I have been very lean on providing any Secret Garden updates during the holidays, whether its my thoughts or previews. The drama is doing gangbusters in ratings, and is quite a hot topic of discussion, whether about certain scenes or subject matter.
I’m not prepared to share my thoughts at this time, other than to say that I am almost all caught up on SG now. Call it serendipity, but a very game-changing spoiler was dropped at DC Gall today and immediately picked up by Baidu. The original post was taken down shortly thereafter, leading credence to its veracity.
I can tell you that regardless of whether this was Kim Eun Sook‘s actual plot for the remaining few episodes, writers have been known to rewrite dramas on the fly to circumvent leaked plot, so take this with a grain of salt. If this is true, it can still be re-written. If it’s false, then we’ll have a good laugh at believing this.
Spoilers for upcoming episodes of SG:
Joo Won’s mom, in an attempt to protect the family wealth, fires a secretary who has been like a family member. That secretary harbors a grudge for the dismissal, and plots revenge on the one thing Joo Won’s mom treasures the most, her son Joo Won.
Joo Won has just returned to Korea (he is 21), and is trapped in the elevator by the secretary, who then sets the building on fire. After receiving the alarm, the local firefighters rush to the scene. Ra Im’s dad saves Joo Won from the trapped elevator, but he is trapped by the collapsing building debris, and dies. It is in fact Ra Im’s father who died to save Joo Won’s life.
After an investigation reveals that this incident was caused by someone close to the family, the Kim family descends into chaos. While trapped in the elevator, Joo Won was suffocated by the carbon monoxide and the heat, and was close to death. When he witnessed the ahjusshi who saved him get burned to death before his very eyes, Joo Won loses his memory.
After Joo Won’s accident, his grandfather gives him LOEL Department Store to run, in an attempt to revive his interest in life. Joo Won resumes living a normal life, but he has flashes of a shadowy memory that he can’t pinpoint.
Back to the current timeline – Ra Im begins to avoid Joo Won. She even kisses Oska in front of Joo Won, telling him that “my oppa treats me the best.” Ra Im tells Joo Won that if he cannot be the Little Mermaid, then he should just leave. Joo Won continues to pursue Ra Im, and her cold treatment causes him to shed tears.
Ra Im is treating Joo Won coldly because she cannot bear for Joo Won to regain his memory, afraid of how much it will hurt him. She doesn’t want Joo Won to feel guilty and indebted to her, so she avoids him. The Dark Blood production calls Ra Im, and she discovers that it was all Joo Won’s effort which got her the part. She declines the offer to join the production.
Director Lee feels sympathy for Ra Im, and arranges for her to perform the car stunt she has been asking to do. During the stunt, the car malfunctions. Joo Won hears the voice of Ra Im’s father, pleading with him to stop Ra Im. Joo Won runs to the filming location, but the accident has already happened. Ra Im is unconscious and the car has burst into flames.
Joo Won regains his memory at this time, and he realizes that the person who saved him from the elevator was Ra Im’s dad. Joo Won jumps into the burning car and saves Ra Im, just like when Ra Im’s father saved him.
Next, it’s several years later…..
This is my face after reading the above: O_O
End of thoughts.
[Credit: spoilers from DC Gall, translated into Chinese by Baidu Secret Garden bar, translated into English by me]