Revenant Season 1 Episode 7 Recap – Who is Choi Man-wol?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: July 15, 2023 (Last updated: July 30, 2023)
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Revenant Season 1 Episode 7 Recap - Who is Choi Man-wol?


An episode packed with answers is nonetheless defined by its outstanding leading performance.

This recap of the Disney+ K-Drama Revenant Season 1 Episode 7 contains spoilers.

The seventh episode of Revenant, which is arguably the best thus far, contains more concrete revelations than most of the previous installments combined.

And yet the big takeaway from it, I think, is how talented Kim Tae-ri is. The lead nails a despairing protagonist here, with some big emotional highs and some subtler, more introspective lows. There’s lots to talk about plot-wise, but the depth of feeling in the performance shouldn’t go unaddressed.

Anyway, let’s get into it.

Revenant Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

The name on everyone’s lips seems to be Choi Man-wol. That’s whose story Woo-jin tells San-yeong to find out about in the continuation of their conversation that capped off Episode 6 (as it turns out, San-yeong didn’t inherit the curse from Gang-mu). It’s also Man-wol’s suicide that Munchun determines to be the start of the bruised-wrist suicide victim spate.

Who is Choi Man-wol?

In the past, Choi Man-wol is mentioned in a document kept in Hae-sang’s grandmother’s office, which Woo-jin – possessed by the hungry ghost, a young Hae-sang realizes – stumbled upon while trying to steal a camera.

Hae-sang and Munchun deduce that Choi Man-wol killed Lee Mokdan, and Hae-sang visits one of Manwol’s relatives – a great-nephew – for more information. Mokdan was chosen to be part of a ritual, and as revealed by a journal, Manwol was paid handsomely by Junghyeon Capital.

Why was Mokdan killed?

San-yeong offers up information about Hae-song to Hong-sae in exchange for him researching a student who died in 1999 by suicide. (Hong-sae is being strong-armed by a promise of promotion; Chi-won wants info digging up on Munchun and Hae-sang.)

Hong-sae finds two relevant cases at Jangil High School, with the tell-tale MO of a student possessed by a hungry ghost, which turns out, after some description to the principal, to have been Woojin.

Woojin died in a car accident shortly after having the dead students’ personal effects discovered in his locker. His being Chi-won’s son once again connects back to Hae-sang’s family and Junghyeon.

When Hong-sae shares more about the company with San-yeong, she has a vision of Mokdan being killed, which through Hae-sang’s confrontation with his grandmother, we come to understand was a means by which to accumulate wealth and power. San-yeong is devastated by this revelation and so, too, is Hae-sang.

How did San-yeong become possessed?

San-yeong “contracted” the possession through the same cursed object her father did.

The ghost sought Gang-mu through the cursed objects after Hae-sang’s mother sacrificed herself to prevent her son from being possessed following her husband’s death.

Revenant Season 1 Episode 7 Ending Explained

The episode ends with Hae-sang deciding to take his own life in shame, especially after seeing how San-yeong has reacted to the news that his family fortune is built on the sacrifice of the innocent.

Woo-jin is able to save Hae-sang, for now, but the damage has been done, and the bill for it is very much due, at least according to Mokdan, who claims everyone wished for her death, including San-yeong’s father, and clearly hasn’t gotten her own back for it yet.

You can stream Revenant Season 1 Episode 7 exclusively on Disney+.

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