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  1. Hey! Thanks for the warm welcome. It took a while to catch up and read the comments, but I managed to do it and here’s my personal interpretation of things. 1 When DH showed up at the morgue he was alone and completely broken. He kept apologizing to JY for not picking up the phone when he called (he hadn’t heard it because he was asleep). There’s no way this scene was just pretense. He was alone. He hasn’t shown signs of DID, so I can’t really see that as a possibility either. 2 When JY said “do you want me to make you smile in 10 seconds?” I thought he was saying something his brother had said to him as a kid. JY (Ian) had just drawn YY’s hand on his score to imitate his hyung, so I think he truly loved and admired DH and followed in his footsteps. He just repeated the things his hyung used to say to him, the same way DH does now when he mentions what Ian used to say. It seems pretty plausible that DH was just saying those words to YY because they were the words that used to help Ian feel better when he was scared. In this scene DH was showing concern for YY because this is probably the moment when his feelings for her started changing (the next episode he confessed all the truth). In the warehouse, his glare disappeared, his entire demeanor softened, even his voice grew calm. It was the first time when we saw him being genuine. 3 JY was so not YY’s boyfriend. The song he’s singing before JW shows up at the warehouse is about a man who can’t express his feelings. He was trying to confess but couldn’t. Another thing, YY looks particularly flustered when JY threatened with telling his “hyung” that she’d said the hand-on-score thing was cheesy. I think she knew that JY and DH were brothers. 4 Am I the only one who interpreted that “this isn’t a love story” statement differently? We weren’t warned that this isn’t a love story, it was a promise. I understood what YY was saying as a way of catching the audience’s attention: “I promise you this isn’t the typical kdrama love story, don’t change channels, there’s more to it!” TBH, it doesn’t matter how YY/DH’s story ends, it already is a love story. It can end happily or tragically, but the moment these 2 characters fell in love, it became a love story. Personally, I think it will end well for both of them. I think they made Ian not the boyfriend to erase the possible obstacles that could’ve made their potential happy ending weird or complicated. Anyways, their past is what really intrigues me because I’m 100% sure that their bond goes beyond Ian. 5 YY and DH knew each other before and YY was totally into him back then. YY’s crush on JY is very obvious because the director of the drama made sure all the students in that scene were looking at their paper except for YY. YY is looking at DH and she stares at him for a good while (then she shakes her head because she realizes that she’s running out of time and she has to focus on the exam). I don’t understand the timeline on this show, but I think DH was YY’s TA around the same time YY and JY met (DH had the same haircut). I think she found out her crush was JY’s brother and kept it a secret (in the flashbacks, it looks like she had always observed DH from the sidelines). What caught my attention was that YY’s first official memory was something so ordinary: DH walking in the hall. Such a meaningless memory – past DH in the hall – holds enough importance to be the first thing that returned to her conscious as a memory instead of a nightmare. It’s probably because she cherishes it and it makes her happy. The rest of her memories are buried because they are sad and gruesome, but her memories of DH came back easily when she heard his real name. Thus, his real name is the key to everything. The writers have kept YY unaware of DH’s name because that’s the main trigger. I’d wager we’ll find out about their past the moment she finds out that “JY’s” name is Do Hoon. She’ll remember him right away. 6 I'm gonna have to completely disagree with the idea that NJW is not a cruel guy. When the drama started his abusive personality almost cost the life of the lady pianist. Instead of apologizing, he continued mocking and verbally bullying the poor woman even after knowing that she had attempted suicide because of what he'd done to her. Calling it “careless” is quite mild. He was a terrible person. How exactly is NJW’s bullying better than what DH did? DH had actual reasons to be angry, there was a WHY for his actions. Granted, he shouldn’t have done it, but he was blinded by his rage and guilt. NJW never had a valid reason to be cruel and abusive, did he? He just chose to be that way because he could. His position gave him power over a powerless woman and he took advantage of that. He has been quite cruel and that shouldn’t be swept under the rug. DH has apologized to YY, but that’s not something that we can say about NJW. He’s never apologized to EJ or the lady pianist. So, I disagree, NJW has been awfully cruel in multiple occasions. 6 Another thing… I forgot to mention my hypothesis in my previous post: NJW ordered Bucket Hat to break into YY’s apartment and steal the picture of her and JY. If you re-watch the scene, you will be able to see that YY told NJW she had a picture of her and JY. Surprise surprise, that same night the picture was stolen. On Monday’s episode BH gave NJW the picture at the staircase. 7 I'm with YWJ. I really liked DH's confession at the hospital. I thought the writer was gonna try to ignore his past behavior and erase from the audience’s memory the wrong things he’d done, but I’m so happy she didn’t!! She kept him true to the straightforward guy he is. If he had acted like his feelings were the best thing that ever happened to him, he would’ve been lying and denying the truth. Right now their situation is just painful and hard for both of them. He wants her to know what he feels, what’s on his mind, and he wants YY to know that he never meant to give her “the cold shoulder”. At the same time, he acknowledges that his feelings are burdensome and he doesn’t know what to do or how to handle the situation. He got an A+ in communication skills. Sugarcoating their reality and lying wouldn’t have helped at all. Even if what you say isn’t what the other person wants to hear, the truth is the way to go. Lies pile up and become a huge snowball that steamroll all over your relationships. 8 I’m super happy that JY & DH’s dad has been trying to find the culprit all along. I’m really glad that he’s after the higher-ups and wants to burn the orchestra to the ground because of what happened to Ian. He’s not a complete trash dad. Their mother, OTOH, I hate. 9 I want more JY/DH scenes! They are my real OTP on this show (even though I do like YY/DH). As someone who loves her siblings to death – people can say whatever they want about me, but my siblings and mother are off limits - I always saw DH as an enraged grief-stricken brother. He was helpless and looking for answers because his “beloved” brother had been killed. BTW, whenever he refers to JY, he often says beloved, adored, and precious. I find that heartbreaking because that’s how much he has always loved his brother. Their relationship was precious to him mainly because JY was the only source of love DH had throughout his life. Of course he’d go hunt down the murderer after realizing that the person who had killed his “adored” brother was trying to get away with it! I’d do the same. 10 Unlike most people, I never felt YY was in danger with DH – the writers did make a good case for those who believed he was dangerous and creepy, though. Anyways, she had been found in the same place where he found the knife with his brother’s blood. Her family was trying to cover up the evidence. DH’s suspicions were more than justified, IMO. He was logically gonna start with YY. Even though I thought he went about it the wrong way, I knew he was gonna backtrack and change his behavior eventually. I’m glad it happened really early and before it was too late. I’m also very glad the writers remembered to include his apology in the last episode and that it was so heartfelt and honest (in line with his real personality): “I thought that I’ve been giving you a difficult time. I always doubted you. I hated you and kept accusing you. That’s what I did to you. I think I shouldn’t have approached you. I really regret all of it. There could’ve been another way.” 11 Again, less tell and more show, show! Why is DH supposedly annoying according to the main timpanist? I’m not saying he isn’t, but I haven’t seen it. He never says a word to his colleagues and he’s never had a conflict with anyone other than EJ and JW. I can’t really piece together what Michael Lee said with what we’ve seen. Do they find him annoying because he never talks or? BTW, I love that ML and DH are becoming friends. I love that ML figured out that YY was DH’s love. I really enjoy their scenes. I want more. Let the BROTP begin!
  2. Hi! I’ve been lurking and decided to join the conversation. IMHO, the character that is truly emotionally manipulating someone without any reason is Nam Joo Wan. He plays hot and cold with EJ who he keeps leading on and hurting constantly without caring about her feelings in the slightest. What he did this episode is proof of what I’m saying. When he openly told the orchestra members that he’s interested in YY, he did it knowing that both YY and EJ would suffer the consequences of what he was doing. As for Do Hoon, I think some of you explained it perfectly. He likes YY but he feels guilty. One moment he gives in and the other he tries to hold the reins of his feelings and overcompensates. When he pushes YY for answers it’s probably because he a) desperately wants to hear that she didn’t do it and b) he wants the answers so that he can solve the situation, and get rid of his conflicted emotions. I feel the show’s mistake was to rely on the dialogue too much. Instead of showing WHY DH is acting the way he is acting, they just tell us that he loved his brother. It’s harder to empathize with the character because we haven’t seen scenes between him and his brother. That love is all tell and no show. That’s why I took a step back for a bit and took a look at the bigger picture. DH grew up alone and basically raised himself. His brother was the only person he had because he was angry at the world and never made friends. JY (Ian) suddenly died and everything points at YY, even if it’s circumstantial evidence, it points at YY. She has a very rare case of amnesia and he probably has a difficult time believing her and her family (who also tried to hide things - making YY even more suspicious in his eyes). I’m not going to justify what he did wrong because it was wrong, period. However, I don’t think I’d sit still if one of my family members were killed and never got justice because of a bunch of people trying to hide the truth. I’d also stop at nothing to get the answers and find justice for my loved one. Honestly, I found DH’s way of taking YY’s confession (that she had murdered Ian) quite noble. He listened to her patiently and pleaded for her to try to remember. It may sound cold, but it wasn’t aggressive or abusive in any way. Her memories are everything he has and he wants to believe in YY, but it’s hard when she’s saying she thinks she did it. He’s remaining loyal to his brother because as much as he likes YY, his brother is his priority, and he can’t let his feelings for her cloud his judgement. I find his situation as pitiful as YY’s, tbh. He’s just as torn and heartbroken as she is. On another note, I think both DH and YY knew each other in the past, but YY doesn’t remember it. I find that quite intriguing because YY was visibly crushing on DH when he was a TA. Apart from that, DH’s first question to her when she escaped from the hospital was “Do you remember me?”. That means they knew each other and YY is holding on to DH so much because he is someone she cared deeply for (or even loved) before she lost her memory. I think that’s why he’s a source of relief for her. Something he did in the past made YY get strongly attached to him and she subconciously "remembers" those feelings she had. All this leads me to believe that YY and JY (Ian) were just friends. I think she wasn’t dating him at all, and that this relationship is a red herring. Maybe JY had a one-sided obsession with her and tried to harm her the night of his death when he found out YY actually loved his brother? I don’t think this is it, though. I think they were friends and they happened to be together that night. He had stolen / taken something from the higher-ups (maybe the ring?) and that’s why they killed him. That's what I believe. I also think NJW was somehow involved in the murder and I don't trust him at all even if he plays the super sweet grandson. There are psychos and murderers who love their families. What he did to YY in this episode was all kinds of wrong. She's in the eye of the storm already, why would you make things harder for her? Anyways, I love this drama. It has its flaws but I really like it.
  3. On another note, there's nothing wrong with loving villains. They are usually more entertaining and interesting than the hero. I love myself a good villain (Sherlock's J.Moriarty is my particular fave), the problem is when people go out of their way to justify the villain's evil actions. No amount of sob stories can make an evil guy less evil and that's why (ideally) villains should go to jail and good people should be free. That's the only issue I have with all this LH worshipping.
  4. Well, I finally got to watch the episode with subs! It was a bit underwhelming and repetitive, but I'm glad that the story is back on track. I want to see how SN and WS bring down the Empire. It's obviously corrupted beyond repair, so I guess everything will be over in the finale. "The Prince is hurt. How can you say that fate is on our side? Is there something wrong with you? Who cares about becoming a stupid Empress Regnant?" This kid. I love her. ANS!! I love him. Even though he's playing a corrupt police officer, I love the cameo. MYR, SKH, and ED are all pretty terrible. I want all of these characters to pay dearly for what they've done, especially YR who seems to suddenly care about Wang Shik for no good reason. They are horrible women who have harmed innocent children for their selfish motives. They deserve to burn in hell. "Get away from my woman" SN is not his woman because she doesn't want to be his anything. What she wants is what matters, not the papers. Also, when is he gonna stop treating her like a possession? He sounds like a caveman. LH was obviously trying to take WS to the mental hospital where he tortures people. He's truly inhuman. Thank gravy SN saved him from that. Too bad the ED and LH had a plan B. I'm sure WS will manage to survive somehow. I don't know how though. "No. You'll be in danger too because of me. I can't allow that." And this is why I love WS. He's always thinking of others before himself. As for WS being reckless, I believe he's doing the right thing. LOL, all those guards are very incompetent. No one could stop him? Anyways, if WS hadn't shown up, they would've killed DS and he loves the kid. It's just his instinct kicking in. He cares more about DS than himself. I'm glad DS will be able to know that WS loved him this much. His mother was awful to him and I'm glad the kid will know someone loved him and protected him all along even if his mother did not. If WS dies, it will wreck DS and that's the moment I fear the most. This show looks ready to wrap up next week. I don't think there will be an extension.
  5. This is the 4th time LH tries to kill SN. 1) During the wedding, 2) the cliff, 3) when he ordered his guards to kill her if they found her at the palace and 4) today. He tried to kill her while imagining SH. Does this mean that he still resents SH? Why? And he believes he has a right to be angry... unbelievable. Why should SN respect him if he didn't? What makes him think she should just suck it up and forgive him? I'll wait for the subs because this episode was entertaining. Preview:
  6. Thanks for the pics and clips!!! I don't know if I'll watch the ep with subs, tbh. I'll def fast forward the Emperor scenes because I can't stand the character anymore. Here's the preview for tomorrow. Looks like Wang Shik and SN will never catch a break in that palace...
  7. Haha, I think WS is just gonna wear that defiant expression for a few seconds and pretend to be submissive afterwards. Then he'll throw some logic at him: "I'm this family's Chief Guard. What am I supposed to do when I hear that the Empress is in danger? This is my job. I'm your loyal servant and would never dare betray you, Your Majesty" and LH's gonna buy it because he buys everything WS says. Thanks so much, @nakatsubebe . I love JNR to bits and she mentioned Cha Ji An! If you guys don't know who that is, you're totally missing out on Hello, Monster. Seo In Guk, Park Bo Gum and Jang Nara in one of the best written and intriguing kdramas in the history of kdramas. JNR's Cha Ji An is my fave female lead ever. She is so underrated. Her character is really smart considering the fact that she's surrounded by scary brilliant people and she's quick to catch on. She's a strong yet vulnerable girl looking for answers about her past. Seo In Guk & Park Bo Gum shine in the drama too, of course. It deals with the whole nature vs nurture debate (Are monsters born or made?) and the Lee Hyuk-type characters on it are brilliantly written and portrayed. SIG & JNR played the OTP and they have the same type of subtle and slow development WS & SN have because their characters are too busy for romance, but I loved their interactions a lot too. Super recommended. Btw, is anyone else reading these recaps? They are the best. I LOL while reading them multiple times. She (I think it's a girl/woman, but I don't remember) uses spot-on reaction gifs. (warning: she doesn't like the baddies at all) http://strawwolf.tumblr.com/post/180740980999/the-last-empress-ep-1
  8. Look at this gorgeous Sunny & Wang Shik MV. The subs are in Vietnamese but the video is super beautiful and clear. I love that the maker included WS's "Don't worry. I'll stay with you" at the end because it made me realize that this scene could be seen as a perfect metaphor/foreshadowing of the future: WS dying (leaving), SN convincing him to get operated when he has almost no time left (her holding on to two of his fingers) and WS surviving (him staying with her). I'm gonna stay hopeful. source: http://wooyoungbby.tumblr.com/post/182355211436/still-i-couldnt-dare-laugh-in-front-of-the
  9. @sonequeen01 Here. I had deleted it but it appeared when I tried to write a new post. I had just watched the episode when I wrote it, so I was too riled up. I wanted to avoid potential conflict, and that's why I erased it, but here it is. Sorry if it upsets anyone. I feel this way, though. I genuinely dislike this character and I don't want him to get a happy ending at WS's and SN's expense. He doesn't deserve it and I'm tired of the glossing over of his crimes. It feels like the writer is forcing me to unwatch what I've already watched. This isn't a misunderstood teenager we have here. This is a truly dangerous grown-up man who completely disregards the value of human life. No one should defend his actions. He has a mental illness, yes, but (like @foreverempress explained) he still made the choices that made him like this and should be held accountable for his crimes. I can't help but put myself in the (real) victims' shoes. Why should WS let him get away with what he did to his mother and him? I don't support revenge, but I do want LH in jail forever if WS dies. Why should SN sacrifice her life to redeem a man who tried to kill her and never respected her in any way? How is LH any different from the multiple criminals with far worse sob stories who have to serve time for their crimes? I don't sympathize with them, therefore I do not sympathize with LH. I don't get why good people have to suffer so that this guy can get a happy life he doesn't deserve. The writer better send him to prison or I'll blacklist her forever.
  10. @katakwasabi & @ktcjdrama you guys are right. I completely forgot about that because there are so many things happening at the same time on this show that I sometimes zone out, tbh. Sorry. Yeah, I don't want a cop out either, but the writer is so adamantly trying to make him look like a poor victim that I think he'll just die a normal death. IDK haha. Maybe he does get regular check ups but the writing forgets about this type of details all the time, so a sudden terminal illness plot twist wouldn't surprise me at this point.
  11. Yea, that's right. *changes topic* I feel like I relate so much with Princess Ari haha. She's a nerd who can't help her curiosity. She just needs to knowwww. I love her and I want her to share lots of scenes with DS from now on. They are so adorable.
  12. Agreed. They are all very dumb and careless. They are painfully bad at being villains, tbh. I would totally watch this sequel. I thought I was reading too much into it, but I guess I wasn't the only one who thought of it. I think he's got a brain tumor. It would explain the mood swings, increasingly violent behavior, and also that sudden "confusion" he felt before fainting. Btw, that scene at the ED's garden was terrible in every possible way. I kept hoping it was just LH's bad dream because the entire sequence felt fake and badly directed. Why was absolutely everyone who works at the palace there?
  13. The stars were from WS. The moment I saw SN's smile in the preview, I could tell this was OTP content. So, I truly believe there's no way of giving LH a conventional happy ending. No matter how you look at it, he'll be facing a long time in jail for his crimes. Off the top of my head this is the list of crimes he has committed : 8 attempted murders against SN (x2), WS (x2), YR, his grandmother, his ex-wife and child, and his ex-chief guard - in SH, SN, and GED's case it's also aggravated because of the family relationship, false imprisonment and torture (YR and KJS), forgery (the GED's will), 1 kidnap (SN and SN's family), 1 hit and run (WS's mom) - which was made even worse because he took the body, hid it, and tampered with the evidence. I don't know about SK's legal system, but where I live, LH would be sentenced to life in prison. The public disapproval will be huge and I truly doubt the monarchy will survive. Another thing, let's not forget that if WS ended up dying because of the bullet in his head, LH would be fully responsible for that too (murder.) I think there may be a few more crimes but I don't remember them right now... Anyway, just because he tried to kill people but failed, that doesn't mean he's a good person or that his crimes disappeared. Even though SH didn't die in his hands, he still left her there to drown. LH is just a dumb and impulsive villain, but a villain in the end.
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