It’s your choice whether you want to click on this post and be totally spoiled, but please don’t comment in future In a Good Way posts with information gleaned from here and thereby spoil the ending for those who don’t want to know beforehand. The tentative episode count for IAGW now that it’s nearing the end and SETTV has a better idea of how much more story left to tell stands at 24-episodes. That means four more episodes left and I sure hope the network makes the most of it in packing in momentum driving narrative rather then the nice filler that is enjoyable to watch but not very substantive in telling me how everyone will end up. The network released a novelization of the story last week in the Taiwan publishing press and eager viewers scooped up the book. The ending of the novel has been discussed among the readers who have read through the novel and below I’ve summarized the key relationship endings for all the main characters.
A word of caution not to expect the drama ending will be identical to the novel. I think there is still time for audience feedback of the novel to potentially tweak the drama ending, though I do expect the final steps of the journey to be more or less what the novel laid out. I read the novel, and have actually read quite a few SETTV drama-novels that the network has published for its popular dramas. It’s always a light read is never as good as the dramas, and here I think the wonderful cast with their great chemistry has managed to elevate what is just an ordinary story about a particular group of college friends trying to find their future paths. In particular it’s Lego Lee turning a stock nearly perfect male lead into something vulnerable with unique insecurities but bursting with a strong sense of self. All I’m going to say about the ending of the novel is that almost everything works for me expect one major quibble, but I actually think that one thing may be what the drama will do different. Who knows but I can’t wait to watch the final few episodes remaining.
The In a Good Way novelization ending:
1. Xiao Wei marries Ri Qi at the end of her senior year in college. They end up forming a traveling library on wheels as their future career and teaching reading around the island. They are very happy together.
2. Tracy and Ah Qing break up but remain single ten years later without finding the right person to settle down with, it’s revealed their mutually too-strong personalities is a dealbreaker even though they really did genuinely fall in love with each other. There is always a chance they can try dating again as adults.
3. Ren Wei becomes a rich and successful businessman in his own right, he doesn’t take over the family fishery but does return to Pingdong and runs a company selling local Pingdong agricultural delicacies and local offerings. He becomes best friends with Bai Xue like the way he and Jia En used to be. Bai Xue works in movie production and has a foreigner boyfriend who is a movie director. The guy has proposed many times but she keeps turning him down because she’s not in any rush to get married. She and Ren Wei are the type of friends that can say anything to each other. Ren Wei is still single.
4. Jia En goes abroad after she graduates to study English in grad school. Liu Chuan stays in Taiwan to continue searching for his grandfather’s treasure. She comes back after five years but by then Liu Chuan has gone MIA from all their college friends and even Jia En. No one knows where he is, and rumors say that he’s also left the country. Jia En spends three years back in Taiwan with no word from Liu Chuan and pretty much moves on from him though she is not dating anyone new. She thinks he needs to travel his own road as does she. She still thinks of him often. One night she gets a page “to byacing” from 3631 even though she hasn’t used that pager in years and everyone uses cell phones now. She goes to the Taya tribe reservation and finds the Sun Moon tree, part of the treasure hunt the entire group did in their senior year which solved the grandfather picture mystery to a certain degree. She finds an older more weathered Liu Chuan waiting for her. He explains what happened – he eventually solved the whole mystery and discovered there really was a treasure. His grandfather was on the doomed Taiping steamer that went down in 1949 and he was handed treasures by people who ended up perishing with a promise to deliver it or return it to their families.
He wasn’t able to do so because Taiwan was under martial law for thirty years so he hoped that one day when Taiwan was free and democratic then Liu Chuan could track down those families and return the treasures. Liu Chuan tried but some had been sold by his dad so he had to get it back first. Then he had to track down the descendants of those families. His dad opposed him every step of the way so Liu Chuan was facing a lot of pressure so he didn’t want to contact Jia En and get her mired in his heavy burden. Plus he was afraid his dad would track his whereabouts if he tried contacting Jia En and stop what he was doing. He just finished his last task and came back to Taiwan and contacted Jia En immediately. They get back together though she’s more angry at herself for doubting his feelings for her and trusting he had a good reason for not contacting her, she should have reached out and tried to find him. Through the treasure returning task left by his grandfather, Liu Chuan traveled the world and met many people, and in the end his dad was finally convinced to let Liu Chuan be free to choose his future and his love. So Liu Chuan earned his freedom and completed the task his grandfather left him in his will. Jia En and Liu Chuan were apart for ten years but end up together in the end.