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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 7

We’ve got a couple great hero characters in play here, working their way toward a grand fight to do the right thing and defeat evil, and I count it fortunate that I love both our male lead characters, for different reasons. They both marshal their forces together and prepare to charge forward, but you can’t help itching for the day they put their trust in each other (and live out the epic bromance we know they’d be so awesome at). I mean, with Gwi already bro-obsessed with Sung-yeol, what would be better than one of his foes stealing away his obsession AND defeating him forever and ever?

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EPISODE 7 RECAP

After his fight with Gwi, a badly injured Sung-yeol is helped by Yang-sun to a hut. He won’t let her call for a doctor, saying that his people will be arriving, then falls unconscious.

His sidekicks don’t know where he is, however, and are especially worried because his powers are weakest on the eve of the full moon—if he encountered Gwi last night… they shudder to think. Worse yet, Sung-yeol must feed on blood before the moon rises tonight.

Su-hyang tries to hold onto hope, saying that in the many years she’s known him, Sung-yeol has never forgotten about feeding. I think that, English lit majors, is what we call foreshadowing.

Yang-sun does her best to dress Sung-yeol’s wounds, trying to stanch the bleeding in his side. She heads out hunting for a medicinal plant to treat him, her efforts sending her tumbling down a hill and scraping up her face. But she gets the plant, and applies a paste made with it to the stab wound.

She runs out of clothing to rip into bandages, so she pulls off her chest binding, using that as a fresh bandage. Noticing an older-looking scar on Sung-yeol’s shoulder, she wonders, “Who are you? What have you endured?”

Night falls and the full moon emerges, and while Yang-sun is out of sight Sung-yeol starts to twitch as his bloodlust stirs. His body seizes in convulsions, and then he falls limp.

Elsewhere in the woods, a mourner pays his respects at his father’s fresh grave. But he notices something odd and inspects the coffin, and when he pulls off the lid (oh god why would you do that), he finds not his father but Gwi lying there. The mourner becomes an easy dinner. Glug glug.

By now, both Su-hyang and Ho-jin are practically beside themselves in worry—the full moon is out and Sung-yeol is still gone. Su-hyang is in tears, fearing the worst.

Yang-sun also fears the worst, noticing that Sung-yeol’s body seems colder. With trembling hand she checks for a breath and a heartbeat, not picking up much. She grows increasingly scared, urging him to wake up with desperate pleas, and her tears mix with her bloody scrape and drip down onto his face.

The blood-mixed tears trickle into Sung-yeol’s mouth, and that revives his senses. Seeing him stir, Yang-sun swoops down to hug him in relief—putting her bared neck right in front of his eyes. His eyes flare red… his fangs grow… he starts to lurch for her neck…

Sung-yeol tamps down the bloodlust at the last second, and shoves her aside. He orders her to follow him outside and leads her along the mountain path, staggering badly but refusing her help, keeping her at arm’s length.

His sidekicks come across them as they walk, greatly relieved that he’s still alive, and Su-hyang tells them that “the preparations” have been made. He orders Ho-jin to escort Yang-sun home, and despite her protests, she reluctantly goes.

Feeding is the most pressing concern, and Su-hyang leads him to a room where a man has been bound and gagged. Uh, can we hope he’s a criminal or evil mastermind or something? Sung-yeol feeds, and the man’s screams echo through the forest. It’s enough to get Yang-sun to stop in her tracks, although Ho-jin nervously writes it off as a wild animal.

Gwi finds the hut Sung-yeol had been using and tastes the traces of blood there, realizing that Sung-yeol is still alive. For someone who sayyyys he hates Sung-yeol so much, he never seems to hate hearing that he’s still alive, does he?

Now that we’ve discovered that Yang-sun’s father has had the prince’s secret diary all along, we see how he came by it: A flashback to ten years ago places us in a house being raided.

Little Jin is hidden away in a nook of the house by his (her?) father, who doesn’t seem to expect to survive tonight’s tumult. The man asks Yang-sun’s (current) father to take care of the child, and asks him to carry out the rest of Crown Prince Sadong’s plan. He hands him a bundle.

Now, Yang-sun’s father prepares to burn the bundle—it contains the diary as well as Jin’s half of the box pair, given to him by Prince Yoon—saying that Yang-sun is more important. But his wife walks in, and he hastily hides the stash and barks at her to get out.

Sung-yeol is revived by his blood meal, and the deep stab wound in his gut has now healed over, leaving only a thin scar. But despite the recovery to his health, he’s overcome with a fresh wave of rage, directed at himself.

In the underground vampire lair, Hye-ryung treats Gwi’s injuries and informs him that with the flyers being spread, people are talking more and more about Gwi. He isn’t too worried, saying that knowing of his existence doesn’t mean they can do anything about it, and when Hye-ryung says that support is growing for Eumlan Seosaeng amongst the scholars at Sungkyunkwan University, he just drawls that he’ll kill them all. That’ll show Eumlan Seosang what happens to people who follow him.

In the morning, Sung-yeol hears that royal soldiers are arresting scholars left and right for being associated with Eumlan Seosaeng. He intercepts the officers who are rounding up the men, identifying himself as Eumlan Seosaeng. The officers rush at him, and Sung-yeol coolly leaps into the fight, dispatching them efficiently without even breaking a sweat. I mean, it’s almost anticlimactic how easy that is.

He leaves the rest to sidekick Ho-jin, who leads the group to take a boat that’ll carry them to safety.

Then he goes around delivering piles of silver to the starving families of those recently murdered booksellers, marked with a note that simply bears the name Eumlan Seosaeng. Is he the Iljimae Who Walks the Night now?

Prince Yoon had sent men to those families’ homes as well, but hears that Eumlan Seosaeng (or at least, his impostor) beat him to the punch. Ha, can you steal the thunder from yourself? Yoon also hears of the scholars’ disappearance on the way to the palace, aided by the surprise intervention of the fake Eumlan Seosaeng.

For now, things are going in Sung-yeol’s favor, with Eumlan Seosaeng’s recent deeds turning public sentiment on the side of our good guys—though he speculates that Gwi will be working to turn it back against him. Ho-jin comments on the unfamiliar rag he found in the wash, which looks like a wrap used by a woman. That starts the wheels turning in his head, but as those wheels are rusty and slow, he puzzles it over with Su-hyang, who immediately understands where it came from and sours at the thought.

Ho-jin asks her to hit him in the head once to knock some sense into him, since he can’t help thinking that Sung-yeol gets an odd look in his eye whenever Yang-sun is mentioned, like a man worrying about a woman he loves. Su-hyang snaps, “I don’t think one blow will be enough.”

Meanwhile, Sung-yeol broods over Yang-sun’s bandage and contemplates a small pouch, his mind flashing back to how worried she had been over his health and how she cried in relief when he didn’t die.

Yang-sun tries to head out to check on Sung-yeol, but finds her way blocked by her sister Dam, who refuses to let her go when there are arrest orders out for booksellers—does she care so little for her family that she’d risk putting herself and them in danger? Yang-sun tells Dam that her nickname is Flying Squirrel, and that she’s legendary for never being caught. All she wants to do is give the scholar medicine and see his face to make sure he’s okay. Dam clocks how earnest unni is and asks if she’s in love with him.

The one-armed merchant, aka former bookseller Choi Do-gab who sold out Prince Sadong, remains tucked away in a hut watched by guards. He’s overcome with guilt as he’s confronted with his past actions, and he hallucinates that Sadong sits nearby, looking upon him with a kindly smile.

Sadong tells him gently that it wasn’t his fault, and that he didn’t die because of Choi’s actions. But One Arm breaks down in tears, begging for the prince to take his unworthy life, saying that he will confess what he knows to Prince Yoon and then join Sadong in the afterlife.

But when he looks up, the seat is empty—instead, it’s Sung-yeol who stands next to him. He takes One Arm away with him, and Yoon soon hears that the man has vanished. Ha, the prince really isn’t having a very good day, is he? I mean, I’m sure it’s physically impossible to outrace a supernatural being, but maybe you’d have better luck if you actually left the house instead of sitting around hearing reports of how you’re being scooped left and right. Just sayin’.

One Arm is taken to Sung-yeol’s extensive library, and Sung-yeol asks him about that secret diary. One display of his superhuman speed clues the man in on his vampire nature, and he eyes Sung-yeol with suspicion. But Sung-yeol explains that he used to serve Prince Jeonghyeon, who told him before dying that he’d written Sung-yeol’s name in his diary.

One Arm doesn’t know where the book is now, to Sung-yeol’s disappointment, but he does recall that the diary contained five names. One of them was Sung-yeol’s, and there was a message to him containing the prince’s last will.

As he’s shown to his room, One Arm gives Ho-jin a wary look and asks if he’s also a vampire. Ho-jin says he’s just a person, and scholar-nim is “just like a person” too, saying proudly that Sung-yeol is the complete opposite of Gwi. He looks after the people who are hurt by Gwi, in fact.

Sung-yeol tries to make sense of those five names, wondering if they’re clues. Do they have something to do with Sadong’s dying words that the way to defeat Gwi was people? It’s a tantalizing but frustratingly vague clue—what about people is so important?

Little Sis Dam lands on a way for Yang-sun to meet her scholar without exposing herself, and dresses her as a woman. Yang-sun fidgets uncomfortably in the clothing, thinking she must look like a boy in girl’s clothing, but her sister assures her she’s pretty.

Yang-sun adds that Dam’s idea that she’s in love with the scholar is wrong, and that it’s totally just gratefulness she’s feeling. Dam dismisses that, calling it love, and talks dreamily of a scenario ripped out of a romance novel, where a couple with their bond would have already “gone all the way.” Yang-sun gets adorably embarrassed and shushes her sister before the fantasy gets too racy.

Yang-sun heads out, surprised when she’s not recognizable by people she’s very familiar with. In the town square, she sees a notice being pinned to the board, which offers a reward to help capture Eumlan Seosaeng.

A few citizens wonder if all this effort to arrest the man in fact suggests that he’s telling the truth, since there’s such a rush to silence him. Yang-sun pipes up that it’s true, and Sung-yeol, who’s watching from a distance, widens his eyes to see her in her getup.

He looks further dismayed when the men comment about Eumlan Seosaeng’s silver deliveries and Yang-sun says that sounds a lot more like the Night Scholar’s M.O. Ha, you can tell he wants to swoop in there to shush her, but he resists the urge.

Yang-sun spots him walking away and hurries up to catch him, just as he stops in his tracks at the sight of Hye-ryung. She thinks of the deal she made with Gwi—to bring him Sung-yeol if he would make her the king’s woman—and sends Sung-yeol a mysterious smile.

He’s reminded of Myung-hee, and starts to go after her. Yang-sun calls out to him to deliver her packets of medicine, but Sung-yeol tells her coldly to go back and heads off without waiting to hear her out.

Prince Yoon sees the notice and wonders again at the impostor Eumlan Seosaeng’s recent actions—he believes the impostor is helping him, but can’t figure out why. That’s when he sees Yang-sun walking by in her women’s clothing, and calls out to her. She doesn’t react to being called lady, but calling her young man gets her to stop and she calls out to him, “Hyungnim!”

She seems to think he believes her act as the male bookseller dressing as a woman, which, ha. I guess she has proven to be pretty dense, though that’s pushing it. Yoon doesn’t contradict her, and just teases that if she were a woman, he’d make her his sweetheart.

He’s surprised to see her around since she was supposed to leave for Tamra yesterday, and Yang-sun explains that the departure was just pushed a couple days. She notices that he seems to be in a heavier mood today, and he admits that he’s on the cusp of making a big decision, and he’s a little afraid of defeat. Yang-sun playfully reads his face (as he once did with her) and assures him that it’ll work out—and that as long as he keeps trying, he won’t be defeated.

Their attention is diverted by a crowd of scholars being rounded up by more officers, and she sighs that if only Sadong were alive—or better yet, if Eumlan Seosaeng ruled this country—the people wouldn’t suffer as much. He points out that people are suffering because of Eumlan Seosaeng right now, but she replies that they suffered before him, too. At least now they have hope for a better world.

Her words cheer him up vastly, and Yoon tells her that Eumlan Seosaeng would be bolstered to hear her words.

Hye-ryung is keenly aware of Sung-yeol following her through the streets, and isn’t surprised when he confronts her. He tells himself that she isn’t Myung-hee, but asks why she smiled at him just now—what did it mean? Hye-ryung says coldly that it came out because the look he was giving her was so absurd—like he would call her Myung-hee again and burst into tears.

She declares, “I am not the woman you are thinking of. Do not look at me that way, or follow me anymore.” With that, she heads into her home—and when Sung-yeol looks up at it, he seems to recognize something.

Yoon hadn’t shown it to Yang-sun, but he’s upset that her departure for Tamra didn’t happen, and orders his man to have her protected until she leaves.

Yang-sun makes her way to the gibang, still nettled at being ditched for another woman. Buy as she approaches Sung-yeol’s room, she overhears voices from inside—Su-hyang confirms the Tamra departure with her contact. The door slides open, and Yang-sun recognizes the familiar ajusshi, and realizes that there was more to the Tamra plan than she’d known.

So Su-hyang lays it out for her in cold detail, that she’s being sent away because they don’t trust her, and that it works out because she’s in danger of arrest (as a bookseller who dealt in Eumlan Seosaeng books). Yang-sun tells her not to decide what her feelings are, and starts to argue about what’s best for Sung-yeol’s sake.

But Su-hyang sneers at that, pointing out that he almost died saving her life yesterday, and that if she’s truly interested in doing things for his sake, she should leave quietly for Tamra.

Yoon gathers a meeting with his supporters to deliver his decision to reveal his identity as Eumlan Seosaeng. His supporters protest loudly, arguing to stay with their long-established plan of revealing Gwi’s existence to the world, and how the king and the Noron party serve him.

But Yoon argues that things are escalating, and that many lives are being lost because Gwi is out to capture Eumlan Seosaeng. If he doesn’t do something now, more innocent lives will die. He must step up as the heir and son of Sadong, and convince the citizens to trust and follow them. And then, perhaps the person in possession of that diary will bring it to them.

He’s aware of the danger this plan would put him in, but declares that if he can destroy Gwi, he doesn’t want for more. Even if he dies in the process.

Sung-yeol watches the proceedings stealthily and vows to his team to protect Yoon. They’re alarmed at his plan to prove that vampires exist by exposing himself, but he argues that Yoon is following both Jeonghyeon and Sadong in fighting against Gwi, and he can’t just let him die. He says that he’s only lived this miserable existence to eliminate Gwi—so if Eumlan Seosaeng can make it happen, he’d willingly give up his life.

In his underground lair, Gwi licks his chops, having feasted on a pile of soldiers who lay dead at his feet. He tells the king once more to bring him Eumlan Seosaeng, because the man responsible for thwarting Gwi is quite impressive, and the thought of him helping Eumlan Seosaeng makes him extremely comfortable. This one task is the only reason the king is still king, he warns.

In the privacy of his own chambers, the king tells his advisor that he must get to Eumlan Seosaeng before Gwi does. Well duh. Everybody has to get to him first!

Ah, Sung-yeol has recognized Hye-ryung’s home as the prime minister’s, and now he puts his team to the task of finding out about the daughter. That’s when they spot Yang-sun reappearing in the yard, having initially headed out dejectedly, now turning back to see him after all.

Su-hyang starts to step in to send her off, but Sung-yeol dismisses her curtly, to her dismay. Before he can say anything to Yang-sun, a drunk reveler accosts her, thinking her a gisaeng, and refuses to be put off.

So Sung-yeol steps in and shoves him back, and the man pulls the imperious “Do you know who I am?” line before registering Sung-yeol’s glare and backing off.

Yang-sun stammers that she’s okay, but Sung-yeol grabs her wrist and orders, “Don’t say a word.”

That’s when her father, having worried for her extended absence, arrives and witnesses the scene, recognizing Sung-yeol. When Sung-yeol pulls her away, Dad follows quietly behind.

Sung-yeol lets go of her wrist when she says it hurts, and asks about her scraped-up face. She says it’s not much, and says she heard why he’s sending her to Tamra. She starts to explain her real feelings, but he cuts her off, saying he’s got more important things than to hear about her feelings.

As he walks away, she asks, “Is it… simply because of that reason? That if I’m captured by officers, I would pose harm to you? I want to know your true feelings.”

 
COMMENTS

This show is so interesting, in that half the time I feel like it’s written by a giddy 13-year-old who just wants to get the two leads within kissing, hugging, or groping distance at every opportunity, logic be dammed—and the other half of the time I feel like the show manages a good share of touching character moments bolstered by good acting. It’s probably that the show feels like its parts are there, but they’re being slapped together haphazardly—good materials, but no seams to speak of. The scenes are linked only in the crudest of ways, the transitions are jarring, and the music makes me cringe. (That one cheesy dramatic-romance track! How I wish I could burn it out of existence.) I’m not sure if it’s an overall directing issue or specifically an editing one, but in any case won’t somebody else hijack the editing bay and give this show the polish it deserves?

I mean, not that Scholar was ever going to be a piece of high art, but it’s too bad that the editing is so obviously clumsy, because the story itself is flying along, and I always appreciate how much ground each episode covers. The four primary characters are all interesting in their own ways, and even annoying side characters like snappish Su-hyang are drawn with some amount of complexity. (I find her eye-rolling and bitchy, but I can understand where she’s coming from, at least.)

Every glimpse we get of Hye-ryung intrigues me, and I do think the show is playing her aura of mystery well (even though I think they could have milked it a little more by not giving away so early that she isn’t a vampire or Myung-hee). I found her deal with Gwi fascinating, when she requested to be made the king’s woman, because in this world isn’t that just tantamount to suicide? If she’s working against Eumlan Seosaeng and helping Gwi keep his dominion over the royal house, then she expects the next king to be the vampire’s patsy, which means she’d be first to go the next time Gwi wanted to force the king to do his bidding. Is she willing to take down Sung-yeol for her own aims, or is she working some kind of long game against Gwi? I don’t know, but I like that the show allows us to wonder these things.

As for Yoon, it was poignant how he and Sung-yeol essentially echoed each other this episode, pledging their lives in the fight to defeat Gwi and vowing to put everything into Eumlan Seosaeng. I can’t wait for Yoon to find out who his impostor helper is, because I foresee great moments of bonding (and some moments of clashing, but in narratively meaningful ways). They’re both noble and aligned with purpose, and they represent to each other the holes in each other’s past lives—one prince lost his childhood friend, and one friend lost his prince.

I like that Yang-sun is becoming something of an ideological partner for Yoon, without even knowing it, and that her idealism is just the push he needed to go forward with his bolder, riskier, but potentially more effective plan. And while his heart is in the right place, I also have to appreciate that Sung-yeol kind of went around showing him up by outdoing him at his own game. Where Yoon must sit and contemplate, Sung-yeol can just swoop in and act—it’s not an indictment of Yoon, who has different liabilities and burdens because of his station in life, but it does show how much more effective they could be when aligned.

Last but not least, I’m really liking how tortured and burdened Sung-yeol is, even though I think I might feel otherwise with another actor in the role. I was surprised that the show had him feeding on a seemingly random stranger—not that we don’t forgive him the necessity, but because I would have thought a K-drama would bend over backwards to justify the case, lest we think badly of a hero. I get the sense that Sung-yeol would hate himself just as virulently if he only fed on murderers, for instance, but I kind of like that it was a moot point. A guy died because he needed his blood, and as a result, Sung-yeol feels wretched and cursed. He’s able to walk in actual sunlight thanks to his extra powers, but I’m curious to see how the show will reconcile his emotional baggage and bring him into the metaphorical light.

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On tonight's Scholar who Walks Like a Vampire Idol: everyone plays hide and seek/ eat. Mukadil is it and sucks at this game. Yoobi-chingu realizes her disguise as Rabbit was much more effective than her trying to cross dress, so she grabs Yariru's magical tablet and learns how to save Satto's life with her boob wrapping cloth and a giant brussel sprout. She succeeds, sort of.

Mukadil complains about how all of his friends are dead to his dead friend Sadong. Beon Gae arrives with his order of spicy orphan tears and suggests he study English to make new friends.
TO BE CONTINUED...

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haha, and unlike Woobin-chingu spotting Yubi-chingu in the same one-of-a-kind tights as Rabbit and failing to realise she WAS Rabbit, Prince Yoon is not as easily put off the trail by Yubi-chingu's 'I'm-a-man' bluster on being caught wearing girl clothes.

It's quite funny how girls seem to strip off their clothing in front of Satto though - Arang did it at their first meeting and he tried to pretend he couldn't see her, and now Yubi-chingu did it in episode 2 and he doesn't even try to look away.

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That damn book either needs to be found or burned at this point, it's getting frustrating ?

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I honestly don't care much for Sadong's former book sellers. They are really getting on my nerves here. Yoon is Sadong's son and they know that. Why can't they trust him with Prince Jeonghyeon's diary? Yang-sun's real father told her current foster father to give it to Yoon.

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This is what annoys the hell out of me too. Yangsun adoptive father is so annoying and frustrating. To be honest, he don't want to return the book to Yoon not because he wants to protect Yangsun but because he wants to keep her for himself and for her to keep being his daughter. He just do not want Yangsun to know she is Jin and that he is not her real father.

Sadong should have just given that damn book directly to Yoon before and not give it to his advisor (YS father) just to instruct him to give it to Yoon. Of course his advisor will get killed too so why give the book to him. And that bookseller is probably my most hated character at the moment because I really think he is so selfish and that he don't have any right or any justified reason on why he is keeping the book that was never his and even planning to burn it.

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I can understand if giving the book to Yoon would cause Yang-sun real harm but that will actually save her and the whole damn country by outsing Gwi and his minions from the palace. So frustrating. Let's enjoy the pretty lol.

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Imagine if that book just says "PSYCHED!" XD

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... For some reason, I want so badly to send Gwi a very bored Alucard (from Van Hellsing) just to make Alucard's day.

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I'm wondering if they should have called it 'Scholar Who Walks the Day'. Pretty Vamp takes an awful lot of afternoon strolls.

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Meanwhile, I loved the scene where Louche Gwi was menacing the king after shuffling over in house slippers. Is it really still proper etiquette to take your shoes off when your home is a damp cave?

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omg gwi's little loafer shuffle after his creepy aegyo was hilarious. now we know what the ultimate evil wears around his house

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To me he seems kinda Hugh Hefner-ish.

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Yes. With those silk robes, the only thing is missing - bunny ears on girls he bites.

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Yang Sun is like a big bunny. I'm looking forward to her Gwi scenes.

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I was thinking more Dracula, since he chose to hang out in a coffin and snack on the poor unsuspecting son of the dead guy.

But Hefner to me has always been an 80 year old creeper, which is as far away from Gwi as I can imagine (not the creeping on girls way too young for him part, the 80 year old grandpa-looking part!)

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True. But old creepers start out as young creepers. Look at photos of HH in the early days...you'll still see him dressed in a 1/2 way open silk robe and slippers.

Come to think of it...how old is Gwi anyway?...

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Old enough to have decorated his house. Seriously, couldn't he get a few of those candle-delivering eunuchs to run down to Joseon Home Goods and pick up a pillow or two?

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Hahaha I had to rewind that part to check out his footwear! xD

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I need Yang Sun to get away from Sung Yeol. She's been respecting him, and loving him in the process, that it caused her to be hurt for no reasons when Sung Yeol pushed her away. Somehow it hurts my female ego to see her clinging into him while he's been steadily, though sometimes unsuccessfully, pushing her away. So I need Yang Sun to get away from Sung Yeol, and snapped the sense back into him, thay pushing her away doesn't put off the fire of live burning inside him. Grrrr.

Though anyway, this has been bothering me. I can't believe he actually fell for Yang Sun! He's been thinking of Myung Hee for 120 years, and when suddenly Myung Hee's doppelganger appeared in front of him, that was when he fell for Yang Sun. The timing is a bit off? For someone who is portrayed to be that faithful, I would expect some more obsessions, stalking and background checks done on Hye Ryung.

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their romance is a little bit off~ it is undeniably will happen, but make the romance more convincing and watchable.

i am a bit happy that Hye Ryung got more appearances. and will she and gwi having a hot kiss in tonight's epi? @[email protected]

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I am waiting for that actually :P I soooooooo want Gwi to kiss HR ;) ... I dont know if the romance is off or not but I find the skin show and skinship are forced sometimes, well I dont intent to stop the fan service :P ...

other than I dont know who to ship with whom, all the casts have good chemistry with each other..... disadvantage of having beautiful casts with good acting skill

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imagine how Gwi will kiss HR? by force at starts, but later will be something so hot~ lol

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I dont think Gwi has to force HR, she is acting liker puppet infront of him, I just want Gwi to taste her lips instead of the neck , once. KSE has just opposite character of Yung Sun, much in control and quite expressionless. I like it :)

I remember in last ep of WGM, she declared her as a Cold woman :D now I am waiting to see her cold side :)

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That bothers me too when exactly did he fall in love with her or did he fell in love with her? o.0 I can't read his feelings But when he was with Myung Hee it was so clear how much he loved her. I hope the writers fix this up or else it'll be a turn off point for me in this drama.

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Or, looking at it another way, she's a strong woman who's experienced the type of agency that men had in that day, and resolutely goes after what she wants. I think she legitimately doesn't know that her feelings are running deeper than friendship at this point. Or she's in denial. Same effect.

To me the fact that Sung Yeol hasn't been running all over the city looking for not-Myung Hee says something. He intellectually knows that she's a doppelganger. And for some reason Yang Sun has managed to touch his heart. So he's trying to keep her at the level of a one-sided almost-love. He's always mindful of the fact that his end-game is to kill Gwi, then die himself. So he pushes her away whenever she seems to be falling for him too.

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"To me the fact that Sung Yeol hasn’t been running all over the city looking for not-Myung Hee says something."

I completely agree. I don't know if the writing is to blame but the sudden interest in Myung Hee's character from Sungyeol seems more like an afterthought that the writers were like "oh yeah, about her..." I am interested to see how her character will be written though because the aim to become "the king's woman" isn't necessarily an evil goal, at least thats what it seems. I personally think Sungyeol will "save her" in some form or another as well.

And I also agree with the original post. More than anything I'm tired of the whole "push her away for her own good" but also having the leading actress constantly running back. Seems like some sort of unhealthy relationship if you ask me. Personally, I want Yangsun to (temporarily? maybe? maybe not?) run into Prince Yoon's arms. And for her to be playing a bigger part of the central conflict rather than love interests. (not that I'm complaining)

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Either the writer or director has a case of ADD or something. The scene with Sung-yeol and Hye-ryung should have been part of episode 5 after their first encounter.
The transitions between scenes sometimes feels out of order. This story could be more engaging and addicting if they did a better job with that.

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@Amy
I just chalk it up to the fact that they can't show everything. My assumption is that they introduced her to give the character context. Reintroduced her to keep her on our radar. But she won't be used until the right time in the story for her role in the advancement of the plot. This story isn't about SY's old love. It's about changing the power dynamics of the nation.

I'm happy that they aren't using the second leads beyond what their role in the story requires. Anything else makes them superfluous to the episodes and can only be done via annoyingly unnecessary conflict.

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but the sudden reintroduction seems choppy. Like others have said, the editing makes it seem like an after thought.
I don't mind that Hyereong doesn't play a bigger part either, and I know the story doesn't revolve around Sungyeol and his 120 year love but that story line shouldn't be reintroduced through choppy scenes like the one today where he runs into her a second time THEN becomes interested. This should've been dealt with already in my opinion.

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Honestly, I think his falling for Yang-sun is somewhat understandable, because in 120 years ruled by self-hate, brooding and grief, she's the one person who sees him as the person he wishes he was (based on his deeds), rather than the vampire he is.

Yeah, it's based on incomplete information (she doesn't know he's a vamp) and he hates himself even more because of that and for reciprocating in spite of that and the fact he wants her blood, but I can absolutely see why that innocence is appealing and the heart wants what it wants, I guess. Plus he has shown an interest in her as a woman from the moment he found out for sure she was one, based on the clothes-change scene in episode 2.

and to be honest, he'd already recognised that Hye-ryung wasn't Myung-hee, after he got the wrong end of the stick from her guards in the market. I felt like he realised it as soon as he almost bit Yang-sun after the incident, when she said she wasn't 'that person' - I felt like he got it through his head that not only was Yang-sun not Myung-hee, Hye-ryung wasn't actually Myung-hee either. He's now more suspicious of HR than anything else.

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(that said, I think that post-Hye-ryung almost-bite scene could have been more effective, since to many of us, it doesn't seem to have really got the point across that Sung-yeol's coming to his senses could easily have coincided with his realising that HR isn't MH)

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That's one of the things that I love about Yang-sun. Although she is very naive she is true to her heart. She cares about others and she shows it and gives them hope. Sung-yeol feels it and so does Yoon.

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My sentiments exactly, Kiara! Couldn't agree with you more about Yang Sun! And why we love her.

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I know this has been written and said so many times but Lee Jun Ki is just SO PRETTY, P-R-E-T-T-Y.
His outfit in this episode is just beautiful, so much elegance with a hint of handsomeness if that makes sense. I do wish they'd tone down a bit on his eyeliner though.

Yay for Yang Sun asking the question!

Thanks for the recap.

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I think the wardrobe people are doing a good job. Sung-yeol, Mung-hee and Su-hyang's hanboks are just gorgeous. I can't wait for Yang-sun's rank to be restored. She looks pretty now even in rags but she would be more beautiful dressed as a noble lady.

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The women's hanboks in this drama have a slight twist over the usual type we see in sageuks, the costume designers really did a good job with them.

I've noticed that Su-hyang's hanbok especially is styled to look almost like a western ballgown+overskirt, which is really cool to look at. Same with Hye-ryung's hair accessories, which give her a look that is somewhat distinct from the usual Joseon agasshi style.

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He looks like a Manga hero come to life.

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I love the caption written- "Is he the Iljimae Who Walks the Night now?"....seems to be so true. Good one!
Except that Iljimae leaves a plum blossom drawing on every crime scene but Sung Yeol leaves nothing except his bloody prey. LOL!

Anyone noticed Sung Yeol's new garb is pretty looking as to what Yeorim would wear in SKK Scandal? It blends nice with the black robe underneath it. :D

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And isn't the actor who plays Choi Do-gab the chief assassin from Iljimae?

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'Anyone noticed Sung Yeol’s new garb is pretty looking as to what Yeorim would wear in SKK Scandal? It blends nice with the black robe underneath it. ?'

lol MTE i was just just thinking along the same thing 'Gu Yong Ha would wear this' xD

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YESSS!!! Its definitely a Gu Yong Ha outfit! I remember while watching SKKS I loved his clothes! The material is definitely more of summery-lighter material and somewhat sheer so he layers. Different from Yoon's richer satiny-silky ones in jewel-tones. But its beautiful. It makes him look like he could walk on air which he probably could due to his hyperspeed. God Lee Joon-Gi, he makes hanbok look so so good.

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'This show is so interesting, in that half the time I feel like it’s written by a giddy 13-year-old who just wants to get the two leads within kissing, hugging, or groping distance at every opportunity, logic be dammed—and the other half of the time I feel like the show manages a good share of touching character moments bolstered by good acting. It’s probably that the show feels like its parts are there, but they’re being slapped together haphazardly—good materials, but no seams to speak of. The scenes are linked only in the crudest of ways, the transitions are jarring, and the music makes me cringe. (That one cheesy dramatic-romance track! How I wish I could burn it out of existence.) I’m not sure if it’s an overall directing issue or specifically an editing one, but in any case won’t somebody else hijack the editing bay and give this show the polish it deserves?'

You know - normally I would really care about these things - but this show is so unintentionally camp and funny and then quite 13-yo romantic by turns that it's just super enjoyable. It's got that random magic that supercedes all good storytelling and drama-making pieces. I can't help but really enjoy it despite - or because - of its flaws.

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Agree about the magic. That was so well said.

That giddy 13 year old is all over dramaland . Thankfully I think most of her time is spent over at The Time I've Loved You.

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Thanks! ;-)

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Buahahahahha! Love it!!!

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This show's saving grace is the actors. They are all doing a good job especially the 2 leads. It's hard to complain because they are acting their ass off to cover up the writer's crappy writing.
The editing people need to be bitten and turn into vampires by Gwi so they can wake the hell up and do their job.

I'm with you, despite the flaws I'm still enjoying it although sometimes I want to stab myself with with a toothpick. It's so frustrating because it could have been better if only....

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Whoever the sound mixer/editor for the background music/OST is, really needs to be taken outside and have the fear of Gwi put into them.

Because the OST/background tracks are absolutely beautiful, just as I'd expect from Oh Jun-seong (who was also responsible for City Hunter/Master's Sun, and is GREAT at action/romantic background music and themes), but there are so many scenes where stuff is WAY too loud (earlier eps), or tails off awkwardly in recent episodes.

and yes, I'm with you that the cast is the single saving grace of all this. Not a single one of them drops the ball, which is amazing - out of all the post-Arang fantasy sageuks I've seen (barring Shine or Go Crazy), this one actually has the best overall acting performances and no weak links anywhere.

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I so love the OST. "Secret Paradise": fits all of Sung-yeol and Yang-sun's dreamy scenes together. "Spring will probably come" and today's episode"Love You Again."

I don't think I will be disappointed if Jun-ki or even Yubi wont get to participate in the OST. It will be a bonus but I'm happy with what they already have so far.

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Secret Paradise is just so swoonworthy, both the melody and the lyrics.

Sometimes a great kiss scene can be ruined by an overly-dramatic or loud OST, but the dreaminess of it just fit that episode 5 scene so perfectly.

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I agree with you about the soundtrack/score. It's lush and almost cinematic in feel. But they do need to make it's only used to set the mood, instead of becoming it's own character.

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Dang auto correct...BEHAVE!

But they do need to make sure it's only used to set the mood, instead of becoming its own character.

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The background music is not helping too :'(

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Yes! This drama is just a really fun, campy view for me. And I second getting rid of that one "romantic" track. I'm so sick of it already and we're only halfway into the series.

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Can anyone help? Viki keeps translating the Sadong's last words about the way to defeat Gwi as "a person". JB says it's "people". So it's "people" not "a person"? Or can the Korean wording be translated either way?

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I'm willing to trust JB's word on this and say that it's 'people'. But if it's 'person' then could that person be Yangsun? I have a feeling she is key to destroying Gwi (though we do not know yet). Also I read on Soompi that someone has read the manga (there is another key person who will help kill Gwi as well...but I don't want to spoil here).

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I'm with JB here too. It's not going to take one person to kill Gwi. So far I suspect that it's going to take Sung-yeol, Yang-sun, Prince Charming, Hye-ryung (even though she wasn't a part of the manwha) and probably support from the citizens.

Yang-sun maybe the key but she can't do it alone.

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If you have manga spoilers could you direct me to the site
Ive been trying to find out about the manga but have been unsuccesful so far

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technically, can be translated either way. I think Sadong juz said "sa-ram" -- which can be plural or singular.

if it's "people", then it make sense for the show to later have a political revolution brought abt by its citizens.

if it's a "person", then maybe it's Yang-sun? her missing memories may hold the clue to defeating Gwi.

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Thanks sab!

It seems the story is setting us up for any of those, right? Yoon seems to think it's "people" and the populist uprising you mention. But the fact that YS has mysterious wounds, and a past that includes a mother who's identity isn't accounted for (at least not yet) and living as a boy since her earliest days - all that points to "person". With this last episode showing YS hiding in plain sight by dressing as a woman, I'm really curious to find out why she had to hide in plain site by dressing as a boy as a toddler.

(To others: Of course, I'll always trust Javabeans' translations over others'. Wasn't questioning her judgment. I just wanted to know if there's wiggle room in the actual wording that was used.)

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Ohhh that cheesy dramatic-romance track! Why? Why, why, why, why, WHY? Messing up my feels.

Such a cruddy edit job. If they had bothered to polish their editing job, the entire production would look and fend so much better. The story itself, like you said, is half giddy teenager, half meaningful, so it's weird sometimes for the viewers, but overall, it's a good story. HOWEVER, the music and editing is just shizzle and messes so much of the drama up!

Drop that person or department, Show.

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Oops... In real life, I probably would have opened up the coffin too (or more likely gotten the groundkeeper to open it), if someone had dragged my dads coffin out of the ground... it might be a well worn trope but at least its kinda logical... Thank goodness I live in the real world and not in dramaland

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At least Gwi's getting a sense of humor. That was camptastic.

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Why on earth do these people go into the woods in the middle of the night? I couldn't help but laugh during that whole scene. It was unintentionally funny.

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It gave me the LOLs too.

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YAH, am i the only who wished that yangsun will find out sungyeol's identity asap, its making my frustrated.

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I'm with you on that one! I feel like her retaining her feelings despite the fact would be more interesting than keeping her in the dark.
For a show that doesn't really drag anything out for too long, this too is irritating to me.

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GWI is a character that we are supposed to hate but I find myself falling for him.This isnt right. He was cute after finishing his meal of soldiers. lol *sigh* its disturbing that I find that scene cute. yikes!

Anyway,inasmuch as I love our leads,I want yangsun to give SY the space he needs. SY,you ungrateful fellow. Although I understand your noble idiocy, I can't forgive the fact that you shunned her that way.Bad,Bad scholar.

Seriously awaiting the time yoon will find out who has been Taking up his supposed spotlight. Bring on the jealousy and the banter.

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The amount of pretty boys in this drama is so distracting. I mean, as scary as Gwi is, he is so sexy I just...GAH. I could listen to him talk all day no kidding. Can't help loving this drama despite how cheesy it can get at some parts hahaha

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Wow!This drama is always keeping me at the edge of my seat.
Lee jun ki is pretty but that actor playing Gwi is one sexy guy.I'm always anticipating his scenes.

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Ok, so what's a girl to do when she can't seem to root for the good guy, the second male lead, or the bad guy, because they're all equally swoon-worthy?

When Sungyeol gives Yangsun that stare of his... I think it could melt butter, literally. Though it's frustrating that he does keep pushing her away; I can't stand to see her all hurt and yet still pining after him.

And when Yoon told Yang Sun he would make her his sweetheart if she were a woman... I think I may have had this silly grin plastered onto my face that just refused to go away. Though of course, being as adorably dense as she is, Yang Sun's completely oblivious to Yoon's hints. I am in *love* with Yoon's crush on Yang Sun.

And even Gwi. The way he speaks, and his intense stares... it's eerily creepy and strangely hot. I'm not the only one who feels that, am I? Especially when Hyeryung was tending to his injuries (they sure like to show scenes of Gwi with his robes open). I saw the preview scene of what looked like an imminent kiss between the two and I was like YES (and at the same time NO, because it does seem a little creepy, because Gwi looks at her like the cat who's got the cream).

Honestly though, am I the only one who likes the cheesy soundtrack? It does seem a little choppy at places, but I feel like the cheesy sounding music adds just a little bit more life to the show. I read a couple of comments and it seems everyone doesn't like it... but it does put a silly grin on my face.

Can't wait for the next episode!!

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Lee Jun-ki will forever be the hottest to me, but ALL the male in this drama are swoonworthy, just in different ways, haha (if I met Gwi, though, I would probably swoon a little for other reasons before swooning out of pure fright).

and I actually like the music too, it's just the clumsy editing of the background tracks that bothers me. Because sometimes it can be really, really beautiful and the perfect mood-setter for a scene, like the one where Sung-yeol watches Yang-sun change her clothes in the gibang and establishes firsthand that she's not a man. Or the background music during the episode 5 kiss (swoooooon!)

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Both are SEXY ... all men here are SEXY actually .....
But Agree ... For me Junki is the sexiest ... Charismatic , Cool , Elegant ... Pretty Beautiful SEXY .......

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Gwi is so damn hot, and because of that we cant hate him although we supposed to hate him....Will there is a kiss between gwi n hye rung?

we can have Sungyeol-YS-Yoon love triangle, but can we have Gwi- HyeRung love interest also? maybe for SY-YS-Yoon is a pure love (even there will be love triangle) but for Gwi-Hyeryung is more on the sexual intense? errr... coz i dun want for SY just to waste his time and get bored by his usual activities i.e sucking blood only..even if it is his main purpose to be existed.

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Gwi is damn Hot !!!! Gwi's voice is the hottest, Somebody give this guy the lead role and the girl pleaaaassssseeee!!!

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I mean in another drama :P

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Dang, no kisses this week.

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yeah, they spoiled us by giving us the good ones so early (and they were good ones too, especially with both parties looking into it/reciprocating.

Now they probably won't kiss again for another 10 episodes or something :(

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nooooo we can't have that, maybe no kisses for 5 episodes at most :P

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We got abs and I've never thought licking someone's blood could be so damn sexy! Thanks Gwi <3.

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lol, only Gwi can make this to be so damn sexy. tq pd coz choose the hottie LSH to be a gwi~ i dunno if other to play Gwi, we may find this so disgusting and terrified :P

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"This show is so interesting, in that half the time I feel like it’s written by a giddy 13-year-old who just wants to get the two leads within kissing, hugging, or groping distance at every opportunity, logic be dammed"

ROFL, javabeans! But yes, my exact sentiments too. But who's complaining? :P

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Where I watch it the key is translated as "A person" not "people". What is the actual rendering? Because, I totally see the "key" ending up being cross-dressing girl, and Yang Seul (and possibly Princey) faced with the impossible decision of somehow sacrificing another love....or something like that

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I asked the same question. See seb's response in 9.2

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Thank you for the review! Good job as always.

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count me in as another one who can't wait for Sung-yeol and Yoon to finally get on side, especially since Sung-yeol now knows Yoon is trying to do what his friend couldn't.

(and it's also really telling of his feelings for Yang-sun that he went to those lengths to save her from Gwi, despite having no further use for her for information purposes - by then, he knew Yoon was Eumlan Seosaeng and also that he had Choi Do-gap in his custody, he didn't need Yang-sun to make his way to the plan).

also I really don't know how this drama does it, but I've never seen quite this many pairings absolutely sparking off each other in a drama before, from Sung-yeol and Yang-sun to Yang-sun and Yoon, and despite the obvious apprehension/hatred, Gwi and Hye-ryung. And that's not to mention Gwi and Sung-yeol's thwarted/rejected bromance (insert backing track of Beyonce's 'Why Don't You Love Me' here) and the potential one between Yoon and Sung-yeol.

I feel like with the vampires in particular, there's an element of sexual tension in their attentions to the ladies that gives this drama a little spice, and I'm not just talking about potential biting. (that very deliberate and considering look Sung-yeol gives Yang-sun in the gibang in episode 2 while she's changing, for starters. Just the fact that he didn't even look away and got right in her personal space as he spoke to her.....I swooned.). And the same goes with Gwi and Hye-ryung, where again he's restraining himself from biting her despite what seems to be a sexual attraction and not just a blood one (something that the production seems to be exploiting by having her around his shirtless self, ha ;)

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Thanks for nice recaps ........ LOVE U

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I love this drama ........ I can understand .. Gwi did want to kill SY but ... he also Happy he is not death ... it means he has something ...to do. Kind of excitement or challenge for him .....otherwis life will be too boring for him .....

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Kinda LOve & Hate relationship .........

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Leejunki is Handsome , Charismatic ... Graceful ... Beautiful ... Sexy Vampire. LSH is Beastly ... Lustful Sexy Vampire.

Both man have different kind of Sexyness.

Both have sexy voice ..... different kind of Sexy Voice ....

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Somebody @ Myasiantv.com has read the Manga ( Expensive books) and said LJK will die ... some one has to be sacrifice .to kill Gwi ... I don't want sad end... at least ending should be something like Arang (AATM ) ........

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No. Just. No.

Oh KDrama Gods! if ever you had to interfere and insert unrealistic endings/plots, it should be in such a scenario

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Thankfully we have a 13 year old girl at the helm...

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I have a feeling they might change that in the drama, considering how so many recent webtoon based dramas did.

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All the sudden, something just pops up in my mind right now.

What it would be like if the main cast switching their role?

I don't know why, but i feel like want to see Junki to play Gwi role and be as evil vampire and villain in this drama. While Soohyuk will play Sangyeol. It would be interesting to see Soohyuk to portray a character will full of emotional pain.

Yeah. Just for some random imagination. If that's really happen. What it would be like? Hahaha

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Both actors fit perfectly in their current roles, visually as well as in our imagination. So, if they were to be switched, I think I may be temporary befuddled yet strangely intrigued. I wouldn't mind especially if they can portray the respective characters equally well. It would be refreshing.

Anyway back to reality, that won't happen. It would mean Lee Jun Ki having less scenes and playing second fiddle. That would cause an uproar. :) But it would have been a nice twist.

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Agreed and the supporting actors are perfect for their roles too.

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This episode is kinda funny. I LOL when Gwi popped out of the coffin and ended up snacking on the mourner. I guess he was more hungry eating the soldiers in the cave since there were more corpses laying about. Also running around in his Man-cave in house slippers! I guess vampires take off their street shoes at home too.

Getting sick of Sung Yeol chasing after the doppelganger and dumping Yang Sun when she saved his life and pushing her away. Glad she finally got the nerve to ask him his true intentions.

They looked cute together. I liked Yoon and Yang Sun together, especially his comment about making her his sweetheart if she was a woman..I see some future with them together whereas I think poor Sung Yeol doesn't.

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I'm on Yoon and Yang-sun's ship for now till Sung-yeol is done working out his vampire issues.

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No matter How Cheesy ...or Childish ... or Too much kissing scene .... I love this drama.

Junki acting is superb .... he can speak with his eyes.... and expressions without saying anything ........

This drama very amusing & entertaining too watch ......

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And when he Fights ... he looks really COOL !!! So Beautiful & Elegance ....Graceful . No wonder the most well know fighting choreographer praised him as the Best Fighting Scene Actor ......

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That scene in the beginning with SY lying down unconscious and his hair let down.. the only thing in my mind was OMG how can Lee Junki be prettier than girls?
But once he changed his hanbok and did that cool effortless fight.. I mean.. how is it possible that a guy can be so pretty yet handsome and cool at the same time?! Life mystery.

I'm waiting for the day when SY finally meets Yoon. Excited.

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I'm probably over- interpreting, but I reckon HR looked a bit disappointed when Gwi said he'd keep his promise to make her the king's woman... maybe she want's to be his woman instead, heehee.

Alternatively, maybe she wants to be the king's woman so she'd be first in line to be bitten? Rawr!

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Maybe Gwi is growing on her because the tension between them whether it's love and hate or sexual makes me want to ship them. But....I think Hye-ryung has her own agenda. She probably has a thing for the crown prince and she is using Gwi to get what she wants. She dropped her handkerchief on purpose when she passed by Yoon in earlier episode.

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@sungsta And you just took the thought right out of my head. maybe there could be some chemistry between gwi and HR but its still at the one second thought lane, tho at the edge of it. i am definitely sporting a few love triangles here :
sung yeol-yang sun-prince yoon

sung yeol-HR-yang sun

sung yeol-su hyang-yang sun
tho this may not hold a lot of water

sung yeol-HR-gwi
and this be about SWEET BLOOD and winning at their war
sung yeol-yang sun(aka sweet blood)-gwi
LOL. thanks for the racap

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I really loved that YS really does think of herself as a guy. If she really has spent the majority of her life as a dude, it would make sense that she would believe she made an unconvincing woman. It also makes sense to me that she wouldn't recognize her feelings towards SY as romantic. She's been friends with men forever and has probably never thought she would have a romantic life or get married if she planned to try and live as a man forever.

I do wish they would stop playing the "romance" track whenever the two of them are doing things like sobbing over an open wound or giving mouth-to-mouth. It's weird.

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Yang-sun's reaction to her 'girl' clothes feels very true to this former tomboy - she's uncomfortable in them, and it shows.

And she's definitely attracted to men/aware of her sexuality enough to drunkenly ask Sung-yeol if her feelings (being hurt when he pushes her away) mean she likes him that way. She's slow to process and realise it, but she does subconsciously at least know she's crazy about him.

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Gwi and Hye-ryung remind me of Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood. They hate each other but the sexual tension between them is INTENSE!!!

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Osen - Naver: 'Scholar' Lee Yoo Bi slip off his crossdressing attire and wears a hanbok for Lee Joon Ki

1. [+4,575, -473] Her pupils are in-charge of the acting ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+3,432, -102] Lee Joon Ki's super sexy again today

3. [+3,593, -746] It was a stretch to cast Lee Yoo Bi as the female lead. Lee Joon Ki's being paid a lot so they got a not-so-stellar partner for him. Switched to another channel because I couldn't focus.
-Why? She's doing great
-Speaking from a viewer's point of view, she's doing well as Yang Seon
-Lee Yoo Bi's cute and good at acting? What's the fuss?

4. [+2,992, -788] Her acting is awkward......

5. [+708, -82] Why don't I feel the chemistry between the leads?... I'd be annoyed if I were Sung Yeol... It's more comfortable seeing Jo Yang Seon with Prince Yoon

6. [+289, -19] Dreadful directing. What happened today? Apart from turning the female lead into an annoying character, the story stayed stagnant

7. [+279, -22] Less love lines and focus on improving the story. It's boringㅠㅠ I'm really just watching it for Lee Joon Ki

8. [+262, -13] Meddlesome female lead. When she gets in danger, the male lead saves her and she cries and holds on to him.... Such a nuisance. It's frustrating as heck. Lee Joon Ki's hard carrying the drama.

9. [+222, -13] What's the writer doing with Jo Yang Seon's character?

10. [+231, -23] Sigh~~ It's lost in the mountains~

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I'm not getting the negative comments by knetz, since I'm enjoying LYB's acting and I like the pace of the story. Am I the only oneone enjoying this drama?

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Yubi's acting is what keeps me from being annoyed at Yang-sun. She is a total damsel in distress in every episodes and she doesn't have much to do other than fan-girling over her crush. She is young and cute enough to pull it off.

There is sincerity to her acting that makes me feel for her character. She is totally into Yang-sun even though she is not perfect. I remember her saying that she is so in love with Yang-sun and I can tell that she loves playing her and her whole heart is into it. It's like how Jun-ki plays his characters, with total commitment.

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Agreed. I'm more annoyed by the writer constantly putting her into damsel situations than I am by the actress or even the character herself. She's doing a great job imho.

Though I do agree with the one commentator that the plot needs to get nudged a bit more.

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They are just bias from the start. They hated Lee Yu Bi the moment they heard she would be debuting before as an actress because she is the daugther of Kyung Mi Ri. If she was just a normal rookie actress with no connection, no a-list actress mother, no rich family background, etc. I am sure they would have like her.

Every time she gets cast in a drama or have a new project weather it's lead, 2nd lead, supporting cast or even an extra and cameo roles, they would immediately scream, 'NEPOTISM'!! Saying she only get projects because of her mother or their connections etc. They hate her a lot not because they think she acts bad but just because she IS Lee Yu Bi. Lol I am sure they are just jealous of her because most hates comment I read was criticizing her on how she got things easily or how she grew up with silver spoon etc. There is no reasoning to close minded and insecure people.

I am actually shock that when I went to Nate and Naver last time there were actually comments there praising LYB or atleast recognizing her talent. I mean it's rare to see comments like that when it comes to LYB because of her background.

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honestly, if talented actresses like Lee Yubi or Han Groo (the first candidate for the role of Yang-sun) get run out out of the drama lead role circuit because netizens can't get over themselves and evaluate their acting on its own merits, then they deserve all the useless idol actresses and talentless pretty faces who will end up filling that void.

It's like years and years of idol actresses sucking in lead roles have rendered most netizens incapable of acknowledging when someone is actually good in a role. If even Kim Go-eun (one of the brightest and most versatile actresses of her generation) gets attacked for considering a role, what chance did poor Yubi ever stand?

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I find the whole reaction confusing too. Lee Yoo Bi is shaping this character the same way that Park Shin Hye did ALL of hers during her early years. Yet people loved PSH's repetitive version (which I found contrived and annoying) and don't like LYB's one-off version (which I love.)

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It's appalling how they constantly nitpick every single thing just for the sake of raising criticism. That's totally uncalled for. It's ridiculously silly, if you ask me. Lee Yoo Bi is rocking it, in my opinion. Yang Sun's development as a character may still be in the works at this point, but one of the challenges this role calls for is to not overdo the cute. I strongly believe Lee Yoo Bi is succeeding in that area. As many of you have pointed out, it takes the right dose of charm to pull it off without coming across as annoying. But what can we do, some people are just painfully stubborn to look past preconceived notions.

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I agree with number 5, I don't feel any chemistry between Kim Sung-yeol and Jo Yang-sun. I do like Lee Yoo-bi but her character is getting a little facepalm-inducing. I've put the show on hold for now and just reading the recaps. Javabeans and Girlfriday are pretty good at writing the recaps to make the show look interesting even when it's not. I think when they are enjoying a show, that tends to happen. And since I don't have to the luxury to watch the show only to end up fast forwarding 80% of it, I'll just stick to the recaps. Sad, I was super excited for this show before it aired.

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I think you need to watch the show and not just read recaps to actually feel the leads chemistry. Although I understand and respect your opinion since we all have our own perspective. For example I really don't think Gwi and Hyeryeong have that much chemistry as fans make it seem but lots of people says they do so I guess they do. I actually think LYB-LJK don't have chemistry at first as well but as episode pass by I start feeling it so I do personally think they have good chemistry.

Although I agree that right now Yoon-Yangsun have stronger chemistry and maybe that is because they both tease each other and have a good relationship. Unlike SY-YS were SY is always trying to distance YS to himself. And is cold towards her.

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I did start watching the show, I only decided to put it on hold after episode 4, I couldn't even bring myself to watch episodes 5&6 which are downloaded and ready to watch.

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Episode 5 was rather cute. Had me grinning from ear to ear.

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'This show is so interesting, in that half the time I feel like it’s written by a giddy 13-year-old who just wants to get the two leads within kissing, hugging, or groping distance at every opportunity, logic be dammed—and the other half of the time I feel like the show manages a good share of touching character moments bolstered by good acting. The scenes are linked only in the crudest of ways, the transitions are jarring, and the music makes me cringe. (That one cheesy dramatic-romance track! How I wish I could burn it out of existence.) I’m not sure if it’s an overall directing issue or specifically an editing one, but in any case won’t somebody else hijack the editing bay and give this show the polish it deserves?'

omg this is so true i feel like pulling out my hair bc of these. im guessing the show is already in its live shooting pace although its just 8 eps into it given the injuries of the main leads before and prolly other individual schedules by the leads.

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Prince Jeonghyeon did die in the first episode, right? His face head was one of those in the pikes? I didn't recognize him and the subs I was watching didn't translate all the names.

Also, Prince Sadong said he had been a friend of Jeonghyeon, right? Did he mean that as in friends in the sense that he's trying to eradicate Gwi just like Jeonghyeon did? Because otherwise it makes no sense, let's say Yoon is maybe 25-30 years old, his dad died when he was maybe 7, and looks extremely young in the flashbacks so I don't think he or Jeonhyeon would have ever met. Unless I'm getting the math wrong. Or maybe Sadong never even said that, I might just be confused lol.

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Maybe the translation was incorrect? I don't think it makes any sense for Sadong to say that he was a friend of Jeonghyeon. They were both crown prince but 100+ years apart.

Sung-yeol on the other hand was Crown Prince Jeonghyeon's best friend.

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I'm sorry, for a moment I'm a bit happy for the knetz responds? coz I have a strong bias thingy in myself..and still have a bitter feeling about KSE to play second lead. But after all, I decided just to support her..

as much as I tried myself to bear with YS character, I do think LYB tried her best to play YS character even it may not be that great . Tbh, I found her a little bit more attractive to play kind of character in GFB.i just checked GFB recently (I was reluctant to watch it before).. For me, my personal preference is like I'm tired with kind of character like YS, coz its like typical kdrama heroine. its not a fault of LYB coz the character has been written like that. I think LYB can do a great job to play a villain or more serious character rather than naive, bubbly character.
But honestly the knetz comments are so painful. Its like they actually hate LYB's mother, and get their revenge on LYB. ??

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It's a bit extreme don't you think? But hey, it happens when it comes to our bias and I love your honesty :). I can be a bit extreme on the protective side when it comes to my bias but if they don't do well or live up to their potentials I'd be the first to point it out.

I don't know what everyone was expecting from Yang-sun to begin with. Her character is a rather boring in the manwha and it doesn't help that this writer went overboard with the damsel in distress etc. Rushing the romance was not the actor's fault at all. The writer didn't give them a chance to get to know each before giving them a bed scene. So instead of blaming the writing, some viewers put the blame on the actors.

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@Kiara ikr, i just wish LYB wudnt be affected so much from the comments. many times we tend to forget about respecting others' opinions and so on. i pity all koreans actors/ess, even the idols, coz they can face so much hatred, as a result living in a stress and all that :(

and this is one of the reasons why i tried my best not to bash anyone, even sometimes i crossed the line as well. there are some actors/ess who are not so good or mybe not even have a talent to act who have been strongly bashed. honesty is a yes, but not to the extend can cause hatred.

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I would disagree. Lee Yubi is doing the best with what is given to her. I understand people's biases with Kim SoEun but constantly stating that she "should have been the lead" is insulting to those of us who actually like her as lead or are "biased" towards her (like myself).
However, I do agree that LYB's character isn't progressing in a positive way, I'm hoping that once she learns who she (and us) learn her true origins she'll step up in the central story line.
But for now, I wish people would stop bashing her. Her acting is just fine and many agree that her chemistry and acting along with the REST of the cast is what's part of the charm of the show.

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if those knetz comments made you think their hate to lee yoobi is that extreme...i suggest you got to netizenbuzz blogpsot(especially for idols since actors and actresses are always considered of 'higher class' n thus deserve not as severe comments) n see the real deal of what hate is all about...those comments above are quite tame, and many are just hating the direction the character goes instead of personal hating on the actress...

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@abc, err.. i visited it just now, and im so shocking to see all those comments @[email protected] yes comments against LYB might not be that extreme compared to those in netizenbuzz. @[email protected]

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I am enjoying this drama very much. One of the best looking cast I have seen in a drama.

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A thought about Hye-Ryung wanting to become the King's woman..... We've only seen Gwi kill concubines iirc; it sounds to me like when she says "the King's woman", she means something like the Queen. I wonder if she's trying to get herself into a position where she can wreak some political revenge on her father.

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"half the time I feel like it’s written by a giddy 13-year-old who just wants to get the two leads within kissing, hugging, or groping distance at every opportunity, logic be dammed—and the other half of the time I feel like the show manages a good share of touching character moments bolstered by good acting"

I agree, but think that's part of the beauty of what this drama is doing. The way I look at it is that a drama is a commercial product and should aim at an audience carefully. As a vampire drama, this show needs to appeal to people as young tweens. As a fantasy sageuk (and to be commercially viable) it also needs to appeal to adults. I like the balance they're striking in doing something fanservicey for all of us. The show is entertaining us, while asking us to not take it too seriously. (LOLs like cat fights between pretty Vampires, Gwi digging up a grave so he can pop out of a coffin, living in his lair in his 'jammies while looking like he needs a cigarette after he's drunk blood.)

Susan captured what I'm feeling about it in #8 above:
"It’s got that random magic that supercedes all good storytelling and drama-making pieces. I can’t help but really enjoy it despite – or because – of its flaws."

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Oh, man, I love the cigarette comment!

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Javabeans, thanks for the recap! Youre so funny I was laughing so hard at the 13 year old bit! this episode definitely was a bit jarring and lacked flow. But the mystery deepens and the story progresses! I still love this show and am going to continue to watch and support it! I love reading you guys' comments... some of them are quite insightful and enlightening while others are laugh inducing! Everyone is entitled to their opinions but I don't get complaints about Lee Yu-bi. I think she's adorable and doing great with the material she's been given. Isn't it one of the most common drama tropes? A female character who is constantly saved by the hero? It gets frustrating and annoying for people who want to see strong female characters. But at least thus far that's whats been written for her. But I love Lee Yu-bi as Yang she's so lovably endearing. And Lee Joon-gi is awesome as always. I'm never ever disappointed with him especially when he does sa-geuk. How can he look so sexy and beautiful in hanbok?!! I've felt hanbok could never look sexy but Lee Joon-gi in sa-geuk has made me change my mind. And yes he looked other-worldly beautiful in the black and white flower printed robes in this episode. (I don't know if anyone commented on this before, but have you seen the 38 second clip from section tv cast interview where the cast states that Lee Joon-gi is the 'mood maker' on set and loves to dance?! And he does this 'soft/smooth' dance that is....mesmerizing. Play, repeat. LOL!)

I think Lee Joon-gi and Lee Yu-bi have great chemistry. We haven't seen them reciprocate feelings for each other officially since SY is constantly pushing her away so its not blatant, but I feel they have great chemistry together: remember the gibang disrobing in ep 2, the run through the rain in ep 3, the walk through the woods while carrying yang sun in ep 4, the kiss in ep 5. I thought all of them were swoon-worthy! As for Kim So Eun, I can see why fans are disappointed because she doesn't get much screen time, but i think as the story progresses she will become more of a pivotal figure; plus i love her as the cha-do-nyuh (cold and chic HR)! For an idol actor, I think Chang-min is doing very well, it can't be easy when you can get compared to someone like Lee Joon Gi. And I am so loving Lee Soo Hyuk as Gwi. His voice is like butter.

I agree with Gidget; just enjoy the ride with the 13 year old at the helm. HOpefully there will be lots more hugging, kissing, and holding so I don't feel deprived!

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Scholar Who Walks The Night FMV: https://youtu.be/y-WfFM6kfzc

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I think that the problem with the editing boils down to not having enough time to edit it properly. Since the two leads were injured, it seems that they are now making the episodes just on time for broadcast.

If someone talks about the finale off the manghwa, please write SPOILERS beforehand!!! İ know that they might change the ending, but still.... now I've got that ending in mind and it sucks!!

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The manwha hasn't end yet. The drama will end first so they will have their own, hopefully happy ending.

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Thank you so much! Fingers crossed!

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5 stars for this episode

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