Netflix’s The Glory is about as addicting as revenge can get, even though some critics panned the first installment for its lack of revenge. The wheels were set in motion, but the first eight episodes didn’t really go anywhere.
Fair enough; that is the point. No need for a second chapter if Moon Dong-eun had not had her sweet, sweet revenge so soon. In a word, yes.
The fifteen hours of plotting, twists, and big, gasp-inducing moments paid up in episode 16 with a complete and utter vengeance. We weren’t expecting the melodrama to be anchored by so many sweet moments, which made the story feel more human and universal.
Nor did we anticipate a conclusion that hinted at a third and final season of Glory. We’ll get to all that in a little, but first, let’s recap what happened in the climax, which has a lot of time travel and jumps in chronology.
Who Really Killed Myeong-o?
It was implied throughout the season that Yeon-jin was responsible for Myeong-death. o’s Even Yeon-jin suspected she was the murderer after witnessing her bash his head in with a bottle of expensive champagne.
But The Glory loves to play with our minds just as she did with Meyong- o’s, and it turns out that she didn’t land the killing blow. Kim Gyeong-ran, an employee at the shop, was hiding in a nearby room during the initial assault.
While Yeon-jin did commit the act of assault, Gyeong-ran is the true perpetrator here. Technically, we’re pleased she got her own back on these monsters because she, too, endured years of torture at their hands.
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What Happens to Yeon-Jin at the End?
Dong-eun damages Yeon-life Jin in every way imaginable, from her career to her loved ones to her personal life. And rightly so. That’s fantastic, by the way. But, the murder weapon Gyeong-ran hands over to her is what seals her ultimate vengeance on Yeon-jin.
The cops only need one more anonymous tip now that Genetic evidence has been planted in key locations. Dong-eun manipulates Yeon-jin into coming to the store right as the police have begun their forensic investigation, so they may talk about it there. Petty? Yes. Perfection? Yes.
In the final scene, Yeon-mother, jin’s who is now a fellow inmate, cruelly ignores her. She was present at the time of the death of Kang Hyeon-spouse, nam’s a nasty bully who deserved what he got. Yes, this was also part of Dong-master eun’s plan.
What is Going on With Jae-Jun?
And Jae-jun is just as bad as the rest of them, therefore he deserves to be disciplined as well. Since, as the proverb goes, “it takes a village,” Dong-eun naturally winds up with some assistance.
Choi Hye-vocal jeong’s cords were permanently damaged when Sa-ra stabbed her in the neck, and Ja-jun rejected her in the cruelest way possible. It’s only natural that Dong-eun would use this as an excuse to recruit her assistance. The goal is to get rid of Jae-glaucoma jun by switching out his eyedrops for drugs that will cause him to go blind.
By sheer luck, Jae-jun uses the eyedrops while driving and wrecks his automobile at a derelict construction site. Jae-jun is driven off the top of the site into a puddle of cement located directly below, leaving him stumbling around with blood everywhere and intense pain in both eyes.
Do-Young, who is next seen at the airport in the United States with his cute daughter Ye-sol, was almost certainly the one who shoved him.
What Else Happens in the End?
This show’s obsession with revenge is matched only by its need for greater revenge. Who else will get what they deserve?
It turns out that Lee Sa-time Ra’s behind bars is the result of a surprising amount of offenses. Sa-ra is being questioned for tax evasion, and she is also the person who publicly stabbed Hye-Jeong in the neck. Sa-ra probably won’t be released from prison anytime soon because of his drug-induced masturbation in front of a plastic Jesus.
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Choi Hye-Jeong avenged herself on Jae-jun and is the season’s lone bully to escape unshackled. Still, she can’t speak normally, and she’ll have a fresh scar just like the one she helped give Dong-eun.
Dong-mom Eun is Moon’s “first perpetrator,” so to speak. Dong-eun was able to successfully have mom committed to a mental institution after she set fire to the apartment. This is still far too lenient of a penalty, in our opinion.
How the End of the Glory Sets Up Season 3
So what about Dong-eun by herself? Does she get the happily ever after she’s deserved all along? And what role will Joo Yeo-jeong play in all this?
As the story draws to a close, we see that Yeo-jeong isn’t just assisting Moon out of romantic affection for her. True, but his father’s killer is also torturing him through the mail by taunting him with details of the murder. Yeo-Jeong is attempting to find some solace in this harsh and unjust world by assisting Dong-eun.
Unfortunately, Yeo-jeong can’t solve the problem on her own. He needs Dong-eun, the vengeance expert, to show him the ropes. Yet, she has personal matters to attend to first.
Moon and Joo celebrate the success of their plot, but afterward, she runs away to take her own life because she no longer has any reason to live. Good goodness, Joo’s mom gets there in time to talk her down off the ledge.
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Six months later, Dong-eun comes up with a new revenge scheme, but now that her bullies have been eliminated, Yeo-Jeong will be the one to exact vengeance. They work together to have the man who killed his father transferred to a jail where they can both find gainful employment. Sure enough, the cycle restarts and Dong-eun will once again require Hyeon assistance.
This is a great conclusion to the series; the program could end right here and we’d be happy, but there’s still material to work with if Netflix decides to bring The Glory back for another season. Because this show has been a global phenomenon, and because, in our opinion, there can never be too much fame, they may make that choice.
The Glory parts one and two are now available to stream on Netflix.