The new Netflix-produced Korean drama ‘Squid Game’ has taken the world by storm for its deeply emotional story and the exploration of the human psyche when faced with survival. The series played with the empathy of its audiences which explains why the series became a worldwide hit.
In the first episode, a mysterious man played by Gong Yoo (Goblin, Train to Busan) invites the main character Seong Gi-hun played by Lee Jung-jae (Along with the Gods) to play a game of Ddakji (a popular South Korean children’s game) as a way for him to earn some money for every game he wins. He then offers Gi-hun the option of choosing the red tile or the blue tile to start the game. In the beginning, the choice between the colour did not seem important, however as the story progresses there seems to be a hint underlying the choice a player makes on the colour. Similarly, when the players were then introduced to the game staff and a recording of their games were played, it seems that all the players had chosen the blue tile when given the option to play Ddakji.
As the story progresses, the division in colour became more apparent as all the players were dressed in a blueish-green attire while all the staff were dressed in red. The life of the staff was also explored by the policeman Hwang Jun-ho played by Wi Ha-Joon (Something in the Rain) as he successfully infiltrates the games and goes undercover as one of the staff. It then became clear that the staff too were not exactly free but are bound by rules set by the organization conducting the games. They had to follow a strict schedule and they were also not allowed to remove their masks outside of their assigned rooms. This seems to imply that the staff are not volunteers but perhaps they too were lured in by the organization. Furthermore, Jun-ho also discovered that the Squid Game has been around for at least since 1999, which means the game has been running for at least 20 years. The story has yet to explore how the organization has been recruiting its manpower since then.
This brings us to the popular fan theory that will likely be explored in Season 2, fans predict that players who choose the red tile in the game of Ddakji will be called to become part of the staff for the organization running the Squid Game. It does seem like a reasonable theory as the organization targets people who are under tremendous debt with a chance at a second life. Being a staff to the organization may be a tempting offer for those who have nowhere else to go as they will now be guarded by the organization on a remote island far away from any debt collectors.
Only time will tell whether this theory proves to be accurate when Season 2 of the Squid Game is released on Netflix once again. Until then fans will have no choice but to continue theorizing on the details of the organization that is behind the brutal Squid Game.
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