Netflix’s Squid Game has generated quite the buzz and has become one of Netflix’s most popular Original shows ever since its premiere on September 17, 2021. The director, Hwang Dong-hyuk has recently shared a potential alternate ending to the show.
The show has a dystopian setting in modern-day Korea where capitalism, power struggle, class conflict and economic crises gain upper hand. 456 participants take part in a dangerous survival thriller for prize money of a staggering 45.6 billion Korean Won.
Starring Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo, Jung Ho Yeon and Wi Ha Jun among others, the show ended on a somewhat ambiguous note and raised various questions.
A suit-clad Gi-hun, who wins the game as a level-headed everyman on the show, with shocking red hair on his way to board the flight when he sees that the Squid Game is still at large. He calls the number and seems determined to play the game and get to the bottom of this.
This raises truckloads of questions including whether Gi-hun will become the next Front Man and if he will finally manage to put a stop to the games or if he will be overpowered by greed and power to be a part of the system.
Recently, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hwang revealed a potential alternate narrative that might see player 456 aka Gi-hun ignore the card and board the plane to visit his daughter.
Hwang expressed their dilemma regarding the ending. “We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending,” Hwang revealed. “There was one, the other alternate ending, where Gi-hun would get on the plane and leave. And then there was of course the one where he would turn back and walk towards the camera.”
He continued, “We constantly asked ourselves, is it really right for Gi-hun to make the decision to leave and go see his family, to pursue his own happiness?” Talking about the message they wanted to convey, he said, “Is that the right way for us to really propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?”
According to Hwang, they came to a common conclusion that their message would be lost if Gi-hun ended up boarding the plane given how selfless and righteous Gi-hun is, on the show.
“The question that we want to answer — why has the world come to what it is now? — can only be answered or can only be proposed if Gi-hun turned back and walked towards the camera,” concluded Hwang.
“So that’s how we ended up with that ending in the finale.”
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