KDrama Review | Sky Castle – Ending Discussed

The greater your suffering; the greater your enlightenment

THE STORY

Sky Castle is the neighborhood where wealthy families of doctors (mostly) and lawyers live. They are known for raising their children to be third-generation doctors, doing private education by hiring the most skilled tutors.

MY THOUGHTS IN GENERAL

⚫️ At first, you might think there is nothing special with it. Though, going deep into the story, secrets and revelations keep on unfolding every chapter. When I started watching, I was like “it’s okay” and didn’t actually plan on continuing, but heck, the way they ended the Episode 1? You can’t just stop there.

⚫️ Know that it is NOT a comedy. Black comedy, yes. Satire, yes. Drama, yes. It needs trigger warning, to be honest. There are deaths and sensitive contents. It is funny for the most part, sure. The amount of satire is prominent. Though, I can’t deny the fact that it is really dark. The back stories are the best, too. I love those parts in kdramas that make me sympathize with the characters. It is not like you are trying to justify the action; you are just trying to see where the person is coming from. I believe that there is always a trigger why we speak and act the way we do.

⚫️ It has all emotions plus deadly sins here and there – pride, greed, envy, wrath. The highlight of this is the mother and child. Please, I bawled my eyes out.

Black Pink Lisa

⚫️ I really love the mothers’ relationship here. They all went through so much and it strengthens their bonds.

⚫️ There are lots of characters here, and it’s remarkable how they made each one tug at your heartstrings. There are annoying characters, of course. Then, something would be revealed and you would finally understand (or not really). Still, I think everyone has enough screen time. Well, it has 20 episodes.

⚫️ I think parents will definitely cry watching this. It is hard raising kids, right? It’s not like that I know that. I just think I can start seeing from my parents’ perspective as I became an adult. Though, I still believe that parents do not always know best. Damn, who knows best?

As an Asian, it is not new to me that education is like a matter between life and death. It’s not like my upbringing was as intense as Sky Castle’s parents parenting. However, it is instilled in our brains that we need to do well in school or it’s a shame. A “line of 9” (as we call it here) is preferable. Getting a “line of 7” or “palakol” is degrading. You are smart if you are in “Section 1” – those kind of stuff. It brought me back to those summer vacations where we were studying English and Math when we were supposed to just play and enjoy the sun. To be fair, I enjoyed it, anyway. 😆

This is my favorite soundtrack from the drama, it fits so well. I’m still having goosebumps hearing it!

[STOP READING. THIS IS A SPOILER]

I want to discuss about the ending scene of Sky Castle because I heard some people do not actually like it or they would prefer an alternate ending. So, for my two cents:

I think Professor Kim is still in prison. The ending is just to portray that the same system keeps on happening – which I think is a good way to end it. I also love how Han SeoJin was just staring out the window while she was listening to her daughters’ banter. It is a simple moment, but she was finally happy and at ease – no more lies, no more pretending.

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That is it for my review! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Hmmm.. Also, what should I watch next? :))

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7 thoughts on “KDrama Review | Sky Castle – Ending Discussed”

  1. i’m going to watch this after i finish W! sana magustuhan ko, i like dramas with more substance lately and i think this one has that! 🙂

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    1. pinapalabas din ata sa ch2 ung W? 😄 it has a lot tbh. i love everything that has to do with day to day life ahaha im late but im watching Reply 1988 ☺

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  2. The ending was too fairy-tale-like though. It was as if suddenly the last few episodes were dipped in sugar. Seo Jin & her husband were too arrogant and had too much pride to initiate going over to U-ju’s place and kneel before him for forgiveness. More time should have been devoted to the backstory of Coach Kim instead of a few flashbacks. The writer should also have included the details of how Hye-na’s murder was carried out. Seo Jin was just such an unlikeable character, she really didn’t deserve this ‘happy ending’ although yes they moved out of Sky Castle but to have all her friendships & family intact is just too good for her. However, all in all, really loved the series & the acting – I must have cried countless times each episode and the soundtracks were amazing too.

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    1. I agree about Hyena’s murder, sadly 😭 Seojin is indeed unlikeable, and her husband – but I love how their traumas were portrayed. It should never be a an excuse to act shit, but it is what it is. In reality, we project these traumas to everyone around us, without us realising it sometimes. I think it is not so fairy-tale like. I just thought that it what happens when you are already free from all the lies you’ve been carrying your whole life. Her family knows her past; there’s no secrets anymore. She opened herself up. It is a relief. It is the inner peace we should all aim towards. But thank you so much for your input! I love discussing the character development and plot 🤗 It really is worth watching. I cried tons, too!

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