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The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 13

So many big things are happening in this show lately that part of me is excited (finally, big plot movement!) and part of me is scared for what’ll be left for the final three episodes (flashbacks and musical interludes?). But let’s focus on what we do get, because it’s pretty momentous stuff, and we gotta get a move on if we’re going to fix a bromance that’s been broken for a millennium!

Note: The Lonely Shining Goblin will only be airing one episode this week, and plans to air Episode 14 next Friday, and the final two episodes in a double header next Saturday.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

After learning that Reaper is the reincarnation of the young king who betrayed him, Shin walks up the steps of the temple with purpose and greets him with a stranglehold. “General Kim Shin is here to see the king,” he announces. The coldness in his voice sends a chill up my spine.

Shin wonders if he was blinded by the 900 years that passed, and calls Reaper by name: “You are Wang Yeo.” That brings tears to Reaper’s eyes, and he asks, trembling, “In the end am I… that man… am I Wang Yeo? That young and foolish face is mine?”

Shin says that the battlefield was always hell, but they returned, enemies vanquished. He cries, “My soldiers, my young sister, my innocent family—they were slashed with swords and shot with arrows before me. On command! Because of one word spit out by a young and foolish king!”

Reaper breaks down in tears, asking again if that was really him, so heartbroken that it shakes Shin’s resolve. Shin begins to squeeze his hand around Reaper’s throat, but at the last second he wavers and drops his hand. He says that he remembers every minute of that moment every day of his life, then scoffs that Reaper must be living comfortably with no memory of it.

Thinking of that sneering young king saying that heaven would never be on Shin’s side, Shin throws back at Reaper, “Even though 900 years have passed, heaven is still on your side.” He walks off, leaving Reaper devastated. Reaper returns to the temple to ask at the altar what he did, why his memories have been wiped, and what choice he made. He wonders just how cowardly he was.

Eun-tak searches the empty house and paces back and forth in worry, and jumps to greet Shin when he finally returns. He tells her that he met Park Joong-heon and Wang Yeo, and tells her to go pack a bag because they’re staying at Grandpa’s house.

Shin wonders why she isn’t asking him anything, and realizes that she must’ve known who Reaper was. She admits that Park Joong-heon told her as much, but she didn’t know his motives, and determined that if it was a fate Shin was meant to face, he would.

Deok-hwa is confused when the goblin couple arrives at his house with bags. Eun-tak says that she’ll go stay with Sunny to keep an eye on her, volunteering Deok-hwa to drive her there.

Deok-hwa asks if Shin and Reaper had a fight, and why Shin was the one to leave his own house. Eun-tak guesses that he’s being considerate, given that Reaper doesn’t have anywhere else to go. Aw.

Sunny shows up at Shin and Reaper’s house, though no one is there to answer the door. She thinks of Shin saying angrily that she was protecting that fool even in this life. Does she remember Reaper despite his attempt to wipe her memory?

By the time Reaper arrives, she’s gone, and he stands outside on the front stoop for a long time, unable to go inside. When he finally does, he finds the house cold and empty.

Sunny seems to remember everything about Reaper and how she recovered the memory of her past life (when Eun-tak asks how, she answers, “sexily”), and Sunny says that this must be her fourth life, because she met her brother and her lover in this lifetime.

Eun-tak hopes that this is her first lifetime, because she’d like to be with Shin in her second, third, and fourth lives too. Sunny counters that Eun-tak might feel differently had she seen her stubborn oraboni in Goryeo, wondering with a sigh why he came back from war knowing he’d die.

Up on the rooftop of Sunny’s building, Hoobae Reaper argues with landlady Samshin Granny over the utility bill, thinking it unfair. She agrees that fate is really unfair, talking to him but thinking of Sunny and Reaper. She wonders if they’ll have to pay the steep price of fate, then tells Hoobae to pay up in cash.

Shin drinks and drinks and drinks, thinking of the young king sending him to his death and banishing him from his homeland, and Reaper telling him sincerely that he doesn’t want for Shin to die.

The next day, Hoobae Reaper tells Reaper that someone may have run into his missing person, and we see that female reaper meet Park Joong-heon again, after she’d touched Sunny’s hand.

She denies seeing herself in Sunny’s past, but Park Joong-heon reminds her of the poisoned tonics she presented to the queen with her own hands, and says that his sins are her sins. He promises to keep her secret, if she keeps his.

Park Joong-heon watches Sunny like a creeper while she works, and now that he’s made sure she is the queen, he declares that she’ll have to die by his hands in this lifetime too. But just as he says it, Reaper appears before him and lifts his hat just high enough to glare at him. Aw, yeah.

Reaper still doesn’t know who he is, only recognizing the soul as the missing person who’d escaped from him twenty years ago. Reaper calls him a demon feeding off of human darkness to survive, and Park Joong-heon argues that he only helped along the dark ambition that was already inside of people.

We see that he was actually the demon whispering into people’s ears every time Eun-tak was in danger: when Eun-tak’s mother was hit by the car, when that bicyclist nearly caused the bus crash, when that murderer ex-husband was about to shove Eun-tak off the building.

Reaper strangles him and demands his name, but Park Joong-heon just poofs over to the other side of the room and says knowing his name won’t do anything when Reaper doesn’t even know his own. He offers, “Shall I tell you? As always, you’re holding something lowly.”

They both turn to look at Sunny, who can’t see either of them. Park Joong-heon says that even in this life, Reaper will hold tightly because it’s precious to him, and she’ll die. With that, he vanishes and appears in the street below, possessing and sucking the souls out of people and making them collapse.

Even after that, Reaper can’t seem to put the pieces together and just wonders if that demon knows him. You think?

Shin sighs dejectedly as he thinks of all the times he and Reaper cooked their meals together, all the beers they shared, and all the times they laughed together.

Reaper calls Deok-hwa in that moment, and Shin answers the call, though he doesn’t say a word. Reaper begins to speak, but then realizes what the silence must mean, and the screen splits to show both goblin and reaper sitting alone, not speaking but not hanging up. Oh, you two.

Eun-tak comes out of class to find Reaper waiting for her, and at his request she draws a picture of the goblin’s sword, given to him by the king. Reaper guesses by her lack of questions that she’s on Shin’s side, and he asks if she’ll take his side, just once.

He hands her the jade ring and asks her to return it to Sunny, since he doesn’t think it’s good for him to have that excuse to see her. He assumes that Sunny won’t remember him at all, and Eun-tak doesn’t say otherwise, but thinks to herself that Sunny seems to remember him just fine.

At the chicken shop, Eun-tak asks if Sunny is still waiting for her king, and Sunny sighs that she can’t anymore when the person who loves the king is a traitor’s sister. She says it’s confusing to have Sun’s memories blurring with her own, and she wonders if Wang Yeo was sad when she died, because all she saw was his back as he walked away.

Sunny muses, “He told me only to keep happy memories, but even that must’ve made me happy, for me to remember it all.” Eun-tak decides against giving her the ring and tucks it into her pocket. She reaches over tentatively and holds Sunny’s hand, making her smile.

Sunny goes to see Shin and asks him to let go of what’s past, but he points out that what is a past lifetime for her is his current life. He says, much like he did back in Goryeo, that he has nowhere else to go but forward.

Sunny says her answer is the same now as it was then, and she tells him to go if he must. He makes it clear that if he goes forth this time, it is not to forgive Yeo. The answer pains her, but she says she’ll be okay, and promises to truly become happy in this lifetime.

Reaper sits in his room staring at the sketch of the goblin’s sword, thinking about how Shin has lived 900 years with it stuck in his heart. All of a sudden, the sounds of wind chimes rattling puts Reaper on high alert, and he vanishes out of his room in a flash.

He reappears in his tea room, where the chimes are ringing, and finds two men in black sitting at the table, who introduce themselves as the Reaper Division Investigation Team. Ruh-roh.

They’re here to investigate reaper misconduct, for outing his identity as a reaper to a human and using his powers for personal gain. Reaper only realizes now how many times he’s abused his memory-wiping ability and other powers, and readily admits to his sins.

He says he’ll accept whatever punishment he’s due, but the investigators tell him that grim reapers are human beings who committed grave sins, who endure 200 years of hell and then choose to erase their own memories. But as his punishment for breaking the rules, they tell Reaper that he will have to face his sins once again.

Instantly, Reaper is struck with a sharp pain, and he clutches his head in anguish. His memories come flooding back, and we flash back to Goryeo, just after Shin and Sun have been killed.

Park Joong-heon reports of nothing but praise for the king among his people, but Wang Yeo overturns his dinner table in a rage, and this becomes his habit day after day, year after year.

He remains just as angry as he becomes an adult, and then one day, Park Joong-heon orders tonic instead of a dinner table, and the court lady’s eyes widen. Despite likely knowing what is in the tonic, the king drinks it without hesitation.

He spends his days drawing portraits of his dead queen like an obsessed maniac, drinking more and more tonic until he completes that final portrait that Shin has in his possession.

A court lady brings him Sun’s bloody clothes and the jade ring he forced on her finger the day she died, and he crumples into a sobbing mess. He wanders the streets like a madman, calling out for anyone who wants to wear this beautiful robe and this ring.

The one who answers is Samshin Granny. She asks him for the jade ring and says with a smile that she’ll have a use for it someday in the future, so he blankly tosses it to the ground at her feet. When no one claims the queen’s robes, he tosses them into a fire.

At the palace, the court lady brings him another bowl of tonic, and the king says, “My people, my lieges, my woman, even me—no one loved me. In the end I could not be loved.”

He orders for more tonic to be brought, because he knows what’s inside and wants to end it all at once. The court lady falters, so he tells her that it’s a command.

In the present, Reaper gasps as he recovers his memories, and the investigator tells him that the biggest sin is to take your own life, and says that he will now remember his sins and the hell he lived through to pay for them. Reaper is taken off duty for the time being, until further notice. But! What about Eun-tak’s death notes?

They leave him alone, and Reaper breaks down crying, “I was Wang Yeo. I killed them all! I killed myself.”

Shin sits at the temple, asking the souls of those who died what he ought to do about Wang Yeo.

When he returns home, Shin flares up in anger to find Reaper standing in his room, gazing at the portrait of Sun. He snatches it out of Reaper’s hands and tells him not to lay his hands on it again, because he doesn’t have the right to cry in front of this painting.

But Reaper stops him in his tracks when he says that he gave Shin that sword, and that he killed everyone: “I was Wang Yeo.” Shin slams him into the wall and says that he did kill everyone: “You killed, and killed, and even killed yourself. Your woman, your loyal subjects, your Goryeo, even yourself—you could not protect a single one of them!”

Shin seethes as he says that he should’ve lived to the end, when Sun gave her life to protect his. Shin says that Sun knew her name would be the next out of Park Joong-heon’s mouth, and so rather than see her king give up everything because of her, she chose to die as the sister of a traitor first, to protect him.

Reaper spills more tears, confronted with the truth. He cries that he put that ring on her finger so callously, and that it was passed between them in this lifetime too. “Please kill me,” he begs.

Shin lets out an incredulous laugh as a tear trickles down his face. “You’re throwing yourself away this time too? I think it’s enough for you to carry the sin for killing you,” Shin says.

Eun-tak gives Sunny the ring and apologizes for holding back a few days, because she didn’t know if passing it on was the right thing to do. Sunny picks it up and muses that the shaman was right after all, that one person’s regret, sin, and longing all belong to her.

She figures that she’s tied to Reaper because of her past life, but she asks why Eun-tak is connected to her brother. Eun-tak just calls it fate, and Sunny asks if she has any strange powers too. “I can make it rain a little less, and I can make the first snow come a little early,” Eun-tak says.

Sunny asks why her brother ended up a goblin, and Eun-tak says it’s because the world needs strange and beautiful miracles. Sunny guesses that Reaper became a reaper because all people die, and Eun-tak doesn’t really know what to tell her, so she says that it’s because there is death that life shines.

Eun-tak’s blood suddenly runs cold at the sight of Park Joong-heon in the window, and he zaps himself inside and greets Sun as the lowly warrior’s sister and lowly queen. Seeing what he’s after, Eun-tak jumps in front of Sunny protectively, and Park Joong-heon tells her that it’s not her time… yet.

Eun-tak tells Sunny to grab the lighter in her coat, while Sunny just looks around the empty restaurant wondering what she’s seeing. Park Joong-heon grinds out, “Yeo was no different than a son to me, but that bitch ruined everything. I’m going to kill her!”

Eun-tak shouts for Sunny to hurry, but Park Joong-heon suddenly appears right in front of her face, and Eun-tak instinctively covers Sunny and braces for impact. The goblin’s mark on her neck glows green and Park Joong-heon is repelled and vanishes, as Eun-tak falls to the floor unconscious. Wait, does that not call Shin to come to her rescue?

Later Sunny helps Eun-tak home and asks what all that was, when she said she was a person. She quotes the lyrics of “Some” and asks if she’s a “person like a person, but not a person,” and Eun-tak laughs it off.

Eun-tak lights a match to summon Shin, and when he appears, she runs into his arms and they say they missed each other. He says he’ll come to get her soon, and then notices that the mark on her neck has faded so much he can hardly see it anymore. He thinks that means he’s put her in harm’s way too many times, and that now it’ll be hard for him to know when she’s in danger and needs him. Great.

He can tell something happened and asks if she ran into Park Joong-heon again, and Eun-tak says she did, but Sunny was the one he was after. Shin tells her not to worry about that: “Someone else will protect her.” I don’t even think he means himself.

Shin promises to come get her soon, and he thinks back to god-Deok-hwa’s cryptic message that he simply asked the questions, and they needed to find the answers. Shin says now that the question has been asked, and he and Reaper need to come up with the answer.

Reaper fills out the official report on missing soul Park Joong-heon, and asks Hoobae Reaper to process it for him. He warns Hoobae to be careful, because Park Joong-heon has been feeding off of people for 900 years, and can’t be handled like any other soul.

Hoobae also hands over Eun-tak’s death note that was sent to him, now that Reaper is on probation. Reaper stops him from opening it and says that Hoobae never saw it, to make sure he isn’t liable. Her next death date is a week away.

Eun-tak looks in the mirror and sees that her mark has faded, wondering what Park Joong-heon meant when he said it wasn’t her time yet.

Shin finds Reaper and they exchange terse words: Reaper warns him that Eun-tak is due to die, and Shin guesses that it has to do with Park Joong-heon. He in turn warns Reaper that Park Joong-heon is after his sister, and says, “Protect her. Just once, protect my sister, the way she protected you.”

Reaper asks why he came forward that day in Goryeo, when he knew it would be his grave. Shin says he simply wanted to tell him something, and that it was only on the day Yeo was sure that Shin would die that he showed his face.

Reaper asks what he wanted to say, and Shin recounts the last words that his brother, the late king, had said on this deathbed as he made Shin promise to protect Yeo—that he’d looked after Yeo by not looking after him.

On that day, he says he marched up to the palace to say, “By your half-brother the late king, by my sister whom you loved, by me who protected your Goryeo… you were loved.” Reaper is floored.

Shin says he was going to lay down his sword and ask that Yeo kill Park Joong-heon; he just didn’t know that sword would end up in his own chest.

Suddenly Shin is struck with a sharp pain in his heart, and he thinks back to Park Joong-heon taunting him that he couldn’t be killed so easily with a sword made from water. Shin realizes now, “I’ve come this far, and yet in the end I must take up this sword.” Lightning and thunder strike overhead. Well that’s ominous.

Reaper looks concerned and asks if the sword is hurting him again, and Shin says that this was the sword’s purpose all this time—to slay Park Joong-heon. But… to do that it would have to come out of you first… noooooo.

Sunny cries at the memory of meeting Reaper for the first time, and she tells herself to pull it together and stop the tears. It’s because she knows Reaper is waiting outside to follow her wherever she goes, and she pretends not to notice, despite how conspicuous he is.

He follows her everywhere like a shadow all day, until they reach the bridge where they first met and Sunny asks if he’s her stalker, because he’s been following her for days. He swears that it’s not the case, but she says it was nice to feel like they were on a date, and calls him Kim Woo-bin.

Reaper’s jaw drops and he asks how Sunny remembers him, and she says it’s his fault for doing his mind-control the wrong way, because he told her to forget all unhappy memories in this or any lifetime. He’d naturally assumed that would erase him, but she says all moments with him—difficult and sad ones included—were happy for her.

Sunny asks if her dying to save him led to a happy ending for him, and Reaper begins to cry. She muses that if he looks this young, he must not have lived very long, and he says, “Every day was bitter longing.” She chides him for his actions then, and he says, “Because I was foolish.”

Tears pool in Sunny’s eyes and she wipes his tears away sweetly, saying, “You could’ve realized that a little sooner.” She can’t believe she fell for him again in this lifetime, and wonders if it’s because he’s handsome.

But then she slides the ring off and gives it back to him, asking to break up for real this time. She begins to cry as she says, “I’m not going to fall for you in this lifetime. This is the only punishment I can give you.” She adds in her funny mix of English and formal address, “Goodbye king,” and walks away, leaving him in tears.

The little boy who lives near the chicken shop gets bullied by the older kids again, and Eun-tak yells at them when she sees him getting pushed around. The little boy threatens to use his wind-blast superpower on them and the older kids laugh, but when he stretches his hands out, a gust of wind suddenly blows.

Eun-tak looks over her shoulder and smiles to see Shin there, and gives him a proud thumbs-up. I love it when he uses his goblin powers for stuff like this. She tells the little boy to be careful not to use his superpower on people because it’s dangerous, and the boy runs off happily.

Shin suddenly says they should go on a trip, and Eun-tak is giddy at the idea, thinking that he seems happy. That’s exactly why you should be worried! Have you never seen a drama? We’re right at the entrance to Noble Idiocy Highway!

They pack up and head to a guesthouse, where Shin grills up meat and Eun-tak takes pictures of him. They read back to back for a while, and she makes him fall into her lap, caressing his face sweetly.

As they sit outside, Shin says he has a present for her, and Eun-tak puckers up her lips and closes her eyes, which he thinks is the cutest thing. The present is two copies of the contract she made him sign before trying to pull out the sword, and he says they’ll each take one.

She doesn’t like that he’s taking the original and giving her the copy, so she jumps him and tries to attack him with kisses until he gives it up, and they laugh and squeal as he plays keep-away.

But later when he’s alone, he’s awash in tears as he reads over the contract, with his promise to be summoned at the first snow of each year. He remembers how before, he told Eun-tak that there was no such thing as forever love or forever sadness, only to end up wanting to live because of her.

He breaks down in heaving sobs, and then one by one, he visits people and remains at a distance, saying quiet goodbyes. I knew it! Grar. He watches Deok-hwa misbehaving at work and says that he’ll miss him a lot. He watches Sunny smiling at customers and thinks that she looks comfortable and healthy, and that is enough for him.

He goes to see Eun-tak at school, and she runs to him as brightly as ever, making him smile. He says he missed her, and has a favor to ask regarding Park Joong-heon.

She admits that she’s been curious why Park Joong-heon appeared now of all times, after 900 years. He asks her to be brave for just a little while to help him figure that out and deal with Park Joong-heon, and takes her to the roof of a skyscraper.

He reminds her that he’ll call her, which is when she’s supposed to summon him. She takes out her trusty lighter and says it’ll be a piece of cake.

He turns to go, then suddenly whirls back around and launches at her with a kiss. The intensity of it makes her suddenly worried, but he just caresses her face and looks into her eyes one last time before teleporting away, leaving her feeling unsettled.

Shin goes to face off with Park Joong-heon, who isn’t afraid of the goblin’s water sword. Shin expects as much and lets Park Joong-heon poof away.

Eun-tak takes out the children’s book about goblins where she tucked away her dried buckwheat flowers from Shin, but when she opens it, the flowers blow into the wind like dust and scatter. Foreshadowing, check.

Park Joong-heon appears before her, but this time, Eun-tak can’t see him at all. He smiles devilishly, and at the same time, Reaper senses Eun-tak’s death note changing. She’s now set to die tonight of a heart attack, in twenty minutes.

It dawns on Eun-tak that Park Joong-heon’s timing might have to do with her—that he was waiting until her mark faded, so that he could use her to pull out the goblin’s sword. What she doesn’t realize is that he’s creeping up on her as she says this…

Shin calls and tells her to summon him now, but as she fumbles with the lighter, Park Joong-heon strangles her and leans her precariously over the ledge. She finally manages to get a flame going and blows it out just in time, and Shin knocks Park Joong-heon back.

Shin stands in front of Eun-tak, his sword at the ready, when suddenly Eun-tak grabs his sword with her bare hands and tries to stab herself with it. Shin makes it disappear into thin air, horrified.

Eun-tak says she knows why Park Joong-heon waited until now, and pleads with Shin to kill her. “If he enters my body, it’s over! He’s going to use my hands to pull out your sword!” She cries that she was already fated to die before he came along, and screams at him to kill her now.

But in that moment, Park Joong-heon possesses her body and says she was right, but Shin is always too busy looking back to notice. He says, speaking through Eun-tak now, “So you will die at my hands.” Oh shiiiiiiiiiiit.

That’s exactly what Shin seems to be waiting for though, and he doesn’t move at all as Park Joong-heon closes Eun-tak’s hands around the sword lodged in his heart.

In that moment, Reaper appears and shouts in a commanding voice that the dead will answer to the grim reaper, and calls out three times, “Park Joong-heon! Park Joong-heon! Park Joong-heon!” On the third cry he’s forced out of Eun-tak’s body, and she goes limp in Shin’s arms.

Shin lays her down carefully, but then… he takes her hands in his and pulls out his sword anyway. Agh!

The blade goes from blue to red as he yanks it out with all his might, and it’s glowing with fire as he lifts it above his head. He seems more shocked than anyone that it’s finally out, and Eun-tak’s eyes widen when she sees what’s happened.

Shin wastes no time and winds up for one mighty swing at Park Joong-heon. At first it looks like the sword hasn’t cut him down, but Park Joong-heon says he isn’t upset about dying, since he got to kill Shin again. His eyes go wild as he says, “Look, in the end, it is destruction,” before he disappears for good.

The deed done, Shin falls to one knee, barely able to keep himself propped up with his sword. He looks over at Reaper, who’s already crying.

In formal address to the king, Shin says, “Forgive me. It is now that I send word—that I died a heroic death.”

He lets go of the sword, and it disappears. Eun-tak runs to him, sobbing and pleading with him not to go. He’s barely hanging on, as he hugs her close for just a little while longer.

He touches her face and says, “My life was a reward because I met you.” She cries angrily that she doesn’t want this, and that he promised not to let go of her hand.

Shin: “I’ll come as the rain. I’ll come as the first snow. I’ll beg for god to let me do at least that.”

Eun-tak wails, “Don’t! Don’t go like this! I love you. I love you!” He answers, “Me too. I love you.”

And then he adds, referring to his business-like offer to also love her if necessary, “I’ve already done that.”

He lowers his hand and looks at her lovingly, and then closes his eyes. The flame from his heart spreads, and his entire body turns to red embers, and scatters before her, in the wind. Eun-tak collapses in tears.

 
COMMENTS

Nooooo, is he really gone? Just like that? Obviously there’s going to be some way to bring him back—we can’t have The Lonely Shining Goblin without the goblin, for crying out loud!—but the worry is how. I’m pretty much going to cling to the hope that there’s a magic-presto Get Out of Heaven Free card Shin’s earned with the gods, because giving away all of those sandwiches and setting people on good paths will go rewarded somehow, right? He paid for his sins in the way that was deemed appropriate (even though it seems unnecessarily cruel to have him fall in love and want to live just when death was coming), and he even sacrificed himself nobly to kill Park Joong-heon and complete his original mission as a warrior. So there has to be a reward for that, butterfly-god!

My fear is that if they go the reincarnation route, it won’t feel as satisfying to see Shin come back as a different person. I’m never fully satisfied with reincarnations, because it feels like you lose too much of the original character, and a Shin who isn’t a 900-year-old goblin… that would be so strange. I suspect that’s a very big possibility though, given that a happy ending in his eyes probably doesn’t involve outliving Eun-tak by another 800 years. The one upside to this is that this show has dealt with reincarnations multiple times already, and we’ve established rules that allow for humans to remember their past lives and share a consciousness with them, so there’s a chance they’ll make it work decently.

I find it funny that Shin was always chiding his sister for being so faithful to that foolish young king, when in the end he was just like her. I had expected that Shin’s bromance with Reaper would contend with his 900-year-old grudge, which it did, but I thought it more poignant that Shin had loved Wang Yeo even back then. The moment Reaper learned that was perhaps the greatest revenge, to make him realize how truly idiotic he’d been not to know how much Sun and Shin loved him and what they sacrificed because of it. Making him face his own guilt and stupidity and weakness seemed far better a punishment than killing a guy who was already dead. Now that I think about it, getting to forget his painful past and work as a reaper seems like a pretty sweet gig for a guy who had so many sins. Maybe heaven really was on his side.

I definitely had more sympathy for Reaper before he recovered his memories—once he remembered who he was, I could no longer consider him innocent in all this, whereas up until that point, he had nothing but all of my sympathy because I couldn’t blame him for the things Wang Yeo had done if he couldn’t remember them. Now he’s taken on some of Wang Yeo’s cowardice, in asking Shin to just end his life instead of dealing with his guilt properly, but it’s mixed in there with Reaper’s sweetness and his devotion to Sunny, and I’m so torn between feeling bad for Reaper, who pretty much just woke up one day to find out he ordered the death of the woman he loves, and agreeing with Shin’s righteous anger directed at him for being such a weak and stupid king who didn’t know how much other people had given up to protect him.

Bringing Park Joong-heon into the story as a villain injected it with some great energy, for which I’m grateful after a middle stretch of this show where things seemingly went in circles. His arc suddenly brought about major revelations, raised the stakes and put everyone in danger for a legitimate reason, and gave the goblin a heroic purpose to pull out the sword and die, rather than the standard noble idiot version I was expecting, for him and Eun-tak to fight over who gets to die to save the other. There’s really only so much of that I can take. But I was thrilled when Park Joong-heon attempted to use Eun-tak by way of possession (creepy AND clever!), and though I’m not happy about Shin dying, it befits his character to be decisive when faced with a clear enemy and way to kill him. As a warrior, he would never hesitate, and the fact that he makes this sacrifice when he desperately wishes to live eighty more years by Eun-tak’s side is moving. I’m thinking it’s Reaper’s turn to help get Shin out of wherever he goes now, but until then, I guess I’ll spend the next week waiting for rain or snow.

 
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Episode 13, broadcasted on 13 Jan, brings bad luck to us all because of all the FEELS.
And the cliffhanger devastatingly KILLS.
Worst part of it is that we're only have this episode this week (right?).

Btw, LDW/Grim Reaper/Wang Yeo part is beautiful and aching at the same time.

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This entire episode was sad from the get go. It was so sad that it slipped my mind that there was one hell of a HOT kiss scene. Man, Gong Yoo can kiss!

Though I understand the reason they postpone ep 14, I was still bitter with that news but now that I watch ep 13, I thought it was a genius decision. By doing so, it really gives the audience a deep and lasting impression of Shin's death.

Because the show has been telling us about the reprecussion of pulling the sword from the very beginning and they keep going back & forth with that plotline without any definite resolution whatsoever to the point of being repetitive.

Now that they finally have that grand and heartbreaking scene of pulling the sword and Shin's death, I'd find it a bit weird if suddenly he's alive and well in the upcoming episode the next day. Well, not exactly alive but it's not like he's gone right?

So the impact of his death really does feel as if he's gone and not coming back instead of just, you know, till the next episode. One thing for sure, waiting for next week will be a torture.

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oooooo .... now that i think of it, i agree with you - having a week to think about goblin's death really sinks it in. rather than have him resurrect in the next episode next day.

i'll miss this show so much. i'm not ready to say goodbye

will we even see GY in a drama again ? He is 37 now, not a lot of lead role opportunities as such ... plus his movie career is picking up steam .... gahhhhh

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Wow! When you put it that way, postponing EP 14 does not seem to be such a bad idea. I'm still sad though because I want to know what will happen next. However, if Shin will make a reappearance (HE BETTER! OR ELSE #justiceforgonyoo) in the next episode, seeing him the next day just feels wrong. This way, we'd actually be mourning his departure for a week.

I will miss this show too. It's so entertaining and I was touched in unexpected ways. It's not perfect nor excellent, but it's good enough for me. And yes, when will wee see Gong Yoo again. He's more of movie actor since his return from the military. I hope he squeezes in a drama or two.

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Who is the "LITTLE BOY" in that scenes. Does anyone know or have any ideas, why that little boy appeared more the once? Maybe that boy hold something that help to a new path.

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My theory

That little boy was the reincarnation of Eun Tak's mother.

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The little boy is always talking about his "granny". Definitely something going on there...

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@Herfyjo OMG! If his grandma turns out to be Young Granny–idk what I'll do! That'd be epic.

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Isn't the Wind Bomb Kid the same kid that Samshin Granny cured while he was in the hospital? (See: episode 6) They have the same features but I can't really know for sure because he's breathing through an oxygen tube. Anyway he's always talking about Granny every time so it's a give away.

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He is a movie actor now and it took a lot of convincing to get him to sign for Goblin. In his case I do not think it matters that he is 37...guys still get lots of roles compared to ladies in the same age. He will for sure do more movies but I hope he will do some drama here and there since Goblin was such a success. I assume he will sign only for very good dramas like this one, directed or written by people that can convince him the product is of good quality.

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I agree. I will be looking for him, at the movies too

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Yeah. I pretty much accepted the fact that he'd be a movie actor first, drama actor second. I hope he comes across an interesting project like Goblin. I am happy that his drama comeback after so many years is both good and successful.

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I never go out of my way to track down star interviews but I did in this case and i was struck by Gong Yoo's sensitivity. I felt kind of sorry for him. Everybody prying into his personal life and fans limiting his ability to move through life normally. There is a place that I visited one summer.. I was told on the ferry coming over to the island that many authors,actors and public figures come during the season and it is considered the height of bad manners to interfere with them at all in any way. Don't stare, don't take pictures, don't say hello or tell them that they are great..Leave them alone!
When you think about it, if everyone was starring at you because you were disfigured that would be really rude. Maybe Gong Yoo ' doesn't work as much as he might otherwise because the public scrutiny is oppressive. Maybe the fans should cut Gong Yoo a break. I hope that South Korea takes the upper hand on the paparazzi and star stalking....it is just so unkind

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will he can try and pick good dramas, but it to be remembered that good drama will not always = good ratings. Often the whole rating thing when you talking about good drama is so hit and miss, How many times have you watched a drama and get blown away by it, then see a 5% rating in Korea or drop a drama you think not worth the hour of you life watching and find out it getting 15% or more in the ratings.

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I hope K-Drama realizes the talent of Gong Yoo he is awesome. PLUS with all that talent he is a sexy, good looking man. To me he is a perfect leading man. I will also be looking at his movie career.

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As a long-time fan. I'm sure Korean Entertainment industry knew GY potential. Believe me. It was GY who's choosy with his projects. He have a lot of box office under his belt.

We're under his mercy. Lol. It's really up to him how often he'll accept projects.

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I do think he gets quite a number of drama offers, but he considers them very carefully. It took him years to finally say yes to a KES story and he did say that what caught his interest is the rather unique story of Goblin. Even in movies, his roles are very different. I hope he comes across a really interesting drama next time.

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By reading the recap alone while listening to the Ailee ost (I will go to you like the first snow), makes me shed my tears.

But when Girlfriday said :
"I’m pretty much going to cling to the hope that there’s a magic-presto Get Out of Heaven Free card Shin’s earned with the gods, because giving away all of those sandwiches and setting people on good paths will go rewarded somehow, right?"

I cant help laughing while crying...
This is why i loved dramabeans... Thankyou GF

btw, That Ailee ost - i just read the english lyrics.
And it so sad... T-T
some thing like Kimshin would say to Euntak.

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Oh. Don't just read the recaps on a show like this.

The silent moments in this drama aren't really silent. A picture paints a thousand words. The silent scenes are unfolding a dimension of the story that's rich, beautiful and dense with meaning.

There is a LOT of plot movement in each episode that quite simply is getting missed. It happens via subtext, which is hard to recap.

Also there is a very strong bias against anything that involves making selfless sacrifices for the the sake of the one you love (always calling it idiotic). So they'll miss the significance of scenes showing a character that's wrestling with the mutually exclusive decision of whether to serve themselves or serve the one they love.

And there's also a strong animosity towards God. A lot of the plot development in this drama revolves around a benevolent God who demands accountability, metes out justice impartially and gives second chances. Plot development revolving around this theme largely passes by unnoticed.*

*For example the recap said the ski resort scene where ET was rescued was pointless. In reality it was pivotal. As they showed the butterfly floating toward the lodge it cast a massive shadow below. Suggesting that it was simply a manifestation of a great being; the size of its mass wasn't equal to its volume. Then the lights were blown out to lead Goblin to ET. This made it obvious for the first time that God was working behind the scenes to gather all the pivotal characters together. And he was orchestrating events to give them all a chance at redemption from their past mistakes. ...if they choose differently. The bar scene where this was spelled out in words was really just an affirmation of what silent scenes already told us.

So watch and notice the details. There's rarely a moment wasted.

And yes - based on what the drama has told us thus far - it seems to me that the story is setting up a reasonable expectation that God fully intends to let our OTP have their happy ending. They've paid their moral debts, chosen well and done no one wrong.

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This!!! Thank you :)

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Well said! The Gods work in mysterious ways.

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Yes yes, yes, the White Butterfly God makes the sound of a helicopter. So we might want to pay attention to the GIANT GREEN H to see if there might be something God could do to HELP out at the HOSPITAL where HEALING may need tending to. Someone might need HELP. Someone could have a broken HEART at the HELIPORT (Latin: heaven-port)
I think every thing is going to be OK but I wish I didn’t have to wait until next week to find out

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Oh god! 😂 😂 😂

Subway canceled it like a decade ago, but does anyone else remember the Sub-Club???
They used to give out frequent-purchase stamps you could collect on a little card to get free stuff.

6 stamps = get 6" sub free
12 stamps = get a 12" sub free

so......

??? stamps = get out of death free!

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"Man, Gong Yoo can kiss!"

Kisses in Coffee Prince are not bad [I dunno what 'Big' is], but if I may suggest: A Man and A Woman.

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Of course GY can kiss. There's even a compilation in Youtube on all of his hot kisses. Lol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IMkHlnWIv0

I was actually waiting for it to happen in this show for quite some time now.

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We are all waiting for the mighty Gong Yoo to come back... though after a long time and episodes he's been underutilized into dry kisses, I kind of lose hope.
It is such a pleasent surprise that Shin would suddenly kiss euntak properly..

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Before shooting the rooftop kiss scene
PD: OK Kim Shin, for this one you can do it however you want. I won`t direct you much.
GY: On it. How about the usual Gong Yoo style?
Audience: Yes,please! This is why we watch this drama
KGE: This is why I signed the contract.

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@m3lon4: LOL!!! +10000

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@m3lon4 your comment is gold! LMAO

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oh, A man and a Woman...

Waw, His chemistry with Jeon Do Yeon is Daebak!
Electrifying.

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I was defiantly waiting for the kiss because I feel Kim Shin has been reserved with his emotions. We have known for a long time that he is crazy in love with En Tak but the whole thing has been a mine field of moral dilemmas. I like the way En Tak responds to the sudden passionate kiss. It is defiantly a swoon (and who wouldn't) but her face is surprised and concerned. Surprise: he loves me as I love him. Concern: This feels like the last kiss. But more than this her face looks like her mind has been branded by this kiss, well done Kim Go Eun. Theater has a special niches for death scenes and love scenes. This has a one, two punch and has solid emotional resonance. Think how lame this scene would be if it was played by actors who couldn't act?

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Gong Yoo can definitely kiss. He's in the list of Korean actors who kisses well. The kiss here may not be as passionate as his other kisses (e.g. Coffee Prince, Finding Mr. Destiny, A Man & A Woman etc.), but damn that last kiss is so sweet and so beautifully shot.

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Oh my YES. Go find A Man and a Woman over at Kissasian.com. Very nice love scenes with Gong Yoo. Makes you say oh yeah

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Oh, you make a lovely point. Even though I don't think that was the show's original intent in delaying the next ep, it ended up working out perfectly because Shin's "death" was such an essential and beautiful scene that it's appropriate to temporarily end it there and leave the audience hanging with lingering thoughts and feelings about what just happened. That makes it more meaningful and all the more beautiful.

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" One thing for sure, waiting for next week will be a torture."

+11000000000

i yelled. i cried. while watching this eps!

how they bring our Shin back.

how
how
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howwwwwwwwww

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This is just a prediction so do take it with a grain of salt....

We may find out next week that DeokHwa is GongYoo's child counterpart, much like Kim SoHyun too Yoo InNa. So there'll probably be a time jump where the adult DeokHwa (now the CEO) appear as Gong Yoo with ET--probably--working for him (the scene in the restaurant in Canada). As to how will GY's spirit be back, DeokHwa's body has an affinity to be possessed by deity (see the previous episode) so Gong Yoo whose handled his tribulation well and planting lots of good karmas will granted the deity status or ability to possess DeokHwa's body.
Meanwhile ET probably will drink the tea of forgiveness, to stop herself from taking her own life, just like what Reaper did in his past but she'll probably not going to stay amnesiac for long, since every snow/rains will remind her for her lost memories.

So there it is my prediction.... But I seriously though I may be wrong. As I said, take it with a grain of salt. (^0^)

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Interesting prediction... but then, we won't see GY again? 😭

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I really don't think it's possible as it would mean that the same soul was abiding in the same time and space... and isn't Deok Hwa the reincarnation of that first servant that followed Goblin because of his grandfather's wish?

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True, we're given enough time to savor this melancholy. But at the same time, I want to chide myself for not being able to wait until it finish airing so there'd be no cliff hangers lol. But I guess, I can just binge-watch it again later:)

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I also think that not having episode 14 this week is a blessing in disguise, it allow to us the viewers to have a long lasting impression of his death as goblin and looking forward how writter is going to bring him back, because there are many pic on the internet that shows KS in modern setting that we have not seen that where taken this past week.

Hope that they are not making him come back like a supernatural being that only shows on the first rain or snow.

If he comes back as human how they are going to pull that off.

How about the little boy, could it be that the god that used DH body now took hold of the boy to stay close to our couple??

Also how will Sunny and reaper story will wrap up. She said that she will not fall for him in this lifetime as his punishment and returned the ring back to him.

Too many question, just glad that we didn't saw the finally and we still have 3 more episodes.

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I've read somewhere about the little boy. A keen-eyed-viewer remember him as a boy from the hospital which visited by Shamsin Granny in prior episode. He is a ghost, and his 'granny' might be SG. He might be helping Eun-tak in the future.

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Oh i remember that scene at the hospital, need to re-watch again to see if it is the same boy.

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I love reading everybody's comments and thoughts. You are all so smart and loyal to kdramas.

I was thinking that the future meeting at the restaurant does not necessarily have to be a 'romantic' one.

Could it be that the little schoolboy (as a young man)will meet up with Eun Tak (at29) to share news of what he has achieved with his talents?

Could this young boy be the reincarnation of the little boy who travelled with Kim Shin in the voyage? Dying young at the hands of those nasty men on board would explain why he is still a little boy in this life.

I also feel that there maybe a message behind the "doors". There are so many scenes with doors opening and closing , leading to magical gardens, to Quebec, to home, to the tea house, to the afterlife.
Even Kim Shin talks to Reaper about "finding a door" to change fate (after they witnessed a human opening the door to the tea room)
Eun Tak is very fond of writing. I feel she wrote the letter to Kim Shin and posted it at the hotel so that one day in the future he will receive it ( remember he owns the hotel and other buildings in Quebec)
Thanks for listening,
Peace and love from Australia

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But if the little boy is a ghost, why would he be seen by the two older bullies? And if the three boys were all ghosts, why would they not recognise Kim Shin when he appeared after doing the "wind bomb"?

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@Marce, the little boy in the boat lived. We saw Kim Shin in the earlier episode describe that he buried the little boy he travelled with and then buried his grandson (along with his next generations) in the same place (Quebec).

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About the boy - I think his grandma is Shamshin Granny, as others have said. And maybe, somehow, it's going to host Goblin's soul? Idk

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I was so sad that this would be the only episode this week but I like your reasoning. I'm still aching rethinking about the goblins death and his goodbye to eun tak. Reading the recap gets me teary eyed.

This entire episode was just incredible. Props to the actors and writers. I was not expecting this twist at all with bringing back that demon. It's all tying up nicely.

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Please everyone help me. Please come out with any theories, because I really need it. My heart was so devastated after watching Kim Shin died in front of my eyes.

Please, I really need any theories about how Kim Shin will come back to life and to meet again with our Eun Tak. I can't think of any theories of how it will happen.

So please help me, so that my broken heart can be at peace before next week come. Thanks in advance.

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Here's some:
1. the Goblin's "immortal life" is supposed to end with the sword being pulled out. Note, immortal life. Thus, the gods may be kind enough to give him an ordinary mortal life instead.

2. Goblin sees ET's future as a 29 year old. Tens years from now, ET will be meeting an important Director as a rep for her radio station. I suspect the director is Shin, and he later becomes the director of a branch or subsidiary of deokhwa's family's company. In any case he survives but they do not meet until ten years later.

3. ET's willpower will sway the ordination of the gods.

In any case, I am almost positive that this drama will have a happy ending. KES's dramas have never ended sadly. She always has the audience expecting the worst to ultimately find a positive end.

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My theory, just like Lovers in Paris. It's all just a dream. Lol

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Hahahah, she will kill you for that.

She's a definitely-happy-ending writer simply because she's been traumatized over the backlash she got for that ending.

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@Peeps yeah I agree.... Kim Eun Sook is such a constant happy-ending-writer.. That I could testify, no matter what happens to the characters or story. If it's being written by Signal's writer or Giant/EK/Monster writer I would believe there's a chance the drama will end up in bloodbath. But Kim Eun Sook's drama? No bloody way!
I believe she will bring ending filled with rainbows and unicorns. Besides the characters really need it, Eun Tak-Goblin and Sunny-Grim Reaper really need a happy ending!

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Crossing my fingers and toes for #1! #2 is likely, but I'd rather he not meet up with her as a completely new person in her life. I want them to reunite as Shin and Eun-tak! Not Eun-tak and Mr. CEO!

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Eun Tak and Mr. CEO? Hahahahaha everyone will be mental breakdown then if that really happen.

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As long as Mr. CEO is Kim Shin. The company is rightfully his anyway. I am willing to accept reincarnation because this drama established that a reincarnated one can have the same face and have the memories of the past life with the help of a Grim. The story just needs to work around that.

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Or the CEO is actually DeokHwa who has become a great man after 10 years.

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Deok-Hwa with Kim Shin's face.

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I hope he will come back somehow as himself. Remember whan Chairman Yuu dies he ask give secretary letter telling that kim shin will come in rain and dissappear in blue flame. Concept introduced earlier always used back later in this drama.

Im just afraid that he might only come during rain and snow... oh that will be really sad.

Next week may be laden with grief and tears and flashbacks. Hope things can get much better for our characters.

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I highly doubt Shin is dead, this is only episode 13, if KES really wanted to kill off any of the mains, she'd do it in the last episode.

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I am with u
It's KES
She never make her protagonist death or missing or something like it, you named it
She will make the protagonist death at 2 last ep, such as DotS, secret garden, city Hall
Her style is true love will comes after witnessing the death of their love

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Yup. Like in dots.. where ysj was supposedly dead and all.. but ultimately alive. I also hoped that it will end his life as a goblin and come back as a human

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This writer is not known for sad ending. I think We might see some sort of twist coming, a la SECRETE GARDEN.

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I desperately want some theories too! This Show has had me theorizing like crazy and none of them have come true so far so, I'm gonna just stop now. What's gonna keep me occupied for the week instead are these questions:

What 'secret' did the Eunuch Ghost want the Lady Reaper to keep??(Please no Ghost reappearance! Jahbahl )

At the end of the episode, why did Shin say, "I understand" at the vision of JET's future self? Why on earth he look unhappy when he says that ?

Also in Ep4 (?), dosen't JET send a hand written letter from Canada? Whom did she write to and what? (has been bugging me for some while now.)

Btw keep the theories rolling..

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I, too, have been wondering about that letter JET mailed off in Canada. There must be some significance to it. I don't recall any address on it--it seemed like the envelope was blank? And no stamp? Was it an appeal to God to give her and the Goblin a long and happy life together?

I also think there is some significance that the contract he signed with her was brought up again. I think he is legally (or immortally) bound to return to her as promised. He has stated before that he always keeps his word.

I think he'll be back and they will meet again in Canada. But I also want Reaper and Sunny to have a happy ending. Hasn't he suffered enough? He was in hell for 600 years, then a Reaper for 300, and that's such a sad job. He's clearly remorseful and filled with shame-- give him break, butterfly-god, please! I believe in butterflies and happy endings!!

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Oh yes, 'appeal to God' does make sense!

About GR I totally agree, yes he lived with no consideration for his subjects, his wife, etc. He killed many, was jealous and spineless
But then again, he lived a troubled life with little to almost no happiness to begin with. The only person he solely relied on was a scheming psychotic Eunuch. He ended up taking his own life because of how pathetic and unloved he felt . Hell happened and 300 meaningless years as a GR!. I mean, give the guy a break already.
He seems to be remorseful. Shouldn't that suffice? If not rebirth or reuniting with Sunny, atleast FORGIVENESS should be on the cards right. He is most tragic a character that can be.

Butterfly don't be mean pls

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On the 'secret' - That PJW & the lady reaper poisoned the king (WY) 900 yrs ago.

On KS 'I understand' - Taking what he said before that 'In the end, this is the choice I made. I understand now.' Perhaps because when he first saw that vision, he didn't know yet the circumstances behind their separation, the details I mean. And who wouldn't be sad being separated from a loved one?

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Hi, please don't discuss possibly spoilery BTS or SNS posts by the staff/actors.

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Great move removing spoiler. Someone posted on fb the screenshot of kim shin becoming ashes immediately after the show yesterday when i havent seen it so it kinda ruined it for me.

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Removed already? But I'm not read yet. Anyone do share please. Thanks.

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Uh... no. PLEASE DON'T SHARE. Comments should be spoiler-free. That's exactly the point of removing it. So people won't read the spoilers.

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I think, the deity will restart Kim Shin life from the beginning of his death when he first dying and became a goblin. He will reappear as himself, but no longer immortal (i trully hope there will be no unnecessary amnesia on that part). I know that the deity on this drama is super cruel, but 900 years of good deed must have count for something.

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Let's just say that was only the 1st stage for Goblin. He still have 2nd, 3rd, 4th stage to find Eun-tak again.

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Ooooo - Like the four stages of life that Euntak mentions? The one the ghosts know? Ack! The planting seeds one - hmm -
Can't remember it!!

Planting seeds
Growing
Harvesting
Fruit? Ack! Can't remember and too busy too look now, but I think you may be on to something.

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The Gods will for sure grant him to live his mortal life. He will be back and finish his life with ET.

ET wrote that letter in Canada. Addressed either to God to grant Shin forgiveness and maybe a life with her or to Shin himself (aka owner of the hotel) to meet in 10 years time when she will be a successful woman ready to settle down.

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I don't have theories, but I do have some questions for you and everyone to ponder on.

1. Why does the Hoobae Reaper have to pay extra rent as the price for fate? What debt is he repaying? It was awfully nice of him to almost break the rules to help Reaper out.

2. What will the Lady Reaper do now that she knows her past as the court lady?

3. I'll echo other beanies on the importance of the little boy. While we're at it, are there any other side characters that we haven't paid attention to but might come back to contribute? Like the terrible teacher? Eun-tak's "friend" from high school that brought the test scores? Tae-hee oppa?

4. What can the Reaper do now? Is his suspension over? He got his hat back and could summon the evil guy and all.

5. Where did Shin disappear off to? Will he go to the Reaper's tearoom? Will he meet Samshin Granny or the Butterfly God again? HOW WILL HE COME BACK for the next 3 episodes???

6. Another echo on the role of the Assistant-now-CEO guy, especially with that note from Grandpa about Shin coming back one day to claim his property.

See? So many questions! I sure hope the last 3 episodes will be narratively and emotionally satisfying!

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On your qn #3, I noticed the following side characters
A. Hoobae reaper and the older-looking subordinate reaper. Hoobae because he, like WY, look so nice n good natured that I wonder what great sins he committed. The subordinate reaper is the one who took GR's black hat, leaving him to pay the bill. I thought he sounded more experienced and depressing than GR. Esp that scene where they were trying shoes on and talking about being hit by a peach blossom branch and about wanting to recover lost memories. The way he spoke sounded as though he had gone thru the experiences.
B. One male student(?) ghost and a ahjumma ghost who was at chicken shop when PJW first appeared in front of EunTak?
C. EunTak's aunt and cousins (they would have some retribution, since there was an earlier scene of them leaving police custody and leaving to search for EunTak at the universities.
D. Secretary (now CEO) Kim!

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why does the goblin's sis need to die to save the king?

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In the last episode before grandpa died, he left a note to the secretary (now the ceo) and told him to give the company back to someone who claims To be Kim Shin. That certainly indicates Shin's return, however form that might take place. The person the 29 year-old ET is meeting should be Shin, seening her wearing the necklace he gave her.

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I agree. The letter to the nee CEO did say a man would come in the rain and dissapear in a blue flame. When Shin died he turned to red ash.

This is what im betting on to console myself in these tough times 😂😂😂 one of these rainy days Shin will be back and we'll get our happy ending.

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Iit's a bit out of the blue, but his position as a goblin could have been great god training. That could be a stretch though

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I haven't watch the episode, only reading the recap and I'm in tears!!!
Please writer insert a smart-smart way to bring back our beloved goblin-ahjussi!!!😭😭😭😭

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Me too! 😭😭😭

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The Goblin going away was oh so beautiful. Gong Yoo can ACT!! I loved that he could control the ending, as he starts dissipating only after he closes his eyes. That face of his is just etched in my mind...

I am so glad that they have finally released Kim Kyunghee's song - perfect for the moment.

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That song in that final scene just took my crying to full on bawling stage. It's perfect.

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Ikr!? It's so good! I think it's the Goblin OST by MAMAMOO! I've been waiting to hear them in the show. I love Eddy Kim's sweet love song that goes: "Heaven is in your kiss, even though tears fall down." That song literally MADE last week's scene where Eun-tak kept summoning Shin and her last excuse that it was dangerous because she couldn't breathe because she missed him so much and then he smiles at the ground, then at her, GAH, BEAUTIFUL!

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Oops, so apparently NOT MAMAMOO? Man, I wonder if they're still gonna be on the OST? I guess we're not gonna get a track by Sung-jae and Kim Go-eun, either? I really wanted to hear them sing for the drama!

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The song in the last scene of Euntak and Shin is entitled "And I'm Here" By Kim Kyunghee. They always use it in sad or death scene even of the side characters and Euntak's mom. So heartbreakingly beautiful song.

Mamamoo will still be in the OST. I'm just not sure if we've heard it here in this episode. The song "Heaven" (is in your kiss...) is by Roy Kim. Eddy Kim sang that other song entitled "You're Pretty" which is like the Grim and Sunny theme during their awkward dates. It gets confusing because we already have Sam Kim, Eddy Kim, and now Roy Kim singing for Goblin OST. hehe!

I don't think Sungjae or Goeun will sing. If they will be singing, throw in Gong Yoo as well since he sings in real life too. haha!

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@vongole , yeah gong yoo can definitely act. That last moment, when the fact was sinking in, that he was definitely dying, and like the way he cherish ET's face, and his view is also getting blurry it seems, that truly felt like he was dying. And the way ET was groping to find him, when he vanished, I'm not sure if a drama should affect us to this level lol. It's something that makes you just caught up with emotions,
[fake emotions I should say], but then I feel like they are real. I wasn't ready for this at all, totally depressed.

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Here we go~ This ep like an ending for me. Or at least imo we will have 2 endings. So, this is ending part 1, just see what an ending we'll receive from 3 left episodes, which is the better.

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why does the goblin's sis need to die to save the king? pls answerrrrrrr.

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why does the goblin’s sis need to die to save the king?

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I HAVE NO MORE TEARS 😭😭😭😭😭

Kim Go Eun is a national treasure in my eyes. Gong Yoo makes death the most beautiful and heart breaking thing in the world.

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Kim Go Eun was AMAZING. Watching that ending multiple times, teared up each time... She broke my heart.

This was my absolute favorite episode.

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Yes, the way she wails, screaming so devastating in the last minute after Shin go... Makes me cry a river...

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She captures me so with her smiles and laughter. The way she cries though.. I'd compare to the way Kim So Hyun cries, it's like yawning: contagious. Lol! You could just feel it.

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i could just feel her desperation for not wanting him to go that it made me cry alongside her. i've never felt the pain of a character dying being portrayed so well, Kim Go Eun is indeed amazing!

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Yes !!KGE was amazing. The scene when she tried to stab herself with his water-sword, my my, such a shocker.

After, reading so many (some mean) negative comments about her, I'm so glad she got to portray her acting caliber to the full. She is as indispensable a character in the plot as the Goryeo trio are.

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Kim Go Eun is Love....<3

Kim Go Eun is LiF3....<3<3

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Her sobbing scene is really good...

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That cry in the end... Damn, that will haunt me until next week. I cry a river with her :'(

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My eyes were blurred during that scene. The screaming she had while crying feels so raw!

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reminds me also of the movie "train to busan" where soo ahn crying and screaming : Don'tt go to his dad..! my... that heart breaking and heart wrenching cry....

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High five for Train to Busan! Yes, that scene always moved me to tears every time I rewatch the movie (3 times already!).

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OMG!! TTB is a genre of its own, I wasn't expecting at all to cry in a horror film. The performances were superb!

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We took our 14 year old daughter with us to see TTB (had to drive an hour away to see it in a theater in Texas). We were all enjoying the action and scares, and then hubby and I had to hush daughter as she was sobbing loudly at the end...and still in the theater lobby, parking lot and drive home. Great movie! I'm sure the American remake will be crap, but I have hope for the French version.

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That last scene is both beautiful and sad. With Kim Goeun's cries and Gong Yoo's more silent and somber approach to Shin's death OMG FEELS!!

Kim Goeun was no. 1 trending on Korean twitter last night with the tag "Kim Goeun's Acting" and since I refused to be spoiled, I did not click on the tweets. I was on pins and needles until this morning. After watching the episode, now I know why she was trending.

I find Kim Goeun to be so natural with her crying. I felt her pain. When she went "Nooo Nooo! You Promised..." And when Gong Yoo said "My life was a reward because of you." /cries

I love the death scene so much. So poetic in so many levels if we look at the grand picture. He killed the bad guy which he originally intended as General Kim Shin. He protected the woman he loves. He sacrificed his desire to live for 80 more years with her. I love how the route the writer went with in how the sword will be pulled. It wasn't a simple pulling and dying situation. Props to the writer on this.

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i abhor dying love declarations .... they always seem cheesy and cringy to me..... but this one i bought - hook line and sinker ... the actors kept the emotions intact without going ott and the dialogues were completely on point. ... when he said - you were my reward - i was just sobbing at that

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That last scene crushed my heart into many tiny pieces. That desperation. That hug that as if her last straw that KS will stay....TT

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Yes! When Euntak rushed to him and embraced him as if he'd disappear all of a sudden or someone will take him away. /CRIES

Their love declaration too OMG Those I love yous are so bittersweet. Euntak's wails will haunt me for a week until we get the next episode.

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Aha, K-netz keel me. I'm just glad they're finally acknowledging and recognizing Go-eun's skillz. Better late than never.

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Surprisingly Knetz was appreciative of KGE acting skills after this ep. Never doubt her once.

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THAT'S what I'm sayin'! It's like, here I am, sitting in the corner all this time rolling my eyes and shrugging off all the hate that she gets because I know better, but ppl don't/don't want to realize that this girl's got talent and skills and it takes a beautifully devasting episode like this to finally shut them up. But like I said, I'm just glad they're finally appreciating her because she's truly a gem.

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She's now one of two Korean actors that I love to see do a crying scene (the other one is Kim So Hyun, especially in ep 17 of MEtS). It's so beautifully done and it captures you. It's so different whith what other actors do where they just have a stoic face and try their best to make the Visene drop lol! Hands up!!

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Nicely described. I also remembered the first goodbyes when I was watching the trip scenes. That's the reason I mentioned in my comment that it felt like reading a book. Cause when I read a novel and reach the last pages, I automatically piece the whole story. Everything seems really poetic then. I marvelled at the last scenes of episode 13 cause so many things had deeper connection with the earlier episodes. Gosh... The feelings!

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Gong Yoo has matured into a film actor. He is a lot more restrained in acting now than before. I'm glad he got to act with Kim Go-eun in this drama. He must have had some influence in her casting as his leading lady. He was vocal about wanting to acting with her.

The goblin couple were always good together from the beginning despite all of the internet noises about their age, their relationship etc.

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Another thing I loved about this death: after 900 years of trying to pull out his sword in vain, tonight he practically accomplished just that. He, not Eun-tak, ended his own curse, when he had the valid mission for that sword to come out.

I can't help but compare his goodbyes this time to the time when he thought he would die by the first snowfall. The first time was more for comic relief than anything. The idea of finally being able to die came to him so suddenly, he was in no way ready for it. He was just then beginning to realize how precious his *life* had been, the life that he had found so tiresome for so long. His gestures back then (gifting people with what he thought they most wanted at the time: credit card to Deok-hwa, lease to Reaper, which, LOL, and purse to Eun-tak), while still sweet, still erred on the shallow side, showing that he didn't fully grasp the severity of bidding goodbye forever.

More importantly, back then, he still had so much unfinished business. It was simply not the right time to go. Now we know what those unfinished business all were: reuniting with his sister, getting rid of the bad guy, and finally reaching the king to give him that message of love.

This time, Kim Shin's goodbyes were so much more solemn, more quiet, more poignant, more meaningful, weren't they? Looking at Deok-hwa from afar, knowing that's he getting the proper mentoring, saying he'll miss him. Being assured that his sister is living well and healthy and protected. Spending sweet time with his bride. Giving the king his notice of death. There is nothing materialistic about death and goodbyes. Only feelings and love. This time he did it right. This time it was serious. This time it was for real. This time he vanished.

Time for me to go join girlfriday in spending the next week waiting for rain and snow. Sniffles. Thank you for the recaps!

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I completely agree!
While yes, it is sad. But it was a poignant finish that Shin had always wanted, and no less than what he deserved. There really was nothing selfish in his 'demise', and it showed just how strong of a writer Kim Eun Sook really is in delivering the message of love.

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I agree, Mehungie. Thank you for pointing out the difference in the first time he decided it's time for him to go and this time. What vast difference there is.

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Loved your comparison :)

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@mejunghie - Such good comments!!

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You made me cry a river (again) with this.
My heart!

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Yes!! I need to look up Kim Go-eun's filmography asap. I've only seen Coin Locker Girl. Her acting is so raw and uninhibited. KGE and Gong Yoo are truly some of the best actors in the industry. They just sink into their characters.

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Please watch Cheese in the Trap. The first 8 episodes only ;)

She's a completely different person there, as she is for every role she's in. The girl got mad skillzzzzzz.

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That MUSE thing is a bit creepy. :D

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I cant find an eng sub site for The Muse. I can handle creepy if and only if it is a great film. A Frozen Flower had way too much skin in it for me but it was such a great movie I relaxed my standards,

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It's entitled Eungyo in Kissasian with eng sub

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She was great in "Monster", 1st role I saw her in. But gory but she and Lee Min-ki were excellent.

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Thanks so much for the information. Just watched the Muse and it was fantastic. What a tale of betrayal. She speaks every line like she made it up herself. She makes her character breath. She read a great script and made the leap, good decision on her part. She is on my list of don't miss actresses now.

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Sorry to be maudlin but whenever I think of that last scene with Goblin and Eun tak, I want to straight- up sob.

I feel stupid but it's just how it is.

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