Squid Sport 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 should cross a bridge of glass panels, not figuring out which may help their weight and which is able to shatter.

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Squid Sport, the grim however intriguing Korean sequence a couple of murderous match of youngsters’s video games, may quickly high Bridgerton as Netflix’s greatest present ever. The match itself does wind its strategy to a bloody decision. However that does not imply all our Squid Sport questions bought answered. This is a have a look at eight burning questions viewers could have in regards to the present. 

Warning: The next story contains large spoilers for Squid Sport, so if you have not watched all of the episodes, come again and browse this after you are finished. You actually do not need to be spoiled for a few of the plot twists.

1. When did Squid Sport come out?

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

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

When you’ve watched the entire present (do not forget that spoiler warning above), you recognize 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 aircraft? The reply is a convincing … possibly. Author/director Hwang Dong-hyuk instructed Selection he could return to big-screen films earlier than interested by a Squid Sport sequel.

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

Squid Sport’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 filled with Korean received, Netflix, and pay the person.


Two contestants put together to play marbles in Squid Sport.

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3. Was Squid Sport based mostly on a ebook?

It definitely looks as if Squid Sport would make a terrific novel or graphic novel. However proper now, you may’t go to your bookstore and scoop up a Squid Sport ebook to learn.

Based on Korean pop-culture website Soompi, Squid Sport director Hwang Dong Hyuk mentioned that he bought the thought for the present again in 2008 from a comic book ebook about individuals who had been taking part in an excessive sport. However he did not title the comedian.

And it won’t even be a single comedian, as a result of the director instructed the Korea Herald that he “learn quite a 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’ve. It appears doubtless that Squid Sport will now be became ebook type, because it’s such a success. Regulate these bookstore cabinets.

Some are claiming that Squid Sport 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 dying match utilizing childhood video games, and appears to have some very related scenes, together with a doll that spins round and tries to catch gamers transferring.

Squid Sport’s director mentioned 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 Sport an actual sport?

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

Essential character Seong Gi-hun makes it sound as if Squid Sport is exclusive to his city, describing a sport that is sort of like Purple Rover and sort of like Seize the Flag and is performed in a playground courtroom formed like a squid. To be able to win, the attacking crew, 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 Purple Mild Inexperienced Mild. There’s one sport that is clearly not actual — one wherein 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 toes 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 when you’ve got a triangle form, not really easy when you picked the umbrella. Contestants finally study that licking the again of the sweet helps launch the form.

That sweet is real–here’s a YouTube video from PinoyChefKorea that reveals you the way 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 in style 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 dying.

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

The primary sport the contestant play is Purple Mild, Inexperienced Mild, however as an alternative of a human turning round and making an attempt to catch somebody transferring throughout “Purple Mild,” it is a super-creepy big schoolgirl robotic doll factor.


The doll within the Purple 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 Sport, 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 in some way 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 really spun round.

6. That Squid Sport enterprise card

Squid Sport recruiters handed out light-brown enterprise playing cards with the sport’s image — a circle, triangle and a sq. — on one aspect, 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 aspect by aspect, it reads ‘O J M’, that are the initials (of) squid sport in Korean, which is learn as Ojingeo Geim (오징어게임).”

That aspect of the cardboard is okay, however the different aspect, with a telephone quantity proven, brought on 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 need to’ve purchased a selected quantity and arrange some promo message for many who referred to as it.)

7. Concept about Squid Sport guards

The guards in Squid Sport put on pink, 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 referred to 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 pink. It appears random, however one concept claims it isn’t.

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

There is no proof that that is true, however hey, good fodder for a attainable sequel.

8. The Squid Sport ending defined

Tremendous-spoiler time, as a result of we’ll discuss in regards to the sequence’ ending. Seong Gi-hun wins, and he learns who’s actually operating the sport (you could have figured it out since we do not see this character die within the sport, nevertheless it’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 vibrant pink (just like the guards’ outfits, although that is most likely not linked). Then he begins to get on a aircraft for LA to reunite together with his younger daughter. However he spots the sport recruiter who concerned him within the sport making an attempt 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 aircraft, calls the quantity and tells the one who solutions he will observe them down. SEQUEL? Even when the director would not appear in a rush, the setup is ideal for one.


The Entrance Man’s id is finally revealed, and it is a household affair.

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And let’s discuss in regards to the brothers. Police officer Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-joon) infiltrates the sport, trying to find 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 received the sport in 2015.

The brothers may 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, for the reason that sport is continuous. It would not be the one dying fake-out on this present.

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