Squid Game Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk Burns LeBron James Over Ending Criticism
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***WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS***
Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has brilliantly responded to criticism from basketball player LeBron James.
The South Koren survival series has taken the world by storm, becoming Netflix's biggest ever show - but not everyone was overly pleased with the ending.
One such critic was James, who discussed the finale of the show with Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis following a press conference earlier this month.
Now, just to be clear, his comments are gonna spoil it for you if you haven't finished it yet, and they're not gonna make any sense to you if you haven't started it - but seriously, you should have started it by now.
Anyway, 36-year-old James - who recently starred in Space Jam: A New Legacy - said: "I didn't like the ending though.
"I know they start it off with a season two but, like, get on the f***ing flight and go see your daughter, bro. Like what are you doing?"
LeBron and AD discuss their thoughts on Squid Game and I briefly lose my professionalism pic.twitter.com/HWP1tHi8oK
- Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) October 13, 2021
It's a fair point - but not one Dong-hyuk is gonna lose any sleep over.
Speaking to The Guardian, he said: "Have you seen Space Jam 2?
"LeBron James is cool and can say what he wants. I respect that. I'm very thankful he watched the whole series.
"But I wouldn't change my ending. That's my ending.
"If he has his own ending that would satisfy him, maybe he could make his own sequel. I'll check it out and maybe send him a message saying, 'I liked your whole show, except the ending'."
Brutal stuff from Dong-hyuk, but again, fair - if the Space Jam sequel's 26 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes is anything to go by.
As James pointed out, the ending does unequivocally set the show up for a second series, and given its enormous success, you'd think it would only be a matter of time before the renewal is confirmed.
Dong-hyuk has been pretty coy about it, but made reference to the huge financial incentive that no doubt will be dangled under his nose.
He said: "Of course there is talk. That's inevitable because it's been such a success. I am considering it.
"I have a very high-level picture in my mind, but I'm not going to work on it straight away. There's a film I really want to make. I'm thinking about which to do first. I'm going to talk to Netflix.
"It's possible that I have to do season two to become as rich as Squid Game's winner."