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Bride of the Water God 2017: Episode 9

Our water god is having a harder and harder time denying his feelings the longer he stays in the human world, even when he has every reason to know better. He has a lot of friends and people to help him, but his quest on Earth is one he’ll ultimately have to complete alone. Ha-baek still has a lot to learn about the hearts of humans and gods, and until he understands both, he’ll never be ready to be king.


 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

After meeting with Hu-ye to discuss canceling the sale of her land, So-ah heads out to meet Ha-baek. Hu-ye watches her go, and he takes a call from Bi-ryum, who’s at his land. Bi-ryum sneers that he wants to get to know Hu-ye better, referring to Hu-ye’s earth god mark as “that thing on your body that doesn’t suit you.”

A small voice pipes up, and Hu-ye looks stricken when Bi-ryum hands the phone to the little blind girl, whose name we learn is Min. Furious, Hu-ye bellows that Min has nothing to do with this. Bi-ryum tells him to come quickly and sends Min away with Jin-geon, the silent minor god.

When Hu-ye arrives, Bi-ryum officially introduces himself and Mura. Bi-ryum notes that Hu-ye doesn’t act like a god, with the way he’s so nice to the blind girl. He says that when they were younger, Mura thought of Hu-ye as a disgrace to the gods, but that now she’s giving him a chance.

Bi-ryum adds that Ha-baek’s feelings are clear, and as for himself, “I just hate you. I always will.” Mura tells Hu-ye to explain why he carries the earth god’s mark. Hu-ye says that he met the owner of the mark when he first arrived in this world.

We see the younger Hu-ye running through the forest after his father shoved him through the portal to the human world. Someone had flown at him out of nowhere, and they’d gone crashing to the ground. Hu-ye says that a bolt of lightning hit the person in the back and that’s when he got the mark.

Bi-ryum says that he’s heard Hu-ye has killed gods, accusing him of killing Joo-dong too, but Hu-ye hotly denies it. Mura orders Bi-ryum to stop, and Hu-ye looks like he’s barely keeping it together.

Ha-baek arrives to see So-ah, but when he spots her, something seems to alarm him. He runs across the street and grabs her Vanuatu pen map from her hands. On the map are three glowing marks — his lost coordinates. Heaving a sigh of relief, Ha-baek realizes that at the moment he fell to earth and knocked So-ah unconscious, her map must have caught the coordinates.

Hu-ye tells Bi-ryum that the person who fell on him didn’t move after being hit by lightning, so Hu-ye just left. Mura is furious, but Hu-ye argues that he wasn’t yet the person he is now, explaining that he was frightened so he ran. But Bi-ryum says that his lightning doesn’t harm gods, convinced that Hu-ye must have done something to Joo-dong.

So-ah can’t see the coordinates on her map, but Ha-baek studies them closely. Eventually So-ah asks if this means Ha-baek is leaving, and he sends her this look and quietly says yes. So-ah forces a smile and congratulates him.

As they follow the map, So-ah expresses confusion that the coordinates don’t locate the actual stones — they just give Ha-baek a sense of where he wants to look. But Ha-baek wants to talk about Hu-ye, and he tells So-ah not to get too close to him.

So-ah assures Ha-baek that in her professional opinion, Hu-ye is an almost perfect human being. She admonishes Ha-baek not to be prejudiced, so Ha-baek asks how much she knows about Hu-ye. He snaps that she seems easy to fool, and starts to stalk off.

Trying to follow him, So-ah trips and grabs the back of Ha-baek’s jacket. Ha-baek turns back to her and offers his hand. So-ah considers, then she says she can walk just fine on her own.

When they get to the spot the coordinates indicated, they find themselves in a park, where someone is industriously digging holes in the ground. Ha-baek yells, “What are you doing?!” The person turns and faces them, and hey, it’s the monk that told the little girl the story about the gods.

He and Ha-baek study each other for a long moment, then he asks, “Who are you?” Ha-baek looks stunned, and the monk asks if Ha-baek knows him, then if he knows why he’s so drawn to the earth.

Ha-baek recognizes him as JOO-DONG (Yang Dong-geun again), the earth god who’s been missing since the night Mura lost her sacred stone. He takes Joo-dong to Bi-ryum’s place, where Bi-ryum shows his happiness by grabbing Joo-dong in a headlock and manhandling him.

They deduce that Joo-dong lost both his memory and his powers when he lost his earth mark to Hu-ye, and has been living as a monk ever since. Joo-dong starts praying when Mura demands to know where her stone is, so Bi-ryum knocks him out with a shock of power.

Mura demands that So-ah leave, since this is no place for a servant. So-ah jumps up and says she’ll go home alone, assuming that Ha-baek won’t be back tonight. It’s sweet how Ha-baek watches her go, and when Bi-ryum offers her a ride, he earns a death glare from Mura.

Before leaving, So-ah requests that Mura not speak to her in banmal. Mura informs So-ah in her best god-voice that she’s a mighty water god, sounding hilariously like Ha-baek when he first came to the human world. To Bi-ryum’s great amusement, So-ah cuts off Mura with a bored, “Yeah, yeah…” LOL, even Ha-baek tries not to laugh.

Mura tattles to Ha-baek, saying that Bi-ryum accused Hu-ye of killing Joo-dong. She fusses at Bi-ryum and Ha-baek for ignoring her advice to leave Hu-ye alone. Bi-ryum asks why they have to fear him, so Mura tells him to grow up. Ha-baek backs her up and tells Bi-ryum not to provoke Hu-ye anymore. Bi-ryum seethes, and Mura tells Ha-baek to go back to the Realm of the Gods once he gets the third stone from Joo-dong.

She follows Ha-baek to the roof, where they marvel at the view of the city at night. Ha-baek says that obviously Bi-ryum likes it here, but Mura admits that other than the clothes, she doesn’t like it and wants to go home.

She asks why Ha-baek isn’t happy now that they’ve found Joo-dong. He says he is, and wants to go home as soon as possible, but his expression says otherwise. Mura starts to ask about So-ah, but he interrupts to say that the high priest told him to find out why the sacred stones are kept in the human world.

Mura complains that the high priest only says such things because he doesn’t know the answer, either. She tells Ha-baek that the stones are here because the future king needs to learn about humans, and why the human and divine realms must stay separate.

He doesn’t say a word, and she adds, “But you learned twelve hundred years ago what humans are like. We didn’t want a human sacrifice, but they buried a woman alive at sea so they could live.”

She reminds Ha-baek that the gods looked after the woman, who got greedy for eternal life and betrayed them. She says that humans are cruel and selfish and that there’s no more to learn about them.

Mura tells him to go home, and that when he’s king, So-ah won’t be someone he needs to watch over — but even if she were, she’s still as insignificant as dust. Mura warns that this time, she won’t just stand by and watch.

So-ah visits her friend Yeom-mi, who fusses at her for choosing the wrong profession because she’s too sensitive. So-ah whines that she only has two friends and both of them are nags. Yeom-mi says that Sang-yoo is only trying to repay her father for taking him in by taking care of So-ah.

But So-ah says that when she sees Sang-yoo, it just reminds her that her father abandoned her to take care of other children. When Yeom-mi asks if So-ah would be happier if Sang-yoo were gone, So-ah freezes like the thought horrifies her. Not wanting to go home yet, So-ah invites Yeom-mi to a noraebang, but Yeom-mi declines.

So-ah stops at a park to sit on the swings and calls Sang-yoo to invite him to the noraebang, but he has plans. So she heads home alone, and even though she knows better, she still hopes that Ha-baek will be waiting under the streetlight.

Of course he isn’t, and So-ah sighs heavily, telling herself that she always walked alone before. She stops to look at the spot where Ha-baek drew their names on the brick wall with a rock, then her phone rings.

It’s Ha-baek, and So-ah answers just as she gets inside her gate. She stops when she sees Ha-baek there waiting for her. Awww.

She asks if Joo-dong got his memories back, but Ha-baek says it will take a few days. So-ah asks why he’s here, and he says it’s to turn on the lights.

Heart pounding, So-ah plucks at Ha-baek’s jacket, and he turns to see her crying. He asks why, but she just says, “I’m smiling.”

Giving in to an impulse, So-ah wraps her arms around Ha-baek in a back-hug. He turns in her arms then takes a step closer, leaning in as if to kiss her. Eeee! But So-ah steps back and says she’s sorry, and Ha-baek drops her hand to let her go inside.

The following day, Hu-ye sits in the garden outside his office, looking pained at the memory of Bi-ryum saying that he can kill with just a touch. He crouches next to the flowerbed and reaches out, and the patch of flowers wither on the spot.

On a nearby balcony, Jaya happens to see, and the sight strikes her with confused fear. She confronts Hu-ye in his office, and he tenses as she gets at what he was doing — but then she guesses that it was a magic trick and he relaxes.

But his face hardens as she goes on about how he shouldn’t do such creepy magic, and when she turns away nervously, he grabs her in a back-hug. It’s far from romantic — black smoke seeps from his hands as he struggles to keep control. After a few seconds the smoke recedes back into his hands and he lets Jaya go, apologizing and telling her to leave.

Jaya walks away in a daze, not even noticing Secretary Min on the stairs. He looks concerned and asks if she’s sick, but she just stares at him then keeps walking.

Minor god Geol-rin pops up in Hu-ye’s office to continue the conversation they were having before Jaya interrupted. When asked, Hu-ye answers Geol-rin robotically that he’s been here for ten years, and that he didn’t escape from his cave, but was abandoned.

Geol-rin asks why Hu-ye’s father abandoned him, and Hu-ye says, “I didn’t know you were here. You hadn’t come to the cave in a while. I assumed you didn’t want to come anymore.” Wait wait wait… is Geol-rin Hu-ye’s father? Surely not.

Geol-rin explains that he came to the human world five hundred years ago after some trouble with the water gods. He says that Ha-baek brought him that blood-covered stone, which worried him, but that Hu-ye was lucky to find nice people to care for him.

Praising Hu-ye for his control over his powers, Geol-rin reminds him that he once said that thorns needed to be removed for flowers to grow. But he admits that he regrets it, because after three thousand years locked in that cave, he feels like what he said stole Hu-ye’s hope.

He tells Hu-ye that he won’t see him again now that he’s confirmed that it’s really him. Hu-ye stops him to ask about So-ah, and why she seemed to know who Ha-baek and the other gods are.

So-ah invites Ha-baek to have breakfast with her, and he eyes the mess on his plate and the worse mess in the kitchen, quipping that the rice omelette doesn’t look like something that required two hours’ preparation. He tries it, then declares it absolutely… tasteless. HA.

So-ah whines that it wouldn’t kill him to lie to save her feelings, but he says that he only tells the truth. So-ah scoffs, recalling his lie about the reason the gods punished her family, accusing him of being afraid to face the truth.

Laughing wryly, So-ah says that the gods must have been very afraid of her family. Ha-baek just asks her if they should go home together, but it’s her day off, so she suggests they do something else.

They deep-clean the entire house, and to his credit, Ha-baek applies himself enthusiastically. He’s still grumpy with So-ah, and some of his techniques are hilarious (he changes a light bulb by holding it with both hands and spinning in circles, ha).

At one point, Ha-baek sees So-ah teetering on a stool trying to reach some books. He steps onto the stool behind her and gets the books down, leaning in just a bit closer than necessary, flustering her. Okay, he totally did that on purpose.

After a cute water fight, So-ah flops onto the floor, inviting Ha-baek to join her and stretch his back. He refuses, grumpy again, snapping, “I’m still a man!” when she challenges him.

So-ah huffs, so Ha-baek lies down right next to her. She pushes at him and he says blandly, “You told me to lie down.” So-ah tries to scoot away but Ha-baek scoots closer, repeating, “You told me to lie down.”

Ha-baek rolls towards So-ah until she’s trapped against the table and their faces are inches apart, whispering in a sexy voice, “You told me to lie down.” So-ah stammers that she didn’t mean this, and Ha-baek slams a hand on the table, trapping her in his arms. RAWR.

Then he says, “How dare you try to seduce me.” So-ah denies it, but Ha-baek says that newspapers and TV have taught him that men are all animals. He orders So-ah not to tell men to lie down next to her, or hug them from behind and cry like she did to him yesterday. He leans verrry close, and So-ah closes her eyes and braces herself for a kiss. But Ha-baek just gets up and leaves her there, HAHA.

They visit a sauna after their hard work, and it’s dark by the time they walk home. So-ah sees some kids at the park and shows them how to spin the swing, but she spins herself right into the sand. Embarrassed, she holds up a hand to refuse Ha-baek’s help getting up — but HA, he’s already gone, more embarrassed than she is.

Hu-ye and Geol-rin watch from nearby. Geol-rin figures So-ah is a gods’ servant, and when Hu-ye asks how she became one, Geol-rin starts to say something about Hu-ye. But he stops and just says that her ancestors committed a grave sin twelve hundred years ago.

Geol-rin adds that it’s Hu-ye who needs a gods’ servant most, because she would understand and accept him as he is, and that the cycle of being born, growing up, then dying over and over for eternity is too vicious for Hu-ye to handle alone.

So-ah and Ha-baek bicker over his leaving her lying in the sand, and Ha-baek tries to use his healing magic on a scrape on So-ah’s arm, sighing in frustration when it doesn’t work.

So-ah sees their names still written on the wall and starts to scratch them out, but Ha-baek tells her to leave it. So-ah argues that there’s no reason to leave his name when he’s going home soon, but he snaps that he’s not leaving tonight.

He resorts to stealing her rocks and peevishly throwing them away. LOL, So-ah distracts Ha-baek for a second by pointing and yelling, “Look, fried chicken!” They go right back to wrestling for rocks, and it’s a bizarre excuse for skinship, but I’ll take it.

Ha-baek follows So-ah into her house like he belongs there, heading for the door connecting to his room. So-ah insists he use the outside door, and he actually pouts as he leaves. So cute.

Mura goes back to the movie set where they try to film the kiss scene again, but her co-star passes out again. She threatens to quit, and Bi-ryum tells her to just make movies that aren’t romances.

When Hu-ye approaches, Bi-ryum tells him that they found Joo-dong thanks to him. He seems like he’s trying to be nice, but then he sneers that Hu-ye ruins things and the gods fix them, which is the crucial difference between them.

Bi-ryum catches up to Mura, who asks angrily if he has a personal problem with Hu-ye. In an odd change of subject, Bi-ryum asks why she doesn’t practice her kissing scene ahead of time. Is he hoping to be her practice partner? Bi-ryum gets a call from Jin-geon and leaves, telling Mura to take care of Joo-dong.

With the final plans looming, his secretary reminds Hu-ye to settle the land sale with So-ah soon. Hu-ye suddenly realizes something, and he flips through a portfolio to find photos of So-ah’s land. He sees the divine gate, and only now realizes where he entered this world.

He visits the spot, remembering the night he tumbled into the human realm. Looking around, Hu-ye compares the landscape to his memory of the spot, and finds it to be a match. He climbs to the top of the gate and laughs like a crazy man.

Bi-ryum’s voice calls out, asking what Hu-ye plans to do. He punches Hu-ye, accusing him of approaching So-ah for the land. Hu-ye reminds Bi-ryum that he said Hu-ye ruins things, and he says that that’s what he plans to do with the land.

Before he leaves, he tells Bi-ryum that he did make Joo-dong the way he is. He screams that the gods think of themselves as saviors, and asks if they plan to kill him. With bared teeth, he asks, “But can you do that better than I can?” (Shiver.)

Bi-ryum reports to Ha-baek that So-ah already sold the land to Hu-ye. Ha-baek is confident that the divine gate won’t change just because the owner changes, but Bi-ryum says that Hu-ye can make the gate unusable in other ways, such as filling the land with people. He reminds Ha-baek that if the gods can’t visit the human realm, it will cease to exist.

Bi-ryum scoffs that as irresponsible as he can be, he’s never forgotten his identity because he fell for a human. He says contemptuously that it’s not even Ha-baek’s first time, then adds that what annoys him most is that Ha-baek played the victim and made him feel guilty.

Just as it looks as if things may come to blows, Bi-ryum’s phone rings. He answers it, then tells Ha-baek to go see what his servant — no, his woman — is up to.

So-ah meet with Hu-ye in a restaurant, where he asks for the real reason she doesn’t want to sell her land, and whether it’s because of the person she once said opposed the sale. So-ah confirms it, though she clarifies that the decision is entirely hers.

She says with difficulty that her father taught her that the person who has more should help those who have less. Hu-ye says that Ha-baek doesn’t seem like he has less, and asks if she thinks she’s stronger than him.

So-ah argues that her losing the money will do less harm than Ha-baek losing the divine gate. Hu-ye asks if Ha-baek is “the wind,” the one she said had stopped blowing. So-ah says that has nothing to do with this, and Hu-ye says that he forgot she cares too much about others. He adds that he’d forgotten why he was interested in her too, but agrees to talk to his shareholders about canceling the land sale. He says that he also believes that the strong should help the weak, but he disagrees that the person she’s trying to help is weaker than her.

He leaves, and outside the restaurant, he sees that Ha-baek was watching them through the window. Hu-ye tells him that he’s the only person whose emotions he can’t read, but that it’s obvious that Ha-baek is feeling anger, contempt, and confusion.

Hu-ye tells Ha-baek that he wants So-ah, not the divine gate, calling her his first and largest desire since coming to this world. Ha-baek growls that she’s the gods’ servant, but Hu-ye retorts that this is the human world, his turf.

He tells Ha-baek that So-ah called him a passing wind, which has stopped blowing. He orders Ha-baek to tell Bi-ryum that he has no interest in the gods or their realm, so they should go home and leave this world to him.

As he leaves, So-ah leaves the restaurant and heads off, not seeing Ha-baek. She calls him and he almost doesn’t answer, and when he does, he just answers in monosyllables.

She invites him to go to eat since he’s out, and waits for him at their tree. Ha-baek still looks thunderous as he approaches her, and he just glares furiously at her when she greets him. Finally he asks if she sold her land to Hu-ye, and So-ah nods that she did.

Ha-baek rescinds what he said about selling being her choice. But So-ah says that she’s already canceling the sale, growing angry herself as she admits that she felt guilty for selling what was hers to sell.

Ha-baek says that what she does with Hu-ye is none of his business — soon he’s leaving, so they shouldn’t waste time with things like happiness, “…or mistake fake wings for wings that can fly.” Oh, ouch.

He turns to leave, but So-ah says softly, “In times of hardship, those who smile are first-rate. Those who endure are second-rate. And those who cry are third-rate.” Ha-baek turns to see So-ah crying, and she says he’s made her third-rate.

She sobs that she tried to harden her heart, trying her best to keep tears at bay so she could survive. She’d thought she was first-rate after meeting him, but now she sees that she isn’t.

Ha-baek lets out a sigh, as if letting go of a burden. He walks back to So-ah, looking at her sadly as he says, “I’m going to leave. I have to leave.” He reaches out to grasp her hand, pulls her in, and kisses her.

So-ah stands frozen, and Ha-baek pulls back just enough to look her in the eyes. He repeats, “I said I’m going to leave,” then pulls her close again.

So-ah closes her eyes, and this time when Ha-baek kisses her, she kisses him back.

COMMENTS

While the story may be disjointed and a bit confusing, I’ll admit that as far as the romance goes, I’m all in. Ha-baek and So-ah are obviously falling hard, yet they couldn’t possibly be any more star-crossed. He has to go back to the Realm of the Gods and be king, and because the last human who was allowed to live among them betrayed them horribly, there’s very little chance So-ah would be welcomed even if she wanted to go with him. Ha-baek looked so sad when he found his coordinates and realized that going home meant leaving So-ah, then again at the end when he kept saying he has to go, while kissing her like leaving is the last thing he wants to do. And as beautiful as that kiss was, it breaks my heart, because Ha-baek has been through this before and he knows falling for a human again will only bring heartache, but he can’t help falling in love with So-ah.

I just love Ha-baek’s character development to this point, because he hasn’t changed who he is in any significant way — he’s just becoming a more aware, more sensitive version of himself. He’s still an arrogant ass, but now he’s an arrogant ass who actually cares, and I love that. I’m also glad that he seems to be more consciously aware of his feelings for So-ah, because she’s definitely been having feelings for a while now, so it’s cute to see them dancing around it (especially when they’re angry!). Watching Ha-baek get all cranky about So-ah avoiding his kiss, then get jealous in advance that she might hug another man after he’s gone, was so much fun. I love nothing more than a couple who shows their attraction through petty bickering, and Ha-baek is nothing if not petty. For a god who’s nearly three thousand years old, he can be such an obnoxious child, and it’s hilarious.

The character development in this episode wasn’t all positive – Hu-ye is definitely struggling to hold onto his resolve to be a good human being. What’s ironic and frustrating is that if Ha-baek and Bi-ryum were treating him with the slightest bit of kindness, he probably wouldn’t be going dark. I really believe that he wants to just live a quiet human life, and that it’s his fear of discovery and his traumatic past that are causing his so-far-controlled destructive powers to reawaken. So I still have sympathy for him, even though he’s on the verge of losing control and hurting someone, because it’s really not his fault he’s in this situation. He’s not to blame for being raised in isolation by a father who despised him, or for the fact that Ha-baek and Bi-ryum can’t get over their prejudice to give him the benefit of the doubt and at least give him a chance to prove he’s done nothing wrong.

But I think that So-ah is going to be a big factor in Hu-ye’s going to the bad side, because now he has a reason for why eh’s so drawn to her and wants to possess her. I still don’t fully understand how it works, but it sounds as though, as a half-god, Hu-ye cycles through lives for eternity, and that the difficulty of that is what causes half-gods to turn evil. He probably lived many lives in his three thousand years in that cave, and I wonder what happened twelve hundred years ago that Geol-rin almost mentioned (that seems tied up in Ha-baek’s trauma too, since that also happened twelve hundred years ago). But as a gods’ servant, So-ah could be made to bond to him, and take away his loneliness. Ironically, it could be Hu-ye’s quest to be happy that finally pushes him to embrace the darkness inside.

I think that a big part of the reason I’ve felt like the conflict in this show is so watered-down (no pun intended) is because the stakes in the primary conflict just aren’t that high. Ha-baek wants to become king, so he needs the stones, but the worst thing that we’ve been told will happen if he doesn’t find them is that he doesn’t get to go back to the Realm of the Gods and be king. There’s no real consequences for anyone but him, and we don’t know what being king means to him, so it just doesn’t feel like it would be a huge tragedy if he doesn’t find the stones and become king. But the conflict of Hu-ye trying to steal So-ah for himself or he’ll turn evil, yet turning evil in the attempt, is a lot more compelling because it actually carries serious consequences. Ha-baek could lose So-ah, So-ah could lose her freedom, Hu-ye could lose his humanity, and the human realm could disappear altogether if Hu-ye controls the divine gate and the gods can no longer visit. Now those are stakes that mean something.

 
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Omo! That kiss!!! ?

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"I’m going to leave." *Kiss ? "I’m going to leave." More kiss ? Ugh the feels! (Btw I do love So Ah's pink dress)

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That dress is soooo pretty.

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Yes and it flatters Shin Sekyung's figure so much. Perfect. ❤

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While the kiss was beautiful, I thought it really cruel at the same time.

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It was painful for me, especially because right before that he'd said that he would leave... he HAD to leave. And the next moment he kissed her, knowing that they might not have a future together. That he might leave any time. I feel like it was building up to a kiss scene, but I hope that it wasn't an irresponsible kiss. T_T

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I think he was saying it to himself, and to her, that he would leave, but he couldn't help himself and had to kiss her. He tried to reason with himself by saying those words, but in the end, emotion took over and he gave rein to his feelings.

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I wondered whether it was a calculative move on his part when he kissed her, because the CEO had told him that "the breeze had stopped", so he kissed her to make her waver, and fall in love with him. That way, she would not become the CEO's woman. But then he kissed her, and he seemed so affected by it, so I don't know...

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HB is not someone to do a 'calculative move' on someone he has feelings for. He kissed her despite knowing he should leave. He's saying to himself, 'I have to leave' yet as even the recapper notes, he says it like leaving is the last thing he'll ever do. He's reminding himself he has to go yet he doesn't want to leave So Ah. Aaaahh, star-crossed they are indeed.

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" we love someone who we can't have" :( .. The kiss scene was beautiful yet heartbreaking moment >__< u know u love that person so much , but not sure if u guys will have a future together :( .. I'm so excited for tonight's episode <3 ^^

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Even more with what that High Priest said,that she will die before he will return(even if we have that one year flashbak shown)..Still wondering about it like u mentioned as he is immortal and she will die being a human...

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The kiss scene was hard to watch but I'll admit I watched it about five times.
I'm not really into the storyline of this but the chemistry is on point and I love these two as a couple.
If they don't end up together, because I have no other attachment to this show, I'll consider it a waste of my time then. Don't let me down Haebak!

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Hellooooo! My first time really participating in the comments section here. It feels weird because I've been away for so long.

On Habaek & SoAh: I just really, really want to know what happened with that girl 1200 years ago. So many questions, and I feel like every episode I only get a little slice of information. It's interesting because Mura says the girl was a sacrifice from the village, which is how the original manhwa went, I think? I actually really like Habaek. He's quiet and stoic (and very hot, I'll say), and I expected him to be haughty and arrogant, but he's not. Even when he's pissed off with SoAh, he doesn't rage at her, which I appreciate.

I like how they fell into this "relationship" so easily. They haven't really talked about their feelings yet, and it doesn't even feel necessary to me. It's painful to watch both of them are struggling because they don't know if they have a future together. Especially when they looked so sweet doing household chores together. Habaek gets a slice of what it's like to live this normal human life, and SoAh doesn't feel so lonely anymore. I think it's lovely. Bring on the pain!

On HooYe: If there ever were a case of a self-fulfilling prophecy... The whole nature vs nurture concept of Frankenstein's monster really applies to HY. The show hasn't given me enough information for me to understand why BR hates halflings, so I can't help but feel annoyed with him for tearing into HY. It looks like HY's been trying his best to be a decent "human", by growing trees and taking care of the blind girl. It's like if you poke and poke the "beast" and call him hateful names... it's only likely that the beast decides to behave like one. Though I'll say - since HY did something to JD that day, I guess I can't strike him off as a harmless creature.

On Mura & Biryum: I feel like Mura is always saying "I don't think this is right" but never really stopping BR, which makes me want to roll my eyes. And Biryum... eh. I see those quiet, dark looks that flash across his face whenever someone says something to trigger him, but I don't know enough about him yet to sympathize. I get that there's more to him than just a mischievous punk, but the show isn't telling me more! I want more!

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"why BR hates halflings" There could be a reason or it could be totally irrational as hate often is. I wish I knew as well because right now, I just want someone to slap Biryum.

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Okay now that you guys mention it... could it be possible that Bi-ryeom's father also fathered Hu-ye? I think Mura once mentioned that the Sky kingdom was admonished for doing something wrong?

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I think what Mura said is tangled with what happened with the servant 1200 yrs ago... And Huye is 3000+ old so I don't think the Sky God is the father.

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I feel like Soah's ancestors took on the blame for something that Biryeom did and whatever he did was related to Huye

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I've wanted to slap him for a long time! Ok, so he wasn't wrong - HY did do something to JD. But it's the irrationality of his behaviour, barging into HY's garden and accusing him of all sorts of things and just hating on him, that gets on my nerves. I mean, if you keep calling someone a monster, would you be surprised if that person actually morphed into one?

BR just strikes me as a very bitter and tormented god, so I wish we got more of an insight into why he behaves like this! And there is MR, just standing at the side telling him it's wrong but never doing anything... sigh.

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I feel like HY just "admitted" to doing something to JD just to anger BR. Not like BR is going to believe him even if he tells him he's innocent. Might as well show a tough exterior to protect himself against a god who has nothing to do but bully a productive member of society. Why can't BR get a job like Mura?

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Well the way I see it, they seem to know nothing of half-gods, other than that they are the only gods who have the power to kill, his only ability is to kill and destroy. And also that he could possibly be stronger tha Habaek (and without his powers...) Mura and BR have always thought of Habaek as the strongest God, so if there is someone stronger? whose only ability is to destroy? Well honestly, I would be extremely weary as well. I don't think I would give such a being any more trust than they do.

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missed you lezah :D
and those are exactly my thoughts! especially hu ye, he's so intriguing and dangerous, but i still want him to have his happy ending

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Hello hello! It's been a while.

I'm the kind who wants everyone to have a happy ending... unless they're downright eeeevil. So far, HY seems like he's just been trying really hard to fit into the human world and be a decent person, so I definitely hope he's happy in the end. But eh, he's showing signs of losing control, so I really hope he doesn't spiral into a dark pit. Sort of like his character in Oh My Ghostess (that was creepy).

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Hello, Lezah, nice to see you here.
I am also interested the girl from Gods' realm. I can't help my suspition that Mura did have something to do with her betrayal. Am I too harsh on her?

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Thanks Lollpip. What was said in your "comments" section was spot on how I feel thus far. I do like that the show has me laughing unexpectedly during almost every episode "sure, sure" and the whole swing incident.

Also, Krystal is not only rockin the dresses, but she's actually doing just fine in this role imo. Good for her.

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I think Krystal's doing pretty well in this show, but it's funny to me cuz I felt Mura was a terrible actress when she was filming the farewell scenes!

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Hahaha! I'm with BR. Mura will do better as Athena or Artemis!

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I am loving Nam Joo Hyuk as the Water God.
I feel the conflict is a bit twisted here. If Habaek gets the god stones and returns to realm of gods then he has power to deal with Hu-Ye which is life and death for Hu-Ye. Also Habaek might have to be concerned about how Hu-Ye will deal with the land. If Hu-Ye gets the land then he closes the divine gate and gets to live is life free of fear.
And Smacked in the middle of everything is this caring and cool girl who both of them have feelings for.

I think the bigger question is who will get the girl and the happy life. Not only Habaek but the entire God Realms are in trouble if Hu-Ye succeeds and as to be king of the Realm i dont think Habaek can ignore this fight longer.

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As much as I want Habaek to get the throne and be the king that the world needs, I also want Hu-Ye to get his happy ending, because he suffered enough. Let Habaek get a bittersweet ending, but Huye, that poor kid, needs to get a happily ever after, with puppies and cotton candies kind.

Mura is slowly becoming my favourite character despite her whiny start in the drama. I just hope that she won't be reduced to jealous bitch because for all her whines and complains, she deeply cared for Habaek, and their friendship is one of the reasons why I'm still sticking here.

Biryum provoking Huye reminds me of Loki in the first movie, a well-intentioned extremist. Has noble intentions to get rid of the threat, just went about it the wrong way.

The romance and the mythical plot is somewhat disconnected. It's still enjoyable, but I'm left baffled by the sudden and weird pacing at times.

Phew, that's a long post.

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I agree with you... Why Biryum keep provoking Huye when HY just want to life freely... It's beyond rude!
If I am in Huye's shoes, I think I will also snap for being treated that way...

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I think Biryum keeps provoking Huye into making the first attack so that they can justify the need to destroy Huye, the monster from the legends. At least to me, it does looked like that. The problem with Biryum is that he hides his ulterior motives beneath a mischievous facade that is getting harder to decipher. Considering that Biryum was mentioned to the next 'Sky God King', way back in the first episode where we could only see the back of their heads, I assumed Biryum himself feel like it's his duty to keep the Heaven/Sky Kingdom safe from being destroyed.

All these are just my theories. I could be way off the mark though.

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Agreed! Puppies and cotton candies for Hu Ye at the end, pretty please! Poor kid needs a break.

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I appreciate how the writer try to potray HB as the place for SA to lean on when everyone in her life is 'unreliable' but I do think SA is keeping nurse Yoon at length at time. I'm all in with flawed leading lady but making her this flawed in friend-relationship to accommodate or heightens love-relationship is just.. unacceptable. She really need to work on her relationship with others.

I said it again and again, and may other had said it, it looked like BR loves provoking HY. While we had seen a glint of evil in HY eyes is BR that I afraid of. At time BR is that annoying bored boy but he does have the aur of evil in him. It felt like BR is the real protagonist rather than HY. Yunno as HY is the victim of situations while BR, he is a God with a lot of insecurities.?

Lastly, HB is really and old man in hot young body.

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I think her friendship with Sang-yoo is complicated by the emotional baggage caused by her father. She prob can't look at Sang-yoo wouldn't being reminded of all the orphans she resented for taking her father's attention/affection away from her. Her only other friend is Mi-yeon, but maybe they just didn't make her feel "safe" like Ha-baek did. Getting your life saved twice can make you emotionally bonded to that person. (Also kinda like how schools throw students into camps and obstacle courses to foster trust.)

I'm with you on BY as the main antagonist. He's such a wild card and more likely to cause armageddon because he backed Hu-ye into a corner.

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Yes, yes! Nurse Yoon is such a good friend he deserves to be treated better! So Ah only ever remembers him when she's in trouble and she doesn't even know his number!
And it seems that the show heard us bec even the psychic friend is questioning why So Ah chose her profession ?. Why indeed why.

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Even Lord Voldemort was namedropped in one of the scenes. ?

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The writer must be a Harry Potter fan considering the episode was aired July 31 - HP's (JKR's) bday ?

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you mean 'bi ryum is the real antagonist' right? :/
and so right about Ha baek being a really old man in a hot young body. sometimes i think he even acts his age with all the soft talking and wise stuff, like grandpa! :D ;P

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Heh, yes the way HB talks really makes him sound like an old man. Especially the way he walks!

I think SA cherishes SY as a friend, but she doesn't want to admit it because looking at him reminds her of all the pain she went through as a child. He reminds her of her absent and irresponsible father, which taints their friendship somehow. But I think she does realize how much she depends on him, especially when Yeonmi asked whether she wanted SY to leave.

I guess at the end of the day, even though she does rely on her friends, they have their own lives too. It's only Habaek who will be around for her when she needs someone to be there, since his sole connection to the human world is her, if that makes sense.

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Yes the way he walks with his legs kinda dragging (or maybe he's just matching So Ah' pace), both hands clasps behind his back, always looking down like contemplating the origin of the world (or if the chicken or egg came first)

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I was curious with Nurse Yoon's mysterious friend, whose name he mentioned twice in front of So-ah but never brought the guy to the office even for once. Was there any shocking plot twist with Nurse Yoon...? Hopefully not...

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Someone guessed from the very start that the map coordinates would be on her Vanuatu map. I wish I remembered who that was. That person is a genius! Whoever you are. Let us know. ?

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Oh yes I also remember that but I forgot who it was! :D

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I can't believe Habaek ran like that just because of the coordinate... any way this episode and our couple were so sweet and cute, hope they can be together at last and the kissing scene????두근 두근

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I knoooow. They made it look like So Ah was in danger. But HB's expression this ep VS his expression in the cliff hanger is different. Ugh. What a troll.

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I think I am more interested in Hu Ye's situation instead of the 3 gods in the story. Might be because of Im Joo Hwan's acting. You can see and feel all his conflicting emotions. He is afraid, desperate at times, but trying to show a strong demeanor. Hope this guy gets a leading role soon.

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Somehow u can say his arc is more compelling and rich in backstory and angst...i think way more than Habaek's and his minions...

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I'm rooting for Hu Ye not to turn evil!
And i wish for Im Joo Hwan to get a lead role too, soon. He's so good!

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Thanks for the blazing fast recap!!!

Omg this episode, I'm on such tenterhooks.

I took me until ep 7 and 8 to get truly invested in the story (there was just so much backstory that was NOT set up, and so many characters) but now I think I'm quite convinced.

I'm really enjoying the chemistry between our two main leads, and as much as the kissing scene was hot, I'm just so much more impressed by the acting before it. You could really see that Habaek's anger wasn't so much about the land, but the "revelation" from Hu-ye that So-ah's over him, as well as the frustration from being unable to do anything because he ain't staying. And So-ah's words and expressions truly showed a mixture of strength and vulnerability.

I didn't feel like they had much chemistry in the first 2 to 4 episodes because I was so overwhelmed by the annoying traits of their respective personalities, but the script and acting has managed to show a lot of character growth for them. They both became more comfortable with themselves, less selfish, less high-strung. And I like how they took very tentative steps towards each other romantically. That night when she was surprised to see him waiting for her at home, and how she ran away after the back hug showed their conflicting emotions very well.

Hu-ye, please please please don't turn evil! I still like to think that what he did to Joo-dong (partial memory wipe??) was instinctive/self-defence, but not malicious. It could possibly be portrayed as cowardly, but you can't blame a guy who's been so spurned and despised by the gods. I think there was enough ambiguity in his face-off with Bi-ryeom at the Gates that maybe he still IS good-intentioned, but pissed off enough to want to scare them/show bravado.

And finally, Geol-rin makes more sense now. He seemed quite a loser in previous episodes but I'm gaining more respect for him. He sounds much more thoughtful in that convo with Hu-ye. (By the way, @Lollypip, I don't think Geol-rin is his father. More likely someone who was carrying out that father's instructions and became sorta friends/mentor with Huye.)

So Geol-rin and Hu-ye's conversation about So-ah really sounded like Hu-ye might have gone through several cycles of ageing, death and re-birth like humans. But does that happen only in the godly realm? Since he clearly "aged" in the human realm. Geol-rin also held back on what Hu-ye did 1,200 years ago, so does Hu-ye lose his memories in during each re-birth? But that wouldn't make sense if he knew Geol-rin from at least 500 years ago before Geol-rin ran away to the human world.

By the way, anyone gets the sense that maybe Bi-ryeom likes Mura? That's why he has so much axe to grind with Habaek (whom she likes) and Hu-ye (whom she admires)?

And I'm now so confused on how Habaek is related to the god's servant curse. Because although we seem set up to assume that Habaek loved a woman 1,200 years ago, the show holds back just...

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Yeah, sure Bi Ryeom is jealous and he is trying to get Mura's attention. He's like a child in front of her. He should confess already and start behaving like a grown-up god if we wants to win her heart.

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Thanks for the recap, Lollypip! I agree that the presentation of the story still remains a little disjointed. There was one part in this episode -- the scene with Geol-rim and Huye -- when I really just had to ask aloud, "Wait, what's happening this time?"

With regard to Huye, I dread the development of his character in the next episodes. He is such a three-dimensional character -- plus we got to see his goodness in the earlier episodes -- that I really, really hope that after all the twists and turns that the next episodes will bring, he will be redeemed and get a happy life in the end. (One can hope! ?)

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I know that I was pretty pleased that after a few bad guy roles, IJW was getting a character that was gonna be a good guy. But the bad is coming, and I'm torn at seeing what else he can do with Hu-ye as a tortured bad guy and lamenting the missed opportunity to see him play a good guy all the way through a drama. Come on, let him be good!

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Oh, man. I hate to say it but that entire kiss scene did absolutely nothing for me. Her speech was bizarre, Nam Joo Hyuk is doing well in most areas but "complicated emotional anger" is not his forte, and then fish-kissing.

To me the end of the episode felt like someone forgot to add emotion. Like they were kissing because it was in the script, but that's it. Yikes. I like this show but really did expect more from everyone on this count - the writer, the actors and the director. The only one on their game seems to have been costuming (I had my doubts about the billowing silk shirt, but it worked!)

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Oh my, I agree about the kiss scene. ? The whole cleaning montage did nothing for me either. In fact the water fight in the montage just looked awkward to me.

Actually, and I hope I don't get much flak for saying this, but I'm still not completely sold on our OTP. (*ducks*)

Of course I get that they're the OTP and that what they share is true everlasting love, etc. etc.

But frankly, I still don't see what's so awesome about So Ah that a god and a demigod could fight over her regardless of catastrophic consequences. I don't expect perfection of her character; she doesn't have to be a genius doctor, or some strong assertive woman who has it all together. No. I guess I have yet to see her "it factor" that has two powerful divine beings falling in love with her.
In a way, this reminds me of my own personal opinion of Twilight -- I also didn't understand the boys' fascination over Bella in that book. ?‍♀️

But I enjoy this show as a whole a lot, and so I WANT to learn to care and root for our OTP. I'm crossing my fingers that in the next episodes, I'll also get to see for myself, why Habaek and Huye fall in love with her.

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I love So-Ah (we need more unchirpy heroines!) but I do have trouble being convinced that SA and HB are a great fit for each other. I can see them being drawn to each other solely because they don't interact with many other people and have been loners. HY lives in the world of JaYas and Muras. SA must be refreshing to him. And now he sees SA as the only person who could know who he is and not hate him for being a demigod. I think he's probably looking for a mother figure rather than a gf.

anyways, I feel like SA would be a really good fit for some of the other beta heroes in other kdramas. But to be fair, I feel protective of her. HB and HY don't seem like good boyfriends.

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Good point re unchirpy heroines, ar! Now that I think about it, I agree. Here's to more unchirpy heroines!

I have been thinking if the reason why I don't completely warm up to So Ah is that she herself is not a warm person (i.e., not chirpy).
But top off head, I can immediately think a non chirpy heroine I like: Park Bo Young's character in Hot Young Bloods, who is also a tough, hardened girl.

So I'm thinking maybe it's because, so far, all of So Ah's concerns relate only to herself? Save for herself (and now, Habaek), she hasn't shown any deep care for anyone else, not her patients or even her friends.

Or maybe it's just a matter of personal taste? :)

And re the pairings being good for each other, I agree with your points. Personally, I still don't get the giddy shippy feeling that they're perfect for each other and that no one else is better suited for them. But I also get why Habaek and So Ah are drawn to each other given their own respectively lonely circumstances.

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Yeah, but this is the fundamental nature of all love triangle stories with one woman/two men--every single one of them, not just Twilight.

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Oh, I have no issue with love triangles in general. (Two words: Korean. Drama. ?) It's just this particular trio in general. I completely understand objectively why others ship our OTP. But for me personally, I still have to see what is so great in So Ah that makes her worth all the possible consequences (of cosmic extent?) if and when Habaek and Huye fight over her.

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Objectively speaking, I never see what makes a drama heroine so incredible that two handsome, wealthy, powerful men (gods instead of chaebols in this instance) will fight over her--but I just shrug and go with it because she is, after all, a fantasy stand-in for us, the viewers.

I think story heroes/heroines are often unrealistically unlucky and then lucky beyond all their wildest dreams.

But yes, So Ah trying so hard not to be an empathetic or generous person is an unusual take for a heroine in dramaland.

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totally am into this OTP too, and am really hoping that they get their happily ever after :)

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The scenes when she back hugged him, then he rolled over and inched close to her, the soulful phone convo, followed with her heartbreak line about being a loser during hard time, and topped with his "I'll be leaving one day" warning were a perfect emotional build up for the kiss. HB was such a gentleman to give her one last warning and chance to make decision or change her mind. She didn't flinch. Both wanted and longed for the kiss. Despite their bleak future and separation. Bittersweet. Yet heartfelt and poignant.

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i didn't even laughed so hard when i was watching the episode but reading the ["You told me to lie down" x 3] part in the recap made me laughed hysteriously HAHAHAHA

i waited & got what i wanted. that back hug scene, which was shown in last week's preview. i melted when he turned & tried to make a move. awwww, im really loving their chemistry in the drama, they look so good together. ❤

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I really hope that Hu Ye is able to fight his dark side and get to live a happy life. 3000 years suffering in a freaking cave! I get the feeling that he'll either turn completely dark or end on some sort of self-sacrifice. I hated BR in this episode. I feel like part of why he is so hateful towards HY is because he has a crush on MR and MR sort of halfheartedly protects HY. And MR really needs to stop being such a bystander.

HY and SA are the characters who really won my heart this episode. I wanted to reach into the screen and give me hugs. SA's loneliness really touched me. It was well-portrayed in the writing, directing, and acting. I know HB and SA are the endgame, but I agree with HY in that he and SA are the better match since they belong to the earth realm.

The mythology and the little cryptic drips of information has been confusing and it's starting to annoy me. Like having people around will render the gate useless? And while I hate BR, I sort of agree with his resentment that HaBaek just gets to be king without doing anything.

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It's interesting how Mura has ended up the most objective of the three gods in the Hu Ye situation when she was set up to be super catty. She still is a little, but she clearly takes her duties seriously and doesn't want innocent people to get hurt (like Soah at the bridge).

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Hi, I've been a silent viewer on DB for years mostly because i hardly watch dramas as they come out but i just couldn't resist with BOTWG. Habeck is awesome and sexy! I wish i could get one. I really want to know what went on with the human woman and Habeck, the sky God and Habeck. it seems the more we watch the more questions we have. Lollypip lovely review. i agree when you said the stakes are watered down. What happens when the red water flows through water country the 7th time? Who becomes King if Habeck doesn't? And really if all the halflings find it so difficult who's to say that HuYe wouldn't finally turn evil sonner or later?
But that KISS!! My favorite part of the episode.

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On the stakes being watered down, I hope we get to see Habaek's full extent of godly powers sooner rather than later.

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i don't care about the negative feedback, i freaking love the show.

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I want to see how far Hu Ye's dark side goes.

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Do anybody remember the high priest's saying before Ha-baek goes down to Earth to fullfil his mission? He said the So-ah would die before Habaek became the King. I wondered would Hu-ye play a part in it? That would be very tragic for him, since all he wishes is happiness and recognition as a worthy existence, to be loved, to be understood, to be taken care of. That is just my speculation.

I agree that sometimes this show seems confusing, but Gods, it's really addictive haha. I find that Nam joohyuk is irresistibly charming, depise some shortcomings in his acting. The way he gazes at So-ah as if she is something that his life has been waiting for for such a really long time; that longing in his eyes, it's quiet yet powerful, and probably that one of the most quiet yet powerful gazing I've seen in k-dramaland. Spectacular chemistry from our leads haha.

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i literally could see all of their romantic moments with no background music :)))) Cheer to the power of speechless connection. they're soulmates to each other :))))

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despite mura's attitude and her strategy of (observation before action) shes kinda matured, level headed and not as naive as i thought (come on so ah, you respect the rank not the person). And bi reom, despite being a trouble making ass is right about habaek being a king without doing anything is lame af. Though this time the fate of the world is on the table, lets hope our gods stop the tea party and get serious.

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Hey there Beanies! Thanks for the recap Lollypip. Did anyone else think that So-Ah was the little girl in the first episode who Joo-Dong was speaking to regarding the three kingdoms? I thought it was something she forgot as an adult sort of as a base prep to be the ‘servant'. So did he lose his memory pre-talking to the little girl or after? This episode may have explained it, but I have been working like a crazy person and I am about 3 episodes behind at this point.

btw does anyone know how to get your icon picture by your name to not be blank. I am able to add a picture to my profile but it doesn't show up in the icon. I even posted a derp picture of my face on my fan wall by accident in an attempt to rectify the situation.

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Oh, dear.
In the first few days of the new site I went thru that. Seems my account was corrupted when it was set up and the solution was to delete it and re-add it. Took 2 or 3 tries to get things sort-of working and my account is still not quite right.

Try contacting the admins, I guess.

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I have that same problem with my icon picture, it's on my profile but doesn't show up on posts ?

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Looks like at least 3 of us got bit by the same bug. I thought I was the only one; now it seems maybe I'm the only one to be partially fixed (???)

Do you guys also have the minor issue that I still have?? I have heard that there is supposed to be a "follow" button on peoples' banner image on their beanie page, but I never see one on anybody's. (I see "follow" buttons only on the "featured beanie" page and the notification when somebody follows me -- those are the only ways I can find to follow people).

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i wonder if it has something to do with AdBlock... i use Chrome w/AdBlock and i can't see the buttons either except on those "featured beanies".

but i turned off AdBlock and reloaded the page, and OMG... it slowed up everything and made the page heavy with delay and sluggish with the ads, etc....

and notifications were working, then weren't, then briefly were working, and again they are not....
*sigh*

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Wish we had a better way to support this site besides ads. I hate them. And I don't think DB makes any money off me because I go decades at a time without ever clicking on any adds.

I did buy their book, though.

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Where is the adorable muffin namsuri did any1 miss him. And not the kiss but the screenshot at the start is what made my poor heart burst

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Me! I also missed the darling muffin!

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Seems we are in the same boat, cotton.

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i wonder just how far away they went from the original.
my gut tells me the kid has to be Nakbin reincarnated since she is Huye's sister and if he keeps dying and living then so is she.
but then Nakbin made Habaek suffer a long time ago so I am not sure how they will play this in the drama since they are mentioning it.
now i am even more curious as to whom they made Huye's dad since in the original the dad is the emperor of Gods.
and i still think the Earth God and Soah and her dad are related somehow

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That kiss is everything. So sweet and gentle. Yet, it's so heartbreaking at the same time. Knowing what Habaek said about leaving contradicts to what he really feel. Give them a happy ending please! ?????❤❤❤

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As I tried to follow what is going on between the gods in this episode, I kept thinking, I'm soooo grateful for LollyPip and the recap that will explain this to me ?

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Agree with @lollypip , as much confusing as the overall plot might be, so ah & ha baek's dynamic is amazing!!
That kiss.... Eeee.... ???
Now I want more kisses!! ???

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Lol. What just happened to this drama? Sigh

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WAIT. WAIT.
What did Ha Baek see that had him running with le furious look on his face at the end of episode 8???

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The missing coordinates that are on the back side of SoAh's little Vanuatu map that pulls out of her pen.

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Says in small voice: I should have been paying more attention. Darn those distracting smooches.

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I will lay with him - anytime. Rawr that scene was ...hot!

Ok the story isn't the strongest, both leads aren't the best actors or actress for these roles, I don't really care about the female lead acting and Lets be objective, NJh is really not the best actor. This role was too early in his career However both of them are slowly settling in nicely. And this episode showcase it well.
For the love of dramas...NJh is holding on well, I mean all he had to do was to not screw up and stay hot for the role (which I give an A+, thank you) but now, I'm beginning to like his interpretation of Haebak, the small little things he took effort to put in, such as the hands behind the back walk, the "leisurely yet eldery" gait in his walk and the voice, the voice is ..dare i say , pretty on the mark and I'm falling for it!

I felt the directing is not the smoothest but whoever there is behind the camera has a gift to make certain scenes work. And these selected ones are beautifully shot and the colors are beautiful. This episode had wonderful scenes and it does really elevate the show. More importantly, they are used well to tug the heartstrings for a good OTP that the audience care for, with a good OTP, it's rolling. And as of this episode, it's rolling for me! I feel for SA that she is trying so hard to live a lonely life and kids herself that she doesn't need to care but now all walls are down. But it's even worse as they are star crossed. It's time to see HB heart break, and NJH , you go you! I'm rooting for you, coz you had me at your hand wall block *gulp*

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The boy is talented ?. He started his career as an actor not so long ago, and is making fast progress, so I think he has to be very hardworking person too. Dunno, maybe because he is so gorgeous I look more at him ?, but I already noticed in Scarlet Heart and WFKBJ how good he is with face expressions and his moves (maybe because he is a model he is used to it?). He has such a different aura here than in previous projects, and he is so manly around So Ah that makes my heart flutter...Well, I hope he will get more recognition from now on, he's doing a great job as water god.

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For me , my favorite "small thing" was when Habaek offered his hand to So-Ah after she almost tripped.

I was fanning myself at the gentleness/sexiness of that one move and was yelling at my screen, "Dangnamit, go take his hand, woman!" ?

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Yes, I definitely agree there with you on the small mannerisms which make Habaek who he is...also the voice for sure! That pitch of voice is perfectly commanding of attention yet gravelly enough to be sexy.

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From YSG in Seven-Days Queen to Sun in Ruler: Master of the Mask, I just have a real guilty pleasure weakness for a love triangle where the antagonists fall for the heroine. Maybe because I'm tired of feeling sorry for the second lead, especially when he is super-nice while the primary love interest is rude and always acts bad.

This will be very interesting, especially because Hu-Ye is still pretty nice and a good guy, while those others from the shows mentioned were already pretty bad or corrupted by the time they try to get the protagonist. This time, as you said, he will pursue her to remain good, but risks losing his goodness for it. Only thing that worries me is that he said he would get her hand genuinely, so I'm afraid what will happen is that he will be the nicest guy possible, and turn evil after she rejects him. Which... would make him a Nice Guy(TM) and not an actual nice guy, but... you get my point.

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the chemistry of the otp is on fire..they make u feel their impossible situation and frustration but they u want them to kiss and go 4 it
life is too short to b careful...u go habaek/so ah shiiiiiiip

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Before leaving, So-ah requests that Mura not speak to her in banmal.

Isn't it supposed to be ok for Mura to speak banmal? She is older.

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I like that they kissed and are now getting into the serious relationship mode. Yet, I am filled with dread, I have ominous flashbacks of the first episode where she leapt into the water. It's definitely not going to be a bed of roses. Speaking of bed, what happens if he um, beds her, and she has a child? Wouldn't that child become a demi-god as well? The abominable halfling that is spoken of and treated with contempt by Habaek and his gang?

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If So-ah supposedly has to die before Ha-baek can return, and Hu-ye can kill with a touch....
1: Gee, that doesn't seem to hint at how she might die or anything, does it?
2: How many gods have to cooperate to bring her back to life???

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And does bringing her back require some sort of sacrifice, like a god becoming mortal in exchange for saving her, and having to remain in the mortal world?

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Oh, you're way ahead of me. I'm still trying to put together the story of what happened 1,200 years ago from the trail of crumbs they're dropping in this story...

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It's easier to work backwards :) Kdramas can start almost any which way, but they just have to end in certain ways.

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Ohhhh, I loved this episode, I still have a smile on my face while writing now ?
I don't mind the mythology being a bit confusing because it seems that they will explain everything later, so it's fun to imagine how the clues fit together. And as long as it does not detract from my enjoyment of the show, I'm ok with them being cryptic. And god, did I enjoy the episode today. It seems that a classic romance story never gets old; gimme lovers that cannot be together and soft kisses under the moonlight and I'm sold ❤️. And what about that scene rolling on the floor, is there anything sexier than NJH whispering in your ears that you provoked him while blocking the way out?? At first I was laughing but by the end of the scene I was smitten. ??
And I cannot forget the back hug, the way So Ah always grabs his shirt is so sweet, and he was definitely going for a kiss at that moment.
Well, I can only say that I want mooooore of Habaek and So Ah's romance, and I want passion, and more hot kisses!!! ???? I will take the blow later when the angsty part comes, but I don't care at this point, haha!!!

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So-Ah and Habaek what are you two doing to me! Loved how she took the lead with the back hug first and would have loved to see her kiss him back stronger in the end. Their sweet and sexy chemistry is irresistible.

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Why didn't the water god take a bath in this episode? Is this a set up to a brooding shower scene in the ocean?

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This drama makes me feel like watching the Season 3 of a show without watching the first 2 seasons.

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If Bi-ryum's actions irked me before this episode, it took the cake and i'm sure i'm gonna be even more enraged by his actions,he is the true villian here and a bully nevertheless...He is such a bitter arogant God,if all of them would be like him they are far from saviours like Hu Ye well said...Somehow,this constant harrasment and violance for free given to HuYe makes me believe(i mean i at least want)that he hides something and just like Moora mentioned more than once he is suspicious...I think deep down he might know something about Hu Ye's origin that makes him hate him and even feel threatened if exposed,curious if his father is also Hu'ye's Dad as his Mom is the human....Well we know now that Geol-rin knows his origin and in a strange way he is the only God who actually cared and shown him kindness when he was treated like a monster,who actually looked for him...I must say i actually kinda wanted for Hu Ye to snap and make that little bratty kid that names himself a Sky God tremble in fear...Till the moment HuYe by far is the most compelling character and quite invested in his arc and hope he gets his happy ending as he suffered and was tormented for such a long time not to mention that he is forever reborn and alone...I was quite happy when he point black told Haebaek he doesn't care an inch about his Godly door nor his kind and to just leave him alone,like GODS thinking all revolves around them...

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I loved all the HaBaek and SoAh scenes. Especially the "I'm still a man" and the kiss. But I have to say that I'm a little frustrated at the storytelling. As was said already, it's very disjointed and questions are still going unanswered for the audience. I get so confused while watching this because you know there's a backstory, but they are so stingy with the crumbs they give us that I just end up not caring too much as long as I get HaBaek/SoAh scenes because they are the only thing that makes sense in this show most of the time.

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I support Hoo Ye all the way!

I simultaneously support our star-crossed lovers. It's gonna get sticky!

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I think there would be a problem if habae fails to comeback to his real and fail to be a king. i don't remember which ep, but there was a scene where MR sit by a river watching lots of injured and dead fish. Br call her, and she said the sky and the earth were fine, only the water facing problems right now. it seems that it is connected with habaek not in the divine realm for a very long time. And Br counters her tht the sky had problem too which MR counters back that the water had it the hardest. So, i think habaek doesn't go back to the divine realm to take the throne will have an effect to the nature.

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Incorrect spelling

*habaek and *realm

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I know Nam Joohyuk is still green when it comes to heavier scenes but man, his comedic timing is spot on! His reaction to "Fried chicken!" was hilarious! I kept repeating it!

Too bad Hu-ye is so close to giving in to his dark side. I kinda hope Jaya or Secretary Min will be the one to help him grounded (and good) instead of So-ah doing it.

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Ooooh, good one! Especially since we still don't see what Jaya's role really is in all of this.

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Whoo!! I was actually expecting the kiss but when it happened it was a total suprise.
Now I have to pray that both of them should'nt pretend that the kiss was nothing, next morning.....

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I love Gong Myung, but BR IS SUCH AN ASS!!!!
UGHHHHH
DON'T PROVOKE HR ANY LONGER, BR!!!!!
Poor HR, he just want to be a normal human:""

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