Seven Day Queen’s young lovers realize their tragic fates
The parade of stills and trailers continues for KBS historical drama Seven Day Queen, a Joseon-era royal romance where paternal brothers King Jungjong and Yeonsangun are both in love with Queen Dangyeong. Dangyeong was queen for the shortest time in Joseon’s history, having been deposed after seven days because of her father’s involvement in royal subterfuge. The story is being touted as Korea’s Romeo and Juliet, with two lovers tragically torn apart due to their warring political families. So get your tissues at the ready.
The latest stills show all three of the main cast together: Park Min-young (Remember—Son’s War) looks gorgeous as Queen Dangyeong, the woman who will be loved by two brothers. Yeon Woo-jin (Introverted Boss) is future King Jungjong, whom we meet as a prince who must live quietly so as not to threaten his half-brother, tyrant King Yeonsangun, played by Lee Dong-gun (Laurel Tree Tailors). The tenth and eleventh kings of Joseon, one a tyrant and the other a great ruler, and the one woman they love. Can you imagine their family dynamics?
The new teaser opens up in happier times as a young prince is playing in a field with a young lady. Park Min-young says in voiceover, “I woke up the heart I shouldn’t have awoken. I received the heart I shouldn’t have received.” The caption goes on to state that this is the most tragic love story in the history of Joseon. We next see Yeon Woo-jin as the grown-up prince, who seems to be living in hiding. In a tender moment in the past between the prince and the young lady, she says to him, “When we are born into this world, I think we should fulfill our duty.”
But then the trailer turns dark as another voiceover says, “Stop here. You were not meant to meet from the beginning.” The caption confirms our worst fears: “A love between two people who must kill each other to live.” In the next scene, Park Min-young is crying with all her royal robes removed, and Yeon Woo-jin sheds tears. She says, “If I am reborn, I will never meet you.”
In the second batch of still images below, 2PM’s Chansung (Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki) is shown as Seo-no, a true friend to Yeon Woo-jin who has been loyal to him ever since the prince saved his life as a child. The show promises an everlasting bromance with heartfelt friendship and loyalty.
My goodness, I don’t know if I can take this story. You have a tragic love, a broken family, and a bromance that my gut says will not end well. This feels like one of those stories where things are great, then it turns bad, and everything gets worse. But maybe the writer will pull a Moonlight Drawn By Clouds and rewrite history?
Wednesday-Thursday drama Seven Day Queen will premiere on May 31 following Mystery Queen.
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