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What is Squid Game and why the hell is it so popular?

Squid Game is Netflix’s latest sensation – and may soon overtake Bridgerton as the streamer’s most popular series. The Korean drama was released on September 17 and reached No.1 on Netflix’s Top 10 list in the United States and many other countries. The show has occupied this place ever since.

The show is a dark and violent survival thriller that is part of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. Mystery Game recruits 456 people to risk their lives for a price of 45.6 billion yen (or 38.7 million US dollars).

The show’s intriguing premise, striking visuals, and solid performances all contribute to its success. But what really sets Squid Game apart is as a psychological study of the depths of human nature and a provocative indictment of capitalism. Squid Game Season 2 seems like a fate, although there is a big obstacle to its completion.

If you’ve seen Squid Game trends in your social media feeds and want to understand what this show is all about, we have a Squid Game FAQ.

Warning: this article contains huge spoilers for Squid Game.

What is Squid Game?

Seong Gi-hun is a gambling addict who owes loan sharks money. He lives with his mother and struggles to provide for his daughter. At a train station, a man gives Gi-hun a card inviting him to play a high-stakes game.

He accepts, gets knocked out, and wakes up in a dorm with hundreds of other people. There are 456 players in total, all of them strapped for cash. They are identified by numbers on the front of their suits. Whoever wins six children’s games in as many days will win a prize of 45.6 billion yen. The operation is led by The Front Man, who is masked along with other staff.

Gi-hun recognizes a few players, including his former classmate Cho Sang-woo. He also befriends Player 001, an elderly man.

Masked staff members stand behind console with green light and red light on Squid Game

(Image credit: Netflix)

The first round is Red Light, Green Light, but players are stunned when the losers are downed. More than half of them don’t make it to the next round. After voting to end the game, Gi-hun goes to the police. Only Detective Hwang Jun-ho believes the story, as his missing brother also received the same card.

The staff invite the players to come back and most of them come back to the game. The next rounds include tug of war and marbles. The last round is the Squid game, a popular activity for children in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Jun-ho sneaks into the game to find his brother. He raids Front Man’s office and finds that his brother won the match in 2015. When he tries to escape the complex, Front Man tracks him down. He shoots Jun-ho, who falls into the sea. Front Man is then revealed to be In-ho, Jun-ho’s brother.

Explanation of the end of the game Squid: who wins?

In the sixth and final round, the Squid game, there are two players left: Gi-hun and Sang-woo. Gi-hun defeats his old friend, but refuses to end the game. He invokes a clause that can end the process, but Sang-woo stabs himself. When he dies, he asks Gi-hun to use some of the prize money to help Sang-woo’s mother.

Lee Jung-jae and Park Hae-soo star in Squid Game on Netflix

(Image credit: Netflix)

When Gi-hun returns home, he finds out that his own mother has passed away. A year passes and he is still traumatized by the experience. He didn’t touch the money.

One night, he gets a gold playing card. After answering it, he finds Player 001, the old man, whose name is Oh Il-nam. Il-nam is the mastermind behind the game, which he created to entertain bored rich people like him. He also wanted to test whether humans had any innate goodness left.

Il-name reveals that he decided to participate as a “fun” trip down memory lane and because he is dying. He asks Gi-hun to play one last game with him – to see if anyone helps a drunk man on the street before midnight. Gi-hun wins and Il-nam dies.

Gi-hun comes out of his depressed haze. He keeps his promises to help Sang-woo’s mother and get Sae-byeok’s mother out of the orphanage. He goes to the airport to find his daughter. However, before taking the flight to LA, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him into the game. He takes the card and calls the number.

“I can’t forgive you for everything you do,” he said to the person on the other end of the phone (probably Front Man). He has a determined look on his face. It looks like Gi-hun is ready to take the game down once and for all.

Who are the actors and characters of Squid Game?

Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae, and Jung Ho-yeon star in Squid Game

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The cast of Squid Game is large – although we didn’t meet all 456 players. Lead is Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun, a divorced father and an unlucky gamer.

The other major players are:

Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo: A former classmate of Gi-hun who is an executive at a securities firm and wanted by the police for fraud.

Jung Ho-yeon as Kang Sae-byeok: A North Korean defector who needs money to get other family members across the border.

O Yeong-su like Oh Il-nam: An old man named Player 001 and also creator of the game.

Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho: A police detective who infiltrates the game to find his missing brother

Lee Byung-hun as the front man: The masked organizer of the game, who turns out to be Jun-ho’s brother, Hwang In-ho.

Gong yoo as an anonymous game recruiter

Will there be a Squid Game season 2?

Squid Game season 2 looks extremely likely, as it’s on its way to becoming Netflix’s greatest show of all time.

The main obstacle is writer-director Hwang Dong-hyuk, who has previously spoken about the arduous process of making Squid Game. And currently, he has no idea for season 2. “I don’t have any well-developed plans for Squid Game 2. It’s pretty tiring just thinking about it,” he said. told Variety.

Netflix’s global television director Bela Bajaria told Vulture that a second installment would depend on Hwang’s schedule and vision. “He’s got a movie and other stuff he’s working on,” said. However, she also noted that Hwang could work with other writers to make Season 2. “We’re trying to find the right structure for him.”

Is Squid Game doll real?

In Red Light’s first round, Green Light, a terrifying giant robotic doll oversees the proceedings. It can detect the smallest movements of competitors, which are then shot down.

The doll is actually real, but don’t worry, it’s not lethal. It sits at the entrance to a horse-drawn carriage museum called Macha Land in Jincheon County, about three hours north of Seoul.

The show’s producers borrowed it for filming and then returned it. But now it looks like he’s missing a hand, which is somehow more terrifying.

What’s wrong with Squid Game cards?

The distinctive recruiting card for Squid Game is printed on light brown paper. On one side are the symbols of the game: a circle, a triangle and a square. On the other side is a phone number.

But the symbols are more than that – they actually represent letters in the Korean language. As Jasmine Leung explains in The Focus, “The circle is the letter ‘o’, the triangle is part of the letter ‘j’ and the square is ‘m’. So side by side it reads ‘OJ M’, which are the initials (of) squid game in Korean, which reads like Ojingeo Geim (오징어 게임). “

As for the phone number, Mashable Southeast Asia said it actually belonged to a real person, who complained about “receiving endless calls and texts.”

With the popularity of Squid Game around the world, naturally, some designers have created their own Squid Game cards. You can purchase a version on Etsy and make it part of your Halloween costume.

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