Week 5 of Goblin aired during the year end holidays but didn’t have a dent on the ratings, with episodes 9 and 10 remaining steady in the 12% range. I remained equally thrilled that the drama is such a hit for male leads Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook after their last misfires in Big and Iron Man, respectively, but having the narrative engage me this completely is the substantive sustenance I need to stay invested even if I’m not feeling the main OTP romance as anything emotional stirring but rather as life affirming.
This week’s episodes 9 and 10 had the leads work quickly through the pickle that the Goblin’s bride pulling out the Goblin’s sword would end his immortal existence, but even better was the drama revealing the backstory of the Grim Reaper and Sunny in confirming they are the King and Queen (and Goblin’s younger sister) from the Goryeo era. It wasn’t surprising but continues to build the stakes and make me want all the knots untangled in the present and everyone to get their happy ending. Even the King is paying the price much like the Goblin for their past wrongs, can’t they just stride into the sunset with backlit musical accompaniment.