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Hwayugi: Episode 16

Is it too much to ask for just one hour of romance without any mention of apocalypses, deadly fates, or eternal suffering to ruin the moment? I know the answer to that question, but I feel the need to ask it anyway, the same way that Show feels the need to fill me with dread every time we get too secure in our happiness. C’mon, give a monkey a break, will you?

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

As Sun-mi watches Oh-gong sleep, she thinks back to all of his declarations of love, sincere, sarcastic, or otherwise, and says in her thoughts that if their fate is death, he should run far away from her. She moves to remove the bracelet from his wrist…

Unaware of what’s going on, Oh-gong finds himself in a very vivid dream world, in which he walks down a long corridor of an old hospital. It’s lined with screaming triage patients and harried nurses, and at the end of the corridor, a doctor holds a crying baby.

She says to him, “The blood of this child will save the people. What you are seeing now is the birth of Sam-jang. You must be the guardian who protects her this time.”

The doctor tells Oh-gong that she wanted to show him the new Sam-jang’s beginnings, in the hopes that he protects her until the end. “Don’t ever let her go,” she pleads. And with that, he wakes up… to find Sun-mi trying to remove his bracelet.

He jerks away from her, reminding her that he chooses to wear it now, but she tells him tearfully that this is his chance to let go and run away from her. He fights her on it, so she ends up pinning him to the bed by his wrists.

CEO Sa brings breakfast on a tray, wondering to himself if it’s okay to drop in, and is surprised to see an egret in Oh-gong’s garden. Is it a monster? Or an omen?

Oh-gong pins Sun-mi on her back in turn, and asks if she’s doing this because she might kill him. She shouts that this is the only way she can protect him, and he asks if that’s why she locked herself in that coffin like an idiot.

She shouts back, “That’s right, I am an idiot, you jerk!” and a bottle of liquor on Oh-gong’s shelf bursts in perfect time with her outburst. They’re both so startled that they stop fighting to go check it out, and Oh-gong insists that he wasn’t the one to do it.

Sun-mi is shocked that she caused this somehow, and Oh-gong wonders if maybe the priestess’s possession left behind some residual powers. She agrees that it’s likely, since she retains all of her memories from when Priestess was driving her body around… including what Oh-gong did to drug her to sleep. Oh, whoops.

Oh-gong is suddenly very contrite and tries to say that it wasn’t what she thinks, and Sun-mi stews in anger until she breaks a wine glass with her mind. This time they’re both impressed at her display of powers, and Sun-mi smiles to herself, pleased.

Priestess, on the other hand, wakes up next to her coffin looking weak and drained, and whispers sadly to herself that she’s lost her strength.

Sun-mi brings up the death bell and admits how scared she was to face Oh-gong again. She says that she wanted to protect him in her own way because she’s powerless. But he argues that she’s plenty special and powerful, because she’s Sam-jang.

He says he’s going to figure out all the ways she could possibly kill him so that he can avoid death, and tells her not to be afraid anymore. He jokes that she’s killing him right now though, pointing out that the bed wasn’t meant for sleeping.

He acts pained when she smiles and laughs, like she’s too pretty for him to bear, and says he’ll take her home. Sun-mi lingers behind to look at the glass she shattered, wondering how she did it. It’s then that she notices that her engagement ring is missing.

When Oh-gong returns to the garden, CEO Sa tells him about seeing an egret there, and Oh-gong wonders if maybe it was the bird that showed him the dream about Sam-jang’s birth. Now that he thinks about it, he finds it odd to learn of Sam-jang’s origin when he was originally told that Sun-mi became Sam-jang as punishment for freeing him from prison.

They’re even more startled when they hear a baby crying, and they discover a baby just lying there on the bridge, all alone. The egret must’ve left it behind, and Oh-gong stares at the child warily.

He takes the baby to Mawang, who takes a long moment to process what he’s seeing and asks, “You made a baby in one night?” LOL. Oh-gong says that’s absurd, though saying that the stork left him a baby is no less absurd, come to think of it. Mawang says with suspicion that the baby looks an awful lot like Oh-gong, heh.

When Oh-gong asks after the priestess, Mawang lies that he was too weak to fight her and she got away, and Oh-gong feels so bad for him that he offers to go out and catch her. He very casually strolls out of the office sans baby, and Mawang belatedly realizes he’s been stuck babysitting.

Secretary Ma worries about Oh-gong discovering that he let Priestess go, but Mawang says he intends to keep her alive until he figures out whether she was telling the truth about his wife and child.

Mawang says that he’ll trust no one until he learns the truth, and eyes the baby suspiciously, accusing it of coming here to put him under a spell. But that lasts about two seconds until the baby grabs his finger, and Mawang turns into a puddle of goo.

Politician Kang Dae-sung is anxious to learn more about the priestess and what she’s capable of, but Priestess is too tired to go into all that. Instead she points out the demon standing next to him, and says she can help out with that. It’s his grandmother—the same little girl in a kimono who was trying to keep her family’s Japanese sympathizer roots a secret. Priestess conveys his grandmother’s message that whoever knows about her needs to be eliminated.

So Kang Dae-sung visits the historian who’d discovered the truth about his grandmother and blackmailed him into supporting the museum, and he brings him back to the house to show him the priestess’s coffin.

He steps out while the priestess goes inside to deal with the historian, and when he returns to the room, there’s no trace of him except a giant pool of blood at her feet. She smiles and asks if this answers his question about what she’s capable of, and leaves him to do the cleanup. He looks positively euphoric, which is actually creepier than all the blood.

CEO Sa tells Oh-gong that the priestess may be with Kang Dae-sung, since he’s in possession of her coffin. When Oh-gong hears of Kang Dae-sung’s political aspirations, he says that it fits the profile, remembering the priestess’s plan to summon a dragon and make a new king.

CEO Sa gets a notification for the group chatroom (ha, does Oh-gong still not have an invite to that room?), and they’re startled to see a message there from Priestess, in Buja’s name. Everyone is shocked at her ballsy move to call Oh-gong out to her location, and PK looks especially saddened.

Sun-mi gets so angry about the text that a gust of wind blows through the office, and when Han-joo comments on it, she gets angry all over again at the mention of “wind,” which is also a metaphor for having an affair.

Han-joo can’t contain his curiosity any longer and asks if Oh-gong has ties to the conglomerate that makes cell phones (still under the impression that CEO Sa is Oh-gong’s father), and when she confirms it, he insists that he always knew Oh-gong seemed rich, pfft.

He thinks she’s got it made now that she’s about to marry into a chaebol family, but then he notices that her ring is gone, and jumps to the conclusion that CEO Sa came by her place to pass her an envelope of money and throw water in her face. She agrees that there’s a lot of opposition from the top, though she’s pointing up at the sky in reference to heaven, rather than the C-suite.

Oh-gong goes to meet Priestess at a fancy hotel bar, which she’s chosen because it’s a nice date spot. He scoffs and tells her she should be picking out a place to die, and she warns him not to mess with her because Sun-mi is in danger. She claims to have eaten something dangerous while possessing her body, but Oh-gong quickly rattles off a list of everything she ate, thanks to his spy Yook-gong.

Priestess deflates and promises not to touch Sun-mi again, and Oh-gong says he’ll make sure of that by putting her back in her coffin. He’s about to drag her out when she blurts that Mawang let her go on purpose, and then Mawang himself shows up to confirm it.

Oh-gong isn’t amused, reminding Mawang of his plans to rip the priestess to shreds. Mawang says that she’s helping him with something, and vows to catch her himself if she turns out to be useless. Oh-gong agrees to hear Mawang out and lets the priestess go for now, though he adds with a petty smirk that she won’t be able to use her magic to “pay” for her check, and Mawang leaves her hanging too.

Mawang tells Oh-gong about the possibility that his son is still alive and hidden away somewhere, and Oh-gong shakes his head and declares that he’s seen too many makjang dramas. He thinks Mawang is just being manipulated by Priestess, but Mawang counters that he’d be the same if it were his child.

Oh-gong looks at the crying baby in front of them and asks what the big freaking deal is about babies. Curiously, the baby stops crying when Oh-gong makes a baby noise, and Mawang tries to get him to do it again, to no avail.

PK shows up to see Priestess, who has no choice but to get into his car when the waiter from the bar chases her down to pay her check. He takes her to see Buja’s mother in the hospital, insisting that she fulfill Buja’s last wishes to reunite with her family.

Priestess asks what happens if she goes in there and doesn’t shed a single tear, thinking that Buja’s mother will be hurt by that, but PK tells her that she won’t wake up. Priestess looks affected by that for a split second, but she insists that she’s too busy maintaining this body to do anything else.

She tells PK that he ought to know exactly what she’s doing to stay alive, knowing that he tried to feed Sun-mi to Buja once, and tells him to bring her more humans to feed on if he wants to help. He watches her go sadly and wonders if Buja has become a monster.

Oh-gong asks Mawang if he knows anything about Sun-mi’s origins and why he chose her to free him from prison. Mawang says he was just wandering around looking for special humans, and came across her because she was a famous child.

He points out that Jonathan is making a movie based on Sun-mi’s story, so Oh-gong seeks him out to hear the full version. Jonathan says that an epidemic wiped out an entire village once, and a woman gave birth to a healthy baby just before dying—Sun-mi.

That fits with the vision Oh-gong saw in his dream, and Jonathan says that despite being ostracized as a cursed child, he believes that Sun-mi saved all those people. He says that a doctor from the village told him that the epidemic disappeared with her birth, and Oh-gong decides to seek out that doctor himself.

Mawang is so enchanted by the baby that Secretary Ma says he would’ve been an amazing father to his child. He knows that the priestess is likely tricking him, but says that the moment he was told that his child might be alive, he began to hope and long for it to be true.

She says that there’s very little chance that the priestess is right, and Mawang agrees. But he says that even if everyone has been fooling him for a thousand years, if his child is alive, he will forgive anything.

Oh-gong storms into the office and rifles through the baby’s blankets to find one embroidered with the name “Lotus Village Health Center,” and realizes that the baby was sent to him as bait.

He declares that he’s taking the baby back and orders Mawang to hurry up and say goodbye, and Mawang gets all blubbery at the sudden parting, already having grown attached in half a day. That just makes him think of his child who might’ve been on his own all this time, and he says he’ll never forgive heaven if they did this.

Mawang goes to see Patriarch, who’s happy to be given a box of macarons and says that Mawang used to be scary back in the day, but is so sweet now. Patriarch gives him a gift in return, and tells him that the murderer who killed Iron Fan’s child in her last life will receive a divine punishment, and Iron Fan will no longer lose her child over and over again.

But when Mawang asks how his child died all those years ago, Patriarch suddenly gets very cagey and avoids answering. Mawang leans in menacingly and asks if his son really died, and Patriarch says yes and rushes off to a meeting.

His important meeting turns out to be a visit to the General Store, where he checks in on the shopkeeper’s grandson. The grandson asks after the sword that Grandma left in search of, and Patriarch just nags him to stay out of trouble, wondering whom he takes after. A bull-headed father, perhaps? Just sayin’. He also makes sure to share Mawang’s macarons with the kid, which has me doubly suspicious.

Sun-mi is at the bank when a woman walks past her, and she suddenly has a vision of that woman crying at the police station after getting conned. Sun-mi tells the banker that she thinks the woman might be a victim of voice phishing, and they’re able to prevent the scam thanks to her.

Oh-gong waits in Sun-mi’s office with baby in tow, and Han-joo hems and haws before asking what the baby is about. He sighs in relief to hear that the baby’s not his, having thought that Oh-gong came here to show Sun-mi that he’s married with kids. Looks like Mawang isn’t the only one who watches too many makjangs.

Han-joo asks why he took the ring back then, and Oh-gong finally remembers that he forgot to retrieve it. He leaves the baby with Han-joo and stops by the General Store to fish the ring out of the incense burner, and the grandson tries to collect a fee because he has to replenish all the cash he stole before Grandma returns.

Oh-gong wonders why she’s been gone for so long, and his curiosity is piqued when the grandson mentions that she’s been out looking for a sword ever since Sun-mi broke the bad omen jar.

That reminds Oh-gong of the night Sun-mi told him that she saw the destruction of the world, and he realizes that every object tied to their fates, including the bracelet, has come from this place. He tells the grandson to call him the moment Grandma returns, which of course costs him a fee.

Priestess visits Mawang, who warns her that she’ll have to prove that she’s telling him the truth if she wants his protection. She says she’ll find proof about his child and asks for a little time.

Sun-mi gapes to see Oh-gong with a baby, and he has to say for the millionth time that it’s not his baby, ha. He asks her to come with him to the place where she was born, but Sun-mi is reluctant to go hear about her origins, firmly believing that she was a cursed child. He says that there’s a chance she was always meant to be Sam-jang before they ever met, and that they should find out if she was really cursed, or if there’s something else to the story.

They go to the village clinic with the baby, and Sun-mi says this is the place where her parents died, along with many villagers. Oh-gong remembers it from his dream, and by the time they walk down the corridor, the same doctor from his vision is standing at the other end.

She thanks them for returning the baby safely and tells Sun-mi that she was here for her birth, and Sun-mi realizes that the doctor isn’t human. Doc mentions that she knew Sun-mi’s grandmother, and that she wanted to make sure Sun-mi knew she wasn’t a cursed child.

The doctor explains that the village was overtaken with a sudden epidemic, and Sun-mi’s blood saved people’s lives, and the epidemic even vanished completely after her birth. She says that Sun-mi was born saving people from the very start, and that this was always her fate. She adds that the lotus scent in her blood came after she met her guardian, looking at Oh-gong.

Sun-mi asks how the doctor knows all this, and all she says in response is that she had been waiting for Sam-jang to be born for a very long time. Sun-mi thanks her for countering the fear she had that anyone close to her would die, and the doctor says that anything she does will be in service of saving people, not killing them.

As Sun-mi and Oh-gong walk through her hometown, she says this is the first time she’s ever walked down this road happily. She’s less afraid now that she knows she has some strength, and is happy to know that her fate isn’t his fault.

She plans to grow even stronger so that she can take his bracelet off, and then he’ll be free to run away from her if she’s not pretty in his eyes. She adds that if he chooses to stay, she’ll grab hold of him tightly. He smiles and takes her hand, and Sun-mi muses that her grandmother must’ve known that he’d come back to her eventually, because she always said her fairy would return.

As they walk away, the doctor looks out her window and says that there’s surely something else Oh-gong is curious to know.

When Sun-mi returns to the office, Han-joo notices straightaway that she’s wearing her ring again, which is news to her. She realizes that Oh-gong must’ve sneaked it back onto her finger when he held her hand.

Meanwhile, Oh-gong returns to the clinic, where the doctor has been waiting for him. He asks what she is, and she says, “Like you, I was Sam-jang’s guardian once.” Ooh. He understands that to mean that she protected a previous Sam-jang before Sun-mi.

She says that soon a sword will appear, “And you will stab Sam-jang with it… just as I did long ago.” Nooooooooo.

As the news announces Kang Dae-sung’s official entry in the presidential race, the doctor continues that a great demon is on the way, and it will overtake Sam-jang’s body—that is Sam-jang’s divine calling. She says that his fate is to take the sword and kill the demon, and Sam-jang with it, and save the world.

He takes this in grimly and asks why she’s telling him all this, and the doctor asks for a favor in return—for him to help her die when he gets his hands on the sword. “Living this life alone without [him] is too painful,” she says. Damn, that is not a happy reflection of his future, is it?

Kang Dae-sung is pleased that the priestess removed an obstacle in his path, and he asks if she has the power to call forth a dragon to make a king. She smiles to see that he wants to be king, and says that there’s a woman he needs to meet, because possessing her will be a crucial step in the process.

She asks why he’s taking care of Buja’s mother, which he considers to be part of cleaning up his little “mistake” in killing Buja, and the priestess notes that he’s going to be a very bad king.

Priestess finally goes to see Buja’s mother and then seeks out PK, but he’s fed up with being manipulated by her and doesn’t want to see her anymore. She says she went to see Buja’s mother and thanks him for helping her fulfill one of Buja’s final wishes, and he asks angrily if she’s really trying to use him again.

She admits it freely and asks for his help to meet Sun-mi, which the pig stupidly agrees to. He calls Sun-mi to the TV station and warns the priestess that Oh-gong will kill her if she puts Sun-mi in danger. She just smiles and tells him not to worry because she’s not the one meeting Sun-mi.

It’s Kang Dae-sung, of course, who stands up and smiles as Sun-mi approaches him. They make eye contact and Sun-mi just continues to walk past, but as soon as she does, she’s overcome with that vision of the apocalypse that had shattered the bad omen jar.

In that moment, the sky above Oh-gong fills with dark clouds and thunder. Well that’s not ominous or anything.

She begins to chase after Kang Dae-sung, but Oh-gong appears behind her and grabs her hand, and as soon as they make contact, the sky brightens again. They agree that something strange is happening. Yeah, strange and not good.

At the General Store, the shopkeeper finally returns from her journey with a large box and tells her grandson that it’s just something for an important day.

Mawang feels the strange energy from the sky as well, and Secretary Ma worries about him starting a fight with the heavens when he’s still so weak. He says there’s a way for him to regain his strength: “I can eat Sam-jang.”

Even Secretary Ma looks aghast at that idea, asking what he’ll do about Oh-gong. He says all he has to do is remove the bracelet, and Oh-gong won’t pose a problem anymore. Did Mawang eat his crazy flakes today?

Sun-mi tells Oh-gong that she just had a flashback to her apocalyptic vision, and that she’s been having small visions of the future lately. He in turn tells her about the doctor having been a guardian to a previous Sam-jang, but then he lies and says that they did such a good job fulfilling their mission that they became immortals and are living happily ever after.

He takes her hand and says they’ll end up like that too. She beams and says they will, but adds that if they don’t, it’s going to be sadder for the one left behind—time will feel painfully slow for the rest of that person’s lifetime. She recalls now how sad the doctor looked as she watched them leave.

Oh-gong says he has something he needs to do, and that he needs a little strength from her. He leans his head against her hand and says, “If I’m scared or struggling or in danger, I’ll call you.”

The shopkeeper presents the sword to Patriarch and a gathering of other heavenly beings, and Patriarch announces that they now have Sam-jang’s sword.

As soon as he says it, Oh-gong appears behind him and snatches it right out of his hands. Patriarch is shocked and says it’s not time yet, but Oh-gong surprises him by saying that he knows he’s meant to have it.

Patriarch says he won’t be able to get rid of it, and that Sam-jang will be sacrificed to fulfill her divine calling. He tells Oh-gong in a booming voice that in the moment that he needs to use the sword, the bracelet will vanish, allowing him to stab Sam-jang without suffering. And with that act, Oh-gong’s punishment will come to an end, he says.

Oh-gong calls bullshit and vanishes with the sword, and Patriarch continues with his false bravado, announcing to his colleagues that the sword has officially been transferred to Sohn Oh-gong. Under his breath, he wonders what the hell Oh-gong is planning to do with that thing.

Oh-gong examines the sword in his garden, and the doctor arrives and asks to borrow the sword so she can die. She sees that he’s wearing a bracelet and says that he’ll be free of suffering even if he’s left behind, unlike her, but Oh-gong says he’s more afraid of not knowing what kind of suffering awaits when he’s no longer wearing it.

“Don’t end up like me,” she says, and Oh-gong answers with determination, “I will never end up like you.”

She asks for the sword, ready to end her suffering, and he leaves her alone on the bridge with it. She flings it up into the air, where it glows with a white light, and then pierces her on the way down.

She looks pained at first, but then she smiles like she’s at peace. She disintegrates, leaving just the sword behind, which now has a hole in the hilt (or was it always there?).

The shopkeeper asks Patriarch if Sam-jang will live if the sword is destroyed, and he says yes, but it’ll never disappear. She asks what if Oh-gong doesn’t use it, and Patriarch says that in order to protect Sam-jang without the sword, he’ll have to put his life on the line.

Oh-gong picks up the sword and contemplates it for a moment, and then he slams it into a rock in his garden and makes foliage grow around it. He says to it, “Don’t ever come out into the world again.”

 
COMMENTS

I liked the reversal of fates in this episode, even though it doesn’t change that much in the overall scheme of things—one of them still has to die to save the world, and the other will live in guilt and suffering for the rest of their lives. Perhaps it’s just more poignant if the suffering party is the one living millennia, not decades, which was portrayed nicely through the doctor’s story. I appreciated gaining some perspective on Oh-gong and Sun-mi’s plight through the lens of another couple who lived it before them, and more importantly, it gives Oh-gong the determination not to end up the same way.

That’s really the main reason to use this device, as a cautionary tale so that our couple can avoid repeating history. To that end, I wish we’d spent a little longer with the doc and learned more of her history with the last Sam-jang, partly because I think it would’ve made for a really nice, bittersweet side narrative to get invested in. I didn’t approve of Oh-gong lying to Sun-mi about it (remember what happened when you kept the truth about the death bell a secret?), but I did like how he empathized with the doc, and then ultimately decided that he was different because he wasn’t going to just accept heaven’s stupid fate. I mean, someone needs to put a stop to heaven using monks as sacrificial lambs, right? It feels extra exploitive that they require a human sacrifice in every generation (because then what makes Patriarch any different from Iron Fan?), and extra cruel that they made Oh-gong fall in love with her knowing he’d have to kill her.

But it’s high time for the drama to show us some actionable steps toward rejecting that fate, because I feel like we keep getting declarations but no real change. Hiding the sword is a nice symbolic gesture, but Monkey ought to know that destroying it will require black magic and a low to medium hellfire, in the very least. Patriarch seems pretty confident that the sword can’t be destroyed, but if Oh-gong has the option not to use it and put himself in harm’s way to protect Sun-mi, why on earth wouldn’t he do that? That seems like a stupid and obvious loophole. Granted, in the moment that he chooses to sacrifice his life to protect her, I will be deeply moved. I just don’t like being told about it episodes in advance through the exposition fairy.

The mechanism for Sam-jang’s sacrifice is interesting though, because if she’s meant to be a vessel for the Big Bad, I can see how easily they’d cross the point of no return. The moment she’s possessed, they have to kill her to save the world. I feel like they’re underestimating how selfish and reckless Oh-gong is though, because I half expect him to let the world go to hell if it means protecting his love. Even Mawang is like this, and he’s considered the good one. All I know is, I’m starting to get really testy with heaven’s minions, and wouldn’t be opposed to threatening them with an apocalypse of their very own. Sometimes you need to fight fire with bigger, more destructive fire.

 
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Ooooh! Here it is. Thank you for the recap, girlfriday😊

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Watching episode 16 at the moment and trying to work out the various tangled threads. The recap is helping overcome the language barrier.

These are the most obvious knots in the threads:

Sam Jang status
-So now it seems SJ is not because Seonmi freed OG, but because she is the sacrifice when the world needs to be saved.
-There's the possibility of SJ being MW and Nachal's child. And that would tie in with the sacrifice theme since Nachal was punished for taking human lives to save her child. So the punishment was not just for Nachal but for the child who was implicated in the taking of human lives.
OG and SJ deadly fate
-The death bell and GGG are supposed to seal their deadly fate relationship. And the "grudge" of Seonmi being given the SJ fate because of freeing OG was a diversion tactic to deepen the negativity between the two and strengthen the possibility of each being willing to kill the other when the time came.
-The deadly fate in addition to the GGG plus the pattern established by the doctor ensures the gods get to kill OG as well. This might be confirmed by the Patriarch/BR's reassurance to MW that they will kill the person who killed his child in the his lifetime. This would mean the gods are as capricious and cruel as humans in the world of the story. Which is sad.

Still, I hope there's a HEA. Maybe against all expectations, the tiny bit of Buja left in Asanyo will do the right thing when it matters? Ironic as it may be, the saviour of the world is a zombie?? And MW will realise the folly of trying to eat SJ, who's possibly his child reincarnated. Maybe OG and SJ will find a way to fulfil their sad destinies but break the tragic cycle at the same time?

The twisted pretzel minds of the Hong sisters are truly admirable 😂

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When I saw this episode, my guess was that it could be Sam-jang that's the son. Because if he was, this was the punishment for his mother taking children's souls...he gets to be reincarnated and then killed everytime to save people. This whole getting reincarnated to just end up being sacrificed is too cruel for it not to be a punishment. How did Sam-jang end up with this kind of fate anyway? Did they just randomly choose him as the sacrificial lamb? If they did, he should be there in heaven right about now for always getting sacrificed to save people without doing anything bad.

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but this gut feeling of mine just can’t stop telling me that Buja,the zombie might just be the saviour of the world.
knowing of what might happened to the tragic fate of OF and SM have been driving me insane.hahahahaha...
just let them be together for god sake.
And knowing they had to go through this just because of others mistake is just pathetic.
Omg I just can’t wait for it to end.
a few more excruciating eps till the finale and will finally answer our questions and confusion regarding this SJ issues.

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What about the kid in the shop? Some of his head movements remind me of Ma Wang (not sure if it done on purpose). I do not think the child was punishment for the actions of the parents and the kid in the shop said himself that he has powers and his eyes did glow red in the past (sign he is a demon). Maybe he is the child that was hidden.

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@tesshan
Could well be. The problem really is the 900/1000 years. Has that demon boy that much experience? And they(the Skyland gods) trust him to be in the magic shop if he's Nachal's demon child?

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Since he does not know maybe the best place to keep an eye on him and his powers in check is in that shop surrounded by talismans etc?

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Ahh, problem is they know he's basically pocketing stuff and selling it for his own purposes.

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Yes he might sell stuff on the side but I assume there is a big spell on the place and the people that live in it so keep him hidden from the heavens.

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Thank you for the speedy recap girlfriday! Gods it felt like I've been waiting forever. A little confession. I rolled my eyes when they didn't take off the bracelet, just because I was curious what would happen when it got removed. But I loved the fact that it stayed on, out of respect for Oh-gong. I also love the parallels involved in the story. He was tricked into wearing the bracelet the first time. And now, he is making an active choice to keep the bracelet on. Giving that power to monkey makes me very very happy. Also, something tells me that with all that time and attention devoted to the bracelet, the bracelet is probably going to serve as a duex machina in the plot. Like maybe after Oh-gong sacrifices himself and is destroyed, Sun-mi shouting his name and asking him to return will pull him back into existence. It's a fantasy story and as far as I'm concerned, anything can happen. This of course is my own way of saying: "please let that be what happens! PleaseeeeeeE" I want my monkey and his love to have their happy ever after dammit!!!

Also, I'm just about done with heaven's machinations. Like I said yesterday, I think it's about time the monsters and sam-jang flip heaven off and decide to change their fate. Seems like heaven likes demanding its monsters and monks make sacrifices without making any sacrifice at their own end. It's about time that changes.

Also, when will Kang Dae-sung and the annoying priestess die already?!!!!! Urgh!!!!!!!

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Of all the heaven BS that annoyed me, when those white suits clapped along as Patriarch announced the sword has found it's rightful purpose, I really wanted to slap a bitch. They never saw SJ as a person but only as a tool - but as mentioned by many before - GGG or not, to OG, she's his beloved JSM and not just SJ anymore. Agree it's time that the gang flip and take fate in their own hands, n teach those above a lesson -
I want to believe the team can do it! (Hong sis, pls dont make this a cliche!) Especially uri OG has shown that he will not take it lying down! Enough is enough!
Thx GF for the speedy recap!

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Omg the white suits made me grit my teeth. Need subs so I can properly seeth

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White suits reminded me of Lucifer from Constantine. Just missing the mud part.

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Stupid pig, stupid Mawang, stupid ASN and a big f*ck you to the heaven

I feel so bad for Jin sun Mi. All her life has been lonely and miserable. She was deemed as a child who brings death and misfortune to the people around her... gosh
I feel like crying when she feels relieved that she in fact wasn't a bad luck but someone who will help other people.

Then all these demons are out to betray her. PK realy have a pig brain huh.. how many times did he got deceive already? When in fact he knows for sure that the woman is not Buja at all.

I feelcsp sick in the stomach when the gods in heaven are rejoicing over the sword for stabbing samjang. They are worse than human beings.

As for Mawang. I have had enough of his betrayals on sunmi and Oh Gong. He will have to pay for this big betrayal of his. Stop excusing your action with love.. it sounds so shallow and selfish.

i hope OG kill and destroy all of then

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I really hate this trope of ultimate sacrifice that makes everything in the world all right. It always reqires someone so altruistic and good. I want to slap the heavens into order.

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And I enjoyed this recent theme of flipping the perception of Sunmi as a cursed person with creepy abilities to a savior being - at first in the way Jonathan viewed her, then in how that abused kid viewed her, then in how Sunmi viewed herself, and now we find out that her birth ended an epidemic. It is interesting that her birth coinciding with the epidemic could be read both ways.

I can see why people avoided her. Not only was she able to see spirits, she was involved in an epidemic. I found that to be another level of creepy. Or maybe epidemics just creep me out.

What do those gods do all day? You've got the monsters/fallen deities and SJ doing all the demon-killing.

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Ma-wang is so suspicious of everything Oh-gong does lmao. He thinks Oh-gong is capable of making a baby in one night (I mean he might be *cough* but we'll never know will we).

So it IS a son good to have that confirmed and EVEN BETTER it's the peddler's grandson! Holy shit guys @arusingh @mollyp @asianromance @silvermists @gidget . We were right!! I think (lol I'm 95% sure)

I was not liking that forboding tone the Doc said Oh-gong would be curious about something else, and nope I did not like it at all. Is this a cycle though? A Sam-Jang is born whenever here's a need for one and there's always someone destined to kill them? Then that person asks the next guardian to kill them??

Okay SERIOUSLY PK AND MA-WANG WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU TWO???WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING/THINKING STUPID SHIT.

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Yesss! I was so excited when they cut directly to the peddler's grandson right after talking to Mawang about his son. I'm with you right now I'm pretty confident it really is him. Though how that will shake things up and change the plot I'm curious about that. Hopefully, Mawang doesn't go all evil on us. Although I wouldn't mind if he were to go crazy over Heaven and teach those guys a lesson about messing with demons and their kids.

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You proposed the idea first (in my memeory anyway) and I loved it so much and omg you were right! It works so well and of course he will be part of the machinations to fuck shit up for OG and SM! But is it knowingly or innocently? Also I love how being money hungry is his character trait and his dad is super rich hahahahaha

I think it’s an excellent set up for us to the see the bull heaven feared who needed to be tamed when he realised what heaven did.

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Oh yes I remember writing that comment about him being the son and all the follow up discussion we had from that. At this point, I'm really intrigued by the idea that he might be the son and am looking forward to how he will change things going forward.

Ha! I agree. I love that he is money hungry. I can just imagine all the hijinks that will ensue once Mawang finds his son, and he realizes he's not an innocent/sweet baby but a total brat! I want Oh-gong to team up with the kid and torture Mawang with all their bratty-ness! It will drive MW nuts! LOL He already has to deal with one crazy nutjob (oh-gong). Imagine how much worse it will be! haha

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Do you want to write the next few eps? I like your version better

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I'm all for these nut jobs driving Ma-wang crazy because he's the biggest nutjob out of all of them ;D . But that's after he gets over his ridiculous plan of eating Sun-mi.

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It might not be in sinc witch the original story but he might be able to stop Mawang if he goes gaga on us and tries to hurt Sun-mi. At least the knowledge of who his son is might tame him again.

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Hopefully, because he said if his son's still alive he'll be able to forgive everyone. Urghh and Patriarch keeps annoying me with his disgustingly feeble denials.

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Everytime I see patriarch I remember the saying about shooting the messenger.

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I don't believe Mawang when he said if his son's still alive, he'll be able to forgive everyone. I feel like he's a pretty greedy guy. At first, it seemed like things would be okay as long as he could save Iron Fan. He just keeps wanting more. I'm sure the next thing would be him getting angry that his son is relegated to the life of a low-ranking monster.

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Right? Now I'm definitely suspicious that he has been doing this knowingly to OG and SM, telling them all these little hints and just conveniently leaving things in their paths like that pot and the bell. I'm glad OG realized that too, that whenever he or SM have seen a vision of the apocalypse, it always led back to the Shop.

Lol, you guys helped figure it out too! Once he realizes how rich his daddy is he'll go nuts.

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I can’t wait for that bahaahah

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I don't mind if he teaches Heaven a lesson too but as long as he doesn't go evil and end up being punished all over again. I do wish he'd enlist Oh-hong's help but I doubt that's gonna happen till like 2 more episodes because he's still pretty suspicious of everyone rn.

Hahaha I remembered our discussion straight away and I was like OH I have to let them know!

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Yeah I do think it’s a cycle and a pathetic way for heaven not to get their hands dirty. And it leaves a trail of broken hearts in its wake. But OG will break it!!!!

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I am all for OG breaking this cycle. It needs to be broken!

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It’s a sad and disgusting cycle that only causes pain to the those involved

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And what a cycle to choose a deity with enormous power, crazy enough to destroy the whole world if he looses what he wants. Well played!

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They really did confirm it. You were all right, wow.
Still, it's better then Sun-mi or or others.

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Lol but I still regret all the could have been comedy we could have had if Sun-mi was the child and Oh-gong would have been Ma-wang's son in law. All that could have been.

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That would be comedy gold. Also the thought that they could make him grandpa. Heol.

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1) Isn't it ironic that Oh-gong's job is to save the world by killing Sam Jang when he already burned down a world just to save her?

2)To those who guessed that Ma-wang's son is the grandson, GOOD JOB!!

3)The baby could be OTP's future kid or Oh-gong's future reincarnation as a human (if he ends up dying). And Ma-wang would be the perfect godfather/babysitter if ever the OTP really have kids in the future.

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Omg #3 would be so cute. I also feel like MW would be someone OG would definitely leave his child with.

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Oooommpphhh but I really don’t want to go down the reincarnation route! Because I feel you always lose a little of the character through that route. I was SM to become immortal and they spend their days together as they are now.

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Agree, no reincarnation please! We don't need another Goblin! (sorry to bring up the comparison but I was so annoyed by that ending) As well put by OG to MW - did you wait like this for a 1000 years? I won't even stand it for 1 day!

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Right? Monkey isn’t as patient as MW so maybe that won’t happen.

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Which might actually be the best strategy.

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The sword and ability to foresee future reminded me of Goblin too. ET removed the sword and Goblin vanished, OG (could) stab sword at SJ and SJ (could) die. Goblin (SJ) can foresee future. Arrgghh...

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Totally agree... A reincarnation will always be different from the original one (i.e Goblin and Gu Family Book). It always feel different like they are not the real OTP u love or something...

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I didn’t finish gu and I’m glad I didn’t because of the ending. Goblin, however, was a melo from the start so it kind of made sense! But it will be too repetitive and similar so it may not happen here!

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I really do hope so.... I don't want our SOG to wait for many years for SJ, though lovesick monkey sounds appealing too... But still,,, no to reincarnation. Haha.

As for the Goblin, i actually just stick with one of those alternative endings submitted by beanies, ha. Its better for my mental health.

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If they can't both become immortals who get to spend the rest of their days together, I'd want the reincarnation route as long as both of them get reincarnated. I want SM to have a normal life. I enjoyed the reincarnation route in Arang and in Goblin's Reaper/Sunny storyline. It's definitely weird when only one party reincarnates (like Goblin's Euntak)- like is it cheating? settling for a copy? or maybe it's like you're dating like 2 people at once?

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I don’t understand why SM can’t become immortal? Isn’t that what happens to Sam Jang in the original story? Reincarnations upset me and the person isn’t the same which is why I want our characters as they are to be preserved.

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I think immortality for both of them is definitely on the table! I do wonder if an exalted status would come with strings attached. Like would they have to go work for the white suits? Or could they just pursue normal interests - like Winter God with his ice cream truck and Summer Fairy with her bar?

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Hmmmm just live as they are at the moment and then ‘die’ the way the immortals do to start again?

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I agree! They shouldn't aside from it's pathetic excuse for a bittersweet ending, it's over rated and already stale kind of story. They should end up on peach county hahaha.

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1.This kind of romances make me shiver.
3.Did we see their child prematurely?

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I bloody well hope so

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The child definitely looks like ohgong lol

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MaWang dropped the hint - baby looks like OG and he stop crying when OG is there....

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That baby is SO their future child because of the irony that the Hong Sis likes to pull.

It would be that Mawang fell in love with OG's son while OG totally indifferent to him. And then all the misunderstanding from everyone that he's his son and then the heron's comment. If that isn't too dead on the nose?

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Good point, sammi.

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I do not think deities get reincarnated. Only humans do...that is why Princess Iron Fan was turned into a human to get her punishment of 1000 lifetimes.
I think the baby there was just a soul she was taking care of and that will be born sometimes in the future.
The heavens want OG to feel pain and his love for SJ is bringing him pain as well. He experienced the pain of not having her by his side already so now he is even more determined to defeat destiny. Nothing is written in stone and he knows it...he can change it but he will need a lot of power for it. I think it might be a group effort with all demons helping.

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LOL I love how Han Joo is now basically Oh Gong's relationship adviser/wingman. I do wonder if they'll have Han Joo know the truth or even just a hint of it.

I didn't think Sun Mi's past could be any sadder, but damn, learning about the epidemic and how that affected Sun Mi's sense of self. Her uncle talked about how unlucky she was, but hearing all this makes it extra heartbreaking. I'm glad she went to learn the truth with Oh Gong.

I'm not happy with Oh Gong keeping the truth from Sun Mi about what happened to the previous Samjang and Guardian, but I'm hoping that with her telling him about her visions....hopefully the two will figure out a way together? Although I'm worried because of the way Sun Mi kept trying to get the GGG off and whenever she and Oh Gong talk about the future, she seems more ready to give up her life. Ugh, only four more episodes left. T.T

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Hanjoon is my 2nd fave man after Oh gong.
He is sometimes rude the way he talks to his boss *cue ep 15* but he is a sweetheart who is always there to defend Sunmi

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Haha yes definitely not the most reverent employee, but I like how he's thinking the best for her. I also like how clear it is that he's comfortable to let his kids stay with her. Because Sun Mi doesn't really have a family or people who genuinely like her, so it's sweet that Han Joo allows her to spend time with his kids (even if it's sometimes because a monkey caused some mischief).

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That's the reason Oh-gong tolerates him.

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Oooh yeah!! Its arrived...thanks for the recaps...I haven't read it, but I hope there are no annoying plot holes and twists..All the same, Hwayugi is like a mishmash of cream cheese, pizza and fried chicken..I can't get enough of Oh Gong, PK and Mawang..

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JSM is so pitiful. :( SOG please protect her well. Although I am sure she will die in the end :( Will comment more after reading the recap.

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OK PK and Mawang, WTF are you two doing getting used by ASN even after knowing how she manipulates? This is getting old fast.

So there's a chance that the grandson is Mawang's son and not JSM? Interesting. Which means Mawang won't have a problem or will suffer trying to kill and eat her to gain power. That's what I really wanted, but alas.

Speaking of children, that baby the previous protector sent..she said "It was not time for him to be born yet." Perhaps, SOG and JSM's son from the future? There was a lot of mentions about him looking like SOG and the baby even reacted well to him. Quite possible.

I firmly believe we will get a happy ever after. I am not worried about that at all. 2 weeks left, Imma miss this show when it ends.

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Just to add, all the other Sam Jang's before JSM were just sacrificial lambs but JSM has gained powers thanks to ASN. Will that change something in JSM-SOG's fate? I sincerely hope so.

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Good point. Also Oh-gong is no ordinary protector and ggg is newly added(?)

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The fact that the previous Sam Jang(s) were just sacrificial lambs just irritated me. I kinda hope MW, SOG and JSM will unite to, at least, threatening the Heaven. They really need to face their own destruction!!

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SM's powers make me wary. Now that we know Heaven's deep in this conspiracy, I wonder if they arranged for SM to have powers. The only thing that I can be sure that Heaven isn't expecting is SOG's real love for SM and him doing whatever it takes to protect her - even if it means wrecking heaven.

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The fact that Ma Wang has break Princess Iron Fan's suffering is ginourmous clue..And that their child that were not killed will have a great participation IT being mentioned by leading protagonist won't be brought up for no reason.

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If the child is still alive, if all of these is just an act to tame MW, heaven is really cruel.

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I mean, I get Mawang but PK is seriously getting on my nerves. But it' funny how dragon prince goes everywhere along like a fateful girlfriend.

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I start shipping these 2 actually
I feel lik saying" you stupid pig, stop doing evil things for fake Buja.. she isn't coming back... just get together with octopus girl"
Both looks like airheads anyway

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I think that’s octopus boy. Either way, I am on that ship!

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Did you guys notice how the doctor apologised to the baby for using him when it's not his time to arrive yet?! ALL WHILST GLANCING AT SOG? And all the jokes that the baby looks like him, responds to his baby talk and what not. Is this a hint at their future?? They survive this shitstorm and have a cute little baby with SOG's monkey haircut?? Please be true and don't die, either of you. Am I reading too much into this?? *Covers ears* I don't know, I can't hear you all.

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Thank you for the recap!
The story about the Sam Jang is becoming very complicated. If there is a Sam Jang in every generation, how come the monsters didn't know about it at the beginning of the story? Even SOG seem surprised, and he is a deity (but maybe he had been too busy in heaven chasing after pretty fairies). And the only reason I can think of for the gods choosing notorious disobedient nutjob SOG as the protector of the Sam Jang is that the evil that will take over Sam Jan is really formidable, and they need a very powerful opponent to fight it. It doesn't bode well for JSM.

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I think the monsters do know. SOG did mention that according to legend, SJ will be born whenever there is great chaos descending upon the world. But nobody would know when SJ will be born and in which generation. In ep 1, the monsters then realised that SJ has been born in this present timeline though. I also think SOG was assigned to the task as a punishment for his past misdeeds.

Really pissed off with the lies that the heavenly exco has been telling to manipulate monsters and humans - they lied that SJM's fate only sealed as SJ after she released SOG, they lied that she can have her life back as normal without fear of being eaten after she has fulfilled has calling, they lied about MW's kid.

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I feel like SJ's arrival must be once every 500-1000 years - long enough for the monsters to not be sure if it's real or lore and for SJ to be a legend in the monster/spirit realm.

Like the slipper mofos they are, the heavenly beings only lied by omission.

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So these heavenly people just decides to sit in their heavenly throne while they dump all their job on Sunmi? Protect the whole world huh? Not only that, made her live a tragic life and surrounded her with people who betrays her. Can they get more sadistic than this? Of course! Have her kill or get killed by her lover. Okay then.

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This is like the banking crisis everywhere (except, Iceland, u guess). The powerful are up to no good, while the lesser mortals have to clean up the mess.

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Gah- typo! *i guess*

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they're definitely hinting that the baby would be OTP's child in the future,which is definite hint of a HEA <3

so basing from the doctor's explanation,there has been an ongoing cycle of samjangs being born, meeting and falling in love with their guardian, and end up being killed by said guardian? if so, how come MW and OG didn't know any of this before?

i still don't get the priestess' motivation- what will she get after summoning a dragon and making a king? she was all set to marry OG AND still make a king so it's not like she's solely hoping for a king husband

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the dark sky turning bright when they touch also a hint that as long as they stay connected,they'll survive the fight.

finally a week's episodes that didn't feel like fillers..with so few left,tey're definitely rushing the story..and yet they're still throwing new characters and the kitchen sink at us

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It seems heaven is not so fond of a happily ever after between a SJ and the guardian. And they're kind of cruel for using love as the foundation of that relationship....

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I also wished we got to spend more time with the doctor and I'm a little resentful we spent so much time with MW and ASN.
I'd be interested to find out what other times in history SJ has appeared. Does the SJ and protector always fall in love or was it a new development in the last incarnation and heaven was like "hey...love. that's a good way to control our monkey!"

I feel like the SJ power is older than the monsters and that SJ's arrival doesn't happen often enough to become something that monsters readily recognize as a regular thing. It could be that the last time SJ showed up, MW was busy with Iron Fan and SOG was hanging out with earth monkeys because he got into a fight with heaven.

I also don't get the priestess's motivation. After being betrayed, i wouldn't make someone else king. I would have possessed Daesung's body and make myself king. Maybe go kill the descendants of the man who betrayed me.

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I think Daesung is the previous King...

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My favourite things this episode-

1. SM has powers! Woohooooooooo girl can hold her own
2. OG and SM wrestling over the GGG and OG using it a way to flirt
3. A stork and a baby? And MW must babysit because monkey is wily? Yes!
4. Han Joo thinking that SM is part of some drama from a Chaebol K drama- so funny and so reminiscent of Hong Sisters writing style!
5. Yook- Gong reporting on everything ASN as JSM ate! He’s a good boy!
6. Baby stops crying when OG acts like a baby- what is it with him and kids? They respond so well to his childishness! I’m just imagining him as the father of our really gorgeous kids *i need a moment*
7. MW growing attached to the baby and just being the cutest
8. Omo @silvermists theory from 2 weeks ago about the shopkeepers grandson being MWs child 😱😱😱😱 could be true
9. MW and HJ both being hooked on makjangs! Love it
10. I loved SMs back story. It’s so uplifting for her and so beautiful that she was always a saviour, from the start
11. OG helping the doc accept her fate but not accepting his- he is different and he will fight and he will beat heaven at their own game because he’s the great sage!

MWs character is starting to let me down. He is consistent in his betrayal, but he is supposed to be the good one and that annoys me. I wish he would have more character growth, as I feel even secretary ma has had more growth as she is horrified at the thought of killing JSM and no longer offers to kill every other person!
Heaven is a poor name for such terrible decision makers whom are ok to destroy people’s lives and demand. Innocent scarifies. I can not wait to see OG fuck shit up because it will happen- it’s one of his character traits to be more intellegent then the rest and find a way around the rules. It is so cruel that this is the fate he was given, for a punishment we still don’t know why he was serving.
I loved seeing SMs back story, it adds more meat to the plot and is so interesting! But makes me sad that she was a lamb raised for the slaughter since the very beginning.
I’m very pleased with how the drama is poised for the end. It feels like it will be amazing and exhilarating which will be consistent with how I have felt throughout this drama. But most of all I want it to be romantic! Please be romantic?!?!? We have been so good! We deserve this!

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Love every point you wrote hahahaha
Thanks for making me want to rewatch ep16

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Aw thank you! I’m so glad!

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2. OG and SM wrestling over the GGG and OG using it a way to flirt.
How come the GGG didn't squeeze his heart when he refused to listen to SM? I thought that it would hurt him whenever he went against SM - not when she calls his name.

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Becasue she wasn’t angry, stressed or disappointed and probably in her happy place?

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Comfortably in her bed, no danger😆

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in his bed wahaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy

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Hehe at #6, though you have to admit SOG's kids are going to be real troublemakers...

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The content of this episode somehow surprised me, in a good way.
I strongly feel the grandson is Mawang's child. The evil fate that tied Seon Mi and Oh Gong was under his watch (I mean he could have been paying attention and told Seon Mi not to fiddle with things before she peeked into the jar.. he was right there). And maybe he 'lost' the death bell where he knew she would find it?

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Or he is an arogant and uninterested teenager. I will give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

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This comment is actually for Episode 15 as I've only just finished watching it.
1) Sunmi: "The bride is found, but Son Oh Gong is asleep." Yes, why, why, why????? Such bad timing! She's finally lying on the bed beside him! Willingly!
I know it's probably due to the sleeping drug he gave Asanyeo, which brings me to the next point.
2) Why did OG have to kiss ASY so thoroughly to give her the drug?
3) OYS was so convincing as ASY, that I really hated her. And every time she touched OG, I cringed in disgust.
4) I know that everyone been's saying this, but would like to repeat how everyone's acting is so good. The actors who have duel personalities to play are doing it really well; and Seunggi's anxiety and torment over finding Sunmi almost killed me. The scene when he called out her name and reached out his hand begging her to come to him was so touching. Here is the Great Sage, Equal to Heaven, asking a mere human to help him; he's willing to die for her and just wants to be with her.
5) The love is strong in this drama. Mawang's willingness to suffer for 1000 yrs for Iron Fan, Oh Gong's willingness to die for Samjang; PK's sincere love for Buja; Sec Ma's and Oh Jeong's undying loyalty to Mawang and Oh Gong has somewhat redeemed these demons and gods to me.

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2. To give a hot scene btw these two leads because of their sexy chemistry

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But I want to see this kind of kiss between OG and SM! Not OG and ASY in SM's body. :(

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Asaneo was played a little differently by both actresses. Which is good because this way it seems like every time she is a little influenced by the soul of the original owner of the body.

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thnk girlfryday for the review when none of the heavesn bs made sense without subs . but even after reading the review it’s still makes no sense . so they create samjang who is a very speacial to be the vessel of demon king and to killed of by his/her own protector who they force to fall in love with the samjang ? i mean thats just another level of dark and twisted pre planning by white coats who have no clue what they are doing .

after son oh gong grabbe the sword from soo bori and SB went to explain what will happen in booming theartics i think even SB must be thinking this is not how it’s going go down with the monkey kind . he will not do what they expect him to do he will fight heaven if he needs to save sunmi and have their happy ending .

and mawang and pk’s stupidity is so repetative and thnx oh gong for calling out the makjangness of the hidden child before we had the chance .

i feel sec ma won’t be in team mawang for long if he intends to eat samjang and betray oh gong again .

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Poor Sun-mi... She's "conned" by heavenly creatures... First to kill all demons in order for Mawang to get the point. Even so, the demons still want to eat her. And now, they're rejoiced because the sword has appeared.

Oh, I'm so curious about the story of the previous Samjang. What the previous one had actually protected or saved? And why the guardian looked like she's so sad.... Please Hong Sisters, give us more stories about the previous Samjang....

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The previous samjang protector must have loved her samjang as well but she abided to heaven and stabbed him with the sword.
It's apparent that her being rewarded by heaven only makes her life more painful alone so he told OG not to repeat the same mistakes she commited

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For the first time while watching this drama, I'm confused.
1) If Samjang's role is to save the world, why kill her? Didn't her blood save her village? Her death is meant to save the world?
2) "Patriarch says that in order to protect Sam-jang without the sword, he’ll have to put his life on the line." But the sword was meant to kill Sam-jang! How can OG protect her with the sword? Am I missing something?
3) How is Kang Dae-sung is going to possess SJ? With ASY's powers? If so, why was ASY so determined to be SJ? Didn't she know that if she did become SJ, OG will have to kill her???
Then why oh why don't they just get rid of ASY? Wouldn't that solve all their problems?

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1 . Heaven is sick and yes samjang role is to be a sacrifice everytime the world is in a mess. Apparently Sunmi might have to summon the evil spirit to her body then OG must stab her

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Killing ASY will solve but the thing is SOG actually understands the feeling of Mawang and thinks he will take responsibility of her thatsy he s leaving her just like that.. But PK are you really that dumb even after she telling right at your face that she's using you, you are letting her use you?? baabo..

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1. I think SJ is going to serve as the ultimate bait. As cloudyme28 says, SM may have bait the evil spirit into her body and OG would have to kill her while the spirit is trapped.

3. I feel like ASY may not be privy to the whole killing thing. She wanted to be SJ because SJ controls the monkey. As someone who was betrayed and imprisoned, she liked the idea of having her personal bodyguard. And SJ also has a stronger body than the deteriorating BJ. BJ's body is muting some of her powers. I don't get why she didn't just try to kill another woman and get a fresher corpse to possess, though.

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2) Don't worry about not understanding a thing, because that's just lazy writing from the Hong sisters. As @girlfriday wonderfully says, they've been using the "exposition fairy" with the matter of SJ's fate since the death bell appeared without any kind of action follow-up from our characters. They've been twisting their story every episode just for the sake of drama, but it's beginning to take a makjang turn, fantasy-epic style. Just look at what have they been saying for some episodes: "Oh no, Sam Jang has to save the world! And the Monkey will die in her hands! But nope, it's the Monkey who will kill SJ with a sword to save the world! But wait, he doesn't really HAVE to do it, he can discard the sword! But then he maybe is the one to die!" And that only up to episode 16, but there has been no proof about it or why does it have to be so. So we only have to accept the Patriarch's words? And when someone appears that could shed light onto this matter (the doctor), she only says "do not end as me". What a waste.
I'm scared of how many more twists the Hong sisters are going to throw at us before the shit begins to hit the fan in episodes 19-20 (sorry for this expression).

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haha.. so many twists and turns.. it's confusing..

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I'm glad I'm not the only who gets irritated by the twists in each episode. It also comes across to me that they have decided to just turn the story every time to fit how the story goes.

I like OYS and I like the romance so I'm going to continue watching. But I don't like that the plot doesn't have a nice flow. I'm sure their objective is not to confuse the viewers, but trying to make everything fit, while not being sure how they are exactly going about too, so they just twist and turn as they go along.

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When i saw it raw i wasn't able to get many things thanks Girlfriday for the recap.. i still wonder what on earth is the heaven doing?? This is so cruel...
Also i agree with ur doubt of that store ajhumma's grandson being Mawang's son even i had the same thought when he asked Patriarch whether he is dead or not..
I really feel pity for both SOG & JSM.. they hv been through a lot if they end up getting hurt it will be even more cruel..

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Thank you for your recap and comments, GirlFriday!

I'm getting industrial-strength BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER vibes after the revelation that Sun-mi is the present generation's incarnation of sacrificial world protector Sam-jang, and Oh-gong is her guardian Angel. All I can say is that the heavenly beings are a bunch of lazy, self-serving lying liars who lie. They don't even do their own dirty work. They foist it off onto poor schmucks who have no recourse -- except this time they picked the wrong Monkey to mess with. I can't wait for Oh-gong to go bananas and settle their hash.

I'm beginning to suspect that Summer Fairy may have died because of heavenly malfeasance. Maybe I'm just embittered. But I wouldn't put anything past the crew upstairs. What a bunch of self-centered twits hiding behind a bureaucrat who looks like Colonel Sanders.

All this talk of Evil Priestess planning to raise a dragon makes me go, "Huh?" You've already got Jade Dragon / Octopus / Alice cooling their heels -- a minimum of 14 of them! -- while hanging around with PK. That porker is going to end up as samgyeopsal-gui if Monkey finds out that he's been in cahoots with Priestess. Methinks that with the latter in a weakened state, she will try to enslave Jade Dragon rather than magically summon a dragon from scratch. -- I just don't recall whether Priestess knows Alice's true identity or has ever taken her over. I don't think so, as she was focused on possessing Sun-mi and only used Bu Ja as a stepping stone to that end.

I could see Monkey and Octopus cooking up a sting in which Priestess attempts to bend Jade Dragon to her will, only to be totally double-teamed by the pair of bad boys. Jade Dragon will redeem himself and return home to the sea after the apocalypse is averted. At least I'd like to think so. Otherwise, why has he been hanging around all this time? I sense that he's supposed to be more than a demonic houseguest who never knows when to shove off.

Sun-mi's sudden ability to shatter glass makes me think that Oh-gong's kiss directed at Priestess activated Sam-jang's latent powers in much the same way that the realtor bride's kiss inside the demons' photo activated the Geumganggo on Monkey's wrist. Or maybe it was hearing the story of her birth from the doctor at the rural hospital, and learning that her destiny is to save, not to kill. Sun-mi has been lied to, or at best misinformed, by nearly everyone her whole life. Learning that her birth stopped an epidemic must have been a shot in the arm to her. It's also interesting that her blood did not acquire its lotus scent until she met Monkey. My sense is that they are stronger together than individually, and that it has "only" ever been a matter of Sun-mi claiming her true powers as Sam-jang.

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Frankly, the so-called heavenly beings are a reflection of the way those high up in authority on earth behave. They do whatever they want; use whoever they want; a make a mess of everyone's life.

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To add on, there's no true sense of justice. They twist and turn circumstances and everyone is used, even Patriarch, whom we don't like.

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@crazyahjummafan,

So true on all counts. As above, so below.

And as @allphryne noted earlier about Patriarch, he's only the messenger.

[Sung Ji-ru plays a loyal and upright character in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG, my gateway sageuk, so it pains me to see him as a duplicitous bureaucrat. OTOH, he's doing a great job at it.]

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Sun-mi knew about dragon prince and since Asanyo entered her memory, she should know it too. Or are they different kinds of dragons?

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I don't know what the deal is with dragons in this universe. It's one of the details that hasn't been mentioned.

Maybe Priestess will attempt to raise a dragon by her usual methods, and if she cannot because she is too weakened, maybe she'll try to hijack Octo-Dragon. Only to discover he's an incorrigible pain in the butt like Monkey. It would be hilarious if he reverted to his octopus form, but he probably doesn't want to end up on a dinner table. LOL!

Maybe we'll finally get to see him in his Dragon Prince form at last. I hope it skeeves out PK but good.

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There are 4 dragon kings, and Alice is the 2nd son of one of the kings. So ASN could be summoning other dragons, but if she lost her power, maybe she will try to use Alice.

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First, the colonel Sanders bit made me LMAO oh my god. XD
Second, I really like your arguments about the birth of Sam Jang's powers. There's really very little we have been told about what does being Sam Jang really entail for Sun Mi and what exactly are her potential powers besides being an over-the-top fishing bait.

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I was amused to see the Colonel Sanders similarity and mentioned it in an earlier recap. Glad it tickled your funny bone. ;-)

In the beginning, we learned that little Sun-mi could see ghosts and evil spirits. Eventually, after meeting Mawang and Monkey, she was able to dispatch some of them. She was courageous, as evidenced by her protecting young Jonathan, who readily recognized her bravery while the local kids shunned her -- no doubt influenced by the adults, who blamed her for the epidemic. How was it that none of the humans noticed that the plague started BEFORE and ended AFTER she was born?!

Both demons (Bull and Monkey) lied to her and left her in the lurch. Did Mawang give her a tad of power even without his umbrella? Sun-mi was blamed for setting Monkey loose, although Mawang failed to adequately inform her of any of the dangers of her mission. I think this was the heavenly beings' way of saving face after Monkey was imprisoned in the Five Elements Mountain -- and someone suddenly noticed that he would be needed to counter a rising Bad that was stronger than they were. Make it look like a little human kid made a mistake. Sheesh.

Sun-mi's blood acquired its monster-attracting lotus scent and powers when she has grown up. That worked out just great, what with Mawang going off the rails. On the other hand, it gave another wronged human female, Bu Ja, a second chance and revived her as the sweet, kind Zombie Girl. If Bu Ja doesn't get a do-over (i.e., is restored to life and debuts as a celebrated idol -- with her healthy Mom in attendance) after Mawang achieves godhood, I'll go apesh** and sic Oh-gong on the Hong sisters.

In the mundane sphere, Sun-mi is a smart, hard-working real estate agent. She has managed to make a life for herself with no help from her remaining relatives. She is resourceful, thinks on her feet, and treats everyone kindly. Her assistant, Lee Han-joo, is as kind and loyal as she is, and knows nothing about his boss's true nature. Although he gets inklings that something is weird. He and his kids love the boss, and the feeling is mutual.

Sun-mi is honest and does not play games. She's the only straight-shooter in the bunch. Everyone else has their own agenda, although Monkey has been cleaning up his act, and has truly fallen for her. He's still a loose cannon, but a loose cannon who's devoted to Sun-mi the human woman, not Sam-jang the weaponized monk / monster bait.

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Oooh, I like your Jade Dragon theory! I don't know if it will happen, but I think it would be clever...

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Yeah, i believe you're right with Oh Gong letting the world end, as I recall he nonchalantly burnt the world inside the cinema where SunMi died.

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I will whoop in joy if OhGong's grand act of saving himself, SeonMi and maybe the world is to burn heaven.

Cos lord knows nobody will miss them.

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Burning Heaven to the ground would surely be better than attempting to renovate the joint with yet another shoddy edifice that will only collapse. Not that I think anyone would bother to rescue deities buried in the rubble.

If you like your deities, you can keep your deities. Or not. When all else fails, borrow a page from the Norse. Bring on Ragnarök! Twilight in 3, 2, 1...

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The idea to kill human being for sacrifice sounds a lot like christian creed. Crucify Jesus for salvation of human kind. It's fiction. I get it. 😊

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But Jesus was the Son of God incarnate.

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And Sun-mi seems to be chosen to die for the sins of mankind. This stupid heavenly bureaucracy.

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I would like to add that Jesus' sacrifice was once and for all. I don't think he is a good comparison for what is going on here. A better one would be the pagan rituals where a human sacrifice had to be made regularly to appease the gods and save the people.

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Why doesn’t someone just kill Kang Dae Sung now so that Sun mi never gets possessed and everyone can live happily ever after? I don’t understand why this isn’t an option. It’s not like he isn’t evil. Unless of course, Kang Dae Sung is merely a conduit and the great demon would find another king to use to destroy the world?

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Actually, there's no need to kill Kang Dae-sung. Just reveal that he's the scion of that family of Japanese collaborators. Netizens would go ape and that would be the end of his public career. He wouldn't even be able to teach after that.

Granted, such a revelation would be more difficult to make now that the old museum geezer who blackmailed Kang's grandma has been devoured as an hors d'oeuvre by Evil Priestess. If he has left behind documentation of the family's duplicity, where is it? Sun-mi can't just state that she can see ghosts and evil spirits and expect that testimony to hold up in court when she's sued for libel.

The fact that the little spirit hellion in the red kimono is still running around says to me that Sun-mi, who knows her true identity, could be the one who outs her grandson, Kang. -- Or is Priestess already aware that Sun-mi knows about collaborator Red Kimono Spirit because she possessed her, and thus could counter such an attack?

In the historian's/curator's flashback, we were shown Red Kimono's Japanese dresser that's in the museum. I bet that there's a hidden drawer with incontrovertible proof of family collaboration with the Japanese.

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Yes, the family's secret is probably in the dressing table's drawer. They HAVE to show that he is a descendant of a Japanese collaborator... or else the episode of the little girl in red kimono makes no sense.
Frankly, I a little worries about the ending. There are so many loose ends to tie up. I hope the Hong sisters can do it well.

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Whew! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one thinking this way about the sudden reappearance of Red Kimono and her dressing table. -- Er, how is it that she's even still around? I thought the old lady politician kicked the bucket quite a while ago. Is it still within 49 days of her death? Or maybe the Grim Reapers need Black #444 to help them out. LOL!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the ending is a good, logical one without too many plot holes.

It could be that the apocalypse looms because the old gods are doing everything in their power to avoid being replaced by new deities. It stinks that the world is threatened with annihilation because of a bunch of craven bozos duking it out for the upper hand. I can almost hear Monkey hollering, "Don't make me come up there!"

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I see what u did there with 444.. i mean the ending of that drama.. if that gets repeated here im gonna be really angry... somehow being dead is better than that whole forgetting part..

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And then there's Professor Kang's drunk-driving homicide. Even if there's no way to prove he was sloshed when he hit Zombie Girl, there might be traffic camera or dashcam footage of the accident.

The netizens would have a field day with it. One more nail in his (stone) coffin.

#JusticeForBuJa

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Daebak you even have the hashtag ready! Screw all this apocalypse/ human sacrifice/ hellmouth bs, they should just follow your advice n do this the good old fashioned human way - Start the take down Kang Dae Sung online campaign now!

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Glad you like the hashtag. ;-)

No need for bloodshed when you can sic the collective fury of netizens on Professor Kang.

#KangForDaimyo -- that ought to cook his goose.

#DrainTheHeavenlySwamp

#MonkeyPower

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and just burn ASN already! ASN is not directly linked to Ma Wang and his wife/son so even if ASN dies, Ma Wang will still find a way to find the truth.

Isn't getting rid of the evil roots better than waiting for the apocalypse and then sacrificing good people? I mean, even if we think it's like the Christian creed, it's not. God gave many chances and sent many good humans to guide the bad ones. Only when things got really out of hand, did he send his son to make the sacrifice, and that is after, Jesus himself tried. At least Jesus knew what he was in for. But even then, it's because there were so many rotten eggs.

For this story, there's one sole cause of the apocalypse then just get rid of that.

Makes no sense at all.

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I swear the only sensible immortal who was also nice to Sun Mi was Summer Fairy and she's officially dead. Now we're left with all these selfish dummies who won't leave our OTP alone. Seriously Ma Wang, I was supporting your bromance and PK, dude I know you love Buja but you know very well that it's not her in that body. Ah Sa Nyeo can just go to hell already and Kang Dae Sang, urgh. At this rate, I rather be asleep in that coffin until someone informs me that we have a happy ending.

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I'm on the same page with you about Summer Fairy.

And I'm bummed out on General Winter's behalf, too. I want to know why Summer Fairy was in danger of dying. Oh, right. One of the other gods probably conveniently arranged it so her brother could be manipulated. Or maybe Priestess did it herself. I wouldn't put it past her.

Uh, better bring a pillow. That stone coffin looks awfully uncomfortable. ;-)

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Probably all part of heaven's "plan" because apparently everything is.

I'll just wear a giant head piece.

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Mind your neck. Some of those headpieces weigh a ton. ;-)

Sweet dreams!

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So I have a few questions unanswered and I’m trying to figure out how they fit in the scheme of things.
1. What did the monkey do to get locked up for so long? It has to be an important fact because there has been so many references to it. Sec. Ma even mentioned that Oh Gong was betrayed by someone (human?) in an earlier episode.
2. What about the fan in oh gong’s possession? It’s a bit suspicious or coincidental to me.The fan was given to oh gong by iron fan to give to ma wang after they had a lovers quarrel but then monkey got locked up and was unable to pass it on. And now the fan is being help by the patriarch away from ma wang. Was iron fan trying to get a message to ma wang about their son and monkey got dragged in the middle somehow?

And can I say, I missed general frost this episode and I’ve truly miss the stubborn funny monkey from the previous episodes.

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I am fairly certain that these are all reference to the original story "The Journey to the West." Monkey has always been a problem for heaven, eating up their peaches, elixirs, banquets, demanding titles and whatnot. I am reading the story right now.

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thanks gf for this recap..

anyhow,if I could talk to SOG I only want to ask and tell him two things:

One, didn't you learn your lesson yet with that death bell fate?! keeping the truth from Samjang would bite you back or hurt you at some point.

Next, I applaud you for taking that sword and choosing to have a different fate from the other Monk Protector,but please tell me you thoroughly kept and hid that sword. I'd totally hate it if someone *ahem*evil*ahem* got his or her hands on it.

As @mollyp called them in one of her Beanie wall posts, our Noble Idiots I'm still hoping you'll have a happy ending.

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The sword is at his garden which shoudn't be accesible without his permission. Except Mawang was there already...

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Theory time! what if that baby Oh Gong got *is* Oh Gong and Sun Mi's future baby?? The doctor had said it wasn't his time yet....

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Wow how can the heaven be so cruel to oh gong he might be little arrogant but still this is too much if he kill sunmi he is going to suffer alone for the rest of his life looks like he is being punished more than sunmi in my opinion she also doesn't deserve to be sacrificed....as much as I find mawang selfish moves annoying I have to say he is a monster after all like patriarch said he was scary monster but heaven tamed him by using his wife and child but still eating samjang is big no no....but as we have seen so far monsters are ruthless when it comes to someone they love(eg. frosty)

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I liked how Oh-gong did a reverse Sword in the Stone trick. Here's hoping it stays put. I have a feeling of foreboding after seeing how his predecessor guardian ended up.

As for the previous Sam-jang's protector, it seems to me that she stuck around and watched out for the monk's successor (Sun-mi) at a distance until her own successor was fully on board with his role as guardian. Service above and beyond the call of duty. And look what it got her. Usually when you retire you get a watch and a nice party. This heavenly realm rewards you with perpetual heartbreak.

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Guys where did you watch this with English subs?

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Guys where did you watch this with English subtitles?

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kissa***n dot ch is one site, but has many annoying windows that pop up - just close them and disregard the messages that you have a virus or your flash is outdated, etc...

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Thank you!! Couldn’t find complete English subs for two days now.

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you can just enable 'add blocker' which blocks all the unnecessary messages and popups

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Oh God, what a plot twist! I seriously had a goosebumps reading this, which brings the story to another level. Before this episode, I always thought that Hwayugi was just another version of Goblin, that punishing SOG is the only purpose of this drama, but it's not. Sam Jang is actually the main character here, with their unlucky fate from the very first time they were born to the earth. This is not some of cliche dramatic dramas which one sacrificed themselves to protect the other, it's bigger than that, as big as changing the fate means the end of the world.
Which