What is Squid Game and Why Is the Internet Talking About It?


Brendan Winkel, Staff Writer

Squid game is a South Korean drama/horror show that appears to be Netflix’s #1 streaming show of all time. But what is Squid Game and why is everyone watching it?

First off, it is better to not watch it if you do not like violence. The show is full of it. Basically, it’s a Hunger Games/Will of the Gods mashup where hundreds of contestants compete in playground games, such as Red Light Green Light and marbles, but if someone loses they are killed. With hundreds of contestants and only one winner, there are sure to be multiple disturbing deaths throughout the series.

Why is it so enticing to people around the world though? It is a nine-episode series that builds on multiple characters’ backstories and is highly bingeable. With the season finale out recently, it appears the series is coming to a close for audiences. But the director, Hwang Dong-Hyuk, says there is a possibility for a second season if the show gets enough viewers and popularity. And seeing how it is now Netflix’s best hit in the history of the streaming service, it seems highly likely that a second season will air at some point in the future.

With a 4.6 Star rating worldwide and a 92% from Rotten Tomatoes, it seems that this show is universally well-liked. Bloody, dramatic, and not for children, this show offers multiple different plot twists, tense moments, and great screenwriting for audiences with a Netflix subscription.

Memes, TikToks, and real-life challenges have all also been influenced by this game. There is even a Squid Game event in New York City that offers winners Gift Cards, Apple Products, or a free trip to South Korea. Without the death and destruction, of course.

Needless to say, this new Squid Game show has taken the world by storm in less than two months, and likely will continue to grow more popular as more people watch the show. Most likely the adults of this world, as it is rated TV-MA.

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