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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 16 (Final)

Is it ever really goodbye if your hero is an immortal goblin? I guess that’s what we’re all here to find out. Hold onto your vulgar hats everyone, because there may be some unexpected bumps on the road to happily ever after.

Goblin went out with a bang for tvN, reportedly breaking ratings records for the cable network that were previously held by Answer Me 1988’s finale just a year ago (at 19.6%). All of the news outlets are reporting 20.5% ratings for the finale, though that’s a combined number across multiple platforms, while the official Nielsen rating is 18.68%. It makes the whole record-breaking thing a little confusing, but in any case, I think it’s safe to call the show a big monster hit for tvN.

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Under falling cherry blossoms, Shin asks Eun-tak to be his bride. She touches his face and says with happy tears in her eyes, “I will. I’ll be this shining man’s first and last bride.”

He kisses her on the forehead sweetly.

That night, Eun-tak sits on her rooftop and tells Mom that she’s getting married, and promises to live well. The unni ghost who always follows her around gets misty-eyed at the thought of Eun-tak getting a happy ending, and she and her ghost friend are shocked when Eun-tak turns around and sees them.

The unni ghost materializes right by Eun-tak and grabs her in a hug, wailing that she’s been so lonely without her. She offers to make Eun-tak happier than the goblin and sticks to her side like glue.

Reaper pours tea for a wealthy man and his driver, and the wealthy man sticks his nose in the air and refuses to drink the same tea as his servant, thinking he deserves special treatment. Reaper makes it clear that everyone gets the same tea in here, and no matter how powerful he was in this life, he can’t take any of that with him when he walks through that door.

Reaper says in a scary voice, “When you go through that door you’ll realize how powerful they are—the sins you’ve committed with your eyes, your mouth, your hands and feet, your heart. And what floor of hell they’ll drag you down to.” Yikes. At that, the wealthy man shakes in fear.

Shin waits for Eun-tak to get done with work, and Class Prez happens to walk right past him at the station. He sees a glimpse of her future, where she asks Eun-tak to go on another blind date. Eun-tak says no to the chef, but Class Prez says this time it’s one of her clients—he’s a chaebol, he’s handsome, and he’s young to boot. Is it Deok-hwa?

Shin scowls and mutters to himself, “Blind date?” Ha, I was hoping jealous goblin would make an appearance. Petty revenge is in order, so he snaps Class Prez’s purse strap with his goblin powers and sends all her belongings crashing to the ground.

She cries over a broken compact, and behind her back, Shin sticks out his tongue like a child, pfft. And then he runs away while shouting for Eun-tak. Oh that’s smooth.

He runs right into Eun-tak’s studio and blurts to her entire staff, “I’m Ji Eun-tak PD’s boyfriend. To be more exact, we’re engaged to be married. How’s this weekend for the wedding?” He gives her a wink and everyone’s jaws drop.

Shin takes her to lunch and Eun-tak wonders if someone else is coming, once she sees all the food he’s ordered. Shin says that he called Deok-hwa here to formally introduce her to the family.

Deok-hwa walks in and takes one scan of the situation before reaching the obvious conclusion, but Shin surprises both of them by just announcing that they’re getting married. He asks if she prefers Saturday or Sunday, and Eun-tak asks why he keeps insisting on getting married this weekend.

“So that you won’t go on blind dates!” he says, as if that makes sense. Shin especially doesn’t want her going on blind dates with young attractive chaebols, and Deok-hwa points out that he’s really the only person in the whole country who meets all three criteria. He hands Eun-tak his business card, and she’s shocked to see that he’s a team leader now.

When she tells Deok-hwa her name, he recognizes it from the old letter that got sent to the old chicken shop. She calls him oppa like she used to and says there’s a lot he doesn’t know, as usual. Deok-hwa wonders if she knows what his uncle is, and she cuts him off to say that everyone knows a goblin or two, and he gapes.

He gets the feeling that everyone knows something he doesn’t, but Shin just puts food on his spoon and tells Deok-hwa that he’ll know once he’s grown up. Eun-tak wants food on her spoon too, and Shin mutters for her to go ahead and try going on a blind date. She counters that she’s going to be a married woman soon, and Shin grins to himself, thinking, She said married woman.

Deok-hwa tells CEO Kim about Shin getting married, and says he plans to marry first and have lots of kids. CEO Kim is happy to hear it, though he points out that marriage isn’t something he can do alone. Deok-hwa: “I have lots of women!” CEO Kim: “Yes, that’s the problem.” Deok-hwa’s reaction is hilarious, like he’d never considered that before.

CEO Kim asks if he’s ever met someone who makes his heart race just to think of her, who makes him cry when he misses her, someone he’d be willing to die for. Deok-hwa says no, and asks if CEO Kim has any plans to marry. CEO Kim laughs and says he doesn’t, because he’s already married with three kids. Lol. Deok-hwa is shocked and CEO Kim points out that he’s never asked until now, and that Deok-hwa still has no interest in other people and the world around him.

“So I’m waiting for your questions. The questions of a true adult—about the world, about the happiness and sadness of those around you,” CEO Kim says. Deok-hwa smiles and thanks him sincerely, and asks him to wait just a little longer: “I’ll work hard at growing up.” Aww. They clink coffee cups and smile.

On their way out after lunch, Eun-tak erupts at Shin for outing them all over the place without her consent, but he’s too busy being a paranoid backseat driver, acting like she’s trying to kill him. She asks where he keeps directing her to, but he doesn’t answer.

Cut to: Eun-tak in a wedding dress. The curtain opens in the dressing room and Shin is waiting on the other side in a tux. His mouth hangs open when he lifts his head to look at her, and he murmurs in disbelief, “You look so pretty.”

She laughs and says he looks handsome too, and he tosses back that she ought to be used to it by now. She suggests getting married with freshly drawn water like in olden times.

Eun-tak goes PPL shopping for a wedding gift and leaves a watch on Shin’s desk with a letter. She writes, “All of the roads we’ll walk together, all of the sights we’ll see together, all of the questions and answers we’ll share shyly, excitedly—in all of those moments, I love you. Your bride.”

At work, Eun-tak’s head writer says they got a love letter sent in from a listener, and she starts to read it. It’s Sunny’s goodbye letter that we saw her write, and right away Eun-tak recognizes who wrote it. She goes running out in the middle of the live broadcast, and just tells them to read the letter on the air.

As soon as it gets read by the DJ, Shin swerves his car and starts speeding, and Reaper runs out of the house.

Eun-tak rushes home and discovers that Sunny has sold the whole building to a new landlord, and she’s already gone. There’s a letter in her mailbox, in which Sunny tells her not to cry, and that she hopes she was just a little bit of comfort to Eun-tak. Sunny asks her to take care of her stubborn brother, and to live a long and happy life together.

Shin arrives and Eun-tak tells him tearfully that Sunny remembered all this time, all on her own, and took care of her when she couldn’t remember anything. She asks why Sunny would leave, and Shin says it’s because she couldn’t forgive Reaper, so she chose not to see him again in this lifetime: “Because there is no greater punishment for him.”

Sunny stands on the pedestrian bridge one last time with her bags packed, and says she’ll count 50 people and go. She counts the people who pass her one by one, until she reaches 49…

Behind her, Reaper appears and starts counting as he cries, “One, two…” She turns to him with tears in her eyes and says that she won’t send word to him: “We won’t see each other again in this lifetime.” He nods, understanding what she means.

She smiles and asks if she can hug him one last time, and he pulls her into his arms. They cry as they embrace, and Reaper narrates, “And like that, we sought farewell in this lifetime.” But then he adds that it wasn’t until much later when he heard news of her.

In the wake of their parting, Reaper is a sobbing mess, crying endlessly in his room while clutching the scroll painting of his queen. Shin adorably makes him veggies and fruit and points out that the apples are bunny rabbits, just the way Reaper makes them when he’s trying to cheer other people up. That is just the cutest thing.

Reaper cries that Sunny left, and that till the end, she was good at leaving. He returns the portrait to Shin, saying that he should’ve returned it right away. But Shin says it was never his to begin with: “It was your regret, and your sin, and your longing.”

Shin thinks it’s right that Reaper takes it, and Reaper looks up at him with puppy eyes and asks if he can really keep it. Shin: “Yes, as long as you eat this.” Aw.

Shin thanks him for keeping the candles lit at the temple for the last nine years while he was gone, and Reaper says he’s trying to face his sins head-on. Shin thinks it’d be nice if someone said to them: “That’s enough. You’ve done enough.”

Reaper meets with the reaper who was a court lady in Goryeo, and he shares a secret with her—that grim reapers are people who took their own lives. That’s the big sin they’ve committed, and he asks why she thinks that their punishment is to be neither living nor dead, and to usher countless people in death.

He points out that they have no names and no memories, but they need homes to live in and food to eat. He says he was searching for answers, when one day it occurred to him: “That the things we’d given up—our names, the lives we threw away—were the very things I began to want. That when we long for life desperately, our punishment may be over.”

Reaper says he knows why she avoids him, and tells her that he’s sorry for borrowing her hands in choosing death. He admits his regret, and asks for her forgiveness with a solemn bow. He tells her to forget the past and guide souls well, and hopes that she’ll forgive herself someday: “What god would want is for us to forgive ourselves and discover an ardent desire for life.” She bursts into tears at his words.

Eun-tak sets the table for her aunt, who asks if she’s got a boyfriend and remarks thoughtlessly that she shouldn’t end up a single mother like her mom. Eun-tak finally erupts in anger and asks how long Aunt is going to stay here, because she’s fed her enough, and she’s a ghost who needs to move on. Oh, she’s dead?

Aunt is as nasty as ever, still holding a grudge over those bankbooks, and she raises a hand to hit Eun-tak again. But a hand blocks Aunt before she can make contact—it’s unni ghost, who grabs Aunt by the collar and announces that she’d be a great partner for her to head into the afterlife with. Aw, is she choosing to get rid of Aunt as her final act? That’s sweet.

Eun-tak is sad to hear that unni ghost is leaving, and unni thanks Eun-tak for everything, and tells her to live well with the goblin. Eun-tak thanks her aunt for raising her and says that they should meet under better circumstances in the next life, but Aunt scoffs and says she has no intention of meeting Eun-tak again. She fights the whole way as unni ghost takes her away. Good riddance.

Reaper calls Eun-tak over to the house to give her something, and she tenses and asks if it’s a death note. He says it isn’t, and asks if she’s worried about that. She admits that she’s mostly curious about how her fate has changed, and he muses that her fate is so often changing.

She says that despite having pulled out the goblin’s sword and losing the mark on her neck, she’s still technically a missing soul and was almost not born. She points out that she’s lost the person she loves once before and that humans all die someday, which is what makes life so beautiful.

She says that once her memories returned, the first thought she had was that she should live today like it’s her last. Reaper smiles and tells her, “Your life is already beautiful—remember that.” Reaper hands her a box, and Eun-tak gets teary-eyed when she opens it to find a wedding bouquet. He congratulates her on the wedding and she beams.

Shin and Eun-tak get married in the goblin’s buckwheat garden, just the two of them. Shin vows, “Until death do us part, to every word you say, no matter what: Me too.”

Eun-tak answers, “Even if death separates us, to every word you say, no matter what: Me too.” They smile at each other happily.

At home, Reaper, Deok-hwa and CEO Kim are present for the wedding party, and Reaper grabs the champagne to chill with his hands. CEO Kim’s eyes widen, and Deok-hwa tries to warn him to be more careful.

Shin doesn’t help matters by showing off his telekinesis, and CEO Kim faints, while Deok-hwa nags them and then wonders why the nagging feels so familiar.

Once CEO Kim regains consciousness, he chants for a song, and Reaper immediately regrets it when Shin busts out in song like an embarrassing, hopeless romantic. Eun-tak joins him in a duet, and Deok-hwa looks like he’s about to lose his lunch at the display of affection.

That night, Shin and Eun-tak gaze at each other as they fall asleep, and Shin pets her on the head as he says, “Goodnight. I love you,” and tucks her in. Honestly, it’s making me a little nervous that they’re so happy with thirty minutes left in the finale…

Eun-tak has a great day at work where everything goes smoothly, and she decides to head home early after a meeting. Shin heads home with a bag of groceries and a bouquet of flowers.

Reaper and Hoobae wait at a bus stop with a stack of death notes, and based on the ages of the souls, Hoobae guesses that a kindergarten bus is about to get in an accident. Reaper sighs, “I’m really starting to think that this work is punishment.”

As Hoobae steps aside to take a phone call, Eun-tak happens by in her car and waves at Reaper. He waves back as she passes. Eep, this is bad…

Hoobae runs back to say that the death notes have changed and the children won’t be dying today. Their names disappear from the cards, and Hoobae wonders why their fates changed.

That’s when Reaper thinks of Eun-tak driving past, and he says with tears in his eyes that it’s because of a death that’s not on the registry. Oh crap. Hoobae asks what kind of death isn’t registered, and Reaper calls it “a death that can’t be calculated—a sacrifice.”

Shin calls Eun-tak to ask why she isn’t home yet, and teases her about her bad sense of direction as she makes a turn. They’re still talking when Eun-tak pulls up to an intersection where she spots the accident about to happen—a big truck rolling down a hill, about to collide into a small bus full of children.

It’s a split-second, but it all happens in slow-motion, as Eun-tak pulls forward and comes to a stop… right in the path of the oncoming truck. A tear falls as she sees the truck about to hit her, and then they collide.

As the car gets crushed, Eun-tak narrates in voiceover that when she thought about it, today was a perfect day—she woke up in Shin’s arms, her fried eggs turned out perfectly, and her live radio broadcast went off without a hitch. “That perfection must’ve been what brought me to this moment. So that I wouldn’t be late. I couldn’t be one second late—this was my fate,” she says.

Shin drops his glass of wine and runs out the door shouting for Eun-tak to answer him. In her dying moments, Eun-tak thinks of Shin saying that he loved her on their wedding night, and she answers now, “Me too.” Her bloody hand goes limp.

Reaper and Hoobae watch from a rooftop, and Reaper says that human sacrifice is something that even the gods can’t calculate, because that’s just human nature and a choice made by the person in that moment. He cries as he says, “It’s a choice only humans can make.”

Hoobae gets Eun-tak’s belated death note now, and Reaper says that Eun-tak answered the gods’ cruel question with a cruelly sad reply, and bursts into tears.

Eun-tak’s soul appears on the sidewalk and she smiles to see that the children are safe. Reaper appears next to her to ask her the standard questions—her name and age—but he’s crying, barely able to say the words.

She says she wondered in the moment why she was doing it, but she couldn’t stop, and she was so scared. When other people see news of the crash on TV, someone wonders if she wasn’t an angel, to have died saving all those other lives.

Eun-tak looks around Reaper’s tea room and says it’s nice, curious about the place where he’s always worked. She asks him how many lives she’s lived, hoping that he can tell her now that she’s dead. He tells her that this was her first lifetime, and she smiles in relief to know that she has three left.

That’s when the door opens and Shin stumbles in, looking numb. Reaper leaves to prepare the tea and Shin silently breaks down in the most heartbreaking sob.

Eun-tak caresses his face and reminds him of what she said before: “That the living have to live on. You’ll cry sometimes, but you have to laugh a lot and be strong—that’s how you honor the love you were given.”

He grabs her in a hug and asks how she could do this to him, and she says she’s sorry. He cries so sorrowfully… ugh, I can’t see. My eyeballs are leaking.

She asks to see his face, and he can barely manage to pull away from her. She reminds him that he still owes her a third wish, and asks him to grant it now. She tells him not to hurt too much, because she’ll come back to meet him, and adds that he shouldn’t make it rain too much, for the citizens’ sake.

He argues that that’s three wishes, not one, and cries, “How am I supposed to live without you?” She says she’ll only be gone a short while: “I promise. This time, I’ll come to you. I’ll find you. In the next lifetime I’ll be born full of life, and stay by your side for a long, long time. I’ll go beg them up there to let me do that.”

She turns to Reaper to ask him to look in on Shin after everyone’s left him, and Reaper nods. He offers her oblivion tea, but she shakes her head and says she’ll skip the tea.

Eun-tak tells Shin she has to go now, and he sobs even harder. She promises to run there and run back, and Shin says, “You have to come back. Even if it takes a hundred, two hundred years—I’ll be waiting.” She nods with a smile and lets go of his hand. She walks toward the door.

She opens it and says brightly, “I’ll see you later,” and walks into the light. Shin collapses in tears.

After she’s gone, Shin writes down: “Here lies the goblin’s bride, who loved and was loved.” He lights the paper with his goblin fire and sends it up into the air.

Reaper narrates that on that day, Eun-tak walked forever into someone’s tears. “Time that could not be distinguished from night or day was washed away in the rain. It was a very long rainy season.”

He says that Eun-tak made sure to summon a guardian god back to this world before leaving it: “A lonely, shining guardian god.” Eun-tak’s red scarf hangs on the laundry rack, soaked in water.

Samshin Granny looks at the rain and muses that Eun-tak must’ve reunited with her mother. There are two teenage girls eating at her food truck, and one of them is wearing the hairpin that Shin’s second-in-command bought from her years ago. She says she wears it even when her father isn’t around because she loves him even when he isn’t watching.

Shin wears Eun-tak’s scarf as he goes for a walk, remembering her words about how first loves never come true. He walks everywhere they walked together, reliving every moment they shared.

Thirty years pass that way, until Shin’s favorite bookstore is covered in ivy and looking worn.

Reaper still walks that same pedestrian bridge as always, sad and alone. When he goes to meet Hoobae, Reaper receives his final death note, and Hoobae says that his long punishment is over now.

Hoobae tells him to rest, sniffling back tears. Reaper thanks him for everything, and then goes home to quietly pack up all of his things. He muses that he won’t have to dry clean his hat anymore, and once everything is put away, he opens up the envelope to find out who his final soul will be…

It’s Kim Sun, and he says tearfully that she said she wouldn’t send word, but word has been sent anyway.

Reaper puts on his suit one last time for his last day of work. He tells Shin to be well, and Shin tells him to be happy in whatever time he’s in.

Reaper says he lived well here and tells Shin not to make it rain too much, and Shin assures him that farewells are his longtime profession, so he needn’t worry. Reaper reminds him to finish the laundry, which makes Shin chuckle, and then he asks Shin to come to the tea room, because he’s thinking of breaking the rules one last time on his way out.

Sunny arrives at Reaper’s tea room, and though she must be a grandma by now, she’s back in her youthful image when she steps inside, and she notes that he hasn’t aged a day. Reaper: “I missed you.” Sunny: “I knew you would.”

Reaper takes out the jade ring and slides it on her finger, and he says he wanted to put it on her properly, just once. He apologizes for the terrible way he made her wear it all those years ago. She says she missed him, so he replies in kind that he knew she would.

He tells her that she’s his final soul, and she asks what happens to them now—will they get their happy ending? Reaper says that this is Sunny’s third lifetime, and he doesn’t know how many lives he’s lived, so she realizes that this could be the end for them.

Reaper tells her that her brother is here, and she smiles to see Shin standing outside the window. He snarks that to the very end, her oraboni is an afterthought. She’s happy to get to see him one last time, and Shin says it’s thanks to making a good friend, and Reaper salutes him. Aw.

Sunny tells him she’s sorry to be going first, and that they’ll meet again someday. Shin: “Be happy, our ugly duckling.”

Then Reaper stands and takes Sunny by the hand, and they walk through the door together. They look happy, and Shin watches them go. Augh, but now he’s all alone!

Shin walks through his buckwheat garden and thinks, “My sister, my friend, and my bride have all left. And as always, I am alone.”

Sometime later, a man sits down next to Shin by the river, and he offers Shin half his sandwich, thinking that he looks down. Shin narrates that in everyone’s life, there are moments when a god has come and gone, when you’re far from the world and someone pushes you back towards it.

Shin takes the sandwich, encouraged by the man’s generosity, and tells him to walk in the opposite direction because he might run into someone who needs his help. The man listens to Shin and comes across CEO Kim, who’s now a very old man, peering into the engine of his car that’s stopped in the street.

The sandwich man is a car mechanic who offers his help, and CEO Kim recognizes the signs—that his car must’ve broken down because he was meant to meet this man, and that Shin sent him.

It must be time for a new identity, because Shin packs up and leaves his house. On his way out of town, he comes across a movie set, and inside the car are Sunny and Reaper. They look the same but they’ve been reincarnated, and Shin smiles to see that they’ve reunited after all.

He narrates that he made a wish when he sent their names up with that lantern years ago: “That my sister and my king would meet again in the next life in the distant future, and that in that life, they would be happy.”

In this next lifetime, Reaper and Sunny have no memory of each other and bicker endlessly on set. When Reaper shows her how an arrest is done by handcuffing her, she gets annoyed and asks the director who this man is to be treating her like this.

The director says he’s a detective here to consult on the film, and Sunny’s eyes suddenly light up as Reaper introduces himself boldly with the name Lee Hyuk. It’s funny that she’s the actress but she’s the starstruck one.

One night they head to a motel and Sunny awkwardly explains to the clerk that they’re on a set nearby but her manager forgot to get her a room, and that Reaper is her stylist. He plays along with a deadpan face.

When another couple comes in behind them to book a room right after they supposedly got the last one, Reaper pretends not to have heard and leads her down the hall, much to her delight.

On another date, Sunny demands to know what they are, and why he hasn’t officially called her his girlfriend or said that he likes her. He sips his coffee silently the same way Reaper used to, and he wonders why he has to say it first. She feels slighted because she liked him first, but he argues that she’s wrong—he liked her first.

That appeases her, anld she puts a bracelet on his wrist, calling it like handcuffs: “Because you stole my heart.” Pfft. It has a little lion on it (heh, “lion” is what the goblin used to call him, short for “grim reaper”), which she got because his nickname at the precinct is—whadduya know—the “Grim Reaper of Violent Crimes.”

She shows him her matching bracelet, and he gets up to plant a kiss on her. In her characteristic way, Sunny says that today is their Day One, and they kiss some more.

In Quebec, Shin heads out for a walk, and his companion tells him to avoid the big streets because there are noisy students visiting from Korea.

Shin sits in the Yoo family graveyard to read in the afternoon sun, and doesn’t notice a girl walking up behind him in the distance. She’s holding a dandelion in her hand, and when the wind kicks up and scatters the flower, the camera pans up to her face.

It’s Eun-tak, of course, and she’s back in high school uniform. She sees Shin and says just like before, “I’ve found you.”

She thinks back to Shin saying that there’s no such thing as forever love or forever sadness, and she answers in the present that she believes there is, and chooses sad love. As soon as she says it, Shin turns around and sees her.

She walks toward him and asks with tears in her eyes, “Ajusshi, you know who I am, right?” Her nametag says “Park So-min.”

Shin answers, “My first and my last… the goblin’s bride.” Eun-tak cries happy tears, and Shin smiles back at her.

 
COMMENTS

Agh, she died. I mean, I knooooow that she came back and that she gets three whole lifetimes with him, but STILL. Despite the reunion (which was a little dry considering all of the heartfelt reunions they’ve shared), the ending felt so bittersweet, and I’m left wondering what Shin’s life will be like when Eun-tak’s three lifetimes are up and he’s all alone again. Maybe other people watched it and were happy at the reunion, but it felt endlessly sad to me, the idea that he’d have to watch her die and be without her again for years on end, and then be the only one left standing like he was when Reaper, and Sunny, and Eun-tak all left the first time. He began the drama as a lonely immortal soul, and in the end he’ll always remain a lonely immortal soul who outlives everyone. It’s as beautiful as it is sad, and I simultaneously love and hate the idea that he’ll remain that way forever.

I was worried that things were just too happy too soon, so I can’t say I was shocked that Eun-tak died in the final episode. Narratively it gives us that sorrowful farewell, which did feel worth it in the moment—to see Shin face the one loss that might break him, and to watch him cry like a small child while she comforted him in death. It was a lovely reversal for the two characters, and emotionally gratifying. I connect with these two characters much more in sadness than I do when they’re being the cutesy rom-com goblin newlyweds, so for me this episode landed better than Episode 15, which felt too bouncy, sandwiched in between the two weightier, emotional episodes. (I was also dissatisfied with the way Eun-tak suddenly regained all her memories without a more significant event to trigger it, because it lacked oomph for me when she just suddenly remembered.) So while the parade of deaths and goodbyes made me sad, I thought it was a fitting finale, given that I always preferred the show when it was tonally on the melancholy side.

Having said that, I still wish Eun-tak had managed to skirt death this time, for Shin’s sake—four lifetimes seems so measly compared to Goblin’s eternal one! I am happy about the fact that Eun-tak was the agent of her own fate, and that she chose the one death that even gods couldn’t have predicted or changed. The outcome didn’t feel like a victory—too sad about her dying—but I like this idea that there are some things gods can’t control in human life and death. But this show has always been about love stronger than death, and a connection that runs so deep that two fated souls will find each other again and again, no matter what name and what form and how much time has passed. So having our lovers separated by death and reunited in the next life follows that central theme to the letter, and it makes perfect sense. I just personally feel like reincarnation endings are dissatisfying in most instances, because it’s not the same two people if they don’t remember each other. Eun-tak’s reincarnation didn’t make me ultimately too dissatisfied, since they found a way around a true separation by having her choose not to drink the oblivion tea, and they both got to keep their memories intact between lifetimes. If not for that, I might’ve blown a gasket, no matter how much they believe that they’re the same two souls.

Reaper and Sunny’s case was an interesting inversion of that rule, where remembering their tragic love prevented them from realizing that love in the present. The purist in me wants the two original characters to have forgiven each other and worked past that tragedy in the present timeline—if Goblin and Reaper could do it, I don’t see why the two lovers couldn’t. But I also don’t begrudge them a clean slate where they just get to be unabashedly happy without guilt and a lifetime of regret hanging between them, especially in Reaper’s case, since he spent long enough paying his dues and making amends, and was finally able to forgive himself. For Reaper, the new life and the oblivion truly are a reward, and his happy ending made me think that Shin was right about heaven always being on Wang Yeo’s side. He got the two things he wanted so ardently—life and Sun—while Shin had to live on without his friend (*SNIFF*).

There are a lot of things I wished this drama had done better, like fleshing out Shin’s other relationships, for one. Deok-hwa and Sunny felt criminally underused given how much screen time was used to repeat the very basic relationship setups over and over. I kept waiting for a big satisfying emotional moment with Shin that never happened, which I thought was such a waste for two people who were supposed to be his family. I could’ve done with half the time they spent on the romance (because honestly, the romances would more often plateau than advance), in exchange for more depth in Shin’s other relationships. I mean, Reaper had a more touching relationship with Eun-tak than Shin had with Sunny, and he supposedly missed her for 900 years! And he said his eternal goodbye from outside a window?

I thought the show was best when it focused on Shin and Reaper’s jobs, because I was often more touched by the small stories—various people facing the afterlife in different ways and being met by those who’d gone before them like a husband or a dog. I totally cried when Shin rewarded his second-in-command for saving his country in a past life. It would’ve been nice to have more of that procedural element in the show, because the overall plot felt thin, especially in the middle stretch. And imagine what momentum the story could’ve had if the villain had been introduced earlier, and complicated our characters’ lives with more subtlety. These were good characters and the mythology held up, but I definitely wanted more from the story.

To me, the interesting part of this universe isn’t the idea of a love that transcends death—because that’s not new to dramaland. I cared about the goblin and the reaper as immortal characters who faced human life and death very differently, and learned to connect to the world in some way. I believed that that hat made Reaper invisible and that Goblin made it rain every time he was sad, and that they carried centuries of sadness in their hearts. The mythology, though overly reliant on fickle gods and fate, was at least consistent and believable, and had a clear purpose in showing the beauty of life by telling stories of death. It’s what felt fresh about the drama, and what drew me in, and it won half its battle right away by making the supernatural world come alive. I can’t even say that Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-wook ran off with the show with their performances or their bromance, because it was clearly theirs to begin with—in this life, and beyond.

 
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Thank you for the recaps! Been a wonderful ride. Definitely one of our all time fav dramas

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You have to give this writer a lot of credit for this show. Well done.

Korea has become entertainment leader of the World.

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Definitely.... <3

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I agree.
The story was written very well..

In my opinion, even though the ending was happy whereby Kim Shin at last met the reincarnation of Eun Tak, but I feel its sad too that everyone will die and leave him alone again.
He will have to wait for many years before she is reborn as he is the one who will outlive everyone.

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I liked the ending but I wanted a little bit more time spent together by the goblin and his bride after her reincarnation, maybe a hug or hands held as they walk through Quebec talking and happy; something order than those stupid stand-off ending, I've always hated those. Nevertheless, I will definitely be watching it again someday.

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But Eun-tak is a high school girl again so walking hand-in-hand with the Goblin through the streets of Quebec would have caused quite a commotion. He doesn't look quite old enough to be her father!

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Cannot, 'coz netizens will go wild again *kidding*

I almost couldn't accept if Euntak was killed in an accident. But, because it was her decision so I can't hardly accept it until now.

But, maybe she had to do it because she was also being saved when she was an unborn. It's her chance to save other's life.

I thought GR and Sunny didn't drink the tea too... ???
I didn't saw it at tea house

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OMG, LOL! Who made this? Y'all so silly... *signs the petition!!!*

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Same! I wanted more--I NEEDED MOAR! :'(

I remember coming across this one fan encounter post (before the drama aired and only fancams and pics were released) about how they witnessed the filming for a scene (now I know it was this scene because of what they described they saw) where Gong Yoo was sitting down reading a book, Go-eun appears, they walk towards each other and he strokes her face. So um, where's the face caressing, show?! Apparently, they cut that part out to leave us with more pain and longing for more ShinTak interactions.

Them walking around Quebec talking and being happy would've been fabulous, but maybe it would break my heart more when it ends there because I'd be greedy for more...

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I am with you on that. I also have difficulty with the hug where'd he girl just stands there with her hangs hanging down. Too passive.

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I enjoyed the first couple of episodes but after that my watching got sporadic (usually just tuned in for snippets of Reaper and Sunny or the bromance) and now I just read this week's recaps. Long story short, I was surprised by ET's new haircut...it's only a few snips away from being identical to Goblin's...are couple haircuts a thing? I really liked Kim Go Eun in Cheese (it was good at first remember) but honestly couldn't relate to her character here. The whole ahjussi still makes me cringe + the unnecessary aegyo + him watching her at the traffic lights (I'm about the same age as ET before all the timeskips).

Lastly, Reaper was the highlight of the show for me. I liked his interactions with Goblin (obviously), Sun Hee ("it's Sunny!") and Deok Hwa. Tried watching Bubblegum for LDW but that sadly fell flat in terms of plot and the female lead. Ok, I'm rambling now. Farewell show, though I didn't watch much of you.

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Thought I was the only one...

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Hahah "couple haircuts" Yeah, that haircut was quite unflattering. I think this is the first time I've watched a drama I loved but was unable to connect with the female lead. Idk if it's the actor or the character I can't put my finger on it and it bothered me. I just didn't feel that I was getting from her the same level of, I guess, commitment as the other characters/actors. For example when Lee Dong Wook is on screen he moved me, he delivered in whatever screentime he got. His emotions were believable and appealed to me. After the time jump there is a short moment when ET feels like a character I can connect with...them she gets her memories back and I wasn't feeling it again.

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You guys are ridiculous. Stop reading too much into this, it's just a show. But it was the best show and don't come at ET like that. Man.

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Expressing an honest opinion about a fictional character is hardly 'ridiculous'. Also, different people have different tastes so classifying this as the 'best show' for others beside yourself is hardly justified. Lastly, the purpose of comments is to read into things, if one wants to. Of course it's just a show - but then you shouldn't get so offended if others can't connect to ET since she's 'just' a character.

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Guysssss may I know whether sunny commited suicide or just went to far a place to be away from wang yeo?

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If she had committed suicide she would have also become a reaper.

I think she died of old age?

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In the name card it says that she died of illness, which probably came with her old age :)

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She died of old age. Her death card showed (in Chinese characters) age 68 years.

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So ... why do you judge a drama that you didn't watch???? Just to be mean and look good in front of your equally mean croonies?

If you don't like, don't watch, don't judge !

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This is my first time writing something here on DB, but after seeing your post I HAD to message you to say.....
I feel absolutely the same as you, The Reaper was the highlight of this drama, I was expecting more. And because of my thirst for LDW I rewatched "Scent of a woman" (Sweet Jesus) and tried to watch "Bubblegum" but I couldn't, not because of him, but because of the story in general and his female lead.

He needs a good lead on a good drama ASAP!! I'm going to miss him so much!

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if you want more LDW then watch Wild Romance. It's one of my all time favorites.

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Um drama lindo, o mais bonito que eu já vi, tanto pela atuação quanto pela história. Seus comentários são sensacionais, eu estava procurando alguém que estava acompanhando este drama como eu e me deparei com o seu site, o google tradutor foi o máximo, e me vi encantada pelas suas considerações. Não deixe de escrever vou tentar sempre te acompanhar daqui do Brasil. Beijos e sucessos!!!!

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I wish we could see more of an ending scene and their life afterwards. Who wants to set up petition at change.org? Maybe if we can get enough signatures, they might really shoot it for us and show it in special episodes? No? Please?

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Okay, since the bittersweet ending make me so definitely sad and depresed coz kimshin is still immortal. I will write my two added scene after the ending reunion...

Kim Shin and long curly haired Eun Tak (Adult, several years later after her last reincarnation) walk hand in hand and smiling so brightly to each other.
Kim shin bring groceries in his other hand, and Eun Tak is touching his hair while the two lovingly gazed to each other...
Kim Shin narrates in his mind, "Every moment i spent with you always shinning brightly. My last hope is maybe someday after your 4th life, i could go with you to the afterlife...."

Behind them, a white butterfly is flying....

And the next scene is both of them still walking hand in hand and still smiling to each other take the stair to the after life. And once more, behind them a white butterfly is flying...

*the end*

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I would have LOVED this ending!

but then again, because of the seemingly incomplete ending, my heart still yearns for this drama.. and I still feel the pain of Goblin's uncertainty in life after ET's 4th life ends...

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Goodbye indeed. This drama has a beautiful beginning, beautiful storyline, and beautiful ending. Yes it has its flaws but I guess I can overlook it to see the beauty as a whole. I'm now proudly saying that this drama has the number one spot in my heart, stole it from Jewel in the Palace and I believe Goblin will sit on the throne for a very longgg time.

I do hope that Kim Go Eun will have new drama soon as I'm now officially a big fan of her. And Gong Yoo... well if the deities are listening to me can you please please please let him back on dramaland more often? ?

Thank you for your time recapping it, DB. I may have some disagreement regarding your review for this drama and the comments within (well, because I LOVE this drama to bits that it hurts me reading those harsh critics sometimes) but I know you have done your best recapping and putting your opinion and I respect you for it. Haahhh how I wish drama like this comes out every year. I know I will keep rewatching it from time to time

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Ditto every thing you said. Love this drama. ;)

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I'm so sad to see this drama end. Not sure what to do with myself now :(

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i feel exactly the same :(

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Goodbye goblin..... I really enjoyed it. Everything was really nice n enjoyable. I just have one complain. DAT is Deok Hwa's character didn't have any ending even though he was an important part in the story. Why is it so???

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it's a sad ending for me too.

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Ah... It's ended. I dreaded this moment... as much as I anticipated it. A drama like this comes once in a blue moon. I thought I was going to have a hard time saying goodbye but surprisingly I didn't. Thank you for that beautiful ending Kim Eun Sook.

I don't want to analyze these two episodes. I just want to savor the moments because everything was perfect, flaws and all. I'm sure many would've wanted to see them live happily ever after but come to think of it, I think we actually did.

Eun Tak's first life, we were there along the journey. Their first meeting: the car accident, at the beach, them falling in love, being in love, getting married (GY in a tuxedo with his hair up! *swoon*), enjoying newlywed life and the pain of losing each other. We've witnessed it all. Their happiness, their struggles & heartbreaks, their friendships. That's what life is. Of course, it's pitiful that he had to live while she dies. But it's HIS choice. He chose to remain instead of eternal peace, she, however, a human, so death is a given. It's a sad love after all.

I always believe happily ever after is for stories that haven't finished yet. They still have her 2nd, 3rd & 4th life. Be happy you two! I'm glad Grim Reaper & Sunny got together and moving at a top speed too. Check-in to a love motel? Wow! That was fast! Considering they have such a sad love from their previous lives, I'm totally fine they went that route. Lol. Btw, how hot is Lee Hyuk is? Grim Reaper was cute but damn Lee Hyuk was HOT!

It doesn't snow where I live, but it does rain a lot. I'll think of you Kim Shin when it does. And also whenever I see Kim Woo Bin picture, you will always be in mind Grim Reaper. Goodbye.

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It's not just a sad love, it's an eternal sad love, the kind Eun-tak chose :)

And the kind Goblin chose. He could have found peace, but he chose to be an immortal to be with her (as rain and snow first). So his immortal-self is no longer punished in the divine sense. He just chose a sad love instead of peace. Poetic I think.

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Uh huh. this drama was always about choice. the choice one makes despite divine will. Overall, I think it's a good ending. Lonely Goblin went from seeking death, to valuing life and love. From centuries with no purpose and emptiness, to spending wait time for Eun-tak, having something to look forward to. Not bad compared to "normal" people. At least, it's something he chose this time around, not something imposed on him.

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THIS SO MUCH!!

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Yes! And why I loved this series!

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Yes, but I was hoping that Shin would have another conversation with the deity about the consequences of his choice. I would have liked it if there was a door to him becoming mortal and living out a happy life with his bride and ending it all. Maybe after Eun Tak's fourth go-round or something like that. Great drama, though.

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Exactly!!! why didn't he get to talk to the deity and actively weigh his options? I mean even Sunny unbeknownst to her was able to convince God not to erase her memories...

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Yes, unanswered questions & I wanted more post-wedding life, but overall I was impressed with the story and the leads did a great job. I cried so much during the finale. Geesh! I'll miss this show & will probably watch it again.

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I want to believe that since the sword is out, my dear Goblin can die when he chooses whether after this second life with Eun-Tak or after the 4th, the thing that I love about Kdrama is that they leave us with open endings so each of us take away from them what we want. There is no right answer. I've been waiting so long for a good story and this did not dissapoint. Thanks DB for your recaps!

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EVERYTHING is about choice. The older we get, the more we understand that we are accountable for our lives.

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This!! So darn True.
And this drama is the perfect illustration of what you have quoted.
Like Doek Hwa said. "Fate/Destiny is the Question I throw....."
An epic ride Right from the beginning to the end! Me eyes would testify for that, what with all the emotions running rampant! ?

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thank you so much for this perspective. it is helping me a bit, because i am so sad with the ending :(

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Yeah, also even though KS'll have to bear the pain of witnessing ET die every lifetime, he knows exactly where she's going to and he can be certain that she'll always come back to him. Whereas, for normal people, they too sooner or later will have to witness their loved ones die, but unlike KS, they can't know whether they'll have the chance to see their deceased loved ones later or not. God really favors KS in my opinion.
Further, although KS has to wait for a long time for ET to reincarnate, he has all the time in the world cause he's immortal lol. Many people don't even have the chance to wait for their loved ones to come back; because their time in life is limited, they may not even be able to see their husbands/wives one last time before they die... Shin's indeed very lucky!
Sorry for destroying the mood! But no need to cry for KS, beannies!!! He's okay :)))
Actually, I'm just wondering what's gonna happen to people after their fourth lives. The drama never mentions anything about that. Will they turn into nothingness or go to heaven or what?

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I think Shin can die anytime he wants, because his sword had been pulled out, he can die and go to heaven rightaway when he ask for it to the butterfly deity. So when Eun Tak's 4th life is over they can go to heaven together.

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There is no divine "Will".
Humans have always a choice to make good/bad, love/death etc... The "gods" are only counting the points. And helping when they can/want.

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But wasn't the show's main purpose to end Goblin's immortality? When Goblin remain immortal I somewhat feel that we have an incomplete story.

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I thought the show was about a Goblin wanting to find death, and finding love instead.

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Plus, even early on, he didn't want to die once he found Eun-tak anw. lol.

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Since the sword is already remove, even though he is immortal, i think he made the choice of that life for love. He chose immortality for ET so that he could live it with her. And since its her only first life, they can live the other 3 livef of ET together. Although Kim Shin will have his spells of lonliness during the periods of re-incarnation of ET, he chose to endure that life for ET promised that she would come back. After 4th life of ET, Kim Shin may end his as well and both may enter the after life together.
I think this open ending gives the person watching a wider perspective. You may conclude it with what your heart feels content with.
Personally i also wanted an ending all neatly wrapped up with a bow. But the more i think about, more i feel this ending was better. As much as i feel sad, it makes me happy to realise that there is much more to happen in their lives. And with this thought
Good bye?

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I was kind of hoping Eun tak would come back with a different face the second time, since they had said in the show it was rare to come back with the same face as a previous life. It was also a running joke in the show that Eun tak would always say she wasn't pretty yet, how funny would it have been for her to have all of her memories but Han Ye Seuls face hahaha she could spend a lifetime teasing him "what do you like this face better? oh you like me more now that I'm this pretty?" I personally would find it hilarious haha

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Maybe because God is paying especially attention to Kim Shin and his entourage, so he's granting them the same faces because he "loves them especially." lol.

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Yeah, I was wondering about the face too, btu I think the audience would have been robbed of an important emotionalbeat had they replace Sunny/Grim and Eun-tak with other faces.

Of course, we know it's a reincarnation of the soul, but because we've been so visually attached to these three actors playing their roles, I personally would have felt cheated had they used other actors for any of these precious characters!

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I'm fine with the ending as is but I always like to wonder what if, so imo they could have ending the drama between Shin and Eun tak differently. Reaper and Sunny were a special case, Sunny had lived her allowed lifetimes and we don't know if she had the same face each time but the last life they got together seemed more like a special circumstance for them. For Shin and Eun tak we already know he was going to wait for her so they could have had them meet with her in a new body, and show a quick version of that life together nice and happy her death him waiting etc etc. and finally her last life as the original Eun tak again so they could spend the her last life together and for him to choose to follow her in death together in their original forms. but again it would allow her to tease him at the end " so which face did you like more? My third life I was REALLY pretty haha" I would just find that funny that each life would just be a continuation from the last since she chooses to keep her memories

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Face matters, just ask anyone who watched Big. (also a Gong Yoo's drama.)

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HAHAHAHAHA THE COMMENT KENDI MADE SO TRUE.

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PAHAHAHA! Oh my Shin, your comment is so on point.

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Well, face matters.. and I love Kim Go Eun and Gong Yoo face in this drama. It makes the drama more exclusive because they face are unique and natural.
It doesn't look like other typical beauty face (that sometimes not authentic) and handsome face (but stiff)

And Gong Yoo's face, appeared in the ending of BIG, forbid me to slam my laptop.

Well, face matters, but it also depend on your preference. Ugly and beauty isn't an absolution.

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Sorry:
...Kim go eun's and gong yoo's face..

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So true! The face made all the difference in that drama and although I'm a little disappointed overall with this ending (I know it makes sense in the drama verse, it's just my heart lol) but, it is infinitely better that they have the same faces..

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Funny you say that. I was hoping it was yoon eun hye who showed up with a boyish cut :)

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Bwahahahah very funny

and after that they will operate the princess Coffe shop...

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Exactly my point. Lol. That would be her 2nd life, yes?

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I agree, him as a detective was so cute! And I'd love to see the drama where the robotic detective and silly actress fall for each other. It gave me Queen In Hyun's Man vibes!

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Your words are gold! 1000% agree. I'm enjoying All their journey. How they met, separated by death and then reunited again. It's truly beautiful. Even though it's not always happiness for them but love will make them strong.

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I totally agree with you! It was so, so, beautiful, even though sad. But for me it was an happy ending.
I will have to re-watch it. KES thought about every single detail, maybe that's why she took so long to make this project.
I'm so, so in love for this drama. It's poetic, sad, beautiful, meaningful. For me it is the best I ever watched, and believe me I've already watch a lot for Korean dramas. For me everything was so well made, from the casting, the actors, the direction, photography, and, my GOD the OST! Thank you KES. I'll take all this beautiful messages with me, for life.

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Well, his choice was tied to Eun Tak, so perhaps he will end his time on earth along with the fourth Eun Tak. A sad love, regardless.

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Yup I think so too. He was given a chance by the almighty to rest in peace once and maybe after the fourth life he's going to join her in eternal peace. However their journey across these four lifetimes is of sad love.

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I spent the past two days moping about the ending... but I've finally come to peace with it. it was indeed a beautiful, sad ending.

I'm actually quite thankful that the ending was not the cheery episode I had hoped for.

Although Sunny and WangYeo don't remember their pasts, I'm thankful they were given the opportunity to truly fall in love without any external angst getting in their way. Their scene at the end, where the grim reaper is still as stiff but charming and where Sunny is still incredibly witty and lovable, gave me so much happiness.

Although Kim Shin's ending was the most tragic, I am thankful that KES remained faithful to this eternal sad love. In EunTak's first life, there was no way she could have been permanently safe because she was still a missing soul, and thus needed a clean slate. Meanwhile, Kim Shin has to retain his powers to continue helping others (something EunTak loved about him) and to find EunTak during her next three lives. I am hanging onto the hope that after EunTak's 4th life
1. His purpose will have been served as the goblin's wife's husband and they can either go to heaven together
2. She can join him as an angel where they serve as guardians for all those on Earth

I also really, really hope that all four of them will be able to meet each other again during this lifetime.

I am truly going to miss our dear characters. Quite frankly, I wouldn't mind just watching a whole season of their daily interactions with each other, whether it be epically buying green onions or going to the movies and being incredibly embarrassing.

There is a gigantic gap in my heart now that Goblin is over. I've never been so emotionally attached to characters or a plotline before... thank you KES, GY, KGE, LDW, YIN, YSJ, and everyone else! This has been one of my most memorable eight weeks, and I will definitely be sure to rewatch you soon! I miss you already.

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To conclude, I would like to comment on their excellent use of PPL even in these last moments:

The ending for both couples is bittersweet, just like the dal.komm coffee they so adore.

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Yes. You're words were truly on spot. I prefer #1 though.

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"I’ve never been so emotionally attached to characters or a plotline before"
me too. And i'm still moping :(

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Just finished and am moping. I honestly was hoping she would come back as an angel. If killing yourself makes you a grim reaper I would have bet money that sacrifing yourself for another makes you an angel...

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Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series, I'm a bit disappointed that they didn't really show what happened to Duk Hwa. If I recall correctly the last we saw of him was when he had the funny conversation with Secretary Kim on the bench. I would have loved to see him in the future as well. I know it would be an added heart ache for Kim Shin to see him die but they're dynamic was to awesome to just leave as a loose end. All the main characters had a future moment (even Secretary Kim) and I feel like they left a whole with uri Duk Hwa.

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I agree, I kept looking for what happened to Deuk Hwa after the 30 years had passed and nothing. I felt gypped since he was supposed to be part of Kim Shin's family. How could they just leave out what happened to him...ugh.

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100% agree.
i really love deuk hwa
i keep reading all these messages to get some clue about him.
huhuhu..

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Rain, first snow, blossoms, red scarf,... will remind me of this show.
Early blossom in winter will definitely reminds me of how happy a goblin is facing his lovely bride.

Such a nice drama! <3

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It's ET's first life and she needed to die since in this life, she's already due to die since she was 9. If she won't, death will always come to her every 9th year whether or not she's the Goblin's bride, so she has to follow nature's order. She can't be a missing soul forever. Then she still got 3 lives and she would just reincarnate to be with Goblin again (because
that's the natural cycle of life) and everytime she'll be asked to drink the tea she would decline. Goblin needs to stay so he can wait
for ET (no use both of them to reincarnate and not find each other LOL!)
and be her companion for her remaining lives. And later on, when her
4th life is over, she and KS could go up to heaven together (remember KS
can already die if he asks god since his punishment as a Goblin is over.)

I'm really happy with the ending. It wasn't just "let's put a happy ending since that's what viewer wants." It satisfied the missing soul and cruel love story arc. And no worries since ET remembers everything in her past life since she didn't drink the tea. And I'd love to be in ET's place since she get to spend maximum of 400 years with Kim Shin and gets to be anyone 4 times, the 1st time she became a radio PD, in her next lives she could live differently.

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Yeah, ET doesn't have it all that bad tbh. But it's Goblin that makes me unable to see this as a truly happy ending. I don't even understand why his punishment is so extreme. It feels so disproportionate to the so-called wrongful acts he did. I hoped that after he turned to ash he would be given the chance to return as a regular human, sigh.

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It seems cruel but I agree with the length of his punishment. Think of all of the people he killed, however deserving, each one of those people could have been leading their own Goblin Earth-shattering love story that he cut short.

I am sad for our Goblin and I know he'll find happiness with ET hopefully for many lifetimes over but he sinned greatly.

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by that logic, wouldn't every one of his fellow soldiers be living out the same punishment as him? but his second in command was given the chance to reincarnate and harvest the good deeds of his previous incarnation...meh.

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Who said the soldiers weren't punished? His second in command died a tragic death, we don't know how he lived or reincarnated, and the reincarnation with the same face had led a life of decades being poor from what we were shown. Goblin was the one who intervened and made his life better, not god.

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To be honest, I don't like the ending scenes. Too simple almost like empty, maybe i have higher expectations. Why I don't like it, maybe because the ending, that scenes are missing something or not complete or not enough, something like that.

I think Kim Eun-sook and production team can do better than this. Way better. But the damage already done. So we all have to accept this kind of ending. Disappointed.

Anyway, I'm glad it's over because this drama sometimes drove me crazy in good and lovely ways. Hehehe

P/s: Happy to meet everyone here to shares our thoughts, ideas, theories, explanations, loves, and kindness. We endured a lot, together. Until we meet again with another new drama in the future. Good luck, take care and have a wonderful life everyone. xoxo

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Kim Shin was a warrior. A warrior that went where his king sent him. Why do you say he sinned greatly when he and his warriors did as they were ordered. Why is Kim Shin worse than any other warrior? He stayed alive.

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Goblin said himself that his sisters, subordinates and members of his house died because of his pride/greed=going to the king when he KNEW it was impossible to reach him hence knowingly killing them all. Also we saw that on the battle field he was without any pity or compassion. That were his sins.

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U forget that he was given the choice to find peace and rejected it.
He CHOSE to be in that tundra between life and death. He escaped it because of the contract and Eun-tak's desperate wish during her birthday. But the state he is in is his choice. Other people lose their loves too, and forget it on their next life. He chose not to forget, to be with her as the weather, and his choice led to meeting her again as an immortal, knowing she was mortal all along.

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in the moment of heat, i guess people actually forget he MADE THE CHOICE to be immortal. This lonely road he's going through was solely his choice and i am glad that he never blame the deities again when eun tak dies.

i agree with GF that they underutilized Deok Hwa and Sunny. but for Sunny, she show her worth even in small dose. her heartbreaking parting with wang yeo struck to my heart dearly. but for deok hwa, i really want to know where he is at in that new lifetime. is he alive, or he already passed away, leaving the goblin truly alone? sigh..

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Hmmmm. this comment is making me hope. If it was the choice he made which led him to being immortal, it kinda gives me hope that after all his good deeds as a guardian, now independent of his punishment, god will give him some kind of grace eventually. With "angel" Eun-tak as well. I believe rewards will come to them for their deeds now. :D Positive thinking. It seems God had always listened, and in the end after lots of trials, granted, given them what people wanted. Except for life and death matters.

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Ah, yes! I really hoped that ET as a special case and because of her sacrifice would have come back as an angel. So, he chose to live and she chose her sacrificial death and then the gods chose to allow his love to be immortal by making her an immortal angel. That would have been less sad! They would be rewarded for good choices and would have an eternity to live each other. So, I will cling to your suggestion that one day she will be immortal, too.

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i think i will choose this "angel eun-tak" ending for myself. to make me less sad! that because of the sacrifice she made to save the kids and cost her life, she became an angel (immediately) instead and so can spend eternity with kim shin. i'd like that happy ending instead of leaving kim shin to wait 30 years.

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Love this perspective which I didn't think about- he had the chance to die but he didn't take it- he would rather it be this way (immortal and doomed to be lonely, and be with her for one lifetime) than them not seeing each other again. The same way ET made the choice to sacrifice- even though she could live a long and happy life in this lifetime then drink the tea to forget and go on to her next life. they ended up this way because of choice (although they were handed a shitty plate to begin with) and I can't begrudged the wil that the characters logically arrive at a conclusion to

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@gravit

their plates weren't that bad. Eun-tak as a miscalleneous missing person was out of the dinner to start with. She was the unknown variable. If she didn't go in front of the truck and saved all those people, the plate would have been a long life with Kim Shin after all.

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EXACTLY! I think people forgot that this is no longer his punishment. He served his punishment already and was given the choice to forget all and be at peace in the afterlife. However, Shin CHOSE to remain in that place between life and afterlife in order to keep his promise to Euntak to be the rain, wind, and snow. He chose this path of immortality the second time which is why the voice over of Samshin Grandma said it was a stupid choice.

It's sad indeed that once Euntak gets all her four lives, Shin will truly be lonely. However, that's the price he has to pay for wanting to stay and have all his memories intact.

I actually like it. It is sad but it is such a wonderful love story. It's epic in its beauty and sadness. I truly felt for Shin and Euntak in the final few episodes.

I agree with GF that I also find myself with Shin and Euntak the most in moments of sadness and melancholy (although I also love them when they are being cute and lovey dovey). I guess because it is when I truly feel that their love story is an epic one.

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sad love, it sums up their love story. i think they will want to be in love no matter how sad it will be.

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How's choosing to honour the contract equals to choosing to live in immortality? The very sword that causes it is no longer there.

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@Celine In the end, this drama is the story of a "lonely and shining" God. As a human, he suffered as well as sinned. He received punishment in the form of immortality and reward in the form of powers. He used those powers to do good and be a "god" and guardian. When the time came for his punishment to end, God gave him the chance to find resolutions with his enemies and his sister. He understood love for the first time, and found resolutions. In the end, he chose to be a "god" because of that love, and became a guardian to all, while waiting for his love to return life after life. End of tale.

Don't forget, him being a guardian, is what Eun-tak loved. And so much of his personality, awkwardness and all stems from having powers. Eun-tak fell for the Goblin, became the Goblin's bride, and he became a Goblin to be with her.

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“lonely and shining” --- exactly! The drama's title defines him as that. And in his many years of walking on earth, he gets a breather from such loneliness with a few lifetimes or so spent with ET and her reincarnations.

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Also, the means to end of his punishment also happens to have been because of his generous gesture. And she became his reward as his love at that. Quite fitting.

He was rewarded twice. Once for powers, and those powers led to the second reward, love. Beautiful.

And now, he's a Guardian who uses those same powers to help people. I like it. It's a tale worthy of that name.

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Orei, your thoughts are lovely! Couldn't agree more!

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Exactly! this is a tale about how a Goblin became a God, I imagine like how Samshin Grandma also has a tale of her own (I would watch that drama).

He was a Goblin, living in punishment. And became a god after finding love, interacting with humans, and helping them.

Samshin and the Butterfly God are immortals and fine. Goblin should be fine too.

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mochi, right, it's a matter of perspective. I guess some view this only as a romance drama, but if u view the romance as part of a greater tale, it might give a bit more satisfaction. From the title, it's Goblin: the L & S God, so it was more of a tale of the Goblin becoming a God.

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Ooooooh. I like Near & Orei & mochi's ideas!!!!!

I can totally imagine that Goblin became a god like Samshin and Nabi god. Meddling in human affairs and changing their pre-determined fate and messing with what would happen (which is what he's doing anw). And like a parallel with Grim Reapers and his hoobaes... Goblin is now a "hoobae god," and perhaps he'll eventually come to share coffee drinks with Samshin and Nabi drink (or just drinks since Samshin and Nabi god seems to lean towards hard drinks rather than beers like him and GR lol) and join their table to discuss humans, like how GR discusses his affairs with his hoobae. And mochi, I would totalli watch that drama about Samshin becoming a god. Even more, I want to watch a drama of Nabi becoming a god. Better even, cast Sungjae again as his face. kkkk

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but if u view the romance as part of a greater tale, it might give a bit more satisfaction. From the title, it’s Goblin: the L & S God, so it was more of a tale of the Goblin becoming a God.

...and in extension, King & Queen romance. It was how he became punished and dead. It was the source of his guilt, anger and pain as a Goblin. And their happy ending is a means for him to find peace and resolution as a God.

(as for the reason how he left Sunni alone mentioned in the recap... she insisted that this life is hers and different from his sister's life and she wanted to live it separate from her past)

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@Irenebaech I can imagine him at the table boasting that he's the only god with a bride and wife. lol.

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@Celine, what wonderful words.

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Yes it was his choice to go back but in my opinion the almighty had already planned on letting him go back. ET was created as the goblin bride, her fate was tied to his but in the same way his fate was also tied to hers. The goblin should return to claim his first and last bride. But still at the time in that lifetime she was a missing soul, eventually hers was a short life.

Althrough the drama we were introduced with the concept of reincarnation and how many lifetimes each mortal has. ET was a new soul and it's agiven she would have some lifetimes left. But still she still remains as the goblin bride, that was the purpose of her creation and it would not make sense if there was no goblin to claim her in each lifetime so the goblin should remain immortal and wait for her.

Similarly we also saw what happens to an immortal like the grim reaper when it served its purpose, they cease to be immortals and I think when ET lifetimes are up, both her and the goblin will exit the mortal world together and the lonely and shining goblin will cease to exist... Or until another one is made to do the job, lol.

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@lirrel, I like that idea that once ET's life's are over her and the goblin will leave the world together and at peace. Nabi did mention that there was a reason why he left the door open when he is talking to shim.

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I like your idea regarding that when ET lifetimes are up, both her and goblin will exit the mortal world together, like Grim Reaper. It ease the pain I feel in my heart since Saturday. Thank you for this. I finally feel some knot loosing in my chest.

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@Tresna Omo. You're not alone on that feeling. I binge watched eps 14-16 today and I'm trying to get this heavy feeling by reading the recaps 14-16 and all of your comments. I replayed the ending three times just to convince myself that it was indeed happy ending for them. I'm mostly now at peace with the ending. Truly, the end was just their beginning.

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I dont like this argument that he CHOSE...because what he CHOSE was out of desperation to return to his love and I doubt that he truly thought it through and weighed out the consequences of the CHOICE he was making... he was only thinking about getting back to JET somehow...

JET on the other hand felt more level headed with her Choice...the show always hinted at her subtle maturity and strength...but also the fact that she was a missing soul and probably always had the thought at the back of her mind...she was somehow at peace with her destiny...

I think what fell flat for me is that she had to die literally the morning after her wedding...was that like the next morning? or did I misunderstand?
...their reunion was really short compared to the length of him being alone....and her being alone...They should've given us a bigger punch at the end...

giving us the happiness, the sorrow and a brief meeting with her back to being a teen...felt to me...like we're right back where we started at ep 1...so what was all this angst for...if theyre gonna keep going through this again and again...

I do agree that the show was about choices...enjoy the love now and suffer later KIM SHIN and EUN TACK or suffer now and enjoy love later Wang Yeo and SUNNY...

other than that I was sad about them not showing what happened to DH and also it just felt like they couldnt make up their minds what the show was about...was it about KS's past and his connections or his love with ET I felt like we went through 3 different dramas by the end of it... I felt like the Goryeo story was left hanging with loose ends...so many questions were left unanswered overall in both lifetimes....

perhaps there should be a season 2, 3 and 4 for all of JETs lifetimes? but how would that work without GR being immortal...perhaps a different genre altogether...
I feel like they took their time in the first few episodes and then had a crisis to pack everything in towards the end...in the last 3 episodes

Other than that Im shipping Wang Yeo and Sunny and praying the drama Gods give them their own drama with them being leads.

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I don't think it's back to where it's started. It's much better now. She's no longer a missing soul, he's no longer under punishment or wants to die.

And I don't think he's given enough credit about his choice. Sure, it's out of desperation, but it's not something he regrets or a stupid choice he made in his view. He had a choice to find peace, it's not as if the choice was going to hell. Between choosing "peace," he chose his current love. He knew what he was doing, he's been seeking for peace for a millennial. He just found something he wanted more. Being with his love, and keeping his promise. Overall, people all around the world experience tragedies all the time, people don't choose accidents to happen to them. He's lucky he even has a choice to make tbh.

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Right. All the other souls didn't get choices in their deaths (as do most humans), and most didn't even know death was coming. Bizarre as it sounds, Goblin and GR were favored a lot with God right? Goblin is a drama about death and how to deal with it or accept it, and value life in the process, whatever life can be lived. Euntak wasn't supposed to live in the first place, and she valued all 29 she could. Goblin protected other people in his punishment after his first death, and chose to be with Euntak in his "second" deaths. As a couple, both have a lot more than others together.

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While I partly agree with you Marci and pancakessi....I feel like Goblin felt like he only had two choices, choosing between the afterlife and being at peace or going back to JET and staying immortal while as we saw with SUNNY its possible to plead to GOD for way more and God just may grant it...so my argument is..if he really had time to think about it and wasnt feeling so pressured and desperate he probably wouldve made a different plea to God...and asked for more than he asked for...something similar to Sunny's plea....for them to be happy together for a long time....or at least consider the fact that JET has limited time...I really don't think that would be asking to much...we can't really compare to other humans here since this is Goblin's story and we're going by the rules set by the drama...of what is possible and impossible for him and JET

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@Sandy

KS is lucky enough to have a choice. He chose to stay. And he retained his identity and wealth. GR still remembers him.He and ET got back together. He's still luckier than to those who will be reincarnated to an unknown life. So i wonder how come some people thinks that he was shortchanged.

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@endo I personally feel like he got shortchanged because he spends most of his immortality Lonely again and it will always be that way for him...how long did he get to stay with JET after he came back to her...compared to how long he had to wait to her to come back after her death?...plus he will have to go through that pain of losing her once again...and waiting for her again...alone...while everyone around him dies and moves on...GR remembered him but then moved on with Sunny and we don't know if he remembers him when they reincarnated...but I guess this scenario shouldnt be a surprise because after all he is the "Lonely and Great God"

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Atleast he's waiting for someone he love and live happily with her how short it may be. Before, he was just waiting for the "bride" to kill him.

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I also have a hard time understanding the severity of Kim shin's punishment. Should his generals who fought with him have the same severity in punishment also? Shouldn't Wang Yeo have this severity of punishment because he manipulated all the events? Instead he had a choice to forget. I can't quite imagine any other punishment more severe than Kim shins, for he has to witness all this death for 900+ years. Being killed in a battle and being poor is nothing compared to this pain imho.

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I too was left quite devastated by the ending. It took the wind out of me.

I thought the lack of God's hand in Eun Tak's death cruel. She literally died the day after her wedding. No doubt it is her choice but in her words, she said herself that every thing was perfect as if to lead her to this moment of the choice to sacrifice herself. I believe God is all knowing and the lack of his presence and hand in that incident makes me feel how Kim Shin was shortchanged by God.

We are talking about God here so anything is possible for God and yes, even withdrawing Eun Tak's fate as a missing soul.

Kim Shin's brokenness in the tea room gutted me that thoroughout all the deaths he experienced- this one death of his beloved wife is what broke him. I cried so much that he went through the years so lonely and especially when he stand in the buckwheat field all alone.

I wished KES could have wrote God in,because sure, Eun Tak could always be reincarnated but Kim Shin will always have to wait for her.

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So any soul after the 4th life goes to heaven? Is the cycle only based on the drama?

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i really like your opinion about kim shin and eun tak in this final episode and i think that's the best way to make us fell happy and enjoy the drama...but i still don't get about your opinion " And later on, when her
4th life is over, she and KS could go up to heaven together (remember KS
can already die if he asks god since his punishment as a Goblin is over ) "....... If his punishment as a goblin has over than why he still become a goblin ????? (sorry if my english is bad)

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I don't think he's a Goblin anymore.That part of his life ended when he died at the rooftop. Now, he's an official God like the Butterfly and Red Granny. He still has power that he possessed but he's not punished anymore. No sword on his chest. He's pretty much a guardian now.

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Dear Annika and Beanies, an inmortal life (for me) seems like a neverending curse (unless you can decide to die and forget).

If Eun Tak and Goblin gets together as eternal partner, I can find an endgame similar that the one for the lovers in a prison in Mark Twain's "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (please forget my memory): a pair of lovers commit a crime in order to be together, and together are jailed!. After 50 years there is nothing for them but silence.

A lonely Goblin missing eternally his lover?, I can feel a little bit of Fosca in "All Men are Motals" from Simone de Beauvoir: there is nothing in the end but futility.

The ultimate endgame is even worse: please check Jorge Luis Borges's "The Inmortal" in The Aleph. Everything is futile at the doors of inmortality... all the possibilities and permutations are possible within an infinite amount of time. If you love literature, please read it... it is said that Cervantes marks the dawn of Spanis literature, but with Borges it reaches the zenith.

Anyway, I prefer to be a Wang Yeo with a Sunny than an inmortal Goblin both with an eternal Eun Tak or missing her an eternity.

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The ending was not what I had been hoping for, but it was not disappointing. I don't really know how to feel about it yet.
some theories I found/made about the ending, for anyone that needs some closure:
1 After ET has lived out her fourth and final life, Goblin will leave with her into the afterlife. There isn’t anything holding him back from dying, right? (my answer is no.)
2 There were several mentions of ET being “like an angel”. This may mean that after her last life, she will become an angel, and enjoy being a guardian of souls alongside Goblin for eternity.
3 Since we were never told whether or not GR was in his second or third life as a reaper, I’m just assuming that it was his third. That way, both Sunny and GR can live out their last lives together.
4 There were complaints that Deokhwa didn’t appear much in the episode. I’m assuming that DH’s reincarnation was the old man that advised Goblin in Canada.
Also, congrats to the drama cast/crew for breaking tvN’s rating record!! They hit nearly 21% (20.986 to be exact)!! Really excited for Secretary Kim’s promised dance cover of TT haha.
Also, question regarding reincarnation. So, souls go to the afterlife after death. Then how do they come back as reincarnations? Does that mean the afterlife is only a temporary place until a person has lived out all four lives?

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ah, my mistake. the final rating was 18.68%, whereas the seoul final rating was 20.986%.

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Nice theories! I like no. 2 so much. We have seen Euntak help others. They'd be perfect guardian couple.

And yes congrats to their final ratings! I am so happy for the cast and crew. Their hardwork paid off.

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Too bad we didn't get a "what happened to Deok Hwa" moment...I would have love to see an older version of him getting out of the broken car with CEO Kim to say something like "have to go because after work the kids want to see Shin", showing us he grew up but he's still the same lol!!

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Yes, it would really have completed DH's story for me if he had appeared and talked about "Kim Shin" "samchon", before realising his mistake and awkwardly amending his address to Kim Shin "hyung" or "nephew", since 30 years has passed (his official relationship to Kim Shin/Yu Shin Jae would have to amend accordingly)

And we see that DH has indeed matured and indeed fulfilled being Shin's nephew, brother, uncle etc....

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I love theory #2, too! With this in mind, I would've also loved this kind of ending:

Euntak's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lives would pass by swiftly in a montage, with Kim Shin waiting for her return every time. Since the show was generous with time skips, this part wouldn't have hurt at all. Then, after her 4th life, Kim Shin would be devastated, only to find Eun-tak return as an immortal, ala Samshin Halmona