Squid Games, a South Korean survival drama series created for Netflix by Hwang Dong-hyuk, aired for the first time on September 17, 2021. Initially, Squid Games was a one-season-only show. This was because the first episode was majorly stressful for Hwang to do all himself. He said that if he was going to create a season two of Squid Games, he would need a whole team of people to help him do so. Initially, Hwang stated in an interview that though there are no plans in the works for a season two. He’s really considering it due to the fact that people really loved the first season and want more. As of late 2021, Hwang started working on season two of Squid Games. And has plans to bring back some familiar faces.
The show Squid Games is about a single, divorced father and an obsessive gambler that gets invited to play in a round of games, that also happen to be kid’s games, for a chance to win a lot of money. He ultimately accepts the offer and proceeds to the location. Blindfolded upon arrival, he only realizes once un-blindfolded that there are hundreds of others that need money as well. They are all given a number and watched under 24-hour surveillance. After playing the first game, he soon realized that losing the game resulted in death. More money’s added to the prize every time someone dies. The main character Gi-hun makes alliances with some of the other players. And they help each other through the game as much as they can.
After Squid Games aired it received extremely positive reviews all around. Critics claim it is definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you love a good thrill and being on the edge of your seat, this is a really great show.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 94% based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 8.20/10. On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 69 out of 100 based on 13 critics.
Numbers in parentheses denote the character’s assigned number in the Squid Game.
Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun (456)
Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo (218)
Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho
HoYeon Jung as Kang Sae-byeok (067)
O Yeong-su as Oh Il-nam (001)
Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su (101)
Anupam Tripathi as Ali Abdul (199)
Kim Joo-ryoung as Han Mi-nyeo (212)
Yoo Sung-joo as Byeong-gi (111)
Lee Yoo-mi as Ji-yeong (240)
Kim Si-hyun as Player 244
Lee Sang-hee as Do Jung-soo (017)
Kim Yun-tae as Player 069
Lee Ji-ha as Player 070
Kwak Ja-hyoung as Player 278
Christian Lagahit as Player 276
Kim Young-ok as Oh Mal-soon
Cho Ah-in as Seong Ga-yeong
Kang Mal-geum as Kang Eun-ji
Park Hye-jin as Sang-woo’s mother
Park Si-wan as Kang Cheol
Gong Yoo as a salesman who recruits participants for the Game
Lee Byung-hun as Hwang In-ho
Lee Jung-jun as Guard
John D Michaels as VIP #1
Daniel C Kennedy as VIP #2
David Lee as VIP #3
Geoffrey Giuliano as VIP #4
Stephane Mot as VIP #5
Michael Davis as VIP #6