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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 11

I was half afraid for this week to roll around for Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, because it felt like we’d been happy for so long that doom was just around the corner. But I’m pleased to report that as of today’s episode, my heart is still intact and beating just fine, if a little pinched at the poignant moments today brings us. The emotions are a bit more subdued in this episode, but not in a bad way; I love this kind of sweet, heartfelt storytelling where love is about so much more than pure romance.

 

 
EPISODE 11: “Promise”

Head Eunuch Han says that he has been looking for Ra-on for a long time, and Yeong arrives in time to hear this and ask how the eunuch knew her name.

There’s a long moment as everyone takes in this information. Then, Eunuch Han explains that he knew Ra-on as a child, although she doesn’t remember it now.

The men sit down for a private talk, and Eunuch Han explains that he owes a great debt to Ra-on’s mother. He had looked after her closely for a time, but lost contact after a sudden separation.

Both men tread carefully, wary of saying too much but feeling that they know what the other person knows. Yeong asks if Eunuch Han “already knows too.” Eunuch Han replies, “That [she] is unable to be a eunuch?” That’s confirmation enough.

Yeong says that the eunuch now has the opportunity to repay his debt, and requests that he take good care of Ra-on as the head of the eunuch department. Eunuch Han agrees to do so.

Ra-on tries to ask Eunuch Han about the meeting the minute he steps outside, but he advises her to hold her questions until he seeks her out separately. For now, she’s left to wonder.

Later that evening, Yeong tells Ra-on that he will reschedule their meeting with Teacher Dasan. She asks what kind of man he is, and Yeong replies that Teacher Dasan is a good person to learn things from, “except for one thing—his drinking habits.” Hearing that Teacher Dasan goes around talking to animals when drunk, Ra-on fondly recalls that her grandfather used to do similar things.

Yeong’s gaze softens as he calls Ra-on’s name softly, then leans in close, holding her stare. Then he playfully taps her with his brush, dotting her forehead with ink, and giggles to himself.

Ra-on doesn’t laugh, though, and his smile fades. Yeong replies more seriously, “It is my heart.” Ra-on asks what he means by that, and he replies that he “had his eye on her” a long time ago—a pun on the phrase that sounds like “paint a dot.” Yeong smiles, looking proud of his wordplay, and I’m pretty sure the camera cuts out just before Ra-on gives an eyeroll.

Now that Byung-yeon also knows that Head Eunuch Han is part of the rebel cause, he asks if he’d hidden his identity in order to punish those who betrayed them. Eunuch Han says that he’s never worried about Byung-yeon, because Byung-yeon knows too well who destroyed his family.

Eunuch Han adds that he has served three kings, and that the moment they ascended to the throne, what started out with small expectations ended in frustration and despair. “There is no more hope for a Joseon ruled by the Yi family,” he says.

Byung-yeon asks what their secret society will do to ensure a new hope for the future. Is it another uprising? Head Eunuch Han replies that an uprising is merely one means: “How can a riot give hope?” Well, I sure hope that means you have a better idea, Mr. Cryptic Smartypants.

Eunuch Han asks if Ra-on truly remembers nothing of the last rebellion ten years ago, and Byung-yeon confirms it.

Yeong visits the little grocer girl in her jail cell, watching her cry with a heavy heart. He recalls how she had spoken of the king with hope, as someone who would care for his people’s sufferings. Despite being burdened by her plight, however, he can’t do much to help her.

At court, the ministers propose a harsh interrogation of the girl to get some answers about her supposed rebel activities. When Yeong protests the cruel punishment, the ministers counter that her crime is grave enough to merit a death penalty. Yeong demands that proof be submitted of her alleged spying, but the minister replies that interrogation (read: torture) will provide that evidence.

Yeong declares angrily, “If it is true that a ten-year-old child has learned to be a spy before learning to read, then the people who deserve stern rebukes are myself and you all.” He orders the girl released, and this time, they concede.

The king’s meal taster discovers that the food she is about to eat turns the silver chopsticks dark—a sign of poison. This throws the court into an uproar, and officers search the palace top to bottom for clues, which turns up one man who’d been noted a suspicious entrant to the palace. And who should it be but the father of that grocer girl.

Still-lovesick Young Master Jung lurks around for a glimpse of Princess Myeongeun, ducking out of sight and trailing like a heartbroken puppy. The princess ignores her court lady’s urging to eat—she’s determined to maintain her newly trim figure—and heads out for a walk.

She pauses to look at herself in a mirror, and only then glimpses Young Master Jung in the background. She catches him following in her tracks and confronts him about it, and Young Master Jung is so nervous and incoherent that it just makes her assume the worst.

The princess takes him for a creeper and yells for help, then trips while backing away. Young Master Jung lurches forward to catch her, grabbing her closely to himself… before his knees then give out and he goes falling backward. Ha, romantic gesture fail.

Princess Myeongeun lands right on top of him, then slaps him in outrage. He asks if she’s okay, and she slaps him again. But he just asks yet again if she’s okay, and it confuses her into stopping the slaps; she leaves him with a warning not to lurk around anymore.

It’s only after she’s gone that he opens the box he’d been carrying, containing the princess’s favorite sweets.

The Ministers Kim inform Yeong (I’m sure with relish) that the culprit in the poisoning attempt must be the girl who was released on the prince’s orders. Both the father and daughter have suspiciously fled, and the ministers pressure Yeong to order them captured and executed.

All of the eunuchs’ quarters are searched, including Ra-on’s, and that turns up a woman’s hanbok. While proof of nothing on its own, it’s odd enough to raise suspicions.

The grocer father and daughter are caught in no time, and Prime Minister Kim uses this opportunity to pressure the king to hasten the prince’s marriage, arguing that it will stabilize restless public sentiment. The king is reluctant to force the issue, saying that Yeong has no desire to marry now, but the prime minister asks pointedly, “Has following the prince’s wishes ever resulted in proper results?” Would we even know, master of sabotage?

The prime minister states that he will begin the bride selection process, and assures the king that he will alleviate his troubles.

That evening, Yeong thinks back to the advice his mother once gave him, when he had asked what kind of king she wanted him to become. She had told him to be a king with keen sight who was not deaf, so that he would not ignore the plight of those in lowly positions.

Moreover, she had urged him to treat every one of his citizens as though they were his only one. She had taken Yeong’s hand and asked, “Will you promise your mother that you will become this kind of king?”

Now as he lays his head wearily on his arm, he asks Ra-on, “Is what our eyes see the truth? Whose words should be trusted? What happens if what I believed to be right is wrong? When everything is difficult, what should I do?”

Ra-on shares something her grandfather used to say: that a sad heart leads you to doubt everything. He repeats the words, then smiles at her: “Then, I need you.”

He asks her to ease his doubts with her joy. Ra-on beams warmly at him, resting her face on her hand, just inches away from him. They sit there for a minute, staring at each other lovingly.

She asks if that worked, and he replies yes, that it has filled him with joy (ra-on).

Prime Minister Kim meets with Ha-yeon’s father, Minister Jo, to revisit the issue of their children’s marriage. Minister Jo looks both relieved and apologetic to realize that the prime minister already knows that the king spoke to him secretly about marrying Ha-yeon to the prince. Then he looks distinctly queasy at the prime minister’s confidence that Ha-yeon will marry Yoon-sung as initially planned.

Prime Minister Kim declares that the bride selection will yield a princess from the Kim clan, and gives Minister Jo the choice to either take his hand, or to find his own power cut off.

Eunuch Sung takes the lady’s hanbok found in Ra-on’s things to the queen, who tries to figure out what it means. She can’t quite believe a eunuch could actually be a woman, but decides she will have to confirm her suspicions directly. Eunuch Sung suggests that the prince won’t like that, but the queen seems to relish the idea of his reaction.

The issue of the poison weighs on Ra-on’s mind, and she asks Do Ki for information, as he has learned a little about poisons. Ra-on finds it curious that the tainted food was fed to animals, and none of them died.

Do Ki tests the tainted silverware with specially prepared water, then demonstrates to Ra-on and Yeong how the dirt wipes off—something that doesn’t happen with poison. It’s unclear what caused the color to darken in the first place, but finding that out will be their next task.

Yeong heads out into the city to visit the healer, and as he walks into the yard, a woman walks out—wait, Ra-on’s mother is still alive? He looks curiously at her as she passes by, but Yeong can’t know what Ra-on’s mother looks like.

Ah, so Teacher Dasan is currently serving as neighborhood healer. Yeong asks him again to return to government service, and when Dasan points out that the palace already employs many qualified doctors, Yeong clarifies that he doesn’t mean in a medical capacity. He needs help saving a wrongly accused girl, and reminds Teacher Dasan of his words to never give up on a single citizen.

Ra-on is brought before the sneering queen, who shows her the hanbok discovered in her quarters. The queen declares that she will confirm her doubts with her own eyes and orders Ra-on stripped.

Ha-yeon comes upon Yeong in the courtyard, and asks if he’s out for some fresh air. He notes that she has become increasingly fearless, which she takes as an admonition. She apologizes for her rudeness, but Yeong clarifies that he meant she’s fearless for walking around alone at night.

Ha-yeon asks hesitantly if he disliked her at the outset because she was too forward about her feelings. Yeong replies that there’s a woman in his heart, and that it’s not her fault.

Ha-yeon’s heart sinks, and she asks what kind of woman it is. But before he can reply, Eunuch Jang comes running in and gasps out something about Ra-on and the queen’s palace. Yeong heads out immediately.

Thankfully, when Yeong arrives, Ra-on is still clothed and her secret intact. For now.

The queen kneels to look at Ra-on’s face closely, cooing how much of a shame it is to waste such a beautiful face on a man. At that, Yeong’s eyes sharpen and he orders the queen to take her hands off Ra-on.

The queen presents him with the hanbok found in Ra-on’s room. She explains that with all of the rumors and suspicions swirling around the prince lately, she thought to address them here, before witnesses, to clear them up once and for all. How thoughtful of her.

Without betraying any emotion, Yeong tells her to go ahead. The queen presses Ra-on to answer to why she has the hanbok, or to remove her clothing and prove herself. Ra-on struggles to find something to say, unable to defend herself.

Then Yeong orders Ra-on harshly to do as the queen commands—shocking everyone, including the queen herself. He next turns his scorn on the queen for going to such lengths over one eunuch, toying with everyone at court over rumors. “So let us reveal now who is right,” he states. “And if there is any mistake, I will demand that the utmost responsibility be taken.”

So now we’re playing chicken with his bluff, and while the queen looks a little unnerved at Yeong’s conviction, she orders Ra-on to obey. Not bothering to wait, she starts to claw at Ra-on’s robe with her own hands, and Yeong has to stand by and watch.

But then, a new visitor is announced: the king’s head eunuch. He tells the queen that it is no difficult task to strip one eunuch of his clothing, but requests that she confirm the situation in a manner that preserves the dignity of the eunuch position.

He reminds the queen that Ra-on passed the eunuch department’s examination, and that Eunuch Sung personally oversaw the re-examination. That puts Eunuch Sung on the spot (since we know he skipped out and let Eunuch Ma take over), and he has to agree.

Head Eunuch Han then makes the argument for her own modesty, saying that it would be less than decorous for the mother of the nation and a pregnant queen to look upon a bare-nekkid man. What would happen if the king were to hear about this?

Now Yeong plays devil’s advocate, asking Eunuch Han to leave them be, since both he and the queen are the type who cannot let doubts go unaddressed. He presses the queen to continue and put these suspicions to rest.

But now, the queen is beset with concerns for herself, and self-preservation wins out. She lets go of Ra-on and orders her taken away. Phew, safe for another day, although that was quite the risky gamble Yeong took. If the queen had been the least bit stupider or smarter, we’d have been screwed.

Later at Ra-on’s quarters, Yeong sits at her bedside while Ra-on sleeps. Byung-yeon arrives and asks if something happened. Yeong replies, “I am only trying to keep a precious person next to me. Why do regretful things keep happening?”

Byung-yeon doesn’t know what to say, but Yeong just says he’s thankful to his friend, which seems to throw Byung-yeon into another bout of guilt.

He calls Yoon-sung for a drink, which is unusual enough to make Yoon-sung wonder why. Byung-yeon replies that felt nostalgic, and also that he felt Yoon-sung would be in a similar mood.

Yoon-sung asks after Ra-on, having heard of the incident with the queen. Byung-yeon says she’s fine, “Because the prince is with [her].”

Yoon-sung says that when they were younger, he wanted to be the prince’s most reliable friend, but at some point he became an uncomfortable presence. “And for the first time,” Yoon-sung says, “I found a woman I wanted to keep at my side—”

“Don’t say it,” Byung-yeon interrupts. “Just keep it in your heart.”

But Yoon-sung overrides that warning, saying that he won’t keep things inside anymore: “This is the first time I’ve wanted something this much.”

The next day, Teacher Dasan makes his way to the palace, and pauses to ask a passing eunuch for directions. The second he sees Ra-on’s face, his eyes widen in recognition—and then, Ra-on’s eyes widen too. They circle each other warily, studying each other’s faces, and declare simultaneously, “Grandfather?” “Ra-on-ie?”

She hushes him before anyone can hear him call her by name, and tells him she goes by Sam-nom here. He’s naturally curious to know how she came to be a eunuch, but she tells him that’s a long story, and then they hug warmly. Teacher Dasan marvels at their reunion after so many years, and Ra-on recites his own words, that people who are destined to meet will meet somehow.

Teacher Dasan thinks back ten years, to when soldiers had shown up at his door looking for the rebel leader’s wife and daughter. He had managed to harbor them in his home safely then, at least for a time.

And then, Yeong shows up and asks curiously how these two know each other. Ha, always one step late to the party, aren’t you? They all stand there a moment, putting the pieces together, and Ra-on realizes, “Then… Grandfather is Dasan…?”

Yeong gapes. “Grandfather?”

Teacher Dasan is brought in to inspect the food served to the king, and he picks out one dish as the culprit: an herb whose sulfurous content turned the silver dark. He eats some to demonstrate that it’s safe, then wonders why all of the royal doctors kept their mouths shut—they should all have been aware of its properties. Why let the situation turn so dire?

From the look on his face, it seems Yeong has an idea why. And just in case we weren’t a hundred percent sure of the culprit, the Ministers Kim crow to themselves that the prince will probably be quaking in his boots, because no doctor would dare flout the prime minister’s orders and inform him of the truth. They figure that the prince should soon realize that nobody in the palace is on his side.

But they’re one step behind, because this discovery enables Yeong to release the grocer and his daughter from prison. He goes to see them, and the father immediately recognizes him as the prince and drops to his knees in gratitude. The girl recognizes him from the lantern festival and only now is told that Yeong is the prince.

Yeong apologizes for the trials she’s suffered, and she asks if her wish to see the king has come true. He says yes: “You have not forgotten what you wanted to ask the king, have you? Be sure to watch and see if I am making a good nation.”

Yeong and Ra-on walk Teacher Dasan out to the palace gate, and Yeong thanks him for his help and asks when he will give him his answer (about returning to service). Teacher Dasan deflects once more, saying merely that he’s an old man who couldn’t possibly be much help, and turns to go.

Ra-on stops him to ask if Teacher Dasan has heard from her mother. We know he must be aware she’s alive, but he merely replies that he’ll hope to deliver better news next time.

The king informs Yeong of his intention to proceed with the marriage, and Yeong protests once more, saying that he doesn’t wish to enter an unwanted marriage. His father understands that feeling, and says that he has not lived one day without fear or confusion since ascending to the throne at the age of ten.

He likens the feeling to walking against a rough current: “I had felt certain that I had taken ten steps, but found that I was only standing in the same spot, moving my legs in place. In order to go from the current to a safe place, must I not at least grab on to a tree branch?” He tells Yeong to marry Ha-yeon.

Ra-on straightens books in the library, thinking of Eunuch Jang’s words about how nice it would be for the prince to marry into a strong family and gain supporters. Yeong finds her there, whispering into her ear, and asks what thoughts have her so preoccupied.

Ra-on asks him to accompany her to her quarters, and he happily complies, walking with her to her building… then back to his, then back to hers again. He teases her about being loath to part ways, and she tells him these days, she is happiest when he calls her name.

Yeong replies that he’s happiest then, too—to call her name, and have her there in front of him. She tells him she won’t wish for anything more, but Yeong disagrees, saying that he will aspire for even more: “When you like someone, is it not natural to be greedy for more?”

Ra-on agrees with a smile, replying, “I am already your person, so do that.” However, she adds that she doesn’t want him doing dangerous things for her: “Just because I cannot be by your side as a woman, my love will not disappear. So…”

He cuts her off, catching her drift and wanting her to stop. Ra-on continues, “Please do not refuse your marriage anymore.”

It upsets him so much that he storms off, while Ra-on does her best to choke down her tears.

Yeong mulls over the conversation he had earlier with Teacher Dasan, where he had confided that Ra-on was the woman he had wanted to be with. Teacher Dasan had asked why he would go to such lengths over a mere eunuch. Yeong had replied that she was his beloved, who just happened to be in the guise of a eunuch.

Yeong had asked for his help overcoming their status difference and their crossed fates. But Teacher Dasan had told him, “The person she needs is not you.”

That thought makes his face grim, but he wears an even more determined one the next morning, when he drops in on Teacher Dasan with something important to discuss.

Later that day, Yeong sits with Ra-on and tells her about the lantern girl and how she’d said the king would know what a good nation would entail. Ra-on asks what kind of nation Yeong wants Joseon to be.

He thinks, and says, “I would like for children to live as children, and for women to be able to live happily as women.”

Yeong takes her hand in his, both of them still wearing their eternity bracelets, and says, “Until I make that kind of nation for you—can you wait? In the new Joseon that I make, you will be my first person.”

They smile sweetly at each other, but then his gaze grows long and he thinks back to his conversation with Teacher Dasan this morning. Teacher Dasan had asked what would happen if reuniting Ra-on with her mother would prove dangerous to Yeong. He’d pointed out, “If you covered it up and pretended not to know, you and Ra-on might be able to live happily.”

Now, Yeong tells Ra-on earnestly, “If, in a difficult moment, you must let something go… that must not be me. Can you promise me that?”

Ra-on promises readily. Yeong looks relieved, and says, “I think my wish has been fulfilled now.” She asks what wish that is.

“My wish asking for your wish to be fulfilled,” he replies.

Ra-on’s face turns serious as that sinks in, and Yeong adds, “I’ve found your mother.”

Yeong’s gaze shifts to something in the distance, and Ra-on turns around to see her mother standing there, smiling at her. They slowly walk toward each other, and Ra-on calls out to her mother.

Her mother says, “I’ve come too late, haven’t I?” and then envelops her in a hug as they sob in each other’s arms.

From a distance, Yeong watches with tears in his own eyes.

 
COMMENTS

This wasn’t an episode of grand romance or quotable confessions, but it had such quiet moments of intimate connection that I thought it was quite moving. In fact, the quieter it got, the more affecting I found the interactions, such as them sitting quietly together writing at a desk, or staring in each other’s eyes, or clasping hands sitting next to each other. It’s not that one style is better than another (i.e., grandiose versus small, dramatic versus prosaic), but that it feels that this relationship is maturing before our very eyes, and it feels appropriate to where they are: feelings confirmed, hearts on the same page, finding joy purely in each other’s presence.

It’s probably that element that made me think over the course of the episode that these two are so well-matched that it feels like their bond transcends romantic feelings; it’s not a romance that feels driven by chemistry, though they certainly have that too. But they provide such emotional support for each other that it feels like such a crying shame that they can’t marry and live normal, happy lives together—at least, not within the framework of their world and their positions. They make each other better people, and her influence on him reminds me of his mother’s influence—urging him to see things through the eyes of people less privileged, to consider everybody and not those in higher, louder, harder-to-ignore positions. I get the sense that Yeong is growing as a person through his love for Ra-on, and not in the sense that he only does good things to benefit her. Rather, it feels like his love for her is spurring him to see the world differently and find ways to improve it

I love that line at the end, when he wishes for a nation that allows children to be children, and women to be women—essentially, that doesn’t punish you for being born the way you were, that doesn’t take the deck that’s been stacked against you and then smother you with it. And it was a lovely way to draw the parallel with the lantern girl, who gets her wish at the same time that Ra-on gets hers. (I’d previously thought it odd that they should hide his prince status all this time, but it was worth the delayed gratification when the girl met him as the prince today and got to make her wish for a better country.)

How sweet is it that Yeong is the one who enables both, and it tickles my fancy for a couple reasons. One, it’s just plain touching that he had a hand in two very important wishes, but also, they tie into loftier ideals about making a better nation. Through them, he’s living out his mother’s wishes that he see every citizen as equally precious, and that nobody ought to be overlooked or neglected. He’s living by example, not just spouting ideals the way the politicians do, twisting them for their own benefit.

Most of all, I especially like that this takes a nebulous concept of wishing on a lantern (which is to say, a fantasy) and puts Yeong in the driver’s seat, once again making him the author of his own fate. Last week he refused to accept the sad fairy tale and declared that he would write his own happy ending, and today he enabled two wishes with his own actions. (The drama doesn’t tell us how he found Mom, and I suspect we’ll find out tomorrow exactly how, but I think it’s fair to guess that he saw her at Teacher Dasan’s and put some pieces together.)

It’s this idea that I’m clinging to as the royal wedding approaches—that Yeong will assert his will and find a way to change his fate. I’m not sure it’s possible to avoid a wedding altogether, but I’m still holding out a huge hope that the drama will find a way to give us a satisfying resolution anyway; as of right now I have no clue how that’ll happen, and if it doesn’t succeed it might just crush me, but I’ve trusted this drama with my heart this far and I’ve been okay, so I’ll just trust it a little longer. If nothing else, the drama has proven time and time again that Yeong can outwit his opponents even when backed in a corner, as he did with the queen—admittedly I was nervous that he overplayed his hand, but you could argue that his skill includes reading his opponents and making appropriate calculations based on their reactions. Just… don’t fail me now! You can’t! You won’t! I won’t let you.

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Rise Moonlight ... rise!

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FLY. HURTLE. ASCEND.

Fly to Jupiter and Mars!

This show is like paradise. To me, this show is to historical-fushion-rom-com what Signal is to mystery thrillers and what Misaeng and Age of Youth are to slice-of-life dramas.

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I LOVE what you said, that's excatly what I think!! Those are my favorite dramas ever and now MDBC is getting closer to that list!! :D

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And embrace the Sun!! :D

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Two articles in major Korean dailies refer to MDBC's success as a "surprise" or as "unexpected". Here is my response:

"Moonlight Drawn By the Clouds"

"This underdog David of a drama sent shockwaves to its Goliath foes...

It caught everyone by surprise...

It was the unexpected...

It beat all the odds...

With the slingshot of stellar acting, mindblowing chemistry, solid, cohesive script, brilliant directing, cinematography, and musical scoring...

The David-Goliath story repeats itself."

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@bibimbap I love how you put it! Indeed. Or rather, it shows us that with proper acting, chemistry, writing, and directing, any David can become a Goliath. ? You go, MDBC!!

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I expected a light, fluffy, simplistic show, but oh God! This show really is unexpectedly good. So good it hurts. The good way.

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Amen!

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I love it when the underdog beat the giant. MDBC is just awesome all around!!

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It's great to know that a show with low initial expection has now taken Korea by storm and becomes a fave of many international fans too. Keep the good work MLDBC!

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15 + alpha.

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I just love this drama. It's just a joy to watch. The plot is still solid, even though something felt missing in this episode.

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same here, somthing felt off...
but couldn't quite put my finger on it...

tho im so excited with episode 12 preview....

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I love this drama too, and it's joy indeed.
But now I am really really concerned. The manwha author's interview taught me that Prince Hyomyeong actually had existed. Then wiki taught me bad news.

So what's next? How can the sow handle History?
I fear I will be robbed of all the joy the show brings to me very soon.

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In ep 1 or 2 the face reader said, that the prince was destined to die early and that Yoon-Sung would make a great king... So having the historical facts in mind the ending is either already set in stone or they are going to fake his death so he can live on happily ever after with Ra On. But do we really believe the prince will turn his back on his duties?

*goes off to check the Kleenex supply*

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I remember the face reader. But i thought it's was superstition. And mainly I thought the prince had never existed to begin with.
Why choose him writternim? Such a bizarre idea when there are so many unknown princes from multiple concubines in Goryo and Joseon.

And like you I don't believe he will quit being a prince so...

I am seriously thinking to pause the show until the end, not ready for tragedy.

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To be frank, Prince Hyomyeong's story isn't necessarily a unique case.

"Such a bizarre idea when there are so many unknown princes from multiple concubines in Goryo and Joseon."

True, but many of them died young as well. A lot of times, for a kingdom that has multiple male children among royalty... You hear about who ascends the throne and nothing of the king's siblings. This could mean one of two things: the king or the court wiped out any potential competition or the princes lived in exile (if they survived childhood illnesses).

"The manwha author’s interview taught me that Prince Hyomyeong actually had existed. Then wiki taught me bad news. So what’s next? How can the show handle history?"

What we know: Crown Prince Hyomyeong died before he officially became king, leaving behind a small son with Queen Hayeon (Sinjeong).
What we don't know: how did he die?

My grasp on Korean isn't strong enough to translate any direct sources, but to die at such a young age without a cited reason implies political motivations of the Kim clan. His son Heonjeong ascended the throne at 8 and died at 21. The Andong Kims had total control by then.

Drama-wise, the show might address this by abdicating Yeong for Yoonsung (or find a way to fake Yeong's death), since it sort of fits how history went in that a distant relation took Heonjeong's place after his death (Yoonsung is Yeong's... step-cousin, iirc). *Sigh* so confusing. I honestly wouldn't be upset if the story didn't follow history in the overly strict sense cause it just raises more questions than answers (technically, it's already going against history, cause the real Yeong would already be married and his child born cause he's 19).

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And history-wise, Yeong would belong to the Kim clan since his mother is supposed to be Queen Sunwon, the one and only Queen consort of King Sunjo. So in that sense, they swapped Yeong's mother as well. And Yoon-sung technically took Yeong's place as Ministry Kim's grandson. I read on baidu that rumor has it Yeong was trying to control Andong Kim clan's power by using the influence of his wife's Pungyang Jo clan, so the Andong Kim clan retaliated by poisoning him.

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The tone of this episode is more subdued unlike the previous ones. We didn't get to see YeongOn be super cute and sweet like before. There's no action. I guess you can say that nothing big happened at first glance, but if you look into the story, things are moving along at a steady pace. It's just like what JB pointed out.

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Why did we think that her mom was dead? Nice touch Show. Thankgoodness there's no Truck of Doom when Ra On met her mom.

I know we should talk about this episode, but I just can't get the preview for tonight's episode out of my head.

The music in this Show again is just PERFECT! Every beat just makes you feel so involved!

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I don't think anyone thought she was dead after the flashback on the day they were separated.
(Anyone can outrun the soldiers in Joseon lol).

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I guess I was the only one xD And I should have noticed that anyone can outrun the soldiers in Joseon hihihi

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No, you were not the only one. I could've worded it better sorry.

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No harm done Kiara. You're one of the beanies that I totally respect xD

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I'm so not worthy /bows. Right back at you neener!

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@ neener, I don't know, I thought she was dead/tortured/imprisoned/never to be heard from again too.

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Hahaha, you mean Trishaw of Doom? ??

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Cart of Doom. Horse of Doom. Palaquin of Doom.

Basically, truck of doom's royal ancestor. If Truck of Doom held his reputation for so long, and appears in so many dramas, you just know that he had to be chaebol. Because ordinary people aren't stuff of korean dramas.

*I am gonna be bricked for saying that last line*

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I have to say I am partial to Palanquin of Doom. Boy would I love to see that happen. hihi

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Horse of doom seems like it could crush any audition

Palanquin of doom sounds grand and all but I don't see it outrunning anyone or being particularly tragic .... unless it gets dropped on someone

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LOL! That would be really interesting to see in a sageuk drama in the future xD

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LOL! To think that the Truck of Doom might just be the revolved version of Trishaw of Doom. That's awesome @delurked!

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I mean to write evolved

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@Peeps Your comment totally piqued my imagination!

Truck of Doom is probably a troubled 13th generation chaebol, descended from other financially successful vehicles of doom, who suffers from ego issues from being involved in Every Makjang Drama Ever since saeguk times.

Oh and the occasional existential crisis during well-written dramas that get by without (gasp!) ever using that trope. ?

@stuffed ??

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13th generation chaebol? Must have been Goblin's bitter right-man. Forever second, never the first. And hence the anger management issues.

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The White Truck of Doom is powered by the tears of Second Lead characters who have all lost the girl/guy.

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I wasn't sure what a trishaw was so I googled "trishaw of doom", amongst the results was an article

"Trishaws Unsafe Even Without Bad Driving: The Sunday Times"

Ha ha ha ha, I do believe you have found the perfect vehicle for beleaguered makjang writers, it doesn't even need a plot-hole to malfunction and wreck havoc

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Somehow I didn't think that the mom would reappear. This is such a nice surprise (to me). I didn't think that the lantern wish would have any effect on the rest of the story. I will forever be amazed at how every single detail is counted.

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It's a skillfully, intelligently, reflectively written story where every detail is at the service of delivering a powerful narrative! How I wish every drama would be written this way!

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I know! I'm tempted to take notes while watching and I don't even do that at school :P

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MDBC really is carefully constructed. It's narrative done right (and tight). I'm loving how the recurring motifs keep coming together in perfect harmony.

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I did not expect her to make a reappearance too. We were not told if she died, but I may have subconsciously wrote her off because I didn't think her reappearance would help the story. It was a lovely bit of surprise. I, however, agree with Teacher Dasan that reuniting Mom and Ra-on will not help YeongOn. However, it is nice for Ra-on to finally have Mom by her side.

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I think it's a nice touch that Teacher Dasan didn't straightforwardly reveal about Ra-on's mother, because it shows that he was considering for Yeong's sake as well. Don't you just love it when the crown prince is showered with love by the people around him? It warms my heart to think they DO support him as the crown prince.

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Yeah because we learned in the latter part that Yeong already told Teacher Dasan that the woman he loves is Ra-on.

It's nice to see that there are people who support Yeong. However, I can't help but sometimes feel that he is alone in his battles even if Ra-on, Teacher Dasan, and Hoon are there. Maybe it is because the Kims are far too many and powerful and Yeong is still in the dark about the rebellion groups and how some have infiltrated the palace. Heck! His own very close friend is, strictly speaking, not on his side and I don't know up until when Kim Hyung can keep on being on his side. I can really feel the weight of what's to come for Yeong as a Crown Prince.

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I was talking about how Teacher Dasan didn't reveal to Ra-on about her mother, meaning he did consider in his head how this would affect Yeong even if he didn't know then Ra-on was the girl he was talking about, though I think he did suspect it. Initially I felt that Yeong is alone in his battle as well, but now that I'm seeing how everyone reacts to Yeong, I'm thinking he has all the emotional support he needs, heck even Kim Hyung has his best interest at heart when he told Yoon-sung to keep his affection for Ra-on in his heart (meaning shut it).

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Well, I assumed she died as well, because the show made no effort to mention about her other than Ra-on's been searching for her high and low.

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I also assumed she's dead... because otherwise why wasn't she looking for Raon? :(

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I thought about this too, why didn't she come to the chuseok festival too, looking for her daughter? Maybe we ll get to know about this in the next episode.

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Maybe she did, but she had no way of recognizing the older Ra-on? It's not like she can freely call out to Ra-on as well, in fear of exposing her.

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Thanks Javabeans for the great recap. I love the snarky comments/nicknames you threw out. Mr Cryptic smarty pants and master of sabotage! Hehe.

But I need to ask- So does the Prince know Ra On's real identity, meaning who her dad is? Did Master Yoda, I mean Master Jung tell him? That's why Master Jung said who Ra On needs isn't Prince Yeong, meaning she needs her mother. Which is why there is so much angsty foreshadowing I guess?

But regardless I'm so happy Master Jung is on the Prince's and Ra On's side. And the continue to make the Prince so Darn Perfect. Urgh.

I don't know what Eunuch Han's game plan is- is he good or bad? Why is he manipulating Byung Yeon?! For that actually he should be classified as Pure Evil- Be gone you corrupter of Puppy Byung! Don't be swayed Byung Yeon- the Prince and Ra On need you!

Also, I admit to having done an embarrassing fist pump of relief and vindictive joy when Queen mother was outmaneuvered. ?

Anyway fortunately there were the cute moments in between to bring some relief between the more exciting scenes. And since we are heading into angst-ville I decided to gif those scenes.

Gifs coming up soon!

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Eunuch Han just seems very disillusioned, not really a bad guy. If one has seen THREE kings come and go and they've all failed him despite his hopes, I don't wonder how he doesn't see how Yeong can be any different.

Yeong hasn't actually implemented anything big in court or the country's affairs and while WE know that he's VERY capable and shrewd, Eunuch Han just sees another soon-to-be-extinguished bright spark in the Crown Prince. I can't fault him, actually, when he's right next to the king everyday, watching the King snivel in fear and indecision.

I can't help but wonder if Yeong will ever bark at his father for going against his promise of being a reliable dad to him when he needs him. Because from what I've been seeing, King has been throwing Yeong under the bus since the next day he made that promise.

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since the next day afterhe made that promise.

Was wondering why that sentence didn't make sense to me. I must have been conked out a bit by this show's beauty, haha.

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I agree. Him of all people saw how the Kings were. However, surely he also knows that the one sitting on the throne is not to be blamed for everything given that the royal court is filled with the Kim clan who only wanted to stay in power for as long as they can. If he wishes to remove an incompetent King, then do so. However, he should also root out the problem with the Kim's rule of the royal court. Then again, he said that Joseon will not prosper under the rule of the Lee family, so it makes me wonder who he has in mind to rule? He can't be on the side of the Kims. The Kims have long made the people suffer with their corruption. For now, I cannot read Eunuch Han just yet. His intentions may be noble, but I don't know about his means.

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Maybe he doesn't even want a monarchy. But heck, who knows, really. I don't see what the gang's plan is other than raid and destroy...

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I think that's what the rebels been striving all this time, not just dethrone the king, but to overthrow the Lee's family.

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@Celine, since Eunuch Han is part of the rebellion, I guess he wants to put Ra-on's family on the throne? They did prove themselves to be sympathetic to the common people's plight.

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@mary would that be possible though? It'll be an interesting twist to the story...

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I don't know hahaha I'm just guessing based on my wishes and whatever factoids beanies share in the comments. XD

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THIS. I think Eunuch Han doesn't have anything against Yeong, personally. It's just that the Lees have failed in ruling Joseon or have met a bad end, judging from the kings he'd served.

Sunjo, Yeong's dad, is shown here as a failure of a king (and he was pretty weak in real life as well). He'd started with good intentions but was beaten into submission by the Andong Kims.

Jeongjo, Sunjo's dad, was by most accounts a visionary king who died under suspicious circumstances (i.e., he was probably poisoned because he was only 48 and by all accounts in perfect health when he died). He's the king in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

Jeongjo's grandfather Yeongjo is generally considered a good king, but he's also that guy who ordered his son to climb into a rice chest on a hot summer day and stay there until he died. In Secret Door, he was portrayed as paranoid and bad-tempered. Eunuch Han was young then. I'd imagine witnessing something like that would leave a lasting impression.

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Jeongjo (Yi-san) was one of the best king in Joseon for all those reasons and more.
His grandfather Yeongjo was a great king but his accomplishments seems to be overshadowed by Sado's death.
(It's recorded in the Annals that he left the palace (incognito) a lot to mingle with his people and find out what they need).

I wonder if the writer was thinking about him when she made Yeong a wandering prince. He is outside the palace a lot for a prince.

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Eunuch Han reminds me of Varys from Game of thrones. They're servants of the Empire through and through, not a particular monarch. And if it means the betterment of the people, they would instigate rebellions and use people as pawns. What do you say?

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"I don’t know what Eunuch Han’s game plan is- is he good or bad? Why is he manipulating Byung Yeon?! For that actually he should be classified as Pure Evil- Be gone you corrupter of Puppy Byung! Don’t be swayed Byung Yeon- the Prince and Ra On need you! "

Yeah. He worries me somehow especially his comment on the 3 kings. If he really is, I pray that Kim-hyung and YS will be at the CP's side to fight against evil.

But what Peeps wrote makes sense too. I just hope that the CP will be able to change his mind before it's too late

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Eunuch Han was part of the rebellion that was led by Ra-on's father (10yrs ago). He said that Ra-on's father and him were good friends.
If Ra-on's father was a bad and evil guy then we can say the same for Eunuch Han.

Yeong hasn't make the connection yet that Hong Ra-on is the rebel leader Hong Gyeong-nae's daughter.

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When I say evil, I guess I mean selfish and self serving like the Kims. Meaning Eunuch Han may be disillusioned, but he shouldn't do anything that will throw the whole country into anarchy/chaos in order to be not considered "evil".

For now I think he means well but I am worried he will overlook the fact that he could be helping Prince Yeong make a change and get rid of the Kims (or at least lessen their stronghold on power), in preference for "rebelling" just to shake things up because he doesnt like how useless the current King is.

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I see your point. He may not be powerful but he has eyes in the palace and an army of rebels at his disposal.

I think I'd give him the benefit of the doubt because he supported the rebellion for the people and he knows very well how corrupted the government officials are.

I think Byung-yeon is conflicted right now. His father was executed for helping Ra-on's father and the rebels. He has every right to seek revenge but he sees goodness and hope in Yeong because he cares about the people.

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I thought Byung-yeon's father was only feeding them? Not that he had any active part in assisting their rebellion?

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Yeah he only fed them, but given the fact that these corrupt official would want to torture a little girl for treason, do you really expect any better of them? Im not surprised that they killed him for that alone.

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Part of me was thinking, if Yeong had known Ra-on to be the rebel's daughter, he might delay Ra-on's reunion with her mother. But then he did ask Ra-on: “If, in a difficult moment, you must let something go… that must not be me. Can you promise me that?” That makes me think, could it be he knows?

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It's possible that he already knows while searching for her.

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I'm hoping that he knows, because it'd be cruel if he had reunited them, only to find out he had just made it more impossible for them to be together.

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Love the comments!

Evil thoughts playing in my mind ...

Since the CP is for revamping the system in Joseon, His army is now Eunuch Han's... people based but they have to align forces but it's too dangerous to out his plans to Eunuch Han because he and his group have their own evil agenda.

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I feel really really really really bad for yoonsung...
and watching the preview for today's episode.. omg...
my poor yoonsung... T__T
please give him more love..

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Mee too~~! I feel bad that poor Yoon Sung hardly had much screen time in these past 3 episodes. I know that there is so much happening what with the Chief Eunuch Han reveal, the Queen Kim reveal and with all the palace machinations going on, but I really do want to see more of Yoon Sung! Heck, even the little lantern girl got more screen time than our poor Yoon Sung.

... but looking at the ep12 preview, we may get to see more of Yoon Sung after all!

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Words cannot describe how in love I am with this drama in every aspect. I feel like when it's broken down the premise is simple but the quality of production, acting and everything all around from top to bottom just elevates it to a whole new level.

It's been a really long time since I've watched a drama I've loved so much because this drama has more heart and character in it than I've seen in quite a while. And honestly Yeong is the man we all need in our lives, someone who won't back down and willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish his dreams. There's just something about a character who's not willing to take no for an answer and just finds new ways to impress me that just captures my heart.

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Don't worry, doom is coming, it usually comes in ep. 13 (sometimes is 12)

U.U

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Based on preview, the doom will start tomorrow.. i can't... ?

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My motto in life is "let's get it over with". So doom/angst/heartbreak, come at me. hihi!

Beanies will be here to console one another, so no worries.

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Are we all prepared for the upcoming doom? Are we???

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me me me... im so welcoming the angst/doom

bring it on writer-nim!!!

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I can never be prepared! I thought I was, going into this episode. And then I saw Yeong and Ra-on so in love and so in sync and now I just can't stand the thought of separation and angst.

That preview hurts me.

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I have not seen the preview and i was already crying by the end of the episode, i just feel great sadness is about to come. They both facing the reality that they may not be together.

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No, not me. I'm not ready :(

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I'm ready, I just don't want it to go over an episode, I wish they resolve all the angst, all the political plot in a swift and efficient manner because I certainly don't want to dwell in misery for too long.

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I'm ready for it to come, so that it will then go! Lol.

I feel like I'm on tenderhooks constantly waiting for something bad to happen, so much so that I can't enjoy the cute moments that much.

Once the angst and doom pass, then we can bask in the cute once again! Because I'm sure that this adorable pair can make me smile even if I'm crying my eyes out just before that. ?

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As much as I love Ra-on and Yeong together, I need more screen time for Yoon-sung. He's intriguing and I want to find out more about him.

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I mean, the writer of the original source material also said that Yoon-sung was her favourite character, right? I'm dying to know why!

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I think she already explained why she is partial to Yoonsung in her interview. She said that Yoonsung is such a pitiful, heart-wrenching character given that he's under his grandfather and he suffers from one-sided love. Therefore, she feels for him as a character.

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It's because he's the most pitiful character according to the original novel writer. Like his grandpa taught him how to smile properly not to show any other emotion kind of teaching him how to put on a show on his face. That's so sad.

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Because she made him pitiful. He's probably the sacrificial lamb for Ra-on and Yeong to have a happy ending.

The fortune teller/ face reader or whatever he was in earlier episodes predicted that one would die early and the other would be a good king.
At the time, Yeong and Yoon-sung were switching clothes. Yoon-sung-sung was wearing the prince's clothes and Yeong was wearing Yoon-sung's.

I really think it means that Yoon-sung will be the one that will die young instead of Yeong. Kind of an interesting fate switch. I'd take that over switch at birth lol.

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? That's intriguing!! I totally forgot the prophecy/fortune part.

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AHH! thank you for this. That scene was bugging me because I was wondering why Prince Yeong was wearing less "princely" clothes that Yoon Sung.

So now it makes more sense. they swapped clothes! (sorry first time Saeguk watcher here so I still don't know a lot about their clothes and stuff)

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OH NO. I mean, if that's true then I'm happy that CP can avoid death, but I kind of don't want Yoon-sung to die young either! His character is intriguing and a little sad... Can they both just have their happily ever after? :(

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Omg, I totally missed that. I didn't know they switched clothes! But I don't see how Yeong would have ruled as a king if it was never stated in the history as well.

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It could mean that he would rule as regent with kingly authority or that he was honored and regarded as a king. He is also known as King Munjo in history.

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He would still ascend the throne because he was the only heir.
It took years for Yi-san to elevate his father's status to emperor. Yeong's son was very young when his father died. I think he had to go through the same process before his father was honored as king.

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Whoa! Really??!! They were wearing each other's clothes? Omo! And all this time, I saw it as somehow historically accurate for Yeong... I have to watch it again! OMG! This is a revelation! Damn, should I be paying attention to details such as clothes too on top of paying attention to every single little movements of PBG's micro-expression?

Thank you for pointing out that detail.

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Is this true? Because god knows how many times I repeated that scene to make sure that they are who they are but I was pretty sure they we wearing exactly what the face reader mentioned. YS is the one with the crane-embroidered head-gear who is said to have the face of a great king. Is it possible for the CP to give YS his throne?

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Or maybe the face reading happened before they switched clothes, we have no way of knowing the order of events based on the short flashback.

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Thank you! I went back and re-watch it many times and you are right, I'm the one who made a mistake. I thought they switched headgear sorry guys.
No It's not possible for CP to give YS his throne.

I think I'm trying too hard to figure out a way for Yeong and Ra-on to have a happy ending lol.

I still think the record will say that Yeong died. That would be the only way for him to leave the palace and live with Ra-on.
Yoon-sung has the face of a king but that's it. He didn't say he will become a king or live a long life.

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oh Im sad again. haha.

But can I ask, since if I'm not wrong you are well versed on Saeguks (from the OT thread)- Is the Prince always supposed to dress different from YS and BY? As in I am just wondering if there was a reason why was Yoon Sung wearing the whole elaborate head gear? Or is it that the head gear and outfit is not very important, in that any one can wear it and it doesnt mean anything.
Because people can tell Prince Yeong is the Crown Prince from his attire now, (which is why he changes out when he is going about incognito) so I am wondering if that would be the case last time as well.

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@michykdrama Well, I could be wrong but I think they wore the headpiece because they were students (I noticed the Sungkyunkwan students were wearing similar headpiece?). As for the design, I think it's a symbol of higher social status. I'd assume everyone in the palace would recognize the crown prince based on his face alone. But people on the streets wouldn't, so he could just have a change of clothes and go incognito.

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Don't be sad girls. This show is too light hearted to end tragically.

I just hope they are not going to do those alternate endings or open ending. It doesn't need to be complicated.

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Was it clear in the show that they actually switched clothes?

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Aww, now we're back to square one where Yeong dies young and Yoon-sung has the face of a king.

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Really? You make my day.. I really hope Yeong and Ra-On have happy ending somewhere outside palace. Maybe Yoonsung will rule and die young after Yeong give him the throne.

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Knowing history and knowing the fate of the Crown Prince, that wasn't a good omen. If you know the life of Crown Prince Hyomyeong...it is quite sad.

I just hope that this story will give a good twist in it.

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hey, i just saw the episode where the face reader appeared (ep 2, around 50:02) he said the one who was wearing a headgear with cranes embroidery has the face of a king, which is Yoon-sung. The scene specifically panned over to the crane and doesn't show which image Yeong has in his headgear, so that means the CP still destined to die young and Yoonsung has the face of a king. ?

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MY GAT - NOO ?

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EHHHH?? Yeong and Yoon-sung were switching clothes at that time?? I. TOTALLY. DID. NOT. NOTICE.

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LOL, I don't know why but this cracks me up. No, it was a misunderstanding, read up, we got it mixed up.

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Honestly I just want him to confess already so Ra-on can reject him properly. I'm not really fan of his assumption that she will go to him once Yeong breaks her heart.

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And boy was I glad that finally Yeong was able to tell Hayeon that he loves someone else. Come their wedding day, Hayeon knows that the marriage is merely a political device and it is best that she also knows that he has someone else he truly loves. I really like that Yeong is a straight shooter. He's not one to make you confused.

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I love that Yeong is straight with her. At least Ha-yeon won't have any illusions once they're married.

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Yeong has been straight with her since day one, and never in any way entertain any thoughts of hers. But I'm glad that at least she knows he's in love with someone else.

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I, on the other hand, need more screen time for chae soo bin. I love her character, she is so straight forward about things especially in her scene today with the crown prince and somehow that makes her endearing to me and hence different from all the second leads we have come to expect. I don't want her to get married to the prince but I would love to see more of her.

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She seems like a really nice girl and I want her to be with someone who will love her. Kim Hyung? Yoonsung?

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Me too! I loved yoon sung and ha yeon's scene together few episodes back and I wanted them to get together and have more scenes. But, I don't think our story has time for that anymore. Maybe, they'll get married because master of sabotage (awesome name for him, javabeans :) ) seems determined to get them married and then they'll probably figure out that they are perfect for each other? :p

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I don't know if it's just me, but I really see chemistry with Ha Yeon and Yoon Sung, plus they understand each other emotionally..I hope the writer-nim give everyone a happy ending...I'm not one for overly manipulated plots, but for this one, a happy ending for everyone and happy ever afters is something I'd really appreciate..especially after reading CP Hyeomyeong's history...sigh...

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They do have chemistry and they have the same love plight. I hope they find comfort and love with each other.

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This is show which will launch a thousand, no a million, scratch that, a billion female crushes on PBG.

Seriously, where can you find a guy that looks like that, is adorable like that, and is swoony like that? And is smart too? His character has just the right amount of self doubt to be endearing and avoid being too arrogant, and that broken past that makes you want to care for him and mother him.

Every episode they add on something that makes him even more perfect to me!

And you know whenever characters are Too Perfect, they aren't meant to be in this world for too long because they get called back to heaven to be Angels.

I'm in complete denial though. *continues to smile idiotically at her gifs, ignoring the metaphorical truck of angst and doom I feel is coming*

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Face that launched a thousand ships, indeed. (And of course, each of those ships involve PBG-us as the OTP ?)

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Let us stare at the gifs too pretty please. LOL
That look he gave her *melts into puddle of ice cream*

On second thought, maybe it's not a good idea as I'm at work now. I might squeal uncontrollably.

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Not that I want you to squeal at work but...
Which look are you referring to?

So that I can be sure to gif it. hahahaha.

I take no responsibly for whatever sounds happen after that. My gifs are silent. XD

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Oh! I meant to write his stare. See, even my thoughts are incoherent already

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hahaha! it's ok Im the same.

I posted that the gifs were up below but i didnt add in the link! lol

Anyway for you to (silently) squeal over at work. Hope you end work early today! :)

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/gifs-to-get-us-through-the-angst-to-come/

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OMG @Michykdrama your gifs are THE BEST. ? ??

I died at that cheek tap. I died.

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Let me melts with you into PGB puddle of goodness

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Hi, Michykdrama!

We're just a little halfway so don't worry... they're not perfect yet. hahaha!

I just love how real the depictions and who well-written the characters are.

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He really is the "It Guy" these days. Thank goodness he has great talent to go with his good looks, so no one can say that he only got popular because he's such a handsome young man. I became his fan because of his talent first. Well... he was still an adorkable kid when I first saw him act and not the manly dude he is now, so that could be why I did not notice much the handsome face. hihi

Speaking of the guy, KBS Entertainment Weekly just had an almost 10 minutes special on PBG's charms! I laughed! I hope we get subs soon.

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@Celine Really!? Hahaha, have to get my hands on thatttt

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Found it! KBS World yt account already posted it. Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-e2Hx9ft1E

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I smiled so hard for the whole video that my face split into two.

"Bo-gum MAGIC"

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@Celine - this is a great clip, thanks!

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