Episode Count: 52
Release Date: January 14, 2018. Two episodes every sunday and monday.
Synopsis: (includes potential spoilers)
In 464, Liu Ziye ascended the throne becoming a brutal ruler of the Liu Song dynasty. A leading secret organization wants to overthrow Liu Ziye and they decide to replace his sister, Princess Shanyin, with their disciple, Zhu Que (Guan Xiao Tong). There she meets the princess’s companion Rong Zhi (Song Wei Long), who is actually a spy from Northern Wei. They grow closer but their opposing goals hold them back. During the rebellion Liu Ziye and the real princess are killed. Both RongZhi and Zhu Que lose their memories. Some time afterwards, Zhu Que is sent to their neighboring country, Northern Wei to marry the prince who turns out to be RongZhi.
Zhu Que doesn’t shoot the emperor but runs away and the soldiers came and kill him. She runs to out but He Ji is there waiting for her so she runs to the grand empresses room with He Ji chasing her. She escapes through a secret tunnel under the bed. The next day the Liu Yu becomes emperor and sends people to kill Tian Ji Sect including Zhu Que, but by the time he gets to the sect the people are gone.
Zhong Yue captures Liu Se who rants out that the princess is running away so he tries to capture them. Rong Zhi uses the rest of his strength to trick them and they hurriedly leave, Zhu Que catches up to them a while later. When Zhong Yue realizes he’s been tricked, he sends more people to attack but Rong Zhi’s army arrives just in time and he retreats once again.
Afterwards Rong Zhi wants to talk to Zhu Que alone but is interrupted by He Jue. He Jue reveals that Rong Zhi has been using Hua Cou all along, Hua Cou curse him that one day he will be abandoned by the one he loves. Rong Zhi lets Hua Cou go and he tells him he will get revenge.
After he leaves Zhu Que takes Huan Yuan’s sword and talks to him alone. Zhu Que reveals that she knew he was using her all along but still asks Rong Zhi if he likes her, he tells her no, and that everything was a lie. She tells him that she will leave him and from now on they’ll just be strangers. She then leaves with Huan Yuan, Liusang and You Lan to Jizhou.
Now that Rong Zhi is freed his army is attacking Liu Yu, whos army is lead by Shen Youzhi and Zhong Yue. Rong Zhi’s army succeeds in gaining the seven counties of Huaixi and plans on keep attacking north. Shen Youzhi doesn’t want to let the emperor know that they failed so he lied to Liu Yu. On the other hand Tian Si persuades Liu Yu to lead the army himself so they both head to Jizhou.
Zhu Que, Huan Yuan and Liusang has settled down in Jizhou for a month. They see a bunch of people trying to leave the city because the Northern Wei army (Rong Zhi’s army) is heading north. Before they can decide if they want to leave as well, the guards blocked the exit. At night Liusang and Huan Yuan tries to cheer Zhu Que up by gifting her flowers. When she returns to her room Rong Zhi is there and confesses that he likes her. She tells him she doesn’t want him anymore.
The following day Zhong Niannian comes and tell them she is Liusang’s sister and wants to take him away. Zhu Que doesn’t want Liusang to be indanger so she lets him go. Before Zhong Niannian leaves she passed by the emperor and left behind a hankerchief with Huan Yuan’s poem. Th emperor then sends someone to find Huan Yuan and wants him to work for him. Huan Yuan knows that Rong Zhi is behind all this so he leaves knowing that Rong Zhi will continue to protect Zhu Que.
Mo Xiang finds Huan Yuan while he is leaving and tells him to work for the emperor. He tells Huan Yuan that Tian Si is here and is working for Liu Yu, and wants him to keep an eye on Tian Si who is also Zhu Que’s enemy. Huan Yuan agrees since he can protect Zhu Que this way. After Huan Yuan leaves Rong Zhi sends someone to take Zhu Que away because she might be find out soon. On their way they are stopped by Hua Cou.
Hua Cou is held back by a few of Rong Zhi’s men while Zhu Que is sent away. Zhu Que pass by a group of people who left their homes because of the war. Zhu Que gives these people all her food and finds out that Rong Zhi’s army was the cause of this. Due to the incident she is reminded that her old family sold her, causing her to blame Rong Zhi even more. Hua Cou catches up to Zhu Que and this time captures her and You Lan.
On the other hand Rong Zhi is planning to be defeated by Liu Yu’s army. Liu Yu believes that he has won and starts celebrating. During the celebration, Rong Zhi and his army takes over the city. Liu Yu runs away with Shen Youzhi, leaving Zhong Yue behind. Rong Zhi catches up to them and just before he killed Liu Yu, Tian Si arrives.
Rong Zhi’s general also change to Tian Si’s side under the order of Feng Ting, Rong Zhi’s sister. Feng Ting feels threatened by Rong Zhi so she wants him dead. Even so Rong Zhi isn’t afraid until Hua Cou brings up Zhu Que and You Lan.
Under Rong Zhi’s influence, You Lan reveals that she has been dropping hints so Hua Cou can catch up to them. She is jealous of Zhu Que because shes the only one he loves so she wants her dead. Hua Cou kills her after Rong Zhi states he doesn’t care about her. Hua Cou threatens Rong Zhi with Zhu Que’s life but before he can kill her she tries to kill herself but Rong Zhi stops both of them.
Rong Zhi requests to speak to Zhu Que alone since he is unable to escape anyway. Tian Si lets them stopping Liu Yu who wants them both dead. Alone, Rong Zhi explains to her why he rejected her at first and asks her if she is willing to jump the cliff with him again. She refuses him because of the people she saw earlier. Rong Zhi then jumps down the cliff.
To make sure that Rong Zhi is really dead everyone heads down the cliff to find his corpse, which they do. Mo Xiang arrives to take Rong Zhi’s corpse with him and questioning everyone who forced his dead. Mo Xiang reveals that Zhong Yue was the one who forced the people out of their homes using Rong Zhi’s name, causing her to regret her actions.
Tian Yi Sect master captures Zhu Que wanting to kill her. Tian Si comes just in time to save her, and to assure the sect master that she won’t remember anything, Tian Si erases her memory. He then persuades Liu Yu that Zhu Que is still useful and she is once again princess Chuyu. Rong Zhi is saved by his shi xiong but he puts something in his body so he can be controlled by Feng Ting.
iiangelx3: Well…. great. They both lose their memories after everything they’ve been through. I guess this is where they depart from the novel. I searched the trailers for the next two episodes and Rong Zhi completely changes, not sure if I’m going to continue watching or not. (ಠ ∩ಠ)