WARNING: *Major* spoilers ahead for Crash Landing On You! Don't read if you haven't seen the latest episode yet!
Anyone who's already finished Crash Landing On You would know that the hit K-drama ended on a bittersweet note. While leads Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye Jin) and Captain Ri (Hyun Bin) got their happy ending, the equally lovable second leads, Seo Dan (Seo Ji Hye) and Seung-joon (Kim Jung Hyun), did not. In Episode 15, Seung-joon received fatal gunshot wounds trying to protect Seo Dan from her kidnappers. And in the first minutes of the series finale, we find out that Seung-joon does not survive his injuries and tragically dies in Seo Dan's arms.
With its incredible writing and storyline, the drama left us on the edge of our seats after every episode—and this also goes for the actors themselves. In a report by Soompi, it was revealed that Jung Hyun, like us, did not know that his character was going to die in the series and that he actually only found out about it when he read the script for the finale ep, Episode 16. Grabe lang!
"To be honest, even up till when I received the script for Episode 15, I didn't know that my character would be dying. I was shot at the end of that episode so I asked director Lee Jung Hyo if I was dying and he said, 'I don't know, but I don't think so? Things have only just begun for your character, I'm sure you'll live.' But then I read the script for Episode 16, and I died. I kept reading till the epilogue hoping that my character would survive, but I was still dead."
Jung Hyun added, "Though, as an actor, it would be better for me if I'm able to film more scenes, I was able to feel that Seung-joon was loved by the viewers. I know that there are some viewers who believe that Goo Seung-joon is alive and well somewhere. I think if that's what people want to believe, then he could be happily living in peace somewhere. If given room for interpretation, I believe he could be alive."
Given the overwhelming reception of his character's death and the impact it left on the viewers, Jung Hyun believed it was the *best* ending they could give Seung-joon—and we could not agree more!
"When we went to the wrap party after we finished filming the last episode, everyone was talking about how it was a shame that my character died. To have people thinking about and feeling bad for my character is something I'm very grateful for as an actor. I'm grateful and satisfied. If you think about it in a different way, I wonder if Seung-joon could have had a happy ending that was as happy as Se-ri and Jeong-hyeok's, and I think in that aspect, maybe it was the best decision for him to die when he did."
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