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The King 2 Hearts: Episode 20 (Final)

War is declared. And even though you really wish they’d run for the hills, our heroes have to be heroes, and they run into the thick of it to put their lives on the line. They say love is war, but damn, have you ever met these two?

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Hang-ah gets dragged to the border by Dad, kicking and screaming that she can’t be separated from Jae-ha. Dad spins around on his heels and asks, “And it’s okay to be separated from me?”

Oh, Dad. Now you’re making me feel bad. He says that it took 35 years to see family members after the first war—does she think they won’t end up that way? He says he can wait decades for her if he has to, but his body won’t hold out that long.

Hang-ah starts to cry, as Dad tells her that even if they meet again, it’ll be at his grave. Okay, that’s some hardcore parent guilt right there. What is she supposed to do when you say stuff like that?

He leaves the choice to her – if she really wants to stay, she can. He tells her that South Korea has turned their backs and declared war, and Jae-ha will prove to be no different.

Jae-ha meets the prime minister to ask who the hell approved DEFCON 3. Uh, well if it wasn’t you, I’m gonna say it’s the other guy in the room with the power to do so. The prime minister admits caving to U.S. pressure.

Jae-ha tries calling Hang-ah over and over, growing more panicked by the second. She finally answers, against Dad’s wishes. They check on each other and suss out the situation—Jae-ha needs time to talk to both the U.S. and North Korea to stop this from happening.

The trouble is, North Korea has cut off all lines of communication. Hang-ah turns to her father to ask if he did this, and he reminds her that this is WAR—of course they cut off communication (though it was his superiors, not him personally).

He tells her to come back, but she hesitates, as more tears start to fall. Oh no. “I’ll go to the North. If this is the situation, then North and South have completely split apart. And the only thing that remains is war.”

Jae-ha says that the South always has their end of the line open. It’s the North that cut off their end. Hang-ah knows, and that’s why she’s going: “I’ll open the line.” Oh, wow, what a great mission for the heroine. She says that she’ll convey the king’s position and stop this war.

He protests – there’s no way for the two of them to communicate once she crosses that border. There’s no way to know how bad things will get, so how can he let her go? Hang-ah: “Isn’t your heart my heart?”

She asks if the change in situation will change their hearts. They know the answer, but he still puts up a fight, asking if she’s really going to go, knowing full well that war might break out?

Hang-ah: “I want to see Father for a long long time. And I want to see you for a long time. That’s why I’m going. So that I can see you.” He starts to cry. “Hang-ah-ya…”

Hang-ah: “You’ll stop the war, right? I’ll do the same. If you just remember that, then we’ll see each other again. I love you.” And then she hangs up, before he can even say it back. He just looks down at his phone in tear-filled shock.

They both cry for a moment, and then Hang-ah braces herself. She spins around on her heels as the music turns along with her. She marches through to the North, a woman on a mission.

Jae-ha lingers for another moment in the hallway, and then he wipes his tears and mirrors her walk. I love the double badass turn.

Bong-gu gets the confirmation that the U.S. has approved an attack on North Korea, and calls Jae-ha to gloat about it. I love that till the end, Jae-ha’s like, “Who is this?” which drives Bong-gu crazy.

He passes along the military operation as proof and says that it’s really Jae-ha’s fault for attacking via ICC. That day on the cliff he gave Jae-ha the choice between himself or his people—”You chose yourself. You killed them.”

Jae-ha: “No. YOU did.” Aw, yeah. He says that all he’s done is try to bring Bong-gu to justice, according to the law. Bong-gu laughs that in the end the Koreas will be at war and he’ll walk away.

Jae-ha: “No. I’m going to stop this war. And you’re going to be put on trial.” For all of Bong-gu’s blustering, it’s really Jae-ha who has the upper hand when it comes to poker faces, because he believes in what he’s saying. The report is confirmed to be legit, and the situation escalates as Jae-ha signs off on DEFCON 2 and the country prepares for war.

Hang-ah meets with the prime minister who praises her for her loyalty to country, and then proceeds to ask about what she’s learned in her time in the South, like where are the secret bunkers they can attack.

But when she tells him that they need to reopen the lines of communication with the South, he argues that the king is preparing for war and accuses her of caving to her womanly weaknesses. Oh, because that’s evil, right? Ass.

She narrows her eyes but rises above it and asks the very logical question of why on earth she’d come back home then, if she were just madly in love and ready to forsake her country for a man. I would’ve added a knee kick but clearly you are more civilized than I. But he tells her it’s too late for communication, because both sides have their missiles pointed right at each other. Gah, the art-imitating-life of this situation is so unnerving.

Jae-ha prepares for a public address, and Secretary Eun reminds him that he needs to appear strong before the people. He starts to write his speech, calling out the U.S. for their attack plan, and urging the North to show that they are willing to discuss peace.

He starts to write, “But if North Korea attacks Seoul… then South Korea will by any means necessary…” He flashes back to his moments with Hang-ah, on their 60km trek, and when she held him in her lap. He finishes his sentence with a pang in his heart, “…repay the whole of North Korea in kind.”

Meanwhile Hang-ah’s last conversation with the prime minister has put her father in a sticky position, and he goes entirely in the other direction and presents her with plane tickets for them to flee the country.

He says that war is inevitable now, and even here in the North, they’ll be seen as South-friendly and therefore a liability. He doesn’t trust Jae-ha either, since he heard the speech above.

Hang-ah defends Jae-ha’s need to make an official statement as such, but Dad asks how he could, knowing that Hang-ah is here. He says that a preemptive strike isn’t that uncalled for in this situation. Her eyes widen, “A preemptive strike? Are we going to attack first?” He says nothing has been decided yet. Oh crap.

Jae-ha sits down with his general and asks what kind of casualties have been projected if war does break out. In day one: 200,000 soldiers, 1.5 million civilians. In week one: 1 million soldiers, 5 million civilians. And the cost of course in the tens of billions. He looks up in horror, and the general says these are all numbers projected in 1994, so they can probably double them.

Jae-ha sits, literally the weight of the world on his shoulders. He thinks back to hyung’s dreams of peace and reunification, Shi-kyung’s dying pleas to never give up, and Bong-gu’s words that if a single life were to be lost, it would be on his hands.

Hang-ah in turn thinks back to Jae-ha’s promise during the WOC: “Trust me, and I’ll trust you,” and Jae-kang’s question in presiding over their engagement about joining their strength in a time of war.

Her doorbell rings with a delivery. A mysterious man drops off a package and she asks if he’s from China since his accent is different, but he disappears without a word. She opens it up to find Jae-ha’s I’m-sorry-thank-you-I-love-you skincare set for her (aw) with an envelope buried underneath: a copy of the U.S. military strike against Pyongyang.

This is exactly the leverage she needs. She takes what she knows to the prime minister, but only offers to give him the date of the attack if he’ll reopen the line to Seoul. Awesome. Jae-ha is headed to the border to try and speak to someone from the North, and she asks to be the one to go.

He scoffs at her gall to negotiate with him, so she gets up and breezes that she heard about the preemptive attack, “But it’ll be too late.” He offers to let her go as a representative to start the talks, but only if she gives him the date. She says she’ll give it after she comes back from the meeting, since she’s not about to throw away her bargaining chip. Ha.

The prime minister says he needs something too then, and presents her with the only copy in existence certifying her engagement to Jae-ha (that seems like a big leap, but it’s the gesture that’s important). He tells her to rip it up: “What do you need an engagement for when you are going to meet your enemy?”

She doesn’t hesitate and rips it to shreds. Now he has proof of her loyalty and she has access to meet with Jae-ha. The prime minister adds a caveat, to make sure she gives him the information promised—he’ll be holding her father as hostage until she hands over the brief. Damnit.

Jae-ha arrives first and waits for the Northern diplomat to arrive. Hang-ah calls her father to check in, and he assures her that the prime minister won’t do anything hasty (he’s totally lying through his teeth), and the two men watch the meeting via live feed.

Hang-ah walks into the room and Jae-ha lights up to see her. He approaches her warmly, but she remains distant and formal. She puts out her hand for a shake and he sees the earpiece in her ear.

He takes her hand but he sinks when she just shakes it and goes to her seat. She asks everything she’s supposed to—is he really preparing to join hands with the U.S. and go to war?

Jae-ha sits through her barrage of questions silently, which is doubly infuriating for Hang-ah who’s desperate not to lose this chance to show the prime minister Jae-ha’s true intentions.

He finally sits back and asks casually if she knows that they’ll be attacked on May 24. The prime minister freaks out, and Hang-ah’s father hands over the brief to prove it. It’s less than a week out.

Meanwhile Hang-ah flips out that he gave away her bargaining chip. But Jae-ha is still smiling, calm as you please. “What’re you doing May 24? Going to war?” Hang-ah finally loses the cool exterior, “Comrade Jae-ha!”

He just keeps going, “I’m getting married. To you.” Hahaha. Okay, that’s crazy but kind of brilliant. He’s going to set the date of the attack as his wedding day?

The prime minister barks into Hang-ah’s ear for her to get out, and Jae-ha sees her flinch. He looks up at the camera and orders him to say it directly, and stop using Hang-ah as his shield. Love it.

It works, and the prime minister calls to speak to him directly. He shouts that they weren’t behind the terrorist attack, and Jae-ha shouts back that threatening Seoul is the definition of terror.

He calms down. “You die. And then we die. The U.S. hits you, you hit us, and then if China gets involved… do you think that even one person will be left standing on this land?”

The prime minister scoffs at his solution—if they get married, does he think the U.S. will just pat their heads and wish them well? But Jae-ha makes it clear that he’s not talking about sneaking off and eloping, but standing with both countries behind them.

A wedding is cause for congratulations and if North and South officially present a united front, the whole world will rush to congratulate them. In that situation, on that day, can anyone launch a missile at them?

“I’m not doing this so that South Korea can live alone. I’m saying let’s get married and live together.”

The prime minister says he’ll put it under advisement and orders Hang-ah to leave the room. But Jae-ha presses the Big Red Button and suddenly soldiers from both sides charge into the room, guns drawn.

Oh noes, Young-bae and Dong-ha, guns pointed at each other? I don’t like this one bit!

Jae-ha barks into the phone that he has five minutes to make a decision, “Or shoot me.” He figures that even if they say no, he’ll be dead anyway, so why not just die here? He hangs up.

Then they have to sit like that in the room for the five longest minutes ever. Jae-ha: “Young-bae-ya, you’re a sniper, right? Aim so that I go in one blow.” He points to the center of his forehead. Young-bae’s eyes dart back and forth, Dong-ha tenses up, ready to shoot him if he shoots. Hang-ah looks back and forth between them all.

The prime minister paces back and forth. Hang-ah’s father pleads with him to decide. Time’s up, and Jae-ha calls. Has he made a decision?

There’s no answer on the other end. Jae-ha takes the silence as a no. “Then, war?” He orders Young-bae to shoot. If their leader wants war, shooting the king is the way to start one.

Young-bae hesitates. Dong-ha, “Just try and shoot.” And then Young-bae adorably trembles and stutters, “I-I-I j-j-just can’t …”

But then Hang-ah stands up and grabs Young-bae’s gun out of his hand. She walks over and sticks it in Jae-ha’s face. Dong-ha raises his gun to her head. OH SHIT.

She says (at the prime minister), “Do I shoot? Why, do you think that because it’s the person I love, I can’t shoot? I can kill this comrade. And die with him.”

Well, now we know why Romeo and Juliet weren’t given guns. Because then shit like this happens. Everyone just put down the deadly objects!

Jae-ha looks up at her, his eyes full of love, and her eyes soften, “I’ll follow right behind you.” She cocks her gun. Dong-ha raises his to her temple…

And then in the last possible second before my heart bursts, the prime minister tells her to put down her weapon. Everyone starts breathing again, including me.

He asks Jae-ha if this means he’s really going to help them, and Jae-ha says yes. Hang-ah finally lowers her gun and Dong-ha does too. Jae-ha takes the gun from her hand and hugs her tight.

Bong-gu watches the North Korean news report in shock and demands that the U.S. attack anyway—why not the wedding? The contact refuses because somehow the story determined he should suddenly stop stupidly listening to the crazy man. Whatever, fake America. You are so weird.

Jae-ha gets ready to cross the border on his wedding day, and the U.N. tries to stop him. But the Korean troops help get him through, saluting their congratulations. Aw, that’s cute.

And I frickin’ LOVE that they’re getting married in the DMZ. Hang-ah smiles as she gets ready when she sees two officers North and South laughing together at their post. Dad says it’s too bad their wedding has less fanfare than their engagement and fusses over her hanbok, wishing her mother were here to see her.

She hugs him and says she’s sorry for being such a troublesome daughter, but he says as long as she’s happy, that’s all that matters to him. And then he breaks away from her so that she won’t see him cry. N’aaaaaw, Daaaaad. Okay, I forgive you for the guilt trip earlier.

Everything goes as planned and the U.S. backs off their military strike and offers up their congrats, and then the wedding begins. They each walk down the aisle from either side of the 38th parallel to meet in the middle.

Jae-ha holds out his hand. Hang-ah puts her hand in his, and then he crosses to the North. They face southward and bow.

And then together they cross to the South, and bow facing north. It’s simple, and lovely, and says everything.

And then he picks her up and twirls her around as they beam.

Then sometime later Bong-gu faces trial before the ICC. And the reason you couldn’t have kept him locked up till this point and therefore not make Shi-kyung’s sacrifice moot IS? BAH.

He gets sentenced to life in prison. That’s it? What about the tank of carnivorous snakes?

Jae-ha pays him a visit in jail, and Bong-gu muses that he must’ve been dying to see him like this. Bong-gu: “I won. You went to the brink of war. You were scared.” He chuckles that they’ve experienced trauma now.

“When you hear fireworks, you’ll jump in fear. When you hear sirens, your heart will race. Only Korea is like that. A country that has experienced war. That’s why you will become more anxious. You’ll be scared of what you encountered, and only amass more weapons.”

Jae-ha: “We stopped it. I did. We did. Now we have the confidence that we can stop it. They say that the scariest thing in the world is war. But we stopped it, so what can’t we do? Thank you… for making us powerful.”

He turns to walk away. Bong-gu screams after him that locking him up will do nothing to stop Club M from existing, and attacking. Jae-ha stops for a moment, but doesn’t turn back. He squares his shoulders and keeps walking ahead.

Four years later.

Dong-ha (wearing a much more decorated uniform) comes to find Jae-ha, and he comes to greet North Korean soldiers for the new WOC team. Behind him are Dong-ha, Young-bae, and (YAY!) Kang-seok. Where have you BEEN?

They’re old-timers now, the guys who train the newbies. Jae-ha asks about the female soldier for this team and Kang-seok says she’ll be from the South this time. Jae-ha leans in close to whisper at Young-bae that southern girls are really pretty, and Dong-ha sighs that it’s already too late—Young-bae took one look at her and he’s smitten so bad he can’t even train her properly. HA.

Once it’s just the four of them, Jae-ha greets them happily saying it’s been a really long time since they’ve all been together, and asks them out for a drink. Young-bae adds dejectedly that it’s not really all of them. Aw. Young-bae.

Jae-ha looks down and Kang-seok reminds Young-bae that they already poured a bunch of alcohol over Shi-kyung’s grave—he’s probably already drunk enough. Jae-ha muses that he’d probably have collapsed. It at least warms my heart that they still talk about him.

Jae-shin sits on her wall at the top of the city, and makes a phone call to confirm a concert and says that she can make it there on her own. We pan out to see that she’s sitting up there with her parrot, speaking to it as if it’s Shi-kyung.

She says that she’s supposed to go on a blind date tomorrow. Should she go? She looks over at parrot, only this time it’s Shi-kyung that appears. *Mmmrrmph* He opens his mouth to talk and just that alone makes me cry. Gaaaaah, I don’t know if I can do this.

He tells her to go. She asks if he’s mad and he says no. Jae-shin: “I can’t say that I’ll die old and alone only thinking of you.” He laughs and tells her she shouldn’t do that.

“But you’ll always be in a part of my heart. Like a shadow.” They smile at each other. And then when she looks back at him, he’s gone. It breaks my heart all over again.

We pan over to see that she’s actually at the foot of the wall, in her wheelchair, Birdie at her side.

Hang-ah’s father coos over pictures of his grandson prince, and squeals when he gets to talk to him over video.

Later, Jae-ha rushes to meet Hang-ah for a ribbon-cutting ceremony (for the first joint bank serving both countries) and little princey runs up to daddy for a hug. All the reporters swoon, and then princey calls out for Mom, but uses the North Korean dialect version (omani), which causes a giant ruckus in the media.

The queen mother tells them it’ll blow over, and Jae-ha pretends to be stern, but once she leaves the room, he dies laughing. They’re so cute.

But it turns into an issue (with chatter from Club M) and Jae-ha says he’ll make a statement. Secretary Eun thinks it might be best to leave it alone, but Jae-ha argues that all of his people matter, and he’ll win them over one by one, until they accept Hang-ah.

He gets to work, and Secretary Eun smiles proudly.

Jae-ha and Hang-ah stand side by side, ready to go in for a press conference. He tells her the situation is getting more serious. She chides that saying omani twice will lead to war. They chuckle, ’cause, well, been there done that.

Jae-ha: “We’ve already stopped a war. Hang-ah: “That’s true. Just as long as we don’t give up. The doors open. Cameras flash.

Jae-ha: “You ready?” She says yes. He takes her hand. “I love you.” They smile at each other and with a “Let’s go,” they walk forward in step.

 
COMMENTS

There were a lot of things I wanted for the finale that I didn’t get, and a lot of things that still felt satisfying anyway. The main trip-up for me is the Shi-kyung/Bong-gu war which hit its high at the end of Episode 18 and then fizzled out as soon as Shi-kyung died. It’s not really his death so much as the consequence of it that went so wrong. Had he died to put Bong-gu away, had Bong-gu remained in custody during the almost-war (which by the way was completely feasible and would in no way change the way the final chapter went down), and then be prosecuted, it would have all made sense and I wouldn’t have to tear my hair out. Because how do you even explain that he was brought to trial in the end if the first time took that much effort to get him in cuffs? HUH?

Mishandling that actually took a lot of the villain’s steam away, which I have to assume was inadvertent (because who would do that on purpose?). Sure, Bong-gu was the evil one who set the war into motion, but once that happened, the immediate threat became the world powers and I forgot that Bong-gu even existed. Despite the simplicity of containing an almost-war to four characters, I did like the dramatic climax for the couple, in putting their lives on the line. It’s you-have-to-get-through-us-to-get-to-war, and the culmination of everything they’ve built, from becoming comrades, to finding love, to trusting each other, to letting go. That felt both thematically on point and dramatically riveting, even though you don’t really expect a show to go out with a pair of dead lovers and a world war. Hello, hate mail.

What the two-part finale really lacked for me was breathing room on one score—Shi-kyung’s death in Jae-ha’s eyes. Jae-kang’s death, for instance, happened so early on that we had full episodes to mourn his passing and have Jae-ha learn and grow. And yes, Shi-kyung did already make his crucial impact on Jae-ha before he died. But I wanted that emotional beat. Jae-ha would never have become the king he is without Eun Shi-kyung. And though I loved Jae-shin’s moment remembering him, I wanted the same from Jae-ha. It was the biggest way the finale failed to deliver for me. And now I have a giant Eun Shi-kyung-shaped hole in my heart, and the show ended without patching it up properly.

There were a lot of things that this show never got quite right—the overly simplistic Club-M-is-all-powerful mantra, the over-reliance on wooden day players to give exposition, (Seriously, I can barely stand exposition when it’s served by the most talented of actors, and you’re going to give every bit of explanatory dialogue to extras? Foot, meet gun.) the slow progression of Bong-gu who took a really long time to become an interesting or effective villain. The international incidents were colored in the broadest brushstrokes possible, leading to more than a handful of countries whose leaders seemed more like silly dingbats than powerful movers and shakers. It’s not so much that I take offense, but that I would prefer the opposition to always seem bigger and badder (which makes for better drama) only they were more like dumb and dumberer.

But of course, there were many more things that the drama DID get right. It was shot gorgeously (the cinematographer and lighting team deserve like a medal, or a parade), the music swept me up in every moment and made me feel like it was a living, breathing world I was looking in on. And the cast was brilliant. I’ll be honest—I’ve always thought Ha Ji-won was over-hyped, but here she was amazingly tough, vulnerable, and believable, no matter how insane the situation seemed. She grounded everything. Perhaps it makes a great deal of difference to play a character who’s consistent from beginning to end. Lee Seung-gi had less gravitas than her going in, but gained it through his performance, and though his is still not an effortless kind of acting, it was his breakthrough to the other side—past the façade and into raw emotion. He stole the show, hands down (which isn’t really a surprise, since he played the king in The King). Jo Jung-seok played what was probably everyone’s favorite character, but I really think he’s to credit for a lot of that, because so much of who Shi-kyung was came from the physical performance. A great deal of his character’s innocent/earnest nuance could’ve been lost to a wooden actor, or worse, made to seem dumb, which would’ve been a travesty. And everyone else was already good in an established way—the parents, the hyung, and even Lee Yoon-ji, who’s always been fantastic.

When this show was funny, it hit that darkly funny sweet spot where my blackened heart resides. And when it was badass, it made me pump my fist in the air. And then, when it was deeply earnest about a soldier’s faith in his king or the partnership between a man and a woman in the face of insurmountable odds, it actually got through to my gooey earnest center.

You could say this show is about a lot of things, but it’s clear that the romance is the central metaphor – man and woman as two parts of a whole like a war-torn Korea, always at odds, but always kin. And though actual politics is far more complex than a pair of lovers being able to bridge that gap, it’s the idealistic view that they could, in such a world. What grips me most is actually not that larger idea, but the mechanics of what that relationship needs in order to make it to the end – not just love, but friendship, complete trust, and an equal partnership. A hero who saves the girl is swoonworthy, sure. But a hero who confides in his girl and trusts her to save the day is the winner, by a mile.

My favorite part of the show wasn’t actually the romance (though I loved their epic love story, I promise). It was the making of a king. What this show did right was its character development and relationships, and if you look at it from beginning to end, there are actually very few characters who change a great deal. Hang-ah and Shi-kyung are in large part the same (he gains a sense of humor, but starts and ends a hero, and she learns to play a player, but starts and ends a hero). Jae-shin takes a massive dip, but then gets back to her old self (albeit a better version) because of Shi-kyung.

But Jae-ha goes from a worthless thorn in his brother’s side to a ruler who can stop a war. He goes from someone who thinks the monarchy is a sham to a king who believes with all his heart that he is his people and they are the king. And it’s in the shaping of this character where Hang-ah and Shi-kyung are the traditional heroes of the story—they make Jae-ha kingworthy, through their tough love and indefatigable faith. It’s kind of equally admirable and stupid, but that’s why they’re the heroes. In that sense, Jae-ha really IS the people—he’s the most like us, doubting, questioning, pessimistic, jaded. Even till the end he’s the one who doesn’t want to let Shi-kyung go on his mission or let Hang-ah go on hers. Because that’s what a normal person would do. But they don’t let him be weak.

And perhaps that’s the final step he learns in becoming a true leader—to let his soldiers fight for what they believe in, to put the country and the mission before his heart. I still don’t think it justifies killing Shi-kyung (the lesson would’ve been learned without, thank you very much) but to be a true leader, he does have to live with the harsh choices and the deaths of his soldiers on his conscience. It’s the journey in making a king out of a man that hooked me through the heart, and kept me wholly invested no matter what international debacle came and went. And I guess what’s important is that I feel like the payoff for that was there in the end. And it was. Many other things may have fallen by the wayside, but Jae-ha became a king befitting his hyung’s legacy and his most faithful soldier’s trust. And I like that the point isn’t that he defeated one big bad villain (though of course we need his victory over Bong-gu), but that he finds out that he is strong, and forges ahead to fight more battles and more villains with that power.

And that’s why I really, really wanted Jae-ha to walk away from Bong-gu’s jail cell with this one retort: “I am king.”

BOOYAH.

 
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Wow, what a ride this drama has been. It has kept me guessing the whole time. Am I the only one who thought Bong Gu may try something else when the 2 koreas made up again? I was thinking he would try to kill one of their family members again especially Hang Ah's dad, so am happy he didn't do it. Am kinda disappointed Bong Gu wasn't killed for everything he did. You would think Club M would have thought he was a liability and had him killed.

I love Lee Seung-Gi, he really rocked this role, I hope he gets top awards. I also loved Ha Ji Wo, she always doea a good job and their chemistry was electric.

Jaeshin's conversation with Shikyun at the wall was so sweet and sad. But am happy she became such a strong person on her own.

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Her dad is the cooooolest dad ever!

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Yeah, I like Hang-ah and Dad's relationship, too. Much has been said about how wonderful the royal family is, but their father-daughter relationship really rocks. I was grinning when I saw how happy her Dad was when his grandchild called him. Too cute.

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Wasn't that the cutest thing?! And it was totally unexpected too 'cause he's not one to show his emotions that easily. He was supportive of Hang Ah but when it comes to the mushy and emotional stuffs, daddy was always in covert mode. It was such a joy seeing him go gaga over his grandchild. So cute.

Best Dad Ever in kdramaland.

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OMG yes, he was awesome. His reaction to his grandkid was beyond adorable.

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Exactly what I thought!! He was just doubling over in laughter seeing his grandchild. SOO CUTE!!! I've never liked an elderly character so much.

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I agree. He's so awesome. I laughed and felt touched at his excitement over his grandson.

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he was so adorable in that fatherly gruff manner of his.

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I absolutely loved Hang Ah's dad and their father-daughter relationship. What he'd do for her out of his love for her including allowing her to marry and join forces with the SK Prince/King. He was cute when he got mad and frustrated, but his love for his daughter always shone through. And his reaction over his grandchild - adorable and so natural!

Love his character and the actor. Great job.

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Luckily I was at home and not at the office. Or I would have looked like a lunatic grinning at the screen.... :-)

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I think that that grandpa-grandson combo will end up with a lot mischief! Especially if the grandson has his father's 187 IQ & shrewdness and his mother's toughness. Lethal!

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I know, I really enjoyed seeing him jump up and down on his sofa like a monkey watching his grandson. How cute was that. To make it even better he kind of look like a monkey. I was laughing during that scene. It really stuck to me.

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I agree. Maybe an award of some kind should be set up?
K-dramaland's best parents v worst?

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He was sooo adorable that I found myself squealing along with him. He really grew on me. At first I thought he was a bit of an old-fashion oddball character but his gruff, bashful love for his daughter was always delivered so honestly that I softened every time he came on-screen.

To see him so unapologetically gleeful filled the shadowed sorrow of the moment before. It was a bit of genius editing as we experience the bright ray of hope of a better future after the desolation of loss.

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YES! I LOVE that Hang Ah had such a supportive father in this drama. I love that her father was always there for Hang Ah, and that her falling for Jae Ha didn't become some victim-saviour narrative (i.e. being saved from poverty by marrying into a wealthy family).

I'm choosing to see his little guilt trip at the beginning of this episode as his way of trying to protect his daughter.

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Yeah...agree. Wise dad, not typical kdramaland dad (dad with debt, bankrupt n go abroad..). Tq gf. Off 2 read from episode 1...again...kekeke:-)

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ok call me selfish but i wanted to be on page 1 haha..so 1st:

*FILIPINO SWEAR* ang galing ni Lee Seung-gi dito grabe!!!!

2nd: like Girlfriday, i soooo wanted the "I AM KING" on bong-gu's cellar window too!!!

3rd: while not perfect, this show really is 1 of a kind & one of the, if not THE, BRAVEST KOREAN SHOW i have seen so far.

tackling north-south divide, the "powerful" countries bullying "smaller" nations...even mentioning their names! BALLS!!!

these are issues i have opinions about too so so much kudos to the show, its makers, for having the courage to put them all out there. made me remember how i always wonder why hollywood movies can so outright name russia, china or what-have-yous as "villain" nations & we, the others, can not. just in movies, i mean, for st [Read more]

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I was holding my breath during the whole wedding ceremony because I was afraid Bong-gu would try to interrupt. I found it interesting that Bong-gu's description of how he's taught Jae-ha to fear applied directly to how I felt when I was watching the wedding.

I was disappointed that Bong-gu didn't get the crap beaten out of him (by Hang-ah, specifically) but I think it was perfectly appropriate that he was brought down through "legal" channels. The king is, essentially, the face of law and order...so it was perfect poetic justice that Bong-gu was not brought down by Jae-ha stooping to underhanded measures or destroying his own position by sinking to Bong-gu's level and becoming a murderer. Rather, Bong-gu was brought down by that which he thought he was above: the law.

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Nicely said rearwindow. And its good that he'll rot in prison for the rest of his life.

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Totally agree with your comment about Bong Goo!

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@rearwindow

"Bong-gu was brought down by that which he thought he was above: the law."

oooh, love this comment. (but i still secretly wish that he experienced some kind of painful punishment prior to being incarcerated, say, a Meet & Greet session with the Army Ants. 5 minutes, tops. No?)

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LOL!! Let's add that to the list of "brutal and unconventional ways in which Bong-gu should be tortured and/or killed."

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Great observations about the Bong Gu, the villain everyone loves to hate. Felt he needed to die, a slow death preferably, 'cause I don't want any surprises springing up on our OTP in the future. But then again, life in prison is a slow death.

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Although I'm disappointed that Bong-gu wasn't physically tortured, I'm still amazed by how the drama depicts the King and his power and responsibilities.

" Rather, Bong-gu was brought down by that which he thought he was above: the law." --best line :)

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I agree. Bong-gu hates being ignored..so being alone in his cell without someone to watch his magic tricks is already a torture for him.

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I, too, was disappointed that John Mayo was only incarcerated for life. I think they should make the windows of his cell very, very clean with anti-condensation so he cannot write "I am King" on it.

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"I think they should make the windows of his cell very, very clean with anti-condensation so he cannot write “I am King” on it."

i can imagine him doing that over and over again while cackling like Gollum.

oh and lets not forget, no pens for him lest he stabs someone else. *shudders*

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LOL. Or better yet, the windows should be totally pro-condensation but just barely out of his reach so the King can arrange for "I am King" to be written on them every day.

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I totally agree. *applauds*

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Coolest father figure in recent KDramas, how awesome that he wasn't judgemental when she had the miscarriage, and still could jump up and down for the head for the grandson's video-call!

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Omo! 2nd. off to read. thanks GF! what a ride this is!

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Totally. I'll miss this cast. I can't wait to see Jo Jung-seok again. Come back to our screens soon! Props to Lee Seung-gi for a step forward on the acting front. And I've always had a soft spot for Lee Yoon-ji and Ha Ji-won so they continue to make me a fan. It's a wrap!

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This would be a drama that I'll never forget. I had no big expectations for this drama and that actually worked for me cause it took me for a fun spring ride.

Watching this drama, I saw Seung-gi grow as an actor and discovered new favorites *ehem* Jo Jung-seok *ehem* which eventually lead me to What's Up. I saw Ha Ji-won being badass again. I entered this drama as a fan of Lee Seung-gi and Ha Ji-won but now the drama has left me being a fan of Jo Jung-seok!

Though I still can't get over the fact that Shi-kyung had to die... It was nice to see Jae-ha having someone he trusted and considered a friend. The bromane that I would miss.

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me 2~ gotta miss this movie badly... This is indeed one of the most interesting stories of this year and yea, both leads do an awesome job... really hope to see a nice drama like this again... it will be perfect if shi-kyung didnt died.(( I hate serious drama always got at least one good guy died... =( ))

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"it will be perfect if shi-kyung didn't die"

My thoughts, exactly. Oh Show, why'd ya have to go and make him die? I don't care about how realistic that might be. Good things happen in reality, too, like characters like that NOT dying. Still trying to work that one out...

And what you said about hating serious dramas because at least one good guys dies - that's about right, huh? Oh why did it have to be so here?

On a happier note, I'm gonna miss this show so badly, too. Everything (except Shi Kyung's death and foreign stand-ins making like they're Americans) was of the highest standards.

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maybe Shi Kyung had to die because he got to popular with the viewers... Had he been alive his reunion with Jae Shin would have outshone Jae Ha and Hang Ah's ending for me. Although Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi were also great, Jo Jung Seok and Lee Yoon Ji shone so much in their roles that I wished they were the OTP throughout the middle stretch. I hope those two get lead roles ASAP.

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@reeen

i was guilty of wishing that Jae Shin x Shi Kyung were the main OTP too.
*runs for cover from hardcore Jae Ha x Hang Ah*

yeap ultimately they were the main leads *shrugs*

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It's personal preference, while you like SK-JS, there are people who like JH-HA as well, these couples are 2 different kinds of love, people see what they want to see. But I disagree about "Shi Kyung had to die because he got to popular with the viewers", you really underestimate the writer, I think she knows what she wrote, with me, SK may be her most favorite character, he's very earnest, perfect and can do no wrong, isn't that why viewers like him. Let him die, she makes us never forget him, leave more impact to us. To be true, I don't really care about him until ep 18 -19.
P/s: I don't remember but I read the rumor he'd die long ago, maybe haft point of drama

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I agree! Shi-kyung's death and fake America was the most annoying parts of the whole series.
We loved Shi-lying already without the whole died for the country bit, and for nothing cause Bong-gu made bail anyways, they should have made Jae-ha reminence his death when trying to stop him making bail to reinforce the mourning.
The foreigners parts had me cringing everytime, the bad English, the boring explainations, those terrible acting. Like the polititians had to be threatened by Bong-Gu didnt realize they could together be powerful enough to just get rid of Bong-Gu. Except for Mia, she did make the whole Club-M thing better, though I would assume that an conglomerate as the supposed all-powerful Club-M would have more than 1 good assassin, and other stake-holders would have realize Bo [Read more]

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Same here... It'll be perfect if Shi Kyung isn't dead... Despite Club M's over power shown like there's no other mega-rich person in this big big world and Shi Kyung's death, overall this drama is great.

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Well... if SK is alive, JH's world would be perfect so... haii... I think the writer just wanted to show that sacrifices would have to be made at times to build a better world...

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@jia min yeap yeap, having Shi Kyung alive wouldve have been far too perfect an ending.

@hat
"The foreigners parts had me cringing everytime, the bad English, the boring explainations, those terrible acting."

ditto to that. particularly hated that stupid Dooley face, weird Donald Trump hairstyle, WOC official who was reused in the last episode. OH GAWD THE HORRIBLE D-GRADE ACTING. the TK2H casting team mustve picked them up randomly on the streets of Seoul. have any of us EVER seen a kdrama with good foreign actors?

i think the only passable foreign actor was the gal who played Bon Bon. and oh for shallow-sake, the lass who played Tara is gorgeeeezzzzz. swear i've seen her somewhere. (like a fashion spread or smth)

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" he got the brain and she got the moves"

exactly!!! we are on ep 20 already yet still yet the comments are still hot lol!!!

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I don't agree. She's really smart too!

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I know I'm way late in the comments, but I just finished watching this and can't get it out of my head, especially Hang Ah's character - quite smitten with her (watched this after I watched the whole Secret Garden a few days ago in a four day spree).

What I loved about her character here was the tough exterior, but very soft interior. At times, very tough and determined. Other times, very feminine, vulnerable, and shy. Those two elements were similar in Secret Garden (that's why I fell in love with her and her character(s)).

But also, I found her protective nature of her man by going on the public trial, claiming responsibility for the King sleeping in her room, etc... very desirable and admirable.

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I'm still trying my best to move on from Shi-kyung's death, but I'm really happy for the OTP. These actors made me invest soooo much into the characters. Missing all of them already..

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"The good thing about this pair is, it’s not the typical hero-rescues-heroine but the reverse of it. " That's so true. As Girlfriday pointed out, Hang-ah and Shi-kyung saved Jae-ha.

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Thanks for the recap! Waaa...I still miss Shi-Kyung. The ending kind of killed this show for me. :(

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how I wish they casted a very, very bad actor for Shi Kyung. at least I wouldn't be this affected and dedicated to the character. just seeing his face makes me teary-eyed. i think every time I'll see the actor and Lee Yoon Ji, even outside their characters, i'll be so dang heartbroken now.

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I agree. He is such a good actor too. I am so blue right now...I've been blue since he went to Bong Gu's side. I think I might need me some pills. I honestly have not seen anything this sad for a while now.

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But wouldn't that be a big big loss for Jo Jung Suk? This show gained him so much fans and plaudits, and I see a wonderful acting career ahead for him.

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i think you misunderstood what I wrote. the "how I wish" is just a passing comment that if it weren't for JJS, i'm not sure if I would've been this devoted to his character. he portrayed SK with so much passion that it translated to the audience. I'm one of those who just wanted his "happy ending" with JS more than the two leads.

this is why, despite the happy ending, it's a sad ending for me - only because I continued watching K2H for him (and as a devoted HJW fan!) but the character Shikyung was the one who kept me with the series. as for the actor, such potential. i won't be surprised if his next project, his the "lead". i won't mind seeing him in a weekend drama (since i love watching those!)

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I understood what you meant, just pointing this positive aspect out to perhaps cheer you up a little? LOL

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yes i blame Jo Jung Suk and his talent for making me so darn attached to him T_T

right now, i cant view ANY clips of him as SK with Jae Shin, without tearing up. damn just thinking of them both gives me this suffocating clenching feeling in my chest.

i feel like i'm the one who lost my beloved. *loser moment*

for now, i've been watching clips of him in What's Up and his musical acting roles. it really is a wonderful remedy. anybody else need help in moving past the depression/reflection grieving stage? go to youtube and watch him singing in drag in the musical Hedwig. guarantee to make your day. unless youre a huge homophobe or adverse towards anything that has to do with homosexuality/transgenderism, then i have nuthin' to say to you. *nuh-uh*

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personally, I wouldn't have it any other way. if that were the case, I wouldn't have enjoyed TK2H as much as I had. Everyone was perfectly casted.

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Oh I agree TK2H actors did such a great job! They made me love this drama!

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The actors in this drama are so good! I got so attached to them while watching. :( And yes, I'm still so sad that Shi Kyung died, I got teary eyed just reading the part about their imaginary dialogue with Jae Shin at the end.

I agree, had they changed any one of the actors I wouldn't love this drama as much as I do now. It's been a good run and I will surely miss this show. :'(

Thank you Girlfriday for your hilarious yet gut-wrenching recaps! You made me understand the drama much better than I would have done on my own. Cheers! :D

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i couldnt resist clicking the save image button. but damn they should have taken more pictures AND have him shirtless in one of the shots. no wait, i shouldn't lie MORE THAN ONE OF THE SHOTS

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Me too. that's my biggest dissapoint. This drama ended with a lot of question in my head. I try to trust writer-nim until very end, but the final episode really dissapoint me. and i still curious until now, why BG really want to be a king?.
still this drama is amazing. That's why i'm so upset bout the ending. Why you kill SK drama?????? He and JS deserve a HAPPY ENDING

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He did not want to be a King. His "I am King" is not literal, but that he wants to a true power, not like the royals who got it based on blood lineage. His conversation with the Queen Mother also answered his motivations, especially why he killed his father.

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True, like @topper said Bong Gu isn't normal (and maybe psychiatrist is the place she met Bon Bon eh?), he is megalomaniac, he want to show to the world that he has power!

Thus, that reason also led him to kill Jae Kang, because Jae Kang banned him to entering korea. At first, He doesn't hate Jae Ha, but Jae Ha belittling him with calling him Bong Gu, and that's the start of all. For Hang Ah, the turning point is when she call him Bong Gu too...and for Shi Kyung (gaaahh...holding tears) Bong Gu hate him because he choose Jae Ha, and that's why Bong Gu killed Shi Kyung. If he can't get Shi Kyung neither does Jae Ha.

A crazy person indeed he is.

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I've never considered him crazy. Big ego no doubt, but he is ultimately guided by his own interests. And that is sane. Many crimes are committed like that, he just happened to be in a position of immense power to do something of a bigger scale.

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"Megalomaniac" The perfect word to describe Bong Gu. That was why he was conceptualized as a gaudy magician. He likes to be the center of attention, he likes to make a spectacle. Bong Gu didn't just want power, he wanted everyone to acknowledge his power as well.

It's interesting how Bong Gu kept equating his money to Jae Ha's title. He wanted power and thought money would bring it to him.. In some ways he was right. If he was less of a megalomaniac and if he was less of a show-off, he could have had plenty of money bought power and lived his life in the shadows moving world powers to his own will. His nature as a show-off made that impossible for him. Furthermore, he was murderous, petty, and self-absorbed. When he petulantly killed Jae Kang, he set off a chain of events that eventuall [Read more]

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@reglest - I can live with that explanation about BG i guess... thanks for that insight!

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I couldn't disagree with you more, topper. Did Bong Gu really always act in his own best interests? I think not. Often enough he let some fancy of his get in the way of carrying out his plans in a rational, efficient manners. If not for his weaknesses, Jae Ha may not have been able to defeat him countless times. Self-preservation should be the interest of a sane person, but Bong Gu was ultimately defeated by his obsessive desire to one-up Jae Ha and by his inability to let go when it was unwise to continue. Often enough Club M employees cautioned him that his plans were risky.
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Hi reeen, I meant interest, not really best interests. Interest as in his wealth and influence, as well as his ego. Self preservation, definitely not. And that is not insanity, which I equate with crazy. Your points about him is spot on though.

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@reeen @topper:
As explanation, crazy that I mean above is insanity, yes. But I get both of your points. Personality disorder, it is debacle does it fall into category 'insanity' or not, difficult to diagnose though. Grandeur delusion, definitely yes.
Thought We should discuss about the means of 'insanity' later^^

Truthfully, when someone act like this out of insanity, it just makes things scarier *shiver*

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Well said, everyone.

Bong-gu wanted power, which he equated with money up until he met Jae-ha.

Jae-ha got under his skin precisely because he shook Bong-gu's understanding of what power is. Here's this little punk Jae-ha, who is not particularly brave, pisses away his life, and yet chances upon the role as leader of a kingdom. Jae-ha does horrible things to those around him, and yet they love and support him unconditionally anyway. Where does that power come from?

And then, when Jae-ha starts to come into his own thanks to those around him who believe in him fully and challenge him constantly to become a better version of himself, he discovers the guts to actually challenge Bong-gu and the fiefdom that he's built for himself. Where does THAT power come from?

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@rearwindow - i love what GF said in her recap:

"I love that till the end, Jae-ha’s like, “Who is this?” which drives Bong-gu crazy."

truly JH's the little punk that BG couldn't get at, so that really got under BG's skin. the chap just can't wrap it around his head that this punk king doesn't fear his money and power and be submitted to him, while the rest of the world's politicians do.

best revenge, truly.

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Yes, so true. Bong-gu couldn't control Jae-ha, no matter how hard he tried.

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@rearwindow
I have only one word for your commentary - BRILLIANT BEYOND BRILLIANT! Er.... actually that's 3 words.

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Hehe, thanks ajhumma!

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@rearwindow, I don't posses the eloquence that you have, and I'm really glad I met you here. Your thoughts provoke me to look deeper. It does make feel more vulnerable to the ups and downs of the drama, but it's really satisfying. Thanks a lot!

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Thank you so much! I'm getting all teary at the incredible amount of insight, love and support from this community. Will truly miss you all now that TK2H is (sobs) over.

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I would like to discuss Jae Ha and BG characters.
Except the fact that both are intelligent and in the position of power , the similarity ends there.

BG wrested his power from his father by committing patricide. Jae ha was thrust into power against his will- he never wanted to be king.

BG is a megalomaniac who bought' friendship' and bribed nations to influence them . Jae Ha was a humbled King who realized that his true power came from his people. Jae Ha uses his legitimate power (being a king) to influence nations - even to stop a war!

While BG is the master deceiver, Jae Ha is the master negotiator and diplomat.

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Nice work! A+++
I just love all these beautifully written insights! Feel like compiling them and sending them to the writers!

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Brilliantly put!

A little off-topic but I thought the prison visit screen was beautifully shot and lit. It somehow reminded me of The Green Mile yet the similarity brought jarringly to attention the difference in premise.

The shadows of the prison bars across John Mayo juxtaposed against the bright back-lit of Jae Ha ... blinking fantastic!

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@Duncerblur

oh oh oh! i've watch The Green Mile too. OH GOD i cried buckets while watching him being sentenced to death.
took me a long time to get over that scene and the whole injustice of it all.

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Gawd, me too! My eyes were so swollen I could not go out for 2 days!

It's one of my fave movies.

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Greenmile is also my favorite movies!

Gosh, I remember crying so much at the middle of the night, my room neighbor was afraid that was ghost!
There are many memorable scenes in that film, but personal favorite is when he 'released' to cure their chief's wife. Gosh...he was touching the ground, smell the dry leaves, his face is like a little kid, angelic, and he know that is the highest prize he can get, even just for a while....freedom

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@reglest just like our Eun Shi Kyung yes? angelic pure and god darn lovable ;D

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reglest, exactly! With that mug and size, who could imagine that he would be the embodiment of child-like innocence and goodness???!!

Which is why I love, love, love this movie. Darn, I've packed it up but once I unpack, Imma gonna have a marathon of all my fave movies ... with doughnuts. K2H, how could I leave thee behind?

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It's your loss. Not mine, thanks goodness.

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Just want to make sure, my comment above is for Maidenelle, who unfortunately failed to appreciate a darn good show.

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Go easy on that, drama viewing is a personal experience.

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Agree with you Alex, this show is wonderful!!! And how I love so MUCH that I can learn from it, like, stuff about international politics, how this drama is so wise when telling us about the gender, and mostly about how realistic it brings the whole world into a drama. Very well done, I'd like to congratulate the writer and PD nim, also all those great casts of TK2H.

And thanks a lot GF, your insight in those lovely recaps has been helping me, a lot, to absorb the beauty of this drama!

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omg I get to comment as one of the first!! :DDDD Well I actually haven't started watching Ep 20 yet but I hope it ends off in fireworks. The writers better make up for what they have done in Ep 19! :p

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Thanks GF! <3
It's been fun!
Love this show now and forever :-)

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Thanks gf for giving us a ride for our lives. K2H is one of Seung Gi and Ha ji Won's finest drama.
We will surely miss our royal couple.
Off to read!

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I've been refreshing the site so much, waiting for the recap to be uploaded. It was so hard resisting the temptation to start watching the episode without the recap. It only feels right watching it while reading it. Can't wait!!

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me too. i was hitting the refresh button like my life depended on it! was doing so, while i was in my food science lecture but *shhhhhhhhhhhhh* my lecturer and nobody else has to know that.. ... ...

when i finally saw the post for episode 20 up. i let out a squeal, in the middle of my lecture. -_-

and can i just say wow?! one refresh, the recap post appeared, right there, was 50 plus comments already. *blink blink*. you guys are gooooooooooooood. my kong fu moves aint got nothing on y'all ;)

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*covers eyes* I was too busy today! Still haven't watched it...now I'm at work piggy-backing on a slow wifi and trying to complete dthe download. I'll come back to read afterwards.

Whatever the ending is....I'll always love this show as the first drama that made me crazy.

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This show made all of us crazy. But I definitely see myself coming back and watching it a dozen times. I love the ride it took me on. After 20 episodes, I was entertained but I also came away learning many lessons about life, love, friendship and loyalty.

If I ever meet my own Earnest Bot, I'll do everything in my power to keep him by my side! Purity and innocence are such rare things nowadays.

GF, thanks for the recaps! I would also like to thank the commentators for making me laugh, cry and for their awesome comments. To the creators, thanks for the experience! It's been great! m(_ _)m

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@Florentine Lily

"But I definitely see myself coming back and watching it a dozen times."

I'm with you there. I don't think i'll grow tired of watching and re-watching this show. And seeing Earnest Bot again and again alive would be worth it.

Good luck in your 'Hunt for Earnest Bot Project'. Hope you find him soon. :)

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Ok, so I held it aaaallll in, ok, I promise!

AND THEN THEY MADE SI KYUNG COME BACK AND I'M SORRY BUT I THINK I DROWNED MY WHOLE BED AND BLANKEY WITH MY TEARS WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME SHOW DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IT HURTS WHEN I CRY EVEN MY FACE HURTS I LOVE YOU BUT THIS LOVE IS TAKING IT'S TOLL ON ME (SHE SAID GOODBYE TOO MANY TIMES BE-FO-O-O-ORE)

Thank you GF for the speedy and witty and much-needed recaps, and to all me fellow commentators... Ahwubyew<333

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Ahwubyew too <3

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Do we rise out from the land of the dead or do we just remain zombies in memory of Earnest gege?

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Oh, and as a gift for all of us: Minion's whimpering (in grayscale due to the tumblr gif limit *pout*) http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4kh5mmLW81qgs2myo1_400.gif (I must admit that something seems amiss without the whimpering noises he makes). I'll have Bon Bon's shimmy up soon too ^^~ (as soon as PS cooperates)

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Nutella, I think I love you.

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hmm, only think? *pout* I knew I loved you and Arhazivory from the moment I replied to you lot *bats eyelashes*

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So there was no way this baby was fitting on tumblr, so I just went the whole hog and made it as lush as possible. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present: Bon Bon's shimmy (ok, I had promised shimmy but I couldn't help but give all of her death down to the last twitch, I am so morbid may all the angels in heaven protect me) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13579293/Piccies/b-bon-shimmy.gif

And as a behind-the-scene-blooper, here's what happened while I was giffing it: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13579293/Piccies/ESK%20pouty%20face~.png (Oh Earnest gege, why must you do this to us)

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Crap I'm late again! Been busy all day now I miss the exciting interaction *teary eye* just want to bid good bye to all wonderful hearties and I love you all and I will miss you too from the bottom of the pit where you can find Bon Bon ^_*

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@Nutella

that gif of Bon Bon was pretty satisfying to watch over and over again!

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Nutella, my dearest stye-rate, I love you unreservedly. Our hearts are the same. Let's prevent WWIII together, shall we?

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@rearwindow If that ain't the most romantic thing I've ever heard, I don't know what is <333

Yes, let's, shall we =3

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@nutella's zombie LOL to that Maroon 5 reference. but t'was you and me both sista. i thought i was all good after the emotional train-wreck episode 19 was.

BUT THEY HAD TO BRING SHI KYUNG BACK. SWEET SHY SMILING SHI KYUNG T_T . I LOST IT. I'M LOSING IT NOWWWWWWWWWW.

my heart oh my poor heart. how much more heart break can it take?!!!!!!! if i ever ever lose anyone like Eun Shi Kyung, i have no idea how i'll even recover. i aint strong as uri gongju-nim.

the parrot. the parrot that shi kyung gave her.... HOW FREAKING SAD WAS THAT HAVING HER IMAGINE THAT SHE'S TALKING TO HIM BUT IT WAS THE DAMN BIRD THAT HE GAVE TO HER. ah fuccckkkk, what if the bird died. she will have lost the only living connection to shi kyung.

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LET'S NOT GO THERE MATE BECAUSE OTHERWISE IMMA JUST JUST JUST *collapses*

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Back away from the bird! *cannot take much more ... choke, whimper ...*

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Someone hold me back before I burst from all these feeeelllsss. Why yes Seung Gi, how observational of you to notice that I was starin-- ahem, glancing at you.

Also: how badarse is it that Jae Shin gets to travel with a parrot (on her shoulder, preferably~). Korea's Princess Cap'n Jack Sparrow (I wish my parrots behaved as well as hers.. all mine did was eat chillies, poop and peck at the rabbit TT_TT)

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Don't worry too much, JS still have the VHS. We can always dream and imagine their piggyback scene.

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Oh Nutella's Zombie, you are a crack up!

I have to admit you had me wondering what language "ahwubyew" was until I finally figured it out. Back at you. ;)

Yes, lackey/minion's whimpering face somehow doesn't have the full effect without sound, but we'll take it. And we'll take BonBon's shimmy-shimmy-coco-pop whenever you're ready,too.

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It's up It's up!! It's the dropbox links, since it was too big for tumblr :c

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I think it was one whimper short so it seemed incomplete, ya know? Premature emasculation ...

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Pffttt premature emasculation... That one goes in my punny book... geddit?

Side note: actually, sadly, that's all the whimpering Minion does... I quintiple-checked (I'm a paranoid Photoshopper that way) >.<;;

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"If I ever meet my own Earnest Bot, I’ll do everything in my power to keep him by my side!"

Don't ever let him go on a vacation by himself when there's a deranged maniac on the loose!

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I think I'll be doing the same. This show left a mark that cannot be erased.

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WAIT FOR ME TOOO I HAD TO GO OUT I'M SORRY I'M SORRY I'M HALFWAY THROUGH WAIT WAIT WAIT FOR ME

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HAHAHHAHAHAHHA guys, you are too funny. this comment section is totally not work safe. i think my boss might want to have a word with me soon. crazy deranged temp staff laughing her head off one moment, the next having teary eyes.

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If ever that happens, encourage him to watch the drama and give him the link to these posts. I think he or she will understand. :)

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@abu HAHA! *crosses fingers*

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If the boss is a guy, send him the link of HA and vice versa send her JH. Everything will be solved and you can safely enjoy your kdrama.

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Overall a satisfying ending. Loved that the marriage stopped the "evil/dumb" US from attacking. Lol. It is interesting to see theUS from another perspective. Thanks for the recaps!

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By "evil/dumb" do you mean US the country or that US Chief guy who I just couldn't take seriously because of his speech impediment? Sorry if that was mean, but I just couldn't take him seriously!

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Probably both! I can't believe the US would want to start a war with North Korea without discussing the matter with South Korea. Maybe it is that way, I don't know. However, both the guy and the country as a whole were depicted as clueless. Do I think this is wrong? Not really. We do the same thing in our shows and movies. Many times we reduce people from other countries to caricatures, which I think happened here too. Either way, the English speaking actors were not that great, so that didn't help matters either.

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I agree. I kept thinking, "This is not how things are really done, is it? Everyone jumping to conclusions." If their intention was to portray how clueless parties can be in war and mock how rashly major decisions can be made that affect millions of people's lives, mission accomplished. That US Chief of Defense (?) guy, whether or not the show intended it to be, brought it home more so. To me, at least.

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You make a good point. I kept thinking that the writers were doing this just to drive home how ridiculous things can get between countries. I think if we lived in South Korea we would understand it better, since they live under the threat of war every day. That may be why this show ended last in the ratings. Nobody wants to be reminded of what could happen.

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Thank you soo much!! I am really happy to have comrades like you! K2H FTW!!! And thank you GF for letting us ride in your recapcoasters!! :3

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Ohgodohgodohgod I'm gonna cry! Off to read.

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Thank you so much for recapping this series. I didn't think they could solve a conflict as big as a war in an episode but they did. Hang Ah and Jae Ha with the guns....Oh god my heart almost burst! It would of been awesome if they had like a star wars moment with Jae Ha seeing his bro and bestie. All in all, I am satisfied with the ending.

Gawd I can't believe its over! :(

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Good ending. Wished that it topped the ratings though since this is my fave among the W/Th non-cable shows. Lots of cute scenes.

Thanks GF for the recaps!

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I love you show! Its not perfect I grant you that, but some how its imperfection instead of being glaring, actually makes the show more enjoyable.
But this does not mean I have forgiven you for killing our Ernest Bot!One measly scene! Was that all you could give us?
Any way.. I wonder what i am gonna do now that this show is finishing. There is QIHM, but its not as dark as this one!!Think I am gonna to act all princey and throw a temper tantrum!

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