Yeon Joo's father is still alive, Chul commits suicide, and Yeon Joo is drawn back into the webtoon world of 'W'.
The episode explored Yeon Joo's conflicting, roller coaster-like emotions toward Chul, the same man (thing?) who's put her life through such turmoil. I mean, come on. The dude shot her father. If I were her, that's where I'd draw the line and say, "Nope!" You mess with my fam, then you don't get to mess with me no more.
Thankfully, Oh Sung Moo survived being shot by Chul.
But of course, this is a Korean drama, where more often than not, characters end up following their hearts rather than their heads. Yeon Joo unsuccessfully tries to convince herself that Chul is just a "webtoon character," attempting to permanently sever any personal feelings she has for him. However, it turns out Yeon Joo was only fooling herself.
When she realized that Chul can be saved, the heavy finality she felt with seeing 'The End' at 'W's last chapter immediately turned into a sense of urgency. Somehow, 'The End' had changed to 'To Be Continued' after 'W' once again pulled her into the webtoon world. I get that forces beyond anyone's comprehension are controlling the webtoon, but the suspense is driving me bonkers.
Leaving a blind date because you can't explain that you were pulled into a webtoon without seeming crazy.
Chul's sole purpose for surviving every time he faces imminent, life-threatening danger is because he needed to find his family's killer. That was also his only reason for living, coming back to life even when his own creator tried to off him once and for all. But in the last episode, we learned that no one killed Chul's family. As ridiculous as it all may seem, Oh Sung Moo claims that there is no face to the killer. That part of the story simply exists "for the sake of making Chul strong."
The face your father gives you when you tell your father you're in love with a 2D character.
But after seeing the 'faceless' killer for the first time roaming freely outside of the webtoon world, we're given the hint that there's more to Chul's family's murder than what Oh Sung Moo or the webtoon itself lets on. I think a Jackie Chan 'WTF?!' meme would be appropriate for this kind of downright confounding scenario. Things keep coming alive in 'W' for reasons that are obscure to us viewers. If Chul jumped up and out of the pages of 'W' because Oh Sung Moo created him to be a character with exceptionally strong willpower, then what about the hooded killer that we saw teetering on top of the Han River Bridge? Another force must have called him into the real world...but we don't yet know just what.
I suppose these new developments do keep the story interesting. But I'll have to keep watching to find out whether these developments will unravel in a way that will maintain its novelty.