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Extraordinary You: Episodes 11-12

The saying goes that “the truth will set you free,” but in the world of the Secret manhwa, the truth can be dangerous, even deadly. Our heroes have managed to make some pretty big changes, and at first, the results are encouraging and exciting. But they’ve ignored the warnings, and the manhwa is determined to set things right, no matter what it takes.

  
EPISODE 11

At Nam-ju’s birthday party, Haru spills a drink on Nam-ju, giving Do-hwa a chance to take Joo-da aside and confess that he likes her. Unfortunately, it means that both Nam-ju and Joo-da are missing when it’s time for their big public confession scene, so the Stage pulls Dan-oh and Haru into it instead.

But the person who saves Dan-oh from the falling cake isn’t Haru — it’s Kyung, who then makes what should have been Nam-ju’s speech: “From now on, Dan-oh is the only woman for me.” He turns to Dan-oh and says that he’ll accept her feelings, and do his best to like her back. Because they’re onStage, Dan-oh smiles hugely at him, and all Haru can do is stare in disbelief.

Something happens, and the Stage glitches, then ends. The scar on Haru’s palm starts to hurt and he runs away, and Dan-oh tries to follow him but Kyung stops her with yet another wrist-grab. She growls at him not to toy with people’s feelings, but he says that’s what she’s doing to him. Dan-oh snaps that she’s never liked him, she’s just been forced to say what the Writer wants, and Kyung finally lets her go.

Haru is experiencing exactly what Mi-chae warned him about — that the more he changes the Stage, the worse pain he’ll feel in his hand. Dan-oh doesn’t notice that he’s been crying when she finds him, because she’s too excited that they made such a huge change in the Stage. Haru grows scared, recalling how Mi-chae told him that he exists to stop Dan-oh.

Unfortunately for Do-hwa, the moment he confessed to Joo-da, the Stage stopped. Joo-da says that she likes him too — as a friend. Do-hwa tells her that that’s what the Writer wants, but that he chooses to like her. Joo-da looks confused and mutters that this doesn’t feel right, but Do-hwa urges her to think about how she feels, and he asks her, “Please, remember this moment.”

The Stage starts again as Nam-ju finds them. He tells Joo-da not to bother going back to the party because it’s over. Joo-da falls trying to follow him and Do-hwa runs to her, but she’s in character, staring after Nam-ju and crying.

Back at the house, Nam-ju’s mother slaps him for being so disrespectful in front of her friends. She says that his father would be furious if he’d been there, but Nam-ju accuses her of using his party for her own fame. Dan-oh and Haru watch from a distance, worried that they’ve changed too much.

At the school, Haru goes looking for Mi-chae, who’s in the kitchen reading about the party in Secret. Haru confesses that the pain was worse after he changed the Stage tonight, and he says that he’s helping Dan-oh because she knew his name even when he didn’t. He shows Mi-chae his sketches of Dan-oh and asks why the red flowers always appear when he sees her, and why both seem familiar to him.

He says that he thinks Dan-oh has the answers to where he’s from and why he feels this way. But Mi-chae says Dan-oh doesn’t have any answers — they’re just extras in a manhwa, there there are no answers or hidden meanings.

He adds that the Writer will eliminate any extras who interfere with the story. This causes Haru to worry about Dan-oh, but Mi-chae explains that with a name and a role, Dan-oh is on a higher level than him. If an extra is to be eliminated, it will be Haru.

In the morning, a Stage ~BLIPS~ into action before Dan-oh can talk to Haru. Everyone is talking about Kyung’s declaration at the party last night, and Dan-oh preens in-character as she’s surrounded by girls wanting to know all the details. Haru watches them, thinking about how Mi-chae said she’s more important to the story than he is.

His melancholy mood deepens when Sae-mi acts like she’s meeting him for the first time again in the Shadow, then Soo-cheol plays the video of Kyung’s confession at the party. Haru walks away, leaving Dan-oh confused, but she’s still happy that the three of them were able to change the Stage.

Nam-ju acts cold to Joo-da, and Do-hwa notices that Joo-da is bothered by it. He admits to Dan-oh that he feels bad for them both, and that he thought he’d feel better after confessing to Joo-da. Dan-oh tells Do-hwa that Haru is acting weird and wonders if the story change shocked him.

At recess, Haru watches Dan-oh from a distance as she tries to get away from her nosy classmates. He doesn’t hear the other guys calling out to him, so Kyung goes over to invite Haru to play soccer with them. He asks Haru why he’s alone instead of with friends, but Haru just snaps back that Kyung isn’t always with A3.

Kyung tells Haru that he’s closer with his fiancee than with A3. He tells Haru, that he’s actually just toying with Dan-oh, and Haru grabs him angrily. He asks if Kyung means that, and when Kyung says that Dan-oh would die for him if he was just a bit nicer to her, Haru draws back a fist. Kyung flings him off and asks who he is, but Haru growls that he wouldn’t know if he told him.

In class again, Haru is still avoiding Dan-oh’s eyes. She’s attacked by Kyung’s two biggest admirers who scream that she faked her illness to get Kyung’s sympathy, and they laugh when her heart monitor goes off and she grabs her chest in pain. One of them goes to hit her, but Haru is there to stop her and ask Dan-oh if she’s okay.

Witnessing this, Kyung pulls Dan-oh by the wrist to take her to the nurse’s office. But again, Haru makes Kyung let go, and he pulls her into the hallway. When they’re alone, Haru flutters all over Dan-oh, checking her temperature and holding her hand (and I love how far he has to lean down to get eye-to-eye with her).

It makes her heart monitor go off for a different reason, so she goes outside for some fresh air. She’s looking at her picture of herself with Haru when he joins her, and he asks if he can keep the picture. Dan-oh asks why he’s been ignoring her, so Haru says he was thinking about something. She assumes he means the changes they made to the story and her excitement makes Haru smile. He says he wants to follow his heart, too, no matter what it costs him.

That night, Haru goes to see Mi-chae again. Mi-chae assumes that Haru has been sufficiently scared away, but Haru says that he can’t stay away from Dan-oh. He says he doesn’t want to be just an extra, to be changed or eliminated at the whims of the Writer, and that he wants to be in charge of his own fate and to make his own answers with Dan-oh.

Mi-chae doesn’t comment, but after Haru leaves, we see that Mi-chae was reading the Flower manhwa again. In it, a male character is shown saying Haru’s exact words: “If there’s no answer as to how I came to this world, I will make my own answer.”

When Dan-oh gets home, she avoids her dad’s questions about Kyung and runs upstairs to look up the video, and she sees all the negative comments calling her desperate and a stalker. She gets upset that her character set-up hasn’t changed, so she starts to leave a positive comment, but she gets distracted looking at Haru in the video and her heart monitor goes off again, hee.

Nam-ju still isn’t speaking to his mother, who spots Joo-da as she’s dropping him off at school. She calls someone to ask for information on a student.

Joo-da approaches Nam-ju to talk about what happened at the party. He interrupts her and returns her keychain, then absolves her of running errands for him anymore.

On her way to class, someone tugs on Dan-oh’s backpack, and she whirls around to find herself inches from Haru’s grin. Her heart monitor goes nuts, so she stammers that it’s broken, and Haru gets all worried. Dan-oh swears she’s fine, so Haru smiles again (OMG he’s gotta stop that) and heads to class, carrying her backpack.

In A3’s hideout, Do-hwa tells Kyung that he envies the fact that he’s not self-aware, because it would be less painful. He gets up to leave when Nam-ju enters, and Nam-ju asks angrily if he’s going to see Joo-da. Do-hwa says he’s not, but Nam-ju tells him he can have her, because he doesn’t need her anymore. Do-hwa says that Joo-da isn’t a possession, and Nam-ju sneers that he thought they were just friends. Do-hwa punches him for speaking that way about Joo-da, and when Nam-ju asks what his problem is, Do-hwa yells, “Because I like Joo-da!”

~BLIP~ and a stage starts, with Nam-ju gripping Do-hwa’s shirt and growling that he said he and Joo-da are just friends. Do-hwa wants to tell him that he likes her, but he can’t speak as Nam-ju punches him, saying that he’s holding back because they’re friends.

Dan-oh tells Sae-mi that “a friend’s” heart races every time she thinks of a certain guy. She asks if that means her “friend” likes him, and Sae-mi assumes Dan-oh is talking about Kyung. He’s walking their way, and Sae-mi parodies his public declaration until Dan-oh freaks out and runs away.

She hides in the infirmary, but Kyung follows her, so she pretends to be asleep. Instead of leaving, he sits on the bed and asks why he keeps worrying about her, which she finds strange since they aren’t in a Stage. He leaves, muttering, “No way… me, with someone like her?”

EPISODE 12

Nam-ju announces to the class that as of now, Do-hwa is no longer a member of A3. He looks for a new third member and lands on Haru, but before Haru gives an answer, Joo-da tells Nam-ju that they need to talk.

On the roof, Joo-da says that if Nam-ju and Do-hwa fought because of her, then it’s a misunderstanding because she and Do-hwa are just friends. Nam-ju tells her not to get ahead of herself just because he associated with her a few times, and he guesses that she must like Do-hwa or she wouldn’t care if he’s kicked out of A3. She says that’s not true, but Nam-ju isn’t interested and walks away.

OffStage, Kyung tells Do-hwa to talk to Nam-ju, but Do-hwa says that Nam-ju won’t remember it and will just say the same lines over again. He says the same goes for Joo-da, but he likes her anyway. Dan-oh and Haru find him later in the music room, and he says it’s scary that they live in a world where a rom-com can turn into a horror story on the whim of the Writer.

Haru wanders over to the piano while Dan-oh and Do-hwa are talking. Dan-oh notices Do-hwa’s split lip and leans in for a closer look, and Haru slams the piano keys, hee. He covers his jealous fit and says that when one thing changes, others change too, and Do-hwa says it’s not knowing what will change that worries him.

He says that the one constant is his feelings for Joo-da, and he vows to keep liking her even if it’s from the Shadow. Dan-oh cheers with him and Haru bangs the keyboard again, making them wonder what’s up with him.

The students get test results, and Haru’s perfect score draws the admiration of the other kids. Between his test score and Nam-ju’s interrupted invitation for Haru to join A3, he’s definitely on the students’ radars now, and the name “Haru” starts to show faintly on his nametag.

In music class, the students mess around with reed flutes, mostly just making a lot of noise. Haru tries his and the whole class stares when he produces a perfect, lovely melody. The music teacher is enraptured and asks Haru’s name, and his nametag darkens a bit.

Later in art class, he blows the teacher’s socks off with his Joseon-era-style painting. Haru and Dan-oh are shocked when Sae-mi calls Haru by name, which is the first time she’s remembered him. Then the teacher also calls him by name, and Dan-oh points to his nametag — his name is there, perfectly clear.

PFFT, Haru gets super fidgety when Dan-oh gets close to check out his nametag. She wonders if this is the Writer’s handiwork or if they did it, then she actually touches him and he nearly spontaneously combusts. He holds up his hand to mop his forehead, and Dan-oh sees his scar for the first time. He says he’s always had it and it sometimes changes with the Stage.

They’re suddenly mobbed by girls, shrieking Haru’s name and offering him snacks. Oh nooo, lol. One girl asks his number, and he says that Do-hwa has given him two phones but they always disappear when the next Stage ends. The word “Stage” confuses the girls, but Dan-oh says it’s no use explaining and shoos them away.

Elsewhere, Do-hwa plays a song for Joo-da on his violin. She asks what it’s called, and he tells her it’s “Pleasure of Love,” representing his feelings for her. She says the exact words she said the last time he confessed about liking him too because they’re friends, and Do-hwa says them with her with a wistful little smile. Awww, he’s breaking my heart!

Haru and Dan-oh are bringing Do-hwa some snacks, and when they see that he’s with Joo-da, Dan-oh flails so hard she makes Haru drop the food, LOL. They wave awkwardly and Do-hwa motions to them to come save him, and when they’re alone, Do-hwa admits that he’s confessed and been friend-zoned seven times just today. Ouch.

Haru asks why when Joo-da won’t remember anyway, and Do-hwa grins that he has to because she’s just so beautiful. Dan-oh pretends to barf, but she’s hit by a sudden storyboard vision — this time it’s Kyung inviting her on a movie date, and while she’s waiting for him at the theater, he calls her.

She’s happy in the vision, which means she’s in character, but when it ends, she wonders why Kyung keeps pursuing her. Do-hwa starts to suggest that she accept Kyung’s feelings, but he notices that Haru appears to be trying to kill him with his brain so he wisely shuts up.

Dan-oh goes to see Mi-chae, who pouts that she told him to leave her alone. She gives him a really nice tea set as an apology for being rude to him, but he’s not so enthralled that he doesn’t hear her say that people are starting to remember Haru. Horrified, Mi-chae checks the character page of Secret, and he’s reassured that Haru doesn’t show up on the page. Dan-oh flips through the book to prove that Haru was named on the Stage. Oooh, that’s not good.

She finds herself onStage and sees Kyung nearby holding a red envelope like the one from her storyboard vision. She has to endure the scene, accepting a movie ticket and date invitation from him like she’s thrilled. Awww, Haru is there, and he’s forced to watch as Kyung promises that Dan-oh will never want to break off their engagement again.

Finally the Stage ends, and Dan-oh flips from simpering adoration to annoyance. She says she’ll go on the date, but only because it’s part of the Stage, then skips off to join Haru.

Kyung has another Stage after school where his father comes home early and praises him for his successful wooing of Dan-oh. Dad is so happy about Kyung’s date with Dan-oh that he gives Kyung all the money in his wallet so he can really impress Dan-oh.

Kyung’s stepbrother, Joon-hyun, was at the party and saw Kyung’s public confession. He asks Kyung if he really meant it, saying that he likes Dan-oh (it’s not clear if he means that romantically). Kyung grumbles that Joon-hyun’s mother won’t like that, and when Joon-hyun says that Dan-oh might be part of their family someday, Kyung objects to the word “family” and tells him to mind his business.

Sae-mi helps Dan-oh get ready for her date, and she tells her to make sure to brush Kyung’s hand as often as possible when reaching for popcorn. Dan-oh waits for Kyung at the theater, but LOL, she’s startled by her own reflection because Sae-mi put so much makeup on her.

On the way to his date, Kyung’s dad tells him to set up a meeting with Dan-oh’s father for him. He complains that Dan-oh’s father is only cooperative when Dan-oh is happy, and he asks Kyung if he’s certain she likes him. Kyung says he is, so his dad tells him to go ahead and move forward with a wedding.

Kyung says he can’t marry Dan-oh, reminding his father that he promised Kyung could quit pretending to like her once his business was concluded. He asks how long he’ll be exploited, and his father gets so angry that he kicks Kyung out of the car.

Kyung calls Dan-oh and tells her harshly that he’s not coming to the movie. She cries until the Stage ends, then she’s just mad, ha. She’s about to head home when she finds herself looking up (and up, and UP) at Haru, who says happily, “I found you.”

They see the movie together, and Haru explains that he came because Kyung was acting weird. He flusters Dan-oh throughout the movie, getting all up in her personal space with his broad shoulders, leaning in to comment on the film being upside-down because they’re in the Shadow, and touching hands in the popcorn bowl. Poor Dan-oh stops breathing when he reaches across her for the drink, bringing his face within inches of hers, but Haru doesn’t even seem to notice.

After the movie, Kyung runs into the theater lobby, and he has the nerve to be angry that Dan-oh didn’t wait for him. Dan-oh points out that he stood her up, but he yells that it doesn’t matter, because he’s her fiance. Haru tells Kyung not to speak with Dan-oh that way, because whether or not she’s Kyung’s fiancee, “She’s also my friend.” He takes Dan-oh’s hand and leads her out, leaving Kyung fuming.

Later, Dan-oh gets all giggly thinking about being so close to Haru during the movie. But she wonders why Kyung came back, since her storyboard vision clearly showed him standing her up.

The next day at school, Haru looks at the picture he took from Dan-oh and oh no, he’s fading out of the background. Kyung grabs the picture, and he grins this hateful grin and reminds Haru that Dan-oh is his fiancee.

Dan-oh has to sit out of swimming aerobics because of her heart condition, and she waves at Haru across the pool until the Stage ~BLIPS~ and she wilts sadly. Kyung sees her shivering and drapes his towel around her, and she tells him that she came to see him swim. He says to keep the towel on, but Dan-oh jumps up as soon as the Stage ends and trots over to talk to Haru.

Kyung goes over and violently kicks water at them, because he has the emotional maturity of a toddler. Haru tries to quietly lead Dan-oh away, but Kyung tells him to leave so he can hang out with his fiancee. He shoves Haru, but when he tries to shove him a second time, Haru uses his momentum to sling him into the pool.

Another Stage begins with the students deciding to race to see who buys ice cream. Nam-ju volunteers to swim for his class so Do-hwa steps up to race him, and they both notice that Joo-da shoots Do-hwa a cute little “Fighting!”

While the guys are racing, Dan-oh notices that Haru’s nametag is blank again. The fire alarm goes off and the rest of the students evacuate, and in the confusion, Dan-oh is pushed into the pool. Haru dives in after her, and he can hear her heart monitor going off as she sinks.

He reaches her and starts pushing her towards the surface of the water. As he swims, Dan-oh’s picture falls out of his pocket, unnoticed. When Dan-oh wakes up in the hospital later, her first thought is for Haru.

Kyung sits by her bed, gasping for air as he remembers his own mother dying in a hospital bed when he was just a child. Dan-oh pretends to be asleep, and thinking that she can’t hear him, Kyung says that everyone ends up leaving him. He wonders what will happen to himself and Dan-oh.

The next time he steps out of the room, Dan-oh sneaks out and goes back to the school. Another student is sitting in Haru’s desk, claiming that it’s always been his seat. Dan-oh checks the yearbook and sees the other student where Haru’s picture used to be. Oh no…

She runs to the pool, where she finds Haru’s sketchbook floating in the water. She fishes it out, along with the picture of herself and Haru that he took… only now, it’s only Dan-oh in the photo. She goes to Mi-chae, who says coldly that everything has gone back to its proper place. Dan-oh rushes to the library, and Mi-chae sighs, “At this rate, the next one will be…”

Dan-oh looks for Secret on its shelf but it’s not there. Nearby, Kyung is reading Secret, and when Dan-oh shows up, he asks if it’s what she’s looking for. He tosses the book to the floor at her feet, and she stares up at him in shock.

  
COMMENTS

NO. I refuse to believe that Haru is gone. I reject the idea that he can just be erased like that. Obviously something happened in the past — a previous manhwa, it looks like — that caused Haru to gain a scar, lose his name and face, and be relegated to an extra with no memory. But there’s no way that what he’s done in Secret is worse than that… unless the Writer has decided that he’s just too problematic in general and got rid of him on that principle.

For that matter, let’s talk about this mysterious Writer. I’ve been assuming that the manhwa world exists within the “real” human world, and that the Writer is a thinking, rational, self-aware human being like we are… but we don’t really know if that’s true. What if, in Extraordinary You‘s universe, the manhwa world is as “real” as it gets and the Writer is more like the law of physics… it exists and has parameters that can be measured, but there’s no intelligent being behind it. What if the Writer is not so much a person, but more like a force of nature? In that case, there would be no way to reason with or placate this Writer, and if that’s the case, our characters are well and truly screwed.

I have some real reservations about Kyung, and I’m having trouble reconciling them with my personal love for Lee Jae-wook (who’s playing him so well!). I just hate Kyung so much. I don’t even “love to hate” him, I just hate him. I know he’s stuck in an untenable position with his abusive father, but that doesn’t excuse the truly horrible way he treats Dan-oh. There are only two things keeping me from writing Kyung off entirely: first, that Dan-oh doesn’t actually like him, so he’s not really hurting her feelings when he’s so cruel to her. And second, that I’m positive he’s slowly but surely becoming self-aware, and I have hope that his true personality isn’t as awful as his character’s.

Speaking of confusing characters, I really don’t know what to think about Mi-chae. He’s been so helpful in explaining how the manhwa world works to Dan-oh and Do-hwa, and he does seem to genuinely like them when they’re not actively causing trouble. But as much information as he’s given them, he’s obviously withholding a lot more. And when it comes to Haru he’s downright aggressive, even scary. For some reason though, I feel like Mi-chae isn’t trying to stop the self-aware characters from being happy or stifle their freedoms. My theory is that he was also a character in Flower, and that he witnessed whatever happened that scarred Haru and caused him and Dan-oh to be separated, and that he’s just trying to keep them from being hurt/punished again. But I still have so many questions, such as why he is the only one who appears to remember previous manhwas.

I’m probably stating the obvious, but I definitely think that Flower was a sageuk manhwa, and that Dan-oh and Haru were characters in that manhwa. Haru can draw, paint, and play instruments in styles that were popular during the Joseon era. And when the class visited the old Joseon-era site, Haru made sudden, rapid progress from a voiceless blank slate to having an actual personality. He seemed to recognize more than one location, including the old homes and the waterfall spring nearby (not to mention the flowered hair ornament), and he asked Dan-oh a couple of times if she found those places familiar. He even gave her a weird look when she joked that she used to be a princess. Plus, Haru is drawn to Dan-oh and feels sure that she holds the answers to his past. We know he doesn’t consciously remember anything — it all seems instinctive at this point — but I’m pretty certain that he and Dan-oh will eventually learn that they were the leads in Flower.

The scary part is that I don’t think it started there. The fact that the Flower character that seems so much like Haru says the exact same thing Haru says about wanting to know where he came from could indicate that before Flower, there was another manhwa, and maybe even one before that — who knows how far back it goes. Secret might just be the latest in a long string of manhwas that these characters have been recycled into. It’s possible that their self-awareness springs from the fact that they’ve been in so many stories together that they can now recognize each other in new stories, but the side effect to that is destructive to both them and their current story. Whatever it is, I love how rich and full of detail the world of Extraordinary You is, and I can’t wait to learn the truth.

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Kyung is really a piece of work. My biggest problem with his character is that it is not like they will delve into the psychological aspects of his anger or even why his father is such an awful human. He just kind of sucks. He is not nice at all. hmmph

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I don't have a thing for bad boy (never did), so I am with you to some extent (i.e. there is no excuse for his bad behaviors. Violent tendency... mayyyyybeee [glance at Baek Sr.]).
But then I think... He is written that way, so it's not his faults. Plus, I can see his struggles to be nice, so I can forgive him a little. Still... nothing can rock my Dan Oh ❤ Haru ship!

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He doesn't KNOW how to behave differently and besides he is constantly angry. He was written that way and the writer didn't give him anything else going on for him. So, of course, he will lash out every time things are not going his way. On top of that, he has feelings for Dan Oh which she doesn't reciprocate, and he can't just let go of them or mope around like Dong Hwa (favorite character) which circles back to him being angry and aggresive.

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yep, this is my take too. I actually don't think he's even realised yet that he has feelings for Danoh/wants positive attention from her. Danoh's character is the only one who shows him any kindness or affection, and he obviously has no idea that it's something he actually wants/needs.

(I'm so excited to watch the scene where Kyung finally realises that he likes Danoh. I wonder what his exact expression will be like.)

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Great thought on her being the only person to show him kindness - that hadn't even occurred to me.

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Kyung is certainly a jerk but on stage or off stage, his emotion is very layered and that is why I find him quite interesting. He does not want to figure out how he truly feels for Dan oh. He shields himself from her mainly because he wants to rebel against his father who pushes him to her and he is frightened that he might lose her( literally death due to her heart condition). He can continue to be a total jerk if this drama's writer want him to be or else he can redeem himself in order to save her. In deed, an antagonist in every drama is in the palm of the writer. Either way, I am entertained because Lee Jae Wook is a very promising actor.

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Seriously, Lee Jae Wook has the best mean face.

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He is a terrific actor. I am so wowed. My first time watching him. I can't wait for more. He has such screen presence he takes my breath away. All that pent up anger and frustration...it kinda reminds me of Rain in A Love to Kill. The rawness is so gripping.

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You gotta check out his performance on WWW Search! Three characters in one drama and to think he simultaneously filmed this as Baek Kyung for a month. Promising actor puppy in the making!

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Is he the lead? I need a drama whee he's the lead.

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to YY; He is not the lead. But the main couple, in my view, is flat and not heart fluttering. On the other land, Lee Jae wook and Lee Da Hee nailed it and it is very interesting to watch. I think they are the second lead couple but took over viewers interest.

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@yyishere he doesn’t have any lead roles yet but he definitely took my heart during WWW Search. Him and Lee Da-hee were a great pair

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@akikoz @neener So he has a complete story arc with the second lead, kinda like a DoTs subplot?

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@yyishere Yeap, I forgot how much screen time the 2nd lead in DotS got though since he’s scenes aren’t much. The sisterhood in WWW Search was one of the things I liked in the drama too

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His range as an actor! Shy, innocent, awkward puppy in one role, to mean and bullying in another role - so believably!

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Thank you for pointing this out.
His behavior at the ending scene of this ep shows that; he's self-aware & still not very nice.

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This is what I've been commenting on Kyung's personality. He's just about the same jackass on and off Stage. There're glimpses that he cares for Dan-Oh but what he's been showing is the total opposite. In comparison with the soft and gentle HaRu, it's inevitably that Dan-Oh would feel super irritated by his behaviors. I know the way she always ditches him as soon as the Stage ends is quite harsh, but at the same time very satisfying.

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ABSOLUTELY AGREE 👍👍👍

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The drama has already went down a diffrent route than the manhwa ,I am not trying to diss the drama though, I still enjoy it very much ! It's just that personally I find the manhwa's Kyung much more interesting and layered! He is still not a nice person over there but I like his character and I think i can relate to him somewhat.
....SO Manhwa's *spoilers* everyone !!!
If you want to understand his actions there are two major things that define manhwa's Baek Kyung:
1) his inability to process his feelings .That's why he gets angry all the time, he doesn't know how to process his emotions and pain so he ends up lashing on others.
2) His constant desire and attempts to escape from reality.He moves through the world in an uncaring detached attitude .Manhwa's kyung actually became self aware early on and continued to pretend that he wasn't for a good chunk. His reaction was unlike any of the other characters, he was elated that nothing was real and his mind became even more twisted since he didn't need to be tortured over anything after all ,he could now finally and truly be emotionally separated from the world .
His relationship with Dan-Oh is complicated I think it can be dissected into 3 pieces :
1) She is his childhood friend, dhe understood his loneliness as much as he understood hers, since as children they spent too much time in the hospital together
her for her heart and him because of his mother .
2) He projects his mother onto her , simply because she is also terminally ill . He is afraid of getting attached, he knows he won't be able to recover, after all the wound from losing his mother is still very much painful and open (and that's why he keeps on saying that he hates ill women)
3)The whole finance thing his father is forcing on him . Here is where he shows the most frustration and anger .It also goes back to the hospital and his mother , since his mother was also stuck in a similar relationship where she loved her husband and waited for him, he was also using her the same way he wants kyung to use Dan-Oh , at the end the mother died sad and alone...... Which traumatized Kyung and made him view his father as a monster , and now that monester is forcing him to be the same , to manipulate a sick girl which is the worst betrayal to his mother .It sure doesn't help that Dan-Oh loves Kyung , his harsh attitude towards her probably escalated over the years due to her persistence in chasing after him.
It's ironic and sad that if he treated Dan-Oh genuinely and kindly things wouldn't have gone so wrong for them .

He becomes self aware when he begins to notice the changes in Dan-Oh but unlike in the drama he remains a spectator and doesn't interfer.he simply marvels from the distance at the new expression she has started showing and eventually he starts to get "irritated" .

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Thank you for the great recap, @lollypip!

This episode was absolutely peak Roswoon content... until he disappeared. It’s interesting to see the stakes being raised fairly early on in the show, but Danoh is a force to be reckoned with, who resolved right in the beginning that she would fight to be liberated from the confines of her Secret set-up, and I’m sure in the face of this new development, she won’t be down for long.

Kyung is, simply put, a huge jerk. He’s aggressive and cruel and lashes out at the tiniest thing. But the fact that Lee Jaewook is playing him makes it so difficult for me not to want to hope that he will get better. I’d like to believe that he is an unfortunate product of his poor set-up, which has yet to offer him any kind of glimpse of redemption. I mean, what does the writer let him do other than exist in his toxic home environment and be the bad guy at who school occasionally play sports? Have we ever seen him just having fun with his friends? I imagine his set-up must be mentally and emotionally exhausting. Of course, I could be letting my adoration for Lee Jaewook trap me into being overly optimistic, but I really hope not.

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Goodness.. this is the drama that finally pushed me to make an account! I've been lurking for years now and this drama did it!!

I love all the twists and turns in these two episodes! I never contemplated the Writer but I've always wondered how the Writer has felt about the changes and whether or not these changes were made consciously to fit the story or in reaction to whatever the characters themselves changed?

Truth be told, I've read the webtoon because I was so curious and impatient but it's a lot of heartache reading it! It's much more serious than the drama (but lovely in its own right!).

As a sidenote, I read somewhere that this drama shot up in the ratings and very well deserved!!! I kind of wish I waited until it finished to watch but it's nice (and torturous) to wait weekly for the episodes... let's me steep for a bit!

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I haven't been participating long enough to be the best welcome wagon, but WELCOME to the discussion! Yay!

And while it's totally torturous to wait - d'you think it'd be as satisfying to binge through? It's kind of nice to have our own shadow moment as an audience to ponder, question and guess at what'll happen next.

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Thank you for welcoming me! :D
Well.. when you put it like having our "own shadow moment," it makes it more fun (like we're characters ourselves haha)!

I binged the first 10 episodes and loved it! One of the drawbacks to waiting is that I sometimes forget details here and there and sometimes my expectations grow a bit too high (my imagination SOARS at the possibilities that the next episodes would show haha)!

The waiting is great cause I'll pace myself and let myself steep enough!

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Baek-kyung is always like "you like me" to Dan-oh... Dude, I think what you're trying to say is "I like you. Can you please, like me back the way you used to?"

Sometimes I just need to watch BTS to remind myself that Lee Jae-wook is not a jerk in real life. Now I can relate to Lee Da-hee character in WWW when she said "it's either he's so good at acting or he's a real jerk" as she watched Lee Jae-wook playing villain in makjang drama.

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Yes, it would be a real step forward for emotional health for Kyung if he was just able to say straightforwardly to Dan Oh 'I like you'!

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If ever the jerk-ness gets to you, watch him pop those balloons!

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He was so cute there I completely forgot he is playing Baek-kyung.

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Ikr! Such a happy pill Puppy!

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Our newest trio Danoh-Dohwa-Haru together continued to be a riot. It's cute how their closeness sparked a little bit of jealousy in Haru, though Do-hwa was quick to realize that the Danoh-Kyung pairing bothered Haru a lot. I need more of these 3 being a delight (Heh, apparently Do-hwa was just as tenacious and unrelenting as his best friend. I love how he kept confessing to Ju-da despite her constantly repeating the same rejection.) because with all these unpredictable changes, who knows when will everything take an abrupt turn from a fluffy romcom into thriller or heart wrenching melo.

Okay, it seems like Haru really was someone from another manhwa, and a sageuk too at that. Which should mean that his sudden disappearance this eps was't as dire as it seemed to be, right? Though I'm a bit wary of the possibility of him returning to his blank state once more (Dan-oh worked so hard to fully awaken him). But what I'm really worried about was the possibility of Kyung being the evil lead I don't want him to become. I'm still holding out hope for a redemption arc. Please don't burst my bubble.

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I liked how Haru mentioned that DoHwa had tried to give him a phone twice. It didn't happen on screen, but it's so good to know that they've had interactions with each other off-screen (off-our-Stage).

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I WISH we got a side scene of Dohwa showing Haru how to use a phone. Also I love that Dohwa has money to just casually buy Haru a phone. Twice. What a cute detail 😂

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Aren't the students at Seuli High School chaebols? Two phones is chump change to Do-hwa.

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Oh for sure, he's basically supposed to be the Jihoo to Namju's Junpyo, so it's nothing big. It's just funny to me because he seems so far-removed from all of that. And then suddenly we're reminded like, yeah, Dohwa is also loaded and just casually bought Haru two phones. Reminds me of those classic scenes where the rich chaebol son faux-nonchalantly buys the Candy part-timer a phone with his contact number already saved in it 😂

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the last screenshot is love. I can't remember how many times I click replay when this scene happened. Rowoon's face when he said "annyeong" with 1000megawatt smile made my heart flutter.
but the ending scene, whyyy??? Kyung's face when he showed the book to Dan Oh made me think that he already know before party, and Kyung's stepbrother.. hmm, I have weird feeling about "his role"

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Ahhh, yes... The backpack-tug-annyeong heart fluttering scene. It was gif-ed the most on tumblr after the episode - everyone loved that scene. I also could not stop watching it.

But I agree. I'm very curious about the stepbrother. This show doesn't waste its shots or time so the fact that they had that scene means he is someone to pay attention to.

...I wonder if he's the answer to Dan-oh's poor heart - like he gets in an accident and his heart is donated to her? Or if it's something else. It's most probably something else!

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yeesss, something's odd with him, or maybe he's in the other manhwa too or maybe the writer?

and nam ju's mother too, she looks suspicious, when haru met her for the first time he look surprised. Maybe in previous manhwa she become evil queen

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Ooooh - heart donor theory - how juicy!

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If he donate his heart to her, why is he alive?

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Thank you Tumblr for pointing out an excellent pun:
Dan-Oh tells Mi-chae that the tea set comes from Italy, which is pronounced as .... Lee Tae Ri :p His reaction is priceless :p

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oh! i thought i heard that too! haha glad to know i wasn’t mistaken

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Aha! I was so proud of myself for catching the pun 😂

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How do they expect me to care about Baek Kyung becoming self-aware when Ha-ru disappeared? Ha-ru is unreal. His character is so swoony, but because he's self-aware, he has to be doing it purposely. Pulling her backpack, sitting thisclose to her, putting his arm around her to reach for her drink, placing his hand over her hand twice, whispering in her ear, tousling her hair -- this boy knows what he's doing. At least Dan-oh flustered him for once by marveling at (even touching) his nametag. Is Ha his last name? I thought Ha-ru was his first name, but 하루 was his full name on his nametag.

"Are you from the Joseon period?" Bingo, Sae-mi. For Ha-ru's 100 in Classical Chinese and 0 in English, do the students take their own tests? In Episode 1, Dan-oh thought she hadn't study, but on the Stage, her test was completely filled out. For Ha-ru playing the bamboo flute and painting brush painting, I'm thankful Dan-oh now sits next to him in music and art class. He was all lonely by himself before. "Do you not have friends?" I'm surprised Baek Kyung was so honest with Ha-ru in the Shadow, but clearly Baek Kyung was only trying to make Ha-ru jealous. Nam-joo better really induct Ha-ru into A3(4)(5). He is more than qualified. Thanks lots for the recap, @LollyPip!

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Definitely swoony, but does being self-aware mean that you are intentional about everything you do in the shadow? Not sure. He could be naively swoony. I kind of hope that's the case. Otherwise, he would seem like too much of a player.

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I do believe Ha-ru is too pure for this world, which is exactly what Dan-oh tsked about Joo-da, "You flirt with him, then want to be friends?" Even though in Joo-da's eyes, she was never flirting with Nam-joo. Since Do-hwa promptly shut up with his "Why don't you just date Baek Kyung?" suggestion, clearly Ha-ru liking Dan-oh is not unobvious.

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Haru could be aware, and aware of liking her, but many of his moves could equal just wanting to be close to her and happy she's pleased by his closeness, rather than Haru Got Game.

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As the manhwa world was giving him more substance, he seemed more active and seemed to display a larger range of emotion. That reach for the drink in the movie theater - side-eyed it so hard. How is that an accident?! One arm slung to the back of her chair and one arm reaching across her for the soda? The innocent thing to do would be to ask her to pass the drink or order two drinks.

But it also seemed like a thing a fictional manga hero would do!

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I too want him to be naively swoony but you make sense😭

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I don't think Haru has last name

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Which makes no sense from a school perspective. If you look at the other students' nametags, all of them have last names including the extras.

The Ones: Kim Il-jin, Kim Yang-il, Kim Ae-il
The Twos: Park Yi-jin, Park Yang-yi, Park Ae-ri
The Threes: Lee Sam-jin, Lee Yang-sam, Lee Ae-sam
The Extras: Park Mo-bum, Kim Ban-jang

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It won't make sense since he was not belong to Secret universe--if he does, he was only meant to be a nameless extra.

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I was squeeing the entire time during the movies scene!!! Kyaaa~~~

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@lollypip, I think you're right about the layers. Yes, they came from a sageuk manwha, but they were somewhere else before that.... It's reincarnation, manwha-style. Or drama-world, where actors appear in one show after another, playing completely different parts. Or something in between.

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I love this idea and I hope it's true. The whole I'll find you no matter what life we're in trope is one of my personal favourites, hee.

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ohh.. i like the meta feeling of them being like actors appearing in different dramas....but one wonders what they do during their off time in between stories....

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" He even gave her a weird look when she joked that she used to be a princess."

Shocked pikachu face.jpg

I didn't realize that KSHSHHS

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I loved this set of episodes with swoony Rowoon and even the ending scene thought Haru's disappearance really hurt. I felt Dan-oh's sense of foreboding and growing dread and devastation as he was nowhere to be found...

I've got to give the director and all the production people major props! The drama looks and feels beautiful and dreamy. And then you get these eerie moments too.

The scenery for the drama appears very simple. It's this insular world. You've only got a few locations. It's a lot of students milling about. And then sometimes, you just get this out-of-the-world scene - like Dan-Oh falling just-so onto Haru's back down the steps or the pool scene with the polaroid. The lead up to the ending scene with Kyung was also perfect with the rain, thunder, and eerie lighting and the angle in which Kyung's arrival was filmed. The library had been a dreamy, light-filled place and now it's nightmarish.

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The library had been a dreamy, light-filled place and now it's nightmarish.

Oh, great point. This is so true. The pathetic fallacy is on point too. It's always sunny and breezy until something goes wrong, and then it seems to get all stormy.

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Thanks so much, Lollypip: lol, it DID look like Haru was trying to kill Do Hwa with his brain. I love that trio, the two sweetheart boys and the firecracker girl. True A3!

Firstly immense kudos to both the writer and the casting director (is there one for kdramas? sudden doubt...) because there are so many engaging characters, and really amazingly acted here. Even the actors who play Nam Ju and Joo Da are bringing it! And Dan Oh, Do Hwa, Kyung, Haru and Sae Mi are all memorable and distinct jewels, especially Dan Oh.

On one hand, the self-aware characters are so much more real and 3-D than the non-aware ones, it's hard to see them as on the same level, and difficult for me to imagine an aware character REALLY feeling for an unaware one. (So Do Hwa/Joo Da continue to leave me cold.) But then, memories in many ways make us who we are, and all the aware characters have is their memories of how they grew up and how they felt, and of course it influences who they are now, even if they may branch out from their paths. Dan Oh still loves her dad, even if she's gone off Kyung--and moving on from a romance once deeply felt but gone toxic is something people can empathise with outside of the fantastical set-up.

And awareness is a process: we see Kyung and Joo Da both struggling with it in this episode, feeling sure something is off, knowing Dan Oh 'should' like him and Do Hwa 'shouldn't' confess, but not quite there yet. So it's not like we can just write off the non-aware characters.

I don't dislike Kyung as much as some or love him as much as some, since Kyung does seem in the process of awakening which must be confusing and distressing especially given his set-up, plus he's an abused kid so his reactions are always going to be erratic, but everyone's going to have choices to make and so far he isn't called to great ones and he's been epically awful to Dan Oh in shadow too. (Team Stop Making My Baby Dan Oh Suffer, hence: Team Dan Oh, Do Hwa and Haru.) I do think it's an interesting and deep divergence (reminiscent of Dan Oh's deep divergence) that Stage Kyung stood Dan Oh up and Shadow Kyung RAN to the movie theatre for her, but he wasn't great once he arrived. We aren't seeing him reach for many good choices. It's fabulous he's self-aware, and I want to give him some passes... but not too many. I'm totally prepared to either feel for him, or hate him for Dan Oh's sake, or maybe both.

But I'm in it for Dan Oh to the degree I only wish for what she wants romantically, and she understandably seems all in for Haru. Haru is a lamb, and also I love a character who's ruinously noble: he's obviously scared at the idea of losing the existence he only so recently acquired, and yet so fast and so quietly--in an act of service, not even telling her--he chooses her, and the ideal of freedom, over himself. And I get his love for her, since I love her: she's the catalyst for emotions and plot and all things!

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SO MUCH TO GO THROUGH THIS EPISODE.

The Italy/Lee Tae-ri part!!!!! The movie date of them watching Spiderman FFH? The Baek Kyung awakening! Also that one scene where Haru pulls Dan Oh backpack strap OOOOooooOo man.

Oh a side note, what if in the end the green sparkley floaty blackhole is a portal to another dimension aka another book???? Dan-oh and awakened crew can jump through and change their fate by changing which book they're in? Since the blackhole looks glitchy I'm actually curious, what if they're not in paperback manhwa but a digital webtoon?

That would have been a decent theory, if I do say so myself, but then this episode had the Italy/Lee Tae-ri scene and now I'm even more confused. But the good kind of confused!

WHAT IF, in the end they realize they're in a manhwa in a kdrama. OOOOooooOo buddddy.

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the webtoon theory and the hole being a portal/link that connects the different mangas is interesting.
This story is indeed a webtoon, so they might use that connection.
It would also explain why Haru seems to be coming from another manga (the pendant found was hidden in an old temple/traditional structure/he excelled in the chinese exam but got 0 in English/he plays the traditional flute).

It reminds me of Clamp's Cardcaptor Sakura and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. Both mangas have the same characters in it but they have different identities/personalities according to the different storylines.

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So did not know that about the Clamp-verse. How fascinating! But also I agree about the portal theory - although what does Mi-chae gain from not explaining to Dan-oh what they are, I wonder?

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I was wondering the same. Maybe Mi-chae had a similar fate in the past? He tried to tell the truth but it just did not make any difference? Or maybe someone he cared about got erased?
Mi-chae and Haru both looked weird after seeing NJ's mother...I wonder if they all come from the other comic. Maybe in that one NJ's mom was the villain?

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That's kind of what I'm thinking, too. I feel like we haven't been introduced to the real villain yet - or maybe we have, but they just haven't revealed themselves.

Dun dun DUNNNNN!

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Roswoon made us all swoon so many times this episode just by smooth carrying Danoh's bag, being jealous, being adorable, and being amazing at almost everything. The movie date was all sorts of CUTE, funny, and heartfluttering, with Roswoon serving us more swoon worthy moments BUT Baek Kyung stepped up his game on that one. Imagine how far he had to run just so he can still get to Danoh on time in the theater (which he didn't manage to do and can't do, realistically). Now that we've got a glimpse of why Kyungie hates sick woman and his awareness, the shipping games are going to be fun, at least for me.

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Wooh this drama really reminds me of the anime Princess Tutu, where there was a writer who has the power to make what he writes a reality. I mean, I know the manhwa (as in the original material of the story) ends in another way, but maybe the drama writer has another plan? After all, Extraordinary You hasn't followed the manhwa so closely so far.

My current theory on how the whole manhwa world works in the drama (disregarding the manhwa's original storyline) is a crossover of Princess Tutu and the power of the notebook in Death Note (just the notebook, not the story). This seems like a far-fetched theory, but given that we are only halfway through the run (Ep8/Eps15-16 aired 24 Oct in Korea), there is enough time to explore the rules of the manhwa world if the drama writer would want to link it to the real world (which I think isn't even tackled in the manhwa story). It just seems to me that have 8 episodes is too long to simply play out the whole sageuk manhwa (unless the drama takes a makjang turn that I hope will not happen), so I think the drama writer has something else in plan for the 2nd half of the drama apart from the sageuk continuation.

So back to my theory...perhaps among the characters in the drama, someone is actually the writer of stories. From time to time, the writer will create a story involving the people around him that becomes a reality. When he "finishes" a story, the characters continue living as is. This would make sense since the current characters remembers clearly how they grew up (Kyung and Danoh's memories when they were kids as an example). Because it is impossible for the Writer to have written all those storylines in the Stage, it means that all characters are still aware to an. The memory lapses happen only during the period in their lives when the Writer is in the middle of "directing" a book, and as soon as the Writer is done with the story, everyone's lives continue on. Instead of simply "making" a story, I would consider what the Writer is doing as "directing" the story.

Of course, their lives would continue on based on how the Writer recently wrote their lives to be in the Stage scenes, but only a handful of people are really affected by the Stage stories since majority of the people in the world are just extras (so the story that the Writer directed would affect mostly only the main and supporting characters). The only ones who have it hard are those that are self-aware of the changes because, like in our main love triangle, Danoh in story is meant to be with Kyung but she is in love with Haru as her real self.

The part that the notebook from Death Noth plays would be that perhaps the story the Writer "directs" is not simply because the Writer was born with this mysterious power in the same way that it was in Pricess Tutu. Like how people die exactly how their deaths are described in the Death Note, perhaps the story plays out when the Writer uses a special device (maybe a special paper or laptop or tablet or something) to "direct" the story.

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I haven't really thought too much about tying together my theory and the weird behaviors of the confirmed and suspected aware/woke characters, since my head would burst hahahahaha. My theory is simply more on the mechanics/rules of the manhwa world, since that is honestly one of the biggest pull this drama has for me. Of course, the cuteness and the story overall is great no doubt hahahahahaha.

Anyway, this is the drama that has me desperate for more that I have started live streaming the show since Ep7/Eps13-14. I am slowly dying while waiting for Wednesday T.T

On a side note, so much of the recent dramas have reminded me of many anime and mangas I love! First it was At Eighteen and Bokura ga Ita...now this and Princess Tutu (and Death Note, kinda)... Everytime I was reading mangas and anime before, I always wondered how they would play out in drama format, so now I am hoping that more manhwas and mangas I love will be drama-fied. (ReRe Hello, MeruPuri, Ao Haru Ride, Watashi ni xx Shinasai to name a few hehehehe)

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I know that things are turning a bit serious but this :
"Do-hwa starts to suggest that she accept Kyung’s feelings, but he notices that Haru appears to be trying to kill him with his brain so he wisely shuts up."

AHAHAHAHAHAHA. 🤣🤣🤣 In this ep the shipping of our *extra*ship was pretty cute.

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HaRu's jealousy is the most precious thing in this episode. Look at those laser eyes he shoots at Do-Hwa. Hahahaha.

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I loved so many scenes! First, every scene with Danoh and Haru, they're so cute together! The movie scene : Danoh wondering if the stage will be about Baekkyung fleeing after seeing her make-up and Haru being swoony during all the film. I'm curious how they could find a sweater too big for 1m92 tall Rowoon, it's dedication :p

About the characters, I would like to love Bae Kyung because he suffered a trauma with his mother death, his father is a jerk and he was written to be rude. So I want him to find love. But in the same time, knowing he could be aware now, he's very manipulative. He always provokes Haru by using his position in the Stage.

Haru looks like he came from another book and he came for Danoh. I like how they put small clues in the story like everyone who are frozen in episode 1, the flowers, the fact he found the pendant, etc.

I love Rowoon in this role! It must be hard for the actors to be a manhwa character because they must be good in everything :football, basketball, tennis, swimming (I'm pretty sure that Rowoon failed his dive :p)

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1) Rowoon played soccer when he was young. He finished third place at the National Soccer Competition in Chuncheon.
2) He took a diving class last year before went to Law of Jungle shooting, unfortunately he didn't even have a chance to swim.
3) He practiced tennis several times despite his busy filming schedule. It was his first time playing tennis, but with his steady effort and athletic ability, he was able to learn it quickly. As a result, the tennis scene was filmed in one take and the crews showered him with compliment for that scene. https://twitter.com/soompi/status/1187814840355692545?s=21

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Cuteness overload!!!! How cute is Haru!? Now that he is out of his shell, he is so much cuter. I am dead!
I agree that BK sucks. He does not know how to direct his anger towards the right people (his dad) and he just seems to be an as*hole.

Mi-chae is weird...does he know so much because he is the first character that ever became aware of his own existence or is there more? He reads the Flower manga as well, so he seems to be aware that Haru might have a past.

Haru cannot disappear like this...

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I'm intrigued by @lollypip theory on manhwa world being the real world with something like god as the Writer. This is brilliant!

Then reappearing of these characters would be equal to reincarnation? Then these self-aware characters are like those people who can recall their pevious lives? And we've been thrown the words like Fate, Predetermined storyline into our face one too many times already. Dan-Oh&Co.'s quest to change her fate has also been compared to rebellion against god's will. Now, it's making all kind of senses.

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I am so INTO this drama in a way I haven't been in a long time. I gasp, I squeal, I yell OHHOHOHOHO at my TV and scare my cat. It's great. Rowoon is really knocking it out of the park in my opinion. At first of course Haru was just this tall (6'3"!!!) stoic beautiful guy but as he rapidly gained ego Rowoon has been perfectly flipping from tabula rasa to full-realized and self-conscious character. For a relatively new actor this is really good work; it reminds me of Seo Kang Joon actually. The only thing I've seen him in outside this show is some video of fans greeting his group, SF9. He has fanboys yelling Hyung we love you and he blushes and cutely hides his face on another member's shoulder. Apparently he is pretty shy in real life? You wouldn't guess it from this work. Kim Hye Yoon is also delivering a really layered performance. She's been in some solid shows before and I'm glad we're getting to see her in the lead.

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Interesting comments about the universe of the drama, I just love wednesdays and thursdays.

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Ro-swoon is in full force in this episode. Also, I love watching (and re-watching) scenes with the true A3: Danoh, Haru and Dohwa.

Re Baek Kyung: I applaud whoever made the decision to cast Lee Jae Wook. I don't hate Baek Kyung (even though he deserves the hate) solely because of the actor playing him. Lee Jae Wook has a quality about him where I can't help but be invested in his character's story arc. I really hope Baek Kyung finds some inner peace and matures as his self-awareness becomes more established. (Also, how can the same guy who plays an odious character also be a hyper puppy in the BTS videos?)

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@lollypip I love your take on the alternate universe. Having those characters to be as real as we are, but just in a different universe with completely different game rules.

The world created in this drama is so interestingly complex and I'm wishing so hard they can give us a plausible satisfying ending (please please please dont let it be like W!!!)

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I've been searching for the recap of episodes 15-16. I don't know why I can't find it.

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I remember Kim Hye-yoon doing press for SKY castle. She was a wide-eyed total newbie who had an expression like Cinderella coming down from her magical pumpkin carriage. She had the look of "I'm REALLY in show biz now!!!!" That endeared me to her. I'm tickled for her that shes got her first starring role

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also "main character" namju is way too immature... there's literally nothing good about his character. his only character is liking juda, being a jerk to her yet still expecting her to like him back and never have feelings for other guys and only exist for himself. he doesnt see her as a person but as an object. why is he so insecure that he "disowns" doohwa (his friend) because he's scared that juda will like doohwa instead. maybe you could try being nice to her for once???? ok, maybe he's a tsundere but he seriously acts like a 5 year old. so annoying

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also dude wtf. i just found out that lee jae wook is exactly 1 day older than me???!?? i thought he'd be much older, he's actually pretty young

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