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100 Days My Prince: Episode 16 (Final)

Things look bleak as the crown prince’s enemies close in, leaving him no choice but to walk straight into their trap to save the woman he loves. But Yul isn’t alone anymore – he has friends and people who care about him, and they’re willing to help him even when he doesn’t know he needs the help. Hang on, because this show has some surprises left before the story ends.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Minister Kim tells Yul that war has broken out, and it’s his duty to save the nation and his people. Yul is aware this is a trap, but Minister Kim tells him that he must walk into that trap, because he has Yoon Yi-seo.

Yul pretends not to know the name, but Minister Kim isn’t fooled. He offers to send Hong-shim’s hand to Yul as proof that he has her. Yul threatens to cut Minister Kim’s throat, but Minister Kim tells him that Hong-shim will be killed if anything happens to him, and to get her back, Yul must forget the secret he learned (about So-hye’s baby).

The Jurchens are demanding a ransom for the citizens they’ve kidnapped, to be personally delivered by the king. Although they’re in a war with the Ming Empire, they believe that Joseon incited the Ming Empire to attack them.

The king volunteers Minister Kim to go clear up the misunderstanding, but Minister Kim says humbly that he’s not powerful enough. He suggests that Yul go to the battlefield and handle things instead.

Yul begins his search for Hong-shim at Je-yoon’s home, but Dad says she left that morning. Guard Kwon shows up to take Yul back to the palace while Je-yoon offers to search for Hong-shim. When Yul learns what’s happening, he volunteers to go to the battlefield. He says that he believes Minister Kim instigated the war in order to personally profit, but the king argues that that’s even more reason to keep Yul home.

He begs Yul to explain why Minister Kim tried to kill him and why Yul isn’t going after him, but Yul can’t tell him yet or people could get hurt. He knows that Minister Kim is planning a trap for him, but he tells his father that he intends to walk into it.

Which brings us back to the downpour where we first met Yul, as he thinks about what he couldn’t tell the king — that Minister Kim is waiting with Hong-shim at the battlefield. He rides out to the battlefront, but on the way he’s stopped by Je-yoon, who begs him not to go. Yul says that he knows he’ll be killed if he goes, but he goes anyway, telling Je-yoon to wait for a message.

He arrives at a village that’s been under siege, where civilian bodies lie dead in the streets. He’s surrounded by soldiers, but he holds his own against them. After a few moments Je-yoon joins him, saying that he thought Yul really wanted him to follow him by the way he was looking at him, but Yul denies any such thing.

Minister Kim is in a meeting, planning an ambush to kill Yul and frame the Jurchens for his death. He tells his man to to go meet with the Ming Empire and to let him deal with Yul, since they have personal matters to settle.

Yul and Je-yoon make it to the front line, where they’re shown one of the arrows used by the Ming soldiers against the Jurchens. There’s no doubt the arrows were supplied by Joseon, probably by Minister Kim himself.

Yul is told that Minister Kim went to the Ming camp to get the ransom money demanded by the Jurchens. He’s given a letter from Minister Kim, supposedly from the Jurchens, ordering Yul to go to their fortress alone the following day.

Later, Je-yoon finds him staring at the stars and asks if he’s worried about the hostages, or just one woman. Yul asks if Je-yoon prefers rain or falling petals, adding, “It’s a roundabout way of saying that was a stupid question.” LOL — Yul, never change.

Je-yoon warns Yul that there’s no evidence that Minister Kim has Hong-shim. Yul asks Je-yoon what he would do, and Je-yoon admits that he would still go, but he also says he has a bad feeling and asks Yul not to go.

But in the morning, Yul enters the fortress alone. At first he sees nobody around, but soon he spots the body of a woman who looks like Hong-shim lying on the ground. He goes to her, but it’s a stranger, and while he’s distracted, Minister Kim approaches.

With fake sorrow, Minister Kim tells Yul that he’ll die before he ever sees Hong-shim again. Yul is surrounded by Minister Kim’s men, and he taunts Minister Kim for bringing so many assassins to kill one prince. But he sneers that he doesn’t plan to fall in the same trap twice, and draws his sword.

That’s the cue for his own men to pop up on the surrounding roofs and shoot down the assassins. More than half of them are killed, the remaining assassins surrender, and Yul orders Minister Kim arrested for murdering him, starting a war, and endangering the people of Joseon.

With a cocky swagger, Minister Kim picks up a sword and approaches Yul. After ordering his archers not to shoot, Yul parries Minister Kim’s attack, and the two fight for a minute before Yul manages to slice Minister Kim’s arm and make him drop his sword.

Yul turns his back to tell his men to tie up Minister Kim. Minister Kim reaches into his clothes and staggers towards Yul, but Guard Kwon sees him and gives the archers an order. Minister Kim is struck by several arrows, and he stumbles into Yul, pressing a note into Yul’s hand as he collapses to his knees.

With the last bit of his strength, he gasps, “I never intended to go on living the miserable life you want me to lead,” before lying down to die.

Nearby, assassin Hyuk informs Hong-shim that it’s all over. We see that he’d found her crying over Moo-yeon’s body, and she’d asked him why he let Moo-yeon be killed. Hyuk had told her that he didn’t know what Moo-yeon had planned, only that he’d asked him to protect his sister.

They had buried Moo-yeon, then Hyuk had offered to take Hong-shim to the house Moo-yeon bought. But Hong-shim had said with firm resignation that she was going to Minister Kim to end this once and for all. Now she watches Yul standing over Minister Kim’s body, both of them looking a little stunned, but relieved that his reign of terror is finally over. Yul tells Je-yoon to find Hong-shim, knowing that she’s nearby.

He goes looking for Hong-shim himself, and finds her consoling a small girl whose mother was killed and father was taken away. Hong-shim tells the girl that her father will come home because the crown prince is brave and smart, and here to help.

She sends the girl to the magistrate’s office, then turns to see Yul. He’s calm as he says he was worried Minister Kim had hurt her, and asks why she came here.

Hong-shim says that she didn’t come for him, and he apologizes for the loss of her brother. He offers to reinstate her social class so that she can live as Yoon Yi-seo, and also says that she can be a single woman again, like she was before they married.

She thinks about Moo-yeon telling her that the crown princess’s baby isn’t Yul’s, though he wasn’t sure if Yul remembered that. She had asked if Moo-yeon came back to Hanyang to kill Yul, but he’d told her, “I returned to protect the woman I love and her child. She is not the crown princess to me… she is only a young lady by the name of So-hye.”

Now Hong-shim asks Yul not to forgive her, taking on the blame of Moo-yeon’s betrayal with So-hye. Yul responds that on the day of his father’s coup, he lost his mother and the girl he loved, and that she lost her father because of him. Hong-shim says it’s all in the past, and she tells Yul to forget her now.

She starts to leave, but Yul asks if that’s all she has to say. He asks why she can’t say she loves him, practically begging her to say she wants to be with him. Choking back tears, Hong-shim says she can’t give him the answer he wants, then leaves.

King Neungseon is greatly relieved when he learns that Yul is fine and Minister Kim is dead. Yul sends him the letter that Minister Kim handed to him before he died, which turns out to be the paper that Minister Kim coerced the king into stamping, giving Minister Kim the ability to order literally anything at all.

It says, “Minister Kim Cha-eon will pay for his sins with his life. His children will not be punished for his sins. This is the king’s command.” Furious, the king considers ignoring this edict, since Minister Kim is dead and can’t enforce it.

Before he left the palace, Yul had found So-hye drowning in grief, and he’d refused to allow her to starve herself to death. He’d told her that the woman he’s loved all his life is the sister of the man So-hye loved, so he won’t let her baby die. In parting, he told her to live and that he’d decide what to do with her once he returned from the war.

Prince Seowon is the one who delivers the news to So-hye that her father is dead. She says that she really might not survive, anticipating punishment as a traitor. The prince leads her from her rooms, but they’re stopped by the king, and Seowon says that they’re on their way to see Queen Park.

Approaching So-hye, King Neungseon growls that he knows of her sin, and asks if she thinks she’ll survive after such a betrayal. Terrified, So-hye shakes and says nothing.

At the battlefront, Yul is a force to be reckoned with as he viciously mows down Jurchens. The story of his heroic battle makes its way back to Songjoo village, where Gu-dol enthralls the neighbors with a highly embellished retelling. He says that Yul rescued all the hostages, then returned to the palace, only to find that his crown princess had committed suicide because she was pregnant with another man’s child.

Nearby, a voice intones, “Am I the only one feeling uncomfortable right now?” It’s Soo-ji, dressed in peasant clothes, and he asks them to stop talking about the crown princess. Gu-dol is a watchman now and Soo-ji is his charge, and awww, Kkeut-nyeo is pregnant!

Ma-chil is dressed in silks as befitting his new position as head merchant, and he says he’s going on a buying trip to Ming. Soo-ji tells him to take a message to Lord Noh to rescue him, but Ma-chil quips that there’s nobody to rescue, since Soo-ji is officially dead.

Curious, Soo-ji asks what happened to the woman Yul loved. We cut to Hong-shim, her hair down as befitting a single woman, meeting a handsome young nobleman in the forest. He gives her a cheeky grin and says that his heart fluttered while waiting for her.

He says that since they’re going to grow old together, they should have some fun, and he pulls her close. Hong-shim grabs his hand and twists it until he and lets go, then hollers for backup. Town Official Park runs over, dressed as magistrate, and orders his men to grab the nobleman, who it turns out is a serial rapist. Yikes.

Hong-shim teases now-Magistrate Park for still talking like a town official, and he’s all You should talk, a noble lady taking on a vicious criminal! But her reinstated noble status doesn’t put food on the table, so Hong-shim requests her payment, and Magistrate Park flees to get out of paying her. Cute.

Hong-shim is still living in her old house and running the Solution Agency, though she has a nicer sign now. The cherry tree is gone, but the flowers that Yul planted last year are in full bloom. She remembers his promises to stay with her forever, including the one he made with a kiss.

Dad doesn’t understand why Hong-shim insists on living like this when she’s a noblewoman again. She says she doesn’t want to leave him, but he knows that’s not the reason she won’t leave this house, so she snaps that he’s right, she can’t stop thinking about Yul.

Magistrate Park has Hong-shim’s attacker dragged to jail and orders a servant to bring him paper and ink to write to the prince. HAHA, it’s Master Park, now stripped of his noble status, who meekly complies but grumbles to himself that one day, he’ll be reinstated and get revenge.

At the palace, Yul has been put in charge of most matters concerning the country. He holds his own mini-courts and makes decisions regarding the country. Minister Jung mentions that Yul still hasn’t remarried after six whole months, and it hasn’t rained in three months.

Yul says that last year he made all the single citizens marry, but it didn’t rain. Minister Jung says uncomfortably that an unrepeatable rumor is spreading about Yul, so Yul snaps, “Then don’t repeat it.” He tells the ministers to find a solution regarding the drought by tomorrow.

In private, he jokes with Je-yoon, who is now his personal adviser, that he has no time to be lonely because Je-yoon is always there. Je-yoon quips that he’s lonely, so Yul offers him to give him more work, and Je-yoon is all HAHAHAHA-no.

He’s bodyslammed by Eunuch Yang, who reports that a meeting with the Sungkyunkwan students has been canceled because Yul insists on wearing his old ratty robes. When Yul refuses to have new ones made, Eunuch Yang reminds him of what he’s been through for him by coughing dramatically until Yul relents. PFFT.

We see why Yul has been avoiding the royal tailor — she has an obvious crush on him, and uses the process of measuring him to get all handsy. Eventually Yul figures out that the king sent her to seduce him and forbids her to touch him again.

He goes to the king to protest the steady stream of ladies and maids his father has been throwing at him. King Neungseon is the picture of innocence as he says he was sure Yul would like the tailor, but then he blows up, saying that he’s embarrassed that Yul doesn’t seem interested in women.

Yul reminds his father that he already loves someone, but the king yells that he only loves, and doesn’t do anything to continue the family line. When he notices Yul’s sheepish expression, the king gasps in horror, “Were you… rejected??” Yul reluctantly admits that yeah, he was rejected, but that he’s waiting for her to come around.

The king calls Yul in front of the ministers to announce that he’s ready to hand over the throne, coughing and pretending to be sick and saying that he plans to head to the mountains to recover. But before he goes, he issues a proclamation that everyone must be married by the end of the month, no exceptions, even those of royal blood. Oh no, not this again.

Minister Jung and Queen Park have one of their meetings that do nothing, just to complain about the king’s proclamation. The queen believes the unrepeatable rumor — that Yul spends all of his time with Je-yoon, which must mean he prefers men.

She goes all giddy thinking about Yul stepping down so that Seowon can finally become crown prince, so she tells Minister Jung to have his brother seduce Yul and get evidence. Oh pu-leeze. Minister Jung says that he’s not fond of his brother but he knows Je-yoon’s not into guys.

The king walks in and interrupts their plotting, ordering them to let it go. He rolls his eyes when Queen Park says she’s just worried about Yul, and he tells her to focus on him from now on so that he can enjoy life after he steps down. He orders Minister Jung to take a hint and get lost, and pulls his queen into his arms.

Later, he tells Yul that he’s been stuck on the throne for years, so much that his butt is covered in sores. Yul squints at him, offended that his father would force him into marriage for a frivolous reason. But the king says that the crown has always been a burden he wasn’t strong enough to bear, so much that he even envied Minister Kim for his strength.

He says that Yul has the strength and authority, because it’s not the power he cares about. He tells Yul to be the king he wants to be remembered as in the history books, since what’s inside is more important than what people think of him.

In the morning Eunuch Yang delivers a letter from Je-yoon. It says that he’s taking a three-day vacation to obey the king’s orders — he’s heading to Songjoo village to get married. Eunuch Yang mutters that Yul is slow and destined to lose his love to another man, and will probably be the only king never to get married and live like a eunuch. Ha, Yul throws the letter at him.

Prince Seowon walks in the countryside until he arrives at a little cottage. So-hye sits outside, staring up at the sky as she recalls the day Moo-yeon told her the story of the dandelions. A woman brings her young son, and she narrates that she named her son Seok-ha because she wanted to remember the name that would otherwise be forgotten.

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After Hong-shim dreams that Kkeut-nyeo will have a girl, Gu-dol says he’s glad it’s not a boy who would look like him — because obviously he’d be so handsome that girls would never leave him alone (cue blank stares). On her walk home, Hong-shim runs into Je-yoon, who unceremoniously asks her to marry him.

Before she can get over her shock, they’re summoned to the magistrate’s office. There are several more spinsters and bachelors this time around, and Hong-shim and Je-yoon are the oldest. Je-yoon is more than happy to get hitched to Hong-shim per royal decree, but Hong-shim grumbles that there’s no drought this year.

Magistrate Park explains that this is happening because the crown prince isn’t married yet, and suddenly a voice calls out, “Am I the only one who’s uncomfortable right now?” Yul is here! He says he’s uncomfortable with this match-up, giving Hong-shim a level glare, but he also says that those present must obey the king’s orders… including himself.

The addition of Yul means there’s more men than women, so Magistrate Park tells the men to close their eyes, and the women to stand in front of the man they like. Nobody chooses Yul, not even Hong-shim, but he decides that the women were just too scared to stand in front of him (he stops to scowl at Eunuch Yang and Guard Kwon, who are having giggle fits).

Je-yoon walks Hong-shim home and tells her about a spring night when he was feeling resentful towards his concubine mother, and hating himself for it. But then he saw someone and fell in love at first sight, and he wanted to tell the girl how he felt. Hong-shim says with regret that he won’t be able to win that girl’s heart, but Je-yoon says that love is about giving, not receiving.

He notices Yul lurking nearby, so he whispers to Hong-shim to stand still, and he takes her hand and holds it to his face, This has Yul pulling him aside to remind him of how much he loves Hong-shim, and Je-yoon says that’s why he’s doing this. He threatens to propose to Hong-shim for real if Yul doesn’t win her this time. Cue another black scowl from Yul.

Yul finds Hong-shim at her father’s grave, and he also places a stone onto the pile, saying that he wants to make a wish that the woman he loves would stay by his side. Hong-shim says that he would be unhappy if she did, because her past would cause problems for him. But Yul says he’s more unhappy without her.

Hong-shim says it’s not real love if they can’t smile at each other, and that she can’t forget that she and her brother have both hurt him. She believes that someone will use that information to attack him one day, but Yul counters that if he has to give up love to secure a position, then he doesn’t want the position.

Hong-shim says he’d be better as a wise king than just a husband to one woman. Giving up, Yul agrees to return to the palace, but first he asks her to find a bundle of books he lost while rushing to the village. Hong-shim finds the bundle relatively quickly, and they turn out to be Yul’s diaries, which she can’t help but leaf through.

While reading Yul’s diary entries from the past year, Hong-shim sees how he thinks of her and longs for her every day. On the anniversary of their wedding, he’d written, “There are two paths in life — one is to believe that nothing is a miracle, and the other is to believe that everything is a miracle. I look back at the hundred days I spent as your husband. Now I know that every moment was a miracle.”

Crying, Hong-shim wraps up the diaries and runs to find Yul, but Gu-dol and Kkeut-nyeo tell her that he had urgent business at the palace and left. Hugging the diaries, Hong-shim trudges home to sit in her yard, bereft.

But Yul shows up in front of her, and he says that the crown prince left… “But Won-deuk is still here.” Hong-shim says he doesn’t look much like Won-deuk, but Yul tells her to look closer, and as they both look carefully at each other, they start to smile.

Up on the roof, Dad, Magistrate Park, Gu-dol, and Kkeut-nyeo take their cue and start tossing cherry blossom petals down onto the couple. Okay, that is adorable! Hong-shim wonders where the petals came from when it’s not even Spring, and Yul is all, “Oh look, you found my books!” Hee.

Hong-shim admits that she read them, and she asks him to stop writing heartbreaking stories. Yul says that this evening, he plans to write, “I proposed to the woman I yearned for all my life. The woman smiled and nodded. Come what may, I will spend my remaining days with her.”

He holds out a hand and asks Hong-shim to come with him to the palace. Hong-shim asks if that was his marriage proposal, but he says he’ll do it properly. He takes her hand, pulls her close, and kisses her, while the cherry blossoms rain down around them.

 
COMMENTS

Such a sweet ending – it wasn’t perfect, but it left me with a feeling of contentment, knowing that Hong-shim and Yul will rule happily and with much love in their lives. I was worried that palace life wouldn’t be a good ending for them, but the palace is a much lighter, more relaxed place with Minister Kim gone and Yul in charge. I think that the addition of Hong-shim and the love she brings to Yul’s life will only improve the happy atmosphere. It was a little bit twee for everyone to get a happily ever after, from the good guys like Dad (who ended up with Yang-choon and a baby on the way), to characters who don’t really deserve it, like Queen Park (it was even hinted that So-hye and Prince Seowon might end up together eventually). But considering that I originally expected this to be a lighthearted rom-com, I’m fine with the ending as it is.

I have wondered for a long time how Hong-shim would act towards Yul once she learned that his father is responsible for her father’s death. It was interesting that she never held bad feelings towards Yul for that, but instead felt her own familial guilt because of her brother betraying Yul by getting Yul’s wife pregnant. In a way, the two associated wrongs balanced each other out… each of them had a family member do wrong by the other, so it put them back on even footing. This wasn’t necessary for their eventual happiness — either would have easily forgiven the other — but it did smooth things out a little so that neither of them had to be forgiven in order for them to move forward together.

100 Days My Prince always suffered from pacing issues — in fact, I’d say pacing was its biggest weakness, which is a shame and really inexcusable in a pre-produced drama. I’ll never complain about how much of the sweet romance part of the story we were given, but I feel as though the drama would have been better overall if it had explained the palace intrigues and the who’s-the-father question a bit more clearly, and skimmed some of the unnecessary village silliness to make room for smoother storytelling. The middle section of the show was fun, with Yul learning to act like a real person and falling in love with Hong-shim, but we spent so much time on it that the ending felt rushed.

I do have one major complaint… while I felt that Jo Sung-ha did a great job with the role of Minister Kim as it was given to him, now that it’s all over I’m left feeling as though the character was under-explained, and worse, underwhelming. The only reason we were ever given for his greed for power was that he didn’t want to end up starving and destitute, but he was a rich nobleman with a very high position in the king’s court, whose daughter was in line to be queen. So was it really ever a possibility that he would become poor? There was no reason for Minister Kim to ever think he’d end up in poverty, so I found his reasoning for his power-grabbing to be extremely weak. And without a valid purpose to his scheming, he always seemed more confusing than menacing. His final act of sacrifice — his life for his children’s lives — also felt out-of-character, since he never cared about them before.

However, I did find this finale adorable once we got past the necessary war stuff, and I thought it was fun that the tone recalled the lighter middle section of the drama, where everything was just solid cuteness. I liked seeing that feeling extend to the palace, where everything was much more light-hearted once Minister Kim was gone and Yul was no longer married to a woman he hates. Seeing him joke around with Je-yoon and Eunuch Yang (and watching those two butt heads) was just plain fun and makes me wish we could have eschewed the dramatic parts altogether and made this show a straight-up rom-com. Although it had issues, in general I thought that 100 Days My Prince was sweet and fun, and I’ll never complain about getting to see Do Kyung-soo or Nam Ji-hyun in any romance story… they both bring something unique to their characters, and I’m never bored watching them act. I won’t remember this drama as one of the great ones, but I’ll certainly remember it as a sweet, heartwarming story that was well worth the watch.

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guess i'm a sucker for historical love stories. i just loved the leads and the fantastic job they did with their characters and with each other. i am on Do Kyung Soos boat with this drama! i will never forget his Oh Ho! he made the perfect prince

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Also, "Am I the only one who is uncomfortable?" hehehe

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I thought the final battle between yul and VP would be more intense. I don’t know whether the VP gave up on his plan, because he already had written the letter asking for leniency for his children. Then what was the point of the war? They didn’t show us the conclusion also. What happened to his cronies?
Also the queen was suddenly shown to be just a harmless person playing ‘pranks’ on the prince. Agreed, she was never as threatening as the VP, but she still didn’t like him. Having the king brush off her tactics just like that and suddenly she’s alright with just the king’s company???

Also what happened to the new eunuch who was two timing yul? Was he pardoned?
Where were guard Kwon and ae wol?
See I’ve too many complaints.
Only thing I’m happy with- the sleazy noble park getting his comeuppance.

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I don't think so.. He might be going to Ming. When Ma-chil told the villagers that he's going to Ming, he asked them if they needed something, Soo-ji told him to look for eunuch Noh to save him. Ma-chil then said,"He's dead"

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@lemoncello, my post is confusing. But I didn't get you. Could you please explain?

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Guard Kwon is still there tho, as Yool bodyguard (he's there during Yool visit to songjo village

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I meant, he has no dialogue in the scenes. I would've loved to see him having some conversation with JY (they were good friends right?) and with yul as well.

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Agree re the signed, blank letter. All that drama and machinations to get that letter, only to use it to try to pardon his kids? It's 1) anti-climatic, 2) out of character for Minister Kim, and 3) useless since the King wasn't going to follow it.

Same with the queen. All of her assassination plots and court conspiracies could've been mollified and avoided by some affection from the king? A let down.

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I did enjoy hearing sleazy noble park baa like a goat every time he was called.

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It was actually very apropos for the "old goat" with 4 concubines. (I wonder what happened to them after he lost his rank.)

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Sadly they wouldn't be allowed to go back to their homes so they would be demoted with him.

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Sheesh. Another fine example of collective punishment.

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What a nice drama this was! Of course the ending could have been better (ie more of our lead couple) but overall I still enjoyed it! I've developed a newfound appreciation for D.O. after his strong performance here - he should forever play a crown prince. Going to miss this amazing cast but more so than anything I'm going to miss D.O. saying OH HO every so often!

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There will be a special episode on Friday. They said they will release clips that were not shown. I wonder if we will actually get extended scenes of the drama or will it be purely recap ala Goblin or MDBC specials. I sure hope we get new content because korean viewers want similar to what we want which is more WonShim. Hehe

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Regarding poverty and Minister Kim: I thought that he was alluding to his past, perhaps his childhood? Yes, he was from a yangban family, but he might have experienced some deprivation as a child. I did not think that he was referring to the possibility of becoming impoverished; I thought that he was speaking about something that he had actually experienced. Again, I am not sure, but that was the way I remember interpreting that part of the story when I watched the episode.

But this part of the story--as with many other parts--was not fully developed, to the detriment of the overall quality of the drama.

I wasn't a fan of any of the humor in the final episode. It just felt so out of place. There were cute moments throughout the drama, but I feel that the wasted potential overshadowed the good parts.

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As I understood he was poor in his childhood he said something about not being able to bury his parents properly or they died because of torture am not sure though, but he said something related to his parents i think he was talking to Seo Hye when he said that, although his reasoning was not convenient to us but to him his experience was tarumatic (I’ll think of it like that).

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Agree with you re the out-of-place humor in the final episode: e.g, the excessive braying from Master Park, the pregnancy of the neighbor lady, Machil's over-the-top infatuation for Yul... all too contrived and a waste of time that could've been spent on the core couple.

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I don't think VP Kim was from a yangban family. His parents were poor starving people who worked at the rough dry land according to his conversation with So-hye. They sounded like fallen nobles or slaves.
How he climbed the rank to become the VP is a huge mystery. It feels like a desperate attempt by the writer to give his character a reason for his hunger for power.

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That's how I also understood what Minister Kim said. However, yeah it could have been presented better with more clarity.

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But the village silliness was the best part! Along with the romance.

Honestly, for me, the weakest part was the palace politics. I never understood any of the motives and some of those plots just fell apart like the Queen and her minions, along with Minister Kim whose ending was particularly anti-climatic.

Regardless, it was fun and cute and I had a blast watching it week by week so I am happy. Thank you LollyPip for the recaps and 100 Days My Prince for the fun ride.

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I think so too! Most sageuks seem to focus on the palace intrigue and court politics, and all that good stuff. While there's nothing wrong with those stories, they're usually a bit too much for me to bear. I've been waiting and longing for a sageuk that focuses on the life of villagers and peasants and not just through the curious/pitying eyes of nobles. To me all of the palace intrigue wasn't ever the focus, just subplots needed to keep the show consistent. If this show didn't focus on the nobility at all, and didn't show anything about the royal family except through the news and gossip among villagers, and Yul truly was just Won Deuk, and we'd get constant village shenanigans, then I'd still watch the ever loving heck out of it. But I get most people wouldn't find that interesting...

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I, as well, have been waiting for a sageuk romance that is focused on the villagers and their lives. We got that here even if not for the entirety of the drama. Jihyun and Kyungsoo really brought life to the characters of Hongshim and Wondeuk. They are the best part for me along with their band of friends.

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While my problem was mostly about (what I felt was) the misplaced humor--in addition to undeveloped plot points--in the final episode, I did like the focus on the villagers. Some of my favorite saeguks are Tamna and Rebel, both of which focus on other classes of people.

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I must have enjoyed the drama as I missed it not airing yesterday.

I agree that the drama would have been better without the palace politics and also the final episode noble idiocy by the heroine. I hate noble idiocy and in this case it just seemed like senseless filler that made you question if Hong Shim really even cared for Yul cause she sure didn't act like she did. Also, Minister Kim was inconsistent in the final episode as he was always 2 steps ahead of everyone but suddenly lost all of his smarts.

Unfortunately, k-dramas seem to have a tough time delivering a great final episode. So I guess I should just be happy that it wasn't a total disaster like some of the k-drama endings that I've watched.

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I hate noble idiocy and in this case it just seemed like senseless filler that made you question if Hong Shim really even cared for Yul

Exactly this!

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That's why I don't like it when villains are too smart and powerful, they look invincible, but they will be taken down for sure at the end, and their demise is often a bit underwhelming, imo.
Personally I didn't exactly dislike the scene of his death, but the build up to that was a bit lame.
(That war was the weakest part of the drama, for me)

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I didn’t expect the war to be this easy, I didn’t like the way VP died, because Yul said he doesn’t want to let him die easily, so I expected an epic ending for VP or a trial where his daughter will be the witness of his evil deeds....oh well
I felt the second half of the episode was wasted on the separation, although I enjoyed the cute moments but I wanted to see HS in the palace and how she will adjust to the life in the palace.

anyway it was a nice and easy ride, we viewers will never stop complaining about the writing there will always be “what if”, I think even if i wrote the script there will be another viewer who will complain, lol.

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Cute!!!!! That is my final thought because @lollypip, did it better.

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I came with a girl-crush on NJH and left as a full-on D.O. fangirl! He really was the highlight of the show for me, especially since I came with zero expectations of his acting.

I was mostly happy with the 'happily-ever-after' ending for everyone, but just found the noble idiocy at the end that kept Hong Shim away unnecessary. Plus, there's no way Yul would have left it that long to find Hong Shim to propose to her again, regardless of how respectful of her wishes he might be. This is a man who rode all the way to a remote village from the palace at night just because he missed her, for goodness sake! Forcing a 'one year later' plot device to artificially move the story onward is just lazy writing, plain and simple.

That said, I'm pleased with how it turned out for our village crew, and they, along with their warmhearted and goofy antics, will be sorely missed. You've been cute, show - thanks for all the 'oh ho's!

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And of course, massive thanks @lollypip for your entertaining, insightful (and scarily speedy) recaps! Enjoy your well-deserved screen-break until your next show <3

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Me, too, I really enjoyed DO in this. Maybe it was the pacing LollyPip was talking about that was making it hard for me to concentrate and comprehend what was happening, but I was always 100% focused when Wondeuk/Yul showed up.

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You echoed my exact thoughts about the separation. I was like, "Really?!" i was so ready to see them together in the palace. It's cliche I know but I'd take their lovey-dovey scenes, especially since they had little interaction ever since Yul went back to the palace, over a last minute forced conflict filler. Thank goodness Kyungsoo and Jihyun are so winning in this drama that I managed to overlook that part and go straight to his sweet proposal.

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Thank you for recapping this drama @lollypip! As far as entertainment goes, it was ok. I would have liked the finale to have been written better (show, did you just forget to give assassin Hyuk an ending???) but I’m in a forgiving mood. forget it, I am still annoyed we didn’t get the actual wedding and Crown Princess robes! Noble Idiocy be hanged. It was billed as a historical rom-com, and it stayed true to itself. At least I knew D.O. wouldn’t disappoint.
#lookonthebrightside?

I remember that I burst out laughing when the King got all in a huff about Yul being rejected, like any dad: “What woman dares reject MY SON!” 😂 For that and other funny moments, thank you show. Now onto the next one!

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overall i was disappointed by the final episode. not that it was the worst ending ever, but i just expected more? VP died way too easily and quickly. It was just anticlimactic. And with all the romantic tension and buildup, I was expecting to get more lovey dovey moments btwn Yul and Hongshim in the last episode, but they just had to go down the noble idiocy road, which was frustrating to watch. Hongshim’s coldness towards Yul came out of nowhere imo. Where was the consummation of their marriage, the thing they’ve been teasing us with for the whole drama? I just think it would’ve been more satisfying of an ending if they had come full circle, seeing them officially married and living happily in the palace and whatnot. And their last kiss, while cute, fell flat for me.

side note: I did enjoy the scene where she reads his journals. Got emotional seeing the flashbacks to their 100 day marriage :’)

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Omo, yes! The close-up montage of their hands really got me!

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yesss plus yul’s super romantic words spoken in that deep voice ugh

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They teased us about consummation but we got nothin' Not to be a perv but man I was looking forward to at least a hint of that. I mean, I know they'll get to do it since they will be married for real in the palace but am I supposed to imagine on my own? Would have been nice to see them since they are such a lovely pair.

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and the rain! I know it's all a superstition, but after reading other viewers' comments from previous episodes mention it, I coundn't help but be disappointed by the lack of happang and the resulting rain. such wasted potential.

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Overall, I enjoyed this drama immensely. I watched this drama “live” for D.O., and I’m glad I discovered NJH’s incredible acting in the process. I was confident from early on that, given the tone and characterization, there would be a happy ending. For the majority of this drama, I liked the pace. This drama did an excellent job laying the foundation for Yul and HS’s relationship so that it’s not just a childhood infatuation, but a believable love story going from mutual distain, to understanding and acceptance, to love. This drama also did a fantastic job in developing Yul’s character (who had always been principled) from someone who was sheltered and self-absorbed, to someone who understood the value of hard work and could empathize with the common people, such that the audience would find him worthy to become king. That said, what happened to the last episode?

What’s with HS’s last minute, unbelievably stupid noble idiocy that not only was unnecessary and a waste of time, but also served no purpose? Unlike “normal” noble idiocy where there is at least come contrived reason—e.g., the 1st female lead giving up the male lead so that the 2nd female lead could be happy—HS giving up Yul had no purpose. (1) There was no romantic rival. (2) HS’s noble status had already been restored so there was no impediment for her going to the palace. (3) Yul didn’t blame her for Mooyeon’s assignation attempt and, in fact, let him go (and she knew that). And (4) she didn’t have to choose between Yul and her brother because Mooyeon had already died. HS’s last minute noble idiocy is especially galling because, throughout this drama, she had consistently been a strong, smart and resourceful character who, through clever and practical means, overcame difficulties and quickly resolved misunderstandings. Thus, HS’s noble idiocy in the last episode was out of character and pointless, and only served to waste time and squander goodwill.

Thankfully, the WTFs are mostly limited to the last episode, and the drama was enjoyable overall.

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Also, that dopey shaman and her so called warning was also unnecessary. It didn't matter if Won-deok and Hong-shim went west or south and Yul never once point a sword at Hong-shim or her brother. Why would he?
I love me some raw opium. I know she was smoking some lol....

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You are right! I forgot about the shaman. None of what she said came true. I thought there'd be a sword pointing fake out at least, but nothing. Squandered time.

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I was prepared to be impressed at how this would work at the end but nothing.

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I am not a fan of childhood romance or connection so I was really happy that we got to see Hongshim and Wondeuk go through the process of falling in love as adults and it did not happen fast. I liked that they started out with frustration and disdain for each other but eventually come to appreciate and love one another. The childhood connection was just a bonus.

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After a week my disappointment about the last episode died down...but reading your comment made me angry again!!! -.-
I still can't believe they gave us that noble idiocy :|

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and Eunuch Yang magically could speak again! :)

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Ugh I love this drama so much, thank you show! Monday blue will come again without cute WonShim

And I can't believe we didn't get consummate scene 😭

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I'm glad the writer chose to end this story in the village, because that's where they really got to know and love each other. I just loved the friends on the rooftop raining down cherry blossoms. So much more true to this story than a palace wedding or a palace wedding night.

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But looking back on my earlier comments, there is one thing I would have liked to see in the ending: those promised cherry blossom shoes!

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At some point, I clearly became a complete fool for this drama and the lead couple is completely to blame. I adored them. I'm having a hard time getting over it, even with the ending not being the most memorable. They are one of fav couples of the year. And Won-deuk's "Am I the only one feeling uncomfortable?" became one of my favorite character phrases ever.

I've been gradually becoming more obsessed since episode 6, tbh, because even with the show's weaknesses, the brewing romance between the leads has been the first to capture me in a while not just with chemistry between the actors, but between the characters themselves. DO and Nam Ji-hyun really immersed themselves and felt really in tune with their character's emotions. It just allowed for me to feel every little change in their relationship as it progressed and their trust, respect, and attraction grew for one another.

Sometimes actors with chemistry will just get thrown together these days and I'll enjoy it, but here attention was given to building up the chemistry slowly and convincingly, so that I felt completely invested in every moment of this couple. This is also where I felt the most synergy between the acting, writing, and directing. The cinematography, music, character development in all their scenes was honestly lovely. It's how all that was edited together with all the rather simple, yet also pointlessly confusing palace happenings that was the most clumsy throughout. Unfortunately, that becomes even more apparent towards the end.

That said, as long as I don't pay too close attention to the pesky details, I admit I enjoyed the show from an emotional standpoint, even in the final episodes. I'm kind of a sucker for separation angst in these kinds of tales, no matter how basic they are. A better handling of Yul's palace conflicts would have elevated everything, but I'm too satisfied with the romance to care, lol. This couple was my happy place. So even though I agree about the messy pacing, especially in terms of how the romance/village/amnesia hijinks mixed with the palace machinations, I don't know if I'd cut out or change the part that engaged me the most, even for a possibly better show overall. I'm not even sure it could be better since the writer's strength was always the fun hijinks between Yul and the villagers + the pacing of the romance.

Sometimes every flaw a drama has will only make you realize how much you love it and this is just that kind of show for me. It happens less and less the more dramas you watch and I know I'll probably be revisiting eps 4-11 for my go-to romance fix for quite some time.

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Couldn't have said it better. I liked how the pace slowed down once CP got to the village and he and HS started to get to know each other. The build up of chemistry between the couple through better understanding of each other and acceptance of each other, faults and all was realistic. I love that they got to that place on their own, without having to rely on tropes (too much) and that the deepening feelings felt organic.
As for the separation - I too choose to #lookonthebrightside - in that it would take each of the to settle stuff
CP - running palace, ruling, rooting out cronies, establishing his inner core, taking over from Dad in preparation of abdication and ascension
YS/HS - coming to terms with brother's death, Brother's acts, her love's Dad being the reason her Dad got murdered albeit the machination of VP, getting her life back
End verdict - absolutely love the main couple and will join Chandler in revisiting 6 - 11 and bits of pieces of 12 - 16, especially 14 - cos I just swoon at CP's - "I, from the first moment I saw you, I held you in my heart. I, even as I was unable to meet you at 20 years old, I still loved you. And from now on, for all the days of your life, I will love you 😍 (credit to translator at Soompi)
Also his journal entries which someone on Soompi translated in all its lyrical glory. Just mesmerisingly lovely. (Thank you translator)

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....that it would take each of them time to settle stuff.....

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Yesss to everything you said! I mean, I wanted to say all this but couldn't articulate it well,,and here you are with everything I wanted to say, haha..
- I've been gradually obsessed with this show (in my case, it was since ep4)
- editing was the big issue, but I could care less since am enjoying the show from a more emotional standpoint
- revisiting some episodes as my go-to romance show fix

and I'm not an exo fans, but because of this show now whenever Kyungso has new drama project he can be sure that I look forward to it :))

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You said it soooo well! These are the things I feel about the drama too. I'm rewatching their scenes too but I'll include some heart-wrenching scenes in ep 12-14 especially that scene when Yul rode back to Songjoo because he missed Hongshim after his last hallucination of her disappeared/said goodbye. That gets me every single time. I actually bawled in that scene. Also, his confessions to her in ep 14. Sigh. I love this couple.

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Me too! I guess I enjoy D.O and NJH too much to care about other details, for me the palace politics are just plots to explain why the couple needed to separate. I love the build up between the two leads - natural and relatable. And they crushed me when they missed each other, like parts of their selves are missing, and I'm grieving with them.

I guess I'm more of an emotional viewer, a simple girl to satisfy. I'll be coming back too to enjoy D.O's swoony gazes to NJH (how to be her, though?), and their cute banter.

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They crushed me too. Jihyun cries really well. Kyungsoo emotes really well. They are just so good. Last scene of EP 12/first scene of EP 13 is one of my faves scenes in a drama. It got me real bad. I cried.

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I will really miss this drama. What it lacks in some aspects like editing or clarity in plot was more than compensated for by a truly heartfelt romance between our leads.

I've always loved Nam Ji-hyun, but I had zero expectations about DO- but now after 16 episodes I've become a big fan. I've been watching most of his works in the past weeks (loved him best in Hyung) and I know for sure his star will shine even brighter in the years to come.

I hope Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter continues the feel-good vibe every Mon and Tue!

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Nam Jihyun is one of my faves too. She is really good. What an amazing emotional scenes she delivered here. Do Kyungsoo is really good too. I've been a fan since his I Remember You cameo. It feels weird that this is his first lead drama since he has been around for years but mainly focused on movies. I really hope they pair up again in the future.

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Thank you for the recaps.

I really, really wanted to enjoy this drama to the end. I didn't. The ending just seemed wasteful and pointless. Quite frankly, I feel the story of installing Hong Shim as queen is where the excitement really takes place. Unfortunately, we saw none of that and I can't help asking why not? Why give us this manufactured war that had little to do with any of the characters we've seen for weeks? Why have Hong Shim suddenly have a bout of noble idoicy that's so unlike her character? None of it made sense.

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@lollypip Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to recap this show. Appreciate ya <3.

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There were obvious flaws throughout the drama, but man, am I going to miss it :( The heart of this drama really lies in our two leads and the lovely people of Songjoo Village, and even though it’s only been a week, I already miss seeing them! The last fusion sageuk I watched before this was Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, which I loved in the beginning and was majorly disappointed with in the end. Not sure if I’m just majorly biased but I don’t think 100 Days will ever lose the soft spot I have for it in my heart. The political intrigue, though a definite weak point of the drama, still had interesting bits here and there. The gorgeous cinematography and the chemistry between Kyungsoo and Jihyun, as well as their chemistry with the village people (Hongshim and Kkeutnyo are bff goals T_T) trumps the not so great bits about the drama, and these high points make this drama a favourite for me!

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Forgot to say— thank you so much for recapping over the last couple of months @lollypip ♡ I’m couldn’t be more glad/grateful this was recapped.

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I agree with where the heart of this drama truly lies. My fave in this drama is the normal life of our couple and the villagers. Seeing the lives of commoners is a rare thing in sageuk dramas. I really want to see more of this than palace romance. Sure our couple was a prince and a noble lady but their process of falling in love happened as they were just normal villagers. I enjoyed watching their normal day to day problems and routines.

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Right? It was so great to see that it wasn’t just people in the palace/yangbans playing a central role in the drama for once, and I totally agree with how they fell in love as normal villagers! That’s their story and while in my head they lived happily ever after forever in the palace (if that IS possible, wonders my cynical brain after so many sageuks), all their shared moments in Songjoo Village will always be the most special. When Yul said at the end that the Prince had left but Wondeuk was still there, it really drove home how important their time as regular villagers was. Also some of the best scenes were them interacting with the villagers! The party where Gudol teaches Yul the regional dialect and Hongshim and Kkeutnyo playing in the river, to name a couple :’) I could easily watch 100 more hours of daily life in Songjoo.

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Truee which is why I love how their last scene was in their house in the village. It was a nice touch and the montage of their time together. They may end up as king and queen but they will also forever be Hongshim and Wondeuk. That being said, I also think it wouldn't hurt if we also got a wedding or at least a shot of them in the palace and Yiseo wearing crown princess garb. Jihyun is damn gorgeous that it makes me cry we did not see her in an even prettier hanbok.

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True that! 5 minutes extra wouldn’t have hurt anyone ;-) Would’ve so loved to see the Village family attending the wedding too. They love Wondeukie so much!

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Thank you again for recapping, LollyPip! Especially this one, I would never be able to follow all the palace stuff without your recaps. It wasn't the best drama ever, but it was pretty good and DO and NJH were great. I actually really enjoyed the last half of this finale, where everything was light and funny. I wish the whole drama had been that way, but maybe that's asking too much for a sageuk.

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I was surprised by that royal marriage decree that came back to bite Yul. Hehe! He got a taste of his own medicine and I enjoyed watching him suffer a bit in that public match-making scene.

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Thank you so much for recapping 100 DAYS MY PRINCE, @lollypip! I truly enjoyed your thoughts, along with your beautiful screencaps.

While I felt let down by the anticlimactic ending, I loved the music and the cinematography throughout the run of the show. The sheer beauty of so many of the shots and how they were framed makes this one of my favorite dramas. The shower of cherry blossoms raining down on Yul and Hong-shim was memorable, and called to mind the flowering of the Centennial Fragrance tree at the end of THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG. That show also had an attenuated ending (owing to preemption by the Olympics), and we never saw that OTP tie the knot, either.

The cast did a lovely job bringing their characters to life. I was particularly impressed with the acting by our OTP, and look forward to watching their future works. I would have liked it even more if Hong-shim had not engaged in uncharacteristic noble idiocy, and Chief Meanie Minister Kim hadn't lost his oomph and his marbles. It really was inexcusable for the plot to crash on the final approach to a believable and truly happy ending.

I think what I'll do is ignore the stuff that didn't make sense, and imagine my own happy endings, including one for Je-yoon with the gisaeng who loves him -- after Yul ennobles her for earlier services to the crown while helping his advisor. I feel better already. ;-)

For that matter, I might as well imagine Moo-yeon and the former Seja bi residing in their house in the woods with their little boy. That makes me happier. ;-)

Thanks to all the Beanies who participated in the recap discussions. It has been fun, and I look forward to our paths crossing again. ;-)

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I'm happy that she got her house once belonged to Moo-yeon. I can imagine it surrounded by wild flowers in the spring.
This girl has been gutsy with breaking tradition from the beginning to end.
I don't know about now but Joseon people didn't name their children after their parents. So-hye naming her baby after his father is very unusual.

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I got the impression that So-hye's choice of name for their son was out of the ordinary. Could we expect anything less from her? ;-)

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Yeah, I kind of wanted to see the gisaeng in the finale too. I knew it was a long shot, but I really liked her character. Probably the one time I'm disappointed they didn't spend more time on what counted as the female second lead in this drama.

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Kkeut-nyeo, heavily pregnant and throwing flower petals from the top of a friggin' roof had surely been a sight to behold.

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That scene reminds me of eunuch Hyung-sun from MOON/SUN.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eiR5FzRcW0&start_radio=1&list=RD8eiR5FzRcW0

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That's what I was thinking! You're pregnant, why are you on a roof?!?!?

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The ending scene reminds me a lot of The Moon Embracing The Sun. Cute.
About 1/3 of the drama, I couldn't care less about the political fight because it didn't make sense at all. I only watched it till the end for the awkward prince and his shenanigans with the villagers.

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"I’ll certainly remember it as a sweet, heartwarming story that was well worth the watch." – ditto, @lollypip!
There were things that could have been done or written better, but the characters and the actors made it worth watching.

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Thank you for your recaps, @lollypip

I absolutely love the wonderful pairing and awesome chemistry of Do Kyungsoo and Nam Jihyun. They are so good. I want to see them together once again in a contemporary drama.

This drama is far from perfect. The wins are on the actors and their acting (amjor props to the strong leads), the cinematography, and the wonderful OST. The loses are definitely the pacing, editing, and the story.

The story had so much potential to be amazing. There were times when I was so engrossed in a scene but then the next turned bland. It was never sustained. That being said, this drama had me bawling in that one scene when Yul went back to their house because he missed Hongshim. I felt that. It hurt so good.

100DMP captured me during the first week but I lost interest mainly because I was confused about certain aspects of the story. I'm glad I picked it up again or I would have missed the wonderful and sweet married life of Wondeuk and Hongshim. They are LOVE! The good ones are indeed in the middle episodes.

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I have to say I enjoyed this way more than I expected! Came for NJH who I am a total fangirl of and was very pleasantly surprised by DKS so I only knew to be from EXO. They are such cute puppies together! Also I will eternally remember his "Oh Ho!". Someone on soompi shared a clip of all his "Oh Ho!"s and it is HILARIOUS!

Some thoughts on the ending:
- Premier Kim's death was so anticlimatic when there was so much lead up to the clash between him and WD.
- The war storyline felt rather pointless and a waste of time which could have been spent on WD/HS.
- I did enjoy all the lightheartedness in the Palace when they were all trying to MARRY WD off and all the teasing that ensued and also when the king realised that WD was *gasps* rejected! Lol
- I loved the longing diary entries. So sweet and DKS has an incredible voice.
- I wish it ended differently though. The kiss was sweet and the flower petals being hurled from the roof of the house made me LOL but I think it would have been a more complete ending with a proper marriage between the two with at least some hint of consummation (LOTS AND LOTS OF RAIN!!) and also WD giving HS those cherry blossom shoes he promised. That way he kept all his promises to her right?

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@Currentlyobsessed,

Thank you so much for remembering the cherry blossom shoes Won-deok owes Hong-shim. How could I forget?

And thanks for the pointer to that "Oh-ho" clip. It is hilarious. There's also a great "uncomfortable" compilation. When I watched them, I recalled all the things Show did right.

I've posted a bunch of them on my fan wall, starting here:

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/643560/

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Thanks @Currentlyobsessed for the reference to the Oh-ho clip. To save others the search I believe this is the one you referenced (19 sec.):
http://bigspoonkyungsoo.tumblr.com/post/179629630950/a-compilation-of-kyungsoos-oho-lines-in-100
And thanks @pakalanapikake for the link to the "uncomfortable" clips.
Both had me smiling this morning.

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OMG the cherry blossom shoes!!! Aww the writer forgot to include that in the end. It would have been really nice if he was able to present it to her when he proposed.

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Can I just say: I'm glad that for once, one of Kyungsoo's characters had a happy ending? Hyung and Pure Love DESTROYED me.

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So trueeee! His other roles are just sad and tragic. He portrayed them really well though.

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Thanks for mentioning DKS's other works. I enjoyed his performances in ALONG WITH THE GODS, pts. 1 & 2.

*off to get my hear broken*

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Just finished watching UNFORGETTABLE / PURE LOVE and MY ANNOYING BROTHER / HYUNG, and they were both terrific in a lachrymose way. Oddly enough, they left me feeling better about the ending of 100 DAYS MY PRINCE. It was definitely worth a few tissues to see Do Kyung-soo and Jo Jung-seok play a pair of brothers. Daebak!

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It's been a week since the final episode so I had kinda gotten over it already, mostly because of EXO's comeback that took over my life! XD

But reading everyone's comments brought back those feelings I had after watching the episode!

To sum it up, I loved this drama to pieces (Wonshim!!! ❤️❤️❤️) and I'm sad it's over! :(((

Despite its flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed it for the most part; by that I mean until end of ep 15-ep 16....sadly the ending, which I found quite disappointing, kinda ruined a bit the rest of the drama, for me.
It wasn't too bad, and there were many moments I liked, but that forced (idiotic) separation really upset me...it was the last episode yet our couple spent just a few minutes happy together :(
They had more and happier scenes during those episodes when they were supposed to be apart but still got a chance to be together, those were beautiful!! ❤️
I wish we had more of those scenes for the finale..
(and no war...that was so pointless)

Despite that, I liked a few parts:
- I'm probably the only one, but I "enjoyed" the confrontation scene between Wonshim after min Kim's death; I felt they needed that kind of conversation...but then there was no reason for that noble idiocy whatsoever!!!!! -.-
- The scene where Hongshim was reading Yul's diary with the montage of their best/key moments was beautiful!! ❤️
- The funny scenes both in the palace (Yul and the king killed me XD) and at the village were great too! ^^

So, I wish the ending was better, but I still loved the drama, and I'll definitely remember it fondly! ❤️❤️

Lastly, many thanks to @lollypip for the recaps! They always make the watching experience a bit more interesting and captivating! ^^

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Thanks for the consistently amazing recaps Lollypip. Loved your analyses.

Can I just say Hong-shim & Won-deuk’s separation in the end was extremely irksome? I would’ve rather spent the last 45 minutes watching them be cute, fight, throw tantrums, make-up and be cute again. I could watch that stuff forever...and the fact that the very last episode was so bogged down by Hong-shim playing hard-to-get AFTER ALL THAT...was very typical and unappreciated by this kdrama lover. Especially when she was gonna spend like a year pining for him anyway 🙄. Thanks final episode, for making me forget I was watching the same show as it suddenly became a melodrama. When they showed flashbacks of all the good times Won-deuk and Hong-shim spent together, I was like, “what drama this is...??!”

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Agreed! This last episode really bugged me. I get that she felt guilty, but c'mon... This is what Yul had mainly been fighting for and then we get six months of separation and 3 minutes of them actually together?

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Right!?

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I totally enjoyed this drama. I love how each characters are well blended, from the palace down to the village people. The chemistry is not just between Kyungsoo and Jihyun but with the other casts as well. It was a sweet and lovely story, even it's filled with palace politics on the side I don't really care about because I'm more happy seeing how our 2 main leads being totally inlove with each other. I also love how the ending goes with our Prince trying to stay out of HongShim after all the conflicts, but in the end we know he's going to give her (and all of us) a happy ending, slowly but surely. Yes this drama may not be perfect, but it's one of those I could recommend to my friends.

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Thank you lollypip for the lovely recaps <3

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100 days my Prince is so sweet and heartwarming that i want "100 DAYS MY PRINCESS"....it is about Hongshims 100 days in the palace......PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

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Is the serial rapist hong sol caught , one ?

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While I really enjoyed this drama the ending killed a lot of my enjoyment. I went into this expecting a rom-com, but got some serious drama. I didn't mind that, but this last episode gave me major whiplash. It went from completely serious and all about death and evil plots then STRAIGHT to light-hearted jokes. We waited 16 episodes and Yul and Hong Shim don't really end up together till the last 4 minutes of the series. I understand the things they had to work through, but the pace of the the last few episodes, especially the finale, really didn't sit well with me. Also, it took six months for Yul and Hong Shim to face each other and talk about their feelings? Again, I get what the writers were going for but.... ugh, it frustrated the heck out of me. I loved the two main actors and a lot of the side characters. I loved the light-heartedness, but it was just oddly balanced with the drama.
I haven't had a lot of success with historical dramas, and I was hoping this one would break the trend

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If you haven't seen HYANGDAN, this might be a good time. Choi Siwon is terrific as magistrate's son Mong-ryong in a hilarious 2-episode send-up of the pansori CHUNHYANG. (For maximum enjoyment, read the folk tale first, view the 2000 film version with Cho Seung-woo, or read the DB recaps.) The music, featuring the wonderful trio of Kim sisters, is just dandy. Some of the production team went on to make ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE. I guarantee you'll get a happy ending, and many madcap laughs along the way. ;-)

I hear you about sageuks. I had an inkling during the wedding night non-happening that that would be the closest the show would come to delivering on all the subsequent consummation chatter. Won-deuk's horror at waking up in his birthday suit -- and the two of them rolled up in the mat during the infamous Rat Squishing Incident -- was the closest we'd get to any on-screen shenanigans. I did appreciate his getting to finally rest his head in her lap at the palace, but then he awoke to find Hong-shim gone. I always hate it when that happens. So sad. We ended up getting standard sageuk tease. Thank goodness for the smooches we did get to see, back in the days when holding hands just wasn't done.

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i kinda wish hong shim meet with princess and her son... i dont know why...

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