Yong-pal extension (finally) confirmed, to end with Episode 18
Well, fiiiiiiinally! It sure took SBS freaking forever to decide what to do with its medical-thriller-romance drama Yong-pal, and now it’s confirmed that it will extend by two episodes (not the rumored four). That means it will wrap up with Episode 18, which’ll air on Thursday, October 1.
The extension rumors for this drama have certainly been all over the place, and we were waiting for an official confirmation to write about it, not expecting it would take this long. Extension talks started very early into the drama’s run, when each new episode was topping the previous one in ratings, and it broke the 20% ratings barrier (unheard of these days with a miniseries!) within three weeks. Then the plot took a sharp left turn (Episode 9 wut?) and viewers were pretty vocal about it; even media headlines made much of how the plot had gone to ruin overnight.
After that extension talks died down and we heard nothing for a while. Ratings remained high but had leveled off (the most recent episode drew a 19.1%). Then this week, news came out that the show wouldn’t extend at all… and of course, the next day they re-confirmed with this latest—and hopefully final—decision.
I don’t think Yong-pal needs an extension, but I don’t really mind so much, I guess. Two is better than four, and Yong-pal is one of those addictive shows for me where if I dial down my brain (or need for logic) by about 20 percent, I enjoy every episode thoroughly (…except for Episode 9, that was a low point). The plot moves fast enough that if I don’t purposely slow down to examine every plot hole, I’m totally entertained. Mostly, Joo-won makes my day, and he should always be on the verge of grave danger and eternal happiness. Funny how that line is so razor-thin, eh?
This means that Yong-pal’s follow-up drama, mystery-crime-suspense thriller Village: Secret of Achiara, will postpone its premiere by a week, airing its first episode on Wednesday, October 7.