Squid Game: What Netflix's latest hit is all about and everything else you need to know

The show is expected to be Netflix’s next most popular show.

Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 9:14 am

Squid Game is currently Netflix's most watched show in 90 countries and that includes the UK.

Premiering on September 17, the success of the series would be record-breaking for a Korean original production following its rapid success over the last couple of weeks.

The show’s sudden popularity is teeing it up to be one of the streaming service’s most popular creations, overtaking even the sizzlingly hot Bridgerton.

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Here’s all you need to know about the dystopian show, but be warned: there are minor spoilers ahead.

What is Squid Game about?

The basic plot is about a group of people in terrible debt who are forced to play children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion South Korean won.

This would be just over £28,620,000, so it’s nothing to turn your nose up at.

The players are threatened with violence and death by guards in red uniforms in order to force them to take part in the games.

Each of the 456 participants is given a number to identify them – and the protagonist of the show is number 456, also known as Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-Jae.

456 is a gambling addict who lives with his mother and is playing the game to win money to pay off his debts.

Written and directed by South Korean director Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show doesn’t shy away from violence and gore, so be prepared for some bloody scenes when you sit down to watch the show.

The red-clad guards enforce the rules of the playground games with brutal violence. Photo: Netflix.

Is Squid Game a real game?

Although there’s obviously no real deadly tournament where unlucky people can pay off their debts, the game featured in the show that gave it its name is very real.

Hwang Dong-hyuk has confirmed that it’s a real game from his childhood, where teams must hop across a squid-shaped court and tap the squid’s head to win.

It’s unclear whether the director actually played on a playground shaped like a squid or whether he’s added the twist for dramatic effect.

Other games in the show are more common and clearly real, including marbles, tug-of-war, and Red Light, Green Light.

What language is Squid Game in?

Directed by and starring South Korean talent, Squid Game was originally created in South Korean but has been dubbed into English on Netflix.

The dubbing quality is of good quality, so you can get fully immersed in the show without the dialogue breaking the spell – or you can watch the show in Korean with English subtitles.

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How many episodes in Squid Game Season 1?

There are nine episodes in the first season of Squid Game and they are all available to stream now on Netflix.

Each episode is roughly an hour long, with a total season run time of 485 minutes.

What is the age rating of Squid Game?

Squid Game is rated TV-MA on Netflix, meaning it’s for mature audiences only.

According to TV Guidelines, TV-MA indicates "this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17”.

When is Season 2 of Squid Game coming out?

With almost instant success, fans of the show are already keen for a second season of Squid Game.

There is no confirmation just yet as to whether it’s on its way.

However, due to the complex production needed for the show, even if a Season 2 was ordered now, it likely wouldn’t be available to watch until late 2023 at the earliest.