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The King’s Affection: Episodes 19-20 Open Thread (Final)

It’s all come down to this. Our king has to defeat her enemies before they use her secret, and her loved ones, against her. She’s determined to make it out alive, but the more she fights, the more it seems like her long-lived nightmare is inescapable. Someone hold my hand — I’m definitely gonna get emotional.

 
EPISODES 19-20 WEECAP

This has to be one of the most exciting finale weeks I’ve had to dive into. Tensions have been building, with greed for the throne threatening numerous lives. Dam-yi and her inner circle have been getting strong, but her enemies have been getting stronger. And the couple is so in love and desperate to protect each other, it KILLS ME. I wanna jump through the screen and protect them myself.

After Ji-woon finds out that Dam-yi is the Dam-yi from his past, they reaffirm their love and decide to see to the end together. So-eun, being lovely and understanding as always, decides to cancel her arranged marriage with Ji-woon, reassuring him that he doesn’t have to feel sorry towards her. When Inspector Jung hears of this, he warns Ji-woon that he can’t protect Dam-yi any longer.

However, since day one, Inspector Jung’s heart has been with his family, even if his loyalties have been with Lord Sangheon. And now that Lord Sangheon has caught on to his lies and is targeting his family, his loyalties (finally!) shift to Dam-yi and her cause.

I love the turn with Inspector Jung, but I also love where the story goes with some of our other characters. As Dam-yi promised, she explains to her queen Ha-kyung why she’s been so distant, removing her robes and revealing that she’s a woman. I never cared for the queen character that much, but she did deserve the truth and I’m glad that she got it. Dam-yi also reveals the truth to the Queen Dowager, and though the Queen Dowager is shaken, you can tell that she does care for her granddaughter.

At first, things seem to go smoothly — almost too smoothly — as Dam-yi and friends get the evidence to arrest Lord Sangheon for treason. Dam-yi readies to get rid of her grandfather once and for all and to hand the crown over to Prince Jehyeon. But, somehow, Lord Sangheon escapes prison and meets up with Hyun’s brother Prince Wonsan, along with the huge army they’ve been recruiting. They’re on one team now, sharing the same goal to kill the female king. It’s truly a frightening scene, seeing them lead this army into the palace and towards our heroes.

Dam-yi sends Hyun off to guide Prince Jehyeon to safety, while she and Ji-woon stay to fight the soldiers. Inspector Jung does what he can to help, eventually breaking off to go after Lord Sangheon. But Lord Sangheon ends up stabbing Inspector Jung — AH, WHY — and leaving him for Ji-woon to find.

Ji-woon’s last moments with his father are quite heartbreaking, because all the anger and resentment that was between them gets pushed aside. Inspector Jung lets Ji-woon know that he loved that Ji-woon was different from him. And Ji-woon can only sob and embrace his father as he dies.

If that wasn’t enough, Prince Wonsan catches up to Hyun and Prince Jehyeon. Though Prince Wonsan can’t bring himself to kill his brother, he can and does kill Prince Jehyeon. Our trusty bodyguard Ga-on swoops in and takes Wonsan down, but it’s too late — Dam-yi’s hope for a good king to replace her is gone.

I expected Inspector Jung’s death, but oof, Prince Jehyeon’s death completely surprised me. It leaves Dam-yi in shock as well, and she feels that she’s all out of options. She has a moment alone with Ji-woon to confess that she loves him and always has, and as beautiful and heartfelt as it is, her pained expression is scaring me…

Dam-yi then confronts her grandfather for the final showdown. Much like their other interactions, their conversation is quiet and respectful, yet tight with tension. They both drink a cup of tea, and Dam-yi ominously states that they can leave this world together. Oh my god. She laced their tea with the very poison that Lord Sangheon used to kill her father.

Enraged, Lord Sangheon attempts to choke Dam-yi. But they fall apart, both of them coughing up blood. As they lie on the ground dying, I’m just staring at the screen with my jaw dropped. I cannot believe she did that. She wanted so much to survive, but wow… Like a true king, she did what she thought she had to do for her country and her loved ones.

While Lord Sangheon’s death is confirmed, there’s still hope for Dam-yi. We see her dreaming of a very different life, where she’s the princess and her twin brother is alive.

She’s dressed as a bride and eagerly runs over to her groom — Ji-woon. She looks so free and happy, until Ji-woon, and Eunuch Hong and Court Lady Kim behind him, start to disappear. She calls out to them, and the fear in her voice is the absolute saddest thing. It’s like we’re finally seeing Dam-yi with her defenses down, when it’s just her and her vulnerability, and she’s immediately crushed.

But then she wakes up and realizes that Ji-woon hasn’t disappeared; he’s right by her bedside, clutching her hand. He tells her that the nightmare is over, and they hug, crying. I have a theory that Dam-yi survived because of the anxiety medication she took right before drinking the poison, but at the end of the day, I don’t care about how she lived. I’m just glad she’s okay.

During the time Dam-yi was unconscious, Hyun, who was next in line for the throne, became king. Again, I didn’t expect this kind of outcome and I’m pleasantly surprised by how well it fits with the story. Dam-yi chooses to stand before him in trial, wanting to accept her punishment for stealing her brother’s identity. And Hyun, being the good king Dam-yi wanted, listens fairly as the officials and scholars stand up for her.

Dam-yi’s “punishment” is to be cleansed and to be given her own identity back, and it washes over as the biggest relief ever. My heart was racing all throughout these two episodes, and it was finally able to calm down. From there, my heart started racing again, this time from giddiness, as our happy ending plays out. Hyun and Ha-kyung seem to be at peace, Ga-on seems to have a hint of romance going on with Ji-woon’s friend Young-ji. Last, but certainly not least, Dam-yi and Ji-woon are living outside the palace, married!

I can’t even begin to explain how satisfying the last few minutes are. Dam-yi looks even more free than she did in her dream, and she goes by a name that is fully hers (Yeon-sun, as Ji-woon called her when they were kids).

As they kiss and walk along the beach, eventually meeting up with Hyun and friends, I smile through tears during their last exchange. Dam-yi: “Everything that has happened feels like a dream. A long, scary, yet beautiful dream.” Ji-woon: “Your dreams will no longer be scary. They will only be beautiful.”

The King’s Affection really was a long and scary, yet beautiful journey. It had gorgeous directing, phenomenal acting led by Park Eun-bin, and rich, charming characters that I couldn’t help falling in love with. I already know that I’ll be keeping this show close to my heart for a long time.

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It's been a long time since I've watched a show live (I'd rather binge watch than wait painfully every week) and maybe that's why I also went through a rollercoaster of emotions watching this drama. Was it perfect? No. (cough poison cough) But for all its faults, I absolutely loved this ending. After 20 ep of watching Hwi suffer bc of many factors out of her control - she finally got her happy ending and more importantly with those who she cared about.

Thanks dramabeans for recapping and thanks to Yeonmoz for bringing this story to life!

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Here I am joining in the discussion at the ending. However, I just started watching this drama this week and am at episode 3, where I decided to drop it. Just didn't catch my interest.

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Started watching for Rowoon but Park Eun Bin was so amazing in this that I binge-watched Do You Like Brahms? in the week leading up to finale week. She was amazing in that too (Hot Stove League, you're next!). Definitely will be looking forward to her future projects.

I had hoped Inspector Jung would survive, but he did too much wrong to have a happy ending. So him dying was fitting to the storyline.

Absolutely loved the ending scene at the beach, probably my favourite scene throughout the whole show.

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Hot Stove League was great! 👍🏻❤️
I binge-watched the show. Haha 😂

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It really was- and I loved DO YOU LIKE BRAHMS as well- even the painful parts. Even before those shows Park Eun-bin was one of my favorite actresses. She is amazing.

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Agree. She’s amazing in both Age Of Youth as well. Another must watch series.

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Park Eunbin's next project will be a lawyer with Asperger (i.e. great in dealing with logic and science, poor on interpreting emotions and relationships), sometime next year on Netflix, I guess.

Looking forward to it.

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So what happened to Lady Shin?

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Exactly. And to Lady Kim, Jiwoon’s mother?

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I haven’t been watching a lot of sageuk but this one was a gem. I binge-watched the middle half of it in 2 days, just in time for the finale. I wondered how they’re gonna end this drama so I was glad that it ended up on a happy note.
All of the cast are great 👍🏻
Love, love, love it. ❤️

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Am I the only one who was ‘looking forward’ to the ‘sad ending’? How did she stay alive? I was waiting for the scene where we find out that she was alive because she was given an antidote of some sort by Riwoon (which was very plausible given that he was a pharmacist and was already researching the that said poison). How did her small body survive the poison when her grandfather had the same amount and died? Ugh!

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I like to believe the anxiety pill she took right before ordering the tea worked as an antidote, BUT they didn't explain that at all. I mean that's a good way to save her considering Jiwoon gave it to her but atleast talk about that a little. The poison killed both her grandfather and father instantly so they should've made it somewhat believable that she lived. TKA's focus has been heavy on the romance since the beginning so I didn't think they'll go for the sad ending anyway. Kdramas have recently completely shyed away from realistic sad endings to go for forced happy endings. Though, I didn't feel it was as forced in TKA.

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The 'anxiety pill' may have actually been an intentional anti-dote (but she did not know it when she took it.

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I didn't understand the part where Ha-kyung was talking about the king. Was she referring to Lee Hwi or to Lee Hyun?

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I believe she was talking about Lee Hwi. Ha-kyung picked up a woman's ornament and mentioned it would look good on the king, meaning Lee Hwi/Dam-yi.

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Oh thank you very much!!!

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One of my favorite parts was when the officials came together to plead on Dam-yi's behalf at her hearing; I teared up during that scene. They saw her for the outstanding king she was, not as a woman who illegally took the throne. As the official said, the position was forced on her as a child by greedy adults, and she did the best she could for her people. I'm glad our couple got their happy ending, they so deserved it. I don't care how Dam-yi survived (maybe the anxiety pill helped, maybe Ji-woon was able to figure out an antidote), I'm just glad she lived. And Ji-woon giving her a hairpin was so sweet. I was sad for Hyun because he seemed lonely as king; I just hope he finds a queen he can love.

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That was the best scene really. I don't think the offocials in real Joseon would have ever let sth like this slide but throughout the show DY had a good relationship with the officials so it became believable that they will take her side. Hyun looked sad too but he's the best fot for the throne.

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For King Hyun - there would be a lady waiting somewhere to trip into his arms, just like the earlier instances in the show (Ha-Kyung into Crown Prince arms, Yeongji into Ga-On/Eun-Seo's arms) I kinda wish that it was this ending for him, as tropey and cheesey as it is, instead of him sitting on his own at that hilltop.

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Arms, like the (one) cliff, are very good plot device for Sageuks ...

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I don't get why they all the sudden we're on her side though. A lot of them was following grandpa and being evil...also, she wasn't King for that long and hasn't done much so how did they know/think she was a great king? She was always under grandpa control and her biggest accomplishment was just finding out who poisoned her dad. Right?

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A lot of persons were actually against the grandpa, they were students "manifesting" against him. People were scared by him.

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A minority opinion, perhaps but this show staggered on the 2nd half because of 20 episodes. There are many scenes they could have done away with and thus the finale as usual feels rushed. I fast forwarded most of the scenes to arrive at the conclusion we already know. But, PEB was excellent, as always.

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Agreed I think it could have definitely been 16 ep if not shorter. thought the first 10-11 episodes were solid but then after Hwi became king we lost the plot until the last two episodes.

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yeah, I feel like there was too much back and forth between Hwi and Jung, and it took up way to much time

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Now I can go back to binge-completing the series. Yes, the movie got me with Prince Jehyeon's death, but what better king could we wish for? Hyun has more right to the throne anyway. I'm sure that were Wonsan alive, Damyi would have still named Hyun as King.

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It got bleak at the end, before it got better, especially with the death of the Prince Jehyeon. Ouch, that was pathetic (in a sad way) and horrible, in equal proportions. The King suddenly seemed very much on her own, but this served to show how brave, resilient and resourceful she was.

As soon as she took the anxiety pill, I expected it to work as an antidote to poison, so what followed didn't surprise me at all, although I did expect that we would learn Ji-woon had given it to her as protection against poison, but we didn't.

I enjoyed the reversal of the most obvious gender stereotypes, especially in the character of Ji-woon when he was at his most emotional and she was at her most level-headed and rational. It added to Park Eun-bin's wonderfully suggestive Crown Prince/King. As a small woman, she couldn't rely on her physicality to "become" male, but she accomplished it by the power of suggestion. I guess that's good acting.

It was a visually beautiful drama, and as a narrative, it followed an expected trajectory, although I think we may have all wondered how she'd extract herself from her role as king.

Most of all, I enjoyed Inspector Jung's character. Bae Soo-bin carried it off with the right amount of threat and vulnerability. His pivot added another dimension to the story at the end.

Grandfather's unprincipled lust for power anchored the whole thing, giving urgency to all the action. An exaggerated big bad, but in the parry and thrust between him and the king, he came across as extremely and unpredictability menacing. His brand of evil was convincing enough to justify the CP's fear-filled life.

Congratulations to all involved.

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i agree, Bae Soo-Bin is very good.

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Park Eun Bin is skinny, however she ain't that small at 163 cm. All the boys surrounding her are extremely tall even for Korean idols. As in Rowoon is 192cm tall, Nam Yoon Su is 188cm ( or more) , Byung-Chan is 185cm or more, Lee Pil Mo is 181cm tall. And so on.
PD-nim explained that he picked very tall rivals for the male lead because Rowoon is so tall. It was rather complicated. Byung Chan's acting skills are nowhere near Rowoon's or Park Eun Bin or Bae Soo Bin, not even saying that he was always near Go Gyu Pil, who is an experienced actor.

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Honestly, I struggled with eps 19 and 20. They caught Grandpops in ep19 and a child could have explained to them that they needed to finish him off *now*. The idea that they didn't conceive he would be able to do a jail-break had me rolling my eyes. Same with Hyun's once again super-speedy recovery and readiness to become king at the drop of a hat. Then we had to go into the full all-out battle - this is very personal, but I find them very hard to get invested in. They're used so much, we pretty much know what the outcome is going to be, there's very little new that can be done with a sword fight, and it just feels tedious. And, lastly, I can't take seriously the idea that the king can just take a couple of days off with pretty much no entourage to go and visit a couple of friends on a deserted island. We didn't need to see a grand reunion of the "friends" (never felt they were a group anyway) - much better if they'd just left it with the two of them doing their thing.

Hahahahah - what a whinge! I really enjoyed the start of the drama and its freshness. But second half let me down and, nope, for me, it's not one of my highlights this year.

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This. I really enjoyed this show overall, but the last 2 episodes, while there were GREAT moments (Hwi trial) and I'm satisfied with how the plot resolved for the most part, I was strangely a bit disappointed and bored by the end. It might be having to wait a week that the anticipation was too great. I would have preferred to binge watch this show at my own pace.

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This is something I discovered while watching on-air dramas. There's just so much anticipation and anxiety while awaiting new episodes, especially the finale, that no matter how good the ending is, it always seems a bit of a let-down.

This is why I drop some dramas and wait until it's finished before I watch them. Sky-high anxiety and disappointments are not for me. There are a lot of advantages of watching an ongoing drama, but TKA and now TRS have proved to me that maybe I should just stick to binge-watching completed dramas.

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Thanks @sailorjumun for capturing the roller coaster of these two eps! Episode 19 had me muttering, wait/woah this is too easy, and sure enough it was. The finale was a mix-master of feels. Honestly I must have paced for a couple miles back and forth in front of the screen during the battle scenes. Every time Sangheon appeared on the screen I wanted one well-placed arrow to take him out. Cheered for Dowager Queen and her failed attempt on Wonsan but her archery skills were sadly not up to the task.
Finally, our fiesty little sword-wielding king decides to go toe to toe with her grandpa over tea (Princess Bride anyone?). Regarding her survival, I know that cyanide is used to leach gold from rocks and the stress med she took was wrapped in gold foil so either that or the herbal concoction within allowed her to live. Not overthinking this. After recovery she decides to accept punishment rather than cause more bloodshed - a noble, not idiot, gesture. Maybe implausible but glad the ministers were allowed a noble gesture of support as well.
Finally, our OTP enjoys a well-earned walk on a beach at sunset and Park Eun bin retains her status as one of the best K-actors of any gender. Congratulations to the entire production staff, actors, directors and especially writers, who should be righteously proud of their work on this show!

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must say, Hyun looks (Im sorry) much swoonier in a kings´ robe than Dam-Yi ever did.
sorry can´t help it. maybe it is all in the width of the shoulders.

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Lol 😅

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First, the episodes 19-20 :

I liked them! It was a great end!

Hwi could defeat her grandfather by the law, proving he was behind the death of the late King and arrested him how a King should do. But he never played by the law, so she had to use his tacticts and the poisining scene was really good, she avenged her father and her brother! How did she survive? I guess they didn't die immediately, nobody tried to save the grandfather and nobody knew for the poison for her father. Ji-Woon knew about the plant after all.

Ji-Woon's relationship with his father was really intense during the whole drama, always on the edge between love and hate. But their last scene was so sad with Inspector Jung saying the best part of Ji-Woon was that he wasn't like him. 😥

I was not expecting Prince Rabbit's death, the Queen Dowager was too kind with Prince Wonsan, she should have killed him with the first arrow! But I was really happy to see Hyun on the throne, he always was a good and fair man. Hwi let him her Eunuch and Court Lady, so he's not alone, like the new Commandant still lives with Ji-Woon's friends.

The young Queen finally knows the weird truth. I'm happy that she can have a new life, I hope this time she will be more mature. She was pretty lucky that the disgrace of father didn't touch her.

Dam-Y and Ji-Woon living their life at the end was the best part! I was really happy for them, they deserved it after all. I like to imagine that Ji-Woon's mother is living with them, she was nice and now as widow, I don't think Ji-Woon would have let her alone.

The last scene with the Eunuch, the Court Lady and Hyun was really beautiful. The 3 of them watched Hwi struggled during her whole life, they helped her their best and now, they can see the result of so much effort and how she's finally herself and happy.

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The drama itself :

I'm really happy how the story didn't loose its purpose, it was Hwi's journey from the beginning to the end. We could see every step she made to become free. I really liked that at the end, she didn't want to hide anymore and refused her grandmother's offer.

Park Eun-Bin was really great in this role. It wasn't an easy role. I liked how the gender bender wasn't use as a comedic purpose but as a dramatic one. It was dangerous and sad.

Rowoon did well too, he had a great chemistry with Park Eun-Bin. I liked his scenes with his hot daddy, Bae Soo-Bin. He assumed his role as the FL pretty well.

I really liked every actors except Choi Byung-Chan, I don't know if it was how the character was written or his acting, but he was just standing there and never talked like a street lamp...

The production crew did a great job with the costumes (so colorful!) and the different place. Everything scene was beautifully shot.

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Ahh! Finally Damyi's long journey as the King of Joseon is over! I'm not a sageuk person, yet I waited impatiently for this show every week because Park Eun Bin is just that good.

I enjoyed watching this show a lot, and while it definitely wasn't perfect and there were many many plotlines I wish theyd handled differently (but sageuks have to sageuk) I'd like to focus on the things I did love about this show and the things I loved so much I wish we'd seen more of it.

Things I loved in no particular order:
- Hakyung thinking fondly about Damyi while picking out something that would suit her well. She was really in love with her and I'm happy she chooses to remember her time with Damyi fondly.
- Damyi finally getting to live her own life! It's all I wanted from this show and I'm glad we at least got that.
- Damyi's goodbye scene with Jiwoon before meeting her grandpa. I love her when she's vulnerable and honest, but also determined to go through with her plans. At least, until the very end, she got to choose how she dealt with the terrible situation she was put in.
- The ending scene where Damyi was reunited with her Court Lady and Eunuch at the beach. I loved this trio and I'm glad they got one last scene together.
- Damyi smiling. I love her when she's icy and I love her when she's soft. Park Eunbin made me care so much for Damyi througout this entire drama and that's really the only thing I need a drama to do.
- Jiwoon and Damyi bickering. Honestly, their romance has been so cute the entire show. They both did really well and they made this dark and cold time of year a little warmer for me.

What I wish we'd seen more of:
- Hakyung and Soeun. Both together, as I enjoyed their friendship, and apart as characters impacting the plot. I wish they had been given a bigger role to play to support our heroes.
- Damyi adjusting to her new life as a free woman. I would've loved some scenes of her enjoying pretty hanboks and getting to buy the pretty things she had shown to want before. I also would've loved to see her have to adjust to (and possibly give up on) behaving like a lady, since she's never had to do so. And I would've loved seeing her enjoy her newfound freedom. She doesn't have to be cold and distant anymore, she can emote freely, express her desires and fool around however she wants to. I'm happy we got to see her smiling brightly, running around with a bow and enjoying her new life with Jiwoon... but... I wish the show had just given me a little more. We've watched this girl struggle for 20 episodes! Please show!!!
- Eunuch Hong and Court Lady Kim. I love them and I love how they loved Damyi and honestly, the entire show could've just used more of them.

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I agree with everything you said. Also, I wish Kim Ga-on / Kang Eun-seo had been fleshed and not presented as this cardboard cutout.

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These two turned out to be my favorite couple of the year. I’m surprised at myself for that, but everything they went through together was overpowering by the end. They sword fight having each others’ backs, they are literally about to die for each other, and then they walk on the beach and laugh easily together. They’re equals. And that makes them seem so perfect for each other.

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One of my favorite couples this year too 🥰🥲

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The people in The King's Affection must have long lives, probably except, those soldiers standing with the King's side.

No kidding, there are way too many medical miracles in this drama (including the one that saved Damyi, although there may have explanation this time--Is it Jiwoon's great medical skill or his talent way to see the future?), but that probably will be an old man's little annoying complaint. The King's Affection successfully made us the audience care about the two main leads (or to be more exact, Park Eunbin's Damyi/Hwi/Yeonsun), so no matter how ridiculous the story is (it is not, except some silly issues), we are going to love the story, and relieve they both survive the ordeal. The most important thing is, She is now Yeonsun, not Hwi, not Damyi, but being herself. She don't need to hide her identity and gender, and live her own life as she choose.

Despite all these, however, the show point us to a brutal reality, that in real history there is no woman to be "King of Joseon" (or "Queen", or what ever you want to call). The initial tragedy of Yeonsun is: since she is a woman, her right to rule the country (even survive) is fully denied, and the only way she can be king is through illegal, immoral and a corrupt way (through the permission of her corrupted grandfather). The end the new king has to grant boil execution to the symbolic "Hwi" and grant her back her original identity Damyi, and her life being spared simply because the ministers agree her just rule, even that, her ruling is being erased by official record. This whole thing itself is a discrimination to her own gender. I am glad the screenwriter doesn't hide the dark side of this seemingly happy ending, although understanding it or not is up to the audience. I am also glad the ministers see the real meaning of the whole event, and we know even the official record denied her existence, the people of Joseon, who is the real writer of history, doesn't forget. I think this is the real happy ending of this drama.

For those who read my comment for sometimes knows I am not a fond supporter of happy ending, especially those happy endings are forced (some recent examples: Doom at Your Service, Jirisan, and especially, Inspector Koo). I only love happy ending as long as it is reasonable, and making points (For the time being, not one surpass My Mister, and more recently, Vincenzo. On the other hand, Romance is a Bonus Book as well Crash Landing on You are the two not as great, but at least good happy ending). The King's Affection is one of those few which has a comparatively better happy ending (Not great, but at least better then Romance and Crash Landing), and I congratulate to all those involve in this project.

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"... the only way she can be king is through illegal, immoral and a corrupt way.

And I have to stress that she is being forced to do so.

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This was one of Park Eun Bin's impressive roles! I'm glad I got to see her acting here. Ro Woon was a new face to me and gave a pleasant first impression. Their romance was a major part of this drama. They were a great couple.

I lost some of my interest during the last few episodes. The strongest, sweet tension was when Dam Yi's gender was still a secret from Ji Woon. The politics picked up more after that, which was inevitable. It was still a bit draggy for me. I like Inspector Jung's arc though. I kept thinking that they would have to fake Dam Yi's death, but it was interesting to see a different solution. The forest and beach ending was lovely.

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@loveblossom- I completely agree with you. PEB was a revelation to me. She was truly outstanding.
And I have to note that like you, my perception was that before the gender reveal, the tension between the main leads was so much more palpable . It crackled with electricity at times. I have wondered why that was the case? I feel Rowoon embodied something authentically precious, brave and moving in his acting during that part of the story in comparison with what came after the gender reveal which at times appeared rote and much less revelatory. Maybe Rowoon will become more consistent as he become more experienced as an actor. Nevertheless and despite some other flaws, I looked forward to (most of) the eps and will think fondly of the series.

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That scene at the end when Hyun, in the king robe, sitting by himself looking wistfully into the distance made me think being king is the loneliest thing in the world. Men would kill for his position but I think he'd rather trade places with Ji Won and go catch some fishes for dinner.

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Rant ahead. I tried to make it short, but i have so much to say. I won't talk about the negatives (there's MDL reviews for that), so I'd mention the parts I loved.

THE ENDING: Wow, what an ending! It was really beautiful, but not entirely unrealistic. When I saw the HEA, I honestly forgot of how saddened i was that the drama was dragging or that it had flaws. And yes, there were plenty flaws, but anytime I remember how the ending could've gone (Hyun/Hwi ending up dead) I go back to loving the series again.

LEE HWI: "I was alive. And yet, I was not."

Hwi was honestly the best part of this show, partly because of PEB, and partly because of her character. She's the definition of strong, not just physical strength, but emotional resilience. Lee Hwi is a boss. Period.

Ngl, I wanted Hwi to be a female king. But it wouldn't have been what she wanted. See how relieved she was when Jiun told her that everything was over? She didn't want a life in hiding. He entire life had been just that. She wanted to her own life as a woman, to be Yeonseon, to see the sea, to be free. And she got her wish.

Her character development was beautiful. She learned to love, not just Jiun, but also herself. And selflove is the most important part.

HWIWOON: People complained that later on, Jiun became nothing more than a love interest for Hwi, but as frustrating as that is, it's also refreshing. How many times have we had a FL be only a love interest for the ML, nothing more? At least Jiun had a personality. How absurd does it get when the ML saves the FL lead all the time? How many uncountable times have we seen an imbalance in k-relationships, with the FL lead being viewed as the weaker and lesser one?

I love me some Jiun. Enough said.

We got to see a reversal of their roles. At first, Jiun was the one chasing her. But when she owned her feelings, she became to one taking the initiative, comforting, asking him to stay, begging him not to leave. She became more trusting, more loving. It's crazy how much effect Jiun had on her.

It was a story about our heroine and her lover; The king and her affection; Hwi and Jiun, and they got to be together finally. Their love story was a gender-bender in itself, even down to the end. Hwi is still the better hunter; Jiun should probably just confine himself to being a physician. Daddy Jung was right about him not being able to survive in the palace. Poor boy still can't catch fish.

SOEUN AND HAKYUNG: Wholesome SFLs who aren't nuisances to the main plot? Check. Not trying to tear down our OTP into pieces? Check. Zero toxicity? Check. Positive character development? Check. Taking the initiative to break off an engagement, no matter how much it hurts? Not forcing yourself into the main leads? Not being a crazy bitch over the fact that your feelings are not reciprocated? Trying to move on wholesomely? Having nothing but love and respect for someone who deceived...

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...you? Not hating the other lead for being chosen over you? Check. Check. Check.

Kdramas, please learn. That's how you write SFLs. Not all women turn into crazy bitches because of love.

PAPA AND SON JUNG: Arguably the best written relationship in this series.

Papa Jung: "You know what I liked about you most? You did not take after me. Don't ever forgive me. Jiun-ah, Jiun, my Jiun..."

I actually wanted him to live though. His face when Grandpa pierced him killed me. Imagine selling your soul to the devil for such a guy. That father-son moment before he died. BSB is so good. I can imagine how nervous RW felt before filming that scene. But they both nailed it really well, so well that I had tears in my eyes.

I hardly ever cry.

I'm also grateful with how Hwiwoon handled his redemption. Yes, Jiun was pretty pissed at his father, but it was his father, so forgiving him mightve been easy. But not for Hwi. Forgiving him was Hwi's choice to make, and Jiun didn't try and get in the way of that.

MAMA JUNG AND LADY KIM: They have my heart. Both great motherly figures who helped our leads become good people despite their terrible influences.

HYUN: His coronation is one lonely king being replaced with another. He's going to be a good king. Hyun is crazy smart (he could tell Wonsan's rebellion from just a poem) and is great at schemes and. He's also a charmer, and I hope he'd find his Yeonseon soon.

As good as he is, he's also really terrible at excursions. Leave the fighting to your new bodyguard, please.

EUNUCH HONG: Hehe the scene when he took up a sword in the battle had me laughing. He was a great comedic relief, but he was an even greater friend.

GAON AND YOUNJI: Excuse me while I squeal.

GRANDPA: Anytime there was a confrontation between bad grandpa and Hwi (or between Hwi and anybody, really), I got literal chills. When she said, "I'm grateful we could die together.... Accompany me to the afterlife, Grandfather," the look on his face gave me lots of satisfaction.

I wish he died a more painful death. A slow, agonizing, really painful death. Goodbye Mr Twitching Moustache. You definitely won't be missed.

OSTs: All I can think about is 'If I, if I, if I, if I, if I-I-I...'

MY CONCLUSION: Despite all it's flaws, TKA manged to steal my heart and make a mess out of it. I have never felt this way for a drama, and I doubt I ever will.

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Ji-Woon and his father had such love for each other but his father's actions couldn't be forgotten and both knew it. Their last scene made me cry a lot.

I agree that it was really satisfying to see the characters suddenly transforming in bad people because they're jealous or bitter because the leads don't love them back.

For Ji-Woon, I think his love for Hwi changed it too, he wasn't interested in Palace intrigues but for her, he participated actively and fought a lot. Even if he always returned as this big mashmallow as soon it was possible :p

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She was the best! She acted so well as her male counterpart. Loved the ending also! I wish we could have seen her more as dami/her female self 🥺 but I guess that wouldn’t be realistic in her situation so it makes sense but still kinda sad about that. BUT I LOOOOVED HER SMILE AT THE END. I kept thinking wow I haven’t seen her smile so big and wide the whole series and made me so happy she’s so pretty and cute and looked so beautiful as her real self in her feminine clothes 🥲

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