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Hwayugi: Episode 14

On one hand, with the deepening of relationships means that trust is strengthened and loyalty demonstrated in satisfying ways… but when there remains just that one small, tiny, life-and-death-changing detail, it also means we’re heading for some major tests of faith and dangerous choices. The truth can be liberating, but man can it also hurt sometimes.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

After being hit with a shower of stars and taking on the suffering of ten thousand years, Mawang lies on the ground and wonders if he has died. Oh-gong calls his name, and Mawang wonders why the crazy jerk’s voice is the first he has to hear upon death.

But he’s not dead, and Oh-gong yells at him to open his eyes, saying he’d worried he was a goner. Hearing that he was able to take on the brunt of 88 stars before collapsing, Mawang declares he must take on the remaining 11 stars, only to have Oh-gong tell him (with dramatic re-enactment) that he took on ten stars himself. The last star was taken on by Patriarch.

Patriarch lies prone on the ground, and Oh-gong tsks at how weak he was to collapse over just one star. Oh-gong cheerily says it’s all over—but his face turns serious when Mawang asks why it’s so dark.

Mawang doesn’t register Oh-gong’s hand waving in front of his face, and his body is ice-cold. “The world has gone dark,” Mawang says.

Having been forced to leave her incense burner behind, the priestess orders Frosty to steal it back so she can swap bodies with Sun-mi. Frosty doesn’t think stealing it from Mawang’s house will be possible, but the priestess orders him to find a way.

PK drops by just then looking for Summer Fairy, and the priestess hides around the corner. PK explains needing Fairy’s warming abilities to help Mawang, and mention of Mawang’s affliction makes the priestess smile, because now Frosty has an excuse to get inside Mawang’s house.

Huddled in bed, Mawang whimpers at the unbearable cold, begging Oh-gong to hold his hand more tightly. With prodding from Sun-mi, Oh-gong reluctantly complies, then updates Mawang on news of Iron Fan, whose life ended as originally scheduled, but without the revenge-killing. Mawang is relieved to hear it, hoping that her next life will be beautiful now that her punishment is over.

Secretary Ma comes rushing into the house looking disheveled, clutching a handful of rare Himalayan berries that will help Mawang regain his strength. Her return had been delayed by a fall down a crevasse, but when he worries about her being hurt, she covers up her scrapes and says she’s fine.

Mawang says they should share the berries with Oh-gong (aww), but Secretary Ma insists that he eat them all (and I notice Mawang doesn’t protest too hard). She hurries away to find more restoratives.

Oh-gong asks for some of whatever she delivered, but she leaves him hanging and he grumbles that Mawang probably ate it all up, sniffing at his lack of loyalty.

But Sun-mi counters that she thinks there is loyalty between them, despite it seeming as though monsters have no compassion. She points to Secretary Ma and CEO Sa as examples, and says that between humans, almost nothing lasts forever.

“Once we make a connection, it doesn’t ever cut off,” Oh-gong notes. “And if we betray someone, we pay with our lives.”

PK arrives with Summer Fairy, whose presence begins warming Mawang right away. She assures him that once the chill recedes, he will regain his sight too. Mawang says that conversing with Fairy without seeing her makes him recall her former appearance, and how beautiful she’d been.

PK recalls the same, explaining to Sun-mi that Summer Fairy had been the most beautiful of all the fairies. CEO Sa adds that Oh-gong had called her the greatest beauty in the heavens, which turns Sun-mi’s tone snippy. Hilariously, neither Oh-gong nor CEO Sa notice her soured expression and reminisce on Oh-gong’s romantic exploits up in heaven, while PK tries to stop them, unsuccessfully.

Oh-gong is surprised when Sun-mi suddenly excuses herself, and PK yells at Monkey for talking about other women in front of her and urges him to chase Sun-mi. Oh-gong gets up right away, and CEO Sa supposes that Oh-gong must really be in love to follow her without first chastising them for bringing up the topic.

PK and CEO Sa wonder if Fairy’s presence here means Frosty won’t be able to run his shop, and remark on how uncomfortable it is to share a body with a sibling. Now it occurs to them that they don’t know the story of how the two came to share the same body, though they don’t dwell on it.

Sun-mi arrives home to find Oh-gong already waiting for her. He says that it doesn’t matter that he thought someone was beautiful in the past, insisting that ever since he’s worn the bracelet, she’s the only person to appear beautiful to him. Still miffed, Sun-mi tells him, “You say I’m pretty because of that bracelet, but I was already rather pretty, you know.”

Oh-gong assures her that she’s pretty no matter what, but she can’t help feeling uncertain because of that bracelet. She asks what he thought of her before he had to wear it, and he tries to think back, not able to recall whether he had any thoughts on her appearance.

She sighs that he was probably only concerned with whether she looked tasty or not, and pouts, “Am I fried chicken?” He asks if she’s afraid he won’t find any beauty in her once the bracelet is off, and she admits it: “I’m worried there won’t be any real feelings.”

Oh-gong says she needn’t worry, since he can just keep wearing the bracelet: “I don’t want to take it off. I want to keep wearing it and love you. This is my free will. It’s real.” That finally puts her at ease, and she assures him he can go now.

Instead, Oh-gong pulls her into a back-hug, telling her it’s okay for her to be angry for longer, since he doesn’t mind soothing her. He says he prefers to fight over things like whether he finds her pretty, rather than just fighting demons and then getting married. Her eyes widen at the word married, and he adds that he understands the ordinariness she wants, because he likes just being with her.

He says, “The Great Sage, Equal to Heaven, Sohn Oh-gong truly loves human Jin Sun-mi.” After a long moment of holding her, he starts to head out for the night—but this time it’s Sun-mi who stops him, saying that after a fight, a choice should be made. Friends would have a drink together, a family member would offer spending money, and a lover…

“Doesn’t just soothe and leave,” she says. Rawr. Oh-gong asks if it’s okay for him to come in, and she nods.

Summer Fairy stays up while Mawang sleeps that night, but finds herself nodding off and wonders if her brother is about to awaken. Sure enough Frosty does take over the body, and finds the burner in a box in Mawang’s closet. He takes it, then conjures up a fake incense burner to leave in its place.

Sun-mi and Oh-gong chat while she prepares coffee, but he disappears while her back is turned and she finds him waiting in her room, sitting on her bed. Not wasting any time, are you?

He reminds her that she agreed to marry him and says there’s nothing more to think about. He holds out a hand, and as she takes it, he asks for her to say that she loves him too.

So Sun-mi confides that she heard the love bell ring, and explains how that signals that they’re a match that’s meant to be. She’s brimming with happiness over this, but Oh-gong’s mood dims when he realizes what that actually means.

Secretary Ma watches over Summer Fairy’s bar, and tells Patriarch that she finds the fated death arrangement pretty harsh. Patriarch agrees that he sometimes finds heaven cruel too, and they both wonder who will be the one to die. Secretary Ma is grateful to Oh-gong for taking on ten of Mawang’s punishments and now roots for his survival, making Patriarch note her faithfulness to Mawang. She finds his loving devotion admirable, saying that not everybody could love like that, and Patriarch wonders whether Oh-gong could do the same.

Sun-mi shows Oh-gong the box that held the so-called love bell, describing how she heard the ringing. She takes Oh-gong’s subdued reaction for skepticism, dismayed when he says he likes things the way they are and pushes aside her hand when she suggests removing the bracelet.

Oh-gong says he doesn’t want to remove the bracelet to prove their fate, and that there’s no need to invite danger. Sun-mi offers to go with him to get confirmation from the General Store owner’s grandson, but he says he’ll go by himself and leaves.

It’s not to the General Store, though, and Oh-gong returns to his cellar to sigh about this predicament: If Sun-mi believes in the love bell, she’ll believe in the death bell too. When Oh-gong doesn’t return, Sun-mi thinks sadly that it’s because he doesn’t believe her or feel certain enough that he’d still love her after taking off the bracelet.

Red fumes waft from the incense burner—Sun-mi’s blood—and the priestess then adds her blood into the mix. She tells Frosty to keep the burner going as she and the monk gradually trade bodies.

That night as Sun-mi sleeps, she dreams of preparing herself for her marriage to the king—or rather, the priestess’s marriage, in her life a thousand years ago.

She wakes with an aching head, which plagues her all morning at work. Han-joo asks if she’s okay, and she explains having fitful sleep and dreaming of being a bride, which they both interpret as a sign of Sun-mi’s desire to marry.

As Han-joo heads out on an errand, Sun-mi has a mental flash of him falling on the snowy sidewalk. She asks if he fell outside, and when he says no, she wonders where the vision came from. Han-joo shrugs and heads out… and promptly slips on the sidewalk, slamming his arm down painfully as he falls.

A still-blind Mawang fumbles his way to the living room, insisting he’s fine to leave his bed. He declares that his other senses will serve him well, while hitting every one of his appendages on various pieces of furniture. He manages to seat himself in his armchair, and insists to Secretary Ma and Oh-gong that he knows where everything is, pointing to the various rooms to prove his point.

An unexpected visitor arrives at the door, and everyone is surprised that it’s the priestess, who is here to request that Mawang burn her body after all. She affects a subdued tone and says that she’s like a ghost here to settle an old grudge, and she would like to move on to her next life.

Oh-gong eyes her with mistrust, not buying that she isn’t hiding something, but Mawang accepts her answer and is grateful that she helped him remove his wife’s punishments. Secretary Ma points out that the priestess’s methods left Mawang blind, but he counters that he was prepared to make some kind of sacrifice. He agrees to help the priestess and burn her as requested.

Oh-gong catches the priestess on her way out and asks what’s with her nice act, since bad folks don’t turn nice for no reason. The priestess says that she merely wanted to fulfill her interrupted wedding, but that her desired partner didn’t want it. Thus she gave up, accepting that Oh-gong will only have Sun-mi as a mate.

“Or… would you like to marry me and be my partner?” she asks. “I’d prefer that.”

Oh-gong beckons her closer, then pokes her forehead away with a finger. The priestess keeps flirting, asking him to treat her as well as he treated Buja and offering to live in this house with him. She says they could be a match made in heaven, and those words turn his mood even icier (Sun-mi had used them to describe their fate, mistakenly) and he orders her to leave.

Secretary Ma checks that the incense burner is still in Mawang’s closet, not realizing that it’s a replica. She and Mawang both note how excessively cold it is in the house, shivering.

At the Lucifer building, PK notes to Dragon Prince Alice that the priestess is quite powerful, seeing as how she’s keeping Buja’s body fresh. He sits at Mawang’s desk and imagines being its next owner after Mawang retires. Dragon Prince scoffs that this office is nothing compared to the grandeur of the Dragon Palace, and wonders for the millionth time what’s so great about Buja.

Oh-gong sits in the real estate office waiting for Sun-mi, and the air is thick with annoyance between him and Han-joo. Finally, Han-joo declares the need to speak up and asks if Oh-gong bought Sun-mi a ring in exchange for receiving the gold bracelet. At Oh-gong’s blank reaction, Han-joo offers the advice that he ought to give Sun-mi a ring, especially if they are to get married.

Poor Han-joo is so exasperated with Oh-gong’s terrible boyfriending that he offers to lend the money to buy her a ring right now, although Oh-gong declines the offer since he has a “little brother” who can give him the money. He thanks Han-joo for the advice and heads off straightaway to buy a ring, while Han-joo sighs at how pathetic Oh-gong is to be so broke that he can’t afford a ring and has to resort to ripping off a kid brother. HA.

As Sun-mi steps out of a bank, she holds the door for a mother pushing a baby stroller. Suddenly, she has a mental flash of that stroller rolling away and being hit by a motorcycle, and the feeling of foreboding stays with her as she returns to her office. So when she notices Han-joo’s wrapped wrist and hears that he fell on the sidewalk, just like she mentioned, she goes running back to the bank in alarm.

Sun-mi reaches the stroller just in time to grab it safely before a motorcyclist slams into it. And as she yanks the stroller, an arm reaches out to steady her.

It’s Oh-gong, and Sun-mi explains to him afterward how she saw the vision of the accident before it happened. She’s excited at the idea that she may be coming into powers of her own, and says she’d like to be able to protect Oh-gong too.

Oh-gong says she’ll need a magical circlet of her own, and asks where she’d like to wear it. He motions to her forehead and neck before taking Sun-mi’s hand—and when he pulls away, her finger is wearing his ring. Smooth, Monkey.

He says they’re even now, both wearing something that can’t be removed. Smiling warmly, Sun-mi promises to protect Oh-gong and tells him to say her name whenever he’s scared or in trouble. She holds out her palm to seal their deal, and he takes it.

Summer Fairy visits Mawang and gives him a warming medicine, but he can’t shake the cold and worries that it will stay with him. Fairy offers to bring him warmer clothes, and as she steps into the closet, her hand brushes the box containing the faked incense burner—and feels the water pooling on the box.

Fairy opens it and sees the burner inside, but one touch of her hand causes the illusion to collapse into a watery mess. Alarmed, she realizes it’s Frosty’s doing.

Summer Fairy meets her brother in the mirror, and Frosty tells her that Oh-gong and Sun-mi’s fates have been sealed by the death bell. Thus, he reasons that helping to kill the monk is not a betrayal of Oh-gong (since it would save him). This is Frosty’s only way of saving his sister’s soul, and he tells her to remain asleep for the time being.

The priestess joins Frosty and says that they’ll have to finish the task quickly, before the burner’s forgery is discovered. She’s also tickled to learn of Oh-gong and the monk’s tragic fates, having overheard Frosty’s conversation with Fairy.

At the dinner table, Oh-gong announces that he will be getting married. Everyone gapes, and Mawang asks if he means to marry the priestess. They gape even harder when Oh-gong says he’ll be marrying Sun-mi, and Mawang reminds him of their deathly fate.

Oh-gong warns them not to say a word of that to Sun-mi; he wants her to continue believing what she does. Later Mawang confesses to Secretary Ma that he feels guilty for his part in bringing them together—he sent young Sun-mi to Monkey’s prison house, and then gave her the golden bracelet.

Secretary Ma suggests that Mawang tell the truth of the death bell to Sun-mi, declining to do it herself because she fears Oh-gong’s reaction. She urges Mawang to be the one to deliver the news.

PK arrives at Frosty’s ice cream shop and is surprised to see the priestess there, wondering how the two know each other. Frosty doesn’t have a good answer prepared, and then PK sniffs the air, catching the scent of lotuses mixed with roses.

The priestess channels Buja to say that PK can smell things well after all (since he’d told Buja earlier that he couldn’t smell her zombie rot). She says she came here because Buja often dropped by, and PK is so pleased at this reminder of Buja that he forgets about the lotus scent.

PK ends up buying a whole array of ice cream flavors for the priestess, and asks if she can sense which ones Buja liked. He tells the priestess sympathetically that she died a sad death—same as Buja, who was a nice kid who didn’t know why she died. He tells the priestess to be nice too, and pats her head like he always patted Buja. His kindness takes the priestess off-guard, and she looks unsettled.

Professor-politician Kang Dae-sung gives a lecture on an ancient grave where living people were apparently buried along with the dead body. As he lectures, the priestess enters the classroom and takes a seat in the back, and Kang Dae-sung freezes momentarily to recognize the girl he’d tried to kill.

The priestess just sits through the class and leaves at the end—and as soon as she exits, the lights go out. When they flick back on, the projection screen has new words on it: “I’m sorry, it was a mistake.” The students murmur in confusion, but Kang Dae-sung recognizes those words—he’d said them to Buja in reference to her death.

The screen changes to a picture of the priestess’s coffin dug up from the demon tree, with new text: “I’ll come find you, just wait.” Kang Dae-sung tries to shake it off, and wonders if this is an attempt to scare him.

Traveling back to the priestess’s wedding day, we see Sun-mi dressed as the priestess and being led by a court lady to the stone coffin. Sun-mi asks what that is, and the court lady replies, “You’ll go inside of that.”

Priestess Sun-mi reels, and then real-life Sun-mi wakes up with a start. She’d dozed at her desk, and the dream leaves her with yet another headache. Han-joo hears that she dreamed that same dream again, and informs her that marriage will do that to you—it’ll make your head ache from second-guessing the decision, and then from making the decision.

Mawang sits down with both Sun-mi and the priestess and asks for Sun-mi’s help in getting the priestess to “go to sleep.” Mawang gets them mixed up and addresses Sun-mi as the priestess and vice versa, until Sun-mi corrects him. Mawang is rattled to have confused them, thinking his senses are failing him. Oh, if you only knew the truth.

The priestess seems pleased with how her plan is progressing, but her smile fades to see the ring on Sun-mi’s finger and she confronts Sun-mi afterward, noting that Sun-mi got what she’d wanted for herself. She adds that while her powers are muted in this dead body, previously she was much more powerful than Sun-mi—she could control souls and see the future. And it was because of her power that she was used, betrayed, and killed.

“You could become like me,” the priestess says. “Even if you have someone protecting you right now.” Sun-mi hides her ring-wearing hand, and the priestess asks, “Who said I’d steal him?”

Sun-mi retorts that that won’t happen. The priestess just notes, rather cryptically, that Mawang was impressive for sensing energies despite being blinded.

But Mawang doesn’t know that, and grows anxious at having mixed up the ladies earlier, worrying that it’s a sign he’s weakening. He proceeds to test his senses with household objects around him, and with a little secret help from Secretary Ma, the exercise reassures him that he’s still got it.

CEO Sa goes over wedding plans with Oh-gong, abiding by Oh-gong’s wishes despite feeling misgivings, as the others do. He admits to worrying about the marriage, since Oh-gong would be better off keeping away from Sun-mi in light of their fate. But Oh-gong says, “I don’t want to. I’ll keep her close and shatter that damn fate.”

CEO Sa adds that marriage is a contract that cannot be broken, and Oh-gong says that he broke the first contract he made with Sun-mi. “This time, I’ll keep it through the end,” he says determinedly. “I’ll take this contract and fight against the fate that the heavens have decided. If I lose, the one who dies…. will be me.”

That night, Sun-mi is hit with another headache, then foresees herself dropping a glass. She takes the glass in her hand and sets it on the edge of the counter, and it falls and shatters, just like in her vision.

But then, she finds the glass still in her hand after all, not broken on the ground. Well, that’s unsettling.

The incense burner continues to burn, and the blood contained in it continues mixing. Sun-mi trudges toward her room holding her head, but collapses before she gets there.

When she wakes, she’s dressed in the priestess’s bridal clothing—and lying in the stone coffin. The lid is off, thankfully, and Sun-mi quickly steps out of it and wonders if this isn’t a dream.

A voice says, “You must keep sleeping. Why have you awoken, priestess?” In steps her court lady, only now it’s Buja/priestess.

Sun-mi asks why the priestess called her the priestess. “Now you will become me, and I will become you,” the priestess replies. She explains that this location was created after their blood was mixed, and will be where their dreams come true. “Outside this dream, our bodies are empty right now.”

Sure enough, Sun-mi’s body lies on the floor of her apartment, while the priestess is asleep before her burner. The priestess intends to return to the world and take Sun-mi’s body, while Sun-mi will remain here, asleep forever.

In Mawang’s closet, Secretary Ma senses something odd about the incense burner and opens the lid to find the box empty. She immediately brings it to the attention of Mawang and Oh-gong, and they try to figure out how and when the burner went missing.

Running through the list of everyone who was allowed into the house, eyes widen at the mention of Summer Fairy. It must have been her, although they don’t know why she’d take it.

Sun-mi balks at the priestess’s plans, warning that she’ll call Oh-gong for help. But the priestess says that he’ll die, reminding her that the last time Sun-mi called him, he was injured. “Why do you think that is?” she asks. “The two of you have death’s fate.”

The priestess holds out the death bell and corrects Sun-mi’s misconception about what it signifies: It rings to signal that one will be the cause of the other’s death. Thus, even if Sun-mi returns to her body, it’s likely she’ll cause Oh-gong’s death, because he can’t kill her while wearing the bracelet.

Sun-mi recalls all the signs that fit with this explanation, and how even before she heard the bell, Oh-gong had said she was the only one in the world who could kill him.

The team splits up to search for Summer Fairy and Frosty. PK now recalls the flowery smell from earlier and guesses that it came from the burner, and remembers that Frosty was with the priestess then.

He’s with her now, too, watching the blood fumes waft from the burner while her body sleeps.

The priestess tells Sun-mi that the one way to cut her fated connection to Oh-gong is for Sun-mi to sleep here. So this is her choice: Return to her world and (probably) kill Oh-gong, or stay here and disappear from the world. I hate that the priestess makes sense with this argument!

Oh-gong and PK head to Sun-mi’s apartment and find her body lying prone on the ground. She’s unresponsive, but Oh-gong knows that the priestess has taken her soul somewhere. He holds her sleeping body close, afraid because he can’t tell where she is. PK supposes that she would call for Oh-gong if she were in danger, but Oh-gong doesn’t look comforted by that.

In the dreamspace, Sun-mi closes her eyes as tears fall from them, lying down in the stone coffin. The priestess slides the lid closed over her face…

In the real world, Oh-gong continues to cradle Sun-mi’s unresponsive body, wondering where she is.

“Call for me,” he urges her. But there’s no reaction, and Sun-mi continues to sleep.

 
COMMENTS

Gah, I knew that Oh-gong’s hiding of the death bell was going to bite him royally—I just didn’t think it would quite happen this way. It was really very sweet to see him proceed with the wedding and commitment to stay with Sun-mi forever, even knowing that he’d likely die at her hand, but I guess we all thought that his death would be the worst-case scenario. But of course our crafty priestess has to go and one-up him on that score, since she’s able to wield the truth as a manipulation tactic—she doesn’t only get Sun-mi to give up her life, but convinces Sun-mi to make it a voluntary choice.

And not only is she using Sun-mi’s love to get what she wants, she’s also coercing Frosty into doing her dirty work by holding his sister’s life over his head as a constant threat. Now that’s an evil genius if I saw one. (I admit I’m waiting for PK’s unceasing faith in Buja’s goodness to kick in, even it seems like such a tiny factor in the midst of all the priestess’s ambitions and powers. I just won’t accept not getting the real Buja back, if not for PK’s sake then my own!)

Once told the truth, though, it made sense that Sun-mi would sacrifice herself, and it doesn’t even feel all that unfair because I’m sure most of our heavenly and monsterly characters are thinking the same—that it’s a shame for such a powerful being like Monkey being killed for love of a human. The span of Sun-mi’s life seems such a short and small thing compared to the vastness of immortality, although it’s that discrepancy that makes Oh-gong’s love beautiful. Fleeting, years-wise, but beautiful. It’s a miserable fate to be doomed to sleeping forever, but I’m not sure Sun-mi would be able to live with the alternative, especially since she was the one to saddle Oh-gong with the bracelet in the first place and weaken his heart, making it killably soft.

Of course, I find it exasperating that they’re both ready to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their love, and that both of them took that step without telling the other of their intentions—if you’re going to die, at least do it with everyone knowing the truth and understanding what’s about to happen! But on the upside, that’s why I was super gratified to see the fire spark in Oh-gong when he declared his intention to fight Fate, because even if we accept that Fate is some force greater than anyone’s will can alter, I dislike the notion of just sitting there and taking it. Even if it were ultimately futile, I want to see our characters challenging this foregone conclusion—and in the hands of our wily Monkey, I’ll even dare to hope for him to find a way to trick, bargain with, or browbeat heaven into giving him what he wants. He didn’t earn that reputation for nothin’; I want to see Monkey wreaking some havoc and loopholing his way to a happily ever after.

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Oh wow.... Thanks for the recap JB. I watch this raw in the morning and I'm confuse about some part so far. May be next week the story will untie many things that I still confuse.

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Love the bromance and the couple development. Hated the Asanyo continuation, seriously, she's creepy and annoying. And for once Seonmi steps up to the plate but what does she do? Go into sacrificial mode?

Seriously?? She's leaving OG open to the cunning and scheming Asanyo?

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I don't think she took it like that. If she had a 1:1 chance of death, she just chose to let Oh-gong live and spank the priestess's ass himself. Alive and broken-hearted still beats dead.

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Her killing OG or OG killing her will leave extreme pain to both of them so why not just run away so it won't happen.
I understand her choice but i'm angry that she forgets her duty as samjang. She needs to save the world. OG is important for you but don't forget the mission given to you

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She might have thought about it more if she knew beforehand. Just saying. But otherwise you're right.

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I still love samjang though haha.
General Frost caused this and Asanyeo manipulated her
sunmi life is just full of misfortunes

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Great point! Then the heavens won't allow her to sleep her life away right? Right?
I mean, she's samjang right?
After last week's episode though my many wonderings of what could possible happen this week(samjang freeing oh gong, he being in love with the priestess etc- thought provoking erc sigh)), I've learnt to just stop over thinking and leave the story telling to the Hong sisters lol

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I saw the preview so my overthinking took another turn. But I will be frustrated if Sun-mi just waits for her death as a martyr.

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I totally understand Sunmi's decision to sacrifice herself, but I wish she had struggled with it a little bit more- like express a flash of anger at how unfair it was since she had tried so hard to live and it wasn't even her fault SOG and her fate ended up entertwined.

Maybe she'll change her mind once she spends 5 seconds under that lid, and be like "NOPE"

I was hoping that her separation from SOG while trapped in this dreamworld would give us a priestess vs priestess showdown with no interference from SOG.

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@pompompin @ar @allphryne

I guess what I'm most ticked off about (by SJ/Sunmi) is that she almost always caves. We see that several times with OG and the GGG. Why this particular episode really got to me was she'd hesitated taking off OG's GGG because apparently "she needed him" but as OG guesses, she's not all that confident of their love. She tells OG time and again in the last few episodes that she was badly fooled by him so trusting in love is a stupid thing to do. This same lack of confidence (in OG and love) prompts her to give up on life to give OG a chance because she loves him?

As for how this is resolved? My two pennies guess is just before the lid slams shut, she unconsciously calls out to OG and he comes and kicks the evil shaman's ass. Maybe SJ needs rescuing before she can rescue the World?

Or maybe WG grows a conscience and stops the burner and when pissed off shaman returns, OG comes to the rescue though he'll probably give WG the cold shoulder for some time (pun intended).

Somehow I doubt the Hong sisters are ready to accelerate the storyline anytime soon. 😂

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You´re probably right about Sun-mi, she just isn´t confident enought. I don´t really blame her, she was hardly holding it together before. I trust her that she won´t call Oh-gong to the rescue, that might actually piss me off.

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LOL between the devil and the deep blue sea.. I'll rather she call OG than have OG in any way beholden to Asanyo.

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That is true but I trust Oh-gong to not get caught by just anyone. Monkey power!

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OMG this ep was intense! can't wait for the next ep. thanks JB for the speedy recap~

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I can’t bear with these with cliffhangers!!!!! Especially because I heard a rumour that the show might not air next weekend. Does anybody know if it’s true? Please tell me it’s not. :’(.

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*praying to drama gods*

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What???!!!!! The GEum Gang Go already tightened my heart so badly after last night cliffhanger and they are not airing it this week?
Gonna throw up blood

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It's the Chinese/ Lunar New Year weekend.

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Happy New Year!!!!🎊

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No I can't survive with that cliff hanger plus two weeks without LSG oppa. Oh god, that really is terrifying. 😱😱

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Han Joo's misunderstandings about Oh-Gong being a lazy and annoying human, in general, are the best lmao.

At first, I thought Sun-mi was the Priestess in her past life, or at least that the Priestess had Sun-mi's body in her past life. I was so confused. But I think it's clearer now (and correct if I'm wrong guys). So because of the incense burner, the Priestess was able to create a world in which she and Sun-mi could trade souls right? And Sun-mi was having all those dreams about her being the Priestess as a result of that? But I wonder what the Priestess meant when she said: "that Mawang was impressive for sensing energies despite being blinded."

Also, I wonder how exactly Frosty and Fairy betrayed the Priestess previously that they're willing to go behind Oh-Gong's back?? Especially Frosty.

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I am still very confused lol. There are six more episodes for the team to explain and wrap up the story nicely. I hope instead of it being rushed, we get a clearly laid out plot in which they explain everything. Because many of us are confused and a little lost lol.

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The energy that Mawang sensed was Samjang's and Asanyeo's. Because their souls were being mixed, he found it difficult to identify them correctly. He would sense Asanyeo's soul in Samjang's and vice versa, hence identify them wrongly. Remember he can't see...can only sense their energy.

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Ahh so the Priestess was just impressed with Ma-wang still being able to differentiate their energies even though he was in a bad condition?

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Yes. And when he couldn't even see them.

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Also different fragrances.

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The priestess was the one who joined the two siblings together into one body, so that means she has the power to undo the bind. For some unknown reason, something bad will happen to Summer Fairy if this does happen, which is why Frosty was so willing to aid her in her evil plan.
Also, about the Mawang thing, I thought that she made that comment merely because she was impressed by the extent/strength of Mawang’s powers.

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Thanks for your explanation. It does makes sense behind the main reason why General Frosty wilingly to help Priestess. Because I really love General Frosty characters & it make me confused why he did all this wrong doing. I wish someone can stop him before he create another huge damage that can’t be undo & then regret.

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SOG's talk about loyalty and betrayal at the beginning of the episode...I wonder if our monsters will be so understanding of General Frost, even if he really was doing it for his sister. I have the feeling that General Frost may have to sacrifice himself to help defeat the priestess.

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Oh no, I hope not! I really like Frosty. I think they will. When they understand the situation.

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@terumbukarang The whole time I was like omg just go tell Oh-gong you're being manipulated!! And you need his help, I mean he's the monkey, he'll be able to help you!

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I'm most worried about my boo Summer Fairy. If something happens to General Frost, then what will happen to her??

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Summer Fairy died/was dying and the Priestess bound her soul into her brother's body so she could live on. If the priestess undos the binding, Summer Fairy will die/cease to exist because she has no body to return to.

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Thank you! I wonder if they'll be able to get a body for Fairy.

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Lol at Hanjoon thinking OG is a gigolo

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Thanks for the recap!
Often our heroes and heroines go the noble idiot route, but the reasons aren't always believably justifiable, but here I do buy the fact that Sunmi will choose to hide away if that would mean that Oh Gong wouldn't die just because he loves her. Yet I want her to do more than accept the scenario presented and I want her to fight Heaven with Monkey. Especially since Oh Gong has already threatened to do it himself. There must be a reason why he's named the Equal of Heaven.

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Hell yeah. It broke my heart but it was more painful to watch it knowing fully well that that's true. There is no other alternative. Noble idiocy and I never got along. But sacrificing for your beloved is inevitable and better than letting them die (here, it's even more dangerous becoz one lover will kill the other) so i can't even resent or argue.

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Many feel that Sunmi should have done something rather than do what Asanyeo tells her. I feel we should cut her some slack for the following reasons:
1) Her character - she's a quiet and rather reserved person, probably due to her years of being ostracised by ppl because of her ghost seeing abilities. She's not exactly a fighter. I think a person like her would have tried to live as inconspicuously as possible. She's also a loner - has no friends and has solved problems independently. If you've lived a life like that, it is not likely that she would discuss with anyone what to do when a problem arises.
2) She's the only human, except for Sa Oh Jeong, in the midst of many supernatural beings. I know I would be overwhelmed. OJ has been with these beings for years and is used to their manipulations and shenanigans. SM is has only known them for awhile. She is not used to manipulations and deceit. (Hence, her constant worry about OG's love.)
3) She is still not assured of her powers - the stupid gods have not seen it important to tell her that she has them and that she is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps if she did, she might try to fight with Asanyeo.
4) As to threatening the Higher ups, who is she to do that? Even as Samjang, she's still human...and she has seen and heard enough of how the gods can be irrational and petty. They have already punished her for innocently releasing OG, what more will they do if she were to threaten them?
OG can threaten cos he's a deity...Equal to Heaven... and he has immeasurable powers. He also probably knows how to deal with them, and has been dealing with them for thousands of years.

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I do agree with you on 1-3.on 4 I think I have to defend what I meant- I'm not saying she should or can fight heaven on her own, BUT that she should try to do so with Oh Gong at her side, what they're lacking right now is communication.
Also I was under the impression that Sa oh Jeong was immortal too, so you're kind of throwing me for a loop saying he's human.

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Thanks for clarifying what you mean about SJ 'fighting' heaven.
Idk, I thought that Oh Jeong is human cos he calls OG hyungnim when he's so much older.
Maybe someone can enlighten us?

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Oh Jeong is Friar Sand - also an immortal.

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The question is: does she even have powers? Apart from her blood and ghost-seeing, the only powers she's manifested were actually from Asanyeo... I think the lack of powers was a missed opportunity from the Hong Sisters. They could have done so much with a little bit of power up as Sam Jang. And it would have given Sun Mi a chance to take the initiative more often and be a proper main character.

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I'm glad that I don't worship the gods in this drama. They are awful!!!
Their system of awarding punishment baffles me and mostly do not make sense!
1) Princess Ironfan commits the most heinous crime and before she can even complete half of her punishment, she gets away with it just by Mawang taking it upon himself... and he didn't even take all the stars. Oh Gong took 10 and Patriarch had to take one. And as far as I can see, Mawang is not much worse off. So, he's blind and cold. Oh Gong's cold most of the time too. Big deal. In addition, the princess has shown no remorse, regret or repentance for her deeds. In fact, Mawang suffered almost as much as her, denying himself and having to watch her live a miserable life. She had better appreciate her new life and change for the better!
2) Sunmi is being punished simply because she got tricked by a crafty Monkey. So not fair! She was just a child! And she freed Monkey only because she was afraid and did not want to have demons haunting her. Is that so bad? And whose fault was it to give her such gifts? Did she invoke those gifts herself? Poor girl. And why is the blame for releasing Oh Gong only on her? Mawang, too should be blamed. He played a part too, asking her to go retrieve the fan from him.
3) Oh Gong - he was betrayed and had already suffered for thousands of years - and now that he is reforming, he has to either die in the hands of the one person he loves or kill her. Isn't that too cruel? To both Oh Gong and Sunmi?

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"I'm glad that I don't worship the gods in this drama. They are awful!!!"
This made me laugh, I feel the same.
108x the same terrible fate is an unbearable punishment. It's interesting that there even is a possibility to take the punishment of someone else. But how can she repent as a human without remembering? Also, her punishment is done with but she will still remain human?

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I feel for Mawang and Princess love story at beginning but not anymore after knowing the sin she committed.
It's so unforgivable..
She deserve her punishment for killing those innocent children. Mawang is actually just another selfish demon just caring about her point

How many times already she let the clueless samjang got into dangers

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i know. this is right. but come on. its just drama. they are trying hard to make a story and makes sense

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That princess iron fan punishment subplot didn't end up going the way I had hoped. I wanted Princess Iron Fan to know about MW's sacrifice and to express remorse for what she had done to the souls of those human children. Maybe there will be more of a resolution if her child shows up.

The 10000 years of pain isn't that painful...? what's blindness compared to losing a child 108 times? It didn't feel sacrifice-y enough for me. I think it would have made more sense to have MW turn into a human or a zombie. I did like how SOG and Patriarch were moved enough by MW's act to take some of the hit for him.

The deities in heaven are jerks for punishing a little girl for freeing the monkey. They should have been more careful in imprisoning SOG. I can understand why they're punishing SOG though. I think they've always felt threatened by SOG's power and wanted any excuse to control SOG. The original tale alludes to the heavenly world as a government bureaucracy and you've got the monkey as the political dissident.

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Yes, totally reminds me of the Old Testament God. He was also very mean there with his punishments, wasn't he?

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Lol. The Old Testament God is the same God as the New Testament. And never irrational.
Too much to explain in this thread though.

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Exactly. I mean even the biggest of villains are better than gods wheb it comes to dramas. I already hated gods in Goblin and now after Hwayugi, I'll make sure to never trust them in any of such dramas. They use people as ploys to get the work carried, paying no heed to if the subjects have changed or not. Both in Goblin and Hwayugi, the gods stick to the punishment so much that they overlook their repentence, guilt and their will to live. In Hwayugi, the gods decided it would be better to give GGG to SOG so that he develops a weakness and falls in love so he'll love and protect JSM and follow her orders so that her summons are fulfilled. Their fate has always been that of a tragic-death but when SOG decides to fight, they get angry on Patriach!! I mean they should have seen it coming when they were messing with love and life of SOG. I feel equally bad for Jin Sun Mi as she was given this fate when she was a child. And that's just plain cruel. She didn't know anything back then and did as she was told. She did that becoz she was scared of demons haunting her. The heavens should explain why they gave her ability to see demons when she didn't even release SOG. She's tied to the man she loves by kill-or-get-killed fate now. I mean it's solely their responsibility they are not careful in their planning.
I agree what PIF got was justified. But still the heavens are being too harsh on SOG, JSM and Mawang.

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the gods punished SOG but that obviously didnt work so maybe the new form of punishment is the fate with JSM. I think they planned very well if causing real pain to SOG was indeed their intention.

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But why make Jin Sun Mi suffer?? If they are so strict with punishment, they should not punish innoncent ones then. But they're like sadist. Just giving pain, not paying attention to others who suffer with them. There's not a single person in this show who's better than JSM as a person and character. She never thought bad about anyone. She just help others. And she was able to see ghost since childhood. Now who's responsible for it? Her parents died at such a young age, who's responsible for that? All she did was trying to get rid of monsters haunting her and she was tricked into going towards the place where Son Oh Gong was trapped. And she wad given the fate os Sam Jang. How is any part of it justified? Atleast in goblin, there was just one Injustice. That when Kim Shin decided to die, Eun tak couldn't pull the sword. After that, everything was pretty justified. It was their free will to leave and fight. But in Hwayugi, Jin Sun Mi is just getting wronged at every turn suffering for no reason. Same is with BuJa and the real bad characters (including the gods) are having time of their lives. It's brutal.

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I agree with u...the bad ones are really just kicking back and watching the whole think.. well there is one theory of JSM being MW daughter..but iff thats not the case then the gods have just used an innocent human to cause pain to SOG. remember he was once betrayed by humans...so they have just used JSM without taking her life into account to satisfy the big picture.. ih however JSM is MWs daughter then maybe this whole situation can be justified... but yeah at least Goblin had some sense to it as euk tak was not supposed to live in the first place..

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@Arya Sing: "even the biggest of villains are better than gods wheb it comes to dramas"? What about non-drama gods? If you read the sacred books of every religion, it's blood-curdling.

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Reminds me of the gods in Goblin. Park Joong Heon did not seem to receive any divine punishment and Kim Shin had to suffer for eternity when all he did was follow orders and be good at his job.

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Thank you! That's precisely why Goblin was ruined for me. I mean what's the point of the whole story? Everybody got a second chance at happiness while the hero who lived a good life, been noble, responsible and honorable and he get a lifetime of misery and loneliness? His happiness was fleeting, the suffering endless. I hope this show doesn't go that path or like Gu Family because I'll be flipping tables larger than that of the Patriarch's. And i"ll be endlessly cursing the Drama gods!

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Ikr! I think I would have preferred an ending where he died and moved on, even if he did not get to spend a whole lifetime with Eun Tak, to the one we got. The whole point of the series seemed to be to put an end to his suffering and end his immortality; but at the end, we were back to square one. :/
Having one mortal and one immortal lead is always tricky. I hope this show handles it well.

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Yeah my point exactly. I mean the gods in both Goblin and Hwayugi are so biased that even villains are better than them. They do what they want to do. They don't answer anyone and have no rules at all. They just talk nonsense (literally nonsense)

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My, how far we've come SOG. From "remove this thing" every 5 minute to pulling your hand back so she wouldn't remove the GGG. :D

Does anyone else have a feeling that there's a TINY possibility that JSM is Mawang and Nachal's child reincarnated? Would explain why she has ability to see ghosts and why her fate is so painful. If this turns out true, Mawang will have SOG as his Son-In-Law and won't that be a hoot. His tantrum over the fact will be Legen-wait for it-dary.

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sun mi is 100% human, just with special connection to the underworld. she probably comes from a line of priestess/monks

mw's and iron fan's child would be a demon/deity/demi-god

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It's just a theory @siesta But we don't know yet which lineage JSM belongs to so she being related to Mawang is not impossible yet.

@allphryne He would pitch a mother of all tantrum. LOL.

@virgo I found that suspicious too. It would explain why they both had umbrella as their weapon of choice too. And it would explain why JSM was cursed with the sight of the dead. Maybe because she was originally supposed to die and was kept alive by the souls of dead children? Just a theory but plausible.

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Here is my theory.

The priestess bespelled Frosty so that he would help her to steal Summer Fairy's body because she was alleged to be the most beautiful woman in heaven. After all, if she used to incense burner to switch bodies with Summer Fairy, that might explain why her soul was meant to be extinguished. Out of guilt or some sort of favor, she put her into Frost's body.

I feel like there is more to Iron Fan's story concerning her child, but let's say she did commit the unspeakable and used human souls to save Mawang and her child. That child, even immortal or mixed, would now have the stain of that sin on their soul.

Given the mother was punished, the soul was given the chance at its own redemption by being reincarnated as a human as well. The ability to see ghosts even before she was Sam Jang might be explained by the original stain she carried, in addition it would provide Heaven a reason to make her Sam Jang after freeing the Monkey. If she is sacrificed for the greater good, it's considered repayment for those souls.. if she survives, then wouldn't that put her up for ascension .. in which case Heaven would take credit for helping her find her happy ending. It would also placate the Monkey who from my understanding in the original script made a mess of the Heavens when they underestimated or belittled him.. so he either sacrifices himself or gets to keep his Sunmi, saving Heaven a massive headache.

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I think that’s the most logical reason why the gods are shitting on Sun-mi’s life - because she’s Ma-wang’s kid reincarnated.

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After thinking about it, Mawang might actually love it. He already calls him punk, but would OG really rebel against this change in hierarchy? Even when Sun-mi would see? Oh, all the possible gags.

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I had the same thought too. Especially when patriarch avoided her question of where the child was.
Yes, that certainly would be hoot.

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You make so mych sense that now I'm rooting for it. I'd give whatever it takes to watch Mawang's and Oh Gong's reaction to this information. Hell, I bet Mawang will faint and Oh Gong will die of shock. The way Oh Gong treated him, I'd love to watch him convince Mawang. LOL 😂😂

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Come to think of it, I think that being Mawang's son in law would be a very good 'punishment' for SOG. He would be under the control of love and Mawang, his nemesis, and that alone would keep him so busy that he'll have no time for tricks...anyway, Sunmi will be keeping tabs on him.

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I'm not sure Mawang will like it. I know they have started to care for each other but if and when they will learn about such a truth, I'm not sure anyone is going to like it. Except Jin Sun Mi will be both shocked and happy, and may be even Mawang would be happy but SOG will not be happy, not at all. He convinced Jin Sun Mi with so much difficulty, I'd love to see how he will convince Mawang. I hope they get to know about it, when the marriage is about to happen. Lol 😂😂
And yeah, u guess even heavenly realm will forgive him becoz nothing's better than this punishment of having Mawang as father-in-law.

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"My, how far we've come SOG. From "remove this thing" every 5 minute to pulling your hand back so she wouldn't remove the GGG."

It's not just the 'remove this thing' that has changed, but the way Oh Gong tells Sunmi that he loves her. There's a fan-video that shows how OG says I love you to Sunmi. It progresses from an annoyed and rather harshly spoken 'I love you' to a quieter but resigned one, and now in this ep, he says it so sincerely and simply.

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Can you post a link to the video. I tried to find it and had no luck! :) Thanks!

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Yes, the link would be lovely!

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Any chance the Death Bell could just mean Oh-gong becomes mortal? Ala Adam and Eve and "eat this fruit and you shall surely die." And they do. Some 900 odd years later after begetting dozens of children.

I would much prefer Oh-gong becoming mortal to living forever alone after she dies. [Spoiler] Especially after the Dark Knight finale. [/Spoiler]

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I suspect/hope that neither of the is going to die in the way we're supposed to expect.

Maybe the Priestess's body swap with Sun-mi will complete just in time for Priestess to step in front of the Death Bell of Doom (?)

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Oh!! that'd be the best case scenario possible right now, OG becoming a mortal....... cause yeah! don't make me even think about the Dark Knight finale...........it had sooo much potential........ anyway I liked the whole story, just not the ending. Hopefully this will be a whole new story for the end.

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I'd rather SOG become mortal (really, the heavens should be working towards this. It would solve soooo many of their problems with SOG) or they both die and enter heaven together or they both end die and end up being reincarnated.

I've had enough of immortal-being-waiting-for-mortal-love-one-to-die! And it's been surprising to me that SM and SOG haven't broached the aging aspect of their relationship. I know neither SM nor SOG are well-versed in human relationships, but please talk about this before you get married!

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or that, yeah @ar "or they both die and enter heaven together or they both end die and end up being reincarnated".

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Well, Spoiler, from what I read the original had that after all their trials and tribulations both the Monkey and Monk became immortal and were welcomed (back) into the Heavens. So that's a possibility too.

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When I read the phrase "the Dark Knight finale", I immediately thought of Batman/Christian Bale, lol. Then I realized you were referring to the recently finished KDrama, hee.

And speaking of the Black Knight finale, I can't believe that the writer went there, after all the cheese and what-nots.

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Right! Black Knight, not Dark Knight. Whoops!

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oops....sorry !! same mistake ....hahaha

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Guys… that confession. That’s the most sincere I’ve EVER heard Oh-gong speaking and wow. I feel like something in me exploded when he WHISPERED “I love you”. Sexiest “I love you” ever. I was gonna be annoyed with Sun-mi if she didn’t ask him to stay AND YES SHE DID. These two make me very happy.

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I replayed that part so many times. It was too good not to.

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Yeah, that confession gave me goosebumps. It is infact, the sexiest confession ever. 😍😍
Son Oh Gong makes everything so smooth and sexy that I may not even be alive to watch the ending becoz i keep dying at every scene and he keep killing with simple statements.
I'm just not sure how I'll survive when by anu chance, the bed scene happens. Damn, I don't think i could survive when his simple pecks kill me 10,000 times. 😍😍

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Hahahaha! You and me friend!

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My favourite hinge thisnepisode-

1. Oh gong took 10 stars for MW! So sweet
2. Oh Gong going on about his lady loves and PK being the sensible ones hahah
3. Secretary Mas undying devotion, she’s actually killing me and I love her
4. Summer fairy and frostys sad story line. These immortals aren’t very loyal but when they are, they give it their all.
5. PK not giving up on Bu Ja- and how priestess feels something for him.
6. Dragon prince just being dragon prince
7. Oh Gong and his ring- so damn smooothhhhh
8. The priestesses wedding flashbacks, they are so beautiful to look at
9. SOG and SOJ wedding planning- we know SOJ will throw one hell of a party he is the ultimate housewife after all
10. SOG deciding he will change fate- so hot
11. SOG love confession followed by JSM being gutsy and asking him to stay! Yes gurrrrrlllllll

I like where the story is going- I was worried after ep 12-13 but I’m reassured that the story is moving and our villain makes sense and nothing seems to be done for the sake of it. The Hong sisters have definitely grown as writers!

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Why in the world would she protect his virtues? She's indeed a monk!

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I swear I really need to have a chat with our girl 😏

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I think it's herself that she's trying to protect. Cause he's too hot to handle. And I know that once she caves in, there's no return.
I think that's what she's afraid of...that she'll love him to death (pun intented).

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I just love the CEO so much. And I love how much SOG loves him too ❤️

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No. 2 was amazing. But like CEO Sa said, he must really be in love with her that he didn't blame it on PK and SOJ. He just ran after her to soothe her. Gah, thats so smooth.

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No.5 displays sincerity and love. It's so adorable that I'm dead, yet again.

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No. 1,3,4,6 and 9. I love the bond between all the demons. Mawang and Oh Gong surely make best Bromance. Secretory Ma is so loyal that it's so much nice to watch.
PK giving loveessons and tips about Girlfriends to SOG was epic. I hope he learns something from PK and Lee Han Joo now. LOL 😂
SOG and SOJ wedding planning was so awesome. Tell me where i can find SOJ to plan my wedding. 😂
Dragon prince being Dragon Prince is both hilarious and cute in its own way.
Summer fairy and frosty storyline is really sad. I love the love between them.

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No. 7 was so smooth, adorable, cute, sweet, heart touching that it's just epic. This drama will surely be the death of me. I love how everything that happens turns out to be the best I have ever seen. I mean I would have never thought that someone can be so smooth and adorable in just making his woman wear a ring. Lee Seung Gi nails everything he does. 😍
No. 10 is my other favorite. I have learned that Lee Seung Gi never comes without his hotness not matter what he does. He makes the threat looks so hot that I'd die out of bliss if I'm the one being threatened. 😍😍
No. 11 was the best part. I loved the whole back hug scene. It's the best back hug ever (again I'll say, this show will be the death of me.) Why LSG oppa, why are you so got and so sweet?? You do know that you kill me with so much as breathing. Then why do you have to go so far as to being this adorable. 😍😍 I love his words, his confession. I loved how he smiled when he came inside after she asked him to stay and i was wondering about how awkward they will be. But then Monkey being as smooth as he is, teleported to bed. ❤❤ I mean, is there something that you can't do without making as swoon?? I was so damn excited but it got ruined. 😞 Still I'm rooting for it. I hope we'll get one sure.

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Girl I feel you! He is making it hard on all of us. He got too hot all of a sudden and it’s difficult for all of us!

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Yeah really. We are all suffering but i love this suffering. 💜💜 It's a bliss if you ask me.

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What, no kisses? Boo.

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Han-joo sighs at how pathetic Oh-jung is to be so broke that he can’t afford a ring and has to resort to ripping off a kid brother.

He probably thinks Oh-jung spends every penny he has on designer overcoats. Maybe he's right.

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Everybody except Sun-mi does that, heh.

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But SOG is cutting back on his expenses! No more fur coats.

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So true, you are. 😂😂

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CEO Sa adds that marriage is a contract that cannot be broken

Guess he doesn't know many divorce attorneys.

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So, no monster divorce dramas? That makes sense, these would turn nasty!

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I wonder if when OG put the ring on SM finger and she said something along the lines now I’ll come when you call my name before clasping hands if that was a contract?

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That's what I think. I hope that ring is not just an ordinary ring but has some special magic to it.

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I too think that the ring has special powers.
1) OG did liken it to the GGG. He said that just as he cannot take it the GGG, neither can she.
2) They also made a promise - that she'll protect him. And they slipped hands. So it's binding right? And that he just has to call her.

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Yea i was hoping so too. But SOG called her name towards the end of the ep when he was holding her body, so i guess he was unable to “summon” her.

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Nah, it’s just that CEO Sa is the traditional housewife of the drama.

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Thank you for the recap! Can't wait for the next episode :) Great job!

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When I watch Sumi's character , it seems so familiar.
Not I can recall where .
She is like Hiyori from noragami anime.
Friend with supernatural beings ( gods in noragami and demons in Hwayugi) and comfortable with them, but lone wolf and has less friends in the human world .In the noragami , the god of education reminded Hiyori to interact with human friends more rather than being with them all the time. It is similar to how summer fairy told Sumi to do.
Otherwise , the plots are different ;both are screwball happy comedies and my favorites.

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FINALLY. For once, can we have *somebody* succeed at controlling the Geumgang bracelet for their own nefarious ends? I need Oh-gong's love tested when he's on an evil witch's leash, and I needed it 4 episodes ago.

If Sam Jang wakes up with Asanyeo inside, I'll do a happy dance. Because despite the near-constant refrain about the death bell, Oh-Gong's relationship hasn't actually faced any threats yet. And I can't think of a better way to stress-test his love than to make him someone else's (unwilling) slave.

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There it is – the noble idiocy we all knew would come…

I really liked Seon Mi in the last two episodes. She fought back against Ah Sa Nyeo and started to use her abilities. And it was good to see her starting to trust Oh Gong and telling him about the love-bell. But on the other hand it was really frustrating that Oh Gong decided to let her in the dark about the truth. Couldn’t he just tell her it was actually the death-bell, but screw the facts, he is the great sage equal to heaven, he won’t die and he will never let her die?! That’s what you do in a partnership, you talk about these important things in your life!

So, considering the things Seon Mi knows at this point, I understand her decision not to call Oh Gong. However, I don’t like it at all. I would have liked that she trusted Oh Gong enough that he will find a way out of this ill-fated relationship. Then again, hearing that he will die if she calls him is pretty scary.

Also, it’s beyond my understanding how Oh Gong and all the other demons treated Ah Sa Nyeo this lightly. They all knew she was up to no good. But I guess Oh Gong was too confident to really consider Ah Sa Nyeo as a threat. Well, let’s hope he has another ace up his sleeve!

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That's Oh Gong personality
He is temperamental and very confident that he can solve everyrhing

Obviously leaving Sunmi in the dark brings more harms than good
Although his protectiveness is swoony lol

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SOG is definitely too overconfident- but that is one of the monkey king's most defining traits in journey to the west. It's why the monkey king character is so fun to watch and why he annoys so many deities/heavenly beings/monsters. I liked that how he took precautions in episode 13 and even had the Kang Dae sung connection investigated. But dismissing her after she was caught trying to mix her blood with SJ's was a mistake.

I sort of wish SM would call SOG so he could dispatch the priestess and bring BJ back ASAP. But I also want to see what SM can do on her own. Will she stay in the coffin? Will she change her mind? I hope the writers will use this opportunity to build her up. I love SOG and MW, but I also feel like SM has been sidelined for them.

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exactly! I mean when the villain told you that she was after your lover's blood and you for an eternal partner, you shouldn't take her words lightly. Especially when she's powerful and your lover is a gullible weak human.

So I don't care how confident Son Oh Gong is (which I mentioned in a previous recap that he's overconfident but I was shot down), it's illogical to let a powerful villain choose her own time of death. And really, unlike the bookseller, I see no reason to spare her for one extra minute.

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thank you for the speedy recap, as always! you are a life-saver! :)

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Thanks for the speedy recap, @javabeans!

What a great episodes! All the feels!

I’m still curious to know who were the humans who betrayed the priestess and SOG in the past. Glad there’s 6 more episodes! I hope all of the major questions and storylines get wrapped up.

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I wonder if they will ever delve into it since SOG never really brooded much over his betrayal. Or maybe they're general references to how humans can be sucky beings. In the two betrayals - were SOG and the Priestess the monsters or were the monsters the humans who used and betrayed them?

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After watching this, I got 3 theories what might happen next.

1) Sunmi will awaken but it’s not her but Ah Sa Nyeo who has taken over her body. Son Oh-gong will obviously notice the difference since he realises that Buja wasn’t Buja but since it’s Samjang’s body, he can’t really harm her hence he might really try to get the bracelet off so that he could fight her off hence the literal meaning behind the death bell.

2) Son Oh Gong quickly realises Ah Sa Nyeo’s plans and managed to stop her before entering Sunmi’s body. He forces her to reveal what she did to Sunmi in which Ah Sa Nyeo reveals that she told Sunmi the truth behind the death bell. Since Sunmi won’t call him, he can’t get her soul back to her body and without her soul, her body might die so he will try to preserve her body while finding her soul.

3) I don’t have much to go on with this theory but if you notice throughout the episodes, there are mirrors placed rather obviously in some scenes. The coffin where Sunmi is sealed had mirrors surrounding her so maybe it might be a gateway of some kind. Since Son Oh Gong can travels between worlds like he did during episode 5, he might try to use it to find Sunmi and get her out.

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Yes, I was wondering about the mirrors as well.

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I like your theories, I need to watch the episode first though.

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I notice the mirrors in SOG ‘s room and Sun Mi’s office and was quite curious about the placement too...

Also wondered if there is any power in the ‘contract’ made when SOG gave Sun Mi the ring as well. She did mention to protect him and for him to call her when he needs her.

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Oooo nice theories and I also noticed the use of mirrors in this show. I was just thinking if Sunmi and priestess turns out to be sharing a body in the next ep, would the death bell signal sunmi's 'death' a la Harry Potter?

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i want SM to be proactive for once and decides for herself that she'd rather trust in SOG and rejects ASN's offer. all without SOG interfering. i need her to grow a backbone in the supernatural world..she's going to be married to a demon ffs

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am I the only one more worried about Buja? if the priestess leaves her body, what will happen? PK & Buja are so sweet and I was thinking maybe the priestess being shaken with his kindness will result in something. If Oh Gong & Sun Mi have such a tragic fate, why does it appear PK & Buja have it worse? (and why is Dragon prince so jealous LOL)

or, what if... Buja will hold on to the priestess´s soul with the help of Sam Jangs´ blood in her body?

I was impressed by secretary Ma in this episode, she was like all "Lassie come home". You went through a lot, girl. She is unbelievably loyal.

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and perhaps the ring will allow OG to call SM the same way she calls him with GGG

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This is what I’m wondering!

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Yes! Clearly, the priestess is affected by PK's affection due to being in Buja's body. I hope that somehow this will be the wild card needed to weaken the priestess so she can be finally defeated.

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I'm not too worried about BJ physically, because I'm weirdly optimistic about how the priestess has been able to keep her body from rotting (...even knowing that she accomplishes this by killing people). But I'm worried about BJ mentally. This lady is using her body to kill people. Could she see the priestess doing all these horrible things? BJ didn't even want revenge against the men who wanted to dump her body. BJ did not want to become a demon. Once BJ comes-to, I don't know how she is going to handle it.

I'm also worried that the priestess would start wanting to marry PK because PK is so sweet to BJ. Probably the sort of caring she wished she had from her murderous fiance. PK sure is popular- BJ, Alice, and now possibly, the priestess.

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I have a feeling that Asanyeo is falling for PK's sweetness and love for Buja. She's looking for someone to love and protect her right?
At this point, I have to say something about these beings. When they love, they love. It's an all-out love - strong, passionate and lasting. (Mawang, Oh Gong and now PK).

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Leave it to @redfox to remind us about the most important character of all! #justiceforzombies 🤣

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A little bit of story of cupid and psyche.. I wonder if Sun-mi will also undergo some sort of test to win her love for SOG and SOG at the end will beg the heavenly to let them with their love.

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Thanks for the recaps...Hwayugi has been pushing special buttons for me...I still can't get the kiss out of my head...go Oh gong!!

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Thank you for the recap! I also wish for a happy ending for our lovely couple 💙💛💙

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Woah, the priestess character reminds me of a combination of Morganna and an ancient Egyptian enchantress!!! Deadly. *shudders*
Mmmm....I'm not complaining, but it'd be reaallllyy nice to see how she looks in her actual form, in sageuk garb,performing her ancient rites, played by a much older and mature actress. Will the show go there? I mean,I LOVE Lee Se-young as her, this is a great opportunity for her and it was chilling seeing her transform suddenly from the bubbly, childish Buja to steely, calculated priestess, and I feel like it also mirrors LSy's career as if to portray her playing mostly either minor or sort-of neglectable roles to suddenly THIS.
But...it certainly isn't the actress's fault, just because she's bit young, and I feel like if a much mature,alluring (remember Hong-joo from MotW) actress plays the role for mere TWO minutes at least in a flashback, it would suddenly add some serious gravitas to the character and I'll be more-than-now peacefully continue with LSy's portrayal, because now we've seen what the priestess TRULY IS,can be etc. Just my opinion.
And oh, I'd like if she gets a cool,terrific,ancient-sounding name. Yunno,for thrills. ;-)
Btw, I wonder which era she's from. Certainly not Joseon, neither Goryeo because Goryeon royal brides wore blue hanboks. Perhaps Silla? Goguryeo? *Gasp* Gojoseon???

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She looks a lot like Kim Hee-sun did in her bridel gown in Faith. So I'd bet on Goryeo.

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Is it? I thought because two dramas;MLSHR and Empress Ki had it blue,that it must be so.

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Well, I'm no authority in this matter. Let's see.

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Hehe, you're funny,allphryne!

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My favorite compliment! Thank you. Here, take some brownie points, Peony 🍪🍪🍪

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They said that she’s been locked in that sarcophagus for at least 1000 years, so that would put you in the Goryeo period which started in 918 a.d. However, there’s a period prior to Goryeo where two other kingdoms seemed to coexist, and I seem to remember someone saying something about 1200 years, so it might even be prior to Goryeo.

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So, will Oh Yeon-seo have a chance to play a witch-bitch next week?
Also does the priestess somewhat identify herself with Buja (that whole act of godess of revenge in front of our politician-professor) or is it that Buja's spirit is still quite strong?

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It was such a sad episode. I loved how Oh Gong is ready to give up his life for Sun Mi. He has finally decided what his priorities are. Watching Sun Mi die by his hands and living without her is something he couldn't bear to happen so he's ready to sacrifice himself.
One thing that remained constant throughout last few episodes were the willingness everyone showed to sacrifice themselves and bear other's punishment for theor beloveds' sake. Mawang taking brunt of 88 stars for PIF. Oh Gong taking brunt of 10 stars for Mawang. Oh Gong deciding to protect Sun Mi till the end and fight heavenly realm against their fate. He's even ready to die should the need be. Frosty taking a life-threatening risk for his sister. PK not giving up on Bu Ja. And at last, Jin Sun Mi swapping her fate and life with that of priestess to save Oh Gong from dying. It's both sweet and heart breaking. I loved how everyone is now concerned about others now that they have bonded over a long time. But now someone's death will affect a lot of other characters as well.
When Oh Gong didn't inform Sun Mi of their tragic fate and death bell, i saw it coming right away. I really hate it when few people are well-informed and others are oblivious. Instead of fighting together with a plan (especially when it is against the gods) they worry more about how grieved the other one will be, not knowing how betrayed they'll feel on being told by others as well as few moments of fake-happiness at last, results in even more and severe pain.
I know Oh Gong is in love with Jin Sun Mi but did he really thought Jin Sun Mi will let him die upon learning about death bell?? Come on Monkey, don't be so dense now. You should know better than to be told that if he loves JSM, she loves him back as much, if not more. She will never ever let him die, for all i know. Trust your love, understanding and built some trust. This is the way to fight gods. Gather up on one side. Haven't you heard, "Unity is strength"??
And what happened in that glass breaking incident? Is it something we all missed or are they trying to suggest that there's a loophole?
We are almost near the end. So now I don't think there will be any new demons. The storyline would be about past and that apocalypse now. So brace your hearts all of you. We're almost near the final countdown. I can see (unfortunately) that there wont be much of kiss scenes going forward (please prove me wrong show.)

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Glass breaking: I just took it as a sign of changing fates. Ah Sanyeo said she had similar ability.

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If the fate of Iron Princess can be changed, then perhaps there is a way for the fate of the death bell as well

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I was thinking so too. I wish ASN dies in her stead. But then I'll have to live without BuJa and that's not possible. I just wish SOG uses his mind to do something for his love now. He's termed as the smartest one. It's about time he should prove so.

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But wasn't it strange?? I mean shr saw a vision that she'll break the glass. Then she really breaks the glass but then at last, the glass never fell from her hand to begin with.

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Yea i don’t quite get that part, but @allphryne ‘s point about changing fates could explain that

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Yeah it does.

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“He says they’re even now, both wearing something that can’t be removed. Smiling warmly, Sun-mi promises to protect Oh-gong and tells him to say her name whenever he’s scared or in trouble. She holds out her palm to seal their deal, and he takes it.”

Well isnt that a great loophole. If this deal is actually sealed then Oh Gong just have to call Sunmi’s name and she will go to him. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

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