Just 2 more episodes and that’s it for Lee Da Hye in East of Eden. In episode 40 which will be shown on 13th January, her character Min Hye Rin will embark for overseas studies in America and effectively marking the exit of Lee Da Hye in a natural manner. In the 2nd-last week of 2008, Lee Da Hye had shockingly announced her departure from the drama due to health reasons.
Lee Da Hye is not the first person to leave a drama while it is being filmed. But because of the nature of her departure and the status of the drama profile (much publicized), her decision drew a lot of flak, with lots of heated discussion among many and also with many fingers pointing here and there.
But the decision had been made and approved. The production team thus had to decide on how to write her character out from the drama. Two commonly used methods were sending the character overseas for studies or killing the character. The character could also be written off from the drama without any reasons. But they decided to send Hye Rin for overseas studies.
As for the reason to send Min Hye Rin for overseas studies, PD Go Mi Young explained, “Min Hye Rin has been sent to America many times as an overseas news correspondent, so we felt that it was quite appropriate to send her off on overseas studies. This scenario will have no impact to the existing storyline at all (she didn’t impact the storyline at all from the start, miss!).”
After her departure, we will have 10 more episodes to go.