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Jackpot: Episode 18

No matter how swift, brutal, and supposedly final the king’s vengeance may be, there’ll always be ways to handily avoid death. Unless you’re not one of the main characters/human pin cushions, in which case, one stab or wrong look will kill you. Life may be a lottery, but when it’s one that our villain keeps winning indiscriminately, it makes you wonder why the rules only apply to a select, terrible few.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

While Dae-gil turns around as though sensing his father’s presence, Prince Yeoning goes to see his own father on his deathbed, attended by Prince Yeonryung, Crown Prince Yoon, and the warrior Chae-gun.

Dae-gil finds his father, who keeps his back turned to him as he tells him not to come any closer. But Dae-gil can only ask why his father kept away from him all these years with tears overflowing, but his shaking father can only say that he’s sorry.

Grabbing him by the collar, Dae-gil demands answers. He thought his father was dead all these years, so why did Man-geum not reveal himself sooner? To that, Man-geum can only shake his head.

Prince Yeoning asks the royal doctor how his father could’ve collapsed when he was healthy only the night before, and the doctor directs him to the incense made of poppy seeds (opium) he’d prescribed to the king to alleviate his pain. The king ordered him to keep it a secret.

Yeoning tells the concerned Noron ministers that the king will get through this bump in the road, though whether he actually will is uncertain. More investigation into the opium incense reveals that the king had been suffering from gallstones for years, and had even taking to coughing blood, which is why the opium was prescribed in the first place.

We check back in with Dae-gil and his father as he asks, “You made a deal with Yi Injwa? Father, when did I ever say I wanted to be king?” Well, I guess Man-geum’s filled him in while we were away, and Dae-gil’s justifiably upset that his father abandoned him for such a silly thing.

He just wants to live with his father again, a thought which causes Man-geum’s eyes to widen in shock. They can’t do that, because Dae-gil’s life is no longer his own—it belongs to the people. Man-geum gets out of explaining any of this by telling his son he’ll find out later, though he does whisper something in his ear.

Grandpa is beside himself when Dae-gil tells him his father is alive, even though Man-geum doesn’t want them to seek him out. Dae-gil remembers his father telling him that now wasn’t the time, but he’d know the truth soon enough.

Chae-gun brings news of the king’s collapse, which Dae-gil immediately attributes to being Injwa’s doing. According to Dae-gil, it’s Injwa’s fault the king collapsed, and his fault that he was separated from his father.

Cut to Madam Jeong in prison having one of her freaky shamanistic experiences, allowing her to relate the news that the king is not yet dead to Injwa. They’re interrupted by the arrival of Minister Kim Il-kyung, who’s agreed to save Injwa by convincing the crown prince to declare him innocent.

In return, Injwa offers to give him either a government post (how does he have that power if he can’t even free himself from prison?), and/or a metaphorical sword the minister can use to destroy the rival Noron faction.

Chae-gun keeps watch over the dreaming king overnight, and the next morning, Minister Kim proposes Injwa’s pardon to the crown prince. There are a lot of quintessential old man sageuk noises exchanged between the factions here, like the quintessential “Oh ho!” and the guttural “Hmmmph!” to let us know that both sides are not happy with each other.

At Prince Yeoning’s protest, the crown prince pulls him aside to lay down the law, reminding his little brother that only one of them is crown prince and able to decide matters in the king’s place. Yeoning wants to know how he’ll explain Injwa’s pardon to their father once he wakes, but Crown Prince Yoon is adamant that Injwa is not a rebel or a criminal.

Prince Yeoning says Injwa’s a rebel because he desires the throne, which only causes the crown prince to step menacingly toward him: “Can you tell me that you do not desire the throne?” Now he claims to see Yeoning for who he really is, and remembers his own mother’s final warning about crushing his enemies.

Since the royal prison is a thoroughfare, Dae-gil pays Injwa a visit regarding his father. Though he wishes he could just run away with his father and leave everything behind, Dae-gil admits that seeing Injwa’s horrible face reminded him that he can’t just forgive and forget him.

“That is exactly why I cannot give up on you,” Injwa says with a laugh. “It’s that strong will of yours.” But Dae-gil reminds him that he’s not getting out of his execution, though Injwa reminds him of the king’s collapse. Dae-gil accuses him of being behind it, and Injwa just chuckles.

Prince Yeoning finds Dae-gil outside the prison, and shows him the ashes of the opium incense the king was taking. He can’t find the source, or any evidence of the substance being in the palace aside from those ashes. But, he tells Dae-gil that they’ve got bigger problems—all those Sorons and Sungkyunkwan scholars calling for Injwa’s pardon and release.

And that’s exactly what Crown Prince Yoon orders to be done, much to the Norons’ outrage. Prince Yeoning grudgingly delivers this news to Dae-gil, as we see Injwa and his cohorts be the first to walk out of a Joseon prison completely unmolested. Not even the prison guards come out that tidy.

Dae-gil has a meeting with the crown prince to ask if he was responsible for Injwa’s release (the meeting itself was probably arranged by the crown prince). Crown Prince Yoon takes note of the sword his father gave him enviously, before commenting that he looks quite similar to Prince Yeoning, and Lady Choi… and, for that matter, his father the king.

But then he mentions Man-geum as Dae-gil’s father, explaining that he knows of him because he was arrested and brought to the palace many years ago (to bear witness to the rumors surrounding Lady Choi at the time). Still, it’s enough for the crown prince to ask him what year he was born, clearly suspecting his true parentage.

Crown Prince Yoon surprises Dae-gil by telling him that Injwa wanted him to have a government position, but he can’t just give Dae-gil any position without knowing his qualifications. Weirdly, he adds that he can’t fully trust Injwa either, so he wants Dae-gil to keep an eye on him.

Dae-gil is appointed to an official military position, seemingly as a glorified soldier under Chae-gun’s command. It’s not so official that he can’t come and go as he pleases, which means it’s mostly in name only. But he still gets the uniform!

King Sukjong finally wakes after undergoing acupuncture treatment, and immediately asks for Chae-gun. He meets with Crown Prince Yoon first, as he hears the order his son gave to release Injwa and his fellow prisoners with harsh, heaving breaths.

After ordering everyone but Crown Prince Yoon out, the king still manages to flip the table in front of him in rage. He orders the crown prince out after expressing his disappointment, which only makes the crown prince angrier and more resentful of his father, who he claims has only shown favor to Prince Yeoning and Yeonryung, but never to him.

Since rumors spread quickly, Prince Yeoning already knows that Injwa pulled strings to give Dae-gil an official position, wondering whether this is a ploy by Injwa to try and drive them apart. Apparently it’s working, since Yeoning asks of Dae-gil in the present, “Are you friend or foe?”

While Injwa confirms that driving them apart is part of his plan, Chief State Councilor Kim Chang-jip confronts Prince Yeoning over the opium hunt, which he’d previously kept to himself. Councilor Kim is only upset because Yeoning is trying to take Injwa and his ilk on alone, which they (Kim’s fellow Norons) claim cannot be done—they’ll have to work together if they want to bring him down.

Seol-im and Grandpa get all excited about Dae-gil’s new digs in an attempt to cheer him up, though it doesn’t work all that well. Grandpa assures Dae-gil that they can capture Injwa any time (o rly?), but wants Dae-gil to take even the small moments as they come and not be so down.

Looking at them, Dae-gil can only think to himself, “I promise. Instead, I’ll make it so that no more of my people can get hurt ever again.”

When they finally get to meet, King Sukjong orders Chae-gun to kill Injwa. He doesn’t want it done by assassination or poison, but instead wants Chae-gun to make the killing as public and up-front as possible, since he’ll be acting as an extension of himself. “Because you are me. You are my sword. Bring me the head of Yi Injwa,” the king heaves laboriously.

Traitor Jeong pays a visit to Injwa, who already knows that Jeong was responsible for the king’s opium. Traitor Jeong can only sigh that it was supposed to kill the king, but to no avail.

He cuts the small talk then, and reveals that he’s come to test Injwa’s abilities to know whether he just got very, very lucky in escaping his execution. Knowing that the king won’t leave Injwa be now that he’s awake, Traitor Jeong declares his intention to watch over Injwa to see how he reacts.

Traitor Jeong finds Dam-seo at her father’s grave, having known she’d be there because of the anniversary of his death. He claims to be there as a friend of her father, Yi-soo, though he inexplicably takes the blame for his death, as well as the deaths of all the others who believed in their great cause.

Dam-seo’s eyes fill with tears as she says that Injwa’s never once apologized to her for her father’s death, only for Traitor Jeong to make a case on his behalf: Injwa was likely just waiting until he’d achieved his plans to beg forgiveness from her.

Even Dam-seo calls that out as being a crap excuse, but Traitor Jeong tells her to search her memories of Injwa to know how he truly felt about her. She was all that Injwa had, he adds, and if she feels anything for him, she’ll do something to stop Chae-gun from killing him.

Dam-seo must be the “gift” Traitor Jeong told Injwa he’d send, though Chae-gun’s the first to break through Injwa’s gates, doing just as the king ordered. With blood on his face, Chae-gun announces that he’s received a royal command to relieve Injwa of his head.

While King Sukjong spends the night trying hard to breathe, sidelined warrior Jin-ki takes on his old pal Chae-gun, to end the long-standing feud between them. (Have they still not explained why Jin-ki emerged from that cave covered in blood in that one flashback? No?)

It’s a brutal, hard-hitting sword fight, but just as it looks like Chae-gun will win, Nameless joins the fray. Chae-gun still manages to wound Jin-ki as he fends the two of them off, and even gives Nameless a flesh wound. Jin-ki jumps in to defend him, but Chae-gun avoids his blow and lands another slash on his abdomen.

Injwa has enough time to grab a sword before Chae-gun jumps onto the platform, easily skewering him with his sword. But he misses his heart, of course.

We find Dae-gil in the middle of his own fight, strangely, and with a man the chyron introduces as JANG GIL-SAN. He asks the man where Dam-seo went, which, what? Who is this guy, and why does Dae-gil assume he knows about Dam-seo? And for that matter, why is this fight even happening? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

But just as Chae-gun’s about to deliver the finishing blow, two arrows come flying in their direction. He pulls back, and Dam-seo leaps into frame to crouch protectively in front of Injwa, her bow and arrow at the ready.

Apparently, she was moved by what Traitor Jeong said to her, and remembers how Injwa called her his daughter. She’s decided to forgive Injwa for everything, which I guess includes him killing her father, making her live with the guilt of Man-geum’s death all these years, raising her on lies, sending her to assassinate the king… but yeah, water under the bridge.

Dae-gil arrives just then to put a stop to the current standstill, which would require Chae-gun to kill Dam-seo before killing Injwa. He seems torn, at least until Dam-seo grabs the blade of the sword with her bare hands and plunges it into her belly.

Coughing blood and crying, she pleads for Chae-gun to take her life instead of Injwa’s. To Injwa, she admits that she resented him for everything for so long, but now wants to end the vicious cycle.

Injwa pleads for her not to die while Dae-gil has a non-reaction as she turns her gaze toward him. “Dae-gil-ah… How did I come so far? From the beginning, I should have used my life to ask for forgiveness.”

With that, she dies, leaving Injwa inconsolable. He tells Chae-gun to just go ahead and kill him now, but just as Chae-gun readies to bring his sword down, Dae-gil throws the get-out-of-death-free badge that Chae-gun had given him at his feet. Et tu, Dae-gil?

“You told me before,” Dae-gil says. “There are swords that kill people, and swords that save them. Just this once… we can at least save him this once. Dam-seo sacrificed her life for him.” Chae-gun honors his wishes, though he makes sure to say that Dae-gil will regret saving Injwa one day.

After taking some time to grieve, Dae-gil carries Dam-seo’s body outside, where Prince Yeoning and his bodyguard have just arrived in disguise. Tears run down Yeoning’s face as he strokes her cheek, while Dae-gil can only remain silent.

Chae-gun has to report his inability to carry out the royal command to the king that night, as his son attends the funeral for Dam-seo the next day. Both brothers look on as her body is burned on a pyre, and as Dae-gil leaves, he thinks to himself that he’d hoped to create a world where Dam-seo could smile.

“When that time came, I thought I would be able to see you once again,” he sighs. “I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you.” Prince Yeoning similarly flashes back to his fond memories with Dam-seo, including that time she tried to kill him. He cries in front of the empty spot where his mother used to sit, thoroughly alone.

After spreading Dam-seo’s ashes (which he must’ve gotten from Dae-gil, I guess), Injwa seems hell-bent on taking revenge on the king. To that end, he pays a visit to Prince Yeonryung. He tells him that the king favors him the most out of his sons, and offers him a chance to join him in turning Joseon upside down.

Prince Yeonryung is scandalized at his suggestion, but no one comes to aid him when he calls. “My daughter died at the king’s hands,” Injwa says, before pulling a long, thin needle out of his sleeve. This he stabs into the prince’s neck, just behind the ear.

“How is it? Do you feel some of the pain I feel now?” Injwa grates out. “My family was killed. I lost my friend, along with losing my precious daughter. Do you feel my pain and sadness now?” The prince is unable to speak due to the needle, which only gets removed when Nameless warns Injwa against killing the prince.

But that lull lasts for all of two seconds, as Injwa takes Nameless’ sword and plunges it into Prince Yeonryung’s belly. “Resent your father, the king, for this,” Injwa growls. “From now on, either the king or I must die in order for this to end.”

He jerks the sword back, before swinging it downward. Blood splatters his face as the prince crumples to the ground, dead. Looking down at him, Injwa vows that he will kill the king and send him to join his son in the afterlife soon.

 
COMMENTS

This would all be so much different if Dam-seo hadn’t stabbed herself to make a deal she had no idea would come to fruition. Injwa would rather act like it was the king himself who maliciously cut her down, when he’d once sent her to kill him, and he’d done so then without knowing whether she’d ever return. Nameless had blamed him for sending Dam-seo to her death then, which is very much what Injwa did, so it’s nearly impossible to buy what the show tried to sell in regards to their relationship being so much deeper than all that.

On the list of things that viewers tend to like the least, I’d probably put self-sacrifice right up there next to noble idiocy, cancer, and killer vehicles. It would have been better had her death actually served the purpose she wanted it to, but Chae-gun would’ve killed Injwa regardless, which makes her sacrifice pretty moot in the scheme of things. Yes, maybe Dae-gil wouldn’t have stepped in to save Injwa without her dying, but it kind of sucks that he’d save his mortal enemy because some girl he liked but rarely saw suddenly wanted him to live.

In a way, this ending for Dam-seo was a final kick to the teeth for her character, who’s had nothing to do for what feels like ages now. Studying her trajectory is what’s so bizarre, because it really does seem like the show had a clear-cut plan for Dam-seo up to and including the episode where they focused all their energy into establishing the love triangle. And while I had no great fondness for her character to begin with, it was even worse that she just existed in a state of limbo, used only at random for completely nonsensical ends.

The only explanation we ever got as to why she was conveniently hunting the same casino owners as Dae-gil was because… she… wanted to rid the world of evil? Or something? It’s kind of batty that she would just appear, do nothing, then leave without affecting the story at all, and the show never answered for that. Crazier still is that they took such an amorphous, single-minded character and decided that the only thing she’d ever wanted in her life—revenge on her father’s killer—would suddenly be irrelevant the moment she knew that killer to be Injwa. She kept promising to kill Injwa, but what was she doing this entire time? Nothing? I’m pretty sure the answer is nothing.

Because of her getting sidelined as a character for this long, it’s somehow infinitely worse that she was reanimated only to serve this one, very unworthy purpose. Again, it’d be different had Injwa not also forgotten about her existence and kept up some relationship with her, or if they’d actually sold us the whole father/daughter angle over the master/puppet one sooner. Instead, we’re supposed to believe that Dam-seo—who had been lied to her entire life by this one man who used her only to further his own ends—just suddenly listened to a character we still know nothing about and realized that she not only loved Injwa, but would die for him.

In the end, I guess what’s most disappointing is that there was no secret to reveal, and no higher purpose for Dam-seo other than to be kept alive for just such a moment. It’s not that she sacrificed herself for an awful person, but because she didn’t. Not really. It was a grand but ultimately hollow gesture which could’ve been more easily forgotten had Dae-gil not stepped in to save Injwa, but now it’s all gone gats up. Why couldn’t King Sukjong be the unkillable one? Well, besides history—logic hasn’t stopped them so far.

 
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This has been messy. Very messy. Hopefully, next week, we could see even a little clarity in the characters and the plot, because right now, it's hard to see the logical reasons why the character's do what they do in relation to the whole story, and most importantly, how it has been so hard to just freaking touch In Jwa. Argh! It is simply driving me crazy!!!

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Ding dong Dam Seo is dead! I know she wasn't wicked, but boy was she depressing. Now if we could only get the wizard to follow her...

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Hurrah! Dam Seo is gone! What a dumb character and terrible acting. Good riddance. The writers are on crack, with the plot and characters getting crazier and crazier. Vengeance...oh, never mind...oh, wait, wasn't I after vengeance...again...oh, never mind. Dumber than dirt.

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It's sad that Lim Ji Yeon was actually so appealing in High Society, but in this drama her character is so depressing and confusing no one can stand her. She is not even a villain and everybody is glad to see her gone. I hope she picks a better drama next.

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The writer showed no respect for Dam Seo's character. She was just a tool to be used and discarded, like Cutter. For that reason, the writer's little homage to her death was not impactful. Yeoning's agony over Lady Choi's death felt more real, not only because of YJG's great talent, but also because that relationship was more developed. This show had me, up until now.

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They put an end to her and our misery. May her soul find some peace in the pointless characters and noble idiots heaven.

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Yoou know sugar pie.. No oones been grieving on dam seo's death.. Coz actually she didnt die... Opppps! Did i Just say the secret??? Hahahaha.. Are you curious??? Well, Just watch the remaining 5 episode.. Hahaha you Guys will never believe whats gonna hApppend :-D

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Are we sure that was the real Damseo tho? I mean, this show is so crazy I wont put it pass them that DS suddenly had a doppelganger/clone/whatever. For all we know, that ashes probably just some random goat that got sacrificed.
And they still cant give me any answer why everyone doing everything for IJ tho. He just one man who good at saying random & vague thing-y.
Well, at least IJ finally dirtied his own hands after the death of DS, who he willingly sent to die few eps ago~ So, progress in term of evil level?
But props to this show tho. It sucks so bad but I'm still hoping next week it will gives us something! Next week comes, still nothing but again with the hope... urgh.

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i will be really crazy instead if DS is nit actually died.

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@hanie.. Darling your right =) its not the real dam seo.. Whats the purpose of putting Her on daebak's wallpaper if she wont end up with dae gil. Tsk!

May I remind you all.. In korea they believe in "2nd life after death" f really dam seo died.. They will meet on 2nd life.... Remember when dae Gil said " I want to make a world where I can see you smile dam seo" .. Well as Ive Heard. 2nd life in korea is believed to be A peaaceful place where you do nothing but SMILE.. Now what was Dae Gil 's preffering??? (yah it may be on the 2nd life)

Or other possible happend, maybe dae gil hid her On a place where she could heal...

Last and the most amazing reason I want is.. dae gil will find a Girl, that what ever her name is. And that girl will also be an archer.. That when Dae Gil see her, he will imagine that it was dam seo. Then he will. Fall in love... And do you know who I reffering that girl will be??? Hahaha no other that PARK SHIN HYE. ! Daebak. .. Then Jackpot2016 will become a big hit!!! News willl spread to the whole world! KEUNSHIN IS BACK!!! Kyaaaa.. <3

Sorry dae gil cant choose over the two girls. One will get hurt if dae gil choose one...

Alright?? So its either Dam Seo is alive or they will have to find a new Girl... But I really Want Shin Hye to be choosen!!!!! Sorry Loyal SukHye Shipper Here <3

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Ah do we have to wait till Monday to see what happens next!! Oh Dam Seo I never thought your fate would be like this. Isn't she the female lead? To me she died too early. So the the actresses part is over in this drama? I thought she might die (if it was the writer's plan) in a final battle or something. Is she going to come back like a girl who looks exactly like Dam Seo so that they can drive the brothers crazy? so now dae gil will end up with Seol im? Well that's great if it happens. So many questions in my head. And give some girl to Yeoning too. Lol where's his wife lady Seo? But anyway In jwa who has been doing his dirty work hidden behind the ministers and gamblers now openly killed the kings favorite son. Which might give a drive to him and to the show.

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"Prince Yeoning similarly flashes back to his fond memories with Dam-seo, including that time she tried to kill him." Their relationship in a nutshell. Seriously, what the hell did anybody see in her? Another idiot is Dae Gil, who has two cute, smart girls back home and was still thinking about the sourpuss.

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Maybe because love is blind lol. You can pardon Yeoning because Dam Seo might've been the only lady that he had a chance to interact with few times. All others are some gisengs he saw when he was pretending to be a bratty royal highness.

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Lol! Assassin wannabe vs. ginsengs. This poor boy didn't have much of a choice, did he? So I guess he went with the only one that was hard to get. Typical.

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LOL!!! This comment is everything!!

I do believe the writers failed with Dam Seo. Honestly, they should have left her out if this is what she was going to amount too.

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TOTALLY agree with you. Especially the about the 2 cute, smart girls and the sourpuss.

I was asking myself the whole episode what they saw in her...she's not even as pretty as the other 2 and she has never smiled...always so uptight and sour-faced.

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Seriously...she had zero appeal and should have been killed off in the ages ago. The two main leads affection for her was beyond ridiculous..and her popping in and out of scenes was just crazy and made NO sense. Bye, bye.

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They wasted Dam Seo. While I cared less about that love triangle (she had way better chemistry with Yeoning) I still think they had potential for a strong female character. If they wrote her that way. From the beginning Seol Im was written way better. To be honest, I really hoped they used her as a love interest instead of Dam Seo. I really hate that they killed her though. She has served no purpose at all so far and her death was really meaningless. Also, Dae Gil is a freaking idiot. He saved this murdering psychopath and someone else dies as a result. And for what? Dam Seo? Child please! The writers must have got their hands on that damn opium incense because they are tripod hard with this bull.

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*tripping

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Pretty sure the writers are their main supplier tho~
lol

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Dae Gil saving Injwa made ZERO sense, no matter how the writer tries to spin it. If they didn't have enough sane material to last 24 episodes, they should have made it 20 episodes instead. With 20 episodes, the rebellion would be going on by now and Inja wouldn't need to be saved so many times. Obviously, this is a writer that needs to be kept on a short leash.

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"He asks the man where Dam-seo went, which, what? Who is this guy, and why does Dae-gil assume he knows about Dam-seo? And for that matter, why is this fight even happening? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!"

Hee hee! You and me sister...! or maybe we have been subconsciously breathing in some of the king's opium induced incense too!

By the way, I love your wit!

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I haven't had a love and hate relationship with a drama in a very long time. Thank you Jack and pot.

Choi Min Soo <3! So captivating till the end.
The hell with history. Keep him or end this show next week with him.
Yeonryung's death will kill him /cry.

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I really love your sense of humor. Your "Jack and pot" and "love hate relationship" just made me bellow out with laughter for a full minute, couldn't stop as it's too funny, my eyes teary with the laugh! Thank you so much for the good mood.

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Dam seo changes her mind so quickly, from all-out loyal to Injwa, to all-out hate and unforgiving and the in one episode to all-out love for him! She gives fickle women a bad name.
Yeoning and Daegil: Boys, you are soooo much better without her!

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"he thinks to himself that he’d hoped to create a world where Dam-seo could smile."

Boy, that would have to be in an alternative universe or you'll have to extremely hard for that to happen.

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Gosh I hate it when Dae Gil save Yi In Jwa. I just can't stand Yi In Jwa. He is evil. He wants to change Joseon but did he realise what have he done to achieve that. He's a murderer. I pity Yeoning. I believe he will end up as a king. However, I don't want to see he and dae gil to be enemies. For God sake.

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I am so glad Dam Seo's character is finally gone. She did not serve any purpose in the story line at all aside from that acute and blurry love triangle in the beginning of the story. I am glad that they decided to kill her off because it is painful to watch how useless her character became. She had so much potential but got sidelined by other more interesting characters and ultimately forgotten. Such a shame, really.

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+1 I wonder if it was what writer intended since she was supposed to be the female lead (or she had no screen time and killed off because of viewers' response?s).
Does this mean this show gave up on romance? (not that I care)

And what?? how IJ could strike a prince just like that -where is all security in the palace. What are they thinking?
Oh well just give me more gambling story...

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Kwon has never been good at writing female characters. Look at "Goddess of Fire" it was a hot mess even with a capable actress as lead.
He should've had a co-writer who could write simple but effective romance.

They should've cast someone like Nam Ji Hyun to play Yeoning's real wife and go from there. Nam Ji Hyun could've handle a love triangle if needed and she doesn't look her age just like Yeo Jin Goo.

I don't think anyone thought that Injwa was there to kill the prince. He is free and the Sorons are in power with the king on his death bed.

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Omg!! Yesssss!!! Tell me how In Jwa can waltz into the palace and KILL A PRINCE and no NO ONE is there?!? If there aren't a bunch of dead guards and eunuchs in the hallway I'm gonna be pissed! Lol. But probably not at all upset cause Jackpot!

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I think we've been had. Dae Gil isn't the lucky one with the jackpot fate. That honor belongs to In Jwa. Get imprisoned but not tortured, Jackpot. Get almost beheaded, but Choi Sukbin dies and the messenger gets to the execution ground in time, Jackpot. Yeoning almost beheads you anyway, but is stopped by his guard, Jackpot. Almost get sentenced again but Sukjong collapses, leaving the crown prince to make the decision, Jackpot. Almost get cut down by one of the best swords master in Joseon but the girl whose father you killed and who you raised on lies, hatred and revenge sacrifices herself, Jackpot. Almost get cut down anyway, but the one man who should wish your death the most, who you've tortured and broken every bone in his body, whose father you'd kept imprisoned all the while making him think he's dead, whose life you've gone out of your way to make miserable, suddenly has the epiphany that the girl he'd declared he wasn't going to marry due to her connection with you, the one he'd pushed on to his little brother, died for you and therefore you mustn't die, Jackpot.

In Jwa, you lucky you. Truly, your very essence is a Jackpot.

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Lol epic comment!

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Haha!! Yeah In Jwa's really one hell of a lucky man!! Aren't we informed he's the titular character here?

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This comment deserves a Beans of Wisdom mention, lol!

Seriously though, this show.. I gave up at episode 4 and I'm only following the recaps for the hilarious snark. Thumbs up, Heads!

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Bahahaha yes! Jackpot indeed!

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When I was about to pull my party popper that Injwa was finally being slay Dam Seo stepped in. Then I thought after she fell there was another chance ... and Dae Gil stepped in!
Will this show ever let him die?

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Really this show should have been titled "The Indestructible Yi Injwa"

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Really, Jackpot, reeeaaallllyyy. I always knew this was a crazy show but I was kinda hoping something good will be coming soon.... It's like they are stringing us along because they have nothing to add to it now that we are nearing the end. Hhmmmph, always thought Damseo will stick through to the end even though her purpose was crazy. What else can I say ...........jackpot I cannot wait for next week when you shall be finally getting off our screens.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!(Screams out in frustration). I just don't understand what they're all doing. How can you kill yourself for your father's murder. Oh my God,, what is jackpot doing
I don't understand at aaaaaalllllllll!!

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THIS SHOW MAKES NO FREAKIN' SENSE! Dam-seo disappears only to reappear and then die? (Not that I really cared because her character was a piece of cardboard.) This show has no direction, no cohesion, and no sensible behavior. It has so much going for it, and it has just gone down the toilet.

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OK, how on earth did they surpass those royal guards & maids to freely assassinate Prince Yeonryung?
Some kind of weird story...

Damseo's character is nothing except a typical pretty flower vase for view- am glad it's good riddance! LOL!

And come to think of it, where was Daegil's common sense when he's the main hero? For someone who tried to kill u over and over, u still defend and save him out? Pfft!

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Dae Gil has lost all sense because of this show. He is now officially a Jackass.

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Let's hope they'll clear all the confusing parts next week or atleast at the end of the show. Still I love this show. Dam Seo kind of lost all the hope in the world because her beliefs were proven wrong. so maybe she wanted to die. And die while saving the man who raised her all those years?

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Likewise, I'm still not giving up on this show (for the love of JKS) even though the script is so crazy..

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The concept has potential to be compelling if the characters weren't going down the bipolar route.

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Lol, no one here is grieving over Dam Seo's death. Poor her. Fortunately, the one played Dam Seo is not everyone's favourite here. Otherwise we will be really crazy and mad in this comment section. lol. Last time, I just left SWWTN when [SPOILER].

Dam Seo is the most unfortunate female lead in the history of dramaland.

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I know right! I pity the actress, hope these bushings won't be the end of her career..

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*bashings* I mean.

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I don't think the bashing was really bad enough to be the end of her career. Luckily her character is not the the centre, otherwise she will be remembered as a bad actress.

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Aigooo dam seo didnt die.. Watch out.. You better watch.. Youll be shock of what will happpend. Ahahahahaha

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I was actually SOOOO MAAAAD when Dam Seo died this way. Not because I like the character per se but because it was supposed to be a great character given the right characterization and it completely goes to waste! Lim Ji Yeon might not be the best to portray her because she only has that cold face but who can do much with very minimum range of personality like that of Dam Seo created by the writer so far? a tough, badass warrior lady is something i was looking forward to see in Dam Seo especially when she left Yi In Jwa!!!! ARGHHHH writer-nim, WHYYYYYYY...

PD-nim said that 'Dam Seo's death isn't in vain'

Yeah right. I hope it's not in vain in terms of everything the plot can be better developed... not in terms of giving a way for another romance line for Dae Gil as viewers wish!

That would be just... too annoying to see in the end.

I'll see if I can be calm enough to watch the remaining 6 episodes.

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Have you ever thought that PD-nim might be rooting for Yi In Jwa? LOL.

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spoiler :'(

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Poor Dumb Seo. Even until death I cannot bring myself to sympathize with her. Seriously, why are these brothers head over heels for her? Her sacrifice was a real nonsense! I get that In Jwa would still escape his death coz history says so (the revolt hasn't come to pass), but at least he was stabbed and emotionally defeated. Dae Gil must've thought that it'll be more miserable for In Jwa to live knowing that his 'beloved daughter' died for his insanely great cause (that's why he let him live).

And speaking of history, did Yeonryung really died young and/or in that way?!

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Prince Yeonryung died in 1719 from an illness. He was not killed by Injwa. Injwa should be at Gyeongsang with the other rebel leaders.

It is true that he was Sukjong's favorite. In this drama, his father is purposely keeping him away from getting involved in politics probably to protect him.

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All right.. Thank you for the info. :)

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Dont worry honey bunch.. They will cover yeonyrungs death by saying hes got a desease of what ever... Also the king has nothing to do with it coz hes Sick... He cannot investigate.. Bla bla bla.. So poor yeonyrung will die Without Justice and just die that everyoone think that he died because of illness.. That will happend.. I swear...

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I do feel upset about Dam Seo's death. I hope they just don't throw away Im ji-yeon like that from the drama

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Yeah they really did her dirty.

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Not sure what is worse, her and the entire waste of her character, or the repetitive and highly predictable inability of anyone to stop Lee In Jwa. I detest these kind of characters and these kind of scenarios in kdrama and sageuk is rife with them. Episode after episode of him being smarter than everyone else, smirking his way through every scene, until episode 23.5 when he is suddenly not smarter and some nonsensical out of the blue solution to defeating him happens. This is NO Six Dragons....not even a shadow of it....unfortunately. With Yeo Jin Goo and Choi Min Soo I expected a lot more.

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The story is bad it's not the actors fault. I cannot give up on the drama because Yeo Jin goo is in this one lol. So I'll stick to the end.

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About the palace security, Chae Gun noted in earlier episode that the security sucks.. Maybe that’s why In Jwa easily sneaked in to Yeonryung's place. And maybe he killed the guards stationed there. Too bad, the problem with security still hasn't been solved till now.

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I don't think it has anything to do with palace security. Injwa was not banned from entering the palace. He didn't need to sneak in there to get to Yeonryung.

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But palace security ALWAYS sucks in EVERY sageuk - regardless of which dynasty is in power.

I mean seriously - most of the palace guard should be attending disciplinary meetings for failure of duty. Continuously.

Just think of the money which could have been saved by not having any walls.

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Injwa was basically a free man at the time with the crown prince regent on his side. He could come and go as he please.

Sukjong sent Chae-gun to kill him but Dam-seo died instead.
Injwa killed his favorite son so now they are even. An eye for an eye.

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And it all would have made sense had Dam Seo been better developed. The father/daughter relationship between her and Injwa wasn't properly developed either, so it's hard for me to believe that she would die for him or that he would seek vengeance in that supposedly grief-stricken manner.

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I agree *sigh* Even Dae Gil.

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I'm curious for Monday's episode! No matter the flaws it keeps me interested.

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I think there is some sort of sorcery going on this show because week after week I tune in to watch it. Every week it tests my ability to suspend belief. Usually, I would have dropped this show ages ago! Maybe I'm just here to see what heights of crazy we will reach each week lol.
Like many of you, I was not moved by Dam Soe's death. It's sad that the drama made her a rebel without a cause, so maybe her death is fitting.
I'm still, impressed? Amused? By In Jwa killing the young prince. It's such a ridiculous situation but honestly I hope In Jwa just keeps being nuts. I'm curious to see what crazy situation the drama will present next week lol

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Yup, I'm still intrigued as well. And it's only because I want to see what level of crazy is next.

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I think it's gross that the writer killed Dam Seo off, in a show that's already lacking in female characters, because the actress wasn't getting good reactions or because he can't write female characters to save his life. Either way that's not how you tell a story, it was his responsibility to flesh out his character even if people weren't fond of her. Also I'm the weird one who prefers Lee In Jwa over everyone else, he's entertaining to watch. I woud have probably stopped watching long ago if not for him and his antics.

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Correct! When did you last see a Kdrama when early on the unlikely candidate for the uptown girl says, "hey girl, I'm going to marry you someday", and then she turns psycho and kills herself? The writers obviously didn't read dramabeans' book!

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after the credits rolled I felt this sense of shame and bewilderment; because of Dae-gil playing the grace card, the precious young Prince was brutally murdered by the usually ever-so-composed Injwa, how does Daw-gil back pedal from this one, his good looks? Well maybe

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Damn! Seo

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or 'Damned Seo'...
sigh.
Writer-nim, I hate you! ahahahaha...

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Wouldn't it be better if Dam Seo died trying to save Dae gil or Yeoning in the rebellion or even before. At least people would be more sorry for her.

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"We find Dae-gil in the middle of his own fight, strangely, and with a man the chyron introduces as JANG GIL-SAN. He asks the man where Dam-seo went, which, what? Who is this guy, and why does Dae-gil assume he knows about Dam-seo? And for that matter, why is this fight even happening? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!"

Jang Gil-San is one of the rebel who attack the king with Cutter during the previous revolution (episode 15). He was Cutter thus Jeong follower and definitely Dam Seo, In Jwa and Daegil knew him. Maybe Daegil know something as he had a 'voice' meeting with Jeong and not sure what Man Geum told him. Anyway that Jeong also want to test Daegil, he told In Jwa about this when they meet. I think we will get the answer in the coming episode.

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Right, Jeong must have made a deal with Dae Gil or gave him important information on Injwa and that's probably the reason why Dae Gil saved Injwa.

I want Injwa to live to be beaten down in his own games and die in the hands of the one he wants to sit on the throne (Dae Gil).
There is no satisfaction in Chae-gun killing him other then a quick death. It has to be Dae Gil, the one he tortured the most and the one who suffers the most in his hands. His list of sins against Dae Gil alone is unforgivable.

This is where fiction meets history with a twist that keeps me interested in this show. I'm guessing Lady Choi, Prince Yeonryung and King Sukjong's death will all be connected to not just Injwa but Jeong and this Musin Rebellion.
Jeong's failed assassination of King Sukjong has not stopped him from trying. He has been hiding and waiting for the perfect opportunity.

I see why the writer went that route with Dam-seo even though the king didn't kill her himself. She died because Sukjong sent Chae-gun to kill Injwa so Injwa blames the king. Since he raised her and considered her his daughter Sukjong must pay with his own child.
(The script may not be as convincing but Jeon Kwang-Leol acting was).

On the other hand it makes very little sense since she was hell bent on killing her foster father until he was about to die and she suddenly decided to save him.
Maybe Jeong has something to do with it? He has been seen visiting her a few times.

I wish the writer would've paid more attention to developing each characters so they'd be more believable and what they do and why they do things would make more sense.
(I hate it when characters feels like they suffer from multiple personality disorder).

I wish I could explain this better. English being poor and a 3rd language makes it difficult /cry.

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Are you kidding? Your English is great! If it is your third language what is your second language? I hope you don't mind my asking :-) I usually understand your explanations and a lot of the time I do rely on you, along with the recaps of course to unravel some of the historical confusion that I encounter when trying to understand some characters in the Sageuk universe.

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Kiara, you said it better than I did!

I also wish the development of each character is done properly... the drama has multiple conflicts and various themes which should be supported by its characters. Jackpot has a really good start and the cinematography is equally good. It's just they are going downhill with the characters like Yi In Jwa and especially the miserable Dam Seo.

Six more episodes to go... I still hold my hope high for a decent closure.

Dae Gil, you better be good!

I hope Dam Seo's miserable death really brings in some enlightenment to what Dae Gil wants to do, that 'new world' they have been throwing here and there but unfortunately is still too vague a concept yet to discover.

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Your explanation makes so much sense. I agree with the reason behind saving In Jwa.. It will be less appealing to see him die right there and then without suffering the same things Dae-gil had gone through. And Dae Gil must be the one to crush him to pieces!

Your English is very fluent.. what more if it's your native tongue..

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wth? I've enjoyed & looked fwd to every eps... until this one completely blew everything out of context!!! such a terrible script with 3 ridiculous highlights:
1/ that damsel in distress sacrificing her life for her so-called enemy
2/ dae gil sparing injwa's life (UNBELIEVABLE!!!)... his character is actually quite dim after all!
3/ injwa's effortless attempt to enter the palace despite his reputation & meet and eventually myrder the 3rd prince without any high security alert or protection. seriously???

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I fast forward a lot in this episode.

What an idiotic way to die, Dam Seo! I thought you are a smart, capable girl. I can see that I am wrong, but I guess that is justhow the writer kill two birds with one stone: 1. Solve brotherly feud over a girl. 2. Solve girl fight over dae gil. Poor dae gil. I think neither of them are considered more than little sister to him though. It would be too painful for me to wstch him pick between the two.

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Same here, Bunny.

I had a big hope for Dam Seo to finally be able to find her own way other than being YIJ's puppet all her life. But then... she died like this. Stupid Dae Gil should have just redeemed her life by strangling YIJ. Grrh.

Oh, that 'girl fight' over Dae Gil, if it will be thrown into the Jackpot plate by the writer in the remaining six episodes, I guess I'll just stop by here every week to read Heads' recap and commentaries instead of watching the drama. The thought of seeing a romantic stuff *or worse, a kiss* after the foolishly tragic death of Dam Seo makes me cringe already.

Le sigh. I still hope for them to improve, really!

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I still can't get over Damseo death .Really love her character as what the director instructs her , the lead actress to act.Although read almost all the comments since episode 1 here at this blog .I really love her with Daegil ,she is amazing actress .Thought that as she is the lead actress ,will be right her scenes will be till ep 24 .Still can't get over this episode ,she scraficed for that scholar and the young prince that was been killed .Surprised ,anguish,sad,angry, confused and many sorts of feelings that still can't cope till episode 19 that i just watched live streaming. Well most comments here didn't like Damseo but its the viewers own preferences .This actress is amazing and so beautiful .I really hope that she really didn't die.Hope that its just someone that was been burnt during that funeral. Daegil saves that scholar , there is a reason ......Cried and can't accept that Damseo was really died .While typing this i defend her .Although some of her scenes doesn't make sense but i respect her and i don't really like Seol Im with Daegil .I only like Seol Im ,the scenes at that salt field .Now that Damseo is gone , i just want Gol Sa's daughter to replace her. Following this series just for my fave actor, idol Jang Geun Suk or else wouldn't be here typing defending my new found actress as Damseo.

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Tsss... Stop crying and acting so wierd everyone. Dam seo DIDNT DIE.. dae gil hid her on a place where no one could see her, for her to heal, for her to recover. But then unfortunately Dam Seo will lost her memories... Then what will happend is.. That cold, brave dam seo will turn into a Pretty, sweet lady that Dae Gil will fall for her MORE!!! For yeongning He will eventuallly becOme king and will be getting married into a Princess that sooner will becoe his Queen.. Ofcourse that a Law.. Prince's 1st wedding must be a royal blood also... Dam seo is not a royal blood - Yeongning is Royal.. Tsss whatever.. I know dae Gil is royal too. But no one knows that he is. The reason why his not showing Dam seo its. Because he doesnt want yeongning to get hurt... About gol sa's daughter and seol im.. Dae Gil cannot choose one of them... Dae Gil doesnt want them to be hurt.. One will feel unfair if he choose.. Whats the purpose putting Dam Seo on Daebak's Wallpaper then??? Aigoooo!! So guys just chill ... Be. patient...

You know what?? Writers knows best... So pls dont be so Judgemental .. Just wait.. Theres 5 episodes left... 19 got released and Dae Gil requested the king his freedo to become a normal citizen .... Just stay tooned.. You'll be surprised what will happen next =) Jang Keun Suk Oppa!!! FIGHTING =)

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He he i like your comments .Make me hoping Damseo will be alive in ..maybe at the end or ep 24 .Just finish watching ep 20 with subs .Wahhhh i am impressed that director keep making viewers surprised and ......whatever sorts of feelings. I am eel but Yoona/JGS shipper. Oh Damseo ,although almost all viewers didn't like your character , not me. I think she is a great actress. Can't wait next week episode .Director is wise to choose Jang Geun Suk to be the lead actor as Daegil. Really sad king or Choi Min Soo character already ends.Such amazing veteran actor. Impressed all other casts acting. Daebak is really daebak !!! I guess after this series ends will not follow other series .Waiting every week . Well just to support and watch my idol , actor .....love you AsiaPrince ....

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