The impetus for actions in a sageuk is rarely personal, and this is especially true in The Moon Embraces the Sun. People are eliminated simply because they got in the way. It’s not like anyone objects to Yeon Woo being Hwon’s Crown Princess because she’s ugly, stupid, or his half-sister. It’s because she doesn’t represent the establishment, and the people in power need to get rid of her to keep their power. It’s always those who climb the highest who are most at risk to tumble from such great heights. It’s bittersweet to know that Yeon Woo simply likes Hwon and doesn’t covet the Crown Princess position, but she is not strong enough to withstand the onslaught of those who seek to destroy her. I wish she would have left with Yang Myung or married some nice lower official, only in the sense that her life wouldn’t be totally screwed because of Hwon. But then again, the most memorable of love stories are the ones that scale great heights to reach their happy ending.
Written preview for episode 5:
From Queen Yoon, Nok Young receives a paper containing Yeon Woo’s birth information along with Yeon Woo’s clothing. Alone in the Hidden Moon Chamber, Yeon Woo suddenly finds herself in unbearable pain. Yoon Dae Hyung’s cohorts use the excuse that the Crown Princess Heo concealed her illness, asking King Sungjo to expel her from the Palace. Finding out that the ministers are heading to the Hidden Moon Chambers at that moment to send Yeon Woo back to her family, Crown Prince Hwon is furious.