This week feels like it will be an inflection point in the airing of SBS Fri-Sat drama The King: Eternal Monarch. It’s ratings are what it is, currently averaging 8.7% AGB nationwide through the first 8 episodes which is undoubtedly not as expected for a drama from hit screenwriter Kim Eun Sook, with a huge 32 billion won budget and big name male lead Lee Min Ho with leading lady Kim Go Eun with movie acclaim under her belt. With that said, the drama is getting more cohesive incrementally and those who want to see the drama through the end as a completist now have 8 episodes under their belt and 8 more to go.
The production team shared new stills this week showing a sweet quiet kiss moment between leads Lee Min Ho’s King Lee Gon and Kim Go Eun’s detective Jung Tae Eul and visually it’s a gorgeous tableau. The colors are so complementary, I love Kim Go Eun’s sand colored shirt with forest green cardigan and the leads height difference really pops in this scene. Unless episode 9 and 10 turn out to be even worse than the first half, I hope this drama has an Uncontrollably Fond trajectory (it keeps getting better and the ending was amazing and validates sticking with it) and I’m going into this weekend wanting a refresh start with The King, me and it will wipe away the first 8 episodes and see what the next 8 has in store.