Crown Prince Wang Won gets to spend more time with Eun-san again (aka So-ah) thanks to the conspiracy that leads her to find the assassin who killed her mother and eventually to look for Wang Rin whom she thinks can help her in speeding up her search. I’m seeing a sort of pattern in the story’s structure. Conflict up, conflict down. The conspiracy that started in episode 3 somehow slows down in the fourth, giving our trio of Goryeo nobles the time to play on the streets.
Wang Rin saves Wang Won from the evil trap that aims to dethrone the crown prince. However, he is arrested as a suspect when the royal soldiers find him on the scene. Wang Won saves him by pretending that he’s given him the task to find the culprits who stole his arrows. The King then gives him seven days to find the actual sinner, so he spends his time working on it. Eun-san, who’s still unaware of his true identity, joins him and Wang Rin. Meanwhile, the enemies are still plotting to frame the crown prince as the one behind the incident, reporting to the King that Wang Won has killed the witnesses of the crime.
That opening scene proves yet again the loyalty of Wang Rin to his best friend Wang Won. Knowing what could have possibly happened when the conspiracy is not prevented, he undoubtedly shoots the arrow towards the crown prince in an effort to save him. But it’s not the end of it because the smart enemies are still lurking around, just waiting for the right moment to attack. The incident opens up an opportunity for Wang Won, Wang Rin, and Eun-san to hang out with each other again. While their bonding may make them grow fond of each other, in the long run it could break their adorable friendship as they discover more about themselves.
Why? There is this awful connection among Wang Won, Wang Rin, Eun-san, and their enemies. It started seven years ago and continues up to the present all because of the 12-year old immature crown prince who’s making fun of the robbery. If Eun-san finds out about that, she will definitely hate him and blame him for causing the suffering she has gone through after the incident 7 years ago. Wang Won has been feeling guilty all along for what happened and he’s upset to hear drunk Eun-san saying that if only there was one person who had helped them, her mother could have never died. On one hand, if he learns of Eun-san’s true identity, he might feel disappointed even he’s also concealing his identity from her as well.
Wang Rin, meanwhile, will probably suffer the most from the painful consequences of their action seven years ago. Both Wang Won and Eun-san will detest him if they find out that he’s known the culprit of the incident that killed her mother. He conceals the truth in order to protect the prince but it only leads to more complications. Wang Rin may even blame himself, for what he thought was already gone turns out to be making a much bigger mess that endangers the life of his very best friend. I wonder if his knowledge of his brother’s involvement in the incident could eventually become one of the reasons that will cause his friendship with Wang Won to turn sour in the future.
Historical dramas dealing heavily with politics is always like this—full of betrayals, political strife, and attempts at killing. We’re still four episode into the drama so I expect to get more of these plots in the coming weeks. I’m still hopeful that The King Loves will improve story-wise because so far it’s really becoming just an ordinary sageuk with a story that is not so great although the stunning visuals are still impressive. Also, what is wrong with ending each episode with better cliffhangers?