Squid Game Season 1 Alternate Ending Revealed By Creator

Christy Mathew

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 favourite; fast ascending 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. The series, which was created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk; centres on numerous characters. However, Seong Gi-hun/No. 456 is the main character (Lee Jung-jae).

He was enticed 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 destitute 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 foreign country. 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 programme. Aside from what happened on screen, there’s an alternate conclusion in which Gi-hun boarded an aircraft and flew out of South Korea. 

“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?”