Have y’all Cruel City (Heartless City) fans calmed down now from the ending of this amazing drama? Admittedly the ending isn’t for everyone, it wasn’t particularly brutal so that the faint of heart felt gut punched. It gave hope where hope was plausible, and devastation when the ultimate price had to be paid. There was a news article with a jTBC production head that discussed the possibility of a second season and the interpretation of the ending. The network debated at length how to end it, which basically confirms the ending as we watched it wasn’t the one and only path to take. But the decision made in the end was to leave it ambiguous, so the last shot of the man in a beige suit who is clearly Jung Shi Hyun’s figure standing still in the moving crowd is intentional and no further clarification was done on purpose. The audience can decide whether Shi Hyun lived or died, which I liked because the bigger question had already been answered. The Doctor’s son and Jung Shi Hyun were both gone, the parts of this man that he carried since being born to a drug-addicted prostitute of a mother was finally stripped away. He was finally free to carry no burdens for others, whether as revenge or justice, so if he lived it would not be as the person he was, and if he died he was leaving behind those who mourned him in the same way as if he lived and left it all behind. So whether he died or lived doesn’t matter, his past was over and the way forward is something we shall never see. I DO NOT want a season two, another undercover operation makes no sense with this cast and the only way to do it is a completely new story. I would rather the talented production set its sights on challenging another genre and bring to it the same level of intelligence and attention to detail. They can cast Jung Kyung Ho and watch him surely bring a different character to life in as vivid a way as he did here. But let the boy rest and recover first, I’ll be waiting for him next project with bated breath. Check out these last batch of stills and BTS pictures from the drama, as well as the cast attending the well-deserved wrap party.
Wrap party pictures: