The troubled and difficult love story between Dong Chul (Song Seung Hun) and Young Ran (Lee Yeon Hee) which played out in Episode 22 of East of Eden made many viewers tear up again. In this episode, Young Ran’s steely determination to hold on to their love leads to Dong Chul deciding to give up everything (revenge) and with it, a new chapter of their love story unravels.
Just as Young Ran was about to leave for Macau with Mike (Dennis O’Neil), she realizes that Dong Chul was being locked up. Young Ran is so anxious that she runs off to Dong Chul’s home to tell Dong Wook the news. But as she is still quite weak having fainted during her engagement party, she takes a rest in Dong Chul’s home and through the walls, she overhears Dong Chul’s mum talking about his troubled life and learns about his history.
Thanks to the help of Janice, Dong Chul is released ahead of schedule but returns home to get a tongue lashing from his mum and removing his name from the family register. A hurt Dong Chul agrees to his mum’s decision and brings Young Ran to the beach. Both of them hug each other with tears as they can’t fulfil their love despite truly loving each other. Faced with a woman (Young Ran) who he feels that is the only one who understands, treasures him, Young Ran’s father reluctance to trust him totally and his own mother for not understanding him, thoughts of giving up on everything (revenge) floats in Dong Chul’s mind as he ponders about leaving everything behind, and be with Young Ran.
In the preview for next Monday, Dong Chul spoke to Young Ran, “I am a fisherman, you’re the fisherman’s wife, how about we live like that?”. This is followed by Young Ran saying, “Let’s go to a place where my father can’t find us”. Dong Chul’s decision leading to a new twist in their love story. But Young Ran’s father will definitely not take this betrayal and with even more obstacles ahead of them, viewers are full of anticipation for their romance.
The drama website was flooded with speculation and blessing from viewers with regards to their relationship, “It would be good if they leave together far far away, they must definitely have a happy ending”, “their difficult love is really heartwrenching, they must not be caught by Young Ran’s father”, etc with most hoping for a happy ending. But it’s a drama, so it will not happen.
Nearly halfway through the drama, I really don’t see how Dong Chul can love another woman. Maybe the screenwriter had a change of heart.
What do you think honestly?