“The World Of The Married” has finally ended its run and I just finished crying so here I am to talk about it.
“The World Of The Married” was one hell of a rollercoaster ride, it was filled with ups but mostly downs. There were bumps along the way, but overall, I can’t complain about it because there is still truth to it… even if it was exaggerated at times, a lot of the things a married and divorced couple do rings true, and to me, those emotions were all that mattered.
Note: this is a spoiler recap and review of “The World Of The Married” episode 16.
The quick recap
Nothing much happens for the first 30 minutes aside from the cast reconnecting after Sun Woo and Joon Young get back to town. Je Hyuk and Ye Rim have gotten back together but at the 30 minute mark we begin to see cracks in their relationship again. She doubts him again and despite her love to him, she says she doesn’t know if she can ever forget and forgive.
Around the 40 minute mark, the asshole Tae Oh shows up at their house and takes Joon Young with him, when Sun Woo finds out she panics and is afraid for the life of her son and the ex-husband.
He eventually tells her where they are and she comes to take them. She offers to buy lunch to Tae Oh, they eat at a restaurant but Tae Oh begins to spit nonsense again saying they should forgive each other and get back together, as you’d expect Joon Young isn’t happy with the situation and breaks down crying in the bathroom before asking his mom to leave.
Sun Woo tells Tae Oh that its over between them and there is no chance ever that they’d get back together. They part ways and Tae Oh asks his son not to end up like him, as the mother and son walk towards the car, Tae Oh decides it’s a good idea to just commit suicide right in front of them by jumping in front of a driving car. Thankfully or not, he doesn’t get hurt, Sun Woo runs over to him and embraces him, Joon Young sees that and decides it’s best to ditch the crazy couple and leave.
A year later
It looks like Tae Oh got his shit together again; he’s going around places pitching his scripts to media companies and getting rejected.
Sun Woo is back to work, she hasn’t given up on finding her son who ran away from home, but she has no choice but to wait for him.
Ye Rim and Je Hyuk have apparently divorced and Ye Rim has opened her own café, she is doing well.
Je Hyuk is dating another woman and appears to have moved on with his life, but you can see regret in his eyes.
Da Kyung is back to college, a man offers her coffee but she gets up from her seat at the library leaving his coffee behind.
Dr. Kim and Sun Woo seem to have nothing going on between them and remain colleagues.
Sun Woo wakes up the next day to eat breakfast and her son finally walks in back to her, she says, “you’re home?” before running to hug him.
Apparently, according to fans who saw the original, the Korean version had a happier ending. I really like this ending and I am so glad they didn’t sugarcoat it.
Everything about the ending makes sense to me and rings true to the characters emotions and feelings, what a beautiful ending.
It is not a happy ending by any means but I prefer this to the overly happy cringy ending that “SKY Castle” for example ended with. Rather than pleasing the audience, show them how real life consequences unravel.
Fans are going so hard on Joon Young and it annoys me, he’s 13 years old and his parents are fucking crazy, what do you expect? People expect him to act like an adult and make responsible decisions that aren’t selfish when his parents fucked up so bad; there is no point of return.
And people found issues with Joon Young running away but I would’ve done the same if I were him. He was disgusted and sad by his mom and dad actions, when she embraced him after he attempted suicide, it could’ve felt, at least to Joon Young, that they were always going to be tangled together and who would want to remain in such an unhealthy environment.
People say Sun Woo should’ve tried to find him, but it appears that she is doing her best, but at this stage, as a parent I understand her, even if she did find him, trying to force herself and get him back will not do him good. He must decide for himself. It’s better that way; she fucked up raising him and used him so many time… he’s tired, giving him space is the right thing to do.
Runaways run away for a reason and dragging them back to the environment they tried to run away from isn’t always the right choice, besides, I think it suits Sun Woo just right.
People tend to try and defend her actions but in my opinion, she is deeply flawed and selfish as well, so selfish that she ruined lives and discarded so many others feelings for the sake of her own. I know Tae Oh was the beginning, but her handling method was so trashy and unlike what she claims to be.
I’ve been in a similar situation to what happened with this family and it broke my life, so I can understand better than I think the young kdrama fans who have never experienced such a thing do. Divorce doesn’t only ruin the cheating spouse but the entire family and the way the mom handles her cheating husband will either make or break her family.
Also, I loved loved that Ye Rim and Je Hyuk broke up eventually. It’s the best part of the ending for me, because it shows that once you break someone’s heart and break their trust in you, there is no return.
Personally speaking, I understand where Ye Rim comes from and I believed that Je Hyuk was over cheating, but he cheated so many times that I would’ve reacted the same way. The suspicion never truly goes away and its very difficult to carry a normal relationship with him ever again.
I also loved that Dr. Kim and Sun Woo didn’t end up together. Sun Woo is far from over Tae Oh. She loves and hates him at the same time. When you’re married to someone for so long, its difficult to just cut things off and move on fully, especially if you have a child together.
Dr. Kim deserves better than Sun Woo in my opinion, the series didn’t really explore the reasons behind why she did what she did fully which I thought was a shame, obviously, something deeply scarred her as a child. Sun Woo needs a long long time to heal and getting into a relationship with someone after such a terrible breakup is bound to cause friction and issues.
People were also upset with Da Kyung seemingly leading a normal life but you got to remember, homewreckers who come from wealthy family will not have to ‘pay’ the price so fast. In reality, homewreckers don’t always get karma the way you think they do and definitely not that fast.
Da Kyung is not really living a happy life either, she’s left with the child of someone she risked so much for and it will take her a really really long time to get over him and be able to love again. Also, she won’t easily find a good match who’s willing to also care for her child and that’s going to be her karma. Trying to fit a resolution one year later would’ve felt forced and unlike what reality would wind up. This is more realistic.
I am also glad to find out that Sun Woo realizes she fucked up pretty bad; I liked the last things she said about marriage, kids and forgiveness.
I would’ve loved if they showed Joon Young’s face at the end, but again, I am glad he’s back. He truly woke up his parents to the horrible things they had done to him and he’s the biggest causality of this divorce.
So what are your thoughts on “The World Of The Married” ending? did you like it?