Whatever magic pill the production team of Empress Ki swallowed recently, it ought to share with other drama teams out there. The drama is narratively firing on all cylinders with equal measures delicious makjang and genuine heavy stakes. The best part for me is actually the reinvention of the relationship between Yuan Emperor Ta Hwan played by Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won‘s future Empress Ki Seung Nyang. I never bought the early bits of bromance bonding, and loathed every minute of her time in the Yuan palace as a serving girl while he made every attempt to spend time with her and pine after her. He was like a spineless toad, she was reduced to a saying no out of hate and defiance while in a subservient position. But now she’s his Consort and the smartest, deadliest one at that, and with her lighting the fires he starts to dare to fight back against Yeon Chul’s iron thumb. It was impossible to care about the good chemistry between Ha Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook for the first third of EK since their character interactions were so utterly dumb and maddening. Now that they have become a couple I can root for (along with the OTP of Seung Nyang and Wang Yoo), it’s perfect timing for their collaboration on the latest ad campaign for sportswear brand North Cape. Normally Ha Ji Won owns every photo shoot for me, but this time Ji Chang Wook took my breath away with that shot above. Boy deserves to top the post by looking so sporty and naughty and serious all in one look. It’s a shame his great physique is mostly all covered up in EK (as is wasting the chiseled perfection of Joo Jin Mo) so it’s a nice reminder of how great he looks in modern clothes. He makes that windbreaker look sexy. Does anyone else get Lee Bo Young–Lee Jong Seok vibes from this noona-dongsaeng pairing? Ha Ji Won has a different kind of chemistry with Ji Chang Wook than she did with Lee Seung Gi, I get the sense that Ji Chang Wook totally idolizes Ji Won noona and wants to learn from her. It’s adorable and works great for a sportswear brand ad campaign because they give off a strong playful vibe together. I hope Seung Nyang at least tries to love her hubby back, now that she’s his Consort there is no going back to Wang Yoo so might as well get some action with the guy who worships the ground she walks on. Also delivering eye candy for all of us, heh.