The King dies. Long live the new King! Who is the new King?
Scarlet Heart Ryeo Episode 13 Recap
Woo Hee starts the approach to King Wanggun to plunge her sword into him. Thirteenth Prince Baek Ah (Nam Joo Hyuk) intercepts her. The King struggles to stand and then collapses. Everyone is riveted to the King’s collapse and no one notices Baek Ah’s situation. Baek Ah looks at Woo Hee and urges her to run. Woo Hee runs. Ninth Prince Wang Won (Yoon Sun Woo) asks third Prince Wang Yo (Hong Jong Hyun) what they should do. Wang Yo order him to get eighth Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul).
Lying in bed, with Ji Mong and the General in attendance, the King wonders if his Kingdom will last or if he choose the correct successor in the Crown Prince. Knowing his time is short, the King tells Ji Mong and the General their world is about to get harder. He asks them to support the Crown Prince and fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Gi).
Hae Soo (IU) remembers Wang So’s proposal. She shakes her head, willing it out of her mind. Fourteenth Prince Wang Jung (Ji Soo) finds her appreciative that her tea tempted his father to eat. Hae Soo demurs that her time back as a court lady may be short. Wang Jung admits that he missed her tea when he was at war. He’s sorry that he’s unable to restore her. He grabs her arms (just like Wang So) and swears that he will restore her no matter what (just like Wang So). Hae Soo is one lucky lady; how many princes want her back? The “don’t bring Hae Soo back” list is the short – Wang Yo and Wang Won.
Team evil (Wang Yo, Wang Won, Wang Wook) have blocked the Crown Prince’s return and vow to secure the throne once the King dies. Wang Jung sees them and asks the status of the King. Suddenly the palace guards surround the gates and the General struts to the princes. He tells them to leave and wait for word from the King. Wang Yo declares they must protect their father’s final wish. The General chuckles saying it’s more likely that want to subvert their father’s final wish. He tells them to leave or fall under suspicion or have a sword applied to them. Wang Won notices that Wang So is not with them. The General glares and the princes retreat.
Seeing the King is a popular past time…Queen Yoo and Queen Hwangbo want to see the King. Queen Yoo orders Ji Mong to allow access. The soldiers block the door. Queen Yoo realizes that Ji Mong is buying time so the Crown Prince can return to the palace.
Hae Soo prepares tea for the King. He asks her to bring the Crown Prince before he dies. She’s stunned he’s asking her to do this. The King does not want the internal palace population to learn of his death before the Crown Prince returns. The King warns Hae Soo that when she leaves his room someone may ask her about his condition. To that person she must state she is getting more tea. But if someone asks if the King is still alive, that person wants the throne. He warns her to trust no one as the fate of the Kingdom is on her shoulders. Hae Soo exits the palace and stares at the General. He allows her to leave.
Wang So runs into the roadblock set up by Team evil. To his surprise Princess Yeon Hwa appears. She tells him no one can leave the palace. Wang So assumes Wang Wook is involved because he was wearing armor inside the palace last night. He asks if Wang Wook planned to kill the King at the peace gathering.
Wang Wook spots Hae Soo and calls to her. He asks why she’s rushing through the palace. She replies the King requested more tea. Wang Wook asks about Wang So’s marriage proposal. He states he didn’t know that Wang So was involved with her romantically. Hae Soo starts to deny it but recalls she has more pressing issues. She declares she has matters to attend to and they can talk later. She looks at Wang Wook and considers asking for his help. As she starts to the make the request, Wang Wook interrupts and asks if the King is dead. Yes! Hae Soo please believe what this means! Hae Soo remembers the King’s warning. Hae Soo asks Wang Wook if he wants to be King. Geez, that’s not a subtle inquiry. Hopefully Wang Wook is too besotted to notice.
Yeon Hwa says the only thing that matter is the King’s successor. Wang So says the Crown Prince is the successor. Yeon Hwa asks Wang So if he wants to be King. I’m loving the parallel question of the princes on their aspirations.
Wang So tells Yeon Hwa that wanting doesn’t mean having. Yeon Hwa states with her help he can become King. She has a powerful family ready to back him.
Wang Wook tells Hae Soo that losing her revealed his powerless state. He is determined to become the most powerful man in the country.
Yeon Hwa tells Wang So the world will become his if he is the next King. Wang So asks if he’ll win the lady’s heart that he desperately desires.
Wang Wook declares he will become King.
Wang So declares if he can win the heart he wants, he will become King.
Queen Yoo and Queen Hwangbo rush to the King’s bedside. The King hallucinates Royal Concubine Oh and calls her name. Ouch! That was a final slap to Queen Yoo. Concubine Oh’s statement that she never lost to Queen Yoo stands. He dies. Queen Hwangbo declares the King dead. Queen Yoo cries and tells the King he can’t throw her away like this. She begs him to return to her.
Wang Wook declares he will become King for her. He shares that he will betray Wang Yo and make his play for the crown. Hae Soo declares his plan is treason. Wang Wook states the Crown Prince cannot return so the fight for the empty throne will commence immediately. He tells her to tell no one and to wait for him to find her. Wang Wook asks again, is the King dead? In a lifeless voice, Hae Soo says the King asked for more tea. Wang Wook realizes what that means. He tells her the Crown Prince is stuck in a town that she will not be able to retrieve him from. I’m impressed Wang Wook understood that Hae Soo was lying. He’s not just a pretty face. She leaves him staring after her knowing her loyalty is not to him. Wang Wook may have put sufficient doubt in Hae Soo’s mind when he declared he wanted the throne to have power to make her his.
Yeon Hwa can’t believe that Wang So wants the throne to secure a woman’s heart. I get her point; it does seem short sighted. He orders her to open the road. She counters that keeping the road close protects the King. She won’t let him pass because he might bring someone back with him. She tells him to leave. You must be impressed with her moxy and determination. She is turning out to be a force to be reckoned with.
Woo Hee tells Baek Ah he ruined her plan to kill the King. He demands to know why she did it. What grudge did she have against his father? Her answer is simple…your father killed my family, and I was the only survivor. He apologizes for what his father did. She cries. He hugs her. He apologizes for being the King’s son.
Wang Yo assumes the King is dead or almost dead. Wang Won asks Wang Jung if the King has died when he enters the room. Wang Yo assumes they are being blocked from leaving the palace. Wang Yo asks Wang Jung about his tea comment. Wang Jung blabs that Hae Soo served the King tea to tempt his appetite. That can’t be good that Wang Yo has this information. Wang Yo realizes that Hae Soo knows the condition of the King and yells they must find her before she gets to the Crown Prince.
Hae Soo spots Wang Won asking the palace guards about her. She turns to flee and runs into Wang So. She tells him the King is dead. I’m over trying to discern anything but her implicit trust in Wang So. Romance may never happen between these two. Wang So is shocked. Hae Soo says that the King asked her to bring the Crown Prince. Hae Soo continues the surprises when she tells Wang So that Wang Yo will make his play for the throne tomorrow. Wang So wants to know how she knows this. But Hae Soo can’t betray Wang Wook and tells Wang So how she knows is not important. No surprise with her choice to omit Wang Wook’s involvement. Wang So knows the roads are blocked. He says they have to find an alternative way to get to the Crown Prince. Did Wang So say the Crown Prince is in a different location than Wang Wook told her? Did Wang Wook lie or did he have bad information? Hae Soo tells Wang So she knows someone that can help.
As Woo Hee turns to flee, Baek Ah asks if she’s willing to forget the past and be with him. Wow! Instant forgiveness! Love makes everyone’s brain accept wrong doing without a murmur! Hae Soo and Wang So find them. Hae Soo asks Woo Hee to take them to her home town where the Crown Prince is. Wang So doesn’t know or trust Woo Hee. Hae Soo assure him she knows and trusts Woo Hee, so he can too. Rolling my eyes at that statement. We always think we know the truth, but sometimes all we really know is our opinion. Baek Ah vouches for Woo Hee. Wang So extends his trust and tells Baek Ah that the King is dead. Woo Hee staggers and Baek Ah holds her up. Wang So tells Baek Ah that Wang Yo, Wang Won and Wang Wook (he KNEW Wang Wook was part of Team evil even though Hae Soo hid this) are making their play for the throne tomorrow. Hae Soo stares at him knowing they both know what she omitted. Wang So declares he’ll keep the wannabe Kings at bay while Baek Ah and Woo Hee get the Crown Prince. Wang So states Wang Wook has blocked the roads. Woo Hee knows a side road that might work.
Wang Wook tells Yeon Hwa that Wang So was leaving to retrieve the Crown Prince. Yeon Hwa wonders if the King is dead. Wang Wook doesn’t know as their mother is stuck in the palace. Thrilled at the opportunity, Yeon Hwa urges Wang Wook to make his play for the throne ASAP. Wang Wook chuckles the she’s bold to try and alter the King’s final wishes. Wang Wook reminds her he won’t take the throne with the stench of traitor. Yeon Hwa doesn’t understand why he wears armor but won’t kill the Crown Prince. Calmly Wang Wook states he must prioritize and strategize for the optimal outcome. Who should he eliminate? The Crown Prince, Wang Yo or… We know the unnamed prince is Wang So, don’t we? Wang Wook declares he must be error free in route to the throne. Yeon Hwa is proud of her brother. Wang Wook is worried about one person’s betrayal. We know the unnamed betrayer is Hae Soo, don’t we?
Wang So finds Hae Soo staring at the empty throne. He asks if she wants to sit in it. She says she doesn’t like the throne. Wang So notes many would give up everything to sit there. Hae Soo says the King threw away Royal Concubine Oh and love for the throne. Hae Soo says Wang So will have to fight his brothers for the throne. She declares the throne scary. She asks him not to hurt his brothers tomorrow. Wang So asks if she’s worried about Wang Wook. Wang So comments that Wang Wook is still important to her. He wonders why she came to him. Hae Soo explains that Wang Wook only wants the throne’s power for her. Wang So understands Wang Wook’s logic. Hae Soo states the King told her to live her life logically and with her sense of right and wrong. Her choice is the Crown Prince. If Wang Wook were to be hurt, she’d never recover. Wang So promises to try to keep Wang Wook safe, but cannot guarantee the outcome. Wang So admits he doesn’t want Wang Wook dead either. Wang So asks why Hae Soo isn’t worried about him. Hae Soo is confident Wang So will emerge unscathed. Wang So knows that death can strike at any time. He likes her confidence that he’ll live through this. Hae Soo thinks to herself Wang Wook won’t die tomorrow if she remembers her history correctly. It bothers me that Hae Soo is impassive about Wang So. Doesn’t it bother him? How can he be blasé about her obvious leaning towards Wang Wook?
Queen Hwangbo tries to cover the King’s face. Queen Yoo tells her to back off. Queen Hwangbo pushes Queen Yoo off the bed! Wang So enters the chamber and interrupts. He asks for alone time with his father. Queen Yoo asks if Wang Jung is there too. Wang So stares at his father and kneels. Ji Mong says the King said that life was short and fleeting at the end. Wang So remembers receiving the mask from the King via Ji Mong. He remembers the King watching him receive the gift. He realizes his father loved him. He covers his father’s face. He cries. He asks Ji Mong about the palace’s weapon supply. He states tomorrow Wang Yo and Wang Wook will try and stage a takeover. Queen Yoo and Queen Hwangbo are surprised at Wang So’s knowledge. Wang So declares the King’s wish was that the Crown Prince be successor. They must try and make that happen. Ji Mong leaves to confer with the General. Queen Hwangbo is surprised that Wang Wook will try for the throne. Queen Yoo, ever in her own reality, declares that Wang Yo is coming to extract her from the palace. Queen Yoo declares that if Wang So harms Wang Yo, she’ll kill him herself. Ouch! Her maternal instincts are nonexistent for Wang So. He declares she’s’ greedy (and delusional) to think Wang Yo can survive treason. Queen Yoo yells that he must not hurt Wang Yo. Queen Hwangbo grabs her and orders her to shut her mouth and devise a plan to save their sons.
Woo Hee sees that Baek Ah is struggling to stay upright on his horse. She stops saying he needs to take a break to tend to the wound make sure he can make journey alive. By the crackling fire, Baek Ah tells Woo Hee that he didn’t try to hide who he was when they met. She knows. She admits she hid things too. If I were keeping score, her secrets were bigger than his! She declares they are even. Good grief, not by my tally. But somehow I think Baek Ah will agree. In love = Brain off. Baek Ah wonders if they were ordinary people, would they have a different relationship. Yes, the answer is yes. Woo Hee declares only one more mountain and they’ll be in her hometown. Baek Ah notes they’ll part ways then. Woo Hee notes they’ll never see each other again. Baek Ah inquires; can he do anything he wants tonight since they won’t see each other after tomorrow? Bam! Baek Ah, you surprise me! Baek Ah kisses her.
Wang Yo tells Wang Wook it’s too quiet (as they stand in front of a mass of soldiers). Wang Yo notes that the Crown Prince won’t be back for at least another day. Wang Wook asks Wang Yo to kill Wang So if he tries to stop them. Wang Yo assures him he didn’t need to make that request; it was already on his “to do” list. Sigh, Wang Wook, you lie to yourself and Hae Soo when you claim all this is for her. This is for you. Wang Wook starts towards the palace. Wang Yo and the soldiers follow.
Wang So and the General (and a mass of soldiers) face off against Wang Wook and Wang Yo (and a mass of soldiers). Wang Wook spots Hae Soo watching. She looks surprised. Why? Wang So told her that Wang Wook was part of the takeover trio. When will she see Wang Wook for who he has evolved to be? The General declares the brothers are committing treason. Wang Yo declares his mother is a hostage. That surprises me. I would have thought Wang Yo would states their mothers, plural, were hostages. Why not include Wang Wook in the statement? Ego? Wang Wook draws his sword first. Wang So draws his sword. They fight. Wang Yo is loving it! Wang So is terrified her beloved Wang Wook will be injured. When their swords lock, they glare at each other. Archers appear on the rooftops and start shooting arrows.
Then surprise, surprise…the Crown Prince and Baek Ah walk out of the palace. Wang Yo is stunned. He orders Wang Wook to flee. Wang Wook puts his sword to Wang Yo’s neck. Wang Yo stares at his partner Wang Wook, now his betrayer. He asks why the betrayal. Wang Wook states they were never on the same side, so it isn’t betrayal. The Crown Prince declares that Wang Wook told him of the plan. He declares Wang Wook loyal. Wang Wook declares it was his honor to serve the Crown Prince. Hae Soo is surprised. Wang So is surprised. Wang Yo is surprised. I’m surprised too. Impressive that Wang Wook has been working the double cross in conjunction with the Crown Prince. He asks if this was a trap. The General orders his men to force Wang Yo to kneel. Wang Yo drops his sword. Ji Mong steps out and declares that the King has just died. He states the King’s last decree was that the Crown Prince be the next King. Ji Mong states the Queens have acknowledged the King’s decree. The Crown Prince starts for the palace but Wang Wook kneels in front of him declaring long life for the new King. Wang So kneels and greets the new King. The General order everyone to knees and offer felicitations to the new King. The Crown Prince stands there stunned. Yep, that would be a lot to swallow. Your father just died, but you’ve got a new job that starts…right now!
Queen Yoo comes out of the palace with long gray hair (?) and staggers to see Wang Yo in a traitor’s stance.
Wang Won, Wang Jung, Wang Wook and Yeon Hwa stare at the King dead on his bed. Wang Jung cries for his father. Yeon Hwa thinks to the dead King that she will make the kingdom hers.
Tenth Prince Wang Eun (Baekhyun) wants to see his father but his wife, General’s daughter, Park Soon Duk, blocks his path. She declares he must claim he’s too sick to see his father or attend the coronation. She tries to put armor on Wang Eun. He thrusts the armor away and asks her to explain. She says the new King will kill all those that threaten his throne. That shocks Wang Eun. She declares they must stay under the radar. He rejects her amur, considering it an insult. She is happy that he wants to die with her. He tells her that’s crazy talk. He declares they both need to focus on living. Thrilled, she hugs him.
Hae Soo asks why Wang Wook didn’t tell her the truth about working with the Crown Prince. She asks if he was testing her. Wang Wook says that Hae Soo went to Wang So with her request, not him. She asks if he ended to kill Wang So. He sidesteps a direct answer and says instead that getting rid of obstacles in his path to becoming king is acceptable behavior. Weasel wording! Stunned Hae Soo says that she was ripped up by causing Royal Concubine Oh’s death. She can’t believe he used her to kill Wang So. She declares Wang Wook has changed. He’s not the man she used to know. Wang Wook counter attacks and asks why she hid the truth from him. She didn’t tell him the King had died. Didn’t she care he could die from a treason charge? Hae Soo says she was honoring the King’s final request to her. She did what was logical given those conditions. She states Wang So promised not to kill Wang Wook. Ouch! Blow to Wang Wook’s manhood! Loving it! Wang Wook can’t believe Hae Soo asked for his life from Wang So. Hae Soo suggests they leave the palace and begin a new life together. Good grief! She’s blind to this situation. Wang Wook says there will be obstacle after obstacle that will stop this from happening. Hae Soo stares at Wang Wook in shock. She FINALLY BUYS A CLUE! She says that Wang Wook’s declaration that he was doing this for her was a lie to himself and her. She steps back and says she cannot feel the same about him anymore. She states she will stay away from him in the future. Jealous, Wang Wook wants to know if she’s rejecting him because of Wang So. Furious that her loyalty, which has been nauseatingly obvious, is being questioned; Hae Soo asks if Wang Wook has ever trusted her or her feelings for him. Wang Wook declares he will make her come back to him. Dude, I understand that she has forgiven you EVERY TIME you screw up, but this is it. You’ve blown it. Game over. Hae Soo states “it won’t be easy”. What? Are you kidding me? Sigh, she cannot slam the door in his face…again. Hae Soo limps away. Wang Wook goes the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, Wang Yo is hunted by Wang Wook and Wang So. At the cliff’s edge, Wang Yo makes his final stand and fights the guards. Wang Wook draw his bow and goes to shoot him but Wang So stops him stating that killing him like an animal has no dignity. Wang Jung arrives and wants to convince Wang Yo to give up. Wang So tells him that’s not possible. Instead Wang So fights Wang Yo. At a pause point, Wang So tell Wang Yo to give up. Wang Yo points out that Wang So wouldn’t give up in this situation. Wang So unsheathes his sword and after some parrying plunges his sword into Wang Yo’s chest. Wang So drives Wang Yo to the edge of the cliff. Wang Yo doesn’t take the easy death and forces Wang So to deliver a deadly blow. Both men are stunned. Wang Yo falls off the cliff never seeing Wang So’s proffered hand. Wang Jung rushes to the cliff and demands to know why Wang So killed his brother. Heavy sigh from me. Wang So walks away.
Queen Yoo can’t believe it when Wang Jung tells her the news. She tells Wang Jung that Wang Yo always comes when she needs him. Now she turns her fury on Wang So. She declares she ordered Wang So to stay away from Wang Yo. She can’t believe Wang So murdered Wang Yo. She cries in Wang Jung’s arms. Wang Jung promises his mother he’ll stay by her side and never leave her. Heavy sigh from me.
Wang So sits alone. Hae Soo finds him. She asks why he wanted to see her. He looks at her with tears in his eyes. “if I came to you, I didn’t think you’d forgive me. But I thought you’d understand. I stabbed Wang Yo.“ He cries. She puts her hand on his shoulder and offers comfort. She hugs him. He cries harder. She cradles him against her. He dissolves in tears.
I’m feeling battered, just like Wang So. I’m tired how Wang So is treated. I’m tired of Wang Wook lying and still keeping Hae Soo. I’m tired of Hae Soo’s inability to see the truth. I’m tired of hoping for a romance that may never be. I’m glad this is the second episode of the week. I need a break.
Hae Soo (IU) trusted Wang So to help carry out the King’s last wish. Hae Soo took the King’s words to heart and decided not to trust Wang Wook when he asked if the King was dead versus status. Hae Soo quickly told Wang So all the details, except that Wang Wook was part of the takeover. There’s many things I like about Hae Soo but she has tried my patience these last episodes. I won’t even guess if she’s open to moving Wang So out of the friend zone. I groaned when she told Wang Wook that winning her back would be difficult. Really? Difficult NOT impossible? I shake my head.
Fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Gi) fought for his father’s wishes. He finally saw that his father loved him. The mask gift scene from his father was lovely. I was sorry that Wang So stepped forward to fight Wang Yo one on one. One of them would die. One of them would be blamed. This was a no win situation. I wish Wang So had let Wang Wook do the dishonorable thing and shoot him with the arrow.
Eight Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul) is like Teflon. Nothing sticks to him. I respect his excellent scheming and double cross of Wang Yo. His jealousy of Wang So doesn’t have as much merit as he perceives because Hae Soo appears to be unable to break out his orbit. He is lying when he says he wants the crown for Hae Soo. He wants it for himself. How many times did he choose the crown/power/family (you name it) over Hae Soo? The new King better watch out!
Tenth Prince Wang Eun (Baekhyun) listened to his wife. She advised him to lay low to live. He decided they both needed to do this, so they’d both live.
Fourteenth Prince Wang Jung (Ji Soo) witnessed Wang So kill his brother Wang Yo. He won’t be able to forget or forgive this. Heavy sigh. Will he become his mother’s next power pawn?
Thirteenth Prince Baek Ah (Nam Joo Hyuk) forgave Woo Hee’s actions because of his father’s actions. Baek Ah was right to be ashamed that his father killed her family. BUT, forgiving her so quickly was a bit odd. She tried to KILL his father. She injured him. This couple put it behind them with lighting speed. Is Woo Hee really out of his life?
Ninth Prince Wang Wook (Yoon Sun Woo) is a pawn on team evil. He’s scum.
Crown Prince Wang Mu (Kim San Ho) got the job! The multiyear interview process is over. The Crown Prince is now King. Is he smart enough to discern that Wang Wook isn’t his friend? I have my doubts.
Third Prince Wang Yo (Hong Jong Hyun) was betrayed by Wang Wook and killed by Wang So. The guy-liner loving leader of team evil dies. His death ripped up Queen Yoo. Yeon Hwa can sigh in relief. That potential future is eliminated. Wang So is her next obvious choice.
The ninth song of the OST is “Will Be Back” and sung by Im Sun Hye. Check out the video below.