*Major spoilers for Squid Game season 1 below!*
It's no mystery that Netflix's latest K-drama thriller, Squid Game, has taken the world by storm (seriously, there's already a ton of Halloween costumes online). The show follows 456 desperate contestants who compete with each other in a mysterious and deadly survival game. They must play multiple rounds of childhood games to win $38.5 million that can help with their troubles. The only issue? À la Hunger Games, losses result in death.
While Seong Gi-hun is the protagonist of Squid Game, there are hundreds of other players like 067 and 212 in the competition. Han Mi-nyeo (a.k.a player 212)'s motives to join the game are unclear. Over the course of the show, she's willing to say or do anything to survive — which also caused a frenzy among some fans who are on the fence. Based on Twitter reactions, fans either love or hate Han Mi-nyeo.
So, if you're in the middle of your binge-watch wondering who player 212 is, find all the details here.
Who portrays Player 212 on Squid Game?
Han Mi-nyeo is played by 45-year-old Korean actress Kim Joo-Ryoung. Kim had a role in the 2012 film Sleepless Night as well as the 2018 historical drama, Mr. Sunshine.
Why does Han Mi-nyeo join the game?
Unlike Han, we don't really know much of Han Mi-nyeo's backstory. Itt's revealed in episode 2 that she may have a newborn child who she hadn't even named yet. Later on, the players return to the game after being released. One of them makes a sarcastic remark about Han coming back, wondering if she had named her child at that point. It's unclear what her particular motives are in the game, but there could be a chance that she joined the game to provide for her new child.
Is there any significance to Player 212?
In short, yes. Depending on viewers' interpretations, Han can be seen as a villain in the game. She's heavily involved with player 101, Jang Deok-su, throughout the duration of the series because they're both egocentric and play the game for survival and self-gain. Jang constantly bullies Han, however, as he tries to remain superior to her. In the end, Han's fear of Jang equates to her fear of death and ultimately affects her strategies of survival.
Does Player 212 survive?
When she and Jang cross the bridge, Han's character development comes into play, albeit minor. In an attempt to take him down, she kills him and herself to escape the reality of her living through his bullying. rather than letting Jang bully her and live. This not only shows that Jang possesses a lack of bravery, but that Han ends up having more principles than he did (although, it seemed to have been for revenge). While her death preaches the entire moral compass of the game, it also proves that growth is growth, no matter how small.
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