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Graphic by Athena Serrano.

Squid Game is taking over the internet and all of social media. The Korean drama is breaking records as Netflix’s most watched series. Everywhere you look, people are praising the show and the actors who portray the characters.

The 9-episode series is about adults with massive debt who are recruited to play kids’ games in order to win large amounts of money. The contestants are killed off in very gruesome ways if they fail to complete the game.

Students like Isabella Castillo, who is the secretary on the E-board at SPARK (Saint Peter’s Affirming Representation of Kababayans), believe the show's major success was due to social media.

“Twitter and TikTok helped it become popular — becoming one of the trends — and it just spiraled that way,” said Castillo.

Diana Meza, a senior majoring in communication and media, said that she was drawn to Squid Game due to its popularity on social media — particularly interested by the memes and posts on TikTok and Instagram. She believes the show reflects real life because it’s based on money.

“That is the core, money. It's so sad to say that there’s a price to somebody’s life,” said Meza.

Athena Serrano, a senior also majoring in communication and media as well as in graphic design, said she expected the show to be huge but not record breaking.

“I like the show; it’s not my most favorite show, but it’s definitely a show that makes you wanna talk and think a lot,” said Serrano. “It’s one of those shows where you have to talk with other people on how to interpret it.”

Serrano also described her appreciation for the show’s treatment of its various characters through the season.

“When I watched the show, I wasn’t taken aback by how brutal it was, but I was really surprised at how [deeply] they went into the morality of the characters,” said Serrano.

Fellow Netflix show Bridgerton earned 82 million views when it debuted back in 2020. Squid Game has surpassed that record after having been viewed in about 111 million households since it was released a month ago.

Castillo was very excited and hopeful that there will be a new season due to its cliffhanger ending. Students should be glad to hear it is currently in the works, according to director and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk. 

“There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season," he said to AP News on Nov. 10. "So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season."

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