It goes with out saying that this week was a tear jerker as well as a game changer. With the death of lady Oh and Wook’s abandonment, Hae Soo has found herself to be without significant supporters with the exception of So. There are two scenes that stand out in my mind that may very well set the trajectory of this entire drama, the goodbye where Lady Oh advises her to keep a low profile in the palace and the scene in which Hae Soo begs for Lady Oh’s life to be spared.
The good bye scene may influence how she behaves from now on through out the drama where as the protest scene may set the new status quo in relation to her relationship with So and Wook. In the preview we see that Hae Soo is forced to become a musuri (watermaid) and must deal with torment. At this point it is very likely that her spirit is broken and she resigns herself to living meekly. It is possible that there maybe a short time skip as the king tells somebody, probably So, “you’re still infatuated with her?”Also, when So appears behind Hae Soo and proposes, he tells her he misses her, which makes me wonder how long they were apart?
— 수 (@4seasonswithIU) September 27, 2016
Now there have been some lovey dovey scenes that have been thrown in and I’ve noticed Hae Soo’s attire. In the scene where she receives a kiss from So, her dress is of fine quality, not something a musuri would wear, but maybe the wife or fiancee of a prince (or it’s just my wishful thinking LOL). Also, the two must maybe in the midst of a courtship as she seemingly receives a gift, the jeweled tassle from So and she slightly leans in to the kiss meaning she is not outright against So’s advancement.
Also as a sidenote Lee Jun Ki decided to drop this gem on his instagram. It is to my understanding that filming had been wrapped up a while ago, therefore this picture must have been saved to troll us. Again take note that IU is wearing a dress common to nobles and her hair is tied up…..like a married woman, what could that possibly mean?
— 수진 (@_9sxjy) September 29, 2016
Although I am not to certain we will be catching a wedding next week, but we might get a funeral. It is possible the writers might drag out the Kings death, he is clearly slated to die, which apparently gives way to a squabble for the throne. I find it interesting that Wook and So seem to be truly aiming for the throne, although each individual’s motive is unclear yet. However, it makes me wonder what happened to the crown prince? So put his life on the line for him, therefore it makes no sense that he is also vying for the position all of a sudden. One probable motive is that So has something he wants to protect and the throne is the one spot that would enable him to do so.
Ultimately these stills and previews are making me anticipate next week even more. What we saw this week was a shift in alliances and loyalty. Hae Soo aimed to be faithful in her love for Wook in the way he wished to be faithful in his love for her. Wook and Hae Soo’s relationship stifled a chance at Hae Soo seeing So as anything more than a friend, because Wook had the role of lover and supporter in her heart. However when Wook turned his back on her, and So stepped in, she was able to see So in a new light. We were able to see Hae Soo collapse under a moment of weakness brought on by Wook’s cold shoulder, but we also saw how So’s presence helped her regain her strength, allowing her to hold out to the end. I can see So helping Hae Soo rebuild and mend after the loss of lady Oh which had a significant impact on her character. Of course, all of this is speculation until the episode airs, but these stills make a person hope for something nice and sweet to ward off the excess darkness. What do you all think we should expect next week, because I would love to know your thoughts on the drama in general as well as your feeling and speculations?