Does The Cop Die in 'Squid Game'?

Does The Cop Die in 'Squid Game'?

One of the memorable characters on the show is police officer Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha Joon) who is looking for his elder brother who has gone missing.

Squid Game was a gripping saga of the 456 who participate in a high stakes game to be able to win ₩45.6 billion (US$38.7 million) prize by playing children's games. The disturbing Korean series has been making waves and is on its way to becoming the most popular Netflix series. And for good reason. Squid Game is enthralling and manages to capture the viewer's attention, as we wait on the edge of our seats, to find out how the deadly games will come to an end. 

For those who are still catching up, there are spoilers ahead.


One of the memorable characters on the show is Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha Joon) a police officer, who is looking for his elder brother who has gone missing. When the show protagonist, Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung Jae) approaches the cops after the games are suspended the first time, Jun-ho overhears his description of the murderous games. No one pays mind to it since it seems like the ramblings of a mad man. But when Jun-ho finds the same business card that Gi-hun and showed the police at his brother's house, he is intrigued by the story.

Jun-ho decides to pursue this but without co-operation from Gi-hun, he ends up following the van that abducts the players and infiltrates the game center as one of the workers in the red suit. 

Does Hwang Jun-ho Die in 'Squid Game'?

We follow Jun-ho as he manages to quickly adapt as the gamekeeper. He soon gets involved in a group that harvests the organs of the dead players from the game. At gunpoint, he learns from one of the other gamekeepers about the record room in the boss' chambers. There he manages to find out that his brother had participated in these games himself and was the winner a few years ago, in 2015. 

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As the games proceed, Jun-ho once again disguises himself as one of the servers and finds the masked The Front Man entertaining several foreign VIPs in a room where they place bets on who will survive the games. Jun-ho manages to record a confession out of one of the VIPs and makes a run for it. He is soon caught by The Front Man and it is revealed that he is none other than his missing brother In-ho. He shoots his brother and we see him fall off the cliff.

Jun-ho's narrative ends there in the first season but it's safe to say, he is probably still alive. When In-ho shoots his brother, he aims at his shoulder and we never really see his body after that. But we see throughout the series how resourceful Jun-ho is and he could have just as easily managed to slip away. On the other hand, if he had managed to escape, then the police would have closed in on the games. But the games went on and Gi-hun even wins the prize. Several years later, Gi-hun is still out and about. We hear nothing about Jun-ho though.

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That's not to say Jun-ho is not alive. The series has been renewed for another season and chances are we will be able to see an explanation. Perhaps Jun-ho lost the recorded evidence as he fell off the cliff. And in the off-chance that it did not get destroyed, and he managed to file the evidence, it was brushed off considering the VIPs were all influential people who could easily pay off for the case to be hushed up.

We will only know when the second season drops.


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