Okay, so honesty time even when I’m supposed to be studying for my chemistry test and all but I can’t deny Empress Ki:
Seung Nyang, I understand you just lost your baby, your chance at one true love, your friends, the only mother figure in your life but do try to remember that your plan to enter the palace again was YOUR PLAN. As such, in order to take your revenge against El Temur, you will need Baby Emperor on your side. He has potential even if he did seem like a sniveling idiot earlier on. Also, he has cared for you immensely, and he loves you even though he lied to save his life, putting your father’s life on the line. While that is no small thing, Baby Emperor has been trying to make up for it as best as he can. He probably will never make up for it but think of this way - the life of an emperor over the life of a commander. Albeit the emperor is just a puppet but in the grand scheme of things, I honestly believe Commander Ki would have given his life for Ta Hwan if it meant Goryeo would be spared. I’m not trying to belittle his death in any way or defend the things that Baby Emperor has done. Please understand that. But I hate how Seung Nyang treats Ta Hwan. I’m not expecting her to fall in his arms or anything. She doesn’t even know (or at least I hope she doesn’t because if she does, that would be manipulative of her) that the reason he went mute was because he couldn’t stand to think of a world without her. This scene had so much potential. With everything that has happened, I was hoping Seung Nyang would realize that empowering Ta Hwan could in fact benefit her. Instead, all she seems to do in this scene is shoot him down. The man went from deliriously happy to see her alive to being sad that she didn’t really care for him in less than 3 minutes, and that’s the thing. I know he can be a big pain in her butt but the way I see it, Ta Hwan was there for Seung Nyang when no one else was (as all second male leads are) except she never seemed to notice (again, second male leads). I have a serious case of second male lead syndrome for Baby Emperor which I admit to most whole-heartedly, so it may make me biased but honestly? I was hoping Seung Nyang was smarter than this. Kind of disappointed. I’m hoping when I watch the entire thing with subs I’ll feel better off.