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Squid Game Season 2: Where the Series Could (And Should) Go



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It’s official: Netflix’s Squid Game is coming back for a second season. The Korean series took international audiences by storm, with Variety reporting it had 1.65 billion viewing hours in its first 28 days on the streaming service. That’s more than double the viewing hours of Bridgerton season 1. While season 2 was never really in question, comments from director, writer, and producer Hwang Dong-hyuk caused fans to worry when it was hinted the earliest a new season could come was 2024.

Netflix announced the second season on June 12th with a message from Hwang Dong-hyuk. He confirmed several characters are returning, including main character Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) and The Front Man. The storylines of season 2 are still very much under wraps, with the only hint of what to come is that another mechanical doll will be in the season and that the man tricking people into playing the game may return. Other than that, we’re left to speculate where the season could, and should, go.

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The Front Man, or the individual in the black mask, is the one seemingly running the show. They are answering the phone, communicating with the VIPs, and taking care of business. Season 1 revealed The Front Man as Hwang In-ho (Lee Byung-hun), the brother of police officer Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-joon). Jun-ho sneaks into the game in an effort to find his brother, but he never could’ve predicted his brother was a ringleader and not a competitor.

In-ho became The Front Man after winning the 28th Squid Games, implying that just because you win doesn’t mean you leave the games behind forever. Will he remain in the role, or will someone else take over? With at least 33 games played, that leaves a whole host of winners that could take over for In-ho.

With that in mind, and Hwang Dong-hyuk confirming the winner of the 33rd Squid Game Seong Gi-hun will be back, could he return as The Front Man? In his final moments of Season 1, he forgoes going to the United States to see his daughter, turning around on the jet bridge and seemingly deciding to work against the game makers to end the Squid Game once and for all. Could going undercover as The Front Man enable him to do that? Sure. But, there are better opportunities for him that provide the same information and more flexibility.

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