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6 hours ago, millie10468 said:

If this is so, I'm going to guess that he became crueler his last 16 years after he lost HS. Probably lost sight of what she stood for. Although if this is how the drama will explain it, I'm expecting an epic love story (by that, I mean reciprocal love from both of them actually spending a long time together).

 

I know i sound like a selfish fan girl but i hope they will let Haesoo completely out of the picture before YH gives birth to So's eldest son. I always have a bias towards these cases in drama, if they determine to go to the tragic trajectory, please just let the hero suffers all by himself and leave my poor heroine alone :sweatingbullets:
I even have a wild idea that after Haesoo takes So's virginity, she gets pregnant, but unlike Ruoxi who had a miscariage, this time Soo can make it and gives birth to So's first son, but unfortunately she dies in child birth due to pregnancy stress (and to fullfil the tragic ending from the novel if the production team want), then So forces YH to adopt the baby as her first born child and take care of Soo-So's son (okay lol now i sound like an evil writer :joy: but the relationship between YH and So isn't a big deal, in the drama Shine or Go Crazy they even made YH and Wang So's relationship worse than this, there weren't love or respect between those two in the first place). And back in the SK 2016, Haesoo wakes up from her coma and meets So's reincarnate or even So's time travel soul :rolleyes:

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2 hours ago, larinalove said:

So yes, I lost my battle to not get spoiled until the subs are out.

Mind you I only know bits and pieces of the episode so I will only write about one important thing that I saw it happen and that is HS seeming to have realized/remembered that WS is the 4'th king of Goreyo who "killed" his brothers and so obviously she will distance herself from him from now on, therefore it seems they will go on C-version route (I haven't seen it just read it from here), which is a shame because just when it seems some progress has been made it will all crush and halt, at least for an episode or two.

As most of you have said it, I love the friendship that we've seen blossom between them until now, their small talks, their bickering and so on, the foundation for their relationship until now has been solid, we have WS that has realized his feelings for her and will try to pursue her stubbornly and with passion but as most of you, I am afraid that now for dramatic purposes the drama will follow the route of HS being scared of him and distancing herself from him and I don't want that to happen but I know it will. It will be interesting to see obsessive/possessive WS, I for one am never fond of forced kiss/hug/affection scenes but we shouldn't forget that WS is very new to the whole love feeling and now that he's found a glimpse of it and believes it's real he will pursue it with non-rivaled passion and insistence, trying to keep it for himself. I don't like the fear I saw in HS's eyes, I don't want her to fear him, warn WW from him and just plain believe he's ruthless when in fact she knows better and has seen he's not like they make him out to be, no matter her hazy historic knowledge, she is right there with him, has seen him do good and knows he's harsh but not evil, so yes I feel for WS, just when he's found something to hold on to he will be rejected, can this boy have anything given to him in the easy way, without hardships?  But he won't give up, of that I am sure.  

I've said it here before, knowing WS-HS is endgame is not the most important thing for me, to me what's important is the process of how and why will they fall for each other, how they will love and accept one another, I know we still have more episodes left but for goodness sake it's almost the 10'th episode and the supposed love story hasn't even properly began yet, we still have HS who is in denial and seemingly "in love" with someone else. I truly don't want to see her even when they get together always being gloomy and second guessing her choice to love WS, I have seen the 6 minute preview and in some scenes with her and WS she always seems in deep thoughts and gloomy and here we have seen until now a dozen of WW-HS scenes where she's bubbly and all smiles and affectionate with him, so yeah, it's important to see how will they be as a couple too, I also want to see WS-HS be happy at least for a while no matter what kind of ending they will have.  I know they are destined to be together and be the true love of each others life but dragging things is also very tiring and patience consuming. 

Sorry for the rant guys, I just needed to let it all out, maybe I feel differently when I watch it with subs but for now this is how I feel.

PS: LJK is the most amazing actor ever, he has these micro expressions that tell exactly what's he's feeling. I am so glad I decided to watch this drama if for nothing else just for him.

Have a great day/night everyone! 

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You have spoken my mind.At this rate,I fear that is exactly what will transpire.We are already having to grapple with a HS who is in love' with the 2nd lead for 10 (possibly +) episodes and already avoiding the friend she spent 8 episodes to make.add to that those trailer scenes where she seems like being with WS was not her desired option...that her hand was forced....It is the process of them falling in love that I soo desperately wish to enjoy.I was hoping HS to have flashback realization scene of all her memories with WS to propel her onto the romance with WS but instead we get an awful premonition which killed a friendship.Considering these mishaps, We probably are staring at an OTP who get together for less then 8 or 6 episodes compared to the 10 + she spent with the not-male lead.I feel robbed of the opportunities that we were shown glimpses of when they mentioned "this show has taken a creative license to history' WHAT KIND OF CREATIVITY KILLS A FRIENDSHIP ?

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1 hour ago, bebebisous33 said:

Could it be connected to the poisonous tea that Wang So drank in order to protect Hae Soo?

 

What poisonous tea? When did this happen? 

Also, did anyone realize Royal Concubine's lowkey crush on the emperor in this ep? I feel like this shows how Hae Soo would end up if she were to choose Wang Wook. The relationship between Concubine lady and emperor may be similar to WW and HS in that they have mutual feelings for each other, but HS would never actually be the wife of WW (and just a concubine who is always around.) Thus, HS escapes this fate by ending up with WS. 

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Does anyone know the link where in ep 8 we get to see the result of So's new transformation and he says "you are mine"? I saw a couple of links, but it seems its cut from them. Please anyone?? I really want to see that scene together with them. :bawling:

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1 hour ago, bebebisous33 said:

 

@brielover Great insight about the symbol of water and the myth of Goreyo's foundation.  good job onion head I loved itcrazy monkey  as it forced me to think a little deeper. I am glad that @bluemoony added two more observations: Yo and Mu were als blessed from Hae Soo (tea or water) so that we can conclude that she is the one who decides who will be king. But she has no idea about her own function.

Your information explains now why Hae Soo is so loved by the princes (except one). Hae Soo symbolises the country/nation Goreyo therefore the princes will fight for her. Hae Soo is the metapher for the nation. As such, first she tries to unify the brothers (just like unifying the country/ she is nice to all the princes), but at some point, they become more selfish and ambitious so that they will claim Hae Soo as their own and fight for it/her. As conclusion, Wang So's claim is really interesting: just before he goes to the ceremony, he claims her as his!! So he reveals his ambition. Sure, in the drama he is only claiming the woman Hae Soo as his, but if we consider Hae Soo as a metapher for the country, then in reality he is already claiming for the throne.  

Striking is that Yo is the only one who ignores Hae Soo and even looks down on her. This makes me think that Yo's real desire is not to become King, but he has to. He has no real ambition at all, he is just doing it in order to get his mother's love ad recognition. His mother is the one who wants him to become the King so that she can rule the country by using her son. I find it very striking that Yoo tries to act like the kingmaker and as such she wants to shine like the sun, but she is fake: Hae Soo is the real one.

Furthermore we have two princes who have less romantical interest for Hae Soo: Baek Ah and Eun. Both are considered by Hae Soo as friends. Striking is that they both are not interested in becoming a king, while all the others are. Even Jung who seems so innocent and young is actually more ambitious than it meets the eye. He is the one who said to Hae Soo:

- Since you saved my life, my life is yours. These words could be seen: he will dedicate his life for the nation, for Goreyo.

- Moreover, he is shown fighting and he even came once with a sword and told Hae Soo to watch him how he will become a great man and fighter. Baek Ah and Eun are portrayed differently. Eun loves playing and he can't stand killing animals, while Baek Ah is seen drawing. He is more into arts and he has ideals. He only wishes to be free. Both show no real ambition.

As you can see, the nature of the relationship to Hae Soo matters: the friends are not interested in her and as such, they are not ambitious; the romantic ones are ambitious and the one who is not interested in her, he only acts for his mother. It is not his true ambition. Now, you'll ask: what's with Mu and Won?

Notice that Mu has become a supporter of Hae Soo (he helped Wang So to convince Ji Mong to help them to stop the wedding). He treats her well so that she is supporting him. Furthermore he is sick (his physical weakness represents his political weakness) so that he needs Hae Soo's help. Therefore he will become a king but not for long as he is weak and he is not ambitious like his other brothers. We heard his conversation to Ji Mong. He is not really interested and he feels his position as a burden, while Wang So is really embracing Hae Soo (and as such the duty to rule the country). 

I would like to point out that Won, the 9th prince, is ambitious but he is more like Wang Wook in the sense that he doesn't show it. He is waiting and looking to partner up with the strongest one. The way he is behaving around Yo is telling. His ambition can be seen through his wealth and taking care of his own body. He asked Yo in the episode 1 to look at his muscles, a metapher for his strength. So he is training his muscles. this could be interpretated as if he was preparing his own army. As such, he needs money therefore he is wealthy. His wealth is witnessed at the birthday party. Funny is that his biggest weakness is his talk. He always says something inappropriate ("she is as good as a gisaeng; next time she will die aso") so that he is criticised by his brothers. To me, this inability to talk can be seen as an lack of political support. He is not a good thinker and talker so that he will never get the support he wants. 

Finally, I have to talk about Wang Wook. Above, I mentioned his ambition without really explaining it. As such, we need to talk about his relationship with Hae Soo since she is the metaphore for the nation. Lady Hae was the one who wanted him to marry Hae Soo implying that he should be the one who claims Hae Soo as his own, but he refused to do it, too scared and afraid of the consequences. Nonetheless, he claimed her as his in front of Wang So, revealing that he had always seen the throne and nation as his, as if it was his due. Nonetheless, he is scared as well. Since he wants to possess Hae Soo (the nation) therefore we can see it as an ambition. He claims Hae Soo as his without doing anything. On the other hand, Wang Wook is the one who is supported by many. Remember, he told to his wife that many would come to him. In my opinion, he was building his net of supporters (the supply for food episode 3). He is pushed by his family in that direction, but unsure to do it. However, deep down he wants it. His passivity towards Hae Soo is explained by this feeling that the throne is entitled to him. He doesn't need to take concrete steps and he only waits because at some point, he will get the throne/Hae soo. I have just observed that he was the one who asked for Hae Soo's feelings which offers another possibility to go to the meta level: he wants to get chosen by Hae Soo, without doing anything. As conclusion, Wang Wook is the kind of prince who expects to become king without being really active like his other brothers (Jung, Won or Wang So).

As conclusion, the princes represent different kind of princes and their attitude towards the throne, like f. ex.

- a puppet: like Yo

- Won: someone with money but lacking in political support and he is not clever

Thanks to you @brielover, we can see a glimpse of the evolution of our drama and the ending:

- Hae Soo will reject Wang So first (he shows his pure ambition which shocks her) therefore she will distance herself from him. That's why he will struggle first so that Mu and Yo will become king before him.

- Hae Soo will realise that being ambitious is not something negative as such or that he was forced to so that she will finally love him implying she is supporting him.

- She will influence him in a good way so that he is first a good king.

- But at some point, they will be separated  (due to his obsession: his love for Goreyo will be too strong so that he overdoes it) therefore Wang So will change into a different ruler and king which will lead to hae Soo's death. Leaving him will change him: he will become the ruler she feared.

Okay, that's it. Thanks a lot for the support as people keep asking for my analysis. I hoped, it wasn't too boring. MAybe it was too long;) 

Tell me what you think about it... I am eager to get some feedback. @Yongzura @valsava @littleloony @junee22 @evie7 @40somethingahjumma

 

Wow, @Bebelicious, that's a great analysis.  I was thinking about this too - how each prince connects to  Hae Su if she represents the lifeblood/water of Goryeo and chooses the king.  Re Mu - interesting that she pours some water out to heal him but is stopped from completing the process.  As if those ministrations were cut short (as his life will be).  Re Yo - unlike the Crown Prince, she's forced into serving him, and burns him a bit while doing it.  One gets the sense that he wants the throne but not Goryeo itself, and the people/land/nobles are going to "burn" him if they can.  We'll see!  Regarding the others, yes, I can really see the possibilities you mention, especially the friends vis a vis the lovers, as those who are friends to her and those who romantically love her.  Wook and So's battle for Goryeo will likely mirror their battle for her.  Fun to look forward to.

I just watched the subbed version and gosh this is getting good.  My only complaint is that there is now one less episode to watch!

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1 hour ago, bebebisous33 said:

Could it be connected to the poisonous tea that Wang So drank in order to protect Hae Soo?

From my point of view, Wang So still doesn't know about the relationship between Wook and Hae Soo and I believe, he will discover it in the next episode. Therefore he will claim that she is his and not Wook's. On the other hand, Hae Soo will be the reason why Wang Wook might join forces with Yo because of what she told him about Wang So.

@brielover Great insight about the symbol of water and the myth of Goreyo's foundation.  good job onion head I loved itcrazy monkey  as it forced me to think a little deeper. I am glad that @bluemoony added two more observations: Yo and Mu were als blessed from Hae Soo (tea or water) so that we can conclude that she is the one who decides who will be king. But she has no idea about her own function.

Your information explains now why Hae Soo is so loved by the princes (except one). Hae Soo symbolises the country/nation Goreyo therefore the princes will fight for her. Hae Soo is the metapher for the nation. As such, first she tries to unify the brothers (just like unifying the country/ she is nice to all the princes), but at some point, they become more selfish and ambitious so that they will claim Hae Soo as their own and fight for it/her. As conclusion, Wang So's claim is really interesting: just before he goes to the ceremony, he claims her as his!! So he reveals his ambition. Sure, in the drama he is only claiming the woman Hae Soo as his, but if we consider Hae Soo as a metapher for the country, then in reality he is already claiming for the throne.  

Striking is that Yo is the only one who ignores Hae Soo and even looks down on her. This makes me think that Yo's real desire is not to become King, but he has to. He has no real ambition at all, he is just doing it in order to get his mother's love ad recognition. His mother is the one who wants him to become the King so that she can rule the country by using her son. I find it very striking that Yoo tries to act like the kingmaker and as such she wants to shine like the sun, but she is fake: Hae Soo is the real one.

Furthermore we have two princes who have less romantical interest for Hae Soo: Baek Ah and Eun. Both are considered by Hae Soo as friends. Striking is that they both are not interested in becoming a king, while all the others are. Even Jung who seems so innocent and young is actually more ambitious than it meets the eye. He is the one who said to Hae Soo:

- Since you saved my life, my life is yours. These words could be seen: he will dedicate his life for the nation, for Goreyo.

- Moreover, he is shown fighting and he even came once with a sword and told Hae Soo to watch him how he will become a great man and fighter. Baek Ah and Eun are portrayed differently. Eun loves playing and he can't stand killing animals, while Baek Ah is seen drawing. He is more into arts and he has ideals. He only wishes to be free. Both show no real ambition.

As you can see, the nature of the relationship to Hae Soo matters: the friends are not interested in her and as such, they are not ambitious; the romantic ones are ambitious and the one who is not interested in her, he only acts for his mother. It is not his true ambition. Now, you'll ask: what's with Mu and Won?

Notice that Mu has become a supporter of Hae Soo (he helped Wang So to convince Ji Mong to help them to stop the wedding). He treats her well so that she is supporting him. Furthermore he is sick (his physical weakness represents his political weakness) so that he needs Hae Soo's help. Therefore he will become a king but not for long as he is weak and he is not ambitious like his other brothers. We heard his conversation to Ji Mong. He is not really interested and he feels his position as a burden, while Wang So is really embracing Hae Soo (and as such the duty to rule the country). 

I would like to point out that Won, the 9th prince, is ambitious but he is more like Wang Wook in the sense that he doesn't show it. He is waiting and looking to partner up with the strongest one. The way he is behaving around Yo is telling. His ambition can be seen through his wealth and taking care of his own body. He asked Yo in the episode 1 to look at his muscles, a metapher for his strength. So he is training his muscles. this could be interpretated as if he was preparing his own army. As such, he needs money therefore he is wealthy. His wealth is witnessed at the birthday party. Funny is that his biggest weakness is his talk. He always says something inappropriate ("she is as good as a gisaeng; next time she will die aso") so that he is criticised by his brothers. To me, this inability to talk can be seen as an lack of political support. He is not a good thinker and talker so that he will never get the support he wants. 

Finally, I have to talk about Wang Wook. Above, I mentioned his ambition without really explaining it. As such, we need to talk about his relationship with Hae Soo since she is the metaphore for the nation. Lady Hae was the one who wanted him to marry Hae Soo implying that he should be the one who claims Hae Soo as his own, but he refused to do it, too scared and afraid of the consequences. Nonetheless, he claimed her as his in front of Wang So, revealing that he had always seen the throne and nation as his, as if it was his due. Nonetheless, he is scared as well. Since he wants to possess Hae Soo (the nation) therefore we can see it as an ambition. He claims Hae Soo as his without doing anything. On the other hand, Wang Wook is the one who is supported by many. Remember, he told to his wife that many would come to him. In my opinion, he was building his net of supporters (the supply for food episode 3). He is pushed by his family in that direction, but unsure to do it. However, deep down he wants it. His passivity towards Hae Soo is explained by this feeling that the throne is entitled to him. He doesn't need to take concrete steps and he only waits because at some point, he will get the throne/Hae soo. I have just observed that he was the one who asked for Hae Soo's feelings which offers another possibility to go to the meta level: he wants to get chosen by Hae Soo, without doing anything. As conclusion, Wang Wook is the kind of prince who expects to become king without being really active like his other brothers (Jung, Won or Wang So).

As conclusion, the princes represent different kind of princes and their attitude towards the throne, like f. ex.

- a puppet: like Yo

- Won: someone with money but lacking in political support and he is not clever

Thanks to you @brielover, we can see a glimpse of the evolution of our drama and the ending:

- Hae Soo will reject Wang So first (he shows his pure ambition which shocks her) therefore she will distance herself from him. That's why he will struggle first so that Mu and Yo will become king before him.

- Hae Soo will realise that being ambitious is not something negative as such or that he was forced to so that she will finally love him implying she is supporting him.

- She will influence him in a good way so that he is first a good king.

- But at some point, they will be separated  (due to his obsession: his love for Goreyo will be too strong so that he overdoes it) therefore Wang So will change into a different ruler and king which will lead to hae Soo's death. Leaving him will change him: he will become the ruler she feared.

Okay, that's it. Thanks a lot for the support as people keep asking for my analysis. I hoped, it wasn't too boring. MAybe it was too long;) 

Tell me what you think about it... I am eager to get some feedback. @Yongzura @valsava @littleloony @junee22 @evie7 @40somethingahjumma

 

 

The metaphor is really interesting and your analysis insightful, but in my opinion your conclusions at the end of the post are too early to be drawn... I don't necessarily agree with all those predictions. 

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even though i loved how they showed Wang So's future darkened emperor version, i really had to laugh at how Hae Soo saw a VISION. i guess she got a superpower when she timetraveled. this is fantasy, so anything can happen, but i wished Hae Soo just remembers that she learned that it was 4th prince who became GwangJong in her history class in school. I mean she could have even guessed it! she remembered that Gwangjong was 4th emperor, so if she guessed that the order goes with oldest to youngest. then current emperor, crown prince, prince Yo, then prince So or prince Wook. and when she considers So and Wook's personalities, she could guess that Gwangjong is prince So who is known to be cruel.

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It's become like a treasure hunt every Mon/Tues to find the correct subs for the SBS version. :lol: Thanks to everyone here for providing subs, information, videos, photos, etc. 

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If someone could please PM me a link to a site that uploads the SBS version, i would really appreciate it. I can't seem to find the subbed SBS versions anywhere. I can't wait til tomorrow :) 

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In c version, yinzhen (wang so) already have wife but in k version wang so doesn't have wife

so when YH and WS get married? In c version, yinzhen 1st wife really nice with RX

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4 minutes ago, LyraYoo said:

Here is the subbed SBS version 

 

Thank you!! I was about to go on a internet hunt for that. Its too bad that some videos its cut out from. Where do you go to see the subbed SBS version? 

 

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Did anyone put up ratings?  I just skimmed and didn't see them.  Wikipedia reports 6.9% up from 5.8% last week.  

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2 hours ago, bebebisous33 said:
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Could it be connected to the poisonous tea that Wang So drank in order to protect Hae Soo?

From my point of view, Wang So still doesn't know about the relationship between Wook and Hae Soo and I believe, he will discover it in the next episode. Therefore he will claim that she is his and not Wook's. On the other hand, Hae Soo will be the reason why Wang Wook might join forces with Yo because of what she told him about Wang So.

@brielover Great insight about the symbol of water and the myth of Goreyo's foundation.  good job onion head I loved itcrazy monkey  as it forced me to think a little deeper. I am glad that @bluemoony added two more observations: Yo and Mu were als blessed from Hae Soo (tea or water) so that we can conclude that she is the one who decides who will be king. But she has no idea about her own function.

Your information explains now why Hae Soo is so loved by the princes (except one). Hae Soo symbolises the country/nation Goreyo therefore the princes will fight for her. Hae Soo is the metapher for the nation. As such, first she tries to unify the brothers (just like unifying the country/ she is nice to all the princes), but at some point, they become more selfish and ambitious so that they will claim Hae Soo as their own and fight for it/her. As conclusion, Wang So's claim is really interesting: just before he goes to the ceremony, he claims her as his!! So he reveals his ambition. Sure, in the drama he is only claiming the woman Hae Soo as his, but if we consider Hae Soo as a metapher for the country, then in reality he is already claiming for the throne.  

Striking is that Yo is the only one who ignores Hae Soo and even looks down on her. This makes me think that Yo's real desire is not to become King, but he has to. He has no real ambition at all, he is just doing it in order to get his mother's love ad recognition. His mother is the one who wants him to become the King so that she can rule the country by using her son. I find it very striking that Yoo tries to act like the kingmaker and as such she wants to shine like the sun, but she is fake: Hae Soo is the real one.

Furthermore we have two princes who have less romantical interest for Hae Soo: Baek Ah and Eun. Both are considered by Hae Soo as friends. Striking is that they both are not interested in becoming a king, while all the others are. Even Jung who seems so innocent and young is actually more ambitious than it meets the eye. He is the one who said to Hae Soo:

- Since you saved my life, my life is yours. These words could be seen: he will dedicate his life for the nation, for Goreyo.

- Moreover, he is shown fighting and he even came once with a sword and told Hae Soo to watch him how he will become a great man and fighter. Baek Ah and Eun are portrayed differently. Eun loves playing and he can't stand killing animals, while Baek Ah is seen drawing. He is more into arts and he has ideals. He only wishes to be free. Both show no real ambition.

As you can see, the nature of the relationship to Hae Soo matters: the friends are not interested in her and as such, they are not ambitious; the romantic ones are ambitious and the one who is not interested in her, he only acts for his mother. It is not his true ambition. Now, you'll ask: what's with Mu and Won?

Notice that Mu has become a supporter of Hae Soo (he helped Wang So to convince Ji Mong to help them to stop the wedding). He treats her well so that she is supporting him. Furthermore he is sick (his physical weakness represents his political weakness) so that he needs Hae Soo's help. Therefore he will become a king but not for long as he is weak and he is not ambitious like his other brothers. We heard his conversation to Ji Mong. He is not really interested and he feels his position as a burden, while Wang So is really embracing Hae Soo (and as such the duty to rule the country). 

I would like to point out that Won, the 9th prince, is ambitious but he is more like Wang Wook in the sense that he doesn't show it. He is waiting and looking to partner up with the strongest one. The way he is behaving around Yo is telling. His ambition can be seen through his wealth and taking care of his own body. He asked Yo in the episode 1 to look at his muscles, a metapher for his strength. So he is training his muscles. this could be interpretated as if he was preparing his own army. As such, he needs money therefore he is wealthy. His wealth is witnessed at the birthday party. Funny is that his biggest weakness is his talk. He always says something inappropriate ("she is as good as a gisaeng; next time she will die aso") so that he is criticised by his brothers. To me, this inability to talk can be seen as an lack of political support. He is not a good thinker and talker so that he will never get the support he wants. 

Finally, I have to talk about Wang Wook. Above, I mentioned his ambition without really explaining it. As such, we need to talk about his relationship with Hae Soo since she is the metaphore for the nation. Lady Hae was the one who wanted him to marry Hae Soo implying that he should be the one who claims Hae Soo as his own, but he refused to do it, too scared and afraid of the consequences. Nonetheless, he claimed her as his in front of Wang So, revealing that he had always seen the throne and nation as his, as if it was his due. Nonetheless, he is scared as well. Since he wants to possess Hae Soo (the nation) therefore we can see it as an ambition. He claims Hae Soo as his without doing anything. On the other hand, Wang Wook is the one who is supported by many. Remember, he told to his wife that many would come to him. In my opinion, he was building his net of supporters (the supply for food episode 3). He is pushed by his family in that direction, but unsure to do it. However, deep down he wants it. His passivity towards Hae Soo is explained by this feeling that the throne is entitled to him. He doesn't need to take concrete steps and he only waits because at some point, he will get the throne/Hae soo. I have just observed that he was the one who asked for Hae Soo's feelings which offers another possibility to go to the meta level: he wants to get chosen by Hae Soo, without doing anything. As conclusion, Wang Wook is the kind of prince who expects to become king without being really active like his other brothers (Jung, Won or Wang So).

As conclusion, the princes represent different kind of princes and their attitude towards the throne, like f. ex.

- a puppet: like Yo

- Won: someone with money but lacking in political support and he is not clever

 

Thanks to you @brielover, we can see a glimpse of the evolution of our drama and the ending:

- Hae Soo will reject Wang So first (he shows his pure ambition which shocks her) therefore she will distance herself from him. That's why he will struggle first so that Mu and Yo will become king before him.

- Hae Soo will realise that being ambitious is not something negative as such or that he was forced to so that she will finally love him implying she is supporting him.

- She will influence him in a good way so that he is first a good king.

- But at some point, they will be separated  (due to his obsession: his love for Goreyo will be too strong so that he overdoes it) therefore Wang So will change into a different ruler and king which will lead to hae Soo's death. Leaving him will change him: he will become the ruler she feared.

Okay, that's it. Thanks a lot for the support as people keep asking for my analysis. I hoped, it wasn't too boring. MAybe it was too long;) 

Tell me what you think about it... I am eager to get some feedback. @Yongzura @valsava @littleloony @junee22 @evie7 @40somethingahjumma

 

Interesting reading. I feel like I am back at school trying to interpret a piece of Shakespeare's work. If your analysis is right and the mythology of the river god's daughter played a part in the writer's mind, then I feel this drama's story is even better than the original Chinese novel.  However, I doubt that the writer of MLSHR had such intricate complexities to the plot in mind.  Too bad, it would make a good literary piece of its own and not an adaptation of the C-novel.  

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