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  1. Hold still my heart! The only thing Haru fears is a world that doesn’t have Eun Dan Oh in it while his own existence is of no consequence to him. The love he feels for her is so selfless and unconditional while Baek Young always makes everything about himself. Even he is shook by Haru’s declaration and it almost appearss as if, deep down, BY wanted to be like Haru but some inherent part of him prevented him. It really makes such a perfect, yet heartbreaking sense why Haru is so ready to make himself out of the equation for Dan Oh’s sake - be it in the previous manhwa or now, he never had anything; no family, no friends, no home. It’s therefore only natural that she would become the center of his universe. When Haru stands up to Baek Young, it’s such an epic moments because while previously he was always defending only Dan Oh, now, he is actually standing up for himself. He basically declares that he isn’t the writer’s puppet, not matter how much some people want him to be or push him into that role. IT WASN’T THE WRITER WHO GAVE HIS LIFE A REASON, IT WAS DAN OH. IT WASN’T THE WRITER WHO MADE HIM LOVE DAN OH, IT WAS HIS CHOICE. His alone and no one else’s, be it in the previous webtoon, or now. The conviction with which Haru is ready to give up his own existence to protect Dan OH might seem shocking until you realize that he can’t live in a world without her. She gives his life a meaning so when he’s protecting her, he is also fighting for his right to live.
  2. I’ve always thought that it was only a matter of time before Haru gave Dan Oh the moon because he was never able to deny her anything to begin with. Obviously, I underestimated him and his ability to overcome even the most insurmountable obstacle and challenges with his strong will and unconditional love. SHE WISHED TO SEE THE STARS IN A WORLD WHERE NO STAR EXISTED SO HE WENT AND CREATED HUNDREDS OF THEM FOR HER. Haru who has always had so very little continues to give Dan Oh his everything. And it’s also such a Haru thing to do because instead of saying something is hopeless and impossible, he always manages to achieve a miracle.
  3. MEET MY SECONDARY OTP! One part of me always wishes that Haru would punch Baek Young in the face while the other desperately hopes they’ll start to makeout against the wall. I swear Haru and Baek Young exist in some sort of an alternative universe, which is basically a secret story within a story, where they are the OTP and Dan Oh their foil because from the moment they met for the first time on screen their chemistry has been out of this world, be it in the Goryeo manhwa, which feels like a prequel of Frozen Flower, or the high school setting, which reminds me of a HIStory installment. I mean I know that the Goryeo BY sees Haru as nothing more but a loyal dog and the high school BY can’t stand him because he’s his love rival but if you take away those premises, you’ll get a BL romance. Both actors are so freaking pretty and tall (190+ cm) and whenever they share screentime together their characters have incredible dynamic and the air is literally charged with tension, sizzling attraction, double meanings and innuendos. Even their dialogues work perfectly. I’ve never seen anything like this in another kdrama and I’ve been watching those for 13+ years.
  4. One look from Baek Young and Haru kills without mercy. He’s absolutely devoted to his master and seeing how ruthless and power-hungry the Goryeo version of BY used to be I get the feeling that while it might have been Haru who swung the sword which killed Dan Oh, it was Baek Young who gave the order because it’s clear that Haru is unable to defy his command. If it’s true, then it’s so damn messed up but at the same time utterly brilliant.
  5. Haru coining the term “Extra-Ordinary You” to describe Dan Oh was such a beautifully poignant and meaningful moment. On one hand, because she was the one who named him first which means that now the Korean title for the show reflects the name she gave him, while the English title refers to the moniker Haru came up with for her. On the other, because from the moment Baek Young became self-aware he’s been using the word “extra” as the ultimate insult to Haru, and both directly and indirectly to Dan Oh, which is much worse than calling him any other vulgar name because by labelling him a “mere extra” Baek Young belittles his very existence as insignificant and almost useless, basically questioning Haru’s right to live and suggesting his sole of his existence is to serve others (how damn symbollic of Haru’s and BY’s Goryeo counterparts). BY makes it sound as if being an extra were something inferior and dirty. It’s something that really troubles Haru and not so much for his own sake as for Dan Oh’s because he’s heard her multiple times calling herself an “extra”. So when he coins that “Extra-Ordinary You” nickname name he is basically turning BY’s insult of her into a precious endearment, something truly special and singular. It’s not about your set-up in life, it’s about how you use the time you were given and live it to the fullest. It’s no wonder Dan Oh ended up falling for Haru; because even if you take away the whole “past-lives-lovers” scenario, he is the one person who treats her as if she were the main protagonist and he were her most devoted fan. Considering BY kept calling him and DO mere extras for so long, it was only a matter of time before Haru snapped and when he did, what an amazing sight it’s been! The whole episode is basically about Haru proving to Baek Young that extras matter and are actually much better than him because, unlike him, they try so damn hard to live their lives. It’s as if he were on a mission, constantly one-upping Baek Young in every aspect, bet it sports, academics or admiration of their classmates. Because it’s clear that when the odds are even, Baek Young just can’t compare to Haru in anything or win against him fair and square.
  6. Dan Oh has always been so damn strong and brave under impossible circumstances but even she falls apart sometimes. And who can blame her? She’s been controlled like a puppet on strings all her life which she’s been living on borrowed time, her life and death depending on whims of a rather unoriginal writer and she even almost lost the boy she’s been falling in love with. There would be no shame in giving up; however, just when she’s about to accept her fate, Haru comes. It’s fitting that he often appears when Dan Oh is at her weakest, always being there for her to catch her when she falls. How come that this boy always knows the right way to say while Baek Young basically never does? It’s because they are so inherently different and unlike BY, who always keeps telling DO not to change anything and not to do anything because he fears losing what he has, Haru is willing to risk everything, suffer immeasurable pain and go against the creator himself as long as it would mean saving Dan Oh. BY had so much but he took it all for granted and never showed any real appreciation of it while Haru never had anything to begin with, ONLY EUN DAN OH AND HE WILL NEVER EVER REGRET HER! She is so desperate here and afraid and, as always, he is unable to deny her anything. Also, just like with their height difference, even his hands are huge compared to hers. He always towers over her which is why it’s so poignant and symbolic that he kneels in front of her now, becoming the one who is looking up (to her), and spends the whole night kneeling in front of her, holding her hands in his own. And when he tells her that he’ll never let her go, you realize that in his case never really means NEVER because not even death, his nor hers, managed to stop him before and it will not stop him again.
  7. It’s all true! Look at the angle at which he is clutching the blade - it’s Haru’s right hand that’s holding the sword while he is desperately trying to stop it. And that look of absolute agony and utter despair on his face! He feels pain, terrible pain. Once he learns the full truth about what really happened it’s going to tear him apart! BUT A FACT: We know that when people appear on the stage they can’t move even an inch but HARU ACTUALLY MANAGED TO GET FREE AND RESIST THE WRITER FOR A TIME BY POWER OF SHEER WILL AND HIS LOVE FOR DAN OH! That’s extra AF and damn epic! He might get to see the scar as something that marks him as a terrible person but it’s a proof of his defiance in the face of fate even if he ended up defeated.
  8. I wouldn’t be surprised if Haru suffered from abandonment issues after today. I believe that by the end of this episode he must have developed a deep trauma of watching Dan Oh walk away from him again and again. It’s a trauma he will probably only overcome when he’s 90 years old, holding Dan Oh in his arms as they watch their 6 great-grandchildren and 2 dogs play at their cosy home in the countryside.
  9. I admit I enjoy watching Baek Young as a character - he is intriguing and LJW’s portrayal of him is flawless. It’s a kind of love-hate relationship on my part, though. He makes me angry but when he stops being a jerk and becomes heartfelt he can literally melt and break hearts. He has this huge potential of becoming a second male lead sydrome (and I low-key feel it). However, everytime I’m ready to jump on the BY Redemption Bandwagon, he turns into a complete a**hole. This scene is the perfect example. BY knows Dan Oh is emotionally attached to Haru, that she might even love him, and Haru feels the same. Moreover, he’s started to suspect that Haru is becoming self-aware again and possibly starting to remember everything. BY sets that awful meeting not only because he wants to show Haru that Dan Oh “belongs” to him but also because he wants exact his personal vendetta on them both for making a fool of him, as he believes, not caring in that moment that he’s hurting DO. It’s clear he wants to protect her but when it suits him he doesn’t mind becoming the reason for her pain. Self-absorbed, jealous and holding grudges. Still, as much as I hate what BY did I get why he did it because the writing and his character development explains it perfectly. He’s never had a support system to teach him better. It’s not an excuse but when he has never known better it only makes sense that he won’t change overnight. He is learning to be a decent human being but it will take time and time is something BY doesn’t have in his relationship with DO. I truly believe that had BY realized that he’s in a comic book sooner and treated DO with the same consideration he is only starting now, she would have fallen in love with him and Haru wouldn’t stand a chance because he entered the story much later. Love is all about timing, and even more so in Dramaland, and Baek Young missed his which he might end up regretting forever.
  10. That particular style of hanbok and hair looks more like something from Goryeo Dynasty, not Joseon, though. It reminds me of Hae Soo's wardrobe in Moon Lovers.
  11. Extraordinary You - The Official Character Descriptions The official character descriptions have been released on the English MBC website (and since it’s an official description I’m not putting it under spoiler tags but READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK) and still might be subjected to change because remember what happened in Empress Ki; however be prepared because it’s a MINDBLOW! Eun Dan-oh (Female, 18) / Kim Hye-yoon She is the pretty only daughter of a rich family. She is stuck-up and takes it for granted when people are nice to her. However, born with a weak heart, she always wears a cardio tachometer like others wearing a watch. Nevertheless, she isn’t pessimistic about her life, nor does she pity herself. She has to be calm and can’t let her emotions get the better of her so it doesn’t affects her heart. But there are times when she can’t control her emotions and that’s when she sees a good-looking guy. The moment she lays eyes on Baek Gyeong, she makes up her mind to marry him. Young Dan-oh’s world consisted of Baek Gyeong and the rectangular ceiling which she sees from her hospital bed. No wonder her feelings for Baek Gyeong became so strong. Baek Gyeong thinks Dan-oh is bothering him. He is a well-known Casanova, but Dan-oh only has eyes for him. She had a crush on him for a long time. It becomes more like an obligation to her. However, she doesn’t get butterflies when she sees him anymore, nor does he look handsome. Her mind tells her she likes him, but her heart says otherwise. At one point, she realizes her crush on Baek Gyeong is like homework she has to get done. When she realizes something unexplainable within her has changed, she finds out that she’s a character within a cartoon, and an extra at that. The only comforting thing is that she achieved the ability to see the script that shows the future. She tries to use this ability to write her own story, but once she sees the script, the storyline doesn’t change. One day, she notices the storyline slightly changing and that it has to do with a boy named Haru. She goes after him and finds out that she will be able to change this world with Haru, she feels weird emotions. Her heart starts pounding whenever she sees Haru. It isn’t just a normal fluttering heart. It is totally different from the setting created by the writer. Does she really have to speak, act and go as the writer decides even if it isn’t her destiny? Even if the world doesn’t revolve around her, if she looks at the world from her point of view, she was the center of it. Haru (Male, 18) / Kim Ro-woon (SF9) Before Dan-oh started calling him Haru, he was merely the 13th person in the attendance book. He was an extra in the romantic cartoon “Secret” and didn’t even had a name. One say, Haru wakes up in the world of “Secret”. He is number 13 in class 7 of the junior year at Seuri High School. A few numbers is everything that describes him. He has nothing other than the numbers. Not even a name. No one remembers him and he is just part of the background. Every day is like a nightmare he can’t wake up from. Haru has been instinctively protecting someone. Who is this person? Why is he protecting her? Finally, Haru meets the person he was curious about. Dan-oh was part of his world before he even knew it. Haru immediately felt attracted to Dan-oh. It might be his destiny. After meeting Dan-oh, Haru starts adjusting to life in the cartoon. She is the only person that acknowledged him when not even he remembered anything about himself. Soon, Dan-oh becomes everything to Haru. Haru and Dan-oh are two extras in a cartoon and they have to move according to the storyline of the main characters. Most would hate this situation, as they can’t even meet when they want to. However, Haru thinks Dan-oh, who always finds him and smiles at him, is adorable. He didn’t have a single line, but Dan-oh gave him the gift of a dramatic life. He is merely an extra, but he feels like the protagonist when he is with Dan-oh. He discovers things he didn’t know about himself when he is with her. Haru’s only wish is to live happily ever after with Dan-oh. However, Haru faces the past he had forgotten about. He met Dan-oh in a different "Secret”. He couldn’t defy the writer and killed the woman he loved with his hands. He hoped to meet Dan-oh in a different story and lived through several lives. Haru makes up his mind. He decided to do everything to protect Dan-oh wherever and whenever, even if it means he has to die. Baek Gyeong (Male, 18) / Lee Jae-wook Supporting role in “Secret”, 3rd most popular student at Seuri High School He is Dan-oh’s crush for a decade and her fiancé. He is also officially known as Seuri High School’s Casanova. He is rude and audacious, but always has girls chasing after him because of his aura and looks. He never loved or cared about anyone, nor does he plans to. He can’t stand seeing someone he cares about leaving him. Baek-Gyung’s mom died a long time ago from an illness. After experiencing his mother’s death, he hates everything related to illnesses. Baek Gyeong was raised by a father that puts money first. His father used his only son to make money. Knowing how Dan-oh felt about Baek Gyeong since she was little, Baek Gyeong’s father betrothed him to her to strengthen his position as a business partner. He feels helpless, as his father doesn’t treat him as a son, but as a business measure. He can’t go against his father’s will, but doesn’t want to be obedient. That’s why he picks on Dan-oh and ignores her even when he knows how she feels. However, Bae Gyung finds himself thinking about Dan-oh. She is the only person in the world that truly likes him. When he sees Dan-oh in the hospital, he is worried she’ll leave him like his mother did. One day, Dan-oh suddenly seems weird. She still says she likes him, but it doesn’t seem like she feels the way she did before. Because of Dan-oh’s weird behavior, Baek Gyeong develops an ego and realizes that he is just a supporting role to Oh Nam-joo. The girl he was afraid to lose, is interested in someone else, a boy that doesn’t even have a name. Using the fact that he is the important character in the cartoon, he comes between Dan-oh and Haru, trying to keep Dan-oh by his side. He feels painful to see Dan-oh becoming colder every time he tries. He decides he has to be with Dan-oh in this world. If he can’t have her, no one can. He will do everything he can to keep her beside him. Lee Do-hwa (Male, 18) / Jeong Geon-ju 2nd most important character of “Secret”, 2nd most popular student at Seuri High School He is the second most popular of the A4 and was always best friends with Nam-joo. He lacks 5% in everything compared to Nam-joo. Outgoing and friendly, he gets along with everyone. He likes to play soccer or basketball with his classmates. He doesn’t worry about much and is happy most of the time. He looks carefree and as if he doesn’t take anything seriously, but is secretly depressed. No one knows about his loneliness and sadness. No one cares to know about it. They like the bright and goofy side of Do-hwa. However, someone catches him with an expressionless face. He runs into the new kid in school Yeo Joo-da on the rooftop of their school. Come to think of it, Joo-da became part of every moment of his life since then and he becomes attracted to her. He likes her, but just watches her from afar when she is with Nam-joo. He is worried she will fall for Nam-joo. He needs to make a move! However, he finds himself doing nothing other than watching her from afar and comforting her, and he is disappointed with himself. Something is wrong, but he doesn’t know what. Dan-oh is the one who helps Do-hwa answer this question. He is in a cartoon world and he has an ego unlike the other characters. He had been moving according to the will of the writer and played the role of a supporting character that has a crush on Joo-da. But he ended up really liking her. Is this part of the setting, or are these feelings of his own? With the help of Dan-oh, who can see the future, he decides to try his best to make the relationship work. He hopes he can end up like Dan-oh and Haru. Oh Nam-joo (Male, 18) / Kim Young-dae Leading male character of “Secret”, the most popular boy at Seuri High School He is the most popular boy at Seuri High School and the center of A4. His father is Oh Jae Beol, a painter, designer and CEO of a clothing brand and his mother is Oh Ah Reum, an actress. He is a second generation chaebol of the global fashion company “Seline”. He is 187cm tall, good-looking, smart enough to get the highest grades in Korea, and never lost a fight. The compliment he gets most often is that he is good-looking. He knows he is a catch and arrogant. He is the type of boy you’d see in a drama. He also has something that pains him like all children of chaebol families. Mixing colors and elaborate designs are the identity of Seline. However, all he sees is black and white. He has total color blindness. It is a critical flaw for an owner of a fashion company. This is his only flaw and his secret. One day, Nam-joo sees color. It was when he bumped into Joo-da. He thinks he saw color. Could he have been mistaken? Nam-joo wants to get to know Joo-da better, but she doesn’t show any interest in him. She’s the first to show no interest in him and that’s when he starts picking on her. He also achieved a powerful ability. He’s become Joo-da’s GPS and shows up wherever she goes, especially when she needs help. He isn’t interested in other girls, but he is nice to Joo-da. Who knew a second generation chaebol that lacks nothing would fall for an ordinary girl like Joo-da? Like any romantic cartoon, they end up learning about their feelings for each other after many twists and turns. Nam-joo doesn’t notice the sad face when she sees Do-hwa. He is caught within the setting of the cartoon, but he plans to be happy. At the end of the cartoon, he will “live happily ever after”. Yeo Joo-da (Female, 18) / Lee Na-eun Leading female character of “Secret”, the new kid at Seuri High School Joo-da is the typical heroine of a romantic cartoon. She is poor, but pretty and sweet. She had all kinds of part-time jobs because of her family’s financial circumstances. She was chosen for the CSR business of the global company Seline and is admitted to Seuri High School. Right from the start, school life wasn’t easy, but she is always smiling with positive attitude. She wanted to have a quiet school life, but a boy picks on her, asking her to pay for dry cleaning just because she accidently ran into him. The boy is Oh Nam-joo, the most popular boy at school. On the other hand, there is a boy that is like her guardian angel, showing up and helping her whenever she is in a tough situation. It’s Lee Do-hwa, the second most popular boy at school. Joo-da always courageously stands up for justice, but becomes quiet when she is misunderstood. Sae Mi gets jealous to Nam-joo and starts telling people about Nam-joo’s vulnerable point and that Joo-da spread the rumor. All she had to do was say no when Nam-joo asked if she really is behind it. However, Joo-da doesn’t say anything. No wonder Nam-joo gets the wrong idea. In a nutshell, Joo-da is the typical heroine of a drama. Then what is Joo-da like outside of the cartoon? When Joo-da develops an ego, she realizes how Nam-joo and Do-hwa feel about her. She was nice and just because that was the setting of her character. The real Joo-da is shrewd, clever and quick at making decisions that benefits her. The cartoon world revolves around Joo-da. She was planning to go back and forth between the two boys and end up with Nam-joo until Dan-oh messed with the storyline. Her love story with the male protagonist and the spotlight that was focused on Joo-da have all changed. She becomes sensitive, greedy and easily angered. She feels uncomfortable when Do-hwa, who is merely a supporting character, tells her he is interested in her, and is outrageous when Dan-oh, an extra, struggles to make changes. How dare an extra mess with her story! This world cannot be ruptured. Joo-da has to be the one and only heroine of the cartoon “Secret”. Joo-da tries everything to make the story go back to how it should have been when she faces a crisis. She starts showing interest in Do-hwa. She has to get with the main character to play the leading female role. Will she give up on her feelings and end the story with a happy ending or follow her heart as the real Joo-da, not a character of “Secret”? Jin Mi-chae (Male, Age unknown) / Lee Tae-ri The 4th member of Seuri High School’s A4. His age, nationality, background and name are kept a secret. He isn’t even a student at the high school, but became one of the A4 because of his good looks. He always shows up when Jin Mi-chae, sautéed dried squid, is served at the school cafeteria and thus called “Jin Mi-chae fairy”. He is the closest character to the writer and the most secretive. Unlike his bright expression and tone, he is pessimistic. He knows everything, but isn’t interesting in anything. He is the first to have an ego within the world of “Secret”. He knows many things as if he’s experienced other world and tells other about it. If the writer shows rebirth as love, he believes the writer loves him very much. He’s been in several of the writer’s works. However, when he sees Soo Hyang, a transfer student, he realizes he’s being punished in the worst way, not being loved. sOURCE: http://content.mbc.co.kr/program/drama/3451760_64285.html
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