JoAnne: He does this thing, he doesn't even explain it to her. It's really unforgivable.
Sad babies are sad. He has mishandled so much.
I kept assuming he would be more forthcoming with her, especially now that things are becoming so strained. And yet he never did.
We know he loves her beyond anything - we know he loves ONLY her, really, in all the world. And still he fucks it up.
Li Jing is desperate to show that he (and by extension his people) are loyal to the Celestial Tribe. He wipes out those who aren't to show this, but it will naturally take along a whole lot of regular folks who were only part of the rebellion because they happened to live there. It's pretty harsh, but did he have another choice? Did he sacrifice a few to save many more? What was his alternative? In this as in all things, Li Jing makes decisions emotionally and impulsively.
He was very loyal to those kids.
Not at all sorry about that. What a dislikeable creature.
This is the part that just keeps on shocking me. She won't get in trouble for any of it.
You know what, Su Su? I'm kind of pissed off at you, too. You were told to stay put. You were told to avoid Su Jin, in particular. Why don't you LISTEN? (I want to smash sycophant's face in. Her weird upper lip doesn't help.)
I'm boiling with rage even just reading this.
WHY DOESN'T HE POOF?
Su Jin, I hope you rot in hell.
Well, Su Su would have 100% been killed, then?
Really, Ye Hua? Have you finally figured out just how badly you've fucked up?
Poor Su Su. My heart is breaking. She thinks he believes Su Jin, and his behavior, to her, is proof that Su Jin told the truth.
I am slightly mollified by this, but he needs to say it to SU SU, too. And then he needs to completely change his approach to handling Su Jin in the future. But will he? I bet not.
Who knows the truth, anyway, and supported the plan to begin with. The truth doesn't matter.
Shut up, Bitch. Forever. Please, someone kill her.
The uncles totally like it. I guess that's fortunate? Heavenly Lord has to agree.
This is the part that was weird, to me. Why bother asking Ye Hua? He had an opportunity to just get rid of Su Su and he didn't take it, even though that IS his goal. There's no reason it had to be Ye Hua making the decision.
I took it as a test. Test Ye Hua to see whether he would really betray his upbringing and his duty for this woman.
Well in this one, Ye Hua did kind of back him into a corner so I get why he'd agree to it, plus I kind of think he gets off a little bit on the idea of making Ye Hua suffer for daring to bring Su Su here in the first place. "You may be the next ruler, but I am still in charge now.'
I'm a fool, because I thought for sure he had a plan, but no.
He still really doesn't say enough.
"It's my fault", he repeats over and over. "I can't protect you."
And then: "Su Su, I will marry you. From now on, I will be your eyes."
Uh, Ye Hua? As far as anyone else (Su Su and us, that is) knows, you've always intended to marry her officially. How does this make up for anything? Tell her that when you're the boss, you'll expose Su Jin. Tell her you'll get her eyes back for her and make up for all the injustice she has suffered. Tell her you despise Su Jin and always have, at the very fucking least, but right now your hands are tied!
He leaves her alone so much, too - not that she wants him near, but he could try harder to reassure her at least.
So I guess he does sort of have a reason to be away from her but I don't really care, I'm so mad.
Why does he never set up traps for Su Jin? Why does he not ever do ANYTHING but react?
I laughed so hard. It probably saved his life, for me - I had just got done saying his hair reminded me of Cher's and then he did the Cher hair flip. It was perfect - plus, now we all know from BTS video that he was very self-conscious about the hair and didn't know how to handle it, which just makes this even funnier - I assume it wasn't scripted.
Right now I'm in the mood for him to be struck by lightning, though.
The only way you don't have to worry about Su Su is if you kill Su Jin, fool. Su Jin's not doing this on behalf of your affronted grandpa; she's doing this because she hates Su Su and wants you for herself. You think that changes when you become the ruler? NOPE.
Kill her. Kill her now.
CommentsOi. *deep breaths*.
What a horrible but good episode. What to make of Ye Hua after this? Can we hate him? Looking forward to the heaaated debates in the comments, haha, but let me say this: Ye Hua did what he possibly could to save her life. And from his perspective (and frankly, from mine), giving your eyes but keeping your life is a better deal then the reverse.
I agree absolutely on that point. And I may be furious with him, but I don't hate him. He is still and has always underestimated the situation and his patronizing way of assuming all burdens and leaving Su Su essentially in the dark really pisses me off. His lack of communication let Su Su make more than one bad decision and put her directly in harm's way.
We discussed Ye Hua's behavior at length before, but the root problem has always been: this forbidden love with a mortal woman. There never was a pretty or good solution; actually, his crazy plan to disappear and live with her in secret probably was the best after all. We all know he could not have stopped himself from loving her, even with all his might (it's fate after all). As soon as they met, it was going to end tragically.
Yes, I've never wasted much more than a minute on the idea that he should have walked away. The window for him to do so was incredibly small and he probably wouldn't even have recognized it before it was too late, anyway.
So, in this situation, which was manufactured by Su Jin and his grandfather, he could not do anything else - we need to believe the drama in this. If he had stood up for her in front of the Heavenly Father, he would have had her killed anyway. He was basically waiting for it. It was as much a test of Ye Hua as anything else. The solution with the eyes is horrible, but it works. Ye Hua, with millennia of experience with the temper of his grandfather, judged the situation correctly and used Su Jin's uncles to save Su Su's life. I am sure that without them there, the Heavenly Lord would have insisted on her death. He also knew he could take the lightning torment onto himself if he invoked "repaying kindness" in front of them.
I do agree that under the circumstances he made the best possible decision. The problem that I have with Ye Hua is that in every case, when he makes the least bad of a couple of terrible decisions, that's ALL he does. He doesn't think ahead to how to stop it from happening again. He doesn't think about a way to de-fang Su Jin and assumes each time that this is as far as she'll go, I guess. It's infuriating, and it makes him look stupid and incompetent.
Yes. I think it's because he's basically been forged into this machine, the ruler to be. It's a miracle he has as much heart as he has, under the circumstances.
Okay, he did what he could, but it's still a horrible, horrible thing. This is the episode in which the illusion that he can handle this, that it will be alright breaks down completely. He realizes he has failed her miserably. It brings around that change in him, the determination to get that Crown Prince Seal and make things right. He wants to marry her, to make her a proper Consort. Of course, he won't care about Bai Qian and all that. He is pretty much done with all that filial cowering.
Just more evidence that in his own way he's as immature and impulsive as Li Jing, because of course he's completely wrong about all of this.
What about Su Su? At this point in time, she seems to have lost all will to live. The loss of her eyes seems almost as bad as losing her life. She is broken. And she does no longer trust in Ye Hua's feelings. Su Jin's poison is working. It is this that Ye Hua doesn't see: he has lost Su Su already.
She needs to buck up, though. Being blind isn't being dead. Finding out that a lover betrayed you isn't as bad as death, either. And really, who betrays whom? He told her he loved her and wanted her. He told her not to follow Su Jin. Su Jin told her something else. She doesn't even ask him to explain, or consider that maybe he did the best he could by taking her eyes. She didn't trust him, but he didn't give her much reason to do anything different. The breakdown of the relationship lies on them both, even when you consider the imbalance of power.