The sword comes into play.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God Episode 13 Recap
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) goes up the steps of the temple. Just like he did in the past. Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) realizes that Kim Shin can hear his thoughts. Surprise, surprise, Wang Yeo can hear Kim Shin’s thoughts. Kim Shin comes up the steps and THINKS then says he can hear his voice. Wang Yeo watches Kim Shin comes. Flashback to the past. Present day Kim Shin grabs Wang Yeo’s throat and says “Your commanding General Kim Shin is here to see you, your majesty.” They stare into each other’s eyes. Wang Yeo asks “in the end, am I the King?” Kim Shin is filled with anger. He tells Wang Yeo that his royal decree killed his soldiers, his sister, his household, and him. Kim Shin scoffs that the countries enemies couldn’t kill him but a spoiled jealous King could. Wang Yeo has tears in his eyes as he asks plaintively “Am I the King?” Even though he wants to hurt Wang Yeo, Kim Shin can’t because Wang Yeo doesn’t remember his actions that destroyed Kim Shin’s world. Kim Shin cannot kill a clueless enemy. He sneers that it must be nice NOT to remember but he doesn’t have that luxury. Kim Shin remembers the King telling him the heavens weren’t on his side. Kim Shin scoffs that once again, heaven sides with Wang Yeo. Kim Shin looks at Wang Yeo and turns and walks down the steps and away. Wang Yeo cries, knowing he’s guilty, but not remembering his own crimes.
Excellent opening scene. Kim Shin couldn’t kill the clueless Wang Yeo. Poor Wang Yeo, he’s lost a friend and knows his past hurt the friend he just lost.
Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) looks in Kim Shin’s bedroom and Wang Yeo’s bedroom for them. But they are not in the house. The contrast between decorating styles was striking. Kim Shin’s dark and masculine lair and Wang Yeo’s simple modern bright bedroom.
Wang Yeo stands in the Buddhist temple and wonders what cowardly things he did. He cries, the pain of not knowing, hurts his heart.
To Eun Tak’s relief, Kim Shin comes home. She asks if he met with the Evil Minister. Kim Shin says he met with the Evil Minister and Wang Yeo. He tells Eun Tak to pack her stuff because they a going to Grandfather’s home. Eun Tak is agreeable. Kim Shin asks why Eun Tak isn’t questioning his decision. He asks if she knew that the Grim Reaper was Wang Yeo. Eun Tak said a deceased soul told her but she didn’t want to share the rumor without confirmation. She makes the point that if Kim Shin and Wang Yeo were fated to cross paths again, nothing would stop it. She apologizes. Kim Shin sees her reasons do not amount to betrayal and tells her to pack.
Good explanation on Eun Tak’s part. It was truthful and insightful.
Duk Hwa wants to know why Kim Shin and Eun Tak moved out. Kim Shin ignores that and tells him they’ll live in the guest bedrooms on the second floor. Eun Tak decides it would be best for her to stay with Sunny, who is struggling with her new reality. Kim Shin agrees and tells her Duk Hwa will drive her. He goes upstairs. Duk Hwa asks Eun Tak why they moved out. He says if Kim Shin and Wang Yeo fought, Kim Shin should have demanded Wang Yeo leave. Eun Tak points out that Wang Yeo had no alternative place to stay.
Kim Sun / Sunny (Yoo In Na) arrives at the house but no one answers the doorbell. She recalls Kim Shin snapping that she was protecting that idiot in the present like she did in the past. She stares at the door.
The image morphs into Wang Yeo staring at the door. Nice! He enters the house and finds that he’s alone.
Sunny asks Eun Tak where Kim Shin is. Eun Tak says that Kim Shin moved out of the house at the same time she did. Sunny says Wang Yeo is driving her crazy. Eun Tak asks how Sunny got her memory of her past back. Sunny remembers Wang Yeo kissing her. She murmurs it was in a weird way. She and Eun Tak drink together. Sunny wonders if humans have 4 lives, is she on her 4th one? Eun Tak hopes she’s on her 1st life, so she’ll meet Kim Shin 3 more times. Sunny rolls her eyes at the besotted Eun Tak. Sunny wonders why Kim Shin returned to the palace when he knew he would die. She mutters he should have saved himself and never returned.
We are all wondering why Kim Shin returned to a certain death. I look forward to that question being answered.
Wang Yeo’s co-worker, another grim reaper complains the his landlord, the lady in red, about the water bill spiking because Sunny, the water hog, moved into the building. He says it’s not fair to split the bill evenly when one person is driving it sky high. The lady in red muses that fate is cruel not thinking about the water issues at all.
Kim Shin drinks remembering the past Wang Yeo wanting him to die and the present Wang Yeo wanting him to live. Couple that with your newly found sister crushing on Wang Yeo, and Kim Shin takes another healthy swallow.
Wang Yeo’s co-worker tells Wang Yeo that he heard another grim reaper took the hand of a living person to learn their past. He wonders if it was the Special Case (aka Eun Tak). But Wang Yeo isn’t listening and must be roused to interact.
The female grim reaper who did take Sunny’s hands and saw herself next to the Evil Minister who suggested she find out her past sins, hurries along a corrider. The Evil Minister appears and asks if she knows her past sins. The female grim reaper claims not to remember herself only a Queen. The Evil Minister asks if she saw him. She confirms this. He tells her she administered his sin and her sin. We see the young King hit the medicine out of her hands. Horrified the female grim reaper denies that she did that. The Evil Minister assures her that she did indeed administer the medicine. He suggest she keep quiet about knowing his role in supplying the medicine and he’ll keep quiet about her role in administering the medicine AND that she used Sunny to find out her past. He chortles knowing he has her under his thumb.
I’m assuming the medicine is poison. Did the Evil Minister suggest the female grim reaper hold Sunny’s hand to have power over her? Why does he need her?
The Evil Minister stares at Sunny (who doesn’t see him) and says she will die by his hand once again. Wang Yeo appears and puts his hand around the Evil Minister neck. Strong move! Wang Yeo says they met 20 years ago and he was evil then. We see that the Evil Minister talked the driver into hitting Eun Tak’s mother with his car. Recall that Kim Shin saved Eun Tak’s pregnant mother which saved Eun Tak’s life. Ah ha! He had a hand in trying to stop Eun Tak from being born to save Kim Shin! Eun Tak is the key for Kim Shin! We see the Evil Minister talked the bicycle rider into creating the accident with the bus that would have killed Eun Take IF Kin Shin had not intervened. We see the Evil Minister talked the ex-husband into trying to toss Eun Tak off the roof which would have killed Eun Take IF Kin Shin had not intervened. Wang Yeo demands to know Evil Minister’s name. Evil Minister notes Wang Yeo doesn’t even know his name. He taunts Wang Yeo that he won’t be able to hurt him. He’s survived 900 years. He points to Sunny says she’ll die this lifetime too. He disappears. Wang Yeo wonders if the Evil Minister knows him.
Awesome! Evil Minister could be the rallying point for Wang Yeo and Kim Shin. I loved seeing Wang Yeo firm almost threatening to the Evil Minister. When the Evil Minister buys it, I will cheer!
Kim Shin recalls happy bromance moments with Wang Yeo. When Wang Yeo calls Duk Hwa’s phone, Kim Shin picks up. He doesn’t answer when Wang Yeo speaks. Both them them know each other is on the line.
The mirror camera angle was nice. This show was quality production values.
Wang Yeo meets with Eun Tak. She draws what the sword stuck in Kim Shin looks like. Wang Yeo asks Eun Tak to return the jade ring to Sunny. He knows Sunny can’t remember him but he doesn’t want to hold onto the ring to give him an excuse to see her. He leaves. Eun Tak muses that Sunny seems to remember Wang Yeo quite well.
Eun Tak talks to Sunny who wonders if she’s sad about her past life as a Queen with a traitor brother who dies by the King’s hand or her current life where she’s alone again. She muses that even though Wang Yeo wiped her memories so that she’d only remember the happy times, she remembers it all. Therefore all the memories gives her happiness on some level. Eun Tak tucks the jade ring in her pocket.
Sunny visits Kim Shin and agrues that hating Wang Yeo in this lifetime is fruitless because the mistakes where made in the past. Kim Shin points out the mistakes are not in his past, they are in his present. He vows that when he deals with Wang Yeo, he will get satisfaction. Sunny doesn’t want him to but she supports her brother. She promises to be happy in this lifetime.
Sunny seemed mature in that scene. A welcome change.
Wang Yeo is summoned by the reaper internal investigation team. They tell him they know he’s used his powers for personal business. They details his infractions erasing memories, disclosing death cards, etc. Wang Yeo thinks about all the times he’s done exactly what they’ve described. They ask if he pleads guilty. Wang Yeo does. They ask if he’ll accept their punishment. Wang Yeo will. They state that the past evil that he’s worked so hard to atone for will now be experienced again. Wang Yeo grabs his head in pain.
Flashback…Wang Yeo is served herbal tonics by the Evil Minister and his female sidekick (the female grim reaper). Wang Yeo rejects food. The Evil Minister intones (in a voice that is grating on my nerves) that the King needs a herbal tonic. Wang Yeo (now portrayed by Lee Dong Wook) stares into the camera. He drinks the herbal tonic. The Evil Minister smiles. Wang Yeo drink the poison/herbal tonic as he draws the Queen. A maidservant brings the Queen’s jade ring and bloody gown she wore the day she died. He holds the ring, he hugs the gown and sobs. Wang Yeo walks through the village and asks who will receive the robe and ring? OMG!!! The granny (aka lady in red) tells him to give her the jade ring. She says she’ll made use of it. He gives the ring to her. He walks away with tears in his eyes. He tosses the robe on the fire. It burns. He walks away. The female sidekick offers more herbal tonic. He’s done with the painting of the Queen. Wang Yeo declares that no one ever loved him. He asks for more herbal tonic. He startles the female sidekick when he says that he knows whats in the tonic. With tears in his eyes he tells her to bring more so he can end it all.
Present day…Wang Yeo is told that he knows his past sins including his own suicide. He now has 600 years to atone for those sins. He is on probation and not on active duty. They leave. Wang Yeo weeps “I was really Wang Yeo. I really killed them.” He holds his heart and sobs “I killed myself!”
Powerful! Dong Wook nailed it.
Kim Shin sits in the Buddhist temple and wonders what to do about Wang Yeo.
Kim Shin finds Wang Yeo holding the picture of the Queen. He snatches it and declares Wang Yeo has no right to look at his picture. Wang Yeo says “I gave the sword to you. I killed everyone. I remember. I was Wang Yeo.” Kim Shin shoves him against a wall. He looks into his eyes and sternly says “you killed and killed and even killed yourself. You couldn’t protect anyone. You should have to pay for killing me with your life. My sister knew your Evil Minister realized that she was your weakness. So she allowed herself to be killed to save you!” Wang Yeo weeps that he forced the ring onto her in the past. He asks Kim Shin to kill him. Kim Shin almost mocks him for being willing to die. He says Wang Yeo can pay for taking his own life. He strides away.
Eun Tak apologizes for taking her time as she gives her the jade ring. Sunny is fine and picks up the ring musing that the regrets, sins, and emotions it held were always hers. Sunny asks why Eun Tak is fated to be involved with her brother. Eun Tak remembers Wang Yeo telling her that her fate it to kill Kim Shin when she removes the sword. Eun Tak claims she can control weather to make the world a better place. She asks why her brother became a goblin. Eun Tak claims the world needs miracles. Sunny asks about the grim reaper. The Evil Minister appears and tells Sunny that her time has come. Sunny can’t see the Evil Minister but Eun Tak can and she steps in front of Sunny. The Evil Minister tells Eun Tak her turn will come after Sunny. Eun Tak tells Sunny to bring the lighter. The Evil Minister yells that Wang Yeo was like his son but Kim Sun ruined that relationship and now she must pay. Eun Tak throws herself on Sunny. Her birthmark on the back of her neck glows and emits blue light that knocks the Evil Minister off his feet. Eun Tak slumps to the ground.
Sunny brings home and asks Eun Tak about the blue light. Eun Tak says she’ll tell her more once she talks to Kim Shin.
She lights a match and blows it out. Kim Shin’s there. She runs to him and hugs him. He hugs her too. She says she missed him. Kim Shin says he misses her too. He promises to come for her soon. Kim Shin notices her birthmark is almost invisible. Kim Shin is concerned that when she’s in danger he may not be able to sense it or her in the future. Eun Tak promises to be careful. Kim Shin asks if she ran into the Evil Minister. Eun Tak says she did but she wasn’t the target, Sunny was. Kim Shin tells her someone else will protect Sunny. He says he’ll come for her in 2 days.
Flashback to God telling Kim Shin and Wang Yeo “Fate is a question that I ask someone. The answer you must find yourself.”
Kim Shin tells Eun Tak that he and Wang Yeo must find the answer to a question someone posed them.
I wanted them to work together. I didn’t think that God’s question would be the catalyst. But I’m good with whatever gets the bromance restarted.
Wang Yeo writes that the Evil Minister died in 1097 but fled the grim reaper. Wang Yeo writes he ran into him in 1997.
Wang Yeo gives his coworker the information on the Evil Minister. He asks his coworker to handle this special case. Wang Yeo tells him that the Evil Minister has fed on evil for 900 years and cannot be easily captured. He suggest putting him on the dead list to ramp up their control. His coworker promises to take care of it ASAP. His coworkers gives him a death card for Eun Tak. He reads that she’ll die 3/14/2017 at 10:35pm from a heart attack. Wang Yeo says she’ll die in one week.
Eun Tak sees her birthmark is lighter. She wonders if the Evil Minister will kill her.
Wang Yeo tells Kim Shin about the death card for Eun Tak. Kim Shin says the day and time no longer matter. Kim Shin tells Wang Yeo that the Evil Minister has targeted Sunny. He tells Wang Yeo this time he has to protect his sister to pay back for her protecting him in the past.
Wang Yeo asks THE question we’ve all wondered about. Why did Kim Shun continue forward to the King when he knew he would die? Kim Shin states he had to tell the King something that he didn’t know. First Wang Yeo needed to know that the former King (his half-brother) showed Wang Yeo love by ignoring him. By doing that Wang Yeo was able to grow up safe from enemies and not be perceived as a threat for the throne. Kim Shin says his sister protected him and he protected his Kingdom. This is it…What Kim Shin wanted to tell the King was to take the sword and strike the Evil Minister dead. Kim Shin says he never knew the sword would be plunged into his own chest.
Kim Shin turns and has a realization. He is destined to take the sword and use it. Lightning flashes. Kim Shin turns and tells Wang Yeo the sword’s purpose is to kill the Evil Minister.
Okay, that tells us that we’ll have a big showdown with Eun Tak pulling the sword out and Kim Shin plunging it into the Evil Minister. I’m good with that.
Wang Yeo follows Sunny and watches over her. At the bridge she talks to him. She sees him. Wang Yeo is shocked that she remembers him. She tells him that he made the mistake of telling her to forget the sad and him too. She says that remembering happy and forgetting him don’t jive. He is part of her happiness. Therefore she remembers him. She asks if her dying saved him. Wang Yeo says that he missed her every day. He confesses he was foolish. Tears fall from his eyes. With the jade ring on her hand, Sunny gently touches his face says it took him a while. She confesses that she fell for him in the present too. She gives him the jade ring. She says they have to break up. She doesn’t want to suffer anymore. His punishment is to take the ring. The tucks the ring in his pocket. She says “goodbye your majesty”. She walks away tears streaming.
Goblin helps a little kid scare away bullies. Kim Shin smiles adorably as Eun Tak gives him the thumbs up. She tells him he was cool. He asks her to take a trip with him. That makes her happy. He’s happy too.
They grill out. She captures the moment with pictures. She hugs him. They chuckle. They read back to back. She moves so his head is in her hap. She strokes his hair. They smile the love they feel for each other. Goodness, they feel authentically in love! Kim Shin gives her a copy of their contract. She wonders if she has the original or copy. She goes to grab it. They tussle and giggle. She busses his cheek with a kiss. They do feel authentically in love!
Alone he reads the contract about a wish every year at the first snowfall. He cries. I cry too. He remembers their moments together and his wish to be wish her. He cries more. I cry too.
Duk Hwa is caught sleeping on the job. He apologizes. Kim Shin watches him and misses him.
Kim Shin watches Sunny satisfied that she’s happy in this lifetime.
Will he ask Eun Tak to remove the sword to he can kill the Evil Minister? He’s saying goodbye in his own way.
Kim Shin meets Eun Tak. Her smile lights up the sky. He has a favor related to the Evil Minister. Kim Shin tells her she’ll need to be brave. Eun Tak chirps that she’s the Goblin’s Bride.
Kim Shin takes Eun Tak to a roof top. He tells her she’ll need to summon him. She shows him the lighter works. Kim Shin strides awwy and come back and kisses her with passion. Folks that’s passion! Loving it! She stares at him a bit dazed. Kim Shin promises to return. He disappears.
Yep, here we go…
Kim Shin faces the Evil Minister with his sword. The Evil Minister reminds him that a sword forged from water won’t do anything to him. Kim Shin says it is time for their final battle. The Evil Minister smiles and taunts “you know where I’ll go” and disappears.
On the rooftop, Eun Tak remembers pressing the buckwheat flower in a book and Kim Shin telling her they mean lovers. When she opens the book, the flowers fly into the air. The Evil Minister appears in front of her. He smiles and says “just as I thought, you can’t see me anymore”.
Wang Yeo stares at the jade ring. He looks at Eun Tak’s death card. The death time has been updated so it is a short time from now.
The Evil Minister approaches Eun Tak. She says outloud that he waited until her birthmark was faint. She says the Evil Minister wants to use her to remove the sword from Kim Shin. The Evil Minister stands in front of Eun Tak. Kim Shin calls and tells her to summon him now. But the Evil Minister chokes her before she can flick the lighter on and off to summon Kim Shin. Eun Tak hangs over the edge of the roof with the Evil Minister’s hand at her throat. He tells her this is her fate. She manages to flick the lighter on and off to summon Kim Shin.
Kim Shin arrives and pulls Eun Tak from the edge. The Evil Minister grins. Kim Shin makes sure Eun Tak is okay. Kim Shin turns to face the Evil Minister. Eun Tak takes his sword and point it at her. Kim Shin looks at her in shock. Eun Tak tells him that she’s why the Evil Minister is here and she must die. She tells Kim Shin to strike her down with the sword. She says the Evil Minister is trying to possess her to remove the sword from Kim Shin so he will die. Eun Tak says “one of us had to die, let it be me! Strike me down!”
The Evil Minister possesses Eun Tak. He intones “This girl was right. Now either you or I will die. You will die by my hand.” Eun Tak’s eyes open and the words flow from her mouth. Kim Shin stands there. Eun Tak possessed by the Evil Minister grasps the sword.
Wang Yeo calls to the Evil Minister. He’s expelled from Eun Tak’s body and brought to Wang Yeo.
Eun Tak faints. Kim Shin keeps her hands on the sword. He pulls the sword from his body. He raise the sword int he sky. He runs the sword through the Evil Minister. The sword goes from bright orange to solid metal. The Evil Minster smiles and says “so this is how I die. But I won’t die in van, because you will die too again. Your time has come.” The Evil Minister disappears.
Kim Shin slumps to the ground still holding the sword. He looks at Wang Yeo who has tears down his face. Kim Shin tells Wang Yeo that he’ll send word that he’s died a hero’s death. The sword falls from Kim Shin and disappears.
Eun Tak wakes and rushes to him. She hugs Kim Shin crying her grief. Kim Shin hugs her as the life ebbs from him. He puts his hand on her face and says “my life has been a reward because I met you.” Eun Tak reminds him that he promised not to let go of her hand. Kim Shin says he’ll ask God for permission to come back at the first snowfall. Eun Take sobs no. She says she can’t live without him. She declares her love. He says he loves her too. He says he’ll love her to the end which is now. He smiles. She sobs. Tears fill his eyes but he still smiles. He closes his eyes. He disappears. Eun Tak sobs.
The 10th song of the OST is “Wish” by Urban Zakapa plays. Remember the lyrics? Endless love between the lovers who have separated. It’s happened. But is it permanent?
Effective but almost anti-climatic. Bear with me. The production was great. The emotion was there. But we’ve got three more episodes to go. It isn’t over. You know it. I know it. So I didn’t give myself fully over to the tragic moment because it isn’t permanent. Glad to see the Evil Minister go. His voice grated on my nerves.
Schedule Note. Episode 13 (this episode) aired Friday January 13. Next up will be a Special catch up episode on Saturday January 14. This Special episode explains who everyone is and their relationships. Episode 14 will air Friday January 20. Then Episodes 15 & 16 will air back to back Saturday January 21. Thanks to Kelli for information. Per the producers “Because this drama is of a genre that’s different from anything we’ve ever done before, we were very pressed for time with all the high-difficulty filming, CG, and post-production. In order to deliver the highest quality product to viewers, we will do our best for the remaining episodes”.
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) died. He almost blew it with the time space between the Evil Minister disappearing and attacking Eun Tak. I was tense then. I realized what Kim Shin would do. It was clearly telegraphed. He KNEW the sword had to be used to kill the Evil Minister. He KNEW the Evil Minister was gunning for his sister and Eun Tak. What’s a hero to do? Sacrifice himself to save those he loves. I was a bit surprised that the withdrawal of the sword was that quick and pain free. But Kim Shin was jacked on need to save the woman he loved and defeat the Evil Minister. Was anyone else surprised that the killing of the Evil Minister wasn’t a bit grander and clearer?
Was the statement that Kim Shin and Wang Yeo needed to sort out the answer to God’s question a red herring?
The moments that Kim Shin and Eun Tak shared as a couple were wonderful. These two seem genuine in their joy to be together and their love for each other. I was thrilled to see the passionate goodbye kiss from Kim Shin to Eun Tak. While I enjoy their sweetness, ratcheting up to passion is always welcome.
Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) was willing to sacrifice herself to save Kim Shin but he took matters into his own hands. Eun Tak’s hands only needed to be on the sword for Kim Shin to remove it. That seemed like a bit of a cheat, but it was clever too. Eun Tak’s birthmark lightened up and her ability to see spirits waned so that she was unable to see the Evil Minister when he stalked and attacked her. Eun Tak was distraught when she woke up after the Evil Minister exited her to find Kim Shin felled by removing the sword. He had to die. No two ways around that. But if humans get 4 lifetimes, Kim Shin has only burned through 1 of them.
I feel confident that this will turn out okay. I don’t know how. I want Eun Tak to have an empowered moment where she makes a big move to reunite herself and Kim Shin. It was his turn for the grand gesture this episode. I want Eun Tak to have her moment too.
Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) was penalized with the memories of his past. While it was painful and a bummer to have his repentance clock reset to 600 years, it was also a gift to Wang Yeo. The questions were gone. He knew what he’d done. He could fully feel the pain and shame for what he did. He elected to drink the poison and die rather than live without Kim Sun and the guilt that racked him.
Kim Sun / Sunny (Yoo In Na) closed the door on Wang Yeo. She said goodbye on the bridge which was the perfect place to end their relationship. A full circle moment. I liked that she wore the jade ring when she said goodbye to him.
The 11th song of the OST is titled “And I’m here” by Kim Kyung Hee. It’s perfect and we’ve all wanted this song to be released. It’s here. Recall this song from episode 5 when the mother visited her daughter’s dorm room and her daughter (now a ghost) watched her mother mourn. It’s powerful, strong, and beautiful.