Player 240 died in Squid Game by sacrificing her life for newly found friend, player 067, because she still had a younger brother in the outside world.
One of the fleeting but impactful characters on Netflix’s hit show, Squid Game is Ji-yeong, also known as player 240. She did not feature heavily during the beginning of the nine-episode series, which 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.”
However, her first real appearance in the story occurs during episode four. She appears during the selection process for the third game, tug of war. She is chosen by the female lead character, Kang Sae-byeok, who is also known as player 067. At the time, 067 was instructed not to choose a female partner to bring to the nuclear group, because the team was looking for men. Though they did not know what the challenge would be, they recognised that any challenge would require strength.
However, player 067 recognised semblances of herself in 240, which is understood as the reason for her choosing her. Her death would come in the sixth episode, Gganbu. This is where the fourth game took place. Since they bonded in the previous games and spent time together in the communal sleeping quarters, when the remaining contestants were made to team up in pairs of two, they chose each other. Only to find out that they were playing against each other, because the point of the marble game was for one person to acquire all 10 marbles the other member has, in order to survive the deadly consequences.
Instead of playing for each marble, they decided to use the time to get to know each other, and with the last remaining seconds to play a winner-takes-all single round. During their conversation, the viewers learn that player 240 just got out of jail and has no family relations. After hearing about player 067’s young brother who was in an orphanage at the time, moreover, that he was her motivation, player 240 sacrificed her life to ensure that player 067 gets back to her brother.