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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