In Episode 18 of East of Eden shown last night, the scene of Young Ran (Lee Yeon Hee) crying her heart out for Dong Chul (Song Seung Hun) for their love that cannot be fulfilled moved viewers who sympathized with their plight.
In an emotional-charged scene for Young Ran, she bickered with her father over sending Dong Chul into danger just because they like each other and even bought out her deceased mother which left her father in tears.
Young Ran then goes over to Dong Chul, saying that she finally understands why he decided to ditch love for money. She had earlier visited Dong Chul’s family and knows that he is doing all these to protect his family. Young Ran decides to let go of their love but that he must not die without her permission. They hug again and while Dong Chul is deliberating, Young Ran breaks off from him and leaves the room with Dong Chul left in an agonized state.
The production team behind East of Eden expressed, “Lee Yeon Hee didn’t seem like she was simply acting when she started tearing. It was like she was letting out all her sorrows hidden deep inside her heart. When we were filming this, we were all very solemn and deeply moved by her acting.”
Viewers expressed on the website, “It was really sad when Lee Yeon Hee was crying”, “The sadness that Guk-ja (Young Ran nickname) experiences, it’s just like the Arirang legend, so tragic”, “Yeon Hee’s eyes is full of longing”.
As the drama nears it’s climax, besides looking forward to the real parents of Lee Dong Wook and Shin Myung Hoon being revealed, the relationships between the various characters will also see some changes. According to someone from East of Eden, “we are almost half-way through the drama, there will be some changes between the relationships of some characters plus love lines. What will be the fate that befalls the two men whose fates was switched on the day that they were born, please wait and anticipate.”
On the ratings front, East of Eden achieved it’s highest rating thus far with 28.7% on Monday night. But Episode 18 last night saw a decrease with just 26.0% but that was because it was delayed due to MBC’s decision to screen a generic sports game. The 30% barrier is thus within sight.