[Recap] Princess Agents Episode 56-58 (End)


We’re final at the last episode of the drama!! Anyway, thank you all for joining us in this series and following the recaps. Makes the drama that much more enjoyable to have people to share their thought about it. =D  I’m glad we were able to provide the recap with little delay to the air time. This has definitely been a duo effort with @iiangelx3 ‘s help to be able to recap this series so quickly! XD.  I don’t think I could have recapped this series by myself!!

Princess Agents is a 2017 Chinese television series based on the novel 11 Chu Te Gong Huang Fei (11处特工皇妃) written by Xiao Xiang Dong Er. It stars Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin, Shawn Dou and Li Qin.

Title:Princess Agents (特工皇妃楚乔传)

Episodes: 67 (for the TV version) and 58 (for uncut version)

Release date:  June 5th, 2017  2 episodes every Monday to Thursday on Hunan TV

Where to watch: watch it on viki with Eng Sub!

Episode 56

By the lakeside, A Chu tells Yuwen Yue that she thought Yan Bei was worth fighting for. She was arrogance and thought that she could do everything herself but she realizes that her power alone was not enough. Instead of saving, she had caused misfortunes to many. She apoligizes to Yuwen Yue for he’s the only person that she owes and cries. Yuwen Yue tells her to cry all she wants and once she’s done stand tall again.

Zhong Yu comes by to A Chu’s room the next morning to bid her farewell. Zhong Yu apologizes for not being able to stand up and protect Xiuli army fr her but to protect Mr. Wu, she cannot act irrationally. Yan Bei is no longer the land that they both recognizes. A Chu doesn’t agree with Yan Xun but she respects his choices. A Chu wants to leave too but she won’t. Both Zhong Yu and her knows that she’s the only who can guide Yan Xun to the right path again.

Before Mr. Wu left, A Chu meets up with him to ask about her past. He tells her that she’s is the daughter of Luo He and the heir of Feng Yun Ling. Back then her mother had already transferred all her power to A Chu and made her the heir. After Luo He got caught, A Chu went to save her but to no availed. Mr. Wu sent two people to escort A Chu who was being chased by Yuwen Hao. A Chu killed Yuwen Hao but ended up falling into the lake and lost her memory. After is when she got captured as a slave by the Yuwen household.

Da Liang princess wanders on her own. Her trusted follower finds her. The princess tells her that she realizes that her trusted penpal turns out to be her enemy, Yuwen Yue. She’s confused and in a dilemma. She is tired and suffering because of this dilemma. Her follower suggests putting Yuwen Yue in the same dilemma and see how he will responds.

Following the plan, Da Liang princess intercepts Yuwen Yue’s message to Prince Xiang. She leaves him a message to meet up as penpals. When he arrives, he too realizes that his trusted penpal is his enemy. He tells her that he will destroy the wooden bird and cut off their connections.

Episode 57

Yuwen Yue wants to leave but falls due to poison smoke. Da Liang princess pulls out her sword to kill him but does not. She doesn’t want to ruin her happy memory of him. He thanks her and once again cuts off ties. She asks him about his feeling for A Chu. A Chu is the heir of Feng Yun Ling, also an enemy group of Yuwen household. He didn’t answer and leaves.

Chun Er arrives to where Yuan Song is to meet up with him. Yuan Song asks if she had let go of her hatred yet. Chun Er tells him it doesn’t matter anymore. Either way, she’s alone now. To change of topic, Chun Er tells her brother that she’s hungry. Yuan Song agrees to cook for her with his own arm. After he’s done, Chun Er left already.

Yan Xun’s headache is getting worse. The miracle doctor arranged to heal him arrives to cure him. The masked doctor tells him that she can try to cure his headache with needle work. He agrees to let her try. The two talk about ChangAn while the doctor gives him a head massage. Afterward, the doctor tries to kill him with a knife but Yan Xun flings her off easily and reveals Chun Er behind the mask. Yan Xun lets her go after apologizing to her. Chun Er turns around and leave in tears.

The advisor reveals the falsify message sent by Da Liang to Prince Xiang under Yuwen Yue’s alias. He tries to convince the prince to attack Yan Bei now while they’re weak. After some thoughts, the prince agrees to attack Yan Bei. He leads his troop marching toward Yan Bei.

Back to Yan Bei, Yuwen Yue decides to visit some homeless kids at a temple. A Chu, coincidently, also arrives at the temple. The two sit down to talk and eat. During the conversation, each tries to get info on each other’s knowledge. A Chu wants to see if he knows her identity and he wants to know if she remembers her own identity. Yuwen Yue also heard that Yan Xun is planning on marrying A Chu soon. He sadly look at her and tells her that not much can hurt him. The only thing that can hurt him will no longer be his soon…. =( He gets up afterward and leave.

Episode 58

A Chu chases after Yuwen Yue and tells him that the next time they meet on the battle field, don’t hold back. Yuwen Yue asks if she can kill him when the time comes? She tells him probably not and she will try to defeat him. He says he can’t do so and leaves. At the same time, Chen He tells Yan Xun that they spotted Yuwen Yue in Yan Bei’s territory visiting A Chu. He convinces Yan Xun to take this chance to kill Yuwen Yue. Yan Xun agrees to his plan.

News on Prince Xiang and his troop on his way gets back to Yuan Song and Yan Xun. Yuan Song intercepted Prince Xiang and his troop from entering the city. Once they enter the city, there will be war between Wei and Yan Bei and those that will suffer will be the citizens. At the same time, Yan Xun sets out to ambush Yuwen Yue.

After escaping from Yan Xun’s ambush, a soldier under Xiuli army’s alias comes to warn Yuwen Yue of Yan Xun’s ambushes along the way. He tells Yuwen Yue that A Chu was asked to killed him by Yan Xun but she refused and is in a dilemma. The guy convinces Yuwen Yue to escape while trying to make it sound like A Chu is in danger and kills himself afterward. Yuwen Yue is reluctant to belief his words but can’t help but worry about A Chu at the same time.

A Chu realizes Yan Xun’s plan and goes to stop him. She asks what happened to Yuwen Yue. Yan Xun lies and said he killed him already and he’s doing all this to protect her. Yan Xun asks, in return, if she had ever loved him. She tells him she doesn’t know what her feeling for him is but she cares for him. His dreams became her dreams and his hometown became her hometown. But ever since they arrived in Yan Bei, she started doubting her decision. She no longer know him. He doesn’t trust her. He uses her to lure Yuwen Yue. As he wishes, she tells him that she will go look for Yuwen Yue now. If Yuwen Yue died in Yan Bei, she will never forgive him and then ride off.

A Chu rushes to the battle scene where Chen Yuan and Yue Qi are fighting and Yuwen Yue is being cornered on a thin ice layer. Chen Yuan stabs Yue Qi. A Chu arrives to kill Chen Yuan (in a very brutal eye popping way I might add) but was too late to save Yue Qi. She rushes to the ice layer to help Yuwen Yue but he was already brutally injured by that time. Yan Xun stands high above and shoot an arrow right thru Yuwen Yue’s heart.

A Chu reaches Yuwen Yue and tells him to hold on. He tells her to leave as the ice is cracking under their feet. She answers that she won’t be going anywhere. She won’t leave his side anymore. Yan Xun silently tells her that this is who he is and this is his way of showing her his wishes and ambition. He clutches the jade that he’s been making for her as she kisses Yuwen Yue on the forehead. Yan Xun sends more troops on the ice. After A Chu kills them Yuwen Yue was already slowly slipping into the ice water. She jumps in after him.

A Chu reaches for Yuwen Yue under the water but he silently tells her to live on. After some struggle, Yuwen Yue pushes toward the surface while he sink to the bottom of the lake. In the ice water, the flower on A Chu’s back revealed itself. The symbol for the leader of Feng Yun Ling. Once the flower fully shows up, A Chu opens her eye with a strong gaze. The end…..

Chexmix: I have such conflicting feeling about this drama and this ending….The cast for this drama is awesome! But the story lacks some depth to it. I keep thinking that Chu Qiao will find her goal to free the slaves but that never happened (at least not in this season). The ending…is like…what…cliffhanger…? I don’t think Yuwen Yue died and with how they ended things…a season 2 is almost certain. As for if the cast will be the same..? Not sure. I hope so!!! If there’s a season 2, I’ll definitely watch it. Just because I feel like the story will be much more interesting now that she has her memory and power back!! XD

iiAngelx3: The last scene when Chu Qiao came to save Yuwen Yue had me tearing. I’m going to miss the couple and really hope that they come back if there’s a season two!! Or maybe I might start reading the novel since I’m so impatient. xD Loved the cast for this drama, especially Yue Qi, time to watch his drama~~



77 thoughts on “[Recap] Princess Agents Episode 56-58 (End)

  1. Thank you so much for the recaps. It is really a great romance story with a cliffhanger ending to pique our interest and our dying to know what will happen to YWY and Xing’er in the next season. Logically for me though, it is hard to believe that YWY survived the ordeal while the slave died rescuing him and Xing’er did not managed to save YWY according to some translation of following chapter I have read online. The reason is because YWY has a peculiar health issue whereby he will go into “hibernation” during the cold winter, not to mention that he once went into several hours of “hibernation” in a cave dwelling with Xing’er and the cave dweller. It would seem very likely his life would be greatly threatened by the icy cold water even without the two puncture wounds. I would expect Xing’er to save him because her special inner power (Cloud & Wind Decree) was fully ruptured and activated in the icy cold water, represented by the appearance of the flower on her back and when her eyes sprung fully open at the end of the last episode of season 1.

    My take is that she was able to find him in the deep darkness because she has a power light in her and she saved and brought him out of the water at the far end of the lake, out of Yan Xun’s sight. Using her special power, she healed his wounds and warmed him up to keep him alive. Then, she had to leave him to distract Yan Xun’s search party that was coming and let them know YWY cannot be found and cried her heart out. Yan Xun’s men searched for YWY body in the icy lake and therefore, this gave YWY a chance to escape from being captured, dead or alive.
    Meanwhile, loyal and faithful Yue Qi found his master YWY and rescued him from the jaws of Yan Xun’s army and he was saved for Season 2 …. hahaha …. My own feel good conclusion of this great intriguing story that had me hooked to watch the entire 58 episodes in 3 days! This is the first time I watched a Chinese drama in its entirety! Then, spent a few more days searching for updates, watching again many lovely episodes and feeling grateful for the translation. Thanks again your sharing.


  2. This ending had me *shook*. I actually yelled “NO” at my laptop when the end credits rolled; that couldn’t be it, right?! Season 2 doesn’t seem likely, which breaks my heart because the chemistry between the leads was great to me and I looooved this love triangle and the choices the female lead was forced to make throughout the series. We need another good season to explore her background as she comes into her own, to wrap up loose ends (little side arcs left unanswered all over the place!) and to get some closure.


  3. i like this drama serial ,i love it ,especially the character of A Chu ,such a charming girl.
    i hope their will be season 2 .i dont really like this inconclusive ending.
    i really hoped the best ending .A Chu and yuwen must be destined to be together.
    i really dislike yun xun .
    plz ,if there is another episode or season ,upcoming ,plz let me know .


  4. il so loved this drama with all my heart and i was looking forward to see achu and yuwen yue getting married and be together for good lol i did not like achu to be with yan xun


  5. It was a very nice movie with a beautiful storyline but I feel the ending didn’t justify the plot. I really do wish there would be another season cause this was honestly an amazing movie. Yuwen yue dying was very heartbreaking😭. Besides Xing er never achieved her goal so I don’t see why it ended that way.


  6. OMG!! I loved this drama so much!! Hands down, Yuwen Yue was my fav character. Like honestly what a bae. He did everything for xinger no matter the cost. His personality and character development was great and all his interactions with xinger was super cute. I feel like slowly xinger lost her main focus throughout but still overall, still what an amazing drama. 10/10! I held on for the YueXing ship cuz honestly my OTP from the very beginning<3.

    I really hope there is a season 2 in the making cuz this ending directors left us with is such a cliffhanger and I hope YWY doesn't die. The way they decided to end it is just killing me!!! I hoping they keep the same actors or it just wont be the same. Thanks so much for the recaps on all the episodes cuz it was super helpful when watching with English subs.

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  7. Ddmcmc you never fail to give this one much appreciation of your recap. You summarized the novel mostly thru political point of view which this one truly like. Other’s blog or recap lean more on the romantic side but yours gears towards economic and political scenarios. Li Ce has the Phillial love for CQ the most benovelent of all the kind of love. It is indeed the warmth and hospitality shared in friendly conversation and statements of care. It is the laughs shared, the memories remembered, the years of good times gone by and more to come. It is also the sign of a healthy relationship, and becomes exponentially more so with time. People who share this type of love can talk for hours, skipping past the small talk and dive right into their thoughts and feelings. Thank you again for the recap.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I would say that the most extraordinary part of the novel is the insightful thoughts on human society and humanity, which surpasses the romance of the main characters. Seeing CQ and Zhuge Yue growing up as the great leaders of the continent is much more enjoyable for me than just shipping the couples. That’s the reason why I’m doing this recap. Glad that someone has the same feeling as me.

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      1. @ddmcmc I agree with @pinayatsunshinestate above, in which I really appreciate you covering the political aspects of the novel as that is something my blog posts lack…I find it difficult to translate the terminology used in political discussions and descriptions so I really appreciate all that you’ve done with your recaps. On another note, I was wondering if you knew that contents of your recaps are copied and shared out there? Thanks again.

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  8. Vol V: The New World of Qing Hai (Part 3)

    While Yue returns to Daxia, CQ continues her trip to Tangjing for a proper farewell to Li Ce before she leave for Qinghai. “There is still a long way to go, and accidents may burst at any time, are you afraid?” asked Yue while the two of them sitting shoulder by shoulder waiting for the twilight. “No, I’m not!” answered CQ. It is so clear that their withdrawn to Qinghai won’t be easy, but they’re determined once decided.

    Just as CQ worried, on her half way to Tangjing, the rebel of the prince Luo becomes real and the crowds of refugees are flocking to the capital as well. CQ has to camp outside the Hanshui city together with the other refugees and wait for further developments. According to Li Ce’s life story (mostly revealed in Vol III of the novel), prince Luo shares a miserable kinship with Li Ce for being his uncle and older brother. Li Ce’s mother, the current empress dowager of Biantang, had been one of the concubines of Li Ce’s grandfather, the emperor of Biantang by then, and their son, prince Luo, is the youngest brother of Li Ce’s father. When prince Luo was just about three month old, Li Ce’s father stepped on the throne by plotting the death of his own father. He also forced Li Ce’s mother to stay as his concubine by threating her with prince Luo’s life. A year later, there comes Li Ce, the only son of his father, and the only heir of his father’s throne. Prince Luo and Li Ce had grew up together as brothers. Very early at his age, without understanding the reason, Li Ce realized the fact that his mother had a great hatred towards him and all her love was dedicated to Luo, through which he learned to hide his real emotions under a cover of playful indifference. Then, there is A-Fu, an orphan of the great Murong family who had sacrificed the whole clan defending Biantang from the invasions of Daxia. About the same age as Li Ce, A-Fu was granted with the title of Princess due to the great contributions of her family to the state, and was raised in the royal palace by Li Ce’s mother. The love triangle of prince Luo, princess Fu and Li Ce was destined. When Li Ce turned to 17, his status as crown prince was declared, and A-Fu was pointed to be his wife. The preparation of his wedding with A-Fu had been the happiest time in Li Ce’s life, for his best wish was soon becoming true. On their wedding day, the great joy had turned to a bitter suffering while Li Ce found A-Fu had hung herself and dead.

    Li Ce had blamed himself as the principal of the tragedy, because he had not been capable to recognize the affection of A-Fu towards Luo. But when CQ pictured the full story out of the pieces of puzzles, she’d assume that the main cause of A-Fu’s suicide should have been her disappointment towards Luo. CQ was not finding an excuse for Li Ce. In fact, neither A-Fu nor Luo had confessed their love to Li Ce, and when the engagement was planned, none of them showed any resistance to the decision either. If at any point before the wedding that Luo or A-Fu had expressed his/hers disagreement on the marriage, there would have been chance for Li Ce to prevent the wedding from happening. The most possible reason for such absurd silence can only be the ambiguous attitude of Luo. Did he really love A-Fu as she loved him? If he did love her, would he stand out to defense A-Fu and their love? Based on the fact that there had been no effort from Luo in preventing the engagement and the wedding, there must be a negative answer for either of the two questions. Smart, proud and staunch as A-Fu sounded, a “No” for any of those two questions would be nothing but a death penalty for her. Anyway, the more matured as they grown, the more clear it was for Li Ce and Luo that they were born enemies of each other. Life had been such an ironic that both possessed what their counterpart had been longing for: for Luo, it’s the power and the throne; and for Li Ce, it’s the love of their mother and A-Fu. After A-Fu’s death, prince Luo had been exiled by Li Ce’s father to Mei Shan Mountain in the south of Biantang, for apparently his existence in Tangjing meant a great threat to Li Ce. When prince Luo left from Tangjing, his rebel had been decided, all he needed was the patient and the time to prepare for it.

    The violence of the rebel had lasted for more than one month, ended by the suicide of prince Luo after losing a vital battle. On the other hand, the price of Li Ce’s victory had been huge. Biantang had almost been teared apart and the prosperous south had been scorched. Although Li Ce had remitted the tax in the south to support the reconstruction, it is clear that the state of Biantang was weakened and required a long time to recover. CQ’s small hotel in Xuefu was also burned, so she decided to stay in Tangjing while waiting for Yue. Li Ce seems to be unchanged with his foxy smile, but CQ feels the pain under it. He said that he had hoped Luo would give up the rebel somehow on a whim, because a fight between them can only be ended by one of them dead. Li Ce doesn’t want to die, so he is left with no choice but to kill Luo, the brother he’d tried to love and protect. Why must this happen? A question for which CQ doesn’t have a proper answer either. Probably that’s just the truth of power, anyone who gets in touch with it will fall off in a bloodshed, which not only consists of the blood of their enemies, but also that of their loved ones. For Li Ce, it’s prince Luo. As for Yan Xun, it’s Mr.Wu, Zhong Yu, Huanhuan, and many others. Never like this has CQ expected to leave from Ximeng.

    Another autumn passed and the New Year is approaching. CQ and Yue has kept exchanging letters this time. Yue’s lengthy letters would be always formulated with the weather, the local economics and the political events, all briefed in an official tone as participating summit meeting. In the end, there would be one sentence about taking good care and watching on harmful persons. Li Ce would attempt to sneak a peek on Yue’s letters and would condemn Yue himself of being harmful, while CQ would have to acknowledge that both of them might be right. The New Year’s greeting from Yue has arrived along with piles of gifts including plenty of weird potatoes cultivated in Qinghai. In the end of the letter, written in a dark ink, it reads “Being entangled, wait for me.” The situations hasn’t been easy for Yue, as CQ knows. During the past years, YX and Zhao Yang had maintained a tacit ally for both were confronting the pressures from Yue, Zhao Che and Li Ce. Now that Li Ce has been weakened by its civil war, both Zhao Yang and YX started to make their moves. The tension between Zhao Yang and Zhao Che has reached to an extreme, and YX is waiting for his chance to take advantage of it. In her letter back to Yue, CQ sketched a Q version of the two of them sitting on a hill and facing a grassland edged by a vast lake, then she wrote it carefully “Waiting for you.”

    While staying in Tangjing, CQ has met He Xiao for once. The latter had been entrusted by Li Ce with high rank authority in Biantang’s military. CQ was sorry for leaving the Xiuli army in Biantang, but He Xiao apologized that he himself and the Xiuli army had stressed her too much with the responsibilities that shouldn’t belong to her, and he encouraged CQ to leave everything else behind and just live for herself. By the end of spring, Li Ce’s second son is born. Now he has two sons and one daughter, the older son turns to six, and the daughter is four. The mother of Li Qingrong, Li Ce’s second son is Zhan Ziming, the younger sister of Zhan Ziyu (the master of the after death camp in the drama), a falling noble of Biantang. Zhan Ziming is granted with the highest rank of concubines after the birth of Li Qingrong, and her brother Zhan Ziyu has become a rising star on the political stage. Then there comes the news that Li Ce was assassinated when he was staying at Zhan Ziming’s place. Luckily the stab isn’t fatal and the assassination is put under investigation. CQ has been taking care of Li Ce by herself after the assassination. She is skeptical about the whole thing, but it’s not the right time to go through with it. Trying to comfort CQ from her worries, Li Ce joked that the preparation of her trousseau must be handed over to Sun Li (Li Ce’s best friend and right hand man), hope that he won’t be corrupt to taking profit from it. Three days later, Li Ce is getting better and it seems that he would be soon recovered. Hearing the assassination, Li Ce’s mother, the empress dowager who has been living in a temple outside the palace after prince Luo’s death is coming back to visit Li Ce. It seems she is so concerned about Li Ce’s wound that CQ leaves to give the mother and son a room for their privacy. It is too late for CQ to realize it might be too stupid to leave the empress dowager alone with her son, and when she runs back, Li Ce was stabbed, fatally, by his mother.

    Lying on his own blood, Li Ce looks at his mother silently. There is no shock, and either hatred in his eyes. His handsome face is engulfed with a wave of fatigue that was hidden deepest in his soul. At that moment, CQ clearly sees the grief and pain that has always been embedded behind his dark eyes, which reminds her the withered coldness of the snow land in Yanbei. The empress dowager was held in control, but Li Ce orders a let go of her. CQ has accompanied Li Ce for the last moment of his life, while he’d consigned many things to her. Li Ce apologizes to CQ for not being able to prepare her wedding by his own, and urges her to keep going with Yue. In the end, he lets CQ to comb his hair and asks whether he is in a good look. He smiles when his good looking is confirmed. CQ asks him about his further wishes, which he grins with a ”No” after a while of consideration. Then he calls her to come closer: “Qiaoqiao, let me hold you for a while.”

    CQ farewells to Li Ce from a far while his confine is escorted to the royal mausoleum of Biantang. Holding a lantern in her hand, CQ wandered alone in the darkness on the empty streets of Tangjing. Again and again, the foxy smile of Li Ce flashes to CQ’s mind. She had been too weak for too long, and now, that pathetic useless woman must gone. She remember that once Yue had said “Life was like one being besieged with thorns, the moves can be held when mind is still, without moves there is no harm. When mind moves, body moves, and there will be hurts on body and pain on bones, like unbearable torture.” But since all of them had already been trapped in thorns, why not slash the thorns with the sword in hands? Biantang is left with thunders and storms after Li Ce’s death, and there are countless things for CQ to take care of. Wiped the last drop of her tears away, CQ promises to herself that there will be no tears from her even when the final drop of her blood runs out.

    ddmcmc: For me, the death of Li Ce had been the saddest part of the novel. Nobody in the novel had had an easy life, yet different characters made diverse choices on what to withhold and what to give up, and it was their choices made them adorable or despicable. Compare to Li Ce and Yue, I think YX is left with no excuse for abandoning his conscience.

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        1. HI! my name is Paula Leonela and I am from Colombia. I am part of the team under the name of “Dramas Chinos en Español” and as its name says, we only publish cinema, TV and entertainment exclusively from China. Our official website is on Facebook, OK.ru, Vk.com and instagram under the name of KiriAsian that corresponds to all our Translation team and calendar from different countries of the world for all our projects towards our Latin fans; since we are the website with the largest number of followers in all our social networks described. In addition, we are the only website that has broadcast exclusively the drama actors of the Spanish language, before granting the license in the important platforms VIKI and Dramafever and the official page of the drama Princess agents in Youtube.

          Since we started working on drama broadcasting, we’ve been reading constant updates on the novel and are grateful for your valuable time and hard work on the excellent English recaps! Our desire is to publish a summary of what happened in the drama mentioned for our language but we lack support of the information of the same main reason to contact me.

          It should be noted that our work policies are exclusively for entertainment purposes, not commercial. So we do not mention or publish links from any other website or fansub, unless there is informed consent by the author. So we are quite demanding in the quality of our projects giving credits if they are foreign to us. We do not work alone, but together with other teams to offer the highest quality of our projects in Spanish.

          Would you be willing to take your permission to reference some relevant points of the main story in Spanish so that our users know and have access to it?

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  9. Vol V: The New World of Qing Hai (Part 2)

    CQ and Yue had spent the rest of the New Year’s fest together. Nothing was special, but this was the happiest New Year ever. Far from Daxia and Yanbei, finally they get to relax and live as the ordinaries. They wandered to the temples and sightseeings around the town, constantly at tiff about everything, just like they’d always been. No one mentioned anything about the past. Life has been kind to her, thought CQ, by giving her a chance to see Yue standing in front of her, alive! The first sentence from Yue while he awkwardly and hopelessly attempts to comfort CQ from the spring of her tears was “I didn’t die yet!” But things could not be that easy. Even without any details, it is not hard for CQ to image what he had been through during the past two years for establishing such a new base in Qinghai of himself.

    Back in the ice lake, Yue was saved by Yue Jiu in cost of his own life. The Yue guards, simply named after numbers, have accompanied Yue since he was four years old. They are actually his brothers rather than servants. Beneath the body of the young guard, for the first time in his whole life, Yue cried out loud as a wounded wolf. He remembered CQ once said “no one is a born slave!”, and he started to understand. Three days later, he was found by Yue Qi, who survived and continued to look for him with all the rest of the Yue guards. Left with a frail breath, Yue was sent to Wolong Mountain to his mentor, a famous scholar and wise man of the continent who had been the mentor of Mr.Wu and Zhong Yu, and educated Yue for eight years (while CQ was bound with YX at the Yingge yard). It took Yue half a year to recover, yet the messages brought back by the Yue guards from Daxia was desperate. He was totally abandoned by his family and his state. His father publicly wiped his body (no one would even bother to check whether the body really is his, as YX had bet with A-Jing) as a penalty of his failure. He was sentenced to multiple guilt by the state, the Qingshan yard had been examined, evacuated and seized. No one else would say anything for him except Zhao Che, who got exiled in return.

    Nothing was left for Yue, and he had nowhere to go. But his mentor asked him to explore a way for himself, and inspired him by destroying the known map of the Ximeng continent, which left with a vast blank in the south west and northern east of Ximeng. Shortly after, he got the news that Meng Feng was exiled to Qinghai and about to pass Cuiwei Guan. He made up his decision and headed to the vast unknown of Qinghai. Stepping on bloods and bodies, Yue had defeated and recruited local gangs and thugs, built up his reputation as a protector among the native tribes and the descendants of the exiles, and won the authority over the territory. In the darkest time of his life, a family of so called native barbarian opened the door of their shabby home and welcomed him with a bowl of porridge. It was the warmest porridge he’d ever had. All of sudden, he was enlightened by what CQ had always been believing and pursuing. If it wasn’t for such an experience, he might would never understand her dream about a fairer world, and never recognize the delight of creation and protection. To his surprise, that was an even better feeling than the power of conquer and destroy.

    By the time when CQ was sieged in Longyin Guan, Yue’s authority over Qinghai has been preliminary, and it was not a good time to expose his real identity. Yet, things didn’t turn well for CQ after her arrival in Biantang. Being the closest ally of YX and the famous Xiuli General of Yanbei, CQ was one of the top wanted war criminals of Daxia, and its regime had stressed Biantang to hand over CQ back. Li Ce had confronted a great pressure from his cabinet officials to agree with Daxia’s request, for Biantang was under the risk of assaulting both Daxia and Yanbei by keeping CQ in its own territory. If Daxia continued its request on CQ, Li Ce might be forced to at least hand over the Xiuli army to Daxia in exchange of CQ’s staying. To stop Daxia’s thirst on CQ, Yue revealed his identity as the Lord of Qinghai and declared the subordination of Qinghai to Daxia. Empowered by his military assets in Qinghai, Yue returns to the center stage of Daxia’s powerhouse again.

    The return of Yue also represents the back of Zhao Che, who had followed Yue’s suggestions and thrived his power in the vast land northeast to Daxia. With Zhao Che’s approaching to stage, the game of throne in Daxia between Zhao Yang and Zhao Che starts to boil. Yue has the chance to take over the throne of Daxia by defeating Zhao Yang before Zhao Che arrives and replace Zhao Che later, but he gives it up. It is not because that he is a saint that has no hatred against the state and the family who had betrayed him, it is just because the people of Daxia cannot suffer more wars inner in their own lands. Furthermore, to Yue, Zhao Che, who had never turned his back to him, means much more than just a friend, whom he would try his best to support.

    The high tide of joy ebbed eventually, and the reefs of cruel reality exposes. Yue has a great responsibility to Daxia, plus there is Qinghai for him to taken care of. Soon, Yue must return to his duties and it is impossible for CQ to go to Daxia without raising any storm. Hadn’t they meet in Xianyang by accident, the two of them might let their emotions slip away again, for both would rather leave their counterpart in peace by watching from afar. The reunion in Xianyang is nothing but a vacation and it cannot last ever. Finally, a message on a marriage proposal from the princes of Huaisong, Nalan Hongye, to Yue has ringed the bell of departure. It was YX who had triggered the proposal using his pen pal relationship with Hongye. If Yue agrees on the proposal, his ruling jointly over Daxia & Huaisong is promised, and who on earth could resist such an allure? While Yue’s affection on CQ is so well-known to the world, everyone is waiting for Yue’s reaction to the proposal.

    CQ has accompanied Yue until pretty far outside Xianyang where they had to farewell. Yue asks about CQ’s plan for the future, whether would she go back to Yanbei later, which she denies by saying that Yanbei is too cold for her, neither would she go to Zhenhuang cause it is not warm either. When Yue is about to leave, for the first time CQ steps forward and actively holds him from his back, “I am sorry,” says her, “take care!” Yue doesn’t answer and hits the road without looking back. Watching Yue’s leaving makes CQ extremely exhausted and when she realizes it, her face was full of her own tears. She gets back to Tangjing and farewells with Li Ce. She asked Li Ce to be kind to the Xiuli soldiers and to localize them by encouraging them to marry with girls of Biantang, which Li Ce accepts. Li Ce asks why couldn’t her be together with Yue, for apparently they love each other so much, while CQ answers that “Sometimes, to let go is also a way of love. After all, Yue is man who has duties to his family and responsibilities to his state. I know he’d give all those up if I’d asked. But could this be really good? I understand those responsibilities, which surpass the love and the freedom of one’s own. Once he abandons everything and wanders with me like itinerants, would he be really happy after a longer time? A man like him should have his own career and destiny, so that he won’t be regret when getting old. Moreover, I’m too tired to continue on a road that I cannot clearly see, I need a rest.”

    In the next two years, CQ enjoyed her life as an ordinary civilian. She left from Tangjing with Ping’an, Jing Jing and Mei Xiang (saved by CQ in inner Yanbei and stayed to taking care of CQ ever since), and the four of them settled in Xuefu City, a small but famous town of scholars in southern Biantang, where she brought and ran a small hotel for living. She taught Ping’an, Jing Jing and Mei Xiang with various things in her spare time, and rehabilitated her health slowly. Though not intended, news arrive to the hotel constantly. Nalan Hongye’s dramatic proposal to Yue had experienced a plain ending with Yue firstly admitted and then declared that the princess of Huaisong can only be his concubine since he had already married with his wife back in Qinghai. The proposal thus became a joke and dissolved quietly. In Daxia, the competition between Zhao Yang and Zhao Che over the throne emerged to surface. As for Yanbei, YX was having a hard time for the trade between Huaisong and Yanbei was cut by Li Ce’s closing of the river route in Biantang, which is the only way to connect the two separated states. Being threatened by Daxia and Qinghai simultaneously, YX was running out of capacity to fight against Biantang, so he had to suffer the reality. If all these sounded trivial, then the biggest news was the extravagant wedding of YX, who had married 18 concubines, all connected with his important officials, at a same time. On the second day after YX’s wedding, the Nada palace, a gorgeous palace YX built for his lover, the General of Xiuli, had accomplished. But the palace had been kept empty and no one knows the whereabouts of the General of Xiuli after her rupture with YX. Some rumored that she had married Li Ce in Biantang. Some other rumored that she actually was the wife mentioned by Yue while responding to Huaisong’s proposal. Some even said that she had returned to Yanbei and indeed was living in the Nada palace. But no one would guess that she is living in the small town of Xuefu, quietly and easily.

    Several abnormal events signaling the coming unrest in Biantang had abrupt CQ from her peaceful hotel business. Worried about Li Ce, CQ decided to go and visit him. On her way to Tangjing, out of expectation, CQ and Yue recognized each other after the two groups of their peoples accidentally met, then helped, suspected, and about to fought against each other. Standing in front of Yue, CQ can’t help herself from smile. Almost another two years had passed, CQ had heard a lot about him, that he’d used his influences in Daxia to acquire resources and supplies for Qinghai; that people are migrating to Qinghai for the abolishment of slavery and the encouragement of crafts and businesses; that scholars are also approaching to Qinghai for the opportunity to become officials by passing the test rather than the recommendation from powerful families; that instead of a vast of barren land, Qinghai is a place of emerging prosperous. All those stories about him disappeared when she looks at him. Barely 30, handsome as he still is, cool and uneasy as he still is, wrinkles are getting visible from the corner of his eyes, and if looked carefully, a tiredness can be sensed from inside of his eyes.

    “You’re getting old!” says CQ, “Was everything good in the past two years?”
    Looking back at CQ, Yue feels that all his angers towards her in the past two years has faded, as if the last piece of his childish willfulness has becoming old along with her simple sentence.
    “Nothing good or bad, just still alive.” Yue replies. And CQ understands that he is not quarreling but telling the truth. Only people like them could realize that, nothing is good or bad, it is indeed very good for just being alive.
    “I’m good too.” answers CQ, even he doesn’t ask, “I’ve opened a hotel, and enjoyed a comfort life.”
    “I know.” The man answers plainly, “I’ve had accommodations there for three times.”
    CQ is stunned. Then she hears Yue asking with a low voice, “Two years passed, had you figured it out?”
    “Fi…figure out what?”
    He frowns, “Are you spending the rest of your lift running a hotel?”
    Actually, that’s what she really planned.
    “Or you planned to pick up someone randomly and marry him before you gets 30?”
    CQ becomes awkward, “Who said this to you?”
    “Who else?” says Yue, “Of course it’s Li Ce. Don’t you know that the Chun Yu Lou that is facing to you is opened by him, and the Si Hai Inn that oblique to your back is owned by me?”
    CQ had been proud of herself by beating the two competitors on the same street with good business, tuned out that the bosses were not interested on the hotel business at all. That means Li Ce is fully aware on what’s going on out there, so no need for her to worry for him.
    “So why are you coming out at this time?” asks Yue.
    It about Li Ce’s inner politics and CQ don’t know how to explain, so she answers vaguely, “I’m heading to Tangjing.”
    “Hum!” Yue snores coldly. By this time, one of Yue’s man comes to inform him to leave. Yue stands there quietly, and annoyed by the low pressure in the air, he turns his back and about to leave.
    “Zhuge Yue!” CQ suddenly calls, “Come to me for a visit next time when you pass Xue Fu!”
    “I have no such time!” Yue replies full of coldness, he turns back slowly, and says it with a gloomy look, “I’m getting back to Qinghai soon, would you come with me?”
    He said it as if asking her whether she had ate, and CQ was shocked as a fool.
    “Li Ce said that you need some more time to figure it out.” says him calmly, “So have you figured it out recently? Would you come with me?”
    “You, you have Daxia, and your family…”
    “That’s none of your business.” Yue frowns again, “Just tell me are you coming with me or not?”
    A group of birds passed by. Another group of birds passed by. Many groups of birds passed by, yet CQ doesn’t speak.
    Suddenly, Yue shout to her furiously, “Are you coming or not?”
    “I’m coming, coming, coming!” CQ shouts back.
    Late in that evening, before they separate again, CQ finds Yue who is playing his flute and sits beneath him, and for the first time, she holds his hand.
    “So when will you come to look for me? After the death of Daxia’s emperor? Or after Zhao Che inherits the throne? Can you retreat in safety? ” She asks him.
    Then she stares at him and asks, “Is Qinghai good?”
    “It’s ok.”
    “Is it beautiful?”
    “Some places are worth seeing.” Answers Yue unromantically.
    “Then, is it cold?”
    “Summer is not, winter is cold.”
    “But the people there must be loyal.” Says CQ hopefully.
    “Are you stupid? Where on earth is without bad persons? It’s all the same everywhere, who can be totally selfless? ”
    “Aha?” CQ frowns, “Sounds Qinghai is not a good place either.”
    “When did I say it is a good place?”
    CQ is left with no words. Does that sound like a man is convincing his woman to run away with him?
    “But one thing is good in there” He smiles proudly, “my words count there!”
    Before Yue’s departure, he asks CQ to speak something towards a strange bell. Feeling awkward, CQ shouts to the bell with “Zhuge Yue is a big bad ass!” which infuriates him. But he is soon comforted hearing CQ speaks to the bell tenderly, “remember, I’m waiting for you!”

    It turns out that the bell is a recorder which repeats what was recorded when wind blows through it. Therefore, on their way back to Daxia, the whole group of Yue’s guys have heard CQ shouting “Zhuge Yue is a big bad ass!” from the bell. But only Yue hears another sentence, “remember, I’m waiting for you!”

    ddmcmc: The final section of this recap is close to a translation cause this is the sweetest parts ever between the two adorable characters.

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    1. Thank you so much for the summary of PA Volume 5. I still can’t get over the story, When you read the novel you cannot help but envisioned YWY as a young lad age 16 and not one like LGX while CQ as a cute 8 years old really nimble, fast and smart. The drama has lots of similarities with the novel but lots of differences too. YWY killed 2 of Xinger’s siblings, while Xinger killed one uncle and one cousin of YWY. In the end their love for each other prevail. The mortal enemies became lovers…. The slave became noble and a noble abolished slavery. Brilliant story from a gifted writer.

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  10. I loved this drama and hope this isn’t the end, it felt rushed near the end and many parts unanswered but this may be more my problem because I had to watch with subtitles so may have missed some plot reveals.
    I wish we had English dramas as exciting and thrilling.


  11. Vol V: The New World of Qing Hai (Part I)

    Time flashes and two years past since Yue’s death. CQ was indeed kept in Yanbei, by its people.

    Before the ice lake, CQ had withdrawn herself from the frontlines of the power&warfare of Yanbei, right after the division with Yanxun over the penalty of Xiuli Army. It took her almost two years to bring a sign of future prosperity for the land by infrastructure constructions and economic/trade stimulating policies. During the two years, she spent most of her time with the locals of inner Yanbei, such as the tribes at the Huihui mountain where YX’s mom used to live for the warmness of the hot springs, and the nomads of Shangshen grassland where CQ planned to open a stud farm when she was in jail together with YX. By the time when she met Yue in the old temple where they had the hotpot jointly, CQ was actually in charge of the security of the inlands and the logistic supplements of the frontiers, meanwhile, Yue had created great casualties of YX’s armies with various tactics and hindered YX’s step towards Daxia. That’s the reason why CQ and Yue gave congrats to each other for being promoted in the beginning of their conversation.

    Anyway, with all the efforts she gave to Yanbei, CQ won a great popularity and respect among the people across the state. She was so beloved by the people, that they started to follow wherever she was going. By the time when CQ arrived in Beishuo, the border city where she fought to protect and forced YX to retreat from his invasion of Zhenhuang, she found a huge crowd of people standing outside the city gate, silently, watching her leaving; plus, the whole troop of the Xiuli army, ca. 9000 soldiers, prepared, to leave together with her. Ping’an was also there, and his younger sister Jingjing. CQ collapsed with tears when Jingjing held her waist and pleaded her to stay, followed by the waves of pleas of her staying from the crowds. Out of such a great responsibility she has for the Yanbei people and the Xiuli army, CQ remained in Yanbei but no other choice, even knowing exactly who was behind all these.

    Great changes had happened on the power split of the whole Ximeng continent after Yue’s death. To announce his triumph over Yue, YX faked Yue’s body and send it back to Daxia. Despite their efforts to make clear cut with Yue by exile his body from the family cemetery, the Zhuge family had fallen from the summit of Daxia’s powerhouse. Back in Daxia, Yue was considered as a traitor of the state, a shame of the family, a loser who lost everything for just a woman, and as a collateral damage, Zhao Che was exiled again to the eastern border of Daxia, thus, vanished from the center stage of Daxia’s political play. The younger son of the emperor Zhao Chang had grown slowly to the actual ruler of the state. Obviously that without Zhao Che and Yue, it has been more and more difficult for Daxia to defense itself from the attacks of YX. YX on the other hand, had held firm of the power in Yanbei and summoned the most sever tax policies to support his wars. As for the two other states on the continent, Li Ce had become the emperor of Biantang and managed to stabilize his ruling of the state; Nalan Hongye, the princess of Huaisong continued as the real ruler of her state (Some words about Hongye, she falls in love with YX while keeping a pen pal relationship with him. She’d tried her best to support YX politically and economically, since a stronger Yanbei means a weaker Daxia, i.e., a securer environment for Huaisong. The drama took part of her story and revised it to Princess Liang, but Hongye was a great politician who has less to do with the spies. The pen pal relationship was changed to Yue in the drama). The four states are balanced in a weak deadlock.

    Meanwhile, a new power emerged from southwest of the Ximeng continent recently. No one has any clue on the outset and the real capacity of its leader, according to the traders and the inspectors, the only thing for sure is that he called himself The Lord of Qinghai. A sultry land with barren soil, full of ferocious beasts and noxious insects, nothing barely grows, for thousands of years, Qinghai had been a land of exiles and criminals, and some would even prefer death rather than being exiled to the place. Astonishingly, a mysteries power raised from there in a flash, announcing its existence by attacking the southern back of Yanbei while YX almost conquered the Yanming Guan (the most important throat) of Daxia and forced YX to back to defense. By the time when YX arrived, Cuiwei Guan, the southern throat of Yanbei had switched its owner already. YX is somehow sitting on the fires now: to the east, his battlefield extended alongside its border with Daxia; to the north, there had been persistent insults from the nomads of Quanrong; to the south, the vast plain of Yanbei is opened to the lord of Qinghai by losing the Cuiwei Guan; worst of all, there have been constant unrest from its people back in its inland.

    CQ settled in a simple yard on the mountainside of Huihui Mountain. During the two years, seldom did she step out of the yard. Night after night, she gets up after everyone falls asleep and sits alone waiting for twilight. The news of the rebel of Datong Hanghui arrives all of a sudden, with a badly injured solider came in and plead CQ to go and save Zhong Yu. CQ is suspicious in the beginning, then a handwriting from Zhong Yu herself arrives. CQ hurries to meet Zhong Yu, but it is too late. Zhong Yu has been deathly wounded and she explains the rebel to CQ. There had been sever nature disasters in the inner Yanbei and people barely get anything to feed themselves, however, YX insisted on the harsh tax rules to support his wars. Mr.Wu had to stand out for the people knowing what would happen to him. Zhong Yu dead waiting for the arrival of Mr.Wu, but he actually had already dead beforehand. Furthermore, Huanhuan, the youngest sister of YX who had been saved and raised by Mr.Wu also gets killed. CQ meets YX for the first time after Yue’s death when Huanhuan dead in her arms, and YX was after Huanhuan. The last emotion of CQ towards YX vanished, the 9000 soldiers of Xiuli army is confronting a 20 000 troop of YX, prepared to fight.

    The Xiuli army managed to break the Siege of YX’s troops and caused great casualties to YX. With a high mobility of light arms, the Xiuli army moves towards southeast of Yanbei and heads to Biantang. CQ’s plan is clear, she would break out of Yanbei through Longyin Guan and reach Biantang with the Xiuli army, but YX is determined to prevent her leaving. He sends the message about CQ’s whereabouts to Zhao Yang who holds the heavy troops Daxia defending the Yanming Guan, and to win some time for Zhao Yang’s heavy troop to transfer, YX spreads the news about CQ’s leaving so that the Xiuli army is bound by a great crowd of people following CQ (Again!). Now there is only 5000 Xiuli soldiers left. In the front, Zhao Yang is arriving with his 100 000 heavy military. On the back, thousands of civilians are following them. Right beside, the city of Longyin Guan shuts down its gates. The Xiuli army and the civilian are totally exposed to Zhao Yang’s troops, and CQ understands that this is how YX would force her back.

    But the answer is no. So many people had dead, and their life shouldn’t be lost in vain. Sieged by the troops of Daxia and exposed to a severe winter, hindered by thousands unarmed civilians who are running out of foods and other supplies, CQ sees a pair of eyes watching her from the sky with full of peace, ”Stay alive!” says him to her. “I know,” she smiles and answers to the sky, ”I can hold on, as always!” She looks back to the camps of the people and says it calmly: “I will protect you, as always!”

    In half a month, the whole continent of Ximeng has witnessed the most brutal battels between the Daxia troops and the Xiuli army. Fighting to the last drop of their blood, the Xiuli soldiers protected the civilians. Frightened by the indomitable warriors of Xiuli and moved by their resilience, the Daxia troops withdrawn following the order of Zhao Yang. Daxia has changed its strategy from attack to siege. However, the people, young and old, women and kids, are freezing and starving. They started to beg the guardian troop of Longyin Guan city to open the gate and let them in. But the troop is ordered to only open the gate when CQ agrees to come with them. While CQ almost gives in for the sake of the people, another wave of Daxia’s attack arrived. Never like this has CQ thanked for the attack from Daxia, for saving her from the dilemma that overwhelms her spirit. The devastated civilians start to run to the Daxia side and surrender, and CQ understands their strait. Feeling relieved, CQ is too tired to fight. All she wants is to have a rest, she asks the eyes on the sky would it be good if she comes and joins him, and forgets to avoid the arrows that are heading to her.

    Back in YX’s headquarter, A-Jing is begging for a let go of CQ. Finally, YX accepts the reality that he has lost CQ forever. When he is about to order the commander of southern river town of Tanshui to give way of Xiuli army for their retreat to Biantang, he receives a report that the city of Tanshui had already been conquered few days before, and the Li Ce, the emperor of Biantang, has passed the city and headed to Longyin Guan leading a troop of 200 000 by himself. Soon, YX figures out that the Tangshui city was not conquered by Li Ce. It is the Load of Qinghai who had paved the way for Li Ce and supported his troop to arrive Longyin as fast as possible. YX starts to realize who the Load of Qinghai actually is.

    Same for Li Ce, when he arrived to save CQ and the rest of the Xiuli army, he had had a brief conversation with the delegator of the Load of Qinghai about the following arrangements of supporting Li Ce’s troop returning Biantang, it is so obvious that all the concerns are focusing on the safety of CQ, and who else it can be?

    CQ recovers slowly at Li Ce’s palace. It is like a repeating of the times several years ago, when CQ rehabilitates from the poisoning, but CQ changed so much. The sparks in her eyes distinguished, the optimistic talks about her ideals and ambitions stopped, and there is no hope left for her future. Li Ce feels the pain CQ feels and tries his best to encourage her to live not for the others, but for herself. Knowing that she will leave soon, Li Ce inspires CQ to rethink the final parts of the battels at Longyin Guan by saying “Qiaoqiao, think carefully, who else in the world could be so kind to you. Willing to sacrifice everything he has, including life, to save you, without telling you. Such person is so rare, so think about it thoroughly, and tell me your answer once you figure it out. I will prepare you a good trousseau, and arrange you a glorious wedding.”

    Again and again, CQ revises all the details of those battels, who is capable to scheme and accomplish all the tactics, all in all, who can be so kind to her. She is drowned by happiness and hope, finally, she smiles with tears. Quietly, CQ leaves from the palace of Biantang. By the time of the new year, she arrives in Xianyang, the border city between Biantang and Daxia, where she and Yue met in the bath and fight against each other. Daxia is right ahead the road, but CQ becomes hesitate. Being its greatest enemy, she is still a wanted in Daxia. How could she get back there without any negative impact to him and his people? She had endangered him so many times, how could she do it once more? What if…what if Li Ce is just guessing and he is wrong?

    Instead of continuing, CQ stays in a hotel in Xianyang for the new years’ festival. Soon, it is the lantern’s fest again. The town is crowed with cheerful people and CQ wandered aimlessly among them alone. In the last lantern’s fest that CQ could recall, Yue bought her a little lantern of rabbit, soon she was separated from him for a firework scared her pony. That night she ended up with YX in a hunting trap…She still remembers that late in that night, a weak candle light in Yue’s room distinguished when knowing her return. CQ feels a bit lost among the joys of the fest, she pays for a little rabbit lantern and holds it as if it is exactly the one Yue handed to her. She follows the crowd to the riverside where peoples put their lantern in the river and make their wishes.

    By the time when CQ puts her little rabbit on the water, killing the last spark of her hope, she makes the decision that she will not go and look for Yue because she wants his life settled in peace. The little rabbit flows away and quickly falls in danger of been submerged by a big wave, lucky, a bigger version of the same rabbit lantern flows beneath it and prevented its drown. CQ is relieved watching the two rabbits flow away side by side and rises her eyes from the river, right there, on the other side of the bank, she sees Yue standing up and hold an empty straw of rabbit lantern, same as her. By the time she sees him, he sees her as well. Both are shocked, then, the gaze between them becomes still. Suddenly, she starts to run towards him, through the crowds like crossing the hardest route of her life, finally, she reaches to him. She stops by holding his clothes, while he holds her tight in his arms.

    ddmcmc: when I heard from ZLY in her interview about the plans of the producers, this is where I hope the drama could end. It turned out that they cut the plot at the ice lake, because if they end the drama by the reunion of CQ and Yue, there might be not much interests from the audience for a 2nd season. As for the producers, it’s all about business.

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    1. Thank you for the novel recap..agree with you if they cut it when both meet again fans will waiting season 2 with happy feeling not like being betrayal. And I think perhaps ZLY will reconsider to make s2 not like now when she also feel being cheated by the production team.


  12. Hey Guys, there was an episode where YWY told CQ why he named her Xing Er, can someone explain what he said (sorry my chinese is not too great) and i just found out the parallel between ‘Moon and Star’ watching an MV lol…


  13. Glad I am not the only one conflicted here. I appreciate the comment above about the change of direction in the story on the part of the director- it sure feels like only half of it. I was half wanting to wait till the end of the credits to see if it said “Chu Quio will be back…” 😀 It reminds me of another drama I got sucked into where the ending was the whole cast got sucked into a worm hole… and done. (That was a cost issue I understand, and then I think the time travel ban went into effect… so no season 2 there.) Hopefully this cast/crew can pull together and get the story properly concluded. Thanks for your recaps!

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  14. Regardless of the ending I would rate it 5, the fact that every night I sat up to see this drama till it was ended showed how compelling, intriging, intoxicating and additive the drama was due to great and excellent acting of the cast. It would dishearten and discourage the millions of viewers around the world like me who followed these episode on a day to day basis until it was finally completed to exchange them with another cast. Like so many we wanted the fairy tale ending however the way the drama ended made viewers furious over their expectation and anticipation of a fairy tale ending. There are millions and I am among them, and those who I shared the drama with are awaiting the return of Li Gengxin and Zhao Liying as Yuwen Yue and Xinger. It would be a great disappointment after the long awaiting of season 2 and Li Gengxin and Zhao Liying as Yuwen Yue and Xinger. who have won the hearts of the many, millions and billions not to be part of season 2 as the main role. For it would be better not to waste time making season 2 if they are not there. Shawn Duo I love also were all great actors. I love this Drama and I have rewatched some of the episode three to four times. The ending was heart wrenching but there couldn’t be a better performance by Li Gengxin and Zhao Liying as Yuwen Yue and Xinger. It was fantastic only thing is viewers wanted the fairy tale ending between these two. Directors and Producers work on getting back these two on this set if your work is to appreciated in the future. Again it would be a great waste to change the cast after such excellent rating by viewers around the world.

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  15. Does anyone know when the second season continued release? Can not wait? Days I’m not complete if not watch the sequel?


    1. So far there are just rumors of a season 2 (mainly because of how it ended) but there’re no confirmations yet. I don’t think they even started filming yet. No confirmed cast either…=(


  16. To be honest, I regret watching this drama all the way to the end. Once I realized (about 1/4 of the way through this drama) that the production was crap, the screenwriting was inane, and the hype about it promoting “girl power” was utter bull****, I only stuck around for the sake of the XingYue ship. I highly doubt I’m the only one. But the writers couldn’t even gratify us with a proper conclusion for that! Even though I love the four main actors and am so glad this drama introduced me to Lin Gengxin & Li Qin, I really wish I’d dropped this drama 6 weeks ago. I’ve never felt so cheated by a TV show – this is even worse than the betrayal they pulled in the How I Met Your Mother finale.

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  17. I really enjoyed the recaps and all comments. Thanks for the contributions. As a payback and a small gift to you guys, here are some recaps of the novel. I only managed to finish the first two books, where the drama ends, and will try to get the rest of the story soon. Here it is:

    The novel consists of 109 chapters in total and the main storyline is separated to six volumes (two volumes in each book). Here is a list of volumes and the recaps of main events:
    Book 1
    Prologue: Fore life in modern society (chapter 1-3)
    Chu Qiao, 27, vice commander of 11th division of MSS, a sophisticated high rank espionage who had accomplished chains of national security missions, is under a secret trial in a specific prison.
    She is sent back to cell after denied all the charges against her and refused to give more information. A while after, she breaks out and manages to get back the important evidence she found proofing the betrayal of one summit official of China. When she is about to run out successfully with the evidence, she realized that the whole prison is in danger of being smashed for the one who betrayed the country is willing to destroy anything might endanger himself, i.e., Chu Qiao, the evidence, and anyone who gets involved. Handing the evidence to a colleague who comes to save her, Chu Qiao returns and rescues all people in the prison sacrificing her own life.
    Vol I: The Zhen Huang City (The Chang’an City in drama, chapter 4-17)
    Backs to conscious, Chu Qiao found herself lying in the middle of a hunting field badly wounded. Soon, she realized her body is of a little girl of barely 8 years old and together with other girls at a similar age, they’ve been chasing by wolves. While trying to escape with the others, CQ figures out that five noble teenagers are competing in a game to see whose girl (marked on the clothes with the boys’ family names) could survive. The boys are shooting with arrows the wolves when their own girls are in danger while shooting the others’ girls to death. Quickly, there is just CQ left surviving and she had nowhere to hide, meanwhile, all the boys are running out of arrows except for Yan Xun who has his last arrow in hand. YX misses CQ and loses the game. CQ is then sent back to Zhuge (Yuwen in the drama) family and thrown in a shabby storage, she remembers the names of all the boys on the hunting field and swears to revenge.
    Linxi sneaks in the storage during night, brings her food and promises to protect her. Slowly, CQ discovers her new identity as Jin Yue’er, nicked as Xiao Liu (the 6th), one of the Jin siblings (Zhixiang (4th), Lingxi (5th), Xiao Qi (7th) & Xiao Ba (8th) ) who originated from a noble family but punished to be slaves after their father failed in a political scheme, and the whole rest of the family had already been slaughtered. CQ decides to run away by herself cause with such a fragile body of an 8-year old, she could barely do nothing for the others. Right before stepping out of the main gate of Zhuge’s mansion, CQ hears Linxi’s shriek. Finally, CQ runs back only discovers Linxi been whipped to death right in front of Zhuge Yue (Yes, he is Yuwen Yue), the 4th young master of Zhuge family. Beside Linxi, Xiao Qi is begging for mercy from Yue, but he cruelly ordered to cut Xiao Qi’s hand off when his white boot was stained by her dirty fingerprints (No, he is not THE Yuwen Yue, at least in the beginning of the novel). CQ is stunned witnessing all these brutal scenes of Jin Yue’er’s siblings. Although personally not connected, she still feels tied with them after shortly being taken cared by them. The existence of CQ attracts Yue’s attention, while CQ quickly calms herself and kneels down in front of him. Yue keeps CQ as his maid since then. When CQ gets back to where all Jin siblings lives, it turned out that Zhixiang has been sent to the “grandpa’s”(Yuwen Xi), and died. When CQ finally managed to bury Zhixiang’s body and back home, Xiao Qi also died. There is just herself and Xiao Ba left, and she swears never lose Xiao Ba again.
    CQ carefully plots to kill (use the others hands) the persons who are involved in Jing siblings’ death. One by one, they gets there debt repaid. Similar as in drama, YX shows his interests to CQ and asks her to come back to Yanbei with him. The Jiuyoutai event begins at the same night when CQ finally kills the “grandpa”. She end up with YX at the Yingge yard.
    Vol II: The State of Daxia (The Wei state in drama, chapter 18-36)
    Eight years later, CQ and YX survived from countless assassinates and planning to get back to Yanbei under the support of Datong Hanghui, a secrete organization lead by Mr.Wu and Lady Zhong Yu. During the eight years, CQ actually is YX’s mentor, teaching him with fighting skills, warfare theories, etc.. They managed to revenge by killing Zhao Xifeng and Wei Shuyou. CQ is commanded to be the arrow coach of Zhao Che (Yuan Che)’s army.
    Li Ce (Xiao Ce), the prince of Biantang (Liang) state come to state of Daxia for an official visit while the two states plans to settle a marriage between a princess of Daxia (with Li Ce’s own choice) and Li Ce. CQ accidently beats Li Ce while receiving him, and thereafter has no way to get away from his persistent teasing. Li Ce intendedly announces his proposal to CQ in front of the emperor of Daxia, and triggers a chain of reactions from Yue, Zhao Che, Zhao Song, and YX. Afterwards, Li Ce uses CQ to lure supports from YX and Yue for rescuing him from a wave of assassination targeting to himself (in the wood). He also uses the assassination to negotiate with Daxia for a better tariff for the trade of Biantang, plus, eradicates his enemies back home by provoking a thorough investigation on the assassination in Daxia.
    Not too much happened between Yue and CQ in these chapters (All can be seen in the drama. There is even less between them because Yue does not serve in Zhao Che’s army), except that while Yue tries to prevent CQ from escaping when YX is rebelling outside the royal palace, CQ describes her ideologies to him (that all people should at least be free to live on their own choices, and everyone has the dignity to be treat with respect), which he feels unrealistic and naïve. But he was so affected by her confidence and optimism when she promised to him that Yanbei will be a different world and asked him to wait and see, that he would like to stay behind and watch her on her way.
    Similar as in the drama, YX rebels on the wedding day of him and Chun’er. The whole city was damaged and the peoples suffered. YX abandons the Xi Nan Army (Xiuli Army) who supported him in the city. CQ returns and rescued the Army, and prevents the Daxia’s Army from chasing YX utilizing guerrilla warfare. Tragic happens to Chun’er & Zhao Song and CQ escorts them back. Afterwards, she has to detour to Biantang escaping Daxia’s Army that are after her.
    Book 2
    Vol III: The State of Biantang (The Liang state in drama, chapter 37- 52)
    CQ meets Yue on the way….finally returns to Yan Bei

    Vol IV: The State of Yan Bei (chapter 53- 74)
    The real face of Yanbei and Yan Xun.
    The ice lake.
    CQ is saved by YX from the lake and the only reason for her keeps living is because Yue asked so. Her health is severely damaged, also her faith. She feels her life being pointless and loses her courage. What makes her life worse is that YX announced to the world that Yue was killed by trapes from CQ, aiming at luring the remaining Yue supporters come to assassinate CQ and eradicating all of them. CQ quietly accepts the reality and recovers slowly.
    The volume ends by CQ finally breaks up with tears after Yue’s death on her way of secretly leaving Yanbei during the New Year’s Eve, and recalls her conversation between Yue when hearing the sounds of fireworks. Back then on the way to Biantang, when they’re trying to kill Liu Xi and revenge for Xingxing, Yue asked CQ whether she is prepared. CQ asked him to take good care of himself, because: “If you died, I will celebrate with a hundred of fireworks, for I don’t need to repay you anymore.”
    While Yue scoffs back with: ”Well, you will never get the chance for such fireworks!”

    Book 3
    Vol V: The New World of Qing Hai (chapter 75-95)

    Vol VI: The Continent of Xi Meng (chapter 96- 102)

    Epilogue A: Yan Xun and Princes Hong Ye (chapter 103-108)
    Epilogue B: Love story between CQ&Yue ‘s daughter and Xiao Ce’s second son (chapter 109)

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    1. Thank you for the book recap @ddmcmc..waiting for volume 3 😊😊 anyway may I know where I can read english version of the novel (fully translate)cause there are so many chinesse novel being translate but only half of the story not finished yet..maybe because the author made the story into 2 or more books so they only translate one books then waiting for next book,so do the drama. Like princess agent they only made it until book 2 or boss & me which the made only the chapter not include the epilogue..sighh


      1. I think the translation of the novel is still ongoing and here is one place where you get the most recent chapters: https://wuxialover.com/queen-of-no-11-agent-11/

        The producer decided to dived the novel to two seasons and ZLY didn’t know about it when she signed the drama project. She said that she feels cheated when she knows that the drama will only go through half of the novel, cause she prepared for the whole story of CQ. Being a big fan of the novel, she said the greatest parts about CQ reveals only in book 3, where you find her matured with her ideals balanced with the reality. But the decision was made, the contract signed, there is not much she could do. She’d tried her best the communicate with the script writers to keep the most essential plots about CQ and the development of her faith. ZLY is reluctant to cooperate with Ci Wen media anymore, but the later holds the copyright of the novel. As LGX apparently is waiting for ZLY’s feedback to the season 2 (he will only take it if ZLY continuous as CQ), it’s all depending on whether Ci Wen can win ZLY back for the 2nd season. Meanwhile, there is rumor that instead of a 2nd season, there will be a movie about the rest of the story, which would also be a compromise might be satisfying for the audience.

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    2. Thank you so much for this very good recap, Yes Yuwen Yue or Zhuge Yue is one of the snobbish noble in the drama at the beginning of the story, but he is more ruthless in the novel. He asked someone to cut the hand of Jing Xiao Qi for soiling his white boots with her hands and did not intervene when Lingxi is being beaten to death. CQ hates Yue to the core for this and promised to revenge. CQ even told him when she is trying to escape after Killing Yuwen XI that because of those events the only ending for their antagonism is when she got killed by Yue or when Yue kill her. CQ was 8 years old in the Novel when she killed YuwenXi and Yue at that time is about 16 years old. It seems that Yue got even more challenged by YX over CQ because YX showed great interest over CQ and snatched CQ from the guards of Yue when she is about to be conquered by them. With this kind of debt that Yue have over CQ and I guess admiration, he slowly changed and although he is angry at CQ for the death of his brother (a loyal body guard given to him since he was only 4 years old that he consider as a brother who saved him from the icy lake) after recovering from his injury over half a year, he forgive her. I guess they are now even.


  18. Thank you @Chexmix12 for a job well done on recapping this drama. It started off with so much promise but arrrggggh,in the end it was just a mess. This is last time I watch a Chinese drama whilst it is still airing. I think thoughts of coming up with a following season is what spoils most dramas because they are trying to ration the story. The actors did such a fine job but I feel the blame lies squarely with the writers. If there is a season 2 I will only watch if the same cast returns otherwise count me out!


  19. Thank you for recaping the episodes it was really helpful and helped me understand the drama better as it was hard trying to follow the english subs and I know I would miss some parts! While i waited for the subs I would read the recap! I totally agree with you, i feel robbed if was never certain that there would be a Season 2 then why finish the drama with such a cruel ending I don’t get it especially when the novel says other wise. Hands down my favourite character was Yuwen Yue he was clever brave strong powerful humble kind hearted and not to mention handsome, he showed love in his own special way Chu doesn’t deserve his love, I just couldn’t get over how he would go against his family, state for her and went to try save her thinking she was in danger and ended up at the bottom of the lake now that’s what you call love. Yue Qi was another awesome character such a loyal guard and Xiao Ce was awesome and hardcase so many unanswered questions! All they needed to do was show that she saves him, regain her pwer and finish at that then I would move on happily lol
    We live in a world today with war, hate and terrorism so would’ve been nice to have witnessed or watched something that shows that love conquers all, it’s taken me ages to get over it, however I am content with seeing that she finally shows that she loves him in the last episode and I’m going with the ending of the novel to keep me sane such a real shame praying that there is a season 2 with the same cast

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  20. So I officially hate Yan Xun. At least Chuner tried to hurt ppl who hurt her and her kingdom or loved ones. But Yan Xun hurted ppl who helped him and he doesn’t trust his ppl. He became the Wei King that killed his family. Irony…

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  21. I don’t need a S2. Moving on to the next project. I want to see her with experienced actors (HG, WC, etc.). If not, I’ll take another WC and ZLY collab lol


    1. Wallace Chung right? I have been hoping for them to work together for the longest time. One day my dream will come true. I would also love a HG collab.


  22. Thanks for the recap😊 The production crew sooo cruel they made us eager to watch more so they will make S2. great in everything but many question in the storyline, so many fans of PA will pooling to ask them to make S2, also because the casts have so many intention, the production crew will try very hard to make the same cast back to S2 and perhaps everycast will accept it as many fans asked them. Great strategy production crew..sighhh.. in my imagination the beginning of S2 CQ get the inner power and just like ultraman she fly from the lake to the sky then back under the lake to save YWY, bring him to the land then give him her inner power to make YWY back to life..😝😝anyway I am looking up the novel with eng sub but it seem only till chapter 37 from hundred more chapter being translate. So just searching here and there for the ending and from the comment in youtube YWY & CQ have a happy ending,married have 3 childrens and caring many orphan. Will miss LGX & ZLY couple, they look adorable and cute in the BTS (ZLY also do some silliness to LGX. Just like we are a partner and lets enjoy). ZLY & WC also looked adorable in the BTS but in different way just like WC caring her and she love being care by him. Any news about all the cast will joined Happy Camp? Cause I really hope they will come to happy camp together to see their interaction in reality show


    1. The show already ended, I doubt there is a need to be on Happy Camp together, because most people go on to promote something. Unless there just so happens to be an episode with many random guests.


  23. I like drama for its intensity and how plot flowed but after CQ’s death I felt her character stopped in progress. Screen-writer focused more on other’s charter than on leads and there is plenty of story. I agree screenwriter dragged some story-lines but some they just wrapped up without details. I would like to more about Princess Yu and YWY connection rather than just what I get from their conversation. I’m devastated how they end drama keeping everything till the last minute and left it unresolved. I don’t wanna 2 season because I’m sure it’s gonna be different cast, I don’t need that in 1000 years. Also I’m not sure if they dragged out this time what will they do in 2 season.

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  24. …Thank you so much for the recap…BUT omg! ..where’s my “and they live happily ever after thing?” . . . Why? i need more of that ending . . It’s like after all this is all they’ve got? . . Am sorry but am very not happy about the ending!


    1. I would steer clear of Chinese historical dramas if you are looking for a happily ever after, 8 out of 10 of them end tragically.


  25. The only person I liked by the end of the drama was Yue Qi. Best bodyguard, best wingman. Everybody else had pointless character arcs where they were either doing unreasonable things or not doing what should be done. I couldn’t properly hate the Yan Xun, because he seemed incompetent. I couldn’t love the heroes because of the same reason. The writing completely deteriorated in the later parts, like they had lost all interest. Why keep all the unsolved mysteries for later (which might/might not happen) when you know there is sufficient time right now. All they had to do was delete the irrelevant scenes and stop running around in circles.

    I found LGX’s teary scene at the icy lake distracting because he was blinking too often, like he was trying to tear up.

    The only good thing that came out of this drama is my discovery of LGX, an absolutely adorable dork. I watched his variety show, Let go of my baby. It was not subbed, I hardly understood any of the dialogue. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching his interactions with the cute little muppets. I’ve also watched all the available subbed videos of him – Running Man, Happy Camp, Movie interviews, etc

    I’m delighted to know he’s best buds with lover boy Ye Hua (Mark Chao) They have the cutest relationship ever where MArk is shared between his wife and LGX. Ha

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    1. Ohh me too me too the only good thing that came out of this drama was LGX as well…to me he MADE the character YWY come to life…honestly I feel like there’s no one else that can portray YWY the way LGX can…so if Season 2 doesn’t have him back it’s as good as dead to me…:)

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    2. I absolutely agree with you about LGX. He is my discovery for 2017. Without him back as YWY in Part 2, I won’t be watching.

      It’s a shame he didn’t get an award for Best Actor in the recent award for his portrayal as YWY. He received the Popular Actor award.

      Only Zhao Li Ying received the Best Actress award for PA.


  26. Yes @chexmix12 yes!! I’m so conflicted too and as much as I love the cast and the drama is incomplete 1. Her memory 2 What really happened to YWYs mom 3. Umm CX needs to avenge Luo He 4. Remember the grandma in the basement contraption, what became of her and what are her secrets? 4. YX, hello does he win or not. 5. WHAT ABOUT THE PRINCE?? Does he become the ruler and so much more!!

    That ending with both of them, that was sad and then he pushed her and was like NOOOOO but then her eyes opened *sigh* we need, I mean, WE DEMAND a S2 with the same cast and I need my lovely sidekick to be revived and come alive because there can’t be a YWY without Yue Qi and vis versa.

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    1. Yes! so many questions still unanswered! How about Chun Er. What will become of her? and Yuan Song? Is he going have his peaceful life with that assassin girl or not? (clearly there was some chemistry between the two hahah). Oh and did Yue Qi died!? that one is definitely open ended!

      On a side note: I would have love for them to show us Yan Xun’s reaction when A Chu decided to jump into the lake for YWY!!! I kept expecting. hahah

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  27. I feel you @chexmix12 I am conflicted too. Great actors and good potential but the end result doesn’t feel right. The drama had some post-production issues which were easy to ignore since the writing was good. However during the last ~13 or so episodes the writing went downhill. They kept dragging it on and introducing unnecessary storylines. CQ never found herself and her character just seemed a bit pointless. What was her purpose? Who knows? I don’t think she did. Her actions did not make sense and she kept judging people by different standards while feeling pretty full of herself. I have to say I am not a fan of this character.

    However, acting wise all actors did a great job which makes it hard to accept the ending. I feel like the writers ended up ruining a story with great potential. If this had a second season then it makes sense. But it doesn’t. What are the chances the cast will return for another season? Very slim. They could film 3-5 extra minutes with her taking him out of the water and hugging him. And I would have been more satisfied.

    Very frustrated with this ending. So frustrated I had a hard time sleeping yesterday 😦

    In the end, I did love some characters a lot. Like Yuwen Yue and Yue Qi. And I liked CE’s arc. She grew up a lot. Life was not kind to her and her actions ended up hurting everyone she cared about, but I think in the end she found her inner peace. It is hard for me to rate the drama since I liked a lot of things, but I disliked other things. I don’t know if I would have watched if I had known it had this ending, but I would say it was worth watching for Yuwen Yue. I am really infatuated with this fictional character. He was so alone throughout the show, only YueQi truly cared about him. It was worth it for you Yuwen Yue. I hope you finally find peace at the bottom of the lake. No one will be able to hurt you anymore.

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    1. CQ’s motivation was so lost after the 20th or so episode. They were doing so well by showing her the messed up slave system in the beginning (esp when her “elder sister” died!) and then it became a sappy love story afterward. I love the sappy love story but I agreed, her role does seem pointless (and directionless) which doesn’t align at all with her personality!

      I love YWY’s character too! Such a complicated yet simple personality. Been rooting for that ice face to be with CQ since ep 3/4! hahah they’re so cute together. He, at least, know how to care for CQ the right way.

      I feel for ChunEr and Yan Xun too. They’ve done things that hurt others but you just can’t hate them. I think they are they way they are because of the messed up cultural system of society.

      And the ending is just…..sigh. I WANT MORE! hahah

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      1. I feel you! I am currently going through all the stages of grief. I just want to set Ciwen on fire. I am glad they are getting so much hate over this. The book has a happy ending, but nope they couldn’t do the same for the drama.

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    2. omg I agree with everything you stated…YWY was the favorite character for me in both the novel and the drama…CQ at times I’m frustrated with her and don’t think she deserves YWY’s love and dedication…like she was so dense and aloof a lot of the times and she was always getting hurt that needed rescuing!! My rating for this drama went down as well due to the last 10+ episodes and especially that stupid ending…I still can’t get over how the producers decided to end the drama…:(

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