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Hwayugi: Episode 15

Today it’s one sort of love pitted against another sort of love, which makes for a pretty strong clash since motivations go deep and emotions run high. In fact, love is the driving force in more than one side storyline as well, giving us all sorts of conflicted characters and colliding goals, some of them pure at heart and others more twisted. ‘Cause when a monster falls in love, you can be sure there’s lots of twisted involved.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Sun-mi hears the truth of the death bell from the manipulative priestess, who has lured her into a connected dreamspace containing her stone coffin. She convinces Sun-mi to sacrifice herself so as not to be the cause of Oh-gong’s death, and with a tear running down her face, Sun-mi lies down to eternal sleep.

A short while later, it’s the priestess who awakens in Sun-mi’s body and in her bed. Priestess smiles to see her plan was successful, and pretends to be Sun-mi when she finds Oh-gong waiting outside. He acts as though all is normal and treats her like she’s Sun-mi… but does he know?

Priestess/Sun-mi explains that she had a good dream about getting something she really wanted, then hugs Oh-gong. From his measured reaction I’m thinking he suspects this is Priestess. You know, right? Right??

Oh-gong smiles to her face, but his voice is grim as he tells her to keep dreaming her good dream.

The rest of the team discuss the situation chez Mawang: They know the priestess is now in Sun-mi’s body, but not exactly what happened to Sun-mi’s soul. PK wonders if she died, but Mawang can feel that she’s still alive, based on the droplet of her blood in his system. For the time being, however, they can’t do anything to the priestess and risk harming Sun-mi’s body.

That’s why Oh-gong told them that he’d keep up the act (aha!) with her, to prevent her from running away with the host body. The team worries that Oh-gong won’t be able to pull off the deception, and PK adds that the priestess had access to Buja’s memories when she was in her body. So she’ll also have Sun-mi’s memories.

Secretary Ma points out that the priestess was very keen on marrying Oh-gong. That means she’ll be pulling out all the stops to “go all the way” with him tonight. “You absolutely cannot cave, Sohn Oh-gong,” Mawang says.

That night, as predicted, Priestess makes the first advance, though Oh-gong quickly takes the lead. He looms over her as though to kiss her, but each time she reaches up to him, he moves her hand away. She asks if she’s still the most beautiful person in his eyes, and he replies, “So that has been bothering you.”

Oh-gong moves away and sits up, looking upset. He calls himself the bad guy for knowing of her fears that he won’t love her without the bracelet, yet wanting to hold her anyway. Priestess says it’s okay, but he says he’ll stop because he loves her, acting like it’s a wrench for him (which makes me chuckle because it’s a great defense).

But Priestess readily agrees, saying they have time, and that they’ll marry soon. Oh-gong forces himself to agree and Priestess embraces him tightly, until finally Oh-gong can’t take it and pulls her hands away.

He suggests going out and quickly leaves the room, thinking about Sun-mi’s words when he’d given her the wedding ring: that if he ever felt scared or upset, she’d come running when he said her name.

“I’m extremely scared, struggling, and in danger right now, Jin Sun-mi,” Oh-gong says aloud. “Where are you?”

In her stone coffin, as Sun-mi sleeps, the ring on her hand gleams brightly.

Oh-gong and Priestess keep up the act that she’s Sun-mi in front of the gang at Mawang’s, who start planning for the wedding. It’s almost funny how uncomfortable everyone looks when Priestess makes coupley gestures, like holding Oh-gong’s hand and showing off her wedding ring. Oh-gong’s doting façade cracks a few times, and when the ladies step away, Mawang warns that he’s not doing a great job hiding his feelings. Heh, you know it’s bad when even the blind man can see it.

PK is amazed at how well the Priestess has managed this transformation, and Mawang supposes that she was able to take over Sun-mi’s energy so completely that she felt confident that she’d fool everyone.

But Oh-gong firmly disagrees. “No, I don’t feel she’s Sam-jang at all.”

Secretary Ma leads Priestess to the closet to see her bridal gown, then steps aside to let her try it on. But rather than the dress, Priestess reaches instead for the box containing the incense burner—or rather, its fake—and is pleased that it’s still there.

Secretary Ma reports to PK that the priestess is looking at the burner, glad that they’d made up a second fake (after Frosty’s initial fake was discovered). PK guesses that the real burner is in Frosty’s hands, and shakes his head at his betrayal.

Frosty is with the real burner and Buja’s sleeping body, and notes that the red fumes have now turned blue. That’s the sign that Priestess has fully entered Sun-mi’s body, and she’d given Frosty the instruction to shatter the burner at this point, ensuring that Sun-mi would be locked in her dream.

Frosty reaches out a hand and starts to freeze the burner…

Oh-gong knows that Sun-mi has not yet been sealed away in her prison, thanks to Mawang’s connection to her, but also knows they’ve got to find that burner quickly. They’ve got to locate Frosty asap.

Priestess’s actual coffin is in the hands of prof/politician/murderer Kang Dae-sung, who has yet to figure out what Priestess (in Buja’s body) meant by visiting his classroom or issuing the warning that she’d come find him.

He has an inkling that it has to do with the thing that came out of the coffin, but far from being afraid, he actually seems excited and tells his assistant that he’s looking forward to it: “It feels like something incredible is going to appear in front of me.” Oh, be careful what you wish for…

While Priestess looks at her bridal gown, Oh-gong vows to rip Priestess to shreds as soon as Sun-mi returns to her body, and Mawang chuckles at his bloodthirstiness.

Priestess rejoins them, and CEO Sa offers to give her a ride home, having arranged this with Oh-gong beforehand. But Priestess declines the offer, stating her intention of staying here to “help.” Oh-gong fumes silently, but can’t argue.

Mawang guesses that Priestess seems intent on seducing Oh-gong tonight, and asks what he means to do about it. Oh-gong declares that he’ll sleep with Mawang instead, and instructs Mawang to say he needs to sleep holding Oh-gong tight because of his cold affliction.

Mawang balks, but Oh-gong pleads, “You can’t even see! Just pretend I’m Iron Fan.” LOL.

CEO Sa goes over wedding plans with Priestess, though it’s more to stall for time than actually plan anything, which annoys her. Finally she tells him to handle everything and leaves, and CEO Sa sadly apologizes to his hyungnim for not being able to do more.

When Priestess arrives at Oh-gong’s bedroom, the boys enact their plan to keep him away from her: Oh-gong wears sheet masks and pretends to have fallen asleep during his beauty routine, and Mawang insists that Sun-mi help him back to his room.

Once there, Mawang invites Priestess to sit and talk wedding plans. She asks for a wedding gift to rival his—the magical fan. He says it’s currently with Patriarch and will be returned once he achieves immortality, and she asks pointedly, “It’s yours, but you have just waited obediently for it to be returned to you?”

That stings, but he grits out that he’d waited in order to reduce the suffering of his beloved. Priestess prods more, saying that the heavens have tamed him quite easily—he’s become obedient and weak.

Mawang forces a laugh, but his temper flares and he asks who she is to dare talk like this to him. At that, Oh-gong intervenes and tells Priestess to leave.

Mawang tells Oh-gong that she will have caught on and urges him to catch her before she runs away.

Oh-gong catches up to her on the staircase, and when Priestess turns and starts walking back to him, he instinctively reacts, fliiiiiinging her through the air away from him.

A split-second later he realizes what he’s done and zooms ahead to catch Priestess before she slams into the ground.

So now the jig is up. Priestess knows he’s been acting, and Oh-gong says he should have kept it up longer, if only he didn’t hate her so much. He demands to know where Sun-mi is, and Priestess declares that she’s now Sam-jang. Sun-mi is buried in her coffin: “That woman has died.”

Oh-gong grabs Priestess by the throat and shoves her against a wall. As he grapples with his fury, Mawang shouts out that Sun-mi is still alive, feeling it in his own body.

With great effort, Oh-gong lets her go. Priestess grabs a wineglass nearby, breaks it, and holds the broken stem to her own face. She warns that if Oh-gong does anything like this again, she’ll feed Sun-mi to demons.

Oh-gong recognizes the danger and raises his hands in surrender, telling Priestess that he was wrong and asking her not to harm Sun-mi. Priestess says that they will marry as planned, and if he does well, she might wake up Sun-mi… maybe in 500 years. Will he still love her then?

He doesn’t flinch away from her touch this time, but he says that while he’s not sure how long it’ll go, the second it’s over, Priestess is dead. She just says she’ll have to make it a thousand years, then, and flounces off.

Mawang assures him that he did well and that they just need to find Frosty. Oh-gong asks if this is how Mawang felt for the past thousand years, and Mawang says, “Yes. There’s nothing I can do for her, feeling the torment of not knowing where or how she is—that was what my thousand years has been.”

Oh-gong says he can’t bear it for even a day, and vows to find Frosty. Mawang sighs to himself that Monkey has finally felt this agony and made heaven’s punishment successful.

Frosty, meanwhile, expresses pity for the sleeping Buja as he waits for the fumes to finish burning.

Until Frosty is found, Oh-gong intends to go along with Priestess’s wedding demands. CEO Sa shows him the wedding chamber he has prepared, which they’ll keep intact for now.

Oh-gong heads off to “harass” Priestess, since he doesn’t like seeing her so happy. She shops up a storm and airily tells the clerks to discard the clothing she arrived wearing. When they go to ring her up, however, Priestess tells them she’ll just be leaving, and works her magic to get them to agree.

But around the corner, someone snaps his fingers, breaking her enchantment on the clerks. They insist that she pay for her purchases, and when she mutters that she has no money, they take back her bags. Even more humiliatingly, they demand the new clothes she’s wearing—leaving her to fish her old clothing out of the trash.

Oh-gong is there to see her leaving in her trash-stained clothes, and he clucks at the sad sight, saying that Sun-mi had been beautiful no matter what. She snaps at him for staring, but he says he’s just looking because she’s beautiful, and for a moment Priestess looks rattled. Then he laughs that he’s lying, chiding her for believing him.

She blusters that she didn’t fall for it, but he says of course she did, since she likes him and wants to have him. “Shall I give myself to you?” he asks in a serious tone, making her heart skip another beat.

And then he laughs again that she fell for it again, saying he’s just feeling her out, since they’re going to be married. He notes that a pair of bad people can be happy together, and asks if she wants him to stop.

She tells him to continue, asking what she can do to see if he’ll like her. He suggests going to work at her office, and when she asks why she’d go there, he replies, “You’ll go, because I’m going there.” Well, that’s annoyingly accurate.

At the office, Oh-gong explains how Sun-mi went to work every day even while fighting demons, and asks if Priestess can do the same. She tells him that she has all of Sun-mi’s memories and offers to live exactly like her. To prove that she can do it, she adopts Sun-mi’s attitude and tone and recites things Sun-mi used to say.

Oh-gong laughs at first, but then Priestess recites Sun-mi’s confession of liking him, which unnerves him. He says he might find his heart fooled by such a convincing act, and she says she’ll be able to convince him into living a happy life with her.

Oh-gong tasks her with continuing to impersonate Sun-mi, offering to let her fool him. With that, he disappears.

Han-joo arrives for work and recoils at Sun-mi’s stained clothing, and warns that they’re in for a busy day. Priestess says she can handle it, and settles in to pore over paperwork. But she annoys Han-joo by making mistakes, and is annoyed in turn by his annoyance at her sudden incompetence.

Priestess is exhausted by the end of the day, and that’s before she gets unexpected visitors—her relatives. Ha, Oh-gong called her uncle and cousin (and his screaming baby), who use her wedding as a reason to demand more money. Oh-gong also informs Jonathan of their wedding, prompting another surprise visitor. To cap off an irritating day, Han-joo shows up at Sun-mi’s apartment with his two kids in tow—his heater went out and Oh-gong helpfully offered Sun-mi’s place for the night.

At Mawang’s, the team strategizes, having been unable to locate Frosty. Mawang theorizes that Summer Fairy wasn’t involved in the deception, and that Frosty acted alone. And if so, they may be able to call Fairy to help. Likely Frosty is tired by now, having stayed awake to remain in control.

Still watching over the burner, Frosty struggles to stay awake. Summer Fairy urges him to stop, but he tells her to stay asleep.

Oh-gong and PK go to Summer Fairy’s bar, and Oh-gong slams a wine bottle through the air to call Fairy forth. The air ripples with each strike, and both Frosty and Fairy feel the summons. She insists on answering the call while he insists that she ignore it, until a light floods Frosty’s body and Fairy finally exits.

She appears in her own form in front of her brother, and he urges her back inside his body, because she can’t survive outside it for long. She tearfully refuses, then vanishes… and reappears in her bar before Oh-gong and PK.

PK reports back to Mawang, who supposes that now that Frosty has been located, Oh-gong will kill him.

Oh-gong arrives just as Frosty is about to go off in search of Priestess to return his sister’s soul to his body. Oh-gong demands the incense burner, which Frosty refuses to hand over, and the air blurs with Oh-gong’s fury.

Frosty states that Sun-mi can kill Oh-gong, and therefore getting rid of her means he has not betrayed Oh-gong. Oh-gong says Sun-mi is his bride and starts to advance, but Frosty warns him away, stating that he will protect his sister’s soul.

The room starts to freeze as Frosty summons his powers. Oh-gong slams him back with a blow to the midsection, and says, “I did not want to kill you.”

Frosty marshals his powers for another round, but suddenly his sister appears to beg him to stop. As the frost recedes, he warns her not to use her powers and endanger her soul.

But she embraces him, ignoring his pleas to return to his body, and says she should have disappeared long ago. “Thanks to you, I have lived happily till now. Now I will go,” she says.

As Summer Fairy starts to shine with light, she asks Oh-gong for his forgiveness, and that her death be the price of his punishment. She smiles at her brother as she disappears into a ball of light, which floats up toward the sky. Frosty falls to his knees in grief.

When Mawang returns to his office, his eyesight has returned, which he calls Fairy’s last gift.

Frosty now explains to Oh-gong how he came to harbor his sister’s soul with Priestess’s help, and how the death of his sister means his contract with the Priestess is now at an end. The burner has not finished burning, meaning that Sun-mi is still alive. Frosty urges Oh-gong to kill him and save Sun-mi.

“Summer Fairy paid the price of betrayal,” Oh-gong replies. “Stop crying now. It’s snowing and making it cold. I don’t like the cold.”

At Sun-mi’s apartment, Priestess tamps down her annoyance while Han-joo and his kids sit nearby. He promises to leave as soon as the heat is fixed in his place, while she says through gritted teeth that she can do this.

Han-joo watches a video interview of Kang Dae-sung, which catches Priestess’s attention. All she says is that Dae-sung isn’t as wonderful a person as everyone says he is. You’re not kidding.

Kang Dae-sung hears of the lore behind the priestess’s incense burner, which describes her as someone who would make a man a king. He recognizes the dragon design from that stone coffin, and deduces that the coffin could belong to the priestess.

CEO Sa drops by to see Priestess, explaining that Oh-gong sent him. Han-joo wonders if this is Oh-gong’s father, then belatedly recognizes him as that conglomerate CEO—and jumps to the conclusion that Oh-gong is a chaebol’s son. HA. Although I suppose immortal monkey king is hardly more believable.

CEO Sa delivers a package and the message that Oh-gong has called for Priestess to be brought to his home. Priestess smiles to see that he’s sent the outfit she’d tried to wear out of that department store before he’d ruined her shopping spree.

She wears those clothes to meet Oh-gong at his home, and their conversation whips back and forth in snappish interplay: She expresses pleasure at his romantic gestures, then irritation when he says it wasn’t meant for her. But when she tells him to get rid of wedding preparations meant for someone else, he says that Priestess could still make use of them, if they are to marry.

She refuses his offer of wine, recalling his trick with Mawang, and tells him not to light scented candles—she won’t fall for anything.

“But I didn’t call you here so we could do nothing,” Oh-gong says. Rawr?

Oh-gong asks why she’s trying so hard to turn into Sun-mi. “I’m going to call the dragon in this world too,” she says. “And I will make a king. If you stay by my side and protect me, I can do everything.”

Frosty explains to Mawang how the priestess’s incense burner works: It connects the priestess and Sun-mi by their dreams, which is where Sun-mi sleeps currently. If the priestess is brought back into the dream, they can extract Sun-mi. First they must get the priestess to fall asleep, but it’ll be tricky because she’s wary of doing that around Oh-gong.

Priestess promises to become exactly like the Sun-mi that Oh-gong fell in love with, if he only stays with her. He asks what she’ll do for him in turn, and she offers, “I will cut the fate of death’s bell.” Ooh, plot twist!

But now Oh-gong realizes why Sun-mi never called him, and Priestess informs him that she corrected Sun-mi’s misconception about their fates.

“If that woman returns, you could die,” Priestess says. “Will you still wait for her?”

“No,” he says. “I won’t wait.” Oh-gong removes the wedding band from Priestess’s finger, and then whirls her to the bed. Landing on top of her, he kisses her intently for a long, heated moment.

When he moves back, Priestess looks smug… until she tries to get up and finds that she can’t. He informs her that there’s more than one way to sneak drugs into a person, wiping his lips. Sneaky monkey!

He explains putting a dream-inducing drug into his water. “Sweet dreams,” he tells her. “And also, you won’t be waking up in that body again.”

Priestess’s struggles grow weak, and her eyes fall closed.

Oh-gong joins Mawang and Frosty to watch over the burner, which now emits both blue and red fumes—Sun-mi and Priestess are both dreaming now. Oh-gong wants to join them in that dreamspace, but Mawang points out that there’s nothing connecting him to them.

Oh-gong contradicts him, holding out Sun-mi’s ring, which Dream Sun-mi also wears in her coffin. Oh-gong puts the ring into the burner.

The ring glows on Sun-mi’s finger, and Oh-gong’s voice sounds in her ear: “Jin Sun-mi, where are you?” Slowly, her eyes open.

Outside the coffin, Priestess (back in Buja’s body) looks around and realizes she’s returned to her dreamspace prison.

As Frosty begins to freeze the burner, the air in the dreamspace begins to ripple. Priestess realizes that the burner has stopped burning. Is she trapped here?

Then Priestess slides open the coffin lid, and realizes with horror that Sun-mi is gone. “It’s disconnected,” she realizes.

Suddenly, Mawang is there in the dreamspace. “I have come to your dream,” Mawang tells her. “Sohn Oh-gong will have gone to Sam-jang’s.”

Sun-mi is in that same room, yet alone. Aha, so their dream connection severed, but both ladies are still in their dreams—just separately now.

Oh-gong calls out her name, and appears in her room.

Priestess looks scared as Mawang tells her that she’ll have to return to her coffin. But she blurts that he’s being deceived about something, and asks, “Did Iron Fan’s child truly die?”

Sun-mi is stunned to see Oh-gong here and orders him to leave. When she says his name, he clutches his heart in pain and his bracelet flashes black.

“You will be hurt because of me, and die,” she says. Oh-gong continues toward her anyway, even as she tells them of their deathly fate and refuses to leave this dream.

“Fine,” he tells her. “Then try killing me here.” She cries out his name, and sends a fresh wave of pain through him. She begs him not to come closer, saying she doesn’t want to hurt him.

“When I’m afraid,” he says, “or in pain or in danger and call your name, you said you’d come to protect me.”

Sun-mi sees the ring on her finger and remembers making that promise. Oh-gong holds out his hand and calls her name, three times.

Hesitantly, Sun-mi makes her way toward him and takes his hand. He yanks her toward him in a tight embrace, holding her in relief.

In the real world, Sun-mi wakes up with Oh-gong next to her. He’s happy but also exhausted, and tells her, “I only just managed to find my bride, but I’m so sleepy.” His eyes fall closed, and as he sleeps, Sun-mi reaches up to touch his face.

“I’m sorry,” she tells him.

Mawang brings the priestess’s incense burner to Patriarch, who is pleased at Mawang’s work. But there’s an undertone of suspicion in Mawang’s voice today, and he says the priestess got away from him, since his powers are so weak now. I guess the priestess’s words struck a chord.

PK waits next to Buja’s sleeping body, saddened at the thought that she won’t ever awaken. Dragon Prince informs him that Mawang will be burning her body soon—just as Buja opens her eyes.

PK rushes to her side, and Buja asks him, “Please save me.”

Moments later, PK rushes out with Dragon Prince, hurrying past Secretary Ma. She finds it odd that PK would leave before seeing Buja off, then is hit with a suspicion and hurries inside to see Buja.

Aha, it’s Dragon Prince in Buja’s place, having swapped clothes to enable Buja to escape.

PK drives off with Buja, but before they arrive at their destination, she gets out of the car and says she’s changed her mind about seeing her mother. PK realizes belatedly that he’s been fooled again—it’s really Priestess, not Buja.

“So? Will you take me away to be burned?” she asked. PK can’t do that, so he tells her to hide well and not get caught.

“You really love and cherish her,” Priestess notes. PK just tells her to go, and drives away alone.

Priestess looks strangely sad as she tells herself she’s glad he was so easily used. Now, she’s off to see “him,” she decides.

Kang Dae-sung senses something strange in his home that night, and finds Priestess waiting for him. “You’ve kept it well,” she says. “As promised, I’ve come to get it.” Looking thrilled, he says he’s been waiting for her.

Secretary Ma apologizes to Mawang for letting the priestess get away, but he says that he was the one to let her go. He explains that she provided him with an important realization, and we return to their conversation back in the dreamspace.

Priestess had asked, “A child born to an immortal and a monster, a child that ate dozens of human children’s souls—did it really die?”

Priestess recounts Mawang’s story: His wife committed a sin when her child died, and Mawang spent a thousand years quietly working to relieve her of her punishment. She tells him to think of his situation backwards, and if that makes sense, to let her go.

The backwards realization? “In order to tame me into obedience, she committed a sin, and for that sin, she killed the child. Why had I never considered that?”

Secretary Ma urges him not to trust Priestess’s words, but Mawang declares that if he was deceived, then everyone is his enemy. Ack, I don’t like the sound of that.

Sun-mi continues watching over Oh-gong as he sleeps next to her, holding his hand.

She tells him, “The human Jin Sun-mi loves the Great Sage, Equal to Heaven, Sohn Oh-gong. Now, let’s end this love.”

And then, she reaches down for his bracelet, readying to remove it.

 
COMMENTS

Okay, I half expect Oh-gong to wake up at the last second and prevent Sun-mi from doing anything with the bracelet, but at this stage of the story I’d rather he didn’t, because I’m more interested in seeing what happens when this artificial motivator is removed from the equation. Even Oh-gong himself has noted that the love feels so real that the bracelet might not change it, so I see the next challenge as overcoming Sun-mi’s doubts. Since she’s been wracked with them the entire series long, I’m eager to see her move past them so that we can get to whatever’s next for them.

And then, of course, there’s the tiny part of me that supposes that the writers may throw us a wrench by countering this expectation that True Love Conquers All, and may in fact reset the game (at least somewhat) by having the bracelet’s removal actually remove (or negatively affect) Oh-gong’s feelings. I’ve always loved his twist on the original story by making love the vehicle of pain enacted by the magical circlet, rather than merely tightening on Monkey’s head to bring him physical pain. But the love-bracelet is less clear-cut a punishment than the original circlet o’ headaches, because it’s become hard to distinguish when it’s working and when it isn’t. In any case, I’m eager to understand exactly how the bracelet affects love—or doesn’t—and am hoping that the explanation is satisfactory (and a little nervous in case it isn’t).

I did appreciate that this Priestess story arc has incorporated a lot of different forms of love, expressed by all sorts of different personalities. Most obviously is our lead couple’s, of course, with Sun-mi sacrificing her life to spare Oh-gong, and Oh-gong doing everything he can to save her right back. But it was a nice touch to motivate Frosty with his love of his sister, whom he’d saved once and was determined to save again, no matter that they were both living half-existences this way and that Summer Fairy was ready to let go and move on. Plus, this kind of inner-team conflict played out a lot more compellingly than if we’d just had a random third party or antagonistic character driving the wagon; one Priestess is enough!

And then there’s this new twist in the Mawang story, which certainly shakes things up if it proves true. We haven’t been given enough details to know the full story, but it sounds like Mawang may have been manipulated into his thousand years of good deeds, and while it was one thing for him to think he was choosing this life out of sacrificial love, tricking a powerful monster into being heaven’s bitch is the kind of thing that could turn sour really quickly. I just wonder if Iron Fan was in on it, or whether she was coerced by heaven—although in either case, I can’t see Mawang reacting well to any version of the truth. Hold on to your hats, things might be taking a rocky turn.

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OMO thanks @javabeans! have been waitign for this!!! am behind in the eps and reading your recaps instead because im waiting for that happy ending!

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No kidding! The subs seem like they take forever, so I just watch it raw or partially subbed and read the recaps.

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OMG so true. Waiting for subs drives me crazy.

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I think I've gotten used to the subs taking forever and a day. I just wished it was consistent though. 24 hrs, 48 hrs. Regardless, it always messes up my Mondays.

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i've been deliberately holding off on watching.. we get the new eps a week after it airs on Korean tv with netflix so it's easy to keep up to date with... but I'm so invested in this story I can't help waiting to see if there is a happy ending coming.. the story has been fantastic so far so heres hoping the Hong sisters end it as well as they've written the rest!

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yes!!! i totally agree! i don't know what i'll do if there is a sad ending at the end of it all. trying to avoid a repeat of scarlet heart, where i was left wondering is that really it?

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Who's the actress that plays Summer Fairy? Kinda wish they would had shown her in her true form more possibly in a flashback. It felt like they introduced a new character on the screen but then killed her off.

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She looks like the girl who played Chi-won's first wife in Jugglers? (Unless I saw wrongly) I'm pretty sure she also appeared for a few minutes in a recent episode of Waikiki (E3?) so she's probably a new actress getting her face shown in shows.

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Thanks for this. I know I saw her in Waikiki but forgot she was also in Jugglers! 😊

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I wish there will be more scenes of Summer Fairy since I have been really curious to see how beautiful she is.
And, she is really beautiful!

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SOG's desperation in the episode got to me. :( Poor monkey loves JSM like crazy. To be noted, ASN in JSM had no hold over him. He did not think she was pretty or beautiful. He could barely hold it in when she was touching him. I am so happy JSM came back with SOG and together they can fight their "fate".

Mawang is becoming repetitive with not being loyal and being very self serving. First it was for his wife and now it's for his son/daughter. BTW, I still think JSM has a good chance of being MW's daughter.

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In the story, it was a son that they had. So, the only character that could possibly be that son is the peddler's son. Question though, is the peddler also a monster/immortal? Definitely not SOG as he came from a stone. Argh. Who could it be?

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His eyes flashed red so he should be a monster. But I still woudn't bet on him.

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I think a real wrench might be Kang Dae-sung. His storyline with zombie never really went anywhere and now Ah Sa-nyeo might try to make him a king. If that happens then it would pit Mawang against Oh-gong. I think the Hong sisters did a good job of laying the foundation for this face-off if that is indeed what it is.

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Not sure. But he seems to be the centre of the apocalyptical premonition, so maybe.

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The fact both storylines with priestess/king and MaWang/wife & child are about 1000 years ago has been niggling at me lately. What if their child was summoned by the priestess as the dragon to crown the king a 1000 years ago? Now he is being reborn just like MaWang's wife and the politician is potentially his current form? Keep thinking about possibilities of conflicting celestial and demon forces in child swinging them in their choices and heaven is forcing them to try and choose a side/punish like they did with Iron Fan. Could be way off too as I haven't read the original source material

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Awwwww....ohhhh. No words. I love it, but so few episodes to go...I’m not sure if it’s too late to play more push and pull in OTP’s relationship after removing it. But then it doesn’t look the GGG was taken off. I love everything and everyone in it, but it seems it doesn’t sparkle as much as I hope it does. Please drama, be better, let’s do this...for the win! Thank you for the recap as always.

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Is anyone else missing Buja? 😯

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Me! Is Buja officially dead now?

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I think not yet. She’ll be back in her body one last time so they could burn her for a proper send off. Or a better option is to have her live a second life. The next we’ll see Buja might just be for a very short time. I am sad. I miss her. 😭

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How come she didn’t sneak back into her body when ASN was in dreamland with JSM?

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Me!

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Me! I miss her zombie voice

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I’m with JB—off with the bracelet! Feels like every episode they have the same conversation over and over—SOG saying he loves her and wants to be with her and Seon Mi giving in half way but still doubting. The magic bracelet of love was such a clever idea, but it’s so played out. They’ve been circling this drain for ages. The fact that she didn’t actually remove it before the episode ended makes me think they’re teasing us yet again.

Ma wang continues to be consistently some shade of grey. Even after 1000 years he can’t suppress his demon nature. Makes him a wild card and I like that a lot.

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Honestly I think it's not going to come off... OG will probably wake up right before she takes it off and stop her from removing.

For me it's kind of like... I already know SOG loves her. Probably SM is still uncertain of that fact, but for us viewers I think it's pretty clear. He's so much more sincere when speaking to her, he wants to keep it on even though he knows he will die, and he's willing to fight hell or high water to defeat their deadly fight. So I think the reason why SOG wants the GGG to be left on is because he needs to have a point of contact with SM all the time. He needs to hear her when she calls him and be able to find her immediately.

Seeing how anxious he was when he was unable to find her, I think it's kind of important to him that he remains bound to her regardless.

I agree with you, I like how Mawang is a wild card. No matter how many years old these demons are... they are innately still demons and I like how there are some things you just can't suppress about them. It makes them all the more realistic.

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I'd say that Sun-mi trusts that Oh-gong loves but wants to protect him since he is the weaker part of the equation right now.
Also, did the previous Samjang die in his quest? And was the geumganggo also attached to the protector's heart then?

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in the original story, the monk and monkey completed the quest and became deities, the ggg was removed after. Original ggg tightens on his head and gives him a 'migraine' when the monk recites the sutra.

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Thank you, meow, I heared of it. But it was already implemented in this story differently.

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I agree with you that SOG wants the GGG left on. I've been suspecting that he loves being in love with SM, and though he doesn't verbalize it as much as SM does, he is afraid that his feelings would disappear once it's removed. It's sad to think that you'll fall out of love with someone you currently love. I also agree that he needs to have that point of contact with SM. After all, he was never invited to the group chat! ;) It's going to be hard for SM to remove the GGG when you've got SOG tempting her to NOT to remove it.

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I thought the contract they made when she freed him from the mountain was what would protect her, so even without the GGG if she calls him he'll hear her and will protect her. The GGG was to stop him from trying to undermine her and find a way out of the contract. So even if it's removed, he'll still be able to protect her. Isn't that right? I'm having a hard time remembering all the little details.

Thing is, as a viewer I'm not sure he does love her enough. And I don' think he is sure either. That's why he's fighting so hard to keep it on, as @ar mentions above. I think he does love being in love, and his real fear is that he will take it off and that will disappear. The GGG allowed OG to access traits like compassion and selflessness that he'd pretty much lost, but has he really grown if it's not a choice? Is choosing to keep the GGG on the same as him choosing to love and protect her without the aid of the GGG? Maybe. I'm not totally sure.

Yes. It's not just mawang -- all of the demons/deities have had their moment of being a sort of villain of the week, including OG himself. The Hong sisters have been somewhat hit or miss over time, but they always have so many little moments of brilliance throughout a drama that make you really appreciate their talent.

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@lezah

I agree with you, I like how Mawang is a wild card. No matter how many years old these demons are... they are innately still demons and I like how there are some things you just can't suppress about them. It makes them all the more realistic.

@ultramafic

Ma wang continues to be consistently some shade of grey. Even after 1000 years he can’t suppress his demon nature. Makes him a wild card and I like that a lot.

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I agree with you both. I also love the juxtaposition with Oh-gong with the bracelet and w/ out it, and Oh-gong with the bracelet and Mawang. Initially, Oh-gong could not be tamed. Try as hard as they might, Oh-gong was Oh-gong. It took the bracelet to be able to manipulate him, to reign him in. The same could be said of Mawang and the way how he was controlled with Iron Fan . The only difference here is that Mawang has free will and Oh-gong has less free will.

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They’re dragging the bracelet line that I’ve lost interest in it. I am just waiting how it plays out. We kind of already have an idea but I like surprises too so...

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LOL, I am all for Ma-wang and Oh-gong being cuddle buddies.

Why did the Summer Fairy have to go :( . Poor thing.
I have to give props to Oh-gong for being able to keep the facade going for that long, I'm surprised he didn't snap sooner. Though his snapping was satisfying.
And the Priestess going to Kang Daesung does not seem promising at all. They're both too much trouble.

Also, I'm so glad Ma-wang FINALLY questioned the child!! Like dude seriously it took you all this time?? I mean I hate that it had to come from the Priestess, but it had to be done. Urghh he better not be a ploy in people's plan to do good deeds.

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Oh! and I hope Sun-mi does take the bracelet off! I am really really curious to see what will happen without it. And maybe after she takes it off, the death bell fate will change?

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It's time to take the bracelet off as it actually won't change SOG's love for her at all.
He is just afraid that if the bracelet is taken off, she can't kill him and it will be only one choice: he kills Sunmi

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Yes!
I personally don't really care if the bracelet goes off or stays on, but I can understand OG's reason for wanting to keep it on. It keeps him bound to SM, and it also stops him from ever being able to kill her. And I think that's what he's most afraid of - he may not want to, but he might end up killing the person he loves, be it by accident, or in any other way.

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But even if the bracelet is off, won't he continue to be bound by the promise to protect her he made when she was a little girl? Would he be able to harm her with the bracelet off?
IMO having the bracelet off means neither can kill the other since it'll take away Seon Mi's power over his life and Oh Gong won't be able to kill her either.

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I'm really sad to see Summer Fairy go too. For the past 15 episodes, I've been thinking about how selfish the supernatural folks are. Summer Fairy's grace and her sacrifice made me tear up (it also made me even more mad at Mawang because he just seems so ungrateful). I really wish we got to know more of Summer Fairy and Winter God's backstory. How was she so endangered that she had to exist in her brother's body or die?

I wish she had a better send-off - like a party to send her off.

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All i want to say:
Oh Yeon seo def shut up all the haters.
Her acting as Ah Sa Nyeo is beyond awesome and terrifying

She nailed this evil, seductive, and femme fatale even bettee than LSY.

This is one of my favourite episode. The chemistry btw the 2 leads is unbeatable

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+1!!!!
And you know what??? I loooveee JSM as evil, seductive and femme fatale JSM... That red lips and red dress are gorgeous!! I know OYS can nailed strong and fierce character... JSM would be really interesting if her character grew into this badass ghost-hunter... 😎😎

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I felt sooo uncomfortable seeing her as ASN, which means her acting hit it off on ALL accounts. I won't compare her and LSY because I think they both did it so well. It felt so disconcerting to see the same face, but two different characters.

And, they're both so gorgeous. Those red lips!
(PS. I never understood why red lips = bad woman, because I personally really love red lips. I just stay away from them myself because I want to appear more... approachable. But give me red lips any time!)

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Red lipstick must work the same as manliner.

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Oh Yeon Seo has haters?!!! On which grounds, I wonder. She's a fab actor.

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Well, it's not surprising. I expected she would look more fierce. Her portrayal of Ah Sa Nyeo look and fierceness is the same with her role in Please Come Back, Mister.

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You know what? As long as Mawang doesn't believe that Oh-gong is in on it, I am quite ready for all the two of them, plus their other demon friends, and Sun-mi to lift their middle fingers up to heaven and just screw it all. Because nope, heaven has done nothing but play with them, and manipulate them, and treat them unfairly all these years, and they have done so without any fear or impunity so far. I am just about ready for the monkey king, the bull demon, his loyal dog, the pig, the resurrected zombie and Sam-jang to simply shout "enough" and show heaven, hell. Yes, I recognize the irony. But I think it's pretty deserving. Plus, I am just waiting for Priestess to get out of poor Buja's body, and for them to serve her her just comeuppance, same with Kang Dae-sung!

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Oh yes! I like how they have made the heaven lot into not-nice peeps. I'd love to see our beloved monsters take on the higher-ups.

Also, SOG's moniker 'equal to heaven'. Let's see how that works out in the final reckoning!!!

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Yes!!! They've given us inkling into the fact that heaven fear him to some extent, and that the only thing they're holding against him is his desire to ascend. But there is only so much a monkey and a bull can take before they push back and I am eagerly looking forward to them pushing back!

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Mawang is quite a frustrating character. He always thinks that what he did is okay with the love excuse.
He never take the responsibility and how many times have Sunmi suffered because of his irresponsibility?

On the other hand I appreciate OYS as an actress more and more. Despite some shallow people criticizing her looks and fashion as samjang, she stays true to her role. In the end here she is proving anyone wrong that she can be the most gorgeous woman ever!!!
Her portrayal of ASN is so aggravating. So scary that i want to kill her but at the same time very attractive.
Very different from the introvert and innocent Jin Sunmi

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Right? I totally get that his intentions are good but at the same time, he's trying to fix past mistakes which I feel was his fault it happened in the first place. It's quite selfish of him (I know he is a demon monster and all) to keep trying to achieve his goals whilst neglecting the people around him. I mean I guess he has been tormented for 1,000 years and as they say, cows are stubborn.

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I also had that same complain about Mawang since the earlier episodes. He’s too self-serving no matter who’s getting affected by his actions. It is just getting more repititive now.

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I got my wish from last week. OYS was sooo gorgeous and LSG's reactions to her made the whole performace great.

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My frustration with Mawang is that I don't feel like he's been properly punished. His punishment for his role in SOG's release was that he gained SOG as a housemate. He was the one that got SM to accidentally free the ASN. When he took on Iron Fan's punishment, all he did was go blind. And SOG and Patriarch took on a little bit of the punishment too. He should have been grateful he was able to free Iron Fan from her fate. While he has a good point that heaven could have been effing with him all along, I still can't help but feel like he should be a little more noble and to be more suspicious of the ASN's words.

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I felt largely uncomfortable when ASN was in SJ's body, because of how... thirsty she was, for lack of a better word. (Had the same expression the rest of the demons had when she kept touching OG). I'm not sure if it's because I KNOW she's not SM, but she just really felt like such a different, different person, that I'm amazed OG managed to hold in his anger for so long. (Kudos to LSY and OYS for portraying two characters so eerily, really).

That said, did anyone notice how OG kept grabbing her hands whenever they wandered around on his shirt/face, because it felt like he couldn't bear to have her touch him at all? The fact that he knew so well, and the conflicted expression on his face... oh boy. At the same time it made me really, REALLY hope for a similar scene between SM and OG in the future, same/more level of steamy, less of the horrified OG-face.

I actually... worried a lot for Frosty because I remember that OG and SM had a conversation about how a relationship is forever between demons. If they betray, they pay for it with their lives. And for all that I dislike the fact that Frosty helped ASN, I will willingly chalk it off as pure desperation to help his sister live. Because I personally almost teared up when he was telling his sister not to go. If humans can love their family that much, how much stronger must a thousands-of-years-long bond be?

I gotta say though that I'd hoped SM would wake up and call OG by herself. I'm not sure what she thinks about him being hurt, but I see it as him hurting ONLY when she's forcing him not to do something but he insists on doing it. Like when he wanted to kill the hitmen but she shouted at him to stop, and here when she wanted him to not come to her. It's the original concept of the GGG (The monk would chant the sutra and it would case Sunwukong to hurt so much that he would stop doing whatever it was he was doing). So while yes, maybe his stone heart has become softer and easier to kill, it's also kind of ironic if she shouts at him to stop because she wants him to not be hurt, but then... hurts him in the process. This kind of noble idiocy doesn't work!

Also, Mawang, YOU GOTTA STOP BEING TAKEN IN BY HER LIES.

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I don't think Frosty will be punished anymore because Summer Fairy sacrificed herself in his place. And yes, I'm getting frustrated at Mawang. How would he just take Asanyeo's word for it?? Is he dumb?

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Yes! Totally agree on how thirsty ASY looked as she was stroking his face as if he is a piece of meat that she’s about to devour.
Kudos to OYS and LSG’s portrayal of the characters’ emotions! SOG looked so livid, desperate and helpless, its heartwrenching to watch. A good kind of heartwrenching. T_T

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To her defense, she was celibate for quite some time.

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Viewers who had any doubt about Oh Yeon Seo's acting should have those doubts laid to rest in this episode. She was good! I really felt her as Asanyeo, and not Sunmi. Seung Gi, as usual, was good. :) him barely holding it in together when Asanyeon tried to get physical, frustration at Sunmi's body being helf hostage and that scene of their reunion, his physical pain and relief when Sunmi walked over... Very nice.

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So true, the priestess is a powerful evil witch, the way she manipulates everyone is absolute brilliance. Then Sun-mi now ma-gwang, she strikes right where it hurts. That is really cruel, playing with the peoples emotion is unforgivable.

But in ma-wangs case I do wonder if she is right *prays,plz say no" because it would sting to know being fooled all along.

I have a serious doubt, "Is heaven really this cruel?" 🤔😒

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They were a bunch of mean girls up till now. I just hope that Mawang won't beleave that it was an overall plot against it and will at least trust Ma and Oh-gong. And Iron Fan?

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Hope so. We can rely on 🐒 to sort things out....He is not the type to let others pull his strings, after all he is the great sage of heaven 😂

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Somehow imo the scene where SOG fought ASN (in JSM's body) kinda looks like they were having rough -cough- s*x -cough-... 😅😅
I guess I was being pervert coz the chemistry between them and OYS's seductive look are amazing!!!

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I think that was the intention. To make it grown up and sexy?

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“The backwards realization? ‘In order to tame me into obedience, she committed a sin, and for that sin, she killed the child. Why had I never considered that?’”

Wow, that’s really shady and manipulative of the gods. I agree with Ma-wang. If this is true, then he has the all right to be mad at everything. But for now, I’ll choose to be optimistic and believe that the gods in this world are not some lying bastards toying our main characters into submission.

I’m not sure about the baby boy in the preview, but Sun-mi (with her origin still unknown and her ability to see souls) and Dae-sung (with his inborn evilness) have both the potential to be Ma-wang’s kid.

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I’m so with you on this. MW has every right to be pissed although his regular disloyalty is becoming a little repetitive no matter how honourable his excise (love).

I think JSM has a chance to be a descendant, but others have suggested it is the shop keepers grandson! I’m not sure about the KDS theory, he’s evil and needs his comeuppance.

Also I wish iron fan hadn’t been a manipulative person and try to tame MW, how awful! Although it could be argued that he needed to be tamed so she sacrificed her soul for his? Ughhh so many layers!

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I am not sure about the grandson. I think he became too much of a 'side-character' or 'extra' in this show for him to be Ma-wang's son (and with only 5 episodes left). But hey, they brought Buja to the forefront so they could probably still do that with the grandson.

And regarding Iron Fan, I just thought that what happened between Ma-wang, Iron Fan, and their kid was all the gods' plan. Like they made Ma-wang and Iron Fan fall in love and have a kid together, kill off the kid, which pushed Iron Fan to make the sin all so that they could tame Ma-wang.

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So convoluted and manipulative. Was MW that terrible that he needed taming?

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I don't know if I'm ready to hear the answer for this.

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Probably? He's a demon after all. But I wouldn't be surprise if what Asanyeo said is true. I mean, look at what the gods did with Oh-gong and Sun-mi. That's enough proof for me that these gods are very mean and scheming.

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I haven't read the original source of Journey to the West but based on the HK Drama (known to have followed the source quite well) that I watched when I was a child. Ma Wang and Iron Fan's child was a very disobedient boy who caused havoc wherever he went. Iron Fan spent most of her time trying to raise her child properly whilst Ma Wang just neglected his fatherly/husband duties. In the end, their child caused a big commotion and had to be punished before descending to the heavens. So Dae Sung could be Ma Wang's kid. I didn't even think of him as a potential candidate.

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Don't you think Iron Fan's kid is Ah Sa Nyeo herself? Yes, in the original story, the kid was a really naughty boy. And I think ASN potrayed that so much, a really naughty girl. Since the first time I saw ASN, I kinda remembered that kid in the original story. I know in the original story, the kid was a boy. But who knows if in this drama, the kid became a girl? Even the monk (Sam Jang) who was a man in the original story became a woman in this drama.

Beside, Dae Sung is human, isn't it? If the kid hasn't dead (and like ASN described), it must be not an ordinary human right?

But Ah Sa Nyeo also made me remember about Snake Demon in the original story (the strongest enemy in the end of the story) which collaborated with other Monkey that envied Sun Wo Kong (because sun wo kong was chosen to be the monk's guard in journey to the west). I think the other monkey in this drama is Dae Sung because it seems he will collaborate with Ah Sa Nyeo.

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I reckon (and hope) that Dae-sung is a descendant of the King that betrayed the Priestess. That way she can have her revenge, and rest in peace. Maybe she knows already, which would explain her messages to him via the PowerPoint.

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OH, that would be awesome. Screw being Ma-wang's kid. I want these to happen so she would finally go away.

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Yes! I also think about that. I think Dae Sung has a deep connection with the priestess, like there's something in the past between them.

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Summer Fairy sure is a beauty! What’s the implication of Summer Fairy dying? Will there be eternal winter with no other seasons? Will everything be out of whack? It’s amazing that this side story is the most interesting thing to me in this episode. Why did Summer Fairy have to die? And I don’t mean death in the present (which was extended courtesy of her brother), but a thousand years ago?

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I doubt so. On the heavenly realm, fairies are rather Low ranking. They don’t have so much power. They are usually assistants of higher authorities.

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Who is the genius that cast these two sexy human beings?
Lee seung Gi and Oh Yeon Seo have this sexy chemistry on screen *phew*

Lee Seung Gi is walking away with his acting and who has ever doubt Oh Yeon Seo acting can seal their mouth after this episode.

Her tone, voice, eyes, and gestures change drastically when acting as A Sa Nyeo. Jin Sun mi talk in a very soft way and she always have this sad eyes because of her lonely life but when she acted as as the evil witch, her voice becomes so sexy with seductive eyes.

I kinda wish samjang is a bit like that but i guess Son Oh Gong loves her because of her kind and innocent soul. Different from any demons or other human beings

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I know we all admire a strong and powerful woman, but it could be argued that JSM is strong and powerful in her own way. She had nothing and almost a disadvantage in life with her abilities, but she turned it into a strength and built her self an excellent life. And she holds her own in many a scene!

I love OYSs portrayal of the priestess more then when she was in Bu Ja! She was amazing and it was so much fun to watch! OYS is really proving herslef to be an extremely diverse actress and she should do more sexy roles but I feel in Kdramas that is reserved for the vamps or the other woman?

And ugh LSG and OYS should get together because their chemistry is truly crackling! I mean rawrrrrr

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It was crazy with the way her tone changes btw copying Sunmi and ASN. Feel like strangling her lol

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You can see how well she knows that it will hurt him and makes fun of him anyway. Girl, you underestimate him bigg.

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She was so good at portraying the transition of those two characters that I literally was so annoyed with her as Ah Sa Nyeo. I really hope people will stop hating on her after this episode.

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Things I loved-

1. OG doing a sexy flip over priestess/JSM- I have already giffed it and will never be able to think of LSG as unsexy again
2. Everyone pretending that priestess is JSM- so awkward I love it
3. OG sitting in MWs lap and begginnhim tompretend he is iron fan- can I please sit in CSWs lap?
4. CEO Sa wedding planning- I love this man so much and I wish he was my PA
5. OG making priestess fall hard for him with his stares. He is such a seducer
6.Summer fairy being brave, because that’s what she was! I will miss her so much.
7. OG being clever and wily again- he is so smart is hurts- in particular the drugged kiss! Yes boi I’ll have one of those when I experience insomnia. *Which happens all the time so will need all the kisses* and how he messed with her too! I could watch Han Joo being annoyed and confused all day
8. OGs attitude being very chaebol like and he fact that CEOsa is his dad in Han Joos eyes hahahah
9. OGs pain at not having JSM and proving he loves her, and is not attached to her body.
10. And MWs camaraderie in OGs pain and how they both get each other now
11. OG and JSMs reunion and how it’s almost like they are recounting their vows in a renewal wedding ceremony 😭
12. How he goes to her despite the pain this time!
13. The interesting plot twist about MWs child. All the theories the other beanies and I have been throwing around might be true 😱😱😱
14. Take it off! Take it off! LSGs shirt and the bracelet!

Honestly though, really loves this episode and the recap! Now I wait for subs!

I am concerned about how long it’s taking OG to recuperate after this painful encounter, it’s taking him longer from the last time. He’s becoming vulnerable and it worries and scares me that the death bells toll will come true.

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All your points, especially 14. TAKE THE SHIRT OFF! (Caught a glimpse of those post-army abs in All The Butlers, and oo boy).

Also 3, except I want to sit in LSG's lap instead. (CSW's age goes too near to my dad's age LOL).

5. I bet that ASN now realizes the extent of what SM had to deal with at the start when OG was a bad guy to her. He has really come a long way, hasn't he?

9. The fact that OG wasn't interested at all in her body but instead felt revulsed shows that the love is so very real. T_T My heart!

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I knowwwwwwww he wants JSM body and soul! Isn’t it beautiful?

Also CSW is over 20 years older then me hahaha but he’s still hot! And yes i too want to sit on LSGs lap but CSWs seems much manlier especially with LSG in it? Also did you notice LSGs butt? 👍🏽

He has great abs! I need to find the time to watch the rest of the eps, only seen ep 1 of all the Butler’s 😥.

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We must be around the same age! And yes, I noticed that butt too. Hard not to notice, really. 🌚

Or rather, maybe I'd rather hope that I were CSW at that moment so that LSG would sit in my lap? LOL.

E1 of Butlers was slow for me and I almost gave up on it but E2 onward was hiiilarious. I'm almost considering giving it priority over watching RM this week (which is insane giving how RM has been my number 1 variety show for years).

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I haven’t watched any post- Gary episodes. I find the new cast members grating and the couple of eps I’ve watched I don’t feel the camaraderie between them anymore and my goddess Ji Hyo is kind of ignored, I think so anymore.

I want LSG to sit in my lap too? Hahahah that cute butt needs to make more appearances. I will try and watch the new eps of all the butlers based off of this comment! Thanks!

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To 9: This shows more clearly the difference between Sun-mi and Samjang which is still kind of unclear to me.
Yes to the shirt and GGG removal 🙊

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Yes!!!!

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No 14 please!!! Multiple times too!

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#14!!! We all want #14 and a real #1. Please!!!! Hehehehehe

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Thanks JB for the recap..

What an episode, I like how this story arc has explored a lot amongst our characters - sad to lose Fairy and SOG's desperate quest to find his Samjang.

Now, many hypothesis on who could be Iron Fan and Mawang's child, looking forward how the last 5 episodes are set up.

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Only 5? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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It's for 20 episodes,if I remembered correctly.

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I knew that but when you said only 5, the reality of only 5 eps being left hit me me like a ton of bricks

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Thanku for the recap... literally been waiting for the recap ever since I saw the episode in raw!!..
I think we all needed this episode..i think its clear at this point that SOGs feelings are genuine.. and looking at the preview.. SM clearly hasnt taken ggg off.. but to all people angry at this issue...correct me if im wrong.. the ggg is not supposed to be taken off according to the original story
Literally MW should NEVER be left alone with that evil thing. She always manages to manipulate him since she knows his weakness.. and im getting this bad feeling that the president can turn out to be his son..Aaaaa i hope not.. reaalllyy hoping JSM is the daughter..it would be PRICELESS to see the protective side of MW in terms of JSM an SOG..hahaha
if MW really was played by the heavens..it would be good to see him and SOG try to fight heavens..
I really liked the attitude of the whole gang when ASN was with SOG...it was kinda touching lol...
by now i want this drama to end cuz im dying of curiosity ... but also not wanting it to end.. ughhh
Thanku for the recap!!

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For me, this episode was definitely a solid showcase of the diversity in Oh Yeon Seo's acting because damn did she portray Ah Sa Nyeo to a tee. *waves a fist at the haters* Her switch back to Sun Mi made it even more endearing because like Oh Gong, there was a notable difference between the real Sun Mi and Ah Sa Nyeo possessed Sun Mi.

I'm sad that Summer Fairy had to go and that we only go to see her true form just before she disappeared. She was such a cool character and a friend for Sun Mi (I'm pretty sure they would have been best friends).

As for Ma Wang, I understand where he is coming from, but how many times does he have to be fooled into being used by Ah Sa Nyeo and how many times is he going to (slightly) betray Oh Gong and Sun Mi? I get his love for his wife and child but it just seems repetitive to keep using Ma Wang's motifs against Oh Gong and Sun Mi's love. It's life and death for those two. Well at the moment, mostly death.

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Agree x1000 as always! You make amazing points. I love MW but it’s a character flaw how love is his excuse for being a traitor.

If they don’t get a fulfilling happy ending I will hunt the Hong sisters down and just never stop crying and beg them to write an alternative ending because I need a happy ending

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If we get a sad ending or a bad one, I will sadly have to wipe this drama from my memory, like I did with Answer 1988.

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Hahaha yes. That drama still haunts me. I was going to write an OTP piece on it but can’t bring myself to do it

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I hope she removes the bracelet cause I'm curious what ohgong will do with out the power of GGG holding him back will he be selfish and kill her or will he let her kill him...About mawang child I have a filling it might be the politician because he sure seems like a person who would survive on others suffering even as a kid...it will be good conflict for mawang will he stand by the oh gong & sunmi to fight his own son(since it seems like the priestess will make him the king) even though heaven betrayed him or will he be the enemy...

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To whoever pointed to all the mirrors in this show, thanks.
Sun-mi's family always says that she was the means of death of her grandma and possibly parents. So let her take of that damn bracelet so can breathe free for a moment.

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Thanks for recapping and commenting, Javabeans!

I am truly bummed at the departure of body-sharing Summer Fairy. Sung Hyuk has done a great job in his dual role, and I will miss General Winter's little sis (and her occasional 5 o'clock shadow).

I'd love to know how she ended up having to timeshare oppa's body.

I assume that Oh-gong is sleeping off the effects of that dream potion he sneakily administered to Evil Priestess. What a creative way to slip her a Mickey Finn.

Kim Sung-Oh has been great as Sun-mi's long-suffering secretary/first mate, Lee Han-joo. His confusion over the relationships between the various demons within his sphere cracks me up. I love how he got frustrated at his fake boss screwing up all the paperwork he'd prepared in triplicate. I can totally relate.

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Kim Sung-Oh is one of my favorites.

A plot twist that I would love: Lee Han-joo is Mawang and Iron Fan's son.

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That would be amazing!! I can see his shocked/scared face now!

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I knew this was a necessary episode and resolved to sit through it (the whole ASN in JSM's body), but I didn't expect to actually enjoy watching it, lol. ASN can barely handle living as JSM for a day. The priestess had a fine time living as Buja who had no responsibilities except to figure out who she was. I'm sure her every need was taken care of by PK, MW, Secretary Ma, Oh Jeong, or the Summer Fairy/Winter General siblings. Sun Mi's life is very different and I liked that ASN suffered a little. Han Joo is continuing to be unimpressed by the various monsters that come into the office, lol. And yeah I have to echo what others have said, but OYS is amazing. The way she switched from ASN to JSM so quickly was horrifying and then seeing OG's crushed face.

The reunion in a dreamworld scene where Oh Gong is walking towards Sun Mi was so heartbreaking but also great. I feel like it'd also be very normal for OG to keep pushing through and reach Sun Mi, but since he's grown as a character, having him stop and wait for Sun Mi to come to him was especially moving. Like, the way his hand shook but he didn't move at all until Sun Mi's hand was in his. And that look of absolute relief afterwards. I love this couple so much!

Sidenote, LSG has some very long eyelashes. I couldn't help but notice them in the bed scene at the end. >.<

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Here's wishing the confrontation between SOG and General Frost was a lot more exciting, like I feel we're a bit lacking on the whole supernatural fighting scenes- what even was General Frost trying to do freezing the room?? We all know he's no match for the Great Sage but I reckon he could put up a good fight and a beating up would have been satisfying before Summer Fairy stepped in.

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Every problem in here seems to get resolved quickly.. Still with 4 more episodes i wonder what else we will have... A min ago i felt Mawang is good but a min later he comes bad.. (Selfish rather).. But i liked it SOG understood the pain of separation and asked Mawang about his feelings understanding that state.. ah..

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JSM or KDS , there's no matter who is MW's child
i bet MW for save his child will betray OG by killing him because OG is the death of the two of JSM or KDS.
but there's a deffirent between JSM and KDS... JSM loves OG so if MW want to kill OG,she will sacrifice herself for him.
and in the end the biggest loser is MW

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To be honest, I wasn't really all that into this episode. I think what I really missed in this episode is our team of ladies: regular Sunmi (though I'm glad OYS got to have some fun with the Asanyeo character, I'm sad we had SM asleep for 95% of the episode), our Buja, and Summer Fairy (who only showed up to die). They're not as colorful or even as interesting as SOG, MW, and PK, but I feel like they help ground the drama. The world feels richer with the ladies. I'm just annoyed that SM, BJ, and Summer Fairy are given the short end of the stick while our guys get to posture and make questionable decisions (*cough* Mawang *cough*).

I'm guessing at this point in the story, the ASN is going to be our ultimate big bad? Can we just stick her in some other lady's body and give us BJ back? Maybe just stick her in SM's cousin?

What I did like about this episode was OYS as the ASN, SOG's cleverness, additional confirmation of SOG's feelings for SM, Summer Fairy's emotional goodbye (wish it wasn't so sudden...), and the possibility that the Heavens are more effed-up than we realize (if the conspiracy theory of the heavens effing up Iron Fan and MW's life to control MW is true...).

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SUMMER FAIRYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Somebody called it (this result), but I can't remember who it was on the here. The actress who played her was appropriately warm, and it's obvious that all the immortals had an affection for her. General Frost's deep love for his sister was so warm. Even when she left, she gave MW a gift...that's the Summer Fairy I adore.

In regards to the Priestess, I wonder if she's so taken aback by PK because she's never had anyone care for her without her manipulations or use of her powers. That is, she's always been in a contractual relationship in her interactions with others. Buja is not like that. In fact, there's really no reason for Buja's existence. The help and affection that she receives from others does not require any tit for tat; she's just well-liked, despite not being useful at all. I mean, that's normally how friends are made for us measly humans :-)

This series is allowing many of the actors to show off their acting chops. The people that started out as humans get to be possessed. The immortals express both profound love and nonchalant attitudes towards cruelty like punishment and murder. Except for the actor that plays Kang Dae Sung who just seems like a smarmy human being...iunno, smiley evil characters just seem extra creepy.

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Am a bit puzzled why would ASN's goal be to call the Dragon and make a king again? If she was betrayed by the king in the past, how would making another king bring her closure...

Only 5 episodes left and felt like there are still a lot to be covered.. e.g. OG and SM death fate, MW, iron fan and child story, Buja and PK, ASN and KDS, and the hinted apocalypse??? Hopefully all these will tie up satisfactorily.. and perhaps ASN/Buja would indeed play a mystical part in resolving the death fate (as ASN had promised OG that she could do).. and no more heartaching Globin-like ending plssss

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Anyone catch the "Girls can do anything " nod when she said that she could fix the boiler. And the girl responded, "Yes. I can!"

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Thanks for the recap! I am also curious to see how oh gong would behave without the bracelet. I do think he really loves her. He seems quite level headed (see his abstinence from alcohol) so maybe he would be OK even if he smells her blood.
The twist in ma Wang's story is interesting. I thought heaven might have hid the child to punish both. Iron fan for choosing a demon and him for helping her feed the child souls.

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Now I'm freaking exited as all heck! This episode was freaking awesome. Now things are going to pick up steam--I hope--and we're going to have a good not so rushed ending. I'm loving it. Hong sisters, please don't disappoint me!

Couple things:
+ The way how Mawang was played, that's seriously messed up. That storyline alone would be interesting to see.

tricking a powerful monster into being heaven’s bitch is the kind of thing that could turn sour really quickly

Indeed! 😂 Any takers on who the kid is?
+ Lee Seung-gi and Cha Seung-won are absolutely killing it!
+ I'm of the belief that even if Sun-mi were to take of the bracelet, he has been so brainwashed by it that it would have a lasting effect on his psyche/emotions/beliefs. I think it might be interesting to see him battle the brainwashing with his true emotions. That might be a torture in an of itself.
+ I absolutely love how Mawang and Oh-gong's relationship has played out.
+ I love how the drama has showed that pretty much everybody has something to fight for/protect.
+ I'm gonna miss Summer Fairy.
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Mawang balks, but Oh-gong pleads, “You can’t even see! Just pretend I’m Iron Fan.” LOL.

In another drama, scenes like this could have easily been cringeworthy, but I think the Hong Sisters have done a really good job in not being offensive with LGBTQI+ material.

P.S. I LOVE THIS DRAMA!!!

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A strange twist on fantasy stockholm syndrome.
Agree on the LGBT aspect.

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is it just me or does anyone else notice how the GGG really hurts him( going black) only when she is seriously disapproving of something he does ? it really hurt him when she was against him killing those two guys and every time she refused him coming closer in this episode. maybe i am reading too much into it? it just feels like it reacts to other things when turning black than what the GGG usually reacts to

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It reacts that way when he goes against her wishes. On the rooftop he kept moving forward to kill those men even after she yelled stop. Same thing here, she wanted him to stop coming towards her but he kept taking steps in her direction. So it’s not that she is disapproving but that he is disobeying.

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Your colorful phrase was perfect, “tricking a powerful monster into being Heaven’s bitch.” I laughed so hard.
That sentiment does extent to Oh Gong via the bracelet. The Heavens have been using love to keep him under control as well. I wonder what their ultimate plan is and does the Patriarch know?

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This episode made me realize that Sunmi has been leading her life very seriously, her success so far has been through hard work despite her unfortunate circumstances! Never did she try to make use of her abilities to cheat money out of others like what ASY did at the shopping mall.
Her rapport with MW, OJ, Hanjoo and everyone else around her was also not to be taken be granted. In other words, there’s no way ASY can become her in a thousand years! *shakes fist*

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The one thing that is slightly annoying about the drama is the constant rollercoaster of emotions the writers seem determined to put fans through. Seriously, there are twists everywhere which advance the plot undoubtedly but sometimes grate on the nerves. I would say this episode is most probably the least twisty (lol, this always reminds me of Goblin) pretzel of them all. So I'm going to enjoy the calm before the storm 😂

The latest Hwayugi FMV for fellow fans! https://youtu.be/Kp6mHRTOksU

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Loving this show. I am still on ep 10. can't help but feel that there are lots of resemblances with Goblin - 1) human girl with demons (goblin, death reaper), 2) demons who hate each other living in the same house, 3) second male lead pining away for a girl (Ma-Wang vs Death Reaper). General arc seems to be the same although I am really enjoying the Hwayugi monsters that keep popping up, in true to goodness Hong Sisters Masters' Sun formula. Anyone else feeling the same?

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At the beginning I thought that is was similar to goblin but it now it gives me a different vibe/feeling. The whole demons circle is very different from the one in goblin. Here they take barely anything seriously...not even the apocalypse. I really like that, because it shows that they are not human. General shin and the grim reaper were very much influenced by their human existence and took the weight of their actions onto their shoulders while here there is so much tricking and backstabbing. lol

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Hm.. I kinda lost my faith in JSM's as a character. Seriously, why a Sam Jang has that weak mind and be a shallow minded, even if it's for love, Sam Jang should be strong and wise because of her greatest summon.
She's such a burden to Son Oh Gong, weak body is seriously okay because that's the main used of having strong followers. But, weak mind and weak heart as Sam Jang. Oh ,come on.... Mak Jang.

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A weak mind would have gave up her life since long time ago.
Her xharacter description is purity and devotion so of course she has a pure heart and loyal.

She is not weak . She survive all those years of being hunted by evil spirits/demons by herself. She used her knowledge to make herself a successful business woman.

SOG even said that she is the kind of woman who while busy working still put her efforts in helping humans by hunting the demons.

She said that as she maybe an idiot but since she has no power, the only way to protect SOG is by sealing herself but you can see in next ep she decided to fight this fate together

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☝️👍👍

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i'm kinda mad at the writers for making SOG be the sole hero again and robbing JSM of any agency of her own. i was so hopeful when OG called her and the ring glowed that somehow she'd hear/felt him calling her and wake up on her own and decide by herself that she'll have faith in him, in them. sure OG can save her in the end but at least she'd made the conscious decision to fight instead because of OG coaxing her over and over again. where is the SM that stubbornly fought to survive even when she had nothing in her life beside scary demons trying to eat her?

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Kinda agree but OG seems to have broken her wall
She used to think she can only survive by herself till maybe she get killed by a serial killer or so.
But now she relies on him a lot? No more umbrella and now she loves someone dearly more than herself

She has no intention to wake up

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am i the only one who were half expecting summer fairy to look like the summer fairy we knew? XD

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😂😂😂heaven's bitch lol
Interesting @javabeans
Weeeelllllll... from the next epi preview he's still wearing the GG sooo..... So much for the ending *shrug
And there's this school of thought that the missing/ dead child of princess iron fan is sam jang .
What doo you guys think??

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someone help me on this:
1) why did the summer fairy die? i googled about it but nothing about JTTW came up. as in like what happened to her resulting in frosty's contract with the priestess to put her soul in his body? i dont need a whole episode on that but i'd appreciate if they even said a line about how she "died".

2) SOG put the wedding ring into the burner to get to JSM's dreams cos that's their "connection". what about mawang? what "connection item" does he have with the priestess?

i'm just curious tho lol i always catch weird stuff

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Let me help u to give the answers. 🤣
1. She actually died long time ago if ASN didn't put her soul into her brother's body (General winter). Why she died. Not sure. The show only tells that there's something happened which caused her to death. I guess the writers didn't plan to prolong that as the extra back story. So, we can assume it as things that already hapoened in the past.

2. MW has the droplet of SM's blood in his system. So he has that connection to enter their dream world.

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