April 25, 2019
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This episode aired April 16, 2019. Spoiler Alert!
This episode begins with King Yeongjo visiting the Hwalinseo (the main hospital where they are tending all the ‘plagued’ people) and comforting his people. He tells them that this is not a punishment from God and that they will heal. He also promises to stay with his people until the end. Dal Moon aided by many confirms that the plague was really poisoning, and that they used the city’s main wells to poison the people. King Yeongjo sends for all the compromised wells to be closed to access and sends a recipe to all the hospitals to help the sick recover. And it works!
He visits the Queen Dowager to see if she has recovered and she has! He is so relieved and on his way out has a short conversation with Yeo Ji who who voices her concerns about all the movements of the soldiers within the palace. She asks him if he’s OK and he says he is because she is there… !
Sadly, King Yeongjo has no time to be in peace as he hears that there is a rebellion brewing and that they are getting ready to attack, under the leadership of the Namin In-jwa. Mun su, discovered the camp where they were all training and informs Dal Moon who in turn informs the King. In-jwa finds out that they have been found out and closes the camp and moves ahead his attack to Hanyang.
One of these attacks consists on using infiltrated soldiers to attack and kill the King inside the palace. King Yeongjo finds out and and masterfully with the aid of the Noron leader Lord Min and the Soron Leader Chief Inspector Jo and his re-instated friends Minister Lee and Minister Jo, trap the traitors. It was a very close call for the King though, as one of the traitors sends for all the King’s soldiers to leave. He tries to kill him but Yeo Ji was ready to defend him. Then when they are literally at each other’s throats, King Yeongjo saves her from being strangled by the traitor.
While this is happening, Minister Lee leads his elite soldiers to confront the palace guards and orders Chief Nam and the Ministry of War official to be arrested. Mun su and and Hyuk intercept the rebel guards that are on their way to attack. They have a short fight where the ‘police officers’ from the Saheonbu easily overtake them.
At the end of the episode we see In-jwa take over Cheongju palace. And King Yeongjo’s face of horror as he learns that there are rebels in various provinces all heading to Hanyang!