All 50 episodes of Ariel Lin’s (林依晨) comeback television drama I Will Never Let You Go <小女花不弃>, her first period drama in five years, has ended, and fans are still trying to digest of what exactly happened in that last episode.
The finale, which aired on Tuesday, March 5th, was a roller coaster ride of events. Ariel, who plays the beggar Hua Buqi, is facing enemies from all corners, as her secret identity of being the granddaughter of the influential Zhu Family, was leaked. She is the key figure in unleashing a code that unlocks a legendary treasure.
In the final episode, Hua Buqi and Chen Yu (Vin Zhang 张彬彬) work together to lure out Xiao Jiufeng (Zhang Yan 张岩), the grandfather of Hua Buqi’s betrothed Dongfang Shi (Austin Lin 林柏宏), who had wanted to capture Hua Buqi so she could lead him to the treasure. On Hua Buqi and Dongfang Shi’s wedding day, Xiao Jiufeng attempts to capture Hua Buqi, only to be stopped by his own grandson. Dongfang Shi and Hua Buqi’s older half sister Mo Ruofei (Xing En 邢恩) enter a conflict, resulting in Mo Ruofei’s death. Yuan Chong (Xiao Xiangfei 肖向飞), Chen Yu’s close friend, jumps out to save Hua Buqi, only to be killed in the end. Meanwhile, all four of Dongfang Shi’s close friends dies to protect him.
In a craze, Xiao Jiufeng fatally injures his grandson. Dying, Dongfang Shi’s last words to his grandfather was to let Hua Buqi go. In a last stand, Chen Yu falls into a well, bringing Xiao Jiufeng with him. Hua Buqi manages to hold onto Chen Yu—but only barely. He tells her to let go and live her life well.
After Chen Yu’s death, Hua Buqi dedicates the rest of her life to Chen Yu’s cause, which is to become a masked hero (Lian Yi Ke) to protect those who need it the most. It wasn’t until the last minute of the episode, when it revealed that Chen Yu had actually survived his fall. In their meeting, he tells Hua Buqi, “What a coincidence! You’re also the Lian Yi Ke.”
It was a happy ending, but many viewers felt overwhelmed with the dramatic changes of events and the sudden deaths. “What a bad ending,” said one netizen. “All the supporting characters died off, leaving only the main two.”
What are you thoughts on Ariel’s comeback drama?
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.