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[Alternate Endings] A proper sendoff and a new beginning for Lookout

We had two submissions for Lookout, so here’s your chance to choose your own adventure for how it should’ve ended! –girlfriday

By @sicarius

Hello, Lookout, you beautiful, tragic thing you.

First of all, some context about what this show did to me: I’ve only ever cried once while watching a K-drama. Once. I know, I’m heartless. When I finished watching Lookout I wrote 5,473 words on it over two days, I cried 3 times while writing that, and this submission involved three word documents and several handwritten notes. To say I got emotionally attached would be an understatement; I have a very large hole somewhere in my heart for this show and its characters, and the ending that could have been.

There are the obvious things I would change: Like having your main character, a very broken but brilliant man, have a plan B, C, and probably D, as well as a plan for after the trial of the crazy person who tortured his father almost to death that doesn’t just involve reopening the case, but a course of action that sees that case followed through to its completion, and nobody turns themselves in till everything is solved and our teenage psychopath is in juvie.

Or like having a seasoned detective of 20 years decide to believe the psychopathic little @#$% in the interrogation room and kidnap your fugitive best friend and take her to an abandoned construction site and hold her at gunpoint, that you do it only because you’re bluffing and you’re trying to catch the bastard. Or, I don’t know, having the daughter of a detective who is locked in a rooftop maintenance room with a fake bomb realize that if you throw a fire extinguisher at a window, it breaks, and allows you to escape. *coughs* Who me? Salty? Nooo…

And then… there’s Do-han. And I think he deserves a different ending entirely, because of who he is as a character and how he’s written.

Do-han was not a character you were supposed to like, at the beginning. He was supposed to be a dick. I knew he was not always nice, but I just got drawn into how many masks he had and how many sides he was playing and how he was still a man who could feel empathy and guilt, but after everything he’d been through, he’d kind of drowned himself, given everything of himself to see someone brought to justice. I just loved everything about him. I loved that he basically drove himself mad over the ten plus years he’d been planning his revenge. I loved that he was smart, and cunning, and sometimes mean. I loved that he was so frakking broken. I hated that he was so broken.

And yeah, when you look at it, him dying seems like a cop out, but there was no way they could write his arc any other way in 16 episodes, and also there were a million hints that he wasn’t going to have a happy ending. Do I wish I could’ve seen his redemption onscreen, yes, but he’s a tragic anti-hero. “You crush someone’s life so that you can achieve your goal, and you don’t even realize that it’s wrong,” Su-ji said to him once. He did; he’d just squashed it almost entirely so he could do what he thought he had to do.

I loved that the drama explored what can drive a person to do that. This wasn’t about winning through turning the other cheek; this was about how a man had been so destroyed, he let himself get to the point of no return, and then someone came into his life and they both started to think differently. He started to care for her and the team, when he probably hadn’t cared for anyone in a long time, maybe even forgotten how, and yet he’d hurt her too much to ever hope for anything more.

I saw a few comments on the chemistry between Do-han and Su-ji and how it wasn’t exactly romantic, but something more—a love between humans. Yes. Whoever said that, you hit the nail on the head. I think they learned to love one another in this way, because they were human and they understood each other, and for no other reason. I do think this could’ve been explored more, and better. At the end, I think we were robbed of some powerful Su-ji/Do-han moments. There was so much more we could’ve tapped into with those two, and an ultimate confrontation about forgiveness was not given either. True forgiveness is grace and grace is given, never earned.

On the one hand, I can see the redemption story of how they get out of prison, and how they climb out of the abyss together and it’s beautiful. But on the other hand, I see Do-han’s tragedy and how his self-loathing was too deep, and that the only way out was death, and that the way his arc was written, there was no happy ending. There was no way out because he was too far in, and that’s why I love it, and that’s why it’s sad because he’s such a damn tragic character.

So therefore, I would’ve written Do-han’s forgiveness into the show. I think that’s what his character needed to be truly rounded off, and for me to be satisfied. Death was inevitable, but what would’ve been REALLY beautiful, really powerful, what would’ve made this all so much better (because after everything he still didn’t forgive himself or think he would ever get Su-ji’s forgiveness), I would have him save her because he ultimately does care for her, and then at the end, have her forgive him when he’s not expecting it nor deserving of it.

She runs down the stairs and holds him in her arms, with ragged breaths and sobs, just like that, to see him there dying for her… And then at the hospital late at night, after the doctors have given up hope and he opens his eyes and says, “I’m sorry,” she holds his hand and realizes that despite everything he’s done against her, he’s still human and he’s as broken as her. She sees that he needs her forgiveness and that it can be given, because that’s mutual love and respect and thankfulness between two humans, and she says, “I forgive you.” He cries, and she wipes away the tear as he flatlines and then he can rest in peace.

His dying would’ve bought everything into focus for her. She would’ve realized that she cares for him and loves him in their crazy twisted way, and then later we could’ve had the church scene where she remembers him as a person she loves.

That’s what I was hoping for and expecting as an ending, but I didn’t get it. That’s what was there in the characters anyway—somewhere where the characters exist beyond canon, that’s what I saw in them. I just needed her to forgive him, not because he’d earned it, but because she wanted to give it. I needed her to say it to him and for him to hear it. And I think if she’d done that, he would’ve been able to forgive himself too.

To end this on a happy note, in an alternate universe somewhere, Su-ji and Do-han are the most badass prosecutor/detective duo ever (with some low-key skinship scenes to make the most of their chemistry) and Bomi and Kyung-soo get married and have five super nerdy kids and they turn a three-story bathhouse into a vigilante den. One floor is entirely for the computers.

 

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By @poliwag

I wrote this in Eun-joong’s point of view because I’m a disgusting, self-indulgent prick.

When we got news that Do-han—no, Kwan-woo now—had woken from his coma, we were elated. Su-ji had been muttering over how she couldn’t forgive herself if he had died for her (that’s not how it works, Yoo-na would hate him if he went to heaven just for that one good deed). Kyung-soo and Bomi both agreed that it would be too soon for him to push daisies, and Priest Jang simply gave a slight, enigmatic smile before informing us not to alert anyone else of this.

Understandable, really—knowing the press, it would once again blow up over their father’s case, and with how volatile their father could get, they were afraid the negative attention would upset him. “Just pretend he’s dead,” he had implored us, “For both my sake, as well as his. He wanted to, anyway.” From my seat beside him, I swore he had rolled his eyes at the final statement and inwardly agreed… knowing how overdramatic he was before, anyway.

Of course, with every miracle, there was a little drawback, as we soon learned at the hospital. Kwan-woo had broken his neck at the 5th vertebrae, but he wasn’t completely paralyzed—with enough physiotherapy to wake his muscles up from the coma, he would soon be able to regain use of his arms and eventually (hopefully) walk again. While Kyung-soo and Bomi went inside the ward with Priest Jang, I watched Su-ji linger outside, hesitant to go in. “You want me to come with?” I offered, but she merely smiled and jammed her hands into her pockets, and looked back at me with a relaxed grin that I belatedly realized I hadn’t seen for years.

“I feel relieved it happened,” she responded, her eyes drifting to the glass panel where we could both see Bomi trying to smother Kwan-woo with her favorite giant bunny plush, “He has a lot to make up to me and Yoo-na. Might as well start now. Death’s too cheap for a guy like him.” At the last line, though, Su-ji tittered in laughter, but her eyes brimmed with tears—and I knew why. I knew her too well, and it was obvious what weighed on her mind. Our feelings remained knotted and conflicted over Kwan-woo, but as long as he was around, I figured Su-ji could at least work with him past her grief.

The next few months passed like a whirlwind, everyone trying to help Kwan-woo get comfortable in their ways. Bomi brought plushies and continued to drown him in them while grumbling (he hated it), linking him to a bird’s-eye view of Seoul on her closed-circuit surveillance system and showing him all the bars he had missed while he was asleep. Kyung-soo played League while sitting on Kwan-woo’s bed, letting him control one side of the keyboard with his working fingers so that he could get engaged as well. Priest Jang caught Kwan-woo up on their father’s current status, as well as general current affairs, often engaging in small-talk with his stepbrother.

I, in the meantime, gave him intel on various prosecutors and he continued to make fun of my fashion sense—it still annoyed me to no end that his first words post waking up were, “That suit and that gel part again? Hyung, you’re way too predictable,” while he wheezed in laughter. Su-ji’s visits, though, were short, often peppered in awkward silence as they exchanged the barest of pleasantries before eventually going quiet once more, having little to say that wouldn’t end up hurting the other. Su-ji had often been one to keep her negativity to herself, and it didn’t seem like Kwan-woo was going to make the first step to reconcile either.

I confided in Kwan-woo about this as I pushed him through the garden, and he gave an incredulous laugh before fixing his gaze at me. “You’re so naggy and sappy,” he complained, before his tone changed to a whisper of seriousness, “I know you like her, and I sympathize, but I… well, I basically killed her daughter. You’re not expecting me to make the first move.” His eyes drifted to the side of his chair, staring staunchly at the flowers in silent self-reproach, and I immediately regretted pushing my personal feelings about this situation onto him like this.

We sat in silence for the longest time, before my phone went off with news of the case I had been chasing down—the son of a judge who had gone undetected after he had murdered a man by accident and pushed the crime onto a bystander. Kwan-woo listened to my conversation with interest, before chuckling softly to himself. “Hyung, hyung, hyung,” he tutted condescendingly, “Why don’t you seem to learn? It’s easy to pull the rug out from under this guy. We just need the right method, if you know what I mean.”

Tilting his head to the side slightly, his face cracked into the unhinged grin I had grown to miss, the same grin he had when he was due to rain hell on those he had devoted himself to bringing down. I had long forgotten how much I missed that grin. We exchanged knowing smirks before I tossed him my Bluetooth so that he could listen in on the call and give his thoughts on how to bring down this felon.

The real games were only about to begin.

 
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Best drama of that time for me.
I did not watch the last 2 episodes cause they did a 180 of everything we had seen til then.
My DH is still a fugitive, who sometimes sends messages to the others to troll them 😂😂

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When the theme for Nov was announced I knew there were a lot of "candidate" shows for this one. And Lookout was one of the recent ones that stood out for me. Show,how can you make me like him and then end it that way?

Of course, I also knew who I wanted to post her alternate ending. We've talked about it,more than once over at the wall you see..so Sic, how did you managed to cut the word count? 😜

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Oh heyyyyyyyyyy.
Er, I just cut DH's bit out of my essay, and then wrote up in short the other things that pissed me off and sewed them together :P
I did consider writing the entire last 4 episodes in script format but that would've been too much work... ;)

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Hahaha! Had the same question as waki while reading it.. ! :-P

But yay kudos.. you did a fabulous job cutting it short while still conveying the pathos.. and the need for forgiveness.. gah.. still sore about it.. like you said I would be ok with him dying if only there was some forgiveness.. some bonding/ understanding in open and not just inside theor own heads.

Aah!

Psst.. too scared to look or resound to the nest of notifications.. have lots of finish before Monday meeting!

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Hahaha thank you!!
I'm still sore about it too dw ;) Because our endings are only wishes hehe

(ahaha go WRITE THESIS-S WORK WHATEVER... notifs can wait ;) )

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Yes to both stories! They are both much better versions than the actual ending. I didn't absolutely hate the ending, but I did wish it was better shaped so it would make sense. Our characters were way to smart for it to end that way. Loved Lookout, but Thank You beanies for your alternate endings:)

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Ooh congrats on getting published, I thought no one was sending in ideas anymore because of the long break between the first one and this one. Lookout is definitely one of my favourite dramas this year and both endings give me the closure I needed.

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I will read this when I wake up but uri dongsaeng Sico & @poliwag congratulations on this post being selected! :D

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@sicarius I saw what you did over there LMAO

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*smiles at you sweetly*

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or he could become a zombie and bite everyones´ heads off. ("Of COURSE!", you say, "what else from redfox". )
what I would have liked is... living is always harder than leaving. Always. Cause you might face every day feeling like it is not worth it, but must carry on. Many people live like this kind of zombies. So I would let him narrowly escape death against his own will. But he´d disappear and would be taken far away and forced to exist.
But a day will come when suddenly the world moves on. And you will have forgotten. Maybe 7 years, they say all cells renew themselves by that time. Maybe nothing what happened Then will matter, and then he´d return. and then anything can happen.

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Oh! This was a nice surprise to wake up to!!
Thank you for posting my submission!!!

@poliwag- I really like your ending toooo! I actually really like all possible endings to this that weren't what we got, and weren't the worse ones I imagined getting half way through episode 15.
Anyway, now you have part of me wishing for a S2... O.o

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Happy to deliver c: People made way too much noise on my feed when Lookout first ended and it gave me an excuse to bust a Taehoon-sized muse for no reason other than 'the masses want it'

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@sicarius, @poliwag,

It feels like a million years since the finale, and now you guys have got me all stirred up again. Thanks so much for your alternate endings for LOOKOUT. I like both of your approaches, and applaud your creativity. ;-)

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While I didn't watch this drama in its entirety, I did watch the first couple of episodes and they were pretty good! I decided to stop watching when I heard about the ending. I would have certainly been on board with either of these two endings. Oh what could've been!

Congrats to @sicarius and @poliwag!

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I spent the entire show thinking Do Han would end up in prison, still broken af, but satisfied in his revenge. I feel like the last shot should've been of him smirking at the camera in a prison uniform and then we could have him be one of the mains in the new Bad Guys season LOL. Dude's so broken there ain't no way to fix him, so didn't expect a traditionally happy end, but man... Is it too much to ask for to at least get a logical end?

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They should've just hired Sico or @poliwag to write the ending lol. Would've been a thousand times better than what they gave us.

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I agree. I'm still going to stan this writer though. 18 episodes of epic awesomeness is enough for me to overlook the final 2 shitty ones.

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*whispers* *it was only 16 episodes* *if you count in hours* :P
I will look out for this writer too, if only for her fantastic character writing.

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Lol. It's been too long.

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And I spent the entire show waiting for him to die and hopefully he'd do it well, and then he didn't ... hahaha :P
But yes please, I would love to actually write a kdrama, somebody hire me ;)

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Thank you for the alternate endings, guys.
I only read recaps for Lookout, yet it was also the first one that managed to make me cry buckets while cursing at the sudden stupidity of the characters. Thaks to you both, I got my much needed closure for this drama and also my favorite tragic character, Do-han. Whether to live paying back his huge debt to Yo-na or die with Su-ji's forgiveness, it's much, much better than the dissappointment in the last eps.

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'hey why am I drowning with pings- oh, oh, okay, cool'

Anyway the fascinating part of this was that after Part I was published on Tumblr (its original source) I was informed that Kim Youngkwang himself gave an interview that mentioned he wanted Dohan back too but in a wheelchair and the !!! I got from being linked the interviews was pretty much legendary.

For those interested, here's part II: http://kiyulking.tumblr.com/post/163018212272/stakeout-ii because we all know I have issues ending the story properly and/or controlling a Taehoon muse because I love him (sexily puts a leg out) I had to control myself to not exclusively post Eunjoong screencaps because it would only get a lot of crowd groaning.

Either way, glad everyone enjoyed what I did with it. Artistic liberty and bae indulgence was greatly taken.

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@poliwag,

I thoroughly enjoyed Stakeout-II! Well done. ;-)

It's comforting to know that in an alternate reality far, far away, Do-han has survived to continue collaborating with the Lookouts. And that Su-ji might just see fit to forgive him 4.3 nanoseconds before the heat death of the universe...

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I haven't watched this show, but I know many of my fellow Beanies loved it (despite its bittersweet ending). Thanks for sharing your work, @sicarius and @poliwag! :)

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Omo, dunno what happened there but in the 2nd paragraph it's supposed to say:

"Or like having a seasoned detective of 20 years (Madam Jo) realize that the psychopathic little @#$% in the interrogation room can’t see or hear you, if you report his threats to someone.
Or, if, God forbid, he can hear you, and if, for some God-forsaken reason, you decide to believe him and kidnap your best friend (albeit a fugitive) and take her to an abandoned construction site and hold her at gunpoint, that you do it only because you’re bluffing and you’re trying to catch the bastard." :)

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Thank you very much and congratulations to @sicarius and @poliwag.
Lookout! Yeah of course, who didn't scratch their heads the entire time over those last 2 episodes? That ending, a sucker punch indeed as our recapper said. I still demand proper farewell with Do-han uuh. Anyway Lookout remains one of the best drama I've seen in 2017 and the writers did great for those 14 episodes, the script won MBC contest after all.

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I broke my no-new-kdrama-during-board-exam-review-rule for the Lookout and I did not like the ending. But I can accept both these endings. YAY. ^_^

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OMG both of you guys are awesome storytellers! I wish these endings are real. Or I could just wipe out Lookout’s final episode, pretend it didn’t happen and replace it with yours!

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I love both endings! They are exactly what I wanted if, (1) Dohan had to die, but only after saying sorry & being forgiven by Suji or (2) he survived & the adventure continues, while starting a fair competition with Eunjoong, for Suji. Kekeke.

Both are such plausible endings I just don’t know why didn’t the actual drama have one of these. The biggest issue still lies with that final confrontation though, that kidnap & the damned abandoned building. 🤦

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@sicarius,

I had to let this marinate overnight a bit.

Su-ji was so adamant about not forgiving Do-han for allowing Yoo-na to be killed that it's hard to see how she could believably experience a change of heart. As you noted, grace would do the trick. When I think back on a certain turning point in my own life, I recall that I felt as if I had been ambushed by grace.

I didn't want to bury the hatchet, and could only ascribe my sudden and unexpected willingness to release my grudge to something akin to the workings of the "better angels of our nature," to borrow Abraham Lincoln's phrase. It came about after reading something that gave me new insight into the situation that burdened me, and all blaming fell away effortlessly. Poof. After years of harboring resentment, I was shocked to realize I felt compassion towards the other party.

Somewhere along the line I had earlier come to recognize that bearing a grudge hurts only me and not the target of my anger and resentment. Harboring resentment eats you alive. And the self-inflicted damage is sometimes far worse than the original insult.

So how could such a scenario be depicted in LOOKOUT?

I would have had Su-ji's mom talk with her. I can easily imagine the very maternal (and sadly underutilized) Kim Jung-Young having such a heart-to-heart with her daughter. She had already lost her grandchild, and now stood to lose her daughter, too. She could have expressed her concern about the spiritual toll it was taking on Su-ji, and reminded her that she was only hurting herself. It would not bring back Yoo-na, and if anything, would darken her memories of the child's bright light. She could continue to live in shadow. But is that what Yoo-na would have wanted for her mother?

I would have loved to have heard Su-ji's mom tell her:

“Forgiveness is for giving. It's a gift you give yourself so that you can move on with your life. If it happens to help the other person, that's their business, not yours.”

Given the reality of the enormous gulf between the two Lookouts, I can't imagine any of the usual arguments in favor of forgiveness working on Su-ji (e.g., The Golden Rule). But coming from her own mother, this one might have.

- Continued -

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- Continued -

Receiving Su-ji's forgiveness would have opened the door to the kind of hero's death I wanted for Do-han, if he really had to die. That modicum of forgiveness also might enable Su-ji to avoid the self-destruction that befell Do-han. (I realize that because she has other people in her life, she is not at risk to the same degree he was after a solitary decade of plotting to clear his father's name.)

Thinking about it some more, I would have wanted Mom's heart-to-heart to take place well before the final curtain, during one of Su-ji's flying visits after she's been on the run for months. Then I would want to see Su-ji reflect on Mom's words and mull them over repeatedly in the wee hours of the night and at odd times during stakeouts, etc. After Do-han has finally taken out Yoon Shi-Wan, I would have liked to see Su-ji recall Mom's conversation, and extend forgiveness and compassion to his conscious form. Like you, sicarius, I want him to hear it, and acknowledge it. Damn, now I need to find the tissues.

I appreciate your alternate vision of Bo-mi and Kyung-Soo's tribe of five geeky offspring and a whole floor for the computer room, and Do-han and Su-ji together in an even more alternative universe. But the burning question is, what about Prosecutor Kim Eun-Joong? Surely there's got to be someone for him besides his boss, Prosecutor Park?! Or maybe he has his hands full visiting his dad in jail when he's not wearing the mantle of Lookout #1.

Anway, thanks again, @sicarius and @poliwag, for your alternate endings for LOOKOUT. ;-)

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*APPLAUSE* *nods through the whole thing*
YES!!! Thank you for writing that!
I don't even know where to start agreeing with you because I agree with all of it, and you took my idea of forgiveness and made it better, bless you. I wish I could upvote your comments 100 times!
And also your own giving grace story is lovely, thank you for sharing that.

When writing my original piece, I also had to marinate over night; actually I didn't get to sleep until I'd figured out what the show needed, and whether or not it was plausible with what we'd been given.
I think it WAS plausible, somewhere in the characters we'd been given, forgiveness was certainly plausible, maybe with what we had, but DEFINITELY if we'd had a Mum/Su Ji scene, and/or just (and I can't remember if this bit made it into my submission) a few more Su Ji/Do Han scenes... I really feel like we were robbed of some potentially even more powerful scenes between those two at the end, I feel like their arc was cut short because of his death. And while I don't mind him dying, I just wish he'd died better, and that his death could've packed a bigger punch.
Forgiveness is such a beautiful thing, and if it's written about well, it's just heart wrenching. I do also think that a) it's not really written about often at all and b) it's hard to write well, and I didn't really have a solution for how to perfectly tie up all those ends I wanted, but I really like your Mum idea. Have it germinate for Su Ji earlier on, and have her battle it a bit, before ultimately realising that forgiveness is the only release for her and Do Han.

“Forgiveness is for giving. It's a gift you give yourself so that you can move on with your life. If it happens to help the other person, that's their business, not yours.”
Amen. Forgiveness is a two way street.
(AND ALSO AMEN TO FINDING THE TISSUES. I said I cried during my write up didn't I... yeah... haha)

Odd, but I never felt the pull for Eun Joong or the priest as much as everyone else did. I was solely in Do Han's court the whole way, despite him being a manipulative ass, I just really loved his character, so much so that almost everyone else was almost overshadowed.

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Aw, shucks, @sicarius! Thank you for your kind words. Your writing truly inspired me to find a way to weave forgiveness into the heart of LOOKOUT. Like you, I think that forgiveness gets short shrift, and not only in dramas. ;-)

And also your own giving grace story is lovely

On the contrary, I was most assuredly receiving grace that day. ;-)

I purposely tried to couch forgiveness in keeping with Su-ji's resistance to extending it to Do-han. Think of it as a detached, standalone version, or maybe the bare-bones variety. Adding compassion, loving-kindness, and altruism might come later for Su-ji. She has to start somewhere, and it might take all she's got just to wrap her head around this rudimentary form of forgiveness.

Yes, you did mention that there should have been more Su-ji and Do-han scenes. I agree. It could have made for a nuanced, gradual redemptive arc. I also would have liked to have seen both of them talking (separately) with Kwan-woo, who could have been used to better advantage, both as a sounding board and an advocate for compassion and loving-kindness.

The relationship between the step-brothers could have been better developed. We didn't really get to see Kwan-woo work through his grief over his mother's murder, nor how he and Do-han came to reconcile, as I recall. Yet somehow he found it within himself to care for his traumatized step-father in his brother's absence. This was a missed opportunity, for it holds a key to Do-han's making peace, first with himself, and then with Su-ji. The healing of the brothers' estrangement could have foreshadowed Do-han's reconciliation with Su-ji and provided a parallel for her change of heart, too.

Kwan-woo could have played a greater role as his brother's keeper, and that in turn would have balanced Do-han's sacrifice to save Su-ji. (“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13) If Do-han could have sought out his brother the wounded healer, perhaps his “dark decade of the soul” would not have been so black. I can understand where Kwan-woo might have been trying to avoid being preachy. But this is his kid brother we're talking about, and charity begins at home. I would have liked to at least have seen Kwan-woo encouraging Do-han to temper his crusade for justice with a less self-destructive means of focusing his energies on the final goal. Or just urging him to have a little compassion towards himself.

I need an epilogue showing that Do-han's crusade really did succeed in clearing his father's name and revealing the full extent of Yoon Senior's corruption. I also want to know that Shi-wan will never be able to harm anyone else again – preferably because he's dead as a doornail. But since that means he'd never go to trial, I'd much rather he stood trial, were found guilty, and were sentenced to life in prison (with condolences to the taxpayers of Korea).

Thanks again,...

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I'm sorry I never replied to this prior, will just have to hope you check it again. I had to be in the headspace for length Lookout discussions! haha

Like most grace stories, if you give it you receive it :)

I also agree with pretty much everything you just said!
To be honest with you, I actually think the most of the other characters could have benefited from more development and or screentime. This could've been partly the plots fault- to write diverse characters in a fast moving (and filled with holes haha) plot is hard.
Although this sort of makes Do Han an anomally- was this rookie writer just really good at writing her MC, and then just normal good at writing other chars? Or was KYK just phenomenal. I think it's probably a bit of both, you can't really separate DH from KYK acting, but there's no denying he was a very nuanced character. That's not to say the others weren't, or that I didn't enjoy them (I really did) I just thought he stood out above the rest and carried the show,

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Thanks for the lovely read! With this officially in Dramabeans, I feel a sort of validation of our vigilante gang alive and happy and functioning well somewhere in the alternate universes. (But won't refuse a sequel with the same cast tho...)
Dear @sicarius, thanks for the alternative to your alternate ending! Bomi & Kyung-soo having "one floor is entirely for the computers" sounds so right. Maybe he also have one cupboard entirely for underwear in cans ^^

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@meowingme,

ROFLMAO at "one cupboard entirely for underwear in cans"!!!

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I can't help remembering 😆

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Kekekekeke can you imagine their snarky lighthouse of geniuses and underwear cupboards? TWOULD BE FANTASTIC.

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kudos to you. I'm not attached to this drama like you and many other Beanies but even I laugh incredulously while watching the final ep. That cop out ending....

I wish I have your determination and skills to put my thought into words though. But if I decide to do it for Cheese, I'll be damn if I didnt rewrite it at least from second half of ep 8.
Nah~

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Woot! Sic's got posted!! YAY!
It was a great read btw!
Also, congrats to @poliwag for getting posted.
Both ending are obviously way better than the actual one we got. I wish I could see both these endings on screen...

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So sorry I'm late to this thread, but I just saw it this morning, and I'm still digesting both of your endings. First, kudos to the both of you, @sicarius and @poliwag, for well-thought scenarios and expressing them so well here! I always thought that the writer was forced to write that last episode by the producers and probably had a more poignant ending in mind that would have tied up all those loose ends. After all, she gave us 14/24 episodes of amazing character development so that we cared so much about all these people only to just drop it like a lead weight in the pit of our bellies and had us all crying FOUL!

The forgiveness in the face of tragedy theme would have been so much more endearing than just tragedy for the sake of tragedy. I remember thinking---YOU HAD A PRIEST RIGHT THERE!

So, all I would have needed were four lines and I would have been fine with that epilogue--even the weird motorcycle fight scene in slow motion, I would have forgiven.

Su-ji sits beside Do-han's bed, tearful, but relieved that her nightmare is over. Priest "Kwan-woo" starts to leave the room, but as he turns his back towards them, Su-ji notices the tiniest twitch from Do-han's finger as she clasps her hand over his, and calls out his name, causing the Priest to do a double take...

Su-ji: "Do-han, are you there? Please tell me you are!"

Do-Han: Opens his eyes, ever so slightly, focuses on Su-ji and sputters. "I did it for you...I can't forgive him...I can't forgive myself."

Su-ji: "It's okay. I've forgiven you. I understand you. You are me. We must forgive ourselves."

Do-han: Nods his head. Looks up past Su-ji to his brother standing above her. "Father, forgive me, for I have sinned."

Priest Kwan-woo: "Dearest brother, your sins have long been forgiven."

Do-han: Smiles, sincerely, (and for the last time?) as he drifts back into unconsciousness.

Cut and scene.

And now as I start crying, again, about what could have been. (My next patient will be wondering why my eyes are all red.) I also loved @pakalanapikake 's take on forgiveness incorporating Su-ji's mother, Bravo! And I totally understand @poliwag 's desire to have it from Eun-joong's POV, because I would have written the epilogue from Priest Kwan-woo's view, because I'm a selfish prick too.

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14/28 episodes (rather). Still can get these 1/2 hour episodes straight, and can’t multiply either, apparently! Lol.

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@Ally,

It was worth the wait for your contribution to the cause. I love your scenario and dialogue. Brava! ;-)

One of the things that I greatly appreciate about Kdrama is the inclusion of religious/spiritual practices, ceremonies, and locations, be they Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Mugyo, or Christian. Considering how many of LOOKOUT's scenes took place in church, in particular the confessional, it would have been very appropriate to include the Sacrament of Reconciliation (formerly called Confession), which is what you did in your alternate ending.

Yes indeedy, LOOKOUT had a resident priest (who even worked as a hospital chaplain!), but he was nowhere to be seen at the one time in the show when his presence would not only have been natural, but was practically mandatory. It would have been absolutely correct and proper for him to administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (formerly called Extreme Unction). If anyone needed it for spiritual, moral, and physical support, it was Do-han. I can imagine him stirring slightly after the blessing with holy oil and temporarily regaining consciousness. I can also envision Kwan-woo seated beside Do-han's bed, across from Su-ji, silently saying his rosary.

It bothered me that Bo-mi and Kyung-soo were not present at Do-han's end. I realize that Writer-nim was trying to focus on the strained relationship between the two leads. But Do-han's efforts enabled Bo-mi to cease being a shut-in and get justice for her murdered family. He gave Kyung-soo closure with his mother's death, if not the family reunion the youngster envisioned. Their avenging leader was headed for the last roundup. The least they could have done was show up and provide moral support for Do-han and each other.

Your ending could be tweaked to have Do-han then slip into a coma, but eventually regain consciousness, thus opening the door for Season 2 à la @poliwag's sock-o alternate ending. Hehehe. Redemption and continuing badass adventures need not be mutually exclusive. ;-)

Alas, in real life, Lee Si-young's pregnancy would have made a second season problematic, but it wouldn't be totally out of the question because the protagonist had been killed off. I have a hard time imagining LOOKOUT without the Su-ji we knew and loved... But this might be an opportunity for even greater creativity. Maybe her old partner, Detective Lee Soon-Ae, could step up to the plate in her stead. ;-)

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My words are not nearly eloquent enough, but as we’ve seen, they don’t need to be to make it to the final cut! I have a feeling that Do-Han is somewhere very alive in the dramaverse, and yes, after the forgiveness scene, I would imagine it gave him the will to live knowing that he was so very much loved. Thank you, @pakalanapikake, for your views as always! See you on the next recap!

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@Ally,

Thanks for leaving me with a plausible and moving vision of Do-han's mending of fences with Su-ji -- and regaining the will to live. I'm all for do-overs for (anti)heroes who give their all for the cause of justice.

See you in the recaps. ;-)

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I am so sorry it took so long to reply to this... I just... needed to be in the headspace or just knuckle down and do it like I am now.
I can't even believe I forgot about the priest... how perfect it would've been to have included his brother as well.
I think between you, @pakalanapikake and I, we've just covered the perfect forgiveness ending!!

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Here’s to us!

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my heart hurts 💔

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Those were two very good alternate endings. The second one was more to my personal preference because when he died it shattered my heart, but the first one was very realistic and could have easily been integrigated into the show.

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Apparently I like tragic endings... but only if they're done well hahaha ;)

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I miss Jang Do Han. I got the feeling if he had lived, Soo-ji would have eventually forgiven him, but it was sad for him to die without her getting to that point yet. I really wished he could hear her say she forgave him before he died. And I wish he was surrounded by more people, since he had lived such a lonely life. I still remember Soo-ji questioning why he lived so hard only to end up like this. Jang Do Han/Lee Kwan Woo lived such a pitiful life. And he died, leaving his traumatized dad behind. Maybe Soo-ji's mom could marry him.

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