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The King: Eternal Monarch: Episode 13

Between her investigations and dealing with the fallout from her alternate borrowing her identity while she’s been away, our heroine is kept pretty busy this week. Meanwhile, our hero continues piecing the puzzle together and makes a startling revelation that may help determine his next moves.

 
EPISODE 13

Ok-nam shares her story of living through the start of the Korean War during which she’d lost her family. A man approached her and offered to take her to a world without war. That man was King Haejong, Gon’s grandfather.

Tae-eul explains that the country is now divided into North Korea and South Korea. Although it’s saddening, Ok-nam is glad to finally learn what happened. It was all a part of her destiny, like how Tae-eul’s destiny brought her to Corea.

In the study, Seo-ryung digests the confirmation of Gon and Tae-eul’s relationship. Is he planning to hide his future queen’s criminal record? Upset she can’t have the place beside him, Seo-ryung ominously asks, “Will I be able to see you better from the opposing side?”

Gon stands and warns her to stop before she goes too far, but Seo-ryung is past caring. She started from the bottom (now she’s here), whereas Gon was born with a golden spoon and has the luxury of acting according to love. “What will my heart beat for now, Your Majesty? I don’t think it’ll be for honesty and loyalty.”

Lightening and thunder strikes, causing them both to wince in pain. Gon sees the burning mark running up her neck, but he doesn’t confront her when she makes a quick exit. He does order a check on Kim Ki-hwan’s autopsy results.

Tae-eul ruminates on Ok-nam’s assertion that Tae-eul has been “guiding” Gon to his fate and her request that Tae-eul take care of him. In the hallway, she and Seo-ryung come face to face. They each feign politeness, and Tae-eul calls her Gu Eun-ah, referencing their meeting in the republic. Seo-ryung laughs and corrects her that they met outside KU Building.

Seo-ryung brings up Gon’s proposal, but Tae-eul blows past it. What did she do after buying shoes that day, Tae-eul wants to know? Seo-ryung’s polite mask drops, and she tells Tae-eul to move. Tae-eul accuses her of feeling guilty, making Seo-ryung taunt her that of course she didn’t just buy shoes that day … when they met at KU Building, of course.

Thunder booms and Tae-eul sees the mark on her neck as Seo-ryung walks away. Tae-eul immediately runs in to tell Gon. When she informs him that she saw Seo-ryung in the republic recently, Gon realizes Seo-ryung is on Rim’s team now. Tae-eul worries Seo-ryung will act rashly if she feels cornered, but Gon wants to push her to make a move.

At the NFS, Gon sees photos of the scarring on Kim Ki-hwan’s body, which is clearly from a burn mark like his. This is the third body the NFS officer has seen with those markings. Oddly, the deceased all committed parricide. Gon reasons to himself that they must’ve killed family members who caught them as impersonators.

At the hospital, a man sneaks into Eun-seob’s room and begins injecting something into his IV bag. But Eun-seob is ready for him and already disconnected the IV line. He pulls out his gun and trains it on the man, calmly telling him to let go of his knife. Look at you, being all badass!

We flash back to when he did his “security check” and actually found bugging devices. Ha! He had planted false info and waited. Now, the intruder tries to bolt, but Gon and his guards are positioned outside the door to take him into custody.

Eun-seob is mighty proud of himself and wonders how Corea will function without him (as he daintily tosses the gun with distaste). When Eun-seob asks when he and Tae-eul are leaving, Gon sadly responds probably the following morning. Thunder cracks and Eun-seob grabs Gon’s waist in fear but experiences no burning mark or pain. Gon postulates only those who’ve killed their counterparts are afflicted.

Seo-ryung is distracted thinking of the mark and tells her assistant to schedule her a doctor’s appointment. He concernedly asks what she did on her break, but Seo-ryung has a rare moment of kindness and won’t tell him since he’d be in danger. In a flashback, Seo-ryung meets Rim at Eosu Bookshop and confronts him about the newspapers.

She’s startled that he’s indeed the supposedly dead Rim, but she’s not cowed by him. Rim explains the situation to her and laughs delightedly when Seo-ryung asks if he’s planning to replace her with Eun-ah if she doesn’t go along with his plans. He’s never had someone guess correctly right off the bat. Seo-ryung challenges him to prove his abilities by taking her to the republic.

Tae-eul, meanwhile, goes for an outing with Jangmi’s alternate who’s an ace trainee of the Royal Guard. Aw, he also goes by Jangmi! They head to check out an area she thinks she was in when she was kidnapped.

Gon frets over Tae-eul when Secretary Mo informs him of her trip, but he focuses on more pressing matters. Like his marriage. Gon tells Secretary Mo to postpone the announcement, shocking her when he says Tae-eul hasn’t agreed yet. Gon changes the topic to Seo-ryung and orders that her ex be given an ultimatum: his ex-wife or his company.

Ok-nam enters and brings Gon up to speed on the palace spy Park Sook-jin and how she poisoned herself. (Okay, there had to be another way to test for poison rather than feeding it to those poor chickens.) Ok-nam gives Gon the partially burned picture of Shin-jae, and Gon realizes Shin-jae’s parents were Rim’s target.

Gon goes to visit the now-conscious spy who requested to speak with him. Rim gave her a photo of Shin-jae with Gon, Sook-jin explains, along with the poison. She decided to poison herself rather than Gon. Dead, she’d pay for her sins; alive, she’d confess to Gon. She kneels and pleads for him to protect Shin-jae.

Elsewhere, pregnant swapper repeatedly recites information about her family members while lying in a private hospital room. We cut to her alternate in the republic, terrified and alone in an unfamiliar, cramped apartment.

In the republic, Luna struggles to fit into Tae-eul’s life and figure out how to interact with her dad. She asks him if she’s a good daughter, and he jokingly replies she is … on payday. He rushes out the door, leaving a hot, home-cooked meal for “Tae-eul.” Luna wanders around the house listlessly.

Jung-hye stakes out Shin-jae’s old house where she used to be a housekeeper when Ji-hoon was little. She sees Shin-jae’s mom walking down the street and goes up to say hi. It takes Hwa-yeon a minute to recognize her, but once she does, she greets her enthusiastically.

Hwa-yeon explains sheepishly that she’s now a housekeeper in this neighborhood. Jung-hye grabs her hand and invites her for a meal. Yeong watches from around the corner as Jung-hye pulls a surprised Hwa-yeon toward her car.

They obviously haven’t seen each other in a long time since Jung-hye didn’t know about the business failing or Shin-jae’s recovery. Hwa-yeon proudly exclaims Shin-jae is a cop and shows her a picture. Jung-hye recognizes him from that day by Ji-hoon’s grave.

Jung-hye avoids answering when Hwa-yeon asks after Ji-hoon. Before leaving, Jung-hye pulls out a wad of cash and gives it to an astonished Hwa-yeon in gratitude for how well she always treated her. She leaves in a hurry with Hwa-yeon yelling after her and doesn’t stop until she gets in the elevator. Yeong gets in behind her.

In the kingdom, Gon waits anxiously for Tae-eul’s return. She and Jangmi come sprinting in after Ho-pil berates Jangmi over the phone for being so slow. Tae-eul tells Gon that she and Jangmi are close to discovering “Rim’s bamboo forest.” Maybe his guards can stake it out.

Gon explains that time is pausing for an hour now, and Tae-eul understands that means Rim could easily pick off any guards that were posted by his gate. Tae-eul hugs Gon, musing that he must be alone whenever time pauses like that. Gon responds that she’s sometimes beside him during those times.

He speculates that the time pause stems from the flute being broken. Fixing it may restore order and keep things from breaking down. Gon surprises her by suggesting he stop Rim from ever taking the flute, which would keep it whole.

Gon thinks it’s possible to travel through time due to the unique properties of the between place. It’d explain her ID from another time falling into his hands. Tae-eul guesses that he’s worried the door will permanently close once the flute is whole and encourages him not to worry in advance.

Later, they go to the between place where Tae-eul scatters more seeds (and Eun-seob plays with floating coins) before they all head back to the republic.

Tae-eul’s dad catches three unrepentant teens smoking. They’re somewhat chastened when he kicks the cigarette right out of one of their mouths, though. He deduces that they’ll either become gangsters or cops and gives them a flier for his studio.

Tae-eul backs up his claim that the studio has trained a lot of cops and gives her dad a running hug. He must’ve noticed she wasn’t home this time … except that she was, her dad claims. Tae-eul goes home and looks around her room with trepidation.

Meanwhile, Yeong and Shin-jae share a meal and drinks. Shin-jae admits that he thinks his name used to be Kang Hyun-min, but he asks Yeong to investigate it. Yeong offers to look into his family too, and Shin-jae agrees.

Out of the blue, Yeong asks why Shin-jae hasn’t confessed his feelings to Tae-eul yet. Shin-jae grumbles that this is why he gets shot. But Yeong presses that Tae-eul and Gon can’t be together – they’re from different worlds. Shin-jae claims people can be farther apart than that in the same world, although he confesses that he does like her.

Outside, Shin-jae runs into Luna crouched beside a stray cat. He asks what she’s been up to on her days off. When he notices her wan complexion, he worriedly asks if she’s sick. Luna stares at him silently and abruptly kisses him. After a few seconds, Shin-jae pushes her away, shaken. That was weird.

While she takes a phone call from her dad, Shin-jae walks away. Still reeling, he runs into Tae-eul who’s traced her phone to this area. Shin-jae realizes he just met her alternate and tries to pull himself together.

He tells Tae-eul that Luna applied for leave with her ID, so she should go to the station first and walks off. Tae-eul calls Luna who warns her that she’ll kill her when they meet. She isn’t planning on messing with Tae-eul’s people; she’s only after her.

Gon catches up with Yeong and shares that he’s handling the Seo-ryung issue. We see that KU sent that advisor guy who’s been working with Seo-ryung as their representative. He and Gon are familiar with each other, and he encourages Gon to make use of him for any dirty work since that’s his forte.

He passes along a USB from Seo-ryung’s ex, which contains treasonous evidence that they obtained from Seo-ryung’s private residence. He advises Gon to up his security since Seo-ryung recorded some of her conversations with him at the palace.

News stations report on the leaked recorded conversation between Seo-ryung and her ex where she asked him to dig into the traitors. Her mother faints when she hears it. Seo-ryung panics as she watches the news with the banner “Chairman Choi of KU saves his company by exposing his ex-wife.”

The deputy prime minister and his underlings barge in, and he informs her he’s been appointed acting prime minister. They’re silent when she asks who gave the order, but she complies. The advisor stands by impassively, and Seo-ryung laughs when he shows just where his loyalty lies. She demands to know who went through her private residence, but he just tells her to clean up her own mess. Only her assistant loyally follows her out.

In the republic, Gon asks Yeong if the twins discovered he wasn’t Eun-seob. Yeong smiles as he bluffs that of course they didn’t. At the café, Eun-bi informs Na-ri that Yeong is not her brother. Heh. Na-ri agrees, stating how strange he’s been lately. Suddenly, Eun-bi’s face brightens as she yells out, “Oppa!” and runs into Eun-seob’s arms.

Na-ri chides her after just saying he wasn’t Eun-seob. “This one is.” Ha. Na-ri is even more baffled when she finds that he does give off Eun-seob vibes again. He jokes that she must’ve really missed him and gives her a big hug, to Na-ri’s confusion. Eun-bi covers her little brother’s eyes. “There are kids watching!”

Tae-eul reports her phone as stolen but finds out Luna discontinued her cell service under her name. Luna, meanwhile, is writhing in pain in the back of a van.

The following morning, Gon presents Eun-seob with a super expensive sports car as a thank you. At home, Tae-eul heads out for work and is shocked to find Gon in her kitchen joining her father for a meal. Her father notes her particular glow of late and wonders if she got a boyfriend. She stuns both men by casually introducing Gon as her boyfriend.

Gon quickly rallies and formally introduces himself. They sit for a meal, and Gon carelessly mentions that the kimchi tastes like what he’s served in the palace. Tae-eul’s dad asks who Gon really is, but Tae-eul covers by quipping that he’s obviously an impressive person.

Outside, Tae-eul is unhappy to hear that Gon plans to return to Corea immediately, making Gon waver and decide to stay for the day. Tae-eul gives him a plain pair of clothes she bought for him so he doesn’t stand out as much. He pulls out the jacket … and it looks like the one his “savior” was wearing 25 years ago.

Tae-eul and Shin-jae go to Eun-ah’s place, but it doesn’t look like anyone’s been home in days. Jangmi calls and informs Tae-eul that Eun-ah has been reported as missing. Shin-jae simultaneously receives the results of the fingerprint analysis of the burner phone.

They discover that Rim’s lackey has a record; he robbed Yangsun Care Center 19 years ago. Tae-eul thinks the center is the link, and they might find Eun-ah (or her body) there. That same stern employee guards the center, but she has a strange reaction to Shin-jae, like she recognizes him. Shin-jae swipes her master key card, and they go through the rooms to her horror.

At the hotel, Yeong asks Gon to drink with him – seemingly bracing for a serious talk – and goes out to buy soju. While he waits, Gon thinks of Sook-jin and tries calling Shin-jae, but he doesn’t get through. He puts on the all-black outfit Tae-eul bought him, looking the spitting image of his savior.

Tae-eul surprises him by showing up at his hotel room … except she and Shin-jae are still searching the care center. Uh-oh. Something catches Shin-jae’s eye in one of the rooms while Tae-eul searches the basement morgue where she finds Eun-ah’s body. In the kingdom, Rim stares at a massive poster of Gon, looking uncertain.

Back in Gon’s hotel room, Luna starts talking about how she looked up how to grow those lilies she’s been hoping will sprout. She tells him the meaning of the flower: hopeless love. Gon is staring at her intensely and hasn’t said a word.

Now, he muses that he never thought he’d be fooled. She looks anxious in a way that doesn’t match Tae-eul – she must be Luna. He swipes Tae-eul’s stolen ID from Luna’s coat pocket and catches sight of himself in the mirror. Everything clicks, and he hears gunshots in his head.

At the same moment across universes, he and Rim both realize who the mysterious savior was all those years ago. A tear falls as Gon puts the pieces together, and he suddenly stumbles. We focus on the beer can as he clutches his heart and his vision goes blurry. Gon struggles to breathe and passes out as we flash back to him gazing down at his child self that fateful night.

 
COMMENTS

Gon knew that Luna was in the republic, so you’d think he’d be a little more cautious. They need to come up with code words or something for identity checks. Thankfully, while Luna may have many skills, acting doesn’t appear to be one of them. Only when she met with Gon did she seem somewhat like Tae-eul. The rest of the time, anyone could’ve seen that “Tae-eul” was behaving like a completely different person. So how in the world did Tae-eul’s father miss it? Luna looked like she was going to drop at any second and acted nothing like Tae-eul, yet he didn’t even notice anything was wrong. You’d think he’d pick up on something. And why’d Luna have to mess with Shin-jae?! That was not cool. The kiss was so abrupt and just strange. What a way to greet someone you just met.

Once again, the final reveal fell a bit flat since it was merely confirming what many suspected from the start. Gon being his own savior was the obvious choice, although I had hoped we’d get a twist, and it’d be someone unexpected. Now that Gon knows he time traveled to save himself, it’s a matter of figuring out how to use the gate to find a particular point in time. But since it already happened, I guess he knows he’ll succeed (and won’t die from whatever Luna poisoned him with).

The only other important, new information we got his hour is that Eun-ah is indeed dead, Seo-ryung is definitively Team Rim, and the markings do seem to only appear on travelers with dead alternates. Otherwise, not that much happened in the grand scheme of things. That’s a bit concerning seeing as we only have three episodes left. I feel like the final episodes will have to progress at lightspeed to resolve everything.

Although I do wish we’d spent more time on the larger plot this episode, it was nice to get some more Yeong and Eun-seob moments. Stepping into each other’s shoes is doing them both some good. Eun-seob got to be badass and outsmart a bad guy, and Yeong has started paying more attention to people around him not named Gon. Despite not getting along at first, he’s obviously worried about Shin-jae and trying to look out for him. And he’s clearly fond of Eun-seob. I’m sad we didn’t get to see Yeong interact with the twins more, but Eun-seob’s reunion with his beloved siblings was sweet. I’m still really curious why the twins live with Eun-seob and not their parents, but it’s looking less likely that we’ll get an answer. That’s the issue with introducing an unwieldy number of characters: there’s no way to flesh out everyone and delve into all the backstories or personal matters that are teased. I guess I’ll just have to accept that this drama is not about Eun-seob and Yeong and take what I can get.

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It is such a let down.

Court Lady Noh was being brought by Haejong from the war ravaged Korea to the peaceful Corea simply because she want to escape the war? Shouldn't you be thinking more about the plot and have her coming due to a more interesting reason, like the mother of Lee Rim?

Turn out her function in this drama is just coming to Corea and that's all. Very disappointing.

So as the ending. Honestly, either Gon is intentionally being poisoned, or he is being stupid so he falls into the trap. He even knows the girl before her is not Tae-eul. The liquid-poisoning plot is used the second time already (last time, Tae-eul is being poisoned and dragged to the Empire), and in this whole episode Tae-eul said Luna will find her, shouldn't they be more aware of Luna?

If Episode 12 is Kim Eun-seok getting back her pen of inspiration; in this episode, she loses it again. How disappointing. I almost can't recognize that she is also the screenwriter of Mr. Sunshine. In The King, everything is so predictable and boring. Only one episode being good can't save her reputation, really ...

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"He even knows the girl before him is not Tae-eul." Just a typing error.

By the way, it doesn't make sense if the gunman saving Little Gon is Adult Gon from 25 years later. We know his shooting ability is very bad (by getting that doll for Tae-eul, which story is revealed in Ep.5).

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Literally the first thing that came across my mind...I was like but we know Gon isnt too good with guns and because of that I was thinking it was Shin Jae but oops

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Me too i thought it was SinJae because he had Tae eul ID once

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Multiple poisonings followed Lee Min-ho over from Faith :)

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Apparently. And the lion plushie followed him from Personal Taste ;)

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And don't forget that City Hunter's black cap and mask

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And a furry rug, recycled into a coat with a sash from BoF.

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Yes, but since Court Lady Noh was brought by Haejong, Gon's grandpa, doesn't that mean he was king? I would think that being chosen to come to the alternate world by it's king would be pretty special. Although, I am just assuming he was king.

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This IS a let down of epic proportions . If LEE Gon was his own savior what was the purpose of meeting Tae eul in the first place. ?(or did they answer that in this episode.. I don’t know cause it was all over the place like episode 11)
Lee min Ho and Kim go-Eun are great actors by themselves no doubt but I wish they had a screen test done than a table reading just to see if they had chemistry . Now I really don’t care what happens to them as characters as long as twins woo do hwans are alive

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"what was the purpose of meeting Tae eul in the first place?"

I guess, @kdramamom, initially Tae-eul is being written in as Gon's love interest (About how the love line progress, I guess you know how sudden and bad it is), as well a motivation he search for answer to the coup, which in turn pushing him to go to the other world. That gunman is Gon himself is in fact a fact for us audience, like Rim is the mastermind of the whole scheme. But since we audience is way to clever and know that in advance (due to poor writing of the screenwriter you-know-who), we need to have Gon doing catch up (Ep.9 for Rim, and here for the gunman).

I agree with your screen test suggestion, by the way, although I don't think Lee Min-ho is a great actor (Kim Go-eun is, I have to stress). His one-face-fits-all acting is instantly shown comparing with the stoic face of Woo Do-hwan's excellent interpretation of Yeong (for Woo, you can see he is using his own eyes to play out his character, for example, the end of Ep.4, when he first sees Tae-eul). I guess Lee Min-ho is chosen because he fits in the aura of a king/a privilege/a chaebol/you know what I mean.

Having no chemistry also due to the bad writing of that same screenwriter: It is appropriate for Tae-eul to feel annoy to Gon initially (He hug her suddenly in a square, which deem sexual harassment, I guess), then suddenly understand Gon's outlandish "Two World Theory" and falls in love with him? Not even the best actress can play that out, let alone claiming all things as fate!

(Oh, FATE, so you have to fall in love with me because it is fate? It's sweet when a couple falls in love so deeply; for a storytelling, it is just a lazy short-cut for "don't border to lay out more development"!)

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I really think KGE and LMH have really good chemistry though! Watching them during all the press and BTS clips is enough proof of that. I have to blame KES for this.

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You are right, @beesgiggle. They do have chemistry, but it is awkward because their relationship built up so fast like flipping a switch, and KES claiming that as "fate", which is just a lazy shortcut.

If you omit the first 8 episodes, their chemistry is really, really good.

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Agreed. The relationship in this drama has no foundation at all. It's really lazy writing nd tht's sad.

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@imperialtitus so that's the case here too? That's what put me off in Goblin, that the relationship was built so fast. Wait, its the same writer.

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That’s sad for the drama then right . That they have chemistry in real life but not reel . Like @imperialtitus said maybe if we could forget the first 8 episodes . ...sigh

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Goblin ... Well, @coby11, the loveline between Kim-shin and Eun-tak is just unmemorable. What I remember is Eun-tak tells Shin "I love you" in the end of Ep.1 (That fast? And I remember partly because of the stunning Québec City--I am a Canadian, mind you) as well Kim Shin can live on even after the sword is pull (because Kim Eun-seok broke the one important rule she established for the story without further explanation, so it doesn't make sense).

Kim Eun-seok has never been a great storyteller, except if she has lots of time to develop it (like 10 years for Mr. Sunshine, it's so spectacular to have a love story even have no kiss--I always says The King is a "Kiss Porn": people want to see Gon and Tae-eul kiss, so they kiss). Otherwise she just ram everything (even they are AAA graded ingredient) into a blender and blend them into some form of non-sense.

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Dude, this is why you need your MSD before watching.
I'm late to the party but you seems to not be in the mood 😔.

If my family were all killed and I was given a chance to survive I'd probably take King Haejong's offer too.
Maybe he was a really hawt guy in uniform. Who would say no to that? I know @wishfultoki wouldn't 😀. Notice how all the smart,healthy, good looking men and sometimes full of themselves are from the Kingdom?
Anyway, I hope there is more to King Haejong's rescue mission. We are still not told who Rim's mother was.

I reserve any judgement on Luna until the next 2 episodes. Thanks to her poisoning skills we got an exciting episode 12.
Things that are set in motion will actually happen no what it looks like now.
Luna is here to get things moving.

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I really need to watch what I say because beanies have good memories. But my weakness for uniforms hasn't changed. 😂 I'd go with Haejong without a second thought, even more so under those circumstances.

While I didn't get my palace fanfic, Lady Noh's info destroyed my theory that breaking the flute is what opened the portals, because it happened decades before 1994. So, you were right @kiara. The Manpasikjeok had the ability to travel to the parallel world even before it was cut in two. Here, let me pour you a drink. Cheers!

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Girls @wishfultoki @kiara already thought that Lady Noh can be Lee Rim's concubine mother?
Also, Luna poisoning LG may have changed history and prevented LG from saving itself in the past. Ergo, Unbreakable Sword will end up replacing the masked and saving the little LG thus creating another alternate reality?
Welcome to the universe of infinite lands. Thanks Writer-nim !!

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Be warned that theory was mentioned in jest. But actually, why hasn't anyone started betting on this drama yet?
I will bet a pic of Evil Uncle on my fanwall if he turns out to be Lady Noh's son (he's handsome so it's a win-win bet for me). 😂

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On second thought, I think it highly unlikely that Lady Noh would have remained a court lady if she were Rim's mother. Her status would have been upgraded to royal consort. So yeah, I think I've debunked my own theory LOL

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@wishfultoki, @begv01

Right Toki, a concubine wouldn't work as a palace maid after bearing the king's child. She would have been elevated to a Rank 1 concubine with the title "Bin." (Like the famous Jang Hee-bin and Choi Suk-bin aka Dong Yi.). The queen would be the only one higher in ranks.
Since Emperor Haejong was the first to break away from the original royal house of Lee, palace rules should not have changed drastically until Lee Gon's era.

Currently we have palace maids who are married with children like Shin-jae's mom.

That's why I'm suggesting a scandal that is being kept a secret for our fanfic lol.

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You bet I'd remember if it benefits me too haha.

What? We still need palace fanfic. Something scandalous, like a secret love affair with Prince Buyeong.

Cheers!
I was just guessing. Thanks to @fan for asking.

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@wishfultoki @kiara
As Lady Noh has no waymarks through the portal ... What if the king brought her from the Republic of Korea because she was identical to the mother of Lee Rim (his great love) who had died in childbirth. The concubine's death was "a great favor" to the queen and left Lee Rim being raised as a prince but under the category of bastard. LR always complains about royal blood ...

Lady Noh must have caught the King's attention because of her resemblance brought her to the kingdom and there the king was content to see her alive. While she fell in love with the King's brother, Prince Byong. Like all forbidden loves. As in Scarlet Ryo

What a good fanfic !!

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I had this theory before that SJ is Prince Buyeong's son. How's that scandal for a fanfic?

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@begv01, @mychoiyoung
Good one!

Oh what if SJ is really Buyeon's son? Then he will be spared from the treason curse.

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@wishfultoki, just have your fanfic written out, no matter what, your story will be way better than Kim Eun-seok's, as long as it make sense: that's for certain!! We are looking forward to it!!

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And don't even mention you, @wishfultoki has the greatest royal consultant, @kiara to help you, you shouldn't have fear!!

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Yeah, @kiara, you're right, I really need a lot more alcohol before watching this drama, maybe I should borrow some from Wol-joo (of Mystic Pop-up Bar).

I am disappointed enough for Lady Noh's only function is for Tae-eul to tell her "Now there are 2 Koreas on the other side), and I hope Kim Eun-seok develop some more.

Have to say Luna make me more scared for the safety of Gon team then I thought. I hope she won't be stupid (like kissing Shin-jae, for example). She is my last hope for the drama ...

And I guess the Empire of Corea is Kim's Utopian Korea in her vision. Probably if Korea this side not separated like right now (and not being colonized by Japan beforehand), Korea should be like that. Worth some kind of political discussion (I guess no one is interested in this though ...)?

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The utopian alternative Korea is the most interesting part of the drama for me. However, I'm kind of sad that this utopia isn't all that great, since chaebols are still corrupt, the slums are still full, and criminals still get away with things. :(

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... And your parent's social class still affect you somehow. Sad.

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Pretty much a reality like today but I like the changes nevertheless. Anything other than Joseon's strict Confucian ideals.

@imperialtitus
Bring on the politics if that makes more sense to you. I've been quietly enjoying it.

Seo-ryung likes to put men in their place until she picked the wrong guy to mess with.

Episode 4.
Seo-ryung: I'm just curious, you were born as the son of the king, but 4 generations of your family can't be in politics nor hold important posts. You can only be a scholar.
Your children and grandchildren must live abroad. Are you ok with such a life?
People are jealous of the royal family.
Don't you think it's unfair?
Prince Buyeong: Not once have I thought that way.
Seo-ryung: Is that so?
Prince Buyeong: You were born to an ordinary family. People love you for your friendly and honest image.
I supposed class disparity can never disappear nor it will ever disappear in the future.
Seo-ryung: That's a dangerous statement.
Prince Buyeong: I guess our conversation isn't so light.

There is a lot of truth to what he is saying don't you think? It's still the same in both worlds no matter what type of government is running the country.

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Class warfare, @kiara, will never go away, and sadly, you are right.

Kim Eun-seok wrote about that so great in Mr. Sunshine: "Does your new country have baekjeongs and slaves get a chance to live?" Eugene asked Ae-shin in Ep.9 ...

That was a powerful question, how weak it is now.

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@imperialtitus
I just happened to read by chance your comments about TKEM in the recap of episode 4. It's pretty scary, you make such reflections that I feel like I wrote your comments myself! That's why I just signed up here.
I often analyze the positive/negative points of this drama. Positive points related to correlations. Negative points related to narration.
I've been working for two years on a project that might interest you, and for which I have limited feedback. As there is no message box on this blog, I leave you the address of my blog:
http://w4worlds.eklablog.com/
I am also registered on this site:
https://mydramalist.com/profile/7647047

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I wrote a mistake, it's recap of episode 3, not 4.

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As Lee Sang-do confessed before he was dragged to the dungeons, "they lied about this place." The Utopia only changed its historical trajectory. War, poverty, corruption, disease, discrimination, jealousy, hypocrisy, greed... everything else remained the same. The duality of human nature (good and evil) cannot be changed even by a powerful and mysterious relic.

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Lady Noh's confession ,to me, just sets the context on why the portal can still be opened after the flute is in 1 piece again.We were led to believe by Lee Gon's assumtion that the flute being halved ,caused the portal to open.Gon doesn't know yet about Ok Nam crossing over long time ago.So he just assumes the portal will close forever.Ok Nam's talk about fate sends me thinking people can move between worlds,without spoiling the balance,if it is their fate to do so.

Though we might hate the concept ,fate is brought up all the time in the drama for a reason.What I understood this far:

* One can not escape his/hers fate.All the things in that person's life will eventually lead to it.

*No matter how many times Lee Gon time travels and what changes he makes in the past,the outcome will always be the same.He will end up crossing over,one way or the other,and meet Tae Eul.Different times,different circumstances,the same outcome ,always.

*If you mess up with fate ,the balance is lost and there are consequences : the burning scars and time freezing ,in order to stop the chaos.

*I think the flute is some sort of 'guide' if the rightful owner uses it.It leads that person to meet his destiny.That's why little Lee Gon heard it playing loudly on the night his father was killed.The flute 'called for him '

I don't really think that Lady Noh has some deep ,dark secret.She lost her family and Gon lost his.Her destiny was to be a substitute mother to the orphan king.This is just my theory though and maybe there are still things to be revealed about her

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To me, the significance of OkNam's revelation is to serve as proof that eventually, TE can come to KOC without repercussions. LG just needs to learn her story to change his view that he needs to close the portal.

Having said that, can you remind me where or when did LG assume "that the flute being halved caused the portal to open?

Cos I have always thought that half or whole, the flute has always been imbued with the power to open the portal into another world. Remember back in episode 1 when LR narrated its myth and its power? It is just that the flute was never meant to be broken in two.

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@mychoiyoung4lmh
I wonder if you have figured out how the flute appears every 20 years to prevent invasions from happening in Corea.

It doesn't seems to match the time between the Japanese invasions (1592-1598) and the Korean War (1950-1953).
If the war is to be prevented then it would have been active before May 23 1592 and June 25 1949.
What am I missing here?

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Oops June 25 1950.

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No. Am still baffled by that. Working backwards from 1994 on the Night of Treason, the 20-year cycle would have been --
1994 - King LH w/ Flute; Regicide happened
1974 - Previous flute’s 20 Year cycle
1954 - Previous flute’s 20 Year cycle
and so on...

67 years from 2020 would bring us to 1953 - the year of the armistice between NL & SK. Which is closer to the story of OkNam per Epi 12 when she said it has been 67 years since she heard from her hometown.

But from Epi 13, we learn differently, as according to her she crossed during the war which was in 1950.

I hope this is not a translation issue.
So I have not reconciled this one.

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@mychoiyoung4lmh

*sigh*

I doubt it's a translation issue.
I don't see the point to this appearance every 20 years if they can't get it right from the beginning.

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After reading your comment ,I realised that probably I got it wrong about LG linking the flute being halved with opening of the portal.I thought he assumed that,for some reason.Probably have to go back rewatching parts of the drama.Thank you for this .I see it in a new light now . 😊😊😊

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Aaah,now I remember ! In ep 13 LG told TE that he could time travel to the past and stop Lee Lim from getting the flute.And TE says something like " You worry that once thst happens,that door will close forever.Isn't it ? " .And she follows telling him not to worry beforehand.

That's why I thought he is linking the portal being opened with the flute being halved. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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I was hoping Team Gon would have come up with a code when they knew Luna was in Korea to avoid getting confused. I guess I expected more. Looks like that center has all the counter part that got lost or dead or in a coma probably like Shin-jae's Corea version.

It was nice to see Eun-seob and Yeong more this episode! How adorable was Eun-seob with his luggage and backpack crossing both worlds!!

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I want to know what was in the luggage and backpack. Did he bring roll cakes for the twins?

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I'm sure he did! And that iron mask

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Life hasn't been kind to Luna. She lives on borrowed time with nothing to lose. I'm not sure if any code would stop her.
I think not knowing what she is capable of have caused people to underestimate her even Rim got robbed with a security camera rolling.

I think it's interesting to have a character like Luna who takes no sides for the time being. That makes her unpredictable.

I love Eun-seobah's tech savvyness. Woo Do-whan never failed to light up the screen.

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That’s true. That’s why I wished for Team Gon to be smarter. Luna’s unpredictability is the one that keeps me interested and Yo-yo kid.

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1) Was everyone surprised by Lee Gon being his own survivor? I, for one, was. Because I had failed to recognize the lines of Lee Min Ho's body, his stance, his face structure, the way he moved? Naaah. I had connected that to Lee Min Ho right off the bat. Then what, you ask, was I surprised by? Despite all this, I wanted- no, needed, for the sake of my own sanity, for the savior to not be Lee Gon. I steadfastly told myself, "It's not Lee Min Ho." Because it being Lee Gon meant that the incredibly sexy veiny, muscular hands I had seen back in Ep 1 was Lee Min Ho's and KDFHUGIKGHUIWLEHUERTEIUH NOW I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT HIS HANDS LOOKED LIKE THAT WHEN HE WAS WAS JUST LIGHTLY HOLDING SOMETHING AND NOT EVEN USING STRENGTH. *faints*

2) Luna and Gon finally meet, the King and the Convict....and that's how they show it?! No explosions? No slow-motion? No anguished eyes?! What is this offensive apathy?! I did not wait 13 freaking eps for such a lukewarm first meet (though she does poison him on their first meet so I guess we are still on the right track). However, I don't know whether it was just me, but when Lee Gon silently stared at her when he caught on to the fact that she wasn't Jung Tae-eul, there was a zing. I felt it and it just reaffirmed my belief that they were meant to be.

3) Luna, all alone, crying and writhing in excruciating pain was 😭 *kicks Gon* WHAT ARE YOU DOING! Still believe there's more to her than what meets the eyes. She feels like she knows more about all that's happening than the involved characters and is doing things to save everyone even when she looks like she isn't. Not to mention, all the "fateful" things that have happened, have happened cause of her.

4) I wanted to leave this tidbit here because I realized that Netflix doesn't really translate that: President Goo likes to make sexist remarks against men. That is, whenever she is scolding or insulting them, she makes sure to demeaningly point out their gender, exactly in the way that the reverse happens.

5) That kiss with Sinjae was yuck! Ew. It didn't even have any purpose to it! It just came out of nowhere. Poor Sinjae.

6) Ok but Yeong needs to tell Gon about his pseudo mother soon so that he can get around to saving her. Woman really needs it.

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What happened to Luna in the van in pain?

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It's cause of her cancer

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The kiss was so uncomfortable to watch, like what was the purpose for it?

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I think it was to distract/fluster ShinJae and it worked. It threw him off balance long enough to give Luna control of the situation.
He was too attentive and noticed right away that she looked ill. The next thing would have been him realising that she was not TaeEul. I found it annoying too tbh but it’s actually a perfect plot device.

I watched the scene again and you can see Luna calculating the move. Kim GoEun is a great actress.

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Damn, I didn’t notice that, I’ll probably go and rewatch the scene but yeah glad that the kiss wasn’t a random plot device to shock viewers, that’s what it felt like to me when I first watched it

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I'm waiting for @yyishere to discuss that kiss. It looked like a vampire clawing into his face and sucking the life out of him. It was awful to watch. Props to Kim Go Eun for making me hate one of her characters. As if Shin-jae wasn't going through enough stuff! :(

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@christina41218, no, the saviour is not Lee Gon. He may be knowing his place well, even getting the jacket, but he is not a sharpshooter. You remember how he gets that little doll for Tae-eul's car key in Episode 5. He even have a hard time finding the target right.

@bangwon, finding purpose for this drama has no point except making yourself very mad, so, just sit well and enjoy that uncomfortable kiss (really, I feel for you, that frustration).

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Then @christina41218, suddenly this hit me: if the screenwriter would care about these kind of detail, we won't get a drama like The King.

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Agree. There is no logical purpose to that kiss. I can think of many different tact Luna can use to distract/escape Shin-jae... desperately late and in rush to go somewhere... i'm on secret mission and i cant talk to you right now... i'm in pain and need to go to toilet now... I mean anything would be better than that out-of-place-completely-unsync-with-luna-character kiss. Why KES... why??? Why doesn't anyone in the writing and production team challenge any nonsensical plot that do nothing to the storytelling?

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I think the kiss works/worked because it undermines ShinJae. It flustered him in the moment which is what she needed but also would make him uncomfortable in the future. It’s the perfect excuse for her to distance herself or make him avoid her. Remember she’s going to remain living in Korea as TaeEul.

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I think it would make it harder for Luna to remain in ROK because the kiss would make Shin-jae suspicious. I mean who wouldn't be suspicious being kiss out of nowhere and so out of character. What cop would let go of suspicious thing especially something that is so personal for him?

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Gon and TE’s relationship at the beginning. Just go with it.😁

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Because you know what, @yn00na, the "King" referred in this title is not Lee Min-ho, but Kim Eun-seok. She cannot be challenged.

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The actor shown in that scene so far is most definitely Lee Min Ho. It could change later on though, cause they ARE in a time loop and something will need to change to break the chain. And I guess there can still be some little space left for it possibly being a doppelganger of his, but eeeeeh I don't think so.
The shootout happened in close quarters. Gon doesn't need to be an expert marksman to shoot people down in such close range. Not to mention, even if he isn't an expert marksman, he is still the King and would be trained to be better than most people with a gun so as to protect himself. I would take the whole arcade shooting game thing with a grain of salt. That plot thread, rather than be a comment upon his shooting skills, was more about the comedy in him getting duped. Because the guns used for these games are famously pre-tampered with so that people can never aim correctly with it. The reason why Tae-eul could do it was because she was aware of that fact and compensated for it.

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The scene of the shooting at the beginning may have shown us in the two realities together. One where LG is the savior and the scar is made on the right side and another where the scar will be on the left side and an unbreakable sword will be the savior replacing LG. That is why two different types of shoes are identified for the savior.
The final question is which LG survives to find a TE?

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We are in this together.
Unbreakable Sword vs Rim as Lee Gon's savior.

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Shin-Jae with all the attention given to his character should have his day on the spot light.
There is a big chance that he could be the one instead of Yeongah.

This show gives many possibilities to one simple question.

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@kiara
oh friend, this will be a roller coaster in the last chapters. According to LMH spoilers there will be a change in the past that changes everything. Sure ... Until the past or future changes again?

I'm with you. Shin Jae may end up being the Savior. I think our WDH is preparing a betrayal. Perhaps he is resentful that the King wants to stop being King and that his life and dedication have been wasted. He serves the King from the age of 4 (eunuch type). He could never choose another future than to be the King's guardian. Could he be tempted now?

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Episode 15 the last scene.

Yay!!!

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I know, @kiara, the show is like 4 episodes (Ep.1, 14-16) worth watching with 12 episodes in between as one long PPLs magazine. What doesn't make sense you can just fill in the gaps yourself, since whatever it talks in between doesn't make sense at all.

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@imperialtitus

I know this has been rather disappointing to you and I am glad that you are true to yourself.

Appreciate your honest reviews and I hope I didn't annoy your so much :).

It's too bad we weren't watching MR SUNSHINE together. We'd have a blast with the history.

Maybe next time she'll do another full historical drama like MR SUNSHINE.

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@kiara, surely I am not annoying, and I love your feedback every time I post things.

I also wish there is another great Sageuk come out, and we will watch it and comment about it together.

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"poison him... right track" LOL
Kdrama true love.

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Have you joined the Luna Gon ship?

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What would I do without you so actively trying to convert people to our faith?

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I was an easy convert. I'm having trouble finding new recruits.

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@ndlessjoie They just don't have taste. It's fine. They will see the error of their ways soon.

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*weighing this option*

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Here is hoping because currently Luna is the wild card. She is not on anybody's side including Rim.

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How did Rim realize that Gon saved little Gon? He was looking intently at the poster on the building. Did it remind him of something or he just thought of it?

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This is the question i have too.
Since it happens at the end of the episode, I’m hoping the flashback at the start of next Ep will help give some more context.
The editing of this drama is nuts.

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I fell down laughing. It only took him 25 years of walking around before he had that realisation at the same exact time as Gon.

I do hope there's more to it and we will flashback to that, as you say. But I have a feeling Uncle just had a belated eureka moment.

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This time travelling concept has been a bit frustrating because I don't care what they are wearing but it does give us clues.
We suspected in earlier episodes that Lee Gon was time traveling when he gave Tae-eul flowers.
It was confirmed by Tae-eul herself in the last episode and the flowers is hanging upside down in her room to dry so it's not a dream.

Rim's focus has always been the future so may be that's why he was missing it till now.

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"All his life has he looked away to the future, the horizon. Never his mind on where he was."

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Just like Seo-ryung.

"I've never stayed in my place. I was always soaring higher."

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Maybe Lee Rim realized this before and that's why he orders Luna to poison LG and thus prevent LG from saving itself.
I love the way this drama plays with our heads. He shows us what he wants us to believe; but that may have happened in another way.

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This episode was better but I have to say the ending was crap.

How is it a king who remembers the taste of his favorite bread so quickly cannot recognize the girl he loves instantly? It took him so long?

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Like he said. The face is his weakness. Basically, he was too cocky & believed he could not be fooled by Luna. Her face caused him to let his guard down.

Also, I believe Gon and TaeEul didn’t think Luna was a threat to him. To them, her purpose was to harm TaeEul and steal her life so he wouldn’t think that he was a target and therefore he didn’t try to check that it was her. At least not at first glance.

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And I agree with both the reasons you listed @missq and it is a mix of everything so I give it to him for not recognizing Luna.

And yes, JTE and LG keep underestimating the damage or harm that LR wants to cause. Thus, them not paying enough heed to Luna is also not surprising. But again not a sign of great investigators.

However, because of his poor delegation skills and team building skills I wonder how will the nation function in his absence or if he is not micromanaging! He also doesn’t have the capacity for micromanagement.

Heroes for me need to built of hero material here team LG has too many faults and fate at their side.

While to me LR seems far better as a leader (But his motive is evil) though something is lacking in him as a villain.

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Me getting on the wrong ship again: PM and Rim. They are both awful and perfect for each other. Uncle usually looks scary and boring, but he actually laughed when he had that chat with Seo-ryung.

Of course, she should remember that the Lord of the Umbrellas does not share power, so I don't see how joining Rim is a good long-term plan.

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Don’t worry @wishfultoki long term is now only 3 hours long and I wonder how satisfying will it be with alliances being formed so late. She joins his side in episode 13, Luna joins him in episode 11. All minor characters existed and did this and that since day 1!
Ok I will shut up with my frustrations now :D

Waiting for Lewis Carroll! No pressure :D

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"the Lord of the Umbrellas" 🤣

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I'm on this gorgeous ship of doom so stay put. You have company.

These two made me laugh. Old men with funny hats does evil laughs better in sageuks lol.

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🤣 “Lord of the Umbrellas “ sounds like a spin-off for an Irish tap dancing musical. No more villainy Rim with his menacing stares. Completely ruined by song and dance.

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The Lord of the Umbrellas may not share power, be he shares bed.

Another fanfic, @wishfultoki?

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And to be fair he was caught unaware!
JTE did not tell him how close Luna had been to her family in her absence. LG was expecting JTE albeit a bit late and it took him a small time to get over his euphoria that she came earlier than expected as he would leave soon.

I think because the drama doesn’t do enough to show things, lots of gaps are left. I for one feel that their “cooperative investigation” is crap. All parties involved— LG, JTE, JY, ES and SJ— do not have a proper debriefing or collective information sharing. ES does not know of Luna. JY knows but doesn’t know that JTE was taken to Corea... I mean we assume that it has been shared but in this drama it is difficult to tell when something should be assumed and when it is a deliberate omission to Add to the suspense!

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If only we had a Fellowship of the Flute with every member volunteering to be part of this great adventure, then I'd expect them to share important information promptly.

Basically they didn't established one except for a verbal agreement between Tae-eul and Lee Gon to work together on the Lee Sang-do case.

They are all doing their own thing. Yeong-ah is helping Shin-jae with his family issues, Tae-eul and Shin-jae with the Seo-ryung/ Eun-ah case, Eun-seobah just got home to his puppies.

I noticed that the beer can that Lee Gon was drinking is by "Rise". Maybe that PPL actually means something lol.

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“Fellowship of the flute” 😂😂😂

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Fellowship of the Flute against Lord of the Umbrellas, sounds like a J.R.R. Tolkien epic.

I hope he would have been alive to have a hand on this. I don't like disaster.

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This drama is an entirely new experience for me - a 16-hour meant-to-be-a big-hit that got sort-of interesting for the first time somewhere around episode 13. Very strange waste of all the actors. But let's look on the bright side - the PPL truly always delivers, and the refreshing sip of coffee or whatever from the tiny bag that is worthy of a sports car is my new favorite :D

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"This drama is an entirely new experience for me ..." Your comment is even more entertaining then the drama itself, @turka, and I laugh so hard. Hats off to you.

A friend of mine promised me we will try that drink from the Alley Thursday, I am looking forward to it ... Long live the PPL!!

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Hahaha why dont u buy it on Friday and drink it while watching the show? “I see u dear PPL, cheers!” 😆

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By the way, @parkchuna, that drink tastes good.

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I just had one too! Yummy 👍

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So many questions -.-"

(1) So does Ok-nam have an alternate in Corea, since she was brought over from the Republic? Seeing that she probably doesn't have any burning scars (I assume, since Show hasn't shown her writhing in pain before), her alternate should probably still be alive and living in Corea. Now, if that is so, Ok-nam is always beside Gon when he appears at public, televised events, so we can safely assume the public in Corea certainly knows who she is. How would her alternate not know about her existence in Corea? (Unless her alternate had died of natural causes before that, and King Haejong, Gon's grandfather, knew this before making his "kindly" offer to switch her over to Corea... instead of that being a chance encounter when King Haejong travelled to the Republic. What a caring king huh zzzz)

And if Gon's grandfather is offering to switch people between worlds long before Rim, what has he been doing with their alternates (his own citizens and people) in Corea? Killing people is not something a king should be doing I suppose.

But I guess Show won't tell us that, because the sole aim was just to introduce yet another unnecessary "surprise" (apparently to appear smart to us viewers, no less) that Ok-nam was from the Republic. Sloppy writing.

(2) What was the purpose of Luna kissing Shin-jae? That was just mind-boggling. Did her intel from Rim before switching over to the Republic say that Shin-jae liked Tae-eul? But even if so, why would Luna herself kiss Shin-jae?

Unless she magically fell in love with Shin-jae if Rim / Rim's lackeys provided photos of him to her to study before she made the switch -rolls eyes- Sloppy writing.

(3) How did Rim stare at a poster of Gon and then suddenly manage to conclude that adult Gon went back in time to save his younger self, after not managing to figure out from his so many years of world-travelling? I presume the next episode may have a time jump back to explain that... but erps... a trying-to-be-dramatic ending with no logical build-up does not actually build up the dramatics for me, no thank you.

(4) So the time travelling boggles me. It's a chicken-and-egg thing here. Young Gon started his whole falling-in-love thing with Tae-eul because of Tae-eul's misplaced work access card 20 odd years ago. And that was how he came to travel to the Republic when he was an adult, and did the whole romance thing with Tae-eul. But now, it turns out that adult Gon, because of that linear timeline of events, was now going back in time to drop that access card and trigger this whole linear line of events and romance. So is Show trying to show us viewers that it's not Fate, but the person who makes his own destiny? -.-"

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— way the drama has been shot and story has been told

(A) doctor uncle is still grey for me.
(B) lady noh is suspicious though she is loyal to LG. Is she or her sister related to LR? Why would a King bring someone from one place to another unless the person is lover or a slave or of political purpose!
(C) there has to be more to SJ.
(D)JY is loyal but there is something off. Is it because like the reviewer says he only thinks of Gon and his life is all about the King? Why was JY a part of the plan and what is JY’s person about? His laptop password is inspired by the king and his obsession with maths but he takes selfies with his lot, he doesn’t like Korea much. He doesn’t like JTE and LG’s relation.

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I was about to say the same thing. This is honestly the worst drama I’ve ever seen in terms of editing, pacing and logic, but I still enjoy it.
W:A Tale of Two Worlds remains the best ever.

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@philip well then you must not have seen Born Again as that one really takes the cake for lacking editing, pacing and logic but still being enjoyable!!

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@wishfultoki, @noone
Luna's poison doesn't seems to be deadly. I think it's strong enough to knock Lee Gon out but not meant to kill him just like Tae-eul in episode 12.

I'm not worried about Lee Gon. They are not going to kill him off before the show is over. If he dies he'll "rise" on a different time loop lol.

As for Unbreakable Sword.
I'd feel much better if he's got some connection to Luna than the other baddies. It would explain how Luna got into the hotel as soon as he left.
If he is going to be Lancelot than maybe Luna is his girl and not Tae-eul.

Where is this going? I don't know. Hopeless love.

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I wasn't worried about Gon LOL. I know he's just passed out. I'm worried because Yeong went out with something on his mind. He might have been ambushed outside by Luna and ToD.

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I see why you were worried :).
I'd be surprised if anyone was able to take him down with that combat skills of his.

Random:
My mom dropped The King a and she is now watching Mad Dog lol.
I'm waiting for this to be over first.

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First will pick random to say something related :D
My YT feed started being up Mad Dog clips randomly. I am at my productive worst as I hate being in the middle of the story so I put a big post on my PC saying watch Mad Dog after I finish what I am procrastinating about work wise!

I am so tempted to binge watch now.

I am not in love with the King but somehow I couldn’t keep my patience around me while waiting for episode 14! I am glad when this is over and I can find no other excuse to not work...
I don’t even know if that makes sense but that is how nonsensical I have become once I went down this rabbit hole.

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To be honest because of the title I am not worried about LG though episode 10 the flowers of doom sequence put doubts in my head — i couldn’t tell you I love you while I could for me sounded as though LG was looking at his life in hindsight (more like he is dead than TE being dead).

JY does have a lot going on and we just don’t know what. Will we get to know today or he remains a mystery forever?

I somehow see Luna as a darker character and I would have loved to pair her off with LG or JY rather than SJ. Why not with SJ? He has had a trying life and unless we were aiming for big time melo and angst I see SJ+Luna as dark love story. Almost like a manhwa I read recently. For some reason I think of it as doomed.

In comparison, LG and Luna love story is lighter with chances of a happy ended despite everything :) LG is light so Luna’s darkness would make their love story into a Day :D

LUna and JY now that would be the most interesting plot. Unpredictable. That is worth imagining.

Where did you take me @kiara ? I want some fan fic around all the spin offs that are never realized in the series.

Oh and Luna is dark for me. I see her as ruthless and ready to claim what fate denied her. She is angry with fate and thus doesn’t care if in her fight with fate there is collateral damage. JTE is the good twin here who will play by the book and will be light. Luna is interesting but... My vision of her is computed with what was spoken at the PC ... she is poisonous (LG said that when asked to describe Luna. JTE said stray cat)

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I will be glad and not I am glad :D

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hey @noone don't worry. I did a lot of similar procrastinating in my graduate school days... I understand you.

I remember that the actors said in their jenga interview that The King is a "a sad love story across two worlds".

But I'm gonna bet on a sad ending that turns happy at the last second for no reason at all. :D

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Okay guys! Young is acting weird and I’m worried about it.
He is definitely the kind of friend that we all need - you know the friend that has your best interest at heart and doesn’t want you to fall in an unrealistic inter-world distance relationship - but his demeanour is weird. And it’s making me sad.

I didn’t like the conversation he had with ShinJae (ITS UNNECESSARY TO BRING A LOVE TRIANGLE INTO THE STORY AT THIS POINT WRITERNIM🙄🙄)

I didn’t like how he left Gon to go buy the drinks, I didn’t like his reaction to Gons mother in the lift... basically seeing him worried makes me worry & I don’t like it. Of course he’s being a great friend & saying out-loud what nobody else wants to say or even think (myself included) I just want to believe that our lovers will make it work at all costs. But alas, we all need a Young in our lives.

Someone who loves us enough to want the best for us but is also able to see past “best case scenario” and warn us accordingly.

OH and I’m glad nobody tried to shoot him this episode. I would have cried.
#YoungMustSurvive

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#Youngmustsurvive 🤣
Last episode I was ready to believe that our Unbreakable Sword wouldn't take a turn, but once again I'm suspecting him, for the same reasons you point out!

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And I just questioned young above!! Oi oi oi

:)

JY wanted to give LG space to enjoy his gift before he delivered the news about mom lookalike?

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Yeah it's all gonna be brooding!Yeong all the way from here. *tiny sobs* I miss bubbly Eun-seob already.

Dunno what happened to him. Him brooding in the hotel, that I can understand, he just worries endlessly regarding his King, and I interpret Yeong asking for a drink is to soften the blow to Gon when he finally tells him about his parallel Mom.

But I agree that Yeong calling out Shin-jae like that is so unlike him. That's not what their bromance is supposed to be about, KES! Sheesh

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I have confidence in Yeong. He’s doing intel mostly behind the screen so I’m assuming he has already covered substantial groundwork. I think his being frank about certain issues is his way of establishing truths. He’s trained to sift out potential threats to LG. And those people surrounding LG, including those close to TE. He needed to clear that with ShinJae and see where his loyalty stands.

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I can see how it looks and how doubts have been planted by Yeong’s behavior. But it just seems contradictory to what he tells SJ during their conversation from last episode. I’m viewing his behavior from his point of view and it makes sense. I would be very disappointed if that turned out wrong.

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It feels like half of the things in this drama are happening behind the screen .And we only see the outcome ,without any context.This is my first time watching a drama that frustrates me to no end .There are questions answered in every episode ,while more confusion adds.

I really hope we are wrong though and Yeong is only trying to help Gon ,without worrying him.Because if he prooves to be a traitor ,I will seriously stop watching kdramas and stick to the likes of "Bones" and "Dr. House".I really enjoyed watching it.

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I love House! Also, the Ducklings. I was obsessed with that series, and I'm still fond of it.

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At this point, I’m oscillating between nervousness and nonchalance on the outcome for this drama. It could turn out to be a massive train wreck at the end and I’ll just pull my hair out along with everybody else. I’ve learned to overlook the flaws and that has made it watchable for me. I think for me, the interactions with other Beanies and viewing certain details from their perspective has added layers to drama watching that made it so much more enjoyable. So yeah, I’m just going to enjoy the ride, whichever way this goes!

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