The finale of Ruler: Master of the Mask has aired and everything has been neatly wrapped up with a bow. The past 40 episodes have put us through a roller coaster of emotions from dread and apprehension to anxiety and even heartbreak. With the amount of time and emotional investment made into the series, the expectations for the finale were high yet everything about the ending was just so convenient that the overall effect was completely underwhelming.
Throughout the series we were being led to think that there would be a huge confrontation on two fronts: the Crown Prince versus the Pyeonsoo-hwe and the resolution of the love triangle. While both these things came to an expected end, their execution was lackluster, especially in terms of the fates of two of the most important characters to the series, Dae Mok and Lee Seon.