That “fight” scene between Gwang Take and Ji is gorgeous! Just look at all these shots I had to choose from! This is only some of them (oh how I adore off-kilter horizon lines) and I love how the whole scene felt more like a dance than a sword-fight.
I have to say, it’s nice to be watching a show where I like so many of the characters. I’m not sure what Ji’s history is, but I feel like something tragic is going to happen to her eventually. Maybe I’m just missing something, but I don’t fully understand why she’s never made the choice to leave with GT.
Gwang Taek is one of my favorite characters, and I never get tired of watching him effortlessly take on all contenders, whether they be friend, foe, or frenemy. That being said, I was a bit disappointed that he was so easily poisoned this episode. The guy typically has better spidey-senses than Peter Parker, and I don’t really buy that he would fall for something so obviously suspicious.
Dong Su on the other hand…yep, I totally buy that he would drink drugged tea. Is Cho Rip seriously going to die? He’s too sweet to die! From the moment that DS offered to sacrifice himself I was choked up because I could see where it was all headed, but the scenes to follow didn’t make it any easier. The part with DS in the hallway was definitely watched through blurred vision!
Also, I don’t know the name of this girl but I’m happy every time I see her on screen. I thought she would stay as a cutesy background character, so I was delighted to see that she’s plotting revenge and practicing with throwing stars while she pouts (not something I was ever expecting to see). How badass would it be if she was the one to take down Cheon?
I feel bad for saying that, because I don’t actually want Cheon to die. Yes, he’s always killing people and is usually drunk, but I can’t help but like him. He and GT are like opposite sides of the same coin, and both follow codes of honor that make me respect them. I nervously anticipate the day that they have a real showdown with each other. Also, what is with Cheon always having the most epically lit scenes?
Maybe I’m giving Cheon more credit that he’s due because I like liking him, but it seems that he genuinely cares for Yeo Un. I wasn’t happy about Soong (almost) dying at the end of the episode, but I found it sort of touching that Cheon defended YU so instinctively. What really broke me up was that YU just stood there, waiting to die.
I think that at this point YU is pretty lost and feels like he deserves death. I’m still not sure of whether or not he has clear intentions regarding what he’s doing within the assassin’s guild. Is he purposely working as a double agent, or is it just turning out that way because he can’t bear to do malicious things?
Either way, I think he’s pretty internally conflicted, and I can’t blame him. When he learned that he had killed his father, I think he basically gave up on himself. He was raised being told that he was a natural killer, and I don’t think he even realizes that he is equally gifted in healing. I think he feels that he doesn’t deserve friends like DS, and that it pains him when DS is willing to die for him since he’s been lying to him from the beginning. Cheon was the first person to ever accept him and provide him with a proper father figure, so I think YU is going to have a hard time letting him go and realizing that Sa Mo and DS are his real family.
If it gets to the point where DS and YU outright hate each other, I’m not sure that I’ll be able to watch anymore. Conflict is good, particularly if it’s internal, but I don’t know if I can handle them trying to kill each other. I loved that DS stood up for YU this episode and helped him cover up the injury on his arm, even though he had no idea what had happened. Poor DS is going to be so heartbroken when he learns the truth about YU, and I bet he’s so loyal that he won’t even believe it at first.
I love the forest with the crazy trees at the end. Just look at them! Does anyone know where that scene was filmed? I wonder why Soong hasn’t officially died yet. Surely he’s done for? Maybe he’ll talk to the prince about YU before he dies? I feel like there must be a reason since his death isn’t much of a cliffhanger.
I’m going to go full-tilt and even make my video of the day a WBDS video. If Dong Su is this drama’s heart, then Yeo Un is surely its soul, and I find his character the most compelling. Credit goes to youtuber Chloille23, and it’s playable in HD.
If you want a laugh, check out this impressive DS/YU bromance video. Credit goes to XnerjaveikaX, who I think likes the bromance a little too much.