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The King: Eternal Monarch: Episode 10

Traitorous uncle comes out of the shadows and sets things in motion, making some bold moves that serve as a big blow to our inter-world team. He’s gearing up for the big fight and his own personal war against our hero. With our good guys a step behind, will they be able to prevent further tragedy at the hands of the wannabe king?

 
EPISODE 10

In a therapy session, Shin-jae admits that when he awakened from his coma in that nice house, he had hoped Kang Hyun-min was just a dream. Now that he’s met someone from that world, he thinks it was a memory. His psychiatrist is slightly concerned but moves on. What about the good dream he’s been having?

We cut to a conversation between him and Tae-eul by a food stall they used to visit. Although Shin-jae doesn’t want to hear anything from her, Tae-eul presses that there’s another world with alternate versions of the people in this world. She’s been there.

Crimes that cross the boundaries between worlds have been committed, but she can’t prove it. She needs Shin-jae’s help. He calls her delusional and walks off.

In the kingdom, Gon sees the footage of Rim looking decades too young and realizes Rim is using the between place to maintain his youth. Gon notes that he only has five hours … for what, I’m not sure. Either way, Gon takes off to the gate.

On the other side, Tae-eul waits in the bamboo forest. Just as she turns to leave, Gon comes riding in on his white horse (literally). For some reason I don’t understand, Tae-eul starts bawling. Did I miss the part where he’s been gone for months? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it’s been, maybe, a couple of weeks.

They run towards each other and hug. Gon didn’t expect to see her and only came briefly so he could call her since he missed her so much. They hold each other and cry.

In the kingdom, Secretary Mo pleads with Ok-nam to tell her where Gon is. Ok-nam’s assurances that Gon will be back before the Lunar New Year aren’t cutting it for her. In walks Gon, asking if he made it in time.

In the republic, Yeong and Tae-eul meet up for a meal, and he gives her the hotel key. He’s preparing to meet Eun-seob’s family. Tae-eul advises him not to upset Eun-bi since he can’t win against her.

At home, Yeong is horrified by the traditional clothes he’s forced to wear by Eun-seob’s mom. Eun-bi watches him suspiciously and tells her mom that he isn’t Eun-seob. Although he’s cooler, he’s also more of a jerk. Ha. Eun-woo comes running in wielding Yeong’s gun, and Yeong rushes to take it from him.

Eun-bi: “You see? Let’s call the police now. Our whole Jo family is at stake!” Ha! Their mom tries to convince her that he’s Eun-seob, but little Eun-bi’s still giving him the stink eye. They glare at each other, and she does the “I’m watching you” gesture. Yeong wonders at how a little seven-year-old is observant enough to be a royal guard.

Tae-eul’s team grumbles about having the night shift on New Year’s, but Jangmi finds the positive, as always. They’re surprised to see Shin-jae who’s ready to get back to work. He’s even ready to hear more about Tae-eul’s secret investigation.

In the kingdom, Gon gives a speech to usher in 2020. Eun-seob gets overly excited on the sidelines while Seo-ryung watches measuredly. In a flashback, she asks Ok-nam what Gon’s type is. Wow. Ok-nam comments on how busy she must be with only a year left in office. Heh.

Seo-ryung claims she’d only need half a year to win Gon over if Ok-nam were to give her some tips on how to “crush” Gon’s heart. Ok-nam takes issue with her violent imagery and calculated ways. Has Gon ever cried in front of her? She refuses to help Seo-ryung.

After the speech, Seo-ryung praises Gon and asks if he’ll be rooting for her like he said he’d root for everyone in his speech. He claims he always has. He just hopes she has a good sense of direction. Eun-seob shows Yeong’s phone to Gon; the detective on the Luna case is calling.

The police officers are stunned when Gon himself shows up with “Yeong.” Elsewhere, Luna feeds a cat whose name she borrowed. (“Luna” is on its collar.) The cop shows Gon Luna’s mugshot, explaining that she was released due to a terminal illness. Yikes.

Gon wants to meet Luna when they find her and orders the cop to report directly to him as the investigation progresses. He also has the cop look into the restaurant owner Kim Ki-hwan who is found to have participated in Rim’s treason and died of suicide. Gon realizes that the alternates of the swappers are being killed.

It begins to snow as Seo-ryung lights a lantern and releases it for the New Year. We’re almost caught up to the end of the previous episode as time pauses, alerting Gon that Rim has returned to Corea. Gon rides to the bamboo forest, but his guards report that no one has shown up.

Trying to figure out what he’s missing, Gon has the revelation that his and Rim’s gates are different. Gon orders the guards to Haeundae and instructs Seung-ah to post the event notice. A crowd gathers to see Gon in Haeundae, and now we’re back to his and Rim’s meeting.

We flash back to their phone call and hear Rim’s side of the conversation. He reveals his identity and asks how Gon has been. He’s been waiting for this since he missed his last opportunity. Gon promises he’ll find him. Rim muses that it’s the first time he’s heard Gon sound kingly and hopes he does find him. “You told the world that I died. So now, bring this dead man back to life.” He’s looking forward to the ensuing chaos.

In the present, Rim doesn’t move a muscle as Gon names him a traitor and commands his guards to capture him. That’s because he’s got men holding people hostage at knife point. Gon orders his guards to hold their fire. Someone on Rim’s side pulls a gun, and Eun-seob throws himself in front of Gon, taking a bullet near his shoulder.

While Gon cradles Eun-seob’s unconscious body, Rim calmly turns and walks away. His men slash the two hostages (non-fatally). Gon prioritizes the crowd’s safety and orders his guards to protect the people rather than chase after Rim. He also orders any CCTV footage of this event to be confiscated.

Seo-ryung’s assistant briefs her on the situation, including the fact that people are claiming to have seen Rim. It’s being pegged as a conspiracy, but Seo-ryung recalls her mother saying she saw someone who looked just like Rim. She wonders if Gon is an honest person.

Prince Bu-yeong is in a café when he overhears people talking about a shootout and Rim being alive. Guards approach him and notify him that his security level has been increased.

Thankfully, Eun-seob was wearing a bulletproof vest and avoided serious damage. He’ll still have to stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks, though. Eun-seob notices Gon looking serious and tries to lighten the mood.

Gon chides that he could’ve died, but Eun-seob replies he had to protect him like Yeong told him to do. Yeong promised to do the same for his siblings. Eun-seob thinks this makes him deserving of the Unbreakable Sword title. Gon agrees and thanks Eun-seob for protecting him.

Rim enters a dilapidated tunnel where a worried Kyung-moo is waiting. Rim isn’t concerned about being caught, but he does pause when Kyung-moo mentions Prince Bu-yeong dropped by the bookshop. Rim thinks encounters labeled “coincidences” are more like destiny, but he doesn’t believe in destiny’s power.

In the republic, Yeong stands on the street holding a piece of paper with an address on it. He hides from view when Shin-jae’s mom walks by, but his eyes widen when she mentions Shin-jae on the phone. She enters the house he’s been watching, and Yeong recognizes her face from the palace.

Tae-eul brings Shin-jae to Yeong’s hotel room, and neither of the boys is happy to see each other. They begrudgingly work together as Tae-eul explains that Lee Sang-do already crossed over and the roommate Jang Yeon-ji will soon. Kim Ki-hwan returned to Corea with Gon.

Shin-jae and Yeong start fighting about whether Ki-hwan should’ve been returned. When Yeong says he needs to face justice in his world and comments that their laws apply to Shin-jae too, Tae-eul is confused. They keep quiet for now, leaving Tae-eul in the dark.

In the kingdom, Ok-nam rushes to Gon when he arrives in the palace. After reassuring her both he and “Yeong” are fine, he explains about Rim being alive and not aging. Gon vows to win this fight.

He takes a call from Seo-ryung who outright asks if the conspiracy theories about Rim being spotted are true. Gon warns her against taking this in a different direction; this was an act of terrorism by Lee Rim’s followers. “Do not use the word ‘honesty’ as your weapon.” He asks her to focus on protecting the people.

Secretary Mo leads a press briefing – apparently, she’s the press secretary – and gives the official line that Lee Rim is dead, and the recent event was the work of his followers. She diverts questions about why they resurfaced now and emphasizes bringing them to justice.

In the republic, Tae-eul and Shin-jae visit Jang Yeon-ji in prison and ask about the phone. She denies having a burner phone but falters when Tae-eul produces what looks like her phone. (I’m assuming it’s Lee Sang-do’s.) Yeon-ji continues to nervously and unconvincingly deny Tae-eul’s theory.

Kyung-moo’s alternate arrives just as Tae-eul and Shin-jae are leaving. He drives away when he spots them, but Shin-jae recognizes the car as the one that’s been tailing him. With Moon-shik’s help, Shin-jae requests a check on the car.

In the kingdom, a group of men complain to Prince Bu-yeong that all the recent misfortunes are due to having a female prime minister. Ugh. They want him to denounce her publicly so they can use this chance to oust her, but the prince yells at them for daring to ask a royal family member to involve himself in politics.

Gon happens to show up and witness the gathering, but he believes Prince Bu-yeong that they came unannounced. Gon shares that Rim is back and young as ever, and he’ll be leaving the kingdom for a bit to chase after him. He orders Prince Bu-yeong to remain in the palace during his upcoming absence.

The prince tries to dissuade him from personally going after Rim, but Gon promises he’ll look after himself. He orders Prince Bu-yeong to do likewise.

In the republic, Shin-jae is notified that the vehicle is registered under a missing person’s name. He asks Tae-eul about her experience in Corea. She details what she saw and tells him she couldn’t find him there. “Because I was here,” Shin-jae states, but he doesn’t expound.

Shin-jae takes Tae-eul to Ji-hoon’s grave which she’s shocked he knows about. She’s even more shocked when he admits he knows who this child is. He shares he became a cop because “I hoped I’d be holding a gun in my hand when someone asked me to identify myself.”

With tears in his eyes, Shin-jae explains that he knows Gon’s name because he remembers it. The reason she couldn’t find him in the other world was that he’s here. He still isn’t sure who he is. Tears fall from Tae-eul’s eyes as she listens. Shin-jae isn’t sure he’s even supposed to be here and asks, “Will you welcome me?” Tae-eul grabs him in a hug, and they both cry.

Seo-ryung visits her ex again, and he’s amazed by her timing. Right after she asked him to find Rim’s followers, Rim himself appeared. She doesn’t confirm it but asks if his company can gain access to the blocked footage of the attack. He wonders if she wants to catch a traitor or become one. They negotiate terms, and Seo-ryung agrees to grant him early release so he can be out by Gyeongchip (3rd solar term that falls in early March).

Prince Bu-yeong comes home to find Rim, spattered with blood, sitting in his office. He’s stunned to see Rim both young and alive in front of him, but Rim points out that Prince Bu-yeong is the one who first realized he wasn’t dead. The prince calls for help, but Rim informs him he killed everyone on his way in.

Rim says he came to collect and holds up the ring. Prince Bu-yeong asserts it’s the king’s ring and doesn’t belong to them. Rim claims he would’ve been next in line for the throne if his mother had officially been queen, so it’s rightfully his. He puts on the ring.

When Prince Bu-yeong says they can’t covet the position, Rim flies at him and grabs him by the neck. How dare he lump them together? He vows to choke Gon like this and retrieve the Manpashikjeok. Once he has both pieces of the flute, “Who knows how many worlds’ doors I’ll be able to open?”

With a crazed look in his eye, Rim says he wants to make Gon suffer another loss. He squeezes harder, and Prince Bu-yeong goes limp and drops to the floor. Rim then places the royal ring on the now dead Prince Bu-yeong’s finger.

Rim goes to the bookshop where yo-yo boy sits outside reading in a thunderstorm. Rim asks why the boy isn’t startled by the mark on his face. “Because I have a lot of curiosity.” Seeing the blood on Rim’s face, he asks if he fought. Rim responds he’s in the midst of a fight.

Rim asks the kid what he’s reading. Yo-yo boy is reading King Arthur, and Rim comments that you don’t need noble blood to be king. Those with the capability should take the sword. What if a villain takes it? Rim replies that the sword decides what’s just.

Yo-yo kid remarks, “It seems that things in your world keep changing.” Rim looks at him oddly while the kid dismisses him so he can finish his book.

In the republic, Tae-eul goes to the hotel with a homecooked meal for Yeong. He hands her Gon’s phone and says he can’t look anything up. Tae-eul looks at the search history which spells out a message: “Want to see what I’ve been looking up? A king never leaves any traces. Are you working now or just doing day-to-day stuff? To me, every moment in your world was tumultuous because of Lieutenant Jung Tae-eul.”

After reading it, Tae-eul deletes the history and hands it back to Yeong. He thought she’d want to keep it, but she points out that they can’t leave evidence. Traces of people from the kingdom can’t be left in this world. Yeong comments that she’s the only person besides Gon who has the right to delete what he’s written. “Can you handle it?”

Yeong wonders if she’s prepared for what happens once Rim is caught. Gon is a king and needs a queen by his side. Will she leave everything behind to become queen, forever keeping the parallel universes a secret? Tae-eul doesn’t answer.

Secretary Mo comes to break the news of Prince Bu-yeong’s death to Gon. He travels for Prince Bu-yeong’s funeral, grieving and weary. Ok-nam collapses once they exit the plane.

Tae-eul waters her seeds that stubbornly refuse to sprout. She looks out the window and sees Gon standing by her fence. Tae-eul runs outside, and Gon walks toward her, stopping a few feet away. He asks how she’s been. She says he took a while to return.

Gon holds a bunch of flowers. It hit him that he’s never given her flowers, so he traveled from another world. Sensing something is off, Tae-eul takes a step forward but then retreats. He crosses the distance and places the flowers in her hand.

When he says he needs go back now, Tae-eul desperately grabs his hand. He says he realized there’s something he never said: “I love you. I’m deeply in love with you.” Gon kisses her, and tears roll down both their faces. When Tae-eul opens her eyes, Gon is gone.

Gon narrates, “There will come a moment when it seems I’ve disappeared. I don’t want you to worry too much when that happens. It just means I’m walking through the frozen moments in time.” Tae-eul sobs and sinks to the ground as she clutches the flowers Gon gave her.

 
COMMENTS

Uh, so Gon can just disappear now? If Tae-eul weren’t holding the flowers, I’d think the whole meeting was in her head. It must have something to do with the between place. We still know very little about how it all works. From Gon’s epiphany that his and Rim’s gates are “different,” it seems that the gates and maybe even the between place aren’t static but appear differently to each traveler. Then, we have Rim’s comment to Prince Bu-yeong about opening “many worlds’ doors” if the magic flute is made whole. Logically, there should be more worlds than just the two we’ve seen, but this is the first mention of it that I recall.

And then we have yo-yo boy. This kid is so mysterious and seems at the center of it all. He’s always hanging outside of the bookshop and appears to know things. Even Rim looked a bit unsettled during their conversation. Why is yo-yo boy always hanging out there? The only time I recall seeing the kid away from the bookshop is when he – or his alternate – bumped into Tae-eul on his bike. Plus, there’s his ambiguous connection to Luna who we still haven’t seen much of, by the way. Although, now we know she’s terminally ill. I’m sure she’ll come into play, but I hope it’s sooner rather than later. I want to know what her deal is.

I was never sure what to make about Prince Bu-yeong and found him suspicious, but I’m glad he wasn’t on Rim’s side. It seems like his affection for Gon was sincere, and he was truly loyal. I’m not sure how Gon will react to his death. Will it make him more focused or more reckless when dealing with Rim? Things are getting more intense, and Rim definitely has the upper hand at the moment. But at least our good guys have finally put together a team and are all working together.

Once again, Shin-jae’s emotional journey steals the show. How do you even process the fact that your entire identity may be false, and you were brought to another world by a crazed royal? All things considered, he rebounded pretty quickly. Now that he’s not repressing or doubting himself, maybe he’ll get more memories back that can help the team. Also, can they bring Jangmi on board just ’cause? He can be in charge of morale and making sure everyone gets a good night’s rest enshrouded by their favorite floral scent.

Eun-seob certainly did his part this hour, taking a bullet for Gon and making Yeong proud. He may goof around, but we all know he’s reliable and selfless. Now he’s stuck in Corea, though, which is kind of worrying given that Rim is ramping things up. Eun-seob is brave, but Yeong is definitely more qualified to deal with threats. I’m sad we didn’t get more time with Yeong and the twins, especially since Eun-bi is so great. I figured the kids might notice something’s up, but I didn’t expect her to catch on so soon, and clearly neither did Yeong. That child is on it. No wonder Tae-eul advised him to stay on her good side. I wouldn’t want to anger Eun-bi.

Tae-eul’s character seems to be going the weepy way, which upsets me. She cried at least three different times this hour. I was so confused by that dramatic reunion scene toward the beginning of the episode. Gon basically went on a business trip, yet she was weeping like he’d been off at war for the past year. I even wondered if I’d missed something, and he’d been gone way longer than I thought. Because it is really difficult to keep track of the timeline in this drama. I don’t mind a story being told nonlinearly, but when you have as many moving parts as this drama has, it can add unnecessary confusion. On top of frequently jumping between worlds and having to keep straight what everyone and their alternates are doing, we get editing choices that add to the confusion. In this situation, I’d rather not do the whole doubling back to before the ending of the previous episode thing every time. Half of the time, I feel like Secretary Mo, trying to figure out the insanity happening around her.

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JY skewered by a 7 year old & NaRi too. Coming from KOC where he's like a rock star, his ego must be bruised
A p**** - [hah] Eun Bi doesn't know about the laptop with cutesy stickers :)
Now only child JY knows what it's like to have siblings - sharp ones at that!

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Big budget production but were those plastic flowers? Guess they already spent too much on CGI.

On another note, now LG has got not 1 but 2 Indestructible Swords, yay! Unfortunately there might not be many scenes of ES in the next episodes since he's supposed to be laid up in hospital for 2 weeks :(

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I read a recap from another site, it was beautifully explained. the flowers looked fake coz it was frozen in time. That Lee Gon in full regalia is LG from the future. it will be further illuminated in the coming episodes.

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Only 6 episodes left and I think they have stuck their hands in just too much. Idk how they'll manage to address dopplegangers, alternate universe, eternity, time travel, a flute and a sword legend etc along with PPL in only 6 episodes. We'll probably only see the latter. I still think the premise for this show was really interesting and I'm still watching to see where it goes but either 16 episodes are too less for all that or they weren't properly utilized (which yes they weren't). The only silver lining is Eun Seob pretending to be Jo Yeong, he's doing great.

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I mentioned this in reddit, but KES brings up more plot holes than plot points. It feels like KES has no idea how to continue the story or the romance, for that matter.

Whoever ghostwrite her drama in the past needs to come back.

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KES is on a different level than your average screenwriter. Wherever she goes I will follow. I kinda think this should be a an hour and 45 minute Art House film. Cut out all the flashbacks and go straight into El Topo mode. Only thing is passion projects like that lose money. I think the timing of the release of "The King" is off. During the time of world wide pandemic people want some answers. NOW. We are having a tough time with this world right now.
Hence, impatience with ambiguity, discomfort even. I'm feeling it.

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I sure hope this has a happy ending. The fans deserve nothing less. I don’t know how fans will handle a miserable heartbreak at a time like this.

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I know! I am not holding my breath for a happy ending. If it follows Alice Through the Looking Glass, she will have amnesia at the end. If it goes the way of Alice in Wonderland she will"wake up and it was all a dream.(both unsatisfactory) If it follows King Arthur,which is more likely, then he is mortally wounded and is taken across the sea to the fabled Isle of Avalon, where he is healed of his wounds and lives on, awaiting recall by his country in time of need – the ‘once and future king’ (ie Eternal King) I think this is more likely. Do I like that idea? NO...!!! I still haven't gotten over Mr. Sunshine and Goblin (i thought about going on anti depressants). The King will have no choice but to go into the Screen Saver Land to survive and then those damn flowers are going to bloom. The END. Am I going to go into a tailspin and sit on my sofa for a week? Maybe. Personally I would like to see a royal wedding and a new taekwondo school with lots of princes and princesses and white baby horses.....KES is not going to give me that, of this I am sure.... At this particular time in human history I could use a little fluff... Ya know what i mean.... However, the trolls are already out there, sharpening there claws, wanting Kim Eun-Sook, cast and crew to suffer, which is the low ceiling of social media. Because ya know, Nothing relieves stress like making someone else feel worse than you do in times of trouble.
If there were ever a time to sink into a pink, happily ever moment this is it. I donno but I think TG will have to rely on herself, fortified by the principles she was raised with, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Which brings to mind this quote from Camus "What we learn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise."

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Where does it say its her passion project?

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Sorry to give that impression. I never read that this is KES's Passion Project anywhere, I'm just musing. As I'm sure you know, a passion project , in movie land is often an Art House Film, that usually doesn't make any money. They are made for an egghead crowd; film geeks, that like to think about symbolism and metaphor, who don't mind a slow pace and vague innuendos. I was saying that The King would be a good Art House Film, cut down to the bare bones because there is so much symbolism and esoteric content . That's just me saying it. Kdrama land is a different story and has a different audience. Sometimes my mind goes through the looking glass all on it's own. I guess I have too much time on my hands right now. ⌛

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I agree. At episode 10, it still feels like a lot of setup and not a lot of forward movement. The potential for a lot of plot is there, but...it's just not happening.

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Looks like our leading lady has turned into quite an emotional mess in this episode. This really surprised me because she was portrayed as the tough cop, no nonsense, one of the guys type of female from the beginning. Ever since returning from Kingdom of Corea her emotions have changed drastically. As much as I enjoy their cute intimate moments together, I am still not sold on their relationship. It’s too bad because I really like them as a couple and rooting for them. I totally lost count of how many times he came back and forth and of her crying. I’m really not liking where they are taking her character so far.
Its also good to see some reaction from Uncle Lee Rim beside his usual cool demeanor. Killing off the Prince was a suprise to me as well.
Was I the only one who thought Tae-eul and Yeong’s meetings were awkward? Like you’re meeting with your boyfriend’s best friend. Then you ask him to just meet at his hotel room? Okay! That would never pass in today’s society.

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I dunno, I was happy to see Yeong working with Shin-jae. But yes, I did notice that Tae-eul brought some home-cooked food for Yeong! Why waste a PPL opportunity? The Lancelot and Guinevere theory is still alive lol.

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Hahaha yes Lancelot and Guinevere XD I think that was Yeong's longest line, and him speaking his mind :P

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YAAS. This is definitely one of my main gripes about the show. Tae Eul was starting to become one of my favorite FLs because she was this really cool detective who's competent and strong, but these new episodes totally threw those out the window. ☹

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Yeah same. I thought, hey here's a better KES female lead...no she's not. I... :(

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You can be strong and be weepy at the same time.  I doesn't seem to affecting her judgement in anyway.  The narration her character provides is interesting.  She is definitely not wearing rose colored glasses.  She is pretty clear that she is not going to give up her life to be Queen of Corea.  On the other hand she is in love and she is facing that reality bravely, so she is not an emotional coward.  I was hoping that she was going to have it all but it looks like KES is going to either kill her or punnish her for trying to have a life-

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Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a strong weepy FL if it's executed right. The thing is, it is not even established why she's crying. Is she crying because she misses him? But he's only been gone at least a month, not a year. Doesn't make sense. Is she crying because of potential danger from his uncle? Could be, but she also knows he's surrounded by guards 24/7 and as a King, should also know how to defend himself should a threat arise. So that doesn't make sense either.

No matter how good KGE is at acting, if none of that is established in writing and directing, people won't be able to resonate with it. Just my two cents. 🤷‍♀️

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Point taken.  I have a lot more problem with the editing than the writing. In a way there is much in all of this that is nonsensical but so there is in all fairy tales and  When do people in love cry?When they are afraid they will lose the one they love.  Every time they part they metaphysically  might not ever see each other again. BIG stress.. That kiss when he astral projects out of the picture. That would unnerve me. He asks her not to become exhausted with the arrangement that they have.  I think the writer and director are asking us not to become exhausted also so I'm hanging in there.  If you think of each character as a chess piece the motivation of the characters  make more sense.  This is alot to ask the viewer, cosmic chess maybe too much to ask. The King can only move one space in any direction,  the Queen is the fastest piece on the board (running shoes all the time) all the pieces have to work together to win the game. Heavy is the head that wears crown.  Lim Rim is the more experienced player and is ruthlessly playing the long game. I'm all in.

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I've always thought that Tae-eul has a soft heart despite her tough cop exterior. She is tough when she needs to be and shows her heart when she needs to.

While Lee Gon annoyed the crap out of her there were moments when she showed sympathy towards him (the grown up orphan).
She stood up against 5 or 6 bullies to save a friend. She cried with him for feeling like a stranger in her world.

She returned knowing that he had been telling the truth all along and he treated her with kindness.

I do enjoy their cheesy dates/conversations especially when she gets all jealous over the gorgeous Seo-ryung.
I think I would be too if I didn't know the other half of her.

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Agree on Taeul part. How come she started crying everytime she sees Gon? Is it something to do with KOC that whenever he is there, he has Life threat? Isn't it the same for him when he is in ROK as Uncle rim can kill him much easily here? I'm still confused with weeping part! Or the director really likes Taeul's crying acting? I mean that looks pretty real just don't fit here.

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Credit where credit's due, KGE can cry like it's no one's business..Eun Taek's deep wrenched cries when the goblin was slayed was one of the top moments in that show for me. It had really moved me coz it suited the situation(ye know,literal death) and their relationship at that point. This time around though, when she started racking up tear points I was like erm..girrlll.. Almost wish that whole naval confrontation thing had happened around this point so that she'd be justified in sobbing her eyes out when she sees Gon returning in one piece. I didn't have as many problems with the romance when it was being delivered in PPL-tastic cheesy moments,I even enjoyed their sporadic banter and head butts of love but this crying outta context is really taking me out of it.

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My 2 cents is that they are in a long distance relationship (crossed universe to be exact lol). She doesn't know exactly when he'll appear and disappear on her. Every meeting might be their last.

In episode Fate, she's finally committed even though she knew that their time together would be short lived.
That's when the emotion kicks in.

I'm very bad at explaining things but my head hurts from translating 😩.

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I think Taeul cried uncontrollably at the end of ep 10 probably because Gon told her this will be the last time that they might see each other. Of course this would be shown in ep 11 since they like to do this flashback kind of thingy 🙄 Rim has killed his uncle, Gon would't want to put Taeul in danger too.

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Absolutely with you on the end of EP crying coz we were shown why she would feel those emotions when Gon just disappears on her after uttering those words of love and promise. I also really loved how she shed tears and offered a comforting hug to a broken Shin Jae. My issue was with the scene in the middle of the EP in the bamboo forest. The emotional intensity seemed to come out of nowhere(unless it's another non linear scene) and I still feel that should have been saved for a more crucial moment in the story.

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The last time she saw him he was going off to war. Of course she would be intensely emotional when she finally saw him. It's not that she could get any news from the radio or TV about the outcome.

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That one made total sense to me, because that's the type of situation where I'm most likely to cry. She's just wandering in the bamboo forest missing him, not having any idea when she'll see him next or how he's doing. It isn't like a business trip at all, because she has no way to know if he's okay, and she does know he's in danger. Then he pops up out of nowhere. The surprise catches her with her guard down, she bursts into tears.

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I'm struggling a bit with this OTP. I just think we didn't get enough development between the two from the get go to really justify where the show is having to tell us they are in their relationship. I WANT to like them more because they have had some cute moments, but now we've just dissolved into tears each time they are together one screen when I can't even figure out how long they've even been apart for each time.

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I struggle with them as well, I see what they are trying to do with the crying and emotional renunion everytime Gon goes away to KOC and comes back, but it's too much, and doing that over and over again cheapens the effects it's supposed to have in the future when everything will hit the fan. On top of that because of poor development.I can see them trying to force that emotional connection between the OTP audience through these emotiona moments but it's not working, it would be great if I could feel that deep, cross universe love lined with potential tragedy but the writing is just not there.

It does feel like we are being told they are deeply in love, that that have limited time but feeling that would be better.

I can't deny how good of a crier Go Eun is, she is a good actress, thought I wonder if a cry like this was to early or that the scenes were a bit disjointed.

I just don't want her to turn into Bella Swan after Edward left.

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I don't really mind if a tough cop FL has a marshmallow heart, but Tae-eul dissolves in tears every time she sees her boyfriend.

@fantasy101 The relationship between Yeong and Tae-eul is understandably awkward as they haven't really gotten to know each other, but they're pretty much forced to spend time together.

However, we do see that they're starting to get along well enough. Frankly, I think they have better chemistry despite Yeong's stoic formality. (So much in fact, that the Lancelot/Guinevere theory has been gaining steam 🤭) No cheesy lines, straightforward conversations, mutual, if grudging, respect. Yeong actually repeats the question Gon has asked Tae-eul - can she handle what it takes to be Gon's wife? It's the kind of conversation one can only have with a trusted friend. Along with Shin-jae, theirs is also actually the trans-universe collaboration that was promised in the show's description.

As for staying together in the hotel room, adults today can stay in one as friends. 😁 The room is most likely those junior suite types with two bedrooms. But yes, the shipping is strong with these two.😅

#nomorebraincells

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I thought JTE and JY were super awkward. I did not think about alone in a room situation and i guess, i am not very circumspect. The scene where he is like i will eat and then leave as ES's parents are coming... was weird. He doesnt eat and he leaves while we still focus on the heroine's face and lonely back, why?

Her weeping business got to me. And i kept wondering why did the story not allow for any forward action in Korea, investigation wise? If she was missing him so much then why couldnt she take a few days off and go with him: investigate the case there and live with him? If i were her I would be inquisitive and would want to do some snooping on both the sides of the gates.
JY only follows SJ's mom and what else? Kill me but too much time in between episodes and my brain knit-picks!

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Yes, the lack of real investigating got to me too. I was like once I realized that they were killing off their dupes, I would have been putting together a list of names of everyone who works in the palace and crossmatching that to see who was dead in JTE's world. Does it really take hours or days to get vehicle registration information in Korea? I thought that was a little crazy. And no one is sharing all the information. Yong and SJ didn't immediately share all the information with JTE. Instead of crying over LG, JTE should be in heavy investigator-mode as a distraction.

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You said exactly what I had in mind. I was discussing with a friend yesterday (post episode 12) and all I could say is that this drama had potential yet it failed me. It did not do suspense well and it did not do romance well. I am supposed to feel sad and sorry for the OTP but they don’t show me why! There is so more foreshadowing yet no real threat that I see. People get married and move around why is JTE so averse? I just want to finish this coz I started it but really... I kept hoping against hope!

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And to add to my complaints: the creator failed to pick any of the strands that could really hit a score with me! The creator is not really risking anything after giving a glimpse of things that could be risky and potential threats! Now it is just wrapping up and in my opinion not nicely enough. Earlier there were too many details and now it is like details don’t matter, we will just remain at the surface where the good wins over evil because of external forces and not because the characters tried!

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Maybe he didn't just dissappear, but time stopped for Taeul, and Gon dissapparated ran super fast like The Flash ⚡ while saying the Euler number. Hehehe

The outfit Gon wore in the end scene is the same outfit he wore in the beginning of the series. I really think he's time travelling. And Taeul is a memory of the past, he's reliving moments of his past with her. If that's the case, the way he approached her from the start kinda makes sense, he already knows who she is because he has traveled back in time to meet her again and again.

However...I don't see how is this useful to fight Rim. Lol. The romance and the powerfight with Rim is disjointed. I'm still interested to see how the portal will be closed and who will end Rim once and for all. I still don't think Rim is a very powerful villain, he is charismatic but he isn't really powerful per say considering his big ambition to conquer both worlds. How does he plan to do that? Make people his puppets? I just feel that he can't and will never be able to control both worlds....if that his real agenda. I actually don't know what Rim wants...and it's already ep 10 😅.

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I agree with the time travelling but it does not look like the same outfit to me.
The current had a blue collar and the one in eps 1 had a gold leafy collar design and it also had the diamond buttons.

Lee Gon left Yeong in Korea because according to him, Yeong is the only one who can kill Rim.
I think Yeong the unbreakable sword is the real demon slayer.

I haven't cared much for this villain and I'm still not sure that Lee Gon's doppelganger is dead.
Even if he got rid of the real Lee Gon, he still need a puppet on the throne because he was supposed to be dead 25 years ago.

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We are missing diamond buttons too!!

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The opening scene of the first episode where LR is talking about the legend , there was a 2 second shot of LG on a horse ready to go through the portal, that’s when he was wearing the same outfit.

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Oho! I thought it was the suit from ep 1 and that he was just flashing by from the time-freeze moment, and that's why the buttons are missing. But he looks older and sadder than his usual self, I just pictured that he's in a loop and that he has circled several times hoping to change the outcome. Of course, the drama will be nothing like that. I know, I know... Just let me enjoy the drama in my head...

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Kat, Uncle snuck up on them while they were kissing, brained Lee Gon with his black umbrella, and carted him off in a bread van driven by one of his minions.

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I am kmaginkng this in my head!

Oho you guys!

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*imagining

My keypad doesnt want me to laugh like a banshee and type :D

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I'm getting flashbacks of Kim Tan and his brain lines in Heirs. Aaaaaaa. YY!

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I keep giggling whenever LMH slow mos across the screen. The bamboo forest scene had me in hysterics. First, you hear the clip clop of hooves. Then LMH comes riding out slow mo...with the red balloon bobbing behind him. I fell over laughing.

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And the nervous whinnying of the horse cracks me up, too.

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Although I also don't think it's the same outfit, your time travel theory is interesting =D

And I'm having the same problem with Lee Rim. His *motivation* isn't clear enough, or compelling enough. That's unfortunate 'cause I've always been interested in villains.

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I feel like you literally read my mind on the outfit and time travel part!

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Yay, it's here!! Thanks for the recap @quirkycase! Too many things going on my mind, but first thing's first:

1) I thought I wasn't invested in this drama, but when Eun-seob took that bullet I screamed "NOOOOO!" Yeong would have shot the attackers, but Eun-seob only thought of protecting Gon. According to my theory of the Unbreakable Sword, Eun-seob is the "soft steel": he's there to bear the impact of the blows, while the "hard steel" of the blade (Yeong) does the killing. Yeong has found Shin-jae's gambling mother though, so I'm a bit worried there... he was just getting to the point where he can offer Shin-jae coffee. #morebromanceplease!

2) I felt relieved (or smug?) that the drama finally confirmed that there are two different portals. But how did Gon know Uncle would emerge in Heundae? I wonder if it's related to the legend of the Manpasikjeok... Gon's portal is in a bamboo forest (the flute's material), and Uncle's is maybe by the sea (the flute's place of origin)?

3) Like the recapper I was completely confused why Tae-eul was sobbing her heart out in the bamboo forest. I actually thought I had skipped an episode so went back to ep. 9, but nope.

4) The ending: I had a funny feeling that she wasn't actually seeing Gon and it was all a dream. It was interesting that she stepped back before the kiss, as if she didn't trust that he was there or that it was him, dressed all regally. Either way, the dramatic reunions of this couple are not that powerful for me because the timeline isn't clear. The actors are acting their heart out but I don't know why they're crying, since it seemed they just met yesterday. Apparently 1-2 months have passed, and it's now New Year. February 12 2020.

5) Prince Bu-yeong! I'm so sorry I doubted you once upon an episode. The poor guy even sent his family away and was like a gentle grandpa to Gon. RIP.

6) The whole "the traitor is dead conspiracy" sounds weird to me, as if that would be a good reason to let Rim go free. But trying to think of it from a sageuk point of view, I guess the royal court pronounced him dead, so they can't say that it was a lie. It would also mean having to explain to the public why Uncle still looks young, so a public execution isn't possible. The only solution is to kill Uncle quietly in Gon's world, or catch him in Korea. 🤷

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Ahhh....this suddenly came to mind. I have a new theory to support why Gon at the end scene is from the future. I assume the very limp and plasticky flowers he gave Taeul is the magic flowers from the in between. Taeul was watering her own magic flowerpot when Gon arrived, the flower hasn't grow and bloom yet in Taeul's time. Hohohoho

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That makes sence.Those flowers did look unearthly!!

If that's the case, I still understand why Gon loves her, but the weeping part from Tauel, still can't believe!!

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Aren't those flowers forget-me-nots?

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I can't believe I went back to watch for the flowers. I don't think they're forget-me-nots. They look like a variety of hepatica native to South Korea, but not sure if that's what they are. If they're hepatica, it might be more of a clue that they were picked in late winter/early spring rather than a deeper meaning?

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@ndlessjoie Sorry about that 😅 If they're hepatica, it's a little curious that a rather flamboyant monarch would be picking rather common flowers as a parting gift.

The flowers may be significant in the sense that it raises the questions of where and exactly *when* did Gon get them.

My brain is in overdrive today 😨😨

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@bluecouchpotato I think we're wasting brain power on things that don't deserve it. I'm going to go with the theory that they grew from her seeds.

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I'm with @ndlessjoie and @katakwasabi on this one, that the flowers are from the in-between place, and that this is a Gon coming from the future.

My brain has already short-circuited. I'm even starting to think that we saw the beginning of the episode at the end, and the end at the beginning. That way the hugging and crying makes more sense. ;)

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@wishfultoki if it is indeed a time travel then Gon's love for TE makes a lot more sense than TE's for him, unless them not mentioning the time these hugs and crying scenes are coming is deliberate. The time isn't months but years... just maybe? But I'm quite convinced that Gon time travels and those flowers are from that place of the future.

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Aha that's it! When Taeul was shown watering the seeds, I was somehow hoping that Lee Gon would show proof that it has grown in the in-between. But he showed up with flowers which could only come from a grown plant. I thought it was different... but now it makes sense! Haha

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1. Agree in Eun-Sup part. He was unbelievably courageous there. A moment before he was still struggling to take out his Gun and the second moment he throws himself to save Gon. He is really innocent and selfless soul. He is stealing the show
2. There are more portals as well for probably future and past, I think both Uncle and Gon don't know those yet. And once those are introduced, it will create more confusion I think.
3. Still missing the chemistry!!
4. Actually they should've shown certain scenes of different times where they actually missed each other and a lot of time has passed then only this reunion would have made sence.
5. He was sacrificed in the Game of thrones. I didn't like it though, as Gon already requested him to stay safe. It was just like he was ready to get killed. And what about the security? Is this how you protect the second in line?
6. This was assigned to Yeoung by Gon. They are trying to identify why Shin-jae was brought to ROK. But his mom in ROK really looks like good lady. She should not suffer much. Apparently, Rim acknowledged the fact that it was a wrong move and I believe that wrong move will kill him!!!

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I like your soft steel, hard steel, sword explanation there ;)

I just remembered, weren't Shinjae's mom and the other on the line talking about the Lee Gon's mom in the Republic?

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Really? I didn't catch what they were saying, though Yeong certainly looked shocked. I thought it was because he remembered Shin-jae's mom looks like the palace servant.

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I paid attention because of Yeong's reaction. I think they were talking about "Ji-hun's mom" who used to work for Shinjae's family but now looks so much different.

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That sounds important. So Yeong can find Evil Uncle if he trails Ji-hun's mom!

It would also be another world reversal: in Corea Gon's family is royal and Shin-jae's mom was a palace servant. In the Republic Gon's family was poor, and his mother worked for Shin-jae's rich family.

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Yeah the person on the phone said that maybe Ji-hun's mother snagged a rich old man, but Shin-Jae's mother said maybe it's a rich young man. It may have no meaning, or she may be aware of Lee Rim and Shin-jae's swap.

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Ok, here's what I got from the SJ omma trailing scene..SJ's mom in RoK was talking about an old helper of theirs who has apparently struck it rich. I took the windfall to be courtesy of Rim to the employee for having helped out with the swap between comatose real SJ Vs the CoK SJ . SJ's RoK omma did prove to be a good'un at heart(gambling addiction aside) by refusing to talk sh*t about her previous employee. Her talk about giving her son's old stuff to the employee in the past was to clue Yeong in on the fact that she is SJ's mother since Yeong was just staking out SJ's given address. he also made the connection that she looks exactly like the palace assistant in CoK so once he's back in the kingdom ,he'd know who to question wrt SJ

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1-4) Look, I just want to be entertained, no thinking involved.

5). Prince Buyeong was one of my favorites. His mannerism was on sageuk mode from beginning to end. I'll mourn the wise and loyal uncle. Aaaigoo, aaaigoo aaaaigoo...

Wait, who is Se-jin? Is she Buyeong's daughter?

6) I like the sageuk point of view <3.
Seo-ryung said before that Corea has 91 million people. (Someone didn't add the current population of North and South Korea properly).
The voice of the people is powerful. I don't see how Rim would be able to claim the throne. He would need someone he can control.

I don't quite get why he put the king's ring on Buyeong's finger after he killed him.

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Corea would have more population than Korea because they wouldn't have suffered through the famines and other hardships after 1945.

I'm wondering if the ring on Buyeong's finger was a calling card of sorts so there would be no doubt who killed him.

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I meant that it would take the current population of the 2 Koreas to come up with an estimate population of Corea.
I was thinking somewhere in the 70+ millions.

Thank you!
You brought up an important point too. The famine and the invasions would have saved a lot of lives.

That makes sense.

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*The famine and invasions that didn't happen in Corea...*

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I really loved the character of Prince Buyeong, and I was hoping he would be the "sage" mentioned in the sword's inscription. It hurts that he won't get any of the answers to the riddles that he and Gon have been discussing. I do hope that the notes/autobiography that he had painstakingly been working on would become pivotal in the story, sort of a parting advice for the monarch he had helped raise.

Yes, Se-jin is most likely Buyeong's daughter (she's shown in the family photo), and seems she's also a doctor. Assuming she's the oldest child, she's probably now next in line to the KOC throne after Gon. Her alternate in ROK seems to be Shin-jae's psychiatrist.

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I somehow am in the fence with regard to SJ’s shrink :D

I think I am Too suspicious !

I tried but I can’t make out the faces in Doctor Uncle’s family photo and I can’t match them to characters just yet. Just like I can’t place SJ’s dad.

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While you are on sageuk mode let me ask this.

Sageuk rules: Thou shall not used thy kings birth name in public.
Only those in the royal family like the king and queen would).
Shin-jae on the other hand remembers him as Lee Gon.
could they've been childhood friends (more tropes lol) or did they goofed up and somehow reveal his name?

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I think they goofed up... Lee Gon's name was mentioned in the funeral broadcast that Shin-jae saw, which is strange because of the rule you just stated. Also, wouldn't Gon have a king's name, not just a birth name?

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Thank you :).

Kind of confusing because Seung-ah was shocked when Tae-eul mentioned Lee Gon's name in the palace.

Gon would have a king name (temple name and posthumous name but it's not given after he passed away.
It's like King Taejong was Yi Bang-won's temple name but it was given only after he died.
While he is king, he is known only as His Majesty.

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Thank you Toki.
Now we can move on to other important things like the fate of the Jo family.
I want more Yeong-ah and Lady Eun-bi. Eun seob-ah and Lee Gon in Corea.

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I don’t think he knew he would emerge at Heundae. It seems more likely he had a backup plan already, which is to just show up at a public event. Because it has been shown through the CCTV videos that LR shows up where he is. He called his press office to activate this plan when he didn’t see LR at the bamboo forest.

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I had thought earlier that maybe he figured out where Lee Rim's obelisk is.. somewhere around Haeundae. That's why he planned the public event there when he was certain that Rim doesn't use the same gate as him. He did spend 10 days/5 hours in the in-between place. He must have understood something right? Not sure.

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I was startled to see TE hanging out in the forest during the night! She was surprised by Gon, so she didn't know he was dropping by... Is it a thing she just does?
And where was that phone booth Gon was planning to use? 🤔

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I think they want to hint that it is a thing she often does coz she misses him!

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I guess! And if what I thought was a forest is actually a patch of green in the middle of the city, then her going there alone at night is more believable

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They were both surprised to see each other at the bamboo forest but did he really called her "hey?" So unromantic lol. He looked exhausted so I'll give him a pass.
I don't think he was planning on visiting her and she didn't expect to see him either but they clearly miss each other.

Lee Gon was probably in a dazed when he went back to the palace because he asked what day it was. Lady Noh said that he was on time.
He was visibly relieved that he made it back on the 23rd. Lunar New Year 2020 was on Jan 25th.

I think Lee Gon is working overtime trying to figure out how they each enter and exit through different portals and how he would use time travel mechanics to trap Rim.

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She reaped what she sowed? 😂Gon says she used to just call him 야 "Yah! (Hey).

Technically, I think Gon says, 자네 "ja ne" (you) when he sees Tae-eul both in the grove and at the closing of the Episode, but the English subtitle says "hey." Still unromantic.

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Right haha.

His last 2 visits was pretty quick. Got to go, no time to stay.
I'm still not sure if the last one is in the right order. It's going to be in the middle of the next episode like the previous.

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I do not know what he says literally but it is always the same dialogue which I interpret as: have you been well? Jhaari so so or something!

In a strange way, I find his consistency very poetic.

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@noone

That sounds more like Lee Gon. The "hey" kind of threw me off.

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My conjecture: somehow LG and JTE will not meet Before she dies.

So I was confused when I saw the last scene because it indicates regret and very much what people posthumously — I didn’t do this or I didn’t do that while I was alive.

So I started wondering if instead of JTE, LG would die.

But I saw The spoiler stills today and I think I go back to my theory: JTE dies sometime between episode 11 and 13. The present LG does not meet her, as in after that grove meeting wherein both are crying. Then his future self coming to meet her makes sense but I will wonder why at that moment and does that impact the flow of events at her end?
I could be wrong but I could be right.

Yay... tomorrow is Friday!

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@noone, Rukus

I'm avoiding spoilers so I'm patiently waiting for the new episodes.

That is possible. I'm not clear on what Tae-eul meant when she said that things that are already set motion will happen.
Is death part of it or she is talking only about her relationship with Lee Gon?

You know there's something that bugs me about Tae-eul and Luna.
There is no records of Luna's fingerprints in Corea but Tae-eul fingerprints matches hers. Luna is kind of like a street cat in Corea with no identity.
Is it possible that Tae-eul belongs in Corea and Luna is originally from Korea?

I have some outrageous theories that would span through 2 seasons.
I don't like tragic love stories and I want to save them in my theories haha.
On the other hand I'd accept a sad ending that makes sense.

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Maybe the hey is a cultural or language nuance?

My video translation always says hey, how have you been?

However, she never says well, she always nods so my guess is that in korean it must be synonymous to have you been well.

I say poetic because irrespective of how stressful his circumstances are, he always asks her that, so...

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From my very limited Korean, Gon actually says, "You, have you been well?" which is why she nods in response. And yes, he's consistent. He says the same thing at the end of Episode 6.

It does sound poetic in that he *hopes* she has been well even if they have been apart. Especially if the theories about the time jump are correct.

#zerobraincells, #tissuebox

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@bluecouchpotato, @noone

Thank you!

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I just read your thoughts :)
I have seen episode 11 and 12 but am still going to keep away from spoilers. I think what you are proposing about Luna and JTE is possible depending upon where the author wants to take the story. So if we were to stick to the thought that everyone has doppelgängers and they are opposite of The main characters that we are close to then Luna being from Corea and JTE from Korea make sense. However, I have no clue why Luna and JTE’s mom have cancer — what it means for the plot. Interestingly:

- Diana and Luna both mean the moon. And we had that rabbit+moon legend mentioned.
- LR speaks of organ transplant but in cancer patients that is not possible.
-Luna is surprisingly healthy for someone with 3 months to live!

Two reasons why I am disappointed— I really thought (and still think) plot had so much potential, everyone had so many interesting theories but the series just ends up talking instead of showing— example: nothing happens in the name of investigation. There are so many references to JTE and Lg being star-crossed lovers but are they really doomed? JTE is healthy, LG is healthy. JTE could move if she wants the love that badly, people in our world do get married and move homes+families.
The threat is LR but LR is only cruel to kill kids yet he doesn’t seem cruel enough for a villain. I wanted an interesting intelligent battle of wits and I am cheated on all counts: romance | an intelligent investigation | thrill | suspense.
Even if this is a rant it is because I am :(
Earlier I thought the story had potential and Director/editor/treatment had issues. Now I am like the story doesn’t want to take risks, I should just create my own fiction using its threads and be happy.
@kiara — I think the Voice Over is someone looking back at the events. So, I think she meant the impending events.

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@kiara I sounded as vague as the writer, Ha! I had been reading lots of theories and conjectures about this series. Some explanations are convincing and fun.
One such explanation speaks about this Voice Over being about events that are to unfold (in this context: LG related and the deaths in two worlds). Because of so much foreshadowing I also think JTE’s death or some such equally devastating event should make things happen (as in time loop/time travel) but like many others I think this series will definitely not let JTE or King die permanently. You know what I mean... right?

And given that the creators are taking no risks + treating all characters with too much care... I do not think that a sad end is in store.

Reference: I saw Legend of the deep blue sea ( I have no idea who wrote it etc etc) but in that there is a lot of foreshadowing of two lovers not being able to live together, death and sadness but that is just to misguide everyone. Not saying anything else in case it is a spoiler.

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A big clapto LMH’s acting in this episode! Aside from the cold, aloof rich guy expressions from the past 9 episodes, he showed the emotional side quite well (non-romance scenes).

Someone from twitter put together a picture of Goblin disappearing and Lee Gon vanishing 😂 poor KGE, it’s her second time. And the caption says “girl I think it’s time to date normal people” 🤣🤣🤣

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Exactly, but it's only episode 10. She's going to become dehydrated if she keeps crying like this for 6 more episodes.

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Oh please no. KGE is a good actress but I don’t feel her pain or why she’s crying.

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Though her weeping looks real. I think she is really good at the crying acting. It's just that it's not properly placed here?

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Yes, it's the editing and also me not really feeling the OTP >.<

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Yes. He looked so sad after good uncle's death. Part of me thinks....he blames himself because he didn't capture evil uncle Rim when he had the chance.

I was perplexed that him and his royal guards allowed a Rim and his minions walk free after slashing citizens. Sure he doesn't want more people killed at that point, but letting Rim go would lead to more people being killed 🙃. At least make some effort to go after him or something. Huhu

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Yes, Gon definitely feels guilt esp since he’s still undecided if Uncle was on his side or not.

Right? He should have had them followed at least and not completely go. If Yeong was there, he would have followed at least one. I’m not blaming Eun-seob, he’s a cute bean and he’ll never do anything wrong in my eyes.

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I think the reason LG didn't arrest Rim when he saw him was that he realized that might be just what Rim wanted. If he arrested him, it would have been big news that the uncle hadn't aged. That might have given him some sort of weird power over the people or made him seem god-like. Not a good way to put down a rebellion.

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Gon can easily manipulate the media saying Rim is a young uncle look-a-like. He has media in his hands. Media is a powerful tool. The palace people can also media play that Gon is a peoples king...he was there during a terorrist attack and they successfully captured the culprit.

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He was not thinking that deep Kat. Not enough. smh

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I think he didn’t ask anyone to chase LR because he realized that in that particular attack he wasn’t going to win anyway.
He had to plan in place. He was thinking emotionally that I go and have this show down with a man who killed my father and made me an orphan. Nothing more than that.

If anyone followed more people would be held captive.
The fact that LR wants to use his not aging as a chip to get people’s support.
If the word got out that the royals had lied, goodwill will be lost. All sovereigns maintain their status due to force or trust.

And the main point for me from that was: LG acted instead of thinking. His uncle who has spent 25 years preparing knows where he is going while LG did not even know of his existence until a few days back!

His realization that he had made a gross error was in the look of horror and dismay that he gives when he gets off the horse. He is not the suave and cool King of earlier episodes. He is not the person who was confident that he would win against his uncle.

He realized that he had miscalculated. Strategic warfare rule 1: knowing when to retreat.

LG has no support system in place so how can a one man army win against Voldemort?

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My friend sent me that tweet last night! HAHAHA, so well acted by KGE though. I really wouldn't be surprised if they're doing all those scenes just so she can show off her skills HAHAHUHU

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That tweet was gold! 😂😂

Here’s to hoping they won’t over use it?!

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I (almost) cried even though I didn't know what was happening. She's that good.

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But the op's username is @CHEONSONGYI...

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HAHAHAHAHA She should’ve taken the advice herself

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Haha Go-eun needs a slice of life drama.

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KGE as Luna is my favorite. Luna needs more screentime.

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Yes. Where are you, Luna? Such an interesting character with minuscule screentime.

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I give props for him for trying in those emotional scenes, he by no means is a bad actor but idk for me something is off about his acting if even in his emotional scenes. But that's just me.

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It's probably the directing or the writing or his interpretation. I'm just glad that he was able to display new emotions than what we've seen for the past episodes.

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Same. I don't think he's completely bad actor, but I don't think he's good actor either.

But his crying scenes have always been terrible. He tends to exaggerate the crying scene with his signature kneel while clutching his chest. Example in YT.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIbTwm2zeIA

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Yes, I was impressed by his change in this ep. (and I'm LMH neutral, this is the first drama I see him in)

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He's not really a bad actor. He's been typecast or more like his agency keeps on choosing a project that does not allow him to explore more his acting skills.

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she was released due to a terminal illness.

Imagine that! Terminal illness. In a kdrama! What will they think of next?

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Feels like she doesn't belong in that supposedly disease free Corea since they have the Manpasikjeok.

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She might have less time, but I'm pretty sure, she will bring the cyclone! And is she's not given an important place, I'm definitely going to be disappointed!!!

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Gon orders his guards to hold their fire

People will have lots of awkward questions when/if it turns out that Rim didn't die when he was said to have. So? Shoot first and answer questions later.
Then what kind of royal bodyguards don't shoot a bit later when a baddie shoots at the king? Or why didn't Gon order them to shoot shoot once the baddies were walking away and didn't have hostages?
Sorry, but this scene was just far too much silliness just so the Man On A White Horse could snarl Rim's name.

Yeong wonders at how a little seven-year-old is observant enough to be a royal guard.

She'd probably be better than the official guards.

Rim informs him he killed everyone on his way in.

More of those top notch guards!? Did someone order them not to shoot?

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Prince Bu-yeong had tight security all drama, so I was disappointed that Evil Uncle got him so easily. :( What did Uncle kill them with? His umbrella?

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This episode was full of annoying convenient bad guy stuff. Maybe preschoolers are the true target audience?

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I was too but I guess he knew Rim would be coming for him too.

Rim and Lee Gon should meet at the K dome stadium and duke it out with their 1/2 flute Harry Porter style.
Gon can bring Yeong-ah and Rim can bring what's his face? Kyung -moo.

I don't think Gon can win the battle without his unbreakable sword.

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I somehow felt that doctor uncle would die in episode 8, I am surprised that he died as late as he did. Also, did no one find. LR’s dialogue intriguing? He said: you were smart enough to know that I would kill you (or something on those lines)...

I don’t know but LR being able to kill his security did not come as a surprised to me. Doctor uncle’s security was increased but LR has infiltrated the institutions so am not surprised that he got the info, killed a handful of people and entered. I mean a hero like LG can beat up thugs with his horse whip so why can LR not kill guards and he even has support!

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Sadly, uncle Buyeong did not have a chance against the other half of the flute.
I think Yeong-ah would be the one to take Rim down. He is the 4 Tiger sword in the flesh.
(It's my guess plus fan-girling on the side 😄)

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This almost had me frothing at the mouth. Lee Gon's guards STOOD THERE while so much sh*t was going on. And then, he TELLS THEM TO STOP. What is this? Like helloooo, the baddies are within a hair's breath away, and he tells them to STOP and lets them escape when I can still see their backsides on the screen????? WHAT IS THIS RIDICULOUS DUMBFOOLERY???? *flailing*

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He didn't want to cause a panic. Then we see him having all the footage scrubbed. So they could've just killed all of them and then scrubbed the footage.

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And what about all the people recording with their smartphones? Nothing makes sense

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I know.