The ebb and flow of Legend of the Blue Sea resembles the exquisite motions of Jeon Ji Hyun‘s mermaid swimming, all undulating softness with a hint of held breath. The drama continues to win its Wed-Thurs time slot but shows no legs of ever breaking 20% ratings, in fact this week’s episode 13 dropped a bit to just 16% and all three networks are preempting Thursday episodes for variety and awards shows. The ending of episode 13 gave me the main course I’ve been needing, the backstory fully revealed on Joseon era Dam Ryung and Se Hwa. lovers torn apart by predatory greed and fear, choosing in the end to die in each others arms to sink to the depths of the safe ocean escaping the destroyers on land. It was melodramatically lovely and a surprise to learn that Shim Chung wasn’t Ye Hwa and lived for hundreds of years waiting for the reincarnation of Dam Ryung, and was also a reincarnation herself. So this modern lifetime the two will have a chance to hope for a happily every after and I’m rooting for them all the way they are so cute together.