Some dramas are sooooo good, you just don’t want them to end! You would watch them even if they had 50 episodes, 100 episodes or more! But when the inevitable ending comes, some drama endings are so good that they leave you very satisfied — if not always happy!
Here are our favorite drama endings — and yours!— from 2014! And don’t worry! We are not putting in any spoilers so that you can catch up on these great dramas if you haven’t seen them yet!
My Love From the Star
Some love stories are so grand, so destined — so EPIC— that no barriers of time, distance or life form can keep them apart! Besides, if all alien teachers were as hot as Kim Soo Hyun, we’d all fall in love with them, too! For 400 years since first arriving on Earth from another planet, Do Min Joon (played by Kim Soo Hyun) has managed to keep himself free from human entanglements because he knows that one day, he would have to return to his home planet and won’t be able to take “anything or anyone” back with him. But that all changes when Min Joon meets modern-day actress Cheon Song Yi (played by Jun Ji Hyun). When a love is fated, you just can’t fight it. And when Min Joon realizes that he can no longer stay on Earth, he continues to fight through the space-time continuum until the very end to return to his love! Isn’t that how all love should be? Awww, the feels!
There’s no drama ending quite so satisfying as one where — after 52 long, suspense-filled episodes — everyone gets what they deserve! The evil Min Jung (played by Lee Yoo Ri) ends up with nothing but a bad perm and ajumma clothing, while the sweet Bo Ri (played by Oh Yeon Seo) and Jae Hwa (played by Kim Ji Hoon) finally get their happily-ever-after with Bi Dan. In an interesting twist, actress Lee Yoo Ri gets to show off her more likable side when she is reincarnated as a sweet schoolteacher!
This Korean remake of a popular Taiwanese drama became a huge hit due to the excellent acting of Jang Hyuk as the brash Lee Gun, the CEO with the most shattering laugh; Jang Na Ra as the mousy Kim Mi Young, who has a heart of gold; and the sexy Choi Jin Hyuk as the protective Daniel Pitt, a “neighborhood oppa” we all wish we had. We all rooted for Mi Young from the beginning of this drama because we loved the idea of a sweet, nerdy girl having two dashing men fighting over her. In the end, this drama taught us that being true to yourself, going after your own dreams, and then finding true love on your own terms are what will make you happy. And we’re OK with that!
There’s always an airport scene in dramas where someone leaves the country, and the person who is in love with that person tries desperately to catch the person but is always too late. In this case, the leaver is Wei Zhen (played by Kimi Hsia) and the chaser is Shu Yu (played by Chris Wu). He thinks he has lost her forever, but he is wrong! After going through so many ups and downs with each other, the two end up on the same stage months later, reliving a scene from their past when Wei Zhen was a child star. Wei Zhen is reclaiming her star status and her love life on her own terms, and for that, we say, “You go, girl!” You’ll come away from this ending smiling and feeling good, we promise!
It’s written in stone somewhere that if a man is from a wealthy family in a Korean drama, his choice of a woman will never be approved by his snobbish family. That is certainly the case for Chang Min (played by Choi Jin Hyuk), a medical student who comes from a well-to-do family of doctors. When he insists on marrying Jin Hee (played by Song Ji Hyo), who is wholly unsuitable for his family, Chang Min gets cut off by his family. Eventually, the strain of their relationship gets to them and they end up getting divorced. Years later, they meet again when they both are starting their medical internships at the same hospital! Even though Chang Min and Jin Hee begin to experience the same feelings they had for each other years ago, the drama ends realistically and there are no wedding bells at the end! You’ll have to see for yourself whether they end up back to together, but it was great to see the couple not making the same mistakes they made the first time around!
You can say that there is no miracle at the end of this drama. Despite his heroic battle with lymphoma, Wei De (played by Leroy Young) doesn’t find a miracle cure that allows him to shake it off and move on with his life. But Wei De manages to give Jia Ni (played by Ruby Lin) an unexpected gift that provides new purpose and meaning to her life! The ending to this touching drama is sad mixed with a sprinkle of hope and sentimentality — but you’ll come away knowing what true love is and how good friends can be absolutely essential to a life well-lived!
By the time this Korean drama ends, the viewer is heartbroken — not just because of the almost poetic ending, but also because one of the most smartly written dramas of the year is coming to an end. Although the title may make you think this drama is tawdry and salacious, it actually was one of the best scripted, delightfully nuanced, beautifully acted dramas of the year! It’s no wonder that Kim Hee Ae won the Best Female Acting award, Kim Hye Eun won Female Supporting Actress and Jung Sung Joo won the Writer’s Award at the recent 2014 APAN Star Awards. There is no happy ending in this drama in the usual sense, but the ending leaves us all somehow very satisfied because of its realism.
In a Good Way
When you truly love something, you let it go. And the popular saying goes that if it returns to you, then it is yours to keep; but if it doesn’t, then it was never yours to have. In this empowering drama, Liu Chuan (played by Lego Li) and Jia En (played by Kirsten Ren) grow to love each other. But he becomes embroiled in his father’s political life and she has always wanted to go abroad to finish her studies. This heartwarming drama teaches us the many levels and manifestations of love. Helping the person you love achieve his or her dreams is the ultimate demonstration of your love for that person — and we, the viewers, were deeply touched!
The most satisfying endings to any revenge drama is when the bad person is finally brought to justice and the avenger finally finds peace! The intro and the special effects of this Korean drama make it feel like a superhero cartoon, but the tragedy that Dae Gu (played by Lee Seung Gi) experiences when he witnesses his own mother being murdered is all too real. Dae Gu becomes a police detective with the hopes of capturing the perpetrator of his childhood nightmare, but will his fellow rookie Soo Sun (Go Ah Ra) and team leader Pan Seok (Cha Seung Won) help or hinder him in his quest for revenge? Even though the bad guy gets caught in the end, one of our heroes will have to pay a price! So is it a happy ending or not? You’ll have to see it to find out!
Unless you suffer from a medical condition that has stunted your emotions, you will cry through most of the last two episodes of this touching drama about the strength of a mother’s love. Although at face value, this drama seems very one-note, but it will actually surprise you with the strength of all the supporting roles and the heartwarming storyline. And we predict the handsome young boy Yoon Chan Young, who plays Song Yoon Ah’s son, Geu Roo, is destined for great things! His emotionally charged acting earned him the Child Actor Award at the recent 2014 APAN Star Awards!
Which drama ending was your personal favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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