Squid Recreation on Netflix: That ending defined and your burning questions answered

Squid Game on Netflix: That ending explained and your burning questions answered

In a single unnerving sport, contestants must cross a bridge of glass panels, not figuring out which may help their weight and which can shatter.

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Squid Recreation, the disturbing however intriguing Korean sequence a couple of murderous event of youngsters’s video games, might quickly high Bridgerton to turn into Netflix’s greatest present ever. The event itself does wind its approach to a bloody decision. However that does not imply all our Squid Recreation questions acquired answered. Listed below are solutions to eight burning questions viewers could have in regards to the dystopian present. 

Warning: The next story contains big spoilers for Squid Recreation, so if you have not watched all of the episodes, come again and skim this after you are executed. You do not need to be spoiled for a number of the plot twists.

1. When did Squid Recreation come out?

The nine-episode sequence launched on Netflix on Sept. 17. 

2. Will there be a season 2 of Squid Recreation?

If you happen to’ve watched the entire present (do not forget that spoiler warning above), the sport would not actually finish with the ninth episode. It continues, and the way forward for “winner” Seong Gi-hun (performed by Lee Jung-jae) is left unsure. Will we ever know what occurs after he will get off that airplane? The reply is a powerful … perhaps. Author/director Hwang Dong-hyuk instructed Selection he could return to big-screen motion pictures earlier than occupied with a Squid Recreation sequel.

“I haven’t got well-developed plans for Squid Recreation 2,” he instructed Selection. “It’s fairly tiring simply occupied with it. But when I had been to do it, I would definitely not do it alone. I might think about using a writers’ room and would need a number of skilled administrators.”

Squid Recreation’s success is certain to have Netflix execs wanting extra, however we simply do not know if they’re going to coax the director again for extra. Get out the dangling piggy financial institution stuffed with Korean gained, Netflix, and pay the person.


Two contestants put together to play marbles in Squid Recreation.

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3. Was Squid Recreation primarily based on a e book?

It actually looks as if Squid Recreation would make a fantastic novel or graphic novel. However proper now, you possibly can’t go to your bookstore and scoop up a Squid Recreation e book to learn.

In accordance with Korean pop-culture web site Soompi, Squid Recreation director Hwang Dong Hyuk stated that he acquired the thought for the present again in 2008 from a comic book e book about individuals who had been enjoying an excessive sport. However he did not identify the comedian.

And it won’t even be a single comedian, as a result of the director instructed the Korea Herald that he “learn a whole lot of comics, and was mesmerized by survival video games.” So till Hwang comes out and names a few of his studying materials, guesses are all we now have. It appears doubtless that Squid Recreation will now be become e book type, because it’s such successful. Keep watch over these bookstore cabinets.

Some are claiming that Squid Recreation is suspiciously just like a 2014 Japanese movie, As The Gods Will, directed by Takashi Miike. That movie itself is predicated on Japanese manga. It is also a couple of loss of life event utilizing childhood video games, and appears to have some very related scenes, together with a doll that spins round and tries to catch gamers shifting.

Squid Recreation’s director stated at a press convention that solely the primary sport within the movie is just like his present, and that he had been engaged on his idea for years earlier than As The Gods Will got here out in 2014.

4. Is Squid Recreation an actual sport?

Clearly there isn’t any lethal Squid Recreation event, the place individuals are killed enjoying harmless youngsters’s video games. We hope. However the title refers to at least one particular sport that will get its identify from a courtroom formed vaguely like a squid. 

Important character Seong Gi-hun makes it sound as if Squid Recreation is exclusive to his city, describing a sport that is sort of like Pink Rover and sort of like Seize the Flag and is performed in a playground courtroom formed like a squid. In an effort to win, the attacking group, who’re solely allowed to hop till they cross the squid’s waist, should faucet the squid’s head with their foot. Director Hwang instructed the Korea Herald that it was his favourite childhood sport, so sure, it does appear to be actual.

Different video games performed are pretty clearly actual, together with marbles, tug-of-war, and Pink Mild Inexperienced Mild. There’s one sport that is clearly not actual — one through which gamers should cross a glass bridge and do not know which panel will shatter underfoot — although video games like hopscotch do require you to position your ft solely in sure squares.


In a single sport, contestants have to carve out a sweet form with out breaking it.

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One sport offers every participant a tin of sweet with a form embossed into it, they usually should use a pointy object to chop out the form with out breaking it. That is straightforward if in case you have a triangle form, not really easy if you happen to picked the umbrella. Contestants ultimately be taught that licking the again of the sweet helps launch the form.

That sweet is real–here’s a YouTube video from PinoyChefKorea that exhibits you learn how to make it. (Recipe directions are proven in English captions.) Did you get into making Dalgona espresso throughout the pandemic? This sweet is Dalgona sweet.

The sweet is standard with Korean youngsters, the chef notes. And sure, eaters in Korea attempt to eat across the embossed form with out breaking it, although the stakes for them aren’t life and loss of life.

5. Is the Pink Mild, Inexperienced Mild doll actual?

The primary sport the contestant play is Pink Mild, Inexperienced Mild, however as a substitute of a human turning round and attempting to catch somebody shifting throughout “Pink Mild,” it is a super-creepy large schoolgirl robotic doll factor.


The doll within the Pink Mild, Inexperienced Mild sport is actual, and vacationers can go to it.

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On-line publication Koreaboo stories that the doll wasn’t made for Squid Recreation, however that it already was on show on the Jincheon Carriage Museum Journey Village, also referred to as Macha Land, a museum in Chungcheongbok-do, South Korea, a number of hours from Seoul. Koreaboo says the doll has now been returned to the museum, however by some means is lacking one hand. Hey, these video games had been tough on everybody.

Den of Geek pointed us to tweets from residents of the Philippines noting {that a} model of the doll was a part of a Netflix show in a mall there, and its head truly spun round.

6. That Squid Recreation enterprise card

Squid Recreation recruiters handed out light-brown enterprise playing cards with the sport’s image — a circle, triangle and a sq. — on one facet, and a telephone quantity on the opposite. (Enterprising on-line artists are promoting them in case your Halloween costume wants a prop, or make them your self.)

Author Jasmine Leung explains for The Focus that the shapes are literally Korean letters.

“The circle is the letter ‘o’, the triangle is a part of the letter ‘j’, and the sq. is ‘m’,” she writes. “So facet by facet, it reads ‘O J M’, that are the initials (of) squid sport in Korean, which is learn as Ojingeo Geim (오징어게임).”

That facet of the cardboard is ok, however the different facet, with a telephone quantity proven, brought about some issues. Mashable Southeast Asia stories that an individual with that quantity has complained of receiving “limitless” calls and textual content messages. (C’mon Netflix, you must’ve purchased a particular quantity and arrange some promo message for individuals who known as it.)

7. Principle about Squid Recreation guards

The guards in Squid Recreation put on crimson, and when one’s uncovered, he looks as if a younger naive soldier. One on-line concept tries to clarify how the guards had been employed. Lead character Seong Gi-hun performs a sport known as ddakji with a recruiter for the sport. (Ddakji is a conventional Korean sport of flipping paper tiles–kind of like POGs.) Gi-hun picks blue paper over crimson. It appears random, however one concept claims it isn’t.

“So there is a concept in Squid Recreation the place Gi-Hun picked the blue card from the salesperson (Gong Yoo) after which awakened in blue go well with as a participant,” one tweet notes. “Had he or the opposite gamers picked the crimson card, they’d be the employees/guards.”

There isn’t any proof that that is true, however hey, good fodder for a doable sequel.

8. The Squid Recreation ending defined

Tremendous-spoiler time, as a result of we’ll speak in regards to the sequence’ ending. Seong Gi-hun wins, and he learns who’s actually working the sport (you will have figured it out since we do not see this character die within the sport, but it surely’s such a juicy plot twist that I will not reveal it right here). 

After coping with the sport mastermind, Gi-hun dyes his hair brilliant crimson (just like the guards’ outfits, although that is most likely not linked). Then he begins to get on a airplane for LA to reunite together with his younger daughter. However he spots the sport recruiter who concerned him within the sport attempting to persuade one other down-on-his-luck man to play. Gi-hun grabs the cardboard, and simply earlier than he will get on the airplane, calls the quantity and tells the one who solutions he’ll observe them down. SEQUEL? Even when the director would not appear in a rush, the setup is ideal for one.


The Entrance Man’s identification is ultimately revealed, and it is a household affair.

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And let’s speak in regards to the brothers. Police officer Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-joon) infiltrates the sport, looking for his lacking brother In-ho. Jun-ho escapes the sport compound however is seemingly killed by The Entrance Man, who’s sort of the supervisor of the sport. And The Entrance Man is revealed to be … Jun-ho’s lacking brother, who we already realized gained the sport in 2015.

The brothers might return in a sequel, too. Jun-ho was shot within the shoulder (earlier than falling off a cliff into water). So he won’t be useless, although he would not appear to have ratted out the sport masterminds to his fellow cops, because the sport is constant. It would not be the one loss of life fake-out on this present.

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