. 067, played by Jung Ho-yeon, the Screen Actors Guild award winner also known as Hoyeon) died in Season 1. However, Hwang has hinted that Sae-byeok, whose name means "dawn" in Korean, could see a new dawn in Season 2.

During a red carpet interview for the Producers Guild of America awards in March, he was asked whether some characters from Season 1 could return. The director laughed and replied: "No, because most of them are dead."

But he added: "I'll try something to bring them back to Season 2." Gesturing toward Jung on the red carpet, he said: "Let's say maybe she has a twin sister—you'll see."

Jung weighed in on the possibility, saying: "I could change my hair color. Let's do a little, like, plastic surgery."

Player No. 067 in "Squid Game."
Player No. 067 (played by Jung Ho-yeon) in "Squid Game" on Netflix. Netflix