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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] I Will Never Let You Go / Legend of Huo Buo 小女花不弃


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24 minutes ago, sirena82 said:

@biancardi, I just wanted to say that I appreciated your comments about DFS. It’s like you were reading my mind. He is, to me, the most interesting character in the show. I liked how he was presented and who he grew as a character. Multi dimensional character are usually my favorite in any drama as it represents us as humans unlike unrealistic and perfect characters usually presented in Asian drama. If it was not for his character, I don’t think I would have continued watching this drama. While I started watching in the first place because of zhang bin bin because I like him as an actor. His character in this drama was the most disappointing. They tried to portray him as this masked hero but then unfortunately he turned into this plain character who is not generally heroic. After the first part of the drama, nothing was added to his character. And finally, when he was still committed to his uncle the horrible emperor, I even become more disappointed. I keep asking myself, what if the emperor asked him to marry someone else or even to being BQ to the place for the emperor. I have this voice in my head that says he would have done that unfortunately. While DFS, started as this self-centered and bratty character but end up the most sacrificing. After that, I really did not want CY to end up with BQ. He was not deserving to live a happy ending to me. I will say this is not bin bin best work for me. He is really a good actor and I hope to see him in better roles in the future. I disliked the character he played here but will keep supporting him as an actor. I also learned about Austin Lin who played DFS and I really grew to like him as an actor. He played a complicated character impeccably well and I will look forward for new roles for him too. 

 

thank you - yes, I was immediately drawn to this character the second he said to BQ  that he was good at clearing poisons but better at poisoning people.  My jaw dropped and I was like wow - this is going to get really interesting now.  I feel that DFS really did love BQ (and I hate it when folks say "in their own way" - I am guilty of using that saying too - but in the end, our feelings and love are all in "our own way" - there are never two quite the same) and he did rebel against his grandfather to save her.  He is not filial at all, which makes him also very interesting.  I also think because he was the last surviving heir to the Cheng name, that he was under pressure that Chen Yu never had to feel - CY's father shielded him from that pressure.  

 

I feel the same way as you do about Bin Bin's performance in here. He is STUNNING to look at and can read the dictionary to me and I would swoon.   BUT his role in here became so bland and tasteless compared to DFS.  DFS is flawed and yet, there is sincerity in his ways.  

 

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to have him die like that is just a shame.  I doubt that BQ or CY will feel any guilt over his death - or even appreciate his sacrifice, considering CY stuck like glue to the emperor and both BQ and CY betrayed him in the end.  

 

Yes, I get DFS is a rival to CY for BQ's hand in marriage, but he was more than that in the end.   

 

 

Austin Lin is amazing.   I want to see more of his works as well and I hope this is not his last period drama.  This is his first one he has done and he did an excellent job.  He also had the best outfits too - the writers really loved this character - you can tell by the writing that they enjoyed bringing this complex character to life. 

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43 minutes ago, sirena82 said:

@biancardi, I just wanted to say that I appreciated your comments about DFS. It’s like you were reading my mind. He is, to me, the most interesting character in the show. I liked how he was presented and who he grew as a character. Multi dimensional character are usually my favorite in any drama as it represents us as humans unlike unrealistic and perfect characters usually presented in Asian drama. If it was not for his character, I don’t think I would have continued watching this drama. While I started watching in the first place because of zhang bin bin because I like him as an actor. His character in this drama was the most disappointing. They tried to portray him as this masked hero but then unfortunately he turned into this plain character who is not generally heroic. After the first part of the drama, nothing was added to his character. And finally, when he was still committed to his uncle the horrible emperor, I even become more disappointed. I keep asking myself, what if the emperor asked him to marry someone else or even to being BQ to the place for the emperor. I have this voice in my head that says he would have done that unfortunately. While DFS, started as this self-centered and bratty character but end up the most sacrificing. After that, I really did not want CY to end up with BQ. He was not deserving to live a happy ending to me. I will say this is not bin bin best work for me. He is really a good actor and I hope to see him in better roles in the future. I disliked the character he played here but will keep supporting him as an actor. I also learned about Austin Lin who played DFS and I really grew to like him as an actor. He played a complicated character impeccably well and I will look forward for new roles for him too. 

Make a funeral for DFS come!!!

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Episode 51 - the quick & dirty recap

 

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The episode picks back up with MRF watching DFS leading BQ away.  He's angry and annoyed because he wants to get on with the whole taking down the emperor thing, and thinks that every second wasted in this city over what he considers useless romance business is an affront to his sensibilities.  DFS, if he had known what MRF was thinking, would have disagreed.  As he locks BQ away in a deserted house, he tells her that the only way for her to stay protected is for her to marry him.  BQ doesn't find his argument to be a convincing one, but DFS disagrees.  To his credit, I do think he really believes that if he marries BQ, his grandfather will finally give up on her.  But, with no offense to the many DFS supporters who I know are among us, I find him incredibly naive.  There is nothing that would stop the Mysterious Man at this point, certainly not his grandson's marriage, and especially considering how long he has been lusting after Biluotian and his treasures. 

 

While DFS and BQ are discussing whether they should get married, MRF listens in.  Since he's over the romance at this point and just wants the battle for the throne to begin, he sends word to MM.  Yun Lang and Dan Sha, in turn, learn of this and they also begin their journey to send word to CY.

 

CY's already heard though.  While BQ waits in the deserted house (as DFS had given her time to think things over), a black-robed person suddenly appears before her.  It's YC.  BQ is surprised to see him, but he then steps aside and behind him is CY.  BQ turns away from him and tells him that since he's already given up on her, he should stop trying to rescue her.  And that's when CY explains what he didn't have time to explain to her the previous time, it's all an act.  Her grandfather is alive and he didn't really run away from the palace/emperor.  They're working together to defeat DFS and MM.  BQ bats at him for lying once more to him and the men exchange a cute glance over her ire.  She eventually calms down and CY tells her they need to go, but she refuses to leave with him.  She doesn't want him risking all his plans over her and points out that since they've come this far, they might as well keep at it as it's now or never anyway.  CY doesn't want her going through the marriage though, and BQ just tells him that in the past, she's always been the one to take risks for her and this time, she wants to be the one who takes a risk for him.  He tells her that he's already lost his father and his master, and doesn't want to lose her.  In a hug, she promises he won't.  And that's how BQ ends up agreeing to marry DFS. 

 

Before CY and BQ part ways, however, it is worth observing that BQ does ask CY to refrain from killing DFS once he and MM are captured.  She reminds him that in the desert, if it hadn't been for DFS, she wouldn't have survived.  CY agrees and says he'll do his best to plead to the emperor on DFS's behalf, but he can't make any promises given that he betrayed the country already and is also a descendant of Cheng Wang's. 

 

When DFS returns to BQ, she asks him if he really thinks he'll win the throne and when he says yes, she agrees to marry him.  She explains the turnaround in her response by saying that she wants to live and restore her familiy's honor, so it really doesn't matter who's in power, just so long as that person can give her the mechanism with which to do that.  It is admittedly kind of painful watching DFS's excitement over BQ's agreement, because he is just that happy, but on the other hand, he's totally forced her into this so I don't know.  I don't think BQ feels any better either.  She is obviously uncomfortable when he refers to her as his "furen," and I think that discomfort stems from more than just the fact that he is not the person she loves. 

 

Somehow MRF and Dan Sha's brother are able to find wedding clothes/make-up in this abandoned city and soon the wedding ceremony gets underway.  I actually found it kind of hilarious how MRF stood by the door and didn't even try to hide the fact that he was looking out the door clearly waiting for MM and wondering why he hadn't yet arrived.  Fortunately for MRF, and unfortunately for everyone else, MM does arrive shortly thereafter and puts a stop to everything.  When DFS tries to reason that he can still win the throne without Biluotian and that taking BQ would be useless since his grandfather still lacks the other two items, MM corrects him.  He has the map and the sphere.  A battle breaks out. 

 

Inside the cabin, it's MRF versus DFS.  DFS reminds MRF that BQ is his little sister and wonders how he can betray her like this, but as previously mentioned, MRF is too far gone at this point.  His only concern is to defeat the emperor and avenge his family.  I, honestly, can't be too sorry when DFS drives that final blow through MRF.  Even before MM arrived on scene, as I watched MRF observing DFS and BQ being their wedding ceremony with so much hate/disdain in his eyes, the thought had occurred to me then, that if we really thought about it, from start to end, much of the tragedy in this drama began with his family.  I mean, were it not for his father's drunk and lustful actions, BQ wouldn't even exist.  Knowing that and knowing what would come soon after, I'd long reconciled myself to MRF's death.  He had to go. 

 

Outside the cabin, CY steps in to try and prevent MM from taking away BQ.  Unfortunately, MM has always been stronger than everyone else in this drama (HOW?) and so he is quickly injured and kicked aside.  YC, bless his heart, then steps up to the plate.  But with him having the weakest martial arts skills in this drama, you can guess how that goes.  As MM kicks him over to CY's side, CY yells in agony over his friend.  MM takes advantage of his distraction to fly away with BQ.  With his dying breath, YC pushes CY away and tells him to hurry and run after MM.  My only comfort over YC is that now and XX will now be reunited in death.  RIP CY, you were the best of friends.  Be happy with XX in the after life.

 

Elsewhere in the city, Yun Lang and Dan Sha arrive on scene where they're intercepted by Hei Feng.  Yun Lang quickly moves to protect Dan Sha, but Hei Feng still gets in a cut anyway.  When Hei Feng goes in for the jugular, Dan Sha's brother runs in and takes the stab in the back for his sister.  It's nice to see, in the end, he remained loyal to his sister.  I'd feel sadder about his death except he kind of lost my interest a while back over his self-protective ways.  Yun Lang and Hei Feng end up killing each other at the same time, and Dan Sha gets in her own hits at Hei Feng (just to make sure she really dies) before dying herself.  Dan Sha tries to crawl across the ground to be with Yun Lang, but she never quite makes it there and he dies before she can reach him anyway.  It's a good thing the opening credits prepared me for this moment a long time ago, otherwise I'd probably be a mess.

 

MM and BQ arrive at Biluotian and I give mad kudos to the girl for not straight up dying from fright (which is probably what I would do) and instead giving MM some classic BQ attitude.  She warns MM that it's probably all hogwash and CY will be arriving soon to save her anyway, but MM is a firm believer in this prophecy.  There's just no way it could turn out false after how long he'd worked to find it, and he's not worried about CY since he doesn't have the map to follow. 

 

CY might not have the map, but he doesn't have his master's dying words.  He and DFS arrive at the stack of rocks, near where his master died, and he tells DFS to look for a knot hole in a tree trunk as that will be their entrance to Biluotian.  After running around and examining many different trees and rocks, DFS starts to grow impatient wondering how they're ever going to find this needle in a haystack.  He complains that they're running out of time and CY just keeps searching while telling DFS to shut-up.  I'm inclined to agree with CY in this moment.  Whining and complaining aren't going to help find BQ any faster, but getting to work will.  Eventually CY finds the rock with his master's bloody hand print on it.  From there, he follows the hand print's direction to find the knot hole.

 

They find it just in time and arrive in Biluotian right at the moment where MM has tossed BQ towards the Biluotian well.  (I guess no formal ceremony for the sacrifice is needed.  :P  Also, does treasure shoot up from the sky if she reaches it's bottom?  I admit there's a part of me that is very curious as to how the mechanics of this prophecy works, although obviously, as I want BQ to live, I don't want to test it out either!)  If you've all seen the previews that were shared weeks ago, you know what happens next.  CY leans over the well to grab BQ's hand and DFS, in turn, lunges after CY.  MM, who'd been kicked aside earlier, grabs up his sword to lunge after them, and DFS manages to throw both CY and BQ out of the well, just as his grandfather's sword goes running into him.  Congratulations, MM.  Because of your greed and endless ambitions, you have killed your grandson. 

 

Somebody mentioned above that they didn't think BQ or CY would feel any guilt over DFS's death or appreciate his sacrifice, and I disagree.  BQ's anguish as she yells out his name is palpable, and CY also looks bereft and in disbelief when he watches this scene unfold from where he'd been thrown.  I would remind that BQ never wanted DFS to die.  She may not have wanted him for a husband, but she did seek to ensure his safety and CY obviously appreciated his contributions enough to agree to that condition (even if he couldn't guarantee it).  Truly, if anyone is to blame for DFS's death, I think we can only lay that at his grandfather's door.  MM raised him in such a way that he only had two possible fates -- be the king or be dead.  Since he couldn't win the throne, that left only death.  I'm sorry, DFS.  You deserved better.

 

After DFS dies, the battle continues.  Even with the blows that CY is able to get in, MM is still stronger than the both of them combined.  It's sweet how BQ tries to save CY by clutching MM's leg and refusing to let go.  She yells at him to leave and save himself, but of course CY would never do that.  When he observes MM about to take one more lunge at BQ, he finally musters up all his remaining energy and, along with the force of his anger, hurls himself towards MM.  The forward motion propels MM backwards into the well, but physics... oh physics... even in high school you weren't my friend.  CY is unable to stop himself from following MM into the well.  BQ just manages to catch CY's hand and refuses to let go, but CY also knows that with the both of them injured, she hasn't the strength to drag him up.  It's either let go or be dragged down with him, so he pulls her hand away from his and tells her that in the next life, he'll still be her Lian Yi Ke.  He then falls backwards down the well.  Nooooooo, not you too, CY!!!!!  (Well, okay, to be honest, it probably would've been more impactful if we hadn't all been spoiled and know that he somehow magically survives.  So, yeah, can't say I was all that sad watching him fall into that well.)

 

Some indeterminate amount of time later, the Emperor walks among his people with QW by his side.  They sit down out an outside cafe and as they share a drink, they listen to the conversations going on around them.  The citizens gossip about how BJF was revealed to be traitor and was justly punished.  They're also happy about the rebellion being put down and peace being restored to the land.  They comment on how the emperor seems to have changed his ways after going through this latest ordeal, and now they praise him for all the positive changes he's made for the people.  The emperor listens on, pleased to know that his people are happy.  QW asks him if he isn't worried that someone else might try to find Biluotian, but he's not.  The temple's been destroyed already and he predicts rumors of the prophecy will naturally fade away.  He then thanks for her for all the assistance she provided in helping him get through the ordeal... and I guess that's how QW's story ends.  I don't know how satisfied I can feel about that given everything she did along the way, but I guess we're supposed to adopt the same attitude that CY had towards her, which is that she was someone to be pitied for the way she was raised and try to understand that everything she did wasn't because of her, but because of the way LMY had forced her hand.  We'll just somehow ignore all the other evil doings that she did on her own, I guess... *rolls eyes*  In any event, I'm glad (and relieved) His Traitorness, Mr. Traitor Traitor Pants got his in the end and that the Emperor became a better ruler -- not all was in vain if there's that, at least.

 

As the Emperor and QW continue their walk around and inspection of the city, they happen upon a storyteller who is sharing another story about Lian Yi Ke.  The storyteller says that Lian Yi Ke is back and even better than he was before.  Hearing his name has both the Emperor and QW pausing in their steps, but they eventually continue on.

 

Outside the city, in the forest, we see a band of robbers intercept some travelers.  They demand money and around this time, Lian Yi Ke appears.  It's BQ.  She tells the robbers to give it up, but they respond with a scoff after discovering this man they'd always heard so much about was actually a woman.  As they rush towards her, they're caught up in a giant net trap.  She then flicks a Lian Yi Ke coin towards the travelers and instructs them about where to take the robbers once they reach the city.  After they leave, she has a conversation with CY in her head.  She explains that she hasn't the martial arts skills that he did, so she's using her own methods to capture the ill-doers.  She also promises to keep on living so that she can keep on carrying out good deeds in his name, so that he'll be remembered far and wide.  It's at this moment that CY flies in, wearing his black robes.  He comments on what a coincidence it is to find her, since he is also Lian Yi Ke.  As BQ stares at him in shock and surprise, she unmasks him to confirm that it is indeed CY.  Of course it is.  The drama offers no explanation for how he ends up making it out of the well, but I suppose we're not supposed to care and they're just going to trust that we'll be happy about the fact that he survives and the OTP is at last reunited in the end.

 

 

THE END

 

In conclusion... how satisfied am I by that ending?  It's hard to say.  I feel like I was spoiled so much as to how things would turn out, that by the time the end credits started to roll, my only thought was, "Yup.  That's about what I expected would happen."  Quite frankly, that made it difficult for me to experience any emotions while watching the last episode.  But what did stand out to me was the infinite amounts of love between BQ and CY, and as that is what has always been my hook for this drama, it was nice to see that played out through to the end. 

 

I think it's no secret that I have loved this drama dearly.  There's no other reason for why I would dedicate so many of my hours translating/recapping episodes for this forum thread, if that wasn't the case.  But even with my all-consuming love for this drama, I can be objective enough to admit that the last two episodes of this drama, especially, were hastily put together to give us an ending.  Now that the drama is over, I can look back on it as a whole and think things like, "I wish they'd taken out scenes from when BQ was at Zhu Manor to give us more at the end."  I never begrudged the drama for the amount of time BQ and CY spent apart -- it was integral for what was going on in both their lives at that time, and it gave us time to get to know DFS as well -- but if we think about it... All that stuff with her grand-aunts, for example, since that never really went anywhere, what was the point of having them?  Also, why bother giving us a reunion scene with QW and QY if that wasn't really going to go anywhere either.  I guess that was the drama's way of explaining to us the end of QY's storyline?  But it certainly didn't feel like it even in episode 50. 

 

And then there's the death count . . . this topic probably deserves a post on its own, but I'll just say for now that I've tried to put myself in the writer's shoes and think I've reached that point where I can understand the choices made.  But as a viewer, it still seems like a lazy way to reach an ending since with each death, the writer then doesn't have to take the time to explain what happens to them. 

 

Despite all that, I still loved and do love this drama.  The ending can't take away everything that came before.  Every interaction that CY and BQ had remains a precious memory, and I feel that way about their interactions with other character too (minus the baddies).  Now that it's over... there's definitely a hole in my heart.  So I guess I'll now have to go back and watch the episodes subbed.  ;)

 

Thank you all for indulging me in my recaps and rambling thoughts... Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll still have more to say - haha - but for now, I'm going to take a break and think a little bit more about this drama and its ending.

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thanks for the recaps @themarchioness and that was me that stated that about the guilt thing.  Its good to see that is not the case - remember, viki is only on epi 47 and I am not watching the raws, so I was taking a guess there.

 

but I have to say, my reaction to this episode is similar to the one I had with 

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ice fantasy. ALL of the death counts, secondary ships that were sweet and lovely - all had to die for the main couple to live.  And just like Ice Fantasy, I could give a rats behind about the main couple at this point.   The death toll is too great.  I am not pleased with this ending.  

 

oh well at least the characters I liked the most made it almost to the end.   

 

I will watch the rest on viki as I slogged thru this series all this way, and then start up with Goodbye My Princess - at least that is a marketed properly as a romantic tragedy and it looks really good.  

 

for those who read the novel, can you share the ending?  Please dm me!  thanks

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Episode 51 - the quick & dirty recap

 

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The episode picks back up with MRF watching DFS leading BQ away.  He's angry and annoyed because he wants to get on with the whole taking down the emperor thing, and thinks that every second wasted in this city over what he considers useless romance business is an affront to his sensibilities.  DFS, if had known what MRF was thinking, would have disagreed.  As he locks BQ away in a deserted house, he tells her that the only way for her to stay protected is for her to marry him.  BQ doesn't find his argument to be a convincing one, but DFS disagrees.  To his credit, I do think he really believes that if he marries BQ, his grandfather will finally give up on her.  But, with no offense to the many DFS supporters who I know are among us, I find him incredibly naive.  There is nothing that would stop the Mysterious Man at this point, certainly not his grandson's marriage, and especially considering how long he has been lusting after Biluotian and his treasures. 

 

While DFS and BQ are discussing whether they should get married, MRF listens in.  Since he's over the romance at this point and just wants the battle for the throne to begin, he sends word to MM.  Yun Lang and Dan Sha, in turn, learn of this and they also begin their journey to send word to CY.

 

CY's already heard though.  While BQ waits in the deserted house (as DFS had given her time to think things over), a black-robed person suddenly appears before her.  It's YC.  BQ is surprised to see him, but he then steps aside and behind him is CY.  BQ turns away from him and tells him that since he's already given up on her, he should stop trying to rescue her.  And that's when CY explains what he didn't have time to explain to her the previous time, it's all an act.  Her grandfather is alive and he didn't really run away from the palace/emperor.  They're working together to defeat DFS and MM.  BQ bats at him for lying once more to him and the men exchange a cute glance over her ire.  She eventually calms down and CY tells her they need to go, but she refuses to leave with him.  She doesn't want him risking all his plans over her and points out that since they've come this far, they might as well keep at it as it's now or never anyway.  CY doesn't want her going through the marriage though, and BQ just tells him that in the past, she's always been the one to take risks for her and this time, she wants to be the one who takes a risk for him.  He tells her that he's already lost his father and his master, and doesn't want to lose her.  In a hug, she promises he won't.  And that's how BQ ends up agreeing to marry DFS. 

 

Before CY and BQ part ways, however, it is worth observing that BQ does ask CY to refrain from killing DFS and MM once they're captured.  She reminds him that in the desert, if it hadn't been for DFS, she wouldn't have survived.  CY agrees and says he'll do his best to plead to the emperor on DFS's behalf, but he can't make any promises given that he betrayed the country already and is also a descendant of Cheng Wang's. 

 

When DFS returns to BQ, she asks him if he really thinks he'll win the throne and when he says yes, she agrees to marry him.  She explains the turnaround in her response by saying that she wants to live and restore her familiy's honor, so it really doesn't matter who's in power, just so long as that person can give her the mechanism with which to do that.  It is admittedly kind of painful watching DFS's excitement over BQ's agreement, because he is just that happy, but on the other hand, he's totally forced her into this so I don't know.  I don't think BQ feels any better either.  She is obviously uncomfortable when he refers to her as his "furen," and I think that discomfort stems from more than just the fact that he is not the person she loves. 

 

Somehow MRF and Dan Sha's brother are able to find wedding clothes/make-up in this abandoned city and soon the wedding ceremony gets underway.  I actually found it kind of hilarious how MRF stood by the door and didn't even try to hide the fact that he was looking out the door clearly waiting for MM and wondering why he hadn't yet arrived.  Fortunately for MRF, and unfortunately for everyone else, MM does arrive shortly thereafter and puts a stop to everything.  When DFS tries to reason that he can still win the throne without Biluotian and that taking BQ would be useless since his grandfather still lacks the other two items, MM corrects him.  He has the map and the sphere.  A battle breaks out. 

 

Inside the cabin, it's MRF versus DFS.  DFS reminds MRF that BQ is his little sister and wonders how he can betray her like this, but as previously mentioned, MRF is too far gone at this point.  His only concern is to defeat the emperor and avenge his family.  I, honestly, can't be too sorry when DFS drives that final blow through MRF.  Even before MM arrived on scene, as I watched MRF observing DFS and BQ being their wedding ceremony with so much hate/disdain in his eyes, the thought had occurred to me then, that if we really thought about it, from start to end, much of the tragedy in this drama began with his family.  I mean, were it not for his father's drunk and lustful actions, BQ wouldn't even exist.  Knowing that and knowing what would come soon after, I'd long reconciled myself to MRF's death.  He had to go. 

 

Outside the cabin, CY steps in to try and prevent MM from taking away BQ.  Unfortunately, MM has always been stronger than everyone else in this drama (HOW?) and so he is quickly injured and kicked aside.  YC, bless his heart, then steps up to the plate.  But with him having the weakest martial arts skills in this drama, you can guess how that goes.  As MM kicks him over to CY's side, CY yells in agony over his friend.  MM takes advantage of his distraction to fly away with BQ.  With his dying breath, YC pushes CY away and tells him to hurry and run after MM.  My only comfort over YC is that now and XX will now be reunited in death.  RIP CY, you were the best of friends.  Be happy with XX in the after life.

 

Elsewhere in the city, Yun Lang and Dan Sha arrive on scene where they're intercepted by Hei Feng.  Yun Lang quickly moves to protect Dan Sha, but Hei Feng still gets in a cut anyway.  When Hei Feng goes in for the jugular, Dan Sha's brother runs in and takes the stab in the back for his sister.  It's nice to see, in the end, he remained loyal to his sister.  I'd feel sadder about his death except he kind of lost my interest a while back over his self-protective ways.  Yun Lang and Hei Feng end up killing each other at the same time, and Dan Sha gets in her own hits at Hei Feng (just to make sure she really dies) before dying herself.  Dan Sha tries to crawl across the ground to be with Yun Lang, but she never quite makes it there and he dies before she can reach him anyway.  It's a good thing the opening credits prepared me for this moment a long time ago, otherwise I'd probably be a mess.

 

MM and BQ arrive at Biluotian and I give mad kudos to the girl for not straight up dying from fright (which is probably what I would do) and instead giving MM some classic BQ attitude.  She warns MM that it's probably all hogwash and CY will be arriving soon to save her anyway, but MM is a firm believer in this prophecy.  There's just no way it could turn out false after how long he'd worked to find it, and he's not worried about CY since he doesn't have the map to follow. 

 

CY might not have the map, but he doesn't have his master's dying words.  He and DFS arrive at the stack of rocks, near where his master died, and he tells DFS to look for a knot hole in a tree trunk as that will be their entrance to Biluotian.  After running around and examining many different trees and rocks, DFS starts to grow impatient wondering how they're ever going to find this needle in a haystack.  He complains that they're running out of time and CY just keeps searching while telling DFS to shut-up.  I'm inclined to agree with CY in this moment.  Whining and complaining aren't going to help find BQ any faster, but getting to work will.  Eventually CY finds the rock with his master's bloody hand print on it.  From there, he follows the hand print's direction to find the knot hole.

 

They find it just in time and arrive in Biluotian right at the moment where MM has tossed BQ towards the Biluotian well.  (I guess no formal ceremony for the sacrifice is needed.  :P  Also, does treasure shoot up from the sky if she reaches it's bottom?  I admit there's a part of me that is very curious as to how the mechanics of this prophecy works, although obviously, as I want BQ to live, I don't want to test it out either!)  If you've all seen the previews that were shared weeks ago, you know what happens next.  CY leans over the well to grab BQ's hand and DFS, in turn, lunges after CY.  MM, who'd been kicked aside earlier, grabs up his sword to lunge after them, and DFS manages to throw both CY and BQ out of the well, just as his grandfather's sword goes running into him.  Congratulations, MM.  Because of your greed and endless ambitions, you have killed your grandson. 

 

Somebody mentioned above that they didn't think BQ or CY would feel any guilt over DFS's death or appreciate his sacrifice, and I disagree.  BQ's anguish as she yells out his name is palpable, and CY also looks bereft and in disbelief when he watches this scene unfold from where he'd been thrown.  I would remind that BQ never wanted DFS to die.  She may not have wanted him for a husband, but she did seek to ensure his safety and CY obviously appreciated his contributions enough to agree to that condition (even if he couldn't guarantee it).  Truly, if anyone is to blame for DFS's death, I think we can only lay that at his grandfather's door.  MM raised him in such a way that he only had two possible fates -- be the king or be dead.  Since he couldn't win the throne, that left only death.  I'm sorry, DFS.  You deserved better.

 

After DFS dies, the battle continues.  Even with the blows that CY is able to get in, MM is still stronger than the both of them combined.  It's sweet how BQ tries to save CY by clutching MM's leg and refusing to let go.  She yells at him to leave and save himself, but of course CY would never do that.  When he observes MM about to take one more lunge at BQ, he finally musters up all his remaining energy and, along with the force of his anger, hurls himself towards MM.  The forward motion propels MM backwards into the well, but physics... oh physics... even in high school you weren't my friend.  CY is unable to stop himself from following MM into the well.  BQ just manages to catch CY's hand and refuses to let go, but CY also knows that with the both of them injured, she hasn't the strength to drag him up.  It's either let go or be dragged down with him, so he pulls her hand away from his and tells her that in the next life, he'll still be her Lian Yi Ke.  He then falls backwards down the well.  Nooooooo, not you too, CY!!!!!  (Well, okay, to be honest, it probably would've been more impactful if we hadn't all been spoiled and know that he somehow magically survives.  So, yeah, can't say I was all that sad watching him fall into that well.)

 

Some indeterminate amount of time later, the Emperor walks among his people with QW by his side.  They sit down out an outside cafe and as they share a drink, they listen to the conversations going on around them.  The citizens gossip about how BJF was revealed to be traitor and was justly punished.  They're also happy about the rebellion being put down and peace being restored to the land.  They comment on how the emperor seems to have changed his ways after going through this latest ordeal, and now they praise him for all the positive changes he's made for the people.  The emperor listens on, pleased to know that his people are happy.  QW asks him if he isn't worried that someone else might try to find Biluotian, but he's not.  The temple's been destroyed already and he predicts rumors of the prophecy will naturally fade away.  He then thanks for her for all the assistance she provided in helping him get through the ordeal... and I guess that's how QW's story ends.  I don't know how satisfied I can feel about that given everything she did along the way, but I guess we're supposed to adopt the same attitude that CY had towards her, which is that she was someone to be pitied for the way she was raised and try to understand that everything she did wasn't because of her, but because of the way LMY had forced her hand.  We'll just somehow ignore all the other evil doings that she did on her own, I guess... *rolls eyes*  In any event, I'm glad (and relieved) His Traitorness, Mr. Traitor Traitor Pants got his in the end and that the Emperor became a better ruler -- not all was in vain if there's that, at least.

 

As the Emperor and QW continue their walk around and inspection of the city, they happen upon a storyteller who is sharing another story about Lian Yi Ke.  The storyteller says that Lian Yi Ke is back and even better than he was before.  Hearing his name has both the Emperor and QW pausing in their steps, but they eventually continue on.

 

Outside the city, in the forest, we see a band of robbers intercept some travelers.  They demand money and around this time, Lian Yi Ke appears.  It's BQ.  She tells the robbers to give it up, but they respond with a scoff after discovering this man they'd always heard so much about was actually a woman.  As they rush towards her, they're caught up in a giant net trap.  She then flicks a Lian Yi Ke coin towards the travelers and instructs them about where to take the robbers once they reach the city.  After they leave, she has a conversation with CY in her head.  She explains that she hasn't the martial arts skills that he did, so she's using her own methods to capture the ill-doers.  She also promises to keep on living so that she can keep on carrying out good deeds in his name, so that he'll be remembered far and wide.  It's at this moment that CY flies in, wearing his black robes.  He comments on what a coincidence it is to find her, since he is also Lian Yi Ke.  As BQ stares at him in shock and surprise, she unmasks him to confirm that it is indeed CY.  Of course it is.  The drama offers no explanation for how he ends up making it out of the well, but I suppose we're not supposed to care and they're just going to trust that we'll be happy about the fact that he survives and the OTP is at last reunited in the end.

 

 

THE END

 

In conclusion... how satisfied am I by that ending?  It's hard to say.  I feel like I was spoiled so much as to how things would turn out, that by the time the end credits started to roll, my only thought was, "Yup.  That's about what I expected would happen."  Quite frankly, that made it difficult for me to experience any emotions while watching the last episode.  But what did stand out to me was the infinite amounts of love between BQ and CY, and as that is what has always been my hook for this drama, it was nice to see that played out through to the end. 

 

I think it's no secret that I have loved this drama dearly.  There's no other reason for why I would dedicate so many of my hours translating/recapping episodes for this forum thread, if that wasn't the case.  But even with my all-consuming love for this drama, I can be objective enough to admit that the last two episodes of this drama, especially, were hastily put together to give us an ending.  Now that the drama is over, I can look back on it as a whole and think things like, "I wish they'd taken out scenes from when BQ was at Zhu Manor to give us more at the end."  I never begrudged the drama for the amount of time BQ and CY spent apart -- it was integral for what was going on in both their lives at that time, and it gave us time to get to know DFS as well -- but if we think about it... All that stuff with her grand-aunts, for example, since that never really went anywhere, what was the point of having them?  Also, why bother giving us a reunion scene with QW and QY if that wasn't really going to go anywhere either.  I guess that was the drama's way of explaining to us the end of QY's storyline?  But it certainly didn't feel like it even in episode 50. 

 

And then there's the death count . . . this topic probably deserves a post on its own, but I'll just say for now that I've tried to put myself in the writer's shoes and think I've reached that point where I can understand the choices made.  But as a viewer, it still seems like a lazy way to reach an ending since with each death, the writer then doesn't have to take the time to explain what happens to them. 

 

Despite all that, I still loved and do love this drama.  The ending can't take away everything that came before.  Every interaction that CY and BQ had remains a precious memory, and I feel that way about their interactions with other character too (minus the baddies).  Now that it's over... there's definitely a hole in my heart.  So I guess I'll now have to go back and watch the episodes subbed.  ;)

 

Thank you all for indulging me in my recaps and rambling thoughts... Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll still have more to say - haha - but for now, I'm going to take a break and think a little bit more about this drama and its ending.

Thank you for all your recaps and for sharing your thoughts. I have enjoyed reading them tremendously. As for your thoughts and feelings on the ending,  you’ve hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t agree more! I feel exactly the same way. You have expressed just about everything I have thought and wanted to say. Thank you, thank you.

On a side note (a long note). I am so glad Zhang Binbin took on this role and diversified. He was so staunch and stoic in his previous period drama roles (TLTWTMOPB, TKW & TFD) that it is very refreshing to see him play a playful and humorous character and showecased his brilliant acting skills. 

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@themarchioness  Thank you so much for the recaps before going break! I do hope you come back with more to say.

 

Just my two cents on the ending for CY and BQ...

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When I had seen BQ in the lotus outfit intro/end credits, I thought the end would be that she and CY were already together living in seclusion occasionally seen out in public as the lotus couple. Given how BQ repeatedly keep saying that if CY died, she would want to go with him...I thought it was beautiful that instead it was because she continues living well for CY and keeping the memory of LYK alive as lotus woman. I also thought the cinematography of their reunion was beautifully done...flashing to and back from their first encounter together in the forest. No words were really needed to be said between the two...he was her LYK again...and that's all that mattered. With that, I was happy.

 

Along with a few people here, I would love to know more about the novel especially about the characters whose outcome left us scratching our heads. Hoping it could eventually be shared here!

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Episode 51 - the quick & dirty recap

 

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The episode picks back up with MRF watching DFS leading BQ away.  He's angry and annoyed because he wants to get on with the whole taking down the emperor thing, and thinks that every second wasted in this city over what he considers useless romance business is an affront to his sensibilities.  DFS, if he had known what MRF was thinking, would have disagreed.  As he locks BQ away in a deserted house, he tells her that the only way for her to stay protected is for her to marry him.  BQ doesn't find his argument to be a convincing one, but DFS disagrees.  To his credit, I do think he really believes that if he marries BQ, his grandfather will finally give up on her.  But, with no offense to the many DFS supporters who I know are among us, I find him incredibly naive.  There is nothing that would stop the Mysterious Man at this point, certainly not his grandson's marriage, and especially considering how long he has been lusting after Biluotian and his treasures. 

 

While DFS and BQ are discussing whether they should get married, MRF listens in.  Since he's over the romance at this point and just wants the battle for the throne to begin, he sends word to MM.  Yun Lang and Dan Sha, in turn, learn of this and they also begin their journey to send word to CY.

 

CY's already heard though.  While BQ waits in the deserted house (as DFS had given her time to think things over), a black-robed person suddenly appears before her.  It's YC.  BQ is surprised to see him, but he then steps aside and behind him is CY.  BQ turns away from him and tells him that since he's already given up on her, he should stop trying to rescue her.  And that's when CY explains what he didn't have time to explain to her the previous time, it's all an act.  Her grandfather is alive and he didn't really run away from the palace/emperor.  They're working together to defeat DFS and MM.  BQ bats at him for lying once more to him and the men exchange a cute glance over her ire.  She eventually calms down and CY tells her they need to go, but she refuses to leave with him.  She doesn't want him risking all his plans over her and points out that since they've come this far, they might as well keep at it as it's now or never anyway.  CY doesn't want her going through the marriage though, and BQ just tells him that in the past, she's always been the one to take risks for her and this time, she wants to be the one who takes a risk for him.  He tells her that he's already lost his father and his master, and doesn't want to lose her.  In a hug, she promises he won't.  And that's how BQ ends up agreeing to marry DFS. 

 

Before CY and BQ part ways, however, it is worth observing that BQ does ask CY to refrain from killing DFS once he and MM are captured.  She reminds him that in the desert, if it hadn't been for DFS, she wouldn't have survived.  CY agrees and says he'll do his best to plead to the emperor on DFS's behalf, but he can't make any promises given that he betrayed the country already and is also a descendant of Cheng Wang's. 

 

When DFS returns to BQ, she asks him if he really thinks he'll win the throne and when he says yes, she agrees to marry him.  She explains the turnaround in her response by saying that she wants to live and restore her familiy's honor, so it really doesn't matter who's in power, just so long as that person can give her the mechanism with which to do that.  It is admittedly kind of painful watching DFS's excitement over BQ's agreement, because he is just that happy, but on the other hand, he's totally forced her into this so I don't know.  I don't think BQ feels any better either.  She is obviously uncomfortable when he refers to her as his "furen," and I think that discomfort stems from more than just the fact that he is not the person she loves. 

 

Somehow MRF and Dan Sha's brother are able to find wedding clothes/make-up in this abandoned city and soon the wedding ceremony gets underway.  I actually found it kind of hilarious how MRF stood by the door and didn't even try to hide the fact that he was looking out the door clearly waiting for MM and wondering why he hadn't yet arrived.  Fortunately for MRF, and unfortunately for everyone else, MM does arrive shortly thereafter and puts a stop to everything.  When DFS tries to reason that he can still win the throne without Biluotian and that taking BQ would be useless since his grandfather still lacks the other two items, MM corrects him.  He has the map and the sphere.  A battle breaks out. 

 

Inside the cabin, it's MRF versus DFS.  DFS reminds MRF that BQ is his little sister and wonders how he can betray her like this, but as previously mentioned, MRF is too far gone at this point.  His only concern is to defeat the emperor and avenge his family.  I, honestly, can't be too sorry when DFS drives that final blow through MRF.  Even before MM arrived on scene, as I watched MRF observing DFS and BQ being their wedding ceremony with so much hate/disdain in his eyes, the thought had occurred to me then, that if we really thought about it, from start to end, much of the tragedy in this drama began with his family.  I mean, were it not for his father's drunk and lustful actions, BQ wouldn't even exist.  Knowing that and knowing what would come soon after, I'd long reconciled myself to MRF's death.  He had to go. 

 

Outside the cabin, CY steps in to try and prevent MM from taking away BQ.  Unfortunately, MM has always been stronger than everyone else in this drama (HOW?) and so he is quickly injured and kicked aside.  YC, bless his heart, then steps up to the plate.  But with him having the weakest martial arts skills in this drama, you can guess how that goes.  As MM kicks him over to CY's side, CY yells in agony over his friend.  MM takes advantage of his distraction to fly away with BQ.  With his dying breath, YC pushes CY away and tells him to hurry and run after MM.  My only comfort over YC is that now and XX will now be reunited in death.  RIP CY, you were the best of friends.  Be happy with XX in the after life.

 

Elsewhere in the city, Yun Lang and Dan Sha arrive on scene where they're intercepted by Hei Feng.  Yun Lang quickly moves to protect Dan Sha, but Hei Feng still gets in a cut anyway.  When Hei Feng goes in for the jugular, Dan Sha's brother runs in and takes the stab in the back for his sister.  It's nice to see, in the end, he remained loyal to his sister.  I'd feel sadder about his death except he kind of lost my interest a while back over his self-protective ways.  Yun Lang and Hei Feng end up killing each other at the same time, and Dan Sha gets in her own hits at Hei Feng (just to make sure she really dies) before dying herself.  Dan Sha tries to crawl across the ground to be with Yun Lang, but she never quite makes it there and he dies before she can reach him anyway.  It's a good thing the opening credits prepared me for this moment a long time ago, otherwise I'd probably be a mess.

 

MM and BQ arrive at Biluotian and I give mad kudos to the girl for not straight up dying from fright (which is probably what I would do) and instead giving MM some classic BQ attitude.  She warns MM that it's probably all hogwash and CY will be arriving soon to save her anyway, but MM is a firm believer in this prophecy.  There's just no way it could turn out false after how long he'd worked to find it, and he's not worried about CY since he doesn't have the map to follow. 

 

CY might not have the map, but he doesn't have his master's dying words.  He and DFS arrive at the stack of rocks, near where his master died, and he tells DFS to look for a knot hole in a tree trunk as that will be their entrance to Biluotian.  After running around and examining many different trees and rocks, DFS starts to grow impatient wondering how they're ever going to find this needle in a haystack.  He complains that they're running out of time and CY just keeps searching while telling DFS to shut-up.  I'm inclined to agree with CY in this moment.  Whining and complaining aren't going to help find BQ any faster, but getting to work will.  Eventually CY finds the rock with his master's bloody hand print on it.  From there, he follows the hand print's direction to find the knot hole.

 

They find it just in time and arrive in Biluotian right at the moment where MM has tossed BQ towards the Biluotian well.  (I guess no formal ceremony for the sacrifice is needed.  :P  Also, does treasure shoot up from the sky if she reaches it's bottom?  I admit there's a part of me that is very curious as to how the mechanics of this prophecy works, although obviously, as I want BQ to live, I don't want to test it out either!)  If you've all seen the previews that were shared weeks ago, you know what happens next.  CY leans over the well to grab BQ's hand and DFS, in turn, lunges after CY.  MM, who'd been kicked aside earlier, grabs up his sword to lunge after them, and DFS manages to throw both CY and BQ out of the well, just as his grandfather's sword goes running into him.  Congratulations, MM.  Because of your greed and endless ambitions, you have killed your grandson. 

 

Somebody mentioned above that they didn't think BQ or CY would feel any guilt over DFS's death or appreciate his sacrifice, and I disagree.  BQ's anguish as she yells out his name is palpable, and CY also looks bereft and in disbelief when he watches this scene unfold from where he'd been thrown.  I would remind that BQ never wanted DFS to die.  She may not have wanted him for a husband, but she did seek to ensure his safety and CY obviously appreciated his contributions enough to agree to that condition (even if he couldn't guarantee it).  Truly, if anyone is to blame for DFS's death, I think we can only lay that at his grandfather's door.  MM raised him in such a way that he only had two possible fates -- be the king or be dead.  Since he couldn't win the throne, that left only death.  I'm sorry, DFS.  You deserved better.

 

After DFS dies, the battle continues.  Even with the blows that CY is able to get in, MM is still stronger than the both of them combined.  It's sweet how BQ tries to save CY by clutching MM's leg and refusing to let go.  She yells at him to leave and save himself, but of course CY would never do that.  When he observes MM about to take one more lunge at BQ, he finally musters up all his remaining energy and, along with the force of his anger, hurls himself towards MM.  The forward motion propels MM backwards into the well, but physics... oh physics... even in high school you weren't my friend.  CY is unable to stop himself from following MM into the well.  BQ just manages to catch CY's hand and refuses to let go, but CY also knows that with the both of them injured, she hasn't the strength to drag him up.  It's either let go or be dragged down with him, so he pulls her hand away from his and tells her that in the next life, he'll still be her Lian Yi Ke.  He then falls backwards down the well.  Nooooooo, not you too, CY!!!!!  (Well, okay, to be honest, it probably would've been more impactful if we hadn't all been spoiled and know that he somehow magically survives.  So, yeah, can't say I was all that sad watching him fall into that well.)

 

Some indeterminate amount of time later, the Emperor walks among his people with QW by his side.  They sit down out an outside cafe and as they share a drink, they listen to the conversations going on around them.  The citizens gossip about how BJF was revealed to be traitor and was justly punished.  They're also happy about the rebellion being put down and peace being restored to the land.  They comment on how the emperor seems to have changed his ways after going through this latest ordeal, and now they praise him for all the positive changes he's made for the people.  The emperor listens on, pleased to know that his people are happy.  QW asks him if he isn't worried that someone else might try to find Biluotian, but he's not.  The temple's been destroyed already and he predicts rumors of the prophecy will naturally fade away.  He then thanks for her for all the assistance she provided in helping him get through the ordeal... and I guess that's how QW's story ends.  I don't know how satisfied I can feel about that given everything she did along the way, but I guess we're supposed to adopt the same attitude that CY had towards her, which is that she was someone to be pitied for the way she was raised and try to understand that everything she did wasn't because of her, but because of the way LMY had forced her hand.  We'll just somehow ignore all the other evil doings that she did on her own, I guess... *rolls eyes*  In any event, I'm glad (and relieved) His Traitorness, Mr. Traitor Traitor Pants got his in the end and that the Emperor became a better ruler -- not all was in vain if there's that, at least.

 

As the Emperor and QW continue their walk around and inspection of the city, they happen upon a storyteller who is sharing another story about Lian Yi Ke.  The storyteller says that Lian Yi Ke is back and even better than he was before.  Hearing his name has both the Emperor and QW pausing in their steps, but they eventually continue on.

 

Outside the city, in the forest, we see a band of robbers intercept some travelers.  They demand money and around this time, Lian Yi Ke appears.  It's BQ.  She tells the robbers to give it up, but they respond with a scoff after discovering this man they'd always heard so much about was actually a woman.  As they rush towards her, they're caught up in a giant net trap.  She then flicks a Lian Yi Ke coin towards the travelers and instructs them about where to take the robbers once they reach the city.  After they leave, she has a conversation with CY in her head.  She explains that she hasn't the martial arts skills that he did, so she's using her own methods to capture the ill-doers.  She also promises to keep on living so that she can keep on carrying out good deeds in his name, so that he'll be remembered far and wide.  It's at this moment that CY flies in, wearing his black robes.  He comments on what a coincidence it is to find her, since he is also Lian Yi Ke.  As BQ stares at him in shock and surprise, she unmasks him to confirm that it is indeed CY.  Of course it is.  The drama offers no explanation for how he ends up making it out of the well, but I suppose we're not supposed to care and they're just going to trust that we'll be happy about the fact that he survives and the OTP is at last reunited in the end.

 

 

THE END

 

In conclusion... how satisfied am I by that ending?  It's hard to say.  I feel like I was spoiled so much as to how things would turn out, that by the time the end credits started to roll, my only thought was, "Yup.  That's about what I expected would happen."  Quite frankly, that made it difficult for me to experience any emotions while watching the last episode.  But what did stand out to me was the infinite amounts of love between BQ and CY, and as that is what has always been my hook for this drama, it was nice to see that played out through to the end. 

 

I think it's no secret that I have loved this drama dearly.  There's no other reason for why I would dedicate so many of my hours translating/recapping episodes for this forum thread, if that wasn't the case.  But even with my all-consuming love for this drama, I can be objective enough to admit that the last two episodes of this drama, especially, were hastily put together to give us an ending.  Now that the drama is over, I can look back on it as a whole and think things like, "I wish they'd taken out scenes from when BQ was at Zhu Manor to give us more at the end."  I never begrudged the drama for the amount of time BQ and CY spent apart -- it was integral for what was going on in both their lives at that time, and it gave us time to get to know DFS as well -- but if we think about it... All that stuff with her grand-aunts, for example, since that never really went anywhere, what was the point of having them?  Also, why bother giving us a reunion scene with QW and QY if that wasn't really going to go anywhere either.  I guess that was the drama's way of explaining to us the end of QY's storyline?  But it certainly didn't feel like it even in episode 50. 

 

And then there's the death count . . . this topic probably deserves a post on its own, but I'll just say for now that I've tried to put myself in the writer's shoes and think I've reached that point where I can understand the choices made.  But as a viewer, it still seems like a lazy way to reach an ending since with each death, the writer then doesn't have to take the time to explain what happens to them. 

 

Despite all that, I still loved and do love this drama.  The ending can't take away everything that came before.  Every interaction that CY and BQ had remains a precious memory, and I feel that way about their interactions with other character too (minus the baddies).  Now that it's over... there's definitely a hole in my heart.  So I guess I'll now have to go back and watch the episodes subbed.  ;)

 

Thank you all for indulging me in my recaps and rambling thoughts... Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll still have more to say - haha - but for now, I'm going to take a break and think a little bit more about this drama and its ending.

 

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Episode 51 - the quick & dirty recap

 

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The episode picks back up with MRF watching DFS leading BQ away.  He's angry and annoyed because he wants to get on with the whole taking down the emperor thing, and thinks that every second wasted in this city over what he considers useless romance business is an affront to his sensibilities.  DFS, if he had known what MRF was thinking, would have disagreed.  As he locks BQ away in a deserted house, he tells her that the only way for her to stay protected is for her to marry him.  BQ doesn't find his argument to be a convincing one, but DFS disagrees.  To his credit, I do think he really believes that if he marries BQ, his grandfather will finally give up on her.  But, with no offense to the many DFS supporters who I know are among us, I find him incredibly naive.  There is nothing that would stop the Mysterious Man at this point, certainly not his grandson's marriage, and especially considering how long he has been lusting after Biluotian and his treasures. 

 

While DFS and BQ are discussing whether they should get married, MRF listens in.  Since he's over the romance at this point and just wants the battle for the throne to begin, he sends word to MM.  Yun Lang and Dan Sha, in turn, learn of this and they also begin their journey to send word to CY.

 

CY's already heard though.  While BQ waits in the deserted house (as DFS had given her time to think things over), a black-robed person suddenly appears before her.  It's YC.  BQ is surprised to see him, but he then steps aside and behind him is CY.  BQ turns away from him and tells him that since he's already given up on her, he should stop trying to rescue her.  And that's when CY explains what he didn't have time to explain to her the previous time, it's all an act.  Her grandfather is alive and he didn't really run away from the palace/emperor.  They're working together to defeat DFS and MM.  BQ bats at him for lying once more to him and the men exchange a cute glance over her ire.  She eventually calms down and CY tells her they need to go, but she refuses to leave with him.  She doesn't want him risking all his plans over her and points out that since they've come this far, they might as well keep at it as it's now or never anyway.  CY doesn't want her going through the marriage though, and BQ just tells him that in the past, she's always been the one to take risks for her and this time, she wants to be the one who takes a risk for him.  He tells her that he's already lost his father and his master, and doesn't want to lose her.  In a hug, she promises he won't.  And that's how BQ ends up agreeing to marry DFS. 

 

Before CY and BQ part ways, however, it is worth observing that BQ does ask CY to refrain from killing DFS once he and MM are captured.  She reminds him that in the desert, if it hadn't been for DFS, she wouldn't have survived.  CY agrees and says he'll do his best to plead to the emperor on DFS's behalf, but he can't make any promises given that he betrayed the country already and is also a descendant of Cheng Wang's. 

 

When DFS returns to BQ, she asks him if he really thinks he'll win the throne and when he says yes, she agrees to marry him.  She explains the turnaround in her response by saying that she wants to live and restore her familiy's honor, so it really doesn't matter who's in power, just so long as that person can give her the mechanism with which to do that.  It is admittedly kind of painful watching DFS's excitement over BQ's agreement, because he is just that happy, but on the other hand, he's totally forced her into this so I don't know.  I don't think BQ feels any better either.  She is obviously uncomfortable when he refers to her as his "furen," and I think that discomfort stems from more than just the fact that he is not the person she loves. 

 

Somehow MRF and Dan Sha's brother are able to find wedding clothes/make-up in this abandoned city and soon the wedding ceremony gets underway.  I actually found it kind of hilarious how MRF stood by the door and didn't even try to hide the fact that he was looking out the door clearly waiting for MM and wondering why he hadn't yet arrived.  Fortunately for MRF, and unfortunately for everyone else, MM does arrive shortly thereafter and puts a stop to everything.  When DFS tries to reason that he can still win the throne without Biluotian and that taking BQ would be useless since his grandfather still lacks the other two items, MM corrects him.  He has the map and the sphere.  A battle breaks out. 

 

Inside the cabin, it's MRF versus DFS.  DFS reminds MRF that BQ is his little sister and wonders how he can betray her like this, but as previously mentioned, MRF is too far gone at this point.  His only concern is to defeat the emperor and avenge his family.  I, honestly, can't be too sorry when DFS drives that final blow through MRF.  Even before MM arrived on scene, as I watched MRF observing DFS and BQ being their wedding ceremony with so much hate/disdain in his eyes, the thought had occurred to me then, that if we really thought about it, from start to end, much of the tragedy in this drama began with his family.  I mean, were it not for his father's drunk and lustful actions, BQ wouldn't even exist.  Knowing that and knowing what would come soon after, I'd long reconciled myself to MRF's death.  He had to go. 

 

Outside the cabin, CY steps in to try and prevent MM from taking away BQ.  Unfortunately, MM has always been stronger than everyone else in this drama (HOW?) and so he is quickly injured and kicked aside.  YC, bless his heart, then steps up to the plate.  But with him having the weakest martial arts skills in this drama, you can guess how that goes.  As MM kicks him over to CY's side, CY yells in agony over his friend.  MM takes advantage of his distraction to fly away with BQ.  With his dying breath, YC pushes CY away and tells him to hurry and run after MM.  My only comfort over YC is that now and XX will now be reunited in death.  RIP CY, you were the best of friends.  Be happy with XX in the after life.

 

Elsewhere in the city, Yun Lang and Dan Sha arrive on scene where they're intercepted by Hei Feng.  Yun Lang quickly moves to protect Dan Sha, but Hei Feng still gets in a cut anyway.  When Hei Feng goes in for the jugular, Dan Sha's brother runs in and takes the stab in the back for his sister.  It's nice to see, in the end, he remained loyal to his sister.  I'd feel sadder about his death except he kind of lost my interest a while back over his self-protective ways.  Yun Lang and Hei Feng end up killing each other at the same time, and Dan Sha gets in her own hits at Hei Feng (just to make sure she really dies) before dying herself.  Dan Sha tries to crawl across the ground to be with Yun Lang, but she never quite makes it there and he dies before she can reach him anyway.  It's a good thing the opening credits prepared me for this moment a long time ago, otherwise I'd probably be a mess.

 

MM and BQ arrive at Biluotian and I give mad kudos to the girl for not straight up dying from fright (which is probably what I would do) and instead giving MM some classic BQ attitude.  She warns MM that it's probably all hogwash and CY will be arriving soon to save her anyway, but MM is a firm believer in this prophecy.  There's just no way it could turn out false after how long he'd worked to find it, and he's not worried about CY since he doesn't have the map to follow. 

 

CY might not have the map, but he doesn't have his master's dying words.  He and DFS arrive at the stack of rocks, near where his master died, and he tells DFS to look for a knot hole in a tree trunk as that will be their entrance to Biluotian.  After running around and examining many different trees and rocks, DFS starts to grow impatient wondering how they're ever going to find this needle in a haystack.  He complains that they're running out of time and CY just keeps searching while telling DFS to shut-up.  I'm inclined to agree with CY in this moment.  Whining and complaining aren't going to help find BQ any faster, but getting to work will.  Eventually CY finds the rock with his master's bloody hand print on it.  From there, he follows the hand print's direction to find the knot hole.

 

They find it just in time and arrive in Biluotian right at the moment where MM has tossed BQ towards the Biluotian well.  (I guess no formal ceremony for the sacrifice is needed.  :P  Also, does treasure shoot up from the sky if she reaches it's bottom?  I admit there's a part of me that is very curious as to how the mechanics of this prophecy works, although obviously, as I want BQ to live, I don't want to test it out either!)  If you've all seen the previews that were shared weeks ago, you know what happens next.  CY leans over the well to grab BQ's hand and DFS, in turn, lunges after CY.  MM, who'd been kicked aside earlier, grabs up his sword to lunge after them, and DFS manages to throw both CY and BQ out of the well, just as his grandfather's sword goes running into him.  Congratulations, MM.  Because of your greed and endless ambitions, you have killed your grandson. 

 

Somebody mentioned above that they didn't think BQ or CY would feel any guilt over DFS's death or appreciate his sacrifice, and I disagree.  BQ's anguish as she yells out his name is palpable, and CY also looks bereft and in disbelief when he watches this scene unfold from where he'd been thrown.  I would remind that BQ never wanted DFS to die.  She may not have wanted him for a husband, but she did seek to ensure his safety and CY obviously appreciated his contributions enough to agree to that condition (even if he couldn't guarantee it).  Truly, if anyone is to blame for DFS's death, I think we can only lay that at his grandfather's door.  MM raised him in such a way that he only had two possible fates -- be the king or be dead.  Since he couldn't win the throne, that left only death.  I'm sorry, DFS.  You deserved better.

 

After DFS dies, the battle continues.  Even with the blows that CY is able to get in, MM is still stronger than the both of them combined.  It's sweet how BQ tries to save CY by clutching MM's leg and refusing to let go.  She yells at him to leave and save himself, but of course CY would never do that.  When he observes MM about to take one more lunge at BQ, he finally musters up all his remaining energy and, along with the force of his anger, hurls himself towards MM.  The forward motion propels MM backwards into the well, but physics... oh physics... even in high school you weren't my friend.  CY is unable to stop himself from following MM into the well.  BQ just manages to catch CY's hand and refuses to let go, but CY also knows that with the both of them injured, she hasn't the strength to drag him up.  It's either let go or be dragged down with him, so he pulls her hand away from his and tells her that in the next life, he'll still be her Lian Yi Ke.  He then falls backwards down the well.  Nooooooo, not you too, CY!!!!!  (Well, okay, to be honest, it probably would've been more impactful if we hadn't all been spoiled and know that he somehow magically survives.  So, yeah, can't say I was all that sad watching him fall into that well.)

 

Some indeterminate amount of time later, the Emperor walks among his people with QW by his side.  They sit down out an outside cafe and as they share a drink, they listen to the conversations going on around them.  The citizens gossip about how BJF was revealed to be traitor and was justly punished.  They're also happy about the rebellion being put down and peace being restored to the land.  They comment on how the emperor seems to have changed his ways after going through this latest ordeal, and now they praise him for all the positive changes he's made for the people.  The emperor listens on, pleased to know that his people are happy.  QW asks him if he isn't worried that someone else might try to find Biluotian, but he's not.  The temple's been destroyed already and he predicts rumors of the prophecy will naturally fade away.  He then thanks for her for all the assistance she provided in helping him get through the ordeal... and I guess that's how QW's story ends.  I don't know how satisfied I can feel about that given everything she did along the way, but I guess we're supposed to adopt the same attitude that CY had towards her, which is that she was someone to be pitied for the way she was raised and try to understand that everything she did wasn't because of her, but because of the way LMY had forced her hand.  We'll just somehow ignore all the other evil doings that she did on her own, I guess... *rolls eyes*  In any event, I'm glad (and relieved) His Traitorness, Mr. Traitor Traitor Pants got his in the end and that the Emperor became a better ruler -- not all was in vain if there's that, at least.

 

As the Emperor and QW continue their walk around and inspection of the city, they happen upon a storyteller who is sharing another story about Lian Yi Ke.  The storyteller says that Lian Yi Ke is back and even better than he was before.  Hearing his name has both the Emperor and QW pausing in their steps, but they eventually continue on.

 

Outside the city, in the forest, we see a band of robbers intercept some travelers.  They demand money and around this time, Lian Yi Ke appears.  It's BQ.  She tells the robbers to give it up, but they respond with a scoff after discovering this man they'd always heard so much about was actually a woman.  As they rush towards her, they're caught up in a giant net trap.  She then flicks a Lian Yi Ke coin towards the travelers and instructs them about where to take the robbers once they reach the city.  After they leave, she has a conversation with CY in her head.  She explains that she hasn't the martial arts skills that he did, so she's using her own methods to capture the ill-doers.  She also promises to keep on living so that she can keep on carrying out good deeds in his name, so that he'll be remembered far and wide.  It's at this moment that CY flies in, wearing his black robes.  He comments on what a coincidence it is to find her, since he is also Lian Yi Ke.  As BQ stares at him in shock and surprise, she unmasks him to confirm that it is indeed CY.  Of course it is.  The drama offers no explanation for how he ends up making it out of the well, but I suppose we're not supposed to care and they're just going to trust that we'll be happy about the fact that he survives and the OTP is at last reunited in the end.

 

 

THE END

 

In conclusion... how satisfied am I by that ending?  It's hard to say.  I feel like I was spoiled so much as to how things would turn out, that by the time the end credits started to roll, my only thought was, "Yup.  That's about what I expected would happen."  Quite frankly, that made it difficult for me to experience any emotions while watching the last episode.  But what did stand out to me was the infinite amounts of love between BQ and CY, and as that is what has always been my hook for this drama, it was nice to see that played out through to the end. 

 

I think it's no secret that I have loved this drama dearly.  There's no other reason for why I would dedicate so many of my hours translating/recapping episodes for this forum thread, if that wasn't the case.  But even with my all-consuming love for this drama, I can be objective enough to admit that the last two episodes of this drama, especially, were hastily put together to give us an ending.  Now that the drama is over, I can look back on it as a whole and think things like, "I wish they'd taken out scenes from when BQ was at Zhu Manor to give us more at the end."  I never begrudged the drama for the amount of time BQ and CY spent apart -- it was integral for what was going on in both their lives at that time, and it gave us time to get to know DFS as well -- but if we think about it... All that stuff with her grand-aunts, for example, since that never really went anywhere, what was the point of having them?  Also, why bother giving us a reunion scene with QW and QY if that wasn't really going to go anywhere either.  I guess that was the drama's way of explaining to us the end of QY's storyline?  But it certainly didn't feel like it even in episode 50. 

 

And then there's the death count . . . this topic probably deserves a post on its own, but I'll just say for now that I've tried to put myself in the writer's shoes and think I've reached that point where I can understand the choices made.  But as a viewer, it still seems like a lazy way to reach an ending since with each death, the writer then doesn't have to take the time to explain what happens to them. 

 

Despite all that, I still loved and do love this drama.  The ending can't take away everything that came before.  Every interaction that CY and BQ had remains a precious memory, and I feel that way about their interactions with other character too (minus the baddies).  Now that it's over... there's definitely a hole in my heart.  So I guess I'll now have to go back and watch the episodes subbed.  ;)

 

Thank you all for indulging me in my recaps and rambling thoughts... Knowing myself, I'm sure I'll still have more to say - haha - but for now, I'm going to take a break and think a little bit more about this drama and its ending.

Thank you for the recaps! You've made the process of watching this drama fun.  I love CY and BQ and their commitment to each other... Too many pointless deaths though... And over the course of the drama I started to sympathize with  both DFS and QW ... They both wanted BQ, CY... QW was the female version of  DFS in that she really wants CY and will do anything to have him and will harm anyone in her way... overall I enjoyed the drama. :)

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@themarchioness Thanks for recapping the ending two episodes.

Yes, the ending didn't explain well on how CY survive, but I guess, we're just going to stick to the fact that he did and they get each other.

 

My guess is at the end of the well there's a route out and CY kills the old guy and escape. Lol. Just my guess of how he got out.

Finally BinBin gets the girl at the end. Lol. :lol:

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3 hours ago, biancardi said:

thanks for the recaps @themarchioness and that was me that stated that about the guilt thing.  Its good to see that is not the case - remember, viki is only on epi 47 and I am not watching the raws, so I was taking a guess there.

 

but I have to say, my reaction to this episode is similar to the one I had with 

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ice fantasy. ALL of the death counts, secondary ships that were sweet and lovely - all had to die for the main couple to live.  And just like Ice Fantasy, I could give a rats behind about the main couple at this point.   The death toll is too great.  I am not pleased with this ending.  

 

oh well at least the characters I liked the most made it almost to the end.   

 

I will watch the rest on viki as I slogged thru this series all this way, and then start up with Goodbye My Princess - at least that is a marketed properly as a romantic tragedy and it looks really good.  

 

for those who read the novel, can you share the ending?  Please dm me!  thanks

 

@biancardi I normally do not watch C-dramas...mostly K. The last one I watched was Princess Agents. The one before that was Scarlet Heart. All on Viki. This drama was the first time I watch in raw first. Is it pretty normal that raws are released earlier? I did wonder if it was a disadvantage for some folks here who had not seen the raw.

 

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I did not watch Ice Fantasy, but it does sound quite similar. The deaths (plus a surprising survival)...I do not think I can ever make sense of them so I am not even going to try. Selfishly (and I truly hope this is not rubbing salt on your wounds), I am glad that the couple ended where they had originally started...especially if that many had to die. Anyway, I know that we see things differently in that sense so I hope people DM you about the novel ending and that you find some comfort for rest of the characters (especially DFS) that way.

 

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DFS kidnapped BQ. CY went to save her. DFS asked CY for a duel - if he can win him within one burning incense, he can rescue BQ who is dangling over a cliff on a rope. When it was time to start, instead of fighting, CY dived over the cliff and caught BQ in an embrace. DFS asked why you did that? If you fought and won me, you would still have plenty of time to save BQ. CY said never mind, just cut the rope. So DFS did, then CY and BQ fell down. After that, it was assumed that both CY and BQ had died, but actually, it was CY’s plan to have DFS ‘kill’ him so that he and BQ can live the rest of their lives in seclusion. So, Lian Yi Ke continued his adventures with BQ by his side. There’s a side story where Yun Lang still visits a pavilion on 3rd day of 3rd month every year, hoping to meet BQ again. BQ was passing the place, and saw a drunk Yun Lang. She left him a note. Yun Lang eventually marries Dan Sha, who has been waiting for him for 5 years.

It’s a simple, happy ending. Don’t understand why they had to complicate the drama by killing people left and right. Too bloody for my liking.

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DFS kidnapped BQ. CY went to save her. DFS asked CY for a duel - if he can win him within one burning incense, he can rescue BQ who is dangling over a cliff on a rope. When it was time to start, instead of fighting, CY dived over the cliff and caught BQ in an embrace. DFS asked why you did that? If you fought and won me, you would still have plenty of time to save BQ. CY said never mind, just cut the rope. So DFS did, then CY and BQ fell down. After that, it was assumed that both CY and BQ had died, but actually, it was CY’s plan to have DFS ‘kill’ him so that he and BQ can live the rest of their lives in seclusion. So, Lian Yi Ke continued his adventures with BQ by his side. There’s a side story where Yun Lang still visits a pavilion on 3rd day of 3rd month every year, hoping to meet BQ again. BQ was passing the place, and saw a drunk Yun Lang. She left him a note. Yun Lang eventually marries Dan Sha, who has been waiting for him for 5 years.

It’s a simple, happy ending. Don’t understand why they had to complicate the drama by killing people left and right. Too bloody for my liking.

thank you @omiki  

Did DFS then become emperor?  What about Mo?  Thank you again so much and I agree - that ending, nice and simple, happy ending

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@biancardi I normally do not watch C-dramas...mostly K. The last one I watched was Princess Agents. The one before that was Scarlet Heart. All on Viki. This drama was the first time I watch in raw first. Is it pretty normal that raws are released earlier? I did wonder if it was a disadvantage for some folks here who had not seen the raw.

 

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I did not watch Ice Fantasy, but it does sound quite similar. The deaths (plus a surprising survival)...I do not think I can ever make sense of them so I am not even going to try. Selfishly (and I truly hope this is not rubbing salt on your wounds), I am glad that the couple ended where they had originally started...especially if that many had to die. Anyway, I know that we see things differently in that sense so I hope people DM you about the novel ending and that you find some comfort for rest of the characters (especially DFS) that way.

 

 

@taeunfighting I do watch raws at times, but when it gets to the end, I try not to as I do not understand Chinese - half the time when I watch raws, I am dying inside as I don't know what is being said and google translate isn't always right (I hold my phone up to my laptop and turn on the voice translate :lol:)    I have always found raws for shows I wanted to watch on youtube and they are uploaded first.  Viki has licensing agreements with the show and cannot release a raw until the show has aired - and then they release the raw while the subber's translate.    

 

I kinda figured what was going to happen at the end because of the previews, so that is why I gave up on the raws with this show.

 

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I am glad that so many enjoyed the ending, and no, it isn't rubbing salt in my wounds :) I know I am in the minority here with the ending, but its okay - I am just grumping because this is SO normal for CDramas - mostly great pacing through most of the series, some parts that were unnecessary, and then the ending is SO rushed.  People who should have lived, die and those that should DIE, live

 

I cannot believe that the emperor and LQW live.  Seriously.  ugggh.   

 

I LOVE CDramas.  I think they do period/fantasy pieces the BEST. I do watch some KDramas for modern pieces and JDramas for anime/quirky dramas.  

 

But CDramas are the best - despite the kill ratio (haha)    My next one is Goodbye My Princess (which looks so lush and beautiful) and that one I know ends badly, so I am good with it.  I think with this series, since the book ending was different, I was hoping for a better outcome for some of the characters, but the drama writers decided to go on a bloody trope instead. 

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DFS kidnapped BQ. CY went to save her. DFS asked CY for a duel - if he can win him within one burning incense, he can rescue BQ who is dangling over a cliff on a rope. When it was time to start, instead of fighting, CY dived over the cliff and caught BQ in an embrace. DFS asked why you did that? If you fought and won me, you would still have plenty of time to save BQ. CY said never mind, just cut the rope. So DFS did, then CY and BQ fell down. After that, it was assumed that both CY and BQ had died, but actually, it was CY’s plan to have DFS ‘kill’ him so that he and BQ can live the rest of their lives in seclusion. So, Lian Yi Ke continued his adventures with BQ by his side. There’s a side story where Yun Lang still visits a pavilion on 3rd day of 3rd month every year, hoping to meet BQ again. BQ was passing the place, and saw a drunk Yun Lang. She left him a note. Yun Lang eventually marries Dan Sha, who has been waiting for him for 5 years.

It’s a simple, happy ending. Don’t understand why they had to complicate the drama by killing people left and right. Too bloody for my liking.

I read the ending of your version too but the version I read in more detail had a different ending!

 

I don't have time to go into as much detail as I would like to but the version I read had

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DFS making BQ go into his palace but releasing her in the end for her to be with CY, but then BQ secretly tries to go rescue MRF (who was arrested) and gets captured by MM and LQW. 

 

There's some misunderstanding between BQ and CY but CY kills LQW, then they spend some time in the forest with CY being upset at BQ and her trying to get back into his good books (one of my fav chapters!).

 

Plus there's a happy ending and some chapters about DFS as emperor trying to handle his empress.

 

So much details I'm missing out and I probably mixed some stuff up in my head but I can share more when I'm free if anyone is interested!

 

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4 hours ago, vtxy said:

I read the ending of your version too but the version I read in more detail had a different ending!

 

I don't have time to go into as much detail as I would like to but the version I read had

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DFS making BQ go into his palace but releasing her in the end for her to be with CY, but then BQ secretly tries to go rescue MRF (who was arrested) and gets captured by MM and LQW. 

 

There's some misunderstanding between BQ and CY but CY kills LQW, then they spend some time in the forest with CY being upset at BQ and her trying to get back into his good books (one of my fav chapters!).

 

Plus there's a happy ending and some chapters about DFS as emperor trying to handle his empress.

 

So much details I'm missing out and I probably mixed some stuff up in my head but I can share more when I'm free if anyone is interested!

 

Seriously, why did the writer thinks it was a good idea to change the ending so differently than the book.  IF they film the ending to the book then it keep up on the consistency of the light-hearted comedy until the end.  What a great shame that we're end up with bloody ending.  I really like the 2 main leads chemistry and most of the supporting characters.    

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16 hours ago, taeunfighting said:

This drama was the first time I watch in raw first. Is it pretty normal that raws are released earlier? 

 

If it's a Chinese drama that's also being aired through an online streaming service, it is.  Some dramas air only on television, some only online, and some both.  This drama is one that aired both on television and online.

 

For those dramas that air online, as far as I am aware, you will always get some raw episodes released earlier.  This is because to make money, the streaming services offer VIP memberships where people can pay to be a member.  Paying members have to have perks in order for anyone to want to pay for membership!  And one of those perks is to get episodes "in advance" of everyone else.  If you don't want to pay, that's cool too, you just have to wait for the episodes to be made available to the free members.  That's how each drama ends up having a VIP schedule and an official schedule.  

 

Legal subbing websites, like Viki, reach agreements where they get the episodes per the official schedule.  It's only after those episodes are released that their volunteer subbers can go in and add subs.  That's how it seems like raw episodes are released earlier than subbed episodes, but understand that's not really the case.  It's just those who have VIP memberships  stripping the videos they get in advance and making them available online for others.  Technically, they're not supposed to be made available to everyone.  Does that make sense?   (Not sure I’ve explained that well...)

 

P.S. Thanks to all who shared the novel's ending(s)! :) 

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7 hours ago, vtxy said:

I read the ending of your version too but the version I read in more detail had a different ending!

 

I don't have time to go into as much detail as I would like to but the version I read had

  Reveal hidden contents

DFS making BQ go into his palace but releasing her in the end for her to be with CY, but then BQ secretly tries to go rescue MRF (who was arrested) and gets captured by MM and LQW. 

 

There's some misunderstanding between BQ and CY but CY kills LQW, then they spend some time in the forest with CY being upset at BQ and her trying to get back into his good books (one of my fav chapters!).

 

Plus there's a happy ending and some chapters about DFS as emperor trying to handle his empress.

 

So much details I'm missing out and I probably mixed some stuff up in my head but I can share more when I'm free if anyone is interested!

 

 

What?!!?? They should have stuck to the book. Of all the people to stay alive, LQW. That has got to be the most disappointing thing ever. 

 

I can't tell if BQ & CY are living in seclusion or if being LYK is a hobby, but given the blood bath, there's like literally no reason for them to live in seclusion. 

 

This is a crappy ending to what started as an engaging drama with lots of promises. I guess you win some and you lose some. 

 

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