The story draws to a close leaving us with the question: is it death? Is it the imagination? Is it a dream or is this something tacked at the very end. Hong Joo dies but she doesn’t go alone, nor did she trick her escort into dying along with her. The curse is broken but at a very expensive cost. And after twenty episodes, it’s time to say goodbye.
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Seo Ri’s saved (thank goodness!) but Jun makes a discovery that just might put their dreams of a life together to an end. Poong Yeon finally lets go of his feelings. The candles are still getting lit. Hong Joo makes a desperate plea and Hyun Seo throws himself into the game, for one last time.
Hong Joo continues to spin her web of deceit and with Sunjo and his misplaced priorities on her side, she continues to execute her plans and pull them off. Poong Yeon suffers a loss and lets the black magic take root. Yo Gwang’s too soft and loses something precious and time is running out for Seo Ri who still has to be saved when everyone’s knocked down for the count.
Hong Joo still has her lying silver tongue, meaning Sunjo’s back to being an idiot and everyone’s turned against Seo Ri. Queen Shim is back to being a figurehead, Hyun Seo’s still under Hong Joo’s control, Poong Yeon has been given a task he cannot get out of and our two lovers plus their trusty bodyguard are on the run. Stay safe my lovelies. Stay safe.
Poong Yeon keeps redeeming himself all through this episode, reminding us and himself that he’s the ever protective big brother. Seo Ri and Poong Yeon see the truth of what Hyun Seo’s become and Jun figures out the source of Hong Joo’s black magic. The two men in Seo Ri’s life teem up to bring the first of satisfying victories against Hong Joo.
Whilst one man is aware of what Hong Joo’s capable of, another lives in ignorance and makes devastating choices. Sunjo’s broken away from Hong Joo’s hold and gets cured. Hong Joo’s shown for who she really is but is broken out of jail by Poong Yeon. And Poong Yeon commits the ultimate betrayal.
A misguided love can easily be turned into something hurtful, but true love will always seek to protect the one who is loved. Hong Joo strikes back at Queen Shim and Seo Ri protects her mother. Sunjo is still convinced Seo Ri is out to kill him but is slowly coming around. Poong Yeon becomes Hong Joo’s newest puppet even as Hong Joo loses her former puppet(s). And Jun makes a promise to the king that we’ve all been waiting for him to make.
At the moment when it most counts, Queen Shim rises to the occasion and becomes a mother. Hong Joo’s still dying and she’s now desperate. Sunjo’s crossing over to the dark side and he doesn’t even know it. Poong Yeon is willingly crossing over to the dark side all for the sake of a love that isn’t love but pure selfishness and Seo Ri and Jun are pairing up and doing great things together.
True love is all about seeing and wanting only the best for the person you love, and Jun has it in buckets and spades. Hong Joo tells us her story and gives us an idea of what’s driving her. Poong Yeon is still focused on restoring Yeon Hee to her past self whilst Yeon Hee has moved on to a new love she must leave again, so she can live and find herself. Jun gets suspicious about Sol Gae and Hyun Seo is violated in the most vile of ways.
True love is not true love unless you’re willing to accept all the parts of the person you love. Seo Ri gets told the whole story, except Hae Ran’s part is left out of course. Poong Yeon has to deal with the cursed side of is beloved Yeon Hee but refuses to accept it. Seo Ri’s love has shifted but tragedy has her attacking Hong Joo just like her mother had 22 years prior.