Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter — also known as Tale of Fairy — is coming up to its finale and K-drama fans have waited to see which male lead is the reincarnation of the woodcutter for the Mama Fairy.
In the latest-aired episode, a lot was finally made known to viewers including the true identities and revelations of characters. Some viewers may be confused as who is who and what is going on. Ergo, this recap will cover all those details hopefully bringing some clarity before the finale airs.
A fairy and her woodcutter husband
At the beginning of Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter, we learn that Sun Ok-Nam (Moon Chae-Won) married a woodcutter, a man who stumbled upon her while she was bathing in a pond. Ok-Nam believes her husband is also the man who hid her clothes.
They are vitally important to her as her clothes are what she wears in order to fly. Ok-Nam hopes through their time together as husband and wife, the woodcutter will give her back her clothes so she can return to the celestial plane. Unfortunately, the woodcutter dies and Ok-Nam has to wait for husband to be reincarnated.
Lifetimes later, Jung Yi-Hyun (Yoon Hyun-Min) and Kim Geum (Seo Ji-Hoon) come into Sun Ok-Nam’s life. The circumstances that occur reveal that one of them is her husband the woodcutter reincarnated.
Unfortunately for Ok-Nam, she can no longer remember how her husband looks. Ergo, she is unsure which man is her husband. What follows is a very unique love triangle story between Ok-Nam, Yi-Hyun, and Geum.
Visions into the past lead to the revealing of identities
Before continuing, it should be known the remainder of the article will contain spoilers for the entire series. However, it is expected most people reading this article are caught up on the series and will see the following details more as insight on what the finale might end up being.
Jung Yi-Hyun is Immortal Izy — “The Professor” has come off as the man who was the reincarnation of the woodcutter. Instead, he is the reincarnation of the banished Immortal Izy. That was a twist most people did not see coming.
From what we can discern from Jung Yi-Hyun’s flashbacks into his past, he became the Immortal Izy for being an orphan sacrificed by the three villagers for crops. That is why Izy uses her powers to punish humans who do harm to the poor and orphaned.
Unfortunately, her motivations were not entirely pure and in one case, she started a fire that killed innocents. As a result, Izy is banished to Earth where she is a deer.
It is possible the three villagers are condemned as demons for sacrificing Izy and they now haunt and taunt him into doing things that will result in him suffering too. Misery loves company right?
Ergo, it is possible that Izy overall is a good person but has been goaded by the three villagers condemned to damnation for what they did to him. And just so it is clear, the sacrificed orphan is a boy, the Immortal Izzy is a woman, and Jung Yi-Hyun is a man. There seems to be some gender changing between lifetimes.
Kim Geum is Immortal Daube and Bausae the Woodcutter — The “Second-Lead” man turns out to be the husband of Mama Fairy! K-drama fans who always fall for second-lead syndrome must be very happy with this turn of events.
We learn that Kim Geum was Bausae the Woodcutter mostly because of his interaction with his son Jeom-Dol who has been inside of his egg most of the series. When Geum touches the egg, it begins to crack.
The second time Geum is near the egg, a white worm-like creature appears and says, “Father, is that you? It’s Jeom-Dol! Are you well, Father? I’ve been waiting for you to hatch me.”
We can discern that Jeom-Dol knows who his father is and was only able to hatch in his father’s presence.
We also learn that Kim Geum was the Immortal Daube prior to being Bausae the Woodcutter. He was the one to discover Immortal Izy was setting fires to punish bad people. Daube also caught Izy washing her hands to remove blackness from them. Apparently, when fairies break too many rules, their hands turn black.
A lot was revealed but there are still missing gaps
With the revelation that both Jung Yi-Hyun and Kim Geum were Immortal Izy and Immortal Daube respectively as well as the latter being Bausae the Woodcutter, a lot of the gaps in the story have been filled in. However, there are still many gaps that remain.
Firstly, we do not know why Immortal Daube is on earth as Bausae the Woodcutter as there is no reason Daube would be banished to Earth. Secondly, we don’t know if Daube is the reason why Immortal Izy was banished to Earth. If he is, it is possible Izy as a deer killed Bausae the Woodcutter, possibly out of vengeance.
Let’s hope the finale provides closure
The only way to know how everything comes together is to watch the penultimate and final episodes of Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter. The last episodes will air this coming Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. KST on the Total Variety Network (tvN).
For international viewers specifically in the Americas, it will be available to watch on Rakuten Viki. Episodes one to eight are free to watch. Subsequent episodes afterward require viewers to have a Viki Pass Standard subscription.