‘The World of the Married’ is not a typical affair: Hit JTBC drama tells tale of a woman on a revenge mission
Sun-woo (played by Kim Hee-ae), a successful doctor, is revered by everyone in her upper-class community.
Television dramas have long been coming up with provocative story lines to capture more eyeballs, and one popular theme found in many series is love affairs.A story of a character’s affair always takes viewers on a ride filled with excitement and a whirlwind of emotions. The most iconic affair in a local drama series took place on “Temptation of a Wife” which aired on SBS in 2008. The story centers on Eun-jae, who loves her husband dearly and would do anything for him. She is betrayed by him and her best friend, Ae-ri, who turn out to be having an affair. Determined to get back at the couple, she changes her identity and puts on her seductive charm to entice her erstwhile husband. A lot of the story didn’t make sense – the biggest flaw would be that Eun-jae was able to fool everyone into thinking that she was a complete stranger although all she did was put a dot near her left eye – but nevertheless the story was certainly stimulating: Everyone watching the show felt for Eun-jae and waited excitedly to see how she got her revenge. Nevertheless, no matter how exciting the story was, viewers often criticize affair stories for lacking consistency and for seeming quite far-fetched. But that stereotype is being broken by the series “The World of the Married,” which is currently airing on JTBC. Although the story has only aired four episodes so far, the viewership ratings for the fourth episode jumped to 14 percent, a surprisingly high number given the fact that the show’s first six episodes were rated R by the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC). Its predecessor, the breakout hit “Itaewon Class,” recorded a 9.4 percent viewership rating for its fourth episode. The series has changed the typical affair story into a psychological thriller with a fast-paced plot. There’s no beating around the bush waiting for the significant other to find out about the affair. The protagonist here, Sun-woo (played by Kim Hee-ae), finds out about the extent of her husband’s affair at the end of the first episode. What she always presumed as being an ideal, happy family with her loving husband and a son was shattered to pieces as she finds out through her husband’s secret phone that everyone around her – her friends and neighbors – has been aware of the affair for years but didn’t tell her. At first, Sun-woo tries to forgive him. She had a son to protect and a reputation to keep in her tight-knit upper-class community where news travels fast. She is the vice president of her hospital and a revered doctor. If she gets a divorce, she might lose all she has, and she cannot allow that to happen. But as her husband continues to deceive and trick her, she decides to divorce him, but is determined to make sure that once he’s out of the picture, everything else will stay the same.
Sun-woo’s husband Tae-oh and his mistress Dae-kyung secretly holds hands at his birthday party.
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