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Six Flying Dragons: Episode 47

It’s time to buckle your seat belts and gird your loins for an hour that takes no prisoners, and one that does so with aplomb. This kind of episode is the reason we watch and love sageuk, and for this show especially, it’s the kind of episode we’ve been tuning in week after week for. Powerful, stirring, brilliant—you name it, Six Flying Dragons is it. If the last three episodes carry this kind of momentum forward, then we’ll all be emotional messes by this time next week. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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EPISODE 47 RECAP

While Bang-won charges Jukryong and his men to take care of Bang-ji, Jung Do-jeon receives news that King Taejo is still not well enough to join them on their expedition. Instead of delaying the date again, Jung Do-jeon is to lead the armies to Pyeongyang, and the king will join them when he’s feeling better.

Bang-ji, meanwhile, gets an ominous feeling about Yeon-hee and sets out to find her. She’s still on her way home, a bright smile on her face as she holds the amulet Bang-ji gave her—the same one that Grandma originally gave to him.

She ends up heading back the way she came, and meets Bang-ji halfway on the road. She runs up to him and throws her arms around him, before removing the amulet from around her neck to place it around his. He’ll need it more than she will.

“Make sure to come back alive,” she cautions him. Bang-ji takes a step forward in answer, then leans in for a kiss. It leaves Yeon-hee slightly shaken, but she takes heart in his promise to come back alive. Nothing else needs to be said.

Boon-yi goes down into the weapons storage shed to find it empty, which means that Bang-won has already put his plan into motion. She finds Grandma there too, who immediately takes Boon-yi by the hand and pleads forgiveness for both her and Moo-hyul.

But of a more pressing concern is Bang-won’s plan, which Grandma says is supposed to take place this very night. Both Gab-boon and Boon-yi’s scribe overhear this, and both go to save their masters—Bang-ji and Jung Do-jeon, respectively.

In tears, Grandma swears that Bang-ji is supposed to stay safe tonight, that Moo-hyul promised her he would be. Bang-won has no quarrel with Bang-ji, only Jung Do-jeon.

Without a clock or the aid of the sun, Bang-won has six incense sticks to mark the passage of time instead, with the plan being that Bang-ji must be lured away from Jung Do-jeon before the last of them can burn out.

On their way to their task, Jukryong and his monks encounter Yeon-hee and her guard, the leader of the Hwasadan warriors. She tells Yeon-hee to run while she takes care of Jukryong, though Yeon-hee won’t leave her behind.

She even manages to stay one of the monks by using her hairpin as a weapon, but the Amazonian proves to be no match for Jukryong, who makes short work of her. As Bang-ji heads toward the sound of clashing swords, Yeon-hee finds herself face to face with Jukryong—and two very sharp swords.

Jukryong is waiting for Bang-ji when he arrives, and tells him where he can find Yeon-hee. Ah, so this was their plan to lure Bang-ji away all along.

Ha Ryun joins Bang-won as he waits for that final incense stick to burn out, and presents him with what sounds like a fictional account of the events to come now, but it’s what will become true historical record in the future.

In it, the account tells of how Jung Do-jeon plotted treason against the royal family, and how Bang-won raised a righteous army to stop him. Then it tells of how Jung Do-jeon will die, only after running from his fate, kneeling before Bang-won to beg, and eventually being beheaded by Bang-won himself.

Bang-won likes this story, and sets out to make the events detailed within come true as soon as Jukryong delivers word that Bang-ji has gone. He and his two older brothers, Bang-gan and Bang-gwa, begin marching with their armies toward Officer Nam’s vacation home to find Jung Do-jeon.

But Gab-boon gets there before they can to look for Bang-ji, and in the process, warns Jung Do-jeon about the army Bang-won has raised. Bang-won’s forces are at the gates before the guards can prepare, with both brothers calling upon their favored soldiers to lead the charge.

Moo-hyul gets to roar his signature “Warrior Moo-hyul!” line as he advances ahead of the army, sword at the ready. The guards in the courtyard are swiftly dealt with, which leaves Jung Do-jeon and Officer Nam little time to escape before Bang-won reaches them.

Bang-ji catches up to the party holding Yeon-hee hostage, led by none other than Scholar Jo Mal-saeng. Yeon-hee doesn’t care about her own life, and tells Bang-ji that this is all a scheme to lure him away from Jung Do-jeon—regardless of what happens to her, she wants him to go and save him.

In Officer Nam’s courtyard, Bang-won looks at the carnage unfolding dispassionately, while elder brother Bang-gan gets more hands-on with guard disposal.

Moo-hyul makes a significant kill in Shim Hyo-saeng (Bang-seok’s father-in-law), and it’s eerie when he yells out the name of the fallen. It’s so that Bang-won, who has individual slips of paper written with the names of those he wants dead, can hear and burn Shim Hyo-saeng’s slip. One down.

As more names pour in, Bang-won burns their papers accordingly. It’s a bloodbath of epic proportions, and Bang-won even takes to smiling as he burns more and more names. He only has two left now: Jung Do-jeon and Officer Nam.

Bang-ji is faced with a terrible choiceeither leave her to her fate and save Jung Do-jeon, or leave Jung Do-jeon to save her. A great warrior he may be, but he won’t be fast enough to save Yeon-hee should he try, and Jo Mal-saeng knows it.

So does Bang-ji, who drops his sword immediately. He can’t leave her, even though that knowledge brings Yeon-hee to tears. But then, in the ensuing silence, she seems to come to a decision.

Her expression stills, and she looks Bang-ji in the eyes as her own lips soften into a smile. She says his name—his real name—as a single tear snakes down her cheek. Then, she leans into the blade being held at her, and slits her own throat.

All this happens before Bang-ji can even react. The second the soldiers lose their bargaining chip in Yeon-hee, they scatter, leaving a wide-eyed Bang-ji to stumble over to Yeon-hee’s prone form.

She’s still alive, but barely, and his hands can’t hold in all the blood pouring from her mortal wound. “It’s not your fault,” she whispers, the same way she’d once told him when they were children. “Remember… this is not your fault…”

In her last moments, she makes sure to add that Bang-ji shouldn’t think of this as being due to his inability to protect her. He can protect her dream instead, so with her final breaths, she tells him to go to Jung Do-jeon.

Yeon-hee goes limp in his embrace, with tears still wet on her cheeks. Bang-ji trembles as he tries to gather her more tightly in his arms before letting out a heart-wrenching sob. Then he just cries and cries.

With all Officer Nam’s resisting forces dead and Jung Do-jeon still nowhere to be found, Bang-won takes his army to the office of military affairs. Despite the small hiccup with Jung Do-jeon, everyone still has a job to do. At his daughter’s urging, Daddy Min goes to complete his task of convincing Jo Joon over to their side.

Likewise, Bang-gwa pays a seemingly congenial visit to Ji-ran, though he’s there on Bang-won’s orders. He’s to wait for further orders on what he’s to do about their father’s sworn brother.

Sa-kwang comes upon the mass of bodies at Officer Nam’s, noting aptly that the air is thick with the smell of blood. Meanwhile, it’s another massacre over at the military affairs office, one which Jung Do-jeon and Officer Nam have managed to escape by following Gab-boon into hiding in Sungkyunkwan. But Sinister Minister Woo hears everything while lurking nearby.

Boon-yi heads over to Hwasadan to find Yeon-hee, but finds the remnants of a massacre instead. She runs into Jukryong among the sea of bodies, and even with a sword held to her throat for the billionth time, she boldly asks what he’s done with Yeon-hee.

“She’s not in this world anymore,” Jukryong replies, as if he were commenting on the weather. Boon-yi can’t help the immediate grief that floods her, and finds at least a small measure of relief in Jukryong’s admission that they didn’t kill Bang-ji.

But in a strange display of magnanimousness, Jukryong decides to let Boon-yi go. When asked why, he explains that it’s complicated, which likely means that he doesn’t want to piss off Bang-won by hurting one of the women he loves.

Bang-ji makes it to Officer Nam’s house long after the armies have gone, finding only dead bodies in their wake. One of the men speaks, but is only able to tell him that Jung Do-jeon escaped the attack by Bang-won before he too becomes just another corpse.

Bang-won’s plan is going smoothly, but he knows just as well as Ha Ryun that their ultimate success or failure rests upon their ability to find Jung Do-jeon. They’ve got the palace surrounded in the meantime, but they’re counting on King Taejo not feeling well enough to confront their armies in battle armor, lest their men lose their morale.

Despite all that Bang-won has done, Jung Do-jeon can’t help but be a little in awe of his once-pupil’s deviousness and meticulousness in cooking up this grand scheme. He knows what Bang-won intends to do, and knows that his plan will fail if he can’t kill either him or Officer Nam.

All they have to do is hold out the night, and find a way to get to Sukjeongmun (the Northern gate) before morning. If they can make it there and rendezvous with their Liaodong Expedition army, they might just be able to stop Bang-won. More importantly, only one of them needs to make it to the gate.

Bang-won gets a surprise visit in the form of Sinister Minister Woo Hak-joo, who asks for nothing in return for telling him that Jung Do-jeon is hiding in Sungkyunkwan.

Even Bang-won is taken aback by this unforeseen kindness, though Minister Woo makes it clear that he still despises Bang-won. But just for tonight, he hopes that luck will be on Bang-won’s side in catching Jung Do-jeon.

Before Officer Nam and Jung Do-jeon part ways, the former stops to deliver the latter a formal bow. They both know that this could be their last time seeing each other, so Jung Do-jeon has to ask, “What did you believe in to follow me the way you have?”

He knows he’s flawed, and not particularly likable, which is what causes Officer Nam to smile broadly. “I didn’t have a particular reason,” Officer Nam explains. And then, sheepishly, he says it was because of a nickname Jung Do-jeon had in Sungkyunkwan. Jung never heard it because no one wanted him to, but his nickname was, simply, “Dummy.”

And because of that, Officer Nam thought he and Jung Do-jeon would get along well. Even Jung can’t help but laugh at that, but the levity doesn’t last long. “Following you has been my honor,” Nam says, his tone grave.

“Thank you, truly,” Jung replies, along with a more lighthearted warning that if they survive this and see each other at Sukjeongmun, they’ll have to forget this conversation ever existed. It’ll be too embarrassing otherwise. It’s all to hide the tears that spring to his eyes when Officer Nam turns his back. Aww.

Jung Do-jeon can’t even be surprised when he learns that Bang-won is bringing his army to the gates of Sungkyunkwan, and instead, just sits and smiles as he takes it all in.

Bang-won splits his forces up in order to cover all the gates leading in and out of Sungkyunkwan, leaving Moo-hyul to lead a small contingent of his own. But Moo-hyul’s worried about Bang-ji showing up, and sends his men away to cover the main gates while he anticipates which smaller entrance Bang-ji might use.

It’s only when he and his army reach the doors to Daeseongjeon, a shrine in Sungkyunkwan erected to memorialize Confucius, that Bang-won stops. Even though they’ve killed scores of men and broken every rule tonight, charging into that shrine with weapons drawn is just not something Bang-won can do without a royal command.

Ha Ryun is left to stand beside him in utter shock, wondering somewhat comically if they can even call what they’re doing a coup d’état if they have to receive royal permission for it first. But Bang-won ignores him, turning instead to his army as he asks them to call out in unison for Jung Do-jeon to come out.

Either Jung Do-jeon will, or he’ll escape out the back, in which case Bang-won has soldiers waiting. There’s a kind of madness lurking in his gaze as he informs Ha Ryun that this is all as it should be—they’re making history, and to do that, Jung needs to fulfill his narrative purpose by running away.

Instead of escaping, Jung Do-jeon takes brush to paper to write a message to Bang-won, which he has the village ajusshi deliver. Even as the soldiers outside call for the “Traitor Jung Do-jeon” to come out on Bang-won’s command, they stop with one hand motion from Bang-won.

Bang-won doesn’t quite know how to process the letter, giving it to Ha Ryun to read instead. Poor Ha Ryun is again put in a situation where he has to be the bearer of bad news when he reads aloud: “Be silent. I will be out shortly.” Hah.

It takes Bang-won actually reading the letter himself for him to believe it, and he breaks out in hysterical laughter. “Everyone, be silent!” he yells to the soldiers. “My teacher says he needs time!” Ha Ryun’s expression tells us he’s worried about Bang-won’s sanity, while Bang-won’s expression is an intense, unreadable mixture.

Jung Do-jeon gives the village ajusshi one last task, in delivering a letter to his brother. The ajusshi gives him a formal bow and thanks him for everything, vowing on his life to make sure the letter reaches its intended target.

At long last, Jung Do-jeon begins his trek outside. Sungkyunkwan students who’ve been awoken by all the ruckus wait for him outside, and his last bit of advice leaves them all in weeping messes on the ground: “Even if many things change tomorrow, I hope that you all will not.”

Bang-ji shoots through one of the smaller entrances into Banchon, only to come face to face with Moo-hyul, who’s been waiting for him. The realization hits him like a punch to the gut, and a tear escapes as he tells Moo-hyul that he has to go save Jung Do-jeon. “Move aside.”

“Bang-ji-ya,” Moo-hyul almost whispers. “I will ask you a favor for the first time: Please, go back.” But when Bang-ji draws his sword instead, Moo-hyul’s face falls even as he draws his own sword. This battle is inevitable.

Bang-won has to hide his disappointment when Jung Do-jeon emerges from the gates rather than running away, though he affords his old teacher a bow of respectful acknowledgment.

So when Jung Do-jeon asks to take a walk, Bang-won acquiesces, and his army stands aside. They follow at a close distance though, as the two men take an otherwise seemingly easy stroll through the empty alleyways of Sungkyunkwan.

To Bang-won’s question about why he didn’t run away, Jung Do-jeon answers simply, “Because there is no need to. The nation you and I seek to make is, truthfully, the same. So what difference does it make if I achieve it, or you do? It is only that my way has been broken, so I am simply stepping aside. Since you know my idea and design better than anyone, I am sure you will do a good job.”

Bang-won takes a few steps in silence, then clearly tries to get some sort of rise out of the placid Jung Do-jeon by announcing that he won’t carry on with the Liaodong Expedition. Jung just nods knowingly: “That is for the ones who survive to decide. The living will ponder and think it over for themselves, and usher in the new era. Should the dead usher in the new era?”

They stop then, and turn to each other. Jung Do-jeon has tears in his eyes and a rueful smile on his face as he adds with some finality, “I am weary, Bang-won-ah.”

Bang-won draws his sword in silence, and Jung Do-jeon has one last moment of internal realization before Bang-won drives his sword through his belly. His robes grow wet with blood as he slowly crumples to his knees, just in time for Boon-yi and Gab-boon to see.

Jung Do-jeon’s head lolls, his chin dropping to his chest where he kneels. Bang-won drops his sword, still wet with Jung Do-jeon’s blood, as he looks at the shape of his former teacher. Though he still kneels, Jung Do-jeon is dead, and Bang-won only calls for Ha Ryun to strike from the record the part about Jung Do-jeon running away.

And with that, Bang-won walks away, brushing straight past Boon-yi as if she isn’t there. Each step he takes triggers another memory of Jung Do-jeon, dating all the way back to when he first saw him lead the protest at the capital gates, to when he first came upon the map of New Joseon in the cave, to when Jung had explained the basic tenants of the new nation he planned to create that sounded all so exciting.

What he remembers most is the moment Jung Do-jeon took him in, when he was lost and just looking for a cause to believe in. But in the present, he has only Jung Do-jeon’s name written on a slip of paper, a name which he then drops into the flames.

 
COMMENTS

Powerful. This whole episode was exceptionally well-shot and choreographed in order to milk every ounce of intensity it could from every single frame, and to that I say: Bravo. Even without history in the mix, this kind of major character death is one that can’t be taken lightly, and Six Flying Dragons definitely gave that pivotal moment all the due respect and fanfare it deserved.

Though Jung Do-jeon hasn’t made it easy for us to like him as of late, it was hard not to see his graceful acceptance of his fate as a sort of recompense for all that he’s done. Granted, we wouldn’t have expected any less of a dedicated Confucian scholar like Jung Do-jeon, but he managed to outdo himself here. Despite his differences with Bang-won, he’s no fool, neither is he a villain. And so what he got was a hero’s death, even if it was at the hands of our story’s proverbial hero.

The interesting thing about the way Dragons handles Bang-won is that, while it clearly has anointed him as the main protagonist, it doesn’t try to hide his evil deeds or bloodthirsty nature from us. Even in this hour when he started to come off a little unhinged, he was still firmly grounded in everything we’ve come to expect of him so far. Everything he did was rooted in who he is, and how his journey has brought him here. We can understand even if we can’t necessarily sympathize, yet somehow, we always end up doing just that.

So the fact that he could kill Jung Do-jeon without the powers-that-be trying to flip the tables or make a stance on who’s necessarily right or wrong was actually something I really, really admired, but it’s not really a sentiment I feel able to get across in words as well as the show did in action. Because in the end, neither man really is more righteous than the other, since both have ideas that are dangerous in their own respects. Jung Do-jeon knew as much, which is likely why he felt a strange sort of peace when his time came. He knew that Bang-won wasn’t going to dissolve the nation he worked so hard to create—and as for the issue of kingly power, there’s always Hidden Root.

And while I don’t quite understand why Ha Ryun would cook up a record of history that hadn’t happened yet, since as a strategist he must know how things don’t always go according to plan, I’m sure he came to regret it the more he saw how negatively it influenced Bang-won. But it was comforting in the end that Bang-won was gentlemanly enough (despite killing the man he once idolized) to preserve what he could of his honor as it would be recorded in history. The dangling thread that was Bang-won’s sanity this episode would’ve surely been pulled had Jung Do-jeon actually ran away, so in a way, Bang-won has Jung Do-jeon to thank for that too. He actually has Jung Do-jeon to thank for a lot of things, and so do we.

So rest in peace, Jung Do-jeon. You too, Yeon-hee.

 
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you know how may times I visit dramabeans just to read the recaps of six flying dragons?ahahahaa..
so sad it will be end by next week..
thanks for recap headsno2

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Refreshed so many times today! Thanks for the recaps! I just cannot get enough of this drama.

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SO AWESOME. I've said this week after week and I will keep saying it, SFD is SO AWESOME.

This episode reminds me a bit of episode 25, where there's no daylight. I love it when the team dares to take it slow and just make one episode fully dedicated to one thing. You cannot rush the ending to a great man and I'm glad JDJ (or Kim Myung-min in this matter) got a satisfying honorable closure.

And once again, Yoo Ah-in gave an amazing performance.

This has got to be the best sageuk I've ever watched. Hands down.

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+alpha!!!

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Agree!

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Me too!

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agree..SFD is sooooooo AMAZING..!! Yoo Ah In's acting is top..

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Is it just me or can anybody else not see the review. In other news so many casualties this episode!!

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of course once I post my comment my computer decides to work...

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Gah! Thank you for the recap! I've been refreshing for whole day for this recap haha.

I've only been reading the recaps but I think I'll start watching this when everything is subbed and finished airing. My love for Yoo Ah In wasn't enough for me to start a 50 ep drama, but Yoo AhIn AND a good story, I'm in! Also when will MooHyul get his dragon status !! And I wonder what'll happen with BoonYi since she's a fictional character! Only one more week to go

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I think Moo-hyul is gonna get his dragon status when he kills CSG, I want to say more but I'm afraid it'll be considered as spoiler so I will comment when heads posts episode 48 recap!! can's wait!

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I'm still hoping he'll learn from CSG, if only because of what we've seen so far:

CSG > LBJ >= Moo-hyul.

No idea if Moo-hyul could fight on par with LBJ (I've seen Episode 48 too, so I'll leave it at that), but at this point in time, I still don't quite see him overtaking LBJ though I could be wrong (and maybe he takes a level in badass and self-confidence!)

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I think Moohyul will get bis title when Bangwon 'gives' him to Sejong later (maybe in last episode). Because the actors are spotted filming in Lee Do (Sejong)'s room.

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I hope it's going to be Song Joong Ki but they will need to bring back Baek Yoon-Sik (King Taejong) from Tree. YAI looks way too young to be Joong Ki's father even with the beard on.

I'm guessing it would be the child version of Lee Do.

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@Kiara: I was wondering about the possibility of them maybe doing some drama magic by turning Yoo AhIn waaaay older and Song JoongKi waaaay younger and put it about 5 years before Lee Do ascended the throne since I've seen that magic done on Kim MyungMin in King of Dramas until I found out that Yoo AhIn is a year younger than Song JoongKi. Hah!

I will respect their makeup artists and clothing co-ordinator if they do manage to pull it off.

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I mean, "respect forever and a lot"

I already respect everyone involved on this brilliant production.

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It'll make my day to see Song Joong Ki and YAI together again on screen. If they can age YAI with makeup it would be awesome.

I'm doubtful because they should've said something already if Song Joong Ki would make a cameo appearance.

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I knowwwwww... plus Song Joong Ki is currently recovering from several injuries from shooting his own drama but as Signal taught me -- everything is possible as long as one doesn't give up.

*delusionalcuckoo*

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I hope there is a more justifiable reason for Moo-hyul to fight Sa Gwang like why Bang Ji had to kill Gil Tae-Mi . Just because he needs a dragon title is not good enough.

Moo-hyul never beat Bang Ji based on Tree. I thought their fight today would explain why Bang Ji kicked his ass and let him live in shame but come to think of it Bang Ji doesn't know that it was Moo-hyul's idea to kidnapped Yeon Hee to lure him away from Sambong.

*sigh* Moo-hyul-ah. Glad he survived but if Bang Ji were to kill him he has a justifiable reason to do so.

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Oooh, thanks! I've never seen Tree, so this helps me contextualise the things I've seen. (I'm definitely planning on watching it, but I'd like to watch it after SFD so it flows better for me.)

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After watching episode 48, Moo-hyul admitted that it was his plan to use Yeon Hee to lure Bang Ji away from Sambong.

I love Moo-hyul to pieces but I am taking Bang Ji's side here. If he didn't mean to get Yeon Hee killed then he shouldn't have done it. He underestimated Yeon Hee's loyalty to Sambong.

I'm glad he got smarter in Tree lol.

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Actually I don't think Moo-hyul will ever get his dragon no 6 status. It will be a bit weird if he suddenly get one now, after more than 40 episodes waiting for it.
But I hope he'll at least get a proper title at the end, something like 'Moo-hyul, Joseon Greatest Warrior' maybe?

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But everyone else got theirs!

Though I have to agree with you, it feels weird to give him the title only now, cuz I thought the dragon titles are given based on the importance of their roles in establishing a new nation aka Joseon. But years have passed and even one of the dragons has died since, giving Moo Hyul the dragon title seems...a bit unfit for the frame of the show now?

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I'd also agree it might be a little weird, but I suppose it depends. If he gets his in a really kick-ass scene, e.g. beating down LBJ or CSK, then maybe it'd look semi-okay. At least, honestly, if Moo-hyul gets a moment of epic badassery, I'd be more than willing to overlook the fact that the title is coming so late.

To be fair, it might also make sense if he gets it at the very end when LBW takes the throne (which is one of my personal suspicions, as I think they'll tie it back to the dragon theme with a chyron for LBW: 'King Taejong, Third King of Joseon' or something like that.) But I have no basis for this; just personal thoughts.

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That's right they can't leave Moo Hyul out, otherwise this show should be Five Flying Dragons + One Warrior!

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It does feel weird and the anticipation is not the same anymore. Episode 25 was perfect for it or the one when he accompanied Bang-won to Ming.

There's only 2 eps left and I hope that's enough to cover the 2nd strife and Bang-won ascending the throne as Taejong.

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gosh I replied to the wrong post
I think Moohyul will get his title when Bangwon ‘gives’ him to Sejong later (maybe in last episode). Because the actors are spotted filming in Lee Do (Sejong)’s room.

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I think Lee Do will be the 6th dragon. O.o

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LOL. How about just baby dragon.

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Extraordinary. Most shows picks sides. This one lets the characters play out their roles as complex human beings without demonizing or whitewashing. It gives each moment and person their due, in all their terrible, painful, unvarnished glory.

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Oh tell me about it. This drama is all about grey areas. There's no picking sides.

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The writers are so good in psychological point of view. They built not two dimensional characters but three dimensional characters.

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Fantastic episode but... Err Mai Gat, I clutched my pearls when YeonHee chose to visit Hades. The way she did it was so horrifying! Calling his name and keeping eye contact while she carried it out... !!!! Gurl, who were you trying to traumatize?! Oh, maybe just the (second) love of your life. And me!

And all this time I thought she just stabbed herself in the abdomen to go off. No wonder Tree's BangJi is that bitter and lost.

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Horrifying and strangely beautiful.

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Yes, yes it was. But in this episode of BangWon demanding people's blood, the while episode was.

YeonHee just went one step above by being so goddamn traumatizing. That's all I keep thibkung after this episode!

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Same sentiments. Wow, that was haunting! When I saw that ghost of a smile on her face, I thought "No, she couldn't be thinking.. " ..and then she went with it! And it was cool how she went out. It was on her terms.

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And that little thin wail that Bang Ji gives just after she goes... it broke my heart.

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Omg the way Yeon-hee slowing moved out of the frame as she slit her neck was so eerie - it gave me chills! And the smoke floating behind her too. Everything about that scene was shot and acted so well. Props to Jung Yoo-mi.

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The PD has definitely outdone himself for the directing in this scene!

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yes! the music and cinematography gave me goosebumps

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+1 I didn't have extremely strong feelings about Yeon Hee in past episodes. But the combination of my surprise and her facial expression, and the way the scene was shot... It ended up being the most memorable part of an episode absolutely packed with action and violence. That's how you film a swan song.

I'm a bit disappointed with Boon Yi's role the past few weeks. I get that she wants to remain neutral, but I miss the kick-butt girl with goals and her own sense of agency. Now she seems to just be set in place to react to Bang Won and Bang Ji's decisions.

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Her life's not in danger, so why would BoonYi kiss ass?

BoonYi is like the ordinary commoner - they don't stir up trouble until it corners them. Survival is #1. That's her own goal.

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I wonder what makes Bang Ji go away (knowledge from Tree) all broken in the end. Would it be he kills Boon Yi by accident while she tries to protect Bang Won from him?

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No kidding, I was thinking about this possible scenario too.. and if that really happened, it'd be the last major blow for both Bang Won and Bang Ji.

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Maybe that's when they will reveal Ha Ryun's facial reading of Boon Yi. O.o

Me and with my preoccupation with that reading. Haha!

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SFD just makes Tree so much more awesome. Seeing this gives me more insight about the Bangji we know in Tree. I just dismissed him as a loner and he was guilty about stuff that he couldn't do so he decided to stay away. This scene, however, just breaks my heart. Puts so much more layer to Bangji. I said I would wait until SFD's over but look at me already at episode 3 of TWDR now...

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I wonder why they did it differently from the flashback in Tree where Yeon-hee actually stabbed herself.

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Because they like traumatizing people and the way she went in Tree was too mild. (This is a production that dedicated whole episodes to blood extraction in a manor!)

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and, if I'm not mistaken, Yeonhee's death in Tree was told in Moohyul's POV where in SFD Moohyul isn't even on the scene when she died. So maybe the writers sort of make Moohyul know that YH commit suicide but dunno how.

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I like SFD's version better even with the no so smooth transition to Tree.

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I agree with you Kiara, I like SFD version better even if it means not such a smooth transition to Tree.

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Wow. This might be the most intense episode yet. So many deaths.

Am I the only one questioning whether Yeonhee truly loved Bangji though? Although her dedication to the cause is admirable, she probably knew how soul-crushing and guilt-inducing it would be for Bangji for her to die like that in front of him. It seems like in the end, she never really viewed him as more than Jung Do-jeon's protector and chose him over Bangji.

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Her first love is the cause and by extension, Jeong DoJeong. BangJi is her second love, which, even if he was second, she still does love dearly.

And YeonHee has always been so OTT.

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So true even when facing death Yeon Hee was soo... OOT. I feel like riding a roller coaster anticipating Sambong's death but this Yeon Hee made a sudden stop for my ride which was quite annoying... Am really sorry Bang ji but her hairdo was OOT as well.

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Not really. I loved that scene. Traumatizing as it may be. And roller coasters are meant to be unpredictable.

YeonHee's hair isn't that over the top, given the dress code of that era. If anything, it's already less crazy than normal.

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Agreed. The Yeon Hee from the flashback in Tree had the same hairstyle except she had part of it down in this drama.

I assumed she was a concubine in Tree because her hair was all raised like a married woman.

I'm glad they got to explain it here.

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You're not the only one! I for one never bought that she was ever in love with him! YH was in love with JDJ.

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I agree with you. I think YH was resolved in knowing she could never marry JDJ (class and all that). She loves Bang Ji too, but not nearly as much as she loves JDJ.

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I think YH's decision to end her life was dumb and proves that she loved JDJ a lot more than she ever loved Bang ji, after all, her life was not really threatened and they weren't trying to kill her. Otherwise, she would've stayed still and used this opportunity to break away from politics, and live a simple life of a commoner with Bang ji. I really hate what she did to him. Knowing their history, that no matter what she says he will forever be scarred by his inability to protect her twice, and now she's dead. Selfish, selfish woman!

On an emotional note, I had really began to dislike YH, ever since she betrayed the woman who took her in from the streets and raised her, so I don't mourn her death at all.

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What made wonder all this time was Yeonhee was trained as an assassin but this drama never showed her true skill as a true assassin. She could have killed them all.

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Yeah the most we got to see was stabbing with her hairpin. I'd have expected more from a Hwasadan top spy.

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In the end, I think YH chose herself and her dream over her tentative love for BJ. JDJ happened to be the vehicle through which her dream could be achieved. She probably gave up any notion of love and settling down long ago, only living by the 'me first' principle.

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YH loved Bang Ji, but she sacrificed herself for the dream that she wanted to achieve for the country, which Jung Do-jeon represented. I've seen comments saying she's JDJ's woman based on Deep Rooted Tree, as if she's JDJ's lover, but the writers never took that route in Six Flying Dragons. She follows JDJ as a leader, but there was no romance between YH and JDJ in this drama. JDJ wanted YH & BJ to get married, remember?

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Exactly. It ties in with Tree and explained why she was known as Sambong's woman. It wasn't in a romantic way but out of gratitude and respect. She said herself that Sambong gave her a reason to live.

Her romantic love was always Bang Ji. She treats him differently in a romantic way. Made him clothes like she used to when she they were young etc. What she did for Sambong was different. It was mostly spy/intelligent work.

Some characters sacrificed love for whatever dreams they have including Bang-won. Why are we always so hard on the women?

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I do not think she actually followed Sambong because of her dream, that was her reason but in truth she followed him because he gave her reason to live. If you will compare her to the rest of Sambong's followers, they are also willing to die for him but at the same time they are also willing to live because they wanted to keep the dream they shared with him even after Sambong is gone. But YH can't. She doesn't love Sambong romantically but he hold the most part of her heart because he was her savior, the one who gave her hope and dream. What she was trying to protect wasn't the dream but the man who gave her reason to live.

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It actually makes sense that she would choose the cause over being with Bangji since she pretty much died on the day she was raped. The only thing that brought her to life was JDJ dream. She probably did not even think that she will be meeting Bangji again and when she did she knew her priority. Bangji being JDJ bodyguard and having seen him all the time got them closer again but in her mind theres probably no future with Bangji if it doesnt happen when JDJ's dream country is fully realized. She had love before in the old Goryeo but that didn't save them from tragedy. So what is loving him going to bring them if they love again in a country she probably was thinking would be another Goryeo?

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I think this is the first time that i am commenting on this drama, i am still on 28th episode, but i never gave up to hang with this recaps. thank a lot for recapping this drama.

i am not in to 50 episodes dramas, this is the second drama i am watching after empress ki.

i know nothing about korean history, but this drama is awesome, well written, and well acted. i love all the cast, and ost as well. this drama includes everything, pain, separation, love, happiness, power struggle, betrayal, and more.

i started to watch this because of yoo ah in and shin se kyung. but i fell in love with byun yo han. heis so superb with his bang ji's character.
i am downloading this drama, so i can watch it when ever i want. 100 times :)

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BoonYi is not just untouchable through association to BangWon. If JuKryong comes for her, he'll have to deal with a ruthless prince in the form of BangWon, the best swordsman in the three kingdoms in the form of BangJi AND his own leader, aka BoonYi's mother! If he touches her, he's signing his own death cert.

BoonYi is one powerful lady by association.

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I've never thought of her that way, but how true! She's admirable in her own person too, though.

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Of course she is. She's the girl who burned down a whole rice shack and is the leader of an entire village in a world taken over by men.

But her relations just make her that bit more untouchable.

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I kept visualizing different possible ways how JDJ's death scene would be like (eg. with vengeance and anger etched on his face, ranting etc. etc) even up to the point of wondering how Kim Myung Min would approach the scene in discussion with the PD (yeah, I'm that detailed...). So I am glad that the actual scene is so apt, sensitively written and directed, in some ways surprising but stayed true to the struggles of both characters, JDJ and BW. That scene is a masterpiece in itself.

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I love the fact that he died smiling and on his knees like those Goryeo Generals of old. It's a sign of one proudly died serving their their country to the end.
He was smiling because he knew that everything that he worked for (beside Liaodong) would be left intact no matter who is ruling the country.

Ha Ryun's version of the history was written on the Annals of King Taejo. If there was anyone who would mess with the history books it would be Ha Ryun lol. It's not surprising that Bang-won told him that he should write the annals for his father.

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this is hands down Yoo Ah In's best drama to date! SFDs has made my top 5 historical kdrama list along with Empress Ki!

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Ahh I've been waiting for the recaps for this episode. Thanks Heads, it gave me the chills reading it.

Sure I've been waiting for the moment that Jung Do-jeon dies since the last few episodes, but when it finally comes, oh god they really do make it an epic one. That final scene between Jung Do-jeon and Nam Eun left me crying. Dummy number 1 and 2. Ahh.

Bang-ji's anguished sobs in this episode haunts me. I can't bear to look into his eyes when Yeon-hee died, and then when he faced off Moo-hyul too. Why is life so terribly cruel to the man with the simplest wish in life? )':

We've all known that Jung Do-jeon and Yeon-hee will die, so there's no surprise in there, but I'm glad that the scenes were shot it in such a hauntingly beautiful way that we'll always remember them.

Rest in peace, Jung Do-jeon and Yeon-hee.

Oh, time to bid good bye to the Boon-yi and Bang-won ship too. I think Bang-won has officially past the point of no return.

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I am crying as I am writing this comment. Six Flying Dragons is one of the most emotionally stirring kdramas I've seen, bar none. At this point, the line between being the antagonist and the protagonist is blurred in both cases, and you can't help but feel for them both. Also, the little people who get trampled on in the bout between the two dragons played such big roles that you feel their pain, too.

I knew Jung Do Jeon's death would be epic. It was.

I knew Yeon Hee was going to do that. From the last episode. There was no other option. Als, the monk letting Boon Yi go? He doesn't want either Bang Won or Bang Ji tearing him a new one.

My God. I don't think I could bear watching Bangwon seize the palace.

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"Powerful, stirring, brilliant—you name it, Six Flying Dragons is it." -- Agreed fully and completely, Heads!

My goodness what a super awesome episode! Biting my nails again during the show and heart beat so fast! Kill Bang Won is going nuts and he's got so many expressions in that one hour. Yoo Ah In, YOO are awesome!

Do you all notice big bro goin nuts too? Bangji drove me nuts as well! He should have saved poor Sambong *cries* (Sambong's letter though.. I laughed hard) I love Kim Myung Min's serene smile. He looks handsome! Great actor, I'm gonna miss him *sobs*

And then Bangji-Moohyul *cries* Yeonhee..though I hated you a wee bit some episodes back... *cries*

All the dragons were so awesome in this episode. Just 2 more episodes to go! *cries*

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I'm actually surprised that Kim Myung Min agreed to be a part of SFD after the brutal shooting of Admiral Yi. He carried that show for over 100 eps. I hope he had a good experience here because I'd love to see him in more sageuk.

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I would love to! I''ve watched his modern dramas before, but I'm a lot more impressed with him in sageuk (my first time watching him in sageuk). I shall see his other sageuk dramas.

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Lol at big bro Bang-gan shouting "Ya, who is this jerk?" during the siege so that he could inform Bang-won of the name of the guy he will be killing.. and the ensuing "Bang won-ah, this jerk is Lee Geun!" followed by a hearty, and quite creepy, laugh.

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IKR! He was an endearing thug :D Why did the PD keep him away for a long time? He should have been there from the beginning for some comic relief :p

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I liked that in his last moment, Jeong Do Jeon recalled back to his words to Jeong Mung Joo. Two best friends died in the hands of the same man, all accepting of their deaths, with different results. Just magnificent in a morbid way.

Side note on the lighter side ... Ha Ryun comes off as more adorable-like in his armour. Seriously. Like he shouldn't even be near the battlefield.

And it's strangely sexy the way Bang Gan called out to Park Po, must be the manic berserker glint in his eyes, the mace and the accent. I didn't think Bang Gan could be sexy until the "Park Po-yah!" call. My eyes see you, Bang Gan, you sexy beast.

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Hahaha I definitely saw the blood-thirsty beast in Bang-Gan in this episode, just not so sure about the sexy part. This show has never shied away from blood and violence but this blood-thirsty smashing of heads brings the show to a whole new level. I'm quite surprised the Korean authority didn't demand censoring of such scenes since kids are watching as well.

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I had to look away when he smashes those heads..It was just so gruesome.

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LOL. After uncle Ji Ran, Bang Gan is my second fave beast :D

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Sexy?! Ehh... That guy is the Joseon version of a chest-beating jock, that's for sure.

Everyone uses a sword and cleanly slice people in half but no, Lee BangGan is a special snowflake and he has to use a mace and splatter the most blood, ha!

I agree that HaRyun is no battle-field person. Also, is the lighter colour in his two-toned eyebrow enroaching the territory of the other colour? Is that a measure of BangWon's influence in middle-ages Korea?

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I'm guessing Ha Ryun's eyebrows are prematurely aging with all these killings happening.

Or better yet, the measure of Bang Won's insanity meter?

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LMAO. Haryun seems getting pressed the further Bang Won's insanity goes.

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what CSaKwang doing there? does she want to take a revenge or make an ally with sambong or...?

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I'm wondering too... it's so random

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You will get the answer in the next episode. Looks like she is going on a rampage next week.

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Against who? She killed Young-Gyoo already. The ones that persecuted the Wangs were Sambong and Taejo.

Is she going to blame Moo-hyul or Bang-won for the weapons being at Banchon?
I thought it was weird that she saw Moo-hyul crying and she just left without saying a word.

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When she said 'the owner of the shed' I had a chill running down my spine, wondering if she'd kill Moohyul's granny. Please no.

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Now you are on to something. I'm nervous for grandma. If she kills her Moo-hyul will definitely kill Sa Gwang.

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This is unpredictable. I like it.

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They showed her hearing that Sam Bong was the cause of the King's agenda, and he is now dead, so it seems to me that Nameless will be her main target.

Who she will see as the owner of the shed is worrisome though, agree...

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I was so nervous watching this episode, I knew we were going to see Jung Do-joen die but my heart! This show is AWESOME!

I am weary Bang-won ah! and there I was in tears! I really cried when Bang-won drew his sword and drove it into Jung do-jeon, I was thinking " His your CHANTIGUR!" and then they show us the flashback and my heart goes CRACK!

Bang-won burning the names, his hysterical laugh and his mad eyes gave me shivers and I love it!

Bang-ji, my bang-ji, he sobbed so heartbreakingly I was a mess! He can't listen to Moo-hyul's favor when Yoen-hee's dying wish was for him to protect her dream (JDJ), I don't want them to fight but I know it's just inevitable! I love them both and I just don't wanna see them hurt, bleeding and crying! I feel like a protective mama! Hands clasped and praying hard, be safe!

I honestly started watching the show only for Byun Yo-han, I became a fan when I watched Misaeng and I'm glad he brought me here, all actors are doing a great job and this show's become one of my favorites.

Thanks Heads for the recap and now I'm off to watch ep 48!

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I also watched bcz of BYH, he has good screen time in next episode, he is awesome there.

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Me too! I loved Byun Yo-Han from Misaeng and started watching SFD, then I was so glad I did because it's so good, whether it's the acting or the directing and cinematography

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To Bang-won’s question about why he didn’t run away, Jung Do-jeon answers simply, “Because there is no need to. The nation you and I seek to make is, truthfully, the same. So what difference does it make if I achieve it, or you do? It is only that my way has been broken, so I am simply stepping aside. Since you know my idea and design better than anyone, I am sure you will do a good job.” - *me sobbing*

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It's too bad that the history's version is different. I think it was biased enough for writers to end Sambong's life differently in all the dramas of this era.

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What was history's version?

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In short. He was called evil and a traitor. That's why no one talked about Sambong until the later day historians reevaluate the history.

Ha Ryun's version of the history was what was written on the Annals of King Taejo.

It stated that Sambong ran and hide after they (Sambong, Nam Un etc) were found drinking and laughing at Nam Un concubine's house.
Bang-won found him hiding at the neighbor's house and Sambong begged for his life. He died there and not at Sungkyunkwan like it showed in the drama.

So, the writers managed to use both, a short version from the annals and today's historians version.

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Thank you for sharing...I'm glad that the writer uses both...I'd have hated to see Sambong pictured in this drama the way the way the annals recorded it. It really wouldn't have befitted Sambong in any way.

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In the end, Bang Won still somehow lost. Sam Bong didn't run, no excuses, didn't blame Bang Won for anything. He accepted his fate and just let everything go. It must be a disappointment and a relief at the same time to Bang Won. Sambong is still the man he respected. I agree that he'll probably lose himself if Sambong actually ran away or begged for his life. Well, at the end of the day, nobody really wins in the war.

Superb acting from everyone this episode. I feel like I'd be overwhelmed to tears if I were filming as one of those soldiers and watching Kim Myungmin and Yoo Ahin acting beside each other. Oh gosh. I can't even imagine how surreal that would feel.

Thank you for the recaps, Heads! 3 episodes left.

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If this drama's PD paired up with Signal's PD, I wonder what the result would be.

Or maybe that would be like pitting Jeong DoJeong against Lee BangWon... ._.|||

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I still think it's a little bit of a shame that Jang Tae Yoo is not directing this. I'm watching Tree for the nth time and I'm reminded again how awesome his directing is.

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I agree. Jang Tae Yoo did a pretty awesome job in Tree. The beginning of SFD was frustrating without him and how he pays attention to details.

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Eh, Jang Tae Yoo was very lacking when it came to the fighting scenes, slow-mo everywhere. I like Shin Kyung Soo's style more, since this show had much more action in it.

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I agree about the fight scenes. Although they're a lot different from fight scenes in Tree. I like the JTY's slow mo better though. And he made the flying thing not so cheesy to me.

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For me the most interesting part of today's sad episode, was the decision to let Boon yi live (I half expected her to die in this episode, since there's no mention of her in Tree) which Jukroung describes as "complicated for various, various reasons" ). I interpreted this to mean:

1. He knows that Boon yi is Bang won's beloved, and he would hate to piss off Bang won by unnecessarily killing off the woman he loves;

2. No one wants to take on Lee Bang ji. And Ddang Sae would be out for blood if anyone touched his sister;

3. I think Jukroung knows that Boon yi is the daughter of Nameless, by killing Boon yi, he would awaken the ire of his mistress;

4. Banchon is supposed to be neutral in politics, and by killing the head of Banchon, he would be inviting all sorts of trouble to his organization when things calmed down (though I don't think this counts for much in his reckoning).

5. As I was thinking about all these things, it struck me that Boon yi is the only person who is literally protected by all sides of this fraction . In Chess, she would literally be the King piece, protected by every other piece. Ironic, isn't it?

I thought it was pretty significant, the way the camera slowed down Bang won's stride, as he walked past Boon yi, after he killed JDJ, as she stared at the scene in shock. I still don't fully understand what it was supposed to convey. That Boon yi no longer has any influence on Bang won, since the worm in his ear has taken over???

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In my interpretation, Boon Yi is the manifest of a moral ground in this drama. At the time when Bang Won walked past Boon Yi without any expressions, he ignored his moral ground.

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This episode had everything I needed in life ngl.
I was so stunned afterwards. My mind crumbled lol.

Yeonhee's death scene will be in my memory for my entire life it was so overwhelming O_O beautifully directed though so the impact was like equivalent to getting punched in the face.
I'm actually glad that what was depicted in Tree was totally different to what we saw here, so it came as a shock (despite knowing that she was a goner from the start)
This scene was so emotionally raw & also strangely intimate when she smiled at Bangji and looked him in the eye for the final time. /sob T__T
I'll be honest and admit that i have not praised Jung Yumi's acting that much all series (I like her a lot but the other cast members just stand out more I guess) but her final moment was HER BEST MOMENT. Amazing. She did great.
Ofc Byun Yohan broke my heart. :') He always does. Damnit.

Bangwon BURNING NAMES as they were dying!!! was hardcore creeptastic. Yoo Ah In constantly bringing the chills and goosebumps with his scenes!

Not ready for Bangji vs Moohyul (covers eyes lalalalalalalalalalalalala deniallllllllllllllllllll)

Kim Myungmin was incredible. RIP Sambong.

Can't believe there's only 3 eps left. Man....

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What an episode, it was blood and gory and yet so poignant. For all the bloodletting, the most chilling moment was during Bang Won's murderous roll call as he impassively burned the papers with the names of Jung Do Jeon's dead allies.
Was so frustrated with the behaviour of Jung Do Jeon and company earlier, like just get off the moral high horse... but have come to view it more as a clash of political ideology in the recent episodes. It was touching to see the people's respect for him as he calmly prepared for his impending death.
And Bang Won's flashbacks... deep down he was a little boy who wanted to be recognised by his idol. Sadly, it was not to be as he was slowly consumed by his dark side. Jung Do Jeon and he were two brilliant individuals with the admirable dream of improving the lives of the common people when it would have been easier to turn a blind eye given their privileged backgrounds. What a shame, it could have been the Joseon dream team had they ironed out their political differences.

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If LBW had been king and JDJ prime minister, what could they not have done?

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Sambong and King Sejong would have been my dream pair. I wonder what Joseon would've been like.

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Could I persuade you to revise that to Sambong, King Sejong and Moo-hyul, at least?

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It's too bad Moo-hyul is fictional :(.

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Have to JDJ and LBW. One to handle dirty works and the other for politics

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That would've been perfect!

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this show has had me vacillating between love and hate for the two main characters. Now when Jung Do Jeon died i was just so sad yet a few episodes ago I was on the bandwagon that was baying for his blood. The distaste I feel for LBW while still rooting for his team gives me an idea of what the character Moo Hyul must be feeling. As for Yeon Hee her death only impacts me in how sad it makes Boon Yi and Bang Ji,remember how she was all for killing LBW in the earlier episodes when he was in jail? I have not gotten over that and her smug and superior attitude just steadily got worse over time,may she RIP. I have a feeling Bang Ji is about to rain mayhem on LBW's plans

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Same here, love how the two main characters are not strictly black or white. One key difference between them is Bang Won's "the end justifies the means" mentality, really any means... while Jung Do Jeon is more restrained.

Seeing Bang Won's journey to darkness, I do understand what caused his transformation. Plus Yoo Ah In is doing such a stellar job in conveying the character's inner conflict and vulnerability. Still I can't condone his actions.

Yeon Hee through her interactions with Bang Jim in recent weeks looks more humanised. Really annoyed with her hypocritical and high handed behaviour earlier. Ultimately the cause and her idol worship of Jung Do Jeon took precedence over her love for Bang Ji. For all of Bang Won's faults, he was still the best person to realise Jung Do Jeon's vision. Yeon Hee would have been better off leaving with Bang Ji to lead a peaceful life away from politics as what she advised Bong Yi before.

Looks like poor Bang Ji will end up the biggest loser. He won't be winning the fight with Bang Won and Boon Yi may be caught in the crossfire.

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The previous episodes of SFD have on occasion, made me really hate JDJ and I don't know why (contextual portrayal?), because the moment I take the time to reflect once episodes are over, I realise that the differences between him and Bang-won are really, really small but critical.

Anyway, obviously I didn't have that problem during this episode. His death was truly magnificent, but I take some quibbling with the subs when it was airing where I am. "It is only that my way has been broken, so I am simply stepping aside." makes, IMO, far more sense that JDJ claiming that his path was the "wrong" once, which had been staring at the screen and going 'Wtf?' since that makes (to me), pretty much no sense. As an acknowledgement that LBW has won the game, however...

I think I just felt sad during the whole episode. People who could've been awesome together, or good friends were turned against each other: JDJ versus LBW (I know this isn't new, but we're really seeing the human cost today), and Moo Hyul thrown up against Lee Bang-ji.

And of course, Banchon becomes part of the battleground, which puts into mind the proverb about ants. Dear Muiiya chorus: sometimes it's both politics and the sword. Especially when LBW is concerned...

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It's easy to misunderstand Sambong especially when viewed from a 21st century point of view.

I thought they went a little too far into the villain territory with his character a few times where it felt like he was totally bipolar in my opinion.

I can't complain about the ending after he said "I'm tired Bang-won-ah". I thought it was appropriate enough for him to call him Bang-wom-ah since they have been working together since he was young. (Historically they didn't) but it fits this drama.

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"Powerful, stirring, brilliant—you name it, Six Flying Dragons is it."

This. So much emotions watching this episode. Yeonhee and JDJ's send off scenes were wonderfully (horrific yet poetic and haunting as well) done. Bravo to the entire team and to these amazing actors. I trust it will be a wild and exhilarating ride to the end.

Yoo Ah In, you continue to amaze me. Brilliant!

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I have been waiting for you comments about the episode and everyone else's reaction because I just can't take it alone anymore. The episode was executed on point that it was depressing myself of all the emotions it had struck me. I just want to share the scenes that had either gave me chills, a huge pang in my heart, and relief.

a. Bang Won's burning of names as his army kill those persons. Damn, that's just metaphorically evil. I was having gooesbumps the whole time. It's enough to murder your victims, but execute it with a garnish? aghhh, it's psychotic. Though I have to understand, that it may be BW's channel of pain. (Just maybe?)

b. Yeon Hee's Death - I have to say that she is selfish to do that to Bang Ji but I can't blame her. Bang Ji's love is just an extra prize for her. The main prize is her dream a.k.a JDJ's nation. And yes, the scene was horrifying that if I were BJ, I wouldn't be able to sleep without having nightmares of YH slashing her throat for the rest of my life.

c. JDJ's Death - From the moment BW called out JDJ's name, I was already spelling out BARBARIC in my mind. I don't refer to BW killing JDJ. But how the writers presented the death to us. From the letter telling BW to keep quiet and he'll be there, to JDJ marching to his death along the SK students and their (BW & JDJ) final chitchat and walk. It was horrifying to the point that it will haunt you in real life.

d. Boon Yi and Bang Won - I was always rooting for these two. I have always admired their love for each other. A love that does not judge. But the JDJ death scene where BW passed by BY with a blank expression on his face just broke my heart. It saddens me that a love like theirs will be destroyed or probably it has been destroyed the moment BW swung his sword. No matter how evil a person's acts are, he should not be deprived of love and redemption. And to some extent and at some certain point, Boon Yi is Bang Won's redemption.

Kudos to the SFD team, you have been doing a great job since Day 1! And Yoo Ah In, hands down to your acting. He's definitely one of the best actors of Korea right now!

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a. I saw it as an evolution of his tree-chopping when he was younger. Instead of planting trees, now he writes their name on slips of paper (unless the paper came from their trees? o.O) and burns them.

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The page book burning scene is very similar to a scene in "Queen Insoo" where the chief architect of Seno's rebellion Han Myung-hoi (he is the nameless Milbon person in Tree whose name is revealed at the then end).

Prior to the rebellion, Han Myung-hoi compiles a book of all of Sejo's enemies and under a pretence invites all the ministers and nobles one by one into the palace. As each person entersd and go in, Han Myunh-hoi looks at the book - if they are to be spared or are Sejo supporters, he tells them to take the right door. But if an enemy, they are told to go to the left door or are taken there where they are slaughtered. A very powerful scene.

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I love Queen In-soo. Top of my favorite sageuks.

That scene was brutal and the dead bodies piling on each other. It reminds me of Bang-won killing the ministers (Taejo and Sambong's supporters) in Tears of the Dragon.

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I agree - that and "Cruel Palace" as well. "Six Flying Dragons" is also very good but "Queen Insoo" remains my favourite.

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He scared me in that scene.His expression was similar to that of a person having an ecstatic religious experience. Those papers were replacement for the trees. He couldn't very well lug huge trees around on his murder spree. What vexes me is I still want him to win.

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YAI needs to get every award out there in S.korea right now. His performance has been on another level. It's like he's been possesed by King Taejong's spirit. It seems with every kill BW has lost himself -kinda like Voldermort. I didn't think I could ever watch a 50 episode saeguk but the story, directing and the cast have made it impossible to stay away from this drama.

I expected YH and JDJ's death but it was still heartbreaking to watch. BJ has been missing for the most part during the last few weeks so I'm glad there's more of him this week. I don't think YH loved JDJ romantically. In the series, it was always portrayed as a boss/worker relationship. I think YH and BJ's relationship could have been better written but I want to believe that YH did love BJ. The problem was she loved the cause - which JDJ stood for more than she loved BJ. I think even if YH had lived and BJ decided to leave all of the politics behind, YH would have still left BJ.

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Now, I can start campaigning for KMM to be in Park Kyung Soo next drama. :D

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Wow you read my mind. That would be awesome! I kept wanting him to be killed off earlier for that reason lol.

Park Kyung Soo haven't written a bad drama and KMM needs to flex his acting chops in a modern drama. His last few dramas was nothing to write home about.

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Can anybody tell is bang ji going to die, i don't want see him die. i am still on 28th episode, i haven't watched tree, no idea whats going on.

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I have not watched Deep-Rooted Tree, but everyone else in the comments who has watched it have said that Bang-ji will survive because he appears in DRT. You don't seem to have any reason to worry.

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Bang Ji will not die here. He died in Tree.

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Did JDJ become greedy? Did he choose Bangseok because Bangseok would be easier to mould into what he wants? Or he knew that LSG is probably going to die early and he will be in charge of Bangseok? I mean if his view is that it doesn't matter if it is him or Bangwon to make his Jeoson dream come true then why did he not choose him to be crown prince in the first place? He probably would have been able to stir him to the Liaodong conquest if he only chose him to be part of it as crown prince. His actions towards Bangwon over and over has turned Bangwon into a henchman it is so sad.

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Sambong's choice as crown prince was Bang-won. Taejo's choice and final say was Bangseok. I thought the writers made that clear already.

He was asked to protect Bangseok and educate him too. What was he supposed to say to the king? No I won't do it?

Bang-won was a grown man and intelligent enough to make his own decision. He wanted the throne and he did what he must to get it.

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Jung Do Jeon's earlier choice was Bang Won but it became anyone but him once he killed Poeun. Still even if Bang Won were made the Crown Prince, he won't have accepted Jung Do Jeon's political model of the king as a figurehead. Without a compromise in beliefs, they would still be set for a showdown.

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That's true but he has been blamed for choosing Bang-seok over Bang-won like it was his decision to make. That was the king's decision and Taejo already made up his mind before he announced it.

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What an episode!
Bye Jung Do-jeon. I was not interested in JDJ even when I was watching the drama Jung Do-jeon with awesome Jo Jae-hyun(Punch). But My bias Kim Myung-min playing JDJ made me look him up (wiki, etc).

Unlike his rigid and righteous revolutionary idealist image, Jung Do-jeon was said to have flippant, careless personality. One time He went outside with non-matching left and right shoe on (His palace appearance in ep1 was accurate?). When his servant called him out on it, Jung said "Doesn't matter. When I ride a horse, people on the right side only see my right shoe, and people on the left side only see left shoe." and kept go