Tomorrow Episode 16 Recap: Wait, What Happened to the #Joongryeon Endgame?

Tomorrow (내일) is a Korean drama-fantasy series directed by Kim Tae-yoon and Sung Chi-wook and stars Rowoon, Kim Hee-seon, Lee Soo-hyuk, and Yun Ji-on, alongside other cast members. The series has 16 episodes and is based on the webtoon of the same name by Ra Ma. Tomorrow episode 16 is titled Threads of Fate and has a runtime of 61 minutes.

Netflix describes the series as:

MADE HALF-HUMAN AND HALF-SPIRIT BY ACCIDENT, A YOUNG MAN IS EMPLOYED BY A COMPANY OF GRIM REAPERS IN THE UNDERWORLD TO CARRY OUT SPECIAL MISSIONS.

– Tomorrow Episode 16 recap contains major spoilers –

Tomorrow episode 16 starts with Ryeon getting introduced to the Escort Team. Promising to serve her new boss faithfully, she seems shocked to see that Jung-gil will be her new mentor. The Director assures her that it is not the same person whom she seems to know – he has been reincarnated twice since then. Although Jung-gil isn’t really happy with the new hire, he agrees to let Ryeon handle the criminals from the Land of the Living, to which she agrees readily.

Meanwhile, it’s been six months that Jun-woong has been comatose but his mother hasn’t given up on him yet and prays for his speedy recovery. At the same time, Dae-su is not happy with the current way Jumadeung is functioning and is hell-bent (excuse the pun) to take Ryeon back to Hell for doing what she has been doing while Jun-woong appeals to the Director to help Ryeon. However, she is not having any of it and proposes transferring Jun-woong and Ryung-gil to other departments.

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Still From Tomorrow Episode 16

Jun-woong, having found a way to help Ryeon, goes to Jung-gil and asks him to help her. He obviously refuses at first, but Jun-woong has had enough of it and tells him that he’s a horrible person for letting this happen to Ryeon. Jung-gil gets pissed and throws him around the room, but he doesn’t stop explaining why he keeps having these dreams. Jung-gil asks him what he knows about this matter and Jun-woong says that he knows everything.

Jung-gil goes to his nightmare to take a look at what Jun-woong is talking about and comes back with all of his memories. As everyone slowly learns of Ryeon’s sad past and her connection with Jung-gil, they are filled with sorrow at the realisation. Anyway, Ryung-gu and Jun-woong finally find Ryeon beating the shit out of people. Jun-woong asks her to stop but she is not having any of it. She refuses to see reason even though Jun-woong tries his best to plead with her. 

Jun-woong mentions that Chun-hui, her only friend, is also getting better slowly and that hurting others isn’t the way to go about it. He asks her to remember the impact that she has made on people’s lives – then why is she still unhappy? They implore her to come back but then Dae-su appears before them, ready to take Ryeon with him. Before he can even get a few sentences out, though, Jung-gil, too, appears before her and tells Dae-su that he will handle Ryeon. 

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Still From Tomorrow Episode 16

Jung-gil asks them to go to Cho-hui and save her while he handles everyone from Hell. As an intense fight ensues between Jung-gil and the Hell spawns, Ryeon affirms that Cho-hui doesn’t deserve the pain that she is feeling and that she will protect her, just like Cho-hui protected her all those years ago. And cutely, Ryeon tells Ryung-gu after pacifying Cho-hui that something might happen between Jun-woong and Cho-hui.

When Ryeon comes back to meet the Director, she tells her that all of her mistakes were shouldered by Jung-gil who is now being held by Dae-su. The director and all the team leads go to meet Dae-su and Jung-gil where everyone denies that Jung-gil would ever help Ryeon escape since he despised her and the RM team. All of them practically gaslight Dae-su into believing that what he saw didn’t exactly happen and in his confusion, he loses sight of what’s going on while the Director punishes Jung-gil for insubordination.

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Still From Tomorrow Episode 16

A few weeks later, Cho-hui and the RM team have lunch together. It’s a sweet moment where everyone is at first sceptical of Jun-woong’s cooking because of that horrendous fried chicken from a few episodes ago. It’s also quite funny to watch the cyberbullies get great punishments for posting hateful comments. Later, Ryeon goes to meet a still-bound Jung-gil and they talk about their past. Unfortunately, Ryeon is of the opinion that even if he had known everything from the start, their fate has been severed and considering the number of years that have passed, the love, too, has faded somewhat. She, however, thanks him for everything that he has done for her. 

During a conversation with the Director, Ryeon tells her that she has finally figured out whom she was supposed to save all along – herself. In turn, Ryeon also gets to know that it’s Jun-woong’s last day at work soon – he has been a great employee and so she has let him go home early. Ryeon and Ryung-gu are sad and so is Jun-woong. It’s a hard goodbye for everyone and as Ryeon removes his memories from Jumadeung, he wakes up in the hospital.

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Still From Tomorrow Episode 16

Jun-woong’s life is like any other’s after that. He gets a normal job and friends like everyone else. But his need to help his fellow humans is still a big part of his life. Before Ryeon and Ryung-gu can save one of Jun-woong’s colleagues, Jun-woong himself jumps at the opportunity and stops him from jumping off the building. Ryeon, Ryun-gu and Jung-gil are pleasantly surprised at the turn of events and when Jun-woong asks them who they are, they laugh and tell him that they are his old bosses.

A confused Jun-woong asks them what they are talking about and who they are. Ryeon tells the others that they only have to wait around 50 years to add another employee to their team and answers Jun-woong’s question – they are Grim Reapers.

Final Thoughts: Tomorrow Episode 16

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Still From Tomorrow Episode 16

Ah and that’s a wrap! If you’re someone like me who really wanted the Joongryeon endgame to happen, you will be left a bit confused. Is Ryeon and Jung-gil’s relationship now honky-dorey? Are they friends? On the path to lovers? Just colleagues? It’s a bit confusing. However, I liked how Ryeon saves Cho-hui this time around and how Jung-gil uses his dreams to learn the truth. A nice way of wrapping things up without making it too complicated and playing within the rules. Plus, I loved the last segment where they talk about hiring one more person in front of a very confused Jun-woong. It was weirdly funny and heartwarming.

Tomorrow finale bowed out with a sweet last episode as best as it could. Although some of the episodes in the series have been quite problematic, the series had its moments and the episodes surrounding the main characters were splendid. It had moments where it shone and considering some of its weaker episodes, it ends rather splendidly.

I would’ve actually liked a bit more delving into Ryeon and Jung-gil’s relationship status but we don’t all get what we want and that’s ok. All in all, I enjoyed the series but am a bit miffed with the ending.

Tomorrow is streaming on Netflix.

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