Seong Gi-hun: I wanna know why you joined us?
Oh Il-nam: Oh, well, in my childhood I always had so much fun out doing things with all of my friends. We'd lose track of time for hours. I wanted to just... feel something just one last time before I die. And you are not going to get that feeling if you are just going to spectate. And I desperately wanted that.
Seong Gi-hun: And so... did playing do that then?
Oh Il-nam: Hell yeah. You asked why I let you live. By joining and playing with you I got that chance to feel again. Thanks to you I got to remember all these things that I had forgotten long ago. It had been such a long time since I was able to have that much fun.
Cho Sang-woo: Gi-hun! Your life is so damn pathetic, and here's why. It's because you always gotta open your mouth and ask something idiotic. Because you're a nosy-ass idiot who's too slow to keep it shut. Someone who always has to get into trouble but somehow can't tell he's in it.
Seong Gi-hun: Okay. That's right. That's how I got caught in all this. Because I was slow, crazy incompetent. Just a dimwit who lives off his mother, but you're with me in this place. Isn't that interesting? Why is that? Ssangmun-dong's golden child, the genius Cho Sang-woo, who went to SNU was here? Rolling around this sh*thole, slamming with us, simpletons, huh! Is it my fault that you're here?
Seong Gi-hun: In my town, we had a game called the "Squid Game." We called it that because it's played in a court shaped like a squid. The rules are simple. Children are divided into two groups, the offense and the defense. Once the game starts, the defense can run around on two feet within bounds, while the offense outside the lines are only allowed to hop on one foot. But if an attacker cuts through the waist of the squid passing defense, then they are given freedom to use both feet. Inspector royal. For whatever reason, we called that the inspector royal. When we were ready for the final battle, all the attackers gathered at the entrance to the squid. In order to win, the attackers must tap the small closed-off space on the squid's head with their foot. But if someone on the defense manages to push you outside of the squid's boundaries, you die. That's right. You die. Victory. Once you tap the squid's head, you win and yell out, "Victory." At that moment, I felt as if I owned the entire world, exhilarated.