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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 11

Sunny becomes the focal point of this episode, which is a nice change of pace, though of course it really boils down to how much angst she causes one goblin and one reaper. If she thought Reaper was the weirdest man she’d ever met, she’s got another thing coming. One thing’s for sure—she won’t be confused about why these two guys are friends.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

After confirming that Sunny was Shin’s sister Kim Sun in a past life, Reaper asks what happens now. Next thing we know, Shin walks into Sunny’s chicken shop with Reaper in tow. With no explanation or context, he just grabs Sunny in a hug and cries, “Sun-ah!”

So of course Sunny thinks he’s crazypants, and asks if Reaper is just going to stand there and watch. Taking his cue, Reaper pries Shin away from her and asks him to cool it with the skinship, but Shin is beside himself still trying to reach out to her and cries in sageuk tone: “I am your brother! I missed you, Sun-ah!”

Sunny addresses Reaper and asks why he’s still hanging out with the guy who called them a fried egg (ha), so Reaper bravely explains that Sunny was Shin’s sister in a past life. She thinks the whole thing absurd, though it makes her smile to realize Reaper must’ve missed her a good deal to make up an excuse like this to see her.

Shin asks if she really doesn’t remember anything, and tells her that she was a Goryeo queen, and he was a warrior. Sunny says she does remember… that he owes her 5,000 won for sweet potatoes. She calls him crazy and shoves the boys out the door, where they run into Eun-tak on her way in.

Sunny tells Eun-tak to sprinkle salt behind them to keep them away for good, and Eun-tak can barely hold Shin back from chasing after Sunny again.

At home, Eun-tak and Reaper have a stare-down, and she asks for an exchange of information. She starts to ask if Sunny is an old girlfriend of Shin’s, but at Reaper’s expression, she realizes that isn’t the case.

Reaper confirms that it’s definitely nothing like that, and then it’s his turn to ask. But Eun-tak cuts him off and says it’s a secret, knowing that he’s curious whether Sunny is seeing other men. He calls it unfair, but Eun-tak calls it loyalty.

Shin returns to the chicken shop day after day, with some new offering each time: the persimmons that Sun used to like, the shoes Sun used to like, clothing in Sun’s favorite colors. Yeah like, 900 years ago! Each time, Sunny shoots him down coldly.

She points out how busy she is, as business is suddenly booming, but Shin says that’s his doing too. Eun-tak returns to the shop after a delivery and scowls to see Shin there yet again, and he shuffles off dejectedly.

Sunny asks Eun-tak if she really has to date that guy of all guys, and suggests that maybe instead of bringing useless gifts, he should just buy chicken every time he comes by.

Eun-tak turns to Deok-hwa for answers, hating that she’s so suspicious of something romantic between Shin and Sunny. Deok-hwa just offers up the truth right away: that Sunny was Shin’s little sister in her past life, which Reaper must’ve discovered by touching her hand. Waitaminute… how do YOU know this?

Eun-tak recalls the moment that Reaper and Sunny held hands, which confirms Deok-hwa’s tidbit about grim reapers and their special ability.

At home, Shin asks Reaper if Sunny is really his sister, and if he hasn’t seen anything else in her past. Reaper reminds him that Sunny broke up with him, but he tells Shin not to take it too hard since she can’t remember her past life.

Shin sighs that he probably ought to leave the past in the past, since Sunny has her present life. He just wishes that he’d been able to do all the things he wanted to do for her, back when they lived in the same time. Shin: “She was such a modest, elegant, and dignified child. How did her character change so?”

Reaper huffs that there’s nothing wrong with Sunny’s character, getting defensive. Shin just counters that Reaper can stop trying to get back together with her, suddenly protective of his human sister being romanced by a grim reaper.

Reaper quickly backpedals and says that they should leave the past in the past, and Shin warns, “Not until there’s dirt in my eyes! Get away from my sister!” Reaper wonders to himself, “I know this drama. I’ve seen it a lot in the mornings…” heh.

Sunny asks Eun-tak if she believes in past lives, and Eun-tak says she does, sharing what she’s heard about souls having four lifetimes—one to plant seeds, one to grow, one to harvest, and one to use what’s been harvested. She says that there’s no telling which lifetime they’re living now, but that likely they have past lives and future reincarnations.

Sunny likes the sound of that, and asks if Eun-tak has heard anything else. Remembering Shin’s sad story about his past, Eun-tak just tells Sunny that the Goryeo queen was someone who was very brave in the face of love.

Sunny decides that she wants to go talk to this so-called oraboni of hers, so Eun-tak brings her to the house, where Shin and Reaper just gape at her awkwardly. Sunny is surprised that the boys live together, and Shin adds that Eun-tak lives here too.

Reaper offers her beer, but she snaps that she didn’t say he could speak to her. That makes Shin tsk-tsk at her character, and both Eun-tak and Reaper turn to him with warning glares. Heh, I love it when they gang up on him.

Sunny asks for proof that she’s Shin’s sister, so Shin shows her the scroll portrait. She doesn’t remember anything about Kim Sun, though Eun-tak finds it curious that Sunny always said that she was waiting for a king.

Sunny just thinks that the girl in the portrait is young and beautiful, and asks if she lived a long and happy life. The room falls silent, and Eun-tak leads Reaper out of the room to give the siblings a chance to talk.

When Sunny asks if the queen was unhappy, Shin begins his story by saying that he spent more days reading her letters than he did seeing her face, and that her letters gave him the strength to endure.

Goryeo. Tensions rise in the palace with every new word of Shin’s victories on the battlefront, and the young king Wang Yeo’s aim starts to falter during archery practice, which the queen watches from a distance.

Snakey eunuch Park Joong-heon advises the king to send Shin a letter, not praising his victories, but threatening him with the safety of his sister. The king is so tense that he snaps his bow.

Sun watches the king from a distance as he turns from archery to books, sighing that he hasn’t come to see her once, and is the type of man to make a woman fall ill.

The king isn’t paying attention to his books though, and sits there remembering the night he and Sun ran to each other in the palace, under the falling cherry blossoms.

Eunuch Park persists in telling the king that someone of low birth should only be given a certain amount of power before it becomes their own demise, and it makes the king paranoid that someone will try to poison his queen.

He reacts violently when the queen is given a tonic, and he overturns the tray in an angry fit, shouting for her not to drink any tonics, no matter who brings them. He doesn’t explain why though, and just appears to be acting erratically to everyone else.

On the day that Shin returns triumphantly from battle, the king bursts into Sun’s room and demands to know which of them she’d wish to be alive in the end: Shin or the king?

She can only shed a tear at his horrible question, and the king says bitterly that it must not matter much to her, since she doesn’t have anything to lose in either scenario. She calls him ugly (it’s a generic word that can mean everything from ugly to stupid, but it’s also the term Shin used affectionately on her), and he grows livid, thinking it an insult.

He says he doesn’t know anymore who his enemies are, whether they’re the barbarians, or her brother. “Park Joong-heon is your enemy,” she replies, standing firm.

The king declares, “You will have to choose—whether you will live as my woman, or die as the sister of a traitor.”

We all know what choice she made.

Back in the present, Reaper sits glumly on the front stoop, while Shin tells Sunny that his sister lived a short life, but he thinks there were moments of happiness in it, “Because until the moment she closed her eyes, she was looking at that dummy.”

The story brings a sharp pain to Sunny’s chest, and she asks after the king and whether he was reincarnated too. Shin doesn’t know, and when she asks if the king was good-looking, he laughs and says that’s one thing that’s remained consistent about her across lifetimes. She asks why he speaks of Sun so ardently, as if he’s lived from then till now and remembers her directly. He says, “You may not believe it, but that’s because I’ve lived carrying those memories.”

She doesn’t believe him, and says she came mostly because of the gifts he kept bringing her, which made her think that he had regrets about not being able to do those things for his sister, which made her a little sad.

Shin says that at times like this, she really does seem like Sun, but Sunny asks him not to use banmal with her, and not to expect to suddenly be friendly. After all, she points out, estranged siblings can be awkward as it is, and they’re estranged by whole lifetimes.

Sunny grouses when Reaper doesn’t show his face before she leaves, but he’s waiting outside and follows her down the driveway like a hangdog puppy. She asks why he’s following if he’s not going to hold onto her, and he asks if he can do that.

She asks what happens to them after that, and he has no answer. She mutters that he’s ugly, the same thing that Sun had said to the king, and walks off with a sigh.

Shin wonders if Sunny is really his sister, and asks Reaper if she left well. “She always leaves well,” Reaper sighs. Reaper wants to know who drew that portrait of Sun, and Shin says, “Wang Yeo. It’s the image of my sister, but it’s the image he saw, containing his regret, his sin, and his longing.”

Shin guesses that it was likely his final act in life, and Reaper asks, “After killing everyone like that?” Shin repeats, “After killing everyone like that.”

Eun-tak is suddenly struck with worry and heads to the chicken shop to check on Sunny, and sure enough, she’s slumped over at a table, covered in sweat and looking like death. Sunny says she doesn’t even believe in past lives, but ever since leaving that house, everything hurts.

She clutches her chest and says it hurts here, or someplace deeper, “As if someone heartless is walking through my heart and causing it to sink.”

Eun-tak wraps Sunny in her coat and helps her home, and just outside Sunny’s apartment, they run into Hoobae Reaper, who’s shocked to see the goblin’s bride here. Sunny says he’s the upstairs neighbor, and Eun-tak hurriedly takes her inside. Hoobae Reaper is amazed at how small the world is. You’re telling me.

While Eun-tak tries to bring her fever down, Sunny says she saw once that Reaper had a goblin husband and wife in his cell phone contacts, and asks if Eun-tak and Shin are the goblin couple. Omo.

Eun-tak freezes up at that, and Sunny guesses that Eun-tak isn’t going to tell her about what Shin and Reaper really are. Eun-tak can only apologize, and Sunny wonders if she’ll have to break up with Reaper for good. She asks if Eun-tak is a regular human, and seems to rest easy when she confirms it.

Eun-tak walks home and can sense that Shin is walking behind her. She asks how long he’s been following her, and he doesn’t miss the opportunity to toss her a line and says, “Every step you walked, I walked with you.” She beams.

Eun-tak feels bad for Sunny, who basically went from a totally normal life to a sudden genre-switch. Eun-tak figures that her own life was weird enough to begin with that goblins and grim reapers weren’t all that strange to her, but Sunny isn’t exactly equipped to suddenly have a goblin oppa and a reaper boyfriend.

Eun-tak wonders if maybe she has a past life she doesn’t remember either, and if she might’ve crossed paths with Shin in a previous life too. She hopes that Sunny really is Shin’s sister because she’s a good person. Shin doesn’t think she’s that good a person, which Eun-tak just chalks up to sibling rivalry.

She wishes she had an oppa like Shin, and then remembers, “I have an oppa too! Tae-hee oppa!” Indignant, Shin stops in his tracks and accuses her of being this close to taking Tae-hee to her favorite restaurant in Canada. Lol, you can’t be pissy over things she didn’t do yet!

She says that she’s only ever going to go there with Shin, but he spits back, “Yeah right! You do go!” She wonders how he knows, and he runs away from her like a child.

It’s graduation day for Eun-tak, and she sits quietly at her desk as the other girls take group pictures and celebrate. The class president surprises her with a phone call, and suggests that they keep in touch. Eun-tak agrees with a little smile, having finally made her first living friend in the world.

Then it’s time for the parents to be let in to congratulate their kids with flowers, and Eun-tak looks especially dejected as she sits there alone. But once the crowd clears the doorway, a familiar pair of snazzy red heels appears, and Samshin Granny struts into the classroom and gives Eun-tak a hug.

Samshin Granny pats her on the back and says she did well, and that her mom would be proud of her. Eun-tak remembers the time this same woman gave her spinach on her birthday, and asks why she’s getting a hug.

Granny pets her on the head and touches her face sweetly, saying that it’s because Eun-tak is pretty, and she was very happy when Eun-tak was born. Suddenly a memory of the old grandma who wiped away her tears as a little girl comes back to her, and she realizes that it’s the same grandma.

Granny shushes her with a smile and hands her a bouquet to congratulate her. On her way out, Granny stops in front of Eun-tak’s nasty teacher and says to her, “Child, could you not have been a better teacher?” The teacher bursts into tears right then and there, and Granny levels a stare at her before walking off.

The teacher runs out of the room wondering why she cried, and in the hallway, Shin walks past her and recalls seeing her face in Joseon. He narrates that every hundred years or so, one or two people are reborn with the same face they had in a previous life.

Joseon, 1861. An innkeeper with that teacher’s face serves Shin a meal, and he sees far into her distant future, where he describes to his companion a strange world where they speak the same language, but people seem to cherish a piece of scrap metal as if it were a precious child.

He mimes what he saw. Hahaha, it was a vision of high-schoolers tapping on their cell phones and posing for selfies. He tells his companion to remember this rectangular object, for future investment purposes.

In the present, when Shin enters the classroom and sees Eun-tak, he remembers now that he caught a glimpse of her looking exactly like this, back in Joseon when he had seen a vision of that innkeeper’s future life. He realizes that they did cross paths once, and didn’t know it.

She waves happily to see him there, and as they walk out, Shin keeps staring at her face and wonders how he could’ve seen her then. She asks when, and he says he saw her from a very long distance, calling it a strange and beautiful thing.

Eun-tak asks what he saw exactly, and he says he saw his first love in Joseon. Well that’s not the thing to say! She scoffs and clips out in shortened teen-speak that she’s not curious and didn’t ask, and he asks what strange language she’s speaking.

He demands to know who gave her those flowers—was it Tae-hee oppa, he grounds out jealously. She says that if Tae-hee oppa had come, she wouldn’t have sent him away, and brags that she has other friends to bring her flowers.

She asks Shin to take her picture, and then when she takes the camera, he keeps posing for her, thinking she’s going to take one of him. Instead, she keeps bypassing him to take shots of the school and her classmates, to remember the good and the bad. Poor goblin just stands there trying to look pretty for the camera, to no avail.

Thinking of the new friend she made on her last day of school, she supposes that good things come late, just like Shin. He takes that literally and says he tried to come early, and adds that Deok-hwa had to work and Reaper is depressed, but they passed on their congratulations.

Eun-tak sees that Reaper came anyway, as did Sunny. Shin looks over at them and guesses that they came to see each other, not the graduate, and Eun-tak gets an idea and leads Shin through a door portal.

Sunny admits that she came here to see Reaper, thinking that seeing his face would help her make a decision. “But seeing your face… I just like it,” she says. He ventures a tiny smile.

They relocate to a coffee shop and she asks about his research, wanting him to share his findings and return her ring next time. She asks him to give her flowers to Eun-tak since that’s what she bought them for, and she’s confused when Reaper passes his bouquet over to her.

He says that his are for Sunny, because that’s what he bought them for. “I wanted to give someone flowers, just once,” he says timidly. She’s touched, but it makes her ask again who he is, and Reaper knows that she won’t believe him, but admits that he doesn’t know. She sighs that everyone in that house says unbelievable things and must be unbelievable beings, and that there are never any answers for her and Reaper, and everything seems headed towards tragedy for them.

Shin gives Eun-tak her mother’s bankbook with the insurance payout as a graduation gift, though Eun-tak says she can’t access the money until Aunt signs over her legal claim to it. Shin tells her that he got Aunt to sign off on it, and that the present is from her mother and he’s just the messenger.

Her eyes fill with grateful tears, and she thinks she won’t be able to spend any of it because it came from Mom. He says that her mother would’ve wanted her to use it, and that it would’ve been her deepest wish to provide for the 9-year-old daughter she left alone in this world.

Eun-tak wonders how Aunt and her cousins are doing, and we cut to them being released from jail. Aunt’s memory seems to return to her, and she vows to track Eun-tak down and get that money back, and her daughter thinks to start looking for her at colleges, since Eun-tak surely would’ve gotten into a good school.

Reaper comes by Shin’s room with a new death note, and Shin guesses that it’s for Grandpa, but Reaper says it’s for Eun-tak. Again the card is blank to Shin’s eyes, but Reaper says it’s a deadly fall that happens in two weeks.

He wonders why Shin isn’t cursing god, but Shin figures that this will happen countless times, and he can’t lose it every single time. He thinks of Samshin Granny’s warning that Eun-tak would face death again and again, until one day he wouldn’t be able to stop what’s coming.

She’d called his choice a childish one, and said the best course of action was to pull out the sword. Shin says now as if responding to her, “I’m not going to try my best.”

Shin sits Eun-tak down and shows her the death note, and tells her it’s hers. He admits that he’s been keeping a secret from her, and tells her the truth about being fated to die if she doesn’t pull out his sword. She realizes that all of those accidents weren’t accidents, and he confirms that death will keep coming for her as long as she doesn’t pull out the sword, and that it’s just the fate she was born with as the goblin’s bride.

Eun-tak says with tears in her eyes, “God is so cruel, to you and to me.”

She cries herself to sleep that night, and then in the ensuing days, she hilariously flip-flops from one extreme to the other, just like Shin did early on. First she decides that she’ll just die and be reborn and come find him again, and he passively agrees.

Then she decides that she’ll pull out the sword, since he could live forever and never meet another bride. Again he agrees. Then finally, she comes to him crying and declares that they’ll die together so that neither of them has to be alone.

She’s quivering, and Shin stops humoring her and says sincerely, “Ji Eun-tak, look at me. You’re not going to die. I’m going to make it that way. I’m going to stop it. I’m going to stop all of it.”

She bursts into tears and he hugs her close, apologizing for the fate she faces because of him. “But we have to cross this,” he says, “I don’t know what door we’ll go through, but I won’t ever let go of your hand. I promise. So trust in me. I may be a bigger person than you think I am.”

The next day, Eun-tak heads out for work, and Shin tries to stop her because it’s too dangerous. But she argues that even if she’s going to die tomorrow, she has to live today, and living locked up in a house afraid of death isn’t living.

“So I’m going to work, and prepare for college, and walk the same path I’ve always walked, and come home, because that’s life. So you die trying to save me, and I’ll die trying not to die. I trust you,” she says. She argues that she has too many things to live for, most of all him. He relents and tells her to summon him if she senses any danger, and then spends the day pacing in the house like a worrywart.

When Shin’s hands start to smoke, he senses that he’s about to be summoned, though he doesn’t look amused when she calls him to fix a flickering street lamp that she deems dangerous.

She continues to abuse the summoning privileges, calling him when she sees a dangerously handsome man in the street, or when she spots a pretty outfit that’s dangerous for her bank account. When she summons him and says that she missed him so much she couldn’t breathe and that was dangerous, he smiles the cutest smile ever and says, “Me too.”

He must really be in a good mood, because it suddenly rains down cherry blossoms in the dead of winter.

Later, Sunny walks down the same street and gapes at the unseasonal bloom.

Reaper contemplates the jade ring and heads to Sunny’s shop, which is empty for the night. He sits at the table where she was drinking earlier and starts to leave the ring on table, when he hears a noise at the door.

He’s so startled that he drops the ring, and in his haste to look for it, he’s nearly discovered by Sunny, who’s returned to the shop because she forgot her phone. She doesn’t seem to see him, despite having already walked into the room, and he quickly dons his invisibility hat and disappears out of view.

He’s relieved when she picks up her phone and walks out, but then she comes right back inside, holding a cherry tree branch. She starts to calculate someone’s height and guesses that it’s about this high… and swipes the branch right over his head, knocking his hat to the ground. Eep.

Reaper materializes right in front of her the second the hat comes off, and they stare at each other in shock.

Sunny shakes as she says this is the answer, and calls it so unbelievable that it makes everything else a little believable, like how he knew her name, why he doesn’t have a name, and why he never had answers.

She knows he did something to her last time and asks him not to do it again, and he assures her that he won’t (erase her memory), and will just be found out.

She asks again what he is, and this time he answers, “I’m a grim reaper. I knew I shouldn’t, but I dreamt of a happy ending. But as expected, it’s tragedy. Shall we break up now?” Tears stream down her face as he waits for her answer.

Eun-tak texts Shin an update that she’s finished her college orientation and registered for classes, and her two remaining ghost friends walk along with her while chattering away about boyfriends.

The bitter ghost girl who always talks about her ex convinces Eun-tak to go deliver a message for her, so the three of them head to the ex-husband’s office building that night. Eun-tak checks her lighter to make sure she’s got backup, and finds the ex-husband at his desk.

He takes her up to a precariously high landing on the side of the high-rise building, which seems like a Very Bad Idea for someone who has a pending death note involving a fall! Come on, now. It doesn’t really occur to her because she’s busy passing on the ghost’s message that she knows all about the cheating ex-husband using her life insurance payout to buy his mistress gifts.

Eun-tak gets fired up on the ghost wife’s behalf, and the husband grows increasingly agitated, especially when Eun-tak starts talking to the ghost right in front of him. The ghost wife continues, and Eun-tak repeats, “Is that why you pushed me off the roof that day?”

It hits Eun-tak like a ton of bricks, the crap she’s just stepped into, and she looks around nervously. And in that very moment, her death note changes. That’s no fair!

The ghost wife says that she’s got an incriminating recording, which only makes the husband more agitated to hear. Eun-tak worries that this has gotten out of hand and says they could all die like this, but the ghost wife says she’s already dead, not caring that Eun-tak isn’t.

Unsurprisingly, the murderer husband’s first thought is to push Eun-tak off the building, and he starts to back her towards the railing. Eun-tak stammers that she really wasn’t planning to call her boyfriend for this, and warns the man that her boyfriend is going to be pretty pissed.

The husband just chuckles, so Eun-tak takes out her lighter and blows out the flame. In an instant, the husband gets slashed in the back and goes tumbling down the staircase.

Eun-tak looks up to see Shin standing up above, his goblin sword in hand. He sighs, obviously upset with her, and she ekes out an apology in a tiny voice.

Shin kicks the husband all the way to the police station and says, “Go receive your human punishment. If you receive my punishment, you’ll die.” The husband crawls into the police station while babbling his confession.

The ghost wife apologizes to Shin, who doesn’t look sympathetic. He approaches her, but Eun-tak jumps in between them to defend her friend, and he argues that she almost died tonight.

She knows, and hurriedly tells the ghosts to go on their way because she’s going to be in some trouble. The ghost wife thanks Eun-tak sincerely for listening to her, and the ghosts vanish.

Eun-tak is quiet until they get home, and she asks meekly if Shin is still mad at her. He turns around like he’s going to yell at her again, but this time he just grabs her in a bear hug and says he’s not mad—he was worried.

She asks why it feels like she’s in trouble, and says that her heart stings. Shin argues that it can’t sting worse than his, like he went to hell and back countless times in the past hour.

She sighs that they’re a pitiable pair, and he says she’s wrong. She calls them unfortunate then, and he says no to that too. She asks if he’s done being mad at her now, and again he says no. To retaliate, she says that in college she’s going to go on lots of blind dates and wear short skirts, which of course gets a resounding “No!”

Reaper and Hoobae meet for coffee, and Hoobae notes that Reaper isn’t looking so good these days. He’s here on official business, to ask Reaper to file the official paperwork for his other missing person (not Eun-tak), and Reaper says there’s nothing to report really, since he doesn’t know anything.

His other missing person is a soul he ran into twenty years ago—someone who was dead, and seemed to have been lingering here a very long time. The soul wasn’t afraid of grim reapers, which Reaper had never encountered before, and he got away.

At the chicken shop, Eun-tak’s ghost friend introduces a new face in town, who’s been around a long time and has a lot of know-how, and even got away from a grim reaper twenty years ago. Eun-tak starts to say that she had a similar experience when she was nine, when the man enters in slow motion, wearing a plain white hanbok and looking creepy as hell.

He walks up to Eun-tak with purpose and then lifts his face… Ohmygod, it’s evil eunuch Park Joong-heon. He reaches out a decayed hand and says, “It’s nice to meet you. So you’re the goblin’s bride.”

He licks his lips, revealing a tongue so black it looks like it’s covered in ink, and Eun-tak looks up at him, terrified.

 
COMMENTS

Well, consider me creeped out. That guy is way scarier as a dead guy. It was an effective entrance for the only real villain that this story has, other than the nebulous fate or god, and I look forward to what kind of trouble Park Joong-heon will infuse into the present-day storyline. I do wish the setup for his introduction had been subtler; this show is so in-your-face with the exposition, and it could’ve been an interesting mystery if we had even heard of this dead man who’s not afraid of reapers before today. I imagine that he’ll have a lot of beef with both Reaper and Shin, and that Shin will want very much to get his revenge for everything he lost because of this man’s evil tongue. That’s a conflict I want to see play out (hopefully for longer than one episode), especially now that Shin is the one in a position of power. I mean, what good is being a god if you can’t smite your enemies, right?

I’m glad that Shin told Eun-tak the truth about death coming after her (finally, no secrets between them), though it then annoyed me greatly that she forgot his very specific warning not to go to high places and put herself in danger anyway. I was with her about living your life even with death on your tail, but then she went and nearly got herself killed, and I was rolling my eyes at her stupidity. I suppose I should just be grateful that she went through her death angst pendulum on fast-forward, and we got to see the comical highlight version instead of in real time, after we watched Shin go through it about three hundred times in the first half of the drama. At least he’s actively fighting fate now (and maybe god) and trying to live, which is a relief. I was touched by Samshin Granny stopping by on Eun-tak’s graduation day, and it made me hope that Granny was being sincere about just having a particular fondness for Eun-tak, and wanting her to survive. I know she and Shin are at odds, but I would like to believe it’s because they both love Eun-tak. It makes up for her having been so alone in the world before, to have gods looking out for her, and being a literal godmother to her on a day when she needed her mom.

The one thing I really wish for Goblin is that it would pick up the pace, because while I enjoy the episodes, I find that every big revelation is exactly what we expected and weeks later than when we wanted it. We all knew who Reaper and Sunny would end up being, so the fact that it took until Episode 11 for Shin to reunite with his sister is a bit frustrating. The development makes me happy—any forward movement makes me happy in this show—I just want everything faster, so that we can get past the information we already know, and learn some new things for a change. And if Sunny isn’t going to remember her past life, I want Shin to make a connection with her in the present day as her oraboni now. His attempt to appeal to her taste from a century ago was hilarious, and I want him to keep trying to win her over, even if he fails miserably at it.

I also want more from Reaper and Sunny’s relationship, because the bittersweet yearning is beautiful in light of their tragic love story, but in the present they haven’t even fallen in love, and they keep breaking up. Could we give them a chance to date first? Or better yet, let’s have Reaper finally catch up and find out that he’s the king, and actually deal with the consequences. I know it won’t be pleasant—broken bromance and all—but isn’t it also the thing we’ve been waiting for all this time, that will finally change the game? I know it will bring more angst, but at least it will be different angst, which I would prefer. Especially since Reaper thinking that a reaper-human romance is impossible is pretty much the least of his worries, except he doesn’t know it. Is it bad that I hope the villain is here to blow the lid off of everyone’s secrets, which makes me root for him a little?

 
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I was so afraid that eun tak couldnt blow out the lighter in time.. cant it be telepathic instead of having to physically blow smth? hahaha. currently the telepathy only works in desperate times

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My theories

1. Deok Hwa is a God -- that white butterfly -- one among the many gods & goddess.

2. Secretary Kim were General Kim Shin's right man, who stab sword at Kim Shin's heart.

3. Eunuch that evil crazy psycho still wandering around on earth as a ghost maybe because he still have unfinished business like any other ghost. That unfinished business was to take revenge on Goblin and Eun Tak are part of it because she is Goblin's bride.

4. In the future when Eun Tak was 29 years old, she will meet that CEO and that CEO was Kim Shin. Kim Shin still alive because he found and open the door that he mentioned before to show determinations of him like how determinations of humans to fights for their life, fate & destiny (Refers to human that enter tea room of grim reaper desperately to find a toilet and still alive)

5. Grim reaper and Kim Sun will have a happy ending because true love always win. (Kim Eun-Sook nim, please fulfill my wish. Thanks) Hahahahaha

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There's a thread in Soompi forum that say DeokHwa is probably Elder Wol Ha (Cupid) so yeah I think they're right.

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He was possessed? How do we suppose to guess that writer nim... Aarghhh...
Goodbye whoever god who possessed DeokHwa's body. Though I still don't know what his name.

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2. That could be! Maybe that's why Shin chose to be his patron. I thought he was a reincarnation for the evil eunuch but that's totally out the window.

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LOL!!! If Deok Hwa was a god... He would probably get his credit card first...

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Well... who knows, maybe he just puts an act to catch everyone off guard.

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It would kind of explain why he keeps going out for drinks with the mother goddess Samshin Granny who Lee El plays....

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#3 He is definitely different from the other ghosts. It looks like he has been in his own personal hell. He is a tormented soul, unrepented of his past crimes. He doesn't deserve to be reincarnated.

I do agree with GF that he should have made his appearance much earlier if he was intended to be the villain in the current time too.
He is pretty scary and no I'm not rooting for him one bit.

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Hai Kiara.. I miss you.. Actually I'm waiting your theory, opinions, comments, explanation, discussion.. because it is interesting for me ..

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Hi Amy. You are too kind. I feel the same way about the rest of the commenters here. I feed off of their comments and explanations too.

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I agree to all except number 4. I believe the CEO is her best friend from high school because she said LETS STAY IN TOUCH.

Also, I think this creepy old soul in number 4 will try to possess Eun Tak.

And yeah please make the Reaper happy :)

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No, it can't be her friend from high school because if you recall the conversation she had on the phone, she said she was there to meet a man, not a woman. So it's most likely Shin. At least that's what I want to believe. :-D

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what if the future CEO is Deokhwa? maybe goblin and ET had a happy ending and they were just meeting deokhwa who eventually took over the place of CEO?

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No 5! I want that too!!!
I was surprised to see evil eunuch ghost. I thought he reincarnated to Chairman Yoo's secretary

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and the surprise is, the Secretary and the Eunuch were played by different actors. All of our questions and guesses will be there in ep 12

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But guyssss do u remember in ep 8, KS was like talking and sort of like whining to the white butterfly?? I cant seem to get that off my mind.... i dont know but i dont think DH is the butterfly, no?

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I've been refreshing the website for the past few hours and finally the recap is there. Thank you for the fas recap, girlfriday!!

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The ending though, I'm devastated.
Who knows what will the next episode brings--is it heading towards the inevitable devastation?
Only deities know...

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Sunny and "homeless fashionista," please. The lonely legend of the shining blue sea goblin.

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LOL they would get along so well!!

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Episode highlights:
1. Sunny discovering GR's identity
2. Samshin halmae coming to graduation
3. Goblin saving ET before the fall (I freaked out because I thought he killed him)
4. the ENDING damn that gave me chills

Also, it is almost certain that Deokhwa is otherworldly. He knew about GR-Sun-Goblin connection without anyone telling him. Also in the preview it seems as though both Samshin grandma and he have been waiting for Park Joong-won to finally appear.

I wonder what the teacher has to do with the story? Was her past life scene just that? Or is there something more? Now that ET has graduated high school, I guess that's all there was to her character? Pretty random.

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Sometimes the review next ep will trapped us
I guess they just make us believe Deok Hwa has something important like being God

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Also: I'm pretty sure the "dangerously handsome" guy ET saw was actually Gong Yoo irl LOL

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Well Gong Yoo is dangerously handsome, especially in all his expensive long coats. I find myself waiting for what coat he will wear next. LOL

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This drama though... is like coats CF, with Reaper and Goblin as the model.

Love all those beautiful coats wore by Goblin and GR :)

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OMG!! All that heroic slow fog walking were PPL ... I would buy coats like that any day.. haha..

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And I read that people do buy those expensive coats. The ones Gong Yoo wore in earlier episodes were sold out already. Insane!

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according to one article, over $40,000 in just coats by ep 10

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and that is JUST Gong Yoo's coats

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Gong Yoo is so dangerously handsome. I've never been so taken aback by Korean actors the way he just rips right through my eyes.

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The teacher scene was there because Kim Shin saw her future when she met her during Joseon. And in that scene, he saw she reincarnated as a teacher. He saw that graduation scene, smartphones and all. And of course Eun Tak.

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ooooh. that makes sense. thanks!

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Oh! I haven't seen the episode, yet what I thought was that he crossed paths with Eun Tak's past life. Thanks!

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Could Deok-hwa have the place bugged?? I've lost track of the things he wasn't supposed to know, but where they any that a few microphones & cameras couldn't explain???

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hmm..his relationship with samshin grandma is still mysterious.

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i'm pretty sure his appearances in the past few eps gave a big hint that he is more than who we think he is (inc the preview for the next ep as well) -- as stated in theories above, a deity.

a pity that now he only appears to show his little bit of know-it-all powers (i.e. finding eun tak, and sun & shin's relationship etc), it'd be great if they could integrate him in more but at this stage it's tricky i suppose. nonetheless, i'm pretty sure it's not anything to do with hidden cameras and what not, he's not human....

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The appearance of Ghost Park Joong Won reminded me of what happened in Arang and the Magistrate. I have a feeling that Samshin and Deokhwa (assuming that he is the deity) have been waiting for this opportunity in order to expose ghost Park Joong Won, since he's been MIA for so long. Also, in Arang, it is said that ghosts become malevolent if they stay on earth for a really long time. Considering that the Eunuch is evil to begin with, I think he will become even more evil. So creepy. From now on, I'm going to watch Goblin in the daytime. haha

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This writer is not known for "originality."

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The deokhwa part got me confused too.
So i started to list what he should have know based what is already shown on the show..

He knows that the queen was goblin's sister (coz reaper and him saw the scroll).

He knows reaper could see somebody's past life when he touches them and he also knows that there are high chances queen reincarnates (the produce 101 scene).

He also knows sunny as his building tenant, so chances are he has sunny's files.

I guess, maybe deokhwa overheard this. Or myb he was the one being told to fill up sunny's restaurant lol

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Deok Hwa was there when Shin said that the Goryeo queen was his sister; but I don't know if I missed it where he was told about reapers abilities to see past lives when they touch you. Although he couldn't have known about the queen's connection to Sunny though so I'm totally with the theory of him being a deity -- but the writer could be just leading us to nothing of course. Can you imagine, there really was only one human in that house after all! Lol!

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Deokhwa knew about the Grim Reaper's ability after police station incident, when he brings tofu for Grim Reaper

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DH knows about Grim's ability to know a person's past life by touching them because he was there with Grim and Goblin in Episode 3 when Goblin asked Grim if the boyband member was the King reincarnated and grim replied that he needs to touch the person to know

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#3 i worried about that as well! When shin appeared and sliced the eff out of that guy i was like "great.. euntak now you made him kill someone" but then he was not so yay.

Euntak this girl.. despite the numerous comments saying her character is annoying whiny or a cry baby. I actually like her. I grew fond of her she's like the baby sister i wished i had lol our girl is a trooper. I wish she would take care of herself more tho

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I thought Kim Shin really sliced him dead. Then revived him off screen (remember he revived the dead man in hospital during one of his angst scene). The man's shirt was pretty bloody and torn apart no he can move normally after all that...

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I like her too! I honestly think her aegyo is quite cute rather than gushy. KGE has a lot of charm, and I think she's playing the part very well.

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It does seem like the reincarnation scene of the teacher doesn't exactly hold much significance now. But i feel that KES like to introduce variables that might be key to the plot development in the future via some random encounters that the audiences might overlook. I.e. The man barging into the GR tea room. I strongly believe that was to introduce the 'human's will can overcome all' factor, which is what will save ET and the goblin. As for this reincarnation of the teacher thing - it might be to introduce the rule that once in awhile, some ppl will get reincarnated with the same face. This knowledge might be important later on.

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The part about "once every few hundred years, a person gets reincarnated with the same face" has been introduced before, by Shin. And this time (with EunTak's teacher), we are reminded of it, probably to set the stage for tying up a few loose ends around, here and there.

And of course, to watch Shin-EunTak be more vocal about their jealousy (Shin and him seeing his "first love in Joseon", who is actually EunTak in the future Shin saw thru the Joseon innkeeper/future teacher)

Maybe as the grim reapers are gathered to "help" deal with the 2nd missing soul (evil minister Park Joong Won), Shin will see the other hoobae reapers who actually have a part to play in his Goryeo past. And collectively, these persons will identify Grimms as Wang Yeo.

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We know that Dukkie is one of the gods.
Maybe he has a role in getting rid of evil Park because there must be a limit to goblin and reaper's power.

I think the teacher's story is more to do with Eun-tak. Shin said that something to Eun-tak along the line of "you and I started before you were born."
Why Joseon? so random. It's not as interesting as goblin, reaper and Sunny's connection to their past.

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It might be a little random but that scene with the teacher gives us an answer to Eun tak's question if she and Shin met in previous life. Well technically they didn't meet but he saw her in "past".

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Maybe people have already speculated about this before I don’t know, but I’m gonna throw it out there anyway. But wouldn’t one way for a Grim Reaper to remember his past life be to let another Grim Reaper touch his hand? I mean if my memory serves me right they don’t touch among themselves either and that might be the reason, because they actually have a rule against it or maybe they are just so used to avoiding touch that even amongst themselves they do it and it has just never occurred to them that this would be one way. It would also explain why Hoobae Reaper is also connected to all the main characters. I mean he lives in the building owned by Granny and right above Sunny. What does anyone think?
Also when evil eunuch appeared he looked so deformed, it made me wonder if Shin did actually kill him when he choked him. He looked to me like he had been tortured for a long time prior to death considering how Ghosts in the drama tend to look like how they looked at the moment of their death. Maybe Wang Yeo was able to finally see how evil he was and he executed him in a terrible way… It may also be wishful thinking on my part because well I’m not merciful and he hurt my Grim Reaper baby so much in his past life I actually do wish something horrible on him…

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Wow. I never thought about that! That’s totally plausible, and would make sense because he’s in almost every episode, even for just a short scene. They’re bound to see each other because I think GR will come and visit Sunny eventually.

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I also thought that maybe that was actually Hoobae Reaper's secret task, because he is also the one that tells Reaper about that other Reaper that received his wife's death card, remembered everything and ran away with her. Maybe there is like a special Reaper squadron that is actually in charge of making other Reaper's remember their past lives in order to bring fate about or whatnot....

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" that other Reaper that received his wife's death card, remembered everything and ran away with her"

I know this is tragic but I find this story really hilarious!!

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Agatha regarding your theory evil advisor PJW tortured by king WY is not possible because the king already died when goblin KS returned. The goblin is the one killed evil advisor.

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Ohhhh so the body Shin found wrapped was the King's? For some reason I thought it was the Queen's, but it would make much more sense for him to say "I'm too late!" Over the King's body that over the Queen's, since she was pretty much dead already and the "being late" implied that he was too late to save the King he was sworn to protect... Now that make sense.... Man and here I wanted that evil guy to suffer....I'm vindictive sorry XD

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so...if the king dead that time, then Grim Reaper are King's reincarnation?

I'm forever confused lol

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Interesting question Nana. I was going to say no but maybe the grim reaper is the reincarnation of the king. In the last episode Kim Shin said that the reaper had only been around for 300 years. It seems like it took enough time for the king to grow up for Kim Shin to come back. If that is the case, what happened in the transition between king and reaper? So many questions in this drama!!! I

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I've always thought that the grim reaper was the policeman who stared lovingly at the queen before she was killed. this would give Sunny and the grim reaper a history of love throughout history.

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It's been a pretty universal topic of conversation since the first 2 episodes that Grim and Sunny are the King and Queen (with some going off track and alleging Grim is the Queen and Sunny the King--which made no sense with her name being Sun, the same as the Queen's). When Kim Shin arose from the dead and went back to the palace, many years had gone by. His sword had rusted and corroded and the Whispering Snake Eunuch had gray hair. He most certainly killed the Eunuch and the Eunuch is obviously a ghost now and a Missing Soul. I'm guessing the reason Goblin said he was too late is he also wanted revenge against the King for killing his sister and his entire extended family and retainers.

I am still sticking with my original theory that the King loved the Queen very much. He had finally come to realize that his 'trusted' advisor was actually a Snake whispering evil in his ear, but knew the Snake had immense power. He also knew the Snake was threatening the one thing he loved, his Queen. He saw Kim Shin's death as a way to placate the Snake and protect his queen so sacrificed his friend, mentor, and BIL.

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That is very plausible! I've always wondered how he'll regain his memories.

About evil eunuch, I thought he died when Shin burned the palace? Didn't he have black hair when he died? Or do people in the palace wear wigs just like in Western courts? Or was it he just because he lingered for such a long time with all those negative feelings and intent? Anyway, it would make sense that he won't be scared if the reaper turns out to be a puppet he used to manipulate.

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I think some time passed before Goblin's being brought back to life, by that time King matured and dyed maybe in his 30s, so eunuch probably aged by that time, and idk if Goblin killed Eunuch or if he dyed by other hand

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He is deformed because he was burnt by kim shin along with the king's corpse and his palace.
Me think, that was explained by his blackish appearance.

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Yes, I agree. I think PJW soul was roaming ever since he was killed by Shin and burned in that palace fire.

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I thought he was blackish from having been strangled? Either way, creepy as hell. *Shudder*

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I don't know why reaper hasn't been able to figure out that he was the king. Is he in denial? He felt the connection to the young queen in the painting. He painted her himself.

1 He cried when he saw her painting + 1 He cried when he first met Sunny = 2 since he was not her brother then he must be her husband the king.

I don't think there is any rules at all to when a reaper would regain their memory. It just happens randomly like that one reaper who remembered his wife and ran off with her.

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But Grimms does not have any memory of himself, not even his name or what he used to do. And there would have been many people who would have interacted with the Queen in her lifetime. How was he to know that he was exactly the significant-other of the queen?

He *might* question it NOW, since Shin answered in ep 11 that the portrait was drawn by King Wang Yeo and contained his "sin, regret, longing".

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He can feel it and cries over his encounter with Sunny and the painting of the queen from Goryeo for a couple of episodes now. It wouldn't have that effect on him if he wasn't part of it.

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I believe Kim Shin killed the the scholar (aka Eunuch) when he became the Goblin, and returned to late to save the King.

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I noted the height difference between the 2 hugs

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I just scrolled up to check! Lol

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Maybe they forgot the apple box on hug no. 2. Lol.

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That would probably be me and Gong Yoo (in the second pic) if I were to hug him in real life. waaah *wishful thinking*

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/sigh/ Me too. I saw this comment by Korean viewers how Gong Yoo's height is like Namsan and his shoulders so broad like the ocean lmao. He is a tower. Fan accounts always describe his handsome face and model-like proportions.

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Sigh... He is so good looking that at times I just pausetbe screen and stare a s swoon.

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He was extra swoony in this episode. Whoever is picking his clothes for PPL is doing a great job.

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I didn't notice that! lol! Good eye

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I'm probably gonna need more than one box/crate if I ever get the chance to hug him! Lol!

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i live in indonesia, and i watch it at 12 AM GMT+7, right after the subtitle released. Can you imagine how i scare of this Park Jung Won's ghost?? wahhh, it's really creepy, the editing, backsound, and his make up character, can i say it's really fucking moment for me in the night
I used to scare for horror movie and I never watched it, but I can handle korean horror drama like master's sun, oh my ghostess or let's fight ghost

But it's really hard for me to handle, can you imagine I need to go to bathroom in the middle of night after watch this damn Park Jung Won's ghost.
I need to refresh my brain with some romanve scene before going to bed
Wahhhh, Park Jung Won ghost is really creepy

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HI mhinee, glad to see another Indonesian here. I haven't watched this ep yet, so I torture myself with this spoiler.
Nah, Park Jung Woon's ghost is not scary. Except for his punishment with black tongue. The scary one is the female ghost that appear in earlier episodes, the one who wore gray sweater/shirt, remember when her pupil turned to slit? That's how the real "ghost" look like.

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glad to know i'm not the only indonesian..
that evil eunuch ghost is totally creepy..! even scarier than the ghost in master's sun or let's fight ghost..and addition to that sound background.. ckckckc..

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+1 another indonesian in the group hehehe

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I search youtube for TvN snippets of the latest episodes (1-2 mins long) on Fri and Sat evening. They usually come out 1-2 hours after Korean screening, which is also close to midnight here in Singapore (GMT +8).
And I regretted watching it last night cos I caught that eerie scene of PJW appearing in front of EunTak and licking his purple tongue... WITHOUT understanding a single word of Korean dialogue... it felt worse....scarier!!!

Goblin is *THE* reason why I wake up at 7am on Sat/Sun, to watch english subs on DF. Hahaha

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It seems that Ji Euntak's storyline has became a little irrelevant to me now as I became too invested in the other 3 characters. Their past lives have become far more interesting that I don't care abt her and became frustrated whenever Euntak's scenes goes over a minute long. Is she really that naive and thoughtless? I was so annoyed when she kept on summoning Kim Shin for the fun of it eventho he has mentioned about how death would come to her continously! And the rooftop scene, had it never occur to her how creepy or even questioned as to why she had to follow him up to the rooftop... I always feel like the goblin was more considerate of her than she was for him.

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I agree, I'm not interested in Eun Tak and Goblin's story much anymore. I get their "big" dilemma but it's been dragged on for some time now that I have decided to congratulate them when they decide on what they want to do. I found myself forwarding through their scenes this episode.

I am totally invested in the whole Grim Reaper-Sunny track line now that's we've got Zombie Eunch in the picture! Feels like this has been a runaway plot line that now feels like the main plot. I'm enjoying it though. I also want to know what the heck is the deal with Deok Hwa. Is he really a deity or is the writer totally playing us!?

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Yes, me too! GR x Sunny x Goblin story has drawn me the most for the past episodes. I am soooo curious how it turns out.

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I feel the same. No more development in their character and the plot has run super long. I finally understand what JB/GF said in prev recap about how director leuvv to lingers and do slow-mo. Oh and getting too repetitive in puting flashback. FF button is a bit abused in this ep.

It's unfortunate since they are more than enough interesting stories to be told. Like maybe hiccups/conflict between Goblin and Sunny when he try to rekindle their relationship. Or even fast forwarding to Reaper being enlighten about his identity and going into internal conflict of his relationship with Goblin & Sunny. I relate to GF about happiness to see creepy eunuch to blow lid of pots and make things going faster.

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Goodness! So I'm not the only one. To be honest, I couldn't care less what happens to Goblin and his bride. I just skip the parts whenever the both of them have scenes together. However, I am on tenterhooks, and can't wait to know what happens next with Grim reaper and Sunny, and how their lives are convoluted with that of the Goblin. Whenever these three characters come on, they are so charismatic and so intense!
Peace!

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you know,, i think this will relevant with euntak's story..
if anyone here watching master's sun,..there is a reason that gong shil can see a ghost... to become a vessel of the lost soul..
so i think, euntak will be a vessel of kim shin, wang yeo and kim sun grudge..
maybe the reason she become a goblin's bride, not only ended the immortal live of kim shin, but also helping him releasing his grudge for the king..

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I feels the same. Seems like Euntak becomes secondary characters after KS, GR and Sunny. I'm liking second half of this drama cause there are less about them rn. Nobody brings up about the sword pulling now and I ok with that. I guess I'm are feeling this way probably because they drag and lingers on KS/ET too much on the first half with little development, it feels like I already get most of KS/ET quota? Right now, the Goryoe portion and GR/Sunny are far more interesting especially now they reveals that the other missing soul is that evil park joongwon. I wonder what will he do and whether it will finally help uncover GR's forgetten past life.
So I dont mind we wrap up other plot cause obviously they will dominate the last 2 episodes anyways. hahaha

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Count me in. I wasn't (and I don't think I am now) anti-ET as a character, but the choices made by the writer/ director/ actress really bum me out. I hate seeing her act so cutesy one moment and whiney the next - are we supposed to forget that she lived through a terrible childhood with her relatives? Everything seems so peachy for her now, and she's just wallowing in these overly long, bratty moments with Shin. Repetitively. The last parts of this ep had me cringing so much when she kept speaking in that weird act-cutesy unnatural voice. Ugh.

I wish Deok Hwa and some other secondary characters receive more screentime; the main couple is just dragging things out way too much.

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I know product placements are necessary because those companies pay for the drama, but would it hurt the director to be more subtle??

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Yes. The PPL is having more progress than Eun Tak hence can have more time on screen haha

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Wow. I never thought about that! That's totally plausible, and would make sense because he's in almost every episode, even for just a short scene. They're bound to see each other because I think GR will come and visit Sunny eventually.

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I knew Park Joongwon isn't the reincarnation of the secretary. And does he look even creepier or what?? Him and his purple lips and tongue, ugh ew. He's for sure the other lost soul that the grim reapers were talking about.

I absolutely love the Kim siblings interaction, I need more of them seriously! This episode further confirms/hints that Deokhwa isn't human, how the heck does he know Sunny is Shin's sister? From the preview, he seems to be waiting for eunuch Park?

It seems like Yeo might be getting his previous life memory back from the preview? The question is will Sunny ever get her memories back, I kind of hope she does.

Anybody notice the sangoon holding the "medicine" for the queen is indeed the pretty grim reaper from previous episodes. Makes me wonder if everyone who was involved in that incident all became grim reapers?? So many questions unanswered, only 5 episodes left... can't tvn extend this show T_T

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Everyone from Goryeo has been reincarnated with their original name. Secretary Kim couldn't be evil Park.
Secretary Kim would fit Shin's loyal comrade from Goryeo who died with him.

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Hi cherryarrow! I'm not sure if you were the one who replied to me from last episode's recap, but were you the one who was pointing out that the Goryeo court lady looks like the female reaper? 👍👍👍

I can't understand anything from next ep's raw video, but it looks daebak. Can't understand a thing they're saying, yet I cried.

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Oh my god! The scene when Kim Shin meet Sunny is so funny! I keep replay that scene! I keep telling my brain that 'this is a sad scene not a funny scene, have a little bit sympathy' but it's not working. I'm laughing so hard I think I'm waking up my neighbors!

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I have been waiting for Shin and Sunny odd sibling interaction and we got tons although it's mostly hinged on Shin failing miserably at making her remember him. His attempts are gold!

And Shin being the protective brother and not letting Grim get back with his sister is so hilarious!

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Me too, being waiting for them to interacted with each other for ages now.

She was just so clueless and he was so full of hopes

His attempts definitely are gold!

Shin as a protective brother is fun to watch 😂

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Pus the natural bickering before he even found out! Lol!

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Yes, I love their bickering too.Lol

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I find it weird that Park Joong Won ran away from Reaper 20 years ago. He didn't recognize him? He's the king right? Lol.

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He needs to touch a person to know their past lives. I'm not sure if the same would apply to ghosts/missing souls. He probably would not recognised Park Joong Won, just like he couldn't recognised Sunny when he first met her.

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I meant. How come PJW couldn't recognize the face of Wang Yeo?

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Maybe he did? I guess that's supposedly why he wasn't afraid of his reapers according to his reputation with other ghosts.

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Maybe PJW did recognize him. Not much information about that moment has been given yet.

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Every time we switch back to Goryeo it's always amazingly good, and super heartbreaking. To me it may have looked like Sun defied Yeo to be on Shin's side, but really she died for Yeo. By ensuring that Shin would step forward and hence, she kept Yeo's throne for him, even though he was never in danger of that. That's the saddest thing of all, that she died for him and he never realised it until she was gone.

I saw this theory in which the poster was very insistent on Sunny being the king in her previous life, and while she/he may have made some potentially valid points, I feel like the disconnect may be because they didn't understand the East Asian tradition for death? The pantheon is different, the concept of reincarnation is also different, as well as the idea of having to pay back debts that you've incurred in your previous life. I remember the poster saying that Sunny couldn't possibly be the queen because Grims was always bowing to her and being subservient, but I believe that can be explained simply by the fact that Sunny is Grims' debtor. He owes her big time, and needs to grovel to her in this lifetime (of hers) to pay it off.

Also why does Eun-tak's name in Hanja keep changing?? Kinda weird.

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*creditor lmao, definitely not debtor

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Are you talking about the posts on soompi? Lol I saw that too. Facepalm, big time.

Oh yeah, Euntak's new hanja sounds terrible, no one in their right mind would ever name their child that in real life.

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I can't really remember since I've read many things on a good few websites haha.

Yeah!! Really weird choice of Hanja, and isn't 聽 청 (chung) in Korean anyway? Doesn't match up...

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And who the heck has the word "啄" in their name... Do they want to be a bird? I'm assuming this is just the PD's mistake... Hey at least her last name is still the same.

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What does her name mean in hanja?

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@Reena

池(her last name) 听(to listen) 啄 (to peck)

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Bird..?? Hahahaha that hilarious..

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Her hanja is usually written as = 池恩倬

Not sure why her hanja looks different from before...

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no wonder! i assumed the guy was gonna die cus i didn't recognise those hanja. PD-nim pliz

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I can only recognize the hanja "池" (Ji) since that's one of the few hanja I can recognize because my bias is Ji Chang Wook. LOL

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Don't worry too much about the Chinese characters used. Most young Korean audiences can't read Chinese characters that are outside a few hundred to thousand commonly used ones and don't care much about them. Drama makers are not going to put much thought or consistency in Chinese letters they randomly use.

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I agree that most young Koreans wouldn't really be bothered about the Hanja, but for a show that uses Classical Chinese as a working language for their interpretation of Hell, it's a little too sloppy with consistency.

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Aww.. true. He was such a young and foolish king. She secured his throne and didn't lost her loyalty to her brother. It's sad that it was already late when Yeo discovered the truth.

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Reaper is kind of the same way with Shin. He is kind of below the Kim siblings like he wasn't their king in the past. So I guess it's payback time?

I think Shin will still stay loyal to Yeo even if he found out that he was the king who killed them. He failed to protect him too. Maybe he should've taken care of evil Park before it was too late.

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I was scrolling to see your comment as u always highlight important points of the episodes. if it's not too much to ask can you please tell me what her name card changed to? I mean it seemed to me it changed to something else from dying by a fall. Thanks again 🙂

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I checked out that scene again and it goes from this:

池听晫
Ji Chung-tak (but really it's Ji Eun-tak lol why did they change the Hanja)
二十歲
20 years old

丁酉年 壬寅月 乙亥日 十九時 十分 墜落死
2017.02.17 19:10 Dies from a fall

to this:

池听晫
二十歲

丁酉年 癸卯月 戊子日 十九時 十分 墜落死

Basically her death date has been changed, but I looked up the dates and they don't match up at all. The guimao month comes after the renyin month (which was the original month that was written on her death card), so it doesn't make sense that her death would be postponed instead of being brought forward? Also, the day (wuzi) doesn't exist in the month (guimao) that has been changed. So it's a production error? Or I'm just reading the lunar calendar wrong, I have no idea lol.

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I mean the wuzi day does exist in the guimao month, just not in the dingyou year (2017) that the Goblin universe is currently in.

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Hmm, I think the only reason they were going with these Chinese characters was because of exporting the drama to China ( I mean it makes a lot more sense these death lists and cards being in English nowadays considering that is the langua franca in the modern business world). Now that China has unfairly blocked Korean entertainment over the TTHAD issue and most Chinese are watching K-dramas illegally, I think the drama makers must have stopped paying attention to such trivial things as proofreading Chinese characters that are just being used as props.

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True, true, but I presume they stuck to Classical Chinese because that was the (written) lingua franca of the Korean peninsular for a very long time, including the Goryeo period that Shin was from. So to use it would be add authenticity to the traditional mythology that Kim Eun-sook is borrowing from, though I guess China is sort of a consideration in most Korean dramas nowadays.

I just find it weird that they would be this sloppy with things that the show has established to be important to the plot, like names (Samshin Halmae was able to keep Grims from taking Eun-tak by virtue of her having a name as opposed to 'No-name' on the death card) and times. Consistency is a virtue, Goblin!

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Yeah, I noticed that the hanja has been really messed up the last episodes.

听 isn't even hanja, I laughed aloud to see a simplified Chinese character in there that made absolutely no sense.

Odd that a drama that puts so much thought into every miniscule detail would miss out on something like this?

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Unless it's been done purposefully to show that their recent actions and desperation have changed their fates? :/ Or maybe I'm giving them too much credit and the regular hanja reader had the flu or something.

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@Emmy: They've been messing up with the Hanja for a while now. Another variation of Eun-tak's name appeared in Grims' application for her death card, and apparently Chairman Yoo's last name has been changed as well on his card too? I don't know what's going on :(

@Bobbie: Maybe, but with the characters different, the person the card is referring to is completely different as well. I remember how Samshin Halmae could save Eun-tak when she was nine by invoking the fact that she had a name while the soul on the death card did not, but the present situation is that the card supposedly does refer to Eun-tak, which is super weird to me. Maybe the regular Hanja proofreader called in sick like you said lol, or they just goofed.

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Thanks a lot! your effort really makes a difference for us fans who can't read hanja/hangeul. So the change in the card kinda proves KS's theory of opening a new door by will, right?

Again, Thanks for the insight.

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Yes, it would be great if they were more consistent and meticulous. But the sad reality of K-dramas is that they are still filled with cringe-worthy non-Korean languages (especially English and Mandarin) that would take minimal efforts to improve on.

I don't know what traditional mythology KES is borrowing from. Yes, Koreans have heard of Granny Samshin and Grim Reaper, reincarnation, dokkabie etc. But the impression I get is she is just making things up as she is going along (using these basic ingredients) and in my opinion, not doing a very thorough or impressive job.

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I know there are those who find reincarnated Sunny/Yeo not as compelling as their Goryeo counterparts, but I think the modern love line holds its own. It's a lovely dynamic; the lonely immortal who's nothing but secrets and doesn't even have a name to offer and a woman who find his eccentricities endearing but yearns for him to open up.

I found the simple bouquet of dandelions so sweet and the Grim Reaper's line about wishing for a happy ending even though he knows better and expecting a tragedy absolutely killed me.

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In a way the modern Grims/Sunny love story is even more tragic than their Goryeo one, because theirs is destined to fail from the very beginning. He can't give her the answers she's looking for, and she can't help but constantly wait for him--it's another one of the gods' awful machinations, isn't it? Reincarnation is supposed to be a shot at another life, but as Eun-tak put it in a simple yet beautiful way, this may just be the stage where Yeo and Sun are watching that seed they planted their last lives grow. Reaping the harvest of that seed could be in the life after this, or the one after that, we don't know.

Maybe it's just not time yet for them to be together, and failure now doesn't mean it'll be the same forever.

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Are we placing bets on Deok Hwa's identity? I'm going with the angel option.

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I bet on the god of marriage option!

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A great counter to evil Park who broke up marriages and relationships. I think we are going to see his the real identity when he face off with evil Park.

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oops *the*

edit button I miss you!

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I think he's wolha noin/月下老人/god of marriage whatevers.

He's definitely not human though!

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I'm still voting the Human Being option.Lol.

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Putting my bet with you. He is just a human being..

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I just looked up Korean Mythology and I am going to guess he is Sang-je.

"He's the Heavenly Emperor, and therefore king of the gods. It's through him, that many humans, as was many cases in the Korean pantheon, become gods"

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He's an angel of the Almighty God, sent to earth as the guardian angel of Kim Shin.

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This would make sense since Samshin Halmeoni is respectful towards him, considering she's a deity herself.

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I think both Deok Hwa and Sam Shin are guardian angels of Goblin and Eun Tak respectively. They can shape shift into whatever they choose (Deok Hwa into butterfly, Sam Shin in different human forms).

This would explain why Deok Hwa appeared as a butterfly when warrior got turned into goblin, Sam Shin has always been around to protect Eun Tak (also feeding her). That's why Sam Shin is so concerned with the Goblin not making Eun Tak pull out the sword.

That, or Deok Hwa is the marriage diety Wol Ha lol

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I'm guessing the Jade Emperor!

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I was going with God (as in the god of all gods) but also kinda leaning to angel.

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