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Squid Game Creator Reveals The Meaning Behind Name Of The Show

Rebecca Shepherd

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Squid Game Creator Reveals The Meaning Behind Name Of The Show

Squid Game is currently the most-watched title on Netflix right now (in the UK and globally) but have you ever wondered what the inspiration behind the name of the show is?


The South Korean hit shocked Netflix bosses with its global popularity with the steaming service's co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos explaining: "We did not see that coming."

The series features a group of down-on-their-luck people who are forced together in a bizarre series of survival games for money.


If they don't complete the challenges - consisting of creepy twists on classic children's games - that they're set, they die.

Speaking to Radio Times, creator Hwang Dong-hyuk explained: "Squid Game is a game I used to play as a child in the schoolyard or the streets of the neighbourhood.

"This is a story about people who used to play this game as children and return to play it as adults.

"It was one of the most physical and it was also one of my favourite games.


"I felt that this game could be the most symbolic children's game that could represent the kind of society we live in today."

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Hwang Dong-hyuk also revealed he started working on the show back in 2008. So I guess it could be considered a labour of love.

He continued: "I was reading a lot of comic books, and I finished the script in 2009. At the time, it seemed very unfamiliar and violent. There were people who thought it was a little too complex and not commercial.


"I wasn't able to get enough investment and casting was difficult. I dabbled in it for about a year, but I had to put it to sleep then."

Then, it seems, people started to realise that gruesome and gore is actually exactly what the world wants. Who would've known?

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

One thing's for certain, it's a decision that Netflix probably aren't going to regret any time soon as fans are loving the show.


Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "I think everyone should watch Squid Game on Netflix it's fantastic."

Another added: "Squid Game is the best series I've watched on Netflix after Money Heist."

And a third commented: "Just watched all of Squid Game. Tbh I really hope we don't get a season 2 because of how utterly perfect it is. Genuinely such an amazing show. A 10/10 for me."

Squid Game is available to watch now on Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Netflix, Squid Game

Rebecca Shepherd
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