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Seipati is about to be really busy.

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Date: MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2021

A slip up leads to a plot being set in motion to remove a love rival. The fallout of a betrayal leaves blood on the floor and a young girl in crisis. It’s judgement day for Dintle.

Date: TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2021

When charm does not work on Seipati, a man turns things up a notch or two. Boniswa is caught in a cold war between a father and daughter. Chumani makes an announcement which thrills one woman but leaves another gutted.

WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2021

Seipati is faced with a frightening situation, but that is not the major cause of Tintswalo’s concern for her friend. Mamba is unhappy when a domestic situation attracts the attention of the press. Layla receives a snub which is disguised as an omission.

THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2021

Seipati is manipulated into making a deal with the devil. An article pushes Aya over the edge. A hectic house-warming leads to some heated bed-breaking.

FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2021

An abuser’s isolation game kicks up a notch and Seipati is thrown by a rejection. Boniswa plays one family member against another. It seems that Dintle may be in over her head and head over heels.

MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2021

Bohang drips poison in someone’s ear and then frames someone else. Xolile hears something that makes her suspicious about Aya’s story. Dintle and Amo make some rules but Dintle has other ideas.

TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2021

Bohang makes a bold move, and an innocent party is sacrificed. Aya offers an explanation which doesn’t ring true. Dintle realises that her situation is not as much fun as she thought it was.

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2021

Seipati is dismayed by some information about a friend and Bohang is not happy to discover that a member of his team is a stickler for protocol. Boniswa exploits her influence in order to manipulate matters to go her way. Dintle crosses a line she swore she would not.

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2021

Bohang Javas falls victim to a very coincidental crime and Tebello receives a disturbing insight. Mamba is blissfully unaware that an interrogator knows he’s lying. Amo is succumbing to a dangerous addiction.

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2021

Bohang overplays his hand and unwittingly helps Seipati make an alarming realisation. Simo tries his luck with Aya again and immediately regrets it. Dintle is surprised by her reaction to some unexpected news.

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2021

Seipati makes a series of discoveries that leave her feeling exceedingly trapped. Boniswa’s relationship with Aya forces Simo and Gorbachev to abandon caution. Hlengiwe asks a colleague for relationship advice.

TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2021

Seipati risks everything to get out of a nightmare situation but only succeeds in making matters worse. Mamba tries to control the situation with his daughter but someone else is one step ahead. Amo finds himself being accused by one woman and supported by another.

WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2021

Bohang pulls rank when a potential saviour shows up. Vultures circle Boniswa and her survival instincts kick in. Amo fails to hide the one thing that could bust him.

THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2021

Tebello tries to be a protector but Seipati believes there is only one way to save themselves. Boniswa reveals a daring plan in which she will play a major role. Suspicious Stokkies connects the dots and makes an accusation.

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2021

Tebello ignores his mother’s instruction and makes an extreme decision which could have dire consequences. While executing one daring plan, Boniswa hints at another. Layla witnesses an interaction which starts her wondering.

MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2021

Lerumo returns to find more to deal with than he bargained for. Boniswa undergoes a ghostly transformation. Dintle discovers her secret is not as safe as she thought it was.

TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2021

Seipati and Tebello are too afraid to speak out and Lerumo is forced to pursue an illegal solution. Xolile’s surprised to see someone she knows slightly, little realising it is actually someone she knows extremely well. Hlengiwe’s upset when Layla’s warning seems to be coming true.

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2021

A volatile situation is resolved but it is not enough to satisfy Lerumo. Boniswa uses all her powers to get closer to what she wants. Dintle thinks she knows the rules of the game but she has reckoned without her feelings.

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2021

In a match of claims to a crime, Neo teams up with Seipati to outsmart Lerumo. Down in the dumps Cee-Jay is rescued by an invitation. Adrenaline pumping from a near-miss bust-up, Amo makes a reflex proposal to Hlengiwe.

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2021

Lerumo fights against his father’s version of the ‘truth’ and implores someone he cares about deeply to support him. An intriguing new guy makes his presence felt in the commune. Stokkies and Chevonne find they’re not so compatible after all.

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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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