Warning: This post contains spoilers for the ending of Squid Game, if you haven't yet.
Squid Game has officially begun a second season on Netflix. The South Korean juggernaut has been so huge it has landed the streamer in legal trouble. But if creator Hwang Dong-hyuk had chosen his own ending for the first season, theres conceivable chance that it wouldnt have happened.
Seong Gi-hun, aka Player 456 (Lee Jung-jae), made an unexpected move during the shows maiden nine episodes, choosing not to board the jet that would have taken him to his daughter, instead seeking revenge on those who designed the deadly game, which claimed the lives of 455 contestants. It was a controversial move, at least if you ask LeBron James. But in obituary, Hwang said his other capper was different.
We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending... There was one, the other alternate ending, where Gi-hun would board the plane and leave. And then there was of course the one where he would turn back and walk towards the camera. We constantly asked ourselves, is it really appropriate for Gih-un to leave and go see his family, to pursue his own happiness? Is that the right way for us to truly propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?
The question that we want to ask why has the world come to where it is now? cannot be answered or proposed if Gi-hun turned back and approached the camera. Thats how we ended up with that ending in the finale, Hwang said.
But, as Hwang said, its too early to say when he will be able to make more Squid Game, and Netflix did recently add three of Hhung's films to its coffers.