Sweet Home” premiered on Netflix on December 18 worldwide, the series is based on a webtoon with the same name.
It had a total of 10 episodes with the final showdown taking place during it. However, the 10th episode of “Sweet Home” took a lot of people by surprise and some didn’t understand what it meant.
So here I am to discuss what I believe to be the explanation to “Sweet Home” ending.
Table of Contents:
- The quick Recap of the highlights
- “Sweet Home” ending explained
- “Sweet Home” episode 10 review
- “Sweet Home” season 2?
Note: heavy spoilers of episode 10.
The quick Recap of episode 10
Ui Myeong kills the bad guy for Hyun Su who is shocked at first, it turns out Ui Myeong is a similar case to Hyun Su but far worse in the progression.
Turns out he volunteered thinking it was a disease he could help cure, he was experimented on using every possible way to extract that thing from him, but it didn’t work because it wasn’t a part of him, it was him, he was the monster. He escaped and from the older body onto one of the scientists who experimented on him. [this is an important point later on]
Ui Myeong starts getting into Hyun Su’s head recommending they leave together in search of others like them. Meanwhile, the government offers anyone who could hand in someone who resisted monsterization help, one of the group members presses the button without the rest knowing it.
As a token of apology Ui Myeong tells Yi-Kyung and Eun Hyeok that there is an operation called ‘operation golden hour’ by the military who’s taken power. Since they don’t know when it’ll strike or how it’ll strike anyone, they’ll sweep as many as possible before losing power as one final solution. They won’t ‘save’ anyone; they’ll get rid of as many people as they can.
Du Sik finds out he’s turning into a monster and leaves the place to his upstairs apartment, meanwhile, after burying the victims, Gil Seob stumbles upon what he believes to be a tunnel near the graves they buried, he starts digging.
Yu Ri has an asthma attack and Sang Wook wants to leave to get her help, he carries her on his back, however, Ui Myeong begins shooting at them killing Yu Ri, Sang Wook and a bunch of others from the group. Ui Myeong says he should’ve killed Hyun Su when he felt bad about killing the ahjumma, he explains he didn’t actually kill her because that was him disguised as her.
Hyun Su gets so angry that he begins turning into a monster stronger and more lethal, he literally burns Ui Myeong to ashes, he turns into a gooey material [pay attention to this point]. Because he can’t seem to control himself, Du Sik sweeps in to contain him until he calms down whispering to him, ‘it’s not your fault.’ He kills him with his claws.
When he later wakes up, he appears to have issues recalling anything, he’s crying looking at Du Sik but doesn’t know why.
Later, as the kids are trying to wake up the grandpa, they find out he’s dead but he managed to dip deep enough to the hole that he uncovered the tunnel.
The police find out the location and immediately surround the place. As they begin to fire, the gooey material of Ui Myeong moves into the tank and starts the engine. The members begin to escape and see that the tunnel is there, when going down they find out that Hyun Su didn’t come down, Eun Hyuk goes to pick him up promising his sister he’d be back soon.
He goes up by Hyun Su says he doesn’t want to go back, he basically surrenders to the police that begin shooting at him.
Eun Hyuk stays behind in the building; he’s also turning into a monster and doesn’t go back to his sister, a part of the building collapses on him.
30 hours later
The group is stuck down the tunnel, the dog comes back and manages to lead them to the exit, when they exit they’re surrounded by the military; they surrender and are immediately taken by a truck. Yi-Kyung doesn’t go with them because the military personal tells her she still has ‘work to do,’ and her job is not done. She wears military outfit and drives away with a truck.
Hyun Su wakes up inside the tank and is greeted by Sang Wook who is alive and well and without a scar, he greets him with ‘long time no see, Cha Hyun Su.’
“Sweet Home” ending explained
The secret as far as I understood lies in what Ui Myeong said earlier on, he apparently can shape-shift and has become a sort of gooey material that can go inside other humans bodies to survive, he doesn’t have to be in one human’s body. The likely explanation is that he has gone inside Sang Wook’s body which explains why he no longer has the burn scars. He saved Hyun Su because he’s of his kind.
The way of their escape is unknown but the military appears to have failed in retrieving Hyun Su. Yi-Kyung appears to have gone on her way to track him down unaware the monster is inside Sang Wook alive and well.
The other explanation that I came up with; which is less logical; is that the person greeting Hyun Su at the end isn’t the Sang Wook we know, but a different one [possibly a twin]. Besides Sang Wook at the front of the trunk, there is a man who appears to be either dead/unconscious. Sang Wook also calls Hyun Su by his full name which is highly unlikely to happen considering how the Sang Wook we know talks. Added to that, Ui Myeong knows Hyun Su as his name, he doesn’t know his full name because Hyun Su never told him his full name, how could he have known his full name just like that?
“Sweet Home” episode 10 review
So before I begin talking about it, I must clarify that I haven’t seen the webtoon so my discussion is based on the drama alone.
I AM IN LOVE WITH “Sweet Home,” everything is almost perfect and the idea is INSANE. I love it, how could someone think of such an interesting idea? I saw many kdrama fans rave about this webtoon on my twitter; I might end up reading it.
Apparently, the webtoon original ending differed from this one.
There are many unanswered questions, the first being what the hell is in that suitcase? And why do people carry it around? And why did the military take it? I have a theory; maybe the suitcase has sort of a secret and can be unlocked with Yi-Kyung’s fiancé fingerprints.
Regardless, I really liked the series, however, things started to become very illogical and messy around the 8th episode mark. Introducing the ‘gang’ or whatever was a very weird choice that already heightens the tensions beyond comprehension and makes it all more difficult to deal with its consequences from a plot point of view. What I mean by this is that introducing too many variables when writing a script can end up compromising the plot which it did in this case.
While its primarily about monsters, the script almost forgot the external threats during episode 9 and 10 which really puzzled me. They cracked the protection wall open and these gangsters just barged in unafraid of the monsters which makes no sense, I was thinking about how did they survive the monsters this entire time with such a reckless attitude.
Also, I don’t understand why they kill people and terrorize them, the screenwriters didn’t explain much about how they came to be and why they target groups, I just don’t understand… What was the purpose of introducing them like that? I think it would’ve been better had they introduce Ui Myeong differently, if he had posed as a ‘victim’ running away from the monsters it would’ve been better- plot wise.
Added to that, the amount of fights kicks and bullets the main cast had to endure [not talking about Hyun Su], if we were following logic, most should’ve been dead long ago. It was sad how it became ridiculous.
Regardless of my thoughts on the writing of the latter half of “Sweet Home,” I think its one of the best Netflix series I’ve ever seen and one of the most ambitious and interesting ones.
Thank you to all the staff and actors who have done a great job, this must’ve been very difficult and challenging, the effects were amazing and the effects team has done such a great job.
I like how it was 18+ and they didn’t skim on the horror and gore aspect. I didn’t think it was scary honestly, it was very thrilling and fun, but again, my point of view on horror part isn’t what the majority thinks; I watch a lot of horror and gore movies so my perception of what is scary differs.
I was startled a couple of times but for the most part I was just marveling at the work of the monsters, I liked looking at them, they were so interesting and everyone seemed to have a story, because every human turned into a different kind of monster and some were harmless.
“Sweet Home” season 2?
Judging by the 10th episode, it appears that the production has a second season in mind which brings me to my issue with the way Netflix has been handling this point in South Korea.
The thing is, they make good dramas then you watch them and towards the end come to the conclusion that they’re made with more than one season in mind but the thing is, that wasn’t in the press release. Most of the time, unless the audience demands an answer or updates regarding a second season, it just goes unanswered by Netflix or the production company and this is very annoying.
It appears they’re testing the waters to see how successful the series becomes, they’ve spent a lot of money on it and they seem to be torn between wrapping up and aiming for a second season. I can clearly tell from the way the last two episodes were written. Its like they’re partly wrapping it up and partly keeping room for a second season.
“Sweet Home” season 2 would be a good idea in my opinion but I wished they had been upfront about it so we know what we’re getting ourselves into. I am so sad Lee Do Hyun’s character died, he was the anchor of the group, would love for him to return if there is a second season.
So these are my thoughts on “Sweet Home” , so what about you guys? did you like the episodes? let me know what you thought in the comment section below.