After the Korean thriller series became a global sleeper hit, it was a no-brainer for Netflix to produce a second season. Over the last six months, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has taken over double duty, promoting the first season of the drama throughout the winter awards circuit and now the summer TV season while simultaneously writing a second season of the drama that took him a total of 12 years to bring to life.
And now, Netflix has officially given the go-ahead for the second season, along with some details about who we’ll really see, as revealed in a letter from director Justin Hwang and made public by Netflix (minor spoilers for the few not-yet-seen people all over the world): Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), of course, as the victor and lone survivor of the titular games, as well as the enigmatic Front Man, who is eventually revealed to be the superstar Lee Byung-hun, who is behind the competition.
In addition, Hwang hints at the likely return of a fan-favorite cameo: the beloved Korean leading man Gong Yoo, who portrayed the anonymous recruiter who pulls desperate individuals into the game using the traditional Korean card-flipping game ddakji.
In addition, the first official teaser art for the second season has been revealed by Netflix, teasing a close-up of an animatronic figure’s eye, most likely Cheol-su, with a glowing red “2” in the iris: