In Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (a.k.a. Hwarang: The Beginning) episode 16, scenes are all going to get intense. From Ji Dwi (Park Hyung Sik) to Sun Woo (Park Seo Joon), to their complicated friendship and their love affair, as well as politics.
King Jinheung (Park Hyung Sik) is seen in Hwarang episode 16 promo to regret and feel so bad for hiding all these years. He thought that he had always been a coward. He always covered his face so that no one would know he is the King. He threw his sword on the arrow target in his frustration. This could be triggered by the scene he witnessed between Sun Woo and his supposed sister Ah Ro (Go Ara). The two shared a kiss in the last scene of Hwarang episode 15, where King Jinheung stood in a fair distance.
Meanwhile, episode 16 promo shows Sun Woo being so sweet toward Ah Ro. He is more expressive about his feelings for her. He seems to not care anymore if they were going to be discovered or not. It would be interesting to watch if other Hwarang warriors would discover that he is neither King Jinheung nor Ah Ro’s real brother.
Then Ah Ro is seen turning happily only to see King Jinheung before her. The lonely king might just have something to say to her about his feelings for her. Or, he could ask her about her own feelings. As it is, he could reveal anything to her because she knows his real identity anyway.
Afterward, Princess Sook Myung is seen calling out her brother. And Ji Dwi’s face is focused in episode 16 promo. Perhaps she now guessed that he is her brother, after all. However, Ji Dwi might just ignore her.
Ah Ro is seen again in the episode 16 promo, saying “His Majesty has never once given up.” There were tears in her eyes as she said these words. Perhaps this is the scene where she faced him unexpectedly, thinking it could have been Sun Woo.
The next scene shows the two Seok brothers fighting. It could be that half-breed is teaching his younger brother how to fight. Then, their grandfather is seen talking to Ban Ryu’s (Jo Di Han) adoptive father. Perhaps they are cooking up something against the king and the Queen Regent of Silla.
Afterward, Sun Woo is seen meeting with the Queen Regent. The latter might just still use him as the face of the king to protect her son. Also, she might just commend him for doing what he did back in Baekje.
Then Sun Woo is seen talking to King Jinheng. He seems angry while saying “Why must he still be alive?” Perhaps he is referring to the king that he wishes to be dead? Or could he refer to another person altogether?
Ban Ryu then is seen facing some armed men wearing mask and black clothing. They seem to assassinate someone. Could it be Sun Woo who is thought to be King Jinheung?
Again, King Jinheung and Sun Woo are seen in the promo, still having a word spar. He said to Sun Woo, “Do you want to kill him? Then kill him.” He might perhaps refer to himself to be killed by Sun Woo. The latter promised to avenge his friend’s death, after all.
Later on, King Jinheung is seen uncovering his face from a black mask he was wearing. He seems to be in a royal chamber. Could it be his mother’s room? Perhaps he plans on killing his own mother so he could take the throne for himself. He is already getting tired of waiting for her to leave the throne so he could lead the people of Silla as their king.
Before the episode 16 promo ends, Sun Woo is seen screaming in anger and frustration. Perhaps he already confirmed that Ji Dwi is the real King of Silla. And because he also treated him as a friend, he has a conflicting emotion of killing him. He might try to harm the king but he might just give up in the end, if he would learn that it was not King Jinheung’s fault that his friend died but the Queen Regent’s.
Watch Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (Hwarang: The Beginning) every Monday and Tuesday at 10 p.m. KST on KBS channel. Episode 16 will air on Feb. 7, tonight.
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