The alternate ending for Squid Game’s first season has been disclosed by the show’s creator.
Netflix’s most recent hit premiered in September 2021 and instantly became a fan favorite, fast climbing the charts to become the streaming giant’s number one original series.
Squid Game is based on a deadly survival competition in which the final survivor receives a large sum of money. It was inspired by South Korea’s love of game shows.
Alternate Ending For Season 1
The series, which was created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, centers on numerous characters. However, Seong Gi-hun/No. 456 is the main character (Lee Jung-Jae). He was recruited to play the games by the salesman, a divorced chauffeur with a gambling habit (Gong Yoo).
He is initially hesitant to sign up, but after seeing his poor reality, he changes his mind. To make matters worse, his ex-wife is planning to bring their daughter to the United States, and he may never see her again if he doesn’t have any money. Gi-hun is the winner of the Squid Game, taking home 45.6 billion won, more than enough to start a new life in a different nation. But, right before boarding the plane, he looked around with a determined expression on his face.
The plan is for Gi-hun to go after the Squid Game VIPs, effectively setting up the show’s now-confirmed second season. Hwang, on the other hand, tells EW that they went back and forth on how they wanted to end the show. Aside from what happened on screen, there’s an alternate conclusion in which Gi-hun boarded an aircraft and flew out of South Korea. Finally, they decided it wasn’t appropriate for the message they were trying to convey.
Here’s a quote from Hwang:
“We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending. 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. 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? Is that the right way for us to really propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?”
“We came to the conclusion that the question that we wanted to propose cannot be done if he left on the plane,” Hwang says. “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. So that’s how we ended up with that ending in the finale.”
Now that Squid Game season 2 is available on Netflix, it’s safe to assume that the focus will be on Gi-hun wanting revenge for himself and all of the lives killed during the survival game.
It’s worth emphasizing that he now has the financial means to mobilize in order to bring down the evil VIPs. The concern is whether he will be able to return to his normal life after completing his personal mission (assuming he does) and simply enjoy his prize money in peace.