I’ve been waiting for the drama to really give me a balanced OTP to care about, to make both ends of the main leads equally invested in the outcome. Episode 8 of Queen Cheorin (Mr. Queen), by taking the Queen out of the palace and making the King actually think about what he’s dealing with, raised the stakes and intensity for the first time. It’s no longer about Bong Hwan’s soul trying to return to modern times, or what the heck is going on with real Queen So Young’s soul, but the interactions between Bong Hwan in So Young’s body and discombobulating the King in ways more than as entertainment that makes this drama meaningful. I think Kim Jung Hyun has been doing a fantastic job so far, it’s not his fault that the King is hard to like in the exact opposite of how easily it is to love the Queen, but finally he starts to get his head of out his proverbial ass and stop thinking in linear terms about the factions and politicizing in the palace. The ratings for episode 8 plateaued for the first time with 12.271%, a teeny drop from the previous but does put a wrinkle in the path of domination this drama has been on since it premiered.