It has finally come full circle and we’re here to talk about it!
“The King: Eternal Monarch” aired its 15th episode a couple of hours ago, and I’ve seen it on Netflix and now I am here to talk about it.
If you follow my blog then you know that I stopped reviewing “The King: Eternal Monarch” episode per episode, but I decided to review this particular episode because it was so damn good and because I had a lot to talk about. You’re probably triggered reading the title but hear me out.
Note: this includes major spoilers of episode 15.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” is a series that I believe could’ve been better. I’ve stuck around not because of the script, but the cast. I love all of them and I think they’re doing an amazing job, it’s so sad that the drama had many issues with it but none of them had to do with the cast. My favorite characters are played by Kim Kyung Nam and Woo Do Hwan.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” 15th episode really tied everything together and was the series best so far in my opinion. It showed me what this series could’ve been and I would’ve loved for the rest of the drama to have been half as interesting as this episode.
I think “The King: Eternal Monarch” 15th episode was the longest one for the drama thus far, clocking at 1 hour and 20 minutes, however, I didn’t really feel time go by, I was so immersed in the episode and everything that was going on.
I stand by my choice for the best character in this drama… Kim Kyung Nam. The more I knew about him, the more I felt sorry for him. To know that his real mother wanted to kill them both ripped my heart to pieces. I understand why he’s so torn and why he’s having a difficult time. I also love the fact that he got the chance to have a closure.
Woo Do Hwan continues to amaze me with his acting chops and I could clearly tell he’s going to be one of the greats in the future through this episode. Previously, I watched him in “My Country” and my heart just broke for his character. The amazing thing about Woo Do Hwan as an actor is how captivating he is on screen. He just captures your attention whenever he’s on. You might think I am joking but he first caught my attention in his minor minor role in a movie that he only appeared in for about 2 minutes before getting killed off. He’s been on my mind since 2016.
Tae Eul and Lee Gon reunion was beautiful and their moments together were well crafted. I bet many kdrama fans besides me cried a lot when they reunited.
In the 15th episode of “The King: Eternal Monarch,” the plot was put back together after being torn in previous episodes. Through voice-overs by the characters, we get to understand how everything ties together at last and it’s a beautiful feeling to finally be able to understand whats going on, what, how, and why it happened.
I also loved the ‘reunion’ of Lee Gon and his ‘mother,’ it was nice finally finding out why she was kept alive. It also made me feel even more sorry for her, that she was imprisoned for a particular goal when she desperately wanted to die. I just feel so bad for her.
One of my fav moments of “The King: Eternal Monarch” 15th episode has to be Jo Young and Eun Seop’s goodbye scene. I just fucking lost it, I love them both so much and it was so nice seeing Jo Young get so emotional and attached to Eun Seop and the little kids.
It was also very nice seeing Lee Gon go back to his place and wreak havoc on those who deserve it. I am also glad Shin Jae got the chance to have the closure he deserved. Seeing him cry broke my heart into pieces, this character was fleshed out so well.
Lee Lim really shines in this episode and as I’ve said before, I would’ve loved to see him shine more and get more screen time as the bad guy of the drama, I would’ve loved to understand his character better or get more information about why he became like that. His character isn’t written as well as some other characters in this drama but still, he does so well with what he has. He’s an amazing actor.
The moment when our beloved trio captured Lee Lim was amazing but also anti-climactic in a sense. I expected a bigger better showdown. “The King: Eternal Monarch” 15th episode is not as well-written as I’d wanted it to be, but it is still by far one of the best-written ones in this series thus far. There a lot of moments that will probably never be fully explained and there are lots of unexplained gaps here and there but at least we have an understanding of the bigger picture. Plus, it was an enjoyable ride, something I can’t say about the first half of this drama.
I understand that Tae Eul is trying to get back to her lover but she’ll end up disturbing his whole plan because she took the device, I understand her frustration and loved the confrontation scene between her and Shin Jae. His confession wasn’t played out in a cheesy way but in a beautiful sad way. I just feel so bad for him.
I don’t know how Kim Eun Sook plans on wrapping up the series leaving so many things still up for interpretation but I hope she wraps it up well. I have a feeling the last episode of “The King: Eternal Monarch” will be at least 1 hour and a half.
Since its Netflix, I am afraid we might end up waiting for a second season, this possibility remains in the back of my head but I will remain positive and hope Kim Eun Sook wraps it up in one go.
It’ll be interesting to see if she can tie every loose end together well, there are many things that need more explanation and context that we’re unaware of and it’ll be interesting to see how if she can do it.
While I did enjoy “The King: Eternal Monarch” 15th episode, a part of me was also sad… sad about how good this series could’ve been and how better it would’ve been received had Kim Eun Sook written this drama better.
I understand that “The King: Eternal Monarch” isn’t the easiest drama to understand but unlike what avid Lee Min Ho fans believe, it’s not done intentionally but simply because of this darned 16 episode format. You can easily tell if you’re paying attention.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” first 8 episodes were mostly underwhelming and felt like an introduction that should’ve been wrapped up in two hours but somehow got extended for 6 hours. A lot of the things that happened in the first half could’ve been easily subtracted and no one would’ve known or cared. If you can do without a scene, then don’t put it.
I can clearly sense the drama took so long to start simply because it was 16 episodes. “The King: Eternal Monarch” could’ve been at least 100 times better had it been 12 episodes, I think 12 episodes would’ve been more than enough for the series.
The idea behind “The King: Eternal Monarch” is honestly genius and could’ve used more time to develop nicely inside Kim Eun Sook’s head. I am being this critical because it’s her and I am honestly disappointed in her and even more so after watching this episode because all I could see was how good this could’ve become and I am sad that this drama has become her lowest-rated drama in decades and possibly her lowest-rated drama ever- in South Korea.
What about you guys? What did you think of “The King: Eternal Monarch” 15th episode?