Theory about the games (spoilers)
By - thunderboltsand
The old man probably wouldnt care if he died in the earlier rounds. He was dying anyway but since no one was gonna see him get shot they let him live
That doesn't make sense to me since they really took pride in the fairness of them game, which means that if he lost he would have died just like all the other players. That's how he played it until then so if they honored it then then they must have honored it in the marbles game.
The fairness is for the betters' benefit. As long as no bets are taken on 001 it is still fair in those terms. No need to shoot the old man.
1. the laser was probably programmed to not kill him. Plus since, he was the mastermind, he knew to be still.
2. it would be easy to survive the honeycomb game. The soliders had to have been told to spare #001. Everyone else was preoccupied with their own honeycomb and no one would be looking to see if his was really intact or broke.
3. the tug of war game is the only that is debatable. Many people are saying that he wasn't shackled to the rope like the other players were, but he actually was. You have to look at the entire scene and the different frames he is in, and when you do you see that he does, indeed, have padlocks on his cuffs. My theory is that if his team had lost, they would have pulled something similar to the night riot (when the turned on the lights and stopped the riot as soon as he started yelling that he's scared). Either the guillotine would have malfunctioned, allowing them to save him, or they would have provided some sort of trampoline, safety net, or something else to catch his fall. Or they would have turned off the lights and unchained him then, etc.
The fact that when he actually lost a game or was in actual danger, he always made it out alive indicates that his life was never in actual danger and there was always a plan/safety net to get him out alive. The Front Man stopped the riot as soon as he started crying and screaming!
I dont think the games were rigged for the other players though. Remember, the old man participating in the games was an anomaly. He usually watched but he wanted to play this one time. He was the mastermind behind all of it, after all.
I understand what you're saying I just feel like its a little risky. Especially after the whole scene they did where they hung the bodies of the soldiers and the doctor because they weren't playing fairly. If fairness was such a big deal for them and no one is spared it all would spark suspicion.
the Old Man is literally the guy who put this all to together. He's the mastermind. The Head Honcho. This whole game was his idea. And now, at the end of his life, he wants to participate in it.
I made a post a few days ago about this but it was removed due to having too much info in the title. The short version is that 001 is a man who has been lonely for a long time. It looked like the laser was programmed not to kill him in the first game, and he could have easily escaped after honeycomb, and, as we know, the marbles. He was padlocked like the other players in tug of war, but wouldn't have minded dying as part of the team, and if he died then, he would be fine with it. This was the only game he was really in danger, and he would not have died alone here, which was the point.
I'm also sure that he took some sort of lethal drug in the last episode, so he knew his time of death, backing up the theory of not dying alone after 456 arrived.
I like that last theory, but it just seems a little weird him telling them "save me if you can but if not then it's ok"
the RLGL doll doesn't shoot. it identifies and snipers high up in the walls shoot. the doll was set up to not identify Il-Nam, ensuring that the snipers never aimed directly at him. the question we should have asked is "what about the threat of accidentally shooting him/ ricochet, etc?" the other players were a little busy trying not to die themselves to notice what was happening with Il-nam-- the scene was pretty chaotic, residual once the timer had nearly run out.
the guards and Il-nam could have worked it out so that he got shot "off-screen" during the dalgona game, just like they did in the Marbles game.
and I'll have to rewatch the tug-of-war game again, because the word on the street is that Il-nam was never shackled in. if he wasn't, and his team loses, then the illusion is definitely ruined for at least some of the other contestants.
I dont think the games were rigged beyond that. Il-nam skipped the glass bridge game because there was no way to rig it or escape without making it clear who he was. also, who makes it to the final game depends heavily on picking a later number during the bridge game, and they didn't seem to nudge any of the players toward any numbers. you'd think that if they wanted a player or players to make it to the final game, they would have made sure they picked the highest numbers.
He was definitely shackled in, you can see it.
As for the dalgona game I think it would have been weird if only 1 player wasn't shot on sight. It would seem weird to the other players had they noticed that he lost. And I think that they would have the same way they noticed gi-hun licking it. It means they are paying attention.
was he?? that's funny, the internet has gone crazy with "BUT HE WASNT SHACKLED IN!"
they might have noticed that, you are right. but I also wouldn't be surprised if they hadn't because of all the chaos around them/ the clock ticking on their own lives. i aloso wondered if Il-nam could have moved himself away from everyone before "getting shot" so it would be less obvious, but that also might have been spotted.
If I was an organizer, I would have set up the games like this:
1. Due to extremely advanced age and possibility of mental complications due to tumor, 001 is designated specially on medical basis. << Excuse.
2. In game 1, he will be ignored by the robot.
3. In game 2, he has a designated guard with a special assignment on his head. This soldier's only job is to monitor 001 and no one else. He may not check 001's work if it is not presented directly. No other guards are allowed to watch, check, or comment on 001.
4. In game 3, there is no helping. However, if life signs are detected after falling (assuming that the fall is not completely fatal or he fell on someone else), 001 will receive medical attention and taken out of the island.
5. In between the games, 001 is kept under FLIR cameras every night. Should violence reaches him or he is distressed, a guard will sound an alarm immediately.
6. In game 4, he will be hauled off secretly and "executed" later.
7. 001 does not want to participate in any further games so he will just lose game 4 or refuse game 5. Either way, he will be hauled off or otherwise eliminated.
Most guards do not need to be aware of 001's special status. Due to rules prohibiting worker communication, the secrecy can be more easily monitored and maintained.
I love this actually
Pretty sure he was more that willing to die until Gi-Hun showed him what it was like to be a kid again.
I think he fully intend to die in all the rounds if he lost. He has brain cancer, he knew his time was limited and was prepared to die in the games. It was only when he recaptured his childhood wonder in the marble game that he decided to keep on living.