The stars of Netflix’s macabre series Squid Game explained how the show’s enormous killer doll was inspired by the Korean game “red light, green light.”
The stars of Netflix’s newest horror series Squid Game have revealed the roots of the show’s massive killer doll, which originates in Korea. The South Korean show revolves around a life-or-death competition in which one competitor out of 456 competes for a prize of 45.6 billion won, but the stakes are high, with showrunners not shying away from presenting competitors enduring horrific violence for losing basic children’s games. It’s become the most-watched TV show in the United States and the United Kingdom since its debut, creating lots of debate and memes across the internet.
South Korean actors Lee Jung-Jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-Yeon, Kim Joo-ryoung, and O Yeong-su star in Netflix’s Squid Game. It’s a dystopian nightmare that uses playground activities to depict the extremes of human avarice and class differences. “Red Light, Green Light” is one of the most famous sequences from the original game. This version, however, has a massive killer robot doll that shoots everyone who moves when the light “turns” red, making it more intense than the standard version.
The cast of Squid Game visited on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to discuss the show’s enormous impact. Fallon also demonstrated his bobblehead version of the doll to the audience. Ho-yeon added, “The doll is a typical character from South Korean educational materials such as textbooks.” Younghee was her name, and she had a male counterpart named Chulsoo, according to the actress. Below is a video from the late-night appearance.
Squid Game is so rich in symbolism, Easter eggs, and foreshadowing that you’ll practically have to watch it twice to figure out what’s going on. The usage of the iconic doll featured in school books serves to highlight the games’ innocent nature, but with a lethal twist. While The Hunger Games has inspired analogies, Squid Game is a distinctly South Korean adaptation with a harsher and more brutal representation of economic distress.
Squid Game has taken the world by storm, with even South Korean internet provider SK Broadband suing Netflix because the show “broke” the internet accidentally. Fans will have to wait and see if the scary doll appears on Squid Game in the future, despite the possibility of a season 2. If she doesn’t, she’ll most likely be the stuff of every viewer’s nightmares for the next few weeks.