This is part 2 for our recap for The King: Eternal Monarch!
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How we do this: This live recap will be in two parts and we segment each post around every 10 minutes. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later depending on the scene. There will be typos which we have fantasies of fixing once the episode finishes airing. Also, if there is a preview then we will try and translate it. Look for that at the bottom or on a separate post!
KOREAN DRAMA THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH RECAP EPISODE 15 – PART 1
EUN SEOB AND JO YOUNG
Eun-seob thanks Jo Young for the use of his clothing. He hands it back and says he dry cleaned it. Young tells him he told him he can keep it.
They tell each other to have a nice life. Eun-seob says people meet and leave, goodbye, I wont go too far.
JY – When you get your drivers license, what is you 85th dream?
ES – Dream? I have nothing. *sniffs*
JY – I think you have one. Anyway, goodbye
ES – Already? I HAVE ONE. I have a dream. To see you again. *teary eyed*
He gives him a hug. Jo Young tells him they will see each other. Eun-seob starts crying and Jo Young tries not to cry as ES says, we have to see each other!
Tae-eul and Gon sit outside the hospital on a bench. She is cuddled on his arm.
Gon – You said it looks good, but it is uncomfortable
TE – Do you think I told you after trying it? I just said that. But it is really good after doing it. Later, we can do everything that we didn’t do. We can travel together and watch movies together and take pictures together.
Gon – Jung Tae-eul…
TE – Don’t say it.
She sits up.
TE – If you want to say that you have to go, then don’t say it.
TE – I am not going to let you go. Let’s not save the world. Why don’t we just travel between the two worlds and live today only.
TE – I know what your plan is. You want to go back to the past and catch Lee Rim before he comes. Then I won’t remember you. if the two worlds run differently than now. I will live my life without remembering you.
Gon – The two worlds are going too far in the wrong direction *thinks about Song Jung-hye*
Gon – There are too many reasons to turn it back, but that is the only way. So tell me to leave. For the first time in my life, I am asking for someone’s permission. If you stop me then I can’t go.
She holds onto his hand tightly.
TE – Tell me you will be back. it is the 10th time. Tell me you will be back. it is the 11th time, catch Lee Rim. When the door closes, close all the doors in the universe and come back. The 12th time *cries*.
Gon – I will. I will open every door in the universe. And I will come back to you.
They both hug as he says that last part.
CATACOMBS OR TUNNEL
Seo-ryung is called to a tunnel area by Lee Rim. He tells her that he was worried just in case she was depressed. But I should not have worried. The emperor thing is done and your job as Prime Minister is paused. You can’t go any further up.
SR – I am going somewhere wide, not high. I think yours is the umbrella. So what is Lee Gon’s? I want to take it. Isn’t this fun, you and me share one and one.
Rim – There is a better way, you can take this also.
SR – What do you want?
he chokes her and slams her against the wall.
SR – I am angry with you, what I wanted with you was simple. Just get Lee Gon or get the Kingdom of Korea but you lost both of them. There is only one way you can survive. Make a way for me to attend Lee Gon’s mom’s memorial mass. You, me, and the resurrected Empress. Over there I will announce that there is a Kingdom and a Republic of Korea.
Everything suddenly pauses. Lee Rim turns around and says to himself, my nephew finally came back.
he walks back and gets in the car with his cronies. Time starts again. Seo-ryung wonders what is going on. The picture of the Empress is in her hands.
Nam finally sees Gon and hugs him. He thanks her for not grabbing him back then. She tells him she knows and pats him on the back.
He goes to his office and is met by his head secretary. He asks what about the Princes funeral? Everyone should suspect my absence.
The secretary says that they did it privately and she announced that he was home alone mourning. All the family members left and explains what they did to make sure that no one suspected his absence.
Gon asks if hyung-nim is limping? She says yes. He tells her to find out wher he is, I will go see him in person.
A car cuts off hyung-nim in the road. This is the King. the hyung-nim gets out of the car angrily and is then sarcastic when he sees the King. Gon asks if he remembers him the night of the coup? the guy that shot you in the leg?
He drops the bullet. Hyung-nim asks, how did you?
Gon – The best thing you did in your life was hiding that from your father. if he knew that you were part of the coup, he would have killed himself. You can never come back to the Kingdom of Korea, even if you are dead.
Hyung-nim tries to plead.
GOn – The son of Lee Jong-in is kicked out of Korea forever!
he leaves and the uncle trips and tries to drag himself up with his hurt leg but he can’t and it’s pitiful.
Shin-jae stands on a bridge. His real mom walks up to him and asks if it is really him? I am your real mom. Shin-jae moves back a little. She tells him that was her only option back then. I am sorry.
SJ – Did you abandon me or lose me? Did you let my hand go, or was it an accident.
Umma – For your happy life.
SJ – I didn’t live well. *teary* Don’t have any hope. And don’t ask me for forgiveness. I just wanted to see you once. Because I want to wake up from this bad dream. Be well, this time I am abandoning you.
He walks away. She kneels on the ground and cries.
Later on, he drinks with Gon in Gon’s favorite small courtyard in the palace. There is beer and fruit to eat.
SJ – I thought the emperor ate really fancy food.
Gon – It all depends on who I drink with
Gon – They prepared it, they looked at you and matched it.
SJ – Is there any more to drink?
Gon – Thank you for today, your mom will not get hurt. This is for when you bought me dinner.
SJ – Okay, thank you for that.
Gon – Where are you going now? Are you going to stay here or go back?
SJ – Where are you going? Are you really going to that room?
GOn – Yes. You go back again.
SJ – Do you really have any guarantee to catch Lee Rim?
Gon – If I only target Lee Rim, then it is possible. If I target him when he is strangling me. At that point, lee Rim is off guard because he is so angry.
SJ – Why didn’t you do that before then?
Gon – If you hear the answer then you will regret asking me. Before I broke the dome and got all the attention to me, I wanted to save my young self.
SJ – But now you are not saving yourself? Then you will disappear.
Gon – If I am successful then all your time in the republic of Korea will disappear. I am turning time back to before Kang Han-min meets Lee Rim. It is he last chance for you to kill me.
SJ – *exhales* I should mix this with something. Does Tae-eul know your plan?
Gon – She shouldn’t know.
Lee Rim enters the republic of Korea through the gate. He goes to his old style house and tests out some guns with his people. Song Jung-hye is there as well. She looks at him and smiles.
Then she spits up blood and starts laughing. Rim has blood splattered on his face. He looks at her and asks, you, how dare you!
She tells him, now you know, I always wished to die, finally I am dead. She falls to the ground. The doctor runs in to try and save her. She has an antidote. Time stops suddenly.
Lee Rim tries to pull out the antidote, but it won’t come out. So he grabs his gun and cocks it? (Wait, that shouldn’t be able to happen either, right?)
He walks up the frozen street and sees Gon walking up the street as well. They stop in front of each other.
Rim – I even swayed death, but I can’t sway you, how come you are in front of me?
Gon – It is good if I am the only one. But it is not only me. Some people set the date, some people follows you, someone wishes you were caught, someone is against you, how dare you use my mothers memorial mass.
Rim – You should have come there, we should meet each other over there. It shouldn’t end like this.
Rim cocks the shotgun to shoot it.
Gon – There should still be more time left for time to flow again.
Rim – First it was 22 steps. You ruined my world that I would own.
Gon – Because you delayed your death for 25 years, that is why we have this death in the world. That is why we have to finish our fight.
TIme starts again, Rim cocks the gun and aims it at Gon. But then someone shoots Lee Rim in the leg. he falls and looks to this side. Then we see Jo Young and Shin-jae walk up.
Gon checks Rim’s jacket and takes his half of the pipe.
Yong has that half of the pipe and goes to the bamboo forest.
Gon takes his half and goes to the bamboo forest as well. Shin-jae has his gun pointed at Lee Rim who is sitting on the ground.
The gate is not opening, so Gon puts the pipe in Lee Rim’s hand and the gate opens.
Rim – You cannot open my door, you should have guessed. It is because that pipe has my blood.
Jo Young comes running up and gives Gon’s pipe back to him. He tells them to stay there.
Then he walks to the gate and a red gate shows up. It was turquoise before. Rim turns to it in amazement.
Rim – now I finally see this moment, the moment that I was wishing for so much has come.
Gon – I don’t hear the pipe sound
Rim – You have the power and eternity, what are you talking about? Of course the pipe won’t play because it is finally one. Why don’t you forget about the night of the coup. We should both go in.
Gon – The pipe is not playing. If the pipe does not play then I cannot go back to the night of the coup. I have to make another crack.
SJ – Do we have to give him the other piece again.
Rim – You don’t need it anymore. It became one again. Inside the gate you have eternity and eternal power. You only want to use it to go back to the night of the coup?
Gon – I don’t need eternity or unlimited power. You will never see or have that space at all.
Rim – You idiot. Okay, do it. Ask for death. You opened your door but you need someone to go into my door. Who is that? Who will you order to not come back and die inside?
Gon – You did not sway death, you are asking for Gods punishment. I will kill you miserably as possible.
JY – I wills tay there
SJ – i will do it.
JY – I will take care of the rebel
SJ – You go to your world, when should I go?
IN BETWEEN WORLD
Gon stands in he in-between world holding both pieces of the pipe. He asks, how far do you want me to go? How far?
Tae-eul comes to the station. Shin-jae has Lee Rim there. He asks her if she is discharged? She asks how he caught him?
SJ – I followed Song Jung-hye. Song Jung-hye is dead. I put her as Jane Doe.
TE – Lets go there for her funeral at least.
SJ – We should interrogate him. Follow me.
They go inside.
Elsewhere, Gon and Jo Young witness Song Jung-hye cremation.
In the Kingdom of Korea, Gon tells his head secretary that he will announce that Jong-in’s granddaughter is second in line to the throne. If anything happens to me then she will become the Emperor.
Tae-eul lays on her desk at home, looking at her photo and his dollar bill from the Kingdom of Korea. Then we see the flower that Gon gave her, dropping its petals on her. She picks one up and it disappears.
She looks at the flower and the entire thing disappears. She steps up and runs out.
Tae-eul is interrogating Lee Rim.
TE – Where is he pipe? Who has it?
Rim – Do you want to die also?
TE – Who has it?
Rim – Aren’t you afraid? Why are you making these kinds of choices!
TE – I am afraid of him being left alone. I am also afraid of the two worlds staying like this. So you choose. It is better to go in with me, this is your only chance. Who has the pipe?
Rim – if that is what you are afraid of, then to my nephew and Prime Minister Koo, I sent hell to each other them.
Cut to the Kingdom of Corea. The news says that Prince Lee Jong-in’s granddaughter died by a car accident in America.
Everyone is shocked to hear this. We cut to the Prime Minister who drops her computer in shock.
It looks like the granddaughter is a grown pregnant woman that died. So perhaps she was the pregnancy lady we saw earlier. Th same one that Seo-ryung hated.
Seo-ryung is super worried and calls her mother. She asks her what she ate for dinner. her mother asks her if she did not eat dinner yet? Seo-ryung asks her to answer, what did you eat for dinner. Her mother says jajangmyun, what? Do you want to eat something my daughter?
Seo-ryung screams and drops the phone.
In Korea, Tae-eul meets with Luna and asks her if she is letting her go because she is dying? Tae-eul tells her she is going far far away. You can be Jung Tae-eul and protect my abogi. And I also want you to steal one thing for me.
Luna walks through the police department. The CSI person asks if she is okay? Luna tells her that the things that should be there are there, goodbye.
Then we go to Tae-eul who is meeting with Shin-jae. He asks how she ran away. She says that she let her go. She also tells him that he has the pipe, give it to me. I hve lee Rim. I wondered why you took Lee Rim, with Korean law you cannot prosecute me. I know it takes 48 hours. You promised to take him to the bamboo forest after 48 hours. Give me the pipe.
Shin-jae tells her if she goes then she cannot go back. Tae-eul says that she cannot be left alone. Please give it to me.
SJ – You really don’t understand, I am not letting you go.
SJ – I wanted to keep this a secret to my death, but that jerk makes me say it. I like you Jung Tae-eul. For my entire life, you are the only person I ever loved. Including one second before. I loved you. So how can Iet you go. How can I watch you die. So shut up and go home.
She tries to grab his arm and he tries to brake free. But she gets ahold of it.
TE – Please, give it to me. I am sorry, I will not say that I did not know your heart. If I say it hurts my heart then that is hypocritical. Just like you like me, I like someone. I will repay you giving me a heartache. So just give it to me. Please. Let me live.
They both stand there with her sobbing and him thinking about what to do.
Gon looks at his pipe and thinks, God knew that I wont’ save myself. That I would instead try and catch Lee Rim.
He changes into his formal dress uniform for very special occasions. Then he meets with Nam who is praying.
VO – That is why I put that mark on my shoulder in advance. To follow destiny selfishly.
He holds his sword and talks to Nam.
Nam – Your highness?
Gon – I am telling you not to worry anymore.
Nam – For what?
Gon – It should have been lonely to keep my secret and your secret. The poem book was a present to you. he nursery rhyme you sang to me about the mother and sister was in that poetry book.
Nam – I just guessed. But why didn’t you say anything?
Gon – In case you want to go back to your world.
Nam – Emperor….
Gon – I saw a nice poem. This is my request, can you let me go one more time?
Nam – are you coming back?
Gon – You should stay healthy, that is my last order.
He leaves and she sobs.
In Korea, Tae-eul finally opens the necklace that Gon gave her and puts it on. She is sitting in her car.
In Corea, Gon rides to the gate area. Jo Young is there to meet him. He tells him wherever he is going, he cannot go alone. I will be with you wherever it is.
The gate opens, it is green. So it looks like he opened his gate.
They both are on their horses looking at the gate. Then they giddy-up and ride into the gate together.
They go to the palace together and walk into the room shooting everyone
Trying to make sense of this show is like trying to get Lee Rim to be nice.