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Live Up to Your Name: Episode 16 (Final)

Grab a tissue box (or two) and buckle up, because this last hour is a doozy! Our couple has been through a lot together, but now they must face the ultimate test: being apart. Whenever time travel is involved, relationships become all the more tricky, and we’ve known from the start that sacrifices would have to be made. The question is, will Im and Yeon-kyung’s decision to let each other go be their final act of love? Or will that magical thread of fate pull through one last time?

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

We open on Im pumping up and down vigorously while Yeon-kyung’s voice barks at him to push harder. The noise can be heard downstairs, where Jae-sook and Byung-ki listen quizzically. Joining them, Grandpa wonders if Im and Yeon-kyung are fighting.

In actuality, Yeon-kyung is teaching Im how to perform CPR by using a dummy. He whines when she quizzes him on the procedure, coyly suggesting that she let him demonstrate on her instead. Brushing him aside, Yeon-kyung remains focused on the lesson, and Im pouts. He demands to know why he needs to learn this and Yeon-kyung rounds on him, arguing that it’s worth learning when it can save more lives.

Smiling, Im gently points out that he’s capable of saving lives without CPR, and when Yeon-kyung starts to argue, he leans in for a quick peck on the lips. He draws back with a smile, but Yeon-kyung flashes back to the previous night at Namsan Tower.

She had urged him to return, because while Seoul was not at war and had no shortage of doctors, medicine, or food, Joseon needed his help desperately. All she had asked was that he gave her three days before he went.

In the present, Im plays with his phone while Yeon-kyung pours over stacks of books and sticky notes. Holding two up, she begins to ask which Im would rather do first, but she stops when her eyes fall on Im’s phone, where he has sketched a young woman in traditional clothes. Initially jealous, Yeon-kyung criticizes Im’s taste and lists off the woman’s faults, only to backpedal when Im tells her that the drawing is of her. Hee.

They bicker over which sticky note event to do, finally choosing a movie, and they cuddle close as an old black-and-white film plays. The next event involves grocery shopping, and the two squabble loudly as they put on their shoes. Then shove each other on their way out the door as the bewildered Hyemninseo household looks on. Wait, is the objective to have a lover’s quarrel? Ha!

Still at each other’s throats, Im and Yeon-kyung return home with their haul. They don’t even seem to notice Grandpa & Co. as they argue their way into the house, over dramatically kicking their shoes across the yard.

However, Im and Yeon-kyung are back to normal by the time they proudly present dinner. Jae-sook wonders at the occasion, and Im explains that he had just realized they’d never sat down for a meal together. When asked how the food is, Grandpa and Jae-sook manage to fib, although their expressions betray them when Im and Yeon-kyung look away. Only Byung-ki is brutally honest as he asks if the food is fit for human consumption.

After dinner, Yeon-kyung zips herself up into a beautiful dress, her eyes glistening with tears as she applies some makeup. Im impatiently adjusts his suit and wonders what’s taking her so long, but when she emerges moments later, he can only stare at her with a mixture of awe and sorrow.

Ah! They’re taking family photos! Everyone gathers in front of the camera, and Yeon-kyung shuffles quickly between Grandpa and Im before the timer runs down. They take multiple shots of the entire Hyeminseo crew, and then some of just Grandpa with Yeon-kyung and Im. Finally, only Im and Yeon-kyung remain. After a stiff initial shot, Im and Yeon-kyung make a series of playful poses. Only the final shot reveals the bittersweet nature of the whole affair as the pair stand side by side, smiling through their tears.

That night, Im lies awake, staring at the needle case. When he hears Yeon-kyung step out of her room, he feigns sleep as she lies down beside him. Putting an arm around him, a tear finally escapes her eye. Im opens his own eyes and takes her hand in his as he tries to hold his own tears back.

He finally turns toward her, and they stare at each other a moment before he pulls her into his arms, gently brushing away her tears. He pulls her closer, and she buries her face in his chest to sleep while behind them, another crack forms on the needle case.

The next day, Jae-ha is surprised when Im visits his office. Claiming to have developed shoulder pain from his recent dates with Yeon-kyung, Im sits down for treatment and begs Jae-ha to go easy on him. Jae-ha retorts that he hasn’t even stuck the needle in yet, and Im advises him not to put it there anyway. Jae-ha wonders why Im came if he didn’t trust him, but Im just grumbles good-naturedly about the treatment of an ancestor from a descendant and slyly makes a bid for a refreshment.

Handing Im an iced coffee (which he gleefully sips), Jae-ha notes that they look to be close in age and asks how long Im has been so talented with needles. Im replies that he’s been good since the beginning, but at Jae-ha’s shocked expression, he admits he was only teasing. Because he’s treated so many patients since becoming a doctor, Im is unsure exactly when he became so skilled.

Baffled, Jae-ha asks how many patients Im could’ve possibly treated and is stunned to discover that Im treated dozens of patients a day, sometimes more than a hundred, for ten straight years. In awe, Jae-ha recalls learning that Im lacks fingerprints on his thumb and forefinger. Im replies that you can’t get anything for free, causing Jae-ha to call him a show-off.

Smiling, Im pats Jae-ha on the knee and tells him that he has a good heart and will do well as a doctor. Jae-ha immediately picks up on Im’s intention for this to be a farewell visit and asks about Yeon-kyung. Im asks Jae-ha to look after her, emphasizing that he should do so as a younger brother. Jae-ha smiles ruefully, and Im says he has one more request, but we don’t get to hear it.

Back at the clinic, Grandpa hears sobs coming from Yeon-kyung’s room and lets himself inside. Squatting next to her on the floor, he takes her hand, and Yeon-kyung is unable to pretend she’s okay any longer. She pleads with Grandpa to let her accompany Im, and he cradles her as tears well up in his own eyes.

Meanwhile, Im has overheard everything and stands on the other side of the door weeping, only to be discovered when Grandpa finally emerges. They share a silent moment before Grandpa turns to go into his own room and, taking a deep breath, Im steps into Yeon-kyung’s. She looks up as he enters, and he smiles at her.

Kneeling beside her, Im gently says that he’ll forget her tears and only remember her smile. Taking her hand, he presses the calming acupuncture point while he speaks.

Im: “If you give me what I cannot take there, there is not enough space for what I really should take with me. Your hand that held a scalpel. You in a lab coat. Your heart towards your patients. Those are things I will take with me. Just remember this. My heart that beats… because of you.”

Drying her tears, Im leans in, and they share a gentle kiss. When he pulls back, they stare soulfully into each other’s eyes for a moment before embracing.

Afterward, Im walks around the house, remembering all the times they shared. He eventually makes his way to the yard and thinks of his promise to stay by Yeon-kyung’s side, while she watches from the house.

Finally, dressed in his traditional garb, Im stands outside to say his goodbyes. He tells Jae-sook that he brewed her some tea (for her liver), adding that he thinks Byung-ki is a much better man than her “Chul-soo” that he hasn’t met. He asks her to look after his “mother” and “brother,” which she promises to do. He also tells Byung-ki that women prefer straightforward men and then thanks them both for everything.

Turning to Grandpa, Im drops to the ground and offers a formal bow, but when he starts to speak, Grandpa cuts him off. Undeterred, Im urges Grandpa to be healthy, and Grandpa promises to stay with Yeon-kyung for a long time. Satisfied, Im says goodbye and goes to Yeon-kyung, who is waiting for him.

Pulling Yeon-kyung’s sweater closed around her, Im tells her, “Thank you for joining me in this strange destiny.” Placing a hand over his heart, Yeon-kyung muses that he won’t have to hurt anymore, and taking her hand in his, Im apologizes for not keeping his promise to her. Yeon-kyung replies that she won’t be waiting for him.

Swallowing back his tears, Im tells her goodbye. He turns to go, but Yeon-kyung grabs his hand as he walks past. She struggles for a minute to speak, but then she tells him that he’ll be lonely alone, and that she’ll stay with him.

They stand facing each other as Im pulls out his needle and aims it at his heart. He hesitates, but Yeon-kyung puts her hands over his, and together, they force the needle into his chest. The process is slow and extremely painful for both of them, and Yeon-kyung shakes her head even as she helps Im push the needle further.

Finally, she can’t watch any longer and pulls Im into her embrace. The hold each other for the last time before she releases him, and when the camera pans out, Im has disappeared and Yeon-kyung sinks to the ground. (*sniff*)

It’s raining in Joseon and Im takes deep, raspy breaths as the pain continues to throb in his chest. In both timelines, Im and Yeon-kyung reach out towards each other one more time as tears streak down their faces, both of them crying in anguish.

Cut to: An active battlefield, where Im runs along a wall. A nearby explosion knocks him to the ground and his ears ring as he looks at the carnage around him. He quickly runs over when a soldier is shot, promising to save the man even as many more are slain around them.

Im: “My world where I left you by yourself. This land has become… a land full of death, pain, and screams everywhere. There are more lives that I am not able to save than the ones that I am. I am facing their death and pain like it is my fate. I am weak… in front of war.”

As Im narrates, scenes flash by of him removing a bullet the way he’d seen Yeon-kyung do, walking through the battlefields and kneeling down next to a man only to discover that he’s already dead, holding the hand of a man that’s past the point of saving, and then watching another soldier throw the dead into a fire.

Time passes, and Im’s hair has grown out. Sitting with other exhausted men, he stares at some flowers, and, thinking of Yeon-kyung, he draws a heart on the ground.

Im: “I cannot stop this journey… because there are people who do not give up and wait for me. When I lose a patient and cannot even cry, I think about it. Could we save more patients with the medical technology from your world?”

In the modern day, Yeon-kyung runs into the emergency room as patients arrive. One of them needs immediate surgery, but despite her best efforts, he dies on the operating table. The scenes flash through her asking a different patient to clench their fist, her holding a woman having a fit, and finally, her watching another doctor perform CPR on a patient being wheeled by on a gurney.

Yeon-kyung: “No. There are still a lot of lives we can’t save at this place where medical technology has made great progress. Sometimes, unexplainable miracles happen. However, I know… that those aren’t miracles. As you said, life and death are predestined. Doctors are doing their best every day to prevent a single death in the middle of life or death.”

Snow falls as Im treats soldiers on the frozen battlegrounds. He takes a moment to sit and massage some feeling back into his frigid toes, looking around at the men huddled together against the freezing cold. Taking a bite of a rice ball, we hear his voiceover once more saying, “Are you crying today in your world because you lost someone you must have saved?”

As she sinks down to rest in a hallway, staring at her hands, Yeon-kyung’s voiceover replies, “How many deaths have you faced today in your world?”

In both timelines, Yeon-kyung and Im ask each other if they’re okay.

The war finally over, Im makes his rounds of house calls. After reviving a female slave and promising her anxious husband and son that she’ll recover, Im steels himself for his next patient.

Having contracted an illness during the evacuation, the minister of war has now been reduced to a shadow of his former self. Remembering the horrors inflicted by this man, Im’s expression hardens, but he offers to treat him anyway. The minister is untrusting, but when Im moves to leave, he begs to be saved. Im shakes off the haunting memories and checks the minister’s pulse.

The illness is too advanced for Im to save him, but he does his best to relieve the pain as he thinks back to Doo-chil’s admission that although he knew Im could not save his mother, he had wanted her to feel better before she died. He leaves knowing that he did his best and moves on to the next house on his list.

Back in the present, dishes crash to the floor as a result of a teenage patient’s tantrum. Yeon-kyung arrives and calmly tells the intern to get better food and have someone clean up the mess. The teenage girl huffs, frustrated and embarrassed, and Yeon-kyung leaves with a small smile of satisfaction, fondly touching the bracelet Ha-ra had chosen for her.

That night, the girl’s attempts to sneak out are foiled by the appearance of Yeon-kyung on her way out. Noting the upcoming surgery, Yeon-kyung asks where she’s going. Defensively, the girl says it’s none of Yeon-kyung’s business, asking if she’s going to stop her. Shaking her head, Yeon-kyung says they’ll go together and holds up her car keys enticingly.

Dumbfounded, the girl doesn’t respond, and Yeon-kyung takes the opportunity to send her back for her heart monitor, since it’s the only thing she doesn’t have in her bag.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held at the hospital for the opening of a child cardiology center. Afterward, Director Shin approaches Yeon-kyung to compliment her on her PhD. He praises her hard work and turns to Professor Hwang, who agrees that she’s indispensable.

Director Shin goes on to say that Ha-ra’s mother donated a lot of money and wonders how he should repay Yeon-kyung’s efforts. Replying that it wasn’t for him, but for sick children like Ha-ra, Yeon-kyung humbly requests that Director Shin work hard so that there aren’t any children who can’t get treatment due to lack of money. Director Shin is ruffled by her frankness, but Yeon-kyung says that it’s a message from Ha-ra’s mother.

Having said all she needed, Yeon-kyung excuses herself, and as she walks away, we now see that the banner reads “Donated by Oh Ha-ra” underneath. Smiling, she promises to see her again soon and blows a heart-kiss at the banner.

Outside, Yeon-kyung teases Man-soo about her PhD, but he says he’s happy not to work like her. He thinks that operating on patients everyday is no way to live, and she retorts that a doctor is nothing without patients and operations. When Jae-ha arrives, she runs off to meet him, but not before handing Man-soo a conciliatory candy.

Jae-ha hands Yeon-kyung a wedding invitation for the homeless ajusshi’s son, and we learn that he still visits the homeless at Seoul Station. Apparently, this was Im’s second request, but Jae-ha says that although that’s how he started, he genuinely enjoys going now.

Returning to Joseon, we find Im back at Hyeminseo, where he’s currently treating a patient with a nasty boil. Brandishing a sharp instrument, Im instructs the horrified patient to be still and gleefully punctures the affected area. It’s super gross.

Mak-gae calls for the “superintendant” to come out, and Im grumbles as he steps out to find he has two visitors. Instantly recognizing the Japanese general (who now goes by Kim Chung-seon, and was a real historical figure who defected to Joseon), Im is pleased to also see the Japanese soldier he’d saved. Im tells Chung-seon that he’d heard of a Japanese general defecting with his soldiers but hadn’t realized it was him.

Chuckling, Chung-seon replies that he had also heard of a Korean doctor that had gone to the battlefields and saved many people. Im wonders aloud how they ended up on the same side, and the other man says that they merely chose the life that suited them.

Chung-seon asks how Yeon-kyung is doing, and Im grows wistful as he replies that he thinks she’s doing well. Shocked to discover that they’ve separated, Chung-seon muses that the two of them were beautiful together.

Behind Hyeminseo, Im thinks of Yeon-kyung as he draws a heart in the dirt. When Yeon-yi surprises him from behind and asks about the drawing, Im explains that it’s a heart that symbolizes both the organ and the emotions when you like others. Yeon-yi nods and then asks when she can start learning medicine.

Im starts to tell her that she can when she’s older, but Yeon-yi runs off, and Im is a bit put out to see her cheerfully greeting Heo Jun as he grumbles that he saved her and didn’t get a hug.

Yeon-yi excitedly tells Heo Jun that she’ll become a better doctor than Im, who scoffs and argues that she clearly does not know who he is. But Heo Jun disagrees and says that Im is the superintendent of Hyeminseo… and has been for ten years. Hee.

Im mutters that there’s someone to blame for that, but Heo Jun plays innocent. Im asks why he’s here and discovers that the king has an affliction none of his doctors can treat. Heo Jun says that he recommended Im, though he jokingly wonders aloud if he made the right choice while Im gives him the side-eye.

On his way to see the king, Im is stopped by a man with a dying child. The accompanying royal physician tries to push through, but Im instructs Mak-gae to take them inside. The physician balks at Im’s audacity, but Im points out that the people are the king’s responsibility before walking off to treat the child. With the techniques he learned from Yeon-kyung, Im deftly stitches up the deep wound, saving the boy’s life.

At the palace, the king asks about the child, and when Im confirms that he survived, the king declares the matter dropped. As for Im’s past transgression, Heo Jun speaks up for him, and Im is permitted to administer his treatment.

Thinking back on the war and the king’s cowardly retreat, Im tells the king that ringing in the ears is also called “the crying of the heart” because only the patient knows the pain they’re experiencing. “I hope that the crying of your heart is tears of atonement and consolation for the innocent people who died because of the war,” Im thinks. This time around, Im experiences no tremors, and impressed, the king has Im promoted.

Afterward, Im laments to Heo Jun that this long-awaited promotion was not for saving lives in the war, but for treating a small illness of the king. Sagely, Heo Jun replies, “Important rewards are not given meaninglessly like that. Special gifts visit you when you desperately want it. That is a good reward.”

Regardless, Im says that he’ll catch up with Heo Jun quickly. The latter scoffs that he’s three levels above Im and that their descendants hold him in higher regard, causing them both to laugh.

Producing the candy Yeon-kyung had given him, Heo Jun says that he can’t bring himself to eat it. “They will know how we live,” Heo Jun says, “But we have no way to find out how they live.” He also wonders if Grandpa is okay.

Cutting to modern day Seoul, (former) Director Ma pays Grandpa a visit, along with a bottle of soju. Director Ma jokes that he’s even busier now that he’s unemployed, and Grandpa agrees that he looks healthier. Admitting that it’s thanks to giving up his greed and false reputation, Director Ma takes the opportunity to ask Grandpa for a job. Ha!

Nearby, Jae-sook watches them wistfully, and Byung-ki comments that she only just stopped drinking. She laments that since her liver isn’t hers anymore, she’s drinking with her eyes. Byung-ki titters on about her teas and she wonders aloud if she should still marry him or not, to which he gleefully replies that the invitations have already been printed.

Having successfully finished another surgery, Yeon-kyung looks to Nurse Jung, who shoots her a thumbs up from the viewing room. Smiling, Yeon-kyung returns the gesture, but then her eyes fall on the space to Nurse Jung’s right, where Im had stood and watched her operate on Ha-ra.

Noticing the drop in her mood, Nurse Jung suggests that Yeon-kyung go clubbing. Yeon-kyung asks if Nurse Jung would like to join her, but after an embarrassing display of dance moves by the latter, they decide against it.

Yeon-kyung then asks what she should do when she misses someone. Nurse Jung quickly replies that she should go see them, but upon noting Yeon-kyung’s expression, she amends that when that isn’t possible, she should see them from her heart.

In both timelines, Im and Yeon-kyung sit down to eat by placing their chopsticks behind their ear. Im flashes back to Yeon-kyung telling him to count to 200 for his ramyun while she remembers his promise to return to her before she could count to 200. They both begin counting and think back to the night they shared their first kiss.

Im gives Mak-gae a stack of texts and tells her to study for next year’s medical exam. Pouting, she hugs the books to her chest, and Im tuts that it’s not enough to pick up the skills—she shouldn’t run errands forever. Mak-gae asks about women becoming doctors in Yeon-kyung’s world, muttering that it must be nice. Out of earshot, Im wonders when she’ll be able to live as a woman.

A young boy runs up to offer Im some food as thanks before joyfully greeting Mak-gae. Suddenly, a board collapses beneath one of the medicine racks, sending them toppling over in a domino effect headed straight for Mak-gae.

Pushing the child aside, Im grabs a hold of Mak-gae, shielding her just in time as the collapsing shelf sends them toppling over the side of the pavilion.

While treating the homeless in a temporary medical station, Yeon-kyung looks up… to see Im walking toward her(!). Inspecting his wounds, tears fall down Yeon-kyung’s face as she asks how he injured himself.

He says he was on his way to meet someone, claiming to have fallen off his bike. He admits that he missed her and apologizes for being late, and Heo Jun’s words about rewards can be heard as the camera pans to show the magical needle case, now completely intact and blank once more.

Later, Im asks if Yeon-kyung missed him. Ignoring the question, she asks if he’ll be here for a little while, but Im proclaims that he’s going to live with her, which gets a mixed reception. Suddenly nervous, Im asks if she has a boyfriend, to which she craftily replies that she has many male friends.

Confused, Im tries to sort out whether there’s a difference between a “male friend” or a “boyfriend,” but Yeon-kyung merely asks when he’s leaving as they continue to bicker playfully.

Epilogue. A terrified Mak-gae crawls out of an elevator, only to find herself in the middle of Shinhye Oriental Hospital. Wandering around in awe, she stumbles upon Jae-ha treating a patient. Wincing, she tells him he’s doing it wrong, and when he looks at her in confusion, she defends herself by citing Im’s teachings. Jae-ha recognizes the name, and Mak-gae beams to discover that he knows who she’s talking about. Noting her attire, Jae-ha realizes where she’s come from and lets out a stunned laugh while she surveys him curiously.

 
COMMENTS

Well, that’s all folks. Please check to make sure you have all your belongings with you as you exit the ride. We here at Dramabeans are not responsible for any tears, hearts, voices, or minds you may have lost during the course of the show.

And what a show this was! I can’t say I don’t have any complaints, but they are few, and they don’t detract from the overall positive feelings I have toward this show, which will forever hold a special place in my heart. Any show that can make me feel a real emotional connection with the characters is already a winner in my book, and if the boxes of tissues I went through are any indication, this show did its job.

I’ve said it before, but I really loved the time-travel execution in this show, which felt fresh and was a clearly well thought-out mechanic. We still might not know all the answers about the magic needle case, but the definition of magic allows some questions to be left unanswered, and in this case, that’s okay with me. Although I can’t help but wonder if the restoration of the case means that Im can once again go back and forth, or if it’s waiting for its next owner.

Another huge positive for me was the balance of the show because I felt invested throughout the entire run, regardless of what timeline we were in or which lead we were following around. And the writer’s use of side characters was refreshingly well done, because each served a purpose and none overstayed their welcome (except maybe Jin-oh). And while some might feel the mirroring effect was overdone, I think it worked beautifully with this show.

I loved how Im was faced with the same dilemma over again and this time was able to make the right choice, with no hesitation. It might be a bit on the nose, but it perfectly illustrates how much he’s grown as both a doctor and a person over the course of 16 episodes. As for Yeon-kyung, her trajectory was decidedly more understated but progressive all the same, and I feel like a proud parent as I watch these two ducklings march forth as happier, healthier people.

The entire cast did an outstanding job, especially our leads, who had such strong, natural, chemistry that I doubt anyone would be surprised if news broke tomorrow about a real-life romance. I’ve seen Kim Ah-joong before and been fond of her in her previous roles, but this was my first time watching Kim Nam-gil, and I was blown away. Im is such a delicate character that oscillates between deep, heart-wrenching emotion and unabashed goofiness. In a less talented actor’s hands, his character could have been a cartoonish train wreck, but Kim Nam-gil played him with such a believable finesse that I never once questioned Im’s sincerity… or sanity.

The only complaint I have worth mentioning is that while the ending was fitting and happy, I couldn’t help but wish for a bit more of an emotional payoff. After all those tears shed, for the OTP to reunite without even a kiss? I call poppycock!

On the upside, the epilogue was cute and satisfying, and all in all, I adored this drama from the bottom of my heart. I hope everyone else enjoyed this journey as much as I did. Now to go marathon Kim Nam-gil’s other dramas!

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Thank you @sunny for the recap, I kept on refreshing dramabeans just to make sure that I don't miss out on the finale recap 😅 The last episode really did it for me, I'm not ashamed to say that I've watched this episode more than 5 times and I still cry when Yeon Kyung was begging her grandfather to let her go with Heo Im 😭Both Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong have become my favourite OTP of all time and this drama has become my fav kdrama of all time in my 15 years of kdrama watch. Kudos to everyone involved in this drama as I loved every minute of it 🤗Show, as someone previously mentioned, you certainly Lived Up To Your Name 😍

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Arghh...that scene of YK begging for her grandfather to let her join Heo Im really highlighted KAJ's great acting. I felt YK's pain that I desperately wanted to embrace her. KAJ did justice to the role of YK, perhaps even elevated her. Further complimented by KNG's superb acting.

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KAJ really did a good job with the character Yeon Kyung. That character is so refreshing. Understanding, strong, smart and brave. So different from normal K-drama heroine.

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They were beautiful together. 'nuff said.

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Indeed they are!

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GOOD JOB EVERYONE FOR FINISHING THIS AMAZING RIDE! And thanks for the recaps I've been waiting. Oh god oh god oh god, to finally found my crack romcom in 2017, you don't know how surprised I was when I started this drama, episode by episode, and ended up NOT disappointed by any of its stuff. Plot and pace is great, characters are awesome, casts are amazing, and how they are able to exceed expectation is just pure gem. I really appreciate how this writer able to create an emotionally-wrecking and heart-wrenching without playing any noble idiocy card. This last episode just ties everything perfectly except! Yes, how could we not get any farewell OTP moments????? :( That aside, my fav scene this episode, from the entire drama actually, would be when they both push the needle through Im's heart. The emotion and the feels it stormed me with omg *cries*
Anyway, I feel so hung up at the needle case, though Im getting bruishes from the killing means it's different kind of time travel than the first one right? But does that mean they will be separated again??!
And well, I should trust any drama by these two and dispatch, where are you?

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I really like your last comment which was dispatch, where are you? 🤣 I'm not really into shipping actors together but this OTP is an exception, they truly do complement each other 😍

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Gah, you have to watch those behind-the-scenes videos they are ADORABLE :3

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They are SPAZZ-WORTHY.
I was not going to ship them until the last BTS was released on that Namsan Tower date scene. When Kim Nam Gil actually hugged Kim Ah Joong to keep her warm while waiting for the next taping....I DIE.
Bring it on Dispatch!!!!

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For me, it was the natural way that they just kept holding hands after the hug 😍 I just hope that if they don't end up together, they become buddies at least 😇

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I've been saving some of the BTS to savor later on, but I clearly need to watch this one asap! 😍

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Awww.... that BTS that sets so many shippers' hearts on fire.
1) KNG hugged KAJ to keep her warm.
2) KAJ hid her hand in his coat when they were "keeping each other's warm"
3) He had a hard time saying "I love you" out loud
4) KAJ sat on KNG's lap when when discussing the date scene which they in fact ad-libbed.
5) KNG caressed her hair during that date scene
6) Of course, the natural hand holdings and fingers intertwining.
That BTS definitely fan everything. Hyperventilating here.

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I also just hope they'll continue to be close. I don't know why, but whenever I come across leads with chemistry like this, I don't necessarily expect them to get together, but would love for them to, at least, have a Kate & Leo sort of friendship.

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Here I am, trying not to form expectations, and then Katniss goes and makes that impossible 🤣 How can I not ship them after reading that? Once I actually watch all the BTS, I'll probably be a goner 😅

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@Chandler I've re-watched the BTS many times, and I squeed over and over. What I love about this couple is that their off-screen chemistry sizzles not in big, flirty gestures, but in the little ways they show awareness and care for each other. Pretty much like their on-screen versions.

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@immawish, when I first watched the raw* ep. 16, I also wondered if Im's injuries were from the accident. Alas no, he said he fell off his bicycle (while rushing to find YK).

*I do not speak Korean. And yet, I watched raw episodes before the English sub because I revelled in our leads' expressive faces, pathos, and lovable goofy charm.

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Yep. just caught that, I thought Im was talking empty but looks like that's really what happened

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I also thought Im was just making it up, but now that you mentioned it, he did have a previous hilarious experience with a stolen bike that would explain his latest attempt to ride one. 😂😂😂

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AHHHHHH YES, that scene!! I didn't think my love for this drama or OTP could possibly grow so much more with just one moment, but it did!

Seriously. Such a powerful moment of sacrifice, made all the more beautiful and heart-wrenching because they faced it together. It felt like the last comfort they could give each other, to share that moment of final separation and goodbye, even if it meant also sharing the pain and hardship. I could feel so vividly how empty and lost they felt when they could no longer reach out to hold each other.

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YESSS!! the emotion were so complicated, they wanted to see each other until the very last moment. but Yeonkyung couldn't bare seeing him hurting like that and Im had to deal with letting Yeonkyung saw him hurting at their last moment. So it all open the gate to the flood of pain and heartbreak to us viewers

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I didn't take it as he got bruises from the killing though?

Some of his wounds are old, so obviously from the war, and a couple were new... which were from him falling off (a stolen bicycle) in his rush to meet the love of his life.

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"which were from him falling off (a stolen bicycle) in his rush to meet the love of his life."

- Not gonna lie, this was my favorite part about the ending scene 🤣 He's too adorable.

It's why I forgave the lack of a dramatic reunion scene. They went for something sweet and understated instead and I can respect that (even if I wanted more).

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If you've only seen the director's cut gallery!!! That's the only thing keeping me alive right now (now that LUTYN has ended </3). They have edited pictures of KAJ and KNG during their date scenes in ep 13 and put a dispatch sign in it. I guess our LUTYN staff also felt their oozing chemistry HAHAHAHAHHA i never thought they would do that.

AND I REALLY WISH THEY RELEASE THE BLU RAY!!!!!!!! I WOULD REALLY BUY THE COMPLETE SET IF THEY EVER RELEASE IT

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I like the "keeping me alive comment", literally me, also. I've been checking for announcements constantly even though I don't understand a thing.

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I didn't like this show in the begin but I'm so glad I continued watching it. What a ride! I love shows with which I can connect emotionally and this show did it! I cried my eyes out during the last episodes. This show had a great balance between comedy and seriousness. Actors were brilliant, all conflicts felt real and weren't forced or too dramatic. This show is one of my all time favourites 😊

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thank you for the recap Sunny! such an enjoyable series, thank goodness it was a happy ending :) kim nam gil <3

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OMG what a ride!!!! I love this drama so much, I cried and laughed and enjoyed every minute even if it wasn't perfect... The male lead is soooo good!!! that I'm going to watch all of his dramas and movies just becuase he is that good!!!

This drama is on my top five of this year and one of my all time dramas...

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Count me in! I'm not really into sageuk. But I will watch Queen Sendoek just for Kim Nam gil

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I heard his character was really memorable in that drama. I gotta look it up too.

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Queen Seon Deok is a legendary drama, its almost 10 years but you still keep hearing Bidam mentioned all the time connected to KNG name.

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And yes you should definitely look it up 😉

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Bidam is an icon in his own rights.
The fact that Bidam was meant only as secondary character and villain in the first place but Kim Nam Gil made him so endearing that the writers were forced to rewrite Silla history for him and pushed the original male lead Uhm Tae Woong to go crying at the corner. You talked about "whaaaoooo" here.

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The Great Queen Sendoek was my first Kdrama and still tops my long list of favorites. It s long but so worth the watch. I believe you will find KNG as Bidam one of the greatest roles in film history. Also, the music is unforgettable.

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It's definitely one of my top dramas for thus tear.

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Stupid fingers..."thus tear" = "this year"

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Unintended (?) cliffhanger.... I was wondering if Yeon-kyung would let go in time when Im was skewering himself if the prolonged hug would turn into a ticket back to Joseon.

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I was in fact prepared to point out the mistake if Yeon-kyung didn't let go and yet remained in Seoul. It was lovely how in small details like that there was at least consistency in the rules of time traveling. 😄

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Thank you @sunny ..Live up to your Name , LIVED and Surpassed all my expectations . For the first time this year i can honestly say that i did not waist one second of my life while watching it. J'Adore 100%%%%%...oh yes , i think tonight was 4th or 5th time i watched the ep 16 LOL

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Aargh it's over! I can't be happier with the ending but yes I also wanted their to be a bit more of an emotional reunion between them. Lol that epilogue though I wish mak gae could have come to the future a little earlier but oh well.

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I love the screencap photo and how you described that moment of pause before it was taken, when they were holding back their tears and just smiling. Such a lovely little moment. This show is really good at capturing that wistful feeling I love to have when watching romances like these. A lot of recappers occasionally leave out details like this, so thanks for including even the little things 😊

I also enjoyed all the themes explored and found that even the story turns that could have felt obvious to me were organically developed and emotionally involving. I particularly enjoyed the way the side-stories were integrated in this drama. It really did feel very balanced and satisfying throughout, with no threads really left hanging.

The leads took me through the fleeting happiness and ensuing angst and heartbreak seamlessly this hour and I'm honestly still reeling, as I just worked up the nerve to finish it. I need to resolve my feelings on everything else, but right now I can only feel ecstatic about our couple finding their way back to each other. I will say that so much about this resolution worked for me. While I still have to evaluate after watching again, I feel like this is an example of a pair that truly earned this final outcome.

I admit, the series of send-off scenes in the beginning had me so emotional when they finally separated that I also felt like I needed a few more extra minutes at the end. Like, I needed just one more full conversation between them, but I know that they probably couldn't find the words. That said, I loved the little bit of her playing hard to get and him adorably sticking to her, like gum ❤️

Not to mention, that epilogue was all sorts of awesome! This show, in particular, got me thinking how awesome it would be to have a time-travel drama with the heroine travelling to the future instead. I feel like so much could be explored, conflicts like the ones we briefly saw Mak-gae grappling with.

I'm not ready to say goodbye yet and might just need to rewatch from the beginning 😊

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Same here! I'm not ready to say goodbye. My slideshow of their screenshots, didn't help either. It's my withdrawal day 3. (I watched the last episode on Oct 2). Wishing that they produce director's cut with subtitles.

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Revolutionary Love won't be starting until Oct 14, so I keep hoping for a special BTS episode this week or something 😅

Definitely will be getting a director's cut for this, if they release it!

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Am a hater of separation angst in kdrama, but totally not the case in this drama. There is nothing idiotic and everything noble in their separation, and that makes it so sweetly poignant. But, the best part for me is both of them are actually strong enough to survive the angst! I think it will stay with me for a long time, that they love each other enough to let go, yet they keep the love alive by making it their strength to go on living day by day. Have total faith that even if destiny didn't give these two the chance to meet again, they will be able to fully "live up to their name" because of their encounter.
Love the epilogue and thinking maybe Yeon-kyung will join Heo-im in Joseon for a happy ever after, trading place with Mak-gae ^^
Thanks to all the recapper for an enjoyable ride!

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I love love love this drama. First time seeing Kim Nam Gil in Romantic Comedy as I always saw him in Action drama and most of his character in the drama DIED!!! I love their chemistry and hoping for season 2 of this drama. It felt like their love story is not yet finish and want to see Jae Ha and Mak Gae's interaction on the second season. All in all great drama, great cast nice story and lovable OST

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It cracked me up in this one that Kim Nam Gil was finally alive at the end of the drama, but the plot hinged on him being killed over and over and over again.

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Haha! That's right! 😂

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Thank you @sunny for the beautiful recap.

Hands down my drama of 2017.

Beautiful in every single way, down to the very last drop.
I must admit that the ending feel a little anti-climatic for such a strong built up until the very last minute. I was hoping for a more emotional reunion. Though I may not liked the ending when I first watched it, I find it completely befitting after a second watch since we were narrated with the words of wisdom from Heo Jun, that the most "rewarding gift" is when you are presented with it at the time you desperately wanted it.

I have said it before that this drama, if anything is that it has a lot of heart. It did not try to be complicated, to be grand instead simply telling you a story that echoed with you on every emotional level. I have not been so invested in a drama (in a good way) for a long time until LUTYN came rolling in. I laughed, cried and experienced all sort of emotions when watching this show and that is an indication of a wonderful drama.

Finally, this would not have been possible if this show was not anchored by our two wonderful leads. I never had any doubt with Kim Nam Gil (always my Bidam) but Kim Ah Joong completely surprised me in a good way. And ofc, the phenomenal chemistry between them that I wonder if they could ever replicate with different acting partners ever again. That natural, organic chemistry is what making our OTP so beloved and Heo Im and Yeon Kyung hereby rose top to become my all-time favourite drama couple.

On a side note, I learnt that the comedic/perverted opening scene (misinterpreted CPR) was totally Kim Nam Gil's idea and boy, I am amused by his sense of humour. And lastly, the first photo of out OTP really sent strong "wedding vibe". I am not trying to be shippery but I would be happy if these two actors gave me a real-life happy ending.

Thank you "Live Up To Your Name". Love you to the moon and back.

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LOL. I read about it on soompi forum too. That CPR scene was hilarious. Just when we were left tearing up over that last bit in episode 15, suddenly we we attacked with Im performing his CPR in the most X-rated way. Naughty Kim Nam Gil. Naughty! Wonder what ran into his thoughts? LOL.

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Haha! I adored the inclusion of that hilarious scene the most so the fact that it was his idea tickles me to no end! The whole thing was gold, especially his lines about practicing on her, hehehe.

Not to mention, I just thought it was so cute seeing her tutor him with some modern techniques for his journey (lol, I'm just going to believe they allotted some time off-screen for the other modern techniques Heo Im wanted to "practice"). It's like, if she can't be with him, she needs to give him support in whatever way she can, while she can.

So great idea for the comedy and for making me love the characters even more 😍

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I think the ending is befitting to their love story. It's steadfast and lowkey; all the drama and excitement are because of the time-traveling. So a "quiet" ending actually highlights the essence of their love. The time apart does not quench their love for each other nor does it require huge fireworks to celebrate their getting back together.

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How long was it that Im was in Joseon before he and Mak Gae time travel to future Seoul?

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The Soompi thread said the script has two years pass.

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Thanks for replying. Wow, two years that is quite a long time. Glad they are reunited.

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Hmmmm... Is two years long enough for him to write his book and establish his reputation? Or is he going back again? Or are they messing with history?

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There's definitely loophole here and there.
According to history, the war lasted 7 years. But then we saw Yeon Yi looked pretty much the same as in first episode, so I bet there wasn't much time lapsed. And then, Idk if it's possible to earn a PhD within 2 years period? And I wonder how he grew his hair that long since mine been pretty much the same length over the course of 2 years (my hair bleaching consequences I guess). But Heo Im did established his reputation for serving his people during the war. I am not sure about the book, though.

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I'm sure YK has already started her degree by the first episode as she and Mansoo and Prof Hwang talked about it.

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It looks like the Japanese invasion came in waves. The first one (1592) lasted a year, which fits in our story line.

@lemoncello—good catch on getting the degree reference in the first episode. I'd remembered she was a Fellow but forgot the research she was doing; the show doesn't do much to show that aspect of her work.

Wikipedia says "A PhD may also be obtained by physicians during the residency training period. This combined research and graduate-level medical education are offered by a minority of residency programs. This additional education typically extends the residency period by three to four years."

According to Astrid (at sel3nette on twitter), Heo Im wrote his book while young and it was only published near the end of his life, in his 70s.

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thank you all so much for recapping!

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❤️❤️❤️

Will miss these dorks for sure!

Thanks to all the recappers for a great ride.

Love the last screen shot of Yeon Kyung! Haha. That girl is totally #goals

Let's all work hard to Live Up to our Name! 😝

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As promised, here's my answer @michykdrama :)

Yes, favorite time-travel drama of all time, and perhaps my favorite drama of 2017! The ending was perfect ❤️❤️❤️

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Yeayyyy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
LUTYN is ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Exactly how I feel. I can trust this the writer-director-acting team for another drama. 💕

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While the OTPs are equally dear to my heart, this drama managed to find ways to outdo my favorite time-travel romance to date, Queen In Hyun's Man!

I just loved seeing these two retaining a measure of control over their fates by willingly making the harder choices. Definitely the surprise gem of the year for me!

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I was also waiting for this! Thanks to all recappers! It cured my drama slump (watching dramas in passing, without feeling attached). Looking forward to them working again in another project!

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Yay! Thanks for the reply @laica 😘

Oh no... now I'm spoilt for life. The first one I watch is one of, if not the best one? 😯
Well at least I'll know it will always be good for a rewatch! Haha.

Thanks again! See you around soon, perhaps in your next recap! ❤️

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Man, what a ride! It is finally over. I hardly comment at d end of a series but words r not enough to express how much i LOVE this show. I loved Heo im as a character sooo much , YK initially not so much but by the end was girl crush 4 me, her poise, intelligence n strength of character was goals 4 me. The 2 leads were so well written n d time travel well balanced with comedy n melodrama. This is my 1st time watching KNG, hv heard of him in d past here but I'm so pleased with him in this, I'm a new fan. KAJ I've seen in punch which i liked her in but here i think her talent was better utilised. Like evry1 has said i wouldn't be surprised if d 2 do end up in real life cos their chemistry here is so good! (Maybe I'm being delusional?)
NB: i heard over at soompi forums dat d reason 4 less kisses in d last episode was becos KAJ developed a cold so wasn't too disappointed 😁

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Oh that makes sense. Her nasal voice changed in the last few episodes....

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Oh, so that's why her face looks so puffy and her nose suddenly looks so big. I was wondering what happened to her face and though it must be because she had too many crying scenes in the last few episodes.

I never really connected with the show or the OTP. I watched it sporadically and hence was not attached to the characters. I did watch the ending to see how it ended and it was one of the most well done endings in a drama. KAJ still doesn't quite do it for it. There seems to be something missing in her acting that I just can't quite put my finger on.

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Wow. That KAJ was ill towards the end makes her performance all the more remarkable for me. The actors are already working under brutal conditions—do they give awards for delivering great performances while exhausted and sick?

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Such a nice show! Nothing too complicated, well developed characters nice story telling... this is a good show to recommend and you won't feel like you wasted 16hrs of your life! Good job show! And thanks to Sunny for the recaps!

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Hmm ... "16 hrs." *grins sheepishly* I'm not gonna tell you the time I spent on my KNG Pinterest board, making GIFs, watching other dramas and films starring KNG and KAJ. And watching raw videos. And re-watching English subs. And of course, happily reading dramabeans. Time well-spent!

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I still have plenty of hours I'm willing to spend on them 😂

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Thank you @sunny, @laica, @helcat and @lollypip for your brilliant recaps of what became one of my favorite shows in decades.

I was looking for something light—a one-night stand—and ended up choosing china patterns with this show. I'm writing Mrs. Kim Nam-gil in my third-grade notebook. I'm papering my bedroom with posters of Kim Ah-joong. I'm making GIFs of sly looks and gently brushing hands.

Over the past five years, I've become a bit of a TV binge watcher. I'd forgotten what anticipation feels like.

LUTYN and dramabeans has returned the sharedjoy of television to me. Thank you.

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LOL. Please consider reserving that "Mrs. Kim Nam Gil" title for Kim Ah Joong.

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Haha! Yes, unfortunately that title is no longer available as it has been pre-reserved for a certain Ms. Kim Ah Joong. You are, however, welcome to choose from a couple other Mrs. ___ titles that have not yet been claimed. Thank you.

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Aw, I love your comment the most. Totally captures my feelings! I've got it so bad for this show.

Glad you were able to rediscover the joy of anticipating and discussing a gem like LUTYN here on DB 😁 It's definitely a rare and wonderful experience!

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I'm glad Mak-gae finally got her turn. I'd been expecting *somebody* to make it in the final episode, her or maybe Yeon-Yi or maybe even both, and I was getting worried when the closing credits started without that happening.

And thanks Sunny for translating the last bit. It wasn't subbed in the version I saw. I could pick out Im's name in the dialog, and I could tell from the facial expressions that they both understood what was happening, but I didn't know the details like Mak-gae correcting Jae-ha, which lets me know how advanced she already was and makes her a better candidate for the Needle Express.

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"Needle Express." Love it.

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A gem ... as simple, and as intricate, as that ... ❤
Loved every step of the way ...
Sayonara, Live Up to Your Name! 😭

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It's been a couple of days since the finale aired but I've been patiently waiting for the recap to join in on the praise. I'm still not completely over this drama, which shows just how attached I was to it. I wasn't expecting too much when I first started it but I'm so happy it delivered and "lived up to its name".

The ending at first seemed a tad subdued and anti-climactic when I first watched it raw (needed more emotional pay-off after the reunion). But watching it again with subs and understanding what Heo Jun's voiceover was about, it was actually quite beautiful. The narration by the leads during the Joseon-Seoul scenes added a nice touch. And again, I am in awe of the acting from both leads in the separation scenes. So raw, so heartfelt and convincing, and not an ounce over-the-top. Kudos as well to the PD and writer. They undoubtedly played a big part in making this show special. Also, I'm in love with the OST! Every time I listen to "Not Gonna Wait" it takes me back to their beach date and gives me the giggles. ❤️

Thank you, Sunny and Laica, for your weekly recaps! Despite being a bit saddened by the low number of comments on the recaps and overall small international following, I'm happy that we are a loud, passionate little group. Cheers to everyone for this enjoyable ride! I think I'll be adding this drama to my all-times favorite list. ❤️

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Sigh... I'm so satisfied with that ending. Bittersweet with a tinge of hope at the end. Loved seeing Im in the modern day for the last time. So so cute! Ooh, and I'm down for a Jae-ha x Mak-gae romance... not even sure why that wasn't even a thing.
Yeon-kyung is such a great doctor and I love that she devoted her time to teach Im some tips before he returned even if I could've used more cuddling and loving from the two.
I'm gonna miss everything from Kim Nam Gil's nuanced acting (I'm such a fan now!), the comedic timing, the impactful messages within each episode, the melancholic beat, and the OSTs (💕)...
This drama is going down as one of my faves. I marathoned this in three days and have one regret: watching it too fast. Well done, Show.

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LOL, I definitely needed all that alluding, since KAJ's cold kept anything more frisky from happening (I'm believing 😂).

Not that I'm really complaining, because the little sweet interactions like Yeon-kyung taking care of Heo Im at meal-time (I don't know why, but I find it super adorable how much she loves feeding him, hehe) and their cuddling through the night are what I'm really here for.

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That CPR pumping scene was not the writer's idea. It was Kim Nam Gil's. Naughty him 🤗. I wonder how Kim Ah Joong's reacted when filming that scene with him🤣. LOL.

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I love this show. I didnt expect to be into it as much since I am not a fan of either leads. But the story and acting were so well done. I really liked it. I admit YK was off putting at first but once she mellowed down and got kidnapped to Joseon.. things changed for the better.

Sunny, thanks for the recap!

I am with you on wanting to marathon other dramas and movies of KNG. I've put Queen Seondeok on the list but I fear the length is a bit daunting. But maybe I can deal if I fast forward to his scenes. Any other recommendations?

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you won't like most, as they are super melos... and as everyone stated, usually have tragic ends...

funny thing was that in this drama, he kept DYING over and over again - almost a parody of all his melo drama endings...

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Really? Any good melos he has been in?
Then I am wishing he will choose romcoms and non-melos in his future projects. 😊

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Not gonna lie, I really enjoyed all the meta-hilarity surrounding this part of the premise 😂

How novel that something he suffered countless times in his dramas and movies would be experienced over and over in this drama, all to help him LIVE up to his name.

Lol, it also makes it feel like he has to die over and over before he can get his happy ending 😅

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If you don't want to invest in a drawn out drama, check out some KNG films.

Portrait of a Beauty (2008 film) is a pretty explicit 18th century sageuk. It's *cough* quite a contrast to Im's chaste courtship of YK. It doesn't end well for him at the end, but he and the female lead (a young woman masquerading as a young man) are crazy in love!

He's funny and super sexy scruffy bandit in The Pirates (2014 film) with his former female lead from Shark. He's got a subtle smokey bandit eyeliner thing going on. And the loosely tied long hair, neat beard and dashing leather-trimmed coats is just ... great. And he lives! (Kid safe.)

I've watched a little bit of this year's One Day. As someone on Twitter said, he doesn't die in this movie but—being a recent widow—he does start the film dead inside. An unconventional friendship/love-ish story. (Explores dark themes without explicit violence.)

I'm keeping a lookout for this fall's Memoir of a Murderer online or at our next film festival. His haircut looks terrible, which is fitting for a person of dubious character.

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Thanks @tsutsuloo 😊 appreciate you so much!
Leaning towards The Pirates first then will check the rest. 😄😄😄 these can fill my tv time as I wait for a drama to capture my attention.

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i have no complaints at all... this drama was everything i hoped it would be! the two leads were fabulous, their performances brought tears to everyone with only their soulful eyes...

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What a lovely end to a great show. Great chemistry between the cast and managed to watch some behind the scenes too.

The ending kind of take it as it is,although even if he never came back to Seoul it would have been fine. On Plus side I do hope he still has his Heo Bong tak ID.

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH to the whole dramabeans staff who has been recapping this drama from episode 1 up to the finale!

I REALLY REALLY LOVEEEEEEEEE THIS DRAMA so much...it may not have the hype/famous like other k-dramas out there but it is a very worthy drama.

i really like the ending part of Jae-Ha and Mak-Gae.....
OK LET THE 2ND SEASON BEGIN STARRING MAK-GAE & JAE-HA!
(I WISH???)

jae-ha on the other hand really made me change my mind about him...i was thinking from the very start of the drama that he will be like a REAL ANTAGONIST/2ND MALE WHO IS IN LOVE WITH THE MAIN FEMALE LEAD syndrome, but he was not....he actually helped both Yeon-Kyung & Im and his grandfather in other ways.

that is all i can say for now :)

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Guys your comments here warm my heart. Thank you so much for loving this show as much as I did and even more.

I wasn't going to comment bacause you said everything so beautifully but I couldn't help.

You know, just afer Forest Of Secrets ended, I was in a drama slump. Then I started Live Up To Your Name on a whim and at first, I liked it but didn't love it. But even then, I had to admit that it was a great drama and that's just what I love about it. You may not like it but to my opinion you won't be able to deny that it was well made with great performance from the actors, fabulous directing and a well written plot which was coherent and consistent till the end. And I think everything that I mentionned plus the crackling chemistry between the leads made me love it by the end.

Now I think that is one is the best drama ever made and that Heo Im and Yeon Kyung are juste the best couple ever!! After they decided to go out, they didn't let anyone or anything come between them. There were no useless misunderstandings, noble idiocy or such clichés (as seen frequently in dramaland) but just deep care, love and comprehension between them. To me Yeon Kyung was the best partner that one could dream of.

Thank you so much Live Up To Your name for lighting up my weekends this past weeks! Much love!

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I was in a drama slump and watched the first episode out of curiosity. And the journey was amazing. I was glad i watched this and be part of this amazing work. It's such an underrated gem. Kim nam gil will forever be my fluffy oppa, with his silly grin. And watching a drama centered around my own profession, it's such a blessing to be reminded again on why i was in this field in the first place.

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Can't post my comment with my laptop so I will just say briefly with my phone that I am waiting for dispatch now! Hope they won't disappoint 😆😆
On a serious note, their chemistry were off the charts, I wouldn't be surprised if they started dating!

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The spambot ate it! It's there now. :)

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Thank you!

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I know, after finishing the drama i was really starting to ship, its nice to see i'm not alone and delusional haha

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This is my favorite & the best drama this year w/ great acting. Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong chemistry is amazing and so natural. I would love to see them in another drama or movie in the future. It will be just a bonus if they get together in real life. LOL

Anyway, Congrats to the cast and the crew! It was really entertaining to watch. :)

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This is one way i wish kdramas were more like bollywood, in bollywood movies if an actor and actress have a hit movie then they do at least two other films together after that.

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This is also my first time watching KNG and I fall in love with him in this drama. He is such a great actor and KAJ was able to match him well with her great acting. My only complaint is they should have given us a hug o kiss during their reunion but I agree that ending was cute and funny. At least we have a happy ending.

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Yes!!! We were robbed of more smooching! Hahaha. 😂 My consolation is if they become a couple for real! Hahaha

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Blame it on the cold. What a waste. Damn you, cold!!!!

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Aww, I only read about it from the comments above. That's too bad. 😷

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Thank you for the recap, Sunny! It was such a lovely ride with y'all Beanies who continued to express love and support for this drama.

Overall, here are my fave things about this drama: 💖💖💖

(1) The plot didn't dissolve into a West vs East medicine issue. I initially feared it would take that route, but am so relieved it didn't. Rather, it beautifully highlighted how these two branches can co-exist and complement each other.

(2) We have a competent, principled heroine whose growth didn't overshadow her strength. Oftentimes, drama heroines tend to fade in the background in favor of the hero's growth and arc.

(3) While the origin of the magical needle case wasn't explicitly explained, at least it wasn't left un-discussed either. Up until the end, it was brought up just enough for the viewers to understand a bit of its rules.

(4) The sweet reunion at the end didn't happen just because. At least it has already been established prior that the magical case chooses whom it would like to have it.

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I was expecting a slo-mo hug when Im appeared back in Seoul, but got a dose of betadine instead, huhuhu, whyyy. I love the montage of their lives being counterparts of each other, and I love the wacky ending too. Much love for this drama and the recapper!

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That epilogue with Mak Gae and Jae Ha were something I didnt think I wanted to see. It was a delightful surprise that made me want to see episodes of their interaction together. 😊

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A spin-off with these two will be awesome! 💞

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Yes, a spin-off with a cameo appearance from Im, Kyung, and their naughty brood!

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Yup, they would have to be happily married by then, twisted timelines be damned! Hahaha. 😅😅😅

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I want thus too!

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"Thus"= "this", sorry for the mistake

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Ugh, I know. I wish we could have at least an episode of their shenanigans!

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I would love that as well! :)

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That epilogue was the icing on the cake! ❤️😊

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"The entire cast did an outstanding job, especially our leads, who had such strong, natural, chemistry that I doubt anyone would be surprised if news broke tomorrow about a real-life romance."
Seems like almost everyone watching can feel the chemistry overflowing between our leads. I never meant to be shippery but this is the one time that I really want to ship a drama couple. Something must have happened off-cam.

Okay…What more can I say about this show other than it is simply BRILLIANT.

The show never lose its focused and the writer knew exactly the kind of story she wanted to tell. I am definitely going to check her future works.

The ending was perfect. Understated but perfect thanks to our leads for being able to bring to surface whatever emotions – the longing, the desperation, the anguish and that final happiness even with that simplest gestures and words.
I could not asked for more from this drama other than thank you for that wonderful 8 weeks journey. This show has been nothing short from spectacular.

All these years, I always knew that BIDAM is the signature iconic role of Kim Nam Gil and I am thrilled that he made HEO IM his. And also kudos to Kim Ah Joong for being greatly complementing KNG’s charisma.

Definitely, my favorite drama of 2017. And it’s all bittersweet to say goodbye to you, show! Sob. Sob.

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I'm glad Mak Gae is going to get to fulfill her dreams of becoming a dr in this world, yay!

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Speaking of lady doctors, I'm thinking of adding Dae Jang Geum to my watchlist. TheCynicalOptimist wrote a thoughtful assessment of this drama about the first female royal doctor set in the early 1500s. http://www.dramabeans.com/tag/dae-jang-geum/

Uinyeo (female physicians or nurses who treat women patients) predate Heo Im by almost 200 years. Wikipedia and Daytranslations note that it was still low-born work.

In terms of real history, MG didn't need to hide her gender to practice medicine; but the relative freedoms enjoyed by men (within a rigid caste system) are undeniable.

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My thoughts too :)

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I waited for a few days, then had to force myself (and arm myself with a drink) to watch the final two episodes. I've been badly burnt by bad endings and I didn't want the ending to ruin the memory of what had been such a wonderful drama.

And then I watched it.

And it was perfect.

Absolutely totally perfect. I am in awe of the writing. At every point, these characters did what was right (and not idiotic) and I love this show for it. Even that epilogue of Mak-gae going back and her total delight in seeing female doctors and nurses. I didn't know it was possible but it made me fall in love with this show just a little bit more.

Thank you show for restoring my faith in kdrama-land

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Thanks for the recaps! It was a great show and I'm going to miss it.

The finale was quite satisfying. One thing I wonder is if Mak Gae is the new time traveler now. Heo Im kept his injuries after the trip (for the first time) but Mak Gae was unharmed. This makes me think that he wasn't the one traveling but that he followed Mak Gae instead. Who knows!

Very good show. Kim Nam Gil is great!

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This is such great insight!!!! And makes so much sense (although apparently he did sustain some injuries from falling off a bike when he got back to modern Seoul). Imma choose to believe you.

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I will choose to believe this line of thought. Haha. Mak-gae is the new owner of the needles. But then again, the case was with Heo im. 😂😂😂

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Lol, hopefully they figure that out before any attempted trips back to Joseon 😅

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That's what I thought too!

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Oh wow i never thought of that...

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This is the conclusion I came to, too. Otherwise it would seem like a lazy writing just to get our happy ending.
I also hope Heo Im dropped Mak Gae off at the clinic before running off to steal some bikes and it's not like she stumbled there all by herself after he just left her.

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What an amazing ride!!! After 8 weekend nights of investing this show I can say it is all worthy. How can I say goodbye to this show... 😭. The scene where YK and HI are holding each other for the last time is very painful. I feel the pain of YK resolving herself that this is a real farewell and in few seconds HI will gone. That kind of emotion is what I felt too while watching this last episode that in few minutes this show will end. 😭 There are many reasons why I am clingy with this show...
The story is well written and the best time travel story. Now I become a fan of Writer Kim Eun Hee for making a master piece. The way she writes it is like how Yeon Kyung did the surgery to her grandfather. Flawless and awesome!!! This show always exceed my expectations everytime I watched the episodes. I laughed hard, cried a lot, felt frustrations and angst, then thrilled in this show.
The actors are good they played well their roles. Kim Nam Gil is always an excellent actor. The first time I laid my eyes on him in Queen Seondok I already said that he knows how to connect to viewers like you also felt what emotions he had been conveying. With Kim Ah Joong this one is her best portrayal. These two actors are seldom in tv shows it is one of the reasons why I felt intrigue and excited to watch this the moment I read the news that they will have a show together. This Korean Drama "Live Up to Your Name" just made them to live up yo their names as an actors. And I wish that they will end up as real couple. 😍
Kudos to the production team and to the actors for making this show as not just the best time travel show but the best Korean Drama of 2017!!!

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This is the best time-travel drama that I've watched! I'm glad no one's too evil in it and I don't have to hate anyone!

I've dropped quite a lot of dramas this year, but thankfully I did catch some gems, like this one! And Rebel. And Strongest Deliveryman.

Kim Nam Gil sure has gained a lot of new fans through LUTYN! I've seen him here and there but never cared, hehee. I watched My Name Is Kim Sam Soon so many times, I only knew it today that he was in it.

I never fancied his long hair and moustache but it did suit him as Heo Im. But when he cut his hair and shaved, I wanted the old look back! But now I think he looks damn fine clean shaven and with hair side-parted. Stay this way, please!!!

And I love his crying scenes! He didn't have to cry buckets, we can feel what he feels! Notable mentions: end of ep 8, the scene with Minister of War, and end of ep 15, the separation that is coming (Namsan date). I really believe him as Heo Im. I feel proud whenever Heo Im successfully heals anyone!

The skinship is fantastic too even though it came only in the later half of the series! Ep 12 is epic, starting from the time he carried her to the hospital. Both were so touchy touchy with each other! Yeon Kyung even pulled him into a hug to shut him up after he put her on the hospital bed!

I wish I could understand what they're saying in the BTS clips! I didn't see any chemistry at all in the earlier clips but it's a different story now, huh?! 😁😉

Lastly, I'm gonna look out for the actor playing Man Soo (Lee Jae Won)!

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Yeah there were some very good dramas in 2017, i loved strongest deliveryman too.

and i agree about the look of KNG, i feel he is most handsome with his hair up but with cut hair and clean shaven he looks like young Johnny Depp.

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The clean-shaven look also grew on me so much more than I expected! I found the combination of his new look + his formal/dated speech & mannerisms to be really attractive and endearing for some reason. It gave him a very gentlemanly feel at times, something I loved even more because he could be such a goofball too.

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I normally don't ship actors but I think real friendships and mutual trust enhances performances and productions. Did you see the BTS on youtube titled Live Up To Your Name EP1 Making Of?

The video features scenes where Im was shot with arrows and when he first met YK. And right at 1:46, KAJ strokes the back of KNG's head. Maybe she's smoothing his wig, I dunno. At the very least, they'd established trust early on.

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Yup, I saw that too - KAJ strokes the back of KNG's head! Replayed a few times just to be sure! 😄

But more "shocking" to me was the BTS of her sitting on his lap! That ep 13 date BTS really made it seem like they really were dating and enjoying the skinship! Love the ice cream scenes too.

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I don't think I've ever been so satisfied with the ending of a drama. It hit my emotional sweet spot. Character growth, supportive relationships, side character who experience growth, no plot points left hanging, leads with banging chemistry! My heart is full. Thanks for all the recaps! I'm sad to let this drama go but there's not a thing I would change about it. ♥️

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Ahhhh I’m so late. (Long post below). Thank you to Sunny, Laica, LollyPip, and Helcat for the recaps! And to all beanies here! It’s been a pleasure reading everyone’s commentaries. ^^ ❤

I actually stayed up a little late last night watching this finale then I crashed into bed. I didn’t realize the final episode was over an hour! I thought Im and Yeon Kyung’s emotional goodbye scenes were stretched a wee bit long. Maybe because I had already cried in the previous episode. The last farewell made me tear up again here. I just felt how precious their love was and I was feeling tortured from all the pain.

I saw the top screencap yesterday which almost made me think it was their pre-wedding photos or something! Or that they got back together. T.T

Anyway, I’m happy and satisfied with the finale. I like how the show had both leads thinking of each other and doing the same actions like with the ramyun and chopsticks.

Im and Yeon Kyung’s reunion scene was heart-stopping. My tears started falling again. Such a poignant moment. I liked that the show gave us enough time to see how much they’ve progressed on their own paths. The easy way they fell back into bickering was nice. It would have been sweet to see Im swoop her up in his arms and gave her a kiss. But then again, she was working and they were in public.

It was awesome that Mak Gae finally went to the future. I was hoping for that. And I was hoping for her to meet Jae Ha too! Their scene was cute. I wanted more. I almost would have missed the epilogue if it wasn’t for this recap.

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finally a drama where Kim Nam Gil isn't dead at the end!!

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😂😂😂

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An understated gem of a series...

This is definitely going on my favourites list.

Hmm, maybe I should consider acupuncture treatments for my bad knee 🙂

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Thanks Sunny... you should try Queen Seondeok then, I fell real hard for KNG's portrayal as Bidam then... enough to keep him as my pc wallpaper on my early kdrama viewing days.

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Its a really good sageuk, and i will always remember Mishil especially.

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I've wanted to check this out for both these characters (and their actors), but always put it off because of the length. I think it might definitely be time now!

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Start checking from episode 21. You still can catch up with the plot. Warn you, he was not at all attractive when he first made his entrance but there's something about Bidam that clicked with viewers right from the get go. And Kim Nam Gil's level of hotness increased as the drama progressed. Came episode 62, he died and yet still looking hot. How's that even possible?
And until today, Bidam is still the best bad-boy in sageuk-land. Gosh, now I miss seeing KNG wielding swords.

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Thanks for the advice! I took it and have no regrets so far! You're right that the plot is pretty easy to catch up with, though I did watch episode 1 just to see how it all started, before skipping to 21. And now I've already zipped through 10 episodes, hehehe. q

Lol, also, I may have unique taste because I definitely thought he was attractive as soon as he showed up on screen 😅 And it's only getting worse as it goes on...

I don't know how I'm going to handle ep 62!!!

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"and if the boxes of tissues I went through are any indication, this show did its job." SAME. this show was sponsored by some korean kleenex company right? <3 <3 <3

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Lol! Funny thing was for a drama with lots of crying, there were no tissues around. There were lipsticks galore, though ... For the kissing scenes! Lol 😂😂😂

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Exceeding 100 comments!!!! Now this is the first time happened for LUTYN. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

What can I say about this show other than ABSOLUTE PERFECTION.

Everything came together, from the writing, directing, acting (KNG + KAJ = KimKimcouple), editing, music direction and finally perfectly wrapped and presented as the greatest gift for drama viewers this year.

There is nothing I do not love about this drama. And I am happy that all comments so far had been very positive. Of course, I do wish that it could reached wider audiences but nevertheless, reading the comments and how much LOVE (I mean genuine LOVE) this show received, completely warm my heart.

Thanks LUTYN for the spectacular journey of drama watching for the past 8 weeks and thanks everyone here for making every second of appreciating this drama counts.

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Haha I am also happy about the 100+ comments. Certainly, even lazy people like me who never got to comment on the previous recaps felt the need to express their love for the show now that it has ended.😅😊

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Hahaha, I totally took a screencap of this episode making it to the Most Commented section. Likely for the first and last time 😅

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It's amazing how our little community really tried our best to show our utmost ❤ and support for this brilliant drama.
Thank you again. It's been really a wonderful experience 💓

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I was admittedly lazy in the previous episode recaps despite my great love for this show. 💓 Now I'm making up for it. 😍

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I was sad about it in the previous episodes. I even commented about before, rightI @chandler? I still feel the withdrawal when you said "first and LAST time." Still not over you, Day 7. Really hoping that the Director's cut DVD will be released.

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