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Jackpot: Episode 21

Get ready for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rebellion no one was waiting for, which gets introduced, executed, and resolved before you can think too hard about it. It is an action-packed hour in that sense, and there are moments that flirt with the idea that there’s more beneath the surface than what meets the eye—but Jackpot doesn’t seem keen on getting to more than first base with any of the grand concepts it puts forward. Or maybe it’s just pulling the long con on us, and we’ll all have a good laugh about it next week when everything is adequately explained to our satisfaction. Happy thoughts.

 
EPISODE 21 RECAP

King Gyeongjong, intent on killing his little brother Prince Yeoning, pushes Dae-gil aside in an attempt to do just that. But Dae-gil stops him with words this time, claiming that the late King Sukjong, their father, had a final wish: for him to save Yeoning’s life.

And Dae-gil promised the king before he died that he would protect his little brother, which the current king asks his father’s eunuchs to confirm. When they do, he grudgingly tosses his sword away, unable to go against what their father wanted. But, he makes sure to add that this will be the last time he forgives him—the Norons on his side won’t be so lucky.

Declaring that he’ll have the traitorous Norons executed, the king warns his little brother to stay out of government affairs for the time being. Prince Yeoning is overcome with worry for those Norons who have supported him—how will he save them now? Dae-gil tells his stricken brother to leave the matter to him.

All the Noron ministers, including Chief State Councilor Kim Chang-jip, are tortured in the interrogation yard while Injwa and the Sorons drink and make merry. Dae-gil makes good on his promise to do whatever he could to help by showing King Gyeongjong the blood oath between Injwa and Traitor Jeong, effectively proving Injwa’s treason.

Dae-gil tells the king that all that’s happened to him recently wasn’t actually the fault of the Norons, but of Injwa, who’s the real traitor. The king coolly switches stances and says he’ll execute Injwa if he proves to be a traitor, but he’ll still execute the Norons, who’ve never accepted him as king. And nothing Dae-gil says will convince him otherwise.

Which means Dae-gil has to return to Prince Yeoning to report his failure in saving the Noron ministers, leaving Yeoning to fall to his knees and cry out in frustration.

While Councilor Kim and the other Noron ministers wait on the execution platform in front of a crowd of onlookers, Prince Yeoning kneels in front of the king to beg that their lives be spared in exchange for his own. The king asks if he was the one who convinced the Norons to try and dethrone him, knowing that he wasn’t.

And because Yeoning wasn’t behind all the plots and plans to dethrone and disrespect him as king, then the Norons have no excuse and deserve to die. King Gyeongjong then declares that he won’t tolerate anyone who even thinks of rebelling against him, and that includes his little brother.

Prince Yeoning approaches the execution platform, but the guards won’t let him close. Councilor Kim Chang-jip proclaims that they only did what was best for Joseon, wondering how that could be considered treasonous.

Looking Prince Yeoning in the eyes, Councilor Kim asks him sincerely to stay strong so he can restore the foundation of their great nation one day. All Yeoning can do is cry and yell “Stop! Stop! Stop!!” as the executioners’ swords come down, killing all the ministers on the platform. Oh, now they’re doing their jobs.

The prince has to be physically restrained so he doesn’t go running up there himself, with Dae-gil putting an arm around his shoulder to hold him back. He tells his little brother that he just has to endure it so he won’t get harmed, but Prince Yeoning is beyond consolation. “What have they ever done wrong?” he cries pitifully.

In front of all the dead ministers, Prince Yeoning apologizes with tears running down his face. What he doesn’t say aloud is his promise to avenge their deaths. “I am sorry,” he cries again. “I am sorry.” The chyron tells us that this is the Shinyim Massacre of 1722, in which Noron leaders were executed for plotting to dethrone the king (which the Sorons suspiciously accused them of).

A thoroughly defeated Prince Yeoning asks to be left alone so he can visit his late mother’s chambers, wishing desperately for her guidance. “What do I do?” he wonders to the empty room, receiving no reply. Dae-gil feels defeated as well, since he knows there’s nothing he can do to ease Yeoning’s suffering.

After a night spent poring over the blood oath, King Gyeongjong confronts Injwa over instigating the entire incident with the Norons, which led to their deaths. Injwa denies any untoward involvement, but when the king brandishes the blood oath at him, he instantly falls to his knees.

Prince Yeoning sends Dae-gil away when he comes to visit, wishing to see and speak to no one. But the news Dae-gil has is too important not to share: the king is sending Injwa out of the palace.

We see the rest of Injwa’s scene with the king play out, as Injwa defends the blood oath as being necessary for him to help King Gyeongjong take the throne. Injwa claims he wrote it out of loyalty to the king, which the king acknowledges by tearing up the blood oath in front of him.

In exchange for sparing his life, King Gyeongjong says, Injwa must never again step foot in the palace or interfere with government affairs. He coughs up blood and leaves after announcing that Traitor Jeong will be executed tomorrow, and Injwa is pissed.

The Sorons are ready to cast Injwa off after hearing about the blood oath, and react even less favorably when Injwa not-so-subtly threatens them that they’ll come to regret it.

Meanwhile, Prince Yeoning isn’t revived by the news that Injwa is getting a pass out of the palace. It’s not enough for him, not when so many people died because of Injwa—he wants to see him punished more severely, and will carry it out himself if he has to.

Though Injwa had his palace license revoked, he’s still somehow able to wander freely in and out of the prison where Traitor Jeong awaits his execution. Injwa drops a mysterious herb into his porridge, which sounds like it might be a faux death scenario to help him escape a real death.

Since Injwa actually poisoned Traitor Jeong’s cohorts in order to make it seem more believable that they all poisoned themselves, Dae-gil has no reason to suspect that there’s something amiss as Jeong’s body is carted out of the prison.

Dae-gil appeals to the king for help, as Injwa explains to his minions that Hong Mae burned a fake copy of the blood oath and gave the real one to Dae-gil. But it doesn’t interrupt their plans—he’d never planned to keep King Gyeongjong around long anyway.

The chief of police, officials from the regional office, and a minister from the Office of Inspector General come to seize Injwa’s assets, and give him a chance to turn himself in before a warrant is issued. Knowing that this is the king’s doing, Injwa decides to turn to plan B, which he’d had in place for just such a scenario.

That plan includes Traitor Jeong, who of corpse is alive, and Park Pil-hyun, Injwa’s right-hand man who we’ve heard about but never formally met before. Jeong goes to him, claiming to have made a blood oath with Injwa, leading Park Pil-hyun to spread the word out to their comrades that he’ll be storming the capital tomorrow at noon.

Dae-gil has a feeling Injwa will make a move tomorrow, knowing that the alternative would be defeat, while Prince Yeoning continues to be listless, uninterested in speaking or even eating.

Park Pil-hyun tells Traitor Jeong of his intentions to kill the king and start a new nation, and the next morning, Injwa thinks the same to himself—feeling more betrayed than not by the king turning against him. Sleeper cells loyal to their cause activate at the sound of the great bell Injwa tolls, from maids, to soldiers, to eunuchs, and even ministers.

The sound is heard throughout the capital and the palace, leading to confusion amongst those who don’t understand why it’s tolling. Dae-gil notes the number of times the bell rang, and somehow manages to understand that the bell tolls are code for Musin, which is soon to be the name of the Musin Rebellion of 1728.

King Gyeongjong and Prince Yeoning realize the same to be true almost simultaneously, as Injwa calls out to no one who can hear him that now is their time to rise up and fight for what they believe in—it’s time for all of them to start a new world together.

The sleeper cells infiltrate the palace, but fail to find Prince Yeoning, while others in higher positions give orders for the immediate arrest of the leading officials in the Six Ministries as well as the Three Offices (basically all the current branches of government).

Dae-gil approaches Injwa to ask if this was all his great plan amounted to, which Injwa is surprised he knew about. But because Dae-gil was able to decipher the bell’s code, along with the king and Prince Yeoning, all those sleeper cells we saw activated are stopped in their tracks.

“It’s over now, Yi Injwa,” Dae-gil says. Injwa replies that he only ever wanted Dae-gil to be king, causing Dae-gil to mock his fortune telling abilities—how on earth did Injwa think he was fit to be king from his physiognomy?

Injwa tries to strike him down with his sword, but they’re surrounded by the king’s guard before he can. King Gyeongjong himself arrives, knowing now without a doubt of Injwa’s treachery. Unsurprisingly, Injwa has the huevos rancheros to claim that this was all a biiiiig misunderstanding, adding that there’s no evidence.

“Evidence?” the king scoffs, before producing all the sleeper cells, now bound and arrested. He dares Injwa to try and deny his involvement now, while Injwa only thinks to himself that this isn’t over yet.

Instead of putting Injwa through the usual rigmarole of being arrested and interrogated, he instead has him tied to a post in a public square so he can be identified and ridiculed by the people. He’s set to be executed that night, but in the meantime, Hong Mae and her lead crony rile the crowd against Injwa, who’s pelted with eggs as a result.

Dae-gil checks in on him then, but Injwa still can’t get over the indignity of it all—how can Dae-gil let him be humiliated like this? (Yes, why would the person you’ve repeatedly tortured and tried to kill leave you to face the consequences of your actions?)

But there’s more—Dae-gil even knows about Park Pil-hyun. As for how he knows, Dae-gil asks Injwa what else he thinks his father has been doing for the past twenty years. He knew Traitor Jeong was alive from the beginning, and had him followed when he rose from the dead to visit Park Pil-hyun, so Injwa won’t be able to count on his or Traitor Jeong’s help.

We see Park Pil-hyun receive a mysterious letter from Nameless, while Traitor Jeong decides against sneaking into the city with Chae-gun manning the main gate. With the rebellion essentially done for, King Gyeongjong thanks Dae-gil for helping to make that happen.

But he knows that his time on this earth is growing short, as evidenced by his fits of bloody coughs, and asks the royal doctor to give him an exact estimate of the time he has left. The Sorons know this, and guess that he’ll end up embracing Prince Yeoning as his successor after all, since he has no heir to pass the throne onto.

Minister Kim is firmly against this idea, since he sees Prince Yeoning as being too lowborn to ever take the throne of Joseon. We find Prince Yeoning for the first time since the rebellion, since everything has returned to normal, but he hides in time to escape the assassin sent by the Sorons.

Injwa has a real, live, telepathic conversation with Nameless as he finds out that Park Pil-hyun and Traitor Jeong were able to escape just by reading Nameless’s expression. He then thinks, “Find a horse and bring it here!” and Nameless goes to do just that. Yes, really.

At least the assassin served as a wake-up call for Prince Yeoning, who eats with renewed vigor to make up for his extended bout of ennui. He tells Dae-gil that he won’t lie down and just take it from the Norons, moments before he chokes and falls over. (I can’t make this stuff up!)

After an examination, the doctor explains that it wasn’t poison. Rather, there was too much of a very dangerous plant in his food that could kill someone if eaten incorrectly, which sounds a lot like poison. Either way, Prince Yeoning declares his intention to meet with the king immediately.

Chae-gun reports that Traitor Jeong and Park Pil-hyun escaped before his troops even got there, and we find the two planning methods to flee the capital. Dae-gil, for his part, wants nothing more than to see Injwa’s execution carried through.

Prince Yeoning begs the king to save him, fearful now that the Sorons made such a blatant attempt on his life. King Gyeongjong knows how it is—it wasn’t so long ago that the Norons tried to kill him, so a crown prince would be nothing to them.

Since the king is the only one who can put a stop to the Sorons, Yeoning pleads for him to do so. King Gyeongjong simply says no, leaving Yeoning to clench his fists as he thinks to himself, “I can’t die like this.”

King Gyeongjong looks out onto a beautiful sunset, and remarks to his wife, QUEEN SEONUI, that it’s sad to watch the sunset, since the sun inevitably disappears over the horizon without a trace.

He worries about how the queen will be able to protect herself without an heir, already thinking of his death. Taking her hand, he can only apologize to her.

Cut to a conversation between Chae-gun and Dae-gil about their plans for the future (Chae-gun: “What do you plan to do once Yi Injwa is dead?” Dae-gil: “I will decide when he’s dead.”), moments before Nameless comes galloping through with an extra horse in tow.

The warrior Jin-ki takes that as his cue to spring into action and fight off the guards surrounding Injwa, who he then cuts free. Dae-gil and Chae-gun only arrive after Nameless has scooped Injwa up on his spare horse, which he brought thanks to their telepathic link.

Dae-gil and Chae-gun pursue Injwa through the forest, and with their troops trailing close behind, Jin-ki volunteers to stay back and buy some time. Chae-gun stays to fight his old hoobae and nemesis while Dae-gil advances with the troops.

Of course, they only reach the shore once Injwa’s boat is well in the water. Archers shoot at him and somehow keep missing, until Dae-gil takes a bow and aims straight for him. “Yi Injwa, I cannot allow you to live,” he thinks.

Chae-gun chases Jin-ki to the edge of a cliff, which the warrior jumps off of. Since no one ever dies from falling off a cliff in Joseon, we know how this’ll end.

Dae-gil shoots his arrow straight into Injwa’s back, causing the shamanistic Madam Jeong to go into fits from wherever she is. While the soldiers go to fetch Injwa’s body, Prince Yeoning has food brought to the ailing king, who’s been refusing to eat as of late.

King Gyeongjong looks dubiously at the spread, wondering if Yeoning has decided to poison him. Refusing to have the food officially tasted for him, he sends Yeoning out with one last thought: “I am sorry.”

Prince Yeoning thinks instead that he’s sorry, and that he’ll beg his brother’s forgiveness. Wait, he didn’t actually poison the food, did he? A meaningful shot of him standing stoically outside the king’s chambers says otherwise.

Injwa’s body is brought to shore, only it’s not Injwa at all—it’s Nameless. He wore Injwa’s clothes to throw off their pursuers, giving Injwa time to escape into the nearby forest.

And as Prince Yeoning walks away from the king’s chambers, a cry is heard from inside. He doesn’t even blink as guards rush to check on the king behind him, already seeming to know what they’ll find.

 
COMMENTS

I’m hesitant to draw any conclusions about whether Prince Yeoning actually did the unthinkable in poisoning his brother’s food—not because it’s so unthinkable to get rid of a political rival through poison, but because it’s unthinkable for Prince Yeoning the character to do something so horrible. It’s already hard to buy that all the running and hiding he’s been doing lately, much less that he’d poison a brother he already knew to be dying, no matter how desperate he is to live.

Even most historians are reluctant to put any credence in the rumor that Prince Yeoning may have poisoned King Gyeongjong, believing it to be too uncharacteristic for him. But there may be a silver lining in the shot we got of the seafood on the table—spoiled seafood is the more widely suspected cause of King Gyeongjong’s death, which Jackpot seems to have been paying a brief homage to. Still, it’s unlikely that there’d be so many lingering shots on Prince Yeoning after the fact if he didn’t poison his brother, plus the whole “I’ll beg your forgiveness” thing is pretty suspect. Oh Yeoning, what did this show do to you?

For a while there, it sounded like Dae-gil was going to explain why Man-geum had been absent these last twenty years in a way that made sense, but even that was too much. It was just another unconnected thought that sounded like an answer, when in reality, I’m more confused than ever as to what role Man-geum had to play in this whole revolt, and what logic Dae-gil’s operating on when it comes to him. When Man-geum was first brought back from the dead, they made it seem like he had come over to Injwa’s side and Injwa’s cause—but then he turned against Injwa (maybe?) but still believed in the cause (kind of?), when he was really just acting as an undercover agent for the past twenty years to undermine Injwa’s cause, or something. I really have no idea, and have a sneaking suspicion that the show doesn’t either.

It seemed a strange choice to have a rushed and anticlimactic mini-rebellion at this stage of the game when we know there’s a bigger one to come, and I’m hoping there’ll be some payoff from it that we haven’t yet seen. There wasn’t even any intrigue in seeing how Dae-gil found out about it, much less how he was able to stop it, which I’d blame mostly on Jackpot’s terrible habit of making everything way too easy for everyone involved. It was too easy for Injwa to start the shortest revolt ever, and easier still for Dae-gil to stop it in its tracks. It was too easy for Injwa’s closest people to be warned ahead of time, and too easy for him to use telepathy to plan his escape. It was too easy for Dae-gil to track him down, and too easy for Injwa to distract him so that he could make his escape while Nameless was shot instead.

The stakes themselves couldn’t be higher, but when the action was handled with all the subtlety of a drive-by, and with life returning to normal directly afterward, the not-a-rebellion kinda just ended up being another bizarre blip on the radar, didn’t it? As for Injwa implausibly escaping death for the 293857839th time, I have only one piece of advice: KILL IT. KILL IT WITH FIRE.

 
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"That plan includes Traitor Jeong, who of corpse is alive..."
LOL! Love your pun!

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And I love all your other comments too!

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That was my favorite line as well. Heads is a (snarky) genius.

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Every added comment is just hilarious.. Heads is awesome.....
Thank you for all recaps that are more fun than actual drama...

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I'm LOL :D

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Haha.. That crack me up too.. ;)

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I stopped watching this show long ago but I had to stop after the first few episodes and the ridiculous amount of stabbings and attempted killings Dae-gil had been put through.

But I still read the recaps and admire your determination to finish it. From all accounts, it sounds like a show that had a good broad idea for a story full of intrigue and politic-y moves and then realized they didn't really know anything about either topic. Subtle and logical are concepts they seem to have a hard time grasping too.

When Injwa escapes (again) via telepathic communication, I laughed out loud. I like strong and layered villains as much as the next person but Injwa doesn't seem to fit either of those descriptions. Not when the world around him keeps acting without a modicum of sense.

I really wanted to enjoy this show because of our young leads...but not even their acting chops and handsome faces can keep me interested.

Thanks for the recaps! Fighting!

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**I meant: "I TRIED watching this show but had to stop after the first few episode because..."

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i feel like i'm accomplishing something great since i've stuck through the whole sh*tshow for 20+ episodes.. i'm watching since i'm a big fan of yeo jin goo but he and his management really need to get a better eye for dramas. it feels like the writer of the show did all their research of joseon and the characters on wikipedia lol...

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Forget historical accuracy, it's like the writer got his writing skills by checking wikipedia!

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A crappy script doesn't make him a crappy actor. I'm really enjoying his acting here and this is real test of his talents.

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i agree, the acting is one of the main reasons i've been able to stick with the show. and yeon jin goo continues to impress X)

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"...it sounds like a show that had a good broad idea for a story full of intrigue and politic-y moves.."

That's exactly what I hoping for because you can see it from the very beginning but then it felt like the writer and the director went their separate ways somewhere in the middle of it. Great concept bad execution?

I hated the excessive abuse of our hero but I thought that maybe it was necessary because he needed that kind of transformation and it's going to be an epic showdown between Dae Gil and Injwa. Unfortunately, the pain does not equal the gain.

I'm hanging on for the love of the history and the actors.

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I am also watching because of the actors.

I thought Hyun Woo as King Gyeongjong was particularly good in his last episode.

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There was a scene where the sickly king says that the royal court has a lot of bloodshed, and then, cough, cough, he literally coughs out blood! Wow! I thought, "Point illustrated". But then, I knew immediately that with this drama, it was merely coincidental. The director and writer can't be that witty.

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I seriously wonder what the cast think when they receive the script and acting it out. Maybe they're as snarky about it as you are, Heads.

Thanks for the recap!

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You can't help to be snarky when people survive when they jump off cliffs and die eating sea food...

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They are such professionals and I love them to pieces. I've never regret following Choi Min Soo (Sword and Flowers), Yeo Jin Goo and Jeon Kwang-Leol. They are freaking good even
with a messy script.

I have a new found love and respect for Jang Keun-Suk. He has been so earnest in his role and sometimes it feels like he was suffering along with his character.

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I went to watch him in Hong Gil Dong - didn't like his character nor his acting. But he's definitely MUCH better here, and also better looking! Was way too thin in HGD. Complexion is also better in this drama. I wonder what skin care products he uses...it works!

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I loved him Hwang Jin-Yi. You should try it if you haven't.

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Yes Hwang Ji Nyi was his first drama as adult actor.. Their love story was so heartbreaking.

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Thanks for appreciating uri JKS.. ;) I've been following him for quite some time and I love him not for his good looks but because of the man he is.. I felt bad whenever his drama projects flopped, (sometimes netizens would blame that it's his fault) but he's always positive and will always assure his fans that he never regretted any projects he've done and will continue acting til he can. Glad that more people are seeing his value now. Please still support him in the future. :) :) :)

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I am actually looking forward to his next project. I hope he'll get to work with his seniors and Yeo Jin-goo again. They have chemistry and I can picture them joking around with each other on the set when the camera is not rolling.

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Yes they've grown closer together esp. Jang keun suk ang Jeong Kwang Ryeol. He said that after filming they would still chat about stuffs men commonly love and will go to places suggested by Sunbaenim. By the way I've seen some BTS clips, and the casts are always laughing together.

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Why the hell they made it look like Yeoning killed the king! Maybe jin goo got his wish to act in a villanous role lol. Anyway since next episode we can see both dae gil and yeongjo sporting beards lol (based on the preview, yeah I watched it without subs too so couldn't understand what they said)

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His character would've been a great villain. What if all the rumors were true? He killed his brother to take the throne and his son to keep the throne.

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Aww but I have a soft spot for yeongjo as dong yi's son lol.

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I do too but he would be the kind of villain that we would love to root for. The end justifies the means. Yeoning did walk the talk. Joseon was a much better place for the common people through his reforms.
Joseon politics was already a dog eat dog, kill or be killed arena (thanks to the constant intense factional wars) before he took the throne.

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+1 Chills. Maybe they should have made him the genius villain from the beginning (or someone like Bang-won in SFD), rather than Jackpot Injwa. Oh well they missed the chance. Writer-nim- what have you done with these good actors. sigh

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He reminds me of Bang-won and it would've totally work.

Injwa would have been a great villain if he wasn't so one dimensional, unrealistic and bipolar. What a waste of a great actor.

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OFF TOPIC: sorry but won't dramabeans release an article about the Scarlet Heart trailer?? I'm curious to see what you think of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1HFoCnyqjA

That's the link to the eng subbed trailer. Sorry but I'm really curious of your opinions.

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I would suggest commenting in the most current Open Thread post. More people flock there to talk about dramas other than ones recapped.

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I'd email them with the link if I were you. I'm pretty sure they already know but they have a good reason for waiting.

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will do,thanks ^_^

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I'll comment my view when this in OT ^^

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I think eps 21-22 can be summarized in this manner:

Baek DaeGil: (upset) Lee Injwa!

Lee Injwa: (in deep, throaty, slow voice) Baek DaeGil...

Baek DaeGil: (frustrated) Lee INJWA!!!!

Lee Injwa: (in an even deeper, slower voice) Baek DaeGiiiiiil...

Baek DaeGil: (furious) LEE INJWA!!!!

Lee Injwa: (deeper, slower, getting pissed off voice): BAEK Daegiiil!!!!

Baek DaeGil: (so f*Cking angry at this human embodiment of a boomerang): LEE INJWAAAAA!!!!!!!

And so it goes. I wonder how much time the director set aside to shot reaction shots saying each other's names.

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is this reference to crow zero?

Genji..............!
Serizawa...................!

repeat until you want it

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This made me laugh! XD

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It reminded me of Naruto lol

Naruto........!
SASKEEEEEEEEEEEE...!

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My theory is prince yeoning wont just poison the king because of later his body will be examine. I think he only put a lot of the natural herb that made prince yeoning passed out before. When the doctor explain in the show we saw yeoning face just staring blankly. Using the natural herb wont trace back to him as a murderer. But knowing prince yeoning can he live with it?

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Maybe he just gave him some what rotten seafood.

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Hihi the camera was focuising on the crabs

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Wait, King Gyeongjong is Yoochun's char from Rooftop Prince? :O

(Sorry, I'm slow)

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That's the speculation although their given names are different. He is Crown Prince Lee Kak in Rooftop and Crown Prince Hwiso aka Yoon here.

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i don't think so o.o i don't think yoochun's character was based off of a real historical figure

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@Kiara, yes, that's what I meant! I read some convincing theories on whom Yi Gak's character was based on but I only remember
1) it was near Dong Yi's era
2) the Prince died from crabs w/ soy sauce

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That telepathy thing was too much I agree. They could've made it as nameless looking at in jwa from a distance making in jwa to believe that he'd do something to save him. Not doing that as a telepathic communication lol. And the short lived rebellion too. Maybe it was necessary to make the king to totally throw away In jwa.but if they hadn't wasted the middle part of the drama without doing pretty much nothing except for defeating some useless gamblers I think they might have had time to nicely illustrate everything. Now with few episodes left they have a lot to cover and the drama is running too fast. But I'll still stick to the end. ?

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Maybe we shouldn't take the telepathic conversation literally.. Maybe they already came up with this plan long before in jwa was captured, if things got to worst Nameless and Jin ki know what to do.. That's why by just looking at each other's eye, Nameless got the signal.

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Yep. I definitely only saw it as a prior conversation that they had. Simple as that.

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i know it's not exact telepathy lol. but they made it look like a conversation. They could've pulled the scene in a more realistic way.

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so I stumble upon my sister who watches this episode and I think it such a waste to have many life ended easily (the mass beheading) and that bad guy at the end is tied to a pole ,

if he wants to make the guy feel real shame,
just shave half of his head, eyebrow and beard before tied him,
half naked may help too.

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LOL.

Note to self: Don't make Sancheezy mad.

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I did. . .but just once.
And my left eyebrow still hasn't grown all the way back in.

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Maybe Yeoning didn't't put anything but knew these food can kill the king but still didn't do anything about it and apologized for that (yeah because he'd be relieved and safe if the king is dead ) it's bad either way but he did ask a royal tester to test the food. And the king didn't want the food tested too so he wanted to die too it seems. I felt bad for the king for the first time in the drama in that scene.

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King Gyeongjong knew his time was up. We are not told what the physician said when he asked him how much time he has left.
I think he knew he wasn't going to make it another day. He apologized to his wife and to Yeoning like he was saying goodbye.

Why would Yeoning want to kill his dying brother and incriminate himself? It's a pretty stupid move on his part if he did it knowing that the Sorons are going to use it against him.

King Gyeongjong has every right to execute those Noron leaders. They were trying to dethrone him and put Yeoning on the throne. He did exactly what his father had done during his reign. Execute them for treason.

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I like injwa's optimism. Even when he's tied to a tree, pelted with eggs and awaits execution, he still believes it's not over yet.

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Those starving people are wasting eggs on this guy? Manure would've been more deserving.

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But did the poor manure deserve to be plastered on Injwa?

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I rolled my eyes on that scene - eggs? Stone will work too. Actually there were a few scenes I went huh? Urgh

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This drama gives me a lexical anxiety: is the Korean word for cockroach ”yiinjwa”?
It's not optimism, it's the survival abilities of the species!

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lol at KILL IT, KILL iT WITH FIRE jajaja

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I keep repeating the scene where yeoning screams with all his heart. Move aside! Stop! ?One lf the best scene. His acting skills really daebak! However, don't u think this ep is quite packed? As usual yi in jwa always stay alive. ? aigoo

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Yeah it was done perfectly. I would not expect less from Yeo jin goo. I'm ok even he act as a villain. A good chance for him to develop his acting skills further..! What I cannot bear is making my favorite josen king of a ruthless one lol. Don't do that to yeongjo!!!

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I can understand that from his mother's death to the ministers death. All the loved ones and people of Yeoning that died, their deaths made him revengeful and full of hate. He promised specially to Kim chang jip that he'll avenge their deaths.

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Yeo Jin-goo <3. Saw it coming after the last episode.
They probably had no time to do the 2 executions separately ( the Shinimsahwa massacre) so they did it all at the same time.
I counted the dead bodies and there were 12.

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it has reached a point where I no longer watch for the sake of enjoying myself but the sake of loyalty to Jingoo and JKS. So unfortunate but I will stick to it till the end.

I hope for our sakes that yin-injwa has a horrible death outta all the deaths that has occurred in this drama, if not, I see no reason why we have to suffer seeing him being lucky or escaping all the time.

kudos to me and everyone for sticking throughout this drama despite the many plot-holes.

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Fire? Not enough. We have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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"Since no one ever dies from falling off a cliff in Joseon, we know how this’ll end"
LMAO. Also I think Injwa is the one with the extremely good fortune not Dae Gil. He should have died 10000000000x already but he's still alive and kicking. Damn evil person just won't die.

Also notice how the new Dam Seo is not around? XD

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"Rather, there was too much of a very dangerous plant in his food that could kill someone if eaten incorrectly, which sounds a lot like poison."

Yeoning did poison the king (in the drama, actual history said it's only rumor without any proof). He got the idea when the Soron faction try to kill him. When the king saw he knew but I guess his time is near so he accept his fate. Note that crap and persimmon combination can be poisonous for those who has a weak stomach and the king is a very sick already. After what he been through I think he did it to survive.

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* sorry typo.....the king is very sick already.

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There was some speculation from Soron party members that his half-brother, Prince Yeoning, had something to do with his death due to the earlier attempt by the Noron faction to have him replace Gyeongjong on the throne, but several historiographers now conclude that he could have died of eating spoiled seafood, as described in Homer's book, The History of Korea.[5] “But we may well doubt the truth of the rumour, for nothing that is told of that brother indicates that he would commit such an act, and in the second place a man who will eat shrimps in mid-summer, that have been brought thirty miles from the sea without ice might expect to die.”[6]Wikipedia

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Dis Movie Is So Rediculous I Cant Imagine Wat Goin 2 Happen Next

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