Squid Game Ending Explanation – Who Wins And What Does It Mean?
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 of Squid game.
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There’s a lot going on during the end of Netflix’s Battle Royale thriller Squid game, a kind of cross between the Oscar-winning film by Bong Joon-ho Parasite– with his body horror Trojan horse that conveys a more complex message about class conflicts, stratification and predation – and Seen.
The series follows several “players” recruited into a multi-day survival game. Players are transferred to an island and forced (?) To participate in playground games, with the winners moving on to the next game and the losers being shot, stabbed, dived, or killed in some other creative and horrific way.
After six matches, the winner receives the monetary amount awarded to all who were killed, the final prize being around 45 billion yen.
At the end of the series, we learn several things about the game. We learn that the game has been around for decades and has gathered thousands of participants. We learn that one of those contestants (and winner) is the Front Man, brother of Detective Hwang Jun-ho, who he shoots at and falls off a cliff (fate unknown). We learn that the organizer of the games is in fact Oh Il-nam (# 0001), the old man. He founded the games with several wealthy friends after the group got bored of their fortunes and wanted to “have fun”.
We also learn that despite Oh’s death and the photos Hwang attempted to send to his Seoul Police partners, next year’s games are in full swing. The series ends with Seong Gi-hun (# 0456) leaving the airport with determination to stop the organization’s next game.
Here’s what it all could mean.
Who won the Squid game?
While the nature of the tournament allowed for multiple winners (the end game, the squid game, is possible to play as a team), only Seong managed to survive all six games. He left the games as the winner.
How much is 45.6 billion won?
Seong brings home – by means of a first gold card that is stuck in his mouth – about $ 39 million, which he quickly puts in a bank account and only touches more than one. year after the matches. He then uses some of the money to pay off Cho Sang-woo’s debt (# 0218) as well as to remove Kang Sae-byeok’s brother (# 0067) from his orphanage, putting him in touch with the mother. de Cho as an adoptive parent.
Aside from these acts, Seong still has a considerable amount of income for whatever he planned to bring down the organization.
What does the end mean?
In one of the final scenes, Seong reunites with Oh and learns the role of the old man behind the games. During the reunion, with Oh just minutes from death, the two play one final game, betting on the fate of a homeless man, himself minutes from death, down in the Street.
Oh bet: before midnight no one will stop to help the man. He is wrong. A person, who stopped next to the man earlier, returns with the police a minute before midnight. Oh dies soon after, prompting Seong to ask if he saw, if he saw that he was wrong.
As weak as this end game may seem, it is perhaps one of the most important in the series.
Their bet is that of moral belief. Oh first asked Seong if he still had hope in others after witnessing the manipulation, betrayal and selfishness displayed throughout the games. Seong does not respond, although throughout matches he has tried never to kill another player. (He even chose Oh in one of the last games in an act similar to the person on the street bending down to help the dying homeless man.) The irony is that the only player Seong chooses to be. betrayal is Oh, the only player for whom betrayal doesn’t matter; he’s out of the game. (And, obviously, another irony is that before entering the game, Seong is revealed to be one of the more selfish characters – stealing money from his mother, making him fail. his daughter, etc. In the end, even under extreme duress, he emerges as the most selfless.)
This battle between selfishness (where selfishness dictates moral decision-making) and some form of collaboration / altruism is the crux of not just the games themselves – where you first have to decide if the game is competitive. or cooperative – but also the inner conflict for each player.
It is also, one might suppose, a decision at the origin of the income inequality depicted by the series. (It’s telling that Oh and his wealthy friends, bored with their fortunes, never think about spending their money altruistically.)
The moral beliefs of the extremely rich, Squid game leads us to believe, are essentially selfish. They also believe that everyone shares this ethic, which makes it okay to pick on others. Oh’s last match with Seong is significant because it shows that this assumption is not necessarily true. Others do not always act out of self-interest. According to Seong, they also deserve the same treatment in return—even if they accept violent games.
Before Oh dies, we learn that the “VIPs” have bet on the fate of the players. During the final scene, Seong tells the organization that people are not horses; they cannot be treated as such. (We first meet Seong at the start of the series while playing horse racing; in the end, he became the horse.)
While he has struggled with this selfish versus altruism dilemma throughout the series, Seong is now certain: the organization’s treatment of others is bad, and the organization must be destroyed.
What does the end of season 2 mean?
While a Squid game season 2 has yet to be officially announced, the numbers are out and they are very promising. Squid game is fast becoming the most watched non-English language television series for Netflix. And that’s important given Netflix’s other international hits, including Lupine and Money theft. Squid game will probably become one of Netflix’s most successful series of all time, period, and this type of audience means a lot of won and USD. And lots of won and USD mean plenty of reasons to extend the shelf life of the show.
How the end of Squid game configure future seasons? He practically sets up an entire franchise.
We still know little about the organization, the history of the games, the guards, the station recruiter, organ operations, the VIPs and the guy now in charge, the Front Man, Detective Hwang’s brother. Jun-ho, whose fate is also unclear.
Before Seong even sought revenge, we could see a previous season showing the creation of the game, the first competition, and the recruitment of guards. We could learn more about the Old Man, the Front Man, and the VIPs.
The Squid game the universe expands backwards and forwards in time and, if Netflix and the Squid game writers are on board, could turn into a long series.
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