Squid Game
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Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings call has brought with it an announcement that it will be renewing its smash hit mystery crime thriller Squid Game. The first season of the show which was released September 2021 quickly became a fan favorite, with word-of-mouth leading to more and more viewers tuning in to watch each week as the gripping tale unfolded over nine episodes.

The show follows the story of a mysterious invitation that sees a group of people from all over Korea congregating at a mysterious location in order to take part in an extreme reality game where they are forced to play a series of traditional Korean kids games – such as Red Light, Green Light and tug of war. There’s just one catch: if you lose the game, you die.

“The Squid Game universe has only begun,” according to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, who confirmed during Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday that there will “absolutely” be a second season of the surprise smash-hit Korean drama.

This is really great news for South Korean dramas! Rewind back to this summer when Netflix’s VP of Content tweeted about how the award-winning film Parasite was a “turning point” for them and their decision to invest more money into original Korean programming instead by acquiring better quality shows.

Ted Sarandos said:

“They didn’t try to make the show different so that it would travel, but tried to find all the things about Korean cinema and Korean drama and build them up in a way and new levels of production values,” he said. “It’s not like we had to go in and teach anyone in Korea how to make great content. It’s an incredible market for that. There’s always been curiosity around the world, [the] K Drama market has always had pockets of success all over the place, but the ease of delivery that we’ve offered has pushed that into the mainstream.”

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