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Unnie Recap: A Transcendental Love from The King: Eternal Monarch (Ending Explained)

Before I start, can we just give a round of applause to writer Kim Eun Sook?👏🏻 How she comes up with these fantasy stories is just brilliant and I know I’m not the only one who is grateful for getting to watch her creations come to life on screen. The King: Eternal Monarch kdrama ruled with a gorgeous cinematography, had a royal line-up of characters, and bestowed a new tale of love and conflict that although at times felt inconsistent, this show merits a well-deserved praise.

At least for me, this kdrama didn’t top Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (I think this will still be her best show) but The King: Eternal Monarch still delivered a spellbinding and grandeur storyline that made me eager to watch. Kim Go Eun as Lieutenant Jeong Tae Eul, along with her other dopplegangers/parallel world identities, portrayed a more mature role that showed her growth from her last stint in Goblin. I can’t imagine any other actor portraying the regal yet lighthearted King Lee Gon but Lee Min Ho — his manner of speaking, his gaze on Tae Eul, and the subtle intensity his facial expressions give off when he is infuriated is just perfection! I did say in my recommendation post that their chemistry was kind of off for the first few episodes, but I’ve come to appreciate their romance.

I wasn’t planning on writing an ending explained post for this korean drama but the message that I got was such a relevant one, especially in these challenging times with the pandemic still hanging around, I just wanted to share my thoughts. If you have a different interpretation, please do let me know but I hope that my realization can uplift your spirits in some way as well✨

Rewriting the Past

Discovering that he could go back to the past, Lee Gon decided that he needed to kill Lee Lim on the night of the treason before he could travel to the Republic of Korea. Yeong accompanied him on his mission and they encountered a mishap where the flute (Manpasikjeok) was not halved so Lee Lim was able to acquire it as a whole. Yeong was able to save the King as a child but sustained some serious injuries. At the same time, Tae Eul was holding the Lee Lim in their time hostage, ready to kill him in the in between realm if Lee Gon failed to do so in the past.

Since Lee Lim of the past held the flute in its entirety, the half and half version that Lee Gon and Tae Eul possessed disappeared. The Lee Lim version with Tae Eul (I know, confusing right? Haha!) was ready to attack her but when she tried to pull the trigger on her gun again, the bullet successfully pierced his chest! Chasing after Lee Lim in the bamboo forest, Lee Gon was also able to successfully kill his uncle. Tae Eul’s memories disappearing once past Lee Lim died didn’t happen because I think she was inside the in between realm when his death happened. This spared her a memory reset that ought to have happened since technically the events that will lead Lee Gon to the other world won’t happen anymore.

Welcoming a New Present Future

If it wasn’t clear in the explanation above, it’s the time travel/parallel world aspect that gave me a bit of a headache in this kdrama, haha! This often leads to plot holes in my thinking but, let’s just enjoy the show and not think about it too much. With the other world never being accessed by Lee Lim, some things still fell into place in both worlds respectively while other fates unexpectedly coincided with each other. Let’s break down the final episode’s (Episode 16) fates per world:

Republic of Korea

Lee Gon’s version in this world, Lee Ji Hun, is alive and has taken on the path of a decorated soldier. Although she lost a friend in Sin Jae (Since he never crossed over to ROK), the real one is doing well as a successful CEO of a large company. Eun Sup works for the NIS and is in a relationship with Na Ri. Possessing the whole Manpasikjeok allowed Lee Gon to still travel across worlds so he was able to finally reunite with Tae Eul after countless tries of meeting other versions of her in alternate realities.

Kingdom of Corea

Our loyal and handsome bodyguard, Yeong, is still alive (Whew!) and he also has his memories intact of the other world. He also has the same younger twin siblings, Eun Bi and Kka Bi, now. Sin Jae or Kang Hyeon Min still became a cop and is also drawn to Tae Eul’s counterpart, Luna, who is also a cop. She grew up in a better environment as she crossed paths with Koo Seo Ryeong and her mom as a kid. I assumed they kind of adopted her into their family as Luna visits Seo Ryeong in jail (Mischievous until the end) and calls Luna’s new name as Koo Seo Gyeong. Secretary Mo rightfully became KOC’s Prime Minister.

A Universally Transcending Journey

This isn’t a solid, drama-free, ending for me as Kim Eun Sook has that capacity (As we learned from Goblin and Mr. Sunshine) to give a bittersweet feel to a main character’s love life. At first, I didn’t like The King: Eternal Monarch’s finale because it ended with Tae Eul and Lee Gon just meeting on weekends where they travelled and explored different timelines and worlds. They would then go back to their normal lives respectively on weekdays… this pattern continued as they grew old together. There was no mention of marriage, kids, or how they would tackle the dilemma of still being physically apart most of the time as they lived in 2 different worlds.

As I pondered for a few minutes though, I thought to myself: “So what if that’s the case?” Lee Gon is a King who has a responsibility to lead a nation while Tae Eul is a devoted cop and loving daughter — and they happily embraced this reality. No one pressured the other to give up his/her life and move to the other world as they respected each other’s individual aspirations. They were content in being able to spend time with each other when Lee Gon travels to the Republic of Korea.

I’m so used to the idea of a conventional happy ending that when I’m reminded that not everyone’s love story is the same, that a different path is sometimes what a particular couple wants and needs, it comforts me because not all decisions I make are what society expects me to make too. If they are happy with their set-up, why worry as an outsider? It’s not an easy path and I’m sure there were times when their trust and patience were challenged, but as long as they remained in the same page with their feelings, I am confident that Tae Eul and Lee Gon lived a fruitful life together👫🏻

Destiny is always viewed as a force that’s meant to happen to us no matter what actions we take. With The King: Eternal Monarch kdrama, I’d like to think that our efforts and desires can influence destiny to suit our choices. Yes, some things will probably occur no matter how much we try to avoid them, but with every action and decision we consciously make, the future will be what we make of it. Trust that the choices you make won’t lead you astray… fate will make sure of that✨

Unnie Recommends: The King: Eternal Monarch

What if Korea still had a King or Crown Prince ruling its government today? Better yet, what if that world actually exists but it’s located in a parallel universe? The King: Eternal Monarch reimagines modern history with its own web of fantasy and romance, spinning the hearts of many as Lee Min Ho (We all know him😍) makes his acting comeback in this kdrama.

The hype for this show is justified as the same writer for other successful korean dramas (The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, and Goblin), Kim Eun Sook, penned this tale. I’ve watched all 3 shows and I can say for certain that this kdrama will be different from the rest. Any story with parallel worlds/multiverse can be confusing so it’s important that you listen to the conversations and observe the surroundings to understand the plot.

Current Impression

There are 2 worlds that subsists in this universe: Republic of Korea (ROK) and Kingdom of Corea (KOC). Lee Min Ho stars as Lee Gon, the son of the late King of KOC, who was murdered by his stepbrother (Lee Lim) in the quest to acquire a flute with mysterious powers. As a kid, Lee Gon witnessed his father’s death in the hands of his uncle Lee Lim and they were both able to absorb the flute’s power due to pieces of the item piercing their skin. Lee Lim escapes the world of KOC and finds salvation in the country that we know today as the Republic of Korea. Lee Gon was saved by a mysterious figure and managed to get an item belonging to the person, an ID card, but he faints from his wounds and doesn’t meet his savior.

After 25 years, a grown-up Lee Gon is a beloved King in KOC. Like his uncle, he ends up entering the same portal in a bamboo forest and finds himself in the parallel world. He meets the kdrama’s female lead, Lieutenant Jeong Tae Eul, a hardworking detective working for the Violent Crimes Unit. It is revealed that the person who saved Lee Gon as a child was her as the ID shows her picture along with her name. This is one of the focal mysteries of the kdrama as it seems like it was another version of Tae Eul that saved him because the ID he got shows that she was an adult already at that time. Tae Eul in this world is also roughly the same age (30 years old) so either time travel was involved or another secret holds the key to what happened.

To be honest, I’m not too convinced of their chemistry yet because, at least for the first 2 episodes, it seems like their forcing Lee Gon to already be smitten with Tae Eul. He doesn’t know a thing about her and he just travelled to another world, yet he’s pretty calm about his situation. Gazing at someone intently even with a handsome face such as his does not equate to getting weak in the knees automatically🙈 I like that Tae Eul is immune to his obvious charm because he is a stranger so he has to try harder to get on her good side. Maybe it’s a comedic approach or his character in general, hoping that their chemistry gets better in the future episodes!

The King: Eternal Monarch is off to a good start with its interesting story and unanswered puzzles that’ll definitely leave viewers wanting more. Aside from the romance, look forward to the the twists & turns between the royal family, the rules governing the parallel worlds, and the ensuing decisions the King will have to make to protect his loved ones👑