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I thought she only drank that potion provided by Yaoji AFTER she realised she had black blood (poisoned) and will die within days compared to Bo Wang who can sustained for 6 months. That is the reason why she was willing to go alone since she knew she was going to die anyway. 

 

What I did not catch is how she got hurt/poison in the first place.

 

Also not sure if this is a spoiler but to be safe!

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Was rewatching episode 46 yesterday and noticed that in the scene that Bo Wang just woke up and saw Xing'er drying clothes. When the camera pan towards Xing'er while she was preparing another dark green clothing to hang, you can see a clothing/manufacturer tag haha. 

 

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Wild And Sensational Romance: 6 Reasons To Binge-Watch C-Drama “The Wolf” Features Dec 17, 2020

I was never a fan of noble idiocy but Darren Wang looks so good doing it. 

I have to say guys, I loved all the OSTs so far. This is just my thoughts but I really do think the opening song, “Who Am I” really is reflective of Lord Bo’s struggle with trying to be both Wolfie to

I am now on ep 15 and surprised that the pace is faster than most Cdrama. The leads def have strong chemistry and the plot for the political games are very good! Overall, it is worth the 3 years of waiting!! A few weaknesses in my opinion are:

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1. Bo Wang’s conflicted feelings and going hot and cold with XE. It isn’t the fact that he feels so but the way the show executed it or maybe they had to cut so much due to the censor or editing that it made it annoying. I think Darren’s acting is quite strong that he could have portrayed it but the way the script was written - it became repetitive and stereotypical. 2. Evil King’s over acting is a bit too much sometimes and 3. Gosh darn the foreshadowing of a tragic ending and we aren’t even half way into the series! Any long time Cdrama viewer can see the ending already and I don’t understand why they had to do it so obviously! I didn’t know the story is a sad one but while annoyed, I am going to watch it until the end to see what our OTP does...

 

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I think I am becoming one of XZ fans now..ohtokkeee...

Hope to watch another good drama from him, but as main male lead :) Supporting the second male lead is a tough journey...

I like the OST...it's quite different with other chinese drama OST... I feel like I am listening Korean Drama OST

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I'm currently on EP 24 and so far I really enjoy this drama.

 

I agree with @yinyee the pace is faster than most Cdramas I've watched and the chemistry and plot with regards to the political 'games' are also good, and make me keep watching. So far, there are no slow parts or fillers that distract from the main storyline. 

 

The only thing that annoyed me a bit is: 

 

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Bo Wang's treatment of Xing'er was IMO overdone to the point where it became annoying. 

 

Also, Xing'er proves herself to be very smart in most cases, but almost blindly trusts Yao Ji? And runs to the Emperor for help, accusing his own son with only a letter as proof? -_- To me, that felt a bit out of character. Yes, she's brave, but that was just stupid. Again, just my opinion! ;)  

 

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Wild And Sensational Romance: 6 Reasons To Binge-Watch C-Drama “The Wolf”

 

The Wolf” is a costume and romance drama starring Li Qin as Ma Zhai Xing, a government official’s daughter who befriends a wolf-raised boy (Darren Wang) in her teenage years and is forced to quit contact with him due to a political conspiracy. Eight years later, she meets the boy again, but only to find that he has become Prince Bo, the royal prince working for the King. Their love-hate relationship is intensified by the appearance of bounty hunter Ji Chong (Xiao Zhan). Struggling between self-consciousness, power, and loyalty, the two are inevitably involved into a battle to defend their deep-rooted love.

 

“The Wolf” has attracted wide interest and discussion since its premiere. Here are a few reasons why.

A perfectly chosen male lead

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The first male lead—the wolf boy and later Prince Bo—is played by Darren Wang. He’s a very dynamic character who grows through interactions with the human world and an exploration of his inner self. Although it’s Darren Wang’s first costume role, he has done an incredibly good job, especially in acting out the two very different personalities of the innocent wolf boy and the ruthless Prince Bo. In showing the mixed images of wildness and tender human touch, Darren Wang is arguably the best choice!

A charismatic female lead

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Clever, brave, and caring, the female lead Ma Zhai Xing is the kind of girl we can easily warm up to. As a teenager, she believes in the wolf boy’s natural kindness and potential to be a good person. It would have been a little flat to have a female lead who’s only cute and smart throughout the show like in many other dramas. Thankfully, her layered charm begins to shine through as the story unfolds. Driven by a sense of justice and responsibility, Ma Zhai Xing grows into an independent woman who’s not afraid to speak up for herself and fight for what is right, which is a respectable trait.

Li Qin, who plays this role, draws the audience closer to the character with extraordinary acting. There are many scenes where every emotion she’s executing can be felt and related to. Her phenomenal acting can also be found in costume dramas “The Song of Glory” and “Joy of Life.”

An attention-grabbing second male lead

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Xiao Zhan in this drama brings us lots of surprises. Ji Chong, the role he played, is a bounty hunter with a free and righteous soul. His romantic affection towards Ma Zhai Xing is very obvious, and he is constantly and unrequitedly in want of confirmation from his beloved. This character requires enormous emotional input from the actor, and Xiao Zhan delivered. The actor’s distinctive charms also stand out in his more masculine looks—different from his image in “The Untamed,” but equally eye-catching and enjoyable. His potential in playing villain-like characters is a real bonus for fans of old and new.

“Wild boys” tamed for love

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Romance that blooms from human girls taming wild-raised boys is becoming a classic sub-genre with works like “A Werewolf Boy” having us rethinking the power of love and humanity. “The Wolf” adds another breathtaking story to this collection and keeps the audience wondering whether this wolf boy, after being tamed as human, will be finally tamed to give and receive love.

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In addition to the wolf boy, this drama has one more “wild boy” that captures our attention—Ji Chong. His transformation after meeting Ma Zhai Xing can be explained by nothing but his deepened emotional bond with her.

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Refreshing OST

The soundtrack contained in this drama is another point worth mentioning. The drama was filmed three years ago, but the songs feel refreshing and totally in pace with the times. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, also known as the “Queen of C-pop,” sings three songs, including the opening theme “Who Am I”. The melodious singing keeps bringing back precious moments of the ill-fated couple.

Gorgeous scenery

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The only element that may distract you from the storyline is probably the scenery. The astounding plateau landscape is not made from special effects. It was shot at Shangri-La City in Yunnan, China even though it’s pretty rare for drama production teams to do so due to issues with cost and time.

 

When they filmed there, the actors and the production team were challenged by the harsh natural conditions, but with dedication, they were finally able to present us with this visual feast that goes far beyond expectations.

 

With a classic setting plus good acting, a captivating plot, and high-quality production, this show will definitely give you all the feels you need!

 

Go to Viki.com and get the earliest access to “The Wolf” overseas with subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and 18 more languages! Viki Pass Standard & Viki Pass Plus users can enjoy 2 new episodes every Monday to Friday PST, and new episodes are updated every Thursday to Saturday PST for non Viki Pass users. Check out the calendar for the exact dates.

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Click on the link below to immediately start watching “The Wolf”:

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1443651wpp/wild-and-sensational-romance-6-reasons-to-binge-watch-c-drama-the-wolf

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8 hours ago, Jillia said:

In showing the mixed images of wildness and tender human touch, Darren Wang is arguably the best choice!

 

Couldn't agree more! This was one of the first things that drew me in!

The change is not subtle and must at times be very difficult emotionally! I was awed by the blend of childlike  innocence and dangerous savage.

 

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Clever, brave, and caring, the female lead Ma Zhai Xing is the kind of girl we can easily warm up to. It would have been a little flat to have a female lead who’s only cute and smart throughout the show like in many other dramas. Thankfully, her layered charm begins to shine through as the story unfolds.There are many scenes where every emotion she’s executing can be felt and related to. Her phenomenal acting can also be found in costume dramas “The Song of Glory” and “Joy of Life.”

 

 

I was happy they gave her character a working brain! :D Let's be honest...often the FL are just "looks but no brains". 

 

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 This character requires enormous emotional input from the actor, and Xiao Zhan delivered. The actor’s distinctive charms also stand out in his more masculine looks—different from his image in “The Untamed,” but equally eye-catching and enjoyable. His potential in playing villain-like characters is a real bonus for fans of old and new.

 

To be honest Xiao Zhan's character did remind me a bit of his character in the untamed at first. :lol: But I'm not complaining. 

 

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Caught up to ep 46 and only 3 more episodes left. I’m not ready for this drama to end yet. 

 

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Ji Chong did such a noble thing to tell her the truth about Bo Wang and to let her go. He’s the real MVP and I’m so sad that the drama is already foreshadowing our sad endings between our main couple.

 

Why can’t we just have a happy ending for once for Zhai Xing and Bo Wang. Their time together was so short and they both need more love.

 

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I am still watching and just finished ep 31. 
 

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Soooooo glad that the truth is out finallllllly! It was hard to watch them suffer so since they finally came to understand and were so in love; but I firmly believe w/o the truth out, it will eat at Bo and negatively impact their relationship anyways. They also explained well why Bo remained loyal to the evil King. Ep 26 and 27 were strong because of the emotional scenes. Super happy with both leads’ performance and that of XZ too. But now we are back with some more filler episodes. 


I made it to ep 37 and wooah
 

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So tense and super noble idiocy plan by Bo and it didn’t even work!! Also ZX should get a clue by now that the real killer isn’t Bo but the evil King. 

I had to stop at 41 because no Eng subs and will finish this next weekend. 
LQ is so much stronger (performance wise) than the Song of Glory... actually this is a much better drama. 

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I finally finished the drama. Ending wasn’t what I hoped for but I think the drama was able to tied up loose ends nicely.

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Although I’m sad, I’m happy for Ji Chong and Bao Na and glad that they’re living their life freely traveling around the world together.  
 

I’m just a teeny bit frustrated with how everything went down at the end (probably just with the 3 last episodes) and how the show was continuously hinting at the impeding doom awaiting our main leads at the end. 
 

I get that ZX wanted to do one last thing for BW knowing that he was going to die 6 months later but I think what she did was kind of dumb and not at all what BW would have wanted her to do. There were so many ways that they could have save the fourth brother together.

 

Oh well, I do love my fair share of tragedy. This is kind of dark, but at least ZX and BW are happy together in the other world right? 


After finishing this drama, I can add Darren Wang to my list of favorite actors now xD. Both Li Qin and Xiao Zhan already have a place due to their previous works that I’ve watch them in. 

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So I finished this today. Overall, it was an enjoyable show just to see what will happen to our OTP. Their chemistry was very good and the plot was not dragged out. Good cast and OST also helped. Happy for everyone involved in this show.

 

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Tragic ending aside, the drama still held up. The show did basically hinted to the viewers not to expect a happy ending the entire show (this was my main gripe). 

 

I am glad to have discovered Darren Wang from this series. May keep an eye out for his future works. 

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