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Age of Youth 2: Episode 14 (Final)

There was never going to be an easy way to say goodbye to these girls, but it really is that much harder the second time around—I don’t want this to be the end! As Ji-won finally puts to rest her ghosts from the past, we’re once again reminded that life is messy and hard, but it’s also joyful and weird and full of laughter. If we’ve learned anything from these girls, it’s that we can get through whatever life throws at you with the best group of friends by your side—so when we get knocked down, we can get right back up and try again, with gusto.

 
EPISODE 14: “They have their own mirror” #goodbyeseeyoutomorrow

Flashback to March 2, 2017: Hyo-jin paid a visit to Teacher Han’s place but stood at the front door, unable to bring herself to ring the doorbell. As she was turning away to leave, the door swung open and Teacher Han and his daughter stepped out.

A startled Hyo-jin greeted Teacher Han, but he didn’t seem to recognize her and asked for her name. Before she could respond, Teacher Han’s ride arrived and he excused himself, telling her to leave her contact information. Teacher Han’s daughter then asked for her name.

In the present, Ji-won writes both her name and Hyo-jin’s in the guestbook at Teacher Han’s appreciation lunch. The event begins with applause for the teacher and his family, so Ji-won joins in, forcing a smile on her face.

Ji-won’s smile quickly fades when she sees Teacher Han hugging his young granddaughter. As Teacher Han begins to address the crowd, Ji-won watches his granddaughter run off to join some other kids at the dessert table, her mind flashing back to her and Hyo-jin playing together as children.

After Teacher Han finishes up his speech, a former student gives laudatory remarks about the teacher. As he’s talking, Ji-won looks up at the sky, recalling images of her and Hyo-jin happily blowing on dandelion flowers.

Ji-won closes her eyes, looking overwhelmed with emotion. After a moment, she opens her eyes and, looking resolute, she raises her hand.

She says that she also has something to say, and though everyone looks a bit confused, they give her the floor. Ji-won begins her story: “It was in the third grade. It was summer, and after classes ended, I played on the fields with a friend.”

We flashback to that day and see that Ji-won was wearing the pretty shoes, while Hyo-jin was wearing worn-out sneakers. Teacher Han had interrupted the two playing outside and asked if one of them could help him, and the two girls smiled back at the teacher.

In the present, Ji-won says that she’d wanted to volunteer, but she’d been timid back then, and could only wish that the teacher would choose her. After glancing down at the girls’ shoes, Teacher Han had picked Hyo-jin; Ji-won tells the crowd that she was envious of her friend, and even hated her for being picked over her.

After Hyo-jin left with Teacher Han, Ji-won joined some kids in a game of hide and seek. She found a hiding place high in a tree, where she overheard Teacher Han’s voice coming from his classroom, telling Hyo-jin, “Come here.” Hyo-jin’s trembling voice pleaded, “I’m sorry.”

Little Ji-won peered into the classroom window, where she saw Hyo-jin backing up in fright, begging Teacher Han to let her go. Teacher Han approached anyway, putting his arms around her and shushing her. As Hyo-jin’s eyes grew wide with panic, she looked toward the window, catching a glimpse of Ji-won’s shoes.

Back in the present, the crowd starts to murmur. Ji-won looks straight at Teacher Han, and with angry tears in her eyes, she presses on, barreling over the MC who tries to move the program along.

“Do you know what you did in that art room that day?” Ji-won cries out. “Do you know what kinds of things happened to that girl after that day? Do you know who that girl is? Moon Hyo-jin. Her name is Moon Hyo-jin.”

Teacher Han finally stands up to intervene, telling the crowd that he has no idea what she’s talking about. He tells Ji-won that the today’s event is special to him, and asks her why she’s doing this.

Now openly weeping, Ji-won wails at Teacher Han to admit what he did and apologize. Instead, Teacher Han apologizes to the crowd for the disturbance, saying that Ji-won had visited him earlier saying strange things: “Either she’s misunderstood something, or she’s sick.”

When two men try to lead Ji-won away, she frees herself and screams that she saw it. “I saw what you did in the art room! And…”

Another flashback: A group of girls walked Hyo-jin out of school, looking sad—it was Hyo-jin’s last day there. As she said goodbye to her friends, Hyo-jin glanced down at Ji-won’s feet and commented that she wasn’t wearing her pretty shoes that day.

In the present, Ji-won screams that Hyo-jin knew: “She’d known that I saw it all!”

That’s when Teacher Han’s daughter slaps Ji-won across the face, stunning her and the rest of the crowd into silence. She insists, “No one here believes your words. Why? Because everyone here knows my father.” She asks someone to call the cops.

At the police station, an officer takes down Ji-won’s statement but is visibly frustrated that Ji-won doesn’t have any other evidence for her claims besides her memories. She points out that that Teacher Han lied about not knowing who Hyo-jin was when she in fact visited him this past March, but the officer says according to his daughter, Teacher Han wasn’t even home that day.

Ji-won protests that it’s a lie, but the officer says it doesn’t matter, since the visit doesn’t count as evidence. Ji-won mentions that Hyo-jin left Teacher Han with Ji-won’s name and address so she could be invited to the lunch—and died the very next day after visiting the teacher.

Exasperated, the officer reminds Ji-won that Hyo-jin was depressed. He asks her to think about the situation rationally, asking her how she thinks it looks to others.

As the rest of the housemates pull up outside of the station, the officer takes a call from Teacher Han. Afterward, the officer asks Ji-won if she’s received psychiatric treatment in the past. She looks at him in surprise, and the officer continues, “You were treated for a sleep disorder and anxiety, right?” Whoa.

Ji-won stammers that it was way back in elementary school. The officer says that Teacher Han won’t press charges if she promises to undergo treatment again and apologizes formally. He advises Ji-won to take the deal, saying that she has too much to lose as a journalism student at a top school.

Just then, the housemates burst in and rush over to Ji-won. The officer asks them to convince Ji-won to do the right thing, saying she’s too young to have a record. The girls look at Ji-won in shock, but all she does is smile and try to make small talk.

When the officer looks to her for an answer, Ji-won tells him she’s sorry. Looking down at her hands, she says she won’t—and can’t—apologize: “I don’t know what I did wrong, so how can I apologize?”

On their way out, Ye-eun wonders if Ji-won will really be sued. Eun-jae says that even if you tell the truth, you can still be found guilty of defamation. Ji-won responds in typical fashion, saying, “Aren’t I amazing? I’m the first person you know who’s gotten sued, right? That’s who I am!”

As they step outside, Ji-won’s surprised to see Sung-min pulling up to the building. His face filled with concern, he races to Ji-won and scolds her for not saying something before acting. Ji-won interrupts with an amused look on her face to say that he would have stopped her if she’d said anything.

Sighing, Sung-min tells her to get in the car, but Ji-won asks how many people it can fit. It’s only then that Sung-min notices the other housemates, and he awkwardly exchanges greetings with the girls.

He ends up driving back alone while the girls take the bus. When Ji-won passes out on the ride home, the housemates marvel at Ji-won’s ability to sleep so soundly. Brushing a hair off Ji-won’s face, Ye-eun explains that Ji-won hasn’t been sleeping well lately.

On their walk home, the girls ask about Sung-min. Ji-won casually answers that he’s a friend from the school newspaper, and when they ask if he’s just a friend, she thinks for a moment. The girls smile expectantly when Ji-won answers that he isn’t just a friend—but then she adds that he’s also her servant. Pfft.

On campus, the newsroom is buzzing with activity: A timeline of Teacher Han’s career decorates a big whiteboard, while student journalists are busy doing research and making calls. Wow, are they all working on Ji-won and Hyo-jin’s story?

Eun-jae walks into the chaos, clutching a bag of snacks and looking for Ji-won. One of the journalists—the same guy that she went on the blind date with a while back—greets her and says that Ji-won stepped out to meet with her lawyer.

Eun-jae’s been asked to write a statement to support Ji-won in court, and the guy provides Eun-jae with some direction, telling her to write about how the Hyo-jin incident may have affected Ji-won (like triggering Ji-won’s tendency to lie). Eun-jae takes notes diligently, but pauses to ask how he knows her name.

He blinks at her, then reminds her that they met on a blind date. Eun-jae looks embarrassed for a second, but then laughs and apologizes, saying that she wasn’t in her right state of mind that day. He laughs too, and reintroduces himself as Jo Choong-wan.

Ji-won’s lawyer says that the case isn’t favorable for Ji-won: With Hyo-jin dead, Ji-won’s the only witness, and Teacher Han’s lawyers will likely try to use Ji-won’s medical history against her.

Ji-won protests that the incident with Teacher Han was the very reason she had to get treatment in the first place. The lawyer says she knows, and asks Ji-won if she’s willing to see this through to the end.

Putting on a brave face, Ji-won says she is. At that, the lawyer says the first thing they need to do is to publicize the case, and the best way to do that is to talk to the press.

On the ride back, Sung-min asks if Ji-won’s okay going public—she knows better than anyone else what will happen if the press picks up her case. Ji-won agrees that it’ll likely be bad for her, her family, and her friends—including Sung-min. She says that if she’s being honest, she’s scared to death, despite what she told her lawyer.

She thinks back to her pretty shoes and tells Sung-min that it was the first and only time she ever wore them. Scared at the thought that it could have been her, she had tossed the shoes into a lake.

Back home, Eun asks Ye-eun how girls typically send their boyfriends off to the military. Ye-eun says her friends have put together care packages, then mentions that girls also tend to plan special events or go on a trip.

When Eun fixates on the trip, Ye-eun grins slyly and asks if they haven’t gone that far yet. Eun looks down in response, leading Ye-eun to wonder if they’ve at least kissed. Eun shakes her head with a pout, but Eun-jae cheers Eun up by telling her not to worry—there’s no set formula for dating.

Ji-won arrives home and finds Eun-jae working on her statement for court. She asks about meeting Choong-wan earlier and notes how he’d talked about how different Eun-jae seemed today, and seemed quite interested in her.

Ji-won asks if Eun-jae wants to be set up again, but Eun-jae declines—she’s still not over Jong-yeol. When Ji-won reminds her that the best way to forget a guy is with another guy, Eun-jae says it seems weird to try so hard to forget, since it’ll happen naturally anyway.

On a walk with Jang-hoon, Eun can’t help but notice all the other couples being affectionate—and that Jang-hoon is noticeably not. When a biker passes from behind, Jang-hoon gently moves Eun out of the way but lets go of her immediately.

Now disgruntled, Eun stops short and tells him that she doesn’t want to talk to him. When he asks what’s going on, Eun shoots back, “Why haven’t you made a move? Do you not see me as a woman?”

Jang-hoon says definitively that it’s not true: “You’re totally a woman to me.” But he reminds her what he said before—that engaging in skinship before going to the military seems rushed, and that she might regret it later.

Eun grumbles that he shouldn’t be worried about something that she might regret. She adds that going to the military these days isn’t a big deal—she can call and visit. But Jang-hoon turns away from her, saying she doesn’t understand his feelings.

She asks if he’s anxious about ensliting, to which Jang-hoon replies that he can’t even sleep. Eun looks thoughtful for a minute, then approaches Jang-hoon from behind with a smile before breaking out into the 1990 Kim Min-woo song “In the Enlistment Train.”

She sings, “I didn’t want to show you my awkward short hair. I don’t want to leave you behind in the crowd of waving people. Will you forget me for three years? I told you not to wait for me because I felt sorry…” Ack, so adorable.

Jang-hoon tells her to stop, but Eun keeps singing cheekily and making her way up the stairs. Jang-hoon whirls her around and plants a kiss on her, then pulls away quickly, looking guilty. But HA, Eun just keeps singing, sneaking glances at him—so Jang-hoon pulls her in for a deeper kiss.

Jin-myung arrives home, and hears music coming from Jang-hoon’s apartment. Creeping downstairs, she’s horrified to see Asgard practicing, and even more horrified when Heimdal drags her inside to gush about their upcoming farewell performance tomorrow.

He asks Jin-myung why she won’t tell them where they’ll be performing, but before Jin-myung can figure out what to say, Heimdal guesses that it’s a surprise, and the whole group gets emotional. Heimdal tearfully says that Jin-myung’s going to make him cry, and Jin-myung helplessly tells him she feels the same way, hee.

Heimdal says they’re planning on dedicating their song to her, and as they all sing her a line, with a hand gesture to match, Jin-myung stumbles backwards and tells them not to do that.

When Jin-myung gets home, she tentatively enters Ji-won’s room and hems and haws for a minute, then asks Ji-won if she has an update on the location of Asgard’s farewell performance.

Ji-won stares blankly at Jin-myung, and then is pulled away by another phone call. Ji-won whispers to Jin-myung not to worry, telling her that she’ll take care of things, and Jin-myung lets herself out looking totally stressed.

That night, Jin-myung has a nightmare about telling Asgard that they’ll be performing at a noraebang and startles awake the next morning. She bursts into Ji-won’s room soon afterward, but Ji-won’s already gone for the day.

When Jin-myung numbly tells the other housemates about the ongoing misunderstanding with Asgard, they’re aghast that Jin-myung let things get this far. Jin-myung meekly says that Ji-won had said she’d take care of it, and that she didn’t want to bother her, given all that Ji-won has going on.

Eun-jae and Ye-eun mutter about how frustrating Jin-myung can be, and Eun sighs, “It seems you’re human, too.” Meanwhile, Ye-eun gets Ji-won on the phone and demands the truth, asking if she forgot about the performance.

But Ye-eun’s expression changes at Ji-won’s response, and she puts Ji-won on speakerphone, telling her to repeat herself. Ji-won says where the performance will take place, and though we don’t hear where it is, everyone’s jaws drop open.

Cut to: a giant stadium filled with screaming and cheering fans—it’s Yonsei University’s big music festival. Backstage, Asgard members pace nervously when Jin-myung pops by to ask if they’re ready—they’re going on last, finishing out the program.

Shaking, Heimdal abruptly tells Jin-myung that he can’t do it—this is all he’s made of, and he was expecting a smaller stage. He thinks he’ll ruin the whole performance, but Jin-myung cuts him off and tells him to shut up, adding that she suffered so much for this.

She gets teary as she tells him it doesn’t matter if he messes up, as it’s his last performance, and that whatever he does, he should give it his all. Heimdal nods at her, and Jin-myung gives the group a little “fighting” before heading out. She’s the best.

Jin-myung waits outside the stadium for someone, then starts running toward a figure at full speed—it’s Chef Jae-wan! He greets her with a giant bear hug and a kiss, and holding hands, they head inside.

The two join the rest of the gang (including Sung-min!) in the stadium, and adorably, every single one of them is wearing a yellow sweatshirt in support of Asgard. Soon, Asgard takes the stage, and though they’re treated to wild cheering from the housemates, they receive a tepid response from the rest of the crowd.

As Asgard’s performance begins, everyone starts filing out of the stadium. The housemates could care less though, and they continue cheering their hearts out for the group. Onstage, Heimdal locks eyes with Jin-myung and puts his all into the performance, just as she told him to do.

After they finish, Heimdal takes mic to say a few words of thanks and starts to cry. He saves his final thanks for last, calling out, “Special thanks to… Yoon Jin-myung!” All the housemates freak out at the shout-out, and Jin-myung hides her face bashfully. And with that, Asgard takes a final bow.

The whole crew ends up at Belle Epoque after the concert for drinks and food, and it’s a beautiful, happy moment for all of our housemates and the men they’ve grown to love.

The next day, the housemates are surprised to see Eun back so early after sending Jang-hoon off to basic training. Eun says they said goodbye at the bus station because Jang-hoon was about to cry. Looking concerned, Ye-eun asks, “What about you? Aren’t you sad?” But Eun just smiles and shrugs nonchalantly.

Ever the mood-setter, Ji-won starts belting out “In the Enlistment Train,” then dances over to Ye-eun and Eun-jae as they join in for a dramatic rendition. Eun gets in on the action too, singing a verse before disappearing into her room, smiling at her housemates’ antics.

On his bus ride, Jang-hoon scrolls through photos of him and Eun. When the guy next to him asks who’s with Jang-hoon in the photo, he answers, “My girlfriend,” then zooms in on Eun’s face, looking wistfully at the screen.

Back at Belle Epoque, Ji-won sings the enlistment song to herself while Eun stands by the stove. The next thing we know, Eun starts to cry, then crumples to the floor in sobs. Ye-eun yells at Ji-won to stop singing, mouthing to her that she made Eun cry.

Sometime later, Ji-won makes her first appearance in court. As she walks out after the proceedings, a woman sitting in the courtroom watches her closely, looking nervous.

When Ji-won stops by the restroom, she runs into Teacher Han’s daughter, who has some questions for her: “Do you not have even 1 percent of doubt? Are you 100 percent confident that you’re right?”

Ji-won turns the question around and asks if she’s 100 percent confident. Without missing a beat, the daughter says she is, giving Ji-won pause. Looking coldly at Ji-won, she says, “You shouldn’t have done what you did.”

As Ji-won’s about to get into Sung-min’s car, the woman from the courtroom calls out to her. She ends up at a café with Ji-won and Sung-min, and though we don’t hear their conversation in full, the woman says she’s also a victim of Teacher Han’s. Well, damn.

When Ji-won and Sung-min return to the car, Ji-won tells Sung-min that she wants to hear the recording again. In it, the woman explains that back then, she didn’t have anyone to ask for help, and that she couldn’t trust any other adult.

As she’s listening, Ji-won breaks down in tears and tells Sung-min that she felt so anxious that she thought she was going to die: “I was more nervous about the fact that I could have been mistaken than about losing in court. But, listening to that woman’s story just now, I actually felt really glad, even though I shouldn’t be. I just felt so relieved.”

Sung-min watches Ji-won with a soft expression on his face. He sighs, then asks if she’s done crying before pointing out that her nose is running.

Ho-chang brings Ye-eun home to introduce her to his family. His mom is super friendly towards Ye-eun, telling her how pretty she is and trying to make her feel comfortable. Though Ye-eun smiles brightly, her smile falters when his mom returns to the kitchen, and she sighs nervously.

Just as Ye-eun notices that there are multiple place settings at the table, the doorbell rings, and Ho-chang’s mom calls out that Ho-chang’s big sisters must be here. Ye-eun’s eyes widen in horror, the words “big sisters” echoing in her ears, but she quickly pastes on a smile to greet the three older women, who don’t look friendly at all.

As they sit down to eat, Ho-chang’s sisters loosen up, and they ask Ye-eun to take good care of Ho-chang, earning a genuine smile out of Ye-eun. But her smile quickly fades when the sisters start making fun of Ho-chang’s new style and ask her to do something about his hair. Ho-chang starts to mention that his makeover was Ye-eun’s idea, but she pinches his leg to stop him from talking.

Later that night, Jin-myung receives a photo of Heimdal in front of his family’s renovated inn along with an invite to come visit. She suggests that the housemates take a trip, and everyone’s onboard. Ji-won’s the only one to mention that the inn looks familiar, but Ye-eun says that all inns look alike, ha.

The next day, Eun’s mom gives her specific directions on visiting her dad at the hospital, instructing her to look in on her dad even if a nurse happens to be in the room and not to let anyone come inside. Eun looks surprised by her mom’s concern, but doesn’t say anything to her.

At the hospital, Eun stops outside her dad’s room when she sees that his other family’s inside with him. After watching for a moment, she quickly turns and walks away when she sees dad’s mistress make her way toward the door.

Later, Eun runs into Ye-ji at school, and the two exchange awkward greetings while Ye-ji stares in disbelief at Eun’s skirt. Ye-ji’s friend pulls her away, and Eun watches sadly as she leaves. In voiceover, Ye-ji narrates: “We said that we wouldn’t change. We swore that we wouldn’t change until we died.”

Choong-wan catches up to Eun-jae and strikes up a conversation with her, but she completely spaces out on him when she sees Jong-yeol walking by. “We thought we wouldn’t change. We thought we were enough for each other. Who’s the bad one here? Is the one who changed the bad one? Or the one who couldn’t change?”

As Ye-ji scrolls through old photos of her and Eun, her narration continues: “You and I are like puzzle pieces that don’t fit. If we force the pieces together, we end up hurting each other. If I make myself smaller because I’m scared of hurting someone I like, the jagged parts stab me. When I get closer, it hurts, and when we grow farther apart I feel like dying.”

Sung-min gets ready to sleep in the newsroom when he’s joined by Choong-wan. As Choong-wan gets settled in, he asks Sung-min, “You like Ji-won sunbae, right?” When he wonders why the two aren’t dating, Sung-min asks if a lover is better than a friend, which makes Choong-wan scoff.

Choong-wan asks what Sung-min will do if Ji-won ends up dating someone else, then encourages him to confess. Sung-min sighs and says it’s okay: “I like things the way they are.” Sung-min turns over to sleep, but then pops back up to yell at Choong-wan for bringing up the subject.

It’s cleaning day at the Belle Epoque, and Eun-jae happily calls out, “Kang unni!” upon spying Yi-na at the door. Yi-na bounces in with food, as usual, then sprawls out on the couch, commenting on how comfortable the house is before drifting to sleep.

Each of our housemates say a final goodbye. When the camera catches Eun just before she heads out, she simply says that she’ll be back, and to make sure to eat. As Ye-eun’s eating jam out of the jar, she mumbles that she’s happy to have met, then tears up, adding that it would be good to meet again.

Ji-won wonders why she’s being instructed to say goodbye, then looks at the camera to give an overly cheerful farewell. She says she was thankful and happy, then bids adieu, blowing us a kiss.

Jin-myung’s stopped as she’s rushing out of the house, but she sits on the couch to remind us to eat well, and to be happy every day. Eun-jae acknowledges that her personality’s changed a lot, but she says that both love and people are supposed to change. She bows and says, “Thank you.”

 
COMMENTS

I was reluctant to start watching this episode, because it meant that I would actually have to acknowledge and accept that this gem of a show is really over (this is a familiar feeling, having experienced this in the first season). But after I made it through, I can say that in no uncertain terms, Age of Youth 2 was a beautifully crafted show from beginning to end. It’s been astounding to see how the writer picked up on the carefully laid groundwork from last season to deliver on deeper narratives for each of our girls, and I’m just so happy to have taken part in their lives as they grew and changed—both as individuals, and as a group of housemates.

Though each of the Belle Epoque ladies had equally important stories to tell, Ji-won’s arc this season stands out the most, for reasons that I probably don’t have to explain. Given the lack of focus on her story in the first season, I was hopeful that this second season would spend a good chunk of time addressing both her back story and her love life—and for the most part, I got what I wanted. I’m so glad that we got the full explanation of Ji-won’s ghost (as well as an explanation for her abrupt personality shift as a child), and I thought the resolution of Ji-won and Hyo-jin’s story was beautifully done, with Ji-won taking it upon herself to seek out closure on Hyo-jin’s behalf. This idea of memory and how tricky it is to rely upon is a theme that the show has played with in the past, and seeing Ji-won struggle with her decision to move forward with her accusation until the very end felt so real, and then validating once the other victim stepped up.

Of course, I absolutely adored that Sung-min was with Ji-won throughout all of that, demonstrating so clearly what we all know to be true: They are supposed to be together. And yet, how infuriating is it that after all the dropped hints and teasers, we didn’t get any romance between the two? Did anyone else’s heart sink further and further as the last minutes of this hour ticked by, with no hint of a confession in sight? I fully understand that with all Ji-won’s been through, it might not be the right moment (yet!) for her to embark on a relationship with the person she trusts the most. But still, I wanted something—anything—that showed that Ji-won wasn’t completely oblivious about the nature of their relationship, or Sung-min’s feelings towards her. Also, what about that damn epilogue with the kid? How can the writer just throw out something like that into the universe and not provide any kind of answer? The only explanation I have for this is that there’s got to be a Season 3 in the mix… because otherwise, that would just be cruel.

Despite this, I still can’t be mad at the writer (at least, not too mad), because by the end of this hour, I felt satisfied with where each of our girls landed. Though it took me a while to warm up to Heimdal and Jin-myung’s random friendship, I was surprisingly moved by all that Jin-myung went through to ensure a proper farewell performance for him, as well as the emotional thank-you he delivered to her on stage. Because we know of the scars that Jin-myung carries, watching her open up to others has been a treat to watch, and I especially loved seeing her as the caring head of the Belle Epoque household and a loving girlfriend to her Chef. In the same way, though I initially wasn’t happy about the fact that a majority of Eun-jae’s storyline this season revolved around her breakup with Jong-yeol, it’s been cathartic to see Eun-jae pick herself up from the mess she was in and take baby steps towards healing, even if she’s not all that far in her journey just yet.

Eun and Jang-hoon might have replaced the “maknae couple”-shaped hole in my heart this season—they are simply adorable, and I’m so glad that Eun found not only her housemates, but someone like Jang-hoon to dote on her like she deserves. At the same time, I also liked the way the show highlighted the trade-offs that happen in life as you grow up—Eun’s now defunct friendship with Ye-ji is a prime example of that, as are Ye-eun’s broken relationships with her two friends. Ye-eun’s story is another that surprised me throughout the series—her recovery was portrayed with such nuance and grace, and I really appreciate that though she’s come a long way, it’s nowhere near the end for her. There’s so much more that Ye-eun still needs to tackle, from her eating disorder to her constant need for approval, to truly be okay, and I can only hope that she’ll get there with Ho-chang by her side, slowly but surely.

Overall, I thought Age of Youth 2 was even better than its predecessor—I found this installment to be tighter and funnier, but I also preferred it because it wasn’t as dark or murder-mystery focused (though that’s probably largely because we only had Ji-won’s ghost left to uncover this time around). There’s so much that I can pinpoint as having made this show so special: the attention to detail that went into every interaction between our characters, the stellar performance from each and every member of the cast, the hilarious epilogues, the cameos from some of our beloved characters from last season, the list goes on and on. But the best part, as always, comes down to the deep friendships that I watched develop between our girls, which reminded me of my own closest friendships, and how I felt like I was right there, as a part of their little family. I guess with that, there’s nothing left to do but toast to our girls (and perhaps, a third season). To Belle Epoque!

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Who died?

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My heart 💔

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CREYS

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Too many hearts diedddd

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i read on the interview of park eun bin, she said she is the one who died..

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Our hopes for a Season 3

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Is it just Park Eun-bin's interview killing hopes everywhere?

That didn't manage to kill my hopes at all, so I don't really get it. Even the finale BTS seemed to be calling for a Season 3 so I'm not giving up yet.

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I was gonna write a big finishing post for this but I might save it till ep 14 subs are out and I have the mental energy to say everything I said on the fan walls and more...

Anyways, I had fun despite complaints.
Thanks for the recaps and here's to season 3!! (Maybe. I haven't decided if I want it yet... do I given those interviews we all saw... but... SsongMin... hmmm)

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episode 14 already subbed. try watching in watchasian.io

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Oooh it is?
Thank you!
Well, alas, it won't be happening just yet...

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I FREAKIN DIED WHEN SON SEUNG WON (SUNGMIN) POSTED ON HIS IG AN EXTENDED SCENE OF JI WON AND SUNGMIN ENJOYING PIZZA AND CHICKEN AT THE HOUSE PARTY!!!

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Can you post a link?

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26_1on is his instagram username

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It’s such a cute clip. 😍

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omg his age of youth captions are a treasure.

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Gotta watch that, thank you for the tip

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SO CUTE! And he posted another one before that, showing a cut scene when he berated his junior for asking about his feelings. Adlib-fest! Shame it wasn't included. That'd be so awesome.

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in an interview , park eun bin (jiwon) said that she too was curious as whose child was it (ep 13's epilogue) and she ask the writer . the writer confirmed that the child is sungmin's.

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Omg I hope that's true!! Because than it would confirm that it is also Jiwon's! I mean, who else at Belle Époque would Sungmin have a child with?

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I'm not satisfied :(

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Me neither. I feel like this season was not as good as the last season. I didn't enjoy it. I couldn't relate to the girls' stories like I did last season. This wasn't a very good sequel. I'm very disappointed

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WRITER-NIM you better start rewriting Jiwon's future story, I just read Park Eun Bin's interview about the epilogue with the kid. I wanna see Jiwon and Sungmin happily live together!! <3

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That open ending tho!!! A HINT FOR THE NEXT SEASON!?? I wish this series could come up with new season every year. I hope this drama will tackle also diverse cultures (like having a new roomie who is a foreigner) i know this is a wishful thinking of mine but what can i say it's a slice of life drama that every audience can relate too.

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The recap for final eps is out. The subbed version maybe out in a few days. But I've only watched til episode 10 even though I already got spoiled from here and there about Ji-won's future *clutching heart*. Saying goodbye will always be the hardest thing if it's about Age of Youth. I saw the picture when they finished shooting the last scene and most of them were posing with 3 fingers and I take it as there'll be season 3 sometime next year.

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Okay, I need the spin-off Ssong-Sungmin now!!!

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After thinking it through, I don't think I want a season 3 after all. (but watch me show up if it does happen). I think all the girls got their happy ever after. Even Song Ji Won. Thoughts are long and convoluted, so I've put them here: http://mywebfoot.tumblr.com/post/166259152519/happy-endings-in-age-of-youth-2-even-song-ji-won

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Reading this just makes me even more happy on what Age of Youth has given us especially on the part about Ji-won and Sung-min. I'm satisfied with the ending but will be definitely be happy if there's a third season.

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"Ji Won was destined to be a bright star, flaring as she fell, entrancing the world, and dying out quickly, so that her image was burned into our retinas and branded into our memories."

That sounds like Princess Diana.

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Beautifully written.👍 Reading this, I realized that it truly is a happy ending for Ssong. They said that what's matter isn't how long we live, but how much we do with our life and how many lives we touch. And from the epitaph on her urn, I think she will live her life to the fullest and truly satisfied with it.

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Thanks for reading it all. It's great to be able to share and cope with THAT ending together. :)

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Thanks for this - particularly the last bit about Ji Won and the fact that the writer only gives her eight more years. I was heartbroken when I read the article about the writer confirming that she thought Ji Won would die young, but your writing really helped soothe the pain. Ridiculous, I know - for a fictional character, not a real life person. Haha guess that's how much I was attached to her.

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Thank you so much for that, it brings so much needed peace into my heart. Thank you!

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I wonder if the writer made S1 with S2 in mind? How about this time around? But with the recent revelation about Ssong's death, I feel like my hope for S3 just went down the drain. 😔 How can I watch S3 knowing that Ji-won will die?

I'm totally lost. Listening to 'On a Day Like This', breaks my heart 💔💔💔

But thank you AoY2 for deciding to come back to our lives for the 2nd time around! To the cast and crew, congratulations for another awesome Show!

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Right? I wondered about if the writer had concluded season 1 with season 2 in mind, because last season had so many questions unanswered and so many leads for the curious. And now, having the writer throw something like JiWon's kid, Ye Ji's unresolved relationship with Eun, I take that as hints for s3, but... maybe she's just a sadist like that.

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Yes, I want to search some interviews of the writer but got no time to do that yet. And totally agree that she is one sadist writer, esp to the Ssongmin shippers.

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I don't think so since S1 was actually supposed to be 16-episodes long (based on what I read from soompi forum), in which Ji-won's backstory was supposed to be tackled in the last episodes of the season. When S1 was cut into 12 episodes, Ji-won's arc was cut out so writer-nim made S2 (mainly for Ji-won). But this time around, I think S3 is in works even before S2 has finished. Or maybe I'm just biased and I just want S3 for Ssong-Min!

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I knew about that but I also read last year that JTBC wanted to try another format by making it 12 episodes, so that's what happened. I also want to know what made them decide to make S2, was it based on the ratings? Or knetz? Or something else? Because whatever caused it, I will do it! I'm one biased and broken fan of the girls and Ssongmin 😊

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AoY2 was the first drama I watched as a whole around 4 times (?) RAW-YouTube clips-recaps-subbed ver , whew, 😙 what a ride that was!

So shoutout to @dramallama and @chocolatte and Ryan Air and to the fansubbers for being our subbers for this season! Thank you thank you 😘👏🎉

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I was just going to rewatch the last episode without dying hope and expectation each passing minute to fully enjoy every minute with these girls and their boys but after that confirmation i just can't. I tried but the moment jiwon and sungmin appeared i just let out an ugly sobs. It's painful. So now i don't know what to feel about season 3 *sigh*

This wasn't supposed to be this kind of show. This was supposed to be fun and all. I didn't sign up for this. Writer nim we don't deserve this.

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age of youth - both season - seems light on 1st appearance. but it was never a fun show to begin with.

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I know that. Season 1 even tackled darker themes, season 2 is lighter by comparison. But after season 1 ended we kinda left with this warm feelings knowing that whatever life throws at these five girls they will overcome it. That's why i was so excited to once again get a glimpse of their lifes, but now *sigh* I'm not even complaining about how they wrapped things up, i would be very satisfied with this ending if it wasn't for that epilogue and the writer's word.

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Bye AOY, whether there will be a season 3 or not, I'm satisfied with the ending. Although the lack of progress between Ssong Sung Min is really frustrating. I like how the girls matured throughout the season. I wish Chef made a several cameos just like Kang unnie😔, Chef and Yoon sunbae are too adorable.

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Okay Sungmin just upped the standards for supporting friend-future boyfriend turned husband.

The amount of tears i shed for this finale my God! I cried because this is the end and we'd have to wait next year for season 3 (i'm betting on it); i cried for the happy "closure" for most of the girls and cried the hardest for the lack of Jiwon-Sungmin romance.

So many times i paused and checked the remaining minutes of the episode hoping for a romantic confession but alas, it was for naught. *sigh*

AoY2 has taken so much of my brain space. I refused to start any other series until after this ends. I hope some good shows are on to help with the huge huge hole this has left me.

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that little block of yellow stubbornly cheering on Asgard was the cutest thing ever. even CUTER though was seeing sungmin steal glances at jiwon during the performance (and coming a close second was janghoon not even trying to take his eyes off eun). seeing as we really didn't end up getting sungmin/jiwon, i'll just have to take what i can get LOL.

it definitely is so much harder saying goodbye to the girls the second time round - being given a second season with a returning cast (and not one, but THREE kang unni cameos!!) was already such a miracle that daring to hope for a third feels like a little too much. in fact, i don't even know if i actually do want a third season - i feel like we left the girls at a good place in their lives, and i'm just grateful that we were privy to their stories at this particular stage of their lives. it's the greatest feeling in the world to feel like the characters you know and love still live on somewhere, even if not on our screens. 💔

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"it's the greatest feeling in the world to feel like the characters you know and love still live on somewhere, even if not on our screens"

Well, sadly, this writer didn't even give us the chance to have that so..

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There was also the scene where Jun Myung hides her face shyly, while Jae-wan hugs her.

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I love that scene! She looks so happy! And I'm so happy to see her come out from the shadows of season 1 and getting that very public shoutout about how awesome she is.

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That was a cute scene. ^^

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I feel greedy for a 3rd season, but I agree with your thoughts about hoping for a 3rd feels a little too much. Getting a 2nd season in such a short time already feels like such a gift. And with the 2nd season being so good (and better, in my opinion), it's a miracle. I agree with you that we did leave the girls in a good place in their lives. There is more closure here than at the end of season 2. If there is no season 3, I would still be pretty satisfied. I don't need the show to tell me that these girls will encounter more struggles in life and that they will overcome them somehow because they're strong, resilient, and have a wonderful friendship network to support them. And i just know they will find success and love.

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Age of Youth Season 2 is officially on the list of my favorite dramas. My first slice of life after a string of mysteries and heavy dramas. There's something about a show that has the ability to draw out various emotions and having a strong story without having to put too much effort.

This is why I like slice of life. The simplicity is deceiving. It feels light and humorous. But the way it can make you feel so much by just being so relatable. By seeing how much a person can react to different situations you have experience. It provides a different perspective to life. It is fiction but the story and the character feel utterly real.

Kudos really to the writer, the director, and the wonderful actors. Thanks to Park Eun-bin for giving us Song Ji-won. Truly an amazing performance.

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Aahh... It's time to say goodbye. I have mixed feeling regarding the ending. On one hand, I like the slice-of-life feeling that still going strong even in the last eps. Life just goes on, and we witnessed our resident girls take one more step toward maturity which is why I love this show so much. Not everything got a neat resolution, but we can rest assured that they'll do what was necessary in order to solve it with each other's support.

But on the other hand, I feel like that particular epilogue about Ssong is a TMI from the writer. I mean, I know that at some point those fictional characters will die whether a day after we saw them in the final scene, a week, a year, or a decade later. But we don't want to know that. We want to watch them facing the new day without that particular knowledge tainting our happiness. It ruins the fantasy that they'll live forever in our memory.

That said, I'm still very satisfied with the way they wrapped things up. We can see that the future will be better for them. And whether we will get season 3 or not, I'm content to see those girls and boys off to their next "adventure". Cheers to Belle Epoque!!

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My consolation is that because the funeral urns/tombstone scene had jaunty music and because the writer deliberately did not show Sung-min's face (nor have the girl address Sung-min as 'dad'], the writer wasn't 100% committed to the ending she had for Ji Won. There is some wiggle room. I guess I'm in denial.

I agree with you on seeing these girls mature. I feel so proud of them!

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WTF?! 😡 Was my first reaction when Ji-won and Sung-min didn’t get together in the finale but after calming down I can see why the writer went that way. The drama’s main focus was never really romance and Ji-won and Sung-min were busy trying to get a child molester punished and clear Ji-won of making up the accusation. I can see why Sung-min wouldn’t have confessed, “hey I know you’re stressed with your court case but I like you.” Not the most appropriate time to confess your feelings. I guess I’ll just have to be content with knowing they end up together and have a daughter together, even though Ji-won does die 😭 (Park Eunbin confirmed this in an interview)

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I wished we had gotten just one more Ji Won and Sung Min scene, but I totally agree that romance never the main focus. Nor would I had wanted it to be since what made AoY such a great watch was the friendships and the growing up. I also felt that the timing would be weird given all that Ji Won is going through. Even if Ji Won has mutual feelings for Sung-min, moving from friendship to romantic relationship can still be stressful since if there is a breakup, that friendship is lost.

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Yes I agree, if the writer did that for Ji Won and Sung Min, that would be out of place and fan-servicey. I totally admire her unbarging stand for her story, even if I hate her a little lol. The heart wants what it wants.

But I'm just thankful for the couple's existence in the first place, they're just beautiful.

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Once again, we've been bamboozled about Jiwon and Sungmin's ending. Why you gotta be so cruel, writer-nim? You even gave the hint the Jiwon will die 8 years after. Nonetheless, AoY is such a masterpiece that I can't be mad about it. Because of this show, I'm back to dramaland. We need season 3!

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Thank you writer-nim, you made an amazing job!!!!! And thanks for the recaps DB squad :)
One of the few drama sequels that was better than the original show. I'll miss my gals from BE but hope to see them next year.

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I forgot to register... BTW, i could totally live with a christmas special to wrap up some of the stories or at least see Jiwon and Sung Min together, pretty pretty please???????

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Park Eun Bin confirmed in an interview that Song Ji Won is to die 8 years later.

https://www.soompi.com/2017/10/10/park-eun-bin-reveals-truth-behind-age-youth-2-epilogue-hinting-characters-death/

I'm sad. I badly wanted season 3 but now I'm so down thinking Song Ji won died waay too early.

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Ugh I'm crying again 😭 what is this?????

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I have to say i'm happy and nostalgic, i'm going to miss a lot this series, i have get attached to this drama so much because i identified with the girls situation, problems and make me realize that those "situations" is part of growing,i love the voice over in every episode but this one takes my heart. I really appreciate this recaps, helps me to understand better. (well.. that make me realizes my level of english got better thanks to don't have the patience to wait the subtitles in my language lol) <3

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Rewatching the episodes, my question is, why Jang Hoon gives Eun the chair he was making, in the last episode we can see in one of the last scenes the chair in her room and also kim min seok in his account post a photo about it ?? still i don't get it 🤷🏻🤷🏻🤷🏻

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"But still, I wanted something—anything—that showed that Ji-won wasn’t completely oblivious about the nature of their relationship, or Sung-min’s feelings towards her."

This is so me,after rationalizing that ending.But the interviews after didn't help when I'm here trying to move on..

But thank you again Belle Epoque girls!
See you next year!

JTBC you better bring them back

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#ssongsungmin, though. *cries*

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We...I mean I need a season 3. Yes, I know that the writer has shown us in an indirect way that Sung-min and Ji-won got married and had a child. But I want to see scenes of them being cute, and lovey-dovey. I want scenes of them bickering and arguing and working together to reveal the truth about the art teacher. I want scenes of them quarreling and making up with kisses. Lots of them!
I also want more of the Belle Epoque girls!!!
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Jin-myung - we can always have a proposal from Chef and the throes and woes of the wedding prep. Only to have the Belle Epoque gals coming together to throw her a simple but beautiful and meaningful wedding.
Ye-eun - How she finds laughter and acceptance from Ho-ching's family, and reconciliation with her 2 friends.
Eun - The difficulties and jealousies from having a bf in the military. Eun growing her hair, dressing more femininely and Jang-hoon being jealous over her new popularity with girls and guys. I also want to see Ye-ji and her reconcile into a more wholesome friendship. And of course, for her to be reconciled with her father. I also want to see her interacting more with her little sister.
Eun-jae - To finally overcome her first love and maybe, just maybe, link up with Heimdal? He could decide to return to Seoul to take up a course on bee-keeping or agriculture, and of course bring the honey that he promised his one-true noona fan.
Yi-na - She has to be back! Now that she's a success at her job, she has to turn her attention to her love-life. I would so love to see Yina falling for a man so unlike her past lovers, but coming to love and respect him.

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Loved so many scenes in this episode. Park Eun Bin killed it during the accusation scene. All the actresses did an amazing job. Choi Ara was also surprising in how she won my heart with the Eun character. From the behind-the-scenes clips, I feel like Eun's cute side is really Choi Ara's personality coming through.

The concert was heartbreaking. I can't help but think of the real life trainees and idols.

I love how Ji Won's school newspaper is working on this story so seriously. They're compiling information, working hard, staying up late etc. They're out to get justice - not only for Ji Won, but for all the victims. It makes me feel like none of the local or national news are giving a crap about this story, so they're taking it into their own hands.

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Re;The concert was heartbreaking. I can't help but think of the real life trainees and idols.

There are so many trainees and idols did not make it and have to change their directions. That must be sooo heart breaking. I really feel for them.

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Disappointed with part 2 cos
1. Focused too much on eun-jae- her breakup, how she trying so hard on getting back with her ex
2. Too little on Jin-myung- only about her work and relationship with boyband
3. Ye-eun- not much progress other than getting better and a new bf. She didn't stand up to her mum, still having eating disorder etc
The only good thing is introducing new girl eun and her bf- they are so cute. Her story is better- getting over her father and his new family
Jiwon- also disappointed no development in love with sungmin. He is only her driver and helper.

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Did anyone notice the scene when Jiwon got a call from her mother and she said she's not going to die? Jiwon said "who said that? Taegon ahjussi? Im not going to die" i didn't get the reference but someone on tumblr pointed out that Lee Tae-Gon is the director. This may mean nothing at all but i'm going to convince myself that they're just playing with our hearts and the writer just loves torturing us until they give us season 3 in which they will be like gotcha we lied lol. I know, i'm in denial.
In the meantime, i'll just ignore all epilogue and interview (except the good part where my otp get married and have a daughter 😊)

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Haha... I love how cheeky this show is.

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oh really?? i need to rewatch that bit omg LOL.

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HAHAH that's an amazing tidbit, thanks!

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Meanwhile waiting for season 3, this jewel of kdrama is getting a special treatment (when I watched the behind scenes all the cast, the director and the writer had so much fun while shooting, that's so precious), I was surprised by Because This Is My First Life that the main protagonist is referred to as a possible writer of Age of Youth.

Loved you to bids show! Jin Won and Sung Min love you more!!!

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I'm pretty satisfied with this ending. I don't think season 3 is necessary, although I do think that the ending was written to lead into another season. Even in the last behind the scenes clip they were like "see you in Season 3?" Or like "let's see another season!" I can't remember the exact words, but if it happens I will definitely tune in.
If they did a season 3 do you think they would try to bring Park Hye Soo back as Eun Jae, or do you think they would keep Ji Woo? meep. meep.

But all in all this to me was very satisfactory, and on top of that even though we didn't get a Song Min - Ji Won official pairing, I do like that in the end he admitted his feelings out loud, even though it wasn't Ji Won, it just felt better that at least those feelings were acknowledged.
Honestly I was really surprised that I really liked Ye Eun's change the most. I felt like she was so vapid before even after I saw what she went through, that one part where she was like "I'm sorry I tried to change you, I was out of line." To Ho Chang from the previous eps was just so great. I want their love to blossom so much. BAH. They were like the couple that took a back seat, but became so natural and familiar. Also Eun and Jang Hoon were too much. So. Cute.

I have many more good things to say about this season, but I am too lazy to type.

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yeah, and rewatching season 1 in particular really made me appreciate just how much ye-eun's grown in season 2. it's interesting seeing the kind of family and background ye-eun comes from, and how, in retrospect, that's informed all her actions in past (e.g. her tendency to lie to save face, and how eager she was to judge or poke fun at other people based on their appearances). one of the best things about her growth in this season for me was seeing how she shows signs of actively disengaging and breaking away from the environment she was brought up in (like you said, when she stops giving ho-chang makeovers and tells him to wear what he wants). it gives you the impression that when she starts her own family, she'll be much more sympathetic than her parents were to her, and won't bring her kids up the same way.

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We need a Jiwon and Sungmin spin-off! ❤️

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I cant believe its already over
I need my sungmin jiwon couple in S3

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The way this series ended I am hopeful for season 3 but not really. This was such a fantastic season 2. It didn't disappoint but continued the wonderful story telling, relationships, and life of our Belle Epoque girls. It did take me some time to warm up to the new Eunjae and Eun but I ended up loving Eun so much. I feel like we got to to know her so well and all the other girls on a more deeper level. We got the information we were so craving from season 1. I am disappointed that we didn't get our Jiwon and Sungmin relationship but its ok. I am going to miss looking forward to this drama every weekend :(

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I can't believe that Age of Youth 2 has now ended. I'm still not ready to say goodbye to a show that made me laugh, cry, be anxious (because of those epilogues!), and relate at the same time. I'm still not ready to bid farewell to the girls of Belle Epoque, whom I was able to relate so much that it hurts.

We may have had the answers we badly needed from the recent interview with Park Eun-bin (my girl!) but with only an hour left, many questions were still unanswered and some stories are yet to be concluded, so I honestly think that the show needs a 3rd Season.

The finale this Season did not live up to my expectations unlike the one on Season 1. Yes, the writing was more organized in Season 2 than the previous one, but that style made us love the show more! I don't know if the writer made the finale this way so she can fetch another Season, but she could've used the last few episodes to tie up those loose ends and give every girl the conclusion they deserve!

I'm still not ready to let go of this show which I love so much and I'll be sadder if we let go of this gem like this.

I'm going to send JTBC a pink letter if Season 3 doesn't happen.

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Goodbye AOY2. The girls will be missed. So much fun and happiness along the way I watched this drama. My favourite girl Song Jiwonnnn. Too bad her relationship with Sungmin is not developed as we are expecting. The script writer sure know how to torture us! The epilogue, the preview are really tempting for us to expect things will eventually happen for Jiwon-Sungmin couple. *sigh* If only there's season 3... which we know its kind of impossible. Anyway, good job all the girls, AOY had me perceived life in a different ways nowadays :)

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Jiwon-Sungmin relationship dynamics reminds me so much of my parent's relationship... ♡♡♡ My parents got married out of friendship (they were each others best friends not gf-bf) and maybe this was the arch writer-nim wanted for the Ssong couple ♡♡♡

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I'm all about SsongSungmin couple so I mainly skip the rest and focus on this couple... did Ye eun and Ho chang kiss? Or when did they become official?

I'll rewatch once ep14 is out on my usual site.

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As much as I love Eun and Jang Hoon, I will still cry at the corner because of not getting the romance storyline between Sung-Min and Ji Won.

I agreed, I can't bee too mad as overall this has been a very well-crafted show; nicely directed and edited and great soundtracks for sure. As a film major student, it kills me when I have to bear a nicely written drama with a poor directing/cinematography. I've seen many dramas out there where it's so easy to spot color temperature inconsistency or even quality inconsistency but this one is definitely one of the perfect ones where all elements are done well.

Amazing team! season 3 sounds like a possibility, but if there's anyone starting petition for season 2 specials for sung-min and ji-won, count. me. in.

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there's a making video of the last filming.. and in the ending of that video, the whole group of casts and staffs shouted, 'there was AOY last year, there's AOY2 this year, there will? be AOY3 in the next year too' with Han Yeri's lead!!! please make AOY3 happen!!! please!!

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this drama proves why i don't want second seasons in dramaworld, they destroy the first season magic.

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I haven't been able to catch up with the last two episodes (real life wouldn't let me), but still manage to grasp the general idea by watching youtube snippets and reading recaps provided here.

The ending does leave me with a bag of mixed-feelings, but it surprisingly doesn't make me love this season less. I have come to terms that Age of Youth will always be this kind of slice-of-life that choose to tell its story in the most honest way possible, as if it happened to real people in real life. As painful as it could be for viewers, the writer doesn't try to sugar-coat it and tie everything in neat little bow. Because in real life, we don't always get our answer and closure rightaway. People don't change overnight. Broken friendships need more time to be mend, and sometimes we just cannot get back what we have lost. Events unravel in more complicated ways, and confessions take longer time and maybe a few good more hesitations (and denials!). Heck, even I have been through it all (lol)!

For some reasons, I also feel that this series reminds me a lot of the experience I get from watching Misaeng. Perhaps, Misaeng's popular sentiment of how "life is all about changes, surviving these change means being able to go toward a complete life; we are all still incomplete lives" can also be applied to uri BE girls this year. Also, don't forget the adage that "life's not about the destination but the journey that gets us there".

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I want to write my thoughts and comment on comments but I haven't watched the final ep yet. Can't do it raw 😭

So just dropping by 'cos I wanna say I really love this drama, I love our Belle Epoque girls, and I wanna believe that no one died. Period. And I'm also joining the calls for Season 3. Can watch our girls meander through life multiple-seasons long ♥

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The #sepanx feels is really strong with this one! 😢

As much as I was frustrated that Ji-won and Sung-min didn’t get to be together, what I look on fondly is their friendship. Clearly it was Sung-min who fell first, judging by the longing looks he was sending her way. But the drama has never shown us whether Ji-won feels anything more like he does. Their potential love-line took a back-seat to Ji won’s character development as an individual and I loved it all the same. Our girl needed to sort herself out first. I know we already have that darn epilogue that they eventually got together, but I loved that at least in this last ep, Sung-min did share his misgivings about confessing at this time and choosing not to because it really is one of the hardest things to consider whether you wanna risk losing your best friend.

The Eun-Jang Hoon couple! I love how unconventional this pairing was! I used to prefer the guy-must-be-taller-than-girl pairings but these 2 shattered it and made it look like #goals. Of course it also had to do with the fact that Jang Hoon as a character is just near-perfect. As other beanies have mentioned, Jang Hoon with his unabashed confidence and thoughtfulness was just so awesome enough to get through our prickly, insecure tall girl.

I love how the drama showed the realistic effect of abuse through Ye-eun and for showing us the ugliness of victim-blaming. And although Jin-Myung took a back-seat this time around, she was an awesome pillar of support for our girls. Thank you for bringing Chef back even though it was just a cameo cos I love them both!

I’m gonna miss our Belle Epoque girls. I’d like to believe that they’re right now living their lives until we can join them again

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I liked this second season, even if I was disapointed for some reasons.

Jin Myung : I was happy to see her evolution. Her story was pretty painful in the season 1, so it was fun to see how she sees things and reacts to them. I loved watch her to take care of the other girls.

Ye Eun : I was disapointed by her evolution. It's like she was defined by the fact to have a boyfriend. She did confront her family (even if it was brave to tell them the truth), she struggles with the food when it' the subject of her studies...

Eun Jae : I had the impression to see a new character between the new actress and the way she reacted to her break-up. Her own story was not really interesting, I prefered to see her interact with her roomates.

Jo Eun : She was a cute character and her story was cute and interesting.

Ji Won : She was the most interesting character of the season : her past story and how it influenced who she's now. But in the same time, I have the impression to be played by the writter. They teased us with a lot of cute-weird-hot scenes between her and Sung Min and she was the only one who didn't find love in the first season, so they gave a lot of hope. But I can't be happy with : she died in her 30 leaving a husdand and a 8 years old girl behind...

I want to compliment Park Eun Bin because her character was not an easy one, but she played it so well between the eccentrity and the sadness. I think the character played by somone else who wouldn't have been loved so much.

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Ah what a beautiful beautiful show. It does exceed season 1 in so many aspects, that I'm actually reluctant to demand a season 3 - what if we jinxed it? But of course I want more of the girls! I wouldn't comment much on the drama, @chocolatte has concluded it beautifully, thank you to you and @dramallama for the great recaps throughout. I'm really thankful for this drama's existence, I feel like I made new girlfriends and now am really sad to part with them. Who knows if we'll meet again.

And I'm having actual heartache when I looked back on SsongSungMin scenes, I just want *something*, is that too much to ask for, writer-nim? Sobs.

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SO CUTE! And he posted another one before that, showing a cut scene when he berated his junior for asking about his feelings. Adlib-fest! Shame it wasn't included. That'd be so awesome.

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lol this is supposed to be a reply

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Why there isnt much say on the epilogue?? That sounded like Sung Min do you agree?? Will Ji Won die?? Is that her daughter?? Though i am disappointed with the way this show has given loose ends on Sung Min Ji Won's relationship, i cant ignore the fact that for a person who has gone through that much, can think about the relationship at this point of time.. Is there any news on Season 3?? Will Sung Min & Ji Won be retained till that time, if at all its there??

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season 3 SEASON 3!!!!! I'm so grateful that we got even TWO seasons woth such a great cast of women, especially their friendships.

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I am happy and satisfied with the ending but I definitely want another season for this show. I’ll surely miss the girls.

Sungmin should have met Eun earlier. He could have asked her a thing or two about how to confess. Lol

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