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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] Goodbye My Princess, 东宫

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1 hour ago, vintage_chutzpah said:

I'm thinking of watching this. Before I get highly invested, what kind of ending is this? Happy, Sad or Open?

So happy to hear you are considering this drama because I enjoyed it (even though it was a roller coaster and had some gaps)!! Mmm...depending on a person's interpretation, the ending could be sad or open. I think the ending fell more towards the sad/tragic category for me. However, I accepted the ending/knew long before that it wasn't going to end well. On a flip side, they did do a 3 or 4 mini short episodes that focus more on a happy ending/another (modern) life. Hope this helps you decide!!!!

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Good News! Viki has liscensed the Extended 55 Episode version! Yes, there will be subs! I hope that the original team can work on this one as well. Hopefully, they will be able to just reload the files and then make a few tweaks for the new scenes, so that it won't be like starting from scratch and won't take a lot of time to finish. I'll be ready for a rewatch!

https://www.viki.com/tv/36758c-goodbye-my-princess-directors-cut

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Just letting everyone know that this drama is available on Amazon Prime Video. There is 55 total episodes. You will need an Amazon Prime account. 

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So I realize everyone is over the critiquing of this drama but as I just watched it recently I am trying to get it out of my system. 

 

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So overall, it bugs me that when XF was watching GJ get killed before her eyes by LCY, all she had to do to halt that was really just confess to LCY that he was actually Gu Xiaowu. Just her physically reaching out to him to shake him out of his crazy state would have probably gotten through to him. So I felt like some of that tragedy could have been easily avoided and maybe their love could have even been saved somehow. All it needed was more honest communication between each other and the fact they both were being manipulative about their feelings annoyed the hell out of me. 

 

I also don’t understand how XF so quickly forgave GJ at that point when she was so over it before the memory wipe and how could she forgive his slight on faking as GXW even though he was taking her away it was still a horrible move on his part. Luckily the drama kept it clean, but I could have easily imagined he would take advantage of that situation. 

 

So overall my being too much of a realist kills this drama for me and I can’t help but keep playing out all the scenarios to fix it. Like LCY being an expert bowsman could have easily knocked the sword out of XF’s hand before she committed suicide. The ending was too hasty for me so I wasn’t satisfied with it. 

 

Bleh. 

 

And to to add another point, for those that hated LCY, I kind of felt sympathy for him. He really just had an intense need to connect with a female in his life, since his real mother who was quite opposite of the adopted one who raised him, could have provided him a  loving and nurturing environment. But instead he was raised by a deceiver who taught him he has to grasp what he wants by devious and underhanded means. So he lacked that aspect he craved and thus became obsessed with how pure it was coming from XF who cared nothing for those kinds of tricks. 

 

He should have just been more open and honest with her from the beginning which was his fault, but he was always taught to keep things under wraps being raised in the scheming palace. He even said himself that he was taught to be that way from his Dad who is pretty bad himself. 

 

Yes his adopted mother loved him but she had a selfish pursuit and would get cold when it came down to it. She did try to kill him after all. XF is perhaps too simple minded at times which is why she failed to see that he was suffering in his own way. I thought that was a total flaw on her part because in some ways it made Sese better than her. I think you need to truly try to understand your partner if you want to say that you really love them. Not just be happy when they do certain things for you and only consider your feelings instead of asking them why they did what they did to you and try to understand their choice of action. How else can you truly know them? 

 

Im saying too much here. 

 

I found myself adoring the two leads together very much. I thought the actor who plays LCY to be very cute but too young for me to be that attracted to lol.. It’s amazing how good the female lead looks for her age to pull off looking so young so well with her cheerful charms. They both are great actors and I really enjoyed their chemistry and would love for them to do another period drama together but hopefully a happier ending. It’s like my love for the pairing of Alyssa Chia and Vincent Zhao. It’s been that long since I’ve seen a couple I just need to see more of together. 

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