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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 14

The moon takes on added symbolism today, offering a sliver of hope to cling to in the midst of unease, reminding us that there are things to look forward to, and faith to keep alive. It’s a hope that comes at a welcome time, because things are about to get a whole lotta serious up in this joint. Is everyone bracing themselves?

 

 
EPISODE 14: “Foggy road”

With the palace on high alert for an eighteen-year-old female spy named Hong Ra-on, all exits are monitored closely and young women pulled aside for closer inspection. Dressed in men’s clothing, Ra-on nervously approaches the inspecting guard for her turn.

Just then, Yoon-sung announces himself and declares that Ra-on is with him. His status shields them from further inquiry, and they are let through the line.

After receiving the huge shock that the supposed rebel spy is named Hong Ra-on, Yeong goes to Ra-on’s quarters, but only finds her eunuch’s uniform and eternity bracelet left behind.

The next morning, he’s stone-faced as he is dressed by Eunuch Jang, mentally replaying an earlier conversation with Byung-yeon, who had reported that no trace of Ra-on had been found. At Yeong’s question over whether he’d had any inkling before her disappearance, Byung-yeon had answered no.

At court, Yeong takes the younger Minister Kim (the minister of taxation) to task for several systemic abuses of the military taxation system. (Registering the names of babies or dead people, for instance, has forced peasants to pay unfair extra taxes.) He demands that every bit of unfairly collected tax be repaid to the people, but at that, Minister Jo cautions that it would put a strain on the nation’s economy. The elder Minister Kim adds that collecting fewer taxes will thrust the government into a dangerous situation.

Yeong notes sharply that everyone’s quite concerned for the state of the government. Given the pressing dangers, he declares the need for strict measures, and announces that he will cut the salaries of the ranking officials in the Six Ministries and the military administration.

This causes grumbling from the ministers, who ask the prince to reconsider. He snaps that the peasants have been forced to pay unfair taxes due to the corruption of the government. He asks in disgust, “How can you aristocrats, who call yourselves the roots of this nation, whine over this much? And you think you have a right to take a salary from the country?”

He gets no talkback this time.

Eunuch Jang staggers into the eunuch department, where Do Ki and Sung-yeol sympathize with his tiredness, noting that the prince has been quite icy lately. Eunuch Jung sighs that his hurt feelings are fine, but he worries over the prince’s health, given how he’s staying up all night working.

They wonder what happened to Eunuch Hong, but nobody has a clue. Eunuch Jang sighs that he misses Ra-on.

Young Master Jung informs Yeong that investigating the dead assassins has revealed no ties to the rebel group Baekwoonhwe. Yeong suggests that they are merely lying low until the situation quiets, and Young Master Jung concedes that as a possibility. However, he has found one peculiarity: Gold originating from Minister Kim ended up in the hands of one of the assassin’s brothers.

They’re interrupted by a visit from an investigator of the royal tribunal, who explains that a suspect has been caught: She’s not quite twenty years old, and has a possible link to Baekwoonhwe. Yeong tenses.

He heads to the prison immediately, making his way cautiously past the cells, pausing at the sight of a woman’s profile. Ra-on? He approaches with trepidation, breath caught in his throat.

But it’s an unfamiliar woman, and as Yeong sees her face clearly, he relaxes and breathes.

Ra-on is safe for the moment, tucked away in a hut watching her mother embroider an egret flower. She recalls Head Eunuch Han having a handkerchief with the same flower on it, belonging to his old friend, whom she now knows was her father. She also recalls the flower’s meaning: Even in my dreams, I long for you.

Mom takes her hand and asks if she’s having a tough time of it, and Ra-on does her best to smile and say no. She asks how her parents met, and Mom reminisces on growing up in the same village where she had other suitors who gave her flowers and accessories. Ra-on’s father was different; he gave her barley and corn, or sometimes mountain greens. Mom says she figured she wouldn’t starve, and was the one to propose that they marry.

Ra-on sighs that her father lacked romance. Mom just says that he had a field to farm and food to eat and shelter to sleep in: “That was all that your father wanted.”

Head Eunuch Han confirms with Byung-yeon that Ra-on disappeared before he was able to collect her. The eunuch finds the timing suspect, but Byung-yeon says she probably went into hiding in response to the heightened security. Eunuch Han catches on to the discrepancy, because Byung-yeon had previously said that she knew nothing of her connection to the rebellion or Baekwoonhwe. Ack!

Byung-yeon covers up the slip by saying that Ra-on didn’t know it then. The eunuch reminds him that even if Ra-on discovered the truth about herself, the safest place for her would be with the rebels in Baekwoonhwe.

Yeong calls for Yoon-sung, who starts by asking how Yeong is doing. Yeong asks, “Are you worrying about me? The woman you love enough to declare war [against me] has disappeared. Why are you not curious about it?” He points out that Yoon-sung could ask whether Ra-on left any messages, or said where she was going.

Yoon-sung replies that even if he knew anything, they aren’t in a position to share information. Thus he is merely refraining from asking, he says.

Yeong looks a little bitter as he says, “Not me. Even if it is useless, I want to ask. If you know anything, whatever it is.”

Yoon-sung apologizes for being unable to help him. Yeong understands that to mean that Yoon-sung wouldn’t tell him whether he knew anything or not, and Yooon-sung confirms it.

Yeong leaves wearing a dark expression, and walks right past Ha-yeon, who bows in greeting. He only stops when she calls out to him, and she says wistfully that she’s envious—it would be nice if she could walk past him and not notice, and even better if she could see him and pretend she didn’t.

She notes his downcast expression, and he points out the same for her, wondering why she’d look sad when she’d said they were only making a deal. Ha-yeon hastens to explain that even so, it’s a deal that may last her whole life, so there’s no harm in trying to be friendly.

“So what I mean to say,” she tells him, “is to not walk so weakly. And do not look as though you have lost everything in the world. The person you love will likely have said this, if she saw your face now.”

That night, Yeong looks up at the full moon, while from her hideout, Ra-on stares up at the same thing. She thinks back to a time when she’d sat with Yeong at the palace, looking up at the night sky together.

Ra-on comments, “Ah, so that’s what the moon looks like from the palace.” He scoffs that the moon is the same, not seeing any difference.

Ra-on explains that when she was young and traveling with her performance troupe, she’d thought that the moon looked different in every region—full in one area, crescent-shaped in another. He asks if she’d moved that often, and she says yes.

Laughing at her childhood foible, she asks if Yeong has ever entertained totally wrong ideas, to which he says no and clucks his tongue over how she could have thought something so dumb. Ra-on makes a face at him, and he pulls her toward him and assures her it was a joke.

Yeong explains that this is the first time he’s sharing this: “I was even more foolish than you. When I was a child, I thought this palace was the whole world. The highest, most valuable, narrowest well in Joseon—that is the palace I grew up in.”

Ra-on teases that she’s better off, because the water she played in may have been lowly and unimportant, but it was big.

Yeong takes her hand and asks, “Ra-on-ah. Whether we’re seeing it from the palace or from Banchon, is not the moon just the moon? I’m the prince, and whoever you are—wherever and whenever, if only our hearts are the same, that is enough. Like that moon.”

He pats his shoulder, and Ra-on rests her head on it.

Now in the present, the memory brings tears to Ra-on’s eyes.

The queen goes into labor, and aw yeah, it is time to get down to business. The king paces anxiously, noting that it’s a month premature. The royal doctors and nurses are not alerted right away, and by the time they arrive to attend to the queen, they’re turned away by her court ladies, who inform them that the queen has already given birth and does not need their care.

The child is born, and as feared, it’s a girl. The queen refuses to look at her baby’s face and orders her taken away, while the hidden court lady’s baby boy is swapped in her place. For what it’s worth, the queen does look torn up about it—just not, you know, torn up enough to not do the evil thing.

The Kims crow to themselves about the birth of a prince, and Dumb and Dumber get ahead of themselves envisioning installing the baby as the new crown prince. Prime Minister Kim warns them to watch their mouths since they’re essentially threatening the current crown prince with that talk. But Minister Dumb is happy to have a reason to rejoice; he’d been worried about Minister Jo’s daughter being married to the crown prince and bolstering the opposition’s position. Now, all they need is to take care of Yeong and their power is secure again.

Prime Minister Kim cautions them not to be hasty, but they look pretty smug.

The baby princess is given to Eunuch Sung, who smuggles her outside in a wheelbarrow and hands her off to another underling. When the baby starts to cry, they frantically try to muffle the noise, and the other man hurries away with her.

Annnnd around the corner, Yoon-sung watches the whole exchange. Muahaha.

Now it’s Princess Myeongeun’s turn to go skulking around the palace looking for her sweetheart, and she times her walk to bring her into Young Master Jung’s path. She keeps up an air of hauteur to his face, but smiles giddily to herself when he calls out to her. She invites him to accompany her on her walk, and he happily follows.

Sitting in a pavilion together, Myeongeun says that she liked Young Master Jung’s rudeness, which she found refreshing, and suggests that they speak familiarly when alone. “Deok-ho-ya,” she tries out.

But he says he can’t do the same, which makes her smile fade. Then he stretches out an arm around her shoulders like the most comfortable player in the world and says, “Because I don’t know your name.” She tells him her name, and he pulls her close as he tests it out.

Myeongeun closes her eyes, and Young Master Jung puckers up and goes in for the kiss… only to have the princess slap him at the last second. She exclaims nervously that it’s too fast, and he stammers an apology.

The king informs Yeong of the new prince’s birth, and understands that in his position, the news cannot be wholly welcome. Yeong replies that the prince is his brother and assures his father not to worry.

When Minister Kim drops by the queen’s palace, he comments to Eunuch Sung about how Yeong must be feeling upset in light of the birth. Eunuch Sung adds that he must feel especially sad because his close eunuch recently disappeared.

That’s news to the minister, and Eunuch Sung fills him in on how Eunuch Hong disappeared the day the palace was searched for the spy. The eunuch shakes his head over Ra-on’s troublemaking ways, and how (s)he even had woman’s clothing found in his (her) things; it almost caused trouble with the queen until the prince intervened.

Minister Kim files this away, finding it all very interesting. So when he crosses paths with Yeong later, he makes it a point to express his sympathy for Yeong’s troubles, and how it must feel to lose a valued eunuch.

But he won’t get the better of Yeong today, who comments on an interesting fact he’s discovered, too: that in the course of investigating the recently captured assassin, he found that Minister Kim’s own gold had made its way to the assassin’s family.

Minister Kim gets a little nervous, and Yeong demands to know what reason he would have to pay such a large sum to an assassin who attacked the crown prince.

Dumb and Dumber sweat as they discuss this complication, only now aware of the numbers engraved on each piece of gold that point to them. Now they need to come up with an explanation for the money exchange in a way that doesn’t implicate them for treason.

Nervously, Minister Dumb pre-emptively apologizes to the prime minister when he enters, but the prime minister cuts him off with the simple warning not to start anything if he’s going to end up sorry about it. If only they ever listened.

Yoon-sung drops by Ra-on’s hideaway, and the two sit underneath the stars looking up at the full moon. Yoon-sung pulls out a pair of binoculars and offers it to her, to see the moon up close.

Ra-on takes the binoculars and looks up at the moon, which reminds her of Yeong’s words about the moon being the same wherever you look at it—and that regardless of who they are, all they need to have is a constant heart.

The memory makes her emotional, and Yoon-sung moves away the binoculars to see her tearful expression. She recovers her composure, and Yoon-sung says that she must miss somebody far away. Ra-on says no, that she was just staring because it was so strange to see the moon appear so large.

That night, a mysterious man wearing a black bamboo hat is let in to see the prime minister. Hmm.

Trust that it takes the prime minister to put the pieces together and deduce that the runaway Eunuch Hong is the very same lost daughter they’ve been searching for. Minister Dumb now remembers Yeong’s ashen face when he’d heard the spy’s name, though he supposes that Ra-on is long gone and out of reach by now. The prime minister, on the other hand, merely says that if she’s run away, they’ll have to catch her.

Yeong warns the prime minister that Minister Dumb will have to answer for his gold. In response, the prime minister says that the gold was reward for information—that the hidden spy, Hong Ra-on, was involved in the attack on the prince.

Caught by surprise, Yeong asks what proof he has, and the prime minister replies that the girl is proof enough. “Do not worry,” the prime minister says. “Even if I have to cut off that girl’s arms and legs, I will bring her before you.”

At Yeong’s silence, he asks, “Can it be that you already knew?”

Yeong works late into the night, mind preoccupied with doubts and worries. He thinks of the assassin’s claims that a spy inside the palace helped them, and pictures Ra-on being part of the plot all along. He shakes off the thought, telling himself it’s impossible, but lacks conviction.

The bride selection is held, and Ha-yeon is among the finalists brought before the king and queen for interviews. Asked what kind of princess she would be, Ha-yeon replies, “I will love, and love, and love some more.” She explains that her heart of love will enable patience and sacrifice as well, and hilariously, the queen nearly rolls her eyes at the earnest answer.

But the king approves, and before we know it, Ha-yeon is brought to the palace to be trained for her position leading up to the wedding.

Ra-on’s mother collects clothing to wash and assures Ra-on that it’s good to earn money while there’s work to be had. Then she hesitantly broaches the topic of the princess selection, gently letting Ra-on know that the bride has been chosen and the wedding is on the horizon.

Ra-on struggles to contain her reaction, then hurries off with an excuse while holding back tears.

Yeong reads in his private garden, and looks up at someone’s approach. He imagines it’s Ra-on there, looking as she did that first time she came to him in woman’s clothing, and jumps to his feet anxiously… and then deflates to realize it’s Ha-yeon.

Ha-yeon tells him of her selection, which he’s already been informed of, and promises to do her best to help him. His face stony, he tells her, “It’s only a deal. There is no need for that.”

She’s disappointed by the response but says that him taking the throne will be good for her family. Yeong says that he will do his best in his duty and in upholding the deal, but asks for a promise: “Do not enter this place again.”

He leaves abruptly, and Ha-yeon is crushed.

Yoon-sung finds Ra-on looking heartbroken, but she turns him away, saying that it’s too painful for her to see him, because it makes her want to ask after Yeong: “I must forget, I must not know, but I keep wanting to know. Whether he’s eating, whether he sleeps well, whether he’s healthy. You are so good to me that I hate myself for wanting to ask you these things. So please do not come.”

Yoon-sung tells her that it’s okay, that he thinks mean things to himself, and holds onto the thought that when all this is over, she might come to him. He encourages her to cry, telling her he won’t expect anything of her or mistake the situation.

At that, Ra-on breaks down into the sobs she’s been repressing all this while. She chokes out, “I meant not to cry… my heart hurts so much.” Yoon-sung reaches out a hand to console her, but ends up keeping it to himself.

As Yeong sits at his desk, he takes out Ra-on’s eternity bracelet, thinking back to the promise he asked of her—to not let go of him, even in the toughest of times. He also remembers her last day, when she’d kissed him in his sleep.

He sets down her bracelet and starts to remove his own, but he breaks down in tears before he can manage it.

Ra-on receives a visit from a messenger carrying a letter from Head Eunuch Han, which she takes with some trepidation. It says that he hadn’t told her everything about her father, and requests a meeting.

That night, Ra-on waits in an appointed spot. But when she turns at the sound of an arrival, her face freezes. Uh-oh. It’s not who she’s expecting.

At the same time, the prime minister explains to Minister Dumb that although he knows where Ra-on is, his goal isn’t to merely capture her, but to use her in a bigger game. Namely, to bring down the crown prince: “If it becomes known that the prince secretly communicated with the traitor’s daughter outside of the palace, what do you suppose will happen?”

We return to Ra-on—and it’s Yeong standing there before her, looking thunderous. Yesss. Or no? Yessss.

What they don’t know is that a small army has made its way to their meeting point, presumably directed by the prime minister. Oh no. This looks bad. This looks very, very bad.

The soldiers gather outside their building, and start to charge in…

Inside, Yeong regards Ra-on with the coldest eyes and vows firmly, “I will never forgive you.” Stricken, Ra-on can only stare as he advances toward her, his face grim with determination…

But he just swoops in and envelops her in an embrace.

Ra-on’s eyes overflow with tears as Yeong holds her close, his hand still wearing his bracelet, and his face softens a bit.

Ra-on reaches her hand up tentatively, and grabs a handful of his clothing tightly. He registers that touch, and holds her even more tightly.

 
COMMENTS

Yay, he didn’t give up faith, but also, oh my god runnnnnnn! It’s a trap! This is all about to come down on your heads in a very bad way!

Because, barring a last-minute miracle (which I won’t give up on; it’s unlikely, but still something to console me through the week), it looks like these two have fallen prey to the prime minister’s machinations. Just as Ra-on’s flight cast her in a guilty light (in addition to the false testimony that nobody is in a position to contradict), being caught together here not only bodes ill for Ra-on, it casts doubt onto the prince, too. If he’s consorting with the enemy, then he needs to come up with a really convincing explanation in order to escape being painted as in cahoots with traitors. Of course it’s absurd for him to have planned his own assassination attempt, but I suppose nothing’s out of the realm of possibility if you ascribe a persuasive logic to it, however false. As we’ve seen in many a sageuk, all that’s needed is a clever twisting of the facts to fashion a narrative that’s far from true but highly credible: It’s never the truth itself that matters, but the appearance of it, and whoever is better at crafting that illusion ends up the winner.

I’m encouraged by past displays of Yeong’s quick wit and ability to outsmart his foes, but on this score I worry that he’s at a clear disadvantage. Even if they were able to clear Ra-on of being a spy for Baekwoonhwe, she’s still got multiple black marks against her that leave her in danger: She’s the daughter of a traitor, and as such would either face death or possibly slavehood; she impersonated a man and used a false identity; and she dishonored the eunuch status by infiltrating it fraudulently. Knowing how dire the situation is for Ra-on was part of why I found yesterday’s goodbye moving and necessary, because I was hard-pressed to come up with reasons for her to stay, despite hating that she had to leave.

And so, yesterday’s sadness felt poignant but still sweet, like a soft pang in the heart, while today felt like a sharper, colder type of pain. Yeong’s heartbreak signifies more than just a love that could not be; it came hand in hand with a breach of trust and a fear that the world may never be right again. *tears* I didn’t necessarily want him to be blind to doubt—his overwhelming love for Ra-on hasn’t always made him act in the smartest of ways—but it hurt to see him totally disillusioned, wrestling with the fear that Ra-on could have betrayed him. My heart dropped when he started to take off his bracelet and then broke down at the gesture.

It was a huge relief to see that he hadn’t, ultimately, given up his faith in Ra-on, as the show made it a point to show us the bracelet he was still wearing; he’s entitled to feel angry, but he can be hurt and love her at the same time. It’s why, despite feeling bad for Ha-yeon, I actually found it really satisfying when he kicked her out of his private garden, because it felt like he was fighting to protect that love. And speaking of Ha-yeon, it was a bit unexpected to have the selection come and go so quickly, but it wasn’t unwelcome; we already knew she would be the one, so no need to linger on foregone conclusions. Glossing it over also kept us emotionally in line with Yeong; he was dealing with his broken heart all episode, and I could feel how disengaged he was from the selection, which made it fitting to move past it swiftly.

I just really hope that our couple gets a chance to talk out some of their questions now, even if just for a moment, before the soldiers come charging in to accuse them of treasonous activities. I suppose they could also talk it out in long conversations in prison, but I’d much rather that a clever twist, or a helpful hand by one BFF or the other, will save the day and keep them safe for just a while longer.

The ending scene also reminded me how grateful I am to this show for never dragging things out for too long, because it felt like this was about as much angst and separation as I could handle before it would have dulled my enjoyment of the show. I can handle a drama that deepens its emotional line and heightens the melodrama, but I don’t want it to come at the expense of gratifying relationships and plot that I actually want to see unfold. That’s the thing a lot of dramas miss in their last third or quarter; the story may necessitate angst, but I’ve sat through so many dramas where that angst resulted in episodes that were just no fun to watch. If nothing else, I’m glad we could end on a note that was uplifting amidst the dread, to keep my hope alive for the rest of the week.

I did love the use of the moon as a motif to tie together our couple; it sort of took over where the bracelets left off and continued the same message: that the moon remains constant despite location and time and even its variations on shape, and as long as Ra-on and Yeong feel the same way, their love will remain constant. I like its symbolism better than the bracelets, which always had that contingency of being worn—at least, the initial superstition did, stating that the two people who wore them would be destined to meet again, which is why Ra-on’s return of the bracelet felt like such a blow. The moon, on the other hand? It just is.

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Ahhh this show really knows how to end its episodes. I knew the prince would not end up hating Raon. This show is so much better than that. This show is such a breath of fresh air...

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Also - I'm pretty sure that that cliffhanger of the army marching in is just a trap to viewers. I bet that house is not where the prince and Raon are reuniting. I'm hopeful that we get some more reuniting sweet scenes from the two and not straight to the prison for the next episode.

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I really hope that's it a trap too, since this drama has been good with tricking us with those preview

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that's really uneasy cliffhanger . . .
we have many probabilities
1) the reunion can happen earlier
2) the house is changed
3) it's the house, god byeong yeon stays in alert outside and they have to run away

but at least they met and hug

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Me too. I think they got the wrong house. At least yeong can meet RaOn and hopefully talk to straighten the misunderstanding.

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Whatever it is, I hope they get out of that house alive and happy.

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I do hope so. I fervently hope that the whole army thing is just a red herring. This is one of a rare case where I wish to have been trolled by the ending, lol.

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Same. I want to believe Yeong is smarter than to have fallen into the Kims' trap & heading to find Raon without precautions

Thanks for the recap JB!

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Yes, I'm going to believe that he'll outsmart them this time too. I don't think he'll go meet her without knowing the dangerous situation he's in, after all, prime minister told him he knows his eunuch is Hong Ra-on the rebel's daughter!

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Exactly. Yeong aint stupid.

Although, he also could be not thinking clearly due to the situation with Raon... O god now I've started second guessing things

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I also kept thinking they'd gotten the wrong house.

Would it be too much to ask that Yoon-sung told Yeong where Ra-On was and then also told gramps the wrong house? No? Let the bromance live on!

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I was legit replaying the scenes showing the facade of that house to see if the Kims got it wrong. Yeong and Ra-on may be in a similar house in the same neighborhood.

I wonder what Eunuch Han's part is in this, though? Who sent the letter? Who's the man in black? How did Yeong find her? How were the Kims able to track her down? What will happen to her mother now that someone who is not Yoonsung knows where they live?

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I don't think Eunuch Han is a part of this, but it's interesting they used Eunuch Han's name to lure Ra-on out by mentioning her father, do the Kims already know Eunuch Han is the rebel leader? I think it's the bamboo hat man, and he's probably a spy within the rebels group, so they framed Eunuch Han like they did with Yeong's attempted assassination. But ack! Somehow I'm hoping gatmother gets there first before everyone.

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The thing is, the letter showed personal knowledge of Ra-on's interaction with Eunuch Han during episodes 10 and 11. I've read somewhere (is it here?) that Kim Hyun's immediate boss may be the culprit. Could be.

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No, I don't think the letter in Ep. 10/11 said anything of that sort, or else, Yoon-sung who've read the letter who've said something, I think the letter merely stated Ra-on was in the palace.

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No, I meant that whoever wrote the letter knows what happened between Eunuch Han and Ra-on at the end of episode 10, that they talked and he wasn't able to tell her about her father. In the palace, only Ra-on and Yeong (and Kim Hyung) knew that Eunuch Han had known her identity.

Also, whoever wrote that letter assumed that Ra-on would respond to Eunuch Han's call. Which meant someone high up in Baekwoon Group.

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That's why most assumed it must've been Kim Hyung's immediate boss, since he has that kind of info and must be a spy from Kim clan.

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I am hoping it is a double trap. Wouldn't it be cool if they were expecting to catch the CP and RaOn together but Kim Hyung and the rebels were waiting for them instead. I am thinking that they could have purposefully withheld scenes from us like how CP came to find out where RaOn is and all the planning he made before meeting her.

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They're purposely withholding scenes alright. We still don't know how Yeong found her.

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I'm just glad they show us a far more important scene, the reunion. We can slowly uncover the rest next Moonday.

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Yes! I just really want to wipe away that smug look on Minister Dumb and Dumber. I hope they are in for a very lovely surprise served by Kim Hyung!

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Oh how I'd love to see the dumbfounded faces of the Dumb and Dumber. Let them be damned xD

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I'm worried, though, since the PM is involved and he's far smarter than these two.

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I hope our Deok-ho-ya will really be acknowledged for his hard work as he uncovered / traced the gold to the Kims.

I hope the queen will get her comeuppance soon!

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I would like to pull the mustache of the other evil minister's face. I find is soo irritating.

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Yes, I bet the house is not the same place. Prime minister Kim knew about Ra On, but he didn't know about chief eunuch Han. So the letter that Ra On take was not from the prime minister. Maybe from CP himself? After he got information from mr kind Yoon Sung?

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I hope it really is a trap for the viewers,

1. I thought if the prime minister plotted for the prince to be caught with Ra On I'm sure he sent that letter but it is too specific, how would he have thought to name Eunuch Han as the sender with a message regarding Ra On's father since he doesn't have an inkling of Ra On's relation to Eunuch Han and for Eunuch Han being the leader of Baekwoon group....

2. So I thought that maybe the letter did came from Eunuch Han but what would be his motive for making the two meet again since he wants Ra On to side them. And If so, how did Prime minister caught about the meeting and sending those guards.

I feel dizzy with all this thoughts and possibilities..... >.<

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I think the letter is from CP.

After Yoon-sung's meeting with Ra On, seeing how miserable she was and missing the CP, the kind and gentle-hearted Yoon-sung must have told CP her whereabout.

CP had to use Eunuch Han name in order to ensure that Ra On would get to go to the meeting place.

As @Elle said "the letter showed personal knowledge of Ra-on’s interaction with Eunuch Han during episodes 10 & 11." Only CP knew about this.

Ra On might do "a no-show" in order to avoid getting the CP implicated if the letter appeared to come directly from CP. Our smarty pants CP knew this.

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I have the same feeling..
There is no way almighty kim hyung and yoon sang are eating popcorn and watching this all happen...its out of character for our smarty pant prince to fall for such trap..

Just curious how they'll get ra on out of all these allegations...

This episode gave me a new hope yeong will not marry ha-yeon.. the way he treats her, she is likely to run out of the palace soon.. hehe

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I praying that they in a different place? When he said i will never forgive you and hugged her...i cried.

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What if you're all right, it's not the same house, but it's Ra-on's mom's house?

What if she gets captured and/or dies the next episode?

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I was so thinking the same thing as you are. I've seen it a few times in other dramas. I feel that it's missing some dialogue to explain how the prince got there. I was watching the end of Episode 12 and when Ra-On came back to see Yeong who was waiting for her to come back, I knew there was dialogue missing and guess what...they started the missing dialogue off at the beginning of Episode 13. Here, it went from Head Eunuch Han requesting a meeting to seeing Yeong meeting with Ra-On which seems like it's missing some dialogue. I'm pretty sure the writer, which is very clever to do this, gave us their hug so that we can endure the wait until next week. I mean, who else here isn't as sad as I am to see them apart for so long. Well...okay it was only one episode, but still long!

I have a feeling Ra-On's dad isn't as much a rebel as he was painted to be. Head Eunuch Han probably knows something that might help this couple. I guess we will find out later what Head Eunuch Han wanted to tell Ra-On about her father. I keep having Moon Embraces the Sun pop up in my head for some reason.

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Yes and Korean viewers keep using "ending fairy" in their comments. I like how, more often than not, Moonlight's endings have been points of closure instead of straight up cliffhangers. It found it a bit weird at first, but I'm really liking it now. And in this ending, we have both cliffhanger and some form of closure (yey for reunion!).

I have so many questions with how we got to this point. They are keeping so much information.

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I love that they used Gummy again as the ending song. It makes me feel better about the next episode.

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I was half expecting Lee Juck's song to play out instead, "If the two of us become one again, let us never separate. Even if the harsh rain shakes us, let us not be apart. Let us not collapse."

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Gummy is more dramatic though.

I’ll place you
In the blowing wind
On the day you come to me
So you won’t just pass me by
I will pray
I won’t hesitate anymore
If it’s you, I can go anywhere

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WAAAAAAA News just came out that PBG finished recording his song for Moonlight OST! Cannot wait! I hope it is a wonderful love song and not a sad one.

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WHAT??!! I thought they said Lee Juck's song was the last one? YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! *dance in the moonlight* He's totally a great singer, I love his cover of 12월 24일.

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WAIT WHAT???!!! URI SEJA HAS RECORDED AN OST????!!!!

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Me too! I love PBG's version of Dec. 24 and his short cover of d.ear's Forget You. So sooo nicee!

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Because I miss you (Lee Yeong ver) come out tonight though :)

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Really? I haven't seen any advertising for HCY's OST.

I've been dying to hear it though.

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yes, it come out at 10pm KST tonight
the info is released via moonlight drawn by cloud official facebook :)

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Re: PBG recording a song for the MDBC OST

I have to admit that my first thought was "WHAAAAt??? But the poor boy is already so tired from the live-shooting, you mean he even has to record a song??!!"

Don't get me wrong, I would love to have PBG have a track for the OST, but but... not at the expense of his health and energy... He is already looking rather worn out in p14 (which makes it great for the pining Ra On scenes), am a bit concerned as to how he can keep up for another 2 more weeks. The poor boy. He works so hard.

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Happier and lovelier than listening to Love is over, love is over HAHA

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It's one of the many nice things about this drama. The episodes are very well orchestrated. Mondays are cliffhangers and Tuesdays are closures for that week's little dilemma. While you have the Kims and the rebels as the main issue for the length of the drama, they get to weave in these almost serialized little issues that get solved in 2 episodes.

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"The episodes are very well orchestrated."

They really are. Also, I'm not sure I can explain it properly but some moments in this show--emotional beats, revelations--are handled with such a light, deft touch, it's beautiful. I mean the execution of the show itself is beautiful. I have such great respect for the entire crew: actors, writers, producers…. Great respect. I really appreciate this show. It will be hard to let this one go.

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I will take not of all the names behind this production and will look out for their future projects. They are really doing A+++ job in this one. I've read that a lot of those in production worked on DOTS as well. While I'm not a fan of DOTS and did not really watch it, I acknowledge that it had its charm/magic. The music director particularly did well.

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The music accompaniment is phenomenal. I'm not a musician and do not know anything about music theory or the technical aspects behinds music. That said, even I can appreciate the incredible background music. And it's not just music in the background - the use of crescendo, sudden stop, pause...there are several scenes where I actually held my breath. They put so much thought into the music. Just phenomenal.

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Totally agree with all of you.. A lot of times, when i was so amazed and mesmerised watching a scene, i wondered do the director and scriptwriter sit together with the editor when editing the scenes . Because its so well done, its like the editor know what the writer and the director want to convey from each scene. And the way the theme of each episode is conveyed throughout the episode, and concluded. It was so beautifully done. With their liveshooting, how do they do it? How can they manage to continue being amazing?! That blows my mind. Everyone who works for this drama make the best team i've ever seen. EVERYONE, all casts and crews did a great job.

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I think Ra On's father is not a traiter and CP is the only one who knows that secret.
I have this feeling because in one episode where he asked to find the "traiter"'s daughter, he did say that he wants to clear out a misunderstanding or some story among the King, the traiter and the Prime Minister.

As CP knows this secret, he still keeps protecting Ra On. He was just angry because Ra On leaves him without telling him...But it is just a minor thing! He understands how Ra On loves him because he knows she scretely kissed him while he sleeped (Ra On thought CP fell into sleep but he did open his eyes a bit to realize her kiss without Ra On knowing that he knows)...
My explanation is complicated, right? Just another guess for the upcoming final episodes.

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It's not misunderstanding btw king, kim and rebel but he wanted to put an end to all the twisted relations
I do have doubt that Gyeong Nae is not traitor or commited treason but was framed to be one, but for CP to know that, I think that is too unlikely.

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I might be wrong...however, he must know something among the twisted relations. you described it well...not a misunderstanding but some tricks behind it.

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It's a trap...The Head Eunuch who saying he is friend with Ra On's father is actually the traiter and with the support of the Prime Minister...

Both are secretly trapping our couples...

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i think so too. eunuch Han is the traitor who work with prime minister kim. lucky for crown prince to have his own small 'people' behind him byung hyun, yoon sung, teacher dasan, eunuch hoon nam, hayeon, young master jung, his princess, his little princess who cannot talk, consort park and two eunuch friends of ra on.. and ra on her self

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If you zoom closely, the black hood man has beard and I'm 99% sure its rebel leader (first few episodes before introducing eunchun han) who had his sword on kim hyungs neck.. it's definitely him..
Its not eunuch han..

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yep, eunuch Han hate minister Kim, he been sending too many deathly glares at minister Kim for them to be working together.

it's the underling of eunuch Han (his rank is a supervior in the rebel society?)

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I meant eunuch Han and Prime Minister are both using Ra On's father for their own purposes and Ra On's father is not a traiter. He might be a spy, he might be trapped...and even his wife does not know it or she knows something but could not disclose it yet.
4 more episode to go and too many questions that need to be answered.
Every theory is just a guess...

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Aye and his rebellion is well known in history for them to turn around and change it.

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I’m just gona share this article so that we can hope for our HAPPY ENDING because this drama has taken its own spin on history and the novel source
http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=001&aid=0008728276

I just briefly translate what I can:

MDBC is 18 episodes drama, that is condensed from 131 chapters novel so there’s a lot of briefing out scenes. However, the drama also created more scenes and characters that did not exist in the novel. And it was hard to make the drama as it would be compared to SKKS.

Kim PD:
“first I thought the girl in disguise trope is already too cliche to be used in drama, but after reading the first 2 volumes of the novel, I really enjoyed the interactions, the scenes and dialogues between the characters.

However, it was hard to a writer for the script as many writers are reluctant to write script with a published novel as the source. Another concern is the fan of the original as the writer is pressured to do well in order to overcome the success of the novel.

I was on team B of Who are you-school 2015 drama so I has connection with writer Kim Min Jung. Then I asked her to become the writer for MDBC. Lucky that she was interested in the story and willing to write a youth drama but she was worried about writing sageuk as she is inexperience in this genre.

About the adaptation, author Yoon Yi Soo cooly agreed for any changes in the story. She said that the story has left her hand, so the production just need to focus on building a good story instead of worrying about the changes of the original. That’s why we could comfortable create this drama.

Change in characters

In the novel, CP was created based on the real CP hyomyong. In the drama, there’s CP, but this CP name in hanja is different to the real CP (hence the deviation from history and novel). This is to draw a line that PBG-CP is different to historical CP. Minister Kim name also changed.

All the characters from the novel were changed like that to allow more creative scenario. Even Queen Kim was not a character in the novel.

We planned to change the name Lee Young too but PBG and Yoon Yi Soo insisted on keeping the name so we kept it, as well as the revelation of the name was an important turning point so we only changed the hanja of the name.

Personality of characters also changed.

In novel, CP is cold man with a little arrogant. In my opinion (Kim PD), CP in novel is not interesting/fun. In drama, we have to show the character grow/maturity of CP, but CP in novel was already perfect, so in the drama, I completely changed CP personality.

The white cloud society (incl BY) in the novel was actually on CP side, they were a secret group created by CP, worked for him. However, in drama, this group is created by rebel Hong Gyong Nae, opposition to CP.

We changed white cloud group to an independent group with a dream to create a world that the commoners take control. Anyhow, the world that CP and Hong Gyeong Nae dream of is...

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... unchanged in drama"

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Thank you!

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Still making my way through the episode, but I had to comment - did they just use flashbacks that weren't already aired to explore a relationship further?? This show is amazing and I can't express enough how much it pulls on my heartstrings.

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I also really appreciate that everyone in this drama feels like a real person - a protagonist in their own story. We just happen to be focusing on our two main leads, but everyone has more than just a single purpose.

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Yeah, it's an added memory that we haven't seen before. I quite like it, because it shows that even when off screen, they were still filling up the memory quota and lovey dovey as always. Which leads me to think, "more" happened off screen that we haven't seen...

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It shows that their relationship is well developed instead of forcing us to believe that they truly love each other with the limited private scenes like some drama offer.
I love how this show deal with flashbacks, just enough to be intriguing and offer information but doesn't take over the whole show

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Agreed! And I like how they keep the flashbacks of scenes we've seen before to a minimum. Only when necessary. Majority of the flashbacks are new scenes.

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Yes! That's why the drama isn't laggy. Some dramas use too much of back scenes cos they probably don't have enough material.
The pacing of it his drama is really good.

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I agree with you! Normally towards the end, dramas tend to show a lot of flashbacks since they dont have enough scenes due to liveshoot.

I planned to eat dinner while watching, because my meal time is the only free time i have. But i couldnt even take my eyes off the screen to lift my spoon. So I ended up stop eating and just concentrate in watching. Surprisingly, the drama makes me feel full. Full in heart and stomach :P A very satisfying drama this is.

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Omg totally agree with the well-developed love line statement. I have been binge watching dramas and failing to feel attached to the lead couple, but for this show, when they cry, I cry. :'-(

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Right? Last night I was thinking, when was the last time that I was truly sold with the OTP and felt everything to be right and real? I am a sucker for love stories and I feel frustrated when I just cannot connect with the leads that even with they shower me with kiss scenes, I just roll my eyes. Here, I was immediately sold. The development was done well.

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So the comfortable reaction from Ra On on CP's arm in the previous episode...hmmmmmm

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Yup, girl was so at home on Princey's arm, um um ummm

O my god, the thirst squad is alive and kicking. Don't worry PD!! We will do it ourselves. At this point moonlight fans are able to pass any How Well Do You Know Your OTP exams. Especially in "filling in the blanks" category!!

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Well, it's been over 9 months now since they first met. There's a lot that happened that we'll never see *nudge* *wink*

Sorry, I've been replaying Yeong's sleepy "Ra-on-ah" last episode and my mind went places where it shouldn't.

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Is it now? I was just about to rewatch from episode 1 to count how many full moons we've had so far.

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Maybe over 8? It was just discovered that the queen was pregnant while Ra-on was undergoing the eunuch exams. The king just said the queen wasn't due for another month.

Methinks she induced her labor, though.

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Oh my! I'm with you! The way Yeong said, "Raon ah" when he first woke up...deep n throaty....hmm mm....
It was quite different from the second "Raon-ah", when he realised that she was not there.

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Pfft. Thanks for the additional comic relief. We only got the one scene between the princess and Master Jung today.

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Yeong probably made mental note that he's with his woman when he woke up, so he made it extra deep, "Ra-on ah..."

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Guys, I just want to thank you guys for going to the gutter with me. Lol.

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Meanwhile I've been in and out of the gutter since episode 6

(to be exact, 57:47 into the episode)

And in permanent residence there since episode 12 (Its amazing what a little rain can achieve lol)

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<3 I think I will be rewatching this drama very soon after it finishes, and then again. The last thing I was like this with was Healer

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I see where this conversation is headed. lmao

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is this the real meaning of Foggy Road??

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OMG, bwahahahahaha!!

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"Which leads me to think, “more” happened off screen that we haven’t seen…"

LOL! My thoughts exactly. But if that's the case, then they should have a special episode to air all the flashback scenes. :-P

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The prince haveth what he want..eth?

haha, but definitely agree that they do seem more intimate than may be historically permissible.

If Ra on becomes nauseous... can that save her and let them be together??!

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I love how they reduce our sadness for CP and Ra-On by showing us the bubbling romance between the Princess and Duk Ho.

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Bogum and Yoojung are such beautiful criers.

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I call for a petition to create a class where WE can learn to cry pretty as well.

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I would really like to attend that class ;-)

Bogummie and YooJung are really awesome, even when they cry. It moves my heart.

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With as many crying faces as we make watching them, it's only fair to let us in on the skill of having Pretty Crying Face.

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+1 I want to attend that class as well. How can Yeong and Ra-on cry so beautifully, but we look like monsters instead?

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I'd be happy to be last in that class. So long as Kim Hyung is also in that class xD

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Of course he has to be there to protect the prince...
we might also get some extra lesson on "how to brood awesomely"

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Ha ha.. yes! I want to join this class too!

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+1 Count me in!

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They are magnificent!
As a teacher, can I give them A+++++++? Can I? Can I?

And the directing! And writing!

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I cried while watching ep 13, cried more while watching this ep and think I'll be crying all the way till the end!

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Yes you can! Yeong & Raon are honors students

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and Yoon Sung has a pretty sad face,
He looked sad and I feel it but after the scene passed I remember that he also looked so pretty

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yoonsung is just too pretty.. too beautiful

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He is!!! And I so love love his pretty, often dark-colored hanboks.

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Then I guess you're happy with his new court hanbok, the maroon coloured he wore this episode instead of his light blue

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He has such a classic beauty. And the hanboks just give him that regal vibe.

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Yes.. so sad and cry with them when they are heartbroken.

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Okay I love Kim Soo-hyun, he's great but Bogum is a far, far better crier than him.

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They both make you feel like you're watching something so raw and heartbreaking. I almost feel uncomfortable like a voyeur watching them cry. Both are different but I'll say they're pretty even where crying is involved, I mean Kim Soo Hyun practically looks like his WHOLE FACE is breaking when he cries, and its his speshul talent. PBG wins @ the micro expressions hands down though

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I cried while watching these last two episodes and my face was a puffy, bloated mess! How do they do it?

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Me too :'(

And i didnt feel like this show tried to wring tears out from me. It felt real, natural and heart wrenching because i could completely connect with them.

So good. I love this week's episodes. As much as the previous ones.

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Yup! Soulful crying that reels you in...

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I'm glad they cried their hearts out and not just some single tear fall..
It feels real and genuine...

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They break your heart.

When Ra-On said i was trying not to cry, whilst crying and CP when he couldn't take off the bracelet and started crying with his hands over his eyes? awwww

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That they are, but it's still acting. Though, have you seen YOF Africa when Bo Gum was crying? His face was all blotchy and red and his voice was tight with tears and he still looked too pretty to be real, even though all I wanted was to protect such a precious snowflake from the world.

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I did! Bo Gum's such a softie and a sweetheart, he tears up a lot. Even RJY, AJH and GKP said that he is easily touched by things and cries a lot.

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I saw him on Youth Over Flowers Africa! And I keep thinking "Wow, he has no eyebrows." Lol. Park Bo-gum looks adorable and all, but I never spared him a second glance, not until Moonlight came along and suddenly he looks all manly and handsome to me. >_<

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If yesterday was a hard pill to swallow, today proved to be poisonous. I knew it'd be hard to watch YeongOn apart, but I didn't know it'd be this painful. Granted I didn't cry as much as I did yesterday, but when Ra-on broke down in genuine tears, I bawled hard with her. I thought Yeong's silent sob would be heart wrenching, but it turns out Ra-on's crumbling facade was even harder to bear, and she did her hardest to contain all the tears too. I noticed the ratings dropped for a bit too, I guess no one loves to see separation or angsty episode, even though we knew this was long overdue. Did anyone notice the rebels meeting in Ep.14 preview didn't make it in today's episode? I've noticed before some scenes were visibly different from preview, but that one was definitely missing.
I'm so happy that our fears are properly addressed in this episode. I knew with the way Ra-on left on yesterday's episode, it'd be hard for Yeong not to have the slightest doubt. And when Minister Kim twisted the fact on the use of the golden bar to point to Ra-on's possible treason, I felt the stab for Yeong. You can see how hard it was for him to maintain his self-composure, and it's extra tough when Ra-on isn't there to convince him otherwise. And I love the way our leads deal with their pain and longing in exact opposite ways, yet equally the same. Yeong turned cold and icy, while Ra-on masked her pain with smile, but when in solitude, both missed each other dearly, and the only way to relieve that is to stare at the same moon (again, love the theme motif used here) despite being in different places. Yeong's word came to mind, "Wherever you see it, the moon is still the same. Even if I'm the crown prince, and whoever you are, it's ok as long as our hearts are the same." *cries*
On another note, yay for plot movement! I fear for YeongOn's twisted fate, but at the same time I'm thrilled that the ministers have found out about Ra-on because at this point it'd be ridiculous to push back all those political machinations. I know we're not watching this for political affairs, but damn if it isn't exhilarating to feel the thrill of the chase. Oof, when Minister Kim openly threatened to cut off Ra-on in front of Yeong, I was ready to pounce on him from my screen, he was so devilishly good. I know Yeong has proven himself time to time to be shrewd and cunning, but I'm at my wits end figuring out a way he could get out of this mess. And they did so great ending today's episode with bittersweet layered with anxiousness, I was so touched by the reunion of our OTP, and equally anxious by the coming palace officials, I was practically screaming "Noooo" when it ended.

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Continuation...

And I have to give credit to this show for their effective use of second leads, they are there to provide enough conflict and make us feel for their pain, but never too much to overshadow our OTP and make us root for them instead. I'm relieved that Ha-yeon showed up after Ep.4, after Yeong was already shaken by Ra-on, because if she was to appear right from the start, I wasn't quite sure if Yeong wouldn't be taken by her naivety and sincerity. I felt bad for Ha-yeon when Yeong forbid her to enter into the garden in the future. We know the significance of the place to Yeong, because that's the place that bears most of his important start with Ra-on and to have someone intrude into the place is like intruding into his memory. I love how he's always been polite to Ha-yeon, but when backed into a corner, he still makes his feeling known to her, I'm glad that he turned curt and aloof after his separation from Ra-on, effectively dashing all her hope of ever returning her feeling. Yoon-sung on the other hand has been oozing charm from the start, but we (I) never felt compelled to root for him because he was toooo nice, I hate to say nice guys finish last (because I really love nice guy), but it works here because his kindness didn't register as love to Ra-on, so instead she fell for the Yeong who loves her boldly and without reservation despite her status. And when Yoon-sung said, "Cry, I won't expect or misunderstand anything." Gah, I want to cry for him, but the way Ra-on burst into tears tore my heart instead.

Also an honorable mention to Master Jung who's fast becoming my favorite character and helper for the crown prince, we've seen the prince receiving help from the people around him, but I'm just glad we add another winning character to that, and it's in the form of his future brother-in-law. Master Jung turns out to be such a reliable detective for Yeong! I hope we get to see more of this in the coming episodes.

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Totally forgot to mention the bracelet, I love the bracelet as the reminder that they're fated lovers and meant to be, but I don't necessarily need it to confirm their fate, but when used as a telltale sign that Yeong held onto his faith, I love it! Love love love it! It broke my heart when Yeong almost took it off, almost believing that Ra-on could possibly betray him, and when he finally broke down in tears, I just couldn't...their sorrows hurt so good.

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this is 1++++++!

I feel you maryxiah. I hope they find a way out of this mess in the next episode. I really can't wait for Monday!

*Can I also have those bracelets? LOL*

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Ra on has always lived free & saw the world ..while yeong was always bound to palace & his duties.. Bracelet, promises, moon symbolism... its all done by yeong like he knew she would definitely leave him.. had to tie her with something to keep her by his side...

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None of those things can tie her to him if she wasn't in love with him, he tied her to his heart. >_<

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2 things you brought up : the moon motif and RO's crying scene.

1) I love the scene where RO looks at the moon with the binoculars and says that it is filling her eyes! How's that for a metaphor? Yeong is certainly filling her eyes!
And when YS asks her if it is that fascinating...and she doesn't say anything and continues to look through the binos...Kudos to the writing, directing and acting, where a character doesn't have to say anything and we don't even get to look at her face, and yet know how she feels!
It was so powerful!

2) RO's crying scene really got to me too. Especially when sweet YS told her that he won't expect or misunderstand...Wow!!!

3) The garden scene hit me too.

I'm a mess. Watched the ep surreptitiously in the staffroom and crying shamelessly.

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There there *pats back* "Cry, I won't misunderstood anything."

I watched this episode twice as usual and cried both times. This is the first time we actually see Ra-on broke down in tears so when it happened, I cried along with her too, in fact I was hyperventilating last night when I saw her. And when she said "It hurts so much." I whimpered. I can't believe these two are so overpowering in their emotions even when they're apart. I was totally devastated by their pain.

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Like damn, it's 2x hurting raon and ys

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Marryxiah, crazyahjumma

I agree with u both wholeheartedly!! I'm not good with words, but i felt the same way with everything u both said.

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I felt so uncomfortable for Yoonsung during that crying scene--Ra-On always shows her true emotions in front of him like how she's hurting because of CP (and he can pick up on it too since he's so perceptive), yet he can never have Ra-On's heart and or affection. When he said "he won't delude himself".. it was so sad like he was admitting defeat :( I still want him to protect Ra-On as a friend, but he needs to get over Ra-On for his own sake

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I agree wholeheartedly with how well this show employs its second leads; you sympathize for them because they are genuinely good people who care for the first leads and do not exist merely for conflict. Of course you root for the first leads' romance here not just because you were told that at the press conference but because they are so clearly meant for one another; for Yoon Sung and Ha Yeon, their infatuation with Ra On and Yeong respectively is more "wrong time, wrong place" instead of a "welp, those are the k-drama rules."

In the case of YS, we know he cares deeply for RO but that was driven home in the scene where she is openly sobbing. When he acknowledges that he has harbored hope she would come to him and that those were shameful thoughts, he honored his friendship with RO by silently tearing up beside her and not providing physical comfort which could have been a way of creating intimacy out of her heartbreak.

And poor Ha-Yeon who is also well-intentioned in helping Yeong but also hoping to gradually win his heart. Her case is a bit more tragic in that her naïveté (if the show is indeed taking her down the aisle) has bound her to a lonely life.

What a gift to have a show where everyone is capable of putting you through a non-manufactured wringer.

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for Yoon Sung and Ha Yeon, their infatuation with Ra On and Yeong respectively is more “wrong time, wrong place” instead of a “welp, those are the k-drama rules.”

I believe they love the OTP but they just not meant to be in a nice way,

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Yes, after watching this episode, i'm more symphatisize our second leads than before.

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Hayeon :'( While watching, I actually had the thought that if Raon were not in this drama and if we were to place Yeong in a different plot, I wouldn't mind a story where Yeong slowly fell in love with this determined girl. That goes to show much this show managed to make me care for the second leads.

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