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Memories of the Alhambra: Episode 6

This show just continues to blow my mind, with everything getting twistier and scarier the further into the game we go. I love that I have no idea where things are going or what’s going to happen next, and I spend the whole hour on pins and needles, equally excited and terrified. Who ever thought that the normally lovely, relaxing sounds of rain and a classical guitar could feel so menacing?

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

After finding Jin-woo in the rain outside the hospital, Hee-joo walks home, still soaked and worried. Grandma is surprised that she left Jin-woo alone, but Hee-joo says that his wife showed up.

She had followed as Jin-woo was carried, unconscious, back to his hospital room. Yu-ra had been waiting impatiently, and later Hee-joo overheard Yu-ra on the phone with someone complaining that she may have to drop the divorce suit if Jin-woo has actually gone crazy.

Yu-ra had stopped Hee-joo from entering Jin-woo’s room, angry that she lied to her earlier. She’d threatened Hee-joo not to mess with her, and Secretary Seo told her to be respectful to Hee-joo — only to get kicked in the shin, ouch. After he recovered, Secretary Seo had told Hee-joo to go home so as not to anger Yu-ra further, promising to call her later.

When Jin-woo wakes, he ignores Yu-ra and asks Secretary Seo if he’s having a nightmare, ha. While Secretary Seo and Yu-ra bicker, Jin-woo is alarmed by a clap of thunder and the sound of a guitar.

Hee-joo tosses and turns in bed, thinking about how Jin-woo pulled her to him and asked her if he seemed crazy. Eventually she gets up for a glass of wine, and she hears a knock at the front door. When she opens it, she finds Jin-woo, still in his hospital pajamas, looking around as if terrified.

He blames his presence on the fact that Yu-ra is at the hospital, holding Hee-joo responsible for telling her where he was. He asks Hee-joo to get his things from his sixth floor room, specifically his lens case, but Hee-joo seems skeptical that this is the real reason Jin-woo is here.

He waits in his car while Hee-joo goes inside, and the first thing she does is call Secretary Seo, who’s been looking everywhere for Jin-woo. He tells Hee-joo to humor Jin-woo, because the doctor thinks he’s suffering from stress-related paranoid ideation — in other words, he’s seeing and hearing things, like a dead person who’s chasing him with a sword.

He says that after Hee-joo left, Jin-woo had a seizure and was given a sedative, so Secretary Seo left him alone, which is when he escaped. He tells Hee-joo that Jin-woo’s “hallucinations” should go away after a few days, so to just go along with him for now.

While Jin-woo waits, it begins to rain, and he goes very still. He rolls down the car window and sticks his hand out tentatively, and when his hand remains dry, he quickly closes the window again. He looks around as he hears a guitar, and the game’s UI (user interface) appears in his vision and informs him that “an enemy has appeared.”

Through the rain-distorted windshield, Jin-woo sees a figure approaching — NPC Hyung-seok, sword in hand.

Hee-joo runs outside (where it’s perfectly dry) with Jin-woo’s lenses, but inside the car, he’s locked in a stare-off with Hyung-seok. He acknowledges Hee-joo with a gesture, but doesn’t take his eyes off Hyung-seok until the timer runs out and the game cancels the duel.

Once Hyung-seok disappears again, Jin-woo rolls down the window and asks for his lenses, and as soon as Hee-joo hands them over, Jin-woo pops them in and logs onto the game. Everything in-game seems normal, directing him to his next quest as usual. Jin-woo prepares to drive away, but Hee-joo begs him desperately to let her drive or she won’t be able to sleep out of worry.

She wails that she’s scared he’ll get hurt even worse, driving with a broken leg while on sedatives, and asks if he’s crazy. He says calmly that he already told her he’s crazy, noting that she seems a little nuts herself, the way she goes off at the mouth when she’s angry (“You could be a rapper”).

Hee-joo assures him that she’s quite sane, and she says that she wants to cancel the contract to sell him the hostel. She tells Jin-woo that for one day she was thrilled with the money he offered, but that she won’t be able to live with herself if he drives in his condition and kills himself.

When Jin-woo says he can’t do that, Hee-joo tells him to at least open the car door, and he does without hesitation. In a heartbreakingly honest tone, he says, “I’d be grateful if you came along. I was scared to go alone anyway.” Oof.

Jin-woo drives, confusing Hee-joo when he knows where to go without help of a GPS, unable (or unwilling) to tell her that the game is directing him. He stops at a closed antique shop and asks Hee-joo to call the owner (they’re neighborhood buddies).

She can’t reach the owner, so Jin-woo uses his crutch to smash the glass door in, shocking Hee-joo. He lets himself inside, and an NPC shopkeeper appears to welcome him to Armas, an in-game weapon shop. Jin-woo looks around, and now, instead of antiques, the walls are covered in weaponry of all kinds.

As he checks out the weapons, the game tells him when he’s too low-level or doesn’t have enough in-game gold for each piece. He eventually finds two level four weapons, a Dagger of Wind and a Fairy’s Ninja Star, that the game will let him purchase.

Outside, Hee-joo finally gets ahold of the shop owner and tells them that a guest of hers accidentally broke their door. She goes inside to find Jin-woo appearing to throw something over and over — he’s in Practice Mode trying out the star, but to Hee-joo, it looks like he’s gone even further ’round the bend.

He manages to land a solid hit with the star just as thunder booms and the sound of a guitar fills the air. Jin-woo spots NPC Hyung-seok standing just outside the shop, and unfortunately, the shattered door means there’s no obstacle to stop the duel from beginning. Jin-woo hits Hyung-seok with two of his three ninja stars (he whiffs the first one), then the game auto-equips his familiar Assassin’s Blade.

Hee-joo waits outside for the shop owner, assuming that Jin-woo is alone inside. Jin-woo has retreated to a storeroom, which causes the game to delay the duel due to the closed door. But instead of just standing there like he’s done before, this time, NPC Hyung-seok reaches out and opens the door. Holy crap, the game is evolving.

Equipping his new dagger, Jin-woo waits until Hyung-seok enters the storeroom, then attacks. He stabs Hyung-seok from behind, leaving the Dagger of Wind in Hyung-seok’s shoulder, then equips his sword and runs it through Hyung-seok’s belly. He wins the duel with a critical hit and advances to level five, but all Jin-woo can think is that he just murdered Hyung-seok… again.

He’s still reeling when Hee-joo finds him to tell him that the shop owner is here. She believes he wants to buy something, but he tells her wearily to just pick something and he’ll purchase it. Once they’re both back in the car, Hee-joo wants to return Jin-woo to the hospital, but he refuses to go.

He mutters, exhausted, “I don’t want to die, but it feels terrible to kill.” Lightning flashes, and Jin-woo can see NPC Hyung-seok standing in front of the car. He continues, “There’s no point in killing him. Damn it, there’s no way out of this.”

Professor Cha visits the spot where Hyung-seok’s body was found, having learned that he met Jin-woo here the night he died. Jin-woo’s fingerprints were found on Hyung-seok’s neck, and the time of death coincides with the time that Jin-woo left the area.

He’s already visited Soo-jin, who’d tearfully apologized for not taking better care of Hyung-seok. Professor Cha yelled that if she was so sorry, she “shouldn’t have done that” (left Jin-woo for Hyung-seok). He reminded her of her promise to make up for how she and Hyung-seok ended up together, angry that instead, one man is dead and the other will be handicapped for life.

He accused Soo-jin of being the reason that his only son lost everything, became an alcoholic; then died in a foreign country. Professor Cha said that he knows Hyung-seok’s death isn’t Soo-jin’s fault, nor is Jin-woo’s accident, but he can’t find it in his heart to feel sorry for her.

Director Park has come to Spain, and he finds Professor Cha at the park, having already visited Jin-woo, who’s back in the hospital and sedated for “anxiety.” Over lunch, Professor Cha tells Director Park that they need to handle this with the press. He’d pressured Soo-jin not to approve the autopsy, afraid that no matter the results, reporters would take it as proof of murder.

He tells Director Park that he doesn’t doubt Jin-woo’s innocence, but Director Park doesn’t seem as confident. He remembers Jin-woo telling Yang-joo that he “destroyed” Hyung-seok, and further back, when Jin-woo told Director Park himself that he might have stabbed Hyung-seok if he’d had a knife, but he tells Professor Cha what he wants to hear.

Professor Cha decides to cover up as much as possible, so Hyung-seok’s death is covered up. Everyone leaves Granada, Hyung-seok’s body is sent home, and Jin-woo, realizing that NPC Hyung-seok can’t come after him if he’s asleep, voluntarily allows himself to be kept sedated. Nobody ever asks Jin-woo what happened between him and Hyung-seok that night, because if they had, he’d have told them that he killed Hyung-seok.

When Jin-woo wakes up, the only person still with him is Hee-joo. She’s sleeping curled up in a chair, so he covers her with a blanket and watches her for a little while. He leaves the bedroom, finding himself in a large apartment with a pool on the balcony, where Min-joo is happily splashing away.

She tells him that the doctor cut off his sleeping meds. She says that she came to help Hee-joo nurse him, but that he only wanted Hee-joo. He vaguely remembers begging Hee-joo not to leave the room, slurring that he was afraid to be alone. Min-joo asks why, but Jin-woo admits that he doesn’t know, either.

Min-joo tells him that he’s doing a great job charming her sister, and that she’s even created a nickname for him, though she doesn’t say what it is. She adds that she used to like Go Yu-ra because she’s pretty, but she came by the house and now Min-joo doesn’t like her anymore.

In flashback, we see Yu-ra show up at the hostel, extremely drunk. She shoves Hee-joo hard enough to knock her down, screaming that she warned Hee-joo to stay away from Jin-woo. Min-joo tells Jin-woo that the other guests pulled Yu-ra off Hee-joo, and she asks why he married someone like that. He says he doesn’t remember, looking both angry and guilty.

Hee-joo is still asleep when Jin-woo checks on her again, and her friend Sang-bum arrives to bring her some things. When he sees that Jin-woo is up and awake, he asks if he can take Hee-joo out since it’s her birthday and her friends want to throw a party.

Hee-joo is alarmed when she wakes to see an empty bed, but she finds Jin-woo sipping coffee in the dining room. He wishes her happy birthday, and Sang-bum invites her out for a birthday party. Jin-woo looks like he feels a little left out, but he tells her to go, insisting (unconvincingly) that he doesn’t need her anymore.

Hee-joo gives in, but she feels unsettled leaving Jin-woo alone without even Secretary Seo to watch over him. Jin-woo goes back to bed after she leaves, sitting stiffly as if expecting the thunder and guitar at any second. He relocates to the couch, but he startles at the loud screeching of cicadas.

His anxiety returns as the last of the sedatives wore off, but a frantic search of the apartment turns up nothing, not even alcohol. Jin-woo curls up in bed, wondering if he’s mentally ill as he feels Hyung-seok getting closer and closer.

While getting ready for her party, Hee-joo calls Jin-woo to check on him, and he lies that he’s perfectly fine. She offers to return to keep him company, but he tells her not to come and hangs up on her. An enormous bouquet of roses is delivered to the hostel for Hee-joo, with a note from Jin-woo wishing her happy birthday.

At the apartment, Jin-woo is sitting huddled in the shower stall when the thunder comes. NPC Hyung-seok materializes in the bathroom, and this time, Jin-woo tries to talk to him. He says, “Hyung-seok, how long will you keep following me? Can’t we stop this now? I really, really want to stop. Will you be happy only after you’ve killed me? How long must we fight?”

Hyung-seok just stands there, unresponsive to Jin-woo’s pleading, but not attacking, either. He begins to glitch, and his fierce expression seems to soften a little.

When Secretary Seo returns, he finds Jin-woo still in the shower stall, but alive. Jin-woo says he wants to leave now, but he’s afraid of being trapped on a plane (in case Hyung-seok shows up again), so he requests that they take a train back to Barcelona.

In the middle of her birthday party, Hee-joo steps out to call Secretary Seo. He and Jin-woo are on their way to the train station, and Jin-woo asks Secretary Seo not to tell Hee-joo they’re leaving. Secretary Seo tells Hee-joo that everything is fine, but when she says she’ll stop by the apartment later, he asks Jin-woo again if he can please tell her the truth.

Jin-woo doesn’t respond, so Secretary Seo tells Hee-joo that they’re on their way out of town. Her face falls and her voice falters, then she turns and runs out of the restaurant. She catches a taxi and directs the driver to the train station.

Secretary Seo settles Jin-woo into his seat on the train, and Jin-woo looks defeated, narrating, “I fled from Granada in fear. I couldn’t even afford to think about someone else’s feelings. But… ”

He watches as Hee-joo runs out of the station and onto the platform, trying to catch the train. The train pulls out, leaving her behind, and on the train, Jin-woo hangs his head.

 
COMMENTS

The “romance” finally seems to be kicking in a little, though at this point, what’s between Hee-joo and Jin-woo seems like it’s mostly about their shared experiences in the past few days than any true romantic emotions. They’ve had the unique experience of having seen each other in their lowest, most vulnerable moments, and that’s bound to create a bond of some kind. I actually like that the show is taking this part of the story slowly — I appreciate the slow-growing awareness of the other person’s true self rather than the persona they present to the world. That sense of knowing who each other are on a fundamental level is not only an understandable basis for forging a strong connection, but it’s a good place to begin a relationship from, if that’s where this is leading. I was skeptical that a romance between Jin-woo and Hee-joo would be believable until this week’s episodes, but now that we’ve seen how they’ve been there for each other at their worst, I can absolutely imagine this bond turning to friendship, then love.

It was hard to see Jin-woo so broken in this episode, both in body and mind, by his realization that he killed Hyung-seok and the game’s subsequent relentless stalking. I think back to the wolf he was in the first couple of episodes, and it’s heartbreaking to see Jin-woo’s confidence and spirit so completely destroyed. By the time he sees Hyung-seok in the bathroom after “killing” him a second time, Jin-woo looked like he was almost ready to give up on life, literally, and let Hyung-seok kill him just to get some peace and atonement. I keep forgetting that Hyung-seok wasn’t a simple villain, but Jin-woo’s very close friend whom he loved very much, and probably never stopped loving even after what happened with Soo-jin. After killing him once by accident, then again on purpose (even if it was in-game, it still looked and felt very real), it’s no wonder that Jin-woo’s mind and spirit just couldn’t cope. I hope he finds something to bring back that spirit soon because he’s got a long time — at least a year that we know of — before he’s safe again.

I love this whole game-as-antagonist twist to this drama, because you can’t fight a game that can just regenerate your enemy as many times as it likes, which is a terrifying thought. And the scariest thing about the game is the way it’s evolving and adapting, making it nearly impossible for Jin-woo to find safe haven, because the game just learns how to circumvent any safety measures he discovers. First it behaved like a game should, staying within the parameters of its programming, but then it became capable of killing a human player in real life, and making that player an NPC. For a while that NPC obeyed the gaming rules, but now even that can’t be trusted, since NPC Hyung-seok learned how to remove obstacles instead of just waiting for them to be removed. I don’t know if Jin-woo’s desperate plea in the bathroom is what worked to save him, but I hope it’s something that can be repeated, because we’ve seen that he’s still fighting the game a year from now.

What scares me the most is what we saw at the end of Episode 5 — Se-joo lying on the ground at the train station, unable to be seen by anyone not in the game. My feeling is that Se-joo was alive until he boarded the train and ran into his own thunderstorm, because he could interact with the people around him until that point. I believe that Se-joo was at a similar point in his game’s evolution then as Jin-woo is now — still human and alive, but unable to control the game and being chased by an NPC that he inadvertently created (maybe the mysterious Marco?). So somehow, the game went through an evolutionary process with Se-joo, ending (or did it?) by pulling Se-joo into itself. Now it’s repeating that process with Jin-woo, but why? Is the game sentient, or is it simply glitching in a deadly way that Se-joo never predicted? And why is it doing so again with Jin-woo? There’s got to be something that both Se-joo and Jin-woo did to kickstart the process, and the question is, will Jin-woo be able to discover what’s happening and stop it before he too is pulled into the game and can’t get out?

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Ok I officially love that JW can at least have fun convos with Min Joo!
and love that MinJoo is essentially cupid.

Also I wonder if every level is now fighting a new (and scarier?) version of HS?
So HS can be stopped(delayed) by doors or humans who are not playing the game. I wonder how JW can use this to hopefully win properly (if he ever does)

This ep raises a lot of questions. One of the main ones is that how are Hee Joo and Min Joo not more curious as to why the Se Joo isn't home yet! I mean yeah he was apparently away sporadically it seems but he said he was going to take that train and is obviously not home yet, so shouldn't they suspect something is wrong?

Nice detailing on the antique shop! I want him to stay and now go back to that cafe so he can speak to the NPCs! including Emma! I wonder if Se Joo stored something valuable in NPC Emma!

Can't wait for the next ep!

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This drama drives me crazy. It doesn't let me relax and enjoy it, but force me to think and make tons of theories, LoL. That's why I love this writer.. Although her stories didn't make any senses, but they're super genius...

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Also maybe in the beginning we saw SJ running from something. What if that was NPC Marco? That would explain why none of the passers-by saw anything out of the ordinary.
What if the way to become an NPC is dying?
What is SJ is still alive but he is literally converted into energy and absorbed into the game a la teleport style (just not materialized anywhere yet)?
OOOOooo here's my prediction for like the last 2-4 eps of the show. JW enters the game realm. Finds SJ. They take down the game from within. They both escape the game. Hugs all around!

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Yes, i was excited when he levelled up. He can have convos with emma now but i wonder he didn't go to the cafe. Maybe he is too tired, too scared right now. He didn't even bother to say goodbye to HJ. And is Emma only available in that cafe?

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I was wondering the same thing. I had been looking forward to him going back to the cafe and speaking to Emma, but it seems like that won't be happening. How will the game work if he leaves Granada? Will he still be able to play the game and level up while in Korea?

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Minjoo is the exposition Fairy who explains things to us like why he miraculously survived that fall or to put the Romance in perspective to him Like" the hand holding with the earnest plea" wouldn't melt any women into a puddle of goo....

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I like min joo and Jin woo interactions too / esp love the way jin woo seemed amused and say “you always say or catch me unexpected” its great to see him catch a break around her considering how dire his circumstances are now

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They have such a great rapport! He is such a big brother to her. I can see he genuinely likes and cares for her during their interactions.

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So curious with "But........." :)

Jin-woo could go crazy at some point... And I love Min-joo so much.. Ah, that quirky maknae tries to be the matchmaker for her unni... :)

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She’s so badass, I love her attitude toward JW, where HJ should at least have half of it.

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IKR, she's so direct to JW.. :). I guess the three siblings have different personality.. :)

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Hyun Bin in these past two episodes has been amazing to watch. I mean I knew the man could act, but that broken expression of his...just oh my god.

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Despite Jin-woo and Hee-joo doing things that usually is a hallmark of dramaland leads falling in love, I still didn't see them under romantic light yet. I think for Jin-woo, Hee-joo is more of a reminder of his bright past. The girl who represented the magical future he dreamed for himself once and the never ending possibilities of his success. The girl who reminded him of who he was before the game changed his life: a charming, perfect man who has no fear, confident to the point of arrogance, and will stop at nothing to get what he wanted. And I think that's also why he looked genuinely sad in the last scene. It's not because he had to leave Hee-joo, but because he has made the decision to leave the past Jin-woo behind and find another way to carve a new future for himself.

As for Hee-joo, I don't think it's as simple as her falling in love ve~ry quickly. Jin-woo is definitely someone she never expected to enter her life, but this man suddenly appeared and changed her life with his 10 billion dollar, and then changed it once more with his accident and his fragile mental state afterwards. I think the sudden changes of role between him being her unlikely savior to her being the one who can provided comfort and care for him is somehow sending mixed signal in her brain. It's easy to mistake the combination of fascination, gratitude, worry, and sympathy into something like love, especially when it all happened in a short span of time.

P.s. Am I only projecting or did Hyung-seok actually looked a bit sad and regretful when Jin-woo pleaded with him in his bathroom?

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Maybe we’re all projecting but I think it’s possible!!! If things remain as they are, Hyung Seok is such a tragic case. If he truly is sentient, imagine not even having peace after death but being forced to stalk your killer / previous best friend for revenge or be killed again and again... ugh chills!!

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Imo what she is currently experiencing is sympathy.

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I think so too! Hyung Seok looks kinda pensive - but if the bathroom door opens he’s still gonna come on slashing at Jin-Woo again😏

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Rewatched the episodes and was reminded that alot of the action took place in about 2 max 3 days. Shared trauma often makes people feel closer-all the accidental killing former bf, being stalked, falling 6 stories , becoming permanently disabled, life changing handsome millionaires falling and becoming permanently disabled in your home happened at maybe a slow / normal k drama pace but would be traumatic for any average person.

That being said ]I think there were also other factors that drew them to each other.
I dont think it was just fear of the game and HS that drove him to leave so suddenly. I think he also afraid of his reliance on HJ.

In her defense I totally understood her tears at the station. She had invested so much care (and serious crushing) on this man who saved her from a life of part time job drudgery, was handsome and powerful but now also a completely broken and tragic person. When a man who looks like HB is in bed and grabs your hand and says he is scared to be alone like a vulnerable little boy she has got to be feeling some sort of 'love'/ maternal instincts. She takes responsibility/ care of people (her siblings/ guests) and is also caring and loving so how can she not feel like her guts are getting ripped out when she sees the train leaving and she didnt even get to say goodbye.

Am I the only one who thinks the giant douche in Granada is Guitar shop oppa? Yes he's jealous but what's with the ordering her around, saying she's not too bright and doing things that she asked him not to do? Perhaps it's the perma- $hitty look on his face but why do I get the feeling that he might be bad news later on...

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If someone like HB is in bed and grabs my hand and says he's scared to be alone, I melt.

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“Giant douche in Granada” which scene?

Guitar shop oppa —> Kim Sang Bum oppa?

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His first meeting with JW at the cafe rubbed me the wrong way when he introduced himself and said (according to my subtitles) " Shes not that sharp" so he needs to be there too.
He also bosses her around and ignores her wishes re birthday in a totally obnoxious way.
Maybe it's just bc they are close friends and I'm missing the cultural undertones due to subtitles and HB dimples... but I'm hoping the relationship is an example of the 'before' HJ and the 'after' HJ wont take that kind of $hit anymore....

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Sorry but it’s so funny how we both watched same drama but it leads to different opinions about some characters. Don’t take it the wrong way, it’s a good thing you know because we each have difference taste & perspective & it’s normal.

Anyway that giant douche in Granada @ guitar shop oppa @ Kim Sang Bum oppa does looks like some bossy person with HJ & HJ’s life but I think because they’re so close enough that kind behavior maybe are accepted. At the cafe, he did mentioned that he’s like as part of HJ’s family which JW hate it because he’s being betrayed several times by people that said they’re part of family which they’re not really blood related.

Anyway I think that oppa mean no harm to HJ nor HJ’s life. In fact I think he have some feeling towards HJ, but unspoken of course.

My big question, when HJ move back to South Korea, we can’t watch that oppa anymore right. It’s ridiculous right, same as ridiculous as move back to SK without knowing Se Joo whereabout or at least tell him that they’re moving.

P/s: But it’s kind weird also if that oppa suddenly decide to move back to SK together. Lol

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I totally agree that I don't like the way Guitar Shop Oppa treats our leading lady. He's bossy and doesn't listen to her.

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Yes. It felt like he was able to communicate with Hyung-Seok.
I think the duel can start only if both players have a ‘desire’ to duel.
I am curious to see where this goes. Am also curious if JinWoo’s ‘real world’ desire to kill Cha was the key to the formation of the game Cha. It lets him satisfy his desire of wanting to kill many times via the game. That is a scary thought!!!

Regarding HeeJu: I think at this point he is able to completely trust her. She has no hidden agenda. And he feels safe with her. Even when he told her ‘stay here’ in his drugged state it was because he felt safe. She kinda saved him twice.
But this woman! Ok will stop here.

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I had also wondered if the game acted out on his hidden desire to destroy and kill Cha.

Hee-joo is an open book. She lays pretty much everything out for him to see. His personality is the opposite and he has grown very mistrustful of people (for good reasons). Meeting someone like her must make him reevaluate who he is as a person.

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Park shin hye’s so beautiful. Literally all that was going through my head in the last scene.

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I'm pretty neutral when it comes to her. Sometimes I like her sometimes I'm like "meh." However, I'll agree that she looked gorgeous in that last scene while trying to catch up to the train.

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Why she crying at then end still confuse me. She should be happy because the burden is gone. Everyone kept saying she love him. But hurmmm it’s too early for me.

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Nobody knows why she was crying. There was a lot of weird decisions in this episode and it all revolved around the female lead. It started when they moved Jin-woo secretly and... took her with them? Why? And then had her nurse him. Why? And then she offered to give his money back, as though it was somehow charity and/or was in any way related to what had happened. Why?

Very little of it made any sense.

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Too many why that need to be answer & I bet you half of it maybe will sweep under the rug.

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She was a bit of a soppy mess. I felt she offered cancel the sale of the hostel because he seems mentally incapacitated and would feel have felt guilty taking $ from someone not in their right mind.

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That was literally the first thing I had to share on a fan wall after episode 6. Why is she always crying. Why???

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Yessss, her character is driving me insane. The drama would be exactly the same if they removed Hee-Ju from the show. This is giving me bad Goblin flashbacks of a useless female lead, hopefully they work on it.

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This is also giving me Heirs flashbacks with the nonsensical crying. Yikes

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Eww. I love Lee min- ho but I couldn't watch that. I feel confident that the kissing (if any) will be way better.

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Lol, I forgot about the kissses,🤢🤢, that drama is best forgotten, just so bad.

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If I am not mistaken this is the same writer as W, and she (?) did the same thing to Han Hyo Joo character - who was a doctor? Started off with what could reasonably assumed to be an intelligent, determined and professional character and turned her (the female lead) into some kind of weepy mess.

Shades of the same with this drama. Hopefully this improves after a bit.

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I didn’t understand why she’s crying too- I think it’s possibly because she’s already have a crush on him... I found it very awkward too that she offered to give back the contract money ...but I think what’s supposed to happen is that she feels her life is being messed up since he came, and she feels at a loss esp since now he’s mentally incapacitated plus she likes him.

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I wrote a bit in a reply about this on the fanwall

Her character is not well written but this I could understand. She likes him, it is as simple as that. He is the most fascinating thing that has ever happened to her, he changed her life, and it’s easy to get that she wanted to spend more time with him or to at least say her goodbye. Also, after that initial fight, he was very polite to her. She was obviously moved by that hug in the rain which she didn’t understand, and also by his issues after the fall, she is a person who is used to taking care of people. It’s not about worth in that moment, she was just being true to herself.

@12345a explained her actions at the station above pretty well in my opinion. But it's subjective of course, we might think it makes perfect sense but for you she might still be rushing.

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Can you give me the links to the fanwall please? Thanks dear.

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How is the fanwall supposed to work?

I'm scrolling and doing "load more", but... uhh... that's one inefficient way of accessing posts. (I give up, because I can never be bothered when something is designed badly.)

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@alua
Yes, I guess the links there keep being updated so I don't know either.

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yeah, i think this is spot on. i think her character is BADLY written, so its not easy to see a lot of depth (and props to PHS for working with what she's been given), but I do think we're supposed to believe that she likes him by now.

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i think that if Jinwoo would have said his goodbye face to face she would have that feel of closure and move on yet like this more likely it is feeling left in the air as nonsense as it may seem...She is a very sensibile person who lost both her parents in a minute,more likely that still plays a factor...

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Exactly! I honestly don't get it. Why is she crying over a man she's only know for what? Less than a week? Is that supposed to mean that she's falling in love with him? That's not very believable/sensible

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Ignoring for a moment the issues to do with the female lead (which we have hashed out well enough on the fan wall), I was really annoyed by the end of this episode that Jin-woo knows her brother's missing but hasn't told her - presumably because he doesn't want to her find out he tricked her into selling her brother's IP. He's a douche and she's kind of an idiot. I am not invested in any romance between them.

Since these episodes were almost entirely devoted to building the so-called "relationship" between these two people I'm afraid they weren't my favourite. Hopefully the shows gets back on surer ground next week.

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But do they remember that they have brother at all? Because now must be a quite few days after he didn't show up and didn't contact his family and they are totally unbothered. It's weird that they more concerned about JW, Heejoo put her whole life on hold to take care of him, basically a stranger.

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He asked about her brother and if they'd heard from him. She says "No!" and skipped merrily out of the room, completely unconcerned that her brother gave her a date and time he'd be home and then just... didn't show up. Meanwhile, a man she'd know for a week - and who spent most of that time injured, unconscious or behaving like a totally psycho - got the full emotional breakdown because he dared to... go home as planned??

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Maybe game get to them and erased him from their memories ;)

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I completely agree with you. I find it concerning how little they worry about Se Joo. Too many unnecessary scenes in this drama. Nobody really cares about the intricacies of the dueling if the main characters don’t develop. People watch stories, not technology.

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This is one of the few things they have actual addressed. They said it's normal for him to not call or be around. It's why no one is worried about him.

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Yes, I remembered that, but in this case he announced that he come home and when, and they are not even slightly concerned what happened, it's not like he is legal adult, isn't he suppose to be 17 at the drama? Shouldn't he be at school, how can he afford to roam around, buy all this fancy tech gear, so many questions ...

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This is so factual, especially to create such a high tech game, you need money, maybe that's why the debt kept rising in the family, he was siphoning to build his game. Ha

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I take it as a writing flaw. Just like how Jin Woo was able to access Se Joo's computers so easily. Maybe his files were hidden or protected but still, for someone doing work of such high level of secrecy, it's unthinkable.

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It’s been only 2 days apparently since Jin woo tells min Joo- i’ve Only known your sis for 2 days!
2 days late for sejoo probably isnt a cause for concern for his family - the usual angsts of a teenager who’s never kept his promises?

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My only explanation, which I’m not even certain of, is that the Jung family completely lost hope on him.

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The spy “A” I believe said the same in the second episode. That the family just lets him come and go as he pleases and doesn’t worry about him at all.

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Talking about Spy “A”, I didn’t see him lately. I miss him already. Now I have a bad feeling about this.

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2 days? I thought ep 1-3 covered events for day 1. Ep 4-5 for day 2. Ep 5-6 for day 3. How the time passed in Ep 6 is rather blurry to me.

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i think this the key. not that much time has actually passed. which is hard to get my head around, but its what the show says.

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If he told her? And what will she do? Cry? And then?
At this point him telling anyone about the game and missing brother is useless. How is he going to explain this to her (or anyone for that matter). Your brother went to play a game and is inside the game?? No one can help the brother. He has to find a way to fix this or the brother himself has to get him out of there since he is a geek.

My biggest concern is no one in the family is looking for him. Even after JinWoo asked her twice if she heard from the brother, she was so indifferent about it. While she is checking on him every few hours. *Rolling eyes hard*

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> was really annoyed by the end of this episode that Jin-woo knows her brother's missing but hasn't told her

I was a bit surprised he would not feel more conflicted about that, he seemed to be ruthless but not without honor so while I do understand him leaving, I was expecting he would at least write her a letter. He didn't even have to explain his intentions behind the deal, just tell her about her brother.

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Actually how’s that Jin woo fault?
The boys own family isn’t concerned nor worried. Considering Jin woo predicament now, if no ones asking I think he’s more concerned on his own life or the sheer depths it had suck into.

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It's not his fault the brother is missing but the right thing to do was to tell the family about it. The fact that they are not worried doesn't mean it's ok for him to ignore that. The family doesn't know he was into a dangerous situation and JW does or at least knows enough to guess he was.

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Totally agree... If I was in constant fear of my life/ thinking I was going crazy/ had just killed my best friend 2×- basically world is falling apart I wouldn't think about it too much. JW didnt see SJ at the station so for all he knows the family is right and he just took off for a bit and would be worrying them unnecessarily. Since he hasnt proven himself to be exactly mentally stable would they even believe him if he said her brother was chased by some AR game and now missing...? Total crazy town.

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So far this drama is probably best enjoyed (if possible) without thinking too much about linear time. (sorry, the W writers lack of skill, likely). It feels a bit like watching the latest Star Wars trilogy - you get the sense that a lot of time should have passed but apparently the story took place over a short period.

1) JW falls down 6 floors, disrupted his intestines, permanently crushed/disabled his foot - but walking about within 2 days??? You probably expect this to take 2 months in real life.

2) HJ could be the ultimate "mother" character but, as already mentioned many times, at worst she would be a bit saddened and disappointed by JW leaving - why the weeping?

Think about the timeline - something sure doesn't add up. JW flies into town (has a shouting match with HJ) Takes a FULL DAY to figure out how to get past the first character. Finds out he needs to buy the hotel - gets breakfast w HJ, meets ex-wife and ex-best friend (in another city), gets back, levels up (presumably another day) - sees Emma. Then meets and kills HS, next NIGHT he falls down stairs, gets surgery, wakes up (presumably after another night) etc etc. Then says he's known HJ for 2 days... my math must be off.

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I think he meant he knew her for two days before his accident. It's definitely been at least a week (only a week).

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That rose bouquet! I want one of those! So I can see why Jin Woo could eventually fall for SJ, because she’s a kind-hearted woman, unlike the wife he’s about to divorce. BTW, the actress is doing a great job playing the bitchy wife. But I can’t , I just can’t comprehend how SJ can fall for JW so soon. She actually broke down, got on her knees, sobbing for JW, who has left Granada. This show deserves praise on so many levels. But what the heck is wrong with the writer, giving us this weak heroine?

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Yell loudly so the writer can hear you. I love PSH, but this is not it.

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I feel bad for the actress PSH. At this point, I feel it's the writer's fault for creating these unnatural romantic feelings Hee Joo has for Jin Woo. I hope the Hee Joo character will be written better for the latter episodes. I mean we've seen her assertive, feisty side when she decided to refund Jin Woo the cost of his stay in ep 2 and asked him to nullify the property sales contract this episode. I've seen PSH in only three of her previous dramas. I'd say she's a decent actress, with room for improvement.

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Yes 100% the writer's fault and the problem is we as the viewer aren't sure about why the writing is so weak. Again echoing you, hopefully she gets better characterizations.

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I have been reading all your MOA recaps but this is my first time writing on dramabeans.
I just want to share what i experienced earlier today.
It was around 2am when i finished watching episode 6 on my phone. While i was streaming kpop videos, all of a sudden i heard a different sound, a very low melody on my earphones. I froze. 😓 For a moment i thought it was the guitar playing Memories of Alhambra! I. WAS. TERRIFIED.
After a few seconds, i heard the voice of my papa and realized the sound was his "After All These Years by Journey" ringtone. Our rooms are only separated by plywoods that is why i heard the intro of the song! 🎶

Ah...this drama. It confuses me every single time but it is good. Good stories do not give up their secretr at once.
The main actors are so believable. The guitar playing, the gaze of CHS and sword stained with blood. JW lookef so tired, terrified and alone--- that i feared for Hyun Bin. JW is so effective that i want HB out of the drama. Ha! But no no no. I need this drama. I need to see what will happen next.

I do not know how JW still managed to fight CHS despite all his injuries, but i am human and if i am confronted by my dead enemy, with all my strength I would flee and do everything i can to get away.
I also do not know how sedative works, though he had taken a nap, driving was still foolish. But he admits he is crazy so....

PS
I was suppose to comment on the episode5 recap but i will just ask it here.
Am i the only one who finds that lost-spanishguy-opensdoor-scene?
It was hilarious, annoying but hilarious!

I always find your recaps fulfilling, and the comments makes me hungry.

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JW sitting in his shower saying he's fine hurt me tbh 😖
(Also welcome to the dB comments)

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Thanks!

Yes, JW looked so helpless there. 😵😿

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Yeah, that lost Spanish guy. I was like, CLOSE THE DOOR!

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Haha i really thought it was fun, with only a few seconds b4 the duel to be cancelled. He showed up and nope...😂 not yet. 👻🎿

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Welcome! I’m glad you’ve decided to come out of hiding!

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Thank you.

This drama is just too good and too confusing. I must comment. 😬🐒👌

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Welcome!

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Thank you very much 😊

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Not on board with the romance yet, I understood the wanting to go to the station but leaving your friends without telling them? Hhmm no, they deserve an explanation or reason why she left.

Still can't believe that Hyung-Seok is really dead, because that means that Jin-woo has become a murderer. And that scene in the bathroom 😭💔

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And as for Se Joo lying on the platform...he got LOVESHOT 🙊😂😻
Na nananana 🔫✌

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I like to think Se-joo secretly escaped the Alhambra world to follow his calling and join EXO as Chanyeol.

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Perhaps he’s performing love shot at the moment. Hahaa Trust me he’s coming back - coz Jin woo probably needs an ally to navigate the world lol

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Everytime one wants more of Chanyeol he winds dying prematurely.

Next drama he better have a full fledged role

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was that scene really happened or was that JW imagining a possibility. Wasn't the narration something like "maybe perhaps...

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These last two episodes kinda dragged for me a bit, since we didn't get far, and nothing much more was revealed about the game (just more questions and I'm also really not a fan of time jumps overlayed with narration), but it's still addictive and I'm still annoyed I have to wait a week and I like the sibling like bickering Min Joo and JW have heh.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't it Jinwoo who opened the door, not Hyung-seok? Jin Woo hid behind the door and opened it to stab Hyung-seok in the back with that dagger.

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Yes, the trip to antique shop was to finish the duel and JW just waited on opportune moment to attack from behind the door.

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Yes. He wanted to try out the theory that if he kills NPC Dr. Cha again, then maybe it'll stop appearing in front of him. And then he was proven wrong.

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And if I'm not mistaken thestabbing happened in a small room not the bathroom? It is JW's bathroom he pleaded to Dr.Cha to stop taking revenge on him.

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Jin woo opened the door to sneak an attack on him, thus killing him for the 3rd time? (Damn i cant believe how many times he’s gonna kill his friend and live the guilt before he breaks - in the bathroom I think he looks almost broken )

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Wow. I am really loving this drama that it made me come out of my hiatus in participating in dramabeans comments. Hahaha

I agree with most of the beanies about the surreal and super promising realm that the writer have created and how its potential is limitless. We can go anywhere anytime! Love it.

Hyun Bin... I don't have words. There's something in him that just draws you in doesn't he? He is... magnetic.

As for Hee Joo, for me personally, I think the writer is biding her time with her. I'm not disappointed in her character nor PSH's portrayal. Because the way I look at it, Hee Joo, from the time they moved to Granada, never had a single "magic" moment happen to her. Something that her father have previously promised. She essentially had to sacrifice a lot of her youth and dreams to support the family. She did her best to be the head of the family at a young age and for that I find myself sympathizing with her. You know sometimes I feel like she looks at Jin Woo as some sort of a savior. A "magician" who made it possible for her to dream again. And when that beautiful dream is turning into a nightmare and she sees her savior slowly breaking apart, I would be quite affected too.

They were both all right by themselves before "magic" touched their lives. And somehow the moment they met, their lives have been changed forever.

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Woah. I went full on sentimental here. Haha

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Hi!
I loved how you described Hee Joo's character and I agree, I think she is smitten not with JinWoo himself specifically (not yet) but with all that he represents. He came into her life unexpectedly and literally relieved her of her money problems (that have been plaguing her for years). If that isn't magical I don't know what is. Hopefully, her character develops more as well. It would be cool if she started playing the game or at least found out about it soon.

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I wonder if we now stalled on constantly fighting HS in the game, because, it seems that where the game stuck JW at the moment, and he levelling up every time he kills HS in the game, then how JW want develop the game if stuck in the loop and don't know how the game will progress, or is he decided to drop it altogether and spend rest of his days in drug induced haze? This episode was pretty slow on new information and development, I won't comment on HJ because beanis wrote everything I want.

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If we assume for a moment that this is 'magic' and the game is simply a red herring, it would make sense for HS to die because he wanted him dead, come back for revenge because he felt guilty, and then disappear once he'd come to some sort of peace or at least resignation.

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We aren’t allowed to discuss the preview. So, I guess you could see it to get a hint whether they developed the game or not.

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I need my fix of GAS. So can Hee-joo get in the game and have some fun? Even girls capable to rock the gaming world you know.

My suggestions of Hee-joo weapon if she ever given a chance to play:
1) A classical guitar that can shoot laser beam
2) Her cry that can paralyse the enemy for 1 minute. Hence, ended the duel.
3) GAS’s russian revolver.

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I'm wondering about the second time JW killed Dr.Cha. Is it correct that the first time Dr.Cha was killed the game stated that Zinu killed Dr.Cha but the second time Zinu killed Dr.Cha's corpse?

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Ok.. These are my additional comments for this episode.
1. Besides the fact that HY's acting is just top-notch, I want to praise the script writer and everyone involved to put us viewers into JW's shoes. We can't do anything besides panickly waiting for the storm to come, and unrealistically hoping that it's not ganna be accompanied by the MoA song. I actually felt suffocated during the last two eps at one point I thought of dropping this show.

2. I might be the only person here who feels that it feels a bit unnatural for JW to develop his feeling for HJ this easily. Yes, he was charmed by Emma before, and is touched by HJ's selflessness and the fact that she is/can be considered his only life savior - his safe haven, but based on his character portrayed from the beginning of the show as a calculative, business-minded and still somewhat a heart-broken person, I wouldn't expect such a peraon to develop romantic feeling for another person this soon/ or at all. This is especially the case when he can lose his mind any minute like this. I'd find it more believable if he'll clinge to her as only she can save him, but not with this kind of feeling. But for HJ, I completely understand why she's totally under his spell.

3. I think there is a lesson here, given that I kinda experienced something similar before. It would have been better/much better if JW had told someone about what he did, and what kind of thing he's facing Instead of keeping everything to himself. I cannot believe that the reason he didn't tell other about this virtual world is only because it will be detrimental to his future business.

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Yes. What Jin-woo experiencing now is rather depressing and lonely. He trapped in that world alone. Someone needs to play the game and helps Jin-woo and us to differentiate the virtual and the reality.

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I don't think he is feeling 'love' for Hee joo yet. He trusts her and various emotions are attached to her and from her sister at least he is aware of her 'supposed' feelings for him.
He was so tired of his wife that he even ran away from there and Hee joo must be a solace for him at this confusing time for different reasons.
I would say it is Hee-joo who is more prone to fall from the love cliff.

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i think the game captions said "this is the corpse of Dr. Cha" and not "Zinu killed Dr. Cha's corpse".

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Ah.. alas someone answered my question. Thank you. I kinda remember something mentioned by the game about Dr.Cha's corpse, and that was how my brain tricked me. Thanks! :)

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Jinwoo reminds me of Han Tae Joo from LoM in terms of desperation and confusion of their situation.

HB is doing wonders protraying JW's anxiety~ him pleading to zombie cha in the toilet is so sad to watch.

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Fear paralyses a person.... It's makes us less than who we are It claims even the strongest of us.. The challenge is to claim our former selves

When i saw Jinu in this avatar it made him relatable to me.

I thought to myself "Its ok to feel that way That its nothing to feel embarrassed about
If it can happen to a cocky guy like Jinu it can happen to anyone ....

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Lil bro is forgotten it seems~ only JW is shown to be asking about his whereabouts 😅

How about a plot twist: actually JW was the one who did wrong towards Cha resulting to their fallout and his first divorce. But Cha is the one who took the whole blame while JW is painted to be nice and mistreated. That's why he's haunted by Cha until he realizes what his wrongdoings were.

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I have a different take !
Seeing the dad slapping his son.
I have a suspicion that Prof Cha played Iago
and engineered the fallout between Jinu & Hyunseok including the mess with his first wife

I don't think Hyunseok is the villain but actually his Dad is behind the whole thing

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Yep. Daddy cha is very suspicious. Maybe he did put a rift between Cha Jr and JW~

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It's possible that Prof. Cha is the villain behind the game, but it's also possible that he's just a real-life villain, and that he brought about the bitter rivalry between JW and HS by favoring JW over his son. In the scene where he kicked HS out of the company, you can see that JW and the other manager are shocked, but no one dared to say a word. Prof. Cha obviously thought of both of them as sons, one his birth son and the other the son he chose. He seemed to care more about the company they built than about either one of them. So if he's the villain behind the game, for sure it has something to do with the success of the company.

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Kim Eui Sung is always ended up as the mastermind behind everything. Poor him. So I always welcome the possibility that he is one of the good guys.

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Same. I think Hyung-Seok is the victim of a shitty dad and he and Jin-Woo were involved in an engineered rivalry. I think Papa Cha wanted them to maybe duke it out and see who came out on top. I have a suspicion that Hyung-Seok gave up and instead of fighting for J One to the very end, tried to distinguish himself with his new rival company.

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This show introduced me to thw tune of Memories of Alhambra. Even if I found it nice and added it to my playlist, I can't play it any longer.
It is so haunting to me now.

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This is like what drama Phantom/Ghost did with The Phantom of The Opera all over again. I wonder how long will it take for me to stop associating the tune of Memories of Alhambra with sinister undead hell-bent on revenge.

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Haha ha ha
I was sooo annoyed with that tune
It felt loud and out of place at times

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Same thing with I'll Be Watching You with I Hear Your Voice.

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Ha ha. Same here. They ruined the music for me. It’s so haunting.

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Yeah, like Pretty Noona did with Stand By Your Man. I used to like that song.

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"but I hope it’s something that can be repeated, because we’ve seen that he’s still fighting the game a year from now."

I rewatched epi 2 for that 1yr from now Train scene. He shot Hyun seok when he emerged from the bathroom. You can see his outline as he slumps to the ground .

So yup hyun seok still haunts him for a year !!

Also after that scene Jinu starts walking normally...So it can go 2 ways either he got sucked into the game world where his real life injuries didn't matter or the game somehow cured.

I may add the ending of that train scene wasn't reassuring . It gave me the Nine time vibes !!!

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Well, if the game can kill you for real, maybe the game can also cure you for real. I have my hopes in JW leveling up in order to cure his leg at some point.

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The ending of that train scene... Is it just me or did Jin woo shoot ‘Emma’ in the end in the train scene? Jin woo fell to the floor in the train and he aimed his gun at the person in the black mask with bright blue eyes. And this person with blue eyes and black mask was aiming the gun at Jin woo. Jin woo shot her in the end. The reason I think the last person on the train with the black mask and blue eyes is ‘Emma’ is because her hands on the gun (when the camera zoomed in on her gun) were definitely park shin hyes hands. Im really sure about it, it was definitely park shin hyes hands.

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1. I'm not sure the game evolved...didn't JW purposefully open the door to lure NPC HS into the room to kill him? (No symbolism on putting a dagger into his old friend's back, I'm sure!)

2. MFW when Lee-Wan-Ik convinces Emperor Gojong to do something against his better judgment...or, wait, I mean, Professor Cha convinces Director Park to do something against his better judgment.

3. 6 episodes in. Out of 16. Yeesh. I naturally prefer slowly-developing plots, as the payoff feels better, but the risk is obviously that we won't learn enough until we get a hurried, 2-4 episode spurt of rushed and incomplete explanations and resolutions. In my opinion we're getting close to the danger point where if we don't get more hard info on *why* things are happening the way they are next weekend, I'm going to assume plot lines are getting developed that won't be resolved satisfactorily.

4. All-in-all, still liked this week for main leads' character development. Just need to know what's going on soon! :)

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I’m in the same situation with Wan-ik vs. Prof Cha. And I’m still finishing Mr. Sunshine, but so satisfying the way he died—a man with no country, selling out Joesen, and Japan has no use for him now that he’s dead.

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Thanks for the quick and amazing recaps!!
They really help me make sure I'm following everything correctly...
Just rewatched episode and wanted to point out that JW opened the door to the store room not the NPC.

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Hee joo is lovely. I can empathise with her, and she breaks my heart with her vulnerability and fears. She's not a brave or strong person, but someone who is trying to survive in a foreign land with no one to rely on except herself and her grandmother and stronger younger sister. She cries a lot, but that's her, that's who she is, a gentle girl who has been forced to bear the burden of shouldering the entire family's survival on her frail shoulders. Her reaction to stress and harshness is to cry, but remember hers is a gentle soul, who should have been sheltered from the harsh realities of life, and who should have had someone else to lean on.

She flinches before the ex-wife and is terrified of her. She cowers at the violence unleashed upon her by the woman. That is the way she is.

And yet, there is a strength to her that emerges in the moments when the person that she cares about is in trouble. She devotes herself to the man she loves selflessly, and expects nothing in return. That last scene, when he is leaving and she finds out, her heart must have broken into a million pieces. Running to him, sobbing every step of the way, breaking down in tears when the train leaves - how much must she have cared for him to do that, baring her whole heart for the world to see? I was moved by her tears, and that song, so beautiful and sad, made the last scene so heartbreaking.

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So beautifully written, thank you! You know until now I kept seeing comments like he joo is just acting as a showpiece in this drama since all she does is crying lol. But I empathized with her a lot, don't know, maybe since I grew up reading lot of romance fictions haha. But I love the fact that she's not embroiled in this imaginary stupid life-risking game, rather doing the thing what matters the most, at least in life.

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Exactly.
And if I may add, everyone fell in love with Hyun BIn in as early as episode 1. How can we not expect Hee Joo to have at least the smallest amount of crush in Jin Woo with all the 10 billion won and the biggest and prettiest bouquet of roses I have ever seen? Like for real, we are family in this. Hahaha

That said, please write-nim, I beg you to show the bad ass side of Hee Joo next. I would loooove for her to play the game and be the best one in that. At the very least, I am feeling that she's the most important part of the game. Which tears me up (though prematurely) because that shows how much her brother actually values her.

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Jin-woo says he wants to leave now, but he’s afraid of being trapped on a plane (in case Hyung-seok shows up again), so he requests that they take a train back to Barcelona.

No, the real reason for taking the train is so they can have the dramatic/cliched scene of Hee-joo running alongside it and then falling behind. Hard to do that on the runway of an airport.

But speaking of that, whatever you think of PSH's acting, points for being able to run like that in heels.

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Lol. Thats a concrete justification for why he took the train. She cant enter the depature hall if he took a plane, and he cant see her running after him and be touched hahaha 🤣

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My husband could only see that she was running with heels. He was constantly worried for her ankles :)))

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😂😂, Yup.

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Is that the real reason?
I was thinking why not the plane?
Perhaps there are no doors (other than the toilets) whereas in the train he could get into compartments.

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Maybe on top of wanting to provide means for HJ to run after him at the train station, JW was also afraid of being on a plane as he might be crazy enough to open the emergency door to get away from zombie Cha that wil lead to a plane crash 😅.

But since anything in between JW and zombie Cha be a barrier, JW can use his secretary to shield him eventhough he is on a plane 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Correct me if wrong. I think aside from the door or any close room, only HJ can become an obstacle because remember the lost patient in his room who tried to help JW stand up, he was in between HS and JW at that time and the game did not stop. Or maybe im wrong.✌🏻

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I'm not sure about this... He had to hold HJ really closely for her to be a shield. I just think they guy who wondered into his hospital room wasn't close enough to act as a barrier.

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I wonder if the real reason for taking the train is that the NPC Se-Joo might be on/around it? I thought for sure it would happen that way for the cliffhanger

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The little sister is so funny ! I relly like her :D

Hee Jo is not really great character for now but I understand her actions. She feels attracted by JW and he felt from 6 floors in her hostel, so she feels responsible. The fact she saw him breaking in a shop and "throwing invisible ninja shuriken" in the middle of the night makes her not really confortable to let him alone.

But for the "ex"-wife, why did she get involved? I mean she run a hostel, she could tell that if the wife can't reach her husband, she can't do anything because it's about the private life of her clients. And JW was pretty clear about he didn't have any relationship with his ex anymore, so why did she give informations about the hospital? She's net very smart... Or super naive...

For the game, why the brother called JW? It looked like he already had issues with his game. So he could warn him about it more than bait him...

The father of HS is very intriguing. The most of the time he looks like to think with a efficient way. I was happy that he silenced Yura. But he was awful with his son...

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So within 6 episodes our male lead fell from the charming sneaking CEO in smart suits to a deranged crippled eyes like crazy mental nutcase shelled up in a bathroom. With 2 divorces as baggage and 1 crazy NPC hot on his heels to kill him. Woah

Ok good for the romance line to start but seriously it will be the last thing on my mind if I were him. He should be searching for sejoo to get some answers

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I think it is the last thing on his mind. Wasn't his narration something like I couldn't afford to consider somebody else's feelings.

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Usually I would be the first to be irked by the OTP's fast relationship progression as it's always so sudden that it makes me wonder what they see in each other. But I've felt the relationship was developed very organically here. I mean, granted, they are not exactly falling head over heels in love. It's more of an awareness and JW's response was very in character of him - to not jump into another relationship out of need, and realising that he may be leading HJ on, the best thing to do would be to stop.

This is the first time I am watching both leads and I am very pleased with the way things are developing. There are no unnecessary or forced skin ships, but all was done with a purpose (when he hugged her for protection, when he instinctively grabbed her hand in his daze). I get so pissed and worked up so easily with most of the drama OTPs this year, but I totally cannot find anything to be pissed about - yet. And JW and MJ interactions are the best. Bless her.

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I really like the pace of this romance. This is one OTP that makes actual sense.
I love it when JW backs off from getting closer to HJ, that makes me respect him even more. That he will fall for HJ makes total sense too, the guy really needs a decent girl to love him, and HJ is at the right time and right place when he truly needs someone at his lowest point in life. And of course, which girl would not fall for a charming billionaire? That she continues to care for him at his lowest point shows that this is not a simple crush.

Like you, I can't stand most of the OTPs in recent dramas, falling in love for no reason, and pursuing love like the is no other reason to live on Earth *roll eyes*

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This writer sure seems to like to jump between worlds -- time travel in 9 and Queen In-hyun's Man, then real-world/comic-world in W, then real-world/game-world here in Alhambra.

I think Queen In-hyun's Man was her best (of the ones I have seen - didn't watch 9). QIHM had one big gimmick and if followed its one big rule consistently (well, except for the last few minutes) and part of the fun was how the characters could figure how things worked an game they system. I think writer-nim tried too hard to top herself in W, made things more complicated and after a really promising start she eventually outsmarted herself. Alhambra seems to be trying even harder to top her previous efforts -- I fear we may not be in for much consistency or logic.

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Thisssssssssssss!!!!
And yeah this is why I gave up on this show being consistent or logical in episode 2... \o_o/

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Yessss
I thought I was d only who is cing disssssss

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I would agree. Seems, the writer didn't learn from W at all, Sigh, the concept is so great though.

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i agree with this so so so so much.

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You should watch 9. I think one of the things that made me really like that show was how the time travel followed a real set of rules and that those rules stayed the same throughout the show, even when it wasn't convenient for the characters. Probably the best handling of time travel I've ever seen. Now, I haven't seen Queen In-hyun's Man, yet. It's on the list. The very long list...

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I actually started 9. Twice. The beginning just didn't interest me. But I've finished W twice and QIHM 3 times.

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Some things I loved:
Jin-woo and the little sister!! Their scenes together make me happy! ^^
I'm still amazed by the game, it still looks pretty cool to me! Best part of the drama still!
Hyun Bin 😍; first time watching one of his projects and I'm not disappointed!

I was feeling the romance more last week than I did this one, somehow 😅
But I'm still eager to know how they're going to develop that part of the story further (I'm keeping my expectations low, just in case) ^^

On another note...am I the only one who couldn't care less for the family drama? :/
By that I mean pregnant ex-wife, crazy ex-wife and ex father-in-law?
Even if I didn't like as much this week's episodes, I still enjoy the drama, but the scenes with the people I just mentioned kinda bother me a bit..I don't feel like their needed, tbh

Lastly...please!! Not to be an EXO fan, but can we have more of Chanyeol/Sejoo??? :(((( Poor baby, no one cares about him! 😭

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I hate it when I make typos despite re-reading the whole thing multiple times! ahh! *cringe*

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I can relate to that. I noticed them only after I have sent it.

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I know. Happens to me all the time.

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I really hate Hyeon Seok's father. Such a disgraceful and cowardly person. I didn't realize that someone wanting to leave a company was such an unforgivable sin that they deserve to get slapped and humiliated in public, and disowned by their family.

Then his son dies mysteriously, and he refuses the autopsy, because who cares about getting justice for his son? Who cares about catching the murderer so that the public can be protected as well? He wants to sweep his son's death under the rug to avoid media articles about the situation, and to protect Jin Woo, who the investigation might point to. Unbelievable.

And the icing on the cake is blaming everything on his son's pregnant widow.

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In case of suspicious death, an autopsy is compulsory in Spain -in fact, in all countries of the European Union- even when the causes of death are evident or "when there is a delay between the causative events and death".
There are ten cases which are always considered "unnatural death": homicide, unexpected sudden death, suicide, and accidents are among them. I cannot imagine that Hyeon Seok's death would not be considered unnatural in one way or other.
The family cannot refuse; it is up to the judge and the medical-examiner to decide whether an autopsy has to be carried out.

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Even In Real life I don’t want to see rain or hear MoA music. So terrifying. I was on the edge of the seat worrying about the rain and music starting.
And another terrifying anticipation is he ju breaking into a cry. Oh woman please stop crying please.

Anyway. I am loving this show. I don’t care 2 cents for the romance. I guess somehow he is able to trust her the most in this alien land and scenario. Her simplicity makes it easier for him to trust her. And in future he needs a person/player who will blindly trust him?

I believe SeJu will show up once Zinu levels up. At this point he can’t see SeJu since he is a a much higher level in the game.

The fact that the brother called ‘Cha’ a bad person is still haunting. Did Cha bug the game for added excitement t and then things went wrong? WHat did he do. And where is Marco?
I like the way this is shaping up al far.

And for eff sake someone look for SeJu please. Is no one in the family worried for him????

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I'm not sure why people are so off about the romance aspect, its hyun bin, HYUN BIN! If we are charmed by his looks and douchbag of a character then he bought a rickety hostel from her, whether it's sly or betraying, he did save her from the life she was working so hard to get away from. Heejoo can now return to Korea like she wanted to and start afresh, even I would fall for him and her character does fall in love quickly as we were told by the sibling.

Also, why can't people watch a drama without nitpicking and pinpointing at things, can't we enjoy the mysterious and horrific ride and not question the possibilities of everything that happens in dramas, not just this one a lot of kdrama are from reality and we still watch them and enjoy them. I'm really enjoying this drama, questions an answered.

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I love the romance. I love Hyun Bin and PSH together. I love this show. I love his dimples. I love his hair. I love his eyes. I love everything about this show. It's terrifying and romantic at the same time and I am addicted to it. Can we have it play every day please?

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