Squid Game: Gi-hun unveiled as The Old Man’s secret son as fans spot clue
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After bursting onto the scenes, the Korean survival drama Squid Game gained worldwide popularity and quickly became one of Netflix’s most-watched series. With its shocking finale leaving room for a potential second season, fans have theorized Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) could be The Old Man’s (Oh Yeong-su) son.
Taking to Reddit, AtinySeonghwa asked other fans what role the Old Man’s son played in the series.
They asked: “Is he even alive? He says to GiHun: I bet you were spanked a lot as a child. Gi- Hun: How did you know? Creator: You’re just like my son.”
This scene took place after the players had queued up to receive their meal, when Gi Hun rejected the regular milk and claimed he couldn’t digest it.
Despite the severity of the situation they were in he proceeded to ask for chocolate milk instead, but ended up taking the plain milk after being ignored by the worker.
This then spurred the old man to ask Gi-hun about his childhood and then compare him to his own son.
Another fan disagreed with the theory and wrote: “Personally, I think the show just wanted to give them a son-dad dynamic and don’t think they’re actually related.”
They added: “If Il-Nam really was his dad, wouldn’t he tell him before he dies?” Fans will remember Gi-Hun was there when Il-Nam made the shocking confession and watched him take his last breath.
As he was justifying Squid Game and explaining the reasons he took place fans believe he also could’ve also revealed his identity as Gi-Hun’s father.
There were also a ton of clues hidden in the series including the fact both Gi-Hun and The Old Man recognised the streets and fake houses.
During one of the many survival games the contestants had to play a game using marbles and The Old Man was intrigued to find the location of his house instead of playing the game in a timely manner.
Despite being stressed about not finishing the game in time Gi-hun also highlighted the location looked familiar.
This discovery made fans adamant he was The Old Man’s son as they both recognised the neighbourhood as somewhere they used to live.
One viewer stated: “I think they would have revealed it when Gihun asks why Il-Nam let him live, something like: ‘-Why did you let me live?’ ‘-Well…because…I couldn’t let my own son die.’”
CandyCoated Muffin2 disagreed with Gi-Hun and The Old Man being related, and instead came up with another theory.
They commented: “I heard a theory that the recruiter in the train station is the creator’s son.”
The recruiter was only seen twice throughout Squid Game and his role was to entice people with financial hardship to join and take part.
Gi-Hun agreed to take part after the two played a paper flip challenge at a train station, where if he won a game he could take home 100,000 korean won (£62) but if he loses he gets slapped.
However, he got so caught up and eventually decided to join Squid Game, as a recruiter it would make sense if his father was The Old Man.
Especially after The Old Man revealed he was the creator of the entire game and it would make sense to have his son work for him.
LopsidedUniverity29 questioned the possibility of this and asked: “If so, he would have went to see Il-Nam’s body after he died, instead of the Front Man.”
Squid Game season one is available to stream on Netflix.
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