'Memories of the Alhambra' episode 3: Yoo Jin-woo vs. Cha Hyung-seok. Who will win the seventh match?

The first two episodes established the characters of Yoo Jin-woo and Jung Hee-joo and now we know a lot more about Jin-woo and what drives him.

'Memories of the Alhambra' episode 3: Yoo Jin-woo vs. Cha Hyung-seok. Who will win the seventh match?

The first two episodes of ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ premiered on Netflix and tvN last weekend, triggering intrigue and raising questions among fans. The episodes established the characters Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin) and Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-hye), and now we know a lot more about Jin-woo and what drives him. In episode 2, we even met the people responsible for his current state of mind, vis-à-vis his vendetta against former friend and business partner Cha Hyung-seok (Park Hoon). 

As was revealed, Hyung-seok and Jin-woo have been up against each other on six different occasions, resulting in three even wins for both men.

Singing a deal with Jung Se-joo (Chanyeol) is clearly important to both of them, seeing as they each want to break the tie and go one up on the other.

For Jin-woo, specifically, winning this is pertinent, because as he claims, ever since Hyung-seok married his first ex-wife, Jin-woo's aim has been to take all the things his former friend wants.  



 

The animosity between the duo is very apparent in episode 2 and will definitely continue on to episode 3, the promo for which shows Hyung-seok asking his pregnant wife about her chance meeting with Jin-woo while at Granada.

It is clear that Hyung-seok is much ahead in the game, having reached a higher level and wielding a much more destructive weapon than Jin-woo's rusty sword.  

From what we know so far, it is also possible that Hyun-seok is behind Se-joo's disappearance. Based on episode 1’s frantic phone call that the genius game maker made to Jin-woo, some people were hunting him down, and he seems to have already worked with Hyun-seok for a while, having arrived at the conclusion that he is a bad man, someone he did not want to do business with.

Soon after the phone call, he was seemingly murdered, while travelling to Granada on train.  

In episode 2, meanwhile, we heard Hyun-seok tell someone on the phone that “the boy” seems to have shared information with Jin-woo as well. From the looks of it, his people have either kidnapped him or killed him. If this is the case, then Hyun-seok's approach is very different from Jin-woo's who has been trying to get to Se-joo through his family. 

Being a minor, even if Se-joo is found, he will not be able to sign a deal with either Jin-woo or Hyun-seok. He will need his guardian, his older sister Hee-joo to sign on his behalf, and from the looks of things, she will be more likely to sign with Jin-woo than his competitor.

Moreover, she still does not know that her recluse brother has actually gone missing, and when she does it is highly likely that she will look for him with Jin-woo. 

We cannot be sure if this will happen in the upcoming episode 3, but what we do know is that the show has laid out the plan for what is to come. Jin-woo's future sees him in a similar pickle as Se-joo, where he is attacked by a bunch of hitmen even as the sky turns a scary grey.

Meanwhile, his epic love story with Hee-joo will have to wait, seeing as there still seems to be some lingering pain between him and his ex-wife Lee Soo-jin (Lee Si-won). Moreover, there is a lot more of fantasy and magic to discover. So, don’t forget to watch episode 3 and 4 of ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ on December 8 and 9 respectively via Netflix or tvN.