The end of the Squid Game felt like a bad type of punch. As I neared the end of the 8.5-hour series, which I frantically watched over three evenings, I quizzically watched my TV. This? Truly? Yes, Squid Game is one of the best Netflix shows out there, but that ending just didn’t work.
As you might expect, the Squid Game spoilers are here and they are at the heart of this story. If that’s a problem, go join the rest of the Netflix subscribers and watch Squid Game and come back. But if you want to know what disappointed me so much, scroll down. Because, yeah, I couldn’t stop watching Squid Game. And now that I’ve finished it, I have a lot to say.
Squid Game is the weakest game
The schoolyard dash and Squid Game obstruction we saw at the start of the first episode made sense for the finale, in a kind of symmetrical storytelling. But the deadly twist that “they’ve got knives!” was not as shocking as anything that came before it.
Maybe it didn’t work for me because I wasn’t looking to kill – don’t get me wrong, Cho Sang-Woo is bad for what he did to Sae-byeok – but transforming this Squid Game in a deathmatch where the only guns were knives and the jackets they wore to fancy dinner just didn’t click with me. I felt like I was looking at him from a distance.
This could be because the games leading up to the “Squid Game” were downright perfect in their drama. The Marble Game, where it seemed like only Gi-hun or Oh Il-nam could survive, the towering showdown that made me clench my teeth and (especially) the glass stone bridge were all perfect pieces of suspense and drama.
A knife fight? Sorry, it can’t stack. All other games were complex and filled with moments of shock and surprise. The squid game itself? It was just sad and depressing, especially with the masked VIPs staring into the distance.
Hating Oh Il-nam seems unbelievably wrong to me
The big reveal from Squid Game Episode 9, that old Oh Il-nam, who suffers from a brain tumor, is the ultimate villain? This revelation of how the character I thought I loved the most was actually evil left a sour taste on my tongue. That he was just a rich man who got his last thrills by pitting the oppressed against each other? I agreed that this was the motivation of greedy VIPs, but for Oh Il-nam it just didn’t fit, like two pieces of a puzzle that just don’t hold together.
Yes, the message is clear. Just because an old man may seem kind and noble, doesn’t mean he’s not brutally bad on the inside. Too much money can corrupt. Capitalism is bad, I understand. I am okay. Believe me. And, yes, a colleague of mine saw that twist coming. I do not have.
Of course, it made me rethink how angry I was with Gi-hun for (apparently) fooling Oh Il-nam in the marbles game. The fact that the wool was coiled over our eyes so gently, that our hearts were broken for the man who was only pretending to be cheated?
I understand that we are meant to taste a bitter element here, as if the show has beaten us. But then he zigzagged again, because no one could take revenge on Oh Il-nam. Death has just taken it. It was deflating, and Gi-hun giving all that money to Cho Sang-woo’s mother wasn’t enough to swell my heart.
Now … give me Squid Game season 2
That said, I think the end of Squid Game is a perfect way to leave us wanting more – and I need a Squid Game season 2. Like Gi-hun who plays Off Track Betting, and gets slapped. several times in the train station, I humbly ask Squid Game director Hwang Dong and Netflix for more.
Now that Gi-hun has become a red-haired, angry, justice-seeking tough guy, I need to see how he manages to find out more about the institution of the Squid Game. But more importantly, I have a hunch that Sae-byeok’s little brother is going to avenge his sister’s death.
Maybe more answers will only erode the mystery in some sort of Star Wars prequel. Maybe there aren’t some crazy new games for the next hundred or so contestants to play – and knowing the games ahead of time can take some of the suspense out of it. But right now I’m dreaming of more Squid Game.
It is also possible. Netflix’s Global TV chief Bela Bajaria told Vulture a second installment wasn’t the only thing on Hwang’s plate, saying “He’s got a movie and other things he’s working on. “, before noting” We are trying to find the right structure for him. “
How very Squid Game, to leave me waiting to wait for more.