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  1. The love story has suddenly become front and foremost for me and the Palace politics has faded into the background. I blame it on Schubert - curse you and your Serenade. I cannot remember the last time this has occurred. Clown or King it's all JinGoo isn't it? Minor technicality. FYI In celebration of the new response emoticons, I want to clarify that I am only accepting heart kiss responses for this particular comment. Any others are unacceptable unless you want to be seen as totally contrarian.
  2. Just had a thought. From previews for next week, I wonder if Coach Kim will perform a murder/suicide? This drama has not shied away from controversy and has been very in your face. Sad as it is, it is a reality in life. Parents do kill their own children in the mistaken (?) belief that their child will not be able to survive well without them. I can understand where some of them are coming from. Like in Coach Kim's case, faced with the prospect of a life behind bars will she perform 'mercy killing' on the disabled Kay believing that it would be her ultimate sacrifice of love? Because she believes nobody else left in the world would do a better job of caring for Kay?
  3. Thank you thank you! I heard that piece and was wondering what it was. Looks like I guessed Coach Kim's backstory right. . But looks like I guessed HyeNa's murderer wrong - I thought it was Prof Cha but it looks like it was the security guard (bribed by Coach Kim)? You win some, you lose some. Bravo to Kang JoonSang. It took him 50 years but he finally grew up and became an adult (he shaved - new image, new man). He made his choice to step down from the hospital presidential race. Balled my eyes out when he asked his Mother if she could just love him as her Son regardless. I do love how he finally stood up and made his stance known to his Mother. Note how he reestablished what really mattered. He may have disappointed her and failed to fulfil her wishes for him BUT he remained her Son. He did not disown her and walk away from her. What mattered was the relationship and that hasn't changed (for him anyway, I think his Mom may need time to process it). That was what always mattered from the beginning. We are all the product of our circumstances (KMH with her poor upbringing, and her desire for YeSuh to climb that social ladder) and the sum of our choices (will she decide to turn Coach Kim in?) Preview looks really ominous with Coach Kim and Kay interactions . PS At least one family seems to have a happy ever after (a toast to the Cha family - minus Prof Cha - he can mull at home with his pyramid ). O wait. The Woo family hasn't fared too badly either all things considered. Go SooHan, you teach your folks about pyramids too just like you taught them math. The middle is where it's best. Why teeter at the pointy top where you get knocked off easily? Safer in the middle.
  4. As expected Episode 17 has not disappointed. Be forewarned - keep the tissue box handy. It's brutal viewing - the tear ducts get a big work out. The acting was brilliant all round. 2 families. Both trapped. Both with children to protect/save. Both desperate and in despair. One family stands united (loved the scene at the jail visitation - hands together, all in). The other divided, torn asunder, each battling their own demons in isolation. What will tonight bring us? More of the same I have no doubt. Every week I think, "surely this week will be the week where writer Nim drops the ball and we get a lull"...but no...every week, she raises the bar and keeps me invested. Bravo. Can't wait for more!
  5. It would make it comedic for the King to learn to play the Clown (just like we've seen elements of it when HS played the King). So it would certainly lighten the mood of the whole show dramatically if that's the case. Thus far both within and without the Palace walls the stories have been rather dark. We'll see
  6. What would be totally ironic would be if Dallae and the other man (does he have a name?) mistake YH for HS and YH actually decides to play along . Then we have the Clown playing the King and the King trying to play the Clown. So as the Clown is learning how to crush his enemies (descent into darkness), the King is paralleled relearning what it means to be good again (ascent to light). The Queen will have a real quandary then if the 2 meet in the middle somewhere
  7. Nah..I don't think Royal Chief Secretary has given up on LH. I think he thought initially it was just going to be a week at most. He assumed sending LH away from the Palace (from the immediate threats around him) would be sufficient to bring him back to his senses but he's realised that he was mistaken. It never removed the perceived threats in his (LH) mind. That's why he stabbed HS. He realised that the ruse will take longer than he had envisaged so he needs the Clown play the King for longer. And the longer he plays the King the higher the chances he will get caught. Lady Kim will be dressing and bathing him (?) so that scar on the King's left shoulder needs to be on the Clown too. Concerted efforts would be necessary to bring him up to speed with reading documents and the King's idiosyncrasies told him. You could see how frustrated he was at the situation. He took out his anger on the poor hapless HS on that mountaintop. He had gone through this whole rigmarole for the King's benefit (LH) and instead of him (LH) doing his part by getting clean and recovering (he's in a monastery for a reason - self reflection and healing?), he seems to be doing nothing to help himself and making it worse by looking for the drug himself and descending into more madness. Even the monk cannot hide his disgust.
  8. Haha...that's the couple people are shipping in real life anyway... both are not married (like the blog post says) and he's not much older than her. . Not confirmed though. Just a bit of fun.
  9. Meanwhile in real life...there's a ship happening https://pannative.blogspot.com/2019/01/sky-castle-kim-donghee-roots-kim.html Older twin wants fireworks in real life for PanGook couple
  10. As for the distribution of scripts online and leaks, I seriously doubt it would dent the ratings. If nothing at all, people may want to tune in just to see if the script leak is actually authentic or not . I think the buzz and hype of this drama has built up so much momentum there's going to be little that will be able to stop the final push to the end (leak or not). I liken it to reading a book which has been adapted to a movie. You already know the ending but you wanna watch it anyway because you want to see it 'live' and play out before your eyes.
  11. Agreed re : poisoning. I really believe he meant it when he made that promise to his brother. He knows his brother is dead, if the Queen Dowager knew, he should surely know too? The apparition he sees of his brother looks like a child poisoned (the boy says, "my stomach hurts"), not beheaded or stabbed. You are also correct that he is 'hiding' from his inner demons that plague him by numbing his senses with opium. Locking him up and denying him of the drug is essentially similar to 'cold turkey' treatment to wean people off drugs. So I do think that as the episodes unfold and his lucidity returns, we may yet see a different side to LH (away from the crazy Palace) and potentially brought back to human form again with his encounter with Dalae? It seems imminent - why else have them holed up in the same monastery? Yes to the point where he needs to repent of his deeds beforehand. I guess the question most people raise is - is there a point in one's life where you've done so much bad that no amount of repenting will cut it and you are placed in the irredeemable basket and death would be the only means for redemption? I am actually in the camp where I believe nobody is irredeemable. So as long has he repents, he's on that path of redemption for me already. It doesn't necessarily excuse all the pain and suffering he has caused in the past, but it will certainly change his future trajectory and that's sufficient for me. I guess it's KDrama after all, but I want to know what poison works so fast that kills almost instanteously after consumption? Only cyanide comes to mind and I am not sure it results in bloody vomiting.
  12. So no redemptive arc? Just more madness and insanity? Potentially add raging jealousy to the mix when he discovers HS has in fact taken his place as the Queen's preferred significant other? Which would prompt his return to the Palace to restake his claim to the throne and his wife? Which in turn leads to his demise so that the Clown and Queen have their happy ever after? Maybe the writer will let him regain his senses once the drugs get out of his system and his hallucinary paranoia subsides with it. I would like to see a redemptive arc for LH but that's a personal preference. So like you I wish for it but unlike you I am hopeful that the writer will pen it in. I am still not entirely convinced he had his little brother poisoned. Why bother sending him away to exile? Why not just have him poisoned in the holding cell? He may be guilt ridden because he felt like he was the harbinger of death by sending him to exile but I somehow feel like he meant it when he promised to bring him back after a while. So I see glimpses of his humanity. Did you see how shattered the Queen was after that scene where they share that tender moment as she cleans the blood off him and takes his stained outer robes off? She basically renews her vows to him and reaffirms her love for him (I will laugh with you, cry with you, I will stay by your side) thinking that it would be enough to calm him down and make him stay...she had been the one refusing him before remember? She thought she had his love. HS refuses her . She did not see it coming. Shoe is on the other foot now. She no longer has hold of him like she thought she did. Whereas before she was on surer footing as to where she stood in his eyes, now she isn't so sure. Whole new ballgame. HS behaved in exactly the same way LH did when he realized how dangerous it was in the Palace. So they were no different in their response. It was only that HS's desire for vengeance superseded his fear that he returned. LH will need to experience the same to battle those demons. What possible feeling would be powerful enough to supersede his fear of death? It would be the love for his Queen. The righteous jealousy that is rightfully his to have because he made promises to her and she returned in kind. She was his wife and no other man should be taking his place in her heart. Personally I don't think LH ever stopped loving his Queen. She was the one refusing him remember? He doesn't have to relearn how to love her. He already does. As for why he would let some other Clown take his place in the interim, he is assuming that it will be status quo, that the Queen will continue to refuse him (HS) like he did him (LH). He didn't care about the other concubines, it was just his Queen that mattered. The longer the Clown HS plays the King and lives a lie, the harder it is going to be when the Queen finds out the truth. But I guess this is KDrama after all and the writer has thus far succeeded in keeping my attention.
  13. And this final tidbit before we say goodbye to WonShim... as they walk out they pass MinJi (KkeutNyeo) And you can hear DKS ask NJH if she's hungry and she says why don't we eat Meat Pancakes. Farewell Wondeuk and Hongshim. 100DMP was a blast! i am having trouble embedding the link so you will have to click through to watch it https://www.instagram.com/exo_dyokyusoo/p/BsqNNBphonM/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=10tfqop14uxcc
  14. He must be trying to get his diving certificate or something (from what I know you need to clock up a certain number of dives to get to different levels?). Back to Cebu again. cr: Winner Dive
  15. I said before I think it's Prof Cha. So I am sticking to it. Coach Kim bribed him to do it with exam papers or the like? For his boys. She is ultimately behind it like she was behind all the other deaths. Her forte is mind play. She never wields the sword and deals the final blow. She always manipulates others to do it so she stays 'clean'. There's CCTVs outside so I feel like it can't be anyone coming from outside Sky Castle? She told Teacher Jo to 'wrap it up' when he asked her if they really needed to go that far (I assumed they were talking about HyeNa's death)..then we get shown the footage from a dash cam (but yeah it would be nice to know who's car that was.). Isn't that a plot hole though? I didn't think dashcams worked unless the engine is on? If it's a parked car the dashcam doesn't work? I don't know - I don't have one. Not long now. I am sure Writer Nim will deliver in the last 4 episodes. Spine chilling stuff but so good EDIT - actually it would be SO ironic if the leaks are true. Here we are as an audience (on the outside) guessing who killed HyeNa and (on the inside) they have their very own 'whodunit' finding the person who leaked the info
  16. Can't read Korean so don't know what the spoilers are. Gonna watch it regardless. Looks like JTBC is sending cast and crew on reward vacation. So they should!! They earnt it! https://www.soompi.com/article/1292475wpp/sky-castle-cast-go-reward-vacation
  17. http://kkumnetz.blogspot.com/2019/01/so-i-think-we-all-went-too-far-with-sky.html when you try too hard to analyse a drama (like I did), only to read this and realise the joke's on me ... the dead dragonfly was just that...a dead dragonfly . I needed a good laugh after all the dark moments of this drama. Good one PD!!
  18. Haha... for those who were bemoaning how we didn't get to see WonShim as a proper couple in the end... PD has gifted us with this... DKS and NJH play a married couple (cameo) and their interior designer (?) is none other than HS's brother MY (he's alive!!)... The translated convo as they walk down the stairs together ...throwback or is it flash forward?
  19. So much can be gleaned from what is omitted. Ah YSY, we know where your heart lies. Here's to MBF being the Sageuk that his last Sageuk should've been. I have great hopes because the writer likes substance. And with all 3 leads being veterans, I have no doubt they will build on what they've been gifted with in the script and deliver more to us on screen.
  20. I am with @jongski. Old fashioned to the core. She married the King (YH). She promised in sickness (yes even mental ones) and in health, till death do us part. Unless YH dies or he divorces her, the promise stands. She may be falling in love with the Clown (HS) but she thinks he's her husband YH. And I remain unconvinced YH ordered the poisoning of his little brother. There was the back of a man shown to be there as the boy ate...could he be the other Prince? The one now scheming with the Queen Mother? I forget his name? I believe YH meant it when he promised his brother that he would bring him home after sending him to exile for a while.
  21. My thoughts exactly. They have learnt to respect each other and talk sensibly like adults and work through issues. They listen (I mean really listen) to each other, they have their own opinions and voice them respectfully. Remember that interchange between SooIm and Prof Hwang in the hallway when she told him she was going to confront Coach Kim? He told her he was worried and would prefer her not to because Coach Kim sounded dangerous. She replied she had a Black Belt in Taekwondo and she could handle her. You could see he was still worried, but he let her make that decision herself and didn't impose his on hers. He respected her enough to make the right choice. Same when WooJoo blew up at Prof Hwang when HyeNa died. Prof Hwang went to his room, and they talked it out. Apologies were made, he listened and respected WooJoo's point of view. He tried to understand, the relationship was restored. In the end it's all about the relationship. WooJoo's arrest is their biggest test thus far but from all the scenes, they are together in it...both Prof Hwang AND SooIm together supporting WooJoo...believing him to be innocent despite all the evidence pointing at the opposite. No blame. No fault finding. Husband and Wife stand together as a team.
  22. More casting news https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=421&aid=0003783765 Min Seong Uk. He plays an assistant to JJS and fights with the peasant army.
  23. I think the Queen (and her now exiled Father) is the only one actually consistently hanging onto the hope that there is the potential of a 'good' King in YH. Royal Secretary hopes that too but seeing he is right in the thick of all the killing and madness, even he is wavering in his faith. Everyone else has given up on him. So he sees in her eyes the measure of the man he should be. Her disappointment cuts deeper than any reprimand or slap. It fills him with self loathing that he cannot meet her standards even though he desperately wants to because he loves her. Her 'indifference' to everything that seems to be happening around him infuriates him so he acts out in an attempt to get a response from her (any response will do, it's attention seeking, a desperate cry for help) - and he achieved that when her Father was accused of treason. She finally 'came' to him to beg for mercy. @packmule3 unpacks (pun intended ) it more in her blog here http://bitchesoverdramas.com/2019/01/12/the-crowned-clown-episode-1-cont/
  24. Yeah I have my doubts as well. KJH is definitely behind it all but I am just not sure how she could've done it. That's why I think Prof Cha... But yes it would mean he would be risking a lot. Although after Ep 16, he is the deposed King... kicked out of his Kingdom by his 'subjects' and Queen SeongHye has ascended the throne. Long live the Queen I guessed wrong about Prof Kang. Looks like he didn't know HyeNa was his Daughter...but he did choose status/climbing the social ladder over HyeNa when he forced Prof Hwang to perform surgery on the Chairman's grandson over HyeNa resulting in her death. So I guess the Dragonfly into the glass window metaphor still applies. It's just that the glass window was oblivious to the enormity of consequence of being the barrier to the Dragonfly's life. Prof Kang will have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. He chose wrong.
  25. Does anyone remember the scene when YeBin takes HyeNa into the library room. It must be when she was showing her around when she first arrived... I vaguely remember she walked into a study session...was Prof Cha there? Doesn't he lead like a book study group? Did they have a conversation then? Was it about 'water' by any chance? Coz HyeNa's last words were 'water'. And notice when Prof Cha refused to help Prof Hwang and SeongHye reacts in disgust...she does the dishes and then...flicks 'water' into his face... So I think he's the one. There's no point doing that unless it's the writer's way of putting in a red herring.  Coach Kim wouldn't risk blowing her cover to kill HyeNa. It would be too obvious? She would've had to make her way in there (or Teacher Jo would) - it's way too risky. That isn't her style. She manipulates from afar so she never looks like she is the one to cause it but she is. Her forte is mind play. She never wields the sword. She paves the way but she never deals the fatal blow. She gets someone else or her charges to actually do it themselves. Did she promise Prof Cha copies of the exam papers as a reward? Or that she would coach his boys (now that SeRi is a lost cause in his eyes, his whole focus is the boys)? Haha...this drama has come up trumps in playing with your mind. Well deserving of its top billing as best cable drama to date. Up, up and away to the Sky (Castle) with ratings! The sky's the limit!
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