- Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode six of "Lovecraft Country."
- Episode six of "Lovecraft Country" premiered Sunday on HBO.
- The episode, called "Meet Me in Daegu," focused on a young Korean woman named Ji-Ah.
- As with other parts of "Lovecraft," there's also a supernatural element to this episode.
- The episode also raises lots of questions, especially about Tic's fate after Ji-Ah has a terrifying premonition.
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Episode six of HBO's sci-fi drama "Lovecraft Country" premiered on Sunday, and the episode introduces several new characters while also raising a lot of questions.
Set in the South Korean city of Daegu during 1949 and 1950, the sixth episode, titled "Meet Me in Daegu," focuses on a young woman named Ji-Ah (Jamie Chung).
Ji-Ah is a musical theater enthusiast and works as a nurse in a local hospital. She struggles to please her domineering mother, who wants her to bring home more men to restore honor to their family.
But partway through the episode, it's revealed that Ji-Ah's mother isn't looking for a husband for her daughter. Rather, Ji-Ah is a kumiho, or nine-tailed fox spirit who masquerades as a beautiful woman and feeds on humans' souls. The more men Ji-Ah devours, the closer she gets to returning to her human form.
Complicating things is the fact that Ji-Ah isn't sure if she's ready to give up her kumiho form — as well as the fact that she encounters Tic (Jonathan Majors) during a terrifying experience at the US Army base, and soon grows to have genuine feelings for him.
There's a lot to unpack in "Meet Me in Daegu." Here are five questions we had after watching the episode.
So Ji-Ah is the one Atticus has been calling in Korea?
Tic makes several phone calls throughout the course of "Lovecraft Country," both times to a number in South Korea.
The first time, he doesn't say anything. But at the end of episode five, after discovering a prediction of his death, he calls the number again, asking the woman on the other line how she knew.
"Meet Me in Daegu" makes it clear that Ji-Ah is the person Tic's been calling in South Korea.
How come Ji-Ah was able to see details of Tic's future and his eventual death?
Ji-Ah's mother reveals to her midway through the episode that she transformed her into a kumiho with the help of a shaman, in order to get revenge on her new husband, who repeatedly raped Ji-Ah.
Ji-Ah can only feed on men's souls during sex, and as she feeds, she's able to see their lives flash before her eyes.
After Tic brutally tortures and kills her best friend, Ji-Ah sets her sights on him as her next victim. However, they soon develop feelings for each other, and she decides to spare him. She even stops feeding altogether, delaying her transformation back into a human.
When one of their sexual encounters goes wrong, Ji-Ah begins to feed on his soul, catching glimpses of his past, as well as his future.
She foresees Tic's trip to Chicago and his relationship with Leti, as well as other moments, including Tic's death, that haven't happened yet.
It's not really explained how or why Ji-Ah could see Tic's future when in previous encounters with men, she could only see their past.
And while kumiho mythology is pretty mysterious, it's interesting that the only time Ji-Ah could see the future was when it involved Tic.
How is Tic going to die? Will it happen as Ji-Ah foresaw it?
After she inadvertently begins to feed on Tic's soul, Ji-Ah has a vision in which she foresees parts of Tic's future and his eventual death.
Some of what she sees, including Tic's trip to Chicago and his relationship with Leti, have already happened in the show. But other things, including his death, haven't yet been touched on.
It's unclear from Ji-Ah's vision how, why, or when exactly Tic will die. But given that his encounters with the Sons of Adam are growing increasingly violent, it seems likely that it will have something to do with them.
Of course, the future is always changing, so Ji-Ah's vision might not be totally accurate. Seeing as Tic deciphered a cryptic message involving death in the previous episode, however, his death might not be too far off.
Who's the mysterious woman that Tic is in bed with in Ji-Ah's vision?
During Ji-Ah's vision, Atticus is shown in bed with a mysterious woman, and her identity isn't explained.
Earlier in the episode, he revealed to Ji-Ah that he was a virgin before they had sex for the first time. And since the other parts of her vision appear to show Tic's future, it seems safe to say that this woman is from the future, too.
Maybe she's a new girlfriend that Tic meets after Leti. But the other parts of Ji-Ah's vision seemed pretty significant, so it's likely that this mysterious woman will play a big part in Tic's life, too.
Is Ji-An still a kumiho? Will she remain that way?
At the end of episode six, Ji-Ah and her mother visit the shaman who was ostensibly responsible for Ji-Ah's transformation.
And while they discuss the conditions of Ji-Ah's kumiho status, it's not exactly clear if they're trying to change her back. Ji-Ah also takes the time to ask the shaman about her vision and receives a rather cryptic response in return.
We know that Ji-Ah had to only kill one other man in order to meet her quota of 100 souls and become human again. But given her behavior throughout the episode, is this even something she wants?
The episode ends before we can figure out whether or not Ji-Ah is still a kumiho or not, so hopefully it's something that's addressed in future episodes of "Lovecraft Country."
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