Still 17 (2018)
Title: Still 17 / Thirty But Seventeen
Hangul: 서른이지만 열일곱입니다
Writer: Jo Sung-hee
Director: Jo Soo-won, Kim Young-hwan
Still 17 Cast and Characters
Shin Hae-sun as Woo Seo-ri
Yang Se-jong as Gong Woo-jin
Ahn Hyo-seop as Yoo Chan
Ye Ji-won as Jennifer
Jung Eugene as Kang Hee-soo
Yoon Sun-woo as Kim Hyung-tae
Wang Ji-won as Kim Tae-rin
Lee Do-hyun as Dong Hae-beom
Jo Hyun-shik as Han Duk-soo
Still 17 Ending Explained
Does Still 17 Have a Happy Ending?
Still 17 ends on a high note with Woo-jin, Seo-ri, Chan, Jennifer, and all their loved ones getting well-deserved happy endings. Seo-ri and Woo-jin are happily married, Chan is in college with his friends, and Jennifer has her own restaurant.
What Happened to Woo-jin?
At the end of Still 17, two years later, Woo-jin is still working as a stage designer at the design studio.
But now he explains to people about his work as a stage designer before he measures objects in public with his tape measure.
What Happened to Seo-ri?
Seo-ri decides to stay in Korea and become a music therapist instead of studying music in Germany.
Initially, she decides to go to Berlin after receiving the invitation from Tae-rin but she changes her mind and never even makes it to the airport. Seo-ri prefers to stay with her loved ones Woo-jin, Jennifer, Chan and his friends, and Deok-gu.
Seo-ri was reluctant to become a music therapist because of how long it takes to become a therapist. She would be 38 by the time she was done school.
Two years later, Seo-ri has been accepted into college. She still plays the violin and she and Tae-rin perform a duet at her old hospital.
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What Happened to Chan?
Chan graduates from high school and decides to go to college instead of going pro. He decides to enjoy living life at his own pace and stop rushing to grow up because it only messes things up.
Two years later, Chan is still rowing and wins first place in a competition that includes pro rowers.
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What Happened to Jennifer?
After Jennifer’s contract as Woo-jin and Chan’s housekeeper ends, she decides to move out of the house and start her own life.
Two years later, Jennifer has a new look. She wears her hair down now and even wears clothes that aren’t black and white! She no longer speaks like a robot, quoting famous literature.
Jennifer runs her own successful restaurant and her former sister-in-law stops by for a meal.
Do Woo Jin and Seo Ri End Up Together?
Yes, Woo-jin and Seo-ri end up together at the end of Still 17.
After confessing their feelings, Woo-jin and Seo-ri have a solid relationship. They never break up and are only briefly separated when Woo-jin runs away out of guilt after finding out Seo-ri’s true identity.
After the entire truth about their past is revealed, Woo-jin and Seo-ri’s relationship is solid with the two encouraging and supporting one another.
Two years later, Woo-jin and Seo-ri are happily married and living in her beloved childhood house. Sadly, we don’t get to see the actual wedding on-screen and we only catch a glimpse of their wedding day photo on their desk and the wedding rings on their fingers.
Who is the mysterious woman in the yellow shoes?
The mysterious woman is Jennifer’s estranged sister-in-law.
What Happened to Seo-ri’s uncle?
Seo-ri finds out from her aunt that her uncle did not abandon her. He died 13 years ago in her hospital room while she was in a coma.
After Seo-ri’s accident, her uncle was betrayed by his business partner leading him to the brink of bankruptcy.
Despite his financial troubles, Seo-ri’s uncle held onto the house out of love for his niece. He even drafted divorce papers as a strategic move to safeguard the house from bankruptcy.
Seo Ri’s uncle’s struggles led to him heavily drinking, leading to liver disease and his eventual death.
What Happened to Seo-ri’s aunt?
In the final episode of Still 17, Seo-ri’s aunt finally speaks with Seo-ri and reveals what happened to her husband/Seo-ri’s uncle. She gives Seo-ri her husband’s journals revealing everything that happened 13 years ago.
Two years later, the relationship between Seo-ri and her aunt is still awkward. However, Seo-ri and her cousin Min-kyu appear to have a close bond.
What Happened to the Doctor?
Seo-ri updates Hyung-tae about her uncle. He apologizes for lying. He shares his bitterness about not being the one there when she first woke up.
But Hyung-tae is grateful to Woo-jin and Chan for supporting Seo-ri and is ready to stop dwelling on the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens.
Hyung-tae initially became a doctor for Seo-ri but he tells Seo-ri that he likes being a doctor.
Two years later, Hyung-tae is not shown as being part of Seo-ri’s life.
What Happened to Chick Jr?
Chan’s pet chick, Chick Jr, is now a full-grown chicken and lives on Jeju Island with Chan’s grandfather.
Chan keeps in touch with Chick Jr. through video calls.
What Happened to Peng/Deok-gu?
Seo-ri and Woo-jin’s beloved dog is still alive and kicking at the end of Still 17.
What Happened to Chan’s friends?
Two years later, Chan’s best friends, Hae-beom and Deok-soo, are in college with him and are still his rowing teammates.
Along with the rest of the rowing team, they have taken up Chan’s mantra “Don’t Think, Feel!” as their training mantra.
What happened to Ri-an?
Ri-an’s crush on Chan sadly remains unrequited.
Still 17 Ending Review
Still 17 has one of the most emotionally satisfying endings I’ve watched in a kdrama. I’m really pleased with how each character’s journey ended.
I love that Seo-ri ultimately decided not to pursue her old dream of playing violin in Germany.
I love that she realized her dreams and priorities have changed.
Seo-ri already spent a lot of time mourning what she lost during those 13 years she was in a coma and I’m glad she was able to let go with no regrets.
I also enjoyed Seo-ri’s initial reluctance to pursue music therapy because of how long it would take and how old she would be by the end.
As someone who didn’t take the expected path from high school to college to a full-time job and still trying to find her way, I found Seo-ri trying to figure out her future path so relatable.
I also loved the bittersweet parts of the Still 17 finale.
The revelation about Seo-ri’s uncle was particularly devastating. My heart broke over his dedication and tireless devotion to Seo-ri and protecting her home. And Seo Ri wishing her uncle did abandon her if it meant he was alive? I bawled my eyes out.
Seo-ri being reunited with her aunt and Hyung-tae was also handled realistically.
There is still distance and awkwardness between Seo-ri and her aunt but they remain connected through her young cousin, Min-kyu.
Seo-ri gets closure with Hyung-tae but he has no place in her newfound family. It was sad but realistic seeing him absent from her life when the drama jumped forward 2 years later.
I’m glad that Still 17 didn’t try to force them into Seo-ri’s found family.
What did you think of Still 17?