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Does Squid Game: The Challenge Have a Secret Mole?


One of the players on Squid Game: The Challenge shares some similarities with a Squid Game antagonist.

Squid Game: The Challenge. Episode 104 of Squid Game: The Challenge.
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This article contains spoilers for SQUID GAME: THE CHALLENGE through episode 5.

Netflix‘s reality competition series Squid Game: The Challenge clearly takes great pains to resemble the original Korean drama as much as possible.

The production design and costumes are strikingly familiar, the games are largely the same (minus the death, of course), and a staggering 456 players are all engaged in the same battle for a big payday ($4.6 million in this case). Still, watching the first five episodes of this 10-episode experience, one can’t help but wonder: is The Challenge secretly incorporating another aspect of the Squid Game plot as well?

In case you’ve forgotten, the actual Squid Games at the center of Netflix’s 2021 super hit Squid Game weren’t as fair and equitable as they claimed to be. One of the 456 players, Number 001 Oh Il-nam (O Yeong-su) was the rich creator and host of the games who decided to enter them to experience what they were like. Notably this meant that he was not killed by the pink-clad guards following his defeat in Marbles against protagonist Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae). He gets to pass away peacefully in bed later on.

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