This episode started out with tears. That was to be expected so I didn’t expect to tear up myself…but, I did. The 8th prince and Hae Soo were played very well by Kang Ha Neul and IU in the first scene. You couldn’t but feel grief.
I thought it was awesome how 6 of the princes rallied to Hae Soo’s “defense” when they found out she was going to be married off. It’s too bad they couldn’t help once they realized she was going to be married off to the Emperor.
Her method of getting out of that marriage was unexpected, as well, but absolutely perfect for the character. The Emperor could not marry a woman with scars, so she wounded herself enough to create a scar. Brilliant.
I think her defiance showed that Hae Soo was quite brave (or foolish, depending on how you look at it) and it provided an example of true bravery for the 4th and 8th princes.
This episode definitely focused on the relationship between Prince Wook (the 8th prince) and Hae Soo, but further hints of the impending relationship between Hae Soo and Prince So (the 4th prince) made themselves quite known.
I really would like to see a relationship between Prince Wook and Hae Soo, even though we know she’s going to end up with Prince So. The story seems to be pointing to Hae Soo wanting to change history by keeping Prince So from killing his brothers. In true history, Prince So did become the 4th monarch of Goryeo (Gwangjong), maybe killing brothers in the process. We’ll see how that goes. Changing history can result in huge consequences, so I’ve been told.
It will be interesting to watch the love triangle between the 4th and 8th princes and Hae Soo (with weird tangents from the other princes) grow.
I anxiously await the 7th episode.