Netflix’s hit show, Squid Game has been causing a few problems recently…
And it’s resulted in innocent people being victims.
Keep scrolling to see what Netflix has done to resolve the issues…
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.
And if that wasn’t already impressive enough, Squid Game is now on track to become the streaming giant’s number 1 show of all time.
Last week, during the Code conference, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and Head of Content spoke out on the issue, 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.
The current rankings place Bridgeton’s first season at number 1, closely followed by Lupin and The Witcher, all of which had their burst of popularity in the past few years.
Amongst the top 10 shows are only 2 others that are not in English – Lupin and Money Heist. But if things continue to grow as they are, Squid Game will definitely be in the top 5 most popular shows of all time, if not the top spot, adding Korean to the prestigious list.
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.”
We’re not ready for a season 2 just yet…
Because a lot of us aren’t even over season 1, are we?
The show is the talk of social media right now…
It’s been thrilling. It’s been exhausting. It’s been traumatic.
And the latter is very apparent right now as the game has also provoked a reaction that Netflix as well as the director of the show did not see coming.
Throughout the episodes, there were various phone numbers that were shown on-screen…
And unfortunately, due to the eagerness and a certain level of stupidity of thousands of viewers around the world, innocent people that just so happen to have the same exact number have been receiving calls from a bunch of Squid Game-obsessed strangers.
Imagine that. Thousands of calls from a bunch of weirdos.
One Korean man spoke to local news outlet, Money Today, explaining how the calls have completely wrecked him.
As per the Independent, the anonymous man from the Gyeonggi province said this:
“It has come to the point where people are reaching out day and night due to their curiosity. It drains my phone’s battery and it turns off.
“At first, I didn’t know why, then my friend told me that my number came out [in Squid Game].”
The number in question was reportedly featured in the first episode written on a card.
It was then handed to Seong Gi-Hun (played by Lee Jung-Jae) by a man in a black suit.
In order to tackle the issue, Netflix and Siren Pictures Inc are doing their best to remove scenes that only exasperate the issue.
They told the outlet this: “Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this matter, including editing scenes with phone numbers where necessary.”
That should hopefully help… But then again, people on the internet are weird.
Here’s a bit of advice for all of you that have tried ringing or messaging fictional numbers: Grow up.