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    18 Times "Squid Game" Subtly Told Us Exactly What Would Happen At The End Of The Series

    I've never felt so stupid.

    🚨 If you haven't finished Squid Game yet, you're probably gonna want to turn around and jog on because this post details one MAJOR spoiler! πŸš¨

    Okay, I'm not gonna condescend to you, you know what Squid Game is by now – you're likely one of the 111 million Netflix accounts that watched it. But did you have any idea how it was going to end?

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    Well, you probably should have, because as it turns out there were a ton of clues that (FINAL SPOILER ALERT) Player 001 – AKA Oh Il-nam – was behind the games the whole time!

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    One clue that's been floating around online is that during the Red Light, Green Light game, Il-nam was not being scanned by the robot. Upon revisiting this scene, however, I've discovered that he definitely was scanned... So, I'm not sure how wires got crossed there.

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    In any case, here are 18 legit clues I've dug up from rewatching Squid Game from the very beginning that point to Il-nam's involvement.

    1. First off, Il-nam is MUCH older than everyone else. The rest of the contestants seem to range between 20 and 40 years old, and that immediately makes him stand out.

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    2. His motivation for competing in the games is also completely different to everyone else's.

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    Il-nam is suffering with a terminal brain tumour. His reasons for "taking part" make sense – he is mostly apathetic towards dying and he wants to re-experience his childhood before he passes. The thing is, everyone else is there to win and make their lives better, which makes Il-nam mighty suspicious in my books!

    3. In episode one, Il-nam is the player who has the deciding choice in the group vote, which subtly alludes to his power over the whole thing.

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    4. A huge hint is when police officer Jun-ho – on the hunt for information about the games – is looking through a binder that lists all of the players in the current game. The binder begins with Player 002, suggesting that Player 001 is not ~really~ competing.

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    5. A more subtle detail comes in episode two when everyone is seen living their normal daily lives in the real world. Unlike the other main characters, we are given zero context for Il-nam's daily living situation – he just rocks up one evening out of nowhere and meets Gi-hun.

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    Ultimately, it's because he's filthy rich IRL, so seeing that side of him would've given the game away.

    6. Speaking of, that meeting just seemed too coincidental – almost like it was ~fate~ that they met outside of the game!

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    We later learn that Il-nam is rich, and so wouldn't have been in the same area of the city as Gi-hun unless he was there for a specific reason.

    7. Back in the games, the moment when Il-nam is supposed to have peed himself, we can clearly see an empty water bottle beside him. This suggests that he poured the water on himself, which makes you wonder exactly why he would be manipulating the situation like that.

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    One theory is that he didn't want Gi-hun to pick him in the upcoming marble challenge. He wanted to be the one left over, but that ended up being Mi-nyeo.

    8. In a meme that's taken over Twitter, we see Il-nam continuing the pretence that he's very sick. He even sits alone during the selection process for the marble task, refusing to look for a partner until Gi-hun chooses him.

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    WHY would you do that if you were in for the win?! It's been theorised by Squid Game fans that since Il-nam wouldn't have been physically able to compete in ensuing challenges like the glass plate challenge, he planned to slip out after being left over for the marble task. Players would then probably assume he was killed by guards.

    9. The horrendous fighting that breaks out after lights out in episode four only stops because Il-nam requests it.

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    Right after he cries out, the riots are quickly ended by the front man, who senses that Il-nam is actually scared and obeys him.

    10. Speaking of Il-nam being in control, these are clearly his hands taking off a VIP member mask, right?

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    11. In the tug-of-war challenge, all of the contestants are chained to the rope with padlocks except for Il-nam whose chains have no padlocks. This is presumably so he could break away if he wanted to had his team ultimately lost.

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    12. Unlike Sae-byeok, Sang-woo, and basically everyone else, Il-nam's death happens off screen – and you know that if someone dies off screen, it's not confirmed!

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    Another death that technically occurs off-screen is that of Jun-ho; many have theorised that he too is still alive.

    13. When Il-nam is shot, we do not hear his body fall to the ground. His body is also missing in the birds-eye shot straight afterwards, unlike the other bodies scattered around.

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    14. When he "lost his mind" during the marbles game, it not only seemed like an act, but Il-nam momentarily regains full mental capacity in order to accuse Gi-hun.

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    15. Il-nam was shown getting into a car to return to the games, but unlike Gi-hun, Sang-woo, Deok-su, Ali, and Sae-byeok, he wasn't shown being gassed and passing out.

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    16. Most people complained about the lunches they received, unlike Il-nam.

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    Presumably, he was happy because actually chose what everyone would receive!

    17. Il-nam consistently tells people that the games are things he's good at and he played as a kid.

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    For instance, he volunteers the strategy that helps win his team the tug-of-war challenge. This ultimately makes sense when you find out that he picked the games all the contestants play.

    18. And finally, he was just always smiling!

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    Il-nam just didn't seem that nervous to play, especially at the start. He's almost gleeful during the Red Light, Green Light game, even after all the shooting! Looking back, you can tell its because – in many ways – he has nothing to lose, unlike the others.

    Have we missed anything out? Comment below any hints or clues you picked up watching Squid Game that Player 001 was behind it all!