Previously on Welfare Center, we saw Seonghye make a mistake during dinnertime. This episode, we learn what exactly the punishments in this place entail.
Not as much happens in Episode 3 as compared to Episode 2. Except, Seonghye makes me much angrier at her.
Episode 3 begins with Seonghye being led by an employee to room where she grabs Seonghye’s hair and throws her in, locking the door. If you’ll recall, this is Seonghye’s punishment for disrupting dinner time.
Seonghye sees a red blinking light, which she assumes is a camera, only to discover that she sees a red eye. This red eye gets closer — the room gets smaller — and many more eyes appear, staring directly at Seonghye.
When the employees come to get her, they laugh at her appearance after “only” two hours in the room. They warn her that if she does it again, it’ll be 24 hours.
Seonghye wobbles out of the room until Boram comes, and in a rage, slaps Seonghye especially hard across the face. (As if she hasn’t suffered enough already…)
When Seonghye asks why they aren’t all trying to escape, Boram screams at her to not say another word and to “live like a walking corpse” and hurls a few swears at her.
This causes Seonghye to “come to her senses” and dash out of the room towards phones. She tries to call the police, only for her to find that the phones are disconnected except for a small laugh on the other end of one of them.
Opinions / Analysis
I don’t know if we’re supposed to like the main character just yet, but Seonghye is really getting on my nerves because I feel bad for her! I want her to be more observant — to cling to Gyeongja a bit more until she learned the ropes — but instead, she’s making herself stand out not only to her roommates, but to the staff, who clearly don’t have her best interest in mind!
I recognize that she’s in a scary spot, but if your roommates seem relatively lucid, you should look to befriend them, not anger them so much. And why run out of the room when the employees just punished you! Do you want 24 hours in that hell chamber!?
One thing I want to note, however, is that the illustration of Seonghye after her punishment is very, very Junji Ito-esque. She looks just like one of the strangers or neighbors that he’d draw in one of his comics!
Well, we’ve learned nothing of Seonghye prior to her incarceration at this ‘Welfare Center’ thus far. But either some drugs are being forcibly administered to these patients, or there are supernatural forces at play here that are keeping these patients in check.
Theory 1: The patients are being drugged, that’s why Seonghye saw the red dot turn into eyes. If this theory were true, where would Seonghye have been drugged between Episode 1 and now? Unless some sort of gas is poisoning them, I don’t understand where they would’ve had an opportunity to drug her.
Theory 2: Supernatural Forces are at play. That seems to be the most likely one of the two, solely because the employees seem so cruel and look so otherworldly.
Theory 3: Seonghye is still suffering from some sort of mental distress that’s causing her to hallucinate. We know she was delirious upon checking herself into the Welfare Center, so this is a possibility!
What do you all think? Am I off base? Let me know in the comments!
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