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Squid Game: The Ending Would Have Been Way Better If Gi-hun Died, Not Sae-byeok

The hit Netflix series ends with Seong Gi-hun aka Player 0456 coming up victorious after the final game. The final game is literally a Korean kid’s game called Squid Game. The final episode saw Seong Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo duke it out. Sang-Woo believes in winning at all costs. Gi-hun was the more benevolent of the two, who refused to resort to dastardly tactics to win the game. The game ends with Gi-hun trying to end the game right at the cusp of victory when Sang-woo, who had earlier killed Sae-byeok, kills himself. But here’s why we believe the ending of Squid Game would have been better had Gi-Hun hit the ground and Sae-byeok lived.

Gi-hun Is Still The Same Even After A Year Of The Harrowing Squid Game Experience

Seong Ji-hun

Seong Gi-hun was more or less a two-bit loser before he took part in the Squid Game. After unwillingly winning the game and becoming a multi-millionaire, Gi-hun is still the same rustic nomad he was a year ago. In fact he is way worse off. Now his conscience is rife with guilt and he is himself grief-stricken. Survivor’s guilt has taken over and not even 45.6 Billion Won (38 Million USD) is enough to wipe that slate clean.

Twist In The Tale

After having the fateful encounter with Oh Il-nam and realizing he was the mastermind of it all, Seong Gi-hun has a change of heart. Il-Nam dies and Gi-hun’s conscience eventually gains some much needed clarity. He decides to finally tap into his bank account and make a life for himself to make his daughter proud. But right when he is about to turn a new chapter, he discovers the Squid Games are still going on with a new set of participants. Instead of meeting his daughter, Gi-hun decides to focus all his energies on making the Squid Game perpetrators pay for their actions.

Squid Game

The show reveals throughout the course of multiple episodes that Gi-hun is indeed a good person albeit a bit flawed. He gets ample opportunities to turn a new leaf but keeps consistently making bad choices and wastes those chances. The final scene where Gi-hun does not board the plane is testament to that fact. Letting Gi-hun live could be the show’s greatest mishandling of the character. Gi-hun’s redemption arc would have been if he had died at the hands of Sang-woo. That way he died a good man, believing in his own set of ideals. Gi-hun’s death would have been the ultimate sacrifice play that would have downplayed his impossible number of flaws we saw later on after he won the Squid Game.

Kang Sae-byeok Was The Better Choice, Not Gi-hun

Kang Sae-byeok

Unlike the rest of the participants, Kang Sae-byeok doesn’t want the money for selfish reasons. She just wants her family reunited. She f=goes through an epic character development arc throughout the series. Her backstory is so incredibly fleshed out.

Ji-yeong & Sae-byeok

Ji-yeong was so moved by her noble intentions that she decides to just die so that Sae-byeok could achieve her dreams. Gi-hun should have followed in Ji-yeong’s footsteps and let Sae-byeok win the game. if only the show had allowed it that way…..

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.