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You know how I was saying I will watch this ep after the last episode came out? I lied.

This was so so so perfect. Even if I cried enough to get dehydrated.

(Hopefully semi-coherent thoughts and a ton of caps)

You know, even in the middle of their desperate fight about whether she goes or stays, it all pauses for her to take care of his hurt hand. That is so...married - because fight or no fight, loving or caring for your partner comes first and anything else disappears before that. Another thing about them? The easy intimacy of touch. And ES confirms what we've suspected - CY's trembling hands are purely psychological. I wonder if it's because ES is being taken away from him and so it's his subconscious' way of rejecting living. And this is the one fight that comes to an impasse because he simply can't let her win this one. But when he tells her that until she leaves, he will spend every moment he can with her and he will make her laugh, though "I have no confidence" to know how - oh, he is so open with her. I guess 'frontal attack' applies not just to his fighting style.


















































CY tells the King about his hands. And that there are 7 days until the portal and he will serve the King until then, but then he will leave to take ES. There are no pretenses now that anyone but ES is n1 for him. And Gongmin, after Nogook, after her almost loss, understands. CY is not the King's man. He is Eun Soo's man.











This was the cutest thing ever. He is ordering various Wudalchi to various tasks and then snaps "Yoo Eun Soo. Escort me." Heeee. The big bad general needing ES' escort :) But he is keeping his word of not being parted from her.








This scene! He asks her what she likes, as if trying to learn every last thing about her in the limited time together. And she answers various things but instead she is thinking only about CY - "a tall man, blue and grey colors, your voice, etc..." And then she asks him what he likes, and he puts his hand on her shoulder, in mute yet eloquent answer. Oh, darlings, darlings, darlings! You must live and be happy together. I will gladly throw every other OTP this year under the bus for this.























Shippers :P











It's official, Song Jina has a thing for the OTP taking off each other's armor.





He offers to buy her clothes and she is super-happy. Such a girl :P And he is so happy she is happy. I especially loved when she asked him if he had any money and he replied he thought he had a lot, because he never spent his salary (and if this doesn't say volumes about his bare and empty of personal wants his life was before he met her...)











But then of course, the conversation turns more serious. How could it not with the giant sword of Damocles over them? It kills me that at one point in this ep, desperately trying to convince her, he tells her he will be fine after she leaves, he will move on and so will she, when we know he will just walk into the nearest battle and die. He couldn't do without her now.























And ES knows that - that is why she is willing to try the borderline-insane method of curing herself through a deadly poison. It's not for herself, it's for Young. As she tells Lady Choi, Young has taken to leaving his sword at home (!!!!!) and she is worried, if she leaves, what else will he give up on. Oh, my God, they are so beyond selfless and amazing.








Yup - proof. (I wonder if some of it is getting worse because he killed hundreds but could not protect those he loved, so he subconsciously thinks it's meaningless).








He finds her calendar of days left. Did I mention I cried through most of this ep?








They break my heart over and over.





























The wudalchi (name escapes me) offers to be CY's sword :(











He takes her to see Gi Chul, who is a really pitiable monster whose problem is he never has enough and wants more and more (another unhealthy extreme of pre-ES Choi Young who wanted nothing). As opposed to our couple who want something small - happiness - even if out of reach. I especially loved when CY asked ES if she will be all right and she answered that he is going to be with her so she will be all right. (Especially in light of his hand issues).














Gongmin/Nogook and ES/CY double date :) Set up by darling Nogook (everyone in the palace is a shipper). I also love that Gongmin realizes that Eun Soo made CY human, made him to reconnect with the world (which makes me tremble for him if she leaves or dies).




















He discovers she has a fever, a dread sign of the end. But she tells him she needs him to have a calm heart and he does his best to comply (she also mentions a desperate method though she doesn't say which).









































CY telling GM he didn't want to talk about GC because he promised ES to keep a calm heart. And GM complying. CY's uncompromising love and GM's understanding of it get me so much/











And he keeps looking at her.








When she has them all line up for a mental picture, I started bawling. Not a good sign for a happy ending. And whatever little of my composure I had left, I lost when she motioned at CY to smile and he did.





























He learns of her plans, and his face!











And he tries to talk her out of it, freaking out, pointing out that without her trying at least they have a week together, a week for him to do things for her *sob* but if she tries and fails, they have nothing. And he is so terrified. But of course she wins this argument, too.






































As she is giving instructions, during this whole conversation, he sits there with his head in his hands :( You know, in this drama, it's the women who are the emotionally strong ones.





But then he looks up and says he will take care of her (of course it will be him and nobody else. He knows she is doing this because she loves him).





Right before she drinks the poison. The way he sits there, contained, radiating misery and love in equal measure, the fearless warrior terrified - kills me.




















Oh my God. I have no heart left. This drama has pulverized it.


























He brushes her hair. I know I was not the only shipper dying for a scene of him brushing her hair, and how like this drama to give what we want to us - yet turn it so we (or at least I) are bawling throughout.














And then the poison kicks in. At that point, I was crying so much, Mr. Mousie was looking at me funny.














And he keeps taking care of her all night and all morning and refuses to be relieved by Lady Choi because if ES is fighting, than he has to as well (what a contrast Eun Soo is to Mae Hee who didn't even try to fight). And you can see in his face that he is close to tears...You know, if it doesn't work, he won't need to walk into a battle unarmed, he'd just die of guilt right on the spot.























The aspirin! He remembers it cools a fever and chews it and kisses it into unconscious ES' mouth! It's official, Song Jina lives in my brain.















































He finds out Gi Chul broke loose and even then Lady Choi has to prod him to leave ES' side. And he leaves his sword behind. Oh my God (remember his earlier comment to ES he couldn't piggyback her because he'd have to put down his sword - such a reversal).

















Confronting GC and his underling tries to defend him and, I think, dies and CY's face, but even then the sword falls out of his hands. Noooo!

















ES wakes up and looks fever-free. Which would be great except for evil assassins roaming the palace!



Please please please end well!!!

Date: 2012-10-30 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottishlass.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing these pics and your thoughts. I had thought about watching both eps back to back tomorrow, but I just couldn't stay away and now it is half past 2 AM and I'm moping around and crying and all I can think of is that this will end so tearfully. I'm a mess but your words, they calmed me somewhat.

I always seem to pick series where my heart is torn out - it all started with Robin of Sherwood when I was at school, then at university it Space: Above And Beyond and now this. THIS is the reason why I usually stick to watching no live-airing dramas so I know the ending beforehand, my poor heart can't take it.

And Dol Bae, my other favourite Woodalchi. It seems writer-nim not only tears and mutilates of my heart with the OTP, she also stomps upon the remains of it with killing off my Woodalchi babies one by one.

Date: 2012-10-30 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oh, wow, you were another RoS fan? I still remember having bona fide hysterics when Michael Praed's Robin died. Decades later I rewatched it and Mr. Mousie had to console me because my hysterics were as strong as ever.

Yeah, I prefer knowing the ending beforehand but I have too little patience too wait.

I have some hope for the ending - the poison seems to have gone and that was always the worst threat...

Date: 2012-10-30 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottishlass.livejournal.com
Oh, wow, you were another RoS fan?
Oh yes .. me and my best friend we rushed home after school and watched every freaking week and when MP's Robin died I was unconsolable for weeks if not months. It was that series that initially gave me the idea to write a sob story about a medieval knight turned wolf head capturing a woman from the future to save his love interest only to fall for that woman instead. I had time slips and all ... I wonder if I can find that note books with that story.

When the DVD of RoS came out I re-watched it and I was also bawling my eyes out. His Hubbiness was totally confused because he only experienced this with my S:AAB craze.

poison seems to have gone and that was always the worst threat
But now we have an unarmed CY facing KC and his pledged siblings with Dol Bae as his 'hand' gone (gosh that brought back Star Wars memories, The Emperor's Hand Mara Jade and all).
I just hope that he lives and they stay in Goryeo, but somehow I suspect that he doesn't and ES returns through the gate only to start the whole process again and trying to save him yet again with traveling back in time and leaving hints for herself when the time occurs until she gets it right.

Date: 2012-10-30 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oh God, noooooo! I don't want that ending! It's both unhappy AND open!

Date: 2012-10-30 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottishlass.livejournal.com
But it would sure fall into the *epic* category as this was never done in a sageuk before. I hope I'm wrong and we get a bittersweet or a HEA ending.

Date: 2012-10-30 06:35 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Another thing about them? The easy intimacy of touch.
I love that about them too. This episode made me cry so much again. I just hope the drama will pay back all of these tears it got from me with a really happy ending. I don't care if it doesn't make sense. I just want them together. Like really together. No strings attached.

and he will make her laugh, though "I have no confidence" to know how - oh, he is so open with her.
Aaaaw. Just as long as they're together, I'm sure ES is already very very happy.

snaps "Yoo Eun Soo. Escort me." Heeee. The big bad general needing ES' escort :)
Hee. I think I had the same reaction as ES. Lol. So cute. And I really love the Woodalchi shippers. But the writer clearly wants us to suffer all the way through the end. :(

He asks her what she likes, as if trying to learn every last thing about her in the limited time together.
...he puts his hand on her shoulder, in mute yet eloquent answer.
He may be fishing too. ES likes you, you big lug. I'm seriously melting in all of their scenes together. Aside from the ugly crying.

It's official, Song Jina has a thing for the OTP taking off each other's armor.

I think it's become a thing for me too. Lol. Or maybe it's just coz it's this OTP.

He offers to buy her clothes and she is super-happy. Such a girl :P
So so cute!! And the script had a scene with them shopping for clothes together... They didn't even let us see!! Oh, comeooooon. Sigh. I just want more happy scenes with them. My face hasn't been dry ever since.

he tells her he will be fine after she leaves, he will move on and so will she, when we know he will just walk into the nearest battle and die.
Yeah, I was screaming "liar, liar, you big,pretty liar" the whole time in my mind.

Ohgod, the whole scene where he's brushing her hair and gazing at her sleeping face. Ugh. Why do you do this to me, writer-nim?

I also love that Gongmin realizes that Eun Soo made CY human
I love how he understands CY completely now. That ES is not just any woman for him. She's extraordinary and we all agree.

I love that he's the one who wants to hold her hand now. Hee. But ES is afraid he'll notice her slight fever. :( And ohgod, the hug. Can they hug more? They just need each other so much.

And whatever little of my composure I had left, I lost when she motioned at CY to smile and he did.

Had to pause everything. Ugh. The tears. I'm so scared for the ending. This isn't a sign, right? Tell me it isn't.

Oh, ES. That little brave smile of hers. All for him. For them. Waaaaah. You amazing woman.

Oh my God. I have no heart left. This drama has pulverized it.
Just one look for them and my whole heart crumbles as well. No words are needed. No words.

He brushes her hair. I know I was not the only shipper dying for a scene of him brushing her hair

Why must everything be so bittersweet? The way he held on to her. There is no way he'll be able to survive if she's gone.

The aspirin! He remembers it cools a fever and chews it and kisses it into unconscious ES' mouth! It's official, Song Jina lives in my brain.
I about died. I was crying and laughing at the same time. Coz of Aunt's reaction. It's getting kinda crazy. But can we just have one officially hot kiss where it's just about them wanting to kiss? Pretty please? No lives hanging on the balance? I'm looking at you, Episode 24.

even then Lady Choi has to prod him to leave ES' side

It's getting more and more clear where CY stands in all of this.

Dol Bae!! They killed him off? I was like, nooooooo. Sigh. This drama won't give us a break. But ES is awake!!! There may be hope yet?! It's just all up in the air. Wah!

I feel like CY now. Lost on utterly what to do next till Ep24. I might not be able stop myself from finding spoilers. Argh. I need to prepare myself. I just can't wrap my mind around it ending already. Sigh. This is the only time I've felt this way about any drama. I don't want to be traumatized by it. So I hope writer-nim will be good to us.

Date: 2012-10-31 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Did you watch 24 yet? So nailbiting, so perfect!

I love that it's clear to everyone from Woodalchi shippers to the bad guys that for CY, ES comes above everything. That is what happens when you give a man with nothing to live for a reason to live.

I am fine with the kisses we got. Would I like more? Sure, I am not insane. But it's already more than I expected in a sageuk.

I love how he understands CY completely now. That ES is not just any woman for him. She's extraordinary and we all agree.

Yes. Every last character in this is a shipper (and how much did I love that there was no love triangle/quadrangle etc in this. Just CY and ES and their love).

I love that he's the one who wants to hold her hand now. Hee. But ES is afraid he'll notice her slight fever. :( And ohgod, the hug. Can they hug more? They just need each other so much.

It's like your comment about his touching her hair - he cannot stop touching her. He has all this deep unused well of tenderness and care and he is spending it all on her.

So so cute!! And the script had a scene with them shopping for clothes together... They didn't even let us see!! Oh, comeooooon. Sigh. I just want more happy scenes with them. My face hasn't been dry ever since.

I need fanfic so badly. Need! Need!

Date: 2012-10-31 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So glad to hear you and your family are safe!

I am fine with the kisses we got. Would I like more? Sure, I am not insane. But it's already more than I expected in a sageuk.
I will forever be wary of saeguks now. Coz I'm not sure I'll be able to find such a moving story as ES and CY's for now.

Yes. Every last character in this is a shipper (and how much did I love that there was no love triangle/quadrangle etc in this. Just CY and ES and their love).
I really love that it's all about the love between them. Coz I have really been tired of the same old recipe for most Kdramas. Sometimes, in the end, it's more about which guy can win over the girl and lots of angst angst angst that sometimes gets so repetitive rather than a journey on how two people fall in love and how they try everything to protect and cherish that love. It is so refreshing.

It's like your comment about his touching her hair - he cannot stop touching her. He has all this deep unused well of tenderness and care and he is spending it all on her.
Tears up. He really can be so tender. Remembers the scene on the bed in the last episode. Sigh. The way he kisses her hand. Sigh.

I need fanfic so badly. Need! Need!

I swear the director hates us. It would be of the major cuteness! Who knew CY had money, eh? But he doesn't shoot it!! Speaking of, it's funny what someone said though. Remember what ES was asking that fortune teller? Asking when she will meet a rich man and it's better if he's good-looking. Lol. And she really did meet one in CY. :P

Date: 2012-11-01 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

Yes, I am sure I will love plenty of sageuks in the future (they are my favorite genre after all), but to find one so swoonily romantic - that's a tough order.

I love that there was no triangle/quadrangle/octagon/whatever. I hate those. I want committed couples facing the world...

LOL - you are right about the fortune teller.

Date: 2012-10-30 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hijikata-toshi.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for sharing this amazing collection of screencaps.

My obsession with Faith has been being materialized in a ball-jointed-doll cosplay these days. *totally captivated* I have just finished a 'Woodalchi Daejang' costume for one of my dolls and I am just about to finish a 'Pipeling' costume for another doll. (http://bjd-tristan.livejournal.com/146111.html)

I am sooooo very excited about the last episode. Looking forward. (Also sad that it is about to end.)

Date: 2012-10-31 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Ooooh, thank you for the link! So cool

Date: 2012-10-30 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amandioka.livejournal.com
Please please please end well!!!

multiply that for a thousand and you get my feeling right now!

OMG!! This episode was beyond perfect!! The way he looks at her... my favorite scene is when she drinks the poison and then later, when he holds her... I've no words for the perfection of this. This drama is playing with my feelings..

Date: 2012-10-31 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Every episode is better than the one before.

The way he brushes her hair, and holds her, and cools her down through the night - this is sheer perfection.

Date: 2012-10-30 04:30 pm (UTC)
ext_21773: (Too misty and too much in love)
From: [identity profile] village.livejournal.com
I caaaan't. I had this huge fear that ES would die watching this episode and it actually never crossed my mind this entire time. I thought she might go back but die? No, never. So when she took that poison I was about to lose it. I really hope that ending means that the fever broke and she's out of the woods because I couldn't take it if she dies. What it would do to Choi ... He'd just go with her.
Edited Date: 2012-10-30 04:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-31 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
24 is out with subs!

Yes, if she died, it's clear he'd die too.

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