Octopus game spoilers included.
Octopus game star Jung Ho-yeon has discussed the scene that made her cry while reading the script, and if you’ve seen the series, you can probably guess which one it was.
In the sixth episode of the show, the remaining contestants are forced to play with balls to eliminate their partner. Jung’s character Sae-byeok is paired with Ji-yeong (number 240), played by Lee Yoo-mi.
While the other couples start playing against each other, Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong instead spend most of their time talking about their lives, including their past and their plans for the future.
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In the end (and in a heartbreaking way) Ji-yeong lets Sae-byeok win and thinks her partner has more to live for. She tells Sae-byeok to reunite with her mother and pick up her brother — as well as go to Jeju Island.
Told Jung TIME that she became emotional when she got to the part where the couple opened up to each other and explained, “The scene that made me cry was when Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok were talking to each other.
“I felt that the lines themselves were very well written by the director, and I saw this interview where he said he imagined that this scene should be one with two people who are the most innocent out of all the participants. . “
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Jung continued, “When I read the script, I cried. It was one of the great excitements for me to meet Ji-yeong in person — because at that time I had to imagine Ji-yeong from the script, but when I met [Lee] at the table reading I just felt like she was the one. “
The interview with director Hwang Dong-hyuk that Jung referred to may have been the one broadcast by Netflix Korea.
“[Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong are] the most innocent people somehow, “he said at the time.” People who are on the verge of life fight and kill each other to climb up, but if there were some who were not like that, I would want them to be these two.
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“They are complete strangers, but there is a kind of friendship between them – a bond formed in a short time, empathy and understanding for each other.
“I thought they would be the perfect example to portray such feelings.”
There is no word on whether there will be another season of the show, but Jung – who downplayed a possible return given what ends up happening to her character – suggested fans wait and see.
Octopus game can be seen on Netflix.
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