Just as I thought there was literally no way the MBC sageuk Goddess of Fire could sink any lower into the cesspool of drama crap, the penultimate episode managed to actually shock and awe me. This from a drama with as much finesse as an elephant trying to change a battery. GoF is wrapping up this week and all I expected was more useless pottery department conflict, royal family succession plotting giving way to Gwanghaegun rising to the top, and Jung Yi and Tae Do wrapping up their lives in Joseon so they could prepare to leave for Japan in the finally episode and therefore actually showcase one real thing from the life of famed female pottery Baek Pa Sun (the fact that she went to Japan and married Kim Tae Do). Wouldn’t you know it, the drama either wants to go out with a giant middle finger or else Kim Bum asked for it, because Tae Do died in episode 31. Yup, the guy who is supposed to be Jung Yi’s husband is DEAD. Unless he’s resurrected in a magic hoodoo ceremony, Jung Yi has just caused her orabeoni’s senseless death by being her usual brand of derpy. Tae Do dies to protect Jung Yi from the Japanese soldiers who are there to take her forcibly to Japan to make pottery for the Shogun, and either he lost his fighting skills or wanted an quick death rather than a lifetime taking care of Jung Yi, Tae Do bit the dust and left Jung Yi in the care of Gwanghaegun. Ahahahaha, the very Gwanghaegun who has had no compelling romantic subplot with Jung Yi and is also by and large rather toothless. How could MBC produce a drama this bad? If this was intended to showcase the life of a real Joseon potter, then it failed miserably because I have to disassociate how much I loathe the fictional Jung Yi from the real Baek Pa Sun. The drama wasted leads Moon Geun Young, Kim Bum, and Lee Sang Yoon from beginning to end, leaving me genuinely angry this existed as an insult to drama viewers the world over. I want 31 hours of my life back, and a redo button so that the leads go back in time and turn out the offer to star.