I didn’t start out as a Shin Se-Ki fangirl, but I realized today that I’m going to miss Shin Se-Ki every bit as much as Cha Do-Hyun and Oh Ri-Jin.
The thing that makes him repellent at first—his anger and need for violence—ends up looking logical, when we learn about the past. And throughout Kill Me, Heal Me, he makes steps towards learning restraint. You can see why he’s bitter at the end that he doesn’t have more time to try to win Oh Ri-Jin. He almost became a good guy.
Or maybe not. Until the end, he still can’t stop trying to choke his enemies to death. And Shin Se-Ki never had to live Cha Do-Hyun’s mundane life. He got the exciting bits, the fights and the wild nights out.
One thing is for sure. Shin Se-Ki didn’t give up without a fight. We know at the end that Cha Do-Hyun and Oh Ri-Jin owe him thanks. Maybe Shin Se-Ki is ready to go because he knows that as much as he wants to be a person, he’s always going to be a shadow. Does he really want to go through the boring parts of life, the business meetings and the wearing of neck ties?
Or maybe he loves Oh Ri-Jin that much: like Oh Ri-On, he’ll give up on her if it makes her happy. There’s a streak of noble self-sacrifice running through his story.
Here are some of my fave Shin Se-Ki screenshots and quotes. I tried to pare it down…but still found 27. Enjoy.
Thanks, Ji Sung oppa, for the many great characters!