Warning: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 of Squid game.
Squid game reigns supreme over Netflix, conquering the world by assault and potentially ruining (or reigniting!) and since the first season aired in mid-September, fans have been pushing for a new season and devouring theories like Seong Gi-hun licking feverishly this Dalgona candy. A popular theory that is currently circulating involves Ali (played by Anupam Tripathi). Namely that he is alive.
We last see Ali in Game 4, the Marbles, when he naively agrees to switch games with his partner Cho Sang-Woo, then naively to the power of ten, lets Cho hold his marbles as he wanders. on the playing field looking for competition. Well, Cho tricked Ali, who ends the game without his marbles and is quickly shot in the head by a keeper.
Law? May be.
Is Ali alive?
The theory is simple: since we don’t actually see Ali killed on screen, his fate may be similar to that of Oh Il-nam, the old man who we are also made to believe was killed afterwards. have lost the same match.
Still, we see Ali in a coffin later in this episode, which gives Ali Is Alive fans a lot to explain. Still, many are upset by the lack of resolution of his family’s fate, a scenario we would have expected.
Bringing Ali back, however, would undoubtedly be a mistake; this would downplay the consequentialist nature of the fourth game and the emotional decisions made by the characters in it. Ali’s betrayal marked the most significant character turning point in the series with Cho Sang-Woo completing what in the first game was just a gentle form of self-preservation. (In the first game, he helps Seong Gi-hun, but only out of guilt. In the second game, he is ready to hide information from his teammates. In the fourth game, he has to actively confront and sabotage them.)
Ali is Alive’s theories, however, illustrate the issues with not showing a character die onscreen, especially in the age of creepy fan theories; information not displayed is information that can be used for speculation.
Ali is dead. There is no other way to write it satisfactorily.
But justice for his family – come on Gi-hun, this one is on you, my brother.
Who else is alive?
Yes Squid game is to continue into Season 2 – and pick up chronologically after the Season 1 finale – we might see the return of at least one character who was believed to be dead.
That character will likely be Detective Hwang Jun-ho, who was shot and killed by his brother, the game’s former winner and Front Man, at the end of the first season.
Hwang is both a character we don’t actually see die for, and one whose backstory seems under-explored. Her brother will continue to be a major figure, and it seems natural to maintain the tension between the siblings.
Expect an ocean resurrection though Squid game moves to season 2.
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