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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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Thank you so much for all your recaps, GF! They really helped keep my sanity intact.

I am so relieved this is all over, I guess more relieved than Kang Chul. I am happy he became a real human and be able to stay with Yeon-joo who was depressed and suicidal. I reckon I would too, given the circumstance, but I would have actually done a U-turn and not park across the freeway and cross it on foot, you know. I know it's for cinematic effect like maybe reiterating the difficulty of you know, reaching KC as a character of sorts, but well it is just not practical. YJ would expect to drag him to the car right, so better to park just in front of KC. But well, I reckon it doesn't matter which way since she'll be dragged out of the manhwa anyway. What am I doing, just ranting here...

I'm sad that Dad's gone but well, it would be sadder if KC just disappeared. Yes, frustrating that a lot of things were unanswered that we'll just have to speculate no end. So yes, I guess I'm glad it's over because you're right, the writer might not know it either. She might be confused herself, lol. But well she's really good, I must say, because she actually made it thrilling and made the audience think. The actors are daebak! LJS is still one of my favourite actors. HHJ is not a favourite but I do like her. The one who played dad is really good. He made me love, hate, creeped out, scared out of my wits with the two characters he played and of course Subong was such a comic relief and a scene-stealer. Yeah, so overall I'm happy that we had a happy ending for the couple and that they're now free and settled to go on with their ordinary lives, as they told us.

Kamsamnida, GF!

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I love W. I want to comment about all the questions I've got, all the things I agree/disagree with GF's recap/comments. But I feel heavy with all the feels I have right now. For almost 2 days, I binge watch W from episode 1 - 16 and I'm so glad with the decision not to watch it over a few days or so. Anyway I just want to say thanks for this recap. Also, thank you Korea, Lee Jong Suk, Han Hyo Joo, writer Song Jae-jung, PD Jung Dae-yoon and to all casts and production team of W. There may be flaws here and there but that's what makes things better or even "perfect." I feel so surreal right now but it's a good mysterious feeling. W JJANG <3

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Okay, so I think I may be going bonkers, but did anyone else notice that when Kang Chul gave Yeon-joo the photo of Dad, that the photo seemed to shed an outline of a tear?

Or was it Yeon-joo's tear that fell onto the photo and I somehow saw wrongly?

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I think it was her tear.

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This drama started good but the ending is a bit any-how and left many questions in our minds. It is a happy ending for lead couple but sad in the sense that what would happen to the rest of the main characters in the comic??, and Soo Bong has lost his beloved teacher, Yoo Jeon lost her beloved dad. I ponder over how would KC survive in the real world with no identity or whatsoever??? And did KC regain his earlier lost memories? It seemed like he didn't and fall in love with Yoo Jeon all over again (just similarly to - but at least in the latter show he did regained his memories later on...) Maybe they are planning for Season 2 for W? I don't know....

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*just similar to "I Hear Your Voice"

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Before I say anything else, I must point out the Willy Wonka music that was playing in the last couple of episodes. DID ANY ONE ELSE HEAR THE WILLY WONKA MUSIC?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The high note followed by the two descending notes. I just expected Kang Cheul, gun in hand, to belt out..."Come with meeeee, and you'll be...in a worrrrrld of pure imagination!"

And literally, it'd be a perfectly fitting song for Cheully Wonka to sing!

Here's what I'm talkin' bout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g

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I'll need to go back and check that riff now, but I know the tune (and think it is perfectly appropriate). My theory is that this entire story is an attempt for a girl to come to terms with her father's death (before the show begins) and to pass through the five stages of grief to do this, while finding comfort in a gift her father gave to her -- Chul. See the details in my April 17-19, 2017 comments at: https://thefangirlverdict.com/2016/10/08/flash-review-w-two-worlds/#comment-27794 . You will possibly agree then that the world of pure imagination is both of Yeon-Joo's worlds (at least as we see them in the drama).

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I love this drama.But feel like I just need 2eps more to let them make me believe in their Happy Ending.

I want more scenes of chol living in his new world, works hard with his genious to assure his mother in law before asking her daughter for a marry. And I want more of Soobong and mad dog too.Although that will change the gener to a romantic comedy.

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Girlfriday -- thank you for the recaps. It was a wonderful ride. I loved Han Hyo Joo before this show so I can't be objective regarding her performance but this show was so mind-blowing that I sort of wish I could have marathoned the show -- not healthy but it might have been different. I have to admit the ending was a bit bland for me, but I'm assuming that's what the writer intended -- life is not like a webtoon, where an almighty writer can do whatever he wants and you're a dancing puppet. Life can be boring and without continuous crisis. I think that that's what kang chul really wanted and that's what he got.

That said, the ending left a lot of unanswered questions like GF mentioned. That's okay -- I'll just have to come up with my own conclusions, or maybe I'll just let it be and accept that there are somethings we're not meant to know.

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That's so true. The ending might be very bland compared to what have been showcased in earlier episodes, but that's how life is. It can be bland, very bland at times too that we need KDramas to spice up our world :D :)

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Finally watched W.. How was it? It was an enigma.. Every episode will give you enthralling rush.. It was like sitting in a roller coaster ride where you have no idea where it will take you. It made me think of my own existence, my free will and how much my thoughts and free will actually have an impact on my real life.. This show was so different and unique.I loved the plot. Though the ending seems bit rushed and I really think they needed 2 more episodes, but overall I guess this is my no.1 K-drama. It is like tie b/w KMHM & W..

It really made me wonder - 'What happens to the characters of novel or webtoon or even drama when the show finishes? Do we really get to see the real ending or the story keeps on going behind our back? Are all characters made to serve the main protagonist? What about their own life? What happens to them? Why characters appear and disappear? Do writer's really control the characters or characters control the writer and what they are writing? 'I have heard so many times writer saying that I thought of taking plot like this, but my characters wanted it this way.. The show was an enigma and it still is..

Coming to actors..
The actor who played the writer is awesome. He is a great actor
Heroine was not abla. She participated and was fun loving throughout
The writer's assistant and crazy dog were damn good comic relief..
Now, the hero, Kang Chul- Damn was he hot? A smart and rational hero.. Literally he made me fall in love with him and his happy ending became so important to us..

Would I suggest you this drama- Yes, I will coz of it's unique story line and especially if you love writing stories..

PS- The writer of the show deserve the standing ovation. She was simply phenomenal and so was the director, graphic designer.. Amazing work

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Yes! Almost every episode will give me an enthralling rush too!

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I second everyone who said that yes, we're happy at the happy ending for the two leads, but in every other instance things have been painstakingly explained to us, whereas this time we are left with dozens of questions unanswered.

1. Why on earth the manhwa finished on KC's death if it's not a real death, and didn't finish at the villain's death (who had become an important part of the story by then)? The explanation (The real culprit contributed to Kang Cheol's happy ending, which was contrary to the purpose of the culprit's existence, which was out of context, therefore his death was deleted from the manhwa) was not convincing. They could have given the real culprit some motive to do so. Every other time KC died, the manha showed him if he became alive again.
In my opinion, it was just a cheap trick so that the girl didn't know he was alive so she could be heartbroken and have a surprise. But this could have been solved by a "Special Sequel Episode" being uploaded (while she cried at the bus stop), so that the poor readers could also have a more sensible ending.

2. Yes, he took care of his assets and all. But we learned he cannot carry them in the other world. When he signed those papers giving power of attorney to the bodyguard, the bodyguard had told him that he wanted nothing to do with it. Is it true that he cannot take anything at all (a mere sentence would have been enough), and what is he going to to in the other world (a mere sentence on the hospital bed would have been enough). The card he showed the mother was his old card, he just showed it out of automatic reflex. OK, this is not so very important, other things are more important.

3. Is he really able to go back and forth now (and bring nice clothes and stuff with him) or he just belongs to the "real" world as a human being without a possibility of seeing his friends there anymore?

4. What happened to the W world? It probably goes on without him (as has been hinted before), but how come the father/villain disappears in less than an hour after playing a very important part, whereas the other drawn characters (the lady secretary and the bodyguard/best friend), who have become completely irrelevant, don't disappear, and go on having their own lives?

More importantly, I was dissatisfied with the romance part.
I'll write a separate post about this, as the number of characters does not allow me.

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Part 2 of my post:
These were "just" plot holes. And it's bad enough that they weren't taken care of.
But more importantly, I was dissatisfied with the romance part in the second half of the drama.

After KC wakes up with no memories of her, they meet again but their limited interaction does not warrant his falling in love. We never saw KC v.0.2. fall in love. Did he fall in love just because he read that he was in love before? Because he learned that they had done a rushed convenience marriage (never consummated), just to get her out of prison? Because she saved his life by providing medical equipment and instructions? Obviously not. Because he liked it when he kissed her in the car? It was nice probably, but not nearly enough.
Yes, he told the father "now she's my only family" etc., but that's more of a warm feeling than passionate love. So that part felt fake.
The first part had them fall for each other really quick, but still for some reason it felt much more real and plausible. There was a visible, strong attraction and some strong moments. Whereas in the 2nd part there were no romantic moments between them. They were forever sitting at tables, facing each other and figuring out what to do. There should be at least some fleeting moments of romance, and some short passionate desperate embraces in crucial moments, to make it more plausible. For instance, just before leaving the house. "Draw a back door and a car". OK, she did that. Just before exiting through that door, he could have taken her in his arms and told her "I may not have another chance to do this" Then a passionate kiss and "I love you. Not matter what happens to me, or to us, I love you and I'll always do, in this world or in any world there is out there". It would have been enough to satisfy us and keep us going through the rest of it. And it would have been nice, at the end, for him to come up with the ring and ask her to marry him for real with some heartfelt words.
I mean, come on, it's not rocket science, you can inject impactful loving moments in just any scene, no matter how pressed for time the characters are.

I do wish that the special, instead of another extended recap/flashback, gave us some answers on all these points. It would have been much better if it had been done properly in this episode, or taken a 17 episode for the finale, since they are giving them airtime anyway, but even an Epilogue would be nice, as future viewers will watch it as part of the series anyway.

Actually, 16 episodes would have been more than enough, if the middle ones were not plagued with 10-11 minute recaps which wasted valuable time. And this, because of TV viewers who multitasked while watching the show instead of paying attention.

And, I think that acting wise, it's by far NOT the best thing Lee Jeong Suk has done. He spoke his line with a flat, monotonous, robotic voice (and, it often went with a flat expressionless face). Pinocchio and Dr.Stranger...

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strongly agreed the last two episodes are disappointing in terms of romance part, due to bad directing: in the court room, before Chul went to save his friend. Really for your own sake hug your wife once, Chul!

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Guysss help me... I have several questions.

1. How did KC go to the real world, given that the tablet was already gone? Did he summon himself again?

2. And what was KC role in the end? Main character? Villain? If his role changed several times, when and why was that?

Thank you for your answer, it'll surely help to ease my mind (。>﹏<。)
I agree that the ending was believable but too many things left unexplained (T_T)/~~~

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
I always check dramabeans update EVERY WEEK FOR THIS DRAMA. I haven't watched past episode 2 because I wanted to make sure it was worth it before fully investing in it (but I'm already a stalker at the review section but this is only half the investment!)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
I really wanted a kdrama that will blow my mind and have me think that it's the best regardless of the ending, but arggghhhh I was expecting so much more for W!

W was supposed to be the series that will reintroduce me to kdrama...I'll still give it a chance though and watch the actual series.

I JUST WANTED A DRAMA THAT WOULD BE AMAZING

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You sound like you need Signal in your heart...

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I soooo wanted to love this show as much as QIHM. But I'm afraid that this happy ending is not the happy ending I hoped for!

Oh, all the questions! If Kang Chul was no longer the hero of the manwha, why didn't he disappear? Why did he still have the awareness and power to go back into the real world when he wanted, without tablet or portal? Was it because he had a (back-up) identity as YJ's hero in the Real World? They didn't cement Kang Chul's place in the real world (by having him get a job & ID, meet Prof Crazy Dog, reunite with Su Bong), and although Kang Chul told Yeon Joo he loved her, I didn't really feel that it rang true emotionally, compared to the memories they shared the first time round.

I agree with girlfriday about the underlying genre being essentially horror, rather than romance or action. One of the best scenes (and most chilling drama scenes ever) was where OSM drew the gun into Assemblyman Han's hand and forced him to pull a gun on himself!

I feel like we were left with great gaping mutant-junky-moth sized holes and unanswered questions, which makes me wonder what else writer Song Jae-jung wanted to say about the k-drama industry and whether there's actually a whole Other World about crazed writers, uncontrollable live shoots and deadlines and re-written scenes that weren't aired after the drama ended ...

I will still forever love the adrenaline rush of the first 5 episodes, and for creating Su Bong, one of my favourite drama characters ever! (The only other show where I felt such a disjunction between Part 1 and Part 2 was Angel Eyes, where Ep 1 was wonderful, and then it all went downhill).

In the end, I think W succeeded in creating a whole new drama genre, but it was a little too clever for its own good, and the emotional core storytelling suffered as a result. There's a reason why tropes are so universally popular!

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I don't know what happened but it got short on the second half of the series. Like it ended but never ended? why does he need to be in prison for 2 years and how did he came back to the real world? The series was something new that's why it was addictive and had a good start but the ending felt like they need to get that happy ending without justification.
Still not bad but could have gone better.

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Hi, did anyone know whether did they broadcast the special on 15th sept?

btw, OT, LJS fans: is DS worth watching? I'm planning to watch that drama (i have already watched all his previous dramas). The reviews seemed quite bad for this drama though.

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THE ENDING SUCKS.

MY IDEA OF HAVING 2 ALTERNATE ENDINGS AND SAVING BOTH DAD AND KC IS BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The writers must have run out of Brain-Steam. What a wasted ending to a good premise!!!

I thought they would do something clever at the end. Something that writers do ALL THE TIME which is to create 2 alternative endings!

One with Kang Chul’s happy ending and the other with her father’s!

Then, Yeon Joo could have transported all of them to the real world where they can live normally. OMG< if it was that easy to kill off the villains, they could have done it sooner!

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What the hell just happened? Biggest disappointment EVER! ><

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Hey girlfriday and dramabeans team,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for the detailed recaps and great commentary each week. I look forward to each week's recap with just as much anticipation as the episode itself! My personal view was that the finale was excellent in bringing all the storylines of the characters to a close and as for the construct, that could be something further explored in the sequel!

I love the show so much that I have also started my own blog on it and would like to invite people to read my entries and share their views too. Would love to dialogue more about the show! The address is http://kdramaanalysis.wordpress.com :)

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Please tell me I am not the only one who wonders how did Kang Chul leave the manhwa world and what happens to the manhwa world?! Gah.. this show blew my mind... > - <

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I am happy with how it ends...and most of my questions about the drama was satisfied. In fact I like this way better than Queen queen in hyun man. esp the ending which is link to the rest of the story.

Here is some of my thoughts about the questions that many seem to have and felt there are plot holes:

1. How did Kang Chul leave the manhwa world in the end? Why does KC have to stay for 2 more years in the Manhwa?
After Kang Chul 2.0 became aware, he figured out how to switch between worlds by using his will power since he is one of the Manhwa world's Main Character. He lost the power when the "Last Episode" starts but after the "Last Episode" ends and he fulfilled the "obligation" of his character setting of a hero by serving his jail term, he can travel to YJ world again without creating chaos in his world.

2. What happens to the manhwa world?
It goes on after the Manhwa ends.

3. KC role in the end? Main character? Villain?
Before the Manhwa ends he remains one of the Main Character (The other Main Character is Dad, who had merged with No Face)

4. Why did Dad disappear?
When characters go again their settings they will start to disappear. So Dad need to do villainous thing or he will disappear. When he killed the other villain, the evil assembly man, the process is speeded up.

5. Why did the Manhwa end when it did?
After KC was on the run, his hand start to disappear. At the point of time, his role as the main character was reduced and the villains became equally important main characters. Hence when the villains were eleminated - the assembly man die and dad disappeared, the Manhwa ended.

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That final kiss... Why do I feel so bland? It's like the director says, "Ok, proceed to the kiss", and they kiss. And that's it.
I remember the final kiss in Pinochio and I can feel the love radiate from the two (which is enough to make me suspect that something is going on b/ LJS and PSH). I don't hope for a passionate kiss in the W final, just the kind of kiss that makes me feel they are meant to be after th

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Oops, my mobile phone is acting up.

Those trial and tribulations. or, they can just hold hand and look at each other eyes and the camera zoom in the rings, and that will do. That will work for me.

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One of the changing characterizations in this drama that bothered me most was how the writers chose to make YJ a capable physician with A Life and then proceeded to turn her into a simpering crying overwrought "oh no my boyfriend is (fill in the blank)!!!!" I think that, by the end, they turned her into the very same thing KC didn't want So Hee to be. The physician factor seemed a mere plot device at times; a fact to be used as needed but otherwise discarded, like when there was a outfit makeover scene to be had. I appreciate it when kdramas give the heroine something more to do than to be a Tamer of Rich Dudes, but YJ's total descent into "My boyfriend!! My love!! My everything!!!" territory seemed like a betrayal of the stronger and self assured character potential they initially set her up to have. She was a well-educated, quick witted, capable character that they ultimately turned into a helpless lovelorn crying shell. It was disappointing.

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I agree with all your comments.

I especially agree that the show has slowed down when KC's memories were erased. I was hoping that our OTP could have just fought it together. KC could team up with Dad re the identity of the killer, and YJ's death could be temporarily avoided by erasing her from KC's family registry. He should have done that the first time! But then as others would say, what they like about KC 2.0 is that he's more composed and calmer when it comes to making decisions. However, it was just so heartbreaking that our OTP's journey as spouses was prematurely cut. How I really wish they could have spent more time as husband and wife!

Oh well, with that ending, I just hope that all the void this drama left us will be rewarded with another season. I believe that a new season could be a good instrument to answer all the loose ends.

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I was so happy and hopeful when Kang CHul came up with the theory that the two worlds exists independently and wasn't created by Yeon Joo's dad. And that the Manhwa was the bridge between two.

To me, that was the only way to bring some sense to this otherwise fantastic drama which was if thought about deeply utterly nonsensical.

In my opinion, every character in W should have been real. But the moment say Yeon Joo thought up Kang Chul, the real Kang Chul who lives in the W dimension gets tied to this world. Through this a link is established between our world and W and suddenly Yeon Joo dad starts to control it. Which is why the illogical things starts to happen to Kang Chul and everyone around him.

I was so hopeful that will be the direction the drama will take, but then they completely forgot about this theory.
Kang Chul and everyone still remained manhwa character ? and created by yeon joo's dad ?
Whatever, at least I got to see Lee Jeong Suk's out of the world smile :)

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Ok, this is my first time leaving a comment but none commented on it (that I've seen) and I can´t imagine being the only one bothered by it... I loved the drama I couldn´t stop watching it and ended up doing a marathon but WHY OH WHY WAS YEON JOO SO SLOW?!!! She was always late everywhere!!!! when dad was shoot she took her time arriving (even police and paramedics who were notifided way latter than her got there first) and in the end when her husband was waiting for her hurt and dying on the bus stop she still drove under the speed limit, and after she got there she took her time to cross the street... If it were me I would drive like a manic and cross the street likewise... not even thinking about it, probably and hopefully the other cars would stop seeing the loonatic doing everything recklessly.
If I made too many mistakes with my english please forgive my, it's not my mother lenguage. I´m from Argentina.

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LOL you're right XD People pointed those out individually but when you summarize it like that, it IS funny how she's always late.

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I think the reason why the villain was not shown was not because they were edited out, but rather, they ceased to exist. Every character had a purpose, and when they no longer harbour that purpose, they dissappear. So he didn't get edited out, he simple died

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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).”
Girlfriday, you wrote that. I couldn’t agreed more. I guess that was my looming nightmare too, second to the chief fear of seeing KC died and vanished into thin air. It’s a norm for Easy-lazy writing in KDrama that they will write in a sad ending for maximum effect to boost viewerships, then throw in a doppelganger that is acted by the same actor, like a sesame twin just to appease the heart of fans who pine after the ‘demised idol’. For this OTP, who tirelessly sought to give each other their happy ending, at the expense of endangered their own life, and even to surrender their free-wills, the more I hope that they can have their own happy ending, as their own self back into the real world. Ultimately, YJ cannot be really happy living in a fake world, dumping their own family members and friends behind in real world. When YJ cannot be truly happy, neither can KC. And KC earned every rights to exist in that world, that sought to worship him as just a comic idols, but wont be wink or protest when he was ‘written’ to die fatally before his One True Love. Its always Kangchul as himself alone, that deserved a happy ending, not just any new character wearing the same face of Kangchul as if it’s a reborn doppelganger living in another dimension world, yet it still wont be KC. So I agree with you, just glad SongJJ didn’t go cheap with this kind of trick for easy happy ending.

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“I liked Kang Chul 2.0 and enjoyed the twist on the amnesia trope and the more grounded relationship that came out of it. …” you wrote that too.
I remembered a scene where KC teared as he reads Dad’s farewell notes, it’s interesting that he wrote the letter addressed to KC, and not a letter to YJ, to care-of KC. To me, it feels that KC just earned himself a dad, in the most sadden situation and surprising person. By the Second half, which many found all the funs gone, and nail bitting plot lost some steams, I guess I in fact preferred the more matured and meticulous Chul2.0. this Chul throw into a more cornered alley, robbed of precious memories, cast into even more danger, having his nemesis wearing the face of the dad of the woman he supposed to be in love, and found himself fallen in love a second round. Yet, this Chul never sought suicide anymore. And even as skinship lesser, yet the chemistry not. Chul 2.0 grew to think more about what she wants, of the inner needs like; choices, mood, time needs… instead of the Chul1.0 who can think of fulfilling tasks in a guru book only. Chul2.0 bothered to suggest that their relationship speed up too fast in beginning, she don’t get to enjoy the process, and he was willing to slow down for her, he asked before he kissed her. He even leave it to her to decide what kind of happy ending she wants. How many men in our real world, tell us, they will follow our decisions in crucial moments?

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“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.”
when did Chul fall in love with YJ, and when was that. I guess, her “warmness and relatable” and selfless and the depth of how much she knew about him, and accept and like that much in him, was a growing process whereby he started to fall in love with her. YJ is easy likeable, because she is genuine. At every crucial moments, instead of doing what the biased shippers (who disliked her because they ship LJS with another ship) said she was doing. She lazed not around when she was thrown into facing his danger and become the only person who can saved him. She wasted not time mopping around, she often used her wit and courage, making good use of her talent, can be seen at the Motel hide-out saga, when she travel back and single handed orchestrated the escape from Cops saga, camouflaged the car, drawn medical supplies. Even during the most desperation while trapped in comic world unable to return. She never crossed her mind to seek his help, and end up mess with his life again, after his major mind-wiped out. Such is the selflessness of this girl, how can the Chul 2.0 not end up falling in love a second round after reading about her? Much can be felt about her thru just a single scene at the hospital scene of ep2. To be understood by someone to this extend, and she leaked that she was broken heart when he almost commit suicide, was pure gold that scene. When after she mentioned his instinct told him to trust her. I loved that scene when both of them for the first time stared at each others in comfortable silent, addressing the strange feels of been touched by each other. Her warmth and genuine concern over him was the key to his heartdoor.

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The only “I love you” said by Chul in this drama was said by many to be ‘feeling-less”, some even said that it show the confession felt ‘forced”… To rant that this was said in such not romantic way, another evidence showing chul as robotic towards YJ. Well, I guess, at this point, fresh after a year in prison, he must have regretted not having tell her howmuch he loved her……… for a year. Daily remembering her own words that he being the Husband, have not once told her that he loved her. That is something he may have promised himself to do not just for her, but for himself, while yet in prison. To confession love, does not just bless the hearer, but also bless the speaker.
Knowing this trip, they are making, may end up no return, it may be now or never. So he told her, at least once. And YJ heard it well heard, well deep, well deserved. Instantly sent her into deep comfort, complex mixed feels. It was late, but better late, than never. Another Old saying, never so well describe this present situation as this.
So true, an ending taht one of us disappear is Not an ending, not a happy ending. While it may NOT be Happy, yet what is worst than not seeing each other forever. Having to live with one disappear and vanish into thin air, or live to see the demise played out in a comic page. No Way can happy ending be that.
Not exactly the way I expected Chul’s own confession of ‘I love you’ be. Since I am sorta romantic freak. I suspect a look into the eyes, and embraced with a kiss confession…. but surprisingly this shall do. It was as honest, as sincere, as Chul can be, after a month in the hide out knowing his identity he didn’t say it. But now, a year meditating and missing YJ, he is much more ready and knew his feels. This was the best confession, given in that best timing… be such a time like this. To comfort Yeonjoo, and himself.

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Altogether too much running around with guns and shooting people in the face. This was supposed to be drama, and ended up more like horror, and I felt betrayed. I don't do horror. I felt the writer was genre-challenged! The actors really pulled her irons out of the fire, fortunately for her.

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YESSSSSS, it was definitely a very unsatisfying ending, with so many questions left unanswered.

And if we were gonna think about how many times Chul got SERIOUSLY INJURED (one multiple stabbing and two bullets in vital areas plus Han Cheol Ho's bashing), it does not make any sense for him to be able to live healthily for the next 50 years in the real world.

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What a bungled mess!

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Plothole.....??

To add to the other ones brought up; It didn't look like this particular one has been covered yet:

How did the president survive the torture room after KC stole the gun from him to be able to huddle/hide in the corner until his personal assistant came to look for him?

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Okay. I just have one question. Who writes these reviews? I'm so, so impressed by the way they write these. Like, I looked up recaps for this drama 'cause I wanted to see which episode it was that they kissed in the car ('cause I forgot--I'm rewatching it the second time) but ended up being hooked on the comment section at the bottom of the recap (not the other people's comment section, but these recaps' comment section by the writer). Their words are so mindblowing and so brilliant that I keep rereading it.

I've read a lot of reviews--incompetent ones, bullshit ones, and somewhat okay ones ('cause anime amino), but this is only type of writing I find myself enjoying. I salute you. Please don't stop writing these kind of reviews. I wish there's an app for this so I can sign up and read your reviews without going on my browser. >.> Anyways, have a great day! I love the drama W and Ljs, but I started appreciating them more after reading your comment section at the bottom. Thank you.

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this k-drama was one hell of a roller-coaster ride.
Loved it.
Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo are adorable.

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I thought the reason Kang Chul was self aware is because he was the main character and the one who had time on his hands to think about why things didn't make sense...
I also thought they would tell a bit more about YJ being the first creator of KC and I thought that she would ultimately take over and become the author or even transition careers from a doctor to a manhwa writer...
I thought KC would end up being an actor in the movie adaptation of the Manhwa in the real world...
I also felt bad for the Manhwa readers...
I wanted to know what happened to KC's friends when he left and also to SB...why did I think that Soo Bong would get to meet YSH and have his fanboy moment with his crush...
I did feel the disconnect between KC 1 and KC 2 and I thought at some point he would regain the earlier connection he had with YJ...for some reason I didnt buy the intensity of his love for her the second time around although he did everything he did to go to her and bring her back from the dead...they didnt seem like husband and wife to me...for some reason it felt like her love for him was more intense...IMO
It didnt make sense to me how he just left his friends who he had such a strong connection with...and were very loyal to him especially his bodyguard...it surprised me how YSH went from loving him to turning cold towards him...
I still dont get what it meant that the father just disappeared because his purpose ceased to exist especially considering the Manhwa world continued on at least that's what they made us believe...so what exactly happened to him did he die or just disappeared?
still so many questions that felt unresolved the only thing is they ended up together...I guess that's what mattered...

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Could you please continue real life Kang Chul and Oh Yeon Joo's story? Since, it was narrated that "real life Kang Chul and Oh Yeon Joo's ending is still unknown. I really wanted to see more of them.. Please, please, please! On how are they going to continue their lives after the manhwa's ending.. I want to see them again!!!

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I will admit that I have not read all of the 476 comments on this final episode recap, but in order to possibly answer some of the questions raised by this show, I would like to pose that "W" can be viewed (in its final drama form) as an excellent and well-designed psychological drama -- specifically a drama about a girl who must deal with the grief of her father's death before the first episode begins (hinted at throughout the story) by creating an imaginary pair of worlds (the ending of a cartoon series and a fantasized version of her own real world) in which to find comfort while passing through the five stages of grief regarding her father's passing. For details, feel free to view the review and theory that I posted within the comments section on https://thefangirlverdict.com/2016/10/08/flash-review-w-two-worlds/#comment-27782 on April 17-19, 2017. Have fun with that! You may want to watch the drama again after reading this interpretation! Thank you for the wonderful summaries!!!

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...that I posted on: https://thefangirlverdict.com/2016/10/08/flash-review-w-two-worlds/ . (Five stages of grief interpretation) You may want to watch this series all over again when you see this! D.T.F.

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Reminds me of the music video "TAKE ON ME"from A-HA. But with a twist .

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In the special, the animators actually took inspiration from take on me, especially the first time Kang Chul went to the real world.

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seeing this I think adapting fushigi yuugi to kdrama is possible :)

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Where can i download episodes of W-TWO WORLD

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I cried when Chul "died", I cried when Mr Oh died saying goodbye to his daughter, I cried when Chul read the letter Mr Oh wrote, I cried when Chul and Yeon Joo were together and Yoon Joo asked whether her dad survived. All those other episodes, the whole storyline, overall just built up to the ending, basically contributing to how the viewers would react. I probably don't make sense lol but what I mean is, I think everything that W has gone through probably influenced our view on Kang Chul's "death", Mr Oh's death and Yeon Joo's grief. I feel like if someone/I were to randomly just watch the first episode and then skip to the last, they wouldn't have the familiarity that most viewers had with the main characters to be able to cry about the last few scenes. I have no idea why I brought this up, but okay it has been a long 16 episodes for all of us. Agreed?

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Late to the party I know but personally I think that this episode's biggest problem was time constraints. There was the makings of a fantastic ending with the Dad going full circle and Kang Chul's final defiance of not killing his creator but there wasn't time to explore or set it up properly. :(
So we had the forced contrivance of Kang Chul being shot due to our of character stupidity. In order to hurry everything up.
So yes, a disappointing ending but only because the rest was so exceptional.

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I'm kind of disappointed at the ending and the story as a whole as well. A lot of questions were not answered and some scenes just don't add up. I got the same feeling when I finished Doctor Stranger. Though it's still worth watching because of LJS.

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I feel cheated that we never got a glimpse of Option 4. I know that they couldn't actually go R-rated, but just a little more steam would have been nice. Sure, they were tackling life-or-death situations, but I don't even know if they consummated their marriage. Just a hint would have made me happier.

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loved this drama . i am acardiologist who is really worried for my dad i experience this same state

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What a nice way to end a drama

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I've just finished rewatching this series for the 2nd time, and to this point I still wonder, how does Kang Chul earn money in the real world? Does he really have to borrow from Soo Bong again? Because I remember in an episode Kang Chul stated that all his wealth in his world can't be used in the real world. But he can't possibly keep on making debts, right?

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I don't understand the story at all

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yeah, so, 65 kisses. They kissed so many bloody times in retakes. Whoo

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aside from DOTS, this is my second favorite, because of the lead characters, Han Hyo-joo beauty is similar to Ms. Song He Kyo and Kang Chul is (Lee Jong Seok) very charming specially when he is winking, and his smile so gorgeous. the acting is great, the fan Professor Park is over acting but makes me laugh , and his acting is really a fanatic person. I love this drama .. more power to everyone.

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