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The finale of Squid Game: The Challenge, the reality show inspired by the survival drama series of the same name has been concluded on Netflix making a 55-year-old man woman Mai Whelan the winner.
Meanwhile, Netflix has ordered a second season of the show, which notably amassed 20.1 million views in the first five days since its premiere on November 22. Let’s find out everything about the winner and the renewal of the famed series:
Who is the winner of season one of Squid Game: The Challenge?
Mai is a Vietnamese refugee who moved to the United States after suffering a near-death experience there. She participated in the competition after 20 years of service in the US Navy and a career as an immigration adjudicator for the Department of Homeland Security. She won $4.56 million cash prize, the highest ever in television history.
Squid Game: The Challenge
Squid Game: The Challenge pits 456 real-life contestants in diverse games and challenges based on the original show (minus the lethal danger). “Though the reality version of Squid Game isn’t a matter of life or death, there’s still a lot on the line. Through a series of games, each player will be pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves just how far they’ll go to win, with opportunistic alliances, cutthroat strategies and timely betrayals to follow,” reads the synopsis.
In the Korean original series Squid Game, written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, 456 players play a series of Korean children’s games with a deadly twist. The last surviving contestant is promised the reward of 45.6 billion won as a cash prize.
Earlier this year, Netflix announced the cast members of the second season of the series. Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-hun, Wi Ha-jun, and Gong Yoo return to star alongside newcomers Yim Si-wan, Kang Ha-neul, Park Sung-hoon, Yang Dong-geun, Park Gyu-young, Jo Yu-ri, Kang Ae-sim, Lee David, Lee Jin-uk, Choi Seung-hyun, Roh Jae-won and Won Ji-an
Renewal of season 2
Netflix has decided to renew the series for a second season, based on the success and reviews of the first season. It aired on November 22 and concluded on December 6.