On May 3, it was the finale of “The Long Ballad” (长歌行) was broadcast in advance for VIP users. There was quite a bit of debate about the ending. For example, HaoYan CP get their happy ending and get married. However, when “Li Leyan’s” father, “Li Shimin” tells “Hao Du”, “If you despise my daughter for delaying your future or your affection for her fades over time as her appearance withers, I don’t blame you, but you must bring her back to my side in one piece.” Netizens thought this line was weird and wasn’t suitable for a king to be saying about his princess daughter.
As for the GeSun CP, “Ashile” puts a letter asking for “Changge’s” hand in marriage in front of her late mother’s grave. The two of them finally get together. However, in the ending, they fake their death and retire back to the prairie, but “Changge” and “Ashile” aren’t in the same frame at the end, leading viewers to wonder if they really got together.
That same night, a screenwriter from “The Long Ballad” seemingly made a Weibo post venting about the ending and included parts of the supporting actors’ script. This person wrote, “Wedding, what wedding? Didn’t you say we couldn’t write any war or big scenes?” They wrote that the producers of the series constantly kept demanding them to compress the original characters’ scenes. They continue to say, “I really didn’t write any relationship scenes. I didn’t write any princess hug and and then running on a horse either. Because ‘Hao Du’ has feels inferior, how would he dare do anything to Princess? It’s just that we have a different understanding of the characters, but the end result is quite good. So there is no good or bad, right or wrong as long as the audience is happy. Hurry and turn this version over.”