Basketball superstar Lebron James didn’t seem too thrilled about the ending of the dystopian K-drama Squid Game, saying Gihun should’ve acted differently.
James caught up with teammate Anthony Davis to discuss the ending of the survival series after his post-game presser for the Los Angeles Lakers pre-season loss to the Golden State Warriors.
“Yeah, I did finish it,” James said to Davis as he got up from the presser. “You finish it? You watched it? You done?"
Squid Game’s final episode sees the series protagonist Gihyun about to board the plane to meet his daughter in the US. His plans were interrupted when he witnessed the mysterious Salesman luring a potential player to join the games.
???spoiler alert???— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) October 13, 2021
LeBron and AD discuss their thoughts on Squid Game and I briefly lose my professionalism pic.twitter.com/HWP1tHi8oK
“I didn’t like the ending though… Get on the f–king flight to see your daughter. What are you doing? It’s ₩5 billion, bro. What the f–k are you doing,” James said to Davis.
The four-time NBA champion went on to criticize Gihun, implying that he should’ve been contented with his prize money.
James lit up social media after his thoughts about the ending, sparking mixed reactions from K-drama and sports fans.
Twitter user @ItsCharissaaa commented that it was James, “of all people,” to spoil the series’ ending for her.
Out of all people, Lebron spoilt the end of Squid Games for me ?. With that being said, what kinda dumb ending was that…— Charissa (sha•ris•sa) (@ItsCharissaaa) October 13, 2021
@yunniekim explained that Gihun’s decision was already foreshadowed in his confrontation with Ilnam (Player 001) at the beginning of the final episode.
OK BUT THEY HAD TO MAKE AN EPIC SETUP FOR SEASON TWO— Yunnie (@yunniekim) October 13, 2021
Also, the reasoning for his desire to do something about the squid game is all explained in that dialogue at the end during the twist! (Trying to discuss without any spoilers)
@TFitzgerald24 agreed with James’ thoughts about the ending, saying Gihun “thought he was John Wick.”
LeBron with my exact thoughts about Squid game ending get on the fucking flight with your millions and go see your daughter ?? Bro thought he was John Wick at the end https://t.co/wAK6oFjaie— T24™ (@TFitzgerald24) October 13, 2021
Entertainment website Fandom’s managing editor @TheEricGoldman joked that James wouldn't be an "expert" in the games, even if he's "great at playing Space Jam." The basketball star is the protagonist of the 2021 comedy film Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Just because you’re great at playing Space Jams doesn’t mean you would be an expert at Squid Games, LeBron. https://t.co/2JuOYHgaBY— Evil Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) October 13, 2021
@Realmaddimadd explained that Gihun wanted to avenge the players who died in the games.
Twitter user @BK_Cafe_ said James' opinion about Squid Game's final episode is "right."
@KingJames you right about squid games. Get on the plane and go see your daughter ?— KB ? (@BK_Cafe_) October 13, 2021
@Eddyc85 said James “would only win” Squid Game if he teamed up with Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy.
LeBron would only win Squid Game if he could recruit Katniss Everdeen to play with him. https://t.co/ktaB1RmMjd— Eddyc85 (@Eddyc85) October 13, 2021
As of this writing, Squid Game drew 111 million fans since its debut, making it the biggest-ever launch hit on Netflix.