The winner takes it all! But did the sacrifices that you made to get the ultimate prize to make it all worth it? Squid Game, which is Hwang Dong-hyuk’s critically acclaimed and Netflix’s most-watched series, has taught us that togetherness is more than important to achieve your goals, but you’ve always got to watch your back by yourself.
Hwang Dong-hyuk Is Spicing Up Gi-Hun In The Second Season Of Squid Game
Hwang’s hard work has paid off, the 51-year-old director is said to have worked for at least 10 years on the script for the TV show before it finally got approved in 2019, and he is reaping the benefits.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director spoke about Gi-Hun’s character, and what’s next for him in the second season of Squid Game. He also said that he’s not letting the reactions of fans from the first season affect the plans he has for the second season-
“I’ve seen many reactions from people about the show, but I don’t want to make season two as a response to those reactions. The philosophies I put in season one all naturally extend to season two. Instead of trying to meet the expectations of viewers, I just thought about the last moment when Gi-hun turned away from boarding the plane, and I thought about what he will do next. There will naturally be a flow of events that will lead all the way to the end of the season. I can’t share any details yet, but you know that Seong Gi-hun has become a totally new person by the end of season one, so season two is going to be about what that new Gi-hun is going to do and how things will unfold with this new kind of character.”
That’s good for him to not be pressured into giving into demands from the fans, another win for creative freedom.
Hwang Also Got Advice From Korea’s Most Well-Rated Director
Turns out that Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, who has shared a similar level of success outside of Korea alongside Hwang Dong-hyuk, gave Hwang a good piece of advice too.
Here’s what Hwang said when asked if he ever met the Memories of Murder director-
“I actually met up with director Bong a few times and got some advice from him. He told me how draining the process of Oscar campaigning was. He was actually sick at that time — he thinks it might have been COVID — but he had to do all the campaigning. Director Bong was preparing for his next project, and he told me that working on his script and getting away from the Oscars campaign was how he healed himself. He told me, “You’re going to get healing by preparing for the next [project].””
The two having met means that they might work on a project together someday, or that is what we hope for, at least.