It’s finale weekend over on tvN as the big budgeted and highly promoted fantasy sageuk Arthdal Chronicles wraps up its ambitious tale with the final two episodes. The penultimate episode brought in 6.412% ratings, so part 3 of this drama in the end could not give it a much needed ratings boost beyond the 6% range it averaged during its run. This will be considered a flop for male lead Song Joong Ki while Jang Dong Gun continues his streak of stealing the show as the antagonist and coming out winning even if the project doesn’t do as well in ratings or box office – same thing happened last year with zombie sageuk Rampant with Hyun Bin.
I thought Song Joong Ki’s darker twin character was more interesting and his performance way more memorable there but sadly it was nice curly haired twin that was set up as the hero. Kim Ji Won overall is a miscast for me but I don’t think a bigger name or better actress female lead could have brought in more ratings. Overall this drama was a dud in story and execution, despite it’s sky high 54 billion won budget. Compare that to second highest budget Mr. Sunshine at 40 billion won and more than double the just premiered Vagabond with a 25 million won budget. K-ent should study C-dramas for the fantasy period story and style for a change.