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Arthdal Chronicles: Episode 15

No matter how confident you are, it’s never safe to let your guard down when the future of an entire people is at stake. A coup is staged and fought, and the outcome could change the known world forever. But even when he thinks he’s won yet again, a good leader always stays alert, because surprises can come from where he least expects them just when he believes his place is secure.

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Asa Ron tricks Tagon into talking about killing his father where all the tribe leaders can hear him. He calls in Black Tongue, an assassin, who stabs Tagon with a poisoned knife while he’s still reeling in shock. But Tagon fights back, knocking out BT, then his eyes glow purple as he hisses with Ugutu fury. He leaps into the air and begins methodically cutting down Asa Ron’s White Peak Mountain warriors.

At the stronghold, Saya stops a young priest who suspiciously insists on serving Tanya himself. He blows a handful of dust into Saya’s face, and Saya collapses, gasping for breath. The priest enters Tanya’s chamber, dagger held ready, and he stops Tanya when she attempts to escape.

At the same time, Taealha’s new maid suddenly wraps a garrotte around Taealha’s throat, intending to throttle Taealha to death. Taealha throws them both to the ground and grabs the bronze sword she had made for Tagon. Despite Hae Tuak’s teasing about Taealha neglected fighting skills, Taealha eventually overpowers the girl and kills her.

Using the confusion at Sanung’s grave to escape, Asa Ron runs through the forest, shocked that Tagon turned out to be an Igutu. He stops at a certain spot to say, “There will be no trial. The body will serve as proof. Go kill Tagon!” As he continues on, three assassins slink out from behind the trees.

Just as the priest is about to murder Tanya, Saya grabs him and breaks his wrist. He turns the dagger in the priest’s hand and forces him to stab himself in the heart, then sinks to the floor writhing in pain. Thinking fast, Tanya yanks the curtains down and starts tying them together.

Asa Ron’s warriors report to Asa Yon that Tagon has killed the Children of Shagati, and that someone called the Blue Spider accompanied Asa Mot to the Union Palace to find out what’s happening there. They promise to catch Tanya, but Asa Yon tells them to kill her on the spot when they find her.

The warriors search Tanya’s chamber, but they find the curtains hanging as if she escaped out the window. After they leave, Saya bursts from the wardrobe and the hooded body on the floor sits up, turning out to be Tanya. Saya is weak, so he tells Tanya to go without him, but instead she gets an idea and takes the priest’s dagger and robe.

Taealha tells Hae Tuak to inform the Daekan warriors that Asa Ron has organized a coup. Twirling the bronze sword, she jumps on a horse and rides towards Sanung’s grave to help Tagon.

The Daekan warriors are prematurely celebrating Tagon’s victory at being named Aramun Haesulla by getting sloppy drunk in an inn. A server brings them a jar of alcohol on the house, and he mentions how they’ll be guarding Tagon tomorrow for the gohamsani ceremony. One warrior grows suspicious of the server’s wording that “Tagon must come to the White Peak Mountain.”

He asks if the server is from the White Peak Mountain tribe, but the boy denies it and pretends he simply used the wrong verb. They make up and shake hands, but again the warrior peers closely at the server, whose hand bears a distinctive scar only gained by training in a certain fighting discipline.

Kitoha smashes the alcohol jar against the wall, and several venomous snakes spill out. The “server” slashes Kitoha’s throat, then turns to face Moogwang. Moogwang is drunk so he’s quickly overpowered, but Kitoha isn’t dead yet — he flings the server across the room, giving the others the opening to kill him. Moogwang leaves the other warrior with the rapidly-fading Kitoha and heads to the Daekan base.

Wahan Moongtae practices his sword skills, but he can’t stop thinking about how he betrayed Eunseom and Dalsae and got them carted off to the Doldambul mines. He tells Gilseon that he wants to become strong so nobody can hurt him, but Gilseon says the Arthdal way to ensure nobody can harm him is to side with the one who holds power.

Hae Tuak runs in yelling that Taealha was nearly killed and Tagon is in danger. Moongtae is concerned about Tanya and hurries to look for her. Meanwhile, Gilseon is confronted by two other guards, who say they’ve been given orders by Asa Ron to kill him, then Tagon. But they all want to live no matter who comes out on top, so despite being wary of each other, they agree to wait out the coup then decide what to do.

While riding to Tagon’s rescue, Taealha encounters Asa Ron’s warriors, who strike down her horse. They surround her as she struggles to her feet, but she’s undaunted and growls, “I’ll kill you all.” Meanwhile Tagon has killed all but one of the tribe leaders, and he’s attacked by Asa Ron’s assassins while going after the last one.

While Kitoha is taken to the doctor, Gilseon and the other guards wait in their base and Moogwang mobilizes the Daekan warriors. When Gilseon hears this, he assumes that Asa Ron’s coup failed, so he and the others leave for the Great Shrine.

Tagon and Taealha both manage to kill their attackers, and soon they’re reunited. They run into each other’s arms, both of them drenched in blood. Taealha gasps that they won’t be well-liked after this and will probably have to do more killing, but they agree that it doesn’t matter.

Moongtae runs into Asa Ron in the forest, who lies that Tagon revolted so he’s headed to the White Peak Mountain to bring back the Warriors of the Gods. He tells Moongtae to guard him, and Moongtae remembers Gilseon’s advice to side with the powerful and agrees.

As Taealha bandages Tagon’s wounds, he says sadly that you can’t learn anything without pain. He muses that they really will become a song, and Taealha quips that it won’t be the kind of song they expected. She asks if he thinks Tanya is dead, and he says he hopes not, since Arthdal will be in ruins soon and will need a god.

They hear voices calling Tagon’s name and meet with the Daekan warriors, led by Moogwang and Yangcha, along with Hae Tuak and many of the fortress guards. Tagon looks for Kitoha and bows his head when he hears that Kitoha may die.

He quickly pulls himself together and says that this night will be remembered for a long time, then lists the tribe leaders he killed for siding with Asa Ron. He says that the fact that everyone here survived means the gods chose them, and they head to the Great Shrine, cheering. As they go, Tagon whispers something to Yangcha.

Asa Yon paces nervously at the Great Shrine, wondering why Asa Ron hasn’t returned. Eventually Asa Mot arrives and tells him that Tagon is alive and gathering his forces in the forest, but she doesn’t know where Asa Ron is. Asa Yon doesn’t know where Tanya is, either, so they conclude that they’ve lost.

Asa Yon vows to kill Tanya, leaving Tagon without a god to help him rule Arthdal. But Asa Mot says he needs to stay alive, so he should return to the White Peak Mountain, and she’ll go with Tagon since she’s his wife.

Whatever Tagon said to him sends Yangcha rappelling up a sheer cliff as Tagon and his followers arrive at the Great Shrine. He orders only the Daekan warriors to enter with him and leaves the guards outside. They kill any priests who try to stop them, and Tagon is distracted for a moment when they’re joined by Kitoha — apparently his neck fat saved him, HA.

A Child of Shahati assassin searches Tanya’s chamber at the Shrine and determines that the curtains couldn’t have held a person’s weight, so she must still be nearby. He’s correct — she runs back into the room and freezes when she sees him.

She’s wearing her would-be killer’s robe and carrying his dagger, so the assassin assumes she’s on his side. He tells her to follow him, and as they enter the ceremony room, he asks if she’s returning to Shahati soon. She says yes, and he abruptly shoves her to the ground, levels his sword at her, and informs her that Shahati is a person, not a land. Uh-oh.

He gloats that he’ll cut off her head and hand it to Tagon, but just as he’s about to strike, Yangcha drops onto him from a hole in the roof. The assassin is a good fighter and manages to slice Yangcha’s leg, but Yangcha pulls out his chains and in seconds, the assassin in dead.

Worried about Saya, Tanya leads Yangcha to her chamber. She finds herself facing two warriors, and one of them lunges at her with his sword. Yangcha puts out a hand quickly kills the warriors (by stopping a sword with his bare hand!) and they find Saya still in the wardrobe.

Yangcha recognizes Saya’s face after having fought Eunseom. He wonders if Saya is Eunseom in disguise, but Tanya says out loud, “He’s not that person. My Eunseom isn’t a cold-blooded killer like you people.”

Yangcha thinks, Then what kind of person is he? Tanya continues, “Someone decent. Eunseom isn’t like you, Saya, or Tagon. You are gosals [vengeful spirits].” Staring at her, Yangcha asks, Can you hear my thoughts? and Tanya says she can.

A warrior reports to Tagon that Tanya and Saya are alive. Moongtae walks in unannounced, carrying a bound and very angry Asa Ron — HA, he outsmarted him! Tagon’s warriors yell at Asa Ron for his betrayal, but Tagon quietly turns to Asa Ron, and without a word, kills him.

His men drag in a screaming Asa Mot, who sees Asa Ron’s body and calls Tagon a monster. He snarls in her face that he didn’t want to become a monster, but the Asa clan made him this way. Asa Mot clasps his arm tightly and says he’s coming with her, and a viper slithers out of her sleeve and bites Tagon’s arm.

Tagon flings off the viper and orders Asa Mot’s feet cut off at the next Sacred Trial. Gilseon urges him to get the viper bite treated, but he says he’ll be fine. His Igutu blood has already neutralized one poison tonight, but the viper venom is too much for his system, and Tagon collapses.

Moongtae seems unnerved after tricking Asa Ron and witnessing Tagon kill him. Asa Ron had babbled that Tagon is an Igutu, so Moongtae asks Gilseon if Igutus are strong. Gilseon says they are, and Moongtae thinks it explains Eunseom’s strength. Gilseon continues that Igutus are weak compared to Neanthals, but Moongtae has never heard of Neanthals.

Harim is summoned and he does what he can for Tagon’s wounds. He tells Taealha that Tagon will survive the viper bite, and Taealha releases the nervous breath she’s been holding. After Harim leaves, she orders Moogwang to follow the doctor, and to kill Harim and his family if he makes any suspicious moves.

When Harim arrives home, he tells Chaeeun and his wife that they’re leaving immediately. Chaeeun asks about Doti, but Harim says that she’ll be fine because she’s a Wahan.

Outside, one of Moogwang’s men says he’s had a bad feeling all day. He points out the crescent moon in the sky, and Moogwang nearly smacks him. He mutters that he should have slit Tanya’s throat when he had the chance, remembering her prediction that his heart would be ripped out under the crescent moon.

They hear a noise and see Harim and his family slipping out of their house. Moogwang and his warriors follow them into the forest, where Harim tells Chaeeun that they’re going to Iark. They make it to the cottage and wake up Nunbyeol, but when they all step outside again, Moogwang and his men are waiting.

Moogwang tells them that he’s been ordered to kill them, and politely asks the family to line up. Naturally they run, so Moogwang shoots Harim’s wife through the throat with an arrow. In his grief, Harim begs Moogwang to kill him and let his daughters go.

As he looks down at Harim, Moogwang thinks about how Moobaek warned him that being so eager to kill will only lead to his own death. He discards the memory and strikes down Harim, then turns to the girls. Chaeeun throws herself protectively on top of Nunbyeol, screaming that they’ve done nothing to deserve death.

Moogwang tells his men to drag them apart so he can kill them, and Nunbyeol watches in horror as a sword is held to Chaeeun’s throat. One of the men holding Nunbyeol suddenly yells that something is wrong with her. Her eyes are glowing blue and dark veins are spreading across her face, and when the men call out to retreat, she whispers, “Retreat? Retreat? It’s too late…”

Moogwang recalls Tanya’s warning that “It’s too late” are the last words he’ll ever hear. He’s frozen in place as Nunbyeol takes the sword from one of his men and cuts him neatly in half, then she turns her glowing eyes on him. Hissing, she crouches, then she leaps.

At the Shrine, Moongtae asks Gilseon what would happen if a Neanthal was trained in swordsmanship. Gilseon says they’re physically incapable of using weapons, but that if one were trained, the resulting fighter would be unstoppable.

Having been trained while her Neanthal strength was subdued, Nunbyeol has become such a creature. She whirls and slices, easily taking down Moogwang’s men. Moogwang tries to run, but Nunbyeol tackles him to the ground, sits on his chest, and just as Tanya predicted, she rips out his heart with her bare hand as he stares up at the crescent moon.

One of Moogwang’s men is left alive, shivering in fear, but Nunbyeol falls unconscious. Chaeeun runs to her adopted sister, and Moogwang’s man also faints.

Far away, Eunseom and Ipsaeng fall asleep on a boat and wake in the middle of Ago territory. They’re captured to be sold as slaves, and when Eunseom says that Ipsaeng is supposed to be Ago, Ipsaeng apologizes for lying yet again.

Eunseom hatches a plan to claim that the blue mark on his back is due to a contagious disease so that the Agos will kick him out and he can come back and rescue Ipsaeng. But Ipsaeng snarls at him to shut up — they’re being watched by an Ago warrior who understands their language, oops.

His name is Tae Maja, of the Tae clan, and he deadpans in perfect Arthdal, “It was a solid plan, too bad it won’t work now,” LOL. Ipsaeng tries to keep his back turned, but Tae Maja keeps staring as if he looks familiar.

Some distance away, Dalsae has recovered from his injuries. He and the other escapees are still waiting for Eunseom and Ipsaeng to return from delivering their message to the Momo tribe, but they’re very late. Dalsae wants to look for them, but Seuchun, Moobaek’s man, wants to return to Arthdal. Badoru says they should go to Jubinol for a doctor because Olmadae is too weak to make it to Arthdal, and Dalsae agrees.

Moobaek leads Asa Sakan and a group of captured priests from White Peak Mountain back to Arthdal, while in the city, Asa Mot and the rest await the Sacred Trial. Kitoha rounds up more Asa priests who swear they had nothing to do with Asa Ron’s attempted coup, but he says he wasn’t able to find Asa Ron, unaware that Tagon already killed him.

Having greatly recovered overnight, Tagon speaks with Moongtae, who’s been beaten and bound. Tagon asks Moongtae why he gagged Asa Ron when he captured him, and Moongtae confesses that Asa Ron told him Tagon is an Igutu and that Tagon would kill him for knowing his secret.

Tagon asks why Moongtae brought Asa Ron to him knowing he would be killed. Moongtae sobs that he’ll be killed anyway if he’s not strong enough, by the people who used to be his friends. Tagon tells him not to wipe the tears or blood from his face, and to follow him.

The formerly Wahan priestess fixes Tanya’s hair and says she feels like something big is going to happen. Saya enters, and Tanya checks that he’s recovered. He likes that she was worried about him, and tells Tanya that nobody’s ever worried about him just for himself.

She asks him what will happen to the priests that had nothing to do with the coup, and the children who were arrested simply for being from tribes that opposed Tagon. Saya says they should die, but at Tanya’s shocked expression, he reassures her that Tagon will probably hesitate again, and try something to make the people love him.

The people of Arthdal are greatly upset by the rounding up of Asa Sakan and the priests, and even Moobaek seems uncomfortable with the job he was given. Kitoha explains to him that they were attacked and almost killed while he was gone. Moobaek asks where Moogwang is, but Kitoha says he hasn’t seen him today.

On their way to the throne room, Taealha says to Tagon, “It wasn’t our fault,” and Tagon replies, “A god never makes a mistake.” The union ministers are already there, but Tagon doesn’t acknowledge their greetings as he takes his seat. He has Asa Ron and the tribe leaders who sided with him named along with their crime of revolt.

One union minister clarifies that their tribe leader only received a message from Asa Ron saying where to be last night, and though he doesn’t challenge his death, he questions why the leader’s family was arrested. Mihol says their guilt or innocence will be determined by the gods at the Sacred Trial, but another minister steps forward to object to Asa Sakan’s arrest.

Two more ministers ask for an explanation, and Saya expects Tagon to forgive them with placating words about strengthening the union. Instead, Tagon silently raises a hand, and when Moobaek belatedly walks into the room, it’s to see Moongtae striking down the discontented ministers.

Moobaek looks shocked, Saya is downright gleeful, and Tanya struggles not to cry at the sight of her formerly gentle tribemate brutally murdering several people. Everyone watches Tagon as he rises to his feet, and Mihol thinks, “He’s a king. He has the eyes of a king.”

Surveying the room, Tagon tells himself, “I’ve been trying so hard to avoid walking this path. I, Tagon, have become the king of disaster.”

 
COMMENTS

This drama just has me so twisted! I never know who to root for and when — in one episode, Tagon is the enemy and Saya is the good guy helping Tanya. Then Saya starts acting secretly devious and Tagon shows his softer side. Then Tagon plans a takeover, but he’s helping Tanya so I can’t hate him too much. But then oops, he’s slaughtered everyone, except that he sends Yangcha to save the day and at least now the even badder guy is dead. Now Tagon is behaving like the tyrant we expect him to be, and Saya is so bloodthirsty that he’s actually enjoying it. And through all this, the one clear hero, Eunseom, is distressingly absent just when it seems like he should be amassing followers and fulfilling his destiny before Tagon conquers the world and the show is over. I just don’t know who I’m supposed to be cheering for.

Having said that, believe it or not, this doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to. Now I don’t think it’s a weakness so much as the writer just trying to show that good and evil aren’t necessarily that easy to see. Good people can do some very bad things with the best of intentions, while even bad people are capable of things like love, loyalty, and compassion. I appreciate that the powers-that-be in Arthdal all believe they’re acting for the greater good, even if the “greater good” just coincidentally earns them power and privilege. It’s just that there are only a few episodes left, yet everyone is still running around trying to get into position for the final showdown, while two of the three who are destined to chance the future of the world still haven’t even met each other.

All ambiguity aside, I can confidently say that I don’t believe Tagon had no choice but to become a monster. He always had a choice — a choice not to kill, a choice not to seek power, a choice not to become a king. He could have gone away quietly and lived a peaceful life, which would have required personal sacrifices but which would have truly avoided becoming a bloody tyrant. But Tagon wanted power, and Taealha, and the adoration of the people, and once he made that choice, his murderous path was set, and I think he finally understands that. I’ll grant that Tagon has only ever seen power granted to those who shed blood, so he wants the people to love him but he has no idea how to make that happen. But he did have the choice not to seek power in the first place.

I’m worried that by seeking power, Eunseom will also find himself on that path, but I have faith that Eunseom will find the way to make the people love and follow him. Unlike Tagon, Eunseom grew up in a place of peace where all humans were considered equal, so equal that they didn’t even have concepts for things like “power” or “followers.” He doesn’t have a preconceived notion of how to gain power nor does it come naturally to him, which is why the one thing he did try — being nice — didn’t work. But that can be an advantage, because without any notions of “This is how it’s done,” Eunseom can come to it in his own way, and in fact has already begun simply by being himself. If he just keeps his integrity, Eunseom can prove that Tagon is wrong… it’s not necessary to become a monster in order to protect those you care about.

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Hiding the assassin's body in the closet and pretending to be dead on the floor in his place was stupid. Moving it could have left bloodstains and given her trick away. And what if the other baddies noticed some difference in the hair or something? Or checked to see if their accomplice was still alive? Better just leave the body in plain sight and hide herself in the closet. Then she & Saya could have a good coming out of the closet moment :)

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M'Lord. Was there anything, absolutely anything in this episode that WASN'T stupid?

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Like when we found out that the whole thing started because Tagon and Taelha wanted to have nice songs written about them?

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Oh yeah. Best part of the episode. I loved it. It made everything so much clearer and worthwhile. Wow I just love Tagon and Taelha. Aren't they amazing. I would write songs about them too.

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I often wonder with this show if it's subs this weak or writes really wrote dumb stuff like this guard explaining power to Moongtae and everyone thought it was good enough to pass it on screen.

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It aint the subs. The writing really is just that bad.

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My poor head. I just read the overall summary, and am on the first post, and my head hurts. Ah, the things I do to get to that rooftop.

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Just think of this as good exercise for your eyeballs as they roll around in your head every 10 minutes or so...

Then again that must be why my head hurts so after watching it.

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*cracks up* welcome. come join our pain and suffering. we have cookies.

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and maybe a wee bit of alcohol to go with those cookies? *please?*

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Oh yeah plenty to go round.

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Moogwang tells his men to drag them apart so he can kill them

Uh, I don't see how having them apart is necessary for the killing process.

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That whole scene was perfect example of what is wrong with this show, everybody waited to watch Moogwang to die according to Tanya's prophecy and Nunbyeol final awakening and yet they dragged that climax with nonsense dialogue and wailing. Now I'm starting to consider that someone in production team has wailing fetish.

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OH MAN YOU JUST REMINDED ME - in Taelha's fight scene against the guards... it was almost as bad choreography as that horrible fight in the Last Jedi, where the extras feign getting hit and fall over from nothing, and literally are standing there WAITING TO ATTACK- yeah yeah that happened in Taelha's scene, just randoms waiting to attack her, whilst she deals with the one in front of them. Gosh I hate blockbuster mainstream action SO MUCH and I would probably be more mad it I could've seen anything...

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But isn't that like every fight scene in every movie ever made? Bad guys always waiting for their turn fighting hero/heroine :D

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Every Hollywood Shit Show? Yes.
John Wick 1? No.
John Wick 2? Mostly No.
John Wick 3? Unfortunately only about 50% on that one. #howtoruinyouruniquefranchise101
Other movies (usually from SE Asia somewhere) known explicitly for their action that I haven't seen like the Raid? Also no.

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@sicarius, I must reevaluate my watching choices then ;)

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Mmmhmmm. hahaha

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That's too bad because Kim Okbin was fantastic in action films like THE VILLAINESS.

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I've seen half of that movie. I enjoyed the first half of that movie. It had remarkably better action choreo than this although alas still suffers from the 120 lb woman vs a room full of men scenario. I should probably finish it one day.

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Because it's no fun to kill them both in one go? So one of them can watch the other die and suffer even more? Arthdal logic is beyond me.

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I am laughing my head off.

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Something that's been bothering me a while...

Asa Ron, Aso Mot, Asa Yon...

So who's the biggest Asa Hol?

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Asa Hon maybe? :P

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Omg. Stop, just stop.

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@lordcobol
I bow before you this morning.
This must be the most important question for the show 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣
(that, and who the hell is writing this thinking it is good?)

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Clearly this comes from people who thought putting 100 cameos in hotel del luna was a great idea.

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This comment thread is peak savagery and I love it.

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Whenever Tagon pulls that "I just wanted to be a good boy" act I can't help but facepalm, soon it will end in breakout :/ and him going almost into hysterics when he couldn't spot Kitoha, WTH?? Is he going through menopause?
And Yangcha looked incredibly hot, but knowing the show we'll never see his face and he will die before anything will be explained.

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It's frakking ridiculous that they're STILL trying to push that on to us. Like none of us believe you please stop!!

We have already seen his face, thankfully, so he can die in peace regarding that at least. The rest of his mystery not so much so.

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You will be able to see his face in Catch the Ghost :D

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And in The King Loves along with another cutie guard.

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Catch the Ghost will start the 21th October when The King Loves is a past drama. He was good in Should We Kiss First too :)

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I like this theory of menopausal Tagon.

How dense is the fat on Kitoha's neck that it stopped a sharp blade?

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Until you wrote this comment I had completely forgotten who Kitoha was... >_> oops?

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The one Tagon love the most of all his warriors :D

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Oh no, how dare I forget, Tagon Niruha, I know you'd die for him! Forgive me!

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Thank you @lollypip for the recap! This episode covered a lot of ground and there will be plenty to dissect. I just wanted to say something positive first:
- Taelha twirling the sword was awesome.
- Yes, Yangcha, she can hear your thoughts! Out with your secret already! Why are you wearing a mask? Tell ussss!
- Asa Ron bumbling through the woods was kinda funny, sorry.

I sound like a broken record, but I wish the director would just give us more light so I could see Taelha's heroic unrealistic battle against circa 15 soldiers and Yangcha climbing the mountain (with his chains?). I'm glad this show is ending soon because I'm about to go blind.

And RIP Mukgwang, though I have no sympathy for him. It was a most unnecessary death caused by obeying a most unnecessary order. Is loyalty obeying everything to the letter or obeying only in so far as you don't commit a crime? I think that's the question the show is trying to ask through Mukgwang and Moobaek.

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- Taelha twirling the sword WAS awesome, till I remembered she's a 120lb female tops and unless she's ALSO an igutu, there's no way she would've been able to pull off some of the manoeuvres she did. But hey when did I start caring about fighting logic in this show...
- Oh thank you for reminding me of the one good (?) thing in this episode that was Yangcha. I don't know why he was a good thing but he is.
- Asa Ron dying was also a highlight. Finally.
- *astrojects the lighting team* *or should it be endosolistrates* *dunno haven't decided yet* *but hey what better way to teach them about WHAT LIGHT IS*
-Nunbyeol is a badass and gosHDARNIT WHY DID THEY HAVE TO KILL ALL THE NEANTHALS

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I really want a Taelha and Nunbyeol armed face off. Look what this show is doing to me. I used to abhor violence, now I can't wait to see the end of several characters.

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Bro YES. But something tells me Nunbyeol would win. Since she's a super human who can also fight well with human weaponry and apparently Neanthal's who can use swords are unstoppable. Ya know... as long as she doesn't pass out...

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I agree. It may be that I'm ready for the end of Taelha and Tagon. So maybe a three way duel?

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You know what I actually wouldn't hate... the reveal that there are secretly hundreds of Neanthals alive. And they just come in and wipe out everyone I hate.

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Oh please let it be true, about Neanthals, because I still have this yikes feels after those two, wandering aimlessly Neanthals, approached Nunbyeol with idea of saving the race, ugh.

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@shach it would be the HACKIEST trope to ever Deus Ex Machina but I would unironically LOVE it if that happened lol

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@sicarius Maybe Eunsom will be carried to the clan of surviving Neanthals by Magical Horse once the horse decides Eunsom is worthy.

Or maybe Magical Horse and Doti will ride off into the sunset with Nunbyeol trailing along? They'll be on a quest to find the remaining Neanthals.

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@ndlessjoie, I would love if Magic Horse would come out as final boss and put everyone in their place haha. A new union between rediscovered Neanthals and Wahans.

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#MAGICHORSEFORFINALBOSS2019

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Magic Hoss for Final Boss. ;-)

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Taelha is an igutu? When did we learn that? Maybe it was when I couldn't see anything on the screen?

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She’s not an Igutu. Sic is just being sarcastic. Taelha’s fighting prowess can’t be for real since she isn’t superhumanly strong.

Personally I thought she fought well, but I was smh at the soldiers who waited to attack her one by one. They didn’t use their advantage.

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I actually enjoyed her fight scenes but I'm contractually obliged to rip them to shreds.

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Oh good. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
I can't believe how stressed I've been all day thinking I missed that important detail- gah!
*rolling my eyes*

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LMAO I'M SORRY @stpauligirl!!! Maybe just read everything I right from here on out with sarcasm. It would probably help.

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Stpauligurl, I believe Taealha is a neanthal as the sypnosis said. I have a feeling that Nunbyeol and her will have a duel. It would be very satisfying to watch as both have learned swordsmanship.

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IIRC the sypnosis was changed right before the show aired.
Taealha is from the Hae tribe. They are foreigners to Arthdal. There is nothing remotely Neanthal about them. Their blood is obviously red and they are more advance in technology.

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I think we are all going blind with how dark this drama is! This drama had all this hype & budget. I don’t know what they did with the budget because the costumes, makeup, writing etc...was a waste. Tanya dress in this episode what the heck was that, so cheap looking...I mean this story is supposed to take in ancient times how come her earrings don’t reflect that! Definitely no big awards only cinematography (maybe) what these actors had to put up for many months was definitely not worth it. I’m glad it’s almost over. Started it so I must finish it but under duress.

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They spent all the budget on the CGI bear and the amount of fake blood used in this episode :P

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@wishfultoki Moogwang was a bloodthirsty tool who fully deserved a violent end, but I like that this drama fleshed him out enough to know that his violence stemmed from blind loyalty (which was his ultimate undoing). I totally didn't expect Nunbyeol to be the one who kills him, though.

It is ironic, though, that Tagon and Taealha's undoing is going to come about as a result of their own paranoia - Taealha needn't have given the order to kill Harim and his family just for finding out Tagon was an Igutu by saving his life. That led to three pointless and avoidable deaths of people who'd been loyal to them all along.

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DEATH COUNT LET'S GO.
Tagon: 27
Taelha: 1 assassin, I counted at least 15 guards? but I think there were more.
The Daekan Forces: The doctor and his wife, the assassin, the guards and priests of the White Mountain Tribe of an unknown number (let's just say 15 each again).
Total: 77 ish? Wow that's pretty good going, that's almost as many as an entire race of people in episode 1. I mean what.

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Are you counting the 4 ministers squashed to death at the end? And Mukwang + 1-2 Daekan sliced by Nunbyeol? (I love how the last one fainted).

There's probably more. Yancha killed the Black Tongue dude. Saya killed another one. Eunseom killed time.

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*snorts at Eunsom*

Saya: 1 assassin
Yangcha: 1 asssassin, 2 guards.
Nunbyeol: 4 Daekan (I swear she killed three people before Mukwang)
Moongtae: 4 ministers
Revised Total Count: 89 + my patience

Keep it coming people! Who'd I miss!

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Asa Ron?
Unless he's already included in the 27 killed by Tagon.

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I included him in the 27 cos Tagon did too hahahaha

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🀣 at Eunsom. He's taking a tour of each tribe through involuntary captivity.

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*The King of Mali is so rich, he's going on tour to let everyone know.* wait...
*The (true) King of Arthdal is going on tour to let everyone know he doesn't mind being a slave in order to gain their loyalty*. there that's better

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You might also do a count of how many tribes have held Eunsom captive.

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1) Jewel Dude and his company?
2) Ago Clan Tae
3) Ago Clan Myo
Did I miss anyone?

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We start with Arthdal itself.

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But he was never a slave under them ahahaha

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Was he? Shit I can't even remember I guess they sold him to that Jewel Dude didn't they./..

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@sicarius Mukgwang sold Eunseom to Jewel Dude and Co. so he can add "Arthdal slave" to his CV as well.

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@wishfultoki you're right. I had a momentary lapse in memory. It happens a lot in this show alas.

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I want to know how many females been killed. Due to, I only seen two death. Tagon killed one. Taealha killed one. I think there is more but not seen them being killed.

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Hmmm lemme see
1) Asa Hon
2) The Wahan Great Mother
3) Doti's mother?
4) several female Wahans but I don't know how many
5) I feel like a handmaiden of Taelha died at some point
6) Nunbyeol and Chaeyeon's mother
7) Two female assassins
total: 10 ish?

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Saya's first love?

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How about we start a new count: list of people in this show Sic has forgotten existed.

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8) And a partridge in a pear tree.

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The Nunbyeol Slice and Dice Episode!!! This episode was extra violent, extra emo and extra funny. I'm not sure that's what they were going for.

We've now seen all the Wahans but Tanya, Eunsom and Doti fall under the spell of Arthdal. Tanya has placed gaining power over the respect for human life that she brought with her from Lark. That leaves Doti and Eunsom to carry on the philosophy of valuing every human life and the natural world instead of the Arthdal philosophy of power, control and accumulation of wealth.

I'm still at a loss for what this show is really trying to say. I hope I know by the end of episode 18.

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You mean you still hope anything from this show???

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Maybe? It's going to be hard to top the slice and dice though.

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Well I mean 16 really came close you know... ;)

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I am howling with laughter. Seriously. I had to stop reading to wipe my eyes.
My observations are, from the posts:

1. This is a very funny show
2. A lot of people have died.
3. When they die, you end up laughing instead of crying.
4. Action scenes are funny even though they are not supposed to be funny

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Comedy is our only relief

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It is possible that this is WAY more fun then watching the show itself!
But then it makes it way more funny if I've seen the show.
so sigh, I will watch it this weekend.

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This episode was a hot mess. The fight scenes were just bad. Tag on killed 27 people and only one of them had the good sense to run away. Taelha's fight scene has been spoken of, yikes. Nunbyeol finally going supersaen happened moments longer than it should have. Finally, Eunseom was only in one scene. I'm assuming there is going to be a season 2 because there is no way the finish up in the next two episodes, but I could be wrong though.

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Who would like to give money for a second season after this big mess? Knowing the first one already cost around β‚© 54 billions...

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Maybe if they hired a different editing team?

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Only? A new writer would be good too... A lot of this mess, it's because the way it was written. The ideas were good but poorly formatting...

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I still can’t believe that this is the same writing team behind SIX FLYING DRAGONS, TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS and QUEEN SEON DEOK! The writers probably depend on the actors to make sense out of the characters. And I think they bit off more than they could chew here. In the sageuks I mention they could broadly follow historical events and add their fictional flair. Not so here.

Or the editing team has been inhaling smoke. I have no other theories to explain the blurry, murky image.

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@wishfultokitoki
I don't think these writers are bad, because they have such a strong repertoire, and while they might depend on actors to interpret a character, a good actor can't save a bad enough script.
This thing has pacing and structural and thematic issues which have nothing to do with actor interpretation.
I completely agree with you that they bit off more than they could chew. I think they [the writers] really, incredibly SUCK at fantasy sageuk, and making their own world. As you mentioned, their other dramas are based on real parts of history that are quite well documented, and in the case of TWDR, they had an entire book to go off for source material.
Arthdal has a myth that is vague and inconsistent at best in any telling of it.
They basically had to make everything up from scratch and this is where they failed, because they're good at adapting already written history and fiction, but making everything up themselves? Not so much.

The editing and lighting team I have no excuses for. They're just bad.

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@wishfultoki
I'm annoyed at how I wrote that comment, and it is very confusing upon re reading it, so I'm gonna add to it and repeat myself a bit, even if you understood it, sorry.

I don't think these people overall are bad writers just because they have one bad show.
And I don't think the success and quality of their past shows rides only on the brilliant acting- because it doesn't, they have good scripts too.

I just think this show bought out literally all their flaws, and was way more than they could handle, the genre and story requiring things way over their heads. When sitting down to plan this story and world and how it would work at the very beginning- that's where they failed, and that's where this show has the most flaws.
And hey, these people have no experience writing something like this. Nobody in dramaland does in fact. In that respect it's not surprising it flopped so badly.
They can't write this story exactly like they have their past shows, but they tried to and now we have this trainwreck to deal with.

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Oh please god - from your text to god's ears/eyes/brain!
please...........

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Idk friend, but the entire thought processes happening behind the scenes need work.

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Or a full comedy make-over?

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I would enjoy that, some good slapstick with the horse as the lead.

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An upbeat OST would have done it. Look what it did to Lord of the Rings: https://youtu.be/uE-1RPDqJAY

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@wishfultoki
*sees this comment*
*it better be taking the hobbits to isengard*
*clicks on it*
IT IS! IT IS TAKING THE HOBBITS TO ISENGARD.
EVERYBODY TOGETHER NOW
DO DU DOOOT DOOT DOO DOO DUUUU WHAT DID YOU SAYYYY~
And I take this video and one up you with this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn_GKGN0Dh8

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@ndlessjoie,
Something along the lines of HWANGSANBUL / ONCE UPON A TIME IN A BATTLEFIELD and its sequel, PYONGYANG CASTLE / BATTLEFIELD HEROES, but set in Gojoseon.

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@wishfultoki September 19, 2019 at 8:09 PM

Thank you for infesting me with that earworm. First time hearing it. Loved the fadeout with Gollum.

It sounds to me like an uptempo carnival version of "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa" by Napoleon XIV (1966). How apropos for Tagon and Taealha.

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@pakalanapikake It was your first time hearing that??? Omo. You have been blessed this day, friend.
And it's actually, of course, an upbeat, sped up, heavily remixed version of the "The Breaking of the Fellowship" theme by Howard Shore from the LOTR OST but my dad has "They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha haaa" among his immense and old school comedy repertoire that he pulls from at the drop of a hat all the time, every time.

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They need a lot of money and A list actors and actress to pull it off of season 2. I think you mean part 4. The main cast is great but they need more of everything.

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Oh, isn't it done at 18 episodes. Is there another part after this? Or do you mean a part 4 would add another 6 episodes to make it 24 episodes rather than a whole entire other season?

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Does anyone have any thoughts on Neanthal and Igutu strength? Do they have control over it or is it some overpowering instinct? When their eyes glow blue/purple, it means that they are under some serious stress, at least for the current crop of Igutus (Tagon, Saya, Eunseom). Tagon is the only one who seems to know how to channel his strength, but he is older and knows a lot more about Neanthals.

Also, I don't think Nunbyeol ever thought of ripping out an enemy's heart, or that she was in complete control of her actions. She's passed out twice from the exertion. Her bitter crying later on suggests she is also in shock at being a killing machine (plus the shock of losing her adoptive parents). So, the only ones that seem in control of their strength are the two wandering Neanthals (I'm still peeved they did not bother to talk to Eunseom after saving him).

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I think it's something you have to learn to handle. So in their cases, it looks like it's their survival instinct that triggered their power, but it looks like it doesn't mean they can control it...

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I really wish they'd been more thoughtful about all this (and many other things).

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I believe the Neanthal's power activates only when there is need to protect themselves and their land. That's what made it so sad when Tagon destroyed their home. They seems to be peaceful people unless provoked.
Half breed like Tagon obviously can abuse his power. His human blood runs deeper since he was raised around greed etc.

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Interesting. So it's a question of nurture vs nature. Sanung was obviously the wrong parent to raise Tagon, though it still doesn't justify Tagon's actions. I fear Saya is headed the same way.

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*reasons why Saya will never be the chosen one* *sorry elf boy* *magic horse took one sniff at you and ran off to find Carrot Boy* *he got lost in the forest on the way though* *alas*

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What make me wonder is their indifference toward Igutus, is that why Tagon ended with his father? One would think in the world where only 3 of them left, meeting Igutu would make them a little bit excited but they are act like they were not related at all.

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I thought Neanthals were always in control of their powers with the exception of Nun Byeol because her adopted doctor father suppressed her Neanthal strength but because she is still growing whatever he disconnected started connecting again but she is modified so she isn't in control like typical Neanthals.

Igutus on the other hand, I have no idea! They really did not depict this consistently so my guess is even production team doesn't know.

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thanks for the recap...while i will definitely watch the last few episodes to know the ending, but again, the story/writing is all over the place...i think this episode onwards, they are trying to show tagon's downfall but its not convincing because they also try too hard to justify all the violence he commits. wonder when they meet again, haven't Eunseom and Tanya been separated since episode 2...on a side note, i find SJK doing such a good job at dual role, as i find myself liking Eunseom quite a bit but Saya not so much...and while this drama shows some really crappy father/child relationships, i'm baffled by Tagon and Saya's relationship...the way i see it, Saya in few scenes clearly indicates that he truly thinks of Tagon as his dad, while i've only seen Tagon either glaring at Saya or being really stern with Saya; plus Tagon was away many years doing his military duty while Saya was isolated in the tower...i get so confused, does Tagon really see Saya as his son and eventual heir, i feel writers didn't do a good job to this aspect unless more of this is revealed in the last 2 episodes...i'm trying not to have too much expectations with the ending at this point, but i'm still hopeful...:-)

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I do like this drama a lot, although it seems to simultaneously going too slow and too fast at the same time. I love Mubaek so much. He's so human/grunt/normal. I love Tagon also. There's something charismatic about ruthlessness. Saya is just beautiful but i need more from him, more epicness. Taelha is badass but wow that was some unbelievable fighting. I like that they both want great songs sung for them but am not sure why Taelha got this idea of becoming a great queen. I know her dad understands kings and kingdoms but the passion Taelha has for greatness still has me flummoxed. I DO NOT want Taelha and Tagon separated but i fear they will be...because they both love each other and power so much. I WANT Eunseom and Saya to meet but...now is not the right time.

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Not to add my list of criticisms of this drama, but how is it possible that a drama with such a big budget has only released 1 OST? It's the same Ailee song we always hear during the end credits: "A Poem Of Destiny" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RojdvJwNFXE

Usually the music saves a bad drama for me, but in this case they aren't even trying. There are some nice instrumentals but I don't think they've been released. If anybody has found the OST somewhere else please do tell me!

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LOL... I think they are over budget. Therefore, have one ost at the end. I am thankful for the instrumental music because it is good.

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Clearly it needs some non copywrited public domain music to spice it up a bit. I suggest Beethoven.

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I’d use β€œThe Flight of the Bumblebee” for Ipsaeng and Eonseom running through the woods, Saint-Saens β€œAquarium” for Saya’s devious chatting with Tanya, Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture for the parts where Tagon and Taelha talk about becoming a song.

And of course β€œThe Ride of the Valkyries” for Taelha’s fight, and Carmina Burana β€œO Fortuna” (velut luna!) for Mukgwang’s death.

I could go on and on. This is one of my favourite games.

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I have no editing software but I have a great need to edit Carmina Burana "Oh Fortuna" over Mukwang's Death now, and then Carmen- Habenera (Geroge Bizet) over everything just for shits and giggles.
*I am also greatly considering GETTING editing software so I can do this*
Please go on, I need the meme content.

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Habanera would be epic for just about anything. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

A few more: Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue for Yangcha climbing the cliffs and landing inside the temple. Vivaldi Four Seasons β€œWinter” for Tagon and his furry cloak, switching to β€œSummer” for Eunseom falling prisoner yet again.

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Just put Habanera over the most mundane scenes in this thing and they would automatically become 10 x better.

Yes, yes GO ON GO ON.

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Ok. Final ones for today: Verdi’s β€œAnvil Chorus” while Mihol lectures Tagon on kingship. Also Verdi, β€œDrinking Song” faintly in the background every time Tagon hears that one of his bros, the Daekan warriors, is dead.

Eunseom gets Pachelbel’s Canon while he sits in prison and tries to turn Ipsaeng into a subordinate, and Doti gets Puccini’s β€œHumming Chorus” from Madam Butterfly πŸ¦‹

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I used to use free Videopad. Just to add music to a scene is fairly simple.

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What is amazing to me is that I KNOW the music you are referring to and can totally hear it.
Someone, please make a music video of this.
It would be epic!

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I AM GONNA TRY I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS BUT I'M GONNA TRY

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I know how to add music to slide shows, but not video clips. Wish I could help.

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the amount of clowning in this thread
lmao
reading the comments is way too much fun that reading the recap tbh
i pray for @lollypip health~

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Writing that recap must have involved a serious amount of work with all the going ons. Lollypip manseh!

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Yangcha looks hotter with his mask on.
That is all.

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I hope Yangcha will not die. 😭😭😭😭

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Thank you for your recap of ep. 15 of ARTHDAL, @lollypip.

While it was about time that the treacherous faker Asa Ron got his comeuppance, I was appalled by Tagon's slaughter of the tribal chiefs after they saw his purple blood. It really drove home how thoroughly his father had pounded into his consciousness the necessity to conceal his Neantal ancestry at all costs. Tagon's later order to Mungtae to kill the dissenting ministers was equally horrific.

I was thoroughly disgusted by Taealha's order that Harim and his family be killed if they did anything suspicious. Even after saving Tagon's life, this is all she can say? Given the circumstances, Harim would have had to be insane to remain in the bedlam that Arthdal has become. Kill him and his family if they try to run for their lives? She's really hit a new low. I now loathe her and Tagon even more than previously.

Eunseom is locked up yet again. Man, do I have a sense of deja vu. I have no idea how far away he is from Arthdal, but I truly wonder if he'll be able to make it back before the show ends. Maybe it would be better for him to return to Iark -- and set fire to the danged elevators after he gets to the bottom of the Black Cliffs. Or sail off into the sunset with the Momo tribe. At least they don't seem to be hung up about Igutus.

Saya was compromised long ago. I used to root for the brothers to be reunited, but get the sense that it will be too little, too late as far as he is concerned.

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That was a stupid move by Taealha for all we know that Harim was the best doctor in Arthdal and without him they wouldn’t have survived the war and the great hunt. Now where will they seek for medical help. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Stupid? Someone in this show did something stupid? Colour me Not Shocked.

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Oh right. Lol. That goes for who wrote Harim being killed. Oh well. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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@pakalanapikake Everyone at Arthdal disgusts me now: Taelha, Tagon, Tanya, Saya, Mungtae, and now the Wahan who have embraced their conquerors’ materialistic ways and forgotten how much they suffered due to the Arthdaldians greed and cruelty.

The show has driven home the message that Saram are not merely flawed, but actually selfish and evil, and it really gets depressing to watch. Even Eunseom now thinks weakness is a crime, and in his simplicity he wants power to save the Wahan, so he was almost ready to ditch his principles when he thought Ipsaeng had abandoned him for good.

The only character with any decency left in Arthdal is Moobaek, who even shed tears for his little donsaeng killer Mukwang and requested a passing ritual.

By the way, that was Sateunik’s secret word of encouragement back in the mines? β€œWeakness is the only crime”? Maybe my subs are misleading, but what in the world does that mean?

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Whoops, I thought I was in the episode 16 recap! I didn’t mention spoilers on purpose, sorry! *shows herself out*

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@wishfultoki,
I've been wondering if there's something about Arthdal that brings out the very worst in humans (but not Neantals, who seem to be determined to mind their own business and just want to be left alone). Perhaps something along the line of incredibly bad feng shui. But people in Iark were nasty, too, in a bush-league way. We've been seeing the same thing among the barbarian tribes in outlying areas of the land above the Black Cliffs. I think that Arthdal is really a state of mind/heart. So even if Saram succeeded in escaping Arthdal, it probably wouldn't make a difference.

Buckaroo Banzai hit the nail on the head when he said, "No matter where you go, there you are." And so is your baggage.

Along with Moobaek, I have to include Nunbyeol, Chaeeun, and Doti as the only decent and uncorrupted folks of any kind left in Arthdal. Granted, Nunbyeol just killed a couple of guys -- but that was her native Neantal survival response talking. Plus she seems to have been the designated agent of karma in the case of Mukwang, so I'm willing to give her a pass.

It suddenly occurs to me that the degraded spiritual condition of the Saram is reminiscent of Original Sin, the canker that festers in the souls of all mortals. If that doesn't fit, maybe devolution (as in Devo) does. Thank goodness the finale is nearly here. It is indeed depressing.

On a tangent from Magic Horse: You might consider medicating with PEGASUS MARKET. I was astounded to find it with good subtitles last night. Better yet, I laughed my head off. It's totally bonkers. Wait until you see the customer service center that only a sageuk nerd could truly appreciate. Manseh! ;-)

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Yay, I will go find PEGASUS MARKET then. We definitely need something bonkers in Arthdal. If it truly is an inescapable sense of mind/heart then it’s a sad world indeed. I’m not familiar with devolution, but the Christian idea of Original Sin is that people are still essentially good, if flawed.

Ah yes, Chaeeun is like the angel that has avoided evil and is always in the right place at the right time. I’d ship her with Eunseom if they ever meet again.

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*bonkers after Arthdal
Though Arthdal is bonkers too, just in a depressing way.

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My murderous mysterious boy Yangcha is great, hot, and amazing all that but I’m wondering how he was able to jump from up high that temple ceiling without dislocating his knees.

πŸ€” πŸ€” πŸ€”

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Considering how he leapt all over the place in THE KING LOVES, I thing he's got hydraulic shock absorbers where his tibias used to be. ;-)

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Lol. πŸ€” that must be possible.

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Yangcha invented parkour lol!

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