Ending Of “Squid Game” Could Betray Its Message If Season 2 Won’t Explain It

If Gi-Hun doesn’t actively endeavor to bring down the organization in “Squid Game” season 2, the first season’s ending would not only be useless but also contradict the show’s message. Seong Gi-Hun exited a plane with a determined expression on his face after completing a call with the Front Man in the closing scene of “Squid Game” season 1. It seemed to imply that he had foregone a one-way trip to be with his cherished daughter Cho Ah-in in favor of fighting for the lives of future participants. This, however, is just conjecture. Squid Game season 2 would betray the core message that made the show so popular in the first place if it didn’t explore the theme of redemption it set up.

“Squid Game” was a global sensation that received widespread acclaim for its biting remark on growing economic insecurity in the face of widening income disparities. The life of Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae), a weary parent laid off from the plant where he’d worked his entire life, was used to investigate this critique. Unable to find a stable job and facing mounting debt, Gi-Hun decided to take a chance on his life by entering a deadly underground competition organized by the wealthy elite and based on childhood games in the hopes of winning and financially supporting his daughter.

After the competitors chose to quit the games, Gi-Hun was offered the opportunity to escape the severe violence, but the allure of “Squid Games'” 45.6 billion won prize persuaded him to remain, along with the majority of the other players. When the vast majority of the candidates were shown reuniting to continue playing, their desperation struck a chord with Netflix viewers all around the world. The candidates didn’t want to put their lives in danger, but they believed that winning was the only way to survive in an unjust society. This insight is what drove Gi-Hun to reject a reunion with his daughter at the end of season one. He intimated in the closing scene that he would return to the Games to prevent them from exploiting their defenseless players. This cliffhanger finale, however, risks contradicting “Squid Game’s” message about the poor’s financial problems.

Gi-actions Hun’s in season 1 would undermine any sense of desperation he felt to care for his daughter if he didn’t participate in the Games specifically to stop them. “Squid Game’s” claim that only the hopeless would participate in such horrible difficulties in an attempt to overcome an inequitable system would be harmed if this were done.

Gi-Hun was a kind figure throughout “Squid Game”, fighting for his life in order to provide for his family. He possessed a lot of relatable characteristics that made viewers want to root for him. Selflessness, on the other hand, was not one of them. He didn’t want to injure anyone, but he also didn’t want to risk his life to help them. In “Squid Game” episode 6, he even took advantage of Oh Il-(Oh Nam’s Yeong- su’s) dementia to save his own skin. Gi-Hun did not begin to demonstrate evidence of charity until after the Games were over. In order to stand up to the Games’ exploitation of the working class’ despair, he kept his commitment to help Kang Sae-(Jung byeok’s Hoyeon) brother, prevented the Games’ Salesman (Gong Yoo) from recruiting another victim, and sacrificed a reunion with his daughter. Gi-Hun would never have challenged the Games’ power at the start of the series, but the slivers of selflessness he displayed at the conclusion reveal a version of him who could.

Gi-decision Hun’s to fight a system that has profited off the working class’s despair introduced a concept that has yet to be fully explored: hope. “Squid Game” drew viewers in by depicting the characters’ financial troubles, which seemed to have only one solution. The candidates’ desperation was heightened by the rich elite’s attitude of them as disposable, there for amusement, with the wealthy’s money cushioning them from any hardship. As long as Gi-determination Hun’s doesn’t wane in “Squid Game” season 2, he’ll be able to find another way out.