If Jung Ho-yeon were to enter Squid Game as a contestant, the dalgona challenge—in which one must carve out a shape engraved onto a brittle disc of honeycomb using only a needle—would be where she’d meet her end. Just for fun, Netflix Korea had given her one such treat etched with the platform’s logo, a large “N.” As in the Korean thriller series, Jung’s task was to extract the design without cracking it. “I failed. Two times,” Jung laughs as she holds out two fingers emphatically. “I thought that it’s easy but it wasn’t at all.” In the third episode of Squid Game, Jung’s character Kang Sae-byeok receives a similar candy, albeit with a less daunting shape, a triangle. But unlike Jung, neither Sae-byeok nor any of the 456 players who entered the competition for a chance at 45.6 billion won (roughly $38 million) get a second opportunity at the games. If you fail on your first try, you die.
Squid Game, which premiered on Sept. 17, is on track to become Netflix’s most watched show of all time, according to the company. Netflix says the nine-episode drama reached no. 1 in 90 countries within 10 days, with 95% of viewership originating from outside of South Korea, where the series was filmed and takes place. Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show follows cash-strapped contestants as they battle in deadly matches adapted from popular Korean children’s games. In deliberately jarring juxtapositions, the drama features plenty of gore and violence against brightly colored playground-inspired backdrops and eerily upbeat music. The story centers on Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), a divorced father and gambling addict targeted by loan sharks who, after joining the game, meets hundreds of others who have also hit rock bottom.
One of them is Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector who viewers soon learn is driven by the goal of winning the prize money to fulfill a heartfelt promise she made to her younger brother. But you wouldn’t know…
Source : time