The second to last episode of River Where the Moon Rises is here and it entertained me well enough for an hour since it led to so many eyerolls I was wondering how much more I can hate all the major male characters not named Ondal. I wonder how Kwon Hwa Woon‘s manager sold him this guest starring role as the grown up crown prince, like “hey, do you want to playing the biggest dipshit in Three Kingdoms?”. The young king spends the episode bristling after Ga Jin releases emo and suicidal Go Geun (along with Mo Young) back to Shilla to avoid giving them a reason to attack, which leads to her imprisonment and execution. I wonder if the King spent his teen years with the equivalent of watching Gorguyeo Tik-tok videos instead of learning the books, strategy, and governance principles. Ga Jin is resigned to die because don’t we all have that useless kid brother who offs us for the first infraction. Ondal learns some death faking skills from the Monk and then makes his way back to the Palace just in time to dramatically stop Ga Jin’s execution and then agree to go conquer a castle back from Shilla in exchange. Ga Jin won’t let him kill again and demands she lead the army, and the sniveling King sees a chance to have his cake (win a castle) and eat it too (have his shiny and more popular princess sister and her lunky husband die in battle and not be a threat to his throne) so he sends them both. That gives us a cute interlude pre-battle where Ga Jin talks about how many kids she wants with Ondal, and it’s good number. Back in Shilla, even the Shilla King won’t fall for Go Geun’s offer to conquer Gorguyeo for him since it’s all motivated by his personal vendetta so he takes the troops off to battle leaving Go Geun to end the episode winning the prize as lamest dude in episode 19.