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”