The premise of Bossam: Stealing Fate is that widow-hood in Joseon era was THE pits. Women who had the misfortunate to have their husband die must either live in spinsterhood forever or kill themselves to continue serving as the wife in death. Bossam gave widows a second chance, some were unwilling while others participated in orchestrating the kidnapping so they could remarry. It’s as female agency as it gets and I love that this story puts a widowed princess with even more baggage as our central bossam target. Sure it was a case of mistaken identity but it’s probably the best thing to happen to her, otherwise she would die in that household with zero chance at life aside from leaving the home once a year to visit her husband’s plaque at the temple. This week’s episodes 3-4 showed us how the Princess can’t go back to her husband’s home, can’t go back to the Palace despite having lovely parents, and because she’s so indoctrinated in Confucian principles but also has genuine human emotions it’s such a conundrum for her. Luckily she has her new “son” to just lay it out straight for her and also get our male lead to play ball, two people better off dead can and should live each day and see where it goes. This drama is so wonderful, with lush gorgeous sageuk visuals, it’s no wonder this week’s ratings went up to 4.648% and 5.551%.