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The Squid Game Scene That Had Fans In Tears

Netflix's "Squid Game" is a visually stunning feast for the senses, and its gripping plot and interesting characters are more than enough to keep you watching. The end result is a global mega-hit that keeps smashing huge Netflix records on a seemingly weekly basis, and with Season 2 of the show already in the works, the survival drama phenomenon shows no signs of stopping its domination in the immediate future. 

"Squid Game" has lots of things going for it, but its arguably biggest strength is its ability to disturb the viewer with dramatic moments and shocking losses. The show is absolutely packed with scenes that take beloved characters away from you, and moments that reek of genuine human desperation. However, fans have noted that one particular scene stands out among all the emotional carnage, to the point that it has a tendency to make viewers openly weep. Let's take a look at the "Squid Game" scene that had fans in tears. 

Il-nam's marble game moment has fans in tears

The ending of "Squid Game" Episode 6, "Gganbu," is one continuous tearjerker. For some, the most touching moment of the episode may be the crestfallen Ali (Anupam Tripathi) realizing that Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo) has abused his trust to win their marble game. Others could point at the devastating final exchange between Sae-byeok (Jung Ho-yeon) and Ji-yeong (Lee Yoo-mi).

However, the one scene that has made many fans cry is the very one referenced in the title. The marble game between Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) and Il-nam (O Yeong-su) is a tragic one, and the desperate protagonist ends up abusing the trust of the slowly deteriorating old man ... that is, until Il-nam reveals that his apparent dementia has been at least a partial ploy, and calls out Gi-hun's dishonesty. Nevertheless, the old man opts to voluntarily lose, having earlier declared Gi-hun his trusted friend, ggambu. 

In various Reddit threads discussing the episode, multiple redditors have admitted to crying their heart out during this scene. "I cried like a f****** B**** when Il-nam died, it reminded me so much of my grandfather who had dementia before he passed. The plot twist felt like a personal betrayal," one viewer wrote. "When 001 still gave him the marble even though he knew he betrayed him and then said he made his time there a good time ... I have never cried harder in my life," another redditor concurred.

Of course, anyone who has seen "Squid Game" knows that the moment is not quite what it seems, and as a result, Ali's final moments have retroactively taken the "saddest 'Squid Game' death" top spot for many. Nevertheless, when you first see it, the seemingly final scene of Il-nam is enough to bring a tear in your eye.