[Happily never after] The bitter logic of love and life
by Guest Beanie
Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers.
When it comes to tragic fates, I can’t think of a couple with a more tragic and painful fate than Wang So and Su in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo; actually, I can’t remember any other happily never after couples among the dramas I’ve watched aside from this one. I think I may have been so invested in those two that they cancelled out everyone else.
So and Su went through a lot of struggles to be together, but in the end they were separated by misunderstandings and, ultimately, death. Their end was very painful to me because they couldn’t solve their problems. The two were left with lots of regrets and a never-ending love for each other. I think the more pitiful one of the two was Su, as she was fated to return to the future and was left to live a life fully aware that Wang So was already dead and that she could never meet him again, not even by chance. Wang So experienced the same, but he had a nation to govern. Su on the other hand was completely destroyed and left with nothing to help her move on.
The ending of Moon Lovers was so precious to me because it followed logic rather than feelings. Logically, there was no way Su/Ha-jin could have met Wang So in the future and it was a wise decision not to make Lee Jun-ki appear at that art exhibition at the series’ close. His appearance wouldn’t have been justified, as Wang So never suspected Su to come from a different time throughout the drama, and their meeting in the future would have raised a lot of questions. Moreover, I really can’t imagine So leaving the throne to go searching for Su.
A lot of people wanted So and Su to meet again in the future. But So never learned of or even suspected Su/Ha-jin’s true origins and the drama never explored the reasons behind Ha-jin’s time travel. A reunion in the future would only have been reasonable if, at least in the second half of the series, the show had touched upon any of these issues to lay down a path for the couple to start a journey through time.
For these reasons, I’m happier day by day with how Moon Lovers ended. It stuck to logic, and I appreciated it so much after the emotional turmoil subsided. Even if bitter and painful, I can only hope for So and Su to cherish the great love they experienced and go on with their lives in their different times. Forever apart, but forever one in each other’s hearts.
(I do hope for a Lee Jun-ki/IU reunion in a modern rom-com with a happy ending, though.)
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