“Sisyphus: The Myth” has ended its run last night, but many fans found themselves confused about its ending, so what just happened in “Sisyphus: The Myth” episode 16?
Today, I am here to recap “Sisyphus: The Myth” episode 16 and explain the ending of the drama.
Note: below is a recap of the key moments of “Sisyphus: The Myth” episode 16, its not a scene by scene recap
“Sisyphus: The Myth” episode 16 recap
Mr. Park is going upstairs to his old house, he’s carrying a gun, Bingbing tries to stop him and he aims the gun at her telling her to leave. However, she ends up admitting that she’s his daughter and confesses she didn’t tell him because she’d hated him. She begs him not to go inside and do anything bad because nothing happened that day anyways. He begins to also fade away as he tells his daughter, he wouldn’t have come back in time if he hadn’t killed anybody, so ultimately, he didn’t.
At the church- the 1st time
Sigma has held Han Tae Sul and Seo Hae captive, he’s holding a gun and surrounded by his men saying he won again. He hands Tae Sul the laptop and tells him to code the uploader or else he’ll shoot his lover, he makes him choose again between his lover and the world.
However, Han Tae Sul is many steps ahead of him. He says he won’t do it and asks Seo Hae to follow his lead from now and just ‘trust him.’ He begins to stall time and says he’s already won this time, Han Tae Sul asks Sigma about the time he hid in the park and almost committed suicide. Sigma starts to panic when Han Tae Sul starts to fade and glitch signaling that the future has changed.
Sigma gets a phone call and the caller doesn’t say anything but after that, the uploader stops working and he can hear the machines are shutting down.
He attempts to shoot Seo Hae but he starts to glitch and fade as well, she beats him. But he goes on top of her and begins to strangle her before he fades away. Luckily, someone from the upper deck of the church shoots him twice, he’s dead.
Immediately after this happened, Han Tae Sul tells Seo Hae they need to ride the uploader, so they leave in a rush. Eddie shows up at the uploader site all worried and calling someone but he leaves. Then, the Asian Mart gang appears, they help them ride the uploader after Han Tae Sul works the code slightly to make it work one last time.
Before he leaves, he asks for a bullet proof vest from one of the boys and Mr. Park whispers something to him.
The day Seo Hae was locked in the bunker
They land safely and Seo Hae is upset he’s lying to her and keeping stuff from her. He’s actually held her captive in the bunker to save her. The control bureau won’t come cause they’re busy searching for her.
He excuses himself to go pee.
He then comes back and they leave. They catch Seo Hae’s dad at the station and ask for his help. They ask him to track down a man named Seo Gil Bok [Sigma] and do whatever he wants with him. Han Tae Sul also asks him to call a number, some strange guy will answer, he can ignore that and then hang up the phone.
The father daughter get one final hug.
The couple then goes back to the Asian mart. Han Tae Sul asks for guns and ammunition. He also whispers to Mr. Park what his future self has told him, he says ‘your daughter is right next to you, but you’ve been wasting time without recognizing her. You can stop now, its okay.’
Night-time is here, Han Tae Sul says somebody should be here by now, turns out, Jae Sun is alive and well.
When Han Tae Sul had gone to the bathroom after they traveled back in time, he actually went to hand in the bullet proof vest to Jae Sun and told him to keep it a secret from Seo Hae and get shot in her steed. Seo Hae is very upset and kinda beats him but ends up hugging him happy he’s alive and well.
Jae Sun takes them to the church and now its repeated. Their old selves are in the same situation they were in at the beginning of this episode. Han Tae Sul and Seo Hae go up to the second floor and prepare their guns to shoot Sigma. They shoot him at the right time.
Meanwhile, Seo Hae’s dad finds Sigma’s younger self from that time, he’s bruised and covered in blood. They ran a search party for him and found him at the park. The police officer instead offers him his jacket because Sigma was freezing.
In the church, the couple shoot Sigma. While the couple from that specific time run away from the church, this couple goes down and sees that Sigma has also disappeared because the future events never happened.
Seo Hae also begins to disappear, the couple cries as they dread their goodbyes, they kiss and they hold each other tight.
But she doesn’t disappear.
Eddie shows up and shoots her. He throws the laptop at him and tells him to code the uploader. He rants about how he’s had to do all the dirty work for Han Tae Sul and how all of this is supposed to be his. He was always his sidekick. He wants to go back in time and steal everything from him, his company and his girl.
Han Tae Sul is handed the laptop and begins to try and convince Seo Hae that they should go back in time again and try it out. Seo Hae is in deep pain and is crying her eyes out, she begs him to stop and not to code it. This is how they could avoid the war.
He starts coding and the uploader machine almost starts working and the police at the park sees the missiles in the sky. However, Seo Hae signals him no again, he sees the gun and runs to grab it. He points it at Eddie. He tells Seo Hae that he’s always been buying time knowing well how its supposed to end. He wanted to be with her, he shoots himself thus putting an end to everything.
Everything goes back to normal.
Tae Sun is alive. Young Seo Hae is also okay with her parents during this timeline.
Meanwhile, the older Seo Hae is crying on Han Tae Sul’s body. She also disappears.
At the airplane
We go back to the start time, the first scene of the first episode of the drama. A man is complaining about his ramyun. Meanwhile, Han Tae Sul is sitting and next to him is Seo Hae. Seo Hae is asking him about the menu and he looks at her lovingly. He then tosses his medicine away and lays his head on her shoulder. The entire airplane feels empty but them in it.
Meanwhile, Sigma’s life has turned around. He’s at the park drawing a kid’s face. When he goes back home, we learn that he’s still obsessed with Han Tae Sul. He pulls out a notebook with information about time travel written on it. He goes to the mirror, he is wearing similar attire to Han Tae Sul’s cover, he also puts on glasses.
“Sisyphus: The Myth” ending explained
The way to explain “Sisyphus: The Myth” ending is simple.
It is basically a paradox within itself. Its about past events that can’t occur without the future events occurring as well. Han Tae Sul had to stop Sigma from becoming that using Seo Hae’s father help. The phone call Han Tae Sul asks him to make when he goes back to the past is the signal that his future self had gone to see him. Its the signal that tells Han Tae Sul their plan to stop Sigma once and for all is going to work as planned which is why he can already tell sigma wasn’t going to win at the church this time.
However, why did Eddie show up?
The exact reason why is unknown but remember the moment Eddie had gone to the uploader and how the couple avoided him? It appears that he was aware of the church incident and ran there after finding out the uploader wasn’t going to be made.
In a way, Eddie’s actions was going to lead him to take over Sigma’s role in his place.
The moment Han Tae Sul killed himself [the future self] was the moment a new timeline was created and the world was saved. Han Tae Sul knew the only way to stop it was to kill himself or wait it out watching Seo Hae die, he didn’t bear to see Seo Hae disappear before him. He knows he must choose the world over her and he does that this time.
The events of the first half of the episode are intertwined with the second half as its repeated from a different perspective.
But how can Han Tae Sul still remember everything and sees Seo Hae?
During the original timeline, at the first episode, we’re brought back to ground zero. Due to the paradox, Han Tae Sul is now aware his brother is safe but also remembers all the events. Seo Hae isn’t actually there and she isn’t actually real, she is a hallucination, a fragment of his imagination.
He is still taking medication which signals he knew of what could’ve happened and has relieved the moments over and over again. He refuses to take his medication and settles to see Seo Hae. The airplane scene then shows how the other passengers disappear.
This could mean that Han Tae Sul is so deep into hallucinating that all he sees is his Seo Hae. The passengers didn’t disappear but in his mind, they did. All he wants is to spend time with Seo Hae.
But what about Sigma?
Sigma was indeed saved and didn’t become that monster, however, he still hates Han Tae Sul and tries to copy him. IF you’re asking ‘then how does he have this notebook with all the information on it about time travel?’ It is most probably the notebook of Seo Hae’s father. Remember, he saved him and gave him his jacket, the notebook could’ve been what was in his jacket.
Sigma will continue to live in an illusion thinking that someday the future him might him and change the world or not. He is still crazy.
So this was “Sisyphus: The Myth” episode 16 recap and “Sisyphus: The Myth” ending explained. What are your thoughts on the ending? Did you like it?