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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.
Ji-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.
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.
With Do Hyeok’s map, the team set out to locate the victims and managed to dig up 3 bodies buried 5 years ago.
With 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.
Sharing a bittersweet moment as both do not know how the complicated surgery might turn out.
What if ? ……..
Meanwhile 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.
For his efforts in the capture of Gapdong, Mu Yeom is promoted to Lieutenant.
His dad would have been so proud of him.
Tae Oh had been given a quiet burial but Ji-ul had managed to locate his resting place at one of the temples.
From 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.