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Hwayugi: Episode 11

It’s an episode all about death, but in true Hong sisters fashion it’s an opportunity for gags, since dying means something entirely different to a bunch of monsters who live for centuries. Still, it makes them reflect on what they live for, what they leave behind, and how they choose to go, and they learn that no one is truly exempt from death… maybe even immortals.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Sun-mi reactivates Oh-gong’s bracelet with a kiss (even though it was never deactivated to begin with, heh) and Oh-gong answers by kissing her properly. They walk out holding hands, and Oh-gong says it’s been decided now what kind of ordinary relationship they’ll have, since the kiss ruled out friends or family. That just leaves…

Sun-mi’s eyes widen and she asks where he thinks he’s taking her. Oh-gong, ever the smartass: “You activated [it], so you have to take responsibility!” Oh you’re not talking about the bracelet, are you?

Flustered, Sun-mi says she’s going home, and Oh-gong offers to get there first and wait for her, but she refuses to let him come over unless she calls his name. Oh-gong can’t understand in the least, while Sun-mi runs home and freaks out over what just happened.

Mawang is on the news the next morning because he’s one of many public figures carrying the Olympic torch, and the crowd cheers as he readies to receive the flame from presidential hopeful Kang Dae-sung.

But as he’s waiting in front of all the cameras, someone from the crowd suddenly steps up and stabs him in the gut, and Mawang falls to the ground in a heap. The news spreads instantly, and when Han-joo tells Sun-mi, her first thought is that Mawang couldn’t possibly die.

But Secretary Ma tells reporters that Mawang could die in a worst-case scenario, getting teary-eyed in the process. It’s all for show, of course, and Secretary Ma explains to Sun-mi that the Mawang lying in the hospital bed is an illusion he created because he’s decided to die.

Mawang gathers everyone at home and announces that he’s going to die, and everyone claps for him in congratulations while Sun-mi looks around at all the monsters quizzically. PK explains that they regularly have to “die” and start new lives, and since Mawang happened to get stabbed publicly, it’s good timing to die.

Oh-gong chides Mawang for getting stabbed in the first place, but he insists that he got stabbed on purpose, for the sake of humans. In flashback, we see that he’d spotted a man possessed by a demon in the crowd, clearly intent on murdering someone. It looks like his intended target might have been Kang Dae-sung, but before he could get there, Mawang stepped in and got stabbed in his place.

He’d grabbed his attacker and told the demon to get out, and with one flash of Mawang’s red eyes, the demon had vanished.

Back in the present, Oh-gong asks what Mawang plans to do while “dead,” and Mawang says that Lucifer CEO Woo Hwi lived a rather noisy life, so he’s thinking of traveling quietly for a while, and then maybe opening a hotel as his next persona.

Oh-gong likes the sound of that and suggests that they open a hotel in a warm country, and Mawang immediately says he’ll do it someplace very cold.

Secretary Ma plans to die right away alongside Mawang like the loyal dog she is, and PK wonders if he should wrap up this lifetime too. Oh-gong thinks they all caused unnecessary trouble by becoming famous, and Mawang counters sarcastically that the rest of them didn’t have the foresight to live as unemployed loser punks like Oh-gong. HA.

Mawang thinks that gaining love and respect from human beings makes it all worthwhile, but Oh-gong says he doesn’t need love and respect from anyone except Sun-mi. Everyone’s eyes dart to her and she tries to deny that anything is going on, but Oh-gong protests, “If you’re going to be like that, I’m not going to activate!”

Sun-mi asks what, but he’s using “activate” as code for kisses, and demonstrates by kissing his fingers and then pressing them to her lips. Hee, the looks on everyone’s faces! Embarrassed, Sun-mi rushes Oh-gong out of there while muttering that he should follow Mawang and die today.

Up in Oh-gong’s room, she warns him not to seduce her, and he asks if she’s scared she’ll cave if he keeps at it. To his shock, she readily admits it. Oh-gong: “Why are you suddenly being like this? I really like it.”

Sun-mi says it’s embarrassing because she’s already been fooled by him before, and she knows that someday this will end and she’ll be all alone again. Even knowing this, she’s fallen for him, and she asks for a little mercy. He asks if being alone in his room is very dangerous for her, and can’t hide his smile when she says that it is.

He shows her his skylight and snaps his fingers to make the stars appear overhead, and while she watches the night sky, he watches her. Oh-gong looks at his bracelet and says to himself, “Jin Sun-mi, I think I’m being fooled too. If this disappears, I think I’ll feel the same as I do now. I’m crazy, right? I’m in danger too.”

Kang Dae-sung contemplates the glove that Buja left behind the second time she died in front of him, and thinks back to the night he hit her with his car. He wonders if he’s going crazy and starts laughing. Imma go with yes on that one.

Buja walks Sun-mi out and apologizes for biting her in the van the other day, and Sun-mi reassures her that she’s fine, and makes sure that Buja is no longer rotting.

But after Sun-mi is gone, Oh-gong confronts Buja and says sternly that if he’d been the one to catch PK that day she attacked Sun-mi, he’d be dead. He knows that Buja is still rotting despite the energy balls she’s eating, and says that at some point PK will try to feed her another human, and she’ll become a real demon then.

Tears spill down her face, and Oh-gong says it’ll make Sun-mi sad if Buja disappears not knowing who she was, but it’ll make her even sadder if she has to kill her as a demon. Buja says she understands and will find an appropriate time to disappear.

CEO Sa notes that Oh-gong has been running the air conditioner lately for Buja’s sake (aw), and Oh-gong just says gruffly that he hates the cold and it’s time to stop pampering the zombie. Gruff Oppa Monkey is so cute.

Secretary Ma and Summer Fairy share drinks while sighing over Sun-mi’s foolishness in giving her heart to a monster, and Secretary Ma is surprised to hear that Sun-mi spoke of a love bell that once rang for a monster-human couple fated by the heavens. She goes to the peddler’s grandson to find out if he sold her a love bell, but he denies it and says he only lost a death bell that day they chased him off the street.

Sun-mi holds said death bell in her hands, still believing it to signal her fated love with Oh-gong. She wonders if she should tell him that they’re a destined match.

At a construction site, two workmen hesitate in front of a large tree which needs to be knocked down, but is rumored to be cursed. One man says that someone touched it last week and ended up stabbing someone, and refuses to go near it.

The other man is willing to try cutting it down for the extra cash bonus, but as soon as he attempts to fire up the chainsaw, the sky turns dark. The wind kicks up the leaves around him, and then suddenly a force drags him straight into the tree, and the man disappears with a scream.

News of Mawang’s critical condition and fans’ well wishes is still the topic of the day, and Mawang sits in his living room watching the news and dramatically sobbing over his own death.

Oh-gong steals the remote to watch Seo-jinnie on Youn’s Kitchen, heh, disrupting Mawang’s emo moment. Oh-gong thinks they should open a restaurant like the one on TV (I like that Oh-gong persists in inserting himself into Mawang’s next lifetime), but Mawang rejects the offer. Oh-gong thinks he’s being far too emotional when he’s already decided to die, but Mawang says he would’ve lived longer had he known he was so beloved.

Secretary Ma interrupts to say that Mawang can’t die right now after all, because he needs to clear up a scandal first. The boys gape to see news stories of multiple women coming forward, claiming to have had Mawang’s children in an effort to inherit his fortune.

Mawang shouts indignantly that he’s been practicing asceticism for a thousand years (all the while pointing very emphatically at his crotch, LOL), and asks how the hell he could have sired so many heirs.

Oh-gong finds this all very amusing, not at all surprised when Secretary Ma adds that there’s another rumor about him having a secret lover on the side. But then Mawang shows him the article, which posits Sun-mi as his hidden girlfriend… and Oh-gong is suddenly outraged and demands that Mawang come back from the dead to clear this up.

That’s all the convincing Mawang needs not to die as planned, and he wakes up in his hospital bed good as new. The doctors declare it a miracle, and in no time the scandals are quashed and Mawang delights in the positive press about his miraculous recovery.

Kang Dae-sung’s foundation is the one building on the site with the cursed demon tree, and he doesn’t see why they can’t just blast the tree to smithereens. When he learns that the Olympic torch attack was meant for him and connected to that tree, he pays a visit to Mawang in the hospital, making sure the photographers get every angle.

Sun-mi is there with Han-joo to visit Mawang as well, and happens to see the workman who’d disappeared into the tree the other day. His eyes are red and he’s surrounded by black smoke, so she chases after him.

She loses him in a different wing but finds PK and Buja instead, and PK tells Buja to wait while they hunt down the demon, instructing her not to fall asleep in case she gets mistaken for a corpse.

He pats her on the head cutely and they head off, and Buja sits in the hallway, not realizing that it happens to be right outside her mother’s hospital room.

Kang Dae-sung tells his minion to have Buja’s mother moved to a different hospital to ensure that she doesn’t have a miraculous recovery like Mawang did, and so Mom gets wheeled out for her transfer right in front of Buja. She stares for a long time as her mother passes by, but doesn’t seem to remember her.

Sun-mi and PK can’t find the possessed workman, and share their theory with Mawang that the demon may be using different bodies to attack one target: Kang Dae-sung. He doesn’t see why, and asks Sun-mi to look into it with Secretary Ma as backup.

Secretary Ma happily says she’ll track down the demon that stabbed Mawang and kill it. I love Mawang’s “Niiiiice” in response.

Privately, Secretary Ma asks Sun-mi about having seen a love bell, and asks casually if she’s heard it ringing before. Sun-mi affirms it, and Secretary Ma keeps the truth to herself that the bell actually signifies one person’s fate to die at the other’s hands.

Oh-gong is annoyed when Buja brings home all the flowers from Mawang’s hospital room, saying that they’ll all rot and need to be thrown out. Buja’s face falls and she says they’re still okay, but realizes that they’ll become repulsive when rotted, just like her.

Oh-gong says they’re not the same at all (aww), then quips that flowers are pretty, unlike her. Buja pouts and insists that she’s been told multiple times that she’s very pretty, even as a zombie, and Oh-gong finally caves and tells her she’s pretty, which he points out is a very big compliment for a zombie to hear from him. I get so soft when he’s nice to the zombie.

Buja smiles broadly and thanks Oh-gong for pampering her so well, and bows in gratitude before declaring that she’s ready to go now. She asks Oh-gong to burn her, and he asks if she’s really okay disappearing without knowing who she was or how she died.

Tears in her eyes, she says that she must not have any family looking for her, and though she found the hit men who tried to bury her, she doesn’t want to turn into a demon just to get revenge. She looks down at the rose in her hand and says that she wants to disappear while she’s still beautiful, and asks him to keep it a secret while she says her goodbyes to everyone.

Buja tells Oh-gong to stop running the air conditioner for her sake, but he just grabs all the flowers and says he’ll throw them away… in the bathtub where she sleeps. That’s so sweet.

Secretary Ma reports to Mawang about Kang Dae-sung being connected to the construction site where his attacker worked, which she plans to check out with Sun-mi. She hesitates but also tells him what she knows about the death bell, adding that it rang but Sun-mi doesn’t seem to know what it really means.

Oh-gong texts Sun-mi to count to ten because he’s coming over, and she runs around cleaning up her apartment and tries to look casual when he arrives. He says he was being considerate with the warning since he doesn’t want her to be so happy to see him that she dies, and when she says she’s not that far gone, he warns confidently, “You will be soon.”

He came to tell her something, but asks first whether she’d prefer to know a sad thing beforehand even if it’s not preventable. Sun-mi says that if it’s inevitable, knowing sooner would just make her sad for longer, so Oh-gong refrains from saying anything (presumably about Buja).

He’s surprised when she invites him to stay for tea, and thinks it’s selfish of her to be so casual about it just because it’s not dangerous for her, while he’s barely holding it together to be around her.

But while she’s making tea, he opens the jewelry box sitting on the table and discovers the death bell. Judging from the look on his face, he knows exactly what it is. By the time Sun-mi returns from the kitchen, Oh-gong is gone.

He returns it to the peddler’s grandson, who confirms that it’s the death bell. Oh-gong asks whether it rang, and he says that it did. Ruh-roh.

At the same time, Mawang asks Patriarch if Oh-gong and Sun-mi are fated to kill each other. He doesn’t understand how it’s possible for Sun-mi to kill Oh-gong when he’s an immortal who couldn’t even be burned by hellfire, but Patriarch says that Oh-gong has developed a fatal weakness—the bracelet has softened his heart (he describes this in a physical sense, though it’s obviously metaphorical too).

Mawang asks the million-dollar question: “So in order to fulfill her heavenly calling, will Sam-jang have to kill Sohn Oh-gong… or will she die at Sohn Oh-gong’s hands?”

Patriarch says that since theirs is a deadly fate, it’ll be one or the other. Either way, he calls it heaven’s punishment for Oh-gong. URG, sometimes you really do want to shoot the messenger.

Mawang is stunned to realize that heaven has yet to forgive the proud monkey after all these years. Patriarch says that Oh-gong has never once felt true pain in his entire life, and that always angered everyone else in heaven. He supposes that they need to see Oh-gong’s true suffering in order to forgive him. In his lair, Oh-gong contemplates the bell and tosses it aside, looking angry.

Buja goes around saying her goodbyes, though she keeps the goodbye part a secret and just thanks the people in her life for the nice things they’ve done for her. She thanks CEO Sa for making her yummy food, Frosty for keeping her chilled, and Summer Fairy for making her pretty.

PK pitches a fit when Secretary Ma tells him and Dragon Prince (in Alice’s body) that they can’t break up because they got caught in a new picture together. PK whines that Dragon Prince passes out after one drink and swears that nothing happened, and Dragon Prince makes a pun on “pig” to insinuate that he couldn’t get it up. PK shouts that he wouldn’t want to, and it devolves into a shoving match.

Buja’s arrival breaks up the petty fight, and she thanks Secretary Ma for feeding her energy balls and encourages Dragon Prince to make up with his father. PK skips a photo shoot with Dragon Prince in favor of taking Buja to the amusement park, and as they wait for the elevator, he complains about Oh-gong always hitting him in the nose.

Buja realizes that he got beaten up for trying to feed Sun-mi to her, but he reassures her that he didn’t get hit very many times. She tenderly reaches up to touch his nose, telling him not to try so hard on her behalf.

PK reminds her that she’s his dongsaeng, and Buja fights back her tears as she says that she has plans with Oh-gong today, and he’s going to take her someplace very nice. Noooo, don’t go!

She says that she’s most thankful to PK and was happy when he called her his dongsaeng, and he pats her on the head and says that he likes his dongsaeng best of all. They wave at each other and she says goodbye, waiting until the elevator doors close to let her tears fall.

Sun-mi and Secretary Ma visit the demon tree that sits on Kang Dae-sung’s land, and Secretary Ma freezes the possessed workman while Sun-mi summons the demon with her blood. The sky darkens ominously and the tree speaks through the workman, “I’ve been a protector for a thousand years. You foolish humans! From now on it’s in your hands!”

Oh dear… I don’t think they should be killing this tree…

The demon vanishes and the sky turns bright again, and Secretary Ma is satisfied that the demon is gone. But Sun-mi is bothered by what it said, and wonders if what they got rid of was really a demon.

Oh-gong tells Mawang that he’s going to burn Buja, because it’ll be less sad for Sun-mi than seeing her as a demon. Mawang notes that Oh-gong’s heart really has become soft, and Oh-gong agrees, musing that Sun-mi could really end up killing him.

Mawang acts like that’s ridiculous, but Oh-gong calls him out on knowing all about the death bell. Mawang says that if it rang, one of them is destined to kill the other, but Oh-gong simplifies it—as long as he’s wearing the bracelet, he can never harm Sun-mi, which only leaves one possibility.

Mawang asks if he’s decided to die at Sun-mi’s hands, and Oh-gong says in a detached voice that if he wants to live, he’ll have to find a way to kill Sun-mi first…

But when they see Sun-mi approaching with Secretary Ma, Oh-gong wonders aloud, “How can the woman who might kill me look so pretty?” Mawang says that if she’s that pretty in his eyes, his only option is to be killed by her.

Oh-gong tells Mawang not to worry too much about him: “I won’t ever die.” Mawang says he’s not worried at all, and looks thoughtful as he watches him walk away with Sun-mi. He tells Secretary Ma that he knows Oh-gong very well, and he will surely find a way to get rid of Sun-mi to save himself.

“Love? Something like that can never beat him,” Mawang says.

Oh-gong puts on a smile in front of Sun-mi and interlocks their fingers, which suddenly takes on a very different feeling.

Buja goes to the hospital to say goodbye to Mawang, and at the elevator, the ajumma who’d been taking care of a patient in her mother’s room recognizes her from the photos by her mother’s bedside.

She finds a missing flyer left behind and shows Buja, who finally discovers that her real name is Jung Se-ra. In tears, she calls the number on the flyer, but her mother’s cell phone happens to be in the hit men’s hands. They lie that they’re her mother’s caretakers, and she runs off to meet them.

Oh-gong heals the cut on Sun-mi’s hand, and she tells him that the ground shook when a drop of her blood fell by the tree. But nothing else happened, and the demon vanished. He tells her to be careful anyway, since the monk’s blood could awaken something annoying, but she argues that it’s his fault since she’s the monk because of him.

He laughs and says she’s right that everything that happens to her is because of him, “So if I die because of you, I have nothing to say.” He takes her hand again, but his smile doesn’t meet his eyes.

Turns out Oh-gong was right about Sun-mi awakening something—a coffin was dug up underneath the tree at the construction site, and the foreman shows it to Kang Dae-sung, who tries to lift the lid open.

As soon as he touches it, whatever’s inside lights up, and he sees a vision of a woman in a black cloak performing some sort of ritual. He’s shaken and tells them to throw the coffin out, but methinks the damage is done.

Buja waits excitedly to finally meet her mother, but of course it’s the hit men who arrive instead.

Oh-gong tells Sun-mi to head home first because he has something to do, and she stops to ask him about that sad thing he mentioned earlier. She says that it’s necessary to feel sad sometimes, and wants to know.

He muses that she must really have a blood connection to Buja, and tells her that he’s agreed to burn her because she’s afraid of becoming a demon and wants to go when she’s still pretty.

Sun-mi gets emotional and demands to know where she is, and as soon as she says it, Buja falls from the sky right behind them, landing in a bloody heap on top of a car. Damn.

Sun-mi is about to turn around when Oh-gong grabs her in a hug to prevent her from seeing the sight, which is awful—Buja, still barely alive, all twisted up and broken, covered in blood.

Tears trickle out of Buja’s eyes as she thinks, “Sohn Oh-gong-nim…” The shock begins to wear off, and fury rises in Oh-gong as he looks up to the roof of the building where she fell, and his eyes glow red with anger. Aww, yesssss!

The hit men peer over the ledge to make sure that Buja really died this time, but when they turn around, Oh-gong is lying in wait. Eyes glowing red, he closes in on them as a gust of wind pushes them back towards the ledge.

Oh-gong is consumed with thoughts of Buja sweetly saying that she wanted to go while she was still beautiful, and the sight of her bloody body on the hood of the car. His rage grows and he grits through his teeth, “Die!”

Sun-mi makes it up to the roof just in time and screams for Oh-gong to stop, and at the sound of her voice, his eyes stop glowing and he snaps out of his trance.

But the second he’s back, black smoke seeps out of the bracelet and the tendrils around his heart tighten violently, to the point that he coughs up blood. Whoa.

They’re both startled, and Oh-gong looks back at Sun-mi like he can’t believe what she just did to him.

 
COMMENTS

Well that just made his mortality a very real possibility, didn’t it? At a time when Oh-gong is very seriously weighing the pros and cons of love versus life, this is a pretty huge reminder of what’s at stake should he choose love. I can see why Mawang expects Oh-gong to defeat love and choose survival, because no matter the mystical hold the bracelet has, his true nature would win out in the end. Hell, even Oh-gong thinks this of himself despite having come a long way in developing real feelings for Sun-mi. But he’s obviously underestimating love, which has always been his problem.

Even still, asking for a selfish immortal monkey to suddenly give up his life for love seems like a pretty tall order. This is the upside of having a childish monster for a hero—in any other drama, it would be a foregone conclusion that the hero would sacrifice himself for love, but here we’re made to wonder if he’s really capable of it, or if he’s just been motivated enough to do something about that pesky bracelet.

It’s a good point in the story to present this dilemma, which is essentially the same as before on a practical level, since Oh-gong was always threatening to eat Sun-mi or find a way to get rid of her so that he wouldn’t have to be enslaved by love. But at a juncture when they’ve affirmed that their love is real and mutual, we naturally need bigger stakes to keep the conflict in their relationship fresh and ever-present. We’ve tested Oh-gong’s love in as many ways as we can, so I like that we’re finally seeing him grapple with the big question that’s been looming over our heads ever since apocalyptic omens and death bells were dropped in our laps. And I’m going to venture a guess that whatever’s in that coffin is the bringer of the apocalypse, given the tree protector’s ominous warning, so we’ll probably have the fate of the world to add to his plate.

It was amusing to watch all the monsters talk of death so lightly all throughout the episode, only to have the one actual immortal among them faced with the real deal. But it was Buja’s quiet acceptance of death that was truly touching today, not only because of the way she chose a dignified farewell over becoming a demon and thanked everyone for the little things, but because of the protective brotherly side that she brought out in Oh-gong. His bond with her has been gradual and PK has gotten the bulk of the cute moments with her, but it was so sweet to see Oh-gong treating her so nicely today and SO satisfying to see him going ballistic on her behalf. I was a little disappointed that Sun-mi stopped him from getting revenge on the hit men, but I suppose it was the right thing to do. I guess. If you want to be all moral about it. *monkey pout*

 
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Thanks for the recap .. so far so good

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This episode was a real gem, at least the first half. There was the bitter sadness of Buja /Zombie which was tempered by the sweetness of OG and Sun Mi. And I think for once SM has turned the tables on OG. He's the one feeling insecure while SM sets certain boundaries on their relationship.
What was particularly funny was OG's reminder to SM to take responsibility for activating him - isn't that usually the line spouted by the female?? LOL SM acts like a guy who's embarrassed by his girlfriend's frank PDA and admission of their relationship status during the meeting with MW, PK, the Patriarch and others.

A pity that quickly ended with the question that introduces serious considerations: what happens when this is all over? Is the GGG the main determinant of their feelings? For the first time, rather refreshing in light of what he usually does, OG admits that even without the GGG, he might still feel the same way about SM.

The jarring note sounded (pun intended) by the Death Bell and Buja's tragic fate, however, bring the end to the sweetness all too soon.

My guess is that Octopus prince takes over Buja but it is unclear which he (Octo)Buja wants. Is the blood link with SM the complicating factor?? More importantly, OG (because of his more developed human and therefore vulnerable side) is corruptible - so is this a flaw in the gods' plan to have OG suffer for his impudence?

Other great things in this episode include the MW staged death and how he enjoys the adulation of fans. He's so obsessed with the fame and support, I doubt he can truly give up the "you pass" tag or the fame. Still, you have to give it to the Hong sisters to cast an sceptical look at the celebrity (cult and) culture! 😂

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God. So much angst for my OTP. And this is legit angst, not manufactured by silly situations and misunderstandings. Will comment more after reading.

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The depiction of Lyra constellation besides JSM looked deliberate. Is she going to be Eurydice? The Gods want SOG to suffer. I don't think they mean physical pain and then death. That would end his suffering. What would make him suffer is having to kill JSM and then living in torment and pain. :( Why, why, why? Was his crime that bad?

Interestingly, only JSM heard the ringing and not SOG. The show is trying to sell that both of their lives are in danger but since only JSM heard it, doesn't it imply that she will be the victim? Didn't she give SOG permission to stab her in case of a betrayal. It looked like a promise without meaning but I think it will come into play soon.

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I didn't catch that constellation reference. Good one!

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I'm aware of the constellation but don't what is it :D

the woman in black under the tree. Is it related to Oh Gong? maybe she is the woman who betrayed Oh Gong before, that makes Oh Gong disband from Heaven and take punishment.

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@snows119 It was a brilliant move by the Hong sisters. So clear yet not everyone would get it.

@parksooha13 Lyra constellation is very famous for the story attached to it. Basically Orpheus was married to Eurydice but she died from a snake bite. Orpheus went to the underworld and sang so beautifully(about their love and her) that Hades and Persephone were moved and agreed to let him take his wife but they had one condition. He was not allowed to turn back and see her until they leave the underworld. Orpheus started doubting if Hades had fooled him but he didn't turn back. When they reached the gates, he could see the beautiful sunshine and he turned around to excitedly point it out to Eurydice who vanished and went back to the underworld. He apparently did reunite with her after his death.

Nah, I don't think Oh Gong was betrayed by this woman/Priestess. He would have recognised her then. He has not forgotten the betrayal or the punishment. I am sure this Priestess is someone different who craves his powers.

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I haven't watched this episode but I'm kinda disappointed that while Bu Ja is receiving a lot of support from supernatural beings like her, Sun Mi doesn't have the same support from her kind. No wonder she's gloomy and dark (aside from her clothing choice). If only she had a cool friend as Sunny, with Ji Eun Tak, or am I just missing Oh Yeon Seo in her previous roles? Thank you for the recap as always, javabeans! :-)

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As Sunny is to Ji Eun Tak*

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I was quite pleased that it took me only a few moments to get the Sunny and Eun Tak reference :P

Do you reckon Summer Fairy & General Frost come close to that role?

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Maybe, but as a supernatural beings themselves, I think they wouldn't understand her that well. I'm thinking of someone who can give her good and sound advice like Summer Fairy, but would keep secrets for her (sad that activation method was easily fished out)

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Hahaha, it probably is really bothersome for all the monsters that they're famous. Smh they can't even "die" in peace. Ma-Wang's dramatic reaction to his own death is gold, but Oh Gong's annoyance and disbelief over people assuming Sun-mi could be Ma-wang's secret lover are even more hilarious. (also if Oh-gong and Ma-wang decide to open up a restaurant like Seo-jinnie's, I'd watch the heck out of that show).

Gruffy monkey oppa is the best. I love how he gradually warmed up to her. And on that note, Buja don't gooo. TT__TT. I love her and I really hope those idiotic henchmen assholes get what's coming to them. Either from Monkey, Ma-wang, or PK. I don't care from who as long as they get hurt. Badly! I wish Sun-mi didn't stop Oh-gong from killing them hmph. But Buja is still alive right?? I mean they didn't show if she had died or not, when we last saw her she was still live!

All this business with the black bell and this tree are making me uneasy. One I'm happy Oh-gong realized that Sun-mi had it but I do feel uneasy that he hasn't told her about its true function yet. And that tree spirit/demon whatever it is, I was just like uh-oh guys get away from it.

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actually, Oh Gong didn´t gradually WARM UP to Buja, in fact he cooled down for her. Literally.

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Lol. True

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😂😂😂😂😂

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I read this while brushing my teeth. Thanks, redfox.

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Buja cannot die, she is already dead. But will this push her to becomming demon? I'm worried about her.

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Me too, she's like everyone's little (smelly) sister. But better smelly than a demon right :(

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Totally. She is so sweet and kind. She cannot go dark on me now.

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This episode was cute but it also absolutely gutted me. That ending! Monkey don't die! Sun-mi don't die! Buja don't die! No one die!

Thanks for the recap!

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i’m with you sister . i’m all talk when i say i don’t mind deaths and sad ending if it means i get a good story. but not when it’s buja who’s stunning as a rose or monkey king / seunggi who’s gutting me with just his eye acting . no i can’t take oh gong’s tears or blood vomits T.T

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hah. no, they won´t die, they need to pay their taxes, the country needs to cover the cost of organizing the olympics. I am sort of hoping the drama will end with everyone turning human an without proper livelyhood thus being hired by Sun Me for her real estate company. (one can dream?)

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Thanks so much for the recap! Appreciate it even more since the subs are not out yet.

Actually, I am very curious about why the subs for a show like this are slow? Ever grateful to subbers! So, not being entitled etc. But, it’s strange. Is this because of the Netflix deal?

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Prevoiusly i thought so netflix was the deal but then viki acquired license and its their subs that are released by other websites...

So viki knows best..maybe there is a contract clause

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Thanks for the explanation.

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Are the subtitles late on Viki or other sites? Netlix has the rights in many territories outside the US (e.g. in Europe) and they broadcast two episodes of this drama on Fridays (i.e. 5 or 6 days after the premiere in Korea), thus their subtitles are not available earlier.

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Is it already available on netflix in Europe? Even when they're currently broadcasting the drama in SK? I can't find it on NF...

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Probably not everywhere, but in some European countries it is available on Netflix under the title "A Korean Odyssey".

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Well, I can say in Spain is not available...for now. Guess here we'll have to wait til it's aired completely in SK.

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It's not on the Netherlands or in Spain... T_T That's so unfair. They just announce to the four winds that a kdrama is coming on Netflix only to be in Netflix USA at the end... Damn them.

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Oh, lucky me - it is available on Netflix in the Czech Republic.

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I know I dont have it on Netflix nor on Viki. Region blocks are sad.

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The team subbing at Viki is occasionally slower than some of the other teams. Eg: yesterday the Money Flower team had 2 full hour-long episodes completely subbed in the time it took the Hwayugi team to get to 60% with 1 episode. So I watched Money Flower and half of Hwayugi last night. I watched the rest of the Hwayugi episode this morning when subs were at 97%.

They do usually manage to get all of the subs done within 24 hours of when the raws are uploaded, which makes them tons faster than Netflix. Which I remind myself of when I get impatient. Also that it feels longer sometimes because it is the weekend and I am not at work. At any rate, like you I am very grateful to the subbers who donate their time and expertise so I can watch television.

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I think it's licensed to viki exclusively. I guess it must be as I went to the srt source and it's ONLY credited to viki subs. All the streaming sites are using viki subs. VIU and Netflix must not be subbing it.

I am not really complaining about the subs because when I watch the final subs it's actually correct translations. Currently there are 2 dramas or were 2 dramas using Netflix subs on viki and the standard is not up to the normal viki standards. I don't even comment on VIU subs as half the time I have to pay attention to the sub to actually hear what they are saying. The translator doesn't even check they have spelt the characters names right.

At least for Hwayugi I can safely watch knowing I can get the nuances. The viki subs are being done but it is released slower and I noticed it is getting faster.

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I'm starting to think that the God/Higher Being in this show is just f***ing on Sun-mi's life. It wasn't enough that she was punished for releasing Oh-gong by becoming the Sam Jang, and now she has to be the one to inflict physical pain on him, the man that she loves? Add to that her responsibility to stop the end of the world (which I guess would technically be Oh-gong's job anyway, given he's powerful and all). God, or Hong Sisters, owes her a happy ending big time!

Also, even with all this hints pointing that Oh-gong will be the one to die, I'm still not convinced. I don't know about others, but it's like the show wants me to believe that it will be Oh-gong's death, then at the last minute, surprise us with a twist that it's Sun-mi. Another thing is that if God/Higher Being REALLY really wants to punish him for what he 'did' (which we still don't know), witnessing Sun-mi's death will be much more cruel and excruciating. And knowing Sun-mi, she won't let Oh-gong (or anyone) die in her stead. I bet the "you could stab me if I betray you" scene will come back and haunt them.

Lastly, is this a 16 or 20-episode drama?

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I'm so sure Sun-mi will die somehow. Specially since they keep talking about how Oh-gong doesn't really understand pain or hasn't felt pain and that it always aggravated the Gods. It will be an interesting twist if he keeps doubting Sun-mi and thinking she will kill him only to have her sacrificing herself for him in the end. Then he will feel the pain of losing her and maybe the damned Gods in this drama will be happy.

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I feel like this 'she's-gonna-kill-me' prophecy is there just to help with his personal growth. He's gonna doubt her and probably be a little scared of her but at the end of it all, he will accept his 'supposed' fate because he loves her. That's when we know that he's not the same inconsiderate jerk he was before. But still, for the Gods to finally punish Oh-gong, they will kill off Sun-mi.

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Yes I think JSM is going to die. The death conversations show how far Monkey has come, but how much further he has to go. And like you said, it gives him an opportunity to grow further. Or JSM will be dying and SOG will sacrifice himself instead without the GGG, which will be very dramatic and very in line with what Hong sisters do ie Mi Go and Dae Woong.

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Can he even sacrifice himself, with or without geumganggo? He spoke about it but still. I don´t see it.

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Yes, she is definitely going to die. The key here is the punishment the Gods want to inflict ON Sohn Oh Gong. They want him to feel true pain; killing him off goes nowhere, he wouldn't feel anything. The only way to hurt his heart right now is to kill Sun Mi.

It's highly likely that, when he finally accepts his fate and is prepared to die for his love, Sun Mi will be the one to sacrifice herself. specially if the fate of the whole world hangs from her hands.

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I also think that Sunmi will die. A few episodes ago, SOG was all like "ugh, you have the power to kill me. this sucks!" and SM was like "I promise I won't kill you, okay?!". I'm sure she will keep that promise, and then he's going to be sorry that she was such a faithful human. And isn't it like the ultimate test - to see if he would resist killing someone who was going to kill him?

Like girlfriday says, it's a pretty tall order. It's not like the love is a love for a fellow immortal and you can be lovey-dovey for eternity. It's for a human woman who only has about 50 years left in her life. 50 years is nothing compared to an eternity.

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How about a twist that Oh Gong will kill Sun Min 'by accident'? It will be a great punishment for Oh Gong
Sun Mi dead in his hand!
Like Ma Wang that makes his wife from God to Demon. He has to wait more that a thousand years to become a God and saves his wife.
Monkey suffers for thousands of years would be satisfying for Gods. monkey would rather choose to die than suffers for thousands of years. And he can died!

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It's a 20 episode drama. The last episode airing on 4th of march.
And i too, feel that no one really feels anything for Sun-mi. She thinks about everyone but no one loves her. And the new preview plus some othwr sources are pointing that Bu ja happens to like Oh Gong (not that it's hers or anyone's fault, he's way too hot) and I'm seriously starting to feel so too. And before knowing about ep 11, i was so sure that Oh Gong have changed but today I realized that no he hasn't (well not yet.) His reaction when he coughed blood was like he couldn't believe it happened or that 'how someone like her could do this to me'. I'm sure in the next episodes we'll come across a big change in his behavior now that he has realized that Samjang can actually, really kill him and he'll try to get rid of both Geumganggo and contract both (not that i want it to happen.) I also feel like the show wants us to believe that it's Oh Gong who'll die but in the end it'd be Sun-mi.
It's so unfair to Sun-mi that i always love her most in all the characters (Son Oh Gong is awesome but not as a person or by heart.)
Sun-mi deserves all the love she's been yearning for. She got involved becoz of others and she's the only one suffering. I have actually lost all the love I have for Buja if she's going to turn evil or harm Sun-mi.
I really hate that patriach. He always ruin the whole mood.
I loved Mawang's reaction to his fans and those scandals. LOL. He's amazing. And I loved Oh Gong's complete change of tone when he learned about the article. So much for laughing on others. I really love that he loves to annoy Mawang and when it backfires, it's soooo fun to watch.
I am wondering Sun-mi's reaction when she learns about death bell. Although I know she'll never let anyone die for her, specially not the man she loves. I really hope and wish to see her being happy and loved. Show makers, she really deserve it. She's the most deserving one.
And that Kang dae sung and coffin scenario was creepy. I have this feeling that it has a lot to do with opening of door to hell. But this show made me realize one thing that no such plot will remain for long and that the ending will shock us.
And the biggest punishment for SOG would be death and sacrifice of JSM. Coz someone who has always lived for himself, it would be most devastating for him when he will have to witness the love of his life sacrificing her life for him. And if something like happens, i would like to see him bear that pain without Geumganggo inflicted emotions (not that i wish for such an ending.)

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"I really hate that patriach. He always ruin the whole mood." Hahahaha, SO TRUE!!!
What's the point of the patriarch anyway? I swear it's like he's just in the show to say ominous things about Oh-gong and Sun-mi's relationship and make the viewers more confused lol

I pretty confident that Sun-mi's gonna die, just not sure how it will happen and tie with the death bell prophecy. Will she take the geumganggo off of him and sacrifice herself? Will she choose not to remove the bracelet and command Oh-gong to kill her? Or will it really be Oh-gong to die in the end? I love how I can't predict this show! 😀

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I love that it's so unpredictable but i also hate that. It makes me scared for our OTP. Its good that the show is unpredictable coz never would i have been able to predict that activation scene in front of all. 😂😂 And that Scandal oh god. But if it is so predictable, why are they continuously hinting at death. I'm not sure what to predict now. Coz what if the show wants to look like they want us to believe that Oh Gong will die so that we believe Sun Mi will die and then actually Oh Gong dies. 😂😂 Or what if it wants us to believe Oh Gong will die and kill Sun mi or worse, both of them die?? So I don't really want to predict anything. They hint at tragic fate so much that I'm scared that what if they kill Mawang at the end. And it is driving me crazy. Damn that Death Bell!! Please dramagods say it is faulty.

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haha I was just thinking about that. I was asking myself if maybe the writers see us as smart viewers who can sense red herrings; that they know we would think that Sun-mi will die because of all the obvious talk about Oh-gong's death. One thing's for sure though, one of them is gonna die and I expect that upcoming scene to blow our minds. At this point, all I care is that we get a satisfying, logical, happy ending.

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@ohmydramagods yup i agree. All we want is a happy and logical and yes, as you said satisfied ending. Wether both live in heaven or earth, I don't care as long as they are together and alive.

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‘SM deserves the love she has been yearning for’ ... yes! A 1000 tines yes! That poor girl deserves so much more then she is getting and it breaks my heart when she will be hurt. She has so much love to give and it was happening for her this episode. But SOG took 10 steps forward and now he’ll take 20 steps back because of his terror and selfishness. I can empathise with him, mortality to an immortal is terrifying, but my heart breaks for JSM

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The partriach is the exposition/ confirmation fairy of our worst nightmares.

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Also, I seriously hate the patriarch! He is nothing except a bad omen. And every time he comes on screen and gives yet anther bad news, I just want to smack him in his smug little face!

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@silvermists TRUE!!! Everytime he appears in my screen, I'm like "You're here again?What now?!" And he's totally unsympathetic with the OTP that it annoys me so much.

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@mollyp as much as i agree that you're right. I still hate him. All he has done so far is tell one of them will die, that GGG plot came becoz they can't love, one or the other will die, gulp snacks and ice-cream for free, good for nothing, scaring us, planning to punish monkey (an unforgivable offence), not telling Mawang about PIF, wasting our time where there could be goood 'Activation' scenes (i swear I'll never forget this activation codeword, LOL)

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@aryasingh I hate him too! He’s annoying and useless but he represents heaven and almost gives us confirmation of different plot changes. He’s a necessary pain in the ass

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Yeah i completely agree he is a neccessary pain in ass. It's always safer to kniw about gods' plan too. Since they are the ones deciding fates of all the characters.

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I don't actually hate him. He's only the messenger, so he only says what it is and how it is.

The reason why we hate him so much and look at him as our "worst nightmares" is because he represents fate itself. Humans have always been scared of the inevitable, specially the inevitability of Death. It is what drives us to make technological advancements and develop as a species.
On the other hand, Gods are the opposite of us: it doesn't matter what we do because we will never be able to beat our ultimate fate (death), so in a way we are Death's slaves, but the Gods aren't subject to it. They are in a superior plane, immortality, forever out of our reach (so many tales have been composed where a human hero becomes God and thus avoids Death as his prize). Since their world is so different, we cannot even begin to comprehend the meaning of concepts like "forever" (seriously, just think about it), while they are God's everyday "life". IMO that's why we admire them but are scared of them at the same time, because every time a God opens their mouth we know it's the real deal, and we just have to accept it, which goes against our nature.

Hence, the Patriarch becomes a hateful character for us, because he is that white wall we can't ever break. And if he says either SOG or SJM dies, then it's going to happen. BUT since this is fiction, the Hong sisters will do what thousands have done before then and will picture a way where the hero and heroine beat Fate.

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Yes! Right now, Sun-mi's suffering is reminding me of Eun-tak from Goblin who suffered her whole life in a similar way and ended up getting reincarnated. What if that happens to Sun-mi? Oh-gong might have to wait for her for years! I don't really want Sun-mi to die and get reincarnated since she wouldn't be exact same person Oh-gong fell in love with in the first place. *sigh* I don't know where this story will go and it scares me.

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I hope they don't go down the reincarnation route because, ughh, that would really, truly devastate me. I haven't had a crack drama since Forest of Secrets so I hope the writers don't ruin this.

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This drama wasn’t advertised as a melo whereas the Goblin was. I still watched it becasue I will forever love Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook, and I’m glad I did even though indisputably I hate Melos. I’m hoping when MW becomes a god, he bring s SM back if she’s dead? Please please if drama gods! Please?

Yeah Eun Tak deserved happiness as does JSM. I hope it’s different this time. Im almost tempted to believe it will be because Goblin is still very fresh in drama memory, I don’t think the Hong sisters want to be accused of being unoriginal?

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@mollyp Yes that's another thing that gives me hope they won't really kill her without bringing her back somehow because it would be too similar to Goblin. Here's crossing my fingers that we have a satisfying ending! Filled with lots of "activation" :P

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I hope they don't go the reincarnation route too. I can't watch another Seunggi's drama with him waiting for the love of his life being reincarnated! It was bad enough in Gu Family Book.

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Zombie loves them all like a sister. I am so sorry for her.

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Totally agree with Sun-mi's death being the worst punishment. Now Heavens are only toying with Oh-gong, since he's finally vulnerable. A**holes!

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I love how angry you are about this! Yes!

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That damn Gods! Though I'm being pretty one-sided about this (heh, who cares, Team Monkey ftw!). I still want to know what 'bad' thing Oh-gong did that infuriated the Gods so much.

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We have 9 more eps left. We will find out! I bet it’s the coffin person who betrayed him

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Originally 20 episodes but wikipedia now shows extension to 22.

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Noooooooooooooooo this could mess up the story nooooooo

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Hopefully not, let's see it positively - it means the characters from the drama will stay with us for one additional week.

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Ok- I’m on board with that hahaha!

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Bad news for you: I'm sure it's going to be one of those hateful teasers, where we think is another episode, just to watch it and realize it's only Behind the Scenes and interviews! Horror!

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You are right, the information on Wikipedia has changed back to 20 episodes again. :-( And I was looking forward to having one additional week of this drama.

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Forget about everything else in this episode, but my baby Oh-gong looks so freaking betrayed and hurt that she did that to him! My heart hurts for this idiot! Someone tell him she didn't mean it. Gah this sounds more and more like an abusive relationship. Can we please remove the GGG soon? This relationship gets skewed in either direction at all times and or once I would like everyone to be on equal footing please!

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I know! I'm so worried about his reaction to it, I don't think she meant to cause him pain at all, she just wanted to stop him! Gahhhh, but his betrayed eyes :(

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Girl I was looking for your comment, and as always it’s totally unique to what’s been said before! I think SM will be taking the GGG off soon, and it will scare her, but I think she loves SOG enough to be selfless, which is actually a JSM character trait. And yes he pain and terror! He will avoid her next episode and we will cry, but think of all the missing her and angst this will bring in which SOG will smoulder and be so damn sexy. Always look for a silver lining

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Hahaha @mollyp I've been stuck at work so I didn't comment sooner. Lol I'm all about Oh-gong so that scene hit me extra hard! I think you are right about him not trusting her for a while. As much as the angst will hurt, it will be in keeping with what we know about him so far. Maybe this way we cab also find out the mystery of who betrayed Oh-gong before as well. 🤔

As for Sun-mi, girl is too selfless! Im actually scared she might end up sacrificing herself for Oh-ging because of how much she loves him. That way he will finally feel paim like the Gods wanted him to all those years ago. Im holding out hope it will have a happy ending though because Hong Sisters haven't ever killed off their main characters. We need to form a prayer circle just in case though! 😂

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Firs time for everything! But the Hong sisters speciality is happy endings, although sometimes they don’t make sense, so I’m hoping they do this time. I really feel like they’ve massively refined their writing style and it is so different but also so familiar. So I’m not sure where we are going here. SOG is bae and I’m hoping he’s going to come through this in one piece with his last love. Fingers crossed!

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Yes I'm really liking the writing so far. Their last two dramas were disappointing so its really nice to see they have come back better than ever. Feels like they reflected what went wrong and put a lot of thought into how to make this drama better. But yes they do have certain issues with endings so I'm hoping this will do better and not have a last minute happy ending like Gumiho where they didn't explain things well.

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I've recently watched My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and I've also watched Master's Sun and the Greatest Love. Even though their writing is sometimes as addicting as crack, I swear, they always make a mess in the last episodes. Seriously, Master's sun was a trainwreck at the end. There comes a point where you don't understand the character's motivation for their actions anymore, and it feels as if the Hong sisters are only introducing that to create dramatic tension, but that paths have no internal logic anymore. And I hate that, because while you enjoy the fast sparkling dialogue, there's a small fairy at the back of your head that says: "yeah, but why is he/she doing that? How did we come here to the first place?"

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Also, just a thought, you must be super far away @silvermists because as you’re coming home from work I’m waking up! Whattttttt

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Lol, I live in the Middle East. I'm still at work actually and its 1:36 pm here right now. What about you?

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I wonder how you'd take off the GGG - would you just pull it off? Maybe do a reverse activation? Slap him or throw water in his face and then pull it off?

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I can imagine it not working and after the slap and water throwing SOG is so hurt and sad and complaining about his wet ruined coat and JSM is like sorry sorry sorry and panicking. And it’s so hilarious because MW is in the corner watching everything and loving it and dancing out of glee.

Anyway you can send your ideas to the Hong Sisters?

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Seunggi's hurt expression, hurt me too!

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That is how Samjang's (headband/GGG) should originally works. Not "love"... but to prevent Wukong from commiting sins.

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😩😥 I was hoping for Zomigs! Buja and Pk's interactions have been some of my favorites.

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lmao they are pretty irrelevant to main plot neway and have 0 nuance or depth.....its not like they capture their role well at all as well lmao.......

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They are super cute! And an excellent plot device to humanise the zombie

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Looking forward to PK's reaction when he finds out they threw her off the building. Speaking off, why did they throw her off the building?! That's the most conspicuous way of killing anyone ever! These two idiots are the worst K-drama hit men I've ever seen.

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lmao just kill the irrelevant side character and plot as they are doing nothing and add nothing to the show by being extra and off character acting......the main plot needs to move.....it has stagnated since ep3-4 else this show is going to be forgettable and shit lmao

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If you feel that way maybe you shouldn’t be watching ep 11 if it has felt stagnated for... 7 episodes now?

I find the couples and characters very cute. You may find them grating, but others, including myself, do find them extremely cute. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and if someone disagrees with yours there is no need to challenge and demean others opinions.

I like how they are humanising zombie because it will serve as a plot device later on. Especially if my hunch about what happens next comes true.

I think all the characters are well thought out and are true to the way they have been written. Yes Son Oh Gong is definitely leading the show and there’s nothing wrong with that, because obviously he is the lead character. The main plot, the romance, is moving and SOG is growing. There is a lot of movement and character development.

You, anon, are not being very clear on what you mean in regards to they don’t have an identity, it doesn’t make sense. I wonder if we have been watching the same show hahaha?

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....identity is the personality....you need to establish your character....the others cant even establish their character......you are pretty deluded if you thk they signify the character they protray....as the they capture non of the traits, mannerism or behavior of the character they are supposed to protray....the is 0 link between jttw when you watch this show with exception of lsg sun wukong and jang gwang sha wujing.....this is a plain fact.....so dont even try to blabber nonsense excuses that they are protraying their character well.....you watch their delivery it does not in anyway remind you of the character from jttw....

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Btw if you watch jttw you will find each character actually stands out in his own way and has its own special traits, mannerism behavior etc.....There is none here with exception of lsg & jang gwang.....the others are pure shit playing other roles and not actually the character from jttw....lmao they actually fail to capture the essence of their character......This is not about lsg being lead but capturing the essence of the character to make this show believeable that its actually jttw not sun wukong takes a trip to earth and meets a few humans.....Btw you need to take off your rose tinted glasses that the side plot is shit and adds nothing to the show....neither are their supporting actors acting solid.....they cant even execute nuance acting nor have any depth at all......the lead actors lsg,oys, csw have nuance acting and depth but the main plot has stagnated and is not moving forward at all that nothing is resolved and we are still at square one....

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Anon, please stop being a troll. I was able to define and standby my point. She needs to be humanised due to the role she (or her body) will play in ep 12 (not that you will watch it as the show is now is too stagnant for your refined tastes). I’m not defending the show, I’m trying to emphasise how you shouldn’t be shutting down people’s opinions because you dislike something. Create your own comment to deconstruct your point, not try and attach other peoples views like a sad little troll. On this website we don’t come for others the way you do.

I’m going to ignore your future comments. You are obviously a child. And very rude. And your over use of ‘lmao’ is grating (to use your word).

I have never seen the original show, and you didn’t even discuss it in your original comments. Please rethink your points and present your facts more clearly. I am going off the show as a stand alone project. Honestly your childish annoyance makes much more sense knowing you are comparing the show to JTTW. But I would have never known due to your sub par explanation of your points. So please continue to ‘blabber’ all the nonsense you like. But not here.

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I use the word lmao cause fangirls are hilarious and have 0 sense or objective....btw how did you stand by your point? Your excuses are lame to say.....this is a stand alone show then they are not protraying the character from journey to the west then cause they are not capturing the essence of their character......So dont relate this show to journey to the west and stop using the character name from the original story as they are not actually protraying that character....Lol your definition of humanized zombie is so funny when a zombie is still technically human and the soul is also that of a human....possesion or not occurs to other humans as well so what happen in ep12 is nothing special....if another human was exposed to that crate he/she would have been possesed as well....and the story of possesion is a recurrent theme since ep1.....so stop talking nonsense as you make no points at all how these side show contribute anything at all......side plots have no direction and s stagnant main plot.....Funny you call me troll then procced to leech and reply on all my comments....the irony

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Btw isnt this show supposed to be based on the original tale and a retell? Should nt the actors read up on the original story so they have a clue on how to actually protray their character....so their acting wont actually be out of character and their delivery off.......Even ian mc kellen or the harry potter actors read up on their character from the book before playing their roles.......And your actors obviously did not.....Without lsg sun wukong this would not even be a jttw tale as the others are not even playing characters from jttw....Btw you dont need to be a child to know what jttw is as its staple is every asian country lmao........Immature assumption.....Also comments are for open discussion and obviously i hit a sweet spot as you are triggered and fail to come up with any concrete defense.......Btw the acting in this is subpar from the second leads as they lack nuance and depth and the side plot is irrelevant and contributes nothing at all......The main leads are decent acting but the main plot is stagnant and 0 drive......Most of the actors fail to capture their character they play with exception of lsg sun wukong and jang gwang sha wujing......i am actually able to present facts unlike your useless excuses which arent even constructed well......talk about who is the person actually blabbering here.....You made 0 points .......i actually refuted your points.......Must be triggered now eh fangirl lmao.....

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Btw i am watching this show because i am curious of the korean interpretation of this tale.....Unfortunately the acting is off for most character with exception of lsg and jang gwang......The main plot is slow stagnant when its supposed to be an action drama and the side plots are iffy messy and irrelevant......The acting of main leads are decent with nuanced and depth acting chops.....second leads and side leads are limited in acting and cant execute any nuance or acting depth........Overall a shit show and pretty forgettable that you would not even think to rewatch it.....

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That was pretty long but I read it all. You're probably barking up the wrong tree.
I for myself do not know the original and I don't care much about it (no apologies). Script writers of this drama have a very specific way of interpreting stories. They do not respond to everybodys taste but they are original and fun. And they love to go overboard with their gags. Get used to it or choose to ignore them entirely.
After all your lamentation I'd recommend the latter.

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Excellent advice @allphryne

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Sigh specific way of interpreting is fine but the acting has to deliver......This is a journey to the west tale no? So you should retain the traits that gives your character the name.......This can only be done if you act and deliver your lines which can make viewers be reminded of that character......And there is none of it with exception of lsg and jang gwang......The others are so off character and out of sync......Lmao btw from the cast interviews that i watch it seems like i am proven right lmao as the other cast admit they arent in sync with their characters lmao......Err btw there is no originality as this show is based on jttw......little fun when the plot is not moving and the acting with exception of main leads lsg, oys, csw is bad and sitcom like from other cast.....

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Lol btw how are they cute when they are pretty grating lmao....their acting is pretty bad.....0 nuance nor depth......and the side plot offers and adds nothing.....

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? humanize zombie? for what? it does not serve any purpose to be honest......also the demons are already humanized in this show as they act human all the time and try to help......a useless 0 purpose plot device......furthermore the main plot isnt even moving at all....the side plots are iffy, wonky,irrelevant and add nothing.....and the only 2 actors to nail their character is lsg as sun wukong and jang gwang as sha wujing.....the rest of the cast are just off character and not in sync at all that you have no idea what character they are trying to play as they dont even have an identity......this drama could easily be named sun wukong short trip to the human world for a holiday lmao.......

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You post the same comments here and in KP blog the last few weeks... getting a bit tiresome. Maybe you should spend the time rewatching the original classic and drop this K-version since it obviously bothers you so much, instead of repeatedly posting on each thread about Hwayugi similar comments.

This drama is inspired by jttw which is a chinese classic set in ancient time, yet you expect it to be a close adaptation?
As someone who has read the original novel, watched the first series done by China and the Hong Kong remake, i dare say even LSG is not great if the expectation is for SOG to be exactly like Sun Wukong.

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Its not to be exact but you need to capture the traits, mannerism and behavior that reminds you of that character....in this lsg and jang gwang deliver.....lmao your side cast and bias cant even act in a way it reminds you that they are actually playing that character.....lmao your pig and bull are utter bollocks that you dont even thk them as pig or bull as they retain none of the traits......lmao khd in variety show njttw has more of the pig traits than that shit actor......The fact is without lsg no1 would even thk this is a journey to the west tale idiot.....your shit actors are being carried by lsg period as he is literary the saving grace that this is still called jttw tale as your other actors are completely off character and act in a way that does not even remind you of the character they act idiot.......

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Also you wanna talk about acting....other than the main leads lsg, oys, csw and the veteran jang gwang the others cant nuance or have any acting depth........Lmao the only lsg, oys, csw and jang gwang are able to convey their emotions well and actually emote with decent facial expressions.......the others and your bias side cast cant act for shit

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I wonder how many asses Anonymous has besides being one that he / she / oui can lmao so many times in just one thread. Maybe Anonymous is a new kind of ass demon who has the ocd to sit on every comment?

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HA! I just don't get where all this aggression is coming from, but since its mixed with so many lmao's, Im really confused as to whats going on. Im not quite sure what anon is trying to accomplish here. Im just coming back to entertain myself with the ridiculous comments that make no sense and the overuse of ..... I mean, Im not hating on the original series or novel, I just don't care about them. Im here to go on about how much I love this show, and it may be that Im repeating myself but honestly, I will continue to do so because I can!

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Also LSG is constantly referred to as MY actor, and the others are MY cast. Im actually ok with that! I would love for LSG or any of the others to be mine!

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lmao no1 cares about this nonsense my actor shit but actually acting performance.....they are not going to be yours neway......And judging from acting performance the other actors with exception of lsg are shit.......and this is perfectly echoed in the drama sites both korean and chinese as a majority of them has the same view as me :P.....so actually my comments are justified and have a base....as i am not putting on rose tinted glasses to not observe bad performance from other cast......the fact the gap between lsg and other cast is jarring as the others are acting out of character......lsg cant carry a drama alone if the others are bad lmao

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Btw tough luck.....it seems what i say is also evident in the ratings lmao....The ratings have stagnated and gradually decreasing each episode as well lmao.....Lsg cant carry the others poor performances and the poor stagnant plotline with irrelevant shit side plots lmao.....

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Talking about ridiculous comments that make no sense? You realize what you comment holds no ground as i refuted your statements and you cant even come up with anything concrete.....btw look at the comments on the korean portals like naver etc and the chinese sites.....it seems a large majority share my opinion.....that without lsg this show is nothing and the others are extra and perform badly......Btw i use lmao its because of how funny fangirls are that they are deluded.....What i state is not aggression neway but facts.......& the fact is people agree that this show is shit and lsg is the only saving grace and highlight from this from the opinions on korean and chinese portals.....but i guess good for you you cant understand or read them so you would be less butthurt lmao

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OMO it could be a bad mouth demon?

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Getting too indulged in the drama.....time to wake up and face reality

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Apparently so do you as you proceeded to reply to my comments rofl.......Talking about sitting on every comment i thk that person is you.....given your various replies down in the comment section

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Hi dramabeans, this person is spamming and trolling the comment section.
I understand that opinions might differ for everyone and we all should be able to express ours, but is there be any hard and fast guidelines on how to do it here? Maybe something like "Be respectful." Or, since being eloquent is not everyone's forte but at least "Limit the use of 'lmao' and 'lol'". With such comments like the ones by anonymous, I feel like I'm reading a cheap gossip column.

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hwayugi episode are back to 90minutes . so subs will be slower . but we will have 20 minutes more each episode . this episode was epic in all levels . mawang died and came back , and no wonder the tree spirit is a good guy since he/ she sent minnions to kill evil sob kang dea sung . so that goddes in red cloak will be the one to bring on the apocaylipse . glad we are at the brink of world saving . not too happy about oh gong going so much pain and it has not even started yet . it was shocking to see oh gong spitting blood by samjangs mere words . he’s heart can really rip into shreds by samjang and his nah i won’t die is no longer valid . i guess he realized that at the end.
buja and oh gonb are a delight to watch and it’s so bittersweet he went ballistic after seeing her all broken like that . buja’s farewells broke my heart specially with pk and she’s a fan fave now so they won’t just kill her off right??

and sunmi’s behaviour is valid . she loves oh gong so much but they can’t just start “activating” more when things can reall go wrong in any way you slice it .

seunggi plugging youns kitchen and na pd’s other shows never gets old . and i’m missing the fur coats now

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I thought the point of the GGG was to affect the heart and bring on an emotional pain that was so intense it feels almost physical, not cause a direct physical wound that is so bad, the wearer is spitting out blood. He had already stopped! And then the GGG decides to try and kill him.

I love the plugs about Na PD's other shows. I also miss the fur coats! I do like the coat he had at the hospital. It's a bit dramatic and got some fur on the collar. I feel like the wool trenches are too tame for him.

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The plugs are hilarious and cute and the bromance is so real. I wish he does another variety show with him and Eun Ji Won and Lee Soo Geun and Kang Ho dong again. Their bromance just melted me ❤️

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I’m expecting LSG to visit chajumma in the next season of 3 meals a day lol. LSG has to wear a furcoat and they have got to bond over some alcohol onscreen this time.

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Can anyone give me an answer as to why, our cute CEO Sa, who have so much money and resources, cannot hire a private investigator to look for Buja's background?

^^; I keep thinking about this whenever I see Buja sad.

That said, this episode was really great... and really painful.

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While killing those hitmen would have been wrong, I like the idea that Oh Gong would have done it as a revenge for Buja. That his anger was caused because they hurt someone he cared for. When he had lived a thousand years only thinking of himself, we could see he had come a long way.

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Yes 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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I think SOG was also enraged by the overall injustice.
BJ was doing something incredibly admirable and selfless that I doubt the other monsters and deities can be capable of: In order to not be a demon that hurts people (she didn't even want revenge!), she gave up looking for her identity and decided to just go, and to go while she was at her best. If it was SOG, Ma wang, PK, etc, they'd probably all just ride out the good life until they lose themselves and become demons. And to have the result of her sacrifice be a bunch of loser henchmen shoving her off the roof, I'm also enraged!

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Watching the episode again. And those facial wounds on Buja...the hitmen had beat the crap out of her before throwing her off the side of the building. I hope they meet their deaths somehow before the series ends. Maybe Kang Daesung can finally have them killed.

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@ar Is it so weird that while I'm not rooting for a loveline between Buja and Kand Daesung, i kinda want him to fall for her. It will be a bittersweet revenge for killing her. I'm glad it was an accident though, not because she was a trainee trying to sleep her way to the top by getting it on with KDS. whew what a rant!

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I'm glad that the Hong sisters didn't push through with the initial love triangle plot between Oh-gong, Sun-mi, and Mawang. And this episode somehow cheekily addressed that issue, heh.

Anyway, I'm stoked that they have now raised the stakes. As much as I love the romance fluff, when you have a show about mythical characters, it would be great to explore that and have a more compelling story.

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I am usually a huge fan of love triangles, especially if it includes two incredible men like CSW and LSG, but here it works better the way they did it. And this way CSW is a lead and not a secondary lead too!

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Yes me too! Call me a sadist, but I love when we have love triangle angst in a drama! More pain for everybody! 😂 But I'm glad they decided to forego that in this drama.

Although I wish we had more of Mawang and wife's story. So far, he's more of a comic relief than anything. CSW does great with melo so I'm hoping to see more of his emotional side regarding his wife.

As for love triangles, omo but from the previews it looks like we might have one with Buja and Oh-gong?! I don't know what to feel about this!

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I actually think Bu Ja might be possessed with whoever betrayed OG and the thing in the coffin? Did you notice how OV didn’t go to defeat the ‘evil’ tree? If he did he might’ve stopped them because I’m sure he’s connected to it and the coffin. I mean the burning tree from the title card is this tree right? Just a little extra angst is good for the soul. I love angst and I can’t wait!

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Hmm that's what I thought as well that she will be possessed with something evil. She didn't look like herself in that preview at all. I wonder what was in the tree and how its linked to that guy who killed Buja. Is he also possessed? He seems to be. But there's still so much we don't know about the monsters in this show that it could be anybody.

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Me too beanie! The angst makes it more weirdly exciting to watch, lol

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