As you all may know by now SBS has done some re-editing of the currently airing Moon Lovers and have left us international viewers high and dry. The main issue for me is that these extra scenes are fairly valuable in setting the tone of the drama as well as tracking the progress of different relationships. In this case, the international version is missing one that contributes to the Hae Soo-So loveline.
— 수 (@4seasonswithIU) September 19, 2016
It is unfortunate that this scene was edited out of the original, I mean really, whose bright idea was it? After all, this scene marks the point in which So becomes serious about Hae Soo. Prior to this So’s “You’re mine”/”my person” comments have often been playful, and ruffled Hae Soo’s feathers. At that point it seems more like he was toying with the idea as he began his descent into love. However, in this scene he decides to turn his desires into reality, and it paves the way for the scene in the preview in which he asks his father for Hae Soo. These extra tid bits really help fill in gaps that were apparently not necessary lol.
— SoshIU ♡ (@SoshIU_) September 20, 2016
This scene is a sneak peek of a clip from episode 9 in which Hae Soo warns Wook, and most likely the others, to be wary of So. She is clearly freaked out by the fact that So is going to be the king that kills all his brothers (Noooo say it isn’t so!). From the looks of it, her position has been upgraded (or sidegraded) from her position in the Damiwon, I’m really curious what her new title is as So’s “person” will be. Although the love line between Hae Soo and Wook seems to be going strong things might change if Hae Soo decides to send some loving So’s way to change him and the future.
— SBS (@SBSNOW) September 20, 2016
Although the narrative has not change the feel of the Korean broadcast version is distinctly different from the international one. In this there is more emphasis on the triangle and Hae Soo’s desire to be with Wook. There is also a continued play on the fact that So is determined to make Hae Soo his despite her resistance. My impression based off this preview is that So’s minutes in the limelight dwindle fast as he is brought back to the reality of his situation. Although he has gained the favor of the people, and is looking good in the eyes of his father, he is still not a beloved figure in the palace *cough* queen mommy dearest *cough.*However the situation will be exacerbated when Hae Soo treats him coldly, which may feel odd since she has been one of his greatest allies in the palace and has made him feel the acceptance that he longed for. Although it is not clear what spurred that kiss, the motive seems to stem from the fact that she wants her to be his completely meaning he has her heart and loyalty. His fervent manner of speaking makes me feel like he is afraid he will lose her, but I also wonder if his past maltreatment affects how he loves. As a loner, it seems as though if he wanted something he had to fight to take it, then fight to keep it. He probably doesn’t realize he is going about wooing her the wrong way, but I look forward to the growth of this character. I hope they don’t edit that out as well LOL.