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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 9

Our goblin gets a much-needed wakeup call when his lack of honesty nets results he clearly wasn’t ready for, and though he still might not understand the why of it enough to change how he shares his information, it’s forward movement nonetheless. And while Goblin loves to wallow, we at least get from one side of the emotional spectrum to the other in one episode, which delivers quite literally on the phrase “something for everyone.”

Note: Since javabeans and girlfriday are up to their eyeballs in awards ceremony coverage, gummimochi and I will be filling in this week. You’ll get them back, we promise!

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

Haltingly, Eun-tak asks Reaper if it’s true that Shin will disappear if she pulls out the sword, and Reaper gravely confirms that that’s the fate of the goblin’s bride.

“If you pull out that sword,” Reaper says, “He will become dust and wind and scatter. He’ll disappear from this world or perhaps go into another world, forever.” In his usual dry way, he comforts her by telling her that it’s not her fault, while solemnly insisting upon his own innocence in keeping her in the dark. That, he claims, was Shin’s doing, and all he did was give her the answer she sought.

And, he adds that he’s on her side even now, which Eun-tak thanks him for even through her tears. She sobs as she tries to pack her things in her room, crying that this place wasn’t her home after all. “It seems I won’t have a place to call home in this lifetime,” she cries, before gathering Mr. Buckwheat and the rest of her things to go.

After telling Shin of Eun-tak’s fate to constantly face death if she doesn’t pull out the sword, Samshin Grandma leaves the bookstore, encountering Deok-hwa outside. She asks him if he wants to have a drink because she’s so upset, and he agrees—but only if she’s buying, since he still doesn’t have a credit card.

While Shin contemplates asking heaven for one hundred years to confess his love to Eun-tak, Eun-tak remembers the kind words Shin had said to her right before he thought he’d disappear, now recognizing them for what they were: words of farewell.

We see the note she left on her door announcing her departure from the house before cutting back to Eun-tak. It starts to rain, and Eun-tak looks up to the sky and cries. In voiceover, Reaper narrates that on that day, Eun-tak is said to have walked through a “certain someone’s” tears for a long while.

Shin storms out of Eun-tak’s empty room, worrying that she’s run away. Reaper tries to tell him what happened, but Shin’s out before he can, using the front door as an interdimensional portal to check all the places where he thought she’d be.

Unable to find her, Shin asks the ghosts that regularly haunt Eun-tak for help, but none of them have seen her. Shin finally asks Reaper to tell him where Eun-tak works part-time, and Reaper hands over a coupon for the chicken shop, as though he were waiting for this question.

Turns out, he was, since he confesses to telling Eun-tak the truth about the sword. When Shin demands to know why, Reaper says it’s because he’s on her side, and explains simply, “I don’t want you to die.” He’s quick to deadpan that those words don’t hold any special meaning—it’s only that he’d be bored if Shin were to die. Suuure.

“You can get mad at me if you want,” Reaper ventures, but Shin blusters that he can’t very well get mad at him now that he’s switched from telling him to die to now wanting him not to die. He storms out in a huff, and Reaper belatedly realizes that they’re actual friends now. Aw.

Shin goes to the chicken shop only to find a sign that they’re hiring part-timers, but as he leaves, he passes Sunny. He sees her future, where she tells Reaper never to contact her again, and in the present, they both stop once they reach a certain distance.

Sunny turns around, looks straight at him, and says, “Oraboni?” Recognizing ye olde term as one his sister would have used with him, Shin looks at her curiously. But the archaic word just seems to be part of Sunny’s normal repertoire. She only addressed him because she thought he was looking for a part-time job, ha.

When he says he was looking for a part-timer who worked at the shop, Sunny suspiciously wonders why someone wearing the expensive clothes he’s in would need anything from a mere part-timer. Is he, perhaps, the one who made her cry?

“She was crying?” Shin asks, which only confirms Sunny’s suspicions. She launches into a tirade against him, demanding to know if he sent Eun-tak away because he was married or something. “We’re not yet wed, but I do have a bride, so I guess you could say that,” Shin replies. Gah, now is not the time to be obtuse!

At home, Reaper asks if Shin has found Eun-tak yet, to which Shin strangely replies that Reaper should get his paperwork in order when it comes to her, that way she’ll no longer be a missing soul. Reaper says Shin may as well just wish for her death, but there’s a logic to his request: Unless she becomes official with an official date of death that they can see, then neither of them can save her.

Reaper refuses to believe that Eun-tak could die anytime soon, since he personally vows to not to take her life. Shin just sighs that there must be greater forces at work, wondering how it is that a goblin and grim reaper can’t even save one girl.

At least this gives Reaper the impetus to file the paperwork at Subway, and he puts the hustle on his hoobae to get it done asap. When his hoobae questions the circumstances regarding Eun-tak as the goblin’s bride, Reaper uses his powers of persuasion to basically tell his hoobae to shut up and eat his sandwich. (They’ve already paid for it with their souls.)

Shin finds Eun-tak’s classmate looking for her at her old house, since the college entrance exam results came out and Eun-tak hasn’t been at school to receive them. He takes the results from the girl before shoving them back into her face to ask for her interpretation of them, and she says that Eun-tak’s scores are good enough to get her into any college she wants.

While contemplating her test results at home, Shin seems to come to a decision, as he tells Reaper to gift his fellow reapers with the socks he bought from that street vendor to prevent the bus crash—hah, is this his way of bribing them?

The weather gets strange as Shin contemplates what Samshin Grandma said to him. As he stares at the blood moon from atop a skyscraper, he thinks that if he does make the decision to return to nothingness, then god had better have a good excuse for forcing his hand.

Even stranger things start happening in Reaper Land, as Hoobae Reaper goes to collect a soul, only for the dead man to rise back up again after his death card bursts into flames. Reaper decides that now is a good time to give his hoobae the socks, figuring they were an apology from the goblin for causing whatever cosmic mess his angst has gotten them all into.

Reaper gives Shin an earful when he gets home, telling Shin that while he understands how he feels, it’s not an excuse for him to wreak havoc on human life. Shin merely replies that he just wanted to see someone—it would have been fine if that someone were god, but even better if it were Eun-tak. Poor Reaper regrets the day he told Eun-tak the truth.

Grandpa tries explaining the existence of otherworldly creatures to his secretary, who seems to have caught onto the fact that Shin never ages. Cryptically, Grandpa says that it was Shin who chose the secretary, and that it was Shin who was the secretary’s patron all these years, willing the secretary to connect the dots.

Deok-hwa knows that Uncle Shin was behind the bizarre weather events, and offers to help him by finding Eun-tak using more conventional methods. We then see the god-butterfly fluttering around an expansive ski slope, eventually landing on top of a lodge.

That’s the lodge where we find Eun-tak working, which seems a strange place for a girl with no money or connections to find, but let’s roll with it. She reads about the strange weather in Seoul without changing her expression, just as we hear Deok-hwa say in voiceover that he’s found her.

She thinks back to how Shin had evaded telling her the truth about his sword, and how he’d said that it was only to make him “pretty.” Calling him a crazy bastard in the present, she remembers smiling at him in the past when she’d told him she’d remove the sword on the first snow. Now that she’s surrounded by snow, she comments that there’s too much of it.

She turns around to find Shin standing there looking at her, and he says simply, “Let’s go home.” She replies that she doesn’t have a home, claiming that they only kept her around because they needed her—and his crime is worst of all, because he only kept her around because he wanted to die.

“I heard that I’m just a tool to be used to end the goblin’s immortality,” she adds, and Shin can only level her with a sympathetic look as he admits that he lost his chance to tell her. But, he says that losing that chance made him happy, and if he could have, he planned to make it so that he’d lose every chance to tell her until the moment he died.

“But I wasn’t supposed to do that,” he adds. “The blood of thousands that stained this blade, and the sheer weight of a single life… I wasn’t meant to decide their fate. So remove this blade, I beg you.”

Eun-tak barely takes a second to think before replying that she’d rather die, adding that she wants them to be like strangers from now on. “Go far, far away from me and live a long life, Kim Shin-sshi,” she says, using as distantly formal a moniker as she ever has with him. “Don’t ever appear before me again. If you do, I’ll really kill you.”

Shin keeps an eye on her at work, and takes to following her wherever she goes in the ensuing days. One day she walks ahead of him for a long while without turning back to acknowledge him, and when she finally turns around, there’s no one.

But when she turns back to her original path, Shin’s standing in front of her. He hands her her test scores and meekly says that she did well on her exams, which she calls an excuse. He knows it’s a pathetic one, but he’s happy it gave him the opportunity to see her, even so.

“Do you want to live together, or die together?” Eun-tak asks, on the verge of tears. She reminds him that she said she’d kill him if he ever appeared before her again, and now tells him to come closer so she can pull the blade out.

He obliges, which only makes Eun-tak angrier. He even goes so far as to put her hand on the blade, but at the real threat of it, Eun-tak begs him not to do it. Growing frightened, she starts pounding on his chest for him to let her hand go, and he slowly drops it as she sobs.

She blames him for having a hidden agenda from the moment he told her he loved her, which now prompts her to ask if he even loves her. “No? Not at all?” she asks, clearly hopeful that he’ll say yes.

But instead, he replies, “I’m scared. I’m so scared. I would like it if you told me that you still needed me. I’d like it if you told me to go as far as to do ‘that.'” (By “that,” does he mean love?) He gets choked up himself as he says that he’d like it even more if she would accept those excuses from him, so that he could use that as an excuse to keep living with her.

Eun-tak stills in her crying as the two of them look deep into each other’s eyes, saying nothing. It’s night when we next see Eun-tak glancing outside the window of her small apartment, and she sees Shin waiting faithfully across the street.

At work, Eun-tak takes a bit of a breather, unaware that snow’s coming in through the roof. The falling snow causes a domino effect of falling shelves, and she ends up knocked unconscious in an empty warehouse.

Shin goes back home, and when Reaper comes to find him, he says that Eun-tak doesn’t want to come home. But Reaper’s got bigger issues: Though her paperwork hasn’t been completed, he just received her death card, which is blank to Shin’s eyes but has a time and date that Reaper can see.

“It’s as if someone is out to kill her,” Reaper remarks worriedly, “but it isn’t me, and most certainly isn’t you.” Defeated, Shin says it is him, since he was told that their fate is that he has to die in order for her to live—if he lives, she’ll die. “This was the true nature of the punishment I received. This was all part of god’s bigger plan.”

Reaper tells him to quit with the cowardly talk, saying that though it may be god’s will, it isn’t his, and he knows it’s not Shin’s either. Reaper orders him to get to Eun-tak before she dies within the hour. Shin returns to the ski lodge to search for her as Samshin Grandma’s words about Eun-tak’s fate keep ringing through his ears.

Eun-tak stirs from her spot on the floor, her memories with Shin flashing through her mind. Tears leak out of her closed eyelids as she remembers their most recent, charged meeting in the snow, and she weakly says, “I need you. I love you.”

The lights on the ski slope abruptly turn off right at that moment, and Shin is able to find Eun-tak. He throws his coat over her, and heroically carries her outside.

She wakes in a hospital surrounded by all of its doctors, who quickly explain that she’s all right now, but wouldn’t have been if she had stayed there any longer. They also tell her that she’s been there a day and a half, and her first worry is what the bill will look like.

The head doctor tells her not to worry about that, probably because it was the chairman of the group that controls their hospital—Shin, of course—who brought her in. She asks the group if anyone has a match or lighter to lend her with an awkward smile, since it’s a pretty odd request.

Next we see her, she’s riding a gondola lift above the ski slope, and she uses the opportunity to blow out one of the matches she’d been given. But, strangely, Shin doesn’t appear. Eun-tak can’t hide her disappointment, at least until she looks up and sees what she’s been looking for.

She smiles when she sees Shin where the lift cars disembark, and he’s there to offer his hand to her as soon as the doors open. Instead of taking it, she disembarks and hits him halfheartedly, angry because she was worried he wouldn’t appear when summoned anymore.

After giving her a once-over, Shin explains that he waited for her, but she obstinately replies that he’s supposed to appear whenever she blows out a match. His response is cute: He wanted to get ahead of her so he could help her out of the car, leaving Eun-tak without another argument to give.

She stomps off, but soon finds Shin’s arms wrapped around her from behind as he pulls her close. “Me too,” he says, seemingly apropos of nothing. When she asks what he means, Shin dismisses it, but she already knows what he means. Ohhh.

Back to her cheery self, Eun-tak confesses that she can’t see his sword anymore, so there’s no chance she’ll be able to pull it out for him. Aw, is she lying? Shin pats her head affectionately, and she smiles in turn. Cue sweeping, long shots of the ski slope that this drama’s really intent on selling us.

Sunny pays a visit to her shaman to ask about the dark handsome man in her life, but dismisses the shaman’s crazy-sounding claims that the man is a grim reaper. Instead, she asks about someone else she knows about, whom she describes as looking “slightly like a dinosaur.” The shaman’s guess: “Gong Yoo?” HAH.

The shaman catches Sunny’s attention before she can go by asking if she received something shiny from someone. Sunny asks her what she means, but the shaman only says that she should throw the object away—it could be carrying the sins and grudges of its former owner.

Sunny holds the item in question, the jade ring, as she wonders what secrets it holds. Reaper materializes at her table just then, but since he’s wearing his hat, she can’t see or hear him. He can only apologize to her as she voices her complaints about him, but panics when she tries to text him, since he knows she’s able to hear the noise coming from his phone even when she can’t see him.

He tries to unlock his phone, but in his hurried attempts, he ends up enabling its security lock. He’s stuck trying to defend himself to someone who can’t listen, as he explains that the reason he hasn’t called is because he feels bad about erasing her memories the last time they met.

Reaper thinks back to unfolding the scroll and the way he reacted to it, so in the present, he also admits, “It’s because I may be cheating on you. I’m sorry.” Hahahaha. He tries explaining further, but he receives her “I miss you” text just then, and the sound freaks Sunny out.

“Me too,” he replies verbally, as Sunny tries singing a gospel hymn to expel the spirit she thinks must be haunting her. Reaper gets a huge kick out of it.

Shin gets upset that Eun-tak isn’t coming home with him right away, but she says that with the holiday season, the pay’s too good to leave. When she says that she can come back home when the snow melts in February, Shin flails as he calls Grandpa to have her fired—if he doesn’t do it quick enough, Shin vows to use his fiery powers to melt all the snow on the slope, ha.

Cut to: Shin and Eun-tak returning to their home with all her things, including the all-important Mr. Buckwheat. Upon seeing Reaper, Eun-tak asks if he was very worried, to which he replies: “Just a little. [Shin] was the one who worried a lot.” He adds that Deok-hwa actually found her, while Shin adds that he was the one who brought her back.

Looking around the house, Eun-tak gets a little emotional as she says that this is the first time she’s ever had a place to come back to—now, this place really feels like home.

Before Shin can unbutton his coat, Reaper ominously tells him to keep it on, since he’ll have to come with him. Eun-tak jumps between them to demand to know where Reaper plans on taking “our ajusshi,” and Shin gets the biggest, silliest grin as he realizes he’s part of an “us” now. Reaper snaps that he can hear Shin’s thoughts, and then tells Eun-tak just so Shin can be more embarrassed.

When Reaper finally drags Shin off to his domain to write an explanatory letter of recent events, he clarifies that the letter isn’t going directly to god, who’s much too busy to handle affairs like this. He wants Shin’s help in filling out all the paperwork, since he caused all the recent anomalies. Since Shin doesn’t want to do it, he teases Reaper about his maybe-telling Sunny about Reaper’s true nature. Fair’s fair, after all.

During the midst of Reaper freaking out over this, someone comes in… needing to use the bathroom? Both of them are completely dumbfounded as to how a human—a living one, at that—could enter somewhere humans aren’t supposed to go.

Hilariously, Shin chalks it up to the strength of human will to change destiny (hint, hint), and teases Reaper for believing in a god he can’t even see when he can’t believe the human he literally just saw. Of course, all Reaper can think of is the paperwork nightmare this is going to cause.

Sunny interviews possible part-timers without any success, but when Eun-tak walks through her door as an applicant, she goes silent with emotion. Eun-tak tears up too as she promises to do everything she says, and Sunny happily hires her on the spot, in exactly the same way she did the first time. Aww.

Eun-tak notices the upgrade (Sunny’s moved her shop to a nicer location), and Sunny wonders how Eun-tak knew where to find her. Eun-tak can’t tell her that ghosts told her, so she only says that she has her ways.

While taking out the garbage that night, Eun-tak chases off a couple of older kids from bullying a little boy, but the little boy walks off afterward without a word. The next day, she nervously checks the status of her college application, and cries to see that she’s been accepted.

She goes from tearing up to laughing and rolling around her bedroom in happiness, only to find out that her tuition’s already been paid by a mysterious benefactor. Well, not so mysterious—he told the woman in admissions to tell Eun-tak his name when she called, haha.

Even knowing that, he’s all, “Ohhh darn, I asked them to keep it a secret,” when she confronts him over it, and he offers her the purse and perfume he’d taken back from her. She accepts it with glee, and reaches inside for that coveted five million won…

But it’s not there, since Shin says he used it to pay for her tuition. Hah. He tells her not to feel too touched since it’s only a loan, and through teary eyes, Eun-tak replies, “You gave it to me before, so why are you merely lending it to me now? How could a person’s feelings change like that?” Shin: “The only ‘person’ living in this house is you.” Lol.

He tells her that she can pay him back in installments over eighty years (aww, I see what he’s doing), refusing to take any faster method of payment (double aww). Eun-tak is delighted that he’s made up his mind for their future, and goes into aegyo-mode as she suggests they go on a date.

Once they’re out, she jokes that if he would’ve brought her the purse instead of her exam results on the slope, she would’ve followed him right there and then, no questions asked.

Holding up the purse, Eun-tak asks if his love is also inside it, and he tells her to look inside—he put it in there somewhere. Aw.

Grandpa’s secretary presents him with a list of gifts that female high school students like, and Grandpa eyes it warily: “Bangtan Boys? What do these boys do, exactly?” His secretary fails at imitating BTS’s “Boy in Luv” dance number (official BTS fan right here), so Grandpa asks about the other thing on the list: “EXO? Is that a liquor?” At least Grandpa gets a good laugh out of his secretary’s attempts to dance and sing.

Grandpa finally settles on a digital camera, which, thankfully, his secretary doesn’t need to mime out for him. Deok-hwa enjoys Eun-tak’s gift for her before giving it over, explaining that it’s from his grandpa (but the selfies are from him, ha).

In the most spoiled way possible, Deok-hwa says that he’s only ever gotten buildings as presents, so she must be sooo happy over a camera. But really, he just wants to keep using it, so the two adorably fight over it while ajusshis Reaper and Shin look on.

When Shin asks if Reaper’s received any more death cards for Eun-tak, he brings up the human in the teahouse as well, wondering if there could be a variable just like that in god’s plan, as well. He vows to find the door he needs to open to create a variable in god’s plan for him.

“I don’t know if it will take one hundred years or ten months, but I am going to try and make the decision that keeps me by her side,” Shin proclaims. “Who knows what door I’ll end up opening by doing that, though?” he muses, only for Reaper to deadpan: “As long as it’s not my bedroom door.”

Deok-hwa uses his camera to take photos of Shin, Eun-tak, and Reaper together, which is adorable, but it also brings out a conditioned response in me—only bad things happen after photos are taken!

In voiceover, we hear Reaper ask Eun-tak about what he can use to impress Sunny, and Eun-tak lists off all the things girls like for guys to do. But of course, he takes her advice about herding Sunny toward the inside of the sidewalk (where it’s safer) too literally, and ends up just awkwardly blocking Sunny’s way.

He explains that he just wants her to walk where it’s safe, offering an honestly creepy semi-smile, which he got from Eun-tak telling him to smile when talking to her. Off-put but not freaked out, Sunny asks him to tell her what he said he had to tell her, which is just Reaper’s answer to the religion question: “My religion is that I have no religion.” Cue another weird smile, ha.

Sunny catches onto his sudden smiling habit and asks about it, only because she’s worried it has something to do with her. Genuinely perplexed, Reaper fishes for her to compliment him on being “cute” again, but the reference is lost on her. She admits that she would’ve thought he was cute if he met her on Christmas like she wanted to, but he has an answer for that too: “Isn’t Christmas a bit strange? I mean, it’s someone’s birthday, after all. Isn’t celebrating it like that selfish of people to do?” LOL.

Reminding her that he’s an atheist, he desperately tries to get her to tell him he’s cute, and that gives her a sense of deja vu she can’t shake (since he erased her memory of doing so before).

Shin drops Eun-tak off outside the chicken shop, leaving Reaper and Sunny inside. Eun-tak notes that Shin doesn’t eat chicken because he’s afraid of chicken blood, and realizes belatedly that he got her a part-time job at the chicken shop back then to keep her away from him.

She calls him a coward, a term he takes a very special offense to, considering that people used to cheer his bravery back when he was a general. To prove just how brave he is, he marches inside the chicken shop, resulting in an awkward four-way date between Shin, Eun-tak, Reaper, and Sunny.

Whispering loud enough for everyone to hear, Sunny asks Eun-tak if Shin is the guy who gave her so much trouble. Not to be outdone, Shin passive-aggressively tries to embarrass Reaper over Sunny by whispering loudly, which only makes things more tense and awkward.

Sunny’s surprised that Reaper and Shin are friends, and only knows Shin from him poking around her chicken shop looking for Eun-tak. Sunny observes basic formalities while questioning Shin, but those formalities are more sarcastic than anything, so Shin calls her out on her tone while being just as (im)polite.

They start squabbling back and forth, with Sunny taking exception to his use of banmal with her, though he defends its use because he’s older than her. Eun-tak tries shuffling the two men out, but both of them refuse to go.

HAH, Reaper’s taken one of Eun-tak’s suggestions on how to be sexy to heart, and whips out a lead pencil and a pair of glasses to solve a math problem at their table. Shin laughs at his efforts until he hears Reaper call Sunny by her full name, Kim Sun, in an effort to sound smarter and more official.

But Sunny’s had enough, and calls Reaper outside, demanding to know how he knew her real name when she never told him. Too late, Reaper remembers that he’d wiped her memories from the day she did tell him, and amends that he’d meant to say, “Kim Sun—…ny.”

He knows a losing game when he sees one, so he tries to peace out, but Sunny grabs his hand to stop him. Able to see past lives through touch, Reaper sees her as the queen bleeding out on the ground, recognizing the jade ring as the same one the queen wore.

To add to that, he recognizes the queen from the scroll, and sees a flashback of the king rifling through her things for the same jade ring, which he seems to take as a sign of betrayal. We see a mysterious hand placing the ring on her finger as Reaper narrates that something has gone horribly wrong… and that something starts with her.

Back in the past, we see the young queen smiling to see someone outside her palanquin—it’s Shin. The past merges into the present as the camera focuses on his face, which is looking at Reaper and Sunny’s bound hands.

We see the same flashback with the young king smiling at the young queen as she balances cups of water on her shoulders (so we’re seeing these snippets play in reverse, it seems), and past merges into present again so that we fully understand that Sunny is the reincarnated queen.

As Reaper questions everything he thought he knew, Shin just watches them, unable (for now) to see the jade ring on Sunny’s finger.

 
COMMENTS

Innnnteresting. It’s rare for a drama to get me this interested in its reincarnation storyline, and while I knew it’d bear some sort of fruit, I hadn’t expected it to suddenly jump into the spotlight like this. I think it’s a great twist, since we needed something of a break from the will-they-or-won’t-they with Shin and Eun-tak, and now that we know they will—y’know, just by defying god’s will and all that small stuff—this provides a welcome distraction.

I’m left with a lot of questions about how things really went down in Goryeo, which is a fun place to be, since I thought we’d kind of mined all there was out of what seemed like a very straightforward drama, with the king growing jealous of Shin and allowing that jealousy to consume him. Don’t get me wrong, the past storyline was still very compelling, I just didn’t think there’d be much more to it. While it’s a bit odd that more seemed to happen in those last few minutes than in the entire episode, I like all the possibilities we’re left with, since the show was purposefully vague about the reunion, and what this will mean for everyone.

The only thing that’s disappointing about the past storyline coming full circle again, but hopefully in a much more different way (please don’t go dark and awful on us, Reaper!), is that there’s not much of a place for Eun-tak in it. Everyone else gets to play out these really neat roles as their reincarnated selves, while Eun-tak gets left out of what now feels like the core storyline. Those last few minutes felt like they stole all my focus from the entire episode, and it seems almost too easy to forget that there’s still a huge life or death dilemma still to be solved.

Maybe I didn’t feel the full brunt of their reunion because nothing feels fundamentally changed, and also because I got the sense while watching that we ended up with two different episodes in one—we got the angsty separation, the angsty reunion, and the tentative happily ever after. Of course, it very much feels like they’re on borrowed time, but their return to normalcy almost felt too normal. And since she just returned to the house to live the life she used to, there’s the eerie feeling that we could cut out the separation bit entirely and not be missing all that much.

Granted, the separation gave us Eun-tak’s declaration of love and Shin’s latest heroic slo-mo rescue, but the core of their relationship dynamic still hasn’t changed. If given the chance to do it all over again, I’m sure Shin would have kept the truth from her, and that small amount of power she had in knowing it was swept under the rug once Shin became aware of a much bigger truth—which, like the last big truth, he’s still stubbornly keeping from her.

I’m not too worried about it at the moment, since I hope that part of the evolution of his character is that he learns to let Eun-tak in and trust her to make decisions with him, but if there was ever a wakeup call, her leaving was it. Right now she only knows that he’ll die if she removes the sword, but how mad does he think she’ll be if she finds out that he’ll die if she doesn’t? Not because of the whole dying part, but because he kept it from her?

But if putting Eun-tak in danger means more teaming up between Shin and Reaper, then I’ll have to grudgingly take it, even if it sometimes feels like Eun-tak is being used as a device for everyone else’s development. I love that Reaper’s become her knight in black armor, and that he was the one to push Shin to snap out of his downward spiral of fate-based thinking. His development from an obsessive rule-follower to being the person willing to fly in the face of destiny has been a great development, and one I honestly wasn’t expecting for his character.

And as long as those developments keep on coming, I can’t exactly complain—besides, watching Reaper freak out about any and all things relationship-oriented (like emotionally cheating with the scroll of a dead woman) are the kinds of things that make my week. Even though something tells me that those clueless days of his that we’ve so enjoyed may soon be over.

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The secretary "demonstrating" BTS and EXO made my day. I am rather disappointed the chairman didn't get her one of those.

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It's just me or there is anybody else who feel that secretary face is resemble with evil eunuch in Goryeo? Reincarnation? If secretary is reincarnation of evil eunuch, hmm my feel isn't good

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The actors playing the Eununch and Secretary are different. However, they have an uncanny resemblance which is leading to lots of questions.

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YES! The resemblance IS TOTALLY UNCANNY! Even though people pointed out that they're not the same actor, I still did a double, TRIPLE take when they showed the eunuch again in this ep. Man.

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I thought so too but it isn't the case though maybe they could be ancestors but if that's not the case i think it could be abit of a casting mistake not saying that i'm judging based on his appearance but it does confuse the viewer

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It's anything but a casting mistake. I suspect it's a deliberate move to cast 2 look-alikes, to keep viewers guessing, and then to reveal a connection between them later.

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Agree, he was meant to be the reincarnated eunuch but his present reincarnation doesn't seems to fit his crime in the past. Was it because he paid for it in Goryeo when Shin killed him?

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Leaving aside the fact that the eunuch and the secretary are different actors. Didn't Kim Shin kill the Eunuch in the past.Hence, I don't think the reincarnation of the Eunuch would be neccessary at all.

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Hmmm, yes - KS did kill the evil eunuch in the past. And the chairman told secretary that it was KS who "saved" the secretary by bringing him out of the alley and sponsoring him so he could live out his dream. Maybe this is KS trying to right his past wrongs? (as he tells ET later in the episode, it wasn't for him to decide if the thousands that he killed should live or die)

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I think that an eye for an eye in the past should end it there.
I kind of agree with Dramaninja. I think his reincarnation is unnecessary.

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Gawd, yes! That Kpop bit made me snort like nobody's business~ And kyaaah!! Heads is a fellow ARMY!! screaming rn---- ^o^v

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Well what a great episode, I'm so glad we have a confirmation that Sunny is indeed the Queen! I can't wait for the confirmation that Grim Reaper is Wang Yeo, it's already very highly hinted. Can you imagine the look on Shin's face when he realizes Sunny is his sister's reincarnation?

As for Deokhwa, he must be one of the Gods (butterfly?? or matchmaker God???), Samshin grandma spoke to him in formal language, and she never speaks jondae to anybody...

More Goryeo scenes in episode 10, yeeeees!

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And doesn't Deokhwa say that he found Euntak, just as we are shown the butterfly-god landing outside the building where Euntak was working? I don't think that's a coincidence...

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Yeah exactly, that was really suspicious to me. Kim Eun Sook isn't subtle!

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She is subtle enough that many points keep viewers guessing, and Goblin has been trending as no. 1 on Naver and other search boards. Mission accomplished!

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I was thinking that as well. I wouldn't have thought anything of that scene, but there were already theories in the fb discussion group I'm in suggesting that, and somehow that sort of subtle scene fell under the spotlight for me.

Furthermore, the scenes where Deok Hwa was still a kid and knew early on that Shin was a goblin, AND spoke banmal to him, suddenly isn't just some cute scenes meant to fill up airtime and give us a few laughs. Sure, it could just simply mean that he's just an entitled, bratty, rich kid; but it could help bolster this theory as well.

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Adding to this, I feel deok hwa is GOD, the scene when granny and goblin met, he walked over and granny asked him for a drink. Deok hwa was able to figure out eun tak and it was deok hwa who told grandpa there is a nice relationship between goblin and reaper to chairman. Should we really connect the dots :)

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I think Dukkie is the most powerful god of them all. He has to be the one who brought Shin back to life and turned him into a powerful Goblin with a curse at the same time.

I figured that the butterfly represent the most powerful god but I didn't imagine it to be Dukkie.

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I also felt something was a bit off when DH read KS's journal confessing his love. The look on DH's face seemed to be one of concern/dismay - which was not what I expected from his character at the time.

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Yes omg this would be such a good surprise if it happens- and explains the brattiness of deok hwa too the goblin too. I'm just hoping this would happen cause our goblin would be mortified af.

Finally sunny and grim reaper's story will come to the fore next ep! I'm all for the show but I must admit et and goblin are starting to wear me out a little

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Deok Hwa is such an interesting character as of now. I so want his storyline explained. I have so many unanswered questions about him, but, i think a girl's gotta wajt.

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Wow.. Your theory really give me a goosebumps.. Deok hwa a god.. Really daebak if that really happen.. God of Love.. I wish..

P/s: God of credit card maybe.. Hahahaha

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I have been thinking of this since we saw lady in red on the bridge at the same time Deok Hwa and they talk about getting some drinks and now we see them again but this time is her asking to meet for drinks. I think both are gods/deities. Also wonder if the gods has some kind of bets in regards of our 4 leads. Or is just lady in red trying to see if she can proof she can control the faith of our leads and they dont have free will to go against all odds and break free from the manipulation of the gods.

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If that's the case then they are so cruel. I hope they'd defy them all starting with Shin.
He defied his own king's royal command in the past and he is most likely to do it again. He has been meddling with human affairs since Eun-tak was born.

I love what reaper said about the will of the gods is not their will. Maybe they'll rebel and do what they want this time instead of being control by these deities.

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I initially thought, that during their first meeting on the bridge, that Samshin Halmeoni was gonna used Deok Hwa as an innocent pawn for her schemes for our otp and second leads (he returned the maple leaf to euntak, he's also the one who brought Grim to rent the house). However, the the scene where they met outside the bookstore after Samshin talked with Shin, makes me think that Deok Hwa is the one pulling the strings on whatever relationship they have. With his arrogance, his banmal speech, and him telling her that she'll have to pay because he doesn't have his card. Heck, he wasn't even the one who first acknowledge the other's presence. Not to mention, he has this arrogant look when they had eye contact.

Plus, I agree, with the previous hints in the drama about who the other characters really are, the writer isn't subtle. She like giving out straightforward hints. The slow motion between those two characters means we should pay attention.

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Since he had the same face as the first Yoo, then he was there to bring Goblin back, and returned to see Goblin off?

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Dear fellow Beanies, Happy New (Solar) Year!!!.

Deok Hwa being a higher Confucian god would be veeeerrry interesting. If you have the pleasure to read "Monkey", Arthur Waley's selection from Wu Cheng'En's "Journey to the West"; you will find a very bureaucratized Universe and Afterlife. In fact, the Confucian gods depicted by him could be naive, sly and some even cruel (please remeber that Journey was mostly meant to be a satire of late Ming Dynasty)... but they were subjected to Karma nonetheless. So I choose to interpret (god) Deok Hwa as a master puppeteer trying his best to accomodate their precious cargoes as best as he can with the flow of Karma. Not an easy job.

All my best for you from Caracas, Venezuela.

Francisco.

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Happy New Year to you, too, Francisco! (How I love that this show is keeping pace with our current time, season, and holidays!)

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My guess here is that Deokhwa may be the butterfly aka God and Samshin is his wife (if gods can marry). God seems to like meddling with human lives either as a test while his wife tries to change the outcome by giving humans choices/chance (Samshin is the one suggesting to Eun Tak's mum to pray and that's how she got to be saved). She intervened when reaper came to take Eun Tak's life at 9. I'm guessing she is indirectly trying to help Kim Shin resolve his grievances in his past life.

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Here's my argument, I don't think Reaper IS the King. I think Wang Yeo has a lookalike (twin?) in Goryeo. Something about a flashback in this episode lead me to believe he's the Archer.

He shot the princess and he's the one that gave her the ring, and watched her balance the bowls.

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You should write your own drama.. Because your really really "makjang" and I love it.. Twin..? Archer..? Scandal maybe..? Hahahaha

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omg watch the person who was watching her was "yeo jingoo" lol the twins ahahaha

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I think Reaper is definitely the King.
1. He shares jealous tendencies just like the King
2. Why would he cry and bawl upon seeing the drawn portrait of the Queen if he wasn't the King
3. One of the episodes Shin said that in order to be a Grim Reaper, one has to sin A LOT.
- If Reaper was the king, it makes sense for him to turn into a Reaper because on the day of Shin's warrior return, the King gave orders which led to the deaths of countless innocent civilians, warriors who came back from the war, Shin's family and his own Queen.
- When Shin asked Reaper if his past life was a murderer, Reaper looks genuinely taken aback and speechless and extremely hurt. (Imo, subconsciously reaper knew he did kill someone in his past life, just that he wasn't sure and couldn't uprightly say no and brush away the possibility)

My thoughts.

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I'd honestly like this kind of twist a lot better (its so much more unexpected and creative!), but idk somehow I feel like it's going to be the more straightforward "Reaper is the King" :/

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From the beginning, I've always been guessing Reaper is the king:
1) in dramas about reincarnation the main characters will be linked to each other ie good friends as enemies, enemies as friends until the final realization.
2) reaper always has this lapel pin or brooch with the crown symbol when he is in reaper mode
As for the queen, I earlier thought she must've loved Kim Shin in past life but he treated her like a sister (maybe adopted sis etc) and the ring was a gift from him to her. The ring brings sorrow to the king as he knows what the gift means to the queen and he is jealous that the woman he loves is pining for another man ie Kim Shin. So all his jealousy started from the queen. With additional instigation by eunuch about how the citizens love the general it would add on to his insecurities on how lacking he is as a man and a king.

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Wang Yeo!!!!!of all prince Wang Yeo!!!!(totally making a Scarlett Heart:Ryeo reference)

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Also in ep 10 when the manager ask DH to memorise the stuff he said 'youll be v shocked when u hear who i really am, i was born way above you but i decided to start at the bottom' :D

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When he said "me too", did anyone else think that it's an answer to eun tak's "i love you" when she collapsed too??

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Yup that's how I read it too.

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Me too (and by that I mean I thought the same thing)

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Me too (and by that, I meant #4)

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Yes! That was absolutely what he meant! And she understood him right away. :) I'm pretty sure he was replying to her "I need you... I love you" comments and they kinda reenacted the whole "It's okay if you missed it/don't understand" and "but I heard/know everything" conversation in last week's episode. Anyways, going to rewatch that "Me too" scene now.

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My thoughts exactly! I agree that it was a callback to their earlier conversation. I love it when they have (obliquely) honest conversations like that.

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This is my first time on the Goblin thread, so I don't know if it's been brought up before, but is there anyone else who thinks Deok Hwa's more than just the Goblin's caretaker? Like, there's times when he suddenly seems so....i want to say otherworldly, but that's not exactly it. It's like he knows a lot more than he lets on and Deok Hwa's just a role he's playing.
My theory is he's actually one of the higher deities, the one who takes the form of the butterfly and he's seeing Kim Shin through this current time, kinds keeping an eye on him.

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Yeah, it's been mentioned since Deok-hwa's kinda mysterious in that he seems to not only know Granny, but may even be on good terms with her seeing that they're kinda drinking buddies. Also, he took Eun-tak's maple leaf on his own and then was the one that found her whereabouts in this episode. He even told Eun-tak about Shin's confession that we've only heard in Shin's narration/thoughts! I never thought that he could be a deity, himself, but now that you mention it, that'd be wicked! That would really explain how he knows Granny, is so carefree and confident when speaking with others/elders (like Shin and his grandpa) and of course, how he seems to know everything else, too!

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Could you refresh my memory about when Deok-hwa told Eun-tak about Shin's confession? And, which confession?

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The part in the previous episode where Eun Tak asked Deok Hwa to translate the text on Goblin's diary (It was in a Subway store). Deok Hwa said that its a love letter (what Goblin was writing in his diary)

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But that is not actually a love letter. That's KS's plea to the gods to end his immortal life, "yet they do not listen".

I assumed DH just didn't understand the Hanja?

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I think he's more than just a simple human too.
Idk where exactly but I read some post about his name and why people think he's the butterfly(god).
Deok (fan) hwa(flower)= fan of flowers= butterfly =the god
Credit goes to whoever posted this explanation originally. :)

Also someone mentioned how the samshin grandma talks in banmal with everyone except him, so his status is even higher then the rest of them...?

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Yeah, that theory's running around a lot as well. It just makes me wonder though about the details about him being Deok Hwa though. Surely, he's still a person, a human, born to his parents. Is it nabi god taking human form in preparation for that specific period of time when all our characters meet again when the bride came into existence? Like is it all of him? Or he's just a person being possessed from time to time?

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That damn white butterfly! Should I be reading more into it or is it there only for the visual?

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Pretty sure Deokhwa is that butterfly.....

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I've seen theories that he is the god of fate that brings lovers together with red string.

Reasons why this could be true (all taken from other sources)
1. When Eun Tak asks Deokhwa to translate Goblin's notebook (which was his diary from hundreds of years ago), Deokhwa says that it's a love letter. But given the scene where the Goblin writes in his notebook asking the gods for death, Deokhwa could have been lying because he saw through the Goblin's true feelings, which he kept to himself.
2. Samshin grandma agrees to drink with him, and uses formalities with him, but Deokhwa never does with her.
3. Deokhwa made an extravagant appearance at the bookstore with a Goblin storybook to attract Eun Tak's attention and return the maple leaf to her (probably on purpose)

Reasons why Deokhwa might NOT be the butterfly/god:
1. Deokhwa couldn't see the Grim Reaper with his hat on.
2. Deokhwa was able to be swayed the Grim Reaper by looking into his eyes.
3. Deokhwa grows up like regular humans.
4. He has a grandpa.

I've really thought about this a lot (LOL) and wanted to know what others' opinions were. I don't quite think Deokhwa is a god, but I do think he is much more than what has been shown thus far. Thoughts?

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Yup totally agree. I already mentioned it in my other comment above, but I called him matchmaker god hahaha. I couldn't think of the right English word! I guess the literal translation is "under the moon old man"?

Honestly the only reason why I think Deokhwa could be the butterfly is that as soon as he told Shin that he could find Euntak, we see the butterfly flying over the ski resort... And next minute we know, Deokhwa found her.

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About no.1.

I think it's normal for the rich and the elders to be able to read Hanja. So it's a possibility that DH studied it because he's being groomed to be Chairman.

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you're right about that, but some think that he purposely mislead eun tak into thinking that it was a love letter rather than a diary entry from centuries ago.

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Actually a lot of Koreans don't know how to read Hanja, even if you're super rich. Maybe a couple of words yes. Keep in mind that the Chinese used in that notebook is ancient Chinese, so most modern people wouldn't really know what it's saying even if they're Chinese themselves.

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But given that they don't know how. who could possibly helped ET to translate the majority of it? he only asked KS once. And let's say KS helped her with everything. Wouldn't he be suspicious?

I agree that DH mislead her. But i thought because he wants to prevent heartbreak. The writings is some sort of a suicide note. Not the details about the Goblin's Bride.

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Oh you can look up the Hanja words meaning on google or baidu or naver, that's usually what I do when I don't understand an ancient Chinese text! It might take some time though if you have no background of the language, but nevertheless it's doable.

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I thought that he would've been taught the language by grandpa because of their strong ties to Goryeo. They do live in the present but not really part of the present time.

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Oh Deokhwa def knows how to read Hanja, it's Euntak who doesn't know how. Deokhwa isn't a "normal" Korean person (or is he?) for sure.

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Dear Beanies, as far as I know the chinese characters have maintained most of their meanings through the centuries, so a person knowing some context of the period could have some idea about what he/she is reading.

Anyway I am not of Asian ascend, so an Asian Beanie could be better informed... could someone please?.

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Aw man, you got me. Now I'm sold on the idea that Deok-hwa's a god!

Those are all very interesting and very true facts that we've seen so far, so I totally buy it. It would explain all of the questionable acts Deok-hwa's done so far... However, the reasons why he couldn't be a god could actually be his doing. Like, he could've very well lied or pretended that he didn't see something or did something just to keep his act, y'know? I didn't think he was a god, either, but I agree with you that I think there's more to him than what we've been given. Can't wait to find out more!

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I personally am still on the fence but i think he's in more of a working relationship with samshin grandma and i'm not sure but i think ancient chinese is just traditional chinese which is still used today in taiwan because i could read about 80% of it the other 20% was either due to the camera not showing it properly or the handwriting being very hard to decipher i wonder how euntak even managed to write it in simplified chinese which is what most people use nowadays

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Ancient Chinese is not just the matter of being traditional or simplified. There are a lot of words usage that us modern Chinese people use. For example I can read both traditional and simplified and when I read that notebook, I couldn't understand everything since it's "ancient language". A lot of history texts from ancient China has to be translated to "regular Chinese" in order for us to understand.

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@cherryarrow which parts were you not able to read, just curious? Cause I can read both simplified and traditional and from the bits I saw the meaning was exactly translated, but then again we never had a clear view of the whole text so I may have missed out some bits

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I honestly looked at the text for 5 secs but from my memory it wasn't the "normal" Chinese I'm used to, you know what I mean? I get the very general idea but I'm sure I've missed a lot since ancient Chinese is pretty different. I do admit the text in Goblin isn't as hardcore as some of historic Chinese texts I've read where I have no idea what they're talking about.

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I'd like your comment if it's possible here in this thread. But for now, thumbs up for giving reasons for both sides of the theory. ?

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I was wondering about what DeokHwa knew about EunTak, beginning from the part where he bought the book on Goblins at the bookstore. I was wondering if it was purely coincidental or he/Shin had planned it.

But I recall DeokHwa's response at these junctures:
1. he realised EunTak's name only when he first sent her to school and one of her schoolmates called her name (i think). He seemed genuinely surprised to know that the girl whom his grandpa and uncle were taking care of was called "Ji Eun Tak". It was as though someone had spoken to him about her before.

2. He seemed genuinely scared when he realised Grim Reaper's true identity (when Shin was making the house all cloudy and damp)

3. He could not see Grim Reaper at the shop when they were watching the last episode of that drama.

4. I agree that his appearance at the bookstore to "return" the maple leaf to EunTak seemed staged. He could have been instructed by Shin to do that, in order to return the maple leaf to her.

5. About his reading and interpreting the hanja in Shin's diary that EunTak copied...I assumed that he could understand it and simply refrained from telling EunTak the truth. cos it was such a sombre message, that all that Shin wanted was to die...
alternatively, he could have just been lying. he could possibly read hanja, but as many have pointed out. recognising the characters and interpreting the ancient language used is vastly different. I am Chinese and can read most of the characters I spotted, but do not understand fully what Shin wrote (I relied on the subs!). He could have lied to EunTak since she assumed it was a love letter/diary entry about his first love, so that EunTak would not tease him.

6. When he said he found EunTak at the ski resort, I simply assumed that he had tracked her phonevia her telecom network. Cos his voiceover about "I found her" was narrated exactly after she read the news on the abnormal weather in Seoul (which I assume you need network access to obtain).

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The phone tracking this is a Good point. Bet that's what he did as he's the 'third generation chaebol'.

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I'm still not convinced that DH is a deity.

Because the woman in red asked him to drink with her and obviously he joined her because he said that he drank last night and was taking that hangover drink. So it could be that he asked for the lady's help to find ET.

And is it easy for the supernaturals to identify each other right? How come KS and Reaper failed to recognize DH?

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My theory is that Deokhwa is also someone that Shin or Yeo doesn't know, as in he got sent down specially by God. And when Samshin grandma (lady in red) talked to Deokhwa she used jondae, and she never uses jondae speech to anybody, so Deokhwa must be somebody of importance.

But of course this is all speculation, we will see what Kim Eun Sook will have in store for us.

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I also think that Deok Hwa isn't exactly the god. But he's more like a special messenger with the duty of guiding the goblin to have his punishment along with the lesson he needs to learn (which would be loving others and repaying his past mistakes I guess). His ancestors have done a lot for KS, so I think the god chose one of the generation to become someone highly important in this supernatural story. Just like ET, he's another 'person' to knit this story in one. Let's see if they'll show us his true role.

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Yes! Also a possiblity, I can't wait to see what he truly is.

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Great thought. He might as well be the son of the Almighty God if he isn't the most powerful one. Kind of like Zeus's son in the Greek mythology and that's why he is in a form of a young man.

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Reaper recognized Samshin when she was in old form @ euntak's house after her mother's death.

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Not when she was young and she baited him...And i might see too much but i sensed that Samsinn Lady implied when she asked Dokhwa out for drinks that she was angry because of his deeds in the fate of EunTak and not just the obvious angry after talking with Shin and Dokhwa knew it...Like i'm angry with all your games type

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@Miky I think they have the ability to let other supernaturals recognize them on a whim. Reaper hoobae has younger Samshin halmeoni as landlord, and he doesn't know who she is. He gets flustered whenever she mentions that s reaper keeps on appearing in her dreams. I think it depends on they whether they want you to recognize them.

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From DH's expression when he met the lady in red the second time here, it seemed they're not in a good term. I don't know. haha

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Maybe because DH was a bigger God the the lady in red.(mention in previous comments) and only the God's of the same status (sounds a bit rude) can recognize each other. Like GR[who works on earth] and GB [who's stuck on earth]. Gb was able to recognize lady in red because she reveal herself

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Omg, daaaeeeeebaakkkk!!

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Maybe he's an angel. Remember the 1004 password of the house?

But I hadn't actually thought about this before, since his reactions just seem so normal. And he seems genuinely curious about things like the sword etc. + he was a kid when Shin met him for the first time and just grew up.

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Ooh, I like this idea. But he's definitely Grandpa's grandson, yes? So whatever he is, is Grandpa in on it?

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If it turns out he si indeed the Supreme GOD Dok Hwa(or what name he goes by) should win LIFE ACHIEVEMENT acting throphy!He outwin them all...and all for the sake of being a Third Generation Chaebol with a black card with his name on it!!!Even Gods have dreams,no?

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Since episode 3, I’ve felt that Lonely Shining Goblin strikingly resembles the most perfect live-action version of an “anime” that I have ever seen.

As I’d never thought this about a drama before, I wanted to pinpoint which features lead me to this conclusion: The somber, moody tone alternating with the comical, playful tone, the atmospheric music, the artistic cinematography, the random and quirky nature of the characters and what is shown of them to viewers, the thoughtful pauses, the drawn-out scenes that simultaneously feel very significant, while not much happens, the transitions of scenes, the way early episodes bounce about in an almost vignette style to different pieces of the story, the story-building, the character tropes, the theme of fantasy, and finally, the Cinderella-candy-high school girl who captures the heart of a centuries old fantasy character and who loves/saves him in return.

I’m curious to find out if there any other Kdrama/Anime fans out there who make this connection as well?

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I feel the same way too! Goblin could totally be adapted as an anime. On a side note, even Hwarang, seems to have a pretty solid reverse-harem anime setup, including the bishounen hair. :P

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Oh, very true!

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I hadn't, but now that you mention it, I can totally see it. And now I really want Xs and water drops to show up next to the Reaper's head during his emotional scenes. Because that is now what I am going to think when it happens.

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Oh my gosh, YES!!!! Hahaha I'll be seeing that from this point forward.

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Oh, and they already have those chibi versions of Goblin and Reaper. :D

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They do?!!!! I just googled that and couldn't find it. Can you share?! Was it something in the drama I missed?

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I know they had little Chibis at the beginning of the episode once, during the "15 and up" screen. Other than that, maybe Mr. Buckwheat?

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It's like cartoon versions of the drama characters. It's pretty cute!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOrKR6Qh4cl/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOrKJu3hFX5/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOrKMBDBlgK/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOhrpOXhnji/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOrKP3jhnfo/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOhrnfXBj-V/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOhrqvvhRya/

And here's the website for the plushies (Mr. Buckwheat!): http://en.bonicrew.com/ fans are already preordering and ordering the ppl products like crazy.

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Thanks for sharing! The plushies are so cuteeeeeee! ^^

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Oh my goodness *squeeeee!!!!*

Thank you so much Van for sharing these delights.

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Oh, they have a set of cute little manga-style chibis. They have used it for the 15 and above warning, and theres a company which is drawing these as well as converting them into stuffed toys.

Check out their instagram- it's very adorable! https://www.instagram.com/boni_crew/

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Thank you so much I LOOOVE them!

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I agree. goblin is already visually striking and aesthetically gorgeous, just as mangas are. I also love manga/anime that have references to the supernatural and folklore.

i've also seen a lot of similarities between Goblin and My Love from the Star, I'm not sure if others have already said this. They both share the motifs of past lives, supernatural/immortal beings, fate, and a painful love story. the male leads are also two people that are centuries old yet have never fallen in love with anyone except the female lead (and her past life). i'm crossing my fingers that goblin will have a cleaner ending, though.

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Yes! I I totally see the connection as well. It's the immortal being whose life is about to end, then falls in love.

I absolutely adored YFAS, and it's probably why I love this drama too. The conflict between death and wanting to live is so great for drama.

The plot in YFAS was much tighter and probably more exciting objectively, but I love the moody, brooding nature of this drama!

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Okay, i loved this episode so much...
The beautiful sadness, hilarious and poignant. The best episode after ep 1 and 2. I love love love it...
But there is something that annoy me so much. The scene after Kim shin pay tuition for euntak, YET euntak still ASKING for those 5.000 USD inside the bag? What? It just so off...
Why kim eun sook why? I thought euntak already matured up,
She almost 20 but still asking Money from someone that already paid her tuition fee? OMO... Dear writernim, you could just make her say "I will take it as a loan, and i will pay it later... Slowly..." . Yet you just made her character to be so childish like that...

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ET asking for the money is pretty much a running gag by now, just like DH's credit card. I don't think it's gonna stop anytime soon. I find it funny.

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Pretty much. She can't serious come on.

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*be*

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I think I can relate to her a lot about the 'ohbaek won' thing. Generally I don't get much money from my parents or elders as they handle money related things themselves. So when it comes to receiving cash on any occasion it's painful when they save it in a bank or buys stuffs with the money. Cause you know with that money comes some power ? I guess ET feels the same cause it's been same way for her.

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Grim Reaper had Subway too!!

Subway saves the day!

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Hi! There were some errors though on recap. Thought you might like to check back. Not grammatical errors but interpretations of some scenes.

Thanks!

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I noticed that on some of HeadsNo2's previous recaps too. Nothing against him/her though, just an observation. I'm grateful for all our hardworking recappers plus it's something I can easily ignore so... Which interpretations were wrong though? I haven't seen the episode yet so I can't comment much about it.

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Can you kindly point them out?

This is a fantasy based story so it's pretty much open for all kinds of interpretation.

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Third last para of recap is a typo. Had to read the paragraph several times before I understood.

"... but how mad does he think she’ll be if she finds out that he’ll die if she doesn’t?"

should be "... but how mad does he think she’ll be if she finds out that (s)he’ll die if she doesn’t?"

Appreciate your work, Heads!

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Thank you!

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Kim So Hyun always plays childhood version of the 2nd leads that will NEVER get the king or crown prince in sageuk. Here, she married the king but died by his hand.
I want justice!
Lol...

Rollercoaster ride this ep too, eh?
Goblin, ck, ck, ck, *shakes heads* but I can't stop watching and rerunning each ep.
We'll get next ep this Sat, rite?

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She is playing her first adult sageuk lead role vs Yoo Seung Ho soon! The show is called Ruler:Master of the Mask and will air in 2017.

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Yes!! Both of them handled out an award ytd at mbc's drama awards ceremony! Looked so good tgt! But i think the show is gonna air only in may.. sucha long wait..

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Kim so hyun looking prettier and prettier by the second, getting excited over Ruler :D

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How I wish Ruler was set in Goryeo. She looks gorgeous in Goblin and all the Goryeo costumes suit her so well compared to her still in Ruler, I think its mostly the Joseon styling that I don't personally like. I just hope the hanbuks are somewhat like those in MDBC.

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I'm super curious tho..

Why did Reaper say that it all begin with u (Queen) ?

But they keep cutting that scene with Kim Shin face..

1. The Queen had an affair with Kim Shin ? But he's her brother right ?

2. Or the Queen keep trying to save her brother from inside the palace by sweet talking or persuading her husband (king) ?

3. She anger the evil Minister in one of the preview ? Is she a bad person as well ?

Omoo.. Too much hints raise more question..

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I'm thinking that the queen found out about the eunuch's schemes and tried to convince the king. But she failed so instead she seemed help from her brother Kim Shin. But as the king was already trapped in the eunuch's evil plan he got jealous of KS.

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That makes sense.

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When Reaper said it all began with you (the Queen), I thought that he meant that "all HIS own questions ABOUT his erased memories" began after he started encountering items related to the Queen (ring, scroll).

Initially he was introduced as being more cold and straight-forward, just merely doing his work, going about his day to day chores robotically. Even scenarios like meeting goblin at the house (&getting his contract burned); being confronted by Goblin when he tried to take EunTak; realising EunTak could summon Goblin; these issues did not unsettle him.

Like Chairman Yoo pointed out to DH, Shin and Reaper are both miserable, for he has a long life but with no memories of his past. That was why his personality was that way initially. Cos he did not need to interact with normal, living humans for >300 years. And he knew that his duty as Reaper(& having no memories) was punishment for past terrible sins.

But after he shed tears without knowing why and felt connecting emotions when he first set eyes on the ring, Sunny & the lady's portrait, he could not continue to ignore his predicament of WHY HIS ERASED MEMORIES ARE being allowed to return.

He had said he wondered "why the divinity allowed for erased memories to be returned". And since the clues lay with Sunny (because of their first encounter), he ended up having no choice but to continue his interaction with Sunny in order to find the answer.

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It came as a bit of a suprise if Dokhwa is indeed the highest GOD and the one who cursed Shin...Curious of his intentions,i guess he got bored and wanted to experiment living as a mortal while undercover…I remember Samshin Granny said he was quite the capricious God...It's hilarious how oblivious Shin is to some things,as how a mere human found Eun Tak when he couldn't and other small things;could he not see his future or did Dokhwa(if God) forge it all,that sounds such a twisted plan if it’s true…Shin must feel quite honored with all this gods keeping tabs on his affairs for centuries ...Even if it is a false thread put by the writer i still find it intresting,maybe even more thinking how all his life Dokhwa didn't feared him and talked to him so freely,it's such an intresting relationship,even if I liked it better if he was just a mere human i might say,seeing Shin always shrink when he is scolded by him...I waited so much to see Shin meet Sunny and at last it happened…Can’t wait till all the truth about her and Reaper is out,curious how will he manage it all…I wonder if Shin was the one who gifted his sister the ring or did the Eunuch planted it there to make it seem like she cheated on the King…Also,man,Gong Yoo has such a way of gazing,it’s sooo deep,it’s like he can look into your soul and steal it(love those focus shots on his gaze so much)…

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If this theory really is true, it's funny how a high-ranking deity is just right under Shin's nose and he talks shit about nabi god a lot. Lol!

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Seems like Deok-hwa is God?? But then, who is Grandpa?

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It's at the early episode (maybe episode 1) when Grandpa introduced little Deok-Hwa to Shin. Grandpa said that DH is the first son after four generations. I did not get what it meant. Maybe I misinterpret the translation.

If DH is the first son for four generation, who DH relates to Grandpa? So far, we never knew DH parents.

Since the first episode, I have so many questions in mind relating to DH, such as his encountering with Grandma Samshin in the bridge in the first episode and they went to a drink.

I guess, I do agree with lots of Beanies here that DH is not just a bubbly character to make us laugh. He has an important role in the whole Goblin's story.

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More likely they had daughters till Dokhwa was born

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If DH is the only son after 4 generations, it would mean that the previous generations only had daughters and the grandpa probably married into the family and is not a direct descendant?

But this would potentially add further to DH being a deity- what if right at the beginning when Kim Shin general was presented the little boy as his follower, the little boy was blessed(?) to be a deity or a vessel for one that can only be passed down to direct male descendants?

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Maybe,but i go more with the Deity being more sly and using it an emotional bond,that Shin had with the first little boy,who Shin named the first to reach out to him as a way to blend in in the present as Dok Hwa to prevent any variable to his plan and being found out,it's clear Shin had a soft spot for the young boy and ...That and well,Shin is quite oblivious to many things actually,Dok Hwa himself told him way too many times...Doubt Shin never had the idea a God would "become" a human and stay and keep tabs on him...

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@lemoncello, I asked about that line "only son in 4 generations" in the comments section in previous episodes, but never got an answer either. I thought the korean word for 3 and 4 sounded similar, so I wondered if this was a subbing/translation mistake?

But if it is indeed "only son for 4 generations", where does this place grandpa in relation to DH?

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Who else repeating the last part of this ep at least 100x times?? ☝☝☝

The plot thickens and it's finally getting more exciting.. Yeeyyy

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- I ship Samshin Granny and Deok Hwa. Lee El looks like an absolute bomb in red, and I must find out what red lipstick she wears because she looks so mesmerising and mystifying at the same time.

- Though everyone knows by now, the actors for Goryeo Eununch and Modern Grandpa's Secretary are different, their resemblance is quite uncanny. Is it a red herring by the writers-done on purpose?

- I really don't want Grims and Sunny to break up. Did anyone see his adorable smile when Sunny was singing? And how funnily he felt guilty for her because he thought he was cheating on her with a painting? Their relationship is so interesting and quirky, because both of them are so quirky. I need so much more Sunny in each episode!

- I swear Grims and Reaper are totally married. The way they were sitting and watching 'The kids' run around was so couple-y. ?

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MAAAAN i just want Dongwook's character to have at least a happy ending for this ONE life time.

Tho rn everything seems like it's gonna walk into a huge puddle of sadness and mess.

Current Day Reaper is just a sweet goofy blur guy who doesn't remember anything but it angers me that the plot just adamantly bites on to his forgotten past and make our poor guy pay.

My interpretation of the ending is:
- Reaper & Shin are gonna fall out and end up never talking. Shin might forgive the past but he cannot move on.
- Sunny & Reaper will be lovers who long for one another but never together. Because I really don't think Sunny can accept Reaper being non-human.
- It's gonna be heartbreaking for us, but I think Reaper will just fall back into his usual cycle of forgetting the past and moving on to the next job / cycle. Reaper won't be in pain, but he's gonna lose it all and not remember what he've lost.

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I was kinda hoping the third gift in the list would be BTOB because that is Sung Jae's (Deok Hwa) group. It would have been hilariously meta if he himself danced at least one song of theirs.

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Hahaha, yes! They totally SHOULD'VE mentioned BTOB! And then have the secretary sing and dance to one of their songs. Lawl.

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Btob is unfortunately not famous enough to get a nod and reference in the drama with people understanding it. Most people don't even know Sungjae is the sub-subs vocalist/maknae of Btob. tragic since the group are hilarious and super talented.

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