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Tomorrow season 1, episode 14 recap – “Flower of the Wind”

May 14, 2022

This recap of Tomorrow season 1, episode 14, “Flower of the Wind,” contains spoilers.

It’s probably time. “Wind Flower” finally, after weeks of hints and suggestions, focuses on Ryeon and Joong-gil’s shared history. It’s almost entirely a flashback to the richly costumed and detailed past, where Ryeon, a high-born lady, meets, falls in love, and experiences deep tragedy alongside Jung-gil. It’s a very good and very sad episode that fills in some important character details.

Tomorrow season 1, episode 14 recap

It’s only the opening that really takes place these days, with Ryeon taking the day off, as is customary for Reapers to do on the day they die. It’s Jun-woong who notices his negative energy level skyrocketing and takes the matter to the director. And so, we have our backstory, going back hundreds of years for context.

Ryeon and Jung-gil bump into each other several times. They fall in love. They get married and grow up. Inevitably, tragedy strikes. The barbarians cross the border and Jung-gil is forced to leave. In his absence, Ryeon bravely fights to defend his home and his people.

By the time Jung-gil returns, Ryeon has been taken by the Barbarians. Eventually, she escapes by poisoning her captors, but she narrowly misses Jung-gil, and they take a while to reunite. Even after, Ryeon is haunted by her experiences, and the people of Joseon have turned on her and other survivors. His reputation is in shambles and Jung-gil cannot tolerate his torture. Even her own mother suggests that she kill herself to spare the family honor.

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When Ryeon first tries to kill himself, Jung-gil stops him. But he’s so mad at what she’s been pressured into doing that he kills two men who blasphemed her. Seeing what he has become, Ryeon commits suicide and Jung-gil is torn with grief over his inability to save her.

It’s…dark, of course. But it’s a more moving and mature image of trauma and loss than most previous episodes could handle, and like yesterday’s episode, it uses historical context to powerful effect. And the fact that this backstory is highly anticipated, revealing a lot about two characters we know well, only adds to the value of the episode.

You can stream Tomorrow season 1, episode 14, “Wind Flower,” exclusively on Netflix.

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