Empress Ki: Eps 34-35

Dun dun dun.

Episode 34.

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Seung-nyang stopped right in front of Yoo for a moment of angsty and accusing stare from her side and the guards were ordered to drag her away, but Ta-hwan’s arrival at the throne hall turned out to be a surprise for all of them. Tanashiri expressed her (faked?) relief to see him up and walking, but he’s only interested in what were they doing with Lady Ki. Seung-nyang was happy to have him recovering from the poison and Ta-hwan smiled at her reassuringly. They only had eyes for each other, as if they were the only people in the hall! Still, I feel bad for Yoo, who must felt a pang of sadness upon hearing Seung-nyang’s concern directed towards Ta-hwan. Tanashiri kept insisting that Lady Ki failed to protect him and Ta-hwan’s explanation slayed them all: she personally removed the poison from him, making her his true saviour! He refused to hear any more ridiculousness and pulled Seung-nyang away. Well, dear Tanashiri..that’s double slaying for your pride in one day. But she seemed to be telling something to Yoo through her teary eyes…or was she just checking his reaction?

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Ta-hwan brought Seung-nyang to his quarters but he suddenly fainted right after they entered his chamber. Golta explained that it was better for them to keep his weak condition a secret since it would be a problem if the baddies got to know the truth. It was Ta-hwan’s idea and Seung-nyang was touched at his selfless gesture, putting her life above his own health.

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Yoo’s condition wasn’t that well either as his wound hadn’t healed yet (he needs bed rest with that kind of injury O.O). Bi-soo sent him some medicine and offered to help him (deja vu, anyone?). She took the chance to ask whether Lady Ki was the same Seung-nyang he talked about, the one whom he missed, and Bi-soo knew he didn’t get over her yet, judging from his gaze. Bi-soo broke a news to him: she’s going to pursue the Eagle Group leader and thanked Yoo for the lesson he taught her. Awwww..I’m beginning to like these two together, why she had to leave? Yoo knew he couldn’t stop her even if he’s aware that she’s going to walk on a dangerous path from now on and suggested that she took one of his underlings with her. She politely refused and promised that they would meet again soon before excusing herself. Ahhh~

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Jeokho/Mak-saeng was waiting for her when Bi-soo walked out of Yoo’s quarters and introduced herself as the one who would follow her. LOL her face was priceless! She decided to ignore him and Mak-saeng looked happy to join her. Hehehe.

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Seung-nyang spent her night taking care of the sick Ta-hwan and when he stirred up awake on the next morning, she was sleeping with her head on him. Heee~Ta-hwan took some time to process what’s happening (this reminds me of the cave scene in Episode 5!) and woke up before tucking the sleeping beauty Seung-nyang in his bed. He continued to look at the sleeping Seung-nyang with his affectionate gaze and planted a kiss on her cheek (Kyaaaaaa!). He walked out and unknown to him, the kiss didn’t go unnoticed by Seung-nyang, who was definitely moved thanks the affection displayed by Ta-hwan. Heeeee~and our Emperor was clearly getting better thanks to Seung-nyang’s care (LOL at Hong-dan’s chuckle!), telling Golta to summon Baek Ahn over since he’s going to give him an order.

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In the prison, Jo-cham started to worry about their fate but Byung-soo knew they had no one but Yeon-chul’s clan to trust. Jo-cham freaked out and lashed out at Byung-soo although the latter was his superior. They were about to start fighting when Baek Ahn and Taltal paid a visit to the prison and brought them out. Byung-soo, you must had thought that they were there to save you…but they’re not! HA! Baek Ahn tortured them with the intention of finding the real instigator but Byung-soo challenged them to kill him. Suddenly, Yeon-chul and Co. made their appearance there (great timing…NOT), putting a halt to the interrogation. However, they were there to carry out death sentence to Byung-soo and Jo-cham. Taltal ordered his men to follow after them to make sure it was carried out properly.

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The criminals were dragged out to the public and Yeon-hwa and Byung-soo exchanged sad glances as she witnessed the procession. Muahahaha! Jo-cham wasn’t that glad to see his ‘friend’ getting worried about a girl when he’s about to die. LOL. Dangkise ordered for the criminals’ faces to be covered and entrusted Tapjahae with the task of supervising the execution. At the same time, Seung-nyang thought that they had to be sure that the criminals would get sentenced properly and Eunuch Park volunteered to witness the execution since he wanted to see Byung-soo die with his own eyes. Only their mouths were visible as Byung-soo and Jo-cham were executed but Eunuch Park and Taltal’s men were satisfied to see them die, except that it would be easy for them to die this early, right? Yeah, they were still alive, hiding nearby wearing commoners’ clothes when they were approached by Dangkise. They were entrusted with another task with Byung-soo as the leader, much to Jo-cham’s disappointment. Whatever the order was, it must be something grand for them to rejoice happily after looking at it.

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Seung-nyang was in her room, clearly distraught over something on her mind. She stared at the makeup and her reflection in the mirror before coming to a decision: she would spend the night with the Emperor. Aaaaand she’s wearing the red robe! Seung-nyang looked so beautiful! Eunuch Park conveyed her intention to Golta, who’s pleased to hear it and sent the servants away for the day. Ta-hwan was mesmerized to see the goddess in front of him and remarked that he won’t be able to pay attention on his book with her dressing up like that. HA, he’s thinking that she’s there to teach him and Ta-hwan was taken aback when Seung-nyang told him to put off the candles.

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They sat on the bed as Seung-nyang removed her robe and Ta-hwan offered his help to do so (*ahem*).

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Ta-hwan: Now, is it okay for me not be in pain because of you? The one who made my heart flutter…there’s no one but you, Yang-ie.

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(´∀`)b

(Okay, now I can die in peace.)

*One month later*

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Baek Ahn and Taltal were still working together with Yoo and right now, they were planning to take over a garrison through Yoo. It was probably to reinforce their power for the Emperor’s aid and Yeon-chul agreed to it easily when Yoo asked for it. Taltal also found it out of the old man’s character to be this reckless but upon hearing that the original commander of the garrison, Wonjin, was made the Assistant Commander to Yoo’s commander position. Yeon-chul gave his permission just to give Yoo a hard time and he would be kicked out from the garrison in no time since there’s no way the soldiers would stay still after their leader was switched (loyalty stuff I guess). Baek Ahn also knew that the Wonjin guy was not an easy opponent either.

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On their way out, Taltal kept talking about the dangerous move Yoo made to save Seung-nyang and Ta-hwan back then and demanded to know the reason why he’s doing it secretly. Yoo told him to stop talking about it and coincidentally, Seung-nyang was walking around nearby. They ran into each other and didn’t say a word since the misunderstanding was still there. Ouch. Yoo walked away after bowing to her and Seung-nyang still had this accusing look in her eyes, but then, seeing how Taltal was still close with Yoo, she seemed to have realized something.

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Seung-nyang went to offer her morning greeting to Empress Dowager, who’s busy managing the Imperial Treasury matters. Seung-nyang offered to see the record and suggested an idea with a quick calculation thanks to her past experience dealing with the people in the market.The Dowager was impressed with her skills and entrusted her with the task to deal with the Imperial Treasury since it’s befitting for her to save the Imperial Family as a member of it. Seung-nyang was given the mandate to oversee the process to save money in their daily expenses starting from the Inner Court: cutting down on various things such as fabric and meat, plus the maids who didn’t adhere to these rules would have their pay cut accordingly. Tanashiri was mad to know about it and her anger multiplied upon hearing that the ceremony planned for Maha would be cancelled to cut down the expenses.

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Tanashiri went to see Seung-nyang and demanded to know why she cancelled the ceremony. Seung-nyang was more concerned with the amount of mouths that could be fed with the lavish cost but Tanashiri accused her of being jealous of her son. Seung-nyang reminded her that the Imperial Treasury reached that state because of the Empress’ expenses and suggested that she use her own money if she insisted on holding the ceremony. It was rather a reckless move from Tanashiri when she pushed Seung-nyang down the stairs out of anger, causing Seung-nyang to pass out.

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She was brought to the Emperor’s chamber (because it was nearby?) and the physician checked on her pulse. Surprise, surprise…Seung-nyang was already carrying Ta-hwan’s child! The  baby was safe and I swear I can see Ta-hwan’s face glowing with happiness! Meanwhile, Yeon-chul was laughing to hear Tanashiri’s story but their moment of bliss was only momentary as Yeon-hwa announced that Seung-nyang turned out to be pregnant.

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Ta-hwan was waiting for the tonic to be prepared and as soon as it was sent to his chamber, he himself brought it to her as the three eunuchs smiled to see the excited father-to-be. Seung-nyang was awake and he told her to be careful when she tried to sit (Awwwwwwww~). Seung-nyang wondered if something happened and Ta-hwan shared with her the happy news. Gaaahhhh *flailing* Ta-hwan thanked Seung-nyang while hugging her and yeah, this was be a great blessing for Seung-nyang after losing Byul.

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Ack, I’m so happy for them!

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The ex-Commander Wonjin was waiting for Yoo to arrive at the garrison town and he recalled his conversation with Yeon-chul earlier. The old man wanted Wonjin to have his soldiers under his command instead of Yoo’s and Wonjin should treat Yoo harshly until he himself run away. He introduced himself to Yoo but remarked that the Yuan soldiers won’t receive orders from a Goryeo citizen. Huk. Yoo proceeded to hold his sword on Wonjin’s neck and the soldiers surrounded them to protect their Commander,but it was only an act from Yoo’s side, admitting that the commander was just like what Yeon-chul told him. Yoo seemed to have another plan and as soon as Wonjin was alone with them, Yoo’s underlings punished him for defying the new commander’s order. He brought Wonjin in front of the soldiers and told them to leave if they chose not to obey him. All of them left but Yoo wasn’t afraid; he’s recruiting the soldiers if they could obey his order, acknowledging him as their leader.

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It’s a special day for Seung-nyang as she’s now an Imperial Concubine of the third rank and the title was bestowed because of her pregnancy. Tanashiri didn’t attend the ceremony, choosing to drink by himself. She assured Maha that he would be the nation’s Crown Prince and Court Lady Seo expressed her dissatisfaction as Ta-hwan never dropped by to hold Maha in his arms. But then, Ta-hwan suddenly dropped by her quarters without any notice. Tanashiri was glad to have him there, but Ta-hwan didn’t come for her or Maha; he was there to warn her against any idea of harming Seung-nyang just like what she did with Lady Park. Tanashiri then questioned him: if both Maha and Lady Ki’s child were his, then why was he paying attention only on the latter? Ta-hwan’s answer? Simple: Maha had so many people to hold him but Seung-nyang’s child would have only Ta-hwan as the person who would hold him, who would protect him from any harm. When Tanashiri insisted to have Maha as the Crown Prince even if Lady Ki’s child turned out to be a boy, Ta-hwan thought her to be so pathetic to see an unborn child as her opponent. Indeed. Wise words, dear.

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 Tanashiri had never thought that such words would come out from Ta-hwan’s mouth and it shook her up. Court Lady Seo couldn’t bear to see her suffer any longer, hence she suggested that Tanashiri tried a curse that would be able to kill a person in order to get rid of Lady Ki. Off they went to see a shaman (special appearance by Park Hae-mi, the one who gave Joo Jin-mo a rose during MBC Drama Awards 2013) specialized in that type of curse. The curse had its own weakness though: it would be a good thing if it hit the actual target but if it failed due to the target’s strong ki or inner force, the curse would go to another person. Amazing. Tanashiri agreed despite knowing the risk and the shaman looked through Seung-nyang’s saju (a document with a person’s birth date and time details usually used for wedding compatibility), noting that her son would had an Emperor’s fate with him. Yup. Tanashiri’s saju showed that she didn’t have a son and I think the shaman could see that she was lying about Maha. She cut the discussion about the saju short and listed few things to be prepared: the target’s undergarment and dog blood.

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The shaman was secretly brought into the palace to cast the spell and send the curse to Seung-nyang (The Moon that Embraces the Sun, anyone?). Seung-nyang immediately felt the effect as she was chased by a dog’s apparition in her dream. She thought that it was just a nightmare, but she woke up with a bruise from a dog’s bite on her arm. Creepy. The  curse instilled fear in the target and if the target couldn’t overcome his own fear, he would soon die. Tanashiri was given the talismans to be burned while chanting the spell to send the curse every single night and by the time she finished burning all of them, the target would die. The shaman also wrote Seung-nyang’s name on a white tag to be buried in her compound that would be her identification tag to the Grim Reaper (Oh, this one… I miss Arang and the Magistrate!).

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Seung-nyang started to lose her appetite due to her lack of rest and she’s getting weaker. She chose to consult Taltal regarding the matter, afraid that it would harm the child inside her. Taltal suspected that it wasn’t simply a sickness and took a look at the bruise. He knew about the curse that could kill a person and there’s no other method except for the target to overcome it himself. Seung-nyang knew that Tanashiri was the only person who would do such thing. Later, on that night, Seung-nyang was disturbed again in her dream when Tanashiri chanted the spell. However, instead of running away like the nights before, the Seung-nyang in the dream stopped and turned around to face the apparition.

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Seung-nyang: Curse or whatever it is, send all of them to me. I won’t fall because of a mere curse. Tanashiri, I will become the curse soon.

**

Episode 35.

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Seung-nyang continued to have nightmares and showed the new bruise she got on her neck to Taltal (Why am I getting a couple vibe from these two?!). Taltal had ordered for his men to find the shaman in the capital and told Seung-nyang about the tag for the Grim Reaper with her name on it, which would be hidden somewhere around her quarters. The maids conducted a search around her quarters and started digging the compound; however, nothing was found yet. Ta-hwan got to know about the curse after witnessing Seung-nyang having the nightmare and choking him in the process. He also thought that Tanashiri was the only person who would do such thing and he couldn’t stand still, watching her in that kind of suffering. He vowed that he won’t forgive Tanashiri for this matter but Seung-nyang advised him to refrain himself from attacking the Empress since they didn’t have any evidence.

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She had the chance to confirm her suspicion when Tanashiri summoned her and Seung-nyang went to the Empress’ quarters. Tanashiri acted like she was so concerned over the baby and remarked that Seung-nyang looked pale. Seung-nyang didn’t hide the fact that she had continuous nightmares and watched their reactions. Tanashiri offered to send soem medicine but Seung-nyang refused, causing Tanashiri to mock her for being too suspicious. Well…mind you, she’s not to be blamed in this matter. The search for the tag continued for a few days and Dok-man thought that the tag might not be there in the first place since they couldn’t find anything. Suddenly, one of the eunuchs found the white tag and Dok-man had never thought that Tanashiri could be this vicious. Seung-nyang told him to send some men to watch over the Empress’ quarters for the next few nights.

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Taltal was so pissed off that he threw the tag on the table when Seung-nyang showed it to him. The search for the shaman met dead end since they couldn’t possibly arrest all the shamans for interrogation without attracting attention from Tanashiri. Seung-nyang offered to find the shaman personally and she went out of the palace with Taltal to meet the shamans one by one (They do look good together…). They eventually found the shaman and judging from her reaction, Seung-nyang was sure that she was the person responsible for the curse. The white tags were found in her abode served as the solid evidence of her involvement. The shaman refused to disclose the person who sent the curse and Seung-nyang proceeded to burn the abode since the shaman was so scared of the sender. That was one cold way to send a message~

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Tanashiri was still keen on chanting the spell and decided to go to the secret place she set up for the ritual. Ta-hwan got to know that they had found out the place and and went there to meet Tanashiri. She found it weird that the effect was different on that day after she chanted the spell and then, Ta-hwan barged into the place together with Seung-nyang and the eunuchs. He was ashamed to have the Empress resorting to a curse for the sake of satisfying her jealousy towards a concubine and arrested all her maids for interrogation although Tanashiri kept insisting that she was just praying for Maha. Ta-hwan assured her that she would be kicked out of the palace once they could obtain the confession from the maids, while Seung-nyang reminded her that she won’t be able to get rid of her simply by using a curse. The shaman and the maids were tortured and one of them was about to confess but Court Lady Seo stopped her from doing so. Tanashiri started to worry that her maids would betray her but she still seek help from her brothers to free them.

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We got to see the good side together in one place (save for Yoo) as they gathered at Ta-hwan’s quarters. Empress Dowager got to know about the curse and thought that Yeon-chul’s clan knew no boundaries when it came to bad deeds. Seung-nyang was getting better, recovering from the effect (Baek Ahn was just like her father when he asked about her condition ㅠㅠ). They talked about the mission to raise the army on their side and Taltal told them about Wang Yoo who joined the brigand because of that reason. I think Seung-nyang had realized that she misunderstood him in some way (I really hope so!) when she heard about it and Ta-hwan was wondering why Yoo was so keen in helping them. Baek Ahn told him that Yoo only wished to get his throne back and Ta-hwan promised to reinstate Yoo as the King of Goryeo if their plan succeeded this time. Yeay!! The promise was conveyed to Yoo when Baek Ahn and Taltal met him after that but the new recruits were a problem: they decided to join the brigand because of the reward and the food, plus most of them were either beggars or poor commoners (they even bought their prized possessions like goats and chickens to the base!). His underlings insisted that these people won’t be a help but Yoo thought that every person could be useful and it wasn’t like they had any other choice.

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Court Lady Seo and Yeon Hwa returned safely and Tanashiri was relieved that her maids didn’t betray her, but she got another bad news: Maha suddenly contracted measles. The physician couldn’t do anything since there’s no cure and she informed Ta-hwan about this.  Ta-hwan was with Seung-nyang, who was so immersed in her work to update the record for the Imperial Treasury. She told Ta-hwan that they would be able to send the fund to the army soon, but Ta-hwan admitted that he was slightly afraid thinking about his fight with Yeon-chul since he never thought about it seriously before meeting her. Seung-nyang promised that she would stay beside him and help him silently in order for him to regain his dignity as the Emperor. Golta informed him about Maha’s sickness but he insisted that he’d visit on the next day. Although Seung-nyang tried to persuade him into visiting the Prince, the thought of seeing Tanashiri after what she had done made him refuse to do so. I know that Maha wasn’t his real child but I felt sad for the child as Ta-hwan didn’t have any affection for him because of Yeon-chul’s blood flowing inside him.

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Tanashiri went to call him herself (she sounded like woman who’s shouting at her neighbour). Golta blocked her from entering Seung-nyang’s quarters since the Emperor didn’t want to receive any guest, but Tanashiri refused to budge. She was so thick-skinned to do so in front of someone’s quarters and Ta-hwan thought so too. Seung-nyang stopped him from going outside, offering herself to deal with the Empress. She reminded Tanashiri that Maha was probably sick because of her and it wasn’t the Emperor’s fault. She suggested that it might be because of the curse since it could pick the new target from the sender’s family should the original target managed to fend of the curse. Her maids didn’t think it’s possible since Maha wasn’t her real son but Tanashiri insisted that he was her son. Oh my, that was scary! However, Tanashiri was willing to do anything for Maha’s sake and decided to pray to Buddha while being doused with cold water.

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It was already late but Yeon-chul went to the throne hall by himself armed with his sword. He kept looking for Ta-hwan in the dark hall when something appeared behind him: it was his own corpse and the old man was taken aback. Ta-hwan approached him in the dark, mocking his fear towards a mere corpse when he had killed so many people. Darn, the young Emperor was so creepy, laughing menacingly that he had killed Yeon-chul. Although the old man insisted that he won’t die easily, Ta-hwan vowed that he won’t stop there: Dangkise, Tapjahae, Tanashiri, even Maha, all of them would lose their lives in his hands!

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It turned out to be a dream and Yeon-chul mistook his sons as Ta-hwan who was trying to kill him. Dangkise and Tapjahae kept calling for his name until the old man snapped back to his usual self, realizing that it was just a vivid nightmare. He wondered why they came into his room bearing their swords and suspected that they were thinking of killing him too. He was about to strike them with his sword but soon passed out. This was the effect of the curse, right? RIGHT? OMG If only the dream was a reality O.O Tanashiri soon received the news about Maha’s recovery and she was relieved to hear that. Emmm…maybe you should check on your other relatives now?

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Yoo started to train the men by making them run up the mountains. They were promised the pay and the food if they succeeded, but those who failed would become the slaves. The men were mostly weak runners and there were quite a number who couldn’t make the cut; however, Yoo was actually planning to take in all of them since he believed that they’re the same as him: he’s the loser who failed to protect his throne and he vowed to make it a success this time. The men were getting better and they finally managed to complete the training with no failure. They headed back to the base but their skills were still lacking.

*9 months later* (Wow, that was fast)

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Seung-nyang was giving birth as Ta-hwan was pacing back and forth nervously outside her chamber. Empress Dowager told him to be calm since it as normal for the childbirth to take some time and finally, the baby’s cry was heard from the chamber. Meanwhile, Tanashiri kept praying that it won’t be a boy; it should be a girl or better, a stillborn. Who are you to interfere with the fate, girl? But then, her pray turned out to be fruitless since Seung-nyang delivered the baby safely and it was a boy. The Dowager gave the boy his name: Ayushiridara. Awwwww. The baby is so cute! At the same time, raining for the soldiers continued and they were improving by leaps and bounds after months of training. Yoo received the news about Seung-nyang giving birth to a baby boy and he kept thinking about her; however, he recalled her words asking for him to forget her.

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Yeon-chul was still alive but he would lost his mind once in a while. He continued to be chased by his own fear in his dreams and even dreamed of Byung-soo taking his secret fund. Dangkise was heartbroken to see his father acting like that and begged for the old man to kill him since he couldn’t stand looking at him like that. Yeon-chul snapped back to his usual self and hugged his son. Ahhhh…He sent Dangkise out and wondered if he’s really going to die just like that.

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Ta-hwan spent his time with Ayu and he was amazed with the boy’s face which took after both him and Seung-nyang. So adorable! Maha’s birthday celebration was going to be held on that day but Ta-hwan refused to attend the ceremony. Seung-nyang urged him to go since the governors would also be there. Yoo was also invited and he met Tanashiri on his way to the throne hall. He got to see Prince Maha and praised his good looks. Ack, if only he knew the truth! Nuns were brought into the palace to pray for Maha’s well-being and surprise, surprise…one of them was the nun from the temple Tanashiri where took Maha from! She survived the fire but with burns on her face. Court Lady Seo seemed to recognize her and the nun glared at Tanashiri, proving that she had never forgotten what happened.

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The governors congratulated the Emperor for Prince Maha’s birthday (he should be two by this time). He was urged to say something to Maha but Ta-hwan couldn’t care less about the little boy and ordered for Ayu to be brought to him. He knew that the officials were expecting him to name his heir but he chose to wait until the two princes grow up before selecting one of them to be the Crown Prince. I feel bad for Maha, not because of the Crown Prince position, but because he didn’t get the love from his father 😦 Eunuch Park conveyed something to Seung-nyang and her expression changed.

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Court Lady Seo went to the nuns and asked Dok-man about the nun with the scars but the nun already went to see someone: Seung-nyang. She told Seung-nyang about Tanashiri’s secret: Maha wasn’t the Empress’ real child and she burned down the temple to hide the secret. The nun told Seung-nyang about it since she had the power to stop Tanashiri’s son from being appointed as the Crown Prince. Seung-nyang was thinking of exposing it in front of everyone in the throne hall and the nun  said that she had a proof that would be known to the boy’s nanny.

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“On the baby’s foot…”

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No preview for episode 36!

This week’s episodes are moving at the fastest speed (LTE?) and it reminds me of the first few episodes. Then the realization dawns on me: we only have 15 episodes left for everything to be concluded nicely. I went through all the posts I’ve written for Empress Ki and if feels like yesterday when I first saw the teaser. Oh my, time sure flies very fast!

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I’m so happy to see Seung-nyang finally accepting her fate as Ta-hwan’s concubine and I like to see how far Ta-hwan and Seung-nyang’s relationship have evolved since the first time they met. In my opinion, Ta-hwan’s willingness to sacrifice his own life for Seung-nyang made her realize that he had changed: from the timid prince who used to hide behind his protectors to an emperor who would protect his people. I think the gestures made Seung-nyang respect Ta-hwan and she decided to accept him. I just love to see their dynamic nowadays, with Seung-nyang supporting Ta-hwan in everything he’s doing, and Ta-hwan gving his best shot to become a proper and respectable Emperor. I can’t wait to see this Imperial couple wielding their power together, side by side!

Highlight of the week: Ayushiridara! I’m looking forward to the Prince’s appearance simply because we finally got a proper timeline to look at. I know that the drama is not following the exact history but it’s just the history lover in me who want to see if the upcoming events will happen in the nearest future. Since Prince Ayu was recorded to be born in 1338, I’ve got the answers to my questions: Ta-hwan was 18 years old while Seung-nyang was 23. A little bit lesson on the history: since we’re in the year of 1338 in the drama, it’s about time for Baek Ahn to rise to the power. It’s logic since we only have 15 episodes left and I assume that Seung-nyang will only become the Empress towards the end of the drama. I was looking forward to see Seung-nyang in action as an Empress but maybe I have to be satisfied to see her journey towards becoming one. At least I get to see Yeon-chul’s downfall (together with Tanashiri being kicked out of the palace and Dangkise’s rebellion), Baek Ahn’s rise and downfall, and the appearance of the new Empress from Baek Ahn’s clan. Heeee, I’m so excited to see these things unfold so I hope the drama will be able to deal with the story well!

With Ayu’s appearance, another issue appeared that was Ta-hwan’s evident favoritism towards his sons. Yes, I did pity Maha for not getting the attention from his father (although we know that he’s not even the real son of Ta-hwan), but who am I to question it when the maternal grandfather of the child was the same person who tried to harm the child’s father for so many times? The wound was probably too deep for Ta-hwan to accept the poor baby and I pity both of them: the father who couldn’t accept his son and the son who couldn’t get the attention from his father. That was just tragic and in a makjang setting, it could lead to a bigger conflict later (ㅠㅠ) Somehow the fact that Maha was not Ta-hwan’s real son made me feel better for both of them. Although I’m not sure how the truth will be played out, is it possible for Maha to be returned to Yoo? This is sure complicated O.O I should stop thinking about it now…

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Wang Yoo…why are you looking so fine nowadays? He’s the one who was suffering the most but when he smiled occasionally…I’d go crazy. Ehehe *giggle* I want to see him happy but at the same time, his love for Seung-nyang was too deep for him to get over it so easily. His expressive nature makes it harder since it was evident in both his expression and his action, but he chose not to show it in front of Seung-nyang, afraid that it would be a problem for her. Dear, you’re giving yourself double dose of pain all the time! I wish that he would get over Seung-nyang and move on to spare himself from the continuous heartbreak but given his character, it won’t be that easy for him to do so. At least Seung-nyang seemed to have realized that Yoo was on the good side so I’m hoping that they could clear the misunderstanding between them. Ahhhh….

Yeon-chul going senile was something that I didn’t expect to happen but still, it’s kind of satisfying to see him getting weaker. But then, I hope he won’t encounter easy death without proper face-off between him and Ta-hwan. It would be a total cop out for him! He needs to see Ta-hwan cackling and gloating in front of him and realize that he had been fooled by Yoo all this while. Just like what he said back then, there are hundreds of way to kill people and I wish to see him making a grand exit, befitting his status as the main evil character. His death would be the reason for Dangkise’s coup and the rest would fall into the place, just like a domino effect. Although the baddies were evil, their loyalty to the family was something remarkable. Dangkise’s heartbreaking plea for Yeon-chul to kill him was just sad and when the old man hugged his son…ah, my feels couldn’t be described with words! Same thing goes to Tanashiri. I’m not sure if it was because of her strong motherly instinct or her obsession, but she cared for Maha although the latter wasn’t her real son. I wonder what woul happen if she got to know about Maha’s real identity; would she harm him or went crazy because of the mind-boggling truth? I would go crazy if I knew that the child whom I cherished so much turned out to be the son of the woman whom I hated to death. Mind = blown.

Another thing to look forward to? Seung-nyang and her babies. I am dizzy just from thinking about it but I’m sure our bright Seung-nyang would be able to solve the problem. I can’t imagine what she would feel to know that the child she thought to be dead is still alive…

Monday, where are you?

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By the way, thanks for all your wishes! I’m getting better but still having headaches and hopefully I’ll recover before Monday comes! The latest casting news made me so excited and impatient for the upcoming episodes ^^

133 thoughts on “Empress Ki: Eps 34-35

  1. Thank you for the recap, have aways been waiting for your recap 🙂

    I am sad for Wang Yoo. I have never ever like the idea of SN + TH. Maybe for me the first is the last and the only? huuuuuuuuu I am heartbroken…..

  2. did yyou notice guys, SN was more aggressive kissing TH, her arms clinging on his neck while kissing him… though kiss with wang yu is a sweet one, her first kiss then maybe….

    1. @pesojiwon
      That makes it more clear that the writers favored SN & TH. they should have admitted it in the beginning instead if saying SN & WY was the OTP. Yes she was more aggressive in this kiss with TH.

      1. Meme. I don’t want to think that SN loves TH more although she looks more aggressive in their kissing scene. Well again maybe half of her feeling is a duty as a consort and she should show willingness…. kiss with Wang Yu is different, first kiss, first love or true love, and as a virgin maybe that is why she was more naive in that scene with wang yu…. well like I said, result of my poll said 56 percent like SN and TH, so it’s way of pleasing the majority (no offensement please to SN and TH shippers) my friend who is a shipper of th and sn said that their underwater kiss scene was super high in rating.

      2. @pesojiwon
        I think SN loves them both in her own way. Yes I wonder why SN was so naive with WY and aggressive with TH. It made me think. I guess we can blame the writers for that. To be honest I don’t expect much from a K drama ohlala scenes.

    2. The kiss with Wang Yu was boring. The Emperor was not much of a good kisser too – his face looked tension, should just relax… maybe he felt awkward kissing with ha ji won in real life. Haha…

      1. @Shary or maybe our baby Emperor was tensed for he had been waiting for that moment??? i agree SN was kinda aggressive in that moment…i think she is just thankful to him and at the same time learning to love him…waaahhh…is it me?????

      2. I actually thought the Emperor was the aggressor in the kiss scene and SN responded by putting her arms around his neck.

  3. thank you for your recaps!!!
    no way! need ep 36 rigth noW!
    then SY is going to know the truth about his other son!?????
    TT.TT nooo don´t want to !!
    i wan SY and TH to be together forever!
    yes we all feel bad for Maha, but i don´t think TH doesn´t love him! i just think that doesn´t want to show it ! because Tanashiri could take advantage of it!

    1. @AdrianaCA
      Are you sure? People feel bad about Byul/Maha because from comments I am reading at other places people are treating that child like trash. Saying SN has family with TH and that non factor now. That bothers me because it is coming from female fans of the show mostly. While I am happy she has her son with TH. The baby is absolutely adorable but the treatment of Byul/Maha now is harsh. SMH.

  4. Is it only me?, I like it when taltal and Lady ki went from one shaman to another, as if he is the father of the SN’s child

    1. yeah right ha ha ha ha you’re not the only one, and when he threw the wooden board because he was really pissed ha ha ha that was epic for me he was really affected as if just like what you have said that he is the father of the child in Seung Nyang’s womb, furthermore, even miss muchadoboutlove had so many side comments on how they look together, maybe in their next project… oh my ji wonssi… she’s really like a gem everybody who acts beside her really shines

  5. I think think that once SY find out the baby is the one she lost…she will find some way for the child to be taken to Goryeo and raised there till adulthood under the guidance of WY…but its gonna be awkward when she has to tell both these guys she had both given them their heirs…Even if all things don’t go that way, she will the mother of the next King…I kinda want the empress to find out that SY is the biological mother of the child…it would kill her…make her go crazier…

  6. I’m worried that Maha will become a bad person and revengeful due to his father’s lack of love, even though in reality the emperor is not the father. Seung Nyang too, she never even looked at the baby closely. The only good thing about the empress is her genuine love for the boy that is not even hers.

    1. @Shary, let’s just hope that the writer wont be too harsh about Byul/Maha’s faith, his both parents been through a lot. I wish they will just let WY know the truth at least the boy can be a prince in Koryo or could be saved from a bad faith coz I’m afraid that he will be included in the punishment because of Tanashiri’s foolishness… I mean we know that the Empress doesnt have long enough time to make another evil plan, soon she will get her own karma for everything she had done and as for the rest they become slave…according to their law.

      1. @queenbelle85, agree! n if people finds out that SN actually had a baby before becoming a consort, that will put her in trouble as well. N i dunno hw TH’s gonna react to that, u know had a baby means he had sex with Wang Yu before. Come to think of it… She’s one lucky girl to have royal lovers. 😀

        1. @ Shary, i know for some reasons and for other people “Love” is a lame excuse for TH to to accept SN even if he knew that SN made love with WY and and soon after he will find out about Byul/Maha but in my opinion, TH waited for her and he almost died when he heard about SN died so it doesnt matter. Do I sound so inlove or is i only me…kkk … I am so excited to see the coming episodes…Monday com faster please 😀

      2. @queenbelle85
        I get what you saying but its weird nothing was said about it since bring a virgin was so important back then. Heck I am still confused on why Eunuchs DeokMan & Park and HD have not ask SN what happened with her first pregnant. It is so unrealistic for writers to just overlook it and just let it be something that was so important.
        I will say this again. Why continue to measure who loves SN more. You can’t measure love. Both WY & TH have nearly died for her. If that is the measure who should get SN then it will be hard to decided because it would be a Tie.

        1. @MeMe just like you I have had so many questions back then and now. Yes I agree with you that the writers and the people behind this drama are sometimes unrealistic especially when it comes to important stuff like “virginity” Mayeb the Eunuchs Doekman &Park also HD had the same questions what had happened to SN baby but then because of the selection of the consorts, the whole palace were tensed. Both WY and TH will give everything for SN but since the drama isnt about how greatly both men love SN therefore i will just wait and watch what will happen next and i hope in the coming episode they will give us a must watch drama because as far as I know we have the best actors and actresses in the drama. 😀 love love love…

    2. @Shary
      Oh I expect Byul/Maha to be revengeful because the way TH treats him. Yes TH is not really his father but TH does not know that yet. As far as TH knows he is Byul/Maha’s father. That excuse he gave why he does not embrace Byul/Maha was sad excuse to me. To me he took 2 steps back. I really like TH but I cant get behind how treats Byul/Maha. Luckily this is not a TV show where I am from and TH said what he said about Byul/Maha. TH would be vilified. One of the thing I liked about Dong Yi was the fact despite how King Sukjong ended up feeling about Jang Hui Bin he loved and showed his son affection.

      1. @Shary
        That was highlight for me in Dong Yi. King Sukjong was fair to both his son. He knew how cruel their world was but he made it so both his sons could survive and be King.
        I do wonder after reading some on the history of Empress Ki why she and Togon grew apart when he found out she was trying to make her son CP. It makes me wonder did he want his son to be CP or not.

      2. I dont think we should compare the situation of that King in Dong Yi with TH. If you have forgotten, it was ElTemur who had TH’s Emperor father, little brother get killed while on the throne. I can just imagine the hatred TH have on all the bloodlines of ET and much worst force to have a son carrying ET’s blood. This ET clan several times conspired to get him killed at all cost, now how on earth can love spring when the blood is already tainted; it’s really ET clans fault and the generation after them will suffer because of their wickedness. It’s actually good Maha is not his real son and not carrying the evil blood of ET, the best way is for Maha to be returned to WY in anyway, so this child can escape that cruel fate he was bounded with. Enough of TH becoming a Saint, he already suffered so much from ET, he deserves to be happy and put his real heir to the throne.

      3. @Kristine Marie
        Who was comparing TH to King Sukjong? People are saying the reason TH does not like Byul/ Maha was because of Tana. I was simply giving example of another who was able to love and show his son affection despite who his mother was. That is not an excuse why a ‘father’ should treat a child that just because who his mother family is. The child is innocent. Who said anything about TH being a saint? I didn’t. Who said anything about Byul/Maha being the CP. I didn’t. All I said that TH needs to treat that child better. You don’t have to be a saint to treat a child like they exist. I would respect TH a lot more if he treated Byul/Maha better.

      4. @Kristine Marie
        Everybody who is going up against ET deserves some happiness not just TH. To make it sound like Byul/Maha is blocking TH from being happy is sad. SMH. This debate over Byul/Maha since Ayu was born makes that some type of way about some viewers of this show. SMH. I wondering how people going to act when Byul/Maha is revengeful.

      5. Uh if your a WY fan it’d be best for your shipping situation if the emperor didn’t get attached to maha. Its WY soon and that’s why they have the emperor uninvolved with him. Maybe because he’ll get to be with his real mom and dad later in life. So if anything you should be grateful TH is like that. Even though i want him to love maha too and he might just do that in time. I don’t think TH will treat maha like that when they get older.

      6. @Ariel DuBenion
        Actually I am WY fan & TH fan. I am thinking about Byul/Maha right now. He is an innocent child who ‘father’ treats him like the plague. At least TH can treat him better. Be grateful to TH for what? Not once has he showed affection to that child. If anything I am SMH at TH.

      7. @MeMe, you may not agree w/ me, but the best analogy I can give about this Maha/Byul & TH indifferent relationship is like a ‘rape victim’ that resulted in child birth. You must have read this in soompi. Can you be 100% sure, if you take the poll of these rape victims, they’d be able to love their child the same way as a child born out of love? TH just reflects that part of being a human, it’s real and given. He’s an Emperor, not a saint. To add, Maha/Byul is also being used like a tool by ET clan for TH to abdicate in the throne, in a way Maha is like a symbol of hatred for him, this is at this point of not yet knowing that TH is SN&WY son, now we can just imagine the emotional turmoil that awaits if this will be known. TH will just be indifferent to Maha and Maha will grow-up emotionally lacking unless he escapes this cruel fate altogether.

      8. @Kristine Marie
        Hmm.. I have worked with rape victims so I know. That is why most rape victims either have an abortion or give the child up for an adoption. There are those who end up raising their child and loving them regardless.
        Futhermore when was TH raped? I don’t recall him being raped. Please Explain? Rape is a word that should not be thrown around so lightly.
        Or is it an explanation viewers are giving to justify why it is okay for TH to basically hate Byul/Maha. The reason TH gave why doesnt show affection to Byul/Maha was that he has a lot of people to hug him. Sorry that is a sad excuse and shows that he is still immature. I may like TH but I am blinded by my liking of him to justify why it is okay to treat Byul/Maha so harsh.

      9. @MeMe, I think TH is qualified to be called a raped victim. He was forced to sleep w/ these women against his own will to survive in that cruel Empire. If you remember ET has always emotionally blackmailed him not to caused TN to languish, or there’d sure be a bloodbath in the Empire. Even TN admits that TH is like a corpse in bed w/ her.
        Dont know what you meant by blindly liking TH. I was just explaining the normal human emotions undergoing on his character, w/c the writers are logically pointing out for TH to expressed it conceivably.

      10. @Kristine Marie
        Okay I remember now. Hmm..yeah it was wrong for them to force him into having sex with these other women. Both ET & ED were wrong for that. I do wonder would he have treated Lady Park’s child the same way he treated Byul/Maha. Well Now Byul/Maha is here and that child should be treated better because it is not his fault. Byul/Maha is going to be revengeful against TH. The only hope I have for this child is be taken away from Tana and the rest of ET ASAP.

  7. @muchadoboutlove…my dearest thank you very much for that wonderful recaps, though we are all worried about your health, still we are very happy that you manage to pull it all through, take care of yourself miss mimi,

    I’m still on cloud nine because of that ohlala scene and maybe later I will share my thoughts about these 2 episodes, however I just wanted to say that I was freaking laughing out loud about your side comments with regards on the moon that embraces the sun and arang and the magistrate… you’re so adorable every time you are doing that…

    keep up the good work my dear, we are very blessed to have you in our own small world of empress ki fandom….terima kasih banyak….

  8. I am mending a broken heart for wang yu…. nothing is more painful than to see the love of your life with someone else…. guys are like that, they wont make it appear obvious but it hurts them to think that the women they love are already making love with other men, and with baby as evidence… hope the mother, father and baby byul with meet each other, I don’t like the part of the novel where the kid was already a teenager when he learned who his real parents are

    1. That is why I want WY to end up loving his wife or Bi-Soo. I hope the writers don’t have him looking sad the rest of the show.

  9. @ shary, really if it will bring SN to trouble if they found out about Byul? about TaeHan, can’t he tell if the woman he’d made love with is no longer a virgin? remember its’ like 2 pregnancies within the year (well it happens in real life right? months before the first birthday of the first born, the second baby may be born….call that productivity lol) or loving SN too much made TH ignored her past….

    @meme you noticed too the gloomy look in WY eyes? sad really

    1. @pesojiwon
      Yes. If I am not mistaken being a virgin was big deal back then. Men know when a woman is a virgin or not. The funny thing is that people were in an uproar when SN gave her virginity to WY but is now saying the whole being a virgin thing is a non factor when it came to TH. LOL. Maybe because I like both couples I can be unbiased.
      Yes I did. It makes me sad for WY. That is why I will give these writers the side eye if they continue to have WY be this lap dog for SN & TH. If SN can move on and treat WY like a stranger then WY should be able to do the same.

      1. Meme I still can’t understand why they need to treat each other like that….why not just admit that sn resents wang yu for marrying et’s niece, for not looking for her? At least Wang Yu’s reaction when he found out about Sn as concubine, he wanted to ask her why….he resents her because of her drastic decision but decided to move on, pretended to treat her as stranger,but still loving her thinking of her safety even almost to cause his life. I don’t like it, he sacrificed to but sn didntknow. Lol i have so much resentments but it doesnt mean i dislike taehan

      2. @Pesojiwon
        I agree with you on that. Oh yes because I have dislike some of the stuff SN, TH, & WY did does not mean I don’t like them. I like all 3 of them. Yes I wanted SN & WY to have serious talk put it all on the table. I felt their conversation was anti climatic. Now have they both move on? Hmm…I would say somewhat. Some might say SN has moved on because she had sex with TH and his baby. I say I don’t think she has fully moved on and neither has WY. That first episode was evident of that. He was crying and she was crying looking at each other on the day of her coronation.

      3. @meme i don’t think sn or wy already moved on, both are suffering deep inside of them. They never disagreed on anything, they were so in love before wang yu left for kuryo, then al of the sudden things changed, they never really talked about it , what they talked about were formality. I guess it will at least ease the load if both of them fought, argued or at least scold each other.. You noticed, they can’t even look at each other’s eyes when talking… Because eyes reveal real feeling, and both knew that…. But this really is a painful love….

    2. I don’t think it’s necessary to feel bad for WY and not saving SN would be the most painful memory for him. That’s why he did it anyway.
      More than likely WY and SY will get together in the very end so i don’t feel bad for him. He’s doing something meaningful right now and hopefully he’ll get his thrown back soon. If we see the coronation in the next five to ten episodes more than likely they’ll follow history But add on what happened to SY and that’s where fictional WY comes in. So I’ll enjoy the emperor now and keep an open mind about WY. It gives me so much peace to accept both couples but SY better tell their emperor she loves him even if she has to lie.

      1. If the writers would like to please the majority, your ending of sn wy togethermay not be possible..Lol, shippee of sn th. Will not like it….

      2. @Ariel DuBenion
        Why not feel bad for WY. He lost his girl due to fate. I still bad for SN as well.
        LOL at what you said about SN better tell Emperor she loves him. Why does she have to? LOL. Don’t get me wrong I like both couples but lets get real you don’t have to love somebody to have sex with them.

    3. There was a comment about WY and SY having resentment toward him. I don’t think that’s true at all. She planned to go back to him until she found out about his marriage. It doesn’t mean she resents him but she saw no way to continue there relationship unless she wanted to be his dirty little secret but SY has morals. Yeah she’s a concubine but it’s a different situation and she’s considered a wife. The Emperor sees her as his only woman so it’s not a bad deal. Right now i think SY is trying to understand WY. She’s curious not resentful at this point.

      1. @Ariel DuBenion
        Being TH’s concubine helps her morals. LMAO. Please Explain. She would have been WY’s concubine. So tell me what is the difference?

      2. @MeMe, I think you’re really WY-shipper by heart, you have enough reasons for SN to be w/ WY and can’t understand her being w/ TH. I understand as we stand on different ships. But if I may, the reason SN had to move forward w/o WY is because of the injustices she witnessed in Yuan Empire like LP and Goryeo friends who were killed, also her mother, father and son’s demised under the cruelty command of TN & influence of ET clan. It’s this noble longing to avenge for them and to correct the malpractices inside the Empire that is her main goal in going back to Yuan and becoming a concubine is the way she chose and that opened a gateway. If she just went back to WY having witnessed all those crimes, she’d just feel like a selfish person and a weakling, where deep in heart she knows she can bring a change and stop all this evilness. If there’s any I am learning about sageuk drama, love comes second to moral goals and is sometimes are a result by twists and turns of fate.

      3. @Kristine Marie
        Hmm… I will tell you like I told the last chick who tried to act like she knew my heart but I will tell you in nice way because I am mature now. First, Please don’t try to act like you know my heart. Second, I like both couples. If I say I like both couples then I like both couples. If I was a SN & WY shipper I would say I am. I don’t have to lie. Third, I can see and understand why SN would be with either WY or TH. That is why I like both couples.

  10. Thank you so much for the recap. I alway watch the raw version first then enjoy your summary a day later. This is one of the best Korean dramas I have seen in a while.

  11. Question: wasn’t the nun not only burned but also poisoned??? So…how did she survive the poisoning part??? Hmmm…curious, curious….n-e-who, thank you for the recap!!!

    1. Lizzie it’s not her fate to die,and she has the mission. Hope next episode sn will learn that maha is her son

  12. I thought the scene with El Temur and his son, DK, was really sad. I also found it sad that ELTemur is going senile. I want them to get rid of him but not this way.

    1. The curse made by tanasiri bounced back to him, that’s reslly very sad for his kids,because all of the sudden father is no longer dependable.

  13. I slept and woke resenting Sn hahahaha… Wish something to make us (referring to those who can relate to my feelings)feel ok for Wang yu,not a consolation but happiness. Because of this I am missing bi soo, the turk girl. She showed concern to Wang Yu and i know she is falling for him. Her facial expression changed when wy mentioned seung nyang. When wang yu told her sn was a past, bi soo said it didn”t look like it was in the past…..

    1. Like I said I want WY to end up loving his wife or Bi-Soo. If can have ohlala with somebody esle. Let WY have ohlala with somebody esle. LOL

  14. Good stuff 🙂 Now from this point on SY should find out the truth and I’m hoping she tells WY immediately so they can get their son out safely because that nun is going to tell the truth and I see SY delaying her but not stopping her. I hope the story continues as is, SY finds a way to keep her lost son close or with his father and she lives happily ever after with the emperor until history brings that to a close and then reunites with WY and son but makes sure viewers know that WY and the emperor were the men she loved in her life (she can throw in Tal Tal too just to make it a perfect ending) Its a win for everybody but I’d prefer her just lovin the emperor but I’m sensing things aren’t closed between WY and her. If they’re not closed WY better not get with anyone else in the mean time and I’ll feel better about his devotion. I personally want someone like the emperor who only sees me and doesn’t want to live without me. WY would be a very dependable husband and a good match for SY but it’d probably be a somewhat boring relationship. I loved the emperor’s love for Ayu and if Maha stays in the palace I want him to love and cherish him too. We’ll see, this drama is far from predictable even though there’s a novel on it. Freaking out every week and jumping the gun watching it raw. I started to try and teach myself Korean just by watching and I’m starting to identify more words other than wae and aigoo.

      1. @Pesojiwon
        I agree. WY would not be a boring husband. No I am not fangirling. Just speaking the truth. LMAO at your comment about WY being skillful in all aspects.

  15. Is it just me or is Dangkise getting more attractive. I would like to see him try to convince SY to be with him in the future. They do have chemistry. Both the babies are so cute. Thanks for the recaps, yours is the only one i read. Its the closes thing to drama other than watching it raw.

    1. Haha, you’re not the only one who thinks he is getting more attractive 🙂 HERE! Hoping there will be scenes between them in the future episodes. Taltal is getting more attractive too lol

  16. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Empress Ki betray Korea by sending Mongol troops to Korea. The Mongol troops were defeated by Goryeo army in crossing the Yalu River.

      1. Yes. ofcoz, i wonder why she was those famous in Korean history.
        then, how about in this drama? Now she forgot her original target and forgot all things about Goryeo ppl. I don’t want to see her also TH. poor MaHa and WY.

    1. @Kaw
      Yes. I heard that as well. I am finishing Faith right now. The Empress Ki they talk about is treating Goryeo how Yuan has been treating them. She seems to not care about Goryeo either.

  17. @ Kaw take it easy, i am also sad and disappointed, I can’t believe I am feeling this way the whole day, lol still few more episodes to go

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