Truths are revealed.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God Episode 11 Recap
The Grim Reaper, Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) describes his past visions of the Queen to Kim Shin (Gong Yoo). There is no doubt, Wang Yeo has seen visions of Kim Shin’s sister. They stare at each other in shock.
Kim Shin and Wang Yeo go to see Kim Sun / Sunny (Yoo In Na) at her eatery. Kim Shin can’t hide his emotions and he sweeps Sunny in a hug startling her. She demands that Wang Yeo intercede. She notes that Kim Shin called them an egg yesterday! He pulls Kim Shin away from Sunny. Wang Yeo says that Kim Shin was her brother in her past life. Sunny plays along and Kim Shin explains she used to be the Queen. She laughs in their faces and tells them to leave. Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) returns as Sunny storms past her ordering her to purify the eatery. Eun Tak grabs Kim Shin stopping him from going after Sunny.
Like the friends they are, Eun Tak and Wang Yeo face off and demand the truth from each other. Eun Tak guesses Sunny isn’t a past romantic interest of Kim Shin. But she won’t tell Wang Yeo if anyone else has been courting Eun Tak. She snips that loyalty rules!
Kim Shin offers gifts that would have touch Sunny’s past counterpart but does nothing for the 2017 version. Eun Tak returns from a delivery (business is booming which Kim Shin claims is due to his constant presence). After he leaves Sunny grouses that Eun Tak should date someone else.
Like the friends they are, Eun Tak complains to Duk Hwa about the situation between Sunny and Kim Shin. Duk Hwa, bless his heart, is blunt about 2 truths: 1. Sunny is Kim Shin’s sister in her past life and 2. Wang Yeo, as a grim reaper, can see a person’s life when he touches their hand. Duk Hwa correctly surmises that Wang Yeo held Sunny’s hand an uncovered her past life. Eun Tak recalls Sunny grabbing Wang Yeo’s hand. She’s startled.
Like the friends they are, Kim Shin and Wang Yeo bemoan being cut out of Sunny’s life. Kim Shin can’t believe his refined Queen because like Sunny. Wang Yeo takes offense at disparaging remark. Kim Shin warns Wang Yeo to leave his sister alone. He doesn’t want his sister involved with a grim reaper. He stalks out of the room leaving Wang Yeo to shake his head over the stolen line from a drama Kim Shin used.
Like the friends they are, Eun Tak and Sunny discuss the possibilities of past lives. Eun Tak believes in past lives. She’s heard each human has 4 past lives (a life they sow seeds, a life they water the seeds, a life they harvest the seeds, a life they use the crops harvested from the seeds). Sunny wonders what else Eun Tak knows. Eun Tak recalls overhearing Kim Shin tell Wang Yeo that he returned to the jealous King against his express orders and Sunny died as one of the casualties of that encounter. Softening the message, Eun Tak tells Sunny that she was brave in front of the man she loved. Sunny asks Eun Tak to take her Kim Shin.
Sunny is surprised to learn that Eun Tak, Kim Shin and Wang Yeo live together. Kim Shin and Wang Yeo are surprised to see Sunny in their home.
Sunny asks Kim Shin for proof that she’s his sister. Kim Shin offers the scroll with her portrait as a young Queen. It doesn’t spark any memories for Sunny. When she asks what happened to the young Queen Eun Tak tells Wang Yeo that they should give Kim Shin and Sunny privacy. They leave the room.
The young King, an expert archer, becomes upset as he hears about all of Kim Shin’s victories. The evil adviser rubs salt in the wound stating the Kim Shin’s popularity is higher than the King’s. He notes having the Kim Shin’s sister as Queen is a liability.
The young King and the young Queen are clearly enamored of each other.
The evil minister tells the young King that the young Queen is a millstone around his neck.
Wanting to protect the Queen, the King won’t allow medicine to be brought to her. Recall how the King grew up with poisoning as a common occurrence. The Queen doesn’t realize why the King is denies her medicine.
Kim Shin returns to the palace against the King’s direct orders.
The King demands that the Queen make a choice – live as his wife or die as the sister of her traitorous brother. The Queen says it is the evil minister that has blackballed her and her brother.
The Queen is shot in the heart as Kim Shin walks past. We know her choice.
Kim Shin tells Sunny that his sister cared for her man until the end. Sunny clutches her heart as if she can feel the arrow piercing her. I’m surprised Kim Shin does not react to that. That seems significant. Sunny wonders why these memories are so clear to Kim Shin. He admits he’s never forgotten the past (though he does not admit he’s never died). Sunny says she came today because she was touched by his sincere desire for her to accept his gifts. She declares he may be crazy but he is endearing too. Kim Shin says she seems like his sister in this moment. Sunny warns him not to get his hopes up. She’s not willing to embrace him as her brother yet. She leaves grousing about Wang Yeo not attempting to see her.
As she walks away from the house Wang Yeo follows her. She stops. He stops. She complains that he didn’t ask her to stay. Clueless, he asks if he’s allowed to request that. She shakes her head, calls Wang Yeo wicked, and strides away. Poor Wang Yeo can’t understand Sunny’s push/pull message to him.
Wang Yeo (recall he does NOT know his name is Wang Yeo but we do) asks Kim Shin who painted the portrait of the Queen. That’s interesting and significant. It points to why Wang Yeo had a physical reaction to seeing the portrait. He painted it in his past life. Kim Shin says that King Wang painted the portrait of his sister. He says the portrait contains all the regrets that King Wang had about his sister. Wang Yeo confirms the King had the Queen killed. Kim Shin confirms this and wonders if all happiness disappeared from the King’s life after the Queen was killed.
Eun Tak senses something is wrong with Sunny. She finds her in the eatery not feeling well. Sunny hold her hand over her heart and complains about the physical pain and the mental pain of someone walking over her heart. The scene plays AGAIN. This isn’t the first time this has happened in this series. What is the significance? This time after the scene replays, Eun Tak helps Sunny home. They meet another grim reaper outside Sunny’s apartment building. Sunny greets him but Eun Tak covers her eyes as she helps Sunny to her apartment.
As Eun Tak puts a cool towel on Sunny’s forehead, Sunny asks her if she’s the Goblin’s bride. Eun Tak won’t divulge that and apologizes. Sunny asks her if she’ll tell her who Wang Yeo is. Eun Tak won’t divulge that and apologizes. Sunny asks her if she’s human. Eun Tak confirms she’s human. That surprised me that Sunny had heard talk of Eun Tak and Kim Shin as the Goblin and his Bride. I appreciate Eun Tak’s discretion.
As Eun Tak walks home Kim Shin follows. She turns happy to see him. As they walk Eun Tak feel empathy for the unexpected twist Sunny’s life as taken. Eun Tak has seen ghosts her entire life, knows a grim reaper, and a Goblin so this is “normal” to her. But for Sunny, this is overwhelming. Eun Tak wonders if she and Kim Shin met in a past life. Good question. He doesn’t know. That’s the answer I expected. Eun Tak says Sunny is a wonderful person. Kim Shin begs to differ. Eun Tak scoffs that siblings always grate on each other. Eun Tak says that Kim Shin would be a wonderful big brother to have. She brightens and declares the Tae Hee is her big brother. Jealous, Kim Shin says that one day Eun Tak will meet someone other than him at “their eatery” in Quebec. Eun Tak wants details. Kim Shin runs saying he’s said too much already. Aren’t his jealous snits darling?
It’s graduation day and everyone in Eun Tak’s class ignores her. The class representative does wish her well and asks her to keep in touch. It’s even more depressing when the parents stream in the room to congratulate their children. Eun Tak sits alone. Her mother dead. Her father unknown. The lady in red strides in the room with a bouquet of flowers. She stuns everyone into silence. She hugs Eun Tak who is stunned. Eun Tak remembers that she gave her greens to share with her family (recall the greens made everyone but her sick in episode 2). Eun Tak asks why she’s there. The lady in red says Eun Tak is precious, and the day she made her she felt the same. We see a flashback to Granny telling young Eun Tak the same. She gives Eun Tak the bouquet.
As the lady in red leaves, she asks the teacher if she couldn’t improve. Recall the teacher has been mean to Eun Tak. The teacher weeps and everyone stares. The teacher leaves the room after the lady in red leaves.
Eun Tak stares at the bouquet. It is cotton. Is this the life where she reaps what she’s sown?
As Kim Shin passes the crying teacher he flashes back to the teacher as a serving lady in the past. Her face is identical in the past and present. Kim Shin thinks that 2 people per century are reborn with the same face. The past Kim Shin tells his companion that now he’s seeing the future lives of others. You have to smile as Kim Shin describes the future people’s obsession with rectangular pieces of metal and he mimic someone taking a selfie. Kim Shin tells his companion “if you have the chance to invest in this, go big”. LOL!
Kim Shin enters Eun Tak’s classroom and sees her alone with her bouquet of cotton. He recalls the teacher from the past and says “so you did come and go for a moment in my life.” What? That’s the teacher’s face not Eun Tak’s. Someone explain this to me, I’m missing something. The inference seems clear, the serving lady is Eun Tak. I don’t get it.
Kim Shin tells Eun Tak that he met his first love many years ago. Unaware that she’s his first love, Eun Tak gets jealous and doesn’t want to her about the other women in his life. Kim Shin asks who gave her the flowers. She doesn’t tell him. He takes a photo to memorialize her graduation. She takes several pictures of the school and other students. Kim Shin thinks she’ll take a picture of him when she sweeps around, but she doesn’t. Ha!
Kim Shin apologizes for being the only one at her graduation. Eun Tak spies Wang Yeo talking to Sunny. She grabs Kim Shin’s hand and tells him to open the door.
Wang Yeo and Sunny have coffee together. She asks if he’s done investigating the jade ring. He tells her he’s not done. She gives him the flowers for Eun Tak. He gives her a bouquet of daises. She asks what the flowers are for. He says he wanted to give someone flowers, just once in his life. Ah, who wouldn’t be affected by that? Sunny is touched. She asks who he is. He says he honestly doesn’t now. Sunny says that they have a tragic relationship.
Sunny stares at the daises.
Eun Tak is touched when Kim Shin gives her the bank book with her mother’s life insurance money. He tells her that her aunt gave her consent for Eun Tak to have control of the money. Kim Shin says her mother wanted to give her a financial cushion when she had to leave Eun Tak when she was only 9 years old. Eun Tak wonders how her aunt is.
Speak of the devil, Eun Tak’s aunt and 2 cousins are released from prison. They guess that Eun Tak will be going to college soon and that’s where they’ll find her and take back the insurance money.
Wang Yeo tells Kim Shin that he got a death announcement card. Kim Shin asks if it is for Grandfather. Wang Yeo says it is for Eun Tak who will fall to her death in 2 weeks. Kim Shin is unfazed. He recalls the lady in red warning him that if he didn’t end his life that misfortune would increase for Eun Tak and she would die in his stead. The lady in red warns that if he doesn’t die soon then he’ll have to wait another 1000 years for the next opportunity. Kim Shin tells Wang Yeo he’s not going make the honorable choice.
Kim Shin shows Eun Tak the death card. She asks if it is his. Kim Shin says it is hers. He says he’s kept a secret from her that she need to know now. He tells her she will die if she doesn’t pull out the sword. Wow, that was direct! Awesome! Eun Tak realizes the implication. She asks if she’ll repeatedly face death until she dies if she refuses to pull out the sword. He confirms this. He reveals her past near misses are proof. She says that fate is cruel.
Eun Tak first tells Kim Shin she’ll die. Then she tells Kim Shin that he’ll die. Then she tells Kim Shin they should die together. He hugs her and promises that he’ll stop this once and for all. He apologizes for getting her tangled in his cruel fate. He doesn’t know what he’ll trigger when he saves her, but he promises to never let go of her hand. She sobs in his arms. What a beautiful scene, what a beautiful declaration, can they avoid fate?
She goes to work like normal and tells him that she won’t stop living. She believes he’ll protect her. She smiles and says he’s the reason she wants to live.
We see several moments of Kim Shin appearing to Kim Shin to get her home safely. They have such a sweet and genuine warmth. Their smiles light up the night.
Wang Yeo stares at the jade ring. He puts on his grim reaper hat which makes him invisible and visits Sunny’s eatery. He goes inside, remove the hat, and places the jade ring on the table. But he’s startled by a sound and the ring rolls off the table. Instead of picking up the jade ring, he elects to put on his hat so Sunny doesn’t see him when she enters the room. She holds flowers and guesses he’s in the room with her. She swipes the flowers across and knocks the hat off his head. We get a second round of the same scene (wow, 2 times in one episode) and Sunny stares at Wang Yeo who appears after his hat is knocked off. They stare at each other. Tears fill their eyes. Sunny asks what he is. He says nothing. She realizes he who he is. Why he doesn’t know his own name. Wang Yeo says he’s a grim reaper. Wow! Big confession! He says there can be no happy ending for them even though he wished for it. He asks if they should break up. Sunny stares at him, tears running down her face.
Eun Tak agrees to seek revenge for one of her ghost friends. She goes to the ghost’s husband and asks to speak with him. They go to the rooftop. No, no, no! Eun Tak says the words his wife wants her to communicate with him. She accuses him of adultery and murder by pushing her off the roof. Eun Tak realizes she’s just put herself in a dire situation.
The date of her death card is updated. Not good, not good.
Eun Tak tells the ghost she’s put her in a terrible situation. The husband gets angry and stares daggers at Eun Tak. The ghost says she’s dead she doesn’t care what happens. The husband asks Eun Tak if she wants to die too. He can’t believe that she put herself in this dangerous situation. He walks towards Eun Tak and backs her to the edge. Eun Tak starts to panic. She lights the lighter and blows it out call for Kim Shin. He appears and kills the husband. He stares at her, not happy at the situation.
Kim Shin takes the man to police station and says he better confess or he’ll die by his hands. The Ghost wife apologizes for putting Eun Tak in danger. Eun Tak apolgozies too. She tells the ghosts to leave. They disappear.
When they get home, Kim Shin hugs Eun Tak with relief. He tells her he was sick with worry. Eun Tak says they are an unfortunate couple. He won’t accept that. She jokes with him and gets him to smile. Cute, cute, cute!
Wang Yeo meets with his coworker who asks by he only submitted one report on Eun Tak, not two. Wang Yeo says that she’s a special case indeed as she’s escaped death multiple times and she’s not afraid of a grim reaper.
Eun Tak is talking to the ghosts and someone enters the room dressed in garb from the past. OMG! It’s the EVIL MINISTER!! He holds out his blackened hand for Eun Tak! He creeks creepily. He says he’s pleased to meet the Goblin’s bride. He stares at Eun Tak. She stares back. Holy Smokes! Didn’t see that coming!
Truths were revealed in this episode. Kim Shin told Eun Tak she’ll die if she didn’t remove his sword. Wang Yeo told Sunny that he’s a grim reaper. What’s with the replay of scenes? Why has the evil minister come for Eun Tak? Why did Kim Shin say he met Eun Tak in the past when it appeared he was looking at her teacher? Why didn’t Kim Shin react when Sunny felt the pain in her chest in the same area his sister was shot with a bow and arrow?
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) told Eun Tak either he dies or she dies. He left it in her hands to decide what she wanted to do. He loves her enough to let her decision guide what he does. This couple has a sweetness that isn’t sickening and an authentic vibe that feels genuine. Gong Yoo feels the tragedy of their fate but doesn’t want to succumb to it. Gong Yoo felt a desperate need to connect with Sunny but she wasn’t ready to believe him. In both cases, Gong Yoo conveys the pain of wanting but not having. He is sublime.
Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) learned that either she dies or Kim Shin dies. She was understandably upset by this cruel twist of fate. She ran the gauntlet of reactions and Kim Shin supported her no matter what she wanted in the moment. Did anyone else think that the aunt and her cousins would accost her outside of college? I was surprised when it was the two ghosts. Eun Tak surprised me further when she agreed to confront the ghost’s ex-husband. She stunned me when she went to the roof with him and didn’t realize immediately the mortal danger she was in. But her distress call to Kim Shin via lighter saved the day. Her support of Sunny was lovely though she correctly was loyal to her friends of longer standing. Finally I was gobsmacked when the evil minister in all his creaky creepiness, arrived at the eatery.
Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) told Sunny he was a grim reaper. I respect his forthright manner of telling Sunny. He didn’t hedge, he told her straight out. He admitted they were doomed and suggested they break up. The reveal that he painted the portrait of the Queen was quite interesting. Notice how he doesn’t have a reaction to the portrait anymore now that Sunny’s identity is revealed? I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that the bromance between Wang Yeo and Kim Shin is cornerstone of the series. I love their friendship, their support of each other, their willingness to be honest with each other.
Kim Sun / Sunny (Yoo In Na) learned Wang Yeo is the grim reaper. What happens next? I was pleased at her clever way of unearthing that Wang Yeo was in the room by knocking off his hat. She had a sense of what he was, but needed him to tell her in plainly. He did.
The 9th song of the OST is titled “I Will Go To You Like The First Snow” by Ailee. Reddit post states the song features the relationship between characters Kim Shin and Eun Tak. The song’s lyrics are from the point of view of Kim Shin.