Shippers of Tin/Can are lamenting on the final, final episode with the additional 20-minute material as a “director’s cut”. Moreover, it has been officially announced that there is NO SEASON 2.
I seriously felt my world come to a stop when I learned about it.
How about Tin and Can? Why the sad ending?
I mean, I really was hoping for a season 2 moreso because the ending of Tin/Can in the series was just too upsetting.
Not at all because Can rejected Tin, but because as a season ender, and as an ender to a couple story which the fans apparently won’t see in the foreseable future, we’re left with Tin crying in the shower in anguish just because the series needed to close with a sad ending for one of the couples, according to the director. And they chose Tin/Can.
“Love by Chance” the series is based on “My Accidental Love is You” wherein the main couples are AePete and TinCan. The series, on the other hand, included Techno/Klengkla from another novel of the author and Tum/Tar was just side characters in the Type/Tharn novel too. So it doesn’t make sense if the director is so “loyal” to the novel that there has to be additional couples which are, yes from the same universe, but obviously are not as connected as the main couples in terms of storyline. Of course, we can’t really blame the director for everything, especially with casting as there are bigger hands that makes the production running, but then even just in narrative, it kind of puts him in a bad light since one, Tin/Can’s pacing lacks the depth of AePete and two, it ends just…there.
I wouldn’t lament so much if they 1) ended season 1 without any season 2 with a happy TinCan. Everyone could’ve had a happy ending. AePete is still in their honeymoon, Klengkla finally got what he wanted (non-con tsk tsk), and Tar at least was able to finally make Tum as his confidant. TinCan could’ve ended in Tin’s house or them just spending a nice time eating or texting whatever. Heck, if he wanted to, he could’ve switched things up a bit with Can having the jealousy feels issue and then climaxing to the kiss. There wouldn’t be a confession from Can, not yet, but at least it makes for a dreamy possibility of them finally being officially together in the future.
Of course, it’s obvious that Can is already in love with Tin, but you can’t blame the kid for being terrified. He’s never been in love, the feelings are too strong, and he’s processing the power of another person over him. Feelings are scary!
Anyway, I wouldn’t feel so bitter about this ending if they surely had a fix-it for the TinCan story in the next season. However, there’s none, so we’re permanently left with that tragedy. I read that Thai fans are not so affected by this or some people say that anyways, canonically, Tin/Can had a happy ending.
I know. We know.
However, for me, the story is in a different medium. Though it is based on a literary piece, with the choice of medium to tell a story, then it can be considered a different narrative with a different timeline, and possibly plot and character developments. The director is “loyal” to the novel, but there’s plenty of things he didn’t do by the book. After all, as a storyteller, he has the prerogative which parts to include and not, as well as how to tell the story, right? And the series is a “pause” to the novel? What kind of bullshit is that? The novel would never be in pause because we’re not reading it. The novel, though as basis to the series, exists in its own universe. Thus, in the series, the Tin/Can story ends in tragedy.
Why the tragedy? Because it’s Tin, the man who took a risk of having his walls torn down, only for the same man to make him build it up again. He’s gone through so much, believed in friends and family only to be betrayed repeatedly and finally lose trust. Tin, who opened his heart to Can, began gaining spirit, smiling more, getting softer, showing affection, trusting, and getting his hopes up, only to be shattered by the reality that he was blinded by hope.
It’s not that he cannot trust Can, but with the rejection, he couldn’t trust Can with his happiness. That’s why he cannot take his offer to be friends. He wants more because Can has given him so much more that what he probably initially expected from him.
Some fans kind of hated Can for a while because as he was showing signs of being in love to Tin, being jealous and returning his kiss, he ought to confess his feelings and then they will officially date.
On the other hand, I understand Can. His reaction is valid. The boy is scared. He doesn’t know what’s happening to him, why it’s happening, when it started happening, and what’s going to happen. It’s going to affect his whole life, is he not allowed to feel anxious about it? Anxious enough to suddenly turn a blind eye to how it would affect Tin? I mean, I don’t think Can has bothered to really get to know Tin that well since he’s mostly avoiding being wooed. What’s definite is he has opened his doors to Tin as a friend, as an ex-enemy, as a person he wants to protect from an evil brother. Though they’ve spend time together, we don’t really know how much Can knows about Tin or what his realizations are regarding his distrust of people and as to why Tin trusts him. He doesn’t understand why Tin likes him in particular, why he thinks Can is air. He doesn’t get Tin the way the fans get Tin.
So in that rejection, it’s not only Tin who was in pain, Can similarly suffered. As fans, we suffer for them, especially with an ending like that. It would take time to heal for the both of them, for us too.
Based on the novel, Tin will ignore Can for a while (a week?), Can will feel miserable, making him lose a big soccer game, Tin will find him, Can will cry on Tin and realized he can only cry on him, realize how much he missed Tin, ask him to have sex to “forget” the pain of losing the game, then they officially date.
If this is how they’ll follow up with the story and be loyal to the novel, I kind of don’t want it? It makes Can seem so selfish. He wants to forget the pain of the soccer game so he just asks Tin to sleep with him even though he rejected him already? Isn’t that cruel? Yes, Tin is an idiot for going after Can that easily and I guess for people in love that will make some sense, but being knocked out and feeling betrayed, he can’t recover that easily and just comfort Can because he needed to, right? I wish this happens after they’ve had a good talk about what to do with their relationship. It jus makes more sense and it’s healthier that way.
So now, I’m hesitant to watch the whole show again. I have this ritual of re-watching a series after I finished it, but with this ending for my ship, it will take a while before I don’t feel bitter about it anymore. It’s so sad that the last episode basically ruined the whole experience of LBC for me. It has been one of the best, most commendable series in terms of characters and dynamics, so all the more I’m claiming it a tragic ending.
Nonetheless, this is more reason for go to that fanmeet! >_<