I honestly believed that death was a fake-out. Damn.
Eleanor: Well, we kind of need him dead so we can get the news out about what he did, so I'm glad that he did actually die. And oh my goodness gracious me! Prince Jing looks amazing here!
I liked how Meng held Fei Liu back. I also liked that early glimpse of Prince Yu, before he was so far gone - it was clear that he was not at all comfortable with the situation.
Oh no, I've already started crying. Everyone is going to think I'm just a crybaby if they read these recaps T_____T
Prince Qi. I spent some time after that scene imagining what his last months were like. What it must have felt like to worry about his family, and to be a good son to a bad father, one he knew would kill him.
And no one defended him. How lonely. How terrible. How tragic. Where are my tissues???
I think Jing assumes that when that is set to rights all else will return to its natural place. He doesn't know the world doesn't work that way, but he'll find out soon enough. What's that saying? You can't stand in the same river twice?
I think it's also a "Don't worry, I'm not angry with you for not telling me who you are. I'll wait until you feel you want to tell me more" sort of thing. I think he knows things cannot be as they once were but he wants to believe that there is at least some justice in this world.
Later, Prince Jing gathers his two trusted ministers and Marquis Yan and tells them he wants to open up the Chiyan army case. Re-investigate and re-judge it. Clearing the names of his brother and the Lin-family. Oh, sweet Prince ... careful. Caaaareful!
Why is this suddenly even thinkable with the emperor still alive? What protects Jing that didn't protect anyone else? He just watched two brothers be banished - one just for being a fool - what makes him think he can push this through?
I think it was mentioned before - if they wait until the Emperor is dead, the solving of the case won't be as meaningful. It has to come while the Emperor is alive. And Prince Jing at this point is essentially already running the kingdom - he is almost safe to start this. He's got Mei Changsu on his side and many trusted ministers. They will find a way where no other could.
I had forgotten about this kid and at first I thought he was that pugilist brother-in-law, the one with the pregnant wife. She died after the party, right? It feels like that was a year ago.
She did die a while ago, wow it does feel much longer ago as well. That's no Xie Bi's wife though - that was the other side of Jingrui's family. I'm still a little gobsmacked that Xie Yu was so evil and yet Jingrui and Xie Bi ended up being such good guys. I guess they had other parenting role models around them to ward off some of the bad guy influence.
I think so, yes. And yay! Worried Seal returns!
Jingrui!!!!!!! He is so lovely!!!!!! A truly excellent character all round.
Quite, yes. He's a massive dickhead most of the time. Probably tickles babies till they cry then says he was 'just playing' with them.
I don't remember being that ticked off by Lin Chen. Though he is annoying. Nie Feng's hair looks so soft!
Nor should he!
Yeah, there's no way in hell Lin Shu would ever allow that.
I kind of am, I think. He must be tired.
Oh Lin Shu. I think I'm at peace with it, but I am still terribly sad. And crying again T____T
Marquis Yan takes Madame Han to see her ex-husband. Wow, his reaction when he sees them, especially his son... am I feeling a bit sorry for this monster?! The mother has the son kowtow to his father, for his blood, but she also tells the young one to take his father as a warning; and Xiajiang that the son will take care of his funeral and she will pay her respects on certain festivals. It hits the old man hard, this visit.
I've always found these type of signs of humanity to be particularly horrifying in a truly evil character like Xia Jiang. This isn't a guy who lost his way or was weak to temptation. This is a man who willingly performed heinous acts, who believes that he is right to do so simply to protect himself. He has feelings but no consideration at all for the feelings or rights of others. He is monstrous. He is exactly the sort of person I don't want to die - I want him to live in that prison cell for a really long time and think every day about what a terrible life he chose to make.
Yes, it was GOOD to see him so tortured.
I agree with all you two just said. He is truly evil.
Jingrui and his momma realize that Xie Yu's letter is the reason an attempt on Liyang's life was made - and mother and son decide to read it together. After they are done - it all happens in complete silence - Jingrui folds the letter back together, slowly and carefully and gets up. His mother tries to hold him back; she is afraid for him, because this is about the Emperor's biggest mess up ever. A cold, cruel, and brutal Emperor who did not listen to a single objection back then as he proceeded to massacre thousands, including his own son.
It's not like she doesn't have a point.
She has a point, but this is Jingrui - a person so full of integrity. There is no way he will let this go. And Lin Shu is family to him as well, isn't he?
If Jing can't do it, no one can. That at least seems true.
I think Jingrui is ready to take this on, but he does love his mother and he is willing to do what she wishes. At least Jingyan has Mei Changsu on his side.
But they could have a secret tunnel! Well, really it's also because he's just simply not going to be around at all. That's not a tunnel I'd want to travel more than once...
Oh Lin Shu! At least hug your cousin damn it! Poor Jingyan needs some closure too you idiot. You're not helping his feelings by being so damn aloof. Mei Changsu, you are making me grumpy!
Poor guy, he's just now realizing he didn't really get Lin Shu back. Mei Changsu has always known it could never happen, though.
T_________T Crying again. Stupid %#$#$*&# Xia Jiang and the Evil Emperor who ruined the time these two friends had together. Lin Shu, please at least spend some moments laughing and reminiscing with Jingyan. Please! I know you have to leave. I know, but please, leave Jingyan and Nihuang with some happy memories before you go. Go on a picnic. Tell stories about the past. Do something! Ugh!
Someone tell her who he is, please.
I can't stop crying. This is all so sad. I love how staunchly Jingyan defends Mei Changsu. It is so lovely. And yeah, Grand Princess Liyang, now is not the time to be prissy - though I get it that you don't like what Mei Changsu did to your husband and Jingrui. We get it. It makes me hurt for Mei Changsu though. In so many ways in all the years since Lin Shu "died", I'm sure he's had to deal with so many slights and dismissals from people who formerly loved Lin Shu.
Somehow, I would expect this to backfire.
Wow. That is intense. Will she do this? Her own life was so hurt by the machinations of the palace, can she do this thing now in an attempt to make some penance for her evil husband. That is a lot to lay on her. Wow.
How does it benefit her? Oh my God.
Serisouly. WOMAN! YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO EXPIATE THE SOULS OF 70,000 PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND YOU ASK WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU????????
CommentsI wanted to scream at this woman and shake her! What a coward!!! Yes, of course the Emperor is a cruel piece of shit, but does she really think the people there would let her be killed?! Jingrui is much too filial to say anything (though he almost did!), but this woman deserved her life with Xie Yu, the biggest scumbag right after Xiajiang, who wins the scum-bag contest if she simply lets down the two men like that.
I agree. I said at the party that I was very disappointed in what was revealed about her and this just reinforces that.
Yeah. I know she hasn't had the easiest of situations with how she ended up married to Xie Yu, but really, have some integrity. And poor Jingrui torn between integrity and filial piety.
But can we focus on Lin Shu and Jingyan. Of all heartbreaking things, this rather subtle goodbye was probably the most heartbreaking one. Lin Shu is telling his cousin that he must do it alone. That he must be strong and will be utterly lonely, because he will not be there with him. Of course he won't because he knows he is going to be dead very soon, but he makes it sound like a moral necessity, too. He is saying that his alter ego, Mei Changsu/Su Zhe, who did the dirty work for Jingyan, has to disappear from his side, as to not tarnish his pureness.
With the exception of the party, really, which wasn't dirty but was horrifyingly mean (no need to argue, I get why it had to happen) - what dirty work has he done?
I'm going with what the drama tells us. I think just by being a scheming strategist who hurts some people for the benefit of other things makes him morally "shady" in this universe.
Yeah, I don't necessarily think he's so shady either, but maybe others might say stuff, or there are probably cultural layers I'm missing out on. This goodbye was terribly heartbreaking for me, so I'm sure it must have been a million times worse for Jingyan.
I think this is the one thing Jingyan will not fight. If he had said, "sorry, dude, I'm dying", Jingyan would have said "are you crazy, I will be with you until your final breath!" But to tell him that to be the Emperor this country needs, Su Zhe has to leave him... Yes. Yes, he'd agree to that, because Su Zhe's personality has been constructed as calculating, shady, and amoral if need be. Did you see him that way, generally? I didn't, but maybe we're missing something? And knowing Lin Shu after 51 episodes, it seems pretty clear that crafting this persona this way was always linked to the end. That removing himself from Jingyan's life would only be possible this way. So clever. Yet so sad.
I don't know that he did it this way for this reason, but I think when he decided to do this he knew what it would mean, absolutely.
I also think he is tired and exhausted. Solving this case and absolving his family and the Chiyan Army and their families is taking everything from him. I don't think we see this enough in the drama's make-up etc. but I think that in some ways, Mei Changsu is like a fading image that is slowly flickering away into nothingness. I don't think he wants Jingyan to remember him that way. I think he wants to be remembered as the Lin Shu he was, and not the shell of a man he became as Mei Changsu.