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[Theme of the Month] Write an alternate ending to a drama whose ending sucked

It’s November (oh my god), which means it’s time to roll out a shiny new Theme of the Month. Goodbye, escapist dramas in alternate realities, hello alternate endings.

We’ve all seen a drama or two (…hundred) with endings that left us feeling deflated, or disappointed, or in some cases, frothing at the mouth in outrage. We’ve already made a list of some of our most disliked endings—although I’m noting that that post was back in October 2015 and a few new contenders have come and gone in the interim, threatening some of those entries’ places on the list.

Well, time to do something with that bitter disappointment and make an ending that sucked a little less sucky.

Rewrite the ending of a drama with a disappointing ending.

Maybe it was an awesome drama that was so exciting that it was impossible to make an ending live up to its promise, so the finale felt like a letdown. Maybe the show fizzled out with a bland ending, turning the entire drama into a forgettable affair. Or maybe it was just a real stinker of a conclusion, with WTF plot twists or nonsense logic or lazy resolutions—or worse yet, non-resolutions. Or maybe by some unholy magic, it was all of those things.

Now’s your chance to make it all right again and give us a chance to wash our brains of the original endings with what could have, and probably should have, been.

 
To submit:

  • Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on November 25. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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Cheese in the Trap, Scarlet Heart R, and PS I Love You.

PS I Love You just needs one tweak. It ended with a death, and I cried, then decided to add another death, so unexpected that I laughed. Totally ruined this tragedy for me.

Cheese in the Trap passed, or was excellent, through episode 12. One thing the webtoon did that the drama didn't was to show how compatible Jung and Seol were, and how much fun they had, so even before 12 we needed to see that. They still had time after 12 but didn't go there.

The drama had set up some challenges that needed to be dealt with before the end: Jung's relationship with Inho, Seol remaining true to herself and not becoming more like Jung except maybe to become more assertive, and Jung working on himself with a psychiatrist to improve his empathy.

To improve empathy, many people take up creative writing, and are encouraged to write from the point of view of someone they do have a connection with.

I always thought it would be a great ending if Jung did go away to improve himself in that manner, and told Seol when he returned he had spent the last few years writing and drawing a manwha (remember it was established he liked drawing early on) mainly from her and friends' points of view. He flips open a book of coloured drawings, and suddenly the entire drama flips before our eyes with that great theme song playing. We realize the entire drama has been written by Jung trying to understand, imagine and empathize with Seol's point of view.

The question left on the table for Seol (who has suddenly become a bit mysterious to the audience if that was Jung writing her), is how did Jung do? A sucker for a happy ending, I'd cue lights, a teary smile and some kind of physical connection. We watch them walk away hand in hand, Seol remonstrating with Jung on how he drew her hair or more embarrassing moments.

Scarlet Heart Ryeo needed a script revision from beginning to end, but it hit well on major dramatic moments usually. A key moment they missed, or sucked all dramatic tension from, is when So finally realizes it's Wang Soo for her. For some reason the drama stopped being from her POV so we were missing her internal dialogue in key scenes. By the time the ending rolled around, it didn't make a lot of sense, but then it couldn't really, because the drama itself had stopped making sense. I am someone who loved this drama but found it incredibly frustrating, because essential scenes always seemed to be missing. So I don't think a happier or more ambiguous ending would save it. It really needed a proper editor.

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OOOooOOo I like those Cheese in the Trap details there. Beautifully done.

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You think I should write it for Cheese. I posted it when the drama was airing as a possible ending, and everyone on DB seemed to think it would work really well so Im tempted.

But what do they mean write it? Just like above, or as if we were writing a novel ending?

Anyway for some reason I cant edit above post, should be Im Sorry, I Love You, not PS I Love You.

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I think your idea of an improved ending is just as compelling. Already nodding along every word, you should totally submit your essay!

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Oh god just the screencap of LJG is enough to give me heartbreak flashbacks D':

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Yes, I remembered going, "WHAT? WHAT? That's it?" when I saw the ending credit. The pain.

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love this theme!! 49 days, goblin, scarlet heart, and reply 1988 come to mind immediately. never saw CITT.

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ikr like maybe maybe the girl in goblin an angel so the guy doesn't have to wait for her AGAIN. like can't they catch a break? Her being an angel can make them live together forever.

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Goblin is the ONLY drama where I have ugly cried. Seriously, why did she need to die? What sadistic writer thought of that nonsense???

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I AM SO EXCITED! Everyone good luck! It's got to be one of the ultimate themes for a kdrama lover.

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THAT picture at the end of the post brings back all the not so good memories 😫

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Marriage Contract should have ended at episode 14, the last two episodes were totally superfluous.

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But the ending was still beautiful. I wouldn't like it any other way. That's why endings are important. I didn't care for the last bit of makjang noble idiocy because it still satisfied me in the end.

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Just the ending? There's a good chunk of DOTS I'd love to rewrite.

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Someone please rewrite
1.moon lovers
2.reply '94
3.reply '88 when we see more of the love triangle than than Bo ra making an emotional connection with every person.
4.aarang & the magistrate because the last couple of episodes made no sense to me.
5.she's so lovable because ... wow.it was....quite something
6.any Hong sisters supernatural themed drama because awesome as they are mostly, sometimes I don't get the ending logic of how the star crossed lovers finally found a way to be together.

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What a fitting pictures used :D

I bet there's tons of submissions for this month's theme. Can't wait to read them.

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Somebody write an alternate ending to Moon Lovers..Chebal!!

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Why did I instantly think of Rooftop Prince for this one? hahaha!

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Perhaps Team Joon Yeol of Repy 1988 can finally get their happy ending with this.

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And Chilbongie's!

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yes, please. i want chilbongie to have his happy ending.

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This is a GOLD theme DB! Granted, while some really good dramas had not so great endings(at least they were decent for a good run), for most I prefer to rewrite the middle to change the very questionable course certain dramas took. You know how you as a drama addict often have this amazing ideas for a story, but beyond the beginning that would only be good enough for a pilot but would completely crumble past the fourth episode? For whatever reason, tonnes of dramas are like that. Looking at you, Whisper. And Cheese. And I could go one for eternity. 🙄

This is going to be such a fun read, looking forward to each entry!

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Can we rewrite Bride of The Water God and make the female lead have a plastic surgery so we can actually change the actress who will play it? Lol.

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the whole thing needs a rewrite though...

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Can someone rewrite it so that they actually showed emotions about each other?

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I didn't see this drama come up in any of the comments, but hello Lucky Romance!

I want to re-write Bo Nui's character from the middle part so she actually seems like she has a brain. And that she's human. 'Cos I'd do away with that god-awful noble idiocy

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i see cheese in the trap on showcase, but i kinda liked the bittersweet ending... i mean he DID open the email. it's just things got to crazy before that. Someone needs to do W two worlds because starting episode 8... the show went downhill. Or cinderella and the four knights (like the girl completely changed mid show... the show had potential to be sweet and cheesy, but just trend out cheesy)

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Interesting theme, but good luck to those of you who will give it a try, as for me I don’t have the time or inclination to write 5000 word documents.

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I would love an alternate ending to It's Okay, That's Love. The happy ending ruined it for me.

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Oh god I thought I was the only one, imo the ending didn't ring true to the rest of the story and it ruined it for me too.

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Right?? We went through so much emotional turmoil with the characters and then they give us marriage and a baby? WTF?? No. You don't do that.

I felt so cheated.

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There will be so many entries for Moon Lovers, Faith and Reply 1988. I'd also love to see new endings for Flower Boys Next Door, Uncontrollably Fond, Big, Rooftop Prince and My Girl.

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My girl please. Drop the chaebol and choose LJK. Bonus earrings.

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LJK was also a chaebol, they were related!

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May I add in the defence of Gong-shan, that he seemed like the chaebol because he was actually working at the family business instead of just fooling around, being all emo like his cousin.

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My writing skills are poor, but someone pretty please end the Schrodinger's cat ending (a.k.a. dead/alive duality) of That Winter the Wind Blows !

I mean, mostly I actually think the ambiguous ending fits the aura, but on the other it left me hanging in a state of numbness for days so I could do with some healing!

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How about Queen for Seven days?? Can somebody get a license to ruin the history??? Lol

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My first thought was crazy 😂

It's definitely a fun idea but their definitely will be crazy endings.

Just imagine Manhole could have turn into a horror drama (I don't know about you but even the aliens would be frustrated and hunt Bong Pil down for not getting the girl after so many chances)

Hwarang could actually have no romance (hint:Ship off Ah-Ro)

God's Gift could have an actual ending... (I don't even need to say anything)

The possibilities are endless we can even kill off the main characters.
That was definitely one I couldent stand but I'll leave that to your interpretions

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Somebody give Vampire Idol an actual ending please.

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Ooo, this should be fun! :D

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This!!
I cant wait for a better finale for some awesome dramas that ended very very wrong.

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Oh My God - where do I start???? So many dramas and so little time!

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To be honest the ending of age of youth season 2 was perfect in my opinion. And there’s also a possibility of them having a third season. But if anyone kind enough to write the alternate ending for jiwon and Sungmin id be eternally grateful. If I have the skills to write I would but english is not even my first language so yeah.. haha

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Someone please write an alternate ending to City Hunter. I swear that the series was so good until the last episode.

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How about not killing the prosecutor? Still heartbreaking.

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I love that Scarlet Heart Ryeo was shown on this. All the tears I spilled throughout this drama it is about time that I get a happy ending and closure. Someone please deliver!

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Omg this is my favourite theme so far, I can't wait to see all the entries!

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P.S. Any aspiring writer who sees this, please fulfill my Jung Hwan love line for Reply 1988. I will be forever indebted to you. 💓

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I wish I had the time to write this! My list of drama endings that have scarred me is so long. This is especially so when the drama is so good but then the ending is just so random... Or sometimes Im just in denial and I need my happy ending.

Off the top of my head I'm thinking God's Gift, High Kick Through The Roof, The King 2 Hearts, Gu Family Book, Rooftop Prince, School 2015.

I'm not even counting dramas that need a much more substantial rewrite like Big and Moon Lovers.

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The biggest one that i can think of is School 2015, so much lost opportunity with Eunbi and Eunbyul, and don't get me started on Eunbi and Taekwang T.T

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Ha ha. I would give you a list of suggestions:
Heirs
You're beautiful
Mary went out all night
Beautiful man
Boys over flower

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My girl
Iljimae
any ending with a 2 years separation of the leads
Gu family book
O my Venus

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Yeeeeeessssss!
Oh My Venus was perfect until 3 - 4 eps to the end and then they just trampled on it!

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Yes!!!! There are so many dramas I wish to fix!

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Deoksun ends up with Jung-hwan and not Taek...et voila, I’ll no longer be salty

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The picture of Gwangjong from Scarlet Heart Ryeo! Yes, the definition of wtfed ending. At that point, after 20 hours spent in the drama, half of it crying btw, I would have forgiven a 5 min cliched ending of our OTPs meeting at the present times. I don't care if it's an open ended, whatever! A little hope would have been better than 10 minutes of product placement and 5 mins of that forgetable prince (what's his name again? the 9th one!). But when I think about it on later months, even a year after and a few good fanfiction, I honestly believed the writer was brave for disappointing all the fans. Good job writer! you made me research so much about Goryeo while watching Scarlet.

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CRUEL CITY
GU FAMILY BOOK
HONG GIL DONG
SANG DO LET'S GO TO SCHOOL
CAPITAL SCANDAL
DAMO
DATING AGENCY CYRANO

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1. Mystery Queen although we will have season 2 next year. Hopefully it will be as interesting as the 1st season. Loving the duo so much!
2. Scarlet Heart - lee jong ki was so alone and resentful! cried my heart out
3. Reply 1988 - didn't mind Park Bo Gum end up becomes the husband again, but I just wish that RJY got to properly confess and Hyeri to at least confirm his feeling although rejecting it. To just keep the feeling to himself just make me suffer as an audience and can we at least get him one true love to end with cause the drama focus too much on his feeling but ended up with nothing about him!

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Honestly I hated Goblin's ending. It was all good until the last few episodes then BAM the ending was so disappointing that it ruined the whole drama for me. It could've been so good, but unfortunately it lost its steam.

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