Even with negative zero expectations, the ending of tvN fantasy drama Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey) still managed to suck donkey balls level of bad. It’s not the deaths, or lack thereof, it’s the terribly plotting with no emotional payoff that makes this drama such a turd. The Hong Sisters have had their share of sad endings, hello Hong Gil Dong killed off every single character except one, and yet everyone still loves it because the ending paid off the emotional narrative and audience connection built up.
The ending of Hwayugi paid off on in the second character, and even then dribbles, as I cared about the fate of Summer Fairy, Zombie Girl Bokja, the Dragon Prince, the Pig, and even Ah Sa Nyeo, and those characters got a decent wrap up. But for the leads Song Oh Gong and Jin Sun Mi (Samjang) it was beyond middling not to mention nonsensical even within the parameters of this fantasy universe. In the end I’m just going to hold onto Oh Gong driving off into the sunset in his cool convertible and erase this waste of time from my hard drive and memory. The cast and crew worked hard and got past the early pitfalls, and the last episode brought in 6.881% ratings to end with a solid send off.