For some reason, I cannot help dissecting each and every part of this show, which is strange as I’m normally one to leave things at that. Perhaps it’s because there’s just so much packed into each beautiful episode. I also like to think that it’s the best way to pay tribute to great storytelling: to think and talk about it. Regardless of the fact that these people are characters, I like to think of them as people. Heaven knows, I believe that’s what the writer(of the manga and the screenwriter of this drama) would have wanted and what she/he would have thought. I did think that there was a little less NDJ in the past two episodes than I’d have liked ( I do love her as well). But the coming two appear to make up for that.
The usual preview for the next episode was not shown at the end of episode 8. Instead a odd sort of summary plays, showing all the moments HWJ had warned NDJ not to trust him, as well as KDY speaking to her about HWJ’s mother. At first, I wasn’t sure whether this was a foreshadowing or summary. Seeing the new preview (linked at the end of this post), I’m more inclined to think it’s the former.
The preview shows Jamie, HWJ, DG, and NDJ on the same team for the Smuggling Game. Whew! For a second I thought HWJ and NDJ were going to have to go against each other, KDY does make the teams after all. What scared me was the final few seconds.
NDJ nervously says: “I think I know of a way to win” to WooJin and DalGoo. WooJin gives her a strangely intent look.
She then hurries into a room and takes a briefcase of money just as nervously, then turns towards KDY who’s sitting in the corner. The scene then cuts to KDY and NDJ in an isolated room, as he says: “How much do you trust Ha Woo Jin? Your father…WooJin didn’t tell you, did he?” He then proceeds to give her the most diabolical deranged look I’ve seen yet. Shin Sungrok has outdone himself. DaJung looks stricken.
Now, I’m super scared for both HWJ and NDJ. I’m assuming that this game is going to result in half the contestants (that is four) being eliminated (thus the next episode would have two contestants left, and the next would have one left, going by this halving process). Having Jamie on your team is bad enough, as you’re down one supporter, but if NDJ leaves HWJ, what happens then? I spoke of the only two people NDJ hasn’t been betrayed by being HWJ and DG. The same goes for HWJ, the only people he can fully trust appear to be NDJ, DG, and his college hoobae. More NDJ, and DG than anything as they’re crucial to him winning this game and finding the truth behind his mother’s death. But what if NDJ leaves him upon finding the truth. What happens then?
Now I believe in NDJ, she’s not the sort to abandon HWJ who has been nothing but her aide (and her dog, I will never forget that part). I trust her. But KDY is a different matter. Consider what NDJ’s seen so far. She’s seen HWJ’s “Suspect in order to trust” and “Reward trust and punish betrayal” philosophy in action. Sometimes, he even keeps her out of the loop of things (like in the President’s game). He may be her aide, but sometimes he appears a bit merciless, secretive and rigid. Now look at KDY, who bought her dinner, who teared up as she presented the Director with her prize money (she doesn’t know that he’s faking does she?), who sponsored the Congressional Assistant’s campaign, who rewarded, even the eliminated Lawyer Go. He seems so much nicer in comparison. Add that to that fact that the man has incredibly skill in twisting the truth, and things suddenly turn ugly. NDJ could believe this man. And why? All because HWJ didn’t tell her the truth.
(Gah, the sorrow in his eyes)
No, not the truth regarding her father’s debt. The truth about KDY. He’s been sheltering her, protecting her at every turn, but he may have made his gravest error yet in failing to tell her of KDY’s true face (if we ever see what that is. Sounds scary). As such NDJ could believe him and what then? How bad is it going to be when NDJ finds out? That could result in another supporter, another team member being lost. They could very well lose this game.
That being said, I am holding out for NDJ to stay by HWJ. Please don’t abandon HWJ, (you’re supposed to stay by his side, forever and ever *delusional face*). I’m hoping for her to see the red flags in his behaviour. His treatment of Fortuneteller Pippi, how those photos from Ep 5 got into Jamie’s possession, and perhaps most importantly the way HWJ distrusts him. But there’s an issue with the latter. She’s already seen HWJ’s infallible radar fail with KDY. Heaven knows, she might think that KDY is (gah) misunderstood. And that would just kill everything.
(Does he look misunderstood?)
But I have faith in her. Sure she may waver, but having come to love this character I feel quite strongly that she’ll rise out on top. The idea that HWJ is protecting her out of guilt may sting a little, but it isn’t truly betrayal (he has warned her repeatedly not to trust him). If anything, hopefully she’ll see that HWJ’s been the one telling the truth this entire time. And I can’t wait to cheer along with her at that point. Monday, come faster! (Actually no, I have a physics test next Thursday. Come to think of it, Lee Sang Yoon is a physics major. Want to tutor me, babe?)
(I’ll take that as a yes)
How are they going to wrap up this intricate narrative within just four episodes without shortcharging viewers though? A second season tvN? Please? :3 More of this would be amazing!
(…a time before you *just continuing the subs :P*)
GAAAAH I AM SO IN LOVE IT HURTSS!
Link to preview: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1556589941240736&set=vb.1526718854227845&type=2&theater