I think the last few episodes of Empress Ki have been slowly setting the stage for the second ship to sail in Ta Hwan and Seung Nyang. If she had become his consort unwillingly or unwittingly, then I can imagine the drama making it so she doesn’t ever love him and spends her days pining after Wang Yoo. But Seung Nyang chose to become his consort, chose to fight with him to take down Yeon Chul, chose to spend the rest of her life serving beside him. As such, it’d be lame if she continued to reject consummating her marriage with him. Knowing Seung Nyang, if she chose to sleep with them then that means she’s softened towards him to have some romantic feelings. New and improved Ta Hwan continues to be a decent feller I can root for. Compared to Wang Yoo he’s still rather ineffectual, needing Seung Nyang to help him all the time, but I don’t like to compare them because each has what makes them a great romantic choice for Seung Nyang.
The new stills are out for episode 34 and shows Seung Nyang tending to the poisoned Ta Hwan. She was dragged off at the end of episode 33 after being framed, the charges sticking because Wang Yoo seemingly threw her under the bus. But knowing Wang Yoo, he’s obviously either helping her without her knowing it, or he’s doing this because it’s the lesser of two evils. Clearly Seung Nyang hasn’t been tossed in jail hence she’s tending to her Emperor. The casting calls have gone out to find two new babies for the drama, one a newborn and one a few years old. That makes me think a time jump is coming up, with baby Star growing up a few years while the newborn is probably Seung Nyang’s baby with Ta Hwan. Since this drama is about Empress Ki and I love me a female empowerment story, the fact that wuri kick-ass Seung Nyang has two husbands now, and will likely have a baby with each, makes me want to high five her for being so strong willed and going after what she wants, and along the way she finds two men, one King and one Emperor, who love her to the ends of the world and back. Not at bad haul at all.