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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 3

We’re only on Episode 3, but wow are we in for massive developments. I wouldn’t say that the story is moving quickly, exactly—it likes to linger and draw out its moments—but it does feel quite packed and keeps us on the edge of our seats to know more, and the show upholds the moody, sentimental fantasy without betraying any breaks in the world, which I appreciate. But despite that fantasy shell and the centuries-old gods and spirits at the center of the story, it’s the very human emotions and sorrows that make the drama feel present and gripping.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Abducted by her aunt’s loan sharks, Eun-tak squeezes her eyes shut and sends up a frantic, silent prayer. We hear Samshin Grandma’s advice to her mother all those years ago, about praying earnestly in a moment of life or death, in case a weak-hearted god is listening. Ah, so it wasn’t the lighter flame that calls the goblin, but the prayer? (Gong Yoo conjuring spell duly noted.)

As Eun-tak prays, the birthmark on her neck flashes, and across town, somehow Shin senses it. He’s in the middle of his own mealtime cutlery war with Reaper, but upon sensing this, he lets his floating dinnerware crash to the table.

The loan shark screeches the car to a halt, seeing something peculiar in the distance. One by one, the street lamps explode, sending everything into blackness except the car’s headlights.

Off in the distance, two tall figures appear in the haze, gloriously backlit as they slooow-motion hero-walk toward the car. Seriously, it goes on a while. Goblin and Reaper, wonder twin powers activate!

The loan sharks wonder, “What are those guys? Men in black or what?” Then the headlight bulbs explode too, darkening the scene further. Goblin and Reaper seem to vanish, and one scared loan shark urges the other to punch the accelerator.

The car squeals forward, and as it does, a bluish-green light cuts through it, right down the middle. They try to make sense of the things when one half of the car goes one way, carrying the loan sharks, and the other half of the car goes the other, carrying Eun-tak. Sarah Brightman scores the moment: Time to say goodbyyyyye….

Eun-tak sobs in fear, but her half of the car slows safely to a stop. Shin reappears in the road carrying his flaming goblin sword (wait, so he could pull it out? Or are we just conveniently ignoring his curse right now?), and he tosses it away to retrieve Eun-tak’s scarf.

When Eun-tak looks up, she sees Reaper standing by, and then Shin opens her car door to help her out. That seems unnecessary considering the whole open-air situation going on, but far be it from me to deny the hero his chivalry.

She takes his hand and stumbles into his arms, and looks a little moony-eyed when he asks if she’s okay. I swear the Reaper half-rolls his eyes as he moves away from the car, and the lopsided thing crashes onto its open side, which makes Eun-tak jump and turn into Shin’s arms again.

When she finally recovers her words, she asks incredulously, “Am I okay? That’s what you ask? After you split a car like that?”

Shin just tells her to wait here, but she chases after him to ask if he means to kill those loan sharks. She doesn’t believe his denial and points out that Reaper came along, and surely he wouldn’t have come to save her. Reaper agrees that her logic makes more sense.

Shin assures her that he won’t kill them—he’ll just show him his anger, so that they’d wish they’d died instead. Okay, that plan has its appeal, too.

He finds the loan sharks begging for help, trapped in the car that has tipped over. Shin delivers their fate: For two days, this road will disappear from the map, making it impossible for anyone to help. “You’ll hurt like death but you won’t die,” he states. “In two days, fortunately, you’ll be found by the police. You can pay for your crimes at the police station. Be thankful you won’t have to pay for them with me.”

Then it’s Reaper’s turn to step up, and he informs them of the story they will now believe: The two loan sharks fought, saw nothing else, and will never make up.

Afterward, as the three walk down the road, Eun-tak’s comments are snippy, as she’s still ticked off at everything that’s happened. She asks pointedly if they don’t have a car, and whether she’s dead and on her way to the afterlife, and whether they’ll be killing her now.

Heh, her passive-aggressive barbs amuse me, mostly for the way they annoy Reaper, who beams a glare at Shin and telepathically asks when they’ll be getting their gratitude for saving her life. He keeps complaining until Shin finally yells at him to be quiet—and Eun-tak whirls around with hurt eyes, thinking he’d just told her to shut it. I notice Reaper wags a finger at Shin, enjoying his discomfort.

Then Eun-tak gripes about how there aren’t even any passing cars on this road, and stomps off. Reaper gleefully reminds Shin whose idea it was to make this road invisible for two days.

As they sit at a restaurant afterward, Eun-tak asks why Shin hasn’t left yet, and he replies that he will soon. She asks how he came tonight when she didn’t blow out a flame, and he says, “It’s like I just heard you. Save me, something like that.” She says she thought it to herself, and he says she must be the type to think very loudly. Ha.

She says he didn’t have to show up, and he says, “I didn’t have a reason not to come.” She concedes an earlier point he made about her living her life like it’s a freebie, and explains that he saved her mother’s life and her own, so she’s been okay to live that way—she got to be born, and meet her mother.

“So I’ve decided not to hate you now,” she announces. “If we met again, I wanted to say that. Although you probably hoped we wouldn’t meet.”

Shin just lets her have her say, though he notes that it seems she still hates him. She snaps that she doesn’t, and tells him that she won’t make wishes or think of him in the future, so he can leave peacefully. She tacks on, “And I hope you meet a nice person. Someone who helps you discover the true you. Someone pretty. Pretty in heart, not face, since you say you don’t look at faces.”

She gets up to leave him with the food, and Shin stops her to ask, “I didn’t eat this, but I’m supposed to pay?” Eun-tak protests that she didn’t eat either, and moreover, she doesn’t have money.

Shin says he’ll pay if she stays and eats. That mollifies her a bit, but she’s still a little snappish and says she doesn’t want to eat with him, and requests her dinner wrapped to go. “See, you do hate me,” Shin notes.

Back at his goblin mansion, nephew Deok-hwa gives Shin the skinny on Eun-tak and her horrible family. Her mother’s death left her with a hefty 150 million won (about $150 grand), but being a minor, Eun-tak can’t access the money on her own, which is why Aunt is keeping her.

Hearing that Deok-hwa did the legwork to collect this info, Shin tells him, “I’m shocked to see you have uses.” Deok-hwa asks why he’s interested in these people, Shin and replies, “I mean to punish them.” Deok-hwa can’t see why punishment would involve two gold bars and whines to be given some too (“Haven’t I committed a lot of sins? Don’t I deserve a thousand punishments?”).

Shortly thereafter, those two gold bars appear in Eun-tak’s room, and Aunt finds them and just about has puppies. The cousins make greedy grabs for the bars, assuming that Eun-tak converted her hidden stash of cash into gold, and a three-way squabble breaks out.

Ah, I love that this nobody in this hateful family can trust each other, so they end up sitting up late into the night, determined to outlast the others to claim it for themselves. Eyelids droop and heads nod off… and in the morning, Aunt and Oppa Cousin wake up to find Girl Cousin and the bars long gone.

Aunt and Oppa tear out of the house to track her down, and from a nearby restaurant, Shin and Deok-hwa watch them run by. Deok-hwa notices Shin’s eyes glued to the TV, which is turned to a K-pop performance. Shin explains that the king he served was about the age of that idol—seventeen.

In a serious, faraway voice, he describes lying on the ground at the hottest hour of day, in the blinding light, endlessly resenting somebody: “Whether it was the king, or god, or me—I’ve forgotten that.”

Later, Shin makes Reaper and Deok-hwa watch that idol perform, calling him the reincarnation of his thousand-year wrath. Reaper advises him to let go of his anger and vengeance, which will bring him unhappiness. Shin cuts him off, asking, “So does not remembering make you happy?” Reaper shuts his mouth.

Shin isn’t sure the idol is the reincarnated king—it seems like he just has a passing feeling—and wants Reaper to confirm whether it is, but Reaper can’t tell just by looking; he needs to touch him.

Then Reaper asks, “Why do you only think he’s been reincarnated as a man?” and indicates the girl group now onstage.

“Is it her?” Shin asks, transfixed at the dance. “Say it is! I think I’m ready to forgive.” Reaper reminds him that he’s been angry for a thousand years, but Shin stares at the pretty girl, saying, “I’m sure he had his reasons.”

Reaper arrives at the hospital, where he joins several of his fellow reapers, which includes a few newbies. One reaper hoobae reminds our Reaper about those souls that are unaccounted for and tells him to turn in his roster by the end of year.

Another reaper brightens when a new reaper approaches them, because she’s pretty and young and makes him grin like a doofus.

Reaper steps aside when his charge arrives, an ER doctor who literally died of overwork while tending to a patient. The doctor, like all newly dead souls, needs a moment to take it in, but when he hears that his patient lived, he says he’s glad.

Afterward, Reaper eats at Subway (et tu, Goblin?!) and looks over the forms he has yet to fill out regarding the two souls that went unaccounted for.

As Eun-tak bikes through the city, she notices every instance of the word “goblin” popping up in ads and signs. She bikes faster and faster, as if to get away.

In the days that follow, she keeps thinking of Shin and their encounters, and the memories put her in a funk. That funk seems to extend to Shin, too, as he thinks of all their encounters as well. There’s a lovely extended moment where their images overlap, as though sharing their gloom, separate but together.

Finally, she sighs to herself, “I don’t know. Leave or don’t, whatever.”

Eun-tak returns to the bookstore and searches for the goblin book where she’d stuck her maple leaf from Quebec. She overhears a man trying to make a return, and sees Deok-hwa with the very book in question. She offers to buy the book from him, claiming the maple leaf inside it, and he says there’s no way to prove it’s hers. He challenges her to identify its origin, and Eun-tak replies that even if she answered, he wouldn’t know whether it’s true.

Deok-hwa declares that the correct answer and gives her the book. When she asks why he was interested in it in the first place, he replies matter-of-factly, “Ah, there’s this goblin I know.” He plays it off like it’s no big deal and everybody knows a goblin or two.

Eyes wide, Eun-tak asks, “Really?” He tsk-tsks her naivety and gives her a quick primer on not falling for the things strangers say. Although when she tries to discount the book price by calling it technically used, Deok-hwa won’t let her get away with it.

Deok-hwa heads home to report to Shin, but stops short to see his grandfather standing there with Reaper. Gulp. He breathes a sigh of relief when he realizes Grandpa doesn’t know anything yet, then totally throws Reaper under the bus by asking who he is and why he’s here.

As Shin comes out of his room, Reaper points a finger at him and mumbles, “I’m his… friend. I came to play.”

Deok-hwa seizes this excuse and runs with it, exclaiming that Reaper must be very close with Uncle, and came to say goodbye. Stone-faced Reaper lifts a hand and waves wanly: “Go well. Be healthy. Never come back.”

But Shin contradicts both of them, happy to tell Reaper to leave his house and never return, since they’re not friends. Deok-hwa protests, and Shin kicks him out too.

So Reaper and Deok-hwa end up huddled on the front stoop, grumbling about Shin’s high-handedness. Reaper turns the stoop icy and warns Deok-hwa that he’d better be right about his grandfather leaving soon: “He’d better, or you’ll be going soon, somewhere.”

Shin pops his head outside to tell Deok-hwa to go to his house to receive his scolding, and crows to Reaper that their score is 1:0. Reaper seethes, then walks right through the door.

Deok-hwa can’t believe Shin would tattle on him to his grandfather and asks to know what Shin said, so he can match their stories. Shin retorts, “Did you match stories with me when you rented out the house?”

Deok-hwa hunkers down on the step rather than going in for his punishment, vowing to stay here and haunt the house as a ghost.

Shin’s in a pretty great mood that night, humming and dancing in the bathroom, but freaks out when he almost steps on a white towel in the hall. Written in blood is “good night” and their new score, 1:1. Muahaha.

Shin literally jumps back, muttering about horse blood. He yells for Reaper to take it away, even apologizing for his earlier comment. Aw, is the war god squeamish?

Chicken shop owner Sunny confronts Eun-tak at work, asking if she’s sleeping in the restaurant. Immediately contrite, Eun-tak apologizes and asks how she knew. Sunny shows her the toothbrush she found, as well as the crumpled confession notes that Eun-tak had written and discarded.

Sunny asks if it’s because of Aunt, then lets the matter go entirely, saying that she should only act if it’s to help. She hands Eun-tak her weekly pay and instructs her to take trips to the sauna to shower.

Eun-tak thanks Sunny, who tells her not to be so grateful over things that are rightfully hers (i.e., her pay). Eun-tak replies that she’s grateful for Sunny’s awesomeness, and Sunny corrects, “That’s money being awesome.”

Shin visits an old bookstore while Eun-tak grills up a batch of squid per Sunny’s request. Lost in her thoughts about Shin, she doesn’t notice the squid catching fire and blows out the flame, then panics and tries to cancel the summons.

On the other hand, Shin smiles to see the smoke around his hands, happy to be transported. He even hurries to strike a cool pose when he appears behind Eun-tak, holding a book and commenting on how much he likes books and art. Ha, I love vain goblin. Your instagram account must be killer.

He can’t even hide that he’s pleased about her summons, so when she informs him that it was only a squid-induced mistake, he gets pissy and huffs that he has to go and pack his bags.

She stops him to ask a question, wanting to know exactly what kind of thing she’s supposed to see “if I’m going to be of use to you.” He supposes she’d lie that she can see it, and she retorts the exact opposite—she’ll say she doesn’t see it even if she does, because he might be nice to her and buy her things and that would be a problem because she reaaaally doesn’t care for him at all. Hmph.

So Shin asks if she doesn’t see anything unusual, maybe something painful. Eun-tak gives him the once-over and says, “Ah, that.” That captures his interest, so when tries to head off, he jumps to do her bidding: “Do you want to eat meat? Is there anything you want?”

She leads him to a meat restaurant, where he grills every last bit of meat for her, asking at every opportunity about the thing she sees. She purposely answers in roundabout ways, and when he gets annoyed, she milks it, asking wide-eyed, “Are you getting testy with me?” He backs down to appease her, that minx.

On to a cafe next, where Eun-tak orders a big fancy juice drink—and then Reaper shows up to ask for the same. Eun-tak hides behind Shin just in case Reaper means to try anything, and watches as the boys bicker. Shin asks if Reaper’s here to kill anybody, and Reaper says defensively, “I’m a regular here!”

Eun-tak asks if she’s the one who’s dying today, acting hurt at the possibility that they ganged up to lure her with meat and ambush her with juice. Lol, she certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

Reaper says he’s actually on her side, and attempts to telepathically tell her, “You see the sword… you see the sword… You will pull out that sword…” But she doesn’t hear his thoughts, and when she asks what it means that he’s on her side, Shin tells her it’s just god talk that she doesn’t need to understand.

After Reaper’s gone, Eun-tak gushes about Reaper’s handsomeness, asking if reapers are picked based on looks, to prompt dead souls to follow readily. Annoyed at her giddiness, Shin asks if he’s also good-looking, and she hesitates before replying, “You’re… just looking.” Haha. Shin snatches away her juice.

Eun-tak points at another customer to distract Shin, and sneaks back her juice while he’s looking away. But something about the ordinary-looking ajusshi catches Shin’s interest, who’s busy texting lovey-dovey messages to his girlfriend.

With a wave of the hand, Shin causes a run-in between the ajusshi and another customer, tangling the woman’s earphone cord in the man’s bag. Eun-tak asks what he’s doing, and Shin says that it’s something that should happen. He refers to his actions as “magic,” just as the man and woman register attraction.

They detangle the cord, at which point Shin flicks his finger to catch the woman’s hair in the man’s shirt button. As the finishing touch, he trips an employee and sends the woman literally falling into the man’s arms. They gaze into each other’s eyes, and when they ask about each other’s relationship statuses, both lie that they’re single.

From across the cafe, Eun-tak cheers along silently, mouthing the words, “Kiss! Kiss!” She asks if Shin is a Cupid, and he explains that every hundred years or so, a few people are reborn with the same faces as their previous lives. He’d recognized the man from his past life; that was a woman he couldn’t let get away.

Eun-tak asks if the man was heroic in the past, and is offended hearing that he was the worst kind of person, arguing that Shin should only help good people. Shin replies that he’s not the guardian spirit for those two—he was acting for the two people who just lost their partners. The man from the cafe is cowardly and the woman is ungrateful, and they’ll become each other’s hell.

Then Eun-tak asks if her life is terrible because she’d sinned in a past life: “Is being born as the goblin’s wife my punishment?”

Shin replies that he doesn’t know about her past life, and reiterates that she’s not the goblin’s wife. She adopts a chipper tone to say her life isn’t actually that bad, since she was loved by her mother, she found an umbrella, and she likes that she met Shin. Then she corrects herself: she liked it, past tense.

Shin reminds her that she hasn’t answered his question yet: Does she see it or not?

She replies, “My mother used to say that a person had to see where they’re lying down in order to stretch out their legs, and know where they’re going when they leave. You understand what I’m saying, right?”

He doesn’t, so she tells him that it means this is where they end. She tells him goodbye and walks away. When she turns back after a few steps, Shin is still there, looking at her.

Later at home, Deok-hwa mentions the possibility of becoming a reaper after he dies, and Shin replies, “You have to have committed a big sin in a past life to become a reaper.” Then he stops himself, realizing that Deok-hwa knows Reaper’s nature.

Deok-hwa points out how his surprise is rather unwarranted, given all the clues and careless talk that tipped him off ages ago, like how Reaper was unfazed when Shin turned the living room humid and foggy, and how both gods tossed around mention of the grim reaper all the time.

That’s when Reaper shows up—just as Deok-hwa is insulting his appearance, heh. Deok-hwa tries to flee, but Reaper blocks his path and asks how he knew he was a reaper. Deok-hwa exclaims, “How can I not know, when you do things like this? You were right over there, and suddenly you’re here.” He makes a good point.

Reaper blames Goblin-who-talks-behind-my-back for outing the truth. Goblin blames him right back, calling him “Reaper-who-doesn’t-even-know-if-he-was-a-murderer-in-a-past-life!” Aw, and then Reaper’s face falls, like someone just killed his hopes and dreams, and then his puppy.

Reaper mumbles that it’s not like Shin’s punishment is because he was innocent. He storms off, and Deok-hwa suggests that Shin really did hurt his feelings. So he drops by a bit later as Reaper’s writing down all the potential sins he could have committed in a past life, though the list just makes Reaper feel worse.

Shin offers his apology and tells him his past life doesn’t matter. “Really?” Reaper asks with interest. “Yes,” Shin answers. “Whatever you were, I dislike you as ever.” At least Reaper laughs?

Deok-hwa tries to downplay his misdeeds to Grandfather by saying that Shin and Reaper got on pretty well, actually. Grandfather says that one is haunted by being unable to recall his past, and the other is haunted by a past he can’t forget, and that they humans are just two passing specks in their long lives.

The next day, Deok-hwa pulls up outside Sunny’s chicken shop and explains to his secretary that he received the building on his eighth birthday. Ha, the secretary is pretty sassy, contradicting Deok-hwa and reminding him that he’s reporting to Grandpa. So while Deok-hwa wants to use the building for cash flow and empty the stores, it looks like the secretary won’t just let him sneak that one by. Deok-hwa tries to get Secretary Kim to lie for him, then pleads for one credit card.

Reaper tries to sneak past Shin to leave the house, but Shin insists on following him, sure that Reaper meant to find Eun-tak rather than come to the supermarket. Reaper insists, “I’m not going to take her away! I’m totally rooting for her right now!”

He explains that if she pulls the sword, Shin dies, and he likes that better than Shin merely leaving the country. So he’s hoping that even if she doesn’t see it now, the miraculous day will come when she will be able to see the sword.

That stokes Shin’s temper, and Shin burns with blue-green flames until Reaper reminds him that they’re in public. Shin calms down, then asks for a promise: “When I leave, you won’t touch her.” Reaper practically gets emotional at the thought of Shin truly leaving, and Shin warns that the moment Reaper tries anything, he’ll be back in a flash.

On his way out of the store, Shin suddenly disappears, leaving Reaper wondering where he went. He ends up outside Aunt’s house, almost like he didn’t expect it himself.

When Eun-tak steps inside the front gate, she hurriedly yanks him around the corner, warning him that he could have been seen. She asks why he came, and he answers that he must have thought of her, and that’s why he must have come to see her. And now that he’s seen her, he’ll be going.

He wonders why she came back when Aunt’s family has disappeared, and she merely says that she had something to retrieve, not divulging that it’s the dried buckwheat flowers he gave her.

Shin finally packs to leave (I was wondering if he’d ever get to it), but pauses to open an old wooden box containing what looks like a scroll.

Reaper walks across a bridge, and is stopped by (young) Samshin Grandma, who urges him to buy a trinket for his girlfriend. He says he doesn’t have one, so she tells him to buy one anyway and make one, holding up a mirror that blinds his eyes for a moment.

When he looks down, it’s the jade ring that catches his eye, glowing extra brightly. (Which, as we know, was the Goryeo queen’s ring.)

He reaches for it as if in a trance, but a hand darts in front and grabs it first. One look at Sunny has Reaper struck dumb, although it seems the reaction is instinctual (rather than because she’s pretty), triggering a tear to fall down his face.

She, on the other hand, clocks the serious look on his face and the tear rolling from his eye, and exclaims in disbelief, “Are you crying?

Reaper’s shocked at his own reaction, but when she asks if he wants the ring, he nods eagerly. Sunny looks him up and down and thinks about it, then declares that she won’t give it up for free, asking for his phone number in exchange.

He says he doesn’t have one, and she wonders if he’s just avoiding giving it to her. Miffed, Sunny takes back her offer and starts to slide the ring on her finger. Reaper hurriedly asks for her number, in order to claim the ring.

Sunny decides introductions are in order, and offers her name and a handshake, accompanied by an expert hair flip. A bit dumbly, Reaper stares at the hand and tucks his own hand safely into his coat, and gets her name wrong.

Left hanging, Sunny turns her handshake into a finger gun and plays it off, and as they stare at each other, Samshin Grandma asks for payment. In the mirror reflection, we see that her true appearance is the elderly grandma from the first episode. Samshin Grandma figures, “It doesn’t matter who pays. You’ll both end up paying a very high fee anyway.” Well that’s ominous. I thought you were a nice fairy godmother!

Shin’s scroll turns out to be an old painting of the Goryeo queen who died just before he did. We flash back to the aftermath of his resurrection, as he’d approached that royal bed containing a wrapped body. Shin had said, “I am too late.”

He had found that painting of the queen among several others, and had broken down in tears. As he had left the palace burning in his wake, he’d walked out clutching only that one scroll.

Now, in the present, Shin sheds a tear looking at her painting. (It’s worth noting that the show has never specified the queen’s relationship to the goblin, but she has been identified as Shin’s sister in promotional material.)

At the chicken shop, Sunny sits lost in thought while Eun-tak cleans, dutifully ignoring the ghost who keeps pestering her. The ghost threatens to kill Eun-tak’s friends if she keeps it up, and turns to start with Sunny.

But Sunny’s fuming over her encounter with Reaper, and breaks into a string of curses, scaring the ghost away. Sunny asks Eun-tak if her looks aren’t up to par lately, anxious because she hasn’t had a call from Reaper yet.

Eun-tak advises her to forget about him, but Sunny can’t, exclaiming that he’s the best-looking man she’s ever seen. Moreover, she’s further upset about the pretty ring she gave up.

Meanwhile, Reaper looks at the number Sunny had scrawled, and the lipstick kiss she’d marked next to it.

Eun-tak arrives at her aunt’s house that night to find movers emptying the furniture. The landlady informs her that Aunt moved out and left all her things behind, and Eun-tak asks plaintively what will happen to her. The landlady tells her to take it up with Aunt.

Eun-tak manages to take back her buckwheat flowers, although a sudden gust of wind blows off most of the dried blooms. Eun-tak plucks a few sprigs to put between the pages of a book, then stores most of her belongings in a public locker.

At school, Eun-tak’s bitchy teacher orders her to empty her pockets and bag, having heard (from a malicious classmate, no doubt) that Eun-tak is sneaking smokes. When she finds no cigarettes and smells nothing on her fingers, she just snaps at her for being so devious as to cover her tracks so well. Orrrrrr…

The teacher says she finds it scary that “kids like you” are good students, having judged her as someone who acts sweet and is secretly conniving, and says it’s people like her who become problems in society. I shudder to think of a society of people this teacher thinks are good.

Reaper joins Shin for a spot of daytime drinking, and when asked why, Shin replies that he was faithful enough when he was a general. That’s news to Reaper, and Shin adds that Reaper wouldn’t have even been able to talk to him in the olden days. Reaper retorts, “You don’t even know what I was.” Of course, neither does Reaper.

Reaper asks if Shin’s all packed and tells him bye. Shin offers, “I’ll call.” Reaper points out, “I don’t have a phone.” Shin: “That’s why I said it.” Oh you two.

They sit there in silence for a while, two lonely gods drinking alone. A bit of time passes, and then suddenly Shin is storming in and out of his front door, over and over, looking dissatisfied. Reaper finally asks what he’s doing, and Shin admits, “I don’t know where she is.” Ah, is he trying to teleport himself everywhere, looking for Eun-tak?

Shin adds, “She isn’t calling me. Because she isn’t calling me, I can’t find her.” He looks weary and sad, and says that nothing he has is good for anything. Reaper figures that’s true, and asks what he’d done in past instances.

“I found her,” he says. “Every time, like this.” Oh, you romantic. So every time we’ve seen you magically show up, you’ve really been trying a dozen times?

Reaper tells him to just call her, but Shin doesn’t know her number. He grabs an umbrella and leaves again, and as thunder crashes in the distance, Reaper figures he’s found her.

Eun-tak sits on the rocks overlooking the sea, talking to her mother to ask how she’s doing, and how heaven is. She starts to cry and admits that she’s not doing so well, and nobody asks how she’s doing. Rain starts to fall in earnest, and she says bitterly that she’s tired of this life that always gets rained on.

Then she senses something and whirls around. There Shin is, holding an umbrella over her head, like magic. He tells her, “It’s because I’m depressed.” He explains that it rains when he’s gloomy, but that it’ll stop soon. She notices the rain stopping, and he says, “It’s because I just now started feeling better.”

It seems she gets his meaning, and she almost smiles. Then Eun-tak says she didn’t summon him here. Shin replies, “I was busy too. Here and there. I had things to do.” Very convincing.

“I’m in trouble,” she says. “Every time it rains, I’m going to be sad thinking that you’re depressed.”

He asks why she’s out here like this, and she answers simply, “Because I’m unhappy.” She likens her unhappiness to a cold that goes away for a time, then comes back to afflict her. She adds that she didn’t say this purposely to “stab” at his conscience, and he tells her not to use that word, since he hates it. Which, of course makes her grin that she chose well.

Shin prods her to continue talking, and she thinks for a moment, then explains how humans have four lives: a life of sowing seeds, a life watering planted seeds, a life harvesting those plants, and a life using those harvested plants.

Shin’s surprised she knows those words, since it’s something only a reaper tells the dead. She reminds him that she’s been the goblin’s bride for 19 years, and has heard a lot from ghosts. She says this is why she feels life is unfair, because her life is stuck in the first two phases.

“Condolences,” is all Shin says. Eun-tak pouts, saying that he could pat her shoulder or stroke her hair. She pulls out her laminated maple leaf and offers it to Shin, who reaches out to pat her hair. He tells her to be well, because he leaves tomorrow.

That hits her, and it looks like she’s holding in her tears. The rain starts to pour again.

That night, Shin and Reaper sit like depressed bumps on a log. A bell rings, and Reaper thinks it’s a text message, only to have Shin correct, “That was the doorbell.”

Simultaneously, they realize how strange it is for the doorbell to ring, and stare at each other in mounting alarm. Shin tells Reaper to check on it and points out the ridiculousness of the grim reaper being afraid, which Reaper says right back to him.

Then the door swings open—and there stands Eun-tak. Reaper is puzzled to see her at his house and asks if she’s sought him out. Note how he’s doing his menacing act again, as though he hadn’t just been cowering to himself on the sofa.

Spooked to see Reaper, Eun-tak says she came to the wrong house and hurries away, only to walk right into Shin. “You told her where you live too?” Reaper asks dryly. Shin waves him away.

Eun-tak explains asking ghosts for the goblin’s address, because she has more to say, and asks about the thing she’s supposed to see. What happens if she sees it? Shin replies, “Why ask? You can’t see it anyway.”

“Who says I can’t?” she returns. “One: If I see it, do we have to marry right away? Two: If I see it, will you give me that 5 million won? Three: If I see it… will you not leave? Don’t go. Just stay here, in Korea.” He doesn’t respond for long moments, then asks, “Do you really see it?”

He asks for proof, and she asks for his answer first. He decides she doesn’t see it, and she says indignantly that she does. Pointing straight at his chest, she declares, “This sword.”

Suddenly, there in front of her pointing finger, the sword materializes, sticking right through Shin’s chest.

 
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So the big question has been answered: She sees the sword! That certainly leads one to wonder why she wouldn’t have mentioned it before, since it hardly seems like the thing to ignore (or to need clarification on being able to see), but I’ll assume she had her reasons for not making a fuss over it and bask for a moment in the realization.

I am super curious as to the mechanics of the whole sword-impalement and sword-pulling scenario, because it sure looked like Shin was in pain in some earlier flashbacks, when he’d tried to remove the sword himself. Are we to assume that this whole time, he’s had the sword stuck in him and the show just chose not to show it? Does he see the sword at all times, and it’s only that everybody else can’t? If so, shouldn’t he be in constant pain? Are there only specific times when the pain happens? And if he’s unable to remove the sword, how was he able to wield it earlier in order to split the car? I reaaaally hope these are all issues that are meant to be mysterious now and answered later, because I’m banking a lot on the mythology making sense and fitting together logically, and it’ll frustrate me if the rules go all willy-nilly.

I thought this episode was rather long, not just in running time but in the lingering, meandering atmosphere, and there was a lot of heel-dragging in the plot department. Don’t get me wrong: All the character stuff was great, and I for sure wanted to see Shin stick around. But I got awfully tired of hearing him talk about leaving a gazillion times and never actually doing it, and as I don’t quite understand why it is that he must leave—other than that it’s his tradition, which is just a fancy way to say habit—his moping seemed a bit unnecessary.

But it was beautiful moping, and it’s the show’s melancholy mood that draws me in so effectively—and not just regarding Shin, but with Eun-tak and Reaper as well. I do think this director is a bit overly fond of lingering on every moment—like every single beat is meant to be polished to perfection—but there are times when that care for tone and mood is very much appreciated, because it’s something that you can’t quite create purely in writing or performance. I’m thinking of the heads-resting-on-arms mutual moping segment, or the scenes with quiet, morose brooding.

I loved watching Shin feeling his affections grow for Eun-tak and having him react as though it were a sad thing, rather than anything to enjoy or celebrate, because either she’s not his bride and deserves to live a normal human life, or she is his bride and he’ll be dying now, see ya, buh-bye. It’s the latter conflict that has me on tenterhooks to watch the next episode, because it’s a gripping dilemma, but today it was mostly about him feeling like this whole Eun-tak thing was pointless and better left alone, and it was a lovely way to demonstrate that with the rain.

I also really dug Eun-tak’s response to Shin’s treatment of her, because without knowing what’s driving him, she only knows that he kind of runs warm and cool, and that he’s never given her real reason to hope or expect anything. It makes sense that a lonely 19-year-old who hasn’t been loved in years would need to protect her feelings and try to keep her crush contained, because it’s far more likely that it’s only in her mind than that it’s returned. And I enjoyed that her inner conflict came out as teenage snarkiness, because her passive-aggressive sniping was adorable in a really familiar and immature way.

But far and away, I’m really loving the Reaper-Goblin duo, because no matter how much they bicker and say they hate each other, they’re clearly growing on each other, and it soothes my heart to know that both poor, sad souls have a friend(frenemy) who understands a bit of what it feels like to be tragic and immortal. I mean, sure Reaper wishes Goblin would die, and Goblin says he hates Reaper in every lifetime, but it took about two minutes after actually hurting his feelings to go and make up. Their dry, deadpan interplay is my favorite new thing, and I never want it to end.

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GOBLIN rocks!

There could be only one Gong-yoo. :-)

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I love love love this drama!! No... I'm obsessed. I'm utterly obsessed with this drama! But there's one thing that keeps on bothering me. The fact that Eun Tak's is a high schooler. I was VERY uncomfortable watching her talking about raising kids with the goblin in the preview still dressed in her high school uniform. Kinda creeps me out. This has nothing to do with the age gap between KGE and GY. It's her character. Do something about this KES. Time jump or anything.

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OBSESSION is the right word. I've watched every episode thrice. This show is the best! and yeah the preview for episode creeped me out as well... i dont if these lines even suit KGE..i mean with her acting so cutesy and child-like..what was that about honeymoon and raising kids..kinda weird..

regardless.. enormous hunger for more of Goblin and Reaper and ofcourse the The Grim Romance
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Calling it: Sunny is the past Goryeo Queen (aka the Goblin's sister played by Kim So-hyun) and the Grim Reaper was the king who ordered the Goblin and his family's death! It would explain the ring scene! That was the Grim Reaper's massive sin!

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Me too! Can't wait to see how the revenge will play between these two, now they almost love each other :)

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Yep, agree. Was looking for this hypothesis.

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Had the same exact thought. Reaper is the old king. I wonder what happens when Reapers get their memories back?

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This makes sense, as their names are Kim Sun and Wang Yeo.

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i sort of agree but it could also be the opposite. lee dongwook being queen and yoo inna being king.. the queen cried before dying while looking at the ring. and the lee dongwook's line “Why do you only think he’s been reincarnated as a man?".. but what great sin did the queen do? it would make more sense for the king to become a grim reaper because of the sins he did. also apparently lee dongwook's character name is wangyo and yoo inna's kim sun which would fit as kim shin's sister..

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I loved the mention of honeymoon and raising kids, as with the Bride title, you expect them to actually get married and proceed to have a family. When you are truly in love, that is really what a woman wants: to have that man for your own and have his children. At least, that is how I saw it! But I will admit, I am having an issue with the age difference since she's still in school. It would have been better if she was at least in college already.

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Yeah...I'm always a bit squicked out when an immortal being falls for a high schooler (even when said immortal being is passing as a high schooler themselves, eg. Twilight).

But then I think that if an age gap that spans centuries is ok, then what's a few years either way...

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I don't watch previews but omg that sounds creepy. Really creepy.

I'm also having issues with the character's age still. It's a pity because every other aspect is hitting the right beats for me even with some technical/worldbuilding issues.

I don't know what to do with the age thing. Ignore it? That doesn't seem right. But at this point we do not appear to be getting a time skip so I don't know how Kim Eun-sook could un-creepify this. I don't know what she was thinking making Eun-tak a high schooler, especially if there is not gonna be any time jump. I would not have minded if they MET when she was in high school but the real romance didn't start until later, but at this point it looks like she will be 19 throughout the show's run. Eugh.

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There was always going to be a huge age gap between the characters so I don't understand why KES chose to make Eun Tak a high schooler.

She could easily have been a college student and the school scenes wouldn't change much or she could have just started her first real job and getting the typical Korean newbie treatment from her co-workers.

Whenever I watch a KES drama there's always something that makes me uncomfortable.

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I agree about the age issue. I don't like her being in high school, because in real life that would be weird for a 30 something man dating a 19 year old. It would have been better if she was in college I think. I didn't think mentioning having kids was weird, though, as when you fall in love with someone you want to get married and have children together. I think she is acting the typical woman with romantic notions---getting married, living in that nice big house and having children. In fact, I was more upset they didn't have the Goblin respond more positively to that comment, because he said he did not have any other brides before. Having lived so long without a real bride or children, you'd think he'd suddenly want that. Or, of course, he's thinking he won't be able to truly have that and feel sorry for himself (but they didn't even focus on that mindset). If I was the bride, I'd be assuming a wedding ceremony would be started already!

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My two cents about the age gap: it is a bit uncomfortable when you think of it in as a romance between a high schooler and a 30+ y/o man (standing side by side they just look like an uncle and his niece LOL) but my feeling at this point is that he grows to care for her as a guardian, he sees her as his and there is a bond they can't deny, but it's more protective and possessive than romantic (at least until she's older!).
If we're doing Twilight references, I'd say it's more Jacob and Renesmee xD

As for mentioning kids and honeymoons, I'm guilty of that hahaha I'd be like, I want three kids! I want to go to Japan! kind of whimsical thinking :P (probably chasing my bf off in the process!)

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What I felt is more uncomfortable is that in the Goryeo era...eun tak would be married already....Prolly why kim shin doesn't find this weird....but it is uncomfortable...especially her talking about kidss...and them walking intoaround candlelit bedrooms

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That is true. In the past, women would be married very young (like as soon as they hit puberty or even before--which is totally wrong), and maybe that is why the Goblin thinks nothing of falling in love with a 19 year old (even though his own body is 30 something). Of course, from our modern day perspective that age difference is rather gross (and a bit upsetting to women in general, since it makes older women seem useless if men only want the very young). But I think talking about marriage and kids is totally normal for any young woman, since girls often dream about when they will get married and to whom. They don't think so much about the seriousness of it, but just the romantic side to it. I personally thought they'd jump ahead a year or two with her character before the Bride title came out and then she'd get married to him. I really so want to see them get married and perhaps there is some way she can reverse the curse and he won't have to die.

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I think it's mainly "American modern day perspective."

In Europe and Asia, it's not that big of an issue.

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Age doesn't define maturity. Someone could be a young single mother, but still a better mother than someone a decade older.

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mee too i don't like her .especially i know her history in movies i can't imaginer like pure girl.
i like the bromance between lee dong wook and goong yoo that's what keepin me watching the drama .i love both of them

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Thank u for the recaps!! Love Goblin so much!!

Now.. 19 yrs old in korean means 18 yrs old in other countries.. Legally she's an adult. in my country, girls aged 16 above can get married, and of coz with the girl's consent.
Aside from that, when u're in love, isn't it natural to be dreaming of having kids and whatnot? I don't find it creepy coz at that age i dreamt of getting married and having kids with my bf...
Why would it be creepy?
Just saying..

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I agree with you on this. It's not creepy at all for a young woman to dream about getting married and having kids. In fact, when you are in love, and they are making her character seem very much in love at this point, you want to be with that man forever and you DO want his kids. That is what love does to you! You don't really think so much about yourself, aside from staying with that other person. I really hope they get to have a wedding in this drama and find a way to break the curse so they can stay together and have those kids in the future. :)

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I so wish that they go through a time gap. It is so awkward to see them together and like everyone said, it's not KGE or their real age difference but the fact the KGE is so believable as a high schooler that he does look like a legit ahjussi in front of her. I'm sure if we get a time gap then KGE would act as someone older and mature and then their chemistry would be believable.

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I think it probably wouldn't be as troubling if they got her out of that damn school uniform. I keep thinking when I see her, "again, with the uniform!" 95% time she has it on, making her all the more youthful while the Goblin a sugar daddy. At the very least if they just gave her a new wardrobe, we could look slightly past it.

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LOL, that is so true about the uniform. I cringed when they were at the restaurant. It made it look like he was her uncle or something given the age difference and that UNIFORM! Ah!

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I'm one of those viewers that is not bothered by the age difference. Maybe because I'm in the US and it's not uncommon for 18 year olds to be dating whoever they want? Large age gap between couples might generate some looks, but in the end, it's the couple's choice.

But still, I'm curious as to whether or not this age gap problem is a recent development. Do people remember the drama Sweet 18? That was a beloved show way back when - the girl was 18 when she married someone 10 years older. And they did more than just kiss in that drama! What's so different about this age gap?

I enjoy watching Eun Tak and Goblin's relationship develop, and even though the love type of chemistry is not all there yet, I love the relationship that they do have now. And I love their relationship more and more as they get to know each other. Shouldn't love come after getting to know each other? That's what I'm seeing with the OTP right now, and to me, it's more realistic than most kdramas that go strong with the love and chemistry right off the bat and expect viewers to believe that the OTP already want to be together after a few haphazard meetings. Nothing wrong with either if the drama is well-done, and this drama is seriously well done!

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I'm gunna agree too with the age gap, especially because you can tell she's not mature and still a high schooler - i wouldn't have minded if she was more mature - but clearly she's just a kid who hasn't past her own maturity level. Plus, i'm curious at why they didn't make her a college student, it would've made more sense - unless they will do a time jump later (since we're only at ep 3). Maybe he disappears and he comes back when she's older. mmm, who knows.

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If you're obsessed with this, go read Sandman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE8upi5jYpk

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the age gap doesn't bother me as much as eun-tak maturity. at least bella in twilight was not portrayed as some bubbly high schooler, she's sulky and dark. i could even enjoy romance for Hong and Hye-jung in Doctors even when she's still in high school, cause there is an adult vibe coming from her character. but eun-tak? she just a regular teenager. their romance is not convincing enough. and this is supposed to be like "the greatest romance of all" cause it has passed centuries and all.

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I am trying to overlooked it because she is a senior. We never think about it for vampires falling for high school girls. I think that the episode was the right length but that can be me wanting to see more of the goblin. I think he keeps keeps saying he is leaving to convince him self to go because he likes her and does not want to burden her with killing him. Things changed when she said goodbye and then turned around he was still there not like last time. Also when the nephew was talking to grandfather about the roommates he was doing the standing chair punishment

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I agree the age thing is creepy. Like almost statutory rape creepy. It occurred to me that maybe these dramas are written to appeal to the thirty something male audience as well as the rom com enthusiast. I guess 900 years ago 19 years old females were considered fair game, although it has been mentioned a few times that she is very young. I see her appeal but as lovely as she is I am thinking that a worldly, well read, art and music loving guy would want a more womanly woman. I guess virginity has its charms and she is adorable. That said, when are they going shopping? That coat of hers is pretty shabby and that school girl bow tie has got to go. Her character has to be developed, she's got a brain right? She wants to go to college right? Show the curiosity that she displayed in Canada grow into something deeper. The coquette only goes so far.

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What I've noticed is their attraction isn't particularly 'physical'. Nobody's trying to seduce anybody. Its like we've got this lonely girl who wants out of her awful life and hasn't thought things through completely, and a Goblin who only wants a sword pulled out of his chest and isn't thinking about the implications of the word 'bride'. Neither of them seems to have given the least thought about the wedding night.

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It feels creepier when he pines for her. It is not him, but she totally looks like a kid. Wish it is some one older or who could atleast look older.

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i am with you at first i feel a bit off however i realize that perhaps she's portraying a role as a typical "high school girl" who is dreaming/ fantasizing of meeting a prince (somehow) then getting married and having a happy family most especially in her character that she grew up without having one. she exclaim due to her excitement.

can't wait for episode 5 and 6 xxooxx

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Oh yeah. About that. Apparently they're calling it Guardian now? ....Why?

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Apparently "Goblin" doesn't fully convey Gong Yoo's sexiness.

But I prefer Goblin myself! Much more interesting and atmospheric. 'Guardian' sounds like a medical kdrama about hospice workers.

Anyone else wonder what's Gong Yoo's 'job' as a supernatural in this show? The reapers are so busy, and Lee El is already doing guardian angel work. So far Shin just lounges in gardens and reads books in oversized sweaters while occasionally doing some pro-bono altruistic enchantments? How is he not bored out of his mind after 900 years?

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I don't think the Goblin has a "job" as a supernatural. He just exists because immortality is supposed to be his punishment/reward. Not sure why the gods gave him all those cool powers though, when they could have just made him immortal.

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maybe there are consequences to his powers since he can't save everyone, like when he saved eun tak - the inevitable decision she has to make to pull the sword out.

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I can't handle the delightful product placement.

Subway: The Sandwiches of Death!

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Love love it so much!
Gong Yoo oppa so charming here... ?

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I love the way Shin sees Eun Taek. It could be only Gong Yoo >_<

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When Eun-tak said goodbye and walked away, but Shin, his royal hotness, stayed there, just looking at her. Just wow.

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am seriously in love with this drama. glad to have Gong Yoo on my screen. P.S did any one see the ratings jump wow. the power of the Goblin

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Love Gong Yoo. Love Lee Dong Wook even more. I love him the most in a quirky role (I was totally smitten with him in Blade Man). The two of them together is pure joy. Their begrudging bromance is one of the best I've seen in a really long time. I like the rest of the characters and story, which surprised me because I don't love KESs, but it's the bromance that will keep me coming back

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I'm so so so interested in Lee El's character, her role in all of this, and what's in store for Sunny and Grims. Their entire meeting scene was just perfect and I can't wait to see more of them!

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Oh, and "I do think this director is a bit overly fond of lingering on every moment"

Exactly my thoughts. I really like the directing in general but there are certain shots that just linger... and linger... and linger. The first few seconds of the shots of them laying their heads on their arms I was like "Oh, cool" but then it just kept going on and on and on and I was like "Okay... are we done with this yet..."

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I am glad I'm not the only one who felt the episode flow was a little too slow! I get that the lingering shots were also an opportunity for the director to show off and there was some neat framing going on for the scene of laying their heads on their arms, but just in general throughout the episode, there was a sense at which some of the conversations between Eun Tak and Goblin were rather repetitive.

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Maybe its a way to fill time rather than a directorial choice... The recap in the beginning, the flashbacks of earlier scenes (and we are just in 2 episode) and extra long lingering .. Should add up to around 15-20 mins

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Last week they had extra long episodes and put the time to good use. But it was supposedly just for that week.

Now it seems we get extra long episodes because of the high ratings, and they fill the extra time with stuff that could have been cut :(

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Me too! The fairy grandmother and the Reaper and Sunny's connection intrigue me so much.

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Yeah! me too. That trio seems interesting. My theory, reaper was the King and Sunny was his wife (the queen) in the goryeo era. And somehow, he recognized her.... but still clueless about the role of the grandma in this triangle.

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Is it only me or.. but I feel bothered whenever any character sigh or become speechless by the beauty of Sunny since deep in my heart I don't find Sunny is that beautiful.

I mean Yoo In-na really doesn't look good in her orangish brown hair and eyebrow.
She was much more attractive in My Secret Hotel and Candy in My Ear.
Everytime I watch Sunny's scene,
I have to tell my own self that Sunny is beautiful, Sunny is super beautiful, yes, yes, Sunny is beautiful to make it more believable.

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Me too! Lee El's character is so interesting. What is she exactly? And is Sunny the Queen and Grim the King? Or the other way around? Since the King and Queen can reincarnate in opposing sex anyways. I'm waiting to see more of them since they said their love story is sexy, mysterious yet delicate different from the Goblin and Eun Tak's love story. The Goblin also said that a human becomes a grim reaper if they committed a great sin in their past life and the reason why Grim can't remember his past life is probably because he's the King or the Queen. What's his name anyways? Goblin is Kim Shin, how about reaper? Did I miss it or they haven't revealed his name yet?

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This reincarnation thing involving Sunny, the reaper, and the Goryeo queen and king is really interesting. I was wondering if Sunny and Reaper were reincarnations something since the show touched on that.

This episode feel a bit slow compared to the first 2, but its content is still great!

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I too think the king and queen are the reaper and sunny. one thing that bugs me is why couldnt the reaper identify the old lady shop keeper?

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I guess she's like.. more powerful than him and thus can hide her identity?

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He wasn't paying attention to her. He was caught up in emotions when he saw the jade ring. Maybe it'll help trigger his memory.

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That's what exactly I thought. When I saw the grim locked his eyes at the ring, I was 'oh my god, was he the king?' Since he had to have big sin in his previous life to be the grim. Plus, why can't he recognize the Grandma? As grim reaper he's supposed to recognnize any spirit (human/ghost/goblin/god) right? Does it mean that the grandma is higher level god?
I'm super curious about her.

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Now that you mention it, this reminds me of king arthur
King arthur - goryreo king - grim reaper
Queen guinevere - kim so hyun - yoo in na
Sir lancelot - general gong yoo - goblin

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According to wiki the reaper's name is wang yeo. I'm positive he is the king.

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The Grim Reaper's name is Wang Yeo which most likely means that he was the king in Goryeo times as the Wang household ruled Goryeo (remember Scalet Heart:Ryeo). As far as I know Sunny's real name is Kim Sun, which could mean that she was the sister of the Goblin, Kim Shin and the queen in the past who was one of the first family members to have been killed among the Goblin Kim Shin's family. And of course the ring connection,and the Grim Reaper's crying and the little hints how the Grim Reaper could have been the King in his previous life and he must have committed a huge sin. Of course them being the king and the queen is just a guess, just a theory, but we will see.

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And did anyone else catch the part where sunny was like "it felt like the ring was(made?) for me" when she's talking to eun tak in the chicken restaurant. I don't know if it was just a random dialogue thrown in or if it's actually a hint that she is the reincarnation of the queen...

anyway I'm loving this drama, despite the really long(unnecessary at times) lingering scenes.
Love gong yoo and dong wook <3 im so glad for them both. Finally they're in a good project.

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The biggest hint for me was when the Goblin said he's a noble and a general before and he was amused at the thought that the grim reaper can't be noble enough to talk to him in his past life. When the Grim Reaper scoffs he asked, "So what are you? A king in your past life?".

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Just wanted to throw something out there. Have you noticed in the first 2 or 3 episodes the Grim has a pin on his lapel on his jacket. Guess what it is.... a crown!

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We have the same theory that Grim was the king and that Sunny was the queen (or the other way around). How painful their relationship with Shin must be if this was really the case.

Love the Grim and Goblin bromance. I'm so hooked with this drama. So loving it.

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To become reaper, you have to commit a big sin..
so GR definitely the king.. the theory of other way round gets squashed there.. there is no reason to make queen GR

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My thoughts is that Lee El is a plain old witch. But a reincarnation of the Queen is much more interesting!

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I think that the Grim Reaper might've been the king in his past life. That's why Lee El's character is talking about 'making him pay heavily' and why that involves the same ring from the past.
They also hinted at this in the dining hall scene where Gong Yoo talks about being a general and the Grim Reaper jokes about being a King in his past life.
Gong Yoo was also talking about being ready to forgive the King finally. It would make really change up their relationship dynamic for sure.

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A thought occurred to me while reading your post. That maybe the grim's payment will be when he remembers the sin he did and Sunny's is when she finds out that grim had her killed. Will deter her from loving him or would she still fall for him?

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Yes I love Lee El's character.
And whats in store...
My gut says the Grim is the King who sentenced the Goblin to death.
And Sunny is Kim So-Hyun (Queen) reincarnation that the King had killed?

Maybe big leap guess?

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I wonder if she's an ogushin (or Bari herself). Since she seems to have taken an interest in Eun Tak, who is also abandoned. And she seems mad at Grim, which if he's really the King, would make sense since in the first ep, Shin's second in command asked the king if he didn't fear heaven. If she were the Ogushin, then it's probable that Grim wouldn't be able to recognize her since she's a goddess.

If Grim's the King, it would also make sense since he ordered the deaths in the first place. Since he mocked that the gods don't listen to the people, it would be probable that he got sentenced to being a reaper. I know that Shin was imagining someone who's 17 years old, but he forgot that when he resurrected, it had been years later already (since the Eunuch was shown to have aged into an old man), so the king probably died at a more mature age (and they only showed a portrait of the queen, but not of the king). If he's the king, maybe he cried not because he knows Sunny, but because of the ring - which belonged to the queen.

Also, if he's both the reaper AND the king, then is it possible that Shin's death scene will be recreated for his final (and imminent) modern death? I could definitely imagine Eun Tak telling Shin that she'll be right behind him.

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What's an ogushin?

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1) This drama really delivers. This drama has so much CHARISMA!2) I ship the main couple so much. Loved them since EP 1
3) Why do I think that Gong Yoo had more chemistry with Kim Go Eun than with Yoon Eun Hye? ( I'll prolly received some backlash on this statement.)
4) Gong Yoo is 16 years older than me and yet..I AM SO SMITTEN.5) I don't know but what if Deok Hwa developed some feelings for Eun Tak?

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Do not need to worry about your 16 years old gap with him Lizette, because you are not the only one. Gong yoo is 11 older than me and yet I am ALSO SOOO SMITTEN by him....

Beside that, Dada once said that do not need to worry about the age, as long as he is handsome he can be OPPA!!! ????

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I agree! Dada was right about calling handsome people 'Oppa'. I miss her now.

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the main couple gives me a father-daughter vibe :(

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I haven't even watched the drama yet and that is exactly what I feel from the screencaps and videoclips ?

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lol :D
It's not a father-daughter vibe
He's 935 years old
She's 19 years old
It's an ancestor with his grand grand grand x1xxx grandchild

Just kidding.
But if he "is" in mid 30s = 35-37 years old.
So the gap is less than 19 years old. So, ....samchon maybe? >_<

But, I love how they chemistry develops well. At their first meeting, it seemed only one side of curiosity and interest (Kim Shin), while Eun-Tak looked annoyed by Ahjussi "Ghost". At that time, she maybe thought that Kim Shin was a ghost because of the sword :D

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Yups... I also think that ET saw the swords on their first encounter. That's why she think he's a ghost

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Charisma overload! I love their kind of chemistry. Clearly bound by loneliness. It's more spiritual and platonic which I find rather interesting and unique. I hardly allow myself to get invested in the typical drama land OTP but this intrigues me. It's hard to explain.

Goblin has been lonely for a long time so he is numb, grumpy and reserved.
Our young Eun Tak expresses her girly fantasies freely without reservation and I think I kind of understand why she is a high school age. Her idea of marriage is far from reality. Pretty much clueless.
I love her character because as fictional as she is I can relate to her loneliness. She talks nonstop because she finally found someone to vent her frustrations to.

I wish this a movie. The longer it takes the more chance of it getting messy.

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I could feel that loneliness radiating from the screen. Poor souls. What a twisted fate. Doomed. Like Greek Mythologies.

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So, true!
Years ago, I had no friends to talk about anything. And, sometimes everyone was busy talking about their own problem to me.
So, when my mom visited me, I'll talk nonstop. I just couldn't stop my self

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Aw the reaper doesn't want the goblin to go....Love the bromance...

The problem with this writer is she fails in building up negative characters who keeps things exciting... which is why the later half becomes boring... Hope it gets better

Jumping back to read the recap..

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I just had a thought. When Shin told the reaper he doesn't care what he was in his previous life and asked him just like that if he was a king then.

What if the reaper was the king? (Minjae)
That would be interesting.

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Wow the jump of the rating is no joke. We just at epi 3 and the rating jump to 12% ++ already.

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Wow. That was awesome.

I was wondering though. TVN is a cable channel right? So koreans suddenly subscribed to cable tv just to watch Goblin?

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Impressive, but I think Goblin was able to reach 12% easily, because the two daily dramas airing at the same time (Shining Eun-soo on KBS1, Golden Pouch on MBC) got preempted for news because of Park's impeachment, while Solomon's Perjury got delayed. Let's see over the next few episodes if Goblin will sustain that momentum.

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Totally rooting for it to hit 20%. If there is anyone who can do this it would be Kim Eun-sook. Like her or not she is the reigning queen of hit dramas. She is going to set the record in both public channels and cable channels.

I'm happy for the cast, some of them are underrated and needs the recognition they deserve. Sometimes it takes a hit drama for that to happen. That's how drama land rolls.

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Wow, if they really make it to 20%, I'd really call her the Queen of Ratings. That's no joke, considering this is a cable drama, even if the story and casts are top stars.

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Forget being the Goblin's bride, can I just be the Goblin's DIRECTOR'S bride? I want to marry him and his gorgeous cinematography.

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Agreed that the cinematography is just top notch! The opening sequence was just breath-taking with the entry of Goblin and Grim Reaper and then the slicing of the car into half. Even the scenes shot within Goblin's home are very artfully crafted in terms of angling and composition.

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Agreed! So far my favorite scene (although there's a lot I like) is the 10 year transition scene where we go from old grandmother to young beauty and Deok Hwa grows up and asks if she wants to grab a drink. That was the most beautiful time transition I've ever seen in any show/movie. I loved the camera angles too and the soundtrack. <3

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Yes!! I also loved that transition, I have replayed that scene countless of times. The cinematography is so pretty and as an aspiring director is truly a treat :).

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This drama is awesome! I hope it keeps delivering every week. After watching episode 3, I'm speculating that the grim reaper might be the young king. We were never shown what happened to him, so he could have died in his 30s (which might be common in that era?). And the way he reacted to that ring! Maybe he remembers giving it to goblin's sister. I don't know I could be completely wrong but something feels funny.

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It does seem that the king was drawing his dead queen's face over and over- bitter,bitter regret.

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I think he killed his lover who looked exactly like Sunny who wore that gorgeous jade ring.

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Gong Yoo is smiling so much in this episode and i love it.

I didn't see the details but i think he summoned a different sword. A Goblin can summon anything right?

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@end.. "I didn’t see the details but i think he summoned a different sword." No, I don't think so. We've seen him summon that sword to use before. When he split that ship in two remember. And having gotten a good look then I'm fairly certain it was the same sword. Plus an ordinary sword wouldn't have those blue-green flames right? My theory is that he can indeed summon and use his sword... THE sword. So the removing it to use is different from the REMOVING that his bride is supposed to do to end his curse. Or maybe it stays stuck in him even while he's using it. It's a magic sword, it can be in two places at once. Like spooky action at a distance. (I know that's the wrong term to use, I couldn't think of a better one and the words kinda fit) God knows the idea can't be more illogical than stretchy ponds.

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Oooppss.. I meant @endo
So sorry.. my auto-correct had a brain-fart...

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The sword question had me perplexed since ep 1 wherein he cuts the boat in his anger over the child's bullies. Rather than he summoning another sword, i think the best explanation is that he somehow conjured up the sword with energy, as the sword dissapears into wisps after the act.

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I am not too worried about it. The nice thing about writing a fantasy god is that you can't really paint yourself in a corner since a god can do anything hence every explanation is possible. Like here for instance, the sword could still be stuck to his chest and he just siphons off some of it's energy and projects that energy into a copy of the sword that he can use. Problem solved.

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I actually believe ita a different sword he is summoning. The sword embedded in his heart has cloth wrapped on its handle, filled with blood. The sword he summoned in ep 1 (boat scene) had a black handle with no cloth. I almost think thats the same sword used here when he split the car.

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Well I'm fairly certain they both have the same engraving on the hilt. The embedded one is like the aged, rusty version, and the one he uses is the well maintained version he would have used in battle. So I guess its something like the ghost of sword(s?) past?

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It's a different sword. Every depiction of a goblin character include them carrying some sort of weapon. Maybe because goblin is famous for their metalwork. So, imo, it's a different sword, a part of him being a goblin.

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Gong Yoo is so effing hot!!!!

argh!

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wooooaaaaaahhhhhh....
goooo goblin goooo!!!!

Watching this entire episode made me think that maybe the Grim reaper is the king on his previous live... but he could be also be a Queen based on his word to Shin "how can you be so sure he reincarnated to be man?"

hmmmm please please whoever the Grim reaper is... please pleaseee writer-nim don't break their EPIC bromance!!!!!

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I'm totally on board with the theory that Grim and Sunny are the king and queen. I'm less on board with the idea that Grim might be the queen. Sure, you can't rule out the possibility, but odds are on king. Because you had to have committed great sins to become a reaper right? Of the royal couple, if anyone was a sinner, that was clearly the king. He's the one who ordered the deaths of his general's family members, including his own wife, just to make a point. Worse, he didn't even accuse the general of being a traitor, simply of being more popular and a threat to the throne. And in the historical scenes where Shin saw the King's body prepped for a funeral, judging from the paintings he (the king) left behind, it's clear he missed his late wife and probably regretted killing her. So it would make sense if some part of him recognises her now and sheds tears in response.

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I think it's complicated enough already that we don't need a grim reaper drag queen. Fantasy genre can easily get messy when they don't try to keep it simple and go off in 100 different directions.

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In response to your question about him "pulling" the sword out... He's not really pulling it out. I think it's just one of his powers. In the first episode remember when the goblin sliced the boat in half right after he became a goblin, he used the sword? It's just a physical extension of one of his powers.

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Agreed, I don't think he's "pulling" the sword out in the sense of permanently removing it. He can summon it to use it, but it's always with/in him otherwise. And from what Deok Hwa's grandfather said in the first episode—that when Shin is suffering from the sword he wishes Shin would find his bride and when he's not he wishes Shin would keep living—it seems like there are particular times when Shin is in pain from the sword.

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That made sense. I'm waiting for the explanation from future episode. Maybe it was just symbolical that it was stabbed thru his chest. The sword and Goblin is one. So he can use it as he pleases. So only the bride can break him free from it.

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Haha also for that horse blood thing... I don't think it's because goblins are squeamish, but I'm pretty sure that's a tongue in cheek reference to Korean folklore. I'm not Korean myself, so I wouldn't know, but I did do a quick Google search of "horse blood goblin", and there's a Korean tale about a lady spreading horse blood and a goblin running away. Just more silly cultural references for our two immortal beings to use to get back at each other (first, the goblin underwear song, now the goblin folklore). I feel like I'm becoming so cultured! Haha.

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the horseblood scene is probably in reference to how Korean goblins are afraid of blood:

"Most Korean legends have Dokkaebi in the stories. They are about Dokkaebi playing pranks on mortals or punishing them because of their evil deeds. One of them is about an old man who lived alone in a mountain when a Dokkaebi visited his house. With surprise, the kind old man gave the Dokkaebi an alcoholic beverage and they become friends. The Dokkaebi visited the old man often and they had long conversations together, but one day, the man took a walk by himself in the woods near the river and discovered that his reflection looked like the Dokkaebi. With fear, he realized that he was gradually becoming that creature. The man made a plan to prevent himself from becoming a Dokkaebi and invited the creature to his house. He asked, "What are you most afraid of?" and the Dokkaebi answered, "I'm afraid of blood. What are you afraid of?" The man pretended to be frightened and said, "I'm afraid of money. That's why I live in the mountains by myself." The next day, the old man killed a cow and poured its blood all over his house. The Dokkaebi, with shock and great anger, ran away and said, "I'll be back with your greatest fear!" The next day, the Dokkaebi brought bags of money and threw it to the old man. After that, Dokkaebi never came back and the old man became the richest person in the town." - Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dokkaebi

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Yes he definitely pulled the sword and used it episode one, I remember gawking and thinking it was one of my fav moments, I loved he could battle with it still.

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Separate swords:
He can summon a magic physical sword to use just like he can summon gold bars.
The immaterial(?) metaphorical sword is always stuck in him but we usually can't see it because it would be distracting as heck and the special effects to show it would cost too much. There doesn't have to be a good in-story reason for it to normally be invisible, except that it could cause a fuss in the supermarket.
The two swords look the same because both are modeled on his original battle sword, which was very very important to him (phallic symbol, remember). Also, having just one sword saves the prop dept a little.

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I think its a different sword, tbh. His sword handle has a blood washed cloth wrapped around it (this is thr one embedded in his body), the sword he used for both the boat and car scene had a black handle, no cloth.

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Omg Gong Yoo. How can anyone look so depressed and hot at the same time????

I also keep having to remind myself that Kim Go Eun is acting as a 19 year old and hence the angst and her rather immature lines. But other than that I've always thought she was a good actress and pretty in a very unique way.

Aigoo episode 4 please!!!! Soon!!!!

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So the big question!! Do we think the Reaper is Shin's reincarnated sister or the reincarnated king!?

That ring, the comment about how the king could be reincarnated as a female seems to point to Sunny as the king and Reaper being sister or i am reading too much into it...

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I was thinking the same!

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Haha, I've actually started suspecting this too! It would be fascinating if they went there. The show is pretty clearly hinting at them being the reincarnations of the king and queen, but this sort of reversal would keep things interesting.

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That explains his tears & her kingly attitude

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But in that case.. what would be the reaper's 'big sin'? If he was the king, this seems to make more sense.

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Maybe her big sin was betraying her king. Which isn't too far fetched. Shin was punished for killing, which for him, as a general was part and parcel of war. So what is sinful and what is not, is open to interpretation. But I mostly say this cause I would really like the gender switch.

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I think the Reaper has to be the King because he has to have committed a great wrong and sister died too soon.

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I also thought of the reincarnated king and queen is reversed, the king is sunny - lonely and no one is around him and the reaper is the queen because not remembering her betrayal and because the ring must mean a lot to her - the reaper cried once he spotted it (cause reaper is queen). But as goblin said to become a reaper, you must have millions of sin (or heavy sin). Hearing that, threw out my reversed reincarnated theory, so now I'm back to king is reaper and queen is sunny.

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wow that will be good if Reaper is actually the queen because remember all victim who dead were given the tea to forget what happen to them so the same thing could happen to reaper, he drank that same tea to forget what happen to him (as queen) in the past. but as the big sin he had to commit in the past in order to be reaper I still can't find a good reason.

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In my opinion, Reaper is the reincarnated king and Sunny was his queen. I think comments about reincarnated in opposite gender was just things to make that particular scene have comedic vibe 'cause after that comment, girl group was shown and Goblin happily said that he's ready to forgive the king if the girl on TV was his reincarnation and transfixed by the girls dance

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This drama is a total stellar and the biggest winner of this episode, for me, is no other that lets-bicker-to-eternity partners Goblin and Grim Reaper. I had big laughs over their telepathic convo on how Eun-tak supposed to respond to their saving. I realised I spent the whole episode waiting for their next scene together and I was not disappointed. Their coffee shop scene, Grim reaper's 'I am your best friend" bust, the shopping scene and that cute Grim Reaper sits idly watching the sad Goblin came in and out of the door to find his bride. Awwwwww.. you two are the best bromance dramaland could ever give me!!!

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So...I've figured out, what's up with the ring and why reaper cried...and the talk about reincarnations... don't want to spoil, or get in trouble over doing it on here.

Loved the episode, thank you for the recap.

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This may end up being my crack drama of the year. W came closest when it was firing on all cylinders, but petered out towards the end…Kim Eun Sook Writer-nim, keep it up! *fingers crossed*

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So...

Grim reaper = idiot murderous king?
Sunny = poor sacrificial lamb queen?

And they aren't even being subtle about it. lol now that I think about it, LDW's character is named WANG yeo, right? This whole episode felt like a big giant set up, complete with massive winks. "I don't care who you were in the past life." "Who do you think you are? A king?" "You could have been a murderer in the past life" etc etc. Plus the sexy girl reaper was totally a court lady standing behind the king during the Goryo scenes.

All this leads to a question about the show's basic cosmology though. We know from ep. 1-2 that..

1. Normal folks gets to drink the tea of oblivion, and move on by forgetting their past lives
2. Those who have committed sins (i.e. asshole who ran over Mom) are punished with remembrance and guilt. Hence Goblin's eternal consciousness is framed as the ultimate divine retribution.

so if that's the case, why is LDW/king/grim reaper struck down with amnesia and how is it severe punishment? One can't exactly be hurt by what one doesn't know. I find it sloppy writing that the character goes about his duty for centuries like a well-tuned machine, and in all this time never had an existential crisis until Goblin brought up the whole "grim reapers lead terrible past lives" thing.

Another world building / cosmology issue:

Why is OTP going through separation drama? It's not like this is the childhood portion of an early 2000s drama, where the chaebol heir is despatched overseas for school.

I thought the whole point is that Eun Taek can summon Goblin whenever/where-ever she wants, and that portals make international travel super easy. Like Goblin can be in Antarctica for all we know, and she just needs to blow out a flaming octopus or follow him out a door...?

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What if grim reaper was so guilty (by his punishment) that he end up drink the oblivion tea he supposed to serve? Boom~~

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Exactly!! I read that theory in Tumblr after watching episode 3 and I have to agree that it is very plausible. Maybe the writer will go for Dramatic Irony and we will just have to be yelling at our screens for our characters to notice.I don't mind that it is that obvious because then I will get to see the characters react to the truth once it slowly begins to be revealed to them.

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At first I thought maybe it was backwards, Reaper= queen, Sunny= king but it't the whole "great sin" that stops me from continuing this theory.
Unless....we have only seen Shin's pov of the past. What if the queen was actually the evil one. What if she (along with the eunuch) was the one controlling the king and did this elaborate scheme to kill Shin because she was afraid of his growing power with the people but the plan somehow backfired on her and ended up dying. Idk, that's the only way it would fit for the reaper to be the queen, because otherwise I don't see what other great sin she could have committed.
After so many dramas playing with my head and my heart, I've become weary of believing all clues being so nicely laid out for me.

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OMG if there's a gender switch and reaper is actually Goblin's long lost sister... LOL ????Actually might be possible, as the whole "female idol could be reincarnated king" thing could be a hint built into a joke. I would find this 'twist' sooo much more interesting than the "my roommate bromance turned out to be angsty revenge plot" thing.

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"After so many dramas playing with my head and my heart, I’ve become weary of believing all clues being so nicely laid out for me."

lmao I'm the opposite. Has anyone here been watching Westworld? I'm kinda bitter and disillusioned that every fan theory ever about that shows turned out to be true.

Crossing my fingers and hoping Goblin has some nice surprises in the bag.

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Yeah Westworld is awesome! I also read fan theories about that show and a lot of them ruined some of the big reveals.

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OMG! That could be possible. I was pretty sold on reaper=king because the show nicely leads the audience to that conclusion (because of the supposedly big sin one has to commit), but it would be such a twist. Although, the king would still be at fault since, even though he was manipulated, it was still his command that bring all of those innocent people to death.

The tears that reaper shed, may either be instinctive tears because the queen's soul remembering the king's betrayal; or it could be the tears of regret of the by the king and him missing his wife. I would be so hurt (and Shin as well) if it turned out that his betrayed him and was conniving with that evil eunuch. However, I'm excites as well for him to meet Sunny and what kind of relationship may blossom. Would he sense that she's his sister or something?

P.S if reaper touches Sunny's hand and got a glimpse of her past life, would he be recovering from his amnesia as well?

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 *I would be so hurt (and Shin as well) if it turned out that his sister betrayed him and was conniving with that evil eunuch.

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Sunny might not be the whole innocent 'sacrificial lamb queen'. The granny that led them to the jade ring clearly stated that both of them will pay a heavy price. I believe this means that they would pay for their past lives' sins. This would mean that Shin's sister might not be as innocent as we thought she was. Maybe she was involved in manipulating the king at one point? In court no matter what culture, it's not unusual for one to throw away their family in order to further their own ambitions after having a taste of power.

Also with the Reaper; I think there is intended irony there. Furthermore, I also think that he's probably been mulling over his terrible sins before he even met Shin. His character compared to other reapers is actually quite down and sad. It's further emphasized when we saw more of them today.

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The granny spat out her words, they were filled with venom and hate...it gave me a chill, and reminded me of what the Goblin had said about the pair of sinful lovers deserving each other.

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@Domnique Lola I know shin's sister could have been evil herself, but remember how shin got struck by God's punishment and later got stabbed by the sword, notwithstanding the fact that he had to let go of his families and friends at the cost of what, taking parts in wars? So I don't get why he even has to repent, when he's the one who had to take the beating from the king? So, even if the sister did something wrong, the king's sins are at much higher level, since he knowingly and directly destroyed all of shin's relatives. So, imo, reaper 'is' the king, and that's why he was crying unknown to himself, when he met sunny.
I also remember how sunny said, the name is just for show, and before when she went to the fortuneteller, she said she's too old or something, I don't remember correctly. So clearly there's something more than what's in surface right now.
And PS: The cup theory seems totally plausible!

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I might have remembered wrongly too, but in ep 1 there was a voice over basically saying even though Shin was set up and betrayed by the king, he was also a war general who has killed many. The many people whom he killed were also "protected" by the "gods" (I guess ancestors?). Therefore his part of living an eternal life while remembering everything is his punishment from all of the killings he's done.

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some people have speculated that the big sin the queen committed was encouraging shin to go ahead and walk towards the king although she knew it would result in many innocent lives being taken

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maybe GR needs to do his time before he gets to find out his past. Not knowing who you were means you do not have a sense of identity, you dont feel you belong anywhere and you feel lonely. This is also why grandpa said that Shin and GR were helping to balance each other out.

I think separation drama for the OTP is more like Shin wanting to take the noble idiocy route because he is truly in love with ET and is afraid she will be hurt when she finds out the true duty of being a goblin's bride...

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I agree with the separation... He doesn't have the need and even he has to, its not a problem and definitely not necessary to make an episode of him packing and moping for the unwanted trip...

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Just like the Arang and the Magistrate's Grim Reapers, they were souls with great sins, but to serve as one they have to wipe out their memory. If I recall, the guy who was punished by not drinking the memory-eraser tea was not remorseful of his actions, thus he has to be stuck remembering his sins in his past life. It could apply to Kim Shin as well, he was a well-loved hero, but he was also a general who killed so many people in his lifetime. He feels like he's wronged and wants revenge, but he also doesn't see that he's got blood in his hands thus being given the curse of immortality.

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Omg i will never forget thjs rescue .. Everyone was expecting it to be epic and heroic and it was epic and hilarious ... I just loved it... And their sniping afterwards ...

Plus the scene with goblin and kpop... Lol...

Adore adore adore gong yoo...
And i wasnt even a fan of his before this...

I have read a couple of people saying that the leads lack chemistry.. But for me they are perfect... Its not sexual like say OHY couple.. But somehow you just feel that the goblin is happy to be around her.. So its more of a warm fuzzy chemistry which i just love.. It makes me feel happy seeing them together

But i do hope that they go back to one hour format because the actors will die shooting for technically 3 episodes a week

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I definitely agree with you. Chemistry doesn't have to be sexual these days. Geez why does everything need to be so smokey and sensual. There's more to a couple than just that. There's closeness and bonding and intimacy! This sort of relationship is more precious than just having chemistry!!!! I think it's great they are slowly growing to have a more understanding of each other. I think it's great that they treasure the PRESENCE of each other. I