The Korean drama “Snowdrop,” starring Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, will have its finale early, according to TV channel JTBC.
According to JTBC, the 15th and 16th episode of “Snowdrop” will be broadcast on Jan. 30.
Originally, the last episode was supposed to air on Feb. 5 but according to JTBC, since only one episode will be left in the first week of February, it was decided to have two episodes on Jan. 30.
The airing of the 16th and final episode on Jan. 30 was also in consideration of the increase in viewership during Seollal or Lunar New Year, which will be from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Seollal is one of the most important holidays in Korea.
The drama “Forecasting Love and Weather” starring Park Min-young and Song Kang will take over the timeslot of “Snowdrop” on JTBC starting on Feb. 12.
“Snowdrop,” a Saturday-Sunday drama, premiered on JTBC on Dec. 18 and after the first two episodes, the TV channel decided to air three episodes from Dec. 24 to 26 due to accusations by viewers that the drama distorted Korean history.
After the drama aired its first episode, a national petition was filed on Dec. 19 on the website of the office of President Moon Jae-in to stop its airing.
The petition accused “Snowdrop” of disparaging the pro-democracy movement in South Korea, which led to the establishment of a direct presidential election in the country in 1987.
Netizens also accused the drama of beautifying the former Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP), which was linked to the killings and torture of activists.
“Snowdrop is about political conspiracy and espionage against the backdrop of the 1987 Korean presidential election and a romance that blooms amid it.
Jung Hae-in is Im Soo-ho, a graduate student who is a North Korean spy sent to South Korea to do a mission. Jisoo is Eun Young-cho, a college student at Hoosoo Women’s University.
The two meet during a group blind date after which Jisoo falls in love with him. Six months later, during a mission, a bloodied Im Soo-ho is chased by agents from the government’s Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP). He climbs into the dormitory room of Eun Young-cho and loses consciousness. She finds him and hides him from authorities.
Episode 11 of “Snowdrop” on Jan. 16 got a nationwide rating of 3.017 percent and placed sixth in the top 10 programs, according to Nielsen Korea.