It’s wild to think that a week ago the worst thing to befall K-dramas in 2021 was the male lead swap in River Where the Moon Rises, and then Joseon Exorcist came along and went “Hold my beer.”. Mon-Tues remains thin on drama offerings and I’m happily still enjoying River, a drama that has gotten better narratively but still a long ways to go to be considered anywhere resembling a “solid sageuk”. Episode 13 was heavy on the action and fighting as the Northern Zhou dynasty of China has breached the borders of Gorguyeo and started to attack, and rather than uniting as one the cartoonishly evil Go Won Pyo has roped his so Go Geun into going along with the underhanded plan to sacrifice Ga Jin, Ondal, and the plucky Sunnobu tribe. That poor tribe, they never catch a break and I wish this drama didn’t need to get Ondal and Ga Jin back to the palace because I genuinely believe those two would be happy living in a remote village just being lovebird farmers for life. My Go Geun-ie love is all evaporated (though my Lee Ji Hoon love remains strong!) because I just like him with Hae Mo Young whether for realz or playing her. She’s just talks slow and acts shady even if she’s not trying to act shady lol. I’m glad the drama has managed to re-film so much because the OTP scenes really spark when we can see them acting in the same screen rather than spliced together.