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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 8

Aha, time for answers to some major questions, some of which we’ve suspected all along and others that are fresher, as well as the opening up of brand-new questions. It’s an interesting conundrum to witness love deepening in a world where love may not, in fact, conquer all (or even very much at all). And yet, everybody has the right to want love for themselves and protect it, whether human or god. If only there weren’t a god hierarchy that put the meanest ones at the top.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Shin flings Eun-tak away before she can pull out the sword, then catches her before she rams into a truck. He’s hit by the realization that he’s hesitating to end his immortal life because of Eun-tak, a weighty moment set against a comically inappropriate fireball as traffic turns into wreckage behind them.

Eun-tak is badly shaken by the experience, and goes limp in his arms. Shin takes her back to the house, and it isn’t till she’s back in her bed that she comes back to herself and asks if he’s okay. He says that’s a question that ought to be reversed, but she shrugs it off and says he didn’t know either how much it would hurt, thinking he threw her aside because the act of pulling out the sword was so excruciating.

She’s happy to have proof that the sword is movable, though, and that she’s the true bride. His reaction is more muted, so she asks if that’s not a good thing. Shin manages a smile and tells her that it is.

While Deok-hwa waits for Shin to come home so he can hand-deliver the old scroll (of the queen), he idly looks up the news and sees footage of that multi-vehicle massacre in the street. When Shin joins him in the living room, Deok-hwa asks if that was his doing. Shin just tells him to clean it up, and that he’s too tired to explain.

Deok-hwa gets on the phone to his grandfather and Secretary Kim to alert them to the mess needing cleanup, and has to insist repeatedly that it’s Shin’s doing, not his. Well, you can’t blame them for assuming…

Secretary Kim assembles a team to take down every video on the internet related to the accident. Deok-hwa goes to the scene directly to deal with the witnesses, armed with a huge suitcase and one reluctant Reaper. He directs people with damaged vehicles to line up next to him, and directs those with damaged psyches (from witnessing the scene) over to Reaper, heh.

Reaper wipes each witness’s memory and replaces them with the idea that the cars were wrecked in a “gust of wind” and the money was merely “a windfall dropped from the skies.” Hilariously, his recitation gets faster and more halfhearted the more times he has to repeat it. Deok-hwa, meanwhile, hands out literal stacks of cash.

The last phase of cleanup requires wiping video files from the system, which turns out to be rather easy when you have a walking, talking, memory-wiping aide right on hand.

Back at home, Deok-hwa informs Shin of how much work they had to do because of him. Shin wearily thanks them, which Reaper wearily declines, saying that he doesn’t have the energy right now to fight with him. Shin tells him he’s even more tired, and it looks like they’re about to start another pissing contest, but Shin ends up abandoning the conversation.

Lying in bed, Eun-tak replays the moment of being flung into the air and saved by Shin. She cradles her goblin plushy toy (named Mr. Buckwheat) and says happily, “We don’t have to move out now. I’m confirmed as the real bride.”

She belatedly realizes she’s sore all over and sticks medicated patches all over, just as a crash sounds outside. She finds Shin slumped on the ground and Reaper cleaning up broken dishes, and worries that he’s dead.

Reaper says that he’s just medicated and leaves him there to sleep it off. Eun-tak suggests he might help carry Shin, but Reaper just tells her good luck with that.

Eun-tak crouches next to Shin and asks why he’s taking medication: “Are you still in pain?”

Reaper glimpses Shin’s door ajar, and can’t resist going back for another look at the painting of the queen, wondering who she is to stir such deep feelings. Dramatic-irony cut takes us to Sunny, who drinks alone in her empty shop, watching people pass by, telling herself she’ll go home when she counts fifty of them.

Eun-tak ends up sitting with Shin on the ground, lighting a whole display of candles around him. She catches herself before blowing out the match, shaking it out instead, and tucks a blanket around him. She carefully places a pillow under his head and checks their respective temperatures, noting no fever, then lies down to watch him sleep.

She wryly comments on him falling unconscious so randomly, and then Shin replies, eyes still closed, “Because I’m sick.” He admits he was lying earlier when he said he was fine, and she reaches out to pat his hair, telling him to get better.

He tells her that she doesn’t know what’s paining him, and when she asks what it is, he replies, “First love hurts a lot.” Thinking he means someone from his past, Eun-tak gets pettish, saying she must have been really pretty. Shin says, “Very much… every day… it hurts.”

Annoyed, Eun-tak tells him to rest up, patting his arm extra hard, telling him that’s not something you say to your bride. “If you look hard, you can see where she’s pretty,” Shin says. “So don’t go.”

We return to Subway, because Deok-hwa’s price for a bribe is apparently a five-dollar footlong. Eun-tak presents him with her notebook of hanja copied from Shin’s journal, asking him to make sense of it. Eun-tak suspects that it’s to do with Shin’s first love, and Deok-hwa confirms that it’s a love letter, confessing a sad love.

He starts to read, but Eun-tak grabs the book away, stung, not needing any further confirmation. She mutters that of course it’s possible for him to have one unforgettable person in his nine hundred years, though she doesn’t quite sound as gracious as the words.

Deok-hwa is startled to hear that Shin’s name is Kim Shin (he’s using a different one now) and that he has a sword stuck in him, and pesters her to explain. He gains her interest by mentioning a secret that only he knows.

Deok-hwa tattles to Shin about Reaper crying at the queen’s portrait, and urges him to confront Reaper about it… and then cowers behind Shin’s back when he does just that. Reaper admits that he had an extremely emotional reaction but doesn’t understand why, and asks who the woman is, feeling like he’s seen her before.

Shin replies that she’s his sister. He asks where Reaper saw her, and Reaper guesses that she may be one of his reaped souls. Shin asks if she’s been reincarnated, but Reaper has taken away too many souls to remember everyone, and says that it just feels like he’s seen her before: “I don’t have memories, only feelings. I was just incredibly sad. My heart hurt.”

Deok-hwa lights up with an idea, and suggests that Reaper is Shin’s reincarnated sister and urges Reaper to call Shin “oraboni” (brother). Ha, that gets him a swift synchronized shut-down. (But later in his room, Reaper tries to say the word, though he bails before making it all the way through.)

While out on duty, Reaper’s hoobae informs him of a scandal within their ranks: Another reaper found himself tasked with reaping his wife from a past life, so he filed her as a missing soul and they ran off together. Reaper is suddenly very interested and asks how the reaper recalled his past life. Hoobae says that nobody knows but that everybody’s envious, then sighs that the thought of what his past-life crime could be has driven him to drink lately. He wonders how severe that crime was, and whether it’s god’s consideration to have them atone by working in this way.

Reaper says that whether one recalls anything, it just all be god’s will—but what he’s curious to know is god’s intention in returning a lost memory.

Reaper heads off to usher his newest charges, a mother-daughter pair, to his teahouse. Mom tells her daughter she ordered “heaven” for her, and Reaper presents the teacup to the little girl, calling it heaven.

Eun-tak spots Shin walking down the street, and surprises him just as he’s knocking on a stranger’s door. A tired-looking man steps out, and Shin just orders him to step aside and, with a motion of the hand, sets on fire the noose hanging inside. In wish-god mode, Shin instructs the man to air out his home and hands him a sandwich (did it have to be a Subway?), telling him he’ll need it.

He stalks off all cool-like, and Eun-tak hastens to match his swagger as the rescued man looks after them in wonder. Then he’s surprised at the sudden arrival of his (estranged, it seems) young daughter, who found her way here on her own, taking a taxi driven by Samshin Grandma. The little girl is hungry, so it’s Subway to the rescue.

Eun-tak peers back to see the man embracing his daughter, and tells Shin he was a little cool today. He says that he just gave the man a sandwich: “What saved that man was not me, but his daughter.”

Then she wonders why the sword moved when it wouldn’t before, and Shin thinks back to Reaper’s comment about it requiring something stronger than the curse—perhaps true love? Going with that theory, Shin prods Eun-tak to say whatever she’s been meaning to say, wanting to hear her love declaration.

He leans in expectantly, and she says, “I know you have a lot of money, but is it okay for you to just stay home?” He insists that he’s worked before, and we see a montage of all the retail sales positions he’s held, using the same tagline each time: “It may not be immortal, but [this product] lasts a very long time!” He’s comically bad at it.

Eun-tak figures he didn’t last at the jobs because he was inadequate in some way, which has Shin huffing and puffing in denial, insisting that he’s never been called that before. Eun-tak snipes that his first love must not have told him, and he accuses her of jealousy.

Eun-tak denies it loudly, then asks if she’s from Goryeo or Joseon, and then reminds him of the old saying that first loves never come true. She storms off, telling him not to wait up for her. Shin sighs to himself that he doesn’t want that to be true about first loves not coming true.

Eun-tak runs into a familiar face at the library, who notices that the birthmark on her neck has lightened considerably. Eun-tak isn’t concerned, but the girl looks curiously bothered by it. Ah, she’s a ghost, and Eun-tak is in the habit of buying her coffee even though she can’t drink it. Passing by a mirror reveals her true appearance, bloody and ragged.

Eun-tak asks why this ghost doesn’t ask her for help the way all the others do. So the girl asks her to come to see her once in her hometown, bringing flowers, and explains how she died in a traffic accident on her way to her graduation ceremony.

That night, Reaper drops by Sunny’s cafe, and he and Eun-tak gape at each other in surprise. She’s suspicions that he’s sneaking up on her, but he says he’s just here to order chicken.

Just then, Eun-tak gets agitated to see Tae-hee oppa walking toward the shop with his baseball team. Reaper asks shrewdly if he’s interrupted their planned date, and Eun-tak stuffs his invisibility hat on Reaper’s head and orders him to wait quietly while she packs his order.

Reaper watches her greet Tae-hee oppa with narrowed eyes, then proceeds to bring home fried chicken every night for days on end. Finally, Eun-tak pulls him aside to ask why he keeps coming to the shop, and if he’s there for her boss. Reaper says he’s just going to look, and tells her that everything will be fine if Eun-tak just keeps her mouth shut about him. She retorts the same, telling him to keep his mouth shut about Tae-hee’s visits and how she’s been sneaking extra chicken in his order.

From alllll the way down the hall, Shin comes charging in to confront her, insisting that he was Tae-hee’s savior back in the day and that his baseball career is all his doing. (Reaper, meanwhile, preoccupies himself trying to figure out just how much extra chicken Tae-hee got, feeling huffy about not getting the same coupons.) Eun-tak argues that Shin didn’t make Tae-hee successful; that was through “my first love Tae-hee oppa’s own will.”

Shin tries to bribe Reaper to help with the promise of chicken coupons, but Reaper declines, saying he has his own ways. Shin is left stewing in jealousy, and makes the sky thunder with a sudden storm.

That night when Tae-hee gets home, he’s puzzled to find his old piano back in his living room, HA.

After school, Eun-tak is approached by another student, who asks how her college entrance exam went and where she’s applied. They’re both good students, and the girl worries that Eun-tak will be in direct competition. Then she asks if the ghosts say Eun-tak will get in to her schools, and Eun-tak replies that she may see them, but they don’t tell her things. The classmate points out that they’ve been in the same class for three years and are only talking now, then wishes her well on her university interviews. Eun-tak says the same.

As she makes her way to her interview, Eun-tak is reminded of Shin running with her to the entrance exam and smiles. She’s bristly again when she finds Shin waiting for her, until she realizes he’s brought her red scarf to her before her interview.

He wraps it around her neck and gives some last-minute advice not to be nervous. He asks if she’s still mad at him, and she says his scarf move has made that hard. He points out that she’s jealous (of his first love), and readily admits to liking it.

Cheer restored, Eun-tak heads off grinning and waves goodbye. As she boards her bus, a scream sounds—a woman has just been mugged by a perp who’s cycling madly away. As he bikes past, he locks eyes with Shin, and now we’re in his mind’s eye, seeing the man’s future: A short while later, the thief crashes into a vendor’s table and falls into the road, right into oncoming traffic.

A taxi plows into the cyclist and skids in the road, causing multiple cars to crash into it. A bus swerves madly to avoid it, and ends up crashing into another car instead. And then, in case that weren’t enough, the bus comes directly in the line of a Truck of Doom, and gets T-boned. Uh, you sure are being spendy with that budget, yeah? Let’s hope all those sandwiches paid for all your cars.

When everything comes to a halt, the street looks like something out of a war zone, or maybe Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim. The bus is a particularly dire scene, with bloody bodies thrown on top of each other, everybody fatally wounded. Is this Eun-tak’s bus? Is she in there too?

We return to the present moment, about fifteen minutes before the accident, and Shin wonders why Eun-tak is in the bus when she isn’t in his premonition.

On the bus, a boy says that if he messes up this interview, his mother will kill him, and wishes for a car accident instead. His friend tells him to cut out the morbid talk, while nearby, Eun-tak smiles down at a baby in her mother’s arms.

Nearby, an army of reapers stands by, waiting to do their duty. Reaper’s mustachioed hoobae complains when the upstanding hoobae brings Reaper a coffee (oy, it’s hard describing them when nobody has names!). Reaper states that he specifically ordered Hoobae not to get Mustache coffee, still peevish about being stuck with that dinner bill the other night.

There are so many scheduled deaths that they’ve called in other departments, and Reaper is assigned multiple souls. He flips through his stack of death cards, noting the mother and daughter pair, and figures he’ll have to prepare more heaven for them.

But Shin swings into action, using his door-portal ability to shortcut himself to the street vendor and advise him to quit early today. The man protests, but Shin offers to buy all his merchandise (piles and piles of socks), trying to hurry him along—he’s only got a few minutes until the accident.

Then as the thief bikes toward him, Shin kicks him over early, sending him falling onto the sidewalk rather than in the street.

The thief recognizes Shin from the bus stop and accuses him of following him, while Shin just sends the man’s bike floating into the air and crashing down before his eyes.

Shin holds up a stack of wallets the man has stolen, tossing them to him one by one as he lists the cash amounts. He adds that the man nearly took multiple lives just for that cash, and cites the series of unfortunate events that will befall the latest victim, including breaking a bone and going to work anyway because she can’t afford the lost pay.

The thief brandishes a switchblade at Shin, demanding to know who he is. Shin says it’s a pity to let him live, but that he’ll consider it a side effect. He warns the man not to consider himself off the hook for his crimes, saying that he’ll have to suffer the punishment even after death.

“Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth—that is my way,” Shin says grimly. “It will hurt a bit. Deal with it.”

Suddenly, the man’s hand twists and breaks, and he clutches it in agony. The bus passes by, unharmed.

Over at his station, Reaper and his colleagues get ready as the bus rolls in, anticipating an accident any second now. As the bus pauses, Eun-tak recognizes Reaper and waves at him, and he waves back without really thinking about it.

Hoobae gapes that a human can see them, just as Reaper is struck with alarm for a different reason: Eun-tak is on the bus, but she’s not on their death roster. The others wonder what that means, but Reaper announces that there’ll be no accident today.

Reaper has guessed what happened, and looks across the way and locks eyes with Shin. The other reapers are at a loss, never having experienced anything like this before, and ask what to do. Hoobae marvels that miracles do really happen, while Mustache complains that the paperwork required for this many missing souls will be massive.

Shin appears right behind the reapers, who startle at seeing a goblin. He pulls Reaper aside, and they relocate to the teahouse, where Reaper accuses Shin of meddling in human life-and-death affairs, and Shin is just as upset that Eun-tak almost died and Reaper didn’t tell him about it.

Reaper starts to say that her death would just be her fate, but Shin cuts him off to say, “The only thing I can’t do anything about is my death. Shall I try interfering in every human’s life and death in this world, because of her?” It’s a big threat, but doesn’t quite sound empty.

Then Shin comes back to the issue of the accident, feeling that something’s off about it. He saw the scene several days ago when he first saw the thief, and Eun-tak wasn’t in it. Moreover, he saw Eun-tak alive in ten years, and yet she would have died in the bus.

Reaper answers that it’s merely because it wasn’t her fate, since she had a goblin boyfriend who would change it for her. He adds through clenched teeth that thanks to him, he’ll be buried in paperwork.

Reaper adds the jab about Shin just returning to nothingness, but is surprised to see Shin so serious at his jibe. Shin replies, “It’s because I wonder what it means to return to nothingness. Is it scattering into dust or wind or rain, into the world somewhere?”

Reaper is stunned to hear that Eun-tak could move the sword after all, and Shin says he almost killed her because of it. Moreover, the pain had never been that strong before. Reaper suggests that Shin tell her the truth of what happens when the sword is removed, but Shin disagrees, wanting to hide it as long as possible: “For about eighty more years.” But he wonders if that’s possible.

Eun-tak’s in a good mood as she leaves her interview, and brightens further when Shin pulls up to the bus stop in his car. She notices the stacks of socks in the backseat and asks about it, and he replies that it was in order to save somebody’s twenty years of life, and thirty. She asks if he’s setting up a sock business because she said he was unemployed.

He asks teasingly if she’ll do it with him, and she readily agrees, saying that now that she’s done with her interviews, she’ll pay him more attention. “What kind of attention?” he asks.

To that end, she starts working out her arm muscles, announcing that she’ll pull out the sword without causing him pain next time. Then Shin notices a white butterfly flying around, and asks Eun-tak to step out so he can have a chat. It’s a strange request, but she complies.

Once she’s gone, Shin talks at the fluttering butterfly (aka god), half-pleading that he’s been punished enough, and half-arguing that god-butterfly showed him Eun-tak’s future to force his hand. He ends up pacing the room chasing the butterfly, and Eun-tak wonders if he’s still sick.

When he emerges, Eun-tak stammers that she totally wasn’t watching him. But he’s not concerned about that, and wears a sober face. “I really don’t like it,” Shin says. “The me who likes you can’t be this foolish.”

The admission startles her, and Shin says, “Never mind, if you didn’t hear.” She replies that she did hear, and he replies, “Then good.” When it finally does sink in, Eun-tak thrills to have received a confession.

Sunny drinks alone again, counting the passing pedestrians. Tonight, Number Fifty is Reaper himself, and he shows up in front of her window and holds out his phone, looking pouty. Sunny runs to check her phone, and when she sees that she’s missed ten calls, she exclaims that he never calls so she stopped checking.

They go out for a walk, and he says that he thought of something to say while working late. “Religion,” he says. “Atheism.” Ha, he’s replying to her question belatedly, and she can’t believe he called ten times to tell her that. Reaper says rather proudly that he wanted to tell her quickly. Man, I’d hate to see what he’s slow about.

Charmed, Sunny calls him cute, and he’s so flustered that she asks if no women have ever called him that. The question stumps him, and he starts to say that there haven’t been other women. Sunny recognizes his pattern of running when he doesn’t have something prepared and cuts him off, saying that she likes this no-women business and that he is not to go off and prepare one. Hee.

Then Sunny proposes that they each answer one truthful answer, and explains that her real name is Kim Sun, a name her parents put particular effort into deciding, in order to ensure a good life for her. She prefers Sunny and dislikes the original, finding it too pure, as though there was a story behind it. As she explains, we flash back to the young queen before she was the queen, balancing bowls on her shoulders.

It’s also the name Shin writes now, at the temple for his yearly sojourn.

Sunny asks Reaper for his real name, promising not to laugh even if it’s old-fashioned. Reaper hesitates, not knowing how to respond.

At the temple, Shin writes a second name, his eyes taking on a particularly pained look.

Flashback. Back in his human days, Shin had been presented with his shiny new sword by the young king, who said he was giving it to him with both anger and concern. He’d told Shin to go far away and not return, and Shin protested that he’d done everything the king asked of him, that this was his country and that his sister and his people were here. The king noted that Shin’s thoughts were the king’s concerns (as in, he’s overstepping), and had made it an order.

In the present, Shin continues writing the second name. As he does, a sharp pain shoots through Reaper’s chest, as though Shin’s brushstrokes are stabs instead. Sunny reaches over to help him, but Reaper jerks away and stares into her eyes until her eyes go slack. He informs her that they never met today, and apologizes for not seeing her home.

Back at home, Eun-tak wonders where Shin has gone.

Deok-hwa accompanies Shin to the temple, recalling his grandfather telling him to remember this day well in the years he serves Shin. Grandfather explains that these people are longtime debts of Shin’s heart, and when Deok-hwa asks about the sword in Shin’s chest, Grandfather tells him sternly not to talk about that with Shin.

Shin attaches those two names to a lantern (Kim Sun for the queen, Wang Yeo for the king) and sends it into the sky. Grandfather’s voice explains that the sword is Shin’s prize and punishment, both his reason for living and the key to his extinction.

As Eun-tak walks down the street that night, Shin’s voice narrates, “You, who are my life and my death. I like you. Because of that, I harbor a secret and ask the heavens for permission. To keep you from knowing for another day, to keeping you from knowing for a hundred years.”

Shin watches her pass the storefront of his favorite bookstore, and starts to follow her out. But suddenly, the bookshelves move of their own accord, closing in around him, trapping him in a box. And then the bookcases on the end lift upward, revealing a figure in red. Samshin Grandma.

Reaper looks at the queen’s portrait again, thinking that something went awry somewhere, and that this person is the source of it.

After waiting all evening for Shin to come home, Eun-tak goes to Reaper to ask something that’s been niggling at her. She recalls Shin alluding to having to go farther away once he met his bride, and asks Reaper specifically what happens when the sword is removed. Where will he be going?

Samshin Grandma tells Shin, “Pull out that sword soon. Remove it, and return to nothingness.” He asks for a reason, and she says he’s lived long enough. She adds that she was happy when Eun-tak lived, and tells him to make his decision.

“It’s ironic,” he says. “I don’t know what decision you’re telling me to make. When I was born as Kim Shin, you would have blessed me. Am I not your child?” She replies that that’s why she’s telling him this, for the good of her child, Kim Shin. She says he’ll get what he wants most—for Eun-tak to live.

And then she drops the bomb: “If you do not return to nothingness, Eun-tak will die.”

At the same time, Eun-tak gets her own bomb dropped, and hears that Shin will die when the sword is pulled.

Samshin Grandma says that Eun-tak was born with the fate to pull that sword—and that Shin made her have that fate when he saved her life. If a tool is unable to fulfill its intended purpose, it loses its value and reason for existence. “Therefore, if you don’t pull that sword out, death will keep coming for her,” she warns. “It will have already happened many times.”

Suddenly the bus crash makes sense, and Samshin Grandma says even bigger, more powerful accidents will come—and that Shin nearly killed her with his own hands.

A tear falls from Shin’s eye as he narrates, “After living a hundred years, on just the right day… It was first love. That I may confess it, I ask the heavens for permission.”

 
COMMENTS

Plot twist! I like this new discovery, which adds a Final Destination-esque dash of morbid whimsy to the mythology, although I can’t help feeling that this drama saves all its plot for the last ten minutes of every episode. I don’t mind this tendency quite as much on funny days, because this show works wonderfully for me as a comedy—it’s quirky and dry in a very fresh way—but I’m less thrilled on days that are more emotion-based, because I actually have a hard time feeling the emotion in this story.

It’s a pretty fun world with interesting fantasy elements, and I like all of that, but I’m having a hard time getting into this show, and I keep wanting the plot to mooooove. The overlong episodes and the slow pace make me antsy, even though I keep waiting to fall in love with the show, like I feel like I’m meant to. But the plot tends to run in circles and waits a lot, pausing frequently to draw on the melo line. Which is great if you love the melo line, but not if you don’t feel the romance, which is where I am. It isn’t gratuitous in the way The K2 was gratuitous—a glut of flash and sizzle—but I find it gratuitous in the way it wallows in sentimentality, so much so that it has the opposite effect of removing me from it entirely. I can see how, if the sentimentality works for you, it could be quite moving—but on the flipside, if it doesn’t, it starts to feel tedious.

I keep trying to figure out what isn’t working for me, because I like all of the ingredients of the show separately. I guess it’s not my brand of soup. I like all the characters, and they’re all wonderfully played, but Reaper’s the only one who tugs my heartstrings, so the rest of it tends to feel distant and glossy.

But I do really love the Reaper, and for being such a terrible person in Shin’s original life, he’s quite moving now, in a version of himself that’s been stripped of memory and baggage. My interpretation of the reaper system is that Reaper’s personality is essentially intact, and that he just doesn’t know anything of his past life. But of course, that past life is so full of emotional scars and pain that not having a recollection of them would make him fundamentally a different person now, without them. It seems that Shin had trusted the king before the king had been poisoned by his advisor, and he’d told us that he’d never seen all that jealousy and fear directed at him. So I read the king as someone who could have been decent and warm, the way I see Reaper now, and it also explains why Reaper has this childlike innocence about him. I just want so much for him to heal that rift and be best buddies with Shin, because better 900 years late than never.

Now that the Reaper’s and Sunny’s identities have been cleared up, the question we turn to now is what comes of their reincarnations and why they’re meeting again. I’m also curious as to the mechanism for reincarnation in this world, since we’ve seen souls move on to the afterlife and presumably not return again. Do reincarnated souls have unfinished business? What gives them the chance to come back in a new form, as opposed to, say, ghosts that don’t even make it that far because they haven’t even left their first life behind? Will resolving their issue allow them to move on for good?

We also turn to the issue of dual sacrifice, now that one must die for the other to live: I can see both Eun-tak and Shin being unwilling to pull the figurative trigger and take the other’s life, so I’m bracing for a bout of noble idiocy and hoping it’s not too epic. It’s totally in character for them to be self-sacrificing, but when two people are determined to die to save each other, we’ve got just as good a shot of both of them dying. And wouldn’t that be a drag? Can we tackle this problem with more laughs and less tears, pretty please with a cherry on top?

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SHARE A SUBWAY, SAVE A LIFE.

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Subway was way to jealous of Maxim and wanted to up the game!!!Who needs a Chrstmas Miracle when u can give all year long a Subway sandwich and save a life!And it comes in all sizes and flavours

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What a tearjerker episode! T_T

1. Tear of jealousy - the PPL really got me. I dream of Subway sandwiches... but I dunno what to do. There's no Subway in my country! *sigh*
2. Tear of shock - the high schooler ghost and the accident victims were so in bad condition. T_T
3. Tear of sadness - why the hopes have to be shutdown that fast. Eun-tak and Kim Shin, Grim Reaper and Sunny, their love were just blooming. Their progress were slow (but sure) but the reality isn't that patient. They have to wake up.

마음이 아프다...

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Tear of happiness - when goblin intervened and stopped the bus ( and that lil kid)

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This drama has a message that indirect advertising is included.
It is displayed before the start of the drama.
Historical drama in Korea is produced directly by the station, and the remaining drama
Dramatic professional outsourcer procures production costs directly without broadcasting station support.
So, before the start of broadcasting, there is an indirect advertisement.
Reducing risk at the station, saving money on the budget,

This drama is a romantic comedy category in Europe and North America
I can think of childish.
There are many genre drama in Japan and Korea.

I understand English is awkward.

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I just choked with water while reading this

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yes, you can choke with water

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It would be nice if I could have my Subway sandwich together with a cup of Maxim coffee.

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And this is how Subway has just stolen the show. It hits you hard when the first comment to a recap is about Subway and not the show itself.

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Had you been eating a Subway sandwich instead, you would not have had this problem.

Subway does not choke you.

Subway SAVES.

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This is why Subway should have its own category at Dramabeans Awards. Why Dramabeannies, why...not!?

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The acting of subway makes other actors' acting look like nothing, subway keeps the relevancee in every drama, that's why subway-ssi gets casted, to keep 'em classy.

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Absolutely. Best Subway ppl.

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LMAO yes! The first time Shin used the word "sandwich" to connote miracle/helping hand from a god I knew it's bound to happen.

Also LMAO with that montage CFs of products that Gong Yoo endorses. The Body Ship, Iloom... it was hilarious because hello! obvious PPL but I then liked how it was connected with Shin doing and failing at day job. They don't hold back with these PPLs but they sure are entertaining and inserted well in the scenes imo.

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That montage was hilarious, not so much the 5 seconds of it as the thought that this is probably what a bunch of CFs for Gong Yoo might look like in the very near future!

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I'm glad that you find it entertaining...cause I was about to throw a towel on my laptop when they did the whole train of PPL. Seriously! That's wayyyy too many blatant PPLs in one episode. But I guess someone has to pay for all those cars they blow up.

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I laughed so hard at the Body Shop PPL. When I was in Korea recently, there were Gong Yoo standees and posters and Goblin OSTs being blasted in the Body Shop outlets. I knew that the PPL was coming, but to show a blatant half hearted promo was unexpected.

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Throw a towel you said? You know, the show might have just the towel suggestion for you.

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If you noticed - Discovery Expedition did their part too. Grim reaper was wearing the jacket in one part.

I think most products of Gong Yoo's endorsement is in it. Iloom, Body Shop, Discovery Expedition, Maxim.

I bet Subway is in the queue to ask him to be their next ambassador ?

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Even Dramafever is a sponsor. I saw their banner at the end of the episode.

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Were the towels PPL's too? Cause i saw embroideries but could not make out what it meant. And what exactly is ILOOM? I researched and it looked like one of those "looms" with threads that girls would make bracelets and whatnot with it (circa 90's and early 2000's), but no actual bracelet or "loomed" product. Is Maserati a sponsor too? Isn't it what Goblin drives???

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My rough guess is its a furniture company....like IKEA maybe?

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@rungirlrun

Wow, I like your name ^^

iloom is a furniture company in Korea. It's something like Ikea.. Korean style ㅋㅋㅋ

If we were to notice all the sponsor.. its gonna be one whole long list. Yes, they are all driving Meserati.. and wearing Tag Heuer watches.

Gong Yoo's coats is all sponsored by high end brands.. Lavine, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana.. etc. In another site I read, someone commented that he don't wear local (Korean) brands. LOL.

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Ah.. About that towels.. I'm still wondering about Bamboo Panda.. never heard of that brand before..

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Most of the Korean drama PPLs don't seem relevant to me. I am not into designer clothes, shoes etc. and the only coffee I like is Dunkin Donuts, not the fancy coffee shop concoctions. But the blatant the Bodyshop plug in for White Musk got me excited. White Musk has been my staple perfume for the last 10 years. It is just fantastic! So, Gong Yoo or no Gong Yoo....I am excited to see one reasonably priced product on the show that I can relate to.

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time for me to pop by Body Shop and test the White Musk..

this is what PPLs in drama does to a person.. :P

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Dang! This eps should be aired last week, so I could suggest the mothers in charity group to prepare Subway instead of hot meal for the unfortunate people. Too late, Subway... Next time perhaps.

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how to be a 938-year-old guardian 101: feed subways (with all vegetables?!??)

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I nearly shat myself during that scene. SUBWAY: A NEW LEASE ON LIFE. LITERALLY GOD'S GIFT TO MANKIND.

But I worry for the show-runners: how on earth are they going to one-up this one?! Maybe Eun Tak will pull out the sword, and it turns out to be a giant subway.

omg instead of a tea room the entrance to paradise when Eun Tak & Goblin are both dead is a subway store. They climb towards the divine via huge tomato slices.

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Lol that would be epic

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???? thank you I needed that after today's tearjerker!!!

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I've had the worst day ever and your comment just made me lol so hard, so thank you!

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Awww </3 <3 here's a Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to you!!

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I'm hoping for a Truck of Doom with the Subway logo painted on its side

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OMG YES.

Here is your order of "PARADISE".

AND ITS A SANDWICH

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I'm so sick of the subway PPL I'm not going to eat another subway sandwich for the rest of my life.

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I'm trying to solve a mystery: why is it that I no longer want Subways, but still crave Korean food? Technically kdramas have been huge PPLs for the Korean food industry, especially overseas, where I swear in the last decade Korean restaurants have become so much more prominent in the public gastronomic consciousness. But see, even though I know I'm being sorta played, I've never minded random eating scenes with random closeups of random slices of Korean bbq pork belly. Yet Subway though. I never want another sandwich for the rest of my consenting adult life (i.e. not unless I get into a traffic accident and Korean doctors force feed me a Sub via feeding tube).

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Hahahaha

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I am really serious. The more I see it the more I dislike it lol.

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The Ppl who have made korean food popular do not watch dramas. They are not evev from korea. They are american food critics and hipster asian american chefs

a genre of food isnt product placement

as for nasty Subway being ubiquitous on korean tv i suppose Samsung or another chaebol must own korean franchise rights

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i honestly can't recall a korean drama PPL that has been as nonstop (across tvn shows anyway), glaringly obvious, and curiously obnoxious as subway's.

i think subway is a special case because subway sells ONLY sandwiches. all the other food PPLs like coffee, ice cream, and sweet treats are tolerable and fly fairly under the radar because people do go out to these sorts of places all the time. in fact, i hardly give these scenes a second thought unless they're actually zooming up on a brand logo. but who really makes an excursion out of going to a subway and eating there? it's more of an order and go sort of place.

i have to admit, the subway stuff was actually effective on me earlier in the year. i hadn't eaten one in years and seeing it made me want to try some again. i think i went three times purely as a result of watching kdramas. but after the horrible PPL in the K2 and now goblin (though i'll say in goblin it's nowhere near as bad as it was in the K2), i'm getting turned off by it.

it's not really subway's fault. it's just the nature of the brand... it's hard to insert it naturally as you would an ice cream or coffee ppl. i'd actually goblin is not doing a bad job, but it IS annoying having seen subway all year.

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I'm amazed by the creative forces in Korea to make Subway PPL's endlessly facetious. I don't think Hollywood could do it.

Speaking of Hollywood, has it become second rate at this point? : http://www.ibtimes.co.in/gong-yoos-goblin-being-eyed-by-hollywood-producers-708370

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Hollywood has a long history of plucking ideas from other film/tv industries (europe usually). It's not surprising that with the popularity of Asian dramas they would take up Goblin.

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Thank you for posting this link. Keanu Reeves as Kim Shin?! I don't think so. And I say this with 10 years of Keanu REEVES

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Aish! I meant to say with 10 years ok Keanu infatuated goggles!

By the way, i couldn't stop laughing at the passionate outpour of comments about Subway for the first half of Goblin's comment section.

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He is terrible. I don't get why he is popular in Asia.

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The whole idea of Keanu Reeves is just jarring. Is that what Hollywood can come up with as a leading man?

I still want to see a Sandman series. This whole show is a ripoff of Sandman. The whole Sandman series/ movie idea has been going on and off for many years.

Sandman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDdfYZkN_tI

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Hollywood is second rate. It ran out of ideas long ago. Everything is sequals and rebates. If not for Marvel and Transformers and Star Wars what would Hollywood have been the past decade?

As for Korean remakes everyone in Hollywood has points. Theres a literal cottage industry of guys pitching Korean dramas every pilot season. Its like in the 2000s with British reality (American idol, DWTS, Millionaire, etcetc)

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No.

Eat Subway.

It can bring you back to life.

(According to The K2)

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lol

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"Subway is Life."

How much does Subway pay for all this. They must pay a lot???

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Subway, third wheeling on OTP dates since 2008.

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Some thoughts:

1) If a deity who meets with you is carrying a Subway, you know you're being saved from something. Be grateful.

2) Reapers won't ever be seen gathering in a Subway store. Cause Subway = good omen

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In the world of sandwiches and burgers and fast food,

they must have nicknamed Sub

"The sandwich that should not be named"

and the world of fast food awaits... the birth of their own harry potter that would put an end to the absolute power and reign of He who must not be named...

Free them from the darkness and constant threat of overriding content, characters, everything to promote itself..

It is so dangerous that it can threaten ruining the entire drama by pulling its hand from it .. arrgh..

Where are you james and lilly potter?? .. copulate quickly

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I didnt know that a Subway sandwich can literally save a life until this episode. Haha.

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LMAO, seems about right the way our newest sleek, shiny dramas are framing it.

It really is getting ridiculous though to the point that I'm fixated on why the heck it's Subway again instead on the scene. Like almost-suicide daddy made me roll my eyes because...Subway.
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This drama has a message that indirect advertising is included.
It is displayed before the start of the drama.
Historical drama in Korea is produced directly by the station, and the remaining drama
Dramatic professional outsourcer procures production costs directly without broadcasting station support.
So, before the start of broadcasting, there is an indirect advertisement.
Reducing risk at the station, saving money on the budget,

This drama is a romantic comedy category in Europe and North America
I can think of childish.
There are many genre drama in Japan and Korea.

I understand English is awkward.

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Great drama! Having lots of fun watching this. After reading this post about Goblins, I found that there were some parts that made so much more sense. http://koreanhistoricaldramas.com/korean-folklore-goblins-and-other-beings/
The song the Grim Reaper was singing was an actual kids song! I didn't know!!

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왕여(王黎) ( Wang Yeu) Koryu King name

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ugh what are you doing to me?!

so much happened in this episode. we got a final conformation for the whole reincarnation with sunny and reaper and that final ending. how do i function after that? shin has to die for euntak to live and euntak has to die for shin to live. just kill me already.

and all the cute in this episode. reaper and dokhwa on damage control. shin revenge on taehee oppa, hah. shin's confession.

man, friday can't come soon enough.

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Agh seriously!!!

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i thought i had seen Ji Eun Tak acting style somewhere before.. She acting reek of Jung Ryeo Won acting style.. And its very cute too. both of them..

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I do also wish the storyline would move. It's like whoa start, wut middle, then whoa ending. (Grim Reaper is love though! <3 Cute!)

Strangely, when Samshin Grandma said Eun Tak was a tool with a purpose, and she will die if she does not fulfill that purpose... it reminded me of the vanishing manhwa characters from W-Two Worlds

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I just binged W last week so that premise reminded me of that too!

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It reminds of My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho. Cos one of the main OTP would be dead too.

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Thanks for the recap JB!

I maintain that the Goblin team is reading our comments...
Is the Reaper really the Queen?
Can a Sub confer life instead of death?
What will the slew of CFs for Gong Yoo start to look like in the aftermath of Dokkebi?
It's all so hilariously meta.

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Jajaja...The Reaper is point blank the King,i sense he reacted when Shin wrote the King name at the temple..i bet from now one he will start to remember little by little who he really is...I'm quite curious if his personality will change after he regains his past life memories...I don't really want him to change his charming and weird personality...

Guess i watched too many dramas but i never had a doubt about The Reaper and Sunny's true identities from ep 1, that is if one didn't read the early on char. descriptions...

Really laughed at Shin the Salesman and Eun Tak saying he lacks brain cells,those are hilarious,she always succedes in punching that huge bubble of ego that he has...Also how sad is that her only friend is a ghost,and one that i hint hides as well some secret refering her death...For a moment i belived she was in the same one as her Mom but i remember it was night when it happened back then and in September so kinda excuded...

Jealous and petty Shin are THE BEST!!!I always laugh seeing him being so childish,also telling her out of the blue he likes her...

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It's just that they seem to deal with the fan theories in the first 15 minutes before moving on with the episode! Even the previous one, where Shin asks Grandpa if he has already burned the scroll... I could swear there was a comment describing a similar scene :)

Yeah, it seems Euntak's only friends are ghosts... So much so that when an ordinary classmate makes conversation I wonder whether she's Samshin Halmi in disguise :p

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Actually, i thought the classmate is a ghost. She is dead already, that's why she will not be able to find out if she shortlisted by the university of her choice ...

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Nope she's not a ghost unless she recently died.

Bcoz i remember clearly she helped Eun Tak to out those chubby bully girl to their teacher.

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Haha, yeah! I think the Goblin team's got a couple people diggin' through netizens' comments so they can address it in the episodes. When Deok-hwa thought that Grims could be Shin's sister and suggested Grims call Shin "oraboni," I was like, HA, somebody's been reading online theories!

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Now I'm picturing all the reaper guys in black sitting in a subway shop scouring the internet for comments...
...then taking notes on who is getting too close and has to be silenced :)

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Watch ur back!
Did u feel like u may talk to someone but u didn't recall what u're talking about?
Lol.
Or that could be Secretary Army that check every site.

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if that was the case, then It'd be insane for the casts & crews to finsh producing 2 episodes/week after researching netizens' reactions. I mean, researching viewer's reactions, re-writing script for up-coming episode, having actors memorize & execute it perfectly, and then editing for a 1 hour length-worth show (all those works in 1 week) is just too much to pull off. Plus, if giving in to audiences feedback and do as their please would totally destroy the consistency of storytelling.

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This is so sad. Either he dies, or she dies. Of course now that Eun Tak knows the real reason, she probably wouldn't want to pull out the sword... and he wouldn't want her to die, so he has to get her to take it out.

And poor Reaper. So Sunny is Goblin's sister and Reaper's the King.

This is 10x hard to watch now. No one gets to be together ?

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I know... I'm hoping for some sort of happy ending I signed up for epic but not for melo :'(

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I was waiting for Grims to say to Eun-tak, "Now look into my eyes..." and erase her memory of him revealing the true meaning behind the sword-pulling. I wonder if he's gonna do it in the next ep? I hope not because I actually want her to know and while I know that'll pile onto the angst, I just don't want her to be in the dark about something that's literally life and death.

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Yeah... I don't want her to un-know it either. But seeing how much pain Shin is in from the sword may eventually convince her to pull it out.
Plus, Samshin Halmi is right, in that Shin having long life, money and supernatural powers really gives him a dangerously unfair advantage over all other living beings, and even over the beings of death. Perhaps it's right for him to give it up, even if blackmail is the only way to get him to do it, and even if it's crushingly unfair that just as he is beginning to find love, he must end his life.
Perhaps at the end they will find that the gods sometimes have mercy, and it won't be all bad... Right?

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Right! ? We can only hope! ??? but it's exactly like you said, that "just as he's beginning to find love, he has to end his life," makes it so damn sad. I just can't.

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I dont think any human in history envy Shin in anyway despite his awesome powers that overpower Grim reapers work of life, death, change destiny.

I mean its beyond tragic to live 900 years without loving someone, lonely, eternal pain because of a curse because he was a good loyal soldier who was betrayed, got his family killed. 900 years of pointless, dead like life.....

Then he can get the first woman he every loved killed because he wants to live.¨

Shin is tragic figure beyond epic proportions that makes the usual human mundane life of 100 years looks so wonderful in comparison.

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And to know that the god in the drama is testing shin by tempting him to live with his first love who'll put end to is immortality.

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The god in Goblin seems to the cruel, toying with human like the ones in Greek tragedies. I mean its like lets toy with Shin he cant die unless he has to lose even more by falling for someone, feeling more alive, better than ever but he cant have a second of happiness. Like torturing him before its his time to die.

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I thought it would be the grandson slipping.

I also forgot Reaper couldn't control her, so I was waiting for him to try to erase her memory as well. I think it would have been funny, actually, if HE forgot and only told her to get it off his chest before making her forget only to realize he can't make her forget.

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There is no way reaper is going to erase her memory unless she permits him to.

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That was not an attempt at control, just telepathy. He was trying to sneakily tell her KS' secret via mental thoughts, but she can't read his mind like him & KS do to each other, cuz she's not immortal like them. Now if he were to directly ~command her out loud.. that would be different!

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Ah, yes, good point! Good point! ???

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Reaper technically didn't tell her anything.

Eun Tak guess it all from the clues she's been thinking and Reaper dead sad expression.

Lastly Reaper just give a tiny nod.

Well..that's maybe the only give away he did of Goblin sword secret.

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Yes it will be hard to watch for now on :'(

I didn't expect the melo. Agh!

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I believe grim reaper can't erase euntak's memory since she is the missing soul..

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I can't wait for KS n Sny meeting.
Will he recognize that she's the incarnation of her sister if they meet randomly?

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This is what im looking forward to see too :)

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Either one of them have to die, how sad.... And now we are more or less confirmed that the Reaper was the King and Sunny was the Queen (younger sister of KS).

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I heard this writer has never done a sad ending? Can someone correct me? Personally, I really don't care. Why do people care?

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This episode brought to you by Subway and The Body Shop.

Serious question: What is the plural for Grim Reaper? Are they a brace? A flock? Or, pun intended, a murder of Grims Reaper? Grim Reapers?

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I know it's Grim Reapers but i'm not native so might be wrong

on a off topic i named Grimmy out adorable oddball,it's easier

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A Doom of Grim Reapers? A Portent of them?

The alliteration of a gaggle is nice although it doesn't sound quite serious enough, does it?

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A troop of grim reapers.

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So Shin calls Reaper 'Saja' now (sometimes) which is short for jeoseung saja 저승 사자...literally, hell lion or afterlife lion, which adds up to Grim Reaper.

**And** saja can mean lion, too...so a Pride of Reapers? ?

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Saja also translates as 'messenger', which is probably (ok, definitely ? ) more correct than 'lion'...but I like thinking 'hell lion', so there you go.
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The Grim reapers here are sort of bureaucrats so I'll go with a "shuffle of Grim Reapers."
ψ(`∇´)ψ

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I wouldn`t mind some Goblin - Sunny siblings bickering... ;)

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Oh, haha, that'd be so much fun! I can't wait for them to meet! Then double date! Yayayayay!

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Me too,me too!
Really can't wait Sunny meets Dokkaebi Oppa.

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Yes, double date. Perhaps at the Subway store and by the end of the 939th episode haha

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Probably my favorite truck of doom scene. Who knew I would not be laughing my butt off on an incoming truck of doom. This one must be special because I was truly on pins and needles when the whole scene played out. It was intense on so many levels that I was. And with all those grim reapers waiting to collect souls /goosebumps LOVED IT!

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Ikr!? Same! I watched (and watched and watched) the previews for this ep, so I saw the Truck of Doom coming, but who knew it'd be another plot twist?! I was expecting Eun-tak to be in danger and hurt, causing Shin to come to the rescue, but never would've guessed the possibilities of things to go THAT BAD and that Shin would meddle into human affairs, yet again! Oy vey.

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Who knew our beloved truck of doom could make such an impactful (pun intended) scene? From all those crosswalk crashes, drunken stupor stupidity, smartphone idiocy and blind walking because writer nim just needs an accident included on the script, this particular scene felt more like a music video than it did a kdrama. (Insert EXO)

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Now I ACTUALLY want an MV by EXO where they'll stop the truck of doom by their supernatural powers. They haven't used their powers for a long time. It'll be great to see them compete against Our great goblin Kim Shin.

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But it was so sad that the mother and her baby were definitely on the front line waiting for the truck. ?

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Enough of the Subway PPL already! It's ruining my viewing experience!

Anyway, I don't really get it. ET's fate was to pull the sword.

If she doesn't , then her existence wouldn't mean anything and she would die (which also explains why her birthmark is vanishing + all the incidents).
But if she does pull the sword, then she would have fulfilled her fate, and then what? Will she be able to live? She wouldn't have a "purpose" anymore. Or would she only be to live until she's 29?
What are the Goblin and his bride going to do ?!

Thanks for the quick recap, JB, especially in these times of holidays!

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Yup, this episode is PPL galore, and it's super annoying and distracting. When Shin handed that sandwich (which brand should't be mention) to the suicidal man, I screamed at my screen with frustration. Not necessary at all. You can see that the sponsors are so greedy and thirsty for more screen time that they resort to this.

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Oddly, I'm quite alright with the PPLs. In my country, ads usually take so long that we forget the actual show we're watching. The running time usually of a show would be 20 mins only but with ads, it spans from 40 mins to an hour. So if there are more PPLs and less ads, I'd be okay with it, because at least there's more story moving and less "buy me!" At least Subway is trying to make the product relevant to the story?

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we're the same. I don't mind it at all. It's not like they had to make a 180 degree just to make a PPL happen. I don't mind a show eating icecream or sandwiches or even spraying perfumes. Lol.

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That hilarious.. Hahaha

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Are you from Indonesia? I would rather watch ads within the drama rather than PPL in my drama. PPL often distract the whole flow of the story.

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Now now...
Indonesian folks gather to share the pain. Now that I am more glued to my laptop, I couldn't afford to switch on tv at all just to watch an endless ads.

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yeah.. as a indonesian, i'd better download a kdrama and watch it on laptop or computer..
the ads is often too long.. imagine.,, the drama will air around 2 - 3 minutes, after that the ads will take over for almost 5 minutes long.. ahhahahahaa.. so i think, the PPL is still acceptable,., but sure, it's quite annoying to always see SUBWAY sandwich everywhere and wondering, is there any othe sandwich shop besides SUBWAY in korea? hahahaha...

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Ha! I was thinking the same, "Is Honeybee Indonesian?".

Anyway, I prefer watching a drama with PPLs but ONLY with those subtly inserted. But again, who can blame Subway-god if he is the one who drops the money from the heaven in order to present this goblin's tragic love (and countless wrecked cars) to us? I just hope he doesn't abuse his power that much…

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Wow i just forgot my own country's shows which have 10 min worth of run time and 20 mins ads. Considering the many years of TV watching I've done bearjng all that, I don't deserve to get mad at K-PPLs at all. I would take Korean style of PPL anyday over that.
Also Goblin's PPLs though distractingly on the face, don't interfere with the plot. I don't mind much.

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I think she will pull the sword and Goblin will no longer be immortal. He will die and return to ashes after he lives as a normal human being (hopefully with Eun-tak) or I'll curse these fantasy Gods for being so cruel.

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I prefer this kind of ending.. But Kim shin premonition make me less excited about it.. Oh well..

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I'm hoping that the writer has more up her sleeves because this is too simple.

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I love this ending! And this is the only way the deity can somehow repay Goblin and also Eun Tak.

But what will happy to Sunny and the Reaper?

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Maybe they'll run off like the other reaper when he found his wife.

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Heol. Reaper would have to file a missing person but he hates those kind of paperwork. ?

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I still think its the sword that will turn into ashes not Shin. All the while we were led to believe Shin was being punished by the gods, but I still think it's more a redemption than it is a punishment. That sword is cursed and in a way it controlled Shin. 900 years of repentance should be enough for him to get a second chance of living his life's purpose and a first chance at love. But then again, how many kdrama finales have we all watched and regretted watching??

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Autumn in my heart still hurt me to this day.. Everyone are dead.. Hate that..

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A cremated human body returns to ashes (ashes to ashes and dust to dust). That's what happens to our human physical bodies after we die.

I don't even know for sure if this sword is real or just symbolic. It's magical to me from a fantasy point of view.

Anyway, that's just my take.

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That Soompi forum just goes on and on and on...

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I'm allright with ppl in this episode. Its quite funny actually. And for the subway ppl in suicidal man, I find okay not that annoying or particularly good, just okay. I just find it that those things were ppl while watching it again on youtube and reading comments here and there

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I wish I met a goblin when I was 7 who could make our piano disappear.

But then my Mom would go crazy, and he'd probably give it back anyway, so maybe no.

The plot twist, boy, am I an easy target with this.

So being together is like their worst nightmare, as well as the best years of their lives?

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Haha, I just talked to a mom who makes her 4 year old practice piano 45 min a day, and brings a portable electone on holiday so the girl can practice... I bet that 4 year old wants the piano gone.....

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I'm going to say what I said already, I'm pretty fine with the plot move, because the way the writer share with us the daily and mundane life of these characters is a must for me, yeah, there is a plot to follow and move towards to, but following strictly it's incredibly soul-less for me, I need to watch and extra besides the plot, I need to watch a normal-not-so-normal daily life of the characters so I can feel more ''close'' to them.
I think it's important to follow the plot, but just pointing to that is forced to me, what makes this drama so enjoyable is to see how they manage their daily lifes, and how fun/sad they feel, how they spend their time, that's my favorite thing of goblin, we're not just follow around a story, the writer is letting us know their personalities too and their lives.
I know that the drama needs to follow the plot line, but what makes me feel closer it's how we can appreciate many sides of them in random situations, it feels like you're really a part of their lives, like you are really there, that's my pov~.
thank you for this review javabeans! merry christmas to you all♥

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I agree!! This is what I love most about Goblin. And I think that this is something KES does so well in her dramas. She tends to pull away the plot for a bit to give us character interaction before engaging the plot again.
I enjoy it a lot. Please don't change Goblin.

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Exactly my thoughts. I am enjoying each episode thoroughly, actually, more and more. I'm totally addicted, and have no complaints about the story or pace. I've also rediscovered my love for Gong Yoooooooooo!

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rambutan, by any chance are u malaysian?

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Yes. :)

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Hai there Malaysian.

Good to see fellow Malaysian lurking in Dramabeans.

Dah ketagih cita Goblin ni.

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well that's the thing,
it because it wasn't well balance that it divided people,
if you like it then it's good,
for me it's too much
I've seen the same bickering for 7 episode and I don't need more,
it's good for between but when the opening and the ending is the only worth plot moving,
don't you think people have a right to say that it's too much?

it become less enjoyable since ep 4, then 5 then 6 then now it just becomes repetitive and when you can't feel it again,
it just go nowhere and the cliffhanger is now seems like a clickbait for the next episode rather than a question viewer like to see to be answered.

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just as you have the right to say it, OP has the right to give his/her opinion too, so i'm not too sure what your sentence "don't you think people have a right to say that it's too much" means because OP sure didn't say anything against people expressing their feelings to the contrary.

what you said is your own opinion of course for your last two sentence. but clearly OP disagrees so just state your opinion as OP did instead of putting out that as if its a fact that it is "less enjoyable" and [the story] "go[es] nowhere"!

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my point is too many people (or like a lot of people) try to abort the idea that people who complaints about plot is nitpicking,
almost all the comment is about how it's still enjoyable and the people who want a plot ask too much, how the PPL that just obvious not bother them cause they love the oppa face on screen
see around and what people typed,
it's all about criticising people who love it before that have no right to said that they get bored

here I am trying to type what make me bored because I need them to read that even with all the justification and all the new comment about what makes them love the drama,
it's not gonna be the same with other people and just because the recapper also felt it too much doesn't mean it's wrong,

It's like the costumer that just need to accept every food and every drink the series/place offer and when you said no since you can't taste the food anymore, other customer gaze and blatanly chew their food open loud to make sure that the food is still so tasty and you need to leave immediately without making any uncomfortable complaint since the loud chewing is the validation of tasty food,

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* plot is nitpicking, ---> plot and nitpicking it,