This present. This present. It’s simply so good. “My Dearest” briefly takes its focus off historic occasions because the struggle attracts to an in depth. However the finish of the Better Jin invasion doesn’t imply that issues are again to regular. The struggling has solely begun for Joseon’s individuals as they navigate their new post-war actuality. Lee Jang Hyun (Namgoong Min) and Yoo Gil Chae (Ahn Eun Jin) discover themselves unanchored whereas the land tries to rebuild, at the same time as everybody inside is saved downtrodden by the Better Jin. Happiness is simply inside attain. However Jang Hyun and Gil Chae’s biggest enemies on their path to one another could also be none apart from themselves.
Listed here are 4 instances the primary characters missed their timing within the earlier episodes.
Warning: spoilers for episodes 7-8 under.
1. When Jang Hyun didn’t inform her that he was the soldier who saved her
What’s so heartbreaking about this week’s episodes is that a lot of this ache (and all the pieces that’ll come sooner or later) might have been averted if Jang Hyun and Gil Chae had been able to being clear. However that’s simpler mentioned than achieved in an age the place social norms and gender roles had been unquestioningly obeyed and the place most individuals had been too busy surviving to have the time to realize readability on the workings of their minds.
We left off with Jang Hyun combating off the Mongol squad he was pretending to be part of. He defeats them 16 to at least one, however his smallpox an infection is taking its toll, and the final man almost kills him. Solely one of many king’s troopers, Goo Gained Moo (Ji Seung Hyun), sweeps in and kills the final one, simply as Gil Chae arrives on the scene. She searches for Jang Hyun however doesn’t see him collapsed within the underbrush, and Goo Gained Moo takes all of the credit score for Jang Hyun’s kills. Jang Hyun falls comatose and awakens to a brand new Joseon a day later. King Injo (Kim Jong Tae) has taken his recommendation and surrendered. Jang Hyun had suggested the king’s ministers to threaten the Better Jin and the Mongols with information of their smallpox downside and twist it to point that the heavens aren’t on their aspect. The Better Jin emperor Hong Taiji’s (Kim Joon Gained) total battle technique has been that he was despatched by the heavens to rule over Asia. If the reality comes out that the heavens appear to have cursed the military with smallpox, his rule wouldn’t appear official. So, either side conform to a cease-fire, and Hong Taiji agrees to not hurt Injo. Joseon will get to maintain their king however is now subsumed to Taiji’s rule. Crown Prince So Hyun (Kim Mu Jun) will likely be despatched as a royal captive and hostage to the Better Jin court docket in order that King Injo does what the Better Jin need. The struggle is over.
Goo Gained Moo and Nam Yeon Joon (Lee Hak Joo) are given excessive honors by the king for his or her help in battle, when in actuality all they did was survive the battle. Gained Moo takes all credit score for Jang Hyun’s kills, and Jang Hyun, regardless of all the pieces he risked to assist, is given no honors.
He’s nursed again to well being by his loyal buddy Goo Jam (Park Kang Sub) and Ryang Eum (Kim Yoon Woo), who stays secretly in love with him. Jang Hyun and Gil Chae each discover their method to Hanyang as Kyung Eun Ae (Lee Da In) prepares to marry Yeon Joon. Regardless of enjoying it cool, they each search one another out. However with the desperation of wartime days now gone, all social norms rear their head. Gil Chae realizes that each one she is aware of about Jang Hyun is that he appears to love her and is seemingly an enormous flirt with each lady. He even lives in a gisaeng home in the mean time, which doesn’t assist her opinion of him. And Jang Hyun feels responsible for having advised her to go to Ganghwa Island, believing it to be secure, when she almost met her dying there. So, when she asks if he was there, if he fought off all these males and saved her life, he lies and says he wasn’t there.
And her opinion of him deflates. She wonders what she noticed in him even whereas he yearns for her. Jang Hyun and Gil Chae are each proud in their very own approach, and it’s that fierce pleasure that dooms them at this hour. And it hurts as a result of happiness was so, so shut, and it slipped by way of their grasp.
2. When Gil Chae continued to be hung up on Yeon Joon
Eun Ae and Gil Chae’s friendship continues to be top-of-the-line components of this present. Eun Ae, like Yeon Joon, acknowledges that Gil Chae’s emotions for Yeon Joon are that of familiarity, consolation, and a baby who needs the toy she’s yearned after for years. She’s dreamt of this mysterious man who she is aware of is the love of her life for therefore a few years and advised herself that it was Yeon Joon. He’s the one crush she has ever had. He represents each romantic very best she possesses. So, although she know he’s going to marry Eun Ae, a part of her can’t assist however cling to him one final time and ask if he ever felt something for her. And Yeon Joon stays a coward, as a result of he leads Gil Chae on by vaguely indicating that he does, and he even says that he’s marrying Eun Ae partly as a result of he can’t abandon her after she misplaced her father within the struggle. Jang Hyun witnesses Gil Chae tearfully pleading with Yeon Joon to offer her no less than one little bit of honesty, and his coronary heart simply breaks so he calls Yeon Joon out on being a wishy-washy, spineless coward.
Namgoong Min is great at displaying simply how a lot Jang Hyun adores Gil Chae. He realizes that it doesn’t matter what Gil Chae feels for him, her craving for Yeon Joon has been occurring for years and gained’t simply vanish in a single day. So when the Crown Prince asks Jang Hyun to accompany him as a translator as he heads off into royal captivity, Jang Hyun agrees. He has nothing left to reside for right here.
3. When Jang Hyun kissed Gil Chae
Gil Chae doesn’t need to present that she’s affected by Jang Hyun’s departure however runs to him anyway when she finds out. He teases her in regards to the ribbon she snuck into his saddlebag as a wartime memento to maintain him secure and recollects how a lot she appeared to take care of him throughout the struggle, however his eyes are unhappy. It’s like she solely relied on him when issues had been bitter, and now that they aren’t, she backs away. When he kisses her, it’s as a result of he can’t assist himself, and he sees that she’s not against it.
He quietly tells her that he is aware of she doesn’t love him however hopes she gained’t neglect this second. And maybe, if he returns safely after serving the Crown Prince as an interpreter, then perhaps, by then, she’ll need him. It’s heartbreaking as a result of he even tells her that he has by no means believed in marriage however that he’ll marry her if it’s the one approach for him to have her. The scene is highly effective, shifting, and painful as a result of we all know Gil Chae isn’t there but. Her ties to Yeon Joon have deep roots, and although she’s pulling them out, it gained’t occur in a single day. Jang Hyun is all the best way in, however Gil Chae doesn’t belief him sufficient to dive in. Her place as a girl is just too precarious. Taking the mistaken man to be her husband might actually damage her life—which is why it’s so bittersweet to see her watch Jang Hyun stroll away and freeze in shock. His departing determine is similar as that of the mysterious man in her desires, the person whose face she by no means sees. Gil Chae lastly realizes that Jang Hyun is the love of her life she’s been dreaming of. And he’s leaving.
4. When Gil Chae didn’t maintain Jang Hyun again
The subsequent day, she dangers all the pieces to run to him as he follows the Crown Prince’s procession into captivity. He rescues her when Better Jin troopers try to tug her as a captive and is brief along with her, asking why she got here. Gil Chae doesn’t know easy methods to clarify to him that she is falling in love with him and doesn’t know if his emotions for her are equally sturdy. And Jang Hyun doesn’t know if Gil Chae is right here as a result of she cares or as a result of she simply likes the concept of him liking her. The factor is, he loves her. And from his perspective, she appears to solely be concerned about him, so he retains enjoying off all the pieces he does as a joke, and that confuses her as a result of she will’t inform if he’s severe or not! However in a heartbreaking second, he places all the pieces on the road and asks her to cease him. If she will inform him that she has little interest in Yeon Joon, then he’ll go away the crown prince’s service and go along with her. It doesn’t matter if she’s mendacity about having little interest in Yeon Joon, simply the phrases are sufficient.
However Gil Chae can’t misinform him. She truthfully tells him that her emotions for Yeon Joon aren’t fully gone but. And Jang Hyun’s coronary heart shatters so fully, you’ll be able to see it in his eyes. Namgoong Min nailed each inch of Jang Hyun’s ache as he cups Gil Chae’s face and tenderly says he type of hates her proper now. He guarantees to carry her the loveliest pair of sneakers when he subsequent sees her, and he leaves.
Weeks go, and Eun Ae and Yeon Joon are married. Gil Chae realizes that she doesn’t really feel a lot jealousy seeing them being blissful collectively. The king tries to power Yeon Joon right into a suicide mission so he can save his captive son, however Yeon Joon refuses and is jailed. Eun Ae and Gil Chae are kicked out of their dwelling and transfer to a small village. She thinks of Jang Hyun most days and falls asleep holding onto his coat. Information arrives, and the Better Jin have rounded up and executed all of the interpreters for supposedly conspiring towards Hong Taiji’s righthand man. Among the many lifeless males’s belongings, Gil Chae finds the ribbon she gave Jang Hyun. And it’s her flip for her coronary heart to interrupt. She weeps, begging for him to be alive at the same time as Jang Hyun is taken earlier than Hong Taiji. And we go away off there.
Subsequent week’s episodes will finish Half 1 of the present and go away us with a few month and a half’s wait till October. Up to now, each political motion Jang Hyun has taken has been motivated by Gil Chae, be it guaranteeing her security or making the nation safer for her. However that resulted in him gaining the eye of the rulers of each Joseon and the Better Jin, which has required him to play either side. Except this present devises a approach for him and Gil Chae to flee to some distant, blissful village, then he’s all however doomed at this level. And but, like her, I proceed to hope that subsequent week will carry a conclusion to Half 1 that gained’t rip our hearts out! Give Namgoong Min a cause to smile! He has such a beautiful one!
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