“In Blossom” Review: A Fitting Conclusion Marred by One Regret

"In Blossom" Finale: A Fitting Conclusion Marred by One Regret

Leading up to the finale, the tension in “In Blossom” escalates with each passing episode as the protagonists relentlessly pursue the mastermind lurking in the shadows. Their adversary proves to be as formidable as hinted from the beginning, plunging the heroes into the worst possible scenario.

Spoiler Warning: The following sections contain details about the plot and ending of “In Blossom.” Proceed with caution.

Liu Xue Yi In Blossom

Their greatest ally, the princess, is coerced into taking her own life, while the heroine finds herself unjustly imprisoned for the crime. Meanwhile, the male lead kneels desperately in front of his estranged father just for a chance to see her. Though a recurring trope in Chinese dramas, it’s a scene that never fails to get the waterworks running.

Li Ge Yang as Ah Jiang

Tragic Twists in the Final Moments

Thankfully, the resolution brings some relief for Ju Jingyi and Liu Xueyi’s Yang Caiwei and Pan Yue as they successfully break out of prison and eventually return to expose the primary antagonist Jia Tai Wei as an enemy spy once and for all. However, this victory comes at a heartbreaking cost. Zhuo Lanjiang, portrayed by Li Geyang, endures capture, torture, and ultimately meets his demise. Yet, even in death, he manages to convey vital evidence to the main couple, ensuring justice is served.

It’s a fitting conclusion for the heroine to utilize forensics to bring down the villain, but it’s undeniably sorrowful for the quartet who made a pact to return to Heyang together. After all, it took a while for the love triangle to resolve into two couples, yet Wu Jiayi’s second female lead as Bai Xiaosheng has forever lost Ah Jiang. The main couple who are back in Heyang as the magistrate and forensic expert also grieve the loss of their dear friend.

Wu Jia Yi as Bai Xiao Sheng

Why ‘In Blossom’ Is Better Than Most

Despite this bittersweet outcome, there are elements to appreciate in the finale. The male lead finding closure with his father is a touching moment, adding a sense of completeness to his character arc. I’m done with Chinese drama endings that are poorly executed, either abruptly cut or left unnecessarily cryptic. That’s why I appreciate how “In Blossom” wrapped things up by bringing down the antagonists while still leaving room for a potential sequel, with the primary mastermind remaining at large. Perhaps one reason the show exceeded expectations is that it didn’t rely on hype initially. The cast may not consist of A-listers, but it had an interesting plot revolving around characters I grew to love.

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