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Here’s info about the ending, a possible second season, that creepy Red Light, Green Light doll, and the oh-so-breakable candy shapes.
In Squid Game, the disturbing but intriguing hit Korean series on Netflix about a murderous tournament of children’s games, the competition itself winds its way to a bloody resolution. But that doesn’t mean all our Squid Game questions got answered. Here are answers to eight burning questions viewers may have after watching the nine-episode dystopian show.
Warning: The following story includes huge spoilers for Squid Game, so if you haven’t watched all the episodes, come back and read this after you’re done. You don’t want to be spoiled for some of the plot twists.
1. When did Squid Game come out?
The nine-episode series released on Netflix on Sept. 17.
2. Will there be a season 2 of Squid Game?
If you’ve watched the whole show (remember that spoiler warning above), you know the game doesn’t really end with the ninth episode. It continues, and the future of “winner” Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) is left uncertain. Will we ever know what happens after he gets off that plane? The answer is a resounding … maybe. Writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk told Variety he may return to big-screen movies before thinking about a Squid Game sequel.
“I don’t have well-developed plans for Squid Game 2,” he told Variety. “It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
3. Was Squid Game based on a book?
It certainly seems like Squid Game would make a great novel or graphic novel. But right now, you can’t go to your bookstore and scoop up a Squid Game book to read.
According to Korean pop-culture site Soompi, Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk said that he got the idea for the show back in 2008 from a comic book about people who were playing an extreme game. But he didn’t name the comic.
And it might not even be a single comic, because the director told the Korea Herald that he “read a lot of comics, and was mesmerized by survival games.” So until Hwang comes out and names some of his reading material, guesses are all we have. It seems likely that Squid Game will now be turned into book form, since it’s such a hit. Keep an eye on those bookstore shelves.
Some are claiming that Squid Game is suspiciously similar to a 2014 Japanese film, As The Gods Will, directed by Takashi Miike. That film itself is based on Japanese manga. It’s also about a death tournament using childhood games, and seems to have some very similar scenes, including a doll that spins around and tries to catch players moving.