Memories of the Alhambra episode 3 tells the story of wild gestures but ends with the most important twist of the series so far, as the augmented reality game provides an unexpected outcome.
This recap of Memories of the Alhambra Season 1, Episode 3, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Memories of the Alhambra episode 3 delved more into the augmented reality game that makes you look mentally challenged in the streets of Alhambra. Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin) learns that there are safe-houses where you can buy new tools, weapons and gadgets and also talk to non-player characters who will assign you additional quests. Memories of the Alhambra is an amalgamation of videos games we have played before, and the familiarity of how it works will come as no surprise.
Episode 3 then sidetracks a little once Yoo Jin-woo has stopped admiring the game and the realness of the rain. He starts doing a voice-over regarding Jung Hee-joo’s (Shin-Hye Park) life, how her family have always been against it, living a non-wealthy life and making it work for the greater good. His narration is bordering narcissistic as he recognises that everything changed when she met him and he is the key to her finding a window. Technically, he is right, but he is manipulating Jung Hee-joo into selling her brother’s game.
Memories of the Alhambra episode 3 sees both characters sat at a dinner table discussing an outlandish negotiation to purchase her hostel for a ridiculous amount of money. The gesture is so wild that it takes a long time for the hostel owner to come to terms that she will be dirty rich once she signs the contract. Of course, she is unaware of the augmented reality game that her brother is nurturing and that the entire purchase of her hostel is a ploy to allow Yoo Jin-woo to buy the yearned-for game before his business partner. After a lot of rattling and Jung Hee-joo accidentally knocking herself out in the bathroom over the realisation of the offer, the purchase of the hostel is completed.
But the story does not stop there; episode 3 sees Yoo Jin-woo at a higher game level, so he decides to take on his friend-turned-enemy and ex-business partner Cha Hyung-seok (Park Hoon) in a dual. After a trade of harsh insults, Yoo Jin-woo defeats him, leaving him slumped on a park bench.
Memories of the Alhambra episode 3 leaves on a fatal twist; Yoo Jin-woo receives a phone call that Cha Hyung-seok was found dead on the same park bench. Was this caused by the game? Is the reality of the game so well-coded that it can make you believe you’ve killed someone? There are many questions for episode 4.