Film Theory: What Everyone Got WRONG About Squid Game! (오징어 게임)

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It feels like EVERYONE is talking about Squid Game, the Korean action / drama about a deadly series of children's games. I've seen other channels take a swing at explaining the series and figuring out the best strategy to surviving until the end, but I felt like I needed to try and figure it out myself. There had to be a perfect winning strategy. Theorists, I think I've found out the ULTIMATE way to survive to win the Squid Game!

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Writers: Matthew Patrick, Justin Kuiper. and Tom Robinson
Editors: Pedro Freitas and Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick
Assistant Editor: Caitie Turner (viridianrosette)
Sound Editor: Yosi Berman


  1. Fiona Horrigan
    Fiona Horrigan
    5 tundi tagasi

    I don't gate

  2. Aurora studio
    Aurora studio
    10 tundi tagasi

    I think your forgetting that everyone in squid game is heavily in debt some in the millions

  3. Julie Popkov
    Julie Popkov
    11 tundi tagasi

    in the marble game they could have just traded marbles with each other and both lived. the game said you needed to take all of your ? OPPONENTS marbles, it didnt say you had to have all 20. just a thought

  4. Sentinel
    14 tundi tagasi

    I don‘t get why nobody realises the marbel game could have been survived by everyone. You are supposed to get all 10 marbels of your partner. You don‘t need your own 10 marbels to win. Thats just if the rules are exactly like they said.

  5. Alex Sullivan
    Alex Sullivan
    14 tundi tagasi

    In the marble game they could have just swapped bags bc it said you had to get all ten of your partners marbles not all 20 combined

  6. Dyan and Star
    Dyan and Star
    Päev tagasi

    I actually played the last game of squid game on gymnastics

  7. José Gabriel De Freitas
    José Gabriel De Freitas
    Päev tagasi

    Subtitles are better tham dub. Unless u are Brazilian. Them u have The top notch dub in The planet

  8. Ocoffe
    Päev tagasi

    Is hopscotch a Korean game? If so the glass could be based of hopscotch if not idk then.

  9. Muugii Erdene
    Muugii Erdene
    2 päeva tagasi

    Just do teamwork if you grab your each others hands and kick one of the glass bridges or touch it if it breaks then you know it’s the other one

  10. Hamed Arshadi
    Hamed Arshadi
    2 päeva tagasi

    You forgot sunk cost policy when u got trough so much for that money they would take their chances on glass bridge

  11. Daniel McLaughlin
    Daniel McLaughlin
    2 päeva tagasi

    The glass challenge was based on hop scotch.

  12. Miss Kitty's Shakes'n'Crepes
    Miss Kitty's Shakes'n'Crepes
    2 päeva tagasi

    "If you don't have to k!ll people, then don't." Anti-vaxxers: "hold my beer."

  13. Alan
    2 päeva tagasi

    Korean Kaiji was pretty good, altho I still like Japanese Kaiji better :P

  14. Alli Yang
    Alli Yang
    2 päeva tagasi

    Hey Mat, can you make a theory on Animation vs Minecraft and Animator vs Animation? If so that will be great!

  15. Ruby Olson
    Ruby Olson
    2 päeva tagasi

    I just realized that the glass game is kinda like hopscotch

  16. Evan vincent
    Evan vincent
    2 päeva tagasi

    One of the things that bugged me about the glass bridge is something they said about the weight capacity of the tempered glass "it's strong enough to hold 2 people". I feel like they could of buddy jumped and tried to save the person who fell.

  17. Steven Walters
    Steven Walters
    2 päeva tagasi

    They had the shoes in glass bridge, just chuck the shoes at the glass see what breaks or chips and go on the other plate.

  18. EJ Edmonds
    EJ Edmonds
    2 päeva tagasi

    the glass bridge could be based on hopscotch I doubt it though

  19. finvaly
    2 päeva tagasi

    But if you go in the games blind, you have no way to know how many future rounds will have necessary player elimination. So you will want at least some people to die so you get anything.

    2 päeva tagasi

    (in tongues)

      2 päeva tagasi

      #OctoPussyCat 🦞

  21. hannahbanana and mintiemoo
    hannahbanana and mintiemoo
    2 päeva tagasi

    What I don’t get about sub vs dub is that they’ve got some subs different to some parts of the dub translation so how is it that they are able to translate the subs correctly but somehow manage to screw it up in the dubbed version?

    3 päeva tagasi

    Comrade Matpat

  23. #* probro
    #* probro
    3 päeva tagasi

  24. Ocelot Miku
    Ocelot Miku
    3 päeva tagasi

    Squid game is funny

  25. egg dog
    egg dog
    3 päeva tagasi

    I loved this scene : 1:12 , it shows many memories I had.

  26. Edward Callisto
    Edward Callisto
    3 päeva tagasi

    Matt.... Matt, dude... As far as i can recall, it was mentioned a bunch people's debts were ±300-400 billion won. Housing, living, everything can get mad expensive there.

    1. Edward Callisto
      Edward Callisto
      3 päeva tagasi

      Oh, not just the living. People getting scammed on loans for business, etc, may be an issue, even banks can be predatory, i cannot atest as i haven't lived there but there is just a lot of cultural nuance to it... As one may imagine already

  27. Jawad Rahman
    Jawad Rahman
    3 päeva tagasi


  28. chilling with aaliyah
    chilling with aaliyah
    3 päeva tagasi

    Why didn’t anyone try to throw their shoes? or crawl through the middle

  29. danimadi
    3 päeva tagasi

    Didn't google the conversion rates a single time because of the amount of manhwa I've read. Checkmate

  30. Caisoup
    3 päeva tagasi

    I’m one of the ten who hasn’t watch the show hahaha

    3 päeva tagasi

    Veni vidi vici

  32. Wasteland Legoshi
    Wasteland Legoshi
    3 päeva tagasi

    My only question is, is the prize money split, or does it go to each player in full? I probably missed it, but if it's split, it makes more sense why sabotage is so common.

  33. EdwardFan268
    4 päeva tagasi

    Hello, i am a squid game fan if u did not know in Red light, Green light the gun's were not automatic the guard's were shooting the players. Also in the marbles game Il-Nam did not die he is the creator of squid game.

  34. cedrick comia
    cedrick comia
    4 päeva tagasi

    hello brawlers welcome to brawl theory. hehehe

  35. Jojo Irish
    Jojo Irish
    4 päeva tagasi

    I just wanna say, I disagree about the glass bridge game being cheap and counter to like the message of the game runners. In my eyes it's super indicative of the reality of the games in that there is no real equality between the characters. The VIPs and their entertainment is paramount and the equality angle is just a lie.

  36. MonstahBlitz
    4 päeva tagasi

    actually… there could only be 1 winner… the last game was 1v1 elimination only 1 person could remain… even if you kept 100 ppl alive it would’ve been worse…if both of them could’ve won then they would’ve walked out splitting the money 50/50 but they both could’ve walked out is when they both quit the game but since Mr. Woo killed himself it deemed the main character the winner which meant he gets ALL the money… they cannot share the pot even if they survive because they both would have to make it past the 6th game which was last man standing…

  37. Mandyyyy
    4 päeva tagasi

    “Subs are better than dubs” yes!!!!

  38. Lord Karasu
    Lord Karasu
    4 päeva tagasi

    Haven’t seen it yet, we’re the other 9 of y’all at?

  39. Nøxturn
    4 päeva tagasi

    Easiest one: just watch if some drawings of the games are on the walls. As long you survive the first one to check.... Duh..

  40. Rose
    4 päeva tagasi


    5 päeva tagasi

    I haven't even watch the squid game lol

  42. King Joshua
    King Joshua
    5 päeva tagasi

    My thoughts exactly! I always wondered y they didn't just work together... It would have uped their chances tremendously of surviving AND winning that cash. But then again, plot what what it wants right. 👀

  43. tmrwbytyun
    5 päeva tagasi

    If y'all can, I highly suggest watching Squid Game in Korean with English subtitles. I personally like it much more.

  44. Matthew Kaplan
    Matthew Kaplan
    5 päeva tagasi

    Day 7 of asking MatPat to do a “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” theory before season 2.

  45. Sean Prine
    Sean Prine
    5 päeva tagasi

    Is that a… IS THAT A SUPRA

  46. ThePeanut
    5 päeva tagasi

    only one character can win the game as the win conditions for game 6 (final game) gi hun only wins when sang woo dies

  47. Alexander Wu
    Alexander Wu
    5 päeva tagasi

    Ahhh my ears why are you playing the dubbed audio

  48. Will Dube
    Will Dube
    5 päeva tagasi

    The guy that could tell the difference in the glass got Caught so they shut off the lights. If he went first he would have made a maximum of 4 correct jumps before the lights were turned off and he couldn’t tell the difference

  49. Will Dube
    Will Dube
    5 päeva tagasi

    The guy that could tell the difference in the glass got Calicut so they shut off the lights. If he went first he would have made a maximum of 4 correct jumps before the lights were turned off and he couldn’t tell the difference

  50. Candy Copter
    Candy Copter
    5 päeva tagasi

    Kneel on the glass panel and punch the next two, step on the one that doesn’t break and keep going

  51. Great Gaming
    Great Gaming
    5 päeva tagasi

    안녕 어떻게 지내

  52. George Washington
    George Washington
    5 päeva tagasi

    He got all that money and his mother still died and his daughter still went to usa. And he wouldnt spend any. All he got was ridiculous red hair to show for it

  53. Surfer
    5 päeva tagasi

    I think the Glass Panel game was supposed to be an early hint that the V.I.P.s we’re using them as “gambling horses”. Which is why they put on the special numbers that look like the one’s used in a horse race.

  54. Edward Bruggeman
    Edward Bruggeman
    6 päeva tagasi

    there are more than ten people who cannot afford luxuries like on demand programming and other such things so many of you take for granted. but well done FT for demonstrating how far above the unwashed masses your EEpulse success has taken you. kinda gross you still constantly ask for money from those same people but lots of things these days are gross...

  55. MushCrush
    6 päeva tagasi

    for the glass bridge I would like to say in Australia when I was very young I would play a game where i would have to jump across unstable rocks and if one slips I would start again. so it was kind of a children's game for me Lmao

  56. Donovan Dubbs
    Donovan Dubbs
    6 päeva tagasi

    Was it just me or was there background speech that was backwards. S1 EP.6 with 42:27 left in the episode

  57. Zack V
    Zack V
    6 päeva tagasi

    People who need dubs and can't read subtitles, also can't drive and talk at the same time.

  58. TN SOM FF
    6 päeva tagasi

    title: sang woo explaining to ali how to both can win marbles

  59. kattis
    6 päeva tagasi

    "it didnt seem to be based on a playground game like all the others" well hopscotch is all i got actually.

  60. yes
    6 päeva tagasi

    One way to survive squid game: *Be the director*

  61. jordan greyling
    jordan greyling
    6 päeva tagasi

    The dubs for this show were terrible.

  62. Kay Cakes
    Kay Cakes
    6 päeva tagasi

    Subs over dubs all day!

  63. fnaf_jace
    6 päeva tagasi

    Fun fact: if they did not dicide to stop the games there whould be more ppl alive to go for it on the Glass bridge making ur Survival chances bigger plus of they dident run on red light green light there whould be more winners in the 6 game

  64. lacrimosa
    6 päeva tagasi


  65. MoGT 2.0
    MoGT 2.0
    6 päeva tagasi

    i`d go to squid game tbh my life is so boring i want some action

  66. Nathania Demecillo
    Nathania Demecillo
    7 päeva tagasi

    Matpat: Are you an off-duty police officer who went out of your way to infiltrate a secret society running a brutal death game in the hopes of discovering a long lost family member? If so, a USB power bank is the product for you!

  67. Conman- Plays
    Conman- Plays
    7 päeva tagasi

    A few things to point out: -when the officer (I forgot his name) is going through the list of winners, there is only one winner in each game. I’m guessing that there could be multiple winners, but the staff are constantly trying to eliminate players. (This is one more for the legality video) -in the episode “V.I.P.S” one of the VIP’s remark “the contest in Korea was the best” so this could imply that there are multiple games being held in multiple countries.

  68. MrEte
    7 päeva tagasi

    The reason all the glass exploded in the end of the 5th game was because they all made it but sense the time ran out it automatically does that so if you don’t make it you fall

  69. LaserAgentRyan
    7 päeva tagasi

    an you have started a war with sub versus Dub

  70. Matthew Kaplan
    Matthew Kaplan
    7 päeva tagasi

    Day 6 of asking MatPat to do a “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” theory before season 2.

  71. levi ackerman
    levi ackerman
    7 päeva tagasi

    7:41 uhh elephant

  72. Julius Morgan
    Julius Morgan
    7 päeva tagasi

    Stupid analysis...

  73. OMG OG
    OMG OG
    7 päeva tagasi

    Why did the dude with the envelope have a envelope 😐🤔🤨 isn't that old as heck method could mean that this possibly Squid Game real event he could have had a card number or just got money out his pocket why did they get alcohol for drinking item not water could Squid Game possibly been real though

  74. OMG OG
    OMG OG
    7 päeva tagasi

    What If Squid Game was real though wouldn't it be disrespectful for them to joke around and make the squid game look interesting again it could be disrespectful for the possible real survivors of Squid Game it would be disgusting

  75. I Sarian Giowana Have A Dream
    I Sarian Giowana Have A Dream
    7 päeva tagasi

    It will be over soon I know it

  76. Valkyrie Online
    Valkyrie Online
    8 päeva tagasi

    Couldn’t they have used THE SHOES? On the bridge? Like the rule was to walk barefoot (if it was a rule at all?) so perhaps just slamming a shoe down on the next panel or throwing them at it? I don’t know but seeing the MASSIVE amounts of them at the beginning makes me think that they could have been used somehow or they would have asked them to take them off beforehand?

  77. CamTheKitty
    8 päeva tagasi

    My interest waned when they started getting murdery. Apparently I was thinking the same as Matpat without realizing. It's dumb to sabotage yourself. Also yeah the glass one was out of place

  78. Blue Jay Jenna
    Blue Jay Jenna
    8 päeva tagasi

    Wait are people really comparing it to hunger games :( Oh god this show has been destroyed by pop culture

  79. Its_Just_Fishy
    8 päeva tagasi

    you mean 45.6 billion right just like the protagonist number also not to say that he won 4.56 million from a horse race.

  80. Matthew Kaplan
    Matthew Kaplan
    8 päeva tagasi

    Day 5 of asking MatPat to do a “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” theory before season 2.

  81. Devildog Kogg
    Devildog Kogg
    8 päeva tagasi

    All players can survive. Game 1: the first players to make it across normally can throw rocks at the camera eyes and break them during green light. The remaining players will have plenty of time since there is effectively no more red light Game 2: Gi-Hun's method Game 3: 2 possibilities. losing players can use the rope to tarzan swing up to the winning team's platform if they work together fast enough. Even easier, the winning team could also simply save them by releasing tension after the flag passes the victory mark, and the remaining losers on the platform can pull their dangling comrades back up Game 4: the opponents can simply trade marble bags and both win. The game didn't say you needed 20 marbles or there must be a loser, only that you must take all 10 of your opponent's marbles. Game 5: 2 possibilities. walk across the supporting beams, not the glass. Or, make a hammer out of your shoes and jacket to smash the glass in front of you. If it's not tempered, it will break. Game 6: Either vote to end since there won't be enough money anyway or dictate to the crew before the start that you are changing the conditions (like deok-su successfully did in the marbles game) by playing best 2 put of 3, and tie 1 to 1 at the end of the timer. All 456 players survive

  82. Tayah Aliyah
    Tayah Aliyah
    8 päeva tagasi

    As the gods will is like squid game but they don’t win money they win survival can you make a vid about it :)

  83. MilkBottle
    8 päeva tagasi

    Glass squares was probs inspired by Roblox

    8 päeva tagasi

    if you cut the rope in tug of war everyo ne loses

  85. Caleb Starr
    Caleb Starr
    9 päeva tagasi

    Only hard part would be sugar honeycomb

  86. Caleb Starr
    Caleb Starr
    9 päeva tagasi

    In tug of war you can just cut the rope easy I bet 455 players could win

  87. Caleb Starr
    Caleb Starr
    9 päeva tagasi

    You can take marbles from the players that won and only one person would have to die in the marbles

  88. Caleb Starr
    Caleb Starr
    9 päeva tagasi

    Or you can take a shoe and throw it on the glass

  89. Caleb Starr
    Caleb Starr
    9 päeva tagasi

    You can stand on the bars

  90. Caleb Starr
    Caleb Starr
    9 päeva tagasi

    When red light green light right whenever I hear the game is red lights green light I'm going to be running before the doll even says green light

  91. Matthew Kaplan
    Matthew Kaplan
    9 päeva tagasi

    Day 4 of asking MatPat to do a “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” theory before season 2.

  92. Cummy wummies
    Cummy wummies
    9 päeva tagasi

    Mat I gotta disagree with the glass panel strategy because the goal is to stay alive and with the guy the can see the differences between the glass he should’ve kept it till the end because there are less competitors to fight with which is why the girl was killed be fire they played squid game se the couldn’t have a majority vote

  93. Rikki Reitahrdo
    Rikki Reitahrdo
    9 päeva tagasi

    Plot armor is the guaranteed win

  94. Hunter Rogue
    Hunter Rogue
    9 päeva tagasi


  95. Introverted Equine Samsara
    Introverted Equine Samsara
    9 päeva tagasi

    I am greatly unnerved have many people are showing the dub instead of the sub, even news channels 🤢

  96. S GH
    S GH
    9 päeva tagasi

    4:20 it is a game where only one person wins. i can’t remember if it was stated in the rules but i remember a scene in the marbles game where the girl talked to sae byeok about meeting after the games were over, but she then says that it isn’t possible as only one person can leave the game alive

    1. S GH
      S GH
      6 päeva tagasi

      @f ah you might be right

    2. f
      6 päeva tagasi

      I think when she said that she meant that only one of them could leave that one game, because they picked each other as partners

  97. Dustin Gaethje
    Dustin Gaethje
    10 päeva tagasi

    The video: "What everyone got wrong about Squid Game" Me: "How to play the actual squid game?"

  98. Loop
    10 päeva tagasi

    Adding onto games I don’t like is tug of war. It completely contradicts the whole point of squid game because someone HAS to die no way around it a team has to go

  99. Byakuya Togami
    Byakuya Togami
    10 päeva tagasi

    The glass game isnt the only one that unfair. ALL of them are. But what I'd do for the glass one, if I could, would be to take my shoes off and my jacket. Tie the shoes together with the jacket. Hit one of them with the shoe-jacket hammer I have, if it shatters, go on the next one. If the others are too far, ask one of the contestants I could use their jacket and tether onto the hammer as tight as possible and so on and so forth. Really enjoyed the series, can't wait for S2. I miss Ali.

  100. Mr. Mug
    Mr. Mug
    10 päeva tagasi

    bruh for the glass bridge you just have to look at the edges they have a greenish tint? they are safe.