Explanation of the end of the “Squid Game” – Who wins the “Squid Game” on Netflix?
Lots of spoilers to come!
When writer and director Hwang Dong-hyuk set out to create the dark and bizarre thriller Squid game, he did not look too far from reality to be inspired by it. “I wanted to write a story that is an allegory or a fable about modern capitalist society, something that portrays extreme competition, kind of like the extreme competition of life,” he said. Variety. The result was the premise of its now top-ranked Netflix series: a twisted underground program where people in debt are recruited (and volunteered) to play single life-and-death-stakes games for a chance to win a game. ridiculous amount of money.
As players weave their way through the competition, the Game offers a twisted and disturbing look at human nature: how far people will go for money when they are desperate, if kindness and compassion can flow. such chaos, and if life, even when it comes down to schoolyard games, it’s still really fair.
Whether you’re still dealing with the finale or just here for spoilers, we’re breaking down the end of Squid game here.
Who wins the game?
At the end of Game 6, protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) emerges victorious. He confronts his childhood friend turned nemesis Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo) in a bloody squid game and knocks down his opponent. But, a few steps before winning, Gi-hun asks to vote on the end of the game, assuming Sang-woo will side with him and create the majority needed to end the entire tournament. But Sang-woo stabs himself in the neck and dies, leaving Gi-hun to win.
What does the winner do with the money?
For a while, nothing. The final episode takes a time jump a year after Gi-hun returned home with his earnings, but he hasn’t done anything with the money since. His bank even invited him to a special meeting to point out that his money was left there, virtually untouched.
Later, he picks up Kang Sae-byeok’s younger brother (Jung Ho-yeon) from the orphanage and leaves the youngster in the care of Sang-woo’s mother, along with a suitcase full of money. With that, he left a note that said, “This is the money I owe Sang-woo.” The gesture responds to Sang-woo’s last wish for Gi-hun to take care of his mother and also right Sae-byeok, his friend and third-place player who was killed by Sang-woo before the final match.
Who started the game?
It was our old friend, Oh Il-nam (Oh Young-soo). In the finale, Gi-hun mysteriously receives a Game card a year after winning, which leads him to Il-nam, still alive but mostly on his deathbed. After all, he didn’t die after losing the set of marbles (we didn’t really see him get killed onscreen). In fact, he is the host and co-creator of the entire program.
Il-nam reveals to Gi-hun that he is a rich man who got rich by lending people money. He and his co-creators, tired of their wealth, decided to create the Game to “finally have fun”. But watching sports was not enough for Il-nam. He wanted to feel something before died – his disease and brain tumor are real – so he started participating as a player. After confessing to Gi-hun, Il-nam dies in bed.
What happens in the last scene?
In the final scenes, Gi-hun is at the airport and finds someone being recruited for the game and intercepts him, begs him not to go, and takes the business card from him. Before boarding his flight to Los Angeles to see his family, Gi-hun calls the number on the card and tells the telephone company that he wants to know why the whole operation exists. The Front Man (Lee Byung-hun), who oversees the flow of the game, jumps on the line, urging Gi-hun to get on the plane and mind his own business. Gi-hun hangs up and leaves instead of getting on the plane. End scene.
It looks like Gi-hun is determined to stop the game. But now the question is, how is he going to try to do it? Is he just looking for answers or is he going to go back and play and take it out from within? Sadly, fans might not find out about his next steps, or at least not right away. Hwang Dong-hyuk “[doesn’t] have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2’, ”he said Variety. “It’s pretty tiring just thinking about it. But if I had to do it, I certainly wouldn’t do it alone, ”he added. “I would consider using a writers’ room and would like several experienced directors.”
So, for now, Gi-hun’s next move will be up to our imagination.
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