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Only two episodes left. Are you worried? I am.

(Thoughts and caps)

EO defending Arang. And once again, she jumps between the man she loves and danger, and gets stabbed for her pains, but what a contrast to when she was Lee Seo Rim doing it for Joo Wal. EO freaks out (even though he objectively knows she will be OK) and carries her off to take care of her. Swoooon.

And then she tells him she remembered her death and it was EO's Mom who stabbed her (ummm, how about mentioning she didn't mean to?) and EO falls apart. I do love that she doesn't hide things now.

He comes saying he does not know what to do - to apologize or beg forgiveness, and she says he doesn't need to. Woobies!

This scene! He comes home wounded and she bandages him and then she tells him she loves him and his face!!!!! But I find it super-significant that she confessed after he told her how much she changed him - in a way, that is his ultimate gift to her - showing that she did leave her mark on this world.

He is thrown into jail by Lord Choi's frame-up.

Choi comes to gloat and taunts EO with his mother and his knowledge that Arang is a ghost. He has clearly never heard of being gracious in victory.

Ohhhhh :(

During his interrogation, he is defiant, refusing to confess to any of the trumped-up charges.

Until Lord Choi threatens to kill Arang and show everyone she is a ghost. And he yells out he confesses, to spare Arang. Because he knows how she hurts when she dies but also because if her nature is revealed, she'll be tormented and driven out. OMG.

He tells Lord Choi he will face Heaven's wrath and LC decides to engage in 'kick the magistrate' as a hobby.

Ooops! EO's Daddy (who is pretty much one of the most awesome kdrama parents ever) shows up with a full pardon and restoration. The incredulous, grateful look on EO's face kills me. Especially since his status (son of a slave - his hidden vulnerability and shame) has been proclaimed in front of everyone during the interrogation - to get the public acceptance, the royal confirmation of his office and everything he's done, must be huge.

Say it with me - awwwww.

She suggests swapping bodies with the demon - she is out of options and at least that way he'll get his mother back and he'll remember her, instead of forgetting her if she went to heaven or hell (as per rules). That goes over about as well as you'd expect.

She cooks him a meal (everyday things are pretty much these amazing unobtainable things for them) and tells him she won't do it and he is so relieved but I just know something bad is coming.

The little wifely gesture of fixing he shoes...is there something in my eye?

Yup, she's gone to the demon. His faaaace as he reads her letter!

Oh, and Killer Jr. found out Arang is LSR. In your face! I still have NO sympathy for him.

Date: 2012-10-13 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
I haven't started this one yet, but this drama looks like a good ending material (I think the ending will be similar to "My girlfriend is a Gumiho"). I dunno, it just feels this way. I am going to watch it when it ends, the drama looks really good.

Date: 2012-10-13 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yeah, I am pretty sure it will end well, just as I am sure Five Fingers will end well. I am pretty sure Nice Guy will end badly and have no idea about Faith but have my apprehensions.

Date: 2012-10-13 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
*scrolling past*

I've been avoiding spoilers like the plague, heh. I'm waiting for the last two to air and then watch eps 15-20 back to back. I have the feeling it's better for my sanity as the chances of this ending in tears are pretty high.

Date: 2012-10-13 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Really? For some reason, I am sure this will end well.

Date: 2012-10-14 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
I guess the chances are 50/50. It can go either way... come to think of it I'm probably just grearing up for the angst leading up to the finale, LOL!

Date: 2012-10-14 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am saving all my angst for Faith. I just know it will be rocks fall ending.

Date: 2012-10-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleobulle.livejournal.com
I usually hope as hard as I can for a good ending and I cross fingers like mad but it's not working with Arang. Maybe it's the fact that the heroine is actually dead and we saw her corpse? And I don't even know what kind of ending I want anymore.

I do want Arang and EO to be happy and make babies together but for that they would both have to be fully human and I don't know if I want that. Well, I do want it but I'm afraid it'll feel like a cop-out ending. Why would the rules of Heaven be bended only for Arang who has already died as Lee Seo Rim? She's made of awesome but why would she get a second chance and not others who could be just as deserving of it?

So I think I want both EO and Arang to be an "otherworldly" couple who'll continue to kick ass on earth when they're needed. But I'm afraid we'll get Arang passing on to the afterworld and EO and his mom living together like he said in an earlier episode.

Date: 2012-10-13 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I don't want them to be an otherworldly couple - they showed heaven as a place not allowed to have desire and me no like. I just want them to stay human, fairness be damned.

Date: 2012-10-13 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleobulle.livejournal.com
We'll have our answer in less than a week. I hope it won't be all doom and gloom. I'm still recovering from Gaksital.

Date: 2012-10-14 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Don't even remind me about the Drama That Must Not Be Named.

Out of 4 dramas I am following, they all have a decent chance to end badly. Argh.

Date: 2012-10-14 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
*sigh* there is NO part of this episode that I don't love, even if I want to shake Arang for her crazy self-sacrificing idea (and even then, I can understand her reasoning and the fact that she's getting something out of it, and that it's an exercise of her agency). I'm glad the treason storyline wrapped and got Choi out of the way, and how they fixed that was pretty cool too - imagine the original notice advertising for a magistrate (class not an issue! only even that isn't enough to coax anyone into it because Arang literally scared the last three magistrates to death!) playing into it. In a more political drama, this wouldn't have been so quickly wrapped, but it really works here. And LJK's expression when he hears himself not only being cleared, but praised......just kill me now. Daddy Kim is awesome ♥♥♥ and I love how the three sheep Bangs stick by Eun-oh, however reluctantly, to get the SOS to his dad.

It's also quite nice, how we have an metaphorical spin on the scene from episode 11 too - there he backed down from defending himself physically because she was in danger even when he knew killing her wouldn't stop her permanently, here, he'd rather cease defending himself against trumped-up treason charges than risk seeing her die.

Arang's last look at her home and final walk through the village actually hurt to watch (and props to the way it's lit and shot - I've noticed the look of the show become successively less 'pretty' as the weeks wear by and the crew was probably on live shoots and couldn't take as much time with it but for that last scene, it looks like they went all-out - Shin Min-ah looks GORGEOUS, every bit as much as she did in the first few episodes). It's basically a death march for her (it reminded me of something, and when the episode finished, I realised what it was - Harry Potter), I have to give props to Shin Min-ah for what she manages to express without actually saying a word. And watching EO read the letter....MY HEART. I was just about ready to weep when he read that 'I love you', I couldn't help noticing what a shift it was, from the past tense (the way she said it last episode) to the present tense, as it is in the letter.

I am so not ready for this to end, but if our OTP don't get an earthbound happy ending (Heaven being kind of crap with the Jedi-style 'no desire/love allowed' thing), I swear I will stick the Jade Emperor's goat on a spit and roast it, flowers and all. I'm sorry to have word vomited all over your lj, but I just have FEELINGS and there is nowhere else I can talk about this.

Date: 2012-10-14 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love long replies, don't stop!

It's true, those last shots were gorgeous...

For once, the self-sacrificing makes sense because she's getting something out of the devil's bargain too - being remembered (quite a contrast to earlier Arang who was wondering why anyone would care if you got erased as if you never existed).

Date: 2012-10-14 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ooooo! I just LOVE roast goat, flowers and all!

Can hardly wait for the ending, not because I want it to end, but I want the two main characters to live happily-ever-after. And they better because I bought a new bottle of BBQ sauce for that goat!

Date: 2012-10-14 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
also, I LOVE the way Arang and EO became so husband-and-wifelike in the last couple of episodes - first the wound-cleaning and doing up his hanbok fastenings last episode, now the cooking dinner and straightening his shoes before she leaves....I may have had quite a few things in my eye too, right around then.

(thank goodness for Bang-wool being quick-witted enough to figure out something was up and going to Eun-oh at once, and thank goodness Arang didn't just leave the letter in er room for him to find when he noticed she was missing - i.e. when it was too late)

And I know you have no sympathy for Joo-wal, but that conversation he and Eun-oh had about Arang went a teeny way towards softening me - at least he TOLD Eun-oh that Arang went to see Demon Mom, EO wouldn't have had the heads-up otherwise.

Date: 2012-10-14 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
They are very domestic. I love it - the real proof of love in everyday not grand gestures (not that this couple doesn't have both)..

Date: 2012-10-14 03:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
In Ep.18, anyone else think the governor was going to have a heart attack or bust a gut with the way he was straining so hard to get his words out? Jeez, it sounded like he had to poop bad but was holding it in because of the interrogation.

Date: 2012-10-14 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
LOL, I like this :)

Date: 2012-10-15 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winegums.livejournal.com
final piece of word vomit triggered by rewatch: did anyone else see that shot of her feet slipping into the shoes he got her as she prepares to walk away to Mu-yeon, and immediately clutch their hair going 'NOOOOOOOOOOOO SHE'S WALKING AWAY ON THE SHOES HE GAVE HER!!!' just like the trope says ;_;

(and the camera lingers so we see pretty clearly that it's the same shoes, too - it's quite something, how these little details get used)


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