I’ve totally got my serious hat on to prepare myself for the upcoming 50-episode MBC sageuk Splendid Politics (Hwajung). I’m glad MBC stuck with the original title of Splendid Politics rather than the alternate Princess Jungmyung, based on the storyboard the drama appears to be focused on Cha Seung Won‘s anti-hero Gwanghaegun rise to power moreso than Lee Yeon Hee‘s Princess Jungmyung. The whole thing sounds like a political madhouse that Splendid Politics more aptly describes.
The first teaser has just dropped and it’s glorious, all intense and riveting and royal glowering, just what I want in my meaty sageuks. Lee Yeon Hee doesn’t make an appearance yet as her childhood counterpart is briefly glimpsed while the set up hints to why Gwanghaegun may ascend the throne to rule while his half-sister is banished to live as a commoner outside the palace. All the supporting cast members are on fire as well in bringing to life the necessary villainous or honorable political roles that populate the dangerous world of Joseon politics.
First teaser for Splendid Politics: