There was a lot to take in for the final episode 20 of Vincenzo and as a huge fan I was split in my reaction, the critical side thought it was well done and consistent with the path and message but as the pure drama viewer I didn’t enjoy this finale content. It veered into biblical imagery torture porn territory (dancing with the devil, devoured by birds, etc.) to make a point that felt incongruous with how much this drama has been keeping that fine line between evil ways used to punish even more evil people. But I felt this episode crossed that line and I didn’t enjoy seeing Myung Hee and Joon Woo get their just desserts because ultimately I cared more about the well being of the good guys and this episode took out the bestest good boy at the outset. Han Seo had the best character development arc in the entire drama and actually stole the show in the final few episodes, hopefully Kwak Dong Yeon will FINALLY get his due stardom after this.
After Han Seo died I felt the drama went through the motions, everything Vincenzo did was as he said he would but it couldn’t bring Han Seo back, and unlike the two dead parents I thought Han Seo didn’t need to die for that extra heartbreak. Everyone else made it out alive, though Cha Young was sidelined for the majority of the episode after being shot, and perhaps that was for the best I don’t know how she can be with Vincenzo after watching the torture to death he devised for Myung Hee and Joon Woo. The final ending had Vincenzo back in Italy with a side spot in Malta, and perhaps he and Cha Young can have a future with only a few months out of the year to be together. Theirs touched me more for the meeting of the minds and personalities, it wasn’t a romance to write home about in terms of sizzle. In the end I thought Vincenzo the middle 16 episodes were so strong this drama is a major win still despite the choppy beginning and rather unsatisfying ending. It also marks a true comeback win for Song Joong Ki, proving naysayers wrong and finding a new career high that didn’t need the hype of a Kim Eun Sook project or the extra buzz from a real world romance.