I’ve stopped digging too deeply into the why, where, how, whats of River Where the Moon Rises, the early episodes I was super excited about and tried to analyze only to realize stuff just sorta happened and the foundations were not properly laid. It’s really come to a head in episode 16 as a full scale coup went underway and then was thwarted just like that, zero tension and just a lot of easy plotting to get people to switch sides. Ondal went dark for a teensy second before we realize he will do ANYTHING for Ga Jin and man that just breaks my heart. She’s not using him per se but she puts getting revenge on Go Geun’s daddy above all else. Speaking of which, I actually understand that dude’s mindset in this episode and it’s Go Geun who went full Voldermort and still without proper explanation for what he wants. To make his dad’s ambition come true, or his own, and if its the latter then what does he want because he seems to want to make out with Mo Young more. It looks like the action and fast progression continues into next week with a newly grown up crown prince (maybe new king) and what seems like the conclusion of the coup. Fun times, hope Gorguyeo friends and family discount figure their shit out because the Shilla hordes are coming right around the bend.