Disney and JTBC Korean series Snowdrop is coming to an end…but are we ready to say goodbye to the dynamic girls of room 207, Young Ro’s magic coffee, fried chicken– most importantly, don’t we want to see more of Soo Ho’s sexy muscles?
Set in Seoul in 1987, during a turbulent period of Korean history when the country was in the midst of democratization protests against dictatorship and North Korean intervention, Snowdrop tells the painful yet beautiful love story between a South Korean college student Young Ro (played by Blackpink’s Jisoo) and a North Korean spy Soo Ho (played by the charismatic Jung Hae In).
Despite the K-drama receiving intense backlash based on claims that it’s distorting Korean history, the show still developed a considerable fan base that has become captivated by the thrill-packed episodes and the super-cute chemistry between the leading actors. Netizens eagerly await new episodes each week, social media platforms are flooded with comments and theories while fans just can’t resist the couple’s adorable off-screen videos.
Now, after 13 soul-stirring episodes, JTBC confirmed the last episodes of Snowdrop would air this week. But, how will Soo Ho and Young Ro’s tragic love story end?
Theories on Snowdrop’s Ending
It’s undeniable; the show has been keeping us on the edge of our seats with dramatic cliffhangers, interesting characters with avenues of growth and exploration and connections that are yet to be made.
Will the wrongdoings of the ANSP ever come to light? Will 13 young virgins really die? Will Kang Chung Ya’s real identity be disclosed? When will the hostage situation end? are some questions that have given many of us sleepless nights ever since the show started.
But, as the final episodes are nearing, fans keep flooding Twitter with theories and predictions. Here are some of them.
A Romeo and Juliet Vibe
Political turmoil. Opposing Forces (North and South Korea). It seems like a “Romeo and Juliet” type of story is the only missing drama ingredient – remember the book Bun Ok asked Young Ro to bring her?
I was trying to avoid saying this, but Soo Ho’s fate might have been sealed once his betrayal was known to Lim Ji Rok. No matter where traitors hide, North Korea can always find and kill them (even Gyeok Chan knows that).
Given the tragedy angle and the lead actor’s monologues, “If I were just an ordinary person…If I hadn’t met you,” implying regret,
there’s no knowing either if Young Ro is the one destined to die.
But, for sure: a death does fit in the frame of “Romeo and Juliet.”
Soo Ho in Prison
The screenplay of the period melodrama is said to be inspired by the handwritten notes of a North Korean defector from a political prison camp. Stressing on the writer’s use of this memoir as the show’s subject matter, is it safe to assume that Soo Ho will end up in some prison camp in North Korea– much better than death at least – and eventually escape only to reunite with Young Ro?
“One Way Ticket”
Did I mention how much I’m addicted to this song?
While we are all hooked to Young Ro dancing to this tune, let’s not forget the deeper meaning; that of separation and heartbreak.
Back then, what do you think were the chances for a North Korean spy and the daughter of the Chief of South Korea’s national agency to end up together?
The Wedding Dress
A photo posted by the drool-worthy actor Jung Hae In standing in front of an elegant wedding dress and Jisoo’s costume in one of the behind-the-scenes footage led fans to hope for a fairytale-like wedding and happy ending.
Or, was it all just a mere coincidence? (Was it really?)
Soo Ho’s Escape
After intercepting the money, Dr. Kang may force Soo Ho to fake his death to protect both his sister and Young Ro and use the money to escape to some far-away country. Again, there might be some hope of both the main leads reuniting after a few years in a foreign land.
What to Expect for the Other Characters?
With the whole hostage situation and the political tension, is there a catastrophic ending or a beautiful denouement awaiting the hostages? Is Dr. Kang going to sacrifice herself for Soo Ho or is she going to opt for her survival?
Is there going to be a redemption ending for Bun Ok? Are we finally going to find out the connection between her and Mrs. Pi?
What about Comrade Joo? And, will Eung Cheol get the chance to eat more fried chickens in his life?
ANYWAY – #Queen vibes #Hye Ryeong – I am sure the ending will be as epic, hopefully not as dramatic and tragic, as the drama has been till now! What do you think? What kind of ending are you anticipating?
And, during these last moments of waiting, why don’t you share some of your favorite moments of the drama?
I believe that the writer doesn’t delve deep enough into black comedy for me to envision a sad ending for Snowdrop.
The presence of cartoonish villains like Nam Tae il is proof of this. The counterpart to Nam Tae il’s black is the virginal Young Ro, who up to this point, has not done anything remotely grey.
The writer herself has dropped many hints of a tragic ending, with the allusions to Romeo and Juliet, and the cassette recordings, and multiple red herrings, which makes me believe that all this is to shock the viewers with a happy ending instead.
As for tragic character deaths, I had made a prediction ending in MDL, where I believe that quite a few hostages will die, as well as Boon Ok and Ms. Pi.
I’ve seen enough of these NK defecting to SK movies to understand that the underlying message in them is to parallel being a NK spy into being in an italian Mafia. It’s not that easy to just stop being a NK spy. So a lot of these movies with NK losing their ideologies, end with the NK’s dying. So that’s why I know Gyeok Chan and Eun Cheol will die maybe.
But Cheong Ya, Soo Ho and Young Ro will all survive. Because in the end, they need to be alive to stand as beacons towards ANSP corruption, and the falseness of NK ideologies.
i really loved all your theories. and i can’t wait for the ending of the kdrama.
Really good analysis of predictions of Snowdrop. Reading your article left me thinking about the “One way ticket” song. Was it a random choice ( because this was a major hit at that time) or a deliberate choice of the director? What if all people in that dorm had just one ticket getting in the dorm and not a ticket for a way out? The complexity of the ML is also way portrayed in terms of his thoughts and doubts about the whole situation. Somehow he is questioning and thinking outside the box so we don’t know what to expect from him. I bet this won’t be a happy ending for our lead couple but who knows, the director may surprise us 😀
So…I am glad you put all the plausible ending theories together in one place! It was well organised and well written!
Firstly, About suho in prison that theory…I don’t think North Korea will keep a ‘traitor’ in a prison camp instead of directly shooting them at sight… But, about the prison, would suho end up in SK jail? with the help of kang moo and then meet again a few years later with Youngro?
Idk…what you all think? the only happy ending I want is just to all of them STAY ALIVE AT LEAST!
Hoping for a happy ending! <3
I hope we have a happy ending. Did not know about the wedding dress part though. Very well put article.
From a subjective point of view, I personally feel like this whole scenario was bound to end in tragedy, and considering I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance and how it was developed I personally would prefer for this to have a sad ending , and many people are leaning towards the Romeo & Juliet type of ending because of the setting and plot.
I have a very strong feeling that they will give this an ambiguous ending instead, mainly because it’s a Disney+ series and the fact that korean shows tend to try and force the “they all lived happily ever after” ending to please the viewers.
As for the rest of the characters, I think we’ll find out in the upcoming episodes what type of fate awaits each one of them.
This was well written, so thank you to the writer for this lovely article.
I really don’t want this drama to end but at the same time can’t wait for the next episode because I really want Jung Hae in and jisoo to be in the same drama but that is actually impossible to happen but I hope he and her and other cast to interact each other even when the drama ends just like when the drama ended filming they still hook up I hope they can still be friends. And I really like this story that you made thanks for making this story, I hope for bon-uk to change her personality and I hope none of the students die even for the Ansp and north Korean guys hoping for that
Well this left me thinking for more endings. You’re right. All these things are possible.
It was great reading this! I also think so that they might reunit after some years. whatever it is we’ll find it today. yayyy 🙂
Loved reading your theories ❣️❣️
Well, im actually expecting it to be an open ending, and a bitter sweet one
Loved your article, hope you enjoy the ending of the drama
This is my first Korean drama I’ve watched in over five years, as I’m usually a Chinese drama person. This drama is SOOO captivating for me, especially the forbidden love between the main leads. I’m literally on the edge of my seat every weekend while new episodes are being released. Just like many of you, I’m waiting to see the ending of this drama.
There have been many theories on Facebook and Twitter regarding the ending. One is th me tragic ending of at least one of the main leads, as there is a release of picture of the pair of snowdrop flowers. However, one was blooming while the other wasn’t, indicating a possible death of one of the characters.
I, myself, am one to hope for a happier ending where the main leads will reunite after a few years of separation. I hope for Soo-ho’s prediction to come true and they will meet again at the next Open House. I’m keeping my fingers cross for the finale tomorrow.
Great post by the way. I’m crazy obsessed with this drama too and currently have two FMV completed. I’m just waiting to include the ending scenes into these two videos before releasing them on YouTube.
I have mixed feelings about the 13 virgins sometimes I feel like they die others I think I’m wrong.
Also, I can’t wait to see Nam Tae II’s reaction when he finds out about Dr. kang it gonna be hilarious for me.
I’m thinking Ahn Kyung Hee or Youngro’s father would become president, maybe youngro(I hope it won’t happen but I keep feeling like it would, for example, they are at their wedding and Youngro gets shot or Sooho) will die with the 13 virgins and her father will become president or he might turn it down because of his daughter.
from myself I prefer it if it ends with a sad ending, like Suho dies, but The ending of Suhoo being imprisoned in a political prison in North Korea also makes sense because it was inspired by an escaped prisoner, and Suhoo could have escaped after being imprisoned, and ended up having a happy ending as expected.
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The Article is really amazing, In my opinion 25% there might be a happy ending in Snowdrop, 75% there might be a sad ending. The reason is the whole story starting from the 5th episode until now ours hearts keep wrecking and blast by tears in most of the scenes, so according to probability of kdramas which shows that ‘the main leads won’t be together’ continuously at the end they is a happy ending for the main leads (example: Doom at your Service, Nine-tailed Fox, Bride of the water god, My girlfriend is a gumiho, W- the two world apart, etc), therefore I think there might me a happy ending.
It may also can be a Sad Ending well as we all saw that Eun Young Ro saved Im soo ho multiple time willingly or unwillingly she became Im Soo Ho’s “human shield”, but until now there was no any proper opportunities that Soo Ho could save Eun Young Ro from danger because fortunately there was no dangerous threats happen to Young Ro, so in my opinion there this might happen although I don’t hope to happen, there will be a situation where young ro will be in massive danger and it is life and death situation which soo ho comes front and becomes her human shield and save her because the promise Soo ho gives to young ro in the church is bit hurtful ” I promise I’ll protect you”.
**I HOPE MY 75% IS WRONG**
wishfully hoping for a happy ending even though we only have like 30% chance 😓
From what I have known from reading theories I think they will fake sooho’s death (even from youngro). And from watching kdramas from many years that could be possible .I actually cant say how this will end so lets wait for last 3 eps
tomorrow snowdrop is ending and I cant wait for todays ep
Superb article. Some interesting theories about the possible endings. For now very unpredictable but why do i feel it will he a decent and satisfactory ending rather than awww or yayyyy kind. It would be more realistic if Soo ho & Young Ro part ways as they belong to two different worlds.
I suspect the other comrades will die
Whatever the end is…this drama will remain a masterpiece. JUNG HAE IN was outstanding in it & our cutie Jisoo was awesome . Well done to all the actors crew , technicians and team SNOWDROP.
Khamsamida & saranghae !
TBH I feel at this point, there wont be a happy ending😭
Every ending you mentioned is possible to happen. Till now I thought it would be a tragic ending but i have reconsider it and think maybe it will have a happy ending. Something like reconnection after years.
Well written article. I haven’t made any predictions on the ending yet but I have a feeling that Youngro will be the one to die.
I’m hoping for a happy ending for these two… They’re chemistry is something else, as if they’re real life lovers. I’d be so heartbroken if one of them dies or if they end up separated. For Jisoo’s first drama, Im rooting for a happy, re-watch worthy one 😊
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I’m hoping for a happy ending for these two… Their chemistry is something else, as if they’re real life lovers. I’d be so heartbroken if one of them dies or if they end up separated. For Jisoo’s first drama, Im rooting for a happy, re-watch worthy one 😊
This is a pretty plausible theory! I hope the characters get the happiness that they deserve. They have gone through so much actually.
The ending is rather open-ended, so far no main characters have died (unless you count Young Ro’s brother). They could be saving significant death(s) for the final 2 episodes but not many I guess. Perhaps not so significant deaths in episode 15 and a big one in episode 16. Dr Kang identity is definitely leaked so she has nothing left to lose except for Soo Ho. She could be one of the deaths if the lead(s) didn’t perish. Probably Ms Pi die for Bun Ok since these two seemed to have a lot of bearing to the drama. Soo Ho’s sister fate is pretty much doomed, unless the money is used to save her life.
A common guess is Young Ro dying but it may well turn out to be a happy ending if most of the viewers are expecting otherwise.
The predictions are good, and since this is a predirected drama, we won’t have sudden irritating ending due to fanservice. So, hope we get to see the kind of ending in your predictions.🔥🔥
IDEKKKKK what kind of ending this will have (crying)……
Also, amazing blog, crazy quality article
I don’t really know how it will end, but I hope to get a satisfying ending.
Nicely written article! You’re a good writer 🙂
Personally, I think they’ll make it out of the dorm somehow but be separated (to be reunited later hopefully)… But if they’re cruel and want to make me cry tonight, I’m guessing Soo Ho dies :'(
Regarding the connection between Bun Ok and ms Pi, I think her sister and Pi were good friends in Germany (if you remember the picture from Pi’s desk?) and that’s how they were both accused of being spies. As for the rest: I have no theories, there’s too many things that are still unresolved to be able to guess accurately.
My favorite scenes are all of those with Jung Hae In – his acting is what really kept me hooked until now. Especially the heartbreak and inner conflict we see on his face at times
I heard from MagicCoffee (MDL) that you decided to write on more Kdrama and Cdrama stuff and also Kpop.
My recent favorite Kdrama is All Of Us Are Dead, can you write about that? For Cdrama, maybe Falling Into Your Smile? For Kpop you can write about the latest news or talk about your favorite groups.
Honestly after watching all these episodes I really don’t know. The situation can change 180 in 20 minutes but that’s certainly what makes this drama so engaging. However I think happy ending is not really possible and to be honest… I don’t really want it at this point. I mean I don’t want it to be tragic but not too sweat either. It’s not that kind of drama I feel like. What I predict is that one of our lovers will die or at least get hurt and survive leaving their previous lives behind and starting anew with the stolen money. But maybe it’s my wishful thinking.
You wrote it so well! You should write more blogs. I would love to read them.
My theories were similar to you too. Well, I’m too late to speculate anything anymore since we already know now what happened.
Btw, I too love one way ticket song very much and their dance on it was so beautiful ♡♡
The predictions are penned down beautifully. It was great reading these predictions. Looking forward for your other blogs in the future!
A very well-written piece on the phenomenal show which entertained me weekend after weekend. Good job Claire! Looking forward to more such pieces on KDramas.