I don’t even know where to start in discussing episode 15 of The King: Eternal Monarch. If I didn’t continuously want this drama to get better I wouldn’t have continued watching with the hope that it would make sense and coalesce in the second half. It hasn’t, sadly. Time travel logic as viewers know it from so many sci-fi movies and novels doesn’t present itself here, it’s neither a loop where the characters keep repeating itself nor does it feel like new split time lines where each action or change in past action through time travel creates a new time line. Memories remain and suddenly new ones emerge, and I’m just going to forbid Kim Eun Sook from ever tackling this genre or subject matter again.
Episode 15 had Lee Gon run 26 years back to Tae Eul wearing the same outfit and then showing up with zero intensity so his travail never felt like it had real stakes. No one thought he wouldn’t make it. Luna shiving Tae Eul gets a nice payback in a resounding and much deserved punch which was the highlight of the episode along with Jo Yeong and Eun Seob hugging their doppleganger hearts out at their separation. Shin Jae ends up being just a plot device, sad because Kim Kyung Nam gave the best male performance in the drama, so maybe he’s the human version of the magical flute lol, there to serve a purpose. Lee Rim’s machinations hit multiple snags in this episode and yet he soldiers on like an undead zombie with more plots popping up that he’s set into motion already. I did like making the Prime Minister witch pay by switching out her mom except I liked her fishermonger mom and hated that she was collateral damage. Oh well, Lee Gon with his sidekick Jo Yeong is going back to Da Night once again to once again change fate. My guess is everything goes back to unicorns and roses in all time lines.