I contemplated holding off writing a That Winter the Wind Blows’ post until next week when the final episode airs and I can finally see how this whole thing ends and therefore see what the writer’s aiming at but… that seemed cowardly.
After all, I shared when the show covered me with happy — shouldn’t I share when the show covers me with confusion?
Spoilers through episode 15 — also, not much clarity…
Confusion #1: Episode 14 starts off with the tail end of the forced kiss. With music over it this time, which I was kind of unhappy about as it made it seem… if not romantic at least melancholic and that wasn’t the emotion I felt watching it the first time nor do I think those emotions really fit the scene.
However, I’m thinking this is one of those “lost in translation” moments that do happen with K-dramas where I suspect I’m missing some cultural touchstones. Because while the forced kiss wasn’t treated as seriously as I’d expected, it wasn’t treated as a winning move on Soo’s part. I think it was like when Young threw her cup — bad behavior but not that hurtful and maybe even understandable under the circumstances. Which I’m not sure I agree with and threw me into an existential viewing crisis I’d have rather avoided.
Then, eventually and with great reluctance on Soo’s part, he and Young part ways. And as Soo promised, Secretary Wang leaves the house, too.
Confusion #2: But why was Secretary Wang treated so compassionately? I don’t so much have a complaint about it — because I think it does make sense that Young’s emotions regarding Wang are complex. On the one hand, the woman tore her family apart and made her blind. On the other, the parents would have fallen apart regardless, and Wang did love her.
But it’s strange that there doesn’t seem to be one character who’s outright disgusted by what went down. Not Lawyer Jang and not the coffee-shop trio. And because of that I almost feel like the drama doesn’t think she did that bad a thing, or her actions were understandable. Which… really?
Confusion #3: And then there’s Boss Kim’s big plan to end Soo and somehow make Jin-sung do it — which I’m completely perplexed by. Though I suspect (and hope!) that this time the confusion is on purpose and it’ll be made clear when the hijinks go down but the writer doesn’t want to tip her hand and ruin the suspense. But purposeful or no, I’m confused.
Confusion #4: Finally, there’s Young. She refuses Soo overtures even while she misses him terribly. She’s obviously lost. (Thrown back into the mirror of being lost — then imagining Soo there with her.) And she comes up with this complex plan to get everyone out of the house and… kills herself? (Or attempts to anyway. I’m quite hopeful Soo got there in time.)
I just don’t understand why she felt so lost and trapped. She was angry at Soo and pushed him out. Then she softened and allowed herself to forgive him — probably because he was going and wasn’t a threat to her anymore. But then she begins to miss him. And I’m just not making the leap from missing him to feeling like there was no hope. Because he was right there waiting for her call. And she knew that. Why did she feel he was out of reach?
I am really, really hopeful that the last episode (seriously only one more to go — which is amazing to think) clears all of the above up. Confusion #3 has to get cleared up because it’s a plot point. Confusion #2… I’ll be okay if the relationship between Young and Wang remains complex and hard to understand. Sometimes relationships are like that. Confusion #1 I’ve kind of resigned myself to being part of the K-drama landscape. But Confusion #4 has me worried. Because if I don’t follow and understand the main characters’ decisions I don’t think the ending will satisfy. And I’m too invested to be happy with a confusing ending.