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  1. I appreciate your kind thoughts and wish you the same too. Hope everyone and their loved ones stay safe during this period and we will all come out stronger for it.
  2. Sad to say, I don’t have the time or mood to watch any dramas now. The COVID-19 measures have disrupted my life and work.
  3. Sorry, I somehow missed this post of yours. 1) I think they only consummated their relationship after the second kiss scene in the snow. He said he didn’t want to miss out again. 2) One possible reason is that killing one’s mother may be one of the taboos of Chinese censors. Also, there are probably connections between this plot and the final rebellion plot that make it difficult to retain it when the latter is also not allowed. The latter was also likely the reason why all the parts where she became his concubine were cut.
  4. You can read my transcript of Ep 53 on page 40 for that scene.
  5. I think literally, he means “she belongs to me” or “she is under my protection”. You can also go on to infer it to be “she is my woman”. The Chinese used here is more reserved in style and given it is a period drama, stating “ta shi wo de nu ren” is not necessary.
  6. You are right in saying the eagle represents the Emperor. Too much context had been cut so I didn’t really grasp what Du Heng/Di Shi Lang was trying to express. The gist was the Emperor perceived those officials who held a protest against the promotion of Zhao and boycotted the ceremony as CP’s camp of supporters and got rid of them all. Du probably had a leadership role and ended up a casualty. I don’t think there are viewership numbers for Korea as it is on a subscription channel/app. On a side note, GTV station in Taiwan will be broadcasting the drama sometime this year. Zhao bears no great love for CP so she was probably just acting as befits the mother of a country and his stepmother for appearances’ sake. 5th Prince was the one supposed to be responsible for CP’s wife’s death but as the current version stands, it looks like Zhao was responsible.
  7. 1. Maybe you can try Longest Day in Chang An as it was produced around the same period as RN and also financed by Youku. It is to date the most popular drama at Youku next to RN. It is not a love story though. 2. In general, the censors thought it would address a common problem of dramas being too long (due to fillers to increase the number of episodes and profits) but some people have commented it was too rigid since quality is not defined simply by the number of episodes. It also can be circumvented by splitting a long drama into multiple seasons so what would be the point. The 40-episode rule was only mooted. I’ve no idea when/if it would kick in since there are dramas currently screening that exceed 40 episodes. The primary reason for the cuts to RN was to improve the chances of it getting approval from the censors due to the ever-tightening censorship regime in recent times and some of the plot/content had become more sensitive. A shorter number of episodes was also said to increase the chances of RN being broadcast on satellite TV stations but I’m not sure how that works.
  8. There were procedures to be followed when CP took someone as a concubine. A kiss or even consummation did not make one a concubine. I can only take reference from the novel (CP sent someone to relay her details — name, eight characters and her family background to the people at Zong Zheng Si to prepare the Yu Die/geneological record of the royal family). They did film her becoming a concubine later but it was cut. The author released some short epilogues after the drama ended that confirmed she became his concubine and bore him a son. Yes, he wanted to become CP. I’m not in possession of all the details concerning 5th Prince because only a small portion of his script was exposed in a quick shot in a variety show and I didn’t bother to scrutinise that but according to his first person epilogue, he was responsible for the poisoning of the pregnant Crown Princess, the killing of Li Mingan’s wife by the guy selling malt sugar candy (to make him hate General Gu and cause his death) and Wenxi’s younger brother was sent to him by the seller after Lady Li died. He also got hold of the Jing Cuo Dao calligraphy left behind by Wenxi at Zong Zheng Si (guess we never got to see how that played out). He probably forced his mother to commit suicide like in the novel (she disliked him as he reminded her of the humiliation she suffered during her previous pregnancy — his 4th brother died during birth. Siqing was also giving birth at the same time and all the manpower was deployed over there. Zhao realised the son of a concubine would never be as important as the Di wife’s child). The epilogue for Jiang Shanggong said 5th Prince instructed her to take the life of CP’s younger sister.
  9. Her identity as a spy was exposed in the Crown Princess miscarriage case and she even promised to spy for Prince Qi to bring down Chen so Wang did not trust her. Typically, spies are not tolerated and will be eliminated right away but CP still let her hang around and not as his concubine so he was worried for CP’s well-being. They cut out the part where Prince V reveals his true colours.
  10. Hi @Sunch, I think it was a reference to their first kiss when he kissed her against her will.
  11. I think I have watched most, if not all, of the BTSes and interviews while the drama was screening. If it was released after the Special Edition, then I may not have seen it. What was so special about their reaction to the scene of Wangji raising his head in the rain?
  12. What reaction edit video are you talking about? I can’t open that Bilibili video link.
  13. @PPB 1. Many of the elements in the drama are based on Song Dynasty. You can read more about the historical background on gambling at as I’m no expert. Basically, the establishments are an amalgation of restaurant, hotel, prostitute services and gambling. 2. Driving the Horses game originated from Song Dynasty. You can read more about it from the following links.打馬 The following 11 boxes are called 窝Wo (nest): - The starting point is 赤岸驿 Chi An Inn. A place for official messengers to rest or change horses mid journey. - The ending point is 尚乘局. A bureau in Sui Dynasty that managed horses. In between the starting and ending points, every eight spaces apart are: - 陇西监 Longxi Jian (Jian refers to an office/agency belonging to the Imperial Court). - 玉门关 Pass of the Jade Gate, a pass of the Great Wall located west of Dunhuang in today's Gansu Province of China. - 汧阳监 Qianyang Jian - 沙苑监 Shayuan Jian. Shayuan had the best pasture in early Tang Dynasty. - 函谷关 Hangu Pass which separates upper Yellow River and Wei valleys. - 太仆寺 Taipu Si, the agency in charge of horses during Qin and Han Dynasty. During Southern Song Dynasty, it came under the Ministry of Defence. - 天驷监 Divine Horses Jian - 骐驿院 Qiyi Jian - 飞龙院 Flying Dragon Yuan, an agency in Liao Dynasty in charge of horses. The box right before the ending point is called 堑Qian (moat). The third to seventh boxes before the ending point are called 夹Jia (I’m not really sure what it means as there are multiple meanings. Could be a narrow passage). The other non-blank boxes are names of famous horses.
  14. She would have been sent out of the palace as if she were dead.