“I wanted to create something that would resonate not just for Korean people but globally.” No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 list in 94 countries. Watched by 111 million viewers around the world. These are just a few of the records that have been set by the smash hit Netflix series Squid Game since its release on the streaming platform on September 17. In this session, we talk with the show’s writer and director Hwang Dong-hyuk. What has the runaway success of Squid Game meant for him personally? What was he seeking to convey through the different types of characters that feature in the story? What are his thoughts on the overwhelming response of global audiences to the show’s themes of social inequality? What are the problems around which he hoped to foster a greater collective consciousness, and what action should we as viewers feel impelled to after watching?