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  1. Just caught up on all the episodes and the posts here— can’t believe there’s only 4 episodes left!! And even though most of us knew things weren’t going to end well, it’s still so heartbreaking watching it happen.. Here’s the preview for the last episodes: https://m.bilibili.com/video/av46977481.html There’s one part (around 3:12) where Li Cheng Yin says to Xiao Feng, “You don’t understand. I didn’t have a choice,” and Xiao Feng responds, “Your reason is always ‘I never had a choice.’ Your reason will never be enough of an answer for me.” This exchange kiiiiillls me. They’re both stating their personal truths and there’s no way to bridge those two truths, which is why they’ll never be together. We also finally get the scene where Li Cheng Yin runs toward Xiao Feng to hug her and she stabs him. From the dialogue, it sounds like it happens after Li Cheng Yin finally takes down his political enemies. It’s the first time we hear him say “I love you” to Xiao Feng, but it’s way, way too late. Monday is is going to be rough.
  2. Thanks for posting these, @furu.vu217! So sad but it all does match up with the novel.. Additional novel spoilers for those of you trying hard to guard yourselves from heartache: Sigh. Heartbreak ahead. Does anyone know / have a guess about that scene where they're in the tall, round bed and are both wearing yellow robes? It looks like the (only) mutual kiss scene after the Western Liang episodes.
  3. @Rouzmary and @ayang23 have already answered this well but thought I’d add a few details from the novel: My favorite General Pei moment in the drama has been him showing off the bracelet Xiao Feng made for him to Gu Jian— so childish. Both Gu Jian and Li Cheng Yin know that there’s nothing going on, but interestingly it looks like they’re bringing in the plot point where Se Se becomes convinced Xiao Feng loves General Pei. I can’t really feel bad for Se Se because she’s got a true mean-girl side (and brings a lot of grief onto herself), but man, her schemes are just getting less and less effective. Get yourself a few smart, evil maids to help out or something.
  4. Haha the captions are so cute! Roughly translated it’s saying, “Yong Niang should be punished, why does the crown princess’s bed have two blankets when there should only be one?” (Implying that Li Cheng Yin and Xiao Feng should be sharing one blanket when they’re in bed together, not sleeping in their own blanket ) Lots of you are curious about the “passionate” (ahem) parts of the novel so I’ll try to highlight the main ones. Quick caveat: I listened to the Chinese audiobook instead reading the novel, so some of the details might be off.
  5. Haven’t seen 29-32 yet (can’t wait to watch tomorrow!) but the trailers for 33, 34 and 35 have lots of the sweet moments: https://m.bilibili.com/video/av45648943.html https://m.bilibili.com/video/av45653260.html Well, except for the part in 33 where...
  6. That clip is so cheesy but here we are, eating it up I second your award designation, @shiroazn! He is by far the worst male lead I’ve ever rooted for. I guess we all get to feel what Xiao Feng’s feeling?
  7. Quick bullet points of what happened in episodes 26 & 27 for those of you waiting on subs! There was a quick flash back to Xiao Feng and her grandfather's parting moments, and it reminded me of how much I loved that actor in this role! He had the perfect presence, look and voice to play the leader of the Danchi tribe.
  8. Seriously! If it makes you feel any better, he gambles with his own life just as much. In Li Cheng Yin’s universe the relative importance of things is something like: Revenge on everyone who plotted to kill his mom > His kingdom > Xiao Feng > his own life
  9. Yea, that’s a good point. In the novel, General Pei’s an interesting character— he’s Li Cheng Yin’s closest friend, but he also kind of has a crush on Xiao Feng. It isn’t made very clear but there’s definitely hints that he cares for her beyond his duty of looking after the Crown Princess. He probably also just feels bad for his part in the deception? My guess is that General Pei is trying to protect Li Cheng Yin by not telling him the truth about Gu Xiao Wu. In a way, not knowing gives Li Cheng Yin more courage to love Xiao Feng.. but yea, it could also just be a logic gap in the story
  10. Seems like there's a lot of curiosity around how/what Xiao Feng remembers after she enters the palace, so I'll add on to what @dito has shared already. Putting it under a spoiler tag so those of you who are disciplined enough to wait can enjoy the surprises as they happen! Phew, that was a lot! ~30 episodes seems on the long side for the rest of the novel's plot, but the drama's been adding quite a few side stories in. Fingers crossed that some of these will be sweet moments for Xiao Feng and Li Cheng Yin!
  11. Hahaha, I love the enthusiasm for that alternative ending. It *is* kind of a shame that Xiao Feng and Gu Jian don't get together. In the original novel, Xiao Feng never liked Gu Jian, but in the drama she has a crush on him in the beginning. He should have taken her away when he had the chance! I've watched up to episode 24 and Xiao Feng just can't catch a break. There's a few sweet scenes with her and Li Cheng Yin between episodes 20-24, but no where NEAR enough before he starts being mean to her after their marriage. To be fair, it's because she learns that he led the forces that wiped out her grandfather's tribe (Danchi) and is super antagonistic to him after, but he also spends a bunch of time pretending to be in love with Se Se and that's not fun to watch. Wondering if the drama will give us any real OTP moments before Xiao Feng regains her memories? The MV-worthy moments are really what make this drama work. Love how the bridge scene in the palace (Li Cheng Yin stops Xiao Feng from crossing to tease her) is a call back to the bridge scene when Xiao Feng first meets Gu Xiao Wu. And the pretty shifting curtains when Gu Jian goes to Xiao Feng's room after the lantern festival-- so many feels! Sadly, the political story lines are pretty lame. After the 2nd prince is killed, the 3rd and 4th prince basically just opt out of the battle for crown prince?? All this talk about how hard it'll be to get the crown prince title and it's.. really not that hard.
  12. Sure! My Chinese is grade school level so I might miss some of the nuances, but here’s the gist of it.
  13. It's so interesting how they're changing the story so we see what happens in the time before Li Cheng Yin and Xiao Feng get married. The two big things are probably: Li Cheng Yin has to do a bunch more scheming to topple the crown prince and get that title for himself Li Cheng Yin and Xiao Feng fall in love before they get married (but she learns about the massacre of her tribe and his role in it before the wedding, so they still start the marriage in a bad place) I looked up the epilogue of the novel (it's only available in Chinese and hasn't been translated yet) because I was mad at Lin Cheng Yin and wanted to read about his suffering. But in general it just made me sadder about the whole story. SMH.
  14. Yep! I'm hoping there's extra scenes of Xiao Feng and Li Cheng Yin falling in love again, since the trailer and MVs seem to show snowball fights and other sweet moments that aren't in the book? If they're going to milk 50+ episodes from a ~40 chapter book, they better fill it with happy moments for Xiao Feng!
  15. Just finished Minglan and couldn't get into Hua Bu Qi or the new Queen Dugu-- thank goodness this adaptation of Eastern Palace is turning out to be pretty good! I'm still on the fence about how the drama is changing some of the characters/storyline. The novel was unapologetically dark and twisty and was all the more memorable for it, but man, what a sad ride. It'd take a really solid cast to bring the book's characters to life and at the end of the day, what we have here are promising young actors with pretty faces and a decent start to their careers. Not sure if they could pull off the original novel. So I'm actually OK with the story being less dark? Especially if it means Xiao Feng has a few more moments of happiness than in the original story.. she's up there on the "Tragic Female Leads" list. I finished all 8 episodes that are out so far this weekend and saw this comment on Bilibili that's a pretty good plot summary:
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