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Co-writer of 'Descendants of the Sun' says she will cry when TV series ends

All Headlines 16:32 April 13, 2016

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- Co-writer of runaway hit drama "Descendants of the Sun" said Wednesday that she will probably cry once the TV series comes to an end this week.

Speaking at a local radio talkshow to encourage people to vote in the parliamentary elections, Kim Eun-sook said that she always knew the time would come for the TV drama to end.

"Initially I wanted it over as quickly (as possible), but now, I fear I will shed tears Thursday," the scriptwriter said.

Kim said that the many fighting scenes, disaster situations and numerous overseas film shoots were only possible because the drama adopted a pre-shooting arrangement, instead of the live-shoot systems favored in South Korea.

All the episodes of the show were shot and edited before they were shown to viewers.

"It is my hope that Descendants of the Sun will become a model for pre-shot dramas," she said.

Kim then discounted allegations that the storyline tried to instill a sense of patriotism in viewers.

"To me, I just wrote it as a romance melodrama, although I realized afterwards that it may be viewed in another light," the writer conceded.

She, however, pointed out that the level of patriotism shown by the actors is on par with what is written in elementary textbooks.

On how the drama will end, Kim said she was not at liberty to say, jokingly telling listeners that she went to some length not to anger viewers.

The series, which airs on KBS 2 TV premiered on Feb. 24, is expected to end after 16 episodes. The show has become a hit in South Korea as well as China, and is being exported to other Asian countries.

Entertainment insiders said that the TV drama, which tells the story of South Korean peacekeepers and volunteer doctors in a fictional war-torn country called Uruk, is further fueling "Hallyu" in Asia.

Hallyu or Korean wave refers to the popularity of TV shows and music that have secured hordes of fans in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The drama is a tale of romance between Army Capt. Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) and civilian doctor Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo), while a secondary and very unlikely plot line between Yun Myeong-ju (Kim Ji-won), an Army doctor, whose father is a three-star general and special forces Sgt. Major Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo) has expanded its appeals base.

Kim, meanwhile, thanked all the cast and crew for their dedication and hard work.

She said the drama far exceeded all expectations and she is currently just basking in the best moment of her life.

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