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Since Squid Game’s release on September 17, 2021, the phenomenal South Korean survival series has become Netflix’s most-watched series worldwide and the hype hasn’t died down. I’m still seeing Squid Game everywhere on social media and other platforms, and even I had been so caught up in the excitement because the show was amazingly entertaining and binge-worthy.
While I can say a lot of good things about Squid Game, I decided to share what I hate about it. I invested more than enough emotion towards it, and it drained me during the entire duration of watching it in September, so it’s just right for me to share why this show put me in a roller coaster ride of constant anger, betrayal, sadness, and more anger. Below are the seven things I hate about Squid Game:
1. The old man’s betrayal.
Since the beginning, I have been rooting for player 001, the old man with a brain tumor who prefers to risk his life playing games rather than die in the outside world. He felt that he had nothing to lose, but I still worried for him on every single game and felt thankful for player 456 for his consistent support for the dying old man. I even felt angry at Seong Gi-hun (player 456) for cheating on him during the marble game and literally cried when I thought that the old man died. But of course, he didn’t. And though I was so happy to find out he didn’t die, I also hated the fact that he’s the mastermind behind it all. This old man really crushed my heart. He’s not the only one who betrayed someone, but his betrayal was the most impacting.
2. Seong Gi-hun as a father.
From the start, I hated Gi- hun’s character because even before joining the series of deadly children’s games, he gambled to earn money and that was really stupid of him. Then, I started to like him because he’s such a promising actor. His face whenever he smiled was so adorable, and his every gesture, facial expression, and dialogues on the show were just so entertaining. But then when he won and got too depressed that he couldn’t even think about his kid, I started to hate him. Winning was useless because he didn’t even want to use that money when people were counting on him. And towards the end, just when I thought he finally got to his senses, he was distracted by Gong Yoo and a freakin’ call! I swear, if he doesn’t go to his daughter and decides to join another round of Squid Game again, he is the worst father ever and I will never watch any of his series again! Just kidding. I’m just so devastated at his character as a father.
3. When Kang Sae-byeok got hit by a shard during the glass explosion.
Getting hit by a piece of broken glass after surpassing yet another death-defying game, was the most unfair thing I have ever seen in the Squid Game series. She survived all the games and only had one game left, but then a freakin’ shard hit her? I mean, I know she couldn’t have survived until the end, but getting hit by a flying broken glass was just too unfair. Why was there an explosion in the first place?!!!
4. When Abdul Ali trusted Cho Sang Woo.
I really like this guy because he saved Gi-hun once, but how can he be so stupid? Trusting someone with his life was just the most stupid thing in the series. He totally lost the game and died for being too nice and trustful and I hate that fact. He should’ve thought about his wife and kid and had been smarter. His camaraderie was his weakness in this series and it killed him; I hate that. Squid Game just ruined camaraderie for everyone.
5. When Hwang Jun-ho got killed after everything he went through.
Well of course, I expected everyone to be killed in the series and I also expected that Jun-ho would be killed as well, but still…he shouldn’t have been killed because he was the only one who could possibly stop the deadly games by exposing it to the public. I really hope there’s a plot twist that would bring him back because I want him in season 2!
6. Jang Deok-su and Han Mi-nyeo.
If there was ever a happy moment while watching Squid Game, I’d say that the happiest I’d been was when Deok-su and Mi-nyeo died together in each other’s arms. That was the most entertaining scene for me because since the beginning, I had been hoping they would die, so I don’t have to see them again on the next episodes. I really hated these two characters because they tick me off. They’re both pure evil and deserved to die.
7. When Cho Sang-woo stabbed Seo-bok.
I really don’t get this guy. He was planning to kill himself before he joined Squid Game, but then he got greedy and wanted to win so bad that he started betraying people and even killed Seo-bok. It was bad enough that she was hit by a shard and was losing a lot of blood. Did he really have to end her life?
Regardless of these seven things that I hate about Squid Game, I still love the show and I’m excited for the next season! I have theories running in my head, but of course, I don’t think the writer and director would settle with something that many people could already be theorizing about. I’m sure they’ll surprise viewers even more than I had been surprised by the first season.
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