According to player 218, he killed player 067 because he knew that player 456 wouldn’t, which would affect the final game where the winner would have been decided.
Squid Game is Netflix’s breakout story. The most-watched series on the platform is premised on, “Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.” The main characters of the story include protagonist, Seong Gi-Hun, and main supporting lead characters, Kang Sae-byeok and Cho Sang-Woo.
This fact was emphasised by the order the characters died in the story. Respectively, in the game, their player numbers were 456, 067 and 218. Arguably, one of the most polarising deaths was that of player 067. Spoiler alert, the rest of the article will share spoilers. The death of player 067 was polarising because of the manner in which it is introduced, more than how it concluded.
During the fifth game, ahead of the final game, they became the last remaining players. They had just played the glass bridge, where they had to trek across two glass bridges in an attempt to not step on the fragile glass steps, which would lead to death. However, after they survived, the remaining glass was blasted, resulting in glass fragments everywhere, with one stabbing player 067 in the abdomen. This resulted in a deep cut which would have required stitches.
When player 456 discovered player 067’s cut, he attempted to get medical attention, as he believed that the game, in order to maintain fairness, would need to keep her alive and fit for the last challenge. When the medics eventually came, he was relieved. However, he soon realised that they had brought a coffin instead of medical supplies. Looking back at player 067, he realised that player 218 had slit her throat, a decision he explains he took because he knew that player 456 would not have.