The writer Kim Eun Hee’s explanation of why Ashin’s past was written as a special episode is absolutely dumb and ridiculous, yet it’s supposed to be a lead-up to the third season of the Korean series, whose first two seasons have been hailed with resounding acclaim from worldwide audiences. “Because it is such an expansive plot with such a long period, the story behind Ashin is exceedingly long and deep. Looking at it from a chronological standpoint, I decided that rather than incorporating her tale into the third season, a special episode would be more audience-friendly and conducive to higher-quality content “In an interview earlier this week, Kim Eun Hee stated.
Which is absurd since, if Ashin, played by the vivacious Gianna Jun or Jun Ji Hyun, had such a complicated story, wouldn’t it be better to develop it across 12 or 16 episodes in a third season? The result makes the special episode – a prologue to the events of seasons 1 and 2 – into a mind-numbingly uninteresting viewing, despite the fact that it has securely ensconced among Netflix’s Top 10 shows, thanks in no small part to its rabid fan base. Prepare to be disappointed if you’re watching the movie-length episode for the debut of the famed Jun Ji Hyun, as she doesn’t appear for more than the first half of the show, instead appearing only in the last 30 minutes. IMDB