Record of Youth Ep 16: Park Bo Gum fans left in tears during series finale; Found the open ending heartwarming

*SPOILERS ALERT* Record of Youth Ep 16 saw Park Bo-gum have an 'art mirrors life' moment as his character Sa Hye-joon decides to enlist to the military. Read below to know how fans reacted to the heartwarming series finale.
Record of Youth Ep 16: Park Bo Gum fans left in tears during series finale; Found the open ending heartwarming
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While it's almost been a whole day since we've had to bid farewell to tvN's Record of Youth, we're still not over the heartwarming ending. For the unversed, Record of Youth stars Park Bo-gum as Sa Hye-joon, an aspiring actor, Park So-dam as Ahn Jung-ha, an aspiring makeup artist and Byun Woo-seok as Won Hae-hyo, also an aspiring actor but born with a silver spoon.

*SPOILERS ALERT* Record of Youth Ep 16 begins with Hye-joon trying to convince Jung-ha to not break up with him but the latter is adamant on creating her own path. Jung-ha tells Hye-joon how she wants to be remembered as "beautiful memory" of his youth and that she too needs to attain her dreams as well. While Hye-joon is heartbroken, he also comes to the conclusion that he needs to enlist in the military and finish his "homework" instead of delaying it. Moreover, Hae-hyo beats his best friend to it and enlists before him but without telling his mother Kim Yi-young (Shine Ae-ra). She finds out the next day after receiving a letter from her son which leads to her having an emotional breakdown. Before he leaves, Hae-hyo meets up with Jung-ha and tells her he's enlisting only to get a sombre response from his crush. Well, at least he tried and the second lead syndrome continues on! Hae-hyo also won brownie points for telling his mother that she has a son who she can be proud of.

Moreover, Kim Jin-woo (Kwon Soo-hyun) finally decides to break up with Hae-hyo's sister Won Hae-na (Jo Yoo-jung) [In spite of Hae-hyo offering his support] given their class difference and how they will not be able to go against their parents. Jung-ha is constantly reminded of her past relationship with Hye-joon and ultimately decides to wear the customised sneakers gifted to her by her ex-boyfriend. Park Do-ha (Kim Gun-woo) gets into some more controversies, thanks to Lee Tae-su's beef with reporter Kim Su-man (Bae Yoon-kyung). Hye-joon convinces his mother Han Ae-sook (Ha Hee-ra) to leave her job at the Won household much to Yi-young's disappointment. Even Jin-woo convinces his mother Lee Kyung-mi (Park Sung-yeon) to quit her job at the Won Household.

While initially reluctant at first, Hye-joon's family finally comes to terms with Hye-joon enlisting while he also renews his contract for four years with Lee Min-jae's (Shin Dong-mi) Jjampong agency much to the agent's delight. Min-jae also shares a hilarious yet endearing sequence with Hye-joon's older brother Sa Kyeong-jun (Lee Jae-won) while the latter's funny one-liner to Jin-woo's father Kim Jang-man (Jung Min-sung) on how people asking singletons on marriage should be fined had viewers laughing out loud. In an 'art mirrors life' moment, we see Hye-joon going on Instagram Live to reveal to his fans that he's enlisting (Bo-gum himself enlisted to the military on August 31, 2020) with an uplifting message. Bo-gum fans were left in tears as they felt the actor was saying those words to them and not just character. Hye-joon also proves to be a dynamite friend by not only giving away his clothes to Jin-woo but also giving him money to buy equipment for his own studio. The Sa and Kim family enjoy a hearty meal as a farewell to Hye-joon.

We then take a leap to two years later after Hye-joon and Hae-hyo have been discharged from the military. As expected, Hye-joon gets a big drama offer while Jung-ha is now a big makeup artist. Hye-joon, Hae-hyo and Jin-woo's friendship still remains intact as they meet up at their old spot while Hye-joon's grandfather Sa Min-gi (Han Jin-hee) receives an award for his modelling career with the entire Sa family in attendance. Min-gi emotionally dedicates the award to his son Sa Young-nam (Park Soo-young) which leads to the latter having an emotional meltdown. In a moment of epiphany, Young-nam confronts Hye-joon and apologises for not being there for him. The heartwarming father-son moment with those endearing smiles was indeed a major highlight.

In the final few moments, we see Hye-joon, on set, encountering Jung-ha as the two meet after two years since their breakup. Jung-ha continues to wear the sneakers gifted to her by Hye-joon and quips to her ex that it doesn't mean she's still yearning for him. The two get back to their easy camaraderie as they catch up on the time lost and leave viewers with an open ending to weave their own imagination. The final shot is a throwback sequence to Hye-joon's sequence from Gateway, the medical drama starring top star Lee Hyun-soo (cameo by Seo Hyun-jin), which made him a household name.

Check out some of our favourite moments from Record of Youth Ep 16 below:

Record of Youth will indeed be a memorable drama for many!

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What did you think of Record of Youth's ending? Share your thoughts with Pinkvilla in the comments section below.

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Anonymous 3 months ago

It's a beautiful show.i loved everything in the show except last few episodes that too only the romantic part.his problem closure with his dad was shown nice.all his relationships his friends grandpa mom everything was shown so beautifully .the only complaint is the break up.the female lead s reason for break up is not very convincing for me.its so superficial and shallow.every relationship has insecurities and ups and downs to some extent.that doesn't mean you have to break up.from his side I felt he put all efforts for the relationship.he tried .they should have shown they got back together after his military return bcz she realised her never-ending love for him and missed him .or else befor only they would have showed the intensity of her feelings towards break up real nice like she was really suffering or facing greater difficulty so that her break up would ve been much more acceptable.or maybe the actress couldn't show emotions well in last few episodes I felt she was bland she could ve emoted better. No matter what it will be a memorable show for me.park bo gum really won me over with his beautiful baby face and brilliant acting.almost everything felt real to me especially the military enlistment part I will really miss park bo gum for next two years.definitely worth watching for the bogummy effect.

Anonymous 4 months ago

The finale was heartwarming. I fell into tears when the grandfather dedicated his award to his son. The whole story showed the Reality of Life. Well executed. Congratulations to the whole cast!

Anonymous 4 months ago

The way it ended leaves it open for a second season.

Anonymous 4 months ago

The women character are strong, resilient and, for the most part, very bright. The male character, with one exception, are mostly whinners - little boys who may never grow up. Jung-ha is the real star of this show!

Anonymous 4 months ago

I enjoyed this K-Drama all the way to the end. I enjoyed how it ended, and I'm excited for season two. The ending resolved a few questions( Did he make it back healthy? how'd everyone back home do?), but still left room for more questions( How will everyone's romance at the moment endure this time period? will his career struggle?). The acting is amazing, they chose the perfect cast for their roles in the drama. I'm excited to say that this drama is most definitely at the top of my list, and I'm supporting the continuation of this series!

Anonymous 4 months ago

The drama was fresh and I really enjoyed it until the last episode. It went too fast, there wasn’t any real enjoyment or satisfaction with how it ended. I love a complete ending so I may be biased, but it was more frustrating and heartbreaking than satisfying. I’ve noticed Korean dramas recently have been leaving endings open when it comes to love. As if loving is a selfish thing that shouldn’t be put above your career. Is finding “who you truly are” more important? Overall I loved the drama. The last episode wasn’t good though.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this drama, beginning to end. Great to see the 3 "boys" Remaining Friends" Forever"

Anonymous 4 months ago

It makes you wonder if this is the reality of actors. A relationship could destroy their popularity or they put their significant others in danger by going public,so sometimes they have to say "goodbye" to the ones they love to protect them... or so that they continue to succeed. That doesn't mean they can't try again later in life.

Anonymous 4 months ago

I love this drama from the beginning to end. Very relatable, very current. No hysterics, not too much drinking , fist fighting, and fantasy. It's like normal people caught in intriguing situations in life. I like the acting of all the actors especially Park Bo Gum. His true self shines through. I will rewatch this drama over and over.

Anonymous 4 months ago

I agree, that first 3 episodes showed so much potential but when focused on the love story of Hyejun and Jeongha, it lost its spark. Its a big lie tagging the drama as slice of life bcoz so many episodes wasted on their love story, instead of focusing on the character development.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Movie should not really be about romance....Record of youth also teaches about group....and how the people that matter are always there❤️❤️❤️❤️

Anonymous 4 months ago

It started out with such potential, it had some excellent moments...but then the last few episodes and the flat ending? I felt like, why did i even bother.

Anonymous 4 months ago

I'm a PBG fan but if I were to shed tears, it is for the boring, underwhelming ending and bad writing....what a waste..

Anonymous 4 months ago

True. I had such high expectations in the beginning and was so disappointed by the flat ending. A total waste.

Anonymous 4 months ago

This drama started well but had no story, really stupid ending and overall no character development, all good actors were wasted..

Anonymous 4 months ago

Pretty lame ending. Instead of developing the main characters and their relationship all but five minutes were spend lose ends about other characters. I gave it one star on Netflix

Anonymous 4 months ago

worst ending ever of a kdrama....very very silly of both characters to be kind of selfish and not be understanding of each other when they felt alone. In today's world of communication there are lots of ways to communicate rather than just meet in the street after two years...uff....horrible. They both are stupid to let go of each other....in any relationship both people can never be equally successful at the same time. That doesn't mean you just walk out.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

Agreed,some of the most vapid and superficial screenwriting I have ever encountered in a K-Drama,just awful.A series with so much promise,from director to casting,ultimately sabotaged by a script and screenwriter that goes nowhere,except circles,like a dog chasing its tail until it collapses.

Anonymous 4 months ago

I agree. I was not happy with the ending at all. Two people that care that much about it other and no longer have obstacles should've ended up together. Reality is bad enough. I want happy endings in dramas

Anonymous 4 months ago

I agree with u, that's how a relationship grows. You stick with each other and use communication.but Ig u learn through experience lol

Anonymous 4 months ago

Amen..