I am not sure if it’s just me, but the way things went in Episode 17, 18 this week in Iljimae, it seems like Pandora’s Box was being opened. So many things just happened and it just kept speeding away, leaving you breathless.
Episode 17 kicked off with the death of the lovable Swedol, Yong and Shi Hoo’s foster father after he was beaten to death for impersonating Iljimae. It was a really sad scene that lasted nearly 20 minutes as everyone grieved for his death. Thankfully the drama is at its very end because he was very much an integral part of the drama with his comedy and great acting.
So what else happened? Plenty of stuff. Iljimae was framed for the death of the two remaining ministers that helped the current king to power. In his quest to find the truth, Iljimae finally fights Shi Hoo 1-on-1 where the earlier was clearly superior to him. But Shi Hoo manages to injure him after Iljimae decides not to have his life for indirectly killing her real sister. Bong Soon finds out that her foster father killed her whole family and swears revenge.
Iljimae also discovers that Eun Chae’s father had a hand in killing his father, Lee Won Ho as he breaks off ties with Eun Chae under the plum blossom tree, leaving her heartbroken at his sudden change of heart.
In Episode 18, the action didn’t let up. Iljimae decides to let Byun Shik off after the latter manages to bluff his way out by saying everyone that had a hand in killing his dad was dead. Yong decides to forget about this Iljimae identity.
Then we had a lot of sweet Yong and Bong Soon moments which culminated in Yong saying that he would bring him mum away from here and asked if she would want to follow him. He also say that he has someone in his heart and it would probably take a long time to get over it. But Bong Soon doesn’t mind.
Very soon, Yong’s identity is discovered by Bong Soon and another of his friend who decides to help him in his quest to storm the palace grounds. From the map given by his friend, Yong realizes that someone else is behind the killings instead rather than what Byun Shik had told him earlier.
Eun Chae is however implicated and held hostage as the assassin head wants Shi Hoo to cut off her finger as bait to lure Iljimae. But he cuts his own finger instead. Yong decides to risk his life and save Eun Chae after seeing the severed finger but Bong Soon pleads with him not to but he goes ahead saying he loves her as Bong Soon is heartbroken (Lee Young Ah was excellent).
We have the final showdown at a rundown warehouse as Iljimae and Shi Hoo combines for a while to get Eun Chae away from danger. They then have another 1-on-1 duel where Iljimae wins again. Shi Hoo is seething with rage and warns that he would not back down next time.
Final scene sees Iljimae settling Eun Chae down in his secret base as he leaves. But Eun Chae hugs him from behind, telling him that he is her first love and her last love, “Let me see your face”. And the episode ends like this, DAMN!
I missed out on certain things but I don’t have time to write them down. I just feel that with two episodes left, I hope the ending wouldn’t be a major letdown. The character development and story progression has been excellent thus far. Lee Junki must be really tired with all the action scenes, heard that he has to be put on drip during breaks in filming. Hope they exceed 30% for the finale!!!