Netflix’s “Doona!” was released earlier today, here is a recap of its finale and its ending explained!
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Netflix’s “Doona!” episode 9 recap
The episode begins with Won-Jun in bed, he’s sick. He remembers how he told doona he wanted to see her sing.
In voiceover, its as if he’s talking to her. He says he’s moving out of the dorm, and leaves her a message. Doona goes on to become an idol, a famous one, her career is on the rise.
Won Jun seems to be having a difficult time after their breakup. One day, on his way back to his dorm, he sees her. They have a meal.
Doona talks to him as if they’ll get back together, but he’s pointing towards the opposite. He says he’s going to serve in the military. She insinuates she will wait for him, but he meant she should forget about him and move on.
After their meal, angry Doona confronts him and tells him what he could be going through that’s worse than what she’s going through. She says she told her CEO they’re dating and she won’t let go. She asks him if he’s letting go, he says ‘yes, apparently.’ Doona, with tears in her eyes, leaves for the subway. She waits for him to get to her, but he doesn’t.
They both cry as they’re getting on the subway.
A while later
Doona makes a successful debut while Won Jun serves in the military. The sequences show how their lives are so different and how they’ve gone on their own way.
Yi-Ra and Jung-Hoon are happily dating and live together now. Won Jun crashes that night with them and remarks how odd it feels for Jung-Hoon to be living with a woman.
Won-Jun goes back to visit his highschool friend who now has his own shop. He finds Jin-Ju there, she’s back from overseas. She talks about her adventures and shows them pictures, accidentally, she shows a picture with Doona and reveals she’s gone to her concert when she was in Brazil.
More time has passed [its hinted that its been some years]
The entire group gathers at their old dorm, its revealed its now going to be remodeled for the landlord’s son who’s going to live there now. One of the members of the group talks about how this is their last time here and its sad Doona wasn’t there too.
They drink and part ways at night.
Won Jun goes back to get his jacket then he sees Doona. They drink at a bar, but its very awkward between them. Doona then goes back to her place and cries her eyes out.
Angry, she goes back to his new place, she knocks on the door and yells at him. she tells him she’s better now, she has people by her side and its not in pain anymore and she doesn’t need him. he says he knows, but then she asks him to apologize, to say sorry for not holding onto her. They end up hugging and crying in each other’s arms.
Won Jun is taking the civil servant exam. It seems he will pass.
More time later, in Japan.
Doona is there for an event. She’s welcomed by fans. Meanwhile, Won Jun is in the same building, he looks at cake and smiles. He then glances at what appears to be jewelry and goes with his boss. Both Doona and Won Jun cross paths but never meet, Doona glances back to see if its Won Jun, but he’s unaware and goes the opposite direction.
Netflix’s “Doona!” ending explained- FAQ
No. it has a bittersweet ending where both Won Jun and Doona let go of each other and carry on to lead successful lives. They have meant a lot for each other in the past and have definitely influenced each other but were not meant to end up together.
It ends with both characters Won Jun and Doona leading fulfilling careers.
No, they do not end up together.
No, it does not. the ending clearly shows that the couple does not end up together. Added to that, neither Netflix or the production have ever commented or suggested the possibility of a 2nd season.
Netflix’s “Doona!” episode 9 review- initial thoughts
Before I begin discussing my initial thoughts on the ending, I want to say this….. I may sound confused some times as you read below, the reason is this…
Doona is edited weirdly, its very oddly spliced. Especially for a Netflix kdrama, they usually have a high production quality and editing is usually done well so I am genuinely surprised by “Doona!” editing.
The ending was…. Fine.
The screenwriter behind this drama is a new screenwriter who has no other credit to their name.
According to Namu Wiki, the webtoon had 3 seasons that ran for a couple of years. And apparently, the ending was sort of highly criticized, if I am not mistaken in what I read, Won Jun ended up with I-Ra? If anyone read the webtoon, please comment below and clarify for us because I am hella confused.
The editing feels like you’re in a sort of fever dream, or a state of lucid dreaming. It has a fantasy feel to it in an odd way, and it jumps between takes oddly too. This is very clear with the ending that intentionally does not clarify year timelines which would’ve been helpful.
My issue with such types of endings is how unnecessarily ambiguous they are. Open endings work, but in few cases. In this case, it was leading up to how the couple wouldn’t make it with this industry, the screenwriter should’ve been more frank and gave it like it is, either they break up and find their way back to each other eventually, or they break up, that’s it.
Whats so difficult about giving clear endings like this? The theme itself is not even worth guessing over. Its not like its rocket science or exponentially complicated that a straight answer is difficult to deduce.
My feelings on Doona are complicated. On one hand, I liked the casting overall and the story has many interesting elements, and on the other hand, I feel the drama is missing a good chunk of what could’ve made it special. If that makes sense to anyone reading this.
For now, I felt it could have been more, there were traces of what could have been great but it misses here and there. More often that I wanted to detect.
My full thoughts and the full review will be out this weekend hopefully, so stay tuned for that.
What did you think of Netflix’s “Doona!” ending?