Korean dramas have their fair share of sad endings; they also have their fair share of disappointing endings that left fans annoyed.
Some kdramas clearly indicates that there won’t be a happy ending early on in the plot, and some others just come at you out of nowhere.
Despite the fact that most kdrama writers try to please fans with the ending and create sweet cheesy endings to the entire main cast, there are some Korean drama writers who stick or reality or completely mess up the drama.
Today we’re taking a look at some of the saddest most disappointing kdrama endings of all time.
Note: Please beware, this article is filled with spoilers, it will cover the following dramas: Cheese In The Trap, Scarlet Heart Reyeo, Im Sorry I Love You, I Remember You, Triangle, Uncontrollably Fond, And W Two Worlds.
1Im Sorry, I Love You
If you google must-watch korean dramas, “Im Sorry, I Love You” will probably be on the top of every list. It was one of the first dramas that spread the hallyu wave. Back then people didn’t know much about kdramas and didn’t care much either.
And now we’re here!
“Im Sorry, I Love You” was a sad drama. The drama ends with the hero dramatic demise and it was tear-jerking.
2Cheese In The Trap
The main male lead of this drama was a bad person, he is a sociopath who manipulate and hurts those around him, Park Hae Jin was perfect for his role. However, since he’s a bad person, I didn’t feel all that bad when he didn’t end up with the lead female character.
I related so much to the drama and I bet a lot of people did as well, its about college life and how people struggle in it. All the characters were amazing, everyone in the drama was amazing, even over-top-Lee Sung Kyung.
I liked that he knew he isn’t good enough for her, he wishes her the best. I highly doubt he’d stop being a sociopath just like that, in real life people don’t change so easily, how can a girl in the span of a year or less completely help change a 24~ year old man?
In real life, the two shouldn’t have ended up together, if I were her, I would have walked away, she is too precious and deserves someone who is at least normal.
3Scarlet Heart Ryeo
“Scarlet Heart Ryeo” might’ve had a messy plot but the actors helped bring the characters to life and even if it sounded absurd at times, at the end of the day all of us cried watching the finale.
It was one of the very few kdramas I can’t be logical when discussing it, I knew it became almost impossible to have a happy ending but that didn’t mean I didn’t cry buckets watching the finale of “Scarlet Heart Ryeo.”
“Scarlet Heart Ryeo” ending didn’t provide a proper resolution for the fans but it was one hell of a ride.
“Uncontrollably Fond” was a drama that many fans agree was too sad. The drama was filled with a lot of tear-jerking moments and having the male lead die at the end was such a punch to the heart but executed beautifully. The male lead dies after getting diagnosed with cancer, a heartbreaking resolution made worse by how much all of us deeply wanted the leads to have a happy ending.
“Uncontrollably Fond” is remembered by fans as one of Suzy’s best performances and the role that shot Kim Woo Bin’s popularity even higher.
5Remember: The War Of Son
“Remember: The War Of Son” is considered the drama that shot Nam Goong Min to fame, his portrayal of the evil character was one of the drama highlights, another highlight had to be the sad-but-expected ending.
Yoo Seung Ho played the role of someone who is slowly losing his memories after getting diagnosed with dementia. Before things became more difficult for him and the love of his life, he cut things loose. It would’ve been a sad ending if the two had ended up together, he will hurt her daily and cause her trouble, he will hinder her life not add to it, he was going to become more difficult to manage with time, having realized that, he chooses to let go.
Yoo Seung Ho’s character made such a brave decision that really shows you how much he cared for her. She was still young, too young to have to take care of a younger man who won’t even recognize her.
“Triangle” was one of those dramas whose endings changed because of its cast schedules. In the end, instead of reuniting as brothers, one of them dies, Siwan’s character was the one who ended up dead. Jaejoong opened up about the reason, he said,
“The drama has ended and I know I can speak up about it now, but honestly, Jang Dong Chul’s death was certain. He was supposed to die at the airport on the way to attend the Hold ‘Em Championships. However, the drama was extended by two episodes, so the ending changed. Im Siwan had other filming schedules and could only attend the filming of one extended episode, so that is why his character Jang Dong Woo died instead.”source: soompi
7W Two Worlds
This is a personal pick because many fans tend to love the ending, in my opinion, it was beyond absurd. Let me explain.
For starters, the drama was filled with plot-holes that became more of an issue as time went by. Lee Jong Suk’s character is literally a character made up and drawn by Han Hyo Joo’s character. In a way, she was his God and she created him.
The father well aware of his daughter’s ideal man went ahead and chose him over his own life when he was just a drawing.
I found it absurd that by the end of the day he is still a drawing but somehow, he ended up with the girl and the father felt it was okay to sacrifice himself for their happiness.
Do you get me?
If she had to choose…. the obvious choice should’ve been her father.
I know its supposed to be a fantasy drama and I understand for the most part, but it was a crossover between reality and fantasy, the least the writer could do was to actually try to balance between both.
So these are some of my picks for the most disappointing kdrama endings, which ones do you agree with? do you have more to add to the list?