It’s tough being Wang Yoo in the last few episodes of Empress Ki. For a while you thought your wifey was dead so you married a totally random chick for political alliance reasons so you can do your duty, you didn’t even know your beloved wifey carried your baby much less said baby has been babynapped by scheming rabid chipmunk Empress Tanasiri, and now you find out your beloved is alive but one of the royal consorts to Yuan Emperor Ta Hwan. At a certain point the phrase “having the worst day ever” can be attributed to you, perhaps a more apt description would be “picking the worst trip back home ever” when you left Seung Nyang behind for what was supposed to be a quick trip to Goryeo. Thank goodness wuri King is coming back into the central narrative with episode 30 as he rides a poor horse into the ground to race to the Yuan dynasty to find out exactly what the heck happened to turn his romance upside down. Poor dude is in for a cold awakening, but he’s made of as much stern stuff as Seung Nyang and will definitely handle the fall out like a man. That’s why I ship him so much with Seung Nyang, his emotional strength and bigger picture patience makes for a character that might forms the perfect counterpart to Seung Nyang. I know he’ll understand and accept her reasons for becoming Ta Hwan’s consort to seek her vengeance. She’s chosen to walk down the harder road and now he’ll have to endure like she is enduring. Get ready for tons and tons of angsty longing stares and eye sex in lieu of any real physical romance between these two going forward.
I feel for Ta Hwan but he’s starting to get a clue and I’m warming up to him so hopefully he won’t take the return of his romantic rival and revert to his previous emo self-pitying whiny incarnation. I was a little taken aback that Tanasiri seems to have fallen from power that easily, but her character is clearly not gone from the drama since Baek Jin Hee’s character is reportedly so popular with the Korean audiences that quite early on there was a news report that her character is staying for the duration of the entire drama (as opposed to leaving around episode 30 which was the original storyboard for her character). I don’t mind Tanasiri sticking around because I also find her super hilarious and so easy to hate on for her bitch face. She also holds baby Maha in her hands, said baby being Wang Yoo and Seung Nyang’s little Star with his three little star birthmarks on his foot for easy drama required recognizing later on. Right now Seung Nyang is all “I am head bitch around here” in charge because she literally has zero emotion left after everyone around her gets slaughtered, which works wonders when it comes to being all-in when it comes to plotting to take down Yeon Chul’s clan. The problem now comes when Wang Yoon returns to her life, and later on when she discovers baby Star in the Palace, because suddenly revenge isn’t going to taste as sweet when she has a her family to live for again. Until then, I’m going to keep on enjoying the EK train as it speeds head on for the most awkward three way meeting of all time.