Red Herring….Yes the hints are all double sided. Which means, the writers did purposely throw all this clues with some can point strongly to one contender, while some favouring to the other hero. Or may be to both men since some clues are mutually exclusive. Allow me to just dissect each one:
Hint#1 Mr Husband overall vibe/character/even hairstyle. This scream Jung Hwan. One thing about Kdrama, they always make the young and adult character to have the same hairstyle. ALWAYS. I know i know people do change their hairstyle in the real world as they growing up. But this is not necessarily true in Kdrama world.
Hint#2 Smoking. Yes this is leaning towards Taek since we don’t know if Junghwan pick up smoking or not after their school years. Well, being in army can easily make Jung Hwan pick up smoking yes may be?
Hint#3 Mr Husband awkward with grown up No Eul? I don’t know why but i feel like when mr husband said he was awkward with No Eul in the present day it sounded like a joke to me. Like he was trying to pull his leg by saying that since No Eul was looking so old than his age. (i.e. Mr Husband is someone that likes to pull jokes- so like JungHwan) The flash back in ep. 18 showed that JungHwan speak in banmal with No Eul when he passed the christmas gift. Also someone did posted that Teak speak banmal with No Eul too but I don’t remember when the two had any exchange in line before this.
Hint#4 The Sun Woo confession then rejection. The strongest hint leaning towards Jung Hwan. Yes Mr husband knows all about this. But of course, Writernim can always throw one flash back that Taek was just nearby and he saw the whole thing. Who knows?
Hint#5 The postcard sent to radio show- Crush on Sun Woo.This is another strong clue in Jung Hwan favours. Because the only way for Taek to know this is if Junghwan or Deuk Sun actually break the story to the gang. And we know that will be very unlikely.
Hint#6 Their bickering. We saw how Mr husband and Deuk Sun exchange arguments, banters and bickers so much as well. That neon signs Jung Hwan. Also even in 1994 (ep. 18), when the five are together everytime they bullied Deuk Sun (saying she’ll get dumped) notice it was always the other 3 guys that was all loud. And notice that Taek usually just all smile without actually joining them in bullying Deuk Sun. It shows that Taek won’t be in that kind character with Deuk Sun. He was and probably will always be nice and sweet towards Deuk Sun especially since he loves her even after years of marriage.
Hint#7 Interview Awkwardness. In ep 18. we were told by Deuk Sun that Mr Husband hates being interviewed. That is back leaning towards Taek. And notice how when Mr husband arrived he was all weird and awkward in front of the camera and all. Much like Teak awkward character. But of course, we don’t know if Jung Hwan could be awkward in front of camera as well or not. After all Jung Hwan was not some famous baduk celebrity. Mr Husband also seemed to recognise someone in the crowd behind the camera. Could be a reporter from the past during Taek glory days? or may be just the interviweer from their house last time? who knows?
Hint#8 Mr husband being left-handed?. It was shown before that Mr Husband dominant hand seemed to be the left-hand side. The way he was holding his coffee or a cup of water. At a glance he seemed like a natural left-handed person. We know Taek is left-handed. But that is just from our general observation. Mr Husband nor Deuk Sun never claimed him being left-handed. So a right handed Jung Hwan can of course hold the coffee with his left hand with no problem.
Hint#9 Manhwa Fan. Mr Husband seemed to be an avid Manhwa fan including the weird kind. Well, we know Jung Hwan was one back in the school days, but i think Taek did share the same hobby as well. Not a surprise since the gang basically do everything together in Taek’s room.
Hint#10 Dressed down during winter. I think this is leaning towards Taek. And I remember Deuk Sun used to nag him about not wearing thick enough jacket or even not wearing socks when the weather was cold.
Hint#11 The Photo.Hard to say. Well both men smiled in the said photos. Mr husband also seemed to remember the event leading to the photo quite well at the back of his head. Think about it both Jung Hwan and Taek did treasure the photo with one keeping it close to him in his wallet and the later keep it safe in his diary. So hard to say.
Hint#12 Mr Husband is embarrassed with Deuk Sun’s weird dancing. LOL. With this one i can’t think of anything but Jung Hwan. While I’m sure he has a second hand embarrassment when Deuk Sun did something goofy and silly. But I’m sure he doesn’t hate it either. Remember when Deuk Sun was goofing with Jung Hwan’s dad. That was gold. Jung Hwan was forever smitten.
Hint#13 Deuk Sun claimed Mr Husband dated a lot of girls (a lot can be very subjective) In episode 18 Dungryong did asked Junghwan why he never dated seriously. He went to a few matchmaking and did date for 1-2 months. That means Jung Hwan did meet up with other girls after their high school year but may be number wise not that many. For Taek, it was also mentioned in this episode that he went to many matchmaking (more than the other boys) but never actually successful. Sun Woo clarifies that all the girls found him boring after actually meeting him since he doesn’t talk much. So that means both of them are possible.
In conclusion, it was obvious that the writer did throw clues for both sides. The writer did mentioned that they still haven’t decide the husband in an article that was published at the end of Dec 2015. Only after the first week of Jan 2016, they clarified that they’ve picked one husband as the show continue filming episode 19 and 20.
Therefore, I’m sure they will end up throwing some flashback scenes to justify the clues so the puzzle will finally “fit” the story.
Unlike AM1994, where they filmed both possible endings (my personal opinion still think this was ridiculous since oppa was meant to be the husband no matter what and it doesn’t make sense otherwise), with AM1988, only one possible ending is being filmed. So Mr Husband is that one person.
That aside, #teamjunghwan for the win #teamiloveyoutaek still!