“That’s why another word for fate is timing.
If I hadn’t gotten caught at just one of those red lights,
if those damned red lights had helped me out just once…
I might be standing in front of her right now, like fate.
My first love was always held back by damned timing.
That damn timing.”
“In the end, fate and timing do not just happen out of coincidence.
They are products of earnest, simple choices, that make up miraculous moments.
Being resolute, making decisions without hesitation—that is what makes timing.
He wanted her more than I did..
And I should have been more courageous.
It was not the the traffic light’s fault.
It was not timing..
But the countless times I hesitated.”
-Kim Jung-Hwan (Ryu Jun-Yeol)
What can I say?
I am really sad that Jung Hwan was not able to express his love for Duk Seon.
He did have his chance but he lost it.
The quote above is my favorite quote from the drama.
His realization was also a wake up call for me.
I would also blame the timing or the circumstance but actually, deep inside,
I know that my decisions (or lack of) led me to where I am today.
Jung Hwan was a great character, a great second lead.
He knew he blew his chance and he gave way for Taek & Duk Seon to be together.
Sacrifice & friendship- more than his own happiness.
It pains me that he was only able to express his feelings through a joke.
However, I believe Duk Seon understood what he meant but she also knew
it was too late because she already fell for Taek.
I really thought Jung Hwan is the husband- he cared for her since the beginning.
Everyone who watched the show knows that.
But yah, I guess Reply 1988 wants to show us that not everyone gets the man/woman they love- even though we thought he was the main guy.
Reply 1988 will always give me that pinch of pain in the heart among the 3 Reply series.