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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 15

I think I’d like an episode that wasn’t predicated on a noble sacrifice (pretty please?), which seems to be such a regular occurrence here in Scholar-land that I cease to find it a moving plot point. But if you press me to find a silver lining about it, I suppose I prefer episodes like this one, where the sacrifices are active choices and come with a side of Significant Plot Revelations, especially where secret plans are concerned. Though, really: How about less secret, more plan?

 
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EPISODE 15 RECAP

Yoon draws his sword against a severely weakened Sung-yeol, ready to strike. But before he can, in flies… a trident?

It belongs to Hunter Baek, who single-handedly takes down the guards and urges Sung-yeol to escape. When Yoon’s guard tries to stop them at swordpoint, Ho-jin throws himself at the man, buying Sung-yeol enough time to whisk Yang-sun away.

He uses his superspeed to run through the forest, and Su-hyang arrives in time to recognize the blur as it goes by.

Sung-yeol barely makes it into an abandoned hut, and Yang-sun helps him out of the sunlight. Moments after he falls unconscious, Su-hyang finds them and takes over with calm competence, instructing Yang-sun to take Sung-yeol to a house in a different valley and to watch over him there.

Yoon and his men scour the woods all day, but find no trace and have to concede that Sung-yeol got away.

It’s night by the time Su-hyang comes across Ho-jin, thankfully still alive. He’s relieved to see that she’s safe, and to hear that Sung-yeol is also alive. Su-hyang has a pretty good guess as to who stole his protective black hanbok from him, and shares that Hye-ryung is loyal to Gwi.

She’s only partially right, since we’re the only ones who see that Hye-ryung may not be quite so loyal to Gwi. Hye-ryung anxiously waits for news, and Yoon apprises her of the day’s events. He asks now for an explanation on how she knew what Sung-yeol’s hanbok was about.

Hye-ryung tells how Sung-yeol mistook her for his dead love, and how Gwi had ordered her to steal the hanbok under the threat of turning her into a vampire. She shows him the bite scar on her neck and says that she stole the hanbok, but was scared to put it in Gwi’s hands.

To keep Gwi from retaliation, Hye-ryung says they must tell him that she wasn’t able to steal it from Sung-yeol. She even offers to take the blame and die at Gwi’s hand if he ever discovers the truth, which is either a noble gesture on her part or a shrewd tactic to get Yoon to trust her. I’m going with a little of both, and it works beautifully: Yoon is so against that sacrifice that he orders her to not do it.

Not that Gwi isn’t suspicious anyway, and he’s angered by the lack of contact from both Yoon and Hye-ryung. He’s also still keeping Vamp Hak-young stuck in his coffin, biding his time until he can unleash him.

Hye-ryung is moved by her husband’s words, and when we see how she was offered up to Gwi in childhood by her father, the difference between their reactions is striking. When a presence moves through the palace, she lbraces for Gwi’s arrival, and moments later he walks in, asking for Sung-yeol’s hanbok.

She lies that her attempt was unsuccessful. Angered, Gwi grabs her arm tightly and doubts her story, although she stands firm and adds that Sung-yeol has a new love now. Hye-ryung no longer has the ability to affect his feelings and even suggests that Gwi move on from his attachment to the past.

Gwi grabs her throat and warns that he could take away her place as queen any moment he chooses. But Yoon’s angry voice cuts in, and after turning to see him there, Gwi moves to hold Hye-ryung in a tighter grip, looking almost lover-like as he presses his face close to hers.

Yoon reminds Gwi that he’d already agreed to do his bidding, making this nighttime visit unnecessary. He says that Sung-yeol got away in broad daylight and vows to search far and wide, and starts to ask that Gwi leave the queen alone.

Gwi shoves Hye-ryung aside and calls for his sidekick, and now it’s Hak-young who takes over, ready to take a bite out of his old BFF. Gwi prevents it, treating Hak-young like a dog in training, while Yoon takes in the sight with horror. Using Hak-young as an example, Gwi explains that failure to obey won’t result in mere death for the queen, but a far worse fate.

Yoon wells up in rage and grief, vowing to not merely kill Gwi but return this pain in kind. Hye-ryung embraces him consolingly.

Yang-sun arrives at the house with a still-unconscious Sung-yeol, just as a man sees them and offers help. He recognizes Sung-yeol as the scholar who’d helped him once and is happy to provide shelter.

Sung-yeol is in bad shape, so Yang-sun takes her finger and bites down hard, and lets the blood drip into his mouth. It has an instant effect, but also calls forth the beast within, and Sung-yeol has to struggle to remain in control. He warns her not to do this—he may not be able to stop at just a little taste.

But Yang-sun can’t just do nothing, so she heads out to find blood, eyeing the chicken in the yard. Just her luck, her host happens by and assumes she’s hungry, offering fresh meat instead. But when Yang-sun starts to say she needs something else, the man understands and offers her a bowl of cow’s blood—they call Sung-yeol the night scholar and know what he is.

The blood helps revive him, and Sung-yeol thinks back to his encounter with Hye-ryung the other night. He worries that the hanbok can’t go to Gwi, which I’m hoping means that he connected Hye-ryung to its theft and isn’t about to trust her with anything.

He asks Yang-sun how she knew to came here, and is glad to hear that Su-hyang is safe and directed Yang-sun to this house. He tells her to stay hidden here since the officers don’t know about this place, intending to head out to find out more information. But he almost keels over from the effort of standing, and Yang-sun insists that he not leave this house until he’s well, and takes to sleeping in front of the door to make her point.

While she dozes, Sung-yeol sees the bite mark on her finger and wonders at her blood’s potency—could that have something to do with her being descended from that all-important lineage?

Yoon is presented with Gwi’s instructions to conduct his state meetings at nighttime. Yoon reluctantly agrees to it, which has his advisor (Hak-young’s grandfather) sputtering in indignation and grieving the dead king. Yoon says that those watching from the heavens won’t understand his reasoning, and adds that although he may have to visit Gwi’s underground lair in the future, his advisor is not to do likewise.

Gwi inspects the scrap of Sung-yeol’s daytime hanbok, noting that it doesn’t burn when held to a flame. When the prime minister reports to him, he asks after Su-hyang’s doings, sending the minister off to the gibang to check on her.

The prime minister offers a large sum of money and tells her to go away and live in comfort somewhere. Su-hyang has other ideas in mind, and says she plans to reopen her gibang and stay nearby. He tenses when she brings up his sacrifice of Hye-ryung, and she suggests that he use her instead of a difficult-to-manage daughter.

The statesmen gather in the courtyard for the first of their nighttime sessions, where Yoon reads a decree written on Gwi’s command. He struggles through it, clenching his fist in anger, but forces himself to read the statement essentially threatening dire punishment on any more attempts by the people to challenge the court, the way Eumlan Seosaeng did.

In the middle of the reading, Gwi strolls right in, past the confused politicians, right in front of Yoon’s throne. He sits down on the table in front of Yoon, essentially blocking the king from view—or more to the point, appearing as the king himself. When a politician voices a concern about the decree inciting furor from the public, Gwi states that they’ll just round up everyone or impose martial law, issuing orders to arrest anyone wearing a black hanbok.

Sung-yeol spends another day recovering in Yang-sun’s care, and she hesitantly asks whether it’s true that she’s the secret to defeating Gwi. He denies it, saying that Yoon is under a misunderstanding, overriding her protests. She asks whether he’ll continue fighting Gwi, saying wistfully that she’d like if he could stay with her like this for a short while.

Sung-yeol asks what she means by “short while,” and she suggests twenty years, or better yet, fifty—to him, that could be pretty short. Sung-yeol smiles down at her and says that while his body feels weary and heavy, for the first time in a long while, his heart feels a bit lighter.

He touches her face and moves in to kiss her, but pulls back at the last second, afraid of his own nature. He repeats his constant worry: “If I hold you now, I might hurt you.”

But Yang-sun just pulls him closer anyway, and this time he doesn’t pull away.

At the gibang, Su-hyang entertains while Gwi and the prime minister discuss their current affairs. Out to capture Sung-yeol, Gwi has figured out a plan that is sure to draw him out: Make the lives of the people even more terrible and oppressed. Ack, that’s evilly clever, since he knows Sung-yeol can’t just sit by and watch that happen, and Su-hyang knows it too, although she does her best to keep her reaction to herself.

The new regulations are posted, and the public’s immediate reaction is, naturally, disgruntlement. Scholars dressed in black are examined, and when they protest, the officers take them in forcibly.

Su-hyang visits the palace to speak with Hye-ryung, asking whether she took Sung-yeol’s protective hanbok. Hye-ryung disavows any knowledge of it, and Su-hyang drops a subtle threat about telling Yoon about how long Hye-ryung has been visiting Gwi’s lair. She asks for the clothing’s return, but Hye-ryung retorts, “Try doing anything. If you interfere in me and the king’s relationship, that thing will make its way to Gwi’s hand.”

Hye-ryung asks what Su-hyang intends by getting close to Gwi. Su-hyang replies that she’s served Sung-yeol for many years and would do much more to help him. Hye-ryung answers similarly—that as the queen, she will do whatever it takes to make Yoon a proper king.

Su-hyang points out that they’d need to be rid of Gwi for that to happen. Hye-ryung fires back that Gwi would have been killed if Sung-yeol hadn’t kept Yang-sun from them. It’s an unfortunate conflict that they all have the same goal in mind, but are fighting each other over the way to do it.

Hye-ryung does tell her what she heard about Gwi’s descendant being Gwi’s downfall, identifying Yang-sun as the only way to defeat him. She advises Su-hyang to think hard about what is really best for Sung-yeol, and drat it, her words seem to hold sway over Su-hyang.

Yang-sun helps the women of the town in making shoes, and a peddler informs them of the latest demands from the king, whereby young girls are to be sent to the palace from each village. On the surface it doesn’t sound so bad, but the rumors are that the girls will be given to the palace vampire.

Yang-sun races home, worried for the young daughter of the family hosting her, and together the two girls huddle out of sight while the officials look for her. They’re turned away for now, but it looks like only a matter of time before the girl is found and seized.

Su-hyung visits Sung-yeol to deliver the latest news of Gwi’s doings, and urges him not to do anything because it’s a trap. Then she advises him to give Yang-sun up to Gwi, because she knows she’s the key to the secret plan.

Sung-yeol flatly refuses, saying that he’s also part of the secret plan. He’s lived in torment, thinking of the loved one he had to kill in order to live on, and how he has been driven by the thought of revenge. So to kill another loved one in order to get revenge for having to kill the first loved one? Nope, not gonna happen. Furthermore, if killing Gwi requires someone else to become a beast and live as Sung-yeol did, “I will fight him to the last and die.”

Yang-sun hears this from outside the door, looking stricken. Su-hyang sees that she’s overheard and confirms that this is why Sung-yeol and Yoon fought over her. Yang-sun says that she lost her father twice because of Gwi, and nearly lost Sung-yeol: “What more must I lose?” She asks sadly if it’s not possible for her to just live quietly with Sung-yeol.

Su-hyang informs her that if she did, if she ever had a daughter or granddaughter, that child will have to endure the same fate of being offered to Gwi. If not, humans will suffer under his control forever. No pressure or anything.

Yang-sun doesn’t understand why, so Su-hyang tells her the final crucial bit: that she’s descended from Gwi.

The truth is a blow, but it makes sense of Yang-sun’s scattered memories, like how her father insisted she live as a boy to keep her safe. He’d also told her that those people who would harm her are mistaken, and that Crown Prince Sadong would find the right way.

By the time she returns to the house late that night, she’s put on a smile for Sung-yeol and agrees to go for walk. But first, she sits him down to replace the worn shoes he’s wearing with new ones, like he’d once done for her. Ah, so she’s been making shoes to save up money for these, and he’s touched at the gesture.

As they stroll, he asks what she wants to do with her life now, and she muses that she can’t sell books, and she doesn’t seem to have much talent for writing them, which prompts him to tease about waiting for the next installment of her Night Scholar story. She says that the night scholar she’d envisioned was meant to stir romantic fantasies, but wasn’t very realistic. But the more she comes to know Sung-yeol and the weight of the pain he’s had to endure, the more her novel feels embarrassing and insignificant.

“Imagination is different from reality,” she says, “and it cannot change reality, either.”

Sung-yeol replies, “Imagination cannot change reality, but it can change people, and those people can change the world. One day when the world becomes peaceful, what the people will need then is not the night scholar, but someone who makes the people dream of the lives they want to live—people just like you.” Well, damn if that isn’t the loveliest thing. She stares up at him in wonder, and tells him familiar words: “It’s beautiful—the words you said to me, your heart.”

Sung-yeol kneels before her to carry her on his back, and when she balks, he says it’s just to see if he’s recovered yet. So she lets him pick her up, though she worries that she’s heavy for him. He replies with a smile, “Seeing how it’s light, your heart must have also lightened.”

Late that night, as Sung-yeol sleeps, Yang-sun gives one last farewell bow.

Hunter Baek and Ho-jin mull over the present state of things, and Ho-jin asks if Yang-sun’s mother died the same night her father did. Hunter Baek confirms this—and then a startling thought occurs to him as he recalls that he’d discovered Yang-sun’s mother dead, sporting two puncture marks in her neck. “How could I have missed this?” he wonders aloud. HOW INDEED.

He decides he must tell the king right away and heads for the palace. Along the way, he sees officers rounding up young girls to be offered as tribute while angry citizens protest the order.

Hunter Baek steps in, easily knocking the officers, and advises the protesting people to be careful. And to his surprise, the two men—Yang-sun’s former loan sharks, now turned teddy bears—suddenly bow respectfully and declare him “Hyungnim!”

Sung-yeol awakens in the morning to an empty hut, and the entire day passes while he waits for Yang-sun. He steps out in time to overhear his host arguing with his daughter, because the girl is upset to learn that Yang-sun took her place.

Sung-yeol asks about Yang-sun, and the man sobs out the explanation. He tells the man it’s not his fault, then heads off.

At the palace, Yoon and Hye-ryung retire for the night, and she helps him undress. Ah, Yoon is wearing the protective hanbok underneath his dragon robes, determined to keep it out of Gwi’s hands, and he wonders where Sung-yeol is now.

Sung-yeol races to his home, where he explains to Ho-jin how Yang-sun has sacrificed herself. But Ho-jin shares Hunter Baek’s new realization: Yang-sun’s mother was bitten by Gwi, but she died, not the other way around. So they’ve got the secret plan all wrong.

The first round of young sacrifices is taken to the gibang and prepared under Su-hyang’s watch. Since this is an elaborate way of getting Yang-sun, she’s disappointed when she doesn’t see her among the crop, and then relieved when Yang-sun arrives with the latest group.

Su-hyang dresses Yang-sun in the finest clothes and explains how Gwi had a child of a human woman. She’s not without sympathy for Yang-sun’s sad fate, having been decided by the blood she was born with, and looks upon her sadly.

Yang-sun says it wasn’t her choice to be born this way, “But to die this way is my choice.” To herself, she thinks, “Scholar-nim, please be well.”

 
COMMENTS

Well, the actual plot of the episode wasn’t anything surprising or unexpected, since we’ve been playing out a version of this merry-go-round for weeks: Yang-sun in danger, Yang-sun needs to be sacrificed, a bunch of people are out to get Yang-sun with only our scholar-nim out to keep her safe. Lather, rinse, repeat.

So what works for me is more the character developments, and less the mechanics of the story. I like that the secondary characters continue to develop, especially considering that most characters at this late date are more or less fixed in place, or at least on a set trajectory. I find Scholar sometimes cutely entertaining and sometimes mind-numbingly boring (come ON, the same plot again? Just in a new house/forest/hideaway?), and when it’s skirting the line into eye-glazingly dull, its saving grace is that it refuses to resolve into a two-sided battle of good-versus-evil.

Two prime examples are Hye-ryung and Su-hyang, both of whom I think I want to like more than I actually do. I appreciate that they’re both sharp-thinking, clear-headed, logical women with noble goals who are willing to get their hands a little dirty for an ultimate greater good. I also really like that they’re both willing to go deep into Gwi’s nest of evil and go double-agent on him—and that they actually succeed, to some extent, in fooling him and earning his trust. That said, it’s been tough for me to warm to either one, probably because they’ve both got it in for Yang-sun and I happen to want our heroine to survive, so sue me.

But at least today, I could see that even when they’re angling for things that would hurt our main characters, I can feel for them—just as long as the motivations are teased out, the emotions fleshed out. I like Hye-ryung so much more now as Yoon’s partner than I ever did before, even if part of me wonders whether she’s going to hurt Yoon too. I get the sense that her loyalties to him are growing perhaps unintentionally, and that even when she wanted to build him up as a king, she hadn’t counted on helping him as a person. It’s a nice touch to give her that dimension, and to allow us a glimpse of that internal struggle, where she seems genuinely moved by Yoon’s shows of concern and general decency, especially contrasted with the father who gave her up to built up his own power.

Su-hyang has always been sympathetic on paper, since I’ve never doubted her love for Sung-yeol and her willingness to die to help him. Adding her to Gwi’s ranks was a nice bonus, and now that Yang-sun is offering herself up to save Sung-yeol, I like that we get to see Su-hyang showing a little sympathy for her rather than just always pressing for people to give her up to die already.

Ultimately it is Yang-sun’s choice to sacrifice herself, and I’m just glad that the truth is out about how wrong-headed this entire scheme was to begin with. I suppose we could shake our heads at the huge glaring oversights that allowed everyone to come to this conclusion, but maybe we should just be thankful we didn’t have to lose another innocent descendant before realizing that oops, maybe Yang-sun was the key in a different way. ‘Cause it would suck to need her alive when you’ve just killed her, sealing the misery of humankind for all eternity because somebody forgot to do a little fact-checking. At least this time, I can trust that our trusty scholar-nim will save the day—no thanks to anybody else!

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On tonight's episode of Vampire Idol finds Valid Love in the Night, Mukadil is sad that none of his friendships are "valid," so he gets a pet, which would love him unconditionally and totally not run away like his other so-called friends. So he takes vampire Hak Young and begins to train him. Hak Young responds very well to the training and soon Mukadil has him biting and running away and playing dead all on command, though he still likes to bite anything with a pulse that he crosses. Hye Ryeong, miffed at her sudden lack of affection, decides to go on Liar Game to win a bunch of money and breaks everyone's hope in humanity. She accomplishes one of these things.
Yoobi-chingu, on the other hand, runs away to a gisaeng and starts looking for the Gu Family book, since she was soooooo good at finding Junghyun's memorandum that maybe Kang Chi could owe her one.

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+1 HAHA I don't know how you come up with these... I possibly look forward to your post more than the actual recap itself (but still thanks JB for recapping ^^).

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I wouldn't say I am looking forward to the lovely meta mashup than the recap, but certainly more than the episodes themselves.

I am still watching this show because of the actors. It is such a feast to see how they give some humanity to this inhumane mess of a script. Even the evils who are not so evil are good to watch, thanks to the great actresses who work so well with whatever was thrown at them. This is one of those rare, miraculous times when the actors save a drama and not just because they are idols or something, but because they are really good at what they do. Surprisingly I love the queen and the gisaeng more than the Scholar himself.Maybe he could tone just a little bit, just a little his acting.

Anyway, to the doom and gloom that this drama turned to be, cali brings some light and brainy fun!

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Lol you are the funniest.

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Haha, "breaks everyone's hope in humanity". Nam Da-jung vs Choi Hye-ryung in the final match. She'll teach her to listen to Ha Woo-jin and "never trust anyone" especially when they look exactly like you only colder.

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ROFL!!!! ????

I officially love this post :D

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you should compile all of your comments here and make it a comic or put in the blog.. coz its so funney!
Tq for being so creative and lighten the mood here. :)

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Good one
Some one else also added a Gu Family Book Reference.
Though yours is much better and funnier. Keep up the good work.

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You are the best cali <3.

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Cali you're the best <3 I love the fact that you've actually caused people to hunt down Vampire Idol and watch it, which is impressive considering it isn't on the usual channels.

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EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH VAMPIRE IDOL
it's the greatest best worst show ever

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THEY SHOULD!

I mean, where else would you find a protagonist who doesn't even show her face till 20 episodes in?

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Lol. Knew that Gu Family Book reference was inevitable.

I've nothing to say now but damn, Yoobi-chingu and Mukadil both look equally pretty in their hanboks. -.-'

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While I was watching Heirs, I wondered how it was possible for people not to like the drama, but because of watching Scholar Who Walks The Night I can finally understand how those people feel. I'm sure there are people who adore this drama to pieces and feel deeply about its characters but it's just utter rubbish in my eyes. I'll let those of you who like this drama enjoy it and try to not leave any mean comments. Have fun.

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agreed. after all, we have our own preference.

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Thank you, I think you said enough. Nothing wrong with criticised a drama because it has flaws, but thanks for respecting the feelings of fans here.

t's still not as bad as High Society or Masked Prosecutor though. Those were true nonsense. ....

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why didn't anyone mention mirae's choice among the utter dud's, that too with lifetime achievement recognition?

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I never saw it, that's why :D anyway I only mentioned recent dramas that were duds.

even the stupidest special effect in SWWTN can't look as stupid as that mask from MP, or the High Society drama trying to pretend its leading lady was smart and so different from other rich people (lol NO).

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hahaha now u mentioned it, out of sudden i remember that was my worse drama choice ever. i hate it so much that i...
reluctant to remember anything of it, even a bit.

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I actually liked that one. I liked that in the end the main character blew off both guys and focused on her career. That was so refreshing I forgave it for it's incomplete understanding of parallel universe time travel.

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It's still interesting enough for us to have some fun discussions out of it. Love reading everyone's thoughts/ideas , speculations and predictions. It's the best part of watching and reading recaps of the show.

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yeah, if nothing else it's given us the chance to see Lee Jun-ki in hanbok again and have some good old-fashioned communal squee over it. And snark on the less cool aspects of the story, of course.

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I only watched Masked Prosecutor because of my loyalty to Kim Sun Ah. The main character was laughable even though Joo Sang Wook was good in it. It was just a horrible concept.

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Agreed but I'm just over critical sometimes and unfortunately, it gets the best of me. I see more things I dislike that I just stopped caring, yet, here I am skimming through the screen caps. lol

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I'm here for oppa till the bitter end cause I'm a psycho fangirl. Most of us who are still around are not blind to the show's flaws. We have been it's worst critics since the beginning.

It's frustrating to see this episode back on the merry go round. Hopefully tomorrow will be better although I won't be surprise if this week's episodes are just fillers.

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I'm the same as you Kiara, here until the end for Lee Junki oppa. I still see it's flaws and all but I'm loving the drama because of the actors. Can't say the same for it's plot though....it's okay and I'm thankful it is not as bad as High Society or Time I Loved You.

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I really do feel for the actors who are working their butt off to save this show.

I am glad that this show is heavy on fantasy and zero history. I think the writer was smart to change the kings and crown princes names because it doesn't deserve to tap into the real history with this kind of shitty writing. I can not and will not imagine Yi-san acting like Yoon.

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Kiara,

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maybe that was the best thing that writer did. this drama is a fantasy anyway, so it is safe not to highlight about the history at all.

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Me too ... I love junki Oppa and will watch till the end .... WEll, actually I enjoy this drama ....

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The Worst Kdramas of this year are High Society, The Time I Loved You, Spy, Blood, Hyde Jekyll & I, Iron Lady Cha, Super Daddy Yeol, Orange Marmalade, Assembly, Masked Prosecutor.....SWWTN is getting better, it's not bad. The new writer improved the plot.

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I didn't really watch any of those dramas except 2 eps of Assembly. I like how it relates to the current politics in Korea a lot so I will eventually go back and finish it.
I'm a sageuk junkie and I watched OM during the Joseon era and I thought it was ok.

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err Joseon part of it.

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I watched some of those dramas but end up dropping them because they are so poorly written. Assembly and the other 9 dramas on the list got a lot of negative reviews and low ratings from people on MyDramaList.

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I don't read reviews I go with what I feel. If I like it I'll watch it if I don't then I'll pass.

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Assembly...... I feel like not being Korean means I just don't get it, but it felt like being bludgeoned over the head with self-righteousness. Waste of the veteran cast, to be honest.

and Taecyeon still can't act.

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Assembly is quite boring and it's the 5th drama I've seen Taecyeon in....Yes, he still cannot act.

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i will add another one, warm and cozy and more birth of a beauty it was form this year right. and "blood" was popular in overseas and also healer, but healer was ok for me.

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Healer is a successful big hit though. Despite getting hype overseas, Blood is still a flop because it got mostly criticism and negative reviews due to the poorly written script. Warm and Cozy is Not a big hit. The story is such disappointment.

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OMG, can we just enjoy the drama? Obviously, none of us are in the drama writing industry and I don't know what kind of expectations and heavy burdens are put upon a writer, but I'm sure they try their best. What writer wants to write a crappy drama with their reputation on the line? They are humans, too. Sometimes when we think too much...we do get writer's block, ehhh???

So it's frustrating but I'm enjoying the ride. :)

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But I can't help doing both Ice lol. I'd like to vent my frustrations first and then enjoy the good parts and the pretty actors.

I can't say I expected much from this writer after Paradise Ranch. This is her first solo (10 eps) and 3rd project. I was hoping she 'd redeem herself here. Maybe she isn't ready to go solo yet.

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@Kiara She basically got fired then, lol.

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yeah, they took the training wheels off before she was ready. She seems to work much better in collaboration with other writers!

btw, I saw your comment about Bride of the Water God in the last recap. I really did read about 100 chapters, and in that time we got - Soah returning to her earthly village, Habaek getting twitchy without her and kidnapping her back to the water god's kingdom but still refusing to tell her who he really was, Habaek's ex-wife/first love reappearing, turf wars between assorted gods including our hero's parents and the Boss God of them all, Soah at some point finding out about her child-husband and the hot guy who makes her swoon at night being one and the same and then bumping up against the whole mortality deal if they want to be together. Last I knew, they were in search of a peach that would grant her immortality if she ate it.

(I bet that's all confusing lol)

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@pogo I'll stop at volume 8. Thank you for the warning lol.

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@Kiara - actually just stop at the end of volume 6, by volume 8 the exhausting stuff with reincarnations etc is all over the place.

oh, and our Water God is a total hottie but acts like a Neanderthal. But I can see why the Arang writer went for this story - no Joseon kings or princes, just like in Arang you can go straight for gods! (ok, they're as bad as any Joseon politics but whatever).

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basically it's a kind of Cupid and Psyche story with tons of politicking. But like Arang, it's based on an actual Korean folk tale so I can't wait to see what that writer makes of it.

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@pogo I see, thank you :).

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@pogo
Sounds like a perfect role for Yoo Seung-ho, don't you think?

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ICE,

The funny thing is a lot of people here want this drama to make sense and be somewhat realistic yet they are watching a Vampire Drama. Gosh!

For me, watching a fantasy drama is enjoyable because "fantasy" can sometimes be an excuse to be not critical and enjoy the show.

I love this drama. I fell in love with Lee Joon Gi in this. And i'll enjoy this to the very end.

I'm just glad that there are still few people here who is like me.

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A coherent story is not an unreasonable thing to expect from any kind of genre. Realistic and logic is a different story when it comes to fantasy.

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Kiara,

I understand what you mean.

Maybe i'm just simple minded. I watched tv/movie to enjoy. If i don't like the story. I'll drop it right away. I don't want to waste my time watching it and just get frustrated after.

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@endz Haha, I know! It's not supposed to "make sense." I might be slow and not doing too much overthinking and just enjoying the drama for what its worth. To me, LJK is worth every minute of my time!

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Even fantasy stories can have coherent stories and plot. Look at Harry Potter.

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@Kiara - I end up late to recaps because the subs come out too late (will probably be late to the ep 16 recap too at this rate), but count me in as another psycho fan who is in this to the end for Lee Jun-ki!

This episode wasn't too bad, though like jb says that's mainly down to character moments rather than plot. But if they have another episode where nothing really happens, it won't be too good.

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So that's why you are always late to the party. Well, you know I'll be here bitching about something or squeeeing over oppa in uniform haha.

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yeah the Satto-hat might just ruin me :)

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So TRue ... I like this drama ....very much. THough it's not perfect but I enjoy it ....

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This is so true. Sometimes a drama is just your "thing" no matter how silly it gets. I personally really like this show and am willing to forgive a lot of the boring/silly stuff in recent episodes. Especially since there are still some really nice moments left, like YS and SY's lovely conversation on their walk in this episode.

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It's fantasy, it's much easier to forgive it's flaws.

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Scholar Who Walks the Night is Not a flop but it's not a big hit success either. The first 13 episodes were messed up and had many flaws but I'm glad they improved the story at least. It started to get better lately.

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Ya ... I think here in my country (Indonesia) .... many people love it so much ... even addicted ....

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I.......have nothing to say anymore.

Well, another twist, huh? Oh yeah.......So Yangsun doesn't need to die. So....*sigh*

I like the plot better this way but they will make another painful week so I'll prepare my heart for the worst

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yea me too think that way..... and hope that hunter will meet the king in time

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I remember there was one comment saying that we are all going to end up in the hospital. I think I will need one room.........

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Confirmed :).

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Can we call him King Trident who walks on land? Thanks for saving the day Hunter Baek.

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Lmaooooo I was also suprised, where did this trident come? And why trident? Yeahaha thanks to him, our hero is safely brought to abandoned place that is out of reach

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Lol I was about to ask..... dude where is your gun? A trident is more of an ancient weapon but I think they were still using it during the Joseon era.

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It's actually a guardsman's pole arm, the prongs are intended to catch a sword and disarm someone.

So glad they brought that actor in, the series needed another strong guest star. Hopefully he'll suffer wardrobe damage or be strip-searched for the black hanbok because that dude is fiiiiine.

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Thank you :). It does look a bit different from a trident since the middle spike is shorter than the prongs on each side.

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I remembered someone commented a few episodes back how nice it would be to see Yang Sun in noble clothes, she isn't wearing them here but at least she's wearing pretty clothing this time. Su-hyang dressing Yang Sun up reminds me of a mother preparing her meal for her kids.
Well Gwi is gonna be happy seeing a delicacy delivered to him soon.

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Not sure if Gwi will get to see her. Hopefully Sung-yeol will get to her first.

This Yang-sun got on my nerves today. How many times did Sung-yeol tell her to listen to him only? Now he is going to rescue her again for the 100th times. I think he needs to lock her up till they figure out what to do with the plan of vague.

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I'm hoping for the writer to make Gwi face to face with Yangsun. Remember that sketch from his past love? Something is odd there.........

Perhaps Yangsun resemble his past love (well, eventhough he already see her face in the prison) while dressing like a woman. I'm not sure though, they probably add another cast to fill that character in the sketch

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Hummmn but he killed her mom so I don't know.

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He must kill YS mum ... even though he loves her or she looks resemble her ex lover .... otherwise he will be killed by her or her descendants .....

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Looking and resembling your old lover isn't =same as your old lover, that happened the same with Sung-yeol, remember?

Though it'll be ironic YS, who is now SY's new love, resembles the old lover of Gwi while the woman he's interested on resembles SY's. It plays contrasts too because Gwi got rejected.

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thats what i think. what is the writer's plan for YS character. i just hope even shes not very smart, at least dun make her the only idiot surrounded by smart ppl.

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They are really going to make a heroine out of her for enduring undeserving and continual abuse and sufferings since the day she was born.

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Count me in as well! After all this time, YS finally managed to get on my nerves in this episode (I so wanted to shake her, hard....) LOL.

However, thanks to wilful expectations suspension, that disappointment went away and am still left with "flaws ignorance syndrome" to enable me to continue to enjoy this carnival ride. ??

What can I say, except that JG is magic! (And the rest of the cast are great too, regardless).

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And we'll get to see our hero in uniform yay. Thank you Yang-sun lol.

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Haha ... true .. but try to understand from her point of view ... YS just try to solved the problem. She doesn't want her oppa face a dilemma ...
All the 3 women here ...love their man .... and they have their own agenda ...

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But she doesn't have to be sacrifice. If only she would stop listening to other people that wants to harm her instead of the person who loves her. Su-hyang doesn't gives a crap if she lives or die. She wants to protect Sung-yeol.

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@Kiara, it's natural for her not to listen to the one who loves her. I don't even listen to my hubby and he's the one with the good heart. :)

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well, she would have gone anyway - no way was she letting their host's kid go to Gwi. Soo-hyang just showed up to give her the bonus info about 'hey, btw if he eats you he's dead'.

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im just a bit wondering, what will be the end of this drama? is it tragic ending or the leads died/ separated and meet again after thousand years...in a modern world? meeting for the first time in a modern world at shopping mall or accidentally at streets...and didnt recognize each other.. hmm who knows.

i like development of Hye Ryung and Yoon relationship. but surely this drama will not give a damn to insert any romance in their r/ship, right? Su Hyang is developed nicely as well. im glad supporting characters now given chance and we can see the dynamic of their character, and not just standing at the sidelines only.

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Only if they've done it sooner. Probably a positive thing that they changed the writer.

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This isn't Gu Family Book. ....at least in this drama, when they search for a book, they find the freaking book! So maybe we don't end up with the nonsense '400 years later reincarnation' storyline either.

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@pigsnout hope so! coz it will wasting everyone's efforts if its going to end up like that.

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I Don't want them to die, but It is possible to die both of them or one of them, especially sung yeol. I think he will become a human, can't he find a portion for that, he has spent 120 years looking for a book. it wouldn't be waste if he had least tried to find a way to become a human.

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I would prefer a happy Joseon ending. Doesn't matter if they are both vampires or both humans or one is still a vampire and the other is still human as long as they end up together.

They are working on the Hye-ryung/Yoon ship. Their chemistry with their first love was so good that it'll take time for their 2nd ship to sail.

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oh yeahhhh hunter to the rescue !!!!!!!!!! and i am mad at Yoon actually thought of killing SY

And SH did actually Gwi sent her out without any one following her????

Now Gwi has a followerrrr whom he trains.... oh the look on Yoons faceeee.... Poor Yoon

Guys there are three ingredients THREE but why are you all zeroing in only one ingredient except our heroooo

and guys while reading this dont you get a deja vu of one of the previous episode???

oh ok then i think in the next episode out hunter will meet the king if possibleeee and Yoon will listen to him

Fingers crossed guys Fingers crossed guys

and Javabeans thank you for the recap :)

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Yeah poor Yoon's face when Hak Young gets off him and he realised who the new vampire is so shocked and heartbroken.

and in early episode didn't Hae Seo say the secret plan can turn a vampire human again? So maybe that's how Gwi can be killed...

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I don't know, I really like Hye Ryung and Suhyang a lot as characters...... yeah, Yang Sun is not their #1 priority like for Sung Yeol but they are still good characters at heart, they take huge risks to double cross Gwi and help Sung Yeol and Yoon.

I actually think Hye Ryung has feelings for Yoon even when he was Crown Prince, as a person. But she told Gwi that she didn't care and only wanted to marry Yoon and become the future queen for power. Because otherwise Gwi would never let her marry the CP if he knew HR actually fell for him. And yeah HR wants to be powerful and have a high position but because of Gwi she had to pretend it was only a political marriage. But I think Gwi is starting to guess her real feelings?

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they are taking a big risk right now. i cant imagine what will Gwi do when he knew their betrayal. i cant wait to see they confront Gwi with their true face. hopefully at that time, everyone already figure out what is the actual plan.
this drama actually focus not only the strength of the vampires, but how smart and useful women can be, not just watching at the sides only.

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That only happened after the new writer, the women becoming useful part I mean. If it was left up to the old writer, probably Hye Ryung and Yoon would not marry till episode 18, Suhyang would still just be sitting in the gisaeng house being jealous, and Yang Sun would STILL not know about SY being a vampire or about the secret plan.

Yeah sure, she is still the least experience of everyone in plotting or fighting, but at least she tries to be useful now. It's just too bad the old writer made her so totally damsel in distress before.

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Glad that the new writer comes in.

actually it wud be good if YS is the one who can figure out the actual plan. i wanna see the main leads actually working together to get rid of Gwi. Rather than to see SY wants to protect YS all the time and YS plays as a victim always, why not making them work together as a partner, rather than lover...

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You know she explained the family tree to Sung-yeol because he wasn't able to figure out. Yang-sun would be very helpful if Sung-yeol would stop keeping her in the dark because he thinks it's the best way to protect her.

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Well, this is my guess but Hyeryung's efforts to help Yoon didn't have a solid ground (beside her hates toward Gwi) so what if, actually, Hyeryung has developed a feeling towards Yoon before she was sold by her father? I mean a little flashback about her childhood time when Yoon blablabla and then she fell for him etc.

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If that is true then Hyeryung is the greatest actress in that time who can fool even Gwi for so long

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CP's mother was in that same monastery she used to go to, no? Maybe she saw him there before?

And she definitely got feelings for him, otherwise why would she get jealous to see him talking to Yang Sun in episode 10.

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then i think that there is a chance to see another flash back of them together???

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Or maybe worst -- actually (I know it's really cliche lol) Hyeryung developed feeling to the disguised Yangsun/Seojin but she mistaken it as Yoon (probably something with the brush case)

And yes, she definitely really awesome to fool Gwi that long.

So many possibilities yet so little clue, I guess we will wait for tonight!

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yeah so little clue and im thinking about how many times will i have to refresh the page to read or watch the todays episode

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no.1, me too! I kept refresing mbcdrama's channel last night to get the latest clip, the preview looked quite promising.....

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her hates towards Gwi and she wants power since she well-aware what power is, might be a solid reason for her efforts. but it wud be nice if she actually started have a feeling with Yoon since she was little and there will be a flashback when she fell for him.

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If she wanted power that much, she could just stay still and let Gwi doing his business though, because betraying Gwi (and if it get revealed) may also mean her sudden death.

It was only a guess but there is so little possibility because there are so many scenario can come up in mind. Her motive to help Yoon probably to strenghten her place and gain Yoon's trust (which is also useless if Gwi figured it out).

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Also, she is a quite smart character so I guess she has her own plan to do. Let's give it up to the writer once again~

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Hyeryung's was practically offered to Gwi at a young age so she wants power so no one can do that to her again. She also wants to get rid of Gwi like everyone else without dying herself or losing her current power in the process. I think those are enough motivations for her to protect Yoon. They might throw in some love line flashbacks later though if the ship for Yoon and Hyeryung from viewers become strong.

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Also, Yang Sun got Sung Yeol new shoes! And now she is trying to leave him....

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And thats what called my friend self sacrifice and the Idiocy of our heroin who thinks if she did this every thing will end for good, and its the most stupidest thing because she doesnt understand how Sung Yeol will feel later

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No there is apparently a saying in Korea that you shouldn't give shoes to your lover or else they will leave you.

yeah YS is trying to be noble but not totally an idiot..... everyone up to now only thinks she has to be the sacrifice so that's all she knows. Can't blame her for that.

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then does that only effective when the girl gives the boy the shoe???

cas in the fifth episode when SY gave shoe to YS i saw a comment the it indicates that you love the person

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HR is in very dangerous position .... Gwis didn't trust her ... if he find out she betrays him ... Gwi will really bites her ...or kill her ...

SH is in danger too but I think HR is in the worst situation ...

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She wants her position, sure, but she wants Yoon too. Shame that clothing-removal scene didn't exploit that more.

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She finally got a chance for some skin-ship with Yoon but she blew it. Why did you stop there you stupid girl? Lol her loss I guess.

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well, she did give him a consoling hug after he saw Vamp Hak-young.....but poor Yoon was too distracted by grief and horror to really register it. (and ow, the look on his face when he realised his old friend and most dedicated Gwi-hater had been turned....)

Maybe they are going slow with this relationship? Because we've established he does like and trust her, and does NOT like the idea of Gwi taking her for himself. The newlyweds just need a nudge in the right direction - like removing more clothes. Or Yoon registering that Hye-ryung isn't just a figurehead set next to him and an ally, but you know, a woman.

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That's what happen when no one brings a chicken or a rooster to the wedding ceremony lol.
There is nothing to ward off Gwi's evil spirit so the couple can have a wedding night in peace.

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I hope it at least looks better than that.....because that kind of plan would be sad lol

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I hope so too.This is not Dracula. There was no secret plan to killing Dracula. The rules was clear from the beginning.

This however is much more complicated with this secret plan that no one is able to figure out yet. Hunter Baek's memory is much more helpful than this plan. He figured out that Jin is Yang-sun then told Yoon. He figured out that Yang-sun's blood is not going to kill Gwi. I was surprise that he went against the king that he swore to serve with his life. Good for him. If he doesn't listen to you then the hell with him.

Many people died to protect this plan but none is taking it seriously. It makes you wonder if the writers even know what the secret plan is yet lol.

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I think they (the writers) don't really know either, and is basically winging it, by the way the plot is circling around... LOL...

I am already expecting the plan to be half-assed, just like the detailed (not) plan which was supposed to be in the memorandum. However, since I never expected much from the plot/storyline, I get to enjoy other parts of the drama (have not had so much fun in ages, too).

The discussions - with all those digs and criticism - and memes generated are such a fun part of this drama's journey that it does not matter much to me, at this point, how the story will go. I love it nonetheless. ??

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Yea totally going for the ride from here on. Doesn't mean I'll stop bitching you know lol. It's my worst fault when watching dramas.

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I love that we can enjoy the good parts and be critical at the same time. Sure, the final plan is probably half-assed, like having Yang-sun stab Gwi with the hawthorn knife, but I hope they come up with something less lame than that.

Also where is Yang-sun's hawthorn pendant, or are they not even trying to hide her scent from Gwi any more since they think she's there to become dinner anyway.

And I haven't had this much concentrated pretty+good acting on my screen in a LONG time, literally everyone in the cast is a looker!

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LOL!!!! I was thinking the same , two boys will pull Gwi's hands in broad sunlight, with the presence of people and Yang Sun Stabbing him at the heart :P
......People's will, King's will, presence of vampire and descendant all are accomplished :P :P

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oooh I think that would be much better! it would be the same thing all over again for Joonki...having to kill his lover.. I think you might be on to something.. :D

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Thanks a lot for the fabulous recap, JB, as always!

I have come to love the secondary characters from a few episodes back and am a firm Su-Hyang fan now.
HR is growing on me too, even if both of them want to sacrifice YS (YS is still top priority, though). Their rationale, while misguided, is understandable within the context of the story, so, am alright with that.

I was also slightly surprised - and disappointed - that this episode was so repetitive, but by actively suspending expectations, I am still able to enjoy the moments between my OTP. There is a sort of sweet irony
in most of their scenes together and am revelling in it.

Anticipating another episode where SY gets to save YS from her near-doom-fate again. ?

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I would be hating on Su-hyang and Hye-ryung for scheming behind their boss/husband's back but I do understand why they are doing it.

Su-hyang wants to protect Sung-yeol because she loves him and owes him her life. In her eyes, Yang-sun has been nothing but trouble since he met her.

Hye-ryung wants to protect her power and her husband by getting rid of Gwi. Yang-sun is nothing to her.

They both have their own selfish reason for getting rid of her too. They feel threaten by her relationship with the men in their life.

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Which is why I really liked that scene between Yang-sun and Soo-hyang at the end of the episode. Soo-hyang clearly feels bad for her, since this is the most sympathetic we've ever seen her be to the girl. And Yang-sun for once gets it.

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Yang sun blood must be powerful than normal human being, She just put a blood drip on his lips,(he didn't taste it) he gained conscious, now i remember when sung yeol got stabbed it happened to consume just tiny little bit of blood mixed with tears of yang sun. he wakened right after that.

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YS blood can't kill Gwi, but it gives power to SY. Therefore, SY needs YS blood to kill Gwi

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Yes ...you were right . Somebody mentioned before ... YS blood could be a secret weapon to defeat Gwi ...

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a general query: what happens to the gorgeous hanboks used in drama's? most of them i don't see repeated.
and LJK is wearing some reeally nice ones here....

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oh yea me too like to know and the hanboks which were worn by LJK in episodes nine and eleven are my favourites

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Yeah all the hanboks here are really beautiful, and Sung Yeol/Suhyang's hanboks are really different from the normal kind you see in sageuks. Beautiful flower embroidery....

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