Yes, the epic Gaksital finally ended 5 minutes ago, bringing an end to a long ride of 4 months. I anticipated new episodes every week, though of late, I dread watching because Shunji is getting crazier every episode, and Kangto getting more careless. But I couldn’t contain the excitement for the last episode, and I dare say it’s not beyond expectations and I find it apt.
I belong to the minor camp of do-not-really-care-about-lovelines. So naturally I was expecting Mok Dan to be killed off eventually, because as someone put it in Soompi, Shunji and Kangto can never recouncil their differences should she remain alive. The premise of Gaksital is of a man so disillusioned with his own country, who eventually become the hero, the beacon of hope to his fellow countrymen, fighting the invaders. It is also a story of two dear friends who ended up having to fight each other. Essentially, it’s more of bromance than romance.
Anyway, the death toll in Gaksital is so high, it made me feel like I was watching The Princess Man, circa 1930s. Just that that drama was a romance story to begin with, and historical events being weaved in, and Gaksital is the other way round. I just want to say, sometimes sacrifice has to be made for the bigger picture, even in dramas. And Mok Dan already made her cryptic prediction of protecting Kangto till the end. Sometimes true love doesn’t have to be physcially around us all the time.
All in all, it’s an ending befitting the series, though I have to say I did feel it was a tad rushed. The last scene was full of patriotic symbolism; that the Joseon people will keep fighting to reclaim their motherland, that everyone is Gaksital in their own ways.