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    10 "Squid Game" Fan Theories That Might Be Wilder Than The Actual Show

    Some of these fan theories are so detailed that they actually might be true.

    Released early this year, Squid Game is a K-drama on Netflix that has risen to immense popularity due to its amazing cast and interesting plot. The game itself is a chance for individuals dealing with severe financial debt to win 45 billion won ($38 million) by playing six Korean childhood games. However, the prize comes with deadly consequences (quite literally).

    The game starts with 456 players, but it soon dwindles down to 1 after a series of eliminations in each game. Ultimately, Gi Hun comes out victorious.

    Naturally, wild theories are swirling all over the internet, so here are 10 of the best:


    1. The card you choose when you play the Ddakji game determines your role in the game.

    Salesman character holding red and blue card.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    A classic theory that's floating around TikTok is the card theory. In the beginning of the drama, when Gi Hun plays the Ddakji game with the salesman, he chooses the blue card. But there was also an option to choose the red card. So if you choose a blue card, you're a player, but if you choose the red card, you're a guard.

    2. The old man is actually Gi Hun’s father.

    The old man and Gi Hun talking in front of a convenience store.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    When Gi Hun gets out of the game, he coincidentally meets the old man in front of the convenience store. It almost seems like fate that they met. Since the old man is rich, he wouldn’t be in that area unless he was looking for a specific person — someone like Gi Hun. Also, when Gi Hun talks to the old man about how he used to get spanked a lot as a kid, the old man replies by saying that his son did too. Although it may seem a little far-fetched, it can't be ruled out for certain, considering all the plot twists that have happened in Season 1.

    3. The guards are criminals or prison inmates.

    Guards looking at each other.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    Although there isn't a certain scene or instance that backs this theory up, viewers speculated that the guards are working for a certain reward, like why the players are playing the game. And because the games are so secretive, the guards could be missing criminals or prison inmates who need protection, time, or money.

    4. The stepfather of Gi Hun’s daughter is connected to the games.

    When Gi Hun goes to visit his daughter, her stepfather tells him that the family will soon be moving to America. When the Front Man talks on the phone, he always talks in English, even though there are VIPs from other countries. Seeing that the writer wouldn't just add the detail about the family moving to America for no reason, fans thought that the stepfather could have a relationship with the games. Maybe he's the one who runs the games in America??

    5. The Front Man tried to expose the games like Gi Hun, but now he’s trapped in an endless cycle of the game.

    Front Man with a black mask.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    After seeing the Front Man's reaction to his brother's death, it's clear that he cares for his brother. Because the Front Man was the winner of the game in 2015, he knew a lot about the game back then. So, he could've tried to expose the game, but he got caught and was forced to operate the games in exchange for the safety of his family of getting recruited for the games. 

    6. The police officer isn’t actually dead.

    Police officer pointing his gun.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    The police officer's death did no justice compared to the struggles he went through in the game and all the information he learned. Seeing the Front Man's sadness about his brother's death, viewers can only hope that he saved his brother behind the scenes. But then again, his death could also be a representation of the failed attempts to expose the games, implying that the games are an endless cycle.  

    7. The salesman is actually the old man’s son, and he’s going to continue the games.

    Sales man smirking.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    Given that Gong Yoo (the character who played the salesman) is such a big character, viewers say that there's no way that he was just given the role of a salesman. He could play a larger role in the bigger picture, such as being the old man's son who is going to continue the games. It does makes sense, given that the salesman is the one who's recruiting everyone for each game and already plays a large part in continuing the games.

    8. The old man set up the games in order to find his son.

    Old man in hospital bed.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    This is another one of the far-fetched theories, but it could be true. By the end of the season, the viewers know that the old man is lonely and that he has no one to turn to, even if he has a ton of money. However, he does reminisce about his son, as shown in the scene where the old man says that his son used to get spanked for mischief when he was younger. Because the old man has all this money and doesn't know what to do with it, he may have created the games to find his potentially missing son.

    9. Gi Hun’s red hair at the end of the drama is hinting that he’ll go in as a guard.

    Gi Hun with red hair.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    Remember the card theory that was discussed earlier? Going off on that theory, fans speculate that the reason Gi Hun dyes his hair at the end of the season is because he wants to go into the games again and expose it once and for all, this time as a guard.

    10. The VIPs are past winners of the game.

    VIPs in golden animal masks.
    Squid Game / Via Netflix

    The VIPs clearly know a lot about the games, and all of them seem to look equally excited for them. This excitement could come from the feelings they once had while they were in the game themselves. Because they know the feeling of being in the game and coming out victorious, they're excited to watch how each player performs in the games. 

    What do you think of these fan theories? Let us know in the comments below!