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The Whirlwind (Drama Hangout)

Welcome to the Drama Hangout for Netflix’s political thriller The Whirlwind, where Sol Kyung-gu and Kim Hee-ae are vying for power at the Blue House after a presidential assassination.

This is your place to binge and chat about the drama. Stay tuned — we’ll have a full series review coming soon.


Beware of spoilers! This thread is for discussing the entire series.

 
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I truly loved this series because it was mostly a lot of emotion. I knew this was one of the most emotional political Kdramas. So did the ending.

At the final half of minutes for final episode/episode 12 of this Kdrama, during the funeral of Dong-ho, Su-jin went to prison and then someone found on the prison wall was that word "Long live democracy" and afterwards, Su-jin cried all over. Kim Hee-ae was one of the most active powerful actresses and then, there's veteran actor Sol Kyung-gu and... wow, this was the perfect cast members ever.

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A former South Korea president was actually jailed for political/chaebol hanky-panky so there is some good background on which to base this story. I found it interesting how quickly fortune can change based on being sneaky and having a multitude of Plan Bs. It was a bit tough to track who had evidence on who.

Also, the media is shown as being pretty gullible that they take whatever story is given to them as gospel and just run with it. And the Korean population must be tired changing the target of their rage every few days. I did learn a bit of the type of government Korea has so that was good.

I also learned that: you definitely want Jeong Su-jin on your team; never accept a drink poured by Park Dong-ho; a running aide is a harbinger of very bad news.

After watching a bunch of rom-coms, a political thriller is a good palate cleanser.

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I'm in the minority of those who enjoy political machinations, so I'm not surprised to see only two comments here. This was an intriguing, and at times, excruciating, drama. Based almost exclusively on the cut-throat back-stabbing behaviour of the political left, those who had been heroes during the protests for democracy in the 80s, it was both shocking and sadly predictable to see how compromised and corrupt these young leaders became. 😢 People made corrupt political decisions in order to protect family members or simply "survive" as politicians "for the sake of the country". The question that threaded through the whole drama was about the power of the truth to counter a lie. It was also centered on a loss of confidence in the ability of the justice system to deliver a just world. The Machiavellian solution offered instead was " to do things my way", which involved assassinating the President (twice). Suicide also features as noble self sacrifice. This drama touched on contemporary political issues in SK, although in the face of the current conservative government, I'm not prepared to believe that the previous progressive government were as corrupt as depicted in this drama. 😎

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