What is a good ending? One that doesn't feel rushed. One that doesn't put fan-service first, but the story and its consistency. Therefore, one that stays true to the overall tone of the show: it can be heartbreaking, but don't give us melo at the end of a rom-com (hear me, King of Dramas???) or fluff at the end of a melodrama (hear me, Nice Guy???). It is also one that gives a certain amount of closure (since we will not have another season in most cases) but doesn't try to explain and solve every single thing ever. In fact, I like ambiguous, stimulating ones ... the ones that make me think about how these characters that I invested so much time in might fare in the future.
Consiering all of this, I cannot think of any (non-multi seasonal) drama with a good ending. None. Yes, that would be the end of this post then, goodbye!
When I asked the KDrama-crazed on Twitter about their Top 5, they rapid-fired me with their suggestions, so I do have quite a list to ponder over. However, half of the entries are disqualified because I haven't seen the dramas. Yet another half is disqualified because I seriously disagree with the suggestions. And the third half is disqualified because I haven't finished the dramas in question. In fact, I stop short of the last two episodes in the majority of dramas I watch... I simply lose interest... and/or dread that the ending will spoil my viewing experience.
Then I sat there for a long, long time and pondered the fourth half - or whatever part is left after all the disqualifications - and here are the five that made it ... not bad after all! There is hope!
The Princess' ManMy number one is and remains The Princess' Man. I may not be 100% happy about the ending - for who would want Park Shi-hoo to be blind and not be able to gaze upon his woman fondly? - but it does a marvellous job in giving closure without going fluffy on us. It manages to give our main characters the possibility to live; and to come to terms with their fate. Our OTP escapes the vicious circle of death and vengeance thanks to the last minute kindness of her mother. And the father, who remains king for many years, is punished in his own way because her white lie has made him believe that he has lost his daughter and grandchild through suicide for many years. It's a smart ending to a truly great drama. Thanks, chaka-nim!
"I might have lost my sight, but I regained my love. I could not fulfill my vengeance, but I gained you instead" (Kim Seung Yoo)