MBC has unveiled an extended teaser for its upcoming historical drama Ruler: Master of the Mask, which will premiere on Wednesday. The highly anticipated historical drama series features stars Yoo Seung-ho (Remember: War of the Sons), Kim So-hyun (Let’s Fight Ghost), Kim Myung-soo (She’s So Lovable) and Yoon So-hee (Memory). Expected of a historical drama, the new teaser unearths the complicated and entangled relationship between the characters.
The teaser shows that since the birth of prince Lee Seon (Yoo Seung-ho), his life was sought after by the villain named Dae-mok (Heo Joon-ho). The antagonist wants to dominate the authority of the monarchy and so established an organization called Pyunsoo-hwe which creates power and wealth by privatizing and monopolizing the water supply all over Joseon. The King who desires to protect his people and his newly born son, wishes and prays for the prince to have enough strength and courage needed to go against a strong and influential enemy. “You must grow the strength to fight against them. One day, I pray that you will take off this mask and become a true ruler.”
We also get to know from the teaser how the other characters met. Growing up with rumors about the reason why he has to hide behind a mask, Prince Lee Seon sets out to search for the truth and meet Woo-bo (Park Chul-min) who also happens to be Ga-eun’s (Kim So-hyun) admired teacher and master. As if it’s the act of cupid himself, the prince bumps into Ga-eun and falls into her arms as he run away from the palace guards. It’s usually the woman who falls into the man’s strong arms but its reverse in this case is just so fresh and cute.
As we’ve also seen in the previous teaser, the prince asks her if he’s handsome and starts hitting on her. She did not find it cute and instead notices how casual he talks to her. The prince haughtily replies “I’m someone who can do that” but since he’s basically a stranger to her, she is annoyed and stomps on his foot. He continued to throw her questions and was happy to learn that Ga-eun is not yet betrothed to anyone. He’s surely another prince that will make our hearts flutter!
Along with Ga-eun, the peasant young man (Kim Myung-soo) led the prince to Woo-boo who informed him about the existence of Pyunsoo-hwe. Outraged by this organization’s abuse of power, the prince investigates on them. However, as the teaser reveals, this did not have a positive outcome as it resulted in the unreasonable execution of Ga-eun’s father. A foreshadowing of a wretched love story between a powerless prince and a vulnerable subject.
Aside from the necessary bloodshed among those vying for power in historical dramas, an ambitious noble woman character wanting to steal the royalty’s heart and his power is also present in this series. The teaser gives us a glimpse on Hwa-gun (Yoon So-hee), the granddaughter of Dae-mok who aspires to make the prince hers. Adding to this conflicting love interests, the peasant young man who swaps places with the prince and pretends to be him at times turns out to have feelings for Ga-eun as well. The teaser video shows us important scenes where the peasant Lee Seon hides behind the mask and alternatively rules. Let’s hope that this character doesn’t add up to the power struggle against the crown prince!