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Why did Gi-Hun dye his hair red in Squid Game finale?

Ellissa Bain September 27, 2021

Viewers have some unanswered questions about new series Squid Game, like why did Gi-Hun dye his hair red?

The South Korean drama dropped on Netflix last week and is proving to be one of the most popular series’ of the year.

In the show, a group of 456 people who have all struggled financially in life are invited to play a life-threatening survival competition where the winner gets ₩45.6 billion.

Squid Game stars some of South Korea’s biggest actors, including Park Hae-soo and Wi Ha-joon and Lee Jung-Jae, who plays character Seong Gi-Hun.

At the end of the series, Gi-Hun dyes his hair red, but why? Here are some fan theories.

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Squid Game Season 1 ending explained

At the end of Squid Game, Sang-woo kills himself in the final game, leading Gi-Hun to be released from the island with a credit card containing the prize money.

Gi-Hun then travels home to find that his mother has passed away, before being invited back to play one final game with the ‘grandmaster’ who is actually Il-nam.

Il-nam explains to him that he and a group of other wealthy individuals hold regular Squid Game tournaments around the world, and he later dies.

Gi-Hun then gives a large amount of his prize money to Sang-woo’s mother.

Gi-Hun dyes his hair red in the final scene

In the final scene, Gi-Hun is on the way to the airport and has dyed his hair red.

Whilst at the airport, he runs into another person being asked to take part in the Squid Game and takes his gold card.

He then phones the number on the card, connects to another ‘gamemaster’, Jun-ho’s brother, and hints that he is going to find out who runs the Squid Game and take them down.

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Why did he dye his hair?

Fans have come up with a few different theories as to why Gi-Hun dyed his hair red.

Many think it was a sign that he had defeated the Squid Game, won the prize money and become a new person.

Others suggest it represents the blood that will be spilled when he takes down the owners of the Squid Game in the future.

One YouTuber called Minhoaurs also noticed that the man in the last battle had his hair dyed, and so did Gi-Hun.

“In short, I think the dyed hair can be seen as a belief in the possibilities and the natural personalities of humans,” he said in a video.

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Ellissa is an award-winning entertainment journalist who writes about all things pop-culture, celebrity and social media. She's a social media expert who always has an eye on Instagram and TikTok, keen to stay updated with the latest trends. She graduated with a BA in History and Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London and loves everything fashion and travel when she’s not busy at work.