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W–Two Worlds: Episode 3

It’s another fun episode of inter-dimensional hijinks, with even more embarrassment than last time. Apparently no one taught our heroine the concept of conflict escalation, because if every time you wanted to leave the manhwa world, you had to top the last exit you made… well, it leaves her with some pretty interesting (not to mention harebrained) options. And to think, it’s only the third episode! Oh, the possibilities.

 

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

After being sucked into the world of her father’s manhwa a second time, Yeon-joo runs over to Dad’s workshop, only to discover that he’s packed up all his things and disappeared again. His assistant Su-bong tells her in this shell-shocked voice that Dad fired them all and left, so the rest of the staff has gone home.

Su-bong says that no matter how he looks at it, there’s something odd going on: He told Yeon-joo that Kang Chul was dying, but then Chul was alive, and then her dad fired them all. He points to his computer screen, showing a frame of Yeon-joo in the webtoon, and says that this means she’s… her, and she went in the manhwa, saved Kang Chul, and came back out.

Even as he’s saying all this, Su-bong doesn’t look convinced: “The thing that doesn’t make sense is, it doesn’t make sense that it appeared in a way that makes sense! But then the thing that doesn’t make sense started to make sense…” He looks back and forth between the screen and Yeon-joo, realizing that she’s wearing the exact same clothes.

Speaking slowly so as not to shatter his fragile mental state, Yeon-joo points out how much this dress costs, and asks Su-bong whether he thinks she’d spend her own money on clothes like this, and who else would blow that much money without batting an eye.

Su-bong tries his damnedest not to say Kang Chul’s name, like saying it out loud would confirm that he’s lost his mind. But in the end he whispers it, and Yeon-joo asks, “Now do you believe me?” He’s so shocked that his legs give out and he falls to the floor, and when she runs over to help him up, he screams and crawls away from her like he’s seen a ghost, ha.

Once he’s recovered, Su-bong chatters away like a geeky fanboy, asking how Yeon-joo goes inside the manhwa, and whether he can go too. She doesn’t know how she gets transported there, but she has learned a few things, like the fact that the manhwa world revolves around Kang Chul, and anything that doesn’t involve him directly gets skipped over.

She tells him that time passes differently too, because that’s also Chul-centric. Su-bong doesn’t see how that’s possible, but Yeon-joo reminds him that the serial manhwa has existed for seven years in their world, but in the story, it’s been fifteen years of Chul’s life.

Yeon-joo adds that returning to this world is also dependent on Chul, because something narratively significant has to happen to end an episode, which is why she “had to do that…” She trails off, and Su-bong gasps, “The kiss?! You really kissed Kang Chul?!”

She yells defensively that she had to come up with something to surprise him and end the episode, but Su-bong looks skeptical and says that’s just an excuse: “Everyone knows you’re a Kang Chul fan!” LOL. And then he follows it up with detailed questions about how the kiss felt. Maybe someday you’ll get to kiss him too.

Yeon-joo lies that she didn’t have time to feel anything, and insists that Kang Chul isn’t just a manhwa character—he’s a real person. Su-bong: “Is he cool?” She confirms it, of course, and I swear they both swoon simultaneously. He asks about Chul’s assistant So-hee too, though he seems most interested in the size of her chest. He wonders why he’s talking about these people as if they were real, but Yeon-joo says they ARE real.

Su-bong remembers now that Dad said he’d end the manhwa tonight, and guesses that he’s going to try to kill Kang Chul off again. Alarmed, Yeon-joo starts digging around in Dad’s office for clues, remembering what he’d said about killing Kang Chul on Hangang Bridge when he had the chance.

Su-bong says that storyline is from 2009, so she digs through Dad’s old notebooks and finds a note scrawled in one of them: “Yeon-joo has left. I am now alone…”

She flashes back to the day she moved out of this house to go live with Mom. Inside, Dad looked broken and weary, and spent all of his days drinking alone. He thought, “I am the only one left in this house. I have no family now.”

He was so depressed that he couldn’t see the point of continuing his work, and decided to kill his main character and end the manhwa then and there. He got to work and drew Kang Chul standing on that bridge, about to end it all, and drew him jumping into the river below with a big splash.

But when Dad woke up the next morning and went to his desk to go turn in the final issue to his publisher, he was stunned to see that his own drawings had changed. His eyes wide with shock, he stared at the image of Kang Chul hanging onto the bridge for dear life, and he’d thought, “He’s still alive! He was hanging on by one hand… all through the night…”

He wondered if he just imagined drawing Kang Chul’s death the night before in a drunken stupor, but he sat down at his desk again and thought, “But it feels like a divine revelation—to be strong again.” So he picked up his pen and decided to save Kang Chul.

As Yeon-joo closes the book (hur) on 2009, we see how in 2010, the manhwa took on a new life, as Kang Chul’s story sped up to young adulthood and the success of his venture company. He became rich enough to buy a broadcast station, in the hopes of catching his family’s killer.

With the help of Ajusshi (his father’s friend, the one who visited him in prison), Chul launched a criminal investigation TV show called W, short for “Who and Why,” intent on answering those questions about his family’s tragedy.

At the same time, Dad’s manhwa skyrocketed him to fame, and suddenly there were lines out the door to get his autograph, and he was a featured guest on the evening news. Dad was proud that he’d finally succeeded, and was sure that Mom was regretting leaving him now.

But the strange incidents continued—at times his drawings would change on him, as if Kang Chul didn’t like the direction of the story. Right before his eyes, a frame of Kang Chul driving angrily shifted, so that he was suddenly facing Dad and smiling as his speech bubble got rewritten to ask, “Where am I going?” AHH! That’s so freaky!

Dad wondered if it was the alcohol, or if he was going mad, and his paranoia grew day by day. Suddenly the close-up drawing of Kang Chul’s eyes hanging on the wall felt like they were watching his every move, and Dad thought, “He’s alive. That bastard is alive—I can feel it for certain. How? How is he alive?”

In the present, Yeon-joo reaches Dad’s notes in 2016, which are filled with research into violent car wrecks and other ways to die. On the last page is one last word: “Monster” and that copy of Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son. We see that as Dad wrote the note on the back about devouring Kang Chul before he gets devoured instead, he’d traced everything back to that day that Kang Chul should’ve jumped off the bridge and drowned… except he didn’t.

Yeon-joo returns to the hospital in the morning with a splitting headache, and avoids crossing paths with her boss Professor Crazy Dog when she sees him scowling over the latest webtoon episode on his phone. But she’s plagued with the image of that kiss wherever she goes, because literally everybody in the friggin’ country is reading it on their phones that morning. Yeon-joo sighs to herself that it’s like a hidden camera scheme that the whole country is in on.

Su-bong calls to say that he still can’t believe it’s all true, and asks Yeon-joo how she went to Kang Chul’s world the second time if he didn’t pull her in like the first time. He argues that if there are rules about how she gets out of his world, there ought to be rules about how to get there. And the real mystery, he points out, is—why her?

On the other end, Yeon-joo’s headache gets worse and worse, and suddenly she faints and drops her phone. Su-bong calls out to her, but when we cut back to the bus stop, Yeon-joo is gone. A woman finds her purse and phone abandoned and tells Su-bong, who gapes and runs to the bus stop to collect Yeon-joo’s things.

In Kang Chul’s world, his assistant So-hee goes to clean up Chul’s mess at the clothing store, and finds out from the manager that Yeon-joo slapped Chul, kissed him, and then the pair went into the dressing room together for a loooong time. Ha. The manager says the thing Chul wanted to keep under wraps wasn’t that stuff though—it was the fact that Yeon-joo disappeared.

So-hee doesn’t understand, but neither does the store manager, since she claims that Yeon-joo went in the dressing room but never came out. So-hee wants to see the dressing room for herself, and when she opens the door, she finds Yeon-joo passed out on the floor.

As soon as she calls Chul to tell him, he whirls his car around to go back to the store. He stops them from calling emergency and scoops Yeon-joo up in his arms, deciding that he’ll take her straight to the hotel (where he lives), and doesn’t want hospitals involved. He tells So-hee to call the doctor over to his place, and flashes her a smile so she’ll do as he asks. Well that’s just infuriatingly cute. So-hee is understandably flabbergasted.

As Chul gets Yeon-joo into his car, she opens her eyes for a brief moment and wonders why she’s back here. He wonders the same thing, and she murmurs that she doesn’t know.

Chul carries her inside to his penthouse suite, where a detective is waiting to talk to him about that strange suspect Oh Yeon-joo. Chul tries not to look suspicious holding Yeon-joo so that her face is hidden from the detective, and says it’s not a big deal if they can’t find her. The detective insists that they will, and pauses to look back at Chul as he carries the mystery woman into his room.

Bodyguard Do-yoon follows him in as Chul tucks her into bed, and then just sticks his hand up in the air. Do-yoon stares at Chul’s hand for a long beat before deciding to slap it in a high-five. Pfft, that was what you wanted?

Chul says that the key to his life is finally in his hands, and then tilts his head to look at her closely. Chul: “Is this woman pretty? Is this pretty? Why does everyone say she’s pretty?” Do-yoon is puzzled by his question.

It’s nighttime when Yeon-joo peels her eyes open, and Chul sits down next to her and says the dizziness is from the medicine the doctor gave her. He says it’s not a serious illness and checks her forehead again.

She asks drowsily where they are, and when he says it’s his place, she asks if it’s the penthouse on the 33rd floor. He’s surprised again that she knows so much about him, and she says she knows lots, like the fact that his family died suddenly, and he goes from hotel to hotel without a home ever since.

He prods her to tell him what else she knows, and she murmurs that he sleeps with a gun under his pillow every night even though it’s illegal, but he can’t sleep without it. That’s definitely not something many people know, and Chul’s expression darkens as he asks how she knows that.

Yeon-joo: “Because I saw it.” Dude, what kind of drugs did you feed her? Was there truth potion involved? She says that the scene that made her saddest was the one on Hangang Bridge: “I cried with you then, thinking that Kang Chul might really kill himself.” She starts to cry in her sleepy haze as she says this, and he’s struck by how much she seems to really know about him.

We see Chul’s body sinking in the river on the day that he was supposed to die, except this time he opens his eyes underwater. It’s a dream, and Chul is startled awake with a jolt. Hm, is he starting to remember the manhwa as Dad originally drew it?

Chul is clutching his gun in his hand when he wakes up, and he looks over at Yeon-joo, who’s still fast asleep. He gets up to walk around, but as soon as the bedroom doors open, he comes face to face with the black-hooded assassin, raising a gun right in Chul’s face.

Everything slows down for a split-second, and Chul is able to swing his body around defensively and push the killer away from Yeon-joo. When his bedroom doors safely close, he whirls around and kicks the gun out of the killer’s hand, and a fistfight ensues.

Kang Chul is fast, but the killer seems stronger and manages to get him in a chokehold. Chul tries to get a look at the killer’s face, but he’s hooded front AND back, like some scary faceless ninja.

For whatever reason, the killer sees an opportunity to flee and knocks Chul off his feet before dashing to the elevator. Determined not to let him get away, Chul scrambles up and runs to catch the elevator doors before they close.

He manages to get his hands squeezed in there before they shut, and he pries the doors open with a triumphant, almost evil smile… only to find the elevator empty. What the?

And in Dad’s motel room, he finally cracks and throws his computer on the floor—the drawing on the screen is of the assassin pointing his gun at Chul—and Dad starts attacking it with anything he can get his hands on, like a madman. He thwacks the screen over and over with a fire extinguisher, until the glass shatters.

Terrified, Dad crawls away from it and just runs out of the room, leaving all his drawing equipment behind. Oh, that seems like a bad idea…

Chul’s guards run back up in the aftermath of the attack and sheepishly report that they got a call from Do-yoon’s number to meet him downstairs, but the call wasn’t from him at all. Chul picks up the killer’s gun and slumps back down in his chair next to Yeon-joo, who has slept peacefully through all of this.

He looks up at the ceiling with a defiant glare—at whomever is up there trying to kill him—and thinks, “I will come find you soon. Wait for me.”

In the morning, Yeon-joo wakes up confused about how she ended up in Kang Chul’s bedroom, and jumps when Do-yoon comes in to tell her that she collapsed from overworking. She considers the two-month time-jump that she was technically awake for, and guesses that it could be the cause of exhaustion.

Do-yoon tells her that Chul will be back to have lunch with her, and that there’s a change of clothes in the bathroom. She takes a tour of the expansive bathroom in her robe, and her eyes bug out to see two pairs of lacy, barely-there underthings laid out for her. She picks up the black bra like it might burst into flames, and then remembers Su-bong’s warning about being summoned here against her will.

She runs back out to the bedroom and digs around for Chul’s gun, and finds it under his pillow, just like she’d said. Chul arrives at the elevator and doesn’t like that Do-yoon left Yeon-joo in there alone, though Do-yoon thinks it’s unreasonable to keep tabs on her while she’s showering.

Meanwhile, Yeon-joo is in the bathroom having a decision crisis: She holds a gun in one hand and the black see-through bra in the other hand, looking back and forth between them trying to figure out which is the lesser of two evils.

She wonders what on earth she’s supposed to do, and then when she hears Chul and Do-yoon open the door and walk into the bathroom, she shuts her eyes, whirls around, and opens her bathrobe to flash them. HAHAHAHAHA. I guess lingerie won out.

Both boys freeze in their tracks, though Kang Chul is characteristically cool as a goddamn cucumber. Do-yoon, on the other hand, looks like his eyeballs might pop out of his head. He backs out of the room slowly, though not before looking her up and down. He whirls So-hee around when she arrives a second later, stammering that Chul and Yeon-joo need some alone-time to talk.

Yeon-joo finally pops one of her eyes open, and is mortified to see Chul just smiling back at her like she’s amusing but crazy. He points out that she’s at it again, and wonders what she wants to do with him this time. She cringes and closes her robe with a “never mind,” and before he can finish asking her why, she pulls a gun on him.

Chul’s hands go up immediately, but rather than fear, he displays curiosity as he tries to puzzle together the woman who appears and disappears without warning, slaps him, kisses him, flashes him, then pulls a gun on him. She says it wouldn’t make sense to her either, but she has her reasons.

She warns him to stay back, but he just keeps walking closer, challenging her to go ahead and shoot. She ends up warning him to be careful because it’s dangerous, and he’s amused that she’s worrying about him while holding him up. When he gets right in her face, she points the gun up to the ceiling and pulls the trigger, but it just clicks and nothing happens.

Chul smiles and takes the gun out of her hands, and says he wouldn’t leave it loaded when she obviously knew he kept his gun there. He casually takes the bullets out of his pocket and loads the chamber, and then whirls around to point the loaded gun at her.

Yeon-joo asks why he’s doing this, and Chul says he’d rather talk without the guns. He has a hundred questions for her, but says he’ll ask just one: How did she disappear the other day? He threatens to turn her over to the cops if she doesn’t answer, and she pouts that he once called her his savior. He says that’s true, but she’s the one who broke her word and disappeared without giving him any answers, when he waited two months for her. He asks it another way: Why did she slap him and kiss him?

Yeon-joo can see that he’s not going to let this go, and finally says that she had to kiss him to disappear. That’s not really the answer he was expecting, and he reconfirms that kissing him was the way she disappeared. She nods, so then he gets up and walks over to her with a determined look on his face, and plants a kiss on her. Kyaaa!

This time it’s Yeon-joo’s turn to look like a wide-eyed statue, and Chul pulls back slowly and looks at her with this skeptical expression and asks why nothing happened. It takes a couple of tries for Yeon-joo to find her voice, and she sputters that it’s not the kissing in and of itself that made her vanish, but the change in emotion due to the kissing.

He argues that he didn’t particularly enjoy their previous kiss, and she points out that it did surprise him though, and an emotional shift is the rule. He says she looks plenty surprised now and her face is all red, and she clutches her cheeks in embarrassment and shouts that HE has to feel the change, not her. He asks why, since that rule makes no sense to him, and she screams, “Because you’re the lead character!” Uh-oh.

He obviously has questions about that, but she clams up, realizing her slip. Yeon-joo says she’s going to report him because kissing at gunpoint has got to be sexual harassment of some sort, and he argues that she sexually harassed him first, complete with assault. He points to the cheek she slapped, for emphasis.

Besides, he argues, he did it for science (LOL. He kissed her FOR SCIENCE!) to prove a hypothesis. He realizes now the pattern among her seemingly crazy antics, like slapping him or taking off her clothes, all in an effort to shock him. He admits that he was expecting an answer like superpowers or teleporting, but not this.

She swears that she’s not lying, but he says even if it’s not a lie, that doesn’t make it true. He says that she’s telling him about the phenomenon but none of the context that explains it, and pulls the gun on her yet again. He warns her to explain the real reason that she disappears when his emotions change, and starts counting.

Yeon-joo thinks it’s an empty threat, but he fires a shot at a vase to convince her that he’s serious. At the noise, Do-yoon and So-hee run inside, and So-hee tells Chul to stop when she sees how scared Yeon-joo is. They see that Chul isn’t going to budge though, and quietly back out of the room.

Chul says that Yeon-joo might’ve saved his life, but she’s also a danger to him. Yeon-joo is near tears, but she refuses to answer and says that he wouldn’t shoot her—she knows he’s not the kind of person to do that. But he says coolly that she doesn’t know everything about him, and pulls the trigger…

He shoots her in the shoulder, and the bullet goes clean through and lands in the mirror behind her, shattering the glass. He shot her!

She’s so stunned that she can’t speak, but she doesn’t fall down either. Trembling, Yeon-joo reaches to touch her shoulder, and is even more shocked to see her hand clean—there’s no blood. Chul watches her with keen interest, and notes that she didn’t know her own powers. Her powers? And you did?

Yeon-joo faints from the shock, and Chul runs to catch her in his arms before she falls. He has Do-yoon carry her back to bed, and So-hee’s jaw drops when Chul just casually says that he meant to frighten her a little and shot wrong. So-hee legitimately thinks he’s gone crazy, and Chul just scratches his head with the barrel of his gun, pretty much confirming her fears. When they walk out, he goes over to confirm that the shot he fired landed in the mirror.

So-hee is convinced that something weird is going on, and Do-yoon says that Chul is definitely weird, but so is Yeon-joo. So-hee storms into Chul’s room and asks if he kept Yeon-joo from the police to go all gangster on her, and says that turning her in is the right thing to do. Chul pulls the phone out of So-hee’s hands and says no cops, because Yeon-joo is the key to his life, and he needs answers.

Yeon-joo wakes up and gets a clean bill of health from the nurse, when Chul comes in and pleasantly asks if she’s mad. Mad?! Like you took the last Pop Tart or something? She says that “mad” isn’t the right expression after you’ve shot a person with a gun, but he just smiles and says he knew she wouldn’t die anyway: “Why don’t you know that? You’re invincible, aren’t you?”

He says that she’ll never die, and asks again if she really didn’t know that about herself. She asks how he knows, and he wants an answer to his question first before telling her. He says that they should just openly acknowledge that Yeon-joo is not a normal human being, and he guesses that she comes from a different world. He even puts forth the idea that she lives in a different dimension, where she’s a surgical resident at a hospital. He takes out her hospital ID tag as proof.

He asks the all-important question: “Where?” But she doesn’t answer. Chul says that’s fine, since he’s got nothing but time. Now that he knows she can’t leave on her own, he can keep her here as long as he wants, until she gives him some answers. He tells her to stay here with him and promises to protect her from the police and the media.

He figures that she probably has lots of answers that’ll shock him, and encourages her to tell him the truth so that she can shock him and get herself back home. He asks what kind of world she lives in, and where she saw the things she knows about him, but again she can’t answer.

Chul says he’s leaving for a business trip but will be back in a few days. Then he holds out his hand for a shake, with an apology for what he did earlier. She shakes his hand weakly with a sigh, but he holds on firmly until she looks at him and tells her, “I’m sincerely sorry.”

He gets up to leave with Do-yoon, when suddenly Yeon-joo bolts up in bed and says, “I love you!” Pwahaha. This would be so easy if Do-yoon were the mark. He looks shocked, while Chul is completely unruffled. Yeon-joo waits and looks around for “To be continued” to appear… but it doesn’t and she rolls back over in bed.

That just reminds Chul of her flashing him earlier, and he asks if she thought his heart would race if he saw her naked or something. Embarrassed, she says she thought it might work, and he chuckles, calling her bewildering. She readily agrees that she is, heh.

On their way out, Do-yoon points out that despite calling Yeon-joo not pretty, Chul seems to be doing everything with her that a lover would—from surprise nakedness, to kisses, to declarations of love, a lover’s quarrel ending with a slap, and now living together. Chul doesn’t argue, and tells Do-yoon to think of it however he wants.

They’re about to head down in the elevator when Yeon-joo runs up to ask where Chul is going, and he says Busan, then New York. He asks if he’s going to die on the way, and she says she doesn’t know those things when she’s here, and that means she can’t help him.

He asks if she can know those things when she’s not here, and she confirms it, which only makes him more curious about her. All she tells him is that she’s someone who wants him to have a happy ending, and adds with a big smile: “I’m your fan.”

He takes that to mean that if she were to answer truthfully, it would make him unhappy, and she says yes, that’s probably the case. She adds that he’s the first patient she saved on her own, and also the second patient, and says sincerely, “So always be careful.” He has no sly comeback for that, and agrees to be cautious.

He asks how old she is and learns that they’re both the same age—thirty—and then asks if she’s married. She says no, and he replies, “That’s good,” before getting on the elevator. He winks at her as the doors close.

As Yeon-joo stands there watching him go, she reaches a hand up to her beating heart and narrates, “I found out later, the reason I was the only one who kept getting summoned here—it was because this man said I was the key to his life. At that point, the heroine of this manhwa had already changed… from Yoon So-hee… to Oh Yeon-joo.”

 
COMMENTS

Awwww yeah. Of course you’re the heroine! There are far too many hijinks per episode for you not to be the main love interest. I’m still cracking up at Gun vs. Black Lace, and can’t believe Yeon-joo escalated from kissing to nekkidness so quickly. Really, where do you expect to go from here? Maybe now that he knows the rule, she has to use something other than surprise or shock, and it’ll require a different type of emotional reaction, like earnestly moving his heart. I just love this conceit because there’s so much potential for moments both comical and touching, to hinge on her exit strategy.

Kang Chul’s reactions to Yeon-joo are so the opposite of what she wants at every turn that now it’s her wah-waaaah reaction after the fact that I look forward to. Every time she has to mutter, “Never mind!” and slink away and hide her face puts me on her side just a little more. I mean, really, what kind of man is so calm and collected at see-through lingerie? She’s pulling out the big guns here!

I still can’t believe he shot her though. I’m not entirely convinced Kang Chul knew of Yeon-joo’s invincibility either—he turned out to be right about it, but was it just a hunch that he wanted to confirm? Or does he really know for certain that she can’t be killed in this world? He does seem to have a cold-blooded streak that Yeon-joo doesn’t know about, and it wouldn’t shock me if he shot her with fifty-fifty odds that she might live or die. It’s funny that he’s a fictional character who’s treating her more like an object—his key—while she’s the one treating a manhwa hero like he’s a real person. If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from Dad’s experience with Kang Chul, it’s that his will to live is so strong that it changed reality in a different dimension; I wouldn’t put it past him to just pull the trigger to find out how it affects his life. The other possibility is just as intriguing—does he know secrets about her too? How would he possibly know she’s invincible? This isn’t the kind of manhwa world where people have superpowers, so why is he so quick to jump to that conclusion?

The flashback into Dad’s past with Kang Chul was the story we’d come to expect based on the things we learned in the first two episodes, but I could see how seven years of this could slowly drive a person mad. When the images change overnight, it’s a shock but not as frightening, but when Kang Chul is rewriting the image and words right in front of Dad’s eyes, the effect is actually really creepy. If it’s not just a recent development that Kang Chul has been rewriting his story, it makes sense that Dad has grown weary and desperate to end the series, which at this point writes itself, literally. I loved that in the scenes from Dad’s point of view, I was made to feel his paranoia and fear, like Kang Chul was the scary one in this, and Dad was trapped. It poses a really fascinating dilemma between creator and creation, and now I can see why Dad feared that he’d be devoured by his own creation. Kang Chul has become more powerful than Dad, despite not knowing it. I mean, how is he having memories of events that were rewritten?? Will finding out the truth about his identity only solidify his resolve, or will it break him?

I like that amidst all the craziness, Yeon-joo and Kang Chul shared a small moment of genuine connection when she worried for his safety and he saw that she was earnest about that, at least. I’m all for Yeon-joo spending some time being roomies with Kang Chul in his world, though it does introduce an element of danger when she can’t anticipate how to save him. But with Dad on the run and out of his mind (and no longer in control), she might be making the biggest difference by staying in the manhwa world by Kang Chul’s side and changing his character for the better. Especially if she’s indestructible here. That’s pretty cool, and I’d say that it more than makes up for one incredibly embarrassing attempt to raise a guy’s pulse. Damn Olympian pulse-control.

 
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Thanks for the great recap! i am so in love with this series

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When we read the spoilers for this show back when it was first in talks, who'd have thought that when Lee Jong Suk would be "kidnapping" the writers daughter she'd actually be sharing his penthouse suite WITH him with all access to brandname clothing and all the lacy underwear a girl could want. Oh and free kisses from her favorite manhwa character come to life ?

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I know right?!!! This drama is daebak! The attention to detail is just so so good and it's hot me hooked real good!

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the way the story is written is so in touch with a fanatic's mind, indeed attention to all detials

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Love this series, and so does everyone else in my family - me, my husband, and two teenage daughters all sat together on the couch to watch this last night!

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Me too. Love it to bits.

It's interesting to note that when YJ was first sucked into the webtoon, her father's reaction puzzled me. Given that he knows that the webtoon has a life of its own, it wasn't the reaction I was expecting when he found her daughter in it and even during their confrontation. He didn't even ask how and why YJ was able to go inside the "manhworld" like how his assistant was curious when he realized that YJ was really able to go inside that world. So I conclude that YJs father already have an existing knowledge on how and why someone can go and exit from that world. He probably knows or have an idea how crossing the two worlds is possible. Remember his reaction when he just said that YJ shouldn't have interfered with his plans on killing KC, no reference at all about how she's inside his created world when in fact it more weird to have someone enter that world and interact within it than seeing it on his computer.

Also, I can't shake the thought about KC statement about how YJ is the key to his life that maybe YJ is his original creator. I mean, she's the one who conceptualize him first and all and only his father adapted his character in a manhwa, given that it already said that YJ can draw too(conversation between her aunt and mom about sending her to med school instead of pursuing art).

Ahhhh... so many possibilities. I am truly enjoying this show.

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Yes!! I also think that YJ might be his "real" creator or something similar. Not only KC's intuition that she is the key to his life, but it is also puzzling how he insists about not understanding why she is considered beautiful. Sounds like sort of a blind spot...

After today's episode, my bets are on YJ being the driving force for the webtoon so KC finds a happy ending. And also the possibility of a split personality of the father crossed my mind...I love how the show is raising so many questions and keeps us guessing. I'm enjoying it so much, and loving Lee Jong Suk as always, he is so charismatic :D

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He really is. Swoon! ?

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This is my new crack drama.

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Same ?

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I love EVERYTHING about this drama. I can't stop thinking about it.???

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Me too T_T I also love everything about this drama. I've been watching eps 3 twice wkwk

I wanna give a big thanks for the Viki team. It's hella good that W eps 3 eng-subbed already available as soon as I woke up in the dawn. Then I go to twitter to check the ratings... hurrah!~ W is first place in the time-slot with 12.9% .

Anyway I’m still curious the writer's reason for Kang Chul's power. And... why it must be Oh Yeon-joo?

She said, "I found out later why I'm the only person who is summoned here. It was because this man said that I am the key to his life. At that point, the main heroine of this comic changed from Yoon So-hee to Oh Yeon-joo."

... but didn't he said it after she already saved his life? Or maybe he's already said it even before Yeon-joo first appearance in the comic world since Kang Chul seems aware that there is another world exists. I still want to know the writer’s exact rule from Oh Yeon-joo “trip” to the comic world. Like in Queen Inhyun’s Man, it was because of the talisman that Kim Boong-do had.

So far Kang Chul and Oh Yeon-joo still don’t have feelings for each other, but what in the world... their chemistry is already no joke! I can’t imagine how their chemistry would be when they are in love later T_T I love seeing them together so much that I want to request Seo-ri to make a potion so that Kang Chul could be real, could live in Oh Yeon-joo’s world :’

There are many mystery left in the drama. Who? Why?

Seriously I love this drama so much. There are no annoying and bad actings for me. Bless 2016 for giving me mindblowing Signal and W ?

-out of topic - Jung Joonyoung is a lucky fanboy indeed. Hahaha he already have fun with her in 2D1N, and now he even sings for Han Hyo-joo’s drama OST. His voice is another blessings for this drama. I think I’m gonna rewatch Han Hyo-joo’s eps in 2D1N. ??
https://www.instagram.com/p/BIWtETFAPHT/

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I think there is a part of story that was not shown to us. Remember the first time she entered his world in rooftop? She fainted that time also, but she was awake when he pulled her in. What if when he pulled her, the attacker was nearby and somehow she actually got killed in process? But she woke up anyway to save him?

Maybe that's how Kang Chul knows she can't die. But that does not make total sense either because if its so, it should have come up in the webtoon !

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... or maybe that scene does exist but it got cut because doesn't involve Kang Chul? Like Yeon-joo said that everything in the manhwa world only spins around Kang Chul and the time would be skipped if there's no Kang Chul/?

I'm so curious for their very first meeting. It looks like that Kang Chul already had a memory about Yeon-joo, at least about the key of his life?

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@maknaee

Yeah that could be possible! Maybe he was half dead and did not even remember it until later.

And I have been really curious about something else. I mean death is not the only way to kill off a character. Dad can simple finish his story. Have KC find his parent's killer and hint of a possibility to get together with So Hee. Done. Story over. Dad can move on.

I get his paranoia about wanting to kill him off but would not this be easier? To finish the story?

Maybe KC has not allowed him to progress in any way where the story could end either?

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Ikr? I'm afraid that Dad doesn't even know who the killer is, I mean, it could be that in the first place he just want to give the angst to make the story more interesting by 'killing' Kang Chul's whole family. He just merely draw the killer. Then... he stuck, with his divorce he is in a mental breakdown state and couldn't finish his manhwa. The killer could also reflects Dad itself but he doesn't know how to explain more about the killer.

Maybe Kang Chul felt unfair about his storyline?

The monster picture... I've been really curious about that since the first episode. I even thought that Young-joo went into the comic world because she read the words written in the back of it. Kinda like a spell? ??

Everything is possible since Dad always research everything before he draw his comic... to make it more 'real'? Yeah.. Dad, now they are real.

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If you know your creation has come to life, I bet your first reaction is to get rid of it. And since his dad become paranoid, the only way he can think of is to kill the character. Even if he finishes the story, KC has already a life of its own. He will continue to make a story of his own, act on his own. YJ's dad became paranoid thinking his creation has become a monster.

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That monster pic was scary for sure. There is something significant about it. What is exactly the lore on it?

And I have been thinking, on his way of researching for the story - maybe he just found a real story and wrote the same? What if KC was a real person whose family was killed tragically and he actually died when he jumped off the bridge, and maybe the last minute regret pulled him to be reborn in comic world? And he got stuck there somehow?

And as many have pointed below, maybe that is why he cant be killed? Like Yeon Joo, he is also invincible here, and that is why dad could not kill him?

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I guess all we could do is just wait and keep guessing the meaning behind that creepy monster pic.

I wish you're right that it could be KC is actually from the real world that's trapped in a comic world, so that it won't hurt the romance. There will be high possibility that they will end up together... somehow.

I got your point. So they can't be killed if it isn't in their own respective world, right?

Can't wait for eps 4 since finally Yeon-joo will reveal to Kang-chul that he's from comic world. Gotta prepare my heart for the heartbreak. Seeing how devastated Kang-chul in the eps 4 preview T_T

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@Divyrus: Maybe killing Kang Chul is necessary. You can't be sure that a webtoon will end he finds his family's killer and gets revenge.

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The picture is a painting by the English painter William Blake: The Roman god Saturn is devouring his children because a prophecy fortells his dethroning by one of his cildren. In the end, he gets killed by his son Zeus/Jupiter and the new era of Olympian gods dawns.

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@Divyrus :OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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WHOA. That's the best theory so far! Makes total sense, since the second time she came in she was wide awake. And she only passed out the third time out of exhaustion (of having not slept for 2 months, ha).

ps. I'm so pumped that I got Kang Chul's first moment of free will right. I mean, yes, lot's of people predicted it, but I still get to feel smug. =D This is so awesome!

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"That monster pic was scary for sure. There is something significant about it. What is exactly the lore on it?"

I believe I can assist here! The mythological story depicted is a part of the origin story of the Olympian Gods. basically Saturn (known to the Greeks as Cronus) was a titan, and the titans were the ones in charge before the olympian pantheon took over. Cronus was the leader of the titans and when he heard a prophecy that he would be overthrown by his children.He decided the only way to prevent this was to EAT them. all of them. one of the children was Jupiter (Zeus) and he RIPPED OPEN his father's stomach. killing him and saving his siblings in the process (so like demeter/ceres, aphrodite/venus, ares/mars, hades/pluto, apollo etc) after this Zeus became the king of olympus, and the leader of the Gods. The End.

as for the story behind the picture in real life. Francisco de Goya painted Saturn Devouring his Son near the late stages of his life.This painting (along with other equally grotesque and affecting paintings) were part of a series (posthumously) titled the Black Paintings. Goya was in mental and physical decline during this time of his life. he actually painted these on the walls of his house and didnt intend to show them to anybody. (they were discovered many years after his death) he had no wife and children (that we know of) with him. So he was really suffering so much with little to no company, and his paintings from that period reflected this. the one shown in the drama is the most famous of his Black Paintings but they are all worth looking at imo! (and im not just saying this cause i did a project on him in college lol)

Anyway, um I dont know how much of this was known by the writer of the drama or if he just thought that the painting looks properly striking and scary (which it does!) so idk how much of this information is relevant to the drama's storyline but i figured i'd share what I know anyway lol.

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Tai, you are awesome! Thank you for sharing this.
soooo curious on what happen next in W!

Dunno much about dad's plan when he murdered Chul's family, but I guess dad must be goddamn rich to break 2 cintiqs already (if not more).

I have another theory though.

What if the hooded killer is Chul himself? You see...dad killed off Chul's family when his own family left him, and made Chul commit suicide when he felt devastated (and want to commit suicide himself too, I bet), so we can say that dad and Chul shares same path....but then Chul deviates. Perhaps he doesnt wanna be the bad guy (anymore), so he made his own story.... i think Chul would be so surprised if the face he sees behind that dark costume is himself.

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Thank you so much Tia!!

I dont know art but that hauntingly dark! Those paintings are lodged into my brain now!

Now am really looking forward to how the writer inferences this into the story! The creator devouring the creation before creation devours the creator.
If the painting is a clue to go by, does it mean dad is making the same mistake as Saturn? All the prophecy things always have a way out, it would never be fulfilled if someone did not act on it after hearing it.

Maybe something else more evil in play here? Above dad and Kang Chul?

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@bunny, I like your version better. I really don't want Dad to be the masked killer :( I'd rather the end be a conflict between Chul and his dark past.

Though I think if we really go up and up the chain of responsibility, it's still Dad who orchestrated those killings.

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I saw Goya's painting, "Saturn Eating His Son" in real life in Madrid when I was 14 years old and it traumatized me far more than the bullfight we saw the next day...and that was 50 years ago!

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I just wanted to add onto your point that Saturn had also overthrown his father Uranus, in order to gain control of the universe himself. Saturn had snuck up on his father and chopped Uranus up into tiny pieces, which he scattered so that they could never become whole again. So he likewise was very paranoid and feared his own children would rise up and overthrow him in the same manner he did to his own father.

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What a fantastic art history lesson right here at dramabeans! Thank you Tai! I think it makes perfect sense w/ the father/creator consuming his son a la "eat or be eaten." This theme in W also reminds me a bit of Frankenstein.

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Thank you for the background info on Goya picture. Awesome indeed for sharing with us on this.

This is exactly why I love Dramabeans and the awesome beanies... I get to learn different things while discussing about my fave Crack drama of the moment! Cool!

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For your question on the painting....it is Saturn devouring his son by Goya. According to the traditional interpretation, it depicts the Greek myth of the Titan Cronus (in the title Romanised to Saturn), who, fearing that he would be overthrown by one of his children, ate each one upon their birth. The work is one of the 14 Black Paintings that Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house sometime between 1819 and 1823.
Various interpretations of the meaning of the picture have been offered: the conflict between youth and old age, time as the devourer of all things, the wrath of God and an allegory of the situation in Spain, where the fatherland consumed its own children in wars and revolution. There have been explanations rooted in Goya's relationships with his own son, Xavier, the only of his six children to survive to adulthood. (according to Wikipedia)

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Ooh I like this theory. I think this might be true. There wasn't a reason given to why she fainted and was lying on the ground. In this episode, she fainted because as a result of the 2 months going by so quickly.

I'm not sure if there's an exact rule, but I think it all comes to down Kang Chul. Everything seems to revolve around him. So, maybe Yeon Joo can only go to W when Kang Chul desperately needs her. In ep 1, KC literally grabbed her from the real world.

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Wasn't it already revealed in this episode that the dad's reaction to his family leaving him was killing off Kang Chul at the bridge? So, dad wasn't trying to kill of KC when his family was killed.

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I like your theory about KC seeing YJ being killed on the roof top and yet surviving it. I can see how it could work for the story. I can't wait to see if your theory is correct!

As for Dad trying to kill the character, rather than giving him a a happy ending and be done with it... I am thinking the dad is referring to KC as a "monster" in the sense that KC is alive, with a will of his own, when he shouldn't. Even if Dad gives a happy ending to KC, there is no guarantee that KC will not somehow change. Besides, who knows who else could become like KC.

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"but didn’t he said it after she already saved his life?"

I actually thought about this last night (in bed lol) and it makes sense. We know now that his urge to live is so strong that he was able to alter the story's designated path. so it stands to reason that as he was dying he literally pulled in the first person he could help (a doctor!). and she DID help. however in doing so, she became a significant person to Chul which ofc now made her an important person in his world.
At THAT point, she no longer had to be near a screen and he didnt have to be in mortal peril for her to get dragged into the story. anyway that's my take on it so far!

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This is how I interpreted it as well.

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@Divyrus that's a good theory!

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The moment when a HOT GUY asked your age, if you are married.. and when he found out you are with the same age and not yet married, winks at you and smile so dearly.

waahh!!! <3 KC! you're so the best!

Thanks GF for your recap! <3

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I found his smile is very comforting >< It's told that around him would be dangerous, but I think that I feel the most safe when I with him. *fangirl-to-the-end*

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YES ! And that kiss!

Black shirt, rolled up sleeves, half arm, gun in hand - with LJS in all that ! Damn that was hot!

*fans self*

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I've been trying to curtail my pervy-fangirl-ahjumma feels, but damn, that was hot, with his gun arm around Yeon Joo just like so, the tilt of his head just like so... Argh!

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Yeah, hummm...
The "pervy-fangirl-ahjumma feels" meetings are a weekly thing?.

Asking for a friend...

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I don't think I can stop it. So if you're friend's game... Let the swooning commence. XD

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Jeebus. Errata galore. What a mess.

What I meant was, let's all enjoy the swoon-worthy and not stop each other, let alone ourselves, from fangirling over Lee Jong Suk's through-the-roof hotness.

Like I mentioned in another comment, I never thought Lee Jong Suk could ever appear alpha. He does in this series. And my melty insides couldn't be happier. XD

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I'LL BE BACK!

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I'm back! Tbh I don't think Kang Chul actually shoot her but he's an Olympic shooter so his focus is the mirror not her/her shoulder

So yeah...

The W-DAY!

As always
-streaming
-watch the raw in viki
-strolling in soompi
- read the recap
-watch with subs

lmaooooo
My fave drama this year! Watch out Signal!

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Okay... welcome back/? hahahaha

I think Kang Chul did shoot her. If you see the hole in Yeon-joo's bathrobe which no matter what kind of Olympic shooter he is, he couldn't make the bullet escape the body. It's lower part from her shoulder .-.

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yep. he did intend to shoot her. and i'm with girlfriday on this that he didnt 100% know she'd be unaffected. which is why he made sure to aim in a place that wouldnt immediately kill or maim her. had she actually gotten hurt, she woulda been fine (albeit in alot of pain and also shock D:) if she was immediately attended to (and he has a whole staff for that so). imo he clearly shot her to test his "hypothesis" and we're just lucky that he was right cuz otherwise that isnt exactly a doghouse u can get out of. haha. rly hard to make up for shooting someone regardless of how trivial the injury may have been. (also the amnt of damage done to her shoulder would also be dependent on the type of bullets/gun used. altho THAT i cannot tell by looking haha)

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I agree that he didn't know 100% that she would be unaffected...but correct me if I am wrong, but didn't he aim and hit her heart? I thought it was lower than just the shoulder...

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im late so idk if you'll see this, but he definitely didnt aim at the heart. that's not where the heart is located. and the camera made sure to focus on where he aimed/the bullet went thru. it looked to me like it was in the shoulder area. but that said i am 100 percent positive it wasnt the heart. i trust my eyes at least that much XD. i guess it'll be delved into more in ep 4.

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oh crape, that's what I am doing reading recaps, watching raw, watching subbed and watching subbed again. hahaha. my heart ?

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I think it's interesting you mentioned the mirror. When he looked in it, his reflection was fractured (I know, duh!) maybe implying his fratured mental state at being a semi self-aware character, life being controlled one way but then battling it constantly.

Does Oh Yeon-joo have a reflection in their world?

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I did the livestream, watched it raw and subbed and read the recaps, so where's my episode 4? I think I am going to go crazy every week waiting for the new episodes. Both the main characters are killing me. Be still my heart.

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Exactly!!!! I haven't been this obsessed since I Hear Your Voice and Queen In Hyeon's Man (also LJS/Same PD....hum, I'm sensing a pattern here....)

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IHYV FTW!!! ? ? ? And yes, Lee Jong-suk is killing it again.

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Knowing Queen In Hyun's man drama, im anticipating a whole lot super sweet and tooth aching moment between kang chul n yeon joo. Sigh... of happiness n fluffiness

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ROFL. I could have written this.

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Me too! And I have not felt this way towards a kdrama in a VERY long time. The thrill is just through the roof! May this drama continue being this awesome!

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couldn't agree more!

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Congratulations to W for garnering an even higher ratings for ep 3 compared to last week and the reactions in Korea are crazy good (much like the reactions here in DB)! Even the reruns of ep 1 and 2 did well. It just keeps on going up and I hope the story will continue to be good.

Oh and it seems Wednesday in Korea is now called W-Day by the viewers! hehe!

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Really? I love W-Day! :D
Hope the rating will be higher than UF!

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For epi 3 yesterday, yes, our W was higher than UF. ;)

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Based on AGB National: W- 12.9%, UF- 8.6%, Wanted- 6%
Regardless of ratings, I sincerely hope the story continues to be good or even better. It's what draws the viewers to the show (and of course the acting of the cast).

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funny enough, yesterday's ratings for W and UF were similar to last week's only in reverse

Last week: W- 8.6%, UF- 12.9%
This week: W- 12.6%, UF 8.6%

Talk about complete reversal lol! :D

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LOL. So glad that the hype is directed at a show that I'm actually loving at the moment!!

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W-Day? Love this ;)

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W-day will probably become another holiday in Korea in which couples exchange manhwas with each other.

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Lmao that'd be so good

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May I know where did you watch the livestream and raw episode???

I'm so desperate waiting for the subs I really want to watch the livestream! (obsessed drama fan T.T)

thanks a million!

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I don't watch this yet, so don't want to read the recap yet. But I am happy that W achieved highest rating for epi 3. ;)

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I am so in love with this drama!!!

Like I said on another forem earlier, I've been thinking about it, and I love that while the romance is totally ramping up, he doesn't like like her yet. He's intrigued, interested, protective and even a little possessive, but he hasn't fallen yet. THAT'S what I've waiting for. Because LJS does 'in love' better than practically any kdrama actor imo. And KC is such a fascinating character, it is going to be so much fun 1. watching him fall and 2. watching him pursue OYJ.

Watching him pursue her is going to be a blast. Watching her flail about in response is going to be almost as good

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I thought his confusion about Yeon Joo being pretty was interesting - the webtoon staff emphasized that this webtoon never goes into romance, so maybe he literally doesn't have the ability to consider her objectively that way? Even Yeon Joo mentions that he compliments women he has no interest in, but it sounds like the webtoon writer never had him show interest, so....

Is it possible that Yeon Joo will be the first time Kang Chul experiences love?

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Possible. I find his incredulousness at people finding Yeon Joo pretty as odd, too. He probably appeared bloodless before; i mean, after seven years in publication, his first kiss was with Yeon Joo?

Lol. For science. For the win.

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*butts in randomly*

MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY.

*peace out*

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Dammit. I was replying to Miranda, regarding how maybe KC "literally doesn’t have the ability to consider her objectively that way". He seems to be literally puzzled that people find her pretty.

Which is interesting- does it mean that as a manhwa character he was "coded" to consider one type of women as beautiful while YJ's type as not really =P?

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ooohhh interesting. It's possible. I also find it interesting that he keeps on questioning why people say she's pretty (Han Hyojoo is very pretty!) AND that it keeps on popping out in his dialogues. It must mean something rather than a simple comment on her looks.

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This is what I'm suspecting. When you think about it, much of Kang Chul's life was written during a time when Oh Seung Mo was either going through a divorce or in the aftermath of one. I definitely think he wasn't very romantic-minded during those periods and that could have influenced Kang Chul's persona. That said, Kang Chul has obviously deviated a lot from what Oh Seung Mo had in mind for him so it's hard to say just how much his response towards women comes from his own will.

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If some of Oh Seung Mo's feelings somehow influenced the character, its normal that Kang Chul isnt attracted to her because fathers dont think of their daughters that way. And maybe the feeling of wanting to protect her and stuff is coming from there to. Through Oh Seung Mo he somehow knows her but he doesnt. If that makes any sense xD

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I really like the idea of the 'daddy-coding' stopping him from finding her pretty/attractive!

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I was just thinking this! How much of Kang Chul's personality and taste is based off of Seung Mo's preferences?

I also really like the thought that he just wasn't created to focus or think about that.

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That's interesting, maybe it's because Yeon Joo was never written to be a romantic interest in the webtoon and therefore Kang Chul can't process her in that way?

When I was watching it I thought that maybe all the other characters see Yeon Joo as pretty, because well female character in webtoons are by default attractive unless otherwise indicated. But since Kang Chul is sentient, he doesn't automatically react in the same way as other characters do in his universe, she's doesn't automatically appear to like a spectacular beauty.

I hope your hunch is right though, because our hero learning to love for the first time is so swoon inducing.

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I found it odd too. But it's probably because Kang Chul as a webtoon character is turning to a real human like Yeon Joo. In the comic world Yeon Joo is called a beauty because she's a 3-dimensional character in a 2-dimensional world. While in Yeon Joo's world, she's not considered a beauty. No one mentioned about her being beautiful in the real world like she's average-pretty. So probably he has the same look on Yeon Joo as the people in the real world. Like it's a clue that he's transforming into a real human, deciding his life story without the creator.

This is just my theory.

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OMG. I LOVE YOUR THEORY!! Blew my mind!

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I don't have a thumb up button to click, so here's me typing it out xD

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Woah! I love you!

Double thumbs up!

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Kyaaa! I can't wait for Kang Chul to come out of the manhwa!

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Wow thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! I couldn't figure out why when he kept wondering if she is pretty.

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It would be consistent with the way the webtoon is structured. the writer influences everything in such a way that everyone bends to his machination.

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Lol this pretty or not pretty thing reminds me a lot of Boong Do XD in Queen Inhyun man, remember when he finally realize the "prettyness" of yoo in na ? I think this will be explain somehow and finally kang chuk will realize also XD

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It is interesting that Kang Chul also never said that Yeon Joo is ordinary or ugly. He is not denying that she is beautiful, either. Imo, he is simply puzzled on what to call her. It's interesting to know what he would call her though, other than weird.

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I also thought it was weird that everyone except KC thinks YJ is pretty, but perhaps it's because the webtoon artist is her father and her father definitely see's his daughter as pretty... sooooo by transitive property everyone SHOULD see YJ as pretty even though she may not be "pretty" in the real world (btw if Han Hyo Joo isn't pretty... idk who is...GAHH)
KC may not see YJ as pretty because he's already in between worlds and doesn't follow the webtoon world's rules of automatically seeing YJ as pretty? Just a thought? Bringing in math along with science!

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It's peculiar that the writers are being so persistent with Kang Chul not finding Yeon Joo beautiful. This is the 3rd time he's said it in two episodes, and I didn't really think anything of it the first two times considering that in his world the manhwa 'W' has no romance line so his character wasn't written to feel those kinds of emotions, and Yeon Joo pointed out that he only ever compliments girls he isn't interested in and so far he's made it a point to emphasize how NOT beautiful he seems to find Yeon Joo despite everyone in his world thinking contrary to that. After today's episode I don't think he's saying it redundantly, he really sounds like he can't tell if Yeon Joo is beautiful. Is he not flirting/complimenting her despite the fact that it goes against his character BECAUSE he's interested in her ? So maybe Yeon Joo will be the precursor to him having romantic feelings for the first time, since on a human spectrum he seems to have felt all the other emotions through her fathers struggle with divorce and the effect that had on the his story arc in the comic.

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I think it's interesting that Yeon Joo is truly NOT pretty compared to the main characters in the Manhwa world - who are all so artsy perfect looking. She looks out of place, like she fell into a painting in each scene because her looks are not in the beautiful range. I mean, why can't I look at anything else when Kang Chul's bodyguard is in the frame? Now, THAT's some beautifully "drawn" comic book character!

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It's simple. This is a manhwa.

Kang-chul is the senpai.

It's too early for senpai to notice her.

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At least he is not full blown Tsundere.

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I'm actually waiting for the time when KC realizes that he is in love with OYJ and is so shocked that poof she vanishes right from his arms.

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^THIS!!!! ????

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I completely agree. I kinda want this to happen even though I might cry, and the scene may be emotional, I still want to see it.

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Gahhh, I really love HHJ comical expression in this drama. and LJS a.k.a Kang Chul, he's just perfect the way he is despite of the scene where He shot Oh Yeon Joo. It will be hard to forgive to

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and I worry, what if one day Yeon Joo have to choose saving Kang Chul or saving her dad (with killing Kang Chul)?

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and I really like the soundtrack. Jung Joon Young Jjang!!

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Thanks for the speedy recap GF.

I love literally everything about this show. Han Hyo Joo is awesome as the girl who doesn’t know what the hell is going on! She has that deer caught in headlights expression down to a tee. And Lee Jong Suk. I have no trouble at all in believing that he is actually a webtoon character- his looks go perfectly well with those of manhworld. And his acting- I don’t know what he is doing different in this show, but it is sure working!

And can I just say how good the story is! It kind of reminds of this book I read long back called “Inkheart” where the girl had the power to bring book characters to life and also enter the book- world. And then there are touches of “Frankenstein”.

It is clear that a lot of details has gone into making the story and then setting up the world. It is amazing how the story teller had to think up of world within a world and find separate details for both these universes. The direction, production and everything that goes behind- the- scenes has been clearly done by experts.

Here is looking forward to more brilliance!

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Yess, I've been trying to remember a novel with the same "characters came to life" kind story. and it's Inkheart. Thank you

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Also the Thursday Next series: bureaucrats jumping into books to interact with characters and solve literary crimes.

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Ooh I haven't read this one. Sounds interesting.
I also just remembered two separate episodes of Doctor Who where they time travel to meet Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie. I mean this is not similar but stories like these always interest me.

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Fan of these series by the way. If you have read the characters these books refer to, they are kind of a riot.

I thought of these series too when I first heard of W plot.

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I loved Thursday next although the last two books left something to be desired.

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This is a very funny episode with very unexpected declarations from Yeon Joo to Kang Chul. Flashing herself and then exclaiming I love you, ....any men would be scratching their head wondering if this woman is insane ... muahahah!
Love it .

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YES!!!! This point is exactly why I'm struggling with Doctors and one of the many reasons I struggled with DoTS. The forced music insertion drives me nuts. I mean totally NUTS!!!! I end up yelling at my computer in Doctors when the music is trying to force me to feel a scene is funny or dramatic. A great use of dramatic music is episode 12 of Task Force 38, when things really did ramp up to that level. The music in W and in UF right now is great.

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Meant this as a response to comment #11 by @cjc

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I really like the use of non-lyrical music in this drama, it gave a movie-quality feel to it.

They also seemed to intentionally not overused the OST to 'sell' or 'stretch' the moments.

Can't wait for ep 4

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Exactly. My bone to pick with DOTS, which was why I dropped it. They used songs too much to force the watchers to feel. Non-lyrical music sets the mood, too, but you get to incorporate the actual context of the scene to realize what you feel for that particular piece of airtime. Plus it's more cinematic. So props to the musical director, too.

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True. The musical direction of W reminded me a little of Sherlock, where you have a soundtrack instead of lyrical song to emphasis the tone of the storytelling. Although W soundtrack is not as distinct as Sherlock.

Thumbs up to the musical director and I hope they are keeping this up till the last episode.

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Signal, I Hear Your Voice, City Hunter, and Ghost/Phantom also feature good instrumentals alongside their more regular K-drama OST songs. They almost always make a drama better.

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Great examples. (Y)

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And the music director of W is the same for Signal.

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Yes!! I so agree with you. The music makes it even more epic than it already is. I especially loved the new bg used in the scene by the elevator when KC and YJ were having a moment. swoon!

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ME TOO. I love it so much.

That said, I do really love Jung Joon-young's OST, so I totally don't mind when it kicks in. I'd actually never listened to him much before even though I watch him on 1n2d and this track got me off listening to all his music.

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He's very good if a little bent to the ballad-for-girls theme.

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Same.
In particular with this episode, when it reached the end and Jung Joon Young's voice comes in. For some shows hearing the OST every couple of minutes suits it, but for this one since there is so much happening in the story, having randomly placed songs would feel odd in some ways.

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Lol. I saw a BTS from MBC showing how Lee Jong Suk's pulse spiked when he grabbed Han Hyo Joo. Funny how that counters Kang Chul's iron-ckad pulse control.

I love this episode. The lengths Yeon Joo goes to te exit the manhwa are hilarious. Choi Seung Jae's (sorry, his name still hasn't stuck) reactions are priceless. That high-five was funny. And that "in love" comment was insightful. That face-off was tense and dark, and some people would find Chul shooting Yeon Joo a deal-breaker, but man did they surprise me. That scene was rather delicate, come to think of it, but it ended up being awesomely shot and so fast-paced and pretty much anything you could hope for in such a scene.

And dear God, Lee Jong Suk. You being this masterful is wreaking havoc on my insides.

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this one, right?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4N0jYn5Mxc

I love how flustered Lee Jongsuk was when PD pointed out that his pulse exceeds 100 when he grabbed Hyo-joo's wrist ? then Hyo-joo and the whole staffs start teasing him hahahaha

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I think its safe to say am officially obsessed, I just took a toilet break to see the video! LOL!

And LJS has always been crushing a bit on his female leads. All the BTS for both IHYV and pinnochio has been super cute, I think we can expect lot more of the same from here!

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Don't worry, I'm with you to be officially obsessed with this drama hahaha.

In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awd49d2hn5o , he admit that he treated his co-star as of the opposite sex. Maybe because of that he always looks like in love for real with his 'woman' in the dramas. Even just with the way he stare... *melting*

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I know right? Some actors just make you believe they are in love and that just pulls you in!

Thanks for the video, maknaee. I will catch it once I go home!

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Thanks for the link :)

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You're welcome! ;)

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Thanks for the link. Cute. Only Kim Jong min from 1N2D is immune to Han Hyo joo's charm but his heart rate went up when he sees Jung Joon young. Pfft.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw5FVpGTzY0

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hee LJS is the opposite of a character like this. he's sensitive, shy and has natural aegyo haha. He is a Soft Boy (tm). irl LJS's cuteness is what makes his more dour/cool characters so interesting imo. good acting at work! him crushing a bit on his every female co star would explain the chemistry haha. altho it doesnt have to only be a female co star is what i'm thinking (casually glances in the direction of School 2013) just depends on where he's supposed to be directing most of his feelings XD i think LJS being an emotional person is what helps him convey so much emotion in characters who dont outwardly show much at all.

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I am just enormously relieved to see LJS be more manly and alpha in this drama because I've always been turned off by how skinny he is and how 'soft' he appears to be - despite being a great actor and great kisser. One of the redeeming things for me in the past year is learning that LJS and Kim Woo Bin are really close friends. That added a manly element to LJS. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to him after his military service!

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dang im the opposite, I love his softness! he comes off as sweet and vulnerable in a way i rly like. makes me want to protect him a bit. plus his him being a bit of a homebody (apparently he became good friends with PSH and so she tried to take him out more so he started to leave the house more last year lol. v cute). but i like cuteness. alpha dudes do rather little for me. but then i also like girls so perhaps that is why XD
i do like Woo Bin, he oozes charisma. but for me LJS > KWB any day of the week.

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I wonder how the comic went to life. Was it the dad's will extended to his work and the character he made - Kang Chul - that brought it to life or something else.

Also, if Yeon Joo can't be killed in the comic world cause she's not from there, does that mean Kang Chul won't be killed if he transports to the real world?

If that's the case that you can't be killed in the universe/dimension/world where you don't came from, then it is possible that Kang Chul is a comic character turning to a real human and he can't be killed in the comic world either so Yeon Joo is used as a catalyst to save him in that world which is beyond the cartoonist, Yeon Joo or Kang Chul's control?

Why Yeon Joo? Because she's the cartoonist daughter and the reason he decided to kill Kang Chul in the first place. He said "Yeon Joo left me. I'm alone now" then plans to end Kang Chul's life at the Han River Bridge.

I think the reason why he believed (I think it's his theory still) that Yeon Joo is from a different world was because of the evidence she left/showed like her hospital ID and gown. Also the car accident. He knew something was off and add to that was the fact that she didn't die when he shot her.

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My theory on how the comic came to life: Yeon Joo went back to her dad's house that night in 2009 for some reason. Maybe she forgot something. He doesn't know because he has already finished drawing the death scene and is now passed out drunk. She takes a peek at his drawing board for spoilers and is shocked by the suicide. It has already been an emotional day for her, and Kang Chul's death is the last straw. There are tears. She cries herself to sleep that night and has strange dreams in which she saves Kang Chul.

Her grief for him is real enough that it transforms him into a real boy. Like Pinocchio coming to life through Gepeto's love or Tinkerbell being healed by enough people believing in fairies.

KC recognizes YD from the time she came to him in her dreams and saved him on the bridge. Which is why he knows she is the key to his life.

I like your theory that KC becoming real makes him invincible the manwha world.

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@Amilia I like your theory! Although I think instead of going home and having dreams that made him real, I think she draws him back! She redoes the whole scene. In episode two, her aunt (I think) tells Yeon-joo's mom that she should have let her continue with her drawing instead of forcing her to become a doctor. In tonight's episode, she said that was the saddest she ever felt. She thought he was going to commit suicide. What if she goes back home, her dad is pass out drunk and sees the screen, and she redraws him back to life?

Work has been extremely stressful. I've been working almost 12 hours every day. This drama is the only thing that's keeping me happy!

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Ooooh! I had forgotten that she is an artist too!

May real life get lighter for you soon. Meanwhile, hooray for reel life.

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It might be even possible that YJ's is the one who originally created KC's character, and was then adapted by her dad into a manhwa. And that's why she is the key to his life because she created him.

During the time that her parents were still on the process of getting the divorce, it must have been difficult for her and that's the time she created KC.

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