I used to have five reasons, but now I only have one. This guy:
*Spoilers Ep 14-18! *
Whenever Young Do is not on screen I get bored, because these days chances are I’m watching first-world problem kids Kim Tan and Eun Sang mope around. Beautiful as they are, it’s not much fun and it got old a long time ago. Worse, the show killed any kind of sympathy and affection I once had for this couple by making their moping so pointless in the end.
So where has all my attention gone to? The bad boy of course. Well, he’s always had my attention–I sat up whenever he appeared waiting to see what kind of crap he’d pull. But now, he’s won my affection too. I’m afraid I’ve developed a bad case of Second Lead Syndrome for someone who was (is?) borderline sociopathic. This has made me seriously question my morals.
But how to resist his aegyo?
And more so, his snark?
And his flair for the dramatic? Seen here while springing his ex-bestie from house arrest…
And his creativity combined with his gift for flattering his own ego? (Compare his efficiency versus Kim Tan’s more labour-intensive ways.)
And I love how he’s so pleased with himself too. Heh.
Of late, he’s become the show’s most sensible character:
And like me he’s run out of patience with Kim Tan:
I never imagined I’d succumb to all this lonely-boy-lashing out posturing.
Gosh darn it, I feel for him too. How he melts under a mother’s kindness and warmth, something he probably didn’t realise how much he sorely missed.
So with the memory of this and a discovery of what remorse feels like, he does the right thing by his former bestie without hesitation. He didn’t want Kim Tan to miss his chance, or perhaps he did it more for himself.
Welcome back to the human race Young Do! Thank you for rejoining the ranks of humanity where we own up to our mistakes and don’t step on the little guys.
I also like that he’s so perceptive and attuned to Eun Sang, so much more so than Kim Tan. He knew she was going to leave. She knew as well that he saw right through her. Kim Tan on the other hand, being too preoccupied with coming to her rescue, got easily hoodwinked.
I loved that he let go of her in such Young Do fashion–by being frank, unsentimental and then saddling her with the bill.
It’s criminal how this side of Young Do was kept hidden for so long. It would’ve made the bumpy ride that has been Heirs so much more interesting if Young Do had actually been a worthy and viable challenger for Eun Sang’s heart from the start. Because lord knows Kim Tan hasn’t really been all that deserving. (I will concede though that he does try. Sometimes.)
And Kim Woo Bin has been selling it like no tomorrow. I’m not sure if it’s him or the script that makes Park Shin Hye seem so relaxed and at ease with him. The script is part of it since Young Do seems to be the only person Eun Sang is willing to have a meaningful conversation with. Or maybe it’s my eyes deceiving me. I just know that I always perk up when they’re together.
It helps that Kim Woo Bin has outsized charisma, has the chops to boot and the lion’s share of the show’s best lines. It’s made him overshadow Lee Min Ho. (There I said it.)
Why yes, actually I do. And I wish Eun Sang did too!