Empress Ki: Eps 13-14

Absence makes heart grow fonder but separation makes the heart in pain all the time.

That being said, part of me is truly wishing that Yoo will be reunited with Seung-nyang as soon as possible, because it’s heartbreaking to see her yearning for his presence when she’s basically at the lowest point of her life. I want to see her blissful smile and her genuine happiness as I feel like it’s been a while since she showed us that side of her.

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Episode 13 picks up from where episode 12 ended: Ta-hwan asked whether Seung-nyang followed him there just to laugh at him for his weakness and dared her to do just like what she did to him back then: hit him or push him into the pile of horse dung, whatever she liked. Seung-nyang shot him her death glare, stating that she would not do it and would never do it, plus he should stop anticipating any kind of action from her. Golta arrived to inform him about the confirmation regarding Lady Park’s pregnancy and at the same time, Lady Park was dragged away from her room by Tanashiri’s court ladies. Tanashiri met Empress Dowager, who was back in her imperial robe and said triumphantly that the latter looked rather worn out. Empress Dowager replied in her usual confident tone, thanking the Empress for her concern. Dangkise knew that Empress Dowager was someone who won’t back up easily but Tanashiri was confident that she would win and Empress Dowager would be forced to leave the palace.

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Lady Park was forced to kneel in front of the royal family for the confirmation about her pregnancy. Ta-hwan questioned why should they conduct the confirmation like this, but Yeon-chul just wanted to make sure that everyone involved in the ruse would be penalized accordingly while shooting knowing glance towards Empress Dowager. All of them displayed various expressions when Lady Park’s pulse was examined by the same doctor before and Seung-nyang’s sly smile was super awesome.

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The doctor stammered when he wanted to report his findings, unable to believe what’s happening in front of him and Yeon-chul ordered other doctors to examine Lady Park. Amidst the nervous faces, Dok-man looked exceptionally calm and the result was announced: Lady Park was really pregnant! The baddies were shocked and Seung-nyang’s aftermath smile = priceless. Dangkise and Yeon-hwa were also confused at the sudden turn of the event.

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In a series of flashback, we were shown that Seung-nyang told Dok-man about the whole ordeal about Tanashiri and the tree powder, hence he was able to switch the herbal used for the infusion in order to prevent Lady Park’s miscarriage. Her child was safe but Seung-nyang was the one who proposed switching the pulse with hers, just to defeat Tanashiri properly in the war the Empress herself created in the beginning.

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Yeon-chul couldn’t do anything about the fact and proceeded to congratulate Ta-hwan (just like that!) but Empress Dowager wasn’t going to let it go easily. She wanted the person who wanted the person who caused the rumour to be penalized and Tanashiri looked nervous. Ta-hwan wanted to know why Tanashiri was so quick to believe the rumours, but Yeon-chul was quick to suggest kneeling for forgiveness as Tanashiri’s penalty and he won’t accept more than that. Dangkise realized that Seung-nyang was behind the whole thing and she kept smirking at him just to make him angrier. Ta-hwan noticed their exhanged glare and felt that something was going on between them.

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Dangkise didn’t wait for too long to confront Seung-nyang about the but she’s ready with the wild card in her hand: the papers that Tanashiri wrote to release her from her maid duty that could be an absolute proof of Tanashiri’s involvement in the matter, complete with the Empress’ seal. Dangkise tried to snatch it away but failed and he wondered whether this was her way of avenging Yoo, but she retorted, saying that it was her own revenge: she wanted to get back at him, the person who killed her mother with his arrows. She told him to send her out of the palace if he wanted to stay safe, his family included. Seung-nyang left….and did Dangkise had tears falling down from his eyes?! Yeah, he’s surprised that he seemed to really care about her….OMG! The fact that he cried is just something that can’t be described with words! And both of them didn’t realize that there was someone eavesdropping on their conversation: it was Golta!

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Tanashiri was getting ready to kneel down, begging for her forgiveness. She stopped her court ladies from crying, saying that as the Empress of the nation, she didn’t want to see her servants pitying her. Golta went to report to Ta-hwan presumably about what he heard earlier and Empress Dowager informed Ta-hwan about Tanashiri’ arrival to beg for his forgiveness. The weather turned dark and it was raining as Tanashiri knelt in front of the throne hall while admitting her mistakes and begging Ta-hwan to forgive her. Ta-hwan wanted it to stop since he’s afraid that she would get sick, but Empress Dowager stopped him, saying that it’s their way of teaching their enemies a lesson. She continued to persuade Ta-hwan into making Lady Park his official concubine. Yeon-chul also stopped Dangkise from protecting his dearie little sister to give her a lesson. Tanashiri continued to kneel through the night and she vowed not to cry until she avenged those who made her kneel like that.

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She suddenly fainted and her servants ran towards her. Dangkise, who was still standing there quickly carried her back to the quarters. At the same time, Lady Park received the royal edict, appointing her as an Imperial Concubine of the fifth rank. Seung-nyang smiled encouragingly at her as Lady Park received the edict. Dangkise later reported Tanashiri’s condition to his father and Yeon-chul was affected that his baby daughter was treated like that. I noticed that his hands were shaking when he drank from the cup and I was wishing that he got a sickness that would make him die soon. Hahaha! evil cackle Dangkise admitted that all the things happened because of his lacking self and Yeon-chul got all enraged. He threw that cup towards Dangkise, telling his son not to admit his weakness easily in front of others, especially to him. Ack, Dangkise’s forehead was bleeding!

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Wang Go arrived with Ja-chom in tow, representing Tapjahae to report that their army at the border had lost and everyone, including Baek Ahn and Yoo, were killed in the battle. Back at the border, in the Turks’ camp, Baek Ahn and Co. were still locked inside the cage and they began to lose hope that the attack last night wasn’t led by Tapjahae to their rescue. Cue Jeombakyi and Eunuch Bang greeting them cheerfully, with Eunuch Bang enjoying the sight of Byung-soo’s miserable self being caught as a prisoner (his face was just gold! These two really love to annoy each other). The Goryeo soldiers surrounded their cage and dragged them to meet Yoo.

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Taltal was angry that Yoo was their real enemy in the war, but Yoo retorted, saying that the Yuan was the one that used them as baits at first, forcing him to plan on his own (and used them back) in order to reach their common target, which was to win the war against the Turks. Baek Ahn urged Yoo to kill him and Yoo held his sword high…and swoosh! He cut the ropes around Baek Ahn’s body, releasing him since they were going to return to the capital. Baek Ahn wanted to know why they were saved, and Yoo’s answer was simple: The Yuan troop would kill the Goryeo people if they won, but he won’t do so since he’s not a Yuan person. Brilliant. Yoo also showed the dead body of Batoru that he killed and Taltal removed the mask to reveal that the body was Bi-soo’s assistant.

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Bi-soo rode her horse, leaving the Turks’ camp that was littered with dead bodies. Flashback: she wanted to know the reason why she was saved and Yoo said that he’s actually in a war against Yuan and the Turks were his allies, considering that their common enemy was the Yuan. He wanted to create a future together with her, not in the form of marriage but working together to secure the Silk Road in their hands instead falling into Yuan’s power. They exchanged names and Bi-soo rode into the sunset as she promised to meet him again. Woaaaahhh will she return in the future??

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It’s a new day in the Yuan’s harem and the maids were getting their morning lecture from Dok-man: Hong-dan got praised for her good job while Yeon-hwa got criticized for her long face early in the morning (“Are you having your period all year long? What’s up with that face?” LOL). Seung-nyang was told to get rid of her maid’s clothes….because she’s promoted to a court lady! Yeon-hwa was super jealous of her, naturally. Seung-nyang was given a room for herself and at the same time…Dangkise ordered for her to be killed. He recalled his father’s words not to show his weakness and assured himself that he won’t have any regret for killing her..but his eyes said otherwise. Are you sure, Dangkise? Don’t you want to ask your heart for one last time?

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Seung-nyang was actually planning on using the release paper from Tanashiri because she really wished to go out and find Wang Yoo. Yeon-hwa suddenly came to her room, telling her that Dok-man wanted to see her. I got a bad feeling about this…and a man was following behind her, holding a rope in his hands. He was about to strangle Seung-nyang when two eunuchs grabbed him from behind and stopped him. Seung-nyang didn’t see it and it was actually Golta and his men, who were following her too. Golta approached her, telling that Ta-hwan wanted to see her. She was escorted away as the Commander ordered by Dangkise to kill her sent her away with his frustrated glance.

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Ta-hwan didn’t wait for long to let her know that he knew it all along about the release paper and ordered for her body to be searched. He destroyed the paper as Seung-nyang looked at the burning paper helplessly. Dangkise received the news about the failure and Seung-nyang’s meeting with Ta-hwan. Ta-hwan went to interrogate the person who tried to attack Seung-nyang but the man already bit his tongue to death. He decided to transfer Seung-nyang to his quarters to spare himself from worrying about her. Thinking that he should heard the Empress’ explanation, he decided to visit her quarters.

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Tanashiri was still sick but upon hearing Ta-hwan was coming to her quarters, she decided to dress up and make herself presentable in front of him. He was taken aback to see her up and healthy but soon started to chide her about what happened before. Tanashiri wasn’t ready to be blamed just like that and she started pouring her heart out, saying that he was the one who started to ignore her since she entered the palace as his Empress, leaving her lonely all the time. He thought that she was just too proud to admit her mistakes and kept blaming him, but she expressed how she wanted to hear nice words from him for once. She hated her father for being the reason why she was stuck in the lonely position and for that too, she hated Ta-hwan. He left her as she cried alone and he sighed when he went out. Gahhh I feel sad for this ill-fated couple…

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Seung-nyang started her first day as a court lady attending to Ta-hwan in his quarters and Ta-hwan was nervous but giddy to see her again. He told her to step closer towards him as he’s going to draw her portrait (“Don’t move!”). He started painting as he asked her questions: Why didn’t she come to find him when she was first assigned to the palace? Why didn’t she admit that she was a woman all along? Was it because she resented him? Did she think that if he knew that she was a woman all along, he would embrace her? Did you think that you’re a woman in front of my eyes? Seung-nyang wanted him to let her out of the palace, but he told her to shut her mouth up.

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Seung-nyang read him a bedtime poem about separation and he remarked how sad a separation sounded like. She asked him again to let her out of the palace and wanted him to help her, just like how she helped him back then on the island. Ta-hwan wasn’t too happy to hear that the reason she wanted to go out was to find Yoo. He reminded her that she’s with him right now and her master was no longer Yoo; he was his master at that moment. Seung-nyang’s answer was a straight but sad one: even if her body was there, her one and only master was Yoo. She also told him that Yoo was like a mother bird to a newborn chick like her and he told her to leave him alone for the night. After she left, Ta-hwan murmured to himself, saying that Yeon-chul would kill him once she’s out of his sight and that’s the very reason why he’s keeping her beside him all the time. Oh my God, my Baby Emperor is actually trying to protect someone and that’s the real reason why he destroyed the release paper!!

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Seung-nyang walked out to Golta waiting for her. He heard her talking about Yoo being her one and only master/owner and broke the news to her: Yoo was dead. She couldn’t believe it but Golta told her to ask Tutor Jang for confirmation. He warned her not to disappoint Ta-hwan again or he won’t leave her alone. Awww….bromance! Ta-hwan was shocked to hear that Yoo, Baek Ahn, and Taltal were all dead but he was more concerned about Seung-nyang, sighing that her scars were getting bigger with that news.

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Just like Ta-hwan predicted, Seung-nyang was crying alone, reminiscing about those times she spent with Yoo. She wondered how would she live from now on and sobbed at the thought of him. Ta-hwan went to check on her and his heart was breaking at the sight of her crying. Even Golta looked somehow guilty for breaking the news to her..

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A few days had passed and Seung-nyang looked like a zombie. Ta-hwan looked at her and he’s worried that she might have skipped her meals all along after hearing the news about Yoo’s death. He ordered for Seung-nyang to be the one who perform the food tasting for him, defying the custom. Ta-hwan told her to taste the food and ordered her to eat more of the dishes served in front of him. He even told her to eat a whole chicken thigh to confirm whether there was any poison inside it, just to make her eat. He reminded her that she couldn’t follow Yoo to the afterlife and she wished that him not to care about his life of death. Ta-hwan replied that she had to ask for his permission to die since he’s his owner right now.

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Seung-nyang had to accompany him for a midnight walk and he warned her not to fall back more than three steps further from him. He kept walking back and forth and turning around just to tease her, closing the distance between them (Please stop with that smoldering stare Hwannie!!!). He freaked out when she was nowhere to be found when he turned around and he was surprised when she suddenly showed in front of him. She chuckled at his reaction and Ta-hwan was so happy that he managed to cheer her up. Hehehehehe

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Wang Yoo, Baek Ahn, and their respective minions were riding non-stop for two days and Yoo didn’t show any sign of resting, telling the Yuan to stop if they wanted to do so. Byung-soo suspected that he couldn’t wait to see Seung-nyang and Baek Ahn was surprised to learn that Seung-nyang was a woman. LOL he’s late to know about the hottest news in town! Yoo reached the capital at midnight and they decided to wait until tomorrow since they couldn’t enter the palace anyway. They wanted to stay at a courtesans’ house but got to know that Wang Go was also there.

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Wang Go was causing a ruckus while he’s drunk, complaining that even the courtesans were ignoring him despite his status as the King of Shimyang. The palace’s commander and his men were also there and Wang Go realized that he might be watched by those Yeon-chul’s minions. Yoo and Co. entered the place and Ja-chom was surprised to see that Yoo was still alive. Their lines were just priceless:

Wang Go: If you’re a ghost, scramble away; if you’re the man that I know (Wang Yoo), come here and have a drink.

Yoo: If you’re a drunkard, just go away; if you’re the King of Shimyang that I know, come here and have a drink.

What a ‘royal’ way to invite someone to have a drink, huh? 😉 Although he’s been fighting against his own nephew, Wang Go was still kind enough to remind Yoo about the dangerous palace, but Yoo had no thought of living quietly there.

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The next morning, Ta-hwan was looking for Seung-nyang right after he woke up but he was soon informed by Golta that she had fallen so sick and unable to get out of the bed. That sent him running to her bedside as she was unconscious. Yoo was in her dream (I’m not going to complain since he’s in the capital too now~), all safe and happy to return to him. However, a figure came from behind and killed him. He fell down lifeless, revealing Dangkise laughing crazily behind him. I bet the dream happened because she realized that Dangkise would harm the people she treasured the most and the only one she had right now was Yoo.

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Seung-nyang’s hand reached out in reality and Ta-hwan grabbed it, thinking that she was looking for him. Then, Tutor Jang came in to report that Baek Ahn was safe all along and the news before was fake. However, Yoo was also alive, something that didn’t bode too well with Ta-hwan as he watched over Seung-nyang, who kept calling for Yoo and realized that she was yearning for her king…

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Episode 14 , the days after. Seung-nyang was getting ready for her work when Dok-man came to see her. She thanked him for sending a good medicine for her but she’s surprised to hear that it wasn’t from him; Ta-hwan was the one who ordered it specifically for her from the royal doctor and took care of her during her days of being sick. Ta-hwan was drinking alone, recalling what Tutor Jang told him about Yoo: the deposed king was the real victor in the war with the Turks, defeating the enemies with his own hands. Did he feel intimidated and/or challenged by Yoo’s presence? Then, Seung-nyang arrived to serve him for the day but he ordered her to take a leave for the rest of the day (“Don’t step out of the harem until I order you to do so!”). She left and Ta-hwan threw his cup in frustration. Why, Baby Emperor…why?

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The news about Yoo’s arrival reached Tanashiri (who’s sporting a new hairstyle with new accessories) as well as the rumours about him being a womanizer. She thought of sending Seung-nyang to ‘serve’ Yoo to get back at her. Cue all the maids and court ladies from Goryeo gathering around when Yoo and his entourage arrived, gaping and struck in awe at the royal finesse that was Wang Yoo. Yeah girls, drop your jaws in unison while he’s walking like a model through the prying eyes of the women! Unknown to them, he was looking for his one and only Seung-nyang, who was nowhere to be found among the ladies and suspected that she might have missed the news about his arrival. Darn, he’s looking mighty fine, rocking that colour and that hairstyle!!

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Baek Ahn (I’m so used to see him in armour that it feels weird to see him wearing the officer robe), Taltal, and Yoo went to greet Ta-hwan officially and there’s no sign of happiness in Ta-hwan’s face at all. Baek Ahn was offered a drink from the Emperor as his reward for the victory but he credited Yoo as the real victor. Yoo replied, saying that their side had won the war and they all deserved the honour to be rewarded. Yeon-chul, in his fake laughter, praised Yoo for being a loyal servant of Yuan but he’s momentarily caught off-guard when Ta-hwan appointed Baek Ahn as the Commander of the palace bodyguard. This scene is so winning for three reasons: Yeon-chul & Sons’ long faces, Ta-hwan and Yoo’s stare down, and Dangkise brief stare towards Yoo. Oh, not to forget….Taltal!!

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Seung-nyang was walking around the harem when she noticed that the air was different on that day, considering that everyone looked so hyper (and spazzing around, heh) and most of the palace ladies and maids were not around. Hong-dan broke the news to her about Yoo, telling her that he (the one who’s melting the girls left and right) returned from the war with victory. Seung-nyang’s face lit up at the revelation~! She dashed towards the throne hall and coincidentally, Yoo was on his way out from the hall.

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She tried to catch up with him from the sideways, behind the (excited and agitated fangirls a.k.a) ladies.

Your Majesty, I am here.

Over here, turn your head over here, Your Majesty.

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Seung-nyang was happy that he’s still alive, right in front of her eyes. She continued to hope that he would see her there and Yoo stopped for a while to look around for Seung-nyang one last time (he seemed to recognize her but looked away in a split second). I feel so upset when Seung-nyang realized that he didn’t see her and how her expression changed from one to another. He walked away as she tried to contain her mixed feelings.

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Eunuch Bang didn’t see her among the ladies, but Yoo did saw her!! But then, he intentionally ignored her to avoid the prying glances of other maids. Eunuch Bang decided to ask for Dok-man’s help for Yoo to meet Seung-nyang since they were old acquaintances. Suddenly, Moo-song came in to let Yoo know that Ta-hwan had summoned him for a one-two-one audience.

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Ta-hwan didn’t wait for too long to remind Yoo of what he did to him when he first set his foot on Goryeo: telling him, the weakling that protecting him was for the sake of Goryeo’s people that he couldn’t protect. He mused over the fact that their fate had reversed: he’s an emperor and Yoo was now a humble hostage in front of him. Seung-nyang’s name was brought into their heated argument when Ta-hwan stated that Yoo wasn’t the one who saved him; his savior, who was once a skillful lad, turned into a court lady in his palace. Yoo was clearly affected with the mention and avoided answering when Ta-hwan asked whether he’s missing her or not. He wanted Ta-hwan to let her go back to Goryeo since she would be happier living in her hometown rather than spending her lifetime working in a foreign place like Yuan, although she would be considered worthless once she went back to Goryeo.

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Ta-hwan: I’ve thought over it carefully if it’s about that child (Seung-nyang)’s happiness.

Wang Yoo: Do you think that’s what the child really wished for?

Ta-hwan: I’m this nation’s emperor. Heaven or hell, that child’s fate is in my hands!

Wang Yoo: If that’s the case, who’s holding Your Imperial Majesty’s fate?

Ta-hwan: What?

Wang Yoo: For someone who couldn’t even take care of his imperial body, who are you to hold someone’s fate in your hands?

Ta-hwan: That mouth..shut it up.

Wang Yoo: Seung-nyang..I know her better. In the end, it won’t go according to your wishes.

Yoo excused himself and Ta-hwan was left alone, frustrated that he lost again to Yoo. That was AWESOME.

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Eunuch Bang and Dok-man were so happy to see each other again after a long time (in case if you’re wondering: Dok-man was from Goryeo too!). Dok-man was all laughing merrily and smiling, unlike his usual demeanor but when Eunuch Bang asked for his help about Seung-nyang, he switched into his Inner Court’s Head Eunuch mode, stating that she’s now part of the Yuan’s harem. It’s impossible for her to meet another man in her position but Eunuch Bang continued to plead him into agreeing to his request as fellow Goryeo people. Is it weird that I found them adorable, addressing each other as Shin-woo and Deok-manie?

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Seung-nyang was thinking about Yoo, whether he saw her or not, or he was just ignoring her on purpose. She was interrupted by Eunuch Bang, who was happy to see her and cooing on her looking cute as a woman. He momentarily forgot about the reason he was there: he set a time for her and Yoo to meet! She’s excited but also nervous at the same time. Eeeeeeep!

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Tanashiri, with a bulkier wig, went to meet the Empress Dowager for her evening greetings. She was reluctant but it was his father’s order for her to do so. Empress Dowager was suddenly encouraging her to get pregnant too, since bearing a son would be a definite way to secure one woman’s position in the court. They started poking at each other’s sore points and soon showed their true colors: Empress Dowager told her to put more effort (into getting pregnant. HA). Tanashiri wasn’t too happy to be bugged with the matter and she hated that the rumour about her unable to get pregnant would spread in the inner court if she prayed for a son just like Court Lady Seo suggested to her. For her, pride was more important compared to becoming a pregnant lady. I’m sure that’s not a sight everyone’s looking forward to, judging from her virgin temper alone…

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Hehehehehehehe. The night came and Yoo was preparing himself for his date with Seung-nyang. It’s so funny but cute at the same time, seeing how adorable he was in front of the mirror, different from his usual wise self. Eunuch Bang and Moo-song continued to tease him and he chased them out of the room…before sitting again in front of the mirror to practice his smile. OMG can I hug you, Wang Yoo??!! At the same time, Seung-nyang was also getting ready, all smiling and nervous to see him after a long time. She’s glowing with happiness and I’m so giddy for these two!!

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 It’s the complete opposite for Ta-hwan, who’s getting himself drunk alone while thinking about what Seung-nyang and Yoo said before to him. He vowed to do everything according to his wishes and turned the table of servings upside down. Tanashiri went to pray for her pregnancy but poor girl didn’t know that no matter how many times she’s going to kneel, she won’t be able to conceive, like what Empress Dowager was bragging to Tutor Jang. He wondered how was she going to ensure that but she didn’t tell him the exact plan that she executed from the start that was the infertility incense.

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Seung-nyang was about to leave her room when Ta-hwan barged in. She wanted to know the reason why he came looking for her, in which he replied: “Is there any place inside the inner court that he couldn’t go?” He approached her, forcing her to step backwards…

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Tanashiri was diligently praying for the Emperor’s grace and a son when someone was seen coming towards the place. She murmured angrily, stating that she did tell her servants to keep everyone away from that place. She decided to hide to see who the person was and it turned to be Wang Yoo. She decided to hide and secretly peeked at him praying. Suddenly, he head hit the bells and ran behind the statue to hide while giggling at her suddenly racing heart (NO, GIRL…NO, SHOW…you just didn’t…..please tell me I’m wrong about it….). She went back to realize that he had disappeared, only to have him secretly sneaking behind her. She was surprised when Yoo was standing right in front of her when she turned around.

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Yoo wondered if Tanashiri was a court lady, judging from her decent attire compared to a maid. In her usual commanding tone, she told him to leave since the area was restricted to men but he knew that it’s not the curfew time yet. She was about to leave when he grabbed her arm, trying to ask her something (possibly about Seung-nyang). Unaware of the trope of wrist-grabbing, Tanashiri slapped him for touching her. She warned him to leave at once or she would scream, but Yoo knew that it would put her in a difficult position too, staying with a man at night like that. She was about to raise her hand for another slap but he caught her hand, stating that she’s pretty rude as a mere court lady and a hot-headed personality to top that. She walked away but not before anticipating his reaction if he would know her real identity. The hour passed by and Yoo was waiting for Seung-nyang to arrive.

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Well, Seung-nyang was struggling with Ta-hwan, who pushed her onto the bed. He asked her the most painful question for him: would she become head over heels if it was Yoo in his position at that moment? She managed to push him away he told her not to go, since he won’t be able to let her go to Wang Yoo. He expressed how he saw her as his mother bird and Seung-nyang looked rather affected, but she was more concerned about Yoo and ran out towards their meeting place as Ta-hwan was left alone in her room. She reached the place to find it without him.

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Yoo was drinking to nurse his broken heart while Eunuch Bang assured him that Seung-nyang must had her own reasons for her to break her promise. He asked how she looked when Eunuch Bang met her earlier and after hearing that she looked fine, Yoo didn’t want him to set another meeting, afraid that he’s causing a problem to Seung-nyang who was probably living comfortably inside the palace by now. Although he was curious on how she was faring so far, he didn’t want to make her uncomfortable. No…..go and meet her…please, Yoo-gun! *sobs*

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Baek Ahn was greeted by the commander we saw a few times before: Geopseol, who congratulated him for the appointment. Taltal, wearing a new set of armour, invited him to a feast later but when the guy left, our Inseparable Duo gave him a rather judging look…

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It turned out that Yeon-chul was searching for a blood letter written by the late Emperor, Ta-hwan’s father. Yeon-chul personally delivered the poison to the late Emperor and right after hearing that Yeon-chul would assist Ta-hwan to ascend the throne, the Emperor drank the poison and died as Yeon-chul saw his bloody finger. The letter was nowhere to be found and Geopseol was tipped by someone telling him that there’s another person looking for the letter. He went to Baek Ahn’s so called feast and met his demise there after knowing that the person who tipped him was also dead. Taltal and Baek Ahn were also looking for the blood letter, after all, and now they had to deal with the commander’s dead body.

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Tanashiri was rather picky while choosing her outfit for the day, which turned out to be a feast day. She wanted her clothes to be able to impress someone who was rude to her (Guess who…..). She also learned that Seung-nyang was working in Ta-hwan’s quarters but she didn’t really care about her at the time being and had something more important to think of. Girl, it’s good to be careful all the time!

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Empress Dowager and Ta-hwan were also on their way to the feast and she talked about the rumour of Wang Yoo’s good looks among the ladies of the inner court, prompting a smile full of pride from Seung-nyang. He started talking bad about Yoo’s appearance out of jealousy and Seung-nyang found it funnier, chuckling silently. Hahahahaha petty jealousy!! Empress Dowager told him that Yoo would be someone that could be useful to him, something that he’s not too fond of. Hehehe!

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The Yuan officials were gathered for the feast and Yoo was not in his best mood, looking out of place amidst the cheerful atmosphere. Wang Go soon joined the bad mood group when Yeon-chul told him to leave Yuan’s capital and go back to Goryeo, giving up on the throne for good. Ta-hwan’s arrival was announced and he walked in, followed by Seung-nyang among his court ladies. Love love love it when Seung-nyang noticed Yoo there and he saw her, and they smiled at each other!!! Love it when he completely changed at the sight of her smiling (lighting up like a light bulb!) but their silent reunion was cut short, considering that they were in the midst of the Yuan people. Seung-nyang held her head down and Yoo continued to show respect to the Emperor’s procession in front of him.

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Empress Dowager was glad to meet Yoo, remarking how he looked exactly like the rumour suggested. Yes, he’s handsome! Ta-hwan was burning with jealousy and it’s not getting better when he caught Yoo and Seung-nyang looking at each other again. Then, Empress Dowager suddenly talked about Yoo’s marriage with one of the Yuan’s princesses since Goryeo was considered as Yuan’s son-in-law nation. The air was tense between the trio and Yoo exchanged knowing glance with Ta-hwan. Ta-hwan thought that it’s not the time to talk about such thing and Yoo added that he’s not ready yet.

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Tanashiri arrived late and she stood right in front of Yoo, anticipating his reaction towards her real identity. Yoo was flustered and she was truly enjoying it, acting like meeting each other for the first time. Seung-nyang seemed to be aware of his nervousness around Tanashiri. The feast went on and Ta-hwan, forced to witness Yoo and Seung-nyang stealing glances and smiles at each other, chose to drink, one shot after another. Meanwhile, a maid entered the library to find Geopseol hanging dead from the ceiling.

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The dance ended and Empress Dowager urged Yoo to show his skills playing geomungo in front of them. Ta-hwan (partially drunk by now) and Tanashiri also encouraged him to do so and he didn’t have any other choice but to flaunt off his women’s magnet: the mighty geomungo. The women were all ‘enamoured’ by Yoo right now, including Empress Dowager and Tanashiri, who had this slight sign of admiration plus obsession in her eyes.

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What follows next was most probably the saddest scene in this episode, as Yoo’s attention was on Seung-nyang all the time and he continued playing, when tears welled in his eyes. Same went for Seung-nyang and they probably thought the same thing: the moments they share being close to each other without realizing their feelings back then and now, acknowledging their undying yearning for each other but separated by a short distance that seemed to be like an eternity.

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Dangkise realized that Yoo had been looking at Seung-nyang all this time while Ta-hwan could only stare at Seung-nyang, unable to change her heart.

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Suddenly, Dok-man announced with regret that Geopseol had been found dead. If this is a crime drama, it means ‘NEW CASE!’, but we are officially starting a new arc with the death. The standard reaction from everyone was shocked and surprised, except for a few people: Dangkise and Yeon-chul exchanged questioning glance, Taltal and Baek Ahn dumbfounded and a little off, Ta-hwan looking uninterested at all while Wang Go looked extremely calm amidst the news.

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Taltal and Baek Ahn headed towards the crime scene and told Byung-soo (is he an inspector now? Hehehehe) not to let anyone in after them. This was news to them as well since Taltal threw the body somewhere else in a place plagued with disease, only to have it making its way into the palace. He sure has his own ways of dealing with the corpses. Dangkise joined them and he could see that the dead was strangled twice: one by the hanging rope and the other was from a man’s force strangling him with a rope. Taltal thought that the case could cause havoc and suggested that the investigation to be done secretly.

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Ta-hwan was informed about the case as being a mere suicide case but Dangkise told Yeon-chul about the strangling that actually caused the death. The drunk Emperor couldn’t care less and dismissed everyone, announcing that the party had ended before leaving. It’s so out of place watching him went “Let’s go, Golta!” amidst the serious atmosphere in the hall. Seung-nyang and Yoo exchanged one last glance for the day on her way out, followed by Tanashiri’s unfathomable stare at Yoo before she left.

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Wang Go suddenly went all friendly with Yoo although he wasn’t too happy about leaving for Goryeo He told Yoo about the Goryeo village near the capital but Yoo couldn’t stand him prattling about Goryeo people’s plight. Yoo told him to send his regards to his father. A mention about the dead commander sent Yoo into confusion but he couldn’t quite catch what Wang Go meant by that, plus Wang Go wanted to meet him later. Yoo decided to visit a place where Goryeo people were living in Yuan.

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Byung-soo sneaked into the room with the corpse, trying to play detective on his own. He heard people coming and hid behind the shelf to see Baek Ahn, Taltal, Yeon-chul, Dangkise, and Tapjahae entering the room. Baek Ahn was assigned to find the killer (ironically, he‘s the killer he’s looking for) while it’s actually a ploy to distract him from searching for the blood letter, which Yeon-chul was very sure to be hidden inside the palace. He told his sons to find it as soon as possible and Byung-soo, having heard the whole conversation, thought that it’s finally his chance to shine and to steal the limelight from others, which sounds impossible for him. Heh.

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Yoo went to the said village and it was plagued with disease: people were dying but the village head (Hello there, Jae-in’s father a.k.a.Song Kyung-chul!) was composed, sitting there calmly. He wasn’t interested in talking with Yoo and even doused him with water (NOOOOOOO not that hair!!) when introduced as the king. He didn’t want to see people like Yoo, whom he regarded as filthier than the plague. Yoo was about to leave when he heard the old man nagging about a certain man coming to their village to take away a corpse from the well.

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Yoo was reminded of Wang Go’s words from before and went to meet him, just like Wang Go thought he would do. He asked why Wang Go told it to him and it was because Wang Go was trying to get back at Yeon-chul. After all he had done for the old man, Wang Go was abandoned just like that: no Goryeo throne, no status, nothing. When asked about the murder, Wang Go told Yoo that he didn’t kill the commander; he just brought the dead body into the palace. He told Yoo about the blood letter left as the late Emperor’s last will and it would be the most effective way to fight Yeon-chul with the letter.

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Meanwhile, the late Emperor’s son was busy cracking nuts on his bed. Seung-nyang wasn’t allowed to say anything except reading the book until he felt asleep, but Ta-hwan was just afraid, assuming that she would ask for her to be sent to Yoo. Awwwwww dear. Seung-nyang made faces towards him when he’s not looking but still read the book as Ta-hwan’s bedtime story.

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Yoo was still thinking about Wang Go’s words earlier: the commander’s death would be the beginning to Yeon-chul’s suspicion towards the people around him and Yoo could take the opportunity to bring him down, as well as gaining himself his lost throne. Wang Go also stated that that was his last gift for him. Thinking that he would need to have someone who knew the palace well in order to find the blood letter, he thought of Seung-nyang. He asked for direction from Eunuch Bang  to sneak into the harem and find Seung-nyang since she should know the area well befitting her status as a court lady of the Emperor’s quarters.

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Ta-hwan couldn’t sleep at all since he kept thinking about Seung-nyang’s words that she couldn’t say earlier but he’s also assuming that it would be related to Yoo. He couldn’t contain his curiosity anymore and decided to go to her. What a great timing for both men. Yoo entered the harem’s compound and saw Seung-nyang but the sight of Ta-hwan running behind her made him hide. Ta-hwan saw Seung-nyang from afar and called her name.

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She heard it and turned around, but someone suddenly pulled her into an empty room. It was Yoo and she was surprised to see her there. Ta-hwan was sure he saw her just a moment ago and stood there confused, while Yoo and Seung-nyang were standing on the other side of the door…

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Right now, I think I’m in the phase of extreme addiction, completely into Empress Ki that I chose the drama over sleep. That’s too much (I know, I know!) but I just can’t help it: when I fall for a drama, I fall deep into it. The love is so deep that I regret picking it up so early instead of waiting until it finish airing, but the regret turns into a session of “Thank God I picked this up!!!” each time I finish an episode. True story.

This week’s episodes provide conclusions to the story arcs involving the pregnancy issue and the war with the Turks. Both provide the characters with some development and we get to know more about them with their ideologies and changes happening to themselves. My favorite for this week is Lady Park’s issue, where Seung-nyang displays her intelligence and wits. As for the war, only Yoo, Bi-soo, and the writers know what they are planning to do in the future but if they want to proceed with what they have hinted us: the possibility of Bi-soo returning as Yoo’s ally later, I’m okay with that! I feel that the cooperation between them is too short and I want more. Yes, I want more of these two, who seem to have similar ideas and strategies at the same time. I wish to see them playing a game against Yuan’s resident genius Taltal in the future!

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The new story arc: The Curse of the Blood Letter. Hehehe. I am excited for it, simply because most of the main characters are in the same place and the hunt for the blood letter of the late Emperor will involve the characters, either directly or indirectly. When Yeon-chul states that the letter is hidden inside the palace, I foresee that this is going a big scale treasure hunt but done discreetly, including a murder mystery to be solved. Our characters are already forming allies left and right and next week, we will see how many teams will ‘participate’ in the hunt…and how many people will be sacrificed this time. I find it funny that Taltal has to deal will dead bodies twice and despite his scholarly background, he’s used to it. Maybe he has his dearest uncle Baek Ahn to thank!

Moving on to the characters…

Seung-nyang. Oh, my sassy Seung-nyang. She has her own limitations, be it the rules and also the people around her but she’s bending them according to her will, whether they realize it or not. I don’t blame them for falling for her, because she is sure full of charms that can lure people into liking her. I love to see the smartypants Seung-nyang and she’s the coolest when she’s in her scheming mode. Can you imagine how amazing she will be in the future with more power? Even without the authority inside her hands, she manages to pull the strings to actually cause the authority to switch from one side to another, proving her awesome planning skills. Mind you, she is an expert when it comes to push and pull strategy and I wish my girl Seung-nyang to get what she deserves: love and admiration, trust and respect. Talking about her charms…I can’t wait for her to realize that men are falling for her left and right (she needs to tone it down! Hehehe). She has different types of relationships with each of them and that’s refreshing about her: it’s not solely about love. Yoo is someone who has her admiration and affection, Ta-hwan gets her sympathy and protection, and Dangkise is the least fortunate one: he only receives her hate all the time.

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As for now, we can’t be sure about she truly feels because Seung-nyang is still a mysterious character to me. She rarely has any moments of her lamenting about herself, probably because of her busy schedule nowadays as a court lady. I notice in her monologues, she tends to think about these things: worrying about Yoo, telling herself to put up with Ta-hwan when she really wants to kill him, and reminding herself to kill Dangkise again and again. You see, she doesn’t really express what she’s thinking about herself and tends to focus on what she is doing at that moment. Because of that, I see Seung-nyang as someone who prefer action than words. Her feelings are mostly translated into her actions, and that makes it harder to decipher her true emotion at that particular moments. Although Seung-nyang is our main character, we don’t really know what she’s thinking and the only way to judge it is based on what she’s doing. I somehow find it interesting, because I am intrigued to learn more about her. Curiouser and curiouser!

Being a true king that he is, Wang Yoo has started to plan his strategy to help his Goryeo. I just realized something: Yoo used to be so selfless, willing to give up his own life for the sake of his beloved country and people, but after the promise he made with Seung-nyang, he tries to protect himself, staying alive in whatever condition it is. He keeps thinking about her and to me, that shows how his feelings are towards her. His life goals have been altered: one is to keep doing his duties as a king despite his deposed status and the other one is Seung-nyang. He seems to be thinking about her a lot more than his duties, but I think that’s merely because he has to act out secretly, avoiding any suspicion from Yuan. Plus, he’s now in their territory and it will be crazy of him to do anything without proper planning, because it’s like a suicide mission.

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It’s not an easy thing for Yoo to do when he has to live inside the Yuan’s palace just like his younger days: he had to dress like them, respect them, and bow to the emperor of the country that causes his own country to suffer. But then, what choice does he have at that moment? Imagine how hard it is for Yoo to see Ta-hwan, because the young emperor is the reason why he’s dragged to his lowest point in his life. I am amazed that he’s so composed, probably because he’s aware of the consequences if he decides to harm the emperor (just like what Seung-nyang was planning) and it will be wise for him not do anything for the time being. Sometimes I just want to give him a big hug because I feel bad for him when he has to show respect to the Yuan…but maybe a hug from Seung-nyang is what he needs the most? Hehehe

The only good thing for Yoo to be back in the palace is that he gets to meet Seung-nyang. FINALLY! It feels like years ago (when it’s actually few episodes hahaha) since the last time they were together in one place and it’s happening! They don’t meet instantly but I feel good seeing them breathing the same air. I’m so happy for them! But that scene when Seung-nyang chases after him and he can’t see her….gahhhhhh, that was one heartbreaking and sad moment, plus with Junsu’s voice in the background, I can’t help but cry for them. So close but he can’t see her!!! I blame the kdrama tropes for it. The writers  are playing with my heart when they set up Yoo and Seung-nyang to have a possibly dreamlike reunion during their night date, only to have fate deciding to go against them. Argh!!

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Luckily, they see each other during the feast and it is a swoon-inducing and swoon-worthy scene. I have no doubt that if there is no one but them, Yoo will run towards Seung-nyang and hug her tight. Just take a look at his happy face and her relieved expression. However, they have to restrain their emotions and resort to exchanging glances secretly, but that’s not so safe either. I am screaming “Yahhh! Be careful, you two!!” when they look at each other, because there are people around who will see their exchange and both Ta-hwan and Dangkise witness them. So dangerous, yet I can’t really blame them as they deserve to do so: it’s their first time seeing each other in several episodes months! I have no exact words to describe the breathtaking geomungo scene, with Yoo displaying his talent of attracting girls and playing geomungo while reminiscing the time he spent with Seung-nyang. Beautiful but at the same time heart wrenching.

While Seung-nyang is elated that Yoo is still alive, her knight Ta-hwan is not happy to see her drifting away from him. Baby Emperor is growing up and he is proactive when it comes to Seung-nyang’s well-being. He’s quick to realize that Seung-nyang is exposed to danger of being harmed by Dangkise and decided to keep her close to him. I am proud of him when he’s finding the courage to protect someone other than himself and it is a remarkable progress! I love it when he can only think of Seung-nyang’s feelings after hearing about Yoo’s death and he looks troubled when he sees her crying. Awwww…if only he can offer her his hug, that will be perfect! It’s super sweet when he sneakily makes her eat and cheer her up when she’s wallowing in her sadness, and he’s proud of himself! Don’t worry Baby Emperor, you deserve to be proud there! I am proud of you too!! I can’t get over his long stares…so dreamy! And the food testing scene…yeah, I love him. Hehehe

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But it takes a different turn when Yoo is confirmed to be alive, and Ta-hwan starts to act defensive. Despite his position, he’s still insecure towards Yoo’s presence when it comes to Seung-nyang. I hate to see him moping around and grasping at straws, trying to make Seung-nyang stay by his side but to no avail. He’s hurting (and it hurts me too! sobs) and chooses to get drunk all the time, probably to hide his sadness. But I know, he will pick himself up and recover from the blow. Having an opponent right in front of him might be intimidating at first, but it can also make him strive harder! Go for it, Ta-hwan~ I know you can do it! Bring back your happy self too…I miss the cheerful Hwannie!

Tanashiri…wow. I still find the kneeling scene a chilling one, because it shows that she’s slowly changing into a more ruthless version of herself. She might have realized that it will be impossible to move Ta-hwan’s heart, because the fact that she’s Yeon-chul’s daughter is something that can’t be changed forever. However, she’s still the Empress and she’s set to bear a son in order to challenge the Empress Dowager, so we are going to see more of her scheming in the upcoming episodes.

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I have mentioned it over and over again that I can’t truly hate Tanashiri although she’s one of the villains. Maybe it’s because Baek Jin-hee is too adorable to be hated, but it is also due to her status, born as Yeon-chul’s daughter. She was raised to be ruthless, unforgiving, and hate people coming against her. She won’t stand it if something doesn’t go as what she has planned and while it can be blamed on being spoiled as the youngest daughter in the family, to me it’s the matter of her upbringing. She’s like the female version of her brother Dangkise, whom I can’t really hate (yet). Her sudden attraction towards Yoo comes out as a big surprise to me but after thinking about it, it’s to show how Tanashiri’s personality is. She looking at Yoo like a person looking at something he’s obsessed with. Just like wht Dagkise once told Seung-nyang about the foxes:

When they’re caged, some will eat what I feed them while the others will hold out. I will kill and skin those who ate, but the fighters make me want to tame them.

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Both Tanashiri and Dangkise seem to have similar response to challenges: they tend to be obsessed with people who are unyielding in front of them and they will try to bend those people. It’s an unhealthy obsession (and I blame Yeon-chul for it!!) but Dangkise has started to feel conflicted when it comes to his latest obsession, Seung-nyang. Is it love? Ask your heart, Dangkise. I’m sure he has one, because he really loves his little sister. If there’s something Yeon-chul has done right with his children, it’s to teach them how to love their siblings, though I think Tapjahae doesn’t really like Dangkise; he’s jealous of his older brother who’s better than him in everything.

It’s going to get crazier in the next few weeks but I have the hunch that Yeon-chul is probably going to die in the upcoming few weeks or in the next story arc. I can’t wait to see his demise because it will be the moment for Ta-hwan to seize the power in his hands. Who wants to see our Baby Emperor turns into a charismatic emperor? Me! Me! Me!

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Bring it on, show!

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114 thoughts on “Empress Ki: Eps 13-14

  1. I really appreciate that JJM was cast to play along HJW. Otherwise, the acting level would be so tilted. She probably would have just dominated both male leads and run her own show. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve seen this balance in terms of acting abilities, hope that PDnim will maintain the appropriate dosage to keep me satisfied!!

    1. I totally agree with you! There is stellar acting all around and it’s making this drama so wonderful. As long as the story keeps progressing as well as it has been this will definitely be one of my all time favorites. It’s the first time I’ve seen JJM even though I’ve heard of him and the rumors are so joke! Not only sexy but a talented actor. Me likes 😀

  2. In as much as i love the oozing chemistry of seung nyang and tahwan, my loyalty remains to wang Yoo. Aww. I love his stern character! Can’t wait for them to be united. the baby emperor is really cool but SN’s heart is loyal to her pyeha only! 🙂

  3. I’m seriously hyperventilating from that last scene. Oh my god Monday cannot come any sooner. I haven’t even watched yet and I’m already shaking from their chemistry. Thank you so much for you quick recaps every week while we wait for subs! This is quite the love square/trapezoid/i don’t even know anymore we have here lol. Dangkise, Ta-hwan, and Wang Yoo like Seungyang who only likes Wang Yoo, while Tanashiri wants Ta-hwan and Wang Yoo. Oh my. I thought it was weird and kind of unnecessary making Tanashiri like Wang Yoo, but I guess they wanted even more drama?

    1. I’m going to address the relationship as a ‘tangled web’ from now on! Hehehe

      I think the plan to make Tanashiri become ‘obsessed’ with Yoo was there from the start since the praying scene was most probably shot in China earlier. Plus, after giving some thoughts about it, I can see a trait in Yeon-chul’s offsprings (at least with Dangkise and Tanashiri) that is they like to tame people who seem to be strong in front of them, just like Dangkise’s description about the foxes. I will write more about it later in my thoughts regarding this week’s episodes 🙂

      I’m sure you will enjoy the episodes! I was pausing ep 14 every five minutes just to savour the feeling of watching the episode. I’m falling hard for this drama!

  4. Thank you so much for recapping each episode! It really helps my mom, sister, and I while we watch the episodes without the subtitles.

    As much as I pity Tahwan, I mainly ship Sungnyang and Wang Yoo, even though I now that they won’t have the happiest ending. Is this a love octagon? Why did they have to have Tanashiri like Wang Yoo?

    1. The love interest portrayed created by writer and producer with intention to increase audience interests. Suspense in longing for love one and a happy ending. It is also to intensify the love interest by having triangle love and even more complicated than this either via 2 ways, 3 ways, 4 ways who knows….. as polygon or tangle web.. nevertheless it kept audiences captivated and guessing for the plot.. We know for the fact and in history SN and TW will marry and have a son who will be the last emperor of the Khan empire to rule as it will be taken over by the Ming Dynasty.
      Don’t you find it is the way how korean drama capture most interests in the audience by creating the love interest…. To spice up more especially in royal drama, the story line is more interesting with a love plot to it……

  5. Thank you so much for the recap! I stalk your page periodically after an episode release until I can download subs/episodes and such! :3 the highlight for me has to be TW and WY face off/manly argument. I’ve waited so long to see some plausible/convincing scenes between Ki and WY!! XD Bring on the angst of the unrequited love!

      1. I have to comment on TW golden high collar robe. Handsome & irresistible. Not as masculine as WY but wait he will make others fear of him of course not via muscle

    1. After watching it with subs, I got to say, I prefer your translation of the face-off between WY and TW better! XD WY just sounds more badass! WY knows how to deliver his lines— another example was at the courtesan house with Wang Go!
      But did the writers have to use a mother hen reference? It just proves the point of how much of a sad puppy TW is. I have to say in the beginning, I was pretty neutral. Then TW got starting points for me with his looks and the chemistry (episode 4 scenes) but now— WY’s charisma..and manliness is pulling through 😉 I’m going to forget how they went past camaraderie/loyalty-supporter in the first place to love to the fact that WY cares about Ki’s happiness/prioritize Ki’s well-being. That won him major points vs TW clinging; its obvious who’s being the better man. I’m seen enough episodes of weak boys (the ending of ep 14 just proves how annoying+DS has been too passive), now it’s time for some testosterone. 8) Can’t wait for this blood letter arc to pick up!
      ++Junsu’s angelic voice +other instrumental osts are picking up! They’re amazing!! XD

  6. For non Korean speakers, you are our HERO.. imagine having to wait 2 days or more just to piece out what was said in each episode!

    This love triangle is sad, knowing fairly well tht whatever it takes, SN belongs to the Emperor – no escape.

    I am relieved TH did not taking advantage of SN sexually, I think he respects he but his yearning for her attention and jealousy towards the King is so heartbreaking.

    Dear god, drop someone from the sky like TH to me…

    1. Sorry my sentences all jumbled up wth typo errors..
      ..I am relieved TH did not take advantage of SN sexually, I think he respects her..

      1. I too made many mistake. Typing from iPad & writing screen can be small at time. Often I don’t look over what I wrote. Nevermind as long it make sense

    2. I have a feeling TW emperor learnt ttheory through reading & via his tutor. Because El Temur rule the court & forced the late emperor to drink poison, TW has no voice nor choice but remain quiet waiting for opportunity to strike back & avenge his father. Growing up in fear for your life & others around you not trusted, except the time he was with SN. He learnt archery, some martial art and through their life threatening journey back to the palace, for the 1st time TW came out with courage just how he took the bravery jump for his life at the cliff with SN.

      TW realized he needs moral support& encouragement fom SN to do what he must. He knows & has plan but yet scare as he is on his own. Hence he long for SN by his side. Little did he know he has fallen for a girl who disguised as a man

      NB my personal thought.

      Love SN & TW character

  7. Arhhhhhhh noooooo!!! Didn’t like the is episode as much as the last!! Uri emperor puppy is sooo sad and it breaks my heart to see him like this….and no I didn’t see any chemistry between SN/WY either! Why can’t you see now much our puppy loves you SN??? *cries a river*

    1. I too want to cry a river for TW. He started to realize through WY presence; fear of loosing SN. Does it mean he now knew he like/love her?

      It was rather sad seeing TW in this state but he still looked handsome. I don’t see how im going to wait till next Monday

      1. I have a feeling that you & I are on the same page. I finally watched ep 13&14 eng sub. I understood why metaphor in such context was used re chick attachment to its mother once hatch from egg shell.
        In my opinion TW wasn’t clinging on SN. While exercising the power of an emperor which at present only to certain limmit, he is trying to build his power to fight back el temur. he still has much to learn. Although seem to display a coward emperor, but just wait….. Quote ‘ I will have what I want, how I want” ect…
        One of The reason for TW appeared so attach to SN was for the same reason SN toward her king.
        King WY showed mercy on SN ‘ s mum & her once upon a time & hence in her eye WY was a hero……

        I felt for TW as he seemed to have many thoughts & plans yet he can’t console in anyone. He tried to confide with SN for support & encouragement.

        WY’s return posed a threat. TW fear it will be difficult to rebuild friendship with SN. SN would want to serve her king. without her presence he doesnt have anyone to back him up for moral support especially when he has a master plan, an internal court battle……….

        Just my thought……

        The moment WY returned TW’ s hope To regain friendship or any chance to make up to SN was t

      2. @tracey : yes, That’s TH’s talent, sensing danger..he use his brain from every detail…n he want to save goryeo too, he likes it with peace (maybe this is a message that his father secretly told him)..n I don’t think he is clinging on SN either..he can’t act sloopy, otherwise his enemy will notice….n this is why I don’t like WY, n lost my respect for WY..how come a king don’t know an etichs n norm of a King??..for me, what he has done, had no specialty, usual by the book, not manly, but just true Hot-tempered guy who act so high..

        TH is like a rubber-dough, still can be made into something powerful…WY is like a stone statue, nothing more can be made from it..:)

      3. Owhh..n when TH n SN horse race, he won with his tactics..hehehhehe..
        N after ep 14, I don’t like this “set back” plot..seems like it’ll have a bad ending, or hanging ending..:(

  8. Thank you so much. Your writing skill is excellent. You are as good as a writer. My first time & also for posting comment for any drama. I am so into this drama and took an interest in reading up re Yuan dynasty etc.. A few year ago toured China. I was at the forbidden city/ palace, I was amaze….. Speechless to what men could do with their hands without machinery & tools to help them. Great wall of china still stand. The feelings yet can’t be put in words

  9. Before I even read your recap, I really can’t thank you enough for taking your time to do this. *_* Never thought I would be so invested in a saeguk, but here I am. From the apex of my heart, THANK YOU.

  10. From 1st time TH arrived in Goryeo, WY directly resent him, even threated him..it’s not exactly coz WY want to save him, but treated him more like a hostage of goryeo..WY think TH is an easy guy that someday to be use…(Same like WY sees SN, someone useful in everything)
    In that time, TH still act like that, coz he is trying to absorbed all the data he needs, learning every single person character to be put in their own station..(This is what a true leader should have, a true observer/listener)..he stay quiet in everything WY gave him..all the hate for him..

    Now, when things turn 180 degrees..it’s good what TH do..he called WY in private (why, coz he wanted to see WY reaction..where no other will see, specially ET)..what he’ll do n answer him on the time like this? Will he be more friendly or still as an enemy..I guess, WY choose to be the enemy even for the sake of SN *WY ‘s important person*..WY is no longer a king, no longer as someone important anymore, he is no position to get all the high class act..has no right to fire back the higher class such as an emperor..I guess, WY never change, couldn’t change at all..*this is why I hate WY, he just a hot-tempered guy, who still don’t know how to act to others*
    That’s why TH is angry..coz, he can’t do anything much more to save Goryeo (thank to WY’s. Airhead behavior – he still can’t learn anything from the silk road battle) …
    But too bad, coz of WY, everything’s a mess..so WY is the intruder, an enemy of the state..

    1. We will soon see why TW surpass HY in aspect of being a ruler. As we have seen at the beginning, SN in the end have to marry TW. It may be part of his plan to tame SN & defeat WY.

      SN has yet to open her eyes…..

      I have the same thought about WY as you. I am not being bias but I couldn’t see the greatness & depth in WY. In my opinion his battle & sacrifice ain’t much. In TW situation, it is considerably clever. TW’s patient is his virtue ; so humble & impressive. ( so proud of him. Fighting my emperor) My only concern is he still not been spable to deal his motion when it comes to SN. Hmmmm isit his 1st love. Does he knows that yet?

      1. OOPSY…. There were too many errors in my original message. I guess I was too angry at TH’s comments! My point is that Korean audience may have very different perspectives from yours due to the history of Korea and China.

      2. @ ding lin : if I were WY, I’m not gonna be mad for what TH said earlier about being 1 of china province..why? Coz, look at TH’s positition there, he is on exiled..n abandoned..n WY supposed to know more of TH’s background (1 of WY’s lacking is this, background check before u act okey!!)..so would I’d be mad for someone who don’t know how to speak??.. WY is a king, why would someone educated like a king lost his temper into someone whose not???..(2nd lack : tempramental..n too much judging before )..just consider it as a joke, we can explain to him point by point, doesn’t have to do that to him..also there’s age gap..aren’t u’d be ashamed if u get provoked with someone not in ur level???..*same like when we were talking into a child n the child keeps playing n running around babbling.. do they know what they’re talking about? Absolutely not right?..but we, as someone older could teach him wisely, doesn’t have to use anger*

        This is why I said WY is not appropriate for a King ..he is not at the mental state..he’s fully skilled, but not really learn by experience..

    2. The reason why WY was angry because TH made a very offensive and stupid comment to ask for Goryeo to become a province of China. I can totally understand WY’s angry since I am from a country with the similar situation, I was terribly offensive by TH’s comments (I was even crying with WY!)! In fact, this is the starting of my dislike the character TH (although I do like the actor a lot). So, I guess this is a scene where some Korean people can identify with their king out of the history. I think the story in the drama may not be true, but the feelings of facing a strong neighboring country which constantly tried to steal your coutry was certainly authentic!

      1. OOPSY…. There were too many errors in my original message. I guess I was too angry at TH’s comments! My point is that Korean audience may have very different perspectives from yours due to the history of Korea and China.

      2. N at the time, TH there was not in a hostile mode..he is the hostage of the state (both Yuan n Goryeo)
        As a King, what WY should do was not judging *considering we’re talking about the sake of the whole goryeo is in his hand*…he must pleased TH ( not only goryeo will gain a name nationwide, but also making another allies..if he become an emperor 1day, perhaps he can actually help..even if he is not become emperor, goryeo already had 1 point spotted natiowide)..why?? Coz Yuan is the biggest n most powerful kingdom across the world..(Another background check that WY should know beforehand..+if WY want to be a player in politics, there are much to do list beforehand..not only a stiff attitude, but also learn to pull n push..not only black n white, but u have to play in grey too..*this is why I like ET, he’s the master..heheheheh*

      3. RE: Lady Park
        I am curuious and want to know Lady Park’s background. It seemed as though she was from a noble family???
        I applaused her intelligent for being rational yet she is mysterious……. I am eager to findout when her true identity reveal

    3. I really love your interpretation because that is somewhere along the lines I’m thinking of but I’m not sure how to put into words. 🙂 Anyway can you explain to me what about the Silk Battle Road War? I’m not sure what you mean when you say that he didn’t learn from the war.^-^ Thank you

      1. @thirty8days: actually,I like what he is doing at that war..he stay low to fight back..but too bad, when he return, he didn’t learn from the elements of his victory in that silk road war, but turning it into a too much of a proud being..he think what he had done from the war is everything, n he directly put it into the palace’s game..while the palace is not an ordinary battle field, but a giant chess board

        (The results is what happen in ep 16..a mess)

      2. @thirty8days: still, I wish to see Ki become the empress, n make full restoration to both Goryeo n Yuan..(I think the marriage will be somewhere between ep 25-32)..*she surely can’t be an empress with WY*

  11. Im confused. Wasn’t Ta Hwan’s father killed by El temur in front of him using a sword? (as was seen from a flashback of Ta Hwan’s during early episodes).
    Who is the one writing the blood vow? (0_o)

  12. Well. I would totally agree with you, if I were a naive outsider. However, if you were from a country with a similar situation, you would feel very differently about WY’s action. That is exactly what I would like to say. For me, I cheered WY’s action. There is deep historical sorrow that people from other countries may not understand.

      1. I heard you & deeply sympathize. Unfortunate I have not been in the same situation but my parents had… Individual experience will its own meaning & interpretation. I strongly believe we all could learn from the past either success or failure. However, what more important is the present how we can advance & improve to make things better. once upon a time, human lives were cheap. War seemed only the answer to justify the power & who had more wealth…. More land? War was used for purpose of revenge. Fortunately, human species today are more civilize..yet there war still occur……

        The comments I gave was purely my own interpretation of the characters in respect to the drama.
        NB. Emperor TW did not take over WY country/ land. What has TW done so far toward WY?

        1. @tracey : I’ve watch 15..hmmm, still I don’t like WY..WY knew that SN is going to be loyal to him, so he uses her..he’s gonna put TH more in danger..
          But SN is more fun n carefree whenever she’s with TH..but whenever she’s with WY, she seems stiff n burdened..

      2. @penguinolive: yes WY is using SN. Why does WY burden has to be on SN? Poor TW; like I said he still doesn’t know how to control his emotion in regards to SN. Can’t blame him when he just follow his heart. TW ‘ s motive is more sincere. His purpose is not evil or yet.. WY definite desperate & will do anything to acheive his goal hmmm query a model emperor? Will use Ruthless& dirty tactics to get it.
        Ep 16 preview hoping for some enlightment such as romantic scene……

      3. @ penguinolive ; it was definite that TW love or care for SN. In reality a woman should choose a man that love her. An ambitious man like WY will only leave you dry or even sacrifice you for his sake. Don’t blame WY but fortunately, I am from the present, I see moral & principle are important. Protecting my love ones & all would be important to me.
        I wonder what was in TW mind when he wished he had died on the island? Cos living at present was like a prison, felt alive when he was with SN on the island & no meaning without her?
        TW has already sensed his love rivalry is WY. Hence WY using SN ‘s patriotism to achieve his purpose

        1. Yes..it’s getting more clearer for who is loving who..if WY love SN, he wouldn’t say anything to SN about spying to get the blood vow..(What is written in that blood vow, that makes WY so curious about?..it’s Yuan’s problem, not goryeo..*now..WY is a person who likes making a small fuss into a big deal n making everybody involve in it…what’s patriotic about that??*)..+ I don’t like his eunuch
          N He’s using money to gain attention??..what’s that make any difference with bribe??..
          Poor TH, but I think SN does feel free with him better..otherwise, she will not do any silly stuffs with him (even though she seems to refuse at 1st, but she always giggles with him)..xixixixixxi..anyway, a woman can’t choose, but chosen..so TH had chosen SN, I guess it’ll leave SN as his..hehehehehhehe

        2. @tracey : + what is a man of honor like WY (WY still act so high rank noble) doing in the palace anyway?..if he is on exiled, why is he freely doing things on his own behalf??..if he is there to be a part of Yuan, why is he taking advantage of yuan’s property?..*that makes him no different than Yom..like a parasite*..where is his pride? N where is his Conscience? What is he thinking acting as an emperor rival??

      4. @Penguinolive: That was exactly my point. BE a man and a real emperor if WY is so big and mighty….. Gorgeo still depend on Yuan.Can Gorgeo stand alone. In the olden days, small countries became allies with adjacent larger/powerful kingdom. Stronger/powerful kingdom rule. It is sad but these things still exist.

        I am children of today, I am living for today for the better of tomorrow.
        Keep me posted penguinolive… love to hear from you

  13. I love Hajiwon and no doubt I love empress ki, I am not sure if you guys noticed it too, but this drama always reminds me of Queen Seon Deok, Dangkise and Yum were also villains and Mishil’s side and Eunuch Bang as the Jukbang of Deokman…. hahahah, even the wars and strategies, the situation of King Wang Yu to the situation of Yushin Rang when they defeated their enemies…even the love triangle is another reminder of Yushing-deokman-Bidam…. enough for that…. well talking about men falling for SN, I read in Soompi that Tal-tal the one with Bayan always and (a jo insung look a like or is it only me who sees it) will also fall in love with SN… I am curious about how it’s going to happen…. quite curious in the preview of Episode fifteen? looks like some one was undressing SN and SN was helping WY to dress up? and what will happen next after the last scene of episode 14, will they kiss? LOL

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