We are finally at the end of our first ever Chatty Recap. Which means it is now time to see how the story of Fuyao and Wuji end. Will we love it? Will it ruin the drama for us? Come join us and find out.
General Plot Overview Ep 63-66
HOLY CRAP WE FINALLY MADE IT TO THE END.
Wow. There was sure a ton of flashback in these last four episodes. But in between all those scenes that were cute and romantic we have the dour reality that our OTP is facing. Yup, there is not a ton of sweet this time around.
Wuji finds out his birth secret, not that it did him much good. Not wanting his son to commit patricide, Prince Valiant kills himself. Death to the traitor and long live Prince Wuji … a very depressed Wuji who has a fake dad who is crazy … but still.
Fake Emperor Dad gloats and dies with a smile on his face. I still say that if Wuji’s parents had chosen to think of their child and not hide his parentage, his life would be a lot happier right now. The throne seems a very cold comfort.
Sadly, things don’t get any happier as Wuji and Fuyao have the demon curse hanging over their heads. Not to mention Wuji’s annoying Firmament mentor who is trying to force Wuji’s hand. Wuji and Fuyao decide to go to his leader and plead their case (that doesn’t make a ton of sense) and things go badly.
Wuji is tortured and Fuyao sacrifices herself to save him. Wuji’s mentor ends up starting the curse by killing Fuyao and she becomes the evil demon who will destroy the world.
But the power of love allows Fuyao to fight her inner demon and in a moment of clarity (after stabbing Wuji a ton of times) she stabs herself to save the world. Fuyao and Wuji die hand in hand saving their kingdoms. Love conquered all. Well, not death, so it conquered 95% of all.
So, that ending…?
Update: It has been brought to our attention that Fuyao and Wuji did not die. None of us are fluent speakers or readers in Chinese, so we depend on subtitles. As you may know, sometimes translations are a little off or incomplete especially when a show is quickly subbed. So upon revisiting the ending, we noticed that the translations, while still pretty vague, point toward Wuji and Fuyao being very much alive and living happily ever after (which makes all of us very happy). We are leaving our original thoughts about this ending because we were all convinced that Wuji and Fuyao were dead when we first watched the ending.
Karie the Maknae: I have some complaints and some Harry Potter comparisons to make. So, Father Emperor took FOREVER to die. Seriously, could his deathbed scene have been ANY longer? Granted, I hated his troublesome character, so that didn’t help. I wanted it cut shorter so I could get more closure on what exactly happened in the Peak of Heaven. Did Gaston and Scorpion Princess and Zombie Doc die? I couldn’t tell!! And Fei Yan/Baba Yaga’s death ended up being weak sauce. But her death breaking Fuyao’s last seal and basically releasing Di Feitian’s horcrux in her made sense–it was the thing that Wuji’s teacher was afraid of the most, so of course, they had to confront it. Wuji and Fuyao had avoided so much with their cleverness, but this time they had to face her destiny head-on. The internal struggle between Fuyao and the female demon/horcrux was very well done–Yang Mi did an excellent job–but I was still yelling at her to quit using Wuji as a pincushion. And Fuyao having to kill herself to end the female demon and stop Di Feitian’s imminent ascension SO strongly reminded me of Harry Potter dying in the forest and meeting up with Dumbledore in the King’s Cross in his head. Harry’s death ended Voldemort, and so Fuyao’s death ended Di Feitian. What I wanted was for the rest of the gang to rush in and take care of Fuyao and Wuji and for them all to live happily ever after. I actually didn’t understand the final scene, and I’m gonna blame the Viki translations for that one. Clkytta watched it on DramaFever and explained to me that they were dead–we were seeing them in the Celestial Palace in the afterlife. I don’t feel that the Viki subs conveyed that. SIGH. Not the ending I wanted, but at least they were together.
Clkytta: Wow, it’s hard to follow up behind Karie! I was not a fan of the ending. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad either. I am just not a fan of dramas that wait until the last 30 minutes to get to the meat of the drama and I felt like they trolled us. I stupidly thought Fuyao and Wuji would be able to beat the demon within her. You know, the one we only saw for like five minutes of the show. It would have been easier to swallow if there had been glimpses of this witch throughout the show, but no, we have super sweet, caring, self-sacrificing Fuyao. This is a bad plot point for me.
Kmuse: I actually loved the ending. They both stayed true to form to the very end. Wuji loved Fuyao so much that he was never going to kill her, even if it meant saving millions of people. Fuyao loved him enough to come out of the Demon compulsion and kill herself. Both to save humanity but also to die with her beloved Wuji. I actually liked that they died together and neither had to make the ultimate sacrifice of killing and living on without the other. From the beginning, their love was all-consuming, to the point they were willing to give up everything for it. It felt right that they continued on this path to the very end.
Drama Geek: I am somewhere in the middle. I feel like if we’d cut out most of Wuji’s daddy issues, a lot of the Gaston stuff, and reached the final fight after a much tighter plot, then I would have been satisfied with the ending. I just couldn’t get invested in all the earthly woes of who was king and who Wuji’s daddy was when I knew the biggest trial was in a different realm.
Kdrama Jen: I think it goes without saying that the ending would have been a zillion times better if Wuji was shirtless. I definitely missed his the smirky looks and gentle taunting, but I guess that is hard to do when you are chained up, tortured by your mentor and then slashed by your lover-turned-maniacal-witch. Still, maybe they weren’t trying hard enough. One of those sword blows could have conveniently torn through his shirt fabric. So, in all seriousness, I am not dissatisfied with the ending. I think the only place they could have a happily ever after would be the Celestial Palace, however, I do feel like we got a crappy level of closure for our supporting cast. I mean, we invested a whole lotta episodes exploring Gaston’s life, and living through the transformation of Scorpion Princess into Blind Girl with No Spunk and then suddenly Gaston in Love and don’t even get me started on Hot Doc and Seven. I feel like we wasted days watching Emperor Daddy’s demise and we got like 5 seconds for the characters we might actually care about. Their ending was not satisfying at all; I am OK, though, with Wuji and Fuyao smirking at each other for all eternity as they romp through the Celestial Palace.
Kmuse: I loved the mountain sect/Water Kingdom where they first met. Fake water Prince Wuji was so entertaining. I could have watched them forever.
Clkytta: I liked the Celestial Palace cause at least there Fuyao and Wuji get to be together in peace. Everywhere else kept trying to kill my OTP so I can’t like any of them.
Karie the Maknae: I like Clkytta’s reasoning! I also liked Plough Nation after Fuyao reformed it, but we were only there for five minutes, so I didn’t get to enjoy it.
Drama Geek: I liked the Prime Minster as the bad guy, and the sizzling chemistry in the Water Kingdom, so my vote goes there.
Kdrama Jen: I am with Kmuse. The early scenes with the really bad CGI are still some of my favorites. I loved the fighting and flirting stage of their relationship when we thought she was just a servant and he was masquerading as a prince.
Clkytta: When Scorpion Princess becomes the Scorpion Princess. I wasn’t all that impressed with her at the beginning. She was kind of annoying and I had written her off as a character when BAM! She starts slinging scorpions and I sat up and saw her in a new light. Now she wasn’t main character material, but she became a lot more interesting.
Karie the Maknae: Out of the whole series, I think my favorite moment is when Fuyao has been shut out of the city she was trying to protect down in the Southern Clan. All seems lost when Prince Fierce/Gaston rides up and extends his hand, saving her after she had done everything she could do. He really was a hero at that moment.
Kmuse: I love me some shirtless Wuji. I love the scene where he is seducing Fuyao with his fighting skills and naked upper torso.
(Clkytta: Our love of shirtless Wuji is well known. I was told I had to put a comment I made as we were all chatting about the ending on here, and this seems like a good spot. “He’s beautiful, but not shirtless, so it really doesn’t matter.”)
Drama Geek: I’m cheating and picking two. Kdrama Jen says I can . LOL (1) The second shirtless fight scene which included the water and the underwater kiss. I LOVED the choreography and I also felt it was the first moment we see Wuji let his guard down and he realizes he’s falling for Fuyao. (2) When Fuyao fights Wuji’s brother and takes away his manhood. She is beyond fierce in this scene and I was in awe the entire time.
Kdrama Jen: Yes. Karie the Maknae and Kmuse have all these rules, but I declare rules are made to be broken, especially when it involves having to pick ONE scene or one favorite character. My favorite scenes are whenever Wuji and Fuyao are fighting the bad guys, especially when that ends with kisses or water play or someone shirtless. An entirely different kind of scene I found incredibly powerful was when Wuji found out Fuyao had been taken by his brother. His absolute ferocity as he felled everyone in his path was awesome.
Favorite Side Character?
Karie the Maknae: Xiao Qi/Seven, and not just because I got all sentimental when he died in the end. He was the heart of the little gang, even though he had the least amount of fighting skills. His love for everyone and loyalty to Fuyao made me want to just hug him. His death was the best portrayed in the whole drama, I think.
Clkytta: I’m going to have to agree with Karie. Seven’s death was the only one that made me cry and I almost stopped the drama right there. To see our plucky Seven, the caretaker of them all, hold his ground because he knew what he had to do … I’m tearing up again. It’s the quiet caretakers you have to watch out for the most–they may not have the physical fighting skills, but they are deadly when provoked. Seven may have been our comic relief, but he was also the one who noticed everything and he literally gave his life for his sister.
Kmuse: It is so hard to choose. However, Gaston brought us hours of fun snarky commenting fun. So I have to give it up to him as my favorite secondary character.
Drama Geek: The main couple was really what pulled me into to watch this show, and at the end of the day, I wasn’t upset if none of the other characters were a part of the end. Okay, maybe except for Seven and I did really like Uncle Zhou. Also, the Prime Minister was a great villain. That being said, I think my favorite side character is Yuan Bao. Do you think he committed hamster suicide so he could be with Wuji?
Kdrama Jen: While I was a fan of the magical hamster, I have to give a shout out to Hot Doc. He grimaced and painfully attempted to emote throughout this drama, so I have to give him props. I really did like his bromance with Wuji as well.
Who needed to die sooner?
Clkytta: Wait, let me whittle down my list here. Prince Unmanned! He should have died so many times, I got really bored with his character. It would have been really satisfying to see Wuji take him out slowly for messing with Fuyao. I’m a bit bloodthirsty, I know.
Karie the Maknae: OH MY GOSH FATHER EMPEROR. Even if it was only by ten minutes! His deathbed scene went on forEVer and I was so done with his narcissistic self already.
Kmuse: I agree with Prince Unmanned. He should have died back in the Fierce Kingdom. As it is, his death was pretty much pointless and overlooked by everyone.
Drama Geek: I third Prince Unmanned. I really wanted his death to be more spectacular. I’ll just go back and watch the scene where Fuyao served him up on a platter.
Kdrama Jen: FoLian needed to die way back when Wuji had her locked in a room with no food or water. She was just trouble through and through.
Would we recommend to others?
Clkytta: Yes, I’d recommend it. I have a soft spot for Legend of Fuyao because this is the first historical Chinese drama I’ve ever completed. I watched this drama ALL the way through, didn’t fast forward, even when I wanted to because there were a billion flashbacks. They managed to throw in enough sweet Fuyao and Wuji flashbacks (plus shirtless Wuji) that I stuck through it. I may have made up several more satisfying alternate endings, but hey, that’s what all fangirls do, right?
Karie the Maknae: I’d recommend it to a very specific audience. If you don’t like historicals or fantasies or long dramas, well . . . okay, you still might enjoy it for the most part (shout out to MiataMama for letting me talk her into watching it with me!). Fuyao is an incredible character, and Wuji’s smirks and cleverness really elevate the story. I had fun watching this, and I might actually go back to it someday.
Kmuse: It is well worth the watch just for Fuyao and Wuji. They are very likely going to be my favorite OTP of 2018. Yes, it got a tiny bit draggy towards the end. But if you are someone that doesn’t mind a little bit of fast forwarding here or there you will love it.
Drama Geek: I would recommend it just for the OTP. Their sizzling chemistry and the creative fight scenes are worth the watch. If you don’t like longer dramas, then watch until you get bored and be done with it. You will still get all of the great romance, and none of the buggy-eyed death but not dead scenes. Okay, so maybe those were great for a laugh.
Kdrama Jen: I would recommend this drama, but with specific advice regarding which scenes to fast -forward through. There are some definite plot holes, but the OTP is so fantastic, I think it is worth watching just for them. In fact, I might just go back and watch some of their scenes again.
There you have it. All our important thoughts and feelings regarding the final episodes of the Chinese drama Legend of Fuyao. Did we miss any super important moments that you think should have been added? Share in the comments! If you somehow missed our earlier recaps you can find them HERE!
Also, be sure to check out our latest Chatty Recap — Bloody Romance — HERE. And be on the lookout for when we start discussing the Kdrama 100 Days’ Husband in September.
Til our next sizzling moment of skinship,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi