Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, which aired its last episode on October 15th.
The tragic romance between Ruyi and her husband, the Qianlong Emperor, finally ended with 87 episodes on October 15th. Zhou Xun (周迅), who plays Ruyi in Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿传>, earned standing ovations in her final moments of the show—though Ruyi said little dialogue, viewers were full of emotion for her character,
“I love this scene of Ruyi,” said one netizen. “This scene is too legendary. Zhou Xun is smiling, but the audiences are crying. Ruyi did not drop a single tear, yet I feel so bad for her.”
Ruyi eventually passes away, and though that segment was not shown on screen, it was mentioned in dialogue. The majority of the final episode focused on how the Qianlong Emperor, portrayed by Wallace Huo (霍建華), mourns for her. Netizens said they found it hard to sympathize with Qianlong due to how he treated her before her death.
Despite evoking many emotions from netizens, many fans of the show said they felt the ending episode was disappointing. “It was a weak finale,” said one netizen. “It felt a bit empty and quick.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.