Descendants of the Sun A Year After Part 16

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series DOTS A Year After

Korean dramas often have an open and confusing ending but the finale episode of the Descendants of the Sun is rather satisfying. In any case, an ending in none other than an ending. It means that we have to say goodbye to the drama we have loved and constantly followed.

Select Scenes from Episode 16

1. Mood Swings

"Mood Swings" scene in dots a year after part 16

Kang Mo-yeon: You’re so mean. Do you think being alive makes everything all right? You’re so mean.
*change of mood*
Kang Mo-yeon:
I missed you. I never forgot about you even for a second.

*change of mood*
Kang Mo-yeon:
I don’t need you. I’m going to live by myself. I’m going to become a nun.

*change of mood*
Kang Mo-yeon:
I love you. I said I love you.

This scene is both funny and romantic because you can see that Kang Mo-yeon is just being real with how she feels. To be able to see the love of your life alive a year after you thought he was dead would have been shocking to anyone. Mood swings could be the natural reaction of a woman or even a man if someone who “passed away” re-appears out of nowhere and once again makes things complicated.

2. The Second Best Couple

"The Best Couple" scene in dots a year after part 16

Seo Dae-young: I’m sorry. I took so long to reply. We’re not separating. I will never separate with you again.

Two of the toughest characters in Descendants of the Sun are Sergeant Seo Dae-young and Lt. Yoon Myeong-ju. However, in this scene, Seo Dae-young and Yoon Myeong-ju have let their guards down and just seized the moment of being with each other again. In the narration before Sergeant Seo comes into the picture, it was mentioned that the snow is the first time in 100 years in Uruk. Although Uruk is only a fictional place and was just made for the drama, it is great to take comfort from the fact that sometimes things really happen for a reason. The seemingly impossible event of snowing happened and hints that it is not also impossible for Lt. Yoon to see Sergeant Seo once again.

3. Student-Teacher Reunion

"Student-Teacher Reunion" scene in dots a year after part 16

Ki Bum comes back as a superior officer and as he speaks to the new trainees, he tells them that the only thing they have to remember is not to get hurt while out on the ground. With this line, it seems that he also believes that Sergeant Seo Dae-young and Captain Yoo Shi-jin are already dead. As Sergeant Seo comes alive, Ki Bum is not able to control himself and sobbed really hard. It was very heartfelt that it also pushed me to tears. We know for a fact that anyone we love could go anytime and never come back.

4. Escape

"Escape" scene in dots a year after part 16

So how did Sergeant Seo Dae-young and Captain Yoo Shi-jin really escape the life-threatening incident that almost killed them? A good friend came to the rescue. Senior Lt. Ahn from North Korea came and helped them escape.

If you remember in Episode 14 when Senior Lt. Ahn got hit by a sniper, everyone thought that it was a sad way to die. In the next scene, however, they revealed that Captain Yoo helped him stage and safely get out from the supposed execution in order to go back to North Korea. Moments before they took him in and deported him back to the North, Senior Lt. Ahn said that he will never forget what Captain Yoo did for him and hopes to repay him someday. And yes, in the finale episode, Senior Lt. Ahn successfully rescued Yoo Shi-jin and Seo Dae-young.

It’s a beautiful tragedy because it somehow represents the conflict between South and North Korea. North Koreans and South Koreans cannot help each other as it would mean betrayal to their own side. However, this scene proves that humanity propelled Senior Lt. Ahn and Yoo Shi-jin (in a previous episode) to choose saving lives over maintaining loyalty to their government.

5. Finally, A Date

"Finally, A Date" scene in dots a year after part 16

Yoo Shi-jin: How did such a woman become mine?
Kang Mo-yeon: 
You must’ve saved a nation in your previous life. My goodness. You must’ve been a soldier in your previous life, too.

Yoo Shi-jin:  I did get promoted a lot in this life.
Kang Mo-yeon:
My goodness. We’re going to date again in our next life! You’re saving a nation in this life, too.

Yoo Shi-jin: My gosh. You’re a kind of woman I can get only after saving a nation.
Kang Mo-yeon: 
Who said you’d get me?

Yoo Shi-jin: Aren’t you going to date me in our next life?
Kang Mo-yeon: 
If I say no, will you give up? Make sure you come and find me in our next life, okay?

Yoo Shi-jin: It’s a promise then?
*Kang Mo-yeon nods*

The two indeed went back to the shipwreck and swear to be with each other forever. Kang Mo-yeon and Yoo Shi-jin joke about their wine-kiss likely saying that, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Throughout the drama, Kang Mo-yeon and Yoo Shi-jin never gave up on each other despite doubts and hardships. Their love is so deep and far extensive that it goes beyond the afterlife. Triggered by the romantic setup of the place, Yoo Shi-jin breezily finds his way to Kang Mo-yeon lips.

Focus: Possibility of Season 2

Fans of Descendants of the Sun have been craving for more of the SongSong couple and have been asking for a Season 2. All the impressive elements of the drama, from casting to plot, make people demand a part two.

Reports were confirmed last year that the Season 2 of the series is set to air this 2017 but without Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo. The plot will also be different from the first part because the writer of the much-loved drama, Kim Eun Sook, believes that the story of Dr. Kang Mo-yeon and Captain Yoo Shi-jin has already been told.

The original plot will drastically change as Descendants of the Sun 2 is reported to be patterned from the American crime series Criminal Minds. There were also speculations that the series will center on the secondary couple, Sergeant Seo Dae-young, played by Jin Goo, and Lieutenant Yoon Myeong-ju, played by Kim Ji Won.

Aside from the “finished” story of the two original lead characters, the busy schedules of actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo keep them from joining DOTS 2. Accordingly, they have committed to other projects and so declined to work on the second season of DOTS.

Song Joong-ki released his official statement about the issue which says that if KBS wants him back for the second run of DOTS, he would gladly accept the offer. He said “I will do it again no matter how successful or not it may be since I received a great gift from it. I have to pay back what I have received.”

Song Joong-ki also allegedly posted a photo on Instagram possibly hinting that he and Song Hye-kyo will still be seen in Descendants of the Sun Season 2. In the said photo, he was leaning and talking to a woman who had her back at the camera. It is believed that he was with Song Hye-kyo in that shot.

Many fans haven’t gotten enough of the two and still want to see what happens next to Dr. Kang Mo-yeon and Captain Yoo Shi-jin. Fans expressed that they want to see them as a married couple for the second installment of the drama. Regardless, the strong demand for a part two goes to show that Descendants of the Sun is indeed a phenomenal Korean drama.

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Final Words from the DOTSAYA Team

icygrey: Descendants of the Sun well deserves the “phenomenal drama” title because its broadcast hooked millions of fans across the globe. I remember that the airing of this drama marked the time when many of my friends (real and on FB) turn out to be Kdrama fans. Although the number of Kdrama fans really grows with time, DOTS surely made it grow at a much faster pace. Many were asking for drama recommendations which liken or equal to DOTS. In my own assessment, the series became a hit mainly because of its powerhouse casting. Same as true with Goblin, another hit series which made impressive records. Don’t get me wrong because Goblin has a really great plot. I’m just saying that Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-wook made us start watching Goblin as much as Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo incentivized us to try DOTS. A good jumpstart! Adding to this striking factor, DOTS successfully presented romantic stories (main and secondary couples, etc.) which are relatively new to viewers. The series did not only hook female viewers but also the male viewers because of its action-filled scenes. The casting, the plot, the cinematography, the soundtracks and the life lessons along many other factors encapsulated by DOTS made it a sure hit! Still, however, I personally think that the drama is a bit overrated. Even though it is indeed good in itself, there are other Korean dramas which are better but are not given much attention and praises like DOTS.

justjest: The immense popularity and good reviews of Descendants of the Sun have set my expectations really high. I thought that it would make me experience another ‘existential crisis’—being hooked or totally immersed in a series that you could not move on and face the real world. Sadly, it did not meet my expectations nor I became a fanatic. I consider it generally as mainstream but also wonder if I could have viewed it the other way given that I was not influenced by too much positive feedback from my friends. However, I highly respect those who were hooked and fell in love with the drama.

kdpine: The things I admire the most about Descendants of the Sun are its modern touch and uniqueness in terms of plot. It’s not the cliché love story which is either heartbreaking or too fictional. The romantic story of Kang Mo-yeon and Yoo Shi-jin is rather on point and very natural. Despite their differing beliefs and contrasting professions, the two, in the end, had the same goals—to preserve humanity and to find love for themselves. Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo did a good job in conveying to viewers their characters’ emotions in most of their romantic scenes. My favorite line from the series is “Love compels us to do things for others that they can do themselves.” -Yoo Shi-jin

Indeed, love sometimes makes you look like a fool but that’s okay because love is incomprehensible yet makes you do things you never thought you would do. I’m giving “DOTS” 110/100 rating.

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(DOTS A Year After is a 16-part post series that commemorates the first anniversary of the highest-rated weekday prime time kdrama in 2016. For your feedback and questions about the series, you can send an email to postseries@kdramapal.com, message us through Facebook, or comment directly on this post.)

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