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  1. @J13 A fellow 3310 fan! I see you have great taste haha. Thanks for the warm welcome! I actually wanted to mention 3310 in the previous clarification, but thought it might seem strange since these fictional immortals treat reincarnation so casually (it's like going to a spa retreat for them lmao), whereas our very mortal characters here only had this one chance to get it right. I like that the writers/director for GMP left the ending open to interpretation in this way tbh. I personally thought the scenes of her sitting on the sand to be a figment of his imagination, that he was always seeing her just at the edge of the horizon and so he will roam the desert forever looking for her. That scene of him deluding himself into thinking that she's still alive in his convo with Pei Zhao resonated so strongly with me that I chose to interpret it this way, as his desperation and longing to see her. But if we go with your interpretation, it would tie in really well with the "xiao hu li" song with their roles being reciprocal now. There is beauty in the idea of the shepherd girl sitting on the sand dunes, biding her time now that death has released her from their transgressions. Her last lines quoting the song could also be interpreted as a sign of true forgiveness as she acknowledged that she understood him in her own way. Either way, I thought that the juxtaposition was beautifully shot and certainly showed a sense of longing across a great distance/divide. Who's overthinking now? It's fascinating to me that your and my interpretations are like two sides of the same coin, with respect to who these characters were. They were that real. It's masterfully done on the writers' part, and the director did an amazing job bringing all of it to life. I will be paying a lot of attention to this director's work in the future for sure. But, for my own personal closure to this drama, I would like to think that since he spends the remainder of this lifetime looking for her, his soul will go on seeking her even after his body stops. This way, I can imagine that his soul will still remember this sense of longing at their next meeting, even if hers would not. The second he sees her, he would know. For me, that would be a true and final redemption, to release him from the weight of all his previous mistakes. Edit: Then again, at this point it would be pretty strange for a drama so grounded in reality to break that atmosphere entirely, so I'm satisfied with the way things ended. Sorry for the essay!
  2. lol same, fingers crossed that they have a second period drama project together in the future, and we can all pretend that's the reincarnated LCY and XF. If we get lucky enough and they shoot an "epilogue" episode or extended material, I hope they keep the current tragic ending. I would maybe hope for a scene where a reincarnated LCY and XF meet as strangers, with him in shock at first sight as he remembers everything about her even after reincarnation, while she only senses that he is familiar and smiles at him. LCY only ever looked at peace in the drama seeing her smile like that anyway. At least we the audience would know that they wouldn't have politics to screw things up this time. Sigh. A girl can dream.
  3. This is my first post after lurking for a long time in this thread. I finally decided to delurk to share a bit of the cultural perspective of the whole "three lives" statement to clear up any lingering confusion. Usually the saying "three lives" is about reincarnation, so it's not literally talking about their amnesia or their second meeting and marriage, at least not directly. The phrase is used to talk about two souls who have such a strong destiny together (whether good or bad) that they can't help changing the course of each other's lives, even past the point of death (aka multiple lifetimes). The number 3 just so happens to be a very significant number in Han Buddhism re: reincarnation, and since it also rhymes with "life," that's why it is often used as a flowery way to talk about reincarnation and destiny. Essentially, to the Chinese audience, the monk in the scene isn't telling them that they will get three chances in THIS lifetime together. Instead, consider it more of a bad omen or the foreshadowing of tragedy in their lives if they were to continue on their predestined paths. When the master (a senior monk) singles them out especially to tell them not to "force" what is not meant to be, and especially makes sure to repeat this warning to LCY not once but multiple times, that's a bold letter warning to him to be careful, or there will be tragedy. To the Chinese audience, this is another way to soften LCY's actions, by also turning him into a victim of a force that he had no control over. If it helps at all, this also implies that since LCY and XF are inexplicably bound together through multiple lifetimes--even if LCY doesn't find her or have a HE with her in this lifetime, he will repay the debt he owes her in a future lifetime somehow. This is his karmic debt to her and imo the way they end the series seems to have this intent as well. Hope that helps!
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