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Scarlet Heart’s Body Count

Sageuks are as bloody as Shakespeare.

So many characters have bitten the dust in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo that the drama echoes Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo+Juliet.

How many have been killed off? Let’s rewind! (And these are just the major characters.)

Princess Hae Myung Hee, Episode 5scarlet heart ep5 park shi eun

The sickly but sweetest of those in Hae Soo’s (IU) circle, Hae Myung Hee (Park Shi Eun), dies in Episode 5, in the arms of Prince Wook (Kang Ha Neul).

Court Lady Oh, Episode 11woo hee jin court lady oh scarlet heart ep11

Court Lady Oh (Woo Hee Jin) sacrifices herself to save Hae Soo, who was accused of poisoning the Crown Prince (Kim San Ho).

King Taejo, Episode 13scarlet heart ep13 king taejo

He didn’t need anyone to assassinate him – King Taejo grew sickly and died.

The Crown Prince, Episode 14kim san mo scarlet heart ep14 crown prince

In our first coup, the Crown Prince (Kim San Ho) dies, by a royal bathwater-mercury poisoning. Dramatic, right?

Prince Eun and His Wife, Episode 16baekhyun scarlet heart ep16 exo prince eun

Prince Eun (Baekhyun) and his wife, General Soon Duk’s daughter, are killed as part of Prince Yo’s establishment on the throne as king.

Prince Yo (the 3rd Prince), Episode 17hong jong hyun scarlet heart ep17 prince yo

Plagued by guilt and the ghosts of the brothers he killed, Prince Yo (Hong Jong Hyun), meets his end in Episode 17.

Queen Yoo, Episode 18queen yoo scarlet heart ep18 park ji young

The evil queen (Park Ji Young), at last, dies. After her favored son, Prince Yo, meets death, she just can’t go on.

Palace Servant Chae Ryung, Episode 18jin ki joo chae ryung scarlet heart ep18

Who knew that Chae Ryung (Jin Ki Joo) was a spy all along?

Woo Hee, Episode 19woo hee seohyun scarlet heart ep19

Woo Hee (Seolhyun), the former gisaeng-turned-assassin-turned fiance of Prince Baek (Nam Joo Hyuk), ridden with guilt over her people of Baekje, jumps to her death. Ah, the second love of Prince Baek, dies. Kid just can’t catch a break.

Hae Soo, Episode 20 [Finale]hae soo IU kdrama ep20

Yeah, I know – what the WHAT?! You killed off the heroine in the finale? And what a mess that finale was, indeed. More on that tomorrow.

Prince Wook, Episode 20 [Finale]kang ha neul

Prince Wook, after aging in Episode 20 (apparently while everyone else looks EXACTLY the SAME), dies. We don’t actually see it happen – we hear of the news from Prince Baek.

Scarlet Heart’s Total Body Count: 12

And here’s who’s left standing, of our original characters:scarlet heart ryeo ep20 finale

 

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