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“Hotel Del Luna” Writers Share Thoughts On Drama’s Conclusion, Possibility Of Season 2, And More

 

Following the recent conclusion of hit tvN drama “Hotel Del Luna,” writers Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran, also known as the Hong Sisters, sat down for an interview.

 

“Hotel Del Luna” revolves around a hotel made solely for ghosts, run by hot-tempered CEO Jang Man Wol (IU). She is accompanied by elite hotelier Goo Chan Sung (Yeo Jin Goo), bartender Kim Seon Bi (Shin Jung Geun), cleaning lady Choi Seo Hee (Bae Hae Sun), and frontman Ji Hyun Joong (Block B’s P.O). The drama regularly topped its own ratings records and has become tvN’s most viewed drama of 2019.

 

Regarding the origin of the “Hotel Del Luna” universe, the writers revealed that the storyline comes from their 2009 drama, “My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho.” Hong Mi Ran shared, “A gumiho with nine tails falls in love with a regular man, and as her tail slowly disappears, she must die. From that fantasy, we moved to ‘Hotel Del Luna.'” They also referenced “Master’s Sun,” in which one of the settings was a hotel. “Hotel Del Luna,” on the other hand, was about a hotel meant solely for ghosts.

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Many viewers expressed confusion as to whether the conclusion of the drama was open for interpretation or was meant to be a sad ending. Hong Mi Ran shared, “Jang Man Wol and Goo Chan Sung met knowing that Man Wol would eventually have to leave and that Chan Sung’s goal was to eventually send her off. Their relationship is that much more sad because they grew to love one another, even though they met with their parting in mind. Since we needed CGI effects for the scenes with the bridge and hotel, the script for the finale had already come out a month prior.”

 

Hong Jung Eun commented, “The goal of Del Luna is to be a space where ghosts can rest before they are sent off to the afterlife. Since the initial creation of this hotel, the end was always meant to be Jang Man Wol’s departure, in which she is seen off by Goo Chan Sung. Since their chemistry was so good, many viewers must have hoped they would end up together, but knew in their hearts that Jang Man Wol would leave. Since Jang Man Wol is dead and Goo Chan Sung is alive, it was impossible for them to be together in that lifetime, unless unnecessarily forced.”

 

As Kim Seon Bi, Choi Seo Hee, and Ji Hyun Joong were glad to cross the bridge, Hong Jung Eun explained, “It’s the happiness from washing away all the hurt from this lifetime and moving on to the next. Successfully crossing the bridge and properly sending Jang Man Wol off were the most fitting endings for both Jang Man Wol and Goo Chan Sung. Rather than a forced happy ending, this was the ending that was most fitting for Del Luna. What Goo Chan Sung ponders while looking at the painting of the mountains is what viewers want to see. [The scene] shows that though [Chan Sung] may not know how much later it is, or what lifetime they are in, he hopes for all of the ghosts to be reborn so they can meet and love one another all over again.”

 

However, the writers do not describe it as a sad or open-ended conclusion. Hong Mi Ran commented, “We think our story has a happy ending. Kim Seon Bi, Ji Hyun Joong, and Choi Seo Hee were all people who were supposed to leave. With Jang Man Wol’s final farewell, the story concludes well.”

 

Regarding Kim Soo Hyun’s surprise cameo in the epilogue, they shared, “It’s not that we have concrete plans for a second season. It was to showcase that there was still a space, now called ‘Hotel Blue Moon,’ for ghosts to come and rest.” But they did not completely shut down the possibility of season two, adding, “As ‘Hotel Del Luna’ has had a female owner until now, we thought that it would be fun to switch to a male owner.”

 

While the drama was popular for many reasons, the chemistry between IU and Yeo Jin Goo was a key point. Hong Mi Ran complimented the actors, saying, “They were both so good, and, despite their young age, were able to express emotions better than we expected them to. Their emotions were so vivid even when they were just gazing at one another.” Hong Jung Eun added, “The reason for their good chemistry is that IU and Yeo Jin Goo are both kind, thoughtful people who look after and cheer on one another.”

Although IU was the perfect Jang Man Wol, the Hong Sisters shared that they did not necessarily write the script with her in mind. However, they agreed that she was the perfect fit, and revealed, “When casting, there were no alternatives for Jang Man Wol other than IU, and we even thought to stop and rethink the project if we couldn’t cast her.”

 

The sisters also had endless praise for Yeo Jin Goo, with Hong Jung Eun stating, “Yeo Jin Goo’s image in itself matches Goo Chan Sung. Since he had recently concluded a drama, we were unsure he would be available, but were so happy when he agreed. IU, who was cast first, was also very happy, and we thought that the drama was already halfway to success with the combination of IU and Yeo Jin Goo. Although Yeo Jin Goo may still have the image of a child actor, we were completely surprised at his ability to break out of that and act so emotionally.”

 

source: https://www.soompi.com/article/1350004wpp/hotel-del-luna-writers-share-thoughts-on-dramas-conclusion-possibility-of-season-2-and-more

 

 

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Seriously how come that all guys in the hotel are so dense   I mean the girl hints    and hints    and HINTS    and hints some more  I mean EVERY

Ohmygod they're going official!   And oh no! Im Si Wan sent YJG a food truck and YJG replied, asking should he book room 404 for him...  

Sorry If someone already had posted this topic before   The Cards In The Intro/Opening Goo ChanSeong's Card   Jang ManWol's Card   Number of Cards  

7 hours ago, aria26 said:

 

For image, yes. Lee Seung Gi has two Master's Degrees, not in acting, but in business, making him "Nation's umchina" (highly admired) and "Nation's Son-in-law" (all mom's want him for their daughters).

Learning things on the go is great, but going to school also provides formal training for Jin Goo to hone his craft. He is taking theater? which is probably very different from acting in front of  a camera? Also, I think, diligently going to classes and doing projects develops discipline, and will also allow Jin Goo to network with peers (hopefully, the good ones). And better for Jin Goo to not have free time, so he won't get involved with bad people and scandals plaguing SoKor now. I feel like his mom looking over his future now.

 

Ah.. thanks for brining up sueng-gi up... one of my fav k-entertainment actor :) .... i didnt even know he has 2 Masters degree, haha... 

 

In a way, i know its about image,  hence the CN Blue scandal about receiving degrees without attending... but is it really necessary now, hmmmm? Culturally i think it is signification, as education is highly valued in Confucion society, which im all for... but to see the actors in stress due to the attention....sigh.... the uni should tell everyone to stop filming him in uni, just like Angelina Joline's son recently.... all the best YGJ! 

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46 minutes ago, aria26 said:

And better for Jin Goo to not have free time, so he won't get involved with bad people and scandals plaguing SoKor now. I feel like his mom looking over his future now.

YES! Every time I see a Korean actor I like such as YJG, I strongly hope they're not involved in any of those scandals because I'd feel icky about supporting someone problematic.

 

35 minutes ago, charlieblue17 said:

if I remember correctly IU had a recent scandal about sexifying a kid song/story(?)

:lol: Oh, never read that before. Really? On the one hand, sometimes you shake your head about some of the things that become a big deal, but on the other hand, maybe it's also a good thing because it's not something serious. 

 

42 minutes ago, charlieblue17 said:

they can just competitively eat things and laugh their heads off - i'd totally watch that

she can finally teach him to do proper selcas too ;-)

Oh yes! I can watch them do mukbang. That would be okay. From what I've seen in YJG's 4 Wheeled Restaurant and IU's guesting in a variety show, they both eat well. I hope they also do an interview together post-HDL, and that YJG guest in IU's concert. OMG world, just give us something with these two interacting with one another. :lol:

 

 

So they're both going to the reward vacation. Nice! I hope they and the staff post photos together. :wub:

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41 minutes ago, lollyminx said:

So they're both going to the reward vacation. Nice! I hope they and the staff post photos together. :wub:

 

Going to Thailand! YJG can teach them Thai phrases... for selling food, and buying groceries... Tangmo Paaaaaaan!!!! And he can take them to rooftop bars, and he may finally get the girlfriend he has been dreaming of haha

I hope they all hang out together. Age-wise, IU is closer to the boys (mostly in their 26s?) while YJG is closer to the girls.

 

I'm so sad about @lollyminx calling it the final BTS. We really have to let go now.

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8 minutes ago, aria26 said:

Tangmo Paaaaaaan!!!!

Hahaha Tangmo Paaaan! :lol: Lurking on IG and Twitter and Soompi for photos and videos of their reward vacation starts this afternoon/evening KST. :lol:

 

Even in the BTS, there's none showing the sleeping on the bed scene. I feel so cheated as a viewer. :lol:  But they showed their good chemistry in the clips. So sad about IU crying really hard, even covering her face, but also laughed out loud when YJG wasn't able to carry her.

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chinggu-deul.... I really need explanation about the ending.... it got me confused since I read too many here and there.... so I only will take the one that share in this room.

 

its the most fitting ending... I agree because no matter what mr. Kim, ms. Choi and Hyun Joong are ghosts who waiting for their time to go to the afterlife... and they go.. with all their unfinished business done beautifully. and Man Weol she is a ghost too and she also already go to the afterlife then promise Chan Seong that they will reunite again once their reincarnation.

 

but in the end, it not told me that the time is many years after or what.. so I assume it only past few years after the separation. we see mr kim jogging, ms.choi play with her cute dog, and Joon Hyung play basketball with his friends and he is in school uniform. then later on Man Weol arrive sitting next to CS and it looks so natural for them... no hugging after long separation no whatsoever excitement to finally see each other again.... just lay her head in CS shoulder then they reunite again saying about their promises....

 

my question is... do they really reincarnated???? but how come its so fast.... Ji Eun Tak need 35 years for her to reincarnated and reunite with Kim Shin.... so are they ghost?????? some people said they are ghost since CS still able to see ghost because he gave the medicine to Yuna... how come they become ghost again and not stay in the afterlife???? it really confused me... please please someone explain to me.... 

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@Yippeun_eonnie The scene of everyone meeting up at the end isn't a reincarnation. It is CS's imagining of what their future reincarnation could be like. The show ended without showing the reincarnation but gave us clear signals that it will happen as it has happened already with CS meeting MW during the present timeline (1,300 years after their first meeting). 

 

I had no idea that YJG had such a big FC in Thailand. It's so funny that you guys picked up "Tangmo Paan" but I highly recommend it to everyone if you guys come to BKK. 

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5 minutes ago, stella77 said:

I had no idea that YJG had such a big FC in Thailand. It's so funny that you guys picked up "Tangmo Paan" but I highly recommend it to everyone if you guys come to BKK. 

:lol: It's just because YJG was so cute when he felt proud making and selling it in 4 Wheeled Restaurant. He said that a lot "Tangmo Paan!" to everyone passing by. Too bad he didn't take all the watermelon seeds out tho. :D 

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1 hour ago, aria26 said:

 

Going to Thailand! YJG can teach them Thai phrases... for selling food, and buying groceries... Tangmo Paaaaaaan!!!! And he can take them to rooftop bars, and he may finally get the girlfriend he has been dreaming of haha

I hope they all hang out together. Age-wise, IU is closer to the boys (mostly in their 26s?) while YJG is closer to the girls.

 

I'm so sad about @lollyminx calling it the final BTS. We really have to let go now.

I wonder if they can actually go. Korea is getting a typhoon right now and it is suppose to last till Sunday.

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11 minutes ago, stella77 said:

It is indeed funny if he was trying to sell Tangmo Paan in BKK (fierce competition in the juice/drink sector).

He got tips from locals - add the ice in the blender, remove the seeds. Later on, he expanded to mango and lime juice :D and had a mini breakdown when one of the two blenders he's using stopped working. They drove the food truck from one place Chiang Mai, I think, to other different spots until they reached BKK, their final stop. 

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Not sure who else is still around on this thread. It’s been a busy few days so I’ve only just managed to watch the last episode. 

 

By and large, I think it was wrapped up quite nicely with each of the staff’s stories all neatly concluded and them passing on to the afterlife. I’m not quite so sure I know how to interpret the very final scene with CS and MW though. I have a few questions too if there’s anyone around to answer them (sorry if they’ve already been answered — I’m very slowly back reading the posts):

 

1. What exactly were the favours that Yuna asked from Mago? Had it to do with the number of lilies she came back with for YJ?

 

2. Were all those people in the last scene reincarnations of the crew? But if they had only just passed into the afterlife a few months prior, would they have already been reincarnated at that age of young adult/adulthood?

 

3. Same goes for MW and CS in the last scene — was she back already? Or do we take it as a philosophical proposition that life moves on and CS, like all the others, will somehow find love again with someone, whoever it may be? 

 

CS was going to move to New York. Presumably for work, now that whatever he was meant to do in Korea is done. We don’t really know if he might’ve gone back to Mago for another dose of the meds so he would not be able to see spirits anymore, though the reality is that not unless he wants to work at Blue Moon, there’s no more real need to see spirits anymore. After all, MW has passed on to the afterlife already. 

 

Cant decide if I like the ending or not...

 

edit: OK. I just read @nastyacolors00‘s post on the interview with the Hong sisters. I think it all makes sense now. Seems a sad ending to me though...

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9 minutes ago, gilaswan said:

2. Were all those people in the last scene reincarnations of the crew? But if they had only just passed into the afterlife a few months prior, would they have already been reincarnated at that age of young adult/adulthood?

 

3. Same goes for MW and CS in the last scene — was she back already? Or do we take it as a philosophical proposition that life moves on and CS, like all the others, will somehow find love again with someone, whoever it may be? 

The last scene was CS's imagination or hope for the future when they're all reincarnated and meet again.

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2 hours ago, stella77 said:

@Yippeun_eonnie The scene of everyone meeting up at the end isn't a reincarnation. It is CS's imagining of what their future reincarnation could be like. The show ended without showing the reincarnation but gave us clear signals that it will happen as it has happened already with CS meeting MW during the present timeline (1,300 years after their first meeting). 

 

I had no idea that YJG had such a big FC in Thailand. It's so funny that you guys picked up "Tangmo Paan" but I highly recommend it to everyone if you guys come to BKK. 

 

aahh... that's explain..... so its his imagination.... thank you :heart:

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