‘Lovely Runner’ Episode 7 Recap: Byeon Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon’s Fateful Reunion

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Byeon Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon have sparked a viewership surge for tvN’s Lovely Runner, breaking the 3% viewership barrier. The drama’s latest installment, aired on the 29th, set new records with an average viewership of 4.5% nationwide, peaking at 5.3%.

In a pivotal seventh episode, Ryu Sun Jae (Byeon Woo Seok) and Lim Sol (portrayed by Kim Hye Yoon), having time-slipped to 2023, reunite after 15 years on the Han River bridge. Their encounter, now as a top star and a film company employee, has captured the audience’s imagination.

The narrative took an intense turn when Sol, at age 19, confronted a repeating fate that took place at the reservoir. She declared defiantly, “It wasn’t a traffic accident. I can escape it. I know everything, so I can change it,” unraveling the mystery of the event from 15 years prior. As the ominous day of September 1st loomed, she fought fervently to change her fate. Meanwhile, Sun Jae, upon finding Sol’s lone umbrella, sensed danger. Recalling Lim Sol’s earlier words, he hurried to the reservoir and rescued her from peril. Though relieved by her survival, Sol found herself time-slipped to January 1st, 2023.

In 2023, 34-year-old Sol found her circumstances vastly improved. No longer confined to a wheelchair, she was pursuing her dream job at a film company.

Overjoyed, Lim Sol confirmed Ryu Sun Jae’s survival, thinking, “I kept him alive.” Despite their earlier promise to meet at the Han River bridge, he was not there. To make things worse, the spot where they had buried a time capsule was now just a paved walkway.

The episode concluded with Sol’s heart sinking when the schedule for Eclipse’s concert was postponed, mirroring the snowy conditions from 15 years earlier when Sun Jae died.  Compelled by a sense of dread, she rushed to the Han River bridge. At that moment, she heard Sun Jae say, “It’s me,” as he appeared on the bridge. Their fateful reunion, after 15 years, sparked excitement and romance among viewers. In a heartfelt plea, Sol grasped his arm, saying, “Don’t go. Let’s stay together tonight.”

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