set to NetflixThe biggest series ever. sweeping korean drama squid game It has stormed the world with its thrilling story, dramatic plot twists, stomach-churning death scenes, and bleak portrayal of humanity.
Desperate for money and drowning in debt, a group of 456 people gather together a sinister and mysterious organization that preys on the weak, literally having them fight to the death in order to earn a whopping sum of money—KRW 45.6 billion, to be exact.
In order to receive the cash prize, the contestants, who initially sign a contract, must successfully complete all the games assigned to them. They are based on traditional children’s games and range from physical tasks, such as tug-of-war, to puzzles for the strategically minded. In the end, the last two players have to fight in a round of Squid.
Here’s who made money squid gameWhat does the amount translate into US dollars?
**Warning: Major spoilers are in front of you**
How much is 45.6 billion won in US dollars?
Although it is still undoubtedly a large amount, it is not a huge amount in US dollars.
At current currency rates (correct at the time of writing), 1 South Korean Won is equal to 0.00084 US dollars.
This means that the total prize money is approximately $38,393,239.20 and the value of each contestant was $84,195.70.
Who Won Netflix’s Prize Money squid game?
Bloodbath after bloodbath reduced the number of original contestants, with the final three being Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), Kang Sae-byeok (HoYeon Jung) and Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo).
After an elaborate dinner of steaks, the three return to their dorm for the night – only Ji Hoon can’t shake off the anger he feels toward his old childhood friend, Sang Woo, after he killed an innocent man in the previous round.
He heads to Sae-byeok to discuss a strategy, not realizing that she is bleeding from a wound sustained by shattered glass in the last match. She makes him promise to take care of her brother if she does not succeed, before offering to do the same to his sick mother.
In a sudden turn of events, after noticing Sae-byeok’s wound, Gi-hun goes to get help from the guards. However, when they finally open the steel doors, they take with them one of the black coffins with a big pink bow on top. Ji-hoon turns around in confusion, only to realize that Sang-woo slashed Sae-byok’s throat and brutally ended her life.
Angry at Sae-byeok’s death, Gi-hun swipes at Sang-woo in the last round, during a Squid Game match. After a very bloody and picturesque fight scene, Sang-woo ends up on the ground and is about to give up.
At the last moment, Ji-hoon recalls the third clause of the contract: that players can leave the game, as long as the majority agree. Offering Sang-woo a director, Ji-hoon suggests that they walk away and forfeit the prize money. Unfortunately, Sang-woo decided to take matters into his own hands and killed himself so that Gi-hun could leave with the money.
What did Ji Hoon do with the money?
After the front commander dropped him off in a limousine, Ji Hoon returned to his old neighborhood, where he bumped into Cho Sang-woo’s mother. As he continued to process the events of the last game, Gi-hun struggled to interact with them as he fought back tears.
He then returns home to find his mother has tragically died while on the island.
After getting a cool new haircut, and dyeing his tresses bright red, he headed to the shelter where Sae-byeok’s brother was. He then dropped off the little boy and left him in Sang Woo’s mother’s care, with a bag full of his prize money.
Presumably, as we saw then, Ji-hoon in a smart suit heading to the airport, kept some of his hard-earned money for himself.
While things were mostly on hold, there’s definitely room for another series – and given the scale of its success on the streaming platform, it’s likely that Netflix will renew the series again. In addition, it would be good to learn more about the mysterious workers on the island, and why Front Man decided to kill his brother.
Squid is now available to stream on Netflix.