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Tale of the Nine Tailed ep 8, nonsense commentary

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  • Run, Yeon!!!! It’s too late anyway lol
  • It really does seem like their time in the past life was very sweet until that awful ending🥺
  • her attendants from the past are her co-workers in the present lol
  • Wow Aeum was badass she really brought the crossbow. 
  • Oh, so that’s why imoogi was inside of her, she asked him to. Great.
  • Keep watching Jiah, you need to know the whole thing!
  • Don’t lie to her, Yeon. Tell her the truth pls🤦🏻‍♀️
  • Oh, Kim Bum you’re a delight to watch but look what you did, otp is in pain
  • This game is gonna end badly. Oh no, a flashback 💔
  • “I don’t plan to let you win anymore” 😢
  • Lol they’re having a break up holy shit, take that back Yeon, you just destroyed Rang!
  • Oh, so they really are brothers I was doubting it for a second
  • Those are zombies, Yeon, no need to be so deep lol
  • It’s angst time 😎
  • Aww he is watching Jiah at work😭
  • Will that ahjussi die if he doesn’t eat those cherries?
  • Imoogi is here I’m so so happy Lee Tae Ri took this role, he’s great
  • Aww Yuri named the dog Anastasia lol he vet kissed her
  • Wow Imoogi reads vibes 
  • Eww she’s not your bride dude ugh why you so creepy
  • Yeon if you were gonna be this sad why would you lie to her in the first place?
  • Why is this kiddo all over Seoul? Where are his parents? Do kids wander the streets like this in Seoul? so free?
  • “I want to be like you”😳😝 you don’t, kiddo
  • What do you mean a test, Imoogi? Why must Yeon suffer all the damn time?
  • Afterlife’s ahjussi and ahjuma had a son who killed himself? That’s dark
  • Jiah’s mom was obsessed with the topic of past lives?
  • Wait Did Jiah remember her life as Aeum before the accident of her parents?
  • FUCKING HELL that whole hypnosis scene was soooo creepy and scared the shit out of me😳 also, Imoogi has always been within her. Awesome.
  • Green ahjuma touched Rang’s hand. Dude is fucked
  • Aww this is your biggest fear? This is so sad, Rang. Jesus christ what an awful mother!
  • Wtf why did Rang had an weapon on his belt? Is this usual? 😂 It must be
  • “I need you, Yeon.” wow so sexy 🤭
  • And green ahjuma comes for Jiah… it’s the car accident for her.
  • “I will choose number 3” lmao Yeon that wasn’t an option
  • MY HEART!!! He went to save Rang🥺🤗
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Okay, the only reason I’m fangirling about the bromance without feeling guilty for my romance lol is because I’m sure Yeon has a plan. Or at least, he knows there’s a way to save both, I think. 

This was such a creepy episode and I loved it. I actually got freaked out for a moment with that scene with little “Jiah”. I don’t mourn the lack of OTP scenes on this ep because I know the drama will compensate us later (we actually got really lucky with all the romance before this ep). Such an exciting cliffhanger, can’t wait for next week!!!

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She was going to text him before she got sucked into nightmareville :(

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I love it when he goes feral…

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He is so freaking pretty, honest!

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Also, everyone in this drama is going to need decades of therapy on top of the decades that they should have already been getting!

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His realization! I don’t know why I feel bad for him because he’s not a good person but I felt so bad here!!!!

And it keeps piling on!

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And you can see Rang just “get” (but get wrongly, hooray!) that he is doomed because of course Yeon won’t come for him because he’s finally pushed him too far and because he will always choose Ji Ah.

The preview has him say (I think) that his greatest fear is being abandoned and that’s the thing - his worst memory/fear is not about zombies or a beating or w/e, it’s about his mother abandoning him. And back then Yeon found him but, to Rang, Yeon took him in only to abandon him for Ah Eum (I really want to know what happened back then because honestly Yeon doesn’t strike me as someone who’d abandon a small child for kicks even if he’s grieving the death of the love of his life.) And then found him only to abandon him with a vengeance - almost killing him. No wonder he keeps lashing out and acting out - if Yeon is focused on taking him down, he is not abandoning him, he’s focused on him to the degree Rang craves. Rang was a messed up, abused child and his time with Yeon was too short to really fix him especially since then Yeon became supernatural indentured executioner and seemingly left him and all that. He’d need a hell of a lot of therapy, honestly, even if Yeon did not kebab him in Joseon back way when.

But I love that a small, child part of him, kept hoping until the last, and only gave up when he was about to die. It’s such a child thing somehow - push and push boundaries to test that someone does really love you and won’t push you away (especially a child with his background.) He’s an adult now and a powerful one and hella screwed-up, so his boundary-pushing involves corpses and world dominating monsters, but it is so very much there.

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And then Yeon shows up!

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Look at the way Rang looks at him here! Regardless of what happens from then on, he needed this so badly. And he needed actions, no words Yeon could ever say (if he’d say it, not Yeon’s style) could ever convince him. But this - this could heal him, even if just a little.

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Heh! Back to back, fighting monsters, YESSS!

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But this of course makes me wonder even more about that flashback of Yeon stabbing him because I cannot imagine the man who raised a little boy this lovingly and who chose to come and save him even when Ji Ah is at risk elsewhere, would just stab him to death and leave him to die.

(Side note - Yeon is smart and I think he realizes that Imoogi needs Ji Ah so won’t kill her. Also, though I don’t think he knows precisely where in her worst fear she is at,  the death of her parents was not the threat to her life - the threat to her life came later after the monsters realized she knew they weren’t her parents. So he has time there, too, though as I said I don’t think he can know that, but we the viewers do. But still! It’s a hell of a risk and he was willing to take it, for his little brother. Awwwwww.)

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So hmmmm….how did it work. The memory showed Yeon killing Ah Eum but apparently what really happened is she sacrificed herself for him? How? I need to know! Was Imoogi hoping to jump into Yeon’s body so he could live forever and have all those powers and Ah Eum prevented it? But then why does it show him ripping her heart out? I NEED TO KNOW!!!

Also, I loved this bit, poor man is desperate!

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Also, I think I figured out why he had to make a deal and do all that stuff for the chance of her to be reincarnated - become a supernatural executioner and obey and all that. They plain text say that if you kill yourself, you cannot be reincarnated but they define this hella broadly - if you choose to die for love or w/e is included (which is why they are worried foe Yeon.) So since Ah Eum chose to die to save Yeon, TPTB viewed it as suicide which WTF!!! According to this logic, if you threw yourself onto a grenade to save a dozen people, no reincarnation for you.

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1. Poor pining darlings!

2. He is still guarding her!

3. Only a woman deeply in love would save that pathetic weed bouquet he brought her.

4. How how HOW is Lee Dong Wook so gorgeous even with that ridiculous hair?

Oh, and in the morning it’s the same thing - his secretly guarding her as she misses him - remembering him there. And she thinks he’s left but of course he hasn’t.

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This drama is all my shippy kinks rolled into one!

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Rang is a murdering psycho who deserves whatever retribution he gets but my heart still broke for him here, because when Yeon apologized, he clearly expected something else not “sorry I didn’t let you die back then.” Yeon has every right to be blisteringly angry (Rang unleashed the freaking Imoogi) and as the end of the ep shows, these are just words to hurt, when given a second chance to redo or undo, Yeon chooses to save Rang yet again (over Ji Ah, no less!) but I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel sniffly here…

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The flashback to the rescue - it’s so very Yeon, barbed words but actions that quite belie them.

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The thing, when Yeon took care of Rang he did such a good job and was the only one who had ever done so - contrast this beaten up ragamuffin with the happy little lord he was with Yeon.

(Side note - Rang made the same mistake Granny and TPTB did. Because he doesn’t like to walk around screaming RESPECT MY AUTHORITY and generally intimidating people, they sort of forget how powerful and terrifying he can be when something pushes him.)

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I knew exactly where it was going when Rang told Yeon he has never beaten him before…

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Because it flashes back to them playing when Rang was a kid and Yeon letting him win. The thing is, this is something parents do a lot (and Yeon was more of a father than a brother to Rang), and little kids believe it but at some point the kids figure out that this was what adults did for them (I remember realization that my favorite grandfather didn’t actually believe the crazy stories I used to make up when he picked me up from daycare about being a superhero; it blew my mind) but because Rang never grew up emotionally, something so basic genuinely never occurred to him at all. 

But that flashback was adorable - Rang was such a little kid and Yeon was such a grumpily indulgent adult.

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He really idolized his big brother…

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But yes, Yeon letting him win was all part of him caring for Rang and letting Rang have his own triumphs and safety - just as they show him making wind for his kite or catching him as he teaches him to battle…

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I love this bit SO MUCH!!!!

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I really really hope at the end, Yeon’s wish comes true. Though I can’t see how it can without Goblin-style reincarnation and it still made me bawl like mad…

I wonder if some of Rang’s desire to never have anything in common with a human being comes from him being half-human and thus insecure and trying to distinguish himself from humans; Yeon is pure spirit so he doesn’t have any insecurities like that (and is in general a hell of a lot more adult.)

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I swear to god, Rang is like a supernatural, murdery version of an extreme too cool for school kid. Like - this is all so very juvenile, like he’s been in arrested development for centuries, as if he emotionally and mentally froze back way when Yeon stabbed him.

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I love that when she asks “was it you” and he answers “yes,” they are talking about two different things entirely. But I find it both amazing and heartbreaking that even after seeing and experiencing her past life, she does not automatically lash out at him or blame him - she wants him to explain, to give her a reason she can live with - because she loves him yes, but also because she trusts him. But of course, Yeon puts on his noble idiot hat (not that I blame him, everyone and their cousin is telling him if they are around each other they are doomed and it’s his latest attempt to protect her - by pushing her away.)

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Aaaaaangst!!!!!!!!!!

God, I love this drama!

(I am always fond of the noble idiot trope even though I am in the minority, but here it makes sense and will be short-lived to boot so…)

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My guess was right! Imoogi can possess people and possessed her father. And she lets him possess her so she can bring him to Yeon to be killed except something tells me there is no way to drive Imoogi out once he’s in and that’s why he kills her and ANGST ANGST ANGST!!!!!

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(Did he give her his fox bead not just to find her but to protect her from this happening again? Ah, the irony she gave it up to save him and now it’s happening again. It’s like a more gruesome Gift of the Magi…)

Poor darlings!

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Their game shows how past Lee Yeon helped Lee Rang to win at everything. ”It’s hard to raise a child,” but he did a good job. For a while.

And Lee Rang gets angry when he finally realises the difference between treated as a child or as an adult.

”Sorry for saving you back then.” If he’d let Lee Rang die when his mother abandoned him, they wouldn’t be the dysfunctional brothers they are now… (I’m not crying, you’re crying.)

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