Spoiler: An alternative ending released by author Ai Jingjing revives the female protagonist, who had died in the book.
Goodbye My Princess <東宮>, which is adapted from the Chinese novel of the same name published in 2010, has been airing to positive reviews. The novel’s unhappy ending however left many fans of the novel bemoaning the sad closure, but the author recently released an alternate ending giving everyone an unexpected surprise.
Dramatic Adaptation Praised by Readers
Most of Fei Wo Si Cun‘s (匪我思存) novels end in tragedy, and dramatic adaptations evoke even sadder viewer responses, thus giving the writer the nickname of “Queen of Tragedy”. In 2010, she published Goodbye My Princess, which tells the story of the relationship between 9th Princess of Western Liang and the Sui Dynasty’s Prince. The book’s ending, sweet and heartwrenching at once won over many fans.
The television adaptation nine years later feature Chen Xingxu (陳星旭) cast as the malicious Li Chengyin, and Peng Xiaoran (彭小苒) as princess Xiao Feng. The good-looking couple, combined with the loving interactions between the two, was praised by readers for being close to the original novel.
While rumors of a double ending were dispelled by the production unit, it later promised to give viewers a surprise twist, leaving readers and fans filled with excitement.
In the original novel, 9th princess slits her throat, leaving Li Chengyin full of regret that he will lose the love of his life forever. On her social media, the author revealed that she had written an alternate ending many years ago, which she recently unveiled. After chasing Xiao Feng to the Yumen gate, Li Chengyin discovers that Beizhao has in fact already released Xiaofeng. Li Chengyin shoots an arrow in her direction; with his skilled shooting but he did not injure her as the arrow went safely through her hair. Xiaofeng shoots back in return, injuring Li Chengyin and leading everyone goes to his rescue. In the meanwhile Xiaofeng and Ah Du run in the sunshine on verdant fields, towards the direction of home.
The author also added that “Li Chengyin can escape that arrow, as Xiao Feng is much less skilled than himself in terms of strength and accuracy. The fact that he chose to be hit by the arrow goes to show that he (wanted to) let her go because of true love.” The delivery of an author-approved surprise ending which allowed the female protagonist to escape the clutches of death nine years later thrilled fans of the novel, evoking reactions ranging from crying out loud to intense joy.
Fans Thrilled by Different Ending 9 Years Later
With the drama airing to popular reception, there were rumors that Goodbye My Princess will have a special double ending. However, the production crew denied this and said they will respect the original work, but will give audiences an emotional outlet to satisfy their demand by providing a hidden surprise following the drama’s conclusion.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.