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[Alternate Endings] A plaintive plea for a do-over of Warrior Baek Dong-soo

By @cherkell

It has been exactly 6 years, 6 weeks, and 4 days since the finale of Warrior Baek Dong-soo… and I am STILL PISSED OFF over it! My precious Ji Chang-wook deserved a better ending for his first starring role in a sageuk. By the time the last episodes aired, the show was starting to suffer from the terminal condition known as writerus extendaritis, after announcing the extension (from 24 to 29 episodes) in early September 2011. The writer definitely ran out of steam around Episode 26 and barely kept the plot together with thin string in order to make it to Episode 29.

I would have been one happy fangirl if the show had officially ended on Episode 28 after the coup attempt and resulting epic sword battle on the palace grounds. As dictated by the Book of Sageuk, the good guys won and the bad guys didn’t. But the best part was that the bromance between the two boys was BACK! *swoons*

But nooooooo. We viewers had to be subjected to Yet. One. More. Warning: spoilers ahead.

To recap for those who have not witnessed the horror that was Warrior Baek Dong-soo’s finale, it went down like this:

After some unnecessary flashback padding, Yeo Woon knows he is dead meat walking after disbanding the assassin colony Heuksa Chorong, and decides to commit suicide by Dong-soo. Finding a nice open field with enough room for a proper pas de deux, Dong-soo tries to talk Woon out of his death wish. Woon gets tired of Dong-soo’s blabbering and impales himself on Dong-soo’s sword, giving himself the opportunity for one last soliloquy about all the wrongs his death will finally correct. Dong-soo goes mental while screaming for Woon to LIVE, DAMMIT LIVE!!

Even though Woon does not survive, I would have been perfectly happy for the show to end right there.

But then there’s a time jump. Dong-soo is at his local watering hole, majorly drowning his sorrows. But then Woon sits down and joins Dong-soo for a drink as they reminisce about their younger days. Dong-soo eventually shakes off his dream and sees The Log Ji-sun sitting next to him instead of Woon. (That alone would make me drink myself into a coma for sure.)

All plots that transpired over the past 28 episodes are tied up neatly, while the characters happily pair off: Dong-soo/The Log; Jin-ju/Painter Guy; Cho-rip/Mi-soo; Sa-mo/Jang-mi. Sadly though, Woon’s still dead. SOBS. Dong-soo ends up being appointed the palace guard’s chief instructor, there’s some nonsense thrown in about kids in a field trying to learn swordplay, and then Dong-soo and Ji-sun mount their horses and ride off into the sunset. The end.

WHAT IN THE FREAKIN’ HELL WAS THAT?!?

In my alternate ending, any remaining boring palace machinations cease to be known. After the king’s passing and the crown prince’s ascension to the throne, there would be no need for more political stuff and it would have mercifully faded into the background.

Dong-soo ends up wandering around aimlessly for a few years, but still continues to hone his martial arts skills while keeping his mane of glory flowing and his chocolate abs incredibly toned. He also returns to being the goofy Dong-soo first shown in Episodes 5-10, and meets up with Woon quite often. The bromance must go on!

Having fully recovered from Dong-soo’s stabbing, Woon remodels the Heuksa Chorong honeycomb hideout into a cozy bed-and-breakfast to house the increasing number of tourists passing through Joseon after hearing word that Proprietor Woon was the only person to ever survive a Dong-soo attack (therefore becoming sort of a local legend around those parts). The gisaeng Gu-hyang opens a side business inside the B&B selling potions and telling fortunes.

Elder swordsmen Gwang-taek and Chun decide that a fight to the death would be counterproductive to living long enough to spoil their grandchildren, so they lay down their blades and open a small tavern where they could make money hand over fist just keeping Dong-soo and Woon happy with booze and snacks. Ji would not have been killed back in Episode 19, but instead presides as the mistress of their tavern, happily mediating the squabbles that Gwang-taek and Chun would inevitably get into over the smallest things.

Ji-sun should have officially died—not when Dong-soo accidentally stabbed her in Episode 13, but after ingesting a poisoned batch of that damned red ginseng that she risked life and limb for. Live by the root; die by the root. GOOD RIDDANCE. All the other characters basically stay alive, because history. (Except for that jerkwad Cho-rip, who should have died when Woon stabbed him the first time. WTF, Cho-rip?)

Jin-ju decides that Painter Guy is way too boring since all he does is stay home and paint, paint, paint… and kicks his lazy ass to the curb in order to join forces with her first love Dong-soo. Dong-soo unsuccessfully tries to fend off the advances of fellow warrior Jin-ju, but eventually gives in. Thereafter, they become the first husband and wife Joseon palace guard training team. On their days off, Dong-soo and Jin-ju venture out into the countryside with their three gorgeous children, giving master classes to the neighborhood kids in the ways of the sword, Dong-soo style.

Warrior Baek Dong-soo had SO much potential that truly delivered in its first two-thirds, but the extension worked against the plot and the show eventually sputtered to a lame finish. What could have been… *sigh*

 
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Yes, this is the ending that I deserve as a fan of this show. I love how you killed off the annoying people, Fuck You especially Cho-rip you piece of shit. I will never be over Woon's death, I cried so much. And Jin-ju and Dong-soo together is how it should be. Thank you for writing this.

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Yes! This is soooo much better. It always bugged me number 1 that Woon had to die for the stupidest reason, and number two that he ended up with the boring girl. He had so much more chemistry with Jin Joo than he did with that boring one who lost any possibility of being interesting about a third of the way through the show. And then to make her interesting, the writer gave her a job that did nothing to move or help the plot whatsoever.

And of course Woon who had everything going for him and then out of the blue decides, nope, I need to die even though my life is now headed in an upward trajectory.

But I'm not bitter, not and all.

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LOL cherkell, I love this part: "Dong-soo ends up wandering around aimlessly for a few years, but still continues to hone his martial arts skills while keeping his mane of glory flowing and his chocolate abs incredibly toned. He also returns to being the goofy Dong-soo first shown in Episodes 5-10, and meets up with Woon quite often. The bromance must go on!" - Actor Ji as goofy Dong Soo or dorky Bong Soo, as abstastic Jung Hu or Je Ha (hmmm didn't realise these phrases put together sound kinda poetic! Heheheh!) by any and all means in every alternate ending!!!

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Ha! I was always rooting (hur, hur) for Ji-sun to get Dong-soo, but "live by the root; die by the root" made me laugh really hard!

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I actually like a bittersweet or tragic ending in sageuks rather than everyone settling down to a cozy pub life. But I thought the writer went brain dead with this one. SO STUPID. I got angry all over again just reading this. And I will never get over Woon's death.

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Our interesting Woon. Years later, and we're still not over what happened to him, are we?

Thanks for presenting a scenario of what could've been.

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Thank you for this alternate ending. Was traumatized by the original one.

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I am sending you an endless supply of finger-hearts for your rewrite. This is the ending I hoped for. <3

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I actually wanted to re-write Empress Ki ending, but seeing as 2 back-to-back Ji Chang Wook's dramas featured here made me happy already. It would be overkill to have THREE JCW's dramas right?

I still can't forgive the writer for killed off Woon (WOON-AAAAAHHHH) and I hold grudges with this particular writer over 3 different dramas (WBDS, GOF Jung Yi, Jackpot)!!
-WBDS as cherkell mentioned above
-GOF Jung Yi for being the most uninteresting and repetitive sageuk ever and the most bland Lee Sang Yoon's character ever played
-Jackpot for being the most illogical otherwise known as "Baek Dae Gil's Guide to Survive Death 101" and a waste of Jeon Kwang Ryul talent.

I could write essays if I keep this up.. But Beanies, please remember this name, Kwon Soon Gyu, the screenwriter. And make sure you don't fall into the trap. The story may seem promising, the cast may pull you in, but the end result would be a load of SH*T. You've been warned!

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Yeah, this show definitely had its good points and so much potential but bleh. So boring, ending so stupid. It made me vaguely angry all over again to read this. Ha.

I agree that Cho-rip should have died. Or really, that part should never have happened in the first place, because the episodes leading up to that point were SO DRAGGY that the writer should totally have been able to think of something (anything) better than that to set up that showdown between the boys.

And the pairing off of everyone on the damn show was pointless. Ugh.

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I would have Crown Prince recognize Woona was a rare gem successfully running an assassin enterprise and managing its businesses and wealth, and ask Woona to repent by working for him/country behind scenes. With BDS and Woona at the Crown Prince/King's side, Cho-rip returned to being an nth fiddle. This caused him to spew blood everyday until he died.

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Thank you, @cherkell, for your new & improved ending. I haven't seen WARRIOR BAEK DONG-SOO yet. Now that I've been inoculated with an alternate ending that pleases some of my esteemed sageuk-watching sistren and brethren, I may just take a "stab" at it. To round out my sageuk education. For science. ;-)

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Yes, I hated the ending so much and the way the show treated Jin-ju, after she kept on being put second by every person who she has risked her life for she ends up with the painter guy who does not respect who she is and instead wants to make her an average girl, no fighting. Gah I hate the ending of that show,

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Exactly, if it is one drama that taught me not to like 'writerus extendaritis' it was definitely this. The characters didn't make much sense as it kept going, others that were better off not being there survived to the end, some that mattered were left hanging.
At the last episode i was hoping for a kdrama miracle, you know when someone dies then you see him alive with bandages all over in an isolated hut, but is alive. Yes the ending of Woon was impactful maybe to the benefit of the writer's next project but was just not right.
If they were to do it again, maybe their reincarnation(not sure if it'll work) being their cool old self in a martial arts themed sageuk.

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There is no ending for the log ji-sun?.
I've always hated her and that stupid parasitic cho-rip. The stupid idiot caused Woon's death.😭😭😭😭😭

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This would make me finish this drama. Baby JI Chang-wook deserves better that what he got. Gonna settles with this together with fanmade clips. Thanks @cherkell!

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6 years! Your ending is just amazing @cherkell ! I've never been so immersed in any drama before or since this one. So the writers did do something right, (or maybe JCW and YSH did something right).

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I would be rather delighted if this was the ending, the ending was Korean and apt loved it.

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wow! for some reason all this time I thought i'd finished WBDS but reading this I don't remeber that terrible ending, so i'm guessing my brain either had selective amnesia due to the atrocity, or i might've dropped it after hearing the dreaded E(xtension) word...Great alternative scenarios though!👍

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