Regarding the romance between Tae Sang (played by Park Seo Joon) and Chae Ok (Han So Hee), writer Kang Eun Kyung noted, “There aren’t many romantic scenes in the show. The characters find themselves in challenging situations. Despite having distinct lifestyles and goals, the two attractive individuals may be drawn to each other due to a shared instinct for survival.”
Director Jung Dong Yoon provided further context, stating, “I thought a lot about the perspective from which I should view their romance. I think they grew closer, perhaps due to the trust they built during difficult times.”
“The initial meeting between Tae Sang and Chae Ok wasn’t an instant romantic connection, but rather something that looked aesthetically pleasing on screen. In episodes 3 and 4, Chae Ok seeks Tae Sang’s help, and together they successfully escape from Ongseong Hospital. Their relationship develops not through immediate attraction but through genuine conversations in their room after their daring escape,” he continued. “Their love story doesn’t stop there as Season 1 ends with Tae Sang mistakenly thinking Chae Ok is dead, while Chae Ok opens her eyes. think the melodrama that unfolds after this might happen in Season 2. I hope viewers will watch out for that part.”
He also commented, “While Season 1 delves into themes of human nature and greed, the upcoming season shifts its focus to the reunion of Tae Sang and Chae Ok in the post-colonial era,” raising anticipation for Season 2.