Descendants of the Sun: end-to-end success
It was a happy ending on Thursday night that brought tears to many watching the record-breaking finale of the Korean drama Descendants of the Sun. What next? Episode 16 will not be the end of the drama. After the highly-anticipated finale of Descendants of the Sun that has been a sweet and sweeping success across Asia, there will be a special three-part series that will showcase an epilogue and highlights. However, the special episodes will go on air next week on KBS.
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The drama bowed out with a bang, breaking its own record by recording a 38.8 nationwide viewership rating, according to Nielsen Korea. This was a whopping 4 percent jump from the previous night’s episode.
The finale also recorded 44.2 percent in Seoul, and 41.6 in the capital area. It was the most viewed among the women in their 40s. The finale had raised fears among its many fans. A spoiler report had suggested fans of the show must brace themselves for a heart-breaking finale. According to Koalas Playground, Song Joong-ki’s character Army Captain Yoo Shi Jin aka Big Boss will die in the episode finale, stated Yibada. Considering the show was fully pre-taped before it went on air, alleged spoilers for the finale episode had surfaced online. The outpour of concern prompted writer Kim Eun Sook to share insights into its likely ending.
The writer guested on KBS1 radio’s “Hello This Is Hong Ji Myung,” Soompi reported. Kim spoke about the rumours circulating online about the ending of “DoTS.” She noted a particular rumour that said Yoo Shi Jin dreamt everything up. In response, Kim remarked that she would likely have to move abroad if she indeed ended it that way. She recalled how viewers did not favour the ending of her other dramas in the past. Hence, she admits she learned a lesson from it. “I’ve been scolded a lot by viewers regarding my endings. I don’t think I will be making the same mistake again and I want to tell viewers to confirm the ending after watching the live broadcast,” Kim said. Her statement would imply the ending for “Descendants of the Sun” would be acceptable to its viewers.
— Soompi (@soompi) April 15, 2016
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Descendants of the Sun rekindled the love for Korean drama. But if the end of the Descendants of the Sun seems to be the end of the world to you, here is another Korean drama that you can watch out for: The Vampire Detective and Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (tentative title). The new KBS 2 drama will star Park Bo Gum and actress Kim Yoo Jung and is expected to premiere in August this year. Park Bo Gum has been hugely popular since playing a genius Baduk player in Reply 1988 in 2015.