TVB Anniversary series, The Confidant <大太監>, began airing last Monday with excellent ratings, and it is destined to be a heavy favorite to win this year’s Best Drama award. To further boost the ratings and generate more excitement, an alternate ending of the series is being prepared.
Many actors were recalled last week for the additional filming. To keep the audiences in suspense, none of the actors elaborated on why they were back for additional scenes. In spite of that, rumor has it that the alternate scene centers on palace maid Sin Yung’s (Nancy Wu 胡定欣) ending. In the original version, her character died, while she has a happy ending in the alternate one.
Producer Marco Law (羅永賢) admitted there is an alternate ending, and indeed it will focus on Nancy — whether she dies or remains alive, becomes a nun, or gets married. Also affected by Nancy’s new ending is the relationship of Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), who plays Ling Tim Sau (凌添壽), Wayne’s apprentice. Edwin will become a beggar after turning against his mentor.
Marco said they are still trying to come up with ways to present both endings, and he would prefer to keep it a secret for now. It will be interesting to see if the alternate ending will conflict with historical details in an attempt to boost ratings.
Michelle Yim (米雪), who plays Empress Dowager Cixi and a favorite for this year’s TV Queen, wholeheartedly agrees on having an alternate ending as a good way to engage the viewers. An alternate ending will give the audiences additional “hope” and generate more excitement.
Nancy Wu is thrilled to see her character be the center of attention in the alternate ending. While most viewers prefer happy endings, Nancy prefers her character to die at the end of the series. “A little regret at the end of the show may not be a bad idea. However, I do understand that after following the character for 30 episodes, most audiences would prefer a happy ending for her, so it’s a good thing they can associate with an ending they prefer.”
Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) had to cut short his filming activities for his new Malaysia movie to participate in the alternate ending for The Confidant. “From the audience’s perspective, after living with the characters for weeks, most will want to see a good ending. It would be nice if they can vote for an ending, or have both endings presented one right after the other. It will satisfy most audiences that way,” Wayne commented.
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