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W–Two Worlds: Episode 12

Okay, this is it. I feel like I’ve been waiting all series long for this moment right here. It’s time to face our enemies (faces optional) and find out what everyone’s made of. I’m so excited, you guys! Will our hero learn from his past mistakes and stop being a pawn in someone else’s game? Or will he break two worlds trying to defy the laws of the universe, just to get a second chance at a happy ending?

 

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

With the latest volume of W in hand, Kang Chul asks Yeon-joo if he’s the husband who disappeared on her. As soon as he says the words, the manhwa world freezes, and a webtoon portal renders behind him, making them appear as a drawing on the other side.

Chul remains shockingly calm, perhaps because he saw this inside the manhwa, and he asks if it’s difficult for her to answer his question.

She remains silent, so he takes her hand and says they’ll find out together, and steps through the portal, taking Yeon-joo with him.

They come out in her world in Dad’s office, of course, because that’s where the tablet is right now. It glows a white light after they come through the portal, and then shuts off again. Chul guesses right away that this is her father’s office.

He reaches out to touch the wedding ring that Yeon-joo is wearing around her neck, and she says she didn’t know she’d taken the manhwa with her into his world. She looks distraught as she says that she never intended to tell him, and all she wanted was his happy ending. He smiles back at her sweetly.

Out in the yard, Su-bong chases Seok-bum down and begs him to stay because he’s so frightened to be here alone. Seok-bum argues that he’s more afraid of Su-bong and his laugh than anything, but Su-bong just clings and asks him to stay until Yeon-joo returns.

Chul stops to look at the photographs of Yeon-joo and Dad, and asks where her father is. Yeon-joo hesitates to answer, so Chul tells her not to worry because he’s not going to shoot this time: “If I repeat the same mistake twice, I’d be an idiot.”

She tells him not to misunderstand—her father isn’t the one who drew recent events, or framed him. With that, she goes to her bedroom door to unlock it. Chul is shocked to see Dad lying there with no face, and Yeon-joo immediately begins to cry.

She doesn’t know why this happened to Dad, and explains that only a few hours have passed here, despite a month passing in the manhwa world. She starts to get dizzy all of a sudden and wobbles on her feet, and Chul catches her in his arms just as she starts to faint.

Su-bong actually manages drag Seok-bum back inside, and they jump when they see Kang Chul walking out of Yeon-joo’s bedroom, carrying her in his arms. Su-bong stutters, “Kang… Kang…” and gapes at the sight. Kang Chul asks for some help with Yeon-joo, and then carries her outside to her car. But! You didn’t lock the bedroom door with faceless Dad inside!

Yeon-joo stirs awake and says she just fainted from exhaustion, which happened the last time she traveled to his world and stayed for an extended period of time. Chul makes sure that she’ll be okay if she just gets some rest, and Seok-bum calls ahead to the hospital to ask for a room.

Chul gets up to go, and Yeon-joo grabs his arm, asking, “Are you going somewhere? Don’t go.” He says that he has something to take care of first, and promises to come see her shortly.

“Do you remember? Do you remember… me?” she asks, hope in her eyes. But Chul says no, he’s just guessing what the Kang Chul inside the manhwa must have felt. *whimper* It’s not the same!

Chul says that Yeon-joo is the same though, so he’s sure that he’ll come to know it for himself soon—that crazy charm of hers that he read about. Heh. He sends her ahead to the hospital with Seok-bum, and then goes back inside the workshop where Su-bong is pacing back and forth wondering why Kang Chul is here.

Su-bong is a nervous wreck (I mean, more than usual). Chul asks his name and Su-bong blurts, “PARK SU-BONG!” like he’s answering a drill sergeant, and he nods like a bobblehead doll when Chul asks if it’s okay that he borrowed some shoes.

Su-bong quietly mentions that they’ve met before, thinking of the time that he fell all over himself as Chul walked out of the workshop holding a gun. Chul doesn’t remember, of course, and apologizes since he doesn’t know any events that weren’t scenes in the manhwa. Lol, poor not-main-storyline-worthy Su-bong.

Chul asks for a screwdriver and goes to Dad’s tablet, and immediately starts to dismantle it. Oh, why didn’t anyone else think of that?? He says it’s too dangerous to leave like this, and taking it apart should ensure that New-Face Killer can’t come through it again. Su-bong worries about needing the tablet later, but then he remembers that Chul (whom he’s now calling “Kang hyung”) is a computer genius and won’t have any trouble putting it back together.

Chul asks how Dad ended up without a face, and Su-bong says that this world is a mess too, and he doesn’t know why, but all of a sudden Dad lost his face and was drawing guns and audio recordings on New-Face’s command.

Su-bong recounts the events of the last few hours, which pretty much amounts to: Dad’s face went poof, Yeon-joo noona went poof, and then poof—Kang Chul appeared. Suddenly he pauses and asks, “Um, Kang hyung… can I shake your hand? I’ve been your fan for a long time.” Pfffffft. God, I love Su-bong.

Chul grins and obliges with a handshake, but Su-bong gets so excited that he doesn’t let go. Then he goes full spaz and tells Chul that he drew the penthouse, and the TV station, and all the backgrounds, because he’s done nothing but background work for three years.

He eagerly offers Chul a beer, since he’s a fanboy and knows his taste, but Chul just asks for a water instead. Su-bong walks to the kitchen staring at his hand like he’s never going to wash it again. And then he sniffs it. I’m dying.

Chul carefully takes apart the tablet, and his instinct was right, because the portal that he left behind in the manhwa world disappears. He stands in Dad’s office thinking back to the scene in the manhwa when he came here the first time and tore the place apart in anger.

Chul asks Su-bong for the next volume of the manhwa because he wants to know what happened, but there is no next volume. What he does have is the letter that Kang Chul wrote to Dad, along with the storyboards for their original happy ending, which never came to pass because of New-Face’s interference.

While Su-bong sleeps, Chul stays up all night reading every volume of W and piecing together what must’ve happened after Volume 34.

After racking his brains all night, he goes to see Dad and thinks back to their first meeting inside the manhwa, when Dad had called him nothing but an illusion he had created. Chul looks at Dad now and wonders aloud, “How are you a god? Why did I think you were a god? What was I so angry about that I shot you, when you’re nothing?”

He makes a decision and goes back to Dad’s office, where he reassembles the tablet. No! Why are you doing that?

Chul makes swift work of putting the tablet back together and cocks his gun before turning it on. Eeeek, I don’t know about this…

At first, New-Face appears to be frozen in time too, but it turns out that he’s just staring impotently at his frozen surroundings—he’s able to move around (which was also the case before, when Chul stopped the manhwa world in the first timeline), and he pitches a fit at being stuck like this.

But New-Face can immediately sense it when the tablet turns on, and his eyes dart upwards. On Kang Chul’s side, the tablet glows white, and he steadies his gun.

New-Face asks who’s there, and Chul tells him to guess. Chul taunts him a little, asking how New-Face is handling it when he lives to kill people, but has no people to kill or guns that shoot.

Chul says there’s no way out now, and thinks it’s better for him to just die rather than be stuck there, but New-Face smirks and asks why he’d die, when all he has to do is wait around for Kang Chul to cease to exist.

New-Face points out gleefully that Chul has lost his right to be the hero of this manhwa—he’s a killer on the run, and it’s only a matter of time before he disappears altogether. New-Face figures that the world will unfreeze once Chul is gone (yeah but what if it disappears?).

Chul looks down at his hand, which starts to fade again—into a manhwa drawing, and then into nothing, and back. Crap.

Yeon-joo wakes up in the morning with an IV drip hooked up to her arm in her bedroom. In the light of day everything looks normal, and she begins to wonder if everything that happened with Kang Chul was just a dream.

But then her phone rings, and it’s Chul calling to check on her. She’s so shocked that she doesn’t answer at first, and when he says he’s near her father’s workshop, she blurts, “You’re here right now? You’re really calling me from here?” He laughs and asks how he’d call her from inside the manhwa.

Chul says he just bought a phone under Su-bong’s name, and asks Yeon-joo out on a date. He says she’s been asleep for two days, and in that time he’s adjusted to her world and figured most things out, all except his marriage.

That surprises her, and Chul says with a laugh, “I’m definitely your husband, I think I’m sure of that, but I’ve only read it in a book—it doesn’t feel real to me.” He argues, “You know me so well, and I don’t know anything about you. So you have to give me a chance to catch up.”

Yeon-joo hesitates, saying that she has to go check on Dad. But Chul says he has stuff to tell her regarding her father, and prods her to go on a date with him. He takes her silence as a yes and hangs up.

Yeon-joo is overwhelmed with emotion and calls him back right away, just to make sure that this number is real and he’s really there. She asks where he got the money to buy a phone, and Chul says he borrowed a lot of money from Su-bong, which he asks Yeon-joo to repay.

She grouses good-naturedly about him spending her money, and he cutely counters that they’re married, plus when he was penniless, he bought her a dress and ice cream and everything. She calls a third time to check when he’s coming to pick her up, and asks for extra time to get ready. I love her omg-I’m-really-going-on-a-date-with-him face. She looks so bewildered and excited.

Yeon-joo calls Su-bong as she’s getting ready, and he confirms that Chul borrowed a million won from him. Yeon-joo gasps and says she’ll pay him back, but Su-bong seems more worried about her and wonders, “Will you be able to handle a chaebol’s spending habits?” Ha.

Su-bong wonders if Kang Chul will just live here now, and if that’s okay. It gives her pause, but Yeon-joo says that it was okay for her to be in the manhwa world, so she doesn’t see why not. But then Su-bong tells her that there’s something strange about Chul’s hand.

Su-bong flashes back to the other night, when Chul asked to borrow some money. Su-bong was hesitant but emptied out his wallet, and said he had more in the bank when Chul asked for more. He was about to hand over the cash when Chul’s hand flickered in and out again. Chul said this is what happens when a hero can’t fulfill his role as a hero, and asked Su-bong not to tell Yeon-joo about it.

But of course the first thing Su-bong does is tell Yeon-joo about it, back in the present. He says it was just like the time that So-hee’s hand started to disappear, and only then does he remember that he wasn’t supposed to tattle, and asks her not to say anything.

Yeon-joo hangs up to answer the doorbell, and is shocked when Kang Chul is standing there in her doorway, early and unannounced. He admits that he was curious about where she lived, and that Su-bong told him that her mother would be out at work.

He says that there’s not enough information about her in the manhwa and he wanted to see things for himself. Yeon-joo just stares worriedly at his hand, and doesn’t relax until she makes sure that it looks solid.

He says that her house is nice and cozy, and reminds him of his childhood home. He tells her to take her time getting ready, but when she heads to the bathroom to change out of her bathrobe, he asks, “Since you’re already in the robe, couldn’t you take it off?” What? You can’t just say things like that! You’ll give a girl a heart attack!

He explains (as if this is perfectly logical) that Yeon-joo thinks it’s unfair that she’s the only one who remembers things, and he’s frustrated by not knowing too, so they should hurry up and do all the things in the manhwa. “Like see you naked, and kiss each other about five times,” he helpfully recounts. I can’t believe she’s not turning beet-red right now. I think I’M turning red right now.

Her jaw just hangs open for a comically long beat, and he adds that the gap is too wide between what she knows and what he knows, and he’s just curious is all: “I want to feel what the Kang Chul in this book feels.” She asks if he’s joking, but he says he’s being perfectly serious, lol.

Yeon-joo ignores him and shuts herself in the bathroom to catch her breath. Chul takes a leisurely tour of her bedroom, taking in her taste in lingerie, and stopping at the window where she’s taped up all of their big moments together in the manhwa.

He knows the drawings well by now and smiles thoughtfully to see that she’d cherished them, and when Yeon-joo comes out, he says, “Thank you. For not forgetting me, and for missing me.”

She looks sad but touched at his words, and explains that they never once took a picture together, and she regretted it immensely. He agrees to take lots of pictures with her this time, and he looks over at the photograph of her with her mother.

Yeon-joo belatedly notices the underwear strewn over her bed and rushes to tidy up, and Chul starts talking about her husband in the third person, wondering if Husband would’ve married her if he’d known she was so messy, and she complains that this is his fault for nearly dying and taking all of her attention.

They head out on their date, and Yeon-joo offers to take him out, since he has no money and doesn’t know where to go. Chul says that his takeaway from reading the manhwa is that Kang Chul and Yeon-joo got married too quickly, though of course there were extenuating circumstances.

“So let’s date, like other couples do. It’s a little funny to marry first and date after, but let’s not do the sweet things you want to do like it’s homework to get out of the way,” he says. Aaaand Kang Chul 2.0 for the win.

He suggests doing things naturally as they come, one by one, and she agrees happily. But then as soon as they arrive at the restaurant and he sees that no one is around, he turns to her in the car and asks when they can start in on the kisses. Lol, what happened to naturally one by one?

Yeon-joo tells him to stop messing with her, and Chul says he’s serious, though he admits to joking earlier about the nude show. He guesses by her reaction that it’s too soon and backs off, but then she blurts that it’s not like it’s awkward for her

Kang Chul: “Then can I?” She says yes, and before she can even finish the sentence, he leans over and tilts her face towards his, and kisses her softly.

He stares at her intently for a beat as they pull away. And then he says cryptically, “So this is the feeling. Hm, it was this. I see now.” Yeon-joo asks what he means by that and what it felt like, but he just smiles and says, “No comment.” Urg!

They sit down to eat, and Chul’s hand keeps fading in and out, not that Yeon-joo can see from her side of the table. But she’s plagued with worry about it and calls him out on the fact that he’s been keeping his hand hidden from her all day, and asks what they’re going to do about it.

He realizes he can’t avoid the subject and shows her his hand, which flickers in and out. He says it’s been like this for a month, since the day that Ajusshi died, and while she was asleep, he spoke to both Dad and New-Face, because he wanted to be sure he was talking to the real Oh Sung-moo. And he discovered why their plan for a happy ending went awry:

It all goes back to that night on the rooftop, when Kang Chul was stabbed by (then) No-Face, and then stabbed again by Dad. No-Face caught Dad as he was running away, and demanded to know who he was, why he wanted to kill Kang Chul, and why he was invincible.

Two nights ago when Chul confronted New-Face through the tablet, New-Face told him that Chul wasn’t the first to become self-aware in the manhwa—he was. And to top it off, New-Face said that Dad had promised long ago to give him a face.

Back on the rooftop, No-Face had Dad pinned down over the ledge of the building, ready to kill him. But Dad begged for his life and promised to make HIM the main character of the manhwa, and swore that it would be easy to do. Daaaaaaad!

Two nights ago, New-Face told Kang Chul that the bastard betrayed him as soon as he was let go. “And so I ate him up,” he said, “because he didn’t keep his promise.” *shudder*

In the present, Chul says that it was his mistake to assume that he’d become self-aware first, and that he chose the wrong starting point to make it all a dream, leaving the killer as he was and making himself useless without his memories.

Chul says he’s thought about it, and asks Yeon-joo to promise to draw something for him when she returns to the workshop. Those words trigger a bad association for her, and she launches into a rant: “What, you want me to draw this all into a dream again? You’re asking me to make it another dream? And you disappear again? You might be fine living with no memory of me, but I get left alone, reliving these memories twice over!”

She asks with angry tears in her eyes why he asked her on a date and kissed her if he was going to do this to her all over again, but he almost seems amused and just looks at her curiously, pointing out that he never said anything about making it a dream.

She says he was about to, but he counters that that was what Kang Chul in the manhwa did—he’s not about to make the same mistake twice. Well thank goodness. Chul says this time he’s had the chance to think it through, and he has no intention of living that same life all over again, or of becoming nothing but a memory to her.

Appeased, Yeon-joo wipes her tears and asks what he wants her to draw. Chul takes out a stack of photographs, and explains that he thinks New-Face has to die in order for Dad to get his face back, and right now Chul could disappear at any moment because he’s no longer the hero.

He says that there’s only one solution: to carry out the original plan for a happy ending, in which Assemblyman Han kills New-Face and goes to prison. Chul says that’s the only way to be sure and also save her father.

The only thing he wants to change is the last part of the ending, and proposes, “In the last scene, Kang Chul and Oh Yeon-joo get married and live happily ever after.” He says with a smile that this is the only happy ending that makes sense in the context of W, and then adds, “whether or not the readers curse at it.” Heh.

Yeon-joo returns to the workshop and goes to check on Dad, and thinks back to Chul’s words earlier, when he said that her father wasn’t a god, and his mistake was believing himself to be one. Chul argued that there was no way for one writer to have created all of those people, and concluded that their worlds existed independently, and the manhwa was just the connection between the two worlds. I don’t know… but I hope you’re right…

As Chul drives, he thinks back to the other night, when he asked Su-bong where New-Face lived, and Su-bong showed him the photographs of the apartment building he’d scouted.

Chul’s theory that he shared with Yeon-joo was that only things in the manhwa could exist in both worlds, like Dad’s main characters, and the locations they drew into the story. At first the connection between worlds was through Dad’s tablet, but then characters’ awareness changed the rules, even summoning Yeon-joo to their world by thinking of her.

Chul decided that they’d been played by the variables long enough, and it was time for them to use the variables they confirmed to be true, in order to change things. Aww yeah.

Back in the present, Kang Chul arrives at the address Su-bong gave him and stops outside Apartment 815, which Su-bong says he chose for no particular reason.

Chul texts Yeon-joo to say that ten minutes should be plenty of time, after which she’s to turn Dad’s tablet back on. Then he pulls out his gun and closes his eyes as he thinks to himself in voiceover: “I am out in the real world. At the same time, I am a main character. If a main character can summon a person in the real world at will, then Hypothesis One: I can summon myself into the manhwa.” Is Hypothesis Two that there is no spoon?

Kang Chul says in voiceover, “I summon myself now.” As soon as he thinks it, lights overhead begin to flicker, and he starts to morph into a manhwa drawing right then and there. THIS IS BADASS.

He knows it’s worked when he finds himself in the same hallway at nighttime, and inside, the manhwa world unfreezes around New-Face as soon as Kang Chul reenters the world.

Chul busts through the door with a smirk on his face, and kicks New-Face’s gun away before attacking.

They go at each other violently, breaking everything in their path. New-Face is stronger than he looks, and he throws Kang Chul around the room. But Chul persists and kicks him down until he’s run ragged, and then throws him on the sofa, where New-Face lies limp.

Chul calls the police to report that he’s caught the crime show shooter, and only identifies himself as a citizen. New-Face is tied up and awake by then, and Chul asks which of them will die first. Chul guesses that he just bought himself more time since he did something a hero ought to do, and New-Face laughs. Chul tells him to rot in jail, while he comes up with a way for him to die.

As Chul makes his exit, Yeon-joo stares up at the clock nervously in her world. She hesitates to turn the tablet on, and as she hits the switch, she braces for another horrific encounter with New-Face. But nothing happens, so she picks up the pen and gets to work.

Kang Chul had explained to her that he’d take care of New-Face so that she could turn the tablet on and use it without interference, and had given her a stack of images to draw. The first was a getaway car for him, which Chul discovers on his way out of the building.

Meanwhile, the police arrive to arrest New-Face, and Assemblyman Han is not pleased to hear that a random civilian caught him. So-hee tells Do-yoon that she suspects this might be Chul’s doing, and that he might be alive somewhere.

Do-yoon wonders if it’s possible, but he doubts that Chul could’ve caught the killer. Chul returns to his hideout, where he turns on the TV and confirms that New-Face was caught, and thankfully remembers to turn off the stove and running sink.

Yeon-joo cringes when she gets to the second image she’s been asked to draw: a rotting corpse. What?!

Chul goes to his bedroom, where he finds said rotting corpse, lying on his bed. Ohmygod, is that who I think it is? Chul puts an envelope on top of a familiar-looking bloodstained white shirt and heads out.

He calls Do-yoon, who’s relieved to hear from him. Do-yoon is shocked to learn that Chul really did catch the killer, but then his head really spins when Chul tells him to come to the hideout, where he’ll find Chul’s dead body. This is getting twisted.

He instructs Do-yoon to report the death and say they lost contact two weeks ago, and let the world think that he’s dead. The DNA will match, he says, and he adds firmly, “Hyung, I died. Framed and shot, unjustly.”

Chul assures him that he’s alive, and he thought Do-yoon should know. But he adds that So-hee should believe that he’s dead, because it’s best for her sake.

Yeon-joo had asked what would happen to So-hee, and how they’d prevent her from disappearing. But Chul had argued that it wasn’t right for a person to only have one reason for existing, and that they simply needed to introduce a new variable to change the course of So-hee’s life. “Like me, meeting you,” he said.

In the manhwa world, So-hee finds out that Chul is dead, and so does the rest of the world.

Yeon-joo watches the clock nervously, remembering the last thing that Chul had said to her as he dropped her off after their date. She asked how he’d return, if they were about to achieve a happy ending in the manhwa.

But Chul was confident he’d find a way, and asked her to wait for him here and draw one more thing, because he can’t afford it here in her world: his wedding ring. I’m swooning so hard right now. As Chul returns to New-Face’s apartment complex, his wedding ring reappears on his finger, and he smiles.

He walks back to the hallway just outside New-Face’s door, and he thinks in voiceover, “Hypothesis Two: I have been summoned here from the real world. If I complete the mission in an episode…” He finishes the thought out loud: “I return.”

And just like that, the “To be continued” chyron starts rendering in the corner of the hallway. Aaaaaah! He did it! Chul smirks again, and then he flickers into a manhwa drawing and opens his eyes back in the real world.

Yeon-joo gnaws at her nails and paces around the room, until Kang Chul finally calls. He says he’s back and on his way to her, and she sighs in relief. He tells her to get ready so they can finish their date, because he plans to get the rest of his five kisses in today.

He says he can’t stand to lose to her old husband, and Yeon-joo scoffs that he’s got a weird sense of competition. He smiles and tells her, “You’ll come to know it very soon—that I’m way better.”

 
COMMENTS

You ARE way better! You are so much better. I know he’s the same person, but Kang Chul 2.0 is so much more grounded and levelheaded. Maybe it’s because he’s seen more hardship, but I feel much better about the choices he makes and his outlook on life. And I can’t help but compare him to Husband, whose idea of romance was cute, but completely unrealistic. This guy might not remember how he felt about Yeon-joo in the past, but the way he treats her now makes my heart flutter more than it did in the first timeline, because he actively thinks about their lives and their future together, and not just what’s best for him. I especially enjoyed the way he wanted to know more about her and study her, and that he got to see for himself all the evidence of Yeon-joo’s love for him, and how hard it was on her to be left alone in her memories. He wasn’t the same Kang Chul who inflicted that upon her, but I thought it was important for him to know, and to see that her love was the thread that kept him alive.

It’s so great to see that he’s learning from his past mistakes and not defaulting to another dream reset (or else my brain might actually short-circuit), and that I’m beyond thrilled that he’s finally starting to manipulate the rules of the two universes to his advantage. Because if there are so many freaking loopholes, the good guys should take advantage of them too! This should be the advantage of self-awareness, and it really opens up the narrative in exciting ways. It just figures that the only way Kang Chul begins to be free of his creator is to realize that Dad is not an all-powerful god. It’s not unlike growing up and learning that your father is just human and fallible, and the moment he realizes it, the power that the creator held over him breaks. Kang Chul starts making his own rules and deciding the course of his own life beyond the scope Dad’s manhwa frame, and that’s when things get really exciting.

The fact that Kang Chul can go back and forth between worlds at will completely changes the game, and now that he’s debugged Dad’s tablet of New-Face’s interference, he and Yeon-joo make the perfect tag-team. It gives me hope that the two worlds can coexist as well, and that Chul could cross back and forth instead of being tied to one world or the other. Because honestly, I’m not sure that the manhwa world will continue to exist without him. Will it? Has believing so made it happen? I want to believe that So-hee could move on with her life and find a new purpose, and Chul could be believed dead in that world, but I’m nervous that it all seems too easy.

You know what really terrifies me—why did we end on such a happy note? This is only Episode 12 and there are still so many things that could go wrong! While I do think that Kang Chul’s move to fake his death was brilliant, I’m scared about the possible ripple effects. I mean, did they just create a second Kang Chul in the manhwa? Like, one that could have existed in a past timeline? I know that they introduced him as a corpse in the present, but if anything were to send them back in time, would it lead to two Kang Chuls running around in the manhwa world? It’s one thing to fake your death with tricks, but it’s another matter entirely to create a second version of yourself, with exactly the same DNA, and then bring him into existence. Look at what happened when Dad gave someone else his face! Have we not learned from this?

It just can’t be that easy that Kang Chul and Yeon-joo get to be a happy couple living in her world either, because he’ll continue to disappear if he’s not being a hero in his world. That seems unavoidable, no? I don’t know how they’re going to find a way around that, but at least for now they’ve discovered a way to prolong his stay and for him to travel back and forth. As long as they have time for Kang Chul 2.0 to compete with Husband and get to do all the things he did and more, I guess that’s enough for me, for now.

 
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I was curious about what KC read in vol 34. So I wrote this to sort out the chapters, which imo is worth sharing with you guys.

The trigers to every "to be continued" are as follows,

1. KC, who was taken away on the stretcher, realized this strange woman was the key to

his life. (We see the title for this chapter later: Chapter 325, the doubt attacks)

2. KC found out everything about OYJ was fake and said,"OYJ, where are you now?"

(This should be Chapter 326)

3. Kiss in the department store. (We see the title of this chapter in episode 4 when SB

read W on his phone: Chapter 327, The Crazy B*tch in this neighborhood is me.)

4. KC was shocked by the almost car crash and asked, "who the hell are you?" (We see

the title of this chapter in episode 4 when SB read W on his phone: Chapter 328, Who

the Hell are YOU.)

5. KC learned from YJ that he was the main character of a comic book. (We see the title

of this chapter in episode 4 when SB read W on his phone: Chapter 329, Her Answer)

6. KC killed himself and the comic came to the end. (We see the title of this chapter in

episode 6: Chapter 330, Kang Chul's awakening)

7. YJ confessed her love in the police station. (It should be chapter 331)

8. YJ cut her finger in the kitchen (the end of chapter 332)

9. KC jumped from the rooftop (the end of chapter 333)

10. We only see KC wake up from his dream in the hospital but the end of this chapter is

not shown (this is chapter 334)

The last four chapters are drawn by YJ and we see SB told her father that the webtoon

updated with 4 new chapters overnight, which are exactly chapter 331-334.

In episode 9, YJ bought two copies of W Vol.34. We see she cutting out papes from one

copy and left the other copy on the table. The long flashback during that scene told us

that W Vol.34 covers from YJ showed up in the comic to the point where they went to

the rooftop (KC tied YJ's shoelaces in the elevator). Therefore, in hindersight, this long

flashback should be given credit for its foreshadowing since we would want to know

how much KC read from Vol.34 later.

Then it occured to me, at the beginning of the drama, W has published 33 volumes

covering 324 chapters, on average almost 10 chapters for each volume. And the 10

chapters I summarized above is just the perfect fit of length to be put in Vol.34.

Which means the chapter number 325 in the beginnning of the drama is absolutely not

random. The writer-nim must have already thought all of this through in the first place.

OMG I feel terrified.

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Also, any one thinks YJ's colleague was totally jealous of KC when he saw KC held YJ in his arms?

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Song Jae Jong never extend her dramas. She already calculated the events even before the drama airs. (She did her homework and have 7 scripts ready even before the filming She did this to Queen In Hyun's Man where she have the 12 scripts completed before the filming. She is for me, the mother of pre-produced dramas.

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Okay I thought it was just me who noticed hat Yeon Joo's co-worker was being extra protective of her; and at the time I assumed it was a set up, for later so that Kang Chul could ask her once AGAIN if Seok Bom is her boyfriend. Lol.

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So..technically..

"Awakening 2.0"

Now that the cats out of the bag, is it safe to say that:

1. Tablet was confirmed to be a portal for two worlds. (Not gonna say manwha, because Chul said so.)

2. The manwha is a bridge for two worlds which I think is parallel to one another.

3. Is there a possibility of doppelgängers from either worlds?

4. Chul can summon himself from either worlds. Hot damn.

5. So, was the latest episode of W published? Crazy Dog is gonna have a fit.

6. When No-face said he "ate" OSM, was that in reference to the monster pic?

7. So dead Chul was created by YJ, so real Chul can live. Are there any other Chul's out there?

8. If the W story ends, variables aside, their world will continue to thrive? (Heh. It rhymes)

Also...

10pts to Chul for trying pull a #4.

I liked how he said, "That's the Kang Chul from the manwha." Third person line of speaking was brilliantly put. He's regarding himself as a different person, a real person.

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7. So dead Chul was created by YJ, so real Chul can live. Are there any other Chul’s out there?

I don't think that dead body can be called chul. It's rotten and hard to be recognized.

When the police did the DNA test, YJ can just change the words on the report.

Besides, I think it is too dangerous to replicate a person in the comic world. See what does that lead to for OSM? No face!

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But he's dead...so it should be fine right? Even in a parallel world the dead don't come back to life.

By the way, is anyone else a little confused on the concept of the two worlds? They are two worlds...but one world still has quite a large amount of control over the other...and it does seem like Yeon-Joo's world can manipulate the "manhwa" world(all the buildings and stuff were replicated), so how did Chul's world actually turn into an actual world??? Explanations?

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"Besides, I think it is too dangerous to replicate a person in the comic world. See what does that lead to for OSM? No face!"

@Cipher: Agreed. I think Rotting Chul will come back to haunt them (pun intended).

I'm hoping it really wasn't the decomposed body YJ identified earlier in the drama when she was looking for Chul in the real world, after his first suicide. Regardless, I suspect it will make a comeback later in the drama.

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I'd like to think in this manner too. That the findings was changed somewhere between getting the DNA and the results instead of having exactly the same identity as the real Kang Chul. The horror of doing this.

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But dead Chul IS actual Kang Chul just decomposed. I don't know how the mechanics would work but even a dead body still needs DNA whose did Yeon Joo subtitute if not real Chul ?

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The official point system of W is Daebak Points. Get it right!

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If Kang Chul's world is a 'real' parallel world, why did it freezed over when KC realized where he is? Real world do not freeze over, right, right, right? Help!! My brain is working overtime!!!

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It must mean KC is still the center of that world.

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But how can he be if he's no longer the hero?

And if he's no longer the hero why should the alt-world freeze just because he became self-aware. As the now secondary character shouldn't it continue on as it did when the original No-Face became self-aware?

Seems like the writer messed up here.

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According to my understanding, Chul is still the main lead of the story, as Dad only PROMISED to make No-Face the protagonist. So technically as of this episode, Chul is still the main lead, hence the alt-world is still determined by Chul's presence/absence, hence the world freeze.

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I have to point out that KC is still the center of that world however he is not the protagonist anymore. He's the antagonist, another lead character which is why it stopped after realizing that he's a manhwa character.

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Exactly @JanuaryBlues

If Kang Chul world is also an existing world like a parallel world or from a different dimension, it shouldn"t freeze over. Life in that world should still go on.

Is there a lost in translation somewhere along the line?

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did it freeze over because the portal is opened? and because the self-aware Kang Chul crossed over back to the manhwa world, it starts back on again.

Does it mean that if one of the characters in the manhwa world cross over the time will be stop?

But does not make sense when Yeon Joo crossed over to the manhwa world, real world didn't stop. Then what does that makes Yeon Joo? is she still a part of the main characters? Or she's just extra? But she's still a person with two worlds to live in? Whatttt

So confused.

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what if the world doesn't actually freeze over, but they become autonomous from it? living in the in-between time, unbound by the world's rules?

they'd be like hyper-people facing normal-speed people... maybe they "fell" in the space between the atoms :D

as in, independent-from-author-thought releases them from the binds. KC is liberated from YJ's initial setting, the killer is liberated from OSM's. or maybe each setting is actually mutable... a lot of the story is first published on the net. maybe there's an AI on the net that is actively participating in the in-between-worlds ongoings :D

i liked this episode a lot, can't wait to see the rest - so few left :(

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So, I had this thought while I was in the shower. Picture this:

Kang Chul's world is like a massive building with a lot of floors in it. In that world, YJ's dad is only tenant for a couple of floors but not exactly the owner of the building. He can do whatever he want with the floors he rented with - can change the painting, replace the furniture, make it an office space, hire people to work in it, etc. - you get the idea. So when we see that KC's world freezes, it didn't really show the whole world freezing but only with the scenes where dad's character are in or so to say the floors where dad just rented out - broadcast station with the director, KC's penthouse with Soo hee, jail with KC and bodyguard, culprits apartment - you get the idea.

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and time also behaves differently, doesn't it? when a half-hour has passed here, it's been two months there, then YJ goes home for a half-hour again, and it's been a month there (after KC's been shot) - the two worlds are definitely moving at different speeds but what if the world doesn't freeze over but the character experiences the other world's timeline instead of his own?

i like this hypothesis a lot. let's call it hypothesis 3 for the moment and wonder why the half-hour stretches are not related to same-length stretches there. maybe they're speeding up to us, or we're slowing down to them :D

k-drama physics :D

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p. s. and let's not forget, while the time freezes for KC and no/new-face, the time speeds up a lot for YJ! this show is actually pretty consistent on its own rules :D so the perception of time passing has some deeper meaning, i think :D

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p. p. s. (i was re-watching this ep, waiting for the next one, when i remembered this.)

the first time when KC came in reality, he spent two months hanging in the water before the manhwa kick-started again. he'd been missing in his world for a day or thereabout, right?

this time around, he's been in the real world for two days, and in his world it was basically a blink of an eye - he came back and kicked new-face's butt and then had to drive all the way to the safe-house and only then turned off the water that was almost-but-not-completely boiled off. depending on how hot the flame was and how much water, that couldn't have been more than an hour or two.

our world's time balloons in his, and his world's time balloons in ours in basically the same way. wow. i'm thinking resonance now, does anyone else think the two worlds resonate somehow? :D

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@Myuu and @deathbychocolate

I really like both of your explanations. It helped stopping my brain from wondering too much. Thanks a lot :)

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I think there are 3 worlds. Comic world, Real world, and the in between. Maybe the I between is somewhat included inside manhwa world, that's why the rules change depending on whether Kang Chul is self aware or not.

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I just *love* that Kang Chul 2.0 is in competition with his former self to try and prove why he's more deserving of her affections!

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I just about melted into a puddle of goo with how forceful Kang 2.0 was being in pursuing a more provocative relationship with Yeon Joo this time around; props to homegirls for keeping her cool, given the circumstances.

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oohhh nice observation! I got the chills!

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Where did the chapter number 325 at the beginning of the drama that you're referring to? Like in what context did that come out? I tried to go back and can't find anything in the first episode haha

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In episode 1, when YJ got back from the comic world and read the new chapter of the webtoon. We can see 'chapter 325' on the computer screen.

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How did such a long and well-researched post get to be first?? Did it involve an alternate universe where time flows differently?

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A true kdrama fan is always prepared. Sometimes that includes a detailed list of reasons why their favorite actor is proof that God loves them and wants them to be happy, and sometimes that includes detailed and well researched posts for discussion purposes. I myself lean towards the first, but I'm always grateful for fans who lean towards the latter. Talking about how, for instance, LJS' face is unreal and ethereally beautiful won't get us very far in discussing the plot.

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I think Kang Chul in the sleeveless tank, was the most we saw of exposure from LJS thus far. I'm still holding out on a shirtless scene. I don't care if it's under the most ridiculous preconceived scenario, JUST THROW A GIRL A BONE

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it's for the greater good but ...

I also likes to take note when watching drama to be more thorough, it helps to differentiate if the plot is good or I just not feeling the story

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Lol, the thirst is real..

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Practice and perseverance, lord knows I've tried and TRIED to be first comment..

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What I wonder was, why Su bong didn't show webtoon when Chul asking for next volume. Yes, the manhwa haven't been printed for vol 35 but there are already some chapter in webtoon, aren't they? Because Prof Park told Yoon Jo that he's really happy because all are a dream and even he asking why the killer face so much like dad.

When Yoon Jo drawing a wedding ring on Chul 2.0 finger, I'm whimper and remember the corpse with a ring on earlier episode. The clothes is similar to Chul copse that Yoon Jo draw.

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OMG sooha. This freaks me out. I am scared that the corpse found in the Han River could be Kang Chul in the real world. Why did he ask her to draw her a ring again? I dunno What will happen anymore!

Plus the fact that chapter 325 was shown in Episode 1. I remember Nine - it was an absolute mindfvck when the first and last episode were connected... Goosebumps!

I have full trust on this writer, and I'm sure she will have answers, but I dunno if it's gonna be a happy ending for W the kdrama. Ha! I am too invested on this.

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maybe new-face starts drawing our world from the other side and makes YJ lose all the time in-between KC jumping off the bridge after choosing to end it all, and also draws a dead KC fished out of the water... i don't want to think about that :(

or maybe new-face and dad change places or the tablet gets a shadow-tablet on the other side for people to draw things on. what if this world's the fake one and KC's original one is reality?!...

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or is it they forget to lock the door and off the tablet, which let No-face to be able to call for dad and made dad drew the ending the way he likes.. oh no

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Yes!!! It's just so in your face each and every time, that the corpse is just as big a threat as before. Because even when she drew the new body, of actual dal Kang Chul, he was still wearing the same/similar clothes as Kang Chul!!!!

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OMG sooha, you speak my mind. when the scene cuts to that decaying corpse (black suit and black pants, from the side), that image was eerie smilar to what i remembered from that corpse identifying scene earlier. i was like NOOOOOOO dont let it be the truth

and perhaps, the chapters are not uploaded yet. it's just two days passed in real world, perhaps we would get the whiff of it in ep 13? idk. hahaha

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but this time round if i'm not wrong, there is blood which he didn't have on earlier episode.

or wait, in this ep Kang Chul actually placed somewhat like a letter, maaaaaybe a suicide letter on the body, does that mean that he pretend to 'commit suicide' WHAT

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KC remembers everything that happened after vol.34.

But you are right, even though he remembers his part, he could have read for other people's dialogues and inner thoughts.

So When he asks where he can read the comic after vol. 34, I assume he read the letter AND all the webtoon after vol. 34.

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Maybe, if the body from the river is Chul, Yeon Joo created it, like she did with the decaying body in today's episode. Wait... how many dead chuls are there?

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I thought the same way! I shrieked when I saw that. Will the body not have a face? Decomposing and all, it's possible. Right? ?

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I'm just left here wondering if at any time we're going to have multiple Kang Chul's in the same timeline; and we'll just be so confused who we should be shipping Yeon Joo with

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Omo omo!
You are awesome cipher!

That was so gooood! I wonder how it will feel to be in this writer's brain! :-o
I wish she does interviews and db translates them. Would love to see her whole insight into W.

If I go into a cave with no internet And no contact with outside world, would this become my W ending???? Because am so worried to see next episode! Everything might go wrong!

And I would like to give shout to all beanies who came up with Schrödinger cat theory. I feel I understand the concept more with this drama than the cat experiment! Lol :D

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omg cipher!your observation has blown my mind. haha the writer nim is really awesome!!! i think she needs to do a fan tour. i will go and shake her hands! :D:D

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Did you make an effort to double-space your comment for better readability? O_____O

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LOL yes, but it kinda failed as sentences are broken into paragraphs unexpectedly.

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Okay but can we just talk about: LJS in that tank, with those arms.. And that *smirk* ?

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Thanks for this clarification!! The chapters in the volumes had me confused for a bit. How much Kang Chul read, and what he must have pieced together...

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Well done!!!

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This is awesome cipher! Much love

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Bless you, girlfriday. I've been waiting so long for your recap. ^_^

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kangchul 2.0 rocks

real life kicking and sucked me in
I'll comeback later ,

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What about Su-bong??

Su-bong asking for a handshake from Kang Chul was the cutest thing ever.

Su-bong post handshake was downright hilarious.

**Su-bong, making fangirls proud since July 2016.**

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I LOVED Soo bong here. I literally snort laughed out loud and almost spat out my drink when he sniffed his hand and said he even smelt nice!! LOL!

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Our Hero SuBong
Hallowed by Thy Hand
Thy Hero Come
Thy Will Be Done
On earth as it is in manhwa...

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Me too. I love Su Bong reaction of seeing Kang Chul.. he really a fanboy.. he is the reason why w is so funny.

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Don't forget Soo-bong the money-lender ??? I love his loyalty :'

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Su-bong has many cute moments in this episode that I just want to hug him and squish him. ?His fanboy reaction, asking for a handshake, chattering away and calling KC hyung, protecting his ramyeon and his adorable coin purse.

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Subongie with his cute little purse, he looked so adorable while Kang Chul was getting him to empty out his wallet all like "is that all?" And poor guys just like: I have more at the bank. ?

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Su-Bong and Professor Park to come together and fanboy over Chul. LOL and maybe even set up a fan group.

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new kang chul is super smart, direct and very naughty too :D you will find out soon that i am much better than your ex hubby ( talking about his cartoon self) omgg looking forward to watch their date scenes and rewatching those 5 kisses again ♥

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Kang Chul is one smartypants and oh so swoon worthy . Reminds me of Kim Bong Do in Queen In Hyun's Man. QIHM has the most memorable, certified "kilig" kissing scenes. W has so many kiss scenes and I am not complaining at all.

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The writer is totally spoiling us with how many kiss scenes there are in this show. I think we've had every kind of kiss; now for a kiss that falls into Option 4 terroritory..

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as expected from the parents of Kim Bung Do...
a charming man can used the best of them ala 4th prince advise...
make the best out if it (if you are stucked and confused)

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after watching ep 12 full, my impression, bear with me cause this looked long but you skip it too,
it's okay , I am way late for this m(__)m
- I like KC lip colour, seriously
- the BGM is really good, it increase the kangchul working mode and elevate the suspense in many non dialog scene, good work
- su bong ans seo boom need their own spin off with so hee as the heroine
- the "I hear you" phone convo reminds me of I hear your voice
- kangchul is number 4 by nature
- KC and YJ actually give me the old couple vibe
- with all the theories they need to mentioned schrodinger cat
- W remind us that information hold a big power
- the fight is realistic, it hard to executed clean fight and the cool pose ala practice/training session since the situation is not ideal

overall : a solid episode for me,
I think it can be too much for people that already listed all the rules and understand it before, feels like a repetition but I really appreciate that they adress it so audience have faith that the team know what they did.
It also give explanation to audience, my friend legitly asked me how my theory actually true, they didn't follow any comment discussions and just go by the weekly episode.
They like the show but it hard to read and analysed many thing outside real life atm...
can't wait for ep 3 and gosh we are almost at the end!! how the suspense is still on?
nice job W, I hope you the best of luck
(*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

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I just love LJS lips plain and simple. It's all I can stare at whenever he opens his mouth, and then the way he delivers his lines as Kang Chul, I don't know if you can apply this to a male but his voice is seriously sultry !!!

Agree with al, your points, especially the BGM!!! I love that this show isn't one where they substitute the OST's for music and suck the soul out of an actors portrayal and raw emoting.

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I start liking the OST too lately..

the ending song is really good and the falling song also sounda good,

I think the reason why the OST can't be as big as other drama is because they didn't used that at romantic scenes a lot, and I like the way they play the BGM

feel like Jdrama and US series when the opening and ending song is the most prominent song you heard

also yup KC voice sounds really good

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Yup. I like the OST's they can definitely be more popular, but they're not overused to prominence. The BGM is still just that, background. The story is the forefront, and the characters and plot take priority. Music, no matter how good for getting you settled in, is just a device to complete the experience. It's not there to overpower or imbalance.

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He can kick ass AND he knows his romance ? Sign me up for a Kang Chul 2.0 -on second thought who am I kidding, we'd be so lucky to have even a smidgen of the perfect that is CEO Kang.

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This episode is so good and written in an intelligent way with "variables ". Next episode will be roller coaster ride again. Oh no! What will happen to OYJ?

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Yup... Looks like I'm gonna wait till next week to watch Episode 13&14&15 together. Don't think my heart and head can handle the cliffhanger we'll likely get... I'm already sick. ;_;

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Oh Kang Chul, when you have a gun and you're an Olympic level sharpshooter, the answer is to USE the gun, not stand about like a lunk and wait for him to knock it out of your hand so you can engage in an awkward fist fight.

Also, the crime scene photog took a LOT of pictures of Dead Chul's feet.

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A hero would not shoot the culprit. A hero capture the bad guy alive and turns him to the police. Killing him defeat the purpose of this whole episode, which is for KC to do heroic stuff and be the hero of the comic again.

And KC also relies on the killer being alive and the prosecutor having to kill the killer like they planned.

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Olympic sharpshooter. He could have incapacitated him. The whole fight was really awkwardly filmed.

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That's because LJS really sucks at the whole ass whopping. He's not cut out for those type of scenes. And he shouldn't have worn that baggy sleeveless shirt with ultra skinny jeans. Ugh. He should stick to patterned suits and oversized sweaters.

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Aww, I didn't think he did too poorly! He is a black belt in taekwando... the first fight scene with the hooded killer in this show was clearly staged, but I thought they edited this one much better.

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Maybe it is just because his legs are too long for the damp narrow apartment, he couldn't swing it like he used to. lol

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I wonder if you shoot the culprit when your life is not threatened, does that count as manslaughter?

He is not the police and he can not shoot bad guys whenever he decides they are bad guys. That is called vigilante. In a word, that may not help his hero qualification.

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Kang Chul doesn't need Hero status is W world anymore. He's very clearly cutting himself off from that world one connection at a time so he can make the leap into the real world.

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I wonder if you shoot the culprit when your life is not threatened, does that count as manslaughter? - That's called attempted murder.

I think it's safe to say that Kang Chul opted to stay in YJ's world. It's like wrapping his story up in the manwha so he can live his own happy ending. But then again, doesn't he have to continue on playing a significant role in the manwha so he doesn't disappear, or is there another variable in place?

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Did you miss the conversation in the restaurant? They had to solve the arm-disappearing problem. The solution is to play the hero part again.

And also what KC said to the killer after tying him up? "I think it would you who died first, my disappearing will be delayed, because I did one thing a main character would do."

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Does he have to be the hero or does he need to be the protagonist? Every good english lit major knows the difference. ;)

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@Kestrel

It has been established that a character disappears when they lose their pre-set purpose.

KC's pre-set purpose is to be the hero and catch the culprit. No just any kind of protagonist.

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@Cipher - Then this whole setup is not for a happy ending. If KC's whole purpose is to catch the culprit and you fade if you no longer have a purpose, then KC will fade as soon as the prosecutor and the killer are locked up. Story done. Finito. Do not pass go. Do not collect more kisses.

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What you said is also covered by the show already. KC said he could not accept that everyone had only one purpose in their life. So he wanted to change that by introducing new variables.

He kinda experimented it with So-Hee, trying to free her from her set-up by faking death.

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They why must he be the "hero"? If variables is the answer to everything, he can variable himself into an anti-hero protagonist.

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The sheer amount of "variables" in this show mean logic is increasingly difficult to trace. If we insist upon reducing everything to proper logic, I fear we'll never get anywhere. This story operates by its own magical rules of what I've been calling Comic Book Logic.

I'm also convinced this isn't lazy writing, but rather intentional introductions for the sake of style and plot by the author in the same vein as setting a story in a comic book verse.

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But the point is he's faking his death, and calls the police pretending to be a random citizen who captured the killer. Guns are illegal in Korea and presumably hard to come by. So shooting Oh Seung Moo gives away that it's Kang Chul who captured the guy, which would only make it more difficult for SoHee to let him go. And harder for him to fake a convincing time of death for the corpse.

He had the gun because he clings to guns like a baby clings to his safety blanket, but I think the ultimate goal was not to actually use it. For all the reasons listed above. :)

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Oooh, good point, Cipher! Shouldn't've taken those sleeves off, KC.

(Not that I minded you taking off the sleeves. You could've taken off the shirt, too, if you wanted, it looked like it was hot out there.)

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did he take the gun back or not? i last remember it lost in the fight somewhere in the killer's room.

explain how the gun who killed the investigator-guy and was last seen in KC's hand as he was escaping and getting shot by the police ended up in the new-face killer's apartment, please do, killer! and while we're at it, explain how the corpse that should be KC's was already dead at the time of the gun-in-killer's-apartment so he couldn't have dropped or lost it there, lol. i hope he gets indicted for killing KC too :D

as for why carry they gun if he wasn't going to use it - one, the gun was actually the gun used to kill the investigator, and from the manhwa or the other side of the two-world system according to KC, so it didn't belong in our world, and two - he did have to go armed, because the killer had that long-rifle with him. if nothing else, KC had to use it to stand him off from using the rifle. but if he had killed new-face with it, then it could have been argued he did it after killing the investigator, to get revenge on new-face, who would have been perceived more likely as his accomplice then, instead of the actual murderer.

so good thing carrying some protection, better thing not to use it anyway. now i'm only worried about fingerprints, but maybe YJ can erase finagle the plot into making them the killer's fingerprints *crossing fingers to make it so*

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I thought the fight scene was good. LJS is a tower, and they were given such a cramped place for a lot of hand to hand combat. And let's be real, it's like they have renowned experts teaching them these maneuvers, so we can't have Bourne quality fights. I enjoyed it, and for a 1min scene the fight served its purpose, given more time and direction I don't doubt that LJS could excel to great levels. Just because he hasn't done it, doesn't necessitate that he CANT.

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yea, i thought the fight scene was good too. LJS did good.

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What part of Olympic SHARP SHOOTER just doesn't seem to compute with you ? He's a sharp shooter, that's doesn't require any kind of physical stamina or capability, it's all in the SKILL. Yeah he could have shot his leg, but then the cops would be wondering who the eff shot their suspect with an unregistered gun. The Good Samaritan who has no name and was kind enough to gift wrap the baddie for the cops ? Seems a tad too suspicious.

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Well, another question is the killer supposed to have teleport abilities right?
Why he hasn't teleported when chul tied him in the apartment? Or when they fight?

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The killer can teleport is because he has no solid body and no character in the first place.

Right now he is a real person with a real ID.

Basically, he has an ass we can kick.

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Yup! So he got his wish- ie an identity, but that means that he can also be killed! At least dad sacrifice wasn't entirely in vain...

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Yeah. The only reason he was able to go to and from the TV station so quickly was because dad was onhand to draw escape routes.

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Whoa... Daebak!

Thankyou again Chiper

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[email protected] "he has an ass we can kick" !!!!! ?

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I think it's because he had the gun for double security in case he really needs it. He didn't use it to kill the culprit because of the ending him and YJ's dad planned. To link the culprit's death to the prosecutor so he will be punished and create the perfect ending for them (the culprit and the prosecutor.)

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Knee caps are really painful, I hear, even if they're not life threatening...

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You can't be too sure. You can die from hemorrhagic shock, sepsis, etc.

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it's probably PPL for those shoes

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I find myself strangely compelled to buy a red Kia these days...

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I think it because the purpose is to tied him so he can't transport to the portal and get captured by the police,
gun is not legalised in SK so if he used that, the police need to find him for the use of gun without authority,
why he has gun? for protection since the killer also using gun, he can shoot if he got shot or he can't win by fistfight or the killer run,

I think he did it very well

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Might as well safe to say that if Yeon Joo can become a webtoon character in his world he can very well become human in her world even more after he kinda detached from it and from his previous main motivation that driven his whole existance,to find the killer and make him pay for his crime...The present one,is clearly changed and doesn't have the same mind and drive as his past self,he doesn't even find himself as the old one as he so many times speaks of the KC 1 as the webtoon one not himself...He just choose what world he wants from now one to be and in some ways with that dead body he killed his webtoon existence making now only one...

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I'm just so stoked that Kang Chul can finally see the 'To Be Continued' chyron. I was totally cheering at that moment!!!

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I think you replied to the wrong placed... but idk if hey can be permanent being in some world,
they both can exist in a way or another but a real being in another world need a better expalantion so I'll wait for the explanation...
in other POV, kangchul and YJ actually have present in the both world, kc manifested in the printed manhwa, YJ manifested as KC creator

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But he CANT shoot the gun, or end up accidentally seriously wounding the killer. They had a well planed out scheme to carry out. The gun was just there as a prop to scare the baddie off into not doing anything lethal to our boy Kang.

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If Chul can go back to real world after the mission for that chapter complete and the "to be continued" sign appear.

Why he hasn't go back to real world in the first timeline, when he jump of that building??
Those sign occurred right? right?

I'm losing my mind

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And, why Chul doesnt request YJ to draw him a box of cash money to bring to YJ world? Hahaha... thats was very crucial necessities right?

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I said this! Expect I a thinking maybe a duffel bag full of money!

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*was

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Wondering if they do the same currencies: the real and the manwha, LoL

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They do. Remember the bookstore scene? ?

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legislation? since huge money with questionable serial number can drove you to jail.

a property like ring or stuff can be sold and become real money that come from the real world

but not diamond either (maybe the raw one is preferred for me) since they also has genuine certificate for identity

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Maybe they won't do it, or it hasn't even occurred to Kang Chul because that would be stealing and a hero does not steal ? Obviously to us normal people that seems the most logical train of thought, but he can't steal cause that's not very main character like.

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You must have missed the part where KC said I am someone that got summoned so I can return to the reality if TBC sign shows up.

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Ah, i missed that part.

Thankyou Chiper...

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I think KC 2.0 doesn't think of himself as a manhwa character anymore. Probably why he can leave when he does. He's becoming like YJ. So hopefully when all of this ends he can slip into the real world without any problem.

I was also thinking about why KC 2.0 is different from the original and I think it's because old KC was driven by emotion when made his decisions. While KC 2.0 is not yet in love with YJ and being on the run has made him distanced from his friends anyway which he thinks is for the best. He's actually the original ruthless KC we saw in earlier episodes.

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Wait wait, what about the dead body in the earlier episode that Yeon-joo identified by its wedding ring? Is that Kang Chul 1.0, 2.0, or whatever that's in between?? ???

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it seems that is going to come back at some point! first she draws his corpse in manhwa world, then she draws him back his ring and now he's in REAL world...hmmm..I'm so curious to see what that will amount to. I was willing to fob it off as nothing major before but the callbacks and "coincidences" are hard to ignore. i'm excite, this writer is so thorough!

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Oooooh. Thanks for confirming that I'm not losing track of everything - this show is blowing my mind and I keep wondering if I didn't follow closely enough.

Writer-nim, into your hands I commit my fangirl self.

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Could be a red herring. Since time has elapsed in the real world. You can re-set manhwa world but not the real one.

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Ah good point!! I didn't think of that.

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unless neither world is the real one.

we're looking at the fourth wall crumbling here, methinks.

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omg fourth wall crumbling, could it be the ending.. we'd have the writer's cameo...

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In the summary it was said that the show will have THREE worlds. The real one, the manhwa, and an "in-between" maybe that's where Kang Chul the dead body and real wold time can also be sent and reset ?

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my taken is because the situation is different
when he jump off building, they want to make the continue button appeared so YJ can go back to the real world.

in the complete mission version, he knew that his will can make him transferred because :
- he is in the same place (high probability for easy transfer)
- he is summoning himself like yeon joo to the webtoon world
- his counterpart in the webtoon is dead so there's nothing that bound him to the webtoon world as webtoon elementary, he basically freed himself from webtoon world affiliation

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I love this episode so much!!! A lot of things get cleared out with the rules between the two worlds but not everything yet. I know there’s trouble ahead because this episode is too good. I love the real Kang Chul, he’s as real as Oh Yeon Joo in the real world now. I miss the tease of the old comic Kang Chul but we’ll probably get there soon when he completely falls in love with her again. He has variables now – the ring (being Yeon Joo’s husband.) He got smarter? Which is unbelievable. I love the fact that he’s a character who learns for his mistakes and doesn’t do it again. I love the more mature Oh Yeon Joo. She’s evolved through the episodes. The calmness of Kang Chul got into her as well now. He’s turning to the Kang Chul we see with Oh Yeon Joo. Wanting to see her nude, kiss her 5 times, gosh, number 4 really is his preference. But can we get 5 more kisses then? 1 per episode and 2 in the finale? Please writer-nim. Their kiss here reflects the kiss in episode 5 when Kang Chul started to finally fall for her.
Clearly it’s not a happy ending yet for W. It says “to be continued” not “the end” remember? Because the culprit still knows everything and can still summon Yeon Joo or Kang Chul in the real world. I wonder though if once the “the end” shows which will finally end W, will Kang Chul and Yeon Joo go back to the real world or get stuck there – frozen like when Kang Chul committed suicide or stuck there but their lives continue.

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it's not that he got smarter so much as i think he became more confident and clear headed? like he was not fully recovered before the reset, he was still dealing with the fallout of his realization and the confrontation with dad. but the New Chul has a very different outlook. he's more focused and driven. he WILL get his happy ending and make Yeon Joo happy. no more disappearing acts, or killers on the loose or fear or feeling lost/hopeless. He has a new goal, and its a goal that once accomplished will continue to have meaning unlike catching the killer and getting revenge. Basically KC's will of steel has returned haha. its too bad he wont get to stay happy for too long. but i hope the writer wont torture him and oyj too much

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Agreed!! It's like threads of potentiality that eventually create parallel universes: in each universe, we get the same character, but with different circumstances and choices that highlight varied aspects/facets of his/her characterisation!

I thought I'd already fallen hard for Kang Chul. But no - I have to fall for his alternate self, too! One is not enough!!

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I think part of Kang Chul 2.0's calm acceptance of his "unreal" world is also that shocking proof of its absurdity was thrown in his face, stuff he knew was crazy ridiculous. 1. The faked voice recording file, of his dad scolding him and the shooting, which strangely popped up way too many years after. Like Son said, they have been dead too long for someone to suddenly fake it now.
2. The sudden gun shot kill at the hospital and the gun that materialised in his hands.
These things go beyond what an average, physically "logical" conspiracy theory might be able to conceive, so perhaps that made it easier for him to accept that he's a manhwa character when he read the comics.

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I'm actually more bothered by the summoning. You know, killer figuring it out too.

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yup and I like that for the suspense but I think there are several thing that need to do for successful summoning, like match setting and the screen power on

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