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Warrior Baek Dong-soo contemplates extension

The reigning Monday-Tuesday drama, SBS’s action sageuk Warrior Baek Dong-soo, is reportedly in talks to extend its run by six episodes, which would take the show from 24 episodes to a total of 30.

A source with the show confirmed that the extension is currently being seriously considered, and the actors are being consulted regarding the extra installments. While a final decision has yet to be made, the source also stated that a 30-episode run has always been a possibility, so an extension wouldn’t be detrimental to the story flow.

If the extension is confirmed, that pushes the Kim Rae-won/Su Ae melodrama Thousand Day Promise (written by hitmaker scriptwriter Kim Soo-hyun) to October.

SBS has got a good thing going with strong dramas airing practically every night of the week: Scent of a Woman just broke 20% and is winning on weekends, while Protect the Boss is second in its Wednesday-Thursday timeslot, but still holding strong with mid- to upper-teen ratings.

While I’m not following this series, it seems from various accounts that its current plot would support an extension, and with six weeks to go before reaching its original end date, there’s plenty of room to adjust the story to accommodate a longer run. And that gives the drama extra time to mine the burgeoning good-versus-evil face-off between pretty boys Ji Chang-wook (good) and Yoo Seung-ho (the dark side). As well as tossing in a few more manly hairstyles. Because, as girlfriday so sagely points out, “Baek Dong-soo. It’s all about the hair.”

Via NTN Seoul

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More of this awesomeness!!!! yay

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I wont lie, the eyecandy is a huge part of why i'm addicted to this drama, but it's awesome in many ways.

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This is a great drama. I don't know if I care so much for the extension to 30 episode. I like the pace of each episode so far. It's just sad that so many people had to die along the way. I just hope none of the main and secondary characters die.

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me too.. I was into this drama in the beginning but so many ppl have died already n after crown prince sado's death I m not into this drama n its lagging a bit...

i hope it does not extend ... i m loosing interest n more interested in TPM ofcourse n gyebaek n king gwangaetto the gr8 is good saguek too. .. my saguek tolerance is getting saturated already n plus I love SU AE n want to see her again...

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Crown Prince Sado was meant to die to make way for his intelligent and very capable son and future King Yi San.
Gyebaek has nothing on WBDS imo which makes me sad cause I was really looking forward to it.

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"It’s just sad that so many people had to die along the way"

Correction: so many GOOD GUYS had to die along the way. When Chun gets slashed from behind, it's like somebody did him the courtesy of scratching his back. Why thank you sir, now let me impale you to the wall!

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LOL
Yep only good guys die in the show while the bad guys seem to have more than 9 lives

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"the bad guys seem to have more than 9 lives"

No kidding. The bad guys are like boss characters in a video game, where their health points have to be wittled down to zero via combination moves. Ha-yooooo-ken!!!

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it;s like most of the characters are meant to die.. it's really sad.. i bet more ppl will die along the way.. and it's sageuk.. we can't expect a happy ending.. but i'm still hoping for a good ending..

a great drama.. and i'm hooked from the first ep.. it's even my top priority not scent of a woman or protect the boss..

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Hmm, that explains the current Ginseng storyline . . .

If they extend the show, they should bring the Jin Ju family story arc to the front. That's been beautifully written and acted.

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JIN JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO--I love you!

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She's the surprise of the show. I care more about her than Naruto and Sasuke. . . I mean . . Dong Soo and Yeo Woon

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OMG, I was thinking the same thing so much like Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha, I feel sad once again for Hinata Hyuga she going to lose out to Sakura Haruno.....grrrrrrrrrr.

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Omg haha. Thank you for this comparison. It was soo much clearer to understand than the run down my friend attempted to give me, to convince me to watch the drama. :D

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Yup Dong-soo and Yeo-woon do remind me of Naruto and Sasuke (darker version), as well as Sakuragi and Rukawa (lighter version and younger days) :)

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yup.. i want to know more about Jin Ju family.. like how did the swordmaster meet Ga OK and fell in love and how did she end up with HOTTIE Sky Lord...

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Right! I was so shocked when Ga Ok said Jin Ju was Sky Lord's daughter!! All the way till then i thought she was swordmaster's !!!

But this gives a million chances for an extension which is awesome ^^

About the Ji Sun/Jin Ju/Dong Soo relationship, i thought that in the manhwa Dongsoo married both girls, didn't he? So it shouldn't be a problem =D
As for woon, i sincerely was hoped for him to get Ji sun, cuz between them, there was love at 1st sight ♥

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yhhhhh i agree as well apparently the real dong soo married jin joo (since this is based of a true thing) so i don't know i prefer ji sun with yeo un,,, truthly i hope it doesn't have a 30 ep extention i love this drama but i really want to know what will happen at the end and if it ends sad or disappointing or like it makes no sense then it would be sorta a wast to extend lol

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Totally! The adults' love story is far more interesting to me than the youngsters' and, I won't lie, the interest is all due to Jun Gwang Ryul (that voice!) and Choi Min Soo (how many more times must I see him die!! Such a sexy, sexy man!)

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im ambivalent!!! I want an extension because im in love with jailbait yoo seung ho and recently discovered ji chang wook!!! but i don't want the story line to drag! it already lags with certain characters, but ill end up following it anyway! :)
javabeans & girlfriday: i know you guys are busy recapping a ton of series, but I suggest princess' man to just watch. i can finally understand the love for park shi hoo. He is divine in this painful romeo and juliet story!

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"it already lags with certain characters"

*cough*NUN*cough* ;)

Jin Ju and Baek Dong-soo haven't had their reunion yet. She doesn't even know he's back. That, to me, signaled a possible extension to the story.

This is also very bad news for Gye Baek. I think an extension would effectively kill MBC's show.

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Puahahaha! I can tell you read the thread on soompi! ;) Honestly, I'm not sold on either girl. I like jinju because the child actor was absolutely adorable! and so was nam ji hyun as the little nun.

(sigh) i can't protest to 6 more episodes of sexy stare downs between the two guys, but the story better be snappy!

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"I can tell you read the thread on soompi!"

Yes indeed. That thread is similar to the situation with Iljimae. What Mister Barca says is right . . . the Nun and Dong Soo storyline is a standard device in sageuks, and it's rare for the "bright girl" to end up with the hero. It's a role that is similar to Han Hyo Joo's character in Iljimae, or Song Ji Hyo's in Jumong.

However, everybody knows Dong Soo's real love is Yeo Woon. All those smoldering looks (and competitive manes of glory) cannot lie!

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So I am the only one in the whole wide universe (OK, Dongsoo, too) who actually likes Jisun?

B..b...but... That is cold, yo. *big gulping sobs*
Shin Hyeon-bin had a strong start and I adored her, but she has been slipping lately, even I will admit that. Yoon So-yi started out unbearable and actually affected my love for the character largely, but has actually began steadily improving lately. I'm kind of torn. I'm actually liking both lately.
Ahh... fudge it. 'S all about the bromance.
My innate feminist pride will never allow me to chant 'bros over hos', though. Just sayin'.

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I like Jisun. Especially that she's cold.

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Well, history itself says that Dong Soo's wife is Jinju, but there are rumors that the drama will give him both women as his wives. which would be weird for us in the modern world but not so weird considering the era the drama is set in.

SCREW THAT! I wanna be both dong soo and woonie's wife!!! Puahahaha :P

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"which would be weird for us in the modern world but not so weird considering the era the drama is set in. "

Oh you know, Player Baek Dong Soo calls out for his pedobait bad boy Yeo Woon deep in the night . . . ;)

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Just kill of hairpin girl (aka Ji Sun) already. Maybe she can eat some poisoned ginseng or something. Hey, I'm just sayin'!

And while they're at it can they bring back happy-go-lucky Dongsoo cause this Dae Jang Geum version of him we have right now (with swords replacing food) is not working for me!

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Jisun is a timid little nerd, she's so cute. All she needs Cho-rip's spectacles. Maybe people would cut her some slack then and kind of understand her character a bit more. She's a nerd.

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I just love all these videos, though none so far has outdone the one for SKKS' GYH and MJS.

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yoo seung ho's korean age is 19 going on 20, which makes him legal, even though he looks like a baby.

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"Actually, the ginseng smuggling story line makes perfect sense, as would a counterfeiting one later."

Yes, but then the story would center around the Nun! :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

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Yes, well, while I don't want to feed her to alligators (yet) - I think she needs to end up with Un. Her character makes sense, the actress annoys me. I liked the younger version.

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With the looks they give each other, I assume the Nun chooses Yeo Woon in a sort of reverse-love-triangle from the prior generation (Nun loves Bad Guy but chooses Good Guy because that is the life she chose to live.)

It looks like the courtesan spy may also have feelings for Yeo Woon (who doesn't really -- I'm sure Un also wants to tap him some jailbait of glory too ;) ) With Jin Joo and guest appearances by the Painter of the Wind, in effect, we have a Love Septagon.

So much angst. This show needs more guyliner.

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I so agree with you. I think she should be with Un and leave Dong Soo for Jin Ju. I wish they had chosen a more experienced actress to play the part. It's an important role and if she acted the part well, she would seemlessly intergate into the story even after the map was removed from her back. Now with the map gone, I just find that she is pushed into the story for the sake of it.

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''Now with the map gone, I just find that she is pushed into the story for the sake of it.''
I'm hoping not...
See, our naive Dongsoo's 'free will' may have won his battle against Fate that day, but I think it's almost assured he will lose his war against Fate and eventually concede to it. Which means the whole map story and Jisun's importance may be erm, dormant for now but I feel it will make a comeback.

I am actually against a six-episode extension, 'cos seriously the writing is incredibly tightly structured. The writer seems to be very Jang Yeong-cheol inspired in his writing style. As in, I fcuking love him! (And he heavily revolves around Fate. I am such a sucker for this style of writing)
One or two episodes might actually be needed, because there is a lot of things needing resolving story-wise but from what I read circa pre-production the show was undecided for a long time whether or not to be a 24 or 30 episode series, so I think they may actually have prepared for either.

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"I am actually against a six-episode extension, ‘cos seriously the writing is incredibly tightly structured. "

I think the Jin Joo storyline was designed as a means to possibly extend the show. She hasn't changed that much, even when learning about her mother. But, now that she has lost her mother, will we see a revenge arc? A reason for Baek Dong Soo to save Jin Joo?

There's enough episode to develop this. Plus, Chun is no longer playing for either side. He's become a ronin. In fact, I think the knowledge of Jin Joo (whether she was his or not) revealed not sadness or regret in him . . . but fulfillment. Chun loved Ga Ok, but even if she returned his love, he wasn't going to stop killing. He would have stopped for Jin Joo. Upon learning that she could be his daughter, he stopped drinking. That is all you need to do. He stopped wandering; he found his happiness.

And that happiness probably broke his heart. Choi Min Soo plays the ironic developments like a pianist.

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Aw man, it would be stating the obvious to say Cheon is just magnificent but... Really, episode 18 was his strongest episode yet. *tear*

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@supah,

"Aw man, it would be stating the obvious to say Cheon is just magnificent but…"

Choi Min Soo was magnificent in Episode 18. He did very little "acting" as she was crying, yet OMG you could feel the YEARS of sadness, resignation and tenderness in his eyes.

Ah, Choi Min Soo. You so crazy, but even great actors cannot do what you do, what genius can do.

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he's my younger brother's age. no can do :P His hair and guy liner are helping him look older for this drama, but without it? (SIGH)

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Every time I go to hancinema and a smiling pic of him as a kkoma pops up, I just gotta let go.

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Supah, how can you say Ji Sun currently has no purpose when she was the main force behind bringing fur caps to young Korean ladies! What bigger purpose in life could there be than that?! DUH

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i thought he was 18??? then what would the kids real ages be

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thought he was 18????

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It's true - it is all about the hair.. extensions. :)

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Also, black eyeshadow (that obviously makes you an assassin)

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LOL. You know, it seem only certain people look good with eye shadpw/eyeliners. YSH looks good with it though i gotta say.

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Plus it's a great way to mask the hangover you had last night. Or in Chun's case, every night. ;)

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obviously :D

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hmm it seems to me that it might become "boiler trouble" every episode. 'tis the season and all. The show has rewarding moments, but I don't think of it as "must see". I'm interested in Chun because I've just seen il jimae and the fight scenes are always my favorite part of sageuks, but the jokey parts always seem hurt my jaw.

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urrrr.. an extension? an extension would work still, but i guess it's how far they want to age the characters. i'd rather they just stayed in their twenties though. ha. no facial hair, please!

but seriously, i love this drama, and it's still making good progress, but it's been so unpredictable lately that i want to reach the end already just so i can see it.

it's not that i don't want a "happy" ending, i do, but even without a typical happy ending, all i want is for the boys to become friends again. i'll hope for it until the end. if dong soo and yeo woon's friendship is restored, good will have triumphed. and for all the characters who fight for good in this drama, that's all i want.

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WAIT! WAIT! Wasn't it supposed to be 24? Which would have been 3 more weeks because 18 aired on Tuesday. Shoot - wiki lists it as 24, Dramafever at 26.

::Impales self on keyboard::

Honestly, as long as they keep Chun alive, I'll be a very happy little dudelette. If they bump off all the ahjussis, and extend, I'll have to have words with the show.

Actually, the ginseng smuggling story line makes perfect sense, as would a counterfeiting one later. But since WBDS's relationship to reality is non-existent I don't worry about details like that much.

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Ahem...anyway, yeah. I think they can probably extend it, but they'd better decide fast. Last I heard they were still shooting a couple of weeks in advance, so they don't want to end up with a situation where they call actors back who were already off doing something else.

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Shouldn't be an issue. Keep offering Choi Min Soo free alcohol to keep his beard moisturized and supple, and the show should still be good.

We're still owed the episode where Chun spends all 60 minutes killing 100 people while finishing a liter of CASS BEER *makes CASSGASMIC face*!!!

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Well, you know me - I'll sit back with a grin on my face watching Chun killing people for 60 minutes while swilling beer.

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Can't lie. Everytime Chun impales an anonymous guy, my heart goes *oppa!* ;)

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He's probably killed some of those stunt guys 4 or 5 times already. 8-) I am pretty sure he's actually my age, so just get to grin. 8-) Well, and take lots of screencaps. Honestly, the only thing this show could have done to pander to me more would be have the General cameo.

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"He’s probably killed some of those stunt guys 4 or 5 times already"

Chun is in fact the original master of Fake Killing. After Chun beheads you, the next morning you're good to go. See, he DID teach Yeo Woon something after all!

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BTW, how many "last chances" has that screeching idiot Dae Ung gotten at this point? 8? Someone kill the twerp already! Take him to the vet and have him put down! When WILL the good guys learn not to leave a dead enemy screaming for revenge behind you?

And those hoping for a happy ending? just remember - sageuk and happy endings are usually mutually exclusive.

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Dae Ung is basically the Black Knight from Monty Python. In the end, all he'll have is his torso, most of his nose, his tongue, and just enough of his vocal cords to make squeal sounds while Yeo Woon sips on soju while looking pensively into space in Wig of Glory #5 and guyliner.

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''Dae Ung is basically the Black Knight from Monty Python. In the end, all he’ll have is his torso, most of his nose, his tongue...''
You need to see episode 18, they've done one better. And then the masochistic bastards will give us his Monty Python ending too.

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Does it make me a bad person that I start laughing every time Dae Ung loses a piece? The Black Knight indeed. LOL! I'm waiting for the killer rabbits to make an appearance. :)

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::snort:: Best. Line. EVER. :)

As much as I live and breathe for this show and momosan's recaps, may I just say that I fall on the side of THIS IS A BAD IDEA?!? I've noticed several of the cast members looking rather gaunt and beat to a pulp (especially my precious JCW filming two dramas back-to-back over the past 14 months). And I've not been fond of that whole 'ginseng conspiracy to bring down the Royal Family' storyline... but who knows what other plotlines they have in mind. Aw geez...

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yhhhhh i agree i want them to hurry and decide as well how many eps there having i think sticking to 24 eps is better wonder what they could do with the storyline if they make it 30????????

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I like guys with nice hair. It's one of the first things I notice on a guy (when we're talking about their physical appearance). But these are sooo pretty, and the hair just makes it even more so. But... Weren't mens' hair long back in the day? So they were sporting some pretty hair, so this stay s pretty true to form.... Except, maybe they're weren't dolled up with nice bangs like Yoo Seung-ho. XD

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OMG PLEASEEEEEE DO!!! I KNEW THIS WOULD COME INTO CONSIDERATION SOONER OR LATER AND I AM SOOOO FREAKIN FOR IT. PERIOD. DO IT. DO TO LIKE...50 EVEN.

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Hrmm.. i want it extended so at least we can see more HOTTIE Sky Lord and soo want to see more fight scene between JCW and YSH... so far, yesterday, we see more of Yi San and I am trying to figure out is that mean that the Nun will be with him or not or with the painter or with Baek Dong Soo or YSH and she is suppose to be a Nun??? The child actress was really good...

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I agree, Nam Ji Hyeon (was also the young Deokman) was pretty good. I dont pay much attention to the (nun) or whatever her name is. She's pretty weak in the acting department.

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I'd love an extension if the story revolves around YW, DS, Chun and Jin Ju. I'd hate to see JiSun the center of the story when she no longer needs to be. I wish they'd develop the gisaeng's story more. I kind of like her.

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As long as the story flow smoothly and does not drag.. I am happy if they do the extension.. the story might not seem to have a lot of plot sometime but i like the fast pace movement, the action, the acting and the leads JCW and YSH... they looks great... the acting is solid as well all over exact for the Nun... this drama is also beautifully filmed.. so thumbs up for extension.

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Oooh I'm so torn about this!! I don't want the story to drag, but I do want MOAR cute Dong Soo, MOAR emo Woon and MOAR MOAR Hot Crime Lord Chun.

I'm sorry to tell you people, but I'm almost sure our OTP is DS/JS. They're reserving the painter for Jin Joo. I don't care really, I'm not a Jin Joo fan.

And we still haven't got our hot-moody-broody waterfall scene. I'm waiting here!!!

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now i have to watch it. i've been putting it on hold, but will make time to see it! Yoo seung ho!!

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Started watching WBD and it's not bad at all.

Actually prefer the 2 younger actors who play the younger versions of the 2 male leads.

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me too. especially the kid who plays dong soo. I have such a soft spot for him.

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I don't think it a needs for an extension it's going at a nice pace and too much bromance can get tiresome. I do love me some Chun, Choi Min Soo plays this character so well. I totally understand how Ji fell for the swordman but stayed by Chun side.

There are so many good part in this drama but they fell short on making it great for example, except for Jin who is a badass her daughter (Jin Sun) and the other actress act like they don't know a damm thing about fighting. Jin Su was using that bow since she was a child and I'm sure with her adopted father crazy fighting skills she should have learn some kind of hand to hand combat as she was growing up. Helllllo (Director) she the daughter of JI and Chun the (Don't play with me or I kill you couple) isn't it automatic that she have "Columbiana" DNA running through her bloodline. Instead of taking her to the next level in fighting skills her character convert to a weak, run and hide woman that do not fix her character or the enviroment she was brought up in, so (disappointing).

I can understand an extension if there going to me more character development but the storyline itself can be wrap up without a extension.

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You mean Jin Joo.

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i defo agree with you i don't think it needs a extention i think 24 eps is enough all though they could do more character development if they extended to 30 what would they do with the storyline i want to know what will happen at the end if they extend it and have a bad ending then there probably will be no point

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Yay !!! I'm HAPPY !

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I must say, I don't mind an extension...but I agree to almost everyone here that says the nun is a disappointment. they could have chosen a better actress to play the part, although the young Ji Sun is 10 times better....and I would prefer her to be the older Ji Sun but the actress is only sixteen so ......

I root for DS/JS since it looks like this is the OTP in the story...but the actress could have done better....just saying.

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YYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! =D =D

HOOORRAAYY!! I am reaaaally fall in love with this drama cuz' it really made me sooo addicting to watch this drama --that's so awesome. I don't know why this drama made me so addicting and make me to want more, more, more episodes, like, about 1,000!!!! LOL. =D

No, that's not like that, but I am HAPPPY that this drama will have extension to 30 episodes -- LOOVE this, yay!

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BROMANCE FTW!!! if they just put a bit (lot) more of it in the drama will be made!

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I am a fan of Ji Chang-wook for this show. I read from various forums that Yo Seung-ho is the one getting all the attention and kinda feel sorry for JCW. By the way, not sure what others think but I totally like Dong-soo's new hairstyle! He looks much more mature and he reminds me of all those Jin Yong characters I love :)

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You're not the only JCW fan here. I didn't even know who he was till I started watching WBDS. But now I'm really impressed with him. YSH was already well known before this so its not surprising that people are talking about him more. And anyway, the bad guys usually get the attention even in real life.
I miss the old Dong Soo though. I wish he'd go back to being at least a little more light hearted. I guess being betrayed by your best friend takes it toll on immaturity.

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"I didn’t even know who he was till I started watching WBDS. But now I’m really impressed with him."

I second that. I like JCW as the lead in this drama. He plays the role really well. YSH, on the other hang, plays the bad guy really well also. If their roles where switched, well, I just can't see YSH playing the carefree role of baek dong soo.

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YSH hasn't cracked a real smile in this entire show, but if you've seen him as Chunchu (Queen Seon Duk), he can play goofy too.

To be honest, YSH's age is now showing in his acting. The charisma and dialogue delivery are both there, but YSH isn't really taking the character's stoic persona in any direction. He just doesn't have the emotional experience yet to reveal more than a pokerface. His experience with sageuks, where he's evolved a noble presence that inspires forbidden smiles from one Hjkomo, has enabled him to get a pass.

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"YSH’s age is now showing in his acting. " Yes, his lack of experience is more evident the more complex the role becomes. But he's so charsimatic as YW that I forgive him. And anyway, cold and poker face characters are hard to play. His fight scenes are amazing though.

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totally. both the leads are going to have trouble bringing depth to their characters from here on out. i want yeo woon to go even darker so the contrast when he comes back will be even greater, and i'm having a hard time buying that dong soo is all mature now because of his new haircut. He's getting there, but he needs more face wrinkles to complete the effect! ;)

does anyone else see how woon is become more and more like cheon and dong soo more and more like the sword saint (mannerisms, style of talking, gait, smirks, etc.) their relationships are paralleled through their apprentices.

I agree, i can't see ysh playing bds. he fits the bad guy role so well. ji chang wook fits in the same category as yoon shi yoon from baker king. they're the type of good guys you want to root for.

i like actors that portray an honest earnestness (is that redundant?) that's why i find gong yoo and go soo so hot. when they fall in love with a girl in a drama, you can really see it in their eyes. (sorry that was off tangent! just had to express my love for gong yoo somehow :P)

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@ninsrama,

"i want yeo woon to go even darker so the contrast when he comes back will be even greater,"

Yeo Woon doesn't have "The Face" yet to speak through such a stoic character. YSH is one of the most prodigious young actors in Chungmuro . . .but he's still 18 years old.

"does anyone else see how woon is become more and more like cheon and dong soo more and more like the sword saint "

Not only that -- Yeo Woon is already aware that Dong Soo has probably surpassed him (well except for Fake Killing, Yeo Woon is Best Fake Killer Alive! :D ) My guess is the romantic triangle will be in reverse, though. Naruto cares for Nun, but Nun loves Sasuke.

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"Yeo Woon is already aware that Dong Soo has probably surpassed him". I loved the pride in YSH voice when he acknowledges DS's skill. "Joseon's best swordsman." It's almost like an older brother's pride at his younger siblings accomplishment. There was no trace of jealousy at all. I really like how YSH potrayed that.

All this naruto sasuke nun talk makes me want to watch Naruto.

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dude! can we just go have a separate conversation, so we can spazz forever about this drama!?!? hahahaha! I hope nun goes for yeo woon! That would be some actual development versus two guys just staring at the same girl!

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"That would be some actual development versus two guys just staring at the same girl!"

That's because the two guys are really staring at each other.

Dong Soo: Wait for me Yeo Woon, so I can kill you.
Yeo Woon: The new hair looks good on you.
Dong Soo: Does it? I need to look good when I kill you.
Yeo Woon: Very manly.
Dong Soo: Really? I had a stylist do this while I was planning to kill you.
Yeo Woon: It makes me think of the times when we played with our bows in the rain.
Dong Soo: Come back to me Yeo Woon, so I can kill you.
Yeo Woon: Dong Soo
Dong Soo: Yeo Woon. Can I kill . . . only you?
Nun: WTF?

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PUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! that's awesome! you should write a fanfic! :D i would totally read it and so would other soompiers :D dongsoo and woonie, nun and pearl (jinju)! Can Samo hurry up and hook up with the aunt already?!?! it's been what at least a decade or more?!?! they're not getting any younger! I have to say that dongsoo's hair actually looks like his own hair instead of a wig. woonie's hair right now looks so heavy! I want to layer it some to give his head some room to breathe!

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If Lee Min Ho and Yoon Sang Hyun had a bromance, Ji Chan Wook would be their bro child. He's such a natural with comedy, and he's always so engaging with his partners.

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I noticed him for the first time in Sons of Sol Pharmacy House..although his scene is very minor but I luvvv his gently eyes...full with love for everybody and how he love the little baby is very cute...then I saw him in Smile Dong Hae, it is daily drama but it's very popular and get high rating.. He already become first lead there.
I am very happy knowing he get role in saeguk because I'm one of saegul lover. and watching WDBS...waw...his acting skill has improve a lot..and in this project, the writer and director give many thing for his character (and I think they forgot to explore more of YSH character, although YW is second lead character but I think that they should give them fair attention)..
WDBS make me love first lead character in saeguk, usually I get second lead character more because their sad fate...but because JCW acting, and goofy Dong Soo make me love him...(I think it's alright when Dong Soo become more mature because he will be best sword man in joseon so he should start think seriously..although I miss old Dong Soo too...sigh)
Ji Chang Wook hwaiting!!!! sigh...I become fan of dongseng...usually I am not fan of young actor, I prefer Song Ill Gook, Kim Nam Gil or Yoon Kye sang..but JCW eyes and smile already kill me...awwwhggh

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I say go on with the extension! Oops, I mean hair extensions! ... And let's not forget the guyliner, too! ^^

Joking aside, I love WBDS to bits though I hate the ginseng conspiracy crap going on right now, so I'm all for the extension. May they have more time to right the wrong road this story has been trudging on for the past 4 episodes.

Show, don't fail me!

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Yea, I don't like the ginseng conspiracy either. It's almost like they don't know where the story is heading and just putting that in to fill up the episode? Unless of course that has a connection to the whole main story line, then sure. However, Iwould rather see more of the assassins-bad guys against the prince-dongsoo-good guys fight it out.

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*Sigh* an extension will probably kill my show Gye Baek. Poor LSJ *sigh*

I am not sure if the show needs an extension as they have good episodes e.g. 16 then followed by meh episodes and am worried it will be more like Yisan 2.0.

I can't really wait for some characters to be killed off like minister of war, and Dae Un so I don't know how much I will bear watching them.

On the other hand, more Choi Min Soo is a good thing. I seriuosly hope that he is really the father of Jin Ju and Ga Ok didn't lie to him to force him to save her. If she did he would be crushed(break my heart) and he will go on a killing spree which I don't necessarily mind. He is totally doing a better job depicting his character than the Swordmaster (who was awesome in Jumong but here meh).

I like Dong Soo and I think the actor playing him is doing a much better job than the actor playing Woon.

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"an extension will probably kill my show Gye Baek. Poor LSJ "

Yeah, that's the sad irony of the situation Gye Baek has its flaws (mainly the Eul Ja storyline -- it's not bad, but the court intrigue feels as tired as Dong Yi)

But when the show keeps the focus on Gye Baek, and Gye Baek and Eun Go, the mix of conscience and quiet sadness emotions does recall Damo. This couple already has a haunted feel about them. GB's music is so rich and varied (some of it recalls Mahler.) Also, the show uses a close-up camera technique that focuses on the character's reactions, that dramatically just works.

It's a shame. I love Baek Dang Soo as a cartoon (with complex, ambivalent emotions sensitively and quietly portrayed along the Chun-SS-HJG-OG-Jin Ju arc.) But Gye Baek just has weight and romantic presence.

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True dat. Baek Dongsoo has everything but weight.

I think the show shot itself in the foot by its own ''don't take me seriously, I iz strictly Adventure-p0rn!'' approach. Because now it won't be taken seriously at all (at least not by any self-respecting, serious sageuk watchers). Why that's a problem? Just... It's a shame. It has such talent and skill in its writer (you can knock it for its lack of originality, but not the writing style), its music director and its fine, fine cast (bar 1-2 exceptions). Because really how can a show that has assembled a cast THIS good (dammit, even Song Gyeong-cheol! Yesss!) - not make you its slave?

Lee Hyun-jik is a decent director too, he is pouring all of his strengths into this project, that is heart, substance, smarminess, a fluid transition between lighthearted moments to the melodrama… personality, atmosphere -- all elements that just jump out from the screen at you. And utilising his cast's talents to maximum effect. (No, I'm not throwing his 'Robbyist' into this equation -- wouldn't watch that, even at gunpoint.) But if there is one thing he cannot do, that is… weight.

Kim Hong-seon is only good for the gory scenes. (Actually, some sites still have Lee Myung-woo on the shows list of PDs but then some lazy sites still have Park Geun-hyung as King Jeongjo, so...)

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@supah,

"I think the show shot itself in the foot by its own ”don’t take me seriously, I iz strictly Adventure-p0rn!” approach. "

Nah, I'm the other side with that. The live cartoon feel of the show is what makes Baek Dong Soo work. For the most part, the overall cameawork actually isn't very good either. Director has used various techniques that frankly seem like a college student production, yet it carries its own charm. Same with the music. The music (as with Chuno) plays up the fight scenes as if it were anime.

The court intrigue hurts this show, when it takes away the episodic nature of the storyline (i.e. Minister of War plans something / Team Baek Dong Soo tries to thwart plan.) When the story flirts with "8 Days/Conspiracy in the Court" zealot tragedy, it just all sinks, because at the end of the day, we know that it's just glue for the next fight. The goofy histrionics make it more like a Taiwanese wuxia.

To me, WBDS is the best example of the "SBS Youth Sageuk." It's counterprogramming that is working.

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Ohh, I have nothing against a little campy comic-book goodness and less than perfect camerawork, lulz, and yes, thankfully the show appears to be aware of its limitations and sticks very closely within its bounds. It's also very close to what I had imagined it to be once I learned it was based on a youth-directed manhwa.

But then sometimes it goes beyond my expectations and then I try and imagine it on a bigger platform and lament a little over what could have been. As a whole though, I love it for what it is. Even Lord Hong is a baadass mutha, the court intrigue never feels tedious as long as he's the one doing the plotting. Hee.

(Besides, I have to be honest, I have only completed about 5 sageuk to date... What expectations? Haha!)

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No! I want to know the ending already! One or two wives? But I think recent episodes have been somewhat downer due to the shoot schedule?

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I gotta say that I love the fact that there might be an extension in the pipeline. The story appeals to the Young (for the hotties) and Older (...erm for the hotties) and the relationship from all the main characters are worth continuing.
Most dramas tend to highlight all the action and intrigue until the second to last episode and then try and cram in too much or very little, leaving you with a bitter tasting ending.
I'm not sure who I think Dong Su should end up with (in regards to the ladies) as I think neither of them have that much passion in him as person (one loves his appearance, in my opinion and the other shows compassion to his nature because that's her nature/character) but I'm mosting interested in the confrontation he'll have with Yo Woon.. I really don't know who to root for...the Classic Compassionate Hero or the Deadly Smouldering Assassin.. Can't they just make up and be friends????

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Why am I not surprised this drama totally deserves it..
YAY

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Yes, yes, yes. Can't get enough of this drama ^^

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I just love this drama! I was watching other dramas too and I gave up recently, but Warrior Baek Dong Soo is great. Let's hope the extension does not affect the story.

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Yay!!! Yes!! More of Dongsoo, please...
Yay! See more of Ji Chang wook, my new find hot Kdrama actor!
Yun should end up with the monk to be lady. He really cares for her & she might change him to be good.
Jin Ju with Dongsoo. But there's an artist who really like Jin Ju.
I hope that Dongsoo, Yun & Cho Rip will end up together as buddies again...fighting for the same cause.
Yun & Dongsoo please don't kill each other! Kiss & make up instead! yeah?

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Hey, More gorgeous Ji Chang Wook and Seung Ho is fine with me!

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Good for SBS because MBC really suck big time. MBC America started broadcasting Ms Ripley with English subs. Midway, they stopped claiming copyright issues. MBC also did not broadcast Heartstrung.

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Please no extension.. the drama seems to me to have died, especially now with the lame ginseng trade thing. the characters are static and the story tethers between predictable and unrealistic. it pains me to see a drama with so much potential go down the drain. at least the actors are pretty to look at?

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lol i agree with you lam i don't think a extension is necessary i mean i think it's better if they just stuck with 24 eps because what could they do with the story and i want to know the ending and if they have a bad ending then there is no point of an extension (my opinion)

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Well, I've been enjoying this show! I'm hoping to learn how to slap someone silly with a little block of wood on a string.
Why do the royals seem so similar to 'Yi San'? or is it just the same scheming Norons?

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the reason why the royals seem so similar to Yi San is because (in theory) they are the same royals. However, WBDS not only takes liberties with history, it's really in an alternate universe.

(although now that I think about it taking liberties with OMS is not a bad idea, but I know enough to keep my grabby hands away from him.)

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I was thinking they seemed so similar. So is the Crown Prince in WBDS Prince Sado, or his son, Yi San? ( I've only seen a very few episodes so far)

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The Crown Prince at the beginning of WBDS is Sado. Yi San shows up later. Just remember as you watch WBDS that it's a cartoon alternate universe, so you won't be bothered by little things like history or reality. LOL!

Seriously, it's a blast and a half. I enjoy the heck out of it, but I'm notoriously easy to please in the sageuk action department. As I said up thread, as long as Chun stays alive, fighting and badass, I'll be happy.

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King Jeong-jo's era (Yi San) is a popular one for sageuks. The painter Kim Ho Dong (who shows up later in Warrior Baek Dong Soo) was the subject of Painter of the Wind. 2010's Sungkyunkwan Scandal (which covers the same death of the Crown Prince) is from this era. Finally, you have the Eight Days Mystery of Jeong Jo Assassination.

Here's the original manhwa Honorable Baek Dong Soo.

http://www.mangareader.net/honorable-baek-dong-soo/1

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Don't forget Conspiracy in the Court and Hong Guk Young.

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I noticed Kim Ho Dong was the painter who copied the tattoo on the Nun's back, and interpreted it correctly.

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ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that was him???????? didn't realise it lolz

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doug: you're right, what a difference a hat can make!

belleza: I've been reading it on mangareader too, it's pretty addictive, hard to tear myself away from it, and I really wouldn't want to learn of its end game in case the writer follows it closely (likely, he won't, but still...).
And Sado.... is sexy as hell. Both versions.

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OMG, so I really wasn't the only one thinking that Dong Su and Un were Naruto and Sasuke! *rofl*

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yhhhh i thought that as well similar to naruto and sasuke naruto is always losing at the start and being idiotic and sasuke is like smart handsome all that lol and naruto soo badly wants to defeat him and eventually becomes powerful lol and thats like dong soo also when dong soo said about abandon his comrades is also very much like naruto also with the whole chun being like oruchimaru (well not quite) and jiraya like gwang taek (sort off) similar in someways

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i like this k-drama, the actors were very good. it's very interesting. i'm afraid i'm hooked with it and following every episode.

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lol your not the only one haeri i love this drama too i'm currently addicted just hope it will have at least a satisfying ending and i want them to hurry up and decide if there extending it lol (i'm such an impatient person)

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So-one last question on the the artist kim Ho Dong; Was the old man who appeared about 2/3 of the way through 'Yi San' to show the two Art Dept guys how to paint erotic art also supposed to be Kim Ho Dong?

(I can't think of his name, but he is the little old guy with the very distinctive voice who was also the Monk in 'My girlfriend is a Gumiho')

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hmmmmmmm????

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Oh geez, you're gonna make me go look. The actor is Im Hyun Sik, so I know who you are talking about, it's just I can't remember what they called his character.

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lol sorry i looked and all it said was the character he played was a famous painter it didn't say the name

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it could possibly be him the actor is called im hyun sik the actor and if you look here at wiki on the tv show YI SAN and go to his name im hyun sik it just said he played a famous painter it doesn't say kim ho dong so it could be hi the character http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yi_San

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I won't mind if they'll extend this to 30 episodes! It's such a good drama it keeps you wanting for more! Love the main characters and others of course :)

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i agree xososox this drama leaves me wanting more i sooo badly want to see the ending if they extend it i hope they hurry up and tell us already maybe they'll wait after 24 eps to tell us if there extending

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well everyone they've decided it's getting 6 more episodes http://www.soompi.com/news/sbs-extends-warrior-baek-dong-soo-by-six-episodes

that means a total of 30

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I love Yoo Sueng-Hoo <33
He melts my heart <3<3

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