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W–Two Worlds: Episode 6

I feel like I’m still recovering from yesterday’s episode. The show seems like it’s recovering too, because we’re a little lighter on the nonstop thriller-suspense-WTF-OMG today, and we spend a little time focusing on our heroine and her relationships. It’s time for a cold hard dose of reality in her life, which is often the hardest thing for a fangirl to embrace. But (sadly) real life is not a manhwa, and there are life-and-death consequences to be faced when her hero seemingly goes rogue.

 

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

A gun goes off in Dad’s workshop, and outside, Su-bong immediately falls to the ground, convinced that he’s been shot. He hasn’t, of course, but inside Dad slumps to the floor with a big gaping wound in his chest, and Kang Chul looks down at him, eerily calm about the whole thing. But! You just shot your creator!

Su-bong’s jaw hits the ground when the manhwa hero he’s been drawing scenery for just walks out the front door holding a gun. Kang Chul pauses and says that if he calls emergency now, Dad might live. That’s it, and he walks away.

Yeon-joo can’t handle being trapped in the slowest cab in all of Seoul and gets out to run the rest of the way. She’s terrified because the last thing she heard was the sound of the gunshot, and by the time she reaches the front gate, it’s pouring rain and the place is surrounded by cops and paramedics.

She runs inside where Su-bong is wailing, his shirt covered in Dad’s blood. The paramedics are working on moving Dad’s body, and he looks alive… barely. Yeon-joo rushes to his side, screaming, “Dad! Daaad!” eyes filled with terror. Mom gets the call from Su-bong, and goes numb from the shock.

In the ambulance, Yeon-joo takes over CPR when Dad’s pulse starts to drop, and she pleads with him to hang on and not be scared. They arrive at her hospital, where she barely holds it together as she updates Professor Crazy Dog, her hands still pressed on Dad’s heart.

She enters the operating room, and Crazy Dog is actually nice for once, kicking her out for her own good. He insists that it’s because he can’t handle the pressure of her watching, but Yeon-joo’s on the verge of tears the whole time, and as soon as she exits, she breaks down in sobs.

Su-bong comes up and says in a shaky voice that it was Kang Chul—Su-bong saw him in the flesh with his own two eyes. Yeon-joo’s hand closes up into a fist and she asks if anyone saw where Kang Chul went. Oh no, are you enemies now? Say it ain’t so!

Su-bong says that her father was right, and that he had a reason for wanting to kill Kang Chul all this time—he must’ve known this would happen. He asks why Yeon-joo saved Chul, sighing that if she’d only not saved him, this wouldn’t have happened. “He’s just a manhwa character,” Su-bong argues.

Mom arrives and holds Yeon-joo’s hand, and in the operating room, Crazy Dog takes out the bullet and says it’s a good thing it stayed intact. He puts it in the pan, and it’s a real bullet—no cartoon fakes here.

Down in the lobby of the hospital, Kang Chul walks up to the front desk and leaves a letter for Yeon-joo, asking for it to be delivered to her. He says nothing else, and heads back out into the rain.

The next morning, news breaks of Dad’s shooting. He’s still alive, but still hasn’t regained consciousness. Dad’s editors at the publishing house see the news and wonder if they should call Yeon-joo, because something is going on with the webtoon—they stare at the screen and say it’s strange.

Yeon-joo sits by Dad’s bedside and clutches his hand, unable to hold back her tears. Seok-bum comes by and urges her to get some sleep, and promises to stay here next to Dad. You’re a good friend.

Yeon-joo gets a call from Dad’s publisher, who hesitates to bother her with the webtoon at a time like this. But he says it’s odd that he received a new issue in the middle of the night, when it couldn’t have been Dad who sent it. Wait, the manwha is still going? Does that mean Kang Chul got back to his world??

The publisher says it looks like her father’s artwork though, and he wonders if maybe Dad had finished the issue beforehand and scheduled it to send. He says the content is odd too, so he wanted to double check with her before putting it up online.

Yeon-joo asks if she can see it first, and hesitates before opening the email from the publisher. When she finally clicks, she finds the newest episode called “Kang Chul’s Awakening.”

The issue details Kang Chul’s moment of self-awareness when he discovers that he’s a manhwa hero, and his journey across universes into the real world, where he found Yeon-joo in the hospital and shot his creator. Whaaat. The story continued in her world? This is turning my brain into mushy goo.

In flashback, we see that the night of Dad’s shooting, Kang Chul wandered the streets aimlessly, still holding the gun in his hand. He eventually dropped it on a pile of trash, and that gave him pause—it’s what his family’s killer did in the manhwa, and he winced to realize he’d become the same.

He kept wandering as the rain came down, and he stopped in front of a poster for W, calling him “this generation’s guardian of justice,” wondering if he’d finally catch his family’s killer. It was as if the words were mocking him.

Chul stepped inside a convenience store to buy a pen and paper, and sat down to write Yeon-joo a letter. As he writes her name on the envelope, the image turns into the webtoon frame that Yeon-joo is staring at in her office.

And then on cue, the nurse walks in and hands her that very letter. Yeon-joo stares at the matching envelopes in hand and on her screen, and then tears it open to read. The whole thing isn’t visible, but in the latter half he writes, “And thank you. Now I can leave knowing the truth about my life. To a hero who turned into a murderer while looking for a murderer, there isn’t a more fitting ending than this, is there? So… goodbye…”

Alarmed, she goes back to the webtoon and scrolls past the letter, and the next frame shocks her—it’s Hangang Bridge, where Dad made Kang Chul jump the first time.

The image fades into the flashback from the night before, as Kang Chul stood on the ledge of the bridge in the pouring rain.

His smile was bittersweet, and then he let go, his body falling in slow motion to the river down below. He sank to the bottom, and the screen fades back into the webtoon on Yeon-joo’s screen. She quickly scrolls down, and the next image shows him drowning… with “The End” stamped down in the corner. Nooooooo!

She gasps and runs to the bridge, terrified, but it’s morning now and there’s no sign of Kang Chul. She crouches to the ground in defeat and lets the tears come.

Yeon-joo’s mom sits by Dad’s bedside spilling tears of her own, when suddenly Dad opens his eyes. Oh thank goodness.

At the same time, Yeon-joo and Su-bong speak with the detective on Dad’s case, who tells them that there are a lot of anomalies that he can’t account for. The CCTV in front of Dad’s house didn’t capture anyone going in or out, and they can’t locate the gun, or even the bullet that the surgeon pulled out of Dad’s chest.

While he says this, we see the gun in question turn into a manhwa drawing and disappear, and the same thing happens to the bullet. What.

Yeon-joo and Su-bong give each other the side-eye and keep their mouths shut, and they go to see Dad in the hospital. They tell him that Kang Chul committed suicide on the bridge and that it became the manhwa’s ending, and the publisher is waiting for their approval to upload the last issue.

Su-bong says that he and Yeon-joo have worked out the best possible cover story for Dad’s shooting and the manhwa’s ending, and the next thing we know, the webtoon goes online and the news broadcasts a story about W creator Oh Sung-moo’s suicide attempt, brought about by severe stress and depression over the series ending.

Naturally the manhwa’s ending has the public in an uproar, and fans are beyond upset at the story’s bleak finale and lack of closure for Kang Chul. Crazy Dog is so deflated that he forces Seok-bum to drink with him that night.

A month later, Dad’s workshop is all packed away and cleaned out of anything having to do with W. Yeon-joo puts everything in boxes and then goes to meet with Dad’s publisher, and tells him that Dad hates hospitals so much that they’ve moved him back home and she’s staying there to take care of him.

The publisher says that there are still protests being held by loyal fans, asking to bring Kang Chul back from the dead. The director of the movie adaptation is sitting next to him and sighs that no one will want to see a movie about a hero that dies that way.

They plead with Yeon-joo to ask Dad if he’ll consider bringing Kang Chul back and continuing the series, or even just rewriting the ending. The publisher says it would just take a few frames, but Yeon-joo is firm and says no—Dad is retiring, and he’s been through more stress than they could imagine.

She says it’s not something she could ever ask of him, and makes it clear that Dad’s retirement is final. The publisher turns into a blubbering mess, whining that it’s such a deflating ending to have a hero just die like that without purpose or honor, not even in a cool or emotionally satisfying way.

But Yeon-joo finds herself saying the thing she never thought she’d say: “It’s a manhwa… It’s just a manhwa hero—don’t empathize too much. You’ll forget it soon.” Perhaps she’s saying it more to herself.

Yeon-joo comes home and tells Dad that she made his position clear with the publisher, and he approves. Yeon-joo doesn’t seem so ready to let Kang Chul go, but truthfully, neither does Dad.

Su-bong rushes over with news that the police have found a body in the river that could be Kang Chul, and Yeon-joo is stunned. He rushes her out so they can go identify the body, and Dad watches them go with an inscrutable expression.

Yeon-joo is lost in thought the whole way there, while Su-bong worries about the fact that they can’t exactly identify the body, even if it is Chul. They arrive at the morgue and the police officer says it will be difficult to look at a body that’s been decaying for a month, but Yeon-joo assures them that she’s a doctor and can handle it.

Su-bong can’t though, and pukes as soon as they lift the sheet. Yeon-joo takes a careful look and breathes a sigh of relief when she confirms that it’s definitely not Kang Chul, because this man is wearing a ring.

At the dinner table, Dad probes about where she went with Su-bong today, and Yeon-joo tells him about the body. She wonders why they haven’t been able to find Chul yet, and says with a bit of hope in her voice that he must’ve returned to his manhwa world—that seems fitting since he’s a manhwa character, she thinks. Dad says he doesn’t really know.

She asks, “Dad, when a manhwa says ‘The End,’ what happens after that? Does that world just stop there, or do they live on and we don’t know about it? Fairytales always end that way: ‘And they lived happily ever after.’ But did they really live well until they got old and died, or did it just stop on that last page the moment the fairytale ended?”

Dad reflects on her question and asks if she wants him to bring Kang Chul back from the dead like everyone else, and Yeon-joo quickly says no—he has no reason to do that. Dad says that there’s a reason he can’t do it, and a reason he won’t do it.

He tells her that a week ago, the cops officially closed the case on his shooting and returned his tablet computer, the one that he smashed and left in the motel. They had collected it for evidence, but had no more use for it. Dad admits that when it was returned to him, he wondered if he should bring Kang Chul back. Yeon-joo’s eyes widen.

Dad tells her that he knows Kang Chul better than anyone, and he knows without a doubt that Chul could’ve shot him in the heart and killed him instantly if he’d meant to. Dad decided that since Kang Chul had left him the choice to live, he’d do the same for Chul. In flashback, Dad had turned on his tablet to the closing frame of the webtoon, and began to erase “The End.”

Except it wouldn’t erase. Ohhhhhhh…

Yeon-joo asks why, and Dad says he doesn’t know. He wonders if maybe he and Kang Chul betraying each other severed their ties. Dad says that’s the reason he can’t draw Kang Chul back to life, and the reason he won’t is: Yeon-joo.

Dad: “Do you know why you kept getting pulled into that world?” She doesn’t, but Dad says he figured it out when he saw that Chul left his final letter to her: “You’ve become a main character in the manhwa. You’ve become the heroine. That’s why we have to end it here. Because you’re a real person. And Dad’s daughter. And Mom’s daughter.”

She looks heartbroken, but nods yes. Dad says those are the reasons that W ends here. When she’s alone though, Yeon-joo’s thoughts linger on the idea of “The End,” and what it really means—did Kang Chul ever get a funeral, or is his body still floating in that cold river… forever?

A few weeks later, Dad is on the mend and even goes to New Zealand on holiday with his buddies, and Yeon-joo calls with last-minute instructions for him to take his meds and not drink a drop of alcohol.

When she hangs up with Dad, Crazy Dog suddenly comes into her office and smells her hair. Huh? He notes that she washed it and orders her to come with him to lunch. Well, your nickname is certainly apt, sir.

He takes her to a fancy restaurant, and explains offhandedly that he’s supposed to set his friend up on a blind date today, but the female colleague canceled at the last minute, so Yeon-joo has to be the substitute. He argues that she was the only one in the hospital who’d washed her hair today. LOL.

Yeon-joo curses her clean hair, especially when she so often doesn’t wash it, though she seems to change her mind when she spots a handsome, well-dressed man approaching their table. But he goes in another direction, and ha, She Was Pretty’s Ahn Se-ha comes over to them instead.

Yeon-joo cringes, and Crazy Dog talks up his friend, saying that there’s no such thing as a man who’s tall, good-looking, and smart anyway. Yeon-joo immediately thinks of Kang Chul, of course, and says that they do exist. Crazy Dog: “Who, me?” Pff.

Even funnier is the fact that Ahn Se-ha is playing his She Was Pretty character Poong-ho. His eyes turn to saucers when he sees Yeon-joo, and Crazy Dog misinterprets her incredulous laughter as happiness.

Seok-bum texts Yeon-joo to ask if having washed hair turned out to be lucky or unlucky, and she excuses herself to go to the bathroom and tells him it’s a big ol’ fail. Yeon-joo decides that she’s been ignoring her love life too much lately, and that it’s time to meet new guys, a new one every week, she decides.

Suddenly the line goes dead on both sides, and Seok-bum and Yeon-joo check their phones thinking that the reception cut out. But as Yeon-joo looks around her, she’s immersed in water, which rises rapidly up to her chin, all the way up until she’s completely submerged. Aaaaaaah, is it the Han River?! It came to her?! This is crazy and cool.

At first she tries swimming up, but then she looks around and spots him in the distance: It’s Kang Chul, just suspended there like he hasn’t moved in all this time.

She starts swimming towards him, but it’s so, so far. It takes all her strength to get close to him and she reaches out a hand to his, but just before they can touch, he starts to sink further and further away from her. She tries to reach out again, but she’s losing air, and she’s forced to go back up to the surface.

She swims up, and suddenly reappears in the bathroom, sopping wet from head to toe and gasping for air. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?

Yeon-joo is completely shaken up after seeing Kang Chul like that, and marches back to the table dripping water everywhere. She asks for a phone (she dropped hers in the river while trying to swim to Kang Chul), and checks the webtoon. Right before her eyes, “The End” disappears from the last frame and gets replaced with “To be continued.” YESSSS!

Without a word of explanation, Yeon-joo walks out on the blind date and runs to Su-bong, who’s now working as an assistant for She Was Pretty’s Hwang Suk-jung, a crazy lady who demands that her manhwa characters get eyes the size of saucers.

Yeon-joo grabs him and says they have to go save Kang Chul, and Su-bong looks at her like she’s got a screw loose. Yeon-joo says they can save him, because time hasn’t passed for Chul—he’s suspended in that moment, where the manhwa ended.

She says he’s still there in the river, and she saw it herself because she was there. Su-bong finally notices that she’s drenched in water and gasps.

They rush back to Dad’s workshop and Su-bong fields a call from the publisher, who says that they didn’t alter the webtoon on their end. The online response is immediate, and people everywhere start to leave comments in anticipation of Kang Chul’s comeback. Dad is still on his flight to New Zealand, so Su-bong says he’ll check in and call the publisher back.

Yeon-joo brings out Dad’s tablet and says it’s been fixed, and she thinks maybe they can use it to save Kang Chul. Su-bong is still shocked and asks if Dad wasn’t the one to change the webtoon, but Yeon-joo reminds him that he’s on a plane, and couldn’t alter it even when he wanted to.

Su-bong, ever the slow one: “So you’re saying that ‘The End’ changed to ‘To be continued,’ all by itself? Why?!” Yeon-joo looks at him wide-eyed: “I don’t know!”

He can’t understand it, especially when it’s not like they tried to kill him off for no reason like before. The hero killed himself, and it ended… so why isn’t it ending, he asks. Yeon-joo thinks on it and says, “He must’ve found a new reason that it couldn’t end.” Su-bong asks what, but Yeon-joo doesn’t know.

At the same time, two bicyclists come upon a hooded figure standing on the ledge of a bridge. Whoa, it’s the killer from Kang Chul’s world! But… is this Yeon-joo’s world? How did he get here?

The bicyclists call out to him and say that it’s dangerous, and suddenly the hooded figure turns on them and swoops down to attack them. As he flies down toward them, we see his face flash—it’s made up of pixels that spark in and out, the way the webtoon frame did when Kang Chul stepped through into this world. What… are you?

Back at the workshop, Su-bong still doesn’t understand why they’re supposed to save Kang Chul when the manhwa ended, and Yeon-joo yells that Chul can’t save himself, and doesn’t have the will to live, which means that they have to save him.

She says that no time has passed in the manhwa, which means they can draw a boat with divers passing by, and they can save Chul in the very next frame. Su-bong is aghast when he realizes that she means for him to draw this, and he cries that W is her father’s work, not his—there might be a miniscule difference in the artwork, but it will be noticeable.

Yeon-joo shouts that Dad won’t do it, because he’s afraid that she’ll get sucked back into the manhwa world. Su-bong runs with that, pointing out her wet hair. But… isn’t that proof that she has no control over that anyway?

She knows he’s right—that Kang Chul shot Dad, that it’s going to be hard for him to be forgiven, that this cursed manhwa ought to end, and that she can’t keep getting sucked into that world. She knows all that, but she says that Dad is alive and well, and they’re all going on as if nothing happened, and people will move past it because it’s just a manhwa character.

“But Kang Chul is in that cold river, feeling guilty that he’s become a murderer… for over two months all alone… That’s too much,” she cries. Su-bong softens a little, and Yeon-joo breaks down as she admits that she thinks it’s all because of her. The tears totally work on Su-bong, and he caves and agrees to try. Yeon-joo says that everything started on Dad’s tablet, so it should work to save him now. Su-bong braces himself and picks up the pen…

But hours go by and he gives up in the middle of drawing the rescue boat. The story doesn’t make any sense because there’s no linking narrative, and he says this is outside his capabilities because he’s just the assistant—W isn’t his.

Su-bong suggests waiting for Dad to land in New Zealand and breaks for a snack, and Yeon-joo hangs her head knowing that Dad will never start drawing this manhwa again. But Su-bong suddenly has a light bulb moment in the kitchen (with a light bulb overhead, heh), and says he heard something once years ago from her father, about W and Yeon-joo…

Cut to: Prison visiting booths, where guards suddenly discover Yeon-joo lying on the ground in her prison jumpsuit, right where she’d disappeared from, the last time she was in Kang Chul’s world.

We rewind to the moment that Chul jumped off the bridge on that rainy night, but this time a rescue boat sees him and divers bring him up to the surface right away. Kang Chul wakes up with a start in his bed, as if it’s all a dream. But his hand still has the scars from his fight with Dad. And he’s back in his world…

And in the prison, Yeon-joo opens her eyes and looks around, and breaks into a huge smile. Awwww yeah, we’re back!

 
COMMENTS

What did Su-bong tell her?! Gah, these cliffhangers! My guess is still that Yeon-joo will turn out to be Kang Chul’s original creator, at least on a conceptual level. It probably never occurred to her or Dad because she was young at the time, and he was likely inspired by one of her drawings. But maybe if she drew Kang Chul first and then he spun the character into a story worthy of a manhwa series, it’s possible that Yeon-joo really IS the key to Kang Chul’s life, in a way that he never even imagined. I don’t know if that’s where they’re going, but I know I would love it if Yeon-joo had creator-god power over Kang Chul’s world.

Dad made it clear that his ties to the manhwa had already been severed, which he assumed was caused by his and Kang Chul’s mutual betrayal. But now I wonder if the root of that change is something different, and if it has to do with Yeon-joo. Clearly Dad had control over Kang Chul’s story to some extent, but is it really that Chul’s will overcame his own, or does it have to do with what Yeon-joo wanted for the story, and for Kang Chul to get what he wanted? Does he actually have less free will than he thinks? It was so interesting to see that Dad has affection for Chul too, despite only showing abject horror at his rogue creation up until now. But he does have a soft fatherly devotion to the character, and I found that fascinating and realistic. Dad ultimately still can’t be trusted when it comes to Kang Chul, since he would throw Chul under the bus (literally) the second he proved himself dangerous, but I really enjoy the complexity of this character that loves and despises, fears and understands his creation more than anyone.

The more that Yeon-joo starts to take over the storytelling, I keep thinking of W the manhwa as a daddy-daughter bedtime story. Despite the scale of the manhwa, at its basic level W is not that different from a bedtime story Dad tells to his daughter, where he gets to make up all the rules as he invents the story, and she gobbles up the fantasy world with delight. I love that Yeon-joo represents the innocent child—she asks him all the things a child would ask, like what a happily-ever-after really means for the characters in that story world, and whether their lives go on even if the story ends. But the part that’s interesting is that she’s an active participant in the storytelling, like a father saying, “Once upon a time, there was a princess in a pink dress in a castle,” and the daughter goes, “No! A blue dress! In a penthouse!” and Dad goes, “Okay, a blue dress in a fancy penthouse then…” The story is Dad’s, but it’s also the daughter’s, and it’s as if Yeon-joo is changing the story by interjecting to say that she doesn’t like the direction things are going in. And because the story is ultimately hers—he invents it and keeps it going to make her happy—she has that power.

I don’t know what it’ll mean for Yeon-joo now that she’s become, as Dad says, the heroine of Kang Chul’s story—that’s a complication that’ll surely have dire consequences down the line. But there was a distinct shift in this episode to Yeon-joo being the main storyteller who drove Kang Chul’s narrative. Whatever she does at the end of the episode successfully restarts his entire world and brings him back to life, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t sit there and draw all that out. It has to be tied to her will somehow. But then, was she also the one who caused the bathroom to flood and turn into the Han River? Or was Kang Chul calling out to her? Maybe he was about to walk towards the light when he heard her say that she’d be going on a blind date every week?

And how come no one knows that W’s villain is different from the rest of the characters in that world? How come he didn’t freeze like everyone else? Did he cross over into the world via Kang Chul’s portal… or does he have a portal of his own? Ack. Please don’t tell me he can just move freely between worlds—I don’t know if I can handle a faceless assassin just showing up wherever he pleases. Is he human? Is he a glitch? Is he faceless because Dad doesn’t know what he looks like?? Ohmygah, please just draw him a face already—it’s creeping me out that he doesn’t have one! If he looks that way because Dad never bothered to decide his identity or give him a face, my mind is blown. Note to any writers out there: Everyone deserves a face!

I have so many questions about the gun and bullet suddenly disappearing from Yeon-joo’s world, and Kang Chul returning to his world despite dying and being suspended in the river. But I’m sure that stuff will be unraveled soon enough. I have to say, I’m excited for the return to Kang Chul’s universe, because things get wackier over there, and now Yeon-joo will have a whole new set of narrative rules to navigate—whatever power it is that sent her back there. The only downside is less screen time for Yeon-joo’s friends, but I’m hoping we cut back and forth often. Because I can never get enough of Su-bong’s shock-face, probably because it mirrors mine as I watch every episode of this show.

 
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Take my heart, Kang Chul. It is yours forever and forever.
Oh and guys, I have never been more confused and intrigued in my life.

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Careful about offering up you heart, or areas adjacent to your heart - this is a guy who's about to apologize for the SECOND time he's shot someone in the chest.

It seems that even after getting one hell of a "free agency" reality check from Kang Chul, Dad still doesn't see him as a person. It's interesting to see how the idea of Kang Chul drifting in cold water forever really breaks Yeon Joo's heart, but her dad is pretty unmoved.

I would openly wonder if Yeon Joo's world was a manhwa as well, but it's too uneventful and everyday to be a cartoo.... Oh shit. It's not a manhwa, it's a TV show. She's totally on "Doctors", isn't she?

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HJ and YJ could become best buddies that would be cool..

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Since dad actually "stabbed" KC, nothing will ever convince him that KC is a real person

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I think that you're right - to Dad, Kang Chul is like a dangerous toy that might harm him or his daughter, so to step on it is nothing because he thinks it's for the best.

But to his daughter....think of all the adventures she had with that toy! Even if its cheekbones are life-threateningly deadly...

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ooooh that's not a bad analogy! altho it makes her current (eventual?) romantic love for him a wee bit.....well. lol.

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True. Seems like the feel of stabbing flesh would prove realness.

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This actually.

I mean, I like to draw myself and I used to create manga back then for fun.

If at that time all of sudden the characters in my manga came to life and even forcefully dodged the storyline I created for them, I would freak out too and I wouldn't care even if someone put them in front of me, in flesh, talking to me, I'd denied as much as I could that I actually created a world in another dimension. So... I can relate with Dad.

For readers/fans of the story, the thought of your webtoon heroes coming to life is probably exciting. But for the creator, who personally designed them from scratch, it's a whole another story.

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Hahaha perfect. I was thinking she has one main surgeon buddy (that they felt was enough for the purposes of the drama since there are already a lot of other characters), but Doctors has a nice big ol' crew. I'd like to think Soon-Hee and Yeon-Joo would be nice pals, too.

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Ugh, I wish this could happen. Soon Hee and Yeon Joo would be adorable. Why do they have to be on different networks?

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Next, season, against all odds, Doctors 2 and W 2 are one and the same show, crossing the great network divide--angry producers and evil station chiefs can do nothing to stop the universe's desire for inter-station story lines

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Heh, I would love to see that though. Someone's story gets loose through the stations and they run around through different dramas trying to chase down their baddie--You could see them as cameos in all the other shows, trying to be inconspicuous, and then get the real story of why they were there in their own show. ^^

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Seeing KC as a person would require Appa to see him as a person. This would destroy him because that would mean he had been torturing/attempting to murder another human being.

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I have a far less charitable read of Dad - I think he can't afford to believe Kang Chul is a person because then Dad's not a genius. For some reason, he doesn't seem too bothered by Kang Chul's epic case of Dad-instigated PTSD.

You would think that anything, whether it's a man or a dog or a tree or a plastic chair, standing in front of you and describing how your actions had tortured it would make a dent. But no! Dad just shrugs and says "it's my job". Yikes!

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You could be right. However if part of the rules for this world is that they are drawn by/empowered by drama world folks then that would have some serious implications for the villian/murderer.

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So true. I vary between yelling at & apologizing to furniture I bump into. Dad only falls on the yelling at half. And that is of course, after stabbing them in real life. Ugh, I don't know what to think.

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Dad has his issues, mostly caused by his alcoholism.

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yes. this is definitely a show about a drama about a manhwa.

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So... apparently next week's episodes are cancelled because of the olympics. Im not fully fluent in korean but im pretty convinced both episodes (7, 8) are cancelled next week. MBC just released a statement on the W homepage saying this:

공홈지기입니다.

2016 리우올림픽 중계로 인한 편성 공지입니다.

8월 10일(수) 방송예정인 7회는
2016 리우올림픽 유도 남녀 예선 및 여자 플뢰레 32강전, 여자 탁구 단식 준결승 중계로 인해
10시 방송 혹은 결방으로 이원편성 되어있습니다.

8월 11일(목) 방송예정인 8회는
2016 리우올림픽 여자 양궁 개인전 중계로 인해
결방 혹은 10시 방송으로 이원편성 되어있습니다.

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O M G

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo........

How i can i live by then?

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W is not being delayed only for one week. It is basically certain W won't be airing the week after next week because of the olympics. That means it will be off air for two weeks and come back on August 24th. That is three weeks from now. That is why Korean fans are trying to at least save next week so MBC will air ep 7&8. They are calling MBC and writing on official homepage. Chinese fans are also joining in to protest through weibo and instagram.

If the ratings fall because of MBC's scheduling, it will be a serious detriment to the actors, especially HHJ & LJS. But ultimately the ratings may take a dip either way, with a three week hiatus, or even if the episodes do air as usual because the Olympics will garner viewershipr ratings in the same time slot.

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Ahhhhhh!!! My sanity! Should we ask for a hangouts to talk? Lol, no, we'll just live here for 2 weeks. Or is it 3 weeks? My brain fizzled at the idea of waiting for what has been hyped as the biggest week so far.

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I think this is the perfect time for a break to facilitate Olympics. It feels like Part 1 of the series has ended. Better now than in the thick of the action when the wait will be more unbearable. I'm fine with it and I'm sure the W fans will wait for it to continue. Kinda hard to forget this show.

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Whyyyyyyyyyy....the only olympics match I was ever interested in is the one when Kang Chul scored 10.9

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@Agassi that's what they ought to do! Put advertisements in-between the Olympics about the beginning of W! Maybe it'll make the ratings increase upon return. ^^

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I agree. It's better of this way. It promotes even more hype and anticipation because it's been gone for so long

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@Miranda so just avoid offering the heart right? Wait why am I still dedicated to a guy who is, as you pointed out, about to apologize for a second shooting? Oh dramas making me question my opinions and standards.

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If there was such a crossover, i think my mind would be totally messed up. Imagine park shin hye, lee jong suk and yoon kyun sang meeting each other! And lee jong suk being a geeeenius surgeon too.

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Lol, I thought about that too when KC dropped the gun. I was like if you rush you could perform an miraculous surgery a lá Dr. Stranger

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I think the one to create Kang Chul is Yeon Joo and the creator of the faceless killer is OSM, that's why Kang Chul has resiliently good qualities and is unable to do evil because that's probably not the way childhood Yeon Joo's mind worked at the time she made him. Whereas faceless killer was created during OSM's worst time, when his wife divorced him and his daughter left him and he was contemplating ending his life. That's probably why OSM's can't kill Kang Chul no matter how many times he rewrite his ending, because only Yeon Joo holds that kind of power over Kang Chul's life and vice versa they may go on to discover that no matter what they do the faceless killer can't be killed because the only one who can end him is OSM.

Side note: how much did you absolutely loathe the lack of Kang Chul is this episode, I kept waiting for them to have their epic reunion and that would have been the cliffhanger but alas, we all must wait another torturous week once again.

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Very well said, esp. re the lack of KC in this ep.

The conjectures make sense. They've to wait till dad gets back, at the end, for him to kill the faceless assassin.

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Guys the dead body with the ring was Kang Chul!!!!! Omg Omg

http://m.imgur.com/sHriX9V?r

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I don't really understand how people related the ring in the preview to the ring in the morgue. T.T I think it's clear that there's no time traveling element in this drama. Time stops, sure. Time flashes forward, sure. But the characters directly move with time.

(2 months passes in the webtoon, 30 minutes passes in the real world. YJ returns to the real world AFTER those 30 minutes in the real world. 7 days passes in the webtoon. 30 minutes passes in the webtoon. YJ returns to the real world AFTER those 30 minutes in the real world.)

My point is, YJ doesn't return to a point in time that has already passed in the real world. YJ has never traveled back in time in the real world whenever she exits the webtoon. It's just that time moves differently for both worlds but it DOESN'T mean that just because 2 months/7 days passed in the webtoon and only 30 minutes in the real world, YJ has already traveled in time when she returns to the real world.

So I can't understand how the conclusion that the dead body wearing a ring in the morgue is married KC from the future came about. x.x like what? From WHAT future? The KC who jumped from the bridge and is floating in the Han River is already INSIDE the webtoon world with a time of its own and not, in any manner, related to the real world's future. If ever KC goes out into the real world again, it will NEVER be as a dead body in a morgue with YJ hovering over him because that time HAS ALREADY PASSED. He will come out in the present time, because that's what has always happened.

So please, join me in this thinking. Just because he's wearing a ring in the preview doesn't really mean he's automatically the guy in the morgue, right? RIGHT? Just please tell me I'm right. T.T KC, don't ever die. T.T

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The only thing I could do after seeing the preview for next week was cry "Where is my next episode?!".

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The more I think of it, the more it seems that the dead body at the morgue was Kang Chul. The time of death matches, and the height of the body is approximate to Kang Chul's, heck the dead guy was even wearing a black suit just like our Kang Chul, albeit we were only given a glimpse of the sleeve of his coat. But still!! There's too many similarities, and this writer doesn't throw in tropes just for the heck of it, the scene at the morgue seemed deliberate and Yeon Joo pointing out the ring bit seemed particular to. What if that is Kang Chul?! But from the future, and because of the different times from Manhwa to real world he showed up in the past.. ?..

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Yes I agree with you! That morgue scene seems deliberate. Now that you pointed out about the ring, [SPOILER FROM PREVIEW] So yes that guy in the morgue in Kang chul.

I think Yeon Joo is from the manga also! That's why she keeps getting sucked back into the manga world...

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Wow, good theory it does make sense.

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Nooooo pleaseeeeeeee ! I dont want KC to dieeeee :'(

What you all say makes such great sense, but dammit I want it to be wrong. The writer always twists our guesses, I hope she keeps him safeee!

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Crap. That is the best worst Theory. Now it's going to be plaguing my mind the entire show and I wish I'd never read your comment. Thank you for ruining my day with your amazing incisiveness.

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So far, the Show has not been about going back or forward in time. It's been more about different places (W world vs Real world). So I wouldn't think that JY was seeing the future KC at the morgue.

The way I interpreted the scene was that JY kept thinking about KC and giving him, at the very least, a proper burial or goodbye. The fact that his body was never recovered was unsettling.
Since the found body was 1+ month old, it would have been hard to recognize it. How could YJ confirm that the dead body wasn't KC? It had to be something very specific. Like a mole? But YJ doesn't know KC's body (ahem). Thus, I thought that the ring would confirm that the dead body was of a married man. JY thus knew it wasn't KC for sure.

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I understand your suspicions, but the time travel does not fit that well in the story; for me it was more the excuse to make Yeon Yoo think about Kang Chul and ask her father to save him. I think she would have recognized Chul...well, I hope it doesn't happen because I don't think I could handle it...

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So I went back and rewatched the scene, and she totally hesitated while identifying the body!!! And she really wasn't sure if I wer Kang Chul or not, until she saw the ring. So the ring, which at this point is no longer a viable excuse going by previews and spoilers, was the only legit proof she had for the dead body not being Kang Chul's but everything else fit the bil!! The time of death, location of where the body was found, height and appearance -even the CLOTHES. Shit.

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Yes, I mean she did point out the ring, and [SPOILER FROM PREVIEW] just make me go, oh nononono.

Somehow it all connects and I see people commenting with similar thoughts. I mean, do you remember when KC went to New York(or, he said)?
At the end of ep3, he said he's heading to NY and asked YJ whether she's married. He already knew at the time that YJ is from different world; thus no identification. In ep 4, she was apprehended by cops, and by the phone call conversation later btw him and SY, he seems to really really understand (by his own experience) that she's literally stuck in a situation where she can't give any explanation, just suffering helplessly. He does sound sincere on helping her there and at the cell too, yet, he had not all together cancel the trip to NY. He went and back no time, but it just doesn't add up right. And now, the ring...
Identification, abroad, marriage... A person of means who sincerely wants to help someone with no ID, asks whether she is married before going abroad and returns with... a ring? Joking, but really something like that. I mean, some kind of forged documents, fake ID, and he did say they're engaged to workers. Maybe he was making last resolution, plan B, emergency measure, if they are together-together, it would give reason two of them being at the rooftop; that would release her from the the cell, right? Regardless of how truth-shock-return plan works, I think he was going to take her out using that plan B, maybe.

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@Lindsey okay that totally add up. I'm getting goosbumps. Of course he wouldn't up and leave here right when he's got the key to his life in his arms, his words, he must have gone to New York to get her forged documents cause that's what it says in the newspaper clippings, that she's a resident American and they even mention New York by name that that's where they met and got married. I'm sure he wasn't just planning on letting her rot in prison, just like he wasn't ever planning on shooting her dead. He always had a backup!!!

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I was thinking the same thing about the ring. You've spend 7 years watching this guy's life and the sole identifier for why he isn't KC is a ring?!

I mean given the fact that his death is suspended for her to go back to countless times, I'm guessing she's seen every detail and wrote off the ring because it wasn't in the webtoon. But things happen outside of the webtoon, Yeon Joo!

If it's been 1 month in Yeolworld, is that 6 months to 2 years in Manhworld?

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@Lindsey @Tor

A little spoiler-y. But ekkk! Goosebumps! Wow

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@sophie @Appelsi but with how time passes different between Manhworld and Yeolworld, it's not really time travel. But just dimension travel.

Technically, a past Yeon Joo traveled to Manhworld after her "two month stay" and a "two months" future her traveled to Yeolworld when she returned.

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Like someone mentioned in the comments, the body in the morgue was probably more of like a symbol of hope that he was still alive for Yeon Joo when all else failed. Yeon Joo hesitating about the identity of the body does't exactly mean she was thinking it looked like Kang Chul. Also, time doesn't change because they are going forward or backwards. If the body was indeed Kang Chul's body from the future, then what was Yeon Joo doing the whole time? To me, it would make sense if time travel was involved and if there were two Yeon Joos, but time travel isn't a factor, because they live in two SEPARATE worlds, their worlds aren't consecutive to the each other.

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@aweebit I'm so sorry. It was just something that struck me as odd and terrifying, but it made too much sense not to mention it.. !!

@sophie yeah the show has NOT been going back and forth in time, but only technically. Because time travel is a trope that's been used in the show, since Yeon Joo always stays in the web toon world for days at a time, whereas only minutes or hours have passed in her world. It's not that farfetched to believe that Kang Chul's body might have done the same thing even when all other evidence of the manhwa world disappeared, simply because Yeon Joo was looking for closure and since she's essentially his creator her rules go.

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I think the faceless killer is not dad, it's Soo Bong.. There's no foundation to my suspicion yet and I may be wrong, totally.. But Soo Bong seems too good to be true, so good that I get some negative vibes from him.. And Dad came to the manhwa world as himself, when he tried to stab Kang Chul on the rooftop.. So why would he need to disguise himself.. Also, we see during that attack on the 2 bicyclists incident that the attacker's face was the drawing tablet thing that they use to draw the whole thing. Which means that the attacker was someone who was directly involved in the behind the scenes of the manhwa. If it's not Dad (as I established above), then it has to be Soo Bong, because the 2 female employees can't be it as they are very minor characters.. So, I strongly suspect it's Soo Bong, not Dad..

And that would make a brilliant plot twist, considering how helpful he has been during this whole parallel world thing..

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i think the faceless killer is assemblyman han - formerly prosecutor han. he has the right motive to do it - he wanted to become a politician, so he needed to be famous before that. he assassinated KC's family - btw, is there no background story on the family? who were his parents, to be killed? were they murdered because KC was well-known at the time so him being accused of it would draw attention? or were they otherwise important in the story?...

as for how the faceless killer - be him han or someone else - can go through the two-world interface... what if dad had someone to help him through the first few issues of W? what if someone else is pulling the killer's ropes? and if so, where is that person? maaaaybe dad knows something about THAT. maaaaybe his alcoholism isn't motivated just by being an unsuccessful artist back then... i hope the story surprises as with it :D

(or maybe the internetz is finally becoming conscious of itself, and it's behind the strange crossing from the real world to the invented one - hey, KC DID get to our world looking like a too-dressed terminator :D maybe KC is kyle reese or t-800 and the faceless killer is t-1000 :D) *humming the terminator theme atm, just so you know :D*

if YJ has power over the manhwa world, she could decide the ending is when KC crosses over and remains here forever happily ever after lol.

this has a tiny feel of pinocchio - not the kdrama, the story - with a toy who wants to become real boy, hehehe, only now it's the girl who wants him to become real :D

i'm ready for some cutesy couple times, which we'll get, according to the preview. next week can't come soon enough. but then, if the preview ending is the week's cliffhanger omg. can we do that time-travel thing yet? i want to check this all ends well.

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Ugh, I actually had this same thought. I don't want it to be true so I keep hoping it is the assemblyman. But that seems too obvious, too convenient, and therefore out of character with everything else in this entire drama.

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My comment was @BlaBlaBla regarding Soo-Bong.

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but there is literally no narrative reason why Soo Bong would be the faceless killer? except that it would be a shocking "twist". its the exact kind of lazy half ass poorly planned out writing that this drama just had someone shot over! lol
I think the faceless killer is TRULY faceless until he is given a face. but imo his face isnt the issue, its not the who of him i'm interested in but the WHY. why does he exist? what does he represent? what mental state was OSM in when he wrote him? he's clearly just a physical manifestation of all the darkness osm held inside him when he first wrote him into existence. and imo he cannot (and should not) be defeated until something...changes. in osm or kc or yj or all 3. i dont know. but i would be disappointed if the writer just chose the thinly drawn manhwa villain as the "face" and soo bong would just be an absurd choice at this point. he's clearly just a comic relief sidekick character. twists that happen purely to be shocking are the height of bad writing imo.

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I agree with @Tai. I don't think the killer has a face yet (which is disconcerting in and of itself). And While I would rather not have him turn out to be Assemblyman Han (that would've been some trial, the murderer prosecuting his victim) I might be able to accept it if I'm given a good enough reason.

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If faceless killer is Soo Bong, then why would he help Yeon Joo to save Kang Chul? Then how did he send himself out to the real world to disguise as Soo Bong then as a glitch faceless killer on the bridge? I don't think it makes sense that faceless killer is Soo Bong.

Though I don't get how he manage to comes out from the manhwa. Is it because he is the main villain that's why he has the privilege to walk out of the tablet? And for what reason?! When everything else(weapons and stuff) including Kang Chul already returned to the manhwa world???

Oh god. this drama is killing my brainnnnnn. I LOVE IT

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I love how you just declared love for something that's killing your brain ??✋

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I dont think the faceless killer is Soo Bong. Maybe when dad create the killer he not decide yet who is the killer so we cannot see his /her face.

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Nooo, I hope it's not Soo Bong, he has to stay in Chul's team till the end! :)
My bet is that the faceless killer will end up being the bodyguard and close friend. At some point they will give the assassin a face and I guess it's someone that we already know. And the assassin is someone tall, young and a good fighter.
About the reason why the assassin is also crossing the border between worlds...I am totally clueless. For what we have seen so far, it should have something to do with someone's feelings, maybe it was the mother's idea and this is why Dad's webtoon cannot either control him??

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Nooooo! The only thing worse than it being my fav Lee Shi Un, would be if it was my precious Lee Tae Hwan.

I shouldn't connect the actors to the characters but I can't help it with those two.

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In continuation to my above comment, another reason why I think that Dad is not the Faceless Killer is because he became quite sympathetic to him after he got out of the hospital.. He realized that Kang Chul didn't really want to kill him (because he would have had he wanted to), but he was so angry at Dad that he subconsciously shot him at a place which would not be life-threatening. (I say subconsciously because he was disgusted with himself to the extent that he killed hinself being under the impression that he had actually killed Dad). The fact that Dad tried to change the ending kind of proves that he was fond of Chul, even if a little bit..

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I think you're right! But that faceless guy really creeped me out!

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I agree. And seeing Dad do some thing about faceless villain will probably put him back in my good graces.

I did sorely miss uri LJS. But the episode was so well done and his few parts were exceptional so I was alright.

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I agree with @Taebi, for there to be time travel involved, they have to have the same world with different timeline. How could the body from a different dimension with different flowing time just randomly re-appear in a world with it's own time and world? It just doesn't makes sense, unless time keeps stopping for either of the two when they leave or enter, but time still flows, just at a different rate. Plus, Yeon Joo was with Kang Chul, it wouldn't make sense that she does back into her world now knowing that he died (If he did in the "distant" future). Point is, it simply isn't possible because Yeon Joo would know in that case, just like how she knew he was looking for her or how he's still alive even though time showed it has been a month. She returned and had understanding of everything that happened.

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[SPOILER FROM EPISODE PREVIEW]

heol. I hope the story will not turns as complicated as the spoiler. chaeballlllllll

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is this serious. are we gonna get a tragic ending. what. i need to submit a petition and rant for 2 months straight?

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This is oh-so-very-predictable but - GAIS. O M G . ???

My jaw left an indentation on the floor.

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This show is so emotionally draining. And we're expected to wait a whole entire week for the next episode, what even is life ?!

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And now with the recent news, we have to wait three weeks. Basically. We get ep. 7 and then have to wait. (Does that mean they'll air three in one week though?!)

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If we have an aware main characters, it would not be a stretch to have an aware manhwa.

The awesome manhwa W inside the super awesome drama refused to have a bad ending even though the main character already accept that ending. That's why it changed "The End" to "To be Continue" by sending the villain to the real world so that the story is forced to literally continue. Like Kang Chul, it refused to lie down and just accept others' decision as the final say.

That's the only acceptable explanation for me ?

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Or maybe just like Chul the faceless guy is self aware too? I hope not because that would be scary

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Maybe the villain is like a time-and-space-police? Maybe people are not supposed to go back and forth from manhwa to real world like that. Cause it will create mind-chaos for entire universe or human being or something.

Haeh, i am hopeless.

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It's not that farfetched, someone need to make sure that all the real world - manhwa crossing didn't tear the fabric of reality.

Which is very very bad. Like end-of-the-world-as-we know-it bad.

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I clearly watch too many sci-fi and try to apply the same logic here OTL

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Maybe the villain is like a time-and-space-police?

OMG IT'S SHAIDER???

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OMG Yes! Definitely Shaider vs Kang Chul!

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I thought the story changed from the end to to be continued because Yeon Joo as the main female lead or creator of the manhwa refuses to end the manhwa at that ending.

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That's what I think too =)

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I'm beginning to think the manhwa is in charge. I mean who has been doing the editing and uploading the times Dad didn't? The only thing that sees all and knows what can't be shared *KC's self-awareness* until absolutely necessary?

The webtoon, itself.

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I like this as a theory, because it makes sense to the writer-brain in me. My books are my children, not just the characters. Does the webtoon get a form though? A manifestation of its consciousness (Is it the Nazgul killer?) If this were a webtoon, it would be a serious possibility.

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I lost my mind watching this episode. And, now I'm still recovering...

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Biggest question as of now - who uploads the episodes?
I think that is already beyond Kang Chul's willpower. His willpower was the reason the comic starts to come to life but I know there's more elements playing in yet to uncover. But I think the culprit also came to life because of his willpower - the purpose to kill Kang Chul was too strong just like Chul's it brought it to life.

The W comic already ended as the main character (Kang Chul) said it would end if he's satisfied and agrees with the ending. His suicide in the Han River was his end as he accepted his fate already but the reason it changed and continued (THE END changed to TO BE CONTINUED) is because of the culprit now. He's not satisfied with the ending since Kang Chul didn't die in his hands that it continued the comic.

It's getting really interesting as we don't know who's in control of the W comic now. And I like that they cleared the Dad's conflict already. He could be a huge help for Kang Chul and Yeon Joo instead of being on the other side.

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I think you might be right. The faceless villain probably changed that to "to be continued". The way that Kang Chul felt he probably felt to: that he was used and worse, he wasn't event significant enough to be given a face! He seems to be determined to make his presence known. And he will be a main character this time.

This drama is mind blowing I can't even! This week will be a long one for me.

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Ugh, I didn't even think about the potential for villian to be mad about being faceless. If there is another creator/creation moment, I demand to know the outcome in the same episode. I don't think I can take Yeon Joo's utter despair again.

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The twists this drama keeps throwing at us the viewers... and the preview for episode 7 (I can't wait!). I felt that while these two episodes didn't have a lot of H/h interactions, they set the stage for the next phase of the drama. I also felt that these two episodes had several revelations, and more questions as well.

1. Where-ever KC goes the story follows him, even when he was in the real world, there was a new chapter. This gave me goosebumps.
2. I feel that the story itself is alive now, and is starting to leak into the real world (which could mean that both KC and YJ's worlds might start to merge soon), and this would explain why YJ was dragged into the water to save KC, and why the words "The End" were suddenly changed to "To Be Continued".

3. The villain/murderer is alive as well, even though he is faceless. I think that he is the alter-ego of KC (maybe that was the father's initial idea, before he decided to abandon that plot-line), and that even though the father might not have finished his character, this incomplete character's ability to travel between worlds like KC, means that he too has the awareness and the will-power that KC has. However I also wonder could he be from the real world? Then again, that wouldn't explain why he is faceless so he must be from the webtoon/manga world. Or maybe he is an unfinished glitch-y character, but that doesn't explain his ability to travel between worlds.

4. YJ was the first one to draw KC, but of course her's was the simple drawing of a child, but her father took her drawing as an outline for his KC character.
5. I can't wait for episode 7, since the previews were exciting, and it looks like we will be getting more H/h moments *no spoilers*.

Wow this was a long post!

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you know mr. glass from ~unbreakable~? he says, ~Now that we know who you are, I know who I am. I'm not a mistake! It all makes sense! In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain's going to be? He's the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they're friends, like you and me! I should've known way back when... You know why, David? Because of the kids. They called me Mr Glass. ~

omg maybe that means... who's KC's best friend?! is he the killer... actually, does KC have best friends? (close enough to count?)

though that would be awesome in my book.

and the faceless killer is aware himself/herself/itself because maybe YJ invented them too? if she was a kid who wanted a perfect knight in shining armor, she would want a dragon to slay for him, too. maybe she imagined KC in absolutes as a good guy, and the nuances were made by dad, but she imagined the villain in absolutes too, and dad didn't care to layer him out or even identify him in any way. so he could be pure evil. according to the preview for the next eps, he kind of acts like KC, too, doesn't he...

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I think the biggest problem is that since the killer was just created for shock value, he has no motivation to have stalked KC. Literally the only person who might have a grudge would be the dude he beat at the Olympics and that's not a "kill your whole family" type of grudge. So the killer is a complete cypher and perhaps he's been running around like a ghost in the matrix since he showed up again and stabbed KC. Then when the manwha world froze he discovered he was not and stumbled on the doorway like KC did.

It's definitely NOT the prosecutor, he really thinks KC did it (unless split personality or possession) or the best friend, he had an alibi and was shown to be in the living area when KC was getting stabbed.

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For me the bodyguard is in the clear not because he was in the living g room during the roof attack, how easy would it be to just beat him upstairs? Or not, the culprit came from behind ie after KC. The bodyguard is in the clear because he froze in Manhwaworld. So unless he figured out a way to unfreeze, it's not him.

I still doubt the prosecutor because we didn't see him frozen. Or I missed it.

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I hope the worlds are starting to merge. I need bodyguard and best friend in Yeolworld. Maybe ahjussi as well.

I feel like the villian was based off of KC's design regardless of Dad’s intentions to make him somehow related to Chul. I still think there's something strange about the fact that they can't overpower each other. And that if villian was the family killer, he was right on the mark like Chul.

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The webtoon following them in the real world was what really freaked me out, more than the glitchy Nazgul ninja assassin of doom (his name is kinda getting long). If the webtoon has the power to watch real life as well as the comic, what else can it do? And what happens if someone makes it angry?

Also suuuuuuper excited for ep. 7. So much H/h, please!

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Omo, what if the webtoon can shut down both worlds?!

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Seriously--what if everything freezes, like what happened in W?

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@Cozybooks you make me think this: if the whole world froze and there was no one to observe it, does it matter? :O

How do we know our own world isn't being frozen/unfrozen at intervals? :OOO

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@mary so much existential debating here. I guess if there is no one to observe it, it doesn't matter.

I have legit chills thinking about this.

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Seriously--a friend asked me last night if I'd kept up with my writing lately, what I'd written, etc. I just laughed. I can't think straight about someone else's work right now, let alone consider putting my own books through this.

@mary Thinking about our world being periodically shut down makes me think of the anime the secret life of... I forgot her name. But the universe resets itself and nobody knows it happened.

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i don't think 'anyone' is uploading the eps- i think the premise is that the manhworld is so 'real' that it became its own sentient being that works as long as the main character is alive and there is a story being played out

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Does that mean when Chul died, the manhwa nearly died too? In that case, it also has a vsted interest in protecting itself. And so we must ask ourselves--is it a moral webtoon, or would it consider unleashing the faceless Nazgul on the real world to keep the story going? Would it try to merge the two worlds?

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Cozybooks, stop. You're making me scared of comics now. How can I sleep in my room that has so much comic paraphernalia?

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So much love for all of this, to be honest.

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I'm right there with ya, Purple Owl. That's what this drama does to my braaaain--I'm rethinking everything I know about the storytelling universe. You haven't by chance seen the anime Dantalian, about the living libraries? ^^ It's a good one for this sort of thing.

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I haven't seen Dantalian but I have heard of it. Hadn't been very interested in it before but W is changing my taste bit by bit.

Myanimelist has it rated as R 17+ for violence. Is it average violent or higher than average?

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Oh, well I didn't know that about it. I didn't think it was terribly violent when I watched it (certainly nothing like Attack on Titan or some others with similar ratings). It's been a while since I watched it so I don't know about sketchy stuff... sorry I'm not more helpful! I just remember I loved the ending and the libraries themselves.

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Guys this might be a major spoiler so read at your own risk, but even still it's just an idea that crossed my mind and now again I read the same thing being mentioned in another forum.

Someone on PTT (Taiwanese forum) mentioned the fact that the dead body with a ring might be because Kang Chul.

Since the writer for this show is the same for Nine&QIHM and she dabbles a lot in time travel, it seems to conspicuous that they would include that scene with the unidentified body from the same river where Kang Chul jumped only for if NOT to be him. So maybe in the future or another reality Kang Chul has already died, and right now our OTP's still going through all the motions to get there and eventually we'll come full circle and discover that the body Yeon Joo thought wasn't Kang Chul because of a "wedding ring" was actually him. I mean as far as proof goes, that's a pretty flimsy one, that the only thing she had to go on for the body NOT to be his was the fact that there was a ring on the finger..

I don't know, I'm getting major depressive feels now. I just want our OTP to be happy..

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Ahh, I was left wondering the same too!!! Your comment is the only one I've read which ponders on the idea..

I felt it strange that when it came to identifying the body, she alludes to KC wearing a ring, hence why it can't be him - along with a host of other reasons which we can't know simply because we don't see what she sees (making this a moot point perhaps). But then in the preview...ok, this is where it becomes spoilerish, so best not to go there!

But still, it was interesting to have seen the point raised up, especially after seeing the preview for ep7, which is what made the point a lot more significant. Ah, the things we're made to question whilst watching!! I'm constantly made to feel like Sherlock, or rather Dr Watson, seen as though my deductions never add up!

Awesome drama!! Having so much fun watching! Many thanks for recapping, Girlfriday! Your end comments, as always, are so on point - kudos!

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The more I think of it, the more it seems that the dead body at the morgue was Kang Chul. The time of death matches, and the height of the body is approximate to Kang Chul's, heck the dead guy was even wearing a black suit just like our Kang Chul, albeit we were only given a glimpse of the sleeve of his coat. But still!! There's too many similarities, and this writer doesn't throw in tropes just for the heck of it, the scene at the morgue seemed deliberate and Yeon Joo pointing out the ring bit seemed particular to. What if that is Kang Chul?! But from the future, and because of the different times from Manhwa to real world he showed up in the past.. ?..

Sorry, posting again because I replied to the wrong comment accidentally above.

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I saw this theory too! How depressing.

Another particularly weird thing that was also pointed out was a screencap of the webtoon newspaper from episode 4 that talked about the stabbing case of Chul, and they called Yeonjoo his wife in that article. [SPOILER FROM PREVIEW]

I really love all the different theories coming out for this show though, that's what really makes this type of fantasy/sci-fi genre fun.

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I'm crying, the newspaper made the news lol: http://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=117&aid=0002797725

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@soapbox: OMG LOL that's hilarious :D

IT IS ALIVE!!!!~~~

though i wonder what does it say :D

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For me, I think that scene showing the dead body with the ring is important. It MUST mean something, right? What I learned from this writer is that she doesn't just randomly throw in things. Somehow, down the line, the small things viewers sometimes overlook are in fact important. I have a bad feeling about this...

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But....When Kang Chul jumped into the river, possibly returning to the Manhwa as he accepted his fate, all traces of Manhwa items disappeared as well- the gun, bullet, and CCTV evidence. Probably the bookstore money as well. I would hate to attempt to reconcile that cash register. Why would a body turn up from an alternate timeline? Because of the time difference between the real world and the Manhwa world? Does that time difference only happen because she is there?
What matters in the morgue scene is she is searching for some type of closure to what happened to him to the extent of rushing off to look at decayed corpses. Despite what he did to her father, she is the only one torn up about him as if he were a real person. Having survived his brush with death, her father is philosophical, but hasn't changed his mind set that Kang Chul is a character he invented. While alternately fan thrilled and terrified by the craziness, the Manhwa assistant still thinks of Kang Chul as a character who is better off gone.

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well the KC as dead body thing sounds cool, there is alot of plot holes atm that would discount it. there's time for it to start making more sense tho. regardless of how true it becomes I do hope everyone DOES get their happily ever after. considering how crushing it was for KC and the readers that he had such a tragic empty ending, I feel like the writer wont go that route. and will give us something sweet, hopeful and beautiful for the ending. we'll see i guess? i have faith tho.

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But that's just too simple a narrative to assume that the dead body just conveniently showed up, fitting Kang Chul's description and time of death, simply because Yeon Joo willed for him to have closure. And it's not that impossible that Kang Chul's body showed up at the Han River even if everything else went kapoot, because so far the web toon world has been following Yeon Joo's lead and since she's the one that needed to know that Kang Chul was in the flesh dead, that's what materialized at the river.

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The time of both worlds always match. It is not likely that future Kang Chul would drip back to this ''past''. But how this drama will end is too perplex to correctly guess. I do hope for the happy ending though.

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I agree, I hope for a happy ending. I also hope that this drama won't dip into "time travel" tropes, because that is the only way that this theory that he is the dead body would work. This drama's fantastical element is different (traveling between two dimensions - two worlds - and not time travel).

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But we already have been dabbing in time travel tropes all throughout this show!!! Yeon Joo always goes to the manhwa world and stays there for countless days, but she STILL comes back to the human world with time not have changed very much, essentially into the the "past" ! It's not that farfetched to assume the same would happen for Kang Chul, dead or alive since so far he's been appearing in the story in accordance to when Yeon Joo needs him. Atleast that's how I see the 'The end' changing back to 'To be continued'

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It's time difference NOT time jump. The direction of the time is always forward. My guess is Kangchul will eventually severe ties with Manhua world and comes to live with the heroine in the real world. He won't be rich, but he will have the normal life he wants and the happy ending HJ wants.

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i wonder if YJ will recall what she saw at the morgue.

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It might be that, the faceless guy's dissatisfaction, since he can also appear in the 3D world. Plus, it may also have to do with Yeon Joo's obsession over KC's fate, and not wanting for him to languish at the bottom of the Han R.

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I sincerely hope this show doesn't have some kind of bleak ending, where ultimately it has to be Yeon Joo to be the one to kill Kang Chul's character off or spend the rest of her life being dragged in and out of the comic universe. And what exactly happens if the webtoons genre doesn't allow for a happy ending for the hero. It is a horror thriller. Not to mention that our OTP can't exactly be together even with the whole parallel universes dividing them, when every single private moment they have will be thrown into a comic book for the world to see..

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So true about horror thriller. lol I saw a comment from Korean viewers that this seems like a horror show.

I am worried too that YJ will have to settle for being dragged back and forth just to be with KC. And that this is the closest we can get to a happy ending. I am not asking for a sugar-coated ending that did not follow the logic of the story, but I hope OTP gets a happy ending. A good one and not something just to pander the viewers.

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I suspect that she will end up somehow drawing the end for the webtoon and sending Kang Chul to a happy ever after. We could see it during this episode: her biggest concern is not to stay together with Kang Chul, but Kang Chul finding a happy ending.
She invented him when she was a child and he has a special place in her heart, being the man of her dreams, etc., but not in a way "let's marry and have children", it's a different thing. So I think I would find it appropriate that they separate in the end. And I know I'm going to cry a river...if the writer finds a nice way to keep them together, I will adore her forever ❤️

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But that would be poetic in a way. KC was created by YJ by her subconsiousness cuz she needs a friend and he needs her. And once that need is taken care of, there is no need for the character to exist either.
That would be heartbreaking but I would like that over his death!

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But he still wouldn't exist anymore!! I don't think my heart could take that.

There's only one thing I absolutely don't want to happen for the ending: he disappears, she starts to recover... and then she meets someone who looks just like him in real life. A'la Rooftop Prince or some of the other dramas out there. I don't want that. If they're to be together, it has to be them--actually them.

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@Cozybooks omg no!! I would actually rather him be dead than foe that to be a happy ending! Like Kang Chul gets a happy ending, fades away and Yeon Joo mourns and eventually somehow a Kang Chul looking guy in her world, possibly the actor who's going to be in W the movie, comes along and she gets with him. No, that CANNOT happen ever under any circumstances!!!!!! It would be the ultimate cop out, I would much rather have any number of unhappy endings than for that to be our closure. It has to be Kang Chul in the flesh she ends up with at the end of the show, ore nobody at all!!

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Nah that would be needlessly bleak. and if she is the true creator of him it doesnt make sense why she'd HAVE to kill him. I suspect we might still have lots of crazy close calls re KC's life and their happy ending but imo it would go against the themes of the drama presented so far to have such an ending to the drama.

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Hardly poetic. It would be cliché and overdone if indeed that is the ending the writers are going for. And W is anything but stereotypical, so I sincerely hope that's not where the show is headed. Yeon Joo doesn't need to be the one to kill Kang Chul for the conclusion to be satisfying, she needs to overcome all obstacles against the grain to be together with him, once and for all.

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Maybe the villain also wants to know why he killed KC's family and trying to kill KC over and over again, therefore after 5(?) years his willpower has become so strong that he's continuing the manhwa. Furthermore since he has no face (seriously give him a face, it freaks the hell out of me) he also wants to know who he is etc. Gosh, I'm gonna stop here, my head hurts. Lol

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Aw, now I feel bad for culprit! He has a greater need than Kang Chul then. Not only is his existence "fake" bit he only partially exist because he doesn't even have a "fake" identity.

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I agree that the culprit's willpower is as strong as KC. I don't think the culprit is the same person, even with the clothing and figure, that killed his family.

The second main character at this point in the webtoon is arguably the culprit. If his willpower helped the comic come to life and allowed him not to freeze in the comic when everyone else did, it would stand to reason that he has enough power to change Chul's intended "The End" to "To Be Continued"

Do we still not know who the Co-CEO is? Or was that a several time translation issue on Viki? Seems strange that they are mentioned but not seen.

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QUESTION: Why did the gun and bullets disappear? It was clear in the previous episodes that things from the Manhwa can exist and can still exist in the real world e.g. YJ's clothing. Is it because the Manhwa ended? So will they reappear again because the it was continued?

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It's either because the manhwa ended or they do not belong to a real person like Yeon Joo. The clothes she wore when she entered existed when she came back. The clothes Kang Chul bought for her existed because she owned them by then.

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I like this idea--that it's because they didn't belong to anybody. That could mean the money didn't vanish, as mentioned below. (I'd like that, then some poor cashier wouldn't be panicking because they're 10-70 dollars off in their register).

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I think it because the webtoon end, so their censored mechanism protected theit world by make everything back to their normal world.

It's the end, the world if W has endes and stop running at that time.

Idk if Yeon Joo clothes still exist after the end, I didn't saw it,
it remain before because both of the world still functioning, or did I miss something about the clothes?

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