Everyone in this drama is flawed in varying degrees, some more than others. This is not to say their actions are excusable, as they say the best intentions don't matter if they don't lead to favorable actions, because sometimes those with good intentions end up hurting us the most. With that said, I can't help but be awed by Don Jin Suk for shouldering all her flaws with dignity and courage. Everything that happened between Ji Hyuk and Ye Ji notwithstanding, and even though their individual motives are different, I knew she wouldn't betray him a second time. On the other hand, despite knowing I probably shouldn't, since none of the characters are trustworthy, I find myself liking Team Lead Ha.
There is nothing worse than a leader who willfully ignores the wrongdoings of his people to suit his own purpose. As they say, nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Director Bang Young Chan may not be the actual culprit, but intentionally overlooking things makes him even worse. They say the only way to predict the future is to have the power to shape it. Lee In Hwan was wiling to pay the ultimate price for that with human lives speaks to the kind of person he is unapologetic in his unforgiving actions.
They say the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and that holds so true for Jeong Yong Tae. I knew the minute he decided to go against Lee In Hwan and leak information to Kang Pil Ho, he was a sitting duck. It was only a matter of time before he came for him, so Yong Tae going to Ji Hyuk made total sense, since preservation of one's self is always above all else. The first tale-tell sign that Ji Hyuk may not like what his memories would reveal to him was when Jang Chun Woo made a mention of it the last time they met, and again in his meeting with Baek Mo Sa. Whether Ji Hyuk's actions were justified or not, there is a lot he will need to process before he can come to terms with what he has done.
I knew Ji Hyuk wasn't the traitor, probably reacting to the situation he was put in, but still to know you killed a partner. because you couldn't trust them, it must've been heavy for someone like Ji Hyuk to accept because of his keen sense of duty, right and wrong. It's so true when they say one's past informs their present and future. It can be hard to choose which way to go. If one holds back trust in any relationship, but especially one where you have to put your life in the hands of others who think it's acceptable to do with it what they please and dare say they do it for a higher cause. It's not only despicable, but unconscionable. Turning agents against agents.
Lee In Hwan's biggest fault was his arrogance, and the belief that everything he did was in his country when all he did was feed his ego and greed. It's so true when they say it is easy to fool yourself and the people you work for. It is more difficult to fool the people you work with. But it is almost impossible to fool the people who work under you. But when you are in the business of spying, no one is trustworthy, not even the person standing right next to you. I don't know, I still don't trust any of them. The best part of this drama is that we as the viewers are right there with Ji Hyuk as the events unfold, which speaks to how tightly the writing, directing and acting is -- now that is good storytelling. A thousand and one kudos to all involved.