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My Roommate Is a Gumiho: Episodes 15-16 Open Thread (Final)

In the final week of our drama, we follow our hero as he attempts to complete his journey from nine-tailed fox to full-fledged oppa. Though he has a faithful young woman at his side to help him reach his goal, the two face many obstacles along the way, and a final test of that will either make or break their love.

 
EPISODES 15-16 WEECAP

Our gumiho and his girl wake up the morning after. Ignoring the fact Dam has just slept with a non-human (if you think too deeply about it it’s a tad creepy), the two are more in love than ever — and adorably awkward around each other. Dam is on a mission to teach him humanity, and Woo-yeo is an eager student. With the fox bead about 90% blue, and Woo-yeo’s powers weakening, the two take it as a sign they are getting close to their goal.

In fact, they’re so stable and their story feels so complete that our attention turns to our other couples for much of the finale week. First, we get to watch Jae-jin and Hye-sun come to a real understanding, and clear the air about the night they “slept” together, the fact that she was a gumiho, and the news that Jae-jin must complete his military service immediately. Their relationship is (finally!) sealed with a kiss (and a cameo by Oh Jung-se), and they’re adorable.

Then we get the big reveal of Soo-kyung and Seok, and the anger she’s been harboring against him. The drama really pulled the rug out on me, though! I could have sworn that Seok was crushing on her, and vice versa, but we learn that Soo-kyung’s crush from freshman year was on Jae-jin (who is disgusted when he hears this, lol). Soo-kyung assures him it only lasted three weeks, but her anger against Seok for mistaking her for a professor, and accidentally passing around her love letter to Jae-jin, lasted for years.

When it all comes to light she’s able to move on, and though this was funny, I felt a gush of ship disappointment. Did the drama trick me for no reason about these two? I could have sworn there was some chemistry going on. Thankfully, my drama intuition was not wrong; before the drama ends Soo-kyung conveniently trips into Seok’s arms, and all is right with the world again, because there’s no reason these two weren’t end game. Romance crumbs for the win!

We even get a little more closure for Sun-woo in our finale (though I still would have liked to see his story end differently). He goes off to study abroad with newfound clarity… and his wild little sister gets a massive crush on Dam’s little brother Dan, after he saves her with his mad archery skills.

These two were also written in the drama stars, so it’s fun to have them come together as the drama wraps up. If there’s one thing I enjoyed the most about the drama’s finale, it was all these little easter eggs and cute storyline wrap-ups. No character left behind!

But getting back to our lead couple, the road to humanity is not as easy as it sounds. After all, learning to be human is about more than the good manners and good attitude that Dam tries to teach her gumiho. She might fail sometimes (her cursing out the school ulzzangs was hysterical!), but her heart is in the right place. But is that enough?

One evening, the truth hits Woo-yeo like a ton of bricks: he sees himself “disappearing” from earth (in a way that’s reminiscent of You From Another Star). He looks down and his hands are fading away, his reflection is fading away, and even his image in photographs is slowly disappearing. He’s horrified to realize the loss of his powers means the opposite of what they thought. He’s not becoming human: he’s dying.

At first he keeps this secret from Dam. She’s joyful and bubbly when they’re together, not even suspicious of his clingy ways or sad glances. He wants to spend every minute with her, and they do — until he changes his mind and decides she needs to be away from him to spare her the pain that she’s in for.

The moment when Dam finally figures out the truth and rushes to him, is the moment when everything culminates. As drama heroines are oft to do, she runs with abandon into the street, with only her loved one in mind. She’s on the phone with him in tears when the Truck of Doom looms in, about to barrel into her. But something pushes her out of the way just in time. That something is Woo-yeo, who was able to teleport to her aid, save her from the truck, and die in her place.

A story always feels ghastly quiet once the hero has disappeared from it, and My Roommate is a Gumiho is no exception. Dam mourns him with Hye-sun, but refuses his request: that she take Hye-sun’s fox bead and forget him. Dam chooses to remember Woo-yeo instead, even if that means only heartbreak. And so, she stays in his house, cares for his yard, and waits for him.

Winter turns into spring, and one afternoon, apropos of nothing, Woo-yeo appears opposite her in the living room. We’re told that the mountain spirit permitted him to become human because he has learned the true lesson of humanity: love, patience, and sacrifice.

Though it might feel a bit manufactured at this point, it also fits together quite well — that he couldn’t have earned his humanity without first dying, and that he couldn’t have returned if someone that loved him hadn’t been waiting for him. And so, the two are reunited, and become the coolest (and fully-human) duo, living life to the fullest — and that includes waiting together in long lines for the best restaurants in town.

We end with the red thread of fate connecting Woo-yeo and Dam, proving that one really can choose one’s fate.

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The actress paying the best friend, Park Kyung-hye, is often mistaken for being older (sometimes MUCH older) than her 28 years. I'm not sure how I feel about the series turning that into a gag.

I know K-dramas like their male leads to be thin but towards the end the lead Jang Ki-yong was starting to look downright frail.

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Totally agree with you on Park Kyung-hye. She seems to be a good sport and it's not ill-meant, but I don't find it entertaining (or necessary) and she seems to get it in every drama :(

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Indeed,, she looks older. She and hiery are only one year apart!
But she is great, I liked her character here.

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Completely agree about Park Kyung-hye. It did not seem funny to me at all.

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I thought that was mostly a reference to the dowdy outfit she was wearing, not her looks?

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I think part of it was how she was dressed. Some kind of suit with shoulder pads? Much more suitable for a 40 yr old professor than a freshman. In present day scenes, she's dressed age appropriately and I don't think any one mistakens her for a professor any more.

Regarding Jang Ki-yong, I noticed he was getting a bit thin too, but maybe it's because as a gumiho he getting close to his EOL? Or maybe he was just exhausted if his schedule was similar to Hyeri's during filming, getting only 4 hrs of sleep for 6 months straight.

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As a series, I felt it began stronger than it finished. That said, I did finish MRIAG, and I enjoyed it. Hyeri played a wonderful character to perfection.

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The world building didn't make any sense, he was threatned to turn into a demon if he didn't become human, but he just disapeared and came back like nothing... The Woo-Yeon was pretty disapointing. He hide the truth and lied to Dam until the end... Dam always forgave him like what he did wasn't important.

The second couple was really fun and lovely. I loved Kang Hanna in this role! She was beautiful and funny. I mean Pox was the best surname for Woo-Yeon 😂

I can't see Park Kyung-Hye other than the ghost in The Goblin.

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I don't get the disappearance. Was it to heal from being TOD-ed?

The threat of him turning into a demon didn't feel like a threat at all. Woo-yeo just kept hiding things and stalling and procrastinating. No sense of doom or urgency. Yes I had been mentally screaming "are you seriously okay with turning into a demon and killing a bunch of humans like that other demon??"

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Cute cute cute😍😍😍😍
I loved this drama! I will binge it again once I come back from vacation.
Honestly, yes, you could think he was too old for her, or boring... you could think it was convenient... you could criticize its flaws, because show was not perfect, but it was very well done and had a happy end. What else can you wish for a k-drama? They didn't ruin the end, like in so many other dramas, they didn't destroy our main lead's personalities... they didn't give us only 5 minutes of suddenly happy together at the very end of the episode 16... 🙄
So, I am proud.
Good for you, writer-nim. Cha ra so!

Beanies! Those who stayed: thanks for watching! 🙂😇☺😛😍

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Not even Mine was as dramatic as the first half of episode 16 (of MRIAG), and Mine was a melodrama!!
Thanks god Hye Sun didn't use her wish on them and their drama. Thanks god Hye Sun and Jae Jin had a happy ending.

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I was really offended that Woo-yeo asked Hye-sun to use her one wish to make Dam feel less sad. Hye-sun earned that wish through continuous string of heartbreaks. She suffered for it. Woo-yeo had a broken heart once (and that romance ended badly because of him) and then hid away and wasted his time.

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I did like that Jang Ki Yong's brief time on screen as a fully-human Woo Yeon was notably different from the gumiho version. He was definitely the same character, but looser physically, more emotive. A small distinction but honestly not an effort I was expecting in the last 10 minutes of the series, and I appreciated it!

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Yes, this was a really good touch at the end. It made sense of all his yearning to be human - when he got there, he really lived it fully. Great job by JKY.

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I don't care about the supposed flaws others like to nitpick on and on about. Dunno why anyone would look for sense in a romcom with a premise as silly as this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the drama and will be rewatching it again and again. Thanks for the recaps!

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One quibble I have with the weecap-- I don't think Woo yeo's return is random. It's triggered by Dam's refusal to have her memories wiped, thereby fulfilling the last of the Mountain God's requirements. Dam again for the win! I'm still confused by a few things though -- like why he was disappearing in the first place and how his marble cracked.

Despite those holes in my understanding, I still thoroughly enjoyed this show. So many scenes that had me smiling ear to ear -- the kiss scene from the 2nd leads (and how they went back for seconds!), Dam using the word "Oppa", Dan being introduced to his "brother-in-law". And other scenes that had me shedding tears -- Woo yeo thanking Hye sun for caring about him, Dam crying in Hye sun arms after he disappears, Dam teary eyed once Woo yeo returns.

As a kdrama newbie, I don't have enough content under my belt to compare to many other series, but I can see myself returning to this show over and over again to watch Lee Dam unplug toilets, stand up to bullies and show her 999 yr old gumiho how to be human. Love her and loved this show. So sad it's over!

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I got really annoyed with Woo-yeo, but I'm really going to miss the humor (it snapped and crackled!) and I'm going to miss Hye-sun (so she came back into Woo-yeo's life on purpose because she knew it was almost the deadline), Dam (I hope Woo-yeo will one day be deserving of your love!), Sookyung, and Jae-jin. And even Lee Dan and Seon-woo's sister. Seon-woo got pretty boring in the end, but I wish him the best.

Everyone did a great job in their roles.

I love the reveal of it being Jae-jin who was Sookyung's crush. I want to be Jaejin's girlfriend!

I wish the drama had gotten rid of the mid-series memory removal attempt and spent more time on giving Woo-yeo how to be human lessons.

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It was fun to see Woo Yeo describe the taste/texture of food after the restaurant closed during their turn. He almost seemed Lee Dam's soulmate. Their Hi5 after reminiscing about the food was cute. As you mentioned, the drama should have focused more on the human lessons to the gumiho.

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Though I didn’t love the “have you die first” ending, as it’s evident it was different stylistically from the webtoon, it was still well executed. The separation angst didn’t last long at all just like most problems in the drama. Plus they actually talked about it so it didn’t feel so makjang.

I think the order of events is a bit wrong in the wee cap?

Didn’t she decide to wait, THEN she was offered to forget him. And because she refused, he came back. This test of humanity was complete; another person did not want to forget him.

And I think they tried to explain away how he didn’t go through the same process as the girl gumiho. His time technically wasn’t up yet. Instead, since the mountain god was trying to save him, he created a scenario ahead of time where JKY had to demonstrate his humanity, aka willingness to die/save someone, and thus turning human. That’s why he didn’t turn into an evil spirit.

Like I said, it’s a bit forced and not in line with how the drama had been written for 15 episodes. But still worked since they didn’t try to beleaguer it like YFAS.

Anyways. Wish we had more screen time of the second leads!

I also wondered why the best friend romance didn’t get too many scenes at all throughout the series, just to set things up. So it made sense that it turned out she wasn’t crushing on the guy.

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she stays in his house, cares for his yard, and waits for him.

Lives rent-free in his mansion...

he has learned the true lesson of humanity: love, patience, and sacrifice

And collecting rent :)

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This show wasted Jang Ki-yong and Lee Hye-ri's real-life chemistry. As always, Soo-kyung is the brain of our trio schooling Dam in not calling her boyfriend "어르신 eoreusin," which wasn't even a pet name in the first place, and speaking in jondaemal. If only Woo-yeo had shape-shifted before teaching at her university, then at least Dam wouldn't be a student dating her 30-year-old professor.

Soo-kyung's secret crush being Jae-jin was a plot twist, but why did she confess on Everyday Time? Did she want him to know? I really loved Dam, Jae-jin, and Soo-kyung's friendship in the drama, so sigh of relief the truth didn't make them awkward.

Woo-yeo and Hye-sun's bickering was my favorite, but I cried with her when he thanked her for worrying about him. That was more moving than any confession. Like Dam said, they may say mean things to each other, but they really care about each other.

I squealed at Oh Jung-se's cameo. I was wondering why we never met Jae-kang hyung when we met Seon-woo's entire family including Subway owner uncle. Lastly, I loved siblings Seon-woo and Seo-woo's fighting like cats and dogs. Seo-woo's character was hilarious, and I knew Show was setting up enemies to lovers between her and Dan.

Did Hye-sun ever use her blue fox bead wish? Thanks a ton for weecapping the drama, @missvictrix!

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I think the problem was that someone random was confessing to the top student on Everyday Time and the mean girls assumed it was Soo Kyung. That’s why her expected denial of “it isn’t me” got so much better with the admission that it DEFINITELY isn’t her because she doesn’t even like that dude, she hates him because he outed her for her Jae Jin crush.

Meanwhile Jae Jon wore sweatpants this entire series. Whole time. Doesn’t conflict with his character at all, but I couldn’t stop noticing it.

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Ah, that's why when Jae-jin read the post aloud, he read, "But in fact, I still like him," which Soo-kyung doesn't. Also, when Jae-jin said Seok, Seon-woo, and he were the only guys to play truth or dare, Soo-kyung nervously shifted glances when he counted himself.

Jae-jin has worn jeans when he woke up half naked in Hye-sun's bed.

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Hye-sun never used her blue fox bead wish. But if you look at the last scene with her and Jae-jin, she brings out the fox bead and looks at it with a mischievous smile. I think it's implied that she was gonna use it to fulfill Jae-jin's wish that they never have to be apart, but what exactly she's gonna wish for is never explained.

Maybe just that he doesn't have to join the military...or maybe she's gonna turn into a man for year so she can join with him LOL.

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The first 30 minutes of episode 16 was a drag. Din't care for any of it because in the end nothing made sense, as others have pointed out. I had been repeating the show should have focused on making Woo Yeo understand humanity because that was the core of the plot. Whatever 🙄

Hye Sun and Jae Jin story was wholesome ❤ and was the motivator for me to complete the story.

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Nice drama. I loved hye sun and jae jin more than the main couple. But hyeri is so funny indeed.
By the way could anyone tell me what’s the title of the song that was sung by drunk lee dam in episode 13 (on the street)?
Thank you

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Dam was singing "Resignation" by Lee Young-hyun from Big Mama https://youtu.be/ARJ5bXkof30?t=158

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Thank youuu 😄

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Morissette covered "Resignation" in English and Tagalog https://youtu.be/ycLc8mLiEkQ

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The last episode the writer had to get from point A to point B to point C and mostly bridges the gap with exposition. Getting voice-over narration from Dam explaining things was a bit jarring because it had never been used before.

The parallels with Doom At Your Service were thick. The superbeing who must die for love before being made human by a meddling deity. Also the big fancy house left behind. Also the time jump. Also the rather confusing rules of the supernatural world. Also the heroine languidly going about her life again after watching the love of her life die/evaporate before her eyes. The appearance of (sigh) the truck of doom counts as well, though it arrived late rather than early.

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Not perfect, but definitely a cute drama. It also managed to stay pretty light-hearted throughout its run, even with the different obstacles in our couple's path.

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The first half -- even up to Episode 10 -- was largely entertaining television and I didn't even mind the intrusion of the red thread of destiny. However the final act ended with a whimper. It was one of those rare instances where the secondary romance did practically all the heavy lifting during the home straight while the primary one floundered around waiting for the resolution. The cast did well enough with what they had but perhaps the reality is that one can't do a fluffy version of Beauty and the Beast.

The biggest disappointment for me is how underdeveloped and unconvincing Woo-yeo turned out to be.

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"...one of those rare instances where the secondary romance did practically all the heavy lifting during the home straight while the primary one floundered around waiting for the resolution."

Like... 'Doom At your Service!' :-)

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The secondary romance in Doom at Your Service was the most boring secondary romance of all time.

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Not to mention grossly possessive (for both guys) and also the dude apparently just went around kissing high school girls he had never met before

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I think I made a mistake. I watched the finale 'elsewhere' rather than waiting around for Viki and that site's captions were getting on my nerves. At times it was as though I was a better Korean speaker than the captioner! Listen, 'oppa' is not a term you need to struggle with an awkward English translation of. You can simply use the word 'oppa' and everyone will get it, even kdrama novices. There are more words I'd rather you not awkwardly 'translate' as well, like the titles sunbae and hoobae which don't actually have English equivalents. I may rewatch episode 16 again on Viki when it shows up.

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Thanks for this Mike. It's a pet peeve of mine. I see this 'dumbing down' or americanization in subtitles disappointing, especially on the 'other streaming site'. Years ago, a subtitler used "Dude" for Oppa. Tragic. I think viewers are smart enough to learn words like hoobae and sunbae. Once you watch a few dramas you can easily pick out the social terms that are used between people in an office, college or workplace easily. Why not learn some korean words while we're watching great entertainment!

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i love that they paired up do wan and han na here!!! paying homage to the Start Up pairing they deserved <3 their relationship was so sweet and funny and pure like i actually loved how fragile do wan's character was and how han na's was like really clueless sometimes despite being 700 years old LOL

but i do feel like the ending was kind of dry i kinda wished they "fast-forwarded" it to like do wan coming back from enlistment, seeing if kyung hye ended up with that sunbae or whatever or something???

also i think inhyuk was kind of a dry sl not his acting but in all honesty this show couldve gone without? just made people not like the sl all the more which was pointless iDK he just deserved better :') my heart feels for him but also i get that his major role was basically the red string, but still they couldve done more with the sl if they really wanted one in the show lol

i love how this drama was really just a feel good, sit back & relax kind of show the plot isn't crazy intense on the feelings and sometimes that's exactly what you need to relax yknowwwww

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the ending scene with them having the red strings was cute though

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Personally, I liked the whole show. I will rewatch it, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to watch something light and funny and partially fluffy.

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AGREED! nothing beats kim bok joo for me though!! i rewatch it every season at this point haha <3

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Agreed. I would recommend this drama, as well. I didn't have to skip through any of the scenes out of boredom. The secondary relationships were all hilarious and kept me entertained. I loved it!

I would recommend Doom if it didn't have so many plot holes and one of, if not THE, most boring secondary "couple". If Doom only focused on the main characters, the show would've only been like 6 episodes long. I feel like the secondaries got more air time than the mains.

But I will still watch any and everything that has Park Bo-Young because I adore her. If she cries- I cry.

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Ya know the only, ONLY, thing that made me mad about the show?

He poured his heart out to her after she got drunk and gave her a necklace and said that he loves her.

She NEVER SAID IT BACK. I was waiting patiently for a moment in which she would do the same for him. But nope. Just kept dancing around the phrase.

Dude LITERALLY DIED FOR HER and she can't even say "I love you". How is it possible to talk about how big of a dump you just took to the point where you clog the toilet and think that you pooped out a bead and yet you can't say ONE WORD. 🤦🏽‍♀️😒🙄😑

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I loved loved this drama. I fallen so in love with the main & second lead couple. I enjoyed the last surprise of Dan and Seo-woo & Sun ky and
Jung Seok coupling but one thing truly puzzled me: How did Hye Sun become a fox?
I was stuck on this because one of the Mountain god's criteria for the human conversion was :If someone desperately wishes for you to live is waiting.
I finally convinced myself that it was probably true for H.S during the Joseon period and it wasn't in the order we heard in ep 16.
I don't know🙃

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I think Hye-sun's requirements for becoming human were different than Seo-woo. They both had to find their humanity, but they did it in different ways.

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Many comments wish to spent the intermediate episodes in teaching him “humanity”. Then the writer has subtly made sure the ML went through each emotion everyday to become a qualified human. Though he is a gumiho who tries to be alone, he forced himself to be a professor in college out of his feelings for her. Soon he started to use his magics as little as he could, since he himself started to accept human feelings. That is what explained by SFL on ep 13 to convince Dam that he is a fox but he is very much a human when it is about her, the reason why he didn’t bother cleaning up memories or avoiding scandal rumours. TBF, it would have got bored if only they tried to preach humanity for several episodes like elementary social science.

Regarding the final episode, it was stated that the ML was resurrected people kept on waiting for him despite his end. Although it wasn’t explicitly explained, we could see that FL, her brother, SFL, friends everyone hoped his comeback which make him a human. As an old saying, a good human is determined by the number of people miss and waiting for him during his demise. Though there wasn’t proper explanation about why / how he turns into a human, we can leave those loopholes aside considering it is a fantasy drama with an motive to entertain rather than trying to be so precise with logics and explanation xD. Cheers all. Hope you all had fun too like I am following this drama.

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