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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 12

Stupid, stupid humans. Why listen to the vampire who’s spent the last century searching for the right way to kill your common enemy? Why bother following the instructions in the super-secret diary that multiple generations of men have died to find? It’s so much more fun to hatch a half-baked plan and risk everyone’s lives on a whim, isn’t it? Sometimes, I really really wish that Sung-yeol would just take his sweetheart and go live in the mountains and let Joseon deal with its own problems. Okay, that would probably be a really boring drama, but there would certainly be less stupidity, and from where I sit, that’s a decent exchange.

 
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EPISODE 12 RECAP

Yang-sun runs into the woods after Sung-yeol, just in time to see him holding Prince Yoon up in the air with one hand, his vamp eyes glowing red-hot. How she doesn’t find the bout of superhuman strength alarming is beyond me, but Sung-yeol tosses Yoon aside and manages to cover his eyes before she notices anything’s off.

She picks up the box that Yoon dropped in the fight, and is surprised to recognize it as hers. She doesn’t get a chance to ask about it though, because vampire hunter Baek In-ho circles back around and shoots off an arrow at Sung-yeol.

He catches it with one hand in mid-air, then sends it flying back at the tree right next to Baek’s head. That buys them enough time to run away, and Sung-yeol leads Yang-sun away by the hand.

He’s mad at her for wandering out there by herself, and she asks cautiously why he was fighting with Yoon. He tells her that he was hoping he and Yoon could fight Gwi together, but word has spread that Yoon is now loyal to Gwi. He asked Yoon to find him at the gibang as a show of faith, but he never showed.

Yang-sun says that if Yoon did bow down to Gwi, she’ll never forgive him… but she doesn’t believe he’d really do that. She tells him about seeing Yoon at the gibang the other night—he was looking for someone, but she was still mad at him and avoided contact.

She adds that the box that Dad left behind is one half of a set, and Yoon told her once that it belongs to his long-lost friend who disappeared. Sung-yeol takes all this in and tells her not to go outside since they still don’t know Yoon’s purpose for coming here.

Hunter Baek asks Yoon why he didn’t rescue his long-lost friend Seo Jin from the vampire, and Yoon is confused: “Aren’t you mistaken? Jin is a man.” Hunter Baek fiiiinally tells him the truth—that he doesn’t know the reason why, but Scholar Seo raised his daughter as a boy. Yoon thinks, “Yang-sun, were you Jin?”

Hak-young searches the area but comes up empty, and Yoon tells them that Sung-yeol is the vampire who’s been helping them. Hunter Baek argues vehemently that they can’t trust a vampire—Sung-yeol killed Scholar Seo and must be using his child to find Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary, and he’s no different from Gwi.

But Hak-young counters that he thinks Sung-yeol is different (yay, Hak-young)—he’s helped Yoon too many times to ignore. Yoon contemplates whose side he should be taking.

Yang-sun sits in her room staring at the box that Yoon said would belong to his childhood friend. She wonders, “But the friend would be a man. Is that why he was confused? Wait, but I lived as a man. Then… is the friend a woman?” In true Yang-sun form, she gives up trying to make sense of it.

Yoon finds Hye-ryung in the street and apologizes for their last encounter at the temple, and she says she didn’t know about Eumlan Seosaeng and his crimes. Suddenly an arrow comes flying toward them from an assassin on a rooftop, and Yoon swings Hye-ryung out of the way.

This time she sees a second arrow coming straight for Yoon and jumps in its way to save him, taking the arrow in her back. Yoon’s guards arrive on the scene, but the assassin slips away. Oh, the assassin takes off his mask, and it’s Hye-ryung’s man, which means she orchestrated this whole thing just to gain Yoon’s trust? That’s elaborate.

Yoon sits by Hye-ryung’s bedside at the doctor’s house, while she has a fitful dream in which she cries to her father to save her just this once. Sadly that part seems real, since she probably did cry in desperation when he offered her up to Gwi.

When she wakes up, he thanks her for saving his life and stops her from leaving because he can’t abide anyone else getting hurt because of him. She says that she has to go home because she’s due to be married soon, and he backs his hand away with apologies.

She says that it’s a loveless marriage anyway, arranged by her father who’s selling her so that he can rise in status. She sighs that it’s all too common a fate, but she plans to make the most of it and help make this country a better place by supporting its king.

When Yoon prods, she admits that she’s due to marry the prince, acting as if she doesn’t know the prince is sitting right in front of her. But her plan must’ve worked, because Yoon goes straight to Gwi and agrees to his order to marry Hye-ryung.

Gwi enjoys asking if he ought to just go ahead and take her for himself on their wedding night, but Yoon says through gritted teeth that there’ll be a celebration, and Gwi is invited to attend. The prime minister is suspicious, as always, but Gwi is practically licking his chops at the mention of a party.

Hunter Baek greets the king, who tells him that the new palace has been built to be the hunting grounds for Gwi. Meanwhile, the prime minister brings the man who sold Yang-sun’s slave papers before Gwi, and shares his theory that Sung-yeol is now in possession of the diary and working in secret with Yoon to take him down.

Gwi slits the man’s throat and focuses on the only thing he really cares about—that he now knows that Sung-yeol frequents the gibang. (I love that the prime minister’s whole point is that Yoon does too, but Gwi can’t be bothered to care about anyone but Sung-yeol.)

The king asks Yoon’s mother to stay at the palace until the wedding to teach the new princess, and then the prime minister arrives to introduce his daughter to them. Hye-ryung bows before the king and looks up, and she and Mom exchange shocked expressions when they recognize each other, while Yoon gauges Hye-ryung’s reaction.

She acts properly shocked to see Yoon and Mom there, and Yoon is convinced that she is nothing like her father. He tells the king so, but the king warns that he needs to be on his guard and remember his mission.

Sung-yeol confers with Su-hyang that night about Yang-sun’s connection to Yoon as a child, and Hunter Baek’s misunderstanding that he was the vampire who turned Scholar Seo. Su-hyang says that they should clear up the misunderstanding, but realizes that what he’s worried about is Yang-sun finding out that he’s a vampire.

Ho-jin catches Yang-sun trying to eavesdrop outside the room, nervous and curious about Sung-yeol and Su-hyang’s relationship, and what they could be talking about this late at night. Ho-jin has some fun teasing her, and says suggestively that Sung-yeol and Su-hyang can’t live without each other, and what else would a man and a woman be doing this late at night locked in a room—talking?

Yang-sun freezes up, and Ho-jin has to tell her repeatedly that he’s kidding. He says that Su-hyang is loyal to Sung-yeol ever since he saved her life, but they’re not in the kind of relationship she’s imagining.

She brightens at that, and then moves on to the other thing she’s curious about—Sung-yeol’s impressive strength and speed. She describes how he caught an arrow in mid-air, and asks if all people who know martial arts can do those things. Seriously? Ho-jin’s answer cracks me up: “Yeah… everyone learns that stuff in the third year.”

She says that sometimes Sung-yeol’s eyes change too, and she admits to wondering sometimes if he could maybe be her Night Scholar for real. Ho-jin laughs awkwardly: “You r-read too many n-novels!”

Yang-sun thinks she’s being stealthy as she sneaks a peek at Sung-yeol reading in the library, but he smirks when he spots her, and sneaks up on her from behind. He keeps inching closer to her until she trips and he has to catch her (really, is she incapable of taking one step without falling?).

He asks if she’s spying on him, and she stammers that there are so many things she doesn’t know about him. He prompts her to ask, so she begins with his family and the woman he loved. He says that his family died, and that the woman he loved died too, because of him.

She says he must’ve been in a lot of pain. He admits that he thought he would be until the day he died, “But now I know that a person’s heart is something that changes with time.” Yang-sun counters that that won’t be the case for her: “My heart will never change.” He smiles back at her, and in the wings, Su-hyang watches them tearfully.

Gwi calls Hye-ryung to his lair and reminds her that his objective in taking her in ten years ago was to lure Sung-yeol. She makes excuses for not being able to find him, and Gwi pointedly asks if she knows about the gibang that Sung-yeol frequents. She lies that she didn’t know, and he lets it go for now.

Su-hyang drinks alone that night, asking Sung-yeol in her thoughts what she means to him while shedding tears. Someone comes to visit her at the gibang, and she wipes her tears away before opening the door.

Omo, it’s Gwi, dressed as a nobleman (so prettyyyyyyyy). She’s so shocked that she falls backward, and he steps inside to catch her fall. He clocks her reaction and asks if she knows him, and she quickly covers up by saying that he’s so beautiful it knocked her over. Lol, nice save.

Gwi isn’t quite convinced, but he’s more interested in asking her about Sung-yeol, and shows her a sketch of his face. She says that he’s a wealthy man who comes here from time to time, but that she didn’t even know his name until just now.

Gwi demands that Sung-yeol be brought to him this instant, but Su-hyang says she has no idea how to contact him. She promises to send word through the prime minister the next time Sung-yeol shows himself, and Gwi seems content with that. Phew.

Ho-jin runs in to tell Sung-yeol about Gwi’s visit, and Sung-yeol decides that there’s no more time to waste—he has to find out once and for all which side Yoon is on. He just walks right up to Yoon and his entourage in the street, ignoring the row of swords aimed at him, and greets Yoon respectfully as the prince.

Yoon wonders at the change in attitude since the last time, when Sung-yeol had him by the throat. Sung-yeol finally explains that he was once a faithful friend to a prince, and was supposed to serve his country and die. He didn’t choose to become a vampire, but at the time it was the only way to continue fighting against Gwi.

Yoon asks what happened to Scholar Seo and Jin, so Sung-yeol takes him and Hak-young to the Seo family house. He admits to killing Scholar Seo, but only after Gwi had already turned him into a vampire and he was about to feed on his own child. Sung-yeol confirms that he saved Jin’s life, and asks if Yoon still distrusts him and thinks he’s the same as Gwi.

He takes out his own hawthorn dagger and offers it up to Yoon to stab him right then and there. At that, Yoon finally opens up and shares the king’s plan to turn his wedding party at the new palace into Gwi’s hunting grounds.

Alarmed, Sung-yeol tells them that it’s suicide to attempt something like that before they’ve figured out how to kill Gwi, and Hak-young agrees, but the problem is that the king is dead set on the plan. Sung-yeol asks if he can meet the king.

The next morning, Sung-yeol is staring at the palace robes in front of him, remembering his days as a scholar and Prince Jeonghyeon’s friend. Su-hyang asks why he’s bothering with all this when he could easily sneak into the palace with his powers, but Sung-yeol says that’s a vampire’s method, and he needs to meet the king as a person, as one of his citizens.

So Sung-yeol gets an audience with the king, who has heard from Yoon about what he is. Sung-yeol hands over the diary and tells him about the three ingredients for Gwi-Be-Gone: the king’s will, a guardian vampire (so Sung-yeol), and a woman descended from the matrilineal tree recorded in the diary.

The king asks what role that woman will have in the plan, and Sung-yeol admits to not knowing. Come on guys, bloodline, vampire? Ring any dinner bells? He asks for the king’s help in finding her, and begs him to delay his plan to attack Gwi at the wedding party.

The king says he understands… but then rips the super-secret page out of the diary and burns it. What the? Do you even know how many episodes it took us to get that?! He says it’s just a piece of paper, and that both Sadong and Jeonghyeon died looking for it, and he can’t have Yoon dying the same tragic death.

He says that it’s the people who suffer the longer they wait, and he’s going to fight Gwi his own way. Argh. It’s your funeral! Sung-yeol argues that he’s going to lose too much, but the king doesn’t care and asks Sung-yeol to join them in the fight if he’s really one of his people. Despite his reservations, he agrees to do as the king asks.

Once he’s let in on the plan, Yoon asks after Yang-sun, and Sung-yeol tells him that she has no memory of her childhood as Jin. Yoon asks outright if Sung-yeol loves her, and if she loves him, but Sung-yeol doesn’t really answer, not that he needs to.

He says that once Yang-sun regains her memories, that’ll all change because he’s the vampire who killed her father. But it’s Yoon who argues that he did so to save her life, and he asks Sung-yeol not to end his own life after killing Gwi. Yoon asks him to live, and to make Yang-sun happy. Aw.

Su-hyang pleads with Sung-yeol not to join the king, but he’s already decided to go, and apologizes for not being able to do more for her. He’s talking like he knows he’s about to die, and she begs to go with him then: “I may not have your heart, but let me die by your side!”

He tells her no, and asks that if something goes wrong, for her to take care of Yang-sun. Ouch. I mean, I don’t like her, but way to kick her while she’s down. She walks away with tears streaming down her face.

Sung-yeol finds Yang-sun mending the binding of some old books, and she asks if he’s read all of the volumes in his library, musing that it would take a hundred years to do so. She plans to read everything he’s read, and he smiles as he asks if that means she plans to stay here as long as that takes.

He calls her by name, but hesitates, unable to finish his sentence. Instead he reaches out to caress her face and leans in for a kiss, shedding a lone tear as he kisses her softly.

He heads out at the crack of dawn and lingers in front of Yang-sun’s door, and Ho-jin says that Su-hyang couldn’t bear to watch him go. Sung-yeol tells him that if he doesn’t return by sunrise the next day, he should tell Yang-sun everything and make sure to help her go wherever she wants.

Ho-jin whimpers as he struggles to hold back his tears, and Sung-yeol puts a hand on his shoulder as he thanks him for everything he’s done. Oh noes, too many goodbyes for this to go well.

The royal wedding commences, and Yoon and Hye-ryung are wed. After the ceremony, the king calls Hunter Baek in and shows him the page from Prince Jeonghyeon’s diary that he half-burned, and says that he’s just received word that his scholars have got a lead on this matrilineal tree.

The king asks Baek whether they should proceed with tonight’s plan or hold off, and Baek decides that it’s a rare opportunity to draw Gwi out, and doesn’t think they should waste it. The king agrees to go ahead as planned. So. Much. Folly.

The wedding celebration begins that night, and Sung-yeol stands on the rooftop above the proceedings, dagger at the ready. Su-hyang has ignored his orders to stay behind, and is part of the entertainment for the night.

It isn’t long before Gwi crashes the party and sends all the guests running, and he stands there asking pointedly for the new princess to pour him a drink. Yoon stops her from coming forward, and Su-hyang offers to pour the drink instead.

Everyone waits on pins and needles as the drink is poured and he raises it to his lips, because that’s supposed to be the signal for the attack to start. Gwi seems to sense this and drops the cup before taking a drink, and the king orders them to fire.

Marksmen appear along the rooftops and begin shooting at Gwi, and Hunter Baek takes the lead. They do manage to slow Gwi down with bullets, but mostly they just make him eager for a bloodbath.

The royal family makes a quick escape, but the prime minister shows up with his own army of men to capture them. The king’s men are outnumbered, but thankfully Sung-yeol swoops in to fight them all off and buys the king time to escape.

Once he’s fought all the prime minister’s men, Sung-yeol runs to the palace where Gwi has covered the courtyard in dead bodies, and is currently taking a bite out of Hunter Baek. Gwi asks what took him so long, and they charge at each other.

Gwi asks why Sung-yeol is doing this knowing he’ll die, but Sung-yeol is smart enough to weaken Gwi just long enough to carry Hunter Baek out and escape with his life.

Yoon gets the king to safety, but the king knows that they’re not in the clear—someone will have to pay for the assassination attempt. He tells Yoon that he’ll take sole responsibility and give up his life, and apologizes for leaving Yoon alone.

Yoon asks how he’s supposed to fight Gwi on his own when there’s no other way, but the king says that he’s found the descendant of the matrilineal tree recorded in the diary: It’s Seo Jin (aka Yang-sun, natch).

Yoon asks how that young girl could possibly kill Gwi, but the king guesses that it’s in her blood—Yoon will have to sacrifice her, and if he’s right, Gwi will die when he drinks her blood.

Yang-sun finds Ho-jin crying outside in the morning, and he tells her that Sung-yeol has gone far away and won’t ever be coming back. She asks for an explanation, but he just keeps crying.

Sung-yeol manages to get Hunter Baek into the woods, but he doesn’t look like he’ll be alive much longer. Baek keeps trying to tell him something, and finally gets out the words that the secret to killing Gwi is Seo Jin.

 
COMMENTS

It’s a totally obvious development, not to mention delivered to our leading characters with so little inventiveness that they had to be told outright in so many words (this writer, I swear), but at least this gets us to an interesting place of angst for Sung-yeol, who is now caught between his life’s sole mission and the woman he loves. I’m frankly annoyed that Sung-yeol didn’t get to figure it out for himself, because seriously, how hard is it to wonder about all of the circumstances surrounding Yang-sun’s identity as Jin and her father’s insistence on raising her as a boy, even as a child? He was clearly hiding her from the world (though he obviously didn’t do that great a job if the king found out in like, a DAY of library research).

Clunky exposition aside, there’s now an interesting case for Sung-yeol and Yoon to split up again, if Yoon might be willing to sacrifice Yang-sun’s life for the greater good while Sung-yeol fights to protect her. In the beginning they might’ve been the reverse, but I can’t see Sung-yeol just letting her die, no matter what the cause. I want to see more fight in him when it’s her life on the line—he might be willing to die at a moment’s notice to take down Gwi, but I hope he’d never consider sacrificing Yang-sun to do it. I’m more concerned that she’ll throw herself on the sacrificial altar once she finds out the truth, because I really don’t want another ride on the I’ll-die-no-I’ll-die merry-go-round. What’s it take to get our leads to want to live?

Yoon’s request for Sung-yeol to stay alive and make Yang-sun happy was so cute, but I always feel like the only reason Sung-yeol is indulging his feelings is because he knows he won’t be here long. It’s definitely forward progress for him to admit that his heart could change when he expected to love only one woman until the day he died, but he’s still so one-sided in everything—saying goodbye without telling her it’s goodbye, planning for her future without him, and making decisions for her without revealing anything about himself.

As cute as her crush is, I would really like for Yang-sun to know enough of what’s going on to make her own informed decisions for her life (gasp, imagine that). Because gee, at some point, wouldn’t it be more meaningful if she chose to love Sung-yeol despite finding out his true nature? Maybe it’s because the royals were pissing me off so much today, but I’d like to skip a lot of this plan-before-the-plan nonsense and fast-forward to the part where Sung-yeol is finally loved for being himself, vampire and all, and begins to value his life a little. I fully trust Yang-sun to love him, fangs and all, so can’t we give her the benefit of the doubt and INFORM her, just a little? And by inform her, I do mean hit her over the head with truth so obvious she can’t ignore it, because ohmygod, she’s cute, but boy is she dim. Come on, I want to root for my heroine and be proud of her, for yunno, doing things. Is that too much to ask?

 
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On tonight's episode of Vampire Night Idol, Mukadil notices that on earth he is a cold hard 9.99/ 10, while on Vampiritus he was a measly 2 and a half, when he slouched. Realizing his newfound sex-derived power, he uses his charms to get into all the most exclusive clubs, like Club Cave, Club Concubine Quarters, Club Taxidermy Princes, and Club Part of the Woods where Everyone Dies. However, he still doesn't access to Club Crown Prince Wedding, and he has a terminal diagnosis of FOMO. Distressed and realizing that not even Bbabba could gain access to this place, he strides in, banana milk ampoule in a flask, just like Rasputin from Anastasia.
And just like Rasputin, he doesn't take the merriment very well.

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I don't know why but I am addicted to reading your posts. It's the best thing that came out from this show. Can you please do a wrap up at the finale? :D

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Of course! I think it's my favorite part of the show at this point haha
If you just imagine Mukadil and Yoobi-chingu from Vampire Idol accidentally got stuck back in Joseon times with the Magistrate/ Gunman/ Clown, a Rising God from the East, and Song Jae-Rim's wife, the story becomes a thousand times more entertaining

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seconding this. Vampire Idol Who Walks The Night has been the highlight of every comment section, I love it.

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lol @ cali..do you make these posts out of sarcasm or are these your very honest opinion? If its the first one then kudos!=D

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Started out as for fun but now it's the sole entertainment value for me since the plot is starting to... Suck. Pun intended.

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LOL!! Your comments are always funny. Always look forward to it before the recap(no offense to girlfriday)

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I loved Vampire Idol so much, in its campy glory. It brings joy to my heart to see it revived here.

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HAHAHA YOU MADE MY DAY!!

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Cali, you're just so funny. Loved reading your hilarious take on this drama. Rasputin...lol I really can't stop laughing.

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You're the reason why I watched Vampire Idol in the first place. Thank you. Haha!

BTW, Mukadil clothed like so took my breath away.

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I died laughing reading this :))

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Yoon was on my shit list until he redeemed himself with his tête-à-tête with Sung-Yeol. The dramas plot def sped up, you can tell they added an additional script writer starting episode 11.

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The same scriptwriter from Lee Jun Ki's older drama "Time Between A Dog and Wolf" (Is that the correct title?) ^.^

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Yes it's true ......read the soompi news...

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Okay, now I know why the writing started to get really wonky. They added the writer who wrote for Liar Game.

This is pretty much the worst thing that could happen to this drama. Liar Game had the absolute worst writing of any Kdrama ever. It was cliched, boring, 1-dimensional, nonsensical, stupid while trying to be clever... Well, you get the idea.

We're beginning to see the fruits of the mashup between the Liar Game writer and the original SWWTN writer here. The SWWTN scenes are all charm and sweetness and romance. The Liar Game scenes are all overly complicated without developing a consistent story arc and undermine the earlier character development.

Basically SWWTN has writing schizophrenia.

This isn't going to be good for ratings. I feel bad for LJK - he's got a ridiculously challenging task now to carry this drama. It's a bit like living his character in Two Weeks!

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be positive, hope this will work in good way, previous work doesn't matter any thing can be changed any time, that writer's ability must have been improved, let's think like that. :)

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:-) Wow! I wish that kind of magical thinking would actually work! As a producer though, I have to be realistic - bad writing is bad writing and no amount of hoping will change that.

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for me the writer is good, I like TBDW. The episode became better now than the last half of the drama. But still, it's too late, only 8 episode left

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The original writer is pretty funny - there were lots of silly plot things. Although he/she has quite a way to go to become a good writer, the original writer has charm. The unintentional camp was quite great to watch. And the romance scenes - lovely!

I can completely understand, though, if that writer isn't your cup of tea.

The new writer, on the other hand, has neither charm nor ability to craft a plot well. We call that bad writing.

I think what you like is movement away from the humor and romance toward action. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm not against that kind of movement in the plot - we've pretty much been waiting for it all along.

But let's not confuse that movement toward action with good writing. The movement toward action is good, but the new writer is writing it poorly. If we had a better new writer, the plot development would have grown organically from the set up and the characters would have acted consistently. Neither of those things happened.

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I Love the original writer when it comes to romance scene, unintentionally it made laugh,( thats the reason why i keep watching it plus the good acting) but the story is lack.
The new writer was good not better, but at least it molding the story.

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The new writer is all over the place with the story.

All that set up of secrecy is gone - because a new character who knew the secret has shown up and died after they filled their expository roles. On top of this, he could have told the king at any point. And the royal scholar are super sleuthy can can do things in a day. Which now makes Sung Yeol look weak an incompetent in comparison.

The characters are now acting completely differently from their earlier development - most markedly the Crown Prince and Hye-Ryeong and to a lesser degree Sung Yeol. Yang Sun is completely reduced to a passive female who needs to be saved. She's utterly unattractive with this personality - all charm of her character is gone (outside of the romance scenes written by the original writer) - so why the hell would anyone find her attractive??

I could go on, but I think you get the idea...

This is what a bad writer can do to a show. Sigh. The original was silly, but at least it was fun with solid character development.

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The new writer did not write the last 2 episodes by himself. Why is he getting all the blame here? The original writer wasn't any good at all but we are used to her style of poor writing.

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@Kiara

He's not. It's really clear that the new writer wrote the action scenes and the original writer wrote the romance scenes. The styles are different. That's what I was trying to express in my original post. :-)

The original writer is still writing lovely romance and bromance scenes with her charming dialogue and pacing. The plot and action scenes are where everything is changed - inconsistent characters, convoluted plotting - clearly the work of the new writer.

I like the original writer. If she had a good writing partner who could provide a little more structure and pacing, I think she'd produce very nice romances!

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I don't expect any writer to come in halfway and fix someone else's mess. It's a bit too late. This is already a hot mess that the actors are trying hard to salvage and we are only watching for them.

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I'm with Kiara. The original writer has taken so freaking long to move the damn plot forward, and created a mess in terms of characterisation for several key players. It's unfair to pin the blame on the new writer, who has only just joined and already succeeded in moving the plot way more than it did in the last 10 episodes.

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@Kiara @pogo

Well, writers do come in all the time in shows and 'fix someone else's mess'. It was certainly a good move for the show to bring in an additional writer. As @pogo pointed out, the original writer was having trouble moving the plot along. My issue isn't with the need to add a writer, it is with adding this particular writer.

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Did you expect him to fix this mess in just 2 episodes?

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@Kiara

:-) A good writer could have done the small plot pacing tweaks that were necessary. It wasn't too far off. I do this all the time.

A lot can happen in two episodes, though. The new writer made a worse mess in two episodes and I expect him to do far more damage before he's done.

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@Susan - the original writer is the one who chose to write Yang-sun as if she totally lacks any brain cells in her head, and she's stayed totally consistent with that here. The big change is the removal of her family, but that was done by the original writer, not this one.

And as for tweaks to the plot and pacing, we have had more forward movement in episode 12 alone than we got in the last 4 episodes before this. Hye-ryung's long-hinted marriage plan with Yoon finally paying off (the old writer would probably have taken till ep 18 to do it), Yang-sun's Super Secret Identity and exact role in the plan getting revealed, the diary finally getting decoded and the Gwi-hunting plan (the only real inconsistency I can see is in the King deciding to do it) going all awry. Not to mention the reveal that Soo-hyang knows Gwi somehow.

The original writer knew how to write the swoony scenes and romance quite well, but was kind of a fail at making the story move along, as far back as episode 6 people have been noting this.

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@Susan - btw, I am not ruling out the plot being a complete disaster after this since writer changes to miniseries have never ended well, in my experience.

But so far it's progressing quite well, the changes are good ones and it's a good sign that they kept the original writer for consistency's sake, I guess.

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@Susan I hope you know that this is the best part of watching this show with you guys. We see/take things differently and as a result we have something else to talk about beside our hot vampires and their pretty costumes.

Having a new writer gives me a little hope that things will start moving... like the plot, character development etc.
I'm so bored to death with the original writer's way of spoiling her own story by giving away too much way too early. I feel like I've already seen the end from the beginning. Her lack of creativity turns to repeat the same things over and over that even the sweet romance that I used to enjoy is getting really old now.

I welcome this new change of direction. It gives me something to look forward to.

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I’m so bored to death with the original writer’s way of spoiling her own story by giving away too much way too early.

EXACTLY THIS! We didn't need to be told in the promotional materials that Yang-sun was the daughter of a framed nobleman, or that Hye-ryung was going to marry Yoon, or that Yang-sun would eventually be separated from her foster family.....the writer and MBC just gave up all these goods so early.

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@Kiara @pogo

I'm glad you two like the changes in the show. That's the most important thing - that you're enjoying it.

It isn't important why, technically, the new writer isn't very good. The sad thing is that the show will lose audience. Wait. Watch the ratings.

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@Susan and pogo.
I'm watching the show with 3 other friends who are basically new to k dramas. They don't know anything about the manwha and very little about Korean culture and history. They love the show and don't have much to complain about beside the technical stuff and cheesy dialogue.

I think it's harder for us to ignore the show's faults and issues because we are familiar with everything that is connected to the it and we've been following it since Jun-ki was confirm as the lead.

Sometimes I wish I was more like my friends. Just sit back, relax, eat some ramen and enjoy the silly cheesy ride.

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@Susan - I'd personally wait for next week's episodes to pass before making a definitive statement about the ratings. Because as of now, they're holding steady within their usual range and those are cold hard numbers, nothing to do with whether I enjoy the drama or not.

@Kiara - I do agree that our nitpickiness is the result of years of familiarity with kdramas, but to some people, it makes no difference......

I remember trying to ease my ex-roomie into kdramas with a certain other fantasy sageuk (also starring Yubi) and she certainly noticed bad acting and worldbuilding flaws there, even if she had plenty of squee over the hot men and cliffhangers. Some people are just hardwired to notice, no matter what.

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I didn't watch "Liar Game" but I did watch "Time Between Dog and Wolf" and loved it (one of my favorite action drama).
There were 2 writers Han Ji-Hoon and Yoo Yong-Jae. I believe we are getting the lesser experience of the two who wrote "Liar Game" The other had more projects but he also wrote "Doctor Jin" and we all know how that turns out lol.

Anyway, I still have little hope because these 2 works better in pairs. Maybe they will turn our expectations around and give us something entirely different because sometimes I feel like we are just waiting at the end for the characters to catch up.

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Ohhhhh.... Dr. Jin. That was craptastic!! :-)

I hope you're right about working in pairs. It's just that I can't imagine what Yoo Yong-Jae ( the Liar Game writer) can possibly bring to that dynamic. And their touch is already screwing things up. I will say though that episode 12 is less bad than episode 11.

I've not seen Time Between Dog and Wolf but I've heard many good things. Han Ji-Hoon was the primary writer for that... and only one of the writers for Dr. Jin, so perhaps he's good?

In any case, the ratings for SWWTN are already reflecting the writing change. They're losing audience.

Well, whatever, I can still watch for some excellent acting and some excellent hanboking. If it gets too bad, I can actually do my work..... :-)

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Not sure what you mean about the ratings reflecting the writer change...

they wobbled downwards for a bit in ep 11 when the new writer came in and probably struggled with the setup, but for ep 12 the AGB Nielsen rating is 7.4 percent. Exactly the same as last week and within the usual range for the drama so far, so I'm not sure what you mean by the statement that they're losing audience.

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In episode 11 with the new writer, they're no longer in the top 20. When you say 'wobbled down for a bit' it implies that it came right back up. The ratings for episode 12 aren't out yet. AGB Nielsen of 7.4 is for episode 10.

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@Susan - I know which episode's ratings I was talking about: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Scholar_Who_Walks_the_Night/Episode_Ratings. At no point did I imply that the ratings went sky-high after the writer change, that is entirely your own projection since I specifically stated that 7.4 was within the drama's usual range so far.

And the 11th episode was indeed in the top 20, at no. 19 to be specific.

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I realise that comment sounds a bit snippy, and I apologise for that - it wasn't my intention. But yes, the ratings did come back up to their former level so on that front at least, there's not too much damage.

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Ah, I hadn't seen that source... thank you!

Those ratings are bad. There's a trend... Let's give it another week and talk then...

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Oh, btw, it's AGB Seoul that's the important measure...

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post-2014, a drama is considered a hit if it even gets close to double digits, like the recent High Society (never reached double digits but got its second leads a lot of positive attention). 7-8 percent isn't great, but it is pretty much average.

Yong-pal is the lone exception, but I agree that things probably need another week to see which way the ratings go. As of now, the new writer for SWWTN has brought more net gains than losses in terms of the plot and pacing than the old one, who really looks like a hack after comparing episode 12 with the previous ones.

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Sigh, Pogo, look at the AGB Seoul ratings - the ones for the actual demographic for this show. They're going down.

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:-) And thanks for the lecture on ratings. We producers have no idea what they mean! LOL

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Ignore my last comment. It was off sides. Sorry about that.

Writing that ignores the story bible is my bete noir right now! And I know from experience what it will do to ratings.

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Yes ... agree with mido . Be positive. Add writer is not a bad things ... This drama getting more intense and complicated . Rating doesn't represents anything ... Though this drama is not perfect but I love it ... esp Junkishi ... he did a great job. And many netizens love it too .... may people are addicted to this drama . Personally , I love this drama more than masks or Yongpal .... Maybe Junki Factor ??? .
I enjoy this drama. Amusing ... & entertaining ... . Fighting !

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I'm okay with lair game writer !! ( for me liar game was one of my favorite drama and I enjoy it alot + he also worked in one of JG drama) .

well, he only start with EP11 .. and for me I felt that there is balance in last 2 EP *I enjoy them alot & I'm glad that I can see more develop for the storyline

and don't forget that he's co-writer .. so the original writer is still there.

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And here I thought Lee Jun Ki was the only pretty boy in sageuk clothing. Damn Lee Soo-hyuk needs to wear more sageuk clothing end of story, the guy liner is just doing wonders.

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:-) That might have been the high point of the episode! I confess to rewinding a few times....

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Maybe the high point of the drama? I for one was yelling inside "OH JUST KAMSA EFFING HAMNIDA!"
Whoa.

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I think it also helped to get him in a location that didn't have weird back-lit green lighting. When he crashed SooHyang's sad ass pity party, he was looking mighty fine. He should do another sageuk with more reasonable scene lighting

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It was also really nice to see him in a good costume. I felt bad for him wearing those Hugh Hefner robes and slippers they've been dressing him in.

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I wouldn't have mind if he had beautiful human or vampire babes keeping him company but he is so bored and lonely. It's no wonder why he is always in a bad mood. The only time his mood changes is when Hye-ryung comes around.

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Lee Soo Hyuk... ahhh! Soooo gorgeous. Isn't he a male model? He also appeared in one of 2NE1's MVs... the Falling in Love one.

I really don't know why but Lee Soo-hyuk and Lee Jun Ki look the manliest (and prettiest) in Sageuk clothing.

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Both are pretty in sageuk ... sexy. Different kind of prettyness & sexyness ...... Junki is gracious ... charismatic ...beautiful sexy ... LSH is lustful ... lethal ...sexy ......

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M very new to this website. Discovered it by chance and have since started reading all the well narrated recaps. Well done and looking forward to continuous reading

Spot on with the description on LJK: gracious, charismatic, sexy and LSH: lustful, lethal, sexy. Couldn't hv described it any better.

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I believe both Lee Soo-hyuk and Jun-ki were former models.

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LSH is a current model.

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Lee Soo-hyuk modelled for Balenciaga (as in, their Paris runway show) not long ago, so he is very much still a model.

Oppa was indeed a former model, though. I'd love to see him in more photoshoots.

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Thank you. I thought he was done modeling and is concentrating on his acting career.
Even though this drama is having a lot of problems I do hope that the whole cast including Lee Soo-hyuk are given credit for their effort here. Some actors do shine even in bad dramas.

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I think he does intend to concentrate on his acting career in Korea now, but he still dabbles in modelling when he can - which makes sense, since actors do photoshoots anyway (but not many do Paris runways!)

And I am with you in hoping that the cast gets credit for what they've achieved despite the messy script - a mark of good actors. I'm impressed by how solid they all are even if they're not perfect.

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he also apeared in 2NE1's MV Hurt as Dara's lover....and he's best friends with GD..

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OMG! When Soo Hyuk crashed the wedding in the traditional garb...He rocked it! So handsome! Didn't like his cave robe garb at all.

I though Lee Jun Ki must have the longest arm in town when he held up Yoon by the neck. So fake looking..Bad special effect. He arm looked stiff as a board.Looked weird..

Anyway, I think the King's Will will be Yoon's and the mother's blood line is Yang Sun. Good bye Gwi, but he has 8 more episodes to dodge the bullet! Hope he wears more sageuk clothing..though..

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Don't you know that actually Changmin was stepping on a big brick at that scene? Not wires or else but a brick. Maybe that's why he looked so weird and Joongi didn't looked like grasping his neck really hard to even pull him up.

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Lee Soo Hyuk did a Sageuk before. If I remember, the title was Tree With Deep Roots. But his costumes are way better in this drama.

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Tree was a very good brainy sageuk. One of my fav.

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Tree with Deep Roots was excellent all around. But it wasn't LSH's best acting lol.

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Yea I don't remember what he was doing in the show lol. I was mesmerized by Song Joong-K and Han Suk-Kyu's excellent portrayal of Lee Do aka King Sejong.

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I watched his entrance to that banquet a couple of times. He strutted like he was back on the catwalk (I believe he has modeling experience). And that sneer.

I want to see Lee Soo Hyuk and Lee Jun Ki in a model-off. we'd all be fainting at the beauty

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Can't they just let Yangsun know the truth? I'm tired of Yangsun deperately saved by each character -- she has power with her omg new writer please make it up next week or I'll toss Yoon or whoever nearby to another dimension. If she know that she is the ultimate key, then it'll be a double pain for Sungyeol -- for never being able to live with her because he is immortal and for letting her die sacrifiying herself. Yangsun of course would do it in order to save the whole kingdom and also to fulfil his father's sacrifice.

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They need to drop this amnesia crap as soon as possible because Gwi is going to take Su-hyang over to his camp. Yang-sun really need to step up here.

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The hope is on Hojin now. I wish he just tell her everything while thinking that his master will never coming back.

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Yes I hope Hojin will tell her everything . I like Hojin ...he is very loyal and ... he is a good actor too ...... many people didn't put much attention to not important lead ...but they can add more spice to drama .....

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I wish he could just snap it out and spit everything single thing he know about the mess that happening on her back. I do also love Hakyoung (insert thousands of love) I wish he get more screentime later.

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@Cara I'm counting on Ho-jin to spill it ALL and for Yang-sun to keep her words, that her heart won't change. She has been honest and understanding when it comes to Yoon and I hope that she will do the same with Sung-yeol.

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I think the Gwi-Soo-hyang thing is still not a certain thing, since she has done absolutely nothing to help him and doesn't seem inclined to - she lied and played off her sightings of Sung-yeol despite the fact that Gwi majorly took her by surprise when he hands Sung-yeol's portrait over.

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She is very vulnerable and hurt so I'm expecting her to change camp and I hope that she is given a solid reason for doing so other than the obvious.
Part of me wants her to remain loyal to Sung-yeol only because he apologized for not doing anything for her. The other part of me wants her to forget him because she deserves to be happy even if it's the arm of another vampire. If she becomes one at least it's her choice.

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I agree, she needs a stronger motive than hurt feelings and jealousy, for abandoning Sung-yeol and switching camps to Gwi - because otherwise it flies in the face of what we know of her character, which is that she is fiercely loyal to a fault and has been dedicated for years to the anti-Gwi cause.

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I expected so much for Yangsun to be a lovable and courageous character but she's testing my nerves! She's so passive and is oblivious to her surrounding! Goes to show you being book smart is not all that!

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I don't know how Yubi does it but I would have been irritated with Yang-sun from the beginning if it wasn't for the way she portray her.
I'm with Ho-jin, I just can't get mad at her even though she is very annoying.

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Yang-sun being written exclusively as this passive puppy who's crushing on Sung-yeol and has nothing else to do, gets especially frustrating now that the writers have removed her entire foster family from the drama so she literally has no interactions with anyone but Sung-yeol, Yoon and their crews.

And it's REALLY maddening to see it in an episode where both the other female leads are actively plotting and taking action, putting themselves on the line for it. I may not agree with Hye-ryung's methods, but at least she does something. Same with Soo-hyang.

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Yea I don't agree with her method because it's going to come back and bite her in the ass but she has a plan and she is risking everything for it. I also think that she is aware that Yoon may not trust her or even love her if he finds out.
I'm very much behind Hye-ryung even if I don't agree with her scheme.

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yeah, pretending she didn't know that Yoon was the CP was a particularly audacious move, because it is just so easy to bust that - all it would need is for one servant or Gwi to start talking.

I think the fallout of such a discovery on Yoon/Hye-ryung's relationship, could be interesting, especially since he seems to have approached the alliance with some sincerity and seems genuinely protective of Hye-ryung. But it's a potentially great relationship if we like our arranged-marriage-turns-to-love possibilities. And as a couple fighting a vampire while negotiating an arranged marriage forced by said vampire, it's also the kind that would have OTP potential if this was another drama and I could be confident of Changmin's lead role abilities (I'm still not).

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Thanks javabeans, i was refreshing this page until it comes up. now i feel drama is getting better, i heard they were add additional script writer, any way happy to see LJK acting, i wonder what will happen next 8 episodes to go.

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I love all of the cast, but the actor who plays Gwi is doing a great job - Lee Soo Hyuk. Even though he plays the antagonist, there is something strangely charismatic about the way he's playing his character.

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He's a really good actor. He has a charismatic screen presence. Even in this silly role!

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All the cast are doing a great job.... even Changmin ( compare to his previous ...drama ) ......

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yes, he doesn't get much to do other than be one-dimensionally villainous, but he is really charismatic.

And I know I am not the only one who loves the scenes where Gwi and Sung-yeol interact. Lee Jun-ki and Lee Soo-hyuk's energies just seem to mesh really well.

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Charisma overload lol.

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Ok but DAYUUUMM lee soo hyuk looks sooo frigging good in sageuk clothing I almost choked on my saliva when I saw him. MORE PLEASE

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Amen to that!

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I mean, we have no shortage of gorgeous men in this drama but Lee Soo-hyuk in the hat.....I actually choked a little.

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Drop dead gorgeous!!! Su-hyang's reaction was spot on lol.

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Haha the entire female audience accepted her reaction as 120% logical.

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He never say that he loved her but always the first one to make the move. Keep kissing her lol. Okay I understand u scholar.

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Not to her face but he knows in his heart that he does love her too.
This episode was like their first kiss to me because Yang-sun was actually conscious.

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Finally we get to see Gwi finally in a hanbok rather than his usual black sleeping robe in the boring cave. The men doe shine in hanboks in this drama. Can't take my eyes off when it comes to the beautiful clothings they have on each episode.

Another big blow out discovering Jin/Yangsun is the only cause to kill off Gwi due to the darn family lineage.
We can expect some noble idiocy creeping up the next epi or so. Least some action in this episode and Sungyeol getting some trust fr the royal family who are so blunt in the start.

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is it true that lee yubi almost leave this drama? i really wish that the writers develop her character to be strong in the next episode before making her the instant solution for the final ep, acting like--- killing Gwi in an accident...that would be horrible...

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I don't understand why Sung-yeol can't use that hawthorn dagger to kill Gwi if it can kill him. They are both vampires right?

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It's not that he can't, it's that he can't get close enough to. Gwi is much stronger than SY.

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Yes I think Susan was right ...in this case Gwi is stronger ... because he drinks more human blood ... and don't have human heart ....

In the Prince JH memorandum also stated ...there must be joint force ... SY & Befitting Royal & Maternal Line human ( YS ? ) ........

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i can understand king and gwi's blood line can defeat gwi, but why sung yeol, sung yoel was a human when the prince write his memorandum and he evn didn' know sung yeol became a vampire

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But the prince already heard from the guardian vampire who bites SY ... only a vampire with human heart will be able to fight Gwi ...

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Guardian vampire died right after he bit sung yeol, how the prince got to know , bacause at that moment prince was already captured by gwi, i am confused.

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The guardian vampire in the Prince's memorandum was supposed to be the "original" guardian vampire. When he died, he bit Sung Yeol and passed on his "powers" to Sung Yeol, so Sung Yeol is now the new guardian vampire.

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Yes ... makes sense...heartless but this is the only way ....

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And in the first ...page ... the price mentioned ... sorry to involve you ... in this situation . It means he already planned since the beginning .....

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Prince Jeonghyeon was probably referring to Hae-so. Obviously Gwi's descendant at the time wouldn't be Yang-sun either.

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Thks for recaps GF ........

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THis Episode ...much much better ......than before .....

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I don't agree that seungyeol should have stayed at mount . If that happen then the story will be the same with the beginning kang chi. Sorry if I am wrong.

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I heard ...in manhwa version ...suhyang will betrayed SY and work with Gwi ... Oh ..if this happened ...don't know ...

And really worry ... in manhwa version ...KSY die ???

Gosh , these thought drive me crazy ...

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dunno why, but i prefer if SH to betray SY. Coz it will make this drama more dramatic. i cnt stand her to be supporter of SY while shed her tears watching SY's heart been taken by YS.
i can figure that she will be villain later on,because of her jealousy. Jealousy can kill, isnt it?

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Gah! As long as I love plot twist but I will hate her for doing that. But, what offer that Gwi gave of Suhyang for betraying Sungyeol? She loves him so much. If Gwi promised her that he will help getting rid of Yangsun and letting Sungyeol alive, like, hey, Suhyang is pretty smart -- she is the brain of Team Sungyeol. Gwi will obviously betray her since his desire to have Sungyeol is bigger than anything else.

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[Manghwa SPOILERS]

Well SH does betray SY and join his side because Gwi offered to turn her into a vampire after she betrays him. In the SH becomes a vampire but her feelings for SY will still be there. When SY nearly died (I think it's the cliffhanger) SH saved his life as a vampire.

There a few people at Soompi who read the manghwa so that's as far as I got. Oh and the hunter falls in love with YS (the prince doesn't like YS that way).

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You've ask this question before about KSY. Try reading the answers too :p.

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I think at this point, it is quite clear that the drama is diverging a great deal from the manhwa so please can we refrain from assuming that just because something happened in the manhwa/a character behaved a certain way, they'll do it in the drama too?

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im glad that at least i can see more of Hye Ryung in this epi.
and finally got to be the Crown Princess and future Queen. im wondering what will she do while holding the power?
even i secretly wish that she is gwi's child coz i wud like to see more dramatic scene, but now it has been revealed that YS is Gwi's child.

and damnnn... Gwi is too hot in that hanbok. wanna see more of him in hanbok, please make it happen again..coz his handsome and pretty face is too wasted if it just to wear that caverobe.

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I am scared to say in this thread but I actually find LSH more handsome than Jun Ki but in Hanbok obviously Jun Ki has no competition and I never wanted HR to be Gwi's kid, I still want a kiss between the two

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Agree.
LSH is more handsome, but junki is such a gorgeous.

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hehe I'm a total Lee Jun-ki fan but you don't have to be scared, I agree that Lee Soo-hyuk in his hanbok was stunning. Probably since it's more of a surprise than Jun-ki, who's been wearing hanboks all drama long but this is LSH's first time wearing something other than the robe.

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No I think in hanbok LJK looks best but in general I find LSH more handsome, since white Christmas, waiting for his lead in a drama :)

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I think every generation of leading men gets that one guy who is so beautiful in such an unusual way and combine that with acting talent, that people really sit up and pay attention.

Lee Jun-ki was that guy ten years ago, and Lee Soo-hyuk has the potential to be that guy now - he's not only stunningly gorgeous in a very unique way (just like Jun-ki ten years ago, but his look is very different from LJK's), he's also very charismatic and has been working consistently in smaller roles to improve his acting. He's really got so good at a range of roles...

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yea true, I actually know LJK is beautiful, but I dont know how to say in words, it is just he does not appeal me that much. Don't mind me , even the Hallyu stars like LMH and KSH dont appeal me that much. I may have an odd taste :P

When I saw an actor /actress in a drama, if I liked them but don't try to search other dramas of them, then I just liked their characters or roles only(like I liked Jo In Sung in IOIL, but never bothered to search about them ) if I search their other dramas that means I liked the actor/actress.

I found a new one that list , Yeon Jung Hyun, I really disliked mask, but but because of that guy I marathoned VP 1 and 2 :)

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@fantasy - no problem, I can understand that we have differing tastes!

And no need to apologise for your taste, I'd like to think we Lee Jun-ki fans can be mature about our oppa not being everyone's favourite and not call anyone names for expressing a preference, unlike some actors' fans.

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I'm 100% on Jun-ki being the most handsome/gorgeous babe here with the acting chops to go with it.
I think Lee Soo-hyuk is gorgeous too but I'm not into him as much.

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So true. I actually do tend to skip over Gwi's scenes but can certainly appreciate why many would find him irresistible. He is charismatic and doing very well in his role. Totally bowled over by his Hanbok and his gorgeousness in them too.

LJG has stiff competition in hanbok modelling now! ?

That said, I will still be passing over most of LSH's scenes - with the exception of him in Hanbok - as I find him sinisterly disturbing (a plus in this role, though) and can't watch him for long even if he is stunning, objectively. ?

LJG, on the other hand, I can stare at and admire for hours on end. ?

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I do appreciate the pretty but it's the acting talents that makes me a fan.

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I am soooo glad Kee Soo Hyuk is getting attention :D

and ooohhh Gwi sleeps :P

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Perhaps he's just bored by all his scenes with old wrinkly manipulative men in his damp cave?

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he admitted himself that it was boring to live in that damp cave, poor Gwi he so wanted enjoy the wedding party but back stabbed :P

this drama is no longer a drama, it is turning into a cartoon :D

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Full circle.

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yeah, and his lone non-wrinkly-old-man visitor is off marrying a Prince......no more reason to stay in that cave now!

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err mybe he shud visit Hye Ryung later in the palace. U know Gwi, Hye Ryung might be a little bored in the palace as well,

and please visit her by wearing pretty hanbok, gwi.

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LSH should continue wearing Hanboks..he looks so good.

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I wish I could believe in the high stakes of having a vampire as dangerous as Gwi ruling the country and ridding of him being the only option, but he just seems so lonely and sad in that dank cave. Why have unlimited power if all you're going to do is sit in that awful wardrobe and hang out with that awful prime minister all day? I guess since I can't really buy into the premise of the story, I find the whole secret plan plot even more tiring.

Forgot this is a 20 episode drama and could not for the life of me figure out WHY Yang Sun doesn't know Sung Yeol's true identity yet ... but pleaase can it happen sooner because her being the only one in the dark is making her seem more dim-witted than she already comes across. She is literally the only person who does not know yet and is the most important when it comes to that information!

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I know right? I said it before that for a supposedly terrible vampire, Gwi hasn't done much to inspire such desperation o. the part of the royals. He hasn't gone on a crazy rampage and decimated the town, he helped the royals to keep their power, and before the search for the book began, I haven't seen Gwi grab random people and drain them. It all seems like the royals are trying to stab him in the back now that they've got what they want. It seems like Gwi is acting more out of a sense of self-preservation than through any malignant feelings. Oh my goodness, did I just try to justify Gwi's actions? 내가미천나봐!!!

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Gwi yawning and in hanbok were the two scenes that got my attention...

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oh yeah, the yawning. Another scene where I might just have ended up a little short of breath, lol.

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Oh Lordy, yessssssss ?

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I think Gwi is really looks cool in hanbok. I can't help be mesmerize when i was watching it. I think Yangsun will sacrifice herself once she will know the whole truth. Maybe she could turn into a vampire and live with Sungyeol after all. Maybe im just delusional! I just hope this drama will end in a good way. I'm super puzzled.

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Can someone explain how did Seo Jin''s family line became the person to help kill Gwi? Her family line couldn't have just been born to serve the purpose as a tool to kill Gwi right? Something must have happened to make that family line be able to kill Gwi.

Was there something earlier about Gwi killing the girl he loved? Could that girl be an earlier ancestor of Seo Jin? They just keep harping about the dam diary but I really want to know Gwi''s story!

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I think Gwi kill the pregnant woman he loves ( actually already giving birth to a baby girl) ... because he knew ... the baby will be abl to kill him someday. The king said ...the only survival from maternal line is YS ...

It seems the ancestor ( the king great great grand father ) already planning to get rid of Gwi by offering a woman ( chosen from certain family) to Gwi .... have sex with him and keep the baby ( secretly ) .... and all the baby girls were killed by Gwi ...

The reason why YS raised as a boy is to keep her identity a secret . Once Gwi knew there still a baby girl from his bloodline survive ...he will kill her immediately ...

Well, this is what I think .....

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Hmm u cld be right, the reason why YS is dressed as a boy is for her safety. Well, time will tell, however I'm pretty sure you have got it spot on

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In all thanks for the recap.As for me am enjoying the drama, I can't wait for next week to come.I love jun ki soo much and his romantic ways.

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