Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama television series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix.
Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-Joon, HoYeon Jung, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-Tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung star.
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Squid Game Ending Explained
Following the murder of Player 67, childhood friends turned bitter enemies Seong Gi-Hun and Cho Sang-Woo must now face the final challenge in the game, the titular Squid Game.
As the most physically aggressive game up to that point, it quickly becomes clear that this childhood game is simply a fight to the death – with Gi-Hun and Sang-Woo being given knives to help slaughter their opponent.
After a brief scuffle, Gi-Hun manages to pin Sang-Woo to the ground, but offers a way out that saves his life – they forfeit the game and simply walk away with the prize money. Instead, Sang-Woo apologizes to Gi-Hun and stabs himself in the neck, leaving Gi-Hun the winner of billions of won.
After a brief conversation with Front Man, a blindfolded Gi-Hun begs to know why these cruel games are allowed to continue. Front Man responds, “You bet on horses, we bet on humans,” and releases Gi-hun into the outside world, his prize money stored on a credit card stuffed down his throat.
But it soon becomes clear that Gi-suffering Huns in the games was all in vain. Viewers will recall that the happy-go-lucky gambler decided to re-enter the competition in order to raise funds for his mother’s surgery.
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When he returns home, he finds his mother slumped on the floor, having died while Gi-Hun was away.
The Episode Review
So Squid Game concludes with an open ending, one that provides some important answers to some of the big questions while also leaving things on a tantalizing cliffhanger. Will this be renewed for a second season?
This show, like Alice in Borderland, has a lot more to offer, and the idea of extra games, more insight into the other VIPs, and breaking down the hierarchy promises a lot of maneuvering if it is renewed.
In terms of final twists, the revelation that Il-Nam is still alive and is one of the key players in everything that’s happened is a real gut punch. It’s an unexpected turn of events, but it does show that humanity still has some good in it, especially given how Gi-Hun helped the old man out in the games.
Il-=Nam’s insider knowledge also explains a lot of his hints and tips, as well as the knowledge behind different parts of the games. It’s a minor addition, but it fits in with the overall story of the show.
The Joon-ho angle is another nice touch, though by the end there are many unanswered questions about how the Front Man feels about killing his brother and how it affects him. That’s not to mention how he’s able to move back and forth between the island and Il-Nam without raising suspicions, especially given that he’s supposed to be missing.
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Despite this, Squid Game wraps up this unusual and utterly engrossing show with a decent enough finale. Season 2 begins soon!