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W–Two Worlds: Episode 5

I feel like there are no rules in this drama, which is terrifying and thrilling all at once. Is this the story of a hero, or a monster? Is this drama about creating your own happy ending, or is it about discovering that real life has no such thing as neat narrative arcs, or meaning, or purpose? Really, depending on which side of the bed you woke up on today, it could feel like either extreme. Maybe happily-ever-after is just what you make of it… or maybe happy endings are a construct that never existed in the first place.

 

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Kang Chul’s entire world literally comes to a grinding halt the second he becomes aware that he’s a manhwa character. After stepping through the mysterious webtoon frame connecting the manhwa world to the real one, Chul comes out on the other side and walks down the street in the pouring rain, still in a haze over the earth-shattering events he just witnessed.

Across the street, something catches his attention: It’s an ad for W the webtoon, with a giant image of Kang Chul plastered to the side of a bus, asking if he’ll finally catch his family’s killer. Chul is so shocked that he crosses the street in the middle of traffic, not even registering all the honking cars.

He comes face to face with his own… face… and looks stricken to see the proof so plainly, that he is a fictional character. He reaches out a shaky hand to touch the sign, like he’s still not sure that it’s real.

And because he’s smart, Chul goes straight to the nearest bookstore to track down his own manhwa. What he encounters is more shocking than he anticipated though—an entire display filled with volumes, all featuring him on the cover.

It takes him a moment to work up to it, but he rips open the first volume and sees character introductions for him, and the people closest to him. The story opens the way we opened the drama, in the Olympics shooting match where he won his gold medal. As Chul reads the part about his family’s brutal murder, he wells up with angry tears.

He rips open volume after volume, and we get clever exposition on Chul’s intervening years this way: Prosecutor Han got elected to the National Assembly, and though his public face was charismatic, behind closed doors he continued to hunt Kang Chul ferociously.

Chul sought out top fighter Do-yoon for martial arts lessons, saying that he had the feeling that he’d be gaining more enemies soon and wanted to protect himself. Chul only wanted training from the best, and the boys developed a natural friendship as they trained.

Chul went after the city’s biggest criminals himself, fighting crime lords and their henchmen with Do-yoon by his side. That’s how he regained the public’s favor—by using his crime investigation show W to clean up the streets.

The more Chul’s popularity grew, the more people turned on Assemblyman Han, accusing him of orchestrating a witch-hunt on Kang Chul all those years ago. But still to this day, Assemblyman Han believed that Chul killed his own family and deserved to rot in jail.

By that point in his own story, Kang Chul has caught up with all thirty-three volumes of the manhwa, and he throws the last one down onto the pile with a thud. He sits there numbly on the floor of the bookstore for a long time, until the employees finally ask him to leave because they’re closing.

He asks dispassionately if this manhwa is popular, and the employees say it’s been a bestseller for over five years. He scoffs at that, calling it funny. I have no idea how he has the presence of mind to find humor in the irony. He gets up to leave, and when the clerk offers to bag the books for him, he says, “I don’t need them. It’s a story I already know.”

At the hospital, Yeon-joo stares at the webtoon image of Kang Chul on his plane, saying to himself that he might be shaken if she said she loved him one more time. (I love that she gets to see these private moments after the fact!) She relives their kiss as she thinks of him.

Su-bong calls and says that the technicians checked all the equipment at Dad’s workshop, but everything is in working order and the server is fine too, so they don’t know what caused the sudden freeze-out. Su-bong is so freaked out that he couldn’t stay in the workshop alone, and tells Yeon-joo that he’ll return when her dad shows up.

When she’s called in for a surgery, Yeon-joo scrubs up as her friend Seok-bum comes by, asking randomly if she has a fiancé that she never told him about. He says that someone is here looking for her saying that he’s engaged to her, and Yeon-joo says he must be mistaken since she has no guy in her life to be engaged to.

She’s about to go into surgery when it dawns on her that there IS someone who goes around saying that he’s her fiancé…

She comes out to the lobby where Seok-bum is talking to a man in black, and when she arrives, the man turns around. It’s Kang Chul, of course, and Yeon-joo gasps, her jaw practically hitting the floor. Chul winks at her, ha.

Seok-bum asks if they really know each other, and Chul answers yes before confidently marching up to Yeon-joo and leading her away by the hand. She’s so stunned that she just watches everything he’s doing like she must be imagining this, and when she finally finds her voice, she asks if she’s been sucked back into his world. She stammers that no, this is her hospital with her friend Seok-bum, and Chul says, “I came here, to your world.”

He tells her that his world stopped—everything but him. He doesn’t know why he’s the only one not frozen in time, and wonders if it’s a perk of being the lead character. He says he left it all and came here, and spent all the cash he had in his pocket to read all thirty-three volumes of his manhwa.

He understands now how Yeon-joo knew him so well, and guesses that she was a devoted reader who’s followed him for seven years. “Do you know how much I regret it now? I should’ve listened to your warning then,” he says without bitterness. He thinks back to her warning in prison that he’d be unhappy if she told him the truth, and says he never could have imagined that the truth would be this.

But he adds, “I know now, how much you were thinking of me with your silence then.” He says that’s why he came, to say goodbye one last time. She gives him a quizzical look, and he smiles faintly and thanks her for being so considerate to the end. He says that she’s a really good person, and is qualified to become a really good doctor.

Yeon-joo searches his face, not knowing what to make of any of this, when she’s interrupted by a phone call asking her to come down to surgery. She asks Chul to wait here for her and not go anywhere or do anything, and to just think of her as his guardian.

He laughs and asks if she’s mimicking him, and she points out that here he has no money, no ID, and no house, which is a predicament she understands well. She says she’s not rich like him, but she’s a real doctor here, with money and a home. Aw, he looks genuinely touched by her words.

She pleads with him to just stay right here and wait for her, and he manages a faint smile to reassure her that he will. Why does it look like his eyes are crying though? Satisfied, she turns to go.

But at the last second Chul pulls her back towards him and leans down to kiss her, this time slow and soft and lingering. Humona.

When he finally steps back, Yeon-joo still has her eyes closed like she doesn’t want to wake up from this moment. It’s incredibly endearing.

She does eventually open her eyes again, and then she starts to panic, wondering why he’s suddenly being like this. Chul says that after reading the manhwa, his unhappiness increased about ninety-nine-fold, but there was one good thing that came out of it. He says that he felt like he was always the one at a disadvantage, but then he got to see Yeon-joo’s true intentions too: “So it’s probably best not to act coy.” Embarrassing!

Yeon-joo gets the second call from the nurse and has to go, but urges Chul to wait for her, and to seek out her friend Seok-bum if anything happens while she’s in surgery. Chul says that Seok-bum acted prickly when he said he was her fiancé, and makes sure that he isn’t her boyfriend. Yeon-joo reminds him that she already told him she didn’t have a boyfriend.

I don’t like the way Chul’s face falls when Yeon-joo leaves…

Yeon-joo is on edge all throughout her surgery, and Professor Crazy Dog is doubly annoyed at her tardiness because her name is Oh Yeon-joo, and he’s currently mad at all Oh Yeon-joos of the world because his favorite manhwa is being ruined by one.

Kang Chul doesn’t stay and wait for her, of course, and seeks out Dad’s workshop instead. When no one answers the doorbell, he breaks in. Despite knowing that he’s about to enter his creator’s workshop, it’s overwhelming when he sees his face pinned up on every wall. There are conceptual drawings of every detail of his life, from his car, to this penthouse suite, to his best friends.

What haunts him the most is a sketchpad on Dad’s desk, with early conceptual sketches of Kang Chul’s face, as he worked out the facial features—more proof that he was made, not born. Chul catches his own reflection in the window and snarls at what he sees, and it sends him into a rage. He throws the sketchpad and starts tearing apart Dad’s office in a fury, until he sees something that makes him still.

He walks over to the wall where Dad has hung a series of pictures of him with his daughter, as a child, a young girl, a teen, and then a doctor—where she is clearly recognizable as Yeon-joo.

He’s stunned and thinks back to how Yeon-joo saved him over and over, how she was invincible in his world, and that she said she was a fan who wanted him to get a happy ending. He looks at that photo like it’s a cruel joke, and storms out.

Meanwhile, Yeon-joo’s surgery finally ends, and she fails to sneak out before Crazy Dog chews her out for being insubordinate lately, which he traces to the moment he told her he was her dad’s fan. As usual, Crazy Dog ends up ranting about W instead, angry at her father for suddenly turning his thriller manhwa into a romance. Hilariously, Yeon-joo argues back that a hero can sometimes fall in love because he can’t be working all the time: “He’s a person too!”

Crazy Dog is appalled that she’s arguing with him about this, and huffs that it’s not love—it’s just a passing fancy. It’s Yeon-joo’s turn to get huffy, and she asks why it couldn’t be love between Chul and Yeon-joo. Crazy Dog keeps asking for proof, and she just touches her lips and says she can’t tell them.

The staff assumes she knows some spoilers, and Crazy Dog goes extra crazy at the thought that Kang Chul might end up with Yeon-joo when he’s supposed to marry So-hee, who’s stuck by his side for ten years. I seriously love that they’re having a shouting fanwar about this—it feels like my life.

Yeon-joo gets riled up as she argues that there’s been no indication that Kang Chul sees So-hee as anything more than a friend, while Crazy Dog calls it ludicrous to assume that the story would veer from the formula. Yeon-joo: “How can you say there’s a formula for people’s feelings?! Why are you interpreting Kang Chul however you want when you don’t even know? Kang Chul likes ME!” Pwahahahaha.

Everyone in the room turns to look at her like she’s crazy, and Yeon-joo hangs her head when she catches her slip. Crazy Dog says that Yeon-joo seems about the maturity level of his tween daughter who’s currently going through her fangirl stage, and offers to introduce them so they can be friends.

Yeon-joo is so impatient to get out of there that she asks to get yelled at even more later, and just runs out with Crazy Dog screaming after her. Kang Chul is nowhere to be found, of course, and she wonders what he meant by “final goodbye.” She tries calling Dad, but his phone is still turned off.

Dad finally turns up at his workshop, and trudges inside to pour himself a drink. He checks his phone to find panicked texts from Su-bong saying that Yeon-joo has gotten sucked into the manhwa world again, and then when he reads Yeon-joo’s text looking for him, he calls her back.

Yeon-joo answers in a hurry, but before Dad can say anything to her, Kang Chul walks out from his office. Aaaah! Dad drops his glass of scotch, understandably terrified. Yeon-joo can hear Kang Chul’s voice on the other end, and realizes that he’s found her father.

Chul says that they’ve met a few times before, and that they have a lot to talk about. At last Dad stammers, “How…?” Chul says that’s really a question for him: “They say you made me.”

Chul pulls out a chair for Dad and wants to talk, not really giving him much of a choice in the matter. Dad shuffles over warily, eyeing the box-cutter on the desk as he nears. He looks pretty shifty, but he manages to grab the box-cutter and swing at Chul.

Chul dodges quickly and disarms Dad, slamming his head down onto the desk. Yeon-joo gasps as she hears their struggle on the phone, but can’t do anything to stop them. Dad continues to attack, so finally Chul bonks Dad on the head with the butt of his pistol, sending him to the ground.

He picks Dad up and throws him into the chair before lowering his gun right in Dad’s face. Chul: “Be grateful to your daughter. I’m treating you gently for her sake. While you were anxious to kill me, your daughter worked hard to save me.”

With her cell phone still on the call with Dad, Yeon-joo grabs her desk phone and calls Su-bong to hurry up and get to the workshop, because Kang Chul is here and confronting Dad right this minute. She has to say it twice for Su-bong to comprehend, and he stands up in the middle of a PC-bang shouting, “KANG CHUL IS HERE?!”

Yeon-joo urges him to get there fast, and to tell Chul that she’s on her way and has something to tell him. She hangs up and runs out of the hospital, and Su-bong sits there having a mini-freakout before grabbing his snacks (do you have time for that?) and rushing out.

Thankfully Chul really does want to talk, and withdraws his gun. He looks down at his hand that Dad scratched up in their scuffle, and muses with interest, “I bleed.” He notes that Dad isn’t invincible in this world: “Just an average person, who hurts and bleeds. That’s normal. That’s fair. It was always me dying and bleeding—unfairly.”

We flash back to the night that Dad drew him getting stabbed on the rooftop. After finishing the bloody drawing, Dad had reached for his scotch with a satisfied look, when suddenly a hand came reaching out of his monitor and grabbed him by the collar. It wasn’t Yeon-joo that he pulled in there?!

Chul remembers now that it was Dad that he pulled in the first time, and we see Dad standing on the roof looking horrified, while Kang Chul pleaded with him to call emergency. Not only did he not make the phone call, but he turned around to go pick up the killer’s knife.

Kneeling over Chul’s body, Dad had said in a shaky voice, “Let’s end this,” and stabbed him right in the gut. Ack!

Even after getting stabbed, Chul forced the bloody knife out of his gut and turned it on Dad, shoving it into his chest. Dad fell back in terror, but they were both shocked to see that he was unharmed—it was then that Chul saw he was invincible.

In the present, Chul says that Dad was the one to deliver the deadly blow, and no one seemed to know that there were two separate killers on the roof that night. He’d had a hunch that the second killer was the one who kept trying to kill him without reason, not that he knew then what Dad was to him.

Chul supposes that Dad got everything he wanted out of him like fame and fortune, and when he had no use for the character anymore, he thought to kill him off heartlessly. Chul finds it amusing how famous Dad is, because he found out a lot with a quick internet search, like how he was always an alcoholic and an unsuccessful husband and father who spent many years as a talentless no-name artist.

In flashback, we see Little Yeon-joo sitting in the corner drawing while her parents argued over Dad’s drinking for the millionth time. OMO—she’s drawing a boy holding a gun, and though it doesn’t look like Kang Chul (because it’s a kid’s cartoon drawing), it’s got to be him.

Chul doesn’t know that detail though, and says that Dad created a character who was the exact opposite of himself in every way—strong-willed, young, famous, successful—a strong man. He laughs to recount an article that said he was named Kang Chul (meaning “steel”) for that reason, and he surmises that Dad was living vicariously through him.

Chul continues narrating that it didn’t last long though, because Mom and Yeon-joo eventually left him, and Dad was such a weak person that he fell apart instantly. And because Dad didn’t have the strength to kill himself, he had Kang Chul commit suicide on that bridge in his place: “Because the only thing you can control in this world is me.” Dayum.

Chul says he’s had nightmares every night since that he was drowning in the Han River, and it’s only now that he knows—he really did die that day, until Dad changed his mind and rewrote the story.

Dad finally speaks up to argue that point, because he didn’t change his mind at all. He says that he killed Chul on that bridge, but Chul was the one who held on, like he was begging to live. And because Dad had affection for the character, he softened and chose to let him live. He says now that that was his critical error, because after that, Kang Chul became a monster.

Yeon-joo is heartbroken as she hears Dad scream that he gave Kang Chul everything—all the characteristics he wished he could have. Dad says that Chul is trying to understand the world with the brain that HE gave him: “Does that make sense? You’re nothing but a drawing!”

Dad says he thought he was going mad at first, and went to a therapist, and told his friends. But no one believed him. He even thought of running away because he was so scared, but then he couldn’t because of Yeon-joo.

He admits that he didn’t do anything for his daughter while she was growing up, but he was doing well and the manhwa was successful and making money, so he told himself to hang on a little longer. Dad decided to continue the manhwa until he made enough so that Yeon-joo could live comfortably for the rest of her life, and on the phone Yeon-joo sighs to hear this from her dad.

Dad argues that Chul isn’t the only one having nightmares, because he dreamt nightmares every night too, but held on with the belief that he could end it soon. But every attempt to kill Kang Chul has been thwarted, and then Chul even went so far as to pull Yeon-joo into his world.

That’s why Dad stabbed him, in the hopes that this curse would end. He rants, “You are an illusion. You’re not anything! You’re just a character I created! So why are you showing up in front of me and pretending to be a person? Why are you pulling my daughter into this and continuing the story however you please? You’re just a character, do you hear me?! A predetermined setting that I created!”

Dad actually eggs Kang Chul on to try and shoot him, insisting that he won’t be able to because Dad created him to be a just, righteous character who can’t murder anyone. Dad looks almost triumphant as he declares Chul a law-abiding hero with a conscience whom everyone loves, because he made it so.

Ohmygah, DAD! STOP IT. You can actually see the defiance spark in Kang Chul’s eyes, as Dad full-on gloats that even Chul being here now isn’t of his own free will—it’s because Dad created him to be strong-willed and relentless. Dad says his mistake was in making Chul so strong-willed that he kept fighting his own death, but he says even that is his own doing as Chul’s creator.

Dad: “You have never once stepped outside of my settings for you!” Dad grabs Chul’s gun and sticks it in his own chest, urging him to go ahead and shoot. Yeon-joo pleads with Dad to stop, even though he can’t hear her.

Chul struggles with the pistol in his hand, but in the end Dad was right about him—he can’t shoot, and the realization brings tears to his eyes. Aw buddy. I’ve never been sadder for someone to learn he’s not a cold-blooded killer.

He wipes away his tears quietly and then switches to Plan B: He holds the gun up to Dad and orders him to draw the ending of the manhwa that he originally intended, before making him commit suicide on the bridge. Chul guesses that his desire to catch his family’s killer was so strong that it brought him all the way here, and orders Dad to draw the killer’s face so that he can go back to his world and finish the story in a way that makes sense. Chul says his friends are still stuck back there, neither dead nor alive, and he can’t just leave them there.

Dad says there’s nothing he can do now, because a storyline has to make sense to Kang Chul for it to play out in the manhwa. Chul says the ending he wants is simple: catch the killer, bring him to justice, and live a normal life. He holds Dad up at gunpoint and orders him to draw.

Dad picks up his pen… but then he puts it down and admits that he doesn’t know, because there is no culprit—it was just a story point that he added in order to make the hero strong. Just a tragedy in a hero’s backstory, like a go-to trope.

Chul’s eyes fill with tears and he asks how that’s possible. But Dad says the crime has to be unsolved to make him a hero; solving the case would mean the end of the story. Dad argues that if Kang Chul were happy, no one would buy his story, and he doesn’t have clues because there never was a culprit in the first place.

Chul looks broken at his words, and asks angrily how there could be no culprit when Dad killed his entire family and framed him for the crime. It dawns on him that he was trying to kill him because the story can’t have a happy ending. Chul supposes that if none of this had happened, Dad would’ve continued drawing and being successful to the end of his days.

Kang Chul’s voice breaks as he cries, “And I never would’ve known the reason, running after a killer who could never be caught, suffering from insomnia every night, getting hurt and broken. Endlessly suffering and repeating it over and over. Do you even know what I’ve been through? Things that you would never be able to endure. You made me go through it all, thinking yourself a god with that tiny finger, without any responsibility, while I remember every single moment of pain.”

Dad just answers quietly, “That’s fiction. That’s a writer’s job.” But Chul argues that he’s not just a writer, because Dad saw him living and breathing and still tried to kill him. He says that’s Dad’s true nature—violent and cruel, just hidden because he holds a pen instead of a knife.

Chul raises his gun again: “Your true nature is a son of a bitch, and it’s as if you have already committed murder.” Dad shuts his eyes, waiting for the shot. Yeon-joo gasps and begs him not to shoot while trying to hurry, and Su-bong arrives outside the gate, panicked.

With the gun cocked, Chul trembles and clenches his jaw, determined to fight his nature and shoot. Tears trickle down his face and he can’t bear to do it. Su-bong cries out for Dad, and Chul lowers his arm and tells Dad to think of a way to fix this before he returns. Yeon-joo breathes a sigh of relief.

As he turns to go, Chul says that Dad was lucky today, but then Dad has to go and stick his foot in his mouth again. He says that Chul can’t shoot him, because that’s how his predetermined settings are. Are you TRYING to push him over the edge??

It works, because Chul snaps, and in one swift motion, he pulls his gun out as he whirls around again. Time slows, and Dad looks up with fear in his eyes as Kang Chul aims his gun with a snarl.

He shoots, and Dad looks down at his bleeding chest in shock. He falls to the floor… Ack, is he dead??

 
COMMENTS

Wait, did he actually kill his creator? He can’t be dead-dead, right? Where do we go from here? Does Kang Chul just write his own story now? I fully expected Yeon-joo and Su-bong to arrive just in time to save the day, like they would’ve in any other drama. But they didn’t, because this drama is crazy. I honestly did think that Dad was asking for it when he kept egging Chul on to shoot him, almost taunting him about not having the free will to act outside of the set characteristics Dad had “programmed” him with. I mean, the guy defied death by developing free will so strong that you can’t even control your own creation, and you’re pushing his buttons and daring him to rebel against you? By the end of the episode, I’m fully convinced that Chul shoots Dad out of rebellion more than revenge—it’s an assertion of his free will to do the one thing that his creator insists he can never do by design. I’m simultaneously impressed that we went that far, sympathetic to Chul, and horrified that he shot Dad point-blank like that.

Thematically, it’s the ultimate reversal to have the monster that Dad created shoot him—a self-fulfilling prophecy, really, because Dad was so convinced that his creation would devour him that he treats Kang Chul with disgust and superiority, rather than pity or love. It’s Dr. Frankenstein through and through, and I’m scared for how dark Kang Chul will go now that he’s faced with the truth that his life and all its attendant tragedies are utterly meaningless. It’s probably not that far off from a normal existential crisis, where people wonder what the point of anything is in life, except it seems so much worse to have a man tell you that he made you suffer your whole life just because it sells books, and that you were destined to never solve the one mystery that was your driving force throughout young adulthood because then he’d run out of ideas for how to continue your story. It feels so… empty.

Frankly, I’m amazed that Kang Chul could hold it together in this episode at all, given the kind of mind-boggling things he learns about his own existence. Despite it being a slower episode on the action front, I was riveted by his first day in the real world, and the slow unraveling of horrifying truths. I wasn’t expecting him to confront his creator right away like this, and I certainly didn’t expect to learn that it was Dad that he pulled into his world the first time. Stabbing a dying man with a knife is very different from drawing a character into deadly situations, and I don’t disagree with Chul when he calls Dad a killer. I’m sympathetic to Dad’s fear that he created a monster, but now he’s no different from a monster himself—he’s turned into one in his obsession to “right” his wrong, and seems willfully blind towards Kang Chul’s feelings. It’s probably the way he justifies his actions—insisting that Chul isn’t real, because if he were, Dad would have to admit to being a killer.

I thought it was so clever of Chul to pick up on his character traits as being the very opposite of his creator’s, and to understand that Dad lived vicariously through Chul at a time when his own life was falling apart. It makes perfect sense that Dad becomes obsessed with controlling this one thing (though I guess you could argue that in a normal webtoon, you often aren’t worried about your characters going rogue on you), and it was heartbreaking when Chul cried that he had to endure all the things that Dad as a real person could never endure himself—to him those are real scars and memories, and it’s ironic that Dad put him through so much knowing that he was strong enough to handle it, when he himself broke down and gave up so easily in his own life.

And then of course there’s the big twist—that Kang Chul’s true creator might be Yeon-joo, not Dad—bringing a whole new dynamic into play. It hasn’t been confirmed, but if it’s true (both Dad and Yeon-joo being able to travel to Chul’s world and change the story seems to support this), this might explain the difference between Kang Chul and the other characters in his world. Everyone else was created by Dad, but maybe Chul belongs to Yeon-joo. Maybe it matters that she created him out of love because she wanted a friend or a hero, or maybe it matters that she wants sincerely for him to get a happy ending. So despite Dad’s wishes, maybe Chul is on a path to happiness because Yeon-joo wants it that way, and what she says goes? In any case it opens up a whole host of interesting ideas, especially for the romance. If there still IS a romance left to salvage, yunno, after he followed up swoony kisses by shooting her father in cold-blooded murder. The sentences this drama makes me type, I swear.

 
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Its the vesy first kdrama that make my hearts get in too...jezz

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Ahh!! So many theories after one episode that I think I might explode! Years of drama watching makes everyone smart enough to figure out clues from each episode. Thank you beanies!

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"If there still IS a romance left to salvage, yunno, after he followed up swoony kisses by shooting her father in cold-blooded murder. The sentences this drama makes me type, I swear."

PREACH GF!

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Normally a drama that i love THIS much would have attached with glue on the board chatting non stop

But this show - Gah! I just want to sit and savor it. I don't even have a clue on how to "discuss" this show. Where should i begin? What part, what moment should i dissect? Which crazy theory should i put forward?

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I luv this show. Just luv it.

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It does make me feel a little bit out of my depth--I feel like the writer has it so well in hand I'll just in the way if I try and dissect it too much. It's a good feeling for me to have with a story. Most of the time I end up guessing the end before I'm 50pgs in. (not bragging I swear, I just read a lot)

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Not only is the drama escalating quickly... comments on this episode here on DB is escalating at lightning speed as well. I refreshed from 30+ to see 140+ and now almost 300 comments. Wow! So much to read. :)

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I saw this episode without subs this morning and I was just jumping around scenes , but that ending man. When I saw that ending my mouth was hanging open from the shock.

THIS is the reason why I like this writer, she is not afraid to go in these types of directions. I know that with her it will most likely be twist, after twist, after twist and it will take me for a ride. I have confidence in her, that all this wild ride will have a direction and some sort of exit.

I have a theory, if any character is to die, and I mean real and comic characters, can they be brought back to life by drawing them into the comic? Thanks for the recap girlfriday :)

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That detail about YeonJoo possibly being Chul's creator which may be why she's leading him to a happy ending is a wonderful hidden gem in this episode. Loving this drama

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Dammit, Kang Chul! You should've either brought more money with you or not use all of it just to read your life! Now how will you survive?

I kid, I kid. But man, it sucks to have all that luxury gone. Poor guy, unless he can go back to his manhwa world easily. Not sure though, judging from the recaps only I have no idea how and where the story will progress.

Arrgh. I'm resisting the urge to watch it live because marathoning would be so much more intense...

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When LJS cries...... UGH my poor heart i cant handle it
W is too good!!! LJS is too gooddd!!! (Idk how many times ive said this) Gahhhhhh

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Supposing that Yeon-Joo created him, I give you:

Crazy theory 1002: The killer is from the real world. He left the webtoon after he shot Kang Chul's family and now is someone close to Yeon-Joo. That's why there was never any evidence. The killer was never of that world. Maybe someone is jealous of Kang Chul because he is Yeon-Joo's obsession/imaginary friend. I'm looking at you Seok-bum.

Why else would they make a point about Seok-bum being prickly when Kang Chul showed up as her fiance? And I think the killer is totally directing Dad's actions and that is why he is so desperate to kill Kang Chul. I'm out.

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My theory is that yeon joo created the killer. The drawing that she made when she was young was meant to be kang chul but since he looked different, its a different character although.

Her father created kang chul based on his daughter's drawing.

So which means there are two kang chul. The original wants to kill kang chul so that he could take his place.

There's just one of my theory, i do know there are some loopholes though.

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O________________O

If this turns out to be true, you're a genius.

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This one...is really plausible.

I have to applaud all these beanies for being so smart. I don't think I could ever come up with this stuff

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IKR! Beanies are all a bunch of geniuses really.

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Past episode: Shoot her. Just shoot her. Stop threatening and just shoot her. Omo. I can't believe you actually shot her!

This episode: Shoot him. Just shoot him. Come on, he's asking for it, shoot -- omo. I can't believe you actually shot him!

Show made me fall for it twice.

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Wahahaha! I know, right? I reckon it's the very reason why I love this show. It is just so darn unpredictable!

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Haha! Yeah I wouldn't have noticed if you didn't point it out.

But seriously dad had it coming.
He had all the maturity of a 5 year old- Shoot me! I dare you! Shoot me!!!

I wanted to smack him upside the head for all that smirky psychotic gloating...

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So the gun works and KC has money left in his pocket which would explain how he was able to buy all ! books and get to places like Dad's home. Hmmm... what is the explanation I wonder?

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Although the manhwa's world is fictional, it seems that it still mirrors the real world: same type of commodities, same country, same money, etc just different people. Well, that's my take on it.

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because they still in South Korea and in Seoul,
so they used the same currency and everything is the same, even the location, it just a different name of the exact same building and different people

for the gun, Idk, we need to know if ti actually works or not 1st

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Thanks for the replies guys. I wonder why I was thinking that if the money was accepted and the gun worked (we're not sure yet but I thought I saw blood) then why did the phone from webtoon did not work in real world. I realized that YJ never got the chance to bring the phone to the real world. lol My mistake. I think I had that confusion when YJ pointed out to KC when he gave her his phone in the hospital in EP 2 and she said, it will not work to track her from where she lives or something along those lines.

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Oh, I think that this specific cross-dimensional-travel rule is quite simple: The country, currency and well-known place names are the same on both sides, all Korean. What is different are companies and brands - if Dad does not have a ppl contract with the phone company. The sim card in the smartphone that KC gave OYJ will be for a company that does not exist in the real world.

The phone would physically work (everything you bring with you, on your body or in your pockets will be there on the other side and functioning), electronics and such - but you would not be able to make a call.

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I love how every little detail can be up for discussion. More than that, I love how th reasons for these little things make sense.

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Now, might be also a good time to question my existence. Why am I here? What am I created for?

Excellent show.

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As David Letterman said many years ago, in a promo/teaser for his show
"I believe everyone was put on this earth for a purpose. Perhaps yours is to watch television".

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and commenting about the drama you watch with your virtual friend that exist maaayyyybeee somewhere in this world

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That's a thought--maybe all the other beanies are just AI manifestations from the secretly living internet (because of course the internet is a Kdrama fan). That's why all the theories are so smart!

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Song Jae-Jung (screenwriter) deserves a Nobel Prize Award for Literature.

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The story is wow!! At this point of time, i have to say this is best kdrama I have watched for the past years...really looking forward to another episode

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"The sentences this drama makes me type, I swear."

Burst out laughing xD

When was the last time a TV drama made me contemplate the theme of existentialism? Never! That was when.

There are soooooooo many things I admire in this episode but NONE, none came close to the showdown between Dad and Kang-chul.

While the "creator vs creation" conflict is most certainly fascinating, and people rightfully bring up Frankenstein and Greek mythology as comparisons- but to me Kang Chul's situations remind me even more of my favorite genre that is artificial intelligence, like my two favorite movies Matrix (the original only!) and Blade Runner.

I'm less interested in *how* Kang-chul came to be, although I'm sure our genius (!!!) writer has a clever explanation behind it, but am very eager to find out her thoughts on independent will, on purpose of living and all that good stuff.

Though dad really showed us just how despicable and cruel he could be in this episode, I can't help but hope for his redemption for he's just so... *real* with all his weaknesses and flaws, and that in spite of all the ugliness, his love for Yeon-joo remains genuine. I dislike his persona, but I utterly enjoy this character!

Other things I love in this episode:

1) Lee Jong-seok is one hell of an actor! Where did that emotional depth come from?!

2) That kiss was charged with so much emotions and at the same time, erotic xD

3) Fangirl/Mary Sue herself fighting a shipper war with her fanboy superior? *Now I have seen everything!!!*

4) Su-bong, I LOVE YOU. You are my representative in this drama, I would totally have gathered all my junk food before heading to battle ground too!

Thank you so much for another great recap, GF =)!!!

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Looks like I'm stalking you back :)

"Lee Jong-seok is one hell of an actor! Where did that emotional depth come from?!"

Personally I think there were lots of the writer's personal commentaries in this drama, some of which addressed social problems evident in our world right now. I see parallels to what KC said about the pen mightier than the sword and how it is used to kill, and how many netizens are always on a witch hunt. LJS himself was a victim of this some time ago. You can pick up lots of these double meanings since ep 1. I could be just over reading but...

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Writer: Shoot me
KC: *raises Gun*
Me: please dont shoot.

writer: you cant shoot me, i created you that way.
Me: KC, please just shoot him *pissy mode on*.
KC: *shoots*
Me: OMG...Why did you shoot him? Nooooooooo!!!!

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We just don't really know what we want

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Right?? Lol, this was also my reaction when I finally watched it with subs, he was asking for it.

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This drama has more twists and turns than i expected.dad is a loser but he loves his daughter.i hope he doesn't die.kang chul may be yeon joo creation,that is unexpected

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I don't know anymore.

And I can't ride this episode roller coaster again, once is enough.

What if...what if this is not happy ending story

OMGGGGGGGGG

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I am wondering about the hooded killer. I know he is just a plot device created by DAD to fit the traditional super-hero comic tropes.

But he IS created nonetheless, plot device or not. It's just Dad never thought about giving him a background so Dad would never know his identity.

He does exist but It feels like every day this guy just blindly wanders around in the manhwa world without actual life of his own but would spring to action whenever Dad needs him to fulfill a plot.

I am wondering what it would be if our drama hero is this plot device instead of the main character of the webtoon.

What would be his key to his self-awareness? And then what is the consequence of him discovering he is just a plot device without ID, something everybody should have.

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what if the hooded killer becomes the devil who just doing the evil deed because he created just to make violence and hurting the main lead,

he created without much thought and now just doing the evil deed or the plot device

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W for Whoosh!

Hi, seeing the whole world's here I think it's time for me to stop lurking and show my luuurve for this drama too.

Months ago when I first read of the new drama being planned I was like 'Hooray' because I loved loved Nine, Queen In-Hyun's and Three Musketeers (well, till now I'm sulking that they stopped at season 1). Definitely my favourite screenwriter! Then I read that LJS had accepted the role and I was like trembling all inside cause I live for my baby! It's the moment when you realized that your 3-year-old dream had come true (LJS in a Song Jae Jung!) Then you think someone could be pulling your legs because the leading actress opoosite your guy is finally an actress that you actually like (unless you consider KWB an actress) and the storyline, oh my, webtoon? Parallel Universe? How ME can this be? So I was a wretched fool trembling and having palpitations for these months. I worried about the fact it's MBC. I worried about a relatively new PD. I worried about Song Jae Jung somehow losing her touch. All because W sounded too good to be true.

And it's really too good to be true. W is wonderful! The Wit, the humor, the plot, the details, directing, actors, editing etc. What a team! I didn't expect Song to top her works but she somehow managed to! Every episode I was telling myself, brace for it, this episode will disappoint but.it.just.didn't! And it must be the only drama that grips the viewers from the moment you get on, without letting go. Like riding a roller coaster.

I'm kind of taken aback that some think HHJ overacts. Well, I think she deserves a credit for making the first few episodes a breeze to watch. Her comedic style masked the fact that this is such a high quality production - in a good way. It makes the show a lot more approachable for the audience, I think. Why some people don't think there are ditzy girls in the world is beyond me. Come meet my friends! I'm also surprised that that some Koreans are deliberately missing out on this drama because of her brother's deed.

And LJS. sigh. What can I say? W is definitely the drama for LJS fans. See us go giddy identifying all the drawings taken from his dramas, cfs, pictorials etc. Here is Ceci, there is Doctor Stranger, over there is Jambangee etc. My room would be heaven if I have those, plus at least 2 full sets of the W comics. But of course what makes the fans happy is knowing that he had been wanting to act in a melo and action film AND being a villian. This satisfies all. Well, not totally a villian but Chul is definitely smart, cold and at times give one the chills (end of ep 4 when he crosses over - shudder!). Not forgetting that he is a fan of comics!

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Don't forget that poster with his profile inside the bookstore is from his recent HIGH CUT. I like that one A LOT.

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lol... I feel you! High Cut ranks high in giving me some of the best LJS shoots and behind the scenes. I'm tempted to say all the mags out there but yeah, it's Ceci, W, High Cut for me.

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Love your comment so much and am happy that your 'complete package' of a dream drama has materialized beautifully =)

"because the leading actress opoosite your guy is finally an actress that you actually like (unless you consider KWB an actress)"

*dies laughing*
Well, I think you sort of can consider KWB's work in School 2013 best actress material!

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Well, W would be even better if Kang Chul, while in Seoul, happens to meet the terminally ill Shin Joon Young and bring him back to his toon world, thus saving SJY from going round and round in another writer's world. In toon world Joon Young will be cured and they'll live happily ever after.

As much as I'm in agreement with HHJ's portrayal in W, there's one scene I think didn't make any sense at all. It was totally unrealistic. Remember the scene where she was first dragged into KC's world and jumped right in to save him? uhm, I wouldn't do that. I mean, who would? Won't we all just stare at that fabulous figure on the ground trying to close our gaping mouths then jump right in to fall onto his chest? ... What? No? It's just me? :P

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And totally agree with your assessment of HHJ's performance in the first few episodes- which surprised me because I've always considered her a stronger actress in serious scenes, didn't know she possesses such natural comic timing as well!

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continue from above...

Ep 5 is really LJS in full glorious splendour. See him inhale that slightly in front of the bus poster. See all the subtle emotion changes throughout the episode especially when the toon artist told him that he is his creation - including Chul's will. And when the creator stabs his own creation, like a father killing his own child, ahhh... that heart-breaking moment! See him in that jet-black suit if you are still breathing (although the one that really kills me is the scene where he is lying in a pool of blood... haha what does that say of me). And oh, the ending, the ending!

The first four episodes were presented largely in Yeon Joo's view and with Kang Chul walking into the real world now, and therefore the story shifts its focus to him, the drama is expected to take on a different tone. I hope people will realize that it gives layers to the drama instead of just hoping for a funny ride all the way.

W has surpassed the writer's previous works (can't believe the Song can be so brilliantly funny). It's not just about a fresh, new plot. It is an example of how good a drama can be when everything is of a good quality.

W is Wow.

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Oh noes I am stalking your comments! Don't be alarmed ;)

"Ep 5 is really LJS in full glorious splendour"

What a beautiful sentence, right to the point.

"It is an example of how good a drama can be when everything is of a good quality."

I've seen people complain about the directing, how the director made HHJ and LJS's acting not as 'explosive' as ought to be in certain emotional scenes and delivering a less than satisfactory experience. But I actually felt it was the director's intention to emphasize on the overall melancholic mood/atmosphere of W's world, and choosing to have emotions expressed in a low-key but more layered manner.

Anyway that's my wordy way of agreeing with your comment on how everything in this drama is of a good quality.

But the writing though...!!! If I ever meet writer Song in person, I am so gonna bow to her! "We are not worthy!"

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If I meet her I'll probably ask her how long it takes to write this stuff! She burned my brains in Nine, made me cry at In-Hyun and now I'm totally speechless :) You're right! "We are not worthy!"

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Thank you again, GF! I love your take on this because without your help I swear I could have been banging my head against the wall. As you mentioned, this drama is crazy and THAT makes ME crazy!

This show is moving at full throttle in five cylinders that I could hardly catch up! It was like "OMG! What? Wait! Don't!" that I'm so glad of the bickering at the theatre. That scene with Crazy Dog provided relief really. I honestly think that it's the only scene that made me relax and it actually gave me a good laugh too, however brief.

I am so amazed with Lee Jong-seok's acting. I mean he's always amazing but he's extra over great here (yes, all the superlatives!). The different emotions he's shown in those last scenes are just spectacular to watch! I am just in awe! The building anger, the fury, the grief, the despair, the murderous look at the end, my goodness! Isn't he amazing?!!!

Dad, Dad, goodness Dad! Why did you have to taunt him! Kang Chul just said you're lucky! He just turned his back! Sorry Dad, but in retrospect, you actually asked for it. I do think that you really have a death wish and that you only used Kang Chul like what you've always done. Only this time it is to end your misery once and for all. But why make him a murderer? Weh? The guy is clearly in distress and furious, and is pointing a friggin' gun at you! You can't even control your drawings anymore so surely you're aware that he can pull that trigger despite your so-called settings did you? Dear me. And I thought that the show ends there when Kang Chul was about to leave you untouched. But well you have to say those darn words that made Kang Chul do a 180 degree turn with his eyes and gun a-blazing.

Speaking of that gun, it's actually working in real life and Kang Chul bleeds, meaning he isn't invincible in the real world. I just hope it is actually reversible or else where will the love story lead us when the father and the creator is really dead.

I like your take that Kang Chul may not be Dad's creation but Yeon-joo's. It actually makes sense that way. I actually strongly believe that yes, that must be the case. Hurray! I'm not as muddled as when I was watching it, thanks to you. That eased a bit of my brain strain, if there's such a thing.

Now what? Dad was shot in the left chest and he's bleeding and not even Yeon-joo (which you mentioned is taking a real-life travel time from work to the scene that is so undrama-like, therefore, taking forever to arrive) can save him with that injury so he's going to die. Well, I guess, Yeon-joo can take over the job then since she's actually good in drawing. I reckon I should just have to wait for the next episode because this show is making my head hurt.

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Someone HELP ME!!! This drama is so intense and so captivating, I'm literally squealing, yelping and laughing, even though I'm reading this in a public place. Wow. Seriously. It's been a while since a show last made me feel this way :") I love love love how complex the story is... yet how well-developed it is. The characters are deep and profound, yet raw and human. It's just a perfect confluence of so many good things!! ^^ the emotions are felt by readers too and the struggles are REAL. This show may not touch on any world issues or philosophical questions but it does shine in its own right and man.... I'm following this through to the end! It's also so unpredictable, in part because it's a theme that has never been explored before. I admit I was doubtful before the show aired whether or not this show could deliver on such an.. out-of-this-world premise, but boy, I was SO wrong!!! XD GOOOOO W!!!!!

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I just have to say this because I keep re-watching the kiss scene. That scene, while it was hot (slow, soft, and lingering as GF puts it), was more endearing. Before the kiss, KC said how grateful he was that YJ did her best to protect and save him. That was really touching. And when YJ pleaded for KC to stay so she can help him. And when YJ asked why he did that, his answer made me ajkdjsdjsdksk I love this couple.

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Yeah they are really sweet! But they are so like star crossed lovers it's not even funny. I have no clue how the writer is going to give them a happy ending... After all these kisses I'm worried the angst coming is going to be insane...

The writer has written them into a corner romance-wise and I'm wondering how she is gonna wriggle them out... Or I'm going to be nursing a broken heart after this ??? I refuse to even think of them not being together in the end. ?

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I'm with you. At this point, I am clueless. I mean, there are tons of theories out there. A lot of them could work, but this writer is crazy (in a good way). lol I just finished EP 6 and yes, still clueless where we are headed.

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Recaps are faster than my subs now. WOW. Thank you!!!

"to him those are real scars and memories, and it’s ironic that Dad put him through so much knowing that he was strong enough to handle it, when he himself broke down and gave up so easily in his own life." >> You've said it so well. I've always assumed that all these genius alter egos were a manifestation of people's secret ambitions to be perfect, but it hadn't really clicked for me how sharply the creator and character contrasted.

Wow, this episode really pummelled at my heart. I'm surprised it took Kang Chul three tries before he finally took his shot. Because we could really see how much he struggled in spite of all the injustice, of all his emotional suffering, and all that taunting. I can't fully say Dad deserved it, but he sure can't blame Kang Chul when it was him who basically pushed the poor guy over the edge.

I'm glad that at least we got to see how Kang Chul was trying his best to hold it in together, and that Yeon Joo overheard the whole exchange. I don't think we can escape the you-shot-my-father-even-if-you-didnt-mean-to-and-out-of-filial-piety-i-cant-be-with-you trope, but at least she'll understand.

But hey, this story has so many crazy twists that we might pull out of that issue real soon, RIGHT?

PS. I was totally wondering where Kang Chul would get his spending money, so I loved it that this writer planned it well. If only his credit card from the other side works... Oh well.

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Just want to put some fun facts here about LJS.

He read a lot of comic books and he follows current popular anime series. His favorite is spider-man (who has Uncle Ben killed in front of his own eyes). He knows a lot about Mavel characters and has action figures in his luxury home that we got to see in a V app live.

I just can't help but think he can really relate to the materials of the drama because he is a fan boy himself.

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I've always thought Spider-Man always got the short end of the straw too... Parents dead, Uncle Ben died in front of him partially because of what he did, one of his girlfriend died, his best friend turns evil on him, the public thinks he is a bad guy...

So maybe he can relate to Kang Chul better because Spider-Man is just as tortured. I could never understand why Spider-Man could never get a break either.

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Yeah, Spiderman is one of his favourite characters. For mangas he loves One Piece and I believe you have noticed how he got a little inspiration for Park Hoon (Dr Stranger) from Death Note's L? He wants to play L and I would love to see that. I happen to love the character L too.

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This is great fangirl information. The fact that he likes all these comics and anime makes me like LJS even more.

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Arrrrrgh now I want him as L. I can totally see him as L. Why do you make me want things I can't have?

*is pointlessly sad*

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oooohhhh Yes! He'd be great as L!

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I think I just stopped breathing for real. Spider-man?! Are you serious?! I've loved him since forever! He's my favorite superhero ever! (I know, he's a lot of people's favorite superhero. Don't rain on the party, inner self.) I didn't know it was possible to love him more than I already do.

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I'm utterly confused by time lapse. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this drama, but just rather confused about the timeline of the drama. You see, Oh Yeon-Joo is 30 years old(if I'm not wrong), and the webtoon started 7 years ago. Yet as we flashback to the scene when Oh Seung-Moo's wife and daughter left him, we saw that he lost the will to continue to webtoon. And that was when he drew Kang Chul committing suicide. However, Oh Yeon-Joo looked like she was only 10 years old or so then? Which doesn't makes sense since she's 30 now, and the webtoon only started 7 years ago.

Perhaps the webtoon wasn't published then. I'm not sure.

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The scene where the mom and Oh Yeon-Joo leave is 5 years ago. The OHJ that is getting into the taxi is played by Han, not by the child actress.
The dad was working as an unsuccessful webtoon writer before that as well (even when OHJ was a child), but he was not drawing W.
W started 7 years ago. Two years in, it is still being published but not successful and not making enough money, the parents finally split up and OSM thinks about killing himself and draws KC's death.

That's my take on the timeline.

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That's my timeline too. I do agree that it can be confusing at times because a lot of things depend on what happened in the past (I had to re-watch a couple of times to establish my understanding of the small details). On the other hand, it's too predictable if the timeline was shown neatly. This drama is seriously giving our brains a much needed exercise. lol

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;) I am pretty sure that wasn't a mistake from the writer and director, it is more like an important clue that validates the theory that OYJ is most likely the creator of KC or that she had a part in creating the current webtoon.

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This is by a long shot but I have a gut feeling that the killer might be the character that yeon joo draw. I mean the original drawing might had inspired her father to draw Kang chul but it is still a different drawing altogether. Which means there could be two kang chul and the original one is trying to kill kang chul to take over his place.

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To be honest, if I were Chul I would have shot dad long before. He is kind of an Ass.

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I should be asleep but a thought occurred to me while I was taking a shower. It seems that Kang Chul could just take Dad back to comic world and put him up as the killer, which he is, in a way. Of course prosecuting him would be super hard to do but it would be one way to solve the problem of the missing killer.

Maybe Dad could run away being invincible in comic world, but then again Kang Chul could have wounded him in this world, and making him a patient in the comic would who wouldn't be able to escape as easily. But it looked like a bullet to the left side of the chest, right through the heart, thus ending Dad's life. I have no idea now how Kang Chul will ever figure out how to save his friends in limbo. Interestingly, there were no tablets at the studio, guess they were all put away when Dad shut down the production.

I agree with everyone that Yeon Joo probably created Kang Chul, which is why he's impossible for Dad to kill. I don't believe there are two Kang Chuls. I think there may be another creative force out there though, similar to Dad, that is affecting the comic world in some way. That's the guy that's making that prosecutor/politician guy so dedicated to putting Kang Chul away, and possibly the guy who knows who the killer is, and yet at the same time is keeping Kang Chul alive from Dad's truck of doom, etc.

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For an episode that was mainly a conversation between Chul and Dad, it was INTENSE. I was on the edge of my seat as I watched. I had no idea where things were going to go. But OMG, he shot Dad which is so horrible but I can't even be mad at him. LJS was nailing all the emotions just right. Man, I love this show.

And Yeon Joo's fanwar fight with her boss was hysterical. Seriously, it was the best.

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That kiss is something to give us all reminder how forever will be Lee Jong Suk be the epitome of hot sizzling darling-ly kisser.... And God, I do wish someday I got him to kiss me like that in the future, Amien?

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Well I like how you described how LJS is as a kisser! My fave kiss scenes are with him in it!

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i still feel like they're pushing entire paragraphs of narrative at us in one sitting but damn if the execution was not so ON POINT. mad props to LJS for pulling that off. i find myself crying along with him and emphatize with him more -no small thanks to dad's annoying God complex.

it kinda make sense why dad couldn't kill KC if YJ is his original creator- unlike everybody else in the webtoon ,KC is hers. and that is so romantic in a perverse way lol

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This Drama is not for the faint-hearted. Thanks for the Recap and thanks to all who takes time to put a comment. It makes me think and see on others points of view.

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Wow just Wooow i am so glad i gave up my sleep last night to marathon this awesome drama.... I watched 5 episodes last night and i'm in awe with how effin good this writer is... thank god episode 6 is on tonight ♥

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I think what we should also think about is the fact that even though the Dad and YJ can enter the world, Dad isn't drawn in the comic, and instead is hidden. Even when he had the encounter with KC.

it brings to question if there is ANOTHER creator..

And if you notice there are some bits which are cut off in the comic when YJ visits, and at the fact that its get SENT to the editors for publishing in the REAL WORLD. it brings to question WHO sends it? Maybe that person is linked to the Killer who wants KC dead.

Also i find it intriguing that because the Dad is not included in the comic, we're left clueless at what he did whilst he was in the webtoon. Especially how he was there longer than YJ..

Maybe he met with the killer, and agreed on something, which is why when he came back he was determined to kill KC off more than ever.

Or maybe he saw something..

just a few points i feel is questionable and intriguing.

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So far, this DRAMA IS SO SO SO INTERESTING!!!!!! LIKE IT SO MUCH!!! So mysterious!!!!! Yaaaa!!!! I can't wait for the next episode!!!!!!

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This show is a living nightmare for irresponsible writers, lol. And the writer is adding so many pokes to well established tropes in kdramas, Im loving it.

Also, now we know why dad got so incensed when YJ called out his repeated attempts to kill KC off murder, because he did try to murder him, in cold blood!

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"This show is a living nightmare for irresponsible writers, lol. And the writer is adding so many pokes to well established tropes in kdramas, Im loving it."

Indeed! I find myself so immersed in the double meaning of the dialogues in W. There were not only lots of hidden (or open) commentaries of dramas in general, eg how the audience is expected to accept whatever illogical stuff is thrown at them, but also lots of social comments. Several times in the drama I find myself looking at LJS, not KC, lamenting on how the pen kills the 'character' that they never think much as living (and we were told that these characters is living a life in their own world too). Someone here ask how LJS gets that deep emotions to play KC. Well, fans know that he almost gave up acting in 2014, no thanks partly to that scandal. He was subjected to so much hate and of course it was a trying time.

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I know my comment will get lost in the sea of comments that has already been posted here...but Girlfriday I really wanted to know your take on this.

I was especially intrigued with the flashback of the scene where Chul was stabbed for the first time on the rooftop.

1. The fact that he pulled his own creator in the webtoon world even before he pulled Yeon Joo- why wasn't that part of the comic book series? I mean if everything else seems to be recorded in the series even without the creator penning it, how was this left out?

2. How was dad making the argument in one of the last few scenes in this episode that he stabbed Chul because Chul was involving his daughter into this mess. Knowing as we do now that the father was sucked into the webtoon world prior to Yeon Joo, and stabbed Chul before Yeon Joo came into the scene, how can that be an argument for stabbing Chul?

Am I missing something here?
In any case this is probably one series (after Healer I guess) that actually has me both smiling and biting my nails simultaneously! :)

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I can't believe I've finally caught up with the 400+ comments after god knows how many hours, I feel like my brain has just run a marathon...up Mount Everest.

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Funny enough ever since I read the synopsis and watched 20 mind of episode 1. I decided to keep my hopes and desires quite low in terms of the OTP. basically I don't see happy ending for both of them. That way if it is then I am happy and if I am right I don't feel too disappointed but both of them ending up together is seemingly impossible. It's too different world, human world and Web toon world. If they go to either world one of them will be an alien with no identification

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I, for one got the feeling that the drama's writer was low-key trying to send the message that a lot of writers add things to their plots without thinking about the plotholes or their characters. They want views and money, that is what they care about, not giving the viewers a massive, well-thought out story.Kang Cheol is the one who expresses the viewers but mainly W's writer's disappointment in the system that lets it happen.
Just think about how many dramas got big despite the boring plot but huge views thanks to its popular cast.

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That may be so, but I think if the writer was truly wanting to make a jab at high-ratings-without-plot, he would have mentioned more things about fan service, cheesy dialogue or PPL (or would that have been too heavy handed?)

Fan service and PPL i can live with, but cheesy dialogue makes me barf. I get so embarrassed for the actor who needs to look handsome/be serious while saying the stupidest things.

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This story is bringing us into all possibilities....

a) what is the relationship of Yeon Joo to the story? Is she the one giving the lead character the life and will.

b))Kang Chul said it - do whatever you need to do but save the world where his friends are( the twist and story line)

c) Can Kang Chul and YeonJoo ever find happiness together

script writers I hope you will do good... please please

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I think this Drama is so amazing and unique. The writer Song Jae Jung should kill kang Choul in the end ? please don't ... that's so sad ! in the begin of the story his family is killed for unknown reasons ! He was unhappy even he tried to suicide !! that's unbelievable !! any ways this drama should have happy ending ..

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AAAARRRGGGHHHHH!!! I haven't been able to watch it yet because I had to go to a big dinner last night until very late and fell asleep just before I started to watch. Woke up this morning with my laptop still on my tummy and my headphones on but now I have to jump out of bed to drive to an event 90 miles away and.....NNNOOOOOOOOOO.....no time to watch W until tonight but that means I get to watch BOTH episodes back-to-back. Happee happee joy JOY!!!!! Love you all...catch up with you later!

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Y'know, occasionally I'll read all the comments before posting my own so I don't totally rewrite some of the same things... but in this case I'll risk it and read after (434!)

This show gets my heart pounding every single time. How about a list (I like lists, hee), so I cover everything I loved?

1. That moment in the beginning when he crosses the street and all the cars stop. Loved the directing on that, it drove home for me how differently the two worlds work. It felt very much like a webtoon scene, and made me think "oh buddy, things don't work like that here."

2. At first I thought the friend was a cameo from Let's Fight Ghost. Then I realized he's just in two dramas at the same time, the naughty (but hilarious) boy.

3. His legs. Are so long. *low whistle* and that wink! I collapsed of happiness.

4. Like GF, I loved that fan war. Dfferent ships, close proximity--crashing! Crashing! Heh. ^^

5. I have a theory about YJ creating KC. If she really did have a hand in his creation then his personality really doesn't have to be anything like what her dad said. YJ grew up in a hard situation, and she drew someone with a gun. If it were me at that age, I'd just want someone to come and stop whatever was making me hurt--and my seven/eight/ten year old brain might add the words "no matter what". And that makes Chul a guy with a bit more dark side. A bit more of a Pandora's Box--how far can he go?

6. For parts of their heartwrenching, mind bending existential conversation I felt a bit of sympathy for dad. Especially when he brought YJ into the equation (which I am now wondering if it was just a low, low blow).

7. Dad! You have GOT to stop egging him on. Did you not read the chapter where he shot your daughter? Did it get censored out for the viewers (which could support the YJ created, Dad ran with it theory). I totally agree--when KC shot him it was largely just to prove that he could. Which makes me really hope he doesn't regret that too much later. Please live, dad, if only for the sake of my ship. It's kinda hard to date your father's murderer.

I think that's it for the love it bits. Two comments and I think I'm done:

1. I dunno of it's the writing or the directing, but they could have had YJ do more this episode. Have the car get stuck in traffic, have her run--I dunno. She handled what she was given well, though, and it showed the "I really want to do something but I'm powerless" vibe.

2. I almost feel bad writing analysis now--like I need to be a lot more careful with how I handle fictional characters. Because while KC is angry about being used--Song Jae-Jung is doing just that with the drama on a bigger scale. It takes a strong mind to write stuff like this, kudos. And thank you.

Aaaand we made it. Read it at your peril (170/3000 characters left available, hah.)

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I agree! Her reactions in the cab, on the phone, was a really weird pacing between the very tense exposition at the studio. I was like "you had enough sense to immediately save Kang Chul on the rooftop, yet here you are standing on in your office on the phone instead of rushing over at once?!?!"

And it took Su-bong sooooo long to get back there from the "neighborhood" cafe. What neighborhood is this big >__>

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What just happened?? OMG dad was totally pushing his buttons and he should've let him go! Why did you do that???
I agree with you, I think that she created him and I hope dad survives so they can have a happy ending

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I was starting to wonder (based on the insane goading) if the writer was trying to commit suicide by comic book character. Did he actually have that much of a God complex? Honestly, I was really surprised that Kang Cheol's gun worked in the "real world."

It's very exciting not knowing the rules. Can my heart take this? (Yes, yes it can.)

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