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What is Squid Game and why the heck is it so popular?

Squid Game is Netflix’s latest sensation — and could soon top Bridgerton as the streamer’s most popular series ever. The Korean drama was released on September 17 and hit No. 1 on the Netflix Top 10 list in the U.S. and many other countries. The show has held that spot ever since. 

The show is a grim, violent survival thriller that is part Hunger Games, part Battle Royale. A mysterious game recruits 456 people to risk their lives for a ₩45.6 billion prize (or $38.7 million in U.S. dollars). 

The show’s intriguing premise, striking visuals and strong performances all contribute to its success. But how Squid Game really stands out is as a psychological study of the depths of human nature and as a provocative indictment of capitalism. Squid Game season 2 seems like a foregone conclusion, though there is one big obstacle to making it.

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