Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Finale 2016)

Scarlet Heart: Goryeo is a remake of the popular Chinese drama Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jin Xin) and tells the story of a modern day woman (IU) who travels back in time to the Goryeo era and gets romantically involved with several princes.

(from left to right) Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince) Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Hyun (10th Prince) Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince) Lee Joon Ki as Wang So (4th Prince) IU as Hae Soo (from modern era) Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince) Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Yoo (13th Prince) Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)

I think most of the viewers shared the same agony after seeing the finale of this drama; it was sad and depressing. As much as I love time travel drama, I am expecting less chance for a happy ending; Someone must leave to the future and somebody has to stay.

I don’t get it why some viewers doesn’t like this drama. For me, it was one of the best. It’s tragic, dark, conflicted and yet compelling. The script was well defined, the cinematography was amazingly impeccable, which builds the calmness and stripping feeling of love between the protagonist. The soundtracks were captivating, inviting you to cry with them, sword fighting was stunning and the acting was unfailing, especially Lee Joon-Kis’s (Wang So / King Gwangjong) performance, it was beyond excellent.

Scarlet left me with a scarred heart when Hae Soo went back to the future without closure and never had a proper goodbye from Wang So.  She has just gone unsettled with scattered emotions left for everyone. So what are we  expecting from her in the future? An anguish of lost and remorse of leaving someone behind. And it still aches, though Wang So made a promise to find her even they don’t share the same world.

However, there are plot holes leaving until the very end, but I really don’t mind.  Even they were saying that Chinese version is better, the hell I care.  I simply enjoyed the ride; the happy moments, the hateful scenes, betrayal, greed, the unrequited love, friendship, sacrifices, family, the fallen of the Princes, the love story of each and the sadness.  Everything was packed into beautiful historical drama I would never trade of.


“He who wears the crown must bear its weight”

Verdict: 9/10

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