JoAnne: He should have just accepted it back then, and not gone for this final push toward the crown. I wonder if he realizes that yet.
Eleanor: I think though that in some ways this brings him peace. He knows who he is now. He might regret it and the pain he will cause his wife and family, but he seized the day and it was a bad idea and he has to live with that.
She's already sad, though. She wants to be closer, to fully share his burden. It would actually be a comfort.
I don't think that Lin Shu can tell Nihuang that he's dying. I think he's terrified of hurting her even more - and maybe that she will tell him to stop pushing himself so much if it will save his life.
Well, everyone is fine, until they're not. We all die. We can't let ourselves be paralyzed over fear of our death or the deaths of those we love.
But it's a lot different when it's a man who is barely thirty and facing death than someone who has lived a full life. Lin Shu has never truly had a life and he is barely a ghost of his former self. There is a lot of pain in facing his death, both for himself and for those who love him. It's so much pain that he cannot even tell his closest friend in the whole world, Jingyan, because he knows how it will emotionally affect Jingyan.
Mei Changsu is weak, but awake. Immediately, Prince Jing approaches. He smiles, that's how happy he is to see the scholar up. Mei Changsu looks quite worried though. It seems he cannot remember anything from his "episodes". Prince Jing is also not at all in the mood to cut him some slack, but goes right for the prize question: his father, who allegedly saved his mother. What's his name? He also readily admits he will go ask his mother the same question. Oi.
Oops. How come this didn't occur to us, either? I'm a bit embarrassed.
Knowing Mei Changsu, he probably has some sort of tricksy scheme to get around it. Also, Prince Jing smiles are like instant happiness.
Oh I hope that this is either something they worked out ahead of time or something so obviously what he would pick...but how could that be? Oooh, maybe it was in that book. (No, I don't know something readers don't.)
I like it when Jingyan is smart. It's a very good look.
Still I don't really like the image of them hiding in corners working out details of their lie.
Unless it's not a lie that they worked out beforehand.
Because you're a water buffalo, not an ox. Of course you would have to suspect.
Oh Jingyan, follow what your heart is telling you. No, wait! We need Mei Changsu's plan to go ahead and that plan means you can't know.
Meng sends news from the Capital - order is restored, they can go back any time they want. However, Xia Jiang escaped. The Emperor orders him captured, dead or alive.
Can they kill him several times over please?
So then who is the 'best' son? Where is this paragon of virtuous manhood?
The Emperor wants to live forever and have power. He doesn't really care about which son is best for the kingdom.
If he doesn't, my faith in this writer is shaken. Not stirred. I'm so bonded to the idea that Prince Ji is secretly very astute. Because after all, he wants to live - he'll die another day.
LOL Jo. hahahahahaha. Nice. Prince Ji just becomes more and more cool the more you get to know about him. Here he was trying in his own way to clean up a little of the mess his nasty brother made.
Seems like she genuinely loved her husband, and that even if he took her for granted, he was fond of her in return.
But obviously not enough to risk everything without a surety he would succeed. It seems rather selfish.
To make matters worse, she reveals that she is pregnant with his child. Of course. That shakes Prince Yu out of his resignation and he starts screaming for the guards. She cannot die! He demands to see the Emperor! He cannot demand anything in his current state, of course, and all that his screaming leads to is his wife's removal to a different cell. It's rather heartbreaking though. Prince Yu is so human... he continues whispering "don't be afraid" long after she has gone.
That was sad. And what do they do? If this child lives, does it set off yet another cycle of revenge?
We are getting a small insight into what happened with the Chiyan Armies' families, except they were innocent and weren't trying to stage a coup. It's a very heartbreaking situation.
I don't see any pity, in fact I see a lot of anger. Disgust, even.
Prince Yu didn't do anything to defend Prince Qi either. I don't know if it would have made any difference, but he wants power too much. This is his fault.
Prince Yu. Not someone I pity.
That letter was gruesome.
So brutal and sad and tragic. These are the spoiled and rotten fruits of the political climate the Emperor has fostered and grown. His toxic leadership is turning everything around him septic.
I did like that. I hope that the beliefs of the Jiangzou Alliance keep that kid on a good path.
Something in my eye again.
I think she's been very ill for a long time. Can we photoshop Eleanor's face on the chosen princess?
She's dead. And yes, we should photoshop my face in ;)
CommentsI wept for Prince Yu. We have discussed it before, more than once, but he's a really tragic figure. If you have characters that are 100% villain, you don't care what happens to them much. Rather, we expect them to be punished, fairytale style. But Prince Yu was no 100% villain. He was ruthless, he was greedy, and he was often mean and unfair. But he was also very much human. What really "broke" him was finding out about his true parentage and hearing his father talk about how he got rid of his mother. For all his life, he had tried very hard to be a filial son. But from that moment on, he just hated his father. For everything. I can really relate to that. All of a sudden, Prince Yu felt the Emperor's injustice keenly and directly, when before, he only saw it happen to others around him, like Prince Jing.
Absolutely, totally, 100% in agreement. Such a layered performance - I am very sorry to see him go, despite feeling relief that this particular threat is nullified.
I think it was an amazing performance and he was definitely not 100% villain, but I feel like he has consistently made choices his whole life that show he was never interested in virtue, but rather in power. What would have happened if he had spoken up for Prince Qi? It might have been a very different story.
Where Prince Yu fails and does not deserve our pity is in his last moments, when he clearly shows us that he feels no remorse for what he did - that he does not even understand what he did wrong. Prince Yu had no other goal in life than to ascend the throne and it completely warped him as a human being. He is emotionally stunted, a dangerous bully, a ruthless man. But there is something in him that makes him regal, a son of a king. It's an iron will, perhaps, a will to rule, the ability to lead people and very refined social graces. Seeing him move in court was a pleasure: having him gone is a loss. Rest in peace, sweet prince. You had a noble heart. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Well someone was strongly affected, I see. Me, I'm thinking one-line eulogies:
LOL. I definitely don't have as much sympathy for him. I think he had potential, but I don't think there was enough nobility in him when it really mattered, when it really counted. A truly admirable performance from Victor Huang.