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Mirror of the Witch: Episode 6

Mirror of the Witch is a push-and-pull kind of show, and in this episode, we barely have time to let the satisfaction of our heroes’ victories sink in before bigger problems are hurled at us. The odds against our good guys are seemingly insurmountable, and circumstances force both Jun and Seo-ri to break a few rules to survive. We get a few answers about the past, but as always, we’re still left with many, many more questions.

 

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

As Seo-ri busies herself in her cave at the temple, something drops from her clothes with a soft jingle — it’s the bell charm that her brother Poong-yeon had given her after she had gotten lost on the night of the lantern festival.

Her protector Yo-gwang notices Seo-ri momentarily spacing out, but she brushes off his concern and reminds him that there isn’t much time left; they need to light all the candles and lift the curse before the Northern star disappears. Yo-gwang thinks back to the part about the candle-lighter dying if the curse can’t be lifted, but he keeps that to himself.

In her forest lair, dark shaman Hong-joo continues to play with dark magic, summoning the cackling black shadow spirit to revive a group of previously dead fish. Her powers are growing if she can bring things back from the dead now.

At the gisaeng house, the girl from the gambling den, Soon-deuk, demonstrates various seduction techniques for her lovesick gisaeng friend Man-wol. With half of her pretty face marred by scars, Man-wol’s main responsibility as a gisaeng is playing music, and as a result, she is hilariously bad at flirting. She’s particularly head over heels for one man, and though Soon-deuk thinks it’s folly for a gisaeng to be in love, she shows her all the best angles to highlight her pretty side.

Outside, Jun glares daggers at his drunken brother Ok from afar, wearing quite a different expression behind his back compared to the deferential one he’s always showing in front of Ok’s face.

After Ok enters the gisaeng house, Soon-deuk coincidentally overhears his conversation with a merchant proposing that he overlook the merchant’s illegal ginseng trade in return for a large bribe. Although Ok is slightly affronted by the merchant asking him to fingerprint a contract for reassurance, the greedy Ok is quickly convinced when presented with a few more rings. His job finished, the merchant leaves and the gisaengs enter, although Ok takes one look at Man-wol’s scars and orders her out.

Soon-deuk follows the merchant out and watches him give the contract to a mysterious man, whose face is covered by his hat. Passing along some money, the mysterious man tells the merchant to leave town quietly, and the merchant scurries off.

Soon-deuk changes her target, and follows the mysterious man into the forest. He turns out to be none other than Jun, revealing himself upon arriving at his mother’s burial mound. He digs out a wooden box nearby and furtively places the contract inside.

As soon as he leaves, Soon-deuk loses sight of him and runs to try and catch up, only to be stopped in her tracks by Jun, who pops out of nowhere and scares her. She tries to run but he yanks her back by the collar. He had known she was following him the whole time, and remembering her from the gambling den, he wonders aloud what else she’s good at.

Back at the gisaeng house, Ok senses something strange about the contract and leaves to find the merchant. Unfortunately for us, he arrives just in time to see the merchant trying to run away, and he demands that the contract be returned.

The merchant confesses that he no longer has the contract, and that he was simply working for a mysterious man. Moreover, having never seen the man’s face, the merchant has no idea who he is. Suddenly, Soon-deuk’s voice rings out, claiming to know the identity of the mysterious man.

Jun returns to the gisaeng house and spots Man-wol sitting forlornly at the front gates. By the way she brightens up when she sees him, it’s clear that Jun’s her crush — the very man she had asked Soon-deuk to help her seduce.

In the temple cave, Seo-ri glances at her favorite kite and thinks back to how Jun had jumped in to save her and took an arrow to the chest. Holding the kite out, she imagines talking to Jun, asking sadly, “You’re alive, right?”

At the gisaeng house with Man-wol, Jun takes his own trip down memory lane when he sees persimmons on the table and recalls how Seo-ri had earnestly asked him to pick some for her when they first met.

He’s taken out of his reverie by Man-wol’s awkward attempts to flirt, but blind to her crush, he simply asks her if there’s something wrong. He guesses that someone’s said something about her face again and advises her with sweet but brotherly affection that she’s beautiful the way she is.

Man-wol smiles sadly and asks Jun not to lie, assuring him that she knows her place. She mentions that she plans to visit the Hundred-Year Tree, rumored to grant wishes. Jun scoffs that there’s no such thing, but Man-wol says with a bit of disappointment that it could be possible, and asks if Jun has a wish. He looks resigned as he tells her no, he has nothing to wish for.

Man-wol goes to the Hundred-Year Tree anyway and makes her wish: to become beautiful enough to be worthy of Jun. After she leaves, Yo-gwang brings her wish tag to Seo-ri, who immediately starts working on a beautification potion and prays that all goes well this time around.

Pacing around his room, Ok thinks back to his conversation with Soon-deuk after she had interrupted him with the merchant. Not the least bit cowed by his interrogation, she had offered to tell him both the identity of the mysterious man, and the location of the incriminating contract if he gave her some money. She’s got the upper hand here, and they both know it.

By the riverside, the palace investigation team finds yet another corpse with its heart torn out. Poong-yeon takes note of the nearby bottle, the same type that he’s seen near the other corpses. And although he doesn’t know yet, we see that it’s the same type of bottle that Seo-ri uses for her potions. Suddenly, an arrow with a message shoots out from across the river, and Poong-yeon opens it in alarm.

In her room, Man-wol readies herself to drink her potion. She thinks back to her meeting with Yo-gwang, who had asked her to light the candle “with an earnest heart” in return for receiving the potion. In the present, Man-wol gulps the potion down and immediately chokes in pain, doubling over.

When we cut to another gisaeng calling for Man-wol and entering her room, we find Man-wol sitting calmly at her desk. She turns her head slowly and reveals her face — perfect and unscarred.

Yo-gwang brings the lit candle back to Seo-ri, who uses its flame to light one of her candles in the trees. The two of them bring their hands together in prayer, and it seems that their hard work has finally paid off — the candle stays lit! Yo-gwang’s face lights up with a giant smile.

Meanwhile, in her lair, blood spurts out of Hong-joo’s mouth, as if in direct response to Seo-ri’s candle being lit. What’s really strange though, is her smirk after coughing up blood; an expression of anticipation, rather than defeat, passes through her eyes.

Poong-yeon rides through the forest and stops to unfold the message from earlier, revealing a map to Hong-joo’s lair. He makes his way inside and cuts to the chase, asking Hong-joo where she was the day his father disappeared. Hong-joo skirts around the question, lying that everyone was already dead by the time she got there.

But she makes Poong-yeon an offer: She’ll help him find his father Hyun-seo if he helps her meet the king. She tells Poong-yeon that she knows the king is very sick, and she just wants to cure his illness.

Poong-yeon curtly rejects her, and when Hong-joo asks if that means he’s no longer interested in looking for his father, Poong-yeon just responds that he’s just as capable of finding his father on his own. Hong-joo smiles disturbingly, and leaves him with a message from his father: “Find Yeon-hee.” As Poong-yeon steps out of the lair, he’s overcome with a strange sensation, and the curse mark on his neck reappears and glows for a brief moment, which Hong-joo sees. He shakes it off and heads out.

Hong-joo enters the chamber with Hyun-seo’s body, and gently brushes her hand against a large scar behind his ear. She flashes back to a much earlier period, when she had first used dark magic to bring about King Injong’s death, five years before the twins were born. As she performed her spell, she had asked the king not to resent her, reminding him that the palace is a place ruled by greed, where people are stepped upon like they’re bugs. Since the king himself had mercilessly used so many palace maids in such a manner, he should just think of this as a punishment for his sins.

Before Hong-joo managed to kill the king, however, she was interrupted by Hyun-seo and Yo-gwang, who burst in with swords and demanded that she stop. Hong-joo had responded that this was an order from the queen dowager, and asked him, what does it matter that she’d have to pay for her sins with her life, if she’s already an abandoned life? Insulted that Hyun-seo would think this is some kind of petty revenge, Hong-joo had insisted that this was all for the good of the nation.

As soon as she finished speaking, the palace guards had rushed in to help her. While Hyun-seo and Yo-gwang fought them off, Hong-joo successfully sucked out the last bits of the king’s soul. In a fit of anger, Yo-gwang had rushed at her with his sword. Blood splattered across Hong-joo’s face and she stood frozen in shock, looking up at Hyun-seo, who had jumped in front of her and taken the blow in her place. Trembling in pain and anger, Hyun-seo had ordered her to leave and never come back.

In the present, Hong-joo guides the dark shadow spirit into Hyun-seo, and the talisman on his torso flickers briefly. Talking to his comatose body, she tells him that he must, by all means, help her kill the princess this time around.

At the gisaeng house, Man-wol can’t stop touching her face and is giddy just at the sight of it. She arranges for a letter to be delivered to Jun, but it’s intercepted by Ok when he sees Man-wol’s servant loitering in front of their house.

Promising to pass the letter on to his half-brother, Ok convinces the servant to turn it over to him. He proceeds to read Man-wol’s letter, asking Jun to meet with her at the watermill tonight, hoping to confess the feelings she’s had for a long time. Ok scoffs at the idea that he would give anything to Jun and keeps the letter.

Ok follows Soon-deuk to Jun’s mother’s grave, and she excitedly digs out the wooden box. Sitting on top of it, she demands her money, and Ok reluctantly tosses it over to her, only to realize the box is filled with stones when he opens it. He screams angrily at her and Soon-deuk looks at the box in confusion, sure that Jun had left the contract there.

All of a sudden, Jun walks up to them and asks Ok what he’s looking for. Just as Ok realizes that he’s been set up by the two of them, the captain of the police force arrives to arrest Ok on corruption charges. They have evidence of 80 counts of bribery, thanks to Jun, and Ok will be hanged.

Ok tries clumsily to run away, but he’s easily arrested by the other officers, who drag him away kicking and screaming. Jun watches it all unfold with a somber expression, his eyes trembling in relief now that his revenge is finally all over.

Lady Sohn rushes into the jail to visit her wailing son, and demands that Ok uphold his dignity as the eldest son of the Heo family. Ok whines that dignity and family are nothing in the face of death, and begs his mother to use her connections to save him, reminding her that if he dies, so does their family line.

At night, Man-wol rushes out to meet Jun, excited just at the thought of confessing her love. As she waits in the shed by the watermill, a dark figure creeps slowly behind her. The door opens, and she turns around full of anticipation, only to be greeted by Red Cloak in the freaky wooden mask.

Yo-gwang arrives at the scene a step too late, discovering poor Man-wol’s corpse, with her heart brutishly ripped out. Seo-ri’s candle goes out, and elsewhere, Hong-joo withdraws her blackened hands from her cauldron to find them healing at a miraculous pace.

Yo-gwang chases Red Cloak through the forest, and demands to know why he’s killing people related to the Hundred-Year Tree. The two engage in a fierce swordfight and they’re evenly matched, but Red Cloak blinds Yo-gwang with a handful of dust and successfully escapes… back to Hong-joo’s lair, where he (or she?) hands her Man-wol’s heart. Hong-joo tosses the heart into the cauldron, and it goes up in a burst of flames, immediately turning to ashes.

At the temple cave, Seo-ri says in sad voice that as expected, the candle went out again. She asks Yo-gwang where he’s been, what he’s been hiding from her, and his refusal to answer incenses her. She stomps off, ready to cross the borders of her cave, which are lined with the same Taoist talismans that had surrounded her former home. Yo-gwang pleads with her to stop, arguing that everything will be over if she steps outside now, but Seo-ri reveals it’s not just that she’s sick of being caged in.

Seo-ri cries that there are only 49 days left, and she hasn’t successfully lit a candle in six months. If she dies because she can’t lift the curse, she won’t ever be able to see her loved ones again — that’s what she fears the most, not death. Yo-gwang looks down at her in pity and apologizes for not being able to do more.

At an outside tavern, Soon-deuk skips happily over to Jun and asks for her money, since he had promised to give her double for double-crossing Ok. Jun pays her but reflects none of her excitement, answering brusquely when she digs into his relationship with Ok.

He tells her not to live this way anymore and snaps at her to go, but just as she stands up to leave, she tosses the money back, insisting that she doesn’t feel comfortable taking money when it’s been exchanged for someone’s life. Jun leaves the money behind, ensuring that she’ll take it.

Suddenly, the police captain arrives to arrest Jun, to his utter bewilderment. He’s told that he’s been charged with libel and contempt against a nobleman, which violates the country’s Confucian principles. Jun is still confused when Ok arrogantly saunters onto the scene, back in uniform.

Jun begs the police captain for an explanation and asks how it can be libel when he’s seen all the proof of Ok’s corruption. Ok walks up to Jun and condescendingly pats his shoulder — in this world, Ok says, being born of the lower class is equivalent to being guilty, and being born noble is equivalent to being innocent.

Jun laughs in disbelief at the injustice and comments bitterly that he shouldn’t have built any hopes on people who could never experience shame. Ok’s not done yet, though, and announces that Jun has one more crime: He’s the serial killer Red Cloak. Ok even has evidence — Man-wol’s love letter proves that Jun was the last to see her before she died. Seeing the direness of his situation, Jun forcibly breaks away from the officers and runs for his life.

Nearby, Poong-yeon and Sol-gae have arrived to examine Man-wol’s corpse. They’ve just barely finished looking when they’re interrupted by the commotion from fugitive Jun. The townspeople hurl stones at him and the police officers point their weapons at him. Jun desperately screams that he isn’t Red Cloak, and manages to grab one officer and hold him hostage, frantically looking for a way out.

Spotting Poong-yeon’s horse not too far away, Jun makes a break for it and gallops away, but Poong-yeon follows close behind on Sol-gae’s horse.

Seo-ri flies her kite in her cave, and suddenly the curse mark on her neck glows. She hears the faint sound of Poong-yeon’s bell jingling in the distance, and her irises flash purple for just a brief moment. She recognizes the sound and calls out to her brother.

Ignoring Yo-gwang’s warnings to stay behind the line of talismans, Seo-ri crosses the protective border, and as soon as she does, the talismans burst into flames behind her.

Poong-yeon closes in on Jun in the woods and takes out his bow and arrow to shoot Jun down, when suddenly he’s overcome by the curse mark on his neck. Poong-yeon falls into some sort of trance, and the arrow misfires, missing Jun by a long shot.

Jun, however, is still not in the clear — a dangerously low tree branch knocks him off the horse and he rolls down a cliff, nearly falling to his death on the jagged rocks below, when suddenly, a magic force suspends him mid-air.

He turns his head to look at his savior, coming face to face with a white-cloaked, white-haired Seo-ri. Poong-yeon’s bell jingles with every movement he makes, but as he reaches out to her, she betrays no sign of recognition, simply choosing to make Jun unconscious instead.

In Hong-joo’s lair, she hears her jar (the one she uses when she sucks out souls) shaking violently, and realizes that Seo-ri’s finally come out of hiding. Meanwhile, Hyun-seo’s finger slightly twitches. He’s alive after all.

 
COMMENTS

While I’m rooting for our good guys to come out victorious in the end, I actually find Hong-joo’s backstory to be the most compelling. I want to know more about her, what King Injong did to her, and why Hyun-seo saw something to save in her when Yo-gwang tried to attack her. There’s no denying that she’s as mercilessly evil as a villain can get (it doesn’t get much worse than literally tearing someone’s heart out), but I don’t hate her. Perhaps it’s because too much of my anger has been reserved for the infuriatingly entitled mama’s boy Ok, but it’s also that Hong-joo’s not entirely wrong when she rails against the broken system. She’s not as selfless as her righteous speech about the good of the nation might imply, but the fact that Jun’s careful plan still backfired on him simply because he was of a lower social status shows that there really doesn’t seem to be any lawful recourse for commoners like the two of them.

Speaking of Jun, I find myself sorely missing his lighthearted, humorous side, which disappeared ever since his mother died. It’s understandable considering his grief, but it’s almost like he’s given up on actually living life in order to exact his revenge. There’s this sadness in his eyes in almost every scene, and even when he just has a simple conversation with Man-wol about wishes, he seems like he’s resigned himself to a life of misery without his mother.

I suppose I should just be grateful that his grief hasn’t turned him into a jerk, because I love that he’s still wonderfully sweet to Man-wol despite not being romantically interested in her. He fully sympathizes with her being an outcast and having to “know her place” because of uncontrollable circumstances. Can you blame the poor girl for falling head over heels in love with him? Well, at least we have our resident sass-master Soon-deuk to provide some much-needed comic relief in the story.

Yo-gwang is another sweetheart, and it’s clear that he’s trying so hard to fill Hyun-seo’s shoes but doesn’t have Hyun-seo’s authority and wisdom. Just as Hyun-seo never explained to Seo-ri why she must stay inside the house at all times, Yo-gwang hides the truth of the Red Cloak killings from Seo-ri to save her some grief; the difference is, Seo-ri’s an adult now and Yo-gwang needs to work with her as a partner, not just a guardian, if they want to defeat Hong-joo.

As for Seo-ri, her earnest, tear-filled confession wrenched my heart. She’s not afraid of the actual act of dying, but of never seeing her loved ones again, and in a sense, it’s a fear of loneliness that motivates her to keep fighting the curse. While that rings true for all of us to a certain extent, it makes me wonder if she’s extra terrified of this loneliness because of the way she’s been cooped up for the majority of her life. She’s only met a handful of people in more than twenty years, and for her, losing them means losing her entire world. Ironically, her quest to prevent eternal loneliness can only be achieved through her current loneliness.

I can’t wait for Seo-ri and Jun to finally meet again and help each other get back on their feet. They’ve been roughing it through without each other for the last several years, but working together, it’s possible that they can find a way to overcome both their desolate situations.

 
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Fab story! Thanks for the recap.

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Haha, just realized the shamaness was Yum Jung-Ah. She's playing her character too perfect and with so much feeling. I find myself sympathizing with her character (which is CRAZY!!!!!!). Could they have killed her family? Or even her child? Aside from that I want to see more of the new king. And at last they finally meet.

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I read the subbed version, but she seemed to have mentioned that King Injong 'had his way with countless court maids in his quest for a son' or something. Could one of them have been her mother? Could she be like Jun - lower born and ignored due to her mother's class and despite her father (the previous King)'s status and her powers?

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Oh God, this episode made me held my breath with all its suspense and darkness when I watched it live. I'm too scared to re-watch it when the SUB is out, and prefer to read the recap than revisit it.

Thanks for the recap, HappilyEverAfter!

Hope this drama would end just as your pen-name too, Happily Ever After and shed light on the darkness that gripped me from several episodes back.

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Thanks for the recap, HappilyEverAfter!

This ep. offered some insight on how things work, and like you said, generated more questions. So far, it seems that Seori's goal is to light all 108 candles within the 5 years because of the Northern Star disappearing after that. She's been successful at the first 100, but been unable to light any more for 6 months. When she lights a candle, it needs the flame from a candle that is earnestly lit by the person wishing on the Hundred Year Tree and had his/her wish granted through potions made by Seori.

Hongjoo has obviously been increasing in power if she's been able to counter Seori's candle-lighting attempts. When a candle is lit, Hongjoo is directly affected and she deteriorates as a result. So, in making those candles either unlightable or causing the flame to go out, she is fighting for her own health and survival. At the same time, she is going after those wish makers to get their hearts for her cauldron sacrifice. I'm guessing this somehow increases her powers to the point that she can now resurrect life. She uses the talisman to keen Hyunseo alive and I suppose the jar containing the soul of the crown prince acts as a radar for Seori. So, it started to shake when Seori emerged from her cave.

Still not too sure how the curse works. It was dormant in Poongyeon for 5 years and now it's back. When Seori left her talisman-protected cave, the yellow slips burst into flames, meaning she is no longer protected and reverts to her white hair.

Anyway, Jun broke my heart again with his sad eyes and being back-stabbed by Ok. I knew that letter from Manwol would be used to frame Jun and there was no way Ok would be captured and punished so easily. Hope Soondeuk can help Jun somehow, especially when she realized Ok had left an innocent woman to die in a fire according to Jun's works and maybe would choose to side with the good guy.

Seori's reason and desperation also broke my heart. She just wants to see those few people that she misses deadly, and yet, she had to keep her distance for their sake. I hope Jun and Seori will have a chance to catch up now that she's saved him and they have met again. They can both use a friend.

Hongjoo's back story sure is interesting. I'm definitely curious how the old king had treated her for her to seek such revenge. Also, did she keep Hyunseo alive solely to use him to kill Seori, or was there some grateful feelings left from when he saved her life?

Looking forward to the next ep.!

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Thanks a lot for thr recaps!

I know that this is not important, but did Seo Ri really make Jun fainted? Coz I always thought that he passed out because of the knock on his head..hahaha. Yeah, he didnt instantly pass out ..but rather being panicked for a while, before finally blacked out.

Anyway, I'm hooked with this show. I have no problems with Jun became sad, coz he is still noble. He is quite smart and calculative. Then again, I'm quite frustrated to see his step brother and mother to win again (btw, the step mothet acted like his birth mother in Baker King. Funny becauae they loved each other so much there .

Cant wait for the meeting between Seo Ri and Jun!

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I had totally forgotten they were both in Baker King!

Thanks for the reminder.

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Thanks for the recap, HappilyEverAfter!

I totally missed the issue of having to finish before the Northern star disappears. What kind of rule is that? Who made it up? Who are THEY to decide? But I guess that always has to be the ticking clock so we are drawn to watch.

Of course I love YSY in all his prettiness, but I most impressed with KSR. She really makes it look effortless. She's so poised and graceful. I am proud of her...or is it that I am proud of who Seo ri is becoming and I attribute it to the actress?

Anyway, so much happened, I can't wait to see what is next.

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Hi jomo,

A lot did happen in this episode - I do like the way backstory is being filled in as we go along. Jun's life pretty much sucks so far (not to mention his mother's and Man wol's). The injustices are infuriating to watch let alone to live out. But, I hope the tide turns and justice prevails in a fictional sajeuk kdrama sort of way.

There are a lot of cool characters in this drama, though.

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Finally!
Thanks for the recap, I'm really hooked with this.. Thanks again...

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This show is certainly not afraid to go dark, that's for sure.
It's a beautiful show and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing next week's shows.

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When I saw the recap I thought episode 7 is out, I was like is it Friday already? but nope, it's Thursday here, one day to go, one day YAY!

Some of our questions were definitely answered in this episode. Hong-joo obviously knows how Seo-ri can break her curse and that's why she targets those wish makers for ripping their hearts out! I don't know what I feel about her, her character is very intriguing and we're not fully let in with her past's details. How did she became like this and why? Why would Hyun-soo save her when he got the chance to kill her? can't wait to find out.

Seo-ri's desperation is heart breaking, she doesn't have enough time and all her efforts aren't working, there are people she misses, people she wants to go back to but can't without breaking her curse. When she said she wasn't afraid of death but afraid of not being able to see them again,that got me really, sniff!

Now that she stepped out of her cave, her curse started acting up again, I think now she's stronger and she knows how to control it, she didn't faint and fall like before and she's got magical abilities! I'm really impressed with Kim Sae Ron, she is doing a great job here.

Just when we thought Jun's gonna get a little bit of his revenge!! UGH!! Ok and his mother, I don't know if I've ever hated anyone like I hate them! YSY portrays Jun so perfectly, you can't help but feel for him! I can't wait for him to meet Seo-ri again, I don't know how they'll help each other but I'm sure they'll find a way.

Thanks for the recap, HappilyEverAfter.

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The thing with Hong-joo is all about black magic and being indebted to its powers forever with either your life or other's lives. She must always be on guard to preserve her life from many different angles and sources which means the other person or person must die. Her army of minions (like the Red Cloak) work for her for what it gets them - the heart wasn't just to kill off Man Wol, it was a sacrifice to the black powers. She's in it deep and has clearly surpassed her teacher (who was sorry that she went to the dark, dark side) and won't go down easily, and that's the exciting part of the drama - how will the spell be broken (and Hong-joo defeated)?

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I can rave about this show all day! It is amazing and the world they have created is captivating. I am excited that Jun and Seo-ri are almost reunited!! They have such awesome chemistry together that I have been feeling the loss of them not being together these past couple of episodes.

I find all of the characters interesting in this series with the exception of Ok and his Mama. Ok is the worst and I can't wait until karma comes for his behind!

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Honestly, if I heard a nickel for every time Yeon Hee/Seo Ri is told to stay within a talisman marked area and yet she disobeys, I would...

Ok has me so pissed now, I'm half hoping that he makes a wish at the 100 year tree and the masked man comes calling for him. How on earth would you accused Jun like that? Especially when you know the truth? Argh! Of course I'm sure when the masked man comes calling, Ok would just call for his mummy as usual.

Now I'm really hoping they give him and his mother the Ever After (Drew Barrymore's movie) ending. Sell them into slavery and someone should tell them that they should remember that they can't aspire to much. Hmph!

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Dang, though! This show can make the moments. That scene at the end with her in all white, and him floating in the air. It took my breath away. Thanks, HappilyEverAfter!

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Yeah, agreed. It was beautiful to behold and a solid way to end the ep. I do hope they get her a better white wig though. :-D

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That was cool, Cozybooks, just like the tiger scene. Which reminds me, Jun has been saved twice now by the mirror shard - it shone toward the tiger and it bypassed him, and it stopped the arrow from killing Jun. So, The Witch and the Mirror - must be THAT mirror?!

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The scene when Yeon-hee confessed that her biggest fear is being unable to life the curse and not being able to see the people she loved again...wow..how emotional. Love Kim Saeron and her acting.

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Red Cloak gave me goosebumps. The wooden mask scared the hell out of me. I just love every element of this show. From directing, sound effect. The laughing voice everytime the dark shadow appears, that's terrifying. I love, love it!

Drama offerings have been great this time. I find myself got hooked in 3 different dramas, which rarely happen. OHY, Mirror of the Witch, and Gong Shim. Yeay for more drama cracks!

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Hong Joo is scary.. but Red Robes literally had me on the edge. The serial killings is scary and crazy at the same time! The drama is going on 100mph at times and I love how the plot moves fast without makes me dizzy and confused on who's who, but still manage to preserve its mystery.

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What if Yo Gwang is Red Coat? I mean this killer has something to do with Hong-Joo and our gurdian has mystically came back to life, he is also the only one who knew about Man-Wol.
I know that they have met but maybe it was hallucination

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Oh god please no! not Yo-gwang! this got me scared!

But when you think about it, if the red clock is really Yo-gwang, why doesn't he just tell Hong-joo where Seo-ri is?! I don't think Hong-joo would've waited this long if she had known where Seo-ri was. She would've gotten to her and killed her!

Unless, Yo-gwang is really the red clock and he's keeping himself close to Hong-joo because he knows she's got his master Hyun-soo with her and he knows that Seo-ri's curse cannot be broken without the page Hyun-soo's got hidden!

But then again, Red clock was following Yo-gwang in one of the episodes and was saved when Poong-yoon came along!

so Red Clock isn't Yo-gwang!
still your guess got me frightened, LOL!

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Ooops! Cloak* I don't why I kept writing clock!

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ugh! where's my head?!

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and I wrote Red Coat not Red Cloak XD

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I love the pace this drama is going, it's giving us a lot of questions but in the same breath always answers some, so it is suspenseful but not annoying.

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The camera angle for Seo-ri's monologue was so uncomfortable, she was too close and I could see her desperation, which gave me the instinct to move away. Really great directing choice.

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Holy hell!

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Whoops! Posted before completing the comment.
Anyway what's with this show and fairy tale references? This is rapidly turning into the Korea versionof 'Once upon a time' I counted tangled (referencs continue to filter through), beauty and the beast (sort of), little red riding hood (vaguely), the snow queen (the whole frozen heart business) and by recent accounts snow white and rise red. You can turn it into a drinking game at this point.

And why do I get a nasty feeling red cloak is going to turn out to be one of our leads? Added to that we've never seen our hero in the same frame as the masked marauder (sorry, couldn't resist) granted its early days yet, but my gut feeling is that the show is leading up to a very nasty surprise regarding the face behind the mask.

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I noticed the fairy tale references as well.
I rarely like fantasy sageuk, but this one is great.

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Thanks for the recap!

I'm way too poor in Korean to read the webtoons, but based on this episode I'm speculating that HJ or her parents suffered directly under King Injong. That may be why Hyun-Seo feels a certain understanding and pity for the revenge she exacted on the king.

I really wonder about this ability to return life to the dead though. Is it something she recently mastered? Or does she have many many urns of dead souls she's been harbouring?

Speaking of that, I half-wonder if she's planning to transfer the crown prince's soul into Hyun-Seo's body to kill Seo Ri, as those two were the only ones who could kill the princess, and what better way than doubling the odds?

I still really think that Red Cloak is not a hypnotised Hyun Seo. *keeping my fins crossed*

YSY's acting was just superb here. He portrayed the anguish of a broken, betrayed man really well when Jun found out that Heo Ok was knowingly released simply because of his power and status.

And SUPER IMPORTANT QUESTION. From the Injong scene, we can see that Yo Gwang was already a young man YEARS BEFORE Seo-Ri was born. Is it a plot hole that he looks pretty much the same after another 22 years? (I mean, they didn't even make any effort to age up, other than making him a bit more rugged.) Or is there more to him (a vampire of sorts?) that also explains how he survived the ambush in episode 4?

I really don't like Soon-Deuk so far. Her brief refusal of the money was a small redeeming factor, but the potrayal has been more irritating than spunky.

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Yo Gwang looks the same after 22 years? Please..

King Injong died and King Myungjong replaced him.

5 years later, Queen Dowager asked Hong Joo for a heir to their family and Queen Shim got pregnant.

9 months later, Queen Shim gave birth. Let's count it as 1 year.

And then.. 17 years later and 5 years later.

So, it's 5+1+17+5 = 28.
He looks the same even after 28 years has passed! I think he's not a human. *_*

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This was a great episode! I do think Red Cloack is Hyun Seo. I didn't think much of it until Yo Gwang asked who are you, I thought it was one of those random girls that followed her before the time jump.

I too am interested in Hong Joo's backstory, I like that she's not just some one-dimensional villain. I'm curious about the person who resurrected Yo Gwang too, for some reason I'm expecting it to play an important part in the future episodes.

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Hey, that's an interesting theory about Hyun Seo, I hope is not the case though...it would be another unexpected turn of events.
I am loving the show a lot. The story is interesting, it has a mystery and keeps a good pace, and the actors are amazing :D Looking forward to next episode!!

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U agree on your Red Cloak call. I suspected it once they revealed the Red Cloak had great sword skills, and I felt it much deeper during this last episode.

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I agree, silly me with that typo. :)

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I'm absolutely in love with this show!
And actually I'm glad she stepped out and ruined that candle-lighting for a while? Because every time she lights a candle....that candle's real lighter's heart is ripped out by our evil witch. If she doesn't know this and keep on lighting candles.....she can't finish her quest nor protect innocent people....so I'm glad!
But Jun....please cheer up! And I want their cute bickering again!
Thanks for the recap HappEvA!!
Looking forward to next episodes!?

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Im absolutely love this drama...the BGM is really great!i love music director in this drama its hit the right note for all scene and the acting is great from main to side characters and i love the chemistry between her and YSY and KSY i dont find any age gap tbh....but guys maybe this is unpopular opinions something feels off with KSR when she has a dialog that required ask(and her dialogue has many of that-__-)its bland To be honest but beside that "Asking"dialogue her acting is great.......btw eps 6 is thrill me gosh its too dark but i love the show isnt affraid to explore dark side and less light(coz im boring nowaday with light drama maybe because so many cliche and recyled plot out there)...then so many curse here and there and who is the man that wearing a mask?i guees is new character or maybe its PY father idk-__- this drama is unpredictable and still have MANY unanswered question hope next episode they answer it coz i hate when drama i love have many plot holes ... and I really hate the actor who play joon step brother ugh i want to punch him so bad coz he is soooo freaking annoying(which is good)i hope his character die or his family getting poor and get a karma soon...and is there no any grade score in this drama(but lucky romance have it?)coz there isnt score for this episode..i score it A- (:
#sorry for long comment(:

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Uhh don't mean to be ungrateful but can we get the recaps for the recent episodes?? The recaps for this drama seem to take longer than for other dramas that are also recapped weekly... I always feel like i am not done with an episode till I read the recap here??.. pretty please?

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