The moment of truth finally comes.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God Episode 6 Recap
I really love the opening theme music in this series, it sets the mood perfectly.
Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) and Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) return to their restaurant in Quebec. Kim Shin has a flash forward of Eun Tak at 28. She’s happy. Kim Shin takes that to mean he decided to end his immortal life. Kim Shin also takes that to mean that Eun Tak will forget about him and have a terrific life without him by her side. That’s a bit of a leap. Kim Shin is insecure in her feelings for him at this point.
The Grim Reaper, Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook), and Duk Hwa (thank goodness, he recommends driving versus walking to a clueless Wang Yeo) drive to meet Kim Sun / Sunny (Yoo In Na) and her friend. Sunny spies them getting out of the car, and is pleased know these two good looking men are there for her.
Back home, Kim Shin grapples with his decision. He finds Eun Tak and tells her that he wants her to pull the sword out. Eun Tak declines saying she’s not done researching him yet. She hasn’t found what he did that he claimed will make him hate her. In fact, most of the records about him seem to have been wiped from the internet. She knows he said the person he least suspected put the sword in him. He said the sword was a punishment. What was his crime? Did he try and kill the King? Kim Shin flashes back and says that he tried to live an honorable life but did not have an honorable death. He selfishly chooses to approach the King even though innocent people died. The sword is his punishment but 900 years is enough. Eun Tak doesn’t believe he’s that bad. Why was a Goblin Bride option provided if not to save him? A tear rolls down his check (and hers too). She wipes his tear. She tells him that if he’s been missing love, he’s got it now, because she loves him. He stares at her relishing the gift of love. She apologizes for thinking that he conspired against the King. She had been thinking that maybe he loved the Queen and conspired against the King to end up with her. But the tables turn on Kim Shin when Eun Tak announces he needs to buck up and reach for something positive in his life instead of wallowing in self-pity. She says he can think about this, she’s got to get to work. Kim Shin sputters what is that she needs? Why has she switched topics? She scoffs that in some ways he’s more pitiful than she is. He should know what she wants, is his memory that bad?
Kim Shun can’t believe that Eun Tak won’t pull the sword out. Kim Shun is jealous of the man future Eun Tak was meeting in their restaurant in Quebec. Ah, jealously, it is ageless!
Duk Hwa offers his card with a flourish informing the ladies that he’s a 3rd generation heir. Sunny asks Wang Yeo his name. He proudly declares himself to be Kim Woo Bin. Ha! Sunny asks what he does for a living. Wang Yeo hedges and says he’s in the service industry. Sunny asks for his business card. Wang Yeo says he’ll have some made and provided. Then Sunny gushes over Duk Hwa. Wang Yeo gets irked. Ah, jealously, it is ageless! He sends Duk Hwa and Sunny’s friend away. He also wipes Sunny’s memory that he sent them away. He gives Sunny the jade ring saying it suits her better. Sunny wants Duk Hwa’s contact information. He owns the building her eatery is in and she’s got plenty to say to him. Wang Yeo looks up the contact information on his phone in an unsure manner. Sunny offers to help reaching out for his phone. Wang Yeo drops the phone like a hot potato. Is he afraid of her touch? Sunny is charmed by his contact name for her. She wonders what the person named Goblin in his contact list does. She jokes that Wang Yeo is an interesting man. Not exactly the praise Wang Yeo wanted.
Wang Yeo finds Kim Shin treating his melancholy with medicine. Wang Yeo counters his medicine is alcohol. He bemoans that Sunny found him strange. Kim Shin praises Wang Yeo for fooling Sunny that he’s a human. Kim Shin says that living among humans is taxing. He admits the sword is hurting now. He admits he shared tears with Eun Tak but she refuses to pull the sword out. Wang Yeo offers to “hug it out”. Kim Shin instead draws a sword on Wang Yeo. Their bantering is superb. You have to experience the scene to appreciate the dialogue and the superb execution of these two actors.
Sunny is admiring her ring when Eun Tak comes into the eatery. She’s excited that Sunny met the “strange man” for drinks. The ghost posse shows pleading with Eun Tak to get the Goblin to help them, suggesting the winning lottery numbers would be great. That gives Eun Tak an idea.
Eun Tak dashes home and suggests knowing the winning lottery number would help her feel better about pulling out the sword. He provides the numbers.
Eun Tak gives the winning lottery number to the ghost. As she turns to leave she’s surprised that Kim Shin is there. He asks why a ghost would need the winning lottery numbers. Eun Tak says the ghost will whisper them to her children while they sleep. She claims she must study at the library and dashes off. I think this may be my favorite coat. Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t he handsome?
Eun Tak tries to buy the lottery tickets but she’s underage. She pleads with the convenience store manager but to no available. She offers the winning numbers asking him to buy the ticket for her. He shoes her away. Kim Shin notes that she’s not at the library as she said. Eun
Tak claims to be buying mild before the library. He doesn’t believe her. She caves and says that the ghost’s son couldn’t’ hear the lottery number before the drawing so she was trying to buy him the winning ticket. Kim Shun agrees to extend the offer 1 week. Eun Tak is thrilled and declares him the coolest!
Eun Tak later tells the ghost that the she’s got another week to help her son. The ghost is grateful. Eun Tak asks about the other ghost. The woman says that Eun Tak’s help (cleaning her dorm room and stocking the fridge) allowed the ghost to transfer to heaven. The woman tells Eun Tak to live a happy life with the Goblin.
Eun Tak tells Wang Yeo that she’s decided to pull out the sword for Kim Shin. She loves the idea that after the sword is gone, he’ll be released from the chains that bind him. She’s happy that Wang Yeo is their friend. Wang Yeo doesn’t correct her misconceptions and he looks uncomfortable doing so.
Wang Yeo watching a blind man cross the street. He must be there for his death. The granny / lady in red walks by. She visits a sick boy in the hospital and tells him it’s time to stop suffering. What is her deal? Wang Yeo gives the blind man the tea. When the blind man leave for the afterlife he’s thrilled that his seeing eye dog is there waiting for him. Wang Yeo tells the man the dog will guide his way. Sweet action, sweet moment!
On the bridge, Wang Yeo is unnerved to see Sunny striding his way. We get a mini hair flip! As the Grim Reaper, he is invisible to her. He hears her grouse about him not calling her. She can’t believe she can’t get him out of her mind. When she slips, he makes sure she doesn’t fall. Unnerved, she dashes away.
Sunny bursts into the eatery shaken by the incident on the bridge. She asks if Eun Tak believes in ghosts. Eun Tak claim ghosts aren’t real, as she stares at 2 ghosts in the room. Sunny orders Eun Tak to concentrate on her upcoming exams.
Kim Shin tries to discern what Eun Tak wants. He watches her walk towards him and thinks “Life is walking towards me. Death is walking towards me. You are both life and death and walk towards me unconcerned. I have to say, I’m not sad”. Eun Tak sees him. They talk about how Kim Shin cannot see her fortune, though he typically can see other’s fortunes. She jokes that she’s accepted her fate to be the bride of an unreasonable Goblin. She asks how he chooses those he helps. Kim Shin says it’s all by what he’s feeling in the moment. He helps more children than adults. Eun Tak asks why he saved her mother. Kim Shin says the request was not to save her mother, but to save her unborn child, Eun Tak. Who couldn’t be touched by that? Grateful, Eun Tak gently touches his head like he touches hers. She cries as she tells him stroking gently is the way to do it. He’s mesmerized by her gently ways, the love shining in her eyes. It’s too much and he pulls away and leaves.
At home, Eun Tak tells Kim Shin that she’s decided to remove the sword. She asks if he wants it removed in front of the Christmas tree. Taken aback, and not ready for an immediate removal, he pretends to get a phone call and dashes out.
Kim Shin goes to the only person he can, Wang Yeo. Kim Shin states Eun Tak is ready to remove the sword. Wang Yeo asks if Eun Tak is unaware of the ramifications of removing the sword. Kim Shin worries about Eun Tak’s life after he leaves this world. Wang Yeo assures him that Eun Tak will have a good life after he’s gone. LOL, when he told Kim Shin that he shouldn’t round his age down to 900 as he was 939 years old. Kim Shin counters that he was born early so his age can be decremented by one. Kim Shin wonders if he should pull away from Eun Tak again. Wang Yeo tells him he was fine before Eun Tak came into his life. Kim Shin says he can’t remember his life before Eun Tak.
Kim Shin thinks about Eun Tak. He wishes she’d stop calling to him, intruding in his life, worming her way into his heart.
Eun Tak stands outside Kim Shin’s door. He stands against the door inside. The longing is palatable. The camera loves Gong Yoo. Could he look more handsome?
The loan sharks approach Eun Tak but seem to forget her as they argue with one another. Grandfather’s assistant approaches Eun Tak. He admits he was once a loan shark. He offers his car so she can drive home. She’s impressed.
The police officer doesn’t understand why the loan sharks keep fighting with each other. Ha, it is just like Kim Shin told them it would be.
Eun Tak tries to come up with nice things Duk Hwa has done for her but she can’t. Grandfather’s assistant has to smile at her effort.
When she gets home, Kim Shin is back to ignoring her. At dinner, it’s more of the same. LOL when Wang Yeo proudly tells Eun Tak that he taught Kim Shin to ignore women. Not surprisingly Eun Tak isn’t pleased. Eun Tak asks Wang Yeo what’s troubling Kim Shin. Wang Yeo says that Kim Shin is remembers the past. He tells Eun Tak that Kim Shin was born early. He says that’s all he will say. He looks at her. So, this is an important tidbit, but what does it mean? Eun Tak notes they meet when she was 9 and 19. She wonders if at 9 her intended to take her as a bonus when he took her mother. Wang Yeo notes that the thing below perfection is the most dangerous. I don’t understand that, at all. She wants to know too. He offers to tell her a secret. He THINKS “you’ll meet a Grim Reaper at 29. It may not be me. You are a special case as you know. Nine is the closest incomplete number to the perfect number of ten. Try your best.” Eun Tak asks when he’s going to share the secret.
Eun Tak asks Kim Shin why he’s treating her this way. He feigns ignorance. He asks why she won’t pull the sword out, that’s all she’s good for. Hurt, Eun Tak says she’ll pull the sword out but thought he was waiting for the first snowfall (he was) just like they promised each other. He says tomorrow, pull the sword out.
We see multiple times of Kim Shin telling Eun Tak to pull the sword out tomorrow. He asks for just one more day.
Preparing to die, Kim Shin gives Grandfather the painting to burn. He asks him to take care of his bride. He says this is his final command. Grandfather agrees to comply. He cries.
Kim Shin gives Duk Hwa a credit card. That makes Duk Hwa’s day. Kim Shin tells him not to be shackled to a card and to live freely.
Kim Shin leaves the house to Wang Yeo. He asks him to remove Eun Tak’s birthmark. The solemnity of the moment is dispelled when we see the bromance boys are having the conversation via video chat. That’s a bold accented coat Wang Yeo is sporting!
Eun Tak recalls the moments that Kim Shin has noted being with her is nice. He appears and she asks for his hand. She reads his hand. She asks about the character she sees. He says it is Chong which means to listen to. She smiles and wishes him good night.
In her room, she looks at her notebook. She needs to figure out what all this means. But she can’t. Kim Shin brings her the $5M and some gifts. She asks for her to remove that sword right now. She tells him in 5 minutes she will. She asks if there’s love in the gifts he gave her. He denies this.
He takes her through a time portal to the place he died. She’s excited. She realizes that this is where he got her flowers. He tells her this place is the beginning of the end for him. She shows him the contract she drafted between them. There is an ending clause stating that he’ll have to grant her one wish on the first snowfall of each year for the remainder of their days. Kim Shin remembers telling Wang Yeo that he wanted to die before the first snowfall, so that wouldn’t be ruined for her. He signs the contract. It SNOWS! Lovely touch from our romantic Goblin. She’s thrilled. He smiles. He says he wanted to create a memory for her.
She says it’s time to remove the sword. She asks if he has any last words. “All the time I spent with you was blindingly bright. Because the weather was and wasn’t nice. I enjoyed every day. No matter what happens, it isn’t your fault”. She asks if he’ll turn into a broomstick. He smiles and says he won’t. She states she’ll pull out the sword. When she goes to grab it, she can’t touch it, she can’t pull it out. She tries again. He tells her to try again. She does but she can’t pull the sword. He can’t believe it. He demands the contract back.
She declares this must be like the fairy tales. She need to do something. She kisses him.
Finally, we stopped dancing around pulling out the sword. While I know it was a big decision for Kim Shin to make, I was getting tired of the flip flop on pulling the sword or not. How perfect that when Eun Tak went to pull the sword she could not. It appeared that she saw the sword but could not grasp it. I’m taking that to mean she could see the sword which previously I had doubted. Kim Shin’s stunned face when she wasn’t able to pull the sword out was perfect. All that agonized decision making and preparations to die went up in a puff of smoke.
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) was ready to die. He got his affairs in order, said his goodbyes, and took Eun Tak to where it all begin for him, the spot where he died. But the surprise was his when Eun Tak couldn’t pull the sword from his chest. He felt cheated and upset. Is Kim Shin now wondering if she was able to see the sword? Is he wondering whether she scammed him? Let me just fangirl for a moment. Gong Yoo is a beautiful man, not a boy, but a man. So many kdramas are filled with boys masquerading as men, but Gong Yoo is the real deal. The camera loves him, the clothes the costume designer outfits him in stylish clothes that fit like a glove, but it’s the inner light, the sadness, the hope, the desire for love that Gong Yoo brings to life in Kim Shin that makes this character compelling, watchable, and someone I’m rooting for. I don’t know if a happy ending is possible, but I’d love to see one.
Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) agreed to remove the sword. She was ready to remove it but had to wait as Kim Shin delayed the inevitable moment again and again. You can’t blame him, deciding to die isn’t a casual choice. But Eun Tak couldn’t grasp the sword. She didn’t look overly surprised or upset. I love her growing relationship with Wang Yeo.
Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) allowed Kim Shin to vent his concerns about dying. He’s a good friend and delivers the perfectly written one-liner zingers with perfect aplomb. Wang Yeo sparkles more each episode. Our lead couple has been in a limbo of sorts. Wang Yeo has been the character that has grown before our eyes. This writer did the same slow start with the secondary characters in DOTS as the lead couple established their relationship. She appears to have taken a similar path her too. I loved it when he banished the double dates to get one on one time with Sunny.
Kim Sun / Sunny (Yoo In Na) can’t get Wang Yeo out of her mind. I enjoyed their flirting at the double date. I need more information about Sunny.
Here’s a short video showing the first script reading.