Netflix's Squid Game ending explained: Who wins?

SQUID Game has had viewers hooked with its tale of the lengths people will go to for money.

The series is out now on Netflix and involves players fighting to the death for a huge cash prize.

What is Squid Game?

A mysterious invitation to join a mysterious and deadly survival game is sent to people at risk who are in dire need of money.

456 participants from all walks of life are locked into a secret location where they play games in order to win 45.6 billion won (£28 million).

Every game is a Korean traditional children's game such as Red Light, Green Light, but the consequence of losing is death.

Who will be the winner, and what is the purpose behind this game?

Who's in the Squid Game cast?

The main cast includes:

  • Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun (No. 456) – A chauffeur and a gambling addict, he lives with his mother and struggles to financially support his daughter. He participates in the Game to settle his many debts.
  • Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo (No. 218) – The head of the investment team at a securities company, he was a junior to Gi-hun, and was a gifted student who entered Seoul National University, but is now wanted by the police for stealing money from his clients.
  • Oh Yeong-su as Oh Il-nam (No. 001) – An elderly man with a brain tumor who prefers playing the Game to waiting to die on the outside.
  • HoYeon Jung as Kang Sae-byeok (No. 067) – A North Korean defector who enters the Game to pay for a broker that can find and retrieve her surviving family members from the country.
  • Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su (No. 101) – A gangster who enters the Game to settle his massive gambling debts.
  • Anupam Tripathi as Abdul Ali (No. 199) – A foreign worker from Pakistan who enters the Game to provide for his young family after his employer refuses to pay him for months.
  • Kim Joo-ryoung as Han Mi-nyeo (No. 212) – A mysterious and manipulative woman who claims to be a poor single mother

Squid Game ending explained

WARNING: Spoilers from the end of Squid Game

By the end of the sixth game, protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) emerges victorious.

He squares up with childhood friend-turned-nemesis Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo) in a bloody round of squid game and knocks down his opponent.

But, steps before winning, Gi-hun asks to vote on terminating the game, assuming that Sang-woo will side with him and create the necessary majority to end the whole tournament.

But Sang-woo stabs himself in the neck and dies, letting Gi-hun win.

Will there be a season 2 of Squid Game?

Following season 1's success, it was confirmed that there will be a season 2.

On November 9, 2021 director, creator and writer of Squid Game, Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed the news during an interview with the Associated Press.

“There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season," he told the media outlet.

"So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season."

Right now, the new season is only "in the planning process" and it remains unclear when a release date will be established.

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