The 3 Most Disappointing K-Drama Endings of 2022

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Credit: tvN, MBC, SBS

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What are some shows that were good but had the worst, most disappointing endings this year? The series below are works of art, but their conclusions didn’t measure up to the rest of the story.

tvN’s Twenty-Five Twenty-One became a much-loved series, scoring an average viewership rating of 11.6 percent. But many did not love how it ended. Just like when Reply 1988 aired, many tried to guess who would end up marrying Na Hee Do (played by Kim Tae Ri), and the series attracted great number of viewers as they tuned in to see whether the gripping romance would deliver a satisfying ending. However, as Hee Do’s husband didn’t turn out to be Baek Yi Jin (Nam Joo Hyuk), many viewers were disappointed with the ending, making it a good series with a downer ending.

MBC’s Big Mouth scored a viewership rating of 13.7 percent when it aired, becoming a new hit drama. However, its rushed plot and the sudden death of Ko Mi Ho (YoonA) in the final episode left the audience in shock. Many found it confusing to see Park Chang Ho (Lee Jong Suk) avenging the villain by killing them rather than bringing them to justice.

SBS’ One Dollar Lawyer ended with a bang, recording 15.2 percent in rating. However, the drama was caught up in controversies and gossip as it was frequently canceled and eventually shortened to a 12-episode season. According to reports, its frequent cancellations and early wrap were partially due to the discord between the production company and the writer. The last episode had Chun Ji Hoon (Namkoong Min) successfully punishing Choi Ki Seok (Joo Seok Tae), but the story developed too fast and jumpy at the end. Such an ending was all the more disappointing for many viewers who were hoping for a Season 2.

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