Gapdongi Episode 20 (Final)

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Justice is finally served in this final episode and Mu Yeom achieves his long held dream of putting Gapdong behind bars, for his dad.  Do Hyeok receives the death sentence while Tae Oh’s lawyers managed to get him a permanent overseas deportation sentence with the surrender of his citizenship.  This episode offers us a glimpse of the  person behind the monster, with the message that though some might have a choice but they choose to take the wrong path.  For those who are sick in mind, do they have the sanity to choose?
A wiki check on South Korea’s capital punishment shows the execution of the death penalty by hanging (non-military offenses) and shooting (military offenses).  But it seems a moratorium was enacted in 1998 by former president Kim Dae Jung and no execution had been carried out since the end of 1997.
Mu Yeom talks to a photo of his dad, telling him that he has finally caught Gapdong.
He apologizes and tells him that he loves him.


He gives monk Jinjo a hug, feeling indebted that the latter has taken care of him.
20-4Ji-ul shows Mu Yeom the webtoon she had drawn based on an anecdote from Do Hyeok which was probably about himself.  The man who was killed is probably Choi Man Shik, the missing dad of his first victim Mi Ja and investigation had revealed that her dad had been charged with child molestation. 
So this was probably the trauma which had pushed Do Hyeok to commit his first murder.  But it’s not explained why he killed Mi Ja.  Perhaps to cover up his secret?


Do Hyeok wants Tae Oh to give him a final ‘send-off’ that is befitting his Gapdong reputation as he believes they can never stop killing until they die. But Tae Oh mocks him as he feels that he had managed to stop without Do Hyeok’s help and that he has finally surpassed the latter as the real Gapdong.  That mockery would certainly be his undoing.


Mu Yeom shows Do Hyeok the webtoon and offers him the alternative to reveal his other crimes or otherwise he would get reporter Hong to write about his hidden past. 
He has decided not to follow up with this case after he gets the evidence, as he fear that he will feel pity for Do Hyeok.  The latter finally agrees on condition that Mu Yeom helps him to commit suicide.  His unusual requests leaves Mu Yeom in a fluster.
Oh Maria feels guilty for having made use of Tae Oh to get Gapdong and is considering quitting her job at the detention facility.
20-13 When asked about his treatment, Mu Yeom makes light of it though it’s been revealed that he urgently requires surgery.
As Do Hyeok hands over a map showing the location of his other victims, Mu Yeom passes him a sweet (poison?) which he pockets.  For a moment, both men reminisces with sadness over their close friendship.
Back in his cell as Do Hyeok is about to swallow it, he changes his mind and hands over the pill to Chul Gon who is now working in the prison facility.  But much to his chagrin, Chul Gon points out that it’s probably just a vitamin as he believes Mu Yeom would not let him die so easily.


20-17aWith Do Hyeok’s map, the team set out to locate the victims and managed to dig up 3 bodies buried 5 years ago.


20-18With his impending surgery, Mu Yeom turns up at Oh Maria’s cabin but leaves without seeing her.  Perhaps he was afraid that it would make her sad.  But in moments such as this when there might not be another chance, I think one should not leave words unspoken.  
20-19Fortunately Oh Maria finds out about his condition when she drops by to see monk Jinjo. 


20-21Sharing a bittersweet moment as both do not know how the complicated surgery might turn out.
What if ? ……..





Mu Yeom goes under the knife and fortunately pulls through without major damage.


20-28Meanwhile Tae Oh is stabbed and fatally injured by one of the released inmates under Do Hyeok’s instruction.  It’s a wonder that even in detention, Do Hyeok has his faithful followers who will do his bidding.


Do Hyeok angers one of the inmates who stabs him in the eye. 
His retribution perhaps?
For his efforts in the capture of Gapdong, Mu Yeom is promoted to Lieutenant.
His dad would have been so proud of him.


Mu Yeom can finally put the case behind him.





Tae Oh had been given a quiet burial but Ji-ul had managed to locate his resting place at one of the temples. 


20-40From the dusty condition of his memorial plaque, it looks like they were his first visitors.  I suppose each of them have in their own way been affected by Tae Oh and lessons have been learnt even from negative experiences.  Mu Yeom wonders if Tae Oh had really wanted to stop killing.
A thought in closing ……
life is all about making difficult choices, whether to take the easy way or the right way.
Then end.
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6 Responses to Gapdongi Episode 20 (Final)

  1. sheeprondo says:

    Sang Hyunˊs eyes look even bigger when they are closed 🙂

  2. shandy says:

    It’s not easy to make choices, the moment we have them
    in mind, is the moment of rite or wrong being decided.
    The answer would tell when the outcome is out.

    Gapdong curtain called with significant implication thrown
    to us, the legal structure fails to put crimes in the rite place
    of punishment, God would not let it slip a gear…..

  3. shandy says:

    How to depict a criminal detective with so much emotional
    transformation in depth intertwined inextricably with life and depth,
    love and romance ?

    Most of the time, Yoon has to showcase emotions of a man
    swathed in scars of wound, and the deeper part of his heart
    is in a tumult with an intrapsychic conflict floundering in between
    the world of normalcy and abnormality. The language of his eyes
    tells a lot of his emotional struggle straddling between the dark
    and bright side of Ha Mu Yeom.

    While acting with a lot of splendid work, Yoon thoroughly exposed
    the oddity of the ‘ mad monk ‘, the odd-ball always grasps our
    hearts with emotional frustration mingling with HMY’s fear and rage.
    Yoon communicates his role with us so well that we owe him a
    thunderous applause : ” VERY WELL DONE ! ”
    He’s injected so many colorful elements, life and complex feelings
    into detective Ha and at the same time making himself the booster
    of an actor running in the forefront in the light of his open-
    heartedness to lead the rest of the main characters dashing
    towards the finishing line. I won’t say he shall enjoy all the merits
    but if we put him in terms of the first lead role interweaving
    among the casts, constructing the rite chemistry with different
    opponents in acting, his effort is noteworthy.

    In fact, Yoon, a sunny and light-hearted man has to showcase
    the subdued character of HMY with steadfastness to justice is
    a bit different from Cha Kwan Woo in ” I Can Hear Your Voice ”
    and it’s a great challenge as well.
    Swathed in scar and wound, Yoon intellectually brought the
    character into vividness and life.
    He transforms the hero into a flamingo, a type of bird with immortal
    spirit of reborn through ashes and its wings through the salt
    baptism become crimson in colour and hence makes it stand out
    among birds in the like. It’s the ancient symbol of transformation
    and rebirth.

    His intrepidity, trading his life with wicked with no redemption,
    unbowed and uncompromised, Yoon acts with far more brilliance
    and intellectual weight.
    He makes Ha Mu Yeom a chauvinistic hero yet upright and
    righteous. I’m still unable to walk out of HMY’S sovereign.
    He’s another type of symbol of justice, a hero with a stronghold
    in his belief that ” He who eliminates life on earth at his own whims
    shall be called back for the proportionate value he’s looted. ”

    Evil subjects to vanish but not justice !
    A natural cycle of ecosystem, the dark is always greeted by dawn….

    In the face of romance, Yoon converts the hero into an irascible
    and hot-headed guy whose unstable temper mainly irritated by
    the bullet remained in the frontal lobe. Under the cover of HMY’s
    arrogance lies his internal yearning for love, Yoon played the
    furthest and in an impressive and distinctive way.
    The romantic side he has exposed dripping certain sweet dew
    into a drama painted with so much sombre hue.
    His ever traits of manliness with total chauvinism and dominance
    sprout with sweetness and admiration of a tough guy is truly a
    spark of chemistry he’d shown in his glib tongue with his sweetie
    pie. Certainly Yoon’s his own way to deal with another of his sweet
    cutie but only she’s treated more in a relationship of bro-sis.

    Yoon blends with HMY, the subdued character he wanna make it
    an interest for many, showering us with his emotional
    transformation, hero’s chauvinism and immortal justice associated
    with abundance of intensity in his eyes in symmetry with an outer
    tough guy and inner tender touch one. What else can we expect
    more a stellar act Yoon has put up ? He’s played the character
    hitting off so thoroughly and evocative.

    In time to come, Yoon being given more chances will lead him to
    a broader scope of horizon with various facets of his versatile
    performance unfolding, it sure will quench his thirst for trials in
    an unfamiliar zone which is full of challenges and recognition.
    It’s true for him to become the best that he thinks he can in a
    moderate but humble step so that he can win further, the
    so-called flamingo spirit will never die !

  4. Zsuzsanna says:

    Shandy, you were so profound, that we are unable to add anything to it! Perfect! 😀 Only one thing in our mythology this bird was the firebird or phoenix and perhaps in China it is the Fung. Who could die by burning, but he always arises from his ashes! 😀

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