W (TV series)
|Also known as||
|Written by||Song Jae-jung|
|Directed by||Jung Dae-yoon|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||Son Hyung-suk|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chorokbaem Media|
|Original network||MBC TV|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 20– September 14, 2016|
|W at Chorokbaem Media|
W (Hangul: 더블유; RR: Deobeulyu) is a 2016 South Korean television series, starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo. Consisting of 16 episodes, it aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) on MBC from July 20 to September 14, 2016. W centers on the clash between “two worlds”: the real world and a fantasy world inside a webtoon, from which the title of the television series was taken. 
The series received praise for its unique premise and ranked first in Content Power Index in its premiere week. It achieved modest ratings of 11.63%, topping viewership ratings in its time slot for its entire run.
- 1 Setting and Plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Original soundtrack
- 5 Ratings
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 International broadcast
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Setting and Plot
The title of the television series is taken from W, a fictional webtoon which became a bestseller in South Korea. Authored by Oh Seong-moo (Kim Eui-sung), the webtoon became a living universe, engendering “two worlds”: the real world and the webtoon or W world. The gap between the two worlds is closed as Seong-moo's daughter and resident cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon-joo (Han Hyo-joo) gets dragged into the webtoon world, inciting a series of twisted events.
The webtoon world of W is an approximate replica of the real world South Korea and its capital Seoul. Entry to the webtoon world can be through Seong-moo's magical tablet, or upon a summoning from the webtoon world or from W's main character Kang Chul (Lee Jong-suk). On the other hand, reentry (though teleportation) to the real world happens also upon Kang Chul's or the webtoon’s bidding, or through a rectangular, crystal-like portal, which appears once Kang Chul discovers and affirms to himself the truth behind his world and his identity as the main cartoon character. Once the story of the webtoon ends, the webtoon world continues to exist but the “characters” will instantaneously lose their titles as “characters” and may live their own lives.
Prologue: The Beginning of W
The storyline of the webtoon W starts with Kang Chul's younger years, when he gains popularity in Korea through his victory in a target shooting competition during the 2004 Athens Olympics. His fame gets ruined when his entire family was killed by an unknown Murderer and gets falsely accused of the crime. A corrupt prosecutor Han Cheol-ho (Park Won-sang), another of Kang Chul's archenemy, handles the case and pronounces in court to impose death penalty upon him. Nevertheless, he was pronounced innocent of the crime. Depressed over losing his family, he attempts to commit suicide over the Han River, but he stops himself and chooses to move on with his life.
Ten years later, Kang Chul becomes a multimillionaire. In his continuous efforts to apprehend and take vengeance against the real culprit behind his family’s death, he spearheads an anti-crime "Project W" and manages a television broadcasting company dubbed W, after the initials of the interrogatives “who” and “why” (hence, the title of the webtoon and the television series). One night, he receives a suspicious phone call and gets severely injured by the same mysterious Murderer at the rooftop of his penthouse.
Yeon-joo learns from her friend and Seong-moo's assistant cartoonist Park Soo-bong (Lee Si-eon) that her father went missing while drawing the last chapter of W in which Kang Chul is bound to die. Yeon Joo goes to his office and is shocked to see on her father's tablet a scene of the dying Kang Chul. While reading a note left behind by her father, an arm suddenly extends out of the screen and she finds herself on the rooftop of a building next to a bleeding man. She manages to save him, and realizes that the person she saved was Kang Chul and that she was standing on the rooftop of his penthouse. As Kang Chul is carried away by the medics, Yeon-joo sees the word 계속 (gyesok, Eng: “[To be] continued”) glowing and floating in midair and founds herself back in her father’s studio. After reading a new chapter of W which portrayed her and Kang Chul in scenes that were exactly the same as what she actually experienced on the penthouse rooftop, Yeon-joo assumes that the webtoon is alive and that she had been dragged into it. In the webtoon world, Kang Chul becomes curious about Yeon-joo and considers her to be the key to his life.
Seong-moo mysteriously turns up and strongly insists to the doubting Yeon-joo that he created a new female character based on her and that he drew the new episode and sent it to the publisher all by himself. Later, Soo-bong calls Yeon-joo that Seong-moo plans again to kill Kang Chul, who is confined in the hospital. While arguing with Seong-moo over the phone, Yeon-joo realizes that Seong-moo did not actually draw the episode and he also knew that the webtoon was alive. She finds herself again inside the webtoon world and rushes to the hospital, stopping a suspicious nurse from injecting a large amount of potassium enough to stop Kang Chul's heart. Yeon-joo wants to go back to the real world, but the time inside W skips for two months and once again she meets Kang Chul who is already discharged from the hospital. In order to send herself back to the real world, Yeon-joo surprises Kang Chul by kissing him. She deduces that she can only leave the webtoon world based also on Kang Chul's change in feelings.
Back in the real world, the angered Seong-moo sees another spontaneously published episode, depicting the hospital scene and culminating with Yeon-joo kissing Kang Chul. He dismisses Soo-bong and the rest of his team so that he can end W in secret, this time using a truck that will crash into Kang Chul. Nevertheless, to Seong-moo's great horror, the webtoon fights back the ending he wants and Kang Chul narrowly evades the oncoming truck.
Meanwhile, Yeon-joo scans her father’s reference files on W and learns from them that the webtoon started drawing on its own during Seong-moo’s miserable times. His wife considered divorce due to Seong-moo being an alcoholic. Already depressed, Seong-moo draws an ending to W, where Kang Chul commits suicide and dies on the Han River. He was amazed to find his drawing already changed by the next day, seeing Kang Chul clinging from the bridge as if he was against the ending Seong-moo wants. This urged Seong-moo to continue the story until it became a success in the entire country. Nonetheless, the webtoon continued resisting the flow of the story that Seong-moo wants, this time urging him to kill Kang Chul, thinking that he is a monster.
Later, Yeon-joo gets dragged again into the webtoon world. Kang Chul brings her to his penthouse and interrogates her at gunpoint on her identity and on why she knew everything about him. He shoots Yeon-joo, but no gunshot wound manifests on her, making him realize that she is special and needs to be protected. However, Yoon So-hee (Jung Yoo-jin), Kang Chul’s personal assistant, suspects Yeon-joo as affiliated with the suspect behind the murder of Kang Chul’s family and sets up a trap to let the police capture her. Kang Chul demotes So-hee for her actions and rushes to see Yeon-joo. He persuades Yeon-joo to tell the truth so that she can escape from prison. After revealing to Kang Chul that the world he is living is only that of a webtoon and that he is the main cartoon character, Yeon-joo is summoned back to the real world. When Kang Chul affirms to himself that the truth gave context to what has happened to him for the past ten years, time stops in his world and he regretfully realizes it is actually the consequence of learning the truth. Suddenly, a rectangular portal opens, through which Kang Chul enters, for the first time, the real world. Unknowingly, the Murderer had followed him and also enters the real world through the portal.
In the real world, Kang Chul witnesses for himself that the webtoon he lives in is a great hit in Korea and reads all of its chapters. He meets Yeon-joo in her hospital and tells her how much he regretted learning the truth about his identity and his world. He kisses Yeon-joo, plainly implying that he already harbored feelings for her.
Later, he goes to Seong-moo’s house and studio, and discovers Seong-moo’s bitter past which lead to him creating Kang Chul and the entire webtoon. He also learns that Seong-moo is Yeon-joo’ father. Kang Chul confronts Seong-moo, who undermines him for his status of being "just a cartoon character". Kang Chul then asks Seong-moo to create the Murderer’s face and identity so that he can catch the Murderer and give W its formal end, but Seong-moo reveals to him that there is no real criminal and Kang Chul’s miseries were all his set-up to make Kang Chul stronger. In his anger and disappointment, Kang Chul shoots Seong-moo. Saddened over what he had done, he writes a letter to Yeon-joo and drowns himself in the Han River.
As Seong-moo is being treated, Yeon-joo reads the “last” chapter of W and founds out that Kang Chul has wrote to her a letter before killing himself in the Han River because of shooting her father; written on the last plate of the chapter is 끝 (kkeut, Eng: “end”). In order to avoid confusion from the populace, Yeon-joo and Soo-bong hides the truth by telling the media that Seong-moo wrote the "last" chapter out of his contemplation to commit suicide.
Afterwards, Seong-moo is discharged and flies to New Zealand to rest. Soon after, the 끝 written in the “last” chapter is spontaneously replaced with 계속, signifying that the webtoon did not end yet. To save Kang Chul, Yeon-joo draws on Seong-moo’s tablet, and she finds herself back in the prison in the webtoon world.
The revived Kang Chul meets Yeon-joo and learns that it was all her doing. Distraught over just being a cartoon character, he rebukes Yeon-joo for saving his life when he determined himself to die. A disheartened Yeon-joo reveals that she has fallen in love with him. His sentiment changed, he shares a kiss with Yeon-joo and, later on, sets her free from imprisonment by legally marrying her.
Meanwhile, the Murderer learns about the webtoon, its author, and that he is only a fake just like all other characters. He calls Kang Chul and threatens him that Yeon-joo will be his next target. While cooking in the kitchen, Yeon-joo injures herself and her wound bled, implying that she is already a cartoon character and that she is vulnerable to death in the webtoon world. With Kang Chul’s astounded by the revelation, the webtoon sends her back to the real world. Yeon-joo and Soo-bong tries to escape from Seong-moo’s studio, but the Murderer teleports to their location and fires his gun at Yeon-joo. Just before the bullet hits her, Yeon-joo is transported back to the webtoon world. The Murderer also threatens Seong-moo, while in flight en route to New Zealand, to draw him a face and an identity.
Kang Chul also realizes that the essences of the other characters, such as Seo-hee, began fading away due to their lost purposes in the webtoon’s story. He, along with Yeon-joo, goes to Seo-hee’s house and comforts her to save her from completely vanishing. In order to make things right in the real and webtoon worlds, Kang Chul pleads Yeon-joo to remake the storyline so that they will not ever meet each other starting from the scene in the penthouse rooftop. As Yeon-joo hesitatingly assents, Kang Chul lets himself fall from the rooftop of his penthouse and Yeon-joo is transported back to the real world. A saddened Yeon-joo draws a scene where Kang Chul wakes up in the hospital from a very long dream.
After his confrontation with the Murderer, Seong-moo quickly returns to Korea and sets out to kill the Murderer and give W a happy ending using Kang Chul’s files on Project W as guides. Seong-moo uses his own face to be the Murderer’s and names him Han Sang-hoon. He also plans to kill Sang-hoon through another villain, Han Cheol-ho, and to end W with a cliffhanger showing Kang Chul seeming to have motives to date Seo-hee.
Unluckily, Sang-hoon retaliates against Seong-moo and removes his face, making Seong-moo his robotic alter ego, following all of Sang-hoon’s orders against his will. Sang-hoon commands Seong-moo to draw him a gun and bullets, and he attacks the W Broadcasting Station, revealing himself to Kang Chul through the cameras. With many people killed and a lot more injured, Yeon-joo is sent back to the webtoon world where she meets Kang Chul who does not recognize her anymore.
In the webtoon world, Yeon-joo keeps on staring at Kang Chul sometimes, making the latter curious about her. With no place to live in and due to extreme hunger, Yeon-joo later breaks in Seo-hee’s house but is caught by Kang Chul. Yeon-joo grievously berates Kang Chul about her “lost husband,” quickly earning his pity.
Meanwhile, Sang-hoon conspires with Cheol-ho to put an end to Kang Chul. While Kang Chul is in the hospital visiting Son Hyun-seok (Cha Kwang-soo), the producer of the Project W, Sang-hoon frames Kang Chul by commanding Seong-moo to kill Hyeon-suk and to draw a gun in Kang Chul’s hand and a fake voice file depicting Kang Chul shooting his father in a heated argument. Kang Chul escapes and is shot by the police in a hot struggle inside the hospital. In her efforts to save Kang Chul, Yeon-joo brings him to a hotel to hide him from the authorities. She kisses him in order for the webtoon to send her back to the real world.
Yeon-joo is horrified to see his faceless father and she locks him up in a separate room. She redraws the cartoon in order for the police not capture Kang Chul in the hotel. She also draws some tools and medicine so that Kang Chul can treat his gunshot wound. She is suddenly summoned to Cheol-ho’s office and narrowly escapes. She rushes to Kang Chul’s penthouse, but everybody thinks he is already dead except for Kang Chul’s close friend and bodyguard Seo Do-yoon (Lee Tae-hwan), who gives her Kang Chul’s location.
Kang Chul meets Yeon-joo again and they eat and shop together, imitating the past Kang Chul. With Yeon-joo curious over what made him act that way, Kang Chul reveals a printed copy of W which Yeon-joo had accidentally brought to the webtoon world. Upon asking if he was actually her "lost husband", time stops in the webtoon and, just like the previous events, the portal opens, through which Kang Chul and Yeon-joo together enters the real world. They arrive at Seong-moo’s studio, and Kang Chul repairs the tablet so that Sang-hoon cannot easily interfere with the real world. They finally have Sang-hoon captured. Consequently, Cheol-ho is on the verge of being investigated on his covert dealings with Sang-hoon. Kang Chul and Yeon-joo’s relationship start over again.
Soon after, Kang Chul finds out that while he is in the real world he can actually summon characters from the cartoon to the real world when that character comes into his mind. Sang-hoon is inadvertently summoned to the real world and kidnaps Yeon-joo, bringing her to the webtoon world as a trap for Kang Chul. He also commands Seong-moo to break his own tablet. Before Kang Chul was able to reach his hideout, Sang-hoon shoots Yeon-joo, making an end to the webtoon’s chapter and sending both Kang Chul and Yeon-joo’s body to the real world. Kang Chul summons himself back into the webtoon, brings himself in a face-off with Sang-hoon, and ultimately kills him.
Cheol-ho, who is already suspecting about Sang-hoon, Yeon-joo, and Kang Chul’s existences, sets out to the site of Sang-hoon’ death to investigate. There, he discovers a tablet in Sang-hoon’s car, but he does not know that it is a replica of Seong-moo’s original tablet whom Seong-moo drew under Sang-hoon’s command just before he was told to destroy the original.
Yeon-joo is brought to the hospital and is already dying. At the studio, Seong-moo returns to his original state and is grieved to realize that his tablet is destroyed and Yeon-joo is shot and has vanished from the hospital. Kang Chul arrives from the webtoon world and tells Seong-moo that he had brought Yeon-joo to his world in his attempt to revive her, but Yeon-joo unfortunately dies. Seong-moo faints after hearing the news and is confined to the hospital. While at the hospital, the depressed Seong-moo attempts to commit suicide before Kang Chul prevents him and convinces him that he can still revive Yeon-joo using the replica of the tablet, which was already under Cheol-ho’s possession. Before going back to the webtoon world, he tells Soo-bong to stand by for his “SOS.”
Cheol-ho traps and tortures Kang Chul, interrogating him about the tablet. He lures Cheol-ho into bringing the tablet to the hospital. Just in time, Kang Chul gives his SOS to Soo-bong, returns to the real world and summons Cheol-ho. Soo-bong grabs the tablet from Cheol-ho, and Seong-moo draws Yeon-joo, restoring her life and bringing her back to the real world. While drawing, Seong-moo discovers that he is slowly disappearing due to him being the alter ego of the already dead Sang-hoon. Soon after, the last episode of W begins, instantaneously transporting Kang Chul, Yeon-joo, and Seong-moo back into the webtoon.
A year has already passed in the webtoon; Kang Chul is put in trial and is charged of murder and of other crimes. He meets Yeon-joo before the guards put him away. Just as he was about to face death penalty, a key appears on his handcuffs and he escapes. He deduces it was Seong-moo who freed him from prison using the replica of the tablet, and finds him in his hideout tied up by himself. He learns that, upon entry to the webtoon world, Seong-moo began suffering from a condition similar to a multiple personality disorder. He has been an escapee from a mental hospital, shifting erratically between his normal self to Sang-hoon’s murderous, tantrum-like personality. Seong-moo also revealed to Kang Chul that his essence will slowly disappear unless he does anything evil like Sang-hoon.
Kang Chul brings the already grieved Yeon-joo to Seong-moo’s hideout. Seong-moo secretly pleads to Kang Chul to leave him behind to die in the webtoon so that they can have their happy ending, to which Kang Chul strongly disagrees. As the police arrive to arrest Seong-moo and the furiously curious Cheol-ho kidnap Do-yoon, Kang Chul and Yeon-joo realize that to end the webtoon, Yeon-joo will lose either Seong-moo or Kang Chul.
In their efforts to end the webtoon’s story together, Yeon-joo draws and makes copies of a CCTV footage showing Cheol-ho torturing Kang Chul and escapes with Seong-moo to a motel. Kang Chul confronts Cheol-ho to save Do-yoon, but Cheol-ho shoots Kang Chul, interrogating him this time about the real and webtoon worlds. Kang Chul struggles with Cheol-ho and escapes by car, calling Yeon-joo for help at a bus station. Yeon-joo drives away to find Kang Chul just as one of Kang Chul’s bodyguard arrive to guard Seong-moo.
Meanwhile, Seong-moo, who overhears that Kang Chul was shot, asks be untied and, using the tablet, kills Cheol-ho and spreads the CCTV footage to the authorities. He makes a farewell letter addressed to Kang Chul, and he sets out to find Yeon-joo to see her for the last time, as his essence starts to fade.
Later, Yeon-joo arrives at Kang Chul’s location to pick him up. Unbeknownst to her, Seong-moo arrives, sees her attempting to cross the road towards Kang Chul, and whispers his farewell for her just before he completely vanishes. Yeon-joo was still in the middle of the road when Kang Chul faints due to his injury: the story of W formally ends, sending Yeon-joo back to the real world. Moments after the story’s ending, Do-yoon arrives to rescue Kang Chul. After his recovery, Kang Chul is imprisoned and reads Seong-moo’s letter which contains his request to make Yoon-joo happy. After three years, Kang Chul is then released from imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the readers and fans of W all wonder about the story’s sudden ending. Yeon-joo and Soo-bong try to find Seong-moo to no avail. A depressed Yeon-joo walks in the rain towards the bus station where she saw Kang Chul fainting. She collapses while staying in the same spot, just as she sees a figure approach her. Yeon-joo wakes up in a hospital to see Kang Chul lying with her. She finally accepts Seong-moo’s demise and hopes that her relationship with Kang Chul will last for a long time.
- Lee Jong-suk as Kang Chul
- The lead character of the popular comic series W. Calm, laid back and hardworking, Kang Chul is JN Global's co-president, owner of broadcasting channel W and an Olympic Gold medalist in Shooting in the comic series. His family died from an unknown Murderer, yet Kang Chul was immediately suspected to be the killer due to his Shooting background. After being proven innocent, Kang Chul tries to find the murderer and seek revenge. He is later then stabbed on the rooftop of his penthouse he is staying in by the killer. There, he meets the Oh Yeon-joo.
- A second year resident doctor in the Thoracic Surgery department of Myung Se Hospital. She is the daughter of the comic artist who writes the famous webtoon series W. When she receives the news of her father being absent for a number of days, she goes to his house to investigate. There, she is pulled into the webtoon.
Supporting characters from the webtoon W
- Jung Yoo-jin as Yoon So-hee
- Kang Chul's personal assistant and close friend. Her romantic feelings for Kang Chul is hinted subtly throughout the series through her actions and behavior around him.
- Lee Tae-hwan as Seo Do-yoon
- Kang Chul's bodyguard and close friend. He is a martial arts instructor. He is loyal to Kang Chul and in return, earned his trust.
- Park Won-sang as Han Cheol-ho
- Prosecutor and a member of Congress who is also the presidential prospect of a new democratic party. He is the prosecutor of Kang Chul, and looks for opportunities to imprison Kang Chul and take him down.
- Cha Kwang-soo as Son Hyun-seok
- The director of Project W, a program specializing in criminal investigation, and the general manager of the broadcasting channel W.
- Kim Eui-sung as Han Sang-hoon
- the Murderer that killed Kang Chul's family. On the first chapters of W, Seong-moo created the Murderer to be ghost-like, physically insubstantial and appearing only when needed in the story, which made Kang Chul virtually incapable of ever apprehending him. To fix this flaw, Seong-moo creates the Murderer's formal identity, bearing his own face and naming him Han Sang-hoon.
People around Oh Yeon-joo
- Kim Eui-sung as Oh Seong-moo
- Yeon-joo's father and a famous artist who created the webtoon W. A failed webtoon artist and divorcee, he gains popularity from "W". However, he starts to realize slowly that his webtoon became a living world and the characters and all the set-ups have come to life in a different dimension. Realizing this, he starts to notice that his drawings are resisted by the characters and change on their own sometimes. As a result, he decides to end Kang Chul's life by drowning him in water, which is resisted by Kang Chul in the webtoon.
- Lee Si-eon as Park Soo-bong
- One of Seong-moo's disciple and right-hand man; and confidant of Yeon-joo. He initially did not believe Yeon-joo's theories, but later accepts everything. He is the only one, apart from the father-daughter duo, in the real world who is aware of the two worlds. He mostly voiced over at the beginning of each episode to inform the audience about the untold part of the webtoon that the readers in the real world are also unaware of.
- Nam Gi-ae as Gil Soo-sun
- Yeon-joo's mother, Seong-moo ex-wife, and owner of a massage salon.
- Heo Jung-do as Park Min-soo
- Thoracic surgeon and teacher of Myung Se Hospital. A passionate fan of "W".
- Kang Ki-young as Kang Suk-beom
- Thoracic Surgery's second year resident of Myung Se Hospital and Yeon-joo's friend and roommate.
- Lee Se-rang as Gil Soo-young
- Yeon-joo's aunt.
- Ryu Hye-rin as Sun-mi
- Sung-moo's disciple.
- Yang Hye-ji as Yoon-hee
- Sung-moo's disciple.
- Thoracic Surgery's nurse of Myung Se Hospital.
- Park Choong-seon as Kang Chul's father (episode 1)
- Kim Na-woon as Kang Chul's mother (episode 1)
- Seo Shin-ae as Kang Chul's younger sister (episode 1)
- Choi Min-young as Kang Chul's younger brother (episode 1)
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Webtoon Writer (episode 6)
- Ahn Se-ha as Kim Poong-ho – Yeon-joo's blind date (episode 6)
- Kim Jung-geun as Anchorman (episodes 1, 4)
- Heo Il-hoo
The drama is Han Hyo-joo's small screen comeback after 6 years.
|W : Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
September 14, 2016 (digital)|
September 30, 2016 (2CD)
|Genre||Pop, K-pop, soundtrack|
|Producer||Son Nak-hee, Kim Young-ho (both executive)|
OST Part 1
|1.||"Where Are U" (내가 너에게 가던 네가 나에게 오던)||Seo Dong-sung||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||Jung Joon-young||4:19|
|2.||"Where Are U" (Inst.)||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||4:19|
OST Part 2
|1.||"Please Say Something, Even Though It Is a Lie" (거짓말이라도 해줘요)||Red Socks, Choi Jae-woo||Red Socks||Park Bo-ram||3:33|
|2.||"Please Say Something, Even Though It Is a Lie" (Inst.)||Red Socks||3:33|
OST Part 3
|1.||"In the Illusion" (환상 속의 그대)||Leah Min-young Park (Hwayobi), Lee Cheol-joo (Basick)||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||Basick & Inkii||4:09|
|2.||"In the Illusion" (Inst.)||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||4:09|
OST Part 4
|1.||"Remember" (기억)||5ily, Choi Kang||5ily||KCM||4:13|
OST Part 5
|1.||"Falling"||Han Joon, Benjamin K||Lee Yoo-jin||Jo Hyun-ah (Urban Zakapa)||3:21|
|2.||"Falling" (Inst.)||Lee Yoo-jin||3:21|
OST Part 6
|1.||"My Heart" (내 맘)||Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||Jeon Woo-sung (Noel)||3:52|
|2.||"My Heart" (Inst.)||Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||3:52|
OST Part 7
|1.||"You And I" (그대와 나)||Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)||Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)||Ahn Hyun-jeong||3:45|
|2.||"You And I" (Inst.)||Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)||3:45|
OST Part 8
|1.||"Draw a Love" (사랑을 그려요)||Han Joon, Benjamin K||Tom & Jerry||Navi||3:59|
|2.||"Draw a Love" (Inst.)||Tom & Jerry||3:59|
OST Part 9
|1.||"Without You" (니가 없는 난)||Red Socks||Red Socks||N (VIXX) & Yeoeun (Melody Day)||4:34|
|2.||"Without You" (Inst.)||Red Socks||4:34|
|South Korea (Gaon Album Chart)||16|
|Taiwan (FIVE-MUSIC Album Chart)||17|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||July 20, 2016||9.9% (10th)||11.3% (7th)||8.6% (17th)||10.4% (10th)|
|2||July 21, 2016||10.1% (9th)||11.5% (5th)||9.5% (12th)||10.7% (10th)|
|3||July 27, 2016||11.6% (7th)||13.7% (4th)||12.9% (4th)||15.0% (4th)|
|4||July 28, 2016||13.4% (5th)||14.7% (4th)||12.9% (4th)||14.3% (4th)|
|5||August 3, 2016||15.1% (3rd)||17.8% (1st)||13.5% (3rd)||14.3% (3rd)|
|6||August 4, 2016||14.2% (5th)||15.9% (2nd)||12.2% (4th)||12.2% (4th)|
|7||August 10, 2016||15.2% (4th)||17.3% (2nd)||13.8% (4th)||14.7% (3rd)|
|8||August 17, 2016||13.5% (5th)||15.0% (4th)||12.2% (5th)||13.3% (4th)|
|9||August 18, 2016||12.7% (4th)||14.7% (3rd)||11.3% (7th)||12.5% (5th)|
|10||August 24, 2016||13.9% (5th)||15.3% (3rd)||12.3% (6th)||13.7% (4th)|
|11||August 25, 2016||14.6% (6th)||15.8% (5th)||12.2% (6th)||12.8% (5th)|
|12||August 31, 2016||13.3% (6th)||15.1% (5th)||11.1% (7th)||12.0% (5th)|
|13||September 1, 2016||12.9% (6th)||15.0% (3rd)||11.9% (5th)||13.2% (5th)|
|14||September 7, 2016||13.1% (5th)||15.3% (3rd)||10.9% (5th)||11.8% (4th)|
|15||September 8, 2016||11.8% (6th)||14.1% (4th)||11.4% (6th)||12.3% (4th)|
|16||September 14, 2016||10.6% (4th)||10.9% (4th)||9.3% (7th)||9.8% (6th)|
Awards and nominations
|2016||5th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Lee Jong-suk||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Eui-sung||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo||Nominated|
|1st Asia Artist Awards||Best Artist Award, Actor||Lee Jong-suk||Nominated|
|Best Artist Award, Actress||Han Hyo-joo||Nominated|
|36th MBC Drama Awards||Drama of the Year||W||Won|
|Grand Prize / Daesang
(Determined through fan votes)
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Kim Eui-sung||Won|
|Writer of the Year||Song Jae-jung||Won|
|Best New Actor||Lee Si-eon||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Jung Yoo-jin||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Kim Eui-sung and Lee Si-eon||Nominated|
|2017||Korean Wave Program Excellence Prize||W||Won|
|50th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival||Special Jury Award||Won|||
|53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Drama||Nominated|||
|Best Director||Jung Dae-yoon||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Song Jae-jung||Nominated|||
|Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama||W||Won|||
- In Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong, the drama is available to stream on Viu with subtitles and was also broadcast on Oh!K with subtitles under the title, W-Two Worlds within 24 hours of the original South Korean broadcast.
- In Thailand, it aired on True4U beginning November 14, 2016.
- In the Philippines, it aired on ABS-CBN from March 12, 2018 to May 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM (PST) as a part of The First and True Home of Asianovelas. Kang Chul was renamed as Raiko Kang. Oh Yeon-joo was renamed as Maddie Oh. Oh Seong-moo was renamed as Jan Oh. While Yoon So-hee was renamed as Sachi.
- In Finland, the drama is available to stream on Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle's website YLE Areena under title W - todellisuuden tuolla puolella (W - On the other side of the reality). The series included Finnish subtitles. 
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- "Worlds of reality, fantasy meet in "W"". The Korea Times. July 19, 2016.
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- "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- "The MBC broadcasting schedule on August 11, 2016" (in Korean). Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- "Winner Of Grand Prize For 2016 MBC Drama Awards Determined By Viewer Votes". MBC.
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- "'도봉순' 2개 노미네이트…박보검·박보영 참석 확정 [SDA 2017 종합]". August 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
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- News, ABS-CBN. "Coming soon: ABS-CBN set to air top Korean TV shows". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
- "W - todellisuuden tuolla puolella - YLE Areena". Yle Areena. Yle. Retrieved June 24, 2018.