The end of the squid game has a dark, twisted human look

Squid Game

If you read this, congratulations, Netflix has concluded the latest Korean Squid Game drama, and you want some clarity. Or the blood sports gore from the first episode you were too frightened and you wanted to know what occurred without permanent harm. It is, however, an understandable choice because the social media Netflix series is equally contentious, philosophical and brilliantly horrendous.

The series follows Seong Gi-hun, a gambling Korean who has been buried in an unsustainable debt. He became renowned as a community failure, and after his divorce his social circle disintegrated. Without money to buy a good birthday present from his daughter, a stranger in a train station approaches him, introducing him to the world of Squid Game. Sign a waiver, play childhood games, and make excellent money, right? Too good sounds to be real. That’s because the choice to win is dying. These are some great effects for a “Red Light, Green Light” game!

When episode nine is reached, Gi-hun and her childhood buddy Cho Sang-Woo are the two 456 survivors who started the game in accordance with winning the prize of almost $38 million (45.6 billion). Well, kind of. Well, kind of. There is something to unpack when it comes to how Squid Game ends.

Who Wins the Squid Game?

Short answer, Gi-hun. Short answer. Long response, Gi-hun and Oh Il-nam. Long answer. Complicated reply, nobody.

Let’s first discuss about the final round. Gi-hun and Sang-Woo are both utterly exhausted and traumatized at this point. The two face off in one final game of the titular children’s game “Squid Game,” mentioned in episode one. This is a particularly sad time to reflect on Sang-woo, who is now a full formed villain employing understated and violent means to advance the game. Not only is it extreme but it is a huge turn around from the man in the first episode, who looked as if he was a “success” from the other players. Obviously, it fell when the backstory of Sang-woo was exposed.

There’s Gi-hun on the other side, who seemingly found a little empathy and restraint in the game. He apparently defeats Sang-woo and pulls him down. All he has to do in this inner circle is walk forward. But as the rules of the game specify, every player left alive if the majority of competitors decided to put an end to the competition. Until now, each player’s financial ruin was too large a barrier to walk, but it’s not the financial threat that teaches Gi-hun so much about his new sense of humanity, the important decision. Sang-woo reaches out with a hand, but Sang-woo pulls a dredger and kills himself. And Gi-hun is the last man remaining with it.

Why was Sang-woo bowing? Probably there are a few reasons to play there. In the end he would become a full blossom monster, doing more than a few players awful things. But there is also the tragedy that all of this was suffered and still left empty hands. Maybe it is preferable to die with honor and reputation than to live in shame. No matter, Gi-hun was the final rival… -ish.

With Il-nam, what happened?

Surprise! Oh Il-nam lived. He lived. In fact, there resided the sweet old man with the brain tumor that seemed to expire during the marble game. Why? Because, in fact, he was never at risk. Results suggest Il-nam was one of the inventors of the games. The narrative, full of twists, referred to the fact that the “Front Man,” in fact, was a very literal leader. After playing and winning five years earlier, Front Man (alias, in-ho) thereafter rose to the leader’s ranks.

But the truth is that Il-nam hosts the Games, which were conceived years ago with co-conspirators. With decades of games (and several games a year) in the past, Il-nam possesses the blood of many. But after the brain mass was diagnosed, he opted to go into the game personally. And the strength behind Il-invincibility nam’s is precisely that: he could play the game since he’d never lose. Not in the way other players pay for their life.

This revelation came one year after the Squid Game events and Il-nam told Gi-hun, because he finally succumbed to his brain mass.

So what’s the point, wait?

Great question. Great question. The awful representation of 455 deaths is to show that people may be nice, regardless of the circumstances. This is what makes Il-nam so much to admire Gi-hun. Even when Gi-hun won the money, he refused to spend it because he saw what was needed to earn it. He helps to look after the family of Sang-woo. During the competition, he lost his mother. Everything drives him to change his existence.

And of course, the series finishes with Gi-hun being hired to play Squid Game to another potential player who is low on his luck. He is desperately trying to stop the man by snatching the same card Gi-hun had when he was originally offered the option of playing the game. In some respects, Gi-hun gave that man his own fortune.

But, my God, Squid Game took a harsh way to teach us a lesson about bondage.

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