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7 minutes ago, ahdrianaa said:

 

 

Not including the conclusion of JH and SH’s relationship there is the mysterious death of PR team manager’s brother, the crisis at Donghwa, SH’s future role at Donghwa, MIL’s revenge plot, CSH’s relationship with her mother, WS and his mother, does WS redeem himself rather can he redeem himself, does HI ever confess her feelings to JH, the relationships between LDC and Sec Jang, Driver Nam and Pr team leader, HI and KJM. 

 

 

I believe this drama has more than enough fuel for a second season but sadly that’s not the case in K-drama land. These are the times when I wish a K-drama is structured like a US tv show :(

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1 hour ago, NongpeeP said:

 

 

 

 

 

38 minutes ago, ahdrianaa said:

It’s almost over :tears:

 

This must be the last week of drama filming, I hope the cast gets together to watch the last episode. 

 

I get anxiety when I realize they have ONLY 4 more episodes to give this drama the ending that it deserves, it’s going to be a challenge. Still wish that TVN would extend it by a week and they should definitely do a special episode to explain all the artwork. 

 

 

 

Oh my, I just get sad when I read this. My tears just flowed. OMG. What just happened to me? :bawling:

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For the first time in forever, I am thankful for the lack of BTS released with a drama. This way we would always see the actors as their respective character, not as themselves. 

 

Sorry for this random thoughts :sweatingbullets: Maybe because I am binge watching BTS of that particular 2016 drama :lol:

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1 hour ago, ahdrianaa said:

It’s almost over :tears:

 

This must be the last week of drama filming, I hope the cast gets together to watch the last episode. 

 

I get anxiety when I realize they have ONLY 4 more episodes to give this drama the ending that it deserves, it’s going to be a challenge. Still wish that TVN would extend it by a week and they should definitely do a special episode to explain all the artwork. 

@ahdrianaa

 

It's sad to think Encounter is nearly over.

 

1 hour ago, bebebisous33 said:

But in the same scene, we have JH promising to CSH that untilhe will be by her side. And this is important because here we see again that JH is a wise and realistic person. He knows that death is part of life and they are not living in a fairy tale. But for him, death doesn't mean the end of the love story, while in the fairy tale it is the exact opposite.

 

In this post, I had come to the conclusion that  the viewers are actually watching a photo album of our OTP , their love story. This is important because these photos and scenes shot in such a way will represent the memories of their love, like the love letter of the poet that was mentioned above. When you watch the introduction of this drama (the music, the visuals), you have the impression to watch an old movie, a classic. So I have the impression that the true intention of the writer and the director is to show their love story in the past, although it is not revealed yet. Why? Because the time doesn't already correspond to our actual timeline. During the episode 11, we see that JH offers the rings on February 16th but the viewers are still in January 2019.  So in my opinion, the final ending could be that we see their photo album together after their marriage aso... and the marriage can not be the ending of the story. We might see them getting older. Okay, this is just a speculation from me, yet I doubt that the ending will just end with a proposal. I sense, we might see for a few minutes more... their love story doesn't end with their deaths, the photo album will be the proof that their love still exists. Maybe the writer might use the garden in Cuba as illustration for that. 

@bebebisous33

Your comment reminded me new chapter in my mind.

I don't like sad story, melodrama, social gap love but Encounter made me change my mind from "No Intention to Watch" to "Addicted to Watch" 

During thick and thin, Encounter made me think another way around that the beautiful process of love the best ever might be much more important than the result

because once we think about such love, doing with uttermost is in memory, rather than doing nothing to gain nothing.

At least KJH&CSH know what true love is and they have done the best to treasure their love every minute they have such chances, no reget for KJH&CSH.

 

1 hour ago, Far^away said:

For the first time in forever, I am thankful for the lack of BTS released with a drama. This way we would always see the actors as their respective character, not as themselves. 

 

Sorry for this random thoughts :sweatingbullets: Maybe because I am binge watching BTS of that particular 2016 drama :lol:

@Far^awayI agreed with you even I wanna watch BTS as much as possible but showing too many BTS might ruin fantasy of characters.

 

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When I have watched Encounter&rerun, I recently think if I were KJH's parents, what would I think when this son falls in love with a woman as CSH?

 

KJH as a son and value more as a good son who

- loves reading to not make parents worry during work for family living with fruit store;

- stydies hard as a student that parents will cherish;

- loves and values his family as a son any family would dream of

- starts working in the reputable workplace with KJH's own competent

 

I thought I would worry as same as KJH's parents or even worse because

- CSH is CEO in their son's hotel who divorced from a powerful chaebol's family which still showed strong intention to control CSH. 

- CSH is a reputable politician's daugther who is a candidate to be President.  

Could we imagine how a fruit store's parents worry their son who is in love with this Korean Candidate to President's position? 

- KJH has been relocated to Sokcho which is a mysterous evidence that KJH's love with CSH impacted KJH's life and would there be any more impacts to KJH's life in the future?

- KJH looks dearly love CSH but KJH's parents has not known what CSH actually is.

 

If we were CSH's dad (let me ignore CSH's mom), what would we think about CSH's love life?

- CSH's dad might become politician from his political ideology which he would like to make it achieve in practicality;

- To achieve such political ideology, as a politician, he requires image, power, wealth, as same as the election in several coutries in the world. 

 

In reality, if this is not in the K-drama's script, what would CSH's dad do to CSH's love life before his election?

 

 

By the way,

we have KJH who explained what love is and what is KJH's love value VS. Ex-husband's perspective.

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KJH's dad and CSH discussed with wise approach. 

Too special or insufficent, Too normal or adequate? 

KJH's dad has not decided yet while CSH asked him to watch KJS&CSH then. 

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KJH's mom who cares about living, cooking, her husband&her sons.

KJH's dad who cares about working for his family and how to take care them.

 

When KJH values his parents so much, CSH's try to express her "normality" by attending KJH's family dinner might be her way to show her love to KJH.

 

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I don’t know how many times I’ve watched the ending of ep 12, it still makes me cry. The realization of KJH seeing her there that CSH is 100% on their relationship too just like him. That no other things is more important than being together.. They showed love is pure, selfless and true.... ahhh I love them so much Jinsoo couple...I’m pretty sure that dinner will be amazing, especially CSH is excited to eat the home cooked meal, so the mom will see how humble and simple she is, she will love her too...so excited for next week... I’m so glad that they picked to act on this drama, this one will go down as one of my favorites Kdramas of all time... I love love SHK but I’m beginning to be a fan of PBG too... He is such a good actor... love reading all the insights here...

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@NongpeeP I agree with you. In Encounter, the process of love matters the most: the little steps how they come closer and finally admit their love for each other, while for JWS, only the result matters. He even said it to director Choi. That's his way of thinking: that's why he faked the cheating, he lied to her aso. He wanted to start over and never paid attention to the way how he proceeded. This also explains why he uses the hotel as a way to come closer to her: only the result matters. He is closer to her physically but in reality, he is getting further away from her. He is pushing her to the other side.

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1 hour ago, bebebisous33 said:

In this post, I had come to the conclusion that  the viewers are actually watching a photo album of our OTP , their love story. This is important because these photos and scenes shot in such a way will represent the memories of their love, like the love letter of the poet that was mentioned above. When you watch the introduction of this drama (the music, the visuals), you have the impression to watch an old movie, a classic. So I have the impression that the true intention of the writer and the director is to show their love story in the past, although it is not revealed yet. Why? Because the time doesn't already correspond to our actual timeline. During the episode 11, we see that JH offers the rings on February 16th but the viewers are still in January 2019.  So in my opinion, the final ending could be that we see their photo album together after their marriage aso... and the marriage can not be the ending of the story. We might see them getting older. Okay, this is just a speculation from me, yet I doubt that the ending will just end with a proposal. I sense, we might see for a few minutes more... their love story doesn't end with their deaths, the photo album will be the proof that their love still exists. Maybe the writer might use the garden in Cuba as illustration for that. 

 

Agree! Whether the love story has a “happy ending” really depends on how the person narrating the story defines happiness and ending. JH’s views of a happy ending to a true love might be very different from what people would call happily ever after.

 

Like you, I think the story is being narrated, most probably by one of the main leads and I am tipping in favor of JH being the narrator. I think the snapshots are indicative of memory but also remind me of those illustrations in fairy tales,  especially since @stardustvoid pointed out the painting of the little prince, I can’t help but draw connections between the little prince and his rose. 

 

The little prince and his beloved rose watching the sunset remind me of JH and SH’s encounter at Malecon beach. 

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For me the way the drama has been presented is reminiscent of a book with illustrations and if JH is the narrator, I can’t help think that the entire drama is actually him sharing his story where it’s something like The Notebook - An old JH is reciting their story, in this scenario they did get the conventional happy ending - SH has Alzheimer’s and he retells their story to her to remind her of their shared memories and the pictures are the illustrations of their story or she has passed away and JH - just like the old widow teacher and Samuel is sharing his love story with someone young who is also in love. 

 

I don’t know why but I think that if one of them passes away then the other will too. Even the first time they met, they cheated death together - a car crash which could have resulted in his death and SH almost falling down in her drugged state. 

 

The two of them are a lot like Noah and Allie from The Notebook, so the ending to Encounter should be something heartbreakingly fulfilling like it was in The Notebook , JH and SH’s love deserves that “ending”

 

 

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@jl08 @ahdrianaa I had exactly this movie in my mind, when I wrote my last comment. However, the writer and director are presenting the story in a different way: we see them meeting first in Cuba and in The notebook, they are introduced as an older couple. If my assumption is correct, then I prefer the drama because the present is much more important, while in the notebook, the elderly couple is introduced first. Their love story is presented as a past, as a memory, whereas in Encounter, we are following their love story in the present. However, I sense that at the end, their love story will be briefly shown as a memory... but we follow them in their present life.

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@ahdrianaa OMG, you just made me cry with your post. That would be a beautiful ending, with an elderly JH narrating their love story.

 

I mean there are hints that SH might pass away before he does

 

”until your last breath”

”until you’re an old granny” “I guess I should live long then”

 

So yeah, may be somehow their love story reflects that of Samuel and his wife

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4 minutes ago, stardustvoid said:

@ahdrianaa OMG, you just made me cry with your post. That would be a beautiful ending, with an elderly JH narrating their love story.

 

I mean there are hints that SH might pass away before he does

 

”until your last breath”

”until you’re an old granny” “I guess I should live long then”

 

So yeah, may be somehow their love story reflects that of Samuel and his wife

 

Don’t forget that when SH was scared to be alone JH promised SH that she would never be alone anymore and he would never be further than a metre away from her, even that was too far for SH so he changed it to 10 cm. 

 

Would JH really let SH face death all alone ? He will always be no more than 10 cms away. 

 

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JWS and his mother are like a prince and a queen. When JWS hoped, CSH would appear at the death anniversary, this picture came to my mind: this is like a royal funeral, where the deceased king brings his wife to the afterlife. She is forced to follow him to the mausoleum. Back in the past, servants and wives had to follow their king so that the monarch wouldn't feel lonely in their afterlife. For JWS, it didn't matter if this meant her "death", as long as she would be by his side. That's when I came to realize why JWS's world is associated to death.

Money is the reason. Money destroys everything: family, love, friendship, loyalty etc. When CSH lived in the high society, she had no friend, her family was almost nonexistent and when she started living with JWS, it got even worse. She almost died in there, she was like in a coma. Money is the reason why director Choi betrayed CSH, why chief section Lee also joined director Choi, why KJT also betrayed Donghwa Hotel, why JWS could never win CSH's love, why he has no friend... money kills everything. It uses greed as motivation. So my conclusion is that at the end, JWS will realize that his money is the reason for his loneliness, why he couldn't win CSH's heart and that's when he cuts ties with his mother.  

Striking is that JH considers himself as rich. Sure, he has no debts and his father could give him a roof and good food. Like CSH said, he has something CSH doesn't have: a loving family.  JH is rich too because he has friends, true friends who won't betray you (see HI). 

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Hello. I've been lurking here and finally decided to log in. Did you guys notice that the broadcast date of the drama replacing Encounter is February 6, but Encounter ends on January 24? Maybe they're planning to air special episodes or commentary with SHK and PBG on January 30-31? I'm still hoping for an extension but I doubt because if they were planning for an extension they would have announced it by now. So hopefully we get at least special episodes. 

 

Thank you to everyone keeping this thread alive, it's such a delight to read your insights.

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11 minutes ago, winter spring summer said:

Hello. I've been lurking here and finally decided to log in. Did you guys notice that the broadcast date of the drama replacing Encounter is February 6, but Encounter ends on January 24? Maybe they're planning to air special episodes or commentary with SHK and PBG on January 30-31? I'm still hoping for an extension but I doubt because if they were planning for an extension they would have announced it by now. So hopefully we get at least special episodes. 

 

Thank you to everyone keeping this thread alive, it's such a delight to read your insights.

Thank you for this information. Between a special episode and an extension, I think an extension would be better lol

 

But these are all wishful thinkings from me

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