Social media has been saturated with Squid Game memes, theories, challenges, spoilers – you name it. But, there’s one tragic detail that non-Korean speakers missed out on in the hit Netflix show.
Jung Ho-yeon gave a compelling performance as Sae-byeok (aka number 067). Her harrowing background revealed that the North Korean defector needed the cash prize to get her brother out of an orphanage and reunite with her mother, who was captured in China after trying to escape North Korea.
Korean speakers have since picked up on a small but powerful detail that truly elevated her work.
One person took to Twitter and explained: “In the scene where Sae Byeok talks to her younger brother, she initially talks in the standard Seoul dialect, but immediately switches to the North Korean accent when her brother starts becoming distressed.”