There he discovers Player 001 (whose real name is Oh Il-nam), still alive but now close to death from his brain tumor.
8 Contestant 001 Really Could Have Died
By the end of the show, it revealed that one of the contestants, Number 001 (the Old Man) was actually a VIP or the main villain. ... He really could have died in some of the games, especially in the tug-of-war; he also could have been stabbed during the riot.
He then learns that the old man he befriended earlier in the game, Player 001, is in fact the creator of the game himself. He has a terminal illness and created it as a bit of fun for him and his rich friends. The creator dies, and Gi-hun discovers the game is continuing.
He goes to meet a man who turns out to be none other than Oh Il-nam (player 001). In fact he's also the mastermind who devised the game for the entertainment of the filthy rich, bored men, like him.
Episode: 9, One Lucky Man
In the final episode of Squid Game, we learn that Player 001 – Oh Il-Nam (O Yeong-su) – was one of the masterminds behind the whole tournament and decided to enter the games as a contestant to get a thrill from competing before dying from a brain tumour.
456, Seong Gi-hun ended up opting for red hair. In an interview with Zapzee he explained, “I imagined being him and thought to myself, 'What is the colour that you would never choose to dye your hair? ... "Then I came to the conclusion that Gi-hun would never dye his hair red. It would be the craziest thing for him to do.”
As for letting Gi-hun live in the marbles round, Il-nam says that he spared his life because he enjoyed playing with him. The two men make one last wager. A man is freezing to death on the street below them, and they bet on whether or not someone will help him.
Il-nam introduces himself as an innocent old man with a deadly brain tumor, and he and Gi-hun quickly strike up a friendship. That friendship is flipped on its head, however, when it's revealed that the old man was actually the Squid Game founder all along.
And 001 Gave 456 His Jacket To Protect Him. Prior to getting selected and being thrown back into the competition, 001 gave 456 his jacket. Oh Il-nam explained that Gi-hun needed the jacket because people might “look down” on him for not having one.
Squid Game Easter eggs and clues suggest that old man Oh Il-nam is actually Gi-hun's father. ... While the ending of Squid Game wrapped up many of the series' loose ends, a couple of mysteries were left for audiences to ponder, including the possibility that players 001 and 456 are actually related.
As of today, a season 2 release date has yet to be announced, but the show's creator Hwang Dong-hyuk did confirm that he is currently in the process of mapping the second season out, which did leave us a little optimistic for a 2022 release date. ... But I will say there will indeed be a second season.
The series ends with Seong Gi-hun (No. 0456) determinedly leaving the airport to stop the organization's next game. Here's what it all could mean.
At the end of Squid Game episode 9, the truth behind who created the games was revealed. It turns out that Oh Il-nam (Oh Yeong-su), the old man, also known as Player 001, was the actual host and creator of the entire competition. Il-nam explains that he and his rich friends created the games as a form of entertainment.
Il-nam gives Gi-hun his 001 jacket, which may foreshadow his win. ... After realising that Il-nam wet himself, Gi-hun ties his jacket around the older man's waist to stop the other players from seeing what happened.
Oh Il-nam (Player 001) was a Game VIP all along.
When he gets there, he discovers Player 001, real name Oh Il-nam, who we thought had died after losing the marble game. Instead he's alive and lucid, though he's lying in a hospital bed hooked up to an oxygen machine.
Asked why Gi-hun's hair was dyed red, in a recent interview with South Korea's Sports Chosun, Squid Game writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk explained the idea came to him intuitively while thinking about what would be the "craziest thing" Gi-hun would do in view of all the horrific experiences he'd had until that point.
9. Is there more to explore in Squid Game? Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk told The Hollywood Reporter that he intentionally left season one's ending open-ended, but because he thought that was "good closure" for the story. "Season one ends with Gi-hun turning back and not getting on the plane to the States," he said.
Because of the lethal brain tumor he is suffering from, Il-nam wanted to experience a rush of excitement before his death, which encouraged him to enter the game.
But perhaps the answer lies in the significance of the color red in Korean culture. According to the National Folk Museum of Korea, “For a long time, the color red has been believed to have shamanistic power for warding off evil spirits or bad luck.
Later in episode no. 6 ("Gganbu"), during the Marbles round of the contest, Ali is met by his death after Sang-woo steals Ali's marbles and wins the game.
Player 119 dies by suicide after stealing a gun.
Player 119 forces the staff member he's holding hostage to unmask before deciding to shoot himself. This is the first death by suicide shown in the games.
Gi-hun returns home to find 45.6 billion won in his bank account (that's around $38 million and £28 million, for those wondering). On the walk back to his apartment, he passes Sang-woo's mother, who asks after her son's whereabouts.