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Storms and danger lie ahead in OCN’s Watcher

A new teaser and poster have been released for OCN’s upcoming crime-thriller Watcher, featuring the lead actors Han Seok-kyu (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim), Kim Hyun-joo (Miracle That We Met), and Seo Kang-joon (The Third Charm).

The three leads play characters from different specialties in the field of law and justice. Seo Kang-joon plays a police officer, Kim Hyun-joo is former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney; and Han Seok-kyu is a senior detective. The three become connected by a tragic incident, and the clues to the cause of the tragedy point toward corruption within the law force. The trio then team up to form an internal investigations unit – with Han Seok-kyu as their leader – and take on the challenging task of rooting out the perpetrators hidden among their ranks.

The newly released poster shows the three actors gathered together around a table, deep in discussion over the papers and files piled on the table. The color palette is cold and dark, but the room is lighted by the rays of sunlight shining through the tall windowpanes along the wall. The caption on the poster reads, “Who watches the watchers?”

The teaser shows us glimpses of the three main characters and the conflict that they’re up against. It starts with a man in a phone booth while rain falls and lightning flashes outside of the phone booth. There is a quick intercut of Han peering around the corner and we cut away to Seo Kang-joon walking with a flashlight through a dark warehouse. In voice-over, we hear Han Seok-kyu warning, “If you hesitate, then another person could die.” As he narrates, the scene changes to Han Seok-kyu talking to Seo Kang-joon as they sit at a table in a locker room, before it transitions to the two of them standing outside. The next sequence shows Seo twisting a man’s arm behind his back and slamming him against a wall. It quickly cuts back to the man in the phone booth, who hangs up the receiver and exits the booth. The next scenes show us a distressed and bloodied woman who is tied up with her mouth taped shut; then a rear shot of someone walking down a hallway with a gun in hand. We return to Han Seok-kyu seated at the table with Seo Kang-joon as Han explains, “I catch the bad cops” and it cuts away to Kim Hyun-joo meeting someone in a field. Then Seo’s back, patrolling the dark warehouse, before it cuts to a pair of bloody hands reaching for a cellphone on the ground. The teaser comes to an end as it flashes back to the man in the phone booth, showing a close-up of his face as he talks to someone on the payphone while the storm rages outside.

OCN drama Watcher is currently set to premiere next month on July 6, 2019.

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Gonna watch this, for sure. The posters look really good and what else can I say, I am always up for psychological thrillers.

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i eagerly await

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I'm ready for it!

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It's OCN - of course I'll watch it.

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The poster look so cool. So basically they will become a team to fight corruption and doing investigation. Either they team up from the get go and let the flasback or exposition tell a story behind it, or they team up unconditionally due to one case and the build upbof their relationship start from there.

Either way, I can't wait to watch it. Since the concept seems so cool and I used to check the first 2 episode my bias drama. Lol

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@missjb,
You may know this already but if not WATCHER is now on the COMING SOON list at Vicki!
I was making a perfunctory check and there it was.
I can't believe it. Perhaps OCN's KILL IT licensed by Viki was the start of something good.

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I didn't expecting It either. Considering this drama seems has little hype around it. And has little interest around international and local community. Now we will have reliable translation. I don't mind to wait alittle longer.

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Yup

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Fingers crossed that it will be available subbed.

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Thank you Viki!

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Love OCN but not gonna watch this!

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Why?

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I can't enjoy a show if I don't like the actors. :(

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Love the casts..

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Great cast! July 6th can't come soon enough.

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Watched ep. 1 today and am definitely drawn into the mystery of Yeong-goon's parents. I wonder if Yeong-goon already suspects our pair of bad cops were behind it. I sure do.

Afterwards I realized how much children were drawn into this sinister world: young Yeong-goon, who witnessed a murder; Ah-reum, hiding in the bathtub; the boy who was kidnapped; and Detective Jang/Bad Cop #1's own daughter, reading with him in bed. It's unsettling to see them all exposed in one way or another.

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I watched it too,

However since it looks as though not even ep1& 2 will be recapped on dramabeans it's pointless for someone like me, who can't really put 2 and 2 together even with subs, to continue watching this show...even though it seems good.

Definitely will give it another try if I get bored ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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So Jang Hae Ryong's now-dead minion kidnapped and abused Han Tae Joo?

I'm sure JHR is also behind Yeong-goon's tragedy. It's just a little too convenient that YG is now on a team with the his father's former colleague/arresting officer and the woman who prosecuted the case, and that their target is responsible for all their personal tragedies.

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๐Ÿ˜‚ these connections are the staple of Kdramas. Usually they take away the fun a little, but sometimes shows are excuted well enough that they make.sense in the story. I'm hoping this show is going to be the latter.

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I think there is a character they have not introduced. I feel JHR may be a red herring. of course, i could be completely wrong ; )

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@zzthorn @linda-palapala @kurama If you want to talk more about Watcher eps. 1 and 2, here's one place we could do that.

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Thanks for the links.

I am back, bored as hell hoping for some more shock factored this week.

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Oops wrong drama, lol,๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚

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Dramabeans??

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Doesn't look like this is on track to be recapped.

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I'll join in. I wonder if the flashback that YG had in the warehouse was connected to the situation he witnessed or the bad cop. The now dead detective seemed to young to me to be so deeply involved in YG childhood tragedy.

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I took it as a PTSD flashback due to what he witnessed as a kid. Like you said, the cop looked too young to be involved.

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I thought it was the words. The words that the father was saying -- just spare my son -- took him back to that moment when his mother was dying and pleading, just spare my son.

Was it really his father who killed his mother? Did Yeong-goon ever see the face? I have to think JHR either instigated it somehow or was actually the murderer.

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I thought it was two separated memories? One of his mother, who died at their home, and one that was connected to the warehouse.

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Yes, the pleading for the child's life was what I saw as the trigger, too.

I've been wondering about that too. He said to that corrupt cop that his father is a murderer and he witnessed it, but I feel like there's more to the story. I wonder how much he actually witnessed first-hand and whether he misinterpreted anything as a child.

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Or another possibility that I'm wondering about is whether he lied and is still lying about his father being the murderer, since he couldn't do anything about it back then, so that the real murderer won't suspect that YG grew up and became a cop to catch him.

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Ooh, I hadn't thought of that, but that is very kdrama-like ๐Ÿ˜‰. I can see that being a possibility.

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@lindag, that's interesting theory, but would be possible for little kid who just witnessed his mother's murder to come up with such a plan? I thought he has something like amnesia due to shock? And just go with what people told him, tha this father is murderer?

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@shach, he mentioned that he was not asked to testify at the trial ("No one asked me.") So he could have decided to keep his mouth shut as a child out of fear and powerlessness. But as he grew up, he could have decided to become a cop to catch the man/men who destroyed his family and left him feeling afraid and powerless. It seems clear that his father is not still around. So I wouldn't be surprised that the bad guy also arranged his demise in prison.

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@lindag, latebloomer,
Thanks for hijacking rather scouting out this place for WATCHER fans. This is my comment at the Premier watch post after watching the first two episodes.

It does not appear that WATCHER will be recapped so this may be the place for fans to discuss episodes.
Warning! Possible Spoilers!
Yesterday I watched the first 2 episodes. Some random thoughts:
1. I loved what I saw. OCN has come through again with an intriguing, gritty crime drama;
2. Before getting to Seo Kang-joon, I want to reference two other actors. Heo Sung-tae (portraying Chief Jang Hae-ryong) is cornering the market for playing bad guys/heavies. Already he gives me the creeps and I expect more from him. Lee Jae-yoon gave a fine (cameo) performance as corrupt Det. Kim Kang-wook.
Like Lee Joon-gi, LJY is a student of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In his several fight scenes his athletic ability was obvious in his physicality. The LJY-SKJ fight scenes were excellent. SKJ is obviously also in great shape;
3. All three leads nicely established their characters. I know it is early days but in two episodes we know all three leads are wounded but have backbones; and
4. Seo Kang-joon is a major reason I am watching and I think he is terrific as Officer Kim Young-koon. I am looking forward to the next episodes.

Obviously, here is a better place for fans to discuss episodes.

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another 'Watcher' watcher here!
loving it so far. 2 episodes down.

Watcher:
Finally caught up with the first two episodes and love it!! I love a good mystery/thriller and this show promises to be one. It felt like too many characters were being introduced, all of them in a grey murky zone. But by the end of second episode things got a bit clear. Still a lot of grey to keep us guessing. I hope they can keep up this pace for 14 more episodes.

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I really like all the grey characters--it makes things a lot more interesting. With these kinds of procedural/cop dramas you often get straight-forward "good" and "bad" characters, so I'm liking the blurred lines here.

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I watched ep. 3 last night. I have mixed feelings about it. SPOILERS AHEAD. I think the organ trafficking plot is a little contrived, and the idea that the big boss would show up to track down a missing "donor," prepared to kill to get her back, is a little far-fetched. Surely someone who was smart enough to survive in that business for so long without getting caught has minions that he can send instead of going himself.

I'm also intrigued that somehow this organ trafficking plot somehow connects to the personal attack on HTJ back then. How does she know that Prosecutor Lee knows who did it? And what's with him? Is he playing both sides against the middle? One thing is for sure, when he said that he would tell her when this case was over, I was sure that would not happen, probably because he would get killed and take that secret with him.

What experienced cop would set up an operation like this when an unreliable witness could destroy it with a few words?

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Agree, I felt let down by this episode, this organ trafficking plot didn't make much sense, and I hope they don't try to connect every case to main plot, I just don't want them to go the route so typical for OCN, high on action, low on logic.

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With the high calibre of the actors in this drama, you would hope they had a high-calibre script. I thought the first two episodes were really well done. Do you suppose they switch off between different writers?

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Nah, it's just Korean writers are not particularly good with procedurals, when it comes to details, I don't know why it's that genre but that how I see it. Even Chinese drama are better in that.

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Also, I'm SO GLAD we are having this discussion even though DB is not recapping.

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@lindag @shach
I agree with you both about episode 3. I still enjoyed it, but it didn't feel as tightly (or believably) written. The whole organ trafficking thing felt a bit off to me. Of course the acting is still so solid that I'm invested in the characters none the less.

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So Prosecutor Lee did die without spilling the beans.

Just, why would the murderer-cop stop to snip the thumb off a dead man? Doesn't that make it possible for the investigators to tie the cases together? Why would a cop do that?

If Detective Do's supervisor were a little younger and a little taller, I would suspect him. Since he gets to open and close the investigations, he's in the perfect position to hide his own dirty deeds. Having Detective Do work for him would be a great cover.

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Maybe he needed his thumb-print for something...like to get in a super secret safe...๐Ÿคจ

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Maybe he likes his trophies as any self respected serial killer;) But seriously there is something unnerving with this recurring line about thumbs and humanity.
I think it's someone we haven't met yet, someone Det. Jang would look up to, and someone who was able to twist Det. Kim to made him into psychopath apprentice.

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@lindag latebloomer,
Sorry for this basic question. How is Attorney Han Tae-joo, as a non-police civilian, able to work on the Corrupt Investigation Team? She walked in with the Commissioner when Chief Do learned about its creation. So assuming she was hired by the Commissioner I would think she would still not have any police powers like the ability to arrest someone.
She has prosecutorial experience and contacts. She has her assistant (I am not sure if he has a title so for now) Mr. Hong. I wonder if she and the Commissioner have a side deal of some sort.

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Maybe because she used to be a prosecutor, she was a good candidate for investigating prosecutors? I don't know, it's another one of those too-convenient things needed to make the story work.

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Finishing ep. 8, SPOILERS AHEAD, I'm coming back to this theory. There obviously was a third person in that apartment, and s/he was hiding in the bathtub. We already know Deputy Comm Park set up KJM and DCG to kill each other. It couldn't have been JHR hiding in the bathtub, because he was somewhere else knocked out from electric shock. So the people we have left that could possibly be the killer are Deputy Commissioner Park and Commissioner Whatever-Her-Name-Is. I suspect he's the one who snips fingers, and she's the one who runs the show.

I'm really sorry to lose KJM as a character at this point. I don't see how this can go on for eight more episodes.

Also, do you think the writing team switches off from week to week? I thought these two episodes were really well done, and not at all ridiculous -- apart from that fact that a convicted murderer was able to walk wherever he wanted in the police station with a gun stashed in his waistband.

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OMG!!! Do you think that was a true memory at the end of ep. 8? If it was, then what about the flashback of DCG calling from the phone booth -- was that not real??? Why would he have even brought that up if he were the killer? Has he really been hiding behind his job all this time, running a criminal enterprise? I don't get it. Does that mean JHR really rescued HTJ and KYG? Does that mean that the cop who died in ep. 2 was some kind of disciple of DCG? EVerything points to him now, but it's just really hard to believe.

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I doubt it was a real memory, YG must be projecting it felt more nightmarish and exaggerated rather than a real memory, for some reason I don't want CG to be the murderer.
At first I thought CG was leaving a message to JM but if he was talking it someone that night it must be the real killer.

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I don't think so. I think after KYG remembered witnessing DCG put something in the washing machine (and knowing the significance of that after his conversation with HTJ) his mind saw DCG as the killer.

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On one side of the equation:
- Do Chi Gwang was on the scene when the mother was murdered
- was seen to have put the bloody jacket in the washing machine
- has shown us that he'll use brutality to get what he wants from a suspect
- knew where to look for the bodies and knew whose medical records to check
- was sent down by Dep Comm Park as the one KJM was looking for
- was on the scene when KJM was murdered
- was injured when KJM was murdered, but only superficially -- could have been self-inflicted
- was named by that bratty rich kid as the cop who met with his father (in a shady way)
- fits the description of someone who is able to completely hide his "crazy" side
- can avoid investigation because he's the one who investigates bad cops
- shot dead the guy who stole the bribery log

On the other side of the equation:
- both the commissioner and the deputy commissioner want that bribery log
- both of them are hiding things
- JHR inexplicably keeps showing up in the right place at the right time to save KYG and HTJ

There are only three candidates for the serial killer right now. Either DCG, with the knowledge of Dep Comm Park; or Dep Comm Park; or the Commissioner. It can't be JHR, because he was somewhere else, incapacitated, when KJM was murdered.

To tell you the truth, I'm not sure I'll keep watching if DCG is the villain. I really feel betrayed over that. I want to trust him.

One other thing -- if he is the villain, I think he's going to do something to JHR's daughter. I think the fact that we keep seeing her means something dangerous is going to happen to her before the end.

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I agree with the rest that it wasn't real memory just projection, Det. Do planned to frame JM for the other detective murder I assumed and he was on the scene after the murder, I think this dead detective case has a lot of answers about what's going on today.

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I won't comment one ep.8 yet, I'm only o ep7 but I think writing team is the same, the plotline is very neat after ep 3 blunder, I swear earlier that I don't want every episode and crime connected to main plot, but they did it and they did so good that I take back what I wrote about not wanting such development.

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I can't picture DC Park as ringleader, he is to skittish and nervous to go around collecting people's thumbs, and I think as a woman Commissioner wouldn't have an authority to pull someone like Jang in? Honestly none of characters introduced so far seems like someone able to pull such a huge criminal operation.

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OK, I'm finding this a little hard to swallow. Here we are just six eps in and we are supposed to suspect that our hero is actually the villain behind everyone's crime? This has got to be a red herring. We saw Detective Do frame and abuse suspects this episode, but why would we believe he murdered Kim Young-goon's mother? Especially after seeing him in the phone booth, and then discovered Young-goon cowering in the bath tub? And then we're supposed to believe he dressed up with a hood and a Darth Vader voice-thingy and threatened to chop people's fingers off just to cover his tracks? Was the brutal cop who got killed in ep. 2 supposed to be his disciple? It's just not credible, and the timing is all wrong. I'm a little disappointed, show, that you think I'd fall for that.

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I don' think Detective Do is the serial killer after all he's the one who suggested to dig up that site but he is suspicious when it comes to the murder of YG's mother or whatever happened that night, again I don't think he killed her but they showed us he put something in the washing machine before discovering YG. He has some skeletons in his closet.

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For me it's just red herring. It still doesn't make sense why DCK has to kill an innocent.

But him Killing a person with YG as a witness makes us questioning his moral compass and where he stand and what his principle is. I just realized YG basically witnessing 2 murder in 6 episode caused by his subordinated.

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I still don't think Det. Do is the murderer but he definitely framed YK's father (maybe to avenge his superior's murder/disappearance). I think they mentioned it but there is a chance we're looking for multiple culprits at least the serial killer and the one calling the shots and a slew of corrupt cops (while writing this it made me think of L A Confidential I may be reaching but I don't know I liked the idea)

Although Jae Myung death wasn't shocking I still held out hope he wouldn't die, couldn't they give us at least one more episode of father and son getting to know each other again and bonding, it was so heartbreaking when he opened the door ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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I think they try to show that none of the character is really "clean" except maybe for rookie girl detective.

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That what I love about the show almost all of the characters are after their own goals and self interest but I don't think the rookie detective is clean or she is not telling the truth, there's something with her "boyfriend" or who ever keeps calling her.

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I can't believe I have to wait for next week I want all the episodes now.

I'm glad that the suspicions around Det. Do have been cleared at least in regards to his involvement in the murder of YK parents, right now our trio needs to start working together espically since now they'll know there is a spy among them.
It was obvious from the beginning Soo Yeon was working for someone, now we need to know if that someone is good or bad, I really hope she's one of the good guys I don't want for our little team to break up.

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And another thing kudos to Seo Kang Joon it's my first drama of his and he's been very good so far, I felt for him in the car when he found out his father was already sick and he was alone all day.

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I'm glad I didn't quit watching at ep. 8, because eps. 9 and 10 have turned the possibilities upside down again. Since DCG admitted tampering with the jacket and since we learned how he set up the "murder" of Ms. Baek, he seems to have cleared himself as the murderer -- although that hasn't changed KYG's current memories of the first murder. Although Det. Jang is dirty in many ways, I'm beginning to doubt that he is the murderer either. I'm leaning toward Dep. Comm. Park, but I wouldn't rule out the commissioner. Only we don't know what her position was 15 years ago, and it seems unlikely that she would be snipping people's thumbs off. Park is ruthless enough to do that, but was he strong enough?

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Dep. Comm. Park is definitely involved (and maybe the commissioner) but I don't see them as the killer at least not the thumb cutting serial killer unless the mom's murder was carried out by someone other than the serial killer

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ep. 11 -- I have the feeling that Turtle is a woman. That can't be the commissioner running around murdering people, can it? Dep. Comm. Park is also the right size to be Turtle. Det. Jang is too tall. Det. Do has an alibi. Who's left who has been around for 15 years, is the right size, has enough strength?

ep 12 - I think the show is setting us up for an ending where Han TJ is fatally wounded by Turtle, but also manages to wound him/her fatally. She will die satisfied that she finally tracked down the person who ruined her life and inflicted her revenge. (What a sad way to go!) But Do CG and Kim YG will still have to arrest the mastermind. I'm not convinced that that isn't the commissioner, but then she was not old enough to be the murderer 15 years ago, right?

Did you get the feeling that Dep. Comm. Park's visit to the team office was a warning to Do CG that he can let it go or he will be the next target?

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The Turtle was of such a small stature that I thought it might be a woman too, but alas what's more interesting it's seems it's not a person but a title of designated killer, so the question now is who is the Turtle 0?
And now I'm digging Dep. Comm. Yeom, she's moving like a boss, and she has her own agenda for sure.

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The two Turtles that we know of were both from Investigation Team. And the thumb-cutting and the "what makes us human" slogan seem to have been passed down with the title.

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I now think that Inspector Jang can be on suspects list again, he too cold and unbothered with everything unravelling around, and he look like someone who could lead criminal syndicat.

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I really hope the series doesn't end with TJs death she's one of my favourite characters I want her to come out on top at the end.

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Ever since I've read your comment all I've been thinking who is gonna die at the end of the series (of course of it was up to me no one would die and they will all live happily ever after) and I think if anybody is dying it might be CG especilly after that tourture scene (This is the first time I thought of actually skipping a scene, it was vey hard to watch) it'll kind of a redemption for him.

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