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A flirty prince and a tragic twist in Ruler–Master of the Mask

Okay, this new teaser for Ruler–Master of the Mask is pretty adorable. The prince is a total flirt! From what we’ve seen of MBC’s new historical melodrama so far, it appeared to be rife with tension and epic tragedy, about a prince forced to hide his face behind a mask and a young woman who vows to get revenge on him. But in the latest teaser, there’s youthful love and a whole lot of cheeky flirting from the prince… before the tragic twist brings on a shower of tears. Hey, I didn’t say the show became a comedy, did I?

Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) stars as a lonely Joseon prince who is forced to wear a mask, a mystery that drives him out of the palace in search of answers about his own past. Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost) is a young noblewoman from a family of warriors, described as fiercely independent and unladylike. Atta girl. L (She’s So Lovable) co-stars as a lowly butcher’s son with a brilliant mind who will become a stand-in for the prince, and Yoon So-hee (Memory) is the granddaughter of the prince’s greatest enemy.

In the teaser, the prince reveals himself inside a palanquin and shares a charged moment with Kim So-hyun… and then suddenly asks, “Am I good-looking?” which earns him an incredulous look. Uh, is he joking, or does he actually not know because he’s worn a mask all his life? He starts following her around eagerly, peppering her with questions: “What’s your name? Are you betrothed to anyone?” Her father feeds him happily and invites the young man to come by their home often, much to her embarrassment.

But then a tragic twist changes everything, and the heroine watches in horror as the masked prince publicly executes her father. The copy reads: “A wrong start. Crisscrossed fates.” The prince is trapped inside the palace as he wails, “Please!” and his voice shakes as he asks, “What do you mean it’s all my fault?” Kim So-hyun screams, “Why?!” but all he can say in the end is, “I’m truly sorry.”

I would be more upset about the loss of innocent puppy love if I didn’t already know this was a story where she’ll fall in love with the prince she vows to kill, but I’ll be selfish and hope for my sake that we get to spend a fair amount of time with princey loverboy before tragedy strikes.

Ruler–Master of the Mask follows Radiant Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 10.

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Kim so Hyun has killer looks in sageuk always. She is so pretty...
I should be swooning over Too seung Ho here... But couldn't really take my eyes off this pair.... Why should this be a melo... Why can it not be a romcom.... Drama Gods please look on us.....

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I've already prepared myself for this with tissue boxes and lots of chocolate.

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I'm personally fine with melo because i'll be able to cry over the drama and my exams at the same time HAHA

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I love rom-coms, but they're both so good at melos that I'm SO READY TO FEEL THEIR PAIN.

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Right??? Ugh i honestly only have praises for these two and I love that you said you are "SO READY TO FEEL THEIR PAIN" because I felt this in my bones and I myself can't wait to feel their pain too! Man, I am so sure that I'll also be crying my eyes out.

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I wish the same...
Still can't wait to see this pretty pair

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Uhhh ㅠㅠ Sohyun always slaying her role

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Y'all looking pretty!!! 😍😍😍

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Is that snorlax in your profile pic?

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Definitely 😆

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I'm gonna follow you bc I've always wanted to catch a snorlax.

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Lol @ “Am I good-looking?” [...] Uh, is he joking, or does he actually not know because he’s worn a mask all his life?

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Hahaha, I adore their first meeting and all the flirting that follows! He's so cheeky.

And ooof, the tragic turn really is reminiscent of The Princess's Man now, especially if their romance plays a part in leading to her father's demise. Even more so, if he keeps his true identity from her at first. This time the roles are reversed though and that will be very interesting to see!

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I need this in my life right now. Is there any fast-forward button in life? Or a wormhole that transports you to May 10? T.T

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There might be a tunnel somewhere!

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have you tried a subway? or even a Subway?

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If u were in kdramaland,u could time travel using many methods(with severe consequences) but alas!this is real world....

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Melodrama ? 😭 I Want to watch ruler right now !

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So Hyun acting skill improve so much

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She was always good to me and she has matured into a fine actress with experience.

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That's right...when somebody says "So Hyun acting skill improve so much" or something similar looks like she wasn't good before.

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I am counting the weeks and days until i see Ruler starts airing, i put the poster in the previous post as my phone home screen, already hyped.

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I'm just happy that before all the tears and heartache we'll be getting some adorable moments. They look so good in sageuk.

Hope L does well, please do well.

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Yeah because that's all it takes to break our hearts. Give us one or two episodes of complete adorableness and then a full blown angst later. I'm already crying 😭

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Yeah, be it adorableness or angst, bring it on show, we're ready!

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I agree! I hope they'll spend a good chunk of time at the beginning building up their young love story :) That was another thing TPM did well.

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It looks so promising. Definitely on my waiting list❤

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Kim SO PRETTY Hyun!

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They are both amazing actors, but I'm not sure that I'm prepared to shed that many tears.... I might wait until I'm in the mood for a good old tear-fest 😭 because I know these two will make me feel ALL the feels!!

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Maaay..

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I just we won't die because of their expressive faces..

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"Hope"

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The month of May is gonna be craaaaaazy with all the new shows! I'm so hyped for them all, especially Master of the Mask! This is the drama that will rip my heart into pieces, I'm sure of it.

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Uhm. The crown prince execute kim so hyun's father himself? Did I watch it wrong? Or is it just a metaphor to show that he ordered the execution? Anyway, Kim So Hyun and Yoo Seung Ho's acting chops are no joke. I could feel the deep sorrow exuding in my screen whenever they cry ( based on the recent teasers) what more in the drama itself? thank the dramagods for giving us this dream OTP 👌

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No, you're righ. The crown prince kill gaeun's father by himself 😭😭😭

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I mean *Right

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Maybe the mask has a mind of its own and controls whoever owns it for a certain amount of time, but then YSH's characters learns how to tame it - hence the title? 😅

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this could be an idea if the writer wanted to incorporate fantasy in this melodrama 😂 but I believe it is another political machinations.

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Symbolism? Well, that would be a lot better than my theory above. Hahaha.

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Lol, that depends on who you're asking. I really want to see that drama now...

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I think the King makes someone wear the mask and clean his dirty laundry for him in the name of the crown prince. To make him a strong King in the future who is 'fearless' or something. That's what he vaguely mentioned in the previous teaser. In the synopsis and character descriptions, the prince comes across as righteous so unless Ga-eun's father was truly at fault, I don't think he'd agree to just execute him like that.

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Or maybe daddy was framed and he had no choice.

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This is what often happens. He probably didn't have the power to save him.

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Joseon politics. Execution first, proof of innocence after.

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@kiara sadly that still holds true today, to some extent

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Possibly. Although that makes the prince guilty which I hope isn't the case. Specially since it seems he had a warm relationship with her father.

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This will give us another unreasonable king and father which slightly annoys me. I guess being sitted on the throne will make you do everything you can to protect it. Regarding the theory of letting someone wear a mask to execute Ga Eun's father, I'm curious if it
is the beginning of the stand in crown prince or the king already did it before. I really wanted to know how L's character will be mixed in the plot.

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I expect L's character to turn dark as soon as the love story hits the climax. But because this happens so early in the story, I doubt it would be L doing the execution. Another stand-in is definitely what I'm predicting.

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What if the mask was wore by someone else to make it seem like it was the crown prince that killed her father..
Maybe it was wore by the king himself?

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I also think it is not YSH thus there's a camera shot of him grieving behind a door. Pitiful crown prince. He grew up hiding his face & being manipulated. Aside from the tragic romance, i'm really looking forward to his rise as a king. I hope he will not really give up his throne. That character description is just a misdirection *please*

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Also the person that raises the sword was not ysh, i rewatched and noticed that the person that wore the mask does not look like him..
Did you also noticed?

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maybe L did that?

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young puppy love
tragic twist
independent KSH
flirty YSH

What else could we ask for ?

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Umm... for it to start like right now?!

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No, you're righ. The crown prince kill gaeun's father by himself 😭😭😭

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For a moment i forgot that our two leads both appeared in "I Miss You". I can't lie, iam enjoying the current airing Gil Dong, but iam pretty sure this one is going to be my seguk drama of the year

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Really curious to see what happens to cause such a tragedy. Was it actually custom to have the crown prince execute people himself?

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Same question. With my sageuk watching experience, I've never seen one that have the crown prince kill or any royal for that matter

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I saw MBC's instagram post 24hrs before they released the new teaser. At least they know what most if not everyone's waiting for, i.e. The OTP. They promised "heart fluttering" and delivered so I can't complain.

Flirty YSH is just asdfghjkl!!! I.am.so.excited. This drama looks and feels so much like The Princess' Man - and this steady stream of teasers is just making me so impatient. I need this drama now! Or at least I need an OTP teaser every day. Not that much to ask...?

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This drama is gonna break my heart I'm sure but I can't wait for may 10 anymore.... Why is april so slow sef

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Lol.

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Screaming with happiness!! Bring it on. Am so ready for this drama.

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That was all kinds of feels for the trailer alone. I can't wait for this drama. But their tragic fate will probably tear my heart soon, but hopefully they still get a lot of swoon moments before that happens.

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I think I'm going to have to watch this live so by the time the melo hits I'm too far gone that I'll continue to watch it no matter what.

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Looking forward to this the most right now!! Bring it on ̶G̶h̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶ Mask!!

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Can't wait! Yoo Seung-ho is always dependable on his choices and Kim So-hyun is always watchable. I love both and I hope the drama will be good.

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watch·a·ble
ˈwäCHəb(ə)l/
adjective
adjective: watchable

(of a film or television program) moderately enjoyable to watch.

When KSH has not been dependable?

watch·a·ble
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adjective
adjective: watchable

(of a film or television program) moderately enjoyable to watch.

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I assume that it's actually the proxy prince L who kills Kim So Hyun's father and that it's the cause of a big misunderstanding. Of course, nobody would know that there are two princes so she would assume it's the real prince who killed him. And she met Yoo Seung Ho while he was undercover so they will probably fall in love without her knowing he's the prince and he'll be scared to tell her the truth because she hates him. Eventually she finds out the truth and it blows up in his face and she also believe he killed her father because he already lied to him. Or something. I could be wrong but I'm suspecting it will happen something like that.
Either way, I'm so excited for this drama!

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This seems like a plausible theory. No matter what, there are going to be misunderstandings because of the "two princes."

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lol! I was thinking the same.

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♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ and then ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

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I think those are the two main emojis to describe our feelings when we watch this show.

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I love Kim So Hyun and i'm so hyped to see her in a saeguk especially after her cameo in Goblin :) she looks beautiful

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I've said it before and I will say it again. She was born to play in sageuks. So preeeeety.

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one of the most anticipated dramas of 2017... i still remembered the intense acting of Yoo Seung-ho in Remember wow i cried so many times

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I've never cried as much from a drama as I cried during Remember. I was crying multiple times almost every episode, it was ridiculous. How I actually emotionally survived through the entire show I have no idea. (Well, yes I do -- the powerhouse acting from all the actors.)

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i feel you ... remember is a drama that i will always remember because overall performance was 100% on point , actors, actresses, story, acting, everything, remember and secret dramas made me cried so much ...

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Everyone praises how pretty Kim So Hyun is. Yes she is. But Yoon So Hee deserves an attention too. Her photos look so fabulous 😍

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Yoon So Hee is sooo pretty. Maybe its just me but I find the side hair too long. I feel uncomfortable just by looking at it. But I do appreciate that the hairstyle of the girls here are not the usual joseon braid

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Maybe it is. But i don't know why i find her really cool in that hairstyle :p

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For a moment I thought she was one of them pretty Hwarang boys. Lol

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I noticed her since Let's Eat, I thought she was sooo pretty. Since then I watch almost all her projects. Now she looks more mature, less teen-looking.

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Very pretty pair

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We all know how much Yoo Seung-ho loves melos so I already know this is probably going to be sad af.

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Yoo Seung Ho loves crying. Is he aware that he still looks beautiful even he's crumpling his face? 😍

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Haha, does he really love melos that much? He's certainly good at it! Those puppy eyes always got me in Remember--Son's War.

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So, it like The Princess Man but more extreme. In Princess Man, the main lead father kill the other lead father. Here, the lead himself kill the father. I want to see how the main actress portray her sadness and how she take revenge. Still cry thinking in princess man where she said to the lead to aim to kill her in the future whiles in the dungeon so that he won't kill himself.

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this looks so promising but so full of angst, these dramas always shows this fluffy teasers but when the actual drama airs the melo takes full charge lol.

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So hyun acting skill improve so much... I can feel the scream🔥

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I love them already. And KSH naturally belongs in sageuk. She's glowing.

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With L playing a major role here, I hope he is able to deliver, especially when he's alongside such talented costars.
The writers and film director really did a great job with this one, from what I can tell through the teasers. Hurry up, May 10th!

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Some beanies mentioned before that L's acting is inconsistent. He's good in one drama & pretty bad to another. It seems like the production team is capable of delivering an epic drama. I hope the directing & execution will somehow help L to showcase the good actor in him. Random comment: He looks so different without make up and eyeliner LOL

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He is all growed up! (me with the rugrats inflection)

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Can't wait. Also wanting some sageuk nowadays. Any recommendations in the meantime?

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Since everybody is mentioning it.. try to watch The Princess' Man. prepare your tissues tho

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You can try rebel thief who the people's heart..

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I am so ready for this!!

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Me too!

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Forgot to add: BRING ON THE PAIN!

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It might end up with a happy ending for the couple still, who knows? Maybe the writers will take a chapter out of Tale of Two Cities and have L and YSH switch places at the end. L will die as King and YSH will get the girl? Or who knows, maybe everything will have been the evil machinations of the prime minister (as it tends to be in these historic pieces) and L and YSH will overthrow the PM and YSH will prove his innocence! Yeah, just speculations. Basically, looking forward to this drama. :)

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i am so looking forward to this drama! the leads look so good together and i can already feel that chemistry between them will be really good. crossing my fingers that L will do a decent job.

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The character description says Kim So-hyun is from a family of warriors... I hope her character lives up to that and becomes a total fighting warrior badass. Speaking of which, Yoon So-hee's character looks super awesome in the stills. I really like her outfit; it's beautiful and looks action-ready.

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Honestly, when I read about her family of warriors, I immediately thought of her Goblin oraboni, Kim Shin and thought how cool it'd be for him to cameo. Totally ridiculous and not gonna happen, I know, but thought that was a fun connection. ANYWAYS, I think she'll be a pretty cool heroine since her character is "fiercely independent and unladylike." As for Yoon So-hee, I'm not a fan of hers, but I'm totally diggin' her looks based on the stills, too!

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Omg if they could get that cameo... That would be the BEST. Yeah seriously hoping for a fierce and awesome heroine. KSH can pull it off, so it'll just be on the writer and director to give her a good character to act with :)

I don't think I've seen Yoon So-hee in anything, so am pretty neutral about her at the moment.

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Two shows that I have been waiting for are coming out the same day. Ruler and Suspicious Romance are getting me hyped for May. But I already know which one will make me die inside and which one will revive me. So I need to breathe before both of them start.

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Suspicious Partner might start a week ahead because of Saimdang's 2 episode cut

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I feel like they're gonna stick with the original date of the 10th but if not I will still have a busy drama watching schedule anyway.

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I am so hopelessly in love with this pairing, it's not even funny. But my baby Myung-soo will probably end up heartbroken again, unless the writers are kind and pair him up with Yoon So-hee for some reason.

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I have repeated the teaser a few times and every time I heard Ga Eun scream "Father!" I feel like someone is tearing my heart that it's even hurt. Already feel like to cry, why their fate is tragic. And I don't know Yoo Seung Ho flirts can be this hot especially his sexy warm voice. May 10th seems so far away 😭

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I haven't even watched the video yet, but I already had goosebumps and chills just from reading the post and seeing the screenshots. Oh man, this is gonna hurt so good.

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