The Glory — Ending Explained (Episode 16, Netflix)

My Secret Notebook
1 min readMar 15, 2023

The article is for those who have finished watching The Glory on Netflix (Season 1). Spoilers aplenty.

I’m going to skip a summary and go straight into the burning unanswered question I have:

What did Joo Yeo-Jeong and his late father Director Joo have to do with So-hee’s dead body?

Furthermore — Why did they both keep it frozen and why did Yeo-Jeong name himself her guardian?

The short answer the writers gave us was that it was to bring Dong-Eun to him. But that doesn’t explain why his late father kept the body frozen for 18 years.

I can’t help but feel unsatisfied with how casually this was treated. Was So-hee the secret love child of the late Director Joo? It feels like there is a more satisfying answer out there, and I demand it!

Second, and this is more of a comment than a question:

Dong-Eun is a toxic girlfriend.

She ghosted Yeo-Jeong for 6 months and comes back with a surprising and random kiss?? And she just expects him to pretend everything’s okay and take her back?!

That is toxic relationship 101. No communication, hot-and-cold, manic-depressive.

This was a big turn-off for me, for what seemed like was supposed to be a romantic reconciliation.

But hey, gotta love that revenge drama. Still love how The Glory was such a subversion of the k-drama genre with it’s tight payback theme.

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My Secret Notebook

Quirky, curious, and philosophical Asian American gay Ivy League grad living in Southern California.