The Hong Sisters currently airing tvN fantasy drama Hwayugi finished its 6th week and at 20 episodes has another month of airing left. I hope it’s enough to wrap up all the myriad threads and continue to develop the characters more because right now all my concerns with this drama have intensified in the same way all the Hong Sisters drama worries me that it will have a latter portion deflation in narrative and intensity. I really feel nothing, zero nada zilch, on the central romance of the OTP. I love Song Oh Gong in all his ornery pettiness and reluctant emotion, and similarly I also love Samjang/Jin Sun Mi for her strength and kindness in the face of incessant challenges.
But together they are not sparking and the romance fails to see me on how/why they have fallen for each other despite the longing looks and gestures of hand holding and kisses. Thank god for the side characters to keep the cohesion of linking all the main characters together, namely Bok Ja and her fate to keep dying. Episodes 11 and 12 fell below 6% ratings again to stay in the mid-5%, still solid for a cable drama but shows this particular drama despite the truly creative setup and immersed performances from the leads is ultimately faltering on messy writing.