Well, that was one short honeymoon period even by sageuk standards. The latest stills from Empress Ki show the OTP of Wang Yoo and Seung Nyang having a farewell hug. Not sure how far and long the farewell is going to be but it’s definitely not giving the lovebirds any breather after their lightning speed proposal, engagement, and then wedding night from episode 20. Hilariously I wonder if this drama is trying to speed up the narrative and since we all know Seung Nyang marries Ta Hwan and becomes his Empress at some point. Is the point of the boating to cement the romance and connection between Wang Yoo and Seung Nyang quickly so that she can move onto Ta Hwan for whatever reason? And will the drama still go down the novel plot line of Seung Nyang and Wang Yoo having a baby together before she ends up married to Ta Hwan? I’m sure my questions will get clarified in the next few episodes but I’m hoping the pace remains as brisk as the last two episodes. I’m loving the recent Seung Nyang story line to pieces from all angles. Her attire is the best I’ve seen all drama long.
She’s back to dressing rather androgynous which suits her personality, but now her hair is this lovely pulled back waterfall that shows off her cheekbones and piercing eyes. Her hair also has the perfect half ponytail to show off Wang Yoo’s engagement hair pin to its full advantage. I also love how Seung Nyang gets back her own agency which has been missing since she entered the Yuan palace. She gets to make her own choices again – she chooses to reject Ta Hwan’s advances, she chooses to accept Wang Yoo’s proposal, and she chooses to consummate their relationship. She chooses to get back on a horse and shoot her arrows and protect her man and countryman all in fell swoop. She’s back to being the Seung Nyang from the early parts of the drama except now with more conviction and purpose in life. While I think Ta Hwan is a dithering lovesick fool and Wang Yoo is a rather boring upright leader, neither of whom are really all that interesting as characters, it’s Seung Nyang whose raison d’etre is the purpose of this entire drama and I’m thrilled she’s finally coming back to the forefront of all the action again. I also hope she gets more nookie with her hubby before she leaves him for the other dude. It’s a damn shame to have such a hot guy and not get in as much action as she can in the meantime.