Did player 001 die in Squid Game? No, player 001 did not die in Squid Game. While it appeared that the old man had been shot after giving away his final marble to his friend player 456, in reality Oh Il-Nam simply faked his own death.
One of the biggest clues that pointed to 001 being behind the games was his strange knowledge of, and love for, every game that was played. But of course, you’d love every game in a competition when you’re the one who picked them.
When police officer Jun-Ho found the Squid Game archive room, he opened the 2020 player book hoping to find the file on his lost brother. But when he looked through the players in the current games, the number 001 was omitted and the file started at 002. This is because the creator wouldn’t need background information on himself.
We don’t see the death, or 001’s dead body, until he actually dies in his hospital bed in the finale. Before his “death,” 001 tells Gi-hun that his real name is Oh Il-nam, and he verifies that it is his real name in the finale. The character’s name literally translates to “first man” in English: “Il” (일) means one, and “nam” (남) means man.
Why does Gi-hun refuse to swap shapes with Player 001?
When Gi-hun offers to swap shapes with Player 001 before the honeycomb challenge in Episode 3, he refuses and sticks to a star because he already knows the game and knows the easy choice.
The first game they ever play in the series is Red Light, Green Light , or Mugunghwa Kkochi Pieot Seumnida (The Mugunghwa Flower Has Blossomed). If the jumbo killer robot turns to catch players moving, they’re shot dead. The doll can be seen scanning players with a green overlay each round to detect movement, but when her eyes flicker over Il-nam, the green layer isn’t there. She wasn’t evaluating him. He was always safe. Another giveaway? He was way too happy running toward the finish line while others died all around him.
During Episode 4 , it’s revealed that the organizers ration the food on purpose to instigate a brawl. When the fight breaks out in the dormitory, Il-nam climbs up the bunk beds and pleads for it to stop while the Front Man watches. It seems like he’s talking directly to the Front Man when he yells, “I’m so scared” and “Stop it!” Immediately after, the Front Man, who listens to no one, orders his men to turn the lights back on.
When the boss finally appears in a crisp suit by Episode 7, he’s shown wearing a gilded animal mask. Though viewers don’t get to see his face, they do see his hands as he sets the mask on the table — and they are old man’s hands.
Played by Oh Yeong-su, Il-nam competes with 455 debt-ridden players in deadly playground games for a chance at taking home 45.6 billion won (or $38 million). The frail old man with a brain tumor develops a close friendship with Lee Jung-jae’s Seong Gi-hun, the only one who includes him as Il-nam finds it difficult to get picked in teams. He’s no ordinary player, though, and is later revealed as the mastermind behind the twisted games. Here are the clues that were there all along and pointed to Oh Il-nam’s true identity.
In that same episode, Ji-yeong, a young woman, tells Kang Sae-byeok that marbles were typically played by boomers when they were young. Il-nam, who is the eldest among the players and also the lone boomer, says he played marbles as a kid. His fondness for the game could be why it’s included and serve as another hint at his real identity.
What is 001’s real name?
Before his “death,” 001 tells Gi-hun that his real name is Oh Il-nam, and he verifies that it is his real name in the finale. The character’s name literally translates to “first man” in English: “Il” (일) means one, and “nam” (남) means man. He’s the number one man of the Game (the creator), the number one person in rank among the guards (being the Front Man’s boss), and the literal number one player.
At the end of the riot scene, 001 climbs onto the beds and screams for the guards to stop the fight. He says that if the fight keeps going, there will be no players left, and yells, “Please, I’m so scared. Stop this madness.” Immediately after his pleas, the Front Man turns on the lights and sends in the guards. At first it’s strange that the leader of the guards stops the riot because an old man is scared, but when you realize that 001 is the Front Man’s boss, it makes a lot more sense.
You get eliminated, you die. Survive ’til the end and win 45.6 billion Korean won ($38 million). The players, all people in life-ruining debt, have been hand-chosen by the secret group who runs the Game for the enjoyment of wealthy VIPS.
Squid Game doesn’t shy away from its characters’ death. For each fallen player, we either see the moment they’re killed, or their dead body soon after. With 001, the camera sticks on Gi-hun, as he walks away and then flinches at the sound of the gun shot. We don’t see the death, or 001’s dead body, until he actually dies in his hospital bed in the finale.