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The King’s Affection: Episodes 1-2 Open Thread

The King’s Affection is off to a running start, with a wonderful and well-crafted premiere week. The story is both touching and compelling, and sets up the internal and external battles our heroine must face. Forced to hide her true identity and masquerade as the prince, her entire life becomes a well-acted play with life or death stakes.

 
EPISODES 1-2 WEECAP

We’ve got an epic 20-episode sageuk romance ahead of us, and like many before it, the drama opens with important backstory to set the stage for the drama to come. There’s loads of characters to introduce, with their ambitions and political connections, the palace dynamics to understand — and last but not least, the story of how a young princess came to live under the guise of her brother.

It’s a lot of exposition, but we need to know and feel it all in order for the present-day storyline to pack its punch. So first, an overview of our drama’s setup.

The drama opens with the crown princess (Han Chae-ah) giving birth. She first births a son and heir, but everyone is surprised when the baby is a twin, and a little girl soon follows. Twins are considered not only a bad omen, but it’s unacceptable for “the crown prince to share a womb with a girl,” and no one in the palace will allow the infant to live. CROWN PRINCE HYEJONG (Lee Pil-mo) follows the king’s orders and is willing to kill his own daughter, as is the crown princess’s father, who is willing to kill his own granddaughter.

The crown princess is lovely and wonderful — a true sageuk heroine — and she risks it all to save the girl, first by faking the baby’s death, and second by sending the baby girl far, far away from the palace. Better that she lives an orphan than dies at the hand of her family.

The royal infant grows up into the lovely adolescent prince LEE HWI (played fabulously in the past storyline by Choi Myung-bin). Rather than be conceited and arrogant, he’s a lovely kid with a thirst for adventure. One day, he and his friend and servant EUNUCH HONG (Kim Geon) discover a girl that works as a palace maid. She’s called DAM-YI (also played by Choi Myung-bin) and she’s the spitting image of the young prince, and he of her. They’re both speechless.

Soon, Lee Hwi requests Dam-yi’s presence at the palace, and at his command, they start an elaborate masquerade where he can dress as her, and be free to roam around. In particular, his beloved tutor and father figure is condemned to death, and this has Lee Hwi cross-dressing more often, and Dam-yi sitting in his chambers awkwardly faking her way through the day.

It’s important to note that though several years have passed since the twins’ birth, there are a few important figures that still have their guard up. Among those is INSPECTOR JUNG SEOK-JO (Bae Soo-bin in both storylines). The man is ruthless when it comes to his palace duties, but is a devoted father to his young son JUNG JI-WOON (Go Woo-rim).

Ji-woon is a scholar-in-training, but like Lee Hwi, he also gets in trouble like the kid he is. One day he discovers the well-hidden courtyard deep on the palace grounds where young Dam-yi lives and works, and the two have an instant connection. They’re only about twelve at this point (according to my reckoning), but it’s every bit the innocent childhood romance.

They share important moments regarding a volume that Ji-woon copies for her, a near-drowning in an (extremely deep) fish pond, and a set of dice that will likely prove important later. For now it seems we just need to know their deep and immediate connection, and the fact that both are good souls who know right from wrong.

Having that moral compass is important, because the kids are soon face-to-face with lots of evil. Lee Hwi’s masquerading as Dam-yi doesn’t go on for long before it’s uncovered(ish) by Inspector Jung. He believes he’s found the twin princess… he does not know that the two were already acquainted and secretly switching roles. This key reveal (or lack thereof) is what causes the terrible tragedy that follows.

While dressed as Dam-yi and trying pay his last respects to his tutor, young Lee Hwi is murdered by Inspector Jung. OMG! When the body is brought to the crown princess, she’s in mourning for the daughter she was forced to abandon… only to look at the corpse and notice it is missing the scar that was on her young daughter’s neck.

Grief turns into more grief when the crown princess, her court lady, and Eunuch Hong learn that Lee Hwi is dead. And this is where the true masquerade starts: the crown princess tells Dam-yi that from now on she is the prince. And her very life depends upon keeping that secret safe.

Another important note at this point in the story is the people that know about the switch, versus the people that are merely suspicious because of the existence of the twins. In addition to the crown princess and Eunuch Hong, there’s COURT LADY KIM (Baek Hyun-joo) and the royal guard who was responsible for secreting the twin girl away all those years ago, who know about Dam-yi.

With those four having the deepest inside knowledge, there’s also an outer layer of the secret, and those are the characters that are either aware that the twins were born, or are newly aware (mostly my happenstance) that Dam-yi looks just like Lee Hwi. Inspector Jung quickly dispatches of these people — even innocent young court maids — to protect the secret. He’s following orders and hiding the existence of the female twin (not to mention the fact he thinks he killed her!), but he’s also quick and crafty enough to remain a threat to our heroine.

Also worth noting, his son Ji-woon – and the real Dam-yi — see the murder of the young maid and are traumatized by Inspector Jung’s actions.

Dam-yi struggles to fulfill her role, fill the shoes of the prince, and effectively become someone she’s not, but the four lovely humans around her protect and aid her. She’s also able to know and love her mother for the first time in her life, and it’s absolutely lovely. Too lovely, in fact, which means the crown princess’ untimely demise (sudden and unexplained) comes shortly thereafter. Thus, slowly, the people that know Dam-yi’s secret are shrinking in number.

At this point we’re a good chunk of the way through Episode 2, which means it’s about time to transition the story to the present-day timeline. The past storyline and characters were so affecting that I’m as sorry to see them go as I am happy to see them again after our ten-year time jump.

Much has changed. Though Court Lady Kim and Eunuch Hong remain close at Dam-yi’s side, she’s become more Lee Hwi than we ever thought possible (and now played by Park Eun-bin). We see the daily transformation she must undergo to don her princely robes. We also see first-hand how she uses arrogance, power, and position to keep her true identity safe.

Lest we get through our premiere week without meeting our hero in present-day as well, we have an introduction to Physician Jung (A.K.A. Ji-woon, now played by Kim Ro-woon). He’s flashy and fun, and seems competent and full of mischief at the same time. He saves an important minister’s life while also causing noblewoman SHIN SO-EUN (Bae Yoon-kyung) to break out in a pimply rash due to his tinctures. It’s our first bit of humor in the drama, which I might not have been expecting, but am willing to go with.

Finally, we have a bit of set-up as to the challenges that our heroine currently faces at the palace, with a prince that mocks her right to the throne as readily as he mocks her small and delicate features. This guy even goes so far as to shoot out her topknot when the nobles are out on a hunt. Her glorious locks fall around her face in the sunlight, and he’s genuinely surprised by how pretty he (she) is…

Dam-yi is forced to rush off to hide. She finds a secluded glade where she can sort herself out and re-princify, but she soon realizes that someone else is also there. And that someone sees her in her feminine glory: a surprised-looking Ji-woon.

It’s a great start to what feels like it’s going to be an epic tale, and most of everything the drama did felt right and made sense. I will admit I was a little confused with the casting of the young Jung Ji-woon character, and had myself convinced that he wasn’t playing Ro-woon’s counterpart, but our second lead (later played by Nam Yoon-soo) which just made more sense in my head. However, this romantic childhood backstory usually exists for an OTP only, so I’ll have to take the hit on that one (what was I thinking!).

Also, I really wanted Dam-yi’s mother to survive so we could have more wonderful mother-daughter bonding moments, but I see why her demise was necessary to the storyline (and I have a feeling it might still be a future plot point — but that’s just conjecture).

On a final note, The King’s Affection was absolutely beautiful to watch from an aesthetic standpoint — from the glossy way it’s shot, to the beautiful colors and scenery. I particularly love how the palace ponds are always so deep and mystical (it might be my favorite sageuk trope of all time!).

With some really strong setup behind us, and a whole lot of story ahead, I’m looking forward to seeing more — particularly how Dam-yi, who seems to have adjusted to her princely role quite well, will cope when she must confront the man that will capture… the king’s affection.

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Oh, I wasn't expecting a review for this drama! I'm happy, thank you @missvictrix !

I liked the first 2 episodes. They made the plot pretty clear and presented a lot of characters.

If Dami won't be able to bound with her mum, I hope she could with her father because their first encounter was nice, she was under his charms.

Dami and Ji-Won's scenes were so beautiful, I loved the place and the colors. The death of the girl surely changed both of them. Dami realized how dangerous it was for her and the persons who knows and Ji-Won learned about his true nature of his father...

I'm very excited to see their reunion in the present.

The little eunuch Hong (Kim Geon) was so cute and lovely, I wanted to pinch his cheeks. I think he's the kid I will miss the most.

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OMG Dong Baek was so precious, I just wanted to give him kisses and hugs. I just adored him and his chub chub cheeks.

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Yes yes yes! I was so overwhelmed with the first two episodes I completely forgot to watch the last episode of LLOTRS. Going back to watch it, I continued to be increasingly underwhelmed. I just hope that TKA continues as beautifully and intelligently as it has begun and doesn't turn out to be a disappointment. Sorry, Red Sky, but you get less convincing every week!

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Yes, Red Sky is unimpressive by comparison. Having two Joseon-era sageuks airing on the same nights puts them in about pretty direct competition and is bad news for the loser.

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I’m still liking Lovers of the Red Sky, but I agree. The King’s Affection is just far more competently written and made. Maybe this is too early to judge but the latter drama just seems more confident about itself.

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(I was just gonna say... "for now..." hahaha. Red Sky started better than it has gone also :P)

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Actors can act, but the writers are not given sufficient time to think things through. For some of them, it's their first time writing a sageuk.
I'm with the " for now " team. We have been burnt too many times.

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Ooof yes, Red Sky was compelling at first but now that I watch it simultaneously with this one.... It's easily winning from the directing/storytelling aspect alone..

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I can only watch one saguek at a time, so dropped Red Sky already.

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Liked the premiere,can't say i was head over heels in love but it added a nice foundation to the story to come...This is based after a manhwa "Yeonmo" and must say it isin't alike as major points were changed yet it's familiar even when it's not the same(that one was more tragic and entagled character & plot wise,mainly with the hero background etc.)...Really liked the little eunuch Hong,he was adorable...
On another note,anyone knows in what other dramas did the young actor playing Lee Hyun is,i know him but can't for the love of me remember the shows he played...The young actors really grown so much,i mean look at once little Ji Woon who now is so tall...

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You mean this guy?
https://asianwiki.com/Choi_Ro-Woon
He has credits for a bunch of shows, including (gasp) Arsedal.

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Thanks a lot,i just couldn't remember the dramas i saw him in and it was driving me crazy having stuck there LOL...

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Oh he was a baby vampire in that! Awwww 😂

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Lee Hyun was playing by Choi Ro-Woon.

https://asianwiki.com/Choi_Ro-Woon

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Hong is so darn adorable, but he is so young to be taking care of the prince. I'm guessing that he was that young in the webtoon too?

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From what i remember he wasn't there or not shown as someone important mostly because the prince died young at 3 years old so the ones who knew the truth were Court Lady Kim and The Grand Queen(The King's Mother) who helped her bring back the girl to pose as her lost child...

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Thank you!
It would have been believable for the switch to happen that early.
It's good to have royal grandma on her side, and I'm happy to see Lee Il-Hwa as the queen mother. The last time I saw her in a sageuk was in 2014 in " Jeong DoJeon."

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That 13-year-old "prince"/sister Choi Myung-bin sure seems talented. According to Asianwiki I've seen her several times in supporting roles where I didn't really notice her. I could spin that as a good omen for her career because I can say the same about Kim So-hyun and Lee Re.

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whew, that’s a lot to take in in 2 eps! the editing and pacing is a bit weird in some scene like the sudden time jump when the crown princess and dam-yi were hugging and then the next she was on her deathbed. if you hadn’t mention it, i wouldn’t have known that the pimply girl wasn’t dam-yi. i was confused since they were in the middle of hunting so why would she go and get meds for her face.

my heart really breaks for little dam-yi :( she has to endured pains and heartbreaks in such young age, one misfortunes after another. it’s not enough that she loses her twin brother, but her mom, her close friend and her crush too! i’m one to never get really emotional over lovers’ heartbreak painful scene but the part where she meets face to face with ji-woon, man, i just lost it (props to the child actress!!!). her restraints, pains and longing, i feel truly sorry for her :’(

you mentioned about her dad, the crown prince, and it made me thinking about the scene where the crown princess asked him to keep the prince safe and i hope that the crown prince would keep his promise. i have a feeling it’ll end tragically cause we have star-crossed lover trope (wonder if ji-woon still keeps in contact with his dad after seeing him murdering i-wol right before his eyes), how everyone wants dam-yi’s dead and the life at stake for knowing dam-yi’s real identity.

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I didn't get too excited in the beginning, and I was impatient to get on to the grown-ups, but after the death of the prince, I found their grief and especially her sadness and growing realisation of the danger for everyone who knew, and also for herself, convincing. Like everyone else, I loved her newfound relationship with her mother and also loved to see her step into the shoes that were rightfully hers. Then, as a grown up, I thought her character beautifully balances her assumed male characteristics with her innate feminine qualities. Great acting for a tiny, delicate woman. Loved the way she got on the horse.

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Am I the only one wondering how is it possible we have identical twins with different sex? It's just not biologically possible.

Logic aside, I'm a bit underwhelmed by the premiere. Perhaps because I'm a bit tired of the fated childhood love trope. But Park Eun Bin look so cool riding horse, shooting arrow and throwing dagger. For her, I'll keep watching.

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Shhhhh drama magic ;)

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I think they threaded that needle okay here - they’re not identical twins, obviously, because they’re different genders. But doing the swap pre-puberty was okay timing-wise; brothers and sisters can look very similar as children and then diverge. And no one would ever know what Lee Hwi would look like once hormones started firing up, so Dam Yi just becomes the default… And as long as you’re not looking for something other than a prince, she still can pass as a male with very fine features.

Clearly the drama is taking the liberty to show that pre-puberty these two fraternal twins looked VERY alike, but I don’t think they’re claiming identical twins can be a brother/sister pair. (I mean, there’s a vanishing chance of that combo, but then the sister has Turner’s syndrome and Dam Yi definitely doesn’t have Turner’s syndrome.)

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The only fraternal twins I have seen look that much alike are the Olsen twins, but never boy girl twins. However as wonderfully stated above, drama magic indeed.

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The Olsen Twins aren't identical? What. :O You learn something new every day...

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Or maybe they're *uhhh* *checks notes* sesquizygous twins... somehow?
:https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/28/health/rare-twins-semi-identical-australia-trnd/index.html
😂

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wow....
*mind = blown*

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Learned my new word of the day!

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Well damn,😲😳🤣🤣

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Holy moly!!!

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Well I have 2 sets of first cousins that are twins (a boy and a girl), so that’s definitely possible! And then I have twin nieces and twin nephews from a first cousin. Yes twins runs in my family…….LOL

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Hmmmm I found it jarring to shift from her connecting with her Mother, to immediately the Crown Princess on her death bed. I understand they had to fit in a lot of heavy emotional set up in just an episode and a half, and they did very well in this regard otherwise, especially the extended grief over the Prince's death, but that change stood out like a sore thumb. A fade to lingering black and even a time jump title card would've helped even somewhat.
Not much else to say for now, I don't think.
Kinda glad Red Sky is ending in two weeks so it doesn't clash with this for too long. Love the colours in both.

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agreed. it took a while to understand the situation where the serial went to the point of: Dam-Yi and the Crown princes were hugging over their grief - then the Crown Prince hurriedly went to Crown Princess's chamber - Dam Yi was there as well, in her Mother death's bed... not complaining, but the shift was too fast... what trigger her mother's death could be feeling heart-broken, but... i hoped they explained a little bit...

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Even just a few minutes of shared life scenes would have been wonderful.

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I was suprised that I was actually emotional during the first two episodes. Choi Myung-bin and Han Chae-ah really pulled out a great performance during these two episodes.

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Agreed! I think Choi Myungbin and Han Chae Ah really were the star in that childhood portion, i failed to care about anybody else

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Choi Myung-bin really looks like she could be Han Chae-Ah's daughter. Those 2 and the little boy who plays the Eunuch in training are my faves from this week.

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I really like how the backstory was established. None of this was anyone being particularly sneaky or nefarious, or blackmailing anyone. It wasn’t even two kids swapping roles for fun - Lee Hwi appears to only have asked Dam Yi to trade places twice, and both times to try and see his doomed father-figure. And the prince was kind to Dam Yi outside of that swap, until he died.

On the side of the good guys, everyone seems to have done the best with the limited cards they had. Dam Yi gets trapped as a prince, but for a while gets a mother and protectors. The Queen keeps her daughter and everyone stays alive. There’s a good reason for everyone to have done what they’ve done. And I like that the kids saw how high the stakes were IMMEDIATELY, with the killing of the court maid.

When everything gets revealed at some point, I’m looking forward to the bad guys realizing all of this was down to their actions. They arranged for the execution of the prince’s tutor, which caused him to sneak out in disguise, and the carelessness of the inspector caused him to kill the prince. At some point, they’re all going to have to face the fact that they hunted down the prince, shot him, dragged his body around on a cart and then burned it. No one made them do any of that or tricked them into it. All of this lands directly on their heads.

I like it that it’s so clean. The instant they find out Lee Hwi is a woman, all the pieces will fall into place at once, and they’ll know they killed a prince all on their own.

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"The instant they find out Lee Hwi is a woman, all the pieces will fall into place at once, and they’ll know they killed a prince all on their own."
But will they even care? To me Han Ki-Jae(her grandfather and main antagonist) looked like the type of man who put his clan above everything else...A man who had no problem killing his own granddaughter because it will get in his way doesn't come off as someone who would regret very much...I think he is more the type like we saw to do anything to erase the "problem" no matter who it is so i feel pity and fear for the future of our brave heroine that has her life stolen as she truly never had a real say in what fall upon her...
Kinda say it's quite ironic that in some ways the late Queen had her revenge on those who wanted her child dead having her daughter as the King of the country,even if for a limited time...

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I am not sure that they will hang their head in regret and shame, I agree that the grandfather will just look for a suitable replacement that he can control.

I actually do not think that the crown princess thought well ahead with her plan to put the daughter in her son's place. That can only be a temporary fix, she must have hoped to be able to deal with the problem in the longer term. If the girl will be king one day, he/she will have to marry and produce heirs. That will be an interesting wedding night! It is not going to work.

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They arranged for the execution of the prince’s tutor, which caused him to sneak out in disguise, and the carelessness of the inspector caused him to kill the prince. At some point, they’re all going to have to face the fact that they hunted down the prince, shot him, dragged his body around on a cart and then burned it. No one made them do any of that or tricked them into it. All of this lands directly on their heads.

As much as I would like to believe this would and will happen, I have seen too many sageuks (and been burnt by too many), that I can't help but currently agree with @miky88 here.
Her grandfather is more likely to just find another heir, 1) on that is a male, and 2) one that will serve him politically.
Sageuk villains are not above all kinds of horrific conniving to get what they want and avoid taking responsibility for their own actions.

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Queue to the long hour monologue about doing it all for the country and the royal family and that he wasn't wrong as a good vassal of the country...

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Please. I'm still scarred. ㅠ.ㅠ

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“ Sageuk villains are not above all kinds of horrific conniving to get what they want ”

Villains in history as well…

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Funny how that works...

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I see it as an advantage for Dam Yi. Grandpa will have to protect her identity in order to secure his position and power. The heir to the throne is his flesh and blood. Unless he has another daughter to forge another political marriage, Dam Yi is his last hope.
He is an outsider; the royal linage belongs to the house of Yi.

Yoon Je-Moon is a fantastic actor. I'm excited he is playing the villain here.

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This is also a possibility. A slightly more preferred one than my fear also haha.

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But should we be overthinking or go with the flow? LOL
I'm just happy to see some of my favorite veterans, and hopefully, they'll keep this one grounded.

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Am I the only one who wants to see the mom's story? I have a feeling this drama will follow the usual annoying saeguk route and he will keep saving her, so I wish they had elongated her mother's story.

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I wish we could have watched Crown Prince/Damyi struggles (and power) politically in he palace first before diving into the love story. I find the way he cold cousin's (who is likely to be another villain) both borderline annoyance yet admiration of her arrogance is interesting.

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In the manhwa she was quite savvy and could stand very well on her on but more likely we'll see what u say here as they did changed his character and motivations (he became her bodyguard that had a Princess Mother and father who was a traitor not to mention she knew him first as a girl as he was undercover crossdressing)

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It's such a solid premiere week! The last time I was so hooked on a sageuk was My Country even though it was more heavy on the political plot rather than the romance.

First and most important from that premiere, HOW GOOD IS THE CHILD ACTRESS???? The way she plays both the prince and Damyi, and the way she plays with her voice and mannerism to distinct both characters without being comical or exaggerated?? Sadly, other than her.... I really cannot grasp the other child actors (Jiwoon, the nice cousin, etc). It almost like i cannot follow how the young Jiwoon became Rowoon lol

Talking about that, it was so sad that the Crown Princess' message to Damyi was literally the opposite of being nice and kind that she holds those word and ended up being the adult Crown Prince/Damyi EVEN to Eunuch Hong and Lady Kim... Park Eunbin is so awesome and convincing tho! Love it, dig it, gonna comeback for more! The only drawback is that it's a 20 episode sageuk so it's gonna be a loooooong journey lmao

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Yess, the child actress and Han Chae Ah really stole the highlight of premiere episodes. Too bad they only appeared for 2 episodes.

About the Crown Princess message to Damyi, at first I feel like "What? you can't do this to this lovely Damyi!" but I realize the mother know how scary and hard it be to live in palace around some people who ready to kill you anytime. So she should survive on herself and not close with many people to make them safe too.

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That is basically her only way to survive yet what they did to her is still a cruelty under desguise as her time is still limited as the lie won't be forever and when that happenes it means death to all of them...

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Its to prolonged her due while hoping for that almost imposible miracle that she can somehow survive.

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Yes, I agree that the 20 ep format is tedious. I believe those extra 4 eps might have tarnished Bossam, Steal the Fate, (another 20 ep show) from being one of the better sageuks of the year.
Strong competition here as I agree that the young actress did a wonderful job portraying both twins; which we will not mention as being scientifically impossible. Abandon all science yea who enter Kdrama-land!

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Sesquizygotic twins… as @sicarius points out? Two cases known.

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Wow, just looked that up - how fascinating! I stand corrected.

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The child playing Ji Woon seemed like he was misplaced in the scenes, with wrong emotions emanating from his eyes and facial expression.
I had to search out Han Chae Ah, that cameo was very impressive.

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I thought the same about the Ji Woon kid. I'm so used to the acting level of Yeo Jin Goo and Moon Woo Jin that I was taken aback at some scenes with little Ji Woon. But it's not too outrageous and I believe he'll be ok with more detailed directing.

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I thought all the child actors were very good -- good enough to make us ignore how implausible the premise is.

But the final scene of ep 2 really was totally implausible. What smart princess, after having her headdress knocked off by an arrow in a forest crawling with hunters, would ride off to a pond and undress? Huh? How does that make any sense? It's just an invitation to be discovered....

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Yess, I totally agree, I was like girl, put your hair up, what are you doing? That entire last scene was created just so the male lead could see her, but didn't make any sense in the context of her existence. It wasn't careful or well thought out, where was her trusty attendant. It didn't make any sense.

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The reason was because her chest wrap came undone, but it also felt like it was created so the male lead could see her looking beautiful. I was bummed that she was caught since she has done a great job over the years of creating that Crown Prince persona and being great in hunting and weapons and almost wished she had killed him since this is secret -if exposed- would get a lot more people killed - dead man tell no tales.

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I think her breast protection slided because of her move. She needed to put it back.

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Yes, my understanding as well.

1. The sequence about cotton vs silk for the straps as she was being dressed.

2. When her knot was shot out, she gasped and her hand went to her chest area. This, my take, is when it slipped.

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Yup, that is how I viewed it too. There was a reason for the silk vs. cotton scene, and there were at least 2 prolonged scenes that she clutched her robe instead.

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I think it was because the chest wrap thing was unwrapped. And if I didn't read too deep into it, it was because it was the silk one instead of cotton (the one where she was angry to Lady Kim and Eunuch Hong)

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I love the premiere week! Also, Park Eun-bin's long, mane hair was great for me and it seemingly her hairstyle transformed from last year's Do You Like Brahms? to this sageuk drama's mane hair. I hope that her mane, long hair will keep some scenes alive in the next coming epic episodes onwards.

Meanwhile, I love all of entire storylines this week and I hope that this show is still the best for me so soon I will give one of my two best sageuks of 2021 (so far) (my other one was Bossam: Steal the Fate)

Also, I want to give a biggest bravo to the crew and cast for this show for a great start and I would like to give @wishfultoki a honorable mention for keeping up as a sageuk fan!

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Tbh to me the mother is the villain/bad guy. Why subject your long lost daughter to live a life where she will be bound to get caught? The ‘king’ will never get married? Never have children? How is she going to survive not having a p*** in a palace where she must reproduce? Why subject your daughter to a life that will surely see her get killed?

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I thought about this while watching ep 2. It's actually the only way for Dami to survive. Everyone from her maternal side is not hesitant to eliminate any thread to their power scheme. Dami's existence alone is a problem, she's not allowed to exist, even as an orphan. The fact that they tried to kill her years later shows that Dami is sure to be killed if she's not the crown prince. The crown princess seems to be so traumatized by losing her children twice that she only wishes for Dami to live, regardless of which life she's getting into. It's very sad but I understand why she did it.

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Certain death for everyone now, or hope. She chose hope.

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But she WILL end up dead won’t she? This is the kind of secret you can’t hide forever.

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In a kdrama, there’s death, fake death, resurrection, makjang resurrection (Penthouse), various forms of undead, …

And then there is the remotest of all possibilities, a true death in the context of a beautiful sad ending.

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Like others have said. It's hope or death, at least this way they can buy some time to figure out a viable solution. I think it's a reasonable choice given the situation they were in.

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If she said that her son was killed by the Inspector who works for her father, people will have a lot of questions. Who was the person who took his place? Why she looked so similar? Why he was killed? Etc.

Dami would have been killed but by the King this time.

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Yup letting Dami go is not equal to letting her live. The prince died without the knowledge of the Royal Family, once they know all this, they probably will kill three generations of the crown princess' family after what her father did. This was the only way to at least ensure that Dami lives.

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Nothing of the first 2 eps I haven't seen/read before. However, the well paced and tightly written sequences were amazing. Also, I'm so sad to see the crown princess die so early on. Of all the tragedies happening in eps 1-2, I found hers the most heart-wrenching and relatable. It must have been a nightmare to live with the guilt of not being able to protect both of her children from her own family. Props to the actress who played the crown princess so convincingly, such an elegant and graceful lady. She reminds me of another gorgeous actress Park Joo Mi 🥰

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I had thought it was Park Joo Mi playing the crown princess. If not for the voice difference, I wouldn't have separated the two.

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Child actress's performance as either of half of the twins is phenomenal, you can really figure out instantly whenever she plays the Prince or his sister. Reminded me of Megan Lai in Bromance, her body language was THAT good! <3

That said, the Prince dying with the outfit-switch was some serious 'Boy in the Blue Pajamas' level makjang. Joseon's patriarchal views on 'not being a worthy ruler because you shared a womb with a girl' is gag-inducing. Such double-standards when the womb you're being nurtured in belongs to a woman. Sheesh.

Bae Soo-Bin's back again, playing trashy villains. Not sure if I hate him more in Secret or here. The truly tragic character of the show isn't the twins, it's their Mother. Gosh, I feel for that lady. Bonus points, she looks like Lee Da Hee from certain angles! :') Also, Eunuch-friend kid is soo cute with his plump cheeks! <3 <3

PS. Aghhhh, I KNEW it the Mother was dying! Just crush my heart already, you guys, HOW tragic do you want the main lead to be? T__T

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Finally, I found someone who appreciates Mega Lai in Bromance. I think she and Yoon Eun Hye were the best in these kinds of roles. I feel Park Eun Bin will be good too but this child actress tops them all.

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More Park Eun-bin on my screen. It’s what I’m here for! I’m a big fan of hers ever since Age of Youth. Well shot, and the acting was pretty solid all around. I’ve seen our ML in a bunch of shows now, and he’s always…fine. I’m hoping this is the show that makes me a fan of his finally.

Didn’t know this was a 20 episode series…we’ll see if that ends up helping or hindering things in the end. Even the other good Sageuk from this year, Bossam, kind of petered out near the end imo. Lovers of the Red Sky also seems to have this problem. Not that I didn’t still enjoy both of those.

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"This feels like a gore genderbender version of my sassy girl-sageuk drama edition"

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I can't imagine real people live during those times - heard story when in tour to korea palcaces, was told, a very smart prince was killed because he is smart people cannot make him their puppet. Sigh..
Actress lee young ae who acted in da chang jin had twins, a boy n girl n they really look alike when young. A colleague of mine had triples of boy n 2 girls.
Enjoy the acting but it is sad how one must obey to kill n the politics, the prince who died n to live in his state a lie in order to survive. Hope the drama will have a balance politics with romance to smooth out the nerve - with good acting n writting n directing, should do very well might be better than red sky.

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The Kings Affection is on the way to scoring my must watch list every week. Its just well done. That child actor really held her ground as a cameo. With the impressive past cameos, at least we are left with Baek Hyun Joo amongst our quads.
If there's one thing I like about power struggles and politics in sagueks, its the 'survive' speech that is dished out to the characters, and the crown princess's words to Dam-yi when she was acting all kind to that maid was both endearing and heart jarring. Another dialogue I found sad was that between the Crown Prince and Princess. Such a command be the last words he'd hear from his wife. I really felt for him, that conversation will just keep his longing hanging.

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I am not sure what is keeping Dam-Yi inside the palace. What is her motivation? Her mother is dead and her father will not accept her.
There is no way this will turn out to be okay for Dam-Yi in future. The best thing for her is to make her subordinate leave the palace and disappear too. No one will look for a girl anyway.

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I don't think that a royal person can just disapear like that... If she failed a lot of persons will die because of her.

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When will “they” realize that transformations, from weak child to powerful adult,can be really interesting drama?

In My Country, ALL the interesting transformations, e.g. young girl to the Queen’s grey eminence, happened off screen, for gods sake.

In this drama, the transformation of an orphan-maid into the Prince we saw in episode 2 - how the blankety blank do you decide to leave that OFF screen? Especially when you have 20 episodes?

Grumble, grumble, grumble.

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Absolutely loving this. Makes red sky rather tatty by comparison.

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Weirdly, I found myself holding out for the prince not to die. I get that it's in the summary of the drama, but the child actress did such a phenomenal job that I wanted the door open for future possibilities of him returning to reclaim the throne. If this happened, she would not be as stuck/condemned to the fate of being Prince, possibly making for an obvious happy ending. Needless to say, I truly felt the loss, saddened when the dead body confirmed the worst.

I don't know why, but the child actor and Ro Woon don't seem like the same person? Ro Woon has a natural impishness about him that was lacking in his younger counterpart's earnest and docile portrayal. Not to say that Ro Woon can't embody these attributes, but the characterization doesn't immediately seem to fit.

Also, I don't see the point in having Da Mi undress to fix her chest binder, in broad daylight. I might have understood, had she quickly undone it to use part of the fabric as a hair tie, but no. She just risks everything while in plain sight as though no one will find her. I'm almost surprised that Ro Woon spotted her and not the skeevy uncle. Eun Bin is phenomenal and truly talented, she has good carriage and is beautiful to watch, I'm looking forward to seeing how she navigates this precarious situation. Gender swapping with stakes like these makes me bite my nails in worry, please no tragic ending!!! Lastly, most of the actors knocked it out of the park, Eun Bin and the younger actress, the Queen/her mother, and Ro Woon. Here's to hoping they have great material to work with going forward!

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This drama has a lot of things going for it.

First of all the cinematography is gorgeous, espcially night shots. Even when the going get slow it is still a marvel to look at. The production value is very clear, especially (for me) in regards to costuming (cannot get enough!!!) and lightning.

Second of all I like the direction they take the leads. Our crown prince is "ruthless" and "arrogant" and it's very clear that it is both a defense mechanism as well as a result of her difficult upbringing. I love that they let the female lead be this though and "sharp" character. Physician Jung, on the other hand, seems like a very spunky, gets-by-with-his-wits, talking-it-out kind of character, and he is already great fun. Lets hope they keep this up for both of them.

The story got a bit slow at some points-the childhood set up lasted a tad longer than I would have liked-but now it seems we are in it to win it. I'm glad Dam-yi has a support system (enuch and court lady dream team) and is not alone in this.

This will be an interesting ride.

(really excited about finally watching a drama as it airs and getting to join in on the disscussion! Long time lurker coming to light!)

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