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Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 13

Don’t for one second think that Ha-baek has changed… once an arrogant, annoying water god, always an arrogant, annoying water god. But he’s definitely back with a purpose in mind, and a new determination not to waste any more time. But he won’t be able to rest for long—with tensions rising and loyalties shifting, the time is fast approaching when Ha-baek will finally have to step up and take on his role as king.


 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

While talking to Hu-ye on the phone, So-ah rounds the corner to her house and stops still. Ha-baek is there, waiting for her under the streetlight. So-ah runs and throws her arms around him, and Ha-baek holds her tight.

Up the street, Hu-ye worries when So-ah doesn’t answer him. He turns the corner and sees her in Ha-baek’s arms, so he ducks back behind the wall where they can’t spot him.

Ha-baek sweetly fusses at So-ah for looking thin and tired, then jokes that if she’d looked like freesias in spring, he’d have gone right back, hee. Wiping away her tears, Ha-baek reminds her that he warned her that if she falls for him, there is no medicine for that.

He heads up the hill to retrieve So-ah’s dropped phone, bringing him within mere feet of Hu-ye’s hiding place, but Ha-baek doesn’t see him. Hu-ye watches again as Ha-baek leads So-ah home, their arms around each other.

Namsuri is thrilled to see So-ah, and she feeds him dinner and asks why they’re back. Namsuri tells her that Ha-baek was given another mission, one so vague that Ha-baek doesn’t understand it. All he knows is that he’s to “realize something.”

As Namsuri narrates, we see Ha-baek back in the Water Realm, where the red water had returned four more times while he was gone. He says that Ha-baek was sensitive and cranky, and had no energy.

One day, a message is delivered to Ha-baek from the High Priest, who’s visiting the Sky Realm. His assistant tells Ha-baek that finding out the reason that the sacred stones were kept in the human realm wasn’t really part of his mission, but Ha-baek argues that the High Priest said it very meaningfully back then, for him to find the answer.

The assistant reminds Ha-baek that he kept waving off the task as annoying, but now Ha-baek insists that it was a part of the mission that he didn’t complete. Namsuri breaks in, defending Ha-baek and saying that if Ha-baek says so, it’s true. Pleased, Ha-baek lets him continue, so Namsuri tells the assistant that Ha-baek very much wants to find the answer and become king.

In the present, Namsuri tells So-ah that Ha-baek was so stubborn about it that the High Priest finally got permission for him to come back and complete the original mission.

So-ah goes upstairs to find Ha-baek scowling at Yong Yong, her blue stuffed dinosaur. He accuses So-ah of using a toy to meet her emotional needs, abusing it while she took her anger out on it. Then he cuddles Yong Yong close and asks if she was so lonely at night that she did something weird to it instead. HAHA.

So-ah grabs Yong Yong, making Ha-baek grin with satisfaction. He heads to the door to his rooftop apartment, which So-ah has never let him use, and he asks why she insists on going the long way when there’s a much faster way. They both smile at his double meaning.

Ha-baek steps through and complains that it hasn’t been cleaned while he was gone, gently berating So-ah for not eating well and not canceling his phone contract. He says that she never does what he tells her, then asks how she’s really been.

So-ah turns her back to him and asks why he came back, and Ha-baek crosses the room and folds her into a backhug. He whispers into her ear that he doesn’t care about that: “I came because I knew you weren’t doing well. I have to go back. Going back is my path, as it always was. I came to say goodbye properly. I want to love without any regrets. Even if we have to part, I want to have loved enough that I can understand why we’re parting.”

He says that if So-ah isn’t ready or disagrees, then he’ll go back. She says that making sure they’ve loved enough to say goodbye doesn’t make any sense, and yet it sounds nice. She admits that she hasn’t loved herself very much, and says that it’s no wonder nobody has wanted to love her. Crying now, she says that someone must pity her for something so good to be happening to her now.

Ha-baek turns So-ah to face him and says that it’s because she’s been a nice person. She doesn’t think she’s very nice, and says that it’s not easy to be nice in a world like this one, wondering if the reward for being a nice person is winning a decent guy. Ha-baek asks if that’s all he is and reminds So-ah that he’s a god.

So-ah half-jokes that being a nice person wins you a god, and Ha-baek is all, “Is that enough?” She asks what else she gets, and Ha-baek tells her, “This,” then he leans down and kisses her. After a minute Ha-baek pulls back to gauge So-ah’s reaction, but she just looks up at him with wide eyes, so he kisses her again.

Outside, Hu-ye watches So-ah’s house for a while. He remembers Mura telling him to make So-ah his, and as he leans against the wall that has Ha-baek and So-ah’s names written on it, he says to himself that that’s not something he can make happen just because he wants it.

In the morning, when So-ah doesn’t find Ha-baek in his room like usual, her face falls, perhaps wondering if she imagined last night. Then she runs outside, where she’s relieved to find Namsuri and Ha-baek having a normal morning.

Namsuri asks why So-ah was coming out of Ha-baek’s room, and she stammers that she was looking for something. Ha-baek asks, “Were you looking for me?” as he walks past her to go inside. It completely flusters So-ah, which makes Ha-baek laugh, the cheeky thing.

They gather in the house, where So-ah surprises the guys by saying that her clinic is closed for the near future because of the landlord. But she says cheerfully that she lives with a god, so she can benefit from his amazing powers for now.

HA, Ha-baek looks away awkwardly as Namsuri explains that he still doesn’t have his powers back. So-ah is shocked, so Ha-baek says they came back when he went home, but he left them behind again to come back here.

The High Priest’s assistant had explained this little loophole, telling Ha-baek that the High Priest said he should go back the way he came. She’d said that the High Priest doesn’t think he’ll succeed in his task anyway, so he can use his powers just once in the human realm—to open the divine gate when he wants to return.

She tells Ha-baek that when the sixth red water comes, the High Priest will send a messenger for him to return. Ha-baek starts to object, but she passes along one last message: “Don’t go if you don’t like it.”

Confused, So-ah asks how Ha-baek lost his powers in the first place. Ha-baek says that he asked the High Priest, but he was vague and smirky about it. So-ah asks if they came back empty-handed, so Ha-baek says he was allowed to bring the one thing most needed in the human world.

With a flourish, Ha-baek whips out… his brand-spanking-new driver’s license. BWAHAHA. He does a badass strut past So-ah down the stairs, never breaking eye contact, and it’s one of the funniest things ever.

Bi-ryum swims while Mura naps by the pool. He wakes her when her phone rings, advising her to be nicer to her manager, who’s calling. Mura glares at Bi-ryum, but she softens her tone with Manager Kim, who tearfully thanks Bi-ryum for convincing her director to shoot the twice-doomed kissing scene again.

Bi-ryum tells Mura that he disagrees with the saying that no person lives for another, because he lives for her. She asks sarcastically if that’s why he left for ten years. Bi-ryum wonders if she missed him, and Mura’s halting denial gives her away. He laughs and notes that their lives are extremely peaceful when Ha-baek’s not around.

Later Bi-ryum finds Mura about to practice kissing her giant blowup doll, and his snickering annoys her. She tries to storm past him, but he stops her and offers his help. He kisses her soundly, and when she pushes him away, he tells her to remember that feeling. Mura aims a slap at him but he dodges it, then he catches her arm on the second swing.

Still wearing her lipstick, Bi-ryum reminds Mura that he’s her fiance, reminding her that she begged him to tell Ha-baek they were engaged because she was jealous of his girl. Bi-ryum says that he even broke up with the prettiest goddess of the Sky Realm because of it, and that Ha-baek congratulated them.

When Mura tries to slap him a third time, he catches her and turns it into a hug. As he struggles to hang onto the thrashing Mura, Bi-ryum asks why she pretends not to know his feelings for her. She stops struggling and he backs away, and when she tries again to slap him, he asks her not to hit him because it hurts.

Geol-rin finds Hu-ye sleeping in his office, and asks if this is about So-ah. Hu-ye just apologizes for being a bother and promises it won’t happen again. Geol-rin stops him in his tracks by mentioning that he didn’t want to do it when the king ordered him to take Hu-ye from his mother and lock him away in that cave.

Geol-rin says he tried to ignore the tiny infant and waited for Hu-ye to die, but he felt bad for the lonely little boy. He admits that he was torn between saving and abandoning Hu-ye, and that he tried not to become attached.

Geol-rin says that he came to the human world to avoid Hu-ye, but it didn’t work, and that cave and Hu-ye were always in his heart. He reaches up and pulls off his hair to reveal that he’s bald on top, and he says wryly that even in the human world, beggars have to look good.

Okay, that’s adorable, and Hu-ye smiles and says that Geol-rin looks better like this. Geol-rin advises Hu-ye to show So-ah who he really is, and if she still doesn’t accept him, then they’re not meant to be.

After fighting with So-ah for getting rid of his car, Ha-baek goes to see Bi-ryum and Mura. They’re extremely unhappy that he’s back, though for different reasons.

Mura is too angry to talk, so Ha-baek explains to Bi-ryum that he does plan to go back. Bi-ryum asks why Mura isn’t enough for Ha-baek, but Ha-baek says that he knows Bi-ryum doesn’t mean that, and suggests that he try being a little braver.

Bi-ryum complains that hate isn’t allowed in the Realm of the Gods, otherwise Ha-baek would be his enemy. Ha-baek returns: “When I’m king, I’ll consider it.” Glowering, Bi-ryum says that he’ll look forward to reuniting as enemies.

Bi-ryum runs into So-ah on his way out and says that he’s not on her side, and even less on Ha-baek’s, and that he’ll do whatever Mura says. He tells So-ah that he’s the one who made it so her family would become the gods’ servants, just because Mura was angry over the woman who broke Ha-baek’s heart.

So-ah finds Ha-baek, who’s grumpy because Bi-ryum and Mura refused his request for a new car. They go for a walk and soon find themselves confronted by Geol-rin, who has a determined glint in his eye.

In flashback, we see that Hu-ye had told Geol-rin that he can’t have So-ah because he can’t take away what belongs to Ha-baek. He’d said that he felt more confident when Ha-baek went home to the Realm of the Gods, but now he’s back.

Geol-rin runs at Ha-baek with lips puckered for a kiss over and over, but Ha-baek dodges him easily. Eventually Geol-rin runs out of steam, and when he admits that he’s trying to lift the curse, Ha-baek agrees to submit to the kiss. They pucker up and lean closer… and closer… but a horrified shriek from So-ah has them lurching apart, and Ha-baek decides he’d rather live with hunger than kiss Geol-rin, hee.

Ha-baek gets a call and shoots So-ah a triumphant smirk, crowing that Bi-ryum found him a car. He reports that Bi-ryum talked a woman out of collecting the car, then asks what it means to make “eyes like the cat from Shrek.” PFFT.

Geol-rin informs Hu-ye that Ha-baek lost his powers, which is news to the half-god. He explains that it’s part of a test Ha-baek is going through to become king, but what it means is that right now, Hu-ye is more powerful.

Mura arrives to see Hu-ye and tells him that Ha-baek is back, but he says he already knows. She informs Hu-ye that she’ll be his ally, and tells him to take So-ah from Ha-baek by force if necessary.

Hu-ye reveals that he knows Ha-baek lost his powers, which means that he’s stronger than Ha-baek in the human world. He declines Mura’s help and tells her to stay neutral, because if she and Bi-ryum use their powers on Ha-baek’s side, then Hu-ye will be forced to use his.

Bi-ryum shows up, and Mura decides it’s time to go. She stumbles and Hu-ye steadies her with a hand on her arm, and Bi-ryum sucker-punches him just for touching her. He snarls that he’s holding his temper because Mura asked him to, and he warns Hu-ye to stay out of his sight.

In the parking garage, Mura yells at Bi-ryum for blowing things out of proportion. She says she understands why Bi-ryum hates Hu-ye, but she doesn’t understand why he’s acting like this. She asks if it’s fear because Hu-ye is supposedly some foretold “god of death,” but she says those are just children’s stories.

But she doesn’t believe that he’s telling the whole truth, and she tells Bi-ryum that until he’s completely honest with her, she won’t accept the way he’s behaving. Bi-ryum looks stunned, but when Mura demands to know what his reason is for hating Hu-ye, he yells that he can’t tell her the truth because she’s the one who’s asking.

He refuses to explain further and accuses Mura of hanging around Hu-ye to make Ha-baek jealous. He offers to seduce So-ah to clear Mura’s path to Ha-baek, and this time Mura’s slap lands hard.

Bi-ryum drives away angry, and Mura calls for Jin-geon, who she knows will be nearby. She orders him to tell her why Bi-ryum is acting like this, and he speaks to her for the first time to say that it’s because of him. But he says that’s all he can tell her, even if she really might crush his tongue this time.

Ha-baek takes So-ah for a ride in his new car, and So-ah asks why he was so bent on getting his license. He says that he doesn’t really care, but she’d said she’d feel more comfortable if he had one, so he did it for her. Awww.

We cut to Ha-baek and So-ah back at home, Ha-baek pouting because So-ah wouldn’t let him drive on the highway. She says that she’d rather sit and look at him, and she wonders out loud if this is a dream. Her voice fades to a whisper as she says that if it’s a dream, she hopes she never wakes up.

Ha-baek reaches over to caress her cheek and says that it’s real. So-ah leans into his hand, and they stay like that for a long moment. Then they suddenly break apart and agree that that was awkward, lol.

So-ah suggests they drive to see the sunset tomorrow, telling Ha-baek that she used to think such things were pointless. He asks her to tell him everywhere she wants to go and he’ll help her go there. So-ah says you need money to do those things, saying that Ha-baek should have brought back a goblin’s club, and he just gives her the royal stinkface. So cute.

Namsuri visits Yeom-mi in her shop, and she launches into a confusing line of questions involving So-ah and wet shoes. She thinks she’s having another dream, and she blinks up at Namsuri when he says it’s not, explaining that he and Ha-baek came back.

Ha-baek is annoyed when Namsuri brings Yeom-mi to the house, banishing Namsuri from his presence. So-ah tells Yeom-mi bashfully that Ha-baek returned because he missed her.

Namsuri finds Ha-baek and explains that he only went to Yeom-mi to ask for work. She’d given him a job sitting in her shop, saying that he inspires her and stabilizes her abilities, since her mystical powers come and go. He laughs that she’s just like Ha-baek, who scowls at him darkly, then realizes that they need the money and pastes on a smile.

Downstairs, So-ah explains that Ha-baek came back to say goodbye properly. Yeom-mi sobs that So-ah makes her feel sorry, because she’s a chaebol’s daughter and doesn’t have to worry about money. She admits that it doesn’t happen very often (lol), but she feels bad and really wants So-ah to be happy.

Ha-baek comes down and finds the girls wailing and hugging, and he thinks to himself that they’re weird and keeps walking. Smart man.

He calls So-ah later to tell her he’s going to see Mura. She keeps asking over and over why he’s going there, and Ha-baek evades her questions and asks if she’s jealous. So-ah swears that she’s cool with his having female god friends, and Ha-baek tells her that he gets very jealous over human male friends, hee.

So-ah admits that she’s a teeny bit jealous, then tells Ha-baek that she’s going to work a part-time job today. She says it’s for a human male friend and hangs up, giving Ha-baek a taste of his own medicine.

She gets a frantic call from Sang-yoo and rushes to her office, where she learns that CEO Shin sold the building. Luckily the new landlord says they can stay, and even lowered the deposit and monthly rent. It’s Hu-ye, isn’t it?

After her part-time sessions at the resort, Hu-ye tells So-ah that his employees love coming to her for stress relief. She tells him that a miracle happened and she won’t lose her office, and Hu-ye congratulates her and asks if she’s free for dinner, though he already knows she’s going to decline. He says that he knows she won’t be free for dinner for a long time, and tells her that he’ll wait.

He walks her out, musing that the new owner of her building is probably a warm and generous man, who’s also probably very classy and handsome. Yep, it’s definitely him.

So-ah has a hair stuck in her eyelashes, so Hu-ye grabs her hand to stop her from messing with it, and then gently brushes the hair out of her face. Here to see Mura, Bi-ryum stops when he sees this, and he marches over to them angrily.

He says to Hu-ye that he can’t stand seeing “our servant” hanging around someone like him, then he turns on So-ah, snapping that he’s especially upset since she knows who Hu-ye is. He accuses So-ah of keeping Hu-ye in reserve for after Ha-baek leaves, grabbing her by the arm.

Hu-ye snatches Bi-ryum’s hand away, and in the scuffle, Bi-ryum knocks So-ah to the ground. When she looks up, both Bi-ryum and Hu-ye are gone.

Bi-ryum transports Hu-ye to a secluded location, where he proposes that they just fight and get it over with. Hu-ye refuses to fight without a reason, not accepting that Bi-ryum just hates his very existence. Looking a bit unhinged, Bi-ryum says he just doesn’t like that an abnormal being like Hu-ye exists, but Hu-ye decides he can live with that and turns to go.

Bi-ryum continues taunting Hu-ye, insisting that he’ll make him pay for his sins. Hu-ye yells that he hasn’t committed any sins, so Bi-ryum throws the first punch. He snarls that his reason is the fact that Hu-ye doesn’t know his sin, punching him again. But Bi-ryum says that his biggest reason, the one that makes him crazy, is that he hates himself because of Hu-ye.

Hu-ye finally gets in a punch, knocking Bi-ryum to the ground. Bi-ryum realizes that Jin-geon is nearby and warns him not to interfere, so Jin-geon calls Mura instead. She’s refusing to give Ha-baek a single penny, not even when he makes it a royal order and threatens to punish her. Ha-baek gets a call from So-ah, who’s frantic that Bi-ryum took Hu-ye somewhere.

Hu-ye and Bi-ryum continue fighting, and Bi-ryum jokes that it’s not like they can kill each other. Hu-ye corrects him, reminding Bi-ryum that he can kill. In response, Bi-ryum charges up his powers and smashes Hu-ye with a force wave.

Provoked, Hu-ye stands up, then hurls a ball of his black power at Bi-ryum. But at the last second, Jin-geon throws himself in front of Bi-ryum, taking the death blow meant for his friend.

Bi-ryum yells at Jin-geon for interfering, and Hu-ye looks horrified at what he’s done. Hu-ye looks down at Jin-geon’s scorched face, which triggers a memory—bodies lying dead in a cave, one of them with Jin-geon’s face. His twin? Hu-ye even remembers that Bi-ryum was there then, screaming with grief.

Bi-ryum sees Hu-ye’s stunned reaction and asks if he remembers who he killed now. Hu-ye stands there shaking, and nearby, Mura and Ha-baek materialize.

 
COMMENTS

Well, that explains a lot, and it’s pretty much what I expected—at some point Hu-ye killed several people in the Realm of the Gods, one of whom was Bi-ryum’s friend. I can understand why Bi-ryum would carry that grief and fury with him for hundreds of years, and I can even understand why he doesn’t care how Hu-ye is living now when in Bi-ryum’s eyes, he’s little more than a murderer who got away. Obviously there’s more to the story, based on Bi-ryum’s comment that he hates himself because of Hu-ye, and I’m very curious to know what led to the slaughter in Hu-ye’s cave.

I just wish we’d known this sooner, because for weeks we’ve only been shown Hu-ye trying to be a good person and Bi-ryum bullying and provoking him. Without a reason behind Bi-ryum’s behavior, now a lot of my sympathy lies with Hu-ye and not Bi-ryum. And I say that as someone who actually wants to like Bi-ryum—but it’s hard to get over his apparent malice for no good reason, when we weren’t given any reasons to understand him. I don’t mind the building of tension by withholding Bi-ryum’s real reason for hating Hu-ye; it was actually very effective at the beginning. I just think that if we’d been given a few clues maybe two weeks sooner, Bi-ryum would have seemed less like a mindless bully, and we could have sympathized with his self-hatred over whatever happened between him and Hu-ye that led to his friend’s death.

On a more personal note, I’m definitely not a fan of the forced or surprise kiss/hug, especially after the lady has expressed her disinterest in physical contact with the guy in question. But with Bi-ryum and Mura, it’s a bit more complicated. They’ve known each other for literally millennia, so it can be argued that Bi-ryum knows Mura as well as she knows herself by now. He’s aware that she still has feelings for him no matter how much she tries to deny it, and he’s waited for years for her to come around to him.

I see his increased physical contact with Mura as Bi-ryum’s way of trying to bring her feelings for him to the forefront, not as him trying to force something that isn’t already there. Do I wish he took her “no” for an answer or at least used other methods to try to rekindle their relationship? Absolutely, and at least he doesn’t seem very happy about what he has to stoop to when nobody is looking. But I can’t help but feel that little flutter when he gets all close and personal and smirks that naughty-boy smirk. Mura is a much stronger woman than I would be under the onslaught of Bi-ryum’s cheeky grin.

Ha-baek, on the other hand, is a complete gentleman, and I love that about him. Despite all his lofty talk about being the god and So-ah being his servant, he’s let her take control of their growing relationship every step of the way. When she says no, he gives her space, even when you can tell it’s just about killing him. And now that he’s come back, he’s honest that he’s here solely to love her, yet he still asks her permission and says that he’ll go home if she doesn’t want him. Even in the middle of their kiss, in which So-ah was clearly participating, Ha-baek stopped to make sure she was okay with this before continuing. Coming from a god who’s probably used to women falling at his feet, that’s all the proof I need that he deeply loves her.

I really liked how this episode wove scenes from the Realm of the Gods into the story. It helped explain what was happening clearly, not to mention beautifully, because I find the scenes from the Realm of the Gods to be particularly gorgeous. But it also left me frustrated because I’ve been complaining for weeks that this show doesn’t explain itself well, and now we have proof that it does know how to do that. So I can only conclude that it’s just been choosing not to, which makes me ask… why? Why would you create a lovely world of gods with beautiful scenery and imagery (not to mention the impeccable eyeliner), then withhold it from your audience for most of the show? And why leave your viewers confused and grasping for answers when you’ve been capable of providing them all along? I know the show isn’t trying to be the manhwa, which takes place pretty much entirely in the Realm of the Gods. But after this episode, I can’t help but mourn the show we could have had, with the mystical and the human worlds woven together to tell a really beautiful—but more importantly cohesive—story.

 
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Thanks for the speedy recap, @Lollypip! I love your recaps because they clarify things that seem to be lost in translation.

My initial thoughts:

[1] Why does Habaek keep wearing blouses??

[2] Bi Ryeom’s courtship of Mura is hilarious. I can’t tell which one of them is being more adorably stubborn.

[3] Seriously, the more we learn about Hu-Ye’s story, the worse I feel for him.

[4] Progeny: The gods do not procreate like humans, fine. YET, a god CAN procreate with a human, it’s just a demigod is the result. Fine, but now there is still the question of which “king" is Hu-Ye’s father.

It’s a pity that the gods don’t procreate because if that were the case, Habaek and Hu-Ye could possibly be half-brothers: not only family angst, but DIVINE family angst with a fight for the throne to the divine realm AND the girl!! Goodness, that seems a lot more interesting than the story we have currently….

But, I have another theory, which is that Bi Ryeom and Hu-Ye are “half-brothers” and that Hu-Ye’s father is the sky god king.

[5] We have only 3 more episodes left, and SO MANY things are left unresolved. What gives?!

While I have nothing against the OTP and don’t wish to incite NJH/OTP-fangirl rage, I’m finding it very hard to find a good reason to believe in their love for one another outside of contrived squeal moments (i.e. because the writer tells me so).

It’s actually Hu-Ye’s storyline that is driving the plot right now: not Habaek’s kingship, not even his “doomed” relationship with So-Ah. Even the biggest tension currently is that Hu-Ye now has his sights set on So-Ah ,which brings him into direct conflict with Habaek. This supports my suspicion that the writer accidentally fell in love with Hu-Ye and Im Joo Hwan.

[6] I’m really glad that Hu-Ye calls out Mura (twice now) when she advises that he “make So-Ah his” or “take her by force.” It’s hard to understand the mindset of these gods, but I’m pleased that Hu-Ye seems more reasonable and rational about how to win a lady’s heart.

[7]When So-Ah’s building was suddenly bought and her lease agreement changed to be so much more favorable, my heart fluttered, knowing who it was wooing her by making her life easier.

When Hu-Ye told So-Ah that he was good at waiting like she is good at enduring, another piece of my heart went to Hu-Ye.

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On the OTP, I agree. I love Shin Se-kyung and I think at the start she and Nam Joo-hyuk had a really good chemistry, but I think their chemistry as cooled a lot. Plus, Nam Joo-hyuk's portrayal seemed to have weakened. I mean he lacked the charisma at the beginning, but it looked like he was trying. Now, he just seems really bland and like he has giving up.

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I guess you could say that i am impartial to NJH after WFKBJ, but i do not agree with your observation. He may not have totally nailed some of the nuances in a few scenes but over-all i believe he is doing a fairly decent job. He can still make us swoon and cry alternately. Just do not let me get on his blouses. I vote for his stylist to be replaced! I wonder how they made him agree to wear those frilly things? I used to have those blouses a few years back and now i see NJH wearing them!

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I think he's wearing fancy dress shirts! They're a bit... Frilly. ?

Actually, I'm probably a minority here but I don't necessarily support a relationship between HY and SA. Part of me thinks that he wants her only because she's the gods' servant, so she would be able to understand him. But that's not saying that I don't like HY as a character though.

I really like when he schooled MR for behaving like SA was an object that could be taken over, and it was sweet how he solved her building problems. But I see him more as a standalone plotline rather than a second lead as the romance, which is weird. Maybe it's because his personal growth is a more compelling story.

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Well, I wouldn't mind a relationship between HY and SA, but realistically, it ain't gonna happen. I agree with you that his personal growth story arc is more compelling.

Then again, love can take many forms. If the preview for tonight's episode are an indication, it could very well be that SA does help redeem HY, but more as a friend than as a lover. I wouldn't mind that, actually, because it shows HER growth as a person. I could see that Habaek shows SA how to open herself to love and helping people without the leftover resentment she felt from her father always expending his resources on "orphans" rather than her and then abandoning her. And in turn, SA can then show HY the affection he has always wanted, but as a friend. HY isn't really looking for romantic love anyway. He's looking for societal/peer acceptance (and maybe some fatherly god love).

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1) to visually show that he is the king they dress him with expensive clothes and at the moment the trend are those blouses?

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Re [4] -- "Goodness, that seems a lot more interesting than the story we have currently…."

Yes!! I also agree with what LollyPip said in her recap -- "I can’t help but mourn the show we could have had, with the mystical and the human worlds woven together to tell a really beautiful—but more importantly cohesive—story."

This show has/had SO MUCH potential. And with the beautiful costumes and settings in the gods' realm, even all the possible storylines (some creatively thought of by us, the viewers), the show really could have been a more beautiful story than the one they are currently executing. Sigh.

Re: [6] -- Completely agreeing, as well. <3 Hurray for reasonable, thinking gentlemen! I just hope he continues in this vein. God forbid (pun unintended) Hu Ye somehow turns into a sexually-assaulting maniac in the last three episodes.

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New mystery: if the gods aren't the result of procreation, then how do they have family relationships (or is the Empress Mother thing just her title rather than denoting her relationship with Ha-baek?)

[6], so storming much. I really like it when drama characters are sensible about relationships!

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Maybe they popped out from the same thing and they somehow know it...Heck,there are so many questions about the GODS things that it would have been so rich to dwelve into if a part was actually set there and find some of this answers...i guess the writer concluded this little is not that important to focus on...

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IMO this drama is about Habaek and his bride, and I also believe that we need to watch the story from start to its last episode to get all the plot twits. The manga itself was very long, with lots of side characters and various subplots but still the center of the story is Habaek and his loveline. This drama was also designed as a love story, AFAIK, and that's why the film makers were making the romance here is more heavy than any other parts of the drama, like, the fantasy thingy.

I am not a fan of NJH but I strongly disagree to those who said that his performance is weak or without charisma here. On the other hand I think this is his strongest performance as the powerless god who can't help but falls in love with such a no-nonsense doctor.

I have been watching lots of kdramas and I swear that NJH's sad longing look of love towards Yoon Soah is one of the strongest I have ever seen.

And yes, I am watching this for the romance and it IS beautiful.

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HB♥SH
SH: Why are you so obsessed with getting a license?
HB: You said you'll only feel safe if I have a license. I personally didn't care having one... but I didn't want to make you feel uneasy.
*Swoon

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I love the oh-so-caring Ha-baek! :)

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I agree. He is so cute when he is trying to be thoughtful and come off as still arrogant.

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I agree! HB has stitched himself into the fabric of SA's life in all the small ways he has been around for her. It has been built up over all those little moments throughout the episodes so I can't agree with people who say the romance is sudden or illogical. He is powerless so he has mostly helped her gain an emotional foothold in her life in contrast to the daddy long legs type of aid HY is giving, but that doesn't make it any less significant.

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[1] I am itching to fire the stylist! Such a poor taste and eyes.
[3] I am on the same boat as you...

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On the other hand, Krystal's stylist makes me think this is actually Krystal's debut runway. Such gorgeous dresses! ♥

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I looove her dresses! ❤️

And re Habaek's blouses ?, I am just glad NJH is built the way he's built, and he carries clothes the way he does. I'd like to think he is managing to pull off wearing those tops the best he can. ?

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the men's shirts/blouses...good lord. there are not enough words for how distractingly bad they are to me!

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HAHAHA those frills are ajumma-ish

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BR white lace on blue was almost like a Victorian miss' blouse. You're right. They really are distracting!!!

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His blouses were so bad, i barely noticed the ugly mullet hair anymore.

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The dramafever subs specify it was the sky king that had Hu-ye locked up in the cave so I'm thinking the half-brothers theory is right

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Ah! I see! Thanks for clearing that up, @christina! I watched on a different platform, so the subs didn't tell me that. :)

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Lol the blouses!!!!

But Habaek has a mother, right? They do have children, perhaps they just don't birth them?

In the manhwa Hoo Ye was Habaek's devoted servant, but then it turned out he was Nak Bin's brother, too.

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I assume she's just called the Queen Mother out of respect, the way Koreans call older women "mother" even when they aren't their real mother. They all refer to her as the Queen Mother, not just Ha-baek.

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Didn't they refer to her as so wang mo, like in the manhwa? What does that mean?

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wangmo literally means the king's mother i think

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@pickledplumtree!!! What's up, girlfriend?! Miss you from our MLSHR together!

Like @lollypip said in her response to you, I think the parental affixation is a title in order to denote respect rather than biological connection.

Yeah, about being Nak Bin's brother.....what's up with that little blind girl that Hoo-Ye cares for?

Also, if the sky god really IS Hoo-Ye's father and Hoo-Ye's mother is human.....doesn't that only leave Nak Bin (as she is currently the only human female Show introduced to have stayed in the divine realm)?

Well, this would help make sense of why Bi Ryeom hates Hoo-Ye...not only an "illegitimate" half-brother, but also killer of Bi Ryeom's friends. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that Bi Ryeom is actually the foundational cause of Hoo-Ye killing the minor gods, probably provoking Hoo-Ye when he was just a "child" demigod and didn't know (much less control) his own powers.

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The clothes look very strange but I thought it was just the style of the manhwa. Those flowery manhwas where they just very elaborately and the male characters wearing things you would never see in real life.

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I thought the blouses were unfashionable for NJH. I am wondering why he even agreed wearing them. Good thing he has an awesome physique it did not make him look less manly!

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This episode felt really lackluster for me. I lost interest somewhere around the 49 minute mark. I'm not happy with the direction Hu-ye's story went, perhaps this is my Im Joo-hwan bias talking, I really wanted him to be redeemed.

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Why aren't you happy with the direction? :S

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I didn't want him to be evil, I wanted him to be misunderstood.

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But isn't he not-quite evil at this point? Yes, he killed, but he certainly seems to be guilty about it, and we have no idea if it was done deliberately, or so. At least as far as I'm watching, while Bi-ryum's distrust has some basis, it kind of seems like stretching it to say he's evil and there's still a healthy amount of misunderstanding going on.

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Me, too! This episode felt really lackluster for me.

Maybe because I was expecting more answers and more action, but instead, we werejust led to more... talking.

For me, it feels like so much filler is going on, but the story is not moving.

Plus, somehow it feels that the story/story-telling is disorganized? Things have been feeling contrived instead of being the natural consequences, given the characters' personalities and the circumstances. *shrug*

Lastly, I was internally rolling my eyes when they said Habaek still didn't have powers. We are thirteen episodes in, and we have rarely seen Habaek's magnificence. (Is it too mean to suspect that they don't want to bother / don't have the budget for weekly visual effects?)

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Clearly it's because if we ever got to see Ha-baek's magnificence, our eyes would bleed and shrivel up from the glory displayed on the screen before us.

They're doing us an immense favour! :P

*Note, I actually told a friend the same thing about Jin-geon's voice, lol.

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Lol!! We have to learn from Jin-Geon's fate, got it. *nods solemnly* ?

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Definitely IJH bias talking.. and you're not alone. I cursed BR for provoking and edging him at every turn.

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In regards of BR, I was torn whether to hate him, give him a good smack or pity on him. I condemned all his cruel deeds to HY. He is the one to instigate HY and played dirty when they were fighting. How I wish that both can come to middle and have things sort out.

Behind all of his actions, he himself should put a boundary or just come clean. He was so secretive, followed and blinded with his love for MR. Even to the point to seduce SA so that it can please MR. That kind of blind love, vengeful, and hatred will destroy BR.

What I can speculated was that he might done something or was used by somebody to do the dirty works. When things when wrong, the twin brother of JG was killed to save him and history repeat itself.

It will be really nice if he just tell what was wrong instead of going that dark. I still believe that he can redeem himself but in the end, he makes the choices.

This might seen as wrong, but I want to believe he still have part of him leaning to kindness and good heart.

BR nim, makes wise choice. I rooted for you. Don't let me down.

***** Hoo Ye

What was d**n wrong with his father actually? Wanted to killed his own son, asks JGR to do the dirty jobs without getting his hand soaked in blood. What kind of father he is?!!

When JGR revealed the story, I want to waged a war.

Hoo Ye's father was a demon not even can be called a deity.

JGR was powerless to against HY father but he then was greatly attached to HY. Take HY likes his own. Accompanied HY in his lonely days to count in that cold cave.

When JGR tried to 'attack' or as he mentioned to lift the curse from HB, I guessed that he do that so that SA will go HY or HY himself might take the chance to courts SA.

But a good advice also comes from JGR :

If you already showed your true self, and she still not leans to you, then you're not meant to be together.

JGR might as well stayed beside HY and cared for him thus HY will be less lonely.

When HY saw HB-SA reunion, I was also hurt for him. He wasn't late, but the irony is that some love happen in line with right time and right soul. And sadly he wasn't the right one.

I'm glad when SA comforts HY in the previews. Maybe it would be much better if platonic love happened between them. It was d**n hurt to have unrequited love and not be loved.

This the first drama that I have such a depth feeling for the second lead. Based on this rate, it will be miracle/s if HY get HEA.

But before that I need to brew a plan on how to avenge HY. His so called father was an a******s and deserved to be destroyed.
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totally agree and two hands up for avenging HY if his hea not happening)

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I have never ever root for second lead as strong like this. Until this drama happened.

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Biryum, you sexy bastard! I'd normally be iffy about the whole forced kiss thing, especially when MR has slapped him before regarding his surprise skinship, but I agree that their situation is a bit more complicated. They've known each other long enough and I'm sure he knows that he does affect her a little. His little smirks at her reaction are adorable.

I guess we've been gunning for the whole "HY killed somebody that BR knew", so it didn't come as a huge surprise that Jin Geon could talk and that his twin brother had died. BR's rage makes sense now but I'd also like a clearer explanation of how HY doesn't seem to remember much. Maybe he locked those traumatic memories away?

I'm actually not a fan of how JGL always seems to be giving HY "bad" suggestions like saying he's definitely stronger than HB. It's a confidence booster, sure, but it seems to set his mind down the wrong paths?

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BR-MR kiss sure was hot af. Didn't seem too forced on her end lol, especially if the alternative is kissing the blown-up balloon

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Doesn't Hu-ye die and get reborn repeatedly? Maybe it happened during another life cycle so it took a huge trigger to remember what he did in far past

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"Don’t for one second think that Ha-baek has changed…"

Dually noted. Now I shall begin watching and reading the recap a lot faster than I am used to tbh XD

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There still isn't much revelation. I agree that the realm of gods is beautiful, but nothing much happening there except as backdrop of a conversation. I wish they are less stingy.. pretty much nothing has moved. Biryuem and Mura still as childish, overharping some irrational issues, Habeak still no power (aargh, i want to power actions like turning stone into gold!), Soo Ah still talking about lack of money, well, at least we see some struggles in Hu Ye. So much so that i'm not even excited seeing Biryuem abs or the kiss or the fight. Hoping for better episode today..

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I love HP sassiest remarks and how he defying HB. It doesn't matter if you are the future king, you won't have things in your ways.

And the rains of kisses happened.... (I love it)

And they said bad things always follow when things was good.

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And I love the fact that High Priest reaally felt like he was the one speaking (though it was the assistant uttering the words)
Assistant: “Don’t go if you don’t like it.”
Habaek: What?!?!
Assistant : That's what High Priest says
And Habaek the water god, the next king of the Water Kingdom, the next emperor of the divine realm shuts the hell up.
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High Priest honestly just comes across like that parent who isn't going to get into another fight with their kid.

"Okay, you don't want to go, don't go."

And then watches as their kid panics and decides to go after all.

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? Soooooo does anyone else still think Hoo Ye is the most interesting character? His story arc and background is so compelling ... Ahhhhh! I'm torn! I am dying to see more of his back story! What did he DO?!

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Well, all I can say while watching this is that I raised my white flag at trying to understand the whole drama and its confusing plot.

And Huye. Just Huye. Looks like he needs a fresh start from this mess, like reborn into a world free of Biryum specifically. And is there a management or whatever it is that passes for management in the gods' world exists so that Geol-rin or Huye to like file a complaint on Biryum's behaviour?

Side note, the only driving force on me sticking to this drama for the last three is Huye and shallowness of being enticed by pretty and gorgeous costumes.

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Oh yes, a world free of Biryum for Hu Ye, please! Ugh.

I think the pacing of the story is so off. I agree with LollyPip above that the clues and exposition of BR's hatred for Hu Ye are presented a little too late, so that it is now difficult to sympathize with BR. Even in the fight scene itself in this episode, BR also delayed in revealing his "ultimate" reason for hating on Hu Ye, and instead just spent a good amount of time talking proudly about his bigotry towards Hu Ye. With all that bigotry talk from BR, it was hard for a viewer to suddenly readjust one's feelings when the thing about the minor god's death was revealed (and that of his twin's, implied).

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PS, completely agreeing as well with the grievance committee and all the pretty costumes and dresses and make up! <3

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I kind of feel like it should've been done before--or at the same time--as the Hu-ye hardcry scene (the one where he hardcries to Geol-rin about his powers and memories.)

Seeing the latter really made me think, "Okay, maybe there is some reason Bi-ryum detests Hu-ye but he's appearing to be an awful human being right now." It doesn't help that literally the only info we have before that is there seems to be some kind of stigma against demi-gods: by this point, young!Hu-ye could've just been Damien from the Omen, and I wouldn't believe Bi-ryum unless the show gives me indication that Hu-ye was that bad.

In a way, they made Hu-ye a bit *too* sympathetic, at the cost of having Bi-ryum make sense.

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And I just discovered a new favourite character: Geol-rim. Live and let live, hakuna matata, and super practical advice about chasing people who just aren't into you.

Now I'm really wondering what he did that got on the bad side of Water Nation deities...

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Yay, Geol-rim! <3 :) I love that he still gave helpful advice to Hu Ye about showing one's true self. But I also love that he did not set Hu Ye up to impossible expectations. He also gave the practical advice in case Option A doesn't work out. He is practical, real, and caring. <3 (I also like that he admits to be not perfectly altruistic. I admire that he has cared for Hu Ye notwithstanding his personal hesitations and feelings.)

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^ This, basically :D

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No matter what happens, I still like Hu-ye, he has proven several times that he wants to be a good person and that's enough for me, plus I like Im joo-hwan, so don't argue! -_- :D
thanks for the recap, I was waiting for it so bad! ^_^

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We are in the final stretch, and have been wondering how the drama will wrap up. We saw in Ep 1 So-ah in a red dress on the bridge and jumping into water. What the writter has in store for us the viewers.

I remember reading some time ago that there were changes made because of Goblin and now wonder if they have not made changes what the drama will look and feel like.

Even I do enjoy watching and dont love it. Which is a sad thing because in theory all the element for me to love this kind of drama are there but I have to guess is the execution of telling the story that had made me not to love this drama.

Anyway looking forward for the next episode.

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I'm waiting for the scenes where Habaek shows his powers to So-ah that we saw in the trailers, as well as his fight with bathroom fixtures. Did I miss it? I don't think so, but just checking.

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Nice to have the water ghost back! His desire to have a driving licence made me laugh so much.
I assume HY probably killed BR friend when he was still a child unable to control his powers. I wonder if BR and his friend went into the cave knowing what or who was in it. BR probably feels guilty because his foolishness cost him dearly.

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I liked this show, but each passing week became more frustrating, confusing, and annoying, filled with what could have beens. This is the penultimate week and I feel we have bupkis. I would say though that the first couple of minutes of this episode when it was mainly about the OTP, it was pretty dang good. Ha-baek said and did all the right things. So-ah, well she was her So-ah self. But the moment they brought everyone else into the picture, it went back to being a frustrating mess.

As @lollypip said, if we were given more info about why Bi-ryum hates Hu-ye so, it might have been a less frustrating ride. Still, I've always disliked Bi-ryum and Mura. In many ways I've felt like with friends like them, who needs enemies. Even by tough on you for your own good standards, they sucked at being allies. At least now we know they're not--well Bi-ryum at least.

As far as the guessing game that the writers et al want us to play, I've pretty much thought that Bi-ryum and Hu-ye were half brothers for the longest while. Was it Jin-geon bro who was killed in the cave. Ah to heck with this game. I'm pretty sure everybody is guessing the same thing.

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Yay, i think the problems we have with this show (lack of gods' world,...) is due to the shortage in production budget haha. This drama was supposed to be sold to China to make up for it, but the current situation between South Korea and China is not good enough. As the result, this show was pushed up in schedule to reduce the loss.
Another problem resides in directing and editing. the line of the story was messed up bcz of that. The story was beautiful on paper, but not good enough in execution.
depise all the flaws, i love the drama :))) i enjoy the idea of story. maybe i'm a desperate sucker for fantasy. But I find it endearing in many moments. I love that the show conveys a precise particular wistful atmosphere. A particular vibe is hard to create, only few k-dramas could do it properly, like Chicago typewriter and goblin,.. (Gods, i love tvN). So, what can I say, I still love this show so much.

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That would explain a lot. I was really wondering if the lack of more godly scenes woven into the story -- heck, even the mere lack of demonstration of Habaek's magnificent powers -- is due to lack of production budget.

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Yessss. According to what I know, the situation kind of sucks. So maybe we, as viewers, could be more open to enjoy the show a little bit? it's hard to produce a show of high quality without money :)))) Just enjoy it viewers :)))

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When HB asked SA if he was just merely decent to her. That look in the eyes, gleaming with various emotions, teasing yet full of affection.. I melt. Even before the kiss.

When HY leaned on the wall outside SA's house, sighing when finding out that SA was with HB, my mind went: "What is it with that wall? Why both men look so darn captivating when leaning on that wall?"

When HY told SA that while she was good at enduring, he was so good at waiting... I swooned.

I cursed BR for provoking HY and made him went to the dark side and killed the innocent. I never like BR and this ep solidified my dissatisfaction over hotblooded so called God. *Gggrrrrr*

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RIP, Jin-geon, you died and still never got to say anything...

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Hey now, he had a few words in there, like 10 or so. That's something. lol. I actually liked his voice. The one from My Amazing Boyfriend was dubbed.

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I feel like that doesn't super-count, lol. I was waiting for something magnificent, but... Okay, too demanding? :P

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Ikr?

I thought, yay, he speaks!

??? oops...

Nevermind.

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I wonder if they are depending on people having read the manhwa. Because every so often there will be something completely unexplained (like the whole curse thing), and yet, the script just goes on.

I cannot stand Bi Ryum. Sorry. The actor is doing a great job, but I cannot stand the character. It boggles my mind how anyone could find his advances on Moo Ra romantic. To me, they're something that could eventually get you a police record. I find him repellent in his interactions with just about every character he has a connection with. I am hoping for some major character change, because I cannot ship him with the person he appears intended to end up with.

Hoo Ye, on the other hand, I just feel sorry for. I like So Ah, and Habaek is cute (in his personality, I mean). NJH is doing a great job, imo. But NO to the beige blouse, lol.

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Even assuming that Hu Ye is his half brother (as the story seems to imply, so far), his anger towards Hu Ye seems so unwarranted. I cannot sympathize with him even given the recent death of his friend. He was the one who instigated all this mess; Hu Ye was arguably acting in self defense.

I should argue that it is BR's own reckless imprudence that ultimately caused the death of his friend. He will not only be despicable, but also irresponsible, if and when he blames (yet again) on Hu Ye.

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His recklessness likely caused the death of both his friends. Suspect BR incited his friend to go with him to the case specifically to taunt Hu-ye.

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Something big that I didn't see you mention, Lollypip is that Bi Ryeom and Hoo Ye are brothers! Didn't Geul Rin slip that in there about the Sky King locking him in the cave...wasn't it his dad who locked him in the cave?! That also explains BR's animosity toward HY, not that it's right.

I also thought after watching this episode that they do the Sky Country scenes so beautifully well. At least interest and aesthetics-wise, it looks like they'd have done a lovely job if they had actually stuck to the originally story, too!

BR and MR's kiss was a pretty great one if you ask me!

We finally heard Jin Geon speak! Good job Kim Tae Hwan, you can stand tall, look pretty, and deliver a line well to boot!

The best scene this episode was definitely the LICENSE scene!!!!! I had to immediately rewatch it!

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I think the main issues and conflicts have been dragged too long, that it kinda loses the tension and now at Ep.13 it feels plain. I skipped so many times yet I didn't feel like I missed something because the story didn't progress significantly.

We only have 3 episodes left and I still have so many questions. Some of my questions are, will Habaek be a king or will he chose to stay in human world? If he's going back to the God's world, how about So-Ah? If he chose to stay, then who will be the king? What about Bi-Ryeom and Mura's future? Is Hu-Ye's father still alive in God's world? Bi-Ryeom and Mura is doing so much, what about Joo-Dong's role? (because more than half of this drama basically trying to find Joo-Dong to get the third stone). And so many others I don't think they can answer with last 3 eps.

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Thank you @lollypip for the recap.
Well.. at this point this drama a little bit like shakespearean tragedy/very sweet fashion commercial mashup. And i am a little tiny bit frustrated (me been story driven person) with this show pacing. With the few exception, the show moves at a snails pace to me and it's 13ep already. All this "what ifs" and "could have beens".
Also Bi Ryum. GM real eye candy and i like him, but with this character development i'm starting really detest Bi Ryum.
And Hu-ye's scenes actually feel like highlights in botwg. He totally needs his own spinoff. if i'll be greedy in my dreamings with Kang Sora as main f/lead.. or Kim So-eun.. or maybe Jung Hye-sung? Ok.. I'm losing my train of thought with this spinoff game))

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I desperately want to like this drama (mostly because I've fallen for Im Joo Hwan as Hu-Ye), but I just can't.

I feel little to no empathy toward Habaek. I mean, he's an adorable god and all, but I just don't care about his story - be it about his romance or about his kingdom.

Ugh! I really, truly, wanted to like you, show. :(

(On the brighter side though, that scene with the driver's license made me laugh out loud! I enjoyed it immensely, particularly because this show hasn't made me laugh for quite a while now. Lol, Habaek's strutting, the slow-mo effect, etc, were perfect HAHAHA)

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I get what you mean. I like Habaek and find his character very amusing, but I find that I don't feel for him. I want to add that it isn't NJH's fault. It's really the writing for the Ha-Baek character.

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This ep was funny, cute, sexy and a little aggravating as always, lol.
I really want to smack geol rin, I know he wants happiness for HY but pushing him onto a girl who has no feelings for him is not the answer. I really like their platonic friendship though and I hope it can continue, HY is wise enough to know that SA loves HB and is refuting these ridiculous claims by the gods for him to "take" her.
With BR, his past beef with HY has certainly been dragged out way too long and I hope everything is laid out clear tomorrow, even though I think it won't be enough to make-up for his excessive anger. That aside, he's a smooth kisser and HB should ask him for lessons. ?

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Except that he's not, and that's the beauty of the character. He literally told Hu-ye to do his best, and if it didn't work out, so be it. I really wish we had characters like that in so many typical romance flicks - this would solve at least 90% of problems where a character not being interested in another is taken to be a sign the other character has not worked hard enough to 'earn' their love.

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Daaaamn!! BR and MR's chemistry is overflowing! I really love their scenes together! Loving them more than HB and SA actually. Everything about Mura is so beautiful each time she appears. Well that's probably needed since aside from being a goddess, she's also an actress in the human world. But still!! Goals! Lol. And the fight scene is so intense. It's getting do good. Too bad we only have a week left. Pfftt!

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Thanks for the fast recap, @lollypip!

Hahaha. Totally cracked me up when the guys came back with useless things like driver's license and citizenship ID. So-ah looked completely incredulous, and that was an amazing juxtaposition to how psyched up the boys were. Gotta love that Goblin reference too!

Do Geol-rin and Hu-ye share a secret "bond"? Because in this episode it almost sounds like Hu-ye somehow managed to "summon" Geol-rin whenever he's in despair. Plus, the last time round when Hu-ye had a nightmare, somehow Geol-rin was there when he awoke too.

BUT Hu-ye doesn't really kill gods, right? Maybe injure them seriously? Since Jin-geon clearly survived.

I didn't even realise that we're in the last leg of the show. It kinda feels like we haven't fully gotten to the "meat" of it. I mean, was the earlier mission of claiming the stones purely to kickstart the plot? All three just kinda feel like useless gods who just do as they please without much consequences. While Ha-baek had character development as a man, I don't have the impression that he became a better or more earnest/dedicated god. (At least we saw Mura trying to save the fishes.) The whole thing about the red tides currently seem very perfunctory, and I'm not even the least bit concerned that he wouldn't be able to make it back in time. The way the show is going, it's like there are two central plots that occasionally intersect - Ha-baek's love story and Hu-ye's back story. Everything else just fills in the gaps. Right now, it's almost as if the plot climax is about Hu-ye.

While I think NJH and SSK are great together, and I quite like how their love blossomed, there's just no urgency to me. Or a strong enough reason to watch the show. I think story-wise, and also because of IJH's superb acting, it's Hu-ye that's carrying the entire show.

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Glad the recap mentioned "goblins club". Subs in the version I watched said "magic wand", which sounds plausible to use outsiders but misses a lot of the flavor.

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I suspected it meant "goblin" something bec while the sub said magic wand I can distinctly hear So Ah saying "Dokkaebi" something

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For all the Beanies who ship So-ah + Hu-ye -- how about making the Bride of the Water God be Mu-ra.

Meanwhile Namsuri gets his chaebol heiress (there just HAD to be one somewhere!) and the only one who gets left out is Bi-ryum, which is what he deserves anyway.

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Inb4 we discover that the Bride of the Water God is actually his duty, as Ha-baek departs to be wedded to his job: kinging.

Anti-climatic ending for the win! :O

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Wouldn't So Ah's psychic friend pass as the chaebol heiress already? She did say she's rich enough not to be required to work. However I do not like Habaek-Mura pairing. Better than alone than together lol

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Pardon, just do me this favor..can't keep finger silent anymore. Let's ship So-hu soulmate in heaven. Habaek with the weight-lifting fairy, since their fans kept bashing SSK. Rest my case, thank you.

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Is TVN just taking elements of Goblin and rehashing it? There's the draggy first half (maybe even more so in Bride), the mix of laugh out loud comedy with some serious romantic scenes, reading passages from a book, and then the two scenes from Ep 14.

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My brain is at ease after reading all of your comments. Full of matured opinions and questions. Unlike on instagram ughh they won't stop saying "no chemistry", "i hate this drama", and mentioning njh's gf in every freaking comments. I'm saved here.

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I might be in the extreme minority here, but I really wanted a Hu Ye- Ja Ya track here, and maybe a really good friendship between So Ah and Hu Ye. I know there are people who ship Ja Ya with Secretary Min, but I can't help but think that Ja Ya is completely the petty little human whom Hu Ye can't ever hurt no matter how out of control his powers go. For example the scene in his office where Hu Ye almost killed Ja Ya but he controlled his powers by that back hug and asked her to leave. True, So Ah understands him and can pacify him, but she doesn't love him. And to some extent, Ja Ya reminds me of Bi Ryeom who is loyal to the one she comes to understand and love. At this point in the story, So Ah is not doing much to the plot movement, but if Hu Ye wasn't trying to woo So Ah and just remained friends with her, and if So Ah's love story with Ha Baek had been developed a little by now, she could have been the bridge between Hu Ye and Ha Baek with a guaranteed happy ending for everyone. I don't really care if Ha Baek gets the throne or not, or if Bi Ryeom fights with Hu Ye and kills him or not! All I care about right now is Hu Ye getting his happy ending in either world and Bi Ryeom and Moo Ra getting together and Ha Baek and So Ah not crying and being together in either world... Too much to ask for? Okay then, give me either one; preferably the happy ending for Hu Ye! :D

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Grumble. The whole "someone gets killed/hurt by accident while trying to come between two other guys who are fighting" thing was probably already old when Shakespeare wrote it in Romeo & Juliet.

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Ahhh, so that's why only Romeo & Juliet died?
*ancient mystery solved*
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This drama is getting harder to watch as it goes on but I'm also intrigued. It's a weird feeling. I usually watch in bed at night before sleep and I keep passing out during episodes unlike with other more compelling dramas that keep me awake thinking about them. But the secret Bi Ryeom is holding about Hu Ye is keeping me going. I don't agree with people saying about NJH's performance. Is it the best no. But he is also playing a pretty emotionless god compared to the others. He will be King and he has that air about him but it is also struggling with falling in love. What he said about getting the license for her though pulled at the feels.

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Habaek was so insistent on coming back.
And congratulations to the water ghost for getting a driving license.....lol.
Jin Geol finally speaks.

The High Priest told Habaek he could use his powers one; why does this give me a bad feeling.

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In midst of waiting for Lollypip's recap of episode 14. This episode (13) is pretty much self-explanatory about everygodbody & all. The no-pain-no-gain-love is finally taking off between God & his servant, so endearing to watch them. That almost-kiss scene of Habaek & JooKul-rin also got me rolling! All said, still hoping Hu-ye doesn't hold his candle for soah for nothing though.....

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the story of the show always was the Bride, even grammatically, it is the BRIDE of Habaek it is the subject. the story evolves around SA she gets most lines and most scene UNLIKE Goblin where she was just side character, as in ALL KES scripts.
the problem is that unless the story revolves around the male character, or pseudo male like cops drama, the audience dont care about the story only the story the male characters have.
here the most scene and most script is given to SA.
she is the character that develops the most and both HB & HY are there to enable her. HB personally and HY professionally.
HY has developed a long time ago already, but is confronted by past trauma, and makes the uncaring and selfish doctor try to cure him. the character itself is not really developed in anyway just returns back to how he was bf.
with HB he makes her want to make a true connection with another person, and show her weakness, become a 'loser', as SA phrased it.
HB himself only grows to like human more, but there is no big changes in regard to his character.
the problem is that kdrama viewers dont care about the development of the female character.
and there even an article where one of the tv stationed stated that the audience only care about the male character therefore there is no need to invest in the female character.
except for 'Couple or Trouble' in kdramas the female character is unchangeable psychology speaking. and it is the male that goes under the most changes under the influences of the female character.
usually we get doormat sacrificial female and her only development is finding true love and job. she herself NEVER goes through any personal change unless of course she is the antagonist.
im feeling so sorry for my grandma that was such an advocate for women rights.
i only read here about HY, HB, BR and SA & MR mention only in romantic connection.
or disliked for being selfish. something that would be forgiven in a man. since most of us are women here shouldnt it be the other way around?
i really try to think what is the cause?
is it that for ppl that kind of social constellation is a given?
we women have to suffer more than men. shouldnt it be shown in a non makjang or the usual way of a sacrificial female?

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also SA and even MR gets really intelligent lines here, that usually reserved for the male character, who is always a know it all compared to the 'dumb' female.
she has a lot of come back lines regardless of who it is , even the grandfather she showed no doormat attitude but exasperation. she doesnt do the doormat regardless to whom she is speaking to.
one of the things i hate most in kdramas is that you show respect bc of age. show consideration in standing in lines and bus sits is a given, but to a accept and listen to someone just bc they are older than you is the epitome of stupidity. would never fly where i come from
we need more intelligent women in kdramas NOT less.

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im just too exasperated that i cant stop writing
when i first realized that MiDo in WAML was disliked i was extremely surprised. i thought that any modern women with emphasize with her like i did. since it is more relatable to what modern women go through today. so when i discovered that she was infact hated, it made start looking and reading papers on kdrama since it was obvious for female viewers. and of course the conclusion was that women who watch kdramas come from a more conservative and restricted environment especially for women. it made me start participating in forums and such, i just cant understand hy women today would accept such character for women as are given in kdramas. isnt it sad that all the work that our predecessors did for us, and in the end we just have house wife mentality?

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So.... If Hu-ye is a result of a god and human relationship. Habaek shouldn't continue his relationship with So-ah, because they will end up 'creating' a demi-god' which they all are against. This is a bit absurd to me.

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exactly what I was thinking about! it's so absurd to think that they're discriminating against him but following the footsteps of the people who created huye
*rolls eyes*

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For something that is already on episode 13 with only 3 more episodes to go, we're still no where ain't we? I like the characters, i like the beautiful colors & tones, i like the romance between the main leads. But the development of the story works on a snail's pace, the revelation of any mysteries or secrets were next to none. It still feels like a drama still in its early episodes. I really tried to engaged with this drama, but it's so hard. I'm still in it for the kisses and romance, and my need to know the ending.

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Oh btw... on a random note, congrats #teamjunghwan! How cute are they? Finally my heart break can be mend.

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I dont like Mura that much, but i adore her wardrobe ?

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Can someone explain me something? When I watch the drama with subtittle Bi ryeom said that he can't tell Mura the reason because she is the one asking. I am not really sure what does he mean by that.. Why can't he tell her? If u don't mind please explain. Thanks

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