After nearly two years apart, Lost lovebirds Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) Kwon were finally reunited in the final moments of this week's episode. But after such intense anticipation, did this moment live up to expectations? In an exclusive interview, Daniel Dae Kim admits that when he first read the script, he was left hoping for something a bit more.
“Not only was the audience waiting for the reunion, but the actors were as well, and when it happened, it was significant for us,” Daniel says. “The one dynamic of that scene that we felt was interesting was that it happened amidst so many other people. (Indeed, besides Charles Widmore's crew of baddies, Sawyer, Kate, Hurley and Claire were looking on.)
"It didn’t happen where Sun and Jin were alone somewhere; it was in the middle of a lot of chaos, and I thought to myself, ‘That would not be as I would have envisioned it’," admits Daniel. "I would have thought they would have been able to reunite in private.”
But once on set to shoot the scene, Kim reconsidered his initial critique when he saw the emotional scene play out amongst his co-stars. “On the day, I realized it was important to see other characters’ reactions to these two lovers re-finding one another,” Daniel tells me. “It added an interesting dynamic because so much of what happens between Sun and Jin also effects the other characters on the show, and I hope that added to the significance and impact of the scene.”
But the happy reunion was all too brief. Moments after the two embraced and Sun regained her ability to speak English, Widmore's crew ordered the castaways down on their knees. Sawyer's deal with Widmore for safe passage off the island had seemingly backfired.
“One of the best things with this show is that just when you feel like you can rest, the writers find another clever plot twist to throw in," notes Daniel. "The drama of their story is not necessarily over.” (Trust me, that's a major understatement considering what's to come when new episodes resume in May. Look for our interview with Daniel in the May 3 issue of TV Guide Magazine on sale April 29.)
The writers sure worked overtime these past two years dreaming up ways to keep these two characters apart – including sending Sun to the mainland, Jin to what appeared to be an untimely death aboard an exploding freighter, and ultimately placing the Kwons in different time periods. Having just started a public Facebook account, Daniel says he had received several comments from fans expressing their frustration. Says the actor, “There are so many comments on my wall saying, ‘What the heck is going on with Sun and Jin?! One person on Twitter said, ‘I’ve given up.’ I suppose the writers just thought, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’”
So, you waited. A very long time. And you finally got your Sun/Jin reunion. Was it everything you hoped for? Or do you share Daniel's initial hope that the scene might have played with more emotion had Sun and Jin reunited in private with a bit more time to savor each other before all Hell broke loose?