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



Hae Soo’s Marriage Proposal Count [Scarlet Heart]

Ah, so many marriage proposals from so many handsome princes, what to do?

Hae Soo (IU) has acquired a history of engagements. And all from royalty.

Just when you thought the proposals thrown around on Scarlet Heart: Ryeo were completely exhausted from the storylines. You’ve already lost track? I don’t blame you. Let’s take a look back:

Episode 6: King Taejoking taejo scarlet heart ep6

So, Hae Soo’s cousin, Prince Wook’s wife dies, and Hae Soo and King Taejo (Jo Min Gi) get lumped together for marriage – to the surprise of both. Ah, the politics of engagement.

Hae Soo, in a last resort-moment of desperation, cuts herself to get out of the marriage. Girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Episode 9: Prince Eun (The 10th Prince)baek hyun exo scarlet heart IU ep9

“Will you be my second wife?”

Prince Eun (EXO’s Baekhyun) offers up this brazenly laid proposal.

“Hell to the no” was pretty much the answer. (Were you expecting anything else?)

Episode 10: Prince Wook (The 8th Prince)kang ha neul

“Will you marry me?”

The proposal from Prince Wook (Kang Ha Neul) hung in air for a split second before the moment was interrupted by Court Lady Oh; thus Hae Soo wasn’t able to answer.

Episode 12: Prince So (the 4th Prince)prince-so-proposal

“Let’s get married.”

As a way of escaping the palace together, Prince So (Lee Joon Gi) offers up this idea. To which Hae Soo declines (and gives back a hairpin).

Episode 18: Prince Jung (the 14th Prince)ji soo scarlet heart ep18

“Let’s go somewhere far away. Just say the word, I’ll get you out of here.”

A proposition also came from Prince Jung (Ji Soo). Although we thought it was just to escape the palace (in Episode 18), it came to fruition as a marriage acceptance (in Episode 19)- ooh! TWIST!

Even Prince Jung looked surprised.ji soo scarlet heart ep19

Hae Soo’s Proposal Count*: 5.
(*as of Episode 19)

Who else is watching?

Scene-Of-The-Week: The Man Living In Our House [Episode 1]

Best moment in kdrama last week?

The Man Living In Our House has got it in the bag.

Go Nan Gil (Kim Young Kwang), realizing that Hong Na Ri (Soo Ae) is barefooted, scoops her up out of the car when they arrive at the hospital, The Bodyguard style, with the soundtrack to match.

kim young kwangscreen-shot-2016-10-29-at-6-28-38-pm

kim young kwang soo ae

screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-6-28-59-pmAnd the best line?lee soo hyuk

“Just shoot a movie.”

The award goes to Kwon Duk Bong (Lee Soo Hyuk), who witnesses all this from the car. Ha. What a genius construction of a scene, music selection included.

Best moment in kdrama all week!screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-6-29-04-pm

The Man Living In Our House (우리집에 사는 남자).
Mon-Tues. KBS2.  16 Episodes. October 24 – December 13.

Director: Kim Jung Min (Joseon Gunman)
Writer: Kim Eun Jung (The Flower Boy Next Door), Yoo Hyun Sook (webcomic)
Cast: Soo Ae, Kim Young Kwang, Lee Soo Hyuk, Jo Bo Ah, Kim Ji Hoon.

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