Find Out More About Song Joong-ki’s Latest News!
Song Joong-ki is famous as one of the successful actors from South Korea, especially after playing the role of Yoo Si-jin in Descendants of the Sun. As an actor, Song Joong-ki who was born on September 19th, 1985, has handsome visuals but is also baby faced because his face has not changed at all since he debuted as an actor and starred in many films as well as K-Dramas.
Being an acclaimed actor, Song Joong-ki is known for his many achievements and having won awards at many events. In addition, Song Joong-ki also married one of his co-stars from the drama Descendants of the Sun, Song Hye-kyo, and they are called the Song Song Couple because of their chemistry in the drama.
However, Song Joong-ki who was only married to Song Hye-kyo for two years has been reported of filing for divorce from his wife. Nevertheless, his career in the acting world has not stopped even though he had to face some issues in his personal life.
Let’s check out the latest updates and news from Song Joong-ki for those of you who miss this actor from Descendants of the Sun.
Song Joong-ki in His Latest Drama, Arthdal Chronicles
Song Joong-ki starred in a new drama, Arthdal Chronicles, which started airing on June 1st, 2019, on tvN and ended with a total of 18 episodes on September 22nd, 2019. The drama was divided into 3 parts and Song Joong-ki played one of the main characters named Eun-seom.
Arthdal Chronicles tells the story of the heroes who wrote their own legends in the mythical land of Arth. The drama consists of three parts, each of which has six episodes:
Part 1: The Children of Prophecy
Part 2: The Sky Turning Inside Out, Rising Land
Part 3: Arth, The Prelude to All Legends.
In Arthdal Chronicles, Song Joong Ki plays the role of Eun-seom, son of Asahon (Chu Ja Hyun), and is a member of the Wahan clan. He was born from a human mother with neanderthal humans. His unique face, abilities, and personality make him the one who is excluded from his clan. Eun-seom’s secret identity also adds mystery to this drama.
“With the character that is most developed and growing up, I feel connected to what Eun-seom is facing about his identity. Although he is often hurt, he does not give up and work hard to find his way in life,” Song Joong-ki said.
The reason for Song Joong Ki playing the role of Eun-seom in the drama Arthdal Chronicles is his interest in the script written by Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon. “I remember when the director and screenwriter explained, in general, the ‘feel’ of this drama before I received the script. My first impression was like a pleasant historical story.”
The actor who was one of the cast members of Running Man also felt the story of Arthdal Chronicles had a mysterious feel like when he first heard about Greek and Roman mythology. Because this drama is a fictional drama, Song Joong-ki expressed his opinion about the character Eun-seom he played.
“I had to practice a lot on horseback so I don’t get hurt. I practiced hard and it turned out the horse riding scene went smoothly. I also tried to be proactive and approach the horses that would be ridden even though there was no shooting schedule that day.” Song Joong-ki said.
Besides having many fans who are enthusiastic about the new drama that aired on tvN, Arthdal Chronicles also has many similarities with Game of Thrones in terms of artistic expression. Because of the large scale production, Arthdal Chronicles is often referred to as Korea’s Game of Thrones.
A netizen from South Korea shared a comparison between the two series on The Qoo forum, recently. This upload about Arthdal Chronicles immediately attracted the attention of other netters. In one comparison photo, you can see the character of Ned Stark who was sitting on the Iron Throne. While next to him, you can see the character Ta Gon (Jang Dong-gun) who sits on a bear-shaped throne.
In another photo, you can see the character Ta Gon who wore a robe that is similar to the costumes of the crow, or members of The Night’s Watch, worn by Jhon Snow. There is also the similarity of Melisandre’s red headscarf costume in Game of Thrones and one of the characters in Arthdal Chronicles. Beyond that, there are still many comparisons between these two series.
Meanwhile, a number of Korean citizens appear to insinuate the similarity between Arthdal Chronicles and Game of Thrones. “Why the more teasers there are, the list is getting longer,” said the citizen who uploaded this photo, as reported by PannChoa.
“This is rather bad, right,” said another citizen. Not only in Korea, but this also attracted the attention of world citizens. “Lmao, I’m dead. Look at the throne. I hope this drama matches the hype,” said Reddit user Jaceydarling. While Twitter users wrote, “Is Arthdal Chronicles a Korean adaptation of Game of Thrones.”
Song Joong-ki’s character in Arthdal Chronicles received a lot of responses from netizens who posted comments on one of tvN’s official posts on Instagram, “He was very handsome when he became a very beautiful woman. A perfect face,” wrote one netizen. “He’s very beautiful,” said another.
For the Arthdal Chronicles rating, this drama has a low enough rating owing to the controversy among viewers who say that this drama has too much in common with Game of Thrones.
Quoted from the Korea Times, the first episode of Arthdal Chronicles only received 6.7% and 7.3% for episode 2. Lower, compared to other big tvN history series like Mr. Sunshine last year which got 8.9 and 9.7%, for the first two episodes.
The 5th episode of Arthdal Chronicles, which aired on June 15th, 2019, even touched the lowest rating, which is 5.7%. However, it again rose to 7.2% with a peak of 8.1% in the 6th episode which aired on June 16th, 2019.
Even though the rating is still inconsistent, in fact, Arthdal Chronicles is not a Korean drama. This drama is considered a blockbuster by swallowing a magnificent budget, 40 billion won. Visual effects with CGI, property, and production design, of course, are the reasons why this drama is super expensive.
Not to mention, a series of top Korean artists involved, let’s say there is Jang Dong-gun, a prestigious senior actor whose drama was one of great success, A Gentleman’s Dignity, Song Joong-ki and Kim Ji-won who skyrocketed through the hit drama Descendants of the Sun. Not to mention dozens, maybe even hundreds of cast members involved.
The spoiler and rating of Arthdal Chronicles at the beginning of the episode in the 3rd season will be explained in the section below:
In the early episodes of the third season of Arthdal Chronicles, Song Joong-ki knelt before Kim Ji-won and gave his hand. Although confused, Kim Ji-won accepted Song Joong-ki’s hand. The relationship between the two looks like master and slave in the first and second seasons. But the change in the status of Kim Ji-won is believed to also be changing the relationship between the two in the next episodes.
The Arthdal Chronicles production team said Eun-seom will be very instrumental in the third season. Song Joong-ki is said to be turning Eun-seom into a strict character. “Eun-seom will be made no doubt against the powerful. Please look forward to the charisma that will be shown in the next episode,” said the drama production team that aired on tvN.
On September 22nd, 2019, tvN aired the last episode of Arthdal Chronicles. The drama episode starring Kim Ji-won and Song Joong-ki managed to record a very high rating for cable TV, which is 7.4%.
The section below is one of the spoilers of the ending of Arthdal Chronicles.
In the final episode, Eun-seom (Song Joong-ki) finally becomes an Inaishingi legend and is respected by the entire Ago tribe for being considered a hero. On the other hand, Ta Gon (Jang Dong-gun) eventually becomes the king of Arthdal and is crowned directly by Tan Ya (Kim Ji-won). Unfortunately, until the last episode aired, Tan Ya and Eun-seom were not brought together.
After this episode aired, netizens and fans began giving various comments. Not a few of them were hoping that tvN will soon produce the second season of this drama without changing its players.
“I seriously thought it would end just like that. But they left the word ‘to be continued’!!! I got goosebumps right away!! Production season 2 and 3 without changing actors. Huhuhu is very fun.”
“Please produce the next season before my excitement disappears… This can be released by a paid-watch method. I’m fine with that. Don’t you guys have to at least let Eun-seom and Tan Ya meet?”
“I’ll watch it too, even if I have to pay. Please make a second season.”
“Please start shooting the second season as soon as possible. Huhuhu waits it hurts huhuhu.”
“This drama is crazy… Give me a second season quickly.”
“So when will they release the second season?”