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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo: Episode 13

This episode puts everyone’s loyalties to the test as alliances are formed and rivalries are created all in the name of one golden chair. The fate of Goryeo comes to rest on Su’s generally incapable shoulders, leaving her to choose which of the two prominent men in her life she should entrust with information that could end their world as they know it. No pressure or anything.

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

So notices the armor beneath Wook’s outer layer, just as Woo-hee rushes the king. Baek-ah takes the blade meant for his father, but the feat goes mostly unnoticed—everyone gets too distracted by the king suddenly collapsing on his own.

Baek-ah kicks the bloody sword away to hide the evidence and tells Woo-hee to run. She does, while third prince Yo tells ninth prince Won to find Wook. He knows their plan has failed.

On his deathbed, King Taejo ruminates over what he’s managed to accomplish in life with only Grand General Park and Astronomer Choi at his side. They assure the king that he made the right decision in choosing Crown Prince Mu to ascend the throne, and in turn, he tells them to watch over both Mu and So.

That night, Su thinks over So’s marriage proposal. The next morning, Yo, Wook, and ninth prince Won approach the king’s quarters with a devious plan in mind. All roads in and out of the palace have been blocked, with Yo intending to receive the king’s final decree (presumably for him to succeed the throne) without the crown prince finding out.

But before they can advance any further, they’re joined by fourteenth prince Jung and surrounded by Grand General Park’s soldiers. General Park knows exactly what Yo’s about, and cautions all four princes to leave—should they not, they’ll be charged with treason.

Even the queens are denied access to the king, with Queen Sinmyeongsunseong slowly realizing that Astronomer Choi must be trying to buy time before Crown Prince Mu arrives. Inside, only Su is allowed to tend to the king in his final moments.

Taejo knows he doesn’t have much time, so he asks Su to bring the crown prince to him. It must be her, he says, because no one else can find out about his death before the crown prince arrives. “Once you leave this room, someone will approach you,” he breathes. “To the person who only asks how I am feeling, tell them that I am asking for more tea. But beware of the one who asks if I have died—that person eyes the throne.”

After warning her not to trust anyone, he adds that the fate of Goryeo rests on her shoulders. “That may be the reason why you are here,” he continues in voiceover, as Su weaves through the soldiers outside the palace to reach her destination.

So attempts to leave the palace grounds, only to be blocked by his half-sister, Princess Yeonhwa. When she tells him that no one’s allowed to leave, he surmises that those are Wook’s orders—he’d wondered why Wook was wearing armor beneath his robes at the ceremony, but now he knows that Wook was planning on attacking the king.

Despite her limp, Su tries to make a run for it. Wook stops her to ask where she’s going, and she lies that she’s going to Damiwon to fetch more tea for the king. Wook then asks her about the marriage proposal from So like he has a right to be jealous, and though she begins to tell him he’s got it all wrong, she soon remembers the task she was originally sent out for.

It’s only then that Wook asks if the king passed away, causing Su to realize the kind of person she’s facing. The king specifically warned her against anyone asking if he had passed. “Do you… wish to become king?” Su asks haltingly.

Yeonhwa asks the same question of So, despite his adamance that the crown prince is set to succeed the king. While Su asks Wook if he will become king, we return to So, who mockingly asks his half-sister if it’s so easy to become king that all one has to do is wish for it. Yeonhwa says it would be for So, since she and her clan could throw all their support behind him.

To Su, Wook claims that the reason he wants the throne is because he needs that power to protect the ones he loves. Quick cut back to So (I’m getting whiplash), who asks Yeonhwa what power being king would grant him. “If I become king, would the heart I so desire become mine?”

Back to Wook, as he says that he will become king. Then back to So, who now says that he will become king.

The queens are finally allowed in the king’s quarters, though he already has one foot in the afterlife. He imagines Court Lady Oh in a verdant field with an armful of flowers, and whispers her name before passing on.

Surprisingly, Queen Sinmyeongsunseong cries as she tries to shake the king back to the land of the living: “You cannot leave me like this! Your Majesty! Come back! Come back!”

“For your sake, I will surely become king,” Wook tells Su. That’s not at all what she wants, but he tells her it’s already begun—he’ll attack the king’s quarters with Yo tomorrow. He takes a protesting Su by the shoulders as he adds that the crown prince won’t be returning anyway. Someone has to take the throne, so all she has to do is hide and wait for him.

He asks again whether the king has passed, and with dead eyes and a flat voice, Su only says that the king asked for more tea. That’s when he tells her that the crown prince is too far to the south for her to get to him on her own, having guessed that that’s the mission she’s on. Su just runs away in response.

Meanwhile, Yeonhwa scoffs that the only reason So wants to become king is to win a girl’s heart. (Because he used one second to convince himself that he could, or something.) So doesn’t care what she thinks, since that’s all the throne means to him.

He orders her to make way for him, but she refuses, guessing that he might try to bring the crown prince back.

Baek-ah seems unharmed for the most part as he meets with an indignant Woo-hee, who blames him for ruining her plan to kill the king. When he asks her why she did it, she claims that it’s because his father killed every member of her family.

He actually apologizes on his father’s behalf, which causes a tear to snake down Woo-hee’s cheek. She fights him when he pulls her into an embrace, but eventually gives in. “I am sorry for being my father’s son,” he adds. Are there really going to be no consequences from that ceremony? Really?

Yo figures that if the king isn’t already dead, he will be soon. Fourteenth prince Jung doesn’t seem aware of his brother’s plans, and blurts that the king is probably feeling better due to the tea Su’s been making him. Since that means that Su knows of the king’s condition, Yo is determined to stop her before she gets to the crown prince.

Su sees that ninth prince Won is looking for her, and is pulled to safety by So. Trusting him, she tells him that the king has passed away, and that he tasked her with finding the crown prince. She also tells him of Wook’s plans to attack tomorrow, earning a rise out of So, since that means that she would’ve had to have talked to Wook in order to find out.

Since all the roads out of the palace are blocked, So tries to think of another way for them to get the word out. When he says that the crown prince is in former Later Baekje territory to the south, the displaced princess from Later Baekje, Woo-hee, instantly comes to Su’s mind.

Speaking of, Baek-ah asks Woo-hee if she’d be willing to forget everything and just be with him, since no one would recognize her from the ceremony. Before she can answer, they’re interrupted when Su arrives with So to ask Woo-hee about her hometown.

Since So trusts Baek-ah, he tells him that the king has passed, which causes Woo-hee to lose her footing. Baek-ah steadies her as So fills him in on what Su told him about their brothers’ plans, asking Baek-ah to be the one to send word to the crown prince. He’ll stay behind to try and stop their brothers—and thankfully, Woo-hee knows a secret road Baek-ah can use to leave the palace.

Princess Yeonhwa tells her brother about her encounter with So, though the more pressing issue is the king’s health. No one knows if he’s alive or dead, since his queens have basically been held hostage inside his quarters so that no word will leak out.

Yeonhwa sees this as an opportunity for Wook to storm the king’s quarters and declare himself king (which would mean altering the king’s final decree), but Wook doesn’t want anyone to be able to call him a traitor. “I wish to be seen as flawless,” he says, much to his sister’s dismay.

She claims to not understand what he wants, since he even went so far as to wear armor to the ceremony the night before. Wook only tells her that he’s weighing his options. Seeing his scheming side makes Yeonhwa happy, as she arrogantly notes that she’s no longer having to force his hand—he genuinely wants the throne now: “You’ve changed, Orabeoni.”

“If the situation will not change, then I must,” Wook says, resigned. But the only thing that worries him now is the thought of having to betray Su, or so he says.

So finds Su staring at the empty throne in the dark, and jokingly asks if she wants to sit in it. Does she not want the seat that everyone’s now fighting for? Su says she doesn’t, not when the king had to kill Court Lady Oh to keep it. And now that So’s having to fight his brothers for it. “Even if you fight tomorrow, you won’t harm them, will you?”

He guesses that she’s worried about Wook, but not for the right reasons—he still thinks that she only considers Wook a relative. But if that were the case, he wonders, why did she come to him? “He said it was for my sake,” Su begins. “He was angry that he couldn’t do anything when I was driven out, so he says he wants more power.”

So nods in understanding, claiming that he once felt the same way. Looking back up toward the throne, Su says that because the king told her to live her life according to reason, she’s siding with the crown prince. But that doesn’t mean she wants to see Wook hurt, since she claims that would scar her for life.

Surprisingly, So is more than willing to go out of his way not to harm Wook, since he doesn’t want to see Wook die either. “I could be injured too,” he adds. “Are you not worried about me?” She isn’t, because she knows he’ll go on to become King Gwangjong, though of course she can’t say as much. All she tells him is that she knows he’ll be fine. So smiles at her, then looks toward the throne.

Queen Sinmyeongsunseong becomes insanely possessive over the king’s body, enough to where she refuses to let Queen Sinjeong anywhere near him. Their tiff is interrupted by So, which makes the evil queen intensely unhappy—she’d rather either of the sons she actually loves to be the first to see the king dead.

So kneels at his father’s bedside as Astronomer Choi relates the king’s last words to him, which were about how fleeting life is. It’s then that So flashes back to two years ago, when Choi had gone to Shinju to give him a new mask, which his father gifted him every year.

While trying it on, So had turned and accidentally caught sight of the king in his palanquin nearby. He’d come with the astronomer to see his son receive his gift, even if it was only from a distance. Seeing how So’s face just lit up at the sight of him is heartbreaking.

In the present, he lays his father’s funeral cloak over him. Only then does he tell Astronomer Choi to gather General Park and his men to prepare for the rebellion Wook and Yo have planned for tomorrow. The king wanted the throne to go to the crown prince, so now it’s their job to make sure that happens.

Queen Sinjeong is shocked to hear about her son’s involvement in such a plot, but of course, the evil queen threatens to kill So if he so much as breathes on Yo. “You expect him to live after committing treason?” he growls, pulling his arm from her grasp. “You have too much greed.”

Queen Sinjeong is the one to think on her feet, since she and Queen Sinmyeongsunseong now have a common goal. If they don’t figure something out fast, both their sons will die.

Woo-hee forces Baek-ah to make camp later that night, since his wound is paining him. Over a warm fire, Baek-ah tells her that he never intended to hide that he was a prince from her. At least she knows she has no room to be upset, since she hid things from him too.

But Baek-ah can’t help but wonder what their lives would have been like if he were only a musician, and if she were only a gisaeng. Woo-hee just tells him to rest by way of answer, since they’ll reach her hometown tomorrow. They both know that they’ll have to part ways then, and neither will have a reason to meet again.

Woo-hee’s much more adamant about this point than he is, so Baek-ah just resigns himself to that fact. “If we can’t see each other again, then… can I do as I like tonight?” he asks, before leaning in to kiss her.

Wook and Yo show up at the palace gates in full battle regalia, and though Yo is somewhat concerned that it’s so quiet, they know that most of the king’s forces are with the crown prince. Regardless of what happens, Wook only has one request of Yo: “If So tries to stop us, make sure to kill him.” Yo readily agrees.

They walk their massive forces through the gates, encountering So and Grand General Park with an army of their own. Wook has the decency to look guilty when he spots Su looking at him from behind the lines, but it’s too late now.

Yo proclaims that he’s come to free his mother, who’s been unjustly held in the king’s quarters without reason. Yo is the first to draw his sword, but Wook and So are the only ones to go at it, acting as their respective armies’ champions.

Wook is strong in his offense, leaving So to parry his blows. But when So takes the initiative to rush him, it sets Wook back more than a few paces—and from there, the blows only become more intense. The two men lock arms and swords in combat until they’re at a standstill, which is only broken when archers on the roof send arrows raining down on Yo’s forces.

More soldiers come rushing through the gate, but So’s got his eyes locked on Wook as he crouches into a battle stance. But the arrival of the soldiers signifies a much bigger arrival—they’ve come with Crown Prince Mu and Baek-ah. Busted!

Yo orders Wook to go into the king’s quarters while he holds their eldest brother off. Instead, Wook spins around and holds his sword to Yo’s neck. Yo calls his brother out for his betrayal, though Wook says that it can’t be considered betrayal when they weren’t even on the same side.

Indeed, Crown Prince Mu claims that it was Wook who told him all about Yo’s treasonous plan, which makes Wook look like the real hero here. So’s face twitches in minor annoyance, but it’s not like he can interject—everyone wins with Yo looking like the big bad.

Only then does Astronomer Choi officially announce that the king has died, and that he decreed before his death that Crown Prince Mu would become king. Wook shocks them all by being the first to raise a victory chant: “Manseh! Manseh! Manseh!”

So joins him in the chant, and soon, everyone in the courtyard does as well. Crown Prince Mu is the only one left standing as everything hits him at once—his father is dead, and now he’s king.

A white-haired woman stumbles out of the king’s quarters to hear the news… and it’s Queen Sinmyeongsunseong? Did she go white overnight?

The princes take turns seeing their dead father, with fourteenth prince Jung being particularly affected by the sight. Princess Yeonhwa only thinks to herself that she’ll make this nation her own.

Meanwhile, Soon-deok does her best to stop tenth prince Eun from attending the funeral, because she knows all too well what happens when a new king ascends the throne. If Eun stays quiet and keeps to himself, she says, then the king will surely leave them alone.

Eun refuses to take the armor she tries to give him, refusing to wear his wife’s armor just to save his own life. Soon-deok gets a little too excited at the thought of them dying together, which Eun quickly refutes. “Why should we die at all?” he wonders. “Let’s both live.” By that, he means live together, which puts his loving wife over the moon.

Su confronts Wook about having lied to her about being on Yo’s side, realizing that he meant to test her. He admits as much, but adds that she still went to So in the end. With wide eyes, she asks if he was planning on killing So, and he levels her with a look as he says that he fully intends on becoming king, so he may as well start getting rid of anyone who’ll stand in his way now.

She can’t believe what she’s just heard—Wook knew how much she suffered from being the cause of Court Lady Oh’s death, so what did he think would happen if he used her to kill So? “You have changed. You are not the person I once knew,” she says, stunned.

Wook throws that right back at her, claiming that she hid things from him, too. “I wanted you to tell me that the king had died. Didn’t you care if I would die or not?” But Su tells him she was on a special mission from the king, and that So had promised not to hurt him.

That gets to Wook most, but with desperation in her eyes, Su reminds him that he’d once told her that they could leave the palace and live in peace. Approaching him halting step by halting step, she tells him that she’s ready to do that now, and firmly believes that the new king will grant their request if Wook only asks. Oh no, Su.

Wook simply says that won’t be possible, which causes Su’s eyes to fill with tears. “You said you would become king for my sake. You’re lying to yourself,” she realizes. She steps away from him as she adds that she’ll keep her distance from him starting now.

Su takes a special kind of offense when Wook asks if this is because of So, asking him if he ever trusted her and her feelings for him even once. Confronted, all Wook can do is claim that he’ll make her return to him. “It won’t be easy,” Su replies.

Yo runs for his life, pursued by Wook, So, and a small army of soldiers. They corner him on that cliff you’ve definitely seen in a sageuk before, and left with no other option, Yo fights and kills many of his pursuers. So stops Wook from shooting him with an arrow, as that would be too humiliating for Yo.

As Yo continues to cut down the men who approach him, So finally comes forward to fight him directly. He’s incredibly quick and agile as he fights Yo with his sword sheathed, though his goal is to talk him off the ledge (literally and figuratively). When Yo proclaims that he won’t give up, So unsheathes his sword and plunges it into his older brother’s chest.

The force of the blow pushes Yo back toward the edge of the cliff. He seems to sense that So won’t kill him, so he knocks the sword away, only for it to be plunged once more into his belly. Even So looks surprised at what he’s just done, and he rushes forward to catch Yo as he goes tumbling over the cliff…

But he’s too late. A crash can be heard far below as So just stares forward in shock. Jung cries for his hyungnim, who’s presumably (and luckily) fallen into the water below, then turns from grief to anger as he stares accusingly up at So.

Jung is the one to inform their mother of the death of her son, but it takes a while for the white-haired queen to believe him. If she didn’t have it out for So before, you can bet she does now.

Su finds So keeping to himself with tears in his eyes, and he tells her that he thought she’d never forgive him if he went to her. “But you might be understanding,” he says with hope, then adds the fateful words, “I… stabbed my older brother.”

He cries, and Su reaches out a tentative hand to pat him comfortingly on the shoulder. Just that touch seems to do him in, and when his crying intensifies, Su just pulls him into an embrace and lets him cry his heart out.

 
COMMENTS

It’s still difficult to actually swallow the change in Wook, no matter how organic the show tries to make it feel. It’s not that I can’t buy that he’d do these things, only that it seems like such a giant shift for someone who was so upright and principled before. People change, of course, and maybe he was just waiting for an opportunity to let it all hang out—but call me old fashioned, because I miss the Wook of yore.

Now he’s seemingly more cunning than all his other brothers combined, which is already making him a force to be reckoned with. I knew he’d planned to flip the situation with Yo to make himself the hero, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so swift, so I was actually taken by surprise when Wook turned on him. He couldn’t have done it because he thought he would be king, but because he wanted to get rid of the competition and endear himself to the new king. I do wonder if he would’ve actually killed So had he been given the chance, and based off his conversation with Su, it seems he would have.

It certainly makes a difference that Wook now seems to be the more cold-blooded brother out of him and So, since he was ready to shoot Yo down without so much as a second thought. It was So who cared about maintaining Yo’s dignity, no matter how treasonous he’d behaved. And even before, it was So who promised Su that he would (to the best of his ability) try to not harm Wook, since he didn’t want his half-brother dead. Wook wouldn’t make the same promise to Su under any circumstance now. He’s made that much clear.

What worries me now is how So might change once future events start calling for him to do so. Compared to Wook, he’s much too trusting and good-hearted—but now that we’ve seen that side of So, it’d be absolutely devastating for him to turn to the dark side just to get his hands on the throne. I can’t quite get a read on how badly he wants the seat, since he tends to fluctuate between saying that he wants it and definitely will have it, to seemingly forgetting that he ever thought of it. Was he lying when he told Yeonhwa that he wanted to be king so he could win Su’s heart? I’m actually hoping that he was, because the alternative doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. When did he decide that being king was the way to Su’s heart? And when did he intend to act on that?

But this episode was a great showcase for Lee Jun-ki and the range of emotions he can portray with only silence. Whether it was that facial twitch of annoyance when Wook stepped up as the crown prince’s savior, or the look of horror and sadness when he stabbed his own brother, So gives us the most open window to his soul out of all the characters presented. Wook would probably come in second, since we can usually see what he’s feeling even if he makes an active effort to hide it.

Su still continues to be Su, but at least she took some action this hour, and realized that her future wasn’t with Wook. Her last conversation with him was as confusing as it was necessary for her to move on, though I can’t help but wonder if she actually meant what she said about being ready to run away with him. Why now, of all times? Did she actually believe that he was doing all this for her sake, and would she have truly run away with him had he agreed? How many men are going to profess to become king just for her?

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The one they all call a beast has more humanity in him that all the others,even crying for a brother who never said a kind word to him all his life aside from deep down mourning his father without other motivations unlike others….Wook is such a sly one,I bet he knew right away Soo lied to him about the King’s condition and made the plans to get rid of Yo and gain Mu’s trust,he is smart,I’ll give him that…I’m happy Soo knew Wook’s greed and his desire to have the throne using her as an excuse or still lying to himself and not admit his deep down desire…It pains me to see Soo crippled even after all this time…On another note how could one single man escape an army,that eyeliner must store secret powers indeed…And how did Dearest Queen’s hair go white overnight…

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I agree the Su Wook Ship is officially down.

We finally see Wook for who he really is: brutally ambitious. While Wook claims that his reason for wanting to be king is to protect his loved ones and save Su, it's clear that he's just using it as a front to convince himself that he's not doing it purely for his thirst for power.

I'm glad Su called him out and gave him an opportunity to go back to being the old Wook and go away with her because that's where we got to see how much he's changed.

I don't believe he can use the excuse of protecting his family and running away with Su will disgrace his sister and mother because there is no threat to them anymore. Queen S has no power with the king dead and Moo on the throne. I highly doubt cinnamon roll Moo will outcast Wook 's family for marrying Su.

Which means that at this point he's really out of the running for Su and is purely driven by his ambition for power.

I also like the fact that in the end what really drove a wedge in their relationship was the fact that Wook was actually going to kill So.

Su was willing to forgive Wook for abandoning her during the Lady Oh scenes but the fact that he's gone after So was what was the breaking point was epic.

(Brilliant now I can be 100% team So with no regrets, not that I was even 1% team Wook to begin with..)

The So Soo ship is finally a go. Hae Su I was all ready to drown you again but you've finally restored my faith in you.

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I was actually quite taken aback by Su's blatant and blind trust in So. Her cold attitude towards him almost had me convinced we'd have to wait for a very very long time until she came around.

But she told him in a heartbeat that the king was dead and she was a hundred percent truthful about her feelings about Wook and what he'd planned.

Despite knowing that he's was gwangjong she believed that he wouldn't kill Wook if she asked him which just tells us how far she's come in her relationship with So.

I suppose the trust goes both ways because when caching for woohe not only was baek ah's opinion important but also how Su confidently told him that she could be trusted because she was her friend.

I suppose Su trusts So as much as she does because he does too.

I think the only thing that was holding Su back when it came to So was not Wook but her fear of what he'd become to just be king. In the end she finally hugged him when he was crying because she realised that he was a genuinely a good person because he was crying over the guilt of killing his brother who'd have no qualms killing him and even Su realises someone like him couldnt just be the cold blooded murder as history described him.

I suppose she finally understood the kings words and instead of being so hung up on his future she saw him for who he really was in the present...

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I somehow sensed that Hae Soo tested him deep down when she asked him to leave the Palace,just like somehow i think Wook tasted her when he asked her about the King...The truth is if he wanted he could do it and he could also protect his own family if he truly wanted,he is smart enough to find a way to protect it with the King gone...Also Yo was the only one to blame for failing his little rebellion,for thinking he is way too great and his biggest mistake to look down on Wook,he doesn't even know he had his part in planting the seed of ambition on him,that day before he left the Palace even if i consider he always had it deep down but was dormat...

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This is just what I was thinking. Soo tested both of them and that's why she trusted So so much that she told him the truth.

When she asked So last episode if he wanted to be king, So asked if she would come to him if he were.

When she asked Wook if he wanted to run and escape with her and get married, he said he wanted to be king.

I don't think things could have been any clearer for Soo, especially since we saw her ruminating on that marriage proposal scene with So last episode.

Two people, two opposite response. And ironically, the one with the response she liked is the one she was afraid to love because of her premonitions.

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The part I noticed about So's comments in ep 12 (and it's what she is thinking about in ep 13) is how he felt free during his time as ambassador even though it was hard. And the fact he wanted Su to have, and feel, that same freedom. I think that really resonated with her because she feels trapped where she is and it shows her that So sees the freedom she had and loved in the manor and how it's what she is missing inside the palace. He's reaching out to her with what she wants and needs showing an understanding of her character beyond some of the others around her.

The flip side of that is I'm a little nervous about his question that if he were king would she go with him?? They of course got cut off there and he couldn't pursue her to clear things up because Wook stopped him. Which makes me wonder if he, in his emotionally stunted way, thinks being king might somehow make him more attractive to Su because he would have the ability to change things. So was he somewhat serious in that conversation with Yeon Hwa?? He's already admitted he doesn't know how to interact with people and misreads cues at times. [Poor guy is trying so hard!! I have to admire him continuing to put himself out there and be vulnerable despite everything thrown at him!] Yet So also recognizes how being king is its own form of being trapped too. LJK keeps me guessing with these nuances sometimes which way So is tipping.

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@Tourmalline Exactly my sentiment. They are testing each other.
"I'll make you come back to me."
"It won't be easy."
This reply. I can't help but thinking Soo has starting to retain some of her sassiness back.

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What kills me is that everyone is referencing So saying he'll be king for Su...except that the Korean version cuts off some very key lines of dialogue that the international version has. Basically, Yeon Hwa follows up saying that the throne isn't something that you can trifle with just to win some girl's heart and So just smiles and says that that's all the throne is to him -- very clearly not greedy for the throne.

I'm so mad at whoever does the editing for both the Korean and international versions. The only benefit to not being the same is that you can piece together the *actual* storyline by watching both. Like last episode when Su turns down So saying she wants to avoid him, the international version cuts out her voiceovers which basically explain she's trying to protect him. So frustrating.

I can only hope that when we buy this it'll be like an extended version so we can actually just watch the entire bloody thing in one go instead of piecing two different versions together.

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@DarkReverie - of all the things, THAT was the line they chose to leave out?

Watching this drama is like doing a really confusing jigsaw puzzle sometimes - you think you have all the pieces, but no you actually don't because the international version has something more! No, the Korean version has something more this time! (this is some treasure hunt nuttiness)

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HOOOHAAAA!!! YAAAS IT FINALLY WENT DOWN.

Now that all the gautlet has been thrown out.

Wook, slow clap, well played my man! Flat diet coke now desperately trying to ferment himself to be a sugar wine. Sorry bud, no matter how great you have become in your cunning and sly ways, you already out in the open swarmed by flies that is your own family.

And here we taste a little more subtle flavor of our finely aged wine, the future problematic King, in Su's eyes (although it seemed he was a great king to his people just not to his family, well politics). Underlying those sweetness there's an oaky charred flavor. A burned out gentle soul that was ready to be appreciated by a certain kind of lady, WHO IS ABOUT TIME to toss the other sugary drinks, avoid that diabetic source Su, before it kill you slowly.

JG oppa should get a better role in Hollywood instead of Resident Evil's baddie, come on!!

Oh my King, you are such a softie, now we can rest knowing you are not just some horny humping dog. You actually care about your sons, not just Mu-lling over Wang Mu.

Congratz Evil Queen Mother, I can see from your hair you have upped your MP point, just a little bit more so that white bar is fully charged then go summon your evil minions.

Alright, let's get into Wook's motivation. Boy he matured late huh? Walking on the tight rope on top of a thousand feet cliff would do wonders to ya, greedy boy. Watch and learn, you cannot get everything in this era, Wook.
Let's see : King, get throne lose love. Mu, get status lose health. Yo, get pedestal lose moral. So, get smart lose face (literally too, although he's gaining with sacrifice). Baek ah, get love from most lose legitimacy. Wook you gotta lose one, your family or your girl. If I were you, go for the family, blood is thicker than water, or water maid that is. Let the poor girl go would you, SERIOUSLY!

Yo...nice feign brother. Everyone who's been a resident of dramaland fandom know that cliff is just a metaphor for : I'll be back, Terminator style. I can't wait till So really cut him off, I know, I just said blood is thicker than water, but if that blood poison you, just drink more water to dilute and piss it out would ya?

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Oh, did I forget about Su? in purpose?

Girl, should've test them a long time ago. Don't you learn? Boys will be boys, look at them still fighting over toys. Throne or you.

I knew the King kept you around for a reason. Respecting Lady Oh's wish my ass (well ok maybe that too). You're a tool, need to sharpen up! Look around, stop day dreaming over who's gonna kill who. How about be the chess master. You are from the future, you already know the law now that nothing will change the end, but you can alter the journey. You got the power, use it my gawd! You know now that Wook is jaded, you also know So is not just a vengeful person, there is a fine connecting line in between them. Your limpy effort is just going to make things worse. Tell So to marry YeonHwa with you overseeing the marriage. I know sounds terrible and I don't want to share a man like So either, but you kills several birds with one stone.
1. now YeonHwa indebted to you, that means she'll not gonna try to kill you, yet if you play your card well. We don't want blood tea 2.0 don't we?
2. If So obeys, that means he submit to you, more proof he'll do anything for you, what better to have a king that is under your thumb.
3. Wook is greedy, he will not have So have you "officially" by YeonHwa becoming So's wife, Wook's stuck. He will be labelled traitor if he rebel and YeonHwa will not support him.

Just sayin'

On the other note, does anyone realize this triangle love is very Jane Austen?

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"Oh my King, you are such a softie, now we can rest knowing you are not just some horny humping dog."

Wow, if you did a little research on Taejo you wouldn't say that.

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I liked you comment about the Jane Austen feel. This drama is starting to 'read' like an English Literature/Classical opera text book. I see some Shakespeare, Richard Wagner overtones/undertones. The music composer should have used some music from The Ring Cycle for the action scenes.

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@ Kiara, darling of course if we are basing this on real history I know he didn't. He sacrifice his own freedom to be the king because he didn't want to, but his supported forced him because he is the most qualified. He is also a pretty awesome king to his loyal subject.

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@Blargh

Don't mind this Taejo fangirl.

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Wining words...lolz

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JG oppa should get a better role in Hollywood instead of Resident Evil’s baddie, come on!!

I agree! I'd love to see him get some Hollywood work. I'd really like to see him in "Killjoys" or "Dark Matter" (two of my favorite science fiction shows). :sigh:

If I'm honest, what I'd really like to see him in is an adaptation of "The Goblin Emperor" or maybe "The Archivist Wasp". He'd be brilliant in them. (Heck, I'd settle for a Korean adaptation of 'The Goblin Emperor' - what a great fantasy sageuk that would make!)

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@Blargh your comments are killing me, you are just what those princes and Su need! Though I don't recommend drowning as the way to get to them and serve up that advice.

JG oppa should get a better role in Hollywood instead of Resident Evil’s baddie, come on!!

I personally wish he'd do Chungmuro again, he hasn't done a Korean movie since 2007 and it is high time he did another! He'd be so amazing in a sageuk movie. Or a modern-day action one. Or a romcom (where hopefully no one dies).

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ikr, two guards were holding onto to Yo and then somehow he fled to the bush after discarding his armor.... and the princes were on horses
Yo must have some super powers to help him escape

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Maybe he's Maybelline Man?

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*giggle*

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THIS. 10 points for jomo

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Ha ha! Maybelline Man...funny!

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If it weren't for the commenter who wrote a song about the abs in k2 I would have said you won best comment of the week.

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Hey, that naked shower brawl in that last ep of k2 was a work of art! It will live on in my memory forever. I will happily cherish it for the rest of my drama-watching days.
Mmm

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It is the best shower scene kdramaland has ever had. The best way to showcase the abs...no one can ever surpass JCW on that aspect. He's the King of Shower Scenes now..

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That was so incongruous that I thought that they actually were hunting Yo like an animal and when Wook raised the arrow it seemed like the logical next step. How the heck did they all get out in the forest like that? LOL

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He took off his eyeliner and no one recognized him, giving him time to escape.

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:))) teeheehee that's it! Thank you, mary

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Wook totally deserves himself some eyeliner after this episode :)

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I've love to see this. KHN would rock it!

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The queen must have steps out from the magical talisman boundary...
I am just following the recap (too busy to watch any kdrama nowadays) and I can't really understand what is happening in this drama. It is so difficult to understand who wants to be king..or pretend to want to be king..or who su wants..or don't want. So so so complicated. Usually I find it is suffice by reading a recap, not watching.

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according to the king philosophy, those that ask if he had passed away yet are the one aiming for the throne
from today episode, yo, wook and won asked that question, implying they have ambition for the throne.

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Maybe she was originally wearing a wig? I know those fancy hairstyles included a lot of fake hair. Who knows.

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Yeah we know them all wear weave.

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"GIRL, HOLD MY HAIR, I GOTTA FIGHT"

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I remember Marie Antoinette's hair went gray overnight due to stress after she's being imprisoned.

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Didn't the King warn Hae Soo not to trust anyone. She goes and blabs to Wookie, after he asked if the King was dead. She doesn't under Goryeo Korean?

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Sorry. I am sitting ten feet from the TV(aka computer monitor), and typing on the wireless keyboard. It would be nice if we could edit the comment.

The message is:

Didn’t the King warn Hae Soo not to trust anyone? She goes and blabs to Wookie, after he asked if the King was dead. She doesn’t understand Goryeo Korean?

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She answers as told by the king to wook though....

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Did you even watch this episode??

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I think it's because she trusts him without having to wait for him to ask one of the mentioned questions. That's the implication here. Su's trust in So increased while her trust in Wook decreased.

I'm assuming you meant blabs to Wang So not Wang Wook since that's who she told?

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About our Dear dear Queen's hair which turned white in one night that's possible: the phenomenon happened to Marie-Antoinette of France (the one who was guillotined) and it calls Marie-Antoinette syndrome.
Poor thing.

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You made me curious, so I did a quick wiki check, and it really IS a thing. How fascinating!

Thanks for that.

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Your are very welcomed.
Being French myself, I have read the line about Marie Antoinette's hair over and over in countless history/romance/adventure novels.

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another commenter said this is more like jane austen romance... and now a marie antoinette's phenomena, kudos to the writer(s) ..

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"And how did Dearest Queen’s hair go white overnight…"

I'm going to post this link here, in reply to this same question I keep seeing in the comments: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/canities-subita/500576/

It's a recent article from the Atlantic Monthly, called "The Medical Mystery of Hair That Whitens Overnight" (otherwise known as Marie Antoinette Syndrome). Although it is scientifically questioned, it is something that has been recorded in histories over and over again as a reaction to extreme stress and sorrow. It's been a common story trope for centuries.

I think it's just a way for the show to depict Queen SMSS's shock, grief, and general emotional unhinging at the death of the king (whom she loved extremely--not unlike her boy So's feelings for Hae Soo) and the capture of her beloved son Yo as a traitor who will be executed.

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In fact, this is such a common trope that Oscar Wilde turned it upside down to poke fun in a little throwaway joke about a "merry widow" (in "The Importance of Being Earnest"): Lady Bracknell says, "I had some crumpets with Lady Harbury, who seems to me to be living entirely for pleasure now." Algernon replies, "I hear her hair has turned quite gold from grief."

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From watching many sageuks....she was actually wearing a head piece. That is her real hair.

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Well if you're talking about who has more humanity, I think the more mild/younger brothers who would NEVER claim the throne for themselves - Baek Ah, Eun and Jung - are definitely the most humane. No ounce of greed in any of them really - they just want to live lives doing what they love - painting, fighting, etc. - and with the girls they love :3

Ugh this drama gives me so much emotion tho ;_;

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Imagino que la reina al final del episodio tiene el cabello blanco por el estrés que ha pasado desde el colapso del rey y la incertidumbre de lo que podría pasar con la muerte del rey, ella y ambos hijos. Este efecto es conocido como "síndrome de María Antonieta", aunque considero que el cambio de color fue muy rápido, prácticamente de un día a otro y según yo ese efecto aparece en semanas de estrés no en un día.

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@milky
"And how did Dearest Queen’s hair go white overnight…"

umm she was wearing a wig earlier - the black hair is actually a wig/head gear called gache. The type of piece you wear would depend on your position in society - a bigger and more flamboyant wig was indicative of a higher position.
So yeah, she's really an old lady.
The Antoinette syndrome does sound more poetic lol, but naw - just a wig :)

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She was seen bathing in previous episodes without her headdress, and her hair was black then, so I dunno.
For some strange reason they tried really hard to cast her in a sympathetic light this episode, having her mourn for the king and her eldest son.. having her hair go white fits that theme.

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one of earlier episode show Queen Yoo rising from the bath, naked.. i don't know what that implies.. maybe she supposed to have another romance scene with someone ?

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All very valid questions, my dear. So valid

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Okay my love for Wook has significantly cooled since last night. This episode really did work in changing everything.

Why? My feelings are fickle. But it’s not just that. It’s like Su said: Wook has changed. I think it’s really Su who swayed me over to the other side in this episode, because seeing her trust in him break made my trust in him break. The moment when she said they could run away and get married now and he said no… well, that did it for me, I think.

I see his future being interestingly enough, like Shunji from Gaksital - saying that he loves the girl and using it as his anchor to the good side while going over to the dark side. Obviously this is unhealthy and bad. I see Wook’s future as quite dark and grim.

I still feel lots of sympathy for Wook. I loved him as a character beforehand - thought he was noble and swoony. I fell for him extremely hard and that is why I found it difficult to let my feelings go for him. But now I have been converted to the other side: my trust in Wook is shattered and it will be hard for him to gain it again.

It’s going to be painful watching him go darker and darker and make stupider choices. I hope he redeems himself at the end like Shunji did.

I understand why they are choosing to make Wook go down this path, but I kind of feel disappointed just because I loved him so much before. I wish they didn’t destroy his good character completely somehow. Maybe instead he could have done one bad thing because he was conflicted and Su’s love broke because it was really bad, but he regretted it afterwards and tried to make it up to her by helping her side - even if she didn’t love him anymore. I’m holding out for his character to still have some good, and I know it.

That’s what I get for falling in love with the second lead. Gr.

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The downfall of Wook is pretty painful because yes, we saw him as the almost perfect knight in shining armor. The way they've built up the love between Su and Wook, even the way they painted him as a gentle character who almost could do no wrong, and the way he and their love story are now falling apart, is actually quite believable. People don't change overnight. He must have always been full of greed but never had the opportunity to express it until a string of events that led him to take out that inner kraken. I think, partly, it was Yoen Hwa that also fed him these thoughts. I mean, he always had that deep in him and he did crave for normalcy when he wanted a life with Su. But because of everything else that went on (Su being kicked out, etc), his thirst for power grew more and more.

I'm trying to remember him as the gentle Wook with lady Hae. How different he was then, yet now so full of ambition. Su was right. He's lying to himself if he keeps excusing her as the reason he wants the throne.

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Wook is a coward. He's been hiding beside everyone else's motivations but his own. The depth of his ambitions cannot be fathomed, and it surfaces in such (deliciously) twisted ways. The way he blamed So for involving Su in the poison plot was ... dangerous. We know he knows why Su ended up being thrown out, but he strikes that blow anyway. Perhaps Taejo was right about Su's place in this time. She mustn't act because her presence is enough to drive history. It is Wook's jealousy of So that lit the greed in him. I wonder though, why The Show wants to beat us over the head with the fact that So is not at all aware of the Su-Wook Ship. If jealousy is what will sink the OTP Ship, I will be sorely disappointed.

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In the Chinese drama, jealousy sinks the OTP Ship towards the tail end of the show - haha! Or rather, it was used strategically to make So allow Haesoo to leave the palace. Wook told So (by then, already King) of his prior relationship with Haesoo, complete with all the intimate details, and that was what sunk the ship...

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aaaagh ! i hope korean version will not that the same route !! i'm rooting for Lee JunKi...

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Was also wondering why the drama seems to convey that So isn't aware of the SuWook love story. I mean, even Jung knows about it. And a mere relative wouldn't be doing the things Wook have done for Su in the past.

Maybe in the next few episodes.

Also agree, it was Wook's jealousy of So that lit his greed. Even the fact that So is on the side of CP and the King, that he was the one that marched during the rain dance, and he was the one that managed to get Su out of Damiwon when he said it himself, he couldn't even take her out in one go. Jealousy feeds his need for more power to prove that he can have all these, too. Sad.

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Why did you mention Shunji from Gaksital (FEELS!! T_T) But anyway, I agree with your analysis of Wook, and if this drama follows history, then Wook should definitely be redeemed :). (But I was always a So/Soo shipper anyway)

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I miss the old Wook! :(

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I'm on opposite. I detest old Wook, no man could blatantly in love with another and "pretend" he didn't. I know polygamous is a way of life, I just don't like that he didn't admit it out loud. Gotta sneak around like that, pfft.

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Guess that actually foretells his real nature. He's always masking his real selfish intentions with some noble causes. He used his dead wife to justify his affections to haesoo. Then he used his family to justify his inability to save haesoo. Now hes using haesoo to justify his greed for the crown..

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Finally, someone said it!!! Which upstanding, morally superior and altogether flawless character goes and writes a loveletter to his ailing wife's cousin/best friend?? he definitely crossed a line there. you can't control your feelings, but you damn well can control your actions, mister moralpants. so why are people so surprised at wook's "sudden" change?

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Wook's not the Wook we used to know
He used to be sweet but a bit of a bore
Nice Wook had time to walk in the snow
A real charmer from his head down to his toe

Bad Wook's scary and not very nice
He spends his time plotting everyone's demise
His eyes are cold and layered with ice
He's lost his soul and that's the price

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Sing to this tune.this tune.

Woke up in Olde Korea in a fancy bathing hole.
I thought I died and went to heaven but this world held onto my soul.
I fell in love with Wang Wook then the king killed Lady Oh.
Eight only wanted power now I think I’ll kiss Wang So.

He'll make you take his mask off and stand by you in the rain.
He'll expect that you will be his wife but he'll take away your pain -
Like a hair pin to your brain. Come On!

Upside, inside out he's livin' Goreyo loco.
He'll grab and pull you down, livin' Goreyo loco.
His scar is devil red.
His father’s name is Taejo.
He will wear you out livin' Goreyo loco. Come On!
Livin' Goreyo loco, Come on!
He's livin' Goreyo loco.

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LOL! @Jomo you made my day. Hahahaha

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I clicked the link and wham! that rollicking intro and ricky martin's shaking his behind LOLOL shrieking with laughter...The chorus was hysterical!!!!

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@jomo - I'm officially deceased and this is my ghost typing. Cause of death: choking on own laughter.

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I watched the original Cdrama but, even though I know how the story is likely to go, I was happy to sail on the WookSoo ship while it lasted. Now, I'm hanging onto my piece of driftwood, paddling over to the SoSoo ship. No shame whatsoever! :P

I don't think we're fickle, So won us over fair and square, just as he did Soo, plus Wook broke our trust...we're in the clear. :D I still like Wook, though, and hope to see him redeem himself.

For all its flaws I'm enjoying how the show is drawing the parallel between So and Wook's character development: So going from ruthless to finding his humanness through loving Soo and Wook going from sweet and caring to becoming ruthless for the sake of loving Soo. This is a departure from the Cdrama where the brothers' ambition for the throne had nothing to do with the female lead. The irony here (and also in the original) is that Soo, who really doesn't want to change history, has become a common catalyst for the opposing trajectories these brothers' lives are taking and the historic events that must take place.

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"This is a departure from the Cdrama where the brothers’ ambition for the throne had nothing to do with the female lead."

I meant to say: this is a departure from the Cdrama where the brothers' characters remained pretty constant and their ambition for the throne had nothing to do with the female lead.

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at least in Cdrama, the heroine provide the reason why it happen exactly like that and it wouldn't happen like that without her rationally

in Kversion it can happen without her since the 4th prince appearance in the palace also related to the King and I can totally see how this drama plays out without 21st history female lead,
the makeup? they got eyeliner game so strong , it just a matter of time someone get into it and it never an actual problem anyway when we'll gonna have rebellion that put the 4th as hero later

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I wanted to compliment you on your very eloquent comments.

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Thanks SH QA! That's so sweet of you.

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Agreed fully! Really liked how they had more of a character development in this version compared to the cdrama, where the princes' characters stayed pretty constant like you mentioned.

The only gripe I have about this kdrama version is that their character portrayal of Haesoo isn't as consistent as it was in the cdrama. In the cdrama, Ruoxi was always trying to fight tooth and nail for her own agency, whereas Haesoo seems to falter between the episodes... really hoping they'll make her a stronger character as it goes on though!

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You're so right about Ruoxi. Although she adapted well to the palace, I never forgot that she was from the future and it was deeply moving to watch her be broken mentally, emotionally, and physically, while fighting to stay true to herself.

The writing here missed a great opportunity in how it limits Hae Soo's character. Still, I'm drawn to this show's re-imagination of the story. I don't know if it's really doing an decent job of it or if my mentally filling in the missing info makes it acceptable...well, either way I'm along for the ride.

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Agreed, at first the second lead syndrome was strong with Wook. Episode 11 was the right vehicle for turing him to the dark side. But like Heads said, this new darkness felt too rushed. Where were the hints of ambition or slyness?
Before, he was a quiet thoughtful prince with no interest in palace politics or intrigues.
I think the writers are painting him as a willing bad guy too soon. Let him get dragged deeper and deeper into the plots of his siblings till his view of right and wrong is so skewed he still thinks he's the good guy until it's too late. It's the villain that doesn't realize the monster he's become that makes a more interesting character.

A better plot would have been if Wook was an unwilling participant in the rebellion but forced into silence. Su then sees his involvement and takes it at face value. Su is horrified and calls Wook a traitor. Wook tries to explain his side, but it only makes him look worse. Su thinks the worst of Wook, and tearfully swears she will never be his. A frustrated Wook vows to make Su understand and that she'll return to him.
IDK something like that

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I TOTALLY agree with you FunnyBunny! I wish something like that had happened where circumstances just work against Wook. I still feel the second lead syndrome so I wish the broken love-line would have been handled in a way that made him still a decent person, even if it didn't work out with Su.
Also - I know someone mentioned this in the last recap but??? What exactly happened between them before (like the real Hae Su)??? Okay I was ALWAYS under the impression that they had an affair or something before but then it fizzled out and I think that's super weird and if they never mention it then I'll be totally weirded out because he definitely was interested in (the real) Su before her accident, too.

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Aw thanks Scribbler!
That's a good point! We don't really know much about the "real" Hae Su, but I guess she's not the true focus so... but you're totally right, something happened between Su and Wook before her accident.
He said to her in the library/study "You've changed, it doesn't matter to me." Like he was alluding to her change in character didn't change his attraction? No idea what episode that was though.

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"Before, he was a quiet thoughtful prince with no interest in palace politics or intrigues."

If this was really true, he would have not married Lady Hae to get back into the palace. Like the General said, ultimately only one prince will get to remain in the palace.

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Me too, i dont buy that he was originally without ambitions. He had always been waiting for an opportunity to rise, acting harmless as he keeps sharpening his skills

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He married Lady Hae after his mother was accused of killing Court Lady Oh's child and was thrown out of the palace along with her children.

Since that incident, it makes sense why Wook is such a stickler for palace protocol. He saw firsthand what it was like to be out of the King's good graces, and never wanted to put his mother and sister in jeapordy like that again. So to do that he follows the rules to the letter.
That marriage was and always will be a political union. Even Lady Hae knew that. It was Wook doing right by his family. Recently, it just landed him in a world of trouble.

But all this recent change just makes even less sense with his previously established character. Did he have a weird offscreen moment of "F this I'm making up my own rules!"? Wook'S suddenly all evil plotting hand gestures and calculating broods, it's weird.

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They were kicked out of the palace, Wook married Lady Hae to get back into the palace. If he truly had no interest in palace politics or intrigues, why does he want to go back to the palace, the hotbed of politics and intrigues?

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Yes.. There is inconsistency with his portrayal. Like Heads said it feels inorganic. But I guess with 20 episodes, there’s probably only so much you can do.
Or maybe the writers/ production team could have done better, if they had cut down the story lines of the unnecessary princes and their romances and instead found ways to develop the main characters So-Su-Wook, so that Wookie’s transformation would look more believable.

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Wook always had ambition, he just covered it better. When other princes (in earlier episodes) were talking freely or playing around, Wook always kept to a safe position: don't say this it might offend the king, bow here and appease the king, bow there and appear to be on Crown Prince's side... etc. He lived quietly with his assigned wife and acceptable hobby (reading books, managing household), but when he sees opportunity, whatever that will benefit him, he moves sneakily.

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Thank heavens Baek Ha is safe!!! I was freaking out after seeing when he was stabbed!!
Because if Baek Ha is dead WangSo will go berserk!!!

No matter how much the king showed others that he hates So... that man really loved his son...
I won't even talk about the 10th prince!! I don't understand why is he still in the show...

The reply for Yeonhwa's question from our prince is the best "I will be king if it means it will win that person's heart"
That shows how much our prince is changed!!!
Compared to Wook's answer So's answer take the cake...

After king's death both queens characters were like swapped completely!!! nicely done
What happened to the queen's hair!!! It changed color in single day!!! Unbelieveable!!!
Trapping Yo, that was nicely done... showing they have only little army and then using archers on the roof!!!

Hunting down your own brother!!! that is harsh!!! and i don't believe that Yo is dead yet!!!
The falling scene was like "I WILL BE BACK SO WAIT FOR ME"

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If the drama is following history, Yo isn't dead yet. He'll come back and become King Jeongjong, who'll reign for four years before he kicks the bucket. Then So will become king.

There might be another time skip somewhere down the line.

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If Yo does become king (following history), how does Wook possibly survive after betraying him?

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Wook will trade in Yeon Hwa.

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Ooh that's an interesting piece of info, didn't know that! Seems like perhaps Wook was exiled after King Gwangjong took the throne, and then posthumously honoured after his son became King?

Also, since King Taejo was the first king of Goryeo, and Moo the second, very curious to know who became the third king of Goryeo before King Gwangjong (whom we know is the fourth). Yo? Jung?

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Wookie could be sent to a distant inaccesible region like Tibet or the Artic Circle, to chill out. If the Bering Land Bridge, the region between Siberia and Alaska, was above sea level, he could have reached the New World (before it had a name).

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It is Yo who become the third king per history.

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Yo took the 3rd throne.

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Yes, the sixth King of Goryeo is the son of Wang Wook, but the sixth King had no children, so the crown passed to the grandson of Wang Wook (Beack Ha) and all his descendants, until the fall of the Kingdom of Goryeo.

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Junny, can you tell us why he was honored posthumously? I saw him listed as a king on their family tree on wikipedia, so it's really confusing!

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The posthumous honour was conferred by King Seongjong, aka Wang Wook's son Wang Chi. It was done to honour his father (my guess is it was probably for contributions made or integrity of character or something along those lines). So Wang Wook did become a king, but only after his death and when his son came to power.

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@Okiejune--If Gwangjong never formally adopted Wook's son as his own, then his father would need to be raised posthumously to kingly status in order to legitimize his succession and rule. It has nothing to do with Wook, except perhaps in the sense that his son wished to observe filial rites honoring his real father. Goryeo and Joseon history have many examples of this kind of maneuvering, probably the most famous being Jeongjo, who could never publicly honor Sado as his father (nor Lady Hyegyung as his mother for that matter, as she never became queen dowager).

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@tenmatic,
Very interesting info, thanks for sharing!

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Maybe Wook will concoct some smart scheme that will ensure his survival. Wook might offer So to Yo as sacrificial lamb and in turn Yo cannot harm Wook. We know how Wook and Yo have mutual hatred towards So

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Falling off tall cliffs is much more likely to save people in dramas than it is to kill them. It's one of those Rules.

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LMAO
Kinda like if you survive a car crash, of course you have amnesia.

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:D :D

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Seriously guys after seeing the next week's trailer does any one expect to pass their week peacefully!!!

Why is it always the odd episodes made aiming to keep us hooked!! why can't you guys do the even episodes as interesting as the odd episodes!!!

I thought after seeing this episodes I can spend my week peacefully because this episode gave me every thing which I expected!!!

Damn you guys!!! after seeing the trailer for the next week i'm totally convinced that this week also gonna be as suffering as the last week!!!

Final question doesn't the new king see the chemistry between So and Soo!!! how can he do something like thins in the next week!!!

And thanku for the recap Heads

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I'm so frustrated because of this preview too!!!!!!! How could Moo try to make So marry his daughter!!!! For gods sake that girl is a little kid!!!! This can't be happening!!!!!! I really really really hope they are not married with all my heart. According to the history Yeon Hwa was his 1st wife. Even she is better than a small kid!!!!!

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According to history, he does end up marrying the daughter of King Hyejong (aka Wang Mu), but I really really hope that it doesn't happen right away in the next episode.

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Yeah they can get married after the show ends!!!!!!!

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It was normal practice to marry many woman and according to history he does end marrying his niece.... I think it is imploed that Su will be alone or only a concubine of So... ?

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Yeahhh finally some clean break up and blossoming romance between our main leads. But episode 14 preview is just really killing me!!!! Do you really have to marry So with his little nephew. Damnnnn I understand that this is just a drama and indeed those kind of thing happen in history, but still... it's ridiculous haha. Whatever I think Yeon Hwa would be better

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I did not see the preview but wtf! Do they actually show that? My God!

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I'm also confused by this statement because i didn't see anything like that

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Two versions of the preview were released.

The one SBS showed will most likely have all So-Su shippers dance merrily with glee. The international version, showed snippets of the chaos happening in the palace, without the well anticipated So-Su interaction.

Heh. It's challenging to write something that wouldn't be a spoiler. Go watch the previews. Enjoy!

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I've seen both versions of the preview, omg next week looks so promising!!!

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I really hope that the acene that will make the SoSoo shippers full of joy is not an imagination, just like Woo Hee having a daydream of killing the King. I'll be devastated. I mean, if Soo has already returned so's affection, he wouldnt want to be forced to marry anyone else beside Soo, right?????? He mase it clear in precious eps

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Try dramacool.to, theyre showing preview for episode 14 and it said that So will be king's son-in-law which means he would marry his little niece

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Whaaaaat!! I threw up in my mouth... not classy..

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But in it Moo said So is GOING to marry that little kid right???? Not that he's already married right?????

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There was a short clip of (I think) now-King Mu saying that So is to marry his daughter... (aka So's own niece) & the person beside him in that scene was a child.
I felt like if they were going to add the disclaimer in the beginning that it's different from the real history... why can't we take out the child marriages & incest? >___<

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this was in the history, his niece is his concubine. whereas his half sister will become queen. real wang so only had 3 wives in total, but only had children with yeonhwa

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Mu wanted protection for the daughter which explains the child marriage. It is disturbing but its their reality. The only children So will have is with Yeon-hwa.

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It's *niece btw but yes! It seems like a political marriage and in history he does marry his niece but she's like 8 in that next episode!

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