Hope against Despair and the Return of the Maternal Specter
Who is "Cho, Yong" behind the pen name? I put forward my two cents that the reclusive "Cho, Yong" is a female author only because the maternal characters featured in this drama have been benevolent unlike the father in Episode 1 and MY's father, who seek to harm their own children--the author is in tune with the idea that all mothers are sinners for loving, but for failing to protect, their young ones.
Ju-Ri's mother is a caring mother hen to all emotionally-stunted young ones; the Moon brothers' widowed mother took care of her two boys until the last day of her life; the patient with a fur shawl and the mother of the exhibitionist were long-suffering mothers; and finally, MY's mother cannot be a monster just as MY is not one how vociferously Ko, Dae-Yong may claim them to be.
Before escaping the psychiatric hospital to make an appearance in the accursed castle, Park, Ok-Ran delivers a bloody blow to the blabbermouth who incited ST's blowup--wittingly or unwitting, she is the agent of poetic justice. She punishes the one who caused pain to the hurt "kids." And I doubt that she would pose any real danger to MY whether she be her long-lost mother or a deluded impostor.
KT's despair is dark and deep, but MY spares no effort in embracing him and his burden.
What is the dark secret buried in Ko, Dae-Hwan? Why did he try to kill his wife and daughter?