The Netflix show, Squid Game has surged in popularity since its release, but it’s not exactly been a good thing…
One Squid Game themed Halloween party ended in tragedy after a shootout took place…
And some are blaming it on the violent series.
Now, if you’ve not heard about Squid Game, where have you been?
Created and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the tantalizing thriller tells the story of “hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”
It quickly became the first Korean drama to rank at number 1 on Netflix…
And managed to do so only 4 days after its release, beating out other popular K-dramas such as Vincenzo and It’s Okay Not To Be Okay.
It also received a 100% rating on Rotton Tomatoes and a solid 8.3/10 on IMDb.
That’s pretty impressive if you ask us…
And that’s not all, as the show has now become Netflix’s most watched series.
In a tweet, they revealed that it “only took seventeen days and 111M global fans to become our biggest ever series at launch.”
During the Code conference, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and Head of Content spoke out about the success, saying this:
“Squid Game will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure [and has] a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever.
“We did not see that coming, in terms of its global popularity,” he also admitted.
After seeing the show’s success, Hwang Dong-hyuk was asked if we would be getting another season…
Speaking to Variety on September 24th, Hwang admitted that the process of creating the hit Netflix show has been stressful and it’s not something he’s ready to re-do because of his lack of “teamwork.”
He also said:
“In my earlier days, I’d drink half a bottle of soju [Korean alcohol] to get the creative juices flowing. I can’t do that anymore,” Hwang said. “Writing [Squid Game] was harder than normal for me as it was a series, not a film. It took me 6 months to write and rewrite the first 2 episodes. Then I consulted verbally with friends, and picked up clues for improvements through my own pitching and from their responses.”
However, he did add this on the prospect of writing another season:
“I don’t have well-developed plans for ‘Squid Game 2.’ It is quite tiring just thinking about it. But if I were to do it, I would certainly not do it alone. I’d consider using a writers’ room and would want multiple experienced directors.”
The success of the series has not only astounded Hwang…
But also the actors involved.
O Yeong-su, who you may know as Player 001, has opened up about the surprising success of the series…
And how it has completely changed his life after people fell in love with his character.
Yeong-su opened up about how his life has changed during an appearance on the TV show, How Do I Play where he revealed that he feels like he needs to “calm down.”
“It makes me think, ‘I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now,’” he said, as per the Daily Mail.
Following the release of Squid Game, Yeong-su has had so many people contacting him that he’s had to enlist the help of his daughter.
“So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, it’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving, so my daughter has been helping me,” he said.
It certainly seems that a lot of people are invested in the show…
So much so, that many have dressed up as Squid Game characters for Halloween.
But sadly, that has ended in tragedy for 8 people who died after 2 rival gangs opened fire in the middle of a party…
The incident, which happened at a bowling alley in the Santa Ana neighborhood on Friday 29th, reportedly began when a man shot a member of the “Los Galacticos” gang.
This sparked a sudden retaliation, which lead to the death of 8 people in total.
When police arrived on the scene they found 5 people shot dead, including the first man to open fire, 3 were found in a garbage dump, and 7 injured.
People on social media shared their shock at the news…
Since the investigation into the shooting took place, 2 people have been arrested…
One of the men is believed to be the brother of one of the victims. However, prosecutor, Rafael Baloyes, said: “We assume that he used the firearm to defend his brother.”
Baloyes later shared that the rivalry between the 2 gangs has been ongoing for years and that it came to a head that night.
Rest in peace to all the victims of this tragic event.