It’s like the screenwriter can read my mind and gives me everything I ask for and more with The Tale of Nokdu. I get tired of Nokdu cross-dressing and the widow’s village is wiped out, he returns to being a dude permanently, and the action moves to Hanyang and the central birth secret and palace intrigue plot. The romance also ups the stakes as now we know Dong Joo’s target is Nokdu’s royal daddy so that’s some major Romeo and Juliet angst, but the drama doesn’t keep them separated for long and also reunites them with the same sass and bickering we love. This week’s episodes cement for me that Tale of Nokdu is the best of traditional young romance sageuk storytelling, ten years ago this drama would have way more viewers and buzz during the heyday of Hallyu dramas and we’d probably see Jang Geun Seok and Park Shin Hye as the leads as it’s basically reverse You’re Beautiful and hot damn it’s just marvelous to watch. Jang Dong Yoon just made himself a K-drama male lead career and Kim So Hyun has found her best onscreen male lead if you ask me.