Squid Game official trailer from Netflix
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Squid Game has been a massive hit for Netflix, far beyond any expectations. Now the biggest debut in the history of the service, millions of viewers have been experiencing the unique journey of the show. The ending has led to a lot of speculation from fans, with some suggesting it has a hidden meaning.
Is Gi-hun a new VIP?
At the end of Squid Game, Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) managed to survive the series of brutal and absurd childlike challenges.
One by one, all the other contestants were killed off, leaving him to be the last man standing.
As a result, he took home the 45-billion Korean won prize, though he was initially reluctant to spend it.
Suffering from survivors’ guilt and traumatised by the entire ordeal, Gi-hun returned to the life he had before the game, now living in the streets and begging for food.
That is until he is called upon by someone that claims to be related to the games themselves, compelling him to seek answers.
Gi-hun arrives at a skyscraper in central Seoul, only to find himself alone in a room with an elderly man.
That man is Oh Il-nam (Oh Yeong-su), or 001 as he was known has during the games.
He reveals that he was behind the games all along and that he will reveal to Gi-hun why he did it if he completes one last game.
There is a homeless man outside begging for help in the street, Il-nam says that if no one helps him in 25 minutes, Gi-hun must give back the money he won.
Betzmann Vlogs on YouTube posted a comment on YouTube, laying out the meaning behind the moment.
They wrote: “Something folks are missing (or at least glossing over) about Il-Nam and Gi-Hun’s last scene is what this final game is REALLY about.
“Gi-Hun could at any point have helped the dying homeless man himself! BUT he did not. The thought didn’t even occur to him.
“THUS Il-Nam won in the end because he proved that he and Gi-Hun are the same. He got Gi-Hun to watch someone die all for the sake of (betting on) a game.
“Gi-Hun was watching the man die just like he was watching horse races at the beginning of the show. He’s already become just another VIP.” (sic)
Other fans seemed to agree with the theory, with many replying to the comment.
“Wowww! I was really wondering why he didn’t get down there and help the man himself, or even call for help, he was literally there,” Brinascode replied. (sic)
Mohammed Abusaad added: “Exactly my f*****g thoughts. He proved to him that he is a hypocrite.”
TehJoeJr commented: “OMG thank you for bringing this up! I was yelling at my screen the entire time for him to go help the homeless man, that was like, the whole point!!!” (sic)
It isn’t known if this interpretation of the ending is intentional or not, with director Hwang Dong-hyuk revealing little about his motives behind the show.
However, speaking to Variety, Hwang said: “I wanted to write a story that was an allegory or fable about modern capitalist society, something that depicts an extreme competition, somewhat like the extreme competition of life.
“But I wanted it to use the kind of characters we’ve all met in real life.”
Squid Game is available to watch exclusively on Netflix.
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