The new stills are out for next week’s new episodes of Empress Ki and I’m swooning already. A royal hunting expedition is organized and we see Consort Seung Nyang and Emperor Ta Hwan dressed to hunt in all their imperial splendor. It’s the first time Seung Nyang and Ta Hwan have gone horse backing riding and shooting since his days of being an exiled prince in Goryeo. I was getting bored of Ta Hwan’s endless magenta colored imperial robes so am excited to see him dressed for a hunt and with his hair in a ponytail. Seung Nyang is lovely dressed like a girly royal consort but she shines way more when she’s on the back of horse and aiming her bow and arrow at some poor helpless target. I’m totally not a Ta Hwan shipper (forever Wang Yoo baby!) but he’s really redeemed himself in my eyes as a character. His capacity for self-improvement and his recent development of a set of balls to go up against Yeon Chul, that was awesome to behold. Watching him snivel and shirk for twenty episodes seriously drove me batty. It was bad for the narrative and terrible for any meaningful love triangle to develop. Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won having nice chemistry means bupkus to me if their characters have zero romantic synergy within the context of the story. That’s all changed and I’m sooooo happy. I love how respectful and appreciative Ta Hwan is now, how much he both loves and admires Seung Nyang.
She seriously is awesome to the nth degree and it’s such a shame that there isn’t two of her to go around so both guys get their own amazing woman. If I look at Seung Nyang, it’s sad that her talent and determination to take down Yeon Chul is motivated by revenge. She would be a talent in any position, but she really just wanted a happy simple life with Wang Yoo until it was all taken away. Now she’s climbing the ladder as Empress and she rocks it like no other, but she doesn’t want it and it doesn’t make her happy. Her relationship with Ta Hwan is really working for me now because it’s one built on honesty and truth. She tells him that she needs him to be the strong Emperor so that she can use him as a weapon against Yeon Chul. There is no promise of love, but you can see in her eyes that she cares for Ta Hwan and is also gradually starting to suss out admirable qualities in him. Once Yeon Chul is eliminated, I can see them living a life together ruling over the Yuan dynasty, she would be a great asset in helping to govern Goryeo in a way that is both respectful and mutually beneficial. I’m just sad that can’t be either since she loves Wang Yoo, and they have their little baby Star to get back. Speaking of which, that witch Tanasiri really seems to love that baby she stole. It’s a relief but dang I wanted to keep on hating her from the tips of her smirky head down to her dainty evil toes. Anyhoo, this drama is still super fun to watch and I’m loving how Seung Nyang and Ta Hwan appear to be enjoying each other’s company at the hunt.