The King: Eternal Monarch Episode 10 Recap

The King: Eternal Monarch Episode 10 Recap

2019…Republic of Korea…

Detective Gang Shin Jae (Kim Kyung Nam) eats at a food cart.

Flashback…Shin Jae and Tae Eul eat at a food cart when they were younger.

Shin Jae tells his therapist about the long dream of a nice house, kind mother and how he hopes Kang Hyeon Min (himself in the Kingdom of Corea) is just a dream. Shin Jae shares he get someone from the world he came from.


Detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) finds him at the food cart. She states she staked out this food cart. She’s willing to talk to him about the truth. She tells him in the other world, there are people with the same faces they have. Tae Eul says she’s been there. She wants him to help her. She starts to share about the cell phones. Shin Jae declares she’s delusional. He strides away.

2019…Kingdom of Corea…

Flashback… Lee Gon searches the footage. He jumps out of his chair when he remembers.

Flashback…a young Lee Gon is cut by Lee Rim’s half of the magic flute. Lee Rim’s face is young NOT old.

Flashback…Lee Gon grapples with the realization. He KNOWS Lee Rim has evaded aging in the in between world. He realizes he has missed this point. He looks at his watch. He’s got 5 hours. He must find Lee Rim’s obelisks that he uses to transport between the worlds.

In Between World…

Lee Gon rides Maximus through the in between world.

Court Lady Noh’s voice over “when the sun goes down over the white rapids, I shall wait by the gate. Between the shadows of the birds at dawn, I see the brightness of the day.”

Republic of Korea…


Tae Eul walks in the bamboo forest. She stares at where the portal would be. She sees a red balloon. She sees Lee Gon. They are stunned to see each other. Tae Eul cries and runs towards him. They run into each other’s arms. She sobs. He asks if she’s been waiting here. He says he missed her like crazy. He only wanted to hear her voice. He admits he was going to call her from the payphone nearby. He shows her the coins he brought.  She sobs and hugs him. He holds on tightly.

Kingdom of Corea…

Lee Gon’s secretary asks Court Lady Noh Ok Nam where the king is. Court Lady Noh states he’ll be back soon. Lee Gon enters the room. He asks the date and is happy to learn he’s back in time. His secretary asks if he was on a fabulous trip. He tells her it was good and he’ll see her tomorrow.

Republic of Korea…

Tae Eul and Jo Young (Woo Do Hwan) dine and discuss the eminent arrival his Eun Sub’s family. Tae Eul offers advice. Jo Young is sure he’ll be fine. They wish each other happy new year. Jo Young leaves.


Jo Young is taken aback by the outfit he has to wear. His young sister says Jo Young isn’t Eun Sub. Mom laughs. Jo Young is horrified when his younger brother finds his gun. He unloads the bullets and tells his mother the gun is a souvenir. His younger sister doesn’t believe him and walks away. Jo Young murmurs his 7-year-old sister is smarter than some of the royal guards.

Ha!

The police team bemoans working on New Years eve. Tae Eul, Detective Shim, Head Detective Park, and Detective Jang try to see the positives. Shin Jae surprises them when he arrives and rejoins the team. As the others walk away, Shin Jae tells Tae Eul he’s ready to hear about the cell phones now. Tae Eul smiles.

Kingdom of Corea…

Lee Gon marks the new year with an event. He tells everyone the plus sign can help them face what will come. He notes 2020 is the year of rat, and of time and direction. He wishes everyone a happy new year. Prime Minister Goo Seo Ryung (Jung Eun Chae) watches him from the first row. Jo Eun Sub (Woo Do Hwan) is impressed with his charisma.


Flashback…Prime Minister Goo asks Court Lady Noh what the king looks for in a woman. Court Lady Noh reminds her she has 1 year left in her term. Prime Minister Goo counters that she got married and divorced in a year, so she has plenty of time. She asks Court Lady Noh to help her. How can she crush the king’s heart? Court Lady Noh points out that most would ask what would win the king’s heart, not crush it. Court Lady Noh refuses to help Prime Minister Goo because the king is guarded around her.

You go Court Lady Noh!


Prime Minister Goo congratulates Lee Gon on his speech. She hopes she’ll have his support this year. Lee Gon hopes she’ll pick the correct path this year. Jo Young gets a call from Detective Kang. Lee Gon tells him to take the call. He even gives him tips how to lower his voice. Lee Gon explains to a confused Prime Minister Goo and her secretary, he likes it when Jo Young answers phone calls in that tone of voice.

Ha!

Lee Gon and Jo Young arrive at the police station to see Detective Kang who is shocked the king has come.

Luna (Kim Go Eun) feeds a cat. She tells the cat she’s borrowing the cat’s name and legally that is her name. We see the name Luna on the cat’s tag. She warns the cat to trust no one.

Detective Kang gives Lee Gon the mug shot of Luna and tells him she was released early from prison several weeks ago apparently because of a terminal illness. Lee Gon asks to meet Luna. Lee Gon asks for information on Gi Hwan. He’s told Gi Hwan is dead. Lee Gon realizes those dead have stolen the lives of others with the same face.

At the New Year’s Eve festivities that Prime Minister Goo attends, it begins to snow.

Lee Gon watches the snow fall. He wishes Tae Eul a happy new year. Time stops.  Lee Gon leaves to intercept Lee Rim.

Lee Rim walks the streets of Corea. He watches the crowd greet the king. Lee Gon looks into the crowd and lets Maximus lead him through the crowd. Lee Gon believes Lee Rim is watching him.

Flashback…Lee Gon can’t find Lee Rim’s face in the footage of the events he’s attended.

Lee Gon walks towards Lee Gon. Lee Gon passes Lee Rim without stopping. Lee Rim is surprised. He starts to walk away. Lee Gon stops Maximus.


His security team reports no one came through the bamboo forest. Lee Gon wonders what he’s missing. Obviously guarding the bamboo forest was insufficient. Lee Gon realizes if Lee Rim guarded the portal in Republic of Korea, he was never caught. It hits him, the portals are different for each of them. Lee Gon asks for a shortcut that doesn’t pass through the palace. The security guard mentions a farm path that leads to Haeundae. Lee Gon declares they are heading to there and orders the team to follow.

Lee Gon calls Myung Seung A (Kim Yong Ji) and requests the prepared event at Haeundae be posted on social media. Seung A says the king is using the event to invite someone.

The masses see the event posting. They see the king ride through town. He looks through the crowd for Lee Rim.

Lee Rim walks the streets of Corea. He watches the crowd greet the king. Lee Gon looks into the crowd and lets Maximus lead him through the crowd. Lee Gon believes Lee Rim is watching him. Lee Gon walks towards Lee Gon. Lee Gon passes Lee Rim without stopping. Lee Rim is surprised. He starts to walk away. Lee Gon stops Maximus.

Lee Gon spins Maximus around. He stares into the crowd. There is only one man that isn’t looking at him. One man with his back turned. Lee Gon moves Maximus forward. The crowd parts. Lee Gon looks at the man. Lee Rim turns and stares into Lee Gon’s eyes.

Lee Gon yells “Traitor, Lee Rim!” Lee Rim stares at his nephew.

Flashback… Lee Gon utters the phrase from the sword. Lee Gon asks if he remembers his voice. Lee Gon promises he remembers his.  Lee Rim confirms it is him. He asks how his nephew has been. Lee Gon says Lee Rim is alive. Lee Rim confirms. He has been waiting living a different life until he could claim the life he wants. Lee Gon tells him to wait. He promises to find his uncle. Lee Rim commends his nephew for sounding like a king. He invites Lee Gon to find him. He says Lee Gon will have to resurrect a dead man. He warns that will cause chaos and he’ll relish every moment.


Palace security arrives. Lee Gon orders them to arrest Lee Rim. Guns are drawn. Lee Rim’s men take hostages. Lee Rim gets off his horse and tells them men to stand down. Someone aims his weapon at Lee Gon. Eun Sub flings his body in front of Lee Gon and takes the bullet in his back shoulder. Lee Rim and Lee Gon stare at each other. Lee Rim turns and walks away. His men injure two people. They walk away. Lee Gon orders his men to secure the people first, then get the braggards. Cradling Eun Sub, he tells his sword to wake.

Prime Minister Goo learns there was a shootout. She asks about Lee Rim. Prime Minister Goo recalls her mother saying she saw a man that looked like Lee Rim. She asks for CCTV. She wonders about the king’s honesty.

Prince Buyeong hears about the shoot out in a coffee shop. Security men arrive to secure him.


Eun Sub’s bullet proof vest saved him. The doctor tells Lee Gon it will be 2 weeks of recovery. The citizens that were injured are healing too. The doctor report Court Lady Noh has called many times. He leaves. Eun Sub states he had to save Lee Gon because Jo Young promised he’d do the same for his siblings. Eun Sub says he’s earned the title unbreakable sword today. Lee Gon agrees and thanks him.

Lee Rim walks the street until he arrives at a location with a do not enter sign. He meets his assistant who reports the country is in an uproar. Lee Rim smiles that the country either believes him dead or 70 years old, not who he really is. He knows Lee Gon’s declaration is chaos inducing. His assistant says Prince Buyeong visited the bookstore. He believes it was an accident. Lee Rim muses it could be destiny. He looks forward to meeting Prince Buyeong in person.

Republic of Korea…

Jo Young watches Shin Jae’s mother enter her home.

At the hotel, he remembers a woman with that same face in the palace.


Tae Eul brings Shin Jae to the hotel. Neither man is happy to see each other. Tae Eul points out they have a bigger problem to deal with and they’ll have to get along. Tae Eul lays out who she knows that have crossed between Kingdom of Corea and Republic of Korea. They discuss the phones. Shin Jae points out taking Gi Hwan back to Kingdom of Corea creates a problem in Republic of Korea. Jo Young points out Shin Jae is subject to Kingdom of Corea laws too. Tae Eul doesn’t understand what they are talking about.

Kingdom of Corea…

Court Lady Noh is relieved when Lee Gon returns to the palace. He confirms Lee Rim is back, looking the same as 25 years ago. Court Lady Noh doesn’t understand how that can be. Lee Rim points out that disbelief is why he let Lee Rim go.

Prime Minister Goo calls Lee Gon. She asks if Lee Rim is really back or if it his followers. Lee Gon states today’s action was terrorism whether it was Lee Rim or his followers. He tells her to focus on protecting the citizens. He hangs up.

His secretary handles the press conference. She states that Lee Gon found one of Lee Rim’s followers and chased him. They ask why the followers have resurfaced. The response is that doesn’t matter, only that they are caught.

Republic of Korea…

In prison, Jang Yeon Ji plays dumb about the two different phones when Tae Eul and Shin Jae question her. Tae Eul produces the phone. Tae Eul guesses that Yeon Ji killed her roommate for overhearing something when she talked on that phone. Yeon Ji claims not to understand. Shin Jae believes Yeon Ji is not telling them all she knows.


Lee Rim’s assistant sees Shin Jae and back out of the police parking lot. Shin Jae sees him and wonders. Tae Eul asks why he’s distracted. Shin Jae remembers a man taking photos of him when he was with Head Detective Park. He asks Tae Eul if she recognizes the man in the car backing away. Shin Jae urges her to get to their car.

Shin Jae looks up the car’s license plate. Head Detective Park remembers the license plate number from their night drinking. Head Detective Park approves a vehicle check on the car. He assigns Shin Jae to work with Detective Jang. Head Detective Park tells Detective Shim he’s the one he’s with tonight.

Kingdom of Corea…

Prince Buyeong listens to the complaints about Prime Minister Goo and Lee Gon. They recommend he make a move to become king. Prince Buyeong gets angry at his team. Lee Gon arrives shocking them all.


Prince Buyeong apologizes about the men complaining. Lee Gon asks about Prince Buyeong’s granddaughter. Lee Gon wonders if he’s doing the right thing. Lee Gon confirms that Lee Rim is alive and hasn’t aged. Lee Gon says the confrontation with Lee Rim won’t happen here. He asks Prince Buyeong to stay at the palace to take over, should something happen. Lee Gon promises to protect himself. He orders Prince Buyeong to do the same and stay at the palace. Prince Buyeong agrees.

Republic of Korea…

Shin Jae learns the car is licensed to a missing person. This doesn’t surprise Tae Eul. Shin Jae asks about what Tae Eul believes. Tae Eul shares that the other world is called the Kingdom of Corea. She describes what she saw, how the king is loved, and how there are counterparts of people they know there. She admits he wasn’t there when she searched for him. She guesses he lives abroad. Shin Jae counters that he lives here. Tae Eul asks where is here. Shin Jae says they should eat while the food is hot.

Jo Young stares at the evidence board.


Shin Jae brings Tae Eul to the marker for Lee Gon’s counterpart in Republic of Korea. Tae Eul is surprised. He admits he did a bit of snooping. Shin Jae says he knows who the boy is. He says this is why she couldn’t find him in Kingdom of Corea. Shin Jae admits when Jo Young arrived, he knew the name of the man that claimed to be king. Tae Eul asks if the man told him his name. Shin Jae says no, he knew his name. Shin Jae says Lee Gon was the right name. He says she couldn’t find him in Kingdom of Corea, because he lives here. He admits he doesn’t know who he was in Kingdom of Corea. Shin Jae wonders why he’s here. He wonders if Tae Eul will still be his friend. She hugs him and cries. Shin Jae cries.

Nice scene!

Kingdom of Corea…


Prime Minister Goo visits her ex-husband in prison. He marvels that the ultimate traitor, Lee Rim, is alive. He sees her caution. Prime Minister Goo admits the CCTV proof is gone. She asks if he can get the footage. He asks if she wants to catch a traitor or become one. She asks for the footage. He asks if he’ll get early release. Prime Minister Goo agrees. He tells her he’ll call her when he has the footage.

Interesting.


Prince Buyeong is startled to find Lee Rim in his study. He exclaims Lee Rim hasn’t aged. Lee Rim counters that Prince Buyeong already knew the body wasn’t his, therefore he was alive. Prince Buyeong calls for his guards. Lee Rim wipes the blood from his face and informs him that he killed all of them. Lee Rim declares he’s here to collect what is his. He holds the signet ring. Prince Buyeong orders him to put the ring down. Lee Rim declares the king doesn’t deserve the ring, he does. He snaps that being the son of a concubine doesn’t change that he should be on the throne. As rightful heir, Lee Rim puts the ring on. Prince Buyeong tells him they can’t covet the ring. Lee Rim counters he and Prince Buyeong don’t have the same rights to the throne. He pushes Prince Buyeong and puts his hand on his throat. Lee Rim declares he can kill Prince Buyeong in this instance then kill Lee Gon next and take the other half of the magic flute. He declares he’ll have both parts of the magic flute and the power will be great. Lee Rim wants Lee Gon to feel the loss of someone precious to him, to crush his spirit. He strangles Prince Buyeong. Lee Rim leans over the dead man and puts the signet ring on his hand. He says this all part of his plan.

Is the ring to frame poor Prince Buyeong? Lee Rim is the big bad.


The boy reads a book outside the bookstore while wearing Luna’s bunny ear hoody. Lee Rim arrives. Lighting rips. The boys sees Lee Rim’s face light up. The boy asks why Lee Rim has blood on him. Lee Rim states he’s in the middle of a battle. He asks what the boy is reading. The boy replies King Arthur about a man with noble blood drawing the sword and becoming king. Lee Rim retorts that only those with noble blood being king isn’t a good story. Lee Rim states blood doesn’t matter, drawing a sword and being able to weld it does. The boy asks what happens if a villain draws the sword. Lee Rim retorts that justice doesn’t make the sword. Instead the sword decides what justice is. The boy notes things keep changing. He returns to his reading.

Writer Kim just provided a solution. That was a slightly odd scene. Lee Rim talking to the boy, the conversation content, was a bit off. But hey, it provided a large clue about who can save the day didn’t it?

Republic of Korea…


Tae Eul visits Jo Young. She brings food. Jo Young shows her the phone she gave Lee Gon. Jo Young admits he can’t use the phone. Tae Eul checks the search history and finds a message to her. She smiles. She deletes it and returns the phone to Jo Young. She notes traces from the two worlds must be erased. Jo Young notes she’s the only one that can erase the king’s words. He asks if she can cope with what is happening. Lee Rim, the coming confrontation, the need for the king to have a queen. Jo Young asks if Tae Eul could become queen and keep the two worlds a secret.

Kingdom of Corea…

Lee Gon thinks of Tae Eul. His secretary enters the room and breaks down delivering the news that Prince Buyeong is dead.

Lee Gon arrives to attend the funeral. Court Lady Noh faints at the end of the airplane step. Lee Gon hears the wails of the country.

Republic of Korea…


Tae Eul waters the plant with seeds from Kingdom of Corea. None have sprouted yet. She looks into the yard. Lee Gon is there. He’s dressed in official dress. She rushes out of the house. Lee Gon approaches. He’s somber. He asks how she’s been. She confirms she’s well. She notes it has been awhile. He says he came from far away. He brings her flowers. Tae Eul hesitates. Lee Gon puts the flowers in her hand. Lee Gon tells her he can’t stay. Tae Eul is surprised. Lee Gon tells her he loves her. He admits he is crazy in love with her. She can’t help but see his tears. Lee Gon kisses her softly. She gently holds his hand that cups her face.

Lee Gon’s voiceover “there will come a day when it seems I’ve disappeared. Don’t worry too much when that happens. I’m walking through frozen moments in time”.

Lee Gon is gone but the flowers he gave her are there. Tae Eul sobs.

My Thoughts

Evil strikes a blow. Writer Kim Eun Sook delivered the first direct and open strikes by evil in 25 years. Lee Rim returned to Kingdom of Corea and confronted Lee Gon. Knowing the official stance was Lee Rim was dead, Lee Gon was in a bit of a bind. When he told his security team to arrest Lee Rim, he was surprised to see Lee Rim’s counter forces behind their evil master. Two citizens were seized and injured, Eun Sub was shot, and Lee Gon was forced to let Lee Rim and his minions escape. But that was only the first blow. Lee Rim told Prince Buyeong that he deserved to be on the throne. He wanted to make Lee Gon suffer. So, he killed Prince Buyeong. It worked; Lee Gon suffered. Lee Gon believes Lee Rim wants eternal life. But doesn’t he also want perpetual power? Does he want that power not only in Kingdom of Corea but Republic of Korea too?

King Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) confronted Lee Rim but it didn’t go as planned. Lee Gon planned to arrest Lee Rim but his nemesis had a counter move and his forces struck back. Lee Gon isn’t perfect. Good, we don’t need a perfect hero, we need one that learns from mistakes. Lee Gon dodged the question if it was Lee Rim or not. He pointed out to Prime Minister Goo that treason 25 years ago by Lee Rim and in the current day by his followers was still treason. I found Prime Minister Goo’s second conversation with her ex-husband even more interesting than the first. He directly asked her if she was working to catch a traitor or become one herself. Prime Minister Goo is determined to marry Lee Gon within the year. He is in love with Tae Eul. Does she have any leverage to force him to marry her? Writer Kim fueled the romance and dangled forever as a possibility and not a possibility with scenes at the beginning and end of the episode. This couple has a way to go and many obstacles to face before we know if forever can work.

Detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) worked with Shin Jae and Jo Young. I liked the team work between the three of them. Jo Young cut to the chase when he asked Tae Eul if she’d consider leaving her world to live forever as the queen in Lee Gon’s world. She had no answer because it isn’t a simple question. Then Lee Gon returned bearing flowers, a declaration of love, a kiss and a disappearance. If that was real and not a dream, it was unsettling for Tae Eul to have the man she loved, vanish while holding her in a tender kiss leaving her clutching the flowers, he gave her.  Luna’s role continues to be unknown.

Jo Young / Eun Sub (Woo Do Hwan) worked to keep their promises to each other to protect. Eun Sub instinctively took a bullet meant for Lee Gon earning the unbreakable sword title. Jo Young tried to integrate himself in Eun Sub’s family. Eun Sub’s younger sibling immediately knew this wasn’t her brother but their mother believed her eyes. I enjoyed the comradery of Jo Young and Shin Jae. Jo Young got down to brass tacks with Tae Eul and asked if she could give up her world for Lee Gon.

Prince Geum Lee Rim (Lee Jung Jin) (Lee Gon’s uncle) was one step ahead of his nephew. Lee Rim drew first blood. He harmed citizens, Jo Young was shot instead of Lee Gon, he killed Prince Buyeong’s guards before strangling Prince Buyeong. He believes he should be king. I was a bit surprised when Writer Kim introduced King Arthur into the storyline. That clearly points to another character as a spoiler for Lee Rim. I did find the conversation between Lee Rim and the boy about the story bit odd, but considering it offers an option to defeat Lee Rim, I’ll take it. Lee Rim is the big bad, but he seems to soften his evil by how he gets the job done with a sense of style and due diligence.

Detective Gang Shin Jae (Kim Kyung Nam) accepted where he came from and joined Team King. He couldn’t run away from his origin anymore. He joined Tae Eul and Jo Young to sort out who was transferring between the worlds. He didn’t overtly specify he was from Kingdom of Corea to Tae Eul but if she listened carefully, he implied it. The comradery between Jo Young and Shin Jae was a pleasure to watch. This wounded character resonates with me. He deserves to find his tribe. You know it and I know it…he will become more important as this story progresses.

The ninth song of the OST is “Heart Break” sung by Gaeko and Kim Nayoung

I rank this episode as almost terrific, 8.5 on a 10-point scale.

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51 comments on “The King: Eternal Monarch Episode 10 Recap
  1. Jane Morris says:

    I love your recaps, and I am totally addicted to this drama! Here are some things I noticed after binge watching all 10 episodes this weekend (“shelter in place”, you know):

    1) In the scene at the end Lee Gon is wearing the same uniform he is wearing the first time we see him in Ep 1. At the time he is also carrying the Four Tigers Sword. I’m not sure what this means, but this writer doesn’t usually add details that are unimportant.

    2) I’m pretty sure the little boy outside the bookstore represents Fate or God. His yo-yo string is red, which is the color for strings of fate. Also, in the 2022 video that Lee Gon is watching, the little boy actually is LOOKING at Lee Gon not at the camera recording the image.

    3) The back story between the Prime Minister and her ex-husband is fascinating. Does Chairman Chae work for Lee Rim? The PM threatens Chairman Chae by saying the tunnel project looks suspicious. Could that tunnel be Lee Rim’s hideout in the Kingdom of Corea? There’s a lot going on with these two that is yet to be revealed.

    This series reminds me of the US series, Lost. I spent the years it ran on TV chasing down clues and in the end it was unsatisfactory. I have a lot of faith in this writer, though. The people who were criticizing this drama because the romance between Lee Gon and Tae Eul was not realistic to them just don’t understand subtlety and nuance. I’m in for the ride! Let’s hope it finishes strong and ties all the themes together.

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    • Jane, my hats off to you for binge watching all 10 episodes in a weekend. Love all your observations.
      In the scene at the end Lee Gon is wearing the same uniform he is wearing the first time we see him in Ep 1. At the time he is also carrying the Four Tigers Sword.
      Your binge watching helped you see this detail. I agree Writer Kim doesn’t add details that don’t matter.

      little boy outside bookstore represents Fate or God
      I like your theory.

      back story between the Prime Minister and her ex-husband is fascinating
      It is fascinating. Why does her ex-husband weld that much power while in prison? Why does she go to him for help? I look forward to the details too.

      …don’t understand subtlety and nuance….Let’s hope it finishes strong and ties all the themes together.
      This murkiness of this series is a departure for Writer Kim. Viewers expected a certain clarity based on past series. Writer Kim has every right to produce a more complex and opaque series. It took me awhile to appreciate, but I’m there now. I too want a solid satisfying wrap-up. I know Writer Kim can deliver and hope she will deliver.

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  2. Jane M says:

    I love your comments and I also love this drama! I took the time to re-watch on 10 episodes this weekend and these are some things I noticed and wonder about:

    1) The uniform that Lee Gon is wearing at the end of this episode is the same one he is wearing in Ep 1 when he is sitting on Maximum and carrying the Four Tigers Sword at the obelisks in the bamboo forest. I think this indicates that his appearance in Ep 10 is from a different timeline, and that is why Tae Eul steps back from him.

    2) The Prime Minister and Chairman Chae characters are still a mystery. Is the Chairman working for Lee Lim? The PM threatens him with using “fishy” information about a tunnel – is that the tunnel Lee Lim is seen entering?

    3) The little boy outside the bookstore is definitely not just a little boy. He is first seen spinning a yo-yo with a red string, which symbolizes the strings of fate. He is responsible for Tae Eul losing her name badge by bumping into her. Also, I definitely think he is LOOKING at Lee Gon within the video – is he responsible for the existence of a video from the future?

    So many hints to untangle! I love this writer and trust that she has a master plan to tell the story completely and I am certainly enjoying the ride.

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    • Jane Tilly says:

      1) I know clothes and the uniform Gon is wearing at the end of the episode may have a similar military-style look to the one in episode 1, but is not the same coat. The jacket in episode 1 was a double-breasted, black-ish velvet, hip length jacket with diamond 💎 buttons and the gold trim (possibly soutache?) was on the band collar only. The coat at the end of episode 10 was just below the knee length charcoal gray, satin coat with blue satin accents on the band collar, cuffs and pocket flaps. The collar was outlined in gold colored braid continuing down the front of the coat and trimming the edges of the cuffs and pocket flaps. There was no visible closures, such as buttons or buttonholes, on the episode 10 coat, so hook and eye is the most likely option for closure. The floral-like gold decoration came down the lapel area of the coat front and on the blue satin accents on the cuffs and pocket flaps.

      2) Prime Minister Goo Seo Ryung 💄🐝 and Chairman Chae are both fishy. I believe Chairman Chae is holding the CEO position for Seo Ryung’s 💄🐝 ex-husband, who is imprisoned. Seo Ryung 💄🐝 seems to be pretty tight with her ex, which I find interesting, but maybe they like to use each other … which makes me wonder about her motivation.

      3) I’m 99% sure yo-yo boy is Shin Jae-K 💁‍♂️🪀, who was switch with Kang Shin Jae-C 🥋🤜💢, who grew up in Korea, while Shin Jae-K/yo-yo boy 💁‍♂️🪀 got dragged back and forth between the worlds with Rim 🎨🦯, resulting in neither one of the travelers ageing.

      I think both Shin Jaes will play pivotal roles in unwinding the story.

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      • Jane M says:

        The jacket that Lee Gon is wearing in Ep 1 while Lee Rim is narrating, in the first 4 minutes or so, is the one he is wearing at the end of Ep 10. Also, in Ep 1 he is carrying the Four Tiger Sword which he does not bring with him when he is wearing the velvet jacket with diamond buttons as he enters Seoul ROK for the first time.

        I like your theory about Shin Jae. I think he is another character, like the Prime Minister, who has a lot of back story to be filled int.

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        • Jane Tilly says:

          Thank you for the time reference on episode 1 I rewatched the opening scene, which mskes EVERYTHING we’ve seen, except possibly the 2022 footage, a flashback; YOU WERE RIGHT❗ Gon 🤴🐴 wore THE SAME COAT as the one worn at the end of episode 10. My apologies, I thought you were referring to the end of episode 1, when Gon 🤴🐴 went through the portal the first time (no sword with him).

          Rim 🎨🦯 was narrating as he was being interrogated by Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ and Shin Jae 🥋🤜💢. I would like to know WHEN in the future this happens. Rim 🎨🦯 was bloody, which makes me even more curious to know WHOSE blood is all over him❓⁉️

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          • Yep, I went back and watched the first episode as well. Concur Shin Jae and Tae Eul are interrogating Lee Rim knowing who he is and vice versa. Whose blood is a good question.

            It was refreshing to rewatch that first episode knowing what we know now. I was able to fix some mistaken character names in the recap. Don’t think I can binge episodes 2-9 before episode 11’s release this weekend, but I see merit in that tack.

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      • beezrtp says:

        I find it interesting that Prime Minister even has an ex-husband and was still elected as PM, because in S.K., being labeled “divorceé” is still treated as scandalous – the way 1960’s America thought all divorceés were looking to sleep with everybody else’s husband. That sounds laughable. (Partly because that was ridiculous and partly because now, in 2020, so many people don’t care who’s married or not. They just go for it!)

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        • Jane Tilly says:

          That’s true Beez, which also makes it more audacious that divorceé Goo Seo Ryung 💄🐝 thinks she will become queen … that is besides the fact Gon has no interest in the power grubbing Prime Minister. Oops, I think my dislike of Seo Ryung 💄🐝 is showing …🙊

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  3. Snow Flower says:

    Just when some of the puzzle pieces start clicking into place, more mysteries appear! I am still confused, but also curious about what will happen (or has happened) next. Thank you for the recaps!

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  4. Jane Tilly says:

    I need To make time to watch this episode again I feel like I missed a lot of imformation.

    Was the peom Court Lady Noh 🎎 recited related to the in-between world and how it works❓⁉️

    I applauded Court Lady Noh 🎎 , for not giving a response to Seo Ryung’s 💄🐝 “What can crush his majesty’s heart?” Who in their right mind would give such information about someone you care about. Seo Ryung’s 💄🐝 quest to be queen is getting on my nerves. Someone who seeks power is about the last person who deserves it … that goes for Lee Rim 🎨🦯 too❗

    Color 🖍 me 🎊 surprised 🎊 Rim 🎨🦯 came with his entourage. Color 🖍 me speechless 🙊 Rim’s🎨🦯 minions slit the throats of innocent bystanders. I was pleased to see Eun Sub 🧢 rose to the occasion and took a bullet for the king and then even more pleased he had his bulletproof vest on. I 💗 that Eun Sub 🧢 has earned the Unbreakable Sword title❣

    It has to be clear to Gon 🤴🐴 that there are more spies in the palace for Rim 🎨🦯 to infiltrate the palace and murder Prince Bu Yeong 👴🥼. Prince Bu Yeong’s 👴🥼 deception about the autopsy came back to bite him big time; even if Gon could disclose Rim being alive, how in the world could he attempt to explain the traitor not ageing … I think Rim is seeking to be an eternal Monarch. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rim 🎨🦯 attempted to be the king of Korea, although since the people are living in a Democratic Republic, most people may be more resistant to having a Monarch, fearing their loss of freedom.

    I was confused, but heart 💔 broken with Gon 🤴🐴 disappeared in the middle of kissing 💋Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️. Did Gon 🤴🐴 figure out how to control the location where he appears❓⁉️ I’ve wondered about that since Gon 🤴🐴 leaves from a bamboo forest near the palace in Busan, but arrives in Korea in a bamboo forest near Seoul.

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    • beezrtp says:

      “Someone who seeks power is about the last person who deserves it…” Jane Tilly
      No wiser words…, JT

      As to Lee gon controling the location where he appears – I don’t think so. Although the writer may decide, with all this time and space jumping that he eventually learns how to do that). But I think, for now, it can just appear that way to the people around him because while time is stopped, they wake up and he’s either suddenly in front of them or appears to have vanished.

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    • beezrtp says:

      I also think that in the interim after Lee Gon has stepped back from kissing Tae eul, her face probably looks ridiculous hanging there with kiss-fish lips. 😆 😆 😆

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  5. DramaDazed says:

    I’m a little dizzy, and definitely need to re-watch 9+10 with all your comments and observations in mind. (I’ve already watched the other eps more than once – shelter in place has it’s benefits)

    Puzzle pieces for which I have no place yet, most mentioned by others:
    the sword – I feel like the writing on the sword is a clue I don’t understand
    the rare earth – which I think is related to the Corp and Rim’s ambition to control both worlds
    the poem – and Lady Noh’s relationship to it – is it a clue or just atmosphere
    Luna and Luna the cat whose name she borrowed makes me think that Luna is Tae-Eul
    And – the scene where Tae-Eul is interrogating a bloody Lee Rim who is admitting to multiple murders in a very arrogant fashion (possibly because he knows nothing can be done to him in the Republic?)
    I keep wondering if the WHO of the voice overs is a clue but I don’t have the brain to sort it.

    Looking forward to Friday/Saturday 11+12.

    Thanks for the recaps kjt.

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    • All good puzzle pieces.
      * The tiger sword must be a bigger deal. It sliced the magic flute, the inscription is for the King, will Jo Young or Shin Jae weld it to save Lee Gon?
      * Agree that Lee Rim believes Tae Eul and Shin Jae can’t do anything with him in Korea.
      * I wonder if Head Detective Park’s disappearances when he is supposedly with another detective is another puzzle piece. Maybe he is taking a knitting class, but in this series it could be more.

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      • Jane Tilly says:

        The narrating voice in the beginning of episode 1 is Rim 🎨🦯.

        As the other Jane mentioned in episode 10’s recap adult Gon 🤴🐴 is weilding the 4 Tiger’s sword in the first few minutes of episode 1 poised to go through the portal (wearing the coat we see Gon 🤴🐴 wearing at the end of episode 10) … presumably to go after Rim 🎨🦯. This episode 1 scene as well as Rim being interrogated by Tae Eul 🔫🕵️‍♀️ and Shin Jae 🥋🤜💢 seem to be the “present day” with EVERYTHING we have seen through episode 10 as flashbacks. As of episode 10, we haven’t caught up to the opening scene of the first episode.

        It is known that North Korea 🇰🇵 has rare earth materials. Due to international sanctions from human rights violations, they have not been able to freely profit from these natural resources.

        I haven’t given much thought to Detective Park’s absences, assuming he’s having an affair … what if he is working for Rim 🎨🦯❓⁉️

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        • Agree the episode 1 scene seems to be present day, and we haven’t caught up to that moment yet. You have to commend Writer Kim for making us work for it.

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          • DramaDazed says:

            Working for it, yes. lol. Much rather this than working at my real job. 😉 Writer kudos.

            Using the comments, I started re-watching Ep 1 and just a few minutes in made some notes.

            The opening interrogation in ROK Feb 2020 – doesn’t it look like Rim is wearing the clothes from his KOC 1994 assassination? – That is what Tae-Eul is asking him about, killing his brother. Of course we know the blood on Rim could be from someone else.

            During the KOC 1994 assassination, Rim said ‘I’ve been planning my whole life’. It sounds like he already knows about the parallel world? but how could he if he didn’t have the flute – unless he is time traveling. P.S. does anyone know what the name of the flute really means? The narrative describes it as being named ‘ma…’ for a reason.

            The ROK is not the standard ROK we know because they have a current ruling Queen. That might not be significant to the story, could be being used to establish the fiction, but the Queens are all missing in KOC.

            Lee Gon is obsessed with (quantum?)equations while still in mourning clothes.

            Note about Lee Gon telling the Rim minion to commit suicide: you know how the King jokes about beheading? In some dramas I’ve seen a King will say “commit suicide, here’s your poison” or here, let this guy with a sword help you”.

            Who knows what situations and events are relevant? Certainly not all of them?

            Cheers.

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            • Jane M says:

              I think time traveling has to be a part of this, as well as the existence of parallel worlds. It does look like Lee Rim is wearing the same clothing during the 2020 interrogation that he was wearing when he killed Lee Gon’s father in 1994.

              Regarding “The ROK is not the standard ROK we know because they have a current ruling Queen” – do you mean the poster of Queen Yuna? That confused me at first, but I looked it up and that is the nickname for a popular Olympics figure skater (Yuna Kim) who represented South Korea.

              I do wish I understood math enough to try to decipher some of the equations Lee Gon writes on every available surface! I wonder what the cleaning staff at the hotel thought after he checked out? He had written equations on the windows there, plus there was the diagram of the duplicate persons in the two universes as well.

              I am afraid for the sadness and tragedy that seems about to unfold in the next episodes, and a happy ending seems unlikely but I am holding out hope.

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              • DramaDazed says:

                Duh. Kim Yuna, queen figure skater. LOL.

                I just watched 11… looking forward to sharing your thoughts.

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                • beezrtp says:

                  Yup. She’s very revered (and mentioned often in Kdramas). And I can’t blame them when you’re such a small country to have an athlete compete (and win!) at that level is amazing (considering how many citizens the rest of the world has to choose from and then your tiny country has the best?! DAEBOK!

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                  • DramaDazed says:

                    I had forgotten… and there is a swimming champion often mentioned too, Park Tae? (something). In one drama I remember the swimmers goggles were auctioned and the male lead gave them as a present to the female lead but she didn’t really know how much they cost. Wish I could remember the drama…

                    Interesting – my primary care Dr is of Korean descent and he is clearly very proud when ROK gets world attention. (And he thinks my interest in dramas is silly: something his mother does.)

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            • Jane Tilly says:

              ‘I’ve been planning my whole life’. I think refers to Rim telling adolescent Gon her suffered through his own father and brother

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              • DramaDazed says:

                Probably right, JaneT. I do overthink things. LOL.

                A comment about the coming storm, one of the qualities I have appreciated about this writer’s other dramas is that they just don’t end with a kiss and a clinch – we usually get to see our characters down the line a bit. Hope that is the case here too.

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            • beezrtp says:

              Kim Yuna (U.S. knows her as Yuna Kim) is a Korean Olympian champion figure skater – “Queen” of the ice. lol

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        • beezrtp says:

          I think my sweet Det. Park is just getting peace from work and home. I hope so.

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      • beezrtp says:

        I wonder at you guys thinking the Republic can’t do anything to Lee Rim. I truly believe when government’s feel their security is at stake – regular laws be darned. While it’s true Lee Rim is technically governed by The Kingdom, since noone knows about the parallel universe, and presuming he’s taken over his doppleganger’s identity in The Republic, he can be persecuted just like any other citizen. Now if he hadn’t taken over his dopple’s identity (which makes sense because of the age problem and his not having polio), then S.K. government’s equivalent to Homeland Security could step in and treat him as an alien (not an illegal alien, but a space alien 😆) to be locked up and experimented on. Maybe not to my sci-fi imagination’s degree, but I don’t feel like he’d walk away like nothing happened if they have proof linking him to murders in the Republic.

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    • beezrtp says:

      Who is “Corp”?

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  6. beezrtp says:

    “How do I crush his heart?” She says to the woman who is the closest thing the King has to a mother. Prime Minister not so smart after all.

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  7. beezrtp says:

    I can’t remember – what led Shin jae to Lee Gon’s dead counterpart’s memorial marker in the previous episodes?

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  8. beezrtp says:

    “But hey, it provided a large clue about who can save the day didn’t it?” kjt
    Of course! Lee Min ho! haha!

    No, seriously, kjt – It was too vague for me. Who did you think it’s referring too? Or are you talking about the book with the rightful King being the only one who can pull the sword?

    Thinking a little further on it, that must be what you meant. I guess I thought for a minute you saw something in what Lee rim was saying. That’s the part that I was looking for deeper meaning in.

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  9. beezrtp says:

    Lee gon placed guards around his gateway but he didn’t account for time would be stopped for guards as Lee Rim strolled last them. So unless he has enough guards – hidden because otherwise, if Lee Rim saw a long line of guards he could just walk past them heading in a another direction by the time they “woke up”.

    Although I know the writer decided to write that there is another gateway, I’m just sayin’.

    I must say I didn’t like the choice writer/director made to have Lee Gon stand frozen in grief while Court Lady Noh collapsed. I would’ve preferred seeing my hero run frantically to his “mother”.

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    • Jane Tilly says:

      I suspect time only stops while someone is in the in-between world. We don’t know enough about the portal to know if the location can be controlled. Rim originally entered through the same portal in the bamboo forest … he’s been using it for 25 years so he may have more knowledge than Gon about how to control it.

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      • DramaDazed says:

        I agree with you, JaneT – and maybe it only applies to Lee Rim and Lee Gon? How do all the ordinary people get through? Does LR open the portal every time? Maybe I shouldn’t think about it, so far I’m batting minus 1000. LOL.

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        • Jane Tilly says:

          My supposition is that the manpasikjeok (magic flute) has to be present to open the portal. Gon 🤴🐴 and Rim 🎨🦯possess the pieces of the manpasikjeok (magic flute), so they would have to open the portal and most likely travel WITH anyone else in order to open the portal open to get out of the in-between world. We KNOW Gon 🤴🐴 doesn’t let his piece of the manpasikjeok out of his sight, I HIGHLY DOUBT Rim 🎨🦯 would trust any of his minions with that power. I believe only Gon 🤴🐴 and Rim 🎨🦯 notice the time ⏰❄ freeze as they possess pieces of the manpasikjeok (magic flute).

          We’ve seen Rim 🎨🦯 with a walking cane 🦯 at times, I wondered 🤔 if he cut his piece of the manpasikjeok in two (one piece in the umbrella 🌂 and the other in the cane 🦯), but after thinking about it, I doubt Rim 🎨🦯 would do anything that might diminish his power… I also don’t think he would allow any of his minions to get a taste of that power.

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          • beezrtp says:

            That’s why I can’t understand Lee Rim leaving his umbrella with Prime Minister’s mother for so long. Unless he switches the flute between the umbrella and the cane. Still makes no sense unless he used that as a hiding place but that’s awfully chance-y. Restaurants give away umbrellas to patrons as a courtesy if its been there a long time (or patrons take them if it’s a rainy day). Not that I ever would take someone’s umbrella but I’ve seen it done in dramas.

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            • Jane Tilly says:

              I agree that it seems risky …. maybe he does switch it out the manpasikjeok between the umbrella and cane. I’m sure he doesn’t want his minions to figure out it is needed to travel.

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              • beezrtp says:

                JT, what are you doing up at 2:15 am? Although you could be somewhere where it’s bit that late but still… Don’t you have to go to work early on weekdays?

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                • Jane Tilly says:

                  I’m not on the same time zone as the blog, so while it may have been late, it wasn’t quite that late. Plus today was a holiday, I was able to sleep in.

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          • DramaDazed says:

            Only four episodes left and so many questions to resolve. Thanks for responding

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  10. beezrtp says:

    “Lee Rim is the big bad, but he seems to soften his evil by how he gets the job done with a sense of style and due diligence.” kjt

    So somebody else besides me is appreciating Prince Lee Rim’s style. lol I’ve always liked this actor and that results in me enjoying seeing him on my screen, even as The Big Bad.

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  11. DramaDazed says:

    I couldn’t figure out how to use font formatting here like italics or bold…:-(

    beezrtp
    I wonder at you guys thinking the Republic can’t do anything to Lee Rim. I truly believe when government’s feel their security is at stake – regular laws be darned.
    ~ I think rule of law would stop Tae Eul and Sin Jae from taking action. I’m thinking that in the scene at least – there is no way to know why Lee Rim was arrested and it’s possible the cops have no evidence, another reason for Lee Rim’s arrogance. If the blood is Lee Rim’s brothers (Lee Gon’s dad) he is dead long ago in ROK.

    Who is “Corp”?
    ~Well, it hasn’t been given much screen time so might just be filler, but Lee Rim replaced the owners of a large chaebol corporation with the KOC dopplegangers. I was thinking it had to do with the obtaining rare earth from North Korea, by negotiating a business deal. Maybe it was just meant to demonstrate Lee Rim’s large picture thinking and how he is replacing people.

    I can’t remember – what led Shin jae to Lee Gon’s dead counterpart’s memorial marker in the previous episodes?
    ~ I thought he went to see HIS doppleganger’s grave, and it just happened to be next to the Kings, and he didn’t know who he was seeing until later? I could be wrong.

    Although I know the writer decided to write that there is another gateway, I’m just sayin’.
    ~I think that might be what they call a plot hole…;-) BUT another factor is that (SPOILER) it turns out that each time stop is expanding exponentially, and the King didn’t know that at the time. He may have thought his guys would have time to see.

    kjt
    “But hey, it provided a large clue about who can save the day didn’t it?” kjt
    ~I’m with beezrtp – I still don’t know. It actually crossed my mind that one of the JO boys could be the savior, because one of them could have the badge taken from the King. That said, right now I have lost track of who has the 2 badges.

    I am so thrilled to have these excellent recaps and all your comments – they are greatly adding to my enjoyment of this drama.

    Cheers.

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