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Moonlight Drawn By Clouds: Episode 17

We’re in our final two hours! I am simultaneously looking forward to the ending tomorrow and a little loath to get there, partly because it’s been a pretty awesome ride that I’ll have to say goodbye to, and partly because I still don’t know how we’re going to get to where we’re going in the time we have left. Today is jam-packed with events, both of the momentous nature and the small meaningful kind—and also moments that are, in line with this drama’s forte, small but feel momentous. Grab a kleenex or two, settle in, and get ready for a roller coaster of emotions. *grabs armrests*

 

 
EPISODE 17: “An ending on behalf of a beginning”

All hell breaks loose at the interrogation, moments after the order is given to execute Ra-on. The disguised rebels turn on the soldiers, while Byung-yeon turns his sword on the prince, holding the blade to Yeong’s neck.

Minister Kim orders the soldiers to capture all the rebels, but with Yeong’s life in danger, the panicking king screams at everyone to not take any action. Head Eunuch Han orders everyone to step aside and clear an exit path, because preserving the prince’s life is the priority.

The rebels free Hong Kyung-rae and usher him and Ra-on away. Yeong whispers, “No,” looking on with teary eyes as she leaves with them. Ra-on sends back an anguished look back at Yeong, and then is pulled away.

When they’re safely out of the courtyard, Byung-yeon turns back to the prince and re-brandishes his sword, causing everyone to tense. As he looks at Yeong, one big tear rolls down his cheek, and we flash back to a conversation they’d had recently:

Yeong had stated his intent to find out what Baekwoonhwe, the rebel organization, was all about, and also to figure out what the wall is that is getting between him and his people. Byung-yeon had said that the nation Yeong is trying to make will be over that wall, and had said he wanted to see it. Yeong had replied smilingly, “In order for that to happen, I’ll need your help.”

Now as Byung-yeon holds his blade to Yeong’s neck, he asks him to forgive the offense: “The world that Baekwoonhwe hopes for and the Joseon that you dream of—I believe that they are not different. Over that wall between you and your people, the nation you will make—I wish to see it.” Byung-yeon smiles through his tears, and Yeong’s face takes on an alarmed look.

Then, reinforcements pour in and point arrows at Byung-yeon, who starts to step back. Urgently, Yeong tells him not to retract the sword: “The moment you do, I will lose you.”

Byung-yeon closes his eyes and seems at peace with his fate, but Yeong orders him not to take back his sword. Byung-yeon replies through more tears, “I cannot obey that order—I am sorry.”

Yeong watches in horror as Byung-yeon drops his sword, and immediately is struck in the chest with an arrow. Then another in the leg. Yeong calls for a halt, but a soldier slashes Byung-yeon with his sword, and Byung-yeon topples to the ground, mortally wounded.

Yeong forces his way past the soldiers and kneels by his dying friend, cradling him in his arms and gripping his hand tightly. He tries to force down his sobs and smiles down at Byung-yeon, telling him, “Do not forget. If I only had one person in the world that I could trust, it would still be you.”

Byung-yeon says, “Thank you for trusting me.” He reaches up with his hand as though to wipe Yeong’s tears, but before he can, his hand falls slack and his eyes fall closed.

In a flashback to the lantern festival, we see Byung-yeon at a distance from Yeong and Ra-on, who watch their lantern float up into the air. Byung-yeon sends his own wish up into the sky: In the last moment, that I may be only a friend. Oh god, I’m a mess. A blubbering mess.

The rebels, still dressed in soldiers’ uniforms, lead Hong Kyung-rae to the palace gates, where the guards eye them suspiciously. But Head Eunuch Han arrives to show them an official pass, and the guards open the gate.

The rebels are halfway through when the pursuing soldiers catch up to them, shouting for the rebels to be stopped. Fighting breaks out, and as half of the rebels hold them off, Hong Kyung-rae and Ra-on are led outside. Head Eunuch Han closes the gates on them, saying that he’ll buy them time—and although Ra-on and her father are loath to leave him behind, they’re compelled to hurry away.

The eunuch is slashed across the back as he starts to close the gate, but he marshals the last of his strength to stab a soldier who tries to follow the fugitives. Then he shut the gates closed, and Ra-on and her father witness the scene sorrowfully before they’re whisked away on horseback.

Eunuch Jang and Yoon-sung intercept the palace servant who’s wheeling out Byung-yeon’s corpse, and bribe him into leaving the body with them (as a criminal, he wouldn’t get a full burial). Yoon-sung breaks down in tears as he looks down on his friend, grasping his bloody hand…

And then, that hand ever so slightly twitches. Omo omo. Yoon-sung registers the motion with shock, then hope.

One month later.

The prince’s retinue gathers outside his door in the morning, awaiting permission to enter… which they don’t receive because the prince is not in his chambers. He’s outside the palace, having left his dragon robes behind.

Currently, Yeong sits stone-faced in a gisaeng house, watching a gisaeng dance while another pours him a drink. She notes that it’s his first time in this establishment, but Yeong’s reply is cavalier—he doesn’t remember, since he’s often drunk these days.

At the palace, the king confirms with a displeased court that the prince has missed yet another session. The prime minister argues that he is taking his regency too lightly and indicates the stack of scrolls in front of him, which are calls for dethronement. The king dismisses that prospect, but Minister Dumb pipes up that it’s necessary, and that he poses a danger to the state.

At that, Minister Jo retorts that the prince did not endanger the state, and accuses the ministers of linking the prince to Baekwoonhwe’s actions without any proof, and inciting the scholars at every chance. The prime minister presses on, though, insisting that the prince has lost all support and spends more time at gisaeng establishments than at his official duties. He argues that it’s time to dethrone the crown prince and name a new one, in order to set the government aright.

Dumb and Dumber chime in, and the rest of the ministers join the plea. Minister Jo is vastly outnumbered, and the king looks cornered. (Not that that’s difficult, as he seems to have taken up residence in that corner.)

As Yeong leaves the gisaeng house, he hears a familiar voice and turns to see the queen’s eunuch, Eunuch Sung, heading inside. Hm. That gets him thinking.

The prime minister visits the queen to inquire after the baby prince, and she answers a bit nervously that he’s in fine health. The prime minister is pleased, and says that he will soon be made the new heir. The pronouncement excites the queen, although her reaction is dimmed by the memory of Yoon-sung’s threat: that her discarded daughter is still alive.

Byung-yeon is alive, thank goodness, though not quite recovered from his brush with death. Yeong visits his friend and watches him sleep, wondering when Byung-yeon will finally be able to answer his greeting.

Yeong sits there for a bit, then tucks him in and leaves—and moments later, Byung-yeon’s eyes briefly open.

He’s been entrusted to Teacher Dasan’s care, and Yeong asks if he will be okay. Teacher Dasan says that the injuries are healing, and supposes that his prolonged sleep means that Byung-yeon is merely preparing himself to see Yeong.

Yeong asks if he has heard from Ra-on, but Teacher Dasan has not. He asks if Yeong is disappointed, and Yeong says no: Thanks to Teacher Dasan, he’s been keeping busy playing a game of “catch the tail.” It sounds like he’s on a hunt to find a lead (“tail”) that’ll take him to the head, and he explains that he’s keeping a close eye on all the comings and goings at the Kim clan: movement of money, land documents, people.

Teacher Dasan reminds him that merely stepping on a tail doesn’t mean the hunt is over, and that the prey can always cut the tail off to run away. Yeong takes in that warning, then says that he is making good progress with his preparations and advises Teacher Dasan to prepare to “fill a large hole” in the political scene.

Trembling in fear, Eunuch Sung reports to the queen that Yoon-sung is likely telling the truth about the discarded princess, having gone to the gibang to confirm the story in person. The queen is fraught with panic.

Yeong encounters Prime Minister Kim in passing, who tells him that being dethroned needn’t be a terrible thing, and that there are princes who have enjoyed life afterward. Yeong plays along, and says that it sounds appealing, but for one thing that holds him back: “You, Prime Minister. With you left in government, I do not think I will be able to leave it.”

Ra-on surprises Teacher Dasan by dropping by, having heard that Byung-yeon is here. She’s relieved to hear that he’s improving despite not having woken yet, and speaks to him in a cheerful voice, urging him to wake before too much time has passed.

Ra-on’s mood gets more pensive as she asks what the palace is like at the first snow of the year, thinking with a heavy heart that it must be quite pretty under a layer of snow. And then, Byung-yeon’s voice cuts in, “It’s beautiful.”

Dryly, he chides her for being as talkative as ever, and Ra-on lights up in relief, overjoyed to have him back. I feel that feel.

Yeong sits outside the building Ra-on and Byung-yeon used to share, recalling the happier times the three of them had spent there. At the sound of footsteps, Yeong looks up in anticipation… and then sees Ha-yeon and deflates.

She asks if he’s disappointed that it’s her, and he replies that he was merely surprised. She admits to nursing hurt feelings recently, after finding out who it is that Yeong loves. She supposes it’s too much to want more after insisting that she’d only become princess as part of a deal, and informs him that she will honor her original intentions.

“I may not be able to console you as she could,” Ha-yeon says, “but I will remain as your helper in keeping your position as crown prince. Because the person who can be at your side through the end is me.”

The queen summons Yoon-sung and asks how much longer he will interfere with her and her son, given that Yeong will be dethroned soon. Yoon-sung says warningly that he has restrained himself thus far because of their blood tie, and adds that he’d thought she’d at least want to see her child once. In a steely voice, he tells her to confess her actions, calling this his last act of mercy.

And outside the door, the prime minister turns around to leave, having heard the exchange.

Yeong receives a report from Young Master Jung, who confirms the capture of the man who organized the attempted assassination plot. Yeong heads out immediately.

The complaints against the prince’s unseemly behavior mount, and the ministers press the king about his removal—although notiably, the prime minister is quieter than usual. Just then, Yeong is announced at court, and when the king asks if it’s true he left the palace incognito again, Yeong readily confirms it. He’s surprisingly flippant in the face of their outrage, saying that the reports are accurate, and that he visited gibangs and gambling dens.

As scandalized murmurs break out, Yeong adds that a good king must listen to what his people are saying; he can’t hear anything by staying in the palace. Therefore, he spent his time listening to the citizens’ words.

Minister Dumb asks if those citizens were gamblers and gisaengs, and Yeong confirms it, asking if there’s a problem. The ministers burst out into another round of appeals to dethrone Yeong, and the king feels as trapped as ever.

But Yeong doesn’t look worried, and says that he understands their concerns, but feels the desire to share some of the interesting tales he has picked up from making the rounds at gibangs and gambling dens.

At the same time, the queen visits the gibang where Yoon-sung took her baby, and asks the madam to see the child. The madam wonders at the queen’s interest before gasping in shock, guessing at their connection.

Then it’s the queen’s turn to be shocked when the madam informs her that the baby was taken away earlier today, by someone claiming to be from the palace.

Yeong scatters drawings of men’s faces on the ground, telling the ministers to look closely to see if any trigger recognition. Minister Dumb asks why all the drawings show men with their eyes closed, and Yeong replies, “Why do you think? Because they are all dead.”

The Kims look particularly worried as Yeong deduces that they were killed to silence them—yet even so, there was a wealth of evidence left behind to connect the dots. He announces that he’s found out who’d gathered the men, paid them off, and organized the attack on him. Minister Dumber stammers that they already know the rebels of Baekwoonhwe to be the culprits, but Yeong snaps that they can just ask for the answers directly.

He calls out for the witness to be brought in. A disheveled prisoner is dragged forward and set before the court, whereupon Yeong asks if the mastermind is in this room. The man looks around at the ministers’ faces, and answers in the affirmative. Haltingly, he points to Dumb and Dumber as the ones in charge.

The royal investigator confirms that the payments doled out to the assassins originated from Minister Dumb, and produces secret ledgers as evidence. Yeong presses the prisoner again to identify who ordered the assassins and blamed their actions on Baekwoonhwe. The prisoner confirms again that it was Dumb and Dumber.

The irate king asks the ministers for a response, and Minister Dumb proclaims his innocence in ever-feebler (and ever-falsetto) exclamations. Yeong orders that they be imprisoned and interrogated, and their full crime exposed.

They are dragged out of the room, and then Yeong levels his hard stare on the prime minister. In a flashback, we revisit the conversation when Teacher Dasan had warned Yeong that stepping on a tail would not guarantee a successful hunt. Yeong had asked what he needed to do to prevent his target from cutting tail and running, and Teacher Dasan had replied that a target with an overly large body would be difficult to capture all at once: “First the right arm, and then the left. Until you can cut off the head, you must not let down your guard.”

So now, Yeong trains his eyes on his final target. After the court session is over, he speaks privately with the prime minister to show him another drawing of a face. This time it’s a woman, and Yeong explains that a court lady recently died, having just given birth to a child that disappeared. He asks the prime minister if he isn’t curious to know what happened.

The queen returns to the palace, and is struck with horror to see that Ha-yeon and a court lady have a new baby in their care. Her daughter.

The queen’s hands shake as she receives a visit from Ha-yeon, who tells her that the prince asked one of his court ladies to temporarily watch over the baby. She found the child so cute she’d asked to be allowed to take her for a while, and shows her to the queen, who merely stares, frozen and afraid.

Yeong visits Byung-yeon again, this time awake, albeit too uncomfortable to meet his friend’s gaze squarely. When Yeong asks why Byung-yeon slept so long, Byung-yeon replies, “I must have been too ashamed to face you.”

Yeong reminds him, “You protected me and the woman I love. More than anything, I thank you for returning to us.”

Byung-yeon says that Ra-on sometimes comes to tend to him, and Yeong replies, “When all preparations are complete, I will bring her back to my side. I will make it so she can be as before, laughing, chatting with me, and being happy. I am nearly there.” He suggests that the three of them return to the palace for a drink when the time comes.

The two friends smile at each other, and around the corner, Ra-on listens with a smile on her face.

The prime minister cuts right to the chase when he visits the the queen, asking why she is so intent on enthroning a child who isn’t of royal blood. The queen insists that she gave birth to the child, and the prime minister just tells her that everybody believes that, and must continue to believe it. “If you are unable to do that,” he warns, “you will not be able to avoid death.”

He starts to get up, but for the first time, the queen pulls rank on her father, referring to him formally by title and ordering him to sit. She asks if he thinks he will be safe, because just as he has a tight hold on her lifeline, she has one on his.

She warns that he may have managed to raise her up from her lowly origins as a gisaeng’s daughter, but that is itself a disgrace to the Joseon royal family. (Presumably, he would be punished if that news came to light.)

The prime minister finally looks something less than smug, and he warns her to shut her mouth. The queen tells her father that if he means to mess with her, he had better be prepared to handle the consequences.

That night, as they look up at the moon, Yeong and Yoon-sung reminisce on their childhood together, trading bittersweet recollections: Yoon-sung envied Yeong and always felt that ultimately, he was a vassal, while Yeong was always longing for friends.

Yeong wonders, “Is that why we could only amount to this much? You, Byung-yeon, and me. Why is it that we cannot but fight?” Yoon-sung admits to always wanting to flee his grandfather and his family, “although you may not believe it.”

“I believe you,” Yeong replies, explaining that he has also felt the desire to throw away things he couldn’t. “I will do what I must do,” Yeong adds. Yoon-sung nods, telling him to do what he believes is right.

“But, I worry that you may be hurt,” Yeong says. Yoon-sung says, “I worry too—that I may want to protect my family.” They turn to look each other in the eye, and Yoon-sung continues, “But no matter what happens, there will be no reason to feel sorry—either for you, or for me.”

Prime Minister Kim sits alone in his room, thinking back eight years ago to the day he’d had a face reader look at Yeong from afar, and heard that the prince’s face spoke of an early death. Moreover, one of his companions had an “unusual energy”: a good nature, a strong spirit, and the face of a good king. That boy wore a hat bearing the image of a crane, and we see that he’d been speaking of Yoon-sung.

Now, the prime minister thinks to himself that if the Yi royal lineage is to be disrupted, they may as well put a “proper” owner on the throne. And just then, Yoon-sung arrives in accordance with his summons.

As the court ladies brew medicines in the courtyard, a shifty-looking figure hovers in the background…

That night, Ha-yeon visits a tired Yeong as he sits up reading, and brings him a tonic meant to help with fatigue. The court lady tastes it first, and then Ha-yeon serves it to the prince.

Yeong starts to drink it, just as Ha-yeon looks at her hand and notices something—a discoloration on her silver ring.

Alarmed, she grabs for the bowl and tells him not to drink—but it’s too late. He’s already taken a mouthful.

Across the city, Ra-on thinks of Yeong cutting loose his eternity bracelets, sending its beads scattering everywhere.

As Ra-on touches the spot on her wrist where her bracelet used to be, Yeong’s eyes widen and a pained expression crosses his face.

He starts to keel over slowly, and falls to the ground with a thud. Unconscious.

 
COMMENTS

This show is going to be the death of me. I was an ugly-crying wreck when Byung-yeon died (he didn’t die, technically, but boy did the show kill him off beautifully anyway), and now they’ve gotta go and put Yeong in danger? I don’t believe for a second that he will die this way—there would be rioting if the production killed off Park Bo-gum!—and yet, there’s nothing like a late-game poisoning to remind us all that this was the way that the historical figure died (suspected poisoning at the age of twenty), making everything feel just a bit extra unsettling. Then again, he’s also supposed to have fathered a child by now, so I suppose we can take solace in this drama’s intentional historical inaccuracy.

Byung-yeon’s death scene was an emotional highlight of the episode, and the show did a good job of not making it feel like a cop-out when he didn’t actually die. Or maybe I’m just so relieved that he’s not actually dead that I don’t care why he didn’t die as long as he didn’t. It feels a bit like getting to have our cake and eat it too, because he got his glorious send-off, which felt right, and then also got to survive, which also felt right.

That gorgeous farewell with Yeong was in many ways more stirring than anything a romantic heartbreak could have wrought. It felt earnest and pure, capturing two friends caught between greater forces and unable to do anything about it but to wish in their last moments to be the best friend they could to each other. Personally, I don’t believe that Byung-yeon drew a sword on Yeong as a diversion, or as a noble sacrifice meant to save Ra-on and Yeong; I really do think he was carrying out his role as a member of the rebels. The acting performance, with all its heartbreaking nuances, supports that reading, and doesn’t quite fall in line with the diversion/sacrifice explanation. But even in that moment, I don’t believe he switched allegiances; it seems to me that he was always trying to honor both of his loyalties. He would never have harmed Yeong, and in effect chose to die rather than carry his role in the rebellion any more than was necessary.

That made it feel especially poignant later when Byung-yeon was feeling shame and guilt toward Yeong after his recovery, and Yeong was the one to read protectiveness and sacrifice in Byung-yeon’s actions. I love that Yeong has such strong faith in his friend to believe the best of him regardless of what he said. And when we saw that his most earnest wish was to be a friend in his last moments, it drove home that his loyalty never broke.

Ra-on really took a backseat today, which was a little disappointing, but I suppose we had too many other important storylines to address to cram in everything. I appreciated having an episode more focused on the three friends, because they form such a perfect representation of the conflict at large, but injected with heart and soul, to make their dilemmas and crisscrossing fates and loyalties really come through in the emotion. I actually wish the show had focused a bit more on the three friends throughout the entire show, but at least we have episodes like this one, where they speak openly and communicate. Even if that means they remain on opposite sides, despite their hearts wanting them to be on the same one.

I was relieved to see a return of shrewd Yeong, the one who plays things close to the vest and gets everything prepared quietly while his opponents relax. It was clear (to us, at least) that he wasn’t just carousing out of recklessness, but I like that he used that impression as a tool to gain information without arousing suspicion. And I was thrilled that we saw again how perceptive he was, getting to the baby first and tucking away his trump card before the other side even knew to be worried. Whenever Teacher Dasan is involved, I always find myself breathing a bit easier about wit and smarts winning over pure power.

I’ll admit to being a little nervous as we head into our last hour, because we have a lot of ends to tie up and I (1) want the conflicts resolved to reasonable satisfaction and (2) also want to be able to bask in the satisfaction for longer than a minute as the show ends. But we’ve come this far, so what’s one more hour of putting myself at these producers’ mercies? Here’s my heart, Moonlight, beating and bloody and hopeful—now just don’t break it, please.

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Heol
The scene of BY and Yeong, heart wrenching. Yeong knew why BY did that, and Yeong ordered BY to not withdraw the sword. I was screaming BY-ah. That bromance scene, BY in LY arms. And BY wish also come true, they still friend. And the scene btw LY and YS as well, I bet YS told LY about the baby and BY hiding at Dasan. Why can’t they all be friends??

Hmm, was the med poisoned or was it the bowl that poisoned? If the med is poisoned, that mean the silver spoon is not silver, and that court lady gona be poisoned too. Im not too concern about Yeong, he will survive. Im more curious about who’s behind. The queen? Minister Kim or someone else?

And goodbye eunuch Han, there were times I doubted you, but you just proven yourself that you loyal to Baekwon and your friend, HGN.

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Yeong and Byeong Yeon is the real OTP!

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In an alternative universe aka fanfic :)

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My tears fell like rain, Byung Yeonaaaaah.
Reading the recap, I felt the anguish and cried again.
Wow, that was really something. I was thinking, gosh, they really have to kill him, huh?! But it was the last words between friends that really got me. Kwak Dong Yeon, you are soo good.

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Love them! Bromance is real and ALIVE! ❤️

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I so soooooo love the bromance. It's wonderful. I feel stupid for having doubted Kim Hyung in one of the earlier episodes.

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Honestly, for this episode, I'd ship BY and Yeong rather than him with RO.

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If it wasn't for Ra-on, I'd be on YeongYeon ship. <3

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I thought that the actual ship, I mean, YeongOn stand for Yeong+Yeon right?

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LOLL, yeah in our dreamssss

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I nominate them for best Couple in KBS drama awards 😂

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I was confused about the poisoning too, but realized that it was not the drink nor the spoon that the court lady used, it was the bowl.

I am excited for Teacher Dasan to take his place in the royal court. I hope we get to see it through.

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Yes. Which is why Ha Yeon's silver ring turned black when it touched the bowl.

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I feel HY kinda badass when she just leaped and snatched the bowl from Yeong's hand without thinking, and glad that she was quick to notice the change of her ring so Yeong didn't drink the whole bowl. But then, maybe she shouldn't have bring the med all together lolz

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And because he only drank probably a few sips, Yeong will live. Yes, he will. /chants to self

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He has to live, Im certain

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I join in the chant, Celine!

Yeong will live. Yes, he will.
Repeat about 100x100 times

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I seriously felt bad for Ha Yeon's character (though I'm obviously biased, having written a few novels worth of comments defending her in last week's recap). She got to wear pretty princess clothes in the show, but other than that, it's only been reject and heartbreak. And now to have her be the one who delivered the poison to our Yeong?! Poor thing.

What was her lantern wish? I hope it comes true for her sake.

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I don't know why but I'm having mixed emotions about seeing Ha-yeon. I get that she's fulfilling her duty, but I don't want to see her hover around Yeong either, especially not when Ra-on is barely on screen, it makes me feel all kinds of bad feeling, and I can't help resenting Ha-yeon for a bit, even though she did nothing wrong.

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@maryxiah I feel the same. I don't like seeing her around Yeong, but in this episode I'm feeling more for her, because it seems that she finally really know her place.

The last scene though... of all days the medicine was brewed for the Prince she has to deliver it to him the day the bowl is poisoned. Has to be PM Kim's doing, right? Trying to kick the Jo clan out as well lolol.

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I have the feeling that the story puts HY as the poison bearer to get her away from the picture so that it will smooth RO comes back as the CP's queen.

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If being poisoned would result to Raon having to nurse Yeong back to health and life, then so be it.

Hayeon is okay for me. She's been mostly good though there were moments when I didn't like her actions especially in the recent previous episodes. However, now, she seem to really know her place and just there doing her duties. I commend her for that. I'm still wishing she finds someone who will love her back. She deserves it. However, we only have one episode left, so I doubt we'll see it.

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Like javabeans mentioned in her recaps before, I can totally see Ha-yeon as a romantic protagonist in another drama. I mean, I'm already pseudo-rooting for her in a sorry-wrong-time-wrong-place second-lead role - I'd be all signs and banners for her ("Win yourself a Prince, girl!") otherwise.

Anyone else getting Three Musketeers Crown Prince and Crown Princess vibes?

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@delurked Me too! I am rooting for Hayeon in a different drama where Raon is not in the story. She deserves someone nice and loves her back.

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I'm convinced that the poisoning is a ruse. That this is HY playing her role in the plot to outwit the Prime Minister and that they are exploiting the mistake Teacher Dasan discovered a few episodes ago - where the spoon changes color in food but due to a type of vegetable, not actual poison.

(fingers crossed)

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I'm confused why Raon is in the background crying... Where is she exactly and why was it shown side by side with the CP being poisoned?

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I think Raon was just reminiscing about the past and then, that scene show together with Yeong probably implying their telepathy?
Like the bracelet is broken and Yeong is on verge of death?

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She was probably somewhere in her hiding place. I think she fell asleep and dreamt of the bracelet scene, she probably had an ominous feeling that something happened to Yeong. Sort of telepathic feel?

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I saw that scene and thought maybe just maybe, they would show that she picked up all the beads and strung them together again, to give to Yeong when they could be together. I'd really like that!

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I'd like that too, except that'd take time away from important plot, and I'd hate to see that. They could have just shown the bracelet is in her hand.

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To be honest, that was like the one scene in this episode that had me rolling my eyes a bit.

I mean, is every Significant Moment with Yeong going to be interspersed with random telepathic Ra-on scenes?

I was rooting more for YeongOn during post-revelation and confession, but after all the melo and drama, my enthusiasm for the ship kind of gave out. Less forced connections, more meaningful interactions, please!!

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I don't know why, but I read reluctance in Teacher Dasan's face when Yeong mentioned filling the void in the court, I don't think he'd want to re-enter into the court and be the court's official.

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I think he had bad experience with court life before, such as unable to voice his opinion, or that his opinion get dismissed and commoners suffered.

But though he's unwilling, I think he will comeback to support Yeong

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He expressed his reluctance even before. Whether he fills a position in the royal court or not, being there to teach our Crown Prince is more than enough. Dasan Yoda has been nothing but awesome. I do wish to see him in the royal court though. Yeong needs good and wise people like him INSIDE the palace. We'll just have to see.

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“Do not forget. If I only had one person in the world that I could trust, it would still be you.”

“Thank you for trusting me.”

True words of love!!!
How not to cry over such words?

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And that flashback of BY releasing the lantern!

I love how this drama uses flashback...they are definitely not time-fillers. And very often they are scenes not shown before but gives us a better understanding and appreciation of what was happening. Even flashbacks are were shown before are not draggy and serve to help us recollect what had happened.

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Preach!
The use of flashback is always on point! Not too draggy, just enough to reveal info that they been withholding from us to give more insight

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I love the lantern wish flashback, but I love the broken bracelet flashback the most, it seems so ominous and so grave at the same time, I could just feel for Ra-on's anxiety.

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agree!

OTHER SHOWS, this is what flash backs are for! not fillers. take note of this.

I love the use of flashbacks in this drama. They're like little surprise gifts to you... and i love how it's scattered throughout the episodes so much so that you anticipate it in each episode. I don't know if it's just the OCD in me but i love how they're consistent with the use of it.

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Yes, the flashbacks fit the scenes so perfectly and are great to draw that needed emotional impact.

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Agree! Love the use of flashbacks. They're carefully well-placed throughout the show. Some are new scenes, others are old. I just love how they don't abuse flashbacks to fill the time.

It was that wishing lantern that made my crying into full on bawling, ugly-crying, heart-ripping sobs... call it whatever, I was a mess. I've never cried that way EVER in a Korean drama before (at least in recent memory).

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So true!

Please show I trust you like Yeong trust BY, give me a happy ending.

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I get the sense that Yeong found out about the baby on his own when he saw Eunuch Sung at the Kibang. Even though they have somewhat re-establish their friendship, I don't think this is an info Yoon-sung is willing to share with Yeong just yet, he did say he might want to protect his own family, and admitted to his aunt he's covering for her because of blood ties.

The herbal medicine, which everyone pointed out already, was not poisoned. It was the bowl itself which discolored Ha-yeon's ring.

I feel somewhat ecstatic when the queen challenged her father. I guess it's no surprise that the bad guys always turn on each other in critical moments, I just didn't expect to see her be so daring and turn the condition around on him. I feel kind of bad for her that she had to meet her daughte [Read more]

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Maybe, but dang Moon Lovers is so smart with pre empting their episode. Now they can have 4 more episodes without being under MDBC shadow. If that doesn't skyrocket their rating, nothing will.

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It's not that they smart in pre-empt, they didn't have a choice as SBS was live airing the baseball match that went over time. So they just cleared out Moonlover slot instead of trying to air it, which further delay the following programs.

Not quite sure if ML can boost rating after moonlight end though, because the episode already leaked. Also, next week SBS will have baseball game too, so maybe another pre-empt.

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I don't think Moonlight leaving will change much in their ratings, since they're still battling it out with Woman with a Suitcase.

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"Ending for a beginning"
I think it refers to BY ending, how Yeong is tying up loose end and punishing the Kim rightfully?
Also the open convo between LY and YS, that they will do what need to do?

If it refers to Yeong end, then how will he get rid of PM Kim?

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You could be right, but you know this show and its parallelism, I don't doubt the ending could work for Yeong as well.

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I also don't think Yoonsung told Yeong about the baby. I'm pretty sure it was all his research work going around and getting information.

Hwang Chiyeol's Yeong version is wonderful. His voice is just amazing.

I don't think the ratings had to do with the other show not being broadcasted because how could the viewers switch and watch this late in the game. I think it's more of people tuning in because it's the finale week. Also, viewers seem to did not like the separation and the angst last week hence the drop in ratings, but this is almost the end, so they tuned in again.

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Re: Yeong and the baby
Yup, I agree with your assessment. Further proof is the scene where Yeong showed PM Kim the drawing of the dead court lady whose baby disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His 1 month of research was certainly quite extensive and thorough. So glad to see a confident, in-command Yeong again on my screen. *_*

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It's such a pity though, bc I don't think that it was YS who estranged himself from the CP but the other way round, with the prime Minister terrorizing the royal Family, the CP probably lost trust in YS somewhere along the way. I do think that CP found out about the Baby on his own, but despite YS's words about protecting his Family and whatnot I think he would have told the CP if he had asked him and shown him trust. From the very beginning YS has done everything and anything to thwart his granddaddy's evil plans against the CP and RO, the only Thing he probably really having a hard time doing is laying open all of his evil schemes in front of the court. Other than that he literally murdered and lied and blackmailed to get CP and RO out of Trouble, putting himself in danger, all the while [Read more]

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Thank you for introducing me to Hwang-Chi-yoe... I dont understand a word being sang but his voice and the melody tug at my heart like nothing else can.

The power of voice!

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@Anh @maryxiah @Celine @Labyrinth532 thanks for your posts praising Hwang Chi Yeul - music to my ears, so to speak :) I just love how Chi Yeul interprets the song in his own inimitable way. And just imagine, he's actually singing in a higher note (?) than his usual husky voice. Guess that ability to change his voice is due to his being a former vocal trainer.

If you can spare the time, please could you visit melon.com and type in 황치열 to bring his name up in the search. I would love for his OST to at least make the melon top 10. Thanks very much.

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PERFECT! I totally agree that your ep18 version should be the finale. I want a feel good ending.

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Its here!

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yup and thank you javabeans...

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After the audience and team Crown Prince scream and cry because everyone's beloved guard Byeong-Yeon died, cut to:

Sister: He's alive? Is that even possible?
Me [not giving one damn bit about reality]: Well, the Prince survived massive blood loss and didn't succumb to septicemia so...yes.

Also:
1. Huzzah! Ra-On finally remembered how to be inconspicuous.
2. I want so badly for BY, Yoon-Sung and the CP to be friends. We get so close to them being the Three Musketeers, but it feels like that may not happen. It may be cold comfort, but each has acknowledged out loud that they want that friendship but palace politics and family ties keep getting in the way.
3. There are now more candidates for characters who might not make it to the end (Baby Girl Lee, Ha-Yeon, Yoon-Sung). I don't wa [Read more]

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I was hoping he'd live when the "dead" body was being wheeled away though I knew it's impossible, but then his hand moved! Omo! He lost a lot of blood, but good thing the arrow did not hit his heart. He was just fatally wounded and it made sense that it took him more than a month to recuperate. And thank goodness he was able to sleep for a pretty long time. Kim Hyung needed so much rest. I seriously felt his physical and emotional stress what with his loyalties both to Yeong and the group.

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Thank goodness for CP's Eunuch and YS claiming BY! And I'm happy BY knows how much people love him.

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The blessing of having quite inept archers. Remember the 'Gat byeong yeon' training scene where the archers not quite find the mark..
and oii...which part of STOP do you not understand..aigoo..

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I had that inkling feeling last episode about the prophecy and now they showed it giving hints either CP or YS will die...I hope YS will not die but after watching this episode, 80% chances of him dying.

As for our CP, He will not definitely die, buy I still don't have an idea how will they end this in a happy note.

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I interpreted the look the prince gave Ha-Yeon as a sad one. As if trying to say he appreciated her loyalty and he felt sorry for her that she still did not understand that she was NOT going to be with him in the end; he had other plans.

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I agree, it's like he finally understood that she is holding on to some hope or realized her sacrifice. Maybe he'll find a way to relieve her of her duties.

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When Yeong stared at Hayeon in that scene, I felt really bad for Hayeon. She seem to know her place now and will no longer hope for having her feelings returned in the future. The looks they exchanged were sad. I read it as Yeong appreciating Hayeon's loyalty and support.

I swear, if we were in AU, without Raon in the story, I'd totally dig a story about Yeong and Hayeon and how the prince who's heart was broken by his first love eventually fell in love with Hayeon.

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I totally am with you. Objectively speaking, HY is an admirable character. She's noble (I don't mean by birth - it's the way she carries herself) yet humble and brave. In real life, CP would be lucky to have HY as his queen. I say this in the context of that time - when men, and kings especially married their queens to consolidate their power. And in real life, if CP's character is as shown in this drama, I think he would grow fond of her and respect her opinion highly, if not fall in love with her. If there is one noble idiot in this drama, I would have to say that it's HY. She loves CP so unconditionally. Can you blame the girl though? Look at him? And more importantly, listen to him. The way CP talks totally melts my heart. My heart skipped a beat when he called her "Bingu" at the end o [Read more]

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The queen being behind the poison is my theory as well. She has both the motivation and the means, since she's been seeing Ha Yeon regularly and would have no problems topping off Ha Yeon to bring Yeong the medicine.

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Sister: He’s alive? Is that even possible?
Me [not giving one damn bit about reality]: Well, the Prince survived massive blood loss and didn’t succumb to septicemia so…yes.

Hahaha, your comment always cracks me up.

I think the queen is behind the poisoning as well because the court lady seems like one of her lackey.

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@Kayak Re: #5 I registered that moment, too! It was small, but somehow got to me.

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Remember the little girl from earlier in the series who couldn't speak because of the incident with the Prime Minister killing a court lady while the little girl hid in the cabinet? I wonder if they're going to bring her back into the story at any point? I mean, that particular storyline was fleshed out quite a bit but came to a big fizzle, plot-wise. Seems like kind of a waste of story-telling resources.

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Just finished the ep a moment ago. OMG! PLEASE DON'T ___!!! WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN TOMORROW?! MIRACLE PLEASE HAPPEN!

I'm so buying this drama if tomorrow ends up a happy ending. I love this so much, even with the letdown of last week's episodes.

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*gasp!*

Where do you find them to buy?!

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I hear the OST CD preorder is only released in Korea and I so want to get the DVD (with English sub) too if they release that. How can we get these from USA? Anyone in Korea wanna help? :)

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1st there is so much possibility
- The Kim's poison him, reason: he finally uncontrollable and they have the newborn prince,
they can't prosecute the Kims if they killed CP now since the Kim is the grandfather of the next King in line
- The CP sacrifice himself to get out of the palace and tied the Kims
- The writer doesn't want to alternate history

The show actually doesn't really complicates but the execution is sad,
I get the idea and I knew what gonna happen but it still sad, just like the happy days,
If you somehow enjoy angst, like the opening of Secret, you'll love how they executed the episode imo
and for the poisoned, I think we saw this coming, when I think about it, they literally talk about the fate reader, they tried to attack yeong and talks about changing the ow [Read more]

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Woohoo for the increased ratings! Can they somehow reach 30% with the last episode? I so want to see them on that Guerilla Date!

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Best scene was the last scene with Yeong collapsing and it reached 26.6%!! Korea truly loves Park Bogum! lol

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I just hope this wont set a trend for trying to kill PBG character in the future. In every darn last 3 dramas of his, the writer kept scaring me that his character will be hurt #StopTryingtoKillPBGCharacter

If his smile can be nation treasure, I wonder whether his tears can be nation hell, heh. When he cries I just felt like I want to cross the ocean just to hug him. His crying face is hurting my heart like no other. I think I love him a tad bit too much. Will I be able to escape his magic someday? Pr the real question is whether do I want to?

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I hate seeing PBG cry, but he does it so well that I want to see it often too. I don't know if I'm making sense. haha It's just that he pours his heart out when he cries. It's real and it's so heart-wrenching.

I seriously hope that the writer knows the consequences if Yeong dies. PBG is so well-loved. There was even a poll among elderly about who they want as their grandchild and PBG and KYJ won! lmao So yes, better not kill him. Maybe more physical pain and crying will do to make the happy ending all the more satisfying.

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I don't mind the writer trying to kill of his character if it makes sense with the story, but not for the sake of milking our tears. I don't know how my heart survived watching this drama, it's like thriller 24/7, whoever said this was fluffy?

Lol, he has a killer smile, but when he cries, I think the world just collapse on us, he definitely make every emotion so heart wrenchingly good.

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hmm. . . I think it because he is young,
the older the actor is, the longer the surviving rate becomes unless you aren't the main character,
please help me prove this is true or I just have small mind at this time,

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@Ira HAHA I'm imagining politicians using PBG's tears as international blackmail. 😂

"Hand over the national treasury shares, or else - "-brandishes PBG-

-collective gasp-

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OMG HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA The mental picture is so funny!! Thank youu

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@Celine Hehehe 😜😜

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I was surprised that they actually went there too! I had this theory that somehow Yeong will fake his own death and not be poisoned like the real prince in history. hihi!

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We loves Park Bogum! lol

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@Celine

Best scene was the last scene with Yeong collapsing and it reached 26.6%!! Korea truly loves Park Bogum!

WOW! But the thing that always intrigues me is... how to the Korean audience know that something is about to happen on-screen, and then tune in to see it??

I mean, they clearly must be on another channel watching another show. Perhaps they are not the sort to fully focus on a show all the time and are multi-tasking by checking their SNS and various social media at the same time so that they are alerted to such up-coming big scenes?

It's just such a strange concept to me because when I'm watching a good drama, especially Moonlight, I am 100% focused and fixated on what is happening on my screen, I don't have the inclination to be doing anything el [Read more]

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I'm thinking viewers switch channels and when they see something interesting they stick to it then change again. Ending seems to be always interesting to viewers because they want to know how the episode will end. And all those are recorded kinda like placed in a graph of fluctuating percentages per minute then the ratings report we get is the average.

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The drama did mention at the beginning, while it is inspired by historical figures, it will differ from actual history. So maybe the CP won't die at 20yo due to suspected poisoning.

If he does, I am guessing that is Yeong faking his own death after setting things to rights in court. Yeong then leads a carefree life with Ra On. The next king? I dont know. Yoon-sung maybe. YS is wise, diplomatic and kind. He has the necessary credentials having traveled far and wide, and built good relations with other kingdoms. I am sure our clever Yeong can find a way to land Yoon-sung in the throne despite the fall of PM Kim.

I really feel for HaYeon. She is such a nice gal. I wish she had fallen for YS instead. There is a chance they could have a happy ending.

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I know right? I feel so sorry for Hayeon too. YS and HY are both in no ways inferiour to CP and RO if not even superior in some ways, but it's their fate to not get whatever they want while the main couple will probably have a happy ending and a lot of cute babies ;_; Also being hated by Viewers simply for existing in the vincinity of the leads ;_;

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My take of the Yeong poisoning scene is part plot-device for ousting either the Queen or PM Kim, part homage to actual history where the real Crown Prince Hyomyeong died young from suspected poisoning.

I don't believe Yeong had any intentions whatsoever to fake his death - that would not only be irresponsible of him because his father still needs him and there is nobody adequate enough to take his place, but also Yeong himself said that he cannot vacate his seat while PM Kim is still in court. And PM Kim is still in power at this point.

From Yeong's conversation with Byung Yun and with Teacher Dasan, he already has clear plans on how to sort everything out without vacating his seat. We will just have to see it play out tonight, but from previous track-record, Yeong is a man who full [Read more]

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You know what historical Kdramas need? Poison Control Center. Yunno, that number to call whenever you do anything that could harm yourself.

Would save much more time than merely shaking someone who's been poisoned.

Also, there needs to be more security especially in terms of food.

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Lol, I wonder why dramaland characters do that. Would shaking them help? They need to call the physician chop chop!

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they put the division on to the silver plate and the eunuch,
the problem is still corruption,
we don't know if it a real silver or the eunuch is loyal

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Kim Hyunggggggggg!! You gave me a freakin' heart attack in my 20s! You owe me money for all the Kleenex I used! Lots and lots of Kleenex! Thank you for being alive. One more episode. Hold on and don't you dare die.

Bromance ruled this episode and I am not complaining. The very strong friendship between BrOTP is as beautiful as the romance of OTP. Glad we got wonderful moments between Yeong and Kim Hyung.

As for Yeong, DON'T YOU DARE DIE AS WELL! In fact, no one dies except for the baddies! Pleaseee

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It is comforting to know I am not the only person sobbing about the near deaths. Don't know what I'm going to do if the CP is dead. This drama has caused me a lot of emotional stress because I have no way of saving my four favorite people...Reminding myself it is just a drama.

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You know what, I have a special handkerchief that I use everytime I watch Moonlight. Whenever I start an episode, I always make a mental note to prepare it because I knew I'd be crying even in happy scenes! Lol. And we could start a trend in Moonlight, ugly crying drawn by Moonlight, lol.

I'm not complaining about the bromance either, but I definitely feel sad that my romance is taking a back burner today.

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"Ugly Crying Drawn by Moonlight" sounds about right! HAHAHAHAHA!

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'Now, the prime minister thinks to himself that if the Yi royal lineage is to be disrupted, they may as well put a “proper” owner on the throne.'

Can anyone explain this to me please? I'm a bit lost. I know that this is going to be brought up again but is what many of you guys had suspected earlier really true? What does this scene mean???

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they said earlier that yoon sung bad luck is that he was born as Kim's so he probably the older sister of King's son,
his mum probably Lee/Royal but his father is the Kims,

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In the early episode, a fortune teller foretold that Yeong will die young and he has a friend (YS) who has a true king face or sth. So I guess the PM want to try to make that happen by offing Yeong and put YS on the throne. Because besides Yeong there was no immediate lineage of the Yi that could take it. Because it's been foretold, for the PM this is putting the "proper" owner (aka his grandson and hurray more power!) on the throne. Which is a stupid mindset, but hey this is Joseon, so shit happens I guess, heh.

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I kinda like how it all happened. There's no more Lee after Yeong. Everyone thought there's another Lee from the Queen, but since Premier Kim now knows that the only Lee standing in the way is Yeong, he can place his family. They are nobility anyway and really powerful too. I cannot believe that I was not fully convinced that Yoonsung can be king. I am glad they are addressing that scene from the earlier episode with the face reader because it's been bugging me.

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There's a flaw in that plan. They can't oust the baby isn't the king's, so they'd have to crown the baby as crown prince first, even if Yeong died. Methinks Minister Kim might use the baby as a tool, have Yoon-sung as regent, and when he's old enough, abdicate the throne for Yoon-sung.

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ooohhhhh that could happen.

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I just realized that when the prime Minister decided to dethrone the Lee and put his own grandson on the throne he organized a Meeting with YS. Then it became clear to me that he must have put the poison on that bowl, maybe even influenced HY in some way so that she will be the one giving it to the CP and her clan will be out of the way too, when the CP died. But YS, despite what he said about maybe protecting his Family, probabaly thought "yeah grandpa, wtf" and talked to CP about it ;P So everything will probably turn out quite well :D

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Prime Minister Kim has that instinctive need to upend order and change monarchies. He did that in Six Flying Dragons and now he thinks he can do it again. Too bad he doesn't have Jung DoJeon now, only dumb and dumber, hee.

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Unfortunately for him, Dumb and Dumber just went into prison, boo-yah!

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la la la la la happiness!!

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Minister Dumb and Dumber shrieking and pleading... oh the satisfaction I got from there. Premier Kim will surely not let himself associate with them just like what Teacher Dasan said. Even the Queen turned against him. I love it when the bad guys turn against each other in the most difficult situation. lol Now it's every man for himself. I wonder who will win among the baddies.

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LOL. Me too! Minister Dumb's high-pitched squeals and whines were like music to my ears!

If my gut feeling is right, I think both the Queen and PM Kim are both going to go down down down tonight!

The Queen will go down for the attempted poisoning of Yeong and for the baby-swap.

The PM Kim will go down when Princess Myeongeun finally opens her mouth and exposes his bad deeds and his involvement in the death of the former Queen.

2 loose threads tied up nicely in a big big bow!

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No offense (i dont know how to interpret korean accent, so i dont know is it on purpose or a form of saeguk speech..) but he always remind me of an eunuch from those historical chinese drama i watched before..

anyway, with minster dumb gone, there's nobody to lead the choir of "voices" (which i really find it amusing plus his unique voice).. need to find a new successor for that :)

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Simply speaking, since the way he will stay in power will be through the Queen and her fake prince anyway, so that the next king will not even be a member of the Lee Family, he thought it would be a good idea to dethrone the Lees alltogether and put his own grandson, who was said to have a royal Aura, on the throne.

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Even when I had caught a glimpse of a spoiler that revealed BY dying and still being alive later, I too ugly-cried when I saw him die... and then shed some tears in his reunion with CP. All this emotion better have a royal payback - like the size of the queen's scary bulging eyes and more - with Ra On coming back in full force and many moments of lovey-doveyness between her and CP. It better happen!!

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she is afraid and really afraid

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Hear, hear! She's good at those scenes. Also, I love her angry look, when she's threatening Premier Kim.

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Yeong to Kim Hyung: If I could trust only one person in the world, that person will be you.

Kim Hyung to Yeong: I wish that in my last moment, I could just be your friend.

Me: *wailing*

Apparently we're looking at the wrong love triangle, folks! It has always been RO-CP-BY all along!!

Now I can forgive the writer for the disappointment of last week, because this time the angst is finally back to be a good legitimate one. And finally a payoff!!! How I miss thee!! Though I hate the writer a tiny bit for trolling us about BY's death, but I am thankful that the bromance is still going strong. As much as I hate being trolled, I can only accept her trolling us about Yeong getting poisoned, or else...... I doubt that the writer will kill him (like javabeans said there'll be riot in [Read more]

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I love how the "death" of Kim Hyung was handled. I did not feel tricked. It showed a wonderful poignant scene between BrOTP that even after he was presumed to be truly dead I was still holding myself crying and wishing for a miracle to happen somehow. I found myself not ready to let go, so when his hand moved, I was in even more tears but happy ones. The show knows how to wring tears from my eyes. And I love how the heartbreak and angst we got her are truly legitimate compared to last week.

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True. That death scene is so perfect and bring forward the strong connection between the two in the best way. They are such a soulmate. I was a bit mad because the writer keeps torturing my puppies. I see black when I thought BY was dead (had to pause to calm myself) and when his hand moved I practically scream (as loud as I can be in a library): "damn u writer for doing this, but thank you for bringing him back!!" So yeah, it's been such a roller-coaster of emotion

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Yup. I was sobbing and wailing Kim Hyuuuuuuuuuung and beating the table and then 10 minutes later, never mind. But never was I so glad to be trolled by a writer.

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I didn't feel trolled by Byung-yeon's death, rather I feel overjoyed when he came back alive, I even went on instagram to thank him for living! LOL.

I thought they mentioned about Eunuch Han's death in the scene just before the ministers requested for Yeong's dethronement?

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First thing first, thank you Lee Seo-won for bowing out of Moonlight and giving Kwak Dong-yeon a chance to grace my screen and kill it with his portrayal of Byung-yeon. Didn’t think I’d come to care so much for Byung-yeon as a character because I wasn’t impressed with the whole handsome-manly-oozing charisma bodyguard thing he had in earlier episodes. But man, he grew on me so much, like Yoon-sung and Ha-yeon. I honestly didn’t think Byung-yeon would die in today’s episode. I thought he’d have run off with the rebels and only suffer minor injury in the process, I guess I was naive to think he could've escaped from all the guards. That being said, I just wasn't mentally prepared to see Byung-yeon get slashed across the chest, I was so convinced he [Read more]

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Ugh, is Moonlight great with its little moments or what? I know a lot of beanies aren’t as appreciative of YeongOn’s gazing moments, but I’m of the minority that really loves it. I feel like YeongOn’s strongest moments are the quiet ones, where words are unnecessary and they can read each other from eye contacts and facial expressions. We've seen a few instances where they read each other's mind without even meaning to. I also love the way the show lingered on the moment where Ra-on was dragged off to leave, and in that short moment, both Ra-on and Yeong searched and held each other’s gaze with longing and pain, and they top it off with Yeong quietly mouthing “Ra-on” under his breath. Mmm…so much feels.

Heck yeah, bromance is back! Sadly, it pushes romance on the back bu [Read more]

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called her bin-gung.

And I’m suuuuper nervous with Ra-on's lack of screentime, it doesn’t help when I found out Yoo-jung finished her filming a day earlier! Maybe the scenes didn’t require her as much as Yeong, but I’m still anxious by her lack of appearance, there’s this really awful sense of foreboding. And why is Ra-on’s monologue in the preview did not make it into today’s episode? I wanted to hear that, because it gives us hope that Ra-on isn’t giving up after all, and we could expect to see their reunion, but now that the monologue is cut off entirely, I’m not sure what to expect from her mere smile. For some of you who didn’t watch the preview:

Yeong: After all the preparations are done, I will bring her back to my side. I’m almost there.
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Agree with you 100% about Yeong's quiet moments. I am glad that we see some of Yeong's steely gaze and shrewdness back. I am frequently amazed at how well the writer build his character. It helps that PBG is hitting it out of the park with the performance, but I can see how much love is poured towards this character. Young is such an ideal character who almost has it all: intelligence, compassion and devotion towards those who he dearly values. Add the dash of cheekiness and occasional pettiness, he is almost too perfect to be true. It's about time dramaland go beyond those cold heartless jerk with a heart of gold.

Unfortunately, I cannot say a similar thoughts have been developed for RO. I suddnly started feeling this way from last week. I feel that her character has been reduced into, [Read more]

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Dramalang needs lead characters like Yeong. Someone who is, though not perfect, truly kind and sincere from the get-go and who is not afraid to show his feelings and weaknesses. I'm so over the abundance of cold-hearted, lonely, and jerk leading men in dramaland. I'm not a fan of romaticizing hostile actions of men toward the woman they "love".

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Yeong's words to Premier Kim about not being able to let go cos he's in charge makes me wonder if he will let go if Premier Kim were not around.
It was also RO's father's words about being a leader that was elected by the people that set me thinking.

I personally think that the Premier's days are numbered. There's the little princess testimony and the Queen's lineage that would and could possibly get him ousted. But who would fill his shoes? Yoon Sung? He would certainly make a better Premier than his grandfather.

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@ Ira So true, let the era of jerk with a heart of gold end right here, we need more Yeong-like character in dramaland (swoony lines preferred).

I feel bad with the way they handled Ra-on's character, she was so winning and lovely in earlier episodes, and I'm just frustrated that she had resorted to almost a side character in the latter episodes. I love the happy glimpse we saw on her face when she came to visit Byung-yeon and the flashback of her, Yeong and Byung-yeon, I think it makes me remember once again what a charming girl she used to be.

@crazyahjummafan Hong Kyung-rae's speech got me to thinking too, a leader doesn't necessarily have to be someone in a high position, a leader could be someone as simple as Hong Kyung-rae, who's stirred by the people's plight and feel what the [Read more]

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I was disappointed that Raon's monologue wasn't aired too. I feel like so many of her monologues from the previews didn't make it into the episodes. :-(

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This is interesting news from someone who doesn't watch the previews. I wonder why the production team chose not to have Ra On's monologues in the final airing, it can't be because of time constraints. They must have a reason for deliberately leaving them out.

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