In Netflix’s “Tomorrow,” Goo Ryeon (Kim Hee-Sun) is a charming character. She is the risk management team’s charismatic leader, and she is always honest with her team members. Despite her strong personality, she had a tragic past before becoming a grim reaper. The original webtoon “Tomorrow” and the Netflix series tell two very different stories about her childhood.
The most notable difference is that Park Joong-Gil was not her husband in the original story. In the webtoon, Goo Ryeon married a man named Lee Do-Hun.
Goo Ryeon was born as the daughter of a prestigious family. She disguised herself as a man one day while wearing her brother’s clothes. Goo Ryeon met Lee Do-Hun on the street and fell in love with him.
The two got married and had one son, named Lee-Jung. Goo Ryeon and her husband promised to protect their son no matter what happened to them.
Goo Ryeon taught her son that self-sacrificing is one of the best things a person can do. The son listened to his mother, and he went to save a child who was drowning. Unfortunately, the son has swept away in a sudden wave, and he died. Goo Ryeon regrets teaching her son about self-sacrificing and gets depressed. She is so sad that she loses her voice and dies at an early age.
In her afterlife, Goo Ryeon meets the Jade Emperor and begins to possess a red thread. She wishes to see her son again while working as a grim reaper.
Unlike the webtoon, the drama “Tomorrow” tells Goo Ryeon’s past relationship with Park Joong-Gil, the leader of the Grim Reaper management team. Goo Ryeon had been a team member for him for over 200 years, and it turns out Park Joong-Gil was her husband in a previous life.
The drama shows young Goo Ryeon and Park Joong-Gil falling in love and marrying.
Their lives, however, do not end well. Goo Ryeon had to go through tragic events, and she had to spend a long time in hell after she died.
After she becomes the Grim Reaper, Goo Ryeon works for her husband, Park Joong-Gil, but Park Joong-Gil doesn’t remember her. He only sees Goo Ryeon in his dreams, which are recollections of his previous life.