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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 15

It’s an emotion-filled episode all around, as stakes continue to rise and the story grows more serious. There are upsides and downsides to all that emotion (and teaaars), and while that often means heartbreak and longing for the characters, the show does often excel at finding ways to make its angst meaningful, and sometimes even gratifying. Well, most of the time. Not, unfortunately, all of the time.

 

 
EPISODE 15: “All those lies that seemed like truth”

Yeong walks into his room and finds a letter on his desk. His expression grows grave as he reads it, while Ra-on receives a letter of her own while in hiding. Hers is from Head Eunuch Han, who says he has more to tell her about her father and asks to meet, requesting that she name the time and place.

Yeong considers the letter for a long while, and finally makes his way out late that night.

And that’s how he ends up in that secluded building, where he faces a stunned Ra-on with a hard expression on his face and vows not to forgive her. Then he grabs her close and embraces her tightly.

At the same time, royal soldiers mobilize outside a house looking just like the one Yeong and Ra-on are in. The younger Minister Kim steps up in front and leads the charge as they move in on the building…

Yeong pulls away from Ra-on, and tells her, “I will only listen to your words. Even if you speak lies, I will believe you. Everything you showed me—was it all true?”

Ra-on lowers her eyes, seeming torn on how to respond, and then apologizes. Looking stricken, Yeong grasps her arms and looks at her intently… and then a sound from outside grabs their attention.

Oh thank goodness, it’s Byung-yeon, who bursts inside and warns that Yeong had guessed correctly and that they must escape.

So when the soldiers do finally charge the building, swords drawn, it’s only Yeong that they find inside, with his back to the door. Moments later, more soldiers join the fray—but this second group challenges the first, protecting the prince.

Minister Kim looks shocked when Yeong turns to face them; clearly this isn’t what he’d been expecting. Outside, Byung-yeon swiftly dispatches several soldiers, then leads Ra-on away.

Minister Kim averts his eyes, starting to sweat now as Yeong asks what he’s doing here. Yeong says he’d been curious to see who sent him a false letter hoping to catch him in a trap, lip curling as he concludes, “It was you?”

Minister Kim says nervously that he is merely acting on a report of a secret meeting with a traitor. Yeong fumes at the idea that someone would dare frame the crown prince for treason and orders Minister Kim to capture the culprit: “That is your only way to live. Do you understand?!”

The next day, Byung-yeon informs the prince that Ra-on is fine and will soon be relocated to a safer place. Yeong supposes that he ought not ask where that is, and Byung-yeon replies that it would only make things harder on Ra-on.

Yeong wonders, “How is it that I became the person who makes this most difficult for Ra-on?” He assures Byung-yeon that he won’t ask anything.

Flashing back to the previous night, we see how they’d escaped. After receiving the warning to flee, Yeong urges Ra-on to leave quickly with Byung-yeon. Before she does, she tells Yeong not to wonder where she is: “And even if you hear news of me, do not be shaken. I will do so, too.”

With a bow, she starts to leave. Yeong reaches out to grab her wrist with the hand that still wears his bracelet, and they stare for a long moment into each other’s pained eyes. Yeong holds Ra-on’s hand tightly, loath to let go, but Ra-on slowly pulls hers free, leaving him empty-handed. He stares down at her, brokenhearted, while she averts her eyes and leaves.

The queen meets with Ha-yeon, who is now living at the palace and being trained to be the crown princess. She seems to enjoy telling Ha-yeon that the prince continues to resist the marriage and asks if Ha-yeon is curious why.

Ha-yeon doesn’t rise to the bait, answering that the prince must have his reasons. The queen says with mock concern that the prince has been devastated following the disappearance of a eunuch he used to take everywhere with him, and asks Ha-yeon to comfort him. Having planted that seed of suspicion in Ha-yeon’s mind, the queen smirks to herself.

Byung-yeon reports to his rebel group about the previous night’s events, but tells them that he doesn’t know where Ra-on is, because she was gone when he’d arrived to warn the prince. Head Eunuch Han is gravely concerned by the fact that someone forged a letter from him, and deduces that they have an insider working against them. He vows that if a traitor is discovered in their midst, he will be punished.

That night, Ra-on’s mother asks if she resents her father for the difficulties Ra-on and her mother have had to endure because of his actions. Ra-on reminds Mom that she’d said he was doing important and necessary work.

Mom concedes that that’s true, but still didn’t like that it was her husband doing that work: “Rather than someone doing important work, I needed someone to be family who would eat, sleep, cry, and laugh with me.” So naturally she hated him for it, too.

Ra-on says that those words sound like “I miss you” to her ears, and Mom has to laugh. Then when Ra-on steps outside, she notices a bundle just outside the door.

A terrified court lady cowers before Yeong, who confirms that she delivered the forged letter to his desk. He prods her to describe who sent her on the errand, and she says that he was an unfamiliar face, and one she recalls clearly.

A man wearing a black bamboo hat makes his way to the Kims’ inner circle… and it’s Byung-yeon’s direct boss in the rebel group. Prime Minister Kim notes that there’s no guarantee that a traitor to the rebel group wouldn’t also backstab him. Black Hat replies that he’s trusting in the power of money, not Prime Minister Kim himself: “You can buy only what you need to buy, and I will sell only what I can sell.”

That answer satisfies the Kims, who hand over an envelope. Black Hat is ordered to deliver Ra-on immediately.

Yoon-sung cradles a baby, and a flashback informs us that this is the discarded princess, born to the queen and swapped for the court lady’s boy. Shortly after the queen’s eunuch had smuggled the princess away, Yoon-sung had knocked out the man taking her away.

Yoon-sung has entrusted the baby to a gibang matron, who assures him that the gisaengs adore the child. She’s curious about the baby’s background, and Yoon-sung explains that she was orphaned and has no place to go. The woman is moved by that plight and vows to raise her with the utmost care.

That night, Ra-on enjoys some air outside the house and assures her mother she’ll be in shortly. All of a sudden, she’s grabbed from behind by a masked intruder, while a second one knocks her mother out cold. She struggles against her captor, but is no match for them and gets dragged off.

But seconds later, Byung-yeon leaps into the fray and cuts down one intruder, takes down a second, and then faces the remaining one—his rebel boss Black Hat, although Byung-yeon doesn’t know it yet, with the mask covering the man’s face. They come together in a fierce clash of swords, and Byung-yeon gains the upper hand, sending down his boss down on one knee and knocking away his sword.

They lock eyes for a long beat—does Byung-yeon recognize him? Is there something there?—and then Black Hat runs away. Byung-yeon remains behind, while Ra-on rushes to her unconscious mother’s side.

The prime minister visits the queen to see her newborn baby, and she brightens at his praise of the child. The queen adds that she feels lighthearted to have borne a prince—words that make Yoon-sung’s face even stonier. He asks if she is happy, and there’s something to the way he presses her on it that makes the prime minister and queen look at him more closely, wondering what he could be driving at.

Black Hat makes his way back to the Kims… and this time, around the corner we see that Byung-yeon has followed him here. He seizes the opening to attack his boss from behind, then holds a blade to the man’s throat, deducing that Black Hat sold out the rebels to work for the Kim family.

“So?” his boss asks, shocking Byung-yeon. If Black Hat is outed, the covers will be blown for both Head Eunuch Han and Byung-yeon, who have been undercover for years at the palace.

Furious, Byung-yeon drops his sword and punches Black Hat in the face and gets in several solid hits. But then a halt is called as they are surrounded by royal soldiers, who recognize Byung-yeon. Holding up a drawing resembling Black Hat (which must have been based on the court lady’s description), the lead officer informs him that they’ve come to arrest the man. For the moment, there’s nothing Byung-yeon can do.

Yeong announces to his court that the culprit who tried to frame him for treason has been captured. Ministers Dumb and Dumber tense, and Yeong shoots a look over at Prime Minister Kim as he says that the man admitted to taking orders from someone.

Minister Dumber blusters that he’ll have the criminal interrogated by the tribunal, but Yeong adds that the man has already volunteered for a special interrogation before the king and the court where he will reveal all he knows. The Kims quake a bit in their shoes.

Dumb and Dumber confer privately to figure out what to do, nervous that Black Hat will spill the beans on their involvement.

Ra-on is surprised by a visit from Head Eunuch Han, whom she has deduced was a friend of her father’s involved in the same work. Eunuch Han confirms it, saying that he wanted to enlist her to join in her father’s cause, but Ra-on is firm in her denial.

He guesses that it’s because of Yeong and explains that the prince is pushing back the wedding, and is not eating or sleeping well. He tells her that pulling on entangled threads only tightens the knot and renders it impossible to untangle: “When that happens, you must cut it loose without regrets.” That, he explains, is the path that’s best for the prince.

Eunuch Han says that he’s sorry and tells Ra-on to take care of herself as he leaves. She’s left shaken and heartsick.

Dumb and Dumber slip into the prison with a royal doctor, who carries needles hidden in his sleeve. Poisoned, perhaps? The doctor starts to enter the cell where Black Hat sleeps, only to have a voice call out to the group—Yeong, who wonders at their late-night visit.

Minister Dumb lies that he was merely checking on the status of the criminal, indicating the man inside the cell. Yeong narrows his eyes and asks how he knew that was the criminal in question. Aha! Yeong points out that he’d never disclosed the man’s identity, and the ministers gulp to be caught in their lie.

To make his point clear, Yeong asks the head prison guard if he knows the man’s name or crime, and the guard replies no. With that, Yeong orders the criminal roused, so they can ask who he is taking his orders from.

But when the guard goes over to Black Hat, the body just lies there limply—he’s already dead. Oh noooooooo. Fuming, Yeong accuses Minister Kim of interfering before the interrogation.

The next day as Yeong holds court with his ministers, the prime minister makes a late entrance. He’s notably dressed out of his red ministerial robes, which are set down before the prince.

He explains that despite his faithful service, he is suspected of criminal acts, and will resign his post in turn his efforts to clearing his name. Yeong tells him to clear his name using different methods, but at the cries of the court to accept the dismissal, he finds himself outnumbered. (Ex-)Prime Minister Kim promises to capture all the rebels and deliver them to the prince.

A notice is posted in the city with Ra-on’s name and picture, identifying herself as a traitor and leading participant on the attack on the prince. Soon after it’s posted, an unseen man rips it down.

Byung-yeon brings one of the posters to Yeong and warns that it won’t be safe for Ra-on to remain in the city. The idea is a blow to Yeong, who asks, “You mean she will be leaving soon, don’t you?”

Ra-on mulls over Head Eunuch Han’s advice to cut the knot free, crying to herself at the thought.

Bitterly, Yeong asks, “Does she really not have anything she wants to ask me, or hear from me? Or argue with me, or request of me? Does she not even wonder about me, or miss me?” He looks up at the moon with tears pooling in his eyes, asking, “Is she even alive?”

Then he faces Byung-yeon earnestly to say, “My words about not asking anything—forget them. Once, even just once, could you have me meet her?”

Ra-on and her mother both lie awake in bed that night, and Ra-on’s mother seems to sense her mood and suggests moving far away. Ra-on’s face crumples, but she forces a smile when she turns to face Mom and agrees to leave.

“But before that,” Ra-on says, “there’s something I have to do.” Her mother asks what that is, and she replies, “Sending [him] away. So that he can live well without me. So that if someone were to come and take my place…”

Mom asks if she means to make it so Yeong won’t carry lingering feelings for her, but she replies no: “So he won’t be sorry to me.”

Mom sighs and pulls Ra-on close, patting her comfortingly while shedding tears of her own. Ra-on cries quietly in her mother’s arms.

Prime Minister Kim sits Yoon-sung down, looking at the wanted poster of Ra-on as well as the portraits Yoon-sung had painted of her in her female guise. The prime minister sneers in disgust at the idea of Yoon-sung falling for a rebel’s daughter and barks that he could have called any number of gisaengs if he wanted a woman to draw or hold.

“Like you, Grandfather?” Yoon-sung asks pointedly. “Is it fine to hold them for one night and then abandon them?” He asks if it’s their family tradition to embrace people, including children, when needed and discard them when not.

“What is it you hate so much?” his grandfather asks. Yoon-sung replies, “The picture that you have drawn. That big picture you have carefully prepared with me in mind.”

His grandfather asks if he really opposes their family’s long tradition and his grand future. Yoon-sung says, “Yes. Even if it is low and crude, I will live the painting that I draw for myself.”

Late that night, Yeong waits alone in a building, and breaks into a smile when Ra-on comes into view. It fades a little when she keeps her eyes averted and asks why he wanted to see her, and he registers her stiffness.

Yeong asks why she’s keeping him at a distance, worrying that that his request put her in danger. Ra-on clenches a fist and looks up at him, saying, “Being next to you right now is the most dangerous time.” Her voice hardens as she adds, “At one order from you, could I not be dragged off at any moment?”

Hurt at that thought, Yeong calls her name and starts to step toward her, but Ra-on suddenly pulls out a small dagger and brandishes it at him. What are you doooooing.

Her hands shake and she breathes unsteadily, and Yeong tells her to put down the weapon, declaring that he would never order her killed. “Do I have to say these unbelievable words?” he asks incredulously.

Ra-on tells him that things are different now from the time when he knew nothing about her. She has heard that the king is unwell, much like how he suffered ten years ago because of her father’s actions.

Yeong tells her she’ll hurt herself and slowly reaches up to take the knife, but pauses when she brandishes it with more vigor.

“You must have many resentments yourself,” Ra-on tells him, raising her voice. “But I am the same. Who is it who made my father a traitor and made him die?!”

Yeong takes a step toward her anyway, and then another. With one firm movement he grabs her hands in both of his. And then, slowly, he angles the dagger’s tip inside the loop of his eternity bracelet. With a twist, he cuts the cord, sending its beads scattering. Nooooo. The dagger clatters to the floor.

Ra-on looks up in shock. In a pained voice, Yeong reminds her, “No matter what, I said I would believe everything. Your lies. I understand, so go on. We will not meet again.”

Ra-on stares at him for long, heartbroken moments, tears spilling from her eyes, matching the ones in his.

And now, finally, the royal wedding.

The palace is prepared for the ceremony, and Yeong and Ha-yeon are dressed in their wedding finery. He looks dead-eyed through his preparations, while she looks both nervous and sad.

Ha-yeon’s father joins her for some emotional final words, momentarily taking her aback with his newly formal address (as a princess, she outranks him). He warns her that she may find palace life very difficult, but Ha-yeon assures him not to worry, and for a brief moment he drops the formalities to call her by name for the last time. He entreats her to be healthy and safe, and Ha-yeon sheds a few tears as she hugs her father.

Eunuch Jang finishes dressing Yeong and gets emotional himself, reminiscing on how much Yeong has grown from boyhood, wishing him happiness and health. He places the hat on Yeong’s head, and Yeong flashes back to Ra-on doing that for him in her eunuch days, and how he’d playfully tiptoed out of reach.

Today, though, Yeong’s face remains bleak and sad.

From a faraway hill, Ra-on looks over toward the palace, knowing that the ceremony is unfolding today.

(Park Bo-gum sings this ballad, “My Person,” whose lyrics tell us: “You’re my everything, you’re my person / As much as my heart hurts, this love that cannot be erased / this love that cannot be stopped even if the world freezes / I would rather that I hurt more / Do not worry about me, even if it hurts and hurts, it’s love / I’m happy because you are forever my person”)

Wearing a grim expression, Yeong walks out of his palace to head for the ceremony.

On her walk back home, Ra-on sees a troop of soldiers marching through and ducks out of sight. Luckily, she’s not spotted.

Meanwhile, her mother waits for her at home, but stiffens when someone else arrives: a man wearing a bamboo hat, who slowly reveals his face. Mom’s eyes widen in shock. Is that… who I think it is?

At the palace, an officer bursts in to deliver unfortunate news to the king.

Ra-on arrives home to find her place ransacked, and her mother sits in a daze.

Just as Yeong is about to step into his palanquin, Eunuch Jang comes running up with bad news: The king has collapsed, in response to news that Hong Kyung-rae has been arrested.

 
COMMENTS

All right, I’ll just come out and say it: This was the first episode I was actively dissatisfied with, as the story went from reasonably angsty to frustratingly so. I’m sure we all have different tolerance levels for how much plot complication and angst we can take before our enjoyment of an overall show starts to wane, but for me, I can generally hang in there as long as I find the story and characters credible—if it still makes sense to my head or my heart, I’m usually somewhat appeased.

This dissatisfaction isn’t purely because our couple is still apart, or because one is lying to the other (although that certainly doesn’t make me happy), but because (1) the plot spent more time away from the main couple, and (2) the underlying logic failed me for the first time. The romantic relationship doesn’t have to be in an happy, cute phase for me to find it rewarding, but shifting away from it for long periods of time had my interest flagging at points. Previous episodes tugged at my heart despite the painful goodbyes and longing heartbreak, because I was there with both characters, understanding the need for their present circumstances and feeling the dilemma as they lived through it. I understood, and even agreed with, Ra-on pushing away Yeong and running away and leaving behind the bracelet, and when she grieved her lost love privately, I felt that pain with her.

But today, she pulled the noble idiot card—a trap this drama has been so good as to avoid till now—and employed that logic I abhor and have never found compelling, where you essentially say, “I don’t want him to hurt, so I’ll prevent him from being hurt in the future by hurting him right now.” Oh gee, that’s so considerate.

I’m sure there are ways we can rationalize Ra-on’s behavior with elaborate character analysis and argued defenses, and because I love this show I recognize a knee-jerk compulsion to think up explanations on behalf of the show. And to a small extent I think that’s fair, that when a show has built up a bank of goodwill by consistently exceeding expectations and delivering awesomely, that it’s allowed a bit of a grace—but for me, it’s only a very small bit of leniency. Because as fans, we can love a thing beyond what it delivered but we can’t conjure up something it didn’t do, or argue something it didn’t argue itself.

All that said, there were moments that did touch me, such as the motif of lying and truth, as reflected in the episode title. Going back an episode, it seems the straight reading of “lies that seemed true” is Yeong doubting that Ra-on was sincere in her love of him. But I loved that the prince subverted that expectation, giving her permission to “lie” and accepting her answer no matter what. That’s why it particularly hurt my heart when she pulled her knife on him (which I’m still angry about) and tried to turn him away by making it seem she resented him, because she inflicted pain intentionally when it wasn’t even necessary, when he would have accepted her answer without her needing to invent false logic.

So she disappointed me, because this “I did it for your own good” logic frequently ignores the other person’s agency in a situation by denying them the opportunity to react. You’ve decided that in order for that other person to do as you want, you must control (or manipulate) the information they have at hand, and ultimately it signals a lack of faith. I don’t condemn Ra-on for it; she’s human and young and in an impossible situation, and in any other show I would probably just accept it. It’s just, this show has been so great about writing characters who rise to the challenge, and I don’t think she did today. I feel that he, on the other hand, did: It’s bittersweet and touching to see that ultimately he accepts her choice without agreeing with it or necessarily even believing it; it’s the fact that she made a choice at all that compels him to respect it.

As for the rebel plotline, well, I’ve watched a lot of sageuk dramas so it’s no surprise that this drama is starting to feel the drag of going shifting to external conflicts like political machinations and rebellion plots. Really, I was expecting it to come sooner, so on the upside I have to commend this show for making it Episode 15 before I felt we’d hit that drag. It seems like standard sageuk procedure to get to this point a few weeks earlier and spend more time in it, so I’m relieved that we’re not really in very much danger at all, given that we’re so close to the end. That said, being ahead of the curve compared to other dramas is fine and all, but Moonlight has been a remarkable experience by consistently hitting high levels of heart, fun, and warmth, and today I thought it fell short of its own standard.

But to leave on a happy note: Who else laughed when me made it through yet another episode without a royal wedding? This show is determined to keep our crown prince unattached and monogamous, history be damned, and you know, I’m really okay with flouting historical record on this one.

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Phew
Kim huyng appearance! at least CP can still think straight and see through lies

Hwang chi yeol ver of Because I miss you!!! AND Bogum My Person playing during the wedding prep, the lyrics just killed me!!! “My love won’t stop, I will embrace all the pain, don’t worry about me, no matter how much it hurts, it’s still love, I’m still happy, you’re forever my person” <3 <3 <3

AND wtf? Hong gyeong nae is alive?? Seriously, this drama really put twist to our assumption like when we thought the mother was dead. Perhaps papa Hong didn’t want Raon to be sad so he disrupt the wedding? kekeke

At least that disrupt the wedding, but gosh, now there’re more complicated issues.

And eunuch Han advice to Raon is complete opposite of RO promise to Yeong, when it seem impossible, never let me go vs cut it clean

And Yeong sees through Raon lies, when she said she resent and he knew she was trying to cut tie with him, then he cut the bracelet, and he said he would trust her lies, no matter what she says, damn FEELS

Side character wise though, now we know Yoonsung will stand up for his own moral and belief, instead of being passively involved in his grandfather big dream. He was similar to Yeong, unwilling to let other paint his future, he wants to create his own future. And he asked if queen Kim was happy seeing the fake prince lolz

Hayeon probably finally hit with reality, that she will be super lonely if the wedding is through, that her father cannot address her by her name anymore but address her as Crown Princess. And she also knows that Yeong doesn’t spare any warm feeling for her so she wasn’t excited or kinda looking forward to the wedding anymore. It was more like, it was too far in to pull out and she just needs to go through it.

THIS EPISODE is angst and more angst…. Hopefully in tomorrow episode, more plans, actions and alliance to flesh out to bring our 2 puppies back together. Im still waiting for our 3 musketeer team.

AND the preview, omg!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flIHXjpS8nw
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P.S: apparently the staffs vacation is 5 days 4 nights Cebu, departing 21/10, most cast members will go incl PBG, KDY, KYJ but not sure about CSB.
The special episode is 85min air 18/10, incl interview with 5 main leads, unreleased scenes, NG and BTS.

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I am probably in the mood but I love the angst, finally they aren't the perfect kid,
Finally the couple quarrel and finally Byeong Yeon punch with fist,

I hope they want to have a separation but they are so young that it doesn't come off as peace solution,
learn to let it go . . . .
just let it go for a while

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"Finally the couple quarrel"

Since you put it that way, I'm now kind of a teeny tiny but less angry at Raon. Lovers' quarrel has been a long time coming, I guess. LOL

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Lovers Quarrel? I love lovers quarrel, but why does this feel like somethings else? This is more like giving up than a fight, or the fight is one sided so its just sad

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Yup, this doesn't seem like lovers quarrel to me either. More like noble idiocy on both sides, I get that Ra-on pulled it first by asking Yeong not to find her and mock-blame the king for her father's death, but when Yeong decided to let go too, bah, I'm all the more upset. >:(

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Though it's not a lovers quarrel for me, I felt that their decision are not too out of context, it may be noble idiocy, but what can you really do in those situations, I was thinking if it were me? I think that I'll just put all my trust to the creators of this wonderful drama,

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I wanted to put my hand through the screen and slap Ra-On left right and center. That's idiocy at it's highest.

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I should explained more than,
imo it's likes the 1st time they can't meet the neutral ground even when they both did it for their love
and isn't they still a couple just until the bracelet broke??

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I was surprised myself when Raon pulled a knife on CP. It was shocking it was her idea of a "proper" goodbye, but the more i think of it, the more i empathize with Ra-on and see that she has few choices. From the beginning up until that point it has always been the CP who readily displayed affection toward Raon, in nearly every scene , she shied away from his touch and his advancement with the exception of that last day before she escaped from the palace. He has been persistent and almost unreasonable in believing that somehow their differences in class, and her being a daughter of a traitor could be overlooked. Ra-on has walked away from him many times without success. She is more realistic than he in understanding that there are things in life that are off limits even for a CP. She seems to have a better the grasp of the consequences of their staying together.

From the CP perspective of this scene. He didnt buy for a second that she would harm him, although she made a good attempt to put up an act. As she brandished the knife before him, he walked straight into it, forcing Raon to step back. He was testing her will and her words. It wasnt a one sided fight.

I found this scene painful and so beautiful at the same time. It broke my heart when CP said " I will believe your lies, i understand now, so please stop."

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I'm fine with angst, but it should be reasonable and touching, not frustrating

Like when Yeong was going through the wedding prep scene, that touched me

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Yay for vacation reward, they deserve it lots! I'm happy Yoo-jung is going on it too, because I don't think she ever been to one, right? Can't wait for the special too~! >_<

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the CP is coming to my country!

so sorry for the squee slip up

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Lucky you T_T

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ha ha ha ha, welcome him well

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He will be where I live. Wish I can get an idea which resort are they staying...coz, you know I might just visit it to just get a glimpse of the cast.

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Umm...calex, this is awkward since it's our first time talking and all, but umm...when they do get there, can I stay over your house and stalk, ahem visit, them with you?

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Most of the time, Korean artists go to Imperial Palace resort which is now known as JPark Island. Maybe they're going there?

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Oohhh, my friend and I squee-ed too that they will be coming here to the PH! Too bad we're not in Cebu! But hooray for their well-deserved break too. Their shooting schedule seems so exhausting.

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I wish I could fly to Cebu right now! PBG! Get some dried mangoes!

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Thanks for the update Ahn!!!
Wooooot! Any Cebuanos in the house?
Lol even though I left Cebu for a while now I'm still very much Cebuano at heart. I hope the cast and crew wouldn't worry too much about the bad press the president/country is getting. As long as they get good guides and coordinate their activities well there shouldn't be a problem at all. Cebu is still very much a tourist hotspot. Ahhhh PBG in Cebu (hyperventilates at the thought of this again).
I hope they love it there! Enjoy MDBC team! Thank you for all your hardwork and dedication. Most of all, thank you for making this show!

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I hope I can booked an air asia ticket from Jakarta to Cebu to find them, meet Captain Park or Soo Ah or maybe Do Woo On the way to airport and then meet Park Bo Gum n the gang.

Hahaha... *noona fantasized

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I'd follow them around, by foot if I have to, if I were still in Cebu, and I would fantasize too about getting an air ticket from here in Canada all the the way to Cebu right now just to meet/see/be in the same space as them. But my bank account is just that much of a buzzkill.

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Hi there! I'm from Iloilo! My cousin and I are planning to fly to Cebu from Iloilo for a slim chance of seeing PBG and the rest of the cast. But I'm not sure if this has been confirmed by KBS already. Can anyone check?

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You are very right.id love to meet PBG on the way to airport SA and DW would be a great bonus to meet by a chance lol

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I've made inquiries already on where they could possibly be staying here in Cebu.

So far, I haven't gotten any information yet.

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Its good they will visit cebu all i know only speculations which hotel they gonna be. but i need company huhuhu.at least they will give at least 10 minutes of there spare time to meet the fans at least in the mall it will be accessible for all their fans?BOOTAK JOM MOOLUHBODUDWEHYO ? JEBAL....

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MDBC cast will give their spare time in Cebu at least 5-10 minutes please hopefully KBS will read this one! Kamsahamnida

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Has KBS or drama reps confirmed the reward vacation? Last I heard, were they not deciding between phuket, thailand and cebu?

Also, I thought that special episode will only be 10 mins long? But I really hope they make it 85 mins, or even 2 episodes long. We wouldn't mind, would we?

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85 minutes with BTS, interviews and best scenes... cmiiw

i want never before seen scenes tho

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@assassine

the vacation is confirmed today
http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=076&aid=0002997691

The 85 min is 1 episode, airing right after episode 18

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Just when the cast decides to go to Cebu, to the land I've lived all throughout my life, I have to fly to Manila for a short vacation. My heart is crushed.

*off to take the exam. Laters Moonlighters ;)

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neener! I'm gonna smack your head! Told you to stay away for the time being, lol.

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Sorry! I just have to. No matter how angsty the episode will be, I'll be here. xD

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Noooo~ No, show, no! Why did you go and do that?! Do we really Hong Kyung-rae in the picture right now, this late into the game? Why?! For what? Isn’t it bad enough that Ra-on impersonated man/eunuch and a traitor’s daugher, now her father is alive too? Do we really need this much conflict all at once? Some people have been speculating that they might turn Hong Kyung-rae innocent of his part in the riot 10 years ago, and I feel conflicted about that. I don’t mind this show tweaking history to ensure our OTP’s happy ending, but I’m not so sure about messing with the history of Hong Kyung-rae, and it’s the only one thing I wish remain untouched in this show. Sure it’d be hard to clear Ra-on’s family name of capital crime, but why undo something that’s so greatly established for 14 episodes long?

And here I thought angst ended last week, I should’ve known that angst doesn’t stop simply because they met. I know I said I don’t care much about the symbolism of the bracelet as long as Yeong holds onto his faith, but my dam of tears broke when he cut off the bracelet and told Ra-on he’d believe all of her lies (meaning: I understand that you’re being mean to let me go). When that bracelet broke, my heart shattered along with them. I know their love wouldn’t end simply because the goddamn bracelet broke, but the resolution coming from the broken bracelet seems more final than Ra-on leaving behind her bracelet. For once, I didn't mind Baek Ji-young's "Love is Over" in the background, because it really felt that way for me, especially with their tear-stricken faces. And oof, the look of heartbreak on Yeong's face when Ra-on took out the knife and said all of those lies, that killed me. I was half expecting Yeong to take Ra-on’s hand and stab himself in the gut, because that’s what she’s been doing to me all episode long. Surely an inflicted wound would be better than a gaping hole in our crown prince’s heart?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand perfectly well why this would be the wrong time for our OTP to be together, the stakes are too high and we’re treading on dangerous territory, especially when everyone is constantly out to get Ra-on, and the main conflict still remain. But I wish all the brains we have in this show (just the 3 musketeers really) could come together and do something about this giant elephant (brokenhearted OTP) in the room. Why is Yeong the only one slaying with his brain? Why is Yoon-sung, the man with the most infos, not out there kicking ass? I mean if he really loves Ra-on, he should think of her happiness first, no? I guess this is why Yoon-sung loses out to Yeong. Yoon-sung did everything he THINK was best for Ra-on, but Yeong did everything FOR Ra-on (point in case: letting her go even though it pained him). Kim Hyung is definitely my hero in today’s episode, other than kicking ass left and right, he helped our OTP to meet and proved his loyalty stands with Yeong.

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Continuation...

I love how openly they addressed Ra-on by her real name, meaning the secret is out so they have nothing to hide, sure they’re still withholding info from each other, but it’s a step in faith for our crown prince. Thanks show, for giving Kim Hyung more screen time, who knew a sewing master knows the way to a girl’s heart, mine at least.

As for the royal wedding, I was dreading it really. But then it got hold up again, and I found myself getting frustrated. Are you going to let them get married or what, show? Make up your mind! On another note, I wonder if Ha-yeon knows now that Ra-on is a girl, and the girl that Yeong is in love with. Isn’t it obvious from the way the queen was hinting? Plus the bracelet Ra-on wore was a dead giveaway. I wish she’d find out before the wedding, because while the revelation itself might not change much since we’re proceeding with the wedding anyway, but the knowledge of it could possibly save her from more heartache. I guess I just want her to realize Ra-on loves Yeong as much as she does, maybe even more, Ra-on did let her meet Yeong even though it’d hurt to be in that position. Wouldn't it be easier to give up when you meet a more worthy rival?

And OMG, is Minister Kim plotting a treason of his own? Because the big picture Yoon-sung was hinting at sounded like he wanted to put his grandson on the throne. It could be that he wanted to eliminate Yeong, and use the newborn prince as a tool to put his own grandson to the throne. The prophecy did mention that Yoon-sung would be a great king, maybe that's what moved Minister Kim to put him on the throne? I have a bad feeling with where they're heading with the story. I don't want Yoon-sung to die.

Anyone else cried like a baby when Hwang Chi-yeol’s voice came out? I thought we were only going to hear Park Bo-gum’s OST, so I was pleasantly surprised, thrilled in fact, to hear his voice! Oof, he sang out Ra-on’s longing for Yeong so perfectly, I was wailing in the background.

I guess it’s only right to complement all the cute we had in the past episodes with more angst and threats before we head into our finale week. But can’t our seja jeoha (and us) get a break? He’s still nursing his wound from having had to give up on Ra-on, for goodness sake! How much I love it that they used Park Bo-gum's song after the breakup, and the lyrics reflect on his true feelings: “As much as my heart hurts, it’s a love I can never erase. Even if the world is frozen, this love will never stop. I’d rather bear all the pain. Don’t worry about me, even though it hurts, it’s still love. I’m happy. Forever you are, my person, I love you.”

Now excuse me, I’ve got a pond to fill with my tears.

PS: Damn Ahn, you're so fast, lol.

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PS 2: Damn Ahn, you are fast, god byeong yeon would feel challenge

I think it painful because of the length,
little bit editing things,
a scene that happen with much more cut that emphasised a failure as in Yeong's failure to convince Ra-On will have more impact when it longer than the try acting,

like when he pursue her, the pace is normal just like when they hug in the 1st scene but the failure scene as in letting ra-on' hands go in the flashback ia played longer and has no dialog,
it's the despair, it's when a drama play with their pace that the happy go lucky pursue will pay out as it is but the pain actually play out longer so we seen and feel how sad it is,

and why this drama become so sad is because of the editing, the story for me is quite normal, they had reason but all pursuing scene, like looking for her the 2nd time,
asking byeong yeon reach climax faster than the long scene when the bracelet break or the scene when yeong wears his wedding attire,

just my 2 cent

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The painful experiences are realistic, in that they seem to have their own rules of time lapsing in super-slow-motion. At least, that's how I remember sad or painful happenings. But maybe I'm a weird duck. Nice observation!

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a little bit I realised is the close up in kdrama is often blurred the background,
when they used it in white/one tone, it feels flat,

but when they used it something like palace with many detail background, even if it blurred, it give a little bit space,
also sometimes in other drama,
the camera zoom to the actor faster but in moonlight, some actor moves towards the camera for the zoom effect (mostly did by byeong yeon and don't asked me how I knew it, lol), and it makes a movement and the place looked bigger,

also some scene like when yeong crying in the desk and ra-on thinking in a barn (barn??) is filming in angle that looked like we peek on them, they left some black space in the screen to show that our body and our eyes didn't open in the same direction, the side shot

also sometimes when they did the zoom, they also do the half zoom before the face so we can see some little detail like the hairpin, their shoulder, the environment and it just noticable,

haha sorry if this kinda like rambling but I really like the way it shot but I think they don't have enough time sometimes

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haha, beat the queue because I was refreshing the page like crazy since this ep killed my heart

I was hoping that Raon would tell the truth and separate, but her version of "proper goodbye" frustrated me but Im way too into this drama to let that scene ruin the rest. I guess the show has to use the cliche trope since the crew is pressed on time to think of clever twists that satisfy us

I've been suspecting PM Kim plotting treason, since he already control the court, why not let his clan be the royal instead of having puppet Lee clan that sometimes disobey and bite back

With this, Im not sure if drama gona keep Yoonsung alive till the end TT.TT I feel like he will somehow sacrifice his life either to protect yeong/raon or sacrifice his life to disclose all the evil plans of the Kim clan

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I know Minister Kim is supposed to be the ultimate bad guy, but I still feel like I can't fully read his intentions. Yes he wants power, he manipulates the damn entire palace, but what I can't tell for sure is does he still have a sliver of heart left for his grandson? Does it get to his conscience at all, that his grandson wants out of this picture he spent so much effort painting?

Yeong's two best friends sure had me worry for their lives this episode. Kim hyung was constantly in trouble, I almost didn't pay attention to all the risks he's in anymore, but this episode, when he faced the rebel traitor, the danger of his position felt real. And heartbreaking, like he was used as a dog his entire life too, by this poor excuse of a lost cause no less. And Yoon Sung, the one time he should have pretended not to know, he slipped up way too much, in front of the two most observant antagonists. What will they do with him?

I hope hope hope that the uncertainty of our three musketeers' situations right now will make them gravitate closer together and start leaning on one another. I'm not even worried about Ra On anymore. Though the entire story meant to make us think Ra On is always in some grave danger her entire life, I'm not buying it anymore. Yes she gets in trouble, but the next scene or two she'll just get saved. She could even go back to the oh so dangerous Repentance Hall to meet the Crown Prince. I'm sure she'll be just fine. Unless I didn't jinx it all just now, lol.

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I'm more worried for Kim Hyung than I am for Yoon-sung. I've always believe that Minister Kim, despite his evil nature, truly care for Yoon-sung and want a bright future for him. Kim Hyung, on the other hand, is more exposed to danger by being a spy and a member of the White Cloud Society (rebel). I think Yeong already confirmed this, only he didn't care because he knew Kim Hyung's on his side, but I couldn't help thinking, having two rebel-related persons by his side will not look good for Yeong at all.

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I was refreshing like crazy this morning too, and when this recap showed up, no comment. When I clicked to comment, 1 comment was up, lol.

I guess at this point, the truth would be irrelevant, because while Yeong is still a little doubtful, he has chose to trust in Ra-on, so I guess there's nothing for her to explain. Though I'd have love it if she properly say goodbye too. Like "This is hurting both of us, but now is not the time for us to be together, if it's meant to be, if you believe we are fated to be, maybe some day we'll be reunited. Just because I'm away, doesn't mean my love for you will ever cease to exist. I love you, jeoha." See, that wasn't so hard right?

I'm sure Yoon-sung will live. I believe he would. I'm more worried for Kim Hyung actually.

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That's exactly what I was hoping for Raon to say to Yeong. Although knowing Yeong, it will take a great deal of convincing. The Raon Love Potion is real! hahahaha! I'm thinking, Raon should have went for this approach first and if that did not work, then go for the knife. lol

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This show has been doing so well so far but is anyone else scared that they are cramming so many plot twists towards the end that resolutions are going to come as a result of major hand-waving? Crossing fingers!

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Yeah, I'm nervous with the way they're unfolding things right now. I just hope everything ends well, in a totally credible way.

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I agree. What's the use? To haver RO's father appear out of nowhere ... just to find resolution to Ra-On's identity?

Is he going to be the one to put the pieces of the puzzle together? I think other characters can do that already.

Nicely put comments, Anh. :)

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Idk if this happen to other drama but in Nirvana in Fire, they talked about how rebellion is better ended by the kings that claim the rebellion, the one who give the punishment is the one that need to lift it up

why? because in the past, they don't have something like legitimate prove or hard evidence but they believed the kings, so if the original player solved their problem, then it's solved,

when it solved by the kings after, it become suspicion and can be misconduct cause the order that make them a convict happen in the previous kings,

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Umm, did you reply to the wrong comment, lol? I'm not Anh.

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Sorry Maryxiah... don't know where my head is today... meant to write your name.

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Exactly how I felt about "Love is over" this episode, this is the first time I felt we needed it to play to get that heartache, I was crying so bad! Yeong cutting the bracelet, is Yeong accepting that this it, it's over. He was holding on to the belief that the fate will bring them together but when the beads fell and scattered it felt like he was giving up and he realized it was a false belief he was trying to hold on to!

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I know! For a song that's been driving me mad crazy for the past weeks, it's the first time I kinda accepted it. Not because I'm over them, but I felt that the moment Yeong accepted defeat, it's over for him, and the song described the moment so well. I was crying damn hard when he shed a tear.

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@Anh @maryxiah thank you for your posts (more specifically those that mention Hwang Chi Yeul :) Yes, maryxiah - I was overjoyed to hear his voice (didn't expect to hear it in Ep 15) and teared during that touching scene. Hopefully the rest of his song will be heard soon, I'd love to hear how he interprets the song that Beige sang so hauntingly. I am sure Chi Yeul will stamp his own personal touch on "Because I Miss You".

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Finally a kindred spirit! I was getting sad no one mentioned him at all. The moment I heard his voice, I got goosebumps all over, he nailed the song so perfectly, I was over the moon to hear his voice.

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It is truly sad that HCY hardly gets mentioned on DB, so it's a joy to read your eloquent posts about him. I am grateful that he was chosen to join some OST greats for this drama. Hopefully it will win him more fans, both in and outside South Korea. Chi Yeul has many fans in China as well as countries in Asia, US, Australia (he's on a short two-day break in Sydney), Canada etc. Hopefully he'll become more treasured and appreciated in his own country. He is such an excellent role model, and unofficial ambassador for South Korea.

One of the most outstanding things about Hwang Chi Yeul is that he has gained many fans - usually the more mature people :) - who never in their wildest dreams imagined they'd become devoted fans of a K-pop singer. I am in my sixties and am one of those people. HCY fighting!

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Oh wow, sixties. You sound younger in your posts, lol. I love Hwang Chi-yeol since his first appearance in I Can See Your Voice, and his regular appearance on Immortal Songs 2. I love his voice and the husky tinge, it makes any ballad he sings sound sorrowful.

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My sis was channel-surfing on 29 January 2016, and she happened to turn to a local cable station (Singapore) that was showing the third round of "I Am A Singer' China. I sat down to watch the show and was intrigued when I saw the slim young singer from South Korea. "Hwang Chi Yeul? Never heard of him. Must be a flower boy!" Forgive me, dear Chi Yeul.

When he opened his mouth to sing "Yi Lu Shan You Ni" ... I became his fan, and this love for him was cemented a few days later when I watched a Youtube video of his phenomenal performance as the main guest on the Chinese variety show "Day Day Up". There he was, in a foreign country, where people around him were speaking in a language that he had very basic knowledge of, and he proved to be so charming, likeable and seemingly so at ease.

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You should totally watch I Can See Your Voice, that show is what rose him to fame, and gotten him into China market. I was mesmerized by him on that show, he's been in the music industry for 7 years prior to his appearance on the show, I don't understand how he could stay under the radar with a face and a hot body like his, but I guess he is a little old to be an idol so that's why he wasn't discovered by any agency.

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Well, all of you did it to me - as so often happens when reading DB comments. I had NO idea who Hwang Chi-yeol was and had to stop everything and go look for him on YouTube. OH. MY. GOD. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so so so so much for talking about this amazing young man. He now has a new fan in America and I'm going to make two of my friends listen to him today as well. I LOVE discovering and loving new singers. Thank you!!

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@lunatic4kd - LOVE your post. Hwang Chi Yeul is not just a great singer, he's an excellent dancer, and excels at variety shows. He is so funny and dorky.

But what many of his fans love him for is his personality - so respectful, humble, down-to-earth (he still does his own laundry). He loves his fans and they love him back. What other celebrity holds informal airport chats (sort of mini-fan meetings) with his fans (in this case, Korean fans)? Hwang Chi Yeul does. He made many appearances on a TV reality show called "I Live Alone"- this made many people love him even more (for his personality, not just his talent). Sorry for going on and going, but he deserves it :)

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@maryxiah I managed to watch the ICSYV episode where HCY first appeared, and also the final episode of Season 1 - maybe we should thank Lena Park for thinking he was tone-deaf? :) @lunatic4kd, one more thing - an awesome Korean fan of HCY updates his Wikipedia entry very promptly - it tells in a nutshell the story of Hwang Chi Yeul, the nine-year-rookie: highly recommended reading.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwang_Chi-yeul

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Dad is indeed alive. Kinda had the feeling they'd go that route when Mom turned out to be alive. Dad being alive is kinda convenient for me, however, given that there is really no way for YeongOn to be together if she remains to be the daughter of a "traitor", this is something I accept.

With Dad being alive, he can prove his innocence or at least defend his actions (to some extent). Yes he was a rebel, but he was doing it for the people, so essentially he's not a bad guy (at least in my book). Since the first episode that it was introduced that the King is sick due to what happened 10 years ago, I had the feeling that even HGN was probably framed. There's something amiss there. The show alluded to something more with what happened 10 years ago, so now we will learn more.

I understand that he did not appear in the first 14 episodes because he went into hiding after being labeled as a "traitor. There was no reason for him to appear before his wife and child. He left them when he became a rebel. However, now he has the very reason to appear because his daughter is being accused of high treason.

Now my question is how in the world did they catch him so suddenly? Did he turn himself in? Ughh I need answers tomorrow.

Essentially we now have 2.75 episodes of angst. LOL I was hoping for only one, but here it is... oh well. BUT thank goodness for the wedding being pushed back ONCE. AGAIN. HELL. YEAH. Yeong will remain unattached and monogamous forevaaaa if it is not Raon! LMAO

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Well, with papa Hong in the scene, I guess our happy ending is secured because he will be cleared of treason in upcoming episodes, right? finger-crossed

I agreed that dad had no reason to make appearance for 14 eps, because he wanted his family to survive, he cut all ties with his wife and daughter. I suspect he was the one that ripped off the wanted poster of Raon, after realising that his daughter is in danger because of him.

For his capture though, maybe it was Kim clan that lurking and waiting for his appearance, since they used raon as bait.

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I don't know how they're going to twist the story on Hong Kyung-rae but I'm not satisfied that they've chosen to take this route. We don't need papa Hong because he's known to be a rebel, and showing up right now won't change that fact. I'm aware the king is traumatized by something that happened in the palace 10 years ago, and it might or might not be Hong Kyung-rae's fault, but leading the farmer against the gov, he's definitely guilty for that. On the other hand, I guess he's appearance is what will get our OTP to meet up again, I guess even without the goddamn bracelet, they're still bind to the fate and will meet up no matter what, so I guess that's that.

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I'm not a fan of the appearance as well, but I've been racking my brain for a legit reason for YeongOn to be together in the end if nothing will change with their current situation (he is the crown prince and she is a commoner and the daughter of HG) and I've got nothing. They really cannot be together. The only thing I can think of is running away together. However, even that is not easy because Yeong would be running away with someone accused of high treason. They could both end up just tirelessly running away from the law. Hence, something must happen to clear things up for Raon for OTP to be truly together in the end and I guess this is it (unless more information will turn up in the coming episodes).

As for twisting history, they've twisted/ strayed far from history too much already, so it's nothing new. I'm not hoping for them to remain loyal to some or just one historical event/s because it opens the door to the question of "which part of history are we going to keep" and it will lead to arguments of "because that's what is in history" or "wait, they followed this part in history, why did they change that part then?" I'd rather they take liberty altogether to make the drama truly a separate story both from the novel and history.

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I'm well aware they deviated too far from history, but I truly felt that it was a nice twist that Ra-on is the daughter of Hong Kyung-rae, it's definitely threatening enough to warrant their temporary separation. Also, I love the fact that Hong Kyung-rae is a man fighting for justice and led the people to overthrone the king for a better future, the director did say Hong Kyung-rae and Yeong's dream are the same, which is why I want him to remain guilty of rebellion, because it's a great setup! Wouldn't it defeat the purpose to setup a grandiose conflict, only to unravel it in the end by saying actually it isn't so, I feel like I'm being pwned. Why did we even go through that angst if this is going to be the solution? We could've had papa Hong showed up much earlier and save us from this stupid heartache!

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I wouldn't want for Dad to be suddenly acquitted. I'm not hoping he did not actually lead the rebellion or he was not a rebel. He can remain a rebel and have done things in the past. However, I'm hoping something else might have happened for things to truly go amiss during the rebellion. Something that even HGN did not want to happen. We still don't know. The last thing I want is for everything that HGN did to suddenly be erased because i hate that in dramas. But there must be something else. I've always had the feeling that there is something more to the story of the rebellion than what was shown. Again, not following the historical events, the drama must have tweaked the rebellion story as well.

If Dad did not appear, I was actually hoping that the three musketeers get to dig deeper on what truly happened in the past. I'd go for this rather than Dad appearing. However, with Dad appearing, I guess it is more dramatic for the story and there will be some sort of closure between the King and him. And this could be the key to truly tie down the Kims for their bad deeds because I have a feeling that the Kims had a hand in what happened in the past. The Kims are obviously the bad guys, but I understand that it is hard for Yeong to pin them down because he does not have concrete evidence.

As for Dad's appearance, if he appeared early, there won't be a story. There will be no angst and that is not possible in dramaland. lol It is actually quite convincing that he appeared only now. He cut his ties with his family. He was public enemy. People thought he was dead. There was no reason for him to show up except now that his daughter is being accused of high treason.

I'm just curious, what do you see as a possible solution for YeongOn to be together in the end if nothing will change about Raon's identity/past? Because I cannot see it as possible. You want Raon to stay the same, the daughter of HGN and you don't want him alive too, what do you have in mind as a resolution?

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Ok, this is gonna be a one long ass post.

I mentioned this before in one of my post, we were all wondering what the genius plan Teacher Dasan had for Ra-on, but we were really tricked into thinking the plan was to make Ra-on Yeong's woman (official wife, in this case), but when Teacher Dasan showed up, he didn't know Yeong was in love with Ra-on and had asked why he cared enough to find her parents and wanted to build a house for a mere eunuch, it was only then that Yeong revealed Ra-on to be his lover. So the super genius plan was never to make Ra-on his woman, but to make Ra-on start living as a woman, because she told him she never lived as one.

Ok, now onto the connection, Yeong never had a plan to keep Ra-on by his side officially as his woman, at least not yet. He knew perfectly well that her disguise prevented that, and they needed a way out, but not in the near future anyway. So that's why Yeong told Ra-on, he wanted a world where woman can live as a woman, and she'd be his person, and he'd asked her to wait for that day to come. Meaning, he intended to inherit the throne and THEN find a way to keep her by his side, as his queen. I'm sure when she was just a masquerading eunuch, it's still pardonable, hence why Yeong had so much confidence in them. But now that she's proven to be a traitor's daughter, here comes the tricky part. It was hard then, but it's harder now. How to un-traitor a traitor's daughter?

For now, none. We weren't supposed to gloss over the issue by pretending she isn't who she is. And while it's a capital crime what he father did, the people didn't seem to think so, only the monarch did. If Yeong takes over the throne, he could've taken step by step measure to ensure the pardon for all those who've taken part in the rebellion. He could've reform his whole court, start a better tax system and eventually award the pardon as a way to appease his people for all the weaknesses of his father during his ruling. It's all in the excuses he makes. It's not a flawless plan, but it's a start in my head. And he'd kill two bird with one stone. Doing so will not only put the people's faith in him, but also saved 2 key people (Kim Hyung and Ra-on).

But now that Hong Kyung-rae's in the picture, I don't see how they can do that, since he's the icon of rebellion itself. If he was dead, people could put it past them. But now that the people's icon is back, it's a crisis for the monarch, as well as our OTP.

Am I making sense?

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I see. I have thought of something along those lines too, but in order for that scenario to play out it needs an awful lot of time which is why I didn't think much of it as a possibility for the show. And I don't think we are even going to see Yeong become king (kinda sad about that). If we had more episodes, it could go that way.

I just thought that for this scenario to happen Yeong cannot marry Hayeon now because what is he going to do about her in the future? Unless she dies, she will remain the Queen. I'd like Raon to be the official partner of Yeong as the Queen and not a concubine and for the heir to be Raon's son.

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True, Ha-yeon is the only one that doesn't fit into the puzzle. Even though we might be going against earlier premise where Ha-yeon is identified as crown princess, I wish we don't go through with the wedding after all. I want Ra-on to be Yeong's queen and the mother of his children, she may have been a low-born, but according to her father's social status, she's still a nobleman's daughter, only of low class, almost normal citizen. I want King Yeong and Queen Ra-on for ending.

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I keep thinking that in order to stay true to history (the CP marries the CPcess and they have a daughter) the birth of the daughter the Queen threw away works perfectly for the story because the CP can "adopt" the child as his own and he won't ever have to consummate the marriage to the Princess...which leaves him free to also marry Ra-on. Just a thought.

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Really show really? They must be determined to turn every piece of history upside down. Why did they resurrect him from the dead when there is only 3 eps left? How on earth would he justify killing many government officials? Do we really need to see him die twice?

They better not let Yeong die then since those who died in history can come to life in this drama.

I do feel for Ha-yeon. She was important and they could at least treat her character with a bit of respect.

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I know right, I was so ready to declare this episode perfect until he showed up, and I'm baffled! Why? Why?

I don't care much for Ha-yeon in the beginning because she's irrelevant to my OTP and I tend to dismiss unimportant character, but she grew on me and I didn't want her to get hurt. I was so touched by her father's sending off, it was bittersweet. At this point, I'm hoping the wedding gets called off because obviously most of us want Yeong to stay monogamous.

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one hell of an episode,
I really like that LY and RO complimented each other when together and hard to achieve the purpose when they aren't on term, that just how people are and that's how important adult figure is

Lee young is the sweetheart but he actually quite stubborn and emotionally easy to read when it's about Ra-on, on the other side Ra-on is realistic and more likely think about the future goal.
I've been thinking that people would scratch their head on the reason why Ra-on still chooses to leave when I myself asking, why Yeong is so persistent? Did he already has solution other than hiding her?

Everyone around ra-on has their agenda for him, eunuch jang for the rebels spirit, mum for the quiet life, yoon sung for the small hope, prime minister to tackle yeong and yeong for his love. Then what about her? It's clear that she doesn't want to become yeong's poison. Byung Yeon and Yoon Sung also displayed the same attitude towards Ra-on to the crown prince, they want him to slow down and back up for a while.

I like the romance and I want them to be together but for Ra-on to be his mistress and under the fears all the time just for the young love while she is the arrow that already launched for him is too much.
In the moon that embracing the sun, at least the Yeol had some secret going on, Ra-on doesn't so her choice is the safest.
And I read this from Soompi last night that Yeong and Ra-on have a different concept of separation. For Ra-on ,we need to sacrifice the heart if it means that we both can live and it still doesn't mean the love is withered (not gonna used BJY's song, lol) but Yeong afraid that separation will make anything grow further and forgotten.
Ra-on waits for her mum and still loved her as ever even if she doesn't know why her mum leaves in the 1st place and yeong drifted further away from his dad when his dad stopped his investigation for his mum and didn't pay attention to him.
Love is nice and all but to see yeong marries someone else but still said he loves ra-on is hard to take, especially since ra-on is officially a traitor with her face all over the kingdom.

other things I like
1) King's mental attack, fainted upon Hong Gyung Nae is the Cupid intersection for all Gurumi fans that been glaring at the wedding idea
2) The moon is half-moon the entire show
3) God Byeong yeon is badass at the fight scene,
4) I heard Because I miss you by Hwang Chi Yeol
5) Park Bo Gum sings and I think he got potential,
6) Ha Yeon and the dad scene is touching
7) What a preview!
8) Then I am not hallucinating in ep when the Dumb Minister talks about Hong Gyung Nae's hiding place, he's alive and make the king's paranoid
9) So the bracelet cut and even though my previous scene about secret letter didn't happen, I think Ra-on will gather the bracelet pieces into one and she'll give it to him later,
see they still have each other bracelet, there's no rule that pink is only for woman!!

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"For Ra-on ,we need to sacrifice the heart if it means that we both can live and it still doesn’t mean the love is withered"

She could have said those to him instead of pointing a knife at him! This is exactly why I am frustrated that she went with lies instead. And her lies are terrible too. Quoting what JB said in her comments, "...she pulled her knife on him (which I’m still angry about) and tried to turn him away by making it seem she resented him, because she inflicted pain intentionally when it wasn’t even necessary, when he would have accepted her answer without her needing to invent false logic. "

She could have said that she cherished their times together, but she is being realistic. They cannot be together because of her identity and now that she is being hunted, she needs to leave or else she'll die. Yeong was going to believe her whatever she says anyway.

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yeah she should, she better said that she cherished the moment but will be more devastated when he is died,

actually I get that statement from Ruoxi/Scarlet Heart when the 4th prince asked her why she didn't angry at the separation stage or resent him,
then she said that it always better that they both lived for her than just "die foolishly", chance will coming if they didn't die,

I think Ra-on can't thinking that far, she is young, I m way older and watch many drama, ...lol

sometimes all the things I watched in Scarlet Heart is applicable in this drama to see the other side,
I just hope the team had realised that small statement about honesty even if sounds kinda coward than the "love power!!" is needed ^^

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"I’ve been thinking that people would scratch their head on the reason why Ra-on still chooses to leave when I myself asking, why Yeong is so persistent? Did he already has solution other than hiding her?"

Rather than being persistent, I though Yeong wanted a proper talk with Ra-on before she leaves. Yeong do realize that being together will pose more danger, which is why he told Byung-yeon he wouldn't ask questions anymore. But when faced with the fact that Ra-on might flee Joseon, I get Yeong's desperation to see her one last time. This too, could be his chance at proper goodbye. But Ra-on shattered that by pulling the knife stunt. Sure Yeong hasn't been the most level-headed and rational when it comes to Ra-on, but I believe with a proper talk and a proper goodbye, they could've ended on a good term. Ra-on didn't have to send him off with a heartbreak.

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>> Rather than being persistent, I though Yeong wanted a proper talk with Ra-on before she leaves <<

the one that makes me think he is so persistent is the way he keeps asking her to lie,
they both know and realised the truth but he can't bear the separation and why asking her to lie?
what truth he wants to hear?
what the used of saying the lie?
to save his heart but will that save her?
it's like keep saying he loves ra-on only and really married hayeon, isn't saying that he'll marry hayeon and asked her to wait is better? but he didn't said that, then what she should say?
ra-on can't say the lie cause it's hurt when they knew it's not what happen in the reality, it's running away ffrom the reality

this separation just showed how different they are as individual, they just different.
Ra-on used to not have it all, to let go when the time asked and trying later but yeong doesn't. Just like his mum's story, he didn't let go of people easily cause he is afraid and he thought that distance will make everything worse,

Ra-on on the other side doesn't afraid of separation if it needed, she believes that love stayed whether there's a distance or not,

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When CP said I will believe your words, even if they're lies....I thought that to mean (the first time they met after RO left) that he wanted her to tell him she loved him, that she didn't approach him with a hidden agenda (id., that she was in fact working for the white clouds) - even if they are lies.

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And here's some FMV

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god sorry, everybody is so fast
- [Park Bo Gum X Kim Yoo Jung] - Memory's secret
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHm6q6LHbPo&app=desktop

- Park Bo Gum/김유정 Kim Yoo Jung Micro films《Love Song》(fanart)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahgq05uypfg

- Chiyeol Because I miss You, the small part
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pFd_p6fuaY

KBS news -version :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOdRjid6tK4

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Thanks!

I wish I could understand all the lyrics to PBG's You're My Person song.

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and here's the lyric
https : //pbs .twimg.com/ media/ Cua4hXZUEAEzsEC .jpg

remove the space

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Thank you!

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@Sancheezy thank you so much for linking to Chiyeul's "Because I Miss You" .. wasn't expecting it to be played. Love it, can't wait to hear the rest, hopefully in today's episode.

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I hate the song " Love is over". I get so mad whenever i hear it, cause it means CP is about to get his heart broken again.

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I know! I was like, 'okay that was unnecessary, Baek Ji Young' when her high notes came and the scene cuts

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Where?

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I think I got awaiting for moderation

well just search in youtube, probably already saw it
– [Park Bo Gum X Kim Yoo Jung] – Memory’s secret
– Park Bo Gum/김유정 Kim Yoo Jung Micro films《Love Song》(fanart)
- 그리워 그리워서 (구르미 그린 달빛 OST) 맛보기 _ 황치열 黄致列

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chiyeol small part of the song

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Thank you for the videos, Sancheezy! <3

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whereeeee???

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I must be the only one who wants to slap Ra On for breaking my Crown Prince's heart again.

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No you are not. I was so angry at RO in this episode. JESUS GIRL!!! WTH is up with that, are you trying to pulverize Yeong's already bleeding heart??? How dare you!!!

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IKR! I feel so bad for CP. He fights so hard for them... so they somehow can be together someday... yet, Ra On is like... Oh... let me dissappear like bubble. If you love him then fight with him instead of running away as a noble idiot.

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@ Ah In and @nchoe he does fight so passionately hard for their love. But Ra On is selfish is all I can say. If she wants to break up with him, then just do it cleanly and don’t play games with his feelings anymore. This tiresome game of “I love you but I don’t love you five minutes later, you never meant anything to me but I get mad when Yoon Sung doesn’t give me updates on you, I’m a pretender but my eyes swell up at the thought of you under the moonlight” is getting old. And her dramatic violent outburst with a itty bitty little knife that can barely scoop up butter for my croissant….I swear if she would had cut my Crown Prince it would have over for Ra On. I’m glad he did cut off ties with her. But being heartbroken does take time to mend, if ever. They will probably reunite and she will eventually confess her true feelings. But girl, you only have two more years left with this hot stud CP of mine.

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*** typo....It would had been over for Ra On.

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tbh kinda like if they kinda have a physical fight to emphasize that what happen in heart also can be feel in the skin,

I totally hope Ra-on to pushed yeong and failed, then Yeong refused to help her to back up ,
end up with them lowering their head, realised that it painfully hurt them both because they don't meet the middle ground and no one want to back up,
shouting what they want and have been hidden in their heart, then leaves,
RO said at the end : "I never regret meeting you. seja joha, farewell"
Yeong replied by waving his hand, the hand that no longer had the bracelet

but then this is joseon, for a woman like Ra-on that born poor,raised poor, without status and labelled as rebellion make her as the lowest of the lowest,

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dem you Joseon...
ToT

ok me so hurt rite now...

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Yes dem you Joseon… whew that feels so good to say

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joseon, breaking the couple's heart since the gat appears in the screen

but at least Saeguk is no Wuxia . . .

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No, no.. count me in. LOL! But I can't really cos her face is too cute.

But that look the CP gave her screams 'how can you do this to me when you've given me your word that you won't let go of me!'

I feel for you CP and I do applaud you for taking that brave step to cut off ties literally because I think she deserves that to make her reflect on her action.

Whyyyy RaOn whyyyyyyy???!!!

Sancheezy, I need your table flippin emoji pronto!

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hope this helps

(ヘ・_・)ヘ┳━┳ ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)

ミ(ノ ̄^ ̄)ノ≡≡≡≡≡━┳━☆() ̄□ ̄)/

........................┻━┻ミ\(≧ロ≦\)

*3rd person appeared
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┬──┬ ( ゜-゜)┬──┬

┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻

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LOL at the 3rd person!

Thanks Sancheezy! That makes me feel a whole lot better. Now I can get back to work :-p

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These are the best thing ever. I need to figure out how to communicate via emojis only. You are a master! Thanks for helping me cope!

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the easy way is to used Japanese keyboard, they had the extension
and many character used Japanese's word (katakana, hiragana, kanji)

but the easiest one is to google it,
- Japanese emoji/kaomoji
- text faces

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ <--- they even had butterfly

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Thank you for this! /flips all the table I'll see today to vent this raging anger I have for Raon. lol

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Cool!!!!!! Love this!!!!!!!

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"I feel for you CP and I do applaud you for taking that brave step to cut off ties literally because I think she deserves that to make her reflect on her action."

Now I'm waiting to see how they can get back together after severing ties like that. So tired.

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"Now I’m waiting to see how they can get back together after severing ties like that. So tired."

ME TOO! I hope Yeong does not make it easy for Raon. LOL I want Raon to be the one to go to him this time. However, knowing our lovebirds' personalities, Yeong will be the first one to run to the other.

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"ME TOO! I hope Yeong does not make it easy for Raon. LOL I want Raon to be the one to go to him this time."

ME THREE!!

"However, knowing our lovebirds’ personalities, Yeong will be the first one to run to the other."

Have to agree on this one too. He'll probably punish her but we all know the kind of punishment CP would give to his ladylove

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Amen, sister. I want him to make it hard on her because that's what she's been doing to him since the beginning when Yeong actively tried to please her and treasure her. I want Ra-on to learn to treasure Yeong this time around, and make him feel loved, because he's a rare species and she's been making him cry for a few episodes now, I'm so upset beyond words.

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No, I don't want to slap her, but I was very angry at her. I'm sure she thought making him hate her would have been easier for him to live on without her, but we're talking about love expert right? Wouldn't it be better to have the memory of someone you love, instead of the person you hate? I think she was only trying to push Yeong into accepting the royal wedding, but she should have just asked, he did say he'd do everything she asked. Gah, Ra-on ah, unnie is so upset with you!

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"Wouldn’t it be better to have the memory of someone you love, instead of the person you hate?"

She stopped being a love expert which is probably why her knowledge is getting rusty.

What I really truly hated was she felt the need to make something up and even point a knife at him. He already told her she'd believe whatever she says. She should have just told him that the best for the both of them is to not be together though she loves him. He would believe that. Ughhhh Grrrr

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aah sometimes telling people what to do is easier than do it,
and feeling can't be translated properly with the right action,

this give me spirit to limited my soda intake,

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yeah! kind a miss raon from episode 1.. full of mischieveness full of brain to solve problem and to avoid a tough situation. but after she meet crown prince all she is do is crying and crying a lot.

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Isn't that what men do to woman? :-)

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Haha, true. Many viewers are angry at RO, but that's because a lot of us impose what we think women should/could act based on our own reality. I'm not sure I could do anything better than RO given the same situation. I'd be scared, and shocked, and very confused.

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Ra ON, you made me tired this episode girl. I dont know how to root for someone who has given up without a hint of a struggle or much hesitance

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That's how I feel. Having loved the main OTP throughout the run of the show so far, Ra On's character has become increasingly frustrating with every promise that she reneges (to hold his hand even when a situation becomes difficult or impossible; to not disappear without his permission) and then this noble act of idiocy, with a knife!

I'm finding it easier to root for Ha Yeon to be with the CP, because she, like the CP, has shown herself to love fully, whatever the cost, and again will pursue that love whatever the cost to herself.

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@amandes I agree about the comment of CP and Ha Yeon. She is bravely loving someone who doesn't love her wholeheartedly.

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No not just you, but not slap just to shake some sense into her.

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me too ,i'm so pissed off at raon .does she need to perform all that drama ?.just run far away and cut him loose .no need to rip his hurting heart into a zillion pieces.

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Nope. Me too. Ugh. That was so unnecessary. Sending him off did not need her to point a knife at him and say those hurtful words.

On the good side, I never thought I'd love Yeong more than I already do, but damn in this episode, he was even more considerate and loving only to be faced with a knife. -_-

Yeong is really at it at making me love him even more. There's no list of leading man for me anymore. It's only Lee Yeong now. His love and dedication is just ughhh my heart.

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Ugh, when Yeong said, "I would never hurt you. Do I have to say these unbelievable words?” I was nodding along too. Do you really need to hurt this unbelievably kind and gentleman with stupid accusation? You know he'd let you go out of love if you just ask, Ra-on!

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ohgod when he said those words I was like "gurllll can't you see?!" LOL The way Yeong loves is just too much for my heart. I'm sure such men still exist, but they sure are rare.

However, Elle in Comment 19 wrote a rather compelling reason for Raon's action. I'm still against her actions, but Elle's comment somehow shed light to what could be running through her head that led to her action.

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I was shaking my head the whole time I was watching that knife-pointing scene. Ggrrrr!!! Stop breaking the Crown Prince's heart!! For the first time, I'm very reluctant in watching this episode with subs. Too disappointed with Raon.

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@ghaylet That juvenile violent outburst was totally uncalled for by Ra On. Poor CP was in disbelief at what he was witnessing.

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Trust me you not the only one. I was so mad, and crying at the same time CP was crying. Never been so invested in a drama like this.

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And that's the main reason why I wanted to slap her because I couldn't bear to see our CP cry. :('''

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I can't even begin to say what a wonderful drama this is- the actors are all top notch, the screenwriting is beautiful and the directing is brilliant. It will be a long time before I will love a drama as much as I do for MDBC.
I will miss the laugh, the cute smirks, the longing loving looks, the intimate scenes without any kisses( although the few that were done, they were done beautifully and tasteful), and all those tears!!!!
Thank you to everyone from MDBC and for JB for recapping for us to relive each precious moments as we read it.

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Ra-on ah~~~ poor girl...

I'm torn in between wanna watch this to end; but I'm not sure if my heart can take it. There's just too much tension strewn together, !$$$##%% (incomprehensible babble)

*I died*

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Can the show stop leaving me in a sad puddle on the floor? It's been two weeks already! I know that events have to get worse before they get better, but still.

Just some thoughts:

1. When Byung Yeon was mocked by the traitor because he fears losing the Crown Prince's friendship, I realized how worried I am that BY will have to lose his life in order for CP to realize that BY loved him all along. In that same vein, I am scared for Yoon Sung because he knows so much and technically, the Kim clan now has a male heir.

2. I like that with a few scenes, we see how in over her head Ha Yeon is. I get the sense that her parents nurtured her innate spunk and intellect, and when her father saw her in her wedding clothes he was grieving instead of being proud of such a social and political match. If this were "Pride and Prejudice" HY could very well be Elizabeth Bennett and Minister Jo would be Mr. Bennett, knowing that his precious daughter deserves much more than this. HY looked beautiful in her gown and headpiece but the mood was funereal knowing that she may never be loved in return for the life she is giving up. (This was suggested in the comments last week, but in a different show where Ra-On was not endgame, I would totally watch the hell out of a show where HY eventually wins over a broken hearted CP years into the marriage. But this is not that show, Show).

3. I know it allows for danger and conflict to occur but I really wish that RO just had a leeetttle bit of skepticism in her. She lived in the palace for many months and was privy to its machinations and almost got caught with the Prince at the beginning of this episode, but when a mysterious package appeared in her yard, she lingered all while her mom is freely calling her real name. (I'd also fear less for their safety if they had moved further than the gated community 3 blocks from the palace). That being said...

4. I was strangely pleased with RO taking the reins with the noble idiocy when she threatened to shank CP. I thought the show would go for standard-issue noble idiocy but then they both went all in lying and crying, and I was floored. Using the knife to cut the bracelet felt so final and they knew it. (And once "Love is over" started playing I'm pretty sure I could hear Maryxiah saying "Oh hell no" and trying to scoop up all the beads).

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OMG Kayak, how did you know I was mentally picking up the beads? LOL. No, I didn't mind the song that much today, but I was definitely crying over the fallen beads.

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Haha I feel like we all feel like the bracelets serve as talismans but just to mess with us they cut the bracelet and sang the song...and if you read the comments enough, we know what the song does to you. :)

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Lol, I know, I have a knee-jerk reaction to that song, so I was bracing myself in case it comes out again. I was practically telling myself "breath in, breath out, everything will be alright and love is definitely not over." But then, BAM, Yeong's tears made me believe it was really overrrrrr.

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well she has his own part of the bracelet and he has hers so its even a tighter bond now. bet she'll pick them up and keep it .hell yeah, love is not over its just chilling .

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I would totally dig that - it'd be like the sageuk version of Goong.

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Same! I love this OTP to bits and all, but AUs and what-might-have-been's really fascinate me. Maybe in this alternate storyline Yoon Sung makes good on following his own path, leaves his clan, goes with Ra On, and they become closer friends, and some day that affection might grow into something more? Haha I'm getting ahead of myself - and I don't even have Second Lead Syndrome! xD

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I thought I was weird for thinking that. I love Ra-On and I definitely ship Yeong-On, but I can't bring myself to hate Ha-Yeon. Sometimes I even think that if the CP never met Ra-On, maybe he will be happy with Ha-Yeon. She's really attractive in her own way.

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