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Hwayugi: Episode 8

We get a visit from the green-eyed monster today, both literally and figuratively, and someone sticks his monkey foot in his monkey mouth. As expected, our hero does not take to jealousy very gracefully, and makes a giant mess of things. Why do I find it so endearing that he’s so terrible at love?

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

In the past, Little Sun-mi watches enviously as the other kids play with an older boy. He flies his remote-control helicopter into someone’s yard and enters the house to retrieve it, and Sun-mi says to herself that the ajumma who lives there is scary.

As soon as the boy enters the abandoned house, he hears a baby’s laughter and something starts to creep up behind him… when Sun-mi runs in and pulls him aside.

They huddle together in a corner behind her ghost-warding umbrella, and Sun-mi clamps a hand over the boy’s mouth as a ghost mother carries her ghost baby right past them.

In the present, movie producer Jonathan laughs as he tells this story to Mawang, describing himself as a coward back then while Sun-mi was always brave. Sun-mi calls him “oppa” and says he was the brave one, befriending her when all the other kids were afraid of her. Aw.

Mawang is proud of himself for bringing them together and offers wine, only to have Secretary Ma tell him that Oh-gong broke all of the wine glasses in the house. Of course he did.

Sun-mi thinks back to the moment when she’d first arrived, as Oh-gong kissed her jealously in front of everyone. He’d whispered in her ear afterwards: “Don’t have a good time.” He’d instructed her to leave quickly and smirked at her before taking off. Why is angry Monkey so hot?

Sun-mi calls him bad as she recalls the moment, but it gives her shivers and puts a smile on her face.

Jonathan says their reunion is like a movie, and tells Sun-mi about his new project that was inspired by her. He reminds her that as a child she’d always believed that a fairy would come rescue her when she was scared and alone. If you only knew what fairy she meant. Sun-mi confirms that her fairy did show, but says that the story wasn’t exactly a beautiful fairytale.

Said fairy is currently stewing in jealousy at Summer Fairy’s bar, as PK explains that Sun-mi is with another man right now. Summer Fairy nudges PK to go check on Oh-gong since dating is his area of expertise, but PK doesn’t want to be turned into sweet and sour pork for butting in at the wrong moment.

They watch nervously, waiting for Oh-gong to explode at any moment… but then he suddenly starts smiling to himself and kissing his hand. LOL, he’s reliving his kiss!

Summer Fairy and PK can’t believe that dumb Monkey is sitting there pleased with himself instead of focusing on his rival. PK goes over and gently suggests that Oh-gong ought to be a little more worried about Sun-mi being with another man, but Oh-gong insists that she promised never to betray him, on penalty of death.

PK points out that “first love oppa” could be winning her heart this very moment, but Oh-gong says that she can’t show her feelings for someone else in front of him unless she wants to die, not caring how she actually feels as long as he doesn’t have to see it.

PK oinks in frustration and says he’s right—no matter how much Sun-mi falls for that oppa, all she has to do is keep her feelings hidden from him. That finally triggers Oh-gong’s jealousy… in the form of a fireball with PK’s name on it, ha. Thankfully Summer Fairy collects him before he can be turned into barbecue.

Oh-gong thinks back to the moment Sun-mi had hugged Jonathan, and realizes how much he hates the idea of her liking someone else. No one ever said Monkey was quick on the uptake.

Back at the house, Jonathan gets ready to escort Sun-mi home, but she says she’ll stay behind to see her temperamental fairy. Mawang takes note with some displeasure.

Jonathan asks Mawang on his way out if he knows this fairy, only now realizing that Sun-mi’s fairy might be a real person instead of an imaginary figure. Mawang just encourages him by saying that in all fairytales, the fairy’s purpose is to unite the heroine and the prince, and then disappear.

Secretary Ma tells Sun-mi that she and Jonathan are a good match, wondering why she didn’t leave with him to continue the date. Sun-mi says that Oh-gong would only get angrier if she did that, and Secretary Ma just rolls her eyes. She has the best reactions.

Sun-mi’s cheeks get flushed as she thinks back to the kiss, and Mawang watches her with a cloudy expression, muttering to himself that she’s going to get fooled by her fairy yet again. “I’ll have to show it to her,” he says. Show her what?

Oh-gong sits in a dark room and tells someone that he won’t forgive him for not doing his job. His sole purpose was to keep watch over Sun-mi, he says, and Oh-gong thinks it unforgivable that he allowed another man to get close to her.

He says he’s going to make him disappear into nothingness without a trace… and then we cut to the stuffed monkey that he’s yelling at. Pffft.

Sun-mi finds Oh-gong like that in her office and stops him from throwing the stuffed monkey away, and Oh-gong makes silent I’m-watching-you gestures at the monkey behind her back.

He likes that she seems unhappy, assuming that she had a terrible time at the dinner party. He says that it would be wrong and shameless of her to make him wear this bracelet and then see another man, and Sun-mi wonders if his idea of having shame is making all those seasonings to eat her with. Ha, is that what Mawang wanted to show her?

We flash back to earlier that night, when Mawang had laid out all of Oh-gong’s monk seasonings on the table for Sun-mi’s benefit, complete with helpful demonstrations for how he would flavor her.

Rightfully horrified, Sun-mi challenges Oh-gong about it now, aghast when he doesn’t see the problem. He thinks she should be grateful that he didn’t use the seasonings, and says that Mawang (“that bull bastard”) left out the part where he clutched the seasoning container and cried. You’re right, that was the best part.

He’s completely tone-deaf to her anger and glosses over the issue, offering to do something fun with her since she must’ve had a boring time with that other guy. Sun-mi says she had a great time, actually, and that she didn’t think of him once.

He calls her a liar and says she must have thought about it, and kisses his hand with a smug little grin. Sun-mi is flustered, but she insists that she didn’t think about it at all, and Oh-gong’s confidence starts to waver.

She asks what he’s going to do about the seasoning, and he says he’s going to keep it to remind himself of their true natures—he’s a monster, and when he’s free of the bracelet, she’ll be his prey.

Sun-mi looks crushed and admits that she’d thought for a brief moment that maybe he wouldn’t kill her even if she removed the bracelet, but she realizes now that she was wrong. She tells him to keep the seasoning so that they never forget each other’s true natures.

Oh-gong finally seems to get that he screwed up, and the first thing he does when he gets home is light the monk seasoning on fire. Mawang chuckles to himself in glee.

At a bus stop, a disgruntled man grows envious when he sees a young chef’s successful profile online, and a demon latches onto him and whispers in his ear to destroy him. His eyes light up green and he starts leaving nasty comments online for the restaurant, and soon after, Sun-mi and Han-joo are standing outside the restaurant, which has closed due to an onslaught of bad reviews.

Sun-mi happens to spot the peddler’s grandson from the General Store walk by, and he tells her that the restaurant has been cursed by a badmouth demon. She wonders why he’s setting up a street stand and calls him out on skimming off the top to pocket extra allowance money, so he offers to let her have something for free.

She picks up a little red bell charm and wonders why it’s silent, and he tells her that it’ll ring when she’s met her fated match. She prefers the black bell next to it, but he quickly snatches that one out of her hand. Sun-mi doesn’t need a charm and asks for more information on the demon instead.

She takes the case to Mawang, who’s pleased about her finding a nice point-builder like a badmouth demon. He says that to catch a person who’s badmouthing others on social media, they’ll have to make an account for Sun-mi that attracts attention.

He tells Secretary Ma to bring every limited-edition designer thing they have on hand, and snaps photos of Sun-mi to post online. Mawang instructs her to look as arrogant as possible, which just leads to a lot of awkward poses and a very frustrated Mawang.

He has every celebrity in Lucifer Entertainment follow Sun-mi’s account, and in no time she’s drawn a bunch of attention online. Han-joo is amazed, though he’s confused when Sun-mi says she made the account to attract negative comments, and asks how she can get more hate.

He says that people hate it when you don’t act your age, so she posts a cutesy selfie for maximum mockery.

Frosty holds up the picture and asks Patriarch why Sun-mi is acting this way, and wonders why Oh-gong isn’t helping her if she’s after a demon. Patriarch explains that she found out about Oh-gong’s monk seasoning.

Patriarch notes that Frosty is extremely powerful these days, and mentions him freezing Oh-gong’s bracelet. Frosty says he doesn’t have the strength to do it again and that he did it because Sun-mi wanted to know Oh-gong’s true feelings.

Patriarch calls it a futile gesture, because to fulfill the monk’s calling, Sun-mi’s feelings can never get involved. Well that’s not suspicious or anything. Frosty asks point-blank if that’s the reason he put the bracelet on Oh-gong, “So that they can never know each other’s true feelings?” Patriarch evades the question and saunters off.

Continuing on her social media quest, Sun-mi takes a group photo with PK and Alice (who’s still possessed by the Dragon Prince). PK is distracted by Dragon Prince adjusting his chest, and scoffs when he tries to flirt with Sun-mi while wearing Alice’s body.

Dragon Prince says it’s just in his nature, but PK warns him that one wrong move and Oh-gong will turn the octopus into takoyaki, heh. Dragon Prince asks Sun-mi if she’s Oh-gong’s girl, but Sun-mi takes offense and says no. After Sun-mi leaves, Dragon Prince asks if Alice can’t hold her liquor, and PK shrieks to see that he’s had a whole glass and runs to catch him as he passes out.

At home, Buja and CEO Sa worry that a badmouth demon is dangerous, and Oh-gong says he intends to help out after the fun event he’s been waiting on. He checks his watch and then looks satisfied when Mawang comes home and lets out a bellow.

LOL, Mawang comes home to his precious bull statue painted as a milk cow. He flips out and declares war on Oh-gong, but Buja raises her hand and says that she’s the culprit, and CEO Sa says he even witnessed her do it.

Mawang isn’t falling for it, and Oh-gong just laughs and gallops away singing, “Mawang milk-cow style” to the tune of “Gangnam Style.” Pfffft.

Mawang asks why he’s doing this, and Oh-gong says with an edge to his voice that he’s trying to end this as a joke, because they can’t fight to the death over it. Oh-gong says they’ll end it like this, and then he can’t help adding a pun on his way out: “I lost [jeot-so, also meaning “milk cow”].”

PK calls Buja for help getting untangled from the drunk octopus, who’s determined to spend the night with him. PK: “Let’s not do this! If you and I mix, we’re squid and pork belly bulgogi!” The menu gags just keep on comin’ in this episode.

PK’s night only gets worse when reporters snap a photo of them looking very cozy in his car, and he takes off running after them.

Buja arrives outside the Lucifer Entertainment building a moment later, just in time to be spotted by the two hit men who lost her and have come looking for her. They can’t comprehend how she’s alive, but figure they’ll kidnap her to see if she recognizes them.

But PK gets to her first, lamenting how he doesn’t want to be in a scandal with an octopus. The hit men watch them walk away and wonder how a dead girl ended up friends with a top star.

Back in Buja’s mother’s hospital room, they wonder why she hasn’t visited her mom. They decide to stay quiet about it for now, since they could get rid of Buja quietly without anyone ever knowing they messed up.

Secretary Ma reports to Mawang that Sun-mi’s social media account is going strong, and that she and Oh-gong have yet to reconcile. She offers to make a batch of fake monk seasoning to keep up the misunderstanding between them, and Mawang praises her for her petty thinking, ha.

She says she’ll make sure that Sun-mi continues to fear being eaten by Oh-gong, but Mawang wonders if that’s really what Sun-mi fears. He thinks back to the moment he’d shown her the seasoning—she’d cried, saying that she had begun to hope that without the bracelet… but never finished her thought.

Mawang doesn’t think she was crying out of fear, and Secretary Ma doesn’t see what else she could be afraid of. He says the human heart is far more complicated and difficult, and plans to figure out the answer first to prevent Oh-gong from doing so.

Sun-mi goes to the market in search of her biggest anti-fan, and soon senses someone following her from behind. Armed with her umbrella, she makes her way down the aisle to confront the demon, but it’s Jonathan who’s found her instead.

He leads the way for Sun-mi to confront the woman who posted negative comments about her online, but she turns out to just be a jealous woman, not the demon-possessed person she’s looking for.

Jonathan asks why her fairy isn’t with her, and Sun-mi says her fairy is bad and might eat her, which he thinks is reason to call him a monster rather than a fairy.

Speak of the devil, Oh-gong is waiting for them when they reach the parking lot. His first thought is to play petty pranks, of course, and puts the brakes on Jonathan’s shopping cart and then sends it zipping away, Jonathan in tow.

Oh-gong tells Sun-mi that he threw away the seasoning, surprised when her response is disinterested and cold. He grabs her arm and asks her to come with him, and she pulls away, repeating his own words to her about the seasoning—that she won’t do it even if he pays her.

She tells him angrily to just kill and eat her, suggesting that he go into the market to buy more seasoning ingredients. Oh-gong fires back that he’ll make another batch and eat Jonathan with it, and she dares him to try. “Do you think I won’t? You know better than anyone how bad I am,” he says. He warns her that he’ll be watching and storms off.

Mawang is shocked when Oh-gong comes home with an armful of cleaning supplies to clean his bull statue with, and even more delighted to hear that Sun-mi was out on a date with Jonathan.

Oh-gong pouts and says they were talking about him behind his back, so he threatened to eat Jonathan. It’s not until Mawang clucks at him pitifully that Oh-gong’s smile falters: “…Should I not have said that?” LOL.

Mawang asks if he’s ever worried about what happens after the bracelet comes off, and Oh-gong asks why he would when that would be great for everyone. Mawang says that might be the case for him, but it must not be for Sun-mi. Oh-gong wonders to himself if she really thinks he’ll eat her once the bracelet comes off.

Sun-mi plays he-loves-me-not with bar nuts at Summer Fairy’s bar, though her options are “He doesn’t like me at all” and “He likes me a little bit.” Then she amends it to: “When the bracelet comes off, he’ll like me… he won’t like me.”

The man possessed by the demon is at the supermarket after all—he’s an employee there, and he finally finds Sun-mi online. But she isn’t the one who incites his envy; Han-joo is, because he’s a man with a happy family.

Soon Han-joo’s account is attacked with a barrage of nasty comments, and he sobs by himself in a dark corner of the office. Oh-gong comes by and Han-joo grabs him in a hug to cry some more, and over his shoulder, Oh-gong mouths to the monkey doll not to report on stuff like this. Ha, is the monkey really a spy?

Oh-gong listens to Han-joo’s story and tells him not to be swayed by those words, and promises to rip that guy’s mouth right off.

Meanwhile, Mawang tells Sun-mi that there’s something about the bracelet that she should know: Once she fulfills her calling as the monk, the bracelet will disappear on its own. Moreover, after she fulfills her heavenly duties, she will no longer be the monk anyway, which means that Oh-gong will have no reason to eat her, and no interest in her at all.

Mawang tells her this thinking it’ll put her at ease and solve her worries about the bracelet, but he can tell right away from her expression that this wasn’t the answer. He watches her leave and realizes that the thing she was afraid of wasn’t being eaten, but the feelings that would disappear along with the bracelet.

Sun-mi tries to convince herself that this makes her feel better, though her eyes are brimming with tears.

Oh-gong makes his way into the market after hours to hunt down the demon, who quickly bails from his host body. But before Oh-gong can smash the phone he’s tied to, the demon whispers in Oh-gong’s ear, “Sohn Oh-gong will die at the hands of Sam-jang!” Oh nooooooo.

The demon whispers it over and over, and as Sun-mi appears around the corner, it says again and again, “That woman will kill you!” Oh-gong raises the stick he’s carrying and fixes his eyes on her… and then slams it down on the phone, destroying the demon.

Sun-mi asks if Oh-gong is okay and whether the demon said something to him, and when she prods, he says that it told him that she likes him. Flustered, she says it’s not true, and that he shouldn’t believe anything that the demon says.

Oh-gong asks if it’s really not true, and then says he’s not going to believe the demon anyway: “It said you were going to kill me. If I think about it, you’re the only person in this world who can kill me… because if you told me to die, I would.”

He holds up the bracelet to emphasize his point, but Sun-mi shakes her head and says that would never happen. “Never say never,” he says, “and… don’t leave me behind. Don’t leave me behind and go to another man. If you do that one more time, I might really die.” Ugh, my heart.

Sun-mi promises not to, and he adds, “Don’t get mad at me or hate me either—it really hurts me. I love you, Jin Sun-mi.” She says she knows and thanks him, and they smile at each other.

PK’s scandal with Alice breaks the next day, and Mawang says that celebrity gossip passes, but a badmouth demon invading regular humans’ lives is a bigger problem. Secretary Ma muses that a demon could do real damage to the world if it latched onto an important figure with influence. Cue: a not-so-subtle transition to politician and presidential hopeful Professor Kang Dae-sung, finishing up a meeting in the broadcast station lobby.

Naturally today is the day that Buja has been invited to watch Mawang’s show being filmed, and she stops just outside the station when she recognizes the car she’d remembered.

Professor Kang is frozen in fear when he comes outside to find Buja standing in front of his car, asking him if he knows her.

Flashback to the night of her death: Professor Kang had been driving that very car and didn’t notice Buja crossing the street until it was too late. He’d hit the brakes but crashed into her head-on, and Buja rolled over his hood and fell to the ground, instantly dead.

He’d stood over her body and covered her face with that towel from Kingdom gym, and then walked away.

Back in the present, he asks if Buja knows him, and his nerves settle down when she says that she’s seen him on TV. He lies that he doesn’t know her, but once she’s gone, he wonders to himself with sinister calm if something went wrong.

Sun-mi tattles on the peddler’s grandson selling magical goods on the sly, and brings Mawang and Secretary Ma with her to catch him in the act. Mawang thanks her for the points he’ll earn with this, and asks if she’s made up with Oh-gong.

She says that she no longer has to fear what happens after the bracelet is gone, so she has no expectations, and that puts her at ease. Mawang leaves to deal with the grandson, which is when Sun-mi notices the stray bell charm that got dropped when he ran: the black one he’d pocketed.

Sun-mi thinks it’s the same as the red one, which rings when you’ve met the fated love of your life. But back at the shop, the grandson freaks out when he notices that the black bell has gone missing. Patriarch: “The black one? The death bell?” Mawang: “The one the grim reaper uses?” Oh lovely.

Suddenly the bell begins to ring in Sun-mi’s hand as she walks through the marketplace, and she wonders why it’s acting up. But then she turns a corner and sees Oh-gong standing there smiling at her.

As they lock eyes, Mawang says, “One who dies, and one who kills. When the ones with that deadly fate meet, it is said that they will hear the ringing of the death bell.”

None the wiser, Sun-mi smiles back at Oh-gong thinking that the bell has signaled the love of her life.

 
COMMENTS

We don’t need the red bell to know that Oh-gong and Sun-mi are both fated to love and fated to bring each other death—that’s the tragedy, of course, and we even know that one of them will face death to save the world at some point. But I love this little twist that Sun-mi doesn’t know she has the death bell and it functions to do the opposite, to confirm her love and make her feel secure that her heart is in the right place. All along she’s been telling herself logically that she can’t fall for the man who wants to kill her most, and trying to convince herself that his love isn’t real. But she’s learned that she can stop fearing him as a predator since she’ll no longer be the monk after her mission, so her guard is down at the exact wrong moment.

But the reason we root for the romance is because they’re aware that it’s dangerous but fall in love anyway, like the way that Oh-gong dismisses the very blatant warning from the demon that Sun-mi will be the one to kill him. He knows that she holds his life in her hands and chooses to just let her have it. Even though he can’t control whether or not he loves her, he doesn’t seem to argue or resent it anymore like he used to. I don’t know if it was the pain he felt when she rejected him, but his tune became very sincere, at least in the moment when he asked her not to leave him behind because it hurt so much.

This drama gets a lot of mileage out of monsters reacting to very human situations in inhuman ways, but it was especially entertaining today when Oh-gong was navigating jealousy and relationships (I mean, when PK calls you dumb, you’re not having your best day). Mawang and Secretary Ma are nearly as stupid when it comes to figuring out Sun-mi’s feelings, so the whole thing made for a really funny cycle of misunderstandings when her feelings were really as obvious as they could be.

But Oh-gong’s declarations always pack a punch because he spends the whole episode saying the exact wrong thing and then has one moment of insight, but the key is that he’s perfectly honest the entire time. It’s not like he lies and then chooses to say a swoony thing—he’s stupid and selfish so he says inappropriate things that are too honest and not helpful, but then later when he learns a lesson or has a moment of self-awareness, it has an impact because he’s been consistently truthful the whole time. I hope that doesn’t change going forward, because I’m already scared that he believes what that demon told him. Let’s hope for their sakes that they stay in the dark about death bells and omens for long enough to actually enjoy the romance.

 
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Agreeing on the PK/OK comedy. The green eyed monster was also a given. But what was a little weird was Jonathan not even questioning the fairy bit. Granted they met against the backdrop of a haunted house.

The end of episode 8 triggered quite some unease and though I hope it doesn't happen, I have a sneaky feeling that the story direction might take Oh Gong (OG) in the direction of eventually killing Sun Mi when they both realise that she's the sacrifice to prevent the apocalypse.

The emotional and character growth of OG thus far seems to be to bring him up to the point where he can see killing the one he loves and therefore killing himself in the process (assuming Geumganggo is still in force, though what's with the new owner??) to save the human world is something he could seriously contemplate and enforce.

That would resonate with MW's question (in an earlier episode): if the sacrifice to stop end of the world is OG or Sun Mi. It would also act as a counterpart to OG's statement that it doesn't matter if the world blows up, he will rescue Sun Mi which was fulfilled when he burns the film world to take Sun Mi out alive. This would make the rest of the series lessons in how the world matters rather than just Sun Mi.

That's my guess at the overarching storyline: emotional growth of a monster who starts off being selfish and all as well as the willing sacrifice of a human whose initial sole goal is survival. The love story is the emotional trigger and set up for dilemma while MW's love story with Princess Iron Fan is the alternate story line that helps to elevate or counteract the tragic main story? And since it is a Hong sisters’ drama, there’s no discounting potential spin at the end, maybe MW will do something that throws the gods into panic/chaos and therefore rescue OG and Sun Mi. Maybe that is the act that earns him the final point to be a god??

Still, I hold out hope that things end well for Sun Mi and OG aka happy ending, sentimental sucker that I am!

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Who would want a sad ending? If that makes us suckers, be it.

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No sad ending please. And no unexplained ending too, which I feel Hong Sisters do quite a bit. And no bittersweet Goblin style ending either. Just happy and romantic. Seon Mi deserves it

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With most fantasy type dramas involving a human/diety romance it is pretty much almost a bittersweet or sad ending i might say...My bet is as she will die he as well as they told us a lot till now his heart will be crushed not just as a matter of speach or if both of them don't die our Oh Gong will survive and wait for her to reincarnate...And for me reincarnation inself is a sad ending as it's not the same person...Ah,don't give us and SeungGi the KangCHi Re-loaded!!!

All in all it will still be very bitter as she will grow old right under his eyes while he will still remain as youthful and immortal as ever suffering even more when she will leave him all alone that if they won't reunite as humans again in the future...

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Ah, my suspicion tells me that it's the other way round... Son Oh Gong is the one be killed by Sun Mi. He was so full with rage with human (maybe with Sun Mi betraying him with Jonathan, also because it was mentioned in early episode that another human did betray our monkey resulting him being imprison under the 7 mountains whatsoever) that he goes on destroying spree that Sun Mi has to asked him to die to save the world LOL (well that what he keeps repeating - that he will die if she asked him). Jonathan will die too out of casualty leaving Sun Mi alone. Cut short later Sun Mi found the reincarnated Oh Gong in human form but he can't remember who he is and falls in love again.

Well I don't like this ending either cause it will be falling in love with a doppelganger, not the real person. :(

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Oh no sounds like Goblin ending reloaded.

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Hmmm,most of the fantasy romance dramas end mostly like that,very little that end "happy ending"

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If there's one thing that we should ease the worries about if Sun Mi dies, it should be that death is not final and takes many forms, reincarnation (Ma Wang's love interest), reanimation (zombie Bu Ja), etc are all present in this series, and there is the background story of the demons doing good deeds to get to heaven.

We've got a month and a half to see how it ends!

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I'm already dreading the finale cos I'm sure I'll have withdrawal symptoms.

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Don’t worry dear. You will not be alone.

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Interesting. It mae me wonder though: if a drop of Samjang's blood can awake Buja's body, what about Samjang's blood on Sunmi? Will that made her technically possible to live forever?

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Well I'm worried that once Sunmi has completed her role as the monk and stops being the monk the blood that reanimated Buja will stop working too.

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Unfortunately, have the feeling that Buja will be gone before the finale. Sinister prof looks likely to ascend to power. And that points to Buja being first obstacle to be dealt with.
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Aren't the goals of all of these guys to end up as deity's back in heaven? So it kind of makes some sense that SOG will die and ascend back to his place in the heavens, and surely SM deserves to be given and eternal reward for her suffering and stopping the legitimate apocalypse? Which means she could spend eternity with SOG happy... Either way, as long as its not a terrible ending I'll be happy(ish)

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From what I remember of the version of Journey to the West that I read, at the end of the story the main characters achieve some sort of position in heaven, the highest positions being achieved by the monkey and the monk who achieve buddhahood. So I think your theory might be correct, but I'm not sure if I can trust the Hong sisters to follow the original storyline to the end, and even if they do, I'm not sure how they would pull it off.

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For me, I would like it if in the end SOG will choose to become a normal human and live happily with SM and both would lead normal lives together. He does not need to become a deity after all unlike Habaek who really needs to go back to Realm of the Gods to fullfill his duty. Lol. Forgive me for the comparison, but I think this show is what we wished BOTWG should be like then.

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I'd be worried if SOG became a human unless CEO Sa still stays on earth. SOG isn't very employable (while Sunmi is rich, SOG seems to have expensive tastes...come on, a Versace robe for lounging?!) and he's going to offend someone enough to get beaten up.

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In Kdramaland, OG will still be rich lol Maybe he'll run some alcohol brand!

Who knows maybe he'll establish a joint venture with MW - Lucifer and 🐵 Entertainment(LM - they just need to find VH 😂)

His employable skills will be put to good use on a reality TV show, beating sense into recalcitrant politicians-to-be (eg the prof who killed Buja) and other annoying people, title of show to be determined.

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@ JY299
Yes, Monkey would be good in variety. He can irritate and annoy people and everyone will just laugh. He's also good at taking revenge...That's good for variety.

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lol seunggi is the prince of variety so make sense

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@madlily, we are on the same boat hoping that the ending will sail on this direction. I'm rooting for this justifiable ending*crossing my fingers*

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I like your theory. But I think it will be the other way round where OG will sacrifice himself to save Sun-mi. Knowing Sun-mi, she will want to sacrifice her life if it means saving the world. But OG is more selfish. For him, the only one who matter in the world is himself. And now Sun-mi. Once he truly falls in love with her, his true redemption will lie in doing something selfless. Aka sacrificing himself for her and the world.

They have been foreshadowing this for some time now with OG repeatedly telling Sun-mi he can't kill her because he will die saving her before it happens.

Also, if OG were to die this would be in keeping with the prophecy while still bringing a twist to it. She will still be the one to kill him, albeit in a roundabout way since meeting her and falling in love with her means he sacrifices himself.

The act of doing something this selfless might even be the trigger to having OG come back since the Gods might take pity on him? Either way this seems like the most optimistic version and I'm going to hold out hope that's what happens!

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Also therr is still no hint of Sun-mi becoming deity. Did I miss it or noone said anything close to it? She became samjang as a punishment and her reward seems to be simply becoming ordinary.

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I think the monk achieved some sort of heavenly status in the actual journey to the west as a reward for their sacrifices and good deeds...I'm running off some pretty sketchy memory from 30 years ago though haha, it makes sense that SOG will sacrifice himself to save her though.. as long as its not some sort of delete scenario like Black or Goblin(esk) sacrifice/rebirth scenario I can live with them going to heaven together

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Noble idiocy is against our 🐒 s nature.

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if we look at writter’s pov if they want to throw a punch in the gut with max effect the one to die will be oh gong . he’s played by lee seunggi and he is the so called selfish great sage .

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If that were to happen, in a truly Goblin /Hercules fashion he would reject the God's offer to go back to heaven and will stay on Earth with his favorite Monk.

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Yes I can see that happeneing. That is the best scenario for them to stay together. Because not only does him rejecting heavenly status to stay on earth show how much he's changed for the better since meeting Sun-mi. But it would also make their time on earth that much more precious since they can try out all the new experiences they didn't before (like him eating cotton candy) and live out their mortal lives in love.

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The twist is Son Oh Gong will die as a great sage and become human, and live happily ever after with Sun Mi hahaha

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Oh. He is confessing right? I mean with sincerity not just because the bracelet.

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At this point, if feels more like "yes and the bracelet" rather than "yes but the bracelet." The preview for next week looks promising—will SOG's affections transfer to the new "owner"? Or is his love for Sun-mi rooted in his heart?

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I might know the answear, but the struggle will be hard.

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Oh this reminds me of that episode in that Taiwanese drama "Absolute Boyfriend" where the main lead is a robot who gets reset by someone else and forgets his feelings for his love. But in the end, his "memories" overpower his new owner's control over him and he gets back to her! Maybe something like that might happen where OG is forced to feel love for his new owner so to speak. But in doing so realizes the difference between his real feelings for Son-mi and the manufactured love he feels for the new woman.

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Doesn't that bracelet need some setting? Son-mi activated it with a kiss. Ah, so many questions and a week to wait.

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Hong Sister always bring some surprise to our OTP-in any drama- just waiting... Don't want to watch any spoiler or preview, 1 week is long enough for me.

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Everything so far seems to be a series of small exercises for our main couple to build trust in each other before the great battle. We also learn there is a higher stake at hand. One will live whilst the other will die. (That suddenly reminds me Harry Potter and Voldemort for some reason). I'm looking forward to the next episode but I also know we're one step closer to the angst.

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Oh yes, the famous love between Harry and Voldemort (just teasing😁). Just don't make me cry too much, show.

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I think you should mentally prepare yourself then...I expect us to cry buckets.

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hahaha ikr. I was really surprised because I didn't expect a kdrama pulling a harry potter-ish prophecy.

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Koreans love Harry Potter.

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The power of a good fairy-tale.

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Ya but dat was.. either both live or neither

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Yup Harry Potter & Voldemort, but at least everyone happy when Voldemort died in the end. But not in this drama. We both love them, adore them. Jut thinking about make my heart in rage. Anyway I still wish a happy ending for them just like Goblin after we cried a lot, our eyes turn red but at the end we get a happy ending. Lol

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Yeah I trust Hong Sisters to give us a satisfying ending. *fingers crossed*

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But this is a drama where death is not final. Look at Buja. Kidding.
I think it is also possible that Sunmi is reincarnated as normal being or ascended as goddess or some sort for saving the world, and OhGong ascended back as deity after his death and be with his beloved forever and ever. Who knows.

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Then I prefer her being normal I guess because being a goddess mean you're not allowed to fall in love. It's against heavenly rules. In Journey to the West, Pig was originally a high general of heaven but he fell in love with a human turned goddess(?) and got banished to Earth to suffer a lifetime of unrequited love. At least that was how the Hong Kong drama told it. So I rather Sun Mi didn't suffer anymore.

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True!
Then perhaps sunmi got her wish on becoming regular person after saving the world, whereas Oh Gong died and got one wish in the afterlife? I dunno. Btw what happens to beings like OG and MW if they die? Do they just die and turned into smoke like spirits, or reincarnated (and into what? Another spirit? Animal?) So many questions.

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Wasn't it that one will die at the other's hand? One will die. One will kill. There is a subtle difference. Perhaps, Monkey will indeed die because of SunMi, but Sun Mi will also die because it his her destiny to save the world from the apocalypse and so they die together.

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OG's confession was real, wasn't it? It felt real. Can the GGG make him that possessive and crazy in love?

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He kisses her and confuses the hell out of her then tells her not to have a good time!! Excuse you Monkey!
PK doesn't want to be turned into sweet and sour pork LOL, I love all these food digs that the Hong Sisters get in, and Ma-Wang showed Sun-Mi the seasoning I'm done LMAO XD
I'm never gonna get over the Dragon Prince fixing Alice's boobs all the time and flirting with Sun-Mi, plus PK's exasperated reactions are GREAT.
Ma-Wang and Oh-Gong are so petty, I can't believe he actually went through the trouble to paint it into a milk cow hahaha.
Oh-Gong threatening to eat Johnathan is priceless and then not knowing he shouldn't have said that.
I knew that monkey was a spy!! I figured it out after Han Joo kept getting hit lol.
Also that ending- no words.

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And Sun-mi keeps talking to the monkey doll, pche. If only she knew.

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@allphryne LOL omg I feel bad for laughing. Oh-Gong probably knows all her secrets by now.

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Right? Bad monkey!

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If that monkey was truly a spy, that means it called SOG over because Han Joo was upset and crying and it wanted SOG to fix it, which is just adorable!

Or maybe Son Yuk Gong wants to just mess with SOG because SOG wasn't very nice to him.

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Aaw I like your first theory better lol. A very mini reluctant bromance.

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OMG! This is my first time leaving a comment..*squeals* Hwayugi always keeps me on my toes, thanks to the lovely cast...childish Oh Gong, the dashing Mawang and amiable Sun Mi..
Thanks for the recaps

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Thank you @girlfriday for another swift, fun recap.

Wow! I was struck by how beautiful Sun-mi is in the last scene. Are we seeing her through Oh-gong's eyes? Her hair is undone and her cheeks are a touch more flush than usual. She loves herself already; I think accepting Oh-gong's love (even in this weird permutation) and returning it makes her even more beautiful.

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Hong sisters sure love their details.
So, there was a mermaid, is a gumiho on the way too?

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We can bet on it.

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... And with their love for Meta and cameos, the Gumiho will be Gu Mi Ho (Shin Min Ah) ;) .

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Would't that be too meta? Making Sun Mi jealous would be appreciated but double otp not. I'd love to see Shin Min Ah. Or So Ji Sub 🔆

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After the Hong Sisters had a cameo of Delightful Girl Chung Hyan (1st drama of theirs) in My Girl (their 2nd), anything goes! =) .

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Some commiserating about those pesky ghosts with Gong Hyo-jin perhaps.

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THis is a beautiful comment and I love it . And yes she looks beautiful ❤️. And yes she does love herself and respects her self

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Oh! And there's PK, who I look forward to seeing in every recap....Nice going LHK

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This episode was full of little heartbreaking gems and I loved it. They had been a lluding to the fact that one of them will die as early as ep 4, but we finally have confirmation. Despite the death and doom and I am really losing forward to Seon Mi being more honest about her feelings due to the misunderstanding.

Also- the conversation with the patriarch was interesting in the fact that maybe Oh Gong and Seon Mi had feelings before the bracelet. Oh Gong possibly anyway! I think Seon Mis developed later. And yes GF you are so right- he says the exact wrong thing all episode and then he has a moment of sincerity and he says the right things. He’s so hot and cold and confusing. Poor Seon Mi.

And yes, monkeys so hot, angry, sad, happy. He’s always hot.

I’m probably going to have a lot more to say once I’ve seen the subs, so will be back later today!

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Actually that was a genius move from the Gods and the Patriarch. How do you stop a love from developing between the two main characters, if usually any obstacle ends up fueling their love even more? Masking it with a forced infatuation from the very beginning so the leads won't ever know if what they feel is real or was triggered by the bracelet.

In other dramas, putting obstacles between two lovers just keeps them apart but isn't able to stop their love, because they'll only feel even more reassured of their feelings. "Even if I can't see him/her or I'm forbidden to love him/her, I know we love each other and that gives me strength." But with the bracelet, it's more a "Yeah, we love each other but it's temporary, so is all this fuss worth it? He's not being sincere anyway, so I'll just keep fulfilling my duty." Smart move. I don't think Juliet would have killed herself if the monk had told her Romeo had drunk a love potion.

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I love the Romeo Juliet analogy 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. That is genius! I will be back with more once I find full subs and I’m no longer at work! I want to discuss this a lot more. I agree it is a genius move.

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Omo, fated match? I wonder how many rounds will it have with these two.

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I feel like we've finally reached the stage in the drama where I can believe in Oh-Gong's feelings -- which is great, because I was struggling a little before this week! I loved the scene in the parking lot after the supermarket date with Jonathan when Sun-mi was giving it back to Oh-Gong, because YES, FINALLY it seems like he truly feels the hurt she's felt thus far, and there's a real sincerity to their interactions now. This was also what gave their make-up scene after the demon slaying more emotional gravitas for me (him saying he loves her with her name, Jin Sun-mi, gave me happy chills!), and brought me firmly into their court.

And like you've said - I'm loving how the monsters are at a loss as to how to read Sun-mi because they react in such inhuman ways to all of these very human situations! Ma Wang and Secretary Ma misreading Sun-mi for much of the episode was definitely comedic - but now that they know, I'm suddenly even more worried for our main couple. The Patriarch's ominous evasion of General Frost's question did not bode well at all -- and obviously, the black bell spells it out for us even more clearly. Here's hoping they find a way through this mess.

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It looked to me as if he blinked back tears at the parking lot.

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Yep it was those teary eyes and the slight look of regret on his face that sealed the deal for me. LSG is killing it in this role. :)

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He is so hot I totally believe he was born in a volcano.

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he was tears in the parking lot and in the basement . so it’s heartbreaking when he said it really hurts is probably literally true for him

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Ugh, yes. I loved it when Sun Mi threw back Oh Gong's usual taunting words back at him which probably had more of an impact than just telling him she wasn't going to leave with him.

I have noticed that throughout the past episodes so far, everyone refers to her as "Samjang" and Oh Gong is the only one who calls her Jin Sun Mi. Only when Oh Gong is around the other supernaturals does he call her Samjang.

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Shh.... Don't anyone mention the Badmouth Social Media Internet Troll Demon. We don't want to attract his attention.

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hahaa.. I love how the writer made these badmothing demon as a metaphor to how those nasty commenters in reality acts just like the demon. I am amazed with how the writer creating their evil chara ters match to modern real problems problems. Because words can be as sharper and hurtful than a knife.

So far we have the most interesting problem of evil spirits, it begins with the idol death because of unhealthy diet (ep1), the eating problem disorder-glutton demon, relationship betrayal of the mermaid story and now the badmothing demon. These demon do exist in real life. Human who acts such things also can be referred as demon/evil spirits. As if the writer wants to give a wisdom of telling us "evil spirits" does rooting from the evil heart like jealousy, insecurity complex, greed. At least for me, I see it as something much more meaningful than just a typical magical evil spirit.

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[Possible Spoiler]
My prediction is, Seon Mi will die in place of Oh Gong as she is the monk - her royal summon is to save the world, from exactly what, it could be from Oh Gong's firey wrath to an ultimate evil being etc. Anyway she would then be reborned as a man - a real 'sam jang' this time and the circle continues for her/him to achieve diety status, again with the help of Oh Gong.

Kekeke.

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That would be plain cruel.

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his confession can’t be more real when he says don’t leave me and go to another man , it might really kill me . aughhh my heart can’t take this

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Mawang demonstration of the seasoning was hilarious. I would hve cried if i were Sunmi... gosh...
but the comedy in this drama is gold

And i'm gonna cry because of the black fate of death bell

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Yes! I roared with laughter at the physical comedy—whether it’s the thermos “phone”, Alice propping up her breasts, MW pantomiming with sauce or Oh-gong’s sexy dance—I love the mix of giggles and heartbreak.

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This episode totally daebakkkk..!!! From SOG, JSM to Mawang.. OMG how I love the story line, great chemistry, wonderful plot & fantastic scenes..

We get to see the bromance turn into something hilarious when Mawang try to heat it up the emotion of SOG. When he realized JSM really love SOG, he make sure that feeling turn the table by expose about the sauces SOG had made..

We get to see SOG & JSM in serius bickering over the sauces but our heart feel in ease when SOG declare his love for her although she not realise the honest feeling from SOG.

This episode also we face the real truth where in the near future SOG or JSM will die. Harsh, indeed hope the happy ending will be in their hand. Finger cross.

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I always have this thought back on my mind whenever I'm watching Son Oh Gong that he has been having feelings for Jin Seon Mi even before the geumganggo is there to bind both of them together. They're already bounded by the contract and on top of that geumganggo come into the picture. With him, there's always a fine line between being her predator and being someone who actually cares for her. Like it sorts of always interchange within him. Tbh, if he hadn't keep the geumganggo at the first place and ignore it like a person who didn't care about anything he wouldn't be stuck in the situation. I feel like rather than geumganggo giving him the effect of loving her, it draws the gap between his feelings for her and him being the predator even bigger. So it's like his genuine feelings for her is becoming more significant that it is starting to push his predator side even more less. So, at this point, even if the geumganggo is having a new owner, it will be hard for him to just ignore his feelings for Jin Seon Mi. Come on he wasn't even able to do so even before the geumganggo came in the picture.

I am very hopeful with their development. But I am really looking forward on how this prophecy will play out. After all he was heavily betrayed by a human (it cost him like centuries in prison)

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IDK, before he tried to change their contract so he could eat her. If he had feelings for her, he might have heen touched by her sincere waiting for him (he said that it made her look cool).

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like I said, with him, his predatory nature and his feelings for her sorts of always interchange. Both of the sides are true for him. But to what extent one side can outweigh the other it's not clear. But eversince the geumganggo bind them together, he's becoming more soft for her and his feelings for her becomes even clear than before.

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I also think he started caring for her before the Geumganggo. It's all those little moments before the Geumganggo. Sure he had to rescue her from that photograph, but he didn't have to fix her umbrella and light up that christmas exhibit one more time. He might have even begun to feel something from the pre-GGG kiss. He looked confused and then the power of the GGG took over. I agree that the GGG having a new owner will help him figure out he does have feelings for Sunmi that isn't tied to the GGG.

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I do think so. The first reunion was in that red light stop, he reminds her by fanning himself with his hands just like how he did it long ago. It's like how he helps her to remember her and he even sent that kid ghost to escort her to him. He seems so disappointed when she tried to fool him by telling she remembers her name or when he ignores him.

And the which tied them is the old contract they've made. That both MW and patriach ever told making a contract between a human is something that uneasy to break. His promise to protect her. And when SM told him she's been waiting him for 25 years. He seems taken aback. He confessed to Frosty/summer fairy ha that it makes him feel uneasy. Plus that saving her from those evil spirits fixing his umbrella, or going to rescue her from the picture of brides demon. And the last reveal of patriach slips of words about the 3G is the tool to make their true feelings won't get in the way. These long list are enough to make me sure likes her before the bracelet cuffs his wrist.

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true. For me it is almost 75% confirmed he has feelings for her. Whether it is because he cares or he likes her, it doesn't matter. But she is at the back of his mind. He does think about her.

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I think, something will go wrong with the bracelet in the next episode and the team will be forced to take it off of him soon.

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I've not got much hopes of a happy ending, I'll accept it as long as it isn't a dreadful ending per say... If we go by the fantasy drama norms, most of them tend to have some middle grounds for the mortal-immortal couple, say Goblin wherein she was reborn of MLFAS where he found a way to travel to the planet or a MGIAG where she was brought back to life albeit as a fox with only a single tail... If I talk about the dreadful kind of endings then SHR definitely comes to my mind, I hope they avoid such endings...
Even a mediocrely happy ending is okay for me...

Also I think OG said that does SM really think that he'll eat her up when the GGG comes off, does that mean his threats and his not-so-polite words of eating her up were all Bluff or was it out of his normal foot-in-mouth nature?

I see that there are may dialogues that seems to have a foreshadowing of the future, and none of them in a good way.. It's okay if there are tears and sadness but I hope that sadness and tormenting isn't far-fetched...

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This is my first Hong Sisters drama. I’ve inferred from DB comments that their work is great but uneven. Do their dramas usually end well—at least in a way that makes sense?

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They often have strange twists. I saw Greatest love (happy ending, strange twist), Gumiho (happy ending, forced separation), Master's sun (happy ending, noble idiocy), Warm and cozy(happy ending, noble idiocy or whatever that was). Hope they evolved...

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I don't remember the twist with the Greatest Love. What was it? My memory of the Greatest Love is that it was the most simple, balanced, and romantic of the Hong sisters' dramas.

I've finished all of them except for Warm and Cozy. I think all the endings have been pretty good except for Big (like wtf.). Hong Gil Dong was a fusion sageuk and the ending was befitting of a sageuk and was meaningful, but also too cold-water-in-your-face realistic.

There is always a period of angst and separation around the 3rd quarter (like 90% of romantic kdramas), but I think the overall work - story and character relationships- are strong enough that I am able to power through it.

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There was that pending scandal if they got caught up dating. Also the heart problem. Both combined coinsidentaly saved the day.

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They usually have happy endings which do make sense but get messy on the last episodes. Big was an exception. I doubt Hwayugi won't have a happy ending but it has so many elements I also doubt they will manage to make it logical and elegant. The best ending was in Best Love in my opinion.

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Am i the only one who feels like Buja will save them in a way or other?? Coz after scarlet heart ryeo broke my heqrt n cheese in the trap made me cry my heart out like never before or even when GOBLIN almost gave me an heart attack, I have realized i can't tolerate sad endings n specially not on this one. Not at all not even in dreams. I'm drop-dead sure, I'll keep having nightmares n i wont ever forgive hong sisters for this. I'm so attached to this drama that i can hardly wait a week. Thanks to @girlfriday & @javabeans for recapping so fast. As i was saying, that they hinted it from the starting to prepare ourselves for a sad ending but i think there can be a loop hole. Coz both Sam jang n oh gong got buddhahood in the end of original novel well i guess after sam jang sacrificed him for a demon named feisty or may be it was another novel but it happened n monkey king carried his rock statue n then a tear drop fell from heaven on the statue's hand it cracked. So I'm hoping there must be a loophole. But please no sad endings. I'm so attached to it that I don't think i can cope up. N moreover, i guess due to arrival of new owner, the deity's plan of stopping them from falling in love will backfire as only then will SOG realize that he likes or may be loves JSM. Whereas for JSM that black bell has confirmed (or that is what she thought) that they are fated to love each other. So may be they'll realize it. N as for as character growth is concerned, SOG is showing some improvements. Atleast he is realizing things he shouldn't say. N that whole Seasoning scene n Mawang's explanation, i laughed so much n i felt so bad for JSM. N i was a bit disappointed that they didnt show the direct aftermath of kiss. I mean i really wanted to watch Secretory Ma and Mawang's reaction more. LOL. As well as SOG breaking all those glasses. N if YOOK GONG is spy then i guess SOG should know that JSM wanted him to have lunch with her or i guess he was an idiot that he couldn't read between words. N i really wish to seebmore of jealous, pouty n petty monkey and swoony too. *clutches my heart* Lee seung gi is sooo hot. So i have my fingers crossed for next episode and waiting for the new owner of geumganggo.

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I think since sunmi and ohgong loves each other,the geumganggo can't work for the real owner. since sunmi and ohgong are signed that sunmi can summon ohgong,i don't think the new owner can do it since they are not signed. sunmi and ohgong will eventually learn their feelings when geumganggo is not working/has new owner.

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SOG didn't wear the fur coat again today. :(

That ending- the death bell and that song playing - very haunting. Fate, you can't do this to Sunmi!!

"I love you, Jin Sunmi"
"I know. Thank you." -- A simple line, but it makes me feel heartbroken.

With SOG and Sunmi talking about being betrayed and killed by Sunmi and Sunmi assuring him that she's not going to do those things, I'm guessing at the end, Sunmi will stick with her promise, even if it means dying herself.

I'm glad Mawang got some big-point-getter things done today, though it's really Sunmi who came across them. I wonder if there is a way to check what everyone's "Get into heaven as a deity" point totals are.

I really enjoy how despite being monsters with powers, they worry about bad press just as much as humans do. Poor PK!

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>>I wonder if there is a way to check what everyone's "Get into heaven as a deity" point totals are.

They have a system like we do here ;p Ma-wang's probably the "Loan shark with a heart of gold". And Oh-gong's "the Goblin's underpants".

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Isn't that worse then calling him a sparrow?

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I was missing the fur coats too and Ma Wang ended up wearing some black fur overcoat thing.

I saw someone mention on tumblr that Oh Gong not wearing a fur coat could be more symbolic of him changing. When he's wearing the fur coats, they (to me) make him look more like a trickster while his new long coat look makes him seem more mature. Idk, I do miss the fur coats though. Hopefully we get them back!

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That's a good explanation, but SOG just looks sexier in the fur coats, so I'm missing them. Ugh, the stuff Hwayugi is getting me to say.

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I actually like him more in the tailored, form-fitting coats. I am more concerned with the lack of a shirtless scene or a shower scene. He's got a military body, can we maybe get a peak?

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I saw someone mention on tumblr that Oh Gong not wearing a fur coat could be more symbolic of him changing.

As I see it, Oh-gong's ceasing to wear the fur coat is a case of the tiger literally changing his stripes (like the leopard changing his spots).

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Ohh that's a really nice though! I loved the idea of the missing fur coat being a visual cue of Oh-gong literally changing his ways and trying to emulate Sun-mi through their increasingly matching wardrobe.

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Son. Oh. Gong!!!!

Melting~~~ !

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I just found out that the seasoning position on the table when OG come back home was "love" pattern.. LOL.. maybe MW did that... LOL

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I feel like the moment OG hears the words "I love you, Son Woo Kong" will be in sad moments, where SM said it before she'll sacrifice herself, and that would make OG turns the world up side down out of pain and anger

right now, I just wanna save that spy stuffed monkey from OG wrath.. he's too cute to vanish.. lol

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I can actually see that happening lol

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that girl who plays the squid, I mean, the octopus-inside-Alicia, who is she? She is pulling a great stint as the "octopus".

I must say I feel more bad for PK - felt like a superfluous character at first, but now I understand he didn´t just become a star because it was easy. in fact, it is hard and he has to deal with the dirty reality of paparazzis and mean gossip. demons are a fairytale but the senselessly jealous and vindictive human nature is a reality. Seeing him panic shows that even if youre the biggest star of the company, one scandal is enough to ruin everything. he can´t use any magic to deal with it, because even stars aren´t gods. Poor PK, fighting! (but that scene in the car was too funny!!!!)

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Her name is Bora from the group Sistar! I'm enjoying her acting as the octopus prince too lol.

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is this her first drama? Because she is such a natural. that manspread last ep! her whole body language! I love it. I hope she stays around for longer.

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No, I don't think so. It looks like Doctor Stranger was her first drama and she's had a few appearances in some web dramas. I just read that she left her girl group and signed to a new agency (same one as Lee Seung Gi) last summer.

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Actually, her girl group disbanded.

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Yes, Bora's really doing a good job. Her mannerisms and gait are so on point!

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I have to add, facial expressions too!

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"If I think about it, you’re the only person in this world who can kill me… because if you told me to die, I would.”

Ah... love ㅠ.ㅠ 💔

It also occurred to me this episode, that all of us who have been in love, in a way, have experienced being encircled with a geumganggo. You feel unwittingly tied to this person; like it or not, their mood affects you, and you feel compelled to give them your all, even as this goes against an innate sense of self-preservation. 😕😔

This push-and-pull in Oh-gong and Sun-mi's love story really gets to me though - the looming sense of a love that is doomed, together with the seemingly equal certainty of not being able to help oneself.

Kinda like those slow-motion moments of being frozen in the spot, as you watch the Truck of Doom hurtling towards you, I guess. 😅

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subs for this episode is out in onedramanice i think and also viki and by this point many drama sites . waiting for subs is a torture so i really want to thank girlfriday and javabeans for not just speedy recaps but insightfull funny and touching recaps . you guys react so well as sec ma .

i don’t know what to say or think because otp being all melo dramatic ripped my heart . lsg is just killing it as jelous heartbroken man who is begging for his love not to leave him or hate him . and it’s worth it because sunmi without even knowing is so in love with him there is no way she will betray him or leave him for another human .

one or the two having to be the sacrifice to seal the gates of hell is bad enough , now we have to deal with death bells and fate where otp is meant to kill the other is too much . the ost at the end was so fitting . but i don’t think i can endure seunggi and yoensoe in tears no one told this is a melodrama . i will come back when my thoughts are more organized

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no one told us this was a melodrama

Ha! @sunny that pretty much sums up nearly every Kdrama I’ve watched in my short career watching these shows!

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Okay so I know the main relationship we're focusing on is Son Oh Gong and Jin Sun Mi but SOG coming to Han Joo's aid was so sweet to me. The way SOG was giving Han Joo a pep talk. So cute and I bet now Han Joo is going to be Team Oh Gong instead. I hope Han Joo gets some sort of raise and I'm curious if he'll ever wind up finding out the truth behind his mysterious boss.

Can't wait for the next episode!

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I can see HJ joining Team Oh Gong too! There is something alluring about SOG being nice. Mawang was all "destroy SOG! *cackle cackle*" until SOG seemingly does something nice and Mawang ends up being mollified and even tries to help.

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Cant wait to watch it with subs!

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I love how you summarized the effect of what SOG says and why it has the impact it does. Thank you for the recap! Waiting for subs to rewatch!

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Thank you for the recap. Wonder if oh gong saw the death bell. He knows he is probably going to be the death of him but he does not really care. I wonder if the roles are actually inverted and that he is the one that will kill her in order to save the world.
PK is hilarious and Ma Wang desperate to get his cow statue fixed was just brilliant.

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I just felt so sad for SeonMi when MaWang told her about the bracelet. She just seems so affection starved. Noone really cares for her, not the humans, not the demons. Maybe Bbu Ja. I think that's why she believes in them so wholeheartedly and seems willing to forgive a lot. Having to hear that OhGong would have no interest in her means that the others wouldn't either. How soul-crushing.

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Even someone like SOG got someone taking care of him (CEO Sa) - someone who would miss him when he's gone and cook for him. Sunmi is much nicer than SOG and would be a much better friend.

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Imagine SunMi misunderstanding the purpose of the Black Bell and believing it's the one for fated lover or along the lines when it's for the one who will bring her death(cause of ringing being heard),what happenes if the fated lover and one of death is the same person(because we all know Oh Gong is her fated one),curious if he can hear it as well...

Curious if in the end they will make them reunite as humans in the future,as even if they both survive something i doubt it will, still be very bitter as she will grow old right under his eyes while he will still remain as youthful and immortal as ever suffering even more when she will leave him all alone...(korean writers are usually subtile or not in their hints and like many fantasy dramas they really point to us about her fate and how if she dies he will as well because his heart will be destroyed in more than figurative) or she will be forced to kill him as a sacrifice...Kinda sad our SunMi doesn't have any special powers of her own with the Heaven's Order as Samjang to at least protect herself on her own from stronger evil monsters rather than put all on Oh Gong...
I must say i found Oh Gong confession after he smashed the demon sooo sad even when telling her he loved her,i really wanted to hug him...Curious if we get a twist on the toy monkey and it has a small diety living there...

Guess that's why like i've seen till now deities keep things among themselevs and have this barrier added without associating feelings wise(for those who have them) with humans making that boundry very clear...

I'm quite curious what kind of Deity is th Grandson of the Grandma(more likely Samshin Granny)

Also 'em i the only one who thought in that scene with Oh Gong and the lil monkey toy a parody from Goblin.....

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lol, I do think it's a parody of it when he said I'll destroy you and turn you to dust back into diasappear. That's a line which refers to kim shin's fate, no??

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Sharing a friend's fan made video on Hwayugi Ep 8. Strictly for fun LOL
https://twitter.com/judith_loewe/status/955485277165793281
Enjoy this serving of Hot Spicy Jealousy Soup!

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what romance?? lol i can't fully enjoy it when that freaking bracelet is still controllign him!! i just want it to not be a factor in the love department anymore! ugh! all these lovely OSTs for nothing!

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But of late when he says "I Love you" to Sun Mi he isnt saying " I Love you" because of Bracelet, like he used to before.

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The obvious metaphor is obvious, but I still need to say it. Notice, how he doesn't point to his bracelet when he says he loves her anymore?

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Oh! and I'd like to add that I find the second lead very annoying. Is it because of the character's incessant need to remind us he's american? Or is it because he's too one dimensional and his only drive in life is to court Sun Mi (I mean Sun Mi is kinda one dimensional too but she has some spunk in her).

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I havent watched the one with subs yet but i diligently watched the raw while reading the recap. Thank so much GF!!! I am so stoked you and JB are recapping this!
This episode is hilarious on all levels. Most of those are already enumerated in the comments but I'll just add one more if its not mentioned yet- I kept getting amused at OSG and SM wearing the same top- the white turtle neck with a tie thingy. hehehe. Is that a couple thing, and its even both in white!

While it is funny it was also swoony, ohemgee! First off, id also like shin mina guesting as a gumiho because that will be brilliant haha woohoo! The milk cow was hilarious, the constant references to food- ah i do adore LHK. But how is LSG getting hotter with each episodes? even that goofy dance was sexy! We know how he dances IRL heheh, i wonder how much he practiced that one! And i think my jaw dropped when the camera panned and there he was sitting coolly on the hood of his car, his face stony and his coat spread around him. If I were SM my heart would have quaked, forget about my pride and any feminist notions in my head and meekly follow him when he said to come. I am loving all these coats he's wearing because they're not bulky but emphasizes his height and lean figure. now he does not look a bit like a gangster anymore with the bulky fur coat and that golden GGG on his wrist. He looked like he will start shooting with a gold plated gun or start rapping while in slow motion in an MV! I can't wait for SM to discard her blacks and grey and whites because she is gorgeous even more when she's got color and her hair is down framing her face.
I understand how SM is always being wary of her feelings for OSG, like how hard she tries to hide it from everyone else esp OG, but what if she just bask in that love? take advantage of it while its there because its a losing battle already. She's already lost her heart to him a long time ago. I mean carpe diem!!! Grab it while it's there! I understand self preservation, we do that often as humans. But Id like to see how that goes, i think it will completely floor OG. What will happen if that love was openly returned by SM, what will he do? Because while I feel for fellow human SM, I also feel for SOG whenever he got this disappointment in his eyes when he thinks he gets rejected by SM. haha the reactions of everyone - let the mass cringing and eye rolling commence Sec Ma!

By the way, i don't know how to feel about the Jonathan guy. He doesn't look enough of a rival for SOG ( he should be thankful he's still alive by the way) and isn't it weird he was never curious about SOG? He kissed her right in front of you dude! How are you not asking who he is? And wasn't SM's constant talk about her fairy points to the scary looking guy?

Speaking of which, SOG's fluctuation between rage, arrogance, smugness, total badassery and flashes of vulnerability in between ( very subtle blinking back teary eyes when SM wouldn't...

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oops comment got on too long sorry!
But as i was saying, With his hundred of years behind him as an all powerful Great Sage, to admit to her that she hurts him with mere anger, and that she can kill him on a whim or even with a simple choice of going to another guy, is nothing short of phenomenal. ( And that I love you at the end. gah how is she not a puddle of goo?? Again SM superpower!!) As Gf has pointed out, I love how straightforward and honest he is on how he feels be it painful to him or the the other party or not. That's why I keep wishing the same thing from SM- why not say I'm afraid to fall for you because my love is real and yours is not? After all of this is done, what will I be but a prey and a distant memory? or as i said above, why not bask in it and revel in it while it lasts? wouldn't it be a better memory than nothing? Ok im getting ahead of course we need a build up so the payoff is worth the wait.
Ok, also is the GGG weakening SOG's body? Episode 3 he suddenly felt cold, then episode 7 he actually caught a cold! even MW remarked on the impossibility of it- supposedly. They've been dropping these nuggets and I'm betting there will be a point where SOG will lose his powers, maybe near the end when everything is at stake.
I also think that he's been watching over her at a distance for the past 25 years. Just a thought, not because he recognizes her easily as a grownup but it's just a feeling since the first episode.
I die laughing at the actual death threats at the poor Monkey plushie. he's really a spy? haha i love that! Explains the eavesdropping and poor Han Joo's little accidents haha. That was a gem!
Oh bad monkey, how do i love Thee?

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Seunggi post military is so hot! I mean he is always attractive and cute, but this manly version of Seunggi, I just simply can't handle, and if you happen to watch his new variety show, you must have been aware of how much he like to be shirtless and flex his abs.. oh boy! oh boy!

then come Seunggi as cheeky SOG, blew the level of hottness out of the roof! at this rate I need Gen. Frost to cool me down

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i know right? I mean I haven't watched in full yet -Jipsabu- because I cant find one with english subs but i saw the clips and frankly was so surprised. During 1n2d days he was so shy he'd hide himself changing clothes, he does not even want to show his bare back and was so nervous everytime they threaten to take off his clothes. Well the army sure did a number on that modesty coz apparently he's not that shy anymore haha, good for us right? Manly Seunggi is loooove, as Mawang says it haha.

anyway I am truly loving him in this i just hope this ends well. Aside from tragic stories , i hate open ended ones because nobody who sits thru hour long series does not so just to be left hanging! we want payoff for wringing our hands, pulling hair for weeks on end till the next episode airs!

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So, I'm a little confused about this part. Does the bell ring for the one who'll die. So that means Oh-Gong is going to be the one who kills Sam Jang in the end? Or is the evil spirit correct, that Sam Jang will be the one who'll kill Oh-Gong?

Either way, the stakes are getting higher and I'm liking it! Also, Lee Seung-gi definitely became manlier after the army. I've always thought of him as just a nice guy, but never hot. This role is doing wonders for him. Mmh.

One more thing, Jonathan's random English makes him kind of dopey. We get it. He's American, lived in New York, he can speak English without an accent. Yes, yes, you convinced us, drama. It's just irritating that he can speak Korean fine, but chooses to blatantly speak in English when no one else can understand his one-liners. He over pronounces and drags his vowels on top of that. I get second-hand embarrassment from listening to his lines. Truly one of the rare moments when I don't have SLS, and not just because Lee Seung-gi is the hot lead who's impossible to root against.

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I think what it means that the bell will ring in present of the two person fated to kill one or the other. It doesn't matter who's holding it at the moment.

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Ya even i felt the same, its ok to show us that he has lived in america not to the extent of making us get irritated with his language often.. Its KDrama let it be in Korean language, i like it that way..

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the way it was subbed, it seems like the person who heard the ring of the bell will see the person who is fated to cause their death. So it becomes interchange because if someone knows they're fated to die by someone's hands, wouldn't you want to kill them first before they get to you? So I always take it in a way that the bell sorts of confirmed that she will die by his hand.

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Is it wrong of me that I keep imagining bogum's face as monkey instead of seunggi? It really stuck with me that he was originally the first choice. But I am glad it's seunggi though, because I really like him also, and I feel that he's perfect as monkey.

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Well, i had few surprises and few confusion this week..
1. Whats the real secret behind that bracelet??, I know Sun mi loves On gong also he has feelings for her but as Mawang said will it have no meaning after her work as monk gets over??, one is this and Patriarch says its to hide the true feelings, what does it mean?? (I seriously dont understand his stand here)
2. Monkey doll a spy?? thats interesting though
3. Black bell?? Grim reaper sign?, though it has been quoted from the day one, i dont think Oh gong will ever kill Sun Mi, and the other way as well.. As this is a drama... Love is in air so no way that will be possible but then how is it going to go i m curious to some extent
4.Zombie.. i like her, i like her character, i like her acting, everything in total i like about her..
5. I wish PK and Zombie become pair instead of alice..
6. I dont understand peddler's grandson character at all, i mean what for its there?

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4-6 Totally agree!!

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noooooooooooooooooooooooo *breathes* oooooooooooooooooooooo.

my, petty monkey :(

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Why do PK's screencaps always make me laugh ?

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Please oh please don't end as a tragedy!!!

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That part when he said dont leave me behind.. that part really breaks my heart. Such as powerful moment

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Upon watching it with subtitles, I cant help but pitying Sunmi for having such seemingly bad luck all her life. Seeing ghosts, having lotus scented blood that spirits after, and also this. THIS. Having that black bell ending just like that.

But I absolutely love Great Sage's face when he saw Sun Mi. I think the whole point of having geumganggo on the first place is not to bind the monkey in love, but just like what patriach said, to conceal one's feelings. Because, if she knows that the monkey really loves her to death, she might not allow Great Sage to give her protection at the cost of his death.

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That would make it such a tragic romance.

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Ok
I was thinking. What if GOS was always was around Sun Mi, but never showed himself because he can be a jerk right?

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Actually whats the relationship between Mawang and Oh Song?? Sometimes it seems he is helping Oh Song other time he is waiting for right time to drag him out.. I seriously dont understand..

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