‘Hospital Playlist 2’: The Main Characters Finish the K-Drama Singing ‘Butterfly’ by Loveholics

Netflix aired Hospital Playlist 2 finale episode on Sept.16 and gave fans a welcome ending to the characters’ main storylines. The K-drama could not be without the main characters finishing off with a band performance. Fans have thoroughly enjoyed the characters taking time from their work lives to cover popular Korean songs. The songs covered often reflect the message of the episode from love, heartbreak, and friendship. For Hospital Playlist 2‘s last episode, the Gongnyong Ridge band cover “Butterfly” by Loveholics.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains minor spoilers about Hospital Playlist 2 finale.]

Main characters of 'Hospital Playlist 2' promo poster wearing scrubs in front of hospital
Actors Kim Dae-Myung, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Jo Jung-Suk, Jeon Mi-Do, and Jung Kyung-Ho of ‘Hospital Playlist 2’ I tvN via Netflix

The K-drama band went beyond on-screen practices

Since its first season, fans have come to enjoy the Hospital Playlist’s performance scenes. From the beginning of the drama, Lee Ik-Joon (Jo Jung-Suk), Ahn Jeong-Won (Yoo Yeon-Seok), Kim Jun-Wan (Jung Kyung-Ho), Yang Seok-Hyeong (Kim Dae-Myung), and Chae Song-Hwa (Jeon Mi-Do) spend one night a week hanging out and performing as a band. One character gets to choose the song they cover for the week. But on someone’s birthday, the person can select anything regardless of whether or not the others agree.

The name of the band was revealed in season 2, episode 10. The characters initially started as a hiking group and named themselves Gonyang Ridge. After failing to hike the mountain trail, they transitioned into being a band. Fans wondered if the K-drama’s actors were playing the instruments in real life.

The answer is yes. Many of the actors learned to play their on-screen instruments and got together every week to practice. Hospital Playlist’s official soundtrack is comprised of the songs the cast recorded for the K-drama. According to Soompi, Jeon Mi-Do reveals the cast’s real-life band name is “Mi Do and the Parasols.”

Gonyang Ridge cover ‘Butterfly’ by Loveholics in ‘Hospital Playlist 2’ finale

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The finale episode of the K-drama had fans weeping as the characters embarked on new life journeys and new steps in their romantic relationships. The band performance marks a shift for the characters as the drama comes to a close. Ik-Jun and Song-Hwa are officially in a relationship as Jun-Wan tells his friends he is taking a year off to go to the states. Seok-Hyeong and Min-Ha (Ahn Eun-Jin) affirm their feelings for each other. All the main characters’ patients get good news.

The band starts their performance covering “Butterfly” by Loveholics. The song’s lyrics talk about having faith in other people and their ability to spread their wings. With a bit of wiggle, people can fly to the sky and shine brightly. The song resonates with the end of Hospital Playlist 2, with the principal and supporting characters get their fitting resolutions. Loveholic’s “Butterfly” sung by the characters also pushes fans to keep going even if the world is cruel. One must fly high for the world to see them.

Fans cried emotional tears over the band’s final performance in K-drama

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Loyal fans since season 1 of the K-drama had mixed emotions about the finale episode. One thing is sure, fans could not help but weep at the band’s performance. Before they get ready, Ik-Jun jokes it feels like their very last. One fan on Reddit commented, “The band scene made me so sad, especially with Ik-Jun prefacing it with “why do I have a feeling that this will be our last jam session?” I BAWLED. I BAWLED HARDER WHEN I SAW THE LYRICS TO THE SONG.” The performance of “Butterfly” did not just relate to the main characters but resonated with fans.

On the same Reddit thread, a fan commented, “I was ugly crying when I saw the lyrics I didn’t know I needed to hear.” Hospital Playlist has a superb track record of developing storylines with a deeper meaning. Depending on the episode’s events, the song covered can be about heartbreak, challenging situations, or a rock classic. In season 2, episode 10, the episode was all about taking chances and revealing truths which made the characters covering Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” more impactful.