MONDAY 01 MARCH – ep 236
Sibongile asks challenging questions about the past. Cebisile tries to convince Sibongile to stay out of Zungu business. Nolwandle gives a stirring speech as chaos breaks out. S’Khaleni wants to commit murder and the Ndlovu gear up for war.
TUESDAY 02 MARCH – ep 237
An attack on KwaManzini has tragic consequences. Saddam and Mbomvu come to blows over an unusual task Dabula sets them. Samson and Khanyi disagree on what to do with Bongani. S’bu has to act fast to stop Andile. Dabula makes a shocking announcement.
WEDNESDAY 03 MARCH – ep 238
Siza chooses family over love.Tensions between Saddam and Mbomvu reach a fever pitch and they end up exchanging blows. Mbomvu wants the Ngwenya’s banishedexcept Lillian. Meanwhile Sihle is set on finding out what Dabula is up to.
THURSDAY 04 MARCH – ep 239
Fezile decides they have to strike back at the Ndlovus. Samson tells Mandla they have to attack the Zungus before they attack them first. Sihle vows no woman will marry Dabula while she’s still alive. S’bu confronts the Ngwenyas for their stoking the flames of war.
FRIDAY 05 MARCH – ep 240
Things between Qaphela and S’bu intensify, whilewar seems imminent in the valley. Samson decides to use S’bu’s absence to his advantage. Dabula plans to announce the good news to his guest but unknown to him danger lurks in the shadows.
MONDAY 08 MARCH – ep 241
A shocking attack on the Chief upsets the balance in the valley. Mbomvu makes a horrific discovery. S’bu arrives unexpectedly at Protea and connects with Siza. Meanwhile things between the Zungus and Ndlovus intensify.
TUESDAY 09 MARCH– ep 242
Jabu is desperate to stop yet another war between the Zungus and Ndlovus. Things between Lillian and Saddam get worse while Mandla is given an impossible task for the safety of the Ndlovus. Gadla reveals a shocking family secret.
WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH – ep 243
Jabu entire world is turned upside down when Mkabayi tells him the truth about the past. Mandla can’t go through with Samson’s orders. The person behind the attack on Dabula is revealed. The doctor gives Dabula devastating news.
THURSDAY 11 MARCH – ep 244
War breaks out between the Zungus and the Ndlovus. S’bu is torn between love and duty. Mbomvu lies to Dabula about the state of things at emarondweni. Saddam gets suspicious when he returns and Lillian is nowhere to be found. Jabu is desperate to stop the war.
FRIDAY 12 MARCH– ep 245
Lillian and Saddam get into a terrible fight but real truths end up coming out. Andile continues manipulating Siza.S’bu tells Siza to really seek the truth. Melusi tries to stop the war but ends up putting himself in grave danger.
MONDAY 15 MARCH – ep 246
The battle is locked in a dangerous stalemate while things look considerably bad for Melusi. Bhekumuzi and Sibongile struggle to come to Melusi’s aid. Saddam accidentally reveals the truth to Dabula. Jabu and S’bu have to come together to bring peace.
TUESDAY 16 MARCH– ep 247
Mpihlangene is furious Jabu intervened and calls him weak. Amanda tells Cebisile to stop lying to Fenyang. After a heated argument with Fenyang, Amanda pays Phumelele a visit in hospital. Andile pays Dabula a visit.
WEDNESDAY 17 MARCH – ep 248
Dabula checks himself out of hospital on a mission. S’bu has to come to his family’s defence when the Chief comes knocking. Amanda decides to take matters into her own hands. Nolwandle encourages Fezile to stand on his own.
THURSDAY 18 MARCH – ep249
Jabu and Mpihlangene are still at odds with each other. Meanwhile the Ngwenyas worry Dabula is roping them into more trouble. Sibongile gives Jabu insight about his father and Dabula continues making dangerous plans for thevalley.
FRIDAY 19 MARCH – ep 250
Just when S’bu and Siza are hopeful about the future, tragedy strikes the Ndlovus. Phumelele discovers something shocking about Thokozani, while Bhekumuzi tells Jabu where his loyalties really lie.
MONDAY 22 MARCH – ep 251
As a shocking murder shakes the world, Mkabayi returns. Dabula moves to cover his tracks. S’bu and the Ndlovu seem determined to get revenge. Phumelele finds out some surprising news about Mpiyakhe’s will.
TUESDAY 23 MARCH – ep 252
Gadla is doubtful about Mpihlangene claims about Jabu. Jabu gets an idea to put all doubt to rest. Ntwenhle confronts Jabu and he worries about what S’bu will do. Mpihlangene stokes the fires of war.
WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH – ep 253
Jabu wants to go pay his respects but the family refuses. Dabula is livid when Londiwe tells him she couldn’t plant the listening device. S’bu blames himself for the death in the family. Jabu takes matters into his own hands much to Mpihlangene’s irritation.
THURSDAY 25 MARCH – ep 254
Things between Phumelele and Fenyang get tense over her inheritance. Jabu manipulates Mpihlangene into getting what he wants. Ntwenhle is determined to find the truth about what happened to her friend.
FRIDAY 26 MARCH – ep 255
The war between the Ndlovus and Zungus escalates unaware of the third force pulling the strings. S’bu cuts ties with the Zungus. Jerry has a price to keep quiet about Mbomvu and Lillian, but it’s not money.
MONDAY 29 MARCH – ep 256
Mpihlangene tries to manipulate Phumelele out of her inheritance. Lillian attempts to win over Londiwe, but things don’t go as planned. Mandla informs the Ndlovu men the war is back on while Jabu tries desperately to figure out a way to stop it.
TUESDAY 30 MARCH – ep 257
Phumelele and Cebisile lock horns over Fenyang. Bhekumuzi is torn between loyalty and love. Dabula tasks Saddam with turning Mpihlangene over to their side. Tragedy strikes the Zungus while trying to negotiate peace.
WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH – ep 258
Fezile gets life changing news. Mpihlangene realizes no one respects him at KwaManzini. Saddam and Lillian have a serious fight about Mbomvu. Sihle offers Dabula an explosive new idea to deal with his enemies.
S8 – APRIL SUMMARIES 2021
THURSDAY 01 APRIL – ep 259
The Zungus and Ndlovus finally realise who the real enemy is. Dabula has already set his final deadly plan in motion but complications arise. Mpihlangene schemes against the family. Ntwenhle arms herself for her meeting with Dabula.
FRIDAY 02 APRIL – ep 260
The season and series finale. As lifelong feuds race towards their final conclusion, it remains to be seen who will live, who will die and who will get the happy endings they deserve.
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.