The Devil Judge Explained: When Suffering is the Common Ground

Episodes 7 and 8 have shown us interesting interactions of the show’s characters, especially how these interactions are rooted in each other’s pain, brokenness and suffering. In episode 7 we saw the conversation between Kim Ga On and Elijah where Ga On opened up about the tragic demise of his parents. By breaking this wall on his pain, an emotional bridge was established between them two as Elijah also is haunted by the tragic death of her parents.


Korean Drama: The Devil Judge Explained: When Suffering is the Common Ground


Such connections can exist between two people sharing such tragedies because it provides the comfort that one is not merely an individual. It gives a certain comfort of a collective- that you are not alone; that what you have endured and suffered are also experienced by others. This level of emotional affinity ultimately allows people to create that emotional bridge, hence, making their pain and suffering the common ground in their relationship.


Korean Drama: The Devil Judge Explained: When Suffering is the Common Ground


In a recent research finding published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association of Psychological science, the research suggests that pain can become a social glue that binds people together. “Our findings show that pain is a particularly powerful ingredient in producing bonding and cooperation between those who share painful experiences,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Brock Bastian of the University of New South Wales in Australia. This is what exactly happened between Kim Ga On and Elijah. This was also extended to Kim Ga On and Judge Kang Yohan’s team as seen on episode 8.


In the 8th episode, we witnessed how Kang Yohan introduced Kim Ga On on his team. His impression was that these men work for Kang Yohan because of money but on the contrary the men decided to work with Kang Yohan not just because of money but because they too suffered and were victims of the twisted justice system controlled by the elite. This shared pain and suffering became the social glue that allowed these strangers to feel closer and act together for one common goal.



Pain and suffering are a commonality of the human spirit. The Devil Judge, in the last two episodes, explored that idea. We can safely conclude that the narrative is trying to establish the moral value of Judge Kang Yohan’s motives and revenge plot by gathering people who have experienced and are still experiencing the sufferings brought by the people that control the system. Suffering might be very unpleasant but more often it can become the ladder towards building stronger and effective relationships as what this drama has shown us. It would be interesting to see how these new bonds fuel the narrative in the long run.


What about you, did you find these interactions interesting? Have you had similar experiences? Do you believe that pain and suffering can really bring people together? Feel free to comment and express your thoughts in the comment section below.


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