Mzansi Magic’s soapie, Isibaya reaches a milestone this month when it enters into its eighth season. We’ve followed the ups and downs of our favourite characters on the show while appreciating every supporting act that added some spice to an already stellar cast. The season seven finale ends with the death of Judas Ngwenya and Thandeka Zungu. This storyline sees Menzi Ngubane leave Isibaya along with Nomzamo Mbatha. Find out what to expect in the new season from the full list of soapie teasers provided by TVSA.
Monday 2 March 2020
A great tragedy strikes at the heart of the Zungus and Ndlovus, leaving S’bu shocked and heartbroken.
As everyone struggles to come to terms with what has happened, another mystery is revealed when Mpiyakhe Zungu’s car is found abandoned on the side of the road.
Tuesday 3 March 2020
The Zungu’s loss strikes Siphokazi hard as the family try and hold it together. In his heartbreak, S’bu blames the Zungus for what has happened.
Beauty is convinced Judas will return for her. Qaphela offers his help and S’bu makes a very hard request from him.
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Qondi helps S’bu get some perspective on his pain, which leads him to Mkabayi’s doorstep. Qaphela attempts to deliver on his promise to find Judas, and Judas begins a dramatic rescue attempt.
Thursday 5 March 2020
Beauty is thrilled as Judas keeps his promise to come for her, the love of his life. Lillian and Saddam find themselves trapped in the middle of Judas’ dramatic rescue plan.
Friday 6 March 2020
Season 7 finale!
Judas makes demands and is enjoying himself as he seems to hold all the cards. Jabu searches for his father and S’bu wants revenge for the death of his wife.
Monday 9 March 2020
Season 8 premiere!
While the mystery of the missing Mpiyakhe deepens, emotions run extremely high as people gather from far and wide to bid farewell to Thandeka.
Tuesday 10 March 2020
People gather from far and wide as Thandeka is buried. S’bu finds the words he needs to say to his wife.
Wednesday 11 March 2020
Ntwenhle wants to tell Jabu about her pregnancy but then realizes how badly he and the Zungus have been affected by Thandeka’s death.
S’khaleni and Pam have to decide how best to spend the money from their big win.
Thursday 12 March 2020
Pam & S’khaleni realise they have very different ideas about what to do with his winnings. Khanyi makes a shocking announcement to the council in order to stop Ntwenhle from doing the unthinkable
Friday 13 March 2020
Jabu has to flee for his life as Mandla finds out the whole truth about Jabu and Ntwenhle’s relationship.
Shadrack gives S’khaleni some good advice which helps him break the deadlock with Pam.
Monday 16 March 2020
Mpiyakhe struggles to understand what has happened to him and deal with the grief of losing his beloved daughter. Mandla is upset about Khanyi’s announcement about Ntwenhle’s pregnancy.
Tuesday 17 March 2020
Troubled by dreams and missing memories, Mpiyakhe is desperate to get answers. Siza is frustrated when Qondi still standing in her way.
Wednesday 18 March 2020
Siza arranges for Qondi to receive a tantalizing offer, but her relationship with Duma makes this complicated and threatens to derail Siza’s plans.
Ntwenhle comes face to face with Dabula who wants to know all of the details about her pregnancy.
Thursday 19 March 2020
Mpiyakhe heads into the hills on a quest to discover the truth. Siza and Mickey go on a charm offensive to try get Qondi out of the way so their plans for BBZ can proceed without her interference.
Friday 20 March 2020
Mpiyakhe finally finds out the truth about what happened to him while he was missing. As Qondi plans her departure it seems like Siza is getting everything she wants.
Monday 23 March 2020
Qhapela’s struggles with the death of his father while Lillian has to come to grips with their financial situation after all the staff at the B&B suddenly quit. Mpiyakhe is determined to re-build his broken family.
Tuesday 24 March 2020
Jerry reminds Qaphela that he still has a family. Pam and S’khaleni meet with a builder and S’Khaleni has to curb Pam’s enthusiasm. Mpiyakhe spends time with his grandchildren, remembering their mother.
Wednesday 25 March 2020
Qaphela asks Sibongile for help and has a heart to heart with Mpiyakhe who gives him wise advise. The Ndlovu receive an unexpected gift from an unexpected source and Mandla fears the worst.
Thursday 26 March 2020
S’khaleni is starting to believe that Pam’s big dreams are possible. Lillian places an ad in the papers for new staff, promising the B&B is going to be better than ever.
Friday 27 March 2020
Qaphela finally fulfils Beauty’s wishes and plans to give his father a dignified burial. A mystery woman responds to Lillian’s ad.
Pam and S’khaleni have to act fast if they want to secure the offer of a lifetime on their dream home.
Monday 30 March 2020
Realizing that everything is not as it seems S’Khaleni is determined to deliver justice. Lillian is getting along very well with her new helper, unaware that she and Saddam share a big secret.
Tuesday 31 March 2020
Saddam tries desperately to get rid of the new helper who is pressing him hard. Things. Siza is frustrated that Duma might not be as easy to impress as she first assumed.
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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.