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Quick Recap on What Went Down on Gomora Last Week.

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If you are going to choose a life of crime, the worst thing you can do is laugh like a hyena. After her husband is killed in a carjacking gone awry, the one detail that Thathi remembered was how one of the three assailants laughed. Fans of Gomora will know that Jomo provides the spine-chilling laugh at the beginning of every show – Gomora, hahahaha! It is this same guffaw that got Jomo arrested when Thathi heard him laughing in her mother’s tavern. Once behind bars, Jomo showed that he was not such a tough guy.

Under questioning from Detective Kolisi, Jomo began to show signs of strain. Fearing that he would snitch, Mam Sonto sent the blonde-haired Mazet to remind him of his loyalties. But Jomo, not the brightest criminal in Alex, let slip during interrogation that his boss was a woman. This did not go down well with the ruthless Mam Sonto. Even though she gave Mazet one last chance to bring Jomo back in line, she arranged for a policeman to deliver a plate of poisoned food to his jail cell. Despite grumbling about the quality of the food, Jomo still took the bait. No sooner had he finished his food than he became ill. More on Jomo later.

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When your ex wants you back

Melusi was Thathi’s high school sweetheart whom, we learn from the bitter sister, Pretty, paid for Thathi’s college tuition – until she dumped him for the richer, more powerful Mbongeni. Thathi went to Gomora High under the pretext of thanking Principal Melusi for welcoming her children to his school. Somehow, her visit rapidly deteriorates into a weep-fest of self pity and Thathi ends up crying all over her ex. It is at this point that Gladys, who has long sensed her husband’s feelings, walks in with Melusi’s lunch. As they say, the guilty are afraid, and Thathi’s guilty feet carry her swiftly out of Melusi’s office leaving him to face his broken-hearted wife.

Boys and their fathers

But, it is not only Thathi who is stewing in guilt. Teddy and Ntokozo rescued Langa from a beating on the mean streets of Gomora. If Teddy’s motive for saving Langa was purely ubuntu, then Ntokozo was driven by the acidity of his guilt for killing Mbongeni (Langa’s father). After completing their punishment for fighting – a week of washing windows at Gomora High – the three boys exchange sob stories. Langa grew up pampered and had everything, everything except his father’s attention.

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Ntokozo wishes his father, the authoritarian school principal, would be less severe. Teddy, the son of an alcoholic village bicycle, only wishes he knew who, among his mother’s many partners, was his father, giving credence to one of life’s greatest truisms – when you think your predicament is bad; someone else has it worse than you.

It’s either she goes or I go

Back at the Dlamini residence, Thathi gives Melusi an ultimatum; either he commits to her or she leaves. Actually, what she did was challenge him to look her in the eye and tell her he is no longer in love with Thathi, which he failed to do. Meanwhile Thathi stepped up her pursuit of Melusi. She brought muffins, a euphemism for um, er, sex. Because everyone – especially Pretty – knows that a woman delivering pastries to a man wants more than just to feed him. Sadly for Thathi, Melusi not only snubbed her offer of “muffins”, but told her to find new friends because he had “moved on.”

Woo shem, that must have hurt, but maybe not as much as it hurt Melusi, twenty years ago, being dumped after putting a girl through business college. It is very symbolic when Melusi later pulls out a photograph of Thathi – one he kept in a secret spank bank for two decades – before tossing it into the bin. Even though Melusi had done the right thing, he arrived home to find his wife tossing clothes into an open suitcase. But he comes clean about “the ghost” that has been lurking in their marriage for twenty years. By the end of his emotional speech, Melusi said the words that Gladys had wanted to hear – “I choose you.” This was enough for Gladys to put her clothes back into the wardrobe.

Tying up loose ends

It takes more than a little rat poison to kill guys like Jomo. He woke up to find Detective Kolisi in his guarded hospital room. On his wrist was a pair of handcuffs. Just when we thought Jomo would give up Mam Sonto, the woman who had tried to poison him, we find out that he has lost the ability to speak. Because that’s what poison does in the movies!

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Detective Kolisi, thinking quickly on her feet, offers him a pen and pad. But alas, Jomo spent his childhood dancing to Kwaito instead going to school, and is therefore illiterate. Only the Lord knows how he is able to load airtime onto his phone if he can’t read the Cell C airtime card. While Kolisi awaited Jomo to regain his powers of speech – and his villainous laugh – Mam Sonto was ten steps ahead. She snuck in, disguised as hospital tea lady and finished Jomo off with a pillow. Sweet dreams Jomo.

Utatakho comes to Gomora

Pretty reveals what anyone with half a brain had suspected all along; Langa, Thathi’s first born, might just be Melusi’s biological son. Nimrod Nkosi’s ears must have pricked up like a police dog’s at the mention of Thathi’s drunken confession to Pretty, twenty years ago. DNA test please!

Gomora takes a break

So far, Gomora has lived up to its billing. The only sad thing is that the show is taking a break. Even great works of art succumb to the Coronavirus. Until Gomora returns, fans are left wondering… now that Jomo is gone, who will give us the laugh. Gomora! Hahahaha!

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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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.

THE ENDING

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.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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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.

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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.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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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.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

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.

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