Heart-Wrenching K-Drama Endings That Left Viewers Traumatized

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So, here are some K-dramas whose heart-wrenching conclusions have left a lasting impact on audiences.

Note: Spoilers ahead!

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

This k-drama captivated us from the very first episode until the last, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. Its intriguing plot kept us hooked and the kiss scenes were good. However, it was the heart-wrenching ending that truly shattered us as we witnessed the couple’s tragic demise, their lives tragically intertwining as they bled out together on the floor.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo  

Scarlet Heart Ryeo is an enthralling and complex sageuk drama that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride with its heart-wrenching love story. The finale, in particular, leaves an indelible impression with Hae-Soo’s heart-wrenching tears as she gazes at Wang So’s painting and his poignant words, “If you and I are not of the same world, then I will find you, my Suya.” It’s no surprise that fans are still eagerly awaiting a second season.

Uncontrollably Fond  

The sizzling chemistry between Kim Woo Bin and Bae Suzy is nothing short of mesmerizing. Their romantic scenes will leave you blushing, while their passionate kisses will make your heart skip a beat. The emotional intensity of this drama is what makes it truly outstanding, and while the ending may have been predictable, it still leaves us longing for more. Fans around the world can’t get enough of Noh Eul and Joon Young’s story, hoping against hope that they could have just a little more time together as a couple.

Mr. Sunshine  

Mr. Sunshine  As the two star-crossed lovers, Captain Eugene Choi and the beautiful aristocrat-turned-resistance-fighter Go Ae Sin, navigate their way through a web of political intrigue and personal demons, viewers are taken on a journey of friendship, love, and patriotism that will tug at your heartstrings. Despite their undeniable chemistry and unwavering devotion, Eugene and Ae Sin are denied the happy ending they deserve.

Big Mouth

This drama had the perfect combination of casts and Lee Jongsuk was perfect for this character. The intricate plot kept us engaged and on the edge of our seats, while Gong Ji Hoon’s comedic antics provided delightful moments of laughter and lightness. But, there is one thing I really want to say about this drama: Mi Ho, the female lead, didn’t deserve to die at all.

Youth of May  

Youth of May  Youth of May has captured the hearts of many viewers with its endearing portrayal of young love. Lee Do-hyun and Go Min Si’s chemistry is undeniable, and their innocent romance has left fans swooning. However, the heartbreaking finale left many viewers in tears, as Myung Hee’s sudden and tragic death was a shock to everyone. Despite this, Youth of May remains a must-watch for anyone looking for a touching and emotional drama.


Snowdrop takes viewers on an emotional journey back to 1987 Seoul, where the innocent love story of Young Ro and Im Soo Ho unfolds amidst political turmoil. The chemistry between the two leads, portrayed by Kim Ji Soo and Jung Hae In, is captivating and draws viewers in. However, the heart-wrenching ending left fans in tears as they watched Soo Ho’s merciless execution by ANSP officers. Despite its criticism, Snowdrop’s gripping storyline and powerful performances make it a must-watch for those seeking a heartrending love story set against a backdrop of political unrest.

Twenty-Five Twenty-One  

Twenty-Five Twenty-One, starring Nam Joo-hyuk and Kim Tae-ri, portrays the love story between a young man and a teenage fencer who help each other during their darkest times. The chemistry between the leads is magical, making the romantic aspects of the show a delight to watch. Although the ending is depressing, it is realistic, which adds to the impact of the show.

The Red Sleeve  

The Red Sleeve is an intriguing historical drama set in the 18th century, where Crown Prince Yi San (Lee Jun Ho) falls in love with Sung Deok Im (Lee Se Young), a court lady. The show keeps viewers hooked from the first episode, but the ending is sure to make you shed a tear. The story of shared dreams and shattered hopes is a moving tale that will leave you emotional.

Honorable Mentions:  

All of Us Are Dead

All of Us Are DeadLet’s be frank: This zombie series stands out as one of the finest we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. From the adrenaline-pumping action sequences that left our hearts racing to the poignant and tear-jerking moments that tugged at our emotions, it truly delivered on every front. However, we can’t forget the heart-wrenching deaths that occurred throughout the narrative. Each loss left an indelible mark on the story and the viewers alike, haunting us long after the series concluded.

Duty After School  

Duty After School  “Duty After School” is a gripping series that has taken 2023 by storm. Set in a world where mysterious “spheres” have covered the sky, the story follows a group of high school seniors who are thrust into a “real war” against unknown creatures. The resulting struggle for survival is intense and heart-pounding, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end. While the ending of the show may be seen as a realistic and meaningful conclusion by some, it has undoubtedly left viewers shattered and deeply affected, with many feeling traumatized by the heart-wrenching events that unfolded on screen.


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