The charismatic members of BTS are back again with their newest music video “Run” released late in November along with the second part to their 화양연화 (Hwayangyeonhwa) series. In this video, the boys seem to continue their story from their previous video “I Need U”. In addition, the video displays a lot of foreshadowing, symbolism and give viewers some predictions on what is to come.

 

“Run” begins with a calm shot of Taehyung (V) falling backwards into a pool of water in a completely dark room. Then, Rap Monster (RM) walks down a railroad and opens the door to a train container and you can see a decked out room with all the members partying inside. However, at the 2:20 mark, the video shows RM opening that door again only this time he finds nothing inside but feathers and a card. Which make me wonder are they in the present or are these just flashbacks?

 

Nonetheless, the video is filled with intense moments and leaves a very eerie and lonely feeling inside the viewer. The directors, producers and also Lumpens Films really captivated something interesting in every scene. It was done so beautifully yet it is dramatic, as well as it made it more suspenseful to watch. Every little thing kept me on my toes and looking for more clues.

 

Like I mentioned before, the video does show quite a lot of symbolism in regards to their album. For example, there was a short shot of Jin building a house of cards which is also the title of their ‘outro’ track. In another scene, Rap Monster holds an ace card for a few seconds showing a picture of a butterfly which is also a title of another track featured on the mini-album.

 

With all the symbolism and mystery behind the plot many fans are completely lost in its meaning. Fans have come up with their own theories as to what is going on. Some ARMY’s claim that it’s actually Jin who died and the members are the ones mourning his death. Other fans believe it’s actually a butterfly effect and some even claim it to be the story of Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain. Whichever the case it’s become a game to decode the plot of “Run”, but in all honesty it’s seems like the creators have just found a great way to creatively entertain their audience. It’s definitely a must watch music video, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

 

Review by Irma

 

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