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My Country: The New Age: Episode 14

Things may have calmed down after the revolt that changed the country, but our king-in-waiting still isn’t satisfied. He doesn’t trust his father or his brothers, and he still wants the throne for himself despite being third brother in line. Our star-crossed friends cant break free of a political battle they never wanted, and find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict yet again.

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Bang-won learns from Tae-ryong that King Taejo sent his few remaining guards out of the palace, so Bang-won barges into his father’s bedroom to demand he recall the guards. King Taejo says they’re busy meting out punishment to those who recently commanded illegal private armies in Bang-won’s rebellion, denying Bang-won’s request.

Furious, Bang-won informs his father that he’ll be confined to his room from now on, but King Taejo just laughs that the more Bang-won persecutes him, the more the people will hate him. Kneeling, Bang-won counters that the entire country will forget that King Taejo ever existed, because, “Once off his throne, a king becomes merely an old man.”

After seeing Hee-jae injured at Ihwaru, Hwi takes her as far away from Ihwaru as possible. They stop in a cave in the forest, while Chi-do stays behind. When Hee-jae regains consciousness, she wants to go back to Ihwaru for her people who were caught in the attack, and Hwi has to physically restrain her to stop her from hurting herself worse.

Eventually they get moving on foot, heading for a village where they agreed to meet Chi-do. The palace guards catch up to them and Hwi tries to fight them off, but he’s soon overwhelmed. Just as the guard captain is about to kill him, a loud voice calls a halt — it’s Bang-won, who was brought by Chi-do. He and his men wade in and kill the remaining guards, and Chi-do gets the honor of finishing off the captain.

When it’s all over, Hwi tells Bang-won that he was leaving that life behind because the nation Bang-won dreams of is too grand for him, and the nation he dreams of is too humble for Bang-won. But now, he says he can’t watch the people he loves get hurt or killed, because those people are his nation.

He asks what Bang-won thinks, and Bang-won says he wishes for a nation that protects people like Hwi. At his answer, Hwi tells him, “I will make you king. If you abandon us afterward, I will come for your head.”

In the north, Sun-ho infiltrates the Jurchen band that King Taejo left behind after the battle at Liaodong. He kills their chief, but they don’t surrender like Sung-rok promised they would. He draws the sword that King Taejo gave him when he led the Jurchens and tells the them that he was abandoned by him like they were, and he promises to use Yi Seong-gye to kill Bang-won as he breaks the sword in two.

One Jurchen soldier comes forward to ask if Sun-ho will take them in after they get their revenge. Sun-ho says honestly that he can’t make that promise, and the soldier says that he would have killed Sun-ho if he’d answered yes, because it would have been a lie. The Jurchens lower their swords and thank Sun-ho for killing the cruel chief.

With that, Sun-ho finds himself leader of an army. He drinks alone in his new tent, and all he can think about is Hwi asking him to live. Sung-rok joins him and refuses the drink Sun-ho pours for him, and he asks how Sun-ho intends to fool King Taejo. Sun-ho says he’ll pretend to be loyal again, which will buy them time to use Bang-gan to corner Bang-won, then kill him.

Hee-jae’s wound is treated by a doctor, and Moon-bok oversees Gyeol’s recovery, determined to save the man who’s saved Hee-jae and Hwa-wol so many times. Hwa-wol worries that he’s gone too long without sleep so she gives him a kiss on the cheek to wake him up, and he pretends to be even sleepier just to get more kisses. So cute.

As soon as Hee-jae wakes, she asks about her people at Ihwaru. She grows upset when Hwi tells her that many died, and he holds her in his arms as she cries that she didn’t protect them like she was supposed to.

King Taejo appoints his second son, Bang-gwa, as the new crown prince. Bang-won murmurs that he hopes the new crown prince isn’t intimidated by King Taejo and does what’s best for the nation, and King Taejo warns Bang-gwa not to forget who killed their brothers. Bang-won counters that the bloodshed happened because of greed at the top, but the king retorts that you can’t rule a country with a sword, only destroy it.

Later, King Taejo sends a message to Bang-gan to quietly come to the palace. He asks Bang-gan why he helped Bang-won with his revolt, and Bang-gan claims that he was too scared of Bang-won to say no. The king knows his son better than that, so Bang-gan tells him the real reason — he’s just waiting for Bang-won and their father to fight this out.

The king tells Bang-gan that when Bang-won becomes king, he’ll make sure Bang-gan dies. Bang-gan doesn’t believe that Bang-won would kill a brother born of his beloved mother, but King Taejo says he could still be exiled. He reminds Bang-gan that Bang-gwa has no son, which makes Bang-gan next in line for the throne, and he advises Bang-gan to take action and not wait.

Hwa-wol takes Hee-jae back to Ihwaru, which is in a shambles after the attack. The survivors are still there, and despite Hee-jae telling them that they’re free and should leave, they insist on staying to help her restore Ihwaru.

Bang-won takes Hwi with him to confront King Taejo, bringing with them a phalanx of guards loyal to Bang-won to “protect” the king (IOW, make sure he doesn’t leave his quarters). King Taejo recognizes Hwi and says this wasn’t what he had in mind when he helped him years ago. Hwi explains that the state exam was rigged against him, then he was sent to Liaodong and was among the men that King Taejo abandoned there.

He asks King Taejo why they were abandoned, and King Taejo blames it on the bad winter weather and refuses to apologize. Hwi barks that that’s a lie and that he doesn’t expect an apology: “But I will make Prince Jeongan my king, and make you regret abandoning us.”

Two years later — 1400 A.D. Second Strife of Princes.

Bang-won’s older brother Bang-gwa is now King Jeongjong, and Bang-won urges him to choose a crown prince, but former King Taejo still controls the royal seal. Bang-won is furious that the sitting king is allowing the former king to control his actions, even when Bang-gan reminds him that King Taejo is also the founder of the nation, and the one who made them princes.

Bang-gan asks King Jeongjong who he has in mind as crown prince, pointing out that he’s before Bang-won in order of birth, rubbing it in that this is the way Bang-won wanted things. Firing an arrow into the wall, Bang-won asks Bang-gan if he still has that written promise that he won’t kill him.

Letting loose an evil giggle, Bang-gan sneers that it’s a cherished possession, and Bang-won tells him that he can only use it once. Bang-gan says he only needs it once because it means he has two lives to Bang-won’s one, but Bang-won just laughs and laughs.

King Taejo paces his rooms, trying to think of a way to stop Bang-won from gaining the throne, and he still holds the royal seal as his trump card. Over at Ihwaru, Hee-jae is determined to wait out King Taejo until he makes a move.

Cheonga still works for Bang-gan, who has him spying on Hwi. He reports that Hwi hasn’t picked up a sword in quite some time and asks why Bang-gan is so worried about him. Bang-gan reminds Cheonga that Hwi killed the palace guards outside Sajeong Gate and at Chwiwoldang, singlehandedly securing Bang-won’s revolt, which makes him Bang-gan’s main concern.

That evening, Hwi gets merrily drunk while entertaining the Minister of Personnel at a gibang on Bang-won’s behalf. Moon-bok sits outside, pretending to be studying a medical text, and he notices when Bang-gan casually wanders by and sees Hwi acting like a fool.

Later that night, Bang-gan stops Hwi on his way home. Hwi gives him a wobbly bow, and Bang-gan grumbles that he’s been tainted by money and power. He wonders if Hwi’s really drunk or just pretending, so he draws his sword and slices Hwi’s gat as a test. Hwi’s only reaction is to yelp indignantly, convincing Bang-gan that he’s not faking.

He asks Hwi if he knows where Sun-ho went after he disappeared two years ago. Hwi slurs that they’re no longer friends, and Bang-gan figures that makes sense after Hwi joined up with the man who killed Sun-ho’s father. He walks away disappointed, and as Hwi watches him go, his eyes are sharp and clear — I knew he was sober!

He removes his ruined gat and outer clothes to reveal his armor underneath. His sword is hidden under his chair, and he takes it and meets up with his friends. He tells them that the plan worked and Bang-gan no longer suspects him.

Back at home, Cheonga reports to Bang-gan on Bang-won this time, telling him that only Tae-ryong and Jae Beom closely guard Bang-won these days and his army doesn’t train much anymore, to the point that he thinks even he might be dismissed from Bang-won’s service. He tells Bang-gan of Bang-won’s plans to go hunting the day before their mother’s memorial day, and Bang-gan sees an opportunity to get rid of his rival, though he guesses it might be a trap.

As Cheonga leaves, Hwi catches him acting as a double agent. Cheonga snaps that Hwi is a spy, too, and they draw their swords to fight. Hwi quickly disarms Cheonga and informs him that his days as a double agent are over.

Sun-ho still commands the Jurchen soldiers, and he even dresses like them, though he still keeps Yeon’s embroidered ribbon on his sword hilt. He still seethes over Bang-won telling him that he’s only an illegitimate child unworthy even of being killed as a traitor. He decides it’s time to enact his revenge, and he marches his Jurchen army towards the capital.

Bang-won’s plan to go hunting is indeed a trap, and he sits down with Hwi and Hee-jae to plan an ambush for Bang-gan. Meanwhile, despite telling Bang-gan that he doesn’t care about what happened to Sun-ho, Hwi still has men out looking for his old friend, but with no luck. He visits Sun-ho’s old bedroom and notes how large it is, sighing, “He must have been so lonely.”

The Jurchens reach the capital, and Sun-ho leads them in an attack on the gibang where Bang-gan’s men are stationed. One man, who seems to be just a drunk, cowers in a corner and hides the black snake tattoo on his hand. Sun-ho spares one of Bang-gan’s men and sends him with a message that he wants to speak with the prince.

At the same time, Jae Beom and Moon-bok pick a fake fight near Bang-gan’s armory, drawing the guards away and allowing Chi-do to sneak in and check out Bang-gan’s weaponry. HAHA, their insults hit too close to home and they don’t stop fighting after Chi-do is finished, and Chi-do just rolls his eyes at the doofuses.

When they finally calm down, Chi-do makes them sit and make up. Moon-bok reluctantly apologizes for Bo-gum’s sake — awww, that’s what he and Hwa-wol have decided to name their baby! Hwi says it might be a girl so Chi-do suggests Bo-young, and Moon-bok decides he likes that name, too (wait, so .
he’s going to name his kid Park Bo-gum or Park Bo-young? LOL).

Bang-won drinks heavily as he practices his archery, which looks suspiciously like another ruse to get Bang-gan to let down his guard. Bang-gan mentions their father shooting off Bang-won’s topknot, and Bang-won asks him darkly if he plans to use his written promise today.

The brothers argue over who should hunt for game for their mother’s memorial feast, and Bang-gan says he’s thinking of bringing his soldiers with him. As he leaves, Bang-gan orders the weapons moved to the hunting field.

Sun-ho and his army show up while the weapons are being loaded, and they slaughter Bang-gan’s men and steal the arms. The messenger informs Bang-gan that the Jurchens’ leader wants to see him, so he shows up at the gibang.

He barely flinches when his guards are killed, leaving him to face Sun-ho alone and unarmed. Sun-ho says that he’s returned to kill Bang-won, and that joining with him is the only way Bang-gan will survive. Bang-gan decides he likes the sound of Bang-won dying while he lives.

But he says that Sun-ho underestimates him, and he draws his sword from Sung-rok’s grasp and attacks. Sun-ho is ready for him, and as they fight, he doesn’t notice that Yeon’s ribbon is sliced in two. They end up in a standoff, and they agree to work together.

Sun-ho says that Bang-won knows of Bang-gan’s plan to lure him to the hunting grounds, and that Bang-won is planning a counter-ambush. Bang-gan realizes that everything from Hwi’s drunken behavior to Bang-won’s intoxicated joviality at the shooting range were all part of their scheme. Sun-ho tells him to pretend to fall for the trick, and that he’ll defeat the ambush team and meet him there.

First Sun-ho wants to talk with the king, so Bang-gan sets up a secret meeting. Sun-ho dresses as a guard and retrieves a lotus from a palace pond for the former king, and Taejo recognizes him immediately. Sun-ho tells him to keep hold of the royal seal and stall for some time, promising to kill Bang-won and restore Taejo to the throne.

After thinking about it a while, Taejo decides that it’s not enough to just stall – he wants to take action. He tells his eunuch that he’s leaving the palace to collect his scattered soldiers and go after Bang-won himself, using Bang-gan as bait.

Now that he knows Sun-ho is involved and has an army, Hwi suggests to Bang-won that they move the ambush site, and Bang-won approves the change. Hwi talks with Hee-jae privately and asks her to stay out of the way, and he promises that he’ll be successful and protect her. She says that her priority is protecting Ihwaru, so he doesn’t need to worry.

Chi-do tells Hwi that the Jurchens are using the gibang as a base, but when they go there, everything is quiet. Inside, Hwi finds the forgotten half of Yeon’s ribbon, the half with Sun-ho’s name on it, confirming his worst fears. The man with the black snake tattoo recognizes Chi-do and runs, managing to lose Chi-do, though Chi-do knows who it was — and that he’s supposed to be dead.

The Jurchens have moved to the woods, and Sung-rok tells Sun-ho that Hwi visited the gibang looking for them. He asks Sun-ho if he’ll let Hwi live, but Sun-ho doesn’t answer.

Bang-won notices that Hwi seems preoccupied, and on the morning of the ambush, he tells Hwi that he’s willing to kill his own family today. He asks Hwi how far he’ll go, and Hwi says he’ll take this to the end.

On the way to the ambush site, Hwi finds Sun-ho standing alone in the middle of the road. Hwi approaches him, several different emotions in his eyes, but Sun-ho looks cold and determined. Sun-ho says calmly, “In my country, Bang-won doesn’t exist. And…” he draws his sword and runs it through Hwi’s belly, “… neither do you.”

 
COMMENTS

These boys, I swear! They’re not going to have any insides left if they don’t stop running each other through. I know that Sun-ho is angry and bitter, but when all is said and done he betrayed Hwi first, so I hope he only injured Hwi to get him out of the way and save his life. Sun-ho has a death wish and I don’t think he cares whether he lives beyond getting his revenge, but I do believe he still cares for Hwi, and this wouldn’t be the first time Sun-ho has seemed to harm Hwi with the ultimate goal of saving him.

Is it strange that part of me is proud of Sun-ho for taking back some of his own and finding his place in the world now that he’s not held back by his father? Oddly, I’d rather see Sun-ho go dark and live for something than take his own life in despair, even if that something is wrong and goes against the kind, caring person he used to be. I’m still terrified for him, as he seems hell-bent on revenge or death, but I don’t want his friendship with Hwi to completely die after all they’ve been through. Hwi’s love for Sun-ho fairly shines in his eyes whenever they’re face-to-face, and I just don’t want Sun-ho to die without letting Hwi know that he feels the same way.

I’m pretty sure I can predict how things will end for Hwi and Sun-ho, and it’s not pretty. They’re finding themselves on opposite sides of the conflict yet again, and again, I don’t blame either of them for the choices they’ve made. Hwi naturally aligns with the leader who wants to make the country a better place for people like him, while Sun-ho would join up with whoever opposed Bang-won, because Bang-won now represents all of the unfair, unjust ideals that made Lord Nam treat Sun-ho like a lesser being for his whole life. Bang-won killed Sun-ho’s father and cheated him out of his revenge, then insulted him to his face and robbed him of a death he would have been proud to accept.

But it’s still painful to see Hwi so grateful that his friend is alive, only to have that friend impale him, and with such hatred on his face. We know who wins this battle of princes, which makes me fear that Sun-ho, on the wrong side of history, probably won’t survive. I just hope that Hwi isn’t forced to kill his oldest friend, and that before he dies, Sun-ho and Hwi forgive each other and repair at least a little of the damage they’ve done to each other. If Hwi has to suffer a devastating loss and go on alone yet again, I want him to at least be able to do it with some peace.

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My Country has spoken, WHEN are we getting Park Bogum and Park Boyoung together @ dramagod?

But ANYWAYS, guess who got the father of the year award in 1400?

Going against anything his son wants? Check
Refusing to accept that he did tell his son to get their hands dirty? Check
Pining his sons against each other to keep his power?? Check
But weirdly being dramatic and what not because his sons would slay each other for the throne? CHECK.
I stan!!!

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Taejo may not be the father of the year but since when does a father and king in the Confucian era ever answer to his son? I can't say bang-won is the son of the year either.
This is the era of strict filial piety. Bang-won's behavior and disorderly manner towards his father is rather appalling for a prince and Confucian scholar. He was the oldest to be educated in Confucian teachings.
It makes me cringed every time he barged in to the throne room or his father's quarter but I guess he already consider himself king when he confined his father to a small room in the palace.

I do agree that Taejo made some very bad choices and he is paying for it by being forced to step down as king. He doesn't seems to accept that his power as king is now gone. No one in his position would. A mere minister like Lord Nam who conned his way to the top didn't either. Once they held power, it's very hard to let go and it should be because power didn't come easily to these men without having to shed blood and all kinds of evil deeds.
For a former respected and undefeated general and king to fall from grace like this would bruise his pride and ego.

So far nothing will stop Yi Bang-won in his quest to become the king and his father will not back off from blocking his way.
Like father father like son. Stubborn and ruthless.

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I think we're seeing a lot of Bang Won steamrolling into the palace but, as I said below, we're not seeing enough from Taejo's point of view. He's being painted as the villain (?), but compared to Nam we know very little of what goes on in his mind.

Also, since a king is the father to his people, I cringed (more like gasped) at Hwi's lack of respect to say "I will make Prince Jeongan my king". In most dramas the ministers would be screaming bloody treason, except this king emeritus has no more ministers around him.

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@wishfultoki

Yes, the lack of proper respect kind of threw me off. I understand that this is fictional but if you are going to use Goryeo and Joseon then follow the dang tradition.

What actually qualify Hwi to be a king maker? Does he have some kind of secret power in the court that we don't know about?
Strength alone didn't put Yi Seong-gye on the throne. There was a whole lot of brain and power play behind it. Sambong, the former queen, Bang-won etc all contributed differently to make it possible.

Historically Ha Ryun was Yi Bang-won's strategist and Hwi is nothing in comparison.

Every time someone spout something extreme and beyond their ability I roll my eyes.
Wait who and what are you again?

Yes treason is used rather lightly in this drama. You can't say something like that and expect to live.

Despite the flaws the actors do make the most of everything they are given which kind of foil the weakness with the writing.

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@wishfultoki

The great thing about this show is that it's so open for different interpretations that every comments and opinions here makes sense.
We can disagree but it doesn't make the other person's views wrong.

It was not a tradition to install the king's favorite son as crown prince or the prince with the most merit so both Bang-seok and Bang-won should not have been considered first.

Since this was a new dynasty, Taejo probably thought that it would work by flexing his power as the new king, new tradition, new government etc.

This whole power struggle between the king and Bang-won makes them both looks like villains. Taejo especially since he seems to be using Lady Han's sons against each other which is downright heartless and cruel.
I feel like there is a fine line there between the pages of history and the drama's interpretation
It's interesting for the drama but it may turned off some viewers.

Maybe this drama is more about justification for Bang-won and not for his father.

I sometimes wonder if they ever ask themselves if all these bloodshed is worth the bloody throne.

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Ok, I’m going to show you all how much of a kdrama newbie I am right now. I don’t know what I thought would happen when Hwi met Sun-Ho, but I legit gasped when Sun-Ho rammed his sword straight through Hwi...again. What the hell, Sun-Ho? Your friend is already dying a slow death from venom poisoning, you both lost the lost important person in your lives, and now you’re going to lose your only friend too!?!? Anyway, the whiplash I’m getting with these two—I’m going to save you, but wound you mortally, but just a few eps ago, we hated the same person and wanted him dead, but you almost killed me, so now I have my own army and will wreak havoc on you and your band of friends. It’s running at breakneck speed to its tragic end...and I’m afraid we are just going to crash and burn. And poor Hee-Jae gets fewer and fewer lines as we go through this story 🙁. But all the palace politics and overthrowing the current kingdom is more than enough to keep me engaged at this point. Too bad her character isn’t adding anything to the intrigue.

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I don't think your reaction is a newbie's reaction Ally. I screamed too. I totally did not know what that was for.

Nothing says "I love you" louder than a thrust of sword in this drama. I think these boys collect stab wounds and brag on who's got more.

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It's testament of the good direction and the actors' awesome work that this drama is so griping in spite of all the flaky writing...

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(rant mode on) and don't get me started on the underwritten female characters! I have the feeling I've been watching to 15 hours of guys guying around, it's almost worse that they included Yeon and Hee-Jae and then made them totally accesory. Anyways, episode 15 drew me in again, I want to cry-watch this guys to the bitter end

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I'm still amazed at their magical healing abilities. I also cringe every time I see someone grab the blade of a sword with their hand (how do they not sever any tendons?).

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It’s sillier than Vagabond, actually.

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The actors and production team are saving it, to be honest. Plus I think this has more heart in the narrative. I dropped Vagabond quite early. There was nothing that could hold my interest. This one though, I was never bored.

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I'm not sure I agree. I've laughed my head off during Vagabond. Here, I just roll my eyes when my stabby OTP hurts each other again (once I recover from the shock).

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I guess we’re reacting to it differently. I thought the comment section was funnier though, haha.

Stabby OTP. That’s a good one. Are there still awards going out for the best bromance? I don’t recall any good bromance since Mr Sunshine. That was a triangle bromance too.

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@mei123db I'm really enjoying My Country. I just find this aspect a little over the top. This is definitely the best bromance for me this year.

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They have very good chemistry. I wish someone will give them a project where they can be partners working on the same side. And with a more humorous, but not silly, storyline. They’ve already had enough heartache in Joseon.

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Is it? At least I am seeing blood here. And attempts to save life from Doc. Didn't see much blood in VB aside from Woo Gi.

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Interesting. Also, saving a life via 10yrs battlefield experience vs saving a life through video call.

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In Vagabond, if you got hit,, you got hurt, e.g. GHR with a bullet lodged in her spine ends up in the hospital and physical therapy - admittedly after sitting through a short trial. Mostly, the bullets just missed. In truly vast quantities.

In MC, the powers of recovery of our hero’s are similar to that of Wolverine from the X-Men series. A through and through in the gut with a long sword causes Hwi what, not even a minor inconvenience?

In the hierarchy of unbelievable things, all those bullets missing is a lot less unbelievable than our heroes not being inconvenienced by being gutted, grabbing sword blades with bare hands, etc.

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I'm almost dead. I'm puking blood. And I'm nearly sawed in half, but I can still sword fight or shoot an arrow like a warrior.

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I need this recap @lollypip so I can make some sense out of what’s happening as this kdrama is about to end. It’s about time the best friends bury the hatchet, their swords for the matter, and not necessarily on each other’s body. Enough of the angst and let the two live better lives, please!!! Bang Won is a daunting adversary who, even his father, the King, could not overcome.

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Am I the only one who found Bang Gan imitating Bang Won funny? 😂

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Bang Gan is hilarious. I'd hate to get on the wrong side of either of them though.

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I actually thought my ears were playing tricks on me when Bang-Gan’s voice suddenly changed. I wonder if the actor got pointers from Jang Hyuk about that.

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I was like that was good that's exactly how he talks.

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I didn't expect to root for Bang-gan but thanks to the actor for being so well prepared for his small role.
He was just as good as the veterans with his sageuk speech etc.

I like his low key way of fighting for power. He is playful and lively instead of being an entitlement prince with a chip on his shoulder. Just because he didn't kill Poeun doesn't mean he didn't contribute to the establishment of the new country.

Stand in line little brother.

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I remember feeling the same way about Park Hyuk-Kwon portrayal of Gil Tae-Mi in Six Flying Dragons. The character was a bad guy--killed people--and shouldn't have been sympathetic at all, but he was portrayed with such a sense of humor that I loved him. (And then wondered how I could like a villain so much.)

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I actually came to like Bang Gan a LOT,find him so entertaining and intretsing even in his sleezy snake persona(still found him sooo creepy when he was ogling Hwi wanting him),he is such a fun character and props to the actor for making him shine with the little he had to work,i think he elevated his character more...

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Omgyes, his imitation was so good that I had to replay it a few times.

I even wanted to capture it, but a gif wasn't worthy. OTL

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Bang Gan makes my day every time he appears.

I'm ready for my OTP to stop impaling each other. Wouldn't talking to each other save them from having to do that? Is this some twisted form of noble idiocy?

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Bang Gan makes a great antagonist. He's a survivor, the wolf that lets the other animals fight it out before swooping in and finishing them off. This drama is at its best when giving alternative views of history, and right now I'm asking "what if Bang Gan had succeeded?" I even wonder if he would be good king material, or if he'd become a tyrant and let the country go to the dogs.

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Bang Gan seems to just bide his time without a real plan. It's shocking that he'd so easily join hands with Sun Ho, but maybe it was a decent chance at survival given Bang Won's fratricidal ways.

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I think Bang Gan does have a plan, which is to actually bide his time until he has an opportunity to strike. It's a long-term plan. And he's not unprepared: he stole Bang Won's arsenal right under his nose.

The only thing he doesn't have on his side is the deal-breaker: Hwi ;)

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Oh wait, my overactive imagination assumed that Bang-gan stole Bang-won's weapons through his Frizzy Spy, and replaced them with bad-quality ones... maybe he just created his own armoury. Anyway, he's prepared.

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You may be right Toki. They never really explain it.

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@wishfultoki Frizzy Spy! You just made me giggle

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So now we know where Bang Won's weaponry went! I don't know why I didn't think of that sooner. Duh. It's too easy, as Chi-do said.

My theory on that final scene: it's Hwi's dream. It doesn't make much sense for Sun-ho to be waiting all alone for him on that road, and for Hwi to let himself be impaled. (I haven't seen the finale though. I'm still waiting for subs, so please don't spoil it for me!)

Another time skip *sigh* Was I the only one looking forward to the moment when Taejo steps down from the throne? That was the whole point for several episodes, with Nam Jeon and everyone else trying to achieve that. And it happened off screen! So anticlimactic. It would have been a grand opportunity for Kim Young-Chul to show off his acting chops. Bang Won said his father would cry when he lost his throne. But we didn't get to see it! I know he's more or less in limbo and hasn't quite abdicated, but I wanted to see if he looked defeated, regretful, something! I guess they're saving that for the finale, but still... I'm greedy.

Thanks for the recap @lollypip!

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Maybe we haven't seen Taejo fall apart yet because he's still directing everything? This drama would be less confusing if important events happened on screen.

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Subs are out already in case!!! Fair enough Sun Ho went various times to that road to map it out for his plan,i guess after he received the intel he went there knowing Hwi will arrive...I confess i wasn't that suprised with Sun Ho stabbing yet again because he does have a bit of a twisted way of doing things even more in regards of Hwi(aka,hurting u means saving u mentality) and he knew Hwi choose his side and had to stop him to get to Bang Won...
I'm also sad we didn't see Taejo abdicate...Also realized that for newbies that aren't that familiar with this particular time history it is more confusing because the drama goes by the premise of knowing already the facts or important people they mention but don't show(and maybe because it is at it's center 1st for koreans)
Found it quite sad seeing the poor confused Hwi when he found out Sun Ho is back and knowing he will have to deal with him,his love for him is still visible and knowing him he won't hurt him no matter what nor let him go to his death...The problem here is Sun Ho is already on the wrong side and Hwi isn't just him,he has now many to protect as his own without getting on Bang Won wrong side,no wonder he is so troubled with all this...Sometimes i want to smack both of them,especially Sun Ho,to open his eyes and see what he can have rather than what he can't...

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Thanks for letting me know about subs!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who missed seeing Taejo abdicate. It's one thing to expect the audience to be familiar with the history, and another to build up narrative tension and then resolve it off screen. The result is a loss of coherence in the story, as well as a waste of excellent actors.

It's a shame really. The drama is good but it could have been something superb with maybe only a few more episodes.

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I was briefly surprised that Sun Ho stabbed Hwi in the last scene, but I knew he didn't do it with any malice. He is terrible at hiding his emotions when it comes to Hwi so I could still see him struggling right then and there.

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This stabbing game that Hwi and Sun-ho play with each other ..... they're going to do us in before either one of them dies.

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It's really unfair.

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My heart is not strong enough for the final episode of this drama. 😢

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I’m going to be really mad and chuck things if, when all is said and done, Hwi still will be the one to have gained something or someone in all of this and Sun Ho remains alone, because Hwi just makes my blood boil with all of his insensitive and selfish choices

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