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premiere ended while we were all the same recovering from the shock of having witnessed hundreds of bodies left for dead in the aftermath of Red Light, Green Light. Its second episode, “Hell,” begins with a subtler surprise. As the guards wheel life-size, souvenir-wrapped boxes into an incinerator room, a paw and a groan escapes from i of the boxes. A guard calmly shoves the paw dorsum in, nails the casket shut, and pushes the contestant into the incinerator to be burned alive. I horrible revelation afterwards another makes it abundantly articulate that this game will not let upward on usa.
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does. After the players larn the existent nature of the games, several of them begin begging the guards to spare their lives, led past a adult female, player 212, who admits she has a daughter dorsum abode that she hasn’t even named even so. According to the game’s rules, if a bulk of players hold to stop the game, and so they all can leave, free and clear. The guards set up a vote, just not before revealing how much money is up for grabs: each fallen player is worth 100 million won ($84,000) and, if there is only ane player left, the pot can go up to 45.vi billion ($38 meg).
With this vote, the 201 players are left to decide whether to stick with the known hell of fiscal ruin or the unknown hell that awaits in the next round. Afterward 200 players bandage their votes, at that place is a tie with one vote left — histrion 001, the elderly man. Surprisingly, considering his grin throughout the first round, 001 votes against standing, and with that, the game ends, though it tin restart if most of the players agree to return. We know that all our primary characters will return (there are seven episodes left, afterward all), so this intermission functions as an opportunity for some graphic symbol building to show why they’d rather face death over debt-ridden poverty. This will also be the last pacing lag of the season, so if there is an optimal time to go to bed before you cease up binging until 5 a.m., it’s later on Sae-byeok leaves Gi-hun tied upwards in the road.
It turns out that Sang-woo is in even more trouble than previously stated, with the police force blowing up his telephone and offering him the take a chance to surrender himself. And the trouble doesn’t end with him; he’s mortgaged his mother’south home and her market stall on a failed bet, which is for vi billion won ($5 million). He may be the neighborhood’due south pride, the valedictorian who got into Seoul National University (retrieve Korea’s Harvard), but his intellect can’t get him out of this mess.
As for Sae-byeok, she’s a North Korean defector who made it to Seoul with her little brother. She has to go out him in a children’south dwelling house, and a broker has stolen the coin she raised to bring her female parent. She’s also a badass who will throw coffee in a homo’s face and accept a pocketknife to his pharynx while robbing him.
Ali came to Republic of korea from Pakistan to brand coin, bringing along his wife and baby, but his dominate at the small factory he’s employed refuses to pay him. Afterwards he crushes his boss’s paw in a fight, he runs off with the money and buys his wife and kid flights dorsum dwelling. Everything about Ali’s story is heartbreaking, just he keeps upwardly his friendship with Sang-woo, so at least he’ll take a good ally back in the game. We also learn that other gangsters are hunting Deok-su, so he goes back. Information technology’s a dramatic scene, lots of stabbing.
Gi-hun still has the lowest stakes of all the characters, and he’s the first player who voted confronting continuing the game. However, his conviction wavers when his female parent refuses to stay in the hospital and get surgery to treat her diabetes because of the enormous costs. He then runs into role player 001, who reveals over soju and ramyeon that he’s going back into the game rather than wait to die in real life. The final nail for Gi-hun comes when he ends up punching out his married woman’southward new hubby in front of Ga-yeong, reminding him that she’ll before long be whisked to the U.S., possibly forever. With all that weighing on him, he decides to return to the game.
Nosotros too get the beginning of the show’s detective-drama subplot. Though the police officers don’t believe Gi-hun’s story of the deadly kids’ games and tens of billions of won, the story sticks in young detective Hwang Jun-ho’s head when he finds one of the game’s business organization cards in his missing brother’s room. Jun-ho tracks down Gi-hun, but Gi-hun says he’s non in the position to assistance anyone. That doesn’t stop the detective, who tails the shuttle van taking players back to the game. And with that, the episode leads united states of america back to the game. Buckle your seatbelts; the ride will continue.
• That haunting score is courtesy of
composer Jung Jae-il. Information technology could be
The White Lotus
theme’s demented cousin.
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• We learn a fleck more of Gi-hun’s backstory: He missed his daughter’due south nativity because a co-worker collapsed and died that day.
• Sang-woo’s mother may be No. 1 on my actually deserves–45.half dozen billion-won list.
• One of the books on Jun-ho’s brother’south desk is by Jacques Lacan, the belatedly controversial French psychoanalyst.
• Would y’all survive this game?
I’one thousand soft as hell, but if a loan shark were coming for a kidney and an eye, I’d probably go back to the game.
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