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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 4

Lordy, I know vampires are a tease, but I don’t know how our heroine is going to keep surviving encounters like this with her heart intact. Scholar Who Walks the Night continues to zoom by at a brisk pace with dense plot and plenty of romance to keep us on our toes, and today we meet the major complication (yunno, other than the immortal bloodsucker thing): They say first loves never die, but in a vampire story, that takes on a whole new meaning and then some.

 
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EPISODE 4 RECAP

It’s a tear-filled, heartbreaking reunion of first loves… for Sung-yeol, that is. After discovering his beloved, believed-to-be-dead fiancée Myung-hee in the street, he clutches her close, crying out her name. But she coldly demands to be let go, without an ounce of recognition in her eyes.

Sung-yeol is overtaken with emotion that she’s still alive, and from a distance, Yang-sun realizes that the gisaeng’s rumors were true, and he’s talking about the first love who died that he can’t forget.

Not-Myung-hee tells Sung-yeol that he’s mistaken her for someone else, and when he doesn’t let go, she slaps him across the face. Ouch. Her servant comes running over, calling her Hye-ryung, and threatens to get the police involved.

Yang-sun offers up apologies that Sung-yeol must be mistaken, and Hye-ryung decides not to make a fuss about it. But when she turns to leave, Sung-yeol grabs her wrist, still crying, and refuses to let go. He’s a bit startled when he looks down at her neck and doesn’t see a bite mark there, though it doesn’t stop him.

Her servants show up and start beating him with giant planks, but he still just stands there pleading, “Myung-hee-ya, is it really not you?” He clutches her hand even as he falls to his knees, thinking to himself, “Myung-hee-ya, I wanted to call out your name so much. Just once. If I could see you just once, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do. I would give my life.”

He falls to the ground in a heap and loses consciousness as Hye-ryung walks away, and Yang-sun calls out for help.

We flash back 120 years to the moment after Myung-hee has just died in Sung-yeol’s arms, after he drank her blood. Gwi saunters over and smirks, “How was it—the taste of your lover’s blood?” He wipes a tear from Sung-yeol’s eye and pats him on the head: “Welcome to the world of beasts, Kim Sung-yeol.”

Sung-yeol staggers back and reaches out for Myung-hee, only to see his beastly hand covered in her blood. He’s so distraught over what he’s done that he goes stark raving mad and runs through the woods in broad daylight, covered in blood and screaming Myung-hee’s name.

He’s horrified at what he’s become and begins to burn under a ray of direct sunlight before remembering Hae-seo’s instructions about clothing himself in black.

Under cover of night, Sung-yeol gathers himself enough to return for Myung-hee, only to find Gwi placing her body on a pyre to burn. Gwi senses him near and cajoles him to come get his beloved’s corpse, but Sung-yeol is too frightened to move.

He can only watch as Gwi lights the wood, and Myung-hee’s body burns before his eyes. Huh, so she definitely burned. So Not-Myung-hee really isn’t Myung-hee?

In the present, Yang-sun sits by Sung-yeol’s bedside as he sleeps fitfully, dreaming about Myung-hee and calling out her name. He cries, “You died because of me. I killed you,” and Yang-sun begins to cry too, thinking of how much pain he must’ve been in.

She holds his hand and notices the scar on his palm (from when he cut himself with the hawthorn dagger to heal her). She caresses his face, and as she hovers over him, her tears fall directly onto his cheek.

That stirs him awake, and he suddenly flips her over until he’s lying on top of her. I can’t tell if he’s angry or lusty or hungry, but I guess that’s the thing about vampires—you never really know.

Her hawthorn necklace gets tossed aside in the tussle, and Sung-yeol can’t control his bloodlust, eyes gleaming red as he hovers dangerously close to her exposed neck. Yang-sun turns away and just misses seeing his eyes that way, and he starts to lower his lips closer and closer. If he didn’t have his fangs out, I’d swear he was about to make out with her.

Just seconds before he bites down, Yang-sun blurts, “I’m Jo Yang-sun! …I’m not her.” That snaps Sung-yeol out of it and he struggles to tamp down the bloodlust, barely managing to do so. Is it hot in here?

He realizes what’s happened and reties the hawthorn necklace around Yang-sun’s neck, and storms out before she can finish saying that it’s a relief he wasn’t badly injured.

A hunter walks through the woods late at night, and is startled by a shadowy figure approaching. Omo, it’s Sung-yeol, looking bloodthirsty and on the hunt. He leaps up and the man screams in terror…

But then when he opens his eyes, a dead boar falls at his feet and Sung-yeol appears, mouth dripping red with blood. Oh, phew. He drank a boar. The hunter promptly faints from shock.

Yang-sun thinks back to what she found out earlier that day, when she was at the dock sending someone else in search of Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary. The one-armed merchant had come by to quip that she should entrust such things to him, but balked when she mentioned the diary again, scoffing that no one would be able to find such a dangerous book.

He quickly denied knowing anything about the book and walked away, but it left Yang-sun with the niggling suspicion that the one-armed merchant knew more about it than he was letting on.

She goes in search of the merchant to ask him more about it, and follows him when she sees him disappear down a dark alley. She hears him tell someone that Yang-sun was asking about Prince Jeongyeon’s diary, and that he did as instructed and told her nothing.

They’re nervous about Eumlan Seosaeng’s connection to Prince Sadong, and the other man says he did the right thing because Yang-sun can never know the truth. That’s when Yang-sun rounds the corner to discover… her father with the one-armed merchant.

Yang-sun is startled and asks if Dad is the one copying and distributing Prince Sadong’s books, and why they’re hiding Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary. Dad slaps her across the face and tells her never to speak of that book again, because the day that he’s discovered, their entire family will be put to death.

Yang-sun walks back in a daze, her cheek still red from Dad’s slap, and finds Sung-yeol standing in the merchant’s library with every book overturned like a tornado blew through it. He gives her money to employ her as his personal bookseller, and tasks her with finding the diary.

She feels a pang but bites her tongue remembering Dad’s warning about their family, and tries to talk her way out of the job. But Sung-yeol says he can’t entrust this to anyone else, and asks as a favor to him.

Yang-sun asks if Eumlan Seosaeng and Prince Jeonghyeon are the same person (which Ho-jin let slip out the other day), but Sung-yeol says that Ho-jin must be mistaken. She agrees to the deal but asks that he stay quiet about the one-armed merchant having the diary, because there’s probably a good reason it’s kept secret.

Prince Yoon asks the king to delay the construction of the new palace because the tax burden on the people is too high when there are still starving peasants, but the king refuses his request.

He instead tasks Yoon with capturing Eumlan Seosaeng to make it clear to everyone that he isn’t conspiring with traitors to clear his father’s name, and even tells Yoon to hold a celebration on the anniversary of his father’s death.

The one-armed merchant gets attacked in the street by a black-clad henchman, and taken to the mysterious man who’s behind the rebellion that’s distributing flyers about Prince Sadong’s wrongful death. He claims to be Eumlan Seosaeng and asks after Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary, and the merchant warily keeps his mouth shut.

The rebel leader gets word that Prince Yoon is holding a celebration on the anniversary of Sadong’s death, and they set out to put a stop to it. A henchman shoots an arrow down into the palace courtyard to send Yoon a message from Eumlan Seosaeng, that if you sin against heaven, there is no place to repent.

Gwi is amused to hear of the celebration in place of the memorial rites, though after the threat, the king has backed off on the order. Minister Mole offers to capture Eumlan Seosaeng himself, but Gwi doesn’t look all that confident in his promise.

Meanwhile, Sung-yeol hatches a plan to smoke out Eumlan Seosaeng by distributing false copies of one of Eumlan Seosaeng’s novels at Prince Sadong’s memorial. He tasks Ho-jin with spreading the word with all the local booksellers to be there to pick up their copies.

Su-hyang reports that there have been no movements from the one-armed merchant or Yang-sun, and Sung-yeol says that there’s definitely something that Yang-sun is hiding from him. Su-hyang is still insistent that they send Yang-sun far away, but Sung-yeol says that finding the diary comes first.

Yang-sun waits and waits at the one-armed merchant’s store for him to return, and absently starts writing Myung-hee’s name as she thinks back to Sung-yeol’s emotional reaction in the street the other day. She wonders if his love was so ardent that he becomes that distraught just by seeing someone who looks like his first love.

Then her thoughts float to Sung-yeol lying on top of her and writes out “Scholar-nim,” crosses out Myung-hee’s name and writes her own. Hee, she’s like a teenager with a schoolgirl crush.

Gwi stalks the woods at night, stopping young scholars who look like Yang-sun to ask if they dropped their book bag. He sniffs one out and decides he isn’t the right man, but of course kills him anyway, because he’s evil like that.

The young man’s body is discovered with fang marks in his neck, and the public is told that it was an animal attack, but the king sighs that the people have eyes and ears and won’t be fooled forever.

At the same time, Yang-sun is in the marketplace eagerly jotting down the details of the hunter’s encounter with the night scholar, complete with dead boar as evidence. She prods for the hunter to recall if the night scholar did anything heroic to save him, but others in the crowd start to speculate that maybe her night scholar vampire was responsible for the murder last night—after all, didn’t the young man die the same way as this boar, drained of blood?

Yang-sun wants to believe that the night scholar is a good vampire who doesn’t kill people, but no one else seems convinced. The hunter recalls seeing bodies drained of blood before, ten years ago when he discovered a horrific pile of corpses in a cave and alerted the palace guards, who took them all away. Yang-sun argues that that was long before the night scholar appeared.

A fellow bookseller finds Yang-sun in the crowd and warns her of the official order to arrest anyone who buys or sells Eumlan Seosaeng’s works, and his worry that they’ll all be put out of business. He tells her about the distribution of the illegal book at Prince Sadong’s memorial, while at the same time Ho-jin spreads the word to other booksellers, and Prince Yoon hears about it too.

Yoon is surprised, given that Eumlan Seosaeng is the name used by his father’s supporters, which makes his memorial a conspicuously risky place to distribute illegal books. Yoon decides to go catch Eumlan Seosaeng himself, ignoring the fact that he’d be called a Sadong supporter himself if he attended the ceremony. The king stops him before he can go, and has royal guards sent instead.

Gwi talks to Prince Sadong (er, his creepy mummified corpse that lives inside Gwi’s walls) like an old friend, and says that today is his memorial and Eumlan Seosaeng will be there. He muses that it’ll be a fun day.

Sung-yeol hides in the woods with his posse as the memorial service begins, and he’s startled when he sees Yang-sun in the crowd of mourners. She starts to move along the crowd to look for signs of Eumlan Seosaeng, and catches a glimpse of Sung-yeol’s hand and recognizes the scar immediately, though she loses him in the crowd.

Ho-jin runs back with the warning that royal guards are on their way, and Sung-yeol sends Su-hyang ahead to complete her mission, and begins distributing copies of the book. Prince Sadong’s mourners cry that the book lies about Sadong being a madman, and Yang-sun is the one who recognizes that the handwriting is different and that this is a fake.

Guards close in on the mourners, and Yang-sun grabs hold of Sung-yeol to ensure that he can flee to safety. He ignores her and drops her hand, and willingly leaves her behind to be arrested with the others. (Huh? Why?) He does seem to notice that she drops her hawthorn necklace in the struggle. Can we get that thing on a chain and welded on or something?

Back at the palace, the king and Prince Yoon are confused when an officer returns to report that the mourners must’ve up and vanished, because no one was there when they arrived.

He says that it wasn’t his men who arrested them, and then we cut to the woods where Sung-yeol and his people are watching as their fake royal guards lead the crowd safely away. Ah, so it was a sting operation. Sung-yeol tells them to get a good look at Eumlan Seosaeng’s face and then return everyone home safely.

Yang-sun heads back into the mountainside to look for Sung-yeol the first chance she gets, and she’s so sick with worry that she doesn’t notice that she loses a shoe or that she’s running deeper into the forest in the dark.

She trips over a rock and her foot starts to bleed, which has got to be like a homing beacon for Gwi…

Someone approaches while she’s on the ground, but phew, it’s Sung-yeol. You sure took your sweet time to find her. She smiles with relief that he’s okay, but he responds coldly, “What is it to you if I’m well? What are you?”

She deflates and says that she was just worried about him, and he snaps at her for worrying about someone else when she can’t even take care of herself. He stoops down to tend to her foot and struggles to keep his thirst at bay, and she shrinks back as embarrassed tears start to pool in her eyes.

He ignores her and tears his clothing to wrap her foot in a bandage, then picks her up to carry her the rest of the way. She asks to be put down, insisting that she’ll walk the rest of the way. She throws his comment right back at him and asks what concern it is of his whether she’s well, and what she is to him.

He simply says that he would’ve helped anyone who was found bleeding in the woods late at night, and she says stubbornly that she doesn’t want his help. She argues that she was sincerely worried about him, and asks if she needs the right to have those feelings.

He stops in exasperation and says, “Well I can’t leave you here, and if you won’t accept my help, then the only thing we can do is spend the night here together. Is that what you want?” Wait, is this a trick question? This is a trick question, right?

She starts to stammer, and he warns that if she says another word, that’s what he’ll do. So she gets quiet wraps her arms around his neck instead, and he smiles to himself when she gives in.

He carries her through the woods as cherry blossoms shower down around them, and Yang-sun wonders to herself, “Why does someone who doesn’t even want me worrying about him always save me and help me whenever I’m in danger? Why is he so good to me?”

The one-armed merchant is still being held captive by the mysterious rebel group, but he refuses to give up what he knows or join them. Suddenly Yoon and his friend Hak-young bust into the room.

Yoon says it’s been a long time, and asks if he doesn’t recognize him: “I am Crown Prince Sadong’s son, Eumlan Seosaeng.” Dun dun! A quick montage shows that Yoon was behind the books, the flyers, and the messages that were designed to appear like threats to himself.

Back in town, Sung-yeol sends Yang-sun home and tells her to check on the one-armed merchant in the morning. He says that she can report to his underlings and needn’t seek him out directly anymore, and she deflates.

He’s about to walk away when a new round of flyers starts raining down from the rooftops, and his eyes widen as he reads it. It’s a message from Eumlan Seosaeng that decrees that there’s a king above the king in the palace—a vampire who feeds off of the living.

It says that Sadong was framed because of his attempt to kill this vampire, and that 120 years before him, Prince Jeonghyeon met the same fate. Yang-sun recognizes this as the vampire tale that she acquired for Sung-yeol and asks if Prince Jeonghyeon is real, not that he answers her.

Prince Yoon sits down with the one-armed merchant, who swears that he isn’t this Choi Do-gab person that Yoon is looking for. Yoon says that Choi Do-gab worked in the royal library ten years ago, but when his child grew sick, he began to steal books from the royal collection to pay for medicine, and lost his arm as punishment.

The one-armed merchant begins to shake nervously, as Yoon adds that it was his father Sadong who saved Choi Do-gab, healed his child, and even opened a bookshop for him, not knowing that Choi Do-gab would fall into Noron hands and betray Sadong in the end.

Hak-young says that because of Choi Do-gab’s false testimony, his father was executed as a traitor along with Prince Sadong. Yoon says that it’s really because of Gwi, which is why he’s here—to find Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary. At that, the merchant attempts to bite down on his own tongue.

Eumlan Seosaeng’s messengers distribute the latest flyer all over the city, sending the royal guard after them. Sung-yeol follows their trail as well, and manages to corner one of them. He observes the man’s skilled sword use as they fight, and says that he wants to convey a message to Eumlan Seosaeng, that he has Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary and wants to meet. Oh, smart.

But as soon as he says the words, the messenger takes out a dagger and slits his own throat right there in the street. What? Aack!

Gwi reads the fake version of Eumlan Seosaeng’s novel and realizes that Sung-yeol is pretending to be the fake Eumlan Seosaeng to protect the real one, and gripes that he’s really starting to grate on his nerves. He turns his head and says, “It’s time for you to step up,” and Myung-hee’s doppelganger Hye-ryung steps out from the shadows to bring him a bowl of blood.

Is she under a spell? Undead? What’s her deal? Gwi leans in close and muses, “You look like her. No… you’re the same.” She asks if this other woman who looks like her was named Myung-hee, and he asks if she’s already met someone who calls her that. Curiously, she lies that she hasn’t.

Gwi believes her since she’s only been in this city for a few days, and asks after her health. She says that she’s much better thanks to him, and he gazes at her intently before noting that she’s returned a woman. *skincrawl*

His eyes turn red as he leans into her neck and she balls up her fists, but in the end he resists and pulls away. He reminds her that the only reason he kept her alive was so that she could bring him the man who calls her Myung-hee.

Sung-yeol returns to the one-armed merchant’s bookshop and finds Yang-sun asleep at the desk. He picks up a page that she’s been absently scrawling on, and reads his last words to her written down: “Don’t come looking for me again,” after which she’s added, “Bad scholar-nim. Bad man.” Ha.

She wakes up sometime later and is confused when she doesn’t feel pain in her injured foot, and takes off her socks to find that she’s completely healed.

At home Sung-yeol unwraps his hand, which now has two big scars across the palm. He dusts a bit of powder on the wound, which makes it sizzle and burn shut. He winces through the pain and picks up Yang-sun’s paper and rereads her words.

 
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Aw, their budding romance is so cute. He’s giving himself permanent scars just to heal her! Sung-yeol’s brand of outward aloofness mixed with hidden tenderness is just so swoony in a hero, not that Sung-yeol needs a whole lot of extra points in the swoon department. He’d probably be more frustrating if Yang-sun weren’t already so direct and obvious about her feelings, but she’s so blunt that it puts him off-kilter when he’s trying to be all growly with the I’m-bad-for-you act, and I kind of love that he’s then just as flustered as she is because she isn’t reacting the way she should. Maybe he ought to know that she spends her days dreaming of a vampire hero and would only swoon harder if she knew the truth.

The Myung-hee/Hye-ryung reveal was a little underwhelming, mostly because she appeared and then disappeared, and Sung-yeol dropped it just as quickly. I dunno, I was expecting him to be stalking her and totally obsessed with figuring out who she is, so it didn’t sit right with me that he just then went on to do other things, like a man who’s not still obsessed over a 120-year-old first love. Don’t get me wrong—I’d like for him to move past that pain, but I think this is just a case of the writer plopping down a scene and then bringing her back at the end of the episode without much thought about how Sung-yeol should be feeling in between.

Part of me wishes that Hye-ryung had remained more of a mystery, because I wanted the tension of not knowing whether she’s Vampire Myung-hee to be drawn out for a while. There’s more potential romantic tension that way too, though I suppose that will remain as long as Sung-yeol is led to believe that she could be Myung-hee. If Hye-ryung really is just a random doppelganger (but what are the chances that it’s really pure coincidence?), I’d like for her to develop as a standalone character who’s interesting on her own, rather than just a pawn used by Gwi to entrap Sung-yeol. She’s showing signs of resistance by keeping her first encounter with Sung-yeol a secret, so perhaps she’ll prove to be stronger than she appears.

I’m really liking the new turn with Prince Yoon outing himself as Eumlan Seosaeng, because up until now he’s been solely a reactionary character, always on the fringes reacting to things going on but never allowed to act on any of his impulses. It’s nice to know that he has a mind of his own and has learned from his father’s mistakes enough to have acted as Eumlan Seosaeng in secret while creating an image of Prince Yoon as a good-for-nothing entitled slacker. I’d much rather root for two heroes to find each other and join forces, though after today’s suicide ninja, I get the feeling it’ll be quite the challenge to get them in a room together. Naturally Yang-sun is the key, but I fully expect both of them to fall in love with her first before ever figuring out how they’re all connected.

And in the meantime, I’m enjoying the balance of light and dark that we get in every episode, where the thick conspiracy/rebellion/kill-Gwi plot is given its due, but balanced with the light, sweet romance every chance we get. It was heartbreaking all over again to see Sung-yeol in the past after losing his beloved Myung-hee (his exchange with Gwi was a nice bloodcurdling guilt-trip), but I think present Sung-yeol’s gruff-but-caring attitude towards Yang-sun has won me over today. He’s drawn to help her against his better judgment, and the permanence of those scars on his hand makes me think that his heart’s already halfway there.

 
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Today on Vampire Idol Who Walks the Night: Mukadil sees Yoo Bi ogling someone who is NOT Gabri. In order to avenge his best friend's shame, he makes an elaborate plan to kill Yoo Bi for her infidelity because bros before yeos.

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Bros before yeos ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ please keep it up

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That's sooooooo funny,curious what Gabri stand will be next...

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Puhaha you're too funny

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@cali - well, Mukadil saw how mad Gabri got when Yubi was pretending to flirt with him to make Gabri jealous. ......but he thinks Gabri's reaction will be even worse if he sees Yubi having CPR-kiss scene and fake bed scenes with another man!

How to cover that up from your best friend? Just eat her and say it's your vampire nature that came out!

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totally! That's how he justified accidentally eating Kkoko the chicken so what's a girl between vampire friends? :D

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Thank you for the recap! :)

So apparently my earlier speculation about Sungyeol just getting cleaned up and going home after killing Myunghee wasn't true.... It was Gwi who just shrugged off a boulder and went for a end-scene stroll. The scenes between the two vampires though--ooh, man, I love it. LJK and LSH really play off each other well. I can't wait for their big confrontation later in the series.

LYB and KSE have been doing an amazing job too! I'm guessing KSE's new character can't be Myunghee after all, considering we saw Gwi burn her body. I'm frankly glad for it; this series certainly has a dose of camp (not necessarily to its detriment), but an amnesiac vampire might've been just a little *too* much. I really want to know what her deal is... She must owe Gwi some sort of favor? I also love Yangsun; this role could've easily gone too 'cutesy' etc but LYB has done a great job with it. I just realized I haven't commented on Changmin's acting, yet; I was worried after hearing about how he's done in past dramas, but I think he's been doing fine here. As said in the recap, it's really nice to see Yoon step up more. It'll be interesting to see Yoon and Sungyeol meet eventually too, and hopefully they'll unite against Gwi sooner rather than later for their own sake.

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"How is it?" he asks. "The taste of her blood?"

His countenance, gleaming under the moon, is its usual mask of nonliving indifference, but his eyes have the shine of a victor, his mouth a cruel curl, his nose--despite looking under hooded lashes at the man kneeled before him--a height held only by those triumphant in their trickery.

Gwi looks up into the man's face, observing the thin veins and dark bruises painted across his forehead, the pretty and still-damp mouth permanently pert and elegantly pandemian, and gently, almost lovingly, draws the roughness of his thumb against the pale, pale temple.

He is completely, utterly broken in the most beautiful, ethereal way.

(At this point, he knows not whether he refers to himself, or of the man before him and of his perfect nose, carved of granite by the winds of Dobongsan Mountain? Never mind that. He is victorious in the most gratifying of ways, for who else but the devil's own could destroy a man by having him kill his lover in the most tragic 2 minutes of korean television history?)

A sole drop falls from the man's quivering and swollen eyes as he kneels, unwilling to face the brevity of the situation.

(Or to face Gwi himself, though he secretly hopes the former.)

"Welcome to the world of beasts, Kim Sung Yeol" says Gwi, with an almost painfully saccharine sincerity, tenderly brushing away the tear.

And in that moment, with Luna's ephemeral and pearlescent shaft granting a pruinose glow to his shadowy face, Gwi looked equal parts the century-old monster and lost youth, with traces of an earnest man who really, truly understood Sungyeol.

Perhaps it was the intensity of his gaze, or the ageless face, or even the hints of sincerity, but something inside Sungyeol triggers. His inky, atrous eyes flood claret--the color of Myunghee's blood, thinks Gwi ironically--and he flies forward in a rageful fit towards Gwi's neck--

Only to meet his mouth.

At first, Sungyeol is enraged, and he fights and bites and claws and screams and cries into Gwi's mouth, but Gwi doesn't let go because by the gods above, it just feels, and he hasn't felt anything in so long, so he keeps on holding. And oh gods, he's not sure if it's Myunghee's sweet blood on his tongue or Sungyeol's sweet mouth, but it is intoxicating and he, a vampire upon which spirits and alcohols have no such effect, finds himself drunk on the sweet breath of life.

Sungyeol too, rises from the numbing claws of shock and falls into Gwi's painful embrace.

His head and arms and hearteyesmouthlipsthroatheart hurt, and a fire burns his mind, and a guilt singes his guts, but at least he can feel something besides the stomach-dropping, heart-wrenching emptiness of Myunghee's death. He surges forward, pouring every ounce of hurt and fear and fury into his kiss, and he cries into his kiss, simultaneously hot and wet, cold and accusing, a summer tempest of feeling.

Gwi cries too, as he reciprocates...

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with shaky lips and trembling hands. He cries for their wretched, twisted existences and their wretched, twisted fates, and he prays--for the first time since his ancient existence, to the gods that have abandoned him--he prays that their twisted paths straighten out to become one, like their mingled tears and breaths.

And hands.

(Alt. story where Gwi licks the blood from Sungyeol's mouth after asking how it tastes, leading to a raunchier and ultimately more fun ending. Someone write please)

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no offense, but this is disgusting, not because of the homoerotic content, but because gwi is an abuser, and here sungyeol is his victim, and i fail to be able to approve of the romantization of a relationship like this.

you have a talent with words though, and i was liking everything until the middle.

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This thread is not an appropriate place for fan-fiction, take it somewhere else please.

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Ah, I'm a sucker for fictional (and only fictional!) dysfunctional relationships too, both platonic and romantic both. It's just so interesting to mine. Probably why I enjoy watching Miyeon and her murderous husband so much in Mask.... Comments here probably aren't the place for fic, but if you ever write something longer, I hope you link it.

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OT thread is on Friday where everything goes.

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oh my gosh no.

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Wow, that extended flashback was hard to watch :( I'm glad they went back and answered what exactly happened at the time, but Sung-Yeol's breakdown in the street followed by his total crazy breakdown in the cave, followed by his grief and horror watching Myung-hee's body burn, followed by nearly ripping Yang-Sun's throat out....whoo. That was a LOT of intense LJK on my screen all at once. Poor Sung Yeol :'(

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oh my gosh no. i know they're both good looking and everything, but no.

And my dear, watch out for purple prose.

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you're right about the purple prose, but ain't twilight is the best example of it? while i read those books had a feeling i am reading a bad parody of wuthering heights, lol.
As our manhwa and show is inspired by SM's twilight saga, i feel we don't have the right to laugh at this poor attempt of writing. So where all this puts us and our interests, huhh? Say it... out loud. Say it. :)

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Why is the manhwa inspired by the twilight saga? I don't see the similarities. Vampire lore has been around for ages....

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I don't see or feel any similarities with Twilight at all. Our villain reminds more of Dracula. Even our hero is nothing like Edward thank goodness.

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@kiara - he is EXACTLY like edward.
driven to the blood of her romantic interest but resists - check
repulsed by being a vampire and mourns his lost humanity - check
does everything in his power to protect the fragile heroine - check
super sexy, goodlike and makes girls to swoon - check
fights the bad vampires to protect the ones he loves - check
talented, gentle and all in all a perfect Gary Stu - check
and it's only episode 4... there will be more, when they'll be coupled.

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Forgive me but I thought Twilight was the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen on the big screen so I guess it comes down to personal preference.

I prefer Dracula and Bram Stoker's novels to SM's modern Twilight. When I watch vampire movies, that is what I will compare it with. Scholar is a drama based on a manwha so it's easier for me to forgive it's imperfections.

Vampires have similar traits weather they are western or asian but the way Edward is played by Pattison and Jun-ki's Sung-yeol have a totally different feel to me.

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The characteristics that you listed of the male lead are those of every other kdrama hero. Gorgeous, swoon-worthy, talented, protects the fragile heroine, fights the bad guys etc. etc. Maybe SM watches Korean dramas too? LOL.

The difference ~ I don't remember Edward being heroic or interested in anything other than his own life and family, or trying to protect or save other humans besides Bella.

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folklore, yes... i am really ignorant on the subject, but as far as i know in Assyrian legends the guys who werent buried correctly and kept wandering around sucking blood or the russian 'upirj', or the hungarian 'verszopo' or the ancient hebrew 'arpad' they arent really heroic material tho they sometimes use sex appeal to lure their victims. neither is Bram Stoker's Dracula or Anne Rice's vampires. they're quite repulsive. what i mean is, since twilight's popularity the quantity (but not the quality) of books, films and dramas featuring a romantic story between a supernatural being and a human girl radically increased. Not that i have complaints, mind you... except the creatures are too vegetarian and mushy (not to mention sparky)
but if you have old ones with supernatural romance, can you recommend me them pls? i'll happy to read them all.

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we don´t have vampires in estonian mythology, but there are some walking dead, who can do harm. just cause they are cold. they wont suck blood, but they steal living beings body heat. they can also put something in your food, disguised as dirt or a straw, that will turn you into an undead as well.

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There have always been lots of stories with romance between supernatural beings (ghosts, demons, spirits) and humans in Chinese/Asian books, films and dramas, way before Twilight. A rather nice drama about good vampires who fought bad vampires and also featured romance between vampires and human girls which I watched in the 90's was My Date With A Vampire.

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nah, the idea of a 'sexy vampire' and their appeal to human girls, definitely predates Twilight by ages.

Even within our times, Buffy did the human-vampire romance a full decade ahead of Twilight, and remains most self-respecting peoples' go-to pop culture reference for vampire stories.

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Another funny movie that I watched was a HK comedy with a vampire prince who drank blood from "wine" bottles. lived in a church, fell in love and went on dates with a human girl. I remember Jackie Chan was in this and it was definitely pre-Twilight.

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Hope you've got really good memory - bc the edit insures you'll need to remember back to episode 1 when the men in black report to the mysterious man (now known to be in teh employ of the Crown Prince) that the son of the bookmakers who were making paper for Lustful Scholar is missing and can identify them. "Quick, we must find him!"

Only, apparently pretty vamp has found him first and is using him in the sting operation to identify Lustful Scholar. Got that? No? :-) Whatever - editing is fun - who needs an explanation of how the sting operation was supposed to work!

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Episode 1 was only just last week...

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Did they really find the papermaker's kid? I thought it was a daughter, specifically the little girl that Gwi ate and then sent after Yang-sun.

but I do remember Yoon in episode 1 looking very shifty-eyed when Yang-sun mentions Eumlan Seoseng at their meeting in the gisaeng house, when she's trying to persuade him to draw dirty picture books for her.

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The paper maker's kid is the boy who walked around the memorial crowd to try and identify Eumlan Seosaeng. After he couldn't recognise anyone, the fake royal guards released the mourners.

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my two comments above are for Kat. I don't know why it keeps getting posted as a new comment.

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oof SY being hit by HR's guards was such an emotional scene. I wanted to get in there and protect him.
inasmuch as I love the romance building up BTW SY and YS,I would it if she can stand up and take care of herself. not being the annoying damsel in distress all the time.I hope the writers don't continue to make her that way forever.
I'm I the only one rooting for Gwi and HR?lol apart from the secret memoir that could be his weakness, I also want love to be his weakness. I feel like,underneath that evil façade he's putting on,there MIGHT be a lovely person. I really wanna know Gwis back story.
glad to see that yoon isn't so shallow as he gave himself out to be.He's pretty smart. But how did he find out about gwi?hmmm.
i loved this episode by the way but I hope the show moves faster in plots.

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I wonder if Sado told him before he died? There's a chance he knows just because he's currently next in line, but Gwi doesn't seem as upset about Yoon not falling at his feet as he was with the prince from 120 years ago.

I also very, very much doubt Gwi being any kind of decent person (vampire?) at heart, but I do want to know his backstory, especially with how he apparently used to be a vampire hunter himself with his "teacher" from the first episode.

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I haven't minded all the times SY has rescued YS so far. She's very young and naive and is now mixed up with vampires, of course she needs to be protected. Plus all of these opportunities for SY to step in and be heroic in the initial stages of their relationship is what inspires YS to admire and depend on him and SY to develop an attatchment to her. However, I also hope that YS will have equal opportunity in the near future to show her strength of character and help SY. Sung Yeol needs to be rescued from his guilt, grief, and self-hatred and that's what she can do for him. Yang-Sun has yet to really be put to the test, but from what we've seen so far I'm betting she'll be able to put her life and her heart on the line for SY when it counts.

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Also, I highly doubt Gwi could ever be "lovely", but tragically twisted and understandable maybe...

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i think it's somehow tangled,his loyalty and desire to avenge the royal family and his own desire for revenge for what happened back then also that more likely he devoted his sole purpose of killing Gwi as a mean and excuse to keep living/be alive/drink blood etc and not break even more after drinking his lover blood etc...i guess is more complex rather than a sole idea

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I enjoy the characters, but I'm still having a hard time with the story ... maybe because Sung Yeol makes the secret plan seem so imperative when Gwi isn't really being all THAT menacing? Yeah, he's killing people, but it's not like other people aren't killing other people during this time. I don't feel the sense of urgency that I guess is supposed to be conveyed.

That said, I nearly fainted in the scene where Sung Yeol pins Yang Sun down. Lee Jun Ki is so good at showing tension (whether hunger or sexual heeeee), and it panged my heart a little when he realized who she actually was and resigned himself by briefly lying down on her chest. Ugh that scene.

I don't think I'm paying too much attention when I watch because I was really pleasantly surprised when Yoon turned out to be the Lustful Scholar. I actually really like this twist and am all for Yoon + Sung Yeol joining forces. Can't wait to see the build up and reveal for this.

The Myung Hee/Hye Ryeong reveal was disappointing. I hated the Dr. Stranger doppleganger but not really but evil but not thread, so I'm hoping that this drama does a new take because how a guy gonna move on if his ex's face keeps popping up everwhere? Give Yang Sun a chance!

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I think it has less to do with Gwi's murdering of people (not that that's *good*) and more with the sway he holds over the royal family. Like the flyers at the end said, there's a "king over the king".

Oooh, that scene! It's amazing how quickly it went from hot to sad. So, so good.

I do wonder what's going to go on with Myunghee's doppleganger.... I hope it doesn't go the Dr Stranger route. :( At least we know she's definitely (probably?) not Myunghee, so there's not that particular back and forth mystery to deal with. I wonder if Sungyeol knows it in his heart too, considering he saw her body burn and how he didn't go trying to find out more about her yet.

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Wait, tell me ... what happened in DR STRANGER? lol

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Is she his first love? Is she a doppelganger? Is she a North Korean spy? Does she have amnesia? Is she lying to protect him? Let's drag it out for tons of episo-zzz.

(The series is recapped here on dramabeans if you get really curious lol.)

I still feel vary wary towards KSE's new character, just because that particular ~first love mystery chara~ trope always seems to be so poorly handled. And I really don't want that to be the case here, particularly because I enjoy KSE's as an actress so much.

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Oh okay. Thanks! I completely agree with drama beans on their take with Hye Ryeong:

"Part of me wishes that Hye-ryung had remained more of a mystery, because I wanted the tension of not knowing whether she’s Vampire Myung-hee to be drawn out for a while. There’s more potential romantic tension that way too, though I suppose that will remain as long as Sung-yeol is led to believe that she could be Myung-hee.

If Hye-ryung really is just a random doppelganger (but what are the chances that it’s really pure coincidence?), I’d like for her to develop as a standalone character who’s interesting on her own, rather than just a pawn used by Gwi to entrap Sung-yeol.

She’s showing signs of resistance by keeping her first encounter with Sung-yeol a secret, so perhaps she’ll prove to be stronger than she appears."

This whole paragraph are my thoughts exactly.

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Doctor Stranger drew out the is-she-isn't-she for a full NINE episodes, and quite apart from the fact that none of us gave a hoot about the 'her' in question, it was a waste of time that could have been spent on other things.

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I swear to God LJK makes everything HOT. I'm so glad he's the lead here in this drama ❤

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Man, I don't want to have to wait another week. Off to read Arang recaps....

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I completely agree with DB not the thoughts of Myung Hee/Hye Ryeong reveal. It did feel underwhelming and maybe it was their way to remind the viewers that she is not the lead actress and to focus more on Yang Sun. But I loved the mystery behind MH/HR though and it's too bad they had to downplay it so much...in fact, TOO MUCH.

Other than that, I do enjoy the bromance! ;)

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Who else noticed the way Gwi looked at Hye Ryung (Myung Hee’s doppelganger)? It wasn’t curiosity or amazement, he was looking at her with longing. Could it be that Gwi had feelings for Myung Hee back then? Am not sure, but it seemed to be that way.

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I am thinking about too... I did not understand half of their conversation like "you are the same".. same???? in what sense ??? then "you returned as a woman in the time when I was not able to meet you" what does that mean?? when Gwi 1st met her, she was a child?? then I feel that Gwi was also searching the bite mark on her neck!!!

As GF said you would never differentiate Longing or Hunger in case of vampire :D ...Btw so happy to see KSE on screen :) hope more screen time in next ep

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did plastic/reconstructive surgery exist back in whatever era this drama is in?? LOOL only explanation i can think of merp.

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@fantasy

I think he meant that she returned (i.e. reincarnated) as a woman again - same as her previous life. Hope that makes sense :)

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i think he found her when she was younger and sick,he saw he looked alike MH and saved her with the purpose to make SY come to him,i think he was quite creepy when looking at her with the lust tangled in it also when his eyes became red when "smelling" her,doubt he is able to love as we saw how despicable he is but he might feel somehting in that dead heart of his even without him knowing and he might become obsessed with her just like he is now with SY,imagine his point,"falling","having" the one who looks like your ex lover as mine twisted relationship between this 2 guys

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'she" adding she wasn't living in that area,more likely he called for her now and looking at her realized she became a women from a child,and i see him going to be desire her

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Okay, it strikes me as a terrible idea to lie to the master vampire that you haven't met a man who calls you "Myung Hee" when you've just been publicly hugged by a man wailing "MYUNG HEE!" while your assistant screamed at him and a bunch of men with large pieces of wood smacked him around. It seems that with the most minimal inquiry, Gwi will figure out that that happened.

I weirdly hope Sadong is in some sort of long-term stasis and will partially wake up at a dramatic moment, because it would be super creepy, what with him being stuck to a wall like a spider snack.

The King and Crown Prince really should talk more, but I guess that's one of the drawbacks of throwing your son down a well and letting your grandson witness his slow, wailing starvation death.

I shouldn't like this show as much as I do, and I'm pretty sure it's down to LJK. No one else is bad, he's just the one elevating past total cheese.

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Maybe the Hye-Ryeong mystery continues.

I mean, WHY DID SHE LIE? What could her reason be? Even with no connections with Myung Hee, is she finding herself interested in or attracted to Sung Yeol? Will she feel drawn towards him rather than against him? Will she be a rebel from Gwi?

There's still so much mystery but it's really too bad the writers didn't make us wonder about her a bit more. They went ahead and revealed how Myung Hee was burnt. lol

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Maybe she's HR isn't in total cahoots with Gwi. Perhaps she (or her family?) is dependent on his power, so she knows of him but also resents his hold and danger?

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So she's on his side by default (almost like a family business)? Interesting theory!

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i sense is because he might have saved her from dying when little and maybe making her live a good life till he needed her making her a noble even so she doesn't mean she needs to share his views or follow him,don't think she likes him that much aside from the gratitude saving her life(or being kinda his prisioner)

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We've already been given hints in her barely hidden revulsion towards Gwi that she'll probably rebel. I don't think any of the characters actually *like* Gwi (no matter how handsome LSH is), but considering he's a bloodthirsty, power hungry vampire, that's not exactly a shock. Even his minions seem to attach themselves to him either more out of fear or greed for their own power than because they actually like the guy. That's going to be a big part of his downfall, I think. There's no one really loyal to *him*.

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Agreed, but... lying about such a public, loud, attention-getting event seems outright dumb. If going along with Gwi is a survival instinct, then lying to him about the sole thing that's keeping you alive when he can disprove it in an instant is just idiotic.

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Yeah, I was pretty surprised about that. :/ I can't quite understand why she'd lie; even if she said "yes, I met that man", it's not as if she could immediately track him down and lead Gwi to him. Oh well.

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I like Hye Ryeong. Her stone face makes it hard to figure her out. Love it when she lied to mighty Gwi haha. Not an ouch of loyalty even for her savior. She is a real rebel perhaps. That would make her character more interesting than our sweet and self sacrificing Mung-hee.

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I think she is interested in (not attracted to) Sung Yeol for her own agenda, maybe as a means to get rid of Gwi.

She should be aware that her lie puts her in danger, and yet she's willing to take the risk. Interesting...

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the writer is a pervert. and I like it.

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I agree and I'm loving it all the way!

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Sung-yeol flipping Yang-sun over reminds of Kim Soo‑hyun in The Moon Embracing The Sun. This director is also a pervert lol.

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@redfox,the writer is really a pervert.the scene with Yangsun/Sungsul on the matress was so heart flustering,I kept replaying that scene over again

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I'm guilty of doing that too ;) hegehehe

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I have a feeling that towards the end Yang-sun will have to die in order to defeat Gwi.
A repeating pattern where her blood will make a vampire vulnerable and easy to defeat. On the downside she will have to die. So it begs the questions "save the one you love or defeat your nemesis for the greater good?"
What do you think?

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Lol gf, I love that you have a lot of pics of the bridal style carrying. Lots of pics, mind you. Lol. I'm loving Yoo Bo and Joong Ki here. They have amazing chemistry. And Lee Soo Hyuk is so mesmerizing. Yum Gwi.....?

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I'm so glad that despite of all casting hullabaloo, the final casting turned out to be fantastic and perfect! The chemistry between LJK-LYB down to LJK-KSE are just too great. And yeah I love some bromance. More Sung Yeol-Gwi Scene pls.

Lee Jun Ki is perf! Always handles and delivers SY so well with too much perfection and intense performance.

Cant imagine any other actress than Lee Yoo Bi playing YS. I find it annoying when actresses tend to act or do much aegyo but Yoobi is doing adorably great and doing a very fine job in here. The girl seem to have natural aegyo and charming charisma. Love her.

Kim Soeun is just too pretty and Myung Hee is the type of ex-girlfriend/past love that your present love will hate and feels threaten. Looking forward for more HR despite of underwhelming reveal of her character. And yeah, I'm rooting for her and Gwi.

Damn Lee Soo Hyuk is so hot. Those stares... so intense it melts everything inside me. Ugh im dead.

Never seen Changmin in anything before and the comments about his acting before alarmed me. But I think he's doing a fine job in here and he's just too handsome.

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Changmin is trying his best at acting. He is doing alright though he is still not at the level of the other cast members. But he is trying and is improving though he does not stand out as the main leads,

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Yup, I watched this drama for LGK and LSH .Changmin acting does not appeal to me. But he is better in acting than mimi and Paradise ranch.

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There is not much negative comments on changmin cos he is not the 1st or the 2nd male leads. His scenes are less comparing to the rest. And he is just a supporting actor.

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This crown prince is growing on me. Not sure if it's the character development or Changmin is turning into Prince Charming here.

I can't wait for him to love up Yang-sun and maybe it'll make our hero a little jealous.

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Changmin is not cringy in this drama but I would not say he is good yet.Still need more improvement.His acting expression is still not convincing enough.LGK and LSH are just too good here. They lifted the quality acting.

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I know he's just ok and I can't compare him to the others with experience and acting talents. His screen time is just right and his character is interesting enough and not over done.

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How I wish they wouldn't make their antagonists so one-dimensional in k-dramas :(

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I wish Lee Soo Hyuk would do something more nuanced with the role. He's capable - he was really good in King of High School Conduct.

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Nuance? in this drama?

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I'm actually enjoying it a little; he's never been an actor whose name comes to mind when I think of the words "over the top" so it's been fun to see him go full ham. Plus in this campy drama, it totally works imo lol.

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I'm more curious about new myung hee, There is lots of thoughts going through my mind about her. What happened...
Please continue your recaps I'm really curious ;-)

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Some of you wrote that the writer is pervert, I totally agree with you guys :-)

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Lee junki is really handsome when wearing hanbok

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Am I the only one here who keeps reading Gwi as "kiwi" at first glance before correcting it in my head??

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Well part of the reason why I can't take Gwi seriously as a villain has to do with the fact that I keep thinking of Gwi as kiwi. Hmm kiwi....

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Kiwi???? Are you serious??? :D I already have problems to visualize the the villains of Mask and SWWTN as villains, they are just too handsome :) now kiwi would never let me to think LSH as villain :)

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I can see that but Gwi is devilishly handsome and a blood sucking vampire for me to think of a mere kiwi.

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Haha, @healer that's it, you ruined my reaction of awe, terror and repulsion at gwi's sight. And he was so convincing, too...but who can fear a fruit or bird?

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what's with the name "Gwi"? Does it mean anything? Lee Soo Hyuk probably can film all this episodes in the show in 1 day? It's like cave.... cave.... jungle... cave cave cave....

Am I the only one bothered that Lee Jun Gi is prettier than Lee Yubi? I mean she's pretty... but he's stunning!!!

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Forgot to add, I keep thinking why doesn't Sung Yeol just go fight Gwi? There's a 50% chance he will win?? Maybe?? Didn't vampire creator say that he will be the one vampire who can win Gwi?

Does there have to be a BIG PLAN to get rid of Gwi? Sounds like the search for Gu Family Book again or something. It will be really underwhelming if the plan is really bad/doesn't exist/doesn't work/ends up killing lots of people anyway.... I mean, the plan was written by some vampire who died really fast in Gwi's hands. Who's to know if his plan's any good??!

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I think that having the same power as Gwi doesn't mean that Sung-yeol can destroy him. They both have have the ability to heal themselves. Getting rid of him for good is the reason why he's desperately looking for Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary. Maybe he should be looking for a person instead, like what Prince Sadong said before he died.

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The assumption is that either a) Gwi is stronger than Sungyeol (maybe being an older vampire does that? or he just is because reasons) or b) they're evenly matched and Sungyeol wouldn't be able to actually kill him, even with his special dagger. I keep guessing it has to be the former with how Sungyeol keeps fleeing from him. If they were evenly matched, I'd think we'd see more interaction and less cat and mouse.

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I think I recall reading somewhere that Gwi is supposed to be short for Gwishin or something. I think someone even mentioned that it is another word for Devil.

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That's what I thought too. Foreign devil or something like that.

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Thanks, oh that makes sense. Gwishin. Also, I suppose yes Sungyeol keeps running from Gwi because he probably is "weaker" than him. How would he know, though, if he's never fought him...

Anyhow, I hope the plan makes sense in the end. Keke.

Also, a side thought, are they turning Sung Yeol into "vegetarian vampire" like Edward's family etc? I thought he mentioned killing a lot of people like 1 per month, but he managed to get by with the boar? So it's like animals for the rest of the month but 1 human per month??

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Gwi (귀) means ghost and is also the last word of the Korean name for blood sucking ghost or monster (흡혈귀).

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Yes Gwi means Ghost in Chinese too ........
I think all the cast doing very well including ChangMin ....
That's why this drama is so amusing to see.......

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Thanks Jan:).

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You're welcome. :)

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The whole episode would have fallen flat if not for LGK and LSH acting .they play their role very well.

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I know about his character but why was I so touched??? the person who has edited it, is really a great Lee Soo Hyuk fan !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i0Mcj7TdoI

I hope oneday LSH will get his girl too :)

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Bwahaha! "Oh, phew. He drank a boar." Thanks for this.

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All characters really fits ........LOL

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Gwi is so damn creepy,very very creepy for me,also liking to talk all alone and with that dead body by himself not mentioning i see him getting obsessed with MH new version(and sometimes funny early eps.maybe till adjusting to LSH sageuk) and Changmin is quite a nice surprise,i like him a lot till now considering i desliked his acting till now,really love all the actors in their characters,LJK is perfect for the role!also like the mistery surronding our heroine and i'm hinting she might be that "Jin" from the past but who knows if it's true,i know she is from a noble family branded traitors also i suspect the key to destroy Gwi is part of the set that the former King gave his son and he gave a part to Jin,i guess that's why he was so sure he will never find the secret message being not in a book

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thing is, I sort of dont want Gwi to be destroyed. I know he is evil and stuff. but think what you can do with this character. ...I mean, dramatic developments and gore...

I want a black comedy spin off called ...say.... Gwi street. where he eats all the muppets. and talks to their corpses.

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I laughed so loud at this that I woke up my dog.

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now your dog will turn evil

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She already wakes me up in the dead of night to bark at racoons (vampire racoons?), so she's halfway there....

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Speaking of evil dogs - will that boar now turn into a vamp boar and terrorize the local forest? Perhaps he will become vamp boar king and rule together with Gwi over all man and beast. Now if we can only get a vamp tree to complete the triad.

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That kind of threw me off. Can he survive on animal blood alone or is it just for desert? Lol

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Yum! :-D

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I thought i was the only one.lol

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I am suspecting a love interest on Gwi for the new myung hee, but its just a one second thought anyways. thanks for the recap gf always love yours and give my love from west Africa Nigeria to all the dramabeans family.heh

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I hope the writer will develop a love line between Gwi and new Myung Hee :(

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Same here. I would love to see how can the despicable, cold hearted Gwi control his feelings.

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sorry, I thought the setting of the drama is in the summer time. The cherry blossoms period should be in spring.

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I'm not quite caught up yet, but I still want an answer to the greatest mystery here . . .

WHO IS LIGHTING ALL THE CANDLES IN GWI'S CAVE?!

They're so small some of them would be sputtering out all the time. He'd need a full time attendent just to keep replacement.

Fun fact: When the first computer was built in the 1940s, it used old fashioned glass vacuum tubes instead of transistors. The computer was huge, built so three men could walk around inside while it was running, replacing tubes and they burned out.

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I assume there's some Joseon home goods store where Gwi browses for candles with various palace Eunuchs who carry his packages.

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I suppose it is hopeless to bring this up again, but Lee Yubi looks as much like a man as I look like a Thompson's gazelle. She's so perky and aegyo most of us would pick her out as a female at a hundred paces. Long, long before we notices that she has no trace of facial hair at all.

On the flip side, since Joseon women were so mannered and stiff in everyday life, one could say that no one she meets has ever met a woman past puberty as emotive and expressive in public. So they would have no option but to assume that this strange character is some sort of overly-expressive male. Because no woman they've ever met would act like she does.

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Same here. I would love to see how can the despicable, cold hearted Gwi control his feelings.

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How come Sung-yeol is afraid of the sun suddenly? And why does he need a powder to heal his wound now when earlier his wound can just close up by themselves?

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I'm assuming he needs a little 'help' from the powder because he's been weakened by his earlier sunlight exposure and the cuts won't self-seal any more.

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I think scars by that special wooden dagger does not heal quickly, that is why using powder to heal

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Sung-yeol is using the hawthorn dagger to kill other vampires so they wont return. It makes sense that his cuts from it doesn't heal. It also made him weak and that's why he was shielding himself from the sun.

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Lol, As far as vampires are concerned, that special dagger is "Kill Me, Don't Heal Me."

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OOF that scene in the cave between Gwi and Hye-ryung is just packed with what I call Wrongness Chemistry, a small part of me wants to ship it and the rest of me says ewwwwwww.

I love that Yoon got to step up this episode and make things happen in his own right, and I so look forward to him and Sung-yeol finally meeting and joining forces to take Gwi down. But I wish Yang-sun could have the chance to do something other than be the human puppy she is. Lee Yubi's too good an actress to be consigned to doing literally nothing but being impossibly perky and crushing on her sunbi-nim for all 20 episodes.

Also I cannot get over the vampire-running special effects, it's so Roadrunner I cannot.

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Yang-sun is going to get on my nerves soon if this writer doesn't give her something to do beside following Sung-yeol around.

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I hope to god she gets some character development, like maybe she'll get character traits other than 'super perky and well meaning' when that amnesia of hers wears off.

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Maybe she'll get to use that pretty brain of hers to figure out who is using Prince Jeonghyeon’s pen name? That might be her best lead to finding his diary instead of just telling others to look for it while she goes back to fangirling over Sung-yeol.

I hope that amnesia wears off soon. It would be interesting to know her background story, her real identity etc.

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Both of Lee ... Lee Couple are Damn So Adorable !!! I Love this 2 .........

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This drama is more amusing than AATM & SKKS !!!

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The one thing Yoon did right that the other two Crown Prince fail to realize or do is that he created a 2 character for himself. Prince JH and Sado's mistake is they defied Gwi head on and did not bother to hide that they have no intentions to serve him. So of course Gwi eliminated them. Yoon on the other hand pretended to be a good-for-nothing weakling Prince who loves going to Gisaeng house. So no harm there right?! And then he created ES as his alias and move around and defies Gwi as this unknown mysterious ES. Gwi do not know who this ES is so he can't kill him and he won't even bother going for Yoon because it seem too apprear that he isn't a threat to him.

I like that Yoon is smart and very calculated. I personally think he instructed his men (the one wearing black clothes) to slit their throat and kill themselves when a suspicious man appear before them (that could be a vampire) saying trap things that they have Prince JH diary etc. or someone who even knows about that because he can't risk them getting captured or fall under Gwi spell and them in turn put him and all his plan in danger. So he told his men to kill themselves right away so no information can be get from them. I think that is very smart and cautious of him.

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Yes agree. Changmin acting here is much better and improved a lot. All the casts acting are good. Fits their roles.

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