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The Guest: Episode 12

Eenie, meenie, miney, mo — who’s the vessel for Park Il-do? As the trio seek out answers, their loyalties are put to the test, threatening to tear them apart for good. In his desperation to protect his friends, Hwa-pyung may have doomed them — especially if his psychic ability turns out to be directly connected to Park Il-do.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

Hwa-pyung sits in the hospital waiting room, dressed in mourning and holding a memorial photo of his father. He might not have been able to save Geun-ho from jumping off the bridge, but at least they were able to save Grandpa. Yay! Except he’s in a coma due to the blood loss, and the doctors aren’t sure when he’ll wake up again.

Hwa-pyung reassures his unconscious grandfather that he’ll make sure his father is sent off properly. He dazedly sits in the crematorium, waiting for his father’s ashes. Nearby are Yoon and Kil-young, also patiently waiting.

Yook Kwang gently shakes Hwa-pyung from his reverie and lets him know the ashes are ready. Yoon watches them walk away, and tells Kil-young that Hwa-pyung was by his side when his brother was cremated — now the roles are reversed.

Kil-young points out that Park Il-do finally achieved his goal of killing Hwa-pyung’s family, and Yoon muses that neither Grandpa nor Geun-ho were possessed by Park Il-do. Kil-young’s convinced Park Il-do must be nearby, watching them, and vows to catch the vengeful spirit for Hwa-pyung’s sake.

Just then, Priest Yang enters, making it feel very much like a “speak of the devil” moment.

Hwa-pyung collects his father’s ashes, then tells Yoon and Kil-young that he’s giving up looking for Park Il-do. He’s realized that they can’t defeat the evil spirit, and they’d only die trying, so it’s better if they go their separate ways and not contact each other ever again.

Yoon and Kil-young watch Hwa-pyung leave with Yook Kwang. Yoon’s convinced that Hwa-pyung hasn’t really given up, but Kil-young thinks otherwise. She believes that Hwa-pyung will do whatever it takes to protect his grandfather, including quitting his pursuit of Park Il-do.

However, Yoon and Kil-young are still as determined as ever to see things through until the end. After all, they don’t have any family left to lose. Kil-young decides to focus her attention on Hong-joo.

Hwa-pyung returns to his unconscious grandfather, telling him about the small funeral they had for Geun-ho. He continues to babble, believing Grandpa can somehow hear him, and starts to cry as he realizes how wrong he was to think that Grandpa could have been Park Il-do.

Through his tears, he thanks his grandfather for working so hard to make sure Hwa-pyung was able to grow up safe and sound. Then Hwa-pyung breaks down sobbing as he confesses that he couldn’t save his father, no matter how hard he tried. He helplessly asks Grandpa what he should do now.

Priest Yang and Yoon have lunch together (the older priest doesn’t even hide how much he now relies on his pocket flask). Yoon feels guilty because he wasn’t able to perform the exorcism. He suddenly hears spirits blame him for Geun-ho’s death, reminding him of the curse, but when Priest Yang asks if he’s okay, Yoon says it’s nothing.

Priest Yang admits that he’s worried about Yoon, blaming Hwa-pyung for what Yoon has to endure. He asks if Yoon trusts Hwa-pyung, and Yoon says he does — he didn’t at first, but now they share the same burden as they fight for their lives.

Except Priest Yang reminds Yoon that Hwa-pyung is the only other person who Park Il-do could have gone into that day twenty years ago. Yoon refuses to believe it, but when Priest Yang points out that the only two people still alive and conscious from that night are Hwa-pyung and himself, Yoon insists he’s never doubted Priest Yang, either.

Yoon also insists that he trusts Hwa-pyung, but Priest Yang persists in pointing out that Hwa-pyung may not even be aware that he’s possessed, since the shaman exorcism when Hwa-pyung was a child managed to suppress the Park Il-do’s power.

There’s also the fact that Hwa-pyung has visions from the people Park Il-do possesses, which is something Priest Yang has never seen before in the exorcism community. The older priest promises to start investigating Hwa-pyung himself, and leaves Yoon to remember all the spirits warning that “everyone close to him will die — he’s just like us.” (The “he” presumably being Hwa-pyung).

As Hwa-pyung leaves his grandfather’s hospital room, he hears a strange noise in the hallway and turns around. A searing pain in his right eye causes him to drop to the floor, and blood gushes from his eye. A spirit — Park Il-do himself, it looks like — appears and looms over the agonized and helpless Hwa-pyung as the lights flicker.

Hwa-pyung reaches out and calls Park Il-do’s name, but suddenly the lights come back on. The spirit is gone — and so is the blood and the pain in his eye.

Yook Kwang joins Hwa-pyung for a drink, but Hwa-pyung is understandably distracted. The shaman gently encourages his friend by telling him not to blame his father or feel guilty about his grandfather. Life is too short, and everyone dies, anyway — some just die earlier than others.

He tries to lighten the mood with his cheerful chatter, but Hwa-pyung barely listens, instead declaring that he’s more determined than ever to catch Park Il-do. Yook Kwang is shocked, since that’s the opposite of what he told Yoon and Kil-young.

But Hwa-pyung only said that for their protection — he doesn’t want them to die because of him, like his father did and his grandfather almost did. Besides, he’s not alone — he still has Yook Kwang. Aw.

Hwa-pyung purposefully ignores Yoon’s call. Still thinking about Priest Yang’s declaration that Hwa-pyung is Park Il-do, Yoon then calls Kil-young. She’s planning on looking into Hong-joo, although she’s not sure how to get the congresswoman to reveal her connection to Park Il-do.

But when Detective Go muses over scaring a lower-ranking gangster to make him go running to his boss (and their real target), Kil-young is suddenly inspired. She visits Hong-joo on the pretense of following up with Hwa-pyung’s attack on the congresswoman, casually asking about Hwa-pyung’s accusation that she was Park Il-do.

Hong-joo laughs it off, but Kil-young reveals she’s investigated Park Il-do and knows that he was originally her great-uncle. Hong-joo looks a little nervous, but is still composed as she says Kil-young is wasting her time, talking about a man who’s long been dead.

Kil-young admits that the man Park Il-do may be dead, but the spirit lives on. With a wry smile, Kil-young reveals that she knows which body Park Il-do is possessing right now. But she demurs to say anything more, since she says Hong-joo must not be interested. After Kil-young leaves, Hong-joo nervously scratches at her neck. Eeep, some mannerisms must be hereditary.

Yoon returns to their hometown to visit the old shaman lady. She now lives in an assisting living home and, while she has dementia, she still remembers Hwa-pyung and the exorcism she performed on him.

She tells Yoon that it was to suppress the spirit that possessed the boy. Yoon asks if the spirit was Park Il-do, and the shaman says that whoever it was, it said that it belonged to Hwa-pyung and would never leave. She eerily adds that it’s probably still in his body, and that this is about the time when her exorcism will start to wear off.

Worried, Yoon asks what will happen, and the shaman says the spirit will take over Hwa-pyung’s body — he’ll hear and see things that no one else can. She suddenly turns her face to Yoon and grins creepily as she realizes that Yoon has also been cursed by the spirits.

The shaman then becomes distressed as she repeats over and over that people will die. The nurse runs in to try and help as Yoon stares in shock, listening to the shaman’s despairing and frantic prediction.

Hwa-pyung is headed home when he suddenly has blinding pain in his eye. It’s only for a second, and when it’s over, he sees his father’s spirit in the alleyway. Hwa-pyung follows the ghost to a phone booth. But as Hwa-pyung gets closer, his father’s spirit disappears.

Hwa-pyung returns home, dazed by what happened, and even Yook Kwang (delivering some groceries, aw), is totally shocked. He realizes that this means the shaman suppression is wearing off, and Hwa-pyung’s childhood ability to see spirits is returning. Yook Kwang echoes the old shaman lady’s warnings by telling Hwa-pyung he’ll start hearing and seeing things no one else can.

Realizing that his father must have been trying to tell him something, he asks Yook Kwang to track down the phone number that called the inn the night his father was possessed.

Kil-young stakes out Hong-joo’s office and follows her when she leaves. Hong-joo’s driver drops her off at a tunnel in a run-down, industrial part of town. Cautiously, Kil-young follows Hong-joo into the tunnel, and sees that Hong-joo meets with a man — Priest Yang.

Thanks to Yook Kwang, Hwa-pyung gets the phone number that called the inn. He tries calling it himself, but it just rings — no one answers.

In the morning, Hong-joo meets with the hometown police chief — and Kil-young’s boss. Uh-oh. She essentially tattles on Kil-young, handing over photos her staff obtained of Hwa-pyung with Kil-young and Yoon. She demands to know why Kil-young is hanging out with such a dangerous man, and then dares come to Hong-joo’s office to ask her about him.

Hong-joo loses her cool, smashing a water glass as she yells at them for not preventing Kil-young from bothering her. Both policemen look nervous at Hong-joo’s outburst, but promise to take care of it.

That means Detective Go gets yelled at by his boss for not properly controlling his partner. Later, Detective Go whines to Kil-young, asking her to not bother powerful politicians, or else Hong-joo will make their lives hell. Kil-young insists she has to deal with Hong-joo because it’s important to the case.

Detective Go demands to know why Kil-young won’t tell him anything about this mysterious case she’s working on. Sighing, Kil-young says that she didn’t think he’d believe what she’d have to tell him, then confesses she’s chasing after Park Il-do.

She explains that all the cases they’ve been working on — from her mother’s twenty-year-old case to Young-soo and Min-sang — are all connected to Park Il-do. Detective Go finds it impossible to believe that Park Il-do is an evil spirit that possesses people and Kil-young looks deflated, pointing out that she knew her partner wouldn’t understand.

She’s still planning to investigate, anyway, and doesn’t need Detective Go’s help. He suggests that this is all just an irrational obsession due to what happened her mother, and Kil-young tells Detective Go that he should just stay in his comfortable bubble, kissing up to those in power. She storms out of the office.

She meets with Yoon, who tells her the theory that Hwa-pyung might actually be the one possessed by Park Il-do. Kil-young refuses to believe it, but Yoon hesitantly points out that it’s the only way to explain why Hwa-pyung has his visions.

Except Kil-young thinks the most suspicious person is Priest Yang. Yoon’s shocked, but it’s about time their attention turned to that shady priest. She tells Yoon about Hong-joo meeting Priest Yang.

The fact that he was the first person she wanted to see after Kil-young’s visit — and that she met him in such a private, secluded location — means that Kil-young has to be on to something.

Kil-young heads home, but sees a mysterious man leaving her apartment. She grabs him, recognizing him as Hong-joo’s chauffeur. He suddenly wields a knife as he warns her to stay away. She chases after him as they race downstairs to the parking garage.

The man reaches the parking garage just as Detective Go arrives, on his way to apologize to Kil-young for what he said earlier. Instinctively he chases after the man, tackling him — and getting stabbed in the process. The man gets away as Kil-young rushes to Detective Go.

The detective is raced to the hospital, and Kil-young comforts his worried wife. Her boss is there, and asks if Kil-young is really sure that it was Hong-joo’s chauffeur. He warns Kil-young that if Kil-young gets on Hong-joo’s bad side, they could all be destroyed.

Kil-young defiantly asks if they’re just supposed to cover up the fact her partner was hurt by one of Hong-joo’s men. Her boss desperately says that yes, that’s exactly what they’ll have to do if they want to still have jobs.

Hong-joo is furious that her chauffeur got caught and Kil-young recognized him. But then she becomes disturbingly peaceful as she tells him that she’ll send him to a safe place until everything cools down.

She calls someone, letting them know there’s a problem that needs to be fixed.

Hwa-pyung continues to call the number from the inn, but there’s still no answer. He redials, and finally someone picks up. It’s Priest Yang. Hwa-pyung immediately hangs up once he realizes who it is.

At the hospital, Detective Go reassures his family that he’ll be fine. It was a minor wound — he’ll just need to rest and recuperate from the surgery. His wife leaves to refill his water jug, and another person — whose face we can’t see — arrives. Surprised, Detective Go wonders why this mysterious person is there.

Hwa-pyung enters Priest Yang’s church, but as he does, he’s overwhelmed by a vision of someone leaving the hospital. Hwa-pyung drops to his knees as his nose starts to bleed.

He’s revived by the time Priest Yang returns to the church. Priest Yang worriedly asks if Hwa-pyung is okay, and Hwa-pyung says he’s fine. He’s more curious about why Priest Yang called his father that night.

Priest Yang says it’s because Hwa-pyung’s grandfather asked him to. Grandpa was worried when Geun-ho accused him of being Park Il-do and thought Priest Yang would know best how to deal with Geun-ho. Priest Yang says that as soon as he called, Geun-ho hung up on him.

Hwa-pyung asks if there was anything else, revealing that his father was possessed right after he spoke to Priest Yang. But the priest turns it around, pointing out that Hwa-pyung was the last person his father saw before he was possessed, then asks him more questions about his visions.

As Priest Yang drinks his liberally spiked coffee, Hwa-pyung notices the cross behind the priest’s desk is upside down. The priest casually says that it keeps falling because of a loose nail.

Hwa-pyung goes to investigate the upside-down crucifix, noting that there doesn’t seem to be a loose nail. But as he reaches for the crucifix, the blinding pain in his eye stops him. When Priest Yang asks if Hwa-pyung is okay, Hwa-pyung hurriedly makes an excuse and leaves.

Yoon’s outside Hwa-pyung’s house when Priest Yang calls, warning Yoon that Hwa-pyung was just there and reacted to the crucifix — which Priest Yang says he turned upside down on purpose in order to test Hwa-pyung.

Priest Yang desperately warns Yoon not to trust Hwa-pyung and to keep a carful eye on him. After Yoon hangs up the phone, he’s suddenly stricken by the cursed stabbing pains in his chest.

Kil-young lingers around Hong-joo’s office until she sees Hong-joo’s car pull up. She grabs the driver, but it’s not the same guy who attacked her. The new chauffeur says he just started working for Hong-joo today and has no idea what happened to the previous chauffeur.

She gets a call from Detective Go, asking where she is. He drives to her, despite her concern that he shouldn’t be out and about in his condition. But Detective Go has decided to believe Kil-young, especially since someone visited him at the hospital and said that he’d been possessed by Park Il-do.

Detective Go wants Kil-young to talk to this person, so she gets into the car. As they drive along, Kil-young worries about her partner, since he doesn’t look great and she believes he should still be in the hospital. But Detective Go grins, insisting that he’s fine.

She quietly but sincerely apologizes, blaming herself for his injuries. Detective Go — with his eerily wide grin — says that Kil-young should blame herself for nearly making his wife a widower and his children fatherless. Then he gulps down a large bottle of water. Oh no. Oh no, oh no, oh no!

As he sits in his car outside the church, Hwa-pyung also gulps down some water — but in a less desperately possessed way. Yoon finds him there and asks why he went to see Priest Yang. Hwa-pyung says it’s none of his business, but Yoon still needs to ask Hwa-pyung something.

Hwa-pyung gets out of the car, and Yoon hesitates before he asks Hwa-pyung if he can see from his right eye. Hwa-pyung is offended that Yoon would think he’s Park Il-do, but Yoon says he just wants to get rid of any doubts. Hwa-pyung retorts that Priest Yang was also there that day, and Yoon says it’s impossible for an exorcist priest to be possessed.

Hwa-pyung reminds him that Yoon’s brother was a priest and was possessed. But Yoon is desperate, and grabs Hwa-pyung, pleading with him to prove that he’s not Park Il-do.

Covering his left eye, Hwa-pyung stares at Yoon, declaring that he can see Yoon’s face clearly. Still hurt by Yoon’s suspicions, Hwa-pyung turns to leave, but immediately falls into a trance.

In his vision, he sees Kil-young’s worried face, which confirms our fears that Detective Go is possessed.

Hwa-pyung wakes up from his trance and calls Kil-young. Detective Go, no longer hiding that he’s possessed, yells that he told her never to talk to Hwa-pyung again. Kil-young, realizing the situation, quickly answers the phone and shouts her location just as Detective Go crashes the car.

Yoon and Hwa-pyung race off to find Kil-young. Meanwhile, she wakes up from the minor concussion caused by the accident. Gripping her arm, which seems to be broken, she looks around for Detective Go — but he’s no longer in the driver’s seat. That’s because he’s on the trunk of the car, leering into the back window as he wields a knife.

 
COMMENTS

Nooooooooo! How dare you, show?!?!? How dare you take Detective Go — sweet, loyal, adorable, funny Detective Go, the one bright spot in Kil-young’s life, the only person who seemed to treat her like family — and make him possessed? The loyal, comedic sidekicks are off limits, do you hear me? Off limits! Sigh. I’m so conflicted. I really want Yoon and Hwa-pyung to get there in time so they can catch Detective Go, save Kil-young’s life, and exorcise him. But another exorcism means Yoon’s one step closer to death. Yet, if they don’t exorcise him, then Kil-young will likely die. Why this horrible catch-22, show? Why do you hate us this much????

I don’t know why I’m so surprised, since it’s been made abundantly clear that anyone remotely close to Hwa-pyung will die, but I guess Detective Go never really seemed like a viable threat. Now I’m nervous for Yook Kwang, especially since he’s already had visions of his own brutal death. I just need my comical sidekicks to stay alive as they support the trio, especially when the trio aren’t sure if they can trust each other.

As someone who’s been suspicious of Priest Yang for weeks, I’m totally on team Kil-young. I refuse to believe that Hwa-pyung is possessed by Park Il-do. Although… it would make sense… I mean, if the shaman exorcism simply restricted Park Il-do’s powers and didn’t fully exorcise him from Hwa-pyung, it would explain why so many horrible things have been happening lately as the suppression begins to wear off. I still don’t believe Hwa-pyung is Park Il-do (or I just don’t want to believe it), but I can understand why Yoon might have his doubts.

I might take those doubts more seriously, though, if they hadn’t been planted by Priest Yang, who has been my number-one suspect for Park Il-do’s vessel. Then again, this episode seemed to almost work too hard to paint Priest Yang in a mysterious light — I now wonder if he’s yet another red herring. He’s getting the same editing treatment Grandpa did the last couple of episodes, and we know Grandpa was innocent. There could be some completely innocuous reason he met with Hong-joo the night Kil-young put a bee in the congresswoman’s bonnet about knowing the true identity of Park Il-do. He could have doing some perfectly normal church business that took him away from his office the very moment someone was meeting with Detective Go in the hospital. That upside-down crucifix (a horror-genre staple of demonic activity) could indeed have been placed on purpose, knowing Hwa-pyung’s attention would be drawn to it.

Maybe Priest Yang really is as innocent as he claims. But I refuse to believe it, if only because the alternative means Hwa-pyung is possessed by Park Il-do. If it turns out Park Il-do has been with Hwa-pyung all this time, not only will Hwa-pyung be crushed under the weight of even more guilt, but I fear that he’ll decide the only way to truly rid the world of this evil demon is to kill himself. Which seems to be exactly what Park Il-do wants — but only after he kills everyone else around Hwa-pyung first of course. Yoon’s already partially there (why do I have the sinking feeling that he’d use his last chance of an exorcism to save his friend’s soul, even knowing that he’d die instead?). As for Kil-young, well… I’m worried for her, but after all the ways she’s managed to fight and win against various possessed people, I’m hopefully confident that, despite the personal connection, she’ll be able to fight off her friend and partner until the trio is reunited and they can figure out what to do next, together. After all, according to scripture: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

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I made a wild speculation based on groundless reasoning a few episode recaps ago that Hwa Pyung is still possessed. Was I actually right? O-O

I'm not convinced either way - it could still be Priest Yang! Can't wait to find out!

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After watching this episode, I'm sure Priest Yang is Park Il Do. Maybe PID spirit move to Priest Yang but he not really aware about it. Or maybe actually PID left Hwa Pyung body after his family performed exorcism to stop Hwa Pyung's psychic vision and possesed Priest Yang. PID waited for Hwa Pyung get back his psychic vision & possesed back Hwa Pyung. But, your comment about him also makes sense.

But, I also suspicious about Yook Kwang. Right now he look like someone that really care about Hwa Pyung but how about his concerns and care only just acting? PID possess Yook Kwang to stay close to Hwa Pyung for him easily take over Hwa Pyung body.

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I remember in the first episode when Priest Yang and Priest Choi were there. Suddenly Yang said to Priest Choi "Let's go!" then Choi asked "Are we finished yet?" and he answered "Yes." I thought it was a little strange at that time. But yes, it might be true that at that time Priest Yang was already possessed.

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Nahh... Priest Yang still my top #1 as PID, follow closely by PHJ. Reason being PHJ is his kin, so PID probably doesnt need to possess her to make her do his bidding. PHJ already evil b anyway.
That friction between Yoon and HP tho, it makes me wary and anxious. That is one of the way how evil wins. Instill distrust, divide and conquer style.. Hopefully Yoon listen to KGY and trust HP instead of PY.
Talking about HP, gosh... his scene at grandpa's hospital room, I bawled my eyes out. His sadness and regret really gets me. His quiet sadness and sobs.. 😭😭😭 I actually had to pause while watching this episode after that scene. Reminds me how I cried everytime I watched Along with the gods during Suhong and mom scene. KDW really nailed that kind of emotional scene beautifully.

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Totally *hugs while bawling* , I felt the same.
I'm convinced now that the director+writer are out to get us , Maybe they are accomplices with PID.
I just hope we and our beloved trio 😭😭😭 make it out alive .

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I want to know why did detective Go not kill KY then and there? She was knocked out for some time after the car crash. Why did he climb out and is playing hide and seek with her? Is he waiting for the 2 guys to come? That will just increase his chance of being exorcised. What is going on in these spirits minds?

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Did you watch ep13 ????
I can tell you this , from what I gathered "still have to watch ep13 again" there were plans not just one , I think .

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@waadmay
What? I've to re-watch as well. I was in a great rush and had to FFD most of it.

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First 16 mins , I watched without subs .
And yeah 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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@waadmay I just started watching.
Only 3 eps left. How will they wrap up everything?

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By us being dead 😭😭😭😭😭😭
Too much casualties 😭😭😭😭😭😭

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Oh no!!!

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Oh god! Please leave our trio and their friends alone. I really hope PID possesses his dear niece so that they can kill two birds with one stone.

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"kill two birds with one stone." - LOLOL!

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I didn't think it through. How about 2 evils for the price of 1 exorcism πŸ˜‰.

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Also ,to answer my own question, I think he wanted her conscious when he killed her. After all, where's the pleasure in killing her if she's not able to experience the fear?

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That is one of the things he wanted .
I don't want to talk about the other things so not to spoil it for the reset 😭😭😭😭😭

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Priest Yang is shady as hell. I don't think he is an innocent church priest. Also, he is a little too close to Hong Joo for my liking considering how evil she is.

Someone commented on another website that maybe what Father Yang is constantly pouring in his drinks is not alcohol but water which would tick one more box in the Priest Yang = Park Il-do category.

Anyhow, Grandpa better makes it because that man and his relationship with his grandson were the cutest thing in this show.

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Another suspicious thing about Priest Yang is that he meets Park Hong Joo in a tunnel. So weird! Why not back in the comfortable office?

Of course from the production point-of-view, it was time to make him a more suspicious character. In the tunnel, the little girl saw not a person but the spirit with 1 eye. So it's still possible for Yang to be PID. Add to that, the occasions that poor Yoon hears voices and feels stabbing pains this episode, are the times he's in contact with Priest Yang.

I'm upset ... I was hoping that Yoon could have a father figure to turn to until the end. I hope that if Yang really is PID, then the person of Yang will still be able to survive once PID is gone. Tall order, what? It's more likely that body and spirit will need to be destroyed after 20 years of possession?

All I can say is, better it be Yang than Hwa Pyung. The poor kid never had a break just because he was psychic and targeted. :(

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why are we ruling out yoon tho? i'm becoming more and more convinced yoon is pid. he's cursed, has no protection of his faith, it's also weird how *he* is the only one cursed and is on his way to death. they also say how the possessed person doesn't even know that s/he's possessed. if hwapyung is the pid then why would pid try so hard to kill him by possessing geunho? since he's set his eyes on hp since forever or something.

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Thanks @odilettante. I was already pretty upset at the end of the previous episode but this one managed to upset me even more!!! Det Go!!!!! It's crazy that in the few moments his wife left the room, he gets a visitor and gets possessed. Was he harbouring much resentment against KY so that he'd let in a spirit so easily? Granted he'd taken the brunt of the scolding from his boss on her behalf. It must have been grating on him a lot more than obviously noticeable.

Trying to figure out the demons' motives ... so they grab KY, for what purpose? To lure HP over? She's smart enough to just give HP her location and the car crashes. Now then, as @superwhopotterlock states, the spirits decide that it's time to kill KY, but maybe strangling is not the method of choice, because a dagger has to be found ... maybe that's why Det Go was outside the car near the car boot???

I'm wondering if the spirits are trying to divide and conquer. When HP claimed he would not bother about PID anymore, he still had Yook Kwang. And Yoon and KY decided to stick together on investigating PID. Obviously, KY is not a good candidate to be possessed herself, because the demons have to go the roundabout way of possessing Det Go instead. When they've got her on her own, they could have killed her, but because we have 4 more episodes, he does not.

It occurred to me that the phone call last episode from Priest Yang was necessary so that our good guys could trace that call back to him, and make him suspect.

More suspicious - A priest allowing the crucifix to 'fall and turn upside down' on the wall is unthinkable. Even for the very best of reasons, that is not something a real priest would do. He'd remove it from the wall first. If the purpose was so that HP would touch it, there are other ways to achieve that.

So we continue to play the eenie-meenie-miney-mo game. We're running out of likely candidates for PID, with a 50-50 chance of choosing right.

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I think KY kiddnapping/killing attempt is HJ petty doing, this woman act like petulant psychotic child if someone dare cross her.
The cross thing keep me convinced that Priest Yang is shady and HP as PID is red herring not the other way around.

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At this stage, entirely possible. I'm on the eenie-meenie-miney-mo fence until the end!!!

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Re the cross- Like HP said, even I don't see any nail. Like PY said,
if the nail is loose, shouldn't the cross fall down? How can it stay upside down like that?

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@superwhopotterlock, Goes against the laws of gravity, unless there were two places on the back of the crucifix that could have been hooked onto a nail.

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Even if that's the case, it turned upside down and fixed itself perfectly on the nail? Something is really off or I don't understand science anymore.

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Next episode explains. *eyeroll*

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Yep! Now I can't wait for next episode recap.

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I think that what's it trying to do. Divide and conquer. HP is now working alone and they already make Yoon second guessing everything about him. Now, they need to separate KGY and Yoon. Remember the prophecy about them stabbing each other? It tries to make it happen.

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@hanie
So now, believing this, we'll be on the lookout for many lies and twisted half truths that are going to be told to get them to suspect each other and break them up.

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Who did came to visit Detective Goh before he got possessed? He spoke banmal to that person. If it was Yang Priest I don't think Detective Goh could spoke banmal to Yang Priest unless they are friend

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@123xxx MissyouTaecyeon
It was banmal!!??!! I didn't catch that.

Do we have to fear more characters than we are aware of?!? Or, whom does Det Go know ...

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Yes I'm pretty sure it's banmal. You can check yourself

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This one have harry potter vibes. It is like park il do is voldemort who tried to kill harry potter (hwa pyung) but somehow failed. And now part of him still in hwa pyung's body and hwa pyung have ability and characteristic like park il do. I hope the last battle between them will be as great as battle of hogwart. The trio will survive and i just hope there will be no fred weasley.

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I get the parallels. There are even objects (black bird, knife) which remind me of horcruxes. But wouldn't it be super tragic if Hwa Pyung himself was the final "horcrux"? Park Il Do could be eliminated only if Hwa Pyung dies too. And probably by drowning at the same sea PID came from.

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but harry survived even tho he is the last horcrux. just wishing hwa pyung have the same ending as harry. im more worried about mateo actually, 2 of third part of the prophecy already happened, i just hope the third one will be a miss.

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I refuse to believe HP is still possessed, simply refuse. What this suppressing ritual achieve was maybe removing his psychic abilities but other than that not much because we know that PID was fine and dandy possessing people left and right and conspiring with his power hungry grand niece, and didn't HP show KY evidence from as far as 11 yrs ago of PID murderous activities? I think what is manifesting right now are HP dormant psychic powers, and he reacting to PID closeness more intense than before. I'm still on the team don't kill anybody from main cast and let us have happy ending. And how awesome KY was in this episode, girl is on the roll, shame that boys are still in their noble idiot phase.

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@shach
The way I've been wanting to see it (been wondering if this just a wild hope), is that HP never really got fully possessed. He had trouble with his eye and went off into his psychic trances or whatever, and his family members died... that's all we know.

I tend to agree with you that the shaman may have suppressed his psychic abilities rather than seal the evil spirit inside him. This was done first, before the priests were brought in to see if he was possessed. They proclaimed him not possessed.

PID (we assume) took the opportunity to jump into Priest Choi but how it moved on after this is not certain. Or could it have been that the minions got into Priest Choi while PID got into someone else?

Anyway, back to HP - his psychic power are returning so he's going to be suffering a lot of right eye problems and ghost sightings.

It's probably good, though, because his father's spirit seems to be out to help him from the other side. This time his approach is not malevolent (after all he eschewed killing HP and killed himself instead) but more as a guide to HP. Can we hope that he'll be with HP in spirit even as he was never with him for 20 years, and that HP will feel he's got dad as well as Suk Kwang?

Before this, his premonition-ary visions of killings (intensifying of evil?) by demons might have been due to PID having targeted him and PID still trying to hook up with him so to speak. Now that he's getting psychic again, it's going to be worse. Maybe he'll be seeing a lot more than just the time when killings take place.

It would be great if he could hear those voices speaking to Yoon as well, and realise what danger Yoon is in.

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Yes yes yes! This is my theory too.

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Priest Yang is suspicious since the start and the evil spirits always tried to make Yoon doubt about Hwa Pyung.

I'm on Hwa Pyung's side :p

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I just finished EP 13. Commenting for the first time. This show is so good that I can't help but to join in with all the comments! I'm so confused by this episode. If PID is not inside HP then PID must be chasing after something that HP has or related to him. PHJ is definitely possessed from what i see. Only possessed people react aggressively to the cross and one of the episodes PHJ was in the toilet reacting aggressively to the cross given by Yoon.. and she also scratched her neck, drink water aggressively etc. Maybe she is possessed but not yet overtaken by the spirits completely?

The story about PID described by the detective does not seem to fit into anything that PID has been doing... the story that he was different, killing everyone, ended up poking his eyes and die. I don't get his existence and the reason why he ended up doing all these. Unless it's purely that he's just a reincarnation of evilness?

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He wanted to become a superior spirit , that what he told his driver "he's not human and wants to get back to his original form".
The man is crazy who believes he's superior to humans .

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Or maybe he is just serial killer who became demonic serial killer?

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how bout we shove priest yang's face in front of soo yeon? 😱

anyways, it's interesting how this originally horror drama is now wading into psychological genre. The question as to who PID is possessing continues to hover over our heroes' heads.

Priest yang is still the stronger possessie for me. If Hwa pyung has been with PID all this time, soo yeon would've seen it, no? Plus HP wasn't in contact with any of the previous victims of possession(at least show hasn't showed them) , and almost all of them were prev in contact with priest yang.

Still, that old shaman's narrative really had me confused. I think she indeed tried to suppress PID in HP but failed years ago, and then PID left HP's body and transferred to yang.

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Thank you for another thrilling recap, @odilettante. You've managed to survive another roller-coaster of an episode. ;-)

First off, gratitude for not-so-small blessings as Hwa-pyung's grandpa is still alive, albeit comatose.

Noooo! Not Detective Go, dang it! I knew something like this was going to happen. And I'm pissed off that Kil-young didn't make more of an effort to convince her partner much earlier of the demonic possession element in several of their criminal cases.

Burning Question: Who was it who visited the injured copper in the hospital? We'll have to stay tuned for the security camera footage.

The inverted cross as symbol of demonic possession was the first thing I thought of, too. I'll also point out that it has a far older name: St. Peter's cross, alluding to Simon Peter's statement that he was not worthy to be crucified the same way Jesus was. For some reason I was thinking that Priest Yang's name might be Petrus, but I may be confusing him with someone else.

The old manshin's explanation to Yoon that her exorcism of Hwa-pyung was beginning to wear off made me wonder if blocking his ability to see spirits had truly served him well. I recall that his father was able to see the black plasma entity chasing him towards the bridge. Had Dad had the ability to see them all along? Or might he have seen them because Hwa-pyung's second sight was returning, via a relay mechanism, as it were?

What really got my attention was the mudang's statement that Hwa-pyung could have been possessed from the get-go, and could still be harboring malign spirits. -- Um, so what's to say that Yoon hasn't been subconsciously possessed since his brother tried to kill him? Either or both of them could have been possessed since they were kids, and maybe the mudang's exorcism has merely delayed the inevitable for Hwa-pyung.

I honestly don't understand the "rules" of possession in this dramaverse. I'm beginning to get the feeling that various parties (and Writer-nim) are making them up to suit their purposes as they go along.

I completely agree with everyone who opines that Park Il-do is pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy against his prey.

As for possible Noble Idiocy by Yoon for keeping his peace about his own curse, I'll chalk it up to the revered rationale "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." It would be completely in keeping with his faith.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+15%3A13&version=KJV

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"I recall that his father was able to see the black plasma entity chasing him towards the bridge" that is as I see it because he was already possessed and in a moment of strength got rid of the spirits possessing him only to see them coming back at him in that scene .
*"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." It would be completely in keeping with his faith* this is so beautiful , this is so true to Yoon's nature , faith and beliefs 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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I think KY didn't want to put him in danger way by having him chasing spirits, since she considered herself as "having nothing to lose" while det. Go has family, and having him in the know and helping her, which he would probably insist on doing would put him and his family into demonic crosshairs.
About demonic possession I think that until now they been pretty consistent about rules for what I recall, like from what we see every person involuntary possessed had very physical reaction to it, almost like their bodies treat the demons/spirits like physical affliction, whereas willing host have none of such symptoms, almost everyone of forced possessed suffered from some king of mental anguish (one exception would be HP uncle, and maybe HP). As of the way of possession we never had it shown to us explicitly by writers so maybe there are various methods, there is lot of lore about that so there is plenty to choose from.
My issue with HP and Yoon acting on their Noble Idiots feelings is that they effectively put not only themselves in danger but those they want to protect too. Like HP just assumed that the moment he declare that he no longer will chase PID make KY and Yoon forget everything and go on their merry way, which of course didn't happen and with KY being kidnapped by det.Go. And Yoon not telling them about his curse, if he keel over during exorcism it will left them without backup plan and exposed to angry demons not knowing what is happening and what they should do.
And now off to watch ep. 13 :)

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Thanks, @shach. You reminded me of several very good points.

I understand how Kil-young would not want to endanger Detective Go because he has a family. But keeping him in the dark about the infernal nature of the implacable adversary doesn't make the demon go away. It puts Go at greater risk because he doesn't know what to watch out for while Park Il-do is perpetually on the prowl. That was the biggest reason for my beef.

You're right about the drawbacks to unilaterally ceasing to hunt for and oppose Park Il-do and his minions. Instead of calling Hwa-pyung and Yoon Noble Idiots, I see them as mortals who have tried everything they could think of to discover PID's host, and who suffered temporary crises of faith in addition to exhaustion on all levels. There is simply no way to stand down in the war against PID and his minions until they are totally vanquished -- or the exorcists die trying.

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One reason, I consider, for his possession is that he was concerned or anxious about this possession thing after hearing it from KY. Before his possession in hospital he thinks back to those scenes of kim young soo (I think that's his name). I know resentment and anger is needed for possession but his feelings against KY alone maynot be that strong. He was straight out of a surgery and his mind could not have time to sort out all these feelings. And that's when the mystery man entered. And also his junior says that he lives too carefully without taking any risks and all. I can understand why KY would not have wanted to tell this to Det Go. Even if he believed, he would not have let her do this anymore.

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Thanks @odilettante for going through so much pain emotionally and psychologically to watch those episodes and provide us with a proper recap .
Now excuse me while I go to the corner and cry my eyes out 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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I never believed HP was possessed and I STILL don’t believe that he is. He is obviously an extremely powerful psychic and that scares people, so they thought he was possessed. I think that PID tried to possess him as a child and is still trying to possess him as an adult. They are trying too hard to convince us, so I think it’s a red herring.

One thing I noticed this whole episode: every tine HP had a PID episode, guess who was there? Priest Yang. He’s been my highest suspect the whole series and he still is. What a better hiding place than in a church? Remember when they said that of someone is completely possessed, crosses and holy water won’t work and they would be able to be inside holy places without pain. They didn’t point that out for no reason.

PHJ is just insane. I can see her killing herself in the last couple episodes and becoming the new spirit to chase. I think she’s just evil and never has been possessed. Leaves us open for a season 2!

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Got bored stopped watching a few episodes ago.

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So who's the person who visited Detective Goh at the hospital before he get possessed? Detective Goh spoke banmal to that person

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This is a sad episode! Why show why show, you made the three of them lost their families?!!! and Hwa-pyung must be hunted by the guilt.

And I'm worried about Mateo's propechy is right. He'll die at the end. :(. Oh show, I need to prepare Kleenex!

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