Warrior Baek Dong Soo Episode 11 synopsis/summary/recap -Korean Drama Warrior Baek Dong Soo/무사 백동수 / Musa Baek Dong Soo starting from July 4, 2011

Warrior Baek Dong Soo


Title: 무사 백동수 / Musa Baek Dong Soo

Previously known as: 야뇌 백동수 / Honorable Baek Dong Soo

Genre: Period

Episodes: TBA

Broadcast network: SBS

Broadcast period: 2011-Jul-04 to 2011-TBA

Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


Set in the Joseon Dynasty during King Jeongjo’s reign, this martial-arts fusion sageuk is centered around the events involving Crown Prince Sado’s conspiracy. Warrior Baek Dong Soo was a real-life legend who created a martial arts guide in Joseon. His group who defends King Jeongjo is pitted against a mysterious organization of assassins who plot to kill the King. --KoreanDrama


Ji Chang Wook as Baek Dong Soo

Yeo Jin Goo as young Dong Soo

Yoo Seung Ho as Yeo Woon

Park Gun Tae as young Yeo Woon

Yoon So Yi as Hwang Jin Joo

Lee Hye In (이혜인) as young Jin Joo

Shin Hyun Bin as Yoo Ji Sun

Nam Ji Hyun as young Ji Sun

Choi Min Soo as Chun

Jun Kwang Ryul as Kim Gwang Taek

Park Joon Gyu as Huk Sa Mo

Park Won Sang as Jang Dae Pyo

Lee Jin Ah as Jang Mi

Oh Man Suk as Crown Prince Sado

Yoon Ji Min as Ji

Park Chul Min as In

Jun Gook Hwan as King Yeongjo

Geum Dan Bi as Queen Jungsoo

Lee Won Jong as Hong Dae Joo

Jung Ho Bin as Im Soo Woong

Ahn Suk Hwan as Seo Yoo Dae

Kim Dong Gyoon as Boo Gwan

Choi Jae Hwan as Yang Cho Rip

Shin Dong Woo as young Cho Rip

Uhm Hyo Sup as Baek Sa King

Kim Hee Jung as Park sshi

Lee Kye In as Yeo Cho Sang

Sung Ji Roo as Hwang Jin Ki

Kim Da Yun (김다연) as Kim Hong Do

Kim Eung Soo as Yoo So Kang

Ji Yoo as Jang Mi So

Kang Sung as Hong Sa Hae

Choi Yoon So as Goo Hyang

Lee Shi Un

Production Credits


Scriptwriter: Kwon Soon Gyu (권순규)

Producer: Lee Hyun Jik, Kim Hong Sun (김홍선)


Episode 11 synopsis/recap/summary

At the secret meeting, the men bow down to Queen Jung Sun as she warns everyone that mistakes are not tolerated. Hong dae Joo promises to take the Crown Prince's life at all costs.

Sneaking outside the wall of Crown Prince's palace is Rat, Hong Dae Joo's dumb follower. Joining him is the elder evil twin, Hong Sa Hae. They're waiting for a chance to capture the Samini (female monk). Fortunately, Ji Sun encounters lovesick Dong Soo and he grabs her hand to run. Once they're alone, he tells her to use the other passage while he diverts the two idiots away.

Chief Im smells something fishy outside the gisaeng house, having seen many big names leaving the place, but the Madam there feigns innocence.

Ji Sun is about to walk through the entrance when Dong Soo swings down, body hanging in the air. He asks her why she's in the palace, perhaps because of Crown Prince? Ji Sun shakes her head, she's here to get rid of a heavy burden (read: the tattoo). She notices the her jade pendant that she had dropped years ago now hanging around Dong Soo's neck. Dong Soo reveals that it had saved him from death once and therefore keeps it near him for luck. Ji Sun smiles demurely and tells him that it belonged to her. more destiny talk.

Acting on his overwhelming emotions, Dong Soo reaches out to touch her....which is when our little Prince Yeo Woon sees them. Ow, ow, ow! Not my heart, it's my fist kissing the laptop screen. That is all. Finding his action inappropriate, Dong Soo quickly retracts his hand.

Chun meets with Hong Dae Joo and the latter shows him the copy of Ji Sun's map. Before he hands this map over to the Qing Emperor, Hong Dae Joo wonders what Chun might do with it, if he lends him the map. Chun doesn't care because he deems the map as a fake. Oh, I think I see how it is. The gisaeng, Gu Hyang, is really working for Chun so she might have tweaks the roads on the map before handing it to Hong Dae Joo.

Returning to Hoksa Chorong, Chun's behavior is questioned by Ji, "Why are you acting like this if you want to get out of here, have freedom?" Chun can't give her a valid reason either but he knows one thing - he wants her, everybody, to be under his feet.

Having completed their task, Dong Soo and Yeo Woon return to the beacon post, happily greeted by a proud Cho Rip. The duo turns to Ajusshi Seo Yu Dae and uncovers his lies. He was sent here (Beacon post) ten days earlier than them and he was a second-ranked General no less. Cho Rip drops his jaw in disbelief.

Jang Mi relays to Sa Mo that Dong Soo was bitten by a snake but he's fine now. Sa Mo blurts out his hundred-words-per-minute way of showing concern as Yang Mi calms him down with drinks. She carefully states that this is why a household needs a woman in charge, so shouldn't Sa Mo finds himself a wife? At this, Sa Mo ajusshi spits out the drink from his mouth and nose. Are you so dense or simply being evasive Ajusshi?

Drinking alone is Sword Saint, brooding over Ji's stabbing words, "The Ga Ok you knew is dead." Mi So comes by to bring him more dishes and he have her sit down. Hwang Taek asks her age. She's twenty. Dang, dang, dang. Did all the brothers decide to have babies on the same year, 20 years ago or what? What's with all these 20 year-old kids!

That night, our trio lies on the table and watches the starry night as they confess to missing the mountain brothers. Aww! Tomorrow they'll be leaving the Beacon Post and returning to the palace. Ajusshi Yu Dae congratulates the boys and muses that Dong Soo will do great things in the future, having gone through hardships.

Unfortunately, after he sends them off, Seo Yu Dae is captured by Hong Dae Joo's Rat Man. Gasps! Let him goooooooo!

As for Jin Ju, Hwang Jin Gi successfully stops her before she heads out to bid good bye to Dong Soo.

Aw, no way, mane of glory is gone because the boys officially have buns now! *inputs sad face* Clean cut, they are presented to Chief Im who gives them a few pointers as newbies in the palace. They are to be watchful and cautious of their behavior and speech from now on.

Inside the palace, Hong Dae Joo has a quick chat with the Minister of Justice. He tells the man to alight Crown Prince's ship because it's sinking and the Minister sneers at the threat. Hong Dae Joo isn't backing down and assures him that any rock blocking his path will be kicked to the side.

That night, Hong Dae Joo checks out on Bat. He has ordered an metal arm to replace Bat's missing limb. WHAT THE CRAP! Of course, with Bat and his sickening attitude for revenge, he accepts all errands given by Hong Dae Joo. This is bad. Very bad, right guys?

Meanwhile, Chun pays a visit to Prince Sado's palace. He wants the Prince to give up his dream of invading Qing, a bigger and stronger country than Joseon. Is Chun actually giving the Prince a chance to live? Anyway, Prince Sado is firm on his belief and deems Chun as something other than a human being, if he chose to be on the opposite side. Chun snaps back, "If I'm not human being simply because we're not on the same side, then you're nothing more than a beast to me." Oooooo, are they saying the same thing? If you're a beast, I won't hesitate to kill you.

Chun then lays a wrapped object on the table, saying it's his treasure. If they survived to meet next time, he would introduce this "fellow" to Prince Sado. Before he departs, Chun whispers that it's best to let that illusion/dream slowly drift away.

So what happens to Ajusshi Yu Dae? He's being tortured by Hong Dae Joo which is witnessed by Chief Im. Hong is trying to make Yu Dae confess that Crown Prince was the one exercising military orders in HamGyeong province. This is a fatal deed that could render a death penalty. However, Yu Dae is no ordinary ajusshi as he clenches his teeth, refusing to let anything slip. Hong smiles evilly and says that the Crown Prince will end up like him today.

In the palace, the King is furious because Hong Dae Joo has informed him about General Seo Yu Dae working together with Prince Sado to plan a revolt! He brings forward the maps.

After learning about the situation, Chief Im reports back to Prince Sado about General Seo. Prince Sado decides to meet with Yu Dae but Chief Im tells him to stay put in this dire situation. Feeling that something's wrong, Prince Sado opens his safe - the scrolls carrying the maps are empty. Ruh-oh. Just then, Prince Sado is asked to join the officers and King in the meeting hall.

The King is clutching the maps and asks what it contains. Prince Sado remains quiet while Hong Dae Joo confirms it to be the Northern Expedition Book of War. The Qing Emissary calls this an act of treason against the Qing Nation. To hide this matter, the King would have to send Crown Prince to his death.

Hearing enough of this nonsense, Crown Prince scorns at the word "Treason". How is it treason if we are claiming back the property we lost to the Qing Nation? The King roars over their conversation and orders them to shut up. Prince Sado isn't afraid of death but he wishes for the truth to be revealed.

Standing on the side is Prince Sado's father-in-law, Hong Bo Han, who we learned from last episode, is on the same side as Hong Dae Joo. He points out that the Prince is wearing a gown imprinted with an Emperor Qing's trademark- a dragon with seven claws. Then it dawns on Prince Sado that he was used by Queen Jung Sun, who gave him the gown a few days earlier. The bad guys is piling up, your mother hates you, your father doesn't love you. Prince, what did you do in your past life?

The King steps down from his seat to get a closer look. Wide-eyed, he holds his head in pain and quickly slices the gown. YAH! Don't scare me like that! Lucky Annette has told me how Prince is going to die....whew.

Cut back to Chief Im as he orders the trio to escort Ji Sun away from the palace.

Back in the meeting hall, Prince Sado kneels and pleads the King to see his sincere heart. However, the whole freakin palace chimes in to pressure the King, "The Crown Prince must be prosecuted!"

And finally, the King strips Prince Sado of his title. Sado looks like a dead person as he takes off his gown. Brimming with indignity, a tear slips down his cheek. So hard to watch.

After the meeting, the bad guys all laugh heartily. And here I wonder whether or not their hearts have been eaten by the wolves. Must have.

Due to the tight security, Dong Soo and his gang is planning an escape route while Ji Sun stares at him, idle in her seat. He has decided to exit using the gate reserved for dead people. Oh, Yeo Woon is impressed, so am I.

Prince Sado is locked in jail. Queen Jung Sun visits him and silently mocks his choice of road. Prince Sado's son, Jeong Jo, cries to see his father's current state. Hmmm, if Crown Prince does indeed die in the upcoming weeks, Dong Soo and the gang might protect Jeong Jo, right? Since he was the next King in history.

Dong Soo carries out his plan. With him acting as a corpse, Yeo Woon, Cho Rip, and Ji Sun acting as guards, they make it outside safely.

Wearing their comfortable clothes and mane of glory, the boys march their way into the mountain. They are stopped by the....MOUNTAIN BROTHERS! Only 3 of them graduated (hehe!), from left to right: Sang Gak, Tae Yong, Yong Geol. I really cherish their smiles.

Sa Mo Ajusshin then enters the scene and immediately takes a look at Dong Soo's arm to see the bite marks. Oh you're so biased! =P

Suddenly, a small knife flies toward Ji Sun, luckily, Sa Mo grabs it with his bare hand. When another knife comes towards Dong Soo's back, Sa Mo is quick to take the stab. Arggg!!

It's BAT!! Bloody hell. Someone give me a gun so I can end his despicable life! My blood pressure is raised! How dare you hurt my Sa Mo ajusshi! DIEEEEEEEEE!! Yes, I know it's immature to draw faces's harmless!

The mountain brothers battle it out with Bat and get their butts kicked. Man, I'm disappointed but they're newbies so I forgive. Bat then points to the girly looking boy (Yeo Woon) and tells him to step out. Dong Soo lets Sa Mo into the care of Cho Rip and grabs his sword but Yeo Woon insists that he deals with Bat.

A voice from behind turns Bat around, it's SWORD SAINT! YAY! I'm happy to see you buhhh I would prefer it if you come in later, I want to see my boys fight! Sword Saint shakes his head in shame, "It's my mistake, I should have killed you back then."

Bat is definitely scared so he uses a smoke bomb to escape. Aw man. Should I rename you to Rat now?

Chief Im assures Prince Sado that Ji Sun has safely left the palace. But the King wants to see him. Oh, what now King?

Sword Saint leads his gang to Hwang Jin Gi's hideout. Sa Mo's wound is deep but if he survives tonight, he should be fine tomorrow. Ji Sun places a hand on Dong Soo's shoulder to comfort him. This doesn't go unnoticed by Jin Ju.

Since the hideout only has one female room for Jin Ju, Ji Sun has to share. Jin Ju is reluctant and lies that she and Dong Soo are engaged. Silly girl.

Overwhelmed with his incompetence, Dong Soo breaks down. Okay, I don't know how Ji Chang Wook did it, but his quivering lips makes my heart heavy. Boy should do a melodrama. Everyone watches as he sobs his heart out.

In the following days, Sword Saint trains Dong Soo, trying to get him in the right mindset. He wants the boy to hold a sword with his heart instead of with burning rage. Only an earnest heart can swing a sword. Lies! I'm swinging a sword right now! In my head? Full of evil thoughts for Bat. heee!

Yeo Woon asks to be taught by Sword Saint. After a few hits, Sword Saint notes the strong desire in Yeo Woon's heart to kill. Wow, really? The boy doesn't need to be reminded by you people all the times!

Sitting together, Dong Soo muses that he is destined with Ji Sun. He wishes to protect her in place of Prince Sado. Um, yea.

Dong Soo holds Sa Mo's hand and recites the line he used to say as a child:

"Open your eyes Sa Mo. There are two things I'm most afraid of. 1) Sa Mo would die, leaving me all alone in this world..."

Like a magic wish, Sa Mo struggles to regain consciousness.

Night falls and Yeo Woon meets with Chun. The latter is indignant when it comes to battling with Sword Saint. Chun confesses, "It's because he would never show all that he knows in a duel with me." Yeo Woon thinks it's because he's stronger but Chun disagrees, "It's more like he doesn't have an intent to kill and therefore cannot beat me." That's why it's no fun beating him. But today, Chun has a solution, in order to see Sword Saint's murderous eyes, he gives Yeo Woon an order. Go to the butcher shop......

Yeo Woon looks at the carved word on the floor. "Kill." His cheek muscles twitch under his skin. Gahh!

The other assassin pulls out his sword but Yeo Woon stops him, taking it as his personal task. He covers Tae Yong's mouth and stabs!

Sang Gak wakes up from the commotion and Yeo Woon inserts a needle to freeze him. The tragic part is that Sang Gak recognizes Yeo Woon's dark eyes, "You're Woonie, right?" With that Yeo Woon dives a knife into his friend's body! A tear escapes his miserable eye....

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Episode 11 synopsis/recap/summary

Turns out that Hong1 is terrible at sneaking, as Dong Soo and Ji Sun almost immediately hear them. He grabs Ji Sun’s hand and they dart through the palace gardens to avoid them. Dong Soo guides her to a safe passage and then diverts the followers away.

Dong Soo loses the followers, and then meets back up with Ji Sun. He asks her why she is there at the palace and why the guys were following her. She says she’s there to lose a heavy burden and she doesn’t know why they were chasing her. He asks why she would run from people if she doesn’t know why they were chasing her. She replies that she’s had to live that way for a long time. She notices the pendant he is wearing. He explains that a lady dropped it , he picked it up and that it saved his life once. He repaired the pendant and wears it all the time. She smiles and looks closely at it, and tells him that it was hers. We get a flashback to when they met and when she lost the pendant.

He says she saved his life, and she says that they appear to have a joint destiny. (awwww). As Dong Soo reaches up to touch Ji Sun’s face, Un comes around the corner and witnesses this.

Lord Hong meets with Chun to show him the maps and gloat. Lord Hong asks him if he wants to use the scrolls before they are turned over to the Qing (I believe the meaning here is to use them as a tactical weapon for the Assassins purposes). Chun tells him that he doesn’t need fake scrolls. Lord Hong replies that the Plan is real and he’ll show Chun it’s value. Chun basically says “whatever.”

Later, when Chun meets with Ji, he asks her what is bothering her. She asks about the Plan, and he says it’s fake, so who cares. She asks what if it’s real, and if it is would he have taken it. He just laughs. She asks him why is it that he seems to be enjoying all of this, when he said that he wanted to leave and live freely. He tells her that he may not know much, but he knows that he wants them all under his feet. She gets up angrily and tells him that not everything in the world will turn out like he wants.

Dong Soo and Un hike back to the beacon, where Yu Tae and Cho Rip are happy to see them. Dong Soo asks Yu Tae to tell the truth, he has really only been there a short while, not 30 years. Yu Tae admits it with a “so what?” Dong Soo tells Cho Rip they are going to the palace the next day, and while Cho Rip is digesting that, Un joins in to ask Yu Tae how a General got sent to this beacon, which totally flips Cho Rip out..

Dong Soo explains that Yu Tae is being a fraud and that he was really demoted. Cho Rip goes through the command structure to figure out that, yep, this beacon guard is high ranking officer. Yu Tae says, yeah well, then you should be showing me some respect and kneeling here. Cho Rip actually does that, while Dong Soo points out that he’s a beacon officer at the moment, not a commander or general, and heads for bed, making Yu Tae laugh.

Back in town, Jang Mi (the nice lady) fills Sa Mo in on Dong Soo’s snake bite. She tries to work this into persuading Sa Mo to marry her. Which doesn’t quite work, but is cute. Gwang Taek, on the other hand, is sitting around thinking about his visit with Ji. Jang Mi So (Dae Pyo’s daughter) serves him some food and then sits with him to talk about her father.

The boys hang around the tent and talk about their friends from the training camp. They bid farewell to Yu Tae, Dong Soo managing to get in a dig about wishing Yu Tae a peaceful life….alone. While Yu Tae returns that with basically an “off you go, you’ll be having a hard life now, because you are mannerless.” As he returns to the beacon, Yu Tae is confronted by guards, who ask if he is General Seo Yu Tae. In a completely different speaking manner, he firmly agrees that he is, and he is arrested.

Back at the palace, the boys are back in their uniforms, and Im tells them what is expected of them at the palace – they should behave themselves and learn. Un asks if the Crown Prince is in any particular danger. Im tells them that the Crown Prince rarely has a moment of peace. After Dong Soo breaks out with an embarrassingly boastful remark, Im tells them to work on their speech and manners as well.

Lord Hong meets with the Minister of Justice, warning him that the Crown Prince will be on the losing side, and so he should switch to their side. The Minister angrily asks if this is a threat, and Lord Hong tells him that he was just warning him of a change in the way the winds were blowing.

Then Lord Hong and his creepy bodyguard visit Dae Ung (who was In). They give him a leather arm/hand – which essentially makes his left arm a blunt instrument. In return, Lord Hong asks him there a matter to settle, so Im goes off and kills the Justice Minister.

Chun arrives at the palace, and easily manages to sneak into see the Crown Prince. He tells the Prince that he isn’t there to kill him, so don’t bother with the swords. He sits and gets to the point. He asks if the Prince can give up on the Northern Expedition, as it’s not too late. He asks if a small country can really invade Qing. Sado tells him that Joseon once ruled that whole area, should Joseon and he should be treated like a joke?

Chun tells him that it’s all a delusion, but the Prince replies that he will make it happen. Sado asks if Chun can be on his side, to which he gets an immediate reply of no. Sado tells him that means he’s given up on living like a real person, and Chun tells him he gave up on that long ago. Chun tells him that if the Prince looks at him as not being a person for opposing him then Chun will consider the Prince nothing but a beast. He asks the Prince if he understands, and is he still not willing to give up?

Sado tells Chun that even if he was to die right there, he wouldn’t give up the Northern Expedition.

Chun nods with some resignation. He unties the the sword he has on his back and presents it to the Prince. He tells the Prince that this is is much valued sword, and if he has to meet the Prince again, he’ll use this sword on him.

As he gets up to leave, Chun stops to tell the Prince again to let the Plan just drift away.

General Seo Yu Tae is being interrogated (tortured). Commander Im eavesdrops as Lord Hong gets to the point. He’s trying to get General Seo to say that the Crown Prince is directing a military expedition, and that this is treasonable. He responds that the troops are the King’s troops, not the Crown Prince’s. So then Lord Hong tries asking if General Seo thinks the Crown Prince cares what happens to him? He tells General Seo to just go along with this and lie about the Crown Prince. He replies that his life belongs to his King and that no torture is going to get him to go along with Lord Hong.

Lord Hong tells him the Crown Prince will soon be joining him as a prisoner. And the next we see is the King being informed that the General and Prince Sado were planning a revolt. Lord Hong assures him it is true. The Qing envoy points out that these are Northern border troops. As confirming evidence, Lord Hong brings out the maps.

Commander Im goes to the Crown Prince and lays out everything that is going on – there was a Noron meeting, and General Seo is being tortured, however Im suspects that it’s because of the inspection tour. The Prince thinks he should go save General Seo, but Im stops him. Suddenly, the Prince realizes that the maps have been stolen and replaced with blank scrolls.

Just then, the Prince is called before the King and ministers. He’s got some explaining to do, but he stands silent as Lord Hong and the Qing envoy declare that these are maps for a Northern Expedition, and that is treasonous!

The Prince finally declares that it isn’t treason. He tells the Qing envoy that Qing doesn’t own Joseon, and for a large amount of history, the reverse was true. The Qing envoy asks if he’s forgotten the Qing invasions. Sado tells him that he hasn’t forgotten, but while their King bowed to the Qing emperor, they aren’t his subjects. Just then, one of the ministers points out the robe that the Crown Prince is wearing. The embroidery on it is a 7 clawed dragon, which is an Imperial insignia. Wearing such a symbol is also treasonous, as it implies he’s on the same level as the Emperor. (which is the meaning behind the Queen being given a royal robe at the end of Episode 10. We see in a flashback that she presented it to him)

The King examines the robe and, stunned, grabs a sword and slices the offending embroidery.

Commander Im calls the boys in and orders them to escort Ji Sun away, because everything is hitting the fan.

The Prince kneels before the King and denies the treason, as Lord Hong and the ministers insist on his arrest. The King strips the Crown Prince of his status, forces him to bow before him, and has him arrested.

The boys plan the escape of Ji Sun. Cho Rip points out the defenses are against them. Dong Soo, however, decides that there is one way for anyone to leave the palace. That way would be via the dead gate – where corpses are taken out.

The Crown Princess goes to the King and pleads that perhaps this is all due to an illness the Crown Prince has. She pleads for him to take back the order. He replies that it’s all over.

Cho Rip and Dong Soo break into the morgue and steal clothes from the guards and the materials they need. They lead a cart out to the gate, where the guards check them out, but Ji Sun slips through dressed as one of the cart guards (Dong Soo having stolen the stinky dead guy clothes and dressed as a corpse.)

Back in their own clothes they make their way into the forest where they meet up with three of their old friends from training camp and Sa Mo. Suddenly, they are attacked, and Sa Mo is hit by a thrown knife.

Dae Ung (the former In) shows up with 2 men and after the customary insults, tries to take Ji Sun. The three mountain boys attack Dae Ung,

Just as Un steps forward to fight Dae Ung, Gwang Taek arrives. Dae Ung throws down a smoke bomb and runs off (presumably with the other 2 guys, although you do wonder if they were smoking ciggies and twiddling their thumbs while the fight was going on.)

Sa Mo is taken to the bandit headquarters where Hwang Jin Ki lives. Jin Ki tends to him and they wait for him to recover. Ji Sun stays with Jin Ju, and Jin Ju takes the opportunity to tell Ji Sun that Dong Soo is hers, a little conversational non sequitur that startles Ji Sun. Gwang Taek asks what is going on at the palace, but the boys can’t tell him more than their mission. Dong Soo is disconsolate with worry, so Gwang Taek takes him out for some sword practice, which mostly means Dong Soo getting beaten up and being told not to fight with emotion.

Then Gwang Taek runs into Un, who asks to practice as well. While Un lasts at least a few parries, he also loses. Gwang Taek tells him that he can see that he holds his sword to kill.

Dong Soo and Ji Sun sit down and chat. He asks how she became a nun. She says it was her destiny since she was born and that her days were long and difficult. Dong Soo blurts out that he will protect her since she isn’t at the palace. She says she doesn’t want to endanger anyone. He tells her that there really isn’t such a thing as destiny, rather he believes in free will, otherwise he’d still be a cripple.

Sa Mo starts to recover, and that evening Un slips out to meet with Chun. Chun asks him what he thought of Gwang Taek, and Un replies that Gwang Taek was several levels above him. Chun tells him it’s more than several levels. Chun tells him that the reason he doesn’t attack Gwang Taek is that when they fight, Gwang Taek is always holding back more. Chun asks if he knows why, and Un says it’s because Gwang Taek is stronger. Chun says maybe, but he thinks it’s because Gwang Taek has no desire to kill him. Unless they both really want to kill each other, it will never be a real match. Then, Chun tells him he has orders for Un. He tells him to go to the butcher shop, he wants to make Gwang Taek angry enough to kill. There on the wood in front of him, Un sees the word, KILL.

Un and 2 others ride off to Sa Mo’s where the mountain boys are recovering. There, Un personally takes out his sword and he stabs the first of the boys. The other awakens, so he paralyzes him with a needle and then stabs him as well as the boy says “Un? It’s you?” As the boy collapses, and a tear rolls down Un’s face (over the guyliner), we end episode 11.

Yes, Un has really gone over to The Dark Side.

But, oh my, Lord Hong wasn’t kidding about setting things in motion, was he? Framed by embroidery. Who’d a thunk it!

Anyway, let’s just pause here to think about Chun and the Prince, because that little conversation was really interesting. Chun has been telling everyone that this Plan is fake, a forgery, etc. In truth, he only cares whether it’s going to be acted on. He’s been hired to prevent the Northern Expedition at all costs.

On the face of it, the easiest method of preventing the Expedition is to kill Sado. However, Chun actually prefers not to do this if at all possible, going to the extent to visiting the palace and warning the Prince of the consequences. He actually emphasizes not the danger to the Prince, but the danger to the nation if they invade Qing.

Even after warning the Prince that if he goes through with it, Chun will have to hunt him like a beast, Chun stops to advise him again that he should let this whole plan go. It’s hard to know if Chun simply prefers a solution that requires less intervention on his part and will cause less upheaval, or if he truly prefers not to have to kill Sado.

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