It’s a happy ending for our “W” couple, although not everyone gets that happy ending (*sniff*). Cheol Ho finally gets what he deserves. Seong Moo’s noble to the very end. And Chul gets to live his life with the woman he loves. It’s the ending we all wanted, although we will miss you Seong Moo.
Top 10 Moments:
- Nope. Yeon Joo’s not losing either her father or Chul. And that’s final (thank heavens!)
After Chul takes off their rings and declares that he will no longer consider Yeon Joo his family so she wouldn’t get hurt anymore, Yeon Joo slips the rings back on her and Chul’s fingers, wondering what made him think he can take her off his family register (you go Yeon Joo. Fight for your man). She also believes that she doesn’t have to choose as she wants all three of them to live together (yes. I’ve grown attached to Seong Moo, dammit!). And even Chul pointing out that not only would they all have to stay in the world of “W”, but he and Seong Moo would spend the rest of their lives in prison, is enough to dissuade her. Yeon Joo insists that they will live a normal life together, even if that normal life means she will have to visit her husband and her father in prison every day. That’s her final decision. Chul, figuring that she will need more time to come to a more sensible decision (ha! Delusional Chul. She’s not changing her mind) has her draw them a back door so they can escape. As they drive off (with Seong Moo in the car with them as well), he reminds her that she’d once told him that her husband never told her he loved her. He then tells her that he loves her and Yeon Joo’s eyes tear up (awwwww).
2. Cheol Ho calls Chul’s bluff (shit!)
Chul heads to the warehouse where Cheol Ho’s keeping Do Yoon. After hearing that Chul wants to see Do Yoon first, before handing over the tablet, Cheol Ho has Do Yoon released and Chul hands him over to his personal guards so they can take Do Yoon to the hospital. He then heads inside to meet with Cheol Ho who he informs about not having the tablet. What he does have though is a video of Cheol Ho torturing him and Do Yoon and committing crimes. That video will be released should Cheol Ho persist in pursuing him or trying to find the tablet. Chul then makes to leave but Cheol Ho, calm as you please declares that he’d heard something interesting. Apparently, everything ends when Chul dies, and with that, he shoots Chul (what the fuck?!). Cheol Ho’s guards are shocked but Cheol Ho orders them out of the room, and then locks the door. He then tells Chul that he heard everything from Do Yoon, about how there’s an alternate world, and “W” is just a webtoon. About how he is the villain, Chul is the hero and Seong Moo, the owner of the tablet is the writer of the story. And how Chul can’t get out of “W” because what they’re in at the moment is the last episode. And so, he doesn’t care about winning the elections anymore. What he’d rather do is kill Chul so he too can go into the alternate world. As he raises his gun to shoot Chul in the head, Chul who’d been inching his foot closer to the chair whilst Cheol Ho was speaking, kicks the Chair in Cheol Ho’s face and soon the two of them are battling it out with Chul trying to get the gun away from Cheol Ho and Cheol Ho trying to shoot Chul in the face. Cheol Ho’s guards hear the tussle and come running into the room but Chul who’s gotten the gun at last, shoots them all and makes his escape.
3. Chul is dying. He’s really dying! (Shit! Fucking Cheol Ho. I hope the asshole dies)
Chul shoots his way out of the warehouse, gets into his car and drives off. He’s almost chased by one of Cheol Ho’s men but Do Yoon who’d had Chul’s guards turn the car around so they can all go and get Chul is able to get the guards to stop the guy from chasing after Chul. Yeon Joo meanwhile is with Seong Moo and although she’s surprised when his form solidifies (Chul is in danger after all, meaning the villain’s winning), she doesn’t place it yet. She then gets a call from Do Yoon who has no idea where Chul’s at, and who promises to send some guards to protect her and Seong Moo. After ending her call with Do Yoon, Yeon Joo tries calling Chul but he doesn’t pick up the phone. He soon calls back and Yeon Joo correctly guesses that he’s injured. Chul though lies that it’s a minor injury, but when Yeon Joo asks him where he’s at, his vision’s too blurry for him to see where he’s at. Yeon Joo then draws herself a car and sets off to look for him and Chul, who’s managed to crawl out of his car to the bus-stop calls her back to tell her his exact location, all the while, bleeding as he waits for his love to come to him (shit. Seriously writer-nim. If this doesn’t have a happy ending, I shall make a voodoo doll of you and stick pins in it. Hmmph!).
4. The final episode ends with Chul’s death (what the fuck?!!!!!!)
Yeon Joo calls Do Yoon to let him know that she will get to Chul’s location first. What they need though is a doctor because Chul can’t be taken to the hospital and so Do Yoon promises to have Chul’s doctor come over. Chul then calls Yeon Joo back to ask her what’s taking her so long. He misses her and he has the feeling that this final episode wouldn’t last for too long because nobody would want such a boring ending. As he speaks, he coughs up some more blood and Yeon Joo’s all tears as she tells him to just hang on as she will be there soon. When she finally gets to the bus-stop, she sees him sitting on the stoop and calls out to him. Chul looks up at her, smiles, and as he’d only been hanging on to see her one last time before he dies, slumps down dead (nooooooooooooooo!), and the “The End” chyron comes on the screen (fuck. This CANNOT be the end). And so in one moment, Yeon Joo’s looking at her husband’s dead body and in the next, she’s in the real world, looking at an empty bus-stop. Soo Bong who gets to the house is surprised to find no one home. He’s startled when the tablet disappears (it is from the webtoon after all, so it’s understandable that it’s disappeared) and when he reads the latest chapter of “W”, he comes running to the bus-stop to comfort a crying Yeon Joo (fuck. This can’t be the way it ends. It just can’t).
5. “W” might be over, but Seong Moo’s still missing (uh-oh)
Professor Park is understandably pissed at “W”‘s ending and goes looking for Seok Bum so he can find out where Yeon Joo is. When he learns that Yeon Joo’s being treated in the ER, he goes to see her and finds her sobbing. He has no idea why she’s crying but offers her a handkerchief to wipe her tears (awwwww). Another person who’s crying is Soo Bong who heads to the motel Yeon Joo and Seong Moo had stayed at to look for Seong Moo now that “W” has ended. Except, no one in the motel has seen Seong Moo. And so he returns to the hospital, but is waylaid by Professor Park who wonders how “W” could have ended with the hero dying whilst the villain survived. This is the last straw for Soo Bong who screams at Professor Park to shut up (hahahaha). He storms off, leaving Professor Park to wonder why it is that Soo Bong’s always shouting at him (hehehehe). Soo Bong then goes to Yeon Joo to inform her that he couldn’t find Seong Moo. She gets up from the hospital bed and heads home, where she proceeds to break down again at the absence of the tablet. She spends the rest of her days in a daze, whilst Soo Bong hands out fliers, looking for Seong Moo. Soo Bong tells us that Yeon Joo was the only one who couldn’t accept reality. “W” ended in September of 2016 with the death of the hero in the presence of the woman he loved. The fans had been sad, but they’d accepted the story as having a sad ending, and although a ton of reporters stood outside Seong Moo’s house to get his statement about the ending, Seong Moo didn’t return.
6. Cheol Ho dies. He dies!!!!!!! (Muahahahahahahahahahaha)
Turns out though that the ending the fans got, isn’t really the way “W” ended. We pick up from Chul slumping to the ground and cut to Do Yoon talking with the guard about Chul getting shot. A tied up Seong Moo overhears the conversation and asks Do Yoon to untie him. Do Yoon refuses at first but after Seong Moo explains that he needs to be untied and given Chul’s location so he can save Chul, Do Yoon agrees, but tells the guard to be alert because Seong Moo is dangerous. And Seong Moo proves it by drawing a sedative and having it injected into the guard (okay, that’s unbelievable. Someone has to push the plunger for the sedative to be pushed into the man’s body right). The guard falls unconscious and Seong Moo picks up his phone and calls Cheol Ho who was moments before having a fit and demanding that his men find Chul and kill him on sight. His assistant tries telling him that he’s digging a bigger hole for himself but Cheol Ho’s beyond reason. He’s alone in his office when his secretary walks in with his phone, stating that Seong Moo’s on the line. He’s all eager to talk to Seong Moo, but Seong Moo isn’t calling for a friendly chit chat. He’s calling because Cheol Ho had been so desperate to learn the truth that he’d shot Chul. All that effort spent to catch Seong Moo, who had been in “W” all this while. But a villain like Cheol Ho can’t be president or allowed to learn the truth and so Seong Moo, drawing as fast as he can because he’s rapidly fading out of existence, draws a gun in Cheol Ho’s hand and a paper tape over his mouth so he wouldn’t call out for help. He then draws Cheol Ho bringing the gun to his own head and has Cheol Ho fire the gun. By the time his assistant and security get into the room, Cheol Ho’s dead and right in front of him is the letter confessing to his misdeeds and the flash drive with video proof of the horrible things he’s done.
7. Seong Moo disappears out of existence (nooooooooooo. Shit!)
With that done, Seong Moo calls Do Yoon to know where Chul is at so he can see Yeon Joo for one last time. He then drives to the bus stop and is across the road just before Yeon Joo attempts to cross it to get to Chul. As he watches her calling out to Chul, he gives a sad smile and tells her that he loves her. And with that said, he disappears (Damn. This isn’t fair). Soo Bong’s voiceover continues with the rest of the tale. “W” ended with the defeat of the villains, and because Seong Moo went against his own programming (a villain should seek the defeat of the hero and not set out to make the hero happy), he disappeared out of existence, and his last moments weren’t written into the story.
8. Finally, Chul is no longer the lead character of “W” (the poor boy’s probably very relieved. Now he can live his life on his own terms without getting yanked about in order to further the story)
Do Yoon meanwhile, gets to Chul on time, and by the time Chul comes to, he’s in an ambulance, being rushed to the hospital. But, his primary concern is for Yeon Joo, and when Do Yoon tells him that all he’d found had been the car, but no Yeon Joo, Chul gives a relieved smile as he realizes that he is no longer “W”‘s lead character (*sniff. But what about Yeon Joo?!!!!!!).
9. Chul might be innocent but that pesky thing called the law still has him in a prison jumpsuit (shit)
So Hee returns to Korea (W’s Korea) and is surprised to learn about everything that’s happened (via the news). She immediately heads to the prison where Chul’s serving his sentence and explains that he will be out soon, seeing that the murder charges have been dropped. She apologizes for believing that he was guilty and abandoning him, but Chul smiles as he replies that he’s just relieved that she proved she could live her own life. After her visit, Chul brings out the letter Seong Moo had written to him, which Do Yoon had slipped in the middle of a book so Chul can read it. In the letter, Seong Moo admits that he’s going to kill himself in the webtoon because his soul is terminally ill, and he’s dying anyway. He finds it ironic that Chul will become a human being whilst he will be a webtoon character, and Chul will be able to escape the set-up which he (Seong Moo) had created whilst he (Seong Moo) will remain within it. He adds that he wants Chul to be happy with Yeon Joo, and to lie to Yeon Joo that he (Seong Moo) is still alive, well and happy in the world of “W”. Soo Bong then continues the rest of the tale: Chul spent two more years in prison, so “W” can end in the right way (I still don’t get why he’s in prison though. Sure he faked his own death and went on the run, but is he to be punished for that as well. Not fair!).
10. We finally get our happy ending (but I miss Seong Moo)
Two years in “W” turn out to be a week in the real world, and Seong Moo’s still missing. Yeon Joo is still down in the dumps and she leaves her house and heads out in the pouring rain to the bus-stop where she thinks Chul died. She however leaves her phone in the house (oooh. I so see the nod to Queen Inhyun’s man there writer-nim. With the whole lover from another time calling upon his return bit), and her mother picks it up to ask who’s calling. We then cut to Yeon Joo and a white car which looks an awful lot like Chul’s drive up to where she’s at, as a man steps out of the car, and walks towards her, just as Yeon Joo falls unconscious. By the time she wakes up, she’s lying on a bed, with Chul right beside her (*squeal!!!!!!). He explains that her mum hadn’t questioned it when he’d asked that he be left alone with Yeon Joo, but he’d told her (Yeon Joo’s mum) that he was Yeon Joo’s boyfriend, and not the truth that he’s her husband. Her mother had ascertained that the bus-stop Yeon Joo keeps going to is the place where she’d last seen Chul and when she’d asked Chul what he does for a living, Chul had handed over his Kang Chul business card (hahaha. Dude, you so have to get a real job and another business card). Chul explains that two years had passed in “W” and he’s relieved that it’s only been a week in the real world because he’d been worried that Yeon Joo would die of heartache. Yeon Joo then asks about her father, and Chul hands her the smiling picture of Seong Moo which Seong Moo had drawn before he died. No words are needed, and Yeon Joo breaks down in tears. We then cut to the couple looking at a sunset whilst Chul once again teases Yeon Joo about him now being three years older than her, and so she should treat him with respect. Yeon Joo smiles, but then turns serious as she asks if “W” is really over. She’s relieved when Chul reiterates that yes, “W” has ended. Yeon Joo then tells us in voiceover that in the webtoon, Chul and Yeon Joo got their happy ending, but their ending in the real world is still unknown. Chul continues by stating that they can now live a happy normal life without fear of being killed, and although it might be boring to some, they wish they get fifty years together. As the couple kiss with the sunset in the background, the “The End” chyron pops up.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Cinquecento, a bittersweet finale to wrap up an action packed drama. I’m relieved and delighted that Chul and Yeon Joo finally got their happy ending. “W” put them both through the wringer, especially Chul who faced trial upon trial, losing one villain (Seong Moo), and then picking up another (Sang Hoon), and losing that one, then picking up yet another (Cheol Ho) and still, all through his suffering he came out of it a better man (yay for Chul 2.0). But I will not lie, it left just a tad of an unpleasant taste in my mouth, because dammit it! Seong Moo had grown on me and I held out hope that he will survive in the end. I mean come on! The guy’s grown so much. The Seong Moo we ended with is not the old Seong Moo who would have turned to alcohol, drugs or suicide to get out of a bad situation. This Seong Moo had stuck it out and I love the juxtaposition that shows that just as Chul became Chul 2.0 and a much better version of himself, Seong Moo also became a much better version of himself. And although I know his sacrifice was noble, and that for the first time in his life, he didn’t cave underneath the pressure like he would have in the past, it still hurt because I wanted him too to have a happy ending. I guess it just goes to show that the Goya painting had been right. He hadn’t destroyed his creation early enough and so was destroyed by it. Except, the creation he should have been focused on destroying was the killer, and not Chul. I’m also miffed at all the questions “W” left unanswered, the chief of which is: who the hell is controlling the behind the scenes? Who turned Seong Moo’s tablet into a portal? Why the hell am I not getting my answers? But even with all that, I look at my cute couple, happy together after having overcome so much and I’m all smiles. Thank you “W” for an amazing 8 weeks.