Perhaps the biggest twist in the entire first season of “Squid Game” occurs in the very last episode, when Gi-hun realizes that Player 001 is still alive — a shock, after he was seemingly eliminated in the marble game. How could he possibly have survived a fatal gunshot? As it turns out, Player 001 was protected all along: He was one of the obscenely wealthy masterminds behind the entire competition, who decided to create the games as a source of entertainment.
Despite his deception about his involvement in the games, Player 001’s reasons for joining remain pretty consistent throughout the show. As he originally tells his fellow competitors, he joined the competition for excitement, since his terminal illness means he doesn’t have long to live. He wanted to experience the adrenaline rush of competing in the life-or-death games, even if he knew he had a major advantage over the other players. Not only that, but he wanted to experience the game as a player, since he’d been observing the twisted “festivities” for years as a VIP.
“Squid Game” Season 1 is available to watch on Netflix in all of its twisted glory.