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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 10

Learning about the past makes way for how our characters approach the future, as more answers come tumbling out before the year’s end. There’s a whole lot to unearth today for both mortals and immortals alike that each minute feels packed with information. Everyone could use a fresh start in the new year, but with the past threatening to catch up to the present, who knows what the heavens have in store for them.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

When Sunny grabs Reaper’s hand, the touch triggers his ability to see the past, played in reverse: the young queen dying, her observing the king’s archery practice, a hand sliding the jade ring on her finger, the young king smiling at his future queen.

Noticing his eyes well up with tears, Sunny asks what’s wrong, worried that his face has turned even paler than usual.

Inside, Shin looks on until a slightly annoyed Eun-tak slams down her tray to get his attention. She sighs when he asks what sort of person Sunny is, believing that the next question will be the same as Reaper’s about how he can impress her. She pouts and points out that Sunny is very pretty, and Shin returns: “I’m… not looking for someone pretty.” She says she’s heard him say that before too.

We cut back to the conversation outside, where Sunny struggles to figure out what’s going on. She says it couldn’t have been the first time he’s held a girl’s hand, and then another conclusion dawns on her: He used a fake name, got a number out of seemingly nowhere, and froze when she grabbed his hand—could he be married?

“No,” Reaper readily answers. Pointing out his all-black attire and pale complexion, she asks if he’s an NIS agent, but Reaper denies that too. “Are you… a grim reaper then?” she guesses.

Reaper says nothing, and Sunny says it was only a joke and hurries back inside. Poor Reaper is left to wonder, “And who are you, Sunny-sshi?”

Sunny grabs a beer and calls Shin out for continuing to stare at her. He explains that she shares the same name with someone he once knew, and asks which hanja she uses for “Sun.” She replies that she writes her name, Sunny, in English, and confirms that they have met before—a few days ago back at her shop’s former location.

Shin asks why she keeps calling him “oraboni” (which is news to Reaper’s ears) and she simply answers that it’s better than “hey” or “you.” Shin then asks what kind of relationship she has with Reaper and if she even knows what he is. Cue simultaneous warning looks from Reaper and Eun-tak.

Sunny’s literal answer that they exchanged rings prompts Eun-tak to ask if that ring was an intention of marriage. Now that they’re on the subject, Reaper asks her to return it to him tomorrow afternoon at a cafe.

Later that night, Reaper tries to make sense of his recent revelations via formal proofs: Sunny’s past life and the woman in the scroll share the same face, and the woman in the scroll is Shin’s sister. Could Sunny be the reincarnation of Kim Sun?

But Reaper tells himself it’s too early to tell and starts over: He cried upon seeing the portrait of Kim Sun, and also cried the moment he met Sunny. Why did he cry? What could his overwhelming emotional response mean? He wonders aloud, “Could there be a correlation to their past and my erased memories?” He doesn’t have a definitive answer for that either.

In the kitchen, Eun-tak picks a bone with Shin, saying that despite Shin’s bravado about paying for everything, Reaper ajusshi ended up picking up the dinner tab. She says all men are the same, immortal and mortal alike, asking if it was Shin’s plan all along to have her work at Sunny’s chicken shop because he thought Sunny was pretty.

Shin clarifies that all he did was set some parameters for her job search and give her the confidence that she’d find a job, which led her to landing a job. He bristles when she calls bullshit on that argument and she says that he has two more wishes to take care of then: a part-time job and a boyfriend.

Irritated, he asks if he has to break some legs—maybe what’s his face, Tae-hee or something—to prove that he’s her boyfriend. He walks off, frustrated, and Eun-tak wonders why he’s getting upset, only to shrink when he doubles back in a huff. Heh.

Shin takes a deep breath, then pats her on the shoulder before stroking her hair, saying that he feels bad because he finally knows how hard she’s been working at her job. He takes her face in his hands and bids her goodnight, which makes her smile. Aw.

Shin looks at his sister’s portrait in his room, telling her that he prayed that she would be doing well. The portrait’s face fades into a shot of Sunny, who meets with Reaper at the cafe as promised.

Reaper explains that he wants to borrow the ring to do some investigating, but he’s also curious about why Sunny chose this particular ring. “Because it felt like mine,” she answers. His ears perk up when she affirms that she did feel something when she put it on—that she was meant to meet him.

She had no idea that this man who cried when they first met would try to take back the ring he gave her. She complies, though, placing the ring on the table when prompted. She warns that he’d better disclose his reasons for borrowing the ring when he returns it, then takes her leave to attend to her shop.

Reaper is completely out of it back at home, as Shin watches him absentmindedly shaking excessive amounts of pepper flakes on his salad. Shin inquires as to why Reaper took back the ring, asking if he saw something in Sunny’s past while holding her hand that suggested an acrimonious relationship.

Shin chuckles when he’s told that that’s confidential, questioning why a rule-adhering grim reaper would hide his true identity to date a human. Reaper points out that Shin’s in the same boat, to which Shin retorts that his love is destined.

He divulges that his sister’s name was also Kim Sun, but since he can only see a human’s future, he wouldn’t be able to identify her if she were reincarnated with a different face. So Reaper asks what Shin would do if he came face-to-face with his reincarnated sister, adding that she wouldn’t remember anything from her past life.

Like any devoted big brother, Shin somberly replies that he’d ask if she’s living peacefully, in good health, and being loved. “She was pretty, our ugly duckling,” he comments.

Neither of them notices Eun-tak entering the house, as Reaper asks Shin to tell him about the days back when he was human. Shin tells him that he was a general in Goryeo, but he didn’t die on the battlefield. “I died by the sword given to me by the sovereign I swore to protect.”

Shin doesn’t know where to begin his story since he’s never told it before, but he starts in the beginning: a child was born at a time when his father had already passed. His mother had gone mad and later died of illness, and so his elder brother rose to the throne. The child had only his instructor, eunuch PARK JOONG-HEON, who taught him and raised him.

But a string of peculiar deaths took place soon after the eunuch’s arrival, particularly anyone else in line for the throne as well as the child’s older brother, the king. Although the cause of death was initially believed to be illness, the boy would later find out that they were all poisoned.

We see that the ailing king had ordered Shin to protect the prince, WANG YEO, with this dying wish: that when Yeo takes the throne, he would later marry Shin’s sister Kim Sun. He’d asked Shin to make sure Yeo grew up to be a wise, upright man and guard him against death.

Reaper wonders why Eunuch Park would go to such lengths to kill multiple people to ensure the child became king. A flashback shows us that during Yeo’s coronation ceremony, the eunuch swore to himself that if he could not become king himself, he would use this child as a proxy to rule over the kingdom.

Thus when it came time for Wang Yeo to marry Shin’s sister ten years later, Eunuch Park disapproved of the union, though the minister (who’d been present for the late king’s final request) spoke highly of Shin and his family. In voiceover, Shin tells us that this dying wish threw a wrench in the eunuch’s plans.

So young Yeo had snuck out to see Sun, who was in the middle of practicing her posture. They exchanged smiles, but then Sun’s next step sent the bowls on her shoulders crashing to the ground. That’s… not foreboding or anything.

She felt sheepish about the mistake, but Yeo smiled and kept watching. Per his orders, Shin had been present to protect the young king.

And then as Sun went to the palace to be married on a snowy day, she extended a hand out of her palanquin to touch the snow and was surprised to see Shin walking right next to her as a member of her escort.

Pouting, she said she hadn’t seen him all morning and thought she’d be wed today without being able to see her oraboni. Shin joked that he didn’t know why he came to see her ugly face either. When she asked what the king looked like, Shin chided her for asking about the king’s appearance rather than his character, then told her not to worry because he was handsome.

She asked him how she looked today on her wedding day then, and Shin took a good look before answering, “You look ugly.” She pouted that the king wouldn’t find her pretty either and she’d just have to come home, but Shin told her that the king had already seen her.

Realizing that the young, bright-looking face she’d smiled at was the king in disguise, she asked excitedly if the king had said anything about her. She didn’t believe it when Shin told her that the king thought she was ugly, and added, “You must come see your ugly sister often.” But Shin said that as the sister of a warrior, Sun must consider no news as good news.

Smiling, she promised him that he’d have nothing to worry about because she’d live a happy married life. Shin didn’t look back at her, as tears pooled in his eyes.

Some time after being married, Sun ran through the palace upon hearing that Yeo asked to see her. She nearly ran right into him too, and as she backed away in nervousness, she slipped and Yeo caught her as cherry blossoms fell around them.

Sun stayed trapped in her reverie until Yeo broke it with a light-hearted “you’re heavy.” He asked why she was in such a hurry, and she explained she was running to see him. “I was going to see you,” he answered. Aw. Sun: “Would it not be better if we were both going to see one another?” Awww.

But the eunuch continued to feed Yeo poisonous information—this time about an official speaking ill of the king holding onto his queen, who hailed from a lowly family. Eunuch Park believed that this official should be made an example of by death—words that shook up the young king.

Following the official’s death, Sun spoke with Eunuch Park and warned him against covering the king’s eyes and ears from the truth. She believed it was wrong to kill the official, but the eunuch countered: Was it he who had covered His Majesty eyes, or did the king choose to overlook the matter himself?

Sun yelled at him, but the eunuch yelled back at her in disrespect. Dropping all formalities, Eunuch Park growled that he was the one who raised Yeo and ensured his seat on the throne.

She, however, was nothing more than the daughter of a warrior, and if she were to warn anyone, he says, it should’ve been her brother—Shin had been sent off to a war meant to be his grave, yet they only hear of his victories.

“They say there are two kings in one country,” Eunuch Park continued, his body shaking with rage. “They say there are two suns in one sky. If this is not treason, what is?”

We then cut to a familiar scene: Yeo bestowed a sword upon Shin and ordered him to leave and never return. Yeo dismissed Shin’s pleas to stay and protect his sister and the people—the king warned that the next time he would hear from Shin would be word of his death.

Later, Sun appealed to the king to call Shin back to stay by their side, and more importantly, dismiss Eunuch Park from the palace. But Yeo would hear none of it, asking if Shin had tasked his sister with trying to save their lowly family. “It is the king who protects the people. How could the people protect the king?” he’d barked. “Do you even know what you are asking of me?”

Shin is an acclaimed military general whom the people regard as a god, Yeo had continued. He disobeyed royal decree by returning alive, again and again. Yeo roared, “How am I to know if he will use that blade to protect me or kill me?!”

No one but the king could be regarded as a god to the people of Goryeo, Yeo had stressed, which is why he declared Shin a traitor. Sun was left shell-shocked, and that’s when Eunuch Park appealed to the king to punish Shin for his crimes by taking his life. When Sun looked to Yeo, his eyes shook and he avoided her gaze.

Which brings us back to the beginning of Episode 1, as Shin entered through the palace gates and marched up the steps toward the king, and an arrow pierced Sun’s body. Shin says in voiceover: “That… was the last time I saw my sister.”

“She was the sister of a warrior, and a dignified queen. The path to the king was too far, and I did not reach him in the end,” he finishes. In the present, Shin explains that he had no choice but to keep walking even though he knew that he’d never reach the king: “Because that place was my last battlefield, and I would have to die there.”

Shin says he defied royal decree by returning because he had to keep his promise to the late king to protect Yeo, and he had to save the innocent. He’d overlooked the jealousy and fear from the young king—a fool whom his sister protected at the cost of her life.

Shin notes that the food has gone cold while he told this long story, but Reaper has one more thing he’s curious about, and shows him the jade ring. And Shin breaks the bleakness of his tale by asking, “You didn’t steal that to give to me, did you? I don’t wish for us to have that kind of relationship.” Pffft.

Reaper tells him to focus, to which Shin asks if the Reaper thinks that he’s his reincarnated sister. Lol, what. “That’s why you asked about my past, right? Put it on, let’s see what happens.” He presses the joke by addressing the Reaper by his sister’s name, asking if she’s being loved. Ha.

Eun-tak emerges from behind the wall and apologizes for interrupting this bromantic moment. Shin leaves with her, and when Reaper sighs in relief that he’ll get some alone time, Shin adds, “Sun liked spending time alone too.” Reaper: “Get out.”

Once they’re outside, Eun-tak explains that her ghost friend Jung-hyun (her library friend who died in a car accident) asked her to come visit her with flowers. She then changes the subject to him, saying that flowers, any kind really, look good on him. “You’re totally my type,” she continues. “Anytime. You have a great personality. Most certainly.”

Shin is perplexed by the sudden shower of compliments and asks if he did something wrong. He didn’t and neither did she, and Eun-tak says these are words of consolation and encouragement. He asks how he’s her type specifically, and she replies, “You’re strange and beautiful.” He beams.

Eun-tak pays her respects to her ghost friend, but then something catches her eye: a photo of Jung-hyun and her mother in their school uniforms. She runs to Shin and has him open a portal to the library, where Jung-hyun is waiting.

She speaks with Jung-hyun in jondae, asking if she knows her mother. “Why else would I have been by your side?” Jung-hyun responds. She and her mother were close friends who promised each other in high school to buy gifts for each other’s future children.

Although Jung-hyun wasn’t able to keep her promise, she does have something for Eun-tak and tells her to open a locker.

Inside is a pile of bankbooks, the same ones Eun-tak’s aunt accused her of hiding away. Jung-hyun says the one on top is most recent, and Eun-tak should use that for her college tuition. “Is this why you couldn’t leave this world?” Eun-tak asks, her voice breaking. “Because of me?”

Jung-hyun admits that she enjoyed watching Eun-tak grow up, and now it’s time for her to rejoin Eun-tak’s mother and tell her all about how kind and smart her beautiful daughter is. Eun-tak ekes out a tearful word of thanks and hopes that Jung-hyun and her mother will be eternal friends. They say goodbye, and Jung-hyun fades away.

Shin and Eun-tak return to the seashore, where she tells her mother that Jung-hyun was a good friend to them both. She says she loved everything her mother gave her, from the red scarf to Jung-hyun, and when Shin pats her comfortingly on the shoulder, she smiles, “You too. Thank you for opening the door.”

She laughs when he calls himself a generous being, and remarks that it hasn’t rained lately. Shin says he’s keeping himself in check in case NASA takes him away, which makes her laugh again.

Shin sits with Grandpa’s secretary, who notes how Shin still speaks to him in banmal. Shin asks him to take care of getting Eun-tak’s aunt to forfeit her deceased sister’s insurance money, since Eun-tak’s twentieth birthday isn’t until September. He’s also thankful that Secretary Kim grew up to be a fine man, to which Secretary Kim says he’s grateful for everything.

Secretary Kim finds Aunt in prison, where she admits that she couldn’t get her hands on Eun-tak’s mother’s insurance payout because she’d paid off her personal debts—in order to become Eun-tak’s legal guardian—with a private loan.

So she created an account in Eun-tak’s name but those damned bankbooks kept disappearing. Secretary Kim yawns, then hits the “Save” button on his phone, where he’s just recorded Aunt’s incriminating confession. He explains that Aunt has two options: 1) Return everything to Eun-tak and be released from prison; or 2) File a custody suit that will only drag on.

Her threat of knowing some people in dark places doesn’t work with him, since the secretary knows the underground better, as a former loan shark.

Grandpa is pleased to hear that Secretary Kim has taken care of Shin’s request as well as getting Deok-hwa onboard to learn the company ropes from the bottom up.

We find Reaper at the dry cleaners to pick up his hat, telling the owner that it’s “made in heaven.” Ha, he actually gets it dry-cleaned? Reaper gets lost in his own thoughts thinking about Sun, turning the store and his phone ice-cold. He unfreezes it when Sunny calls, responding with a stilted “Hello.”

She learns that Reaper is still working on the ring and asks what he was doing. He honestly answers, “Wondering if I should hold your hand again or not.” Smiling, she suggests that they meet today.

Reaper changes his clothes at home, where Shin recognizes the attire from his premonition where Sunny told Reaper not to call her anymore. He asks “Is it today? Can you not wear that?” That only makes Reaper question his outfit, but Shin says he was wondering if his advice would change Reaper’s day a little, and suggests that he wear comfortable shoes for the long walk home. Shin calls out, “You do look weird.”

Sunny gets ready for her New Year’s Eve date, while Reaper hilariously walks down the street avoiding contact with passersby. He apologizes for running late and asks to hold her hand before they do anything, explaining that he’s too curious to wait.

She doesn’t give in that easily, though she admits that she’d like to hold his hand and hug him too. But she wants to know him first, and he has yet to explain who he is and how he knows her real name. She says she’ll let him off the hook for the remaining two hours of this year since he’s handsome.

She notices his darkened expression and suggests that they end things now. She says she liked his attempts at chivalry and being a math nerd, but she can’t do this anymore. She says that he dumped her, and she speaks the words from Shin’s premonition: “Don’t call me anymore,” as she walks off.

At 11:30 P.M. on New Year’s Eve, Shin waits impatiently in his coat and scarf in the living room, then heads upstairs and hovers outside Eun-tak’s door. He gives up, and just before midnight, Eun-tak rushes out of her room and knocks on his door, only to find him looking gloomy on his bed.

Eun-tak tells him to listen closely as the clocks chime midnight, and she cheers that the new year means she’s now an adult. Shin pouts when he hears that she’s heading out because she has plans, but she says they’re plans with him, and he immediately jumps out of bed. Ha. He’s willing to do whatever she’d like, and she excitedly requests, “Alcohol! Pojangmacha! Soju!”

So they head out to a pojangmacha, where Eun-tak downs her first soju shot in one gulp and remarks how bitter it is. Shin finds that adorable (and so do I) and he pours her another shot, which she also empties in one go.

Their drinks are interrupted by the cyclist with the broken hand who nearly caused the bus crash, who’s soon joined by his gang. But Shin isn’t fazed and asks the cyclist what he sees when he looks at him. Eun-tak shakes her head, but Shin insists that it’s for her entertainment, declares that they’ll take the fight outside… and disappears. Eun-tak assures the worried ajumma that her boyfriend will be just fine.

Shin faces the group outside with nothing but a mop. He warns them that he used to be a warrior, and he won’t be going easy on them today. When the group comes at him with pipes and sticks, Shin breaks off the head of the mop and takes a fighting stance.

He knocks away his attackers one by one, twirls away from one swing, and then spins the mop handle to strike down the others. A tipsy Eun-tak looks on, impressed, and downs another shot.

We rejoin the fight as Shin strikes one guy on his head, then levels another off of his feet. For his finishing move, he sticks the mop handle up the cyclist’s butt… and drops the handle in disgust. Adding insult to injury, the cyclist’s buddies accidentally ram his family jewels into a tree.

Shin heads back inside to join Eun-tak, and chuckles at her drunken ramblings about the romanticism of her first time drinking. She says there’s one thing left: “First kiss.”

She says their first kiss was no more than a peck, then tells him not to move. Horrified, Shin tries shuffling away and holds his breath as Eun-tak comes around with her lips puckered. Just then, time stands still, and Shin exhales.

He’s taken aback when he discovers that Eun-tak isn’t frozen in time, and she reminds him that his powers don’t work on her, the goblin’s bride. She says he won’t be able to avoid it, but Shin says he’s not going to, since avoiding it once was hard enough. And he swoops in to kiss her. She returns the favor with a soft kiss and confesses that that was perfect.

And back at home, poor Reaper sits in his room wondering if he did the dumping or if he was dumped.

Eun-tak wakes early the following morning to prepare traditional food for the New Year. She adds that she bought good beef using the money earned from the ski resort, and takes note of Reaper’s vegetarian preferences while sneaking glances at Shin.

She wonders at how much time has flown from when Reaper and Shin heroically came to save her from the loan sharks and looked super cool. She suddenly realizes that she’s missing leeks for the soup, so the ajusshis agree to go grocery shopping together.

Cut to: a glory shot of Reaper and Shin walking through a tunnel as they return with leeks… which is then interrupted by a motorcyclist yelling at them to get out of the way. LOL. Shin says the man must be wishing them new year blessings and Reaper agrees that yes, they won’t harm that man today.

Reaper: “Happy New Year.” Shin: “Because we’re cool!” Oh, you two.

At the table, Eun-tak wishes them a happy new year, which Shin returns in kind. But Reaper glumly says he and Sunny are no longer together. Once she’s filled in, Eun-tak decodes the meaning behind Sunny’s words, saying that Sunny wants Reaper to call her. Shin files that information away.

She admits that explaining his nature is a harder question to tackle, and suggests that Reaper tell Sunny that he’s an angel instead of a grim reaper. Shin tells him to keep his chin up and speaks as his sunbae in longevity, that “being 300” is a tough period.

Suddenly Reaper states that if he is to get answers, he must become closer to the person who has them. And then he grabs Shin’s hand, much to his alarm. As Shin freaks out, Reaper says dryly, “As expected, I see nothing from you. Just feels warm.”

Reaper takes his leave as Shin screams after him: “What are you going to do about my hand?! It’s disgusting. I have to cut it off.” But then Eun-tak takes Shin’s hand and blows on the back to “sanitize” it.

Later, Shin drags Reaper outside to not-so-casually get roasted sweet potatoes at the nearby stand where Eun-tak and Sunny just happen to be. Reaper sees right through the act, but he says nothing when he comes face-to-face with Sunny.

Sunny explains they agreed not to acknowledge one another, and at Eun-tak’s prompts, Shin remarks that Sunny’s yellow coat and Reaper’s white coat resembles a fried egg. Goblin, say what?

He amends his statement by saying that Sunny looks like the head of a bean sprout and Reaper its stalk, but that comment is even more terrible than the last one. Eun-tak apologizes for Shin’s lack of tact when they get home, and Reaper softly says he at least got to see Sunny. Aww.

Now that they’re alone, Eun-tak scolds Shin for not carrying any money because her boss had to pay for the snack, which she won’t let him have. Reaper emerges from his room dressed in his grim reaper clothes and looks back to explain his choice of white earlier: “My concept today… was an angel.”

Shin swipes the sweet potatoes to eat in his room, where he thinks back to when he saw a 29-year-old Eun-tak meeting a mysterious CEO. This time, though, he remembers that the necklace came from a vendor in Quebec back when Eun-tak traveled there with him the first time.

He figures that she must’ve gone back to buy a necklace there before she met with that CEO. And then he realizes, “I’m the one to buy it for her,” and immediately travels to Quebec.

Reaper gets reassuring advice about his breakup from a recently deceased psychiatrist, who is glad to give one last consultation before he forgets the memories from this life.

Shin returns home to find Grandpa hoping to play a round of baduk with him. As they play, Shin remarks on how he keeps losing these days when he was the one to teach the game to Grandpa as a boy. Grandpa chuckles, “Because I play with my life on the line.”

As Shin readies to put down his next piece, he suddenly feels a force, and the dropped piece works to Grandpa’s favor. The old man celebrates, but Shin already knows what’s coming, and sits in stunned silence.

Later, Grandpa is at the barbershop and the owner asks, “Are you going someplace nice?” Grandpa chuckles: “I believe so.” Oh no, is it Grandpa’s time to go?

Reaper joins Shin in some daytime drinking, and Shin says the reaper will soon receive Grandpa’s death card. Shin hasn’t told the old man, believing that nothing good comes from knowing one’s time, and Deok-hwa doesn’t know either.

He says Grandpa asked how “his friend” the reaper was doing, and Reaper says Grandpa probably knew everything. Shin ventures, “About you being dumped?”

Reaper admits he hasn’t called Sunny yet because he’ll have to come clean, to which Shin wonders if Sunny is a little thick-headed not to see that Reaper obviously looks like a grim reaper. Reaper asks if Shin didn’t sense anything else about her, and Shin says he did.

It bothered him that Sunny and his sister share the same name, so he’s glad things didn’t work out between Reaper and Sunny, because he didn’t like her. Reaper says Shin had better stop finding fault in Sunny; not necessarily because he’s taking her side, but because he hasn’t told Shin something about Sunny’s past life: “I think she’s the reincarnation of your sister.”

Shin asks if he’s sure it’s not him, and Reaper reveals that the face in Sunny’s past life matches the face of the woman in the scroll. Shin asks him to clarify what Reaper saw, and so Reaper tells him—of how he saw the woman standing in a palace, dressed in regal white robes, who was then pierced in the chest by an arrow and before she collapsed.

Shin says he told him that part of the story earlier, though he may not have mentioned her clothes or the arrow. He asks for more, so Reaper describes how he saw the woman smile at someone through her palanquin window, asking if she looked pretty today. He heard a man’s voice just once, responding, “You look…”

“…ugly.” Shin finishes. Reaper asks haltingly, “Is she really… your sister?” As the pieces fall into place, Shin answers, “Yes.”

But that’s not all: We see a glimpse of Goryeo, where an older Wang Yeo sits in his palace—and looks just like Reaper.

 
COMMENTS

Whoa, this is a lot of information to take in. Although much of these revelations regarding Reaper and Sunny confirm what we’ve already guessed, I hadn’t expected us to go so deep into the Goryeo story today. In truth, I’m rather grateful that we learned so much about Wang Yeo and Sun through Shin’s story before Shin was told that Sunny is the reincarnation of his sister. I’m always captivated whenever we dip into the Goryeo arc, and it was both fascinating and heartbreaking to learn of Wang Yeo’s upbringing by a power-hungry eunuch who later shaped his rule.

Even from the conversation from the palanquin alone, it’s evident that Shin and Sun shared a sweet sibling relationship. Seeing young love blossom between Yeo and Sun was endearing as well, and I loved how much of Sun we got to see. She spoke boldly and honestly, and her exchange with Eunuch Park gave me chills, because her presence and influence stood in his way of keeping his puppet king. Thanks to Shin’s story, we can better understand how Eunuch Park’s vile words about Shin and his family took root in Yeo’s mind and manifested in the young king’s jealousy and fear toward the revered general. We’ve yet to see how the jade ring comes into play here, which I hope means more flashbacks to Goryeo.

Seeing an older Yeo drills in the confirmation that Reaper was the Goryeo king in his past life, and while he can see into Sunny’s past, he has yet to recover his own memories. My heart ached watching Reaper suffer from a broken heart since he just looks like a lost puppy, but at least Eun-tak gave him an ego boost, which gave us an amusing glory shot of the two ajussshis bringing home groceries. I’ve really enjoyed watching Shin and Reaper become good friends over this series—though I’ll never tire of their childish bickering—and how they seek to work as a unit now to protect Eun-tak. I’m relieved her mortal peril storyline and the “will-she-or-won’t-she-pull-out-the-sword” took a backseat today, since that opens us up for other character moments. I liked how Eun-tak’s ghost friend Jung-hyun had an important role to play in her life, allowing Eun-tak to get some emotional closure on her mother’s death.

As for Shin and Eun-tak, things were generally happier between them with the celebration of the new year. Although Eun-tak coming of age does little to squash the huge 900-year age gap, this means we’re also getting closer to seeing the 29-year-old that Shin has seen. I don’t know if his realization about buying that necklace in Quebec gave him more insight into the lunch meeting that keeps bothering him, but right now, I’m honestly more curious about how Deok-hwa will grow following his grandfather’s impending death. I certainly missed him interacting with the rest of the gang today, since I’m sure he has a remedy or two to fix a broken heart. Don’t worry, Reaper—we’re all rooting for you in the new year.

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That tunnel-cool walking [while bringing grocery and send new year greeting] scene is the highlight episode.
Cracked me sooooo much...

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i know right those two are the biggest dorks its adorable

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Haha and I KNEW you would choose the ending screen grab to be them waving. Those two dorks ❤️ Happy New Year beanies!

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My theory -- the CEO that Eun tak meet when she is 29 in the future was Deok Hwa..

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I hope it's Shin.

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For me it screams as Shin as Human..maybe she lost in that future he saw her memories somehow as she forgets as well that she went to a foreign country but i sense it's Shin all along...He just didn't see it himself...My guess is they might go with them meeting in Canada again...Hope not because i want her to remember everything

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For me I think, Grim reaper erased eun tak memory per shin wished. But deok hwa still remember her when he saw her in Quebec. Invite her for lunch.

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If you go back to that moment when Shin first saw Euntak (him with the umbrella, her in a green sweater and school uniform) there's a blurred series of future moments that he catches. He finds it unusual because they aren't clear but you can make out something in then if you watch it a few times.

One of those brief flashes showed someone that looks a great deal like Shin, pulling 29 y.o Euntak into his arms in front of a Christmas tree (in presumably Quebec).

So I think it's safe to say that we have a happy ending ahead. I just hope it doesn't involve amnesia.

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I watched again and again, replay many times the blurred series of future moment in episode 1 but what I saw that scenes already happened when eun tak followed Kim shin through that portal door in Episode 2. That's not Christmas tree but seem like maple tree.

P/s: I'm sorry if I was wrong.

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I know right! I nearly died laughing! Its was so them! Plus the part where Reaper asked Shin about the ring and Shin acted like Reaper is his sister! I watched Goblin while 2017 started and what a great way to bring in the New Year! Watching K-Drama!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BEANIES!!! Here's to more awesome drama watchind and discussions on our favorite site!

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yeah, i saved like the last 15 mins of this ep and finished it off during the new year and i thought to myself, "what a great way to start off the new year" lawl... while others are happily outside watching fireworks. oh well.

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Happy new year beanies. More drama to our elbow more strength to our eyes and more understanding for upcoming dramas. May we become a better version of ourselves this year. No changes just improvements. I love you all.
PS: was this just me or is this episode shorter?

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That's exactly what I did. And honestly it's my second best celebration.

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Never knew grocery shopping could be so cool

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Indeed and it was even more funny that they did it because Eun Tak said they looked cool!!!

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Quick question - does anyone know what song is playing at the end of this episode, when it's revealed that Sunny is Shin's sister? I think it's beautiful.

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Do you refer to the song that is also used as the opening theme for Goblin? I think it hasn't released yet.

Looking forward for the day it will be released. The song was indeed beautiful and gives off mystery vibes that really lit up the fantasy background of Goblin.

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Search in youtube: never far away - goblin ost
It's not an official release I think but it's the opening song

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Thanks @iatetoomuch (me too, I ate too much! LOL)

Yes that's a nice OST.

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Thanks for that info. . :)

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Lasse Lindh – Hush

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I love that song too. it sound so mysterious and yet beautiful to hear.can't wait for the song to release.

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Cant wait too. Version that I found in youtube is also short like the opening.

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I know. It's perfect for a vampire series or something, but with the lead dudes being mystical beings themselves, I guess that's close enough. O.o

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I know right? It was so tongue in cheek. I laughed my ass off!! Plus the part where Sunny describes the looks and voice of our fair goblin and the fortuneteller named Gong Yoo. Hahahahaha

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A niggling question : Isn't the lottery ticket ghost and the fortune teller lady played by the same actor?
Someone please tell me i am wrong!

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I thought that too! It's Hwang Suk-Jung, isn't it? Isn't it?! (Thanks for not letting me be the only one!)

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Thanks to you too. Are they playing mind games with us lol. To me both definitely look like HSJ! But how can that be, either they ignored the double casting or there is something to be explored there ? ?

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Hi, @Dramaninja, yes, it's the same actress. I think there was a bit with the ghost who said that she had 2 sisters and we could see a photo with the 3 of them, all played by the same actress. She's so funny! I liked her a lot in She Was Pretty, where she spoke Italian (I live in Italy, by the way :-)

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Thank you Annie I somehow seem to have completely missed this detail. And yes her She was Pretty character was the most memorable one that came to my mind too, as well as Secret Love ! She is such a riot :D

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The first time we saw Sunny go to the shaman and was warned about men carrying a black hat (sorry, I cant remember which episode), there was a scene where Sunny was looking at a photo of the shaman and two others. The shaman said they were triplets.

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The first time she appeared as the shaman a picture frame of three sisters showed then she said "we're triplets. I'm the maknae" lol so that's why they're played by the same actress.

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Shin and Reaper are hundred-year-old ajushi's but it was like ET and DH are taking care of two young boys. Teaching them what a real world is, without using superpowers. I just find it really odd and adorable at the same time. ?

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Ikr?! Also the scene where Shin overeacts when reaper locked hands with him, then ET blows on his hands to "sanitize" it lmao! It's like a mother with his child.

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I do like how human, childish and petty these 'god-like' immortals are. No one beats normal human females, even teenage ones, in terms of maturity!!! LOLOL.

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Goblin and reaper on rescue ep2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rGaE3bKmro

Goblin and reaper marching with leeks (01:31)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiYn5NLejLU

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rotfl ~For that scene ( when they through the tunnel)
This drama is the best, always found a surprise and funny plot there.
It's really entertaining

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how can they both still look hot carrying bags of leeks? gosh.

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The tunnel scene was the best. ahahahahaah

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It's very possible that this is the loudest I ever laughed while watching a kdrama, and I also think I woke up my neighbor in the next apartment.

And that's even after accidentally spoiling it for myself by glancing at these comments first.

I also loved (and belly-laughed at) the faces Kim Shin made while walloping the fellas with the mop handle. Amazingness.

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Backlit, dramatic music, slow-mo with... a big bag of leeks.

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KES knows how to do fan service so well. The tunnel scene made me laugh so much. Bet the actors thought it was a hoot. That New Year greetings sounded like it was from them. Not the characters.

Also the Goryeo part is more dynamic than the modern scenes. That would have made an epic drama if the 2 men were opposing leads. They are both imposing.
I loved GY in his old dramas but he is just simply bewut

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... beautiful in this. Beautifully shot. The PD really likes to linger in his scenes huh?

And ok I have to say this... Sunny is not a quirky whatever character like they said in the character description. She is darn sexy though. Has the actress lost weight?

Subway... which I just had today. Not by choice. If we own a castle-like mansion and dress in designer wear- why would we eat your sandwiches? Let me tell you what sandwich I like and normally eat. My sourdough baguette with brie, walnut and caramelised onion. On a bed of mixed lettuce. And not a soft drink.

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Yes! This PD love to linger on scenes. I never save so much drama screenshots before. But in this drama, I went crazy lol

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haha..me too ?

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On the contrary I find Sunny funny lol. Subtle kind of funny not outright funny though. I do repeat a lot of her scenes recently (since she didn't have a lot in previous eps). Like the way she shouted Orabeoni when Shin left her old restaurant, the ways she sings when she heart reapers message alert tone, how he character is sometimes mong, etc..

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the banter between her and the Goblin was so petty, so sibling-like. Unconsciously, they were returning to their former selves.

I replayed her scenes too! so so happy to get more of her. i love how her eyes were watering when Eun Tak came back to work for her. Show didn't just give us an awesome bromance. More of Sunny please!

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Lol. IMHO Sunny looks more quirky than awesomely beautiful. Her yellowish/orangish/warm make up and hair color do not fit her well.

she would be more beautiful with black hair and sequin clothes, and sparkling make up

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they should make the Goryeo version into a drama too.. :D

Kim Shin looks good with long hair.. ermm.. I mean Gong Yoo :D

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Gong Yoo needs to do a sageuk drama next. Or fine sageuk movie if that is what he wants. lol I have a feeling it will take years before we see him in the small screen again. He's probably signed on to do more films after this.

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When they waved "Happy New Year!" I inadvertently waved back and replied "Happy New Year!" and then I asked myself "???" bc it was probably the most I've ever directly interacted with such a show...

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Happy New Solar Yaer, dear Beanies!!!.

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I think by now we've all figured out that the Grim Reaper was the king but I still couldn't help but scream at the last scene( he also looks so sad and miserable). Oh and Happy New Year?

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my thoughts exactly. i wasn't expecting any scenes of grownup king yeo!!

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God, the last scene killed me? He got brain poised and literally poison by that eunuch!

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omg, do you really think the eunuch poisoned him, too? gah, that'd be so sad and cruel, since he raised him and the king really respected and valued him--to the point that he didn't even have the courage to have his own thoughts and opinions on things and always listened and obeyed what the eunuch told him. it saddened me when the king automatically looked to the eunuch for his approval in one of the scenes in this ep and when he didn't agree with the things the eunuch tells him to do, but never got himself to say or do otherwise. gah, that last moment of the king all grown up was sad; he looked absolutely miserable.

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I think that is exactly what goblin's wrods meant when he got revived adn found king dead "I came late"

Wasn't for revenge.. but the fact that he could not protect the king ultimatley

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Yes, that was the understanding I got from this episode that threw light on that scene. Shin was sad that he came too late to keep his promise to keep Yeo alive.

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I didn't realize that the corpse that Kim Shin saw when he came back from the dead was Wang Yeo. I thought it was his sister that was in there. Thanks for pointing that out.

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I agree with you when shin said he is late maybe refers to King death..

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I can't fault the king though. Let's not forget that the eunuch had been shaping the king's intellect since he was just a kid. The man even carried the sleeping kid on his back. Growing up under the eunuch's single or primary influence would have forged a deep trust for and dependency on the eunuch in the young king. Thus whatever the eunuch advocated would be heeded by the king, even to his (unsuspecting) detriment.

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To put a child on the throne while power gets to the regent was an actual method of power grabbing. In Japan at the same time period th Fujiwara family did just that. Emperors were forced to abdicate very young since as they grew older they started to think for themselves, something very upsetting for the ruling regent. Then a new (child) Emperor would be appointed and the cycle would begin again.

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Did the eunuch look familiar to anyone else?

I'm thinking the secretary guy is the reincarnation of the eunuch. Which gives me a sense of foreboding

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I was hoping someone else was wondering about this. Didn't Shin thank him for growing up to be good? Didn't the Grandfather say Shin have something to do was his upbringing?

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But Shin cannot see past someone's past life tho (like he cannot tell who Sun was).

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Sorry Nomad for being nitpicky, but when Shin originally died both the king and his sister were fairly young. If her sister lived longer, probably she would have looked like Sunny, as the king grew up to lok like Grim Reaper.

Of course this is not canon, but I guess that if Shin were to see Sunny's old photos, he would see a portrait of his sister.

Again, I recognize I am being very nitpicky ;) .

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He is!! Kim Shin said to the secretary guy in the scene that is good that he grew up as a good man (bec in the past he used to be bad haha) plus remember what the chairman told to the secretary "He (refering to the goblin) chose you"

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Hubby and I think so too. I'm a bit nervous. However, maybe he will atone for his badness in this life because Shin was so good to him growing up. Maybe? Oh, I hope so!

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Shin took Kim Sun's picture from Yeo's personal chambers. It could be a possibility that adult Yeo (frequently) looked at the picture and grieved over his dead wife, just like Grim does now.
General Kim Shin was to give his beloved sister away in an arranged marriage, and he couldn't see her often. So I think his question to 'Were you loved' could be applied to both Queen Kim Sun or her reincarnation.

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happy new year~~ i laughed hard at the egg white and egg yolk part LOL

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I fell off my chair laughing when he said his concept was an angel. That was seriously evil. And mean. From the writer. Poor GR.

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lol, yeah! i actually thought sunny looked like a chicken! with all that red and yellow. ahaha, i kinda wished shin said that, too, bc it's appropriate since she's a chicken shop owner. lawl. i prob would've ruined the plan, too. haha. but it was so cute when shin thought he did a good job by calling them beansprouts bc he knows grims like beansprouts. basically, i just love the four of them together. here's to more double dates!

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Haha. I actually can't breath by laughing too much because i have to tone it down because my husband was asleep. ???

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OMG! Shin's either really naive about giving compliments or he's really mean, I think it's the latter lol! However I love that he likened our Goryeo couple to a single thing - 2 parts, one body.

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Shin is a teaser. He is teasing both Sunny and Reaper the way he used to do with his sister and would have liked to do with Wang Yeo if the hierarchy would have allowed it.

This Drama is giving me something I asked several episodes ago: some Shin - Sunny siblings bickering ;) .

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are you the one who wrote the sibling-bickering-wish in previous recaps. hahaha..
am immediately remembered those comments when the scene Shin and Sun arguing. ^.^

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That is exactly what came to my mind when i saw Sunny too. Maybe her fashion sense got a hit because she is wallowing in heart break just like poor GR.

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YES, AND YES. A confirmation that Grim Reaper is indeed the King Wang Yeo himself! He looks completely dead and heartbroken in the last scene, probably realized he did a huge mistake?? Hopefully??

Omg, the Goryeo scenes are everything. I'm so glad we got such a long Goryeo moment and the backstory between our king and queen. The Kim siblings are just too cute, it kinda seems like both Sunny and the queen have similar personalities which is great.

Wow and is that eunuch creepy af or what, could not believe he actually called the queen a b*****, and spoke to her in banmal, somebody above him. It's sad to think back then warrior families are viewed inferior to scholar families.

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And he actually dared to address the king by his personal name too! I gasped when Park Joong-won dropped down to banmal and called Yeo "Yeo" when speaking to Sun. This guy seriously didn't even bother to hide his enormous desire to be the driving force behind the throne at all.

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If this was Jang Hee-bin or Wu Zetian, they'd have killed him already for speaking informally to them!

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Haha! I agree with you. Jang Hee bin would've had his head off his body already. haha!

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I don't get how such an Enoch can do all of that like raise of the young king, position that many people and not be caught??

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My friends and I were about to drop this drama, but now with the story focused on the grim reaper and Sunny, it is getting nail biting exciting!!

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The Goryeo scenes broke my heart. Yeo seemed so enamoured and in love with Sun, and she the same with him, so it was even harder to process that he was able to believe that she was trying to gather power for her family instead of thinking in his best interests.

Park Joong-won's role as effective regent behind-the-scenes reminds me a lot of the eunuchs who wielded excessive power in the Ming dynasty. It came to a point in the Wanli Emperor's reign that scholar-bureaucrats had to actually seek approval from the eunuch in power first before they could have an audience with the emperor himself. Imagine that, scholars who were on the apex of the Confucian hierarchy having to be approved by a eunuch, someone they considered to not even be a "proper" man, before they could meet their monarch. Insult of the highest order, really, so I presume that's why the loyal minister who proposed the union between Sun and Yeo looked so disgusted. Park Joong-won's power seemed unchecked even until Yeo's death, so that is a scary thought in itself.

Adult Yeo looked so dead inside--he probably never truly lived again after he realised what he had done to the wife who had loved him so much. I really appreciated the scenes of Sun standing up to Park Joong-won, because she's all alone without any sort of political backing or leverage, but yet she chooses to speak up not once, but twice about Park Joong-won's desire to play kingmaker. What a brave young lady.

That epic strut down the tunnel to return home with green onions LOL I love this pair of brothers-in-law so much <3

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I guess this is a typical sageuk plot, King puppet with a greater power behind his throne (Queen Dowager, eunuch etc).

Kim Sun as a queen I guess is rather weak since her family is a warrior family instead of a scholar family. Can you imagine if Kim Sun came from a more "powerful" family, like Queen Jeonghui or Queen Insoo? The eunuch wouldn't dare treat her that way.

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Dear CherryArrow, it is both a Sageuk plot AND an historical fact. Heian era Japan had such a system driven by the Fujiwara family, and as far as I know (please correct me otherwise) it has been so throughout all Japanese history since with the notable exceptions of the Meiji-Taisho interlude. Modern Japanese Emperors since had become a mainly protocolar figure.

Again, please correct me otherwise.

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When I said typical sageuk plot I didn't mention anything about the Japanese imperial system, it's pretty safe to assume that I'm talking about the Korean system, since well this is a kdrama afterall. A lot of times Kings/Emperors are too young to rule, their mothers (or even eunuchs in this case) etc reign behind the curtains. (Eg. Empress Dowager Cixi, Daewon-goon)

The Japanese imperial system is much different from the Koreans or the Chinese anyway.

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I have to agree with cherryarrow on this. Japanese emperors were figureheads and symbolic figures for the majority of Japanese history. They rarely held actual power, and all international diplomacy was done by the shoguns/daimyos, not the Japanese emperor. You could say that Japanese emperors were similar to political hostages or pawns in the power struggles of the daimyos who held the real power in Japan (of course, this all changed in the 19th century). The situation was very different in China and Korea.

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Of course? I don't think anybody said things that went on in China and Korea were the same.

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One can't really compare Joseon and Goryeo as if they had similar political systems. One of the reasons Goryeo collapsed was the corrupted Buddhist monks and Buddhism was practically the state religion. When Joseon was established, one of the first things Jeong Do Jeon did was to eschew Buddhism and to make Confucianism the founding political ideology of the new state. Preferential treatments of the pen/civil officials over the sword/military officials all started then, not before.

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Right, Goryeo and Joseon are really different. Since the king in Goblin is fictional, not based on any real Kings, there's just a lot of typical sageuk plots in here.

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Kim Sun is a "weak" (or powerless) queen because her father is dead and her mother went crazy and is dead. She has a royal lineage, but no power behind it--because all her "people" are dead--except her military brother.

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Her mother went crazy?? Wait where was this? I don't recall seeing this in ep 10... I only recall Shin talking about Yeo's father being dead and his mother was a low birth woman and got kicked out of the palace.

Sun is indeed a weaker Queen, she's of course of noble blood, that's why she's able to marry the king

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Sorry, cherryarrow. When I read the subtitles (near the beginning of episode 10) when the Goblin is telling the Reaper his life story (which he'd never told before--I thought that when he said, "A child was born and his father was the king, who was poisoned, and his mother went crazy," I thought he was talking about himself, (not as it turns out, The Reaper.) I thought if HIS father was a poisoned king and HIS mother was a woman who went crazy from grief, that his sister would have the same parentage. But now that I've gone back and rewatched it, I realize he was talking about the boy king (or the Reaper.) Sorry. I didn't mean to confuse anyone. I was just confused myself.
So yes, the Shin family were not royals, but the king (who was poisoned, who was the reaper's older brother) asked Shin to marry his sister to the king (his little brother, now the reaper) and to watch over him.

It's not a convoluted as I thought at first. Sorry for my mistake.

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You got it.

Shin's clan were not of royal blood but they were noble enough for his sister to marry into the royal family.
Scholar Park was probably higher in rank. He was looking down on the Kim siblings even though she was of higher status than him as the queen of the Goryeo.

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I'm not really satisfied that Eunuch Park was just an evil greedy bastard out of nowhere. What is his story? Did any of the past kings wronged him or his family?

I'm pretty sure he poisoned Wang Yeo too. When Shin returned to the palace after he was raised from the dead he said something about being late.
I originally thought that he was too late to take his revenge on the king but he actually came back to protect him. So sad, Shin was loyal till the end.

This makes me want to rewatch Age of Warriors. Interesting time and the shift of power from the monarchs to the military regime.

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Interesting idea about why Kim Shin said he was late. For a minute I was persuaded...
... but didn't he burn down the place with the king's corpse? Seems more like he was pissed than apologetic.

And having him still angry probably means more possibility of dramatic conflict in the final episodes (?).

But I'm still only 55% sure you're wrong.

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He did, with the king and his evil eunuchs in it too. They all had a hand in his demised but I don't think he'd have it in him to kill his own king.

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Remember the lantern with queen and kings name.. and granpa telling DH that there are two people Shin owes debt to..

As a noble soldier.. who promised to take care of the king Yeo..
he still cares for him.. and has more regret abt failing to fulfill his promise of saving the king (also the one his sister truly loved)

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THIS! Shin probably wouldn't go to the temple religiously to pray and send lanterns for our Goryeo couple if he has a grudge or if he feels hatred for them (for Yeo). It's more like he felt bad he wasn't able to fulfill his promise to the previous king.

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I agree. He was a loving brother, a great and loyal general. He fought hard for his country. And in the end did not mention at all in history and punished with immortality.

Justice is needed!
Happy ending please. (wink to KES)

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he is a great character who indeed deserves a happy ending

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that's what happens when you let The Gays into a cabal.

seriously though do you never study history? this is a dude, they cut off his junk. no chance for a family, a legacy or anything that was held of import for a man in his time.

all he has is his machinations and intrigue. castration was a form of control across societies in the old world but often the inmates ended up running the asylum. there are so many stories of eunuchs running shit, just like praetorian, shogun or other bodyguards.

seriously they cut off his ballzzz... omg big question WUZ HE RONGED??? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO NO

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Fair, except that I went back to the episode to check and Shin described Park Joong-won as a pak-sa (equivalent to a professor today) at the Gukjagam, the highest educational institution in Goryeo (it was later renamed Sunggyunkwan). Given that he was an instructor at a Confucian institution, it kind of seems unlikely now that he would have been a eunuch at all, since he wouldn't even have been allowed entry if he had been castrated, let alone hold such a post of such high prestige.

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Some translations refer to him as a scholar/teacher. So where did we get the eunuch from in the beginning? It's confusing.

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@Kiara: I don't really know, I think everyone just presumed that he was a eunuch because he was so close to the king, and I guess eunuchs were the only people who could serve the king on hand-and-foot?

Though now that we know he's a professor at the Gukjagam, it kind of adds dimension to his ambitions to play kingmaker. I imagine he relished the accomplishment of creating a king more. Sometimes not being king can mean wielding greater power, and in Park Joong-won's case, it seems like he managed to achieve that.

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Yes, he looks like he was doing the duties of an eunuch and a teacher when the king was a child. He became the king's adviser when the king was older.
I guess we should have figured it out from what he was wearing but I don't trust this production when it comes to Goryeo.
They have the Goguryeo flags everywhere when it's supposed to be Goryeo.

I guess that makes sense. It doesn't have to be revenge.

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There wasn't much explanation on previous episodes, so I supposed that the audience, or at least I, assumed he was an eunuch based on his outfit. What Kumoiwa said is true though, the translation in the site I go to, he was referred to as a 'scholar', he was Yeo's teacher as well when he was younger. It just confused me though because in this recap, he being referred to as an eunuch.

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Hummm
Well , he is wearing the hat of a scholar so he is defiantly not a eunuch. Crazzzzy yes but not a eunuch. I have always assumed that the reason behind the unpleasant procedure was to render male servants more passive, servile and loyal to the King Marriage to and seduction of court ladies would also be out of the question. The physiological and psychological damage is horrible to contemplate but still a life within the palace was considered a good gig. Life must have been pretty rough outside the palace if you follow this logic.

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This theory makes a lot of sense. From what I've noticed in other historical dramas the eunuchs don't have any facial hair, while Park Joong-won has a beard, so he's probably not a eunuch. Even if in the subtitles that I've seen he was called an eunuch.

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YOU WANT TO NO? Come back when you decide not to act like a troll.

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@kiara, at least from that trolling comment came really good discussions, though. I've always thought the evil guy was a eunuch b/c of the recap....if I hadn't read y'alls discussion, I wouldn't have had any inkling that he was actually a Paksa. What a trollish comment, though...seriously.

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I'm curious to see who ends up being the reincarnation of Eunuch Park in the present day.

I REALLY hope it isn't Deok-hwa. There are hidden depths to his character -- whether he's connected to Granny Samshin, the goddess of birth and fate, or he turns out to be something more sinister, I don't know.

It could be the young secretary (it's suspect that the two actors who play Eunuch Park and the secretary look so much alike). This drama is really doing a good job at keeping us guessing. I mean, we all figured out the obvious connections (who the king and queen were, and their relation to Shin), but the greater details and how things will go in the end are harder to pin down.

By the way...it's 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time as I type this. Happy New Year Everyone!!!! :-)

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me too! i think the secretary is the reincarnation of the eunich

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I think the secretary is the eunuch. Which is kindof scary because Chairman Yoo will be gone and obviously DH is not yet ready. So secretary will take over for a while...

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@endo Oh this ! But didn't Shin complement him on growing up well. He is shady ofcourse but not that evil...yet?
But if he is the reincarnation (which i believed is unneccessary since Shin killed him in the past. Only if it was crueler õõ), what are the possiblities that he is not a danger to uri DH !!
Wow this show sure keeps us guessing doesn't it.

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He is called secretary Kim so I don't think he is the reincarnation of Park Joong-won. I don't think there is enough time for the show to go there?

So far everyone has been reincarnated with their original name. There is more to cover between the main leads and we only have 6 more episodes.

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I also thought that too. I wonder though, if Shin already had an inkling (he does know of some people and who they were in the past in previous eps) and tries to keep his enemy (former) close and tried to set him on a righteous path by being his patron. I mean, the secretary do have a dark and shady past as a loan shark, so we know that he has a tendency to be evil. Plus he thanked the secretary for "growing up well". Plus he's technically a scholar in modern times too since Shin sponsored his college education.

Just can't wait for the show to reveal the secretary's name!

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I don't think the secretary is the eunuch to be honest, he committed so many crimes he's for sure going to hell. Remember the guy who ran over lots of people and died? He didn't get a cup of tea because he's going to rot in hell, while the lady gets a chance to be reincarnated (and forgetting her past life with the tea). I can't imagine the eunuch would be offered another chance in life - reincarnation..

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If we're going by this drama's logic, he should be a reaper as well. Plus when it comes to death in this drama, some gets to drink tea, some don't and go to hell, and some go straight to heaven with their memories intact (the boy from Paris); so honestly we don't exactly know the parameters on how one gets to have a specific kind of treatment from the reaper.

Furthermore, with the writer's record of writing characters that seem like extras but turns out to have a more significant role (like mom's bestfriend), I don't think she would leave us hanging by not providing a proper closure for a manipulative character that was the cause for our three main leads' tragic story.

Anyway, this is just a theory anyway, just like how a lot of people theorized early on that Sunny & reaper is our Goryeo couple. I'm just really open to that possibility since the author plants a lot of hints early on before some sort of big reveal.

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I agree. The Eunuch should have been punished severely, way more than Goblin and GR. His evil deeds were very very evil.

I'm really very curious about DW- that scene in Ep 9 where he acts like he knows her......

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My theory is that people who became grim reapers is that they committed crimes but felt guilty and remorse for it. Since eunuch Park didn't feel any he didn't become a grim reaper.

Also i noticed the sang goon standing next to eunuch Park in ep 1 is the pretty female grim reaper that appeared in earlier episodes. I wonder if all the grim reapers are related to the incident 900 yrs ago.

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I don't think the secretary is the Eunuch - there was a scene where Shin said "thank you for growing up well ..."

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It was exactly that statement that makes me think he might be the eunuch's reincarnation and that Shin somehow knew. Since according to grandpa, Shin personally chose the secretary and became his patron in many ways, including sponsoring his college education. I think Shin is aware of the secretary's dark past as a loan shark and his tendency to be evil that's why he tried to set him on the right path.

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"I don’t think she would leave us hanging by not providing a proper closure for a manipulative character that was the cause for our three main leads’ tragic story."

YES. The eunuch did all of this. So it's a possibility that he would re-incarnate.

My vote is, it is the secretary because the show is slowly building his character. There are so many clues. Like when that scene that he just stood outside KS Home and said " a human that doesn't age".. Or that " I know more about the Dark Places" while having a talk with ET Aunt.

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Dear Kiara, of course it would be interesting to know Scholar Park's story, if only that screen time wouldn't be taken from main plot/main character development!.

Power corrupts people. Absolute power like in a medieval monarchy even more than nowadays (except in the case of dictators).

Imagine a person very far from the power center that doesn't even dreams to become part of a power structure suddenly in the center of the country. Imagine that person having unfulfilled dreams and several ideas about how to"improve" the country. Then that person has the possibility to influence a future king, not only by giving him education but also by forming his worldview and his value system... if not for the pesky conservative people around him too afraid to give the necessary steps to make revolution possible...

Then you have it. A normal but capable person with good intentions but not prepared to confront himself to that augmenting mirror that is power, starts to bend his values and himself little by little in order to achieve his goals.

That is why I am so fond of Pepe Mujica even if I am at odds with his ideology and his world view: after he was the president of Uruguay, he returned to the little villa he has with his run down VW Scarab. In Latin America that is highly unusual.

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You are right. There is no time for that. I kept saying that this drama needs to be simple but my mind kept wandering lol.

I guess it makes more sense now that Park was actually a scholar and he was higher rank than the Kims. I can now see how he could've been in a position to acquire power.

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