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The King: Eternal Monarch: Episode 7

Our hero brings someone else into the fold this hour, hoping to use everything at his disposal to thwart his uncle’s plot, whatever that may be. Our heroine isn’t thrilled with his decision since they have no idea what the consequences may be. The star-crossed lovers prepare for the possible danger that lies ahead and begin working together to put things right.

 
EPISODE 7

Ok-nam and Prince Bu-yeong stand at the place where they scattered “Rim’s” ashes 24 years ago. Now, Prince Bu-yeong wonders whose body they cremated. Ok-nam senses something off, and Prince Bu-yeong admits he told Gon the truth. He shocks her by revealing the body wasn’t Rim’s.

As Rim develops a photo of Tae-eul and Shin-jae in his lair, Gon reasons that Rim will come for the flute. He continues narrating that he’s a danger to Tae-eul while we see her and Shin-jae practicing at the shooting range. Tae-eul jealously stares at Shin-jae’s paper target full of holes clustered near the bullseye.

Shin-jae questions why she didn’t work at headquarters after graduating from the police academy. She could’ve been a senior inspector by now like her classmates. Tae-eul loftily claims she’s not jealous. Why is she trying so hard for a promotion, then? “Because my classmates are all senior inspectors.” Heh. A call from Moon-shik sends them off to a murder site.

In the kingdom, Gon shuffles around his schedule and even requests an early report from Seo-ryung who’s outraged by the short notice. She prepares for a National Assembly meeting and rejects the pantsuits wardrobe selected – why should she have to present as masculine to be successful? – and sends the assistants out. Alone, she bitterly wonders what’s so special about “that bitch.”

In the republic, Tae-eul and Shin-jae arrive at the crime scene where Jangmi is puking his guts out. A young woman was stabbed to death in her own apartment, and the lack of struggle indicates it was done by an acquaintance.

Back in the kingdom, Seung-ah reports to Ok-nam that the mole from Seo-ryung’s office is a woman who works in the wardrobe department. Seung-ah shows pictures from the woman’s social media account that prove she’s in contact with Seo-ryung’s assistant.

In the face of Ok-nam’s wrath, the woman drops to her knees and confesses through tears that she only said it looked like Gon had a girlfriend after she saw him cooking for Tae-eul. Ok-nam fires her and nods for security to escort the woman out. One of the security guards is the alternate of the roommate of the recent murder victim in the republic.

Said roommate is currently giving her testimony to Tae-eul at the station. She left when the victim’s boyfriend came over and found the body upon her return. They immediately send cops to the boyfriend’s address while Shin-jae checks the witnesses’s alibi. Rim’s right-hand man lurks nearby and watches him, clearly not worried about how obviously shady he looks.

We see an article about some HG Group in the process of being handed down to a successor, and we watch the current chairman leaving the office as his son (the successor) bows politely.

Tae-eul’s team, meanwhile, discusses the case and pries into Moon-shik’s business when Shin-jae mentions his “loneliness.” Apparently, Moon-shik’s wife had Shin-jae sign a contract promising he wouldn’t call Moon-shik out after 10 P.M. Moon-shik steers conversation back to the case.

Tae-eul and Shin-jae go on a stakeout. He asks her what happened to that money she won in the bet with her dad when he started lessons. She wanted to get double eyelid surgery at the time but ended up spending the money on snacks instead.

Shin-jae looks at her dubiously when she goes on about how lovely, gentle and intelligent she was back then. He quips that she sounds drunk. Right then, Detective Shim and Jangmi head over for the changing of the guards. They laugh about Jangmi’s strange gangster-esque fashion sense.

In the kingdom, Gon meets with the officials from China who thank him for Corea’s assistance with the stranded fishing boat. As a show of their gratitude, China declares Corean citizens can now visit without a visa. Gon muses with a far-off look that being able to visit anywhere as one wishes is a true gift.

Tae-eul is startled when she sees Na-ri sporting a new haircut that makes her look more like Seung-ah. Na-ri accuses Tae-eul of two-timing her café since she sees her around less lately. Tae-eul jokes that she’s better than her dad who doesn’t even notice when she’s out all night.

Na-ri assumes she was on a stakeout, but Tae-eul conspiratorially shares she was at a guy’s house. Tae-eul feels her out by asking how she would feel if, hypothetically, she met someone from another world who looked just like her. “I’d have to kill her, of course,” Na-ri says. It’s a rule that one of the doppelgangers must die.

Tae-eul thinks of her friends in both worlds. Why is that a rule? Na-ri reasons that having two where there should only be one will result in chaos and upset balance. It’s like why NASA hides the existence of aliens – one world is bound to destroy the other. Pfft.

Gon sneaks into the stables to fetch Maximus, but he runs into the vet and two workers. One of the workers watches him go with a look that screams he’s a baaad guy (duh). Gon gallops into the bamboo forest to find Yeong already waiting for him.

Yeong asks if he’s going to meet Luna, which confuses Gon. Yeong sighs that Tae-eul’s been deceiving him, and she’s actually the criminal Luna. He lists all her crimes, desperately trying to convince Gon she’s a fraud. All Gon hears is that Tae-eul does have an alternate.

Yeong senses Gon’s obstinance and gives him two choices: either kill him or take him with him. Yeong is shocked to get a text telling him to enjoy his time off. Gon already arranged for him to come with him this time. They’ll go on foot since Tae-eul’s yard can’t accommodate two horses.

Gon realizes the only way Yeong will believe him is to experience it himself. Yeong stands in amazement as the gate appears and steels himself when Gon tells him they’re headed to another world.

We cut to that HG Group chairman guy who goes to meet with Rim. He bows and calls him by his imperial title. The son calls him an idiot, ordering him not to bow while wearing his father’s face.

Suddenly, time pauses, giving Rim a heads up that Gon has used the gate. Elsewhere, Seo-ryung is terrified when she looks up and sees another woman with her face in the reflection on her monitor. Time unfreezes for Rim, and the whiny son of the chairman angrily whines about the succession process being too slow.

Rim assures him it’ll all go smoothly, impervious to the whiny dude’s anger. From around the corner, the whiny dude’s alternate appears, and Rim instructs the now chairman to let his real son inherit the company. With that, Rim’s right-hand man stabs the whiny dude. The timid alternate then takes the knife and finishes the job.

In the kingdom, Ok-nam finds the note Gon left her, letting her know he took Yeong with him and promising he’d be back by Friday. She looks at the unfinished portrait of Gon with unease and thinks of Prince Bu-yeong’s revelation that Rim is alive. She orders the portrait to be completed quickly since it looks like Gon is wearing a white robe stained with blood.

Tae-eul works late and stares wistfully at her old case report on Gon. She changes the name from “unknown” to “Lee Gon” but doesn’t save it. She goes home, and now we’ve caught up with the ending of the previous episode.

Gon is relieved to find she waited for him. Before he can finish saying he was scared she didn’t want him to come, Tae-eul runs and throws her arms around him. They head inside the Taekwondo studio; Gon already met her dad and got a key.

Inside, Tae-eul jumps in fright to see Yeong standing there. Except she thinks he’s Eun-seob at first and asks why he didn’t bring the twins. He remains silent as she laughs at his hair and outfit, but she stops short when she realizes it’s Yeong.

Back in the kingdom, Ok-nam spreads the story that Gon is locked in his study and Yeong took some time off. Still searching for the thief, she asks one of the guards to bring her a comprehensive list of everyone who was in the palace on November 11.

In the republic, Gon comments to Tae-eul that he’s never seen Yeong this cutely flustered. Tae-eul is not as relaxed, though, and chides him for bringing someone with an alternate here. Right as he confidently states Yeong won’t get caught, Eun-seob pops in.

The alternates stare at each other in shock. Yeong even starts to pull out his gun. Tae-eul throws Gon a “this is your fault, so fix it” look, but before he can finish introducing them, Eun-seob faints. Tae-eul freaks out and smacks him awake.

Yeong remains mute, but Eun-seob chatters non-stop once he’s awake. When Yeong finally speaks, Eun-seob whimpers in fear and clings to Tae-eul. She starts to explain, but Eun-seob interrupts her, still in a state of fear, to eek out that he never realized how handsome he is. Yeong: “You really didn’t know?” Ha!

Tae-eul and Gon turn to stare at him in disbelief as Yeong continues that people must’ve told him all the time. Eun-seob turns on Tae-eul to ask accusingly why she never told him. Pfft. Eun-seob brings himself back to the issue at hand and excitedly surmises that everything Gon said is true, then. Eun-seob seems to calm down and even starts talking to Yeong, but in the middle of their conversation, he drops again.

They go to Eun-seob’s place where Yeong performs a security check of the house. Yeong and Eun-seob start arguing, and Yeong’s eyes go wide when Eun-seob calls himself Gon’s Unbreakable Sword. Gon looks at Yeong guiltily while Yeong scoffs.

Eun-seob tells Gon his 63rd dream: to be a citizen of his kingdom in his next life. Gon forbids it and changes the topic to food. When Eun-seob calls him crazy for thinking about chicken now, Yeong pulls his gun. Eun-seob rushes to hide behind Tae-eul when she walks in as she yells that it’s illegal to have a gun here.

Tae-eul orders them to sit which Eun-seob does obediently and Yeong begrudgingly. She lays down the ground rules. Yeong will stay at Eun-seob’s and can go outside at night while Eun-seob can go out during the day. Yeong suggests eliminating one of them, and Eun-seob takes offense when they all look at him.

Tae-eul reminds them of the rules and tells Gon to follow her. Yeong is horrified by how casually she addresses him, but Gon comments he’s missed it. He takes Tae-eul’s hand, and they leave the alternates alone.

Yeong looks at the family photos and asks about Eun-seob’s parents. They’re still in Busan where Eun-seob is from. His twin siblings are visiting them for the holidays. Huh, that’s an odd living arrangement.

Eun-seob is surprised Yeong doesn’t have siblings, but it turns out his parents are divorced. Eun-seob: “Do you want a hug?” Ha! They start arguing again. Eun-seob makes fun of Yeong’s sageuk speech, and Yeong thinks he’s lazy for being happy to be discharged from the military in two days.

Meanwhile, Gon and Tae-eul go for chicken and beer. He’s upset to see Shin-jae saved as a contact in the cell phone she prepared for him. Tae-eul’s insistence that he’s extremely trustworthy doesn’t help.

Gon calls her on his new phone, claiming he wants to see what it’s like to chat on the phone with her, talk about their day and tell her he missed her. Tae-eul looks around and hangs up self-consciously, but she admits she wants that too.

She jokingly says she’ll taste the chicken first, but Gon stops her. He wants to lessen the gap between them. They eat while holding hands. Next, she takes him to the arcade where he embarrassed himself. Gon watches as she hits every target in one go while wearing sunglasses.

As Gon carries the prize she won him, Tae-eul claims she can win him an even bigger one in Hongdae. He recalls that Shin-jae compared his relationship with Tae-eul to that between Hongdae and Kondae and asks Tae-eul about the phrase. She explains that they’re two universities that aren’t very close. Gon smiles until she admits she likes both places.

Of course, she has no idea why he’s being petulant. He grabs her hand, but she wraps his arm around her shoulder instead since they never know how much time they’ll get together. Tae-eul turns serious and says she needs to ask him something.

Gon immediately assumes something happened. Did someone threaten her? Tae-eul realizes he must’ve come back because he knew something might happen. She asks if there’s a K Stadium in his world. When he confirms it, she lightly scoffs. “We’re screwed.”

Rim gets his right-hand man to make some payments early. He catches on that Rim must be about to world hop again, and Rim reassures him he won’t bring back his alternate anytime soon.

Back at Tae-eul’s, her and Gon listen to the recordings. He’s worried it’ll be dangerous if she keeps investigating, and Tae-eul admits she considered covering it up. But the two worlds shouldn’t be colliding like this. Now that she’s discovered it, as a police officer, she can’t look the other way.

Gon shows her Rim’s death certificate and explains the situation. Tae-eul intends to investigate and gives Gon a strict laundry list of orders. He agrees to follow her commands but requests in return that she never tell him not to come back or tell him to leave.

Gon knows he’ll have to go back and forth between worlds and wants her to stay strong, although he doesn’t feel good about asking this of her. She nods, but he’s unclear on which part she’s agreeing with, and she doesn’t clarify. Before he leaves for the night, Tae-eul asks if she truly doesn’t have an alternate. She guesses the truth from his tense silence.

Shin-jae and Moon-shik meet up for drinks. Moon-shik worries about him having to sleep in the night duty room since his wages were seized, but Shin-jae claims it’s comfortable and even smells nice. Moon-shik imagines it must after Jangmi spent days questioning everyone about Shin-jae’s favorite flower and finally settled on lavender. Oh my gosh, that is adorable. Shin-jae tells Moon-shik to let Jangmi know for next time that mugwort is his favorite.

Shin-jae notices a car parked outside – we hear a camera shutter – and watches it drive off. That night, he lies staring at the ceiling. In a flashback, little Shin-jae wakes up hooked to monitors and wearing an oxygen mask. His mother cries tears of relief when he wakes and yells for his father.

Tae-eul gets her friend Kyung-ran to look up Rim’s alternate’s information and is surprised to find out he suffered paralysis from polio. She notes with suspicion that his brother and nephew died “accidental” deaths and sadly realizes what happened to Gon’s alternate.

Gon brings Yeong to a fancy hotel where they’ll be staying; he brought gold this time. Yeong urges Gon to return to the palace. Their life isn’t here. But Gon has a different plan. He’ll leave on Thursday, but he wants Yeong to stay.

Rim might be in this world, and no one can stop him here. Time pauses. Gon begins to speculate that the time pauses may not just be a side effect but a “rule.” He writes a note for Yeong and sticks it in his pocket.

When time restarts, Gon explains that Rim is traveling back and forth like him. Time paused again, which means he used the gate. Yeong wants proof that time paused, so Gon tells him to check his pocket. Yeong holds the note in shock as Gon continues that he and Rim each have half of an object. If Rim obtains both halves, he alone will be able to use the gate. He commands Yeong to kill Rim when he finds him.

In the kingdom, the officer on the Luna case leaves a message for Yeong. The fingerprints he supplied are a match for Luna, but funnily enough, Luna has already been picked up for larceny and is currently in jail.

Seo-ryung’s assistant gives her the rundown on the Luna situation and its link to the palace. Guess there’s more than one mole. Seo-ryung is shocked when she sees the photo that looks just like Tae-eul. Her assistant says Luna will be released soon. Meanwhile, Tae-eul ruminates on Gon’s revelation that she does have an alternate.

An envelope from her mother’s house is delivered to Seo-ryung’s office. Inside is a newspaper with a headline about Donald Trump visiting North Korea. She takes it as “fake news” (heh) and tosses the paper aside. When a rough-looking Luna walks out of prison, Seo-ryung is waiting for her.

 
COMMENTS

I spy with my little eye some overarching plot. We’ve taken a lot of time getting our characters into place and being fed tiny clues along the way, but now it feels like we’re moving toward the main event. Tae-eul and Gon are both aware of the whole Rim not being dead thing and his penchant for life swap shenanigans. The idea of balance was brought up a lot this hour. So long as the two worlds operate on their parallel tracks without interference, all is well. But when they intersect, chaos ensues, and balance needs to be restored. Then, we have Na-ri’s theory that one alternate needs to die to avert chaos. I’m assuming this all links to Rim’s ultimate plan since every time he brings two alternates in contact, he makes one kill the other. That must mean he’s not out to destroy the worlds or anything since it seems like he’s working to maintain some sort of balance. But what does he get out of all the swapping?

Next, we have Luna. She’s obviously important to the goings on, and now Seo-ryung has her in her sights. That combination spells trouble, although it all depends on what Seo-ryung hopes to achieve and how far she’ll go. I wish we had more on her motivations since right now I only know that she wants Gon as her arm candy. What’s her end goal? She’s ambitious, and I would like to know what those ambitions are. Just like with Rim, it’s hard to find an antagonist truly threatening or compelling when you don’t have a read on their motivations or goals. I wonder if Seo-ryung and Rim are going to team up. See, that’s where knowing their goals would come in handy. That newspaper from the other world that Seo-ryung received probably came from Rim. When she visited her mother’s shop that day, Rim’s umbrella was there, so he must be keeping tabs on her.

I can understand why Rim would want the prime minister on his side, but why is he after Shin-jae? He’s still having him followed. Maybe it has something to do with that memory of Shin-jae waking up from coma or whatever. Crazy thought, but could Shin-jae be from the other world? We haven’t seen Shin-jae’s double in the kingdom, and he immediately recognized Corea’s symbol. Also, his mom’s alternate is the shady palace worker who’s a spy for Rim in the kingdom. I’m probably off the mark, but there’s definitely something fishy there. And it seems like Shin-jae keeps a lot bottled up. At least he’s got Jangmi looking out for his wellbeing. I mean, he polled everyone about Shin-jae’s favorite flower just so he could make the room smell fresh. That is the cutest and most thoughtful thing ever.

Seo-ryung makes the third person (I think) who’s had a weird encounter with her alternate across worlds. I had almost forgotten about Tae-eul seeing Luna in her rearview mirror until Seo-ryung saw her alternate in place of her reflection. There was also the coffee incident where Yeong burned himself and Eun-seob felt it. Is that a sign of something or just a random occurrence that can happen to anyone? Although, if memory serves, it does always seem to happen around the time the gate is used.

I didn’t expect Gon to bring Yeong through the gate so soon, but I’m glad. I enjoyed seeing his and Eun-seob’s interactions. We haven’t spent much time developing either of them as characters, really. I assumed Eun-seob’s parents had died since he seems to be raising his siblings, but then he mentioned that his parents are in Busan. Why would he be single-handedly raising his younger siblings if they still have their parents? I’m interested in the backstory there. And we know next to nothing about Yeong’s personal life. Hopefully, we’ll get to spend a little more time getting to know our polar opposite alternates.

I wonder how using the gate will affect people like Tae-eul and Yeong who don’t possess the magic flute. So far, only Gon and Rim experience the time pauses which suggests they’re the result of a flute-gate combo. Does that mean that the slow aging only applies to Gon and Rim, too? And we still haven’t delved into the possibility of messing with timelines. I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface with regards to what the flute and gate can do, and I hope we get answers.

 
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Thanks for the recap @quirkycase! Yeong meeting Eon-seob was definitely the highlight of this episode LOL. I replayed Eon-seob fainting a few times. It is gold. 😂

I have reached a point where I really cannot keep track of all the new faces that we are shown for like 3 seconds, as if they are somehow important. Good for you quirky that you can spy a sliver of an overarching plot. My brain cannot cope with the random murders committed by random people anymore, so I'm mainly concentrating on Woo Do Hwan and Kim Kyung Nam moments. And Jangmi the adorable police puppy.

But can we go back to the parallel world? It's more interesting.

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Jangmi is the beautiful rose we need but don't deserve🌹

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Oh beloved Jang Mi, present in every episode in subtle ways. If not puking his guts out then running with gangsters in his green I-am-a-thug jacket :)

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Jang Mi Rose Unicorn is a princess in a gangster's body. He should do all the beauty products PPL.
"I have spoken."

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And so satisfying when Tae Eul asked pertinent questions like 'where do you think he buys his clothes?'. I want to know too...

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Yeong and EunSeob is THE REAL OTP 😂

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Plus they are both Unbreakable Swords... so Stabby OTP, the WDH2 version ⚔️😂

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It's so nice to have a new Stabby OTP.

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I still prefer Stabby OTP though I must say, The Unbreakable Swords’ chemistry is off the charts lol

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And Yeong visibly jealous, upset & annoyed that Gon has another Unbreakable Sword! Hah!

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I've always have a thing for the king's guard (must be a sageuk thing) so Yeong-ah was a lock from day one.
Eon-seob-ah on the other hand, is a family man (does his sister's laundry etc) and his adorable ott Busan satoori is a keeper.
I lup them both to pieces! Woo Do Hwan <3.

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EunSeob’s satoori and Yeong’s historical drama speak (from the little that I can grasp) were the highlights for me. I’m guessing they are speaking historical language in the Palace, with the traditional Royal Court and Lady Noh?

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Ooh I thought Gon also speaks a little differently from the formal way of speaking we're used to hearing in dramas. But wasn't sure.

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I want to listen to WDH speak satoori ALL the time~

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Woo Do-hwan is a gem! That acting *slow clap*

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Speaking of parallel world ...
Parallel Happenings / Mirror Reflections
I like that this phrase "You reap what you sow," was repeated. It also works to highlight the little parallels that pop up.

Finger Printing
Ep 2 TE goes through LG's wallet and finds his cash which she considers Monopoly money. "Did you play Monopoly yesterday? Did you get to buy much land?"
… With an ink pad for finger printing TE says: "You don't have an ID, you failed to identify yourself, and you've been uncooperative with police. You know that, right? I need your cooperation with the fingerprint identification."

LG: "No one is allowed to touch my body. Even you -- " (I'd like to know what he would have said to finish that sentence …would any Bitches like to give it a shot?)
She literally twists his arm to get his fingerprints. LOL.

Ep 5 23:00 TE stamps her thumbprint on LG's stamp pad and leaves a red stain on her thumb. He asks her if she bought land and signed for it with thumbprint.

Emptying of Pockets
In the same way that TE had gotten LG to empty his pockets at the police station. So too she had to empty hers at the Palace.

Food Tasting
Repeatedly LG won't eat food that has not been tasted.

Ep 5 23:45 LG cooks for TE but she says: "You try it first. I'm not joking." (like she does not trust him!) "I'm Alice in Wonderland right now. She eats weird pills and grows bigger and smaller and stuff. What if I eat this and die from poisoning or natural causes and stuff?"

LG: "Don't worry. I keep my promises. You'll die from a beheading."

The Bread shop scene was cute. LG was overjoyed that people were sampling the breads. He didn't want the pre-packed bread but the leftover bread from the sampling because people had been tasting them for him already!

Royalty
Ep 2 11:50 LG is in the police holding cell and asking for a chair. Eun Seop comes along and asks if he is the one TE had told him about, Prince Charming?

That's a nice parallel to TE saying that if his button was a diamond, then she's Princess Di.

Hanging Up
TE had a habit of hanging up on LG when he called. He only managed to do the same to her once.

However when she called the Palace in Ep 5, they hung up on her 17 times. She got her own back in Ep 7 by demanding that LG did 17 things for her although she could only name about 5 things to begin with.

Talisman
LG had been carrying around a talisman placed in his wallet by HCL Noh, to bring him a wife. In a sense it worked, because he met TE, whom he claimed for his Queen.

For days after meeting TE, LG started carrying with him TE's 25-year old ID card in his pocket, a new talisman. In Ep 6 he had to give up the ID card to TE. Now he no longer needs a talisman to find a wife, however he needs to know the truth about what's happening in the universes. In this it is TE herself, who becomes his...

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... it is TE herself, who becomes his talisman because her Lee Sang Do case will give them the information they need. 😁

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I love how you remember even the smallest details because I miss some of it or interpreted it differently.

Thank you for sharing <3.

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You're welcome @kiara, however I actually do not remember much... I have to take notes!!! I know, this is to be done only if 'hard work' is part of the fun of watching. I've been having fun, trying to catch the little details. 😆

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Nice. I have also noticed how the tables flip for our leads. If "you reap what you sow" is the balancing force in this drama, than I expect Evil Uncle to go down in a bloody messy battle, maybe killed by his own doppelganger army.

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Hmmm... that actually sounds hopeful and something to look forward to! 😏 😝

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Didn't Lady Noh mention that the talisman is also for protection in battle?

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Here's where I'd love to have a great photographic and auditory memory! I think it might have been on Ep 1 when she was putting talismans everywhere in LG's room?

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There was a love talisman that Gon keeps in his pocket and Tae-eul mocks him about it.

Later on, before going off to the naval battle, Gon thanks Lady Noh for the talisman, saying that it worked and he doesn't need it anymore. She tells him to "keep it it with you. That's what the talisman is supposed to be used for."

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I thought it was a different talisman that he asked for. Like one for the battle would be different from the one in the first episode for finding love.

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@bluecouchpotato @kiara
I thought what she meant was that talismans are just meant to be kept on the person or nearby at all times, regardless of whether it was for protection or for love or whatever. LOL.

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@growingbeautifully thank you for this! I just now got caught up on the episodes and it is amazing how much you were able to catch.
This show is so confusing and I spend so much time scratching my head - but thank goodness for the rest of you who catch on to those little details that I certainly would have and did miss.

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@growingbeautifully These are all wonderful observations.

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I'm sad because I missed the love story train and it's too late to appreciate it. Except the couple scenes, I really like this drama. I like Ta Eul and Lee Gon when they exchange informations about their investigations and their own world.

I was disapointed by WDH's roles until now because he had nothing to do but he really shone in this episode. His scenes were the most entertaining and I really saw two different characters. The dialogues were so funny with ES offering a hug or saying that he has a boyfriend.

I'm happy that Yeong knows about parallel universes because it makes easier to protect Lee Gon.

Shin Jae's identity is still the big mystery, why ROK's people are interested in him. His loneliness is sad to watch so I'm happy that Jangmi is beside him.

Luna's introduction was good. But there are more questions than answers...

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Woo Do Hwan just ran through 100 expressions in this one single episode!

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Flustered Yeong was cute but then he’s cute all the time!

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I'm liking this low key, open and honest approach to the lead's romance. Some things does not need to be explain in details but it's there.

I think the main characters will each have their time to shine. We just need to be patient.

I have a feeling that Sin Jae could be part of the royal family unless he is also a Kang in Corea.

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The "I love you" caught me off-guard and made me cringe (the same as the kiss - this loveline seems to evolve in jumps), but I liked their date and their sleuthing about Rim

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To be honest I could watch the interactions between Yeong and EunSeob all on their own. It's hard to believe that is the same actor he is doing such a good job.
But what intrigues me the most is how the film the two on the screen in such a way that it looks real. I find it fascinating...

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Thank you for this. What fun to watch them all laugh together.

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wild thought, maybe shin jae is his son?

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If it's the case, poor Shin Jae. His fake mother is a gambler, his real mother is a traitor and his father a murderer and the big traitor...

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"I didn't realize I was so handsome"

"You really didn't know?"

Best lines of the whole drama so far.

Woo Do Hwan is too perfect 😍 If I were Hwannie, I would date myself.

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Totally!!! Even though Young is such a stone face, he can brag about himself!!

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Loved Yeong’s disbelief at Eun Seop not knowing he’s good-looking. Also Lee Gon’s amused glance at Yeong coupled with Tae Eul’s ‘what’s with this guy’ face!

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I also loved Yeong's betrayed glare at Gon when Eun Seob said he was Gon's Unbreakable Sword 😂

Hwannie was definitely the highlight. And looking back most of the scenes I found funny were scenes involving his characters. But I did predict Hwannie would steal the show even before the drama aired, so I'm not surprised (granted that was my biase talking...) 😆

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But I think most of us are enjoying that only in the show!! The Bromance that too with doppelganger and Gon! Wow!!! And the chemistry between Gon and Hwan is more better than with Taeul. Honestly!! Lolzz (my personal bias here?)

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I'm hoping that they're both unbreakable swords so that we get to keep them both all the way through.

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(but your bias was talking for good reasons)

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He needs to off the fringe to show off the glorious forehead...

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Apart from the fact that ES had to be blind not to see his own chiseled face on the mirror, Yeong sure knows he's handsome because he's a celebrity in the Kingdom. For him, it's a matter of fact. We've seen how people stare at him and comment his good-looks online. ES, being a common person in Korea and a klutz, never experienced people's admiration. The line was super funny and on point, but also underscores their different status

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Also Eun Seob blaming Tae Eul for not telling him he is handsome as Young said "Didn't the people around you tell u you're handsome all this time?"

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It is weird but I think Young is more handsome than Eun Seob, which is stupid. The voice of Eun Seob is just not appealing to me. What a great actor. He nailed it.

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Aha! So maybe the bromance we've all been waiting for is not between Lee Gon and Jo Yeong/Eun Seop but between the two Unbreakable Swords themselves hahahaha. I love their interaction and I want mooore!

I'm glad that Jo Yeong is finally onboard. Having an ally from Corea is definitely necessary and JY is the perfect person (but don't let him die please). I hope Shinjae would also be included in Tae-ul and LG's investigation. He'd sure be able to help a lot, with his familiarity with the symbol and all (don't let him die also). I wonder if he's been switched as a kid though...

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2 Unbreakable Swords! Yeong thinking: What do you mean he’s your Unbreakable Sword? It’s me, me, it’s always been me!

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Huhu nooooo! But I guess it can't be helped, eh? :(

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Hello... @imperialtitus
I had a question for you, related to kingdom and empire debate.

LR/ evil uncle is called Jeunha by his minion

LG is called peaha by JY and others.

Do you think this means anything? Why the difference?

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Jeonha = king
pyeha = emperor
They both mean "your majesty" but the emperor is higher in rank and status.

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Jeonha can also be translated to Imperial Crown Prince (Rim).

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I've seen that Jeunha can also be translated to "lord" or "liege" or in the Netflix subs, as "Your Highness," which would have been Rim's original title. He is an imperial prince, just not the heir to the throne as he was illegitimate.

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Rim would not be called an Imperial crown prince in this situation if this was a traditional sageuk.
His own minions are the only people who referred to him as an imperial crown prince probably because he is their future king if his plans falls into place.

Like you said he is an illegitimate son of the king but he is a prince not a lord.

There has been kings from concubines before like Joseon's famous king Yeongjo and his brother Gyeongjong so I think Rim still have a claim to the throne but he needs to get rid of Lee Gon and Prince Puyeong.

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@noone, I guess "殿下/전하/Jeonha*" is for the royalty except the Emperor and the Crown Prince. In Jeseon Dynasty, since only China is allowed to have Emperor/皇帝/황제, the Crown Prince will be addressed as "邸下/저하/Jeoha", both of them can be translated as "Your Highness" in English (or maybe "Jeoha" goes "Your Royal Highness"? I am not very sure on this one). "陛下/펴하/Pyeha/Your Majesty" is for Emperor only. Since Jeseon Dynasty goes one level up from a Kingdom (a Chinese tributary state) into an Empire (an independent country), then they don't need to look on China for the issue of titles, and they can call their own ruler as Emperor. Rim is simply a "왕자/王子 or親王/Prince or at most Grand Prince", so he is addressed as "Jeonha", or at most "Your Royal Highness" in English. Think of Rim's title as Prince of Principality of Monaco, or more appropriately, historical Grand Principality of Kievan Rus.

*I put in Chinese in this description because all the address in Korean is related to Chinese, and have equivalent Chinese characters.

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Korean honorifics is fun to learn. After a few sageuks, you kind of pick it up.
From what I've learnt.

Jeoha 저하, 邸下 – is what you would address a Crown Prince.
Since he is not the king, he would be "His Royal Highness"

Daegun 대군 - Grand Prince, the brother of the crown prince "His Excellency."

I would go with Rim just being a prince since he is not the queen's son but an illegitimate son of the king.

This would be the best site to bookmark. It's run by history nerds and their research and sources are mainly from the annals of Joseon.
https://thetalkingcupboard.com/resources/sageuk-glossary/

This is spot on with titles when you are watching a traditional sageuk.

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Thanks a lot, @kiara, I learned a lot from you.

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@imperialtitus

I've learnt a lot from you too so keeping it coming :).

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So I saw comments on the type of monarchy that the Kingdom of Corea is. What are the powers of the monarch? Is he only a figurehead head of state, whilst the Prime Minister wields the true power of running the country? But why would the monarch be commanding the navy at war?

Interesting questions... but my simple answer on the monarchy's day jobs would be:

Lee Gon: Certified tour guide of Royal Monarchy Private Limited (Let me bring you to the new world and show you around! Complete with introductions of good food in this world like the half-half chicken!)

Lee Rim: Human trafficking / illegal immigrant brokerage

This drama is not for face-blind people. There are so many people being swapped, but there is so little time spent on each of them that it is very hard to register all the faces, let alone to identify their alternate selves in the parallel universe, for the viewers to fathom what is going on (i.e., that these are people being switched).

And if there are so many of these little characters being dropped here, there and everywhere, (mis)leading viewers to think that they are perhaps important parts of the plot and why each of them are chosen to be switched by Lee Rim (i.e., it leaves viewers with expectations that the story will delve into each of their background to understand why they were specifically chosen by Lee Rim), but aren't eventually so developed further, except to show superficially that Lee Rim is switching people around, then this really falls flat. There are so many dispersed things going on, and random people being highlighted but aren't eventually developed at this moment, which makes the viewing experience so unsatisfactory. I think it is a combination of extremely poor world-building, script-writing and directing in this sense.

I am intrigued by this sci-fi fantasy aspect (cause come on, who believes in the romance?), if Kim Eun-sook can hold everything together and tie all loose ends together eventually. But I think she has been overly-ambitious, and the manner in which her grand setting / world-building is being presented to the viewers is not effective story-telling. Too many dispersed characters and hints, and no explanations, too confusing. Building up intrigue and excitement for bigger reveals is one thing, but this is way too confusing without some main thread in the background tying everything together. I hope she will tie these loose ends eventually, but I highly doubt the drama will be able to do so. There are way too many people being switched.

Or maybe I am just face-blind -oh well-

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Have faith to yourself, @muggleping, your assessment to this drama is very correct; I love you especially when you are saying Kim Eun-seok is "overly ambitious": this is so very accurate. Direction is another problem, and because of this, they switched one of the two directors responsible to this drama this week (The new one is Yoo Je-won, who just signed off from Hi Bye, Mama), and the one being lay off (Baek Sang-hoon, also one of the directors in Descendants of the Sun) has been sent to the cutting room. I hope the direction will go better since then, because the viewership of this drama's ep.8 has fallen to just 6.1%.

About the authority of the King (or I call it "Emperor", which is actually the meaning of both Korean "황제", as well the Traditional Chinese subtitle I am using), I guess his authority is somewhat less than the President of Korea, but way more than the King of United Kingdom, because least he can decided to go to the frontline to fight the Japanese (Ep.6), and he also asks the Prime Minister to report to him personally. But there are still way too little information for me to confirm though, so just wait for some more episodes to see.

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I think the closest monarchy system is the Thai Monarchy where the King has a lot of power over the military although have a democratically elected govt

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That sounds about right when it comes to this Corea.
This is not a proper sageuk but I like things to make sense.

The Joseon Dynasty's rulers were all kings until 1897 when the last king (Gojong) was proclaimed an emperor.
Why? because Joseon was no longer a tributary state of China.

This Corea empire picked up where Joseon Empire was left off but as an alternate history by eliminating the Japaneses occupation era.

Lee Gon said that his father declared Corea as a constitutional monarchy 1945.
(In real history, that was the end of the Japanese occupation era)

Lee Gon's grandfather was the first of a new line of rulers from the original royal house of Yi (Lee).

Maybe they still call him an emperor because Corea still holds the same territory from the Joseon Dynasty but he still have power over the military like an emperor.

Does that make any sense?

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So they switched from a director who has several major hit dramas under his belt, to one whose dramas are mostly low key. Is that a positive thing? Or did someone decide that the ratings for this drama don't merit a director of that caliber anymore?

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@skidmoresy, I will observe some more episodes to do the final judgement, but initially I don't have high hope of that. Yoo Je-won is good for relationship drama (no better example then his Hi Bye, Mama), but The Kingalso deal with two parallel worlds as well some criminal cases, which may not be a familiar field for him.

In some sense, if I still believe The King is written by Kim Eun-seok herself (which, as I stated in my previous post, I believe she may not be), she is not handling the two worlds and crimes very well, and her best shot shouldn't take in this very director, but someone who is familiar with criminal cases and multiple worlds, like Kim Won-seok (Signal) or Ahn Gil-ho (Memories of the Alhambra), which can fill up her shortcoming.

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I'm also waiting for a few more episodes to see how the new team would work. For now, my guess is that they took an otherwise accomplished director to take over the editing in order to drastically speed up the pacing, review available footage, and possibly identify scenes that need re-filming.

As already mentioned by @imperialtitus Yoo Je-won may have been brought in for the human relationship aspect.

I'm actually wondering how much creative control did the writer and directors have to the point that it took consistently low ratings for seven episodes before production decided to make the changes? At the very least, did SBS not bother with a test audience before they started broadcasting? Were they too confident in a KES/LMH/KGE combo that it didn't warrant the effort?

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"They took an otherwise accomplished director to take over the editing ..."
Yeah, I guess it will make the editing way more seemless and sophisticate. The editing of the show by far is very bad (I still remember that Aircraft Carrier in Ep.6 very well, one of the worst). On the other hand, the relationship of our main leads is still very odd. That really need some improvement.

Unlike common American productions, the Screenwriter is the most powerful in the production of a K-drama (You remember, when Itaewon Class collapsed in the last 1.5 episodes, the one who come out to apologize is the screenwriter, not the director, or as they call it, Producer-Director, or PD), they have right to choose the director as well the major characters (I heard Lee Min-ho is personally handpicked by Kim Eun-seok herself). PD, on the other hand, is more like a general manager with more power then a GM, who choose who play the secondary characters, and decide the style of the whole drama (including the Computer Graphic, something getting a lot of criticism lately, as well editing).

In case you want to know, @bluecouchpotato, the PPL laws in South Korea is way more relaxed then many other countries. As long as you don't mention the name of that product, you can let it be there as long as possible. So most of the time they will just drive the car, use the handbag or do the makeup without saying a word. This time however, the PPL is going way too far (the one I think most jarring is in fact on Ep.4, when Sin-je was opening a Netflix show--I am watching the show on Netflix, by the way).

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@imperialtitus Sorry, forgot to mention, I also watch on Netflix and the synopsis is misleading. It mentions, "Demons opening up portals to parallel worlds."

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@imperialtitus Thanks for the insights! Having been a longtime Kdrama viewer and KES fan, I do know the influence carried by the writer in a KDrama. This is why I was wondering what on earth happened here. Did she have enough time and material to thresh out a full script and story? Her fantasy works tend to be off-the-wall so she needs an imaginative director with a tighter hand. Was she able to collaborate as closely with this PD team? Did they even get to watch the completed episodes before broadcast? Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun are pretty decent actors, but even they seem to be just reciting lines with no depth or understanding of their characters. Or perhaps they all were just rushing to meet deadlines?

I've already ranted way too many times about the editing (so I won't do that here 😅) and 6 wasted episodes which could have been used for character and relationship development.

PPLs, understandably, are the lifeblood of Kdramas and I usuallly tolerate them tongue-in-cheek, but here it's crossed over to ridiculous not only because it's over the top, but also because there's nothing to distract you from it.

I previously gave the example of the Jaguar in Crash Landing on You. The scene called for a supercar and its use was character-driven (pun intended). It was an exciting scene straight out of The Italian Job playbook and viewers swooned over Ri Jeong Hyeok and the extent he would go through to reach Yoon Se-ri in time. The logo was shown prominently but as part of long shots (e.g. people were curious about it) and nothing much was said about it.

So far, in The King: Eternal Monarch, the worst PPL was the coffee with Lee Gon. I'm not a writer or director but even I can think of a dozen ways to integrate the PPL in a less cringey manner. The most "natural" PPL was Eun-seop sampling the snacks. His reaction is in-character and actually funny because he briefly forgets that he's mad at Lee Gon.

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You've brought up many interesting points. Btw, I love your avatar 😊

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Haha thank you! My country is in lockdown right now and I'm missing bubble tea the most :(

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@muggleping I thought at first it was holding an iced coffee! (I'm obsessed with coffee lol). I'm sorry to hear that :(

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@Lockdown Hermit I wonder though if it would be as confusing to Koreans as it is to me about who all the people are in this drama. You mentioned it is hard to keep track of all of them and I agree. But I wonder, if this was a "Western" drama and used "Westerners" as the actors, if it would be so difficult for me (a Westerner) to recognize each of the people. If there was a variety in hair color and style, and eyes and more difference in body builds, would it be so hard for me to keep track of all the doubles from one world to the next? I don't know. As I continue to watch though, much is cleared up with new information.

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Hmm that could be true to some extent. But I'm Asian so I don't think that applies so much to me. I do think the entire situation is due primarily to the mere few seconds of a face in one episode, then letting us see an entirely different hairstyle etc for yet another fleeting few seconds in another episode. Unless you know... it's the male lead in Find Me In Your Memory who has hyperthymesia and remembers everything in every moment of his life. But then I would have to traverse different drama worlds then (pun intended hurhur...)

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Soo many questions, can't wait for answers in the next episodes! We're already in episode 7 (or 8 by now) but I feel like we've only gained momentum for the actual story. I don't mind though, as long as we get somewhere.
I get why KGE wanted to act in this drama--JTE and Luna are so opposite and I trust her range to bring both to life, esp. Luna.
As you said, we've got a lot of foreshadowing in this hour--about killing doubles to maintain balance. "Na-ri says It’s a rule that one of the doppelgangers must die." It's disturbing. I don't want either Eunsob or Yeong to die.
Gon and JTE working together was a good strategy. It is in line with JTE's personality. Like how she became a cop.. 'Not everyone in the world can be brave, so I decided to be brave.' And this time also..if nobody digs into this mysterious killings and the important evidence she recognized, then nobody else will know. I'm liking her character even more (romance aside). And Luna! She's so intriguing. Did I mention already that I love KGE?

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"Na-ri says It’s a rule that one of the doppelgangers must die." It's disturbing.

It was disturbing. We've seen doppelgangers in dramas before, but not one telling us that one must die. Like Tae-Eul, I wondered "Seriously, how is that a rule?", and then Na-ri started going on about aliens. I would have taken it as a joke except that she was dead serious.

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This drama says the earth is flat. Maybe everything is a joke? Hmmm 🤔

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Riiiight. Like the writer speaking to us what she's planning to do. Ugghh please writer-nim. If not I'm going to call over Dan-oh and Haru to wake our characters up. Lol

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But this is what Rim is doing, you know. I do hope someone will do things otherwise (maybe Tae-eul?).

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This disturbed me as well. For facts, Uncle rim's counter is also dead. Lee Gon's counter is also dead. We still don't know about Kim shin Jae. But if it's true, than we will definitely lose many interesting characters!! For example Young or Eun Sup!!! I hope that's where it's not going

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Coupled with Eun Seob talking about wanting to be a KOC citizen in his next life...how's that for premonition? Yeong & Eun Seob are one of the few doppelgangers who've met...

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That thing that one of the doppelgangers must die if two of them ever meet is a folk belief, and it is spread in various places (don't know exactly where, but it exists). Also, it has already been used in a drama at least once - I saw it in Mask. But it is not specific that "one needs to kill the other", the death may come in any way. Also, in that drama they said that it is important which of the two is the first to spot the other one, because that one is the doomed one - the one who sees the other one first.

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The other belief that come to mind (not about doppelgangers) is the concept in sageuks that 'two suns cannot exist' in vying for the throne..or was it two moons? like in Moon Embracing the Sun. Lol I can't remember exactly. But it seems similar to what we are being presented in this story.

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I think it was 1 sun (King) and 2 moons (queens)?

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@kiara @audrey11 I just saw this expression used in BALLAD OF SEODONG the other day. At one point we are shown a flashback of how Baekje gained territory by absorbing a smaller confederacy (the subtitles said Mahan, which I've never hear of). The two kings met, and the Baekje king promised to accept the others as his own people. The Mahan king then declared "there cannot be two suns under the sky" and killed himself, after which the king of Bakje fulfilled his promise and called everyone his subjects.

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The Shaman saw 2 moons but there can only be one queen in Joseon at a time.
The king's first queen was the prime minister's daughter that he loathed.
The 2nd queen was his first love that they tried to kill.
In the end the shaman was right. 1 sun and 2 moons.

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Yes 2 kings can not rule one kingdom because there is only one seat on the throne.
Mahan was a small state and the king taking his life is seen as a sacrificed for his people etc.

This could work with 2 heroes can not co-exist.

Could sharing treasonous secrets count? Lady Noh and Prince Buyeong.

I want these two to be more than co-parents for Lee Gon because I would love it if the poem was Lady Noh's lol.

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@wishfultoki May 11, 2020 at 11:50 AM

Re: Mahan and Gaya confederacies

Gaya rings a bell from TKDSBH. Methinks SBH told King Suni-mun of Gaya that she grew up in Kimun.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahan_confederacy

https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/gaya_confederacy

This article has a map:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaya_confederacy

Enjoy. ;-)

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But I don't think she's wrong.

Balance is important and dopplegangers living in the same world will change it.

But each of them can live in their own world.

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That line about the rule was indeed creepy, and it also felt completely out-of-character for Nari, that the impact was severely diluted. Her character is so underdeveloped that it seems like the director/writer just tossed that to her so she has some "important dialogue."

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I read about a superstition on doppelgangers (the omen of death) before and I think it was Korean.
It's not a good sign if you see one in your dream because it could mean death will follow.
Maybe Nari is basing it on a superstition?
What is she? a shaman/fortune teller?

This is a good read on Korean superstitions that we maybe missing in this drama.
Numbers may not all be about math and science.
https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/rok/superstitions.htm

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@kiara,
Thanks for the link to the article on superstitions. Very informative, Sunbaenim!

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@pakalanapikake
You are most welcome :).

I find Shamanism the most interesting religion in K-dramas and how superstitions is being taken rather seriously.
We can't escape it so might as well learn a few things about it.
I'm curious if any of it will work with this drama.

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Tae-eul and Lee Gon - 3 years age difference (yay?)
2. The unlucky #4 and the K-Stadium in the North.
So in Korea the 4th floor is marked with letter F.
Tae-eul mentioned that the K- dome stadium has 4 floors. Sounds like the dome of doom.
What in the name of Rah is going to happen there?

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I find interesting the detail that Uncle Rim makes the doppelgangers kill each other instead of neatly offing one in a world and then bringing the other to take their place - which would be safer, because why else would he risk people seeing two identical persons in the same room?
My theory is that it is necessary that both doppelgangers are in the same world at the time of death, I just don't know why

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Na-Ri's statement might indeed be foreshadowing...or the narrator just made her exposition fairy. Either way I don't think it's a "rule". Tae-eul didn't seem to buy that rule (thankfully) so hopefully she will find another option. She is the answer to the square root after all LOL

As to why Uncle goes through the complex meeting+killing, it's like intense psychological blackmailing. He doesn't offer anything for free. These (ridiculous) people who murder for the chance of money and a "better life" owe him everything. They are completely in his power. He can just kill them and make it seem like suicide in the parallel world if they become useless.

It's creepy and interesting that his main minion is worried about meeting his doppelganger, naturally so. If we follow their logic, there can only be One Minion, so they know that Rim may dispose of one of them when he no longer has any use for them.

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Ooh I was only thinking that Rim's shady side kick was just jealous of his position. But that 'I won't be bringing your doppelganger anytime soon' takes on a different tone in the light of what actually happens when the doubles do meet 😬

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It is not enough that the doppelgangers are killed. The ACTUAL doppelganger should kill his/her counterpart. Why? That;s the intriguing part.

LR was very specific on this with the pregnant woman and in that scene with the chaebol father & son. LR's sidekick already stabbed the Korea chaebol son. But the Corea doppelganger had to finish him off.

Can you imagine the case with the pregnant woman? She will not only kill the rich pregnant socialite in Korea. She will also murder the unborn child. CHILLS.

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>>The ACTUAL doppelganger should kill his/her counterpart. Why? That;s the intriguing part.>>

Observation.... The only person that does not seem to be affected by the scar pain so far is the Uncle. He's the only one that killed his doppelgänger. They never showed the businessman's son that killed his own dipoleganger from Korea.

On a side note, it seems Court Lady Noh may have been an import from Korea? Perhaps Gon's dad had his own drama going on!

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Kim Go-eun has always been known for her talents and range since the beginning of her film career. From A Muse to Monster to Coin Locker Girl. She played all those characters differently.

I did question why she would want to do another KSE drama but Luna's intro got me really excited.

HERO will be her next film with PD Yoon. I'm happy that she is going back to her root.

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How cute are LMH and KGE together. Check out KGE’s Instagram where she’s doing a cute little jig sitting next to LMH while filming scene at the taekwondo studio. Also LMH posted pixs of KGE on his Instagram which he rarely does. I think they’d make a cute couple in real life too – here’s hoping it comes true 😊

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I would be glad if they have something going on .But if they are going out of the way just to attract more viewers then it would be really bad.

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I was enjoyed ep 4, 5 & 6 but not this one. It felt like a filler episode for me or because I didn't enjoy the forced romance. Yeong meeting ES was cute but too up too much time and I'm beginning to wonder why SJ is given so much screen time since he's just a supporting cast. Is he the 2nd lead or is WDH? I'm also very confused by Luna. Was she the rabbit that Lee Gon followed to the forest? So she's been working for Rim all this while?

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*enjoying*

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Think more screen time means SJ has a more important role in the drama than we realise. He’s not just the second lead in a love triangle but a key cog in the unfolding battle between nephew & uncle.

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Thanks @quirkycase for the recap!!

Ah!! I really liked this episode as we are getting certain things back on the track. And our main leads are getting more and more understanding about the parallel universe and what kind of disaster one can bring by misusing it! It's good that they know uncle rim is still alive so they can't keep their guards down.
I really liked the encounter of Eun super and Young. There is no way it could've been better and I'm so glued to both of them. And even if we know both are the same actors, god he played both so efficiently!!! And the cheeky way of Eun sup... Really made me LOL!!! That too in front of Young.
The whole doppelganger fact that Na ri said was really scary, as only one of the same character from both the world needs to survive to balance, is really not a good way!
And last that monkey which Taeul won for Gon. Lol. That's really hilarious!!!
God Luna is scary. Her make up and appears sent me chills really.
That's also good that Gon now also know that whenever the time stops, one of them is crossing the world, and uncle rim already knows it. So he can also better prepare for it.
Still waiting for more clarity for uncle rim's true intention as he is also trying to keep Luna and PM both on his side. Let's wait for more!

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This was the cellphone episode…with Back to The Future & white horse phone cases not to mention military bros wallpaper 😊

Also I really want that fried chicken [salivating] - that's the only PPL that's been working for me so far. Succulent, crispy chicken deep fried to perfection.

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This show, as South Korean media reported, is not being called The King: PPL Monarch for no reason, you know.

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You read and share the best cultural news :D

@imperialtitus

>I had a good laugh reading this one liner!<

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That is a really fitting nick-name.

I am really bad at generally noticing PPL (except Subway, 'cause you unfortunately can't miss Subway), but here it's really in your face.

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It's the BB.Q chicken (available in H-Mart in Toronto, actually pretty tasty) as well the Alley (I do like their No.9 milk tea with pudding, but I wonder if Korean really love those Taiwanese bubble tea; turn out there are quite a few location in the nation ...)

No intend to do PPLs here, but even I love those products (at least what I know of), I still find those PPLs pretty blatant, offensive and out of space.

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By the way, @lillamy, I once wonder if South Korea has no McDonald's ...

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According to google, they sure do. But I have never seen them appear in a drama. I can sometimes enjoy a good PPL when it's nicely incorporated in the story. My favorite is in Mad Dog, the massage chair. And the maxim gold in Shopping King Louis. Sigh... if I ever travel to South Korea, I'm gonna try me some maxim gold.

But the PPL in the King has no flair, no humor, no humbleness. It's just plain commercial.

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@imperialtitus Emperor Titus,
I wonder if we can look forward to seeing His Majesty the Mathematician and Physicist taking a Dyson vacuum cleaner for a spin in ROK "for science." LOL!

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Better describe how those suction works, and how sucks those ads are, @pakalanapikake!

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The first half of EM ep 7 was a flashback, which was frankly unnecessary 😏. But the 2nd half was good. Gon and Taeul are working together, they now have a similar goal to capture whoever is disrupting the balance of the 2 worlds. Finally I’m convinced Gon is smart, he used the time stop well and managed to convince JY that he was telling the truth. Luna appeared and she reminds me of KGE in Coin Locker Girl.

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Very impressed with the detailed recaps, they fill in things I missed.
The navy scene was dumb but kind of fun, and it must have gladdened every Korean heart to see the Japanese back down( haha)
Thanks again!

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After watching this episode, I have decided that 2 Woo Doo-hwans are better than 1.

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They said, the production company should give Woo double salaries. I believe that will do the justice.

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He deserves the $$$. WDH is the main reason why I am still sticking with this show.

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I'm glad others are seeing the Hwannie light. 🤩

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The Hwannie light is so blinding, I can't help but look at him in every drama he was in. I am really happy that his characters are utilized this week.

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I'm doing the exact same thing!!! 😂😂😂

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I told you.

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You did and you are 1000000% right

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What will we do? WDH should be entering the army soon. How will we survive without him for 2 whole years?! I’ve only just discovered him and he’s gonna be gone soon!

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I was having such a wonderful morning and then I woke up to this post. Are you purposefully trying to hurt me? My heart can only handle so much pain at once 😭😭😭😭

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