We are not getting over the endings of these 2021 K-dramas anytime soon.
2021 has been an exciting year for fans of Korean dramas with the release of numerous captivating series. However, not all works can win the hearts of the audience from the beginning until the last episode. Some Korean screenwriters have enraged the audience by coming up with the most disturbing endings.
1. Penthouse 3
It is no exaggeration to say that Penthouse 3 has the most disappointing ending among this year’s Korean dramas. Not only receiving negative reviews for its illogical storyline, Penthouse 3 also shocks viewers with its tragic ending. After all the fight and revenge for money and power, all the adult main characters either get killed, commit suicide or die of cancer.
2. Squid Game
Despite being crowned the most watched Korean show on Netflix, Squid Game still cannot avoid controversy over its ending. Many viewers claim the ending goes against the original logic set by the writer, and that Gi Hun (Lee Jung Jae) shows a major character inconsistency in the final episode. However, perhaps Gi Hun‘s last-minute decision is meant to hint at another season of Squid Game?
Jirisan marks the small screen comeback of “rating queen” Jeon Ji Hyun after a long absence. However, aside from underwhelming reviews throughout the drama, Jirisan also disappoints the audience with its anti-climatic ending. Many viewers are also upset with how the leading couple Hyun Jo (Joo Ji Hoon) and Yi Kang (Jeon Ji Hyun) end up having no loveline despite all the hints given by the writer.
4. Youth Of May
Youth Of May probably has the most heartbreaking ending among 2021 Korean dramas. Since the drama is inspired by a historical tragedy, a tear jerking ending with the separation of the male and female lead is within the expectations. However, the drama still ends on such a sad note that the audience even bring up Penthouse screenwriter to help revive Myung Hee (Go Min Si) and bring her back to Hee Tae (Lee Do Hyun).
Not only romantic dramas, crime thriller series like Mouse can also leave the audience heartbroken. Mouse’s ending sparks mixed reactions, with many viewers thinking it makes sense since the killer needs to be punished, while others claim that the writer was too cruel towards the main character.
6. My Name
Following the success of Squid Game, Netflix’s action thriller My Name also earns impressive results. Depicting the revenge journey of Ji Woo (Han So Hee), My Name attracts viewers with its engrossing storyline. However, towards the end, more plot holes are gradually revealed. For example, the scene where the female lead sends off her boyfriend makes the viewers think that this is the catalyst for Ji Woo‘s determination to avenge her father, while others think that this detail is too illogical and unnecessary to be included.