That Winter The Wind Blows episode 10-11

I’m growing quite accustomed to the exquisite misery that comprises That Winter The Wind Blows. So much so that I can’t imagine what I will do with myself once it’s over.

In its usual pattern, the Wednesday episode feels more meandering and cumbersome than the succeeding episode but there are some stirring revelations on the horizon that keep this drama from falling short of anything other than absorbing.

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And we begin the an alluring view of….Oh Soo’s striped socks.

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But then everything quickly escalates into a quintessential melo drama poster scene.

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Young finally admitting that she has nothing on Secretary Wang and realizing that, yeah, Secretary may truly care for her. What Young doesn’t know though, is that good old Secretary Wang might be just misplacing her love and care in an effort to atone for the abandonment of her own child. She abandoned her child for the sake of a man and his family and so, of course, she will dutifully protect that family.

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“What you are doing is not love, you are just clingy” THANK YOU! Now can you go throw her into that river behind you?

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Still in love with the fairy-tale like colors of this drama. And the setting. Who is the set director? I would feed him strawberries covered in chocolate if I could.

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Oh Soo breaking down. Not for the first time, or even the 40th time in this drama, but it still bad. Worse yet, because it’s in front of Moo Chul and he’s getting beat up and he is begging, and this requires some heavily intricate acting on Jo In Sung’s part, which we all might have realized by now, he is not very good at, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s still Oh Soo and he is in pain and it’s enough to affect me, even if I’m forcing myself not to be affected by it. I won’t until there is no hope at all. This is how I’ve been dealing with the drama so far – this is painful, but Jo In Sung is not very good, but it still hurts, control control control. I might lose it at some point, but that’s fine as well.

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“I’m hurt, I’m bleeding, but you don’t see, you don’t want to see”

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Cue applause for Oh Soo’s masterful rebuke to Young’s manipulations just episode prior. He won’t play her games, and he might even force his own on her.

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It’s over-wrought but good, what he tells her – “You don’t want to seem shallow by clinging to life. But you pretending to be cool is even more shallow”. Pride is really at the core of it all, he is absolutely right. Pride, that battle we fight with ourselves every day. Even it’s completely pointless, even if its destroying us, we still cling to it like to some cracked fetish of comfort and resolve.

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“You want to leave me to live this life by myself?” I think I heard him utter this before. Or maybe not. Something like that definitely unfolded between them before. But it’s alright, because he is chipping away at her weaknesses one manipulation and confession at a time.

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And of course, she can’t resist for too long and agrees to go along with the surgery.

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This really does feel like the last shreds of this kind of simple, candid intimacy between them, the kind of intimacy that could only exit between two people who spend time under the guise of familial love but are actually romantically involved.

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And yes, I can watch them frolic in the snow forever.

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And as soon as the terror of losing Oh Soo abates, Young gets a chance to become aware of her attraction for him.

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Oh Soo breaking down again after hearing the verdict that Young’s surgery is practically hopeless. Maybe because we don’t get to see much of Jo In Sung’s expressions, or because the silhouette of a sobbing man in a hospital is innately affecting but I felt completely drained after this scene and began to realize that I might not make through this drama in one piece.

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*giggles madly* what are few incestuous kisses in wake of oblivion and death? Yes, I know, I’m a horrible person.

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Very much looking forward to Young coming to terms, or not, with her attraction and feelings for Oh Soo.

I do not like Oh Soo’s voice-overs. They are scarce, out-of-place, and not like Jo In Sung (or maybe Jo In Sung is just not good at them?) I wouldn’t call this drama subtle by any stretch of imagination but its selling itself short when it gives away all its cards in blatantly expository voice-overs. If Nice Guy’s fatal flaw, in my opinion, was a lack of transparency and therefore any kind of connecting bridge with the viewers then, TWTWB is trying too hard to connect with the viewers when it doesn’t even need to because it’s doing good, for the most part. The dialogue remains lovely, the OTP is riveting in all aspects, and the plot, while uneven in tone, is holding up its end of the bargain, in terms of delivering the other satisfactory components.

So this is my gripe thus far. I would be done with That Winter, The Wind Blows until Wednesday but I have these gorgeous magazine spreads to post before it kills me.

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