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The Untamed: the wonder of fan fiction

I’m not the biggest fan of fan fiction. Because most often than not, the characters felt really OOC, or the stories reminded me there’s a valid reason why I wanted to imagine myself what happened in the periods that the original story didn’t touch. Which is why, despite my love for The Untamed and Mo Dao Zu Shi, I firmly stayed away from those numerous fan fictions.

That is, until I stumbled into Zelda’s twitter when I searched for good fanarts and thoroughly fell in love with her spin-off comics. Who knows that Mo Dao Zu Shi story told from the weapon spirit’s perspective would be an even more beautiful and heart breaking experience? And I certainly didn’t expect myself to be this invested in Mo Xuan Yu’s story (that underworld adventure is so cute and a much-deserved happiness for this often forgotten boy).

Anyway, I need some happy pills after all those heart wrenching stories and unexpected surprise in the latest eps of the audio drama. Thankfully there’s this lovely compilations of Wangi and Wuxian holding hands throughout The Untamed. 😊😊

GIF credit to bella

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The Untamed: Golden Core

Both the novel and the drama never really delves into the details of core removal process. We’ve only told briefly (alongside Lan Wangji) that it was painful and that the donor has to stay awake throughout the long process. And then, the Audio Drama season 3 episode 14 happened, and I felt like being stabbed along with Wei Wuxian.

I am… not okay. 😭😭😭

*crying in the corner*
*cursing my past self for wanting to know the detail of that particular story*

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The Untamed: Saying Goodbye
Someone shared this fanart on Discord and it hit me right on the feels. I thought I’m already over it, but apparently my WangXian shipper heart is still going strong

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      This is so beautiful! Ahh my Wangxian heart is fluttering 💕💖

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      Wow – such a poignant image. It’s been so hard for many of us to let go. I wonder how it was with these two. Thank goodness we have all those BTS and other videos to keep seeing them together.
      thank you @gadis for this nice image first thing in the morning!

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        If you are referring to the actors, te social media is full of their activities (albeit separately) Recently the Untamed cast had a fanmeet in Nanjing China. Just yesterday, Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo appeared in a chinese Singles Day show. Although they performed separately, die hard shippers still managed to make something out of it.

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          you talking about the stage performance video, where yibo lost his hat?

          ha ha.. i was laughing os hard..

          the two stages are miles apart but it was trending that XZ waited 10 min to see yibo’s performance (i mean he had to right he was next performer)

          and that yibo was looking at the other stage instead of audience (far apart yet eyes only for you)

          BUT yibo’s dance is DAMN SEXY

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            Yeah, the dance was awesome. After I post the video, I realised the official video didn’t do justice to his dance. The fancams were actually better – you could see so much energy and swag he puts into it. There’s something about the way he moves, uses his body and his face when he dances that is absolutely electrifying.

            You know the thing about the hat? It got me thinking Yibo is superb at setting trends on social media. He gets a lot more out of an appearance on a show, a performance and just about anything. I don’t know if I am reading too much into him or is he really that awesome?

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            Is that video online somewhere?

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          my answer is he is that awesome
          and reason i say this is based on his younger day videos.. he learns, and adapts, even if he doesn’t mean it

          he is very sharp and very confident of himself.. you can see that.. he never fails at anything and so competitive.. such people want to be best at what they do.. and if that is the case, such people tend to be very perceptive of the demand of the stakeholders and environment

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        I know Xiao Zhan has said in an interview (I can’t remember which though) that The Untamed has been the hardest drama to let go of. I’m sure it is full of so many amazing memories. If it’s hard for us to let go I bet it would be even harder for them. Especially since they seemed to have made so many amazing friends on set (especially Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo).

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    Oh my, this is so beautiful!

    This show does things to me. I never understood why people get overly emotional over a drama, a fictitious story-its characters and relationships. Now, I can’t explain why I am still obsessing over a drama which I’ve watched twice and stopping myself from watching again.

    I will remember 2019 as an awesome year for my drama watching because of this show.

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    I still can’t move on..

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    What a beautiful image and so full of feels 😭

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    wow, whoever drew this truly has talent. Picture is more than a thousand words! Oh the feels 😢

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    Oof! Aw man. It’s so cute and heartbreaking. The fact that Wei Ying/ actor are hugging and Lan Zhan/ actor are clasping hands, which fits their characters but still…

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The Untamed: A beautifully ordinary ending

In dramaland (and even in fantasy novel realm), I\’m no stranger for choppy, rant-inducing ending. Creating a decent ending seemed to be a skill that not many writer possessed. Given the epic journey in The Untamed, I almost resigned myself for another disappointing ending. Turned out, miracle did happen!

While the drama ending is sweet and relieving, the novel ending is more slice-of-life in a sense. Life and love goes on, and people find happiness in the most mundane thing. With the intense life-and-death stakes WangXian have to face throughout the novel, I think it\’s a very apt and nice ending that left me content.

Facing the wind, Wei WuXian squinted at Lan WangJi’s silhouette. As he criss-crossed his legs, he shockingly found that he could somehow manage to balance himself in such an odd position on the back of Lil’ Apple.
It was only something trivial, yet he looked as if he just discovered a new and interesting occurrence. He couldn’t hold himself back from sharing this with Lan WangJi, calling, β€œLan Zhan, look at me, look at me now!”
Just like before, Wei WuXian called his name with a grin, and he looked over as well.
From then on, he could never move his eyes away again.

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    @gadis, did you just finished this?

    I am writing an essay for my finale post. Too many thoughts, hopefully I can string them together into something coherent.

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      I’ve finished it weeks ago, but reading the writer’s other novels reminded me that this writer has a knack for a lovely, ordinary, and satisfying ending. And since the last paragraph is spoiler-free, I thought it would be nice to share it with other beanies who probably didn’t read the novel.

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        Sorry, blast my memory. I have a hard time remembering who finished drama, read novel, audio drama etc etc. Since I’m at this, may I know where are you from @gadis? I only know that we are in somewhat same time zone, lol. It’s also possible I have asked this of you previously but again, my poor memory. Btw, I’m from Singapore.

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          And I’m on the other side of the world. When I wake up it’s almost time for you to sleep and vice versa.
          Looking forward to your thoughts – I think – except I watched ep 50 with Piaoming and now I’m satisfied, no bugs…
          @gadis You’ve gif’d my absolute favorite little sequence, beautiful in every way.

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            @linda-palapala You mentioned something bugged you in the sequence of the ending. So Piaoming answered your question?

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            @outofthisworld It wasn’t Piaoming who answered it but just watching with him and remembering a couple things LZ said that resolved that little buggy thingy.

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            @outofthisworld I’m almost afraid to read your final thoughts, in case I get confused again!
            Did you see any of the Nanjing concert? I thought they looked a little tired and worn out, though trying to not show it. Poor Xiao Zhan is overbooked and got tonsillitis.

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            Great @linda-palapala!

            Hope to see you at my finale post. I cannot conclude on the ending without delving deep into Lan Zhan as a person. And if I am right about it, it’s amazing that the producers left no holes or at least none that I can see.

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            @linda-palapala Even if my views differ from yours or other beanies, I hope I don’t confuse. I actually would love to read a different take.

            I only saw pictures of the Nanjing concert on twitter and watched short clips. I don’t follow Xiao Zhan but I know he must be very overworked. Yibo has a crazy schedule too – You Fei filming, Day Day Up, some new variety show, maybe a couple more shows, adverts, endorsements and so forth. I am comforted only because he looks like he has fun on most days.

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            @outofthisworld
            To quote you:And if I am right about it, it’s amazing that the producers left no holes or at least none that I can see.
            Ooh, I can hardly wait!
            Past my bedtime…

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            WangXian enjoying their journey together always makes me happy. It doesn’t matter where they are going or what they have to do, being together is enough to make them content.

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          Hahaha… Let’s just blame the too many varieties of adaptation of this story. I only have the audio drama left now, and slowly savoring it.

          Hoho, we’re neighbors. I’m from Indonesia 👋
          I’m waiting for your thought about the finale eps, @outofthisworld.

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        I often get the drama and the novel details mixed up…

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          @outofthisworld In your thoughts on the last episode, do you have any feelings about the camera work? When the camera fades to another scene instead of an abrupt change? At first I thought it showed a lot of time passing but after re-watching from the beginning episode on Netflix I realize they use that technique quite a bit and never showing huge amounts of time passing. I didn’t pay attention to the musical flow between those fadeouts though, which is also significant. I’ll have to once again watch the ending for the musical score (if there is any). Usually music lingers from one scene to the next to seamlessly hook scenes together.

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            Can you give me the specific scene(time) or are you talking about the ending part where they were walking away from each other and then cut to WWX standing alone on the mountain top? What do you take it to mean?

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            @outofthisworld All the last scenes that fadeout to the next scene. Beginning with when Ah Yuan and Wen Ning leave and WY asks where they’re going. At first I thought it meant a lot of time had passed but as I said, now that I’m re-watching from the beginning I’ve noticed that fadeout used to not denote much time passing.
            I have no idea what it means!! That’s why I’m asking. If I only knew someone who majored in film…(well actually I do but he’s now famous and too busy to answer any of my silly questions). I only know that they use camera work to specifically show certain meanings, this after watching “Every Frame A Painting”.

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            @outofthisworld I decided I’d better go back and watch those ending scenes again…so either I have the worse memory in the world or the best imagination, because what I remembered as “fadeout” wasn’t there! Very embarrassed…

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The Untamed: A little display of support

Wangji\’s public confession at Koi Tower is probably one of the favorite romantic and heartfelt scene in this drama, but personally I love this little, blink-and-you-miss-it display of support during the last confrontation with Jin Guangyao. By this point, I know that most people have already forgotten the slander and judgment they threw toward Wuxian years ago. He was now back as another unique hero in their midst, and they worshipped him anew after the second siege at the Burial Ground where he basically saved their unworthy a**. But deep down, I don\’t think it\’s easy for them to forget how powerful and potentially dangerous Wuxian was. I\’m sure they never stopped being wary of him making another unexpected choices.

In this particular scene, it was the first time in a long while that Wuxian was finally reunited with both his Cheng Qing flute and his legendary Tiger Seal. And after everyone witnessed how powerful he was with his whistle alone (even with his lacerated throat), it\’s probably to be expected how alarmed they were when Wuxian started to make his move. Apparently, not even the non-judgmental and very understanding Lan Xichen was immune to that. He sharply called out Wuxian\’s name, a mix of warning and pleading in his voice. And you can just see how Wuxian sighed internally at this lack of belief.

But then Wangji shook his head toward his brother. Because he was confident in Wuxian\’s ability to control the infamous spiritual weapons. Because now he understood Wuxian\’s principle and moral very clearly. He calmly nodded his support toward Wuxian. And that little gesture made Wuxian\’s smile bloomed: relief and gratitude mixed with a bit of wonder because this guy still steadfastly stood by his side no matter what.

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      Thank you and thanks for still sharing your thoughts. Glad you’re back with your untamed obsession – I’ve never yet left (though I’ve tried). Thoroughly enjoying the Netflix version and their “unusual” subtitles.
      Keep posting…(I don’t notice many gifs for the first half of the drama, hint, hint).

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      You’ve been gone for awhile! I was curious what’d caught your attention during this time!

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        It’s Heaven Official’s Blessing’s fault (plus real life persistently leaving me no free time these last 2 weeks)! That’s the latest novel from The Untamed’s writer, btw. And it was so good that I was engrossed in it for a while. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) I still need to wait for 1-2 years before I can watch the drama and audio drama adaptation, so I’m back with my Untamed obsession.

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          Something that is even more engaging than the UNTAMED? this author!
          I’ll be looking forward to its production!

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            oh HOB is way more epic..
            and trust me.. if they manage to find perfect casting for the male lead in that one.. that guy will beat stardom of WY and LZ (together)

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            I’m adding this author to my list of fave novel writer. I’m certainly looking forward to his/her future project.

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            @alasecond While reading the book I kept trying to think of the actors I know who would make a perfect Xie Lian and Hua Cheng and I can’t think of anyone I was satisfied with 🤔

            Maybe they need to just do casting auditions to find the perfect leads.

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          great.. now i have someone to talk about HoB
          it is so so so AWESOME

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            I thought I already have difficulty letting go of WangXian, but HuaLian is on another level altogether. And the story is so much more coherent (for once, I didn’t even feel the tiniest amount of confusion or annoyance at the long flashbacks) and tightly written. At the risk of sounding prudist, I have to admit that I love how subtle (but deep) the romance in HOB was. Maybe subtle isn’t the right word, but I do like the feel of not being turned into a CCTV even in their extra chapters.

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            I am obsessed with HOB. I am not quite finished (have 10% left of the novel according to my kindle) but I even snuck away during work too many times to read a little before getting back to work, I keep staying up too late, I spent almost my 3 day weekend reading the book 😅

            I actually want to hurry and finish so I can get some sleep.

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          Is it another BL story?

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          ya.. romance gets to you even without the sexual stuff..

          but that is more a result of chinese govt than author’s choice itself..

          mdzs was under a lot of fire for its extra chapters, despite being not released in china

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          she is working on her 4th novel.. but again there was news of crackdown on BL authors.. so no idea if she stopped working on her novel or is still at it..

          based on her snippet of what 4th novel is going to be.. i’m very curious. because ML is a bad guy πŸ˜› .. truly the worst.. that’s enough to get me excited

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          just done reading it…it is epic..still my heart is with WangXian

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          Based on your and other Untamed Beanies’ comments, I just started HOB the other day. Still on the first couple of chapters but it is promising! I’m not hooked yet, but that’s probs bc I’m still rewatching the Untamed and in love with Wangxian. haha

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          omg, I am currently obsessing over this novel! I have successfully stayed up until 2am (I usually go to sleep at midnight because of work) and I spent my whole 3 day weekend in bed reading this. I can’t put this book down. There are things I like more about The Untamed but I think ultimately HOB is the better book. And it’s a HUGE book! I am almost to the end now.

          Hua Cheng and Xie Lian ❤️

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            HuaLian is love. And I’m glad there’s a group who is willing to translate the manhua (which has a very pretty and painting-like style).

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      Thank you for another lovely posts.

      I wanted to screengrab or make gifs(tedious) of so many moments in the final stretch. WWX’s a great orator. No wonder those clan leaders intuitively see him as a threat. They were jealous and afraid of his charisma and growing powers, a combination which would be hard to beat.

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    LZ will forever support WY <3

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    Thanks for sharing this precious moment! I missed it in the first watch, or maybe just didn’t remember it. So sweeeeet!~

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I know there are so many unexpected development in this eps, character- and plot-wise. But excuse me while I post this most important GIF set. I mean, hello there, gorgeous. 👋👋

Roswoon might be looking mightily handsome in his uniform and casual clothes. But he is simply mesmerizing in historical garb. 😍😍😍

#ExtraordinaryYou

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    When I saw his manhwa character in the Flower, I thought that hair-style is not so flattering. But here he is, looking super attractive. 😍

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    He’s perfect as an manhwa character!

    They really chose the casting very well!

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For a second there, I half expected a swarm of fierce corpses to suddenly break into the classroom and engage Haru in an epic battle.

#ExtraordinaryYou #TheUntamed
#ThisIsAllWeiWuxian\’sFault

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The Untamed: The aftermath of Wei Wuxian\’s 3 months disappearance

Back when I was reading the novel, I couldn\’t discern the hidden pain behind Wuxian\’s arrogance and persistence to walk on his unorthodox path after the first time he came back from Burial Ground. But knowing how much his life has drastically changed since he made that sacrifice, his dogged determination and bitter declaration hurts.

I know he made that decision willingly and that no one could change his mind afterwards. But the Wen Sect guys dragging him away to the Burial Ground was something he never predicted, and his life practically spiraled out of control ever since. It led him to his first serious confrontation with Wangji. He tried dodging all of Wangji\’s questions and pretended not to see the anger and conflicting emotions on Wangji\’s face. He knew far too well that he couldn\’t give Wangji the explanation he wanted. And it hurts me as much as it hurt both of them when they resorted to call each other by their common name.

When they have their second confrontation later on, and Wangji sharply asked Wuxian about his sword, there were a gamut of emotions flickered on his face. There was hurt and frustration and bitterness. But most of all, there was that moment when he almost wanted to cave in and just tell Wangji everything. So that he wouldn\’t be too lonely and misunderstood in this world. So that there will still be this one important person standing by his side. But then he smiled that sad little smile, knowing that he\’d rather face Wangji\’s disapproval than divulge that little secret.

But Wuxian is still human after all. There must be moments when he asked himself if it\’s all worth it. There must be time when he doubted his past decision and hated the world for judging him that harshly. But true to who he is, he refused to back down and angrily declared that he will be a great cultivator using his own carved path. Everyone else saw that as insolence and arrogance. But I only saw a young, scared, lonely guy trying to stop himself from regretting his own choice. I saw it as Wuxian promising himself that no matter what happened, he won\’t hate his brother.

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    Thanks for this and your comments @gadis These really add a lot to my appreciation for WWX’s character and the actor who played the role.

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    And he DID THAT! He divulged in demonic cultivation and STILL CAME ON TOP! He was awesome! Kudos to XZ for bringing him to life! <3

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    Me too! I agree with @growingbeautifully!!
    Thank you for writing these essays – it will help as I re-watch it. These kinds of thoughts, musings and re-examining of the characters aren’t in the book. It is helpful and insightful.
    Well done @gadis!

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    Beautifully written ❤️ Thank you for posting this.

    This is why my rewatch was just as good. Because when I first watched it I didn’t fully understand the golden core and his sacrifice (even though I pretty much guessed he had given his golden core to JC I didn’t fully understand the impact it had). I didn’t understand why he was so against using his sword. I thought it was just arrogance originally but then I realized it was because he couldn’t. It made all the following scenes so much more heartbreaking when you fully realize what he had given up.😭

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    Reading the novel, I think the reveal of his loss came more of a surprise, but the drama really enhanced the emotion and struggle that resulted. 😭

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    I love reading your deep character analyses! I’m doing a rewatch but I doubt I will notice these without you pointing it out. Please keep them coming~~~~

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    That’s also what made the Burial Mounds arc so heartbreaking. Those instances where he was really regretting his choice and missing his family hurt so much.

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      I’m trying to watch that arc now and it’s really hard to watch. You can literally feel all of his conflicting emotions about missing his family, trying to recreate a new family, everything falling apart. It’s so heartbreaking, and he’s still so young to endure all that.
      I watched 31 with piaoming today and still cried.

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      what is not heartbreaking in this drama

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      It’s heartbreaking exactly because he is so human. He didn’t regret giving up his golden core, but he regretted all other things (like his family and friends) he has to give up as the consequence. It’s a small mercy that the Wen siblings understood him so well.

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    “…after the first time he came back from the Burial Ground…” Can you imagine the horror and suffering he went through the three months he was there, all alone? No wonder he came back a changed person. Gone was the carefree innocence of youth.

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      At first I was a bit disappointed that both the novel and the drama never really showed us what he had to go through during those months. But looking back, I appreciate their creative decision to withhold the detailed information from us. It gave a sense of unspeakable horror. And my imagination is more than capable of conjuring up some horrifying sequences.

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      What I liked about WWX was that even though he went through hell and back, and was abandoned by so many people, that in his core he still maintained his goodness and smile.
      His inner spiritual core may have been missing – but his heart of love was always there. That was what saved him ultimately from completely falling off the edge into pure evil.
      These two actors really did an amazing job even with how young they are.

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    Oh my! How did I miss this wonderful post?

    I remember enjoying your posts and wondering why I have not seen them for a while. So I decided to look up your fanwall. So glad I did because reading this just makes my heart burst with emotions again.

    ” And it hurts me as much as it hurt both of them when they resorted to call each other by their common name.”
    Excellent observation! Oouch! it hurts me too.

    I wanna cry for WWX all over again.

    Have you stopped watching this? Please tell me you didn’t.

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      I’m still slowly savoring the audio drama, but yeah this thing called “real life” kept intruding that I haven’t check the fan wall for the last 4-5 days. So please don’t be alarmed if I suddenly write tons of comments in you wall this weekend. 😉

      I’m also falling to another rabbit hole called “Heaven Official’s Blessing”, the newest novel from The Untamed’s writer. Whew, this writer really has no mercy for the reader’s heart. I can’t believe there can be another character with a more heart wrenching story than Wei Wuxian.

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        I think I better get down to my pile of backlog before I go down another rabbit hole. I have a trip coming up which I have not done the necessary. My head is still stuck in the Cloud Recesses.

        Looking forward to see you back on the fanwall @gadis I always love to read your thoughts.

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The Untamed: Third-wheeling Wen Ning

I always thought that it was kinda bittersweet that Wuxian had to say goodbye to Sizhui and Wen Ning by the end of the drama. They only managed to be reunited very recently, and yet Wuxian had to part ways again with his loyal friend Wen Ning and long-lost son Sizhui. Though I suspect that Wen Ning was secretly thrilled to finally stop being the awkward third-wheel in WangXian journey.

I mean, not only he had to hid himself from sober Wangji,

he also had to run away from adorably drunk Han Guang-jun

and tried to make himself invisible while WangXian exchanging super intense looks.

Good luck to your journey together, Ghost General and little A-Yuan. Hopefully you get to do many exhilarating night-hunt together and not anger Lan Qiren too much in the future.

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Don’t mind me, beanies, I just need to save this video on my wall. So, one of Xiao Zhan’s fan is kind enough to translate this skit from Happy Camp where he came as a guest last year. It’s pretty funny and he seemed to be enjoying himself.

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    I remember this episode. I don’t remember Xiao Zhan from it 😅😅😅😅 Maybe because I was too concentrated on the 2 other male guests that were on the same episode promoting their drama that I was watching at the time

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    Oh that was hilarious!! My tummy hurts after laughing so much. 🤣 😂

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The Untamed: WangXian Forever

Lan Wangji: \”I don\’t touch other people.\”

Also Lan Wangji:
Casually and gently touching Wei WuXian whenever the occasion permitted him to




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The Untamed: Burial Ground II

I know there must be a side effect of Lan Zhan\’s determination to always catch Wei Ying. See, here he is taking advantage of your softer side, His Lightness. (Though yeah, you are so not going to fool Wen Qing with that, Wei WuXian)

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The Untamed: Lan ShiZhui Highlight

The progression of WuXian and SiZhui\’s relationship was one of my favorite arc in this drama. From his very first appearance, I couldn\’t help but to dub SiZhui as the younger version of Lan WangJi. Kind, righteous, calm, and collected. He seemed perfect to be Lan QiRen\’s favorite disciple in his generation. I mean, just look at the way he handled Mo XuanYu\’s crazy antics in the 1st eps.

But as the drama progressed, we saw more of SiZhui that made me love him even more. Like his sass that made even WuXian speechless.

The way he protected his Senior Wei despite all the evil things he heard about Yiling Patriarch. (Boy has a sound judgment. I\’m so proud!)

Their reunion in the last eps gave me so much feels. I had a good laugh at the way he cutely tattled to WangJi about WuXian\’s \”teaching\” in his younger days.

And of course, this sweet sweet hug by the end. I\’m so glad they found each other again by the end of this journey. *sniffles*

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The Untamed: The Butterfly Talisman

Judging from their conversation and the way they looked at each other, I guess this talisman is a pretty important memento. Probably something WuXian either purposefully or accidentally left and WangJi kept it around for years. The thing is, I can\’t remember which past scene they were referring to. Anyone got any idea??

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      This scene is a replacement scene
      Actual Scene:
      If you recall in the drama, there is one scene when WX meets up with LXC at a restaurant where LXC tells him that LZ is learning music to help WX…
      In original scene, LZ has gone to the market and suddenly flowers are thrown at him…it is WX.. WX asks him to come eat with him, WX said it jokingly and threw one flower on him that landed at his ear (just as he drew him at gusu during library punishment).. LZ kept this flower .. in second life, WX is randomly going through LZ’s stuff and see he used a flower as his bookmark..

      In Drama
      When around ep 10, after WX and LZ have captured XY and reach NHS kingdom, older brother tells LWJ that LXC is looking for him. That night WX goes and sits on LZ’s roof while LZ leaves at night… during those scene, WX gave talism to WJ.. which he uses against Wen to escape ( remember after ep 10.. when LWJ reaches gusu he is stopped by Wen Yao in his path and uses the talism and runs away with Wen Yao shouting that he knows these can be only WX’s creation)

      Significance of this scene is ->
      It means, LZ kept that talism not in his room, no in his treasure box.. BUT ON HIMSELF… all these years, all the time.. and obviously did not use it (rather wasn’t going to use it)…and you can be sure that it is not the case that no such situation ever came when LWJ could not have used it.. it just shows his love of keeping WX thing on him on his person all the time

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        Ooohh… now that you mentioned it, I remember those scenes. (Thank you, finally it can stop bugging me) It’s pretty sweet of WangJi to keep a memento from WuXian on himself all these years.

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    I’ve wondered the same thing, so hopefully somebody will know! Did they ever have a talisman that made butterflies?

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      I don’t think this is a scene from the novel. And since the drama is full of easter eggs, I probably missed the reference from the earlier eps.

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    The only other scene I remembered this being used is at Koi Tower when Wangji used it (or was it WuXian?) to distract the others so they could run away.

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    Is it the one he put on the uncle’s back during class?

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    I have no clue – but I’ll look for a reference to it in my rewatch.

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    It’s probably just a touch added by the drama to convey what regards LZ holds WY in. He was against his demonic cultivation practices but still kept talismans made by him .

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      That’s probably it. The way WangJi almost smiled looking at WuXian’s genuine grin is just awww…

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        He was bashful! I can see a snow white & dwarves simile.
        I’ve gone mad, I see untamed in everything.

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    WWX used that talisman atleast 1-2 times in the past (I forget the exact instances though). So I understood it as LZ having held on to it as a momento to WWX for over 16 years. A small piece of his beloved to remember him by.

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So, in order to stop myself from rewatching The Untamed for the 3rd time, I somehow ended up listening to the audio drama instead. Whew. I\’m so doomed.

#AndTheAddictionContinues

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    Don’t forget the fun extras!

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    what’s the audio drama?

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      It’s like a good ol’ radio drama. So the voice actors acted the scenes from the novel (I think it’s almost verbatim) and there are background noise too. Basically it’s like drama wiyhout the visual.

      If you were interested, you can listened to it here:
      https://kittykat2010.tumblr.com/mdzsaudio

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        this is awesome!! I just listened to S1E1 for a few minutes to see what it is and phew I’m blown away!

        Does S1 end where the drama ends? or is it like halfway?

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          It ended on Season 3. And it seemed like the translation for the last season isn’t complete yet.

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            Thank you! I’m so looking forward to my drives now (so i can listen to this!)

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    I love The Untamed to pieces but the audio version is the best, quality-wise! And it also 99% follows the source material. Enjoy!

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The Untamed: WuXian\’s Poor Memory

Just a compilation of His Lightness lamenting WuXian\’s notoriously bad memory. I love how he seemed to be caught between exasperation and fondness.

Exhibit 1.

Exhibit 2.

Exhibit 3.

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It\’s clear that no one could slander our Yiling Patriarch\’s better half without any consequences. @kimbapnoona, the campaign team should probably pay extra attention to this because apparently, Candidate Wei isn\’t above using his right-hand man\’s terrifying reputation and appearance to threaten them.

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    🤣🤣 I love this! Ghost General is nothing but a big teddy bear.

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    I love everything about this scene: Lan Zhan doesn’t even care when that obnoxious disciple declared him to be on the same side as the Yiling Patriarch, Wen Ning pretends to be menacing but actually is a soft marshmallow, and the fact that Wei Ying sent Wen Ning over to free the kiddos is in part to scare them for insulting his love. Urg. #RelationshipGoal

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      I love their show of support toward each other. They don’t care if everyone talked bad about them, but the moment people slander their other half, that’s when they unseathed their claws.
      And of course, gotta love Wen Ning’s support for this couple.

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    All Ning Ning want is to be with his Grandmaster Ge Ge and leads a simple life! 😆I am so grateful that we have stories of so many amazing depthful characters, and he is the most adorable radish cake of the dim sum bunch!!

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      this is dumb, i teared up at this gif, gosh Wen Ning (and his nice sister) deserves all the love.

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        I know. They deserves all the good things in life, and more. So much more. At least Wen Ning got to reunite with A-Yuan. Sigh… My heart still hurts for Wen Qing.

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    Thank you for my daily dose of these two @gadis! It is so much fun to watch how he played these kids pretending to be gruff, and then turning into such a mama bear.
    Ghost General was wonderful!!!I loved how he played along and was all scary, then just cut the rest of the chords.

    But what was really so much fun was how all the kids came to worship Master Mo – no matter what. Even when they found out his real identity they still were so loyal to him.

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      The way the Gusu Sect’s disciples protected WuXian from his nephew’s possible wrath and supported him even in front of the intimidating Lan QiRen was super sweet. They’ve seen for themselves that WuXian is a good person, and from then on they never let the adults’ prejudice against him to color their view of Young Master Wei anymore. (Lan WangJi taught them well 😉)

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    Baby WenNing! The softest fierce zombie in dramaland. ❤️

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    Leave my cinnamon roll alone….*screams*

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The Untamed: Piggyback Ride Edition

After dozens of k-dramas, piggyback ride has became an overdone trope I could do without. So, how come I squealed so loud while watching this scene??

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    And the way they filmed the shot didn’t you think it was going to be the bridal carry?
    With all the piggy back rides in the world I don’t ever remember one with two guys (who are in love)

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      For a second, I thought they would follow the exact scene from the novel, which means bridal carry. But then again, it must be hard to film that and it would involve wire works and all that. Besides, I couldn’t imagine WuXian’s embarrassment over that since the novel-WuXian was so much more shameless than in the drama.

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    When you have chemistry, even a trope will be magical!

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    I just read this part in the book yesterday and I LOVED it. But the way they did it this way is still swoony…

    sigh. Last night I tried to watch Joseon Matchmakers, and finally gave up and pulled out the book again. Now the kdramas aren’t quite what they used to be!

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      Exactly. It felt like I’m not in a headspace to enjoy any k-drama at the moment. (though I’m still hoping Extraordinary You is going to save me from this rabbit hole)

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      I really thought that the drama would skip this gesture from the novel! So happy that we got this, and it is every bit as wonderful!! 😍😍😍

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      Me too. But then I tried Tale of Nokdu and was gobsmacked – I actually liked it. A kdrama that I liked for the first time since ? maybe Radiant? So 90% of the time watching Untamed with a commercial break for Nokdu.

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        I watched Tale of Nokdu today. While I liked it mainly because of Jang Dong Yoon’s antics, I found myself missing stuff like the intricate details of costumes, the sets and color moods in The Untamed. And when the episode closed with the kpop song, I was reminded of your comment(I think it’s you). I know they wanted something upbeat or cheery but the song was absolutely jarring.

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          Haven’t you learned to not compare anything with Untamed?? It all falls short when comparing it to the best. drama. ever.
          Besides, c-dramas tend to focus more on pretty, harmony, and color.
          K-dramas tend to be more gritty.
          But I don’t remember the jarring kpop song at the end, I’ll have to rewatch it.

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            Right now unfortunately, I’ll be comparing EVERYTHING to the Untamed. Except of course OCN dramas – they are on a level of their own.

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          I like that Nokdu is mixing genres – romcom plus thriller. and I’m wondering if there’s an element of supernatural and the has extra abilities, like when he jumped up to the roof of a building in the first couple minutes, more like a wuxia type jump. but then he had learned martial arts, so I’m not sure.
          piaoming is getting boring because he’s only doing half an episode. Now I’m going to have to go back and watch 20-22 all over – not that I mind in the least, esp when LZ plays the zither for him (someday I’ll remember the C name for the zither).

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          Watched: didn’t find the music at the end jarring at all. It kind of goes with how the whole drama is different. All the music really helps set the emotional tone of whatever scenes they’re doing, i.e. horror, comedy, danger, thriller, angsty, etc.

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    The bts of this scene though 😂

    But yeah this scene is so romantic! 😍

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    Marcus Sim was talking about his favorite 6 Chinese tropes and the piggyback ride was one of them. He said it’s to bring the male lead and the female lead closer and be comfortable with each other. I wanted to comment, yeah, well, if you ever get around to watching Untamed, that trope is there, but it’s with the two male leads. So what do you think about that??

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The Untamed: Head Ribbon Edition

If someone asked me about Wei WuXian and Lan WangJi\’s relationship, I\’ll simply show them these 2 GIFs and let them draw their own conclusion. 🤭🤭

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      It is such a thin line πŸ™‚
      1. In the cave, WX was in danger, so LZ had to tie the ribbon – thin line/justifiable
      2. In turtle cave, LZ leg if not treated could lead to bigger problems, so they needed to find the ribbon (no thin line/ use your sash if not dirty πŸ˜› )

      this change was nice that WX wanted to play with the ribbon all the time despite knowing its significance.. πŸ™‚

      as against.. playing with it without knowing the significance

      ( although i wonder in the book if LZ stopped everyone from telling WX about it because he secretly did not want WX to stop playign with his ribbon after knowing the significance.. because LZ was already deeply in love with WX when the phoneix mountain incident happened πŸ˜› .. and he claimed his kiss from the one who wants to be his wife by claiming his ribbon πŸ˜› )

      so many feels

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        Exactly. I suspect that he purposefully telling XiChen to not tell WuXian about it (in the novel). And let’s face it, XiChen is definitely perceptive enough to know what’s that actually mean.

        I really like how in the drama, we can interpret it as WuXian asking WangJi to be his important person since he knew from the very beginning the significance of that ribbon. Or probably it’s just WuXian’s bad bad memory playing with him again. We never knew.

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          i’ll put my money on bad memory.. no scratch that..
          i’d put my money on “I ignore things I don’t think are relevant” aka ” ribbon gets LZ to react so I will keep teasing him.. “

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            That sounded just like our charming Yiling Patriarch. 😃

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    🥺💛💕✨

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    Thanks @gadis

    These are two of my favourite scenes. The first is where I started to notice Lan Zhan more. Up till then, I’ve only seen mostly his frowning or stoic face. He was so cute when he was drunk. I got to give it to WYB. Without exaggeration, he did the inebriated so well. And the prissy, shocked reaction in the cave scene was so entertaining especially when it was foiled by the utterly clueless WWX.

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The Untamed: Duet Song Edition

Most of the time, WuXian\’s bad memories simply amused me. Nothing deflated a wannabe villain\’s ego more than someone as powerful and infamous as him asking \”Who are you?\” in all seriousness because he genuinely couldn\’t remember those people. But for once, I want to commiserate with WangJi about WuXian\’s tendency to forget things. How can you forgot about this song\’s title??

Just in case he still couldn\’t remember the title, I\’ll post the answer here. His Lightness couldn\’t spell it anymore clearly than this. My shipper heart is so happy that I can recognize it despite my nonexistent Chinese skills.

#WangXianForever

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      Wang – the first Chinese character I learned to recognize. This is one of my most re-watched scenes.
      His memory loss was one thing I’m glad they left in the drama. It was rather cute, esp with LZ responses “You never remember these things” – so precious!

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    WangXian Forever!!! 🐓🐇

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    WangXian!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    I love this post so much! #WangXian4eva

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    WangXian forever in our hearts

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    Our Wangji is so precious! I just want to smoother these two in hugs 🧡💕

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    This may be me overthinking but the character “wang”(忘) in Lan Wang Ji (θ“εΏ˜ζœΊ) means “to forget” so when I first learned that the song is called “Wang Xian” I thought that perhaps during that time in the cave, Lan Zhan was grappling with his newfound emotion and wanted to let go of his feelings toward Wei Ying.

    Of course the character wang 忘 also makes WY’s amnesic mind kind of hilarious! 😆

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      I’m thinking of the simpler character for Wang in Wang Yibo’s name. I’ve gotten the Wang and the Yi part (ha, so easy) but the character for Bo eludes me.

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    When I first watched the drama I totally missed him silently saying the name. So at the end I actually thought it was Wei Ying (since that was what he called at the end). But after reading forums I realized what the name actually was. And I paid special attention on my rewatch to actually catch it. But I love the little details that are easily missed on your initial watch. Due to the censors I’ve noticed they hid a lot of ‘easter eggs’ in the drama that you really need to watch for. But once you do catch them it sends you into squealing fits of happiness ❤

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      There are tons of subtleties and easter eggs peppering the show, and they draw important parallel from many different storylines that a rewatch would reveal a more blatant acknowledgment about the nature of our leads’ relationship.

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