5 Reasons Why Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong from Squid Game Are The Best Dynamic Duo

Netflix’s “Squid Game” has taken the world by storm, and introduced two absolutely badass, female characters, Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong. These women make up the best partnership within the game, and we are here to tell you why!

Jordyn Russell

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: October 9th, 2021 10:38 am pst

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5 Reasons Why Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong are the best dynamic duo

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Ji-yeong truly saw Sae-byeok

When the men of “Squid Game” pair off to develop stronger teams, Sae-byeok seeks out Number 240 to join her respective team. While Sae-byeok is quite unapproachable and quiet, the woman, who we later learn to be Ji-yeong, decides to join her team anyways. The men of Sae-byeok’s team are not immediately enthusiastic, but Ji-yeong turns out to be a very valuable team member, aiding in their win in the tug-of-war challenge.

Sae-byeok offered Ji-Yeong another roll in the marble game

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“Hey, butterfingers, what else can I say?” Ji-yeong said.

In the marble game, Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok decide to play just one round to determine their fate. When Ji-yeong purposely makes a bad roll to ensure Sae-byeok’s win (and life), Sae-byeok immediately offers Ji-yeong another turn. When Ji-yeong denies this second chance, Sae-byeok begs her to reconsider, but Number 420 refuses.

They were truly partners, to the end

Before they played the marble game, Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong shared their personal lives and secrets. Sae-byeok told the story of her young brother, now alone in an orphanage, while Ji-yeong shared her troubled family history. This brought the women much closer, allowing them to seal their partnership and genuinely understand each other.

Ji-yeong gave her life for Sae-byeok

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After purposely losing the marble game, Ji-yeong willingly gives her life for Sae-byeok, despite her partner’s efforts. Unlike many partnerships within “Squid Game,” these two never betrayed each other, and that is something to be admired.

Before being eliminated by one of the soldiers, Jiyeong exclaims in her final words, “Kang Sae-byeok, I’m honored!”

They made plans for Jeju Island

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Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong were so lost in their new found friendship that they almost lost track of the task at hand. While sharing their journeys, Sae-byeok reminisces on her dream to escape to Jeju Island (located in South Korea) with her family. Later on, Ji-yeong expresses her wish to go to Jeju Island with Sae-byeok, nearly forgetting their already decided fate. We hope these two are exploring the beaches together somewhere out there!

About The Author:

Jordyn is a senior at Penn State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. She is an intern at the positive entertainment news site AfterBuzzTV, with a specific passion for a career in the media and entertainment industry.

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