So..anyone else as furious about the (non) ending of Arthdal Chronicles as I am?

Because DAMN YOU NETFLIX for trying to make kdramas fit the American ‘seasons’ format. That’s not how kdramas work!

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    And yes, I know the show was flawed and in need of an editor, but it was the most interesting kdrama I’ve watched all year (antiheroes, nation-building, and conflicts between church/religious orders and state? Plus supernatural elements?) It could have been great, but I’m still furious at being cheated of any kind of resolution given that Netflix/tvn basically filmed half a drama, passed it off as a whole one, and the production is now making noises indicating that there’s not likely to be a season 2 to actually, you know, finish the damn story.

    (And even if it had been a smash hit – what are the odds that they’d have been able to get the cast together again?!)

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      “Netflix/tvn basically filmed half a drama, passed it off as a whole one”

      This. I also feel cheated. They mentioned the possibility of multiple seasons early on but never confirmed it, acting as if it was only one season. For instance, here’s an article where they say “look forward to Tagon’s change as we reach the climax of the series”: https://www.soompi.com/article/1352530wpp/main-quartet-of-arthdal-chronicles-gathers-for-important-meeting-that-will-bring-big-changes

      The meta is that they behaved as deviously as all the greedy lying characters in Arthdal.

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        Part of the reason why I like kdramas and jdramas so much is that the stories are a closed loop within a single season – none of this cliffhangering and dragging on for years.

        It’s not as if kdrama second seasons can’t work – look at Let’s Eat 2 or Age of Youth 2. But those dramas had a crucial difference, which was that the initial seasons were complete stories in themselves! I’m rather resentful that Netflix is trying to force kdramas into the seasons system, and doing it in the laziest way possible ie either chop a story in half or (as in Arthdal’s case) film only half of the intended story!

        It’s doubly a shame because, despite being riddled with production issues, Arthdal Chronicles had the potential to be great and despite my complaints, it kept me hooked and invested in the characters all the way to the end. It’s maddening to see it go like this. 😡😤😝

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    You: “That’s not how kdramas work!”

    Netflix: “It is now!”

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      @lordcobol I feel so cheated though 🙃

      It’s got to be the first time in kdrama history that a drama has literally ended halfway through its story. I appreciated the unpredictability of the plot (rare in a kdrama) but I wasn’t expecting it to literally have no resolution at all!

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    DAMN CAPITALISM!

    But on the other hand, more Saya!

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      No more Saya (aka Arthdal’s Kylo Ren) though 😭

      Not if they haven’t shot any more darned episodes after no. 18 @#*%^*@#ing Netflix and their seasons @#$^%*!

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    I tagged you in a potential riot post. I’ve already lodged my complaint with Netflix. The riot is actually about whether it’s worth a bean in the year end count (of course it is).

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      Honestly, I have a good case for it being worth THREE beans (one for each part/season?)

      I mean, if Kingdom’s 6 eps are a bean, then AC part 1-3 should each get one too!

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        Hear, hear! I come down on the side of thinking that the pain of watching all of Arthdal + (Pain of) Open Ending make it worth well more than one Bean 😠

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      @ndlessjoie did you lodge a complaint with Netflix?

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