Last episode we left off with Wang So (Lee Joon Ki) crying in the arms of Hae Soo (IU) after he believes he killed 3rd prince Wang Yo (Hong Jong Hyun). As episode 14 starts it flashes forward two years. On Hae Soo’s, who is now a court lady, birthday and her former maid, Chae Ryung (Jin Gi Joo), works under her. Meanwhile Baek Ah (Nam Joo Hyuk) reminisces about when he first saw Woo Hee (Seo Hyun) dancing in the woods when he turns around she’s there and a cute scene unfolds of them meeting once again.
Back at the palace, Chae Ryung is paid by 9th prince Wang Won (Yoon Sun Woo) to put suspicious herbs in King Wang Moo’s (Kim San Ho) herbal bath. Viewers learn that his condition is worsening and Hae Soo gives him herbal baths to help soothe him. At a mini birthday party, Baek Ah gives Soo a present of oils and teases Wang So of not having one for her. That night Hae Soo hears a suspicious howling and walks out to discover Wang So looking for her attention. He brings her to look at stars and attempts to kiss her but she rejects him. He makes her promise to meet him later on so he can tell her something.
In Wang Moo’s bedroom the 4th prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul) attempts to get the throne by urging Moo to abdicate to him which goes unsuccessful and instead drives Moo mad. The next day Moo in an attempt to “save” his daughter tries to force her out of the palace. As she calls for her father Wang So remembers when he was tortured by his mother and stops Moo but in order for the young girl to stay in the palace Wang So must marry her.
Hae Soo waits for So at their meeting spot but he’s late and tells her he forgot what he was going to say. Instead he makes it up to her by taking her out in his boat. In a cute scene he tells her he rarely uses it because he didn’t want to like the palace. The next day back at the palace Hae Soo gives Sun Duk (Ji Hye Ra) and Wang Jung (Jisoo) face masks. In a cute scene Baek Ah gets flustered learning that Hae Soo used the oils he gave her. Later on in the bath house, Wang Eun (Baekhyun) becomes jealous upon seeing Sun Duk and Jung complimenting each other. Hae Soo interrupts and tries to confront Eun who won’t have it and accidentally reveals Wang So’s upcoming marriage. Hae Soo confronts Wang So that night but to no avail and he refuses to give a straight answer.
In the throne room, Wook attempts again to get the throne but Moo reveals he already has a brother in mind to abdicate to. So enters the room and gets a chance to send Moo’s daughter to a safe place as she’s not at the proper age to bear children and will become his second wife instead. Moo announces that he has chosen So to be the new king. Jung goes to visit his mother but she’s in the middle of prayer when he realizes there’s men’s shoes besides his mothers he bursts in and see the presumed dead Wang Yo with his overjoyed mother. It’s revealed that Yo, despite Jung wanting to help, is planning to revolt and gain the throne.
That night Jung runs away despite the rule that no one may leave the palace at night and goes to Hae Soo’s room. Wang So tries to get into her room with guards but she threatens her life until he leaves. Jung overjoyed thanks her. In the garden the next day a furious Wang So confronts Hae Soo about Jung but she first asks So about his marriage. He reveals he did it to save the girl and that he didn’t want to tell her since she didn’t like multiple wives. She in turn tells him she was helping Jung because she felt bad. They agree to stop lying and Hae Soo asks what he wanted to tell her that day on the boat and he tells her he loves her and finally share a meaningful kiss.
At Wang Wook’s house, Yo comes to visit and reveals that Wang Won and he have been planning a rebellion through Chae Ryung who’s been poisoning Moo with mercury. That day Won invades the palace and Moo, in the bath house and slowly dying, gets pushed into the water dies. Choi Ji Mong (Kim Sung Kyun) and Wang So burst in. Realizing the king is dead they stop in their tracks, Ji Mong attempts to revive the king to no avail. Wang Yo and Wang Won accuse Hae Soo of poisoning the water and Wang So is left with a choice. Episode 14 ends with Wang So deciding between Wang Moo and turning in his brothers or Hae Soo’s life.
Episode 15 returns to the scene as Wang So makes his decision and falls to his knees accepting Wang Yo as the new king. The episode flashes back to a young Ji Mong, Wang So, and Moo discussing the stars. Ji Mong tells Moo that he will be king but his life may not be long, Moo assures Ji Mong he doesn’t care about his life span as long as he is happy. A giddy Wang So asks about his star and Moo reveals he too will be king. Back in the present Ji Mong attempts to cover Moo as Jung and Baek Ah watch on disheartened. Baek Ah moves Ji Mong aside to collect himself and gives Moo some good faith as he cradles him. In the background Wang So realizing the direness of the situation attempts to flee with Hae Soo but is stopped quickly when Wang Yo meets them in the garden an assures that if Hae Soo escapes she’ll be blamed for regicide.
The newly self crowned king moves on from Hae Soo and attacks the village of Eun, placing victim on his family for treason. Wang Eun escapes with his wife. At the palace Wang Yo thanks Wang Wook for his advice to use Hae Soo against Wang So and advises to use Wang So as a hunting dog to kill Wang Eun. As the members of Eun’s family are slaughtered Wang Yo and Queen Yoo Ssi (Park Ji Young) look on proudly. Wang So is called an ordered to bring in Wang Eun or have Hae Soo be blamed for Moo’s death. Wang So immediately goes to Ji Mong and Park Soo Kyung (Sung Dong Il) telling them about his mission.
Hae Soo discusses the poisoning with Chae Ryung, who is obviously worried she’ll be blamed but Hae Soo doesn’t suspect her. Chae Ryung reveals that Eun is wanted for treason and Hae Soo realizes Wang So is after him. When she steps outside, Eun and Sun Duk are waiting for her and Hae Soo agrees to harbor them. Meanwhile in the thrown room Woo Hee fights for her village. Wang Yo knowing of her treason attempting to kill the king throws it in her face but realizes she could become an asset and gives her terms unknown to the viewers. Outside Baek Ah and Wang So are having tea. So reveals he has no plans on killing Eun but wants to help him. During their discussion Woo He joins them and tells that she’ll be staying close by as a dance instructor. That night Wang So confronts Wang Wook and demands to know if he poisoned the water.
Hae Soo pours tea for the king and tells him that even if she would be tortured she would tell them it was his fault even if it meant death. Hae Soo attempts to get out of Wang Yo who poisoned Moo but is interrupted by Wang Wook. Outside of the throne room Hae Soo confronts Wang Wook and asks who could have poisoned Moo hinting she thinks he could’ve done it but he tells her he didn’t. As Soo goes back home Wang So approaches her looking for Wang Eun, Hae Soo flashes to him killing Eun and Sun Duk and keeps her mouth shut.
Jung is suspicious of a new lady and realizes it’s Sun Duk and he is pulled into helping them out. When Sun Duk tells them there’s no exit without guards Hae Soo remembers the cave near the baths. While on her way out, Hae Soo is stopped by Sun Duk who requests to say goodbye to her father but Hae Soo doesn’t trust him or Ji Mong since they’re close to the 4th prince. Sun Duk, knowing that Hae Soo and Wang So have a special relationship, tells her to be more trusting. With that Hae Soo goes to see Ji Mong but she can’t find him so she decides to write a letter.
In the cave, Sun Duk and Jung open up the passage. When Sun Duk’s hair gets in the way Jung gives her a hair pin that belonged to Hae Soo and reveals he loves her. Sun Duk urges him to go after her and flashes back to when she first loved Eun when she was little and he gave her a flower ring. In the throne room Yeon Hwa (Kang Ha Na) in an attempt to become queen and get her brother to the throne visits the new king. Instead of marrying her he plans to send her in place of Moo’s daughter. That night a cabin fever ridden Wang Eun and his wife go to the baths upon realizing no one would bother them. In a really cute scene they bond over games and boats. Realizing that his punishment is hurting her, Eun stops. Sun Duk reveals that she saved his sling shot and he bought her a fragrance pouch. Sun Duk is hesitant to take it at first but Eun says something that triggers her to remember when they first met and kisses him. Eun sweetly tells her about his plans for children.
That morning Hae Soo and her ladies clean up the bath house and although they are confused Hae Soo makes up a story. Yeon Hwa appears and demands Hae Soo talks to her, and she sees the mess the couple had made. Yeon Hwa tells her she must break off with Wang So but Hae Soo reassures the princess of her feelings and Yeon Hwa, extremely furious, goes to the king and tells him of Eun. As Eun and Sun Duk plan to leave the guards storm the palace and Hae Soo must protect them. Sun Duk, realizing she has immunity because of her father, turns herself in. Hae Soo tries to get Eun to run with her but Eun stops her and the episode ends with him going after Sun Duk.
These last two episodes have been really upsetting. Episode 14 was adorable up until the last 10 or so minutes when Yo came back. I really love that Hae Soo has fully accepted Wang So and finally agreed to a kiss! The scene was perfect although I’m not a big fan of the big time jump they did which they also did in the last episode as well, I think it’s kind of confusing but the writers did a good job of bringing things back together. Episode 15 was just upsetting seeing the turmoil Yo has caused and the disaster of a king he is was really hard to watch and it was heartbreaking seeing Wang So choosing sides. Wook has now become such an evil character and no matter what excuse he attempts to bring up it’s just not working for me. I am praying that the Eun and Sun Duk are safe but with this show who knows. Overall even though these two episodes where full of heartbreak the cute moments are what kept me going.
It’s a 10/10 the character development has been continuously awesome and the costumes continue to be absolutely gorgeous!
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Edited By: Sarah Smith
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