This is again another interesting episode of “Empress Ki”. The relationship between Wang Yu – Sung Nyang – Huzhong/ Prince Ta Hwan starts to develop. Both men are trying to become our heroine’s best buddy.46 episodes more to go…writer-nim, keep it up!
Episode 3: Exiled Prince Ta Hwan in Goryeo Land
The new King of Goryeo, Wang Yu and his followers speed up to Yuan’s campsite upon sensing that something bad will happen.
Sung Nyang received an order to save Prince Ta Hwan but she found Ta Hwan’s eunuch wearing the Crown Prince’s robe in his tent instead. The poor eunuch was killed by the attacker who thought he was the real prince.
Meanwhile Sung Nyang received a special mission from the King to protect Ta Hwan and become his shadow. Ta Hwan acts childish and ordered Sung Nyang do chores but she took it as her job and always remains with him.
Wang Go’s spy, Byung Soo gets an opportunity to complete his job while Sung Nyang was taking her bath. On her way back to Prince’s room, Sung Nyang dropped the couple rings that belong to her parents and Commander Ki found it.
AGB Nielsen: Nationwide 12.8% (6th; -.8%) / Seoul 14.5% (5th; -1.3%)
TNmS: Nationwide 11.7% (11th; -.3%) / Seoul 14.9% (4th; +.3%)
Episode 4: Exiled Prince Ta Hwan in Goryeo Land
Sung Nyang managed to slice the masked man’s arm before he managed to escape.
Commander Ki was unhappy when they failed to catch the injured man while Byung Soo was there. He decided to confront Sung Nyang about rings but Sung Nyang chose to remain as his subordinate instead of living as his daughter.
Childish Ta Hwan keeps nagging Sung Nyang to train him sword fighting and archery. Sung Nyang gave up and started to train him. Unfortunately, she hurt his head but he said that he hurt himself to protect her from being scold.
They end up fighting on the beach and Ta Hwan admitted that he could never beat Sung Nyang but he wanted to live. He vowed to stay alive in order to avenge his father’s death while Sung Nyang kept on thinking of her own father.
Wang Yu was surprised that Sung Nyang brought Ta Hwan to the beach while the threats were everywhere. He found them at the beach and wanted to scold Sung Nyang for her recklessness. Ta Hwan saved her from being scold. Sung Nyang chose to ride with Ta Hwan on their way back while Wang Yu felt a strange feeling (jealousy?) over their closeness.
Wang Yu and Sung Nyang had a drink and a little chat. He asked Sung Nyang to be cautious of the current situation while Sung Nyang requested him to pay more attention to Ta Hwan’s needs.
Later that night, Sung Nyang came to meet Wang Yu with a seductive smile and poked his chest. He screamed and woke up from his dream while Eunuch Bang and Moo Sung watched from a side with worry. They were worried that he’s falling for Sung Nyang, a man! He threw them out for having that ridiculous thought.
In that chaos, Commander Ki ordered Sung Nyang to leave with Ta Hwan in order to protect him. It’s also his last wish as a father to protect his daughter. Before leaving, Sung Nyang cried and called him father for the first and probably be the last time.
For the first time, Ta Hwan acted like a king’s material when he said he won’t die easily and he could ascend the throne. He asked Baek Ahn to wait a little until that day arrives. Baek Ahn could feel his resolution and decided to help him escape.
AGB Nielsen: Nationwide 14.5% (4th; +1.7) / Seoul 16.6% (3rd; +2.1%)
TNmS: Nationwide 12.7% (6th; +1.0%) / Seoul 15.4% (4th; +.5%)