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The Guest: Episode 15

Now that they know who Park Il-do is, the trio risk everything to chase after him. It seems pretty pointless to worry about losing their jobs (or even their lives) when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders — or at least the fate of the innocent people who find themselves caught in Park Il-do’s destructive path.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Hong-joo’s driver — now possessed — stabs Hwa-pyung in the stomach at the same moment Sister Kim jams a metal pole in her eye. Hwa-pyung collapses, and as the possessed driver is about to stab him again, Priest Yang shouts at him to not to hurt Hwa-pyung any more.

Yoon runs to where Hwa-pyung is huddled on the ground, but Priest Yang has already been freed and has run away. At Hwa-pyung’s urging, Yoon runs after the driver and priest, desperate to catch Park Il-do.

Yoon finds the driver seemingly waiting for him on the other side of a bridge, and he grabs his rosary and starts to pray — but the searing pain in his chest causes him to drop to his knees. The possessed driver smirks, then turns around and runs straight into a Truck of Doom.

Back at Sister Kim’s house, Kil-young watches helplessly as the paramedics carry away Sister Kim’s body. Detective Go can’t believe that they found Sister Kim alive, after believing Hong-joo murdered her — only to have her commit suicide right in front of them.

Kil-young hurries to the hospital as soon as she hears about what happened to Hwa-pyung. Yoon is also at the hospital, waiting by the ER, and he fills her in on their forest adventures. Kil-young wonders if it’s okay for Yoon to be there since he’s supposed to be in priest prison, but Yoon simply says that he’s already in trouble, so might as well do something truly worthy of being defrocked.

It’s the same for Kil-young, since she knows she’s precariously close to losing her job, too. When Yoon suddenly double-overs in pain, Kil-young worriedly asks if he’s okay. He gasps out that he’s fine as the spirits remind him that the next time they meet, Yoon will die.

Hwa-pyung wakes up in the hospital, thinking about Priest Yang’s warning that he’s too distracted — that he fails at protecting those who need it most. Aw, but he looks happy to see that Kil-young and Yoon have been waiting to see him.

Hwa-pyung calls to check on Grandpa, and discovers that Priest Yang — by way of the “charitable” assistance from Sharing Hand — transferred Grandpa to a different hospital. But when the ambulance driver who originally picked up Hwa-pyung’s grandfather is found dead with his eye stabbed out, Grandpa’s disappearance is determined to be an abduction.

Priest Yang is now a wanted man as the police issue a warrant for his arrest. Hwa-pyung’s worried about what Priest Yang — or, rather, Park Il-do — will do to his grandfather. Hwa-pyung decides that they can use Hong-joo to contact Park Il-do, except she’s taken a sudden overseas trip. How convenient.

Until they find out from the police where Priest Yang is — or until Hwa-pyung has a vision — they’ll just have to wait and worry about what Park Il-do wants with Grandpa.

At a small, country gas station, Priest Yang watches the young attendant fill up the tank in the ambulance. The young man side-eyes the priest for driving such an unusual vehicle, but when the young man is berated by his boss, Priest Yang finds a new victim as he gently holds the man’s hands. He tells the young station attendant that he needs the boy to guide them.

Kil-young gets reprimanded by her boss for accusing Hong-joo of murder when that was clearly impossible since Sister Kim killed herself in front of the cops. Ohhh, so that’s why Park Il-do possessed Sister Kim — to save his niece.

At least Kil-young’s boss actually seems apologetic, although he’s surprised at how willingly Kil-young accepts the responsibility and her subsequent suspension until the disciplinary committee makes a decision if she should be fired or not.

Detective Go is confident that Kil-young will be back soon, since she didn’t do anything wrong. But Kil-young doesn’t mind the break, since now she’s free to do something she couldn’t do when she was a cop.

The trio head out to find Priest Yang, starting with the priest who used to know Priest Yang back when they worked in a small country village together. The old priest says that Priest Yang seemed normal at first, but eventually Priest Yang started to change, and began to insist on learning more about demons since one of his own family members was once possessed.

The old priest doesn’t know which family member Priest Yang said was possessed, but he does know that Priest Yang’s father died before his born, then his mother died soon after he was born, and that Priest Yang’s brother and he were adopted by two different families.

Sighing, the old priest says that Priest Yang was such a good, upright man, until about twenty years ago when he suddenly changed. A flashback shows the old priest arriving at the church to find Priest Yang in his raincoat covered in dirt, standing in the middle of the aisle.

Wondering why Priest Yang would need a raincoat when it isn’t raining, Priest Yang simply stares at the crucifix hanging on the wall, muttering that he should have never become a priest. He adds that humans can never beat demons. When the old priest grabs Priest Yang to talk to him, Priest Yang twists the old priest’s arm and yells at him to never speak to him again.

Back in the present, the old priest tells the trio that it was terrifying seeing Priest Yang become like that. Then he eyes Yoon, musing that Yoon has a similar aura to Priest Yang. He advises Yoon to stop being an exorcism priest or else he’ll become like Priest Yang.

Switching topics, Yoon asks if the old priest knows what happened to Priest Yang’s brother. The old priest thinks for a moment, trying to remember Priest Yang’s birth name — but all he can think of is that the brothers were born “Lee” something-or-other.

Kil-young puts the pieces together and realizes that Priest Yang’s older brother is Lee Sang-chul — the son of Lee Chul-yong, the first man Park Il-do possessed sixty years ago. Ohhhhh, the demon runs in the family, apparently.

They still need to catch Park Il-do before he kills them, and Kil-young wonders if Yoon can perform the exorcism. Yoon says that he can — he must, since it’s their only hope. But Hwa-pyung says there’s another way.

As they drive to the town where the old priest and Priest Yang used to work, Hwa-pyung remembers a conversation he had with Yook Kwang, where he learned that a way to rid of Park Il-do (if exorcism doesn’t work) is by killing the person possessed by the spirit. In doing so, the spirit is forced to return from whence it came.

However, with a powerful spirit like Park Il-do, he could find a way to escape to another body, so the only way to be sure to get rid of Park Il-do is for the person being possessed to kill himself after trapping Park Il-do in his body through a shaman ritual — a ritual that Hwa-pyung begged to learn.

When Yoon asks what other way there is to get rid of Park Il-do, Hwa-pyung halts mid-sentence as he suddenly falls into a trance. Yoon and Kil-young quickly recognize what’s happening and pull over to wait for Hwa-pyung’s vision to end.

Hwa-pyung’s vision is of the newly possessed gas station attendant who attacks his boss. Hwa-pyung relays what he saw and the trio are on their way. The police are already at the gas station by the time they arrive, and the possessed man — with his eye already stabbed out — clambers onto the trio’s car, staring at them and pointing off into the distance.

Then he drops down dead, no longer possessed. Hwa-pyung realizes that Park Il-do is telling them where to go.

Priest Yang drives the ambulance along a country lane that’s nearly deserted except for a bus load of merry travelers that are stuck on the side of the road. Priest Yang looms over the beleaguered bus driver who’s busy fixing the broken vehicle. The priest offers to help — but of course that only results in the bus driver becoming possessed.

The possessed bus driver grabs his wrench and enters the bus, brutally killing all of the travelers. Hwa-pyung sees this in a vision, and by the time the trio arrive at the stranded bus, the police are already there — one of them even vomits due to the brutality of mangled bodies on the bus.

Hwa-pyung is frustrated that they arrived too late, but when they see the bus driver standing down the road, pointing into the distance, Hwa-pyung knows that Park Il-do is telling him to continue east — to keep going to the sea. Then the bus driver stabs his eye and dies.

Priest Yang arrives at his destination — a nursing home in the small village where he used to work. He’s greeted by the nursing home director who remembers volunteering with Priest Yang back in the day.

He wonders if Priest Yang has decided to move back, and Priest Yang ominously muses that since everything started here for him, this was the best place to return to. He brought Grandpa along since he knows the old man’s grandson will be visiting soon.

There aren’t many patients at the nursing home, though, and the director admits that he’s been having financial difficulty and will be selling the nursing home. They’re interrupted when a police officer asks to meet with the director, wanting to see if he’s been in contact with Priest Yang.

Just then, Priest Yang steps into the hallway, back-lit by a light that glows bright and brighter as demons chatter. Everyone in the nursing home slowly advances towards Priest Yang like unsuspecting moths dazzled by a flame that will soon possess them.

Hwa-pyung gets another vision — but not from a possessed would-be murderer. It’s from Park Il-do himself, and it reveals the location of the seaside village.

Officer Oh returns to his squad car, and his partner asks how the visit went. Officer Oh, now possessed, grumbles that he has nothing to live for in this crappy village — and then he gulps down an entire bottle of water. That’s never a good sign.

The nursing home secretary is also possessed as she complains about how she works all the time while her husband does nothing, growing viciously more violent with her pencil sharpener. The nursing home director returns home, seeing his family now through newly possessed eyes. He bitterly accuses them of only caring about money. He glances over and sees his golf clubs.

The trio arrive at the director’s house, and Kil-young shows him her police badge, telling him she just wants to ask him about Priest Yang. The director carefully hides a bloody golf club behind his back as he smiles, lying that he hasn’t seen Priest Yang in twenty years. Meanwhile, the director’s wife and daughters huddle in fear having locked themselves in the bedroom.

Just as Yoon and Kil-young turn to leave, Hwa-pyung runs up and asks if he can use the bathroom. When the director says it’s not a good time, the trio realize something isn’t right, and they tackle the man as the demons inside writhe in anger. Hwa-pyung yells at Yoon to start the exorcism, but Yoon recoils in pain and then staggers out of the house, dropping to his knees as he realizes that the curse is affecting him.

He prays for strength to endure to until the end — to last long enough to get rid of the demon. Hwa-pyung finds him and sees Yoon’s rotting in flesh, wondering if it’s due to the prophecy.

Hwa-pyung stares in growing horror as Yoon despondently quotes the curse the demons have laid upon him. Shocked, Hwa-pyung realizes that if Yoon performs another exorcism, Yoon will die.

Meanwhile, Kil-young asks the terrified wife if her husband met with anyone recently, and the wife tells Kil-young about the priest who came to the hospital with an old man in an ambulance. The sounds of police sirens — and demons chattering over the loudspeaker — get her attention.

Kil-young makes sure the possessed director is bound and gagged as she cautiously approaches the front door, where Office Oh starts off knocking — only to gradually grow enraged as he tries to break it down. He then crashes through the window.

Kil-young grabs the golf club and swings it right at his head, which would take down a normal man — but because he’s possessed and doesn’t feel pain, all it does is make him pause for a second.

She tries to fight him off, and Hwa-pyung returns to the house in time to help, but it takes Yoon pressing his rosary crucifix against Officer Oh’s head to make the possessed man collapse in pain — and the effort also makes Yoon collapse, unconscious.

Yoon gradually comes to his senses in the backseat of Kil-young’s car. They inform him that they’ve tied the possessed officer up with the nursing home director and sent the director’s family to a neighbor’s house for safety.

The trio head to the nursing home to find Priest Yang, which they find easily enough without any other possessed villagers blocking their way.

They spread out to track down Priest Yang, with a reminder from Hwa-pyung that none of them should deal with him alone and to call once they’ve found the priest. Hwa-pyung seems more intent on finding his grandfather, but all the rooms are empty.

Kil-young hasn’t found anyone either, and she worries about Hwa-pyung, who tries to hide how much pain he’s in because of his stab wound. But Hwa-pyung is desperate that they find Priest Yang before Yoon does, since he can’t let Yoon perform an exorcism. Kil-young wonders how they’ll stop Park Il-do without Yoon’s help, but Hwa-pyung reassures her that he has a plan.

The only thing he asks is that, no matter what, Kil-young must protect Yoon. Her mother died to save Yoon, so Kil-young shouldn’t let him die, either.

Yoon finds the room Grandpa is in, but the door is locked. He hears Priest Yang’s voice asking why he’s there, but no one is in the hallway. Yoon follows the voice to the rooftop, where Priest Yang stands on the edge of the building, looking down on the village.

With his back to the younger priest, Priest Yang wonders why Yoon didn’t try to save the villagers — or is it because Yoon can’t save them, because he’s afraid of fulfilling the third part of the curse. Yoon asks why Priest Yang, er, Park Il-do possessed the villagers, and Priest Yang muses that humans are weak and foolish with plenty of darkness inside of them. It’s that darkness that becomes a demon.

Yoon clutches his rosary, clearly ready to use his last attempt at exorcism. But Priest Yang turns around, asking about Yoon’s darkness. The older priest reminds Yoon that he warned him to stay away from Hwa-pyung.

As Yoon doubles over in pain, he still tries to stay focused, asking if Priest Yang’s soul still exists. There’s hurt in voice as he plaintively wonders if Priest Yang was ever real. Priest Yang says it’s pointless to ask such a question, since nothing has meaning anymore — the end has already begun.

Officer Oh’s partner stops by the house to check to see if everything’s okay, shocked to discover Officer Oh and the nursing home director tied up in the bedroom. He rushes to free the men, but as soon as he does, Officer Oh attacks his partner. The nursing home director tracks down his terrified family at the neighbor’s house.

Throughout the small town, possessed villagers from the nursing home stumble and stagger, now blood-thirsty demon-filled zombies thanks to Park Il-do.

 
COMMENTS

Oooooh, so much good stuff in this episode. Well, except for all the killing, of which there was a lot. (Couldn’t Park Il-do just leave a note instead of a trail of bodies?) I never expected we’d get zombies, but I’m kind of excited because it’s a pretty ingenious way to not only play around with yet another horror genre, but it continues to up the stakes for our heroes. If they don’t get rid of Park Il-do fast, soon an entire village will have self-destructed.

I’m relieved that Hwa-pyung finally knows about Yoon’s curse — the full curse. And sad, too, of course, because I don’t know if I can ever forget that look in his eyes as he realized how much pain Yoon has been in — and how close to death, just to help Hwa-pyung defeat Park Il-do. I don’t fully know why Hwa-pyung is so desperate to save Yoon, but I’m not complaining, because I want to save him, too. I want to save all of the trio, but considering that the two choices we have to rid the world of Park Il-do is either Yoon dying or Hwa-pyung dying, well… I’m just not sure everyone will survive until the end. I especially don’t believe Yoon is currently strong enough to exorcise Park Il-do on his own, which makes me worried about the determined look in his eye (despite the pain) when he met Priest Yang on the rooftop. He needs to call Kil-young and let her know where he is! He can’t do this alone! Yes, I know he’s a stubborn idiot who’s already accepted his martyrdom and doesn’t want to harm his two friends. But he needs them! The three of them can’t handle Park Il-do on their own, but they can manage him together. Er, right? Right?

I’m still shocked that Priest Yang is Lee Chul-yong’s son. Considering how much Park Il-do likes to destroy all the family members of anyone he’s possessed, it makes sense that he’d find his way to Priest Yang (although I’m not sure how the seemingly not-crazy-or-possessed other son has avoided the demon’s wrath). It could feel a little bit like lazy writing that everything is connected, but that’s just what this demon likes to do. Kil-young defending the nursing home director’s family from the demon possessed police officer reminded me of the way Kil-young’s mother tried to protect Yoon from his older brother — only this time she was able to stay alive and get them to safety. Or almost safety, since who knows if the trio will be able to stop Park Il-do in time to save the the villagers.

Which is why I’m nervous about the trio being led to the village, because it almost feels like a trap, like he’s been waiting for them to show up just so he could pick them off one-by-one. Argh, why did they split up in the nursing home?!? They need to stay together! That’s their only hope and saving grace! Park Il-do feeds on people’s darkness, but the trio are each other’s light. When one of them is weak, they hold each other up, they support each other, heck, they’re even willing to die for each other. It’s like that old metaphor of a stool — with two-legs, it will wobble and fall-over, no longer fulfilling its purpose. But with three legs, it can stand strong — no matter what kind of two-ton demon is sitting on it.

At least, that’s what I hope will happen. That’s what I need to happen, as I breathlessly wait to see how this final battle is resolved. Who will live? Who will die? And will it have all been worth it in the end?

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This was Halloween special. The cast and crew were playing around. I can't wait for the finale recap.

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very fitting for the halloween, I suddenly got very scared for our trio when I watched that last scene

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ah clever observation!!!

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Thank you for the recap
And, on your comment about it is a trap, of course, it is!
hehehe
guilt and kinship, that is what makes HP trying to save Yoon~
I think that is why HP ask YK to teach him the binding ritual/spell. he knows something is not right with Yoon after Sunbae exorcism ritual, he just didnt know the full prophecy.
That scene where Yoon on his knees asking for strength to finish his job and HP knowing the prophecy, gahh... here my heart, take it, show!
Now that I'm in my right mind (lmao), I'll say the whole possessed villagers kinda overkill. Pretty sure trio already get the hint/direction from PID ever-helpful guides tbh. Where else PID wants to be when he rips them apart (and our hearts) other than his origin~

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@hanie
I was touched by Priest Yoon's prayer, admitting his inability but trusting in a greater power to overcome the evil on his behalf, and with determination to continue, while knowing that he was accepting death. At least in this aspect, he is a true disciple of Jesus Christ, who did the same thing. 😃

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very well said

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❤ Thanks! ❤ 😁

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ah yess that’s really a nice touch for me tbh
sometimes I feel, a priest is “just a priest” for the sake of a story (?)
but during this scene (and the final scene at ep 16), I can say, yess he’s really a priest 😃

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Thanks for the recap @odilettante, I was the same mind too, couldn't PID just leave a note but then I guess he wouldn't be the scary PID if he didn't leave a mountain of corpses behind him.

And just a note, I wondered why they didn't lock the possessed hospital doctor and the police somewhere far away from the rest of the family members he almost murdered, god that scene where he was trying to open the door had me scared and feeling bad for the whole family.

Anyway, can't wait to hear your thoughts on the finale as this show really is unpredictable.

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Its so hard not to say any spoilers, especially when the show is so dang good!!

All I can say, hold on tight! You guys will be blown away by revelations by the time the show ends .........

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Why was KY suspended? IIRC, she just made the recording known to sunbae Go and her team leader. Even with that, he told her to find proper evidence to support her claim. It's not like the recording was made known. Just seems like a convenient excuse to make sure all 3 of them are available for the final showdown.

Re- the who will die and who won't- I really want Yoon to live, but I think I'll be slightly more sad if HP dies. He doesn't have a curse over his head. So Yoon's death is slightly more acceptable, since the show has been hinting towards it. Please don't come after me- a sincere apology to the hot priest fanclub.

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She said that the nurse was killed by Hong Joo. But they were attacked by the nurse after that and the nurse killed herself. Hong Joo is powerful and the detective has no more dead body to support her words.

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But there is recording of Hong Joo attacking nurse and then confessing, so it was at least attempted murder by law, and such recording wouldn't be dismissed at investigation level. It just bad writing.

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not bad writing, imo. rather, it's a clear indication that Hong Joo has a lot of people in her pockets and is able to make even the clearest of evidences go away.

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They choose wrong way to show it, imho. She like every politician has adversaries, and tape like that would be very valuable to them and even if she wouldn't be charged, leaked tape would like kiss of death to her career. And for all her "power play", they just showed her screaming at the KY team leader.

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But the recording has no value because the nurse didn't die and was violent against the police until she killed herself. The only witnesses are Hong Joo, the driver and Priest Yang. They killed the driver too. The recording and the evidences were no more useful once the nurse came back.

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No, it would still matter because HJ admitted to attacking the nurse on tape, and there would physical evidence like bloodied statue found in the trash and autopsy results that would show head wounds, ambitious prosecutor would even argue that brain damage caused by the attack lead to suicide.

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But the drama showed since the beginning that nobody wants to go against Hong Joo. So if they don't have a dead body with a confession, nobody will prosecute her. Yeah, they're bad cops, but the story is consistent, I don't think it's bad writting.

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re: the tape
I agree with @shach on this one. She admits on tape that she killed someone, meaning she would have gone down for attempted murder, even if the lady was later found alive.

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I don't think their team leader made the evidence public or revealed it to his seniors. He
was so scared that they almost told them to hide the recording. There's no way HJ would come to know. That's why I'm confused.

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It looked like her team leader suspend her for her former transgressions to make her go away for the time that he needed to cover up for HJ. Which is weird because at first she was shown as councilwomen based at KY old home town, out of her current jurisdiction.

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No he told her that she's being suspended because of her accusing HJ of murdering the sister. That's why I'm wondering how the higher ups came to know about it. Maybe it must've happened off screen. I don't know. Let's just say it as a convenient excuse to ensure she's free to pursue PID.
And IIRC, PHJ is a councilwoman of their current city only. Her family owned the school in her hometown. But I could be wrong.

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@superwhopotterlock, I didn't catch that, that just silly. It feels like they write that the way I used to do my homework, just before the bell.

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Sigh, it wasn't very good episode, I got distinctive feeling that writers just starting to make pieces to put together in the finale, which is shame because obviously they have great eye for gripping action scenes and amazing put together characters, but without well planned plot it sets itself for disappointment, at least in my eyes.

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Thanks once again @odilettante for a great recap! Random thoughts ...
I don't know whether to cringe in horror at the gruesome scenes or over the zombie apocalypse! 😂 I re-watched the episode, and the 2nd time around (after covering my eyes in anticipation, each time someone was going to stab his eye), I was sniggering at the possessed zombies. Yup show went all out to 'ridicule' itself on Halloween. I thought is was crazily funny, deliberately over the top and tongue in cheek fun at the end.

I was thinking that the spirits that possessed these villagers are the same ones that we've 'seen' based on their weapons of choice. Doesn't the wood whittling woman remind us of the mother of those 2 brothers in the junkyard? How about the rock throwing grandpa and little Seo Yoon? The threat to bludgeon and stab to death might be a little too 'common' to pin-point, but I just thought I'd put this little observation out here. It was as if PID had gathered the same demons who had come under his control, and had unleashed them on the village.

Some inconsistencies, if I can call them that ... the eye-stab does sometimes kill but not always. I'd have thought it would take longer for blood loss or something else to kill the person, but some characters died so quickly whereas the first man "wheelchair man, Kim Young-soo" who recovered after the exorcism survived with 1 eye.

Bit of dark or ironic humour that KY couldn't take down the possessed cop in the house, and that same cop was also too strong for wounded HP, but it took Yoon's touch with his rosary to knock him out, no trouble. 😆 It really took the team of 3. Then Yoon collapses, although he didn't even throw a punch!!! Poor Yoon.

It occurred to me that our intrepid trio have each had hospital time and are each still physically wounded quite badly or recovering (KY) so that when they arrived at the Nursing Hospital, it would have been great if they could have been warded instead of having to go through all the rooms to look for Yang and Grandpa. 😂

Levity aside, I felt for poor Yoon who had looked up to Priest Yang since childhood and who had probably seen him as a father figure, now determined to confront him and exorcise him. What a terrible thing to have to do... an analogy would be one trying to 'discipline' one's wayward parent who had always been in control before.

I am touched that both HP and Yoon are prepared to give their lives for each other and for the higher good of ridding the world of PID. I'm thinking it's this attitude of free self-sacrifice, out of love, that gives our heroes a chance of success, because evil cannot find much of a foothold when there is more light than darkness in our good guys.

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The writers have placed a kickass challenge for themselves in wrapping all this up in 1 episode, ... preferably on an up note, please? 😉

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Re: eye stab, it depends how deep they go, if they reach the brain that obviously end of story.
I feel like they wasted an hour to tie things neatly for having some unnecessary zombie shenanigans and dragging things ridiculously like this scene in the woods "You hurt him enough" ??? like WTHeyyy it supposed to be in the term of storytelling.

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@shach
For the heck of it… I just rambled through to see if there was any point to the forest shenanigans.

Because Hong Joo had to go and lose her temper, Yang decided to bury Sister Kim. However since Sister Kim was not dead… Yang sends her back home to commit suicide and clear Hong Joo of murder. He however, for a reason unknown to us, decides to hang out in the forest. Hong Joo sends her driver to Yang to be demonised, and HP decided to follow him (why he figured that following Hong Joo's drive would lead him to Yang is not clear to me).

Now Yang kills 2 birds with 1 stone, so to speak. He ensures the driver won't tell on Hong Joo and at the same time gets him to stab HP to weaken him (my guess). Interestingly Yang allows himself to be tied up without any resistance - it's possibly a clue (Ep 16 may enlighten us) and HP has a longish wait in the forest until Yoon finds him, but in the meantime, Yang gets to 'advise' or give hints to HP that he's missed the important thing, ie grandpa has been kidnapped.

Yoon makes a wasted trip in that he did not catch Yang, but at least he gets HP to a hospital. So the point of that foray in the forest?? - Nothing much, except that it brings home Yang's predilection for digging and burying assorted bodies. 😏 One assumes that he too was the one in the raincoat, burying the school girl for Hong Joo 20 years prior, and who witnessed Priest Choi hanging himself.

Yang was coincidentally present also at Gyeyangjin, when Yuk Gwang uncovered something that was buried and was the one who re-buried it. But this, while consistent behaviour for Yang, does not really enlighten us at all, except that he seems to just stand and stare or touch a person, and evil power is unleashed very powerfully to kill and possess. I guess the scenes of Yang shows how little effort he has to make to bring about the evil results he wants. Does this mean he is PID or just a very superior minion demon or something else? I feel the show is trying hard to make us think he's PID. Maybe trying a little too hard? 😉

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To me it make him look like errand boy PID's Renfield but You are right that writers try to show him now as this big bad, and try to shock us with some ill advised twist at the end.
And it seems Priest Yang can move like vampire, he just pop up in weird places.

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thanks for the recap, @odilettante !
yes, to "why couldn't PID simply leave a note?!?!" ! ! The body count WAS excessively high.

But as clever @amy in the 1st comment pointed out, this was indeed a very appropriate Halloween special ("Coz this is Thriller!! Thriller night!!" - RIP, Michael Jackson).

I can't wait for the recap for ep16.

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Thank you for the recap!
I love love love this show ❤️
Being a silent reader since ep 1, I decided to leave a trace in this section comments for the final episodes, hee 😅

“Which is why I’m nervous about the trio being led to the village, because it almost feels like a trap, like he’s been waiting for them to show up just so he could pick them off one-by-one. Argh, why did they split up in the nursing home?!? They need to stay together!”
— this is exactly my reactions!! 😆😩

but one thing I don’t understand from this episode, what is Priest Yang’s motive to possessing the villagers?
revenge? or just because?

tbh I still have so many questions
but I will wait until ep 16’s recap is out
I hope I don’t forget about what I want to ask 😅😅🙈

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Thanks @odilettante for the recap , I love The Guest and wished it never ended .
See you again hopefully in a 2nd season , it will happen you can't convince me otherwise .

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Thank you for your recap and comments, @odilettante. And thank you for hanging in there, especially after the demise of Yook Gwang. This was a difficult episode to watch as Park Il-do's minions ran rampant and set off what looked like a zombie apocalypse in the wake of his sentimental journey back to where the present story had commenced decades earlier. What we learned is that there was an unexpected beginning before the beginning we thought we knew. Show continued to twist and turn like a bucking bronco as it finally revealed Priest Yang's back story. I didn't see it coming. Such is the power of a well-placed birth secret.

I ended up feeling conflicted and sorry for Priest Yang, who seemingly never had a snowball's chance in hell. (Or did he, but eventually gave up resisting? That's the sense I got when Yang muttered 20 years earlier in the church that he should never have become a priest. It seems that Park Il-do was merely biding his time until he made a concerted move on Yang's soul.) Methinks Yang's elder brother avoided being doomed because he was born before their chauffeur father, Lee Chul-yong, was possessed by Park-Il-do. I can just imagine the effects of prenatal exposure to the demonic influences. In a dark and twisted way, it refers back to Priest Yang's subversion of the words of Psalm 139 in episode 14 (see comments), specifically the verses that declare that the Creator has known our innermost hearts and minds since we were still in our mothers' wombs. Alas, so did Park Il-so. Dang.

Priest Yang, as the descendant of Park Il-do's driver, continues to serve PID's thoroughly-evil-but-non-demonic younger relative, politician Park Hong-joo. Sister Kim fell into his trap after developing a monumental – and valid – grudge against Hong-joo, was possessed, and killed herself when her nemesis had a perfect alibi while outside the country. I have a bad feeling that Park Hong-joo could end up as PID's familiar/target 20 years down the road, and his return ticket out of the East Sea. That's putting the cart before the horse, but that's how it feels to me at this time.

The cinematography continues to capture fleeting moments of aesthetic beauty in amidst the bloodshed. One that stands out: Priest Yang's colleague's encounter with him in the church 20 years earlier. Yang's dirt-encrusted raincoat-clad figure is backlit against a blue stained-glass Gothic window. For me, the brief scene is a visual conundrum, with the pointed arch of the window aiming towards Heaven even as PID's minion appears as an infernal gravedigger excavating in the opposite direction.

Another scene juxtaposes the merriment of an excursion group partying on their bus with the arrival of an ambulance that brings gruesome death, not rescue. Park Il-do leaves a trail of bloody breadcrumbs for the pursuers for whom he is leading a dire chase. But who is the hunter, and who is the prey?

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Hwa-pyung's discovery of Mateo praying for strength to carry out their final mission was reminiscent of Christ's agony in the garden of Gethsemane, especially in that he had staggered off to commune with God in solitude. Finally Hwa-pyung heard the whole prophecy, and saw the physical manifestation of the second part of the curse. His brother-in-arms is headed for the fate the retired priest had warned Mateo of when they interviewed him about Priest Yang. Hwa-pyung, still in rough shape himself from being stabbed, has got his own Plan B up his sleeve, a Mugyo poison pill courtesy of Yook Gwang. Both of them are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. I appreciate their complementary ecumenical partnership in countering the forces of darkness.

Hwa-pyung's efforts to save Park Il-do's victims, in particular Mateo, were initially motivated by guilt over his unknowingly harboring the evil spirit. Now it's a matter of simply stopping the demon's predations. He clued Kil-young to save Mateo the same way her mother had saved him as a child. Dang. Don't let your mother's sacrifice be in vain. These three are each other's guardian angels, even if they go off on their own too often for their own good.

It just struck me while mulling over the recap that Hwa-pyung was a taxi driver and Lee Chul-yong was a chauffeur. Hong-joo's two drivers are also involved. On a metaphoric level, they were vehicles for the forces of light and darkness. Granted, Hwa-pyung engaged in that work to enable him to search for Priest Choi. I maybe missed the memo, but it seems that Hwa-pyung must be unemployed by now. We haven't seen him driving a cab for a spell.

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I felt great misgiving when Priest Yang called Mateo to the roof of the hospital. It reminded me of the temptation of Christ in which Satan brought him to the pinnacle of the temple and challenged him to throw himself off. Not to mention flashbacks to LOOKOUT.

5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ * ”

Matthew 4:5-6, New International Version; *Psalm 91:11,12 : https://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/4.htm

Yet again, my heart broke for Mateo, who as little Choi Yoon had been taken into care by Priest Yang following his family's collective demise. When he asked his mentor if his soul even still exists, I could feel his mourning over the lie that had inspired him to become a priest himself. He was also reaching out and trying to connect with whichever shreds of godliness might still exist in Priest Yang. At least that's how it felt to me. Despite his accusation that Mateo is full of darkness, I see him as harboring a steady little light. It may flicker at times, but he has not given up.

There’s hurt in voice as he plaintively wonders if Priest Yang was ever real. Priest Yang says it’s pointless to ask such a question, since nothing has meaning anymore — the end has already begun.

Perhaps I'm reading it the wrong way, but to me the tip-off is the word “anymore.” I think that his ruing having become a priest is evidence of Yang's earlier sincerity prior to his encounter with the returned Park Il-do when he was called to exorcise child Hwa-pyung. It's also possible that, even if Priest Yang himself were never the man of God he had appeared to be, Choi Yoon could still have been genuinely inspired to heed a calling of his own. As they say, God works in mysterious ways.

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