'Squid Game' Season 2 Cast: Which Characters from Season 1 Could Return?

Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk recently dished some more details about the second season of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award-winning Netflix K-drama, including the possible return of a key cast member whose character had been killed off in Season 1.

In an interview at the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards ceremony on Saturday, speaking to Deadline on the red carpet, the director revealed: "There will be more great games, that's all I can say.

"I'm just still brainstorming and collecting the ideas for Season 2. I haven't even started with the writing yet," he added.

The dramatic finale of the gripping series about a deadly survival competition saw an enraged Gi-hun (contestant no. 456, played by SAG and Critics Choice Award winner Lee Jung-jae)—who was about to board a flight to see his daughter—running out of a jetway following a cryptic phone call with the manager of the contest.

Hwang previously promised that "Gi-hun will come back, he will do something for the world" in an interview with the Associated Press in November, 2021 and in late December that same year, he revealed that "the story of the people Gi-hun meets and chases after will be the big plot for Season 2," according to South Korea's Edaily.

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

But what about the other characters? The end of Season 1 left a trail of several burning questions and plenty of roads to explore in terms of plot lines. But could these avenues also include a return of cast members whose characters died in the first season?

Here we unpack which other characters could return in the highly anticipated Squid Game Season 2.

Which Squid Game Season 1 Characters Could Return For Season 2?

Player No. 067

During the red carpet interview with Deadline at the PGA Awards, asked whether viewers could expect to see some characters from Season 1 return in Season 2, Hwang laughed and said: "No, because most of them are dead," but hinted, "I'll try something to bring them back to Season 2."

Perhaps contestant no. 067 (played by SAG award winner HoYeon Jung), whose name Sae-byeok translates to "dawn" in Korean, could see a new dawn in the second season.

Gesturing toward Jung beside him on the red carpet, the Squid Game director said: "Let's say maybe she has a twin sister, you'll see."

Jung then responded: "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 HoYeon Jung) in "Squid Game" on Netflix. Netflix

Player No. 067's Brother

During the Marbles game round of the competition, when player no. 240 (played by Lee Yoo-mi, who also stars in the Netflix hit K-drama All of Us Are Dead) asked Sae-byeok what she'd do with the prize money if she were to win the contest, she revealed her dream would be to buy a house to live in with her younger brother, retrieve her mother from North Korea and visit Jeju Island, South Korea's idyllic tourist destination.

Sae-byeok's younger brother was seen in an earlier episode when she visited him at the children's home after the players were free to leave the game facility following a vote to end the contest. Could her brother return in Season 2 in search of answers to what happened to his sister years later? And potentially go on a quest for revenge if the truth about the contest is revealed?

Player 067 with brother in "Squid Game."
A scene from "Squid Game" featuring player no. 067 (left, played by HoYeon Jung) and her younger brother. Netflix

The Detective

The end of Season 1 saw detective Jun-ho (played by Wi Ha-jun) be chased down by the guards and the Front Man character (played by Lee Byung-hun). The policeman had infiltrated the game facility disguised as a staff member in search of his brother (revealed to be the Front Man) who had gone missing.

After his cover was blown, Jun-ho's final appearance in the show saw him be shot by his brother, which resulted in him falling over a cliff, presumably plunging to his death. But could the detective still be alive?

Speaking to Newsweek in October in his first interview with a major U.S. publication, Wi said he didn't rule out the return of his character in a second season.

"I believe the detective was not fatally wounded," since he was shot in the arm. However, Wi added, "I'm still not really sure" whether Jun-ho is alive.

Wi also said it's "highly likely" that all the footage the detective gathered about the game facility, which he attempted to send to his superior via his phone while running from the game staff members, had not made it through due to the weak mobile reception.

If the detective is indeed still alive, could Season 2 see him return home and recruit other policemen to take down the game facility? Or will he remain disguised as a staffer and eventually join forces with Gi-hun to put an end to the deadly competition?

The detective character in "Squid Game."
The detective character in "Squid Game," played by Wi Ha-jun. Netflix

The Front Man

Several mysteries remain around the Front Man, including why he decided to oversee the competition after winning the contest himself years earlier.

In an interview back in October with CNN, Hwang revealed he wanted to explore "the unexplained past" of the Front Man, in addition to the story of the policeman, in subsequent episodes.

Wi also told Newsweek he'd love to see the "various questions around the story of Jun-ho and the Front Man be answered" in a second season, including "why he had to point the gun at his younger brother."

The Front Man character in "Squid Game."
The Front Man character (played by Lee Byung-hun) in "Squid Game" on Netflix. Netflix

The Old Man

The Old Man (played by Golden Globe winner O Yeong-su, also spelled Oh Young-soo)—who participated in the game but was later revealed to be the mastermind behind the competition—was portrayed to have died in a hospital bed in the finale, with the Front Man overlooking his deathbed. But similar to how the Old Man's death was only implied during the Marbles round of the contest, could he somehow still be alive and reappear in Season 2?

The Old Man in "Squid Game."
The Old Man (played by O Yeong-su, also spelled Oh Young-soo) in "Squid Game." Netflix

The Salesman

The Squid Game director previously revealed that he hopes to unravel the story behind the Salesman—an enigmatic character played by famed Korean actor Gong Yoo (seen recently in Netflix's The Silent Sea as well as in various hit Korean films).

The Salesman, who recruited the contestants via a game of ddakji (a traditional Korean childhood game played with squares of folded paper) appears at the very start and end of Season 1. He is last spotted in the finale by Gi-hun who sees him recruiting another player on a train platform, in the same way he himself was recruited in the first episode.

Apart from his appearance in the first and last episodes, the Salesman's backstory remains a mystery, including how and why he became involved in the competition and whether he's aware of its deadly consequences. Or could the Salesman (and not the Old Man) be the true mastermind behind the contest?

Players Who Didn't Return to the Games

Following the shock of the first round of the contest (Red Light, Green Light), as mentioned earlier the contestants were free to go following a vote for the competition to cease.

While the majority of the players returned to the contest, there were some who chose not to return. Now knowing what goes on behind the games' closed doors, could these former contestants play a role in Season 2 in revealing the truth about the deadly competition to the rest of the world and ultimately help put an end to it? Hopefully this—and several other mysteries—will be uncovered in the next season of Squid Game.

A still from "Squid Game" on Netflix.
Contestants seen at their housing quarters in "Squid Game" on Netflix iStock/Getty Images Plus