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09th Oct 2021

Squid Game director explains why Seong Gi-Hun dyed his hair red

Simon Bland

Squid Game

SPOILERS AHEAD: Turn back now if you haven’t finished the show…

The following post contains spoilers for Netflix’s new Korean ‘battle royale’ hit Squid Game.

If you haven’t finished the show that’s well on its way to becoming the platform’s most-popular series ever, then stop reading now and get binging – pronto.

Still with us? Great – because series director Hwang Dong-hyuk has some details to share about one of the show’s most talked about (and head-scratching) finale twists.

Throughout its nine-episode arc, Squid Game invites a group of gamblers in need of a quick buck to take part in a series of clandestine kids’ games where the winner gets to take home a fortune.

However there’s a catch – and a bloody one at that. If you fail at one of the games, you’re swiftly removed from play, usually with a gun – making the whole process a gory and nail-biting fight for survival.

Those who have already seen the show will no doubt have been surprised at one of its final sequences which showed our hero Seong Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae) with bright red hair.

Gi-Hung’s change from his usual dark-do left many viewers a little confused.

“Finished Squid Game. Not sure how I feel about the ending. Also super confused why the main character decided to dye his hair red at the end,” Tweeted one fan.

Another added: “Anyways, why did the man in Squid Game have to dye his hair red in the end????? That was confusing and a very odd decision.”

Well during a recent interview with Korean entertainment site Zapzee, Dong-hyuk provided some answers:

“I thought about this intuitively,” explained the director, adding: “thinking about how Gi Hun should change his hair in a hair salon. I imagined being him and thought to myself, ‘what is the colour that you would never choose to dye your hair?’

“Then I came to the conclusion that Gi Hun would never dye his hair red. It would be the craziest thing for him to do. So I chose the colour and I thought it really showed his inner anger.”

What do you think – is this a good metaphor for Gi Hun’s internal rage?

Time will tell if his red locks make it into the all-but-guaranteed second series.

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