Kim Nam-gil‘s extension was denied, and he will be reporting to army duty on July 15. That means that the beleaguered production of Bad Guy will have no choice but to cut down its run from 20 episodes to 17, according to a source from the drama production.
Currently, the drama has filmed 14 episodes and they’ve been hurrying to cram as much filming in to get as much of Kim’s scenes shot before he has to leave. However, time is not on their side and they have made the decision to cut the broadcast short after talks with SBS’s drama department.
Because the drama has been in a mad dash to film, this means they will actually complete their shoots on July 13. Bad Guy will air Episodes 10 and 11 this week. That means its finale, Episode 17, will air on August 5.
Fingers crossed for a plot that makes sense with the cuts. All in all, this doesn’t have to be a terrible thing, if it allows for tighter storytelling and swift pacing as it heads toward the finish.
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