After a year of ruminating about his win, Seung Gi-hun alters his appearance and caps it off by dyeing his hair red in Squid Game — but why?
Warning! SPOILERS ahead for Squid Game.
At the end of Squid Game, Seong Gi-hun/No. 456 (Lee Jung-jae) dyed his hair red — why? Netflix found their latest hit in the South Korean dark comedy centered on a group of people joining a survival game. Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, Squid Game was immensely popular upon release and quickly became the Netflix’s number one streaming offering in several countries.
Inspired by South Korea’s penchant for game shows, Squid Game starts with 456 people vying for a massive cash prize. While the show focuses on several players, its true lead is arguably Gi-hun. A divorced chauffeur with a gambling problem, Gi-hun was enticed to join Squid Game after being recruited by the salesman (Gong Yoo). Strapped for cash and hopeful to provide a better life for his daughter, Gi-hun decides to take the offer and try his luck in winning 45.6 billion won. At first, the set-up seemed harmless: contestants compete to play various traditional Korean children’s games. However, it soon became clear that there’s more to it than that, as each level features an increasingly deadlier twist.