Nevertheless draws no boundaries in exploring precarious relationships. With a timely cue to shake things up, we finally meet the show’s second leads! Here is Na-bi’s childhood friend Yang Do-hyeok and Jae-eon’s mysterious “airport woman” Yoon Seol-a.
For Do-hyeok, we receive a clear-cut background. By destiny’s hand, Na-bi and he recognize each other on the bus, ten years later, far, far away from their hometown.
A little foreshadowing was also in play here. In the previous episode, there’s a tiny snippet of Na-bi watching a popular Youtuber’s cooking channel, with of course, the chef’s face hidden for the video. Once we meet Do-hyeok, it is revealed that he is a chef, and more precisely, the chef Na-bi was watching in the Youtube video. Cherry on the top? The restaurant he works at is right around the corner from Na-bi!
Now until further episodes tell us more about Seol-a’s role, I’ve done some digging of my own to quench my (and hopefully, your) curiosity. One second lead down, one more to go.
Seol-a is first seen when Jae-eon picks her up at the airport. She’s presumably the deuteragonist of Netflix’s K-drama Nevertheless. It’s clear that Jae-eon seems to prioritize Seol-a and the instance that highlights this is when he abandons Na-bi on her birthday to meet his former flame.
1. A Deeper Dive Into Seol-a’s Character
If we had to believe the gossip around Hongseo University, Jae-eon is not one to be trusted in matters of the heart. The full-time flirt is known to string along with many a girl at a time. But things change when he grows attached to Na-bi.
Or at least, Na-bi herself thinks so until she finds him rushing off to the beck and call of one mysterious Seol-a. You could’ve fooled us Jae-eon.
We first meet Seol-a when Jae-eon picks her up at the airport. Their small episodes do show off that both know each other intimately, as Seol-a also comments on Jae-eon’s wicked sides.
Oh, wondering if you read that right? Yup – Seol-a, our second lead, used to date Jae-eon when they were younger.
2. Why is Seol-a back? Will she get back together with Jae-eon?
Seol-a makes a comeback after finishing off her studies in the USA. According to the webtoon, part of the reason she left was her turbulent relationship with Jae-eon. Despite that, Jae-eon is the first person she reconnects with once she lands in South Korea – that’s where you see Seol-a being picked up at the airport by Jae-eon.
To be perfectly candid, the Jae-Bi couple has always been dancing on thin ice. So, trouble is nothing new to the equation.
3. What role will Seol-a play in the Neverthelss storyline?
Weirdly enough, Seol-a’s destiny too lies in the Jae-Bi couple’s hands. In the webtoon, Seol-a gets heavily involved with Jae-eon due to a fight between the Jae-Bi couple.
However, the Jae-Bi couple in the K-drama is vastly different from the one in the webtoon. The tone in webtoons is usually darker. Which is why in the past too, K-dramas have discarded the complicated, sometimes toxic subplots of the webtoons they’re based on. (You may have noticed this in the recent K-drama rendition of True Beauty).
How Na-bi and Jae-eon’s own dynamics are played out in the K-drama is really important, especially in figuring out what will happen to both our second leads, Seol-a and Do-hyeok.
One thing’s for sure – when Seol-a does dish out details about Jae-eon, we better be all ears. After all, she knows him the best.
4. About Nevertheless
Nevertheless is an ongoing South Korean television series starring Han So-hee and Song Kang. Based on a popular webtoon of the same name which was first published on Naver Webtoon, it tells the story of two people who are very attracted to each other but are cynical about love owing to their past relationships.\
It premiered on June 19, 2021, on JTBC and airs on Saturdays at 23:00 (KST). Each episode is released on Netflix in South Korea and internationally after its television broadcast.
It depicts a hyper realistic romance between a man who is annoyed with relationships but likes to flirt and a woman who wants to date but does not believe in love.