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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 6

I really love the array of Lee Yubi’s swoon faces in this drama. They’re so blatantly adoring, or in this case, mad at herself for swooning while swooning. It’s too cute. Everyone’s on a collision course today, and it’s vampire against vampire in a battle to get to our heroine first. The episode speeds by (danger and mayhem will do that), dropping some big revelations in our laps and stirring up emotions as our heroine prepares to say goodbye forever.

 
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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Sung-yeol scours the marketplace looking for Yang-sun, after having witnessed where all the booksellers were taken after getting yanked off the streets. They’ve been sent straight to Gwi, who begins his interrogation by biting a man’s neck.

It sends the entire crowd of booksellers into a frightened frenzy, but Gwi just calmly waits for the man to die and then wake up a vampire, and eggs him on to feed his thirst. (I would really like a clearer explanation of the siring rules in this world.) He does that again and sits back to watch as the booksellers feed off each other and all turn into vampires.

Sung-yeol follows the trail to Yang-sun’s last location, and is alarmed to find her hawthorn necklace lying on the ground. He’s convinced she’s been taken, but checks the one-armed merchant’s store just in case, and finds her rooting through books in the library.

He scares her and sends her tumbling off the ladder, and super-speeds over to catch her fall. She’s doubly startled that he caught her when she could’ve sworn he was standing way over there.

Sung-yeol asks angrily what she’s doing here, and she says that she’s looking for Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary. His concern for her erupts in anger as usual, and she says that she wanted to search one last time because now she believes that the Vampire Tale isn’t fiction, and won’t get another chance to help him because she’s going far away.

He reties the hawthorn necklace around her neck, and she wonders if he’s been looking for her. He doesn’t answer, but says that he’s found it for her twice now, so she can’t lose it anymore. Maybe you should triple-knot the sucker for her, just in case.

He leads the way to walk her home, and Yang-sun trails a few steps behind him until she realizes that he’s slowing his steps waiting for her to catch up to him. She happily walks in step with him at his side, and then stops when she looks down at his shoes and starts to think about her not-a-dream from last night.

She screws up the nerve to ask him if he came to see her last night, and says that she knows it has to be a dream even if it doesn’t feel like one. He plays dumb and asks what the dream was, and she says he brought her shoes and placed them on her feet.

Her heart starts to race the same way it did in her dream, and she stares intently at his face. Sung-yeol starts to fidget when he sees her staring at his lips, but continues to play it cool: “And?” She says as if mesmerized that it feels so real even after waking up, and asks if it was a dream or not.

She waits and waits for an answer, and this time he says nothing and just stares back at her as intently. The tension builds… and then Yang-sun is the first to break the moment with a laugh and babbles about how she knows it couldn’t possibly be true. Aw, you should’ve held out just a little bit longer!

She slaps herself silly for opening her big mouth, and Sung-yeol smirks to himself as he walks ahead of her.

When they reach her house, she says that she’s leaving for Tamra tomorrow, and will probably be away for a very long time. She knows this is probably goodbye forever, and wishes him luck in finding Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary.

He thanks her for her hard work until now, and she gets teary-eyed as she thanks him in return. She says that it was a short time, but she won’t forget him.

Prince Yoon scours the palace looking for signs of someone fast and strong enough to have made all of Eumlan Seosaeng’s flyers vanish into thin air, and comes to the conclusion that there must be another vampire—one that can walk in the daylight.

Yang-sun stays up late to pack her books and stops to flip through her tale of the night scholar, full of drawings of her swooniest moments with Sung-yeol. Her sister asks if she said goodbye to the kids and muses that Yang-sun will miss them, and she sheds tears as she thinks of Sung-yeol and answers that yes, she’ll miss him very much.

She cries quietly in bed and sighs, “Thinking that I might never see [him] again makes my heart hurt so much.”

Gisaeng Su-hyang tells Sung-yeol that all the preparations have been made for Yang-sun’s journey, and asks if she can stay by his side tonight, not as a woman, but as a friend. She says that she’s never seen him like this before, and even offers to find some way to keep Yang-sun here instead of sending her away.

Sung-yeol admits that he thought Yang-sun was pretty—the way she lived as a man just to feed her family, the way she never gave up hope even when it looked like nothing would improve in her life. Watching her reminded him of his past, and the human emotions like passion and hope that he had forgotten: “The memories of the past that I can never return to.”

Su-hyang thinks to herself that it includes love. He says as if reminding himself, “It was just a momentary dream. A dream that disappears the moment you wake up,” and tells her to send Yang-sun to Tamra as planned.

Yang-sun and her family are warned that they have to move quickly in order to escape undetected, and plan to take the first boat to Tamra the next day. Meanwhile, Yoon reassigns one of his bodyguards to protect Yang-sun at all times (I’m gonna die laughing when all of the guys who are following Yang-sun around town start running into each other).

Yoon passes by Myung-hee’s doppelganger Hye-ryung in the street, and picks up a handkerchief that she drops. Something about the way Hye-ryung looks at him makes the encounter seem premeditated, but they each continue on their way.

Yoon goes to see the prime minister and finds the courtyard covered in blood from last night’s interrogation, and asks why he wasn’t made aware of the proceedings.

The prime minister asserts his authority to search for Eumlan Seosaeng without interference, so Yoon gives him a thinly veiled warning to make sure there’s no evidence left behind, just in case a nasty rumor spreads about a vampire eating all the booksellers in town.

The prime minister’s men pile the booksellers’ bodies in a ditch (ugh that’s a frightful sight) and torch them to get rid of the evidence of last night’s bloodbath. Sung-yeol watches from a distance.

Yang-sun ignores the warnings to lay low and makes her way to the one-armed merchant’s shop in broad daylight, thinking she’s being super stealthy with a fan. She might as well be wearing a neon sign that reads, Suspicious antics here, but somehow avoids being detected by the guards policing the streets.

She does all this to retrieve something she wants to give to Sung-yeol, and wonders to herself if he’ll like the gift.

Sung-yeol goes to a fight ring to chase down a lead on a few of Prince Sadong’s men who were sold into slavery. The man who runs the fight ring is a slave trader who’s famous for being a brute, and happily takes Sung-yeol’s money before telling him that he has no idea where those men are now because they escaped.

It’s not a total dead-end though, because Sung-yeol finds it suspicious that the slave trader’s personal collection of books includes difficult texts about government, and decides to follow him. He trails the man deep into the woods, where he disappears into a heavily guarded shack.

Sung-yeol speeds his way around the guards with ease, and finds a crack in the wall where he can peer inside. He’s shocked to see One Arm kneeling on the ground tied up like a hostage, and the slave trader reporting to a man about the meeting he just had with Sung-yeol.

On the table is a stack of Eumlan Seosaeng’s flyers, and then the man in charge turns his head. It’s Yoon, of course, and Sung-yeol is floored. He and Hak-young refer to One Arm as Choi Do-gab (confirming Sung-yeol’s suspicions), and Yoon says that tonight they’ll proceed with the next flyer.

Sung-yeol follows Yoon all the way home and sneaks in to take a look around. He finds a cabinet full of books and rifles through them, then decides that there’s something funny about the shallow wall behind them, and gives it one good shove.

It flings open to reveal a long corridor to a whole hidden wing of the house. It leads to Yoon’s inner chamber where we’ve seen him meet with Hak-young, and Yoon walks out just before Sung-yeol enters, missing each other narrowly.

Hye-ryung robotically feeds the fish in her pond, ignoring the protests from her maid that she’ll overfeed them to death. She throws the entire bowl of food in and replies impassively that that’s what she’s trying to do—kill them—and reminds her maid that she hates the fishy smell of them.

The maid worries because her father dotes on the fish, and then Dad storms in, incensed that his precious pet fish are all dead. Ah, her father is Prime Minister Choi, Gwi’s puppet official who does his bidding.

Prime Minister Choi pitches a fit when Hye-ryung ignores him and asks if she doesn’t see her father. She whirls around and asks, “Would someone who offered up his daughter as food to a bloodsucker for his own advancement look like a father in my eyes?” Oooooh. Innnteresting.

Yang-sun waits around for Yoon and calls out to him in the street, again thinking she’s being stealthy even though she hasn’t even noticed the lumbering bodyguard who’s been looking over her shoulder all day.

Yoon beams to see her, and takes out ink and paper to make her sign a contract detailing the debt she owes him. She pouts that he’d need a contract for that, but he says Tamra is far and she’ll be gone a long while, and money is money.

She picks up the brush and begins to write as he dictates: “I, Jo Yang-sun, promise the following to Lee Yoon: At least twice a month, I will write letters about how I’m doing.” Awww. She looks up in surprise, but he continues sternly, while thinking the next phrase to himself: “I won’t ever get sick, I will always eat well, and sleep well…”

Instead he says aloud, “I will return safely, and soon.” She laughs and says that she can promise everything else, but not the part about returning in a short time. She expects that it’ll be a few years, but Yoon insists that he’ll make it happen.

Sung-yeol tells his people about Yoon being Eumlan Seosaeng, and they’re shocked that the playboy scholar who draws scandalous pictures is actually the prince, and Eumlan Seosaeng on top of it all. Su-hyang wonders if they should be working with him, and Sung-yeol says that figuring out if the one-armed merchant has Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary is their first priority.

Late that night, Yang-sun’s father sneaks back into his house and starts digging into the ground until he pulls out a box. He shakes as he dusts it off and opens it… and inside is Prince Jeonghyeon’s lost diary.

He also has the other half of Yoon’s brush case that he gave to his childhood friend Jin, and holds the two items as he thinks to Prince Sadong that he will never let these things be found: “So that I can keep Yang-sun safe, so that she can live her whole life as my daughter.” Huh. Is she Jin after all? If you tell me that she’s a boy masquerading as a girl masquerading as a boy, my mind will be blown.

Yang-sun peers over Sung-yeol’s wall and paces around it like a stray cat, and finally gives up waiting for him to come home. She leaves a gift and letter on his stoop and bows in farewell, giving one last wistful look toward his door before walking away.

Sung-yeol watches from around the corner as she goes and then opens up her letter. She writes that she’s leaving for Tamra early in the morning and wishes him well, and that she got him something to use when he writes at night. He opens the gift to find a candle.

Yang-sun tries to keep her face hidden as she hurries back, and at the same time, a black-clad figure roams the streets. Oh crap, it’s Gwi, and he’s carrying Yang-sun’s book bag to take whiffs of it as he seeks her out.

He wonders if Sung-yeol already killed her, just as Yang-sun walks right past him. Everything slows… but Gwi keeps going. Guess that hawthorn necklace is doing its job.

Yang-sun walks on, but something makes Gwi stop in his tracks. It dawns on him that her necklace could be made of hawthorn to put him off her scent, and turns around to go after her.

She stays ahead of him for a little while because she’s trying to avoid the patrol officers, but she’s moments away from being discovered when Sung-yeol swoops in to pull her away just in time.

Gwi runs through the neighborhood chasing after her scent, and Sung-yeol throws his arms around Yang-sun as they hide behind a wall. She thinks to herself that this definitely is not a dream, but when she starts to ask him something, he quickly covers her mouth with his hand. What, no lips? That’s so unlike you, scholar-nim.

She thinks in her head that this time, there’s no way that she’ll forget. They narrowly avoid being discovered by Gwi, and then Sung-yeol tells her to run to his house immediately, and not come outside until the sun rises. She nods in understanding, and he runs off.

He comes out to face Gwi head-on, and Gwi is happy to see him after 120 years. When Sung-yeol doesn’t respond in kind, he acts offended that Sung-yeol isn’t happier to see him. He asks if the owner of this book bag is the reason he’s come out of hiding, and Sung-yeol lures him into the woods to find out.

Gwi asks what’s so important about this book bag’s owner that Sung-yeol is fighting to protect him, and guesses that it might be Eumlan Seosaeng. Sung-yeol thinks he’s worried that they’ll discover the hidden diary, and Gwi argues he should know that it doesn’t exist since Sung-yeol’s been following him like a dog for 120 years.

Sung-yeol asks why Gwi is here then, sniffing around like a dog because he wants to steal his dinner. They growl as they bare their fangs and clash in a fight. Sung-yeol fights with all his strength, but he’s no match for Gwi, who can tell that Sung-yeol hasn’t had human blood for a long time.

When Gwi has him by the topknot on the ground, Sung-yeol sees his chance to snatch the book bag and speeds past him, freeing his hair in the process. He dangles the bag out in front of him as bait, and uses speed against Gwi to confuse him in the fog as they go at each other’s throats again.

Yang-sun reaches Sung-yeol’s house safely, but raises alarm when she returns alone and has no idea where Sung-yeol is.

The fight wears on until Sung-yeol is bloody and limp, but he manages to hurl the book bag off a cliff and into the ocean so that it can’t be used to trace Yang-sun anymore. Gwi fumes that he’s going to rip him to shreds and lurches at him, but Sung-yeol times the moment perfectly to the sunrise and drops to the ground as the sun rises behind him.

Gwi’s face starts to sizzle in the sunlight, and Sung-yeol uses the chance to stab him with his hawthorn dagger. He growls that Gwi will have to kill him to leave this place, and as they struggle, Gwi uses his last burst of energy to turn Sung-yeol’s own dagger against him and stabs him in the gut.

Gwi uses the moment to run away into the woods, and Sung-yeol collapses in a bloody heap, gurgling on his own blood. Gwi races against the sun, but gets trapped by a clearing that he can’t cross.

He looks up at the sun with disdain and sticks his hand out into the light, but has to withdraw when it starts to burn. He says that even with Hae-seo’s abilities, Sung-yeol won’t survive that kind of blood loss.

Hye-ryung comes out from the palace and thinks to herself that the sun is up, but he isn’t underground. She must be talking about Gwi.

Yang-sun is beside herself with worry, and Su-hyang is ready to slap her in agitation. Ho-jin stops her and they head back out to continue their search before the sun rises any higher, and Su-hyang warns her that if anything happens to Sung-yeol, she’ll make her pay.

Yoon’s bodyguard reports that Yang-sun is safe, only to turn around and report to the king about Yoon’s activities over the last few days. Dammit, he’s a spy? He shows the king Yoon’s secret corridor and tells him everything about Yang-sun, and the king doesn’t seem surprised—he must know that Yoon is Eumlan Seosaeng. Has he known all this time?

Sung-yeol limps his way through the woods towards a shack, but he’s so weakened that he falls to the ground before he can make it there. Thankfully Yang-sun finds him and rushes to his side, but when she says that he needs a doctor, he gasps for her to take him to that shack.

She drags him inside, where he again tells her not to get a doctor and says that the boat will be arriving soon, and she needs to leave for Tamra. Yang-sun cries that she can’t go and leave him here alone, and then Sung-yeol starts to fade and passes out.

 
COMMENTS

Will this be a way for Yang-sun to discover that Sung-yeol is a vampire? Sinking his teeth into her doesn’t seem like the best way to find that out, even if his life is on the line. I’m torn because I want him to survive, but he’s already swimming in self-loathing for being a beast on a good day; I don’t really want to know what happens if he drinks the blood of the woman he loves a second time. What are the odds a boar will happen by right when we need it to?

This show is consistently fast with the reveals, which makes me wonder what, if anything, we’ll have left to uncover in the latter part of the show. I was surprised at how quickly Sung-yeol discovered that Yoon is Eumlan Seosaeng, and that the king might even have known all this time too. It’s good for the good guys if they can manage to work together, but so far Sung-yeol doesn’t seem all that interested in playing with others, probably in part because he feels that the burden to rid the world of Gwi falls squarely on his shoulders alone. But I like Yoon so much when he’s with Yang-sun (that contract was so adorable today) that it makes me trust his motives as Eumlan Seosaeng, even if his methods run counter to Sung-yeol’s. There’s risk in outing himself to join their team, but Sung-yeol can’t do this without gaining people’s trust.

Right now I’m most worried about Yang-sun’s father, because he can’t be long for this world if he’s the only one who knows where the diary is. His concern for Yang-sun and his wish for her to continue living as his daughter makes me think Yoon was right all along in believing that she was Jin (but does that mean she was dressing as a boy even as a child?). I’m definitely more curious about her backstory now that there’s more than Yoon’s hunch to go on. Hye-ryung is far more intriguing after today’s episode as well, because her defiant attitude towards her father makes me root for her to find a way out of this horrible deal. I mean, I know that the slimy prime minister is under Gwi’s thumb, but offering up his daughter to be vampire food is a new low, even for him.

I know it can’t happen too often, but I like the energy when Gwi and Sung-yeol are together, music video fog and rockstar hair notwithstanding. Gwi always talks to Sung-yeol like they’re old friends, and it’s a little sad how obvious he is about wishing he could turn Sung-yeol to the dark side so that they could be bestest buds forever and ever. Not like, sympathetic, mind you—just a tiny bit human in his warped wish for companionship. Sung-yeol still seems a little naïve if he thinks he can fight Gwi one-on-one without amassing the same kind of strength (by drinking human blood), though I was impressed by the sunrise maneuver. It’s the one advantage that Sung-yeol has over Gwi—that he can walk in the light—and though it’s an obvious metaphor of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, it’s effective in illustrating that they are fundamentally different. Gwi can only exist in the shadows, but Sung-yeol has the power to move between the two worlds, and by extension, a choice to give into his inner beast or live among the people. Getting the tortured hero to believe that that means he deserves a shot at happiness, well, that’s another story entirely. But for a guy who’s convinced he can never have a happy life, he sure does like to test his limits.

 
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The drama is moving along way too slow now... At least write in more kisses if nothing else is gonna happen ??

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Kisses yes please

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I love the camp! :-) I'm thinking that in real life Lee Joon-Gi could probably kick Lee Soo-Hyuk's a**. Then again, trying to picture it, I'm imaging both boys dancing around protecting their pretty noses..... LOL

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I imagine the very first rule laid out would be "Not the face!"

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Uhm... Leejunki is well known actor who are excels in fighting scene ... he even helped the choreography ... and do his own star ... that's why he brokes his nose during filming ... this drama . He is not the actor afraid of some body will his face or nose .....

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dahlia knows that. We are just joking around :).

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Haha so true.

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LOL! :-D

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well, Lee Jun-ki did already break his very beautiful nose while he was on set for this drama, trust me I'D be the one dancing around trying to protect oppa's nose from another breaking!

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Hahahaha!

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Uhm… Leejunki is well known actor who are excels in fighting scene … he even helped the choreography … and do his own star … that’s why he brokes his nose during filming … this drama . He is not the actor afraid of some body will his face or nose …..

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Not first this time buuuuuuuut
On tonight's episode of We Got Married to A Vampire Idol who Walks the Night, Mukadil has gone full creep on Yoobi-chingu AND So-Eun. Gabri, who is now dating a Gumiho, can sympathize with So-Eun, who was married to a Song Jae-Rim, who used to paint nails with Gumihos a year ago. Even behind the scenes is there no end to the madness?! And most importantly, why isn't Beon-Gae there yet with some jjajangmyeon for poor single Crown Prince?

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Sadly I don't get all the references..(never watched Vampire Idol..should I?) but I love it all the same!! lol.

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you should!!!! it's gloriously absurd. You've got hot guys as alien vampire idol trainees (Soo Hyuk, Woo Bin, and Hong Jong Hyun together AGAIN after White Christmas... yum yum droooool on my keyboard). It's episodic and sitcomy but everything is so campy (like way campier than this) and it's insane in the best way possible and all the actors look like they're having a blast. It's probably my favorite show.... ever.
https://www.facebook.com/VampireIdolFanSub

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this is awesome!!! lol on ep 5 already and omg..lol the prince trying to practice kissing with his guards has me dying!!!! Thank you for recommending it!! I love it already! lol.

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and bonus, it's Lee Yubi's acting debut!

It's got a lot in common with SWWTN that way - extremely cheesy+vampires but so incredibly watchable.

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Vampire Idol is one of the best worst shows ever. Highly recommended if you enjoy camp and extreme goofiness.

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Vampire Idol had Lee Soo Hyuk(our Gwi), Kim Woo Bin and Hong Jong Hyun all playing vampies who come to Earth from an alien planet with their prince Ppappa.

it was also the acting debut of Lee Yubi so it makes it funny to see Soo Hyuk trying so hard to eat her now haha. (her love line was with Woobin)

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This is one of the most interesting parts of the recaps, your comments. Bonggae must be having a really bad day for her not to have shown with the noodles by now. Maybe she's off somewhere saving Bbaba from another problem he and his sparkly cape have gotten into.

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I love this. Please keep it going :).

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Not having seen We Got Married, Vampire Idol, Nail Shop Paris, and Arang and the Magistrate, I got every reference on this post except for the Beon-Gae one. Where's that from?

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I meant My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho, not Arang and the Magistrate.

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Beon-gae is from Vampire Idol. She works as a delivery girl for a Chinese restaurant and she's famous for being extremely fast with her deliveries and will deliver even if you're in the bathroom or hanging off the side of a building. Lol. She's pretty awesome.

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Thank you for the recap! :)

"Huh. Is she Jin after all? If you tell me that she’s a boy masquerading as a girl masquerading as a boy, my mind will be blown."

I think it's been pretty strongly implied she could be Jin; she did mention that she's always pretended to be a boy, as far back as she can remember. Of course, she also has some strange memory loss.... In that case, I wonder if Jin was an older brother that she's since forgotten because of whatever trauma occured, and that's why Yoon thought she resembled him? Hmm.

"Gwi always talks to Sung-yeol like they’re old friends, and it’s a little sad how obvious he is about wishing he could turn Sung-yeol to the dark side so that they could be bestest buds forever and ever."

Agreed! I think there's a tiny, tiny sliver in Gwi that's lonely--alas, he's too busy being a murderous, power hungry monster to try and make himself some friends lol. You made Sungyeol drink the blood of the woman he loved; he's never gonna be your buddy!

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They gave out too much info on Yang-sun so we kind a figure it out by episode 2. I know it's unbelievable that her father would dress her up as a boy when she was little but maybe he wanted her to have a proper education since he was a teacher himself. Maybe Sadong was in on it too because he trusted him with his son's life. I could be wrong but I believe that Yang-sun is Jin.

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I also wondered why he would dress her up as a boy from childhood. Then it hit me. GWI has a habit of going after the King's women. Since he knew about Gwi, thanks to Yoon's father, he might have disguised her as a girl from birth to keep her from becoming a victim. He didn't want her to become one of the king's women or to be used in the same way the Prime Minister used his daughter.

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Protecting her from Gwi makes the most sense.

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But also isn't it normal back in the older times for the girls protection to have them dress up as a boy anyway? Though like what Candice suggested protecting her from Gwi is definitely a good reason.

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Strangely I am getting fond of Changmin's character :) ... I am a KSE fan and like others I am also sad of her least screen time :( but hey she acts her shots like a boss :) Loooovvvveee you <3, in last ep I was wanting Gwi to kiss Hye ryung :P

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i like his endearing soft tone of speaking. as if he's speaking with children all the time, teasing them. there is some delicacy in his tone, but not feminine, its kinda addicting.

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he normally speaks like that too, without the sageuk tone of course x)

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I don't think I am falling for prince for Changmin's acting or voice I mean both is good but the writing is good too :)

But in voice department, Lee Soo Hyuk conquers them also, he looks very alike to Park Chan Yeol of Exo, PCY also has a husky voice if anyone is in to kpop, will understand.

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I have to agree with you. The writing and development for his character is the most consistent. His acting is good, he is better than expected but not on the same level as the leads.

I love Jun-ki's voice too.

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surprisingly Changmin's character is quite charming, and i quite liking his character. it saddens me as well that she got less screen time but i will wait for next week's episodes to see her character development.

lol maybe Gwi will make a force kiss towards Hye Rung?

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That was my wish before the show started, that Changmin would turn into Prince Charming and he is doing that and more.
I love all his scenes with Yang-sun and I'm shipping them even though her heart belongs to our hero.

I have a feeling that it will take Hye-ryung, Yang-sun, Prince Charming and Sung-yeol to bring Gwi down.
Hye-ryung needs Charming to turn her frowny face into a smile. Even if he doesn't love her I think he will be good to her.

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But isn't like a rule of the dramaland universe, that if you give someone shoes it means you definitely won't end up with them?

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Not exactly of dramaverse, but a saying in Korea, right?

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A young man giving a young lady shoes is more like a declaration of love in that era.

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Not a force kiss, I don't know how to say it just I feel so much sexual tension when Gwi and Hye Ryung are together, even more than Sung yeol and Yung Sun

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someone has to pay attention to the girl, and i ship gwi and HR. i mean, not that i am complaining that YS has our vampire hero's full attention, i am just surprised that after the tearful encounter with Hye-Ryeong he was all like 'ah, a mistaken indentity? ok then, let's forget it'

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Yeahh that's strange actually, he just not even thought who was she?? He was more keen to know about YS though for right reasons and actually his priority but still if that was the case they should not show the teary encounter. The show could just let Sung Yeol be surprised and then leave.

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Was that around the writer change? Or am I thinking of another drama? Would explain dropped plot lines and inconsistencies.

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this is late but he did realise she wasn't a vampire (the only way Myung-hee could be "alive" now) since she was free of bite marks, answered to another name, and walking around in broad daylight (and Sung-yeol has the only set of protective clothing in existence that allows him to do that/enough supervamp ability to withstand the sun).

I feel like the scene where he nearly bit Yang-sun afterwards on the bed was probably where he realised that, not only was Yang-sun not Myung-hee, the girl he saw in the market with Myung-hee's face wasn't Myung-hee either. It should have been conveyed better, but I can see how it could have happened.

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"who was married to a Song Jae-Rim, who used to paint nails with Gumihos a year ago."

Dead! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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@cali @Lizzie - Vampire Idol has the three boys AND it was Lee Yubi's acting debut, it's really funny and so cute.

Mukadil should really get over his bad creeping habit, someone should tell him that Gabri is ok with Yoobi's new vampire boyfriend since now it is clear they just switched partners with the Arang-Satto couple.

And it suits both couples since Yoobi now has amnesia just like Arang! .

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I am COMPLETELY addicted to this drama. Am so glad this is soooo much better than I hoped for.

Plus...how can Lee Jun-Ki be so 'hot hot' with his hair up and so 'pretty/hot' with that flowing mane of glory? What I mean is Lee Jun-Ki is HOT.

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(why can't I leave replies T__T)

@Quiet Thought was also right in the last ep when they said Lee Yubi must be consciously choosing to act like an aegyo-filled modern girl and not a Joseon man or woman at all. Because she can definitely act with that manner and tone if that was how her role is interpreted, look at Gu Family Book. Right now she doesn't even seem like the same girl from that drama!

Gwi is badly in need of friends but I don't think anyone is going to be his friend if he keeps trying to kill them and eat them. When we say"he is so thirsty for companionship", his problem is that he is literally thirsty, ha.

now I just hope the vampires running effect stops looking like the Roadrunner in those cartoons (I saw those after someone mentioned it in the last thread and they look exactly like that!)

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I don't expect Yang-sun to act like a proper Joseon lady. She has been raised as a boy all her life.

They need to stop showing the fangs too. It's so fake and it makes me laugh. We already know that vampires have fangs lol.

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they need to stop/fix ALL of the following things imo

- the fake-looking fangs
- the Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner-look effect when Gwi or Sung-yeo are running super fast
- THE VOICEOVERS of what people are thinking. Has the PD not heard of the concept of communicating through facial expression and body language?

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Ikr? THE VOICEOVERS is what annoys me the most about K-dramas. We are not stupid we can tell what the hell is going on. Just act....

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what makes it even more stupid is that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the actors is well capable of conveying the exact feelings/words of those damn voiceovers, through just a shift of facial expression. But no, waste their time by dragging them into a recording room.

It would even be less annoying if they actually just talked to themselves like Gwi used to.

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The subs are taking FOREVER to be available in my region, so I shall content myself with recaps. Your recaps usually turn out more interesting than the drama sometimes, so much so that I usually give up those dramas and just read the recaps instead. Thank you.

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ehh have you checked subscene? or watch it online on myasiantv

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It is out already in subscene

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seriously SY,what were you thinking going up against Gwi. Ah I see..as the good guy you thought you could defeat him after feeding on animals for a long time?com'on.
Even at that, Gwi is more experienced in fighting(maybe its because he was once like you under teacher or is older than you).
liked this episode so much and I'm begging writer-nim and PD-nims to allow SY's hair down. He looks more intimidating that way(and Hot hehehe).

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I don't believe he really thought he could win, he just wanted to stall Gwi long enough for Yangsun to escape (and for the sun to come up).

I agree that they should let Sungyeol's hair down much more often. Rawr~

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Agreed, he knows that he can not destroy Gwi and that's why he is looking for that darn book. Sounds like Sung-yeol is becoming more human with his new diet.

I'd love to see Jun-ki with long hair but that wig needs to be taken back to the Shine or go Crazy set.

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lol. yes the mane was a bit too much, even after i watched all the episodes in arang in a vain hope for our magistrate to get rid of his topknot or what it is called, at least for a while.

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Haha agreed! They need to get the guys in this show some better quality wigs and extensions.

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I thought he was doing a rope-a-dope to first get the bag and then prolong the fight until dawn. No?

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That is how I interpreted it as well. I'm sure he was hoping he might get lucky and kill him, but I don't think he thought that was likely.

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Thanks for the recaps GF. I'm a Fans of you & JB. I've been waiting for this since last night.

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I don't understand if there still some negative comments about this drama or some lead characters. Basically I have nothing to say against this drama . Every one doing their parts beautifully. And I love Leejunki and Leeyobi. both are adorable. Though I sympathy with ChangMin too.

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Just want to say I really enjoy this drama . Amusing to watch.
Since the first episode I already guess Leeyobi is Jin ... no surprise ....

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I guess Leeyobi could be the key to kill Gwi ..... just wait and see....
I love this drama ... as much as AATM ....

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Sigh~ long hair! He's just so pretty and compelling <3

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Yes... that's why I think too..... Junki looks so stunningly beautiful with long hair ... and his glare ..Oh !

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Indeed. I've watched the last five min of the ep like, 6 times...hehe

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Why wonder about the reveals when we can speculate... ;-)

Why has Yang Sun had to masquerade as a boy her entire life? Was her father hiding her from someone since birth? Who? Why?

Who/what was her mother and what happened to her?

What exactly was Yang Sun's injury that it had to be healed by burning her and leaving a giant scar? (Evokes the powder that Sung-yeol uses to cauterize his wounds. Was she vampirized and somehow healed?)

If she didn't live as her father's daughter her whole life, what else would she have to live as? Someone else's daughter? (Or did the subs miscommunicate what her dad said?)

Why do some people turn into vampires and others just die? Why do they have to burn the bodies? Do they not decompose?

Why do vampires fight like cats? Because they're so pretty?

Is Prince Sado dead or 'almost dead'? In his place of rest he's restrained by the same hawthorne roots that Gwi used to restrain Sung-yeol.

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What I'd love to see:
If this story is an allegory of Yeongjo/Sado/Jeongjo - with Gwi as the Andong Kim's - I'd love it if Sado's just almost-dead. It'd be a clever turn to bring him back to life so he can enact the misdeeds alleged in Lady Hyegyong's (equally fantastical) tale.

The backstory of Gwi's ascension to power would mirror the monarchy's reliance on the clans' armies to establish and entrench its power. It'd be consistent with drama-Sado's dying comment that the key to defeating Gwi is the people. In real life, during the latter point of Yeongjo's reign, a popular uprising was the only legitimate threat to the (Andong Kim) clan's power. And it's been speculated that the reason real-Sado died was because he was in contact with people who were fomenting an uprising.

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This drama does not deserve to tap into the real history with this kind of crappy writing but's hard not to think about Yeongjo/Sado/Jeongjo especially with Lee Soon-Jae playing King Yeongjo again. He must be rolling his eyes when reading the script lol.

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Interesting point. I guess the way I look at it is, I don't expect literary perfection in something that's only aiming to entertain. I mean, how seriously can you take a vampire story anyway? So I could get behind using Scholar to reimagine Sado's story. It's just as easy to imagine him a vampire as it is to imagine him the person portrayed in the Memoirs. If Scholar has plot holes, Memoirs has caverns big enough to go spelunking in.

And the OTT way that story was told was so melo, it was cringe-inducing. Kinda like the writing you'd find in a novel sold in the supermarket checkout line. So for me, one bit of pulp fiction deserves another.

Regarding the Sado theories, I thing the most reliable way to suss out the likely history is to look at the flow of money and power around that time. That's led me to believe that Lady H's story was likely ghostwritten (or at least orchestrated) by Queen Jeongsun. The killings described in it were probably real, but were assassinations done by her family clan in their efforts to cement their power over king and court. Jeongjo seemed to believe this. And after Jeongjo's early demise, I suspect Lady H went along with the ruse to get the assassinations and executions of her family/clan members to stop.

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Sad thing is Sado knew his demise was coming right before it happens.

That scene with Sadong and young Yoon kind of remind me of it. When he told Yoon that if something happens to him to trust only Jin's father.

Gidget, we are not suppose to be thinking here. We are suppose to enjoy the pretty haha.

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I guess I should add, why I find the whole thing fascinating. A case can be made that the Clan's ascension to absolute power during the Yeongjo/Sado/Jeongjo period was a pivotal point for later world events.

Here's one way of looking at the eventual consequences. Once in uncontested power, the Clan's greed sapped the economic strength of the nation. And by the time that the Clan lost power, the monarchy had suffered such a long line of puppet-kings that the monarchy itself was on life support. Korea again appeared a soft target for the Russian and Japanese expansionist desires that sparked the Russo-Japanese conflict. Which resulted in the Japanese occupation of Korea. This necessitated the monarchy looking to outside parties for help.

One faction of the monarchy looked to China (Sheesh, how sad to look again to the empire that kept you in bondage for most of your history...especially when said empire sees itself as the 'child of the dragon' and the entitled ruler over all asiatic people).

But China was weak at the time and another faction of the monarchy looked to Russia, based on it's promises of help with no strings attached. In reality Russia coveted Korea for its warm water ports (at the time it's eastern warm water port was leased from China). This set the stage for Russia eventually participating in the pacific theatre of WWII in order to gain a right to post-war influence (in particular over Korea).

That led to the 'temporary' division of Korea into North and South after the war was over. Which set the stage for undermining the west's intended reunification efforts. Which led to separate states. (Food for thought: it's a reasonable contention that if the monarchy hadn't collapsed it would have been very hard for the international community to acquiesce to the demand to divide Korea into separate protectorate states.)

Two Korean states eventually led to the Korean war, when Russia again tried to work through North Korea to expand it's dominance over the entire peninsula. This led to greater American presence to stand alongside its ally.

Ultimately a weakened Russia and stronger China led to a realignment of North Korean communist sponsorship. Which continued to prop up an increasingly paranoid regime. This regime (ahem, 'somehow') acquired nuclear capability and became obsessive about building it's military. This led to the ongoing virtual bankruptcy of the North Korean state. Which leads to today's saber rattling at South Korea (really, in an attempt to fill it's empty coffers by extorting "aid" money from the US.) It is also a conduit for proliferating arms and military technologies to sponsors of global terrorism.

So from this perspective here's the big idea: what happened in the palace during the Yeongjo/Sado/Jeongjo era is no small matter. A case can be made that the butterfly effect makes that era transcend from a tragic and fascinating chapter of Korean history, to a...

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pivotal point in world history and ongoing current events.

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Interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing :).

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wow, that is really interesting. Definitely gave me a new perspective on the events of SWWTN...

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I think Yangsun Family were captured and treated as traitor. All traitor sold as slaves and YS was stamped with a letter ( called SLAVE) .. . Then the father burned the letter with hot iron ... and it leaves a huge scars....

Well let's wait and see .... true or not ...

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Crap I have to wait till next week to find out what happens. I'm deeply engrossed by just reading recaps, it must be awesome watching this show and the wait must kill you guys.
LJK and Gwi with rock hair all that's left is muisc to complete this muisc video.

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Perfect song for our vampires from my fav band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFQYaoiIFh8

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OMG this show.

Everyone, stop being cute and shippable! My kokoro can't take it.

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I like this episode, thanks for the recap. Each week I just wait for this drama...

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Why no one think of pairing Yoon & HyeRong ??? ~~~

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lololololol! "What, no lips? That's so unlike you scholar-nim." DYING
Omg that was so funny.
Anyway, I'm actually hoping Yangsun finds out about our Scholar-nim's vampire status sooner than later. Her character is a nice ray of sunshine but Im hoping that with her no longer in the dark about Sungyeol, Lee Yubi's acting chops can really start to shine. Like someone states somewhere before, as cute and bright as Yangsun is, It's during parts where she needs to convey deeper emotions that Lee Yubi really shines. Like when she was desperate for Sungyeol to help her back at the house or at the end of this episode with her crush literally dying before her. I'm excited to see how Yangsun will really start to help our hero see he's worth a happy life. And how she'll make him believe in himself, her, and everyone around them.

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It’s during parts where she needs to convey deeper emotions that Lee Yubi really shines.

Exactly. She does very well at portraying Yang-sun as a sugar rush in human form, but she is capable of so much more when she has to tap into a little more emotional depth, like in the scenes you described, or the scene where she tells Yoon to leave her with the loan sharks because it wasn't his problem to deal with.

I really hope Yang-sun starts to have a more active role in the central plot and story because right now, she's a little out of it except for the fact that the men of this drama are a bit obsessed with her. (hopefully not in a Mary-Sue way)

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I want to see Yubi go all out here because she can if they let her. She is really cute in this drama but I also can see her as a total evil bitch in a different drama and owning it.

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The question is, will they let her? Because restricting an actress of her talents to nothing but sweet and cute, is a bit like having a thoroughbred racehorse in the stable and never letting it out for more than a trot. Your horse will trot very well, but can do so much more! Though this is better than Pinocchio, where her role was the equivalent of never being let out of the stable at all.

Sorry for the horse metaphors, but you get what I mean ;)

(and she made a pretty good mean-girl seductress in her small role in The Royal Tailor, so yeah, she would make a fantastic evil bitch if the role called for it, a lot like her mother)

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Sadly I don't think they will :(. On top of playing Yang-sun she is also the comedic relief for the show. Usually in sageuks they would have different characters for that like the 3 stooges in Arang.
Your horse metaphors is spot on!

Oh man, Miri went batshit crazy with Lady Choi in Dae Jang Geum. I love Lee Young-ae but Miri was the reason why I stuck around. I was done with the show when Lady Choi died.
So yea I can see Yubi going there and rocking it.

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yeah, literally everyone around her is involved in deadly plots and conspiracies, and here she is, as innocent as a lamb to all of it lol. Though it makes me really miss the way Arang herself was written to not only be funny and cute, but was given more dimension as the drama progressed, with the fleshing out of her backstory. I suppose it's wishful thinking that Yang-sun might get even some semblance of that :/

I confess, I was worried about Yubi's first ever leading role being opposite such a major star/sageuk heavyweight instead of the younger actors people in her age group usually get paired with. But she's unexpectedly quite a good match for him, her expressiveness and screen presence really works in her favour there. And so does the age gap, weirdly enough. It does serve nicely to drive home the idea that he's a full century older than she is.

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I too am hoping she gets to act 100%. HOPEFULLY, her past being slowly revealed will allow the writers to write a way for her to become more than a dear-in-the-headlights, comic-relief, something-for-the-boys-and-vampires-to-fight-over character. Lee Yubi is able to project so much more and with so many more episodes to go I'm praying whoever is in charge of the script sees her potential.

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Also, do either of you think that there's a possibility that her begininng to dress like a girl will help her character development? lol, Yubi posted some recent pictures of her dressed in a women's hanbok so I'm wondering why all of a sudden Yangsun would be doing that

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Osen - Naver: 'Scholar' Lee Yoo Bi confesses to Lee Joon Ki "What's happening with my feelings?"

1. [+178, -18] Thanks for the random kiss scene ㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+155, -33] Lee Yoo Bi's a good actress. I don't get why she's getting bashed. The kiss scene totally made my heart race ♥

3. [+152, -32] Lee Yoo Bi was cute today

4. [+1,679, -32] Watching this for Lee Joon Ki. You've got my Wed-Thur thrills covered

5. [+1,307, -182] Lee Yoo Bi was sooo adorable todayㅋㅋㅋㅋ Anyway, I'm buying the scholar's dream

6. [+1,029, -224] Give Kim So Eun more screen time ㅠㅠHer scene today was less than a minute ㅠㅠ

7. [+130, -16] The other aspects of the drama need improvement.. Right now it's too focused on the love line and I'd like to see more scenes that would bring out their acting skills.

8. [+130, -16] That kiss totally made my heart flutter but when did Sung Yeol start liking Yang Seon?... And why did this episode end with Gwi feasting on someone's neck?

9. [+88, -10] Lee Joon Ki's so sexy... ♥

10. [+60, -6] The men in this drama are so dreamy. Lee Soo Hyuk's voice. Lee Joon Ki's gaze ♥

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^these are k-netizen's comments for episode 5.

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They just now realized that Yubi can act? We've been preaching that since Gu Family Book.

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apparently we didn't preach hard enough but....preach!

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Don't really mind the romance angle being so fast at the moment being known it is a 20 episode drama,i think they really want to set the emotional moment between YS and our tormented hero before going more deep into the story and the KSY taking a more present role in the story(even more when her char. wasn't originaly in the webtoon),even more for YS to find out his nature etc. i really suspect they want to make our hero start "feeling" for a women again even if it's not a deep love yet,it will be even more hard if YS life is the key to Gwi death...i think they want to go that route with him making another choice for a loved one maybe

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I also thought SY fell for YS a little too quickly, but his explanation to lady minion this episode made it more understandable. She touched a part of his heart that has been hidden for a long time by reminding him of what it felt like to be human and have love and hope. A couple episodes ago we also saw that she reminds him of his first love through that flashback in the rain. It totally makes sense that he might be swept away in those nostalgic feelings for a moment but still have no serious intentions of staying with her (yet).

p.s. I LOVED that both times he called YS "pretty" he meant her inner character. swoon~ :)

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Oh my Lee Jun Ki's eyes literally mesmerized me and undressed me. He does not need to have any words spoken out of his mouth! If this is too graphic, then delete this post! :)

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His staring alone makes me swoon ?

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*sighs.....I know! The struggle is real.

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His Glare + His Voice ........ HIs Charismatic Gait ... LOL. You are not the only one here ......

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The way he conveys his feelings with his eyes is pure magic.

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yeah, oppa's gaze is something else in this series.

(and speaking of undressing her with his eyes, that scene in the gibang in ep 2 really did have me swooning because I've never seen THAT look in his eyes in any of his previous dramas.)

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*SCREAMS!!!!!! :)

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LOL. It's kind of sad that we are watching this drama against our better judgement just to squeeee over our oppas and bias.

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It's so weird, this drama is so damn clumsy sometimes, its promo materials gave away way too much vital info that should have stayed a secret to enhance the viewing experience, but it's still keeping me hooked. Largely because of the cast, even when they're imperfect or wear bad wigs.

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Yea it's watchable. I dropped Joseon Gunman pretty early. It's weird that I'm still watching and reading everything about this darn show.

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I guess it's the wholesome cheesiness and the cast. Although I'm still holding out for some good conspiracy thrills when we get the secret plan in action...

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This secret plan better be good or I'll be hating on this writer.

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I have never seen LJK as hot before his role here ♥

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Now that it's confirmed that YS is Jin like i suspected from the start i'm more curious about the backstoy of her family(suspect she is noble)and how this weapon to kill Gwi actually works and how the Prince knows how to find it(century after being applicable)...I think more than sure her family made her a boy from the moment she was born to hide her genre to the world with the former Prince Sadong knowing it..I suspect her blood is like a poision for Gwi but how does it work in terms of being uncovered, the person etc. those tehnical detailes,does she have a mark on her body that is the sign of it or what...Curious if it was passed down in YS real family,the blood if that is indeed the weapon of it and how did The Prince Sadong found out who she is,i suspect tHE Late Prince knew quite well "Jin" is the solution and let his son give the brush case to "him" and be a boy/friend to his son to keep it safe and harder to track from "Jin" also being somehow a puzzle and under Gwi nose(as he thinks the weapon is only the book)

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There was a monk that was mentioned in earlier episodes in regards to Yang-sun living as a boy. It was his instructions in order to keep her safe. Maybe there is something more to it.

I think Prince Sadong knew about Jin being a girl too. There is no way Scholar Seo, his most trusted confidant would deceive him. Yoon and everyone else in the Palace were kept in the dark about it.

The scar is too small to be a slave mark so I agree with you.

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we had so much information about Yang-sun from day 1, that none of this comes as a surprise except her having cross-dressed even as a young child.

I really like the theory that Yang-sun's childhood crossdressing was to protect her from potentially being chosen as one of the king's 'women' even in Yoon's generation, since Gwo seems to like dinners made up of royal consorts.

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Same and that's probably the reason why.

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Harry Potter references/theory:

Yangsun/Jin survived Gwi's attack and is hiding herself. Just like Harry, she has that scar and will be the one to ultimately bring about Gwi's death. Or rather help SY kill Gwi since he's the hero of course.

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Also it's not that she's hiding herself, she doesn't know or remember her past...just that her current family is protecting her from her fate. I think she is destined to bring Gwi down. Lol ...just a theory

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I can see her being the secret weapon with that heart of hers but I don't see her bringing Gwi down on her own. It will take more "people."

1. Sung-yeol's strength - Yang-sun's protector. He is not Gwi's equal but he is still stronger than any human.

2. Yoon - (Yi-san) His love for his people and to avenge his father's death.

3. Hye-ryung - most likely will betray Gwi. She has major attitude (which I like) and resentments towards those who may have wrong her. She doesn't take crap from anyone either including her own father.

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Is he not Gwi's equal or does he not know how to tap into his strength?

We saw Sung Yeol knock Gwi across the room on day 1, to for the sake of someone he loved.

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Well, I believe he needs to be drinking human blood to match Gwi's strength. Killing him is a mystery so I don't think they are quite equal.
I think Gwi would've killed Sung-yeol if he stabbed him in his heart like he did with Hae-Seo. Instead he went for his gut so the show wont end here lol.

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Sounds good but i don't think Gwi knows of her or what is the weapon to kill him,don't think his former Master ever told him that...I'm more curious about his backstory as well,if he was human hunter turned by the Master into a vampire to kill more Vampires with the powers they had but on the way lost his soul and became the things he hated or he was a vampire born trained to become a slayer etc.

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Ya .. I've got a feeling Leeyobi is the key to kill Gwi too ....
But I think the scar is because of the iron stamp to erase the " Slave " letter ?

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Did anybody noticed that Hye Ryung's maid is one of the lesbians from seonam girls investigators.

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Can someone tell me when will a vampire's bite kill u and when will it turn u into another vampire in this version?

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When you get the answer please tell me I was asking from the 3rd ep

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This is just a guess, but I believe vampire bites always turn you into a vampire. That's why everyone Gwi bites/kills is then burnt or stabbed in the heart. When they wake up as a vampire seems to wary though. Some wake up right away, like the booksellers; Our hero took the whole night to wake up, while the hero's first love didn't wake up at all.

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So she died? But why didnt she turn into a vampire instead since no one burn or stab her ?

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She was burned by Gwi.

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I've been asking about the vampire logic for a couple of episodes as well. If Gwi bit a few booksellers who then died, immediately woke up as vampires, and fed on other booksellers, why were they all dead in a pile the next morning? Why didn't they go on being vampires instead of dead and then piled up presumably by the guards/police before they were all burned?

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Presumably Gwi staked them all. You can see that the dead bookseller had a stab wound over his heart as he is being tossed into the pit.

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I agree. I read the scene when SY was watching Gwi burn his gf's body, that he was struggling with the opportunity to save her and live with her as a vampire or let her die completely and not become a monster. T.T he chose to let her go. At least that's what I thought, it wasn't very clear.

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my guess is if you get bitten, you turn into a vampire no matter what, it's like getting rabies.

but the vamped corpse Sung-yeol stabbed with the hawthorn dagger in ep 2 only woke when the moon rose which is when Sung-yeol stabbed him to finish him for good.

So my theory is vamp bite+moonlight= newly risen ravenous vampire

and vamp bite but no moonlight = drained dead body.

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oops I meant, if you get bitten+moonlight, you become a vampire, otherwise you're just dead.

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So that I can keep Yang-sun safe, so that she can live her whole life as my daughter.” Huh. Is she Jin after all? If you tell me that she’s a boy masquerading as a girl masquerading as a boy, my mind will be blown.

One Q isnt Jins father a court official Yang-suns father is a book seller????

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Jin is Scholar Seo Jung-do’s daughter. Scholar Seo was Prince Sadong's teacher (if I remember correctly) and confidant. Jin's father was also the keeper of Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary.
Scholar Seo was framed for treason together with Prince Sadong and Scholar No Chang-sun (Yoon's current best friend's) father. They were all killed by Gwi.

When the head of the family is executed for treason the whole family is stripped of their title/rank and becomes state slaves.

I believe Jin was rescued or bought by Prince Sadong's personal book sellers (Yang-sun's current father and uncle). Her current father Jo-Saeng adopted her and changed her name to Jo Yang-sun.

That's my take on her past for now.

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Thanks for tying this together.

Why do you think she would have lived as a boy when she was so young? Have they given any hints?

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No hint just speculating and I'm with (Candice and pogo) here. It was done to protect her from Gwi.

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I keep saying to myself why he's freaking pretty,why??? while watching the drama!! I mean the main lead. Ohmygod *Swoooooon

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I had a brain wave whilst sleeping - here's my vote for a possible way to kill Gwi:

The people learn of his existence and accept that they need to help get rid of him. Everyone donates a little blood into a big bowl which Kim Sung Yeol drinks. Now that he's finally got a bunch of people blood in him, he's strong. He's also smart and a master swordsman / fighter which is why the Guardian chose him as his replacement in the first place. Super Yeol now goes out and fights Gwi in his lair - dragging him into the sunlight and killing him.

I realize that this doesn't involve Jo Yang-Sun, so it's an imperfect method - but it does solve the 'The way to kill Gwi is people' riddle.

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After the horrific massacre of terrified, innocent men that opened this episode, I'm not sure what this says about us that we're still chatting about the love lines.

But, that's court politics in Westeroes . . . I mean, Joseon.

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I'm pretty sure we started there. I mean the whole series opened up with the massacre of innocent women and all we could talk about was how hot the vampires were.

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and the kissing lol.

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The Wife: "Will someone PLEASE just do a Buffy re-make?"

Me: "Willow is soooo yummy"

The Wife: "The couch is sooo comfy ..."

Me: "But not as yummy as you ... "

The Wife: "Too late ... here's a pillow"

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Hahahahahaha!

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Hehehehehe

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I thought Gwi ate all the poor booksellers, but he's enough of a sadist to vamp a few and then let them all tear themselves apart. That mass grave was scary....

and while we had a problem with intrusive background scores in the first few eps, now that the music has learned to turn itself down a notch we have intrusive voiceovers to contend with.

I mean, it's not as if the stuff being 'thought' out loud isn't perfectly obvious and often redundant to explicitly state. And in this drama , where every single member of the cast is capable of communicating the thoughts voiced out loud by the clumsy voiceover much better with their own facial expression and body language, it's particularly useless. Can they stop with that device by next week please?

(and those Vampire Roadrunner special effects, haha)

I feel like we got a lot of plot movement this ep - Sung-yeol finally finding out about Yoon's secret identity, the king also aware of his grandson being up to things, Yoon's mission. That's a good thing.

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I think our Gwi is watching his figure. That would be a lot of blood to drink. He's gotta be peeing blood non stop lol.

Yes, grandfather looked please with grandson but I hate that guard for spying on our prince.

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I wonder if blood has calories? I'm pretty sure a liquid diet is the perfect kind of diet to stay skinny on, and he can show us some more of his torso as proof of that!

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500 ml or around 1lb of human blood is about 3,500 calories.

I wonder how much blood does he need to drink to stay alive. Does he need it once a month like Sung-yeol? Does his power increase when he drinks more?

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I hate to bring up Twilight but Edward needed around a lb of animal blood per day to stay alive. I'm guessing Sung-yeol's current diet is similar to Edward's.

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well, he did drain those soldiers of blood like a butcher would, hanging them upside-down and all (and having Hye-ryung serve it up) and that was before making the booksellers into dinner. He certainly doesn't seem to diet!

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"I mean, it’s not as if the stuff being ‘thought’ out loud isn’t perfectly obvious and often redundant to explicitly state. "

@Pogo
But remember, that's you. A drama that's aimed at a public broadcast audience can't only appeal to the smart. The best that most dramas will probably do is not offend your sensibilities too-too much.

Seems to me that, by necessity, most dramas lower the bar a bit so they can resonate with a broad demographic. And they'll fill in small gaps within each episode so new viewers understand what's going on (which then looks like redundancy).

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I've never seen any other drama be so blatant about the assumption that its audience is too stupid to catch an expression and parse what it might mean. Even Warm & Cozy didn't do that!

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also, we only started getting the superfluous thought-voiceovers this week.

Before that, we were doing just fine - remember the scene where Sung-yeol gets firsthand evidence of Yang-sun being a girl when she changes clothes in the gibang? Literally all he needed to convey his reaction to this new but not surprising piece of information was a very considering, slightly narrow-eyed look. No "oh hey, she's a girl!" voiceovers because that simply wasn't necessary.

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watching the show again with sub's,I laughed out loud at a particular scene.
Gwi was walking on the joseon runway. Oh Lee so hyuk,u amaze me to no end.lol

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Gwi finally came out of his cave this episode! Whoo!!

I can't help but love Changmin's character. I hope he doesn't die trying to kill silly Gwi.

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Haha why does the topknot always fall off when heroes are fighting? I remember it happened in Tree with deep roots as well. Love the mane of glory though!! Until I saw it then I realized how boring the top knot was.

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Lol reading comments here are more fun rather than watching the drama itself. For now I'm just reading the recap n comments before I decide to watch this again or not.

This drama got many hotties I.e LJK, LSH, CM and KSE but the plot is going something wrong, wic caused me loss my interest. Even the love line between L