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Arthdal Chronicles: Episode 16

Finally we get to catch up with our wayward Igutu and his quick-talking companion, and boy, are they having some harrowing adventures. The tribes who live outside of the city are no less complicated or bloodthirsty just because they’re remote, and our hero still struggles to understand the ways of a world so different from his own.

 
EPISODE 16 RECAP

Tagon directs Moongtae to kill several union ministers who dare to challenge his decision to kill Asa Ron and put the families of his opponents to trial. Mihol thinks to himself that finally, Tagon has the eyes of a king.

Privately, Mihol asks Taealha if Tagon still intends to keep the secret of bronzeworking. She says he does, but that this isn’t the time to bring it up. Mihol notes that Tagon has changed, but Taealha says he had to after his previous (tamer) efforts to become king failed, blaming Mihol and Asa Ron for breaking Tagon’s heart.

She gives Tanya a scroll of what to say at the upcoming Sacred Trial, but Tanya still can’t read, so Taealha reads the words out loud. Tanya is to announce that from now on, oracles will come to her from Airuju instead of the Asa clan’s god, Isodunyong. After the announcement, Taealha tells Tanya that she’s to order Asa Mot and everyone else involved in the attempted coup beheaded, and their families’ feet cut off.

Tanya balks at punishing the innocent, but Taealha makes it clear that if she doesn’t obey, the remaining Wahans will die. She tells Tanya that Arthdal can only function if the people are afraid, and that her purpose is to bestow god-given sacredness to Tagon, so her decision will determine whether a hundred people die, or a thousand.

Saya makes his way to Tanya’s chamber in time to hear Tanya tell Taealha that she wants to return to Iark with her people, now that Taealha and Tagon have gotten what they wanted, but Taealha denies her request. Tanya sobs that they’ve already changed Moongtae into a killer, but Taealha says that Moongtae just learned that you need power to get what you want.

After Taealha is gone, Saya tells Tanya that he doesn’t think she should leave. He knows that she accepted Tagon’s offer in exchange for her people’s freedom, but he says it was just another form of greed. He says that both she and Tagon got what they wanted, and that she’s only pretending she didn’t know she was signing up for the bad along with the good.

He says that the Wahan aren’t the only ones who have experienced tragedy — he let Taealha and Tagon treat him like he didn’t exist for twenty years because he was powerless. He advises Tanya that if she wants to stand up to Tagon, she has to grow stronger, but that she has an advantage because the people love her.

Tanya thinks about this, then tells Saya to assemble the remaining Wahans. They gather in her chamber, minus Moongtae, but they’re happy to be together again. Little Doti asks how they’ve all been, so they talk about how successful and even prosperous they’ve each become.

Eventually Moongtae joins them, and Tanya doesn’t mention the reason he’s all bruised up. Instead, she asks if the others want to return to Iark, but they assume she’s just scared, so Tanya tells them that she’s been ordered to kill or cut off the feet of those involved in the coup, including innocent children.

She says this goes against their teachings, but Moongtae snaps that their teachings are useless. He tells her to do as Tagon says, and that they all felt hopeless and alone when they were captured. Tanya asks if that’s why he killed those innocent people and Moongtae admits it, saying that it’s better than living in fear of being the one killed.

Tanya looks around at her few remaining people and thinks, “The Wahan tribe will never be the same.” Little Doti says in a tiny, scared voice that she wants to go home to Iark, and Tanya promises to take her.

Tanya goes to the ceremony room to talk to the Great White Wolf: “Everything you taught us was wrong. It’s not how your Arthdal operates. Why did you make me rise to this position? There is nothing I can do. Why…?”

Saya joins her and wraps his arms around her. He tells Tanya that he was young when he realized he would never have his way, but that he used to dream of running freely in a meadow, hunting and dancing, and eating and sleeping whenever he wanted. He says she was always there with him, and that he recognized her the moment they met.

Tanya tries to pull away, but Saya holds on tighter and continues that the girl in his dreams strengthened him when he was powerless. He lets her go, saying softly that he wants to be that person for her, too. He asks her to trust him and do as he says for now.

Before leaving, Saya gives Tanya a polished stone necklace that he remembers her wearing in his dreams. It’s identical to the one Eunseom made for her, and Tanya cries bitterly for Eunseom and for herself.

When it’s time for the Sacred Trial, Tanya steps outside the Great Shrine with Saya. Asa Sakan wonders, if Tanya is the bell, who the mirror and the sword are. Saya squeezes Tanya’s hand and gives her a supportive nod, then she steps forward to conduct the trial.

At first, Tanya perfectly recites the words Taealha told her to say, but she goes off-script by saying that the perpetrators of the coup and their families will be punished in the same way. She shocks Taealha and Saya by announcing that they will all be torn to pieces and the pieces scattered.

But then she says, “Those were Airuju’s words. But I, Tanya, direct descendent of Asa Sin and owner of the star bell, suggested that we behead those who were directly involved, and only cut off the feet of their families, so that they can worship Airuju’s sacred abilities for the rest of their lives.”

The people collectively hold their breath until Tanya claims that Airuju approved her plans. The families are so relieved that they won’t die today that they loudly praise Tanya for “only” cutting their feet off. Saya has to duck his head to hide his proud grin.

Back in her chamber, Tanya angrily rips off her finery as she thinks about Taealha saying that her people have probably developed a taste for the good life. She’s disgusted, but she has to admit that she enjoys hearing the people shouting her name and feeling powerful.

Tagon, Taealha, and Saya come in, and Taealha is furious. Tanya says she issued the exact punishment they wanted, and that she was only doing as Taealha told her — trying to obtain power so she won’t always have to follow orders. She says she has to do this because she has no land to stand on, and when Tagon asks what “land” she intends to stand on, Tanya tells him, “The people’s hearts.”

Saya sees the fury in Tagon’s eyes and steps close to Tanya protectively, but Tagon warns him back with a look and tells Tanya that the land he stands on isn’t any different, it just has a different name. He says they’ve struck a good balance as the feared leader and the merciful high priestess… for now. He leaves, giving Yangcha orders to guard Tanya from now on.

Kitoha tearfully reports to Tagon that Moogwang was found with his heart ripped out near the bodies of Harim and his wife. He says that the Daekan warriors are saying Moogwang was punished by the gods for being disrespectful to Tanya. Moobaek bursts in as Tagon is viewing Moogwang’s body, and he sobs pitifully over the body of his little brother.

Saya gives the priestesses a template depicting Tagon’s achievements to engrave on the shrine pillars. One priestess says they need to also engrave Asa Sin’s accomplishments, but Saya says darkly, “This comes first.”

Meanwhile, Tanya sits alone in the ceremony room, urging Eunseom to hurry and return to her. Moobaek finds her and tells her that Moogwang’s heart was ripped out last night under a crescent moon exactly as she foretold. He asks her on his knees to perform an ollimsani (death ritual) for Moogwang.

He’s not asking her to forgive Moogwang for what he did to her people, only to undo her curse so Moogwang can go to the afterlife, so Tanya agrees to perform the ollimsani tomorrow night. Moobaek asks if she can really predict the future, and reminds her that she’d asked him why he spared Eunseom when he could have killed him.

He says that he didn’t mention the words of Asa Sakan, who told him: “Three babies were born on the same day and hour twenty years ago. The three babies were each born with the destiny of the bell, mirror, and sword, so they could end this world.”

Moobaek tells Tanya that he believes she’s the bell, and that Eunseom is probably the sword and Saya the mirror. Saya sees them talking and starts to leave, but he stops when he hears his name. Moobaek continues that ever since “that day,” Arthdal has lived in anger, sadness, and cruelty, but then he saw Kanmoreu and found the byeoldaya, and he believed the world would change when the bell, the mirror, and the sword came together.

Later, Tanya wonders what she’s supposed to do when Eunseom returns and the bell, mirror, and sword are united. Saya asks her why Moobaek came to see her but she only mentions Moogwang’s ollimsani, and since he didn’t hear them speaking about Eunseom or the prophecy, Saya wonders what she’s hiding from him.

Tanya changes the subject to ask about the stories Saya is having engraved to depict Tagon’s accomplishments. He tells her there’s also going to be one about Tagon’s suppression of the Ago tribe.

Speaking of the Ago tribe, they’re currently on the move with their captives. Ipsaeng explains to Eunseom that the other captives are also Ago, because they capture Ago from other clans to sell to to Arthdal as slaves. He blames Tagon, who stopped them from enslaving other tribes by saying that Arthdal would only buy Ago slaves from them.

When Tanya hears this, she says that Tagon made the Ago suspicious of each other. Saya says they will never “see the glory of Inaishingi” again, the legendary leader who unified the Ago clans into one tribe. A priestess tells Tanya that Inaishingi lived at the same time as Aramun Haesulla and was the only one strong enough to fight him.

Ipsaeng tells Eunseom the story, admitting that the Ago tribe knows they were tricked by Tagon but can’t do anything about it. Eunseom says that in Iark, the clans would rescue other clan members and return them home, which would make the clans grateful to one another. But Ipsaeng scoffs that in Arthdal, only those willing to betray will survive.

They arrive at a camp where the captives are herded into a tiny pen. The woman in charge notices that Eunseom in an Igutu and tells Tae Maja that he won’t be welcome in Arthdal, but Tae Maja counters that he just has to stay away from the palace.

As they argue, Eunseom sees a woman peeking out from behind a nearby tree, and she motions for him to stay quiet. She shoots one of their Tae captors with an arrow, then a group of warriors run into the camp to fight off their captors and free the captives. They seem particularly concerned with rescuing one specific woman, but Tae Maja grabs her before she can escape.

Their rescuers are from the Myo clan, and they take their freed people back to their fortress. They hold a ceremonial dance, which Ipsaeng explains to Eunseom is a prayer to Inaishingi, God of the Waterfall, to keep the chief’s daughter safe. Watching the dancers reminds Eunseom of Tanya practicing her spirit dance.

The woman who helped free them passes out food, then tells those who aren’t Myo clan that they can go home after they eat. Staring pointedly at Eunseom, she says if they’re not Ago, to leave their land immediately. Eunseom mutters to Ipsaeng that he was wrong — some Ago are willing to save other clan members.

He grumbles, “Not everyone is like you, you’re just a bad guy.” But Ipsaeng advises him never to trust anyone from the Ago tribe, regardless of clan, not even him.

The woman enters the room where the Myo clan elders are arguing, upset that the chief’s daughter, Yesran, wasn’t rescued. Yesran’s promised husband wants to trade Ipsaeng and Eunseom to the Tae clan for Yesran, but the woman asks if he’s already going to break their vow not to sell any more Ago slaves.

Elsewhere on the mountain, Dalsae and Badoru watch as Momo warriors set up a camp. Dalsae finds the emblem on their flag oddly familiar, but before he can place it, they’re surrounded. Karika, their leader, asks why they’re watching them.

Dalsae suddenly remembers where he’s seen that pattern: “Eunseom’s back! That pattern is on my friend Eunseom’s back!” The Momo can’t understand him, so he says, “Igutu,” and Karika lights up.

A Myo warrior offers Eunseom some water, and while he’s distracted, several more attack and subdue him along with the rest of the non-Myo people. The chief apologizes, explaining that trading them is the only way to save his daughter. But Ipsaeng suggests a different plan — he claims to be the son of the Tae clan chief, and says he’ll go and bring the Tae chief’s daughter back himself.

As Eunseom rolls his eyes, Ipsaeng tells the incredulous Myo that he left home to see the world, but he was captured on his way back by Tae warriors who didn’t recognize him. The Myo warriors laugh at him until Ipsaeng rips open his shirt to reveal a tattoo of the Tae clan’s symbol on his chest.

Ipsaeng makes his offer again and says that they can keep Eunseom, who’s like a brother to him (PWAHAHA, Eunseom’s face), to ensure he comes back for him. While the chief deliberates, Eunseom asks Ipsaeng if he’s really the Tae chief’s son and if he can bring back the Myo chief’s daughter.

Ipsaeng brags that it’ll be easy, so Eunseom offers him the medallion they were given by the Momo tribe in case it might help. Ipsaeng seems moved that Eunseom trusts him, but Eunseom says it still sounds like lies, he just wants all this to end. He says he believes in what he was taught growing up, but those rules don’t apply here.

He tells Ipsaeng that if he disappears with the medallion, it will prove that Eunseom’s education was useless and he won’t be conflicted when making decisions anymore. He says he’ll die anyway if Ipsaeng doesn’t return, and makes him take the medallion.

The chief decides to let Ipsaeng go to the Tae clan, sending two Myo warriors with him. Ipsaeng enters Tae clan territory alone, and when he reaches a certain clearing he stops, considers… then runs like crazy. When he can run no further he starts laughing uproariously, wheezing, “I can’t believe they fell for it!” Oh Ipsaeng, you complete and utter ass.

He whoops gleefully that Eunseom is an idiot, but after a minute his laughter fades, and now his gasps of “idiot” sound self-directed.

That night, Eunseom dreams of Moongtae brutally murdering someone, and he jerks awake in horror. The warriors who left with Ipsaeng return, furious and ready to kill Eunseom in retaliation. Eunseom deflates, knowing now that everything he was taught is worthless, and he lets himself be dragged from the pen.

But once he’s out, he fights back, hurling insults at the Myo clan and the Ago tribe for selling their own people into slavery. He says he committed the same sin of weakness and it’s time for them all to accept punishment, but a voice calls out, “So that’s what it was. That’s what Sateunik said before he died.”

They all turn to stare at Ipsaeng, who confesses that he is of the Tae clan, but is actually the chief’s nephew. He scoffs that it’s impossible for him to save Yesran because his uncle is the one who killed his parents and sold him into slavery.

Angry, Eunseom asks Ipsaeng why he came back after tricking them and getting away with it. Ipsaeng says it’s that sin of weakness, which he blames on Eunseom. He tells the Myo people to hear Eunseom out before killing them, then instructs Eunseom to tell them everything.

Eunseom has no idea what Ipsaeng’s talking about, ha. Ipsaeng says that he resents Inaishingi for not appearing to him, but to this Igutu (he points at Eunseom) in his dreams. Yesran’s fiance barks out a laugh, but the chief asks Eunseom if this is true. Eunseom stares at Ipsaeng like he’s lost his last brain cell, so Ipsaeng prompts, “He told you to do the opposite…?!”

Figuring he may as well give it a shot, Eunseom says that in his dream, Inaishingi told him that instead of selling their own people, they should do the opposite by saving the people of other clans who have been sold as slaves without asking anything in return.

Yesran’s fiance starts laughing again and yells that Inaishingi would never say anything so stupid. Ipsaeng urges Eunseom to tell them the rest, and remembering that the Momos always repay their debts, Eunseom says that the clans who receive such favors must repay them by saving those of other clans or die painful deaths.

An elder steps forward to ask what clothes the god was wearing and how long his beard was, but Eunseom murmurs sheepishly that he doesn’t remember. She orders him to look into her eyes, then she announces that he’s lying, and Eunseom and Ipsaeng find themselves surrounded by drawn swords.

In desperation, Eunseom begins the movements of the Wahans’ spirit dance. It’s similar enough to the Myo’s waterfall dance that they watch in awe. When he stops, the elder calls a council meeting to discuss the god’s wishes.

In a remote inn, Yeonbal complains to his Daekan warriors about their inability to catch the Doldambul mine escapees. Right on cue, Dalsae and Badoru walk in the door, but they show no fear when the Daekans draw their weapons. In fact, Dalsae heard Yeonbal say the word “Igutu” and he screams at Yeonbal to tell him where Eunseom is.

Yeonbal’s men put their swords to Dalsae’s throat and Yeonbal orders him to tell him where he’s hidden Olmadae. But Karika and her Momo warriors arrive, and Yeonbal is forced to back down. He and his men start to leave, but Tapein whispers in Karika’s ear, and she asks if he’s looking for the Igutu. He tells her that he’s deep in Ago tribe territory and sarcastically wishes her luck catching him.

The Myo elders consider the possibility that Eunseom might be telling the truth, unable to understand why their god would appear to an Igutu outsider. The woman who led the rescue points out that Aramun Haesulla was also an Igutu. They all look alarmed when one elder suggests Eunseom be made to endure the Judgment of the Waterfall. The woman drops to her knees, exclaiming that they may as well kill him.

The following day, Karika leads her people to the edge of Ago territory. and sends her man ahead to ask the Myo chief to meet with her.

A very concerned Ipsaeng tells Eunseom that the Judgment of the Waterfall involves him being dropped off the edge of a very large waterfall, and that if he survives, it means he was telling the truth. Eunseom says he’s actually a pretty good swimmer, but it gets worse — his arms and legs will be tied to a raft, there’s a whirlpool at the bottom of the falls that not even an Igutu can survive. Eunseom asks if anyone has ever lived through this test, and Ipsaeng admits that there’s only been one survivor in the past thousand years.

Eunseom is bound hand and foot to a raft in an elaborate ceremony. The chief slices his arm and collects some of his purple blood, offering it to Inaishingi and asking the god to spare his life if he’s telling the truth. He’s taken to the river and set adrift to meet his fate.

Carried off by the current, Eunseom manages to free one arm, but the raft arrives at the rapids and flips upside-down, plunging him underwater. He frees his other arm, then the raft smashes to bits on a rock and Eunseom flails to the surface. He tries to get to shore but he’s too close to the waterfall.

When Karika’s man reports that Eunseom is being put through the Judgment of the Waterfall, she breaks into a dead sprint with the others right behind her. Luckily the Momo tribe are born and raised in the ocean, so when they reach the base of the waterfall, Karika’s warriors don’t hesitate to dive in.

The water carries Eunseom to the edge of the falls, and the ropes on his feet catch on a tree branch, leaving him dangling in midair. He reaches up, but the branch snaps, and he goes over the edge. He hits the water and, stunned, he thinks, “Is this the end? Tanya, this must be the end for me. I’m sorry.”

But another voice yells, “All the water is connected! All the water in the world is our home. Are you afraid to return to the waters to repay a favor?” The Momo warriors dive towards Eunseom, swimming impossibly fast, as Sateunik’s voice echoes, “The Momo tribe aren’t like humans when we’re underwater.”

The Momo warriors bear Eunseom to the surface, and he gasps for air as we hear Ipsaeng telling Eunseom that the only person to ever survive the Judgment of the Waterfall was Inaishingi himself.

 
COMMENTS

Oh Eunseom… is there any dangerous situation he can’t get himself into? Thankfully his kindness paid off again and he’s been saved by the Momo tribe, but I have no doubt he’ll insist on going back to rescue Ipsaeng. I do like the link back to the gods, though, where Eunseom is shown once again to be capable of something only a living god has accomplished before. He’s certainly destined for posthumous godhood himself, if he can stay in one piece long enough to reunite with Tanya and save Arthdal.

To be honest, I was beginning to get frustrated with Tanya for going along with Tagon and Taealha’s plans without objection, but she really showed her strength at the Sacred Trial. Not only did she obey Tagon and Taealha’s orders, but she did it in such a way that the punished people actually thanked her, further securing their adoration. If she’s smart, Tanya will continue doing this, and it won’t be long before she’ll be strong enough to take away Tagon’s kingdom with just the crook of a finger.

I’m worried about Tagon’s reaction, though, especially after he’s just given up on his goal of gaining power through the people’s love. Just as he’s decided it doesn’t work because he tried his whole life and never succeeded, Tanya proved that it can be done. Tagon isn’t going to take this graciously, so I hope Tanya can manage to stay in his good graces (or at least stay in a position where he benefits more from her than he loses) long enough for Eunseom to return.

I’m starting to get worried about Eunseom, and not because he has a distressing tendency to almost get himself killed repeatedly. There are only two episodes left in this long saga, and yet the tools sent by the gods to remake the world — Eunseom (the sword), Tanya (the bell) and Saya (the mirror) — still have never been in the same place at the same time. Storywise, I understand why Eunseom has been gone from Arthdal for so long… he was behaving too recklessly in the city and was going to get himself killed, and by experiencing slavery and betrayal and having to learn how to get along with the most annoying and dishonest person he’s ever met for his very survival, Eunseom is gaining the tools he’ll need to face his destiny. Also, without Eunseom to lean on, Tanya is also learning important lessons that will help her when the time comes. But for selfish reasons, I want so badly for Eunseom and Tanya to be together again, and to see how their relationships changes with Saya in the mix.

On a lighter note, Ipsaeng has turned out to be one of my favorite residents of Arthdal. Like Eunseom, I don’t trust a word that comes out of Ipsaeng’s mouth, especially when his own safety is concerned. He’s repeatedly betrayed Eunseom, yet it’s clear there’s no malice on his part, it’s just that when he has to make a choice, Ipsaeng chooses himself… and in a dangerous world like Arthdal, who can blame him? But nobody can be around Eunseom for long without being affected in some way, and Ipsaeng is no exception. He’s still looking out for himself first, but every time, his regret grows more intense. If nothing else, Ipsaeng is worth keeping around because he thinks incredibly fast on his feet, yet while Eunseom is smart in his own way, it takes him ages to understand complicated concepts. If Eunseom can just cure Ipsaeng of his unfortunate habit of lying constantly, he could turn out to be an essential ally when it’s time for Eunseom to meet his destiny.

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I hope that Tanya and Yangcha will have more scenes together and that Tanya will be the reason for his change of heart. Iโ€™m shipping them to be honest. Saya is just too psycho for me. She is most likely to end up with Eunsom but I still wish that Yangcha would fall for her. But I also hope that if Yangcha does fall for her, he will not die because of that.

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He will die. Prepare your heart now. He will sacrifice himself for her and it will definitely be the most heart wrenching and beautiful and emotionally moving moment of this entire show.

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Ughh. My cinnamon roll Yangcha! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ But I do believe that in order for Yangcha to have redemption from what he did to the Wahan Tribe, his death is necessary, a sacrificial one at that. Tanya only sees him as a murderer. It will be painful to see him die though. I still hope that Moobaek and him get a second chance by becoming Tanyaโ€™s support after all of it. One thing I also noticed from Episode 15 was that he is holding himself from using his chains in front of Tanya knowing that it was the very chain that separated her and Eunsom and the very chain that he used to murder the Wahan old man. But when the Black Tongue of Shahiti disarmed him of his sword, he had to.

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After all of it? There's gonna be an afterwards is there? Wow can't wait for that.

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Life is so easy for mysterious, handsome murderers.

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why does he wear that pollution mask?

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He was punished for something and his punishment was that he was not allowed to speak, thus, the mask. Iโ€™m wondering if he can actually speak or if he is mute or if his tongue was cut off though. ๐Ÿค” I hope they shed a light on what really happened.

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who punished him?
and the horse? any sighting?
who is inayagi who survived the water?

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I think Tagon punished him..or Sanung? Nobody knows yet. The magic horse is Kanmoreu, the first descendant of horses who was also the fastest. Inaishingi is the hero of the Ago tribe and the one who survived the waterfall judgment.

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Way to sugar coat it @sicarius. I feel sorry for those of you falling for the chain murderer. I agree he's not going to make it to the end.

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Why do you feel sorry for us. We have chosen our fate. We accept the consequences of it.

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Did you hear that? It's the sound of my snickering.

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You'll have to come join db to get notified, if you do we'll tag you as & when we expand on the fanfic ๐Ÿ˜†

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Done!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Welcome aboard ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ

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Welcome @reena - you surely won't regret it!

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So, according to this episode, is Eunseom Aramuni Hesulla or Inaishigi

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Totally confused but maybe we will be enlightened next season. ๐Ÿค”

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Lol... In movies, if a bad guy suddenly become good, he/she usually dies.
Besides all of Tagon's men would have to die...

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This is a support thread for the 2 seconds look between Yangcha and Tanya and how it was the only thing I care about in this entire episode that might just be the worst episode of this show so far (A FEAT HONESTLY) and I since I don't even know where to begin with its ridiculousness, I drew Yangcha in a Flower Crown instead because GOSHDARNIT OUR ASSASSIN CHILD DESERVES IT:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2gis_tJG9C/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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But... we had the Waterfall Dance back up dancers. I started to feel really sorry for the set designers during this episode. Did you notice the intricately carved rock wall along the river as Eunseom drifted toward the rapids?

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No I didn't because I was busy hoping he did actually fall off the waterfall and made it out on his own and not by another DEM. Alas I was not rewarded.

Do you think that was Practical effects or did they get their underpaid VFX artists to add it post filming...

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It might have been added later. I thought it was an odd placement for something so intricate that wouldn't been seen again.

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It's probably really important for later, we should probably go take screenshots and decipher them by hand.

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Oh. Finally someone notices the carved rock wall. Ahem. THAT WAS ME. I thought my act was pretty solid.

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YY I APPLAUD YOU You are watching this show more attentively than I am. Then again I've wiped everything but Yangcha's five seconds from my memory remember...

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I was feeling more sorry for the people having to stand there doing the hokey pokey while carrot boy was being tied up and pushed into the water.
That in itself was enough punishment for all of us - to watch them 'dance'.

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I can't send pics & I have screen shots. Off to wall I go with my bad resolution underlit SCs (oh wait that's the show not me๐Ÿ˜†)
Take my vote. โ›ต

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Please share all of the Yangcha x Tanya scenes. I need them for science. All 25 seconds of them.

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who is inasagi who survived water fall?
was aramaulla the main god? and eunseom reincarnation of him, unless the HORSE changed his mind?

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Will Magic Horse ever return?

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Aramun Hassaeula - son of God (they named that god somewhere but I don't remember his name) but igutu. Ambassador of Asa Sin - but how? She & her lover of unknown origins did something that brought chaos to Asdal...
Is he a god or his human reincarnation? That the question isn't it?

Horsey didn't change his mind... He decided to abandon cb so that he could build character. Guess he likes the philosophy of #ToughLove

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Thanks LollyPip for the awesome recap. That last part when Karika made that little speech to inspire her warriors to save Eunseom.. I had the shivers man. And how it culminated into Eunseom being compared to Inaishingi.. Shivers again!! I'm enjoying this show more than I thought I would.

I can't wait for Eunseom and Saya to meet each other. Will they kill each other? Will they work together? How are they going to solve everything in 2 episodes???

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This speech was nice but unnecessary because they already vowed to repay him put his marking on their flags and are water tribe, they looked fierce and kickass but if they need to be inspired everytime to took an action, they are losing a lot of luster in my eyes.

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I'm still a huge fan. So far they're my favorite tribe.

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The ending scene of this episode is AWESOME. I love Momo... :)

I sometimes found myself lose myself to Ipsaeng, but I love him indeed. Kim Min-cheol delivers Ipsaeng so well...

Yangcha, are you an igutu too? Hope we'll get the reasons behind Yangcha's mask... And Eunsom will be back to Arthdal in episode 17....

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We've seen behind his mask, and for now (although the lighting doesn't help) his blood in episode 15 wasn't bright neon purple, so I doubt he's an igutu. We also won't ever get all the answers to Yangcha because we have 2 episodes left.

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Now we know that Neathals and Igutu are not the only ones with powers, Momo tribe have powers too in the water (I'm curious why they're living in the moutains by the way)

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I love the plot reveals in this show. They simply have impeccable timing: magical water race that lives by the sea that is in the mountains that aren't mermaids because that would break budget. Sounds legit.

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And tropical jungle where Ago tribes reside.

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My guess is that they're waiting for Sateunik (at least his wife). In the a few episodes back, Sateunik's wife told Xabara to go back to their home (the sea) and left her there as she would wait for Sateunik as they'd promised to meet in the hut in that mountain.. but who knows if they have other reasons...

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They donโ€™t live in the mountains. They first came to get Sateunikโ€™s wife, and stayed to find The Purple Lipped One.

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I debated that too, but they showed us Yangcha getting sliced & hurt 3-4 times, doesnt look like he's an igutu. He could be an offspring of an igutu + a saram... Who knows

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1/4 Igutu, purple + red = magenta or is it hot stuff?

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Ooooh Pinkbloods. My favourite race in this show.

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Yeah the blood I have in SCs is quite magenta looking. When light hit for a sec it looks purple then back to reddish again.
However, this show has had the same person's blood look like 4 different people (shades) on the same day, so I have little faith in our guesses ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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My only problem with Ipsaeng is that I constantly want him to start singing 'tiramisu cake'...

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I don't see how this is a problem...

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Tiramisu cake is a masterpiece. We Are the Night can take me to a movie & then dessert. Yum ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Yep I agree. But I've found their music to be really hit or miss. But this song just takes the cake! *ducks and runs*

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Soooooo... If the only man survived thousand years ago was Inaishingi, and now Eunsom is survived the Judgement of the Waterfall, could he possibly the reincarnation of the Ago tribe's god? but on the other hand, he could be possibly the reincarnation of Aramun Haesulla... Although the Ago tribe mentioned that Inaishingi is the only god who can be at the same level with Aramun, both are believed to be igutu, right?

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Obviously Carrot Boy is both Inasishingi AND Aramun Haesulla because they are actually secretly the same person and everyone in this show secretly worships the same God of the Dance, even though they don't know it.

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Nope, Inasishingi and Aramunm Haesulla are twins but in this timeline they got mixed up and end in wrong tribes :D

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Ahh my bad! That's right, they're the reincarnation of Remus and Romulus sorry Castor and Pollux sorry envoys of God #7.5, who were separated at birth when an evil vampire stole one of them from the cradle of the moon as payment for teaching their mother how to spin straw into gold when she was enslaved by the Goblin King in her youth.

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Bwahahaha! This just made my day!

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The mythology messes up my brain. If Magic Horse thought Eunseom was Aramun Haesulla he canโ€™t be Inaishingi or whatever too. Unless as @sicarius says they are really the same god under different names and Eunseom is doubly The Chosen One.

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When your trolling is the best explanation for bad worldbuilding you know you've hit an all time HIGH.

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It's not too far off @sicarius. I mean, the Romans had gods like Jupiter, which they plagiarised from the Greeks' Zeus.

But we've heard that Ishainiwhatever was the only one that could stand up to Aramun Haesulla, so the twin gods theory is more possible.

Or - Let's just make it all up since the show can't be bothered to explain it to us.

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Well I think he is not really Inaishingi as he wouldn't have survived the waterfall without the help of the Momo tribe, but for now he will be believed to be so byt the Ago in order to be set free but also even possibly get the help of the Ago tribe for his cause. So in this regard he is nothing but an impostor. LOL.

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@moonbean hey now the Ago didn't specify HOW one had to survive the waterfall... just that you had to survive falling off it. :P

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@wishfultoki that's what I thought too, that maybe Aramun Haesulla/Inaishingi are the Arthdal and Ago equivalents of Zeus and Jupiter.

But then one went against the other according to Ago mythology so apparently not?

(For what it's worth, I do appreciate the worldbuilding but damn we spend a lot if time with individual new tribes here despite my love of the Momo tribe and their Shabara)

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not really... "Inaishingi โ€” ... he was the only one who was strong enough to fight against Aramun Haesulla."

https://twitter.com/netflixarthdal/status/1173559155962957824

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Wait, I thought the horse was Aramun Haesulla. Remember when we first saw Carrot Boy riding off with Moobaek following them, he was amazed at the horse.
Or am I remembering this wrong?
It's been a long agonizing journey since the beginning of the show and I don't think I could go back and rewatch that part.

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The Magic Horse originally had different name and was companion to Aramun Haesulla.

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Kanmoreu ๐ŸŽ

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Also known as Shadowfax.

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Personaly, Ipsaeng is tiring for me, he's like a scratched record "I'm bad, don't trust me, I lied, etc."

I think the writers added a lot of elements that they forget about like the giant wall. Why make a giant wall, if they won't use after? The surviving Neanthals? Aside from wandering in the forest, what is their role?

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To make me sad they're not in it more.

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Sadly he is the vehicle that push Eunseom storyline forward, because they have no idea how develop his character otherwise.

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Unless the final two episodes are about 10 hours in duration, each, I have no idea how they're going to be able to wrap this up.

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@drawde2000 found a source that claimed this was planned as a many more episodes extravaganza. If true, it explains why we have so many threads that don't seem possible to take care of in two more episodes.

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I did see that. I wouldn't be surprised if more episodes were in store, after all, 30-plus episodes have been this writing team's usual formula. I don't know that this is the case with this show though. It was certainly never promoted as a show with more than 18 episodes. Who knows! I don't know anymore.

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So we are introduced last minute to another love triangle Tanya-Tagon-Arthdalian's heart? Tanya is so dead right now.
And those reliefs projects looked positively Mesoamerican, Arthdal is a source to all civilization?
But the highlight of episode is Mihol and his king's ramblings, I almost chocked on the "He has eyes of the king now".

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Mihol seems to have interesting ideas of what kings are, and I'm pretty sure they shouldn't be pass down, they didn't do much good to his homeland after all.

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But shach, it's not that a monarchy doesn't work, it's just that it's never been done the right WAY before. Because everywhere else forgot to start with a genocide!!

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My bad, I keep forgetting that Arthdal is the place where all civilizations started and all they do is new and novel, so Tagon invented proper way to kinghood.

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He's not too far off base, the establishment of new dynasties in ancient society was usually marked by a lot of bloodshed/purging. I found a lot that rang true in episode 17 on the subject of consolidating power and securing the idea of a new nation, but I'll wait for that recap.

In Arthdal world, 'king'= brutal dictator - and dictators are certainly capable of genocide m.

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My new triangle is Eunseom - Karika - Tanya. Another is Doti - Eunseom - Magic Horse.

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Magic Horse will choose Doti in my version.

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Doti will be the new god after Tanya - mark my words....

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*gasps* how scandalous.
My new triangle is Yangcha - Tanya - and those chains.

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๐Ÿคฃ

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Yangcha & Tanya sitting on a boulder, S.T.A.R.I.N.G!!!
She can't look at him anymore... Because her latent power hungry feelings demand she dehumanize her saviour... Uff
Poof chains โ›“ wrap around her hand.. Turn back & cut ๐ŸŽฌ

*Alexa Play Vixx Chained Up*

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... I don't know how to articulate in writing how much I'm laughing right now.
Screaming? Crying? Dying? dramatic *I can't breathe*? All of. All of the above.
Maybe we need to write a raunchy fan fic between these two to appease our shipping hearts. It's not like this drama could get any worse with a few more forbidden love kisses. In fact I think it would get better...

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@sicarius our input would make it amazing. It's time for Mute Mask x Hapless Goddess

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HAHA. This shows is awful but I love it for the fun we have in this recaps :D

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And Tanya can read his mind so... think of all the possibilities for this romantic ... uh ... "comedy"...
tanya traces the scar on his left cheek that wasn't there before today and slowly removes his mask a la moon lovers scarlet heart... "you are not defined... by what they made you"...

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*Laugh Laugh Laugh the Asa Sakan laugh*

Tanya whispers... You didn't do wrong... You were guarding what you could with conviction in your superiors.... Bearing this punishment & how you had to live your life with chains ; IT'S ENOUGH NOW *pat*

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she was a light shining in the darkness, the only light, the only star he had ever seen, because of Arthdal's fire factory pollution... she was beautiful, enticing... and she was? Forgiving him? A single tear slid down his cheek. He had never cried. Not once in his 52 youthful years.
And then, Yangcha's thoughts betrayed him... *I want... I want...*

Tanya drew in a small gasp. He grabbed her hand...

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& brought her hand forward to touch his lips ๐Ÿ’‹.... โ€œwords I have left unsaid... I want my first spoken ones after breaking to be yoursโ€

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Please notify me if someone writes a fanfic for these two. I only found one in the interwebz. Personally, they have more chemistry in the short scenes that they had as compared to the scenes she had with either Saya or Eunsom. Fanfictions will console my broken heart if Yangcha does die in the end. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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I choked. Like no duh, he just masacrred ppl, he was just a barbarian political diplomat warrior leader before..... Oh wait that's king ใ…‹ใ…‹ใ…‹

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Eunsom is too pure and innocent to be king. Kindness is just ain't enough. Most kings in history massacre people (even their own blood) for power... Way to go Tagon! You will be king! *evil laugh*

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Iโ€™m highly amused that Tagon knew what a โ€œtyrantโ€ was and didnโ€™t want to become one, and yet weโ€™re supposed to believe he doesnโ€™t know what a โ€œkingโ€ is. I give up.

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*hands you some emotional support tissues and chocolate dipped strawberries to help you through this tought time*

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I was happy to see Eunseom and Karika in this episode. Is there a way for them to end up together? Tanya has become an Arthdal puppet and gone against her beliefs, so I'm good with a change in couples. Eunseom needs Karika to keep him safe since Magic Horse left many episodes ago.

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Hey now. Have faith in Magic Horse okay. He had to abandon Carrot Boy so he had a growth arc and developed a spine and became someone WORTHY of being the reincarnation of two gods! Of course, the fact that this growth arc just meant him going on tour as a slave for 6 episodes and only doing like two things in his own right to make him worthy of being the chosen one and had to rely on his insanely dumb luck and magnetic attraction to Deus Ex Machinas is completely besides the point and the fact that Magic Horse himself is the Deus Ex Machina to End All Deus Ex Machinas will mean he won't discriminate about how Carrot Boy gained his Chosen One Dignity status back...

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I'm calling onyx horse Douce ex machina now. Poor weed head ๐Ÿฅ• just has to walk the path of the ultimate reluctant leader. Huhuhu ๐Ÿ™„
Eunsom needed the terrific Xabara to have her DID moment... She's cute, I give her that.

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This show would not be The Horse And His Carrot Boy without one last Douce Ex Machina. It would not BE TRASHDAL WITHOUT IT. Do you know how let down I will be if it doesn't live up to its trashiness in the last two episodes? Like more disappointed than any other show has made me this year, and that's saying something.

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I bet you they'll have a horse +โš” moment trailblazing into the city
Bahahah while DEM #1 aka ๐Ÿด does that stand kick hrrtmph thing while DEM #2 Momo tribe hurray in the back๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ&hack away.

Yeee haw maybe Nunbyeol will join with a hat on ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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Thanks now I don't have to watch this weeks episodes because that's literally what's going to happen.

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You're welcome... My super senses aren't just tingling, they've been bombed ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ˜†

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hey @yyishere, when this show is finished, and when your Errand Boy revolution is over, you have to help @maybemaknae and I write a scandalous and satirical Twilight esque love story between Yangcha and Tanya to as the final tribute shitpost to this show...

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Sure thing. I'll be stabbing in the dark, because I only know there is a waterfall dance, a rock wall, a single tear, a horse and a carrot. Amazing what you can glean from the absolutely hilarious posts without watching the drama or the recaps.

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@yyishere
I don't think you really need any more than that to create another awesome fanfic with @sicarius and @maybemaknae!
Well, maybe you could add a song about all of them, with embraces full of blood and guts after everyone kills each other.

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Ahem *Fake Love x Blood Sweat & Tears x Monster x Kill This Love* coughs

Orrrrr Believer by Imagine Dragon ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†

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We've moved on from VIXX I see...

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@sicarius no no no Mon ami, vixx is perfect for our side project.
I couldn't exactly remember a song that said I wanna bathe in your blood & make it my crowning glory ; then smile heartbroken & wax lyrical about just how helpless I am.... Its also got to have a verse about about ideology vs reality... A mashup can do that.

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@sicarius I bet you could. It did sound like It could exist in metal sphere.... How fitting, since Arthdal is supposed to be welcoming an iron age ๐Ÿ˜†.
All of Mihol's machinations end over what? METAL

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The problem is I think I could find TOO MANY fitting metal songs and before I even shared one, I would be lost down the metal rabbit hole.
*found one about vampires*

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As long as you've got the horse and the carrot sorted that's all you need to ever write anything on this show... even if the fanfic we'll be writing has nothing to do with them... that's not important.

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Lol mayhem for us & melancholia for others

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This episode was better because there was more Eunseom and Momo tribe. Here is hoping for a reunion between Tanya and Eunseom because at this point unless Eunseom is in Arthdal, I'll continue to not care at all.

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I do understand why Ipsaeng is like that. He doesnโ€™t have any trust for anybody because of his past - his uncle killing his family. That solidified his belief that even family cannot be trusted and what more if it was a friend? He doesnโ€™t want to break that belief when Eunsom kept on proving that it is not entirely true. He is in denial phase because he is too afraid to trust again and to help others, scared that they will just betray him again. Thus, the self-centered attitude.

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iโ€™m so frustrated with the writing of this drama that i donโ€™t know where to begin, thereโ€™s so many what ifโ€™s that i only get upset thinking about the potential this drama had, so many interesting characters with so many different arcs to explore but all we get is reduced screen-time for characters that matter *cough* Eunseom, i canโ€™t believe i had to wait over 4 months for a Tanya and Eunseom reunion which will probably only happen in the last episode, i watched the preview for next week and it doesnโ€™t even feel like itโ€™s ending.

Also it canโ€™t just be me that gets pissed off by Sayaโ€™s whispering, boy should start an ASMR channel

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It really is a sad world where people are grateful for โ€œonlyโ€ getting their feet cut. I was deeply disappointed that Tanya ended up punishing innocent people, not only to save the worthless Wahan, but also to gain power (ugh, I hate that phrase every time a character uses it as an excuse). Sheโ€™s just manipulating the people now, and show wants me to believe sheโ€™s doing the best she can? I get that Tagon and Taelha would have been furious if sheโ€™d let the innocent families go, but on the other hand, they need her so they canโ€™t have her killed. Sheโ€™s acted like their puppet long enough. Eunseom is acting like a fool in Arthdal Eyes by trying to save Ipsaeng; Tanya is trying to be smart and thus being corrupted. Saya and Taelha are like venomous snakes whispering in her ear, but it was all her decision. At least she knows Mungtaeโ€™s true colours, but I can bet sheโ€™ll try to save him instead of punishing him for the traitor he is. If Eunseom is foolish enough to forgive him, I hope Dalsae gives Mungtae his just desserts, and soon.

Highlight of this episode was Moobaek telling Tanya about the bell, mirror, and sword prophecy. I hope she regrets having Asa Sakan killed.

The other highlight was Yangcha getting ordered to guard Tanya, and his face of delight hidden under his mask (more like terror because she can read his thoughts, but the Yangcha Fanclub insists itโ€™s delight).

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And Moobaek's scenes mostly are the highlights for me in every ep. Oh well, Eunseom's too. Please just hurry bring Magic Horse back show!

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Though now I'm mad that Tanya disobeyed Taelha to save the skin of an old woman who was definitely plotting against Tagon, just to show she respects another priestess, while the innocent people still got their feet cut off. Why couldn't she sell them into slavery or something? They like doing that at Arthdal.

Amputating the feet was a punishment in ancient China, but women and children were not subjected to this punishment (according to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Punishments)

Arthdal is just messed up.

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Well! That was gruesome ๐Ÿ˜ต

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@WishfulToki I find it inconsistent that you feel sorry for the innocent families of the ministers while you call the innocent Wahan people "worthless". Tanya has seen the harsh realities of politics in the palace. She needs power to protect her people. To retain power, she has to make difficult decisions that sometimes causes her moral dilemma. To rule with kindness and mercy is a wonderful thing. But no leader can effectively rule only with kindness and love.
SPOILER ALERT-EPISODE 17***** Even Eunsom who is the epitome of kindness killed a Doldambul guy to free the slaves******

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The only thing impress me in this drama is the character of eunsouma.... Never give upon people... Doing good for everyone even he himself torn and exhausted. The writer wrote it perfectly..... Hats off

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Darn! These dying resurrecting returning gods in Asian drama. If Eunseomie dies, then maybe he'll return centuries later and be reunited with Tanya. I'm hoping he doesn't die but generally, savior types either die, live out their usefulness, or become corrupted by the world (I'm looking at you, Dune.)

Ooh that look Tagon gave Tanya when she said she would win the people's hearts! If kingly looks could kill!

Love our hero-swimmers! And perfect time to arrive. First time in a while that a coincidence in a kdrama actually feels fated and destined.

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Yeah that underwater rescue by the Momo scene was amazing.

I don't think it'll be Eunseom who dies, it's more likely to be our pet antihero Saya. And even that is just a guess, because this drama has been so twisty and unpredictable (rare in kdramas! ) that I literally can't tell what the final resolution will look like for the people of Arthdal.

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I remember unleashing the #[email protected]/%#@//@#&*!!! three years ago over the way Moon Lovers ended.

But at least that was an end. This...... @&/#$&ยฃ#!&#)(@!^&#@!%$^%^$#! @%' #@$*&^#%#@## Netflix (and make no mistake, this is thanks to Netflix and their notions about 'seasons' for kdramas).

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Ummm.... Yay for Momo tribe to save Eunsoem as he in death situation of how many times.. Also, Moobaek, yah know, you should tell her in the first meeting of her about the sword, mirror and bell prophecyโ€™s.
I hope we can see Yangcha face and his first word to Tanya before his glorious death. I hope they played a great song for him. I miss Magic Lord Horse. I hope when Eunsoem go back is with Karika as his wife. Sorry Tanya. I think you should be with Yangcha. He is way better then Saya. Saya will be like his father. Evil and psychopath guy.

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In every drama with twins/clones/doppelgangers one of them dies by the end. My guess is Saya, but only after he fulfills his role in the prophecy.

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To what? Be a super important mirror for his brother?
"Oh wait you got a little something right there bro, yeah on your left... wait let me get it... there! all perfect" *keels over and dies*

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Saya's role is to ensure Tagon is alive to have final battle with Eunsom... If Tagon died in episode 17, all Eunsom's slave scenes to gain an army will be useless. Pass your judgment after episode 18.

With all your negative/trolling comments, I think the show was successful in hooking you hahaha!

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Oh no, I'm just a really committed sh๐Ÿฅ•tposter.

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Ya' know, I'm not watching this, it looked to dumb and I didn't want to waste my time.
But reading most of the comments, it seems you people are having a lot of fun shredding it to bits.

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Iโ€™m deriving a great deal of second hand enjoyment in spite of neither watching the drama nor reading the recaps. Though I have to say I have been tempted to press play just to see how trashy it really is...

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Do join us for the final two episodes. You may get to see Magic Horse.

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Thanks, but I think I'll waste my time on Vagabond.

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