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    Sacred Games: From Aswatthama to Yayati, decoding the meaning behind every episode in season one.



    Netflix's first Indian original series Sacred Games is a truly groundbreaking show in the context of Indian shows and television programs.

    Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane and based on a novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games is a show that moves between the past and present in the city of Mumbai. The show is seeped in realistic portrayals of gangsters, communal violence, the nexus between the mafia, politicians and businessmen, and the workings of the police. It tackles controversial subjects like fake encounters, religious violence, and the corruption within the world of entertainment.

    But another thing that captured everyone's attention was the names of the eight episodes of Sacred Games. The episodes, titled as following?Ashwathama, Halahala, Atapi Vatapi, Brahmahatya, Sarama, Pretakalpa, Rudra, Yayati ? peaked the interest of the fans of the show. One such fan, who goes by the handle /i_rnb on Reddit, explained the meaning behind the episode titles.

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    Episode 1, Aswatthama

    Aswatthama, a character from Mahabharata who fought against the Pandavas, was extremely powerful. Because of this, he was cursed with immortality for 3000 years. In the first episode, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays gangster Ganesh Gaitonde, commits suicide at the end. But as he holds a lot of power, his story continues even after his death. Gaitonde establishes his immortality when he says, "I told you, I am Ashwatthama. I am not going anywhere until this game is over."
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    Episode 2, Halahala

    Halahala literally translates to 'black mass' or 'time puzzle'. It is also the name of a poison created from the sea when Devas and Asuras churned it in order to obtain Amrita, the nectar of immortality. This poison was consumed by Shiva to prevent everyone else from dying because just the fumes from the poison was enough to kill the Gods. In the second episode, Saif Ali Khan's Sartaj heeds Gaitonde's warning, starts an investigation, and unravels an international espionage. This espionage is the same as the poison as it can wreak complete havoc.
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    Episode 3, Aatapi Vatapi

    Atapi and Vatapi, as explained in the episode by Pankaj Tripathi, were two demon brothers in Hindu mythology. According to legend, they would invite saints to dinner after which the elder demon, Atapi, would turn the younger one into food and serve him to the priests. After the saints left and traveled some distance, Atapi would call out the younger one who would tear open the stomachs of the saints and return to his brother. Inviting people and showing them hospitality only to ruin them completely is a running theme in Aatapi Vatapi. It draws a parallel to religions that also welcome people before feeding on their souls.
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    Episode 4, Brahmahatya

    Brahmahatya means 'killing of a Brahmin.' Gaitonde, who has very strong Brahmin roots, commits crimes which are against his religion, like consuming non-veg and agreeing to poach Muslims votes for conniving politician Bhosale. In this episode, he kills his Brahmin self, and hence the episode is called Brahmahatya.
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    Episode 5, Sarama

    In Hindu mythology, Sarama is a being referred to as the female dog of the Gods. This episode shows how everyone, in the end, is like a dog on a leash. Sartaj is shown lying about a case which he knew was unjust, but, in the end, bows down to his boss' pressure in order to keep his job. Every major character, in one way or the other, is shows as a powerless entity being treated like a dog by someone with more authority.
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    Episode 6, Pretakalpa

    Pretakalpa is part of the Garuda Purana, one of the 18 Mahapuraṇa texts in Hinduism. It talks about the cycle of life, death and beyond, and is read when the last rites of a deceased Hindu are performed. Katekar dies in this episode, and Sartaj ends up killing Katekar's murderer. Katekar is then cremated, and Sartaj kills his old self turning into somebody new.
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    Episode 7, Rudra

    Rudra is a Rigvedic deity associated with wind or storm. One translation of the name is 'the roarer'. The episode is a representation of this terror. Gaitonde's wife Shubhadra (Rajshri Deshpande) is killed in this episode. The episode the shows Gaitonde going on a rampage killing Muslims. This episode shows the descend of Gaitonde into something that whips up terror inside anyone who knows him.
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    Episode 8, Yayati

    Yayati was cursed with premature old age and had asked his son, Puru, to swap their ages. Yayati also conquered the whole world and was the Chakravartin Samrat. The last episode has Guru Ji finally convincing Gaitonde to join his cause, which Gaitonde later achieves.

    Sacred Games has employed a lot of mythological foreshadowing and narratives that run parallel in the entire show, and the episode titles are direct explanations of what is about to happen in that particular episode.
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    Nuclear war? Is Gaitonde alive? Sacred Games’ ambiguous ending explained

    We know that you’re confused by Sacred Games’ ambiguous ending. Here are a few theories to help you figure out what really happened, and more importantly, what role Guruji plays in the story.



    Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui star in Netflix’s Sacred Games

    Sometime during bingeing Netflix’s first Indian original series, Sacred Games, it became clear that the season will not end with a definitive conclusion. The plot pits two men - Saif Ali Khan’s cop, Sartaj Singh, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde - against each other in a race against time to save Mumbai. Gaitonde -- in the show’s opening scene -- warns Sartaj that the city will be decimated in 25 days, thus setting into motion Sartaj’s quest for clues. But the show ends with 14 days of Gaitonde’s 25 still remaining and more questions than answers. So the internet is here, as always, to help us fill in the gaps.
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    Nuclear war? Is Gaitonde alive? Sacred Games? ambiguous ending explained

    We know that you?re confused by Sacred Games? ambiguous ending. Here are a few theories to help you figure out what really happened, and more importantly, what role Guruji plays in the story.



    Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui star in Netflix?s Sacred Games

    Sometime during bingeing Netflix?s first Indian original series, Sacred Games, it became clear that the season will not end with a definitive conclusion. The plot pits two men - Saif Ali Khan?s cop, Sartaj Singh, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui?s gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde - against each other in a race against time to save Mumbai. Gaitonde -- in the show?s opening scene -- warns Sartaj that the city will be decimated in 25 days, thus setting into motion Sartaj?s quest for clues. But the show ends with 14 days of Gaitonde?s 25 still remaining and more questions than answers. So the internet is here, as always, to help us fill in the gaps.
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    Sartaj begins a 25 day race against time.

    In the final scene of the first season, Sartaj stumbles upon a bunker and discovers the body of a man named Trivedi - one of Gaitonde’s three fathers, the others being the politician Bhosle and a godman known as Guruji. The bunker has supplies stacked up against the wall and Trivedi is discovered with a gas mask beside him.



    Sartaj discovers Trivedi’s body in the bunker.
    Some people on Reddit have pointed out that the availability of supplies such as food and water suggest that Trivedi wasn’t supposed to die, and something must have forced Gaitonde - who himself dies in the opening scene of the first episode - to kill him. Gaitonde makes references to having been betrayed by those he trusted the most, which is what fuels his revenge spree.

    There have also been questions about the believability of Gaitonde’s death, helped in part by his surreal resurrection after having shot himself in front of Sartaj. And he does, let’s not forget, narrate his story from beyond the grave.



    Noticed the Geiger counter next to Trivedi’s body?
    One person on Reddit theorised that Trivedi might not be dead at all and that he might just be heavily sedated. The presence of a Geiger counter beside his body, however, suggests something more sinister is afoot. The instrument is used to measure radiation, which suggests that the threat Gaitonde was referring to might be nuclear in nature. And as the more eagle-eyed viewers must have spotted, in the opening credits of the show, this happens:



    Nuclear cloud!

    The theory suggests that Gaitonde has sedated Trivedi to help him survive a nuclear attack. It is also possible that Guruji - who will have a much more central role in future episodes, co-director Anurag Kashyap told us - originally intended for Gaitonde to survive the nuclear attack, and rise from the ashes as a God-like figure. Gaitonde often compares himself to God during the show. “Gaitonde tortured Trivedi until he told him that they (Trivedi, Guruji, and Bhosle) had betrayed him. Those three planned to nuke Mumbai and start some type of war. Gaitonde did not anticipate killing himself,” one person wrote
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    Guruji first contacted Gaitonde when he was held in solitary confinement.

    It should be noted that Gaitonde makes it a point to tell Sartaj in great detail of the time he spent in solitary confinement in prison, which lasted two months, and was perhaps orchestrated by Guruji
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    Guruji is the thread that connects Sartaj and Gaitonde.
    There is also the matter of a shipment of guns, which Sartaj discovers and had been smuggled into the country by Bhosle, perhaps in an effort to arm soldiers to protect the country in an impending attack - an attack foreseen by Guruji.

    Another theory, this one on YouTube, compares the character of Malcolm, played in the show by Luke Kenny, to David Headley, an alleged ISI agent who played a part in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

    Only eight episodes of the show have aired so far, with a plan for three more seasons of eight episodes each, according to Saif. With the attention and acclaim the series has received so far, it seems likely that Sacred Games will soon be renewed for season.
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