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Hwayugi: Episode 12

Things take an unexpected turn when our heroes discover that they’ve awakened something extremely old and powerful, and basically rolled out the red carpet for evil to enter their lives. This is what you get for ignoring the warning signs, people—when a demon is afraid of something, just go ahead and assume it’s really bad.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

After Sun-mi calls out to Oh-gong to stop him from murdering Buja’s hit men, he comes to his senses and doubles over in pain. The bracelet has seized his heart so tightly that he coughs up blood, and it shocks him so much that he doesn’t let Sun-mi come near him.

He holds out a hand to stop her from coming any closer, and when she persists in worry, he vanishes before her eyes.

The hit men make their escape and go down to the spot where Buja fell from the roof, but once again her corpse has disappeared on them.

Sun-mi goes to Mawang in tears and says that Oh-gong is hurt, and she thinks it’s because of her. Mawang just observes vaguely that she made it happen.

Oh-gong has taken Buja to his liquor cellar, where she asks worriedly if he’s okay. He insists that he’s more in shock than in pain, and that he’s not in any position to receive sympathy from a zombie in her state.

He asks for a quiet moment before he tends to her wounds, and muses to himself while clutching his heart, “She must really be the one to kill me.”

Meanwhile, Mawang ventures a guess that Oh-gong felt pain because Sun-mi had commanded him to stop going after the hit men, and he ignored her at first. She argues that the bracelet has never caused him physical pain before, but Mawang explains how the bracelet works, and how Oh-gong’s once indestructible body has now developed a weak spot—a soft heart.

He tells Sun-mi that Oh-gong can now be hurt and even die, and she made it that way because of the bracelet. He adds, “Of course, the only one who could kill him is you—the one he loves.”

Oh-gong pours magical healing whiskey over Buja’s wounds and even lets her drink a little, making sure to note that it’s a very pricey bottle for a zombie to be drinking. She asks after Sun-mi and says that she can feel how sad Sun-mi is right now because they’re connected.

Buja shares her happy news that she’s found her real name, Jung Se-ra, and that she wants to go tell PK right away. She suggests that Oh-gong go to Sun-mi as well, and he calls her annoying but refers to her by name instead of “Zombie,” which makes her smile.

As they head out, Buja grabs the back of Oh-gong’s coat like a little kid (it’s the cutest thing), and then asks him to burn her here when it’s time, because she likes it here. He agrees to do as she wants.

Meanwhile, PK drinks at Summer Fairy’s bar, unable to shake the feeling that something was wrong with Buja. Summer Fairy says that she was going around saying goodbye to people as if she were headed on a faraway journey, and PK suddenly gets scared that Oh-gong is burning her somewhere.

He runs off in a hurry, and Dragon Prince (still in Alice’s body) gripes jealously about the pig falling for a zombie, while Summer Fairy looks over at him in pity and wonders how an octopus fell for a pig. Ha.

PK thinks back to Buja’s farewell earlier that day and grows even more worried that something isn’t right. He’s determined to find her, but she ends up finding him first, and he’s so relieved that he runs over to her and grabs her in a hug. Aw.

He says he was about to go crash into Oh-gong’s car just to find her, and she tells him the good news about finding her name.

The hit men nervously tell Kang Dae-sung about killing Buja and losing her corpse again, but this time he’s not so dismissive of them because of his own encounters with Buja dying and then disappearing. He decides to call her back on her mother’s phone to track her down.

Sun-mi tries Oh-gong at home but he isn’t there, so she asks CEO Sa to take her to Oh-gong’s lair. He points out that she could just call his name, but Sun-mi is worried that she’ll hurt him somehow, and CEO Sa says that no one can enter the portal to Oh-gong’s home if he doesn’t want them there.

She tries the elevator portal anyway, disappointed when Oh-gong doesn’t let her in. She crouches in front of the elevator in defeat, but then the doors open behind her and Oh-gong steps out.

She’s so relieved to see him that her legs give out and she falls trying to stand up, and he says, “Does it hurt? I was in a lot of pain because of you too. We’re even now.”

He holds out a hand to help her up, and she immediately throws her arms around him in a tight hug. He smiles and notes that she has a habit of telling him not to seduce her and then making the first move herself, while she just hugs him tearfully.

He sighs in satisfaction and says, “It was worth being in pain.” Aw.

Sun-mi fusses over Oh-gong at her apartment, making him tea and looking for things to feed him, while he notices that she keeps avoiding calling him by name. She says she’s scared it’ll hurt him, because earlier she screamed his name and it caused him pain.

He asks if she’s really not going to say his name anymore, and when she remains silent, he asks if their contract is over and she’s going to take the bracelet off. He says it lightly to lift the mood, but she takes it seriously, which definitely gets his attention.

He asks if she means it and holds his wrist out, and watches intently as Sun-mi tentatively reaches out to remove the bracelet. But she stops at the last second and says she can’t do it because she still needs him. “You said you like me, but you must not like me enough to take this off,” he says.

But then he adds, “You did well, Jin Sun-mi. That’s the right thing to do. If I ever shake you again like I did just now, don’t budge. I’m warning you. Because I love you,” and he caresses her face affectionately.

While Sun-mi remakes the tea that she’d accidentally made with salt instead of sugar, Oh-gong quietly takes the death bell out of his pocket and contemplates it.

Secretary Ma wonders if Oh-gong will tell Sun-mi the truth about the bell, but Mawang says it’s more advantageous for him to keep it a secret so that she’ll fall more in love with him. He refuses to believe that love could defeat a bad guy like Oh-gong, but she points out that he could be keeping it a secret to spare Sun-mi’s feelings.

She says that Mawang seems to be rooting for Oh-gong to live, and Mawang insists defensively that he is not on Oh-gong’s side and he dislikes him very much. Uh-huh. He’s positive that Oh-gong will use the death bell to bewitch Sun-mi, “Because he’s a bad guy.”

Buja tells PK her real name, and he feels bad about calling her Buja all this time, but she says she loves the name he gave her as his dongsaeng. So he says she’ll always be his dongsaeng Buja, and happily runs off to get her more energy balls.

While he’s gone, Buja gets a call from her mother’s cell phone, and this time it’s Kang Dae-sung on the other end. He says he’s taking care of her mother and wants to meet, so of course she heads off alone like a dolt. Did we not learn anything from your last encounter with the hit men?!

Mawang comes home from the hospital ready for a big homecoming, only to be met with an empty house and an empty fridge. He ends up having a pity party while cleaning, and by the time Oh-gong comes home, Mawang is pouty and upset about the lack of help around the house.

But his spirits are instantly lifted when he sees that Oh-gong has bought him his favorite porridge and a bottle of wine, and Mawang sings to himself as he sets a table for two. Cute.

Oh-gong is surprised that he wants to share, and even more surprised when Mawang shows concern for the fact that he almost died earlier. Mawang won’t admit it, of course, and says that he just wants to make sure Oh-gong didn’t put something weird in his food.

Mawang asks if he told Sun-mi about the death bell, and Oh-gong just teases him about worrying that he’ll die and leave Mawang all alone. Oh-gong is concerned about that tree demon that Sun-mi mentioned, and makes sure that Mawang knows what he’s doing and didn’t awaken something bad. Mawang insists that he wouldn’t make another mistake like releasing him from prison, though something about the tree still niggles at Oh-gong.

At his creepy warehouse, Kang Dae-sung laughs in Buja’s face for coming to see him alone. He readily admits that he’s the one who killed her in an accident, and asks how it is that she never dies.

Buja just asks where her mother is, so he points out the shipping container in his warehouse—the one that contains the coffin dug up underneath the tree demon, which he intends to drop in the ocean.

She stupidly walks right inside (I guess she has an excuse since her brain is rotted), and of course he locks her in. He orders the hit men to throw it in the ocean so that she can never come back.

Inside the container, blinding white light shoots out of the coffin again, and this time it etches a mark on Buja’s chest. She’s hit with a strange sensation and is drawn to the coffin, and when she touches it, she sees the same vision that Kang Dae-sung did, of a woman in a black cloak performing a ritual.

But this time the ground begins to shake violently and the light bursts through the shipping container, opening its doors. The hit men nervously head inside to check, and find the whole container floor lined with red rose petals.

The woman in the black cloak is standing at the coffin, and she turns around just like in the vision… except now she’s wearing Buja’s body, with blood-red lips and icy-blue veins. She says with an eerie smile that she will accept them as sacrifices, and the door to the container slams shut as the hit men scream for their lives.

When Kang Dae-sung returns and opens the container, all that’s inside is an empty coffin and bloodstains everywhere.

Patriarch tells Mawang and Oh-gong about their new problem: They’ve unleashed a being that was asleep for a thousand years under that tree demon. Patriarch describes her as a priestess who used to serve a king, and she was sealed inside that coffin after she died. You know she’s bad if they felt like they had to mystically bind her corpse.

Mawang just sees this as an opportunity to score a bunch of points at once by catching her, but Patriarch tells them not to take a priestess lightly. He says that she’s not a demon, and can hide among humans, and even manipulate and use human hearts against them. She has the power to awaken a dragon and make a king, which he says could turn the whole world upside down.

Patriarch tries to task them with finding the priestess, but Mawang starts coughing and feigning weakness from his stabbing, and Oh-gong follows suit with complaints of a weak heart. Did the dog eat your homework too? Patriarch is annoyed, but agrees to consult heaven on the matter.

Mawang and Oh-gong bicker all the way home about whose responsibility it is to clean up this mess, and it ends with them taking it out on each other’s statues childishly.

But the priestess has already found Sun-mi, and she blows a few rose petals at a deliveryman to put him under a spell. He delivers a bouquet of roses to Sun-mi, which Han-joo assumes is from Jonathan.

The priestess is able to control the roses from outside the building, making a petal fall and cut Sun-mi’s hand, drawing blood. She collects the drop of blood in another petal, and by licking a different rose in her hand, she can taste Sun-mi’s blood.

While Sun-mi steps away to bandage her cut, the priestess floats more petals in preparation to draw more blood, but Oh-gong appears and zaps them with his wand.

When Sun-mi returns to her desk, he’s gone and so are the roses, and she asks the monkey doll accusingly whether his hyungnim stole them. The priestess is long gone, and Oh-gong only finds a single rose left behind.

Patriarch has left Mawang in charge of his messenger duties while he travels to heaven to confer about the priestess situation, and Mawang especially delights in meting out divine punishment to nasty humans.

He says that heaven should really intervene more often, vowing to fix that when he becomes an immortal. He gets really worked up and theatrical when he confronts a man who conned tens of thousands of people out of their life savings and caused multiple suicides.

Mawang describes how the man is going to fall down the elevator shaft and be mangled but barely alive for days until he’s rescued, and growls in his face until the man jumps on his own out of fear.

In the car, Secretary Ma notes that delivering divine punishment is a very satisfying job, and Mawang looks forward to the day he becomes an immortal and can intervene in human life officially.

While they’re stopped at a red light, his wife Princess Iron Fan is yet again just outside his window, but omo—this time he turns around and sees her! She’s crying at the bus stop, and Mawang turns to her in shock.

He hadn’t even known all this time whether she’d been reincarnated in this life, and reaches for the door handle to go to her. But Secretary Ma stops him with the reminder that he can’t intervene, and if he does, she will still die a tragic death and see even more misfortune in her next life.

That makes him stop, and all he can do is watch her go with tears pooling in his eyes.

He follows her from afar as she returns to work in her jewelry shop, and then after a while he trudges back to his office to look at her portrait.

He finds Buja there, not knowing that she’s been possessed by the priestess, and tells her to eat more energy balls to recover from her fall. The priestess asks whether he’s found Iron Fan, and he tells her tearfully that he finally saw her today, and she must be living a hard life because she was crying.

The priestess offers to help him and intervene in Iron Fan’s life, since she’s not human, monster, or ghost. He wonders how she even came up with that idea, but says that fooling heaven is not easy.

On her way out, the priestess walks past Secretary Ma, whose dog nose picks up on Buja smelling different. The priestess says she found a new perfume to cover up the zombie smell, which seems to convince her.

She also runs into PK, who fusses over her disappearing on him again and tells her to wait at home while he goes on a photo shoot. The priestess notes that this Buja girl is loved by many, but decides that the monk’s body is still better than a rotting zombie. Oh noes.

The priestess seems especially happy to see Oh-gong, and tells him that Mawang gave her energy balls to eat. But there’s a strange pause in Oh-gong’s response, like he senses something off about her.

He says that she looks too well for being so broken recently, and decides that he needs the energy balls more than she does. He stops on his way out and holds out the rose that he picked up on the street. Ooh, does he know?

He tosses it at her feet and reminds her of what she’d said about wanting to die while she was still pretty like a flower, and promises to burn her. He calls her Buja and then adds, “But you’re not Buja anymore, are you?”

After another tense pause, he calls her Jung Se-ra instead, and the priestess relaxes. He’s got to be messing with her, right? She watches him go and wonders to herself, “If I take over Sam-jang’s body, will he become mine?” Oh noooooo.

Oh-gong bursts into Mawang’s office and asks if he saw her, but Mawang has no idea what he’s talking about. Oh-gong is aghast at Mawang’s blindness and blurts that the priestess is wearing Buja’s body as a shell. Thank goodness someone noticed!

Oh-gong wonders why the priestess chose Buja and what she wants with them, and Mawang can’t believe that Oh-gong just let her walk away because he knew it would be hard to fight her. Lazy Monkey.

Oh-gong agrees to capture her if Mawang finds a way to bind her, but then Oh-gong grows suspicious over the fact that Mawang was the first person the priestess visited. Mawang swears that she just took energy balls and that he’s not up to anything sneaky.

But the minute Oh-gong is gone, Mawang tells Secretary Ma that he’d ignored the priestess’s offer when he thought it was Buja, but it could serve him well to work with her. They make plans to betray Oh-gong by making a deal with the priestess, and Secretary Ma drafts a contract.

Jonathan prepares to return to the States and promises to invite Sun-mi to the movie’s premiere when it comes out. She thanks him for the roses, which he says weren’t from him, but he hands her a box with a rose and a necklace inside.

He says that the necklace signifies a happy ending, which is the kind of ending his movie will have, and he wishes her a happy ending with her fairy. Aw, that’s nice.

Sun-mi is happy to add another good luck charm to her collection, but when she goes looking for her bell, she finally notices that it’s missing.

Oh-gong tells Summer Fairy about the death bell but warns her not to say anything to Sun-mi, and Summer Fairy agrees that not knowing is better, since the fate to kill or be killed is too sad to bear. Oh-gong uses Sun-mi’s words: “Knowing ahead of time just means being sadder for longer.”

Oh-gong asks if Buja stopped by the bar, and Summer Fairy says she came by and borrowed a lipstick named Rosy, which makes him scoff. He’s disappointed that Summer Fairy doesn’t know anything about priestesses, but she points out that Sun-mi is essentially a divine priestess of a sort because she’s carrying out a heavenly calling. Oh-gong wonders if that’s why the priestess was hovering in Sun-mi’s vicinity.

CEO Sa is surprised when the priestess requests steak, since Buja doesn’t like meat. And then he notices that she’s suddenly using her knife with her left hand when Buja was right-handed before. Gack, don’t kill him!

There’s a chill in the air as the priestess puts down the knife and fork, but she just pleasantly says that she was always left-handed, using her mind-control voodoo to convince him that it’s true. It works, and she asks him to make food that Sun-mi likes so she can bring it over.

Kang Dae-sung is about to have the priestess’s empty coffin thrown into the ocean as planned, but then he notices a few stray rose petals on the ground and picks one up, enticed by the scent.

Mawang and Secretary Ma trace the coffin to the warehouse, but it’s already gone, and Mawang wonders if maybe Kang Dae-sung found out that the priestess has the power to make kings. Yeah that part is worrisome. So is the part where Kang Dae-sung has moved the coffin into his house.

The priestess visits Sun-mi with food and fresh roses, and creepily smells her hair while she’s not looking. She asks where Oh-gong is, and Sun-mi mentions that he was hurt because of her, and the priestess runs with that, suggesting that she shouldn’t call his name if she doesn’t want to hurt him anymore.

The priestess points out that Sun-mi is powerless without Oh-gong, and says that for someone like Sohn Oh-gong to be her protector, she ought to have a special ability. She begins to blow into a rose to cast some sort of spell, but before it can reach Sun-mi, Oh-gong appears behind the priestess and smacks her in the head.

He’s still treating her like she’s Buja, but makes sure to sit her down so she can’t leave, and throws the roses in the garbage. He tells Sun-mi that she doesn’t need flowers when she’s so pretty, and that flowers are dangerous anyway.

He heals the cut on her hand and barks at her not to get hurt because it saddens him, and the priestess watches all of this looking a little envious. Oh-gong surreptitiously checks his watch and says it’s useless waiting for the “evil cow bastard,” realizing that Mawang betrayed him.

Mawang is biding his time knowing that Oh-gong will take the priestess away from Sun-mi, and he figures that during his fight with her, Oh-gong will discover her true objective for being here.

Just as Mawang predicted, Oh-gong tells the priestess that he’s going to take her to his house to burn her, and when he whispers at her menacingly to come without a fight, she realizes that her cover is blown.

He keeps up appearances for Sun-mi’s sake and says he and Buja are swinging by his place for a nice bottle of liquor, and they teleport away.

After a while, Sun-mi gets tired of waiting and wonders if she should call Oh-gong back, but Mawang rings her doorbell first and asks her not to call Oh-gong tonight, because he has very important business to attend to.

Oh-gong pours the priestess a glass of red wine and she wonders if he brought her here to fight. He balks, “Are you crazy? Do you know how many expensive bottles of liquor are in here? Why would I fight in here?”

He figures that she wants to do all sorts of things after being asleep for a thousand years, and says he has no intention of getting in her way, unlike Mawang. She asks if he’s really not going to interfere, and he asks what it is she really wants.

“I want to become Sam-jang and have you,” she says. Say no! You’d better say no, Monkey!

She says that he’ll become her protector, and Oh-gong scoffs at his rise in popularity these days. He says that that’s not something she can do, but she just smirks in response and blows a handful of rose petals in his direction.

Oh-gong blocks them with his arm, but one still manages to get to him, and his eyes glow red with rose petals reflected in them.

She caresses his face and says, “I have the power to control souls. What I want is you. From now on you will stay by my side, unchanging, and protect me forever.”

She sits in his lap, and he does nothing to fight it, completely under her spell.

 
COMMENTS

Aaargh, how could you let yourself get bewitched by a priestess?! Shouldn’t an all-powerful immortal who survived hellfire have better defenses up his sleeve? This is bad news bears, especially if she’s not lying about Sohn Oh-gong being the thing she really wants. Maybe he’s a means to an end, but she seems pretty fixated on receiving love, and everlasting love at that. I don’t like this one bit.

As an adversary, the priestess is an interesting character to introduce because she’s powerful enough to do some damage to Oh-gong, and manipulative in a sinister way. This works better than the child-stealing demon who tried to become Sam-jang but failed to own Oh-gong’s heart; the priestess is much more of a threat because she’s not looking to transfer ownership—she’s actually after Sun-mi’s body like she wants to mortgage it for a good thousand years. What creeped me out the most was that she wasn’t interested in destroying Buja’s life while in her body—she was taking it over and enjoying the attention from her various relationships. And as a temptress she knows right away how to seduce Mawang into helping her, by dangling the love of his life in front of him like a carrot. She’s clearly smarter than our good guys, which has me worried.

It wasn’t a very big episode for the central romance, since Sun-mi took a pretty passive role in this episode while things were happening around her. It felt like we took a pause to introduce a new villain and to complicate Mawang’s motivation (and of course it comes at a time when the bromance was hitting a high point!). For the most part, Mawang has been the moral compass of the monster group, usually doing the right thing for the right reasons just by his nature. But one glimpse of his lost love and we’re reminded that his priority will always be her, not Oh-gong or Sun-mi, and I wonder how that dynamic will change in the coming weeks when he makes a deal with the priestess to help his beloved. I expect him to sacrifice Sun-mi at the drop of a hat if it saves Iron Fan, but I can’t hate him for it when Cha Seung-won plays his heartache so well.

I’m also sad that we’re missing out on Buja’s moments with PK and Monkey Oppa while she’s possessed, because her storyline has become one of my favorites. She just brings out their protective side like she’s the monster gang’s pet zombie, and I love her interactions with everyone. I suppose I wouldn’t mind some jealousy from PK while the priestess is wearing her body and has Oh-gong mind-controlled—that would make up for a lot. So would Sun-mi coming to Oh-gong’s rescue this time. Come on, be a hero and snap him out of the trance, Sun-mi. May I suggest kisses as your weapon of choice?

 
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Gosh, they can’t even let off the angst for one full episode eh? They had OG spitting up blood at the end of the previous episode and realising SM can indeed kill him. Now, it’s OG bewitched though admittedly OG with flowers in his eyes should be refreshing LOL I'm wondering with the new "Buja" - what will happen with the PK-OG dynamic? Will PK "shake" OG loose of the hypnotism?
I’m beginning to suspect that MW might well be the loose end/loose cannon that the gods forgot to account for. His desperation to save Nachal overwhelms everything. That plus the fact that he is not innately good, he’s restraining himself to save Nachal, which means he could easily turn evil real fast.
With this latest twist (again, I feel the absurd need to shout it’s a Hong sisters’ drama what do you expect?? This despite the fact that I’m in an open plan office LOL), I suddenly remembered a key element in the original Journey to the West: the double Wukong. The second Wukong, which represented the evil side of the Monkey was killed. Perhaps that is the "solution" we will see next week? Kind of fulfils the Death Bell but also keeps OG around, kind of a necessity - can you imagine Hwayugi without the Monkey?
Questions, questions, guess that's why we keep coming back for more. A silly question though, is it 16 episodes?? Read some blogs that said it was 20 but the sites loading the video seem to say 16?

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It’s definitely 20, but I have been toos yesterday that it has been extended to 22, but I’m yet to see evidence!

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On the one hand, 22 is great but on the other hand, it means more yes-they-are-in-love, no-they-are-not dance steps, which I really would rather do without : action, action!
LOL

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Exactly! And I worry that Hong Sisters struggle to fill in the middle part of a drama, (which is ep11 onwards at the moment) and it’s all going so well, and I don’t want the extension to mess that up! But if it’s done right, yaayyya 2 more eps!

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My sentiment exactly, too much fluff until now, what will happen if they extend to 22eps? Slow agony of more stylized slow moving puppet-like performance.

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Lol while most of us are excited over the prospect of a two episode extension and the drama actually being 20 and not 16 eps I'm here much more happy over the more OSTs that are going to be released lol

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I thought it was 16 ep?

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This just shows how weak I am with strategy - I never thought Mawang could be the weak spot. The enchantress is a great opportunity for Lee Se-young, she differentiates the personalities so well. I'll just quietly miss Buja.

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I didn't know her name but I knew I liked her as an actress. She was so different from Vampire Detective to Laurel Street Tailors that I became a fan. She's doing an excellent job of portraying the different personalities.

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@allphryne Lol, nah, pretty sure you're fine with strategy. MW is always going to have a soft spot (his wife Nachal), that's why the Patriarch always needles him about needing points to become a deity fast.

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Noooo my sweet Bu-ja. I'm really sad that she got possessed, because she had such a lovely wide-eyed innocence and was just adorable with PK. Is it too impossible for us to get a happy ending for her? Can the rules be broken to give a zombie back her life? It's adorable how PK calls her his sibling (I'm totally fine even without a romance), and it's even better now that she has found her mother.

While I find the possession of BJ something unexpected-ish and almost refreshing, I wonder if this is just another "oh look here's another demon who wants OG for herself" plot, because it feels too similar to the fairytale book demon. We get it, everyone wants a piece of OG for themselves (who wouldn't? I do). And supposedly, true love will triumph over and OG won't hurt SM and break free of the spell, yes? I don't know, but I hope I'm surprised in this aspect. I'm not mad at it, but I do wish it'd gone along a different way without BJ "seducing" OG with her rose petals.

Because at this point I do feel like we have definitely confirmed OG's feelings for her to be genuine (he's behaving decidedly very differently from the start), and we're also pretty sure that SM likes him too, so I'm not sure if we need another reminder that his true love triumphs all. Unless this leads to him having to make the decision between killing her/him dying, because as Ma-wang said, someone like him would never choose love.

I find it odd that Sun-mi didn't realize how strange Bu-ja (do I still call her this) was behaving. I've never thought her to be dense, but in this episode I thought that it'd be weird if she didn't notice how BJ was talking about her blood, or insinuating that SM had hurt OG badly. BJ has always been encouraging, sweet and supportive of her. I'd try chalk it off as ignorance/the need for companionship, because SM has always been alone all her life, so maybe she doesn't know how to tell the difference.

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This demon is not the typical demon we see in this drama.
She doesn't only want OG but Sunmi's blood as well.
As the saying "this evil shaman can make anyone a king"
Her last target would be Kang Dae sung the president candidate because he is the kost powerful one.

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That’s true... and perhaps in order to get SM’s blood then she needs Og to stop protecting SM. Maybe I was just hoping it’d be Og and SM fighting against her rather than her doing some seducey moves on him LOL. Assumably rose petals and the sitting on the lap are moves of that nature. 😅

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True.. this otp needs to fight together to save the world.

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The priestess seems like someone who wont settle over a bucket of blood. She wants the faucet.

She wont settle by only having OG only, too. The reason is because OG is tied with the GGG.

If she can have SM's body which gives her power to call and wake up all sorts of evil, AND THEN get The Great Sage as her protector *BONUS!*, the world would be "field filled with roses", figuratively speaking.

She will rule the world.

Hold on to your seat.

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she wants the faucet, pipes and reservoir XD

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I mean, if I was trapped under a tree for a thousand years and had mind control powers, my priority would also be to try to seduce Lee Seung Gi with rose petals. This priestess is very relatable.

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Mine is that General Frost's multi-tiered ice cream. Seriously. That, and perhaps some liquor.

One thousand years!

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Mmm, that sounds good. And perhaps a singer to serenade you while you eat?

Maybe the priestess should seduce Frosty to supply ice cream, PK to sing love ballads, all while they surround her as she sits sipping wine on Oh Gong's lap in his beautiful alcohol hideout ~ now that sounds like a fantasy... ;)

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Oh gosh this sounds like the perfect fantasy. With CEO Sa making the best side dishes to go with the wine.

But in case all that isn’t that easily achievable, I’ll settle for sitting on Oh-gong’s lap. That’ll have to do. ☺️

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Random thought: if Frosty falls in love, would he still be Frosty? Would he just start selling soft serves or frozen yogurt?

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That's an interesting thought ~ I would like to think he stays cool even in love, just because this is my fantasy and I prefer classic ice cream to soft serve or frozen yogurt. :D Also, he already has such a warm heart for a chill guy, that I don't think romantic love would change him much.

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I thought it was even weirder that PK and Mawang didn't suspect anything. Mawang's her housemate and PK hangs out with her all the time. I wonder if it's a mix of "no one was expecting a possessed BJ" and just the priestess lady's power. Anything she says has the power to cloud your mind even if she's not blowing petals into your face. I miss friendly, awkward BJ and really hate this new lady who took over BJ and straightened her cute wavy hairstyle.

While it's another "another lady wants SOG" thing (and I do like how he lampshades it), it's another building up of seeing how far SOG and SM's feelings can go. They have feelings for each other (SOG suspects he may actually be in love with her, but he's not 100% sure himself), but how strong are those feelings? Are they enough to overcome enchantment? Enough to sacrifice their lives for each other yet? So much pressure!

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Hmm i think if your friend begins to act weird It WOULD register to you initially (it did to SM too from her reactions and expressions) but there was not enough time for her to solidify the thought because OG came on closely after that and related to BuJa as he normally does so I'm sure it put her silent initial alarms to rest plus she hadn't had much interactions with BuJa in the new state to REALLY confirm the change completely

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Come back Buja yaaaaa!!! But she is connected to Sunmi anyway so i believe she will come back soon.
This drama is getting better and better as the plot thickens...
It has the right amount of angst that made me get all the feels for this otp...
I'm so ready for my box of tissue

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I love the twist at the ending! So apparently a priestess who slept for more than 1000 years has more power than Oh Gong and Ma Wang could have imagined. It's never good to underestimate someone!
As much as I want Oh Gong to be in love with Seon Mi I hope the priestess will shake up their relationship a little bit. Maybe it's because I really hate the bracelet at this point. I know that Oh Gong was a jerk at the beginning and the bracelet was the only way to 'tame' him. But I hate that Seon Mi decided not to take the bracelet off, even though he was obviously in pain because of it/her. She knows at this point that his heart is weakened and the bracelet even threatens his life. So her decision to only think about herself was kind of selfish. Oh Gong was right, she doesn't love him enough to take the bracelet off. And that's what I hate about the bracelet. The conditions are totally unfair since Oh Gong seems to have no choice but to choose his death over Seon Mi's death.

I kind of hope that this twist won't be resolved this easily, it would be such a waste. Besides, Lee Se Young is great as the more-than-1000-years-old-priestess!

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Isn’t Oh Gong a god and, therefore, more powerful than the various demons and presumably the priestess as well?

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I am also wondering about how strong Oh Gong is ~ apparently he makes heaven angry with how strong he is, but he can be kicked out of heaven and restrained by the bracelet and now mind controlled by a priestess?

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I'm curious about this, too. Normally, I would say Oh Gong is more powerful, but it was mentioned earlier in this episode that the priestess was really dangerous. So I kind of that he will be less powerful, even for a short while only.

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She isnt scared to take off that bracelet, its just that she is afraid that the love they have so far may come to an end or it may just be a mirage..

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I don't think she is scared to take off the bracelet and I get that she doesn't want to lose his love. But the bracelet threatens his life at this point. Regardless of the bracelet, this kind of love which makes one of the person sick (literally!) should always end as soon as possible.
I'm all for Oh Gong and Seon Mi as a couple, but only without the bracelet.

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I wouldnt take that bracelet off if I were Sunmi. It keeps me save. It keeps me from being devoured by other demons including Oh Gong himself. It also makes sure that Oh Gong behaves. With this new storyline, it makes it more essential that the bracelet is stil on OG's wrist. If he is possesed, we want to be sure that his heart, at least, belongs to the master of the bracelet which is Sunmi. More problems will rise if Sunmi is the one who is possesed. But in order to do that, the priestess needs to possesed OG too. But is it possible? Because OG wears GGG which tied his heart to Sunmi.

See? Vicious cycle. Good vicious cycle.

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I do like how while SOG and SM like each other and are falling in love with each other, they still don't completely trust the other with their lives. It's unromantic and a bit disappointing, but makes sense. They both cherish their lives a lot and I find that it would be too much to expect them to put love ahead of not being dead. I suspect the removal of the bracelet will ultimately be a very emotional scene in a future episode that will me feel like the GGG is wrapped around me.

I hated SM for a second for not taking off the bracelet, and then remembered that neither SM or SOG knows for sure what would happen if the bracelet comes off before SM fulfills her mission. SOG suspects he may still love SM, but he's not sure. I think he also enjoys the feeling of being in love with SM (whether that is because of the GGG- no one knows for sure, not even SOG), so I think a part of him is also reluctant to part with the GGG.

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Forced love is no love. For me as long as he wears the bracelet, his feelings are not real. Now he hasnt a choice, but to stay with her. As for SM, she is a Little bit pathetic, trying to keep a man beside her by force. Doesnt matter how scared she is.

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Well lets see how you do if its the thing that keeps you alive and not being eaten lmao......Btw it seems the writers dont even know how the story is going to continue if they remove it lol.......You have any idea how the story is going to go or continue?

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The Monkey doesn't seem to quite agree with you. He told her she did well to leave the bracelet on, and encouraged her never to take it off of him no matter what else he says. So why should she ignore his wishes?

She doesn't want to kill him under any circumstances and never has. At this stage, she's thinking she can mitigate whatever risk she might be posing to him by choosing not to call his name.

He has told her he wanted to cook and eat her, and I think it's a little unfair to blame her for not wanting to take that risk yet, especially when he himself has told her she shouldn't take that chance.

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Thanks for the quick recap! You guys are on the ball. I have yet to watch this episode but I just couldn't wait.

I am going to be honest, the plot seems to be repeating itself and the forced love is starting wear a little thin for me but my mood might be slightly due to the fact I couldn't watch and enjoy my shows tonight like I normally do because of sports.

Either way I am in it for the long haul so I am just going to comb over every comment to hold me over until next week.

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The summer Fairy's observation that all these animals are falling for each other is so on point I laughed out loud hahaha.

And uh-oh the priestess who took over Buja's body is gonna be great but so evil. She's so gorgeous tho wow. and she actually managed to trick Oh-gong! This is going to be very interesting. I wonder what her end goal is though. Like why does she want to take over Sam-Jang's body and manipulate everyone?

Also Ma-wang and Oh-gong uniting by faking sickness to get out of catching the priestess lmao. Even tho they both managed to be manipulated by her in the end smh.

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Wow, SOG and MW...look at them wasting precious time pretending to be sick! Big babies! This seems like a job for a lady. Step aside and let Secretary Ma handle it. She created this mess in the first place! I'd love to see her battle it out with the priestess.

I wonder if all of them will be losing points for setting her loose - enough to cancel out winning points for eventually getting rid of her.

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Lol if Secretary Ma could, she'd take over everything and just boss the boys around. I mean they'll get punished somehow for letting her lose right? But the points they'd earn for capturing her would be a big amount too.

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The angst in this show is at another level. SOG is so far gone in his love for JSM that he really does not mind if she doesn't remove the bracelet and actually ends up killing him. That can't be all GGG. It has to be him. What's interesting here is that the female monster has seduced him. Will it work on him with his GGG and his pure love for JSM? The way he got seduced looked too easy to be true. I may be reaching but since even Mawang was in on the plan, was SOG being seduced, planned? Wouldn't SOG and Mawang brainstorm all the scenarios that could happen and take steps to counter them?

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Actually GGG is just a screen to hide the true feelings as stated by the patriarch.. even i doubt the seduction part.. considering the strong nature & character of SOG..

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Oh-gong's nature might be strong but they can't just use the librarian twist again.

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I was thinking about this and I think they might go for a reversal of sorts.
With the bookseller (librarians aren't that evil 😋) SunMi had to choose to come back. OhGong couldn't do that for her. She had to choose to pick up her fate again.
I'm thinking that this go around it'll be OhGong who has to choose to accept it. Like maybe he'll be offered a way to get the GGG off and he chooses to keep it for SunMi's sake.
So the same twist but not really?

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Sorry, never meant to shade librarians. They are highly esteemed by me.
I like your theory. It's also plausible.

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As much as I love SOG and MW, I'm not sure if SOG and MW are brainy enough to come up with a really good plan.

It'll be interesting to see how the competing enchantments will interact!

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I like this show for finding all reasons to keep Lee Seyoung around. LOL.

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Somehow I am losing interest on this show... which is really surprising!!! 😳😳
I feel like this drama has no plot... like who is the big bad boss that sunmi needs to fight? Is Kang Dae Sung the significant final bos? Is he even a significant baddie at all to the plot?
And Sunmi... her character is so bland... but I don’t think this is Oh Yeon Seo’s fault, coz I like her dramas before. She is my girl crush and my sole reason for me to watch this drama.. but after 11 episode I feel like her character is less interesting than the others. Is it supposed to be that way? Coz I know the monk in original JTTW is also bland and uninteresting... but I like the monk in JTTW japanese anime version. And I feel like Sunmi can be this badass, fierce and strong heroine (I know OYS can nailed this type of character!!) instead of the meekly (in my eyes) and love-struck monk.

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She is a human being compared to the other demons who lived hundred of years of lofe. Of course her character is the normal one

That evil shaman is gonna be the biggest villain in seducing Kang Dae sung. Her main target is a hunan with powerful position

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This drama is 20 ep drama i guess i dont think this devil or Kang dae sung will be the biggest villain maybe somebody else we have seen hiding among human being so far??

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If we leave ok at the original journey to the west, then the whole book:show is about the mid journey to the west to obtain the sutra. What I enjoyed about the original was also the monsters they meet on the way. So yah, no particular big villain but just many.

Some much more powerful than others. I remembered some of the demoness also tried to seduce the monk. And many tried to outsmart the monkey. Sometimes very close to reaching their goals.

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Yes.. But the monk in original story has a purpose: to obtain the sutra. While here, sunmi doesn't have (yet??) to obtain anything... maybe something to prevent the apocalypse?? I guess this is my main problem with this show... Something is missing: the sutra... 😳😳

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Sunmi and co's journey is to fulfill her mission of defeating the increasing number of demons, but you're right in that it is never apparent on how they'd know they've arrived at the end of the journey. Will the gods be just appear one day and be like "Congrats guys! You've reached the end!"? How many points does MW still have to earn?

I'm still enjoying the journey and I also enjoy Sunmi (though she's not my favorite OYS role or Hong sisters heroine). I think the pace and tone and story trajectory suits a multiseason US show (where you go around defeating a monster of the week) and it's not apparent what the season's goal is until you're at the end of the season. Strange comparison, but it reminds me of Brooklyn 99. It's a character-driven sitcom(?) about cops. You've got a cast of fun characters doing wacky things. Each 30 minute episode is pretty much half office hijinx and half catching some perp (often a lightweight case). Then in the last 2 episodes of the season, there is a big case.

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I also remember being pissed at the monk often in the original story because he’s so very useless. Totally can’t defend himself. Didn’t even try to. Just literally stood there helplessly. Really exasperating.

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Agree! And remember those times the monk punished sun wukong by chanting the ring tightening mantra cos he did not believe sun wukong when told that the ‘humans’ they met were demons in disguise!

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Yes this is my frustration exactly. Of all the times for the Hong sisters to deviate from the tale, it could have been to give us something more another weak, bland female character in kdramaland. That grates so much, because it's also a waste of a good actress with the chops to play strong female character. She basically spends all her time oscillating between worrying about being in love and acting the damsel in distress bit. She's not somebody to save the world, but thankfully I think Oh Gong is. Which I hope is the point of the drama. He is the one to undergo a transformation such that he will willing save the humans from themselves (and their inviting evil into the world). The question is: what will be his true motivation for becoming a hero?

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Exactly!!! And I know OYS can do more than 'damsel in distress' character... I hope her character also grow into more strong and fierce heroine coz for now I think OG is the only one (between them two) who grows so much..

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I hope that Sunmi realizes she has some until now sleeping power. And why not? Her grandma made her that spell that's on her umbrella to protect her from evil spirits, so there must be some hidden talent that comes from her family line. or am I hoping for too much? I just want Sunmi to have something to do besides feel bad about loving and depending too much on Monkey (>_<)P

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That's my main complaint with this show too. Every character is interesting apart from the monk and not because of the actress. After many years of seeing ghosts and demons, I would think the girl would have more to her arsenal than an umbrella and red beans. I am imagining Supernatural-level (American TV show) of arsenal with daggers, holy water and the whole shabang.

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The writers are in a bit of a bind. In SOG and MW they have the 2 main casts who are powerful, smart, astute and manipulative. If they made the 3rd main cast JSM as (not as powerful) but smart, astute and strategic - they'd have a drama where 99% of the audience wouldn't know what is going on. JSM has to be "dumb" because she is the lens the audience is supposed to experience the story through.

Try watching "The West Wing". Aaron Sorkin (the writer) made CJ Cregg and Sam Seaborn the political naifs that required exposition just so that the show wouldn't be so smart that no one understood the reasonings of the President, the Chief of Staff and his two Directors. Even then, the show had very complex episodes that required a lot of thinking to get to some understanding.

Here the writer has the same problem, if they had no one playing the naif, clueless person, the story would narratively so dense as to be impossible to understand. (for a k-drama similarity - watch Forest of Secrets, they had to create a character that the audience could relate to - and even then, I think it was a difficult show for many)

Even so, JSM's character is irritating, not because of her silliness or the skills of the actress, but because of lack of consistency. She's tough & smart (to survive alone), then a silly romantic/woman-child (in the middle of demon apocalypse), then trusting (everything that MW says appears to be gospel to her - even after multiple manipulations), then suspicious and untrusting (of SOG), the silly again (goes demon hunting without her protector), so pure (no humans hurt - even when they throw her "friend" off a roof), then not so pure (binds SOG as a slave). All with very little introspection and rhyme or reason - just to move the story in a certain direction.

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SM actually has great character depth and makes you pity her as well as her resilliance to live which her actress is protraying brilliantly and the dilemma of falling in love with a deity........What you are complaining is probably character growth.......And yeah compared to SOG, JSM has not has much to expand and work with as most of her scenes and SOG are pretty limited atm.......Even cut off as quite a few of their scenes in the stills dont make it to air.....And as a result the story telling and OTP are suffering as this whole thing is disconnected......You can see the growth of both character in the initial few episodes which coincided with the increase in ratings as you could seee development.....Then after ep6 they tried to give other useless side cast character fillers screen time maybe because being pressured by other cast requesting more screen time or some stuff since the ratings is increasing.....As a result the show got disconnected and you cant follow up on the OTP......Last week ep10 when they returned to the main plot the story made sense and there is development again from the leads the ratings rose......And fell this week as they tried to shift the focus to other cast again lmao and the story lost its direction again and the ratings fell......Its so bad that people at DC are requesting an extended dvd version of this drama. I maintain that the OTP and main story plot should never be compromised just to give some side cast screen time......Its the OTP and main plot that drives a drama not some useless side character with irrelevant plot......If they wanted to give side cast some screen time then add the air time of the episode and not actually cut out important scenes between main leads that show their gradual growth and how the main plot progresses.....The main plot and OTP should always take precedence over side cast filler stories....Those scenes with main plot and OTP should never be cut as they show the gradual change in dynamics of leads and their growth......So this show wont feel so disconnected and the scenes can actually transition like a proper story and drama....

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It is how dramas are made. They had to know when they hired the cast that each of them would need screen time. It is ambitious for them to semi live shoot a drama as complicated and with as many casts as this. It is working so far, so just hope they keep up the good work. I doubt that they will change much in terms of the storyline and screen time for each character at this point.

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Btw the way you are saying is like those side cast are worthy of screen time lmao when they are fillers and comic relief at best....Absolutely useless to plot and story......Lmao to thk that this kind of shit should take precedence on the main plot and OTP story is just pure bullshit.....They need to cut the side characters and cast as they are just crap and contribute nothing to the story and focus on the main plot and OTP story which has been lost since ep 6, though they brought it back for a bit in the episode last week they cut them out again this week which is retarded.....They need to maintain continuity and transitions so people can actually follow the main plot and OTP story......Putting in those fillers side cast just made this drama lost focus and it feels like watching a sitcom.....Fcking terrible.....Btw since this drama is live.....The writers are still actively changing the script....If last week episode ratings were any indication....People want to see the main plot and OTP story...not your useless side cast bullshit anymore which they tried introducing after ep 6 and this week again and caused the ratings to go crap and viewers to lose interest as they have no story.....Absolutely retarded.........The main leads lsg, oys plot and story is the important 1 not useless side characters that are just fillers and comic relief.......

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Lol the audience need something to connect with the show like a plot or story......There is none atm.....This drama or story is not being dumb down....It has 0 plot or story atm with all those useless side show.....The main plot and story and the OTP leads dynamic and interaction that glue the show are being cut out and kept minimal you dont even know what this story is about anymore......Viewers wont watch is the story makes no sense and it has 0 logic atm as there is no continuity or transitions between scenes due to all that useless fillers....IF this show had just focused on the leads SOG & JSM and their character progression and story this drama would have continuity and made more sense and logic and that people can actually follow a story......The story is lost when they added all those useless side cast fillers......And they fail to refocus quickly back on the main plot and OTP and develop their dynamic and interaction and progression.....

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Btw a decent drama needs to have one of the 3 things..... a main plot that the story progresses, OTP leads character development and characters that people can relate to.......There is none atm in this drama......The OTP leads interaction and storyline is not being focused on and develop and its cut out for useless side show fillers.....There is 0 continuity as a result of that.......While the story is not being told from the only human character JSM so that viewers can relate too as the others are just demons or deity and are irregular in behavior and antics......IF you tell a tale from demons or deities perspective the drama is going to feel over the top with 0 logic......So this drama actually does not have a story nor a character people can relate to atm.....This drama makes little sense or logic.....The writers need to wake up that the core and main plot of the story is JSM and SOG saving the world and their character dynamic interaction and development is key on how this story ends and actually create a continuity to the main plot and story that people can follow and there is some logic at least......Stop the useless side show cast fillers and comic relief......

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As for the last paragraph, I call that bad writing. If a character has to have multiple personalities to move the story along. And I agree with you 100%.

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I thk the writers are failing in executing character development or progress......That is key to making the drama move forward with the main plot.....Here there is nothing is developed at all about the leads and alot of useless side show fillers after ep 6 with exception of last week episode where they went back to the main plot.....If this drama was told from JSM( a human perspective) it would have made alot more sense.......And viewers would be able to connect easily as the demons being different beings are just over the top and irrational that humans cant really understand them.....Btw this drama also fails to focus and develop the main plot and the OTP leads interaction and dynamic....The leads interaction are so minimal that you are left guessing what are their state of mind and if they are actually going to save the world at all.....Btw i m pretty sure most people already forgot about that main plot as they added so much useless side show fillers in recent episode that the story has no plot or direction atm.......This show should been just told and focus on lsg, oys as SJ & SOG like the original tale and told from their perspective and see how they develop trust etc on their journey....Now that is an actually story or plot.......Even going the supernatural route for the leads would have been good....If the writers had any sense they would focus on the main plot and OTP atm as there is no direction or plot atm and it is being forgotten with so much useless side show that viewers cant make heads or tail of this story as there is 0 logic

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Anon, I am so impressed by how well you summarized all the issues, I felt at a gut level that the show lacked many things, but you articulated it so well. For a show to rely on the star power alone to attract us, its presumptuous, but seems to work as we are still watching, lol.

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Considering the amount of helpless heroine. SM is not the worst case, but she's not exactly compelling either. I think it makes logical sense for her to be vulnerable and trusting, and paranoid and streetwise at the same time. She's acting on her emotions, it's not a change in personality or character. Some can say that's a realistic portrayal of someone who's abandoned by her parents and relatives, then the only people she can depend on for survival are these manipulative demons jerking her around in all different directions. I'd say she's handling it like a champ since she hasn't had a mental breakdown yet.

The real problem is that there're no scenes or plot line directly dealing with her abandonment and trust issues, and so the viewers aren't as sympathetic towards her as a result. It's an unbalanced focus between the three leads, and it's obvious. The Hong Sisters wrote two very charismatic male leads and left the female lead out.

SM is written to be a gray character, and some people can only see in black and white. The supporting scenes to help us connect the dots are missing, and really, that's what made her seem distant and puzzling as a character. OSY is doing what she can, but she doesn't have the sensibilities yet to act out the subtle nuances of a reserve character. I see it flash by sometimes when she has close-up scenes with LSG, but no matter how good an actor/actress, they can't convey all of the character's past and history with one glance or hand gestures without those supporting scenes.

I still enjoy the drama despite this shortcoming. The game of cat and mouse between the two leads is fun, and the side characters are compelling. The story could've been much better and deeper if it's told through from SM's psychological standpoint, but I let go of what could've been and enjoy it for what it is.

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I too am just enjoying the ride and not going to get too irritated by JSM character.

I never expected it to be any sort of deep psychological exploration of love - it is meant to be a "light romance" - not trying to explain the paradox or complexities of love.

As I already mentioned SOG and MW are already ambivalent protagonists - each with a personal agenda and since they're supernatural and immortal, they wouldn't logically be endowed with human ethics or morality.

It seems that JSM accepts that when MW tricks her or Pig sends BuJa to eat her or when MW and the pig burn the painting that nearly trapped her in a demon world - she simply accepts it and treats it like nothing. But for SOG, JSM seems to want to "humanize" him somehow which is odd as she knows that he is the most powerful of the supernatural creatures she has encountered. So that is where her character is illogical. I don't want to say "she's just a typical illogical and contrary female when they're in love" because that is extraordinarily sexist.

Women can fall in love and be smart and logical and assertive and have their own personality. I absolutely detest the drama portrayal of women needing to be illogical, silly, cutesy, clumsy, humble, passive, morally pure and always needing to be rescued in order to be a "proper" love interest.

Think about this, JSM casually helps to hunt and destroy demons but doesn't want SOG to hurt/kill two humans who just tried to kill BuJa. Why? Demons hurt/kill humans - so they should be destroyed, but humans that kill other humans shouldn't? I could argue that demons killing humans are like lions eating deer - it is the natural order. So killing a lion for eating a deer seems immoral and nonsensical (unless you're a deer!) But killing a deer for killing its own kind makes much more sense, as it were.

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I don't think she's as passive as you make her out to be. And I think portraying women in their vulnerable sides is also equally valid and should be present in storytelling. I don't think realistic women are always strong all the time. Everyone has their weak/pathetic side, it's making it work in good storytelling that's difficult.

Also, I don't think she just accepts their manipulation without a fight. She's quite desperate, having lived alone with this condition throughout her childhood with no one to depend on, and she's contractually obligated to help them. They're the closest to a family she's never had, so of course, she trusts to a certain point in that they won't harm her because they like her, and moreover because of the contract. It's the same with OG - I don't think she's trying to humanize him, she resisted falling in love with him in the first place knowing that he's a cold-hearted demon. But the GGG changed his heart, so now he can feel love and give love. Rather than SM trying to humanize OG, it's him who's been trying to convince her that he's a changed demon who can love. It literally took at least ten episodes of him courting her and the death bell that she thought was the blessing bell to convince her, so I don't think she gave in as easily as you've described.

Your last point. SM doesn't want OG being judge and punisher. She probably believes the two men deserved to be punished, but not by death through torture. That's her moral stance, and yes, she unconsciously forced it on OG which she knew and immediately regret when she saw that it harmed him physically. So she at least knew when she messed up. Again, I don't think she's causally helping the demons, she's forced into the contract and it all started with OG tricking her.

So I agree that SM could've been written better to show more emotions or more of her internal thinking. I don't quite agree with your objections - that she should always be in control and strong. I don't think she's that type of character. Again, she's very much in the gray, and I prefer these types of characters when written well.

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Wow! You are very much right.

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You realize the side charactes are totally extra and are just fillers and comic relief at best......What is so compelling about them? They offer nothing........And this whole drama has no plot nor story atm because of that bullshit fillers and comic relief that people are seeing this as a sitcom as there is no plot nor story to hang on to.....The previous episode is in no way related to the next and the whole thing is disconnected with this side show shit........If this drama had focus on the main leads and their dynamics it would actually have sense as we can see the story progress...Now there is none....Yeah telling the story from the human perspective would also help viewers connect to the story more as deities and demons are different being and you cant really get their behavior.......But the more important focus is to concentrate on the main plot and leads dynamics and develop as that is the basis of a drama or story so that it has continuity and you see progression....But here it is being cut out for too much useless side show that are just fillers and comic relief that makes this drama has little sense and sit com

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Hence @alyad was right, the writing is getting worse. I also have the same problem with Sun Mi's character. I loved her spunk in episodes 1 and 2. She started as that fierce and independent woman (though lonely) who wasn't afraid to mess with Son Oh Gong because she knew she needed help against the spirits. Then she turned into a total damsel in distress with only two expressions: the depressed I'm-constantly-worried-for-Son-Oh-Gong face and the happy Oh-my-god-Son-Oh-Gong-loves-me-it's-true face.
First, I was interested as her as a person: her past, her motivations (why is she carrying her duty as Sam Jang, is she truly wanting to save the world, etc.) but now she's become completely flat. Even if the writers needed her to remain in the dark as the audience's proxy, she could have a little bit more initiative. But lately she only REACTS, she's completely passive. She's beginning to look like a side character and the love interest of the main character, SOG, which I really don't like. We seriously need more strong woman roles in kdramaland.

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The writers fail to develop her character as the drama progress....In fact we dont know how are the progression of the leads as there is just too much useless fillers and side cast and little leads interaction......And the main plot and story is lost in the progress that people dont even know what they are watching as there is little head or tail with so much extra non related to story or plot scenes......This drama would have been enough to just focus lsg & oys dynamic for SJ & SOG like the original JTTW story about the monk and the monkey or go the supernatural route of dean and sam and have them battling demon each week and understanding each other till the end game boss or world saving stuff......The others are just plain extra......Also they could add cameos each week for bone demon, jade warrior, nezha which would surely add the interest of the viewers which is surely better than this current shit sitcom like drama it is going to end up

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Exactly!! What happened to Ep 1-2 Sunmi? I like that Sunmi better... 😑😑

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Lost cause the writing has gone to shit focusing on useless side show and fillers & comic relief etc instead of the main leads and plot dynamics interaction and development which are by far more important and the core of the show so it has continuity.........The writers fail to follow up on the main plot and OTP development by inserting alot of useless fillers........Main plot and OTP leads story progression should always take precedence over useless fillers as its what drives the drama......Not surprising to see the ratings suffer as viewers dont even know what they are watching atm as there is no plot nor story to relate to.....It will keep dropping till the writers realize they have a main plot that they forgot to continue and develop as well as the OTP progression along the main story.....

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I feel exactly the same way, seems all these stars are fighting for screen time so they are too preoccupied with slicing and dicing screen time than building a well knit together, action filled story. Too much fluff and slo mo just had me fast forward.

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Are we going to ignore that MaWang killed a human being by having him jump off a elevator shaft? How is that not the same as the Priestess killing the hitman in the shipping container?

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I think that might have been a sanctioned killing (or maiming) that was on the Patriarch's "divine punishment" to-do list? It did feel random. Or maybe a hint of things to come - like how the Patriarch and the divine gods up there are really heavy-handed with their punishments so SOG is not going to get out of this unscatched. I suspect that if SM removes the bracelet, she may get punished again since the gods meant for her to keep it on SOG.

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He didn't kill him though - he cursed him to fall down and break all his bones and be in excruciating pain when found several days later. :)

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Hey guys, remember, don't underestimate Oh Gong. I believe he is just letting the priestress on by behaving like he is under her spell. He still has the Geumgangho... another ultimate powerful thing.

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I hope so. But the rose petals in his eyes seemed to show otherwise.

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An interesting trait in this Drama is how Love (or falling in love) can tame even the wildest Monkey. You can't make a person do anything for you if said person doesn't want to, but if you seduce her/him you can nullify his will to resist, and make that person give you willingly what you want, even if it is contrary of their interest. I was talking the other day about Robert Greene's "Art of Seduction" and this was something I left out. So a soul-manipulating priestest is a rather formidable adversary. Kudos to Hong Sisters!

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Why do I have the sneaky feeling that once the shaman is defeated/weakened by OG (and possibly MW, this character is such a swing state LOL), evil politician (and murderer) will take advantage of this to get her to make him king before he potentially steals her powers?

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That’s totally where this is going

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As soon as the patriarch said the priestess has the power to make a king I knew that's how the politician is going to be involved ~ maybe that's why the tree kept trying to kill him? Because it knew he had the most potential to be used by the priestess? (Or maybe the tree demon was after him to stop the construction that required the tree being cut down).

Plot predictions: politician meets priestess thinking it's BuJa, priestess teams up with politician to create king, and the monsters have to use both their human power (money, fame, etc) and their demon power to defeat them. Ma Wang is on the priestess/politician side for at least one episode (because of Iron Fan), PK is doing all he can to save BuJa, and Summer Fairy and Winter General listen to everyone's problems and feel conflicted that they can't do anything.

Not sure if Oh Gong being controlled is a fake out or not, but him and Sun Mi need to have an honest conversation about the bell and the priestess, and then team up to save the world, whatever the consequences.

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Alternate plot prediction (that I think would be more fun): priestess tries to make Oh Gong king, a Monkey King that is. ;) World is run rampant with chaos, Patriarch is frustrated, Ma Wang didn't expect anything less.

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That is why the tragedy pot decide to shatter weeks before.

Smart tragedy pot.

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Haha tragedy pot noped out of this show

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So the priestess is terrifying. And MW betrayed his friend, but I suppose it isn’t surprising considering his wife is involved. I do feel for him, but I’m annoyed as a viewer and shipper of the SOG/MW bromance. Also won’t making a deal with the priestess take points from him?

SOG following this (love obsessed) priestesses orders worries me for next episode. It’s going to cause a lot of pain for JSM. I also feel she needs to remove the GGG now. That way the priestess will also want to possess her less. But she sure is enjoying Bu Jas body becasue of how adorable our little zombie was and all the love she has gathered by being her perfect self! Love her.

I felt for the first time that there was a lull in the story during this episode. I don’t know why. Maybe because there was a lot less romance, and that is probably my fave part! But I can’t wait to see where we are going next week!

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If we follow the original story more closely, then I think not only does the priestess want the monkey’s protection, but more importantly I believe she wants Sam jang’s blood to up her power.

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Ah ok- good to know! I wonder though how much of the original story is actually being followed? I feel like maybe the concepts are used, but maybe that’s it? Again, have never seen anything else in regards to JTTW.

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Yeah, you are right. In this story, every demon has been wanting Sam Jang’s blood to make them all-powerful. So does the priestess!

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The moment the storyline added in the gods feeling the need to punish OG further by making sure he felt pain (ep 11 I think) is where the good/evil line sort of blurred I think. A bit scary seeing how the gods and demons are so "human".

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Gud point.. I guess this may be a point for her to remove that GGG and let him free. this will also help her understand the love of SOG for her and also give him the normal space..

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Yeah i agree, i wonder if she's capable of making anyone king that could turn the whole world upside down, why is she so love obsessed. And yeah she is terrifying. She's too clever and i dont think anyone except Oh Gong could defeat her but he's hypnotized by her. (My poor Buja and Sunmi.) Mawang being so worried about PIF is really not helping (sorry i know i shouldn't say becoz he's so heart broken but i have hopes from you. You have to save our OTP not ruin it, please don't betray them. They even collected points for you.) It's scary how she can manipulate everyone (except Oh Gong but he too, is possessed.) So I really am scared now. Plus what kind of ritual was she performing?? What was about sacrifice offering anyway?? I'm so curious and so scared for my OTP and Buja and the bromance.

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This is literally my thought process hahahahaha

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I love that the priestess enjoyed being Bu Ja ~ who wouldn't? I know she is evil, but I love the way that Lee Se Young is playing priestess wearing Bu Ja's body. Honestly, the priestess is my new favorite character, she doesn't strike me as evil so much as amoral, similar to the badass evil shaman ladies in historical dramas who have all the sketchy morals but also call the high and mighty characters out on double standards.

... maybe that is a stereotype only I believe in? :P

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No no I see it. And also LSY is amazing and has such a diverse range of acting ability!

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I agree with you about LSY's acting ability. Her looks have changed from sweet and innocent to sultry and sly. Her voice has changed from bright and chirpy to a lower huskier one that sounds dangerous and yet seductive. Even her actions and mannerisms have. Where she was stiff and awkward, she's now confident and moves fluidly.

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Yes! Girl is incredible! I loved her in hot the top and I’m SOG lad to see her in a main cast again! I though Bu Jas story would last 4 eps tops, but she’s too cute!

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I want to see JSM fight back..not just sit around and being a victim..

I think KDS will use SM to kill Bu Ja for good, because Bu Ja live by SM blood..
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Its not possible unless he possess some demonic quality.. anyhow SOG will be there to protect her.. and i guess he will be killed by that Priestess.

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Has the Hong Sisters been watching Suicide Squad? The Priestess seems like the K-drama version of the Enchantress. An evil magical spirit possessing another body.

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The actress who plays Buja is walking away with her scenes! I love her character and the acting is so affecting.

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Ohh god. It's really creepy. I don't know how am I going to wait for next episode. So now Bu Ja is possessed by an evil priestess who's so sly and powerful to make anyone king and awaken a dragon. But she is not a monster, right? So I dont get why is she so interested in Sam Jang's blood. She wants to possess Sam Jang to use Oh Gong or is it related to Apocalypse? I'm not so sure about that but I'm getting a feel that she seduced Oh Gong so that he'd protect her and won't come in her way to possess Sam Jang. Bu ja portrayed this evil character amazingly well and she looked to pretty.
So here's my theory- She'll possess JSM and use her blood to awaken some kind of really evil thing. Amd I feel that it would be Kang Dae sung since the demon of tree protecting her corpse was possessing humans to kill him. And he regarded them as foolish. And the fact that the wind cut her hand and caused her blood to fall on ground was may be a trick used by priestess to kill or shoo away the demon or become more powerful. I guess Samjang's summons will be to ask SOG to kill her to stop all this from happening. That would really be a big punishment for him.
Also i really missed the romance between our OTP today. I loved JSM too much and her gullible and kind-hearted nature is all fine but I'd love to see her be sassy once. I want her to show to all the demons that she's as powerful as them and she shouldn't be taken for granted.
Also I'm not sure if SOG really was possessed or is faking it to know her true intentions.
It was sad to see Mawang all heart-broken but I don't want to see him becoming evil because that's what the soul wants, to manipulate people. It really is good to have a smarter demon for once. To show them some reality.
Plus i love the budding bromance. 😍😍

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I totally missed the Romance element too! I hope this storyline doesn’t go awry, it very easily could 😭

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If you missed the Romance, there’s some coming up on Radio tonight😋

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Radio tonight?? Whats that?? You mean 'radio romance' drama or something else??

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Yes :P

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Ok I’m going to have to start watching that. I love KDJ especially in splish Splash love and I love KSH I’m everything but are they good together?

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Yes, they do have chemistry. But, in episode 2 esp., KSH looked rather young. I wish they'd kept their respective ages, addressed it, and then move beyond. Instead, they have just tried (unsuccessfully, it seems to me) to make KSH look older. Then again, they are both good actors, and are making the pairing work.

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Yeah. I agree. It was really difficult for JSM to confess and admit her feelings (and she did that believing on death bell which she though was love bell.) The moment she will see Son Oh Gong with priestess, she'll be devastated. And when she'll come to know about death bell, i don't even want to think about it. Everyone except her knows about death bell and playing their moves with caution whereas she has no idea about whatever is going on. So that's really unfair to her. Plus when Oh Gong will come to his senses, he'd be devastated too, now that he loves her for real. And tbh, i miss their bickering, romance and 'Activation'. 😍

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Yes! This is exactly what my poor JSM will feel! And it’s so unfair that she’s in the dark about her own fate. I know most of them are trying to protect her but it’s so frustrating to watch. She has survived so much and she deserves to be treated like an adult and told the truth. But her heart will break so much too. Also I neee drew cute back too! Hahah

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It'll break her heart more if she comes to know about it all later on plus she will also feel betrayed.

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Ooh, I like that theory ~ that the priestess will possess Sam Jang and Oh Gong will have to kill her to destroy the priestess and stop the apocalypse.

Waking the sleeping dragon I feel like is common apocalyptic imagery, but I'm wondering who/what the dragon will be. I think the king she will make is the politician definitely, and that's why the tree was trying to kill him (though it would be interesting if he turned out not to be human, but I'm not sure how all the monsters in the show could have missed that).

I wouldn't be surprised if Oh Gong is faking the possession, but it might actually be nice to have him be defeated and in someone's power (other than Sun Mi's) for once.

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The politician's grandma was quite the expert in separating her child-soul and staying alive.

Also, what's with the tree?! The nice(?) demon kinda left like a petulant child after a few mishaps. I am sure it's had to deal with a lot more over these last thousand years. Was this the last straw? How convenient!

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Hahaha, I like the picture of the tree as a guardian spirit that has likely spent a thousand years dealing with this priestess and preventing people from letting her loose, and now just gives up.

Kind of like, "well, if you want it so much YOU CAN DEAL WITH PREVENTING THE APOCALYPSE I'M GOING ON VACATION FINALLY"

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Yeah exactly. I felt so too. It was like he had had enough of their nonsense and foolishness. He was trying to protect them and they insist on cutting him down. So he left them to deal with their biggest nightmare.

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all those years the tree spirit only deals with mere humans while this time there's sam jang's blood strengthening the priestess.. so i think it just can't contain the priestess any longer

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But i think it was more of an outburst. He was fed up and left because he's been doing this for 1000 years for mankind and people try to cut him. Plus if demon was controlling her than how come the wind cut her hand, i wonder who was responsible for it? Priestess or the demon? Since she was mystically bound.

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It would be nice tbh. It will be good for the plot but my heart will still ache since my OTP is suffering. And I, in all honesty, am in Team Sun Mi more than Team Monkey. (Sorry oppa, for that.)

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plus 1 for team SM!
Feel so bad for SM, she already through a lot of misfortune, everybody around her just want to use her, eat her.... and she mistaken death bell for love bell...aiyaa~~

i hope there will be good turn for SM..

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She, Han Joo and Bu Ja are the only recurring characters so far who deserve a happy ending on merit, merely because they are the only ones who haven't tried to kill anyone (Bu Ja bit SM but was apologetic).

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Yup. Same here. Jin Sun mi is most deserving of all the characters. And then comes Oh Gong though i know he's one of the least deserving but come on, cut him some slack. He makes up for it with his hotness. 😍😍 And as much as i love his pout, i dont want to anger him. Plus i love Lee Han joo too. And Bu ja too but lately, now that she's possessed (which i know is not her fault) i cant help but resent her. I need someone to blame for JSM suffering.

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Just finished watching the ep subbed and I don't think that Oh Gong can be possessed. The Patriarch said that the shaman can hide behind a human (and control their minds, like the way she controlled the delivery man and CEO Sa), but Oh Gong is NOT human, he is a god.
Well, having said that, I'm a little puzzled at what the shaman said after she supposedly possessed OG. She said that she can now get him to protect her. If she could have possessed OG in the first place, then why did she go to all the trouble to try and possess Sunmi?

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Well I'm not sure if he's god in this show. Since even he has red eyes like other monsters though he's the most powerful and selfish one and never attacked until SunMi was involved. We dont really know. Although its a high probability this all his acting. I wish for it to be acting. But tbh if its truth it'll be good for plot but JSM will suffer a hell lot. Instantly after letting her guard she gets replaced and is now alone with no one to lov or protect her.
And she went to try to possess JSM but Oh Gong came in between.

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He is a god. The Great Sage, equal to heaven. He's a level up from Mawang, though it's hard to tell as Oh Gong doesn't act god-like in the least!
But god or demon, Oh Gong is definitely not human.

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I tend to agree. Monkey King is so powerful that it took a large part of the heaven to trick and contain him. So he is definitely on-par or more individually, as far as powers go, with the gods. That is why he needed to be controlled by the head-band or bracelet.

A shaman is, after all, a human so it should be ("logically" speaking) not possible for her/him to possess or control a god-like being. Odds are, SOG is faking it like he did with the book seller.

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Yeah so damn true, you are. But lets just wait and see. One thing I have learned from Hong Sisters' this drama is that never predict anything if you dont want to be shocked- in both good and bad way. Plus this is my first kdrama of Hong Sisters. So I wont say much about that.

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His achille's heel is not sam jang nor the ggg. It's his overconfidence. It was like that in previous episodes and especially in this one. When he discovered the priestess in Buja's body, he should have gotten rid of her there and then, when the other demons were around, and could help. However, he believed he could fight the priestess himself.

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YES!!! I agree with you, GirlFriday! I'm hoping that Sun Mi will use her kisses to snap Oh Gong out of the trance. Love over trance! Activation fighting!!!

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I enjoy the bromance between MW and OG but while both are cunning, I think both are also "played" by the gods. In this episode, MW enjoyed the punishing bad humans a little too much. I'm not sure if he has taken things too much at face value (the idea that he can save his wife if he is a deity) - as much as OG is paranoid about the whole point system being a "scam" operated by the gods, he probably got that one right - MW might well find that as a deity, he will have to operate according to the rules and punish his wife just like he punished the other humans. That would be a cruel plot twist.

Also, afraid that the "biggest moral of the story" to be pulled by the Hong sisters at the end is how evil humans are a lot worse than demons.

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Ugh I hate it but you might totally be right! My poor boys are being scammed! 😭

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As much as it hurts, i agree with you. These gods!! Why are you playing with their feelings?? Answer me. I won't forgive you if you don't give them a happy ending, MARK MY WORDS. It's sad that both are tricked and hurt and at stakes are the love of their lives. And what wouldn't one do to save their loved ones. Its so bad that the gods are using them through Sunmi and PIF and forcing them.

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I'm liking your theories @wspjy
My dream ending though is Sun Mi and Oh Gong both becoming deities and screwing with the rules of heaven, while Ma Wang basically gets to play a version of his music show (saying "You pass!!") and blessing good deeds by humans. Oh, and Bu Ja becoming a proper demon (did I just say that?) so that PK and her can be happy ever after (oooh, or maybe she gets reincarnated!)

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then asks him to burn her here when it’s time, because she likes it here

Uh, burn her in the building? In a basement full of precious liquor, much of which is probably strong enough to burn? I think the fire marshal might have something to say.

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Maybe burning down his liquor is her pranking the monkey? :P

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OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT. What's going on?!!! That bad juju has come out!!! Oh noes. Leave Buja alone!!! :(

I think in the end, the priestess will not choose Sun-mi as host—well, I am hoping she's not going to use Sun-mi, yet, I reckon she'll still have Oh-gong under that spell despite not using Sun-mi's body. And it's going to be another merry-go-round of misunderstandings—which will be stronger, Monkey's free will, the bracelet, or the priestess? If she's after world domination, then she's more likely to be successful in using a charismatic presidential hopeful's body than that of an outsider-in-society's body. She's not going to amass minions if she's going to use Sun-mi as host, but she'll be able to do so if she's going to use Kang Dae-sung's. Hmmmm. Argh.

What annoys me is that Oh-gong is the only one who knows of the priestess and the only one who wants to get rid of her but he's under a spell—Mawang does too but he has ulterior motives, so for now I render his sense of judgement impaired, and thus, useless for now in getting rid of the priestess. Argh.

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I'm confused as to why Oh Gong is the only one who noticed Bu Ja wasn't Bu Ja?

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