*Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Squid Game*
Squid Game is the biggest show in the world right now, and millions of fans have been poring over every last detail in a bid to find deeper meanings to the hit Netflix series.
We’ve already had theories that have blown viewers’ minds, and now eagle-eyed viewers have spotted something which could change the way fans watch one key scene.
As fans who’ve made it to the end of the nine episodes will know, Lee Jung-jae’s Seong Gi-hun teams up with Player 001 (whose real name is Oh Il-nam) ahead of the marble game in episode six.
Despite the pair forming a bond, and calling each other their ‘Gganbu’, Seong then tries to cheat and take advantage of the elderly player’s fragile mental state to win the game and progress to the next stage.
At first it looked like Player 001 was killed after losing the game. However, it’s later revealed that Player 001 is in fact the twisted mastermind behind the whole operation, and he didn’t die at all – instead being withdrawn from the game off-screen.
However, viewers think there’s more to the moment than meets the eye.
Fans on Reddit have been concocting theories about the marble game – and they may just have stumbled upon something major.
According to the theories, Player 001 may never have intended to take part in the game at all.
Before the challenge itself, the remaining contestants were told to pair up. As there was an odd number of players, Han Mi-nyeo was left out and didn’t take part in the challenge.
However, fans on Reddit believe that Player 001 fully expected to be left out due to his age and reduced physical attributes and didn’t expect to take part in the next round at all.
‘What’s interesting about the marble game is he probably didn’t even plan to play as he was the most likely odd man out. And it probably surprised him when he was even chosen as a partner,’ one user wrote.
Another added: ‘I like that, definitely would have made for a smooth exit if he got left behind. The employees would never respond to any questions about him and everyone would assume he was killed.’
One other user echoed the idea, saying: ‘I definitely think he was meant to be left behind. That’s why they didn’t kill [Han Mi-nyeo], she was meant to be killed by a player.’
It makes sense – the next game was the incredibly dangerous glass platform challenge, so Player 001 would have wanted to be withdrawn beforehand. Being taken out ahead of the marble game would have given him the convenient exit he wanted.
We’re pretty sold on the idea – are you?
It’s the most recent theory to emerge in recent days, after an eagle-eyed fan spotted one crucial detail which could change the way we all watch the series forever.
Whichever way the series is interpreted, Squid Game has become a full-blown global phenomenon.
Fans of the smash hit series even fought in the street as they queued to get inside an exclusive pop-up store in Paris recently.
Tempers boiled over as people queued for hours to get a chance to play some of the games featured in the series.
Squid Game is available to stream now on Netflix.
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