Has everyone gotten over the twist thrown at us by the finale for 49 Days? There were two major surprises, and I’ll be talking about one of them because it involves a bet that I’ve previously made. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
The “surprise” that I’m referring to is the revelation that Ji-hyun and Yi-kyung were long-lost sisters. But in fact, I had guessed at that possibility much earlier, and so adamant was I in my belief that I even made a bet with another fellow viewer of 49 Days. And now with the conclusion of the series, it appears that I’ve won the bet, an extra 10 bucks, and some bragging rights. Mehrong! (Hehe, sorry, by its very nature, this is going to be a pretty obnoxious post.)
In order to see how my theory has evolved over time, I’ve copied the comments that I had made on various sites (Soompi, Dramabeans, and Electric Ground).
THEORY ESTABLISHED (Episode 6)
FIRST EVOLUTION OF THE THEORY (Episode 15)
Clues: “dongseng” (younger sibling), abandoned at Chuncheon station
FURTHER EVOLUTION OF THE THEORY (Episode 18)
Clues: “Nam dongseng” (younger brother), was mistreated by her “parents”
Okay, I wanted to rub it in my friend’s face (with whom I had made the bet) that I won. Nyah, nyah, nyah! (Yup, I’m so very mature.) But more importantly, I’ve read many people share that they thought Yi-kyung and Ji-hyun being sisters just came out of nowhere. I wanted to point out that it really wasn’t completely out of nowhere and there were hints throughout the series, whether or not you agree that it was a good plot development.
Gathering all the facts, it appears that Yi-kyung was indeed kidnapped while she was on a trip with her mom and Ji-hyun. But however, once the kidnapper (or her foster parent) became pregnant with her own child, she started treating Yi-kyung coldly and eventually abandoned her at a train station again. Perhaps this second abandonment is what Yi-kyung remembers. Either way, what a tragic story for Yi-kyung and her family.
But as for the other more controversial “surprise” in the ending, I’ll hold off on sharing my opinion until I finish gathering my thought.