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@liltash85 Indeed, today's episode was so sad:tears:. Hwi did change and so did SH. One of them is bound to die at the end of this and I have a feeling it's going to be SH:tears:.

 

NJ pissed off these two and it won't end well for him. SH is out for his father's blood and NJ just realized that today. Now that's what happens when you push your son too much and take away the only person who liked him and was precious to him. 

 

Yep, Queen never bothered to listen to BW and her son will pay the price for it. Besides, BW wasn't gonna let her get away with ordering his death:sweatingbullets:. She really screwed up with the wrong guy lol. And I agree. This is the reason why they cast JH as YBW and I'm glad they did:D

 

@chickfactor That was the worst way to get killed:expressionless:. They started to run from the moment the first guy was almost close to Yeon. WTH were they doing afterwards?? Watching Hwi throw arrows only?? That death scene would have made sense if the guards were throwing arrows at Yeon instead. They could have saved her:weary:.

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Every main lead in this drama is lonely.

 

HJ takes care of Hwi after Yeon's death only to learn that her master is passing away soon. When her grief is fresh, she comes right back for Hwi only to find him nearly committing suicide and leaving without a world. 

 

6 years waiting again and trying to tackle Nam Yeon in her own way. 

 

She has Hwi's love but not him by her side. Loving someone like Hwi surely needs a hell lot of patience.

 

By the time the second strike begins, it will be about 12 years since she first met Hwi. She must be at least nearly 30 with about half of her life waiting.

 

Nam Yeon is their mutual enemy. I wonder if Hwi even includes her in his plan for revenge after his sister's death.

 

Now I think I understand the lyric of new OST better.

 

"Under the same sky

We have different dreams" 

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Yeon's death is the catalyst for Seo Hwi and Sun Ho. Hwi lost the only reason for him to fight in order to live and protect Yeon. As many fellow forum commenters here said, Yeon is one of two persons who understands Sun Ho and accepts him for who and what he is, not by his name or his status in life.

 

Alas, while the two friends were jolted by Yeon's death, they have to trod different paths to pursue their personal goals in their own way. While both dream of a new country where people will be free and not worry about status and rank, we know more about Joseon's history.

 

I believe that aside from using his father's name and alliances to gain power, Sun Ho stays by his father's side to gain intel so he can somehow thwart his father's misdeeds. Somehow, I think he wants to minimize the bloodbath his father is prone to creating in his pursuit of his goal to be the "king with a gat". Nam Jeon longs to have ultimate power so he's enduring everything because he knows his poisoned whispers can still sway the king, who is getting paranoid over Bang Won's ''strengths'' - in mind and physical power.

 

King Taejo sees how the pieces (people) move, the alliances formed, the duplicity and treachery of his people, yet he chooses to ignore them because he is King and can dictate what's to be done. But being inside the palace is different from being outside where the majority of the Joseon people struggle to survive; where you hear the truth (as well as half truths); where the true ''country'' is.

 

Most of the information that reach Taejo's ears now are sanitized and flavored with the malicious intents of those who seek power and special favors. The people inside the palace - yangbans, scholars, ministers, relatives and cohorts fight among themselves to stay in their seats and get paid to do it day in and day out. It's a situation that will foster across several centuries. 

 

I am glad the this drama tells the stories of people from the other side of the fence - the people who are most affected by the decisions, desires, whims and machinations of the conniving few.

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Again, that was sad, so sad.

 

First of all, I agree with you all regarding Yeon's death scene. Huijae and her guard were standing still for god's sake the girl is being killed. Otherwise the rest was beautifully, well executed.

 

Now the part I was fearing: the grief scene. The most heartbreaking part was when she said to Hwi don't suffer or get hurt for me, the gaze she gave to Huijae, as if she's saying take good care of uri orabi, and the most heartbreaking phrase.. I was really happy to be your sister, couldn't hold my tears here, as if she's consoling him, that despite poverty and disease, she was still happy, it reminds me of the same lines that Huijae said to Hwi. I loved the strength of their relationship, no one can replace a brother or a sister. This, followed by the stages of indenial, calling her name, the helplessness, and then the tears Hwi displays, Wow! 

 

The first half of the episode was YSJ showcase of talents, the pain, the grief, the dispair in his eyes, when he was shouting I felt like he's going insane. I don't think anyone could convey those deep emotions the way he did. Master of emotions! I came across a comment by a Knetizen saying that YSJ acting is so realistic it reminded him/her of a family loss he/she went through. Maybe a true life loss helped him convey those moments the way he did :tears:

 

Sunho/WDH was so good while crying as well. He realized the loss, finally, but it's a pity, now it's late, too late. Speaking of him the cold-hearted version of him is so good, well done.

 

In the midst of this sadness comes our charismatic Jang Hyuk, "Back off, he's my man", that was sooo cool! :w00t:

 

Btw the sword Hwi is holding, I mean the one Yeon got killed by, is the same as in the intro right?

 

The river or lake scene was so meaningful. As if he was following her remains. It shows the hopelessness and dispair, the loss of interest in life, to be interrupted by the beautiful butterfly on his shoulder :tears:

 

Three deaths in one episode, have some mercy on me, though one of which made me happy, the queen I mean. And all 3 ladies did great portraying their characters.

 

Now I'm okay with time leaps, but I really want to know what happened between Hwi and Huijae, Sunho as well. Why is Hwi avoiding her? I understand that he has no more hope in life, is that the only reason? Is he still fearing he might cause her harm? I mean yes it is realistic this way but still, ughh frustrating.

 

Enough with sadness, let's see revenge and intense action next week, and perhaps some romance, please? Oh that last encounter, they always leave us with such cliffhangers. Yes and Namjeon has to die in the most painful, cruel way ever :angry:

 

And please allow me to say, Hwi's long, shabby hair reminded me of Mr. Gong lol, but it's way cooler here and looks so good :wub: And the rain and thunder background, I want to see the dark Hwi. With his bare face and plump cheeks he's so babyfaced, I think they should work on his make up to give him a sharp look :lol:

 

One last word, Sunho's character seems more complex, interesting, and unpredictable, yet since the beginning he has been cold or showing his emotions in his own way, now cold-hearted, if I can state it well. On the other hand we have Hwi, who underwent major transformations and transitions in his character, from a lively, youthful boy, to finding himself in the middle of battleground, to being obliged to do things against his will, to sadness, and seeking revenge, it's even reflected on his hairstyle which is different with each of these stages he went through. Hwi may be more predictable, though we don't know yet where the story is taking us, yet he underwent major changes, more than anyone else. I'm not sure if what I want to say is clear but I think we have a good balance between the characters here, each is given an opportunity to shine, in a different way. 

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7 minutes ago, r047 said:

Again, that was sad, so sad.

 

First of all, I agree with you all regarding Yeon's death scene. Huijae and her guard were standing still for god's sake the girl is being killed. Otherwise the rest was beautifully, well executed.

Now the part I was fearing: the grief scene. The most heartbreaking part was when she said to Hwi don't suffer or get hurt for me, the gaze she gave to Huijae, as if she's saying to good care of uri orabi, and the most heartbreaking phrase.. I was really happy to be your sister, couldn't hold my tears here, as if she's consoling him, that despite poverty and disease, she was still happy, it reminds me of the same lines that Huijae said to Hwi. I loved the strength of their relationship, no one can replace a brother or a sister. The stages of indenial, calling her name, the helplessness, and then the tears Hwi displays.

 

The first half of the episode was YSJ showcase of talents, the pain, the grief, the dispair in his eyes, when he was shouting I felt like he's going insane. I don't think anyone could convey those deep emotions the way he did. Master of emotions! I came across a comment by a Knetizen saying that YSJ acting is so realistic it reminded him/her of a family loss he/she went through. Maybe a true life loss helped him convey those moments the way he did.

 

Sunho/WDH was so good while crying as well. He realized the loss, finally, but it's a pity, now it's late, too late. Speaking of him the cold-hearted version of him is so good, well done.

 

In the midst of this sadness comes our charismatic Jang Hyuk, "Back off, he's my man", that was sooo cool!

 

Btw the sword Hwi is holding, I mean the one Yeon got killed by, is the same as in the intro right?

 

The river or lake scene was so meaningful. As if he was following her remains. It shows the hopelessness and dispair, the loss of interest in life, to be interrupted by the beautiful butterfly on his shoulder.

 

Three deaths in one episode, have some mercy on me, though one of which made me happy, the queen I mean. And all 3 ladies did great portraying their characters.

 

Now I'm okay with time leaps, but I really want to know what happened between Hwi and Huijae, Sunho as well. Why is Hwi avoiding her? I understand that he has no more hope in life, is that the only reason? Is he still fearing he might cause her harm? I mean yes it is realistic this way but still, ughh frustrating.

Enough with sadness, let's see revenge and intense action next week, and perhaps some romance, please? Oh that last encounter, they always leave us with such cliffhangers. Yes and Namjeon has to die in the most painful, cruel way ever.

And please allow me to say, Hwi's long, shabby hair reminded me of Mr. Gong lol, but it's way cooler here and looks so good. And the rain and thunder background, I want to see the dark Hwi. With his bare face and plump cheeks he's so babyfaced, I think they should work on his make up to give him a sharp look.

 

One last word, Sunho's character seems more complex, interesting, and unpredictable, yet since the beginning he has been cold or showing his emotions in his own way, now cold-hearted, if I can state it well. On the other hand we have Hwi, who underwent major transformations and transitions in his character, from a lively, youthful boy, to finding himself in the middle of battleground, to being obliged to do things against his will, to sadness, and seeking revenge, it's even reflected on his hairstyle with each of these stages he went through. Hwi may be more predictable, though we don't know yet where the story is taking us. I think we have a good balance here.

The part when he called out her name to me is the saddest part and YSj knows how to get the emotions straight to the viewers. He didn't yell right away but calling her name as if waking her up from sleep. His hands were trembling when he realized she is no longer with him. Then he yell to let out his anger and the key point that showed us the scary side when he took three deep breaths before putting on Yeon's body to the ground and take the sword and rush to NJ place. You can see he has nothing to loose and he does not care if he was killed. He just wants to slay NJ throat. If only he was not poisoned, NJ will be dead. 

 

Seon Ho character is written to be complex. I read many comments (not only in this forum) that blame the writer and said Seon Ho's character is inconsistent but to me that's not the case. Seon Ho character is meant to be that complex. He is such a lonely soul and only 2 persons knew him Hwi and Yeon. But, because of constant emotional torture he got from his father, he is so determined to gain power so that he can be above him. And to do this, he has to betray one person he cared so much, Hwi and caused their friendship to end. But, we knew well he still cares for him and do not want bad things happened to him. Unfortunately, Hwi is his archilles ankle, his weakness. Seon Ho is the person with most complicated inner conflicts. He wants ultimate power but he cannot be evil like his father, that is why we see the inconsistency in him. When he betrayed Hwi to win the military exam, he planned to be the loyal inspector general to Yi Seong Gye and gained his trust but he miscalculate that Yi Bang Won will go against the king and he eventually entered the wrong side of Bang Won. He thought he can trick Bang Won and get him killed but Bang Won is definitely not his match. Woo DO Hwan did a very great job as Seon Ho. We are angry at his decision but we just cannot hate him because we knew somewhere deep inside him the old caring Seon Ho is still there. 

 

Regarding the time lapse, this time around it seems okay, because it was stated. '6 years later, year 1398'. Unlike before it was not stated and we only realized it for a while (and after go thru wikipedia) that there is a time jumped. 

 

 

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Episode 10 Knetz comments

 

1.    Even though I know this story, but the acting is so tight that it's so immersive and fun…. It was so cool yesterday when Bang-won rescued Hwi from Nam Jeon. Jang Hyuk's Lee Bang-won is no less attractive than other actors who had played Lee Bang-won before previously! (+328 -7)


2.    The more Woo Do Hwan plays, the more impressive he is. ᅲᅲ Really Nam Seon-ho himself (+245 -16)


3.    You can see that era’s Lee Bang-won right in front of your eyes, just like Jang Hyuk’s perfect portrayal of Lee Bang-won, no matter what’s the amount of screen time you gave him, the presence is awesome (+179 -3)


4.    Ah.. Seon-ho and Hwi, it’s such a pity… losing Yeon.. let’s fight together. Actor Woo, you've got so many emotional scenes. It must have been hard for you to shoot. (+132 -3)


5.    Woo Do-hwan's position is unknown, it is unclear why he turns dark. The relationship gets better and then gets worse, it keeps repeating. If you want to be a bad person, then you should make a complete confrontation, and not make a turnaround at the very end. You can't keep going back and forth. (+139 -45)
 

https://entertain.naver.com/ranking/read?oid=076&aid=0003490940

 

1.    Lee Bang-won, who came to rescue Hwi who was in danger of an absolute death, said with a wistful look and expression, "This is my man, he protected me and I shall protect him from now onwards. So charismatic ᄃᄃ (+400 -5)


2.    Awesome Jang Hyuk, awesome Bang-won, I’m going to go now (+199 -8)


3.    Finally, Bang-won and Hwi seem to be really united, I love it. And after 10 episodes, Hwi got rid of his hair. But Yang Se - Jong cried so much that his face got swollen.... and Seon-ho is so so extreme. He really cares about Yeon, but after Yeon-i dies, he switched to his father's side? (+182 -8)


4.    Jang Hyuk, Lee Bang-won, even though he had little screen time, he makes you breathless every time he appears (+160 -4)


5.    I was moved when Lee Bang-won saved Hwi’s life. You're so cool. ㅠㅠㅠㅠ(+102 -5)


6.    Lee Bang-won appears too little ᅲᅲᅲᅲ He's got a lot of control over his flow. Hard to see his face. (+51 -3)
 

https://entertain.naver.com/ranking/read?oid=109&aid=0004113739

 

 

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1 hour ago, liltash85 said:

'6 years later, year 1398'. Unlike before it was not stated and we only realized it for a while (and after go thru wikipedia) that there is a time jumped.

Oh there was a text stating the time jump? I didn't see that! That's why it took me a while to realize what happened lol. It was only when I saw the adolescent guy dressed as the crown prince that I realized... oooooh we're years ahead. 

 

I agree with your points that Seun-ho is a complex character. He is. If he manages to let go of all the paint and resentment he suffered because of how Nam Jeon raised him, he'd be better off because he'd be less ambitious but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

 

At this point in the series, it's interesting to watch how Hui-jae will influence the flow of the story. I'm also hoping that Seun-ho's going to work with Hwi and Bang-won to take down the King and Nam Jeon but I know I'm being too optimistic here. 

 

Also, I got my wish of the field medic being a real army doctor. His scenes especially the ones with Hwa-wol crack me up. Overall, it's nice to see the stories of the secondary characters grow. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, lollyminx said:

Oh there was a text stating the time jump? I didn't see that! That's why it took me a while to realize what happened lol. It was only when I saw the adolescent guy dressed as the crown prince that I realized... oooooh we're years ahead. 

 

I agree with your points that Seun-ho is a complex character. He is. If he manages to let go of all the paint and resentment he suffered because of how Nam Jeon raised him, he'd be better off because he'd be less ambitious but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.

 

At this point in the series, it's interesting to watch how Hui-jae will influence the flow of the story. I'm also hoping that Seun-ho's going to work with Hwi and Bang-won to take down the King and Nam Jeon but I know I'm being too optimistic here. 

 

Also, I got my wish of the field medic being a real army doctor. His scenes especially the ones with Hwa-wol crack me up. Overall, it's nice to see the stories of the secondary characters grow. 

 

 

In Netflix version there is, that is why I don't feel lost with all this time jump. 

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3 hours ago, lollyminx said:

Oh there was a text stating the time jump? I didn't see that! That's why it took me a while to realize what happened lol. It was only when I saw the adolescent guy dressed as the crown prince that I realized... oooooh we're years ahead. 

 

 

 

Yes this time they specifically wrote 6 years later, 1398, First Strife of Princes, which brings us very close to the opening of the first episode. 

 

And in case anyone is wondering, the stepmother Queen is dead by this time. According to history she died in 1396, two years ago 

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Talking about the queen, I seriously cannot comprehend her why she said she did all that to save her son. And seems like she only interested to save her youngest not her first born. What kind of mother can choose the sons like that? I totally cannot get her agenda on going against Bang Won after Bang Won saved her. I am glad she died. 

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44 minutes ago, liltash85 said:

Talking about the queen, I seriously cannot comprehend her why she said she did all that to save her son. And seems like she only interested to save her youngest not her first born. What kind of mother can choose the sons like that? I totally cannot get her agenda on going against Bang Won after Bang Won saved her. I am glad she died. 

 

Well to be fair, once she keeps one son safe, it will mean the other will be safe as well, since they are from the same mother. But I’m also glad she is dead. 

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1 hour ago, liltash85 said:

In Netflix version there is, that is why I don't feel lost with all this time jump. 

I watched on Netflix too but I guess I wasn't paying attention enough lol 

 

One thing I don't get about the king is if he made his young son a crown prince so he can be king longer, why does he let the ministers make decisions then? I mean if you want to be king longer, then you must want a monarchy so you can make more decisions. What's the point of being king if ministers like Nam Jeon will get to do what they want to grow their own power.

 

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I am not interested in Korean history. In fact, I didn't even watch drama like Six Flying Dragons or Deep Rooted Tree (saw bits of them here and there only) - I know these are quality drama but they seem too heavy for me.

 

The reason why I watch this drama is because I came across the character teaser of Hee Jae by chance - the character seems intriguing to me because she doesn't seem to be a typical female character in Korean historical drama and because I heard lots of bad reviews about Seolhyun's acting but in the teaser she seems fine to me.

 

And I am so glad I decided to watch the first two episodes and have been waiting for the drama every Friday and Saturday since then

 

It's better not watching My Country: The New Age with the expectation of a masterpiece. There are problems with plot holes, writing or character development.

 

But I love it. Master-class acting from veterans for sure. Never watched any drama of Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan but to me they are excellent in their roles here. While watching this drama, I feel that everyone lives in their role. To be honest, Seolhyun is the weakest link in terms of acting but she actually suits the role - she just needs more experience and should learn to control her facial expression better and be more expressive. There are scenes she does very well, like her crying scene with Lady Seol. But of course, there are scenes I wish she acts better - for example in episode 9 when Hwi promises to be back - the way she looks at YSJ is more about starring than a loving or longing look. She is not an distraction for me in watching the drama.

 

Just like Seolhyun said, the drama is amazing, sad, and heart-breaking. The scenery is wondering. The lake where Hwi and Hee Jae have their second kiss looks perfect. The main OSTs are awesome. I hope to have the sad song when Yeon dies - it is really great. Female costumes are so elegant.

 

The next journey will break my heart. But I am lucky I am on the ride. 

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I spent weeks binge-watching Six Flying Dragons just to get a grasp of the end of Goryeo and beginning of Joseon history, and reading Wikipedia on the historical figures back-to-back while watching. All in all the drama heroized all the main characters a bit too much for my liking, so I much prefer the portrayal of Yi Seong Gye and Yi Bang Won in My Country. Six Flying Dragons is considered pretty fictional and has Wuxia's element in it, but it did help me understand this show a bit better and who is who when they mentioned these people in My Country even though these historical figures did not appear in the drama.

1 hour ago, lollyminx said:

One thing I don't get about the king is if he made his young son a crown prince so he can be king longer, why does he let the ministers make decisions then? I mean if you want to be king longer, then you must want a monarchy so you can make more decisions. What's the point of being king if ministers like Nam Jeon will get to do what they want to grow their own power.

Because of Jeong Do Jeon. Quote from Wikipedia: "Jeong Dojeon saw Joseon as a kingdom led by ministers while the king was to be largely symbolic figure, whereas Yi Bang-won wanted to establish the absolute monarchy ruled directly by the king." Though in the end, the power went back to the hands of the Ministers in latter Joseon dynasty.

 

In Six Flying Dragons, Jeong Do Jeon also wanted to implement the "5 principles" where one of the principles is that no Royals or relatives of Royals can participate in politics. I don't know if this is real in history, but this is what irks Yi Bang Won.

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FYI in case others do not know, Jeong Dojeon was an adviser to Yi Seong-gye and also the principal architect of the Joseon dynasty's policies, laying down the kingdom's ideological, institutional, and legal frameworks which would govern it for five centuries.

 

In recent press con, PD mentioned a lot of people asked him why isn't Jeong Do Jeon featured in this drama (I wondered the same esp. after learning how important his role is in establishing Joseon dynasty). The PD explained that he wouldn't be able to create a drama that would be different to other sageuk the moment Jeong Do Jeon appears in it.

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Enjoying this drama even though I'm only at Episode 3.

 

Even though I read spoilers. I'm planning for the drama to end first and then binge watch (via Netflix).

 

For now I'm going to be patient waiting for the drama to end. 

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Question: Is Hwi using a different sword now? Cos he seems to leave his sword and bow with Hee Jae's bandage behind the day he left 6 years ago. His current sword looks kinda different. He doesn't want to reveal his identity by using his own weapon or was he really ready to be his past and also Hee Jae behind to pursue a life of revenge no matter how long it takes?

 

In the first strike in episode 1, Hwi has his own bow again so he must come back to get it or Hee Jae gives it to him directly. The cover the new OST is a scene where these two meets again, not sure before the 1st strike or 2nd strike.

 

The market scene in episode 10, do they meet again by chance or does she stand there to see him pass by intentionally?  Does Hwi even keep in touch that way occasionally or he just disappears for 6 years in Hee Jae's life without even knowing how she lives in exchange for a dangerous life of revenge where he can get caught and be killed? 

 

I have to wait for upcoming episodes to have the answer but I will be honest: I will be disappointed if Hwi forsakes Hee Jae all these times just to take revenge on Nam Jeon. The dead is already dead, the living must keep on living. 

 

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

 

It is because seeking vengeance can backfire on an individual and lead to additional pain and suffering. Tackling Nam Jeon is a very very long process. It is a lonely and dangerous journey during which the remaining loved one of Hwi suffers. I still remember how Hee Jae asks him repeatedly not to disappear from her life again and share the burden with her. A request that seems so simple but also impossible. The way Hee Jae looks at Hwi when he walks away.. it hurts that she so get used to be left behind waiting and never complaining or trying to hold back Hwi. She is willing to wait for Hwi but she should not be treated for granted that way.

 

She also wants Nam Jeon dead as much as Hwi and she can help in certain away now that she has her own investigation team. Such a capable woman, I hope Hwi at least stay in touch somehow and lets her get involved. 

 

What I am kinda worry about is that Hee Jae seems to be really at odds with Bangwon. If she helps Bangwon somehow, it's because of Hwi. 

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31 minutes ago, melp said:

Question: Is Hwi using a different sword now? Cos he seems to leave his sword and bow with Hee Jae's bandage behind the day he left 6 years ago. His current sword looks kinda different. He doesn't want to reveal his identity by using his own weapon or was he really ready to be his past and also Hee Jae behind to pursue a life of revenge no matter how long it takes?

 

In the first strike in episode 1, Hwi has his own bow again so he must come back to get it or Hee Jae gives it to him directly. The cover the new OST is a scene where these two meets again, not sure before the 1st strike or 2nd strike.

 

The market scene in episode 10, do they meet again by chance or does she stand there to see him pass by intentionally?  Does Hwi even keep in touch that way occasionally or he just disappears for 6 years in Hee Jae's life without even knowing how she lives in exchange for a dangerous life of revenge where he can get caught and be killed? 

 

I have to wait for upcoming episodes to have the answer but I will be honest: I will be disappointed if Hwi forsakes Hee Jae all these times just to take revenge on Nam Jeon. The dead is already dead, the living must keep on living. 

 

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

 

It is because seeking vengeance can backfire on an individual and lead to additional pain and suffering. Tackling Nam Jeon is a very very long process. It is a lonely and dangerous journey during which the remaining loved one of Hwi suffers. I still remember how Hee Jae asks him repeatedly not to disappear from her life again and share the burden with her. A request that seems so simple but also impossible. The way Hee Jae looks at Hwi when he walks away.. it hurts that she so get used to be left behind waiting and never complaining or trying to hold back Hwi. She is willing to wait for Hwi but she should not be treated for granted that way.

 

She also wants Nam Jeon dead as much as Hwi and she can help in certain away now that she has her own investigation team. Such a capable woman, I hope Hwi at least stay in touch somehow and lets her get involved. 

 

What I am kinda worry about is that Hee Jae seems to be really at odds with Bangwon. If she helps Bangwon somehow, it's because of Hwi. 

 

Not sure whether he left his bow (which I hope not, Hwi you got your hands into fire to get that headband with charred ends) but I'm really curious to figure out what happened between these two in those 6 years, I'm quite sure the day he went to the river/lake wasn't their last meeting. 

 

As for the sword, it's the one Yeon got killed by, correct me if I'm wrong, and it's the exact same one as in the intro. 

 

I think she was waiting for him intentionally. And that poster means for sure they'll meet soon, by next episode maybe.

 

He promised to be back, she needs to be patient, Hwi is someone who keeps his promises. Good things take time! I think it'll be more meaningful this way. Coz he'll be selfish if he drives her with him to hell, even though she's willing. An element of Noble idiocy is still there. Maybe that will lead us to a happy ending, but I won't keep my hopes up.

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