Warning: This story contains spoilers for the Squid Game Season 1 finale.
Squid Game creator Hwang Dong Hyuk made a splash in response to LeBron James after the Lakers superstar criticized the hit series’ Netflix season finale earlier this month.
In an interview published Tuesday by the Guardian, Hwang defended the climax of the South Korean survival drama after James was caught on camera, voicing his displeasure at the final thrilling moment.
For the two people reading this post who a) haven’t watched the most successful Netflix show of all time and b) don’t care about spoilers: The first season of Squid Game ends with champion Song Ki Hong (Lee Jong-jae) seems to have decided get revenge on the evil masterminds behind the titular, deadly competition instead of reuniting with your little daughter.
“But I didn’t like the final,” James told teammate Anthony Davis. in viral video captured during a press conference by Lakers reporter Kyle Goon.
“I know that they [are setting up] Season 2, but like take a flight and see your daughter, bro. Like, what are you doing? You got 5 billion won, bro, and are you going to leave your daughter? Bro, what the fuck? … you won the game! “
When asked by the Guardian for his thoughts on criticizing the Space Jam 2 star, Hwang laughed, supported his vision, and encouraged James to come up with his own version of Squid Game that would fit his standards.
“Have you seen Space Jam 2?” he said. “LeBron James is cool and can say whatever he wants. I respect that. I am very grateful that he watched the entire episode. But I wouldn’t change the ending.
“This is my ending. If he has an ending of his own to satisfy him, perhaps he can make his own sequel. I’ll check him out and maybe send him a message: “I liked your whole show except the ending.”
A few hours later, Hwang’s quote began spreading on social media and returned to James, who immediately shared the director’s statement from Squid Games along with 10 laughing emojis.
“It can not be true ?? !! ” basketball phenomenon tweeted… “I hope not.”
Hwang also frankly discussed the potential for Season 2 of Squid Game, which surpassed other popular games like Lupine and Bridgerton to become the streaming giant’s most watched program ever, according to the company.
“Of course there is talk,” Hwang told the Guardian. “It’s inevitable because it was such a success. I am pondering this. I have a very high-level picture in my head, but I’m not going to work on it right away. There is a movie that I really want to make. I think what to do first. I’m going to talk to Netflix. “