Episode 19 of Empress Ki was interesting. I’m not sure what to think other than one ship appears to have sunk rather precipitously, though I never could understand how it was even sailing in the first place. The return of Seung Nyang to her Goryeo countrymen also brought back the freedom for her to speak her mind and boy did it feel good to see her tell Ta Hwan off. Before she did that he tried to force a few kisses on her that she ducked though I would have thrown in a few punches as well. Seung Nyang finally told Ta Hwan that his actions which led to the death of General Ki Ja Oh, which Ta Hwan already knew and seems to believe could be assuaged by giving money to the guy’s family, is something she can never forgive him for because General Ki is her dad and not just her commanding officer. It was gratifying to see Ta Hwan finally absorbing the weight that so much of his actions have consequences he needs to live with. That is true of all the characters in this drama which is why his particular brand of whining and general self-pitying is so grating. For those who claim his character is more interesting because he has room for growth, I’m not sure starting from rock bottom is a good sign but more importantly I still see no growth and we’re a third into the drama. The latest stills for episode 20 show Seung Nyang completely back to her old self as evidence by her wielding her bow and arrow with intensity and effortlessness. I also love that she’s wearing a girly hair pin in her locks, said hair pin a gift from Wang Yoo as seen in the preview when he asks her to become his Queen if and when they return to Goryeo. Oh, and he’s going to kiss her too, which answers my gripes about this drama having too much pining and not enough actual romancing. The Baidu EK bar is already going crazy speculating as to whether episode 20 will have any boating with the majority of Ta Hwan shipping raging about the possibility. LOL, bring on the boating is all I can say. Ta Hwan has a harem, why begrudge Seung Nyang some hot Goryeo King loving before she sacrifices herself to join his Yuan harem. The girl loves her King!