“The King: Eternal Monarch” has finally ended its run with 16 episodes. The finale episode of “The King: Eternal Monarch” aired on June 12 and I am here to talk about it.
I didn’t expect it to end this well but “The King: Eternal Monarch” provided what could possibly be labeled the most satisfying ending of all time. The 16th episode was filled with happy moments and I am here to share a quick recap.
Lee Gon and Jo Young go back to the time of the treason but this time they’re 20 minutes earlier. Lee Gon tries to persuade Jo Young against tagging along with him but he fails. They end up arriving just in time to save the child Lee Gon.
Tae Eul takes Lee Lim with her to the passage and waits there hoping Lee Gon is able to take down Lee Lim in the past. Jo Young gets shot a couple of times while trying to save young Lee Gon.
The older Lee Gon chases after Lee Lim after he acquires the manpasikjeok.
Meanwhile, Shin Jae tells his mother that he’s not her real son and takes her to where her real son is, she cries and blames him but ends up hugging him and apologizes for blaming him for something he didn’t do.
Lee Gon ends up catching to Lee Lim and with his sword he slays him. At the same time, Tae Eul is afraid that Lee Gon has failed and ends up firing a couple of bullets that don’t go off at first at Lee Lim. After Lee Gon sets back everything to its place acquiring the manpasikjeok, the realm they’re in flows and the shots fired at him ends up moving killing him instantly.
The little mysterious boy with the yoyo transforms back and forth between his younger and older self. He says, ‘the door will close and only the memories will remain.’
Everything turns back into its place after that happens and then the drama takes back viewers in time stamps to when important events happened to the main leads and demonstrating how their destiny had changed.
Prince Lee saves Min Hyeon and his mother from committing suicide.
Young Luna tries to steal from Koo Seo-Ryeong’s mother but instead, the mother embraces her and gives money and food altering her fate.
Meanwhile, Tae Eul goes back to the present time and finds out that everything has been turned back to its place. There is no Kang Shin Jae but she still has her memories of Lee Gon.
After some time has passed, Tae Eul ends up running to Lee Gon’s other self, he didn’t die and has went on to become something cool but he’s not her man.
Lee Gon ends up travelling around everywhere through universes trying to catch a glimpse of Tae Eul, he fails a lot before he’s finally able to meet her. When they meet, they hug and kiss and profess their love for each other.
Kingdom of Corea 2022
Jo Young is doing fine and his parents have gotten back together and had twins, he’s busy protecting his king and watching the twins. He misses Eun Seop but refuses to go see him because he knows he won’t even remember him.
Shin Jae and Luna end up becoming police officers working in the same division and the drama hints at a possible romance.
Koo Seo-Ryeong has gone to jail for stealing people’s taxes, Luna checks up on her in jail and they get into an argument together. They have kept in close contact and grew up together.
In the present time, Tae Eul goes on trips each weekend with Lee Gon. They meet up and go into various places and universes but they have no control over where they end up or at what period in time.
Lee Gon stumbles on young Min Hyeon who lost his ball; he throws it back to him and saves him from getting hit by a car.
Min Hyeon grows up to be a CEO, Lee Gon looks happy to have seen him grow up well. Lee Gon goes to check on Eun Seop who has landed a job at the NIS, and we find out that Eun Seop and Nari ended up together.
Lee Gon and Tae Eul accidentally end up in the present time in the kingdom of Corea and they get caught by the royal guard. They later sneak out and end up in the palace, they go to the CCTV room to delete all traces of her but they stumble upon a secret Jo Yeong has been hiding from Lee Gon, apparently, he started dating Seung A.
The 16th episode ends with the two couple still meeting at the gate and going places together everywhere through all periods of time.
What did you think of “The King: Eternal Monarch” ending? did you like it?
My Personal Thoughts On The Ending
This is a very nice ending and I think the majority of fans will love this one, I think it’s one of the most optimistic endings I’ve seen from a Kim Eun Sook drama.
To me, it felt that “The King: Eternal Monarch” ending was made to satisfy those who stuck around the drama because they liked and cared about it. It felt like a present to those who remained invested in this drama despite its flaws.
If you read my reviews on this blog then you know I don’t personally like dramas that are about time travel in general because I’ve never seen any Korean writer execute the theme properly. It always becomes a story of ‘what if.’ Time travel dramas or movies in whatever language are hard to pull because of the endless possibilities and the fact that in most cases, the main leads needlessly make things difficult for themselves. Time travel dramas often have lots and lots of plot holes.
I would’ve personally loved “The King: Eternal Monarch” a lot more if it had just stuck to the present instead of creating weird scenarios to please plot points here and there. There are still lots of things about this drama that were not fully explored or properly explained or accounted for.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” was one of the weakest Kim Eun Sook scripts I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen all of her dramas. I will review the second half in a couple of days, but simply put, “The King: Eternal Monarch” had lots of glaring issues. Still, it had its great moments that I love and appreciate, there is that feel the writer brings to it and for those who loved the actors, this will be more than enough.
The drama had 16 episodes to properly explore everything and end with every loose end explained fully but it never took advantage of the time it had. If we want to fully dissect every scene of the last episode we’ll be up for hours debating, I could do that but why? By the end of the day, I read fans comments and most of them loved the ending and by the end of the day, it’s all that matters.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” could’ve been so much better but I’ve always felt that it didn’t fully take advantage of the idea it had, it was an amazing core plot, it will remain one of the most ambitious kdramas I’ve ever seen. While the 16th episode was filled with filler scene and in a sense to me felt like a letdown of a buildup to something bigger, it was still sweet. I loved Woo Do Hwan and Kim Kyung Nam characters a lot and they really were the reason I kept going. They both demonstrated how good they are as actors and I am so excited to see their next projects.