The next Squid Game series is coming to Netflix this year, but it’s not the highly anticipated second season that fans have been waiting for. Due out this November on Netflix is Squid Game: The Challenge, which is a reality contest show where 456 people will compete for a $4.56 million cash prize.
Contestants will take part in games inspired by the show, and like the series, competitors will be eliminated each round until one person claims the top prize. Netflix said there should be no blood spilled in this event, however, making it clear, “the worst fate is going home empty-handed.” A specific release date in November was not divulged.
Squid Game the show is intended to be a critique of struggling under capitalism, so the existence of a silly contest show is rubbing some people the wrong way.
In January, medics were called to the set of Squid Game: The Challenge after several contestants claimed they’d suffered severe injuries due to competing in cold temperatures. In a statement, Netflix acknowledged that it was “very cold” on set, but said participants were prepared and reports of “serious injury” are false.
As for Squid Game the main show, Season 2 does not have a release date or any other details as of yet. Season 1 ended in a dramatic fashion and cliffhanger, and while the show doesn’t necessarily need a second season, it was such a massive hit that it’s no surprise to learn the show is coming back.
Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said Season 2 of Squid Game will be part of the company’s plans for a “Squid Game universe,” which suggests there could be spin-offs, too.
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