‘The 8 Show’ Season 2 Expectations, Explained: What Happens To 7th Floor Guy?


The 8 Show, directed by Han Jae-rim, made us privy to a game that used the desperation and hopelessness of the players as leverage and made them face certain conflicts where they were forced to shed all pretentiousness and show their true colors. On one end, the floor three guy refused to do anything that didn’t align with his conscience; there were players like the floor 6th guy, who derived a great deal of sadistic pleasure by hurting others. As of now, there hasn’t been any official announcement about whether there will be a second season or not, but the way things ended made me feel like it could be a possibility, and the makers might extend the franchise. So, let’s try to speculate that if there is a second season of The 8 Show, then where will the lives of the characters lead them, and will they ever get to know who the gamekeepers were and what their intentions and motives were behind developing such a bizarre game? 

At the end of The 8 Show season 1, we saw that the first-floor guy completely lost his cool when he realized that he had spent almost all his money to buy a booklet that described the procedure and price of changing the room. All that while the first-floor guy believed that the gamekeepers would let him interchange his room with the higher-level guys, but it was not so. Moreover, the price of changing the room was so absurdly high that the participants realized that the developers of the game never wanted to let that happen. The first-floor guy’s mental stability was really affected by whatever happened to him. Almost all the players were financially struggling in their real lives, and some or another tragedy had happened to them. The first-floor guy tried to go out of the establishment, and he fell from the tightrope during his performance.

The first-floor guy had lost all hope, and it felt like he had just given up on life. A box of film reels caught fire, and the first-floor guy got burned with it. Although the other players tried to save him, he didn’t survive. The third-floor guy felt that it was important to honor the memory of his colleague, so he organized a funeral for him once the game was over and he got out. Now, there were a lot of things that were left open-ended by the makers of The 8 Show, and we never really got definitive answers pertaining to those queries. Firstly, I believe that if there is a second season, we will learn about the identities of game developers. In the mid-credit scene, we saw that the producer, with whom the 7th-floor guy was talking, was hinting towards the fact that he was also part of the game, and that’s how he earned so much money. My intuition says that the man knows something more about the game and he just chose not to reveal it. Probably, this was not the first time this game was played, and many groups of people earlier would have gone through similar adversity. The biggest tragedy was that even after the game was over, almost all the participants were suffering from PTSD, and for days, they couldn’t sleep or do anything in their lives. The money didn’t matter anymore because their mental stability had been shaken, and they didn’t know how to survive in the normal world. I believe that either the 3rd-floor guy or any other participant would want to find the humans who were pulling the reins, and it could be possible that they start investigating the matter in season 2 from their own end. 

Another thing that made me curious was how the game developers were earning throughout the entire process and how they had such huge amounts of money to just give the players for spending time in a closed facility. It could be possible that this game was being funded by illegal channels, and the ones who were in charge of things had enough money to just spend it for their sadistic pleasures. I believe that though the show was not being telecast on television, there was some black market where the audience had access to it. Also, the fact that such a facility existed in the middle of the city and nobody ever noticed or raised concern proves that there were certain influential people involved in the scheme of things. It could be possible that the game was part of some secret program that was being overlooked by the Korean government or intelligence agency itself, though as of now, it seems like a far-fetched speculation. I have a hunch that the seventh-floor guy might end up finding some crucial information that will lead him to a breakthrough. It would be interesting to see in which direction the makers take the narrative and what kind of action the players take to get clarity about what happened to them and why they were subjected to such torture. 

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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