It has been a crazy twisty ride, but we finally have reached the end of the W the webtoon as well as the end of our drama. Did we have a satisfying conclusion to our favorite dimension traveling OTP (One True Pairing)? Or were they tragically torn apart by a cruel multi-world fate? Come join Kmuse & Drama Geek as they say their final thoughts about the show and give their favorite drama a fond farewell recap.
Since this is the finale, and Drama Geek and I loved this drama so much, we decided to combine our W love and both recap the finale! So let’s channel our inner Mad Dog and get this party started!
A Moment of Random Plot Movement
Poor bestie is tortured in order to lure Kang Chul out of hiding and of course, it works. Bestie is saved and Kang Chul stays as a replacement. This is when Kang Chul is suddenly shot by Evil Prosecutor. Supposedly to end the story so Evil Prosecutor can go into the real world and do ………. stuff. This part of the plan was a bit fuzzy for me.
KMUSE: The only part of this that made sense was the whole, “either the antagonist or protagonist had to die to stop the story.” That made sense. Kang Chul walking in with no plan……..not so much. I kept expecting there to be some super smart plot to save everyone, but there wasn’t.
DRAMA GEEK: : So… the bad lets his hostage go before he checks to see if Kang Chul has the goods? Oh well, I guess it got Do Yoon out of there. I think Kang Chul was just over confidant that the newly created file would scare the prosecutor so much that he’d hightail it out of there. But Evil Prosecutor knowing there is another world out there threw a wrench in things. This is where I disagree with Kmuse. I think it makes total sense that the bad guy would want to get to the other world. For all he knows it’s full of all sorts of magical devices like the drawing tablet.
A Dramatic Death
Kang Chul escapes, but not before he is shot. Running out of gas and getting woozy, Kang Chul crawls to a bus stop and gives the location to Yeon Joo. Just as she arrives, Kang Chul smiles at her and passes out….. looking pretty dead. The fact that Yeon Joo is instantly transported back to the real world indicated that Kang Chul died and the story was over.
KMUSE: Visually, this whole scene was really well done. Loved how pretty the whole tragic moment played out. Realistically I am wondering why Kang Chul doesn’t use his phone to call an ambulance. You can love your wife after you stop the whole dying process.
DRAMA GEEK: He doesn’t call an ambulance because he’s still a fugitive. At least that’s my thought process. Though, death is worse than jail so… I digress. I agree that this scene was done wonderfully and made my heart pound hoping she’d get across to him before she was most certainly sucked away.
A Father’s Sacrifice
W the webtoon is over with Kang Chul’s supposed death, but as we have learned through many plot twists, what we see in the webtoon isn’t always what happened. Such is the case with Kang Chul’s death.
Thanks to Webtoon Dad getting free from his restraints and back on the tablet, the events turn out different than expected. First Webtoon Dad calls Evil Prosecutor. Taunting the bad guy about trying to be more than the character he created, Dad forces Prosecutor to shoot himself with a gun. This creates the perfect suicide and to top it all off the USB of Evil Prosecutor torturing Kang Chul is added to the suicide note. He then creates a note along with a picture of himself smiling.
Our last scene with Webtoon Dad happens when he watches Kang Chul slump to the ground and Yeon Joo rushing to his side. He smiles at his daughter one more time, whispers, “I love you, my daughter. Goodbye.” and then vanishes into nothing. Turns out that when a bad guy stops being the bad guy, he really does cease to exist. So instead of Kang Chul’s death, it is the death of both of the antagonists that finishes the webtoon, sending Yeon Joo back to her world.
KMUSE: I really liked that it was Webtoon Dad’s decision to end things the way he did. It was always unsettling to think of Kang Chul or Yeon Joo having to decide to kill off dad to save their marriage.
DRAMA GEEK: Agreed. And though being a lazy writer shouldn’t be punishable by manhwa death. It was still very touching that he sacrificed for his daughter.
KMUSE: I also liked how the writer explained why the bad guy’s deaths were not in the webtoon. Remember, that events focus on Kang Chul’s actions. Which means we wouldn’t be able to see all of Dad’s behind the scenes actions which resulted in his and Evil Prosecutors death.
DRAMA GEEK: This explanation fell in line with the rules we’ve seen so far, and logically explained the way the writer drew out the sorrow for Yeon Joo.
Happy Ever After
Kang Chul is rescued and taken to the hospital to remove the bullet. Figuring out what happened, he spends two more years in prison to finish out the story arc and then travels to the real world. Thankfully only a week has passed for Yeon Joo because I am not sure she would last a whole two years. As it is, Kang Chul finds her passed out at the bus stop he had supposedly died at.
Yeon Joo awakes to a khottie snuggling her in the hospital bed. Kang Chul tells her what had happened and that the story was officially over. He could now live as a real boy in the real world. We see our OTP watching the sunset, living their happy every after.
KMUSE: Aww. I know that it might not have been the big bang moment that I was expecting, but this ending made me happy. It gave me warm fuzzies and I was able to ignore the little things that annoyed me and just accept the show for what it was. A fun, trippy, ride with a happy ending.
DRAMA GEEK: The reunion was bitter sweet because of Dad. And the last scene kept that melancholy feel to it. They didn’t get to the end without some losses and sorrow, but they did get to the end to live as normal of a life as possible.
Mad Dog & Su Bong
KMUSE: I was sad that we didn’t get some kind of closure for these two characters. I loved them so much throughout the series that it just felt incomplete without a wrap-up. I still wish that we could have seen Su Bong hook up with So Hee. Also, I wanted Mad Dog to be at our OTP’s wedding or have some kind of self-realization about W being real. Oh well, I guess I should be happy with as much screen time as we got for the two characters. They will always be loved by this fangirl.
DRAMA GEEK: Can we get a spin off series with these two? I loved every scene they were together. Su Bong could step into the lead writer role and Mad Dog would just freak out at all his plot twists. I too wanted some kind of realization moment from Mad Dog, and him being at the wedding would have been too much.
KMUSE: I love these two characters. I have to admit that I loved the Pre-Amnesia OTP just a bit more than the Post Amnesia OTP. Kang Chul just lost some of that spark that made him larger than life the second time around. I understand that the writer was trying to show the differences about Kang Chul’s actions the first time and the second, but couldn’t it been a bit less of a personality change? I think it was this factor that made me love the first half of the drama more.
DRAMA GEEK: I think both characters needed a shot of personality by the last episode. They were so fun and had chemistry to burn through the first half of the series. But then he got amnesia and we suffered with her, which was great. But then she was killed off and did absolutely nothing for the rest of the show. She was a power house of a heroine and I loved that she actually got to do a lot of the hero-ing. But then it all kind of just fizzled. They are still one of my favorite OTPs and I love them to bits. I just hope they are able to get some of the fun and quirkiness back to their relationship after the curtain falls.
Finale & drama as a whole.
KMUSE: I liked the finale but didn’t love the finale. I really think the mix up in the episode airing (due to the Olympics) hurt the drama. Once that happened all the pacing was just off. It really didn’t help that we had to wait a whole week for that last episode.
On a whole, I enjoyed the episode and felt it was a satisfactory ending to a very complicated story. Sure there were tons of huge plot concepts that were not really addressed. But by the last few episodes, I understood that we were not going to get a satisfying reason for every little thing. I decided to just throw logic out the window and just enjoy what we were given. Is it shallow? Yes, but it made me happy so I am OK with that.
DRAMA GEEK: The concept of the drama was straight off a personal wish list I didn’t even know existed. The whole idea of your work coming to life and pretty much taking over was just so fascinating and scary at the same time. And the visuals were beyond amazing. I’d totally buy a hard copy of this drama if they were to make one. I loved the main characters and found them to be ones I will file away and remember always. I had hoped that some of the manhwa side characters would get more of a story, and the fact that they never actually were developed beyond what Dad first intended for them was sad. Because the ending was logical and happy this will go down as one of favorites but probably doesn’t make the top 5 because it lost that magic touch by the end. This will probably be the perfect marathon drama. It will be a wild ride that when it’s over you will feel exhausted but happy.