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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 12

Of all the adjectives I could use to describe Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, I wouldn’t have predicted that badass would be one of them, but today’s episode had a unexpectedly badass tinge to it, and it got my blood pumping in excitement. The dangers in the palace are mounting, but if one’s life must be in peril, the least we can do is to also provide an opportunity to prove oneself in a way that mere words couldn’t.

 

 
EPISODE 12: “Faith becomes fate”

As Yeong sits with Ra-on, he thinks to his talk earlier with Teacher Dasan, when he’d seen Ra-on’s mother show up once more. He hadn’t thought much of it until she mentioned seeing someone at the lantern festival who resembled her child, and that had provided Yeong with the missing link.

So now, he asks Ra-on to promise not to let go of him when confronted with difficulty, and she agrees. He tells her his wish has been fulfilled, and steps aside as she reunites with her mother.

As mother and daughter embrace, Teacher Dasan watches from a distance and exchanges looks with Yeong.

In another flashback, we see their most recent talk, when Yeong had confronted Teacher Dasan about hiding the truth from Ra-on’s mother—he knows both are looking for each other, and they ought to be allowed to reunite. Teacher Dasan asks what would happen if that reunion proves dangerous to the prince—especially when remaining silent on the matter could allow him to be happy with Ra-on.

Yeong says firmly that while he doesn’t know what that danger may be, he doesn’t want to be the cause of breaking up a family.

Mother and daughter can’t get enough of looking at each other, and Mom asks if it has been difficult for Ra-on all this while, wondering how she came to be a eunuch. Ra-on replies that she’ll tell her the full story in due time, and assures her that she’s living well, and that the prince is very good to her.

Mom’s face falls as she realizes, “Then that person over there… is the crown prince?” Her expression clouds.

Yeong tells Teacher Dasan that his words do concern him, but he’s thankful that Dasan gave him the choice. Teacher Dasan replies, “Is fate something you can meet just by wanting to, or avoid just by wanting to?” Yeong returns, “That is exactly what I want to say.”

Ra-on’s mother is subdued as she and Ra-on rejoin the prince, though she doesn’t outwardly betray her fears. Yeong assures her that Ra-on will be released from palace service soon, and Ra-on happily says goodbye, telling her mother they’ll see each other soon.

After Ra-on and Yeong leave, Teacher Dasan tells Mom, “Now what’s left is for Ra-on to make a choice.” But Mom disagrees, deeply unnerved to hear that Ra-on is at the palace, and in such close proximity to the prince. She laments, “You know this cannot be.”

A sudden downpour sends Ra-on and Yeong under a tree for temporary cover. She offers to fetch an umbrella, and Yeong commands, “Do that.” As she turns to go, he adds, “…is what you think I would say?”

Instead, he takes her by the hand and leads her on a slow stroll in the rain. She suggests he hurry his pace, then supposes that the prince never runs in the palace.

Yeong replies, “But what of it? Do you suppose a prince ever liked a eunuch either? It all just happened that way.”

All of a sudden, Yeong yanks her closer by the hand and shields her from the rain with his sleeve. He gives her the nod and they take off together, running in the rain.

Byung-yeon slips into the prince’s empty room, casts a wary look around, and leaves a book on his desk. Ooh, is that the secret ledger he hadn’t handed over to his rebel leader?

He ducks out stealthily when Yeong and Ra-on enter the room, and Ra-on fetches a handkerchief from a chest to pat the water from Yeong’s face. She worries that he’ll catch a cold, but he just stares into her eyes and places his hand on top of hers. He reaches to untie her hat ribbon and pulls the hat off her head.

Then with a sly grin, he literally sweeps her off her feet and carries her over to his bed, where he sits down with Ra-on in his lap. He takes the handkerchief from her hand, then returns the gesture, dabbing the moisture from her face.

“I’m scared,” Ra-on tells Yeong. He asks why, and she replies, “Because I’m so happy. What if happiness meant for someone else has come to me? And what if it will be stolen away again?”

Yeong asks if she’s that happy to see her mother again. Ra-on says that it’s a happy thing to have someone to be with both inside and outside of the palace. “If you’re happy, I’m happy too,” Yeong says.

Then he adds, “But you talk as though you will be fine without me outside of the palace, and that makes me sad.” Ra-on assures him not to worry: “Without your permission, would I go anywhere?”

Byung-yeon reports to Head Eunuch Han that he left the book in the prince’s room, as ordered. Byung-yeon seems worried about the plan, but Head Eunuch Han tells him, “If one does not mean to act, there was no need to have hidden.” It’s all very cryptic for now, but I’m sure it’s meant to be.

Byung-yeon asks when the eunuch will reveal everything to Ra-on. Eunuch Han says, “I am waiting—for when the prince cannot do anything.” Well that sounds dire.

Yeong reads his way through a pile of scrolls with a thunderous expression, and informs the elder Minister Kim (the minister of personnel) that they are accusations against him for accepting bribes in making government appointments. Yeong asks why none of these messages ever made it to him, and the nervous younger Minister Kim makes the excuse that they were unverified claims.

Yeong makes Dumb and Dumber sweat more when he informs them that the petitioners anticipated this response and included evidence. He takes out that book left by Byung-yeon, which they recognize, given that it was stolen from their home. The book contains a list of every government official who’d gotten his position through bribery, in full detail.

Minister Dumb can barely even whisper that the charge is false, and when Minister Dumber is pressed, he has to admit that the information checked out as accurate. Yeong orders Minister Dumb removed from his position.

The minister feebly argues out that the prince must investigate this more thoroughly and consider the situation more carefully. Yeong tells him he’s right—he will be investigating this with the utmost gravity. Booyah.

At the Kim family home, the inner circle discusses this calamity, wondering how the prince ended up with the stolen ledger o’ corruption. Their lead henchman joins them to report back that when he went to meet the supposed informant, they were already dead. However, he was able to find the name of Hong Kyung-rae’s lost daughter: Hong Ra-on.

Yoon-sung remains silent while his elders mull this over. They deduce that Ra-on won’t have used her real name, and order the henchman to keep digging.

Next, Yoon-sung goes to Yeong’s palace to discuss the bride selection, but hears that he’s in his library and heads over there instead.

In the library, Yeong reads at a table while Ra-on naps with her head on her arm. He moves his book to shield her from the sun, and sees her smiling in her sleep. Ra-on opens her eyes, and Yeong lays his head down on the table too, as they hold their gazes steady.

He asks, “Even when you close your eyes, do you see me? You were smiling so much in your sleep.” Ra-on answers, “Yes, I dreamed of you.”

Yoon-sung steps inside as Yeong takes Ra-on’s hand and asks about her dream. Yoon-sung turns to leave quietly, just as Ra-on explains, “I dreamed of when you first called me Ra-on-ah.”

At that name, Yoon-sung whirls back around, and Yeong replies, “Sleep more, Ra-on-ah.” Yoon-sung’s eyes widen as he makes the connection.

Ousted Minister Dumb is feeling vindictive, and plots of a way to get back at the prince. Minister Dumber protests that it would be treason, but the elder Kim has thought of a cover. He produces the rebel mask (dropped by Byung-yeon), explaining that they can carry out their scheme, drop the mask at the scene, and blame everything on the rebels. They can use this chance to accomplish several goals at once: hasten Yeong’s wedding, keep the rebels in check, and knock down the prince.

Minister Dumber asks how to handle their plot with the prime minister, and Minister Dumb replies that the prime minster would not stop them. Yes, but he’s your only brain—are you sure you want to operate without him?

Young Master Jung continues skulking around the princess’s palace, waiting for a clear moment to sneak in and hang a set of food boxes on the gate handle. The minute he turns, though, he finds Princess Myeongeun watching suspiciously, and he stammers out a lame excuse about walking by.

At her mistrustful expression, he comes clean about being unable to forget a beautiful woman who used to live here. He gazes at her longingly, meaning her, but Princess Myeongeun wonders if he’s thinking of her former court lady, Wol-hee. Young Master Jung fumbles for an explanation and says that the woman is no longer here.

She sees the boxes, and Young Master Jung explains that he prepared things that the woman used to like. The princess lights up at the sight of her favorite sweets, starting to shove one in her mouth before she recalls herself.

She puts the sweet back without tasting it and says that Wol-hee didn’t like these. She orders him to take them away, resisting the temptation to eat them, and says that Young Master Jung must have liked someone with similar tastes as herself.

Yeong drops by to see Byung-yeon, but finds his quarters empty. As he turns to go, he knocks a pile of clothing onto the ground and picks them back up. The bloodstained clothing is a little odd, but it’s the mask that grabs his attention, and he thinks back to when he saw something similar.

Yeong recalls that fight in the city streets, when he’d jumped in to fight alongside Byung-yeon and seen a dropped mask. And just as he makes the mental connection, Byung-yeon arrives.

Ra-on’s mother receives an unexpected visit from Head Eunuch Han, and seems rather angry to see him. She asks bitterly if he ever thought of how she and Ra-on lived all this time while her husband prepared for the rebellion. Head Eunuch Han promises to take care of them now, but Mom rejects his help, afraid for what will happen to Ra-on.

Eunuch Han pleads for her to help them ensure that hundreds of civilian deaths did not go in vain. Mom asks, “We do not know anything. Please, do not take any further interest in us.”

When Byung-yeon arrives, Yeong indicates the bloodied clothing and asks if he’s injured. Oh no, are you hoping he’ll come clean on his own? I can’t watch. It hurts to see Byung-yeon lie, not knowing that Yeong has suspicions; he says the injury came from yesterday’s training session.

Then, Yeong hears from another official that not only did Byung-yeon skip training today citing illness, there was no training yesterday. Yeong’s face hardens, and oh no, there goes another crack in my beloved bromance.

That night, Yoon-sung runs into his grandfather’s henchman out in the city, who has found where Ra-on is and is eager to report to the Kim clan. Yoon-sung’s eyes widen in alarm to hear that he knows Ra-on is at the palace, and he asks if there’s proof. The henchman shows the document he’s carrying, and Yoon-sung sends him along to make the report.

Then, Yoon-sung follows the henchman through the dark city streets. The henchman senses his tail, but relaxes when he sees that it’s Yoon-sung, who says he forgot to tell him something.

He motions the man closer—and then slashes his throat. Omo omo. I don’t even know whether I’m glad or not about this! Yoon-sung takes the letter from the dead man, and its contents make his eyes widen in alarm.

At the palace, the Kims’ plot unfolds. Masked men in black infiltrate the palace walls and take down the night guards quickly, then open the gates for the rest of their ranks. Two of their own take up the guard posts while the rest head inside.

After reading that alarming document, Yoon-sung goes straight to Yeong. But Yeong starts by warning him not to say a word about Sam-nom (Ra-on): “If [she] needs anything, I will be the one to do it.”

Yoon-sung contradicts him: “What Eunuch Hong needs is to leave this place.” Yeong bristles, considering this an overreach by Yoon-sung; any problem-solving will be up to Yeong.

Yoon-sung doesn’t seem able to entirely flout his family, but he says earnestly, “As long as the two of you are together, you are in danger too.” That makes Yeong think of Teacher Dasan’s comments too, and he asks Yoon-sung what that danger is.

But Yoon-sung has no answer, so Yeong dismisses him, saying that if he was going to be shaken by such words, he would never have begun in the first place.

A bit later, as Ra-on carries a tray of tea down the hall, she’s assailed from behind and dragged away. Her tray crashes to the ground, and around the corner several court ladies lie in pools of their own blood.

From his room, Yeong snaps to attention, picking up on the disturbance. His call outside goes unanswered, and he senses something wrong; he picks up his sword and readies himself, approaching his doors cautiously.

Then he flings open the doors, and finds Ra-on held at swordpoint, with an army of masked intruders at her back. Yeong draws his sword and asks who they are, but they remain silent and continue their approach, pulling Ra-on along with them.

Yoon-sung makes his way out of the palace, and as he passes by the (impostor) night guards, he notices blood on their hands. He pauses in his tracks, and the two guards exchange looks and draw their swords.

But Yoon-sung anticipates this and charges them, swiftly taking charge of the situation and cutting them both down.

The masked mob advances into Yeong’s room, and he backs up warily, very aware of the blade held to Ra-on’s neck. Finally he drops his sword and tells them that he doesn’t know what they want, but they can let Ra-on go first.

He reaches a hand out slowly, carefully, toward Ra-on, and she reaches out to grasp it. Just before they make contact, the leader raises his sword to charge the prince, who reacts just a hair quicker—he yanks Ra-on toward himself, clearing the sword’s downward swing by inches, and holds her protectively.

In the next split-second, a body comes flying in through the paper-lined doors, breaking through the slats and rolling into the middle of the fray. It’s Yoon-sung (woohoo!), and he slashes one intruder on his way to joining the prince.

For a long moment, the two sides regard each other, and then the intruders charge. Yoon-sung launches himself forward and deftly fights one group, while Yeong does remarkably well defending himself with his sword scabbard.

At one point, blocking one attack with the scabbard leaves him open to another attack, and an assassin charges in with a sword pointed straight at Yeong’s chest. Yoon-sung sees the situation and leaps forward, grabbing the blade with his bare hand and stopping it mere inches from Yeong’s face.

Then Yoon-sung whirls around with the blade still firmly in his grasp, ignoring the injury to his hand as he holds his position. Yeong is so shocked he can’t believe his eyes, but Yoon-sung doesn’t even betray a hint of weakness while his hand grows bloodier and bloodier.

Ra-on looks around frantically to try to help, and spots Yeong’s dropped sword on the floor. She slides it across the floor to Yeong, and he kicks it up by the hilt and grabs it in one smooth motion.

Newly armed, Yeong fights with renewed determination, and (thankfully!) helps free Yoon-sung’s hand from its grip on the sword.

Now both friends launch themselves fully into the fight, whirling in tight quarters and taking on multiple assailants simultaneously. Yoon-sung drives several of them outside and fights in the hallway; Yeong takes on the remainder still inside.

Then, one attacker charges Ra-on, who’s unarmed and alone. Yeong spots the danger and darts forward, blocking the sword with his own and taking down the assassin.

But as he faces one swordsman, he misses the one at his back until it’s too late—the blade slashes across Yeong’s back. His blood spatters the walls.

Yeong is still able to hold his stance, but a final assassin drives forward and stabs Yeong in the gut with his sword. Oh no. No no nooooo.

Yeong musters the last bit of strength to cut down one assailant, but he’s injured badly and fading. With a gasp, he falls onto his knees, and when he looks up at the last masked assassin, he pictures Byung-yeon standing there instead.

He asks in a trembling voice, “Is it you, Byung-yeon-ie?” Ooof, that. It feels like the possibility of betrayal hurts even more than the stab wound in his gut.

The assassin still wears Byung-yeon’s face as he raises his sword for the deathblow. Ra-on watches in horror, and then the sword swings downward…

But only for a second, before the assassin goes slack, stabbed in the back. As he crashes to the ground, we see the real Byung-yeon behind him, here in just the nick of time. Oh thank god. Thank you thank you thank you.

Byung-yeon apologizes for his late arrival, then sees one attacker fleeing and runs after him.

Yeong barely has time to register this before his injuries overcome him. Ra-on catches him just as he falls unconscious in her arms.

Yoon-sung returns to the room, sees the scene, and quietly turns away.

The king is beside himself over this attack, and asks the prime minister what to do. Prime Minister Kim advises him to keep this incident from leaking outside the palace, arguing that it will do no good to stir public sentiment, and I’m thankful that at least Head Eunuch Han sharpens his gaze at that. Prime Minister Kim assure the king that he will take care of it quietly.

The mood Chez Kim is grave, and Dumb and Dumber assure the prime minister that they tied all their loose ends. But they’re putting on a false front for their leader’s sake, because privately Dumb and Dumber fret about the one missing assailant: They sent ten, but there were only nine bodies. They hope he made a clean escape, but it’s a definite complication.

Ra-on waits in pins and needles for the royal doctor to finish tending to the prince, and asks to see Yeong. She gets a stern refusal, and when she pleads to know how Yeong is doing, the doctor ignores her question.

At home, Yoon-sung sits down to paint, but his concerns weigh on him heavily, stopping him before he starts.

Yeong remains unconscious as he is treated by the royal doctors. Ra-on huddles in his empty room, wondering when he will return.

Finally, Yeong opens his eyes, and the doctor at his side breathes a sigh of relief. As do we all. He informs Yeong that he’s been moved temporarily from his blood-soaked palace, and is under strict orders from the king to restrict all visitors other than doctors.

Yeong sits up with difficulty and requests one of his attendants, as he has something he needs to retrieve.

So Ra-on is allowed in, although she pauses outside the door. She calls out to Yeong and asks if he’s okay, and has to struggle to hold back tears. She reminds him of her words that she was so happy it scared her: “When you collapsed, I was so scared. I thought, ‘In the end, my happiness is being taken back.’ Please do not ever let go of my hand. I will not let go, either.”

She reaches a hand to the door and rests it there longingly. And then, a hand joins hers, and an arm wraps comfortingly around her shoulders.

“How impertinent,” Yeong tells her. “Without my approval, there will be no one who can steal away your happiness. So, do not cry.”

He tightens his grasp and vows, “Because I will not ever let go of this hand.”

Ra-on’s tears continue to fall, but at his words she does seem to breathe easier, resting into his hold as they stand there holding each other.

And then, we rejoin Yeong and Ra-on when he’s back to full health and just about to grant Ra-on permission to leave for the day. She promises to be back before curfew, but he insists that she be back before sundown instead. Ra-on pouts a little, then agrees.

Unbeknownst to her, Ra-on’s mother is determined to leave with Ra-on and informs Teacher Dasan. She has been deeply shaken by the news of Ra-on serving the prince, as well as the recent attack, and can’t abide the fear of leaving Ra-on there.

Ra-on arrives outside the house just as her mother says, “That our Ra-on and the crown prince have each other in their hearts as lovers—do you truly not understand what that means?”

Yeong spends the day at his desk, and looks up in surprise when a court lady lights a candle; the day has passed and Ra-on is not back yet. He pouts a little, but then laughs it off.

Ra-on’s mother tells Teacher Dasan that she worked so hard to cast off “that cruel fate,” forcing a beautiful girl to live as a boy. “If anybody finds out that our Ra-on is the daughter of Hong Kyung-rae…”

Ra-on opens the door and looks at her mother in shock.

Yeong paces outside Ra-on’s building that night, and thinks back to the promise he asked of her—to not let go of him even in her most difficult moment. He also thinks of Ra-on’s cheerful comment that she wouldn’t go anywhere without his permission.

Ra-on arrives, and asks if Yeong has waited a long time. He turns to face her, and in one moment feels a swoop of relief. They stand there and beam at each other, eyes shining.

 
COMMENTS

Oh, my beloved bromances are back! And if not in full swing, then at least on the clear road to recovery, which is enough for my full heart today. How I’ve missed these boys being friends, trusting and leaning on each other, and with everything that’s gotten in the way to cause doubt and suspicions, I loved that today sort of charged in and proved things in one fell swoop. Almost like fate deciding it was done with the confusion and deciding to clear everything up in a bold, undeniable way.

I’m thrilled that Yoon-sung got a chance to do something definitive this time, because he is the character with the most information, but because of his conflicted loyalties, he’s often prevented from taking an active hand. We’ve seen his good, upstanding nature in action and he’s definitely crossed the family loyalty line before to side with Yeong, but I’ve worried that he would be the kind of person whose good nature got stifled by silence, who was never quite as bad as our more evil villains but also complicit by not rejecting them. Who might find his integrity compromised the longer he remained silent, which makes him on par with the king, and that’s a comparison nobody wants.

I’m not assuming that everything is suddenly hunky-dory now between Yoon-sung and Yeong, and there is the tricky matter of Yoon-sung knowing about Ra-on’s identity and being determined not to lose her. But there’s something so visceral about seeing somebody risk their life to save you that makes it impossible to just return to the status quo afterward. I loved Yoon-sung’s decisiveness when he grabbed that blade away from Yeong, but I loved even more the bewilderment on Yeong’s face as he witnessed it. From his look, it was clear he hadn’t believed Yoon-sung was capable of that kind of sacrifice, and it lands with more impact considering they’d just parted on tense terms. I’m excited for what this means for them now; I’m practically bouncing in my seat in anticipation for a full Three Musketeers revival. With a song and a dance and a secret handshake and everything. I’m getting ahead of myself, but what can I say, the thought makes me giddy.

And as if that weren’t enough excitement, I was doubly jazzed when the attack forced Yeong to confront his worst fears about Byung-yeon betraying him, and at the same time proved them wrong. (Yeong’s plaintive “Is that you, Byung-yeon-ie?” was a knife in the heart.) I’ll admit that I don’t love that Ra-on is often in a dangerous position and unable to defend herself—I don’t expect her to be a fighter or fearless, since that wouldn’t make sense with her character, but it just feels like she’d have died a dozen times without Young—but today, she was part of a means to get both bromances out of purgatory, and it was worth the result.

Similarly to Yoon-sung, I don’t think one fight will fix all of the doubts about Byung-yeon that have arisen through numerous suspicious acts, and he still has a lot to answer for, but it does clear up the biggest, most hurtful doubt. I’ll take that. And the relief is twofold, because on top of demonstrating for us that the friendship was real, it also reinforces the fact that the prince isn’t totally alone after all. He may not have a lot of people on his side, but when they’re as capable and kickass as these two buddies, they more than make up for the lack in numbers.

I got so excited about the boys that it almost overshadowed the poignant moments with Yeong and Ra-on, which is nuts because it was also an episode chock-full of heart-stirring exchanges between them. You know, I started thinking today that we keep expecting doom ‘n’ gloom to arrive with the royal wedding, and I know the show intends to address that (Ha-yeon’s character description identified her as the crown princess from the outset), but I’ve decided to stop dreading it as the end of all things. We’ve got three weeks left now, and our OTP is safe and intact; I don’t doubt that they’ll be slammed with opposition and angst and danger, but is that any different from what they’ve faced thus far? If the show has found a way to keep the threat alive while still feeding their relationship and allowing it to grow, I trust that it’ll continue drawing upon its small moments of affection and conviction through the end.

What really eased my mind this episode was Ra-on’s reaction in the aftermath of the prince’s attack, when you would expect a bout of guilt and noble idiocy to rear its head. It’s the anticipated response, and a familiar one, and furthermore it’s the one that’s aligned with these good-natured characters’ hearts; I couldn’t really imagine her not feeling bad and partially responsible. But instead of withdrawing, or wallowing in self-recrimination, she asked him not to let go of her, and then I felt gratified and reassured. I’d never worried that Yeong would be the one to let go or push her away, but I’d worried all the time that Ra-on would “for his own good,” choosing to live alone with the memory of his love. That she chose to hold onto that love was hugely reassuring; if yesterday was about making promises, today was about affirming them. Really, as long as these two kids are together, I have nothing to worry about.

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I just wanted to point out that across 5 titles, I've seen PBG get stabbed 4 times. Is it part of his contract or something? What kind of clause is that??

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I've only seen him in I Remember You, but he does get stabbed in that as well so may be you're right. It must be a contractual obligation of sorts.

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And in Reply, he drank sleeping pills like candies. I was worried all the time that the writer would kill him off. Thank God it didnt happen, but it has added more gray hair for me. PBG is not healthy for me.

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Have you watched him in Coin Locker Girl?

#StopTryingToKillPBG'sCharacters, #StopMakingPBG'sCharactersMotherless, writernim.

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Omg, how can I forgot that. The way he died made me feel physically ill.

#LetPBGcharctersLive #WeWantHappyEnding

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That Coin Locker Girl, oy. He was the single bright and happy thing about that movie and in the end, he was only as good as his organs.

On a side note, Kim Go-eun being good in that movie is a given, but her child counterpart played by Kim Su-an (who also did wonderfully in Train to Busan) was also really really good. She only had a few minutes but boy did that child use them to her advantage. I still remember her car trunk scene with Kim Go-eun.

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This reminds of that "Leave Brittney Spears alone" video. Except this is me wailing in my bed, begging writer to let Bogummy live.

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Yeah, exactly, stop trying to kill him!

Especially I think PBG has shown that he's an incredibly skilled actor who's very empathetic and very emotive and would be able to kill any expression you wanted him to show - but it feels a bit exploitative to me when you make all (almost) all his characters motherless, or pining for family in some way.

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I cannot watch Coin Little Girl because of that. I cannot watch PBG's character died in the end. I hope the ending of this drama will not be sad ending or i will hunt down the writer-nim.

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NOOOOO! Don't remind me of that movie! I want to erase it out of my mind. Especially THAT particular scene. I'm so in with this #StopTryingToKillPBG’sCharacters oh and triple yes for #StopMakingPBG’sCharactersMotherless

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I haven't watch Park Bo-gum in movies, but I watched him in dramas and the only time I remember he was stabbed, it was in I Remember You. But if he was to be stabbed and die in movie, I don't think I wanna watch that. Though he did nail this scene with his eyes in tears over the possible betrayal of his bff. I weep everytime I replayed that scene. "Is it you, Byung-yeonie?"

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I Remember You is the two-for-one because he gets stabbed twice in that (seriously, writer-nim, stahp). This is NOT a counter we want to see go up. There are many other nice things to count, or lose count of.

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When it comes to watching dramas/movies, I don't mind when the characters get stabbed or otherwise injured if it is in line with the plot. But for some reason, I cannot for the life of me watch Bo Gummy get hurt! Regardless of what character he is playing at the moment, watching him hurt is like watching someone hurt a puppy! Bo Gummy emotes so well that you feel his pain so acutely to the point where its really uncomfortable to watch! :(
#stopstabbingthepuppy

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Making him motherless is just sad :( But I suppose the emotions he portray are real as real can get.

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I somehow saw the similarity with PBG and LJS in the motherless aspect,

Park Bo Gum's character got hurt badly many times, in the present time, in the old days (the 80's), even in the past,

should he become a future character? or an alien superhero?
Like Man from Mars or Oh My Mars ,

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oh god
edit : I mean PBG and LJK's CHARACTER,

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At this point, I wouldn't dismiss that Park Bo-gum is not healthy for any of us.

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lol....+1

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Twice!!! Stabbed twice in I Remember You. So many gut-stabbings in that show lol.

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I danced in rejoice when they finally showed that Min is still alive after all that stabbing and kidnapping!

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Now that I've recovered (again) from that stab (again), I'd like to add:

Holy WHOA for "absorption" because even though I know he's the lead and we're barely past the halfway mark, as it was happening (and as I know his death is inevitable, historically speaking) I REALLY BELIEVED THEY COULD KILL HIM. Call me stupid now, but props to the team for making me believe it. It would derail the entire tonality and trajectory of the drama, but they made me believe it - jaded me who's stopped believing that lead characters could die after Song Joongki and Lee Jongseok copped out in DOTS and W.

And the killing blow (to my heart, that is) when he thought it might've been Kim-hyung delivering the deathblow - what?! Thank god he actually isn't, and saves him instead.

And despite all this - FERTILE GROUND FOR NOBLE IDIOCY - both in terms of the actual life-threatening circumstances and the ideological problems from birth/position - thankfully Ra-on is also fully on board with not running away from that. Aaaah.

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omg I know exactly what you mean. I knew deep deep inside CP wasn't going to die, but that entire sword fight and especially at the end had me gripping the edge of my seat w/ one fist in my mouth the entire time.

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Well there's also the tiny lizard part of my brain that remains basic in the face of death so it usually also goes gaaah that's hawt in his swordfighting scenes, the same part that notes that hm so this is how we get topless PBG.

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I watch a lot of weekend drama and the 1st thing that come to my brain after he get stab is "amnesia" and I really disappointed at my brain . . . hahaha

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When the doctor asked him upon finally being awake if he can recognize him, my mind went NOT AMNESIA! LOL It was a very odd first question from the doctor that had me thinking surely they ain't going that route, right?! The doctor could have asked how he's feeling instead. lol

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That's pretty normal.. Isnt that a question doctor always asked? Its more like checking for consciousness and whether the patient is alert/aware to his surrounding after waking?

Regardless isit can u see me or do u recognize me (in this case, recognize isnt too far-fetched either since he is the doctor in the palace and the prince had met him before..)

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We've actually passed the halfway mark on episode 9, or am I misunderstanding something?

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Nope you're right my math or my English is bad/I just meant we're closer to the halfway mark than the end! Haha

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Crown prince is going to die in the end? I mean historically??? I dont think my already weak heart could take that!!!!!!

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History is okay right? ? Historically I think he'd already be a dad by this point ? But you never know what's gonna happen in a youth fusion sageuk, after all, a prince isn't supposed to fall in love with a eunuch either ?

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The thing with the writer of this drama is that we are not sure which among the historical events will be followed and which aren't. It could go whichever way. They either use the personalities only, but not the events or they could do both and just change how we got to those events. And that makes me very very anxious.

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What if he fakes his death and runs away with Ra-On?

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Yes!!! He could pull a healer!!! Fake his death and live as bongsooya!! Maybe creating illustrations for ra on's books!!! Or choreographing dances with ra on as lead dancer.......
Hoping for a happy ending no matter how ridiculous!!!
Not an ending where ra on is sitting in a pretty garden and telling her son what a great man his father was and he should carry on his dream of creating a joseon of equality and peace!!!!
Arghhh!!!!

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I might be in the minority when I say that I don't want that AT ALL. Time and again, Yeong has proven to us that he is an intelligent, kind and politically savvy Prince who has the best interest of his country in his heart. He loves his country and its people, no doubt about it, and is actively fighting and planning and finding ways to get rid of the corruption in the government. He asked his Mother what kind of King he should be, and he took her words to heart. He's been disheartened by the setbacks, along with a father who promised to help him but still can't do anything more than quake in his shoes, and yet he's never shown the desire to quit. The weight of responsibility is heavier than anything, but as he said to the King, 'I didn't choose to be a Crowned Prince, but I can choose to be what kind of Crowned Prince I am.'

Plus, he made that promise to Ra On to make Joseon a better place where children can be children and nothing is more beautiful than that. So I don't really see anything in his personality that says he'll abdicate or fake his death willingly.

The 'willingly' part is the problem. I am praying to the drama gods that they'll somehow find a way to make Yeong fulfill all the promise he's showing to be a great King but have Ra On with him too, because she's one of the reasons why he's so good at his job.

I'm really, surprisingly passionate about this topic, if you hadn't noticed.

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@C-chan "I might be in the minority when I say that I don’t want that AT ALL."

That's the thing that's keeping ALL of us on our toes with Moonlight, we can't predict how they're going with this story, or which part they'll follow the history and which part they wouldn't. Because every possible scenarios just doesn't seem to justify or be enough, because our crown prince is build up to be such a strong persona, we just couldn't believe he would throw off everything to ride off the sunset with our female lead, but on the other hand, we just can't wrap our head around where this is taking them (and us)?

And let's not forget that Ra-on isn't just guilty of complicit by being her father's daughter, she's also guilty of impersonating eunuch, with both of that charges, she's already on her way to death sentence. I think the ultimate decision Yeong has to make is either to honor his promise to his dead mother, or to choose Ra-on, the love of his life. He can't choose both because staying in the palace equals to death to Ra-on, at least that's how I see it. I don't see how they can clear Ra-on's of both charges, and there's that crown prince dying young thing to think about too.

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@maryxiah

I'm still actually waiting for Teacher Dasan's oh-so-clever plan to help our babies together, although I'm thinking that's been binned because of the tragic factors coming between them that's been revealed.

The writer has got a mammoth task in making sure that the characters are treated respectfully with every decision she makes them undergo, but still following the logic and truth she's built up in the drama. I do not envy her at all because whichever ending I think of, there's always something that makes it wrong.

And I don't think it's so much as honoring his promise to his dead mother as it is about his own innate love for his country and people, and his own sense of justice and responsibility helped shaped by the late Queen and, eventually, Ra On. But yes. Choices, choices, all of them heartbreaking in their own right. Ah God, just kill them in each other's arms already! (kidding!)

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*Nods nods* Let's not turn them into Joseon Romeo and Juliet, I'm crossing my fingers for beautiful future for them, surrounded by kids and future grandkids. You know what, at this point of the story where I'm simply warmed by their love for one another, I don't really "care" how they'll give them their happy ending, I just want to see them be happy forever and ever. I still believe in fairy tales. *Wipe tears*

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Historically, he died. And logically, I cannot see how they can have a happy ending. However if he ran away with her and gave up his prince status it would work in a the-prince-ran-away-and-they-made-it-look-like-he-died-since-the-truth-is-too-embarrassing kind of way. They did that with a chinese drama once.

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Huh tbh I was a bit thrown off by the drama logic of him having been slashed across the back (well that could have been a superficial flesh wound) and stabbed in the gut (!!!) and they healed him with acupuncture and such.... I am a doctor and cannot for my life fathom how they did that.... But I trusted in the main lead cannot die till the end logic and it worked =v=

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My thought during that scene: OMG PARK BOGUM STAAAHP GETTING STABBED. Are you the new So Jisub, because why are you dead/near death in every drama/movie??!

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Maybe it's genetic, since So Ji-sub is his grandpa (Jeongjo)

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LOL!!! Good one!

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I think I've been watching too many sageuk dramas and movies and finding the historical relationship across them has become a hobby of mine.

So there's King Sukjong played by Yoo Ah In in Jang Ok Jung.

King Sukjong's son, King Yeongjo, was played by Yeo Jin Goo in Jackpot.

King Yeongjo's son, Crown Prince Sado, was played by Yoo Ah In (ddo!) in the Throne

Crown Prince Sado's son, King Jeongjo, was played by So Ji Sub in The Throne

King Jeongjo's son is our king in this drama, King Sunjo and Crown Prince Yi Yeong will be Heonjeong of Joseon.

GUYS IT'S REALLY FUN. And sorry, I just had to. Nobody outside the internet will listen to me.

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OMG! I salute your for sharing that info. I simply wish that there will be family tree picture for that generation with the faces of the actors. How awesome it is!

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Let me add more.

The first King of Joseon, King Taejo, played by Cheon Ho-jin (Six Flying Dragons, MDBC's Premier Kim)

King Taejo's son, King Taejong or Yi Bang-won played by Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons)

King Taejong's son, King Sejong The Great played by Song Joong-ki (Tree With Deep Roots), and Yoon Doo-joon (Splash Splash Love)

King Sejo, son of King Sejong The Great, played by Lee Jung-jae (The Face Reader)

King Seongjong, grandson of King Sejo, and his son King Jungjong were both portrayed in Dae Jang-geum

King Jungjong's son, King Seonjo, played by Lee Sung-jae (The King's Face)

King Seonjo's son, King Gwanghaegun, was portrayed by Seon In-guk (The King's Face) and Cha Seung-won (Hwajung)

King Injo, grandson of King Seonjo, was portrayed by Kim Jae-won (Hwajung)

and then 2 Kings later, there was King Sukjong

I FEEL THE FUN SAME AS YOU lol

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Crown Prince Sado's son Yi San was played by Lee So Jin in Yi San

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Correction: King Heonjong is Crown Prince Yi Yeong's son. Yi Yeong is King Munjo - as far as history is concerned. :P

Thank you! I'm not alone!

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This is one of the most helpful list out there when it comes to sageuk timeline. There are over a hundred sageuks out there. Only 3 sageuks is based on Sunjo's reign.
Many thanks to the thetalkingcupboard ladies for compiling this list.

https://thetalkingcupboard.com/resources/sageuk-timeline/

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Also this post explain SO well the history of Joseon Kings (damn, this way is so fun to learn History! I wish I could do the same with History of my country. No wonder is so easy to everyone in Korea and Japan to have a basic notion of their own History, with so many dramas and mangas):

Rulers of the Joseon Dynasty and KDrama Interpretations
https://thetalkingcupboard.com/2013/05/04/rulers-of-the-joseon-dynasty-and-kdrama-interpretations/

It was done in 2013 so many movies/dramas interpretration they didn't make it in the list, but still is a pretty good list and explain in a single page basically all Joseon era.

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@1.3.1.2 Haneul, @1.3.1.2.2 kimbabie_, @1.3.1.2.5 Kiara, @1.3.1.2.6 Aylam...

Thanks for the pointers to The Talking Cupboard, which is a terrific resource.

I agree -- it's fun to trace the family trees of roles and the actors who portray them.

As for "I'm My Own Grandpa, Baekje Edition," there's Jo Hyun-Jae as Crown Prince Myung-Nong/King Sejong in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG, followed by his turn in the title role of BALLAD OF SUH DONG. JHJ started off as a fictional Joseon crown prince in GREAT AMBITION with Jang Hyuk before that. I wish he'd do another sageuk. ;-)

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WOW! You guys thanks for the fun Joseon historyxkdrama fun facts! And thanks for the links! Will surely check out the timeline. I've seen a lot of sageuks already and I somehow confuse the timeline.

I just wish I discovered thetalkingcupboard when I was uni taking up History of Korea. It might have made my studying a lot easier with the actor references. hihi

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You guys are awesome. I'm so honored to be part of this conversation xD

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Wait a second, I was pretty sure that that king Yeo Jingoo played in Jackpot lost one son when he was still a child and killed his other son after he went mad/committed crimes? And the mad son's son actually inherited the throne after his father was killed by his grandfather? WOW.

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Don't you just hate it with spoilers. Was saving up that movie Coin Locker Girl for some weekend but some people coz they've seen it already and everythingjust casually wrote..oh, well..bogummie.. You know.whaddaeff. thanks a lot! Yea, said it here, too. No use watching it now just tell the whole wide world now.
Yea, same thing happened when that Mandy Moore movie came out ...was so excited to watch it coz a lot of people were saying it was good. Then some friend just casually said.."oh, you'll watch that movie, she died in the end y'know. " Argh!

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No, I'm sorry, you're right. I hate spoilers too, I was just reacting and it was shortsighted of me to have made references like that even indirectly. I feel bad that I can't help you unsee what you saw and I totally understand if a mod cleans it up. I'll be more careful in the future! ?

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To be fair, Coin Locker Girl came out in April 2015, well over a year ago. If you keep 'saving it up for some weekend', you can expect to see some spoilers, or you can just avoid the internet entirely. I think the unofficial statute of limitations for Star Wars spoilers on Twitter was 3 months, and then everyone let loose.

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yeah same things with GoT, with Jon Snow "You Know nothing" meme, you know more than you need for his character and you can alway know what happen perfectly after 4 months of the new season,
like the lie in april, orange and many anime, after the season ends, the reference is there even if it's not about the whole movie
or like 6th sense movie or Darth vader, I knew all of it before I watch the movie,
so I don't think one character is too much when it's over 6 month

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And I thought he was a goner in gaksital too.

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I was spoiled the ending of coin-locker girl elsewhere too but still gonna watch it. I sort of wasn't too surprised because that kind of ending is not very unexpected for the premise of the movie

I was reading comments to find out if the movie was interesting and got spoiled lol

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hehe me too! I was reading for more info about the movie and got spoiled. It was no biggie since it's been over a year already. I will still watch it though.

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On a scale of one to fillet I just hope its not too bad, is there such a thing as a gentle st***ing?

Now that I know the fate but I don't know who done it or how, I'll be playing Answer Me: Who st***ed Bogummie throughout

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By the amount of stabs our leads from dramas suffer this year, I think we can have a voting for "the most memorable stab/shoot scene" in addition to the yearly review lol lol lol

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I really love Yeong's fighting style in this show. The fight sequences have been a little oddly paced because of the camera panning around so much but it's still really good. Yeong is very zen when he uses weapons, shoulders relaxed and just with a calm aura, like when he shot that arrow, when he fought the Qing guards, helping Byung-yeon in that alley, and now the assassination attempt. Using his scabbard to fight off the assassins was so freaking badass! He also uses his opponent's gravity and even their body parts to hit them, not just relying solely on his sword. I don't think the same style is applied to the other two musketeers.

You'd think he'd be a little more awkward when holding weapons because stereotypes say that princes who love art and dancing so much that they're famously known for both don't usually train with weapons, and it's a pretty nice twist of characterisation of our favourite prince.

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I'm sure it's just because sweet and beautiful men suffering appeals to women very much =v=

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Another great episode! Where do I start?

The friendship between the CP, BY and SY was highlighted in this episode. It rose above any of their personal intentions and beliefs. These 3 gentlemen showed that no matter which side they are, they will always protect each other. And that at the end of the day, all they really have are each other. The CP might be cold towards SY but I hope that he realizes soon that SY is still the same friend he had years ago. I believe that more than anything, SY really wants to repair his relationship with the prince.

I love SY especially in this episode. He showed us that even if he is limited to what he can do to stop his relatives, he will not hesitate to take action against them when given the chance. Such was the case when he killed PM Kim's servant and then warning the CP of the dangers.

My heart hurt when the CP thought that it was BY who was about to kill him. BY would never do that!

I love every scene between the CP and RO and that every scene always gives me a different feeling. My favourite is the back hug scene. I've noticed that they kept reassuring each other that they won't let go of the other. This really scares me.

P.S. CP and RO's dates are my kind of date. Just being lazy, sleeping and looking at each other (well, who wouldn't if it's PBG). LOL

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love their date course, it's the everyday moment I shared with you, when my life and your life became our life . . .

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that was beautiful Sancheezy

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Random thought that crossed my mind during the rain scene:

- That new song? Omagah so so good! The whole ost of this drama is really beautiful.

- Why do they need umbrella when they wear a gat aka umbrella-hat ?

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Because the gat is not waterproof.

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YeongxYoonsung BrOTP is going to sail! I FEEL IT!

I love love loveeee my BrOTPs! They all came through today!

LEGIT IN TEARS WHEN KIM HYUNG SHOWED UP when Yeong was down physically and emotionally when he thought Kim Hyung betrayed him!

I also love the scene when Yoonsung took the attack that came Yeong's way with his freakin' bare hands and Yeong was momentarily out of it. He has been so cautious around Yoonsung and kept his distance because of his family, but I hope this is the beginning of the rekindling of the great friendship they once had.

Badass indeed!

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I'm glad it's just a drama but it was all so real I stopped breathing!

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omg...me too. I have to remind myself to breath!

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Everyone, take a deep breath. We wouldn't want to lose all the fangirls we need in this thread. XD

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I was watching this episode cozily at 3AM with jacket and socks on because it was really cold, but boy, I was sweating all over during that fight scene especially when CP was about to be stabbed. Darn!

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Certainly, this episode is breath taking! Especially when Yoonsung held the sword.. How painful it is.. Then, there Yeong stabbed many times.. It KILLS ME virtually... KDramaland is too harshed to hurt our beloved characters. Writernim, pls do not kills us virtually.

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I nearly peed my pants when Yoonsung grabbed that sword WITH HIS HAND. Which person on the creative team thought that up because that was genius. I must say, I have a teensy bit of second lead syndrome after this episode.

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I want them all. all 3 of them.

*grabsy hands*

If King's could have more than one wife then I'm sure I can figure a way to have the best of all the worlds- The Best Friend, his Bodyguard and the Crown Prince.

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Me too.. i want the three of them but Ra-On have them all.. lol *sulk in the corner

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Nooooo. Don't take Yeong-ie from Ra-onie. I want sunshine and rainbow for them.

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Yoon-sung-ah! I knew there was a good reason why I love this guy from the get go.

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YS stopping the sword w his bare hands reminded me of legendary swordsman Lee Bang-Ji from Six Flying Dragons doing the same during another epic fight scene. Defs not a bad person to be reminded of.

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That whole fight scene was executed superbly. It really showcased the bromance between CP, Yoonsung, and Byung-Yeon. I'm really hoping CP can overcome his misunderstandings with Yoon-Sung and Byung-Yeon. I feel like these three would make a great team to combat the corruption of the Kim family and bring order to this palace!

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My heart aches for yoonsung... he's doing all that but no one appreciate him.. I know understand why his character is the most pitiful..

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I am starting to really feel what the author felt for Yoonsung as a character. I've always felt sad for him, but not so much until this episode. We did not get to see much of him before, especially in action like this. Now it really shows how much he's willing to do for Raon. I do not want him for Raon because he will only be heartbroken, but I do love how much he's willing to do anything for his one-sided love. Please, drama give him someone who will love him back.

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More than for Ra-on, I believe he did it for Yeong. There's this little moment where he was pleading to Yeong how his life is in danger if Ra-on is with him, which makes me totally believe in him.

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Yes, I believe so too. He might've been worried for Ra-on but he did it for Yeong, he sounded earnest when he told him that he'd be in danger, he was worried about him too.

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Yes and I just sincerely hope that we are well on the road to rekindling this bromance. Imagine Yoonsung and Yeong doing sword sparring... hell throw in Kim Hyung as well. Oh the potential for some bromance lovin' if these two get it together.

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Never I fell this hard for a second lead after You're Beautiful. Yoon-sung is a character that is so pitiful you want to wrap him in warm blankets and pat his back, give him a basket full of rainbows and unicorns just to make him happy.
He's done so much but barely appreciated. Especially this episode where he stopped the sword with his FREAKING BARE HAND and got no thanks, instead the people he saved went on all lovey-dovey with each other. Yup, let Ra-on be with Yeong and you can come to me Yoon-sung ah. I'll be good.
As for why he did it, I believe he sincerely did it for Yeong. Despite that he also wants Ra-on by his side, his affection towards Yeong has never subsided. Like how he earnestly tell Yeong he'd be in danger? Yeah those little moments.

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I just hope Yoon Sung isn't killed or sacrificed himself like what happens to Jung Ill Woo's Prince Yang Myung character in The Moon that Embraces the Sun or Jo Jung Suk's Eun Shi Kyung character in the King's Heart.

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really hope yoonsung to stay alive till the end

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I somehow got the point of JIW's character having to die in TMTETS, but how they executed that was just dumb. If the story needed to ensure that the King's position will not be threatened, they could have at least made his death believable and not idiotic.

I get that some good characters can and will die. I just hope that the scene delivers with utmost emotional impact and gives due recognition to the character and what their death means in the story.

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I get that some good characters can and will die.

No! not in this drama, I won't take that! Not Yoon-sung, not Byung-yun, no one will die, do you hear me show? You can kill prime minister Kim if you want to but not someone I care about!

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@azzo /sends our pleas to drama gods. I have a bad feeling though. Just a feeling...

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I can't wait for the Kim ministers to be imprisoned/kicked out at the end so our YS can rise to become LY's successful right-hand policy man or w/e. He won't die. No way. Nope. He'll get his happy ending.

Realistically though, YS can't just keep defying his clan and their principles without repercussion while they're still in power. Maybe he'll get some inside info and be the (sacrificial) key to the Kims' downfall :'(

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Yes.. Yoonsung is the hero of this episode except Kim hyung of course. I love that he wants to sacrifice himself for his friend. I just hope we will get the perfect reason if he must die in the end and don't make it into noble ideocy sacrifice.

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Is Kim-hyung guarding Yeong just a part time job? Where was he during the whole fight?

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Technically, he's full-time rebel member even though he is Yeong's guard. He is there to be spy anyway. He's been going out and running errands for their group. Thank goodness he made it in time.

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I don't think he was strictly Yeong's bodyguard because he wasn't with him ALL the time. He could be just a training officer/ part time guard.

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Yeah, he's away quite a bit, isn't he. He's definitely no Woon to Lee Hwon. ? *cue mary* kekeke

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Awww I loved Woon and yeah Kim Hyung is not like him. Woon stuck with the King and even slept(or not because he was just sitting in his quiet corner) inside his room. Man, I am reminded of how awesome Woon was and I loved his relationship with Lee Hwon. Can't decide who I like better now, Woon or Kim Hyung. hihi

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Yea. Woon never left the king's side unless he is told to.

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Woon takes days off too. He spends them with me. *stuck in delulu land*

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He is the favorite character of the original author. Not the writer of this drama but the original author who wrote the MDBC novel. Since he grew up the most pitifully. He grew up without a mother or father and was solu raise by his grandfather which is the prime minister Kim. He was raise to fake everything. To fake a smile even when he is sad, to hold it in even when he wants to cry, and to be a perfect scholar all around. And the prince and Kim Hyung was distant with him because of his clan thus he never truly have real friends. He falls only for one girl (Ra On) and she never like him at all and inky has eye for the Prince. [OMG SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS FROM NOVEL]

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I need the truck of doom to give me amnesia. I wish I can unsee that. lol

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@Aigoooo and @scott

Can't really call it spoiling if you've been reading these recaps and seeing the drama itself. We didn't know about the parents in particular, but the rest is just captain obvious this late in the game with 6 episodes left.

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Thank God for keeping the crown prince safe. Yoon Sung you are an awesome friend. Thanks for the recap javabeans.This is the best sageuk ever

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This episode left me speechless! The romance! The bromance!

That ending though. I mean, they're smiling at each other, but Ra-on's eyes... And that ending song (Baek Ji-young's Love is Over). WTF.

I hope Ra-on tells Yeong everything, even if she feels compelled to give up on their relationship (NONONONONO). I love that they're completely honest with each other, and I hope the revelation that she's Hong Gyeong-nae's daughter doesn't change that.

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More thoughts, because I love this show so much.

-Every scene with Yeong and Ra-on is so intimate. I don't know how else to describe them. The romance feels so heartrendingly real. The way their faces light up whenever they look at each other, the way they instinctively reach towards each other... Everything about their relationship feels so genuine, and the way their scenes are framed feels so private and personal. I can't with these two.

-Yeong's broken "Is that you, Byeong-yeon-ah." It killed me. Thank goodness Kim Hyung immediately came to the rescue. I was so stressed during that scene, and I was in the middle of work!

-The bromance! I mean, it's not as if Yeong and Yoon-sung will be okay after this, but that scene where YS stops the sword with his bare hand! And Yeong's expression of disbelief. I just want you two to make up, okay?

-I wonder how the wedding will pan out. I know it makes sense plot-wise to hurry it up, but it also feels out of character for Yeong to agree to it at this stage in his character development. Perhaps the Jo family will adopt Ra-on eventually and she will be Princess Jo instead of Ha-yeon?

-I love how strong Mom is, facing down Eunuch Han and adamantly refusing to involve herself and her daughter in the rebellion.

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"Yeong’s broken “Is that you, Byeong-yeon-ah.” It killed me."

Killed me too! I agree with JB that Yeong was more hurt thinking that Kim Hyung betrayed him and not his stab wounds. Also this scene got the highest rating moment in the episode.

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And that look in his eyes! That was an epic, raw confusion and vulnerability right there. I KNEW BYUNG YEON WOULDN'T DO THAT! YOU HEAR ME SHOW? HE WOULDN'T!

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"Every scene with Yeong and Ra-on is so intimate. I don’t know how else to describe them. The romance feels so heartrendingly real..."

This. After the drizzle where they just wiped each other's faces, I feel like I'm intruding into someone's intimate moments, but couldn't tear my eyes away from the smoldering gaze of PBG.

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That's the part of their romance that I really like, you get the sense that these two people really love each other a lot when all they do is just stare at each other and communicate wordlessly. I absolutely love the backhug scene because they were just affirming their relationship and took the comfort in each other's arms.

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Bromance is alive and kicking!!! ❤️❤️❤️
How kick ass was that fighting scene?
Can these 3 boys be any more awesome? (Prove me wrong again Show! I'm sure they can! I'm so happy they have each other!)

He is a scholar who paints, can crash through doors and slash opponents in a single leap, all without a hair out of place- it's Yoon Sung!

Don't be fooled by his fierce appearance, he sews with a flair and has a soft squishy heart of gold underneath. A master swordsman with a mane of glory- it's Byung Yeon!

And well, I can't really add anything more about cheeky and swoony Mr Perfect himself- lover of all children and just a boy in love willing to sacrifice it all for the girl he loves- the Crown Prince!

What's a girl got to do to be in Ra On's shoes? ❤️

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How awesome was Yoongsung in this episode? He was quick mentally and physically. I love that like Yeong, he wastes no time. He went from interrogation to silencing the messenger all in less than five minutes. I love my heroes quick to think and get in on the action.

The fight scene was awesome and I'm glad we got see a lot of Yoonsung in action. His flying kicks though... and when he did not even use the door and just stormed in to help Yeong, WOW! I feel the adrenaline.

And Kim Hyung making it just in time. whew! Like JB I went "ohgod thank you thank youuu!" and I cried.

I expect you will be gifing our awesome BrOTPs in action? Can't wait and thanks again in advance as always!

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I gotta give it to Yoon-sung today, he really wowed me. I was making slightly moony eyes his way today, lol. They probably had sparring sessions together when they were kids, they're all so good in martial arts!

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He is a scholar who paints, can crash through doors and slash opponents in a single leap, all without a hair out of place- it’s Yoon Sung!

Don’t be fooled by his fierce appearance, he sews with a flair and has a soft squishy heart of gold underneath. A master swordsman with a mane of glory- it’s Byung Yeon!

For some reason, this really reminded me of Perry the Platypus from the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb, lol. Am I revealing how big a baby I am? Haha.

Waiting for your gifs!

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Pfffft hahahaha xD

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My internet is fighting me!! bah... having trouble uploading. maybe i have too may gifs. lol.

sorry beanies it will be a while longer..... :(

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Finally done! Well with part one.

I do have to unfortunately tell you guys that I won't be able to have gifs up on time for episode 14/15 because I'm going on holiday and may not have wifi :(
I may not even be able to watch the episodes! *Wails*

Will try to have them out when I'm back following Friday.

Anyway here are the BROMANCE gifs- the fighting scene was simply awesome. I hope my gifs do it justice.

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/because-bromance-is-life/

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It's hereee!! Thanks!!

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Thanks! We'll try to survive till you return.

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THE REST ARE FINALLY DONE!
haha sorry Real Life seriously got in the way...

So anyway to award your patience I have 7 gifs of the OTP being amazing. SEVEN. :D (to last till I get back)

*kisses till the following week!*

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It's turned into a superhero team drama. I LOOOOOOOVE superhero teams. :-)

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and what a beautiful team they make: Team I-never-thought-a-hand-grab-could-be-so-swoony-while-saving-heroine's-life hero, sword stopping hero, of-course-I didnt-betray-you-hero, kyaaaaaaah!!

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I am so greedy, I want another fight scene with these three together and maybe make it longer this time... say half an hour of sword fighting and flying kicks?

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Yes! And the action should generously be interspersed with pauses where they stop to gaze meaningfully at each other

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"What’s a girl got to do to be in Ra On’s shoes?"

Maybe... jump into the water to save someone's life and then gets transported (hopefully) into Yeong's time (way before he met the actual Ra-on), find ways slipping into the palace as an eunuch and repeat everything Ra-on had done to get Yeong's attention.

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And it needs to happen during a solar eclipse lolz

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looked for hong gyung nae and be his daughter. .it's hard.. it's fate..

solar eclipse and time travel only work to be there, but daughter of hong gyung nae will always cross path with Lee Young

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Lol. All that trouble and what happens if it turns out that the CP looks nothing like PBG? ?

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looking for another hot saeguk king or byeong yeon, or even yoon sung,

if that still didn't work we still have another drama in that timeline 18 September 1809 – 25 June 1830 like the real Crown Prince Hyomyeong, but ofc the timeline will be until 1860--- assumed we lived till 50 y/old and there's no PBG as Lee Young,

so then we got
- 1808 혈의 누 – Blood Rain (2005), Cha Seung-Won, Ji Sung
- 1803-1840 상도 – Sangdo (MBC, 2001)
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but since we assumed that we didn't meet PBG then prepare in the
1849 군도: 민란의 시대 – Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014) since we have, Kang Dong-won, Ha Jung-woo , Ma Dong-seok, Joo Jin-mo, Jung Man-sik

mid 19-century 고산자, 대동여지도 – The Map Against the World (2016), the other cha seung won,

1850~ 장사의 신-객주 2015 – The God of Trade-Gaekju (KBS2, 2015-2016) Jang Hyuk

assumption : - we are at the same age with lee Young and the person in the drama is in the same age as they were in the drama so the age gap wasn't big

thanks for the commenter above and the talking cupboard timeline ^^

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Well, the real CP in history is not bad looking (he even has fanclub O.o) so we can deal with that, but he die young TT.TT

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hehehe I love how the talk of PBG spurred a discussion on history by @Sancheezy

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And suddenly everyone seems interested in learning history, lol. I'll admit I'm not a fan of sageuk despite liking history. This drama sure change things around.

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Dun dun dun! Then we're doomed.

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I know right! How lucky is the CP that all his people (yes, I consider the childhood relationship they had made Yoon Sung his people) are genuine and charismatic people who have back bones.

But truth be told, YS killing that private investigator surprised me, I'm not sure what to feel about that, too.

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