Since the resale of its first episode on 17th September 2021, the South Korean TV series “Squid Game” has taken the world by storm with its mass appeal to crossover audiences. The 9 episode series follows 456 contestants who are deeply in debt as they compete in a series of children’s games to win ₩45.6 billion ($3,871,711.90) in prize money. Sounds appealing right? Well, the catch is that anyone who loses in the game is instantly executed!
The surprise Netflix hit series has inspired memes, Instagram filters, and is reportedly driving more people to learn the Korean language. There is even a real-life “Squid Game” developed in Abu Dhabi by the Korean Cultural Center; without the deadly consequences of losing of course.
Netflix has traditionally been tight-lipped about its viewing statistics, only releasing them on occasion. However, seeing as “Squid Game” has become somewhat of a global phenomenon, Netflix was bound to gloat about how successful the show really is.
Until late this year, Netflix’s biggest movie was “Bridgerton,” which had a staggering 82 million viewers during its first 28 days on the platform. This record has just been broken by “Squid Game” which had a stupefying viewership of 111 million in its first 28 days on Netflix, a true testament to the shows’ popularity. Netflix officially confirmed the incredible feat through a post on their Twitter account.
Amazingly, “Squid Game” is a Korean show that had to be dubbed into English for the international audience and was still able to appeal to a humongous audience. However, some of the shows’ famous fans like “Thor: Love and Thunder” director Taika Waititi feel that the series is best experienced in its native language. You be the judge.
What does the future hold for the series? Well, the giant streaming service has not confirmed whether the show will be back for a second season or not. Regardless, it would be hard not to imagine a follow-up to the first season or a spinoff of some sort considering its current success. Season one had a few cliffhangers and plot holes that could be capitalized on in continuity or a reboot.
Nonetheless, the show is undoubtedly an emotional roller coaster so it’s not hard to see why it’s managed to hook audiences worldwide. The director and cast should be proud of their achievement in the shows’ success and contribution in breaking the Netflix viewership record. We look forward to the future of the series.