Here’s everything you would like to understand about Lovecraft Country Ji-Ah.
Warning! This story contains spoilers for Lovecraft Country episode 6.
HBO’s Lovecraft Country is filled with complex, unique characters with their own strengths, weaknesses, and special abilities. and since of that, it’s worth breaking down and analyzing all of the show’s main characters to know more about them.
Our last character profile was all about Ruby Baptiste. Ruby is that the sister of Leti who endured her own triumphs and adventures when she was given a spell that would turn her into a woman. You’ll read all about it in our character profile on Ruby. But in the week, we went back in time to find out about Atticus’ ex Ji-Ah, and why he ended things.
Read on below to find out more about the character Jamie Chung plays in Lovecraft Country, Ji-Ah.
Ji-Ah Lovecraft Country character profile
Ji-Ah introduction and overview
Ji- Ah (Jamie Chung) may be a nurse who treats wounded American soldiers and is that the love interest of Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) during the Korean War. Not only is Ji-Ah a nurse, but she may be a kumiho, a nine-tailed fox spirit which will be summoned to dwell within the sort of a gorgeous woman to require revenge for the crimes of men. Ji-Ah may be a dreamer who yearns for love, but something is holding her back. She has got to bring men home and slay them so as to be fully human again, but her feelings changed when she met Atticus. Will she sacrifice her spirit for love?
Ji-Ah wasn’t born a kumiho. Ji-Ah’s stepfather abused her as a toddler and her mother, Soon-Hee (Cindy Chang), summoned the kumiho spirit to guard herself and take revenge. Soon-Hee is wanting to get her daughter back but feels ashamed of her role in not realizing what her late husband was doing to her. She feels Ji-Ah can never understand what her stepfather did was wrong because she has never felt love. In fact, she thinks she can’t feel anything because she’s a monster in her eyes. Ji-Ah expresses the sole reason she seems like a monster is because her mother made her desire one.
Ji-Ah and Young-Ja
Ji-Ah’s ally, Young-Ja (Prisca Kim), works at the hospital together with her helping soldiers who were hurt within the war. Young-Ja sees Ji-Ah for who she is and tells her that her fears shouldn’t control her due to her mother. Ji-Ah takes notice of Young-Ja’s relationship with men and believes the blokes she goes out with are communists. Young-Ja confides in Ji-Ah telling her that she doesn’t believe that being different from others has got to accompany a death sentence.
Ji-Ah, Young-Ja, and a little group of nurses are taken to a military campground because one among them has been leaking information to the communists. When nobody comes forward, a nurse is killed and Atticus gets called to kill another nurse if someone doesn’t confess the reality. Just once they are close to killing Ji-Ah. Young-Ja confesses to being a communist spy and is removed by Atticus and his soldiers.
Ji-Ah and Atticus
After losing her ally, Ji-Ah seeks Atticus as her last victim. Ji-Ah discovers they share similar interests with one another. they need a love for movies and books, especially The Count of Monte Cristo, and understand the struggle of getting a controlling parent. albeit they both have done terrible things, they’re not monsters (as her mother depicted her to be). We see a special side of Atticus: that he truly may be a romantic and fell crazy with Ji-Ah. They found comfort in one another to be themselves around one another and luxuriate in the time that they had before Atticus leaves. But once Ji-Ah exposes her true sort of a kumiho. Atticus is freaked out and decides to remain faraway from her. We see how he still dreams of Ji-Ah because of the red woman fighting within the war in episode 1 and an enemy combatant in Ardham Lodge during episode 2.
In order to become human again, Ji-Ah has got to take the souls of 100 men for her spirit to return to her body and therefore the kumiho to return to the supernatural. We see how she doesn’t relish the killing, and therefore the violence she enacts is that the cost of being during this world. Her mother wants her to be a person’s again, but you begin to ascertain how unsure she is about everything. Ji-Ah has the lack to feel or experience love fully when it involves all the lads she has killed. Ji-Ah admits to Atticus her real intentions for pursuing him; they confess to every other that they need done monstrous things to every other but they’re not monsters. They began to share a love for fiction and began to fall crazy with one another. Ji-Ah escapes into film like Atticus escapes into books, and escape is what they see in one another.
Strengths and weaknesses
Ji-Ah features a hard time understanding her stepfather’s actions and the way that sort of “love” was wrong. She gets some idea of affection from watching Garland subtitled musicals at the local theater. Ji-Ah fell crazy with Atticus through their shared love of storytelling, and for his immense generosity spirit. The qualities Ji-Ah sees in Atticus allow her to understand the potential she has within herself. She stops feeding altogether, delaying her transformation back to a person’s. She struggles with pleasing her intimidating mother to revive honor to their family by taking Atticus’ soul.
When Ji-Ah’s tails insert themselves into a person to consume his soul, she absorbs the victim’s memories. She remembers all of her victims’ memories including her stepfather. Ji-Ah has no memories of the girl she was before and fights together with her mother about taking another soul because she doesn’t want to lose the person she has become. But when she tries to require Atticus’ soul, she sees into the longer term, something she has never done before…
Ji-Ah was ready to see Atticus’ future which apparently ends in his death. She begs him to not return home to the states because he could die. At the top of last week’s episode, Ji-Ah and her mother visit the shaman who is liable for Ji-Ah’s transformation. Ji-Ah asks the shaman about her vision and the way she will stop it from coming true. We saw in episode 5 that Atticus deciphered a cryptic message involving his death. And Ji-Ah told him that he finally saw what she was trying to inform him. Will Ji-Ah come to America to assist him? we all know that Ji-Ah has got to only kill one other man so as to satisfy 100 souls and become human again. But she is unsure if she wants to be a kumiho anymore. Now, the question remains: Will Ji-Ah stay a kumiho or become human again before the season is over?
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