Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) season 2, episode 16 recap – the finale explained

August 8, 2021
Christina Geani 41
Ending Explained, K-Drama, Netflix, Weekly TV


The final episode ends most disconcertingly. There’s no climax. Rather than giving us a conclusion and a smooth transition for the next season, they decided to throw all the twists in our face. All we get is a bunch of new questions.

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The final episode ends most disconcertingly. There’s no climax. Rather than giving us a conclusion and a smooth transition for the next season, they decided to throw all the twists in our face. All we get is a bunch of new questions.

This recap of the Netflix K-drama series Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) season 2, episode 16 — the finale explained — contains significant spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous chapter.

So, we finally reach the end of the second season. Since the writers always know how to amuse me every week in the most disconcerting way, I already expect it will end with either a cliffhanger or an unexpected twist that makes us ponder about the purpose of the show. Yup, I was right. Even until the very end, this series decided to give me a massive headache. It’s immensely confusing.

Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) season 2, episode 16 – the finale

Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) season 2, episode 16 starts with Pi-young imagining the chaotic battle between Dong-mi and Ami at her ex-home. She laughs joyfully while the two are bickering. Ami loves to attack someone’s weakness and turn the tables as if she is the victim, while Dong-mi is too conservative. Imagine the stress Yu-shin’s facing on living with his two sweethearts.

Meanwhile, Hae-ryeon still anxiously waits and tries to reach out for Ga-bin but her phone is switched off. Well, I’m sorry to burst your bubble Hae-ryeon but your beloved musical mistress is having a moment of truth with her ex-boyfriend. Dong-ma is here to question her love for Hae-ryeon. He insists how she does not love him genuinely. Ga-bin is fighting herself to justify her relationship with Hae-ryeon while deep down realizing that he might be right all along. But another question is, do you think Dong-ma sincerely wants to marry Ga-bin, or is it because of his pride?

Pi-young and Yu-shin are having breakfast together while putting on a show in front of Ji-a. They eat wheat pancakes with a very thin layer. Remember that this is Seo-ban’s favorite dish. Pi-young tells the pancake is made with love to Ji-a in front of Yu-shin to secretly address her intention with Seo-ban. Meanwhile, Yu-shin tries to sneak his way to his family by offering to come every day for breakfast and drives Ji-a to school. Pi-young clearly does not like the idea, but the innocent Ji-a is pleased to hear the plan so she has no choice but to agree.

Yup, Si-eun is right. Everything does get complicated when a child is involved. Ji-a notices the small changes. She is questioning the different behavior of Pi-young who usually pampers her father with affection. She’s asking her to kiss Yu-shin’s cheek. Of course, Yu-shin gladly took the kiss while Pi-young fought her own disgust if it isn’t for her daughter. After putting on a show, Pi-young goes to his clinic and warns him to never cross the boundaries. She gives him the right to drive his daughter to school but not to sit every day for breakfast at her house. Yu-shin helplessly agrees to it while holding back his tongue to ask about Seo-ban.

After some days, Pi-young calls him over to fix her computer in the middle of the night since nobody can do it. Yu-shin quickly comes to her. They had a late-night snack at the food stall near her apartment. He gives her a gift as a way to celebrate their official first day of going out. We can see that Pi-young is touched by his gesture but there’s no going back. She already has her heart guard up. Both of them reminisce over the first day they officially go out. Yu-shin asks for an agreement on meeting once in a while like this. Pi-young agrees although she still finds it uncomfortable. Yu-shin seems to enjoy the momentum until Ami appears to pick him. “I call her to pick you up,” Pi-young said which also ends their nostalgic night and snaps him back with reality.

Meanwhile, we get to witness Hye-ryeong yearningly looking at a pregnant woman that passes from her car. Later, she visits her ex-in-laws while Song won is serving her tea. It’s funny how the table has turned between them. She apologizes for her action at the press conferences and asks permission to visit them from time to time. “I don’t have anyone in Korea, you know,” she said. Hye-ryeong even asked permission for visiting Song won after the baby is born. While Ye-jung and Sa-hyeon are uncertain, Song won and Moon-ho openly accepts her wish.

On the other hand, Dong-ma is stubbornly pursuing Ga-bin who is clearly in a state of temptation due to the heartbreak of her parent’s death. He goes to her apartment, makes her morning coffee, and carries her like a prince in the shiny armor outside of the apartment so that they can have time together outside. He buys her pretty clothes and shoes. He prepares a picnic date for her. Of course, all of this is with intentions. They’re having a heart-to-heart conversation at the park. We can clearly see how Dong-ma is stubborn and domineering throughout the scenes. He does not listen, he just does things according to his ego. On the other side, Hae-ryeon is trying to reach for her but fails.

After juggling her life with the comeback of her ex and the death of her parents, Ga-bin is facing her moment of truth. She starts to realize the value of marriage. She asks Hae-ryeon for a walk on a chilly night for a chilly confession. Ga-bin confronts him about how she can’t keep on with their relationship any longer. Hae-ryeon is perplexed and asks if Ga-bin has started to see her ex again after he shows up at her musical. Ga-bin denies that the reason is due to Dong-ma. Ga-bin confesses how she only likes him but does not truly love him. Tell me, what’s the difference between like and love?

After the walk, he packs his belongings and broken dreams, and moves out of her house. At his car, he reminisces over the day where he leaves Si-eun by asking for a divorce. He is now realizing the pain he caused to Si-eun and his children. The flashback about Hyang-gi’s warning about how he will never find a woman like Si-eun and insisting that she is his lottery. Finally, the dreamy couple has paid his karma.

Meanwhile, Si-eun is experiencing a symbolic dream. She walks in seeing Hae-ryeon stand in the hollow while holding a crying baby Si-eun is bewildered. “Is Nam Ga-bin giving birth? Is it a boy or girl?” But before she receives her answer, Si-eun wakes up and receives a call from the real Nam Ga-bin, who is in a state of devastation. She drives all the way to the Si-eun apartment complex to beg for forgiveness in the most frustrating state. Ga-bin keeps on blaming herself due to the affair and assuming that her parent died because of her sin.

Si-eun embraces the fragile woman who steals her man and brings her inside of the house. Ga-bin confesses that she already ended their relationship, leaving both mother and daughter astonished. Later, Hyang-gi, who is bewildered about the whole situation, comes to bring clothes for her while Ga-bin keeps on begging for their forgiveness and regretting everything. Serves her right.

The three divorced wives are having a fancy dinner with our free magnetic man, Seo-ban. Hye-ryeong and Pi-young are both secretly competing against each other for Seo-ban’s attention while Si-eun just calmly recites a poem about emptiness. We know how Hye-ryeong has a sharp eye and intuition. She notices how Seo-ban attentively listens to Si-eun. The dinner continues with the four of them exchanging plans to do something together. All the mothers planning to bring their children, while Hye-ryeong has none. Seo-ban still asks her to tag along while Pi-young is sipping her tea over his consideration for Hye-ryeong.

On the next morning, Sa-hyeon is happily dreaming of holding a baby and a wedding photoshoot with Song-won until reality decides to wake him up with Song won having a contraction earlier than expected… And that’s when everything started to give me a headache.

The scenes accidentally fast-forward to the future. Sa-hyeon is seen wearing a white wedding suit at a wedding ceremony. A bride appears walking towards him. She accidentally tumbles and Sa-hyeon holds on to her. He lifts her matilda and guesses who? It’s Ami! Then, on the other side, Seo-ban appears walking out from a fancy wedding car at his wedding ceremony. Again, an unexpected bride walks out. Yup, this time… It’s Song won that happens to be the bride. Nope, we’re not done yet. The scene moves to another wedding ceremony. Guess what? Dong-ma is walking down the aisle while Pi-young is walking beside him, hand-in-hand.

Hang in there, folks. The confusion does not stop there.

The season 2 finale brings more questions

Season 2 ends with Ji-a making her way to Yu-shin’s apartment. Yu-shin welcomes his daughter but something seems off. She confusingly calls him “son” in a heavy tone. Yu-shin lightly takes it as a joke, assuming that Ji-a is playing a game by mimicking her grandfather. After that, Dong-mi comes out of her room and happily welcomes her until Ji-a calls her name, “Kim Dong-mi.” Yup, Ji-a is possessed by Mr. Shin’s spirit. Dong-mi, who is aware of the situation, feels frightened. It seems that Mr. Shin is seeking revenge and revelation upon his sudden death. Dong-mi stumbles while Ji-a comes to choke her off…. and that’s how we wrap up the second season of Love (Ft. Marriage and Divorce)!

Yeah, I know. The ending does not make sense. I think that the writer is having trouble putting all the pieces together and it loses its main focus and the plot since there are so many things going on. It’s just a shame that we barely get any firm conclusion from each of the stories. I have so many unresolved questions within the drama and yet they’re bringing another drama. They’ll be making the third season, will you watch it?

What did you think of Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) season 2, episode 16, the finale? Comment below.

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41 thoughts on “Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) season 2, episode 16 recap – the finale explained

  • August 8, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I will watch the third episode, looking forward to how the characters ended up with each other.

  • August 8, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Maybe it was showing the characters similarities ami and the young lawyer are both like little puppies high energy and needy and loving and both go for older companions, seo ban and the older lady both are more mature and take things more slowly and no idea about pi young and dongma

  • August 8, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    The ending was confusing but it could be it was to show the similarities in the characters, ami and the young lawyer are both high energy needy puppies who have picked someone older, seo ban and the lady are both the eldest and are slow to junp into relationships now, im unsure about pi young and dong-ma but perhaps because they both try to ignore their feelings and are more logical than emotional

  • August 9, 2021 at 1:14 am

    They really should do us the justice of finishing the story properly. The twists don’t make sense. How can they betray the story craft like this? Is there a Season 3, or at least four additional episodes? This is so wrong. Are they aware that they have an international audience who lift up K-Drama as a liberation from Western Drama only because of its story excellence? I am holding out for a season 3.

  • August 9, 2021 at 2:53 am

    There certainly was Karma at play with respect to Nam-bin’s situation. I wonder what will happen to her in Season 3, but it appears she will not be with Dong-ma. Pi-young is so sharp and tough — she could tame arrogant Dong-ma. Seo-bin was already planning to get Chinese lessons from Son-wa, who is incredible sweet but not age appropriate for her baby’s father. Remember her marriage to Sa-hyeon was not going to be until several months later, during which time Seo-bin would and Son-wa will likely have bonded by spending so much time together while Sa-hyeon will be buried in divorce cases at his law firm. However, Seo-bin and Son-wa will be ultra compatible, as both are very caring and mature/wise, while Sa-hyeon is much like a little kid. I wonder what will happen to Yu-shin. Will he get together with Nam-bin? I assume Professor Park will get back together with the family he abandoned. By the way, I am personally very impressed by many aspects of the script and the character development through vivid and intense conversations. Yu-shin and Pi-young’s daughter is so cute and sharp, just like her parents. Professor Park’s former wife and daughter are so wise and insightful, and excellent actresses. I have enjoyed both seasons, but was shook up by what appear to be major shake ups in 3 couples expected directions. I would have preferred not to get glimpses into future? marriages, but I have noticed how often the show gives up scenes that are just imagined, so who knows what the future really holds. Plus, whatever happened to Ami’s father who had a riding accident?

  • August 9, 2021 at 3:00 am

    This finale was the most annoying thing! I’m so put off by this show with its dragged out episodes and plot, but somehow I keep coming back to it LOL

  • August 9, 2021 at 4:18 am

    It’s so twisted at the ending, different people getting married not to the ones we expected..but nevertheless I look forward to watching season 3 and hope this will be the last season.

  • August 9, 2021 at 4:27 am

    tbh i found it funny and disappointment! it shud be ended with karma to all of them hahhaha. by dragging the plot to another season is tiring and bored to watch. its so stressful to watch the lies and makes me skip to make it fast. but yes the plot is an eye opener for the married couples for each character that displayed. the acting by all actors n actress really annoyed me which means they successfully bring their characters. i prefer the 2nd season which the karma turns out to jia”s father and uram’s father. for the lawyer, he deserved to have better wife coz his wife who made him into that conditions. thats all.. as for conclusions the drama was good but stressful to watch. i give 6.8/10. just my opinions. and yes i was so annoyed with jia grandma and ami hahahhahahha!!! cheers!

  • August 9, 2021 at 5:42 am

    The fast forward imaginative ending is just ridiculous!! I regretted having started this drama!! Suspense till summer next year to see if this imaginative ending is real?!

  • August 9, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Yes, it’s a total curve ball. I know all along that the writer like to surprise us with unexpected twists. But, what’s the mix up with all the brides abs grooms?!!? Was that a dream!! I have a feeling that Suen Yuan will lose her baby, but I hope I’m wrong!! Yes, I’ll watch season 3.

  • August 9, 2021 at 6:57 am

    yaa.. i want a season 3, i love this drama, its like watching “Desperate Housewife”… its addictive to watch.

  • August 9, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Just when I thought this season’s episode was getting better…then boom! The confusion and chaos ensue making me think twice as to whether it would be worth my time anticipating a Season 3! The 1st one was bad enough…I don’t think I can handle another season of wishy washy and indecisive drama! It’s begun to seem like the writer is trying so hard to untangle loose ends only to find himself/herself stuck in a web!

  • August 9, 2021 at 9:24 am

    What an ending ??? I was like…it’s already the final episode and yet there’s still no answer to the many questions and then, you’ll be shocked the last 5 minutes…still they should have shown who Boo Hye Ryung marry!

  • August 9, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Wait what rubbish is the end of season3 eps 16?terrible ?!

  • August 9, 2021 at 9:36 am

    We don’t need to believe that the wedding scenes indicate who everyone ends up with and could be manipulated to make us think that. It could be that Sahyeon and Ami’s scene is from when they are shooting a drama since Ami is an actor and Sahyeon is now being surrounded by media attention. While the scene with Song Yuan and Seobin could be him walking her down the aisle as they may bond and be a father figure for her during the wedding. The Dongma and Piyoung is just confusing as hell though. I hope Boo Hyeryoung gets karma for conspiring and selfishness, she shouldn’t have done her in laws dirty like that.

  • August 9, 2021 at 10:14 am

    I dont understand the ending why it ends a diff partner again, is this a portray of what this movie is all about “cheating” thats why they end up with another partner????? i have wasted a lot of time to not fine the satisfactory or I you doing this dreamy rubbish ending to put up another season for us to wait.?

  • August 9, 2021 at 10:59 am

    I think those were just dream sequences but please…end the story now or youll lose avid viewers.. if the stories will go on stretching… i dont wanna watch it. We rave about how strong these women are and were given dignified scripts but to stretch it too much is just…. too much ?

  • August 9, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Just wait guys… Maybe it’s a preview for season 3….

  • August 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Yep, the taste of the future (???) at the end just did me in. If there is a Season 3 (and with such heavy-handed reference to the future, that would be the ABSOLUTE nail in the coffin if there is not), I will wait until all the episodes have aired before I ever watch this exercise in story-telling torture again. I feel absolutely CHEATED by the way that none of the storylines since Season 1 have been brought to a conclusion. Rather allude to a next season with cliff-hangers, this is bing just a twisted, frustrating tease.

  • August 9, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    i truly regret watching this show. the final episode is a waster

  • August 9, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Stupid stupid stupid. I waited anxiously for the episode and you give me this. What a disappointment. Now have to wait chill 2022. Are you kidding me? It was a terrible ending to the episode what was everybody dreaming.

  • August 9, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    This show is just a big let down! As soon as the plot finally picked up momentum the writer drops the ball and the show continues to drag AGAIN! The writer has so much room to do the story lines justice: yet the never do. They just add more confusing scenarios and pointless interactions. The season finale was so disappointing. As a K-drama fan, I’m used to storylines being wrapped up and providing closure. This show just drags on. I’m not sure I’ll watch season 3.

  • August 9, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    since the finale of season 2 seems odd .. ill see u in the next season coming on 2022// really looking forward for season 3.. i know there will be..

  • August 9, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I agree.. awful and unexpected ending or was it just imagenary on the writers part..ending made no sense especially the 3 weddings !!

  • August 9, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I think that it’s a damn shame and a big letdown to Korean tv drama fans that a series with such great acting talents should simply go down into the gutter just because the wrong people were behind the scripting and production!
    Love(ft marriage and divorce) – its title being asymmetrically exasperating enough – has made a two-fold attempt at ludicrous absurdity. Unless a miracle takes place the series has just tied itself into a tangled mass!

  • August 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I truly think that a Season 3 is in the works and the writer is using a character’s dream/day dream to confuse the hell out of us. I don’t see how all of those relationships could possibly work out in a span of 16 episodes without a hot tub time machine. Given that some heavy hitting main characters were left out, I am thinking it is one of them who is thinking/dreaming about the weddings. The ghost has been wandering and looking at butts for too long not to have some sort of impact. Dong Mi has a price to pay for poisoning her husband and drugging her ex-daughter in law. Which begs the question, where was that energy with Ami? Can’t wait for season 3 to make me know how trashy my tastes have gotten in a pandemic ?

  • August 10, 2021 at 12:37 am

    everyone of you expect your own predictions for the outcomes of other people’s love lives and marriages, it’s K Drama, sit back and relaxed. let the writers take us through ….

    I’ve personally enjoyed all the 2 seasons. Looking forward to the 3rd.

    Thank you.

  • August 10, 2021 at 3:31 am

    I agree with Lurve and Monique. It’s a let down, stressful conclusion to Season 2. I know the writer writes engaging scripts but I find this development and the Season 3 teasers unsophisticated and disappointing. Do these jigsaws ensure loyalty of viewers who know and appreciate Korean Drama? I hope it’s not going to be a five season soap opera that derails from Phoebe’s original plot. Why is the goal post getting hazier ?

  • August 10, 2021 at 3:42 am

    PS – I need a good light hearted K movie/drama to treat my food poisoning for the time being. Any recommendations, folks?

  • August 10, 2021 at 5:55 am

    I don’t like the finally of season 2… life is already complicated as they go through 3 things in life love marriage and divorce.. too many entanglement and the focus of this complicated life of these characters is out of wack.. then showed a complete different wedding scenario… because of these some of my friends and family don’t like to watch season 3… it will be a never ending confusing and out of this world story telling…. sorry but I am out.thanks anyways for the 2 season….

  • August 10, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Worst ending ever for season 2. Not going to watch season 3 if there is any. Such a waste.

  • August 10, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I feel cheated on worst then any of the characters in the show. That was the worst ending I have every seen. I feel like I wasted my time watching. I really loved the plot of the series but how was this even remotely and ending! I’m hoping for a season 3 but don’t want to waste my time so if it is one really don’t know if I would watch. But will say all the actors did a great job and its not their fault it’s the writer!

  • August 10, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    I love this show , not to thrilled we have to wait a week to see one episode,but I really enjoy it, the ending I was disappointed it totally lost me truely was upset over it ,but I new there would have to be a 3rd season can’t wait for it

  • August 11, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    im still angry until today on their final episode. so stupid!

  • August 13, 2021 at 4:36 am

    I am so disappointed with the ending as well. I hope it does turn out to be some absurd dream. Hats off to the actors though! I enjoyed the entire two seasons with the exception of the ending with the three wedding scenarios.

    As put off as I am about the ending, I will still anticipate season 3 to find out what the heck that ending meant. I’m sure the writer(s) didn’t take us this far just to disappoint.

  • August 13, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Wow. I thought this article is going to explain the season finale but what it just did was to just tell literally what happened on the season finale. I just waisted my time reading it.

  • August 14, 2021 at 11:45 am

    The ending is rubbish.

  • August 16, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I know this is the completion of second season( same old same old). Writers bashed the wives repeatedly. Writers made sure two the mistresses-what looks like that they are walking down the wedding isle ( see what I mean- happiness for mistresses). I will not be baited again- same old writing -power to the goddess mistresses, and trash the ex wives-no thanks- ( I got the writers names- and I going make sure- that I don’t watch anything these writers are involved with( dramas- movies). I read one of the writer is known for that type of writing-please go be miserable some where else.

  • September 7, 2021 at 5:55 am

    I enjoyed watching the 2 seasons and all the good actors but so disappointed on season 2 finale. It could have been a good ending that the viewers can learn something from the story. I hope the season 3 will be much better.

  • September 19, 2021 at 6:23 am

    One of the most intriguing aspects of K Drama is the astonishing use of the unexpected. The surprise element tends to hit me hard. I disliked the changes in the season 2 finale, but I concede that the new pairings make sense. I enjoy the LMD cast, each character emerging as authentic. In my opinion, the riveting scene thus far is between Yu-shin and Pi-young in which they go at each other no holds barred about their failed marriage. Well done! Yu-shin stands out for me. Tall, handsome, with a stunning wardrobe, he is masterfully portrayed in layers as seductive and charming while being manipulative and self-serving. He lies with seeming impunity. I admit that I have a mad crush on him even though he is a scumbag. Now how could that be? It must be the fantastically skilled acting. As for season 3, bring it on!

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