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Arthdal Chronicles: Episode 12

Events are coming to a dangerous head as our players all try to maneuver themselves into the most advantageous positions before the Sacred Trial. Loyalties constantly shift, and every act of trust is a deadly risk when the power to control the known world is the prize. Our heroes will need to look within themselves for the correct path, as the fate of Arthdal depends on their survival.

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

While escaping Mihol, Tanya is caught by Moogwang, who sneers that he’s still alive despite her curse. Her vision blurs for a moment, and she tells him, “‘You’re too late.’ Those are the last words you’ll ever hear.” Nunbyeol attacks Moogwang but he soon shoves her to the ground, and he raises his sword… only for the Neanthal, Yiseuroob, to stop his hand.

Yiseuroob casually flings Moogwang into a tree then turns to Tanya, as Nunbyeol’s eyes flash Neanthal blue. Chaeeun tells Tanya that her father is at the apothecary, assuring her that they’ll be fine. Tanya runs, but someone trips her and she looks up at the point of a sword.

Nunbyeol tells Yiseuroob that she doesn’t want to leave her family and go with him, and his expression is kind as he says he understands. Nunbyeol asks him what happened to the Neanthal people, and he tells her that they’ve all died but five, including himself.

He says that he asked her to join them because he hoped she’d find a good man among them, and Nunbyeol understands that she’s the only female Neanthal left. Yiseuroob tells her that unlike humans, he respects the choice she makes for herself.

She asks what if she wants to see them again, and Yiseuroob tells her “Manteiv…” He turns to go, followed by Rottib. Rottib says that he knew Nunbyeol wouldn’t come with them, and Yiseuroob gently chastises him for smiling when this is the end of their pure blue blood. Rottib says that’s not necessarily true as long as they’re still alive.

Moogwang wakes with a start to find Moobaek and Chaeeun standing over him. He lunges at Chaeeun, demanding to know where Tanya is, but Moobaek stops him and tells him that Chaeeun was saving Tanya from Yeobi. Chaeeun says worriedly that she sent Tanya ahead but thinks she was caught.

Meanwhile Saya finds the dead Daekan soldier while looking for Tanya, and he heads back to the city. When Tagon’s guards try to refuse him entry, he bellows, “Tell Tagon Niruha his son is here! My name is Saya!” The guards think he’s crazy, but Tagon comes at the sound of the commotion.

He drags Saya inside and slams him to the floor. He pins Saya to the wall by the throat and asks for one reason not to kill him now that he doesn’t know where Tanya is. He locks Saya in the room, walking away as Saya yells that he won’t forgive Tagon if anything happens to Tanya.

The guards tell Kitoha and Yangcha that Tagon apparently has a son nobody knows about. When Yangcha doesn’t seem surprised, Kitoha accuses him of knowing already. A frantic Moogwang joins them, and when Kitoha says Tagon is with his son, Moogwang is all “Oh, he’s here?!” and runs off. HAHA, Kitoha is so hurt that everyone knew but him, and I swear Yangcha is laughing behind his mask.

Yeobi brings Tanya to Nihol, and Mihol visits Taealha’s prison to ask if she knows Tanya. Taealha says that he’ll never be able to find Tanya, and she laughs when he says he already has her, reluctant to believe anything he says. Mihol takes Taealha to see Tanya, who’s confused by the complicated web of allies and enemies in Arthdal and prays to the Great White Wolf to give her the wisdom of the star.

Tagon goes back to Saya, who apologizes — he saw the dead Daekan warrior and assumed Tagon took Tanya, but now he realizes that a dead warrior means it was Asa Ron. He says frantically that they need to attack the Great Shrine before Asa Ron kills Tanya, and Tagon wonders if Saya’s behavior is because he tricked him, or because he likes Tanya.

Saya starts to threaten not to forgive Tagon if Tanya is harmed, but Tagon interrupts and says that without power, you’re forced to forgive everything, as he himself was forced to do. Gritting his teeth, Saya begs forgiveness, and Tagon asks why he should forgive him.

Saya says that he’s trained himself for this and it would be a waste not to use his skills, and he even gets on his knees, vowing that both he and Tanya will be useful to Tagon. Tagon decides to use Saya, but he warns that if Saya ruins his plans, “I’ll show you what it really means to be unforgiving.”

Mihol calls Taealha mad for believing that Tanya is the descendant of Asa Sin and says it’s fortunate that Asa Ron doesn’t know about Tanya yet. Taealha reminds Mihol that their clan are a huge threat to Asa Ron because the Hae clan’s ability to smelt bronze is believed to be holy, and that the only reason Asa Ron sides with him now is because Tagon is a bigger threat.

Mihol states that they have a larger mission to take revenge on those that destroyed Remus, and that Tagon can’t win this fight anyway. Taealha mentions the star bell that Asa Sin hid in the Great Shrine, making sure that Tanya (who’s been listening intently) hears her say that whoever finds it automatically becomes the High Priest. Mihol asks Tanya if she knows where the star bell is hidden.

Tanya says she doesn’t, but if she had the byeoldaya, it might tell her. She suddenly realizes that she’s talked herself into a corner, believing that the byeoldaya is still in Iark, but Taealha announces triumphantly that Tagon has it.

Mihol agrees to side with Tagon if Tanya can find the star bell, but if she can’t, he expects Taealha to abandon Tagon. Tagon is surprised to receive a visit from Mihol, and he’s reluctant to join forces with a man who locks up his own daughter (says the man who locked up his son…?).

Mihol tells Tagon that he knows of Asa Sin’s descendant, and that she needs the byeoldaya to find the star bell. He says he’s willing to side with Tagon if Tagon agrees to set aside Asa Mot and marry Taealha, and promises that the secret to smelting bronze stays with the Hae tribe.

He tells Tagon that without Taealha or Tanya, Tagon doesn’t have much of a choice. Tagon agrees to hand over the byeoldaya on the condition that Taealha writes him a letter, and that Hae Tuak acts as a witness.

Everyone waits nervously to see what will happen next, and deep in the mines, Eunseom tells himself that he must succeed at escaping: “I don’t want to regret anymore. I don’t want to hate myself. I don’t want to be amused. I miss you. I want to live. I want to live and go to you.”

The following morning, the tray comes out of the mine with no soil/jewels in it. Eunseom and the other slaves listen to Syoreujagin call to them worriedly, chuckling that the only time he’s nice is when the slaves are sick (and his jewel supply is threatened). Sateunik is still sick, but he says he’ll escape and see the ocean again before he dies. Awww, Badoru even apologizes for how he’s treated Sateunik.

Ipsaeng asks Sateunik if it’s true that his people (the Momo tribe) have fins and paws at him. Sateunik snarls at him to back off, which makes Eunseom grin that he’s got a temper. Sateunik snaps at them not to mess with a Momo on the brink of death, and when everyone laughs, he says sadly that they’re all like brothers down here.

He tells the others that if he dies they should place him at the front. Badoru says he’s not going to die and makes him drink some water, but Sateunik says he wants to see the sea once more just in case. AUGH, stop saying that!

Back in Arthdal, Asa Mot advises Tagon to testify that Taealha is a White Peak Mountain’s Heart at the Sacred Trial, since Taealha is sure to make the same accusation against him. She promises that Asa Ron will ask the gods, and will claim that Taealha is lying.

In return, all Asa Mot wants is for Tagon to consult the gods (ie, Asa Ron) regarding all Union business. What Tagon hears is that Asa Ron doesn’t know about Tanya.

Mihol returns to the Great Shrine with Hae Tuak, then takes Taealha’s letter back to Tagon. Hae Tuak confirms that Taealha wrote it, adding that she tells Tagon to trust her. Tagon hands over the byeoldaya and asks what happens if Tanya fails to find the star bell. Mihol says that their alliance would no longer be necessary.

After they leave, Saya comes out of hiding and confirms that he heard everything. Tagon gives him permission to make his move.

At the temple, Taealha asks Tanya if she’s sure she can find the star bell, but between audible sentences she mouths something about fighting with a pointed look. It looks to Yeobi like Taealha is just fussing at Tanya, who picks up what she’s putting down and argues back.

They trade barbs until Taealha grabs Tanya by the throat, and Tanya head-butts Taealha hard enough to knock her down. Taealha throws water at Tanya and it puts out the brazier, so Yeobi leaves them to get a torch. When she returns, Tanya and Taealha are still glaring at each other.

Hae Tuak is giddy that Mihol and Taealha are working together again, but her grin fades when Mihol goes right to Asa Ron and gives him the byeoldaya. She sobs that he’s betraying Taealha, but Mihol says that Taealha betrayed him first.

Saya goes to the Magpie Cave to relay a message to the White Peak Mountain’s Hearts from Momyungjin, their leader. He thinks, “It’s time to test our luck, Tanya,” then tells them that Asa Sin’s direct descendant has come to Arthdal.

Mihol tells Asa Ron that he’s siding with him because he can give him something Tagon can’t — the position of Union leader. He tells Asa Ron to let Tanya find the star bell then kill her and take it, ensuring that his bloodline is never questioned and allowing him to banish Tagon.

He says that if Tanya can’t find the star bell, then they hold the Sacred Trial and Taealha will testify against Tagon, and he can still be banished. Either way, Mihol and Asa Ron both win. Asa Ron agrees to the plan and to Mihol’s appointment as Union leader, and gives him back the byeoldaya.

Chaeeun is worried about Tanya and Moobaek, who have both gone missing. She and Nunbyeol are stunned to see the White Peak Mountain’s Hearts parading through the market, carrying banners with their symbol proudly announcing their identity and yelling that Asa Sin’s direct descendant is being held at the Great Shrine.

Mihol looks smug as he hands the byeoldaya over to Tanya, who looks it over reverently as she prays for help to save Eunseom. But as hard as she studies it, she’s forced to admit that she can’t figure it out. Mihol orders her drugged, suspecting that this is a trick to get back at Tagon for what he did to the Wahans.

Tanya drinks the truth serum and quickly falls into a trance. Mihol asks where the star bell is and she mumbles that she doesn’t know. Mihol tells Taealha that he kept his end of the bargain, and now it’s time for Taealha to uphold hers.

Taealha sobs that it’s all over and agrees to testify against Tagon at the Sacred Trial. Mihol dictates a letter for Taealha to write to Tagon: “Tanya will find Asa Sin’s star bell, so be sure to attend the Sacred Trial. It’s our chance to end Asa Ron.”

The White Peak Mountain’s Hearts march all the way to the Great Shrine, gathering a crowd as they go. Chaeeun and Nunbyeol are with them, as well as Saya, who prays to Asa Sin to protect Tanya.

The resurgence of the White Peak Mountain’s Hearts gets in the way of Asa Ron’s plan to kill Tanya, but Mihol says he can still banish Tagon and win over the White Peak Mountain’s Hearts. He gives Asa Ron the byeoldaya, and Asa Ron recognizes the same sun, moon, and star symbols that were carved on the ceiling of the Great Shrine a hundred years ago. He says they were recently carved over, so of course the byeoldaya is useless as a map.

On Asa Ron’s orders, Asa Yon announces to the White Peak Mountain’s Hearts that Taealha’s Sacred Trial will begin tomorrow, but they want to know if Asa Sin’s descendant is really in the shrine. Asa Yon confirms that Wahan Tanya claims that distinction, and that if she finds the star bell during the Sacred Trial, the old prophecy will come true. The crowd celebrates, and Saya spots Moobaek among them in disguise.

Tagon has a spy in the Great Shrine, who reports that Tanya doesn’t know how to find the star bell. Saya is in Tagon’s room eavesdropping again and Moogwang runs in to announce Mihol’s arrival. He says that the entire Daekan force is waiting to attack if necessary, and Tagon thinks with dismay of how hard he’s tried to prevent bloodshed.

He pours tea into a cup and tells Moogwang to kill Mihol’s guard when he spills his drink. Mihol is led in and he tells Tagon that Asa Ron is finished, because Tanya knows where to find the star bell. He gives Tagon the letter he dictated to Taealha, which she signed off, “Tagon, I miss you, I’d be elated if I could see you again.” Tagon thinks that this is the Taealha he knows.

Mihol says he’ll see Tagon tomorrow at the Sacred Trial, and Moogwang readies himself to strike. But Tagon doesn’t spill his drink and lets Mihol leave. Tagon tells Moogwang to have the Daekan warriors wait.

Asa Ron and Mihol watch as the White Peak Mountain’s Hearts pray outside the Great Shrine throughout the night, as inside, Yeobi keeps watch over Taealha and Tanya. In the mines, Eunseom hovers over a weakening Sateunik, begging him to hang in there until tomorrow. Sateunik apologizes, sighing that he wanted to show them the ocean.

He has just enough energy to object to his nickname of Dung Beetle and tell the others his real name. He cuts a lock of his hair and gives it to Eunseom, and asks him to go to his home of Jubinol and give the lock of hair to his wife. He whispers that his wife will return the favor, then he gently slips away.

In their grief, the men all place a hand on Sateunik’s body and state their name and tribe. They swear to Sateunik never to let go of each other’s hands, and to take the news of his death to his wife and see the ocean.

When another day passes, Syoreujagin reluctantly goes into the mine to see what’s wrong for himself. He finds the slaves all lying unconscious, and he stabs the closest one with his sword to see if he’s really dead. Thankfully Sateunik predicted this, and his friends did as he asked and placed his body closest to the entrance.

Syoreujagin looks frantically for Eunseom, whom he’s already been paid by Moobaek to send back to Arthdal, and finds him at the end of the corridor. When Syoreujagin reaches him, Eunseom kicks him into Badoru, who holds a makeshift blade to Syoreujagin’s throat as the others jump up and surround him.

Syoreujagin sneers that they won’t escape the mine this way, but he shuts up when Eunseom offers him Ipsaeng’s stash of jewels to help them. Their original plan was to hold Syoreujagin hostage, but now Eunseom says that nobody on the surface cares about Syoreujagin, so he suggests they escape by playing dead with Syoreujagin’s help. With Eunseom waving the jewels under his nose, Syoreujagin says with a grin that he’s always liked Eunseom, and that he’s in.

They’re hesitant to trust Syoreujagin, but Eunseom is confident in his greed for the jewels. Syoreujagin wraps the men in straw mats and lays them on the tray to be pulled to the surface. Eunseom and Ipsaeng go up last, after Ipsaeng cuts a hole into their straw mats so they can see.

When it’s time for the Sacred Trial, Taealha and Tanya are led into the sanctuary where they kneel in front of the shallow pool. The crowd is notified that the Sacred Trial is beginning, and they roar in excitement.

Asa Mot recites the accusations against Taealha of spreading blasphemous rumors and instigating the people to question the sacred lineage of the Asa clan. Taealha confesses that she thoughtlessly spread the rumors, though she says she’s not responsible for starting them. She accuses Tagon of being the source of the rumors, and Asa Ron calls Tagon forward to answer to the allegation.

He explains that between the Wahans speaking their language, Moobaek seeing Kanmoreu in the flesh, and Asa Sin’s byeoldaya, nothing he said was a false rumor, and that he was delivering the gods’ will to protect and worship the true descendant of Asa Sin.

Tagon continues that the gods will recognize the one who finds Asa Sin’s star bell. Asa Ron recites the next part of the prophecy, which states that those who insult the gods will have their feet cut off and be banished on all fours. He announces grandly that he will now determine whether Tanya is truly of Asa Sin’s sacred bloodline — but if she can’t find the star bell, she’ll be banished with Tagon.

Tagon watches, thinking about yesterday when Saya asked him why he let Mihol go, and he’d said that Taealha’s letter says Tanya knows where the star bell is. Another flashback shows that in the few seconds that Taealha and Tanya were alone after their fight, Taealha instructed Tanya to tell Mihol she doesn’t know how to find the star bell, but to bite her lips as a sign if she actually does know.

But even Taealha had been confused when Tanya had done exactly that while drugged — claimed not to know where the star bell is, but bitten her lip to signal that she knows. Now Tanya thinks to herself that in fact, she has no idea where the star bell is, but she does know about the sacred flame.

With all eyes on her, Tanya stands and approaches the sacred flame. She shakes the instrument she was given by Asa Ron as she stares into the flame and recalls the carvings on the byeoldaya. She’d seen the symbols for fire, and three feet, so she takes three steps back from the flame then begins the movements of the Wahans’ spirit dance.

She whistles as she dances, and a blue-tailed paradise flycatcher bird flies down to swoop around Tanya, enthralling everyone in the sanctuary. Recalling Mother Choseol’s teachings that the dance must be perfect every time, Tanya wonders if the Great White Wolf predicted this moment, and if all of the intervening years were leading up to this.

Trusting to faith, she finishes the dance perfectly for the first time, one hand raised to the sky, then slowly opens her eyes. The bird slams into the roof of the sanctuary in the exact spot where Tanya is pointing, then falls dead. Tanya looks up at the exposed opening in the ceiling and realizes that this is what the prophecy of her birth meant by “the one who breaks the shell,” and the dead blue-tailed paradise flycatcher is the Azure Comet.

She wonders how to get the star bell down, then she recalls Mother Choseul teaching her to sling while telling her that she didn’t know why, but the sling is something all Great Mothers must learn. She rips the hem of her dress and fashions it into a loop, then picks up a stone and takes aim.

Her shot flies true, and a palm-sized golden star falls at her feet. She picks it up, and when she shakes it, it rings in a high, clear tone – the star bell, the proof of her lineage. The people in the sanctuary fall to their knees, acknowledging Tanya as Asa Sin’s true descendant.

Elsewhere, Eunseom is still wrapped in a straw mat, and he reverently breathes Tanya’s name as he’s pulled up to the surface. Tanya is also thinking of Eunseom, and they simultaneously vow, “I’m coming for you.”

 
COMMENTS

Okay, that? Was AMAZING. I love nothing more than a well-crafted story, and the way all the clues came together for this one final scene was absolutely incredible. There can be no doubt now that Tanya is the heir of Asa Sin, and I love how everything she trained for her entire life were all to make it possible for her true identity to be proven in a way that nobody can possibly dispute. Although I’m sure he’ll try, even Asa Ron will find it difficult to negate the very bedrock of his own power and overturn centuries of beliefs to discredit Tanya’s claim to the position of High Priest. But even if Tanya does succeed in being named High Priest, she’s still going to have a struggle to keep her power for herself among all the people who want to manipulate her for their own gain.

It’s also a testament to how well Arthdal Chronicles is written that a character can make an incredible impact on the story — and our hearts — in a relatively short period of time. Nunbyeol is a great example of this, because she’s only been in a few scenes and rarely speaks, yet she’s firmly established her importance in the future of Arthdal as the only living Neanthal woman, and therefore the potential mother of the race’s resurgence, if she so chooses. Yiseuroob and Rottib have also made a big impression as representatives of the surviving Neanthals, showing that they are not monsters at all but kind and respectful of Nunbyeol’s choice even if it means the end of their people (and did anyone else notice that look between Nunbyeol and Rottib? Veeery interesting). But the character that packed the most emotional punch, for me, was Sateunik, who was just a simple young man who wanted to see his beloved ocean again before he died. His loss was so tragic, but his death served the important purpose of bringing the mine slaves together in an unbreakable brotherhood. I have a feeling that these men will be the family that Eunseom’s never had, and the brothers he’s always needed, and that they’ll all play a pivotal role in the final third of Eunseom’s story.

I’m so happy that Eunseom finally found his resolve again, because regardless of what the Wahans say, it’s not his fault they were killed and enslaved. It’s true that some of them died when he tried to save them, but at least he was trying to save them, even after the way they treated him like an outsider for ten years. I do think that Dalsae, formerly Eunseom’s loudest enemy, sees that Eunseom’s intentions are good and will eventually become a loyal friend, along with the guys from the mine. On the other hand, I don’t think that Eunseom and Saya will have an easy time of it when they finally meet — they think so differently, with Eunseom always trying to do the right thing and Saya doing whatever serves himself best in the moment. I believe that Saya will eventually come around (he has to for the sword, the mirror, and the bell to “destroy” the world), but it’s only going to come after a lot of conflict.

One of the geniuses of this show is how very few characters (except maybe Tanya and Eunseom) are all good or all bad. Someone will do something completely corrupt or sadistic, but somehow still manage to show compassion or regret and keep me from hating them entirely. Tagon’s thirst for power comes with a deep wish not to spill any more blood than necessary, Saya is capable of both cold-blooded murder and heartbreaking vulnerability, and even Taealha will earnestly help her enemy if it serves a greater purpose. I’m not saying that it’s okay to commit horrific acts as long as you’re sorry about it later, but it makes things more interesting when you never know if someone’s better nature will assert itself at just the right moment.

The true tragedy is that just as Arthdal Chronicles has hit its storytelling stride and worked up some fantastically exciting momentum, it will be taking a hiatus before airing the final six episodes. I think this is a huge mistake, and I hope that viewers don’t lose interest during the almost two-month wait, because if things continues as they’ve been going, the conclusion of Eunseom, Tanya, and Saya’s tale is going to blow the first two parts right out of the water. But it is what it is, so we’ll just have to be patient. The final episodes will begin airing on September 7th, so we’ll see you then for the conclusion of the story!

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Those wahan people weren't useless afterall. I really liked how the writer weaved that dance nicely in epi 12. It all make sense now. They all were planning a bigger picture. One thing I love about this drama is complexity of the character. As much as I am excited for three prophecy to come together I am worried too, hope viewers don't lose interest in this drama because the show is getting so much better now. Since third part will focus on our five main characters.

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Yes, can't wait for all the 5 mains characters to come together. I think will get conflict at the beginning. But I hope that Eunseom, Saya and Tanya will join hands together to "destroy" the world and establish their own thing.

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Okay so I recently binged watched Arthadal!
Does anyone think it hits too close to home when it comes to humanity.
Just because someone choses a different belief system or different lifestyle that means they are wrong or worse barbaric?

It's the whole colonisation argument which is to say ... Why were colonies lifestyle considered to be wrong!

Also the whole tribe system ... Is like Indian caste system! Horrible and unnatural reliance on god and going crazy in the name of God!!

I love how well it depicts all flaws of humanity which claim is necessary in the name of progress!!

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A question ... Which period of human history does this drama represent??
I mean they talk so highly of bronze ... Seems like bronze age
But doesn't costume seem to be advance??

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I'm not watching this. Just seeing the perfectly lined, hemmed and ironed clothes in the pics makes me cringe. The least they could do was ragged edges!

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It's "prehistoric" and i think we just have to give up on those costumes. That is where the production kinda falters. After all, we have the Neanthals looking like goth rockstar vampires. I think we'll have to go with the literary echoes of the clothing and accept that that is what matters. Because those flowery white outfits.....

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Actually, it's a mix of pre-history and proto-history. They took many liberties because Arthal is a myth, a legend, not really facts. That's why we see many different elements together.

For example, Neanthals are implied to be the extinct Homo neanderthalensis, but they were extinct at the end of the middle paleolithic in Europe (which goes many many many years back from the timeline of this drama story). Moreover, the geographical setting for this species is not korean at all, so another flaw. I was angry and confused when I heard about this drama descriptions before it aired. But, I put that aside and decided to just enjoy the story and its characters. And I'm glad I did that.

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Is the geographical setting Korea? I didn't realize that. Did they say that?

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It is Korea, because Arthal is a myth of the beginning of the Korean Chronological periods. It goes far back from the timeline in Jumong the series.

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ooh wow! Thank you! I didn't know that.

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Don't take the history seriously or it just seems a mess.
I tried to pin it down to proto-history but it's not even that... more into the realm of myth.

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I wouldn't call it well written drama just because it picked up some pace in last four episodes, it's more testament to the actors abilities to make us care about their characters. The supposed leads has almost no screen time or lines for good chunk of drama. But I give it to writers they can always pick the most boring storylines to have most time on screen, but those really exciting chunks of story make me come back for more.

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*sigh* I recall a similar drama-watching experience: GOBLIN. The story was mostly boring but there were little bits that kept me coming back, and I also kept expecting for something more to happen. The story finally got moving in ep. 11; everything before was mostly filler. In the end I was left breathless because everything happened so quickly in ep. 12-16. I think we are in for a similar ride in ARTHDAL Part 3.

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Omg ... for me Goblin was horrible!!
I was boring and predictable ... This drama is well written I feel that .. no disregards for your opinion!

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Thanks @lollypip for this summary. So there are 5 Neanthals left - I'm assuming they're Nunbyeol, Rottib and the other one. But since Rottib and his friend knew about Asa Hon and her 2 children, maybe that's why they're counting 5. Tanya finding the star bell in relation to the dance is genius writing! And Saya worrying about Tanya like he did about Saenarae - I don't think he loves Tanya, it's just that he has now another kindred spirit who can understand what his desires are and is ready to help him get the job done. And Eunseom getting back on his feet - woohoo!

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I don't think they're counting on Igutu. They clearly said that are 5 Neanthals left, their race, not half-breeds. So it's Nunbyeol, Rottib, his friend-brother from when they were saved by Asa Hon and Ragaz, Yiseuroob (clearly is older than Rottib), and an unnamed Neanthal.

Wished for Nunbyeol to become a couple with Rottib. But, we know that their people won't get a future on this planet. They will probably go extinct (even though I find Neanthals the most fascinating people on this series).

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Thank you for the recap, I agree with this article...and I really don't understand this whole gap-waiting for the next season, similar thing happened with Kingdom and My First First Love...until them, I always thought kdramas that had 12-20 episodes each, were aired back to back in its entirety... anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed these last episodes, it made sense that Tanya becomes the high priest and Eunseom starts to show his leadership skills that will eventually make him the main leader/king...I don't fully understand how will Saya's story of play out but he also seems to like Tanya and I think he will bring the end of the existing ruler...I can't wait for E & S to know about each other and Tagon finding about them...I'm trying not to have high expectations but I'm quite vested in the outcome of the various storylines.

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I believe it is because of Netflix, for some strange reason Netflix wants seasonal dramas, which doesn't make sense in the Korean format, but because kdrama distributers want a larger audience they acquiesce to this nonsense and shenanigans.

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*wails like a Wahan*
It's so ridiculous

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According to Soompi, it is the production team to finish editing and filming certain scenes. They need more time. The drama had some serious issues in the beginning of production. People got hurt and work without sleeping. That led to an investigation into unfair labor. I'm not surprise they took a break.

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You have a point, but if so they should have aired the whole drama in September.

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This

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SEPT 7th, WTF. WHY? I am obviously just finding this out, how stupid.

I do agree about the ending though. It was really well done. I like how they showed her thinking through every step before she did it.

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Yes, all that silly dance made sense (didn't like it at the beginning), but I'm loving that every detail from the Wahan tribe served a better purpose. Really well done.

I'm also glad that Eunseom finally got himself together. It was getting frustrating to see him so hopeless and weak. And I agree that those on the mine will become his comrades. I also believe that the death of their friend will bring them new allies, as the preview implied (they will have to meet his wife, maybe she and her clan will join Eunseom for his greater quest?).

Can't wait for September to come.

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I like the way they showed her thinking, but I also think it would have worked without it, or with less. Let the audience think for themselves a little bit: "Oh, so this is why Grandma made her practice so hard!" It was hard for me to follow her thoughts and watch the intricate dance at same time, plus the scene kept switching to Eunseom and Co's Great Escape.

Overall we hear character's inner thoughts too much in this drama to the point where I can't focus on what is happening. But yes, I did like the ending. Finally all the water dancing made sense.

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This so much, what the point of using inner thoughts to deliver messages like : "I don't know what to do", "I have doubts", this are freaking good actors they acted this pretty clear without needing to spell it out loud. Decisions like that really bring down my enjoyment of this drama.

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Maybe they dumbed it down for the Netflix crowd? Since they might be new to K-dramas?

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I hope not... I'm becoming wary of dramas produced with a Netflix audience in mind.

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Can't believe I'm here again. I stopped reading the recaps cos the comment weren't favouring the drama. All in all, I love this and can't wait

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I stayed for Song Joong Ki even though I didn't really like the first third but I'm excited to see how it all unfolds now.

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Lol. You misunderstood me. I completed the whole 12 episodes. I just stopped reading the recaps here because majority of beanies hate it and it kinda pisses me off.

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No, I understood. I was complaining during the first third but it's redeemed itself.

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I had to endure the first episodes of this drama, just like so many other people... but in the end, the storyline is very beautiful and really worth it to watch. The writer really did a great job with this one. See you again in September!!

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I had the same feelings. I saw the 1st season, then I stopped because I didn't feel much enthusiam to keep going. But, once I started 2nd season, I watched the full 6 episodes in 2 days ina row! Please September come fast!!!

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Oh my gosh, the ending of this episode was the goose-pimpliest of all the great goose-pimpling episodes! This is really why we ought to live by trust and faith. Just as Tanya trusts in faith, we have trusted in the storyteller. I know how difficult it is to fall into the narrative stride of a new story and if we don't understand something, we often blame the writer but I'm glad the writer trusted the story pattern that came to her, trusted the viewers, and ignored whatever the naysayers around her or on the web were saying. Creativity is all about trust and trying to see clear as we look on to someone else's craft. I know a lot of folks were kinda harsh on this story in the beginning and some dropped it but i trust that those of us who held on will be wonderfully rewarded come September 7th. Haramahamen!

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omg! i so love this show and all the actors! i will wait as long as it takes to find the ending for all. it is worth waiting for. song joong-ki is blowing me away with his dual acting. the story is rich and well told. man so glad i gave it a try!

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I still want to know why Eunsom has lost his super human strength. Will Magical Horse be waiting for him once he's shown his brain is superior and helped him escape?

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I was hoping Euseom would meet a Neanthal Jedi Master who would teach him to use his superhuman skills. It could have happened during Part 2, but instead he's been stuck in the mines for way too long. Magic Horse will have to magically teach him, because I don't think there's any time left for hero training.

Let's just write Magic Horse fanfic while we wait for September. ARTHDAL Part 2: MAGIC HORSE, THE REAL MASTERMIND

Chapter 1: After abandoning Eunseom Magic Horse went back to the doctor's hut. On his way through the mountains he was attacked by a tiger, but he lured it towards the home of the last remaining Neanthals, who killed the tiger with their bare hands. He made sure people of Arthdal found the tiger and spread rumours. This was no fake evidence, unlike the poisoned birds that Asa Ron had prepared that very day. You see, Magic Horse is the hidden strategist with a plan to take out Asa Ron. Dun-dun-dun.

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I like the way you think.

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I do my best ;)

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This has gotten better as it's gone along, and I find the twins/Tanya trio and their character arcs/mythology intriguing. That being said, the pacing is still odd and the production design is a mess. I wish the show had found a consistent, compelling visual language that didn't feel like a mish-mash of 80's music videos and Game of Thrones. I'm curious to see where it goes from here, but 18 episodes feels way to short to really do the kind of world building that they're attempting here - if you want to create an entire religious, cultural and historical universe from scratch it seems like it would have made sense to create a longer show.

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18 episodes is just for the four seasons; there are originally 3 seasons

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Now i get it. Saya is the mirror to Tagon who will probably later try to kill Tagon crazy for power, and his Taehla is Tanya, but unlike Tagon, Tanya does not love him back and never will. Saya is loved by noone making him even more deadlier than Tagon. Eusoem and Tanya are going to have to kill Saya after he probably kills Tagon. He is exactly like Tagon, scheming and crazy about Tagon's approval just like Tagon was with his father doing everything to prove like Tagon did to his father to accept him. The sword we already know and the bell has been found. Saya is such a mirror to Tagon i am actually afraid for Tagon but since Tagon would kill anybody for power, i have a feeling Tagon wont need our pity in the future and many will die. Tagon isnt playing about being King of arthdal. Yep three is going to have a body count. all three bidding their time to kill him. I now understand why the writers would risk such detail which i wont lie felt long and boring. But the reward was to prepare us so for part 3 every part you wont want to miss because it is probably a clue. How very game of thrones of you indeed.

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Now i get it. Saya is the mirror to Tagon who will probably later try to kill Tagon crazy for power, and his Taehla is Tanya, but unlike Tagon, Tanya does not love him back and never will. Saya is loved by noone making him even more deadlier than Tagon. Eusoem and Tanya are going to have to kill Saya after he probably kills Tagon. He is exactly like Tagon, scheming and crazy about Tagon's approval just like Tagon was with his father doing everything to prove like Tagon did with his father. i am actually afraid for Tagon when it comes to Saya, but since Tagon would kill anybody that gets in his way to be king of arthdal till his last breath, i have a feeling Tagon wont need our pity in the future and many will die. Tagon isnt playing about being King of arthdal. Yep three is going to have a body count. all three bidding their time to kill him. I now understand why the writers would risk such detail which i wont lie felt long and boring. But the reward was to prepare us so for part 3 every part you wont want to miss because it is probably a clue. Daenerys=Tagon, John Snow= Saya, Sansa=Tanya, and Euseoum=Bran. very game of thrones indeed.

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Coin of Aramun only has two side. One side represent peace (honeysuckle flowers): Episode 2 shows that Eunseom carries the honeysuckle flowers. The other side represent punishment (hammer): Episode 2 shows Tanya carries the hammer. Eunseom become the salves' hero and he is someone who bring peace. Tanya become the high priest most probably she will be using her power to punish the bad. I wonder will Saya still be alive at the end of the season. Since the only item Saya is represented is the mirror in the whole season. But both Tanya and Eunseom has been represented in many places.

Also i love how in all the previous episode that they talk about Aramum is a Igutu and this information will benefit Tagon and Tagon reply that Aramum is a Hero but no one will want their King to be Igutu. I feel that this information tells us very much about episode 13, whereby Eunseom has become a hero that free the slaves. Very much like what they said, Aramum is a Igutu and a Hero. I can see Euseom becoming a King, unlike Tagon. Tagon is Arthdal's Hero where everyone thought that he is a Saram. But Euseom become the slaves' Hero while everyone knows he is a Igutu. In some sense Euseom has already form an union which is what Aramum did. All the slaves comes from different tribe.

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I just finished watching both the sets a couple days ago and I am blow away by this drama! It went beyond what I expected.
Perhaps partially because I did not know what to expect. There is so little done in the drama-world based on history/fiction this early in civilization that there was a lot of room to play, and goodness did they play!

Even though the episodes are longer than the traditional hr mark, they do not drag!
I cannot wait for the next and final set of episodes to come out soon!
I might even be in Korea for at least the last few!

Can someone remind me when exactly they air. As in time, day of the week, channel?
(I'll probably watch it on Netflix, but I am curious)

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