Goodbye Mr. Black Finale Review!

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I know, it feels wrenching to have to let go of our favorite drama! Is this really goodbye, Black?

Welcome to the end

Goodbye Mr. Black episode 20 was as much like comfort food as the rest of the series has been. We laughed with them, we cried with them – and now we have to let the wonderful memories fly away. What most are we going to miss about Goodbye Mr. Black?

 I’d give the final episode a 10 as far as happy endings go. The bad guys got their just rewards, those worth redeeming found their inner peace and our Black Swan couple? Well, there were a few spine-chilling moments when we weren’t sure – but everything worked out well for them too. Phew.

Since I spent my last many weeks waiting on each episode, it’s only right that I celebrate my closure with this drama. Has it been a bumpy and crazy ride? Well, yeah. At least you can’t say it was uneventful!

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Even with having some hints beforehand about what must have happened, I still wasn’t quite prepared when I finally got to witness things for myself. Seeing Black/Cha Ji Won fighting for his life – and then fearing that Swan wasn’t going to make it either, had my head going all over the place.

Much as we’d want a flawless drama with no distracting shortcomings to pick on, sometimes we just like our drama to be human. Goodbye Mr. Black was definitely that, and the finale rounded it all up nicely!

A Love to remember

Some have said that the romance stood out more for them than the revenge. I have to agree, in the best possible way Goodbye Mr. Black did deliver on the feels. We couldn’t have asked the drama for a better pairing.

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Lee Jin Wook was very adept with those emotion-laden scenes. Never seen a man cry so pretty!

Not just the pairing was memorable, but the performances as well. Most especially Lee Jin Wook, who had the whole weight on his shoulders with keeping the drama alive. I’d say that Goodbye Mr. Black would certainly not have been as impactful if not for him.

In the final episode especially, we got to see him glide through his many personas within his characters Cha Ji Won and Mr. Black. Whether it was goofy Ji Won making everyone smile, or the badass Mr. Black in all black taking down the baddies, he made us root for him to win the day.

Moon Chae Won as Swan/Baek Eun Young was the perfect heroine. You seriously couldn’t fault her – and she stayed just as fabulous right to the very end.

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Swan was that one girl that could go from wide-eyed innocent to gutsy enchantress in a flash!  It was incredible how fearless she seemed, especially when protecting those she cared about. In fact, you could say her one weakness, was Cha Ji Won and her love for him.

In the final episode we see just how far she’s come, from the street-waif type Khaya to the grown, confident and upright Swan. Beautiful inside and out – that’s our Swan and I think Black knows how lucky he is to have found her!

Avenged at last

What a relief to finally see the villains brought to their knees especially in the case of the fake Baek Eun Do, real name Cho Sung-bae. Now he is a bad guy for the history books. We just never get to understand why he was so attached to riches, that he destroyed not just the happiness of Swan’s real family, but Cha Ji Won’s, as well. We’ll never know the true extent of his crime, but we’re glad he’s gone – really gone.

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Maybe Goodbye Mr. Black never got as dark as some would really want. And maybe the final episode still left a few questions, such as how Swan could go back to being a reporter after faking her own death?

But then you just think, who cares? None of our fave characters died, a few even got married, and all the money, riches and good name were won back. Everything was put back in its proper place. Drama done and dusted.

What I’m happy for after finishing the series? Well, apart from meeting all these amazing characters that all felt like one family, I’m also grateful for witnessing the romance story of an era. Who ever thought love and revenge could make such a potent mix?

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The final episode decided to be generous, and gave even Min Sun Jae and Yoon Ma ri a hopeful chance to begin afresh. Whether they’d be doing so together, will be best left to our imagination.

What else can I say? I’m proud of Goodbye Mr. Black and how the heroes were as never-say-die as the drama. You just never wanted them to give up, and thank goodness they never did.

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Of course, Goodbye Mr. Black wasn’t all just sentimental fluff. These were real people who valiantly fought for their cause, but the villains were just too evil and too set in their ways. Somehow though, the good prevailed and what remains, is some glimmers of a masterpiece.

Highly Recommended

With a finale this good, I can sincerely recommend this drama as a must-see. Just to make the comparison on how a revenge drama can be handled with a light touch. Goodbye Mr. Black was very much a ‘survival’ drama as much as a revenge one. And trust me, not all heroes could go through what Cha Ji Won did and still come out victorious. In more ways than one.

Instead of becoming bitter and obsessed, Black made new friends and trusted aides along the way. He didn’t have to take an innocent person down just to reach his goal. That makes for kdrama gold to me!

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Some goodbyes can be so bittersweet! Very happy to have known you, Mr. Black. And thanks for the magic!

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