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W–Two Worlds: Episode 16 (Final)

We’re out of time and out of cliffhanger exits, and the final chapter of our story is hurtling towards that final frame. Will our hero find a way to escape life as a manhwa hero, or die trying to change his fate? Will two worlds implode, or will our brains implode first? And what really defines a happy ending? The answer may surprise you…

 

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

It’s the final episode of the webtoon, and Kang Chul, Yeon-joo, and Dad are stuck inside the manhwa world until the ending, happy or sad. With the police closing in on them, Kang Chul makes the decision to erase Yeon-joo from his family registry and pulls off their wedding rings. Out in the real world, Crazy Dog reaches this part in the episode and his jaw drops.

Chul asks Yeon-joo to decide what kind of ending they get, promising to follow her lead. So she puts her wedding ring back on and calls his plan nonsense. Yessss, this is why we love you! She reaches for his hand, which is still flickering in and out and threatening to disappear, and slides his ring back on too. She says there won’t be any ending where anyone disappears, and all of them will get out of here together.

He points out that she can’t live in here for the rest of her life, but she says that the three of them can live together, and argues that visiting him in jail for the rest of their lives is better than never seeing him again. Wait, is this really your plan? Chul doesn’t think such an uneventful ending is possible, but Yeon-joo stubbornly refuses to imagine any sort of ending where Dad and Kang Chul aren’t both by her side.

Yeon-joo says that the only options for leaving her are for him to get sick or die of old age, and declares that her decision is made: They will live out the rest of their lives in here and die. The end.

It doesn’t seem like Chul thinks this is possible (and frankly neither do I), but he can’t argue and asks her to draw them an exit and a car for now, so that they can escape.

On the drive, Chul says, “You said once that your husband never told you that he loved you… I love you.” Agh, why does that make me more scared than happy? It brings Yeon-joo to tears, and she cries silently in the backseat.

Chul drops her off with Dad in a motel before going back to rescue Do-yoon. He tells Assemblyman Han’s henchmen that he wants to see Do-yoon alive before handing anything over, and they turn Do-yoon over to him without a fuss. He’s bloodied and barely conscious, and Chul makes sure that his bodyguards take Do-yoon to the hospital. He remains behind, knowing that this is the deal.

Assemblyman Han is waiting for the tablet, but Chul says he doesn’t have it, and offers up a copy of the CCTV footage of him being tortured in here a year ago. Chul warns him that he has multiple copies, and threatens to turn it over to the police if Assemblyman Han ever attacks one of his people again.

Chul adds that he should stop looking for the tablet if he doesn’t want a syringe in his neck, and turns to go. Assemblyman Han stops him with a question: “What if this ends only when you die?” Before Chul can even react, Assemblyman Han pulls out a gun and shoots him in the chest. Gack.

It sends Chul tumbling backwards, and he lands on the floor with a thud. Back in the motel room, Yeon-joo notices Dad’s hands suddenly solidifying, and she starts to panic, knowing that this means Chul is in danger.

Assemblyman Han says he heard something strange, about two worlds, and how Kang Chul is the hero of a manhwa and he’s the villain. Dude, take a number. Assemblyman Han says he thought it was crazy at first, but it explains so much of what he couldn’t understand before.

He racked his brains trying to figure out why Chul suddenly couldn’t vanish while he was being tortured, or disappear from prison, and then he pumped Do-yoon full of enough drugs that he finally heard the truth: that this is the final episode, and one of them has to die for it to end.

Assemblyman Han is convinced that if Chul dies, he’ll be able to enter that other world. Chul has stopped listening, and focuses all of his efforts on sliding a chair closer with his foot. Assemblyman Han starts poking Chul in the face with his gun, and decides that he can go find out the truth for himself in that other world. He whirls around, ready to pull the trigger…

But Chul is faster, and he kicks the chair so that it slams into Assemblyman Han’s side. Chul rushes him and they wrestle for the gun, choking each other violently. Assemblyman Han screams, “Die!” as they fall to the floor.

By the time the henchmen break their way inside, Chul has the gun in hand and shoots them down. He staggers out leaving a trail of blood, and uses up the rest of his bullets on the remaining henchmen, finally resorting to hand-to-hand combat when he’s out of ammunition.

Do-yoon is awake now and yells at his subordinates for just leaving Kang Chul there by himself. They turn back on Do-yoon’s orders, and arrive outside the hideout just in time to see Chul staggering to his car. They focus on stopping the henchmen so that Chul can escape, and though he manages to drive away, he’s in bad shape.

Do-yoon calls Yeon-joo to update her, and she’s relieved to know that he’s alive. But then they both ask each other where Kang Chul is, and she starts to panic. Do-yoon says they’re on the lookout, and asks where she is so that he can send guards to watch over her.

It’s not until hours later that Chul finally calls her, voice trembling and weak. He asks her to pick him up, because of all the things, he ran out of gas. She asks why he didn’t call until now, and he says he fell asleep.

He admits that he’s “a little hurt” and can’t manage to see where he is, so he hangs up to go find out. Ack, don’t hang up!

Yeon-joo goes to the tablet and starts drawing herself a car, and asks Do-yoon to look after Dad while she goes searching for Chul.

Chul peels himself out of the car and starts stumbling towards the bus stop, looking like he can barely stand. He finally calls Yeon-joo back and ekes out the name of the city and bus stop, and almost immediately after hanging up, he coughs up a nasty stream of blood. Aauuuuugh. Hurry!

Yeon-joo asks Do-yoon to call a doctor because they can’t go to the emergency room, and Chul calls her back to ask why she isn’t here. She stifles back tears and says she’s on her way but it’s farther than she thought, and he says softly, “I’m waiting.”

Chul says that the final episode doesn’t seem like it’ll go on for fifty years, and he starts to cry as he realizes now that the ending they’d hoped for is impossible. “Who’d read an ending that boring?” he asks.

He tries to hold on and says, “Come quickly. I miss you.” She pleads with him to hang on just a little longer because she’s on her way, but the phone falls out of his hand, and his body slumps down. Noooooooooooo.

Yeon-joo finally reaches the bus stop and sees him from across the street, and when she calls out to him, he lifts his head. Oh phew. His mouth quirks up in a little smile when he sees her.

But then, as if that’s the last thing he was hanging on to do, his eyes close and his body falls limp, and the final chyron starts to render in the corner: “The End.” Ohmygod, this can’t be the end?!

Time slows as Yeon-joo sees it happening and she starts to run across the street in tears. She’s almost there, but a truck zooms by, cutting off her path to Kang Chul. And then… night turns to day, the truck becomes a bus, and once it passes, she’s back in the real world and Kang Chul is gone.

This isn’t happening. Tell me this isn’t happening?

Su-bong grouses that no one is answering his calls, and he returns to the empty workshop. He checks Dad’s office, and does a double-take when Dad’s tablet turns into a manhwa drawing and then disappears right in front of his eyes.

Su-bong rushes to the computer to check the last episode of the webtoon, and then rushes to the bus stop to find Yeon-joo. When he gets there, she’s sitting were Kang Chul was, crying inconsolably. Su-bong just sits next to her quietly, letting her cry.

Crazy Dog reaches the end of the webtoon and has just about the same reaction that I did, like he might throw something at his computer. He’s so upset that he marches out to go pick a bone with Yeon-joo, but Seok-bum says she’s in the emergency room, and clarifies that she’s not working in it—she just got admitted as a patient.

Crazy Dog is stunned to find Yeon-joo wailing so sorrowfully in the emergency room, and he’s suddenly sweet and caring as he asks what happened. She just cries and cries, so he tucks his handkerchief into her hand before he goes. Aw.

Su-bong wipes at his tears as he drives to the motel where Dad was last seen inside the manhwa. The clerk has never seen Dad, but Su-bong pleads to be allowed to check again, because Dad must be wandering around and out of his mind.

The final straw for Yeon-joo is when her wedding ring disappears right off of her finger, like the tablet and anything else that came from the manhwa world.

When Crazy Dog spots Su-bong in the hospital, he stops to ask if this is really the end of W, and how it could end like that with the hero dying instead of the villain. That’s the final straw for Su-bong, and he snaps, “Please, STOOOOOOOOP! Shut that mouth!” Su-bong looks like he might tear Crazy Dog a new one, but then he just goes on his way, leaving Crazy Dog to wonder why Su-bong always attacks him like a crazy dog, heh.

When Yeon-joo hears that Dad wasn’t in the motel, she yanks out her IV and stumbles out of the hospital. She goes straight to Dad’s workshop to look for the tablet, but Su-bong tells her it’s gone—it was a copy after all, and it came from the manhwa world. He tells her it’s really over now, and she crumples to the floor in another wave of tears.

Yeon-joo spends the ensuing days in a haze of denial and depression, waking up to her collage of Kang Chul drawings and a fresh batch of tears each morning. She goes to the bus stop day after day and waits there to no avail, and she sketches Dad’s face on a new tablet, but it’s only ever Su-bong who walks through the front door.

They finally circulate flyers looking for Dad, and as Yeon-joo sits at the bus stop again, Su-bong narrates, “Yeon-joo noona was the only one who couldn’t accept reality. But the webtoon W completed its seven-year run and ended in September, 2016.” He says that the manhwa’s hero rejected his destiny and dreamt of a happy ending as a real person, but in the end he fell at the hands of the villain and died in front of the woman he loved.

Su-bong says that reporters came to Dad’s workshop in search of answers regarding the ending, but Dad never returned. As people buy the final volume of W in bookstores, Su-bong narrates that most people didn’t think the ending was so strange. Did those people know how to read?

“But…” Su-bong continues, “Nobody knew that the ending wasn’t a sad one.” Wait, what?

In flashback we return to the bus stop as Kang Chul dies, and this time, Yeon-joo vanishes and we stay in the manhwa world, which doesn’t freeze or stop at all—it just keeps going.

We go back a few hours to find that Assemblyman Han isn’t dead either, and his henchmen find him stewing angrily in the corner of his warehouse, right where Kang Chul left him.

Dad is still tied up in the motel room, and when he hears his bodyguard talking to Do-yoon on the phone, he asks Do-yoon to untie him because it’s faster to help Kang Chul with the tablet than to drive around looking for him. It’s true… but that’s also what the killer would say to be freed?

Do-yoon relents and warns the bodyguard to keep an eye on Dad in case he goes crazy, and Dad begins to draw on the tablet. But ack, the first thing he draws is a syringe in his guard’s neck! Dad waits until the bodyguard passes out and then takes his phone to make a call.

Assemblyman Han pitches a fit at his own assistant, screaming that nothing matters now because he could die at any moment. He’s hysterical, until Dad calls him directly and confirms, “I’m the one who made you.”

Dad asks how Assemblyman Han ended up this way, getting blood on his hands and shooting guns when he’s supposed to be president. Assemblyman Han just wants to know how Dad is here in this world, but Dad asks knowingly, “Did you shoot Kang Chul to find me?”

Dad seems amused and says he’s been here for a year, and then the door to Assemblyman Han’s office suddenly locks, and a gun appears in his hand. Ohhhh. Dad asks if he’s looking for the reason he exists, and sighs that there’s no way to stop that hunger to know, and it’ll end with some sort of explosion… just like the others before him. “That’s how I ended up this way,” he says.

Dad says that can’t happen though—if a bad guy like him knew all the secrets, what would happen to his world? Dad decides, “That’s too dangerous. You should come with me. I failed at everything else, but I need to take care of you before I go.”

Assemblyman Han’s hand starts to flicker and pull the gun up to his own temple, against his will. When he starts to shout, Dad draws a piece of duct tape over his mouth. Time is running out on Dad’s own hand, which is fading quickly, and he draws furiously until he hears the sound of the gunshot.

By the time Assemblyman Han’s assistants bust down the door, he’s shot dead, and the duct tape has been erased. On the desk, Dad has drawn a suicide note along with a USB drive, which must contain all the footage of Kang Chul being tortured.

Dad also sends the cops evidence on Ajusshi’s shooting to prove Kang Chul’s innocence, and then he leaves his own picture and a letter in the bodyguard’s hand before calling Do-yoon. Dad asks where Yeon-joo is, in the hopes of seeing her one last time.

Kang Chul sits at the bus stop coughing up blood, and as Dad drives there, he begins to fade almost entirely. His words to Kang Chul are repeated in voiceover—that they couldn’t be together in the end, and that if it were to be a happy ending for one of them, it’d be a sad ending for the other.

Dad stops in the middle of the road, arriving just as Yeon-joo gets out of her car across the street from the bus stop. He sees her crying and calling out to Kang Chul, and Dad just smiles at her, at once happy, regretful, and loving.

He reaches out a hand, but she’s too far away, and he just says quietly, “I love you, my daughter. Goodbye.” He shuts his eyes and accepts his fate, and then he fades away.

Su-bong narrates that it wasn’t Kang Chul’s death that ended the manhwa, but the villains’ deaths. He explains that their final moments never made it onto the manhwa page because the villain of the story went against his very reason for existing in order to ensure the hero’s happy ending, and he vanished because of it, taking that final story arc with him. What? Why would their deaths get edited out from the manhwa? That makes no sense.

Do-yoon discovers Kang Chul passed out at the bus stop, and Su-bong narrates that nobody knew that Kang Chul was still alive, because the manhwa had simply ended. Chul gets hauled away in an ambulance, with Do-yoon clutching his bloody hand. He’s unresponsive at first, but then… he opens his eyes. Don’t ever scare me like that again!

Do-yoon yells at him: “I thought you were dead!” And all Chul says in response is, “Oh Yeon-joo…” Do-yoon says that she wasn’t there, and Chul smiles in relief. Su-bong narrates that he knew it then, that his role as the hero of the manhwa was over at last.

Sometime later, So-hee returns to Korea after her business trip and is shocked to hear the news report that Assemblyman Han committed suicide. She visits Kang Chul in prison, and he says that as soon as he healed from the gunshot wound, they stuck him back in here. She assures him that since the murder charges have been dropped, he shouldn’t be in there for too much longer.

So-hee apologizes for suspecting him and cutting off contact, but Chul says he was happy when she did, because she proved that she could live a different life.

In his cell, Chul takes out the letter and photo that Dad left behind for him. Do-yoon told him that Dad disappeared without a trace, and passed on the letter. Dad writes that he’d hoped Chul would send him off, but he’s going on his own. Dad says that he’s already dead, and his soul is terminal because he doesn’t know when he’ll go crazy again.

Dad: “You will go out to the real world, and I will end my life here. You will become human, and I will remain a manhwa character. You will break free from the predetermined settings I created, and I will die trapped in the setting I created… Isn’t life funny? Be happy. Make Yeon-joo happy. And if you meet Yeon-joo, tell her that I’m alive, so that she isn’t sad. Tell her that I’m living a better life, inside the manhwa that I drew.”

Tears roll down Kang Chul’s cheeks as he reads Dad’s final words, and in flashback we see Dad smiling wistfully as he wrote the letter and drew a photograph of himself to leave behind.

Su-bong narrates that Kang Chul spent two more years in prison in order to wrap up the manhwa world logically, and that time passed slowly for him.

Thankfully, only a week has passed in Yeon-joo’s world. Mom asks her where dad is, and Yeon-joo says without much conviction that he’ll probably show up if they wait a few more days.

She goes to Dad’s workshop and lingers in his empty office, and then she returns to the bus stop again. She walks through the pouring rain and sits there, looking utterly broken and lost.

At home, Mom answers Yeon-joo’s phone and says she left it behind, and Mom asks who’s calling. Could it be…?

Yeon-joo sits on the curb in the spot where Kang Chul died, getting completely soaked and on the verge of passing out. A car pulls up and stops just a few feet away, and when she opens her eyes, all she sees is a pair of feet walking towards her in slow motion… She begins to fall, and loses consciousness.

When Yeon-joo wakes up, she’s in a bright hospital room, and omo—she’s sleeping on someone else’s arm. She focuses her eyes and sees a man’s hand holding hers, wearing a familiar ring.

She turns around to face him, and there’s Kang Chul, spooning her in the morning as if nothing has happened. He opens his eyes and smiles at her, and Yeon-joo still looks like she doesn’t believe it.

He asks how she is, and says that he told Mom to go home and get some rest. He thought Mom would ask more questions, and says he couldn’t very well tell her that he was Yeon-joo’s husband, so he said he was her boyfriend.

Mom had asked if maybe they’d broken up at a bus stop, and guesses that this was what Yeon-joo was so broken-hearted about. She asked what Chul did for a living, and he handed her his business card from the manhwa world. You can’t keep doing that!

He tells Yeon-joo that he spent two years in prison, but it’s only been a week here. “I was worried that time would flow the same, and that you’d die from being sad alone. What a relief,” he says with a smile.

She finally reaches out a hand to touch his face, and lets herself believe that he’s really here. A tear escapes, and she lets out a trembling sigh of relief. (She’s wearing her ring again—did he bring her a new one?)

She asks after Dad, and Chul gets up to get Dad’s picture out of his coat pocket. He doesn’t say anything as he hands it to her, but it seems that Yeon-joo knows what must’ve happened, and she sobs as Chul holds her in his arms.

Sometime later, they sit overlooking the river and Chul points out that he’s now three years older than her. “So you really have to call me oppa now,” he says happily. Yeon-joo asks if it’s really really over, and he assures her that it is.

They snuggle and kiss, and Yeon-joo narrates, “Kang Chul’s story in the manhwa was a happy ending, but the real-life Kang Chul and Oh Yeon-joo’s ending is still unknown. But…”

Kang Chul finishes, “The two of them no longer stand at the crossroads of life and death like a manhwa, and although boring and ordinary, we hope that they will get an ending that lasts fifty years. Like other ordinary couples.”

As the sun sets, the final chyron appears in the corner: “The End.”

 
COMMENTS

Was that Yeon-joo’s manhwa ending or the drama ending? Not that it really matters, since both are her story. Okay, so I’m happy for the characters and relieved that Kang Chul is alive, and I think Dad’s sacrifice makes sense in the context of the story without reaching for a deus ex machina solution in the final hour. So I’m okay with the resolution on that front, because I was worried that the magical tablet would fix everything with a wave and not make a lick of sense. But URGH, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS, and the finale didn’t even begin to address all the things I wanted it to. I feel like I set out on this journey on pins and needles waiting for the explanation of all the rules that govern this world and the final clever twist—the why of it all—but in the end, I was left wondering if the writer didn’t know either.

Does the manhwa world just keep going infinitely, with no ties to the outside world? What made it possible for the manhwa to be the bridge between the two universes in the first place, if Dad really didn’t create that world himself? What gave Dad’s tablet magical portal abilities? Why didn’t we ever really explore the fact that Yeon-joo created Kang Chul first? I wanted to believe that there was something different about Chul and his capacity to become self-aware because of her, but we never found out what made him different from all the other manhwa characters, and why he became self-aware in the first place. I just feel like all of the fundamental questions that were raised were never answered, and that means I’m ultimately dissatisfied, because I wanted closure, not just on the characters’ lives, but on this construct as a whole—two worlds bridged by a manhwa that somehow operates autonomously, according to rules that change at will.

Here’s what I don’t understand: Why on earth would W the manhwa end on a false version of the story, letting readers believe that Kang Chul is dead, when it’s really the villains who died? If a happy ending falls in the forest and no one’s around to see it, IS IT HAPPY? Dad rendering the villain useless and disappearing as a consequence makes sense—after all, he’s the one who created the one-dimensional villain whose sole purpose for existing was to kill Chul and his family, and his fate became inversely tied to Kang Chul’s the second he was sucked into the final episode. But there’s no logical reason why the manhwa would misrepresent events to the readers, and suddenly end the second the villains are rendered moot.

If Kang Chul were the hero of the story from beginning to end, it should’ve included his happy ending even after the villains died. It doesn’t sit right with me that the manhwa just stopped when the villains stopped breathing, because that’s not how endings go! If Kang Chul thinking that he wanted to stop being the hero of this manhwa was what launched them into the final episode in the first place, then it should’ve ended in the ambulance when he realized he was finally done. Or after prison, if it was suddenly so important for his character’s logic to serve his full two-year sentence (But really, why should that matter if he’s no longer the hero?). I just feel terrible for Crazy Dog and all the fans of the webtoon, who basically got cheated out of their satisfactory resolution.

It seemed like a trick for the sake of a twist to have Kang Chul die in the manhwa but not really die, and I would’ve been much happier if Yeon-joo had come up with a plan to get them out, even if it had failed in the end, requiring Dad’s sacrifice anyway. Living in the manhwa world forever didn’t seem like a solution at all, and Chul going in by himself to save Do-yoon was pretty much the stupidest thing he’s done all series long. I was disappointed that they didn’t outsmart the villians or the manhwa itself, because what I wanted for Kang Chul was to step outside of the construct entirely and manipulate his world. His self-awareness ended up being pretty limited, and I thought the finale felt tame because our hero and heroine were just reacting to events happening to them, instead of taking control of their own fate like I ultimately wanted.

That doesn’t mean I’m dissatisfied with the series as a whole, because I still got my happy ending and Kang Chul gets to live in Yeon-joo’s world without having to be a hero anymore, and he didn’t die, and she didn’t have to meet a doppelganger Kang Chul 3.0 (this was my biggest fear, because I was scared he’d be based on a real person). For me the happy ending is that Kang Chul becomes fully human with complete free will, and the fact that he becomes a real boy is enough to make me not hate the ending. I just wish we had gone beyond Chul and Yeon-joo’s happy ending, because I think there’s an entirely separate happy ending for the audience, the one where we get all our burning questions about the mythology answered, and not get left entirely by the wayside.

It’s too bad that the show used up all of the truly amazing mind-blowing twists so early on in the series, because it made the second half feel rather slow and predictable in comparison, only because it started out with such a bang. I was still very much engaged in the characters’ journey through the end, but there was a definitely slowdown in pace and loosening of tension that happened when they reset Kang Chul’s world and wiped his memory. I liked Kang Chul 2.0 and enjoyed the twist on the amnesia trope and the more grounded relationship that came out of it. But there was inarguably a zippy, raw energy to the first timeline that couldn’t be replicated, and I think that was a flaw in how the story was told in the second half. And if there were one magic wand to wave at the end, I would’ve liked for him to remember both timelines in the final moments, even if that goes against the whole not-amnesia twist.

But I’m still walking away from this drama impressed with writer Song Jae-jung’s ability to create such a pulse-pounding, intricate supernatural story, even though if you look at her past works—Nine and Queen Inhyun’s Man in particular—it’s not much of a surprise. She bends time, space, reality, and our hearts on a regular basis, and though I have plenty of gripes about her raising all of these questions and leaving them unanswered, I’m still unabashedly a fan. I was actually more surprised by PD Jung Dae-yoon, who had done light rom-com She Was Pretty before this; but he turned out a visually expressive take on two worlds, and melded together the beautiful two-dimensional art with live-action in a really stylish way, which was crucial to making this crazy premise believable, and the transition between the worlds seamless. Everything from the music to the CG effects was in service of telling the story first and foremost, and the director impressed me with his flair for suspense.

As for the cast, in many ways it was the Lee Jong-seok show—and for good reason, because he was really so good, better than he’s ever been before—but I think Dad kind of stole his thunder in the final stretch, with his crazy killer mind-meld multiple personality thing. I do think that the horror-suspense really hinged on Kim Eui-sung’s acting, and he was so good that it gave me nightmares and made me question his sanity, and then the next day he’d make me sympathetic to Dad’s plight all over again. And I’d only started to like Han Hyo-joo with her more recent films, but I loved her as Yeon-joo. She was a little screwball, but that just made me laugh more, and I found her warm and relatable, which is pretty crucial in a story where the hero and Dad are intentionally very un-relatable. I felt her angst whenever she was separated from Kang Chul, and in the final episode I really believed she might die of heartsickness if Chul hadn’t shown up in time. Her noona-dongseng relationship with scene-stealer Lee Shi-un was especially endearing, probably in large part because Su-bong was the funniest supporting character I’ve come across in a long time. I will wait patiently for his spinoff until the end of days.

What drew me to W was the freshness of its sci-fi, manhwa, meta-dramaland premise. I loved that we couldn’t anticipate where the story would go, and that it would cleverly turn a standard narrative trope on its head, making the usual drama trademark move a handy tool for the heroine to use in the manhwa world. Kisses as weapons, and cliffhangers as escape routes; I never grew tired of the ways narrative tropes could be used to rewrite the story from within. As a drama fan, it was the ultimate validation—this is the language we speak, and the heroine was one of us, perceiving the world of the manhwa the way we perceive dramas.

At its strongest, W was dizzyingly fast-paced and addictive, and it made me sincerely ponder existential questions about free will and predetermination, and the role that fiction plays in our lives. It was thoughtful and engaging on so many meta levels, especially when the drama served as a cautionary tale about a careless writer who essentially created a monstrous villain out of weak characterization in service of plot. Dad was an avatar for all of the terrible writers out there who reach for the lazy tropes in the bag of tricks, from the truck of doom to the faceless villain with poor character motivation, to the female character who only serves to pine after the hero without an identity of her own (I liked the point that was being made about poorly written female characters with So-hee’s arc). And the moment you don’t treat a fictional character like a real person with dreams and hopes, a name, or a face… well, we’ve seen what happens then.

And I’m glad that Dad’s role as the creator of this manhwa was touched upon again at the end, because the framework of Dad’s story is the thing I found most chilling about this drama. I always felt that the underlying genre of this story was horror, not because it was scary at times, but because of the themes—W was like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, and Dad’s story was classic horror tragedy in almost every regard, and I loved that aspect of the story. There’s something truly horrific about your mistakes coming to life, and your fiction trapping you in the rules you created. I don’t know think that the writer did a satisfactory job of explaining Dad’s supernatural controlled-via-tablet, sharing-a-brain relationship with No-Face, but I do find his end poetic and tragically karmic. It fits his genre, and his tragic character’s self-fulfilling prophecy. Ironic, in a story all about characters breaking free of their predetermined paths.

The thing I loved most about Kang Chul’s journey to free will is the idea of self-awareness breaking you out of a world. On a literal sci-fi level it’s the Matrix, or the manhwa world, but it can also be any construct that defines a person. The fact that Kang Chul’s greatest weapon is choice—choosing to step outside of his predetermined destiny, rewriting his own story with the power of that choice—it’s an ideal and a philosophy that moves me, because I believe that life is a series of choices and we define our own fate by the choices we make. A hero’s journey to gain the fundamental right to determine the course of his own life, live or die, is a story worth telling. Do I think this epilogue needed an epilogue? Yes, maybe two—one for all the ‘xplaining the writer’s got left to do, and one for all the cuddles I was cheated out of. I guess I’ll just have to imagine how the rest of the story goes, since apparently fiction has a mind of its own and decides it’s the end whenever it damn well pleases.

 
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OMG @neener you skipped class yesterday and was all over Moonlight recap and now you're here during exam break! hahaha! Good luck on your next exam

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Haha @neener
We will take care of Byung Yeon till your exams are done. Don't worry ?

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Oh. Kim Hyung needs a hug, every second ?

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Thanks guys! Survived the 4 exams in 6 hrs while reading GF's comment in-between exams hahaha

Thank you GF! It gave my mind a time to relax.

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and all this time we were super worried about that corpse in the river but it turned out to be.. nobody lol.

i think the writer definitely had a story setup there but probably ditched it because there was not enough time

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She said so herself that there's not enough episodes to flesh out her story. What a shame. She's got interesting things up her sleeves, but they were ditched to meet the deadline.

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It is not a satisfying ending, but acceptable. I felt happy to see KC and YJ together, but sad W really end! Definitely will miss LJS, HHJ, KES, their top-notch acting --- I really wish MBC could give the writer-nim two more episodes of time. Where are the promised 4 kisses? :((

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So it ended. Here comes withdrawals.

W has its flaws and bunch of unanswered questions, but at the end of the day I still love the show to bits. I'll never forget the way it made me ponder about existentialism, while at the same time taking me along such an emotional ride.

I'm still very much a fan of SJJ and an even bigger fan of LJS after this. Will be anticipating their next work eagerly.

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I'm still shocked and stunned that this was the way W ended. I really love this show overall, but I'd much rather they'd set out to wrap things up in the finale rather than introduce a 'new' twist (which isn't really new in the first place because I've lost count of how many times Kang Chul has been shot.)

Still digesting, but here are my initial questions:

1. How did Kang Chul get back to the real world? If he could still teleport, why spend 2 years in jail?

2. Why would Dad disappear if he killed the other villain? He had planned for Assemblyman Han to kill off No-Face in the first place right? So it wasn't defying the logic of the webtoon for the villians to go against each other?

3. You left Do-Yoon after everything he's done for you and after you've told him that his whole existence in the webtoon world is a lie?

4. What is Kang Chul going to do in his new life now that he's not a multi millionaire CEO? It would be been nice to have an epilogue a few months later to see what he was up to.

Oh and poor Su Bong, forever forgotten and now without a mentor.

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he still has his free will... when he complete his purpose as hero of the manhwa.. he can teleport to real world

he choose not to teleport to real world and complete his prison time is to make sure there is no more loopholes and avoiding creating another variables ....

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I feel like there are still so many question left unanswered in this drama.

Like the most important of all, why do the real world and W world interact in the first place?

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1. It started with "We are all Subong" and ended with "We are all Crazy Dog!"

2. So, Kang Chul was Neo, right? Which begs the question...was the table the spoon?

3. I am so desperately jealous of HHJ's hair. Even sopping wet it looks great. Does she have an obligatory Loreal commercial yet? Herbal Essence? (Ok, shockingly with all the PPL in kdrama, I dont know the right brands!)

4. How lucky for OYJ that the clothes she was wearing when she came back weren't acquired in the manhwa world like her ring? Or were they and we have a continuity gap?

5. I disliked the ending. What happened to the passion between the characters? KC 2.0 just kinda stopped having game. Did that get lost in the reboot?

6. But liked how they got there. Does that make sense? I thought the way the episode played out with the final confrontation between KC and the Congressman was pretty well done, although honestly, that blood pack was way misplaced. KC shoulda died right away if that shot went where the bloodpack said it did.

7. OSM is a cruel God. Death by involuntary suicide would suck.

8. I admit, I was wrong about the two worlds both being fake (or was I? I saw that character...)

9. Maybe the manhwa ending was a meta indictment on editors lopping off pages everywhere. I got nothing.

10. This writer has a thing for random outdoor shelters in rainstorms. I see you red phone booth/blue bus stop. I see what you did there.

11. So many questions left unanswered. I want a sequel where they get dragged back in against their will.

12. I hope Soo Bong got a nice cut of royalties since he's now unemployed and probably has an expensive therapy bill to look forward to.

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3. Yeon Joo's sweater game was also on point this whole series. I've loved every single sweater that Han Hyo-joo has worn in W especially the baby blue one and the one they the one she wore in the last scene.

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As expected, a happy ending was impossible. And by the seemingly innocent act of writing a manhwa, Dad paid the price with his life. At least the fake out answered that question: the manhwa world does go on after the manhwa ends. Do Yoon and So Hee are real people just living in an alternate universe. What is Chul going to do in this world? Does he have an identity? Can he work?

I was freaking out his phone would die like his car, but I was majorly frustrated when Chul omitted the fact that he got shot to Yeon Joo. She needs to know to be able to draw the medical supplies like the first time he got shot. With the tablet being at the motel, she missed her only opportunity to do so. Then what the heck was Yeon Joo thinking not busting a U-turn like all k-dramas do? Why stand in the middle of the street waiting to cross through traffic when every second is precious?

W was the very definition of an "anything goes" drama. Things happen for no rhyme or reason because the only rule is there are no rules. It was great for the edge-of-your-seat aspect (we never expected something to happen because we weren't given any clues it could happen), but it certainly made it hard to follow. Still, W was a thoroughly entertaining show with highly engaging characters. Su Bong was the best.

Thanks a ton for your hard work in recapping the drama, girlfriday!

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"Then what the heck was Yeon Joo thinking not busting a U-turn like all k-dramas do?"

Yes. In-story it makes no sense. They just wanted the image of her trying to cross the street and being blocked.... But it bugged me while I was watching and it bugs me now.

But tossing logic and consistency out the window for dramatic purposes is pretty much what k-dramas do.

At least when it came to making up the objects that the show needed to be conveniently at the right place at the right time, this show did it explicitly instead of depending on coincidence. I mean, how many times in how many shows has there just happened to be a surveillance tape waiting for someone to find it. At least here we know why and how the tapes existed.

Too bad they couldn't explain inexplicable actions (once the tablet was gone) as well as they could explain cars and cameras.

So back to the non-U-turn. Just picture a demon (with the writer's face) commanding her to write it that way because the story needs it. Narrativium strikes again (google it).

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So glad I wasn't the only one super frustrated by the lack of u-turn. Also, how did her dad get there that fast? Didn't she leave ages before him? But considering her lack of u-turn, maybe she was also driving slow.

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I also wondered how dad could get there so fast then remembered she went out looking for him before he called her, then had to wait for him to tell her where he was and just told myself that she's been driving the opposite direction for a long time. ?

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With your explanation, I guess one of the many questions I had got answered. It kept bugging me why she was on the other side and OSM was on the same side with KC. A little angst could have been saved hahaha

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For me the high point of the episode was evil prosecutor/congressman getting what he deserved - and also revealing a possible way out for all the panicky bad writers in the audience :)

I'm glad my 30+ years of writing were Cobol. There character development is not much of an issue, cliffhangers are frowned on, and month-end inventory numbers hardly ever develop a will of their own. And never seek revenge.

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lmao Python sometimes does all those things xD

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I'm pretty sure my code fights me all the time, doing stuff it's not supposed to do, changing variables on me to the point that I have to reset things and see if that fixes it. XD

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Another TVB drama that Korea copied. Thought the Korea writers would have the decency to change the ending of the TVB drama by making her dad live. But no, they followed TVB's ending.

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Wait what? What TVB drama did W copy? I've grown up watching TVB dramas and don't recall anything along the lines of W.

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I'm curious about this too, and also want to know what other TVB dramas you think Kdramas copied. I also grew up on a staple of TVB dramas as well and they're nearly always centred upon the lives of doctors, firefighters, policemen and lawyers.

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and family problems!! all sorts of family problems!!

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please name the drama as i am avid watcher of tvb drama in my adolescent year, i can even remember anything that resembles W2W...

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Huh? Yeah like others I'm also curious to know which drama you're thinking of. The only kdrama that may have a similar premise to a TVB drama was Signal but both Signal and To Get Unstuck On Time (隔世追兇) seemed to be rather inspired by the movie Frequency, so....

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Thanks for the recap!

I know there’s a lot of frustration surrounding the ending, but I actually think the somewhat underwhelming, and even ambiguous (so many questions!) conclusion is the perfect meta move. Girlfriday, you said that “there’s no logical reason why the manhwa would misrepresent events to the readers…” But see, I think the manwha has never accurately represented events to readers. We have always seen the manwha world through a frame. This is visually represented when KC becomes self aware and switches worlds. Manwha readers only see the manwha world in frames/pictures; they don’t know what’s in the white space between each frame (e.g. all the time leaps). I think there’s a reverse moment of self-awareness when YJ, Dad, and SB realize that there’s more to the manwha world than what they see in the webtoon. And maybe it’s that realization that allows the manwha world to really start existing on it’s own (e.g. So-hee is able to have her own life), but who knows.

In the last few episodes, we get more and more scenes with Crazy Dog reading the manwha and comments about angry readers/reporters. I think it’s supposed to remind us that we too are watching a narrative through a certain frame. As readers we have hopes and expectations. We want the story to end a certain way. The manwha ends with KC dying because KC was always supposed to die for narrative purposes. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he had to ACTUALLY die. Because the webtoon drawings are not faithful to what happens in the manwha world. If they were, we’d get more scenes with KC taking a dump. Anyways, this starts to get really interesting when we consider that we are also viewers, with our knowledge limited to whatever we see onscreen. We want the drama to end a certain way, yet we just watched 16 episodes on a character fighting against predetermined fates...But I don’t want to think about that too much because it makes my brain hurt.

So in answer to the question, “If a happy ending falls in the forest and no one’s around to see it, IS IT HAPPY?” Yes, you just didn’t see Do-yoon hiding behind a tree.

W wasn’t perfect. I still think parts of the story and logic were flawed. But good fiction is unpredictable and great fiction leaves us thinking long after the ending.

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I'm pretty sure Do-yoon IS the tree.

Have you seen the legs on that man? O___O

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I'm just going to choose to believe that Kang Chul gave Do-yoon all his assets and Do-yoon is now loving life in the webtoon world.

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KC did didn't he? When he faked his death it all went to Do Yoon. I even remember Do Yoon saying he didn't want to have to deal with it or something like that.

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I really loved this drama, but there were a few things that bugged me about the finale. When Yeon Joo draws herself a car in the hotel parking lot, so she can drive around looking for Kang Chul, I was screaming at her, "No!! Draw him into the parking lot! Draw him into your room!" She had the magic tablet and didn't use it. Argh!!

And apparently she drove around forever until she got to Chul. Because her father managed to draw the villain shooting himself, write a goodbye letter, and drive to the bus stop, arriving just a minute behind his daughter. How slow was she going??!!

Why on earth would Chul sit in prison for two years? The story was over, so why should he care about ending it right when he knows it's all fiction there. And why leave Yeon Joo miserable all that time?

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Dad comments that it's good thing Han is in his office. I think it has to do with knowing the dimensions you're drawing in.

YJ couldn't draw medical supplies like last time. Because she didn't know where he was.

If Han hadn't been in his office, it's not a guarantee Dad would have been able to do anything.

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I'm going to cheat and say that your comments were literally my thoughts on the ending and the drama as a whole. I am a little curious over what more we could have gotten if the drama was longer and the Olympic pre-emption never happened, because I felt that the writer did lose some steam in the second half of the drama in a case of having to re-balance the odd-even to even-odd episodes and the how the episodes fit with each other and how the cliffhangers fall. I feel really enlightened thanks to this drama, how much the two-episodes weekly frames the writing for a lot of dramas and helped me appreciate this more (similar to how AOHY made me appreciate the sounds in a drama much more). I'm a little torn because I loved Kang Chul 1.0 but I also loe Kang Chul 2.0, which is silly in a way but it's a reflection of the tonal differences in the first half and the second half. I loved the zippy, fun, effortless and exciting love story between Yeon Joo and Kang Chul 1.0. I appreciated the nuances of Yeon Joo and Kang Chul 2.0's romance, but it became more heart-wrenching and difficult because the show did get swept into the villain's story. The writer kept giving us glimpses of a great love story and their happy days and pulling it out from underneath us, that in a way, it made it seem like the drama peaked too early or that the two genres kept competing with each other for the viewer's love. I'm not sure I loved W for the serious, existentialist and thrilling elements or the lighter, sweeter and more fun romance elements.

Overall, the ending made sense with Dad having to sacrifice (rather than Yeon Joo having to make a choice) in order for Yeon Joo and Kang Chul to have a happy ending. Even the twist on the world ending after the villain dies made sense to me, and I'm open to the idea of the manhwa self-editing - mainly because I feel like the drama never really introduced the rules of how the manhwa edits and is seen in enough depth where we can unpack it - which is a bad and good thing maybe because that seemed like a beast on its own to delve into. But this ties into what you mentioned about the bigger questions not being answered.

The drama was still great in my eyes, and it will have a special place in my heart with how relatable it is for a drama viewer and all the meta we had. I love the characters 100%. I loved the romance and felt that the OTP was truly well-matched and deserved each other and a happy ending. I love all the actors - I felt that they matched their characters and were well-cast. I want LJS and HHJ to reunite. I've watched more of their other works (Hot Blood Youth and Always, will hunt down more to curb my post-W withdrawals). I loved watching their BTS because their real life interactions are so cute and natural.

Anyways, sad that this drama is over and enjoyed its run immensely... Now to fill this massive W hole in my heart (and my Wed/Thurs)

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I'm just going to say that I am satisfied with this ending. Not everything makes sense there are unanswered questions but I got a happy ending for Kang Chul and Yeon Joo. I feel bad for Dad but I do think that his sacrifice was the best choice he could make in that situation, even if he came back to the real world that wouldn't stop him from snapping and becoming no-face again and trying to kill Kang Chul and Yeon Joo. It's not like there was some sort of medication he could take to stop No-Face from taking over either so it's not like he could have led a normal life he would have been tied up constantly at home or locked in a mental institution which honestly if No-Face showed up he would be able to break out of it. I also think it was poetic(?) that he disappeared in the manwha he created.

As for the manwha ending with Kang Chul dying as much as I hate it I understand it because if he had been showed alive in the manwha he would have continued to be the main character therefore making it "impossible" for him to come to the real world and stay there without worrying about being zapped back into the manwha when it was in need of its main character. Also I think the manwha world will continue as if nothing happened since even after the "The End" sign popped up they were able to continue in their world without it freezing.

I do wish we had gone deeper into Yeon Joo being the one to create Kang Chul which is why he was different from the other manwha characters but I also kind of understand why that didn't happen. If we had gone down that trail it would have made me question whether or not he loved yeon joo because he loved her or if it was because she was his creator.

All in all for the rollercoaster ride that was W I am very happy with this ending. I could go on and on writing this comment but I'll end it here before it gets any longer? W❣

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Kang Chul probably went back to the real world via the duplicate tablet left by OSM in the manhwa. Remember even assemblyman han can draw on it?

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Oh. Right, thank you. They were trapped until the chapter ended. But after that it was business as usually. KC being able to travel whenever, wherever (DotS) he wants.

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I get why the 1st copy of the tablet (inside the real world) disappeared after the manhwa ended, but did the 2nd copy inside the manhwa disappeared too? Supposedly the 2nd copy should remain in the manhwa world, as both tablets were originally drawn inside the manhwa.

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When your imaginary/alternative resolution is better than the actual one, you know you've done something wrong. You don't write a twist unless it's more narratively satisfying than the original storyboard. It should be a rule or something.

Also, somebody above made a good point. If Sohee is shown to have overcome her "purpose," why can't others do it as well. Poor Father is left stuck because of that damn sole purpose. If you think about it, he has more cause than anyone: more than being a villain, his purpose as a father should have been stronger, and he didn't need to disappear.

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I think the problem was less because he theoretically can't, but because of his own terror at how he almost killed his own daughter (and actually killed the nurse), he was too conflicted and mentally unhealthy to put his will into overcoming, like Kang Chul or Sohee did.

As he said, he himself felt like his soul was terminally ill and that he was 'already dead'. I doubt he would try to hard to keep living normally if it meant 'remembering' being the killer at unpredictable times.

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I am pPof Crazy Dog right now.. left in the corner, wanting more explanation.. but at least it's happy ending and Su Bong can get another job..

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I'm so glad that this drama has ended despite it not adding up.i'll understand it the way i want to.my problem is the ratings.i read that it ended with a 9.3%.this is so sad.it deserves a 10plus.all the same LJS AND HHJ,fighting!!

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I love that our two main character finally got their happy ending but I have to agree that their were soo many unanswer questions...

Its understandable since it's only a 16 episode drama...maybe if it were a 20 episode the world arc and character would have been flush out better because it kind does felt a bit rush...

Anyhow it's a bit sad that dad have to make the ultimate sacrifice but it's also fitting as well knowing that at the begaining he always confront KC for being nothing but a character he created with no freewill outside of his character but now the table has turn for the worse and he knows he can't escape the fate he created that lead to his own death by his own hands.

W-TWO WORLD, you have been the best kdrama I had seen in 2016 with so many twist and emotion rollercoster ride that I enjoy,love and cry so much ♡ Thank writer-nim, the director, staff, LJS, HHJ, KES, LSU, LTH and many others actors for making this beautiful drama come to life and last of all Thanks Dramabeans for the awesome review!

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thank you writer-nim for the happy ending...

however the real drama ending is in this bts : page 808 soompi forum W-two worlds ..

they were counting the kisses..

and he was so nice to her.. haaah ...

gonna rewatch again...

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I was left speechless after watching this episode. Some what disappointed. Disappointed because they spend a good half of the episode for Han Cheol Ho and not for our couple. Boohoo.

I felt that there is so many parts that was left out.. left unsaid. The whole episode felt like it was more written for a few more episodes but it was all squash into one episode because it's the final.

So much questions that I'm just gonna ramble what comes into my head.

1) Chul still did not know that his wife created him. I was hoping that someone (Soo Bong would be a good choice) would tell him the truth and maybe Chul will realized that his will to live, the key to his life, his fate - was all tied around Yeon Joo, no matter what happens.

2) How in the world did Chul ended up in the real world after his time in prison? Did he managed to do Hypothesis Two again - since he completed his role in the manhwa, he get to go back to the real world? Or he's able to go back and forth the two worlds again?

3) I still don't understand the storyline. If the story was based on Kang Chul as the main hero and the killer dad as the killer - why the story ended when Han Cheol Ho was killed? The whole series wasn't even focusing on him at the fist place. Pfft. It does not make any sense at all.

4) If dad so easily killed Han Cheol Ho, why took 16 episodes to kill him? They should had made him commit suicide earlier and continue on with the story of Chul, Yeon Joo, Dad and those in the both worlds.

5) Chul should have bring Do Yoon to the real world too. Since he's the only person, other then Han Cheol Ho that knows there is another world exist. And since Chul is able to go back to the real world, they should bring some money and start up another company in the real world.. he's been using his manhwa business card too often.

6) Professor Crazy Dog should be introduced to Kang Chul as the real Kang Chul. So he won't bully Yeon Joo that much anymore. He would be surprise but won't be that bad - since he believed that Dad drew Yeon Joo into character, Kang Chul could be a real person Dad took and drew into a character too..

7) They should at least do the date like Yeon Joo always wanted and not in her imaginary.. but they ended up watching the sunset at Hangang.. sigh.

8) WEDDING. I was looking forward for it. We went thru at least 10 episodes where Chul was her 'husband', 'ex husband', then 'husband' again. At least they should held the wedding to make it official. But no. That poor guy got downgraded to be her 'boyfriend' only. Sigh.

9) Soo Bong. I wished there were more parts for him in this drama. Now I can only pray that he won't check himself in the hospital for a heart problem.

My head is about to burst. It was a hella roller coaster ride - I wished we could have another episode or two to really wrap up the whole story.

Guess it's up to my imaginary now for the rest of the story.

All good things must somehow come to...

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opps, the last line got cut..

All good things must somehow come to an end. Annyeong W. It was a good drama. I will surely miss you!

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1) Chul still did not know that his wife created him. I was hoping that someone (Soo Bong would be a good choice) would tell him the truth and maybe Chul will realized that his will to live, the key to his life, his fate – was all tied around Yeon Joo, no matter what happens.

THIS. This would have been my perfect ending. The whole "key to my life" phrase was so important in the beginning, I wish that Soo Bong would tell KC those words, and then suddenly the dream would come back to his memory (remember him saying, "before I knew you were the key to my life" before he fell off the rooftop). Once he knows she is the key to his life again, he would remember everything, and KC 1.0 and KC 2.0 would be merged. I love KC 2.0, but KC 1.0 has the ability to express the fiery passion for YJ that this episode needed for me to feel finished.

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OMG I just remembered something..

THEY DID NOT TAKE A SINGLE PICTURE TOGETHER!!

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I hope that this drama is a mandatory watch for whomever wants to become a writer:

"See, prospective drama/manhwa write, this is what happens when you write unrealized characters, crappy villains, underdeveloped plots, use one too many tropes. They come to life, make your daughter fall in love with the main character, steal your face, create a time portral, and then you disintegrate into nothingness because YOU COULDN'T FORMULATE A DECENT PLOT!!! do you still want to be a writer?"

Hopefully this will scare away some awful writers, and keep only the good ones. If only...

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W Sequel: "Growing up, my Appa Kang Chul was the most fascinating person I knew. He had been an Olympics gold medalist in pistol shooting, went to jail, became the CEO of a multi-million enterprise, survived numerous gunshots, and lived in the manhwa world. It all seemed unfathomably exotic to a kid like me, and I begged him to regale me with stories whenever I saw him. He always obliged, telling them like secrets that could be entrusted only to me. When I was sixteen I decided that my only chance of having a life half as exciting as Appa’s was to go into the manhwa world. But Appa explained that it was impossible because the tablet had already vanished.Then, a five years later, when I turned twenty-one, an extraordinary thing happened...

(based on "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children")

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And so it begins...

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Same! I had so many questions left unanswered I pretty much became Crazy Dog.

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Totally out of context but I just wanted to say how I love

single beds! Perfect excuse for spooning and skinship

galore!

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I just watched the latest episode of Jealousy Incarnate, and trust me, your statement makes me snort in context! Bromance just took a whole new meaning for me :P

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Oh gosh, my second lead syndrome is intense in that drama. *deadz*

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I loved that scene too! It reminded me a little of healer episode 15. :p

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I just give myself the one explanation to fill my unsatisfied unanswered question as although W is apt the hero Kang Chul, somewhere along the line the original story changes with Yeon-Joo that have the readers thinking that the creator had gone crazy like what Mad Dog thought and the rule of the manga change when no face claim that W is no longer aboutique the hero but W is about the villian and the villian are the one to rule the worl of W so with Chul death it's end the Manga to follow the rule that the villian won for the readers hence readers didn't blast W ending however in reality, it embed with the villian dying since W was cast on 2 villian who lay claim to the world of W to be theirs and not Chul. By killing assemblyman Han, the rid the world of one villian and then Yeon Joo father broke the rule of the Manga villian by saving Chul this losing his purpose set as a villian. Since the 2 villian dies in the world of W, the Manga ends as W is no longer run by the villian ... in a sense, Chul purpose is also fulfilled in seeking justice in finding the villian to his family murder.

I'll just go with that reasoning for myself lol

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I thought the drama started out sooooooo strong and interesting! But it slow down midpoint and to me, the real world became unrealistic? the moment they brought YJ back alive...

It was overall a good drama... but the ending... isn't very satisfying for me. I'm still wondering how did KC come back to the real world after the manhwa ended?

If I could rewrite the ending, I could leave everything as is... and then the camera zoom out from the couple watching the sunset and that scene turned into a drawing on the drawing tablet of a rookie manhwa artist... wondering if this piece is good enough for the publisher? He/she went off screen as he/she went to grab some coffee and then we see the tablet come to light and -THE END- XD

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No matter how many times Kang chul got stabbed, shot, beaten, etc., i was confident he will get his happy ending with Yeon joo. I was unsure though about Dad's fate. So after watching the last ep, Im kinda sad that he had to disappear. I was hoping he'll be given a chance to live but the writer decided to make him redeem himself & disappear. I was cursing Dad relentlessly and wishing for his death in Train to Busan, but here, i dont know why but i really wanted him to reunite w/ his family. What a great actor! Thanks W for the mind bending journey. And thanks too, girlfriday, for the wonderful recap.

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Standing applause for Kim Eui Sung performance.. He's acting really daebak!!
and I found a new bias named Lee Tae Hwan, dunno why but I feel save just by his presence..
and Yeon Joo is so blessed to have a friend like Su Bong. He's chatty, funny, believe in your utter madness and always there to pick you up whenever and where ever the webtoon kick you out.. Su Bong ah.. I'm you fans.. Hoping for your happiness and may you find a new job that allow you to wear those comfy outfit but not make you check up to the hospital again..

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1. manhwa edited out the villains' death because it doesn't make sense in manhwa logic- why would the villains that spent 34 volumes trying to kill the hero suddenly helped him for no discernible (to the readers) reason at all?

2. manhwa ended when Dad, the ultimate villain, died imo. the whole premise of the manhwa is KC finding the true killer of his family, which was dad

3. that bed scene was gorgeous. LJS and HHJ's skin was completely unreal- like how do you get skin that smooth?? and it's not just camera filter either, they really have that almost flawless complexion.. did any of them ever shared beauty secrets/tips or something??

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Thx Girlfriday for the speedy recap! :D
It's so good to be able to share feelings on W final with other beanies.

First of all I have to say that I love W to pieces ❤️? My favorite drama in a long time. It was original and unpredictable, it made me laugh and cry and I got totally hooked. It had flaws but that didn't keep me from enjoying it immensely. This meta thing was so fun, I couldn't help but doing the W sign before starting the last episode, like Crazy Dog. :D

The final episode made me suffer a lot. I imagined that "our" episode would also end with a chyron so I was wondering what type of striking event was waiting for us and thought that we would not see much of their life after the end of the adventure, whatever it was.
After 30 minutes had passed, we were nowhere near a happy ending and I was so stressed, also knowing that at least all the cuddles and the good stuff (ah, and the explanations) would be stolen from us :( Like, we should have watched a bit of Yeon Yoo and Chul's life, and what about Soo Bong?? I wanted to see him hanging out with Chul hyung...(awwww, I hate/love you writer). After all the suffering, we deserved to be a bit pampered...I even cried a couple of times: when Dad disappeared ? and when Yeon Yoo found Chul by her side at the hospital (these were tears of joy), I was really emotional yesterday while watching.
Anyway, I'm relieved that they ended up together, I would have flipped tables and curled up in a corner for days if that had not happened.

I will miss the entire cast, they were all so good. My love for Lee Jong Suk was already there, but Kang Chul ?? is a character that he has made memorable (ok, Chul was designed for that purpose). His acting was good, and he also managed to give Chul a warmth that not all actors can convey. I'm already missing him and will have to resource to watch IHYV again, or anything else he has been in recently (ideas, anyone?). Han Hyo Joo was also very good, she made her character come to life and for me her real girl struggles with the fantasy world seemed believable. Kim Eui Sung as Dad was awesome, Soo Bong...all of them. I will also look forward for future projects of this writer. :)

Sad to say goodbye to W, but it was such a fun ride! :D

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I loved how the ending scene kind of glorified the ordinary, because we always take it for granted. Its ironic for this drama to do that because it was anything but ordinary. Only when we come upon love stories like these, do we realize how extraordinary it is if we get to fall in love with someone, marry them and live the rest of our life with them. It made me feel that an ordinary life is probably the best thing you can get. And I am happy Kang chul and Oh yeon joo get to live that kind of life and sad that we didn't get to see it, but we can always imagine!

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Aww, I like your thinking. For them its probably the best, they've had a lifetime of adrenaline.

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So yes its over. It was far from perfect. There were so many questions never answered. Lats minute twists to get out blood pumping, but they could have instead showed how it went, ended manhwa on logical note and given us half episode explanation of the parallel dimensions. Answers would have been what really pumped our blood.

Still, I stand by W side. When it was good, it was SO GOOD. And I walk away with such good memory and happy for the time I put in the show. Everything GF said on meta levels where we identify the story as a language having its own construct. It feels like a brain child that was developed but never completed to be presented to outside world.
I have never wanted to read a novelization of a kdrama ever before. The writer simply blew me away with her ideas and story that I wanted to live in her brain for sometime, though its far from perfect, I know she is gonna nail it one day soon.

I thank the cast and crew, and everyone who took a chance with this mind bending story. Its easier to classify it as a show that nobody can understand at first so let's not do it. But they did it with all heart and mind in it.

It was a awesome ride and I will think back to this story and its rules of fiction often. As for all of the questions unanswered, I will patiently wait for someone to translate the writer's scripts so I can read them or read the review of them. And will patiently also wait for the final volume of Manhwa W - so I can buy and have it in my hands. And also Su Bong's spinoff.

Thank you to all beanies for having those long thesis style constructs and explanation to make this ride contemplative and fun. This is one journey I won't forget. And will forever be waiting for that high I got when it was at is peak - 'OH MY -'

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Phew it finally ended and I loved this drama, although admittedly it didn't feel as thrilling as it did in the first half. Like everyone, I did feel that Kang Chul 1.0 loved her more than Kang Chul 2.0 did in a romantic sense. KC 2.0 lacked that passion that was there with KC 1.0...there was definitely love, but it felt like a different form of love (more like family love?).

Anyway, I'm still left bothered with that one question that's been nagging me.... whatever happened to that body found in Hans River way back? That was never answered and I was hoping there would be some answers since it was speculated to belong to KC. Overall a good story but my excitement did fizzled out. I think it was more because of the exemption due to Olympics, that somehow made me lose the momentum of excitement I had for W after that.

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omg I can't believe it's over ;___; when Kang Chul was reading Oh Seung-moo's letter, I was an absolute mess. But really, major props to Kim Eui-sung. incredible acting.

there's a special tomorrow and ugh, I know it will probably be recap scenes and BTS but I really hope they show some unreleased footage or director's cut of some sort.

thanks so much for the speedy recaps!! (:

now I'll just have to watch all the BTS videos or else I'll have W withdrawal.. this show is so amazing :')

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I know we all love Su Bong, he was a great scene stealer and good for comic relief, but why do so many commentators want to have him get Soo Hee as some sort of prize for his suffering, it's a bit gross. I know heroes in stories are generally rewarded for their MANPAIN ™ that doesn't make it ok.

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you voice what im thinking....

the obsession of so hee character.... soo bong, i can understand.. but soobong/sohee ship??what???

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I don't think it's really like that though, it's more that people wish him well. It's like man, Sub Bong's been through a lot, it'd be great if things work out between him and that girl he has a huge crush on.

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Well, I do not think that many people actually wanted that. I wanted Soo Bong to meet Soo Hee just the same way Crazy Dog met Kang Chul. It would have been really fun to watch... :)

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I just had a thought. i think Chul was able to travel to the real world despite not being the main character anymore, because of the tablet. The tablet may have disappeared in the real world, but the other replica remains, because it belongs to the manhwa world. Since the tablet was left with Chul's men in the motel, it could have been easier for Do Yoon to get a hand of it and who knows what happened in the 2 years. It's a thought that could make sense. However on other questions, I think the writer wants us to question it continuously. It reminds me of the story of Pinocchio or even the Velveteen Rabbit, about non-humans wanting to become humans. As for the parallel world, we can actually try to learn the Physics of it.

Still, too many questions.

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W ends with many:
- want answers to many things
- complaining the love confession is dry
- unsatisfied with lack of sufficient lovey dovey scene at the final episode
- and many more

BUT I am satisfied with everything. I love W.

After not having addicting Korean drama to watch for quite some time. Having W with many plot twists and uncommon plots is just the best!!!

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In all honesty, I'm glad this drama is over and done with, they were stingy with romance, and full of thriller and angst instead. I'm quite disappointed with how they handle the latter half of the story, it's like nothing makes sense and new theory/law just get thrown into the mix simply to make us viewers feel pained for the hero. And they didn't give us a total happy ending! Queen In-hyun's Man will remain the only drama I liked from this writer.

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Suddenly realized YJ NEVER told KC she was the original creator of him!

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Yup. That's my least favorite loose thread.

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I still wish the writer had gone full meta and made OYJ and KC' s worlds BOTH manhwa worlds-- inside the romance fantasy manhwa the *real* OYJ wrote where she could make her father's dream of becoming a successful manhwa artist come true (which in the real world never happened).

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... so what I mean is like the drama/manhwa version of Atonement basically.

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heol~~ all the questions about the rules are left unanswered... T___T my main question now is how the hell was chul able to go back to the real world? and why did he have to endure that 2-year prison sentence? im confused

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I still have so many questions unanswered.. This is the first time I'm wishing to have episode extentions for a drama. But, my biggest question of all is who governs the W manhwa episodes?? Who decide it to be the final episode or some scenes not shown?? I guess its pointless to ask actually because as GF said, the writer himself maybe do not know the answer?.. Anyway, at least please answer this, did KC able to remember his deleted memories with YJ in the earlier episodes? Darn. I was expecting option 4 until the end??

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I know ???, I wanted to see the every day romance, option 4 and the children, but would have taken any of it. They cut all the good stuff and we have to thank that in the end there was a real kiss, I thought they would send them off with that forehead kiss and was about to flip tables. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
At least Lee Jong Suk was looking gorgeous at that final scene. Am I the only one that thinks that he looks much better when we can see those sexy eyebrows of him? ??

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i am sooooo disappointed with the ending. so may plotholes. i love W but this ending this is crap. the ending is no good. i am not satisfied. the ending was rushed. they could have extend this one at least 2 episodes for it to have a proper and satisfying ending. ending not realistic

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the whole concept of being able to create your ideal man when you're a teen.... and then to go thru all of that, and end up with him in real life... *swoon*

all in all, i enjoyed this drama.
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lol i'm not sure if i'd want to end up with the ideal man of my adolescent years! he might be too sappy and romantic for my present late-20s sensibilities.

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lol on the contrary I think that is what killed the romance for me in this drama. It just feels kinda gross.

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thanks for the recap. just finished watching, and came straight here.

ugh, i'm really disappointed. so much so that i want to write my own revised version of W. it's a funny feeling, because while i'm very happy that the characters got their happy "ending," there's too many unanswered questions for it to be a 100 percent pure happiness.

what about the manhwa world? i'm assuming life goes on there, which is really awesome to think about, but what, if any, preparations did kang chul do over there before crossing over into yeon-joo's world for presumably the final time?

the writer really provided no answers for anything. he had this awesomely fresh material with amazing, intriguing conflicts and he didn't do the brilliance of his own idea justice. it's a real shame. for something that started off with such promise story wise, i'm just so disappointed in the way it wrapped up.

(and, i'd had no idea today was the last episode. i thought we had another week or two at least! guess i wasn't keeping track.)

i don't really have much to say. if the writer couldn't give us any answers to the burning questions, at least he could have given us scenes into how life went on for the manhwa characters and the real life characters, like su-bong. poor su-bong. is he stuck drawing saucers for eyes for the rest of his apprenticeship?

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There was a part in the show where Chul figured out that it was not a manhwa world, but a real world in another dimension.
He said there were too many people and places existing in his world for it to be a fictional world.
The tablet could change things in that world. That is why how the tablet came to exist would have been an important part of the story.
Pretty obvious that tablet also affects the mind of the user over time, so every possibility that Chul already existed in his world and the writer just took over manipulating through the tablet.
The robot looking villain however seemed produced by the tablet itself.
Altogether the tablet looked pretty alien.

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I hope Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo got married soon and live many many happy lives with cute children of their own and great success in movies/drama....

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I was expecting a big bang final episode, where they would answer all the questions we wanted to ask and the leads playing it out on their own, taking control, rather than reacting to what's happening around them.

The final episode was such a let down. A bittersweet ending,which was very bland in terms of writing and romance. That spark has been missing after Kang Chul 2.0 came.

I loved Soo bong character. He seriously is the best supporting character i have seen in a long time. He is there trying to make everything right, despite being in fear of whats going to happen next.

The actor who played Dad's role was truly brilliant actor. One minute he could make you want to strangle him, and the next minute you want to comfort him. The expressions were damn so real. I cried when he disappeared and when he was writing that letter to Kang Chul.

I found Crazy Dog really relateable. Since, he is just like us. His expression on the ending was like us. ' "WHAT ? THATS ALL? THATS IT? KANG CHUL JUST DIES?" I am so much frustrated like him, when i finished the episode. It just didnt make me feel connected at all.

Anyways, i would like to appreciate the effort of the W production team, the writer, and all the actors. W started with a bang, with lot of potential and clever twists which make my mind boggle, every time, even though this spark fizzled in the later episodes. There were some beautiful scenes, in this drama, i would never forget. The kisses and the romance were done so well in the first half. Hats off to those who tried to bring out a fresh concept,

I would say even though i could not hide my disappointment, that oh yeon joo and kang chul would go down in history as one of the best couples.

Lastly, thank you dramabeans for recapping this show continuously without any delay and without any tiredness. This site is THE BEST RECAPPING SITE i know and will always follow.

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for me, it ended perfectly right. i was scared they'd leave it with KC dead (T_T) and dad rescued, but i'm happy they didn't.

the world creation thing is not so far a stretch if one assumes as a hypothesis that when the manhwa was re-drawn to make the whole first arc change, the worlds split - the first, original storyline where things froze if KC was gone disappeared and the second, improved version where he wasn't even the hero of the story became a whole universe on its own. then if he's not the one who makes it all happen, it makes sense MANY characters make things happen - dad/killer, the assemblyman, even that cap with the coffee lol. or do-yoon and so-hee.

the one thing i'd have wanted to see was KC going through the last time - how did he do it? wished himself come home? clicked his heels three times and said there's no place like home?! if he retained the ability to go through, does that mean he'll be able to go to the manhwa new world as he pleases?

or... since time passes differently in the real world, did KC pass through and only THEN the tablet disappeared?... even if there was some time yet before YJ and KC reunited. after all, she walked out of the hotel in the previous episode, turned around and walked back in and it had been a year in the manhwa.

i can work around the unanswered questions - i like that the story left some unanswered, it fits with the tone of the whole drama. the main thing is - KC is alive and real boy *hugs him* and all's well that ends well.

this goes in the watch again folder :D

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*cop, cop with the coffee, lol. (from the episode when YJ saved KC's life and then went back to prison in the manhwa to meet him again.)

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p.s. and if the manhwa world had become independent, he had to stay in prison for forgery and faking his death at least.

the real-world manhwa book had the ending of DAD. DAD was the one who disappeared and made the story end. he was the villain and the author and there was no way the story could go on.

who would have drawn it?! YJ was not even a co-author. the ending is perfect as is. though i did love the screaming fit of su-bong facing crazy dog - those two should have been perfect busom buddies if only... :D

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