JTBC’s drama “Nevertheless” has wrapped up its run a couple of hours ago, let us discuss the finale and explain the ending.
Today, I am here to recap “Nevertheless” episode 10 and share my closing remarks regarding the drama overall. Let us begin.
Note: the below recap goes over the highlights of the episode, it is not a detailed recap of every single scene in the episode.
Note: this will be a spoiler review of the said episodes in the title. This is a subjective review.
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“Nevertheless” episode 10 recap
Na Bi is talking to Jae Eon under the rain, he asks her if she regrets their relationship and she says yes, she says, ‘you, this messed up relationship and everything we did, I regret it. But I won’t blame you since I brought it upon myself.’
She tells him to stop showing up to her anymore and ends the relationship.
The next day, she tells the youngster who has been helping out with her project that she will finish it on her own from now on. Na Bi says she feels pathetic for recalling the warm look in his eyes while they argued and ended their relationship.
Jae Eon shows up at the workshop and tries to hold her hands, she lets go.
Yoon Sol and Ji Wan are happily dating and in their own world.
On another day
Na Bi shows up at the workshop and finds out that a fan had fallen from the ceiling destroying her sculpture. She is in utter disbelief and cries by the sculpture’s side.
Jae Eon is busy organizing his thoughts and thinks he’s brought her pain, he regrets it. He finds out the sculpture was ruined and shows up at night to the workshop, he offers to help her fix it and he’d leave her alone after that.
After a while, they manage to replicate it and re-build it. Jae Eon tells her she looked the happiest working and says his goodbyes, he wishes her a good look and stutters on his words before deciding against saying anything more.
Jae Eon begins to pack his things from the workshop, he packs everything as if he’s leaving. He also asks another student to give Na Bi her green notebook.
After the semester is over
The guys are discussing finishing the semester and bring up Jae Eon who turns out to have disappeared since he finished helping Na Bi. No one has seen him since.
Later, Na Bi meets up with Do Hyeok at the cafe who has grown a following and became somewhat famous. She talks about going to see her mom after the gallery, Do Hyeok is a bit disappointed.
The night before the exhibition
Na Bi is packing some stuff in her closet and she looks over the green notebook and finds out that Jae Eon had actually met her before she’d even known him. Turns out, he saw her at the gallery where her ex-boyfriend had embarrassed her with a piece. Jae Eon said he fell in love with a woman at that gallery. After recalling that, Na Bi then tries calling him and shows up at his old workshop but he doesn’t answer.
On the day of the gallery
It’s obvious that Na Bi is waiting for Jae Eon to show up. She gets complimented by her teacher who also says she should go to Paris.
Do Hyeok manages to show up and brings her a flower bouquet. While talking to him she notices Jae Eon, she puts the flower bouquet back in his hands and runs after Jae Eon who is long gone.
Do Hyeok follows her outside and tells her, ‘you like Jae Eon.’ Na Bi turns him down for good and tells him, ‘every moment I spent with you was filled with happiness, I am sorry.’ He tells her not to apologize, ‘I was able to feel those feelings because of you, there is no need to apologize.’
At a get-together after the exhibition, the students ask Bit Na and Kyu Hyun who liked who first and we find out that Kyu Hyun had liked her since their first year. Bored of the love birds talking about love, Na Bi leaves the place to go back to the exhibition and sees him there.
Jae Eon says he couldn’t bear how much she hated him so he left, she tells him, ‘I hate you, and I know you’re a jerk who toys with other’s feelings. But I feel better now that I see you.’
He is almost crying, he says he likes her a lot and she asks him out. They kiss. He tells her, ‘won’t you regret it?’ she says of course but she will still do it.
After some time
Na Bi and Jae Eon appear to be happily dating. Two girls approach him but he declines to give his phone number saying he has something to do.
Na Bi and Jae Eon both walk by the cafe, she sees Do Hyeok who appears to be talking to someone and smiling, she pulls out her hands at first, but she ends up holding his hands closer.
“Nevertheless” episode 10 ending explained
Does Na Bi end up with Jae Eon?
Yes, the two end up together. Even though Na Bi knows he’ll hurt her, she chose him again because she loves him.
What happens with Do Hyeok?
Do Hyeok got rejected by Na Bi who realized she still has feelings for Jae Eon.
“Nevertheless” ending review- final thoughts
Wow!!! was “Nevertheless” ending disappointing or what? I am disappointed.
When the drama started, I truly thought it was going to be the type of kdrama that educates young women on the dangers of dating men such as Jae Eon. I thought it was going to be a cautionary tale. I had hoped the ending would be different but turns out I am wrong.
Fans say the webtoon ended differently and honestly that would’ve been better because you can tell the writing was leading up to something entirely different. This ending is terrible on so many levels.
I am not the type of person who’d curse an ending because my fav guy didn’t win. In my case, I would’ve loved for Na Bi to just not date for a while and work on herself, on loving herself, and finding herself. I don’t think she should’ve ended with either.
The entire writing and introduction were leading up to this moment, to the moment that shows Jae Eon’s terrible behavior cost him a priceless relationship with a nice woman, you missed the opportunity to teach the youth something valuable. You could have shown how such a character exhausts the woman, how it frustrates her and causes her misery, how she realizes that and decide to choose herself and move on.
Jae Eon is obviously a terrible boyfriend, this is a discussion about the character, not the actor since some of you believe actor=character and become very defensive. Jae Eon manipulated and hurt her so much, we all agree on that, he doesn’t show any ounce of change in his behavior [at least not on screen] yet he is awarded the woman in the end, what does this teach an impressionable teenager?
That its okay to accept toxic men who only care about their feelings because it is okay~~ that is love for some reason because you should still choose him on the chance that he might be so afraid of losing you that he’d change… this is such a terrible lesson to teach. What was the purpose of this entire drama?
The fact that so many young teenagers on Twitter and forms are happy the two ended up together is sad IMO, this man is bad news, this is not a subjective opinion, it is a fact. The screenwriter goes above and beyond to show you he’s bad news, however, she goes back on her portrayal of him and ends up awarding him the girl at the end proving that ‘oh, its okay to be stung by a toxic man because that’s love. Its okay to always cry, be hurt, and end up breaking things off to only go back to him eventually because its lOvE.’
Newsflash, this is NOT LOVE and that is not A HEALTHY relationship. I seriously hope that whoever is watching realizes this isn’t what reality should look like. Don’t date a man thinking you can change him.
It is so sad this drama doesn’t focus on self-love and teaching women to realize when they’re the type that is drawn to toxic men, this could’ve been so much more impactful and memorable but we ended up with this. This could’ve been a cautionary tale and a beautiful sad one. Even if the drama stalled, the ending could’ve still saved it…. This is sad.
Aside from the nice LGBTQ+ representation, this drama is not memorable for any good reason in my eyes.
Some say it was realistic, while it is an interesting way to look at it, it is still a terrible message to convey especially because they hint that he’s changed without showing exactly how which is already terrible. But the thing is, it encourages women to go for such types of relationships at the possibility the man might change. In reality, that doesn’t happen often, it’s highly unlikely a womanizer will change his personality in such a short span of time because of one person who awards his behavior.
I know some of you will hit with me with ‘but it’s a drama jasmine,’ yes I agree, but you all know we learn from dramas and set our expectations as to such. If you’re not the type to get affected, it doesn’t mean others don’t, especially teenagers. Added to that, dramas are meant to take you on the course of characters growth, this doesn’t happen in Na Bi’s case, it is almost as if she’s at the finish line but decides to run in the opposite direction. This makes the drama feel redundent. You end up asking yourself, what was the purpose of it? Yes, I know realistically women might not change as easily but you’re supposed to present growth through the script, what was the purpose of the 10 episodes? If you have people dead on defending the toxic male lead saying he’s changed when we haven’t even seen it properly tells me you either think the character as the actor thus you defend him, or worse, you actually think this is an okay behavior.
The actors did well, I am so thankful for them and they’re the reason we all stuck around. But the majority ship Song Kang and Han So Hee together merely because they’re two good-looking actors neglecting to pay attention to their characters. If you pause to think this through, you’ll realize that it’s such a sad ending.
Such a sad conclusion.