Happily Ever After K-Drama Style: A Couch Kimchi Roundtable


We hate it when our favorite shows end, but we dread it even more when the final episode disappoints. A drama’s first chapter might be awful, but there’s time for the story to improve with subsequent episodes. On the one hand, its parting hour is the drama’s last chance to leave a good impression. So, what makes an awesome finale and which endings can tick off an audience?


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What makes a good ending?

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Time jump: Why is it necessary?

Successful time jumps

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Open endings

Twisted: Endings that caught you by surprise

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Favorite finales

Bad endings

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Ever afters you’d like to change

Your ideal ending



Tessieroo: This is a tough one because most people seem to want an ending that includes marriage and/or babies for the OTP. LOL. I’m okay with that, but if the OTP’s relationship isn’t that far advanced, then it’s silly to end a drama that way just for fan service. For me, it’s more about tying up all the loose ends through confrontations and answering questions. I’d also say retribution for the bad guys, but that rarely happens in a way that I like! I’m still a tiny bit upset that Song Cha Ok (Jin Kyung) never got on her knees to apologize to Ki Jae Myung (Yoon Kyun Sang) in Pinocchio“; she should have begged for his forgiveness but she never did.

Goodange: Ah, yes! Her irresponsible reporting was part of the reason why he became a murderer, and considering what she did to him in the past—having him jailed that he lost his mom and brother—in the end, it would have been nice to see a scene of a contrite Song Cha Ok apologizing to Ki Jae Myung. If there was a relationship that needed to be healed, it would be the one between them.

To me, a good ending gives viewers a sense of closure and connects with the beginning and the middle, staying true to the story and the characters. I don’t need it to be wrapped up and tied in a bow that every character has a significant other like in “Playful Kiss.” Unless, of course, it’s a long drama, like “Goong,” in which most of the characters were put through so many hurdles that I didn’t mind that almost everyone got a fairytale ending.

Leila: I agree. The story should conclude with everything answered, and a happy ending doesn’t necessarily mean the OTP has to have that blissful ride (off) into the sunset. Ultimately, the final chapter has to leave the viewers satisfied.