As fans recover from the crushing conclusion of “Squid Game,” some have begun perusing the show’s early episodes for clues that may have foreshadowed the shocking twist at the end of season 1.
“Squid Game” tells a narrative in which people rarely reveal what they seem at first. Even characters who are presented as admirable and honest members of their community, such as Sang-Woo, hide some obscurity. The story mostly revolves around a simple competition consisting of six children’s games with 45.6 billion up for grabs for the 456 competitors.
However, the brutal elimination of more than half of those players while playing the first episode’s title, “Red Light, Green Light,” quickly established the extreme stakes these participants faced.
While surviving players took the opportunity to escape the game after a majority of players voted to suspend them, many were called back into the tournament due to their desperate circumstances.
There are several twists at the end of “Squid Game” season 1, but Oh Il-nam’s true identity stands out as the greatest. While Il-nam seemed to sacrifice himself so that Gi-hun could win and take home the cash prize, it is soon discovered that he survived.
When Gi-hun visited Il-nam on his deathbed, he revealed that he was one of the founders of the “Squid Game” contest and that he was entering for one last thrill before his terminal illness killed him. However, people who are now reviewing the show have noticed some pretty obvious clues presented in the first season of “Squid Game” regarding Il-nam’s connection to the competition.
In the first game, “Red Light, Green Light”, Il-nam rushed forward with a smile on his face and was the only one who seemed to be enjoying himself.
While other clues suggest Il-nam’s true identity later on, his behavior in the first episode during the opening game was so unlike any other player that it serves as an early indicator of his actual level of involvement with the competition.
At first glance, viewers might believe Il-nam’s story that he is simply an old man with dementia, but by the second round it becomes clear that his joy during the game is because he understands it all too well, not because he’s confused.
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Il-nam’s behavior during “Red Light, Green Light” may have hinted at his true nature, but if you go back and look back at the first season, you’ll encounter many other clues that suggest the old man’s true identity.
For starters, it seems more than a coincidence that Il-nam met Gi-hun outside the shop in Episode 2. Eventually, Il-nam convinces Gi-hun to return to the games. How many more of these random encounters did Il-nam have with other contestants so that there were still a good number of people to play the remaining matches?
It’s not all. Episode 4 contains the sequence where the contestants kill each other when it’s time to turn off the lights. Without adequate food rations, the remaining players have given each other to clear some of the ranks. When Gi-hun goes to check Il-nam, he is nowhere to be found.
It is very likely that he knew the scrum was going to be so dangerous that it would be better alone than sticking with Gi-hun and his team. Not only that, but Il-nam is the one who cried out to end the madness.
In the first round, it looks like a frightened old man’s plea. In fact, it could have been his way of letting the Front Man know that it was time for the guards to come in to end the bloodbath.
Finally, the biggest clue that Il-nam wasn’t just a regular gamer comes in Episode 5 when undercover cop Jun-ho found decades of past game records. He opened the binder showing current players, but the first page shows information for player 2, skipping player 1, who is Il-nam.
Considering that Il-nam has been a VIP all along, it makes sense that he doesn’t have the same bio information on file that other players get. Just like any other big cinematic twist, it seems almost obvious when you go back to watching the show.
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