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LeBron James Was Not Impressed With the End of Squid Game

Put Bronny in the next season of Squid Game.
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In words I never, ever thought I would have to tap into my laptop's keyboard, LeBron James and Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game, are beefing.

The bizarro feud started when good ol' Bronny, like the rest of us, finished his Squid Game binge. After a press conference wrapped up soon after, cameras caught James with his teammate, Anthony Davis, having some water-cooler talk about the show's finale. (Which sees Seong Gi-Hun turn down an opportunity to see his daughter in favor of, it seems, returning to the Squid Game.)

"I didn't like the ending though," James told Davis. "I know they start it off with a Season Two [tease] but, like, get on the fucking flight and go see your daughter, bro. Like what are you doing?"

It's a fair point. Gi-Hun faces unimaginable horrors during the events of Squid Game, so it's a bit jarring as a viewer to understand why he would want to return to the bloodshed. Of course, the implication is that he wants to burn its villainous scheme to the ground, but still! Bronny is a family man, so he just wants to see Gi-Hun finally become a good father. Anyway. When The Guardian caught up with Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game, LeBron's constructive criticism came up. Read the interaction for yourself:

“Have you seen Space Jam 2?” he asks. Not all the way through, I reply. “LeBron James is cool and can say what he wants. I respect that. I’m very thankful he watched the whole series. But I wouldn’t change my ending. That’s my ending. If he has his own ending that would satisfy him, maybe he could make his own sequel. I’ll check it out and maybe send him a message saying, ‘I liked your whole show, except the ending.’”

James, for what it's worth, couldn't believe the summoning of Sp*ce J*m 2 into the conversation:

You might think this beef has already run its course. But what if it is the beginning of a long and beautiful creative partnership? Squid Game will likely get a second season, which will surely need more players. Enter Player 6, LeBron James. The actual LeBron. He can appear as himself. Like the old man Oh Il-nam, James will enroll in the fatal tournament after playing hoops simply doesn't get his juices flowing anymore. He'll dominate the first couple of kids' games, because he's LeBron. About midway through the season, he'll ditch his posse and take his talents to a new alliance. And when one of the games, inevitably, turns out to be basketball, he'll lose because his teammate forgot how much time was left on the shot clock.


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