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W–Two Worlds: Episode 11

The earlier episodes twisted my brain, but this week’s episodes really twist my heart. The romance went from sweet to genuinely moving in the latest story arc, and I’m even starting to think that Fate may not be so cruel after all. Though that’s always what she wants you to think just before pulling the rug out from under you. Our heroine has a rough day ahead of her, because it’s basically up to her to protect the love of her life, save everybody, and keep an entire universe from being swallowed up by a psychopath with a face fetish. Just a light to-do list before lunch hour.

 

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

After returning to her world, Yeon-joo runs to the hospital’s supply room and starts gathering the things she needs to treat Kang Chul’s bullet wound. She races to Dad’s workshop, but the gate is swung open, and no one answers when she calls out for Dad or Su-bong.

She checks Dad’s office, where he’s alone and sitting with his back to her at his desk, appearing to be resting. Yeon-joo breathes a sigh of relief and asks why he changed the happy ending and killed characters and framed Kang Chul for murder, and pleads with him to just let Chul be happy now.

But there’s no response from Dad. Aiee, I already know what he looks like but I’m still scared. She calls out to him over and over and cautiously walks around the desk to approach him. She pauses for a moment at the torn-up copy of Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son, and then slowly cranes her neck to look at Dad’s face…

But he has no face, and Yeon-joo runs out of the house screaming like she’s seen a monster. Oh no, she dropped her bag of medical supplies in the process!

At the same time, Su-bong blasts into Yeon-joo’s office at the hospital, looking shell-shocked. Yeon-joo calls him and asks what happened to Dad, and Su-bong can only stammer, “You saw…? Teacher’s face is gone! His eyes are gone, and his nose is gone, and his mouth is gone!” Yes, Su-bong, we all saw and now we can’t un-see.

As he tells Yeon-joo what happened earlier that night, we see it in flashback: Su-bong woke up from his fainting spell, to see Dad drawing at his desk. It was almost as if he were possessed, drawing according to commands from New-Face Killer, whose voice was instructing him to draw Ajusshi’s death in the manhwa.

Su-bong screamed all over again and crawled out of there on his hands and knees, but Dad didn’t even seem to notice, and kept drawing like a brain-dead drone. Gack, so New-Face really DOES control Dad? Well what the hell do we do now?

Back in the present, Su-bong stutters as he says that Dad was drawing like mad according to instructions, and Yeon-joo gasps and says, “You mean Dad drew that at the culprit’s command?” Su-bong starts to cry as he shouts, “I… I… I don’t… I was just so scared!” Aw, buddy.

Yeon-joo says she has to get back to the manhwa world to save Kang Chul, but Su-bong argues that she’ll die first, and that Dad isn’t Dad anymore.

He yells at her to run and lock the door behind her, not noticing that Seok-bum and the nurse have overheard his entire crazypants conversation with Yeon-joo. Su-bong yelps when they walk up to him, but then he immediately runs into Seok-bum’s arms and cries, “I’m so scared!” Thank goodness he finally got that hug. He needed it.

Yeon-joo must have balls of steel, because she ignores Su-bong’s warning and goes back inside. She slowly creeps into Dad’s office and tiptoes over to his desk. She’s going for the one thing that can save them all—Dad’s tablet—and starts to carefully reach for it without disturbing him…

But as soon as she puts her hands on it, Dad’s hand clamps down on hers. Ack! And then he turns no-face-forward and lunges at her. Aaaaaaaaaaaack! All we hear are Yeon-joo’s screams from the hallway and the sounds of a horrific struggle inside. This is terrifying.

In the manhwa world, police officers are crawling all over Kang Chul’s penthouse, boxing up anything that can be used as evidence against him. They find a gun under his pillow, of course, and they make So-hee open up the safe and tell Do-yoon that he’ll have to be questioned as an accessory.

Do-yoon is alarmed when he overhears the cops reporting that they’ve found Chul on a traffic camera and are close to finding him. They set up roadblocks near the area, and two officers pull up to the hotel where Yeon-joo left Kang Chul still bleeding on the bed.

They get a list of current occupants and make their way down the hall, checking room by room. And at the very end of the corridor is Chul’s room, with the blood on the floor and the door handle.

Chul can hear the cops in the hallway as they check the other rooms, and he struggles to turn off the lights and reach for his gun in his coat pocket. His room is next in the search, and Chul uses all his strength to point his gun at the door.

But just as the cops are about to walk over, the door gets erased. Yeon-joo to the rescue? It’s just in the nick of time, and the cops don’t notice that the drops of blood on the ground are getting erased at their feet as they walk over. Chul doesn’t understand it, but the cops say that they’re moving on to the next floor. And as the cops get on the elevator, the security camera overhead gets erased too.

Back in Yeon-joo’s world, we see her at Dad’s desk, frantically doing all the erasing. Yay! There’s a disturbing ruckus behind the locked door though, and she keeps glancing over at it worriedly. Did you… lock your father out?! How did you…? Damn, I’m impressed.

Thinking quickly, Yeon-joo changes the color of Chul’s car from black to silver, and rewrites the license plate number just as the cops reach the parking lot in the manhwa. With Chul out of the woods for now, she empties her bag of medical supplies on the desk and begins to draw them, one by one. Smart girl.

Dad just pounds on the door over and over, and Yeon-joo draws as fast as she can, murmuring for Kang Chul to just hang in a little longer.

Chul is looking pretty bad right now, and is plagued with the memory of discovering his family dead and watching Ajusshi die right in front of him. But then on the nightstand, the bloody bandages get erased and replaced with a ringing alarm and new medical supplies.

Chul asks out loud if this is Yeon-joo’s doing, seeming to understand that she’s somehow helping him from afar. She includes a note along with the supplies, urging Chul to get it together and wake up, because she can’t come to him right now and he has to treat himself. Treat himself?! Is he also Jason Bourne?

Yeon-joo continues drawing more supplies, when suddenly the tablet glows and New-Face asks, “Who are you? Are you Oh Yeon-joo? When did you get out?!” He peers up at her with a menacing glare, and then his hands shoot out of the tablet and wrap around her neck.

New-Face chokes her violently, and she struggles to free herself, but can’t pry his hands off. She reaches for anything she can grab as a weapon, but everything is just out of reach. Just then, she spots the power button on the tablet, which is juuuuuuust close enough for her to reach… and with one click the machine shuts down and New-Face’s hands vanish. Whew.

Powering off the tablet seems to sever the connection that New-Face has to the outside world, because he’s shoved back down into the manhwa world, and at the same time, Dad stops pounding on the door and just kind of slumps to the ground like a powered-down robot.

Yeon-joo goes out to check on Dad, who’s unresponsive when she calls out to him. She carefully reaches out and puts a hand on his shoulder, but still there’s nothing. He’s not… dead, is he?

She cries on Dad’s shoulder and then carefully moves him to her bed, tears threatening to overwhelm her again.

Su-bong drags his feet as he returns to Dad’s workshop, and Seok-bum is there with him, encouraging him to go inside. The house is quiet when they enter, and Su-bong is so scared that he grabs Seok-bum’s hand before calling out for Yeon-joo. Seok-bum points out that interlocking fingers seems a bit much since they just met today. LOL.

Su-bong clings to him anyway like a little baby octopus. They eventually split up and Su-bong finds Yeon-joo in Dad’s office, just staring at the tablet numbly. She says that she locked Dad in her room, not knowing what else to do with him.

Seok-bum looks around the workshop and then reaches for Yeon-joo’s door thinking it’s the bathroom. No, don’t open it! Thankfully it’s locked, but it’s making me nervous that he keeps jiggling the knob.

Yeon-joo tells Su-bong that Dad quieted down after she shut off the tablet, and they guess that it must’ve severed the connection between Dad and New-Face. Yeon-joo says that she was thinking of making it all a dream again, and Su-bong suggests going all the way back to before Chul’s family was killed, before the villain ever existed. But… then the love interest becomes a minor!

Seriously though, have some pity for the readers of W. One it-was-all-a-dream might be tolerable, but two? The problem is, Yeon-joo points out, they can’t turn the tablet back on to draw any of that, because that’s exactly what New-Face is waiting for.

Seok-bum interrupts and asks where Yeon-joo is, and Su-bong looks at him like he’s stupid and says, “She’s right here.” But when he turns to look at her, she’s gone. All Su-bong can do is laugh, and Seok-bum laughs with him, but in that way where you pretend because you don’t want to upset the crazy person in front of you.

Of all the places, Yeon-joo appears in the manhwa world inside Assemblyman Han’s office, while he’s holding a traffic cam photo of her and wondering, “Who is Oh Yeon-joo?” to someone on the phone. He plans to start the search for Kang Chul with her, and calls it karmic retribution that things turned out this way for Chul, like it’s proof that justice still rules the world.

While Assemblyman Han lays out his scheme to kill Kang Chul before he can ever make it into police custody, Yeon-joo ducks down and crawls her way towards the door, even though it’s right in his line of sight. He catches her just as she’s about to escape, and all she can do is run for her life.

Thankfully she makes it out to the street before anyone can catch up to her, and she wonders why on earth she arrived in Assemblyman Han’s office. Then it occurs to her that Assemblyman Han was looking for her, and that perhaps the last times she’s been pulled back here, it wasn’t because of Chul, but New-Face, who was also looking for her. She wonders, “The hero’s not the only one who can call me here? Why, all of a sudden?”

Assemblyman Han belatedly realizes that the mystery woman in his office was Kang Chul’s runaway accomplice, and the wheels start turning in his head.

Yeon-joo runs into the nearest convenience store and asks the clerk what day it is and what happened to Kang Chul, explaining that she hasn’t been able to check the news. He tells her it’s the 22nd and Kang Chul is still on the run, and Yeon-joo is relieved that only two hours have passed in this world.

But as she’s hailing a cab in the street, time suddenly fast-forwards, and night turns into day. Crud. Yeon-joo runs right back to the convenience store and asks the clerk the same questions, heh, and she finds out that it’s the 22nd and Kang Chul is still on the run… but he means September 22, and Yeon-joo is shocked to realize that a month has passed.

She goes back to the hotel where she left Chul, but there’s still no door to the room since she erased it, and there’s no answer when she knocks on the wall. She’s terrified that the rumors are true that he died while on the run.

Do-yoon cleans out the last of their belongings from Kang Chul’s penthouse suite, and So-hee tells him to join her for a glass of wine since it’s their last day. She guesses that Chul really did die out there, because she doesn’t know how he’d last this long otherwise. She wonders sadly how he could’ve just died without leaving a single word behind, and Do-yoon remains silent.

Another bodyguard pulls Do-yoon aside and says that someone named Oh Yeon-joo is here to see him, and Do-yoon comes out to the hall to find Yeon-joo crying on the floor. She asks if Kang Chul is still alive, and Do-yoon asks what her relationship is to Chul.

She says they’re not really anything, but she cries so sorrowfully as she says that she just wants to know that he’s alive because he was in bad shape when she left him. Do-yoon takes out a notebook and writes down a location, and tells her to go meet Chul there. He admits that Chul has been looking for her all this time.

She’s just utterly relieved to know that he’s still alive. As she leaves, Do-yoon asks her to convince Chul to turn himself in, because Do-yoon is out of other ways to help him.

Yeon-joo takes the bus to a remote town, and waits at the bus stop that Do-yoon indicated. She waits and waits, and then finally Chul pulls up in the car that she’d camouflaged for him.

He rolls down the window and calls out her name with a little grin. Heh, different car, same smile. She gets in and doesn’t say a word, while Chul is happy to see her, mostly because he’s happy to see a familiar face and to have someone to talk to.

She says she thought he had died, but Chul says he couldn’t possibly, when she’d left such helpful instructions for how to treat himself. He flashes back to waking up in the hotel in the middle of a dream—the one where he’s sinking at the bottom of the Han River (omo, is he remembering parts of his dream-past?).

It was as if she were calling him out of the dream to wake up, and then according to her instructions, he gave himself shots of antibiotics, and then dug the freaking bullet out of his own stomach. Holy crap, did we really have to see that?

It gets worse, because he had to staple the gaping wound shut, and I’m getting queasy just writing that. He spent his remaining recovery time just playing that incriminating phone recording over and over on an endless loop, making himself crazy. He finally threw his phone in anger.

When he was well enough to leave, the door to his room rematerialized so he could walk through it, and then it vanished once he was out. He didn’t see it happen, but he turned back and saw the blank wall where the door was, and then went down to the parking lot to discover that his car had changed colors and license plates.

Chul spent his time hiding out and drinking, and he tortured himself by watching the news. And then at one point, his hand began to flicker in and out and reappear as a manhwa drawing, and at first he convinced himself that he was going crazy.

But back in the present, his hand starts to flicker in and out while he’s driving, and he carefully hides it from Yeon-joo. He asks if she’s found a way to help him, and guesses that she only said she’d find a solution to make him feel better, though he’d hoped she knew something he didn’t.

He admits to wondering if she knows the killer, because she was so sure that Kang Chul was framed. “Perhaps the culprit’s acquaintance? The culprit’s daughter?” he asks. She turns to look at him when he says that, but he just smiles and asks why she came back if she doesn’t have a plan. Yeon-joo just says she was worried about him, and Chul asks if by kissing and dashing, she fulfilled her lusty desires for her husband on him because they look alike. Pfft.

Chul offers to stop for groceries so they can eat, and guesses that Yeon-joo still has no money and nowhere to go. He says he doesn’t have money but will take responsibility for her, since she saved his life. She looks pained at his words, which only bring up memories for her.

They head to the local street market, where Chul insists on buying her some clothes. It’s déjà vu for Yeon-joo, who watches him curiously as he tells her to pick something out from the 5,000-won rack, and just know that in his heart he wishes he could buy her a 3,000,000-won dress. Weeeird, it’s almost like he remembers, except he can’t.

He returns with two ice cream cones and seems perfectly content to just sit and eat ice cream with her, tasting hers and insisting that she try a bite of his. She looks at him like he’s sprouted a second head and asks what’s gotten into him, and why he’s just sitting here eating ice cream instead of trying to clear his name.

Chul says that if too many things happen to a person without context, they go crazy. He tells her to assume he’s gone mad, and says that he’s tried everything he could possibly do to clear his name during the last month, and now the only option is to turn himself in and fight through legal channels, but that’ll mean a lifetime in jail.

He figures that he just has to accept his fate, because no matter how hard he tries, the result ends up the same. He sighs that maybe his life is meant to have a sad ending. No, don’t say that!

He holds up his fingers and says that they’ve now gone shopping and eaten ice cream: “We’ve done two things. Let’s go grocery shopping now.” Er? I know the words “two things” are completely generic, but it’s suspiciously the exact wording they used when talking about their sweet romance homework.

Yeon-joo continues to look at him like an alien while he runs around the grocery store being cute and asking about what to get, and telling her how having someone to eat with has brought his appetite back.

They reach his hideaway and he offers to make her pasta, and she points out that he can’t cook. He wonders how she knew that, but he says that he learned on the internet thinking that he’d like to cook for her when she came back. Aw, he’s fulfilling his promise to cook her a real meal without even realizing it!

She’s completely thrown, but he just smiles pleasantly and tells her to wash up, and points to the bathroom. As she starts walking out of the kitchen, he murmurs aloud, “Have we done four things now? If we do two more, today’s homework will be done.” OMO. OMO. OMONA.

Yeon-joo whirls around, remembering now that she’d marked these exact activities in their sweet romance book. She asks what he meant by “homework,” and he replies casually that he was referring to his homework to do ten sweet romantic things a day.

He brings up her husband, who only did four things and then disappeared, according to her, and says that he was planning to do the homework in her husband’s place to repay her for saving his life. You are SO messing with her right now.

Yeon-joo’s jaw hangs open, and Chul says he thought she was following him around because he looks like her husband. She finally stammers that she never mentioned homework to him before, and asks how he knows about that. Chul smirks and says, “Because I saw it.”

She asks where, so then he walks over to his coffee table and holds up the latest volume of W. AHHH, HE KNOWS. It’s the one that Yeon-joo brought into this world the last time she was here, and he can tell right away from her shocked reaction that she knows the manhwa well.

He says that the husband in this manhwa married a girl and did only four romantic things before disappearing on her, and Chul calls him a cheap bastard. Hee.

In flashback, we see that Yeon-joo brought the manhwa into Kang Chul’s world and tossed it aside on her bunk during the emergency call, not realizing then that she was in his world. Later, a doctor found the manhwa in his bunk and turned it over to Do-yoon, saying that Kang Chul and Yeon-joo were characters in the story.

Do-yoon didn’t read it but brought it out to Chul during one of his visits, and he urged Chul to turn himself in because there was no way to prove that the audio recording was falsified, and they were out of options. The only lead he had on Yeon-joo was the manhwa, which he left with Chul.

Back in the present, Chul says that he had nothing but time so he read the manhwa over and over, and now he’s memorized every line. Keh. They’re your lines!

He says he didn’t have much interest in it at first, but then we see how his eyes widened as he read all the events of the first timeline, from meeting Yeon-joo on the rooftop to all their kisses, to discovering that he was a manhwa character, to shooting Dad and jumping into the river.

He tells Yeon-joo that the story was exciting, and that he felt bad for Kang Chul, who seemed dumb at times… “like me,” he finishes. That’s why he didn’t turn himself in, he explains, because he wanted to see Yeon-joo again and ask her how the rest of the story goes.

He holds up the manhwa and asks, “Have you seen the next volume? After this, what happens to Kang Chul and Oh Yeon-joo? Because things ended up this way, does Kang Chul forget Oh Yeon-joo forever? Answer me. Your husband who suddenly disappeared… Is it me?”

 
COMMENTS

Damn, he really pulled one over on me. I thought the dress-buying was eerily similar but not suspicious, in that it’s just in Kang Chul’s character to do that, and he really is a gazillionaire who currently can’t access his money. It was his word choice about the “things” that made me suspicious, though I guess we should’ve known something was up when he teased her about lusty thoughts. But I love that he took his sweet time to tell her the truth, and that he actually started the homework in the first timeline to repay her for saving him, and then restarted it in the second timeline for saving him again. It’s just so perfectly cyclical how they’ll always end up with him discovering that he’s a manhwa character because of his curiosity about her, which is unavoidable because Yeon-joo will never sit back and just let him die. It’s what started the cycle in the first place—her sincere desire to save his life—and now it seems inevitable that her intervention will always lead to his self-awareness.

I find it so fascinating that in the first timeline, Kang Chul discovering that he was a manhwa character threw him into a deep pit of despair, so dark that he shot his creator to prove his free will and then killed himself on a bridge; but in the second timeline, the despair came from circumstances in the manhwa world. And reading W—in particular, his storyline with Yeon-joo, which was not part of the manhwa series when he read it the first time—brought him out of depression and gave him a reason not to give up on his life. I just really loved it when he asked her what happens in the next volume for Kang Chul AND Yeon-joo, not just Kang Chul. Because beginning with that volume, it really became their story, not his.

And I enjoyed that he didn’t magically “remember” her, because there’s something more bittersweet and heartfelt about him seeing their relationship from the outside, and recognizing Yeon-joo’s pain and feeling frustrated that he might be the source of it without knowing. It’s a way to use the meta-upon-meta framework of the narrative in a romantically angsty, but satisfying way, and it worked so well for me emotionally over the last two episodes.

I don’t really know how Yeon-joo was technically able to bring that manhwa into his world, but I suppose in the past she’s always brought whatever was on her person, like ID tags and lab coats. I think it’s more likely that the manhwa defied the normal rules of universe-hopping, not that this drama has ever stayed consistent from episode to episode on what the rules are. I feel like the only rule here is: There are no rules. It’s maddening at times, since that means that the relationship between the manhwa world and Yeon-joo’s world is always on shifting sand, but that’s also the point of Yeon-joo and Kang Chul changing each other’s universes as they become inextricably linked—nothing stays the same after that.

What I don’t know is how they’re going to save Dad, because now he really does seem lost as an empty vessel under the killer’s control, and it’s not like Yeon-joo’s world can reset like Kang Chul’s (…that we know of). How will they get his soul back? That’s not even the worst of it, because Kang Chul seems to be dematerializing in his own world, the one where he’s supposed to be the main character. If he loses purpose in the story, it seems like he’s not immune from disappearing just like So-hee nearly did last time. What happens then? Does he just disappear forever? And does that mean that New-Face has overtaken him as the main character? Because that cannot be happening. Hopefully Kang Chul regaining his self-awareness will put him on the same footing as New-Face, as long as we keep Dad locked up and away from his tablet. And maybe New-Face being corporeal now means that he has an ass you can kick, which is a very small silver lining, but not an insignificant one. You could also, yunno, SHOOT HIM IN THE FACE.

 
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uaaaaaa

1. The story changed, the protagonist changed, now it's a story about a prosecutor
that finally able to find the evidence to solve the murder by a teen psychopath,
the story revolves around the protagonist, but for the antagonist, it only relevant as long as he did something

2. OYJ get summoned because the story needs her, the protagonist mention her name

3. OYJ lips get healed in the 1-month webtoon and Kang Chul surprisingly didn't scream much, maybe he's drawn out of energy,
but the expression is really terrified me, it seems hurt

4. so the only villain can create the magic door? because we don't need them to appear all the time or that actually a special ability

5. KC became irrelevant if when he no longer needed, he is going to disappear because his story can be wrap up that way
and the protagonist already in the peak of his story with or without Kang Chul, they don't really need him

6.They did it, the shopping, the ice cream, the grocery!!! complete with 1 cereal PPL and variety of colour, seriously I dig the colour since many grocery shopping in many dramas have tonnes of the same product line up like in IKEA

7. Kang Chul is indeed a smart man, he finds his way and he waits for her to get the answer

8. Soo Bong is going to the hospital for the entire ep 10, poor guy, but love the laugh sequence with Seo Boom, I laugh myself for no reason good comedic relieve

9. The flashback is cut down, only 1 minute and the playback from the last ep is 2.25 minutes long, they really seem to prolong ep 9

10. Fugitive Kang Chul wears less make and make the hotness level increases , really dig the black shirt, hat and the ripped jeans,

and don't you just loved it when the character solves their own problem by connecting the dot and didn't drag the amnesia just for the sake of feeling,
our feeling already tugs yesterday and today then they stop doing it by making the smart boy realised,
thank you, although I am okay with the journey to remember you thing, but I appreciate this fast response more than the dragging part,
don't you think they gonna break the 4th wall at the end of the drama?
like saying to the camera "it's entertaining, isn't it"
and OYJ said "yes jong suk shi...oops", then Kang Chul's eyebrow get triggered!!

so the interworld game is change to the traditional hero vs bad guy which is a very good idea,
we've travel endless time back and forth and now let's do all the kicking

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10. Fugitive Kang Chul wears less makeup and make the hotness level increases

too many typo, can't believe I can catch up the time with the recap release,

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Hemmm... but if KC disappear, wouldn't the New-Face killer lose his purpose and disapear too?

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he still gets the president, he is the sole reason the president is winning this time so he is relevant to the truth of president morality?

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or the webtoon end just like that...
isn't the killer sole final purpose is to have a showdown with kangchul?

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He's showing those symptoms because the story is drifting away from him.

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But, KC's purpose was always to find the killer of his family and even when did the first time - that there is no killer, he took his own life. He was still suspended in bottom of Han river. Story should really have ended then.

Let's say No Face restarted the story, and he made all of it according to him. So his purpose to take KC down is a success and KC is no longer needed ?
Then why didn't no face disappear when KC killed himself ?

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No-face technically messed with the entire storyline. With those changes, he made Kang Chul the villain. Episode 11 showcased that in a month's time, Kang Chul was hunted down, publicly scrutinized and blamed for the killings of his family and his dads friend. That timeframe alone shifted not only the course of the story's plot, but the shift in its characters as well. Since Kang Chul remains hidden, the story is drifting farther away from him, his purpose and his need to be the central focus of the story has been reduced. Because of these changes, I believe that No-Face has now made Han Cheol the hero of the manwha. Until Kang Chul faces those charges and turns himself over to the authorities, his "story" will be forgotten, serving him no purpose to be part of the manwha. That's why he's slowly fading away. (Insert gallon of tears)

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Remember that Kang Chul never died so there wasn't any need for the manwha to rid itself of no-face..

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New-face is stupid. No one wants to read Han Cheol-ho's story.

If Chul vanishes from the story, no one will buy the toon. Distribution will stop. Fans will go away. Crazy Dog will quit being a surgeon and camp out like a spurned sasaeng outside W publishing house.

Going back to the Schrodinger thing, if no one reads/observes the toon, their whole world will be split and fractured in a quantum soup where everything and nothing is happening at the same time. Which isn't much of an existence either.

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Han Cheol-Ho is an old fogey. And yes, crazy dog will go berserk if the old man becomes the hero.

Re: shrodinger's cat, yes, that is entirely possible. The manwha will cease to exist if the story won't continue. They can either vanish into oblivion or time would simply stop.

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Crazy dog is gonna like I would rather read the cheesy romance than this!

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in the latest episodes, but I'm finally seeing what others have been commenting about. the directing, in especially the editing, doesn't do justice to the script. fortunately the strength of the script can make up for most of those mistakes, but not all. if it were the same team as the one at TVN who did QIMH and Nine, the drama would have been better I think. however, we wouldn't have HHJ as the heroine cos I heard she's kinda an MBC groomed actress which may be one of the reasons they managed to get her to accept the role and drama.

2) I wish they really would make more use of the excellent OST tracks released so far, instead of the couple of songs.

3) the Chinese translation for the preview also uses the word "summon". me thinks KC is referring to the teleporting power the killer uses within the W universe but he's going to use it cross-worlds as well.

4) KC's life will always be in danger, one way or another, either getting killed, being hunted or disappearing from existence until the finale.

5) I stated before, the romance factor in QIHM was much higher because that was when writer-nim first started to explore the time-traveling theme in her scripts and they wanted to reach out to a larger audience so she added more romance to the script. Second time round, romance was sidelined in Nine, due to success of QIMH, she was given more leeway to focus on the time traveling concept. W is a marriage of QIMH and Nine, and writer-nim upped it by making the female lead more than the just romance factor, but with more active role in the main plot. just praying writer-nim doesn't do the open ending for W.

that's it. folks.

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This show is messing with my brain... I am starting to see hope even in what -on paper- sounds like the most depressing things. Somehow, KCs "I gave up trying to fight it, maybe I am meant to have a sad ending" no longer sounds like giving up, but rather like "This quest for a happy ending only brought us pain and suffering. I'd rather simply enjoy the fact that we are together".

Also, if i liked that during the 'amnesia' episode they kept repeating things they did before, I absolutely love that now they both continue to do it but intentionally... It's like a conscious affirmation of their commitment to the relationship.

KCs teasing is not just that, but it seems to me like an attempt to get her to acknowledge their true relationship. It reminds me a bit of the prison scene where at some level he also was proving her her to admit her feelings. KC: "So you kissed me because missed having a man around..." imaginary YJ: "No, you idiot. I did it because I love you!" :P

All-in-all I am happiest when they are together. So let's see what you throw at us next, Show. I'm all up for it.

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Can we talk about how Chul is totally trying to measure up to his past self? How he's like "So I can't buy you a $3,000 dress like the other guy, but just know I really want to." "Maybe the other guy couldn't cook but I looked richard simmons up on youtube, girl, let me make you something Italian." He read that book so much he memorized it. I just can't with him. He spent a month preparing for the day he'd see her again, to give her the romance he thinks she deserves. Boy breaks my heart.

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He can’t be the same Chul as before. He can’t be the man he was before. So he desperately wants to do better. To BE better. If he can’t be the Chul she knew and fell for, then damn it he’s going to fight to be better. To chase her, love her, fight for her, more than that idiot Chul ever did. Because that Chul? The one he can’t remember? Didn’t fight for her. He sacrificed himself and gave up instead of fighting and staying by her side to protect her.
So he studied. He practiced. He reread his comic. Because it’s all he can do until she’s by his side again. Ready to fight to rebuild their love, and fight to protect her.

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Do you guys ever notice Kang Chul has a way of scolding Yeon Joo about something and then giving her exactly what she wants like 5 seconds later?

Ep 7- Angry at her for keeping him alive and playing romance with him. Then 5 seconds later kissing her.

Ep 10- Scolds her on the rooftop for drinking alcohol while on doctor duty. Then 5 seconds later drinking it with her.

Ep 10- Scolds her for breaking and entering So-Hee's apartment and calls the police. Then 5 seconds later she's in his car.

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@ Firo ++ 1,000,000...very well said

@ Beanie - he is always gonna tease her and she would be perpetually perplexed by his actions.

Now we know the reason to the "one month" time jump. Her "disappearance" for that period was to enable KY's search for her leading to his self discovery.... and perhaps new goals in life...

I thought any drama would be hard to rival The Healer, so I am glad W proved me wrong. I really dig the dialogues, the cast, the production but most of all, I like the fact that YJ inevitably became a heroine despite being a fugitive - penniless, homeless...and heartbroken ..

And how not to love a love story that spans two universes? And who could resist someone who saved KY again and again so that he could have a happy ending?

It is bittersweet to watch KY drawn to her both times. In the earlier episodes, her kookiness probably piqued his interests. But this time, it's her quiet grief that made him notice her.

The saddest thing about YJ was that she grew up well in a troubled family. And while her love for her alcoholic dad was unquestionable, she crafted a heroic figure out of a longing and yearning for something more. And when the only love she ever hope to get was a fairy tale romance, she had to give it up. And now she is doing it again, saving two worlds for the two men in her life.

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I'm thinking newface is trying to BECOME the main character himself, it's not necessary that the main character has to be a hero. He could just as well be a villain, if the story revolves around him enough. And he's made sure that Kang Chul has all but dropped off the radar, and he's the one calling the shots. I wonder who's perspective the manhwa is narrating from right now..

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I think he still the main character for right now, because of the time thing a month past...it was still centered on him and how long he had been in hiding, but i think it might be shifting to Assembleyman han or possibly oh yeon joo ( because what brought her back was assembleyman han thinking about her which could have just brought her back into the manhwa world...or may be KC was the one to bring her back and it was just set up to look like Assemblyman Han did.

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Yeah I'm beginning to think too that the story is being given a different narrative!! Firstly because Kang Chul is disappearing, that means he's not the main focus anymore because he's lost his purpose in the story. And secondly that time skip doesn't necessarily meat that it was there to make Kang Chul heal and the time pass quicker. Firstly it could just as well have been because the killer and assemblymen need Kang Chul to come out of hiding, that's why the time sped up so the story could get to that point. Or it could be that it was because Assemblyman Han needed to find Yeon Joo, because if happened right after she ran into him. And she ran off without getting caught, we might have just been pushed a month into the future because that's when she'll next run into him, only after she's made sure that Kang Chul is alive and alright.

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Reposting cause I replied to the wrong person:

Do you think Kang Chul kept in mind Yeon Joo's rant, particularly "he never even told me he loved me, it was always me doing all the confessing" like does he feel bad ?

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I definitely think he did. He's had a month to process everything, and this is Kang Chul. He strategises, analysis and thinks things through. He's not someone who always misses the details because he's very meticulous when he thinks things through. He's the type to try to put together information really fast, which is why he was able to figure out that he must be that husband Yeon Joo mentioned.

As for feeling bad, yes. I mean he basically called his past self an idiot, because I think the Kang Chul we see now is able to look at the past decisions he made in a more objective manner. Which is why I'm not hating the amnesia plot this time around, because it's actually good development wise. Kang Chul getting to see his actions and his story with Yeon Joo objectively from a comic was a wonderful way for him to see his past mistakes and come out of it knowing better. He knows what his decision has done to Yeon Joo now, he saw her break down. And he saw what she did for him. He's falling for her all over again and I think that's beautiful.

He's getting to know her through the pages of a comic, just like she got to know Kang Chul by reading her father's comic. And now it's his turn to fight like hell to keep her. To confess and fall in love with her. So I think he's not going down without a fight. I hope to god there's no sacrificing this time around, but a true fight till the finish line, where a happy ending awaits them.

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I've noticed that people seem to have problems with:

1. The romance--apparently, it's too "fast" and "inorganic" so they can't get invested, whatever that means. Mind you, these are the same people who would complain about the pace if it let up a bit to focus on the relationship. Case in point, episode 7. No matter what intentions KC had in his actions towards YJ, it's true that they were working on their relationship in some way. Plot demanded that they halt but it didn't invalidate the real feelings that went on.

2. YJ's character--she's too obsessed with KC, she's not acting like they want her to act, how they'd act if they were in her shoes. My God, can people just get over the shooting? Yeah, he did it. If they don't understand why he did it and can't get over it, it's no wonder they can't get "invested." They're taking her actions towards him even after the shooting extremely personally. Lends a new meaning to self-insertion, in my opinion.

3. KC's lack of "genuine" feelings toward YJ--apparently, because he's a manhwa character, his feelings for YJ are fake, leading to point #1

In my humble opinion, it's better to leave people with such opinions alone. You can't convince people to see what you see and interpret something the way you see it.

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Everything you wrote, everything! I don't know how anyone can confuse it as a lack of genuine feeling. Kang Chul admits to not knowing how to do real romance and so approaches it in the way he knows has produced the best results for him (study! "homework"! bullet points!) because he wants to succeed at it! He wants to please her, a trait we've been given hints he has never done with other girls he has had flirtations with. The show has hinted that his relationships, as they were, were shallow and completely on his terms - when Do Yoon asks if Yeon Joo is another one of those girls he's hurt and dumped, I was like "Wow, dude's got an m.o.!" - but here he is putting himself outside his comfort zone and worrying constantly about getting the details right because it *matters* what YJ feels. He wants her to be happy because her happiness delights him and he wants her to want to stay with him (at a certain point, he's even afraid she won't want to).

YJ's character, ignoring the wonderful nuances, is nothing new - not for a heroine or a hero for that matter. There are tropes and one of them is the hero/heroine who falls in love hard and is willing to move heaven and earth for their love. I never quite understand those who act like this basic trope is a new thing to a drama??? Honestly, she's no more "obsessed" than most (I'll see your YJ and raise you the heroine from It Started with a Kiss, now that's obsession) - in fact, when she's asked to back off she does, to her detriment, I might add. Most of her interactions with KC have been to *physically save his life,* not to insert herself into his sphere for romantic hanky-panky or to put "He's My Man!" stamps all over his body. She likes him and she's a pretty bad liar, so she doesn't bother to hide it much - although she is embarrassed by how swoony he makes her feel - but it's never with the intention or insinuation of "So, I like you; do you like me...? Can we make this happen?" There is never an air of expectation or even of begging him to reciprocate. Most of the time she's trying to get home. It's only when she sees hints he might like her back that she puts out an invitation to explore a romance hence the "sweet romance" gig.

When KC asks for the reset she respects his decision and I don't quite understand finding fault with her struggling in the aftermath of that either. It hurt. A lot. She's allowed to feel that and even express it when it gets to be too much, especially when she gets sneak attacked like with the rolling ring situation. One of the nuances I love about YJ as a character is how her emotional nature is portrayed.

Like chemistry, buying into the romance is so a subjective process. My personal philosophy is if I don't buy it by ep 5, then I will never buy it. After that, it's all about if there is enough in the show as a whole to keep me watching. I prefer romance driven kdramas so if the romance loses me I'm usually out of the show, lol...

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I wonder whether KC is being framed to the point even the Manhwa readers are also thinking that KC is guilty? That's why he's no longer the main character?

I thought the readers would know that KC is being framed since they see the whole process when KC's uncle was shot. I'm curious what the readers read in Manhwa in real world.

I feel bad for this Manhwa fans. They must be so confused right now. LOL.

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I feel bad for the readers too!

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Manhwa Comment

"so we've been root for the wrong person %$$^$!"
"no , there must be a twist, how the recording appear?"
"but . . . but . . the assemblyman is bad!!"
"the dad T.T, why chul-ah"
"I want So Hee's happy scene!!"
"what is kang chul's supporter doing? they need to helps him!"
"the daughter must write this, that's why her name appears again"
"Oh so man needs another vacation , kekekeke"
"I wished I can enter the webtoon"
"at least it wasn't a pure romantic comedy"

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And the comment wars!

"Chul oppa is innocent. The jealous Killer is just framing him for money."
"Your stupid oppa is caught with gun and blood in his hands and still you call him innocent. How stupid can you get?"
"Guys, let's not judge until we get all evidence."

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The comic readers, I believe, have seen the gun show up in KC's hand from nowhere. So they may still trust KC now.

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I thought we were going to have a bed scene when KC and YJ went to that house.. (KC's childhood home) I'm sorry I just can't help but think of *that* when I watch this scene LOL. I mean he even bought her another dress!!

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You are in the running for the longest username in beanieland.

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I love that our OTP is just so clever and hard to back into a corner! YJ is no daft damsel, the way she rescued Kang Chul at the hotel, and even had the forsight to renovate his getaway car! And Kang Chul, even with the loss of his memories is still sharp as ever, the way he caught onto what his pre-reset memories must have been. I'm happy the writer didn't magically give him back his memories - but he, Kang Chul, put the pieces together after readind the Manga.

Now I know why it was important to use so many Flaschbacks in the previous Episodes - so that their story would fit it all in one Volume/Book!!!!!

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I super love your id DoesThisMean#4IsBackOnTheMenu....
I was thinking the same too...LOL

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Yes, i love your name too. And i love everything in this episode after yesterday episode. Finally kc and yj can join hands together to fight the villain. Although i'm confused how dad can go to normal if killer control him like that T^T

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I really enjoyed Yeon Joo's scenes in those 2 episodes, I found her smart which I really appreciated

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That is why Kang Chul is described as a young geeeeeeenius man!

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@DoesThisMean#4IsBackOnTheMenu?: love your ID as well!

Yes, I hope Kang Chul remembers #4 is just as important as his homework!

It was definitely considerate (and ingenious) of the writer to make sure Yeon Joo brought Vol 34 of the manwha with her into the W world, but I'm just boggling at how quickly they produced the printed version! It was bang up to date, including the first and last day that Kang Chul and Yeon Joo spent together as husband and wife pre-reset.

I'm glad that they will now get the chance to write their Sequel together.

I'm glad that Do-yoon was looking out for his buddy all this time!! I was wondering why DY and SH weren't fading out, if the story's focus has shifted away from Kang Chul. But I hope this means that KC and YJ won't be alone, and that Team Kang Chul will find a way to flip the tables and survive against all the odds (even if they learn they're manwha characters in the process)!

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They forgot that KC was created based on YJ's ideal man. After reading KC's whole story and became sympathize for his tragic lost of his family somehow made a deep mark in YJ's heart. Remember when YJ said she was crying with KC when she read about KC's first trial to kill himself because he was desparate to live? It just needed a trigger to make that feeling grows into love. So for YJ, KC's existence has been already in her heart for long time. So when YJ saved him and saw him in real person. in blood and flesh, how could she ignored him and just let her father went to kill him?

That subtle feeling for Chul grows bigger when she kissed him for the first time, she touched her lips right? Same thing happened in ep 11. It sent another tremble to her heart that lead her to fall for KC. People said that YJ shoudn't be that heartbroken must forgot about this.

Their other acquaintances only made both side aware their feeling for each other.

As for KC who has never been in love before, falling in love is new for him. But it didn't lessen his feeling for YJ coz he is willing give up his life in order to protect her is already a big point how important YJ for KC. After finding out the ugly truth about his life, meeting YJ is still the best part of it.

For YJ it just made her fell in love with KC more til the point of no return. How could they expect YJ won't suffered after losing KC who jumped off himself from the rooftop in order to protect her? That is insane if really happen to a person. Watching love one killing himself before your eyes is cruel and beyond words to say. And to add more YJ had to erase herself from KC's memories in order to keep everything back together. It's painful things to do. So when YJ felt so heartbroken is should be easy to understand and relate. Losing someone she loves dearly before her eyes and made him totally forgot about herself is really painful. It's not about how long they both invested their time together but it's more about how much you gave and invested your feeling and yourself in the relationship.

Both KC and YJ are willingly to give up them self in order to save one another.

About the marriage it is legal tho. Although it happened in W world. They are husband and wife legally in paper. That's why Mr. Song was worried about the finance things. If it's not real, SH won't be disappear. Their rings indicates their bonding as a couple. YJ's ring is still exist meaning their marriage is real. Although I'm not sure what happened to Chul's ring. I hope it will appear again as he finally remember what happened before.

The rings also becomes the reason why the culprit's after YJ as his next target. She became part of KC and also could be hurt.

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Kang Chul X Yeon Joo 's baaack!!!

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it slipped my mind that YJ was terrified when the killer tried to choke her ... perhaps she should keep a mallet handy while working on the comic illustration so that the next time the killer grabs her, she can whack him like a mole ... keke ... or have a taser by her side or she can poke his eyes ... being creative here but i'll leave it up to writer-nim ... as we all know in kdrama world, it will not be easy for the lead characters ... i am just curious how the writer will spin this without reusing old tricks ... i like YJ's strong character though ... definitely not your damsel in distress ... i love kdramas that portray strong women ... i am not a big fan of women characters who are 'feisty' with their male leads but are really weak and allow to be 'beaten-up' by their step mother, step sister or future mother-in-law ... haist ...

on another note (and perhaps off topic, mianhe), i would like to say, bless your heart LJS for promoting your advocacy against child abuse ... i wish there were more people like him who uses his influence to increase awareness on social issues that beset our world ...

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Yeah, I think YJ would be much more open #4 if she knew the focus was off of them, and thus the readers won't get to see the panels depicting such. ;)

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Or perhaps if KC begins to fade in front of her, to deliberately pursue option 4, in order to create a new storyline and give KC's character a reason to be in the webtoon.

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Omg yes, please!!! Like that is oh SO convenient, the sexy times is just to save your life so you don't cease existence not because I find it ridiculously hard to resist jumping your bones.. The sacrifices Yeon Joo has to make to keep Kang Chul safe.. *sigh*

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I just have so much regrets for what could have been shown in ep 8. Like the whole emotional process that KC went through from when YJ accidentally cut her hand and was brought out of the webtoon world to when they met again. We know that since the threat of the Killer, he was hoping for her to return to her world which he assumed to be a safer place. After her disappearance, he was left alone in the kitchen and sat there till the morning. What could he be thinking and feeling then and there? It must have been feelings of loss, of pain, of mourning for their short happiness, ... but at that moment, I don't think that he wished for YJ to be back by his side, as he was still under the belief that the Killer was nearby, inside the webtoon-world.

But it is different later when he's in his car driving to Sohee's place after receiving her call. In the car, KC deduced and concluded that the Killer had indeed escaped the webtoon and came to the real world. The thought that the Killer could find and harm YJ there led him to frantically search for her (he called and asked the security man to look for YJ around the house). How strong his concern for her safety that it immediately summoned her right back to his side, in the car! He wasn't even aware of that right away as he was too consumed by his fear/yearning for her.

If only all of this were shown more clearly through the direction... Casual viewers would not be able to catch all of these on their own in a single viewing when all his emotions and thoughts are glossed over and treated lightly. I don't really expect a lot from the writer in future episodes, as it's episode 11 already and KC has been shown to be consistently more cool and calm than impulsive and easily overwhelmed by emotions. I just wish the director could develop some sense and fill in the blank for us in those melo scenes. Come on, blow our minds away with their earth-shattering, dimension-breaking love!! hahaha.

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BTW I love YJ/HHJ small gesture in ep 10 when she asked KC to exchange his seat from driver seat to back seat. She protected his head so he wouldn't bump to the car's door frame. It is written in the script or just HHJ herself did it. It would be very sweet of her if she was doing it not based on the script, you know meaning she is very caring to LJS

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I was actually really worried when he was out in broad daylight with just a cap to hide his face. At least grow out some stubble or something to disguise yourself.

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Yeah, me too.

It seems they are hiding in some remote town though.

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I want Kang Chul to meet Soo Bong in the real world, he will definitely freak out! I'm laughing at the thought as I'm writing right now! :D That poor thing will have another shock but [SPOILERS FROM PREVIEW] Maybe he knows more about that scarry small picture that MS teared.

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A staple of K-dramas is the black baseball cap of doom. Whenever someone wants to be inconspicuous they put of the VERY conspicuous black baseball cap. That trope has even leaked over into American TV,.

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I never thought of the cap being used to be inconspicuous. More like dodging the CCTVs.

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I can't believe we're still being left stumped and dumbfounded, THIS late in the game this is usually around the time in any normal kdrama when all the cliches would be rolled out and the story would take a slower pace, but W still leaves us thoroughly speechless! I SO did not see that coming, and I can't say enough how much I love how accepting Kang Chul is of his past and Yeon Joo. This could be the romance we asked for!!!!

Now all of us wish we can just fast forward time to next Wednesday, just like every other Thursdays since W aired.

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Do you think Kang Chul kept in mind Yeon Joo's rant, particularly "he never even told me he loved me, it was always me doing all the confessing" like does he feel bad ?

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I like that the writer hasn't made Kang Chul said the three words yet. Seems like she's saving this important event for later episode. Many people have already discussed about KC feelings, even Yeon-joo said it in the ramyeon scene, it was always her who did the confession.

...which convinced me some more he will say it one day, a confession complete with a kiss heee. I have no problem with this at all, I like the build-up.

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because YJ chose option 3 officially, only that option gets fulfilled real and directly, the rest of the options will be fulfilled indirectly, e.g option 1 was in a dream. hopefully since option 4 is KC's choice, we can get that too.

reason why I kept repeating my expectations for EP 15 and EP 16, is hopefully we can prepare ourselves mentally for the finale stretch and the angst. the drama proposal already promised the viewers a lot of angst and tears.

for both QIMH and Nine, the male lead always saves his "I love you" confession to declare at the most crucial timing. KC will be the same, I think. right now, he feels he does not have the right to declare his feelings and love for YJ and that their relationship has no future, due to him being a manhwa character, so he is keeping his distance from YJ.

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I just want to know how dad will survive without an ability to feed - assuming he doesn't need oxygen at the moment (although it seems like he still has some form of a nose)....

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T H I S!! I want to know!

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He is just also a manhwa character now. So everything that applied to NO FACE applies to him as well.

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I can't think of a single logical, or even coherent way in which the writer might think to have the killer killed, but still return Appa his face. Like I just can't fathom how they would do that..

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I know. I keep thinking Appa will go down with the killer...they seem inextricably linked at this point. But that would be too sad. Hope the writers have a rabbit to pull out of the hat on this one.

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Maybe if Dad and New Face were both in the comic world and Yeon Joo used the tablet to draw dad's face back on and kill/destroy New Face.

IDK, I feel like that's too simple.

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I think that's maybe the only thing I was curious about. How does he live without a mouth and a nose? It's so strange

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Maybe he now has gills behind his ears like Aquaman.

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OMG! This comment is life! I laughed out loud, which is not safe, since it's almost 2 am here and I should be sleeping.

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I also love the fact that the you wrote this at 5 am

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So the puppet-master is now a puppet, and his puppet became his puppet-master.

Moral of the story: Be careful of how you create and mold your creations. You might lose control of them someday and they will get back to you in the most horrible way.

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"don’t you think they gonna break the 4th wall at the end of the drama?
like saying to the camera “it’s entertaining, isn’t it”"

And KC said to the camera: I suffered so much for you guys cheap entertainment. However, I will forgive the writer, because she gave me a happy ending.

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the 4th wall, may be:
even YJ's world when she's a surgeon is a Webtoon.
in the Real Third World, she is a Webtoon artist, secretly in love with her Olympics-Gold metal Childhood friend, Kang Chul who happened to be staying next door.

yes, all i want from this drama now, that i may be willing to trade in my demand for Option4, is a reasonable Happy ending with YJ and Chul be a real married couple happily forever.
nothing less than that should pacify me, and my 'hoodie wrath' to burn MBC down if that fail to come to pass.

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Count me in for the "hoodie wrath" in case they dare to finish this in a way that does not imply Yeon Yoo and Chul having a happy ending together. I am SO invested in this couple happiness. :D
Kudos to the writer by the way, not only for the mind-blowing plot, but also for making the romance so touching...suddenly you find yourself rooting for the couple and suffering for their separations. My heart was aching every time Yeon Yoo was looking at Chul in this episode. They are so perfect together...god, I feel the need to go and scratch a heart with their names in a tree trunk ?
Also, the detail of Chul learning everything from the manhwa was clever and I enjoyed this twist so much. If the writer has planned the whole story this carefully, I am anticipating a lot of excitement for what is to come yet. Cannot wait till next week episode!!

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KC is just too damn rational for his own romance. I realized that a part of why it's not working well for me is that I've almost never seen KC vulnerable in the context of the romance. He's always so in control of his actions and his words, even to Yeon Joo. I think the only time would be when he hallucinated YJ being shot in the head and he couldn't help but hug her. I think being emotionally vulnerable is a big part of falling and being in love, especially in front of the one you love. So I hope to see that in KC someday. Come on, Kang Chul. I WANT TO BELIEVE. Hehehe. :D

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he did let go of himself, while always pose and calm mostly. because he has to control his feels, not to hav sudden changes to stir another disappearing of YJ. like what you say, nothing beats a man in his vulnerability and shows his hurts and LJS is damned good in weeping scenes in past, not the kinds that moan and groan, but the silent tears, and tight closed eyes.... trembling lips, bowed head, crouching shoulders. tears slided down the cheeks. ... he perfected that kind of weeping scenes. i want to see him break down for her too... the best portrayed of his breaking down, and gone out of his safe bountary, was at the hospital rooftop, confession his feel after reading all the comics. asking YJ, dont she dare to be coy, and say of all the 99 times of sadness filled, him, he has One single happiness in knowing how YJ feel about him.
me too, i also want to see him showing his weakness, and missing her, and breaking down before her, act like her man.

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But I am confused.

If the LEAD PROTAGONIST can disappear, does a word called REAL even exist around here ?
Now who would the manhwa revolve against ? The world was frozen in time when KC jumped of the bridge.

The entire time he was underwater, nothing happened in manhwa world. Only when KC came back did the world start again.

Now the story says, even KC can disappear? How ? When KC died in Han river, his world didnt exist on its own but now KC himself is gonna disappear while the entire world goes on it's own pace independently ?
Even the one month was speeding up because the hero was doing nothing, time was revolving around him. So how can he disappear?
On top of it, now we have so many main characters Who are self aware. KC, YJ and new face! Around who will the time revolve now ?

I get it lead characters can change in course of a story, but I don't find a reason why it has to change. KC is framed again - it feels more like final act of the story rather than KC losing purpose. Even if the story believed KC is the killer, then it shouldn't end until he is killed or captured !

I am just very confused !!!

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new-face's plotting changes the very basic premise of the story- that KC was innocent. the voice recording made him the killer instead, so the story changes drastically from KC trying to find the truth to a justice-seeking prosecutor chasing after a cold-blooded killer on the loose. thus assemblyman Han became the main protagonist and lead and the world should revolve around him. but thankfully Han is not self-aware.. yet, so there's no danger of the manhwa stopping...yet.

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thanks for clarifying :-) I've been wondering about that bit too.
So that also explains why YJ appeared inside his office..but judging from how she wonders why other people aside from the hero can summon her there, she doesn't yet realize that Han is the new hero of W.
Anyway if Han is self aware and the manhwa stops again, these 3 person will not be affected because all of them are self aware.

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I think it is because when KC drowned himself in the river, he was still the main lead. Hence the story couldn't continue without him. However now, the story is slowly shifting the focus away and it seemed as though NO FACE and the evil prosecutor is now the main character. The world is no longer revolving around KC. Hence, now his new self awareness and death etc may not create the same kind of effects.

Wow i love how much thought goes into the writing. Too mind blowing, i can't even.

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"The entire time he was underwater,"
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"The entire time he was in underwear,"
and i was like, WHERE DID THAT HAPPEN

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In our dreams. huehuehue

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Yup I was wandering why the manhworld didn't stop as soon as Chul realized he's probably YeonJoo's missing husband.

I have question. So if the main character was no longer Chul, why the story was still skipped faster by a month? The writer probably has a reason for this.

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Because nothing significant has happened to the protagonist who is assembly Han after seeing YJ.

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I just realized the last scene of W vol 34 is likely the reset scene where Kang Chul wakes up in the hospital bed, crying. Remember, vol 34 includes all of the marriage/sweet romance homework because that's how the KC of the reset timeline learns about the number of tasks promised as well as how he forgot his wife.

If anything the prop manhwa is a little too thin but printing a book with that many color pages costs money that's needed for the actual drama, so I'm forgiving of that detail. It makes sense for vol 34 to be about Yeon Joo's arc in W from a publisher's standpoint - one overarching storyline is contained in a single volume.

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Whammy. We were all thking Kang Chul might be trapped in his world and Yeon Joo in hers, hadn't even considered that Kang Chul would disappear altogether. He's displaying the same symptoms we saw on SH. I hope now that he knows he's the main character, and he's getting in touch with Yeon Joo that the flickering thing has been dealt with for good. But this writer always manages too catch us completely off guard so I wouldn't dare to hazard a guess..

P.s am I the ONLY one still worried about the dead body wife the ring ar the morgue that was totally not suppose to be our Kang Chul.. ?!

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I forgot about the dead guy found. Now I'm worried

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I never thought that was significant. That was just the main characters thoroughly investigating KC's disappearance.

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Nope, I've been worried about that this whole time. I guess for me, the ADHD helps when there's information overload, huh. ;-)

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I think the first time around when KC met YJ, he was intrigued by her. She was different from him, though he had no idea how different. I think his intrigue was becoming affection at her artless ways and could have naturally become more, but then he got the shocking news about his reality which interrupted that progression.

Then when he went to her world, I think he was overwhelmed processing his new reality, but he still thought of her. His goodbye kiss spoke of admiration and regret, though probably not love as yet. He also knew that he had committed an unpardonable sin in shooting her father and unable to deal with his new understanding of his reality, he tried to kill himself off. Later on, however, he admits to YJ that he was afraid that he would never see her again, even in his moment of death. I think it's telling that at this moment, his thought was not of his world or his friends, but of YJ.

Returning to his world with his new reality in mind and faced with a determined YJ, he goes along with her schemes. I don't think he was reluctant to do so, but I do think that he was still coping with his understanding of his reality. That other people had the power of creation and destruction over not only him but his entire world. As Yeon Joo continues to profess her love for him and they spend time together, I think KC comes to love YJ. She becomes important to him, not just as a creator, but in her own right. He wants her to be safe as well. Still, thinking through their differences and that they can't be together always like a normal couple affected how he viewed their relationship. At one point during his outburst at her in the police station, he had asked whether she was just having fun until she had to go back to her world. While her confession of love for him ameliorated his aggravation, it didn't change the fact that YJ had another world to go back to. It was the differences in their reality and the safety of YJ and his world that caused him to propose making everything into a "dream," but some part of him still knew her and longed for her.

Like the free will that he gained despite his creators, his love for YJ took a life of its own respective of the intentions of the story or even his and YJ's intentions. While he constantly speaks about repaying YJ for saving his life, that seems just like a rational explanation rather than the inexplicability of falling in love across the lines of reality as well as a certain abeyance of the problems that would entail. Also, he doesn't treat YJ with just gratitude. The gratitude is an excuse for being with her and being close to her. Every time he kisses her, it's because he wants to, not because he's grateful. Even with his memories erased, when he meets her, he notices her. It was not a bolt of lightening, but I think it was noticeable that he does notice her and notices her noticing him. I definitely think KC loves YJ now, and not just because he read their story in the manhwa...

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i do understand reason why Chul need to keep calm and reserved during that "One Day of Romantic Things".. i don't think its just his "repaying back as a husband's duty" to what YJ asked at the prison-bus(asked him to repay her back now since she is the New Author of this comic and she saved his life). i guess, his fear that any sudden raised of strong feels in him, (be excitement of arousal of sensual interest) may immediately send her back to her world. that One Only Marriage Day was sweet but not sensually Passionate, should be due to that self-control, remember he told her not to confess or do anything impulsive to stir him, if she wants to stay beside him for a long time... (remembered also he told Manager Son he worried she may not stay with him longer.).

while at the rooftop prior to the jump to oblivion, is another issue of chasing Time, and the urgency of sending YJ back to write off the Faceless Hoodie. There are just no time to waste, and too much on the stakes, to have One More Hug or One More Kiss to make either of them to hesitate and call off the plan. But like you said, while he cannot show her any feels to waver her decisions, he can secretly struggle against himself, secretly teared a little while stealing some secret gaze at her from afar....

5 more eps.... Writernim Song should dig thru that Emotional Treasure Cove in Lee Jongsuk to full usage.... he has so much deep emotional depths to harvest out, and so daring to go extra miles to do lovey dovey scenes, to grind your heart out with melo-display of his affections. i loved to see his tears glide down his cheeks, when he closed his pretty crystal eyes in torment.,.. So much that he can show. just like Yoo Seungho, he can be a melo-prince at the right time, nobody watch I can Hear you can forget that UnderWater World Museum Kissed Lee BoYoung in tears scene, that scene alone sealed him as Noona-Killer. (just a scene or two in melo won't kill the thriller-com genre).

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When Kang Chul said "from now on I will summon myself......" "we will use the variables to our advantage....and when he asked Yeon Joo to draw something, could it be that Kang Chul willask Yeon Joo to do for him, what OSM does for the killer? I mean draw what the killer asks him to draw. Maybe that is how they (KC & YJ) will fight the killer and Han Cheol.

YJ was summoned to the webtoon by the killer and HAn CHeol Ho maybe because, in the killers new story, Han Cheol and the killer becomes the "main characters" and the main character is the only one who can summon YJ, the designated female lead, to the webtoon.

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And they also did 'a romantic trip alone to the countryside' together as well!!!! How has nobody noticed that yet?!

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Is it possible that the webtoon door drawn for NFK's escape is drawn by Dad?
They never showed a door appearing whenever NFK showed up before he had a face and could control Dad so maybe dad was the one who helped NFK escape the W television set just like how he drew him bullets and gun?

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Am I the only one that kept internally cheering for option #4 when they were at his house together at the end?

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Daebak

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I totally gave up predicting anything for this drama, it never goes as I expected it to be. I will just accept whatever they give me.

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I agree!! The roller coaster of mind just finally got me flying and I surrender with parachute on, hoping for a happy ending.

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Indeed!

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Exactly : W is Daeeee to the BaK :D

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That moment when Kang Chul picked up book 34 of W and showed it to Yeon Joo, my jaw dropped, my heart skipped and my body shivered. Damn. I did not expect that.

Also...This...

When his hand started to glitch and disappear, I was like, "Do not pull a So-Hee. Do not pull a So-Hee."
I was also concerned about that can of beer. Please pick up the can of beer! Thou shall not let good beer go to waste.

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I so did not see that coming too. I just thought he picked up the idea of doing things when YJ mentioned about how her husband only did 4 romantic things from yesterday's episode. And then he proceeded to show the book! omg

Just my hunch... he's slowly disappearing because he spends his days doing nothing. He's not actively looking for the killer which is where his story revolves around and his sole purpose. Also because the turn of events seemed to have been focused now on the prosecutor and the Killer.

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That was great writing there. I didn't expect them to have Kang Chul circle back that way. That was a really sweet gesture considering that when he first learned the truth, he was all out butt hurt and confused. I think by spending time alone and picking up from what he read, it allowed him to really internalize stuff. There wasn't a need to make any rash decisions unlike before. So the 1 month which passed, really did him good. We saw a better version of Kang Chul as a result and now, he knows he has to get it right with Yeon Joo.

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Indeed. I was caught off guard by the reveal. I knew it's bound to happen but I was not expecting it to happen in this episode and in this way. Going back to the scenes, we should have been suspicious with his choice of words the minute he picked her up at the bus stop. I was a bit suspicious but I brushed them off. Even when he bought her a dress, I thought it's his small way of thanking her for saving him.

And I like the analysis of GF about the differences in the two timelines when KC learned the truth about being a manhwa character and how he asked what happens next to KC AND YJ because in the first timeline he was really focused only on what's happening to him. Also, he took his time to reveal to her that he has read their story.

I cannot wait to see what they'll come up with to fight the bad guys.

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She needs that dress. She hasn't had a shower or a change of clothes in a week plus one month- poor girl.

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Me too!! I am so excited about what is to come. I think it is time for Chul to show how smart and genius he is and find a way out of this mess. He had time to read the manhwa and it is possible that he has been already planning something, while waiting for Yeon Yoo to confirm his suspicions... I also have faith in Yeon Yoo, who has proved to be quite resourceful. I can't wait to see them working as a team and taking down the evil guys. :D

@Kbas Lol! I was thinking the same all the time. How long it has been since she changed clothes? Let the girl have a shower!! ?

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Poor SB! He's been through a lot. Most people would develop a heart desease by now. He almost had a panic attack on the lawn after CK shot MS, then thought he'd get killed by the killer when he tried to shoot YJ and now since the killer took MS's face he is terrified. I really hope that nothing bad is going to happen to him in the next episodes. He's a good guy and we've seen what happens to some of the good guys who help the main characters in the movies. I really hope that there will be a happy ending or a compensation of some sort for his trauma too. After all, he's the only one who helped YJ in the real world. He always called her, cared for her well being, even bought her clothes after the jail event. Her father always had other things to do instead of worrying for YJ, but SB had her back, gave her pieces of advice like a true friend. I liked that. Now that I come to think of, he's the one she calls when she's in trouble so for that, it would be nice for him to be happy too. Maybe YJ will introduce him to SH somehow. After all, her password is his birthday

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Hehe this recap was great! I like new-face better the doreamon ajushi

Also supper surprised by the reveal!
Haven't been this engaged since Signal or a American show GOT.

W is off evilly my favorite kdramain the romantic category because it has all my faves! Scifi, mystery, comedy, action, romance. O and horror for good measure

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I was getting suspicious when he way buying her a dress, but then when he was leading her to eat ice cream with his hand on the small of her back, I was like omg this fool totally knows.

It's interesting because the Killer never faded when he was explicitly made irrelevant in the webtoon. By the rules of the drama, he should have disappeared when Kang Chul decided not to pursue revenge. I've stopped trying to make sense of the rules though, just keen to enjoy the crazy ride that is W.

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The Killer didn't fade because he wasn't inside the webtoon at the time. He was in the real world terrorizing random cyclists and angsting about his lack of identity.

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The Killer didn't fade because he didn't give up. His goal is still to kill Kang Chul, even if Chul tries to forget him.
In this ep, the Killer is trying to make Chul less central to the story + Chul himself is losing motivation to do something about the real killer.

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I agree with you @mary

It depends on the character's own conviction of their purpose.

Like, SH lost her heroin status in the first 4 episode but she did not start to disappear until episode 7.

When KC found SH in her flat and told her he needed her, YJ was still the heroin at the time. SH came back to be solid because KC convinced her.

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@mary It could be that. I wonder if Chul will stop fading once he's decided to pursue the Killer again.

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I feel a bit mystified about KC's reaction to finding out about the manhwa. It's funny; the first time I completely empathized with KC. This time I feel as confused as YJ looks. :D He seems to have accepted it quite well; I guess the month he spent thinking it over helped, as well as being able to read about all of his decisions the first time it happened. At this point I feel like the conclusion he came to was: so I'm a manhwa character; I don't care, eff everything, I just want to be with Yeon Joo. :lol: I'm really looking forward to the next episode to get an insight as to where he's at with that. And I hope we get lots of BTS vids while we wait, hehe.

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you know when you get too engaged in a drama when you search the web for statute of limitations in korea for murder ... hehe ... i am not a lawyer and i first heard of this from several k-dramas i've seen (and was conveniently used in 3 dramas this year) ... apparently what i learned is that it may apply to some crimes but in korea murder is not covered these days (it was in the past but was removed) ... lawyer can also look into double jeopardy wherein it forbids a defendant to be tried again (and should be difficult to make an appeal to re-open a case) ... i was hoping the drama veers away from another dream ... once is enough adding another one will ruin it (imo) ... maybe YJ can destroy the 'evidence' and erase it from the comics ... i must also say for a surgeon, YJ is pretty good in sketching ... i guess she inherited her dad's talent ...

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That flickering of his hand did me in!

He is the lead character! He is on run! All the more reason for story to revolved around him!

I cant take it if he really does disappear by end !! Writer nim - please please don't let him disappear! Disappearing is cruel than dying or not having a happy ending! There will be no trace of his existence ! He will be gone forever. After all he went through, its too sad. Don't don't don't make him disappear :(

He is fiction , he is not real is he? :'(
He is gonna leave me with a broken heart

Someone write me in a dream where I never started seeing W in first place ! :(

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I predicted this in episode 9 page 2 comments, that Kang Chul will find out about his identity through the manga that YJ left behind. Actually the writer leaves a lot of clues, you just got to watch the details :)

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Kudos to you.

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Right now actually I'm devastated for the 2nd time!! he didn't only accept his reality, he accepted his written fate and sad ending!! he's aware that he's about to disappeare but he's doing nothing to stop it or fight it back or find a way to fix his missed up life, he's only living and planning on paying Yeon Joo for saving him!! he just gave up on himself!! :bawling: I just hope that that will change when he'll face the psycho culprit and not only plan into bringing him down to get his revenge for his family and his father figure and to protect Yeon Joo and give her father and world back as it used to be before him entering her life!! :bawling:

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Loool.
Granted W is a bit confusing and will crack your brain and make you think hard...but I love it!!! I absolutely love that we are not given the typical cliche "kdrama storyline" this is different and I so love it. N

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@titi

Truck of doom is sad because of your "typical cliche" comment. Truck of doom would like to speak on behalf of all the tropes, that their contribution has provided rivers of tears, heaps of anger, jars of guilt and a mountain of broken hearts. Without such tropes, a typical kdrama storyline will be bland, tasteless and bitter.

Do not forget the clichés, it is what you (unknowingly) live for.

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I didn't expect the book the make an appearance at all, it didn't even register that the writer would pull something like that on us in this situation!!

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Now that u remind me, when we say no face for the first time he spoke in chyron while his figure was a glitchy screen. Next episode OSM is the one with a no face and speaking in chyron.

One episode, So Hee is fading out and the next one KC is fading.

Maybe using that we can somewhat decipher the brilliant author's mind?

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He learned how to cook!!! Well, he studied. But still!!

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I didn't realize it until just now (stupid me) but the level of trust Kang Chul places in Yeon Joo even before he reads vol 34 is staggering. A random lady who, to the best of his knowledge, might be a thieving lunatic kisses him and disappears, then mysteriously leaves a vial with three needles and instructions to inject himself. Okay, desperate times call for desperate measures but I noticed he didn't hesitate once. In the note, YJ urges him to do as she instructs like she's concerned he might doubt her - I mean, she did tell him in Soo Hee's apartment she's not a doctor - but KC never doubts her instructions or her help. It's just like before the reset where he knew she held secrets and seemed crazy but he could never suspect her as a person of being nefarious. Except this time her situation appears worse because at least in the original timeline she was constantly saving him, here he's only seen her drinking boxes of soju like water and breaking and entering with the intent to steal.

I'm like a crazy maniac myself replaying all the scenes where he picks her up at the bus stop and also where she's badass and erases the door and stuff. Also, I like how he calls for her in the hotel room because I'm some sort of masochist and even though I hate KC in pain I like seeing him need her because he is such a capable person and YJ is so used to lacking confidence in her actions and it's a nice turnaround. I don't know, I'm being weird.

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HHJ expressing her/OHJ's heartbreak is the best of this drama. The twist makes my brain hurt.

Lord Soo Bong manseeeee!!!

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Let's hug Soo Bong! Poor guy caught in the crossfire! Aigoo

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This week's episode really showcased HHJ's acting. I mean I love her cuteness from the beginning but man, this week I feel her deeply.

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HHJ is fast becoming one of my favorite actresses. I hadn't watched anything of hers before this, but I certainly will now! You just want to root for Yeon Joo she's playing her so sweet.

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Oh Yeon Joo really had the longest day of all….because technically she hadn’t eaten properly or bathed in days before she snuck into So-Hee’s place ..she finally got to eat — but then Kang Chul had to make his escape with her in the car. She helps him, goes home and has to deal with all of the problems awaiting her there…she then gets pulled back in before she can even figure that out.... She still hasn’t showered and only ate once….a month supposedly passes and a girl still hasn’t showered…. and even though she does all those cute things with Chul afterwards, she still hasn’t slept….like could a girl’s day get any longer?

Also — I’m a little afraid for the end of this drama. The end is approaching fast and obviously the number one problem to deal with is the psychotic but smart killer who’s on the loose. However, when all that’s said and done we still have to deal with our main issue: He’s a webtoon character and she lives in “the real world”. Like how are they going to fix this…..it’s sort of been ignored the past couple of episode (for good reason) but unless they pull a QIHM and make him magically appear in the real world to stay forever and ever with no actual concrete explanation, I’m still unsure of how they are going to make things work…..

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Love conquers all, even body odor.

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I need to find the recipe for that love potion,
may work in my workplace when I am late and forget to take a shower

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Not sure I read that the way you wanted it to be read...

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Now that you mentioned this drama's end, I just realized how fast this show is whizzing by.... It's suppose to be only 16 episodes right?

What a whirlwind. ;_;

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it feels like the drama just started yesterday...damn 5 episodes left we really are heading towards the end so quickly...i hope we get a happy ending for the couple !

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No, only 5 left? ? I hadn't thought about it. Time flies while watching W; it feels like it started yesterday...certainly I feel I haven't got a sufficient dose of Lee Jong Suk to wait until his next drama, I do not want him to dissapear from my screen yet. :(

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I know, right? Although some people have felt that the pace of the drama has dropped in the last few eps (also in part due to the Olympic pre-emptions), it's actually mind-boggling when you remember that the you're-the-main-character-in-a-manwha revelation and KC's portal jump into the Real World occurred in Episode 5!! What a wild ride!!!

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Right poor girl, I wonder if all that is going to have a retaliation on her body when she goes back, like it did in earlier episodes.

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ikr. i was like, since she slept for days the last time, why doesnt she collapse now? esp being deprived of food for over a month
oh well, plot hole exists. and love still conquers all, even bodily functions.

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Adrenaline rush, maybe? This time it's quiet shorter too. Only a month.

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How can you sleep when Chul is feeding you ice cream and cooking pasta for you?

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Now that's a valid argument!

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