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Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 15

Time is growing short for Ha-baek and So-ah, who struggle to face their eventual separation in very different ways. One broods while the other chooses denial, and neither option seems very desirable. They’re trying to make the best of the time they have left, but there are still a few mysteries to solve before Ha-baek leaves for good this time.


 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

We see So-ah sinking underwater, as she repeats her words to Ha-baek in voiceover: “When something fades in the sun it becomes history, and if it’s bathed in moonlight, it becomes a myth. That means our story will become a myth.”

As they sit on the car watching the sun go down, So-ah laughs at herself, explaining that even though it’s a very romantic atmosphere, she keeps thinking about noodles. The last time she was here and her parents had a fight, she’d counted the clams in her noodles over and over to distract herself. She remembers that there were twelve clams, but not what her parents were fighting about.

This reminds Ha-baek of So-ah’s impassioned demand that he find her father, and he asks if she’s tried looking for him. She says she hasn’t, because she feared discovering that he’s been in Korea all this time and never came for her. Ha-baek asks if her wish is still to see her father and say what she needs to say, but So-ah just says uncertainly that she thinks so.

They head home hand in hand, and So-ah muses that it’s nice that they live together and don’t have to part ways after a date, which is the main reason people get married. She asks if there’s a marriage system in the Realm of the Gods, and Ha-baek says vaguely that there is, but there isn’t; you can get married, but it’s not binding or exclusive.

So-ah asks if that means married people can cheat whenever they want, and Ha-baek nods and smiles. So-ah huffs that that’s why nobody knows who Lady Yuhwa’s mother is, and when Ha-baek asks who that is, she says breezily, “Your daughter!”

She explains that Lady Yuhwa is Jumong’s mother, and King Yuri’s grandmother, which makes Ha-baek King Yuri’s great-grandfather. But just like the last time it came up, Ha-baek insists that he’s single.

Irritated at the gods’ freewheeling attitude towards marriage, So-ah sulks, which Ha-baek finds adorable. So-ah asks if the gods also practice polygamy and he goes all wide-eyed with innocence, asking how she knew that. He tells her that it’s silly to expect immortal beings to remain faithful to one person for eternity when they stay young and beautiful forever, enjoying So-ah’s aghast expression.

She asks how many times he’s been married. He repeats that he’s never been married, then asks for a cup of water. When she brings it, he downs it in one gulp and asks for more, repeating the performance over and over for hours. Eventually So-ah asks what he’s up to, and he says that obviously he’s delaying bedtime.

Reduced to stammering for the second time tonight, So-ah asks what he wants to do instead. Ha-baek says that Namsuri is working all night long, then he leeeeans in close to So-ah and whispers, “So… I’d like to… watch TV.” ARGH, you tease!

So-ah sits primly across the couch, but Ha-baek pats his knee and insists that she lay her head in his lap. She does, asking what made him think of this, and he says he read her diary and saw this in a poem she wrote as a child. It pretty much went, “Daddy’s lap is mine. Go away, Sang-yoo,” over and over, hee.

After shooting Ha-baek a quick glare, So-ah settles in and finds a cooking show. She comments that he should cook for the rest of the time he’s here, but the mention of Ha-baek leaving has them both going silent. So-ah asks when he’ll go, so Ha-baek says that a message will be delivered when it’s time.

So-ah ponders that their relationship has a time limit, comparing it to terminal patients she met when she was an intern. She tells Ha-baek that she didn’t know how they felt, but now she knows how to prepare for goodbyes, and what happens afterwards.

She asks Ha-baek how he copes with the knowledge that he’s leaving, since he has all of eternity to remember this time together. She requests that he remember her as long as he can. Ha-baek just sighs, then leans down to kiss her cheek.

In the morning, So-ah wakes up on the living room floor, where it’s obvious they both spent the night. She wanders to the kitchen and finds Ha-baek cooking breakfast, though he blusters that he was just hungry. So-ah jokes that she’ll go back to sleep, then, grinning when Ha-baek orders her to sit and eat.

She goes to the bathroom to brush her teeth, thinking it’s a shame that he’d only get angry if she told him how cute he is. She gets back to the table to find Ha-baek laying out a huge feast, and she grows overwhelmed, having never had anyone cook for her before.

Someone rings the gate bell before they get a chance to eat—it’s Hu-ye, returning the office keys. He and Ha-baek glower at each other, then Ha-baek inexplicably invites Hu-ye to join them for breakfast. So-ah is alarmed, especially when Ha-baek starts insulting her cooking and listing her bad qualities to Hu-ye, heh.

Ha-baek says pointedly that he always has to carry So-ah to bed, trying to make Hu-ye jealous. He adds that he takes a bath every morning but it makes So-ah shy to see him naked, hilariously making the innocent truth sound dirty. Unruffled, Hu-ye manages to shock So-ah even further by informing her that he’s the new owner of her office building. She’s thrilled, and Ha-baek grows jealous at the mention of Hu-ye’s money.

Hu-ye makes a big deal about being a gracious and generous landlord, and Ha-baek can’t stand it anymore. He roars a loud, “I AM A KING!!” and sticks his nose as high in the air as it will go. Hu-ye’s unimpressed How very interesting expression is hilarious.

After breakfast Hu-ye looks around and finds a photo of So-ah and Yeom-mi from school. He remembers So-ah’s backhug and the familiar words she said, and asks again if they’ve never met before.

Ha-baek orders Hu-ye to sit and So-ah to make tea, and she sighs at the sight of a water god and a half-god sitting in her living room. Ha-baek demands his tea in his coffee mug, imperiously informing Hu-ye that he has his own mug, which depicts the harmonious relationship between master and servant. Oh, and it’s named Yong Yong. PFFT.

Ha-baek asks Hu-ye why he’s really here, so Hu-ye says that you can make an opponent reveal his shortcomings if you poke him. He reminds Ha-baek that he’s good at waiting, but Ha-baek quips that he’ll waste his life waiting needlessly.

On his way out, Hu-ye reminds So-ah that she’s due to work on his farm in two days. Ha-baek refuses to allow it, but Hu-ye says that it’s to pay him back for breaking the land sale contract.

Ha-baek goes begging to Mura for money again to pay off So-ah’s debt to Hu-ye, but she just hangs up on him. She tells Bi-ryum smugly that Hu-ye is doing exactly as instructed, but Bi-ryum grimaces at the sound of that name.

He’s brought Mura breakfast in bed, telling her that it’s a fantasy of human women to have the man they love do this. She quips, “Shouldn’t it be with a man I love though?” Ouch. Bi-ryum asks how much more he has to do, but she just kicks him out.

Outside her room, Bi-ryum sighs that she’s the most difficult woman in the world, but then he smiles and says he knew that already. He gets a call from Ha-baek but turns down his request to meet today, and on his end, Ha-baek threatens that once he gets his powers back, he’s turning one of them into a fish and the other into a bird.

Namsuri tells Ha-baek that Joo-dong called and said he’ll be back soon. Ha-baek wonders why he called Namsuri instead of calling him directly, and Namsuri informs him that Mura warned Joo-dong not to call him because he keeps asking for money. LOL.

Yeom-mi is still trying to interpret her dream involving So-ah, and how she hears So-ah saying, “That person saved me. But…” But everything after that is inaudible, and again So-ah turns to look at someone, but all Yeom-mi can see is a pair of wet shoes.

When Namsuri arrives to work, Yeom-mi starts to ask for his advice. But she gets distracted by his luscious lips (ha) and loses her train of thought, until he covers his mouth and she snaps back to reality. She calls So-ah to fuss at her for going about her relationship with Ha-baek all backwards. So-ah corrects her that they’re not loving to break up, but loving to break up properly.

Bi-ryum eventually agrees to see Ha-baek and meets him in a coffee shop, where Ha-baek asks about borrowing money, offering a high rate of interest to be paid back in favors when they’re home in the Water Realm. Bi-ryum doesn’t miss a beat and asks, “Will you give up the throne for me?”

At Ha-baek’s stony silence, Bi-ryum laughs and says that’s not what he wants anyway. He says that he’d happily give Ha-baek whatever he wants, but Mura forbids it. Ha-baek calls Bi-ryum whipped and starts to leave, but Bi-ryum stops him, asking nervously, “What kind of woman is Mura?”

Mura is currently checking in on Hu-ye’s progress, reminding him to show Ha-baek his superiority. She says that she wants Ha-baek wrecked before he goes back, which Hu-ye finds pretty extreme.

At the same time, Ha-baek tells Bi-ryum that once Mura turns on someone it’s all over. Of course he thinks he’s the exception, and Bi-ryum shakes his head in disgust and sighs that he came to the wrong person. Oblivious, Ha-baek offers to give Bi-ryum romance tips in return for money, HA.

Ha-baek stomps home fuming, having been refused yet again. He runs into So-ah on her way to Hu-ye’s place and barks that he forbids her to go. Cut to: Hu-ye and So-ah watching as Ha-baek digs holes, ha.

So-ah apologizes to Hu-ye, but Hu-ye is actually impressed with how hard Ha-baek is working. So-ah warns Hu-ye that Ha-baek thinks his day’s work is worth about fifty billion won, which he expects to be paid minus the land sale cancellation fees. PFFT.

Hu-ye joins Ha-baek and tells him that his idea was good, but the execution was clumsy. He asks if Ha-baek believes that money is all So-ah would want him for, and Ha-baek retorts that Hu-ye knows nothing about So-ah and hasn’t got a chance with her.

Hu-ye informs Ha-baek that as a deity, there’s something he doesn’t know about So-ah: “Humans are lonely from the moment they’re born.”

Jin-geon finds Mura to tell her that he has something for her. She holds out her hand and he clasps it, and a white mist envelops their hands. Mura smiles smugly and thanks Jin-geon.

Heading off to plant a tree, Hu-ye tells So-ah to join Ha-baek. She asks if Ha-baek is really that big of a deal in the Realm of the Gods, so Hu-ye reveals that based on all the stories that Geol-rin told him about the gods, Ha-baek was always at the center of them.

He even admits that he thought of Ha-baek as the “god of gods,” because while most gods have limited powers, Ha-baek’s powers are unlimited. But he says there are two things Ha-baek can’t do—he can’t revive the dead, and he doesn’t have Hu-ye’s power.

So-ah brings Ha-baek a drink of water, but he grabs the kettle before she can pour a cup and drinks directly from the spout. She stammers that that’s unlike him, so just to prove how little she knows him, he holds the kettle high in the air. With an impish grin, he warns So-ah to hold onto her heart, then pours the water over his head.

It’s hilarious how So-ah completely ignores Ha-baek’s attempt to be sexy, instead just laughing at him then getting a towel to dry his hair. He submits like a good puppy, frowning when she says that her heart is just fine after his performance, then lets her lead him to a chair.

He’s genuinely disappointed at So-ah’s reaction to seeing him all wet, and he asks why she didn’t react like she did the first time she saw him bathing. He says sadly that if she only has forty or fifty years to live, then she should have more memories of him so that she never runs out. Awww, he’s so sweet.

So-ah chides him for saying such things easily, and he wraps his arms around her waist and holds her close, looking like a lost little boy. He reminds So-ah that he’s selfish, then asks her to try not to be lonely for as long as she can. Hugging him back, So-ah promises to remember him for a long time.

At the end of the day Ha-baek pouts that Hu-ye wouldn’t pay him what he thought he was worth, but So-ah says that the offer Hu-ye did make was very generous. She thinks they should go back every day and work, taking Ha-baek’s hand and saying, “Let’s stay together.”

Their happiness is short-lived, as they find Mura waiting at So-ah’s gate looking like the cat that ate the cream. She holds out a red envelope to Ha-baek, and he and So-ah both know what it means—it’s his summons back to the Realm of the Gods.

Mura gives Ha-baek the envelope and tells him that his instructions are inside, then turns to go after a contemptuous glance at So-ah. She turns back just long enough to remind Ha-baek that he knows what will happen if he decides not to go back. After she leaves, he opens the envelope to find a large number seven engraved inside.

At first So-ah looks shaken, but she manages to smile for Ha-baek’s benefit and say that she’s hungry. She makes a simple meal and they sit, but Ha-baek just picks at his food. So-ah says that it’s not like he has to leave immediately, but Ha-baek looks at her with the saddest eyes.

He asks why she never asks him not to leave, even if she doesn’t mean it. So-ah asks if he would stay, and he says wearily, “No. I can’t do that.” So-ah says cheerfully that she’s not a woman who holds men back in life, but Ha-baek just keeps staring at her sadly.

She says that she’s not stopping him because if he weren’t the king, he wouldn’t be nearly as cool as he is. She tells him that without that, he’s just an unemployed bum who likes taking baths and driving cars. With every word, the light goes out of his eyes, until finally he gets up and walks away.

As he goes, So-ah sighs that he’s much too sensitive to be a king. But once she’s alone, she can’t hold back her tears any longer, and she spends the night crying alone.

Mura is all smiles the next morning, happy at how destroyed Ha-baek looked when she gave him the summons. She tells Bi-ryum that she almost didn’t tell Ha-baek and let him stay here forever, but even Bi-ryum thinks that’s a bit harsh, since Ha-baek will die if he doesn’t become king. Wait, he’ll die? Why are we just now learning this?

Bi-ryum asks Mura who she likes more, him or Ha-baek. She stammers, “You… you…” which has Bi-ryum thinking she’s saying she likes him better. But she’s staring at his socks, which feature a photo of herself as Hera, her stage persona.

Bi-ryum says that her fans keep sending her gifts even though she told them not to, so her manager has been giving the gifts to him. Mura runs to her room to check a box she’s kept stuffed under her dressing table that’s full of gifts, and when Bi-ryum asks why she’s keeping them, she fibs that her manager forgot to get rid of them.

HA, she was worried that Bi-ryum stole her gifts. Bi-ryum teases her further by helpfully taking the box off her hands.

So-ah takes Ha-baek to the bridge where she jumped into the river thirteen years ago. She remembers the exact day and time, and she tells Ha-baek that after her father left, she focused on studying and only believed what she wanted to believe.

She says that she did a good job of seeming okay even after her mother died, but something suddenly came over her that day. She’d asked herself why, with all the love in the world, none had been saved for her. She’d tried to call her father while standing on this spot, thinking that if he picked up, then it would mean that God loved her.

But her father hadn’t answered, so she decided to take revenge, and she’d jumped into the river. She says that it became her most embarrassing memory. Now, So-ah says that she has to say goodbye to a loved one again, so she came here to discover how she really feels—whether she would feel like she did back when she jumped, or if she’d become an adult. She thanks Ha-baek for loving her, and he hugs her tightly.

At Hu-ye’s hotel, Jaya bursts in and storms up to Secretary Min, ignoring Hu-ye completely. She snaps that she doesn’t know his intentions and that she’s even studying because he told her to become human, and she doesn’t understand what he meant by it. Hu-ye asks what’s wrong, so she points an accusing finger at Secretary Min and wails, “He’s looking down on me!”

Secretary Min yanks her outside, leaving Hu-ye utterly confused. He tells Jaya to quit her job because it requires intelligence and a big heart. But of course she misunderstands and thinks he’s saying she needs a big chest, leaving her even more confused.

Mura finds Bi-ryum with a fan-made embroidered towel this time, so she goes to her dressing room to find a better hiding place for her other box of gifts, ha. She stashes it behind her huge blowup kissing partner, but she soon finds Bi-ryum using a sheet mask from a fan.

She can’t admit that she’s upset that he’s using her fan gifts, because she’s not supposed to want them. Bi-ryum tells her to just admit that she likes the gifts, but she just snarls at him and leaves the room. Having learned what he needed to know, Bi-ryum snaps a massive diamond ring into existence and decides to test Mura’s feelings. He and his ring are soundly rejected.

Yeom-mi shows up at So-ah’s place late that night, having finally discovered the meaning of her dream. She tells So-ah that since she was saying that “that person” saved her, she naturally assumed she was talking about Ha-baek. But that “but” kept bothering her since she couldn’t hear anything after that—until a few minutes ago.

She tells So-ah that what she said was, “That person is the one who saved me. But… the person who saved me will be my death god.” Yeom-mi tells So-ah that it means she’s going to die.

Ha-baek walks into the room, and So-ah stares at him, horrified.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, so that sounds bad, but maybe it’s a good thing? Maybe taking So-ah’s soul means that she gets to go to the Realm of the Gods? And there’s no indication that she doesn’t want her soul taken, so I’m keeping my mind open that this is a clue to the solution that will allow So-ah and Ha-baek to stay together.

For a penultimate episode, I’m surprised at how much didn’t happen. I was expecting a lot of buildup of tension to lead us into the finale, but I should know by now that this show doesn’t really do what we expect. It’s strange—last week I felt like so much happened that should have happened earlier, and now I’m wishing that some of it had held off a bit longer and given this episode a bit of oomph. And I just think it’s strange to suddenly tell us now, at this late date, that Ha-baek is going to die if he doesn’t return and become king. That would have been a fantastic way to create urgency regarding Ha-baek’s need to go back if we’d known it oh, say, ten episodes ago.

I complained previously that I’ve never felt any real tension over whether Ha-baek goes back and becomes king or not, because there were never any consequences given to make it important that he goes back. So the whole revelation that he’ll die just feels flat, and emphasizes the main problem this drama has faced since practically the beginning—pacing. Information is withheld for so long (I suppose in an effort to build tension) that by the time we finally learn why a character is acting a certain way, or what will happen if a certain event doesn’t go well, it feels like too little, too late. It’s like pulling back a rubber band to fire it into the air, but waiting too long and instead, the rubber just goes slack. There’s a fine art to knowing when to hold back information and when to reveal it, but for this show, sadly, the timing has just been all off.

It’s also been difficult to tell when something is intentional, or if it’s just that the show is not explaining something very well. So I could be way off, but I’ve never gotten the feeling that what Hu-ye wants is necessarily So-ah herself, so much as it’s what she represents (and I do think that if he loved her, Im Joo-hwan would make us feel that). I don’t feel that Hu-ye is really in love with her, just that he’s drawn to her because he knows instinctively that her identity as the gods’ servant makes her uniquely qualified to give him what he needs—acceptance, companionship, belonging, understanding. He never had those things when he lived in the Realm of the Gods because he was hidden away, reviled and abused by his father, and he didn’t have them in the human realm because he’s so fundamentally different from humans. I feel like his early quest to be more human was Hu-ye’s way of searching for that belonging and understanding, but that when he met So-ah, he realized that he could be himself and she would still accept him. I think that’s why he’s willing to step back and wait for her to get over Ha-baek, because he doesn’t want or expect her love… he’s happy to wait for her friendship and acceptance.

On the other hand, this was the first episode where I really felt Ha-baek’s love for So-ah, and his anguish over having to leave her. He seemed so sad when he asked her to resist loneliness for as long as possible, knowing that as soon as she gets lonely, Hu-ye will be there trying to take his place. And the way Ha-baek looked at So-ah over breakfast just killed me, like he couldn’t believe that she was treating their parting so flippantly when he was going to pieces on the inside. I’d never thought about what So-ah said to him—that while she only has to pine for him for another fifty years or so, Ha-baek has eternity to remember So-ah and miss her, which has got to be the most painful thing I can imagine. I really can’t see a way for them to be together, because even if Ha-baek was somehow allowed to stay, So-ah will still grow old and die. If she is somehow allowed to go to the Realm of the Gods with him, she’ll still die. The only way to resolve it would be for So-ah to accept immortality or Ha-baek to choose to become mortal (neither of which I’m even sure are possible), but I can’t see So-ah agreeing to either of those options.

 
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Thanks again for the speedy recaps, @Lollypip!! And I agree with you, I don’t think Hoo-Ye is really looking to So-Ah as a romantic interest.

[1] Best scene ever: at the risk of being crude, that was the best passive-aggressive dick measuring showdown at the breakfast table I have ever seen. HAHAHA! SSK’s reactions were spot on, too!

I love how smug Habaek looked as he pettily traded barbs with Hoo-Ye: listing off all the ways he (Habaek) enjoys intimate moments with, and knowledge of So-Ah that Hoo-Ye is not privy to.

I love how Hoo-Ye was not remotely intimidated and taunted Habaek with his own advantage to make So-Ah happy. Her reaction to him being her landlord was so cute! Hoo-Ye’s satisfied (if also smug) expression was classic.

[2] This episode would have been better around episode 9 or 10, especially given the Habaek/Hoo-Ye rivalry

[3] Being a human means being lonely from birth, something a god could never understand - okay, why did Hoo-Ye get the best #boom line in this episode?! Why didn’t they explore this motif earlier?

Not only that, but Posture Battle #2: Hoo-Ye’s confidence that he has something more than money to offer So-Ah was intriguing, as well as Habaek’s insistence that Hoo-Ye could never have So-Ah’s heart based upon his "lack of information". I’m not sure either of those assertions are true; they would be interesting to explore if only we had the time…..

I also love how Hoo-Ye now views his power as an “ability" rather than a curse.

[4] I seriously think Jung Yoon-Jung has lost her marbles somewhere. What is the point of writing Hoo-Ye as if he were the 1st lead rather than the 2nd?? He’s too lovable with nothing is objectionable about him.

At this point I’d almost prefer one of those terribly pat Korean drama 2nd lead tropes to make Hoo-Ye suddenly extremely undesirable rather than this torture to watch him fail in the one romantic relationship he has ever decided to pursue, albeit I don’t think he is naturally interested in So-Ah romantically.

I suspect the writer is trying to flip drama tropes regarding the 1st lead versus the 2nd lead on its head, but somehow it isn’t working properly.

[5] Probably my biggest concern is that our heroine is still very emotionally *dependent* on Habaek, more so than is healthy. The OTP should be being deeply in love, and of course that means an inevitable separation is tragic. But, if she’s maturing and healing, as I would hope, she can’t fall apart without him. That’s not love. She claims Habaek’s re-appearnace is to help her to continuing living well even after he is gone, but I don’t see much movement in this area.

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Pfft...gramma mistakes:

*cf [4] He's too lovable with nothing objectionable about him.

*cf [5] ....to help her to continue living well even after he is gone....

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[2] This episode would have been better around episode 9 or 10, especially given the Habaek/Hoo-Ye rivalry

Exactly! Haha!

The problem with this drama is that it's about to end but somehow still feels like it just started or is in the middle part.

(Sorry, I'm not sure if I made sense ?)

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Guys i dropped this at ep 4 because of awk acting and weird script, is it get better??should i give it another chance??

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No, it's not getting better. You were right. I dropped it at episode 12!!! I tried to convince myself, it will get better. But NO, later on I support the second lead and supposed enemy more than habaek. I did't understand why i watched this.
I might pick it up, but much much later...

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I too dropped it at 12. I wanted some story. But I did not get any. I am planning to pick it back up if I get good reviews on finale from the beanies.☺

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LoL, my plan is exactly like yours. I'm waiting for beanies' review tommorow.

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Me too!! I tried watching last episode and fell in love with HuYe rather than HaBaek!!! I wish HuYe was written as the lead!!! Because that is one promising character with so many emotions!!! Other characters just felt stupid to me!!! I am only following the recaps!!

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Don't start watching this show unless

(1) you want to get a REALLY bad case of second lead syndrome and/or

(2) like a lot of lovey-dovey OTP moments that really make no sense or have any cogent effect on the non-existent plotline.....and is basically fan service (on speed).

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Re (2), well said! I couldn't agree more!

That said, I wouldn't actually drive away potential viewers from watching the show IF they are fans of any of the leads.

To be fair, I think the leads had their own separate shining moments sprinkled here and there within the 15 (so far) episodes. And at the risk of being redundant among many fans here, IJH shone in every single scene he had. :) So all that is still a good treat, if one doesn't mind all the other (many) flaws of the show.

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See, my problem is I was a IJH fan and I watched this because of the random phone-walking-with-Hu-ye scene.

I was a goner. I didn't even have an innoculation from being a fan of the lead... :/

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You say it like it's a bad thing! ? (IJH is ?)

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@cotton it means I wasn't protected from SLS! I fell so hard... :/

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Are we playing the drinking game yet?

Because I definitely think we need to drink when Hoo-Ye announced he is So-Ah's landlord.

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..I definitely think we need to drink..

*take the bottle off the chiller*
*wipe the crystal glass*
*pour and gulp*
*hiccups*

... is it the end? *slurring*

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Sure, why not? More drinking!

FWIW guys, I blame you all and this show 'cause I'm writing my thesis now and instead of 'Hugh Lacey' I keep derping and typing "Hu-ye" and then I have to ctrl+f to make sure my prof don't see kdrama names randomly appearing out of nowhere...

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@kaoren,

I'm sick and tired of Im Joo Hwan playing second leads. I want him on my screen all the time, acting out a myriad of emotions, and being able to KISS THE FREAKIN FEMALE LEAD! (and yes, I've watched Tamra, the Island many many times...fast forwarding any "William" parts).

But, that drama is old, and I want NEW scenes with Im Joo Hwan.

Man, just read some of the recaps from Soompi on the last episode....sounds like a hasty wrap up with tacked on endings for everyone (if one can even call it that).

I need a drink. Oh, and I'm also (not) writing my thesis at the moment.....shoot me now.

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@pineapplegongzhu Go write, go write!

Also, dear Christ I spoiled myself and I just don't even... ah, I need a drink. (I know, no more talk of this: DB comments policy etcetera.)

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I have no idea what's the ending will be. Whatever it is, I just hope it's satisfactory enough. That being said, in another alternate universe, I would have probably shipped Habaek, Biryum and Mura into a polyamory relationship for fun. Because it is so unusual for a K-drama and well, all three of them somewhat seemed to have dysfunctional and fun relationship --- with Joo Dong too.

Nothing much did happen in this and it's the 2nd last episode. That's all I gotta say.

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"Nothing much did happen in this and it's the 2nd last episode. That's all I gotta say." I'm starting to think this would have done much better as a slice-of-life type thing, at the rate this went.

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If there's any consolation, this drama isn't that bad compared to Dr. Stranger with its whacked out storylines border-lining supernatural. And that drama has no supernatural element in it.

I wonder if this drama could have work if it focuses on the gods, goddesses, demi-gods and their interactions with humanity, how they benefit from learning from humanity after years of disconnected from the ancient civilisations?

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True. With the given characters and possible storylines, this show had so much potential. Sigh.

Oh well. :) We watch/enjoy what we've got.

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Can't comment about Dr. Stranger as I never watched it.

Perhaps--it's definitely a rich area that could've been explored more. Also, I think that given the departures from the manga, just flat-out going to explore humanity and divinity would've been more interesting. You could jack that theme up too, since that's essentially what Hu-ye's struggling with, and probably why I find him fascinating. In that way, he and Habaek could become foils without needing to merely generate opposition by invoking So-ah.

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this one has some silly funny scenes that surprisingly made me laugh. the characters are not too serious considering their circumstances (one is god, the other half god + rich boy). Dr stranger just made me raised eyebrow before i finished half of the show screening dramabeans recaps, i am not even thoroughly reading it like i used too.

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That silly fight between "I'm King-I'm a Landlord was sooo hilarious..Gonna bet Soo-ah's Dad is the Grim Reaper somehow,i'm calling it...

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That scene is the highlight of this ep to me. Dad is GR? No! GR in Kdrama to me has to be as silly and smexy as LDW, or flirty and hottie as JIW.

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So-ah's dad a Grim Reaper played by KHN in a cameo? I'd totally be cool with that :P

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Today is BOTWG last episode and at this point i'm just glad this drama is about to end. Too much fanservice (I can't believe i'm saying this ?), to little story to tell in ep15.
Beautiful cinematography tho.

Thanks for the recaps, @Lollypip

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It really is strange. I thought it was the most boring episode so far. The highlight though was the bickering between Habeak and Huya, made me literally laugh out loud.

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..For a penultimate episode, I’m surprised at how much didn’t happen..

Agree completely. At this stage, I just wish the show ends sensibly. Am I asking too much? No, I hope not. I just want to remember this drama like I remember L2M: a cute hilarious swoony romantic drama without essence.

Thanks for the recap, @lollypip.

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Wild speculation is fun: lots of people on Soompi speculate that Habaek is the one who saves So-Ah from drowning and who is in Yeom-mi’s dream, but that seems a bit too obvious. I think it will be Hu-Ye.

The writer has returned to repeating certain ideas that were mentioned before but dropped, which makes me think we are to pay attention, like (1) Habaek’s “wife” and “daughter”, and (2) the inability of gods to resurrect the dead.

Hu-Ye’s power thus far seem only destructive…but, what if his powers are only destructive because he has had to use them only as a defense? What if he were motivated by love? Would his destructive powers have a corresponding opposite effect of bringing back someone to life?

I speculate that, for whatever reason, So-Ah does die. Hu-Ye brings her back to life. She marries Habaek, they procreate. And their daughter, who will be a demigod as well, becomes Hu-Ye’s bride in one of their reincarnation cycles. That way, everyone has a happy ending.

I know, totally bonkers theory, but I’m sleep deprived and ill, so that may have something to do with my fanciful dreams…….and my terrible grammar and spelling mistakes (thank you for your patience).

I guess we'll see what happens in a few hours!

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I really like your speculation, @pineapplegongzhu. imo
tv-BOTWG universe (not talking about manhva universe) in real need of good fanfiction.

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I want Hu-ye coffeeshop AU where he learns the art of happyness, and I want all the threesomes with no need to stress~

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ha, totally on board with this)

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IDK, I can't get much enthusiasm up for a 'power of love' type thing. Power of CPR, maybe. Surely Hu-ye must've picked up some qualifications in his quest to be a proper human being?

And although someone up-thread made the 'Dad is a Grim Reaper' thing as a joke, the more it's emphasised, the more I kind of like the symmetry: the first time So-ah jumped in, she expected her dad to come for her. He didn't; she had to save herself. This time, it would be nice if her dad actually saved her.

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This is not a bonkers theory. Its so good. I just wish this is true. And wild speculation is fun. I love your theory.
"The writer has returned to repeating certain ideas that were mentioned before but dropped, which makes me think we are to pay attention, like (1) Habaek’s “wife” and “daughter”, and (2) the inability of gods to resurrect the dead."- Now that you do tell this, I think there have been too many hints.

I hope they get a happy ending.

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@pineapplegongzhu, your theory seems like a mix of Frozen (destructive powers are redirected when motivated by love) and Twilight (OTP's daughter to end up with Second Lead). ?

At any rate, I have absolutely given up any and all expectationons on how the finale will turn out. I don't know if, given the show's erratic pacing, the ending will fizzle, or if there will be crazy twists and surprises in the end. *shrug*

Oh, except the Huye + Happiness ending! That wish is still very much (the only thing) on the table. ?

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Just 1 more episode to go and that is really breaking my heart. Just 1 last episode.
All the actors did their jobs real well. They made me feel as if this was real.

The first scene was cute and funny but also got sad. That thing about marriage was funny. Then there was the cute fight between Hu-ye and Habaek. Habaek is hell bent on showing Hu-ye that he has no place in So-ah's life. Habaek is so possessive.
Hu-ye is a good friend. Habaek's grin when he poured water on himself was soooooooooo cute, So-ah should tell him that. Ahhhhhh his smile, I rewinded and saw it until it was imprinted on my mind. That hug was sweet but at the same time sad. Aghhhh I don't know what I'm gonna do when this drama ends.
So the message did come. Moo-ra, I would say she is a good friend and takes everything into consideration. The moment was so sad, Habaek had tears in his eyes and that was so heart breaking. He looked so heart broken to leave her during dinner and So-ah put up an amazing brave facade.
Bi-ryeom' socks!!!! I was again laughing. He's like a sweet little boy. Mo-ra does care about her fans. It now feels as if all the deities are looking for love? And that's sad.
Ja ya is too much. She studied the DNA sequence. Lol. Poor Hu-ye, looking so confused. And I am still shipping her with Secretary Min.
And poor Bi-reyom, again rejected.

And is there really something to Joo Dong asking Habaek not to leave until he comes back? Where are So-ah's and Hu-ye's father? Why do they always keep bringing up her faher and what is the reason that he left his only daughter to take care of others? And why does Hu-ye keep asking and feeling as if So-ah has met him before?

And what was that last scene? Its so cryptic but it looks as if Habaek is gonna use his one chance to use power to save her and end up killing himself and So-ah could die after seeing him dead. I just hope that I'm assuming too much. I don't want such a tragic end.

And So-ah was shown jumping down the bridge a year from now. So what does it mean?

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The story is really going nowhere, isn't it... ??
For example:
1. Can someone explain what is the purpose of Jaya here?
2. Who is Huye's father? Can they explain it with only 1 ep to go?
3. Why Habaek remain powerless for 15 ep? Why and How??
4. Where is SoAh's father?

I feel like LollyPip really has a soft spot to Nam Joo Hyuk.. No critism at all, in term of storyline or acting. This is just my opinion though.. Thank you Lollypip for the speedy recap.. ?

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Your comment seems kinda optimistic... I mean, forget about explanations of Habaek's 15 episodes worth of powerlessness...

What if he remains powerless for the finale? :O

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For a moment there I was wildly thinking that the reason he kept drinking water over and over was that it would segue into him showing So Ah he got his powers back.

Alas, no. Nope. Still powerless. *facepalm*

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Yes! I thought this too.

(Or maybe it was to demonstrate the spinning pee in the toilet again, lol...)

Water gods must have super bladder powers.

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Why not? I mean, still kinda like water in there, right? :P

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LOL, do I really seems optimistic??
I guess they should show him get his power back eventually in the finale, right? But maybe with this kind of storyline, we should prepare with the possible ending that Habaek choose to become a human. Hmmm.. Wait, can he do that? ??

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3. Why Habaek remain powerless for 15 ep? Why and How??

I am guessing they don't have much budget on CGI/Visual effect. just take a look at world where the gods live. they shoot most scene on the beach. and it's not even that white sandy blue water kind of beach that you feel out of this world when you see it. i know they are the water god clan, but it just a sad-to-look-at set up/decor for a god.

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Even after watching the episode, it just doesn't feel like this story is approaching its finale. There has been very, very little conflict in this show, so it almost feels like it will just roll to a stop in the next episode. Some shows manage a minimal plot well (see Imaginary Cat), but usually with fewer episodes. While I am not upset that I watched the show, I wouldn't recommend someone take the time to do the same unless they have somehow run out of better dramas to watch and rewatch. Lucky for this show, it caught me when I had oodles of free time, so I was fine with minimal plot and lots of staring at Nam Joo-hyuk's face. Here is my naive hope, however, that this show has been holding back something great for a finale!

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..it just doesn't feel like this story is approaching its finale..

Pssstttt @rinny, don't give the writer and PD an idea to extend it to 20, 24 or 30... *shuddersinfear*

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Hu-Ye can kill, so wouldn't that make him the god of Death? Since Huye himself said there's no other god with that power unless it's a half god. Or Lee Dong Wook can just drop by before he became human and enter the Twighlight Zone lol.

Btw wasn't Kang Ha-Neil suppose to cameo?

I'm gonna assume, only thing you can do when said show doesn't offer much else to base thoughts on, that Soah's dad is a Demi god which gives her eternal life. And that becomes the cheap way out to the whole problem.

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*Kang Ha-Neul

Which, I forgot to add, means that it isn't that Soah will die. Because she was "saved". She was "saved" by Hu-Ye from drowning. But since he's that god of death, her friend thought she was going to die bc she doesnt know who Huye is.

Still.. pretty anti climatic and so many loose ends to cover.

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Okay, what on earth just happened? Is it just me, or does it feel like things are just falling a part rather than wrapping up in the penultimate episode? Why was it so slice of lifey when there are so many issues to address? It may be since I was expecting more story, but I really struggled to get through this episode for the first time since the series began.

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Plus a whole new issue at the end of the episode when there were already so many questions that need to be answered. Pshaw.

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Probably because it fizzled too fast. For a while, we had the tension between the gods (for various reasons) and Hu-ye building up. I was genuinely invested and worried Hu-ye was gonna go Dark Side, or alternatively, that someone was gonna die.

Then they resolved that. Ok. Fine. But what's left? Habaek's powerlessness was never that much of a thing. The 'what-happens-if-he-doesn't-become-king' is barely talked about. Granted, I'm obviously one of those 'watched this for Hu-ye' people, but I really don't see much of a hook left: they invested a lot of time building up to that conflict, but once it all came together, including Bi-ryum's issues with Habaek, the untold story behind the servant line and so on, all I have left are little tantalising-but-woefully underdeveloped mysteries. Like, they tried to throw us a hook about So-ah's father, but it's hard to bite when it's not baited.

For me, it's not so much a sense that things are falling apart as that the story just overdeveloped one conflict at the expense of others, and once that was resolved, there's just not enough momentum to keep me super invested.

*Fair warning: I watched a super enjoyable RM episode this week, so maybe I've just been ruined in terms of being able to enjoy any BOTWG this week.

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Yep, almost nothing was happening that I just fast forwarded through a couple of scenes, thinking I could just update myself through lollypip's recap. Turned out I still didn't even miss much.

For a penultimate episode, I thought it was completely underwhelming. Oh well. :)

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Lol to the scene when Habaek poured a metal kettle of water on his head-- so nerdy!

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I love how So Ah calls him on watching too many dramas/movies when he does stuff like that.

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If ever an episode could be described as spinning it's wheels, this would be it... ugh. No movement at all.

What water-related idiom would best describe it?

Ran out of steam?
Dead in the water?
Still waters [in this case DON'T] run deep?

At this point, I'm just holding out for a happy ending.

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Dull as dishwater (this episode, at least)? ?

Anyway, I completely agree with you that I'm just holding out for a happy ending.

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Stagnant
Slack
Sluggish
Lethargic
Dead

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The Swamp Thing does nothing.

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Run aground, becalmed...

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"I don’t feel that Hu-ye is really in love with her."

you and me both. the scene where Hu-ye revealed to Habaek that he wanted Soo-ah more than anything was just confusing. did i miss some previous episode ? how does he get there from just meet a couple of times with very basic conversation to 'I am obsessed with this girl' ? I don't even think Habaek, the main lead, is obsessed with this girl. although, i do believe Habaek really really really cares about her (i melt everytime Habaek waiting for her and his looks when he sees her arrive. it's small thing, but you know) . if the story have been presented well, i think their love story could have been great. unlike some drama where OTPs fall in love due to "dramatized circumstances/arrangement", these two just fall in love cause they living together and somehow him/her existence grows in her/him. i always like the fact that Habaek since day one always sworn to protect her, and it's not due to his feeling, cause he's just that kind of man or, well, god. i think that's what drawn Habaek to her, is his sense of responsibility. and I like how the show delivers Soo-ah character far from dilly dally girl, or the heroine who always playing the victim, instead she is constantly portraying as a girl who keep her one foot on the ground even though she is loved by the most powerful person in universe. other than that, the show is still pretty much flat to me...lol. oh, but the soundtrack Glass Bridge is really good. every time it is played, i just feel heartbreaking, more like shattered glass.

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I like your description of why Habaek loves Soo Ah because I've been wondering why he fell in love with her so early, and why HuYe would be in love with her as well. Both men mostly feel to me like Soo Ah is the only human girl they ever met, hence "love" ensued. Not convincing for me.

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I was very bored watching this episode. There wasn't any urgency, neither was there any tragic I-am-talking-around-in-circles-but-am-agonized-over-our-inevitable-parting , that conversation at the table where he picks at his food and So-Ah is all brave and brash in front of him, but dissolves in tears after he leaves, well, I didn't feel the earth move. My eyes? Dry as a bone, um, bones.

The entire episode was just so dull and draggy, a repeat of the same old, same old Angry Mura and Cute Wicked Bi-Ryeom. They had a long scene where they talked about the fans and gifts and I zoned out. Even Hu Ye wilted under the strain of this dreary plot and suddenly became all uncle-ly, with a fond uncle-ly twinkle in his eye for So-Ah and, whoa, even Habaek! That's when I knew the episode's a goner, cos Hu Ye's fire has all fizzled out, and when they went a-planting, together, that was it. I plopped over my laptop and snored while waiting for something to happen, a bird to drop dead on Habaek's head, or piranhas to fly through the air, you know...SOMETHING!!!! But nothing happened. The plot just plodded on and on and on and on...it was like History lessons again, and my History teacher's voice droning on and on and on and everything just dissolving into a fuzzy cloud of boredom.

The part where Habaek insinuated that they had the house to themselves and they could stay up all night, I sat up a bit, I wasn't even that interested, but anything is better than nothing, but, again, nothing happened.

The only two parts where I stirred, was the Secretary Min and Jaya interchange, these two are still alive, and normal, thank the stars. The other scene was the cliffhanger where Yeom-Mi showed up and FINALLY tells us what Soon-Ah said in the dream. I sat up at that point, but whoa, the screen freezes and that's it. End of Episode 15. I watched the entire episode and nothing happened until the last 5 minutes. Great.

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I thought Hu Ye's reaction to JaYa and Secretary Min was one of the top moments of the episode. And on a shallow note, JaYa's yellow dress was amazing.

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"I'm not the type of person that holds people back." I suddenly saw myself in so ah in that dinner scene. When did we become so guarded and frozen? I'm so glad she met habaek and the progress she made for herself, that she's a kind, helpful, and lovable person.
My only complain would be with the writer, I expected more riveting storytelling with the material she had, and the tempo has been mostly placid, but I really like most of the characters and the love story she's created. I hope it ends well.

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Habaek....

Okay let's do this In steps ...
1) I demand that moora's stylist , become my everlasting soulmate so that he/she can dress me forever ....

2) Horrible blouses that even my grand mother would burn were at a minimum ....

3) I knew that habaek's reason to stay up , wouldn't be the reason why so ah's toes were standing at attention ... Which is why the next scene with MR and BR had my mind looking for the gutters but moora had to drag me out by my hair ( girl let my ship sail and give (BR a chance T^T)

4) The I AM A KING had me in splits ... LMAO ... And how HY responded wasn't helping , guys just give habaek some money to spend I beg of you ...

5) The first reason why I stayed and continued watching this show was because of the HB and MR relationship ... It was the scene where habaek said that everyone needed someone to be unconditionally on their side and he was that person to moora ... This had me thinking what kInd of friends where they ?? They seem to know everything about each other ( know what buttons to push) , trust each other and care about each other but still act like frenemys and are only ever serious when need be ( the whole money thing ) .... I love them , but please guys do (justice this time as a friend( still not over moora saying HB was always indifferent to BR but he still went to ask for favours) .... HB and MR remind me of a saying that goes " my sibling an I share only two types of relationships -am going to kill you- and - where do you need help hiding the dead body- there is no in-between " ... How she is worried about him being hurt or dying but still has fun with poor HB

6) The ease at which BR let slip that if HB doesn't return he will die had me going ... WAIT WHAT ??? Why are we only getting this into now ?? When we are at the end ....

7) I like jaya , her work ability ( being professional and doing what needs to be done ) and her attempt at growth through the secretary ...

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With all of that "open marriage" and "polyamory" happening in the realm of gods (according to habaek) I seriously side eye the homophobia last ep. Would Habaek really continue to not have his powers rather than have one tiny peck from that minor god?
Also, again with the "loose godly morals", why do they only kiss when they have the house to themselves. With him having come back to love her and both of them being adults, I just find it odd...

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How was Habaek homophobic? I know plenty of straight men that would not want to kiss another and yet they arent homophobic.

Besides, kissimg him would have only removed the hunger curse. Not give him back his powers.

And I think they wouldn't sleep together bc a) it would make them more emotionally attached, b) dont want demi god babies, or c) they do but obviously it wont be on korean screens

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I was going to save this comment for the last episode since not much is going to change between now and then, but I realized that I might not even watch the last episode so here goes.
This drama feels like really bad sex. You wait and wait for a climax but nothing ever happens, meanwhile the other person (the writer in this analogy) grunts and grunts and thinks they're doing a great job.

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I don't think it's that bad. At least we're looking at NJH while we do it ?

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I guess that's good if you like Nam Joo-hyuk.

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The analogy is hilariously apt.

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Ha-baek will die if he doesn't go back. Maybe, but wouldn't it be convenient if he would only die slowly, like 40 or 50 years.

Meanwhile, the repetition that gods can't bring the dead back to life means some (attempt at) big drama in the final ep. Surprise! :)

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Here's my thing, why doesn't So-ah just go with him? It's not like she has much going for her on earth anyway. I feel like this whole conflict isn't riveting enough. She's always wanted to get away from South Korea, so she clearly doesn't have any reason to stay.

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I imagined that if she went with him, there would be huge stigma since what happened with Nak-bin the last time. Like, "Oh hey, remember what happened the last time we let a girl you loved live with us?"

Queen Mother-In-Law probably wouldn't be cool with that at all. But even as I type this, I'm thinking: well, wow, it would've been nice to be shown that. We hear a bit about Nak-bin and all but why spend the air time showing us the past if the only thing Nak-bin apparently ties into is why Hu-ye is extremely persona non grata rather than mildly disgraceful to the gods?

I mean, we do get to hear a bit of it from Mu-ra and Bi-ryum with regard to how Nak-bin affected them, but I guess I don't really see it that much at all with Habaek and it's a good chance to ramp up on that conflict.

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I kinda feel like that's where they could have gone if they had more episodes. Habaek taking her for his wife in the god realm and her having to deal with the queen mother and all the other gods who don't want her there because of what happened in the past.

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I think for the final episode I'll just wait for Lollypip's recap, and then skip through the episode until I find all of Hu-Ye's scenes. He's the only one I care about at this moment......

Oh, and maybe Secretary Min and Jaya.

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I thought they'd either mentioned or hinted several times in previous episodes if he didn't go back he would "disappear". Though they've never shown it as this big existential issue or anything.

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I may be weird but I really liked this drama..... I like the plot, it was different in its own way, though unnecessarily long (have to admit that) but good not the best......
As for the finnale could'nt really belive the series is over.....
I will miss this drama and Hae baek ???

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I'll be on the weird bus with you. I loved the way NJK played Habaek. Will really miss it.

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I also dropped at epi 12! Found the storyline bland and without the deeper characterization to draw me deeper into their lives and world. The premise of the story could have been outstandingly gripping, but the structure in which it played out left me uninterested.

Ironically I come to dramabean for the recaps and will probably catch the gist of the ending here. Sorry, but in the end I don't really care.

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I too agree that the story could have been better. With such a good premise, they could have stretched it to 20 episodes and given us more - especially in the god realm.
I too love the Soah/Habaek moments. I love that he can get her all hot and bothered. I still keep thinking of her "Why?' Lol!
That breakfast scene was pure gold. I could tell what was going on when I watched it raw and was cracking up laughing then. Then when I went back to watch with subs, it was the best!

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I feel this drama being wasted, that should be so many interesting story can be built for all of the characters, but they just keeping the story on knee high, so sad that this potential story being wasted. I like the cast, and that make me so much sorry for them to be in this story. This story can be a lot better, really.. So sad.

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OK..wait...I picked up on at least 2 other references before ep 15.
to Ha-Beck HAVING to go back to be King becuase if he didn't he would cease to exist. I agree, they were to closed fisted and murkey w/revealing important facts about history that would have explained some present situations, but, I did not find that fact soooo annoying it caused me to drop the show. I've always enjoyed the show and feel it has had several sparking moment. I've enjoyed the humor very much, even the occassional understated, though grownup, silliness. When they were trying to get a good selfie, that was so true to life and it was great seeng 2 really good looking people getting continuously stupid looking selfie pics. During the breakfast scene w/his rival, when Ha- Beak screamed "I AM A KING!" it cracked me up! The rolling scene on the floor after they were exhausted from cleaning was so cute and I was sooo envious of her fabulously being boxed in by that good looking, large framed, young man. She did that scene reallly well, just adorable.
I don't get all the "threw it to the curb" attitude from so many flippant viewers. To each there own, but, it is a better production than some are giving it credit for, in my opinion. Perfect...nope, great...not exactly, but, worth the watch despite it's flaws, definatetly.

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I think the writer has lost it... it being the story ? It is going nowhere... I am glad I have dropped watching in ep 12, only come here for recaps. Thanks Lollipop for writing such a good recap... I don't really care much about the ending anymore, whatever whatever is fine with me! I started with great enthusiasm, but I was wrong. it's very disappointing to watch a powerless self-proclaimed king with no one listening to him and an unskilled psychiatrist who cannot maintain an office, this couple of losers is truly a pain to watch... I am glad it is finally almost over ?

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What a waste of good actors. The story has so much potential too. What a disappointment.

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Why do I have this feeling that this episode ahould be on the first 5, its coming to an end and yet seems like it just being started. I have a high expectation on this drama buy it fails me on each episode

There nothing wrong with actors here they just play their plot but the story itself is too weak considering

The most interesting character for me here is yu-hee

Too bad it already end and there are a lot of hole and unanswered question like what happened to the cheese in the trap

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I'm not sure how strong IJH's fandom is but I sure hope someone will make a cut of all Huye scenes... I would love to watch Huye scenes again without having to fast forward so much~ And probably Mura too (minus Biryum)

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You're in luck: a IJH fansite has curated several posts with cuts of strictly Hu-ye scenes from BOTWG. Just use the tags on the sidebar to find it, or scroll down from the first post--one of them is the post right after.

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It's also worth noting that said site has been clipping comments about IJH's performance as Hu-ye from the Dramabeans comments and putting it in a separate post, hahaha. I guess we really made the site owner's day!

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i'm in the middle of ep 14 and that KISS --- ummm, i'm wondering if that is why he and Lee Sung Kyung broke up....
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My theory is this- they were expecting a big hit. It started to pretty low ratings so the budget got scaled WAY back. There was an actual plot planned but they'd couldn't afford to actually pull it off because it would require too much CGi and sets.

With 14ish episodes left to fill somehow, they said "screw it, we'll make a bunch of bottle episodes in just So-Ah's house. Kisses are free... let's film a ton of kisses and hope for the best!"

I actually feel bad for the actors. They may not be virtuoso talents, but the script and loose plotting magnified any deficiency and hung them out to dry. <- Water joke! Badda bing!!

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Honestly, no matter how much people don't like this drama, I always loved it through out. Not that the pacing issues never affected my viewing experience, but they just never bothered me much? I wanted a drama about love, and that is what I got. So I can't really complain. I have been in a drama rut for a couple months now and this is the only drama I've been able to keep up with without giving up. No matter what, this drama has been beautiful to me despite its glaring flaws, I feel like it has a heart that I will not forget quickly.

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It was supposed to be impressive since the story is about extraodinary character, however in most episodes habaek became too powerless or useless in the story.

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I was worried that DH and I were getting old since one or both of us kept falling asleep during every episode of this show. The soundtrack is rather soothing...

So much time is spent doing nothing and random things pop up with no explanation. But I agree that the breakfast scene was perfect. If they could write that well - what happen with all the other episodes??

Viewing the finale tonight... hoping to stay awake!

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I just love you for that comment "..And I do think if he loved her, Im Joo hwan would make us feel that" cause he is such a good actor that we have so much faith in his. I agree with all of your comments, but that one was the best

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Can someone explain the part about Lady Yuhwa thing? I don't get it :(

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