Minor spoilers for season 1 of Netflix’s “Squid Game” ahead.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard of Squid Game (or 오징어 게임). Netflix‘s new South Korean drama has been taking the whole world by storm since its global premiere on September 17, 2021. In literal days, Squid Game has become one of the streamer’s biggest hits, racking up an unprecedented number of views and dominating everything from Twitter discourse (and memes) to TikTok’s FYPs.
Squid Game is not Netflix’s first dark K-drama — zombie period drama Kingdom, Extracurricular, Sweet Home, and most recently D.P also fall in line with the noir elements Squid Game has to offer. However, there’s something about the Squid Game phenomenon that just can’t be matched. According to The Guardian, Squid Game is the first Korean production to top the streaming giant’s popular list in the U.S. But that’s not even the most impressive part. According to Deadline, Netflix’s co-chief executive officer and chief content officer Ted Sarandos recently revealed the K-drama could be Netflix’s biggest show ever should its viewership continue its early pattern.
So, if you are yet to watch or dying (no pun intended) to know more about Squid Game season 2, here’s what you need to know about the series.
What Is Squid Game About?
In case you haven’t yet watched, Squid Game follows a group of people, most of whom are dealing with financial troubles, as they are given the chance to compete in a series of games to win money that would allow them to pay off their debts and live freely. The winner can walk away with a prize cash of ₩45.6 billion (or, around $38 million). But there’s a catch: once-innocent childhood games are turned lethal in the remote, private island enclave the players are transported to.
So, to sum up, Squid Game is a battle royale-style survival series that, instead of overly complicated mazes or courses, focuses on traditional Korean children’s games — with social commentary sprinkled in, of course.