I wasn't initially planning on weighing in on Empress Ki, mostly because I have seen some spoilers and read some things that lead me to wonder if the drama is going to go a little more to the soap-opera-ish side of things. Be that as it may, this one scene drew me in, and I just have to talk about the drama. *sigh* I also decided that I might sort of do posts like this about the drama about moments I love or that move me emotionally. And they won't necessarily be chronological or anything, just what I sort of feel like posting. It's an experiment of sorts. The scene on the bridge right after Ta Hwan discovers that his father was indeed killed my El Temür, and that a blood oath exists that can get rid of the Regent, is one that particularly moved me. I can understand Ta Hwan's desperation to avenge his father's death and to read Yuan of Yeon Chul/El Temür. The man is one nasty piece of work, and has an eerie tenacity for holding onto power (like very bad guy ever in K-drama).
To set the scene: Ta Hwan is called to the throne room where Yeon Chul is sitting on the throne. Ta Hwan is surrounded by soldiers led by Dangkise. It's pretty much Yeon Chul saying: I can take you out whenever I want, so watch out. Ta Hwan is yet again driven to beg for his life, and you really can't help but pity him as he acts the weak fool. I can only imagine the pain of being told to live like a silent, dead person as Yeon Chul tells him too. Ta Hwan then staggers to the bridge and collapses in grief and calls out to his dead father. Seungnyang pauses at that (Golta had asked Seungnyang to go to him and comfort him because she is the only one who knows how).
Seungnyang at this point is herself harbouring all the grief and anger at her father's death, which came about in part because of Ta Hwan (though I think it would have happened without his "testimony" against him because it was more convenient for the bad guys that way). I think though that she can feel and sympathize with Ta Hwan because of all that and however much she doesn't want to recognize it, she does have an emotional bond with Ta Hwan. They have a really complicated history and relationship, but the threads of it run deep and Ta Hwan is particularly indebted to her.
I love that she goes to him, and even though he says he just wants to be left alone, I think there is a part of him that wants comfort. And she gives him exactly the comfort he needs - human touch from someone who cares about him, and cares about him deeply - no matter how much she's in denial about it. She even closes her eyes and covers her ears so that all she offers him is just being there. It just was such a beautiful moment and it even inspired me to write some poetry about it.
For a moment
his heart upon
She laid aside
grief to calm
another's soul -
she gave what
only could be felt.
sort of love
the pain of
© dewaanifordrama 2014
I think that one reason their relationship is interesting is that she is the strong one and he is weak one, and it is her strength that is allowing him to grow up into the man and Emperor capable of taking on the heavy burden of leadership and to stand against Yeon Chul. And I love that she gives of herself and her strength to him despite her own anger and pain. Seungnyang is pretty fabulous. And another thing I really like about the scene is that it is perhaps not overtly romantic, but is about love, a love that seeks to comfort and heal - a love forged in their friendship before. And I think that the love of friendship can overcome a lot of obstacles and bring healing to both of them. So let's watch the scene again and pause for a moment with them on the bridge.