Lots of spoilers ahead!
When writer and director Juan Dong-hyuk set out to create the dark and strange thriller Squid game, he didn’t seem too far from reality for inspiration. “I wanted to write a story that is an allegory or a fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts extreme competition, somewhat similar to the extreme competition of life,” he said. Diversity. The result was the premise of his now top-ranked Netflix series: a twisted underground program in which people with huge debts recruit (and volunteer) to play simple life or death betting games for a chance at a ridiculous amount of money.
As players make their way through the race, the game offers a distorted, disturbing view of human nature – the length people will make for money when they are so desperate, whether kindness and compassion can arise from such chaos, and whether life, even when it is comes down to school yard games, it’s always really fair.
Whether you’re working on the finale or just here for the spoilers, we’re breaking the end Squid game here.
Who wins the game?
By the end of the sixth game, the main character Song Gi-hun (Lee Yung-ja) emerges victorious. He squats with his childhood friend, who has become an enemy Cho Sang-woo (Park He-su) in a bloody squid game, and knocks down his opponent. But a few steps before he wins, Gi-hun wants to vote to end the game, assuming that Sang-wu will side with him and create the necessary majority to end the entire tournament. But Sang-wu stabbed himself in the neck and died, leaving Gi-Hong to win.
What does the winner do with the money?
Nothing for a while. The last episode took a jump in time to a year after Gi-hun returned home with his winnings, but has not done anything with the money since. His bank even invited him to a special meeting to note that his money had just been sitting there, essentially intact.
He later took Kang Sae-yeon’s younger brother (Jung Ho-yeon) from the orphanage and left the young man in the care of Sang-u’s mother, along with a suitcase full of money. With it, he left a note that read, “This is the money I owe to Sang-woo.” The gesture fulfills Sang-woo Gi-hun’s dying desire to take care of his mother, and also does the right thing by Sae-byeok, his friend and third-place player killed by Sang-woo before the final game.
Who started the game?
This was our old friend, O Il-nam (O Young-su). In the final, Gi-hun mysteriously receives a card from the Game a year after he wins, which takes him to Il-nam, still alive but essentially on his deathbed. He still didn’t die after losing the marble game (we didn’t actually see him killed on screen). In fact, he is the host and co-creator of the whole scheme.
Il-nam reveals to Gi-hun that he is a rich man, getting rich by giving money to people. He and his co-creators, bored with their wealth, decided to create the Game to “finally have fun.” But watching sports was not enough for Il-nam. He wanted to I feel it something before died – his illness and brain tumor are real – so he started participating as a player. After confessing to Gi-hun, Il-nam died in bed.
What happens in the last scene?
In the last scenes, Gi-Hong is at the airport and finds someone who is attracted to the Game, and intercepts him, begs him not to go, and takes his business card. Before boarding his flight to Los Angeles to see his family, Gi-hun called the card number and told the phone operator that he wanted to know why the whole operation existed. The front man (Lee Byung-hun), who is watching the progress of the Game, jumps on the line, urging Gi-hun to get on the plane and watch his work. Gi-hun closes and leaves instead of boarding the plane. The final scene.
Looks like Gi-hun is ready to stop the game. But now the question is how will you try to do it? Is he just looking for answers or will he come back to play and take it down from the inside? Unfortunately, fans may not understand his next steps – or at least not immediately. Hwang Dong-hyuk[doesn’t] have well-developed plans for Squid Game 2, he told Diversity. “It simply came to our notice then. But if I had to do it, I certainly wouldn’t do it alone, “he added. “I would consider using a writing room and I would like a lot of experienced directors.”
So for now, Gihong’s next move will depend on our imagination.
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