I had set aside this drama for nearly two years and I'm glad I finally came back to finish it. Although there were many points throughout the drama where I was overly frustrated by interactions between key characters and bad decisions that were made, I ended up being content with the way things turned out in the end. Apparently a lot of people hated the ending, and I might have been in the same boat had I not done my own research and learned the true historical events surrounding Siwan's character, Wang Won. The drama stayed true to many real historical events, and because of this I understand why the writer's had things play out in particular ways that broke the k-drama formula and upset many viewers that wanted a typical happily ever after. I, for one, was very excited to have finally found a drama that isn't predictable and kept me on my toes throughout the whole 20 episodes. The pacing was good, and I only wish they had flushed out the relationships between some of the other supporting characters a bit better. After finishing the drama, I am left with sadness for the sacrifices that the characters had to constantly make, as well as a fondness for the true love that was portrayed by the actors. I highly recommend this drama to anyone yearning for a fast-paced romance/thriller that takes place during a particularly turbulent era in Korean history.
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