Jung Ho-yeon Talks About Kang Sae-byeok’s Return In Squid Game S2

Jung Ho-yeon Talks About Kang Sae-byeok’s Return In Squid Game S2

Squid Game season 2 might not have Jung Ho-yeon, despite fans creating multiple theories about her resurrection. In an interview with The Korea Herald, the actress, who plays defector Kang Sae-byeok, discussed her participation in a potential sequel of Netflix’s biggest series ever – Squid Game.

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The tsundere personality of Kang Sae-byeok attracted many, not to forget the undeniable energy of Jung Ho-yeon portraying her. Sae-byeok ends up in the top three of the game before being supposedly stabbed by Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo).

Talking about her character’s end in the drama, Jung Ho-yeon stays in hopes of her Sae-byeok returning but finds her return difficult.

To be honest, I have never thought about (participating in) the next season, because I am dead. We should all wait for brilliant imagination and ideas from the director and Netflix. Let’s wait together.

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Jung Ho-yeon Talks About Kang Sae-byeok’s Return In Squid Game S2
Jung Ho-yeon | Source: Fandom

Jung Ho-yeon made her debut in the acting industry with Squid Game, after already being among the modeling industry’s top names. She revealed that transitioning from a model to an actor was tough, especially because she and Sae-byeok were poles apart.

Before meeting Sae-byeok, I was more of a self-centered person. This might have been the biggest hurdle for me to overcome when playing the character. I tried many ways to become the real Sae-byeok, and writing a diary was one of them.

While fans might want Sae-byeok back, Jung Ho-yeon is a bit hesitant to essay the role again. A lot of the hesitance comes from the mental and emotional stress she was under while playing the role of Player 067.

Jung Ho-yeon Talks About Kang Sae-byeok’s Return In Squid Game S2
Jung Ho-yeon as Sae-byeok | Source: IMDb

In an interview with Vanity Fair too, the actress shared that she doesn’t think Sae-byeok would be back. But she also joked with director Hwang Dong-hyuk about her return as a possible twin or a secret agent – even though they seem more imaginative than the theories.

A top fan theory of Kang Sae-byeok’s return is that her name is never called out when she dies, just like the Old Man’s “death.” According to the theory, Sang-woo and Sae-byeok plotted together and smeared blood on her neck to make her seem dead. Moreover, it states that Sae-byeok escaped from the gift-wrapped coffins with her secret dagger.

Squid Game season 2 is finally canon, but considering a majority of main characters died, it remains to be seen if it would still ignite the same amount of passion from the global audience or not.

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About Squid Game

Squid Game is a South Korean survival show written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. The nine-episode series released on Netflix on September 17, 2021 and has become an internet sensation. 

It features an ensemble of Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, O Yeong-su, Wi Ha-joon, Ho Seong-tae, Kim Joo-ryung, Jung Ho-yeon and Anupam Tripathi. It became the first Korean show to reach No. 1 in the U.S. 

The plot revolves around 456 people deep-in-depth, playing multiple dangerous games based on children’s games in a bid to win 45.6 billion KRW. The employees wear a mask with a triangle, square and a circle, signifying the hierarchy and an ode to the ‘Squid Game’ Koreans play.

It’s acclaimed for its dark satire, violence and the class and wealth inequality showcased flawlessly. 

Source: Korea Herald