After the action packing episode 13 of River Where the Moon Rises, the action moves squarely back to the palace and I kinda dozed off because it’s back to the stuff that the drama never did well in the first place. Ga Jin is starting to politic and set traps herself, good for her but it always feels like a kid playing dress up. Even Go Geun, who did the horizontal sexy with Mo Young (blergh), when he tries to warn his dad on how to play the game of thrones it feels like he has no deeper clue what his dad did to get to this place. The politicking is where Ondal is the weakest, not because he can’t do it but because it’s totally anathema to his personality and what his dad and nanny taught him. That’s why Sunnobu got wiped out, because they play by the rules and everyone else cheats. I worry DalJin will fracture a bit with their different styles of dealing with danger but I’m sure the drama will smooth it over quickly because the OTP remain the most consistently satisfying part of this drama.