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Hotel del Luna: Episode 14

Our heroine is becoming so confused between her ancient vengeance and her newfound feelings that she very nearly makes a mistake that could ruin everything. The only thing that can repair everything that’s gone wrong is the truth, but whether it will fix things, or only make them worse, is anyone’s guess. The only certainty is that time is running out, and even the best possible outcome still means devastating loss for those left behind.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

On the day of his betrayal, Chung-myung had found his men burning the belongings of Man-wol’s now-dead band. He had rescued Yeon-woo’s lute, placing it with the rest of the belongings and adding the moon ornament he’d bought for Man-wol, which was then stained with blood.

He’s spent all these years near Man-wol as an unnoticed firefly, and he finds Chan-sung wandering confused in the tunnel to the afterlife. Man-wol hugs Chan-sung tightly when he emerges, but when he raises his hand to caress her the way he did just before he died, she staggers back and asks, “Who are you?”

Bartender Kim and Seo-hee join them, and Bartender Kim smacks Chan-sung’s arm, which shocks him back to his senses. He apologizes for worrying Man-wol, who’s still glaring at him mistrustfully, and she turns back towards the hotel without a word. Nearby, the firefly flickers dimly.

Man-wol stomps to her office to guzzle champagne straight from the bottle, rattled by the reminder of Chung-myung’s embrace before he died. She drinks again at the memory of Dark Mago telling her that Chan-sung would bring Chung-myung to her, gasping, “It can’t be. Chan-sung can’t be him.”

Mago stands at the entrance to the afterlife tunnel, musing that Man-wol will be severely swayed by a tiny firefly. She notices that the firefly’s light is weak as she gently cradles it in her hand.

Bartender Kim makes Chan-sung a drink, and Seo-hee expresses her relief that Chan-sung made it back safely without losing either time or his memory. Bartender Kim asks if he saw anything strange in the tunnel, but all Chan-sung remembers is something twinkling in the darkness, then waking up outside the tunnel.

Finally Man-wol shows herself, but her expression is wary. Chan-sung explains that he entered the tunnel looking for the living boy, and he reassures Man-wol that he’s fine. Man-wol tentatively places a hand over Chan-sung’s heart, and after a long moment, she opens her eyes and says, “You’re just Gu Chan-sung.”

She asks if he still sees her in his dreams, and Chan-sung admits that he hasn’t told her about his latest dream. He says he saw Chung-myung waiting for her alone by a lake holding a moon-shaped ornament, but Man-wol says she never received such a gift.

Chan-sung asks what that was, if not a dream of her memories. Man-wol reminds him that at first, he thought he was seeing his own memories of a past life, but they agree that that’s not possible. Chan-sung asks if she’s nervous because of the way Seo-hee and Yeon-woo were reincarnated and ended up together. Man-wol says determinedly that she won’t end up like them because that was their past lives, but for her, it all happened in her current life.

The little boy is returned to his father by Yoo-na, who says she found him asleep at a bus stop and took him to the hospital to treat a mild fever. The boy tells his father that he went to the hotel to see his mom, but Yoo-na attributes his story to a dream, and the dad promises to tell his son the truth about his mom when he’s older.

Yoo-na wonders if finding out later that he’ll never see his mother again is less sad, and Hyun-joong feels guilty for not being honest about planning to leave when his sister passes. He starts to tell her, but she interrupts to say that as long as he’s away from the hotel without permission, they may as well have some fun.

She goes to the restroom and on her way back, she spots Hyun-joong’s sister Hyun-mi, now elderly and blind, listening to some music from a phone. Yoo-na tells her that she looks like her friend’s… grandmother, and gets permission to take a picture of her enjoying the music. She asks if Hyun-mi remembers her brother’s name, and she gets excited when Hyun-mi remembers.

The man that Hyun-mi calls her “orabeoni” finds her, and Yoo-na asks if he’s really Ji Hyun-joong, founder of the hospital. He says he is, and that he’s Hyun-mi’s brother, but Yoo-na says that Ji Hyun-joong died a long time ago.

The man seems startled and drops his phone, but before Yoo-na can learn anything else, the real Hyun-joong yanks her away angrily. When the man stands up, he wonders how that girl knows that Ji Hyun-joong is dead.

Outside, Yoo-na asks Hyun-joong if that man has something to do with his death, thinking that he stole Hyun-joong’s identity and that’s why Hyun-joong can’t move on. Hyun-joong orders her to leave it alone since he’s dead and snaps jealously that Yoo-na is living a good life. He immediately regrets it, but Yoo-na admits that she also stole someone’s life and promises to mind her own business.

Chan-sung calls Sanchez, who says that Mi-ra insisted Young-soo stay the night and now all his colleagues are there having an impromptu picnic. Sanchez says that the people and noise are helping him not feel lonely, so Chan-sung doesn’t need to worry about him. He’s even enjoying watching Mi-ra and Young-soo, who seem very happy together when they aren’t fighting.

Looking very concerned, Seo-hee asks Chan-sung if Mi-ra is someone that Man-wol knew from a previous life. She tells Chan-sung that the hotel’s ghostly employees never asked Man-wol’s story because they assumed she didn’t intend to leave after settling her resentment, but now the Moon Tree has flowered because of Chan-sung.

He tells her that she’s right about Mi-ra, and Seo-hee asks if there are any more past connections Man-wol will have to face. Chan-sung says that person is already here, and that he’ll probably bring him to Man-wol like he did the others.

Seo-hee interprets this to mean that Chan-sung also knew Man-wol in a past life, and when he says he hasn’t, she questions why Mago chose him. He doesn’t know, but he vows to stay with Man-wol. Seo-hee pities Man-wol, who will soon be confronted with someone who caused her such great pain.

In front of the Moon Tree, Man-wol tells Mago to admire the flowers, then leave. Mago asks, “Will you let him just pass by? Will you pretend to be clueless?” She tells Man-wol that she can’t run away now that she knows Chung-myung has been by her side all this time.

She gives Man-wol the moon ornament, still stained with blood, that she’s been keeping safe. Man-wol holds the ornament in a shaking hand, remembering that Chan-sung saw Chung-myung holding it. She asks Mago furiously, “Is it Chan-sung? Is Chan-sung that man?!” and Mago asks if she can accept it if it is.

She notes that Man-wol doesn’t seem happy even though the man she’s been waiting a millennium to kill is finally here. Man-wol sighs that that’s why she’s asking, but Mago only advises her to let go of her hatred. Looking betrayed, Man-wol accuses Mago of sending the man she’s hated for a thousand years to her as the man she fell in love with. Mago says she’s curious which man Man-wol will see him as — will she see him as Chung-myung and disappear, or as Chan-sung and be saved?

Shaking with grief and fury, Man-wol wanders the hotel halls until Chan-sung finds her. She can barely look at him, seeing Chung-myung whenever she does, and suddenly the moon ornament transforms into a dagger in her fist. She runs to Chan-sung and stabs him in the heart, and he whispers, “I told you to trust me,” before slumping to the floor.

Man-wol drops the bloody dagger, then realizes that she’s alone. She stands there in shock until Seo-hee comes by, and she tells Seo-hee that she just imagined killing Chan-sung. Seo-hee is certain that Chan-sung isn’t Chung-myung reincarnated, and reminds Man-wol that Chan-sung also said he’s not Chung-myung.

Man-wol agrees that it may not be true, but says she can’t face Chan-sung as long as there’s the slightest chance it is. Seo-hee asks what she’ll do, and Man-wol grips the moon ornament as she vows never to kill Chan-sung, and to think about Mago’s advice to let go of her anger.

When she runs into Chan-sung in her office, he recognizes the moon ornament from his dream. Man-wol tells him it’s the same ornament, and that the blood is from Chung-myung. Finding it disturbing, Chan-sung offers to keep it for Man-wol, but she says, “A moon covered in blood must be destroyed.”

Chan-sung is called away by Reaper, who’s found the vengeful spirit of Ji-won. Chan-sung is relieved that Ji-won hasn’t grown stronger, but he’s taken aback when Reaper asks him to act as bait. He says haughtily that he won’t reveal who recommended him, then looks annoyed when Chan-sung immediately guesses it was Bartender Kim, ha.

Reaper says very seriously that he considers Chan-sung the best among all the human managers of Hotel del Luna, admitting that he’s been here from the start. Chan-sung asks about the hotel’s first guest, but Reaper says he hasn’t guided the first guest to the afterlife yet.

Man-wol sits in the sky bar talking to an image of her old self, saying that Chung-myung must have made the moon ornament and she would have been happy to receive it. Her voice goes hard as she snarls, “That disgusts me about you.” She says that she was going to throw Chung-myung into the fiery pit and make both of them disappear, but since the deities interfered, she fell in love and now she can’t carry out her plan.

Both of their eyes fill with tears as Man-wol says she’ll put her old self into the ornament and throw it away, “And we will cease to exist together.” The past Man-wol never speaks, but her eyes turn into black pits as she morphs into a vengeful spirit.

Man-wol summons Ji-won’s spirit and warns him that Reaper is coming for him. She tells him to eat the moon ornament and become a true vengeful spirit, and Ji-won snatches it eagerly.

Reaper and Chan-sung search the hotel for Ji-won’s spirit, and they find Man-wol still in the sky bar. She tells Chan-sung truthfully that she let Ji-won go after giving him a gift, and that Chan-sung is in danger now. “Gu Chan-sung,” she sneers. “Mago said that you’re him. I need to kill you, but I can’t. I like you too much.”

But she also says she won’t protect him and make a mockery of the thousand years she’s waited to kill Chung-myung. Reaper warns Man-wol that if Ji-won becomes an evil spirit, he’ll grow stronger and she will cease to exist. Man-wol tells Chan-sung that he’s a human that Mago adores, so the Magos will interfere before the spirit gets him. Chan-sung answers, “And you’ll perish,” and she says that she only ended up using him.

The lights go out in the hotel, which clues in the employees that something is wrong with Man-wol. Seo-hee says she’s in the Moon Tree’s garden with the door barricaded, so Chan-sung runs out. Dark Mago bursts into the hotel, making Seo-hee wonder what Man-wol has done this time.

Chan-sung goes to see Herbalist Mago and asks if he’s really Chung-myung. She says that Chung-myung is here with her, indicating the firefly in the jar next to her. Chan-sung remembers the firefly he saw when the hotel was empty, and Herbalist Mago tells him that Chung-myung is the Hotel del Luna’s first guest.

Chan-sung wants to take Chung-myung to Man-wol, but Herbalist Mago says he needs to save Man-wol first, and find the object she gave to the evil spirit. She warns that once the evil spirit makes a move, the consequences will be set in stone.

The man whose wife Ji-won killed was exonerated, but rumors that he cursed his wife to die still make him miserable. Ji-won’s spirit finds him and tells him “Hello,” and not long after, the man is preparing to burn down the warehouse where he works. Chan-sung shows up and punches the man, who suddenly wakes up looking surprised.

Ji-won himself greets Chan-sung, who demands he give back the moon ornament. Ji-won throws Chan-sung into a wall and laughs when he gets up, but Chan-sung says he was just buying time. The moon is emerging from behind a cloud, and Chan-sung asks Ji-won why he thinks Man-wol gave him that moon ornament.

“I told you that she will protect me,” he says confidently, and informs Ji-won that when the moon is fully revealed, Ji-won is doomed for having the ornament. He says that he tried to stop Ji-won from killing himself, but now he’ll end up in the fiery pit.

Ji-won throws the ornament, and when Chan-sung goes after it, Ji-won pins him by the throat. Chan-sung just smiles at something behind Ji-won, and when Ji-won turns, he sees three figures walking towards them. YESSS, it’s Bartender Kim, Hyun-joong, and Seo-hee, looking angry enough to send Ji-won straight to hell.

Seo-hee says she was once a vengeful spirit, and Bartender Kim calls Ji-won a runt compared to their combined 770 years of experience being dead, while Hyun-joong just hisses. They send Chan-sung back to the hotel with the moon ornament, and Ji-won tries to flee like the coward he is. He gets about two steps before Reaper snatches him up, and LOL, Bartender Kim complains that they did all the work but Reaper is taking all the credit.

Meanwhile, Dark Mago confronts Man-wol under the Moon Tree for trying to turn Ji-won into a vengeful spirit. Looking resigned, Man-wol admits that she gave her most wicked thought to the spirit, and she asks for death.

Dark Mago looks prepared to grant Man-wol’s wish, but Chan-sung runs in just in time. He shows Dark Mago the moon ornament and says there’s no reason for Man-wol to die, but Man-wol insists that Dark Mago kill her. Angry now, Chan-sung tells her to go ahead — if she’s going to torment herself, then he’ll become the person she thinks he is.

He puts the moon ornament in her hand and tells her to kill him, and the ornament becomes a dagger again. Chan-sung renews his promise to stay by her even if he has to die for being in her way. They stare into each other’s eyes for a long moment, then Man-wol drops the dagger, which changes to an ornament again.

Chan-sung tells her gently that the man she’s waiting for is here, and that she should hear everything that happened on that last day. “Then, you’ll be able to let go of your resentment.”

Seo-hee leads Ji-won’s spirit through the hotel, telling him that there are some people who want to see him before he goes to his afterlife. She takes him to Room 666, and Ji-won scoffs at the predictability of the room number, but he goes inside.

He finds himself faced with his victims, and one of them asks if he remembers what he said right before killing them. She croons, “Hello… Seol Ji-won,” and Ji-won finally looks afraid. In the hall, Seo-hee can hear his screams, and she muses that they should soundproof the walls, hee.

Later, Chan-sung watches as Man-wol hand-writes an invitation to Hotel del Luna. She hesitates, and Chan-sung takes her other hand, giving her a supportive smile as she finishes. Yoo-na delivers the letter to Young-soo, and tells him to bring Mi-ra, who’s received her own letter.

When they arrive, Seo-hee leads them to the sky bar, where Bartender Kim tells them that he’s been granted permission to give them a taste of one of their past lives. He gives them each a drink that contains a petal from the Moon Tree, and as soon as they drink, they’re transported over a thousand years into the past.

Man-wol can also see the memories, as Princess Song-hwa had found Chung-myung waiting for Man-wol by their lake. She’d said they received a tip that he was allied with the rebels, so she sent soldiers to capture Man-wol’s people. Her father planned to kill Chung-myung, but if he delivered the rebels to her father it would erase his suspicion. Chung-myung had said they were only wandering thieves, but Song-hwa had reminded him that if he died a traitor, his entire family and all of his men would also die.

Young-soo drinks next, and in his memory as Yeon-woo, he loses a fight against Chung-myung. Chung-myung had promised to try and save as many of their people as possible as slaves, but in order to do that, Yeon-woo and the thieves had to be killed as rebels. Chung-myung said he wanted to join hands with them and go to the new country, but he was caught.

He’d promised Yeon-woo to pay with his own life once it was all over. Yeon-woo had demanded, instead, that Chung-myung save Man-wol and live as a traitor.

Flower petals shower down from the Moon Tree as Man-wol tries to process the fact that Chung-myung did what he did because Yeon-woo told him to. Mago joins her and says that Chung-myung has always been here, and was Hotel del Luna’s first guest. Man-wol finally notices the firefly, and she remembers one of the last times she saw Chung-myung.

He’d visited her in prison, and she’d vowed to kill him. He’d replied that to do that, she must stay alive. He’d walked away with difficulty, leaving Man-wol furious but determined to live.

Later, on Song-hwa and Chung-myung’s wedding night, Chung-myung had known before entering the bedchamber that Man-wol was waiting to kill him. He’d thought, “I’ve been waiting for you. I hope you won’t hesitate as you swing your sword at me. If so, I won’t hesitate to throw myself at your sword.”

Mago tells Man-wol that if she says Chung-myung’s name, he’ll show himself. Man-wol tells the firefly to show himself, and for the first time in over a millennium, she says his name: “Go Chung-myung.”

Chung-myung stands in front of her, and Man-wol says she’ll listen to whatever he’s wanted to say, but he says he’ll make no excuses. She says that he promised to protect her in his last moments, yet her words chained him here and stopped him from leaving. She tells Chung-myung that she’s let go of everything, so he can go now.

He says sadly that this is the end for them, and Man-wol nods. She looks down at the moon ornament and her tears fall on it, and it dissolves into red ash just like a vengeful spirit, taking all of Man-wol’s pain and anger and hatred with it.

Mago reaches up to catch the firefly as it falls, too weak to go to the afterlife. She says that if he remains, he’ll cease to exist and won’t have another life. She tells Man-wol to send Chung-myung off as her final punishment in this world.

Later, Man-wol returns to her office, where Chan-sung is waiting for her. She sits next to him and lays her head on his shoulder, and Chan-sung holds her hand as she closes her eyes.

Young-soo and Mi-ra wake in a taxi, and Mi-ra laughs that this is exactly what happened the first time she visited the hotel. Young-soo is oddly silent and blinking back tears, but he says he doesn’t know why he’s crying, so Mi-ra just hugs him.

Back at the hotel, Yoo-na is sad that Hyun-joong isn’t at the desk and guesses that he’s still not willing to make up after their fight. She goes to the mail cubby for Room 502, where she left him a gift because they met on May 2nd, but the cubby is empty.

Hyun-joong pops up behind her, holding up the pocketwatch she got him. Yoo-na tells him the watch is so old that it’s been running since he was alive, teasing that he’s an old man. She tells him not to forget that, even when she looks older than him, and Hyun-joong finally works up the courage to say, “Yoo-na-yah, I’m leaving soon.”

He says that Hyun-mi, his sister, is very sick, and that he’s going with her when she dies. He tells Yoo-na that time can’t run for both the living and the dead, and that he’s been dead a very long time.

Chan-sung accompanies Man-wol to the tunnel to the afterlife, where she plans to take the firefly. She promises Chan-sung that she’ll be back quickly, but he asks nervously, “You are coming back, right?” Man-wol looks him in the eyes and tells him to wait for her, so he lets her go.

One month later.

Chan-sung still faithfully serves the ghostly guests at Hotel del Luna, though Bartender Kim assumes that Man-wol is no longer the hotel’s owner, especially since the Moon Tree has finally dropped the last of its leaves and flowers. Hyun-joong takes this to mean that Man-wol really isn’t coming back, but Chan-sung continues to visit the tunnel entrance, trusting her promise to return but admitting that he’s getting anxious.

Bartender Kim, Seo-hee, and Hyun-joong corner Reaper and demand that he bring Man-wol back, refusing to accept another owner for the hotel. Reaper tells them that it’s up to Man-wol, who may have forgotten Chan-sung if she stepped onto the bridge.

We see Chung-myung walking on the bridge, carrying one of Mago’s white lilies. Man-wol is walking by his side, but she suddenly stops. Chung-myung holds out a hand to her, and Man-wol looks up at him and smiles serenely.

Reaper meets Mago beneath the bare Moon Tree and asks if there will be a new owner for the hotel. Mago says that the Moon Tree owns the hotel, but Reaper replies that it’s dead now.

While waiting for a bus, Chan-sung sees a poster for Man-wol’s favorite Kim Joon-hyun show. It reminds him of all the times they ate together, and of falling in love with her, and he starts to sob as it hits him that she’s not coming back.

Mago tells Reaper that there are still some flowers left — the ones she put on Chan-sung’s chest while he was sleeping, that now live in his heart.

On the bridge to the afterlife, Chan-sung looks at Chung-myung holding out his hand to her, then she turns away from him and starts walking back the way she came.

 
COMMENTS

First of all, I haven’t always gotten into the ghost-of-the-week stories, mostly because the Man-wol and Chan-sung and their friends and employees are so interesting that even when the weekly ghosts were relevant to the larger picture, I just wanted to see more of the characters I’d already bonded with. But I did appreciate how Ji-won’s serial killer/vengeful spirit plot wove through the real world, and then the afterlife, in a really creative way that made narrative sense. He was a horror when he was human, and could have been even worse after he died, which served as a warning to Man-wol of what could happen if she let her anger take over. But the employees of Hotel del Luna were able to give Ji-won a send-off befitting a serial killer — justice at the hands of his victims — and protect Man-wol at the same time.

We finally know exactly what happened in Man-wol’s past, and more importantly, she knows. It’s as we guessed — Chung-myung was forced to kill Man-wol’s people in order to save Man-wol’s life, though I hadn’t guessed that it was at Yeon-woo’s request. Chung-myung didn’t betray Man-wol, and he even planned to run away with her and Yeon-woo, but he was forced to kill his friends to save his family. And Chung-myung actually killed himself, which explains why Man-wol spent all this time wanting to kill him again… she wanted him to die at her hands, even if it cost her her own soul. The greatest tragedy is that both Chung-myung and Yeon-woo loved Man-wol so much that they were willing to give their lives for hers, but instead of living the life they bought for her, she misunderstood and spent over a thousand years hating a man who was only trying to do the right thing.

I didn’t expect to ever feel pity for Man-wol, but now that we know her whole story, I can’t help but feel so sorry for her. She’s waited over a thousand years to take her revenge on Chung-myung, who cheated her of it once before by taking his own life, and she was even willing to risk her soul for the chance. Now she knows that the last thousand years have been wasted on hating a man who only wanted to love her and save her, and that she’s been waiting all this time for him when he was there all along. Yet when the time came, and once she knew the entire story, she was ready to forgive Chung-myung, so ready that they almost didn’t even need words. All they needed was to say goodbye without any lingering bad feelings.

I love the symbolism on this drama and it’s something I really haven’t talked about enough. I was especially moved by the moon ornament covered in Chung-myung’s blood, which represented Man-wol’s heart stained by hatred for all these years. She knew it needs to be destroyed in order to let go of her resentment and anger, but she didn’t know how, and she even used it to make one more desperate try at getting her revenge. But when she finally found forgiveness and her tears caused the ornament to dissolve like a vengeful spirit, instead of Man-wol herself — I’m not going to lie here, I haven’t cried that hard at a drama in years. It was so beautiful to see the ornament burn all of Man-wol’s resentment and hatred away, leaving her soul finally unburdened.

I feel like Man-wol’s trip to the bridge with Chung-myung wasn’t really her final punishment, as Mago claimed, but a test to see what Man-wol would choose when faced with a choice. She could have followed Chung-myung to the afterlife, but she chose to turn back, and my hope is that the choice to return to Chan-sung will buy her the right to live with him as a normal human. I’m scared, though, that she spent so long on the bridge (she’s been gone a month, and the trip across takes 49 days, so she got most of the way before turning back) that she may not even remember Chan-sung when she gets back to the hotel. It may be Chan-sung’s test, to bring her fully back to him.

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Why not just make this show 18 or 20 episodes if you're going to have 1:31:35 long episodes...

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Because Arthdal Chronicles has to follow immediately after this show.

And tbh I really like these long episodes. It was as long as a movie but no scene was wasted or unnecessary. It all fit together very nicely.

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That's true. I also found that scenes were necessary and not wasted. It's the only reason I can forgive this unreasonable length haha

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yeah but still annoying when you don't have much time...

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Because that's how tvN rolls. All of their drama episodes are needlessly long.

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I never felt the time being so long for each episode. I was sad thinking the episodes ended too fast. Just wanted to see more. Never felt bored 😍

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Same here. While watching, I didn't notice the episode was that long. There were no filler scenes in this episode.

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Really, sometimes at the end I’m surprised how long it actually was. Didn’t feel like.

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I've gotten used to 1:30-ish dramas. My Ajusshi, Reply 1988, etc.

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Reply'88 episodes feels reallyyyy loooong for me. But the plot wasn't as intense and mysterious as del luna so lots of fillers is unavoidable and understandable.

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Reply 1988 was worth every minute for me. Other tvN dramas, especially Goblin, were clock watchers.

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There have been no wasted moments- and the longer episodes mean that each one is more self continued- it is almost as if each episode is almost a whole movie on its own. If there had been a lot of filler I would agree with you, but in fact there has never been a moment with this show when I was bored or wanted to fast forward. It has been nothing less than a treat the whole way. Maybe this will start a trend- maybe we will get more 'long episode' shows that allow for more of a story to be told.

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Episode 16 - Man Wol wakes up the next morning, having dreamt the story of Hotel Del Luna. The end.

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[+0, -1,300] what the hell...

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Shouldn't those 1,300 be upvotes?

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In which lifetime? Is this rebel Man-wol or materialistic Man-wol?

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That would actually be great, lol

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Then the really drama title would have to be changed to 'Hotel De lusion' hahaha.

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I really enjoyed the scene where Chung Myeong took human shape after Man Wol called out to him. It was weirdly written, and the whole arc disappointed me, but that scene I liked. Chung Myeong in his old clothing looked so strange next to Man Wol who was dressed in present day wear. He's a relic of the past who has no place in the present, the world has moved on - even Man Wol - but he alone remained stuck in time. It was truly time for him to go. Man Wol on the other hand, has a home with Chan Sung and a purpose, even in today's times.

Finally, I found Chung Myeong, as another beanie aptly called him, simply delusional. His idea of the right thing was actually the wrong thing for Man Wol; and even if he meant good, he caused her unparalleled pain. I'm largely unsympathetic to his character, unfortunate though he may be.

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She has moved on? kk
She has colorful modern dresses but in ep 13 she was considering letting a baby die because Maid had an absurd grudge against the family and also confessed still wanting to remurder captain. That's pretty much stuck in the past.

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Lol my language was perhaps unfortunate. I didn't mean it that way - I meant that at least she's with the times in that, fragile though it may be, Man Wol still belongs to the present times through Chan Sung.

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I totally agree with you on that Chung Myeong on that scene looked a relic and it was time to move on.

I wouldn't call him delusional. I can't see but draw parallels to some other characters with past lives and reincarnation stories and the grim reaper from goblin comes to mind. Unlike the reaper, CM chooses to face his problems by himself, he cursed himself with "not forgetting" and staying beside MW and facing what she faced. What he did was either right or wrong, what he chose before would have had catastrophical consequence either way. However he chose to face them head on. He was if not the most realist of the picture. No one was going to save them and he had a death or death situation.

I do agree that he does not belong to MW present, but what happened in the past gives me hope that he can belong to her future(maybe a next life who knows).

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Another riveting and compelling episode, this show just gets better and better.

This episode was extremely heavy and emotional, not one cute or funny bit to be had but that's ok. Here are some of my thoughts:

1) Fantastic acting by IU once again. The look of anger and hurt in her eyes when she stabbed Chan-sung was incredible. Thankfully it was only a dream... that scene was incredibly powerful and ine if the highlights from the episode.

2) Man-wol was able to forgive Chung-myung and let go off her resentment because of the love and kindness she has received from Chan-sung.

3) Chung-myung isn't a bad guy, and as we suspected he was caught between a rock and a hard place. His actions may not have been the best but he had good intentions and I believe he did love Man-wol.

4) It seems that Man-wol can only go to the afterlife once all the flowers have wilted but now we know Mago planted a flower in Chan-sung. So as once as Chan-sung doesn't die, she can't go to the afterlife? There is hope for a happy ending!

I love this show and provided we get a well-written ending, it will be the drama of the year for me.

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Also Lee Do-hyun posted this and it was very funny 😂

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1lypK8nERK/

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If I knew him in person, there is no way I'd ever drop the joke - "you spent 1000 years as a firefly..." So I'm sure the actor is hearing this from people around him. 😂😂😂 I mean, it's too hilarious! I bet he was not expecting the script to take that direction.

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LoL.. actually, one of the comments (written in Indonesian) commented about him being firefly and now he's still being kicked out (by IU), Lol.

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I think the actor knows.

The latest bts has Man Wol complaining why he got a lily. And then he’s like, I waited 1300 years! She’s like, nobody asked you to. It’s just hilarious.

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Hahaha Thanks for sharing this.

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Ha! That's perfect! I bet Lee Do-hyun has a great personality in real life. :)

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The moment Chan-sung started to cry at the bus stop was the moment it finally sinked in that Man-wol has been gone for a month. We all know Yeo Jin-Goo is a great actor especially when he plays villain roles such as in The Crowned Clown but the way he carried his emotions on this scene had me carried away too. He is really good at crying.

Man-wol's sin, as well as Chun-myung's, doesn't really look that huge on paper but when you look at it on another perspective you will realize that these two people killed a lot of innocent people. Although they had different reasons, they still killed people and that itself is a great sin.

I'm also scared that Man-wol will lose some (if not all) of her memories after walking that long on the bridge. I can deal with some amnesia but I don't want her to lose her personality. We love sassy money lover Jang Man-wol and I don't want to see that part of her go.

Also, RIP to the #SinkingCaptainShip. We've got Lee Do-hyun's smile at the end so we're good.

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She said people lose memory bit by bit, hopefully the 1300 hard drive will dump the oldest memories first.

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Well, if she walks back, does the memory erasure reverse?

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Dumb question...wouldn’t be 2 episodes worth of drama left if it did reverse...

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Exactly- that is how you get 2 more episodes with lots of angst to go around.

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This episode hit me so hard in the feels!

I'm glad we got to see Manwol and Chungmyung finally resolve their problems- I actually cried during those scenes. When she just turned away from Chungmyung on the bridge it hurt me a little to see her leave him hanging but at the same time I'm glad that she's cutting ties and truly leaving him behind for good

Hyunjoon's mystery is finally revealed! I figured the hospital director was a fake since our Hyunjoon had all the memories and not to mention the director guy looked younger than the sister. I wonder if he'll cause some problems later though?

When our hotel trio walked up to Jiwon (#goblin moment) I can't tell if it was meant to look funny but I laughed so hard at them trying to look serious and cool (please tell me I'm not the only one here). Also grim reaper's deadpan "I caught him" had me dead. Good to know that Jiwon is finally out of the picture- I never liked him since he's such a bland character. His ending was well deserved.

The remaining flowers placed in Chansung's heart. That was so well planned! I knew Manwol would come back since the tree itself hasn't disappeared yet but if the flowers are gone does that mean she's pretty much forgotten about Chansung?

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Nah, I'm curious about Director who took Hyun-joon's place. It seems like he doesn't want to talk about it.. But why? Why did his family didn't recognise him when he returned from the war? Had Hyun-mi already been blind at that time?

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I wonder why HJs family never recognized him. Hopefully next episodes would reveal why👀

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I was taking it that the man/spirit that replaced HJ did it the same way the intern did - by kicking his spirit out of his own body somehow and taking that body for himself. He made a comment to Mi-ra that she was living on the Earth the same way that man was living as him. Since Mi-ra became the girl whose body she stole, I think that's what happened to HJ's life/body. I'm curious to see how that happened, though.

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ugh, not Mi-ra - Yu-na. So many characters! I got confused on the names, but am talking about the little intern gal.

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"Hyunjoon's mystery is finally revealed! I figured the hospital director was a fake since our Hyunjoon had all the memories and not to mention the director guy looked younger than the sister. I wonder if he'll cause some problems later though?"

I guess we have a lot of events to anticipate on the last 2 episodes since we haven't seen the backstory of Hyunjoon and Mr. Kim yet. We already had Ms. Choi and her
story is so heartbreaking.

I also guess we will have a little of the Hyunjoon and Yuna story. I don't want them to have that sad lovestory ending! Please don't Show!

"The remaining flowers placed in Chansung's heart. That was so well planned! I knew Manwol would come back since the tree itself hasn't disappeared yet but if the flowers are gone does that mean she's pretty much forgotten about Chansung?"

Truly! Though I used to think that Mago purposedly placed those flowers in Chansung's heart only for him to truly sympathize with Man Woel. It got me off guard! This show was very well written! Awesome Hong Sisters!

But yeah, the only flowers left, which tells us that Man Woel is still alive, are the ones in Chansung's heart. But looking at the last scene where ManWoel turned around to go back makes me think she still remembers him. I really do hope we don't have that amnesia trope!
It'll make HDL inconsistent with its theme and vibe. But would love to anticipate something we never thought would happened! Hwaiting for the last 2 episodes! *crying*

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The flowers in Chansung's heart! Of course. And we know Chansung has a long lifeline. So MW comes back, either remembers enough to now she and CS have a relationship, or CS gets to successfully woo her all over again. And they live happily for a long lifetime.

It would be hilarious if she loses her ability to see ghosts and he doesn't, and with the flowers in his heart he becomes the new owner of the hotel.

Past life of CS- could he have been the tree she loved so much?

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I cry a lot watching Kdramas but man this episode was the record for me 😭😭😭 That MW/CM confrontation scene and CS crying at the bus station hit me hard!

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Also! With all the characters raising the question - now even I think Chan Sung must have had SOME connection with Man Wol in the past. But literally the only character I can think of is the horse. Was he actually the horse?

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I don't think he had any connection with Man-wol in the past whatsoever. He is someone new in her life brought by Mago to help her start afresh.

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Neither did I! But characters in the show have raised it, so I'm prepared for the reveal, if any, this week.

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I think it’s gonna be revealed in the last episode. Since he’s not connected to the tragedy 1300 years ago, the writers can run anywhere with this. Watch it be something really random and hilarious.

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I'd prefer cute, but random and hilarious is ok...

unfortunately, i have the vague suspicion that HS will try to go epic and dramatic. and if this episode taught us anything is that logic tends to leave the room in that process. I am very reluctant to watch the rest to be honest.

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*fingers crossed* I want random and hilarious too, hence the horse :D

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Even Song Ji-won from Age of Youth is a horse in her past life so it's possible.

Or maybe Chan-sung is actually the horse from Arthdal?

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(((Horse)))

OMG I can’t stop laughing 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Yes, this is also my question and I doubt the writer will write that he doesn't related to Man Wol past.

Maybe related to Man Wol sword. We see that the sword in swolen by the Moon tree or it looks that way.

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Yeah! I think we all wonder why Chan Sung was chosen by the deities in the first place... Why did they wait for a thousand years for him to show up on Man Woel's life? I mean, they could have had someone else, right?

Was he actually the horse?
Haha! Poor Chan Sung if he really is the horse. But I believe he isn't. He is too good to be the horse!

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Yup~ I think that's the only question left to be answered right? Along with the last minute intro to Ji Hyun Joong's death. So why Chan Sung will probably be the big question of the finale week.

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Man-wol talked about a man who saved her life when she was little - I bet Chan Sung was that man!!

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Oow When did she talk about it?

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Oh yeah! That's how she came to live with Yeon-woo and his mum! Whoa, nice memory you've got!

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Wow! Never thought of that! Great Thinking! 😊😊

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That idea makes real sense.

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Or like.. the tree maybe?😂

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Thank you for the recap! I absolutely loved this episode and I too cried hard when Man-Wol was sending Chung-Myung off. I thought the episode would end before Man-Wol made her decision to turn back so that was a nice surprise.

It didn't occur to me the significance of 1 month on bridge in the timeline. But it makes total sense that the final two episodes might be Chan-Sung chasing after Man-Wol to revive her memories.

I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a Hong Sister drama so much .... *fingers crossed* the ending will be as awesome as epi 1-14!

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Even though one month has passed in human time, Man-wol may have only spent a few minutes on the bridge (human time and time on bridge proceeds at different speed). So Man-wol may not forget Chang-sung at all!

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Episode 14 was meh. I was so looking forward to this episode after yesterday's cliffhanger. They ruined Man-wol’s character for me. She knew Chan-sung was not Chung-myung. She can see Mi-ra and Young-soo's faces. "Mago said that you're him." No, she didn't. It is Mago's fault for being ambiguous, but did love make Man-wol dumb?

Chung-myung's resolution was a letdown. I expected something grander from the way the Magos had built it up. "I wonder if his story will be heard." "Will you let him just pass by?" So the drinks gave Man-wol the ability to see Young-soo and Mi-ra's pasts? I thought they would be given the ability. Lee Tae-sun has the top two most emotional moments of this drama: stare with Man-wol in Episode 10 and crying in the taxi today.

It irks me they call Yoo-na "Yoo-na." She is called "Yoo-na" at school and by Yoo-na's parents, but when she is with her own kind (i.e., ghosts), they ought to call her by her real name Soo-jung because Yoo-na was her murderer's name.

I wish the time skip was saved for Episode 16, but Chan-sung sobbing at the bus stop was extremely moving. Chan-sung asking Man-wol if she will come back and Man-wol telling him to wait for her was parallel to Yeon-woo before his death. Man-wol will definitely remember Chan-sung because she promised him she would forget him last.

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I found it making all senses. Man-Wol mistaken Chan-Sung for Chung-Myung comes from her own insecurity. As she sees both Yeon-Woo and Song-Wha being brought back into her life, she is now inevitably waiting for Chung-Myung to also show up. Then with MaGo purposely giving her red herring that Chan-Sung could probably be Chung-Myung's reincarnation, she took the bait believing that Chan-Sung has a different appearance because of MaGo is trying to lure her into forgiving him by making her falling in love with him all over again. That's why she was so mad at all of them.

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Thank you, I thought I was the only one men on this. We realize the real VVIP is Yeon Woo who loves her still and doesn't know why. Honestly, she has the best chemistry with him and he hasn't even met her in the present day. I was sad my ship sank with the captain, but alas it is what it is.

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So the drinks gave Man-wol the ability to see Young-soo and Mi-ra's pasts?

It was the flower petals in the drinks. The flower, that gave Chan Sung the ability to dream her past, was used here to bring up their memories. Remember how Man Wol wanted to see Chan Sung sleep/dream? She can tap into people’s dreams.

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I wish Young-soo and Mi-ra were allowed to remember their pasts like Chan-sung can remember his dreams.

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Idk... I thought it was regrettably beautiful, that Yeon Woo can feel the love once again without destroying his current relationship.

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If that was the case YW might fe awkward dating MR. Thats bad because i feel MR loves him.

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Feel" awkward

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YS can see something...go relook at his facial expressions when he meets MW... he may not remember with his mind, but his heart remembers.

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Like I said, Young-soo meeting Man-wol in Episode 10 is the top two most emotional moments of this drama.

Mi-ra's heart also remembers when she wondered, "Do I owe her something from my previous life?" in Episode 9.

My wish was since the deities granted Bartender Kim permission to give Young-soo and Mi-ra a taste of their past lives, then let them remember it. Just make them believe their memories were a dream like Chan-sung's when they were asleep in the taxi.

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but did love make Man-wol dumb?

It’s not love.. it is her hatred toward CM that blur her judgment about this matter

She couldn’t think straight and MG being ambiguous didn’t help at all
She is too angry with this situation
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This situation is same with the one when she heard that CS died

She needs to double check, she needs to feel CS’s heartbeat to make sure CS is still alive
(Even though she has an ability to differentiate between the ghost and the living one just by looking at it)

That time was because her love towards CS
The fear of losing CS made MW lose her cool, she can’t trust her own eyes

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Agree.
Love didn't make her dumb, she was blinded by revenge.

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And I agree with you about Yoona
I have been wondering about this too since she became an intern at del luna

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There's this thing that I recently noticed watching BTSs, first for HPL, but also here: the director refers to the actors by their character's names, for instance he always calls IU "MW". Given how hard they are working to stay in character for the whole day, I suppose every little thing counts - keeping the naming consistent is one such thing.

I wonder if the Yoona thing has the same flavor, helping her to keep in character for the life that she chose, instead of needlessly reminding her of her sad past and of being a fake.

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I agree with you.
Remember how in the begining, Soo-jung (in Yoo-na's body) would respond whenever someone called her real name? Her (Or real Yoo-na's) friends all freaked out.

It ain't easy to be someone else, and is especially hard to ignore when responding to your own name comes from the habits of the many years in the past. By now, Soo-jung would have been able to slowly adapt to responding to Yoo-na, so perhaps the people at Hotel del Luna just want her to keep doing this.

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Love that IU commented on fullmoon.long instagram that she really wanted to call Yoona Soojung once.

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I think Man-Wol was just feeling shocked... hence all this misunderstanding.

In the past, all that Chan Sung told her about his dreams, were scenes whereby Yeon-Woo, Man-Wol and Chung-myung are together (building house, writing name, etc). It was until he dreams of Man-wol in wedding dress that she thought he was looking at her past through her eyes...

Following that familiar touch by Chung-myung, along with Chan-sung telling her on his dream of the moon ornament which she never knew of, Mago intentionally being vague and passing her the same moon ornament... As there were only 3 of them in the past (minus Soong-hwa / Mi-ra), if it is not through her eyes or Yeon-woo's, then it could only be Chan-myung.

She's torn apart from within, conflicted between her resentment towards Chung-myung and her love towards Chan-sung. Chung-myung was her love, who caused her the grief and resentment. Chan-sung became her next love thereafter and carries heavy signs that he is Chung-myung reincarnate. Man-wol is afraid... And don't know how to respond.

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Not watching this atm— or any Kdrama for that matter, #kdramaslump— but seeing that top screenshot of Ji Eun in tears is just 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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aww i hope you get out of your kdrama slump soon! been there and it's the worst

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Aww thank you 😊 🤗🤗

It’s been an on-and-off slump for Kdramas for the last year—maybe year and a half—so I’ve been keeping busy by turning to Cdramas 😉😉
With all the praise it’s getting, I might start “Rookie Historian...”

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This show has been very well worth watching.

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I’m skeptical because it’s a Hong Sisters drama that never seems to get out of superficial territory with its characters. On the other hand, it’s the PD of YFAS 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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To simplify, will you let love overcome your hate and resentment?

This was the ultimate question Man-Wol faced this episode and I'm so happy she did! But as to which love she will choose, I'm also too happy to see that it is Chan Sung instead of Chung Myung! Too excited for the next episodes and also too sad to see the series end.

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Chung Myung was also willing to wait to be forgiven by the love of is life, even if it took a thousand years. I'm not sad at all that he didn't get the girl. Going to the afterlife at peace with Man-Wol should be good enough for him.

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Love cures all diseases including grudges and curses. You just have to let it do its job.

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CS is the best boyfriend. He isn't even angry that she tried to kill him (she thought about it 3 times) . MW should change her confession style "I love you so I won't kill you myself" it's kinda creepy :p

I'm happy that the past is finally resolved and MW can move on now. Now she has to choose her future.

The last scene was so sad. YJG made me cry :(

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I always amazed by how Jin Gu can portrayed 2 characters in a bit of time. When he became Chung-myung and snap back to become Chung So, I knew it wasn't him just like Man Wol realize that he wasn't Chung Su. It remind me of him in The Clown Clow, never has a flaw in his acting.

When he cried at last episode that was the most heart broken crying that I cried along with him. And Jin Gu just looks so mature and more sexy and more handsome every times I look him in every episodes.

The remain question is why Mago chose him?

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I felt sad for Song hwa as well. 😅 She planned to capture and kill the rebels because she was worried that Chan myung would die because of rumor of his ties with rebels. I don't think she believed it. And also she wasn't jealous of CM and MW because she didn't know about it. But a lot of people died in her hands so she was punished for that.

I still don't have that much sympathy for CM. Even though he initially said he'd kill himself he even married the princess. Of course YW told him to live as a traitor but that didn't include marrying the princess part. Maybe the king was so happy he gave his daughters hand to CM but if i were CM i could never marry her knowing what my friends suffered.

Chan sung's crying scene broke my heart. He kept his cool for a month and he has never cried like that before either. But he could not hold everything any longer.

I wonder if CS has some connection to MW like seo hee pointed out. Like being her true soulmate or something. MW never got a chance to meet him after she became the owner of the hotel. But she probably lived previous lives as well before being born as MW. Idk just a thought.

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Marrying the princress was probably forced given to him by her father as a reward for catching the rebels.

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His relationship with the princess was really apparent from the beginning so don’t think it was a sudden reward. More like, the princess was afraid her fiancé will be killed by her father and took measures into her hands to clear his name. Meanwhile her fiancé was two-timing behind her back.

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The princess was kind of secretly laid her eyes on him. It might seem obvious to us because we were 'told' straightforwardly by the drama. He was her guard i.e. lower in heirarchy so I don't really see him as her fiance from the begining. Yet the fact is that he was a player letting the princess thought she had a shot on him, and a coward taking credits that didn't belong to him, and very indecisive going back and forth between wanting to be a hero and being loved.

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Hmmm MW noticed from the very first encounter that princess had feelings for him, but CM also kept talking about it. Like the entertaining episode when he gets a tiny scratch on his face and he mentions that his pretty face is not the only part of his anatomy that the princess likes. But overall, my read of all that was that she was his intended, even if he was not particularly excited by the prospect. The fact that he listened to what princess said despite of constantly ignoring every one of MW's words and wishes suggests that he had respect for her that presumably comes from a long relationship.

(I was imagining the 2 rich kids growing up together as friends and everyone expecting them to finally get marries typical drama scenario)

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It's important that Man-Wol had to notice the relationship for 'us' to also know it. It's narrative. He boasted it to her because she already knew and it's been a teasing topic between them. He listened to princess's suggestion because it sounded more like a threat. The fact that the princess didn't seem jealous and even let Man-Wol lived kind of give the impression that she didn't fully 'own' (for the lack of better word) him from the beginning.

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That makes him a coward actually. He is easily manipulated as well. He could have at least run away. Since the rebels are dead his people won't be in danger any longer. But he ended marrying her and if man weol didn't showed up that day he would most probably live his life married to the princess. He sacrificed man weols people for his people. Idk how to justify that. Aren't man weols people are also human too. Wasn't he even thinking of joining them?

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A coward, yes, not arguing with that. But remember? The plan was for him to be a traitor to let Man-Wol live first. What's the point of having everyone killed and then blow it by being honest?

On the forced reward, have you seen old chinese movies where a scholar who won 1st place in imerial exam would be rewarded a royal son-in-law title, but that scholar has already had a wife and he couldn't decline that offer? It's a tragedy but really what happened.

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I thinknhe can still be a traitor even though be didn't marry her. We never saw him being forced as well. If it was the case wouldn't it be shown in the back story.

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Yes, all of my comments are speculations and interpretations because the drama didn't really show what happened and it's already 1.30 hr-long and some people already complaint.

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I have one question, though; you came home a hero for capturing the rebels,

Your boss: "great job, I'll let you marry my daughter"
Would you..?
(A) "thank you, sir"
(B) "Nah, I'll pass"

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If i already have a girl in my mind i would choose option B but express that in a respecful manner. 😁

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I respect you for that. :) (How do you put a smiley face?)

But may I ask further about the reason you would give to your boss to decline the offer aka reward?

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By saying im not interested in getting married. Catching rebels is my only happiness or I'd say im impotent if i had to hahahah or if nothing work i'll just leave the damn palace and love as a fugitive. Because i deserve that specially if i got killed my gfs family.

I just cliked on the smiley face in my mobile phone keyboard 😊

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Even though that will get your family and men all killed and all the things you've done so far come to a waste?

Well, it might sound like I'm defending on Chung-Myung behave beacause I agree with what he has done. Trust me, I'm not. I don't think anything will ever justify what he did and I have been making this comment since the beginning. What he did was far from being noble. It's just that I have learned from Chan-Sung that we can still have compassion to those we disagree and wish them well. I found Chung-Myung 'lousy' decisions suits his character and the given situations.

Thx for the emoji tip ;). I thought you were using some computer script.

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I don't think refusing to marry the princess is treason. If he ran away most probably his family will be disgraced for awhile but i don't think anyones lives would be lost. Butbthe end CM deserves that bacause he got some people killed and has broken faith.

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And did it occurred to him, that his family and people will be in danger when he was planning to run away with the bandits? He didn't plan to bring his family. He didn't even think of that part until the princess pointed it out to him. He maybe handsome and a great swordman but not very bright. He is just a hot headed man with these fantasies in his head. If he had the tiniest amount of brain, he'd atleast dress as a villager when he kept coming to see MW. At least change his signature hairdo haha. Kings men probably spotted him from miles away.

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Also, in case anyone missed it, the music that Hyun-joong's sister was listening to on the phone was the piano piece that he composed and played in the classroom with Yoo-na.

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It's very telling that the song is "My Grandfather's Clock". Lyrics are about a clock which stopped when the singer's grandfather died. Having a throwaway song like that still have so much meaning is a big part of why I love good writers and producers; their attention to detail!

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

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Wow! I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing!
*now searching for the song*

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The details in this drama are amazing. There was a docu-variety that discussed the set design and costume design. I started paying more attention to Man Wol’s clothes, in terms of colors and patterns, since they told how she started wearing florals patterns and accessories when Chan Sung entered her life.

I also read a Chinese analysis of the explicitly dated pictures in Man Wol’s office and how they fit into the timeline of Korean history.

Hong Sisters really outdid themselves this time.

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The reason I love coming here is that we can share our knowledges and experiences. These trivials are really fun to learn.

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This is such a life lesson and for someone like Man-Wol, it's 1,300 years long. Like any form of education, she needs to pass the test. And this final test was so heart-breaking. Honestly, for Man-Wol to be able to let go of the grudges rooted deep in her heart and soul, I do agree with MaGo that the test must be at this level of difficulty. One complaint is that why someone as divine as Chan-Sung has to play the scapegoat role? I couldn't find any faults in him all 14 episodes long.
Luckily, it's been proven once again that Chan-Sung didn't get the Harvard Conman title for nothing. He always has his plans well-plotted and well-executed.

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The best part of ep14 was Young So crying.

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I thought that was beautiful.

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Young-soo crying was the best. I was never behind Pink Mago setting Young-soo and Mi-ra up. When Mi-ra asked, "Why are you crying? I'm here now," I thought, "You're the reason why he's crying."

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Pink Mago set them up so that Mi-ra can make amends to Young-soo. Young-soo really does not know why he is crying- but Mi-ra was not acting offended, pouty or disgusted the way she once would have when she was a princess. Instead she showed real empathy and comforted him. Pink Mago knew what she was doing: Mi-ra can now spend a lifetime loving this good man that she hurt in the past.

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Didn't the princess act offended, pouty, and disgusted toward Man-wol, her enemy? She showed real empathy and comforted Chung-myung, the man she loved.

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Gosh, the CM reveal was so underwhelming. Ok, his had tragic choice to make but why the hell he is expecting that the victim of his choice should show him any understanding? He save MW by annihilating all of her people and he is all "tragic hero" about it, expecting some kind of reward for sticking to her all this years. I don't think MW truly forgave him, she just let go of her resentment.

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And no “I’m sorry” till the end came out from his mouth...

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Chang Myung: The way they tried to “redeem” him just wasn’t it for me. I saw comments saying they wanted a prequel with CM and MW’s story and I’m really trying to understand how people would be able to forgive a male lead for hurting and killing the people the female lead cared about because he had the lives of his people to worry about…..how is that love? This is literally the scenario of the chinese drama Goodbye My Princess and everyone hated the male lead for what he did. CM made his choices and he lived with them but at the end, Yeonwu’s love won for me. Tired of CM smirking and, even til the end, never apologizing. I don’t care about his excuses or that his time period put him in special circumstances. He did what he did and she still watched her people die, and not once did he attempt to rebel or APOLOGIZE. I believe he “loved” her, but he definitely loved her in a cowardly way. A quote I saw on bitchesoverdramas best explains how I feel:

“You cannot justify what he did to her as good. Do not normalize it. Do not romanticize it. That’s what fangirls do. You have to see the Captain’s action for what was. It was mental torture. To goad her in prison, to let her friend die in front of her, and to kill himself on her sword when she herself had a moment of hesitation, to see herself killing people in a rampage = her mental torture = her hell that HE created for her.
Frankly speaking, it’s quite upsetting to me, that viewers just don’t get how horrific watching Yeonwoo must have been for her.”

“She shouldered the blame alone for 1000 years while he flitted as a firefly. She took responsibility for the deaths of her friends. And she was punished too for his death, the Princess, and their men” - Packmule3

When he reached his hand out to her at the end, I instantly smacked it away instinctively cause I was so bitter and underwhelmed. Its like til the very end, even after stalking her for 1300 years, he still doesn’t understand her and that currently, the person she loves, the person who selflessly took it upon himself to breakdown the walls she built up, is Gu Chang Seong. I would’ve preferred that CM actually betrayed her and MW went apesh*t trying to kill him, it would’ve made the build up worth it with all the foreshadowing and the whole episode more intense, but the HS dropped the ball and tried to redeem him. CS literally got attacked and almost died meaninglessly and CM is left with a slap on the wrist. Im tired.

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Yeonwoo: I am upset that people forget the importance and impact of his character to MW. We may not have gotten any past scenes showing them growing up together, but he was her family. The only one she had left and she watched him die….imagine watching the full process of someone being hanged, let alone a family member, from start to finish. She watched that whole thing, like talk about ptsd and CM was part of the reason. The HS did a great job of showing how close YW and MW were with the limited scenes they provided, from MW crying and reacting emotionally when CS first said his name til the final scene in episode 14 when YW’s reincarnate was crying in the car.

I feel like people were so hung up on this “passionate” love story between CM and MW, which was literally nonexistent if we’re being very honest, they completely forgot who Yeonwoo was to MW and why what CM did will always be unforgivable regardless of any explanation he had (and he had none, til the very end). People say CM had no choice, but he did. He had numerous choices but in the end, he chose himself, his people, and to be a coward til his last moments. MW’s anger for CM only dissipated because she found out that Yeonwoo was the one that wanted CM to keep her alive, that was it. There was nothing else. Not the supposed love CM had for her and honestly, not even the fact that he chose to be a firefly (yes, that made her feel sorry, but again , that is not her fault. That was his choice.) CM being a ghost firefly was not punishment, like say Mi Ra living through multiple reincarnations to accept her karma in different lives. If we’re being honest, we can’t even say CM was all alone because for 1300 years he did have her cause he chose to be by her side, never making his presence known, but MW was truly alone. She went through everything by herself, from the punishments to reliving the deaths of the people she loved over and over again. CM may have felt guilty towards YW, but those feelings were nothing like how MW felt when she watched him die.

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Chang Seong: Please let him rest. Him crying at the end, him never blaming her for trying to kill him, him trying his hardest to save her from vanishing even at the expense of his life, him waiting patiently for her to resolve her issues with CM and just being an anchor for her, holding her without asking questions, him letting her go at the end to lead CM to the afterlife, without guilt tripping her or making it about himself, him waiting for her, HIM CRYING AT THE END……I have to say, the fact that CS has been holding all his vulnerable emotions in throughout like 14 episodes (he’s always so calm) really made his crying at the end hurt more. Like he finally just broke-down and Im so sad cause he really doesn’t deserve any of this and the fact that he still supposedly has a price to pay?!?!?!?! If its this hard for him when she’s been only gone a month, imagine when she actually has to leave…….

Also, I loved the scene after MW leaves CM, she goes to CS and just lays her head on his shoulder and he doesn’t say anything. He just takes her hand and lets her rest because she was clearly very emotionally spent. CS grounds her and makes her a better version of herself and for me, even without all the cliche, gimmicky, kdrama tropes, that’s love. He brought her happiness and thats all he wants her to remember him for, someone who made her laugh. Had CS been in the captains position all those years ago, I 100% believe he would’ve done everything in his power to protect MW and her people, even at the expense of his because thats just who he is. No matter who the person is to him, he is constantly selfless and blameless. He is weakhearted, but one of the strongest. I also agree with the room manager, why was CS chosen? I wonder if there really is a past life connection between CS and MW that might have been insignificant to her but significant enough for Ma Go to bring him to her in the present.

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On Chan-Sung: he trusts her. He's been repeating all series long that he knows she would protect him no matter what. That's why he is so different from Chung-Myung and that's why he is a match made by god (literally) for Man-Wol.

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i hv been thinking of this qns...has CS passes tat so-call "sacrifice" ordeal...if the flowers in CS's heart tat mago planted in not destroyed...then MW will still live...then y they hv told CS tat MW will be his last guest to send to afterlife...in order to do tat shouldnt the last flowers wilted too???? wahhhh~alot of qns!!! i m afraid of the ending...not sure if the last 2 eps can answer everything...

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I think it is only MW who said that she'll be the last guest that CS needs to send off. She mentioned this a few times in between, leading CS to actually believed that and even told the former manager Hwang Moon-sok this.

Don't recall Mago actually said this, though CS is indeed sent there to help MW with her passing... Perhaps with the flower in his heart, MW and CS would be allowed time on earth until CS's death at the old age (he was hinted to live until old) and to depart together instead?

Also, as Dark Mago said that the tree bore flowers only for it to wither again, perhaps the Moon Tree finally live the same way as normal trees, with the 4 season cycle from now in Winter, to bloom flowers all over again? Possible, especially since MW would have completed her final "punishment" by sending CM off, and as she is never dead, time runs again for her?

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Also, it’s interesting how viewers always complain about bad drama boyfriends but when one guy comes along that doesn’t make any of those cliche mistakes, they find him bland and lacking chemistry. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I find the chemistry between Man Wol and Chan Sung very appropriate to the progress of their relationship. The part when he held her hand stead while she wrote the invitation was so heartwarming. She didn’t even know the truth yet, and she was afraid to face the past once again, but he gave her the comfort she needed. Without saying a word, but he clearly told her “it’s gonna be alright, I’m here.”

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Amen to that! Nowadays people's ideas about true love is so shallow.

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I hoped to think that the price to pay would only be to restore Man-wol's memories (if she does lose it on her way back)...

It would suck to have a bad ending on the final 2 episodes, after such wonderful 14 episodes.

I would kind of hope that the price to pay, is to cease being human, and for all eternity be the co-owner of the Hotel del Luna.
Mago did mentioned that the Moon Tree is the real owner of the Guest House of the Moon and there was no mention of previous owner before Man-wol. Perhaps Man-wol IS the first owner, after her sword bearing her name was absorbed into the tree. Then as the flower assimilate with Chan-sung's heart, perhaps he will then be the co-owner of the place for eternity.
Instead of thinking it as a punishment, think of it as the birth of another deity like Mago and Grim Reaper. That would be awesome!

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To me it's obvious that once MW saw, that YW was reincarnated and happy in this life, she finally give in to all Chang Sung's efforts to let go of her grudge, her revenge never was about herself but about YW and rest of her "family", she had to carry on the guilt of being the reason behind their deaths, it was never really about "tragic love story".

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i totally agree with u...
i cannot take it nor forgive tat those ppl execute yeon woo right infront of mw's face...this is a total no-no...

mw is good to let go of her long resentment...she had no love nor hate towards cm...

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I also don’t understand some viewers’ attachment to Chung Myeong.

Put in present time, he’s a date that killed her brother and stalked her for years. How do viewers expect Man Wol to still have feelings for him? His love was hurtful to her past and meaningless to her present.

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Simple. It's all merely because ticks the boxes of a typical kdrama flower boy look that typical viewers go crazy about.

mY hAndSoMe oPpA diDn'T mEaN iT!!!!

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Yes, what CM and MW had wasn't even a love affair. It didn't even go that far at all.

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The way IU depicted the emotional rollercoaster of finding CM in CS’s body was incredible. The relief for CS making it out of the tunnel alive switched to dismay and then to disgust at being touched by CM, followed by distrust… how she could not even look him in the eye afterwards… her pain at losing her last chance at happiness… admitting to herself that if there is even a chance in a billion that CS is CM, that is too much of a risk for her to continue their relationship as if nothing had happened… all the while realizing that even if that unfortunate outcome comes to pass, she loves CS too much to kill him… That was epic television. Same goes for CS breaking down - seeing the one person who is always cool, calm&collected completely losing it… that said more about love than the entire CM debacle.
I have very little positive to say about what happened in between. The one good bit: how after going through the full rehash of her past and letting go of the hate she had poured into that ornament, MW slowly walks to CS, who was quietly waiting for her to do her thing, sits and puts her head on his shoulder. hands intertwined…no words required. that is true love to me.
On the rest: I felt a complete blank during that MW forgiving CM scene. I could understand if she was so damaged by the idea of CS being CM that, getting proof of the contrary, her relief overcome her anger. It would make sense to me if she decided that CM is just not worth all that energy… But what was that? Worse still, MW’s one second of hesitation on the bridge… that belittled everything we’ve learned about her, and her relationship with CS. I resent the director for that, as much as I resent MG1 for her cruel and pointless misdirect.
And for a show presumably centered around bearing the consequences of one’s actions, there was preciously little of that going on. In the end, CM took zero responsibility for the whole mess… but, to be fair, the writers stripped him of all agency to begin with. He just did stuff because other people told him to: the princess told him to kill some innocent people to get his clan off the hook, so he did. YW told him to live as traitor and save MW, so he did (but why? because he knew that hate would be the only thing keeping her alive after losing everything? How is that a life worth living? ).* He made a half-baked promise to watch over her and since MW did not die he could not leave, so he stayed. and after watching 1ky of MW’s agony it did not occur to him that he owed her at least one basic “I am sorry”. Stuff happens to him but nothing is his fault… and then he got a lily for his troubles (but why?).
Surely unintentional, but the resolution might be kind of brilliant in the 'the banality of evil’ kind of way… up to this point the story prepared us for this major MW-CM showdown; and ep.13 did an amazing job in making me feel every bit of the rage that MW felt, only for ep.14 to bring us face to face with reality: a weak...

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Surely unintentional, but the resolution might be kind of brilliant in the 'the banality of evil’ kind of way… up to this point the story prepared us for this major MW-CM showdown; and ep.13 did an amazing job in making me feel every bit of the rage that MW felt, only for ep.14 to bring us face to face with reality: a weak pathetic selfish loser. He could have been a machiavellian prince angling for the crown, or a misunderstood lover that gave his all for love. But he was neither, just a sad little man, deluded til the very end.
*Side note: When CM was talking to YW after capturing MW’s crew and CM suggested that as long as some of the innocent villagers get labeled as rebels and hanged, he may be able to keep YW alive as a slave... that look of shock and disgust on YW's face... that sums up my feelings for CM to a T. Also how predictable that the plan of saving MW's life wasn't even his own, he just went along with YW's. The sole useful thing he ever did was to get CS out of the tunnel, and even that he could not do without wrecking MW’s happiness in the process. Just like he saved her life but almost destroyed her soul the first time round. Thanks so very much. (What was that sarcasm sign again?)

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I agree with you about Chung-Myung- a character that I never sympathized with at any point in this drama. Part of what I love about this show is how much real truth there has been. Our Captain was no noble prince charming- just a guy who fumbled around without thinking things through- and a lot of people got hurt as a result. Just because he looked good and dressed nice did not make him a better man. Which may explain why he was so anxious to sacrifice himself in the end- he knew he was a screw up.

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I hope Man weol hesitated on the bridge to stop herself from punching his face haha 😂🌉

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🤣🤣🤣 I’ll believe that.

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every word you said, wow *chefs kiss*

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I thought she hesitated because most of her memories were gone, not because she wanted to go with the Captain. That may not be the case, but I'm going to keep thinking that because it feels better to me :)

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Young buck falls in love with a girl on the wrong side of the tracks. As he starts thinking with the non-brain related part of his anatomy he fantasizes joining her gang, an idea which she, being a reasonable person, refuses. He ignores her and makes preparations to do so anyways, so secretly and cleverly that even the king gets wind of it. At this point, he makes the decision to sacrifice the gang to save his clan (because he now remembered that he actually, maybe has some responsibilities for his people too and his fiancé told him so) and those people are nothing to him anyways; and while we’re at it, let’s throw a few innocent villagers in for good measure. He kills his gf’s family but keeps her alive to watch the whole thing, just to give her enough motivation to live. Feeling a little crappy he keeps their belongings for burial even if there’s no one left to do that burial. Then proceeds to marry the suitable gf the night after (because he want’s to prove that he is team king? Or because someone else just told him to do it?) When said gf rightfully goes mad he provides no reasonable explanation, just baits her and then when she is hesitating to kill him he kills himself with her sword, just to make sure that all the bad decisions in this debacle are his alone. And he promises to always watch her as long as she is alive even if that is literally the last thing in the universe she wants in that particular moment. The end.

Well not really because he does not get the concept.

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I legit felt so so sad for Chung Myung!! Like his fate was so sad and messed up..he became a firefly had no chance to reincarnate like the others. Even Song Hwa reincarnated into someone who wasn't even bad..but Chung Myung up till the end he was left alone on that bridge when he held out his hand and Man Weol turned away..likeeeeeee such a sad fate frr😢😢😢 this is legit suffering till the very end

P:S About the part where Bartender, Mrs Choi and Cute front desk guy (his name just keeps slipping away from my head😂) came, it gave this Goblin flashback frrr..am I the only one who noticed the familiarity of the scenes 😂❤❤

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its not that CM had no chance to reincarnate, he CHOSE not to reincarnate, but he will be now

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@osinachi - you are not alone in thinking that the three musketeers (Bartender, Mrs C, and CFDG) avenger scene was right out of Goblin! Loved it!

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No, it's not Goblin moment. The first thing I was thinking about is Avenger, or, as Man-wol's IG said, "Delvengers".

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