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The Lonely, Shining Goblin in his secret garden

I don’t know why, but I thought we’d get something a little more supernatural for our first glimpse of Gong Yoo (Big) as a goblin. It seems silly, since I knew that goblin Gong Yoo would look exactly like human Gong Yoo, so what was I expecting? In any case, here’s our first set of stills for tvN’s new fantasy romance The Lonely, Shining Goblin, featuring our goblin hero being his sad, beautiful, and lonesome self.

The new drama from hit writer Kim Eun-sook (Descended From the Sun, Heirs, Secret Garden) and PD Lee Eung-bok (Descended From the Sun, Discovery of Romance, Secret) is a fantasy romance about a strange and sad goblin named Kim Shin (the new title includes a pun on his name, Shin, written with the hanja for “god/ghost”). He lives an immortal life, but his fate is described as pitiful, and he seeks a human bride in order to end his immortality. Gee, how bad could living forever be?

Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap) plays his love interest, a high school senior (grumble, grumble) who remains optimistic despite her painful life. The drama will feature a bromance between the goblin and an amnesiac reaper, played by Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum), as they become roommates and usher souls to the afterlife together.

Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending) co-stars as Lee Dong-wook’s love interest, a sweet and immature owner of a chicken shop, and Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) plays a chaebol heir, the thirteenth generation of a family that’s taken care of the goblin. In exchange for their massive wealth, I would imagine. We haven’t been told explicitly what the goblin’s powers are in this drama, but they’re usually associated with wealth in folklore.

Well, the goblin looks appropriately sad and beautiful here, but he’s going to have other emotions, right? Because I’m all for setting a mood, but swoony, happy goblin trumps sad, lonely goblin any day of the week.

The Lonely, Shining Goblin airs on Fridays and Saturdays following The K2, beginning in December.

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Is there a need to make his love interest a "high school senior"? Really? I'm not sure if it's even going to add any substance to the story.

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That's what I'm saying. The girl can't be in college? -___-

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I know, it's ridiculous. At least make her a college student (I'd really appreciate a grad student). She can still work her ninety-five part-time jobs like a typical hard-working Candy while going to school, right? I want an academically smart and realistic heroine! Let's be a little less icky, dramas, for once? This is just a crazy age gap.

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Hear, hear!

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For sure! Especially since he's centuries old, she should not be so young. That was one thing that worked really well in My Love From the Star!

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among my most hated things...right up there with psychotic wanna be girlfriends and vicious mothers/MIL.

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Maybe she'll age up after a timeskip early in the series?

Nope?

Meh. Why does she have to be a high school senior?

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Yeah! It's possible.

At least she's a senior, though. Maybe she's gonna graduate soon... within an episode or two.

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Hopefully within the first episode! It'll be really, really weird to watch a centuries-old goblin romance a high school student. That alone will make this show a hard pass for me.

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Aaaand now this show sounds way too much like Twilight - with the lonely shining, the old supernatural dude, and a teenager love interest.

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That's Twilight.

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"a high school senior who remains optimistic despite her painful life."
Hmmm. Maybe part of her past pain is that she's been held back fourteen times and she's actually 26 years old? And she's optimistic that THIS YEAR she will actually be able to graduate?

That'd fix it for me. . .

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But that'll just mean she's intellectually lacking compared to our super geeeeenios goblin.

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Lawl!

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Hahaha that's hilarious!! ???

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I think since the goblin in immortal,she might age a bit later n they get together when she is older.in the early part of the series i hope

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I read the entire article but all i could focus on was that his "love interest would be a high school senior". What kind of perversion is this?. Does Korean dramas have a high school uniform fetish, because this is just plain ridiculous!

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I'm starting to think there is a high school uniform fetid along with underage youths being loved by grown adults fetish. Both really need to stop. Why does she have to be in high school?

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Kim Go Eun does not look like a high school senior and anything that has anything to do with romance between possible minors is off putting for me. Why, why not make her a graduate student?? I think it will go from High School to more maturity with a time jump but this was unnecessary.

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What scares me the most is that this is the same writer that gave us The Heirs.

So I'm guessing Kim Go-eun will be a high school senior until episode 14, then she graduates, ends up running after the goblin, gets hit by a random speeding Kia in one of those crosswalks of doom, doesn't die but is in a coma, wakes up, pulls out the IV, gets a hold of her samsung smartphone, rushes to meet the goblin, gets a big hug, a fake kiss with a 360 degree turn in either a rainy setting or a snowy night fall.

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After the 360 degree turn, she turns into a goblin. The end.

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SPOILER ALERT!

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Then BOOM! Another Hi rated drama! *smh*

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You forgot the part where she stops for a Subway first...

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OMG! I am crying and laughing so hard! BWHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!

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And the last scene opens up with the dating blissfully in a Subway joint

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*the = they

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OMG - the IV thing. Someone please tell me how they do that without blood pouring out? Because every time I'm in the hospital and decide to rip out my IV, blood goes everywhere...

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And how many times have you ripped out your ivs?

Lmao. This thread is hilarious.

I spied Quizno's in JI ep the other day. Is Korea obsessed with sandwiches??

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Lol, agree. That gave me pause.
We'll see how that goes, I guess...

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I know, right? And Gong Yoo is at least 30, so...ewwwwww.

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I am (way) past 40 and cannot have a conversation with a high schooler without a "he/she is only in high school" refrain going off in my mind every 5 minutes. And a THOUSAND year old goblin can have a romance with one?

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Please don't be a mess like BIG or Cheese!

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Omg i hope not

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Two words:Gong Yoo....!!!!

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Idk but at first, the still photos gave me the feels of Secret Garden. Ha. Well, I hope this drama delivers even though I'm not really a fan of the writer. Please surprise me drama, jebal.

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My thoughts exactly! I suppose this writer likes his man in tee and sweater, with hands behind his back?

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Yeah the costumes sure looks promising considering how Lee min Ho's shiny pants tortured us to the limits..I hope there Wong be any orange yellow or green pants..or suits for that matter.
And can one hope we're not heading towards cheesy this time? Surprise us writer..give something like lovers in Prague I mean on a qualitative basis.

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Need you forget that Lee Min Ho was all pimped out in those hideous christmas sweaters and a fashion faux of patterened chaebol suits in The Heirs?

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Exactly! reminds me of Hyun Bin in Secret Garden.

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Gong Yoo is back to dramalaaaaaand!
I love Kim Go Eun in Cheese in the trap <3 so it is not a problem for me she's playing a high school student ;)

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My problem is that she looks too old to play a high schooler. And if a high-schooler, she'll be too young for Gong Yoo.

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Yeah, a high schooler would be too young for Gong Yoo, but then again, who wouldn't be too young for him? He's a freaking gabillion year old Goblin for crying out loud. Also, if Kim Go-eun's gonna look anything like how she did in Eungyo and the more recent Canola (which I'm pretty sure she will), she'll fit right in as a high schooler. Now let's just hope there's gonna be a time jump and/or have graduate quickly and get out of high school and maybe in college or something.

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It'd probably be one of those shows where they meet when she's very young, then as the years pass, she'll age while he remains ageless, like Edward Scissorhands...that was a very sad and haunting movie.

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I think if we add these words, we're cool
"Ten years ago in a flashback"
he meets her as a high school senior.

OMG, YY!
Edward Scissorhands scarred me for about ten years.
I couldn't even watch the last few frames, I was crying so hard. I watched it once and that was it. It sits on my shelf to remind me NEVER to watch it again.

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Maybe something is wrong with my eyes, but she definitely never looks too old to play senior high schooler. Although i prefer a lot college student instead of high schooler.

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It her current hairstyle, it ages her. Maybe they could change the hair but still I wish they didn't got that route. Or even if they do, its done on flashbacks and move to the present timeline soon. Yoo Inna looks younger compared to her in the script reading session but none can pass as high school girls. Hair can change a lot so I am hoping that is what they do.

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Hi Mary!

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Hahaha hallo~

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Hm... the premise sounds fun, but I think I too was expecting something a little more from the first stills. There's always next time, though, and the teasers. Those will be a major deciding factor for me. Goblin, fighing!

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Me too... lonely is there ,where is the shining part of the goblin..

Wait.....shining guy in garden
* twilight vamp* no I prefer this... lets get to goblin part slowly...

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I too was expecting 'goblin' Gong Yoo will be somewhat... magical? goblin-like? (well I'm not really sure how goblin supposed to look like) or maybe etheral? But all I get is JUST beautiful Gong Yoo in a beautiful garden. Thats it.

#Scroll back and stares at the picture the whole day.

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Yes indeed, no goblin vibe, or something magical.

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He sparkles to me though... O___O

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Been stalking the Goblin Soompi forum everyday, so I've seen a bit of BTS photos of everyone, but I can't wait for official promos though! I'm talking about teaser videos, trailers and posters! Gah, they're really taking their sweet time and I'm trying so hard to be patient... I wonder how the Canada scenes are gonna play out, among many other things I wonder about this drama... Just. Can't. Wait.

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and i was expecting to see him in a picture like choi jin hyuk in his gumiho photoshoot world with fireflies and flowers and gorgeous hair at night

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I'll take gong yoo in anything, any mood, any kind, anywhere
Love the way he smiles with his eyes?

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Gong Yoo has this drama out soon. Lee Seon-kyun's JTBC drama is starting in three weeks. Chae Jung-an also has a drama in the wing. We need only a Yoon Eun-hye's drama and the foursome from Coffee Prince will sort of have their reunion on-air.

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I'm pretty sure a Yoon Eun-hye drama is out of the question.. Which is really sad cause she did great in Coffee Prince but then that scandal came out and pretty much tainted her career in Korea for good..

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Not really. So many K fans and I fans still waiting for her comeback. And her agency announced that she will be back on 2017

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I heard she's planning to comeback in dramaland next year...

I hope this is true. I miss her so bad. And please, choose your drama wisely, Unnie...

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I don't know. I've heard about her comeback even from last year.

Hope her comeback drama with cables.

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I can't help but add Kim Jae Wook to the mix. It's time for a drama comeback!

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This is me hoping that the middle episodes won't drag the show out. It's what I have noticed with Descended and Cheese. So yeah, I really want this show to work because Gong Yoo is fantastic and really gives justice to the roles he plays...[SPOILER DELETED]

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That was my first time watching a korean movie on the big screen and I was bawling my eyes out during that scene.

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Spoiler :(

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Gong Yoo - yay!

Can't wait!?

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"It seems silly, since I knew that goblin Gong Yoo would look exactly like human Gong Yoo, so what was I expecting?"

Ehmmmm... A green dwarf-like Gong Yoo?

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*remembers Merlin's mischievous goblin*(Snorts.)

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I'm more excited for Lee Dong Wook's loveline with Yoo In Na <3

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Me too! Aside from happy to see Dong Wook weekly again (hoorayy), am also hopefully happy that there won't be any love square in this drama.

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Same!!!!

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Indeed! The second love lead story os more exciting for me!

I couldn't wait to finally seeing LDW as an antagonist uhm well, the grim reaper should be a scary one right? So his interaction with YIN will be more exciting to watch

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Same here. Here for the Sexy grim reaper and the sunny seductress!!! Excited to see Lee Dong Wook - my angel of death in action:)

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"I don’t know why, but I thought we’d get something a little more supernatural for our first glimpse of Gong Yoo (Big) as a goblin."

Maybe a more fantasy-like background?

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Reading the description for Kim Go Eun's character is giving me horrific SWWTN flashbacks where they gave Lee Yu Bi's character, Aang's personality without the pathos, powers or tattoo... well she had a scar or something.
It made me so mad. I was already pissed at how her storyline was handled in Gu Family Book( a compelling one that got sidelined) and was looking forward to her lead role where she'd properly display her acting chops but they made her some kind of happy-go-lucky who munches on sugar in her spear time.

Now am reading the character descriptions for the girls and they all sound like sweet, innocent rays of sunshine for the brooding souls of the goblin and reaper. I hope I'm wrong. Maybe they'd go for a comedic vibe for all. Oh well, there's always the pretty to tide me through... Wow, these got long! How? When?

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Well, apparently Kim Go-eun's character, Ji Eun-tak, can see spirits/ghosts, so that should make for some interesting character behavior/personality. As for Yoo In-ah's Sunny character, I think she's going to be quite sassy seeing that she's into materialistic things and is so used to men falling for her left and right that when she comes across a man that doesn't even give her the time of day, she's going to wonder why that is... Idk how it's all gonna play out, but I'm optimistic that it'll be good.

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So this is like Let's fight ghosts meets The Heirs with a lovey dovey complicated story like Descended and a mess of a Cheese?

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Why's the reaper amnesiac? Reminds me of 49 days. Another tragic story for this reaper perhaps?

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Definitely tragic--for both the reaper and the goblin!

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This show has such a great cast and quite interesting premise, but having Kim Eun-sook write this singlehandedly makes me very. very. nervous. Please don’t suck , Show, please, please.

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I am one of the few whom were never sold by anything penned by Kim Eun Sook. I dropped almost all of her dramas including DOTS and Secret Garden. But she is a star writer in Korea and despite that I always find her writings rather cheesy, she definitely knows her way and consistent in striking the right cords and cater for the taste of the korean audiences, or fair to say most drama viewers.

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Me too. I made the mistake of watching Secret Garden - I still can't wash out the memory of it, so scarring. No matter the cast or her popularity cannot make myself watch this writer's drama.

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Nonetheless, Kim Eun Sook is a hit-maker. No actor in his/her sound mind would ever turned down any drama offer by her. But seriously, most of her penned-dramas are nightmare.

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Jang Hyuk turned down Secret Garden.

I'm another who has never really liked anything by Kim Eun-sook. I had the misfortune of watching bits of Secret Garden when it was on TV and it gave me the hives.

Anyway, I hope this goes well for Kim Go-eun.

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That goes to say that Jang Hyuk is one of a kind. I read somewhere that Gong Yoo was the first choice for DOTS and SJK was casted only because GY turned down the role. I don't know for whatever reason he didn't want to do DOTS but now he is going to headline KES' written drama.

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Jang Hyuk didn't turn it down, he confirmed to star and Sidus decided to ruin it all by trying to put Park Jae Bum in there and Kim Eun Sook wasn't having any of that and kicked both Jang Hyuk and Park Jae Bum off the show.

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I've never been able to finish a drama from her neither. But this is Gong Yoo and I'll deal. I swear if he's him 'Big' on me again I may ask for a separation. Suffering through once, was once too many and enough.

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Unless her drama headlined by Lee Jun Ki, then only I will watch. I got thru the crap out of "Scholar" only because of him and I am sure I could go thru Kim Eun Sook's writing because of LJK.

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I don't think there are few of you who dislike KES's writing.

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the shots are so dreamy, and Gong Yoo is as handsome as ever~

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Hmn, maybe the chaebol will do all it can to ensure our goblin will not find a wife and be mortal so as not to lose all that wealth that comes with him...but who am I kidding, I'm just excited to watch GY-LDW bromance!

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Despite their lolita hate they still make 45% of their kdrama female leads high schoolers *deep sigh* korea is such a strange country

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I've never been a fan of his acting even in films but Kim Go-eun is worth watching.

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Maybe Kim Go Eun's character is a graduating highschool senior. You know like Ha Won. It would be funny if she has the same school uniform like Ha Won. Heol.

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I vote no tracksuits!

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After watching "Train to Busan" that cemented my need to see GY weekly on my screen. It has been so long since "Big"
Although I admit the writer isn't exactly reassuring.

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Same here, Train to Busan was the first Gong Yoo's project that I watched after his Coffee Prince era. I have never intended to watch Goblin because of Kim Eun Seok but after his zombie movie I just feel the urge to watch Gong Yoo's comeback drama

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She will start as a high schooler and Gong Yoo will fall in love with her. But she ages and he doesn't -- which is why the goblin wants to be immortal. Hopefully.

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Sorry, he will want to become a mortal ;)

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I still don't get why it has to be the Goblin.
My idea about goblin is the green dwarf that usually ambush the player in group mode on every game I've played.
So the irony that plays here is the Lonely time and Handsome-human-look-alike goblin as the 180 degree transformation since Kdramaland apprently love to twist the usual expectation....
If that's the case, should I leave out my armor too??

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Something about this smells of Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sandman_(Vertigo)

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Ugh, I hope not. Can't see Gong Yoo as Morpheus. *ducks from fans*

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She's going to have to deal with DC if she starts going in this direction. It wouldn't surprise me if she read the whole Sandman series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death:_The_High_Cost_of_Living

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Noooo! Death is my favourite Endless and I don't want any k-drama reinterpretation of her.

KES had better not have any ideas along those lines. I hope DC fries her ass 10000x if she even thinks about anything remotely Sandman-related/inspired.

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I don't think this writer has enough brain-cells to come up with something like this on her own. I can see a big giant lawsuit coming down from DC Comics.

http://rogercruz.deviantart.com/art/Sandman-watercolour-scan-281166904

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Everything except the cast is sounding so unappealing. Writer, PD, plot, character descriptions... none of them are very reassuring.

And yuck at making her a high schooler. He's a gabillion years old. Even if we forget the ickiness of it, I'm pretty sure her maturity level would be so far behind his that there's no way he'd be sincerely interested. I so want to watch Gong Yoo, but ugh.... Nothing sounds good about this. Somebody save the cast!!

Unfortunately with KES's tendency to make drama hits I fear that this is gonna get huge and then I'll feel like I *have* to watch... sigh... It's gonna be another Heirs for me, I can just feel it... ?

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I'm going to keep praying that KGE's character starts off a high schooler only for the set up episodes. By the time she and Gong Goblin meet and truly romance she's a college student or hardworking 20 something adult. Not here for high school contract marriage.

I don't trust this writer but the 4 episodes of DOTS I watched and Tumblr watched were beautifully shot so I'll be watching. I mean it's a freaking weekly dose of Gong Yoo. If I could get through 'Big' I can get through this. Though I will drop and again Tumblr gif watch if she remains a high schooler for all its run,

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Whatever plot, I'll take any Gong Yoo in any form. Especially with no zombies attached!

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Why a goblin so like human? I thought they will add some effects on his body.

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"A reminder that we got Gong Yoo in the drama"
- tvN probably. How I missed theeeeeeeeee!

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I actually excepted this to be full on fantasy with costumes and everything (I've been watching too many Wu Xia Chinese dramas haha). So I was pretty surprised to see how normal our goblin looks....bleh.

I wanted Gong Yoo with a glory of mane or something...*pouts*

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I just want this drama to be a bromance between Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-wook. I don't care about some High School bride or the other love interest. Just give me immortal bromance!

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I was expecting him too look a bit more supernatural...

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I'm so happy only by seeing these stills of Gong Yoo!! he's so handsome!! and I really missed him in the small screan, can't wait for December to come quicklier!! :D

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