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20 Squid Game Facts That Will Make You Fall In Love With The Show Even More

Obsessed with how amazing Squid Game was? Take a look at 20 Squid Game facts that will make you fall in love with the show even more

1. When Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk originally penned his idea of the show in 2008 and presented it to producers, he and his family was under a lot of debt and was facing numerous financial problems.

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2. The show’s script took him nearly a year to write but he was turned down from everywhere until Netflix picked him 10 years later, in 2019.

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3. Hwang first wrote the script as a movie but later decided to turn it into a series. He augmented the script even more and added characters like Jun-ho, who wasn’t in the first draft.

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4. Hwang claims that the title of the show and the games were inspired by the actual squid game which was his favorite thing to play as a kid. 

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5. Hwang had in mind that he’ll be picking Lee Jung-Jae and Park Hae-soo for the roles of Gi-hun and Sang-woo. However, for roles like Il-Nam, Sae-byeok, and Ali, Hwang intentionally hunted for actors that weren’t known in the showbiz.

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6. Hwang told that casting Sae-byeok was a difficult task for him. However, as soon as he saw Jung Ho-Yeon’s audition tape he knew it that moment that he had found the right person for the role.

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7. The character of Ji-young was originally of a boy. However, Hwang had the brilliant idea of changing the character’s sex to explore the bond between two women.

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8. The appearance of the giant doll from “Red Light, Green Light” was based on illustrations from children’s textbooks from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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9. For the Dalgona Challenge, the crew hired an expert chef to prepare real dalgona. It took him three days and the entire set smelled like sugar.

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10. The playground set from the Dalgona Challenge was made huge to resemble the way actual playgrounds are. 

11. To get genuine expressions during the tug-of-war scene, a machine was used to “tug” on the other side of the rope. It exhausted the actors very much.

12. The set created for the glass stepping stones game was actually a meter above the ground. That had the cast actually very scared.

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13. The dorm where the players resided was designed to resemble a warehouse. It was designed that way to portray the way the humans in it are treated as objects.

15. The sole reason why the coffins resembled gift boxes was to signify the way the creator of the game felt as though he was a god, giving a gift of death to the contestants. 

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16. Director Chae Kyung-sun claimed that the appearance of the masked guards was inspired by fencing masks and the traditional Korean masks called Haehotal. 

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17. The design of the room with the incinerators was inspired by the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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18. Lee Jung-Jae spent a lot of time with Hwang to enhance Gi-hun’s character ensuring that he was likable. Gi-Hun running into Sae-byeok and pausing to pick up her coffee was an improvised scene.

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19. Filming completed in November 2020.

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20. If there would be a Season 2 of Squid Game, Hwang says the story would be about the Front Man.

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Written by Muneer