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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 9

It takes the influence of one very cunning man to set off a chain reaction amongst the powerful in politics, and it all becomes about those who support him, those who don’t, and those who have no idea someone else is even pulling their strings. That all sounds quite dour, but there’s actually a good deal of fun to be had in this episode—and no, I’m not talking about the cerebral sort of fun every hour delivers, but the kind of gut-busting good time you wouldn’t usually expect from a sageuk like this. Just put Moo-hyul and Bang-won in every scene together forever, please.

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EPISODE 9 RECAP

After Yeon-hee and Jung Do-jeon part ways, she goes straight to a spooky part of the woods to meet with her other master, Cho-young. She calls Yeon-hee by a different name (Ja Il-saek), but since the chyron still calls her Yeon-hee, we’ll stick with that.

While Boon-yi’s fellow villagers find Jung Do-jeon sleeping in their cave, Yeon-hee finishes giving her report to Cho-young, which includes a copy of the plan to stabilize the border. Cho-young scoffs that it’ll never get past the dodang as long as Lee In-gyeom is still alive.

It’s only when Cho-young asks for an update on Jung Do-jeon that Yeon-hee goes pale, and stiffly answers that she doesn’t have anything new to report. Somehow that seems like a lie, and it is, since Yeon-hee thinks to herself that she’s disobeying her superior by hedging all her bets on Jung Do-jeon. Should he fail to live up to her expectations, Yeon-hee vows to kill him.

Cut to Jung Do-jeon tied up in the villagers’ cave, as they test him to see if Boon-yi really did send him by asking him personal questions about her. Does she have a brother? Jung Do-jeon says yes, and delights in remembering his name after a momentary brain fart.

Minister Hong flashes back to his conversation with Jung Do-jeon, where he’d proposed they join hands in order to help each other achieve their common, but not necessarily dissimilar, goals. In order to show Hong what he was envisioning, Jung Do-jeon wrote down the names of those currently holding power in Goryeo.

The three highest ranking ministers in the dodang are, of course, Lee In-gyeom, Minister Hong, and Gil Tae-mi. The highest ranking military leaders are General Choi and Lee Seong-gye. But by flipping the order of the names, Minister Hong and Gil Tae-mi could join with Lee Seong-gye, leaving Lee In-gyeom with General Choi.

That all sounded well and good to Minister Hong, but he was convinced there’d be no way to get the great Lee Seong-gye on their side. That’s where Jung Do-jeon’s border plan comes in—if Minister Hong makes sure it gets approved, then he’d get Lee Seong-gye.

At the next dodang meeting, Minister Hong just sits back and watches as everyone else hotly contests the border stabilization plan, mostly because it would give the northeastern region Lee Seong-gye controls a lot more autonomy than other border areas. All the arguing leads Minister Hong to believe the plan has absolutely no chance.

But, Minister Hong makes his amends with Lee In-gyeom, however fake, by presenting him with a very expensive lacquered screen. The ever flamboyant Gil Tae-mi goes gaga for it, since I’m sure he also dabbles in interior design.

Minister Hong returns home to find all his servants being manhandled by General Choi’s men, since Choi found that the former wasteland Minister Hong took from Boon-yi’s people for the government wasn’t actually given back to the government.

Instead, it was registered under one of Minister Hong’s servants, so General Choi plans to have all the servants interrogated to get to the bottom of it. He’s also sending a clear message to Hong by doing so, since this can all be traced back to him.

Turns out that Jung Do-jeon wasn’t just sleeping in the villagers’ cave because he needed the nap—he’s the one who sent them to report on Minister Hong’s wrongdoings to General Choi, knowing what the result would be.

He also planted the idea in Minister Hong’s mind to get rid of both General Choi and Lee In-gyeom, so he knows that idea will begin to take root because he knows Choi and Lee will end up working together against him. And they do, though Choi has a difficult time convincing Lee that Minister Hong has no place in the dodang and should be thrown out immediately.

General Choi makes no secret of his dislike for Minister Hong, which stems from his inability to hold up under torture the year the sadaebu were arrested and persecuted. He makes it so that Hong can’t run to Lee In-gyeom for help, which is all part of Jung Do-jeon’s master plan—now Minister Hong has no choice but to try and ally himself with Lee Seong-gye.

Jung Do-jeon knows that Minister Hong is trapped, but he’s also not too wound up in his own machinations. Whether the plan works out or not is up to heaven, as he tells Yeon-hee. What he’s more interested in now is for Yeon-hee to find Bang-ji, whom they only know as being the greatest kangchangsa, or storyteller, in the capital.

She’s already made contact through Gab-boon, who delivers a gold ring to Bang-ji, stating that a noblewoman promised to give them more if they gave a performance telling the story of how Minister Hong and Gil Tae-mi killed Baek Yoon. “They could not have asked for it knowing that you killed him, right?” Gab-boon asks worriedly.

Bang-ji meets with Yeon-hee through the gossamer curtain separating her palanquin from him. He doesn’t look up when she passes him the written story she’d like him to put into a song, but acts like he’s merely curious when he asks if the story’s true.

“Is that important?” Yeon-hee returns, shutting down any further questions. It’s only then that Bang-ji looks up at her, and though she’s obscured by the curtain, what he sees brings tears to his eyes. Yeon-hee finds herself unsettled by his tortured gaze, and struggles to find the words to tell him that she’ll pay him well if the rumors spread far enough to reach her ears. And she’ll pay double if those rumors reach her in three days.

But Bang-ji just continues to look at her before stammering, “Yeon-hee-ya.” Omo, a sageuk where someone actually recognizes someone else? Yeon-hee tries not to react to her name and continue on as planned, but the twin streams of tears down her cheeks give her away.

Again, Bang-ji says, “Yeon-hee-ya.” She shuts the palanquin doors and orders her bearers to carry her away, leaving Bang-ji to remember their loving moments together as children.

He soon snaps himself out of that daze and goes running after her palanquin. He throws the door open, only to find it empty. But then, as he walks away, Yeon-hee approaches him on the hilltop. Now she’s just herself, and starts with an overly simple, “It’s been a long time.” That’s quite the understatement.

She admits that she thought this day might come, so she isn’t so taken aback by meeting him. Bang-ji can only stutter that she looks good, but Yeon-hee carries on like she didn’t hear him: “I do not know if we may cross paths again, but even if that should happen… I hope we pretend not to know one another. Since we met in passing, let’s pass by one another.”

And Bang-ji just agrees, “All right… let’s do that.” She almost seems disappointed by that answer, but in the end leaves him there on the hilltop. Both of them cry the further they get away from each other, as they remember the night that tore them apart. Thank goodness the show isn’t putting that one terrible scene on repeat.

Bang-ji returns to Gab-boon with the script Yeon-hee provided, and it takes her only one look at his face to see that he’s been crying. He denies it, of course, but she knows better. Still, they don’t dwell on that for long, since Gab-boon tells him about Minister Hong stealing land and killing people from the village where he grew up, which sends Bang-ji galloping off for his childhood home.

Since Moo-hyul hated basic training so much, Young-kyu’s moved him to shoveling horse manure, which he hates about just as much. The fact that he’s saved Bang-won twice(!) doesn’t seem to help his cause much, so it’s just a matter of working his way up.

They spot Jukryong passing through the camp, and he gets Ji-ran and second son Lee Bang-gwa’s attention when he claims to bring important news regarding the border plan. He’s come on Minister Hong’s behalf to ask what Lee Seong-gye would do for him if he were to make sure the border plan passed in the dodang.

Young-kyu grabs Bang-gwa to tell him that Jukryong was the one who sent spies into the camp, but of more pressing news to Lee Seong-gye is the fact that he supposedly sent the border plan to the dodang through Jung Do-jeon, considering that he didn’t do that. (Bang-won did.)

Boon-yi listens in on the exchange already knowing the truth, but Shin-jeok and Lee Seong-gye don’t figure it out until Shin-jeok is all, “But Bang-won gave it to me with your seal on it!” Now it’s time for damage control, so Lee Seong-gye orders Jukryong arrested, Bang-won to be found, and Bang-gwa to deliver a letter to General Choi and Lee In-gyeom stating that the border plan wasn’t his idea.

Moo-hyul takes his grievances to Bang-won, reminding him that he saved him twice, so he should get some sort of consideration for that. Bang-won goes all philosophical by asking what Moo-hyul thinks about Goryeo, only for Moo-hyul to bring it all back to him: goryeo also means “consider,” so he asks him to please goryeo his situation. Haha.

Bang-won flips that right back at him, asking why Moo-hyul doesn’t goryeo HIS situation. I don’t know why it’s so hilarious that they keep using Goryeo and goryeo in different ways, so when Moo-hyul says that he’s tired of hearing about goryeo, Bang-won grips him by the hands: “You’re also tired of this country, Goryeo, right?”

That’s definitely not what he meant, but he doesn’t get a chance to explain further before Boon-yi breaks the two of them apart and drags Bang-won away. (He loves every bit of it.) She tells him that he’s been found out, and that his brother has been sent to withdraw the border plan.

Bang-won won’t allow that to happen, and vows to stop his brother and help Jung Do-jeon. He runs to fetch a horse only for Moo-hyul to stop him, since any missing horse will be blamed on him. Bang-won: “I will goryeo your situation.” Bwahaha. Yes.

In order to bring Moo-hyul with him as protection, Bang-won “promotes” him to a Bukdo body guard of second rank. Moo-hyul: “Bukdo… what? What is that?” Bang-won looks around shiftily, then asserts that such a rank is, indeed, a thing. (It’s not.)

He seals the deal by giving Moo-hyul his sword, since Moo-hyul never wanted to give it back in the first place. Moo-hyul pledges allegiance to protect his new lord, but they’re surrounded by Shin-jeok and his men before they can mount their horses. Though Bang-won insists he has to help Jung Do-jeon, Shin-jeok refuses to listen to his lies.

So Bang-won turns to Moo-hyul, appealing to his all-too-eager warrior’s vanity by calling him his new, official, and totally made-up rank of Bukdo Guard, Second Rank. Moo-hyul valiantly draws his shiny new sword and makes quick work of the soldiers, clearing a path for Bang-won and Boon-yi to escape on horseback.

Before they go, Bang-won tells Moo-hyul to follow them. “I can’t ride a horse!” he says anxiously, only for Bang-won to tell him it’s easy. Cue Moo-hyul galloping away from camp, looking like a physically impaired string bean while emitting high-pitched screams from the back of his horse. Best. Episode. Ever.

Rumors that Gil Tae-mi and Minister Hong killed Baek Yoon have made it through the dodang and reached their ears, and though Gil Tae-mi insists on clearing the record, Minister Hong is more concerned with finding whoever is spreading the rumors.

Those rumors give General Choi all the ammunition he needs to push Lee In-gyeom to remove both Minister Hong and Gil Tae-mi from the dodang, and Lee agrees when it comes to Hong. But he wants Gil Tae-mi left out of it.

He confronts Gil Tae-mi privately, as a courtesy to his former protege. He thinks Gil Tae-mi is being greedy after ascending to such a high rank because of him, and accuses him of teaming up with his new in-law, Minister Hong, to take him down.

The real enemy to Lee In-gyeom is Minister Hong, so he presents Gil Tae-mi with a choice: either he can join him against Minister Hong, or die. Whether he means metaphorically (like ending his political career) or literally (ending his actual life) is up for debate.

Bang-ji returns to find his village abandoned and in shambles, with only one battered villager left to tell him what atrocities Minister Hong committed against them. He also mentions that Boon-yi didn’t come back, though he doesn’t recognize Bang-ji as little Ddang-sae.

The first person Bang-ji blames is Jung Do-jeon, as he returns to the New Joseon Cave in a rage to write out his angry thoughts, his tears staining the parchment:

“Sambong, I killed Baek Yoon according to your plans to bring peace to this world. And yet, the world is getting worse. But I have held back and waited. I have waited and waited… but you have not shown yourself. In that time, the country is becoming more horrific. Both you and your plan to usher in peace… I don’t need any of it. If I kill it all one by one, that will do.”

Just as Jung Do-jeon predicted, Gil Tae-mi is considering abandoning Minister Hong now that Lee In-gyeom made his choices very clear to him. Yeon-hee agrees, knowing that Gil Tae-mi will protect his reputation and will drop anyone he sees as dead weight.

That leaves Minister Hong isolated, anxious, and thinking only about Lee Seong-gye—which is exactly what Jung Do-jeon wants. Yeon-hee likens Hong’s situation to a drowning person willing to grab anything, even a blade, in order to survive. Jung Do-jeon will hold that blade out to Minister Hong.

Since Minister Hong’s chosen the gibang to have his meltdown in, Cho-young assumes that he’s already been abandoned by Gil Tae-mi, only to become confused when the great swordsman himself comes to pay his in-law a visit.

While Jung Do-jeon’s gisaeng spy watches through a hole in the wall, Gil Tae-mi tells Minister Hong that Lee In-gyeom offered him a lifeline if he was willing to leave him behind. But he claims he didn’t take the deal, and would rather throw his lot in with Hong instead.

All they have to do is give up half their assets and lay low… which is exactly what he’d told Lee In-gyeom he’d do. To be fair, he negotiated the deal in order to save Minister Hong, he’s just not sharing that part with him.

Yeon-hee brings Jung Do-jeon word from his gisaeng spy, though it’s not good—now he realizes he overlooked something important when it came to Gil Tae-mi. In order to salvage the situation, he heads off for the capital.

Bang-won, Moo-hyul, and Boon-yi catch up to his elder brother Bang-gwa in an effort to stop him from delivering their father’s letter. Though Bang-gwa agrees that the border plan would help the nation, he’s dead set on following their father’s orders, causing Bang-won to tell his brother that he’ll sincerely apologize for what he’s about to do in the future.

He calls on Moo-hyul, currently stuffing his face full of rice, to make sure his brother can’t deliver that letter. Next thing we know, Moo-hyul’s tied Bang-gwa to a tree, though he’s at least apologetic about it. He says he has to follow orders since he’s a Bukdo Guard of Second Rank, and I love that Bang-gwa’s all, “What?” Aww, Moo-hyul. I hope no one ever tells him the truth.

After having brokered the deal with Minister Hong, Gil Tae-mi leaves him outside the gibang for a moment, which is where a masked Bang-ji approaches him. He remembers thinking that Minister Hong had a face that said he wouldn’t live long when he saw him in the capital, and now readies to make that a reality by killing him.

But he’s made a critical misstep in forgetting about greatest swordsman Gil Tae-mi, who rushes to his in-law’s defense with two swords. He has to give Bang-ji credit when he manages to get close enough to cut Gil Tae-mi’s outer garment, and the ensuing fight is like an elegant, deadly dance.

“You’re the one who killed Baek Yoon, aren’t you?” Gil Tae-mi says between parries and blows, before asking whether it was General Choi or Lee In-gyeom who sent him. But when Cho-young’s female soldiers join the fight, Bang-ji is forced to make his escape.

Bang-won storms into Minister Hong’s manor, acting as though he’s been sent by his father. Obviously he hasn’t been, but when he tells Hong that Jukryong is being detained in Hamju and offers himself as a hostage until he passes the border plan, Hong can’t help but believe him.

Near the manor, Yeon-hee runs up to Jung Do-jeon, out of breath but with good news: an assassin tried to kill Minister Hong, which works perfectly for them, since Hong and Gil Tae-mi will naturally assume Lee In-gyeom sent the assassin.

Gil Tae-mi feels betrayed by Lee In-gyeom and wants to kill General Choi as revenge, but Minister Hong manages to talk him off that ledge. He’s met with none other than Jung Do-jeon…

…Which is when we cut to the next morning’s meeting of the dodang, where Lee In-gyeom assumes Gil Tae-mi and Minister Hong will reject the border plan because he still thinks Gil Tae-mi is loyal to him.

But when he asks those ministers opposed to the plan to stand, Hong and Gil are not among them. He realizes he’s been betrayed then, but knows it for certain when he asks all in favor to stand, and those who do make up the majority. Now he really hates Minister Hong.

Despite General Choi hating him the most, Minister Hong paid him a visit on Jung Do-jeon’s advice to tell him that he and Gil Tae-mi would make sure the border plan was accepted. “Join hands with me for now, and cut off my head next time,” Minister Hong had offered.

Minister Hong also convinced Gil Tae-mi to join him against Lee In-gyeom, all of which the old coot realizes too late—the border plan passes.

As Lee In-gyeom levels Minister Hong with his angriest stare, Minister Hong looks up to the mezzanine to see Bang-won emerge from behind a pillar. “Now the base for revolution has been established,” Bang-won thinks to himself.

From a distance, Jung Do-jeon also thinks to himself, “Hong In-bang… Your ambition has ultimately ignited a revolution.”

 
COMMENTS

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love how Six Flying Dragons manages to tie everyone’s disparate storylines together in such interesting and subversive ways. It’s made so that even the players don’t necessarily know who they’re playing against or even who they’re allying themselves with, what with all the clandestine meetings and go-betweens to muddy the waters.

And yet, even with all the differing personalities entering the political pool, we can see common threads emerging. So much of it centers around Jung Do-jeon, who in this show has become more myth than man—it’s still unclear whether Bang-ji has even spoken to him since they were last (once) tied in a shed together, yet his influence alone was enough to drive Bang-ji to do the unspeakable.

There were times I felt like his taking up Jung Do-jeon’s mantle was just an excuse or diversion from his own self-blame, and to some extent, maybe it still is. But what became clear when he wrote that retaliatory letter in the New Joseon Cave is that he genuinely believed Jung Do-jeon could make the world a better place, and was even willing to kill for that idea. Now that the fight’s been brought to his home turf and his sister’s gone missing, he’s become disillusioned with everything that shaped him into the killing machine he is today.

What’s so great about his rebellion against Jung Do-jeon (which would be strange indeed if Jung has no idea Bang-ji’s been doing all this for him) is that he ended up helping the man he initially set out to help, all while thinking he was taking matters into his own hands. Jung Do-jeon may have set off a domino effect in the dodang, and has the ability to use people without them even realizing they’ve been used, but this episode showed that he can make mistakes. He made an error when predicting Gil Tae-mi’s actions, and was lucky enough that Bang-ji did what he did when he did it. And just like how he has no idea Bang-ji has been fighting for him all this time, he likely has no idea Bang-won even exists, much less that he’s been helping his cause. Or trying to, anyway.

As for Bang-ji and Yeon-hee’s reunion, I love how drama childhood memory filters get to pick and choose who’s blessed with the power of recollection and who isn’t. It’s almost funny now how Bang-won is aggressively forgetful when it comes to Boon-yi despite all the signs, but Bang-ji just had to take one look at Yeon-hee to recognize her. I’m not saying I won’t take it, of course, since their interaction was wonderfully grounded for the kind of past they’ve shared—and it was an added treat to see that Bang-ji didn’t go off rending his garments or losing his will to live afterward. He tried to kill someone instead, which is just how you say hello in Goryeo.

 
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it's such a great episode. BYH's acting really touching.

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Agree on BYH actings being great. When he clutched his chest I could actually felt his hurt crumbled as YH walked away

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" It’s almost funny now how Bang-won is aggressively forgetful when it comes to Boon-yi despite all the signs, but Bang-ji just had to take one look at Yeon-hee to recognize her. "
Bang Ji has a guilty feeling in him for yeon hee. something that changed him. while for bang won, he was too busy with his 'justice' thought. but in his deep heart, he couldnt forget her. i found out that she reminds him of his 'old friend'.. but he just cant tell that they are the same person, haha.

bang won is such a politician... this story is so smart! he's sooo smart! good or bad.. i wont judge. but he's totally smart. he's such a snake.. haha.

cant wait for the next episode, they finally meet each other.. oh, please it happens earlier, and not in the end of ep 10 hahaa.. btw thank you ^^

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agree... and don't forget that yoon hee was Ddang se neighbour, playing around everyday as child.

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Notice how jung dojeon recognizes boonyi but not ddangsae?? Even though they only met a couple of times. Everyone seems to be fogetting ddangsae even a person who lived in their(boonyi and bangji/ddangsae) neighborhood..

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Because Ddangsae was not standout as a child. He was so timid and shy, so his transformation to Bangji is totally unrecognizable.

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also: facial hair.

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Loved loved loved the scene between Bang-ji and Yeon-hee. The look on BYH's face...

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+10000. So sad and beautiful!
Wait till next episode which made Bang-ji/Byun Yo-han no.1 in on-line search. BYH is now called 'The man who can do anything'.

Also loved Bang-won and Mu-hyul's goryeo word play- hilarious. More please.
Another one who gets huge love among Knetizens is Gil Tae-mi (Park Hyuk-gwan). He is good, no doubt.

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omg, really? Wow, he deserves it. He even sings well.

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That BJ-YH scene really gets me. I can feel the tension, the sadness and all those feels. Or maybe BYH is simply so gorgeous that I can't help but be engrossed in his acting. I felt Bangji's heartache and pain. Byun Yo-han is definitely a great actor, and I'll be so mad if he didn't get more drama offers after this ends!

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byun yohan is so different in this drama...he's so awesome... yeon chanyoung too (little byun yohan) . they act very well... ^^

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for those who doesn't get why Jung do joen choose Lee sung gye as future king, there was spoiler from TWDR:

"if the King is the flower, the world is the roots. If the flower withers, the tree doesn’t die. If the roots wither, the tree dies. Withered flowers can be chopped off – the King is that flower, just a fancy decoration of the tree called “Joseon”. The roots are the scholars. He, Jung Do-jun, made the root of all roots – hidden root"

its like choose to be a director than an actor. an actor get all the fame, but director get all the control. Bang woon will kil him for that reason iguest. too coontroling.

I looooovee this episode. byh and yh, kill me.. his acting so good.. and bang won-moo hyul are so cute together... love them

i think bang won is fit with yoo ah in. learn from fashion king, i understand that yai never choose same caracter. but he like ironic story ang rebel caracter. this bang won is a dream caracter for him. very powerful with big progres..

im sooo pleased with almost all the actor here.. and the story too. and yeah... thanks for the fight director, daebak!

#so sorry for the bad grammer...not a native. Gumawo headno2

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i agree although i would say that LSG can be more influential than controlled, i dont think JDJ wants a puppet just a not stubborn or power freak man who willingly take advice from others

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but he wrote, "the King is that flower, just a fancy decoration of the tree called “Joseon”"
just a fancy decoration mean a Puppet! indeed he controling people. that exactly he did to hong in bang. he closed all the way but the one he want. thats how he controling people, with word and other's hand.

but bang won is too smart, ambitious and understand people character to manipulated. when he can't stand anymore, just kill him.

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@nanachan Thanks for your explanation. It makes a lot of sense and helps me understand the drama better.

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The reunion between BJ and YH was shot and scored beautifully. BYH plays heartbreak and longing so well, I was right there with him and JYM at every stage of their sad realisation. Junsu’s song playing while YH walked away basically broke me lol but I'm so glad he's on the OST.

BJ recognised YH immediately because her face is probably imprinted on his mind and she’s a large motivating factor for his actions. BW and BY met for a few days in their childhood so I guess it could make sense that BW is slow to recognise her, since young BY is likely now a blip in his psyche compared to BJ/YH. Although I do reckon it makes more sense for him to recognise her by now.

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Yeah, this makes sense. Ddang Sae was going to kill himself because he felt he had disappointed Yoon hee. Her rape traumatized him and marked all his interactions going forward. She became the defining moment in his life when he changed from boy to adult, so it would make sense that he recognized Yoon hee on sight. The same for her - they recognized each other.

However, Bang won's defining moment that crushed him was when he realized that his mighty, upstanding father, had an archilles heel which made him weak. His father disappointing him upended his world and marked all HIS interactions going forward, so it would make sense that Boon yi didn't leave a lasting impression on him, and consequently, was forgettable.

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Good point, all of BW’s actions stem from being proactive and pretty much the opposite of the weaknesses he judges his father for having. His filial piety is basically suffering for his ambition and beliefs to be satisfied.

As for BW and BY, I like that their friendship is rooted in the present rather than being informed by their childhood meeting. Their little squad with MH gives me life lol. BJ and YH’s history will always run underneath their interactions. Poor BJ seems like he’s got one foot stuck in the past. That’s tragic and makes for good drama but I also hope they can make peace with the past and move on, which is what YH was likely trying to do.

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Sigh. Such a good episode. Boonyi is so assertive (loved her wrist grab) and it's all poetic in Bangwon's eyes.

And the way in which the politics played out. 盡人事待天命 indeed.

Thanks for the recaps Heads.

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Thanks Heads for the super fast recap!

Really enjoying the show now, so smart, so many characters involved in each other without them even knowing, so interesting! So complex and layered! :D

Byul Yo Han is so amazing, his screen time is short in each episode but he never fails to deliver, the angst in his heart, the pain.. omg...

Moo Hyul is so funny here...

Really amazed with Yoo Ah In! Bang Won is so so so intelligent!

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Laughed hard at Bangwon & Moohyul "goryeo" convos LOL! Hilarious! :D Thanks for the recap :)

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Thanksss for the recap! Off to read

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I know he is technically not a good guy, but lived Gil Tae-Mi in this episode.Everything about this episode was so good!

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gil tae mi such a unique character which is well played. same antagonist but he is way better than creppy jae hae in dong yi

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He's such a diva! Did you see him admire that lacquered screen saying how provocative the purple and how luxurious the gold was? He's awesome!

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u always have Byun Yu Han awesomeness as the first picture and it draws me in when I am not supposed to read it before watching it.

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I know right! I was like, omg an awesome shot of Byun Yo Han! clicks.

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I love all the six dragons. They are so marvelously layered.
Bang won for eg, it's rare to have a male lead so crafty and manipulative. But that's why I love him - he's one dangerous guy. He 's standing on the edge between good and evil, and can topple off to evil with just a shove. That's probably why he loves Boon-yi - she's got that dangerous, "don't mess with me" streak about her too.

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Yeah.. it seems he fell for her when she burned their harvest in the earlier episodes, he said it was 'poetic'..

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That scene really cracked me up! Hahaha

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I think he recognised a kindred spirit in her. He probably went, "Wow! that's MY kind of woman...one who takes justice into her own hands" (the same way he took 'justice' by killing the 3 bullies.) Scary pair!!!

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I am constantly amazed and impressed by Byun Yo Han's delivery. He doesn't get much screen time compared to some of the other dragons but what little he has, he is able to infuse with so much emotion, steal the scene and make it memorable.

Bang won and Moo hyul were a riot with their 'goryeo' conversation. It's a relief to know that Moo hyul, though simple, is no pushover, and can get angry and exasperated with people he perceives as taking advantage of him. I love all six dragons so far, they are all very complex and layered characters and I am having a great deal of fun watching. I only hope the show keeps up its momentum. If it does, the 50 episodes will float by effortlessly.

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I hated the actor who plays Moo Hyul when he acted in The Time....whatever...but I love him as Moo Hyul - so cute and densely loyal. The actress playing his grandma should have a bigger role. She's a good actress, ref You're All Surrounded.

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I'm really crossing my fingers that the drama will continue to be this good for the remaining episodes. It's a tall order. I remember EK when it started... so good and gripping. Then it lagged and dragged. Picked up around the middle but gave me a very unsatisfactory ending. I hope this drama can do better.

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Me too.

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Honestly I couldn't thank you enough Headsno2 for recapping this show. I really enjoy the show more because of it.

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"I love how Six Flying Dragons manages to tie everyone’s disparate storylines together in such interesting and subversive ways. It’s made so that even the players don’t necessarily know who they’re playing against or even who they’re allying themselves with, what with all the clandestine meetings and go-betweens to muddy the waters"
Well said HeadsNo2. That is one of the reasons why I love this show more and more every time the new episode comes out. The writing has been great so far. The characters are interesting. Thanks for the recap btw! I enjoyed the 'georyo' pun more than when I watched it with sub lol. And I really love Moo-hyul because his presence alone just made my day!
I wonder if we will get more info about Boon-yi & Bang-ji mom's. Will it play something important in the plot? I guess not. But we'll see.

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i have a feeling that BY & BJ mother is important-i think GTM twin mentioned her and she seemed that she was not an orednary peasant woman

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Oh my god, thank you so much for the recap ! I love youuu

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This drama could easily go off the rails but that wouldn't matter because it is stuffed full of some of the best casting ever right down to the supporting roles. I've not been a huge fan of Yoo Ah-in but so far so good in this drama. Nobody can tell me after this drama that Byun Yo han doesn't deserve another shot at leading man status.

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"...it’s still unclear whether Bang-ji has even spoken to him since they were last (once) tied in a shed together, yet his influence alone was enough to drive Bang-ji to do the unspeakable."

I think the last time they spoke to each other is the only one time they did when Jung Do-jeon was exiled. Because remember? Jung Do-jeon asks "who are you?" to Bang-ji when they meet again in the opening of episode one. So basically, Bang-ji killed Baek-yoon just because of what he overheard during that one time. Which...doesn't really make sense to me because, come on! That was SIX YEARS AGO! Bang-ji, did't you ever wonder if the best plan to overthrow a country six years ago is still the best plan today?

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That scene from the beginning of episode 1 between Jung Do-jeon, Bang-won and Ddang-sae was the intro. It hasn't happened yet. The child portion was the beginning of the show. Jung Do-jeon 10yr exiled didn't happen until episode 3.

I believe the last time Ddang-sae spoke with Jung Do-jeon was when he was escorted out of the capital. Ddang-sae and Boon Yi followed him to ask for information about their mom.

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I don't quite get his devotion to Jung Do-yeon. Ddang-sae killed Baek Yoon without being asked to and now he is blaming Jung Do-yeon for what exactly?
He doesn't make much sense.

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I think it's because as a child, seeing a man like Jeong Do Jeon do what he did at Jangpyeong Gate (same as Bang Won's admiration for JDJ), made him trust JDJ and think that he's the best solution to all of this. With that much trust, he probably felt betrayed after things not working out. It's quite stupid for him to blame JDJ for it but it's probably his outward rage that he can't put into himself. He looks like someone who hates himself so much.

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This is so random but the gate's name "Jangpyeong" reminds me of Shin Don. I believe it was Shin Don's title or name given to him by King Gongmin. The people hailed him as a saint for standing up to the nobles for the poor. Maybe it's not a coincident that Jung Do-jeon was taking the same stance for the poor in this spot.

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Dear admin,
I just want to give 5 stars vote for the episode, but clumsy me, I click only one star :( and i can't revise the vote

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The scene of Bang-won and Moo-Hyul is so hilarious! I love the balance between the intense and serious side of the story with its comic relief.

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it is bcoz after Bang ji killed Baek Yoon, then the man who sat on Baek Yoon position is much monster than Baek Yoon ( Hong in Bang). Hong in bang killed innocent man from Bang Ji's village.
Bang Ji's then got mad to Sambong bcoz of that

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Did Jung Do-jeon ask him to kill Baek Yoon?

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No, JDJ didn't ask BJ to kill Baek-yoon. BJ overheard JDJ's plan when he was in hiding.

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Doesn't make much sense for him to blame JDJ for something that he did on his own.

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Yeah, it doesn't make sense. Maybe at that time, he is just hopeless or frustrated and feels the need to blame it on someone.

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You are right, he believed in JDJ and followed his plan, but ends up worse situation. He feels so angry that JDJ's plan didn't work and he also felt cheated as he thought JDJ is for the people, but he realized they don't really care about people who got killed during the time. Thus why he said he might kill JDJ as JDJ's plan causes a lot of people suffering more. In political, it is hard to judge which way is the best, who will be better to the people as people like him and his sister are always suffers no matter who is the ruler in a long run.

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I think I'm looking at it differently. I understand the need for the other dragons to insert themselves into Jung Do-jung's plan. They supposedly help build this new nation together. Everyone is directly contributing in a big way except for my poor man-child Moo-hyul who doesn't know anything about this plan yet /cry.
I guess we can go fate, destiny or even coincident with this one to make some sense out of it.

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*Jung Do-jeon*

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i think he needs someone to take the blame for what he "did" to YH as in doing nothing so now he think he has to do something
he doesnt think through he just acts to take away his "guilt" thats why they introduced him as the not so smart BY brother
she was the brain and he followed her lead
or he just needs someone to "lead" him therefore JDJ

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lol sorry for my impulsive hands, after reading the previous comments, I guess you didn't really ask that question xD

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I would be dazed and confused without these recaps, the plotting of this story is so richly layered. By far my favorite sageuk ever.

HeadsNo2, thank you for helping me make sense of all that's going on.

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I just rewatched this episode while waiting for subs for episode 10. It's scarily good!

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HeadsNo2, this is my first time reading a recap for a drama and I was amazed by the way you write. Lol I admit my heart is smitten by you. I love watching the drama and now I think I will love reading your recaps. now I'll go back to ep 1 recap.

Fighting!

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i cant find ep1

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Here's ep 1 recap done by javabeans. :) http://www.dramabeans.com/2015/10/six-flying-dragons-episode-1/

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Thank you soo much. :)

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Any idea when does this drama ends? When this dynasty is founded or when Bang Won becomes king?

In other dramas, that could tentatively be called a spoiler. :D

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I believe it's going all the way to Bang-won's reign and hopefully we'll get to see the young Lee Do (future King Sejong).

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I want to see Han Suk Kyu too but please, a Song Joong Ki cameo!

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It would be awesome if they'd do that. End this drama with Song Joon Ki ascending the throne as as King Sejong. I'll definitely watch Tree again after that lol.

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That scene where Ddang Sae and Yeon Hee met again brought me too tears, lots of them. And I was eating when I watched it! You'd think I've learned my lessons after watching so many kdramas but nope. Still eats while watching dramas.

It's amazing how Byun Yo Han can play all these different characters so well. He started in Misaeng and that character was different from his Myungsoo in EGC. Now he's playing Bang Ji, still as awesome as ever. And he's looking so handsome as days pass! Been stalking his IG for days now. I'm someone who doesn't like facial hair too!

Story wise, it's still doing good but this is totally becoming just fantasy now using historical names. lol.

MOOHYUL MY BABY! That goryeo scene was so funny, I repeated it a million times. Bang Won is such a damn liar and he's only 16! It's quite scary if you think about it. Anyway, back to Moohyul. Yoon Kyun-sang is playing him so well. I can really imagine this guy growing up as the best swordsman in Jo Seon and protecting King Se Jong. I feel like he studied Jo Jin Woong's Moo Hyul in preparation for this role. JJW's Moo Hyul does this thing with his face like when he's embarrassed or like "damn, whatever" and he wrinkles his face. YKS did it as well when Boon Yi dragged Bang Won away!

Ah, this drama gives me life. This is the only one I'm watching at the moment but I'm so satisfied. HAHAHA. Thanks for the recaps, Heads!

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Poor Moo-hyul, I hope he annoys the crap out of Bang-won later. He is so naive and gullible I actually feel bad for him.

I liked the argument over the border stabilization plan and the only ministers I thought made the most sense was Choi Young and Po-eun (Jung Mong-joo). Obviously they care more about Goryeo than the rest, who are just using their position for their own interest.
They are probably the only two that Jung Do-jeon will not be able to directly manipulate.

Yea, this episode was heavy on fantasy so here is a little history for you :).
The Jurchen tribes from the Northeast (mentioned by Jung Mong-joo in this episode) were actually not hostile towards Lee Seong-gye and his people. In fact Lee Ji-ran (Seong Gye’s right hand man) is from a Jurchen tribe and probably the only one who would beat Seong-gye in battle. His Jurchen name was Turan Timur. Seong-gye gave him his family name Lee (Yi) and they’ve been brothers ever since.

I think Ming is the biggest threat to Goryeo but the timeline here goes back and forth so it’s hard to keep track of the historical events in the right order.

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thanx @kiara for always giving the history behind
its very enlightening to what really happen
and i thought LR was really LSG brother

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BTW is Jeoson comes from the word Jurchen?

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i ran out of episodes to watch. I've blogged abt the drama but still can't get enough so I'm reading recaps.

Such an awesome drama

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hello can anyone tell me the title of the song of bang ji's fight seen?

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"Just put Moo-hyul and Bang-won in every scene together forever, please." <--- THIS

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Ah thanks for this episodes review, Heads!!

And thanks for your awesome comments, I really enjoy reading them! I think you really improved a lot over the time and your style is sharp and on spot. Keep up the good work!

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