Let's think of the storytelling form of K-drama as a labyrinth. A labyrinth is not a maze. Rather, it is a path that winds in and around itself, never getting lost. It is a single path, with no dead-ends. We would not have to train rats to run a labyrinth. That is why they are so good for meditation. It is a sure path, taking you somewhere. You can depend on the path and let your monkey mind rest.
A little later that evening, he silently acknowledges that he can't push her away, this person who is so important to him. And he turns. What is fascinating in scenes that follow the turn is that he starts to smile and laugh. He reveals his passion. While he had been a smoldering icon -- one woman described his as a perfectly proportioned statue, Michelangelo's David -- he becomes a living rock star (which the actor actually is).
Moon Cha-young still has trauma to resolve, so she says she needs to go away. He says, "Don't get lost." She sends him a text expressing her love and says, "I have never gotten lost because you guide me."
Though rarely expressed so bluntly, this is the point of the labyrinth and the point of the show. Lee Kang's voiceover at the end of the show, after they have reconnected, tells us, "That is the end of our story. We know there will be ups and downs, but we will pull through as long as we have hope."
One commentator complained that she wanted to see more of the couple when they have finally come together. While that would be fun, as they are a sexy and adorable couple, that's not the story that's being told. The story -- from their childhood encounter, through their traumas, to their healing and reconnection -- is one of hope, and it ended there, reminding us to eat lots of good food! Wow, what a set of ending scenes!