Here’s what you can expect on popular Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen, airing on DStv channel weekdays at 21:30
S8 Episode 216: Monday 01 February 2021
Sihle is forced to make Fezile an offer. Mbomvu sets his sights on a romantic target while S’bu is still torn between two lovers.
S8 Episode 217: Tuesday 02 February 20201
Mandla gives Ntwenhle some hard advice for her own safety. Ntwenhle gives Dabula an ultimatum, and Mbomvu’s romantic exploits begin heating up.
S8 Episode 218: Wednesday 03 February 2021
Mkabayi has a difficult ultimatum for S’bu. Meanwhile S’bu’s love life takes a shocking turn. Thokozani discovers a shocking fact about her family, and Dabula’s plans to win Ntwenhle back goes left quick.
S8 Episode 219: Thursday 04 February 2021
S’bu stands his ground against the Zungus. Dabula learns about Mbomvu’s romantic interests. Mkabayi is forced to play mediator and puts her foot down with Mpihlangene.
S8 Episode 220: Friday 05 February 2021
Nolwandle makes a stand. Meanwhile things between S’bu and Siza intensify. Khanyi makes her true feelings known. Dabula employs Saddam’s help in identifying the rat in his kitchen.
S8 Episode 221: Monday 08 February 2021
Dabula dispatches Qaphela and Bhekumuzi on a shocking mission. Cebisile still has her eyes on Fenyang. Meanwhile, Saddam is worried about Mbomvu’s intentions for Lillian.
S8 Episode 222: Tuesday 09 February 2021
Sgqoko tells Sihle he is now the new owner of Emarondweni. Saddam confronts Mbomvu about Lillian. Qaphela and sadden tell Lillian about their dangerous plan to level the playing field.
S8 Episode 223: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Sihle has a plan to get rid of the competition. Mbomvu proves himself a hero. Having been reminded of his purpose, Mandla makes a chilling decision to protect Ntwenhle.
S8 Episode 224: Thursday 11 February 2021
Khanyi continues to sabotage Siza’s and Sbu’s relationship. Fenyang says his good bye to Phumelele, but Amanda won’t give him a break. Nikiwe finds herself in a dangerous situation and is forced to bargain for her life.
S8 Episode 225: Friday 12 February 2021
Melusi is shocked to find out about the plot against him, while Mpihlangene jumps to the wrong conclusion about the Ndlovus. Siza wonders if her fiancé’s accident was actually an accident.
S8 Episode 226: Monday 15 February 2021
Seeing Mandla’s distress, Bongani makes a bold move. Fearing for Melusi’s life, Fezile leads a daring rescue mission. Mandla convinces Ntwenhle to leave Dabula to him.
S8 Episode 227: Tuesday 16 February 2021
Bhekumuzi reveals to Dabula who his attacker was. Siza tries to get the truth out of her father once and for all. Londiwe continues playing her dangerous game of matchmaker.
S8 Episode 228: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Qaphela learns a shocking truth about the attack on the Ndlovus. Gadla suspects the Zungus are focusing on the wrong target. Dabula has an offer for Blade.
S8 Episode 229: Thursday 18 February 2021
Gadla reveals to S’bu who attacked the Ndlovu and gives him an ultimatum. Londiwe confronts Qaphela with the truth. Sihle tries to find Dabula but Qaphela refuses to help her.
S8 Episode 230: Friday 19 February 2021
Lillian makes things clear to Mbomvu about their relationship. Mickey confesses to a shocking truth. Lillian lies to Saddam about her whereabouts.
S8 Episode 231: Monday 22 February 2021
Things come to a dramatic conclusion between Saddam and Mbomvu. Mkabayi’s accusation is met with a counter accusation. S’bu meets with a charming Andile, not realising that danger lurks in the shadows.
S8 Episode 232: Tuesday 23 February 2021
Thokozani begs Sibongile to help her. Dabula warns Mabuyi about the snake in their midst. Sihle has to deal with blade’s wrath, and Saddam puts the fear of god in a potential enemy.
S8 Episode 233: Wednesday 24 February 2021
Bhekumuzi goes to extreme lengths to protect what’s his. Andile has a new plan to deal with the Ndlovu threat. Mabuyi has a difficult request for Fezile. Mbomvu makes sure to avoid Lillian.
S8 Episode 234: Thursday 25 February 2021
Thokozani convinces Nolwandle to lie to Jerry and betray Fezile. Mandla’s abuse of Bongani leads to a dramatic demand. Mpihlangene tells Sibongile an astonishing story.
S8 Episode 235: Friday 26 February 2021
Fezile warns Nolwandle not to involve herself in Zungu business. Siza finally confronts her father with the truth. The Ngwenyas finally have a cause to celebrate. Sibongile pieces together a shocking truth.
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.