Just in case you missed what Fanderay wrote last night, here are my favorite parts: “The point is that their love is timeless, and will last an eternity. Even when they don’t know each other, they will know each other. Instead of thinking of it as one relationship coming to an end, I choose to think of it as two people discovering that their relationship can never end, and that they will always find each other.
I loved how so much of this episode revolved around the riddle, and how it so beautifully reflected on the entire drama and could be interpreted in so many ways. Throughout this entire show there have been other riddles for G, such as the truth behind the murder, and who he should love and trust. The answer to everything was Bo Yong, and there’s a sweet irony to that. He thought he was giving the riddle to her, but all this time it was he who needed to figure out that she was the key.”
Thanks to Fanderay for recapping with me and Semi-fly for her fast torrents. :) My gratitude to all of you who contributed over the weeks…
I want to take this time to thank all of you who followed this drama and left so many encouraging comments, torrents, links, and gifs along the way. Thank you for always making this blogging experience worthwhile. Normally at this point, I type up a list of familiar names from each recap, but I recently realized it looks bad if I end up leaving someone out by accident. So just to be sure not to hurt anyone’s feelings, I would like to thank you all as one group of RP fans who stuck with this drama through all those highs and a few hiccups. I really hope our united faith in this drama carries on in this finale. Thank you for sharing your love of Rootop Prince. :)
E20: The finale
Starts from a chicken coop. G appears wearing his suit. He opens his eyes and looks around. He sees people staring at him funny. He runs out and looks around. Some guards come running saying catch him. G runs and then bumps into C. they run together. G asks why are they following us. he tells C to go another way but C says no. G pushes him anyway. Guards split up and half chase C and other half chase G. G hides and avoids them.
G sees C on the ground and thinks he was dying. G runs over and holds him in his arms and tells C to wake up. G: how can you go like this. he yells out C’s name thinking C died. [C put ketchup on his mouth to pretend to be dying.] C licks the ketchup off and asks are they gone? G: ketchup? C nods yes. we can see the used packet of ketchup in his hand. G drops him and gets up.
C says how he has been starving too death and licked the empty plastic cover all this time. if only I could eat one bite of hamburger. he inhales the plastic hamburger cover. G says let’s hurry and go to the palace. C says if they go looking like this into the palace they will be dragged to prison. G spots M and Y dressed as normal joseon people. G: isnt that M and Y? let’s go.
M and Y are drinking beer with chicken. M and Y hug G, but C goes for the food. G: you arrived safely. C asks how they had money for the food. M and Y gave some lady gum in exchange for food. M says there are rumors everywhere in the village that the guards are looking for strange men who dont have their hair buns and are wearing strange clothes. I think they were talking about the two of you. G: yes. I ran away so I am thirsty. he tries to drink the beer but the can is empty. He asks for one more but Y says there aren’t anymore. we each brought our own. M tells him to change into his royal attire
Bu yong’s brother tells her dad that G is alive. her dad: is that the truth? her brother says yes. I just saw the prince go into the palace myself and ran over. her dad says that couldnt happen. He tells Joseon T (JT). what happened. the prince is in the palace. didn’t you say the prince died last night in the mountains and we were rid of him. JT gets up and grabs his sword. he goes out and kills some guys saying last night they made a mistake. From here on there wont be any mistakes
The 3 guys bow to G. G asks if they saw their family. they say yes. M says since it was his first time seeing his younger sister after months so he was so happy to see her, he tried to hug her but she pushed him away saying it’s gross. C points out from her perspective it’s only been a day since she saw her brother. Y says it’s bizzare cuz in seoul they experienced so much the past few months but in Joseon it was only a day. G: we didnt dream it all right? they laugh it off not believing it. M: that’s ridiculous. H and her rooftop home in seoul is this real so how can it have been a dream. C: that’s really not it. G agrees that makes no sense. let’s behave the way we do in Joseon. he says now we can reveal about the princess’ murder. he orders the special investigation and for the princess family brought and imprisoned under suspicion of conspiracy for murder.
Bu Yong’s mom asks her husband what is going on. our family has been suspected of conspiracy to commit murder. our family is drowning in sadness over losing the princess but they think we are murderers. what is this- say something. he says it will be over soon. either I die or the prince will die. Guards come in and take them into custody
G stands in front of Bu Yong’s family. they are all tied up and beaten except for the mom. G asks if he knows why he is involved in the princess murder. Her dad lies and says how he doesnt know anything and has been sad since the princess death. G asks her mom where Bu Yong is now. Her mom says how she caught a contagious illness and is shut up in her room. G goes along and says since she has an illness, then I cant meet her in person to ask questions. but I am going to reveal the truth behind the princess murder now
G narrates how the princess’ death occurred a 7 days ago from today.
flashback to Bu Yong hiding and watching G from afar. She turns to leave and trips and falls. she is about to get up, but G comes along and tells her to stay put. Aren’t you the princess little sister Bu Yong. she starts to get up and apologizes but he tells her to stay put and not move.
He holds out his hand to help her up. G: stand up. She spilled some powder so she picks up the case and takes his hand to get up. He asks if she fell down again. she says sorry. He asks what she has in her hand. it’s white powder – is it makeup for the face. She says it is. it was sent from her brother for the princess makeup. G: how considerate of him. G asks her if she solved his riddle yet. dies despite living -lives despite dying. She says I wasnt able to solve it yet. He laughs and says if you don’t solve by tm I won. Go that? she nods yes.
Bu Yong gives the princess a letter from their father and the powder from their brother. Princess reads the letter. Bu Yong says the powder is from another country so it smells different from others. can I look at it. Princess knows it’s poison so she tells bu yong not to touch the powder case. Bu Yong: I am sorry. princess: it’s ok. Go back now. Bu Yong gives her the handkerchief for the prince that she made. Princess tells her : I said go back now. Bu yong says their dad told her to take back the letter after the princess reads it. princess says wait while she seals it. she calls for some glue
Bu yong walks by. she sees JT with her dad. her dad asks if she gave the letter and cosmetic to the princess. She says yes I did father. he tells her to go
Bu yong asks her mom who is the man with father cuz he has been here ever since a few days ago. (she is asking about JT) and her mom says JT was a half older brother of the prince. Bu yong: the prince had a half brother? her mom says when JT was young at 3 yrs old, he was kicked out of the palace with his mother when she was dethroned. Bu yong asks why he is staying in their home so her mom says that’s your dad’s business. no need for you to know. Go and rest.
Bu yong is embroidering and remembers how she spilled that powder and how she told her sister it smelled different from others and how her sister said dont touch it. She mutters aloud it didn’t smell like regular powder. She remembers her dad’s letter. She goes and opens it and reads it. in the letter he said. your highness today is that day. listen carefully to your father’s words from now. Don’t make any mistakes.
Her dad remembers he didn’t get his letter back so he sends her brother to go get it back from bu yong. her brother goes to bu yong but she has already run off. He sees that she read that letter
her brother reports to JT that bu yong read the letter. thugs say Bu yong just ran off. JT orders for his horse to be brought and says catch bu yong and if you need to kill her. her brother seems shocked
Bu yong runs and remembers the letter telling the princess the persimmon will be checked by the cook (people who check for poisoning by tasting the king’s food) so she has to put the poisoned powder on the persimmon.
When the servant serves the persimmon the princess asks if the food was checked (for safety). The aide says yes – it was tasted and nothing was wrong. G tells them to leave. Her dad instructed the princess to distract the prince while she puts the poisoned powder on the persimmon after the aides leave. So she gives him the handkerchief to admire saying how she made it. he asks if she made another one with a butterfly. let’s see it. she says she is ashamed of the stitching but he says her embroidery is great so she doesnt need to be. while he says how beautiful it is and compliments the impressive stitching, she puts the poison on the persimmon. she offers to pour his drink. G: your sister came a while ago during the daytime didnt she. she says yes. but how did you know that? He says how he met her sister on his way. she fell again and spilled the makeup she was going to give you. He says the persimmon looks tasty cuz it’s so white. I should try eating one.
Bu yong runs in and waits outside. as he reaches for one, the aide calls out the princess sister bu yong is here to meet you. he doesn’t eat yet and wonders what brought bu yong here. he allows her to come in. Bu yong bows and then sits. he asks what brings her here so late at night. she says i’m sorry. I ran over here in the night cuz I have something urgent to tell you so I came. But the princess tells her-dont you know the rules. go back and come back during the day. hurry and leave. I said hurry and leave. But G says the princess is right about the rules but I will make an exception tonight. he allows bu yong to speak. what is it that you want to say. She says your highness I solved the riddle. He laughs and says so you are saying you solved the riddle. I would have won if you didnt solve it by tm. let’s hear the answer. what dies despite living -lives despite dying. She says the answer is buyong. Princess says how could the answer be your name. dont play around. the right thing to do is if you hurry and went back home. G says to the princess - let’s hear the reason. he asks Bu yong why the answer is buyong. She says how buyong means lotus – the flower that blooms in the pond. G: that’s right. they call the lotus buyong. so? she says everything that is alive is buried in the ground when it dies. buyong has to die in the mud to live and become a flower. dies despite living – that’s what this teaches. to live, the flower has to die and drop its seeds on the ground. lives despite dying- that’s what this teaches. so dies despite living -lives despite dying is buyong. G: is that all? she cites some reference - another meaning that says buyong is something that lives dies and something that is dead lives. G laughs and says it’s correct. I lost. I lost again. Bu yong says i’m sorry. Princess tells her to hurry and go back now if you are done with what you came for. But bu yong says your highness since I solved the riddle, please give me a prize like you promised. G: are you talking about right now tonight. She asks him to give her these persimmon as her prize. The princess looks worried. G: you want these persimmons as the prize? bu yong: as the prize you promised, please let me eat these persimmons. G says I promised to give you a big award, so will something like these measly persimmon do? Bu yong says yes. to me-more than anything else in this world, I need these and value these. please give it to me as the prize. G: you are so silly. ok you can eat this persimmon as much as you want till you are full. She thanks him. She reaches out her hand to hold one and cries as she starts to eat it one by one. After she is done, he says it’s late at night so be careful going back. She tells him to live in peace and gets up and bows. The princess cries. Bu yong slowly backs out and leaves the room.
Bu yong is dizzy and aide asks if she is ok. Bu yong says I am ok. aide asks if you dont feel well should I call someone to help you, but she says no. if the princess looks for me later, tell her I will wait by (in the room by the pond)
Bu yong can barely walk straight. She makes it across the bridge
Princess watches G sleeping. She gets up and leaves.
Bu yong is by the pond leaning against a tree. She cries and remembers her walk with her sister and G. then how G helped her stand after she fell.
The princess runs to meet Bu yong. She orders her aides to turn off the lights (lanterns). She makes them wait at a distance outside before she goes in the room
Princess reprimands bu yong: did you think if you ate the persimmon and the poison is found out that our family and me would be safe. Bu yong: your highness, how could you do such a thing. princess: you ruined this. Bu Yong: unni. Princess: what? Bu Yong: please listen to my last request-please protect the prince.
Some men run in the dark (it’s JT and his men).
Bu yong says the palace will discover my dead body. they will know right away I ate poison and died. after they find out about the poison our family will be suspected and killed for conspiracy. You will lose your life too. Princess says you made it turn out this way. so what do you want to do. Bu yong says if I change into your clothes and drown in the pond and die, they will think the crown princess died by drowning. No one will suspect the attempt to poison the prince. that way you and our family can live. If you step down as the princess like that, then father wont try to kill the prince anymore (cuz he will lose his high position) that way we can protect the prince too. unni -We have no time-hurry. they start to change clothes
JT kills the princess aides cuz they were listening in on the conversation. He watches the princess run off dressed as bu yong
Bu yong writes a last letter and coughs up blood. She hides it behind a partition.
Bu yong stands by the bridge. She looks up at the moon crying. she calls out your highness. She closes her eyes and falls in.
End of flashback
G remembers seeing the princess in the pond. Then how H almost died in the lake. G is still standing in front of her parents and brother. G asks her dad: why aren’t you answering me. Her dad: what you said about Bu Yong being the one who fell into the pond and died and not the princess is nonsense. so G asks her mom: did you see bu yong today at home. Her mom says she is sick so she is locked in her room and lying down. G: are you positive it is Bu Yong? he orders the guards to find bu yong and look all over her home.
G repeats that order at her home – to find bu yong and look everywhere. Y finds the princess and calls out she is here. G asks are you Bu yong. G reaches out to check but just then, JT and his men attack so JT fights G. Y saves G. JT shoots an arrow at G and hits him. suddenly Y puts his sword to JT’s throat. JT’s arrow hit G’s necklace so G is safe.
G orders the princess to lift her face and remove the face cover. she doesnt obey so he does it himself. He sees it’s the princess. She begs him for her life. “please your highness save me. I didnt know about it. please save my life. G: how could someone like you have been this country’s crown princess? she says please save me. G: you shouldnt be begging for your life. you should be begging for (taking) Bu Yong’s life. G orders her to be taken away to be punished.
Y asks G what happened. G pulls out his necklace and shows his dented pendant saying H saved me. G remembers how H told him to always keep it close to his heart. G whispers: dummy.
G lists all of Bu yong’s dad and her brother’s crimes. how they killed G’s mother in order for G to grow up and seek revenge over it. G sentences them to death. then G lists what JT did wrong – as G’s half brother, since JT was kicked out when they were young, G was happy to see him. but JT conspired with Bu Yong’s dad to plot and kill G for JT to become king. G gives him a death sentences. for Bu yong’s mother and her sister, for Bu Yong’s sake, he is going to keep them alive. but the princess is lowered to servant rank and both will be banish to an island so that they cant come out even one step. G orders his guards to carry out the death sentences.
G walks alone and remembers back to all his times with H.
He goes to his room and the yellow butterfly glows. He goes over to touch it. it’s the partition with the letter Bu yong hid. He finds it and reads it. if you see this letter it means you are alive. then it makes me – Bu yong – very happy. there is one good thing about death. All the things I kept buried in my heart all my life I get to say so it’s nice. I loved you. I liked you all my life. dies despite living -lives despite dying? even though hundreds of years pass, I will love you.
G stands by the pond and cries remembering her letter. He runs and goes and writes a letter to H. Park Ha, I arrived safely. How are you doing. He hides his letter where he hid that round circular thing he gave H.
*it’s like they are having their own Il Mare moment here.
H goes over to that spot and digs up his note. It’s old and faded. She smiles and cries. She sits and reads it. G: if you can see this letter, this letter will be from 300 yrs ago. if this letter is in your hands, I take back calling you a dummy. it’s canceled. H cries and mutters “dummy.” G: Is your juice business doing well. I can imagine now what you are like, but I cant feel you. I miss you so much I could die. I want to hear your voice. I want to touch you. if I could die to meet you I wish I could die right now.
TY goes and orders apple juice from her. she isnt paying attention so he repeats his order. He keeps staring at her. She doesnt look at him as she prepares it. G’s voice continues: I should have said “I love you” more. park ha I love you. I want to see your smiling face so much I feel like I will go crazy. Please be well. Please be healthy. TY pays and thanks her. she thanks him. he leaves.
The trio have a successful omurice business back in joseon. Y cooks, C makes the ketchup, and M takes the orders and serves and collects the money. M asks if it’s going well. he complains to C last time the ketchup was too salty. C: you are starting again. M says what do you mean I am starting again. you should listen when a person talks. how many times do I have to tell you the ketchup is the most important. C ignores him and dances as he listens to his music. Y has to yell into his ear, it’s time for delivery.C: ok let’s go.
G paces and asks why they are so late. the guys bring him omurice. C complains and tell him to come himself when he can cuz he is tired and M says for G to pay. G says what money do I have. let’s eat. they changed clothes. G is wearing his track suit.The guys came wearing their track suit too. G says let’s eat. they eat on the floor. G starts to cry. They look worried and says your highness. G says it’s cuz the omurice is so delicious. M gives him peppermint candy to eat. Y doesn’t suck and chomps so they all get mad at him. G: the sweet taste is good
H goes to her store and there is a postcard and a note to meet at north seoul tower by 5. Her sketch was drawn by TY and signed EO like before
H goes to meet him. Suddenly TY is standing there next to her. he asks why are you so late. I waited for you from a long time ago. H: where were you. I was here all this time. he holds out his hand. as she takes his hand, suddenly he turns into G.
G cries and says: even though 300 yrs passed… H cries and finishes his sentence: I will love you.
Why do I feel like I got my happy ending, but I just missed it somehow. Even with this open interpretation ending, I feel satisfied. G might have missed H all his life back in Joseon, but at least in this life, H has a better fate than Bu Yong. As long as H believes he is G, I want to imagine they will be happy together in this life. In the end, it’s what they feel and believe that is more important.
Every drama has little moments where it lives up to its writer’s expectations as well as the audience’s. Where everything lines up – the cinematography, the dialogue, the perfect acting and suddenly that scene becomes more than just another part of a drama. As soon as it affects us, it becomes part of our memories and something we will always conjure up when we think of that drama title. For me, that scene occurred last night just as G was fading away through their silent exchange of solace. As G gave H that little head nod through his tears to say “it will be ok” and she nods back through her tears “I’ll be ok,” I realized these two do not even need words anymore to comfort each other. I thought nothing could top that till this last scene when TY suddenly turned into G. Watching both of them cry from happiness to be reunited makes this scene a perfect lasting memory to cherish.
My take on the ending is that it doesn’t matter if he is TY or G because he is both. H sees G because TY is a reflection of G. The same goes for H. When she said that she was here all this time, it felt like she was talking for both herself and Bo Yong. Until she met G, H never knew she had been waiting, but Bo Yong would have been able to tell her as much since she knew when she died that her love would never change and that she would always wait for him. We haven’t seen a lot of TY, but it seems like he has always been waiting to meet H too. Why else would he have been so drawn to her?
The point (in my humble opinion) is that their love is timeless, and will last an eternity. Even when they don’t know each other, they will know each other. Instead of thinking of it as one relationship coming to an end, I choose to think of it as two people discovering that their relationship can never end, and that they will always find each other.
I loved how so much of this episode revolved around the riddle, and how it so beautifully reflected on the entire drama and could be interpreted in so many ways. Throughout this entire show there have been other riddles for G, such as the truth behind the murder, and who he should love and trust. The answer to everything was Bo Yong, and there’s a sweet irony to that. He thought he was giving the riddle to her, but all this time it was he who needed to figure out that she was the key.
Live to Die. Die to Live. Bo Yong never truly lived until she chose to die, and finally showed her love for G. Her death didn’t just allow her to live in that moment though. It also caused G to travel into the future, where she lived on in H. G had to truly live and love H in order for that future to “die” and return to the past. All four characters experienced an end and a beginning of sorts, and that cycle was necessary for them to understand their destinies and let their love bloom (just like a lotus flower).
I don’t think you have to believe in reincarnation (personally I don’t) to appreciate how sweet and touching this story is. From the beginning I have viewed this as a fantasy series, but I just expected a simple and fun romp full of crazy shenanigans and whimsy. I loved the shenanigans, but what I really loved was how much heart this drama had. I can still feel its effects resonating, and that’s a feeling I haven’t had from a drama in a long time.
I haven’t been very active in comment discussion throughout these recaps, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love this community and appreciate the wonderful comments themselves. Thanks to everyone for being a part of this, and of course to Softy for all her hard work and friendship. It’s always nice to be be pleasantly surprised by a drama, but a surprise is even better when it’s shared :)