“Reflection Of You” finale has aired last night, here is its ending explained.
JTBC’s “Reflection Of You” ended its run on December 2 to a surprisingly shocking and unexpected ending, I am here to recap the ending and explain what happened after the dust settled.
Did Woo Jae die?
Yes, he was stabbed in his neck, in a vital area. He was drunk a bit and when Hui Ju told him not to take out the pen from his neck, he took it out anyways, he bled to death.
Who killed Woo Jae?
Hui Ju isn’t the one who killed Woo Jae, it was her daughter Lisa. Lisa saw her mother being attacked by Woo Jae and stabbed him with a pen not knowing she would be the cause of his death, after stabbing him one time, she ran away back to her room.
How does Hui Ju handle his death?
She hides it. She cleans up her entire studio, she also takes his body and puts it in a bag, she dumps his body in the lake where she used to hang out with her best friend. After throwing away the body, she recalls what he said about a bell that fell into the lake, he says ’till this day, people with pure hearts and souls can hear the bell ring, can you hear it?’ She says there would be no way she can hear it.
She lies to Lisa telling her he’s okay and not dead in order not to traumatize her even more.
Does Hae Won find out about Woo Jae’s death?
Yes, in fact, she saw his body and was the one who retrieved the pen that killed him. When Hui Ju arrives at his apartment to clean up his stuff out of fear, Hae Won confronts her and she breaks down. Hae Won finds out it was Lisa who killed him, Hui Ju gets down on her knees and begs her to not tell anyone, she tells her she’ll disappear from her life and will leave her family if she had to, she just needs to keep silent and never utter a word about it, ever, to anyone.
Hae Won agrees to do so as long as Hui Ju leaves behind everything she’s cared about.
Does Hui Ju disappear?
Yes, she does. She begins preparing for her departure from the family in silence, she wraps up all of her activities and arranges everything in a way that hints she’s saying goodbye. She ends up disappearing as she promised.
She also leaks her photos with Woo Jae to the public as to stage it in a way that wouldn’t arouse suspicion.
The rumors begin to fly around that the two ran away together. An Hyeon Seong at first is in utter shock. He goes to see Hae Won who contributes to the lie and shows him a message that says Hui Ju has left with Woo Jae and isn’t coming back, ever.
What happens to An Hyeon Seong and the kids?
An Hyeon Seong refuses to accept it at first, he’s very heartbroken, he continues to search for her but ends up giving up after he finds out she’s hidden her traces well out of her own volition. He stops looking for her.
Lisa and Ho Su both depart overseas to study, they’re accompanied by their grandmother.
Did Hae Won get stabbed to death?
Hae Won answers a call from Seon U who is at the airport, he isn’t told his sister has left everything behind. He calls Hae Won to tell her goodbye, after conversing for a while, Hae Won decides to go see him at the airport.
However, she’s then attacked by Lee Ju-Yeong’s father who stabs her at a crosswalk. She collapses.
Fast forward to a couple of years later, Hui Ju is hiding at a nursing home. One day, on the street she sees a sign that says ‘Hannah, Go Hae Won’s first solo exhibition.’ Hae Won has not only survived but went to become the artist she’s always wanted to be.
Did Hui Ju commit suicide?
It is unclear. Hui Ju lives a miserable life. She works as a nurse somewhere that isn’t specified. She has no life and no friends.
In the ending scene, she goes back to the lake where she dumped Woo Jae’s body and takes a look at her family’s picture from a social media update, they seem to be happy without her. In voiceover she says, ‘it is not hell yet. my story ends here.’ she looks at the lake in worry as she hears the bell ring [the bell Woo Jae talked about]. Does it mean she now has a pure soul because of her sacrifice or not.
It is unknown if she ends up taking her life or not but the bell suggests she might be holding on with her family in mind.
“Reflection Of You” review- final thoughts
“Reflection Of You” is the most toxic kdrama I’ve seen in a while and that’s actually not a bad thing. I think this is definitely not for everyone but I lived for the drama and the toxicity exhibited by all of the leads.
“Reflection Of You” ending was…. At first, I didn’t like it or understand it much. After giving it some thought, I understand it but don’t like it that much. “Reflection Of You” ending was definitely among the most surprising kdrama endings of 2021. I didn’t expect it to be so anti-climatic.
My biggest shock wasn’t the death but how it was handled. I just couldn’t believe that Hae Won let Hui Ju get away with it, like, she just saw the body of the man she wanted to keep to herself so bad and thought to herself, ‘its ok. I don’t care to call the police or save him.’ Added to that, this would’ve completely ruined Hui Ju just like she’s always wanted.
That was my initial judgment but then I recalled what her character had been until now. Her actions were to be expected. She used him to her advantage. She is by no means a nice woman or a woman that looks out for others. She was never that type and she never claimed to be one, she is also well aware of her issues and her wrongdoings.
What irked me with the community this time was how people were actually rooting for Woo Jae and Hui Ju whilst hating on Hae Won. This infuriated me and I am glad most see Woo Jae and Hui Ju for what they are now, even if it took them a while.
I am not gonna camp here and pretend that Hae Won’s actions were justified but the fact that many were actually defending the cheating couple upset me and angered me. The drama creators even go out of their way to show you how crap both Woo Jae and Hui Ju are. Hae Won is not a good person but she once was and she was ruined completely by those two, they took everything from her. For people to expect her to have a better approach and be the bigger person while rooting for Woo Jae and Hui Ju rubbed me the wrong way.
The character I hated the most was Hui Ju. As much as I thought Woo Jae was in the wrong, Hui Ju takes the cake, she’s one of the most annoying and awful female leads in kdramaland, ever. First, she’s a terrible mother to her children, I couldn’t believe she actually let go of her life for the sake of Lisa but I guess the death of Woo Jae woke her up. She isn’t raising her younger son, and she can’t even begin to see beyond herself and worry properly about her daughter who is suffering because of her.
She refuses to admit her wrongdoings and it takes her the death of her lover to finally wake up and be on her knees. She treats Hae Won as a leech but continuously interferes while giving an attitude as though she’s holly and Hae Won is a mere stalker. Her baldness and refusal to admit fault annoyed me to no end and I found myself sympathizing with Hae Won a lot. The mere audacity to act so holly and so above everything while having let go of your family once for a man is just… I can’t even with this woman.
You know what’s kinda sad and a bit scary? The fact that no one will ever look for Woo Jae. This in itself is honestly scary but I am sure such things do happen in real life, when you have no family and do a bad thing, no one assumes to check after you. Granted, it was his own wrongdoings that led him to this but the thought of it still scares me, no one is likely to ever find his body or care to look for him.
How Woo Jae changed and became a deranged man took me by surprise, but then I get it, those two took a lot from him and then distanced themselves from him once they were done. the dude clearly had an obsession with her.
“Reflection Of You” ending stays true to the entire story, if you pause to think about it, it all makes sense. I would have loved for Hui Ju to be punished but this punishment is likely even worse, I think she would’ve either served minimal jail sentence or given probation for that because it still counts as self-defense aside from the concealment of the body. Creating a prison to trap her in it was the most genius evil idea, ever.
I was still surprised by the ending but it wasn’t the worst ending I’ve seen. I get why people would either hate or love it, it depends on how you viewed this drama, if you viewed it for it was truly was, then you likely understood the ending.
So what did you guys think “Reflection Of You” ending? did you like it?