“Why Did I Squat?” – Squid Game: The Challenge Questions Answered

Contestants of Squid Game: The Challenge have taken to social media to reveal what the Netflix reality series was really like.

Squid Game: The Challenge. Episode 101 of Squid Game: The Challenge.
Photo: Pete Dadds | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Squid Game: The Challenge episodes 1-5.

Netflix’s Squid Game reality competition series Squid Game: The Challenge was met with controversy long before it premiered on Nov. 22.

Beyond the obvious cultural concerns (“Netflix is aware that Squid Game is bad, right? Like they know a post-capitalistic hellscape creating the conditions for a battle royale that murders 455 poor people is not a good thing, right?”), early reports from the set pointed to some rough conditions for the real life players to endure.

Then the series premiered, however, and it seemed to be pretty standard fare – a vaguely difficult physical challenge here, some manufactured dramatic tension there. Where, exactly, were all the trials and tribulations that justified this competition’s unprecedented $4.56 million prize purse? Well, you might want to sit down because, as it turns out, this reality television program may not have presented the full story with its editing choices.


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