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The King: Eternal Monarch: Episode 15

We’re at the penultimate episode, and the tension is rising. Major sacrifices will have to be made to save the worlds and restore balance, and our hero is prepared to do whatever it takes. Everyone is ready to do their part and return to their rightful places, although that sadly means saying goodbye to some good friends.

 
EPISODE 15

As Tae-eul lies bleeding in an alley, her dad calls. He says he got her call and “beat up all those guys.” He hangs up when the police arrive to speak with him. Tae-eul passes out but is luckily spotted by strangers who call an ambulance.

Elsewhere, Yeong informs Shin-jae about his mom meeting with Jung-hye and asks for his help tracking Jung-hye. Shin-jae’s burner phone rings, and he goes to meet Rim whom he recognizes from when he was little.

When Shin-jae remarks on his agelessness, Rim muses that he thought he had tons of time. But “that was the first crack.” His baby nephew has now almost caught up with him. Shin-jae interrupts his rambling, and Rim cracks him over the head with a wooden beam.

It’s time for Shin-jae to pay up. The lives of his mothers depend on his decision. Rim wants him to retrieve Gon’s flute – killing him would be a bonus. Shin-jae defiantly claims he’s not that good of a son. Rim smiles indulgently at the lie.

Shin-jae remembers his battered mom in the kingdom trying to commit double-suicide by forcing them both off a bridge. Rim approaches holding her loan contract and offers them both a new life. She’s startled to realize he’s the supposedly dead prince but takes the deal.

At the café in the republic, Na-ri does a strikingly accurate palm reading for Rim. In olden times, he’d have been beheaded for treason. Thinking of his future self he murdered, Rim claims that fate has passed. It was foolish of him not to trust himself and go after Gon first.

Eun-seob interrupts their conversation and wants his palm read. He racks his brain trying to remember where he’s seen Rim before, and it suddenly hits him. Eun-seob grabs Na-ri and shoves her behind him protectively.

Rim pleasantly confirms they met that night at Haeundae and asks him to pass a message to Gon. He hopes to see him at his mother’s death anniversary memorial mass. If Gon doesn’t show, Rim will come visit Na-ri again.

Eun-seob goes to call Tae-eul, but Na-ri spots Luna in the yard. Thinking she’s Tae-eul (come on, dude, she warned you about this!), Eun-seob shares that Rim came by.

Shin-jae arrives and asks what the injured “Tae-eul” is doing there. His eyes narrow when she grabs the wrong side in feigned pain, and he restrains her. Tae-eul comes walking up and tells Eun-seob to look after the astonished Na-ri. When Luna speaks, Tae-eul punches her in the face.

Yeong joins Tae-eul and Shin-jae in interrogating Luna in a warehouse. They find her medication, and she confirms she’s dying of cancer. Tae-eul wants a private word with Luna, so the boys leave.

Tae-eul knows Luna could’ve killed her but didn’t. Luna admits she didn’t want to upset her dad. Tae-eul wants to know more about her since she knows so little. Time pauses as they each reach up in mirroring gestures to touch their hair.

Gon runs into the police station looking for Tae-eul. There are tears of relief in his eyes as he spots a calendar dated 2020. He’s finally back. Gon asks her team where Tae-eul is.

Outside the hospital, Tae-eul cries to see Gon rushing towards her. He grabs her in a hug (Watch the injury!). They’re both crying as she says that she missed him, and he apologizes for always keeping her waiting.

In her hospital room, Tae-eul is paranoid that he’s going to leave. Gon promises he won’t and lies down beside her. She’s happy he visited her twice in her memories, and he’s happy she hugged him. Tae-eul asks if he remembers what happened after that, and he nods.

She narrates that, unlike in the original timeline, she was quicker to believe his claims and travel to his world. Despite accepting her fate sooner, what was meant to happen did. The tragedy – we see the battle after she was kidnapped – even happened sooner.

Gon wonders if there’s truly no way to change fate. Tae-eul thinks it’s set in stone, and they still have a ways to go to reach their destination. After she falls asleep, he calls Yeong.

Yeong and Shin-jae come running. They confront him about their new memories, amazed he can travel through time. Yeong blinks back tears as he expresses relief that Gon is okay. Back to business, he reports that he and Shin-jae located Jung-hye.

Shin-jae requests repayment if he’s that grateful. Gon asks what he wants. “Your life.” Yeong throws him a look, but Gon guesses the truth. Rim must’ve threatened him using his mothers. Did he ask Shin-jae to kill him?

Shin-jae casually asks if he’d die for him, noting it’d be better if it happened in Corea where people could mourn him. Yeong looks at him incredulously as Shin-jae tells him to call when he’s leaving and walks away.

Yeong takes Gon to Jung-hye’s where Gon orders him to keep watch. Whenever Rim shows, he needs to follow him to his gate. Yeong, after having received a call from Eun-seob, passes along Rim’s message about the memorial mass to Gon.

Jung-hye returns home and stops after walking past them. She turns back to look at Gon and recognizes him. Jung-hye walks up, her eyes full of emotion as she gazes at the face her late son would have had. “But because of you, Ji-hoon died … And you’ll die because of me.” That’s why Rim has kept her alive.

Her guard rushes at them with a knife, but Yeong swiftly disarms him and holds him at gunpoint while he calls Shin-jae. Gon posits that Rim will take her to Corea for his mother’s death anniversary, and she won’t be able to return to the republic. He can help.

Will he save her? Jung-hye tells him to come two days before the death anniversary, then. Gon tries to apologize for what happened to Ji-hoon, but she doesn’t want to hear it. “Don’t die because of me. I’m not your mom.” Gon watches her walk away with red-rimmed eyes. Once alone, Yeong asks when Gon plans on leaving.

We cut to Gon helping take care of Tae-eul in the hospital. In voiceover, he tells Yeong he just wants one more day with her. Gon spends the next day by her side, going on walks, taking her to the chapel and doing PPL eating together. That night, Gon sleeps by her bedside. We hear him telling Yeong he wants time to say goodbye. Uh-oh.

The following morning, Yeong takes the twins to school for the last time and smiles at Eun-bi’s suspicious gaze. He stops by Eun-seob’s where they pretend not to be emotional about parting. Yeong asks what Eun-seob’s 65th dream is.

Eun-seob voice breaks as he says he doesn’t have one. Yeong calls his bluff and says he’s leaving then. Eun-seob: “Already?!” He jumps up and says he does. “Seeing you again.” Aw. Yeong stares at him, stunned. Then, he grabs him in a big hug. Through tears, he says, “Let’s meet again.” Eun-seob breaks down sobbing into his shoulder.

Meanwhile, Gon and Tae-eul sit outside. When Tae-eul says she wants to do all the normal date stuff they skipped, Gon starts to interrupt. But Tae-eul doesn’t want to hear anything about him leaving. She won’t let him go. “Let’s not save the world.” They can just focus on the present.

Tae-eul knows that he’s planning to go back in time to stop Rim from coming to her world. If so, she won’t remember him at all. Gon doesn’t see another way to fix everything that’s gone wrong from the worlds colliding.

“So tell me to go,” he asks her. It’s his first time asking for permission from anyone, but he can’t leave unless she agrees. Tae-eul tries to hold it together and asks him to say he’ll return no matter what after catching Rim. Gon embraces Tae-eul and promises he’ll come back to her.

Elsewhere, Seo-ryung foolishly tells Rim about her intention to steal Gon’s flute. His response to her plan is his favorite grab-’em-by-the-throat move. She failed to snatch either Gon or the kingdom, so her only path to survival is to find Rim a way into the memorial mass. There, he’ll announce the existence of parallel universes.

Time pauses while Rim still has his hands around her throat. Gon is back in Corea. When Seo-ryung comes to, she’s clutching a photo of Jung-hye, and Rim is nowhere to be found.

Gon returns to the palace where Ok-nam anxiously awaits. He thanks her for letting him go that night, and she tells him she understands everything. Later, Secretary Mo brings him up to speed and mentions that Prince Bu-yeong’s son Seung-heon is leaving in four hours.

Gon intercepts him on his way to the airport and reveals he’s the man who shot Seung-heon back then. He’s just glad Prince Bu-yeong never found out his son was an accomplice since he couldn’t have lived with it. Gon officially exiles Seung-heon from Corea for life.

Park Sook-jin is given a change of clothes and sent to the bridge where Shin-jae is waiting. She walks towards him in a daze, asking if it’s really Hyun-min. He steps back. She explains it was her only choice, and she’s sorry. Shin-jae’s voice catches as he asks if she let go of him on purpose or lost him. She replies she wanted him to live well.

He didn’t live well. Shin-jae wipes a tear and says not to get her hopes up or ask for forgiveness. He only wanted to see her once more and wake from his bad dream. This time, he’s abandoning her. She sinks to the ground and sobs at his retreating back.

Shin-jae has a meal and drinks with Gon at the palace. He thanks him for letting him meet his mom. Gon assures him she won’t be harmed, claiming their debt is settled now. When he asks which world Shin-jae plans to stay in, Shin-jae turns the conversation to Gon’s plan to catch Rim.

Gon intends to strike when Rim is choking him that night – his anger will blind him. Shin-jae wonders why he didn’t do that before. Gon admits he was focused on saving himself last time. Shin-jae is startled to realize he doesn’t plan to save himself this time.

If Gon succeeds, Shin-jae’s time in the republic will disappear since he’ll never meet Rim. He tells Shin-jae to make a choice he won’t regret. Gon says it’s his last chance to kill him. Shin-jae scoffs he should’ve poisoned his drink, making Gon smile. Does Tae-eul know his plan? “She can’t know,” Gon sighs.

Rim returns to Corea and sits for a meal with Jung-hye as his poison tester. After she tastes each dish, he takes a bite. Jung-hye begins laughing and vomits blood. With a creepy blood-filled smile, she notes, “You let your guard down.”

Soon enough, he begins coughing up a small amount of blood. Jung-hye remarks she’s finally getting to die like she’s been praying for. The “manager” comes in and begins preparing the injection, but time pauses with the needle stuck in the bottle. Rim can’t save Jung-hye this time.

Armed with his flute and a rifle, Rim heads to meet Gon. They meet on the street in the city. Rim cheated death, so why can’t he escape Gon? Gon responds that he’s got many others on his side wanting Rim’s demise.

Rim is determined not to let him get away, even though Gon messed up his plan to meet at the memorial mass. He aims his rifle at Gon and fires, but nothing happens. Gon reminds him time is paused. Rim is very over Gon foiling his plans, and Gon is likewise over Rim destroying worlds.

Time begins again, and Rim goes to shoot Gon, but he’s shot in the leg first. Yeong and Shin-jae flank Gon who takes Rim’s flute. They head to the gates and find that Rim’s gate won’t open for anyone else, and the same goes for Gon’s. But when Gon holds both flute halves, a new gate appears.

Rim claims it’s his father’s gate. Gon remarks the flute isn’t “crying” – there’s no sound. Rim changes tactics and says they should use the gate together, but Gon just wants to return to that night, which he can’t do without the flute “crying.”

Rim is astounded that Gon is eschewing “eternity and infinity.” Gon doesn’t need it; so long as Rim doesn’t have it, he’s fine. Even if Gon wants to use their gates, someone will need to escort Rim. Who will he sentence to death?

Yeong and Shin-jae fight over who gets to sacrifice themselves while Gon’s eyes fill with tears. He takes both flute halves and enters the new gate, wondering how far he’ll be pushed to go.

We’re back in the republic where Shin-jae has returned with a handcuffed Rim. Tae-eul goes in with him to interrogate Rim, bringing us back to the opening scene of the drama. Meanwhile, Gon and Yeong go to cremate Jung-hye’s body.

In the kingdom, Gon tells Secretary Mo to officially announce that Prince Bu-yeong’s granddaughter Lee Se-jin will inherit the throne. In the republic, the wilted flowers Gon brought Tae-eul vanish before her eyes. She goes to the station to question Rim. Who has the flute?

Rim rails at her for the stupid choices her side is making. She should be afraid. Tae-eul is afraid … that Gon will be lonely and their worlds will continue like this. Wouldn’t it be better for Rim to go there with her? She asks again who has the flute. Rim scoffs she’s learned nothing and smugly claims he’s “sent hell” to Gon and Seo-ryung.

In the kingdom, the news of Lee Se-jin’s death shocks the nation. She died in a car accident caused by the pregnant swapper. Seo-ryung reads the news and drops her tablet in horror at how Rim used her frenemy. She calls her mom in a panic and asks what she ate for dinner.

Her mom wonders if she hasn’t eaten yet. Seo-ryung desperately asks again, and her mom answers she ordered jjajangmyeon. (How is Seo-ryung the only one to think of using code words?) Seo-ryung throws her phone to the ground, screaming and wailing in grief and fear.

In the republic, Tae-eul uncuffs Luna and tells her to live a long life so her dad doesn’t suffer. What?! You’re going to let the unhinged stab-happy girl live your life? Tae-eul needs Luna to look after her dad while she’s gone for a while, but first she needs her to steal something.

Tae-eul calls Shin-jae to the warehouse and asks for the flute. She knows the plan is to hold Rim and bring him to the forest once the 48 hours are up. She’ll take him. Shin-jae protests she might not be able to return if she leaves, but Tae-eul can’t bear being alone.

Shin-jae finally confesses his feelings. She’s the only woman he’s liked in his whole life. How can he let her go off and die? Tae-eul clutches his arm when he goes to leave and begs him to give the flute to her. Tae-eul won’t apologize for not knowing how he felt. “If I say my heart hurts for you now, I’d be a hypocrite.”

Just like him, there’s someone she likes a lot. Desperate, she promises to return and make up for hurting him, so can he give her the flute? Tae-eul pleads with him in tears, saying she feels like she’ll die if she doesn’t go. This guy really can’t catch a break.

Gon dons the ceremonial outfit he wore when he brought Tae-eul flowers. He muses he received the mark on his shoulder so he’d follow his destiny. Gon goes to Ok-nam, saying she must’ve been lonely keeping both of their secrets.

The lullaby she used to sing him was in that book of poems he brought from the republic. He was afraid she’d return to her world if he asked her about it. Gon asks her to let him go once more. “If I let you go,” she cries, “are you ever returning?” He orders her to stay healthy and leaves.

Tae-eul puts on the necklace Gon gave her as he rides into the forest in his world. Yeong is waiting and insists on accompanying him wherever he goes, even if it’s somewhere from which they won’t return. They ride through the gate.

 
COMMENTS

From the beginning, I’ve had a feeling there’s no way for everyone to come out of this alive and intact, so Gon going the self-sacrificing route isn’t surprising. I don’t understand why he can’t use the new gate to travel to that night, though. Yo-yo kid said the flute, when whole, can facilitate travel through time and space. But Gon claims the flute has to “cry” to take him to that night … why? It’s not like it’s some indeterminate time he can’t find without guidance. He knows the time and date of the event, so shouldn’t he be able to go there with this all-powerful gate and a fully functioning flute? I guess only a sad flute will take him there. My guess is that the whole saving yourself thing works because the flute wants to save itself, so they’re trying to say he can only travel there if the flute is “crying” to be whole. It just isn’t a consistent enough explanation for me.

But then again, the whole Rim situation isn’t consistent either. Gon saving himself is something that happened in the original timeline. Since both halves of the flute are necessary to travel through time, that means Rim always went back to that night at the same time as Gon. Ergo, 2020 Rim should’ve known of his death. It doesn’t make sense that it was a new event that resulted in a new future version of Rim. It’d make more sense for them to be in a time loop, but okay. I’ve largely given up trying to make sense of the timeline stuff. It seems like they’re just using “fate” to explain away any logical inconsistencies, so it doesn’t matter much anyway.

We had a lot of goodbyes this episode, but Eun-seob and Yeong’s hit the hardest. Those two became like family, and I hope they get to reunite somehow. And yes, I’m ignoring that Yeong is heading into life-threatening danger. I have decided that he, Eun-seob and Shin-jae will survive. So there.

Speaking of Shin-jae, is it his lot in life to suffer continually? He really has had the most interesting and emotionally affecting arc throughout the drama. His mother and Rim upended his life without his consent, throwing him into a life he never asked for. I’m glad he got to confront his mom for what she did since he needed to move forward. Even if she thought she was saving him, she traumatized him and needs to account for that. Then, he barely gets time to recover from that before he pours his heart out to Tae-eul who begs him to help her go to someone else. Not that she did anything wrong – she’s entitled to love whoever she wants – it’s just sad for him.

I get that Tae-eul is desperate to help Gon rather than sitting around doing nothing, but her solution is to leave her loved ones in the hands of Luna? Sure, Luna has shown she’s fond of Tae-eul’s dad, but she’s still incredibly unstable. Plus, she’s committed violent crimes remorselessly. As a cop, it’s surprising Tae-eul is willing to just let her wander free among the populace. With the fate of universes hanging in the balance, I guess it isn’t the most pressing issue. Whatever happens, we’ve only got one episode left to bring it all together. Maybe we should just send Eun-bi in to sort it all out. She could probably whip Rim into shape.

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Yeong went for the hug! He went for the hug! And that is enough for me.

I will riot if Yeong, Eun-seob and Shin-jae will not survive this never ending time travels.

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Yeahhh I'm more anxious about Yeong's fate than the main leads. Which I guess.... Oooops?

Ofc 1994!Yeong will still grow up and all, so it's not like we're gonna lose every version of him, but I don't want this 2020 version, who meets Eun-seob and becomes brothers, to disappear/be without those memories. Both of them together is simply too precious. And Eun-seob is waiting, you should not disappoint Eun-seobie, Yeong!

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I'll fanfic Yeong-ah back to life if something happen to him. Unbreakable Sword must live!

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Are you on AO3, by any chance.....?

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No.

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Darn, was hoping you say "yes". I'd look for that fanfic after watching the 16th ep, IF something undesirable happened instead.

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Let's hope Yeong-ah will make it so that you'll save yourself from reading the worst fanfic ever lol.

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I don't read fanfics, and in this case, I might!!

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I write fanfic, and I'll most certainly read yours! I agree he must live!

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I think that was the most emotional scene for me in the episode. I don’t have a good feeling about Yeong’s fate as well 😢.

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The fact that Yeong went for it when he's been reluctant and aloof ever since they met TT__TT

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( @neener, re fanfics) Me either--but in this case I might not just read one, but actually write one!

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Looks like the writer did one herself >.<

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I also almost screamed when Young went for that hug menaing sooo much more knowing his personality...My heart hurts the most for Shin Jae as i sthink think he has the most heartbreaking arc in the whole drama and continues from worse to worse if Gon prevents Lee Rin from going to South Korea...If Gon stops Lee Rim and dies along the way Shin Jae dies as well as for the better or worse back then Lee Rim prevented his Mother to make jump the bridge and die together...Shin Jae just can't have a happy moment,can't he with tragedy all over him...My heart hurt even more when he silently accepted his fate when Gon told him his intentions more likely tired...

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I screamed with tears at that moment!

Shin-jae suffered all throughout the drama that he deserves a new drama as a lead that gets the girl! Full of fluff and giggles

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YESSSSS i stand by this in front line!!!HE NEEDS a drama as the lead with MAGNIFIC happy ending!!!

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That hugs literally what matters most though

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I was more emotionally attached to the Yeong-Eun Sob farewell scene than the king-Tae Eul supposed farewell. I seriously cannot understand the time line/plot anymore and just watching this for the sake of finishing this drama. I was super confused till the point that I wish they put a label on each character and the current time line in EACH scene.
Such a shame that I didn’t enjoy this one considering I thoroughly enjoyed the writer’s previous work Mr Sunshine.

Anyway..one episode left! Let it be a good one. Or at least an ending I can understand. 😌

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That's exactly my sentiment, I just continued watching this drama because of LMH & KGE, Yeong. The plot of this drama was very confusing and I'm having a hard time following. I don't want to analyze, I want to be entertained. The plot need of this drama need to be polished, hey writers! I'm talking to you!

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At this point, the timelines and time travel have left me with so much of confusion that I have stopped bothering to make sense of all that is happening. The onlly thing I know is that I will riot if they hurt Shin Jae any more than he has already been hurt. Kim Kyung Nam acted so well in this episode, I wanted to reach across the screen and give him a hug and tell him that I love him. Eun Seob and Yeong made my heart melt. This show has become a cesspool of confusion for me now and i'm angry and disappointed because I loved the actors and the characters that this show brought forth only to treat them this way.

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Your first sentence is exactly how I feel. I’m just gonna watch the final episode this Friday and conclude everything. No more theories and all. I had enough.

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My heart breaks for ShinJae 😭

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And the entire saga of obtaining both halves of the Manpasikjeok ends up anti-climactic as well.

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1) Gon better not die. I don't care what you all say, he is NOT dying. Besides, honestly, he managed to kill them all when he was alone. It would be bizarre if he doesn't manage to save himself when he has help with him, a super soldier like Yeong no less. Come on. He ain't dying.

2) That portal better not stay open. It HAS to close so that Gon and Tae-eul can move on to their doppelgangers in a better built romance. The show better not be like "oh! The portal's whole now! So he can travel between them without any restrictions and the romance continues! Happily Ever After!" NO.

3) Inferring from the couple of dialogues Rim was made to say when he saw the whole portal - so Rim's entire greed for world universe domination was born out of seeing his father operate the portals and, combined with his daddy issues, knowing that he will never be allowed to wield such power. That's why he went after the Manapsikjeok in the first place. Not cause he believed in a random myth but cause knew the power was real. I just- *heavy sigh* Things like these should have been there at the start!! It gives us so much more perspective into him and his actions!!

4) That also brings me to what @imperialtitus had theorized. If Gon and Tae-eul, for some reason, get stuck in the 50s or something and he is the grandfather King who brought over Lady Noh....does that mean Rim is their son? And since he is illegitimate, does that mean Gon cheats on Tae-eul with someone else?! That would also mean that Gon's father is his son and his mother is his daughter-in-law and he is his own grandson and DOES THAT MEAN THAT HE IS DATING AND SLEPT WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER- omg my head's spinning. Yeah...this cannot happen. This better not happen.

5) Someone had actually explained, even before the time travel was shown in the drama, that the past wouldn't be changed in the same time-line. I had skimmed through it but they seemed to have good explanations. I cannot remember where I saw it, however. If anyone knows about it, please link it here.

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No. 4 made my head spin. I pray that is not the case.
I agree that Rim's motivations should have been introduced from the start

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Let me explain, @minichan & @christina41218 ...

The timeline theory Kim Eun-seok is using is called Dynamic Timeline, which is every time you get into time travel, you change course in the past, let's say, you killed your grandfather, then you will not exist then, but you can still go back to your own present in one piece, just your not-family-anymore family members can't recognize you. This is totally illogical, so the screenwriter can do whatever in the pass to turn things right, just a short cut if she has wrote a very bad story. You can call it a rule-breaker (She did that before, when Goblin Kim Shin pull the sword out of his chest, and he still survive) or deus ex machina.

(This video can explain better, please do watch it: https://youtu.be/a89GNMCJaJU )

So if this is the case, Gon and Tae-eul certainly can go back to 1940's (not 1950's, because in their end-of-shooting photo you can see the billboard behind cast and crew is a French movie opened in 1939*), and what they have done can also change the future, like, since Gon (Should I call him Haejong from now on?) will only fall in love with Tae-eul, he won't have concubine or things like that, so he won't bore a son called Rim. So Rim will disappear in the future (and Gon's Republic alternative can survive). Since the second time Gon gets into the pass will add/undo what he has done last time he goes though time travel (Tae-eul's added memories at year 5 and 27 is the proof), so what they do will forever solve the problem, the flute won't even cut in two.

*I posted that photo in my own wall, link here: http://www.dramabeans.com/members/imperialtitus/activity/1072814/
Please also note Lee Min-ho's IG photos has hint as well.

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Song Jae-jung's Nine (tvN/Netflix, 2013) is also using Dynamic Timeline, but unlike Kim Eun-seok using it as short cut to turn her bad writing around, Song intentionally using it to discuss the philosophical idea of Fate.

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Thank you for helping me out here. I'm so annoyed with KES because of this. This shortcut reeks of lazy writing

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Speaking of dynamic timeline, have anyone watched Netflix's Travelers? Although they have significantly more time loops than TKETM, the rule of the world is clear and make more sense. They also have the life hijack component (not through doppelganger but consciousness implant). It shows that assuming someone else's life is not easy. Even if you look/talk exactly the same, you cant fool people close to you. It makes much more sense to me compared to Tae-eul's dad being oblivious that Luna is not her daughter.

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Wouldn't it be closer to a multiverse, since changing the past created a new version of character-2020 (i.e. a new timeline)?

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It's not multiverse, @bk201, because multiverse will create a new timeline separately from the original when a new event occurred, and in the new timeline, people will have that memory of new event right after it happens, not suddenly have that new memory of that event sometimes after it happened (or new phone record of Gon reporting someone die out of the blue, or new writing suddenly pops up right before Tae-eul's eyes in the phone booth), but they are the characteristics of dynamic timeline.

You can compare Terminator series with Back to the Future: The former is multiverse, the latter is dynamic.

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No.2: Lee-gon/Luna and Tae-eul/Ji-hoon for the win?

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@ndlessjoie we have finally caught another one in our trap. Initiate brainwash ritual. Hi! Welcome to our very nice and not at all forbidding GonxLuna ship! Would you like some tea?

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Ahoy! Why thank you... Can I have some PPL's bubble tea instead? A side of PPL's chicken would be nice as well and I'll jump on your ship.

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We also have multi-purpose balm and pockets full of kimchi.

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😂 It's working!

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@christina41218 Heh, I'm throwing in some macaroons (yay, Jangmi!) with the tea and guess that when Tae-eul kisses Ji-hun, he obtains Gon's memories.

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This is the only solution that would make any sense. And why should we be upset? If Tom Cruise has done it in Oblivion, why can't KES do the same?

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I'm deeply concerned about your second statement and believe it violates the trust your crew has in you as the captain of the Luna Gon ship (we really need a better name). The portal can't close until Luna and Gon are trapped together for eternity.

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How about LG Ship?

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Lunatic Goners ?

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Oh my god, I love this one, @lordcobol!!!

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🤣 and I'm not sure how insulted I should be.

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Did nobody else think of "Goner". I've been waiting for weeks for a chance to sneak that into some comment.

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If they're the LG Ship, then competing ship would be.... Samsung?

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You are right OTL. I will reflect and come back a better person.

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1. I'm with you 100%.Gon will not die.

2.The portal will open again ,because Lee Gon and Tae Eul are "fated".Nothing can change that.The concept it's pretty clear in the drama.No matter what changes the time brings into their story,they will meet and fall in love.Time and time again.Lady Noh's story gives us the context in which TE can move to be
with Gon,without spoilling the balance.I'm surprised people are still confused about LG and TE' story.

3.Yes,totally agree.

4.I don't think TE and LG get stuck in the past but I rather think they are doing what TE said in ep 15.Travel,go to the movies ,the random things they skipped.There is even a movie poster in the BTS , "Le recif de corail".So they probably go to the cinema.Just my opinion,though.

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This drama and the plot lost me somewhere along the way. I enjoyed it in the beginning, but I no longer really know what is going on. By the end of this episode, I actually didn't know what was going on/why it was so dramatic. Yikes. I really only stuck around this long because I enjoy Lee Minho, so I'm glad it's finally ending.

On another note, I'm really rooting for Yeong and Eun-Seob to survive and be happy, because they are precious.

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You really have to watch each episode twice to get a better understanding, especially the last two episodes.

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I do not believe this convoluted story deserves a rewatch. Merely watching it for the sake of finishing it.

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I dont believe that people like you with such low IQ have a place in here. Maybe watch cartoons if you want a braindead storytelling. Sorry not sorry. I dont get why you find it hard to understand smh

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So much talk about IQ when it comes to this show. What's your IQ? I want proof and no that online test you took doesn't count. Everyone thinks they are above average, lol

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Lol chill! You’re acting too defensive for just a regular viewer. Maybe you’re one of the writers!! Or the director? Or maybe you’re Lee Minho?! Omg! That explains.. lol

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I just hope Gon managed to squeeze in some shower and laundry time in between his running and jumping between worlds.

If not...he probably smells so bad and poor Taeul's nose 🙊.

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When he laid in hospital bed with Tae-eul, I thought it was weird that he didn't take off his jacket. It just didn't look comfy. But now I know it was because he's being considerate to her nose...

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That jacket is most likely smelly too. Maybe he sprayed febreeze all over before meeting Taeul to hide the smell after months of running around nonstop.

I have to say....his hair looks amazing for someone who has been running around with a cap on his head. His hair is not oily, and full of volume...probably that's a sign he did take showers in between. Hopefully.

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I highly doubt so. He was wearing that black jacket with no diamond (or whatever) buttons for him to sell to get money to use for hotels facilities / bathhouses or febreeze sighhh.

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But, he did look very handsome in that outfit compared to some of the other things he’s worn so I didn’t mind.

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Imagine hugging someone who spent the last 4 months wearing the same clothes and not taking a shower. That's true love right there.

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But she didn't know the last outfit he wore before dissappearing. She might have thought he ran to her all the way from a public bathhouse...still smelling like soap.

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She should realize that it's the same outfit he wore when he visited her when she was 5 and in 2016...

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Oh...i forgot all that happened 🙃.

It feels like a dream~

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He said there's no time in in-between-land. He never said there's no Hilton or Marriott.

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Only because you're mentioning the lack of personal hygiene, shallow me very much takes issue in the absence of shower scenes in this drama 😔

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I've been waiting for this comment. 😅

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@leetennant tries her best to keep LMH's back freshly scented and aerated at all times. On a sidenote, @ndlessjoie and I are looking forward to your grand finale this Friday, LT. Fighting!

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Yes we are. Is it over yet? I really hope @leetennant makes a final appearance.

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@leetennant Expect a shower scene like you've never seen before. LT hydrates LMH's back with a steady, multi-angled flood of tears.

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I can't wait! I hope to see the tattoos too!

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At this point I have no more comments left to give on this drama and I have given up on plausible ending. I'm just glad the end is near and I can collect my year end bean. We deserve one Beanies!

I just want to give @quirkycase a big hug. It must've not been easy to put together coherent sentences with all the multiple doppelgangers AND the different timelines going around. My head hurts just from watching it and I don't even have to put them in words. So well done you!!!

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I'm still going strong and enjoying this, just want to join in in the shout-out to @quirkycase! Well done, this drama is bananas!

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It is bananas! So many characters I can't keep track or remember their names. Anyways...I had good giggles looking at Gon's lace and brocade coats in ep 15. Hihihi

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I really appreciate the hard work @quirkycase had put into recapping this crazy PPL-heavy drama that needs another WDH character. Without your recaps, I would be even more lost. We love you!

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Want to make sure I appreciate @quirkycase too, thank you for the recaps! You're such a gem, thank you for all of your hard work :D

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And...I think Shinjae is gonna die after that very direct confession, especially this late in the drama. Huhu 😢

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Nooooo!!! He's going to end up working happily ever after with Jangmi.

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I ship Yeong and Eun-seob so much, so when they hugged each other I also cried with them. Having 2 WDHs on my screen is an overkill and I am not complaining.

This show is still living up to its "Eternal PPL" name: there were 3 in-your-face PPLs and 3 subtle ones. I count the PPLs as a hobby. That gold z-flip looks nice.

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The one PM Koo used when she called her mom~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1KuJ3EpezE

I think it was a recently released variation. We are now on the Dramaland Generation of z flips.

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Uuu...i didn't notice the phone she used. It's so shiny. A perfect match for Eunsop's gold maserati~

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oOOOhHHH I now want to see Eun-seob use a gold z flip while riding his gold maserati~

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The phone is very expensive, @sensationalfantasy (CAD$1,819 in Canada)!!

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WDH can make me cry. But 2 WDHs can make me cry a river.

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I also sobbed a little when Yeong's throwing a smile at Eun-bi. It's such a sad smile, to me, like he's really saying goodbye for good (a.k.a. knowing he probably won't survive). And Eun-bi looks a bit startled there, like she knows there's something off.

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The thing that had me blubbing was Yeong dropping the coat to rush over to hug Eun Seob. In the end, all his perfectionist tendencies (which must include putting a cashmere coat down carefully...) were thrown to the wind in order to comfort a brother. Oh. My. Heart.

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Hm, not to me, actually. Yeong can be a softie, the way he describes his relationship with Gon is one example. Or the way he hesitates to tell Gon about his mom doppelgänger.

And in that scene, you can see him holding back tears. To me, Yeong just usually suppresses his emotions most of the time, but he's not incapable to feel. He usually reserves those emotions just for Gon, now I just realize, LoL

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I give up on making sense of this drama at all, so, just enjoy the show.

If you still didn't watched that short clip about timeline I posted last recap *using plotline of Game of Thrones Season 6 for example), this is the link again: https://youtu.be/a89GNMCJaJU

Obviously, Kim Eun-seok has chosen the most unscientific of all timeline theories, the Dynamic Timeline. This is what Back from the Future used, yet it is the most illogical. She choose this so that she can manipulate the future into her own ending. As a result, 2020 Rim was beheaded in 1994, yet he can show up in 2020 again. Everything now can be rewritten, including the love story between Gon and Tae-eul (which is rather faster to get into it, yet it is more logical then the original timeline). If you really want to do it, why not just take the second timeline to be the main story, with hints of the first timeline? That would be way more interesting, and a lot more logical (in an illogical way)!

So the time travel and the concept of "fate" has become short cuts for Kim Eun-seok to write a story that makes her rich. Well, the world is so unfair. She can just put in as much PPL as she wants, yet the characters are undeveloped, the story is undeveloped. I do feel bad for Tae-eul and Luna: their characters can make a great story of their own, yet they are treated badly. This is not "fate", but just the bad writing of the screenwriter, who is insulting our every sense of sanity.

Shin-jae's mom,turn out, does know the swapping. Yes, it is unfair to Shin-jae (his love get no answer from Tae-eul is another, I wonder if she knows that: she probably do). But who cares? Audience love happy ending, so Gon and Tae-eul must be happy. To fulfill audience such selfish wish, we are getting a crappy story. This is why I HATE happy ending. And in next time, don't say sad ending as a "bad ending", because bad ending can be very happy, but happy for what? Shouldn't Korean (as well us) deserve garbage by treating us with a handsome man with no acting, overwhelming kisses and some subtle bed scenes? I guess a porn movie will do just that too!

I think I have the theory about the ending now (I wrote somewhere in the comment of last recap. I guess I don't need to watch that anymore. I guess I would prefer care about Ji-soo and Jae-hyun now ...

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"why not just take the second timeline to be the main story, with hints of the first timeline" isn't it like that? That's what I understood. And I think there are still some things to be explained that must come from the third loop (video in Yeong's laptop, Gon's flower visit, explanation for Gon leaving the rowing competition entrance card in Luna's jacket, to name some just off the bat)

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I think taking second timeline can make the story more interesting and much easier to follow logic-wise, @flyingcolours, and you don't need to explain those awkward turn-on love (I still think those interaction between Gon and Tae-eul laughable in this very episode, because their love has no base), Kim Eun-seok still have to explain the laptop and flower visit properly. However, I doubt if she can, no matter using which one as the main story ...

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"If you really want to do it, why not just take the second timeline to be the main story, with hints of the first timeline? "
Get out of my head! :-D
It just so happens that I had that idea too. I was thinking of putting it around episode 7. So that a third loop could happen after that. By adding a notebook that Lee Lim was carrying before he was killed by himself. So the new Lee Lim knows the pitfalls to avoid and he's much more dangerous. Meanwhile, Lee Gon, who is mostly in the in-between world, has to help the other Lee Gon who is growing up to adulthood.

As for the time travel process used here, it's quite interesting once everything has been analyzed. I can't explain it all here, I've done this on another blog already. And I've also noted any potential plot-holes or unanswered questions elsewhere.

The main problem is that the important points are never shown, maybe for fear that the viewer might discover a plot-hole. Nothing important was shown anyway, even before, during the whole drama, or anyhow. There was no point in hiding information when no plot-twist is triggered by what is hidden. I have a certain tolerance for something being hidden sometimes to avoid a script complication: Either the scene is better that way, or explaining everything would be too boring. But this must be rare and conscript things that don't have a big impact on the main story. Or of course, there is a use in hiding something, as in W which generates tons of plot-twist thanks to that, but then usually explains what's going on afterwards. TKEM is inadmissible on this level, especially since knowing more about the fantasy aspect would be exciting.

The memory assimilation process is copied and pasted from the drama Nine Time Travel, but is very poorly exploited in TKEM. The restitution of emotions is spoiled anyway by the general mess of script and direction. It looks more like a little improvised varnish. However, it is essential according to the logic of travel in TKEM. And it keeps a link between Tae Eul and Lee Gon as they were before. Normally, Tae Eul would only have the memories of the new timeline, and then there would be two Lee Gon. So a fantasy element that was very poorly exploited, put in at the last minute, and which it would have been better to develop further as you suggested.

One of the most logical processes for time travel is the film "Primer", directed by a former engineer. The actions of a traveler in the past re-write the entire time line. The traveller is then disconnected from this old line, which no longer exists. The present in which the traveller finds himself is the only thing that remains. He can therefore kill his grandfather without any problem, it will not prevent him from existing. If the traveller generates an event that prevents his other self from travelling to the past, there will be two versions of him in the world. Of course, the characters in the movie Primer are really clever, and they isolate...

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Of course, the characters in the movie Primer are really clever, and they isolate themselves as much as possible so as not to create any disturbance or butterfly effect that would create this situation.
Which Lee Gon does inconsistently! By going to see Tae Eul in his past, he may prevent her from meeting his other self by accident. Moreover, how does Lee Gon know that at the end of his return to the future, he will merge his memories with his other self? The moment when the two Lee Gon's cease to be two and merge is hidden, which is a big mistake.
In addition to this, there are also some miscellaneous elements like those seen in the movie "Back to the future". Flowers that disappear for example. It doesn't make any sense. "Back to the future" is correct in its way of rewriting a time line, but is very simplistic and illogical in other respects. The hero replaces himself by returning to the present (no memory assimilation in his case). And of course if his father does not impregnate his mother, he also disappears, even if he is in the past with them. Sympathetic in a comedy but unlikely for real SF.

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I love how the comments here are all... I give up on rationalizing anything in this drama, let me just finish the last episode since I've already spent 16 hours of my life on it. Oh and while I'm at it, let me just marvel at all the mundane things like counting the number of times PPL appears, rather than figuring out the main plot itself HAHA. Because that's also exactly me right now.

Ok but while I refuse to use my brain anymore for this drama (do not come and tell me only intelligent people understand the drama, go take a Mensa test instead of wasting your time leaving these comments for me)... I'm still just curious about Seo-ryung's mum not answering with their originally-agreed code word, and Seo-ryung's stricken expression at whatever she realized as a result. Is this scene supposed to tell us that the original events have been changed, such that her conversation with her mum on the codewords never took place?

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When I watched the PM-mum phonecall scene...I just thought mum forgot their codeword and PM was being so overdramatic about it 🤦🏻‍♀️.

I didn't realize her mum was swapped until I saw it on IG...days after I watched ep 15 🙃.

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Wait her mum was swopped? The scene doesn't seem to depict so. Usually when the alternates are swopped, they still carry their own mannerisms etc. If Seo-ryung's mum were indeed swopped, why is her alternate looking, dressed and talking in the exact same way like her real mum (the hair and everything)?

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That's why I thought mum forgot the code and PM overreacted, because mum is exactly like mum.

But many are saying mum is swapped, which kinda make sense since the drama is swapping people left and right. Also it is said that eventhough PM is cold, she cares for her mum most. So...swapping her mum is to break her spirit or control her? But there's only 1 ep left, how will PM react to this new situation? 🤔. Will they make her crazy?

And...I didn't realize the mannerism of the other doppelganggers 😅.

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Rim must be awfully busy then. While trying to track down Gon after realizing Gon is trying to go back to that fateful night in 1994, he can still manage to go to the Republic to find Seo-ryung's mum's alternate to swap her over.

The alternates are still themselves even after they go to the other parallel world. Like Seo-ryung's pregnant friend when she was swapped to the Republic and suddenly found herself not a rich man's daughter and had an abusive husband :/

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Seo-ryung's mom has been switched, because in Ep.14, she asked her mom when she question what she has been eaten, she must said mackerel, she said, this time, jjajangmyeon instead. One scene before, Rim just said he sent hell to Gon and Seo-ryung.

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No, the reason is simple, because Kim Eun-seok is GOD.

I will just settle with this, otherwise my brain hurts.

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If she had said mackerel, that's mean she was ok.

Good acting from Jung Eun-chae . I wish she was given more to do.

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@muggleping @kiara @katakwasabi If you look at the pic in the recap with her "mum" on the phone, you can see something dark and blurry in the foreground. It looked like a knife to me. Two additional clues:
1) Rim said he would send PM to hell. She's shown herself to be greedy and cruel, but she loves her mom. Losing her would be hell for her.
2) the "mum" did not answer with the code word "mackerel". Unless kiara's right, I assumed the poor nice lady has been killed and swapped.

Never mind that Rim's way too busy to be swapping people around, but if he's always been so diligent it should have been harder to take him down.

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But if this was her mum's alternate, this alternate was dressed and talking in the exact same way as her real mum... which doesn't make sense. The drama has shown us that the alternates retain their own personalities and stuff when swapped, so there should be discernible differences if the alternates were swapped. But yes whatever... like you said, the drama is just inconsistent and full of loopholes, for the sake of it.

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Why anyone could easily take their doppelganger place and hijack their life without being caught is one of the many plot holes of this show. Tae-eul dad not knowing that Luna replaced her daughter is not believable even if she pretend to dress/talk/act the same. But yeah, who knows of this drama logic :)

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Exactly. Tae-eul's dad not realizing after so many days that it was Luna was just unbelievable. Almost makes me think Show wants us to think that he is a terrible dad -.-"

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Coroner Kim Ju-hyeon told Lee Gon that there were 3 other bodies with the same burned scar all served terms in prison for parricide.
Lee Gon: Those that killed their counterparts and crossed worlds would get caught easily by their families.

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Maybe dad is growing on Luna. When TE asked her why she didn't kill her, Luna said that she didn't want to upset her dad.

I wouldn't worry Toki. TE also told her to protect her dad.
Since TE doesn't know if she'd make it back she probably arranged for Luna to get treatment so she can live longer and take care of her dad.

Also there is that possibility of TE and LG living together in the end.

I know it's all so convenient and a bit unconvincing because dad should at least be suspicious unless Luna is just that good of an actress..
I'm so done theorizing because it leads to more and more theories and questions etc.

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During this episode it made me realise that Seoryung mom must have been swapped. The way she said Jjajangmyeong and PM getting frustrated and angry. So did Lee Rim swap her mom so he can use her ?or was she the one who made this happen. That woman can go any length to get power. Scary.

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Rim wanted to gain entry into the Queen's memorial, and wanted Seo-ryung to do that for him, and was using her mother as bait. What he didn't count on was that Jung-Hye had already warned Gon of Rim's plans.

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Lee Rim said he sent Hell to the Prime Minister and then the mother didn't answer the codeword, so the switch is the most plausible idea.

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@muggleping Lockdown Hermit,
When Prime Minister's mother told her she had black bean noodles for dinner instead of mackerel, I understood the scene to mean that Mom is no longer Mom. Lee Rim has switched her.

There's no way Mom's ROK counterpart could have known about the secret password, unless Lee Rim had hacked PM Koo's "underwired for sound" listening device. I cannot see him bothering to do that. Lee Rim is dishing out the retribution for PM Koo's arrogance and covetousness of the flute and its powers.

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People who proudly claim that you have to be smart to understand the drama are completely wrong.
- From a narrative point of view: making a work unnecessarily complicated is pointless. It only chases the audience away, or prevents them from immersing themselves in the story with ease. It is therefore a flagrant flaw. A mistake one should never make.
- From a realistic point of view: drama requires above all a good view, accompanied by a good visual memory. The splintering of the scenes, the weakness of the editing, make it difficult to acquire the multiple details. The disordered accumulation of facts and details within boring scenes decreases the spectator's concentration, and prevents cognitive acquisition.
- From a logical point of view: drama is the opposite of proven methods for intuitive comprehension that you find in all movies and dramas, disordered scenes, indecipherable context (time, place, world), clumsy elipses, undetectable flashbacks or flashforward. Most of the time, information is missing, and risky speculations have to be made. It is therefore not a work of reflection based on reliable data.
- From the moral point of view: it is not certain that these people understand anything better. By devaluing the other spectators, they get the opposite of what they want, disgusting others more, or preventing possible curious people from seeing the drama.
- From the final point of view: it can be futile to try to understand a work that is not attractive. What would be the motivation for reviewing confusing and boring episodes or scenes? Who assures the viewer that there is not a plot-hole at the end of the reflection? So what good is thinking? I'm not saying that the drama is illogical (in fact, it is remarkably logical, given the set of themes it proposes). I'm just saying that it has to give proof to the spectator on a regular basis, to make them think and put them at ease.
But let's not forget that from the outset, the story presents a huge inconsistency. The two worlds have been separated since the distant past, one world has been through the Korean War, the other has not, and the political systems are different. In this context, it is impossible for the timeline to have generated doopleganger almost systematically. So we have to twist logic and imagine a kind of magical power of the flute from the start.

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“In this context, it is impossible for the timeline to have generated doopleganger almost systematically. “
Exactly what I was thinking. Even their family members are doppelgänger counterparts of each other world. That would be impossible as the variance between two worlds is too big.

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I find Shinjae's memories quite weird. He seems to have different sets of memories. He remembers being bedridden as a kid (did they drug him and force him to act? 🤷🏻‍♀️). He remembers being picked by Rim in front of a TV store....the recent memory is him and Corea mum being threatened by Rim and mum agreed to follow Rim's plan. As much as I like KKN acting Shinjae's complexity, I find that the inconsistencies(?) of his past makes me unable to immerse in Shinjae's arc. He has so many things going on for him. Huuu

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From what I remember, Shinjae doesn't remember being bedridden, he remembers waking up in hospital bed

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Ohh..you're probably right about the hospital. Hohoho.

But what about his first meeting with Rim. Is it in front of the TV store or the one with mum in ep 15?

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Yes, thought that was weird too. Apparently, the first meeting was on the bridge, and then mom left him in front of TV shop after the deal was done... The bridge scene was a bit overkill, wasn't it? But then it prepared the scene for Shinjae meeting her again, and that was heartbreaking. KKN really kicked the ball out of the park this episode. This is a drama where you can really tell the difference when the lines are in the hands of capable actors... KKN, KGE and WDH are really shinning in this

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Read somewhere that the drama description was "...solving crimes between both worlds."

And, well, I wish that is the drama. More on the bromance (with badass Tae-eul, ofc) and police-royal guards teamwork, less time-travelling mumbo jumbo.

Totally feel for Shin-jae, the way he says, "I didn't live a good life." is simply heartbreaking. Oooof. (And don't get me started on his confession scene.)

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