Looks like the novelization narrative of Empress Ki is finally aligning a bit with the drama. Episode 22 took a turn for the hilariously makjang, or as makjang as it gets in sageuk land. I’ve always found EK to be rather pulpy though entertaining and sleek enough it’s been an easy watch. Its been a dizzying never-ending volley having this story constructed on a fictionalization of the life of Empress Ki, who we all know married the Yuan Emperor Huizhong in the history books, but then creating a love triangle with the Goryeo King out of it. It’s taken 22-episodes and finally Ta Hwan is starting to grow a pair and trying to climb his way out from under Yeon Chul’s tentacles, making it one of the longest maturation processes ever for a male lead. The other male lead Wang Yoo is for all intents and purposes actually doing something about his deposed station as the former King of Goryeo, but then his romance with Seung Nyang progresses in fits and starts since he’s mostly away doing stuff. First he subdues the Turks in the Yuan border, and now he’s back in Goryeo dealing with an incompetent dad and a scheming uncle. Thanks to the magic of potent sperm, Seung Nyang is officially carrying her hubby’s royal baby and viewers of this drama are either going to rejoice or scream holy hell. Looks like Lady Park isn’t going to drop her Ta Hwan baby since she gets cut down at the end of this episode, and then it ends with Seung Nyang in a cave all by herself either about to miscarry or deliver the earliest term baby in the history of gestation. This drama is now hilarious in ways I enjoy immensely since I’m not invested in it emotionally. Let Seung Nyang have her baby, have her Goryeo King hubby to the side, and then become Ta Hwan’s Empress so she can rule the world.
Dok Man keeps Seung Nyang’s pregnancy from Ta Hwan:
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Seung Nyang finds out she’s pregnant:
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Seung Nyang in a cave:
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