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Hwayugi: Episode 19

Who said all the big action has to happen in the finale? We may still have one episode left after today, but this one is a major culmination for multiple characters and threads, so get ready to dive into some action. (Finally! We’ve been talking about action for so long that I was beginning to doubt it would ever happen. I’ve never been so happy to face the end of the world.)

 
EPISODE 19 RECAP

Sun-mi declares her love for Oh-gong, wearing down his resolve and landing them in bed together. She tells him “I love you” over and over, saying she’ll let out everything she’d built up inside.

Oh-gong says that he has something to say that she’ll like, but doesn’t tell her about removing the bracelet and instead says he’ll show her later. Dude, you’ve only got two episodes left! Chop chop with the truth, monkey!

After hearing that Priestess is helping Buja’s murderer, PK storms off to confront that murderer. Mawang hears about this from Dragon Prince Alice and is alarmed, because Mawang bound PK’s powers after the last incident, and that puts PK in danger. Moreover, PK is also risking Oh-gong’s whole master plan to defeat the dragon.

PK barges in on Kang Dae-sung, who is surprised at the random visit from a famous pop star. PK only gets as far as growling Buja’s name (her human one) before he’s stopped by Mawang, who places a forceful hand on PK’s shoulder that keeps him subdued. PK fumes silently while Mawang “explains” that PK had been dating Buja, an idol trainee, and lost his reason when he heard she is now living with Kang Dae-sung.

Mawang asks what Kang’s relationship to Buja is, and Kang lies that she’s the daughter of a woman his foundation supports, assuring him that it’s all aboveboard. Mawang apologizes for the trouble, and forcibly shoves PK out of the room.

As they leave, they run into Priestess in the corridor. PK starts after her menacingly, but Mawang restrains him firmly.

PK asks accusingly, “How could you do that?” Priestess looks conflicted, but just watches them leave with a sad expression on her face.

Back at the office, Mawang roars at PK for his foolishness, while PK yells at him to remove the tattoo binding his powers. Mawang says he promised not to interfere with Oh-gong’s life-and-death mission, and orders the others to follow his lead. Priestess will die anyway when the black dragon dies, and Kang Dae-sung will fall as well, so PK will get what he wants.

Oh-gong wakes in bed to see Sun-mi sitting nearby, smiling at him. Over breakfast, she reminisces on some of her favorite moments with him, saying she’d like to do them again.

As she recounts their past dates, Oh-gong’s mood grows sadder, particularly when she wonders whether she’ll see the egret/doctor again, and what happened between her and the prior Sam-jang. Oh-gong suggests that she take Frosty and pay the doctor a visit to ask her questions, and Sun-mi agrees.

Sun-mi sighs about having to go to work, briefly considering playing hooky. But Oh-gong says he likes that she’s the type who’d go on living no matter what happened, and she gets up to get ready.

Kang Dae-sung decides it’s better to move Priestess out of his house—he hadn’t considered how it looked to others to be living with a young woman. He asks Priestess if her host body was really dating PK, and she confirms that Buja had liked him.

Kang then asks if Sun-mi was really able to revive Buja’s dead body, and Priestess sharply says they don’t need her. But Kang is intrigued about Sun-mi’s abilities, and says he’ll have to meet her.

Mawang informs Oh-gong of PK’s recent behavior, but adds that he won’t involve himself in their business. He’s back to his goal of attaining immortality, because once he’s ascended to a powerful seat, he can look for his lost son. So he wants to steer clear of trouble.

Mawang asks how Oh-gong means to fight the black dragon, and Oh-gong replies that Frosty is making divine weapons, which includes a sword. He’ll strike with that.

Those weapons (rock, bell, sword) were made using the energy of Kang Dae-sung’s followers, and Frosty shows them to CEO Sa and Priestess. He prevents Priestess from touching them, saying he’ll hand them over when needed.

Kang Dae-sung drops by Sun-mi’s office, not fazed by her obvious mistrust of him. She calls him someone capable of destroying the world without caring about loss of lives, and rather than hearing this as “you’re evil,” Kang hears it as “you’re powerful” and is pleased. Psycho villain is psycho.

Sun-mi warns him not to underestimate those he looks down on, because they have the power to drag him from power. She says she sees now why she, a human, is the one who must do this; her specialness was made from within that desire to be ordinary in an ordinary world. When she says she’ll throw him out of her office, Kang grows angry and grabs her arms, yelling, “Don’t look down on me!”

In that moment, Sun-mi has a vision, which Kang also glimpses: Within the river waters, the black dragon opens an eye. She’s spooked by the vision, but it brings Kang hope and he thanks her for it.

Oh-gong decides that the plan will go into motion tonight. CEO Sa agrees to make the preparations, and Frosty is assigned to watch over Sun-mi.

Priestess is surprised to have the plans moved up but agrees, feeling confident that Kang Dae-sung will follow whatever orders she gives him.

Kang, meanwhile, has been invigorated by the vision, which gives him certainty that Priestess’s promises were true and not just metaphors. When she confirms that the dragon’s power will allow him to possess power greater than any king before him, his eyes go positively manic with glee.

Sun-mi, on the other hand, is perturbed and tries to figure out what her vision portends. She wonders if she will have to summon the dragon and if that will kill Oh-gong. But she recalls that the doctor lived, which is reassuring.

On her way out of the office, she has a vision of Han-joo in the future, sobbing on his daughter’s wedding day. She tells him not to cry too much when his little girl gets married, and is happy at the thought that ordinary life continues on.

Frosty accompanies Sun-mi to visit the doctor, at Oh-gong’s suggestion, and Oh-gong watches them leave from across the street. Earlier, he’d asked Frosty that in the event of his death, he should tell Sun-mi that Oh-gong had simply run away after the bracelet lost its hold on him.

Patriarch delivers a message from the heavens containing a deal for Mawang: If he finds the sword Oh-gong hid away, Mawang will be granted immortal status immediately. Mawang looks sorely tempted, but Secretary Ma firmly rejects the deal on his behalf, citing Mawang’s integrity and loyalty, making it impossible for him to protest. Ha, Mawang looks so tortured to be forced to decline.

Even so, Mawang goes to the General Store to inquire about tools for finding the sword, like a metal detector. The shop owner’s grandson comments that Patriarch was just here asking about a similar thing. Mawang asks the grandson to keep his visit a secret, then notices that the kid is back to calling him “Mawang-nim.” The grandson admits that Grandma scolded him something fierce last time, saying that he wasn’t supposed to call Mawang “ajusshi.”

The grandson adds that PK was just here buying a lighter because he doesn’t have the power to burn things himself. Mawang wonders if he should have removed the binding tattoo.

Priestess goes to PK’s shoot and bewitches a staffer to deliver a message. That gets him to meet her, although he tries to leave the second he sees her, and she hastens to say that she’s not helping Kang Dae-sung, but rather Oh-gong. PK says that’s why he isn’t killing her now—but he knows she’s not Buja and is now able to go through with it.

Priestess is hurt, but insists that he won’t kill her because Oh-gong is protecting her. PK sets her straight: “He isn’t protecting you. He’s risking his life to protect Sam-jang, so he’s just tolerating you.”

Priestess begs him to listen to her, and when she accidentally knocks him down, his lighter goes clattering to the ground. Realizing he’s waiting to burn her up, she reminds him that he’d said earlier that he wouldn’t. PK bites out that he’d been deceived then, and now intends to kill Priestess and burn the body for Buja’s sake.

“Like this?” Priestess asks, and holds the flame to her arm, which smokes blue but then fades without damaging it. She says that her body won’t burn while she’s in it.

“Get out of that body, you crazy demon!” PK yells at her. Priestess screams, “I’m not a demon!” and throws the lighter down… and the flame lights at PK’s feet and travels up his body, engulfing him in mystical fire. PK writhes in pain, and Priestess leaves him there.

She encounters Dragon Prince Alice in the hallway, and they trade barbs about her being a demon. Priestess snaps, “Everyone calls me a demon. Fine, I’m a demon. Demons should call demons.” She stalks off, and Dragon Prince Alice hurries on to find PK caught up in smoky blue flames.

PK warns her to stay away, since Dragon Prince will catch fire too. He tells her to find Mawang, but Dragon Prince refuses to go, saying that although her powers are weak, she did come from a water kingdom. Thus, she’ll put out the fire.

PK tries to push her away, but Dragon Prince Alice grabs him tightly. She says that she’ll disappear once the flames are out, and tells him to think of it as her returning to her kingdom. PK struggles and yells for her to let go, but her grip is firm, and slowly the flames recede and her body goes limp. Water bubbles float up into the air, and PK sobs over her body.

Oh-gong and CEO Sa stand before the stone gate at the mouth of the dragon’s river, where Oh-gong must defeat the dragon before it passes through. He hears that Sun-mi has arrived at the nearby village, and sighs that he’s sorry to have sent her on a wild goose chase to see a doctor who isn’t there anymore.

Sun-mi hears that the doctor moved away recently to go “very far away,” and says to herself, “So it really was a lie.” She explains to Frosty that she never believed Oh-gong’s story that the doctor lived happily ever after with her Sam-jang. Sun-mi recalls the sadness in the doctor’s face when they’d parted ways the last time, and decides to look around for possible clues.

Priestess arrives at a subway tunnel inhabited by homeless people, and as she walks among their midst, screams break out. By the time she arrives at the other end, she and the corridor are splattered with blood. Recalling Oh-gong’s declaration to defeat the dragon before it emerged into the world, Priestess vows to draw it out.

Sun-mi is hit with another vision, this time of the doctor waiting in her office for something to arrive. She realizes that the doctor had called her and Oh-gong here, and left when she found whatever it is she’d been searching for. Since Sun-mi hadn’t found anything, it must have been Oh-gong who did—but why did he keep it from her?

She heads off to ask him, but Frosty insists that she ask the doctor, suggesting that they look for her in the village. His insistence is rather suspicious, and Sun-mi guesses that they won’t find her anywhere—and that Oh-gong meant to do something in her absence.

Frosty attempts to prevent her, but she asks if Summer Fairy had been happy when Frosty acted alone to protect her. She asks him to take her to Patriarch if he won’t tell her what’s going on, insistent that she know what’s happening.

So Frosty takes her to Patriarch, and she requests that he tell her what has been kept from her.

Mawang hears what happened to PK and Dragon Prince, which spurs him to take action against Priestess, even if it messes with Oh-gong’s plan. But Patriarch announces that the heavens will take care of Priestess, because Sun-mi has made the choice to fulfill her fate—and thus, the heavens will work to support her.

Mawang sighs, “So in the end, things will not happen as Sohn Oh-gong intends.”

After Kang Dae-sung wraps up a class, he’s confronted by student protestors picketing against him in the lobby. There are only three people but the sight troubles him, and he recalls Sun-mi’s warning not to disregard the little people who could bring him down.

Priestess tells him to head for the river valley now, as preparations are complete. He notices blood near her face but isn’t bothered by it, merely noting that she did something she needed to do. As he leaves, Priestess says to herself that Kang is well-suited to pair up with a demon.

Then she turns and freezes. Patriarch stands before her looking grim, with two heavenly assistants at his side, and Priestess gulps.

Oh-gong receives word of PK’s injury and Dragon Prince’s death. Mawang arrives at the valley and informs him that the heavens have stepped in to take care of Priestess, which interferes with Oh-gong’s plan, since they need her to awaken the dragon.

Mawang asks why Oh-gong is overextending himself so much to fight the dragon, pointing out that if it’s all for Sun-mi’s sake, he could just tell her the truth and run away with her, dragon be damned. Oh-gong says lightly that doing so would ruin his image, because she thinks he’s quite impressive. He adds, “I want to become even better. She makes me that way.”

Mawang asks, “But don’t you think she’ll want to be impressive too, for you? And if she steps in to do that, could you stop her?” Oh-gong says that he can’t stop her, which is why he’s doing it this way. So Mawang sighs, “When it’s over, come home, okay? I’ll be bored.”

Thanks to this latest wrench in works, Oh-gong decides to meet Patriarch to ask why he’s interfering and demand Priestess’s return. Patriarch says he’s proud to see Oh-gong working to save the world and tells him he’ll be reinstated in heaven when all is over.

At that, Oh-gong gets suspicious. Where is Priestess?

She’s at the river gate, with Kang Dae-sung and the three heavenly artifacts. She touches the rock, which begins to shine, and the air ripples from the gate all the way to the dragon’s sleeping place below the water.

Patriarch states that Priestess is calling the dragon, and Oh-gong realizes that this was a trap to keep him here. When Oh-gong tries to leave, he’s encircled by a chain of men who send up a force field, trapping him inside.

Priestess cuts her palm with the sword, and the blood transforms into rose petals that fly toward the river. When they hit the water, the dragon’s eyes open. She tells Kang Dae-sung that all that’s left is for the dragon to come through the gate.

Oh-gong can feel when the dragon wakes, and sees from Patriarch’s reaction that there’s more to this. With dawning horror, he asks if Sun-mi is part of this.

As Priestess summons her energy to bring the dragon out, Sun-mi arrives and orders her to stop. Frosty shoves Priestess aside, and they both disappear amid wisps of smoke, leaving Sun-mi and Kang Dae-sung at the gate.

Oh-gong yells at Patriarch that he was going to take on this burden, but Patriarch thunders back that only Sam-jang can do this.

Seething, Oh-gong launches himself at his force field prison, but each attempt to breach it sends him flying back. “This is Sam-jang’s will,” Patriarch tells him. She was the one who asked that he be contained here.

Sun-mi picks up the sword and tells Kang that he can never become the master of that dragon—she will contain and destroy it. She starts to cut her palm with the blade, but Kang rushes at her. After a brief struggle, Kang ends up driving the sword through her abdomen, seemingly accidentally.

Staggering, Sun-mi coughs up blood, and a drop lands in the river. As the dragon starts to swim toward the gate, Kang reels back in horror and Sun-mi warns that he just chose his own destruction.

And then, the dragon makes its appearance, rising out of the river and into the sky. Sun-mi clutches her bleeding side and looks up as it starts to head straight for her…

Oh-gong summons all of his energy, and with a roar, he breaks through the barrier and vanishes from Patriarch’s chamber.

Sun-mi falls to her knees before the gate, waiting for the dragon to finish the job… when suddenly Oh-gong appears and grabs the sword. As he wields it, white energy shoots from its tip up toward the dragon, creating a barrier at the gate. The dragon lurches toward it and is repelled, and starts to break up and crumble… and Oh-gong spits out a mouthful of blood, wounded by the effort.

As the dragon’s form fades, the skies turn sunny and Oh-gong rushes to Sun-mi, who has collapsed on the ground. He cradles her body and vanishes with her.

Patriarch wonders how Oh-gong was able to defeat his barrier. Mawang arrives to inform him that he lent his energy to help Oh-gong see through his choice. But Patriarch warns that the black dragon has not completely disappeared, and the skies begin clouding over again.

Frosty and Priestess reappear in a distant field, and Priestess supposes the dragon will emerge soon. Frosty transports himself to the river gate, and as the dragon’s scattered shape begins to reform, he uses his powers to freeze the gate shut.

Oh-gong takes Sun-mi to his garden, and her eyes flutter open when he calls her name. She tells him she’s sorry, and sees from the state of the sky that things aren’t over. She tells him he can’t be here, but he refuses to go.

“You do everything I ask,” she reminds him. “Go and finish things in my place. Truthfully, I’d wished your love wouldn’t disappear, but now I’m fine. I feel better because of the bracelet.”

Oh-gong cries wordlessly, and she adds, “When you are alone, it’s a relief that the love won’t remain.” Then she falls limp.

Oh-gong cradles her body to his, sobbing, and lets out a roar of anguish.

Mawang feels Sun-mi’s death within his own body. Patriarch says that nothing can stop the dragon now, but Mawang wonders what Oh-gong will do with this world in which Sun-mi is dead.

Frosty continues freezing over the gate while the dragon gains strength and the skies grow stormy, even as it takes a toll on his body. Oh-gong goes to where he’d hidden the sword he stole from Patriarch, and retrieves it.

The dragon finally blasts through Frosty’s ice barrier, blowing Frosty backward violently and clearing the gateway. Oh no, is he dead too?

Oh-gong arrives with sword in hand, and charges to the gate to face down the dragon. Fire shoots from the blade, and he sends flames at the dragon, scoring a direct hit.

The dragon rears back before going back for another round, and Oh-gong’s sword shoots up a fire shield this time. He struggles to hold his ground, when suddenly the golden bracelet and the sword both light up brightly.

Bolstered with additional energy, Oh-gong sends a fierce beam of light shooting at the dragon. The light pierces the dragon’s entire body, which starts to break apart again.

Oh-gong falls to his knees, spent. The dragon bursts into ashes, and Oh-gong collapses on his back.

Light returns to the sky, and this time Patriarch declares the dragon gone for good.

“Sohn Oh-gong won,” Mawang says.

Oh-gong looks up at the bright sky and says, “Jin Sun-mi, the world is the same, but you aren’t here anymore.” A tear falls from his eye, and then his eyes fall closed.

 
COMMENTS

They… killed everybody? Are they all really gone? After treating these monsters’ lives so lightly for so long, it’s a bit jarring to have so many of them suddenly meet their ends, albeit in dramatic and mostly heroic fashion. Maybe that was my fault for not taking this big bad dragon too seriously, but I suppose I never had a clear grasp of the hierarchy of evilness/seriousness in this drama, where everyone’s already so much more powerful than reality.

I thought Dragon Prince Alice had a nice moment, even if it sort of felt like a non sequitur; she was a character with a lot of potential who was mostly set dressing for much of the drama, so it was nice that she had her moment of glory. It was rather sad that her death could be traced back to a series of unfortunate choices, like PK’s impetuousness and Mawang’s decision to bind his powers, but maybe that makes it more poignant, in that she made a sacrifice without having done anything to deserve the death.

Frosty’s death (I’m presuming) felt fitting as well, because he’s a tortured character burdened with a lot of guilt and sadness, and although Oh-gong has forgiven him for his betrayal, Frosty is one who would have carried that longer than anyone would have expected him to. So it felt like a noble ending to have him give up his life literally fending off the end of the world, and for crucial moments being the only thing keeping it from destruction.

As for Sun-mi… I’m surprised that they had her actually die, because that plays into the original vision of her fate and of course we’ve been conditioned to expect a subversion of that fate. I won’t rule out a major twist to hit us in the finale episode, because I would find it quite fitting (narratively and symbolically) if they were to bring her back to life as some sort of reward, or even to grant her immortality.

Immortality would be my preferred scenario, since there was always a bittersweet taste to the idea of Oh-gong loving Sun-mi for her entire life and then outliving her by a thousand years or more. (Assuming, of course, that he survived the ending scene.) Especially now that we know that the bracelet has no more hold on his love, it’s particularly saddening to think that he might be lonely forever—Mawang may have had far more tragic circumstances regarding his love, but at least there was always a goal at the end of his struggles, a light at the end of the tunnel.

And that’s not even considering what an anguished Oh-gong might do in a world without Sun-mi. We saw how he literally set fire to a world where Sun-mi died (in the film dimension) so that he could bring her back; is that something we should be fearing now? Except there’s no Inception-esque upper level for Sun-mi here; the world in which she died is the topmost level, so any act of destruction by Monkey would be purely nihilistic at this point. Not that he’s not allowed a little nihilism after having lost his love to save the world when he’d rather have had it the other way around.

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Ahhhhh it's here! Thanks heaps!

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I mean, it’s fine, I was totally prepared to have my heart broken watching these two. But man, when Oh Gong shook his head lightly when Sun Mi whispered sorry and then her last dying words. Like okay, that’s fine I only wanted to have a chill weekend. T_T

I am setting some real low expectations for episode 20 because I don’t quite trust the Hong sisters to wrap this up in a way that may be satisfying. I’ve seen/read their endings to their other dramas and it’s not the most hopeful thing.

Also I had no idea seeing a man’s naked shoulders and collar bone would make ME feel embarrassed, lmao.

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But but but in terms of Hong Disters wrapping up, they have really stepped up their story telling ability, and they’ve given themselves one WHOLE episode to wrap up, not the last 10 minutes like they used to! So don’t set your expectations too low.

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hong gil dong being my long-time favourite beginning arc and my most hated ending comes to mind.

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I feel you ! That ending scarred me for a very long time, even though I loved the drama so so much !!!

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Let's hope we see more than shoulders for the last episode. LSG needs to show off him post-army bod.

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Ha! I was thinking the same thing. Where was our requisite asian drama fan service shower scene?!

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You are fast today, JB! Thank you. and DAMN IT, SHOW!

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The Hong Sisters certainly screwed OYS's Samjang throughout the entire drama.

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This ep was sooo meaningless. Samjang literally died in vain. He could've just beat the dragon alone. She did nothing. Correct me if i am wrong. I was waiting something much more epic and witty. Hong sisters have sincerely lost their ability to write good things since "The best love".

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I'm so frustrated with SJM's death. For god's sake, at least let her die while she was fighting the dragon and eliminating evil. Instead, she was stabbed by KDS, even before she started fighting. And SOG had a plan but the pan literally fell apart at the most crucial moments. Sigh!!!

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Even though I'm keeping expectations low (few fantasy kdramas to end satisfactorily), I can't help but hope there is some major twist or some explanation. I also felt like SM died in vain. But that can't be, right?! It just feels so wrong and unfair. At the moment, I feel like the Hong sisters are no different than those heavenly deities who use humans as chess pieces to achieve their goals in overly complicated ways. They're using SM to make SOG feel anguish and to give him that hero moment. SM deserves better!

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I certainly hope there is a good twist at the end. However, ep 20 preview is not making me feel better either :(

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Not sure if people picked up on it or not, but he was starting to get his ass kicked by the dragon then the GGG lit up allowing for him to pierce it with light, which I presume could only happen because of his feelings for Samjang or as a result of her death maybe? Maybe i'm clutching at straws haha

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Not sure about it but it looked so. Or was it Mawangs' power as he declared?

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GGG is his link to SM!

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I know, but they had a whole night for him to charge his batteries. And yet it is the GGG power and after JSM is dead (or is this a lead?).

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I like to think of it as a lead. I think it’s a hint that’s shes not gone and I’m a little annoying and stupid way, the Hong sisters way of saying ‘look SM helped fulfill her destiny’. I kind of agree with lots of beanies today about how it’s so sad that Sm did nothing. But Hong sisters always big up their heroes and make them swoon worthy. But I think SM did something, she made OG love the world and want to save it

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Also not I’m a little annoying and stupid! It’s supposed to say in a little annoying and a stupid way hahahah

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Hong sisters should love their heroines more. Just saying.

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I agree with that too. They did in the earlier series like delightful girl. She was so proactive and amazing

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Actually, so was gumiho

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But I think SM did something, she made OG love the world and want to save it

Thanks for saying this. It is a huge sea change for the Great Sage who formerly didn't give a damn about anything other than himself. In effect, Sun-mi gave Monkey a heart transplant.

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@pakalanapikake anytime! I feel like there have been loads of different opinions, many of which I agree with! But I feel like I needed to put a positive spin on it because he’s changed so much! And she did that to him. Not the GGG, remember when he was going to let the zombie eat Han Joo and didn’t care about people. Now he makes an effort with humans. I mean look at how he is with Han Joo and his kids! And when Bu Ja was around?

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@pakalanapikake @mollyp that change she affected in Oh-gong was all well and good, but the way she died was just stupid and frustrating. I think the most frustrating part about it is that it is in line with her character and how they've portrayed her thus far. That mini god complex she developed made her think she was more capable than she was. But I think the most frustrating part was watching her hold that sword in her hand and seeing just how useless she was in that situation.

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@hades I get your frustration, I really do. I’m trying to look past how she was essentially a sacrificial lamb and see the impact she left on the world, which is pretty major for how she effected OG. I know he did the saving, not her, but he wouldn’t of if it wasn’t for her. I’m just digging for positives when there are so few. This drama has been amazing, but as always the Hong sisters reach for drama and forget some satisfactory scenarios along the way.

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Maybe it was all of the above, along with General Winter, and maybe even Octo-Dragon Prince Alice.

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I was thinking the same thing, that it was the power of his love for her and her for him that helped to defeat the dragon.
For expecting a battle with a big black dragon what I saw finally was a little disappointing.
But oh well. I'm looking forward to how the Hong sisters wrap up this story.
Thanks for the FAST recap!

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I have little theory on why the need to kill SM as a human. In order for KDS to be brought to justice he needs to be tried and convicted in the human court system. That can only be done by tying him to a human death. All the other deaths have been covered up. However he no longer has any power, thus his lakeys will leave his side and he won't have anyone to help him cover up SM's murder. Thus he will be arrested. Maybe the rest of the gang can help and bring forward evidence of the other deaths and he can be charged of those as well. Thus his whole plan of world domination will be twarthed. And SM will have brought him down.

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@Ainos,

I like your idea a lot. It's a twist on rendering unto Caesar. But with all the evil temporal minions Professor Kang Dae-sung had, it still may not be easy to get a conviction.

Are there any witnesses or admissible evidence? Did Oh-gong arrive soon enough to be a witness? He's probably got the murder weapon -- here's hoping he hasn't gotten his fingerprints on the hilt.

And maybe while we're at it, we'll finally get #JusticeForBuJa. But that means she really has to die. I'd just as soon Zombie Girl get a supernatural reboot and a much-deserved happy ending with the pig who loves her to bits. Is that too much to ask?

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#justiceforbuja Hehehe I like that one. I guess we will see tonight with the final epi.

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also #RIPDragonPrince #Mayhisdeathbenotinvain

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Yeah, justice though the human legal system wouldn't be Oh-gong's style. He would sooner lop off his head or torture him or something. Also, this is dramaland, a place where evil doers rarely get the comeuppance they deserve. As @pakalanapikake said, developing a case against him even for Sun-mi's death would be a tall order given how it all happened.

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Is it just me who thinks that this show is lame? Especially from the Hong sisters, I expected better things. But the writing of this is a little lazy.

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And here i am thinking this whole time, if heaven can contain ASN from the begining why dont they just catch her and kill her. let the dragon be dormant in the lake. And since ASN is killed and definitely gone, no one can wake up the dragor right?! RIGHT?! Then everyone is happy. SJ no longger need to be a vessel for the dragon. And SOG can live happily everafter with SJ. And we can happly enjoy our withdrawal syndrome.

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@UpAndAwakeYoung March 5, 2018 at 9:43 AM

If the dragon were dormant, why not dispatch it while it's in stasis? Oh, right, because it's actually a manifestation of human evil, so you have to have a human get rid of it.

These gods and immortals are a bunch of nit-picking Phildelphia lawyers who don't like to do their own dirty work. I've come to the conclusion that the heavenly beings are bored, and engineer this stuff for their own jollification.

Too bad Mawang's son has to remain incognito. Otherwise I'd sic him on Patriarch & Co. with a bunch of addictive computer role-playing games and trap the lot of 'em in a VR world so they can wreak all the havoc they want without making life on earth hell for the puny mortals. And I bet that Mawang the Younger would kick their butts all over the celestial realms. I can imagine Oh-gong having a blast with him.

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The episode was...interesting. I liked that Sunmi got to play a more active role (loved her confrontation with Kang Daesung at the office *snap snap*). And I cheered when Secretary Ma thwarted Mawang from making another annoying attempt at betrayal! But...sorry for the rant here (maybe I'll feel better about it in the morning..)...I was also really confused and honestly, feeling let-down by the big showdown. I had been wishing this was someone's bad dream.

I could forgive the bad CGI dragon, but I felt insulted that SM died by being stabbed by that disgusting human, Kang DaeSung. I wish, given how much effort she made in trying to figure things out herself and in getting the heavens involved in protecting SOG and given her increasing powers, that she could have been the one to slay the dragon. And wasn't she supposed to pull the dragon into her (though the deities never said how she was to do this very important thing, btw..)? I wish she could have taken in that dragon so she could have taken it down with her. What was the point of needing a vessel? What was SM's direct role? So she died for nothing??? How could the Hong sisters do that to Sunmi?!! Why not give SM the hero moment instead of SOG?

I really hope Frosty isn't dead!!! I just assumed he was maimed.

The ASN is making my blood pressure rise. She's mad that everyone thinks she's an evil demon. Maybe she should stop killing people and helping bad people? I still don't get why she wanted to bring up the black dragon in the first place. Her hurting PK and leaving him there to die...and then Dragon Prince's death...then killing all those people. Can we release BJ from that body so she doesn't have to see this?

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Yeah I got excited when I saw Sun Mi was able to figure out that Oh Gong had lied to her and she moved quickly to act on her own....only to play a half-role in defeating the Black Dragon. :/

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Half role how? What did she even do? She stole ASN's role anyhow then died and couldnt even do her half. Monkey did the full 100% -_-

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What to do..The writter wrote the storyline like that..

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I totally agree. I still did not understand her plan to defeat dragon without Oh Gong

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Is this what heavens do when you mess up their plan? The block your plans and semiuse you to safe the world?
I find it fitting that Sun-mi died by the hand of human but as a collateral? I expected better.

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I think they wanted to show OG defeat the dragon through all his angst, and him not have to kill SM. Which is still a let down, because she didn’t serve any purpose in the end

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Right? They scratched out all the heroism lined our for her.

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Yeah. She wanted an ordinary life though. Does that mean not being a hero will allow her that?

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Dunno. But that was what moved me deeply. Her saying that her being ordinary with ordinary life is what can challenge his power? Inspiring.

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She's mad that everyone thinks she's an evil demon. Maybe she should stop killing people and helping bad people?

In all fairness, the people calling her an evil demon are contemptible individuals themselves who live in glass houses.

I still don't get why she wanted to bring up the black dragon in the first place.

If I remember correctly, didn't priestess think she was going to call forth a divine/holy/untainted dragon at first and Oh-gong/Mawang later told her it was going to be a corrupted dragon instead and she didn't want to believe that. When they started calling her evil then she embraced the idea of calling forth the corrupted dragon.

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I agree that the monsters who are calling her evil do shitty things themselves. For an old priestess, she weirdly went full teenager temper tantrum.

She did think she was going to call a golden dragon and then once she realized it was a black dragon (and also needed SOG's protection), she agreed to call it out for SOG to defeat it, but not unleashed it. But when she got mad, she decided to unleash it. I just never understood why she wanted to call out that golden dragon in the first place. The last time she did it, she was betrayed and stuck into a coffin. Sure the dude she called the golden dragon for ended up being a good king. So did she want to call it again in 2018 to provide the world with a good ruler? Was he her backup husband option after SOG turned her down? But why pick KDS? I know KDS's evil unwittingly brought him into her orbit, but why continue with him? Did I miss something? Could she have seen a powerful future for him?

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@asianromance, March 4, 2018 at 2:04 PM

"For an old priestess, she weirdly went full teenager temper tantrum."

That's exactly how I think of most of the gods, immortals, and demons in this story. They're all childish, self-centered, and impulsive -- aside from CEO Sa, who is immensely dignified, and Secretary Ma, who is well-trained. I'll include Winter General in that, as he only caved in to blackmail to protect Summer Fairy, and then supported Oh-gong's plan to vanquish the dragon and put himself in grave danger to do so.

Re: the connection of Priestess to Kang Dae-sung, all I can think is that there's a relationship between his family and the land where she has been buried for so long. He may be a descendant of the king who imprisoned her, or even an reincarnation, upon whom she is taking revenge. It's hard to say. I feel as if I'm missing something, too, and it may have to do with the subtitles. Or maybe it's just another plot hole in a script that leaks like a sieve.

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I just never understood why she wanted to call out that golden dragon in the first place. The last time she did it, she was betrayed and stuck into a coffin.

If I had to venture a guess, the priestess liked to think of herself as quite the powerful being. People who think they're powerful like to show it off. It was kinda funny when Sun-mi as Sam-jang was being hailed as being more powerful than she (priestess) was and then she (priestess) wanted to get Samjang's powers for her own.

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I agree with you, @hades.

In effect, the other demons made Priestess wangtta, and she lived down to the name. Maybe that was the point. They truly demonized her. And look how she responded.

We never did find out the circumstances of Priestess's betrayal, so all I can surmise is that this harassment by holier-than-thou demons pushed her over the brink.

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"Interesting" doesn't even cut it close. It was more of "a big trainwreck". Sun Mi's death felt totally pointless; even though it was her turn to shine and make an heroic death, she couldn't even get rid of the Dragon before dying and it had to be her boyfriend all on his own. And what happens with the Death bell? One of them was supposed to kill the other! We were teased with it for I-don't-know-how-many-episodes and in the end, Sun Mi got killed by Kang Dae Sung.
This level of messing up by the Hong sisters is getting ridiculous. Sorry for the rant, but I am very disappointed right now...
Aaaand let's not forget that CGI dragon. I was laughing all the time since it appeared, so I couldn't take anything seriously for a while.

What a let down.

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Was the only one who felt SuMi's death was a little..useless? Pointless? Unheroic?

She dies by accident. Her blood summoned the drafon sure, but what was the point of her dying if the dragon didn't even enter her? I was so upset. I guess the dragon would have entered her if Monkey didn't step in. But still, her death was so...meaningless for a character that had so much importance placed on her.

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Seriously for all the Patriarch and Shopkeeper Grandmother saying things like "Samjang is a special human/the only person who can save the world"...Sun Mi doesn't seem to really have done much besides her blood summoning the Black Dragon.

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Yea:( also, a talking dragon would have been nice. Like if he gave a little monologue about humans being awful and it s just here to serve them what they've been cooking.

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I felt embarrassed watching that horrible CGI dragon in front of my brother who already is confused about me watching these foreign dramas LMAO ... hard to get him to watch one after this hehe

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I guess we can blame monkey for that because he sincerely fell in love and overcame the GGG, thus influenced Sun Mi's fate. If he didn't fell in love, he wouldn't have stopped Sun Mi from doing her role.

What's next is my main question.

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Maybe Sun-mi ultimately saved the world by transforming Monkey with her love. He'd been a loose cannon in the past. But this time, he stuck to his guns and defeated the black dragon. And he may not be finished yet. Kang Dae-sung and his ilk have to be well and truly vanquished.

I'm holding out hope that we'll see more bits of Sun-mi's final scenes that fill in some blanks.

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Reimagined Ending: The Dragon, being summoned by her blood and attracted to SamJung, nearly passes through the door, only for Oh Gong to come and stope. They fight. The dragon dives back into the water. All is silent. Beneath the water, the dragon drinks a drop of SuMi's blood, his eyes go bazerk and he POP's out of the water and shoots at OhGong who falls over. The dragon passes through the door while OhGong is down and enters SamJang. Her eyes go totally black for a moment. NOOOO!-Oh Gong. He runs over to her and craddles her in his arms. She blinks and her eyes gobavk to normal. 'It's okay, he's locked up in me now, and when I die, he'll go too.' He looks down at her fatal wound that is still bleeding. They have the same dialogue. She passes. He screams.

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HAPGYEO!!!!

As I mentioned in my comment wayyyy down, I didn't see the purpose of SM dying at all. She wasn't even a vessel for the dragon, and OG defeated the dragon in 3 strokes. Why, then, did SM have to die?

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But then he will not become the hero in all-black armor. Well, I already turned off my brain and this would definitely be an upgrade.

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Thank you!
THIS is the version I wanted to see! So I'll just pretend I watched it in my mind and hope that the last one today somehow redeems Sunmi's pointless death.
great writing @samdam!

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d'owww thank you!

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I'm confuse. with many things. just wait for tonight. thanks for the recap Javabeans, you are so fast.

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I can't believe they killed Sun Mi that way. I feel her role was so majorly underutilized. We really didn't see her do anything in this episode except get stabbed and die.

I guess she did stop the dragon from entering its vessel (partly because the coward actually ran away when he saw the Dragon, probably the level of CG chased him off). But she didn't get to do her sacrificial thing to save the world which is the whole point of being the Sam Jang.

Further more, countless episodes of this big bad dragon looming over us and we get this level of CG and 3 slashes from monkey and its dead. (roll eyes)

We're down to the last episode tonight and I am sincerely scared of what's going to happen. I really like this show and the cast, just a bit disappointed with the climax. Hopefully the show would redeem itself and provide us a satisfying ending

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I agree that the fight between the dragon and SOG could have been...more, given that everyone was so sure that the dragon was so powerful it had to go inside Samjang to contain it enough to be killed. It's so weird how they made SM more powerful recently just to be like "j/k. you're not needed. I guess you could play the dead gf."

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I agree with you 100%.

In addition the whole Ma Wang lending his power to SOG when he was trapped seemed so MM OKAY YA NICE ADD IN.. didnt make sense in the rule book of hong sister. Because when ASN wanted to steal his power they had to place the ball near him. Idk... maybe since he "shared" it, its different.. but i dont buy that

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"...probably the level of CG chased him off." *spattered my screen*

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What even happened to KDS? They showed him running off but in the next second he had literally vanished into thin air LOL. I'm like LOL dude you thought you were a baddie and powerful and all that but the moment a black dragon appears you literally pee your pants and run? Don't play adult games when you're still a little boy!

Am I the only one who's not mad at the CGI? I think I'm too accustomed to it, generally Journey to the West shows/movies have meh CGI. Plus Chinese dragons definitely do not look as formidable as compared to dragons in say, Game of Thrones.

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CG was fine for me, I expected it from earlier episodes. But it is a pity.
The overall concept of this battle was a mess, thank goodness it was fast enough I had to watch it twice to get annoyed.

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The black dragon is fine by me. Eastern ones are much more snake-like than their Western counterparts. When it was still in the water it was kind of Loch Ness Monster-ish, and that was apropos.

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That's not the point. I don't think anybody here expected a western dragon to come out of a buddhism themed drama. Chinese dragon with texturing is what we at the least deserved. At least at the level of 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms EP 11 or 13 dragon. But what we have instead is murky texture and smoke. I swear half of the time I could only see its big cat eyes which sorta made it cute. Lol.

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Plus Chinese dragons definitely do not look as formidable as compared to dragons in say, Game of Thrones.

While I get where you're coming from, I don't see why a corrupted version of the dragon below wouldn't be any less formidable/menacing.

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She hasn't been doing much for half the drama since she stopped chasing away ghosts anyway.

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I guess she did stop the dragon from entering its vessel (partly because the coward actually ran away when he saw the Dragon, probably the level of CG chased him off).

😂😂😂❤️❤️❤️

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i'm pretty sure sun mi will somehow be revived in the last ep (i'm right, right???) but i was still devastated when she died in SOG's arms. one more ep, pls do the right thing show!! I hate it that she got stabbed by KDS but i guess that just shows what a terrible psycho he is. and i'm bummed by dragon prince's role in the show. I mean that's it??

i still love the show and am both dreading and looking forward to the final episode... what will i do without my weekly dose of monkey?? :(

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Huh, I don't know what I feel about this episode. Underwhelmed? Well, it's mostly about how the ultimate dragon fight played out. The gods have been saying that it's Sam Jang's 'sacrifice' that can stop the destruction of the world, and I imagined that she would literally sacrifice her life (as in kill/stab herself). That's why it never crossed my mind that she would die because of Kang Dae-sung, and by accident at that.

Speaking of gods, are they really gods? They are so useless. If it weren't for these gods🙄, Oh-gong would've still defeated the dragon and Sun-mi's life would be spared. I guess they have no way of knowing if Oh-gong could really kill the dragon and opted for the sure and known to be effective way - Sam Jang. But still, ughhh.

I hope General Frost isn't dead so he can be compensated tremendously by reviving Summer Fairy's soul as a reward for helping kill the dragon. I really miss Summer Fairy. And I realized that most of the girls in this show are dead: Sun-mi, Summer Fairy, Alice (well, the octopus prince), Buja, and even the White Egret. But of course, ASN is still alive! Seriously, why do wicked people live longer?

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That'sa good point, the female character, though important, a much more likely to die in this show than their male counter parts

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That's a really good point about the female characters. There is also Iron Fan, who was technically a human. But the male characters get to live despite doing some crazy stuff. MW should have died or should have been severely maimed after absorbing Iron Fan's punishment but he just got temporary blindness. I like the drama, but I did feel like removing Buja and Summer Fairy took away some of the cohesion from the ensemble and from the show.

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I think it’s an interesting commentary on the price women must pay? Or an accidental one? Also how men can just get away with it? Or maybe something simpler like their death would’ve been more empathetic and hence sadder?

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Or it simply has more impact on viewers to have a hero mourning the loss of his girl or being an obedient bull to right his wrongs.

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Yeah, not very deep at all!

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"Seriously, why do wicked people live longer?"

Because Heaven doesn't want them, and Hell is afraid they'll take over. ;-)

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Also, because drama.

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Speaking of gods, are they really gods? They are so useless. If it weren't for these gods🙄, Oh-gong would've still defeated the dragon and Sun-mi's life would be spared. I guess they have no way of knowing if Oh-gong could really kill the dragon and opted for the sure and known to be effective way - Sam Jang. But still, ughhh.

The way I take it is that the gods really want to stick it to Oh-gong to make sure he learns his lesson this time. He needs to know real love and loss--or something like that.

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That's a good point. The Powers are hitting him over the head with the love and loss lesson.

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so technically it is always the guardians who do the saving since SJ is really just a pawn... most special, my foot.

and i'm sorry that i'm not convinced that a few swings of sword deserves to be the big battle that saves the world. just sayin'.

hoping for a fulfilling ending..... and more more kiss from LSG please.

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ur right.. i think it is the guardian that does the work and the SamJangs are just a pawn.. to push the guardian into doing heavens work for them.. ugh

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Yikes! So now Sun-mi has been reduced to a carrot-on-a-stick. Heol!

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This was such a bad episode. I didnt even feel sympathy for Sam Jang's death because it was so stupid! Like really? U take An Saneyo or whatever away so jin seon mi can raise it only to be stabbed and not even do her job -_- ... I didnt even care how water dragon died cuz that was the DUMBEST filler .. "im made from water ill save u" I mean .. really? Ok so is the originally training star gonna return then?

I feel bad lee seung gis acting is amazing as per usually.. but my goodness cgi and dragons defeat was horribly protrayed. Sorry to be so negative but common!! This episode did not make sense - if someone wants to try and convince me that it did..plz attempt

I stayed for Lee seung gi. That is all.

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Sorry not water dragon but octopus prince*** 👀

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You're right the first time. The Water Dragon Prince happened to use the octopus as his temporary body before possessing Alice. I did find his/her death scene a little moving, but sooo out of left field.

I love Sunmi, but I couldn't really cry over her death and SOG's anguish because I was so upset at the way she died. If i were to cry, it would be to cry over how unfair it is.

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I shouldn't have blushed as much as I did at the beginning when Sun-mi kept whispering "I love you" and then Oh-Gong's shoulders but I'm ashamed to admit I did dammit!

Ma-wang saying he's not going to be involved in the action anymore and I was like pshhhh pleasee. You know you're going to be involved one way or another, and he was haha. He helped Oh-gong escape his barrier. I have a feeling he's also gonna play an important role in tomorrow's episode.

When Monkey told Frosty "if things go wrong, tell Sun-mi I took off the bracelet and ran" he's trying to protect her even in the case he passes away T_T.
Poor Dragon Prince and Frosty. I felt like we could have gotten so much more from Dragon Prince but he/she was just put as a side character with use to the main characters only sighh.

When Oh-gong was holding Sun-mi and crying I was like SEE YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD HER YOU LOVED HER EVEN WITHOUT THE BRACELET YOU IDIOT because now she died without knowing that (even though she's not actually dead I mean come on).
I can't wait for tomorrow's episode, oooh I can't wait to see the chaos Oh-gong will cause if he doesn't get his Sun-mi back.

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Same, I was like... WHY DID YOU NOT JUST TELL HER when you two are happy and warm and wrapped in a huge towel? (I feel like I shouldn't have blushed when they showed the water droplets and her saying I love you BUT erm I did).

I mean, I get it... he didn't want to tell her in case he died, so that she wouldn't be so upset that he really loved her and died for her... but see? Things didn't work out his way and she died without ever knowing. Which just twists me up on the inside.

Even though they were side characters, I really liked Dragon Prince and Frosty (especially Frosty!). I feel really bad for Frosty and please, I hope he's still alive. Someone needs to run the bar! And the ice cream truck!

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Sighh we viewers will forever be frustrated with noble idiocy because it seems writers don't want to let go of that trope! (hahaha I think we all blushed to some degree).

Me too I was disappointed in Frosty for a while but I understood what he did and why he did it. I'm really gonna miss PK and the Dragon Prince's arguments. I do wonder what'll happen to the Priestess/Buja's body though. Because they weren't very clear about that in this episode.

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It's interesting that Buja's body doesn't burn while Priestess is still inside it, so I do wonder what will happen.

Also, kinda like... they've been showing her with sad faces and conflicted expressions, which I guess signifies that maybe she does regret some of the things she has done. But I really can't find it in my heart to forgive her for anything. She is, as OG says, an evil spirit. She's no longer the priestess who was put to sleep years ago. I can't decide if I want the show to give her salvation and redemption, or to just let her die.

Frosty was blackmailed by ASN, so I understood why he did it, and I think Summer Fairy's death was... payment enough. He lost the thing he'd tried so desperately to protect.

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I had always assumed she was an evil spirit type of priestess raising powerful kings to oppress people, and I think it was only in ep 17 or 18 that she said the last king she made was actually a good ruler even though he was an asshole.

I had hoped the drama would sort of redeem her, but she ended up taking one step back and 2 steps backwards. I can't forgive her for letting PK burn like that, but I also think having her just die without redemption would be wasting all those conflicted expressions.

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I'm still wondering what Priestess's back story is with the human who betrayed her. And we still haven't heard the details about Oh-gong's having been betrayed by a human, either.

Spill it, Show!

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@asianromance honestly the Priestess had so much potential as a character to be full of mysteries and she could have been so well fleshed out, but I guess the writers weren't interested in that.

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@pakalanapikake Me too I'm so curious but how on earth will we get all that info that in a one-hour finale?? I doubt they'll give it to us :(

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@Naela Patel
March 4, 2018 at 2:12 PM

Silly me for holding out hope. Full speed ahead to the plot holes...

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Considering how much build up they were (finally) giving Sun-mi's character in the last few episodes, agreeing with everyone here how disappointing and seemingly futile her death was. She wasn't even the one who summoned the dragon but the priestess. All her drop of blood did was excite the dragon to come out of the water.

On the other hand, they made emphasis in this episode how SOG had become who he is because of SM (during their couch moment where he admired SM's ability to live on despite all that is happening and during his conversation with Mawang at how he wants to be awesome for SM). I wonder if that is how the Hong Sisters wanted to paint SM's saving the world--? By pouring her love on SOG, she was able to change him into someone who would care about saving the world.

In her dying moment, SM was telling SOG that he shouldn't be there and should be defeating the dragon but SOG didn't want to go back. He initially just wanted to defeat the dragon to save SM, so it's logical that he wouldn't care anymore about the world if SM is dead (Mawang also wondered at what SOG would do in a world where SM is gone). But then because SM commissions him and he goes to finish the mission. And perhaps the GGG helping SOG in the end is Sun-mi's love aiding him (and the sword shining is the white heron helping too?)

Nevertheless--even if it's like that--Sun-mi not having a more active contribution to the dragon's defeat is still disappointing. After her realization that maybe she was chosen to be a special human so that she could be able to stop the human KDS and save the rest of humankind seems to have gotten wasted. I was kind of hoping that Ep 19 ending would lead to some reversal of "savior" and "saved", that in the end, SM would be able to save herself and SOG in her human way. Or at the very least they both could share the glory of defeating the monster alongside each other--not SM simply paving way for SOG's hero moment.

*SIGH*

I hope they are able to offer some redeeming theme in the last episode!

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But they still didn’t paint Oh-gong as someone who cares about the world. He did what Samjang wanted him to do. All these thoughts about motivations are making my eye twitch!

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Sun-mi was useless from the start, guys.
I confess that I expecting more of this character.
The authors disappointed me somehow. I was expecting her to be a really powerful character, but she was just useless.

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Just to make sense of why it happened, we can blame monkey for falling in love sincerely. She could've done her role no problem if monkey hadn't tried to save her which made her sacrifice seem useless. She was ready to die and everything after all which is brave coming from a human. And so I wouldn't say its the character. More like the authors way of using her.

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I expected her to have a master's sun's feel. If you remember the female character in that drama she needed the male character but solved many cases and fights without him or with him only as a support. That was a hong sister's drama so I expected the same but I should've known better due to Big. People had been trashing them for a while but I had faith and I really shouldn't have ughhh so much lost potential. He literally could have trained her and showed her how to harness her powers instead of just cheering her on because she broke a freaking glass cup in jealousy ughhh

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Yes to Master’s Sun, but the difference is Joo Jоong‑won had no real powers, he was a shield. Oh-gong could hardly be used that way.

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The thing is she had no real power also. All she could do was speak to the ghosts. She couldn't even fully keep them from possessing her. He thought her how to have strength in herself. Song Oh Gong had actual powers so his support in helping her strengthen herself should have been more. He knows how this whole world works. That's my frustration

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Sun-mi feels independent and they say she is able to take care of herself. But the script undermines the concept all along. I agree that some training and support would make her more promissing.

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Here show..just stomp on my heart.

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Never expect the CGI to be that cheap, very distracting. The story is getting more stupidier toward the end *sighs*. This gonna to be the last Hong sisters drama for me.

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My guess: he gives up his immortality for her to live and they live like normal folk--a sacrifice and happy ending

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Oh no... this made me cry .. let there be a twist and sun-mi better be alive for my Oh-gong. Ohhhham crying for them and happy for mawang but my cute frosty better not die

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Like most beanies, I too felt sun mi's death was pointless. The way the story built up telling us countlessly that ONLY sun mi can save the world! Heck! That was her only role and purpose given to her as Sam jang! And what happened in the end? Was she used as an intended vessel? Nope. Did she use her sudden powers absorbed from the priestess and worked TOGETHER with Oh gong to fight the dragon and hence defy their deadly fate?? Nope. She died. being. stabbed. by. KDS. And I cringed badly at their CGI that I couldn't take the fight seriously. T.T

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A quick question. Oh gong could heal sun mi's injuries right? Or was the wound too serious as compared to the usual small cut?

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I was also thinking that.
Like heal the wound with your magic or at least take her to a hospital. And he has magic, he was healed her wound before.

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Yup. This just confirms it for me. Heaven's trash. Heaven's trash. Heaven's trash. Heaven's trash. I hope they all rot!!! And now I wonder if there is a hell. And if it's possible for all our monsters to be like f this shit, we're going to rule hell. And i hope Sun-mi goes along with them because I repeat, Heaven's trash! Poor Sun-mi, after a life spent in pain and fear and having to endure the most horrible things, to die like that, it just sucks. She so deserved better!!!!!!!!

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Shallow things that make me happy first:
- OG waking up in bed wearing only the GGG? Rawr.
- How the first thing he does upon waking up is to look for SM, only to realize she's sitting somewhere ogling him. (You go, girl).
- SM saying "I love you" and OG replying "mm" in this utterly satisfied-sounding voice as water droplets roll down the glass.

Heavier things next:
On the CGI: I saw quite a few comments bashing the CGI, but I'm not mad at it. That's how Chinese dragons look anyway, they're supposed to have the body of a snake, so yes, they're meant to be skinny and not-so-impressive-looking, LOL. I'm not sure if it's a common theme, but Chinese movies based off Journey To The West all have pretty cringey CGI as well, so maybe it's just a thing with this story. 😂

On the battle: The mighty epic battle between a black dragon and the Great Sage lasted all of 3 sword strokes and 10 seconds with OG standing in the exact same position? (Maybe I was hoping for more action.) And for that SM had to sacrifice herself? I saw some theories on how SM had to die to give him the strength (and the fury) to kill the dragon, but here I am just wondering what in the world is happening?

So according to what we've been told over and over in 19 episodes, SM was supposed to take the dragon into her body and OG was supposed to kill her. None of that happened (which, great, OG didn't have to make the choice) - BUT. What was the purpose of her sacrificing herself to get stabbed then? What happened to the candidate, did he get chomped by the dragon? We only see him trying to run away and then he literally disappeared. OG managed to defeat the dragon using the GGG, so maybe SM's sacrifice helped him to do it. I don't know, for now I just have too many questions.

Also, Frosty better not die. Too many good people have suffered in this show, argh.

On ASN, BJ and PK: I kind of get that she still has to be alive because her storyline isn't complete... like do we get Bu-ja back, or not? But at this point in time, BJ has been gone for so long, that somehow I don't even feel like she should come back. Too much has happened with ASN doing evil deeds in BJ's body with BJ's face, that I think BJ coming back wouldn't feel as great. How'd BJ feel coming back knowing that an evil sorceress has been borrowing her body to help her murderer + kill a ton of people + her mum has already died?

And also on that note, I'm pissed with PK. Did they keep Alice/Dragon Prince around for all the episodes just to have her/him sacrifice her/his life because PK kept stubbornly wanting to be tricked by ASN (using the excuse that she was wearing BJ's face)? Maybe I'm spiteful, but I can't find it in my heart to hope for a happy ending for him and BJ this way.

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" only to realize she's sitting somewhere ogling him."
eyy Sun Mi. why would you sit so far away if you can ogle him better sitting next to him on the bed. well, at least she didn't die a virgin.

on ASN and BJ. i still want BJ to boot ASN outta her body and then pass away as the sweet innocent BJ we all knew and love. while ASN gets treated like the demon she has become.

i'm so confused with Prince. he's a DRAGON right? sorta like the black dragon is a dragon? why is he so.. puny? i mean, he's a PRINCE for crying out loud, and he gets beaten by a mere lighter seems like a bad joke

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Maybe sitting further away she can ogle him in all its entirety, but if I were her maybe I'd sit closer to ogle his abs up close instead.

I think they tried to use the Chinese mythology and mixed it up because of the whole "dragon" thing? The Dragon King lives under the sea and has quite a few sons, so they are all princes, which doesn't mean that they're powerful or anything, they're just a dragon prince because their dad was the Dragon King LOL.

But at the same time, they wanted to use this ASN storyline for her to "raise a dragon", and the "dragon" is supposed to be a godsent symbol etc etc. I think there's just some... friction between these two different mythologies?

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Right? He was covered, what entirety was there to agle? You can't admire a face from across the room.
This whole Asanyeo subplot got black and white. She's got to raise a dragon because she can? Why wouldn't she rather raise puppies. *sigh*

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Omg this comment! Puppies! 😂😂😂😂😂

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We were all SM enjoying that view too!!! 😎

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While I haven't seen the full movie myself, the CGI in The Monkey King 2 doesn't look bad. It looks good actually.

https://youtu.be/NbZ1Tc1qxiI

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First of all, I'm not gonna check my Instagram for the time being, until i can finally watch the whole finale or read the recap. These spoilers on IG were seriously killing me, as a international fans who doesn't speak Korean a lot!!

Damn it, damn it, damn it!! I'd never expected so many deaths happened, the most unexpected was the dragon prince's. I'd always imagined her going back to the water kingdom, but why?!!

And... The preview for the finale is out! Apparently JSM is coming back alive? And one of them lost their memory?!! Goblin much? But it's just a bit preview. Come on, Hong sisters! Do surprise us!

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And i agree to the most comments here about Samjang's death was useless. Why did you even bother give her such power only for her to end like that!! She could break glasses out of jealousy, so I bet she could push KDS all over the way before being stabbed!! Or what, something useful!! I was looking forward for SOG and JSM's fight for the dragon, but she didn't even summon the black dragon to hers. Like WTF actually did she even do?!!

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this will go down in history... Hong sisters - you are such a total failure! what are you adapting and what the crap are you writing?! I stay bcoz of LSG... That Black Dragon? What kind of cheap special effect was that? yuck.... such cheap production!!

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I feared for what the CGI would look like ever since the summoning of a dragon was mentioned, but kinda wishing they wouldn't take it literally. Maybe just the spirit of the dragon and let it possessed KDS like what Priestess did to Buja and just let a possessed KDS fights off, fancy kung fu style against Oh Gong.

Also Sam Jang's death ... man, I mean can't a girl had a moment of glory first at least?

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i came into the episode expecting to be underwhelmed by the action scenes, based on past eps and yeah, this is a drama not a blockbuster. so i came, and watched and be underwhelmed. no biggie

like many of you here, the major sore point for me is the pointlessness of SM's death. in the grand scheme of things, KDS is so insignificant that it is an insult to have him kill this girl, who'd sacrificed her WHOLE LIFE to be the beacon of hope for humanity, and by stabbing her on accident to boot. and then he gets to run away. i just, i just can't get past this.. this crude attempt of sidelining the heroine of her purpose (which we've been building for over 10 episodes!) moment just so the hero could have his glory moment without having to share the limelight.

but since i can't do anything about it, i decided to focus on the good thing, which is the acting. that short moment before SM's death, augh. rip my heart to shreds will you. best scene of the episode.

that little peek into hanjoo's daddy moment was cute <3 it's sad to think he'd be the only one mourning over SM besides SOG.. i hope he'd still stick around in the final ep

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I agree with your comment wholeheartedly. Thanks for mentioning Han-joo's daddy of the year moment.

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So now on to part 2398849678027764896 of a series I like to call Kdramas not utilizing their female actresses/ characters. I'd like to point out that Sam Jang did NOTHING in this drama. Again just for the people in the back who maybe didn't hear me she Did NOTHING. She's supposed to be as strong as priestess and did not die fighting the dragon. No that would be too much to ask. She did not die fighting the priestess because why would she? She didn't even die fighting any deity. She died fighting the ONLY HUMAN in the whole drama. The HUMAN with NO powers. The person with no special skill besides being a rich evil dude was the one that vanquished her and he did it pretty much by accident if his face shows anythign. She was supposed to save the world. The reason why she suffered for all these years is that she was supposed to be powerful enough to save the word. And since the beginning of the drama she's been pretty useless besides getting grumpy enough to break a wine glass or push paper off a table but that strength came from emotions to a man because clearly when else would a woman be powerful if not when she's jealous because her bf kissed another girl? Truly powerful stuff amiright?!

All I know is that in this last episode scheduled to air they BETTER give me some girl power and strength. How do you have TWO women writing a drama and yet have the main woman character be useless?! ughhh so much annoyance and frustration. Even if she becomes powerful in the last episode there will be a bitterness to it due to it being something that should've happened so much earlier.

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Hong sisters adore their male heroes, this is not news. But I still hoped that after showing her growing powers we were going somewhere.

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I wished they'd pulled a master's sun and had him train her on how to use her powers and to strengthen it instead of patting her on the head because she broke a cup ugghhh I'm so irked

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Women sacrificing their heart and love is such an overused concept. So Sun-mi getting some powers and not using them is a letdown.

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I’m tired of women being these vehicles who are always willing to sacrifice for love and need to be protected this bring forth two issues in current society. A world where women seem useless without a man and his support. This world is also one in which a man doesn’t feel as if he has the right to be supported. I mean women have the higher rate of depression and abusive relationships out of the sexes but men have a higher rate of suicide. Because women don’t feel strong alone and men have to be strong alone 😠

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@feranmi101Couldn't agree more. The whole woman fixes man is harmful to both genders. Man don't need fixing and woman don't have to fix everything. That's why I enjoy shows with layered women and men because you know humans are so much more complex than this drama would let you believe.

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Couldn't agree more. Once more, we get a drama where a good woman fixes a bad man through her love.

Sam Jang was useless. For someone who was supposed to be a ghost fighter, she spent the whole drama worrying about her love and whether Oh-gong loved her and blah blah blah. Sometimes I wanted to ask her if she had any hobbies apart from mopping around the room.

Would it have been too much to ask to get a kickass ghost/demon fighter?

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She never even technically fought ghosts. She threw beans at them to scare them away and held an umbrella to keep them at bay. If OG hadn't been there she'd have to run. And you're sooooo right about the no hobby thing. Like how are you 30+ years old and still a 15 year old at heart? The child actor was more mature than her. Why is it always the child actors that suck me into watching dramas that I know I shouldn't watch lol

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@feranmi101That bean thing pissed me off. After years of fighting ghost, you would think she would have more to her arsenal than beans. Thank god OG appeared at the right time or she would have been toast.

I agree. That child actor was super cute and more badass than the adult version. How did that work? :D

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Thank you for your speedy recap and comments, Javabeans!

I wasn't expecting Octo-Dragon Prince Alice to bite the dust. While it was noble of him/her to save PK's bacon, her/his demise came out of left field. Maybe Octo-Dragon Prince turned into transcendental steam, which will condense and fall like rain. Here's hoping that as a result of saving PK, he'll get his royal dragon status back.

I don't know what to make of Sun-mi's apparent demise, and wonder if we'll see more of the scene play out. Ditto for General Winter.

After all the hype about Sam-jang's blood being the demon's version of lotus-scented Geritol, no one seems to have been in any kind of rush to get to it once it spilled. Apparently the making of whoopee didn't result in any kind of power transfer from Sun-mi to Oh-gong, unless that was why the Geumganggo glinted as he faced off against the black dragon.

Where the heck did Kang Dae-sung go?

Will Bu Ja survive somehow? She better, lest PK transform into an angry, fierce god.

Do I smell a time jump, with Sun-mi reincarnating as her faithful assistant Lee Han-joo's daughter? Oh-gong will have to wait around for her to grow up, a la GOBLIN, so that her truly dear daddy can walk her down the aisle.

I'm trying to keep an open mind while I hang by my thumbs for the thrilling conclusion later today. (It's now about 2:35 on the East Coast of America.)

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Geritol? Haha. Still, demons coming from everywhere would turn the scene into total chaos. I'll write it off as 'too affraid of the dragon'.
No time jumps and reincarnations, please. Oh well, if they can sum it up meaningfully.

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I'll buy the "too afraid of the dragon" excuse for minor-league demons not showing up. ;-)

At first I thought that vision of Han-joo and a young bride was of him and his grown-up daughter to indicate that the world will be saved. But I still can't help but wonder if it is supposed to be Sun-mi having a more fortunate mundane next life, with a truly wonderful and caring dad as the cosmic payoff for her kindness to everyone (including ghosts and demons) she encountered in the present existence.

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That would be nice but in that case OYS would probably play the daughter.

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Please no reincarnations.
Yeah, looks like the GG helped defeat the dragon. I wonder if it's because SJ promised OG that if he was ever scared/in danger she would come help, and the bracelet was their final connection. Could be her last surge of life energy (kind of how Summer Fairy healed MW when she died)

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I'd kept in the back of my mind the idea that Oh-gong used the GGG as a locator device for Sun-mi and that was why he didn't want to take it off -- in addition to trying to fool her into thinking he didn't love her of his own volition.

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