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Hwarang: Episode 18

Hold onto your hankies folks, because events are happening at the speed of light, and when the political climate is turned on its ear, nobody is safe. It only take a split second for the world to change forever, and when loyalties are shifting and challenges are being issued, the Hwarang may find themselves forced to choose between the devil they know, and the devil they only thought they knew.

 
EPISODE 18 RECAP

Queen Regent Jiso has Ah Ro brought to the palace, where she informs Ah Ro that she plans to make her a Wonhwa. She asks if Ah Ro knows what happened to the previous Wonhwa leaders, Nam-mo and Joon-jung, and Ah Ro repeats the story told to the people, that they killed each other from jealousy.

The queen regent laughs and says that in fact, she killed them when they became an obstacle to the king’s power. She tells Ah Ro that she will use her to regain power over the Hwarang, but that if she becomes an obstacle, she has no compunctions killing her, too.

Ah Ro is terrified, but she tells the queen regent that until the day she dies, she will withstand everything the queen regent throws at her. The queen regent retorts that false hope also kills, but Ah Ro returns that sometimes even a fish caught in a net makes it back into the river.

Sun-woo runs to the palace when he hears that Ah Ro was taken, and he finds Hwi-kyung to ask what he can do to free her. Hwi-kyung tells him of the queen regent’s plans for the Wonhwa, and that she will probably kill Ah Ro when she’s no longer useful, as she did once before.

This just feeds Sun-woo’s panic, and he grabs Hwi-kyung and yells for him to tell him what to do. Hwi-kyung asks if he’s willing to become the king, and grabs Sun-woo’s hand. He says fervently that by becoming king, Sun-woo can save Ah Ro, and avoid losing his own life as well.

Sun-woo asks who Hwi-kyung is to say all this, and Hwi-kyung says that he’s “someone who knows your father well.” Sun-woo asks in a whisper who his father is, and Hwi-kyung answers that if he’s Sun-woo, then it’s Ahn Ji-gong. If he’s Sammaekjong, then his father is King Galmoon. “But if you are the nameless peasant Dog-bird, Moo-myung, you are my son. I am your father.”

Once alone, the queen regent thinks back on her decision to kill Wonhwa Joon-jung, and how Joon-jung had pleaded for her life. Now we see that Joon-jung had been pregnant, and had told the queen regent that the baby was of the Sacred Bone. She had sworn never to name him, and make sure he lived never knowing who he truly is, if only Queen Regent Jiso spared their lives.

The queen regent had pierced Joon-jung over her heart, crying that the baby can never be born. But Joon-jung had gasped that the baby was moving, and at that same moment, the queen regent had felt life stirring in her own belly. She’d dropped the sword and sunk to the floor, sobbing.

Ah Ro is taken to a room in the palace, where Princess Sookmyung comes to speak with her. She tells Ah Ro that being a Wonhwa is an honor, though it’s an honor Ah Ro would happily forego. Ah Ro pleads to be allowed to go to Hwarang to say goodbye, but Sookmyung doesn’t answer, and only orders her ladies to make Ah Ro presentable.

In the lecture room, Ji-dwi thinks back on his confrontation with his mother in the throne room, and her ugly words about how unready he is to assume his throne. He recalls Hwa-gong advising him to endure whatever he needs to endure in order to become king.

Hwa-gong is summoned before the queen regent, who informs him that she is reinstating the Wonhwa system. She calls in Princess Sookmyung and Ah Ro, now dressed in fine clothing and jewelry. The queen regent says that the two ladies will leave to pay tribute for four days, then return and become the leaders of the Hwarang, taking over Hwa-gong’s position.

At the queen regent’s command, Hwa-gong bows low to Sookmyung and Ah Ro, but he asks if this is really the best thing for the Hwarang. She says that she wants the Hwarang to kneel before her, and he tells her that the Hwarang are not what she thinks they are, and that her plan will never work.

Sun-woo paces the Hwarang grounds, the realization that Hwi-kyung is his father echoing in his thoughts. He goes to see Hwa-gong, and asks if he saw Ah Ro when he went to the palace. Hwa-gong says she appears to be fine.

Sun-woo yells at him, demanding to know why he’s not doing anything to get Ah Ro away from the queen regent. Hwa-gong says there’s nothing he can do, so Sun-woo asks, what if he becomes powerful? With desperation in his eyes, he asks if a king can avoid these situations.

Dan-se escorts his grandfather, Minister Seok, to Minister Park’s home. Minister Seok rushes over to speak to Minister Park, who refuses unless he’s brought him the king’s head. To garner a bit of favor back, Minister Seok kneels in the dirt to offer himself as footstool so Minister Park can mount his horse.

Dan-se is surprised to see his grandfather willingly humiliating himself. He helps him up, and Minister Seok says that Dan-se must bring him the head of the king (whom he still believes is Sun-woo).

Han-sung cheerily calls for Sun-woo all over the barracks, ignoring Yeo-wool’s hissy fit at being overlooked. He finds Sun-woo sitting outside brooding, and bounces over to tell him that he’s going to write a letter to his grandfather saying how he feels about the way he treats Dan-se.

Sun-woo asks what prompted this burst of self-esteem, and Han-sung says earnestly that he wants to be more like Sun-woo and make his own path in life. Sun-woo throws an arm around Han-sung and says he’ll walk that path with him, which makes Han-sung’s entire year.

Pa Oh reports to Ji-dwi that Sookmyung and Ah Ro are making a pilgrimage to Nam-mo’s shrine, and informs him that some say that Joon-jung was framed for Nam-mo’s murder. Her body was never found, so some even think she’s still alive. Pa Oh says this is Ji-dwi’s chance, and Ji-dwi instructs him to rescue Ah Ro while they’re returning from the shrine, and send her out of his mother’s reach.

Ban-ryu makes googly eyes at Soo-yeon over the wall, and he reaches out to touch her face, but pulls back. When she asks why, he says that looking at her is already too much, that he may be punished if he dares to touch her.

Soo-yeon puts a hand on Ban-ryu’s face and says she’ll take the punishment, making him smile like a lovesick boy. She puts her other hand on his other cheek and says she’ll take it twofold, then brings him in for a kiss.

Later in their room, Su-ho busts Ban-ryu mooning at the pouch containing Soo-yeon’s braid. He admits that he likes Su-ho’s sister a lot, and Su-ho grabs him and says their fathers will never permit them to be together.

Su-ho tells Ban-ryu to stop before they both get hurt, and Ban-ryu asks if he’s really that worried about him. Su-ho claims that he’s worried about Soo-yeon, but it’s clear that he cares about Ban-ryu as well.

Han-sung receives a package, and when he opens it, he finds that it’s actually for Dan-se. He takes it to his hyung, who acts strange and jerks it away when Han-sung wants to see what it is. Han-sung squeals happily when he sees Sun-woo heading to class, and sends Dan-se a sunny wave goodbye. Why is this giving me such a bad feeling?

Dan-se watches him go, and recalls the rest of his conversation with his grandfather. Minister Seok had told him that if they couldn’t join Minister Park’s family, that he would kill himself and Han-sung. Dan-se had asked what Han-sung did to deserve that, and Minister Seok had said that he would never allow Han-sung to be anyone’s step-stool the way he was forced to be.

Dan-se had asked if that was a threat, and Minister Seok had held out a vial of poison. He told Dan-se to put it on his sword, and one nick would kill Sun-woo. He’d told Dan-se that if he failed, he and Han-sung would both drink the poison.

Dan-se finds Sun-woo practicing his swordsmanship, and asks him to spar. He insists they do it now, and though Sun-woo seems to sense something is off, he agrees. While he’s choosing a sword, Dan-se pours the poison on his blade.

They begin, and Dan-se offers Sun-woo an apology in advance. Sun-woo reminds him that it’s not necessary, that they’re equals, then Dan-se attacks.

Sun-woo is surprised at Dan-se’s vicious attacks, and he’s further confused when Dan-se tells him to avoid even the tiniest nick. He asks why Dan-se is being so serious when he’s the better swordfighter, but Dan-se just tells Sun-woo to kill him if he can, and he will do the same.

He charges, and Sun-woo manages to fend off his attacks until Dan-se slices off part of his clothing. He bellows at Dan-se, who says he talks too much, and goes after him again. Dan-se sends Sun-woo’s sword flying out of his hands, just as Han-sung comes into the courtyard and sees them fighting.

We see that Han-sung had opened the note to Dan-se, and read the words from their grandfather: “You must kill him.” Seeing Dan-se’s expression as he levels his sword at the unarmed Sun-woo, Han-sung suddenly understands what the letter meant.

Dan-se charges, and Han-sung throws himself in front of Sun-woo, catching Dan-se’s blade with his hands. Dan-se looks horrified to see the blood dripping from his sword, but Han-sung refuses to let go for fear that he’ll try to kill Sun-woo.

Han-sung’s voice is beginning to falter as he asks why the oil their grandfather sent is on Dan-se’s blade. Sun-woo catches him as he slumps to the ground and starts to convulse, and he asks his hyung, “Why did you do it, Dan-se? You are a good person.” Oh, make it stop, this is breaking my heart.

Sun-woo screams at Dan-se, asking what he did, and Dan-se whispers the word “poison.” Sun-woo lifts Han-sung and runs with him to find help, and all Dan-se can do is fall to his knees in horror at what he’s done.

As Sun-woo carries him, Han-sung’s voice weakens as he swears that Ah Ro will fix him up just fine. Sun-woo begs him not to give up, and Han-sung reminds him of his promise to walk with him. He begs Sun-woo not to hate Dan-se for this, and then Sun-woo realizes that Han-sung has stopped breathing.

Sun-woo sinks to the ground, still cradling Han-sung in his arms. He holds Han-sung close and sobs, then gently carries him to the lecture room, where Hwa-gong and the other Hwarang are gathered for class. Sun-woo lays Han-sung on the floor, and the Hwarang gather around them, realization slow to dawn. Yeo-wool kneels and starts to cry, looking to Hwa-gong to tell them he’s not gone, but it’s too late.

Dan-se finds a secluded storeroom, ready to take a broken pot shard to his wrist. But the door opens to reveal Sun-woo, who says that he asks Dan-se not to die. He says that he understands how Dan-se feels, and gives him the letter that Han-sung wrote to their grandfather before he died, saying that it feels as though it was really meant for him.

Dan-se takes the letter as if it’s the most precious thing in the world, and Sun-woo leaves him alone to read it. Before he goes, he says that Dan-se is still his Nando.

Dan-se reads Han-sung’s letter to his grandfather: “At first you forced me to come here, now I’ve come to like living here. From a friend, I’ve learned that a path that doesn’t exist can become a reality. One by one, if a person leaves their footprint, if you can travel together, even a rough path becomes a path.

The reason I’m writing this letter is because from now on, I’d like to tell you that I will receive the punishment that I deserve. Hyung hasn’t done anything wrong. Social status, bone rank, though I may not know much about those things, Hyung is just my hyung. He’s the most trustworthy person in the world who’s on my side.”

Dan-se finishes the letter and wails in grief, while the Hwarang gather to bid farewell to Han-sung. They all cry as Hwa-gong says that there are those who would like to shake up the Hwarang, and believe that their way is the right way.

He tells them never to lose a friend this way again, or to be treated as a horse on someone else’s chessboard, as we hear the conclusion of Han-sung’s letter: “Grandfather, I’m learning how to be an adult in this place. Not leaning on anyone, and taking responsibility for decisions I’ve made. I even met a Hwarang hyung who said he’d walk the path together with me. I will live freely. Without thinking of family or power, I will live as a Hwarang.”

Queen Regent Jiso sees Han-sung’s death as another mark in their favor, since now everyone will really believe that Sun-woo is the king. Hyun Chu is concerned that he people are beginning to look forward to Sun-woo as their king, but the queen regent ignores his concerns.

Minister Park arrives unannounced, and wastes no time getting to his point — he’s insisting that she abdicate. He brings in his followers on the royal council, who all call for her immediate abdication.

Hwi-kyung goes looking for Ji-gong, who tells him of the horrible things he saw in the low-born village. Hwi-kyung tells Ji-gong of Ah Ro’s being made a Wonhwa while he was gone, likening the current political situation to the plague — the country is sick, with no medicine to cure it.

He asks if Ji-gong will use toxic herbs to end the pain, as he did in the village. To clarify, he states that they need to make his son, Hwi-kyung’s son, the king.

Ah Ro plays an intense game of Yut with her ladies’ maids, dispensing forehead-flicks when she wins. Princess Sookmyung interrupts and criticizes her for playing when her “brother’s” life is in turmoil. Ah Ro says confidently that Sun-woo is safe, because she believes in him.

She says that Sookmyung will use any excuse to try and provoke her, but she won’t fall for it because she has to survive. Outmaneuvered, Sookmyung just says they are leaving the next day for Nam-mo’s shrine.

Ji-gong shows up at the palace to confront the queen regent about making Ah Ro a Wonhwa. The queen regent says it’s an honor that she could be head of Hwarang, but Ji-gong knows this is just another way of playing with him.

The queen regent admits that she’ll do anything to protect the throne, but Ji-gong declares that her son will never be king. He says that he plans to make Sun-woo the king, and it infuriates the queen regent to think of low-born blood sitting on the throne. But Ji-gong informs her that Sun-woo is qualified to be king, because he is Joon-jung and Hwi-kyung’s son.

The following morning, Ji-dwi goes to Hwa-gong and tells him that he didn’t have the stomach to woo Minister Park to his side. Hwa-gong asks how he intends to protect the Hwarang when he can’t even protect the friend pretending to be king in his place.

Ah Ro is dressed in the uniform of the Wonhwa, and Princess Sookmyung comes to collect her for their pilgrimage. They go to Nam-mo’s shrine, and Sookmyung recalls overhearing her mother telling Hyun Chu that their enemies will make a move while they’re there. She’d sent him after them and told him not to make any mistakes.

After paying their respects at the shrine, Sookmyung says that Nam-mo and Joon-jung were just like her and Ah Ro — one was a princess, and one a half-breed. Ah Ro asks if she was made a Wonhwa because she saw the king’s face, or because of Sun-woo who is pretending to be king.

The princess says that it’s not because of anything she’s done, but because she’s useful to them. She says that Ah Ro is holding Sun-woo back, and that if she stays with him, his life will be in danger, and that he won’t be able to move on to greater things.

Walking outside the shrine alone, Ah Ro thinks about all the times that Sun-woo nearly died because he was saving her, and she knows that there’s truth in Sookmyung’s words. He’s even forced to pretend to be the king because he spoke up in Baekje, to prevent her being killed.

She looks up and sees that Sun-woo has followed them here, and the two of them stand looking at each other. Ah Ro asks if this is a dream and how he knew she was here, and he says that he will find her wherever she is and keep her by his side.

He moves to come even closer, but Ah Ro suddenly gasps and runs past him. She throws herself in front of the arrow meant for Sun-woo, and it pierces her in the heart. Sun-woo catches her as she falls and begs her to open her eyes, but she doesn’t respond.

The queen regent sits on her throne, shaking at the thought of Ji-gong’s threat to put Sun-woo on the throne. She’s pale and she coughs weakly, barely able to hear the royal council’s demands that she step down. They yell that the country needs a strong king who can guide them in the oncoming war with their neighbors, and they all turn in surprise as the doors are flung open wide.

Dressed in his royal red robes, Ji-dwi strides into the room and straight to the throne. He ignores the council as they wonder who he is, then turns to face them. In a commanding voice, he announces, “I am the king of Silla, Jinheung.”

 
COMMENTS

That was a great entrance for Ji-dwi, and the perfect moment for him to begin his reclamation of his throne. I only hope that the rest of his ascension goes so well, because it looks as if he and Sun-woo aren’t done butting heads yet, with both of them gaining backers to make them king.

I think we’ve all suspected for some time now that Hwi-kyung, who was formerly in line to inherit the throne, is Sun-woo’s father. But I’m glad to have that confirmed so that Sun-woo has all of the information he needs to make whatever decisions he needs to make about his future. His parentage is really no surprise, as Sun-woo has consistently been more kingly than Ji-dwi, who knows he’s the king. I don’t believe that Sun-woo will take the throne away from Ji-dwi, because I don’t believe he even wants to rule, not to mention that I don’t think the writer would change history to such a drastic degree. But I do hope that Sun-woo and Ji-dwi (aww, they’re cousins) learn to set aside their differences, and that Ji-dwi finds a way to benefit from Sun-woo’s strength and unique insight into the plight of his people.

I don’t know what broke me more in this episode, Han-sung’s completely avoidable death or Dan-se’s guilt and grief that the very act of trying to save his little brother’s life is what killed him. I do respect that Dan-se tried his best to fail, even warning Sun-woo not to get nicked and advising him to try and kill him if he could. I think that where Dan-se truly “failed” was in pushing the fight to happen immediately, obviously wanting to get it over with, and not making sure that they were in a place they wouldn’t be interrupted. It was bad luck that Han-sung was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his death was so painful to watch (seriously, I had to put the show away for a while to recover), but in the end I was so proud of that sweet boy. He always thought himself a coward, but when it came down to it, he was willing to give his life for Sun-woo, and for no nobler reason than that he just loved him. I think Han-sung turned out to have the bravest heart of them all. (And once again, serious props to Kim Tae-hyung for his great drama debut — I hope to see him in another drama soon!)

But I’m curious what will happen now that Dan-se is drowning in grief and has failed in his task to kill the king. He would have failed anyway, because he would have killed the wrong man, but now it’s definitely too late. Ji-dwi has taken his throne (or at least he’s outed himself for all the world to see who the true king is), and it won’t be so easy for his enemies to take him out. Plus things are about to get very complicated and confusing, with the push to make Sun-woo king instead and Ji-dwi being forced to defend his right to his throne.

But I’m mostly worried about the effect that Han-sung’s death is going to have on Sun-woo, after having already lost one friend indirectly because of the king, and now he’s lost another person he loved like a brother. At least he took Han-sung’s last words to heart and doesn’t blame Dan-se for the terrible position he was put in by those in power over him. But with Ah Ro now being shot in his place — and I feel strangely proud of her for finally taking the hit instead of letting someone else take it for her — I’m worried that Sun-woo will go to a dark place and join the effort to take the throne by force, claiming that he has the stronger birthright. Which he would, if not for Hwi-kyung having been removed from the succession because of his illness. But Hwi-kyung’s plan is to place the stronger king on the throne regardless of birth, so who knows how that could play out. We only have a couple of episodes left to resolve so much, and I do wish the pacing of the show had been more even so that we aren’t having to cram all of our action into the final week.

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It finally happened for this series: I cried. Well done, Kim Taehyung. Well done.

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Its 20 episodes. The last two epis are next week (20th, 21st). The the perfect wife.

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The last two episodes will be on 20/21 and on 27 next week after will start the new drama

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They clearly read your post. You are the one who is confused here. The 27th is the week after Hwarang's 20th episode.

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Hwarang is 20 episodes Plus 3 SPECIALS...

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Jajaja,it happenes,no problem!

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It's definitely the side effect of watching this drama. It happens to me too.

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Imho, best episode so far....at last. Well done scenes from PSJ and V and the brother. Nice one Kim Tae Hyun!

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OK my major beef with this episode was that when ah ro took the arrow, why didn't sun woo turn around and find the assailant? or why didn't the assailant shoot AGAIN when sun woo was howling over ah ro's body? it was so...stupid, for a lack of a better term.

Also, i found that hansung was under-mourned. everyone just forgot about him really quickly in lieu of better plot points. sigh...

And ah ro was once again, a plot point...sigh.

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yes to every word. this drama can be so frustrating

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It's funny though even when she's a plot point, and I have more interest in the structure of the score than what's happening on screen, then she'll pull out these tiny little scenes and lines, usually when she's backchatting the Princess haha, that make me go "see look THERE'S the character you could be! There's the sass and the spine! Too bad you were written way under par..."

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Or that fish in the net line...
although I would've said "sometimes fish bite back"
that would've been a better line. :P

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YES, AGREE! Imagine an Ah Ro who retained her spine, could stand up for herself in an actual fight and kick any boy's ass at any time of the day. Go Ara could have played THAT Ah Ro like a Boss. I can see it when she screams at Wi Hwa.

Alas, we will never have that...why show, why? -.-

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Because... there aren't enough good tv writers in the world? haha or we should just make our own :P lol

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i think they just wanted to pretty up Go Ara in princess wear and have everyone (including the maids) fawn over her. the drama is about pretty boys more than pretty girls. but give her 2 sec of beauty since she is beauty in real life and you can't deny the fan boys their eye candy.

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It does sound like an excuse to dress up Go Ara in fine clothes. But to be frank, I did not find Go Ara pretty in this show. She's prettier in real life. Here, she looks bloated and... the super thick and strong brows work against her. Coupled with her constant frowning and the brow-knitting, (I swear she only has 1 expression in this drama.. and everything else is just a variation of this expression) ... Combine the constant frowning and brow-knitting with the super strong, bold brows, and she just looks constipated 24/7. I honestly found the princess and Soo Yeon prettier than Go Ara.

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Yes!! I look out for the moments of Ah Ro's sass that she lost after becoming a love interest. I get really excited and cheer for her! She can always be a love interest and a sassy gal at the same time!

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I just want to add that this drama surpassed my expectations in the beginning (given the cringe posters and bad teasers), but now I feel like the story is all over the place.

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When I first saw the posters and saw the previews, I was like "uggh. this looks so bad. Everything is so tacky. They're probably going to do like a To the Beautiful You but in Silla times. It's all going to be about pretty, sparkly boys and hijinx. " Then I had nothing to watch and didn't feel like binging on a completed series, so i picked it up. The first few episodes surpassed my expectations and was more serious and emotional that I thought. My heart broke with MakMoon's death and I really want his friend and his sister to prevail.

And it is ending up somewhere in between. I still do enjoy the series, but want to reach into the series and tweak everything.

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I think based on preview that JiDwi will ask Sunwoo to help him get rid of Park YounShil and give him the sword to lead Hwarang as his right hand as more likely the old snake will take over Hwarang and kick out Master Ui Hwa rather than see him as his rival for the Crown..As United we stand rather than devided and defeated

In all this turmoil i'm more jelly that the evil Queen will get her way till the end after making Sunwoo and so many people suffer

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And when Han Sung took the sword, why did Sun Woo just stand still behind him as if he's using Han Sung as his shield... not doing anything and taking charge of the situation or fight Dan Se. Helloooo writer-nim, that's totally not Sun Woo!

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Shock perhaps?

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I haven't watched this episode, but from the recap it would seem that Sun Woo was not aware of the poison on the sword blade. He may be thinking it's a normal spar and was surprised that Han Sung jumped right in front of him to prevent the sword from nicking him.

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Just like this writer all the way through; one has to suspend reality and common sense, also not expect any explanations from the storyline moving forward. I was so angry with this episode and its plot lines. Characterisations have mostly received NO development all the way through. The series has only survived because we love the depiction of these 1 - 2 dimensional characters (saving poor Ah-Ro of course) and the lovely actors who have been saddled with them. I think this writer need reflect on her work and our reception of it. She g handedly wrecked a very promising drama and in so doing *issed off a lot of dedicated Kdrama fans!

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*single handedly*

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At first I was expecting Sunwoo to get hit again and have Aro hover over him again and dreading it (like omg, stop repeating stuff!), but was surprised when she took the arrow for him. She knew she was the bait and decided to repay him by saving him too. I liked the unexpectedness.

But the implementation was really bad here. You can tell the writer and director just didn't care to make her a hero, because the scene went by so fast. You barely register her registering that she saw the threat to Sunwoo. No slow mo scene. No visual of the assassin lurking. She got hit and then lights out! Even though Aro was a plot point again, I feel like they were all plot points. Even poor Hansung (*sob*) was sacrificed to "inspire" the Hwarangs, even though it rang sort of false since you barely see him. They had Dan Se in a Ban Ryu situation when we already have Ban Ryu and are tired of his flipflopping.

I thought Hansung was mourned the right amount and even a bit overmourned for the screen time. I wish he was better integrated into the scenes and had some scenes with Ji Dwi too, then Ji Dwi could have adding reason to step up knowing that his classmate and sometimes roommate was killed because people keep on wanting to kill the King.

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YES, to the Ji Dwi Han Sung thing! They barely knew each other, has absolutely zero camaraderie and the way there were no flashbacks with ANY other Hwarang except Sun Woo just kind of killed me.

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Frankly, her saving him this time round isn't unexpected at all. Because in the end, she's still the one in trouble and in need of boys in her life. It's hardly a surprise really, kinda cliche too.

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I legitly cried when hansung died. Am not even his fan! Hahaha... Aro died? Meh...lets move on

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I'm so sad reading about Hansung's death. The adorable puppy is no longer there :(

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That's right. I'm also very sad. ???

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Yeah! I find it strange given that she received an arrow straight to the heart. But not a word about her possible death (or not) in the recap or the comments. Am I missing something?

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YES THIS. That was my exact reaction!! Knowing Sun Woo, wouldn't he turn to the direction of the arrow to see who hit Ah Ro and who intended to hit him? I feel that they were just going through the actions in this scene. :(

Kim Taehyung did a great job as Han Sung though. Very happy for him.

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Hi Zuna!
I totally agree with you. Last night when I was watching, I was asking myself: The assailant did not hit his target, did he also watch the crying scene? What duh! The normal reaction would be fire again until you hit the target. As for Sun Woo, he should have looked for the assailant but should be careful not to be hit. Well.... this is a drama. In their movies, the characters would have reacted differently.
Otherwise, should SW dies, no more eps. 19 and 20.
Oh, well....

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Agree with all. Sunwoo should've immediately pull Ah Ro to safety while observing if the assailant will keep trying or run away. Definitely stupid to be there like a sitting duck.
Previous scene at least they showed the princess turning away and everyone saw her leaving.

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"did he also watch the crying scene?"

maybe the Queen's guard was a closet makjang fan..

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Omg, Phenny, you got my nickname right! <3

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Sorry this is so off topic, but aren't you the author of 'A Cornucopia of Conundrums' on ffnet?

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This drama killed my otp on Valentine's T-T
What will happen to Yeowol now ; (

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Haven't read the rest of the comments below but just wondering WHAT IF Hansung isn't the last Suk Family True Bone? That his father could be Yeo Wool's (yeah, show, I still remember that unanswered bit) unidentified father, too. Man, Hansung would be happy about that. *sniff* And they'd be real brothers. Still not over Hansung's death, Fam! T_T

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Would be nice if Hansung and Yeo Wool turn out to be brothers... but that grandfather certainly doesn't deserve it!

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Yeah, that old fogey certainly does not deserve to have another precious grandson but I'm still sentimental about Hansung, poor poor puppy. I hope Yeowool turns out to be a Suk True Bone after all and rip that grandfather with his steel tongue for all the hardships Danse & Hansung went through.

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Han Sung has always been true to his beloved Sun Woo hyung. Yeo Wool, try as he might, has no place is in Han Sung's heart :D

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I had a feeling that it would be Han-sung that would be killed, puppy was too pure for the world

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Yeah, I called it from like, episode 4 ish. Although I'm glad his death was sacrificial (because it's in keeping with his character and it's so heartwrenching that way) I kinda wish him and Dan Se had had more screen time throughout, and that his death had been written to be more than just a side story? I guess?

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:( I was expecting Dan Se to get killed and Hansung to man up. Then when Dan Se was ordered to kill Sunwoo and Hansung suddenly had more lines and was happy that Sunwoo was going to walk with him, "oh crap. Hansung is going to die"

I can still hear him say "hyung" in that befuddled voice. :(

yeah I wish he and Dan Se had more screentime throughout too. They sort of crammed their screentime together here and there. And then the grandfather made an appearance and started taking screentime from the 100 other characters.

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Dan Se only way out was to drink the poison rather than attack Sun Woo but he did not choose that.

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then that blasted granddad would kill himself AND hansung as he threatened. Dan se's only doing this because he wanted to protect han sung

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Also, I kind of wanted the show to make a stepping stool where Sun Woo trusts in his and Ji Dwi's friendship enough to help HIM become the king - not want to be the king HIMSELF! Just...one more week. One more week and it will be OVER! Amen.

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I had the exact same thoughts!! My bromance could've been so much stronger!
Hahaha yeah I read this before watching... that's a bad sign.

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exactly. I still have hopes (but not much lol) that sunwoo will just say fuck this shit for his dad or whatever people wants him to be the king and be the leader of hwarang who will be like a troop pf right men for (now king) ji dwi. that's the drama I want. because I want these young men to prove that they've their own lives and ideas, not being puppets for the older generation. because, let's be real here, sunwoo accepting this idea that he should be the king is just him being a puppet for his dad and master ahn. just like banryu was always manipulated by his dad and step dad. I want them to live their own lives and make their own decisions.

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Couldn't agree more. I mean Sun Woo just had is royal blood line and father's identity thrust upon him, you'd think he'd be going 'well you're a shit dad, trying to make me king before I even know who you are'.
Honestly the Master of the Hwarang, who's name I forget just now, is my favourite character, because he's a real teacher to the boys, and pushes them to make their own decisions, and fight for what is right, and to not stand for the old ways of Silla. I kinda get the feel that was the whole point of the drama, but they way they're heading with SW idk if they'll do that or not. I hope the boys can band together and win for them, and not for some twisted adults plan because bros before daddy-ohs, please. All the dads are just pissing me off at the moment.

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not to mention the preview, where sunwoo has a meeting with youngshin (idk if it's his name, but banryu's stepdad lol) and I'm really hoping that this is just the preview throwing a distraction and this is actually a plot from him and jidwi to take the old man down because I won't accept sunwoo even considering having any kind of relationship with that man after everything he did.

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omg, "bros before daddy-ohs" LOLOL

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Hear hear! I spent the entire episode mad at the older generation. These boys and Aro are pawns to them and I'm just so sorry for them. And old fogies are taking up like half the screentime scheming. In the hands of a better writer, I think the writer could have better presented this theme. It was sort of hinted at the beginning when they formed Hwarang and it brought together boys from all different factions and had them work together.

An Ji Gong outing Sunwoo like that to queen just to get one up on her and it has put both Sunwoo and Aro in danger. Now that she knows, she is obviously going to kill Sunwoo. And his bio dad, who was so freakin smug announcing that he's his bio dad. He got to wear nice robes while Sunwoo was an abandoned nameless orphan peasant. That scene was so random and it needed to be more emotional. They could have cut all of bio dad's scenes since it seems like Sunwoo's first adopted dad knew Sunwoo was royalty anyways.

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I had hoped that Sun Woo b**** slapped his absent father when the latter announced that Sun Woo was his son without even an ounce of guilt. I mean, he practically left his toddler son to struggle to live on his own (the musician/carpenter did not do much), to the point that the poor guy do not even have a name. Sun Woo was denied even the most basic thing for a human, a name. Yet, 16 or 17 years later, when Sun Woo had managed to somehow find his foot in the world, the guy had the nerve to come strolling and announced that he is the father. So, Sun Woo should go OOC and slap the guy.

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And make Sunwoo proud to guard and stand by JiDwi's side as he leads the nation...As JiDwi is being frank he is nothing but talk because the writer never cared to make him become a true king and gain support and power and show he is more than qualified to lead...Frankly he is all in all below Sunwoo

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Why does it always have to be the puppies. Why can't you ust let them puppies be, drama gods.

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LOL..... I do agree. But I think puppies are used to tug at the heartstrings and leave huge hole in our heart. We would be clapping our hands and laughing in glee if the dead guy is Minister Park, right.... And then he would be very much forgotten.

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Hansung-ah!!!!! (V, bless you for dying well. Thumbs up for his acting. Wish he had more screen time, but an excellent first showing). I knew he was gonna die protecting his bff. He was just starting to stand up for himself and become his own man and they killed him!! I cried buckets of tears when he asked Sun-woo not to blame his hyung. Him dying in his arms was so terribly sad.Talk about repeating the same moment again. First with Mak Moon and then again with Hansung. What a contrast to when Ah Ro was shot and dying in his arms - didn't shed a tear.

Poor Ah Ro, I have just completely lost interest in her character. She is a pawn - figuratively and literally- used to move and manipulate the story. But, I will say, her styling in this episode was on point. It was the first time I thought she looked beautiful.

Ban-ryu being all romantic. Swoony. Now THAT is a romance I can get behind. True Romeo and Juliet stuff (but hopefully without all the dying).

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I will stop watching korean dramas if the writer killed Romeo or Juliet of Silla -_- Their scene was just way too cute!

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I think since Go Ara's face is small, Aro's usually hairstyle is too heavy for her face. I think the earrings and later having her hair pulled back, makes her look more balanced.

That was so weird he didn't even shed a tear for her. But I'm guessing because the scene was on super speed. She fell unconscious the moment she was shot with the arrow, as if she was shot in the head with a bullet. Usually you see some sort of shock and struggle before losing consciousness. I can practically hear the director going "Hey we're losing the light. Let's wrap this up quick in one shot"

I hope no one else gets hurt from protecting Sunwoo. We've gone from protect Aro to protect Sunwoo. I wonder who's next.

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Aww... my Han sung.. why do u have to die??? :'( ... u made it so hard to watch the dying part Taehyung.. why soo good??
and poor Dan se.. stupid politics and their fcking bone system made him commit this heart breaking mistake...
Nomore my adorkable puppy V in hwarang :'( :'(

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Anybody else feel like the Wonhwa thing, whilst interesting historically, is just one massive, completely unnecessary plot device to put Ah Ro in danger (again) in order for people to do things?
Also, whilst their already faulty bromance probably wasn't at this level, I kind wished Sun Woo had been like 'JI DWI YOU SOB YOUR THE KING CLAIM YOUR THRONE SO AH RO DOESN'T HAVE TO ALMOST DIE AGAIN' I mean, Ji Dwi IS finally doing that, but I feel like he could've done that 2 episodes ago and our heroes could've talked to each other about it more, and then we wouldn't have the final Dramaland conflict, but oh well. Such a shame the bromance of our main two boys wasn't written much stronger. Although I guess you could make the argument that Sun Woo doesn't trust easily anyone ever... but that's what character development is for haha.

The pacing is not Scarlet Heart off, but all the interesting things were either revealed at the start, or now, at the end and the whole middle section is mostly waffle. I liked Sun Woo better at the start but I like Ji Dwi more now, and I almost wish Hyun Shik was the main lead...

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Ah Ro is a plot device. So basically they are wrapping plot devices inside plot devices. She unfortunately has been written as a damsel in distress that is only ever utilized to force other people into action. The queen regent has it right, Ah Ro is made to be used! Sigh...

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Major sigh. All the sighs. Sometimes I think someone is making a smart decision in this drama, and then the very next moment I'm like 'nope, no we're not, nevermind'

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Yes! The drama has you thinking "this is good, this is interesting, this has potential" to then turn it around and say "Psych! Got you going there didn't I" Seriously don't understand the pull this show has. We all bitch and moan here on dramabeans but we keep on coming back for more!!!

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Trainwrecks are addictive apparently. Read: Scarlet Heart. Hahaha not that this is nearly that bad, but it is lacking... oomph. And other things. Namely solid writing.

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" Seriously don’t understand the pull this show has. We all bitch and moan here on dramabeans but we keep on coming back for more!!! "
THIS!!!
I have no idea why I waste 2 hours every week over it.
I scream and sigh with frustration the whole time I'm watching this then get depressed thinking about what this drama could be but isn't. Every week I'm promise myself and it's the last episode I'm going to watch but the next day I go straight to it, again. This drama is unhealthily addictive. I so glad it ending soon.

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Scarlet Heart was miles better than this! We did not think the writer had gone bipolar or that characters were one-dimensional. Instead, we got a main character who maneuvered/forced his way to the throne and we knew his motivations every step of the way. We never lacked story, even if it made us pull our hair out in frustration.

Yes, pacing in Scarlet Heart went berserk at the end... and Hwarang is already going that way, but for completely different reasons. Scarlet Heart had too much story to tell in 20 episodes... in contrast Hwarang stretched it out by waiting and waiting to make big reveals, so that there is hardly any story left.

My brain's gone, so it's time to recover with Chief Kim.

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@WishfulToki
I think saying Scarlet Heart was miles better than this is a bit of an overstretch.
There are some things that SH had a better grasp on that this doesn't. I think SH had a better grasp of story and most characters, but its writing still suffered from continuity errors and I'm not convinced the people in charge, be it writer or director or whoever, really understood where they wanted to take it. The last 5 episodes were... well...

I think Hwarang is just weakly written over all. It has good ideas but the writer lacks the strength to pull those ideas through to their best possible outcome. So it falls back on what is easy not what is best. I think it probably would've had enough story for 20 in the hands of a superb story teller, someone who could make 20 eps feel like 16 in the best possible way (it's been done) But that's not this writer unfortunately.
However, me personally, whilst watching this, I just found it eventually dis-interesting and disappointing. As opposed to SH where I was so appalled at the application of ideas to paper to screen I basically stopped watching at the end.

The more I think about it the more I wonder why I even compared them in the first place. They are quite different entities... Oh well, good convo, enjoy Chief Kim!

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I feel like Hwarang hints that it has more than enough stories, enough for 30 episodes, but just isn't telling them. In the last two episodes, they threw in the wonhwa backstory and Hansung's grandfather and I'm like, wait, stop adding more things when you haven't made progress on the other things.

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Yes, the Wonhwa thing is totally an unnecessary plot device. The queen was going to use the Wonhwa thing to kill Aro in the most roundabout way possible.

I also feel like if they were going to make Aro and Sookmyung Wonhwa, they should have done it like 10 episodes ago and use that to better integrate them with the Hwarang. I don't get how no one is like wtf at Aro being a Wonhwa leading Hwarang. She has no experience to draw from.

I think I like Suho the best now. He may be a playboy but he is honorable, loyal, and cares for his family.

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Princess being a wonhwa i can understand cos she's good at swordfight and all. But, seriously... Ah Ro????? Isn't it too obvious that the evil queen is brewing an evil plot to all and sundry that she's trying to get rid of Ah Ro? Ah Ro gets weak-kneed when there's danger and is a healer, not a fighter/warrior. If it's so obvious, the queen should just kill her straight or get someone to do the dirty deed rather than go in a round-about way.

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Ab-so-toot-ly, the Wonwha thing is SO effing (WFKBJ) WHAT??? I can't even. There, I've just used up my entire supply of cliches but it was worth it. It makes no sense and they haven't even attempted to make it make sense. Ugh ?

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OMG YES!!

this is turning into one big clusterf***
why add plot lines when the original ones aren't resolved?
why add a plot line that makes no sense.
okay jiso tried to kill myungmoo before he was born so he couldn't challenge her baby. i got it. what does that have to do with making ARO a wonhwa? she's gonna make her get pregnant so she can stab her? how will that help her take over the hwarang? speaking of WHEN DID SHE LOSE CONTROL OF THE HWARANG? she's plotting over something that hasn't even happened?? why??? *sigh* i have a headache. i don't think i can watch any more tonight...

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Polio guy is Sun Woo's dad. Called it like 10 episodes ago.

I got teary at Hansung's death even though half of me was raging that it was stupid. I do not understand the rationale behind his grandfather's sudden threat: we will bring the king's head so we can be a pampered stepping stool? Or I kill my grandson and myself? Dan-Se dummy... where was Pa-Oh when he needed a friend?

That ending though, Ji Dwi! FINALLY! (Yes, other half of me is saying incredulously that if it was so simple as walking in he should have done it ages ago, though walking in with nothing but a bracelet and royal robes isn't the usual way for a coup to work... LALALA, I'm not listening)

Thanks for the recap LollyPip! It's been quite a journey, and we need to brace ourselves for the ending. I hope we avoid a drama Truck of Doom.

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Oh I forgot, Pa Oh was on an Ah Ro rescue mission... sigh.

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We must pray to the drama gods that ToD's predecessor, Stampeding Cart of Doom, does not have to make an appearance.

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lol I had the exact same reaction and train of thought with the final scene like "YEEEEAH..... are you sure... this will work? YEEEEEAH"

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Arrow of Dooooooom! It's the little brother that could.

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... or, arrow of death...

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While JiDwi's enternce was grand more based on the music he is still nothing as threat wise because he has zero power and Park YoungShil will chew him up because the writer never let him have any power whatsoever,nothing...All he ahs is his title

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I also don't remember why the grandfather is pandering to Ban Ryu's dad and why if Dan Se fails, that he would kill himself and Hansung. If I was Dan Se, I would just run away with Hansung.

I was hoping Ji Dwi will tell the Queen "um, you're in my seat". But man, he looked amazing strutting in there!

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The grandfather needs to be in Ban Ryu's adopted father's good graces so they can have a girl from that family marry Hansung in order to continue the family bloodline and it's status. With Hansung dead the entire family looses it's future position in the system.

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The way things are going, I wouldn't rule out a ToD. The drama is oddly compelling, but every 10 minutes or so I'm totally confused and have to reorient myself mentally, then I'm good for the next 10 minutes. LollyPip is doing a great job of following along and attempting to explain it to the masses -- thanks!

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I wouldn't be surprised if they jumped ahead a few generations and make him Kim Yushin or some of Shilla's well known hero since Sammaekjong is already the king.
He can't go back to being a peasant since he is the main character.

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what in the bloomin f***.
It seems the writer has started to hate her own drama. I can imagine her stabbing the pages of the script with a paper knife, an evil gleam in the eyes.
I´d rather just play with the smile babies that Ban Ryu´s smile and Soo Yeons´ smile had together.

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It's not unheard of for writers to kill off characters (Arthur Conan Doyle came to hate Sherlock for example), but in a pre-produced drama? The hate is strong in this one.

I'm going to ship Ban Ryu, Soo Yeon and Soo Ho to an island where they can be safe from the writer and ridiculous 'adults'. Ah Ro, if she survives, can go study abroad.

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Mission "Escape From The Nightmare Writer". We also need a time traveller to go back and save Han Sung and bring along Dan Se before anything happens, and we´ll hide all of them in Chief Kim´s office. cause accountants can make it look like nothing was ever smuggled in or it was just office supplies.

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I'll drink to that with a banana-milk!

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we´ll drop Ah Ro off at some jimjilbang along the way, her crying might lead chasers to our tracks.

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@redfox @WishfulToki Lol, I'll help!

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I get the "hate her own drama" idea. Almost like audience feedback is more powerful than we ever imagined.

But, are we really 100% sure Ah-ro is dead? She sure seemed like it, but we didn't get the requisite dramatic last words, and it is a kdrama after all. They're quite capable of having the arrow miss her heart, or having her wear some hidden (and form-fitting) armor, perhaps because the princess warned her(??). I haven't gone preview-scouting, so I'm might well be full of it.

BTW, I've seen the hidden armor trick in other kdramas, and I find it odd that underwear armor is ALWAYS more effective than the ordinary visible battlefield kind.

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I can say with every ounce of confidence that she is most definitely NOT dead. It is a very very rare drama that kills off the lead. This is not that drama.

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it would be a better twist if she came back as a zombie, it would justify why I am feeling like my brains are being sucked out by the drama.

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I'd watch that drama. Zombie Sageuk! Has that happened yet? And if not, WHY not.

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yeah, in a zombie sageuk at least no character dies pointlessly. they´ll be utilized as food. The cart of doom will be eaten too. The throne will be eaten - nothing to politically manipulate for. Ancient scrolls - eaten! Secret letters between scheming officials - eaten! (it is kind of turning into Let´s Eat 3..:) My only worry is if they eat the queens´ only outfit. do we really need that? I don´t think she herself is tasty enough for them...

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Annnnnnd, now I want this in a zombie hunger kind of way.

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LOL

This show has replaced Cinderella and K2 as the show most fun to make fun of :)

But... aren't kdramas (and American TV) *supposed* to suck your brains out?

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I think the thing is, they don't have to? E.g. I've watched some bloody good dramas in the few years I've been watching them, one's I would happily say are good TV shows, and that rarely happens, so I think when yet another show falls into the hole and leaves us disappointed but not surprised, we wish it could've been more because we KNOW it has happened, that show that leaves you feeling satisfied. So we keep watching in hopes that it will happen again. Just that... the likely hood is about 1 in 10 for me :P

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or... she is revived by the gods for she is guilty of inducing the Queen to kill so many and causing rifts between cousins... on condition that she becomes a female Goblin and should wait for a Goblin's bridegroom to pull out the arrow to end her immortal life...

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cmon, I already feel like I have waited 900 years for character development, oyu want us to wait 900 more?

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This... might not be so crazy... we've had the lonely shining Wang So, and lonely shining Shin Kim. I need me a happy ending sometime writers!

Other possible scenario is to get a mermaid to shake everyone's hand so they forget everything and take the throne herself.

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a nine tailed fox. fox magic. but as soon as the chick wakes up, the wise and proud fox feels like it was a mistake and locks her in a scroll.

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No. I don't think she's dead.

You know, I keep thinking about Ah-Ro's stories back in the beginning, about a girl who acquires a mole(?) which then changes her face beyond recognition... That she actually survives the arrow, lives on the normal life without (mostly) anyone recognizing her because she puts on a mole. That would be season two, "Hwarang: the beginning of plastic surgery"

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I thought you sent moles to infiltrate the court, not put them on your face?

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Maybe we could have a case of both kinds of moles!

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Doubt she is dead even if hit in the heart...Her dad more than sure will bring her back from the death...it will just be to pitiful for Sunwoo's life if they kill her off and if they did that as Sunwoo he would march and kill the queen and who ever stands in his way of the bat and who wnats a killer crazy hero in his last episodes

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at this point even that will be much better than what is shown... I will surely love him killing everyone (it will much better if he kills the writer)...

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Yeah, her dad managed to bring Sunwoo back to life! And we don't need a 3rd person dying for Sunwoo. I do wonder if time is of the essence since they seem a ways away from home.

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Ah-Ro will join one of those "name-not-to-be-told' because if it told then a river or a damp would broken or a sudden flood might happen and jeopardize the village, thus she would not be dead. Instead, she will awake with amnesia, has 2 suitors, in 21st century, with doctoral degree, because she had saved a King in a past.

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It could have been so much more, I m quite disappointed that Hwarang went that way :(

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I feel like this was the episode we have all been waiting for in Hwarang. It was good!

Cry baby Aro didn't show up this episode. That alone had me sold. The Aro we got this time was brave and resourceful. I love that she refused to be intimidated & was determined to make the best out of a really bad situation. I wish this woman had showed up at the beginning and stayed.

V's acting was great & his death captivating. I must admit I did not see it coming but felt the total weight of his loss. Such a great character.

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Stupid Youtube ruined it for me. There were videos popping up left and right saying he dies. Thanks Youtube, what a way to ruin it for me. But, I would have suspected it once the drama points started to unfold anyways. They were clearly setting it up for a dramatic death. I actually like drama deaths if done well, they can be huge catalysts and emotional drives.

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I really like Aro's quiet strength in this episode. She may be scared and she may cry, but she has an inner strength and calm that Sookmyung and Ji So doesn't have. And because she has been a good person, she has allies. Look at her making friends already with her attendants.

Hansung's death scene was great! I mean, I was really sad and wish he didn't die, but it was well acted and more touching and authentic than any of his other scenes.

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I agree!! She's a survivor. She willed herself and her fellow Silla prisoners to survive too in the Baekjae jail. When their food was stolen on the way to Baekjae she got them some food! I wish we had more scenes of her being awesome.

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NEW TREND ALERT !!!!!!!!!!!!

Idol debut must die in drama.

Baekhyun - Moon Lovers
Chanyeol - Missing 9
V - Hwarang

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Also Jinyoung in MDBC

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And did Do Kyungsoo die in It's Okay, It's Love? Can't remember, but I thought he dies or gets sent away. He was tortured a lot, though. Seriously, stop killing/hurting the puppies! ?

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DO was a delusion that Jo In Sung's character hallucinated as a part of his illness. He didn't exist. Still cried buckets when JIS sent him away (with those shoes).

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Actually, MBDC wasn't jinyoung's drama debut, he just fell victim to the tragic fate of the second male lead. But yeah im also definitely seeing a trend in idol actors dying off

I could tell hansung was fated to die the moment he was introduced because at first his character was so similar to baekhyun's in scarlet heart: the puppy

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maybe there is a secret sect that has been formed that drama-sacrifices idols for the wealth and fortune of the companies...

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Seriously. Hahaha. At least V got more episodes than poor Chanyeol. They killed him off too early. I actually didn't think he was really dead because he died so soon. I was like, this is not normal drama behavior. But, I can't complain if the death is justified by the story.

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I usually don't want my idols killed off or at least not until the bitter end, but they couldn't kill Baekhyun fast enough...

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'I can’t complain if the death is justified by the story.'

Me neither... but was there any consequence to his death? I half expected the Hwarang to immediately go protest/lament in front of the palace, but nothing happened. An elite warrior was assassinated and nobody bothered to ask how? *brain being sucked* His death has been in vain, plot wise, though it was a moving end fearless of a sword, protecting his friend.

And then Ah Ro gets shot, so whatever Sun Woo does next is not mainly due to Hansung's death. :'(

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I was surprised that the grandfather didn't have Dan Se killed for botching the assassination and killed the family's last true bone. And that the guys didn't call for Dan Se's half-breed head for killing one of their own true bones.

I think his death is supposed to invigorate the hwarang and that remains to be seen next week. Would they fight or just continuing eating lunch? I wish they had Hansung interact with the other hwarangs more.

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Right, Sun Woo gets to decide that Dan Se not only lives but is allowed to continue as part of Hwarang? I don't think that would ever happen.

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Also Jin young B1A4 died in moonlight drawn by clouds...... He is not an idol debut right? ?

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I was definitely thinking that when hansung died. I was like "yup, the next time an idol is in a drama in a secondary role, his character will die".

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So much potential for bromance - WASTED!
Ban-ryu/Soo-yeon - too cute!
Han-sung/Dan-se/Sun-woo - cried my eyes out.
Queen - ready to claw her eyes out.
Evil old minister - someone just kill him already.
Fight for the throne - don't even care anymore.
Ah-ro being used - been there, done that.

What I want is for Ban-ryu and Soo-yeon to get married, Sun-woo and Ah-ro to get married, but mostly I want to see some bromance between Ji-dwi and Sun-woo as they fight side by side to protect Silla from evil ministers. Come on, they're cousins - fight together, not against each other. Give me some bromance before you end, Show!

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YESSS TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID. So many plot points in this series and the writer is all over the place. I feel like in every episode, we're given like two minutes worth of good scenes with really good chemistry whereas the rest are boring parts that are unnecessarily dragged out.

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Ohhh my god! I cried a lot with Han Sung death. I stopped the chapter a couple of times cause a couldn't read the subs. He was the most lovely and pure soul there. And I agree with you he was the bravest too.

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You don't know how many chocolates and sweets i have eaten after this episode..but..all in vain..no sweets in the world can make this less bitter... :'( :'( :'(

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I hope Sun-woo and Ji-dwi were not switched at birth. Then it will be the lowest of the low plot device of ever being used....even lower than switching faces suddenly like some indian dramas tend to do.....

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Forget a Truck of Doom ending, that would be a historical train wreck.

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The lowest of the low but at this point I wouldn't even be surprised...

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You need to tell me more about this switching faces! WUT?!

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Indian-dramas tend to be long like more than 1 yrs long if they are populer, so if any actor want to leave the show in the middle of it's running then the following actions happens most of the time in sequence:
1)Any accidents that includes fire happens.
2) then the mc's face gets ruined.
3)then the mc have a plastic surgery.

And VOILA.....thats how the switching faces happens

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@[email protected] and lol!

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And I thought the Australian Soap my friend is watching was bad. Hahaha and yet that's kinda hilarious and amazing?And it's a TROPE nonetheless! Like, wow.

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This reminds me of that unforgettable mess that was Scarlet Heart 2 (the Chinese version).

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It's hard to judge him fairly, because I'm so BTS biased, but I think Taehyung did a pretty good job, considering Hwarang was his first time acting. Yes, mostly he was just a cute puppy, which is not the hardest of acting tasks, but even with tougher scenes and emoting, he did pretty well.

And this episode... Well, being an ARMY only made it worse for me. Not my Tae Tae!!!

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Feels. He did really well. I'm so proud.

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