It’s a wrap for Heirs/The Inheritors a mere hours before the broadcast of its final episode 20. The cast and crew assembled at the set used for the interior of the Kim mansion for a group picture and it’s going to require some squinting to see everyone. I spot Bo Na, Rachel, and Young Do in the front row. Second row has Hyo Shin (hopefully a sign that he doesn’t die by the end), Secretary Yoon, Eun Sang’s mom, Ki Ae next to Ji Sook, Eun Sang and Tan flanking Chairman Daddy, Won followed by Yi Seul and Chan Young. It’s a lovely picture commemorating months of hard work which ultimately paid off – this drama is the highest priced K-drama sold this year and garnered high ratings and lots of buzz. It’s a success any way you look at it. I think the writing was half good/half bad, and the casting was also a mixed bag. Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye was the oddest coupling I’ve seen in ages. It’s not like they don’t have chemistry because they do, but it’s more like friends, or colleagues, and sometimes veering to respect, but never fully believable as two young adults attracted to each other. My gut tells me that it’s not the fault of either of them, but if one was cast then the other shouldn’t. Does that make sense?
I thought Park Shin Hye had much better chemistry with Kim Woo Bin, which was apparent from their first scene together though he was playing a turd. By the end it was something I wanted to see more of but knew it didn’t make any sense in the story. Before the drama aired, insiders were saying that Kim Tan was the best male lead ever written by Kim Eun Sook and today I stand here scratching my head going “whut” because surely those who saw the early scripts must’ve been smoking something. Tan is at most entertaining to watch when he’s being immature, otherwise he broods too much. The cast all signed personal notes to the drama which have all been collected in one picture below, so go check out if your faves wrote something interesting or have pretty neat penmanship. The final scenes of episode 20 will clearly be Eun Sang and Tan, judging from Kim Eun Sook‘s preferred ending style as well as from the fan-snapped pictures of the two of them filming today in the cold wet snow. Those two definitely deserve a vacation since they carried the bulk of the scenes. I won’t miss anything about Heirs other the routine of following along with this drama for over six months since it was announced, cast, filmed, and broadcast.