The Full Cast of "Squid Game" Season 2 Is Here

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Noh Juhan/Netflix

This is not a game; a second season of Netflix's hit series "Squid Game" is officially happening! More than eight months after the show's creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, confirmed the exciting news during a Nov. 9, 2021, interview with The Associated Press, Netflix officially gave season two the green light on June 12, 2022, with the release of new teaser art featuring a close-up of an animatronic eye on Twitter and Instagram. And over a year later, on June 28, the streamer announced the new season's stacked cast — plus who from the original cast will return.

The first season of the show was packed with surprises, life-or-death situations, and moments that had viewers at the edges of their seats. So what can we expect from the follow-up season? Hwang and Netflix are staying mum on specific details for now, so it looks like fans of the one-of-a-kind series will be left with a laundry list of questions about the second season — like when it's returning and what direction the series will take.

Luckily, Hwang has teased certain plot points for "Squid Game" season two, and of course, the season one finale also gives fans some clues about what to expect next. With that in mind, here's everything we know so far about season two of "Squid Game."

"Squid Game" Season 2 Cast

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On June 28, Netflix announced who's joining remaining original cast members Lee Jung-jae (Gi-hun), Lee Byung-hun (the Front Man), Gong Yoo (the Salesman), and Wi Ha-jun (Jun-ho) in season two. New faces in the cast include Yim Si-wan, Kang Ha-neul, "Sweet Home"'s Park Gyu-young and Lee Jin-uk, Park Sung-hoon, Jo Yu-ri, Yang Dong-geun, "Move to Heaven"'s Kang Ae-sim, Lee David, Choi Seung-hyun (aka, Big Bang's T.O.P.), Roh Jae-won, and "D.P"'s Won Ji-An.

Wi's return suggests that the fan theory that police officer Jun-ho is still alive was, indeed, correct, and he'll likely be back to help Gi-hun stop the games. However, it's also possible we'll only see him in flashbacks to learn more about his background and relationship with his brother, the Front Man.

"Squid Game" Season 2 First Look

On June 12, 2022, Netflix released teaser art for season two featuring an animatronic eye that may or may not belong to Young-hee.

"Squid Game" Season 2 Plot

In a note posted to Instagram by Hwang on June 12, 2022, he seems to suggest season two will be about Gi-hun trying to put an end to the games once and for all. The season one finale teases this when Gi-hun calls the number on a Squid Game invitation card and tells the person on the other end: "I'm not a horse. I'm a person. That's why I want to know who you people are and how you can commit such atrocities against people." He then decides not to board his flight to see his daughter and instead walks toward the camera, hinting he'll try to get answers about the games and the people behind them so he can stop them from hurting more people. Who knows, Gi-hun might infiltrate the games himself to take down the system from the inside.

During a virtual SAG panel in December 2021, director Hwang hinted at what could be next for Gi-hun. "I'm not really in the right place to be discussing season 2 in an official setting, but if there were to be a season 2, in the first season that we saw Gi-hun is a character whose humanity is shown through or exposed in certain situations," he told Entertainment Weekly's editor in chief, Mary Margaret. "As for the Front Man [Lee Byung-hun] who was also a past winner but became a Front Man, it's like Darth Vader," he added. "Some end up Jedi and some become Darth Vader, right? I think that maybe Gi-hun will go through a certain critical point where he is put through a test as well."

"Squid Game" Season 2 Premiere Date

Netflix has yet to reveal a premiere date for season two. With filming for season two reportedly kicking off in July, fans will likely be waiting until mid-2024 for the season's premiere.

"Squid Game" Season 2 Villain

Despite being shot in the eighth episode, the Front Man is still alive at the end of season one. He's the main antagonist of the season, so he'll probably be the villain again in the second season. Seeing as the creator of the games, Oh Il-nam (O Yeong-su), is dead, someone will have to step up to keep the operation going, and there's a good chance that person will be a clear villain.

"Squid Game" Season 2 Setting

One of the most interesting aspects of "Squid Game" is seeing the players participate in a series of Korean children's games. The seventh episode hints that other countries hold similar games, which is why some fans believe the second season could take place in a brand-new location and will focus on famous children's games in that country. It's an interesting theory, but nothing has been confirmed just yet.

Where to Stream "Squid Game" Season 2

Just like season one, season two of "Squid Game" will be on Netflix, so we'll be keeping an eye on the streaming giant to release more details about the show as they come up.

— Additional reporting by Sabienna Bowman and Noelle DeVoe