Risking it all for the fortune

Hailey Weiner

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Breaking Netflix’s most-watched series record with 111 million viewers, the overnight sensation, ‘Squid Game,’ has made its way to Etowah. With earbuds in and captions on, students are joining the rest of the world to binge the hit Korean drama.  

“The show was very interesting, and it had so many plot twists. The end definitely threw me the most,” Erin Bradley, junior, said.  

‘Squid Game’ takes place in South Korea and revolves around contestants competing in various ironic children’s games for a large cash prize, but the show’s biggest plot twist comes when the first competitors discover that “elimination” really means death. The players decided to join the game in hopes of escaping bankruptcy, homelessness, and poverty. After they realize losing the games will cost their life, many question whether the money is worth it. The main character, Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-Jae, struggles with more than just survival but also his humanity, as he battles against “teammates,” those he once considered his friends. 

“I enjoyed watching the twist on childhood games. It was also really interesting seeing these poor people risk everything for money,” Ari Havens, freshman, said.  

Released on Sept. 17, ‘Squid Game’ quickly gained publicity as TikTokers shared the intense storyline and unforeseen plot twists. Spoilers flooded TikTok as the show continued to stun its viewers. Many on the app expressed their preference to watch it in Korean with English subtitles due to the better accuracy of dialogue, but one can still watch the show in English if they do not wish to read captions.  

“Squid Game was a very entertaining show. I could never predict what was going to happen,” Neal O’Connor, freshman, said. 

With ‘Squid Game’ being one of Netflix’s biggest hits, many are expecting a second season of the show and are already predicting the possible twists and surprises of what is to come.