We’ve seen how the story ended.
It wasn’t happy.
It’s far from perfect.
And lots have longed for a second season because well,
‘Wang So deserved better,’
Or so we thought.
I, for one, wanted a sequel. Who wouldn’t?
But setting our emotionally-driven thoughts right after that tragic end, I can say with full confidence that Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo’s ending is the RIGHT one.
Mind you that this realization didn’t come in an instant. I came to the conclusion after rewatching select episodes (especially the ending) and objectively analyzing why the creators did what they did and for what reason.
I guess fans would all have to agree that a ‘better’ ending is possible. Perhaps Hae Soo didn’t have to die. Better yet, another eclipse could’ve taken place and transported Wang So to our time. Or why not let these star-crossed lovers meet just ONE MORE TIME before all the heart-wrenching goodbyes took place?
At least we get some form of closure.
But creators surprised us with a frontal attack straight to the feels. And so we’re left agonizing over the love story that was never meant to be.
Sad, really sad.
But here are three reasons why the ending perfectly fits the flow of story.
Go Ha Jin never belonged to Goryeo.
There was a Hae Soo at Goryeo, but it was Ha Jin’s character whom Wang So, Wook and Jung fell in love with. Based on how Wook described the character of the original Hae Soo, it’s pretty obvious how it directly contrasted with Ha Jin’s attitude.
We couldn’t say for sure if the real Hae Soo would’ve the same impact to Wang So and vice versa. In fact, there is a huge chance that they won’t be meeting much considering Soo’s implied ‘silent’ and ‘reserved’ attitude.
It was Hae Soo’s body, but the Go Ha Jin who made an impact to the princes was never meant to be at Goryeo to begin with.
It’s only a matter of time before she goes back to her time and leaves the rest.
Wang So / Guangjong was meant to rule and marrying Hae Soo could’ve changed history.
Scarlet Heart, as indicated on its opening credits, has taken a creative license to history and historically speaking, Wang So (later king Guangjong) is a ruler.
Obviously, the creators tweaked certain facts to fit the story, but it would entirely be a huge leap away from the historical basis if Wang So decided to make Hae Soo her queen.
Besides, borrowing Ji Mong’s wise words:
“You may be able to be a source of comfort for His Majesty, but you will not be able to be his source of strength.”
Cruel as it seems, it’s a fact of life in this type of monarchial setup. A queen is never just a king’s spouse, and true love isn’t enough.
Guangjong needed a queen whose family and name wields as much power as his. He needs it to stay in power. And Hae Soo just doesn’t make the cut.
Everything literally fell back on their right places – like puzzle pieces
I’m still not in favor of Hae Soo dying.
Nor do I celebrate the loneliness Wang So had to endure along with the knowledge of her daughter’s existence he can’t even claim as his own.
But looking at the bigger picture, it’s safe to say that history can move forward with a ‘wise’ and ‘good’ king Guangjong in power. This is contrary to Guangjong’s initial identity as a ruthless monarch prior to Ha Jin’s transport to Goryeo period.
We could say the story made it Go Ha Jin’s mission to contribute to the change. And she did it well.
But missions do end. Sadly in Scarlet Heart, it meant her trip back to her original place in the 21st century.
We’re all free to craft our own theories on better alternative endings for Scarlet Heart, but for now, the story’s over.
While I would have loved a happy ending for our SoSoo couple, I highly appreciated the consistency and rationality of its end.
But will I love a second season?
Absolutely! Who’s with me?