Everything You Need To Know About The Record Breaking South Korean Drama Series: Squid Game

Everything You Need To Know About The Record Breaking South Korean Drama Series: Squid Game

Highlights:

  • What is Squid Game? A sneak peek into the background
  • Netflix’s take on the Squid Game gaining ground all over
  • Squid Game: To watch, or not to watch, that is the question. Listen to what the writer-director has to say.

Released on September 2021, the South Korean drama series has become the talk of the town and has proven to be a roaring success for the OTT giant, Netflix. With an ever increasing spike in viewership, this fictional drama series has managed to bag the first rank in many countries including the US and India within a mere nine days of it’s release. Ex-amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos commended Ted Sarandos and Reed Hastings, the co-CEOs of Netflix and their entire team for getting it right so often. He also revealed his inclination of watching the show soon.

Squid Game 101. What is it?

The nine episode series entails 456 bankrupt individuals hailing from different walks of life, who willingly decide to participate in a series of games which can be traced back to the ones they played in childhood. As the games begin, the mystery unfolds and the players are met with the realization that winning the game would come with a reward of $45.6 million cash prize whilst losing it would be life threatening. A dangerously competitive atmosphere begins to set in, stemming from the fact there could be only one winner at the end while everyone else would encounter a gruesome death.

The writer and director of the series, Hwang Dong-hyuk was skeptical of how the show would perform and was taken aback by the response that it received. He also revealed that the Squid Game script was rejected by several studios for almost a decade presuming it to be “too grotesque”, until Netflix bought the rights and has been ruling the internet ever since. The trailer of the series has over 20 million views on YouTube coupled with a 20 billion plus viewership on TikTok with the hashtag “#SquidGame”

Netflix’s take on the Squid Game gaining ground all over

“It’s only been out for nine days, and it’s a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.” – This is what Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix had to say about the super addictive thriller series. Netflix believes that Squid Game would soon cross the shows Bridgerton and Lupin to become one of the most popular shows ever in the history of Netflix.

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Talks of an upcoming season 2 is on the horizon. Speaking to Variety, director Hwang had initially ruled out the probability of a sequel of the show. However, in a recent interview with The Times, he shared some ideas that he had in mind for a second season of the series.

Squid Game: To watch, or not to watch, that is the question

If you are an avid social media person or an active participant on the online community of the internet, chances are that you might have already stumbled upon a bunch of memes revolving around the game.

It is believed the shows accessibility, with subtitles in over 31 languages and dubbings in over 13, is one of the many reasons why it has been able to tap into a global audience. Hwang Dong-hyuk is of the opinion that the show resonates with the young crowd especially with the ones who have, at one point of time been out casted or alienated by the society.

The series is sure to get you hooked throughout with it’s impeccable visuals and plot twists at every turn. We highly recommend watching it and asking yourself if you would be able to survive the dreadful journey.

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