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Seven Day Queen: Episode 11

I’m scared, but happy, but scared! Why can’t this show ever let me just bask in a happy moment without reminding me of the ominous portents and precarious lies? There is always a quid pro quo in this drama, so when we’re rewarded with some honesty and love, you can be sure that there will be hell to pay. Is this normal that I should have to pay with angst and tears to get a few drops of happiness, or is this show just messing with me because it can?

 

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

The king rails at Chae-kyung, angry with himself for having sent her to another man. He declares that he must have her, and with Yeok looking on from a short distance, he grabs her forcefully for a kiss.

But at the very last second, he holds back… their lips just inches apart. He seems to be warring with himself, and finally he resists and pulls away. Oh phew. But, but… can Yeok tell from where he’s standing that they didn’t kiss?! This is very important!

Chae-kyung doesn’t even have a chance to recover from the shock before Yeonsangun throws her for a whole new loop—he commands her to become his spy. He tells her to report every detail about Yeok, especially the moment he shows ambition, because that will be a sign of his treasonous intent.

Yeonsangun admits that this is why he permitted their marriage, so that she could be closest to Yeok and become the king’s eyes and ears. He takes out a small dagger and says that the moment could come when she must kill Yeok with this knife, and asks if she will still do it.

Tears spring from her eyes, and Yeok watches from the bridge, stricken. Chae-kyung steels herself and says, “Yes, I will do it. But I will not accept this knife, because I will not have use for it. The reason I am marrying is to dispel the suspicion between brothers, and to prove the prince’s loyalty.”

Yeok seems to have heard their conversation, because his eyes fill with tears. He’s alarmed when he sees his mother approach behind him, and Yeok rushes to her side to guide her away from Chae-kyung and the king.

Yeonsangun asks angrily if Chae-kyung’s faith in Yeok is so unwavering that she dares to act this way in front of him, not even fearing death. He asks what she’ll do if her faith is proven wrong, and she replies that she will accept the knife if that happens, and will accept the punishment for her misplaced trust. Yeonsangun shakes with anger at her words.

The queen dowager is shocked when Yeok tells her that the pawnshop was discovered, and that he wants to rush the revolt. She reminds him that he was the one who insisted on winning over the people before taking the throne, but Yeok says that was his selfish desire.

He realized that while he was worrying about that, people who trusted him were put in danger and being tested. He plans to meet with key figures for the rebellion right after his wedding, and the queen dowager says she will find his father’s will because it’s the fastest way to the throne. This time he doesn’t argue.

Yeonsangun stews over Chae-kyung’s declaration of faith in Yeok, and says to himself that he will await that day eagerly when she admits that she was wrong about Yeok, because it will come very soon.

Yeok looks weary when he returns to the pawnshop, and he says to himself, “I will fool you more thoroughly now… because if you know the truth, you will suffer. You will be in danger.”

At the same time, Chae-kyung vows to herself that she will protect Yeok whatever it takes.

In court the next morning, the ministers who were robbed come forward to say that everything was mysteriously returned to them in the middle of the night, and they begin to wonder if the Snail Brides were responsible for returning their things.

This is the first that Yeonsangun is hearing about the Snail Brides, and the ministers tell him that someone began leaving rice for struggling families during times of famine, and that some rumors say the Snail Bride is one man, while others say it’s many. Secretary Im declares that the Snail Brides must be investigated.

Privately, Yeonsangun laughs and calls Yeok’s actions cute and small, though Secretary Im doesn’t share his point of view. He argues that as the Snail Bride, Yeok is gaining public sentiment and now even currying favor with court officials, which only paves the road for him to take the throne. Yeonsangun counters, “Who says I’m going to give up my throne?” He says that if the fight has begun he should at least play along, and asks where the Snail Brides are based.

Yeok and Seo-no look over plans for a new hideout, but Yeok thinks that moving bases now will only draw more suspicion. Seo-no wonders if they should add another door out of here, and they hear the pawnshop door opens upstairs. Yeok wonders why the boys aren’t greeting the visitor.

That’s because they’re quaking in fear at the sudden arrival of Yeonsangun, who just casually looks around the pawnshop and asks how long they’ve been in business. Gwang-oh and Seok-hee flail and fumble over their words, while Yeonsangun carefully looks through every corner of the shop.

Then to make matters worse, Myung-hye and her uncle burst in and ask the boys where Yeok is, worried after Secretary Im’s visit last night. The boys try to warn them by making faces (Seok-hee uses his tongue to point in the king’s direction, ha), but it’s too late and Yeonsangun steps out to greet them with a sly smile.

Deputy Commander Park is shocked, but Yeonsangun says he already suspected that Park would be behind the pawnshop. He is interested in Myung-hye though, and guesses that she’s his niece, calling her the daughter of a criminal who was exiled. He asks if she’s helping Yeok thinking that once he gains power, she can reclaim her family’s status.

Myung-hye swears that that’s not the case at all, and that she just happened to save Yeok’s life and became his friend. Yeonsangun’s eyes close in on her like prey as he points out that Myung-hye must be the one who faked his death. Crap. She realizes her slip and everyone drops to their knees as she begs for her life.

Yeonsangun enjoys making her squirm and lifts her chin as he notes that the queen dowager must adore her for saving her precious son’s life, not believing for a second that Myung-hye didn’t tell her that Yeok was alive until now.

He chuckles to discover that Yeok has a woman, scoffing that he acted like he couldn’t live without Chae-kyung. He says that Myung-hye must be upset about him marrying someone else, and she lies that she’s not.

Yeonsangun saunters out just as casually as he came and tells his armed guards outside to stay behind and report on every single person who comes and goes.

Once the coast is clear, everyone rushes into the hideout and Deputy Commander Park apologizes. Yeok shouts that because of his rash decisions, the pawnshop will now be monitored and targeted around the clock. He orders Deputy Commander Park not to make a single move with the Snail Brides without his consent.

The boys worry that they’ll need to move headquarters, but Yeok tells them that it’ll only draw more suspicion to do that. The plan is to make another door out of their basement hideout, and to look into a neighboring property so that they can build an underground tunnel between them.

Chae-kyung excitedly picks out dishes in the marketplace for her newlywed home, only to be vetoed by her mother at every turn. Chae-kyung pouts at Mom’s lavish, expensive choices, preferring the homely dishes.

She makes faces at Nanny while Mom buys item after item until their servants are loaded up with heavy trunks, but Nanny tells her that Mom is doing this because she wants to, and is trying to match the queen dowager’s tastes.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commander Park brings Minister Shin the fortune reading for Yeok and Chae-kyung’s union, explaining that the queen dowager asked him for the favor. Minister Shin asks how Deputy Commander Park became so loyal to the queen dowager, and Park says that it was a dying request from the late king that he look after her and Yeok.

Minister Shin asks if that loyalty to the late king extends to the present king as well, and Deputy Commander Park turns the question around to ask why Minister Shin didn’t tell the king that Yeok was alive when he first suspected it. Minister Shin says he was simply taking a backseat because it involved his daughter, and that he eventually realized that Chae-kyung and Yeok were fated to be.

Yeok is spotted by the king’s guard as he leaves the pawnshop, though he doesn’t seem to notice. Gwang-oh comes after him to pass along a map, saying that the king left this for him and asked him to meet there.

When Yeok arrives at the location, Chae-kyung steps out of a palanquin accompanied by the king’s head eunuch. She beams when she sees Yeok, and he takes her hand to lead her inside.

They enter a large courtyard with a sprawling home lined with an army of eunuchs and court ladies. Yeonsangun is waiting for them, and he silently notes the way they arrive holding hands before they break apart. He declares that the home is a wedding gift from him, complete with the servants. Ohhhh, you clever man.

Yeok eyes everything warily and Chae-kyung says it’s much too grand for them and asks the king to take it back. But Yeonsangun insists that the prince and Minister Shin’s daughter shouldn’t live in a shabby home. Chae-kyung looks to Yeok, and he nods silently to let her know that they can accept the house.

Yeok tears through the house, and behind every new door he finds a court lady or a eunuch standing by. Yikes. They might as well be living in the palace, with all these watchful eyes.

The head eunuch of the household is a familiar face—the one from the king’s staff who had worried about keeping Yeok waiting when he first returned. Yeok says gruffly that they ought to know each other’s names by now, and he introduces himself as Eunuch Song. Yeok scoffs to himself at the idea that this is a gift.

Yeonsangun tells Chae-kyung that he’ll be getting daily reports from Eunuch Song, and he’ll be checking to make sure that her reports line up exactly with his. Yeesh. She’s shocked to realize that he means for her to check in daily, and he confirms that he’ll find a place where she can enter the palace quietly.

She asks how long she’ll have to do this before he’ll trust Yeok, and Yeonsangun answers, “Until death.” He doesn’t specify whose death he means—hers, his, or Yeok’s. She asks if something happened between them that she doesn’t know, arguing that Yeonsangun wouldn’t be this cruel to them otherwise. But he snaps at her not to act like she knows him, or Yeok for that matter.

He pointedly asks if she knows that a woman saved Yeok’s life, and when he sees her stunned reaction, Yeonsangun smirks and says that past or present, Chae-kyung is the one who should be pitied in all this.

Yeonsangun receives the report from his spies that they saw Yeok leave the pawnshop, but they never saw him enter. He muses that they either have another entrance, or dug a rat hole inside.

Knowing all this, Yeonsangun sits down to have a drink with Yeok and suggests finding something other than the pawnshop to keep him busy, noting that it doesn’t seem to make him much money. Yeok says it’s not the money he does it for, and Yeonsangun asks if he hides out there with his friends and plays the leader of their gang.

Yeok readily accepts that the king suspects him, calling it the fate of his position, just as it is the king’s fate to be suspicious. Yeonsangun says he’s become quite cowardly, and Yeok forces a smile and says he must be living well then, because he is the grand prince of Joseon, who must do nothing. Yeonsangun agrees and adds the thinly veiled threat that the more cowardly he becomes, the safer his loved ones will be, calling Yeok’s cowardice his own form of courage.

As he leaves, Yeonsangun says to himself that Yeok’s mask is growing stronger by the day, though he figures it’s a good thing since Chae-kyung will only feel more betrayal when she finally unmasks him.

Yeok and Chae-kyung go for a walk, and he tells her to bring a few servants she can trust since a new house full of palace servants will feel strange to her. She sighs that it’s starting to feel real now, and she tells Yeok that this is his last chance to confess anything to her before marriage, warning him that all can be forgiven now, but once they’re married all bets are off.

He grows serious as he says the same back to her, that this is her last chance. He says that if she’s frightened or has any regrets, she should back out now: “Run away from me. I’m saying this for you.”

Chae-kyung asks tearfully how he could say that to her. She argues that once they’re married, he’ll be the only person she can trust in the whole world, and that at a time like this he should be saying that he loves her over and over and holding her. “Do you not love me?” she cries. If you leave her hanging right now, I will kick you!

He argues, “If I could say it in words, I would’ve said it a hundred, a thousand times! What power do words have?” She says that words are where it begins, and that by saying things aloud and then acting on them again and again—that becomes married life and love.

He stands there silently like a dumb rock, so she stomps off and wipes her tears alone. She thinks of Yeonsangun calling her pitiable, but she answers in her thoughts that Yeok isn’t fooling her—she’s just waiting for him.

Yeok cranes his neck to try and see what she’s doing, though the second she turns back around, he scrambles to act cool again. Pff.

He actually starts running away, and Chae-kyung has to chase him down to say that she’s going to give him a pass. She says that he’s someone who says more with his eyes than with his words, so she’s willing to not get her feelings hurt when he doesn’t express his love. “I’ll just teach you as we live together,” she declares with a giant smile.

He can’t help but smile back at her adorable face, and she holds his hand for the rest of the walk home.

As he heads out, Yeok mulls over Chae-kyung’s warning that this was his last chance to come clean with her, and he thinks to himself, “But lies are the only weapon I have to protect you with. I’m sorry.”

Yeok and his boys all crawl into the tiny confessional booth together, complaining of the tight quarters. They need to be extra careful though, and Yeok says that while everyone’s attention is focused on his wedding, they need to dig into the minister of war, who is the next most corrupt official after Secretary Im.

He’s known for taking bribes and for being a regular at the gibang, and Seok-hee and Gwang-oh immediately rush out to the gibang to do their “work.” Yeok asks if Seo-no wants to go too, but Seo-no says that he has another appointment.

Scarface goes around asking villagers for information on Seo-no’s father, and finds a farmer who names Seo-no as the man’s son, confirming his suspicions. Nok-soo worries that Yeok could have found the late king’s will already if his companion is the historian’s son, but Secretary Im argues that they wouldn’t be hiding out and working as Snail Brides if they had the will.

Yeok’s wedding to Chae-kyung is the talk of the town, and Seo-no’s father overhears people talking about it at an inn, where they say that the palace has been in an uproar ever since the prince came back from the dead. He listens quietly and then packs up his things and heads out, just as Seo-no arrives. Dad’s face is hidden underneath a hat, and they don’t seem to notice each other as they walk by.

Yeok paces in his hideout and mulls over Chae-kyung’s complaints that he doesn’t express his love, but he thinks to himself that he wants to save that for when it’s real—when there are no lies between them anymore. He promises to tell her ten thousand times then, and looks back and forth between his chart of key figures in his rebellion and Chae-kyung’s promise ring.

There’s a knock upstairs at the pawnshop door, and Yeok opens it cautiously to find… Seo-no’s father, who bows and asks if he remembers him. Well that was easy.

It turns out that Seo-no’s appointment is a drinking date with Myung-hye, though he spends most of the time being berated by her for being impudent. He doesn’t even argue, and just pours her drinks while she rants over not being the one to marry Yeok.

She blames Seo-no for making her think that respecting Yeok’s choices was the impressive thing to do, and he surprises her by saying sincerely that she IS impressive, and that risking her life and living for someone else is no easy thing. She points out that he does it, and Seo-no says that he has a debt to repay even if the cost is his life.

Myung-hye says he can repay that debt now by telling her where his father is, but Seo-no says he doesn’t know and gets up to leave if that’s why she called him here. But she grabs his wrist and asks him not to go, warning him that Yeok’s wedding is tomorrow and she doesn’t know what she’ll do.

So Seo-no stays with her, and she wakes up in the middle of the night to find herself sleeping on his lap. Flustered, she tiptoes around him, and is shocked to discover a letter wedged in the door from Seo-no’s father, asking to meet to discuss the will. She takes the letter and sneaks out.

Chae-kyung stares at her wedding clothes, deep in thought. There’s a knock at her door and Yeok’s voice whispers her name, so she hurriedly yanks him inside, afraid he’ll be caught. He says that they’re getting married tomorrow, so he wanted to give her a promise token since he only received one and never gave one in return.

She smiles at that and tells him to hurry up and give it before someone sees him, and then she closes her eyes and puckers up. HA. I love her.

He stares at her for a long beat, amused, and she gets embarrassed for jumping to conclusions and rambles about how she has a needlessly good memory, clearly thinking of the first time he intended to give her a kiss in exchange for her ring.

That’s when he pulls her into his arms and starts untying his hat (wow, that’s crazy hot, like he means business), and says that he gave her fair warning this time, so she has until the count of ten to change her mind. Then he says, “Ten,” LOL.

But before he can make a move, she wraps her arms around his neck and kisses him first. She laughs, but he stares at her intently and then pulls her close for a real kiss. Yowza.

When Yeok returns to his room, he looks at his princely robes and smiles as he thinks of tomorrow’s wedding, and Chae-kyung does the same as she stares at her wedding dress.

They’re not the only ones who can’t sleep that night—Yeonsangun sits up in the same position all night, and notes bitterly that the sun rose so soon.

The queen dowager is pleased to hear that the late king’s historian has sought them out regarding the will. Yeonsangun interrupts her conversation with Deputy Commander Park to ask if the queen dowager doesn’t want to stop this marriage, pointing out that Myung-hye is a better match for him, worried that the queen dowager is planning to use Chae-kyung and then throw her away.

The queen dowager says that Myung-hye is like a sister to Yeok, but she admits that she wanted the union as well. It was Yeok who wouldn’t listen, and insisted that it had to be Chae-kyung, and that he had to keep his promise to her. She says that the two of them can’t seem to live without each other, so there was no winning against her son.

That only seems to make Yeonsangun more bitter, but he says it’s settled then and they’ll hold the wedding as planned, since Yeok is marrying Chae-kyung for love and will not be shaken no matter how he is tested. He says that Yeok will be fine, but his tone is ominous.

The bride and groom get washed and dressed bright and early in the morning, and Chae-kyung is so excited that she can hardly contain herself. Holy crap, Yeok looks so much like his younger self in his prince’s robes.

Seo-no accompanies him to go meet his bride, and Yeok says he has a present for Seo-no after the wedding. On the way, Yeok addresses Chae-kyung in his thoughts: “From now on no matter what anyone says, you are my person. Everything I do is to protect you.”

Chae-kyung takes out the twig binyeo that Yeok gave her, anticipating his arrival (which is when her hair gets put up). She thinks, “You are now my husband for life. Let’s live as friends for the rest of our lives.”

Gwang-oh is about to close up shop for the wedding when a man comes by wanting to sell information. It’s the farmer that Scarface was talking to, and Gwang-oh is alarmed to learn that he told Scarface Seo-no’s name, and that they were looking for his father.

At the same time, Myung-hye takes Seok-hee and the other Snail Brides into the woods to sneak up on Seo-no’s father, and he worries about how angry Yeok will be when he finds out. She insists that they can do this on their own, and that all they have to do is keep Seo-no’s father safe.

Gwang-oh runs to intercept Yeok and Seo-no just as they arrive outside Chae-kyung’s house, and he says that Myung-hye and Seok-hee might be walking into a trap set by Secretary Im. Yeok confirms that it’s definitely a trap, because Seo-no’s father is with him. Well, crud.

Then to make a bad thing worse, Yeonsangun joins Secretary Im, wanting to see for himself the moment when Yeok walks into the trap in search of the will. Oh nooooooo, don’t come here, Yeok!

But of course, that’s exactly where he’s headed. The three boys race to save their friends on horseback, and Yeok has already changed out of his wedding clothes…

Meanwhile, the wedding party is gathered and the guests start growing antsy as everyone arrives except the groom. The parents grow anxious, and the queen dowager finally worries that something happened to Yeok and sends Deputy Commander Park to send soldiers to find him.

Chae-kyung frets as Nanny paces her room, when the king’s head eunuch arrives to deliver a wedding present to her. She opens the box and is terrified to find the dagger that she had refused to accept.

Myung-hye’s scout reports that no one was inside the house, and Yeok and Gwang-oh arrive to warn their friends that they’re walking into a trap. It’s too late though—Yeonsangun has spotted them in the distance, though they’re too far to see each other’s faces. He raises his bow and arrow, and from across the field, Yeok does the same.

Yeonsangun must guess that it’s Yeok, because he says that he won’t kill him, since that will be Chae-kyung’s job now that he’s proven her faith wrong. They both fire at each other, and Yeok gets sliced in the arm, while Yeonsangun gets slashed in the cheek. Yeok’s companion fires off a second arrow that lands right in Yeonsangun’s shoulder.

The king’s men launch an attack and Yeok’s side retreats, but the king motions for them to halt, declaring that he’s gained everything he needs already. He looks up at the sky and muses that Yeok will be very late to his wedding.

Chae-kyung shakes as she opens the letter accompanying the dagger, which tells her that she will begin to suspect Yeok very soon, because he is lying to her.

Yeok makes it to the pawnshop and stumbles over to change back into his wedding clothes, but Myung-hye grabs them first and refuses to hand them over. She says that Secretary Im has caught them going after the will and will try to kill Yeok. She urges him not to go to the wedding.

Yeok takes his clothes out of Myung-hye’s hands and says, “I have to go. Chae-kyung is waiting… Chae-kyung is waiting…” and rushes out the door.

Just as Chae-kyung pulls out the dagger with trembling hands, Nanny bursts in to say that Yeok has finally arrived, and she breathes a sigh of relief.

Yeok apologizes to the parents for being late, and soon after Yeonsangun arrives as well, sporting a mean scar on his left cheek, right where Yeok shot him with an arrow. The brothers stare each other down in the courtyard as they each think, Was it you?

Inside, Chae-kyung smiles as her hair gets pinned up, and she vows to herself that she will trust Yeok no matter what anyone says.

The wedding begins and both Yeok and Yeonsangun watch Chae-kyung being led out with pensive faces. The bride and groom bow to one another, which is the first time that Chae-kyung gets a chance to peek up at Yeok.

She looks over at him with a hopeful smile, but that’s when she sees blood spilling out onto his hand in a bright red stream, ominously leading right down to her promise ring on his finger.

Her eyes brim with tears as Yeonsangun’s words come back to her—that she will soon begin to suspect Yeok because he is lying to her.

 
COMMENTS

He is lying, I knooow, but he loves her! Augh, I hate that Chae-kyung could be doubting him in the very moment that they’re about to be married, but I should have known that the show would never give us a drama-free wedding, not with Yeonsangun fighting tooth and nail to make sure that Chae-kyung’s faith is shaken to its very foundation. Why does he have to be so smart and so dastardly? It makes for such a fantastic rivalry (not to mention a zippy plot) to have such a genius conniving mastermind ten steps ahead of our protagonists, but sometimes I just want there to be one day when everyone isn’t in the palm of the king’s hand. How can anyone outsmart him? It seems impossible to race him on level ground when he’s such a master manipulator who seems to be dictating the path as you go, plus he’s paranoid on top of everything, which means he never lets his guard down.

I was awed (in a frightened way) when he thought repeatedly to make Chae-kyung the one to unmask Yeok and ultimately betray him. He isn’t satisfied with beating Yeok and just taking his life—that would be too easy, and Yeonsangun clearly likes his games. He seems to relish the idea that Chae-kyung will bring about Yeok’s downfall herself, and I think in his twisted mind he thinks she will come to see Yeok the way he does and stop loving him, and be grateful to the one who opened her eyes to the truth. He doesn’t see at all that they simply love each other without reason, which wouldn’t change if they got caught up in a rebellion—it would only turn tragic, not go away.

Despite not understanding that sort of unchanging love, I have a feeling that Yeonsangun wouldn’t want just the shell of Chae-kyung either, because if he were that emotionless, he would’ve kissed her forcibly. He seems to still want the real thing—her true heart, and her absolute faith—something I think she would give him as family, if he would only stop demanding more and trying to threaten her into being loyal. He is so frustratingly his own worst enemy, but we already knew that. He’s just proving it time and again, in new and unsettling ways.

I see why Yeok lies to protect Chae-kyung, because this isn’t about her trust or her loyalty—this is treason and the cost is her life, and he would rather die or let her think the worst of him than to put her in harm’s way for his sake. We’ve seen it once before with him, and this is the kind of noble sacrifice that makes perfect sense and doesn’t require all sorts of logic leaps to get me on the bandwagon. Of all the reasons to lie to the one you love, this is pretty much it. I’m with you. I just fear that it doesn’t matter what she technically knows and doesn’t know, because she’s now in danger anyway as his wife and as the king’s spy. Even Yeok knows that she agreed to be a spy in order to protect him, but that means that she’s taking on a personal responsibility and will have to make a choice someday between lying for him or saving herself. And we all know what feisty, courageous Chae-kyung would choose to do. Maybe there is no winning against their fate, and the most I can hope for is that the love they share in the time they have remaining is beautiful and true. And hatless.

 
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Agh, I love it so much, even while everyone careens toward disaster. The performances are just out of this world, and the pace has me practically hyperventilating. I wish this was a long one so I could see more of it, but at the same time I love that it's shorter so the story zips along so quickly.

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The angst would be too drawn out if it were a long drama. I just wish we got more scenes of CK and Yeok together instead of all the political machinations and what not.

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It's messing with us because it can!
Oh I love it when he removed the gat! There is just something about him slowly peeling his layers but not all just yet. And that kiss..woah! ?

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Can we stay in their happy bubble longer? I just want to see them happy and inlove. ?

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I hope to see Yeon Woo Jin and Park Min Young in another drama. I don't care if it's a romcom or melo just please sign them together in another project. I'm in love with their chemistry and realistic portrayal of Chae Kyung and Yeok

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You know, that same lips also touched the lips of Lee Je-Hoon. Just sayin' that kiss reminded me of that short film for some reason.

Anyway, both YWJ and PMY are bringing their A game in this drama. They are lovely to watch on screen.

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That short film was utterly, butterly cute! ^^ Thanks for reminding me of it - I think I need to go watch it again.

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Ugh.i couldn't disagree more. I wish I could un-see that film. It was decadent and filthy.

It made me realize the value of Korean actors keeping their personal lives utterly private. Once the veil has been lifted, it becomes hard to suspend disbelief in subsequent works.

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Now, i wouldn't call the film decadent and filthy. Because if so, I would say all dramas with make out sessions are also decadent and filthy. Do you feel the same way about it in all dramas and movies?

Do I think the lovemaking scenes are necessary in the film to make the point across? No, it's not necessary. For me, the last scene was the main purpose of the film; it was where a military man and his love were running together while holding hands in the middle of crowded intersection in Seoul. I applaud the film for depicting the happiness of that moment.

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Agree with you. Just for me, any redeeming qualities weren't what stuck in my brain at the end.

They were going at it quite hard in those needless scenes. And it was done a way that seemed..well... authentic. Eliminate that and the words decadent and filthy wouldn't be adjectives I'd use.

I just have a problem with directors thinking we should watch that kind of stuff. And any actor who agrees to be used like that. It's not meaningful or "art".

Once they put it in the audience's face, we can't un-see it. It's not unfair to resent the film for doing that. Or to view the complicit actors in light of the role they played.

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@gidget- you may never see this, but I found what you wrote about resenting the makers of a movie for forcing certain scenes on the unsuspecting viewer quite an interesting take on it - and one I can respect (as long as you are not discriminating between homo- and hetero-sexual couples).

I found it cute precisely because of those make out scenes. They were indeed quite authentic and I have no issues with that. What I loved was how happy they were to be with each other - notice all the laughter and teasing in the make out scenes. I thought it really was 'making love' instead of just sex. Kudos to the actors for pulling it off.

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Indeed. That scene felt like wish fulfillment - the ideal world in someone's mind. And I do applaud it for that very reason, too.

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You can't be genuinely feeling happy about this drama there's always glimpse—or abundance—of sorrow following, everyone is on each other nerves, seems like chae kyung the only one that sincere about her feeling towards others no ulterior motives, and it would be a heartbreaking to see Chae kyung start doubting others especially Lee yeok?

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i can't but i sincerely thankful thst this is only happened in dramaland

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exactly, this drama is my favorite... tho i don't like the story, don't look forward to the ending... but i LOVE LOVE the two leads, and i'm in such denial about the story -- i'm just enjoying their precious moments together....

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Me too I just love every seconds of the leads, and everytime they are in one screen, it is like they'll gonna kiss each other any moment...argh.. butterflies in my heart!!!

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YEOK YOU IDIOT!! Why would you go there!! and Yeongsangun its not fair that youre evil, smart, AND handsome damnit. Poor Chae Kyung.. she's in between a hard place and a rock

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Ahhhh my heart. I feel so bad for Chaekyung because she must feel so confused 1) YSG is suddenly treating her that way and being mean when he's been a caring orabeoni to her before Yeok entered the picture 2) now she can't help but suspect that Yeok is lying to her. It's like the two people she trusted as friends are now suddenly two whole new people to her and she's caught in the middle. It feels like Yeok's in a contract relationship with her and now she has to deal with the "I told you so" feeling from YSG and the feeling of betrayal from Yeok.

I kind of ship Seo No and Myunghee even though I know it won't happen. It's like he's the only one who will take her nonsense. ?

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Love your comment but I wouldn't wish Myunghee on anyone.

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And the crisis begins... With Chae-kyung now starting to doubt Yeok, I'm guessing it's the beginning of the end. With everything being thrown at them in the midst of their wedding, the end is coming. The moment that is dreaded, but the moment that has to come.

So far, I have no complaints whatsoever. The acting is spectacular, the characters are amazing, the storyline makes sense and is beautiful, the scenes are full of emotion, and the kisses are perfect (especially in the episode, like GF said "Yowza").

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Another great episode! Trust is a fragile thing, how devastated would ChaeKyung feel when she finds out the truth. The dagger that Yung gave ChaeKyung is the one she was about to use to kill Yeok in the first episode, right?
I really love the moment when MyungHee sleeps on Seono's lap. Can't the writer just rewrite history and give everyone a happy ending? :)

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Yes, I believe it's the same dagger.

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When it's literally killing you but you are still addicted to it. Right from the start I know that it will not be that easy to watch this but I know it'll be worth it and I just really love this drama. That's all I know!

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Noooooooooooo why do you have to go there on your wedding day!?!? Why!?!?! Well, we all know why...but why!?!?! This drama really knows how to get to me.

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Why can't Yeok just live a quiet married life with Chae-kyung if she is that important to him. It's an unpopular comment but sometimes we just can't have the best of both worlds eg the Throne and the woman you love. We make choices and sacrifices to protect what we think is most important. Knowing that she will be in danger and still pressing on with his plan, I don't see how is that protecting her....

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At this point he can't go back. He has worked for five years to regain the throne and he has involved too many people that would not accept him backing out at this point. Not to mention he still thinks Yeon is a bad king whose people are suffering under corruption. But he is human, and though he would see the impossibility of OTHERS having the cake and eating it, he cannot see how his own situation is like that, as well. At least that is what I think.

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Because he is blinded by revenge and power hungry. Even love can't make him give up. Yeok himself in this drama suffered a lot, and he can't easily give up, because between him and Yeonsangun, one must die for the other one to live. Aside from Chae Kyung, he also has other ppl he has to protect and he can't just simply betrayed them after what they did for him, just for Chae Kyung.

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I totally understand Yeok's actions because he knew that the King tried to kill him once and if he just give up and be loyal, what is the guarantee that that the King will stop his suspicions and still not try to kill him? Remember that he had once been loyal to him when he was younger but he almost died because of that. He knows that he will die if he will not fight but he can't stop his feelings for CK so that even if it will put him in danger, he's still willing to marry her.

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I think he's protecting her by making her and her family his people. Because when Yeok becomes king, everyone who supported Yeong shall be killed. He wants to save her from that.

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It's deliciously complicated. And the characters are too.

The rules of insurrection state that whoever supported the losing side will die…along with all of their family. If CK and her family support the king, Yeok will be obligated to kill them if he wins. If CK and her family support Yeok, then they will be killed by the king if Yeok loses.

Both men love CK and are trying to protect her. Yeok is assuming he will win. He’s trying to gain the support of her father so he won’t have to kill him if he gains the throne. And by marrying her he gives himself the option of sending her into exile instead of killing her if her father chooses the wrong side. The king is assuming he’ll win. He’s making CK his spy so he won’t have to kill her after Yeok rebels.

But both men are also selfishly using CK as their pawn and are setting her up for pain. The king is trying to inflict as much pain as possible on Yeok by making CK the source of his demise. Yeok is trying to inflict as much pain as possible on the King by marrying CK; thus making her the instrument of opening his old wounds of alienation and betrayal.

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yeok's plan to build an underground tunnel between 2 neighbouring houses that faces different main streets reminded me of nirvana in fire...

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Glad I am not the only one who was reminded of NIF. That drama is a masterpiece!

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Yess!!! Meichangsu and prince jing!!! *Sigh* suddenly remember the ending...

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The only thing that Chae Kyung lacks of (and perhaps also will cause her downfall) is that she blindly trusts Yeok. Or should I say, have faith in Yeok, because she trusts him without even counting the fact that he had been acting strange. And goodness, she even saw him sharing kiss with other woman and she didnt budge.

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She is also trust Yeonsangun's words, right? Although she doesn't trust him 100%.

I agree this is her major weakness, that's why she will be queen for seven days only. She might still trust him after Yeok get the throne, believing he will be able to protect her family. Her love and trust will cause her major heartbreak later. I must say,
a good writing save this character, otherwise she is potentially to be just a naive and stupid character who is clueless with everything.

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I thought I was the only one thinking how can CK be so clueless of all the palace power play. Glad that PMY is also doing a good job that makes her character lovable.

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Probably the explanation because she was sent away to a remote village living only with her nanny as a common folk after what happened to the prince because her parents wish to avoid her from getting tangled with the royal family again. She came to Hanyang after 5 years later because of the Queen 's letter about marriage.

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I am really enjoying this drama but really wished they made CK's character sharper and not so blindly innocent. Yeok and the king are both cunning in their own ways, so I wished CK could also outsmart them as well instead of being influenced by them so easily. I am hoping maybe she'll figure out what's going on and either choose a side/deceive them herself or save herself by not falling for either side's deception and manipulation. However based on what we saw in the first episode, I feel like she'll continue to be denial about Yeok's ambition.

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Yeonsangun character here is so smart. I'm surprised that he's willing to go to pawnshop himself to check things out, and boy oh boy he managed to make that girl blurted things out. Rather than smart, perhaps I should say that he can see through people, and hence, the paranoia.

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But in this depiction of the king, we clearly see it's NOT paranoia! His concerns have always been well founded. I've loved that this show is providing a fresh perspective on Yeonsangun. It touches on something I've always wondered about. How accurate are the Annals? And in particular, how accurate are they about the exploits of a monarch who has stripped all power from the ministers/clans.

I realize that the Annals are supposed to be impartial. But to think that historians are ever truly ideologically impartial defies the record of history itself. History is written by the victors. And there's somewhat of a pattern in how 'history' has been presented by the Annals.

Strong reform-minded kings/princes who had the aim of unseating the entrenched clan/faction powers, were often depicted as 'crazy'.

The weak kings under the control of weak or weakening factions were mostly unremarkable. Mostly because they had an odd habit of dying very young.

Kings under the control of strong factions/clans were often depicted as having long lasting power because of their virtue. Yet, a closer look reveals that their ‘virtue’ mainly consisted of throwing unexpected benefits to the peasants as pretext for much larger reorganizations that consolidated the power of the favored factions and/or clans.

Again, I'm loving the fresh and smart take that this drama offers. It’s great food for thought.

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Interesting. I've always wondered about those too. Even if the scribes write down things and happenings exactly as they are, they don't have access to the inner turmoils people experience. They don't really know what's going on in their minds. I also like what they're doing with Yeonsangun here, more fleshed out without taking his crimes lightly.

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Each episode shows a glimpse of the happiness they might have shared if they had not been born as themselves. This show is trying to kill me one episode at a time while just showing enough to survive barely. Yeok and Chae Kyung are pulled in all directions by their love for one other, their duty to their families and struggle to protect one another. I just hope they spend their 7 years together making great memories to last a lifetime.

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Can't blame CK - I'd jump Yeok before he’d have counted to 10 too ;)

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Ahahaha i know right? who would not love to kiss Yeok??? I want a 10-minute kissing in the next eps ahahaha

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Oh my heart. This is giving me The Princess' Man feels for some reason. Also reminds me of the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel. ARGH. My heart needs a hug.

Does Chae Kyung know the king is evil? Is he really evil? OMG. When her loyalty is tested, how does she know which is the "right" person to be loyal to? Am I making sense? SOB.

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I also thought of the Scarlet Pimpernel parallels.

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That kiss was the perfect embodiment of a sageuk kiss! I keep replaying it, and Yeok removing his hat is just sooo hot. This drama just keep on hitting the right notes and I'm in love to it to bits. Everyone is doing a great job, but I'm really pining my hopes for a happy ending.

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Oh my GOD. Yeonsangun reminds me of Moriarty in that they're both paranoid, insecure, love playing games, and absolute wankers. The only thing Yeonsangun lacks is Bee Gees' Staying Alive ringing tone.

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I'm not sure if this counts as a spolier but I have this thought...do any of you know what was written on Chae-kyung's tattoo? Could she be the secret "will" the king left? Whoever marries her ends up to be the king? The late king then specifically chose Yeok to marry her in the future. Why then do they need to have a tattoo on her back if it was just a simple betrothal?

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I remember it being a talisman of some sort given by the monk to drive away bad luck, is it not? But I figure it must be something very important since they showed it again.

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True but if you want to keep a will hidden, what better way to keep it hidden but in plain sight and in the guise of a talisman?

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I was thinking the same thing when they showed the preview. Especially when they showed that wretched, over-entitled, presumptuous, foolishly arrogant MH in shock - seemingly about the tattoo.

It'd be a great twist.

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Does anyone know what does the tattoo on CK's back means? Some people commentted that the secret letter that cause chaos might be on CK's back

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'Possible spoiler' Deity tree right ? My guess is location of the letter hidden. Because the priest later changed her prophecy regarding CK's destiny because she was used by the king to keep secret that will cause uproar over once found.

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Deity tree? What's that?

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I'm not sure deity tree or what the exact word - maybe sacred tree - My guess is the tree that they used in shamanism practice. The one they used to pray by hanging a piece of cloth/colorful ribbons. Since CK was the prince's fiancee. Logically, only him will get to look at her back once they're married.

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Yeok only removing his hat but why so hot ???? The way he seducing her.. My poor heart can't take it ?? I can replay this scene 100 times though. Can I say I cannot wait for their first night? ???

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Now that this episode ended on such a sad note, what do you think their first night would be like?

Maybe Chae Kyung should just strip him, throw him onto her lap and spank him until he confesses the truth?

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I saw the teasers ?

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Erm..why it sound like 50 shades of chaegyeong

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In the dramatic arts, to create the sense of romance, innuendo is so much more powerful and uplifting than seeing things fully played out. Seeing too much turns the viewing experience into nothing more than a weird type of voyeurism, and that's just... well... Yuck is one word. Needless is another.

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Before few people ranting about CK being a nuisance to the prince, getting him into troubles because of her actions. But in this episode, clearly the thoughtless and reckless because too full of herself is MH. Clearly disobeyed the prince. He said everything must be done with his permission. Now she screwed up not only once but twice. This is exactly the kind of queen he is getting later. Helping him to govern his throne, not respecting him at all. Full of ambitious instead of a reckless CK who didn't have ulterior motives. Her guilt was only for being clueless because everyone around her tried to protect her by keeping her in the dark most of the time. Even the king wanted her to be a spy not for his benefit but to show how wrong she were for blindly trusting Yeok. But love it when the king spelt out the plan by his enemies in details such as the people behind the snail wives and the queen's plan to use CK and discard her later. He knows everything and just enjoying /monitoring the game.

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MH is wretched. But Joseon Queens usually were.

In this episode MH's presumptuous actions and Yeok deciding to accelerate his plan to become king (before personally winning he hearts of the ministers and people) is the drama's way of calibrating with history.

Yeok was brought into power by his royal in-laws and the ministers they had gathered to support the insurrection. He was completely controlled by all of them once he sat on the throne. He became nothing more than a pedigreed figurehead for their self-serving administration of the country.

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Ironically, as per Seonoh said CK was the one who always influenced Yeok to change his way. He decided to announce himself earlier than plan because of CK. Now he wanted to accelerate his plan to become King because he saw how terrified and hard for CK to be pressured by the King to choose side. He truly believed only by being the white stone -The King- he can save his people. And save the love of his life - CK. But then even a king can't have everything he wishes. Look at his own brother.

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Ironically. Good word for it. :-)

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Instead of suspecting Yeok, I hope that CK will realize that the King is actually trying to kill him. Even in that wedding scene I was hoping that she will think that the King tried to kill Yeok before the wedding.

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Lol. It's an unpopular comment but I am not complaining because I can't help but rooting for Yeonsangun. May be this feeling will change once he morphed into a total monster.

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Can I just say that YWJ's acting improved a lot since Arang. Totally unrelated but I'm hoping the same for NJH in Bride of the Water God since they both started as models.

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For me YWJ from his early days of acting already showed he is a good actor. Comparing with most of model turn actor, I almost don't see him as a model, I see the real actor in him.

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I agree. I first noticed him when he was in Arang and the Magistrate. If an actor, playing a bad guy, can make me sympathize with him, then he is really good. Bad guys can often feel just two-dimensional if not portrayed right. This also reminds me of Bogum too in I Remember You which is why I am not surprised these guys are famous. They really know how to act.

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You're right, he's already good in Arang that's why it was where I first noticed him. But no doubt he's slaying it in this drama.

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Oh, so that's why he always looks good in his hanbok. I did know he started as a model. He doesn't seem that tall.

I love the color combination of his hanbok in today's episode. That and the yellow/green combination couple of episodes back.

Yes, feel the same way about him in Arang and the Magistrate. He is memorable in that drama. And he strutted that hanbok then like he is doing with this drama.

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Love love love this drama. The actors, the action the romance. It's amazing.

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This is one of those so-good-it-hurts moments when watching a superb drama. I just want to give Chae Kyung and Yeok a hug. Why can't Yeok just take the throne and keep the girl too??!??

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You know as much as I enjoy the drama I wonder why it's putting so little political and historical context with about the rebellion and why it happened for instance how the King's crazy spending near ruined the country and bankrupted many of his subjects. People in this drama mention what a bad king he is and some of his transgressions but it's not really explored. I feel like that would be better than all this secret prophecy and secret wills business.

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IMO, because this drama is about CK. And lots of drama excellently portrayed his tyranny already. Even a tyrant is a human too. Just take this drama as showing the tiny portion of his humane side before he turned full blown into a monster. Better show more interactions between Yeok and CK. It's too late to cater to viewers for wanted to see the dark side of the King in details. Cheesy or not, the interactions bet CK and Yeok really the highlights of this drama.

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Well at least for a change we have a drama where the good side of a supposedly extremely bad guy is being shown fiction or not..... I want a drama where I could get some life lessons and 7DQ is giving me some it.

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The lines are cheesy and when not portrayed properly can make viewers cringe but YWJ is doing an excellent job delivering his lines (and that voice) it makes me swoon!

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The way he delivered teh cheesy lines too sincere. Till you really believe he really meant it. Captivate you with his eyes and made your giggling like a fool in love. How many Koreans on IG declared- now call me as Chaegyeong because the way Yeok called CK- Chaegeyoeng-ah. Hahaha

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Imo, this drama is more character driven than plot driven, hence there is quite little political and historical context. For eg, instead of showing us how evil Yeonsangun actually is, this drama giving us more his emotional depth and inner conflicts. We only made to believe he is evil mostly based on what ppl's say, and not his own actions. In order to make the love triangle is alive between the three leads, they can't show how evil he is because otherwise it will just be his own obssession, and the intended love triangle won't be there to cause much more conflicts.

Anyway, aren't the secret prophecy and secret wills business important to the plot?

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I am fine with the prophecy and hidden will but I agree that the drama should have put delved more into the politics and historical context. I just think that there is no way they can convincingly portray Yeonsangun while skimping on these.

One of the biggest problem I have is Chae Kyung's regard for Yeonsangun. At this point in history, anyone wasn't living under a rock in Joseon would have known the atrocities of the king. It doesn't matter that they want to show how or why Yeonsangun turned into the worst tyrant, that he was capable of more humanistic emotions. It's quite an impossible feat but they have to keep in mind these facts about Yeonsangun while trying to make some sort of love triangle.

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That's my sentiment as well. She doesn't seem to be very clueless. Like how I want to know why the writer is trying to approach Yeosangun in different perspective, I also want to understand Chae Kyung's regard for Yeonsangun. If she is madly in love with him, it will be understandable though lol. I know she has known him from when she was young but that doesn't make me convinced. Will she be Yeonsangun's ppl despite of she has become Yeok's wife or not, I also can foresee, once she learn about Yeok's plan, she won't support it. Her unconditional love and trust will only ruin her later and that will be so tragic to watch.

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What they're doing is questioning the historical record.

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where would the secret letter lies on? I bet it would be Chae Kyung`s mark on her body, because based on the preview Chae Kyung`s seem to be the secret letter after all

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And HATLESS!! I'm so in for that :)

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This is beginning to sound like the Joseon equivalent of "SHIRTLESS!!"

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LOL! I never saw anyone removing hat with so much sexiness. We all understand why Chae Kyung can't resist him. I can't too.

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Ikr. Who would have thought that removing a hat could be so sexy? It's really all comes down to excellent acting. Like when Yeok removed his shirt in an earlier episode, the act itself is stereotyped as sexy but that's not what the scene calls for and YWJ was able to flawlessly convey the sadness of that moment.

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I believe now is the beginning of 'hatless' trend and Yeok is the trend setter. All sageuk definitely needs this scene.

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Too bad for me I can't watch the drama so I depend on recaps it's amazing though am a great fun of Korean dramas Park Main Young my favourite actress of all times Thanx for investing in yo time to keep us entertained. lots of love from Uganda, Africa

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Ah the multidimentional, layered characters of the brothers... i get pulled up from one side to another.. everytime! at one time i wanted yeosangun to be happy but another time i just hate him.. i resented Yeok also for his foolish act but i wanted him to smile alot.. jeez,
show, you are DAEBAK

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In the earlier days of his reign Yeonsangun was said to have been a smart ruler. Now he's still smart but in a very twisted way. I dunno, if there's anything I love more than a good lead it's a good villain, and Yeonsangun is one hell of a villain. Ay Madre de Dios. I actually hate the actions of Minister Park and Myung-hye. For Minister Park as early as now even before their revolution has begun, he can't even manage to curb his true colours. They blatantly disregard Yeok's orders and words and do as they please. When Yeok becomes king and history has shown he will I fear that he'll be just doing what Minister Park is going to ask him to do. He'll be nothing but a figurehead, and Yi Bang won would be rolling in his grave. Yeonsangun being the paranoid tyrant that he is smells their plans from miles ahead for he knows how it is to be toyed about by wily ministers hence his comment to the Queen Mother about using Chae-kyung and throwing her away when the deed is done. I just feel sorry for Chae-kyung and her family, being caught in the middle of all this.

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A counter-culture way of looking at it would be: It's unlikely that a favorable record would have been written for a king who was unseated via treason. That would de-legitimize the usurper. Especially in confucian ideology.

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What an ending! and I forgot to breathe at the kiss scene ?
The kiss is too cute!!! I cannot handle Yeok's loving eyes to Chae-kyung ♥

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I don't know why, but I'm more interested on the storyline between Yeosangun and Yeok's duel. I love-hate Yeosangun for being so genius in manipulating people and how he's playing games when he could easily kill Yeok in this episode. He's such a badass when he went to the pawn shop and everyone was like shivering and begging for his mercy, that scene is oddly satisfying to me.

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Ah, why is it so good? This tragedy that is slowly oncoming, lurking at every corner, twists my heart and makes me squirm, but it's such a good pain I can't stop watching. Masochists, unite!

P.S. Yeonsangun is so goddamn smart; I'm torn between squirming along with our heroes and admiring his evil genius.

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First, thank goodness the king didn't really kiss chaekyung.if not i might die out of anger.yeon woo jin previous works indeed prove him a good kisser, so does park min young.though i was blushing during the kiss (that was so HOT) i feel disappointed it was very short.maybe the writer keep the best last. *cough*first night*cough*???
Just like gf, i almost scanned through my monitor to make sure yeok is not the child actor in his royal prince garb.just like how kim so hyun striking resemblance to son ye jin, baek seung hwan is indeed most look alike child version of ywj.

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Love it when noble sacrifices and misunderstandings are done correctly! None of that "Oh I think I saw you kissing someone else so you must not love me" crap. Lives are at stake here.

Dreading the eventual tragic end but enjoying this drama so much anyway.

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So far, what this drama keeps on doing is doing everything right. I mean the romance plot is as strong as the political part. Given the fast pacing of the earlier episodes, I thought it will eventually wane in the middle especially when Yeok was recognized by CK. I thought they will drag that revelation to keep viewers hooked. But no, this drama has lots of those moments in hand. Every week leaves me hanging, tortured as I wait for Wed to come.

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This drama makes me sweat in my pants. It's so intense I just can't calm myself. And always good at making me wanting it more.

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Seriously, did the King have to remind Chae-kyung about her promise with his evil gift on her wedding day?

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“If I could say it in words, I would’ve said it a hundred, a thousand times! What power do words have?” ----> Why do I get the feeling that the moment Yeok says "I love you" to Chae-Kyung will also be the moment that Chae-Kyung does not want to hear those words. Aaargh, the feels!

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It breaks my heart that chae kyung is starting to doubt yeok, though it is a fact that he did lie to her. Yeonsangun is such a crafty and ingenious king, that I cant help but admire him, just a littleeeee. I still dislike him for separating yeok and chae kyung. I totally understand yeok lying in order to protect chae kyung because once he tells her, she would have to consciously make the choice to choose sides, making her suffer due to all the conflicts. But I kinda want him to tell her the truth and go through it all together, because I feel that they would be stronger as a team, though chae kyung will probably be abit heartbroken having to betray the king, as she is so softhearted. But i guess even chae kyung has to grow, and realize that sometimes you have to sacrifice in order to protect your loved ones. Not to say that she's not tough, but this could be a lesson for her.

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The King is really a genius, like when he decided to make CK a spy, I thought that he was stupid to even consider it knowing that CK will be marrying Yeok and become his wife. Surely she'll never agree to betray her beloved husband. But like the clever King that he is, he was able to use CK emotions to his advantage.

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I'm also questioning if she is indeed thinking of betraying the King and do treason...From the way i see her till now she really doesn't seem to spur those kinds of ideas and like her father would be loyal to the current king,seeing again and again how she always chooses the right path and never had in mind that Yeok could harbor such ideas to take the throne...

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I'm not quite sure I understand so could someone explain this to me. Did Chae Kyung agree to be the King's mistress? When he says he has to have her and as the king it is his right....When he says she should come to the palace to report to him every day, and when he says he will have a room prepared for her in the palace, all of these statements allude to his intentions to have a sexual liaison with a woman who is about to be married to his brother. It surprised me that Chae Kyung agreed to marry Yeok under these circumstances.

Chae Kyung and Yeok had an opportunity for full disclosure, or at least a frank conversation, which they both failed to use, it's a pity that the conversation devolved into, "why can't you tell me you love me?" As if love can solve all the problems. And I don't think it's fair for her to expect that Yeok to disclose his true intentions when she wasn't even ready to tell him that she agreed to spy on him for the king.

Smh, this indeed has the makings of a marriage from hell. Yeok and Chae Kyung must truly love each other to still want to marry each other under these conditions.

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Yeonsangun loves women, and believed he owns every woman. He is basically using them for his own pleasure. That's explain why he treated Cha Kyung like his own woman, and not Yeok's. You may read his history if you haven't. Like he said in the early of this epi, he is the King, so there's no reason he can't have her. The only reason he allowed them to marry because he wants her to be his spy.

IMO a reason why Chae Kyung agreed because she never doubt Yeok in anything, so that's why she agreed, with a belief she can erase Yeonsan's doubt about Yeok. She is kind of woman who believes 100% love can set everything straight including broken relationship and she doesn't see the relationship between Yeok -Yeonsan can't be fixed anymore. I must thankful to Yeonsan that he finally started to make Chae Kyung opens her eyes, not only about Yeok but also Yeonsan. She is a poor and pure soul who is in the middle of two dangerous men who are in the power battle. That's why her story life is so tragic - she doesn't know how to manipulate & scheme like other palace women, what she wants is only to spend her life with her beloved ones.

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Agree with this comment. I feel really bad for CK. In the end she will lose her family & Yeok because she placed her trust in him. The perfect story would have been for her to just stay in Geochang & marry some other nobleman, have kids & live a long life with her family. My heart just keeps aching everytime I see her realize Yeok has been lying to her.

Believe this is also the reason for the low ratings. Not everyone wants to watch something this tragic esp since everyone already knows what the outcome will be.

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I saw in IG - sub for when Yeok was at his bridal house getting angry at his brother because not enough barging his pawn shop, making CK as his concubine and now spying on him at his own house. Most probably the subber mistaken the word spying on and concubine because they sound quite similar in korean. Spy is chopjja and concubine is chop. And about the room, a discreet/secret place in the palace for her to come and report to him daily.

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How sad is that in the end Yeonsangun words are true and will come true,even in the discussion with Yeok Mother...Way to start marriage...Our Prince will sadly learn the hard way that he will loose something important while gaining another...My heart really aches for Chaekyung...

By the way for those more well known into korean history,does anyone know how Yeongsangun's Mother became a persona non-grata and banished,did the Queen(Yeok Mom here) had an involvment or she indeed did something to deserve it?

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I believe Yeonsangun's mother was a very jealous queen who instigated the killing of the King's concubines thus she was dethroned after it was proven.

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Thanks a lot for the insight,i was trully intrested in this backstory and the things behind it,at least what history says...

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I am not sure but I think she was exiled partly because of her absurd behaviors but mainly because she dared to scratch her husband's face and the Queen Dowager saw it. She was exiled because of that. but years later, the govt/ministers decided to give death penalty by poison for all her crimes.

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I wonder what Yeon thought while they were that close to each other, looking into her eyes. He is used to people fearing His Majesty the King, that is how he has control. But Chae-Kyung, in this moment, did not fear him as the king, but as a man. Being vary/respectfully afraid of the king is a given, but Chae-Kyung, who is not afraid to call him on familiar terms, was scared of a man and the threat of assault. I wonder if that plays something in his changing his mind?

Also, Myung-Hye is kind of interesting in her attitude and bitterness. She acts like she and Yeok have a special bond from when she saved him, she does her own things and she acts victimized when Chae-Kyung gets Yeok's attention again. Because, had this been another drama, she WOULD have been the main character. She would have been the girl of a criminal (probably falsely accused) who found him, and through her nurturing, they fell in love, though Yeok could not admit it through all his rage and thirst for revenge. She is the main character, so of course she acts independently. And she watches as her love has to marry politically with someone who clings to him based on childhood memories, and whose family relations will get him in danger. In her head, she will get her happy ending when Yeonsangun is dethroned and his supporters and his queen's relatives are exiled, including Chae-Kyung (who in her mind will probably choose Yeon in the end), and she and Yeok will finally marry when he grows out of his childhood crushes and need for revenge.

Only, she ISN'T the main character. Thus, her special bond with Yeok gives vibes of possessiveness and makes Yeok feel caged instead of grateful; her acting independent causes more trouble than good, and in the end she will probably fall in love with Sae-No as a beta-couple, but again end up unhappy with Yeok because of her ambitions.

It really drives in the saying that "Everyone is the protagonist of their own story." Even better that I COULD totally imagine a saegeuk drama with Myung-Hye as a protagonist. It would probably not be as good as The Seven-Days Queen, but it could work.

Can't wait for tomorrow to hear how it goes!

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..........wow, I didn't think it was possible to make taking off a hat so suggestive.....

CK is a little frustrating in her naivety but then again you can see that she is learning the more that she's being exposed to things. You have to consider her background of not being brought up with proper court etiquette and basically not being educated at all because her parents didn't want to give her a chance to be in the courts. So of course she doesn't understand the machinations of politics, or how two brothers can turn against one another. It's frustrating to us, but at the same time it's the reason why she's such a breath of fresh air to Yeok and the King. Which is why this writing is so great. It actually makes sense for her to be more on the naive side.

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