Well well well, it looks like next week may indeed be the last episode of King Flower. *Sobs* As much as this drama was cray cray, I’ll be so sad to see it go. It’s been such a long time since a TW-drama hook me this hard, and the addiction lasting all the way until the end. I noticed some scenes in the preview for episode 19 was cut from broadcast which confirms that SETTV wants to wrap this up quickly. As much as the writing has been spectacularly clueless in the last few episodes, what with Da Hua coming home and suddenly obsessed with Guan Jun and moping over him when earlier she was actually really into Terry and loathe to part with him, I do think whatever ending comes we’ll just have to accept that it’ll feel lacking. If Da Hua picks Terry, and I mean really picks him as in they say their “I do’s” without interruption and the bride bailing, it won’t feel satisfying anymore. All of the great Da Hua-Terry tension was destroyed by the drama spending the last few episodes with Guan Jun’s braying self-absorbed noble idiot act, and Da Hua crying wide-eyed tears and moping over his abrupt desertion. If Da Hua had moped over Guan Jun while at the same time realizing her feelings for Terry are much deeper than she acknowledged, then at least we have a compelling ending to barrel towards.
If she goes back to Guan Jun, then we can at least accept she thought about her feelings for Terry and chose the guy she’s known longer and perhaps is more comfortable with. If she picks Terry, at least it wouldn’t be due to Guan Jun’s machinations and is instead an self-aware moment of clarity that she wants someone who respects her and treats her right. I can perhaps accept that both guys love Da Hua just as much (it’s a long stretch for Guan Jun but I’ll throw the production a bone here), but then no one can convince me that the way each guy loves Da Hua isn’t a crystal clear choice of who is the better man. Guan Jun’s love is based on self-flagellation and deceit for his idea of the greater good, Terry’s love is about forthright candor and understanding that love is not a battle of right and better but is instead about being brave enough to fight for the chance when it comes. I think Terry’s journey has been amazing to watch, and this episode ended with a proposal that we were all expecting and turned out to be as wonderful and heartfelt as any I’ve seen in a drama. To think the episode ends with this scene and then teases that Guan Jun still has a shot? The producers be completely off-their-rockers and I hope they are committed to an asylum after this drama wraps. Watch the proposal below with my translation of the dialogue.
Terry’s proposal to Da Hua:
Da Hua: Dear god, can you tell me whether can I still find happiness?
Terry: Beloved Heavenly Father, please have mercy, can you forgive this sinner here? I did so much wrong and told so many lies. I once even gave up on myself. But a girl saved me. She led me out of darkness and gave me hope. In this journey I fell in love with her. And right now I want to tell her – this time it’s my turn to protect her. I don’t want her to endure any bit of unhappiness. So can You give me one more chance? One more chance to love someone with my entire being.
*Terry takes out the ring*
Terry: Da Hua, I don’t know what will happen in the future. But the only thing I am certain of is that I will use the rest of my life to treat you well, to love you. So are you willing to let me make you happy?
*Da Hua temporarily grows a brain and a heart and accepts his proposal. Terry hugs Da Hua, and then she slowly wraps her arms around him (to his surprise and joy) and hugs him back. If Da Hua ends up with Guan Jun at the end of the final episode, then officially this drama ended right here in my mind. Y’all cool with that?*