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Memories of the Alhambra: Episode 16 (Final)

Our hero is almost at the end of his journey, his strength, and his sanity, but he’s not finished setting things right. There’s one last task to complete before he can rest, and this task might just be the one that breaks him for good. The game has been an enemy that he can’t confront or change, he could only endure, and for better or worse, it will all be over soon.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Director Park rushes to the hotel room where Jin-woo and Professor Cha were last known to be. He finds Professor Cha dead where NPC Hyung-seok killed him, but Jin-woo is nowhere to be seen. He tells his assistant to call an ambulance, then sits by Professor Cha’s body and cries.

Later, while the police are investigating the scene, Director Park wearily takes a call from one of J.One’s board members asking if it’s true that Professor Cha is dead. He feels guilty for not telling Director Park sooner that last night, Professor Cha called him and told him to start up the game server.

A few minutes later he’d gotten a call from Jin-woo on Professor Cha’s phone, and he’d told Jin-woo that he’d shut the server off again as Professor Cha requested. Jin-woo had told him to start it again, because there was something he needed to finish. The board member tells Director Park that he did as Jin-woo instructed, so the server was up again between 6 and 7 in the morning.

At Hee-joo’s house, Se-joo doesn’t know who completed the quest that freed him from his year-long imprisonment in the game. He asks Hee-joo who it was, and he’s surprised to hear that it was Jin-woo, since he never even met him. JH thinks about how Jin-woo came to Granada on Se-joo’s request, and everything that’s happened since then, and she bursts into tears, alarming Se-joo.

After telling the board member to reopen the server, Jin-woo had returned to the church where he last saw Emma just as the server came back up again. NPC Hyung-seok had spawned near the pulpit, and Jin-woo had set aside his crutch and met Hyung-seok in the aisle, pulling out the Key to Heaven.

As Hyung-seok had swung his sword, Jin-woo had plunged the Key into Hyung-seok’s chest. The game informed Jin-woo that the bug in the game was being deleted, and Hyung-seok had dropped his weapon and slumped over Jin-woo’s arm.

When Director Park arrives at the church, Jin-woo’s discarded crutch is still there. He logs into the game himself (he’s played before, with nearly 150 log-ins), and he kneels in the aisle in front of a small pile of shimmering sand, all that was left behind when Jin-woo finally eliminated NPC Hyung-seok seventeen hours ago.

Director Park looks to his right, and in the next aisle over, there’s another, identical pile of sand. We see that Jin-woo had been attacked by assassins after deleting NPC Hyung-seok, and although he’d taken care of them easily, the game told him that his ally had appeared. Professor Cha had been made into an NPC, and after a minute’s hesitation, Jin-woo had used the Key of Heaven to delete him, too.

NPC Secretary Seo had also shown up, and Jin-woo had approached him, tears welling in his eyes at the thought of what he had to do. He’d given this last image of his friend a one-armed hug, and had had to force himself to stab him with the key. Jin-woo had held on tight as long as he could, crying, until Secretary Seo dissolved into sand.

Seeing the former identity of this last pile of sand causes Director Park to stagger, the weight of the losses, and of Jin-woo’s heartbreaking task, almost too much to bear. He takes a call from Hee-joo and tells her that he’s at the church, but he still hasn’t heard from Jin-woo.

After deleting the bugs, Jin-woo had heard the familiar sounds of the guitar, and Emma had reappeared on the dais. He’d gone to her and told her it was all over, and she’d said gently that he looked exhausted. She’d asked why he took the Key of Heaven from her, and Jin-woo had said, “I was afraid. I didn’t want to die.”

Emma had asked him to return the key, and Jin-woo had placed it in her outstretched hand, a tear rolling down his face.

In the present, something makes Director Park stop, and he turns around and approaches the pulpit. There’s a fourth pile of shimmering sand in front of the steps… oh please no. As he touches it, the game tells him that it’s the remains of Zinu, Jin-woo’s handle in the game. Director Park slumps, his phone falling from his hand, as Hee-joo begs him to say something.

He’s still sitting on the floor when Hee-joo arrives at the church, desperate to know what’s going on. He tells her not to come any closer, but she sees the sand, and she asks what it is in a fearful voice.

Before she gets an answer, their smart contacts alert them both that the game is being reset. The four piles of sand float into the air, swirl, then disappear, and all over the cities, the game NPCs also disappear. The church goes gray around Hee-joo and Director Park, while at the J.One building, everyone panics as the game deletes, then rebuilds itself.

The color returns, and some time later, Director Park writes an email to Jin-woo in the hopes that he will see it from wherever he is. He talks about Professor Cha’s funeral, and how the police investigation was closed since there was no evidence that his death was a murder. He says that the game’s self-reset deleted any lingering proof that it had anything to do with any deaths, and nobody but him knows why the reset happened. He says that he’s been wondering if he should start over again or stop now, and he asks what Jin-woo would do.

One day during a storm, Director Park goes to Hee-joo’s house to finally meet Se-joo. He finds him huddled in his closet, terrified of the thunder and stammering that it’s starting again. Director Park tells Se-joo gently that it’s real lightning and thunder, and that the bug no longer exists.

When he leaves, Se-joo follows him downstairs to ask if he knows Jin-woo. He tells Director Park that Jin-woo is probably dead, deleted by Emma after being stabbed with the Key of Heaven. He wails that he never would have called Jin-woo, or sent him the quest, if he’d known so many people would die. He sobs that he didn’t even know about Jin-woo and Hee-joo, which is why he told his sister everything, including that Emma probably killed Jin-woo.

Hee-joo is at the church, where she remembers telling Jin-woo that when the Key of Heaven and the Hand of Fatima come together, the gate will open and the palace will crumble. Se-joo had told her that he programmed Emma to kill game bugs with the Key of Heaven, and Hee-joo realizes that she’s the one who told Jin-woo to give Emma the Key, which may have led to his death.

She denies that it could be true, and she calls out for Jin-woo, demanding that he answer her. She falls to her knees, sobbing that he promised he’d come to her in the morning, over and over.

Director Park finds her there, unconscious, and takes her home. But when she wakes, she goes right back to the church, and she crouches to touch the spot where Jin-woo last stood. She goes back again and again as time passes, never giving up hope that she’ll see Jin-woo again.

Director Park continues emailing Jin-woo, but his emails are eventually reduced to simple, “What have you been doing? I miss you,” messages, and they all go unread. Hee-joo keeps visiting the church, but she never finds Jin-woo there.

One year later.

Yu-ra gets remarried, and although she claims to be very happy, her smile is empty as she poses for the reporters in her wedding dress. The press attributes her unhappy expression to having gone through a rough year after being found guilty for giving a false statement to the police, retiring from show business, and being arrested for drunk driving.

Not much is known about her groom other than that he’s a rich businessman with two children. Yu-ra yells at her manager and former boyfriend, furious that everyone is saying she’s marrying for money, but he’s all, Why throw a fit when it’s the truth?

Soo-jin has recovered from her suicide attempt, and she uses the money she inherited from Professor Cha to create a scholarship fund in his name. She gives a speech, only faltering a bit when she talks about how Professor Cha valued honor above all else. Afterward, Director Park asks her if she’s really donating everything, and she says that she doesn’t want to leave her son even one penny of Professor Cha’s money.

She asks about Jin-woo, and Director Park says he hasn’t heard from him. Soo-jin mentions the popular rumor that Jin-woo fled overseas to avoid standing trial, and Director Park says that he sincerely hopes it’s true, because it’s better than the alternative: “I’m worried that he might have been erased from this world, just like that.”

People from all over the city congregate at the park as a guild, manifest swords from their bare hands, and go to battle against the NPCs that suddenly appear in front of them. Non-players gather to watch what looks like a bunch of people flailing around for no reason, with expressions ranging from bewilderment to amusement.

Even a businessman in a suit encounters an NPC while he waits for the bus, and carries on a duel right there on the sidewalk. The ad on the bus is for J.One’s new AR game, titled Next, and a news anchorman reporting from the park tells us that the game was only released two weeks ago, in both Seoul and Granada, but it’s already changing the faces of the cities.

New players line up in Subway bathrooms to collect their level one Rusty Iron Swords, and eat Subway sandwiches to replenish their in-game health. The smart lenses needed to access the game sell so well that J.One stocks skyrocket to almost triple their original price. Companies partner with J.One so that their real-life products produce in-game benefits, and stores have trouble keeping certain drinks that double as health potions on the shelves.

But there are downsides to the game, too — people are getting hurt because players can’t adequately pay attention to their surroundings. J.One cooperates with the government to regulate gameplay, like limiting service areas and only allowing play time during certain hours of the day.

Hee-joo goes out to meet Director Park, getting shoulder-checked on the way by a man who’s obviously playing the game. She waits in a cafe, and when Director Park arrives, he tells her that he’s planning to retire in a month — he only hung around at J.One until now to take responsibility for the game.

He tells Hee-joo that she looks better and says that she ought to think about dating. He even offers to set her up with a few great guys, but she politely demurs. Director Park says gently that it’s time for them both to give up on Jin-woo, but Hee-joo doesn’t respond.

Director Park says that he actually wants to talk to her about Se-joo, and she tells him that Se-joo is much better and even leaves the house. J.One wants to set up a subsidiary company for Se-joo so that he can do research and game development, so Hee-joo goes home to tell the family and ask Se-joo what he wants to do.

Se-joo goes to the J.One building with Hee-joo, where he’s introduced to the programmers as the developer of Next. Se-joo is overwhelmed by their adulation, so Hee-joo has to prompt him to greet them, but when he does, they erupt in excited applause.

Yang-joo takes Se-joo and Hee-joo to his office, eager to talk to Se-joo one-on-one. Hee-joo leaves the two gamers alone and goes down the street for a cup of coffee, where she hears a couple of guys talking about seeing a player who used a gun — except that guns can’t be used until level 50, and the game is so new that the most advanced player is only level 25.

Yang-joo talks Se-joo’s ear off, yammering about the game and how freaked out he was when the game reset itself. He says that he would have deleted Emma if he’d known she could do that, but Se-joo says that there could be an “Indun” instance dungeon (a special area that creates a new copy for each group or player, so that multiple groups can play the dungeon at the same time yet not run into each other).

He explains that he programmed the game so that the master can create induns in times of danger. He first created this feature to confuse enemies, but it worked as a hiding place for him for a year. He was in an instance dungeon that he created at the train station — He was in the same place as other people, but they couldn’t see him, as if he were in a different dimension.

Yang-joo can’t wrap his mind around the idea of an instance dungeon in real life. Se-joo admits that he has a hard time believing it, too, but he thinks that since Jin-woo is now the “master” in the game, he could still be alive in an indun somewhere.

At the cafe, Hee-joo approaches the players and asks what they were talking about. One player says that he saw what he thought was an NPC, but he helped him, and that he didn’t have a user ID. She finds out where this player was seen and runs there, and as she runs, we see her telling Director Park that she won’t give up on Jin-woo. He’d said that Jin-woo was dead, deleted, but Hee-joo was confident that he will return.

As she nears the place where she hopes to find Jin-woo, Hee-joo puts in her smart lenses and logs into the game. She narrates: “I don’t care if the whole world doesn’t believe it, but I do. I believe that we will meet again.”

A player duels an NPC, and the NPC knocks his word from his hand and raises his arm to strike a killing blow. Shots rings out, and the NPC is killed. The player gets to his feet, but all he can see is a silhouette of a man holding a gun.

 
COMMENTS

But… but… I have so many questions! That was definitely Jin-woo, and I’m assuming that Se-joo’s explanation of an instance is how Jin-woo saved himself, the same way Se-joo did — by creating a special area that only he could access, and that wasn’t destroyed when the game reset. He’s still in the world, in a different dimension created by the game, but every now and then a player coincidentally enters the same instance and can see him. It’s a good explanation, and it makes logical sense within the rules of the game, and it also gives hope that maybe Jin-woo can create a quest for someone to save him, too. It certainly opens up the possibility of a second season (and I would love to see Hee-joo put to better use and become the hero who goes through the quest and saves him), though those can be hard to come by in Dramaland, so I won’t hold my breath. Instead, I’m choosing to believe that Hee-joo reached the place and found Jin-woo, and somehow was able to help him come back to the real world. I’m not as upset about this ending as some will be, because it’s not as open-ended as it could have been, and at least it leaves us with hope — if Se-joo could come back from this, then so can Jin-woo.

I read an interview with the writer where she explained how the game allowed people to be killed in reality, which basically supported my theory that it was their murderous intentions that glitched the game and caused in-game injuries to become real. But I feel as though, if your audience can’t learn through the show itself how the rules of your fantasy universe work, then something in the storytelling has gone wrong. We shouldn’t have to read an interview outside of the story itself to be able to understand what happens in the story, and while the clues allowed us to make a reasonable guess, the show itself never confirmed exactly how the bugs happened. While I still love this writer for her ability to create exciting worlds with wonderfully rich, emotionally engaging characters, she does have a tendency to write events that aren’t well explained or supported by her own lore, especially towards the finales. Which, when you are literally making up your own rules, shouldn’t be a problem — if you’re going to make something happen, just make up a plausible explanation to go along with it!

For example, Jin-woo being a bug that needed to be deleted makes no sense, because the bugs were NPC created after players that had been killed — but Jin-woo was alive when he faced Emma that final time. He wouldn’t have been a bug at all, but the show wants us to think he was, because he left behind the same pile of sand that the real bugs left. But even if Jin-woo was a bug that needed to be killed, then why wasn’t Se-joo a bug, too? Why did the game consider Jin-woo something to be deleted, yet Se-joo was allowed to escape? They were both players who had committed real violence in the game and killed someone, yet were still alive.

I have many, many more questions, but I’d rather focus on the positive, because as a whole this drama was very exciting and entertaining, as long as you don’t look for too long under the hood. One thing this writer does exceptionally well is her characters, who are forced to face the worst of humanity and themselves, and don’t always come out the other side intact. Sometimes, they do well just to survive with their sanity, and that was certainly Jin-woo’s biggest challenge. One of my favorite things about Memories of the Alhambra was how you could watch Jin-woo falling apart piece by piece as time went by, transforming from the confident predatory wolf into a broken man who simply wanted to set things right, who was hanging onto his sense of self with every ounce of energy he had left, until he just didn’t have anything left. Jin-woo wasn’t responsible for the game going wrong, but he knew that he was the only one who could fix it, and he was willing to do whatever needed to be done, even sacrifice himself, to put things back the way they should be.

All that said, my complaints are all issues that I’ve come to expect with this writer, yet I still find myself enjoying her work, because what she does right, she does very, very right. Her dramas are always unique and creative with a lot of suspense and action, incredibly layered and emotionally rich characters (for the most part — Hee-joo has already been talked to death so I’ll refrain), and a crack factor that’s through the roof. Memories of the Alhambra was no different, and in fact might just be my new favorite of her shows. As a gamer, I loved watching a drama about one of my favorite hobbies, and I loved the concept of the game and how it became this unthinking, yet still terrifying, entity that couldn’t be fought or reasoned with — Jin-woo had to play by its rules, even when its rules were deadly. I thoroughly enjoyed this drama even with its flaws and inconsistencies, and I’m very much looking forward to what this writer will think up next (pun intended).

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A Letter to Jeffrey the Game

Dearest Jeffrey,
I am writing to tell you that our brief, violent and passionate affair must end. I am sorry but I simply cannot continue.
I wish I could say it was simple, just that we'd grown apart perhaps, but it is, in fact, for several reasons.

First and foremost this relationship was just getting too toxic. For both of us. You never made up your mind about anything, you were inconsistent at the worst possible times, you never showed up for dates, and when I asked you a question you would just giggle evilly to the corner of the room??? Wtf Jeffrey. And you were just so stupid sometimes! And Terri me decision making skills. *shudders*
I would have said the murders were a deal breaker but let's be honest we all have bad days.
wasn't committed enough; I ignored you and found you boring and judged you harshly on some things out of your control and reacted emotionally. I'm sorry. I'm sure it didn't help. The toxicity built and now it is at a breaking point. This must end.

Second of all, and perhaps the greatest reason for this dumping, is that ultimately, it's not your fault, at all, and I wish I could say it's mine, but I don't think it's mine either. You see, it's… *gulp* it's your writer's fault. I know, I know, in law problems, I said I would never be bothered by them. But Jeffrey. I can't stand her!
Even the lesser of her ilk can pull off character depth and plot structure better than she! Her writing is all veneer and no soul. All pretty façade and no furnishings.
She rendered you into nothing more than a plot device where you exist only for the sake of the ending and not for the sake of intricate game worldbuilding.
You deserve better than that Jeffrey. You deserve better. Better than her, a writer with the inability to structure her own stories,and better than I, a cynical, bitter, twisted person who couldn't even in the end enjoy you for the junk food toy sci fi fling you were.

But lastly, it's because … Jeffrey, I have been lying to you this whole time.
I told you I was a single assassin just simply looking for an adventure , but in fact… that's not true.
First of all, I am married. His name is Lord Typo and he's a terrible flirt sometimes, but he is oh so wonderful and consistent. Unlike yourself.
Second of all I'm a Queen. I know, I know, I didn't tell you; I'm so sorry! I had to keep my identity secret for the sake of everyone. And I have an obligation to my Queendom to not spend my time on frivolous romances full of hate and discord and bad writing.
However, thank you for the adventure. For six weeks of shitposts and ten episodes of crazy, confusing fun.
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Give Emma my regards. I rather hope you can find your spine with her, develop a proper game play and when you've done that I ask, from one murderous individual to another*, on behalf of the The Netizens** of the Continent of Drama and Beans, for a favour.
Stab your writer. Please. With the Key to Heaven. DeBug her for the sake of us all, for the sake of this ruined relationship and for the sake of everyone else's sanity, even though mine was lost long ago.

I must return to my husband now. He wants me to try his Autocorrect Soup. It's a classic.
So long, dearest Jeffrey. I wish I could say that you will be missed in my life, but I'm afraid you were nothing but a fling. And not a very good one at that.

Sincerely,
Her Royal Highness,
Sicarius, the Queen of Melonia
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* Sicarius in Latin translates to hitman or assassin.
**Credit to the random Korean commenter somewhere for the idea of getting Emma to stab the writer

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👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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Hahaha! You win, Queen Sic. Will truly miss your shitposts. Oh hey! That's another good thing MotA gave me, aside from Hyun Bin. 😄

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Yup, for the sake of viewer's sanity that has long lost before the finale... I don't know about myself, I always like her rare ideas in making drama but somehow, she lacked of proper closure with many loopholes/ questions/theory to be put in the script. At least I am not so frustrated with the ending, but I also will not tune in if there is 2nd season ( there is no way I will drag my sanity to watch this 'grinding game' again).

I hope HB deserves some awards with his acting, and hopefully Min Jin Woong and Park Hoon will get more drama offers in future 😊

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Is Lord typo sexy

I prefer jeffery

Brilliant suggestion to debug the writer

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Verryyyy smexy.

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I wanted a better ending☹️

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See my response below for alternate endings. You may choose your favorite (Post #3).

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You deserved a better ending

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Going to take this moment to commend Hyun Bin for carrying this drama. I was really blown away by his acting he truly lived as Jin Woo this might be my fav drama performance of his.

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My favorite performance from Hyun Bin ever. Looking forward to watching more of him in films and dramas.

Sadly I'm breaking up with writer Song. I'm always left unsatisfied with the ending of most of her dramas. It has becomes her trademark.

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Personally never understood why people hate this writer so much. Loved Memories of The Alhambra in spite of its faults - or maybe it's simply because I'm used to this particular genre in which you have to accept that you won't get all the explanations you want by the end of the story. In fact, as a wannabe author myself, I can tell you how difficult it is to create your own world with your own sets of rules and break these rules instead of making a story in which its universe is already settled and known by the public and break its existing rules. It's truly a nightmare. The more freedom you give yourself when you write, the more constraints you end up having.

But back to the main topic - I won't be joining the haters because I think the show well deserved its ratings and praise unlike some dramas which I've yet to understand the hype *caught*Descendants of the Sun *caught* Boys over Flowers *caught* Heirs *caught* The Man who Loved Me etc... - It's also my favorite performance by Hyun Bin so far and I'm thrilled he made a successful comeback in dramaland after the Hyde Jekyll and Me disaster.

Still, among all of her dramas that I've seen so far: Nine Nine Times Travel, Queen In Hyun's Man ( which I didn't like unlike most beanies here), W and Alhambra... W remains my favorite.
I felt the drama apart from making Hee Joo a potted plant had some serious pacing problems, but it's still a strong 9 out of 10 for me.

I'll be a waiting eargerly for Song Jae Jung's next project as well as Hyun Bin's.

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People are being frustrated with her doesn't translate to HATING.

What's not to understand about BOYS OVER FLOWERS, DESCENDANTS OF THE SUNS etc having that kind of high ratings? They are meant for pure entertainment, nothing more. No one would say that those dramas were mind blowing.

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I think you meant *cough* not *caught*; I'd prefer not being caught while watching said dramas. It's a sin not a crime!

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Also not giving away all answers doesn't mean blatantly setting up a premise and then blatantly ignoring that premise. I can deal with open-endings, what I can't deal with is a premise built entirely on nothing (why did the game work that way? for what purposes? what is really the point of all this? what kind of story is she trying to tell? As an author, you might benefit from thinking about these questions).

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Lurker as a beginning writer i too undertand the pitfalls of building a new world as opposed to a prexisting one.

Doing the same in my story

I enjoyed this drama thoroughly and am all praise for the cast & crew.

But as an audience there are certain expectations which the writer didn’t fulfill.

Namely a complete story a better ending.

Im not denying your viewpoint. You are free to champion the drama.

Im just sharing my own take on the issue

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He brings a realism to his performance

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Potential endings:
1) Noir: He wins the game but loses her, loses all his money, loses his CEO position and ends up with nothing.
2) Horror: They'll Be B-A-C-K
3) Tragic: She dies, he dies, everybody dies.
4) Fairy Tale: They live happily ever after in a new anime.
5) Romantic: They kiss and do other stuff.
6) Cheesy: They move back to Granada, open the hostel and have 3 kids. (My favorite)
7) Revenge: She has plastic surgery and the surgeon purposefully removes her tear ducts.
8) Season 2 set up: He becomes the Master and she tries to find him with

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8) Open-end (season 2 set up: He becomes the Master and she goes to find him with hope in her eyes.

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9) Season 2: Min-joo plays the game, becomes the Master, finds and rescues Jin-woo, and basically becomes the sarcastic, smart, savvy female character we deserve. (Hee-joo quietly runs her guitar making business and stays out of everyone's way because she bores me.)

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I can get behind a Min Joo super hero!

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Me too, but I still need Hyun Bin.

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I've never understood why people don't like boring people...

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Unless those boring people is someone like Hyun Bin in the movie “Come Rain Come Shine”. In that movie he was exceptionally adorably boring; he was so passive, he hardly smile with such a self-defeating look knowing his wife was being unfaithful and was about to leave him. When he saw a razor in the bathroom that clearly wasn’t his and mostly likely belonged to his wife’s lover, all he could do was just to weep silently....ahh it wasn’t the onion...he was that boring. 😭😂. Hyun Bin was superb playing that boring quiet unassuming husband who probably won his wife back with his boring quiet unassuming manner. 😅😬

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He even pack the dishes so boringly for the wife who is leaving. While watching that boring Hyun Bin, I was thinking how dare she wants to leave such an awesome boring man :)

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But from the comments I've read, most people wanted the cheesy ending and felt cheated. I thought the ending was perfect.

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Addendum to my "perfect" ending. I love endings that are rather "open ended", that don't resolve everything, that leave some things up to the imagination, etc. That is all.

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I don't mind an open ending, and honestly have no problem with Hyun Bin's fate here, but it's the overall problems with the plot over the course of the series that left me frustrated.

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Is it too cheesy to ask the show Hyun Bin's face one final time? I wouldn't have mind the open end. But they kept him the dark *pout*. Jokes apart, JW has two ex-wives, one dead ex-friend who betrayed him, a mentor who actually tried to murder him, he is mentally and physically broken fighting a game for the last year. His life so far was sucky. Is it too much to expect a happy ending for him? I hope he built that instance dungeon in a beach.

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I’m glad we didn’t get the cheesy ending.

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Time skip: One year later

Se joo designs new features in the game and incorporates two new players to rescue Jin woo from the dungeon. He uses their best skills to create weapons to save Jin woo.

In the dungeon

Annoying Family Friend opens his annoying mouth and starts to nag non-stop. The walls start to crack and crumble. The iron grills bend from the onslaught of the grating, annoying, whining voice.

Then it's Hee joo's turn. She starts to cry. Her tears start to flood the dungeon and the water rushes into it. Jin woo floats out in between the bent iron grills, and straight into Hee joo's arms.

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Ooh, harsh.

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I love it, except it doesn't eliminate Annoying Family Friend who in my view was the buggiest of all 🐛
Certainly bugging-est.

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Then Is You played in the background and marks the end of their celibacy. Then the scene shifted to a church in Granada where they have a small wedding attended by friends and families. (PS: the so called family guy is barred from attending). Suddenly an arrow is shoot on the bouquet of red roses held by Hee-joo. Then the camera is shifted to a figure at the top of the church. It is Emma with a bow in her left hand. Now we know why Emma stabbed Jin-woo a year ago. Credit rolled.

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Oh dear I shouldn't be reading this at work taking a break. It's hard not to laugh out loud!
Thank you @yyishere

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I'd watch the hell out of this. Throw the little sister from to.Jenny in the mix, and I think they would take over the world.

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10. Reality Show Hee joo and the gang get invited to Hollywood and become the reality actors in Survivor.

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3.Hee Joo died after crying. Hahahahah

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No, she wont. They do put her on IV so she doesn't get dehydrated ; )

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And give her the PPL mineral drinking water. Was it toreta? Haha. Unnecessary, too much PPL.

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The IV she stole from Jinwoo cos you don't need drips in an alternate reality, thank goodness

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Ending revenge is something I want. 👩🏼‍⚕️

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😄😂😄😂😀 Your ideas are genius! I'm between #1, 6 and 7!

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Aw, thanks, you made my (otherwise boring) day!

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👍😄😄😄😂

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potential ending #9) JW faints and goes into coma at the church (but does not become AR dust) and when he wakes up, he has no memory of playing the game (his last memory is going to the Granada square to start the game). Same with SJ - he faints in the house and wakes up with no memory of building or playing the game. So, when JW wakes up and meets HJ - he has no connection with her from the past year (yes, Secret Garden formula - worked the first time for Binnie!!). Instead, he sues SJ for selling him a game that killed his mentor, his former friend and secretary, and goes back to his arrogant self.

From here, you have even more infinite possibilities. He could eventually remember HJ, or "three years later", everyone has gone their separate ways, and all they are left with are "memories of the alhambra"!

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I am one of the few who was not upset with the ending. I had a neutral Feeling. Unfortunately, most of my questions did not get answered even in the final episode. That to me is the failing in this show. It did not make sense how Zinu was a bug when he was not an NPC.

Having said that, I still thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was well made and had a great concept. I especially loved all the gaming scenes and the action. Also, the CGI was well done and it was very high quality production and I really felt involved in all the gaming sequences. And Hyun-Bin was a treat to watch! I will miss his voice, his smile, his dimple and his fighting!

Someone please make an edited version (minus all the crying & romance) and this would be a way better show!!

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It was a predictable ending, which was fine with me too. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and decided to not nitpick. I've never seen a perfect kdrama anyway. I most loved loved Hyun Bin - his voice, his acting, everything. That was the show to me. This also was the first time I've enjoyed a drama so much without necessarily getting so emotionally involved with the characters. Amazing.

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It's a concept that still gets to me and excites me. With a little bit of thought in defining the rules of the game, this would have been a perfect drama.

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I'm with you, @lindapalapala.

I'm glad I watched this drama since through it I discovered Hyun bin 😊😀

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I have been rewatching secret garden and Kim Sam Soon and seeing him in a new light. I already love him now am obsessed

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Heh, heh. Join the Club of the HB Obsessed.

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I'm re-rewatching Secret Garden too😀

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I too just watched Secret Garden (and parts of Hyde Jekyll Me), just to get my HB dose of the week :)

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@stpauligurl - The first time I watched SG was 3 years back when I was brand new to kdramas (it was my third drama after BoF, Coffee Prince). I did not get a lot of things and found many things extremely annoying.
Now when I watched it, I enjoyed it so much. Now I know the tropes and I was able to laugh at things which was weird then. For e.g. I laughed everytime the mother character acted like she was stressed and placed a hand near her neck. her OTT clothing was outrageous yet hilarious. The water splashing on the face had a new meaning.
And Joo-Won - seriously, How does Hyun-Bin make this character likeable. I should in theory hate Joo-Won but Hyun bin made 'being an ass can be sexy'. His effortless transition from boy to man to arrogant ass was a treat to watch.
p.s. He has sexy long legs!

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I'm watching Hyde, Jekyll and Me, even though @bbstl has warned me that it defies logic. I couldn't stand the girl at first, but she's ok now. She started toning down on the cute, because she's spending more time with Icy Hyun Bin, and less time with Smiley Hyun Bin, who brings out the cute in her *shudders* For a drama about a circus, I've only seen two "circus acts" ( have to put those in quotes, because they're highly questionable as circus acts), jumping up and down on the trampoline, and the latest, which got me all excited, her friend told Icy Hyun Bin who was looking for her, she's practising her circus act backstage, so he goes there, and gyess what, she's blowing giant bubbles, like twenty of them. I fell over laughing so hard. Which made me realize, heck, I could join the circus if I want to, too, since I mastered those two skills before I turned 5.

Should I watch Secret Garden? Do they switch bodies permanently, or do they switch back and forth? I didn't like the body switch thing, so I didn't watch it. In Jekyll, Hyde, Me, he is his icy self in the day, and his inner self, Smiley, takes over at night. I like the romance between Icy Hyun Bin and the girl better, Smiley Hyun Bin doesn't feel real to me, because he's the Perfect Good Self in him, more abstract than real. Icy Hyun Bin with his flaws and heartbreaking back story feels more real and human to me.

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I saw mentions of Secret Garden so here I am! @yyishere you should try it! The body swap goes back and forth a few times, and you get Icy Hyun Bin in sparkly tracksuits.
(Have to say though, Oska Oppa stole my heart in that drama. 😂❤️)

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I like Icey HB more than Nicey HB too in Jekyll Hyde. There's just something in Binnie's persona which makes these arrogant characters suit him more - the charismatic Chaebol role is tailor made for him!
I hated the gender swapping 3 or 4 episodes in Secret Garden, and just saw the other parts instead where he was a jerk but still so swoon when he was falling in love!

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@yyishere Please do watch Secret Garden. The body switch does happen few times but its not bad.
The first time is total fun. Binnie's transformation to a girl stuck in a man's body is too good to miss. His body language changes and his gushing and blushing - oh man, that guy was a hoot!!

even if you don't like that, Binnie in various tracksuits will be totally worth it.

@bbstl _ hated Oska during the first watch, But this time I liked him (i did FF the whole romance plot of his). I loved their reluctant bromance and his over the top Idol image he maintains. Its hilarious.

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@yyishere i just finished hyde, jekyll, and me, and liked it a lot. it's amazing how much you can enjoy a drama if you just turn your brain off!
icy hyun bin in this is the best in this, and always had more chemistry/fire with han jimin's character. robin almost felt like a misfire. i can't believe kdramas have conditioned me to like grumpy jerks over perfectly nice, cute boys, lol.

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I watched Kim Sam Soon, SG, Hyde, Jekyll, Me, and Confidential Assignment over the run of MotA, because I couldn't bear to wait to see him until the weekends. I think I have a Hyun bin problem now.

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@mayhemf @yayabean @wishfultoki I am watching Hyde, Jekyll midway and will start on Secret Garden once I'm done. Thanks, guys for the recommendation. Hyun Bin is soooo good as arrogant jerk.

@dogemama @bbstl Hyun Bin is so good as icy Hyun Bin. I can't relate to Smiley Hyun Bin as well because he feels unreal to me. The girl has more chemistry with Icy Hyun Bin, but she's just not doing it for me. So I got all excited again, because they were going to do a rehearsal of their circus act on Valentine's Day, and there they are, the circus troupe, blowing bubbles awkwardly. I fell over laughing.

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@yyishere: I lasted a few episodes of Hyde but then it got so repetitive I couldn't stand it. I'll try again though! @wishfultoki I ff thru all the Oska scenes! You liked him??? Woah. SG is way better than Hyde, imo. If you want to see the longest filmed kiss in history watch Binnie in Late Autumn.

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Well, there’s a whole host of Oska fans, not just me. He’s loud and vain and his fashion choices are questionable, but he’s got a good heart.

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Oh, YY!@yyishere now I do feel somewhat thrown under a bus if you are going to backtrack on Hyde, and after further watching! Shocking 😝 I preferred Icy to Nicey as well, Nicey was too saccharine for me and as you say, was never real enough. But I still say ptooey to the whole thing and Bubbles! 🙄
@wishfultoki hey!🙋🏼Big SG fan here and although HB is always my No.1, I adored Oska ❤️Excellent bromance, too. @mayhemf is right, how did HB make Joo Won so likable, and have three convincing bromances as well? Ah, the magic of HB! 😍

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@linda-palapala I highly recommend ff-ing through the annoying bits of Hyde to get to the romcom bits. He looks SO good as Goo Seo Jin. I was annoyed that half the time he was styled as Robin, but then Robin made it possible to see the most we've ever seen of smiley, dimply Hyun bin, so I stopped complaining, lol.

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I know, the first few episodes were horrible, and even Hyun Bin couldn't save the long drawn, boring, dumb plot. But I continued. I've reached episode 11 and it gets better. I fastforward all the annoying parts, the girl and her bad acting in scenes without Hyun Bin, the other girl and her terrible acting, and even parts with Smiley Hyun Bin and the girl. No chemistry at all. She has more chemistry with icy Hyun Bin.

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@dogemama I happen to be the champion of the ff button.

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I was unsurprised by the ending being prepared for it by
korean Odyssey, Smart prison living , goblin, Queen of Mystery

but later on i took to depression. Serves me right for giving my heart to this drama.

But ya the ending was unsatisfactory

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I also liked this show. Ending could be better (with more actual romance, not 1 second shooting pistol).
I think romance was very important part of story. Otherwise why would JW bothered to save SJ at all?
Why would he play the game, loose everything and even sacrificed himself to Emma?
He would be better of just selling the game to somebody else and developing something else (and better).

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As one of the few beanies who actually enjoyed this drama, that ending left me numb and empty. It felt like I was left in the perpetual state of waiting for that last scene to continue again. After such long and elaborate setup toward Jin-woo's biggest and inevitable sacrifice, of course I expected the writer to bring me to the very end of his journey, be it happy or tragic or bittersweet. But what I got is a curtain that's hastily dropped on an unfinished ending sequence, without any explanation.

I think what makes me even madder is the fact that the writer has a perfect excuse for not answering all those questions or addressing the dropped plots and yet she didn't use that. Just like what the drama always emphasised from the beginning, this is Jin-woo's story from when the 'magic' began until he somehow ended it by resetting the game. Let's say the writer wanted to go the tragic or bittersweet route by making Jin-woo died in real life. The "Jin-woo's story" is a perfect excuse because with his death, of course he would know no better about the real reason the game gone rogue. It would leave emotional impact and I wouldn't mind all the faulty logic in the drama. Even if the writer wanted to work a miracle at the last minute by making Jin-woo alive, this excuse could still work. It would be understandable that the year(s) he spent playing a life-and-death game would last Jin-woo a lifetime and he wouldn't want to have anything to do with that thing ever again. Now after he somehow escaped the game's clutch, he only wants his normal life back and he doesn't care anymore about the truth behind the game's magic. And honestly, I can live with that.

What I can't understand is that purposefully vague ending accompanied by the too-familiar glitchy sound. How should I take that as conclusion? Or probably the game is just tired of the drama's failed logic and trying to revolt by devouring the ending sequences, W-style.

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I really thought he would die, become an NPC and then go kill all the NPC's!! ; )
He becomes the protector of the game by living inside the game. something in those lines!!

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Actually, I noticed that only his gun glitched and not him. Which means he is a real person and not an NPC. I take it that the writer/director felt they didn't need to elaborate, as we all know what happens next - Hee Joo running to where JW is, and of course they will meet and be happily reunited and live happily ever after....lalalalala.....

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Hee Joo cries of happiness!!!

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I also noticed that the NPC faced by the new players in the open field is glitchy as well even though we all know the game is reset and bug-free at that moment. So I guess the glitch is normal in the game and it isn’t bug related.

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Like SeJu pointed more likely Jinwoo's exit might be like it has been for him,someone completing a quest and granting him freedom...I'm not actually bugged(i didn't mean to do that) that we didn't get all the answers to the questions as it is a fantasy and there are always room for letting stuff in the air even more when said stuff doesn't depend on people,like here more than sure stuff when wrong when Marco stabbed Seju and Emma linked the game with reality(something like making a game soooo smart it has it's own life) so not even Seju has the answers to what happened and why...The only stuff possible would have been if the game inself with Emma as it's speaker talked to Jinwoo and revelead the stuff...

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I'm left numb too and feeling cheated of an ending which gives me proper closure.

About the flickering glitch, I noticed that the gun flickers but Jin Woo's shadow does not. So I'm going to assume he is alive in the instance dungeon within the game as the Master. Also, he cannot be an NPC if he didn;t die in real life (and his body wasn't found).

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If you like you can read my post no 69 2nd page

I’ve given reasons as to why Jin-woo is alive not an Npc

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Sure. Thanks. Let me check that out. Just relieved he's not dead :( That would have been so unfair!!!!

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I thought there were several hints throughout (and esp the glitches at the end) that this was actually horror, which always ends with the evil not really being dead and gone after the good guys have supposedly killed it. Evil keeps coming back.

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Quirky Horror perhaps

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Actually i agree with you so much. I wish i could give your review 10 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and i think that's what set me up for disappointment. I could have taken any amount of open endings i could have even taken a bittersweet one but not this. It felt as though the ending was not finished but the writer didn't know what else to write. The ending sequence felt so incomplete i started asking if there was an extension.Even the way Se Ju explained the instance was not enough to justify it. Let's leave romance out of this... as a gamer I was expecting a more logical approach to the ending or a magical one. But instead it is left with so many buggy bugs that the ending itself needs to be stabbed with the Key of Heaven.

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I did not enjoy the ending! I wanted the reunion between Heejoo and Jinwoo! I really enjoyed the ride up to that moment and was so shocked by how it ended. I was confused for a sec and was like, wait a minute did an hour pass by already?! Is it over?! But wait, they didn't meet yet! Lol Those were all the thoughts running through my mind as the credits rolled. I hope for a season 2 but I doubt it. Anyways thoroughly enjoyed this drama and loved the PSH and HB pairing. I don't know something about them, their chemistry seemed intense and drawing to me.

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I don’t love that ending. And I really hope that they don’t intend to produce a second season. If they do, it should only be 4-8 episodes. I feel like there isn’t much meat to the story to justify more episodes.
On a positive note, the writer managed to give us an interesting concept, Hyun Bin slayed (pun intended), it was a beautifully shot drama and it made more sense than W.
So I just looked up the writer and found out that she wrote Queen Inhyun’s man!!!! I loved that drama!! I never watched nine so idk much about it, but this makes me hope that her next drama could be good all the way. Here’s to fewer logic leaps in the future!!

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For the better two (Queen Inhyun’s Man and Nine) of her total four fantasy/sci-fi dramas, she co-wrote with the writer who wrote Duel. I’m thinking maybe the other writer is the key reason how Queen and Nine are able to stay consistent and coherent.

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SJJ Writernim Delete!!! You are in my blacklisted writer book!!! PSH, please next drama do not cry in every episode and be a villainess. Hyun Bin, Just give us smiles with dimples and Hot Sower scenes.💕💕

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Sower?

I don't need to start my morning with this! 🤯

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Oh, it's no problem. Beanies knew what you meant 😊

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I'm imagining Hyun Bin the Sower....*swoons*

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👀 oh my! 😵

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Oh snap!!! Stupid autocorrect!!!🤦🏻‍♀️🤣😂

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One explanation I had for why Se-ju wasn't a bug was because he was no longer the master. Once Jin-woo became master, he and everything associated with violence created by/with him was also a bug.

The part that bugs me is he has no user ID. I wish someone had accidentally seen Se-ju when he was in the indun. And then we learn more how that works. But this just leaves me confused. Can he be rescued? Or is he part of the game now and just serves to protect people?

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that's what i thought to. so that's why marco wasn't needed to be deleted plus seju didnt get to level 100

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Sorry, I totally don't get why Marco the NPC/bug didn't need to get deleted. I even thought Jin-woo may have disappeared to Granada to find and delete him.

@lollypip, I kept thinking the same thing that you mentioned, "But he's not an NPC. He's not an NPC." Your Harry Potter horcrux parallel was the best explanation I've seen about how his pile of sand came about. If the real Jin-woo is alive (and I believe he is), why would he even need the instance dungeon to survive? The ending was just a set up for a season 2 quest.

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Jin Woo cannot delete NPC Marco because Jin Woo cannot see him. Only Se Joo, the player who killed Marco, and Se Joo's allies (none) can see NPC Marco. Like how only Jin Woo and his allies Secretary Seo and Professor Cha can see NPC Hyung Seok.

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Now that he's the master, can't he see/control the whole game?

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I will never get over this ending unless they make a season 2. It felt like it ended in the middle of an episode... Hee Ju was running to Jin Woo and then what? It felt like everyone else’s story was wrapped up to some extent except them.

I feel robbed...

Despite the ending, this drama will remain a favorite of mine. I won’t forget the incredible thrill ride it was and how amazing Hyun Bin was throughout the whole thing, blowing me away with his acting. Park Shin Hye was amazing as well although I did wish she had a greater role in the actual game. (If Season 2 happens she could definitely become more involved trying to bring Jin Woo back?)

The best part for me hands down for this episode was Jin Woo stabbing Secretary Seo and basically saying goodbye to him for a final time. This had to be the most understated bromance I’ve ever seen 😭

The emotions of heartbreak, loneliness, and the pain of a final farewell to a dear and loyal friend played over Jin Woos face so clearly I burst into tears over my Chipotle. It occurred to me then how much his unwavering loyalty must have meant to Jin Woo who was betrayed by his ex-wife and best friend and was basically alone his whole life.

I needed another Min Joo/Jin Woo interaction 😫

I’m really upset that Hee Ju didn’t get to see Jin Woo again. She went through so much struggles in her life...she deserved better. They had a pure kind of love that subtly showed how much of an impact they had on each other.

Overall I will miss this drama terribly. I never lost interest for even a second which is so rare for me because I end up dropping most everything I watch.

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The scene where Secretary Seo gets deleted is the best of this episode, Hyun Bin's heartbroken face and the Secretary's expressionless face went well togheter. The acting was the saving grace of this show. Hyun Bin was awsome and while I never really liked Park Shin Hye that much, I apreciate her now after seeing her acting scenes in Spanish. Her pronunciation was understandable and her delivery was not awkward.

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Hands down the best scene ever. I couldn’t stop crying. I’m still not over it and I’m probably going to rewatch (torture myself) that scene endlessly. Only one other scene made me break down that hard and that was in Goblin.

Yes the acting was definitely the best part! It brought the story to life for sure.

Actually I found Hyun Bin’s English more difficult to understand than Park Shin Hye’s Spanish. 😂

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That scene got to me. That was bad man. Not only was he carrying the guilt of his secretary’s death, he now has to delete a NPC that looks like him and has been protecting him.
That shot was so well done.

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I'll never watch another drama written by Song Jae-jung, never, never, NEVERRRRR.

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I don't mind an open ending If it's well done and in theory I don't even hate this particular ending with Jin Woo traped in the game, but my problem with it is that it's badly writen and very poorly executed. Jin Woo's big sacrifice felt anticlimatic and empty because it happened OFFSCREEN, we just see that he's been turned into sugar and that's it. Then the show spends a huge amount of time on characters nobody cared about. Did we really have to see the ex wife's wedding? They could at least throw me a bone and showed for the last scene Hee Joo seeing Jin Woo in game. That way I can actually picture her now finally being an active player and teaming up with Jin Woo to get him back to the real world. I don't regret watching the show but I'm still a bit dissappointed.

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I agree that the wasted 20 minutes while he was gone should have instead including their "meeting" and maybe a scene where she starts training...implying that she is going to go rescue him. I would have found that far more satisfying.

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Oh and wait... wasn’t Marco also a bug then? How did the game reset if Jin Woo never killed/deleted him?

Yeah I’m guessing the writer just assumed people wouldn’t think too deep and just hurried to wrap everything up. 😐

If it wasn’t for the amazing cast and the beautiful directing I don’t think this drama would have done so well... I just ignored any questions I had for the sake of enjoyment.
The last episode wasted so much time on Jin Woo’s ex’s that would’ve been better spent on other things.

Oh well it was a fun watch anyway.

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Oh I didn’t catch that part! So maybe the game deleted Marco by itself?
Thanks 🙏

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Ahhh that makes sense. Once the quest was completed the threat to his life would also be eliminated which would also explain why the other NPC’s remained since they weren’t related to him.

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@linda-palapala - Like someone said the instance dungeon should have been in Subway ; )
somehow magically he was not seen, So he went about his life eating etc, just that no one could see him?

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@aryaa There is only so much they can do, because Zinu was missing. Without the main character you dont have a story to tell, you just run ads ; )

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All in all, a very disappointing show, so the end was perfectly....disappointing!

Did I stay with it til the end? Yes. Will I ever watch another drama by the writer? NO. (Unless Binnie's back with dimples)

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Me too! His voice is way too sexy.
There is something so attractive about his voice.

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It's rich and resonant.

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It's a great voice.

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Am I allowed to like both? :) I can't decide which one I like less - his voice or his dimples! I agree, his voice, especially the voice modulation when he says something emotional (I can't describe this 'going soft' voice of his), is so incredibly attractive! I noticed this especially when he speaks to HJ. Aaah, how will I handle if he disappears from kdramaland again for 3 years??!!

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I say let's be greedy and like both his sexy voice and swooney dimple and cupid bow lips!

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There is that fraction of moment just before he smiles. Slight upward lips. Hella sexy!!

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...as if that was not enough to kill me, he also bites his lips sometimes (I remember a scene with HJ where he did this). I was studying his dimples with a concentration I have never displayed at work and I noticed that his dimple on the right appears first when he smiles and is slightly deeper than the one on his left ***goes off to write a thesis on HB's dimples***

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Guys, I love your in-depth analysis of The Perfection of Hyun Bin. @mayhemf and @yayabean those blow by blow descriptions of The Appearance of the Dimple are spot-on and so good. It is obvious you have spent a great deal of time and thought into this, and they are just brilliant. Could I add another feature? His teeth. They sparkle, are white, but not blindingly so, are even, but not too even, are straight but not too straight. They are perfect.

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Love @ara2018's beautiful description of The Dimple and The Lip Bite. It made me swoon all over again.

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@ara2018 @yyishere @linda-palapala

He has got the sexiest legs. Period (but the best Butt is Gong-Yoo's!! ; ) )
So long and so sexy and he uses them well. I will never get over the scene (from Secret Garden) when he Puts his leg up while stopping her on the stairs. All I could see was his legs ever since!!

And I love his shrug. A slight shrug with a smirk. And Linda, you are so right about his lopsided smile. His right side.

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Linda

I find his voice apealing too

not to mention the entire package

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That makes me wonder about his other attributes - does he also have a nice personality? Or have all of our comments gone to his head?

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Binnie's Beanies has quite a nice ring. Where do I sign?!

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@beantown I wasn't disappointed in the show in the least. In fact, I'm re-watching it to more closely observe Binnie. I never cared about any romance or her crying-a-lot - I cry a lot too but usually only at things not in the real world.

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@linda-palapala

Go, grasshopper, and find your bliss!

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Joseph Campbell fan, are we? I tried to find my bliss, but the real world keeps intervening. I feel like eventually the tv or some sf book will suck me in just like in W or MoA.

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I can imagine watching it again. I really enjoyed HB and the actor playing Director Park’s performance. Director Park also really goes through the wringer.

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If you're talking about MoA I just binge-watched it this weekend, after reading a fantastic analysis at another site. I absolutely loved it! It's now my favorite kdrama so far this year.

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Excellent! I think there’s much to enjoy.

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I think Park Hoon should get an award for being able to use the same outfit and makeups, and maintaining the same gaze in most of his scenes. And Park Shin Hye should get an award, too, and the category will be "the most crying female lead of all time". Not being sarcastic here, cause I know it's hard to be able to cry whenever you're asked to, so I hope she gets rewarded as equal as her hardworking.

The ending reminds me of a Japanese movie named " Gantz", a very similar ending. Meanwhile it also reminds me of W, where in the manhwa version it's seen that Kang Chul has died and the manhwa ended that way, but in the reality he's actually alive and fine. The writers might be using the same concept by making the story ended even before He Joo meets Jin Woo, that's what the viewers saw (just like the manhwa readers from W), but who knows that in reality she could actually save him in some way or another. Anything that we imagine should actually happen instead of that ending.

Overall it's a good series, it's worth to watch. Still, it would've been better if...if... etc. Yeah I get it. If we could name one thing that makes this drama great, it's totally Hyun Bin. Still, great job to all the casts and production team. Especially for Park Hoon 😊😊

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If you meant by similar ending is the way Jin Woo sacrifices himself to save the game, to save everyone, even if he actually HAD NOTHING TO DO with the game's glitches, yes it is similar to Gantz. But I think this drama is better. At least Jin Woo was able to go out with He Joo, and he still might be back (and he's still alive), but Kurono had none of those. It's sad that he sacrificed everything just like that. But yes, he had that sense of justice just like Jin Woo had.

I watched this drama for Hyun Bin (of course!). Kazunari Ninomiya is my favorite Japanese actor and now thanks to you I find the similarity between those two. They're just great XD

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So.many.effing.questions. Is the first thing I will think when I remember this drama. Then Hyun Bin, the beauty of how the show looked and how thrilling it was. Then I'll recall how ticked I was at the end, and think some more about HB 😍

A million thanks to Lollypip (and dramallama) for her recaps that helped along gaming noobs like myself, and for keeping me relatively positive here at the end (after mostly venting all over the wall 😉). I'd also like to thank the Netflix subbers, I'd see their names at the end of each episode and think they deserve some Beanie credit!

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I have to say that it was funny how they made Se-Ju into this hero at the end, even asking for his autograph, when he created that mess, made a really hard quest for someone else to complete then went into hiding. And then he casually says that Jin-woo is probably dead, ooops, sorry sis didn't know he was your boyfriend and not just some rando. Seriously why did he have to make the quest that hard? I'm glad they at least showed how that game would be an actual nightmare If it existed in real life.

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It's not the ending I was hoping for, but I'm not complaining. I'm just glad it wasn't a Black ending. This drama has been consistent and riveting from start to finish. It's the best drama I've seen thus far. No doubt a lot of it had to do with Hyun Bin. But the fresh new concept and style of story telling made it unlike anything that's out there.

I found the romance believable and organically developed. I started this show, not looking for romance, but ended up rooting for them as a couple. How can you not expect romance with someone as charismatic as Hyun Bin?

Overall it was a thrill ride and I will remember this drama for a long time. Having serious Hyun Bin withdrawals now though....sigh....

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