'Don't Hate on Xiao Zhan's Character in Joy of Life' Says Writer Wang Juan

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(Spoiler alert: writer discusses the ending of season 1) With a great story to tell, Joy of Life is packed with a wonderful array of characters that continue to be introduced as the series progresses. Now that the story heads into its final stretch and brings the main protagonist Fan Xian, played by Zhang Ruoyun, to enemy territory, The Untamed star Xiao Zhan who was first heard speaking behind a curtain veil as Yan Bingyun in episode 2 and was never seen since then finally made his first appearance in the show earlier this week. 

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Writer Wang Juan shares his thoughts about the character and also tells those who may have heard about what happens at the end to think twice. Wang Juan describes Xiao Yan (Yan Bingyun) as someone who exhibits the most restrain out of any other character in the entirety of season one. For Xiao Yan, his country is more important than anything, causing him to hide his feelings and gentler side to show a logical and indifferent personality. It's hard to really judge his character from his words and actions. To truly understand him, one must see the nuances and passion that he is unable to hide.

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For Wang Juan, Yan Bingyun's personality and characterization will be quite an interesting addition as he joins Fan Xian, Wang Qinian and Gao Da in their future travels, not to mention the interactions that will ensue between the four personalities. 

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Wang Juan further tells everyone to not hate on Yan Bingyun just because of the ending scene, telling everyone to think about it further: When was Wang Qinian not around? What was Gao Da's reaction in the last scene? Why did Xie Bi'an give them a night to decide? Why did the second prince try to stop them on the road and what is his true motive? Why did Fan Xian lie in wait for one night without trying to find a way out? Wang Juan ends his post by saying that audiences must read between the lines and not just see what is shown to them.

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Major Spoiler!

The final scenes of season one reveal the second prince as the big bad. Furthermore, Yan Bingyun brutally stabs Fan Xian in the back. In Yan Bingyun's words, it was his answer to the second prince's request for them to become allies. 

I guess we will have to wait for season two to know what Yan Bingyun and Fan Xian are really planning to do...

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  1. Wow. Wish they'd started filming season 2 already! It's going to be a long wait.

  2. My question is how is Fan Xian going to come back to life? That was my major question when he got stabbed in the end. I am really wanting to see how the producers bring Fan Xian back to life lol

    1. Lol, he ends up back in the future on some stretcher/hospital bed, gets another chance at life in the past like how Gandalf came back to life after slaying that demon on the mountain side...

    2. No seriously, Fan Xian wakes up in the future, gets "reincarnated" the same year old Fan Xian was. So when old Fan Xian got stabbed, new Fan Xian (same age) walks in to replace him complete with memories of his past life... One of many ways which S2 could bring Fan Xian back!

  3. The most important question, would xiao zhan comes back for season 2?

  4. First thing first. Save Fan Xian. Either with Uncle Wuzhu's help, Wang Qinian, Haotang, Grandmaster Ku He or anyother Grandmasters there, or even the emperor, or the entire shadowy directors or black knight members, or even new character presented there...anybody..just SAVE Fan Xian.

    Joy of Life without Fan Xian will be tasteless; whatever reasons Yan Bin Yun has, still he will be the ultimate enemy.

    Maybe Xiao Zhan becomes one of the main leads in the next seasons but still it won't be a joy without bringing Fan Xian (Zhang Ruo Yun) back. Hatred will replace the joy.

    1. Hmm, methinks he used the knock out powder given to him before his trip to fake his death. Or, since he was the only one who successfully implanted his consciousness into a newborn body, maybe he activates some sort of genetic program that transfers his consciousness into another cryogenic body upon death. Regardless, Fan Xian will still be MC of S2 and S2 coz Joy of Life is the story of FX getting even with the King for killing his mom and paying ppl back for killing his friend...

  5. Not sure how they are going to coax Xiao Zhan into coming back either. His popularity has soared ever since The Untamed so I'm thinking about how it would all fit into his busy schedule.