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Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk has revealed that the original ending to Season 1 looked quite different. As viewers will know, the series was left on a major cliffhanger. Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) was supposed to be boarding a flight to see his daughter. But, at the last moment, he decided not to.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Dong-hyuk said: “We actually wrestled between two different scenarios for the ending. There was one, the other alternate ending, where Gi-hun would get on the plane and leave. And then there was of course the one where he would turn back and walk towards the camera.
“We constantly asked ourselves, is it really right for Gi-hun to make the decision to leave and go see his family, to pursue his own happiness? Is that the right way for us to really propose the question or the message that we wanted to convey through the series?”
Eventually, they decided Gi-hun would not board the plane.
He added: “The question that we want to answer — why has the world come to what it is now? — can only be answered or can only be proposed if Gi-hun turned back and walked towards the camera. So that's how we ended up with that ending in the finale.”
Dong-hyuk recently revealed the show will make a return for Season 2, although it has not yet been officially confirmed by Netflix.
“There’s been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love,” he said at a red carpet event for the series. “You leave us no choice!”
After the show aired, a whopping 142m households tuned into the series and it reached number one in the streaming platforms top 10 lists in 94 countries.
We can't wait to see it back on our screens!
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