I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by Winter Blows’ finale.
Also, Innocent Man flashbacks. Intense flashback (hence spoilers for Innocent Man’s ending as well).
Moo Chul doesn’t die, except he does. 5 minutes later. But he gets to be a good guy for those 5 minutes and break Jin Sung’s heart. Also, Kim Bum, I like you a lot now. You are so good at looking broken.
Young is alright. Well, we still had an episode left, it’s not like they were going to show Oh Soo mourning Young for 60 minutes. That would be too dreary.
She is okay and she goes to listen to the message he left her: “When you will be hearing this I won’t be by your aside anymore”
Except he is still there and she seems to be displeased with this inconsistency.
She tells him to go, because she can’t forgive him yet. But she also makes it obvious that she will forgive him if she is alive and well after the surgery.
“Even when I was slitting my wrists, I didn’t think about anything except you. That you would come and save me.”
So her suicide wasn’t about her, or anything beyond her – it was all about Oh Soo and her love for him. If she overcomes death by suicide or by surgery or whatever, then it will be ok for her to accept him back. The danger of eternal separation coupled with physical separation of a promise to meet only by chance in the future seems to be the key in righting all wrongs in their relationship.
It makes sense. In their world. But I can’t escape the overwhelming feeling of farce this set-up evokes in me. Like this is all for show, as if to say “hey, look! we are great! moral! characters!”. Staged and linear, carefully thought out, all for the comfort of the audience – so that we don’t forget that in fiction good people get rewarded for their strength and weak people get redeemed through love. Except it sort of doesn’t happen like that in real life and at some point you get tired of fiction. Even good fiction.
Honestly, this scene was only salvaged by make-outs.
Teary make-outs but I will take what I can get.
Oh, and Young saying, “Don’t cry, I love you”. It sounded so very perfect and real, despite everything else that was going on.
Oh Soo gurgled something back that was suppose to sound like “I love you” and there you have it, the most functional confession ever uttered in a melo.
A lot of things happened after, like Wang-biseo trudging along her redemption arc and Oh Soo gambling for his life but I won’t get into that because everyone saw the pretty spoiler pictures already and we know everything is going to be alright.
Strange, how despite the surreal similarity between this scenario and the one in Innocent Man, I was so much more affected by the latter. I don’t know if it was Song Joong Ki’s acting and his hear-wrenching voice-over, or just me getting used to heroes getting stabbed 5 minutes before the ending and then being miraculously okay just in time for the happy ending, but yeah. We got it. Jin Sung stabs his huyng, in an ironic reversal of his loyalty, Oh Soo can only think of Young, and all of us would just rather get back to Soo-Young make outs.
And our wish is granted!
The director couldn’t help himself from going into an artistic rampage over conveying Young’s limited eyesight and so he resorted to instagram’s blur tool. And you know what? It turned out great.
I was way ahead of everyone else assuming this is a dream sequence. Because if Innocent Man can pull of a bizarre ending like that, then TWTWB will surely follow suit.
There is some playful back-and-forth and yes, everyone breathe. They will go on to have beautiful babies.
When did happy endings start to feel so meaningless?
Yes, I sound like a grumpy cat but I jest. Mostly.
I did find the final scene extremely captivating, just because it’s so aesthetically pleasing on the eyes and because I can’t escape that excitement I always feel when coming to the end of a story. And I wouldn’t say that the ending was completely disappointing. I would have been too horrific if Young died or if they were separated at the end or anything along those lines. I am a masochist but not to that degree (yet). I’m happy they are OK in the end and I’m even more happy that Young is able to see enough of Oh Soo to confirm he is sex on legs (practically only reason why I wanted her to get her eyesight back) and it’s not like their journey there was completely disappointing either. On the contrary, there were many things I loved about TWTWB, which I will try to articulate more structurally in a review. Also, it’s not like this drama didn’t affect me, maybe not as much as it intended to, but I felt involved, if not in the histrionics but definitely in the development of Soo and Young’s romance.
There is something so spectacularly unsatisfying about these sort of finales. Something with the structure, the formula, the farce…The players and the forces, from dialogue to characters, all interesting and complex but all moving, undeterred and impenetrable, in the same direction, towards the same destination. I am happy I was interested enough to see it through to it’s destination but now that I’m here…I look around and don’t see much.