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Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 16 recap – the ending explained

August 18, 2022

This recap of Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 16 contains spoilers, including an open discussion about the ending of Extraordinary Attorney Woo.

I’m not going to keep you guessing, so here’s the bad news: “Although unusual and peculiar” isn’t necessarily such a complete and satisfying ending for Extraordinary Prosecutor Woo as many might have hoped. Sorry about that.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 16 recap

The good news, however, is that this show as a whole has really been something of a treat, a consistently enjoyable ride that uses its long finale to really wrap up the majority of its ongoing storylines in a sweet way. Of course, that doesn’t cover all base, but it covers enough not to undermine everything that came before. All in all, as of this writing, I think this is the best k-drama of the year.

That’s nice, isn’t it? In his acting, and especially his writing, Extraordinary Prosecutor Woo never failed to impress on some level. The extra wiggle room here allows the machinations of the ongoing Raon case to be swept under the rug without letting the character drama sit idle, so it’s a decent balance all things considered.

Anyway, Raon. As we learned in the previous episode, the hacker was Sang-hyeon, son of cybersecurity genius Tae Su-mi, who you know is smart because he has shelves full of Rubik’s cubes – they come with instructions! — and confesses to her mother almost immediately, though she begs her to keep quiet since she’s up for a ministry job. You know how it is.

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Nevertheless, Sang-hyeon admits his involvement in Hanbada and records a confession to use if necessary. By integrating the development of this case into Young-woo’s personal life, we actually manage to kill two birds with one stone, as many developments lead to Young-woo personally visiting Su-mi in Taesan and the begging to allow Sang-hyeon to testify; to be the mother to him that she never was to Young-woo. A touching and great scene, and one that amounts to something substantial, as Su-Mi is there to see Young-woo interrogate her on the stand, and even resign from the ministry position.

Even at this last of the last stages, Extraordinary Prosecutor Woo achieves, I would say, the best intertwining of plot and character so far in the season.

And it’s one of many satisfying character developments. Min-woo does not betray Young-woo. Myeong-seok recovers. And, more importantly than anything, Young-woo and Jun-ho aren’t breaking up after all.

It’s the latter that’s really important, and while the outcome was predictable, it was certainly satisfying. And don’t get me started on the ending scenes. I mean, I’m not a particularly sentimental guy, but blimey, seeing Gwang-ho’s pride in Young-woo being given a full-time contract, and seeing it all come full circle as Young -woo get on the subway, I was pretty choked up.

And that’s what counts, isn’t it? Despite some free ends or cut arcs, Extraordinary Prosecutor Woo accomplished something that so much art fails to do – it made you feel Something.

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You can stream Extraordinary Attorney Woo season 1, episode 16 exclusively on Netflix.

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