Something That Winter the Winds Blows is doing really, really well is keeping the pace up. I watched the last two episodes (12 and 13) on the edge of my seat, barely remembering to breath, and getting down right irate when a commercial break rudely interrupted. Because a whole lot of goings on were going on and I was invested. And then I got to the end of ep. 13 and… I’m confused.
Spoilers through ep. 13
I’m not doing anything like a recap in these reaction posts, so I’m assuming some general knowledge here. So when I say that Young’s awakening to her sexual interest in Soo stuck them both back into the mirror of “I’m not sure of who I am, who you are, or where we stand with each other,” I trust you know what I’m talking about. They’d finally reached a comfortable place where they could lean on and trust each other, and Young’s confusion over her reaction to his kiss threw that all out the window.
(And when I say “they” I really mean Young alone. Because Soo has been fighting his attraction for her for a long, long time. And supplementing that energy and drive into saving her life. So he’d achieved a state of equilibrium — but I wouldn’t say he was comfortable there. Not really.)
And I thought that confusion was awesome for how it changed their dynamic and stuck Young into a state of flux even before she learned the truth about Soo. And then we had all the truths come tumbling out and Young took Wang to the ultimate mother-daughter event to dump her, and took Soo to the cabin that tore her family apart to dump him and then we got…
…a forced hug. Followed by…
…a forced kiss.
To the producers’ credit, there was no romantic music playing over this scene. No music at all actually. Just the sound of their breathing as they struggled. And it was definitely a struggle. You can see that in the body language.
And then we get close-ups of hands relaxing and Soo kind of pulls backs and frames Young with his shaking hands like he wants to protect her. Or maybe he’s shaking because he’s realized what he’s done and doesn’t feel he should touch her anymore? (I hope?)
And I’m… not sure what I think about this. Young is furious at Soo for breaking her trust in several different ways (lying to her obviously, but also invading the sacred place of the secret room beneath the greenhouse) and after she asks him to explain he… breaks her trust again by forcing both a hug and a kiss on her?
(I’m not quite giving the entire show the stink-eye. I appreciated that they didn’t give the scene any music. It was meant to be painful, not romantic. And I’m clinging hard to that “not romantic” thread.)