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Memories of the Alhambra: Episode 15

With the quest nearly completed, our hero sees the light at the end of the tunnel in the form of Emma at the end of the altar, but that doesn’t guarantee a safe journey to the end. Jin-woo soon learns that completing the perilous quest isn’t going to be the hardest part of his journey — it’s the consequences of the completed quest that will force him to make the decision of his life. The end is near, but there’s no telling how this story will end.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

At the dinner table, Hee-joo numbly sips on coffee while Sang-bum warns her to stay away from Jin-woo, lest she get pulled into his scandal. Later that night, Sang-bum gets a call from a friend in Granada to inform him that Se-joo appeared at Café Alcazaba.

The Granada friend recounts the story from the waiter, who recognized Se-joo as Hee-joo’s younger brother and told him that the family moved to Seoul. The generous waiter booked a flight to Seoul for Se-joo, and the Granada friend was calling to check if Se-joo had arrived.

Just then, Min-joo calls for her older sister, and Hee-joo runs out to find a figure standing in front of their house. As she approaches the familiar figure, she recognizes him as Se-joo and begins to cry. She hugs her younger brother in relief, and Grandma scolds him for coming home now after his year-long disappearance.

Meanwhile, Director Park and Yang-joo anxiously wait for any word from Jin-woo. Director Park enters Jin-woo’s empty office and places Jin-woo’s name plate on the desk as he recalls his conversation with Professor Cha. After learning about how Jin-woo was framed by Yu-ra, Director Park implored that he and Professor Cha take responsibility for this mutant game that Jin-woo had forewarned them about a year prior.

Then, Director Park receives a call from Hee-joo, who happily reports her brother’s return. Director Park finds Se-joo’s return a hopeful sign for Jin-woo’s return, and he eagerly heads to Hee-joo’s house with lifted spirits.

On the way to her house, Director Park messages Professor Cha about Se-joo’s return and then receives an unexpected call from Doctor Choi, who asks if he’s been briefed by Professor Cha about everything. Director Park doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so Dr. Choi clarifies that he was with Jin-woo yesterday after receiving a call from an unknown number.

Flashback to the day before: Jin-woo was discovered in a bathroom near the church where he encountered Emma. The restaurant ajumma was alarmed to find him nearly unconscious and tried to call an ambulance, but Jin-woo didn’t allow her to call anyone other than Dr. Choi. Having seen the news about the police pursuit, Dr. Choi picked up Jin-woo himself and treated him in a hotel room under his name.

Dr. Choi informed Professor Cha about this situation, and Professor Cha arrived at the hotel room. After checking on Jin-woo’s state, Professor Cha dismissed Dr. Choi — despite his offers to remain and treat Jin-woo — and asked him to keep this a secret. Dr. Choi called Director Park out of concern that both Professor Cha and Jin-woo haven’t answered their phones all day.

Director Park immediately reroutes to the hotel and runs to the hotel room where Dr. Choi last left Jin-wo with Professor Cha. He tries knocking on the door and calling both of them, but he doesn’t get any response.

He suddenly remembers a phone conversation with Professor Cha last night. Director Park called with concern that Jin-woo was still missing, but Professor Cha responded nonchalantly that going missing was better than getting arrested because it would buy them time. Then, he quickly hung up because he had other matters to attend to. Identifying this red flag, Director Park runs to the lobby to ask for access to the room.

In response to Se-joo’s return, Grandma celebrates by cooking up a feast and calling her friends to inform them that her rascal grandson has returned. Min-joo and Sang-bum ask Se-joo where he had been in the past year, but Se-joo remains silent. Min-joo notes that her brother is in the same outfit from when they last saw them and finds it strange.

As Hee-joo walks in the room, Se-joo responds that he’s been hiding in “Indun,” a place in the game that only he knows. He continues that he didn’t kill Marco, and when Min-joo asks if he killed someone, he frantically yells that it wasn’t him.

Hee-joo ushers Min-joo and Sang-bum out of the room and affirms Se-joo’s claim that he didn’t kill Marco. Se-joo explains that Marco tried to kill him, so he ran away. Dead Marco kept following him until he suddenly disappeared, and Se-joo presumes that someone unlocked the quest. He had been waiting for someone to complete the quest, but he doesn’t know who that is.

Hee-joo seems alarmed by Se-joo’s confusion on who completed the quest and asks if he really doesn’t know. As Se-joo cries, he nods, confirming that he has no idea. Jin-woo narrates: “With Se-joo’s return, my long and lonely journey has come to an end.”

Back at the hotel, the staff opens the door to Jin-woo’s room, and Director Park runs in to find items scattered all over the floor, as if there was fight. Director Park calls for Jin-woo and enters the bedroom, where furniture has been toppled over as well. He spots something and pauses, his eyes widening in shock. What is it?!

One day before at the church, Jin-wo sits in the pews and does the sign of the cross. He narrates, “There’s only one story left to tell: my last story.” He finds a message from Soo-jin saying, “I’m sorry,” and just as he’s about to call her, he’s distracted by the familiar classical guitar song and Emma’s appearance at the altar.

Jin-woo approaches Emma and greets her, and she responds by asking if he has the Key of Heaven. He confirms this and offers to give it to her. Emma takes the Key with her Hand of Fatima, and the game informs Jin-woo that he’s completed the quest, thus becoming the new master.

Emma’s guitar disappears, and she stands up with the Key in both hands. Then, she opens the key to reveal a knife and sticks it in Jin-woo’s chest. The puncture glows as it cracks into Jin-woo’s body, and the game notifies Jin-woo that Emma is erasing the bug from the program. Jin-woo cringes in pain, but he doesn’t resist.

The police cars arrive outside the church, and Jin-woo releases Emma’s grip on the key, unable to the take the pain. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the bug deletion is only 65% complete, and Emma disappears because she was unable to complete the task. On the ground, Jin-woo squirms in pain and can barely move.

The police officers burst into the church, but Jin-woo isn’t there. He’s somehow escaped in time, practically crawling out of church through a side door. He notices the police presence and navigates the side alleys to escape capture, but he’s far from safety because the relentless game continues to throw enemies his way. Jin-woo shoots down his enemies, and in a moment of crisis, NPC Secretary Seo appears to defend him. Ah, my heart.

Jin-woo stumbles into a nearby building and hides behind the safety of a door. He witnesses the enemy soldier upgrade his weapon and mercilessly shoot down NPC Secretary Seo, who falls to his knees in defeat. Jin-woo has no time to process anything and runs up the stairs to a bathroom, where he finally catches his breath.

Jin-woo’s vitality continues to plummet with the key stuck in his chest, so he yanks the key out of his chest with excruciating pain. The game informs him that the bug was unable to be deleted due to an unidentifiable error, and Jin-woo is finally logged out. His injuries disappear, along with the key, and this is where Dr. Choi finds him.

As Dr. Choi drives Jin-woo in his car, Jin-woo wakes up briefly and hears the news of Soo-jin’s overdose. He asks if she died, and Dr. Choi clarifies that she’s alive but in critical condition. When Jin-woo regains consciousness again, he finds Professor Cha speaking with Dr. Choi in his hotel bedroom.

After Dr. Choi leaves the hotel, Professor Cha recalls a call with Director Park while returning to Seoul from his hiding place. Director Park assured him that the server was shut down and notified him that Jin-woo was missing. After checking on Soo-jin at the hospital, Professor Cha asked if she left any sort of will. She didn’t, but the police found that she sent a message to Jin-woo just before she overdosed.

Professor Cha contemplated all these pieces in his head: him calling Soo-jin a whore, Jin-woo proving that he’s a victim of the game, Director Park imploring him to take responsibility, Yu-ra threatening to reveal his true intentions to steal his daughter-in-law’s inheritance. Then, he received a call from Dr. Choi about Jin-woo.

At the hotel, Jin-woo wakes up and tells Professor Cha that they’re still unsafe even with the server down. Professor Cha figures that he has better chance of surviving next to Jin-woo, since Jin-woo wouldn’t just let him die.

Jin-woo then asks about Soo-jin, and Professor Cha just deprecates her, saying that she likely didn’t overdose enough to die because of her indecisive nature. That statement clearly bothers Jin-woo, but he picks his battles.

Professor Cha asks about the quest, and Jin-woo responds that he completed the quest but discovered another problem — one that involves their lives, as allies in the game. Jin-woo says that he’s still conflicted if they should live together or die together. He clarifies, “You and I are the problem in real life and in the game. We’re like bugs that only cause problems and must be removed in order to return everything to normal.”

Professor Cha starts to blame Jin-woo for failing to resolve anything, but Jin-woo demands that Professor Cha resolve the problems with the reinvestigation first by calling for a press conference. He tells Professor Cha to disclose his intentions to take Soo-jin’s inheritance, or else, he’ll agree to the investigation and reveal the truth. Jin-woo suggests the press conference as a cleaner and honorable method for Professor Cha.

Jin-woo offers a notepad for Professor Cha to write his statement and says that he’ll call the reporters to the hotel for the press conference. Professor Cha sits down reluctantly and says that his heart hurts. He asks how their relationship ended up like this, and Jin-woo asks who’s at blame here, echoing the same words that Professor Cha told him right before becoming game allies.

While writing his statement, Professor Cha asks to make one phone call before signing away his life, and Jin-woo allows it. Professor Cha locks himself in the bathroom and makes a call to a board member for the go ahead on what they discussed earlier. Uh-oh.

Jin-woo thinks back to his promise to Hee-joo that he would come to her house when he finished the quest. He notices that Professor Cha hasn’t returned and finds the bathroom door locked. As Jin-woo tries to open the door, he gets logged back into the game. OH NO HE DIDN’T.

With the server back on, an enemy terrorist appears behind Jin-woo and shoots him. Jin-woo walks around the corner, dropping his crutch as he regains function in his leg, and he freezes at the sight of multiple enemies appearing at once.

Professor Cha covers his ears and hides in the corner of the bathroom as he recalls his plan to reopen the server. After receiving the call from Dr. Choi, Professor Cha had set up a “test” server run at the hotel and confirmed that only high-level enemies would be released in this test.

The sound of gunshots become more sporadic, and Professor Cha yells for Jin-woo, feigning innocence about the situation outside. When he doesn’t hear a response, he calls back the board member and orders for the server to be shut down. Professor Cha exits the bathroom and sees the mess in the room, and we see the dead NPC enemies disappear with the server shutdown.

Professor Cha cautiously looks around for Jin-woo and eventually finds him lying still on the bathroom floor. He catches himself as he approaches Jin-woo and backpedals. Ripping his half-written statement from the notepad, Professor Cha justifies Jin-woo’s death and blames Jin-woo for bringing this upon himself.

Before he reaches the door, Professor Cha hears the thunderstorms and menacing tune of the guitar. Wait, isn’t the server shut down? He turns around and finds NPC Hyung-seok charging at him with his sword.

After getting sliced, Professor Cha runs to the bathroom and gets sliced once more by his own son. With no weapons or ally to help, Professor Cha begs Hyung-seok to save his father and explains that he was trying to get revenge. But NPC Hyung-seok lifts his sword robotically with no mercy.

When Director Park runs into the hotel bathroom, his eyes widen at the sight of collapsed Professor Cha. He runs to the still body and finds Professor Cha dead, but Jin-woo has mysteriously disappeared.

We see that Jin-woo woke up just as the game notified him that he lost his ally. After killing Professor Cha, NPC Hyung-seok turned around to kill his other enemy, but Jin-woo whipped out his gun just in time to kill his friend. Jin-woo called out for Professor Cha, but he got no answer.

As we see Jin-woo leaving the hotel with his crutch, he narrates: “I suddenly had a thought that Hee-joo would be waiting for me. I could only think of that.” Jin-woo takes the taxi to Myeongdong to pick up Hee-joo’s car and drives it to her house.

When Jin-woo arrives, he sees the light on in Hee-joo’s room and knows that she’s been waiting for him. He hesitates to ring the doorbell and ends up lingering for a while, just looking at the light from Hee-joo’s room. From the other end, Hee-joo continues to check her phone and can’t sleep all night.

When she wakes up in the morning, she goes outside and finds her car keys in the milk bag outside the house. She finds her car parked by her house and runs around the neighborhood searching for Jin-woo, but he’s long gone.

Jin-woo walks on his crutch to the church, where he last encountered Emma. He walks down the aisle and looks intently at the crucifix. As Hee-joo cries with concern and desperation, he narrates, “This is where my story ends.”

  
COMMENTS

I like the eerie setting of the church as Jin-woo’s final destination because it somehow clears the clutter and insanity from Jin-woo’s reality and grounds his final moments with gravitas. The crucifix is an interesting symbol to fixate on and fitting as a metaphor for Jin-woo’s situation, but the implication of sacrifice is making me uneasy. It’s completely in character for Jin-woo to sacrifice himself for the future of the game, for his company, and for Hee-joo, considering his one-track mind over the past year. He’s so committed to make things right, and he likely feels responsible for most of the mutations in the game, even if he’s not solely responsible.

I loved the twist with peacekeeper Emma stabbing Jin-woo to kill the bug. It was unexpected and really capitalized on the element of surprise — that the peacekeeper wasn’t obliged to refrain from violence to keep the peace. I’m curious to learn how Jin-woo became the bug in the game, since he wasn’t the one to initially cause the glitches. It started with Marco when he stabbed Se-joo in Café Alcazaba in front of Emma. So how is it that Jin-woo is the bug? Does the bug manifest in the living players when the host of the bug dies? So what about Se-joo — is he immune because he lost his master title to Jin-woo? I wonder if this is a horcrux-like situation, in which Jin-woo hosts the bug, but when Emma stabs him, she’s killing the bug, not the host. I’m excited to see how this conflict is resolved, and I hope the writers haven’t lost the steam to give us a compelling resolution.

This a great conflict to end with and lead into the finale, even though the process to get there gave me whiplash. Those time jumps were a bit rough, but I can appreciate how the flashbacks were intentional in the storytelling. There were so many figures and details in Jin-woo’s rescue/sabotage that a linear storytelling strategy would have been even more confusing. The shifts in perspective and timelines gave more clarity to the sequence of events while also preserving the mystery behind it all.

I was thrilled to see Professor Cha fulfilling his potential as an antagonist, even though it was at the expense of Jin-woo’s sanity. I was cursing him for his spiteful and completely immoral decision to sabotage Jin-woo, but this was the unapologetic malice from Professor Cha that I’d been waiting for. He’s such a despicable character, and this was the icing on the cake. And of course, the show’s sadism couldn’t bear to leave out the cherry on top with Professor Cha getting himself killed. While I’m content with Professor Cha’s death, I hope we get some answers on how Professor Cha was murdered by NPC Hyung-seok with the server shutdown because it’s a gaping hole in the logic of the game.

The action and twists are the pacemakers to this show, so I was glad to see the momentum pick up in this episode. Even with episodes that were saturated with the AR world, I always found myself wanting more, but that also meant that other elements of the show never had a chance to shine — Hee-joo especially. It’s unfortunate that she was checking her phone and waiting for Jin-woo in half of her scenes of this show. I’ll admit that the last moment with Jin-woo tenderly watching the light from Hee-joo’s room was sweet, as it was a nice reminder for Jin-woo that he has someone to live for. But Hee-joo was a letdown character in general that mainly served as a rest stop for Jin-woo and us viewers. Though I was glad to catch my breath from time to time, I’ve decided that this show thrives when it leaves me breathless. I’d rather be speculating about the state of Jin-woo’s sanity and the logic of the game, even if it stresses me out. I’m ready for the finale to give me all the stress and make me hide in the corner of my bathroom in denial, Professor Cha-style.

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THIS EPISODE HAD MY JAW DROPPED i am so not ready to watch the finale!! i'm putting it off until the recap comes out because i'm too stressed to handle it and i keep sending everyone i know stressed out texts that sound something like "LFAJSD;KFJ HELP JIN WOO AND ALSO HELP ME SOS I AM DEAD I AM DECEASED" and no one wants to put up with me anymore. OOPS.

anyway i love this drama so much and its one of the few that can keep me engrossed from start to finish. im so excited to see how this is gonna end because there are still soooo many questions and i am simply not prepared.

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One word Korean Odyssey

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I am nervous to watch the final episode.

I am not sure what Emma is thinking. What does this mean? Was she intended to kill the master (Se Ju) but it so happened Zinu became the master?

We are so close but am worried if the writers have the resolution.

Prof.Cha - damn you!!

The time jumps are a bit much!

Hyun Bin - you rock dude!!

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I don’t think she was trying to kill the master, but rather the bug. And he’s a bug because he had the intent to kill someone, namely his ex best friend.

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Now when you are saying things like this, I get scared

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Poor Director Park has to deal with all of these with witnessing the people he knew turned into corpses...

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ikr i sympathizes with him the most
he'd be like "man i'm surrounded by crazies"

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Lmao I just finished my write up of the final. Uhm so this episode... There was a lot of drips. And PSH should play a villainess ehehehe

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I read it. *high five* You are MVP because what you wrote is exactly I facepalm and almost throw my iPad Pro on the wall after I watched the final episode this morning.

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At your service my dear 😂😂😂

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Send me the link
I’m having PTSD from the final episode

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Just read it. You totally read my mind. I couldn't concentrate on the plot because of all that scientific plotholes.......
Came for Chanyeol, stayed for the promise of a unique plot. Got neither.

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THIS!! Same!! XD
Such a pity, honestly! :(

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I read your write up and I enjoyed it. My feeling for the finale was , meh, because I checked out weeks ago. She is a terrible writer and I am done with her dramas, I don't care who is cast.

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In a fiction you have much more leverage to jump here and there. What might be considered a plothole by viewers will bw just a standard activity in the eyes of writer. This writer doesn't come up with precise logic to explain things. He/She comes up with an idea and moves forward with a proper theme in mind.

Why and How of the game was never the point of the show.

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Are you implying that by dint of it being fiction I should excuse it for having plot holes? I don't think fiction of any kind should be excused just because it's fiction and I didn't write it.
My issue is not actually overall the why and the how of the game. My issue is with the writer and how she writes, or well, doesn't write.

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This drama should have been an 8 episodes: they really milked it with repeats and flashbacks. just my humble opinion, please don’t shoot me.

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I agree!!!! 8 or 10! It was way too long. Faster and snappier and smarter would've been much better.

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This flashbacks were pretty meaningless in this episode. I kept thinking I'd understand things better, instead they were just filler, like it was on a loop. Aargh.

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Lots of dramas have that problem in the last episode actually. They might use flashbacks week at the start but by the end they are overused and tacky and it makes for awkward watching. The directors? Or writers? Or both get lazy and fall back on easy ways to get the show finished even when it's not the best way. It's annoying.

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There's not much time for PPL if it's only 8 episodes.
I wonder why American can produce a wonderful 8-11 episodes series and still make a lot of money. Hunting Hill and Maniac, I bet their cost of production are bigger than Alhambra yet they didn't have PPLs (or maybe I didnt see it).

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Lufthansa- easily done in 8 episodes.
Lexus- as above.
Subway- if they kept to the in game ppl I think they could've squeezed a lot in.
I can't remember the others and maybe they would have less, but I'm sure there are smart ways to squeeze it into less episodes.

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Don't forget Breitling -- the watch that lets you pause time long enough to escape being murdered AND flashback to a kiss. (full disclosure, I thought the watch PPL was cleverer than a lot of typical kdrama PPL)

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Oh! The focus on the instant coffee when Hee Joo so seriously stirs while pondering whether JW is dead or not. More screen time than Prof Cha's dead face.

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I had the exact same thought. Tighter editing would have done the story a lot of good. This drama felt like it went very fast but that’s only because I fast forwarded through a lot of it.

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This show needed 2 part movies - 2 hours for each part.
Everything could have been done in 3-5 hours and here we wasted 16 hours to get an outcome.

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"...corner of my bathroom in denial, Processor Cha-style" pretty much summed it up for me. 😒😞

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Same here. 😞

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I'm still in denial :(

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Sigh... I have soooooo many questions but sadly, I don't think they will ever be answered in the last episode.

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Agree.

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Yeah, I think the scriptwriter should get an editor or writing partner for her dramas to fix these issues for her, because otherwise the premise and the drama itself were quite intriguing and it's a shame if the ending is marred by logic issues and poor writing.

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100% agree

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I guess this is why people said that perspective matters a lot. After reading what @growingbeautifully shared on WWW thread, I'm back to appreciating the purposefully disjointed directing this drama has.

Alhambra is always about Jin-woo's journey to hell and (hopefully) back again as indicated by his voice narrating the whole drama. The thing is, the full story itself come from several people who witnessed only a portion and uncompleted part of this long journey. I think the director tried to replicate the experience of someone (i.e. Jin-woo) who has to weave a narrative that makes sense from many people's often contradictory account, hence the jumping around scenes and constant flashbacks.

Jin-woo's voice-over provided the barebones of this tale, but the moment he encountered part of stories he didn't know about, we immediately jumped to other character's perspective who has first hand account of that event. And the process repeated itself when this character also encountered a hole in his storytelling. It created a hectic episode where characters skipped over things they deemed inconsequential (which, for example, resulted in that instant flight between Granada and Seoul) and recounted certain events with excruciating details that seemed sudden and unwarranted. And it also raised viewers' suspicion regarding the reliability of these characters' recounting. I think it's a smart and stylish move from the director, though it sure needed some time to get used to.

As for that last scene, I guess it's inevitable at this point that Jin-woo has to make the last big sacrifice to end his hero journey. He has tried all he could think of to somehow solve this ever growing problem in the game, and yet it didn't work out. Going to the church might looked like a suicide mission, but I think it's apt that the exhausted and lost soldier Jin-woo needed to take a leap into unknown territory where he knew nothing about the consequence or the reward he might get. I just hope that his tale ended satisfyingly, be it tragic or happy.

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Thanks for your awesome recaps, dramallama! I also liked the twist of Emma stabbing Jinwoo. Totally did not expect that.

I knew that Cha's days were numbered as soon as he turned on the server. Don't try to pull stuff like that in the next-to-last episode, buddy.

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I laughed when Cha had the server turned on. For a smart guy, he sure was dumb!

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It’s a bad move by Old Cha trying to outsmart Jin-woo that constantly struggling to survive the game in the past one year. Tester should know his place. Is it too much to lose by admitting the truth?

I wonder why npc hyeong-sok appeared. Is it possible there is a delay in shutting down the server completely?

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I don't worry about zombie Cha appearing. I just figure the undead have an un-life of their own, server or no server.

And... bugs.

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Extreme Bugfixing indeed

guess i need to be thankful that at least MY code bugs only deletes my data and not my existence lol

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Be careful or your bugs can erase your existence from your place of employment :)

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whoops. maybe i need my own Key to Heaven after all

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LOL
Tech jokes are the best! Especially the ones by Beanies.( Even though I can't understand a half of it sometimes😂.)

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But whose heart you gonna stab with that? 💔

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Mine. Because death is a welcome release.

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I will design my own Key to Heaven, one of these days, and by Heaven, I am referring to something earthy: Hyun Bin's abs. They are heavenly.

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*runs to delete history on work computer*

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Thank you dramallama for all the hard work that recapping half this show had to have been!
I'm shouting out the instrumental OST at 55:00 for special effectiveness, that is well done.

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I can’t wait to hear what y’all think of the final episode.

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Kekekekekekeke

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You can already do that by checking out the fan walls using the beanies tab above. Have fun.

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Memories of Hyun Bin (Sung to the tune of Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid)

There you see him
Dimpling his way 'cross the streets
He ain't got a lot to say
Because he's in dan- ger
And I don't know why
But I start to cry
"You're so hot
I could die."

Sha lalalalala
My oh my
Look at those legs so fine
And that chest's sublime
Whoa whoa
Sha lalalalala
He's gotta level up
'fore he can cool his abs
In a cold shower

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*Should I or should I not compare and contrast this to MLSHR Kiss the girl?🤔 Hmm, not sure whether my sanity would be able to take it!🤣*

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What is MLSHR? I've seen beanies referring this show but I don't know what it is.

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Moon lovers; Scarlet heart, Ryeo.
And YY did some epic poetry there, too, including a one just like the one above. A Kiss the girl parody😂. There were duets too, with multiple beanies participating. You should checkout the MLSHR threads sometime. Epic times.

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Did I? I forgot that I did lol. I loved the drama, even though it was badly directed, but it had its moments. Loved Wook so much in the beginning, loved the songs, still do. Sometimes, when a song comes over, I feel this sadness, and then I realize it's from Scarlet Heart. Those were heady days, we posted so many comments, and they totalled to 1000 at times. Sigh.

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@yyishere
You don't keep track of your parodies? At least of the ones that got featured in Beans of Wisdom posts? Wow. You're humble!
I've a collection of almost all the creative and fun posts made in MLSHR threads by many beanies, so it's no wonder that I remember, hehe.☺
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I too love the music. The instrumental track is only second to Dae Jang geum and Arang and the Magistrate tracks, in my opinion. It's probably one of the few major reasons that made such a large fanbase stick with the drama from beginning to the end, despite the many crappy things about it.
MLSHR was an experience, yeah.

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I will take this as your coping mechanism for the lack of abstastic shower and shirtless scenes.

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Reporting from the future (ep 16): we got well and truly gypped on the abs front as well 😣

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Won't say anything, or I'll start to rant. 😬😬😬😬

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Hold on to that for the big party
🎤⚔️🎊🗝🎉‼️📢💯💣💣💣⏰🎇👀😵!

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OMG! This is EPIC!!! I want to do a beanie chorus of this :) Finally managed to get me out of my denial phase post Sunday's episode.

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Thoughts that ran through my head when watching this episode:
● Hyun Bin is an amazing actor! The only perfect thing about this show is his acting.
● Why can't the police track JW's phone?
● Is the glitch created when two gamers physically fight each other? (JW and HS grabbed each other's collars)
● Why is JW the bug? He is the one who needs to die?! Seriously?!
● How did SJ come back if the bug wasn't deleted? Is it because he is no longer the master? If so then why did the same thing happen to JW back then when he wasn't the master?
● Why can't the game be about defeating Emma?
● The programer whose name escapes me at the moment didn't delete Emma because he had a crush on her, so would everything be solved if they just deleted Emma?
● Why are SJ's scenes so few? He came back and nothing much changed. One scene is all we get of him? How he did he make the quest when he was hiding and no access to a computer I think?
● Why can't JW discuss things with SJ? I mean SJ created the quest, he must know something. JW seriously to learn how to be a team player.
● The waiter in Granada is super nice, he bought SJ a plane ticket, I hardly think that was cheap.
● SJ's passport magically appears whenever needed.
● HJ's jerk friend is only there for decorative reasons.
● How did CHS appear all of a sudden? The server was down.
● Professor Cha died, so now what the truth dies with him? Is JW the suspect of 3 murders now? Jeez writer give the guy a break.
● Seo Jin was not the only one who overdosed, the episode overdosed on back and forth scenes.
● When repeating the scene when JW gave Emma the key: did this scene really have to start from the very beginning when JW got a text from Seo Jin (which was shown again in another flashback) Couldn't it have started when he gave her the key?
● Did the HJ waiting scene have to be so long? Personally I didn't feel the intensity of the scene.

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Lol - passport
Lol - OD on back and forth.

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This episode should be final episode as it make sense. PSH, please be a villainess in your next drama. Hyun Bin, you did good. Please be alive in final episode. I can’t wait to read every one thoughts of final episode. I think we all need alcohol drink of the final episode.🤣😂

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Bring on that old whiskey! I definitely need that so bad. I guess I would be having nightmares after bidding this wonderful show goodbye. What have you done to me show?

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I want to drown my sorrow in whiskey too :( Maybe we should have a virtual beanie drinking party in memory of the sad demise of "Memories of the Alhambra"!

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Woah Emma stabbed Jin Woo!😱

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❤️ your Happy Potter’s horcrux reference Dramallama. I hope killing the bug doesn’t really kill Jin-woo, but only kill Zinu, his in-game avatar which might be the actual bug. Perhaps his sacrifice is like a leap of faith. He is afraid of the outcome but it turned out to be the opposite of his fear ala 7th movie of HP.

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so emma is a guitarist cum peacekeeper cum debugger

sounds like my job
..except for the guitarist part
does knowing the C chord count?

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And an abstabber.

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mmm yummy pecs :d

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Did you mean chestabber?

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Chestabsbber 😁😁😁😁

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Try saying that 10 times faster! *Fred-George style*

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Good metaphor on Hocrux about how Zinu becoming the bug. Although, I did expect that Zinu will made sacrifice for everyone good, but thinking of him dying really makes me sad.

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The servers were probably being in the process of being shut down when Professor Cha, too eager, came out of the bathroom. The ennemies havent completely disappeared, if I recall correctly. Show could have visually shown a loading / bad connection , or some sort of icon/notification to make that clearer (if that is what really happened).

And how did SJ come back to Korea without passport nor luggage?

Is the "almost family friend" living with them ?

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Just throw away your logic out of window when watching this drama.....bcoz there is none of it 😉

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*cackles because she completely missed the passport thing* *like @fydea said tho... no such thang as logic here*

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Passport is always in his pocket ... (I'm going to use this logic for a reason)

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Yeah, and if his passport had been left at home, his family would have figured out a lot sooner that he wasn’t out traveling for a year.

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The 'almost oppa' always have dinner with The Jungs. But, I've seen him driving to the Jung's house. If we got happy ending I wonder what gonna happen with him now Jinwoo lives there 😄

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Based on ep15 (and not ep16) it was a great move to have Emma turned on Jin woo.i didn’t expect that and neither did jin woo considering how pale he went!

Anyway can everyone pause and give applause to Hyun bin for the toilet scene where he pulled out the dagger. He looked seriously in pain omg that’s some method acting. I hope he didn’t hurt himself acting that

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I hope there will be BTS uploaded on that particular scene too (HB totally deserve Baeksang Award this year 😊)

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His acting made me feel his anguish and agony.

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Yes! Fabulous acting for that toilet scene! I was in awe. I'll give him a standing ovation!

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Awesome acting by HB! I could feel his pain...even his veins were standing out.

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OMG! Emma stabbed Jin-woo! So, that’s the purpose of the key after all. To delete bugs in the code. I agree with other beanies’ comments here regarding Marco and Se-joo being “bugs” as well since the glitch started with them.

Shout out to Hyun Bin for a stellar performance in this episode! That excruciating pain he felt when he removed the key/knife was just so real I was screaming the whole time. The way HB acted that scene was so perfect and realistic (veins in the neck were literally popping out, his face turning red and his head was shaking so bad), OMG that was so painful! 😭😭😭 He deserves a Daesang for that!

Now, I am one of those who already watched the final episode and I am so looking forward to reading what others would say about that.

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I was surprised when I saw that the key is actually a knife and Emma killed the bug/Jin Woo using that key/knife!

I'm also surprised when the server shutdown and all the NPC gone, why HS appear? Is the server not completely down and just in progress? You know shutting downs servers could take quite long.

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Zombie HS also appears to him in America, where there’s no server, with or without lenses. Too bad Papa Cha didn’t know that.

He also didn’t know about the zombie Secretary ally that pops up to help him when his life is in danger. His plan was doomed to fail.

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Jin-woo had already said to Prof Cha that they’re not really safe even if the server was down. I guess this was what Jin-woo meant...they’re all bugs in the game, with or without the server, bugs still remain menacing and deadly. 🤔

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Hahaha hiding in the corner of the bathroom in denial Prof. Cha style! Exactly! The moment Prof asked to call I was nervous for JW. I knew he had something in mind but I was still shocked that he chose to use the game to assassinate JW. What a monster. I feel sorry for CEO Park in this episode since he's the only one who wanted the best for the company without compromising his bestfriend.

As for Heeju, I was chuckling to myself that PSH got puffy eyes for crying endlessly these past few episodes. I'm also sad that they had to give her a bland character but I suppose we can't always get what we want. Even Goblin had a straightforward heroine.. I'd overlook this because HJ has always served as JW's rest stop--the safe place where he can breathe for a moment before facing the next battle. And maybe having a very complex main character like JW was enough to carry this amazing story. Memories of the Alhambra is indeed JW's story that he narrated from beginning to end.

One thing I can't understand is that Seju said that NPC Marco disappeared once JW completed his quest..so how come NPC Jeonghun and Hyungseok still exist? Is it because JW is now the master?
Nonetheless, Prof Cha getting killed by his own NPC son was both gratifying and sad. He was killed by his own evil scheme and I think that's the fitting end for his character. I just hope they'd explain why NPC Cha was still there.. Was it before the shutdown? Or did the game morph again when the error occured in deleting the bug? This drama is nerve-racking till the final episode. Goodness gracious!

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I said last episode that it was satisfying to see Jin-woo's struggles portrayed onscreen

Watching this episode i was annoyed. That was just plain overkill

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I bet you got what you wish for. But since writer-nim is so generous to you, she made it sure that your plate overflows.

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ha ha That wasn't what i wished

Poor guy can't seem to catch a break trope was overused. I guess this episode was filler in that sense

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Couldn’t agree more with you. Our poor CEO Yoo Jin-woo. What grave sin have you done in the past life to deserve this? My heart bleeds for you. 😭

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"What grave sin have you done"
um, looking hawt while being tortured?

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It’s completely in character for Jin-woo to sacrifice himself for the future of the game, for his company, and for Hee-joo, considering his one-track mind over the past year. He’s so committed to make things right, and he likely feels responsible for most of the mutations in the game, even if he’s not solely responsible.

Not unlike Jin-woo of last year who only looked out for himself. Was he always this considerate sacrificing responsible?? I missed it with all his glitter. Or did the game make him so ?

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Emma :

Not only Beautiful but Lethal a Deadly Combo

I Like !

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ikr Emma gets 100x more interesting with a knife in her hand

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She looks so non - threatning You get lulled into a sense of security .

So it jars you when she shows her ruthlessness

Even then

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Lady Bug Killer!!! :D

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Miraculously she wears red just like

LadyBug the superhero

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I couldn’t understand why Jin-woo didn’t just see Hee-joo for the last time before going back to the church of doom. Would it give him cold feet if he somehow has a glimpse of his GF before taking on that suicide mission? As much as I love Jin-woo but I will never ever wish to be his GF. He’s taking things into his own hands when maybe there are other solutions out there especially now that Se-joo has got back to the real world.

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More like it would increase her heart ache two fold .

If he went and she reassured herself he was okay only to learn he died that would make it much worst than before.

Another reason is she would weaken his resolve to deliver himself

As to your other query Jin-woo has been on his own the longest with no outside help

So it makes sense he would undertake this last part alone

W -two worlds ref : The struggle was divided btw Kang - chul & his GF.

She got the painful struggle, he got the brainy moves and survival part.

Here in this drama writer gave Jin-woo both their roles leaving Hee-ju only the peace keeper part.

Do i make sense to you ?

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Yeah, I got your point and it’s making sense really. It’s just too painful being in HJ shoes. The last memory she have of JW is their last kiss. So, would that somehow lessen the pain? Argh! I’m still crying loads here. I don’t know what’s more painful, if you see someone before they died or not seeing them at all and you were just delivered with a news that they died. Being left behind is too painful, but is there really a measure of pain in that matter? Like this is less painful than the other one?

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She's in the game now. He would take the risk she follow him.

He has more important things to do too. I understand his personal life is not the main issue now.

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Same here, I too just dun get it why wouldn’t he see her before his final mission in debugging the game. That poor girl was crying her eyes out, somehow I could feel her pain and her longing to hold on to Jin-woo. PSH did exceptionally well in portraying this lovelorn woman anticipating the return of someone whom she loves dearly ...😭 aw..I could feel her heart breaking every time when he eludes her

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Thanks dramallama for this recap. I liked the connection with the church crucifix too since we saw in an earlier episode that Ji-woo was not a religious man. *he didn’t know how to make the sign of the cross.
I wonder where the writer is taking us since it seems like we are going back and forth when the present had enough problems to resolve. I was exhausted at the end. Ji-woo’s comment that this is where his story ends raised the question. Does he get away with his sanity at the end? He’s experienced way too much imho.

Professor Cha was selfish, spiteful and greedy. He created his own ending. Do you think he was envious of Ji-woo, and not so much interested in revenge for his son?

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@sister
I thought that being in church was appropriate because it was a place in which there is an offer of a means to get to heaven, and Jin Woo had a virtual Key to Heaven. Although not a religious man, Jin Woo seems to have developed some faith of some kind, that he would choose his end (as he narrates it) in a place of worship.

As for his sanity. Even when he had reached his lowest point and mourned the death of Sec Seo, knowing the completely illogical and impossible way he could have been killed, JW never doubted his sanity. And he did remain clear thinking and logical.

Prof Cha seems to have been only interested in his own 'good' name and to be associated with success. He was quick to threaten, denounce and disassociate himself from any who would bring down his name ... Hyung Seok, Soo Jin and Jin Woo. He refused to accept responsibility for his own downfall, blaming all others instead.

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I'm just perversely satisfied that Prof Cha was evil till the end...*evil laugh* 😈
(But seriously, that scene when he locked himself at the bathroom... and then the assassins appeard... chilling...)

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As for Cha Junior, he appeared also earlier without Jinwoo being logged in (and caused Jinwoo's nearly fatal fall... and that's why Jinwoo needed to level up)... and Prof Cha being an ally prob. shared this unpleasant feature (he just didn't know about it). Though the exact rules are a bit blurry... 😉😆

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And... after seeing the final episode already... I suggest we stop the story here, at ep 15 😆😆😆

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Ok, so the lack of a proper logical explanation where the game is concerned I explained to myself since the beggining with one single word: MAGIC. Jin-woo kept mentioning magic as well so I'm fine with that explanation. But not even magic can explain the nonsense that Jin-woo is chased by cops (without a warrant!), for the sole reason that his ex-wife declared while seriously drunk that he strangled the guy, when said guy's corpse had no strangulation marks or other physical signs of agression. I still enjoy it a lot aside from some flashbacks which they overdid a little since ep 14. Hyun Bin is really compelling to watch in this role and I'm invested in Jin-woo's fate, I hope he gets a happy ending. This was a visually beautiful drama (Hyun Bin, cinematography, Hyun Bin, Granada, Hyun Bin), a decent ending and I would've forgiven all it's flaws.

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“This was a visually beautiful drama (Hyun Bin, cinematography, Hyun Bin, Granada, Hyun Bin), a decent ending and I would've forgiven all it's flaws.” - Totally on point. When all the other fails, it’s Hyun Bin who could get you back on the road.

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Great recap, although the translation I had for Indun was instance dungeon, which actually makes more sense. When I played MMORPGs, before I changed my addiction to Korean dramas, instance dungeons and sometimes certain quests would put you out of phase with the general population, which is why no one could see Seju when he was in the same place as them, just out of phase.

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Good to know that it isn’t a made up stuff but a technical term and actually a thing in games.

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yeah i think he did mean instance dungeon.. kid accidentally programmed himself a parallel dimension lol.. forget a job, he needs a nobel prize.

i wonder if that means he spent the year in the (copy of) train station though

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Hahahaha, I burst out laughing.
Yes, this kid should get a noble prize.

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I wonder whether the time stop when you’re in the instant dungeon. A few characters noted that Se-ju doesn’t look any different than when he left.

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Seems like the instance dungeon freezes time for the occupant - very convenient. So he did not age or get hungry ... just waited in time limbo for someone to fulfill the quest. Perhaps for him it did not really feel like year had passed.

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In that case, instance dungeon is a great place for those who doesn’t want to age then. I wonder if there will be activities out there too to keep you entertained while waiting for someone to get you back to the real world.

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can you explain out of phase ?

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wiki explains it better
"In massively multiplayer online games, an instance is a special area, typically a dungeon, that generates a new copy of the location for each group, or for a certain number of players, that enters the area."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instance_dungeon

basically they're multiple copies of the same area/space that are not connected to each other. parallel dimensions, if you will

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Well this episode decided it for me: as a total non-gamer, my absolutely favourite game character of all times will for ever be Emma the Bug Killer!!! <3 <3 <3

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There should be another drama just for her

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Yes!!! :D

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Have Min-joo in it to tell her off.

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The constant cuts in the scene with prof Cha and JinWoo is what irritated me most in this drama editing, creating artificial tension and endless flashbacks for no reason, well apart from the fact that they don't have enough original material to fill the whole episode.
Emma stabbing Jin Woo was oddly satisfying.

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And re police investigation, what evidence even police have? There is no cause of death, because there was no autopsy, police in Spain has nothing but them being in the same city and possibly in the same place, at the time of Cha death, but if there is no cause of death and no body now to do the autopsy they have literally nothing.

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A dead Korean on a park bench in Granada would definitely be treated a suspicious dead, so there would definitely have been an autopsy in Spain. It's the law; the family cannot prevent it from happening.

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I find it extremely weird that family decides if there will be autopsy or not, the family could have killed that person and then get away with it. I thought that the legal systems/police would have found this loophole eons ago but alas!

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In real life if death is deemed suspicious, there is autopsy according to the law in most countries, family have no say in this, but in this drama, well, we already know how the writer works.

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Epi 12 ( i missed out on commenting )

Moments that made Episode Special for me :

Hee joo waiting by phone for boy she likes to call … Classic Girl Moment .

Her discovering Makeup and dolling up for her Boyfriend…Another Classic Girl Moment … Loved it

Jin woo stepping in for Hee-joo to take care of Minjoo…Favourite Boyfriend Moment

Jin- woo teasing Hee-ju throughout episode and Hee-ju pouting - Laugh out loud Moment . He’s been catching her off guard since Episode 2
I must say i loved the return of Teasing Jin-woo in this episode & their easy camaraderie.

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The best moment for me in this episode is Jin-woo teasing Hee-joo inside the car. So adorbs! I have been looking forward to more of those scenes.

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Professor Cha got what he deserved. What an asshole!

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The these for this and the final episode in my mind is "cop out" - it's like the writers just got tired of the whole plotline and couldn't wait to finish it somehow! There are so may plot hole that you can drive a hummer through it all! How exactly did Se-jo get from Spain to Korea on a flight WITHOUT A PASSPORT? (unless he was a super planner who had it with him the whole time he was shuttling between Barcelona and Spain and remembered to keep it with him when he went into hiding??!!). How did Jin-woo beat all those NPcs in the hotel room - how very CONVENIENT that they never show us that scene (maybe even stunt choreographers threw in their towel by then??!!). And someone please explain to me when exactly Jin-woo left the car for Hee-joo? It definitely was NOT seen parked by the house when Se-jo showed up, so I thought that whole thing happened AFTER he had shown up (maybe later that night inot the next morning), but if you have watched the finale, you know that's not true. The leaving of the car just doesn't fit with any interpretation of a timeline! Sadly, these are the things that end up worrying about after episodes 15-16 because the ending was not even worth discussing about (but I can offer several alternate ones that would have made so much more sense when the recap of 16 is up).

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@waadmay @sicarius, I think this is the most valid question! Did he renew his passport when he became an adult? Which address did he get his passport to? Which consulate did he apply to?
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I love these holes in inter-galaxy having some drops of plots.

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Maybe he had a copy of his passport in his pocket when he went into the instance dungeon.

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lol! Copy doesn't take you anywhere in this real world never through international immigration. You will have to get a new passport and get the old one cancelled or declared lost which means you have to file a police report. And when you turn 18 you have to usually get a new passport as you are no more a minor and your fingerprints have to be updated in the database and possibly also your biometrics.

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Plus, the shortest flight from Grenada to Seoul is like 17 hrs (no direct flight, have to connect atleast in Madrid - yes, I actually managed to look that up in like 5 minutes!). Plus, with the time difference, means that See-joo must have left Grenada almost immediately after Jin-woo handed the key to Emma the first time (assuming the "door to heaven" that opened was the door to his hiding place). So, See-ju is free, but the game is still not de-bugged. Ok, the servers are down, so maybe that allows See-joo to get that on flight without ever facing Marco (remember, he can appear to See-joo any time as well). So now, See-joo is on a plane or in transit when the servers would have started again at least 2 times - once when Prof. Cha had it opened up, and then again when JW went to the church the final time. Again, those 2 times, magically See-Joo never encountered Marco? Of course, I am still trying to figure out how a waiter could book a $USD2000+ one-way ticket from Granada to Seoul in the first place (even if See-joo had somehow managed to keep the passport with him during the hiding, how does he then pay for a cab from the Incheon airport to Hee-joo's house? Are there free cab rides in Seoul that we don't know about? OK, and if he did get money from the waiter to exchange at the airport, I really want to meet this waiter!)

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Lol, maybe the waiter thought he could get missing person reward money on top of reimbursement from SJ’s rich family.

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LOL!! I can only laught at those GIANT plot holes! I also want to meet that waiter LOOL. I mean, seriously writernim, c'mon! I just felt like she was tired and just gave up after episode 14 or even earlier, or she was confused. Idk, the whole drame just feels weird now cos nothing was explained, very few things made sense. I mean, it would have been easier if Se-Ju went to see the Korean Friend/or any Korean friend that called the almost-family guy and then that almost family guy arranged the trip (booked the flight, picked him up from the airport and surprised the family). Although that would have been far-fetched, it would have been more plausible than the random waiter PAYING cash a trip for the little brother of a girl he used to work with. Those 2 last episodes seriously disappointed me. I hate the feeling I have right now of having wasted my time!

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Thanks @dramallama. There are thoughts flying around but no coherence to them. However I am very clearly amused that Emma turned out to be, of all things, a Debugger!!! Gives me pause.

Anyway... that was a side note...
@siesta @lordcobol @peony @chukahae @alex8825 @sicarius
About the techie stuff...
From the beginning, the game defied logic, and NPC Hyung Seok (plus assorted NPCS who killed Sec Seo) was/were always able to pop up whether or not lenses were worn or servers were on or off.

It was also always the case that being in reality in Seoul/Granada did not mean being safe from the game and being in the game could mean being killed in reality.

And while outside of lenses and servers, Jin Woo was still forced to fight NPC HS, he nevertheless kept gaining NPC HS's points and levelling up.

So the rules of the game were both logical and illogical, criss-crossing reality, but maybe consistently so? I'm not sure.

About the bug - it was there long before Jin Woo started playing it. But I found it strange that the completion of a quest should unleash a debugger (Emma). What does that imply? Does it mean that since only those who reach the level of master, can use the Key to Heaven ... then every game player master who gives the key to Emma is giving her the bug fix and is considered a bug, and gets stabbed? What kind of reward for a quest is that? No one will want to become master or get that Key. (What was Se Joo thinking to write that into the program!!!)

The bug(s) are in the program, not in the human players, but it's a sobering thought and not a new one, that AI, robots, Hal 9000 from 2001 :a Space Odyssey etc consider us the bugs in their perfect logical world. I'm tempted to think the real bug is most likely Emma herself, who as a parallel to Prof Cha, blames others for problems caused by themselves, and turns on their friends! 😏

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WHY DIDN'T I GET THIS TAG?!

I agree that it defied logic from the beginning, but there are ways to write illogical murdering games that don't leave as many questions or holes as this did.
My two preferred options for that have always been either embracing full reality bending nonsense or horror. Neither of those were done here. Alternatively the most obvious solution is just get someone who knows how to write better sci fi and understands the concept of what this was trying to do and do it well, but that's not quite as interesting to me :P.
The writer is not, in my opinion, smart enough to pull any of these, as is evident by not only the last episode, but the whole show.
I don't think it was ever consistent, but if you can come up with a reasoning as to how it might be I'd be willing to listen. (have you read my final shitpost yet? Just curious ^-^)

What does that imply? It implies that Se Ju somehow wrote a pre programmed solution to any bugs that might occur BEFORE the bugs actually occurred and put it into the entire game play, as the ultimate quest... which implies that the quest was written as a giant plot device rather than a workable game play, and thus I have one more reason to call this writer a hack ...

And ofc, as many people have pointed out, if Emma is also a bug, why didn't she stab herself...

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I guess he could have created alternate endings. Like if there were no bugs, then the key could be used to just reset the game or unlock a hidden or bonus quest. Or the user gets a different prize, like Emma’s hand in marriage or something.

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@fauna Yeah, SJ should have done that. Maybe his default ending was 'scan for bugs and kill them!' :-D

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Some great foresight there on a 17 year old kids part...

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Curious. I didn't get this tag either.
Bugs much?
*Perhaps we're getting bugged for talking too much about bugs and disrupting their comfort zone! HEOL!!!😱*

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After you pointed that out, I think that explanation is pretty much plausible. The bugs causing the ar game to criss-cross reality in an irregular behaviour. It’s a buggy and glitchy game, I supposed we can expect the game to behave in that way. I’m not sure either. But it seems to be a likely explanation from her (the writer).

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I think the bugs are indeed in the program. So far the bugs that have been killed are the avatars of the deceased players. For the case of Jin-woo, I believe that his avatar, Zinu, is bugged. Thus being stabbed by the key to heaven most probably for deleting his bugged avatar. I think that explained, ep 16 spoilerwhy Jin-woo doesn’t have id when he rescues other human players in the gameep 16 spoiler.

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Is it possible that Emma awares that she’s bugged as well? Hence there is no trace of her in the reset world?

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❤️ your reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey. That could a likely explanation as well.

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Please don't ask such silly questions , are you insane it's all there in the writer's head she just failed to formulated it into written words in her script because the lack of time.
She's just super busy playing the role of the cruel sadistic person who is high on something , come back again next century please .

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I feel you

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In case that sounded weird I meant

I hear you

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Not in the slightest , don't worry about it .

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Thanks ❤️❤️

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so so good! It was thrilling, sad, mysterious, and so fulfilling. I think this show is going to go out with a bang!

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Well the virus explanation this episode takes care of the article where writer spoke about there being a bug in the game

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Watched the finale on the netflix yesterday! ended up with still few questions like you mentioned here,
- how come Jin Woo the bug? Marco is the one starting violence infront of Emma... where is he?
- Jin Woo deleted all the NPC bug related to him but where is Marco?
- When Se Joo came back he said someone completed the quest cause Marco disappeared thats how he manage to came out of his hiding. if Jin Woo can see Heong Suk when the server is on how come Se Joo did not see Marco.
p.s.
I got my hubby to watch this drama too since it has interesting computer game related one. He is commenting from the side that when the server is on it was on for only the specific area. Thats where the NPC appears and not everywhere.

Anyway, is there gonna be season 2??

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I’m afraid not

Think Korean Oddessy

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A bit out of context but... do the theme lyrics really say, 'My heart is you...'? Sounds awkward, and I found it distracting like the in-your-face Lexus PPL, but I could have misheard it as the rest of the song is Korean.

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