“W” continues to prove to us that whatever we think we know will get turned on its head and leave us hanging onto our hats whilst our minds get blown. It’s exhiliarating. Seong Moo pulls through. Chul’s stuck in limbo, but thankfully isn’t there forever. Yeon Joo and Soo Bong find a way to resume time in “W” and she and all of us are thrilled when she heads back in.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Seon Moo’s in critical condition
Chul shoots Seong Moo and walks out of the house, where he runs into Soo Bong who’s stunned to see him. He’s holding onto the pistol which Soo Bong notices and he tells Soo Bong that if he calls an ambulance just in time, Seong Moo might be lucky to survive. As Chul leaves, the news clicks for Soo Bong who rushes into the house, and so by the time Yeon Joo gets to the house, it’s to find an ambulance outside her house with cops inside. Soo Bong calls Soo Sun to tell her of the news whilst Yeon Joo follows her unconscious father in the ambulance. He’s rushed to Myungsei Hospital where Professor Park performs the surgery, and asks Yeon Joo to leave him to perform the it. When he cuts into Seong Moo, a tearful Yeon Joo leaves the OR and joins Soo Bong who confirms that Chul had been at their house and had left the house whilst holding a gun. Soo Bong figures that that’s the reason why Seong Moo had kept trying to kill Chul, because he knew Chul was dangerous. He declares that Yeon Joo shouldn’t have saved Chul and should have instead allowed him die, seeing that he’s only a cartoon character (Seriously though, Seong Moo tried killing him. Swap places with Chul and let’s see if you will be singing the same tune). Their conversation though is cut shot by Soo Sun showing up at the hospital. Over in the OR, Professor Park’s able to pull out the bullet (weird. I’d been expecting the bullet to disappear or vanish or something), and down at the main lobby, Chul shows up with a letter addressed to Yeon Joo and drops it off for one of the security guards to pass it along to her. The next morning, news of Seong Moo gettting shot is all over the news and as his editor listens to it, the woman with him suggests they show Yeon Joo the “evidence” they have as now’s the best time for them to tell her (hmmm. Wonder what that’s about. Cuz last time I checked, the webtoon has stopped. Or are there more people like Chul running amok? Say Cheol Ho for one?)
2. W is still ongoing and even carries through into Yeon Joo’s world (woah!)
Yeon Joo sits by Seong Moo’s bedside, holding on to him as she flashes back to Seong Moo wondering if she’s okay and calling Chul a monster he has to kill before he swallows him up. She bows her head at the thought (in pain? regret?) and Seok Bum joins her to tell her to head to the on-call room. He offers to watch over Seong Moo and tells her that he’d put her mother into a cab along with her sister (awww. You’re a great friend Seok Bum). Outside the room, Yeon Joo gets a call from the editor asking after Seong Moo and informing her that another chapter of “W” was sent in (what the fuck?). He tells her that he’s not sure who sent it, but the drawing looks a lot like Seong Moo and he was wondering if Seong Moo had sent it to him prior to the shooting. Yeon Joo asks when the chapter was sent in and the editor replies that he got it that morning, although he hasn’t uploaded it yet. She asks to see the chapter first and gets it in her mailbox. The latest “W” chapter is exactly all that’s happened in the last episode; from Chul entering Yeon Joo’s world to him shooting Seong Moo (shit). As she reads it, we bleed into the previous night when a shaky Chul had tossed the gun away and had walked in the rain to a store where he’d written a letter for Yeon Joo. Just as Yeon Joo sees the scene where Chul had written her a letter addressed to her, one of the nurses comes bearing that very same letter. Yeon Joo’s stunned to see it and although the nurse has no idea who’d dropped it, Yeon Joo has a pretty decent idea who’d sent it. She reads and gets to the ending where Chul had written that it’s a pretty decent ending for someone who in searching for a murderer became a murderer himself. The words has her returning to the episode where she sees that Chul had gone to the bridge. The scene bleeds into the previous night where we see Chul have the same exact thought and then jump off the bridge and into the water below (what the fuck? No!!!!!!). That exact scene is captured forever in the final page of the chapter along with the words “The End” (shit. Shit. SHIT!!!!). Yeon Joo’s horrified at the sight and runs to Han bridge where she searches furiously for a glimpse of Chul. She sees nothing though and sinks to the floor in tears.
3. Everything returns from whence they came
A tearful and worried looking Soo Sun sits at Seong Moo’s bedside and when he opens his eyes, she takes off, looking for the hospital staff (Whew! What a relief. The relief’s not for him but for Chul because he’s not a murderer after all. Now, all that’s left is for chul to not be dead). Yeon Joo and Soo Bong meet with the cops outside of Seong Moo’s house and they explain that none of the ten security cameras in the area caught anything. As he says that they haven’t been able to locate the gun either, we see that the gun had turned into a comic drawing and then disappeared (woah). Even the bullet Professor Park had extracted, disappeared as well and the cop wonders if maybe someone stole it. Soo Bong and Yeon Joo know exactly what’s going on but when the cop asks her if she has any suspects in mind, she denies it. The cop calls the case strange and tells her that they would have answers soon enough, seeing that Seong Moo’s regained consciousness.
4. Covering up the entire incident
Yeon Joo and Soo Bong pay a visit to a conscious Seong Moo at the hospital. Yeon Joo has a hard time getting the words out and so it’s Soo Bong who informs Seong Moo that Chul committed suicide. He continues with the rest of the reveal: all of Chul’s conversation with Seong Moo, plus the shooting and drowning all appeared in the webtoon and the editors have all seen it already and will soon report it to the police. So his suggestion is that they find a way of covering it all up because should they not have a plausible story to give the editors, things will get complicated. And so, they came up with an idea. The next thing we see is a news report where the story is that Seong Moo had been suffering from anxiety and depression about the right way to end “W” and so had attempted to commit suicide whilst drunk on the day he finally finished it. The news report continues that the ending of the webtoon, which has Chul killing his creator and committing suicide outraged all the fans and some of them are even lauching a petition for Seong Moo to bring Chul back to life. Even Professor Park is not left out of the matter as he demands that Seok Bum have a drink with him, complaining all the while that “W” is driving him insane (hehehe).
5. Seong Moo’s retired and Yeon Joo’s trying to move on
A month later and we see Yeon Joo boxing up all of Seong Moo’s things, including his pens and sketchpads filled with “W” sketches. She then pays a visit to the editor and explains that Seong Moo’s back home because he hates staying at the hospital. The editor’s worried but Yeon Joo calms him down by stating that she will be at home with Seong Moo, taking care of him. The editor then brings up the disgruntled fans and them wanting a seperate ending for Chul. He wonders if maybe Seong Moo can be persuaded to change his mind, but Yeon Joo nips it in the bud by telling him that Seong Moo’s retiring. This is terrible news for the editor and the producer of the “W” movie with him, as the producer explains that furor for the movie is dying because no one wants to watch a movie where the main character dies. The editor tries bringing up the possibility of Seong Moo just drawing a couple of scenes but Yeon Joo immediately brings a halt to the words and states that Seong Moo wouldn’t be picking up a pen again. She tells him that Seong Moo’s gone through even more than the man can ever imagine and she doesn’t think even she can persuade Seong Moo. The editor turns into a mess, declaring that Chul’s ending is very unfortunate and Yeon Joo shocks him (and us) by telling him that it’s a cartoon and he shouldn’t get attached to a character (awww. I think it’s more for herself than him). She leaves and heads home where a sad looking Seong Moo checks out the scar left from his bullet wound. She calls out to him about her firm rebuttal of the movie production and the editor’s demand for Seong Moo to pick up the pen and he replies that it’s all good. Whilst Seong Moo and Yeon Joo look drepressed at the loss, Soo Bong shows up to inform Yeon Joo that a body’s been pulled from beside Han River Bridge and he thinks it could be Chul. Yeon Joo’s stunned at the news but follows Soo Bong when he tells her that they should go see it. Seong Moo overhears the conversation and looks slightly sad as he watches them leave (are you perchance feeling sorry for the boy you put through hell without having the end to it in sight? Because if you are, please pick up your tablet and write him a happy ending).
6. Chul’s future is frozen
On their way to the morgue, Soo Bong’s a nervous wreck blurting out a million and one questions about what they will do should the body be Chul’s. Yeon Joo can’t answer any of his questions as she’s lost in thought, trying to deal with the possibility of seeing Chul. When they get to the morgue, they’re warned about the sight they’re about to see because the body’s been dead for a month and with it being summer, is seriously decomposed. Yeon Joo’s calm as a cucumber, stating that she’s a doctor and when the sheet is pulled off, Soo Bong runs to a corner to throw up, whilst Yeon Joo braces herself and breathes a sigh of relief as she states that it’s not Chul because unlike Chul, the body wears a ring. When she gets home, she serves Seong Moo dinner and he cautions her about eating more regularly. He then follows it up by asking where she’d gone with Soo Bong that afternoon and Yeon Joo comes clean that they’d gone to the morgue to check out a body they’d thought was Chul’s. It wasn’t Chul though and she doesn’t know why they can’t find him since it’s been a month already. She continues that she figures he returned to the webtoon after he died seeing that he’s a webtoon character. Seong Moo replies that he doesn’t know either and Yeon Joo asks him what he thinks happens after the story’s over. Fairtytales end with the stereotypical: “And they lived happily ever after” and she wonders if the characters would continue living their lives off the page or do they stop existing at the end of the story. Seong Moo stops her and asks her if she too like everyone else wants him to bring Chul back to life. Yeon Joo gives a nervous laugh as she declares that she doesn’t want him to and Seong Moo, calmly tells her that there are reasons why he can’t and won’t do it. He continues that the cops had come to see him in the last week and we flashback to the cops bringing him his tablet computer and stating that they’d found it at the top of a motel and had kept it as evidence. But now that the investigation’s over, they have no reason to keep it anymore. Seong Moo admits that when he got it back, he considered bringing Chul back to life. Chul had purposefully made the shot non-fatal because Chul never misses his target, even by an inch. He admits that he knows Chul more than anyone else and Chul chose not to kill him on the spot. And since Chul gave him the chance to live, he’d wanted to give Chul his chance as well (awwww). But no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t erase the “The End” (Damn *sniffle*). Yeon Joo’s stunned and asks Seong Moo why he thinks he couldn’t change it. Seong Moo admits that he thinks that it’s because he and Chul betrayed each other. That’s the reason why he can’t draw “W” anymore. The reason why he won’t though, is because of Yeon Joo. He asks if Yeon Joo knows why she kept getting dragged into the webtoon and Yeon Joo replies that she doesn’t. He tells her that he figures it out after seeing that Chul had left his will to her: she’s become the heroine of the webtoon. But he can’t allow that because she’s human and his and her mother’s daughter. And that’s why that’s the end of “W”. Whilst doing the dishes that evening, a sad Yeon Joo wonders what the end really is like. Did So Hee find Chul’s body and conduct a proper burial or is Chul still floating in that cold water, drifting tirelessly and forever alone (shit. Damn that picture is heartbreaking and sad).
7. Professor Park tries his hand at matchmaking
Some more time passes and we see Seong Moo at the airport, looking way better and accompanied by friends. Yeon Joo calls him to fuss over him and when the call ends, she turns around to find Professor Park behind her. He’s concerned about Seong Moo travelling so soon, and accepts it when Yeon Joo replies that she hadn’t been able to convince Seong Moo otherwise. Plus, he’s staying with a friend in New Zealand. With that out of the way, Professor Park comments on Yeon Joo’s washed hair (hahaha) and outfit and declares that he’s taking her out. Yeon Joo tries to get out of it but Professor Park just tosses over his shoulder the time and venue and tells her to put on some lipstick. When they get to the venue, he informs her that it’s a matchmaking date and she’s a substitute for the person who was actually meant to come but couldn’t. Unfortunately for Yeon Joo, she’s the only substitute who’d washed her hair that day (hahaha). Yeon Joo curses at her hair and Professor Park tsks at her not having gone on a matchmaking date in forever, which he’s sure is the reason why her father had wrote in romance into his webtoon: so, Yeon Joo can live vicariously through it (hahaha). He alerts her to her date having arrived and Yeon Joo turns around and sees a gorgeous man that has her smiling. Except, he’s not her date. Her date is someone so far from gorgeous that she turns pleading eyes to Professor Park and he tells her that not all men can be handsome, tall and smart and Yeon Joo mutters that there is one (oh yeah. There most certainly is). Professor Park wonders if she’s referring to him (pfft. Delusional crazy dog) and Yeon Joo gives him a look. Her date finally joins them at the table and looks smitten as he declares that she’s just his type. Yeon Joo can only laugh at her rotten luck and when she gets a text from Seok Bum, asking if her washing her hair had brought her good luck or bad, she uses the opportunity to excuse herself to the bathroom.
8. Things get even more crazy
In the bathroom she immediately admits to Seok Bum that the hairwashing had gotten her bad luck and Seok Bum’s all “I told you so”. She tells him though that Professor Park’s set-up has her realizing that she needs to stop being so engulfed in work and date more (you and me sister). She demands that Seok Bum must start setting her up on weekly dates. Seok Bum grumbles about his busy schedule and wonders why he has to set her up on weekly dates. At that moment though, the signal’s lost on Yeon Joo’s end. Just as she turns around, she’s submerged in water, with her phone still in hand (wait. What the fuck?).The water turns out to be the sea and when Yeon Joo tries to swim to the surface, she notices a body floating in the distance. She swims towards it and is stunned to see that it’s Chul (wait, what the fuck? She’s in Han River?). She swims towards Chul and in the process loses her phone. She keeps focusing on swimming to Chul though but he drifts away. She then swims towards the surface and the next thing we see, she’s soaked to the bones in the bathroom, staring at the mirror (What the fuck just happened? My mind would be even more blown if she doesn’t have her phone with her).
9. The story isn’t over yet
Yeon Joo immediately heads back out to ask for Professor Park’s phone. She’s dripping everywhere but she doesn’t even care. Her date’s the one that offers her his phone and Yeon Joo immediately scrolls through the last chapter of “W” and sees “To be continued” rather than the previous “The end” (Whoopwhoop. Things are back on track). She immediately rushes off, blind date forgotten and heads to the new office Soo Bong’s at. Yeon Joo barges in and drags Soo Bong out, then begs him to please save Chul because time hasn’t ended, it just stopped and Chul’s still in the ocean, hanging in limbo. Soo Bong wonders how she knows this and Yeon Joo explains that she saw it herself. It immediately clicks for him and he gapes as it all sinks in. They get to the house with Soo Bong on the phone with someone in the editor’s office, explaining that none of the editors changed the story. He admits that Seong Moo didn’t change it either and meanwhile, all of the country, fans are all excited at the prospect of Chul returning. Yeon Joo though is all focused on setting up Seong Moo’s tablet computer and Soo Bong’s surprised that the end frame changed from “The end” to “To be continued”. After all, Chul hadn’t died senselessly but had actually committed suicide which makes sense within the context. Yeon Joo doesn’t have an answer though but just figures that there must be something keeping the webtoon from ending. On the other side of town, a figure in black stands in the very same spot in which Chul had committed suicide. Two bicyclists, concerned that he’s about to commit suicide approach him and the figure turns around and turns out to be the faceless killer from the comic (Holy shit. He can cross universes too? What the fuck?) who flies straight at them. Meanwhile, over at Seong Moo’s, Soo Bong’s still hung up on why “W” can’t end yet. Yeon Joo though, wants him to focus on helping Chul who she assumes can’t save himself and so “W” can’t continue. To make it even worse, Chul doesn’t want to come back to life. And so, Yeon Joo’s suggestion is for Soo Bong to draw a scene where a police boat with a diver on it is on the river when Chul jumps in, meaning they’re able to immediately save Chul. Soo Bong’s against it because his drawing can’t be compared with Seong Moo who he thinks should be the one to draw the scene. Yeon Joo cries that Seong Moo wouldn’t want to and Soo Bong latches onto her words. Yeon Joo though points out that Chul might have shot at Seong Moo, but Seong Moo survived and is now on a holiday with friends; Yeon Joo and Soo Bong will be okay. The person who will suffer is Chul who’s been in the water for the last two months; believing that he committed murder. She starts to cry that it’s all her fault and her tears weaken Soo Bong enough for him to give it a shot.
10. W is back on track
Except, after Soo Bong finishes drawing the scene, nothing happens and he points out to Yeon Joo that if it had worked, then a new scene would have drawn itself. He’s sure though that it’s not working with him because he isn’t Seong Moo and he suggests that Yeon Joo talk to her father about it. Yeon Joo though, is of the opionion that Seong Moo wouldn’t agree to draw the scene, especially if he discovers that Yeon Joo had been dragged into the ocean. Soo Bong stumbles off to go make ramyeon but then he has a thought and comes back to ask Yeon Joo if Seong Moo had ever told her something about “W” (what? What did he say? Maybe something to do with Yeon Joo being Chul’s original creator?). We cut away from that conversation (Why?!!!!) and the next scene we see is the prison where the prison guards are shocked to find Yeon Joo (she’s back? Whoopeee!). Chul on the other hand, jumps into the sea but a police boat passes at that exact moment and divers jump in to rescue him (yay!). He wakes up in his bed, startled out of a dream whilst Yeon Joo beams in the realization that she’s back in “W”.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Honeyed Cherryed Daiquiri. Tart with the desolation we initially felt at the thought of Chul being trapped forever with no resolution or peace in his heart. When Seong Moo lets down the walls and we see that the creator really had learned to understand and be more forgiving of his creation, the moment was bittersweet. But seeing that “W” has resumed and Chul is safe and back in his bed, whilst Yeon Joo is not so safe, but we can be sure she will be soon, gives it all a sweet finish. It’s however a sweet finish with a ton of answers. The first and most pressing for me being how did life in “W” resume? Did the people notice that it was daylight when they’d stopped recollecting anything and things picked up for them at night? How will they explain the change in time? How will Yeon Joo explain her disappearance? How will she get out of jail? And most importanly, will Seong Moo continue drawing “W” or will he leave the story to tell the story it wants to tell? Will the killer return back to the world of the comics now that time has resumed there? How did he get into the real world in the first place? Is there a portal somewhere? And finally, how the hell am I meant to last another week without getting any answers.