4. Han Mi-nyeo knew how to play the game the best.
Player 212 Mi-nyeo was the seductive manipulative contestant. Sure, it was annoying at times. But, she made her way through the ranks. Plus, she eliminated herself on her terms in the most epic way. She started as a scared woman who had a kid to take care of. This player wanted to get out of the game after witnessing what happened in red light green light. But then she came back with a plan. Player 212 would find who she thought were the most decisive players. And, she would intimate anyone who might ridicule or think of her as inferior. She was the only player who was not intimidated by player 101 Deok-su. So much that she often confronted him when he treated her like trash.
Not only did she laugh at Deok-su’s macho man persona, but she was not scared of the guards. Mi-nyeo told them things like “what are you looking at?!” She ate the completed dalgona on a guard’s face. That is without recounting how she covered for Sae-byeok when she went in the vents. And she sneaked cigarettes and a lighter in the game. However, the most badass thing she did was fulfilling the promise she made to Deok-su of being the one that kills him. It has to be one of the best deaths in the whole show. She was one unforgettable character that we are sure we’ll miss in season 2.
3. Did you notice Sae-Byeok’s accent change in Squid Game?
There are many details that we definitely missed when watching the show just because of the language barrier. Mainly because when you are watching a show with a language that you can’t understand or have any knowledge about, there is no way you can pick up accents because you don’t have a guide on how to enunciate some words. So this exciting but minor detail was missed by a lot of the non Korean-speaking audience, and we think it’s sweet and interesting to put on this list. Sae-byeuk has a sad back story of surviving and escaping the dictatorship of North Korea to have a better life, but leaving behind her family.
The only family she brought with her was her little brother, who is in the system while finding the resources to give him a better life and get her parents to South Korea. So while talking to her little brother, her accent is a bit different, and it’s intended to make him feel more comfortable, Sae-byeok uses her natural North Korean accent. The rest of the time, when she’s talking with other people, she uses a fake accent to hide that she is from the north, something that someone might use against her. This is one of the reasons why at first, she is so hesitant of trusting anyone else but herself.
The grand winner of Squid Game, player 456, Gi-hun, might have a lot of compassion and suffered as much as anyone else in the games. However, even when he came out victorious, he didn’t do it by himself; there are many instances throughout the whole series where if it weren’t because of the help of someone else, he would have been long gone. In the first game, after seeing people getting shot at, he was in complete shock. If it weren’t because of player 199, he would have died. The second game was the only one where he was the one that came up with the idea to lick the dalgona to make it.
One of the saddest things about the Squid Game is seeing your favorite characters die, especially in the most tragic ways. For the bad guys, it maybe was a bit of a celebration of sorts. However, the show foreshadows some of their deaths in an earlier moment, making them ironic. For example, player 101 Deok-su jumped a bridge to escape the mob that was going to kill him. He later died the same way but at the hands of Mi-nyeo. Speaking of Mi-nyeo, her death is similar to the arched position she and her team used to win the tug-of-war, a back spot that she even said made her feel empowered.
Before Ali made it to the games, he stole the money that was rightfully his from his boss. In the marble game, he died because Sang-woo stole all his marbles. (It is also important to note that Ali saw Sang-woo as mature and in a boss-like position of respect.) Sae-byeok has a scar on her neck and threatens to kill the man that lost the money she needed to save her family. She later dies with Sang-woo slashing her throat. Speaking of Sang-woo, he almost killed himself in a hotel room before the games. Of course, he later did when he stabbed himself to let Gi-hun win.