The Legend of Zhen Huan: Ep 76 (Finale)

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It’s finally here, the final episode.  I know I’ve delayed writing this review for a REALLY long time after I finished episode 76.  I just could not summon the strength to write up the final review for what is perhaps one of my most favorite dramas of all time.  There are so many feelings I have attached to this ending that it is hard to put it into words.  And it didn’t really help when, after writing a bit about each scene from ep76 I would just HAVE to go back and rewatch all the good scenes over and over again. T_T”  Well, we’ve already seen the endings of many other major characters that will always stick with me–Hua Fei, Mei Zhuang..even Ling Rong.  But what about Zhen Huan’s ending?


Well, the first 15 minutes or so is for sure the best part of this entire episode.  I was basically holding my breath throughout this entire scene.  Zhen Huan ‘takes care’ of the emperor on his death bed and this is when crap goes down.  Omg.  This is probably the most direct and raw conversation that Zhen Huan and the emperor have ever had.  There are no more pretenses, no secrets and finally Zhen Huan can tell the emperor the truth about how much she hates him.  It starts out a bit ambiguous as both of them are reading between the lines, but it quickly turns into a very grim exchange.

Emperor: “I own everything under the sun, but it will be yours soon.”

Zhen Huan: “Why would I want everything in the world? I never got what I really wanted.”

Emperor: “My whole life, I’ve gotten all I’ve ever wanted. But just like quicksand, it has all vanished.  Huan Huan, it’s been a while since you’ve called me Fourth Prince.  Call me that again, okay?” -Translation Credit: Viki channel

URGHHHH.  The thing that’s sad about this is that both the emperor and Zhen Huan have obtained the most power of all and yet they both are unhappy.  They both haven’t gotten what they really wanted since they lost all the people they loved, and with their great power it is hard for them to ever trust another person since they must be suspicious of everyone.  I find it really bittersweet when the emperor asks Zhen Huan to call him Fourth Prince (notice he uses her nickname) one last time…he who has everything in the world only has that one request.  It’s no secret that I don’t like the emperor and, most of the time, I cannot empathize with him but this is that one moment in the scene when I felt something for him.  Because I saw him as a person who just couldn’t let go of his past.

“Call me Fourth Prince one last time.  Just like when you first entered the palace.”

In many of my reviews about the previous episodes, I’ve speculated over and over again over this one question “Does the emperor love Zhen Huan for who she is, and not for who she resembles?  Is the emperor using Zhen Huan as a replacement for Chun Yuan?”   In this last scene, I think I can finally say once and for all that the emperor really did fall for Zhen Huan back in the day……yes, his love for her was flawed; there is no denying that he projected Empress Chun Yuan onto Zhen Huan, failed her in so many ways, and broke her heart countless numbers of times.  But there is something about the quote above “Just like when you first entered the palace” that struck me–the emperor is still dwelling on the way Zhen Huan was in the past–pure, innocent, lively and unaffected by the politics of the harem.  He’s still remembering the ‘ideal’ Zhen Huan that he knew in the past, the one he fell in love with.  Just as he is always chasing his memory of Empress Chun Yuan, he is still stuck on his memory of who Zhen Huan was in the past. But I guess you could kinda discredit my very romanticist interpretation by pointing out that very quickly the emperor switches to “I WILL KILL YOUUU!!!” after she spills the beans about Mei Zhuang’s illegitimate child.  >__>


I find it interesting that Zhen Huan excuses herself right before the emperor repeats his request to call him 4th Prince.  But once he says those words she decides to confront him. Did she plan on leaving him to die alone?  But then the emperor’s words struck a chord in her so she stayed behind to tell him the truth & to personally exact her revenge?

ZH: “The old Zhen Huan is already dead. Your highness, did you forget?  You killed her with your bare hands.  My name is Niuhulu Zhen Huan.”

One thing this scene makes clearer than ever is how much Zhen Huan has changed since she entered the palace.  We have always seen Zhen Huan as the heroine and protagonist, someone who was easy to root for and sympathize with.  But the lines have blurred continually between good and bad, the heroine and the enemies.  Remember back in the way way beginning when Zhen Huan totally freaked out after she saw a maid’s corpse in a well?  Well now she can order someone’s death without batting an eye.  Yes, Zhen Huan is defending her position in the harem, but what I’m trying to say is that we can’t always view Zhen Huan in a totally positive light just because she is the heroine.  She has done questionable things, she has compromised her initial moral principles, and she has become merciless and unrelenting when it comes to eliminating all competition.  Her power came with a price and perhaps that price was her innocence.

So no matter how much I dislike the emperor I don’t think he deserved an excruciating death.  There is this one line where Zhen Huan tells the emperor that what she’s doing is nothing in comparison to what he has done.  This is when we get a deeper insight into Zhen Huan’s reasoning, how she justifies his murder with the flawed belief that this is all relative.  With her reasoning, the emperor has done way worse than her so it’s not THAT bad to kill him.

And this is really random but……one thing that kinda irked me throughout this whole scene……is that we always see the emperor from the same angle.  Come on, at least give us a side view or something so we don’t have to look up his nose the whole time! T___T


“Fourth Prince, on that idyllic afternoon many years ago, you told me you were Duke Guo.  It was probably all a mistake from the beginning.”

So, the emperor dies.  I love the way Zhen Huan reacts to his death, very little is said and yet we can see a whole range of emotions that she is going through.  There is no freaking out over his death, no evilly laughing and proclaiming “SEE 17TH? I AVENGED YOUR DEATH!”, no suddenly trying to wash her hands repeatedly from the invisible blood, no long speech of “omg what have I done”.  Thank goodness there is none of that.

Zhen Huan’s reaction is so understated and yet SO GOOD.  OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG.  I guess the best word to describe her reaction is “numb”.  She is cautious at first, wanting to confirm whether he is really dead.  And once she knows he’s dead, her final words to him are so bittersweet…I think it shows how she did not just kill the guy she hated most, she didn’t just avenge her lover’s death..she killed the man that she used to love and the man she used to devote her life to.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the part when she steps out into the empty room and proclaims over and over again that the emperor is dead as her eyes well up with tears.  HOLD ON I’M GONNA GO WATCH THAT PART AGAIN..


I think the tears that Zhen Huan shed right after the emperor’s death were genuine, but during his funeral she is only fake-crying just like most of the other concubines are.  Anywhoo Zhen Huan is now empress dowager with her 4th prince succeeding the throne.   Now that the emperor is gone and Zhen Huan is boss, Zhen Huan & Co. are all LA LA LA LIFE IS GOOD!  And surprisingly, Duan Fei is MIA because she is too grief-stricken over the emperor’s death!  So instead Xin Fei (I can’t remember her rank..middle right pic) is now officially part of Zhen Huan & Co.  I was not expecting her character to end up on top at all but I guess that shows that it was possible for her to stay out of harem politics while eventually benefiting in the end.

Too bad Ning Pin commits suicide because I really liked her character. :'(  I thought she could’ve lived on..I mean maybe she wouldn’t be able to leave the palace but I’m sure she could’ve done as she pleased with Zhen Huan on her side.  But I think she might’ve committed suicide so that there wouldn’t be anymore evidence about the emperor’s murder?


There is one final scene with the empress and Zhen Huan.    I guess this scene was necessary because we had to see the two empresses together one last time, eh?  Well this is supposed to be a major scene but I think my understanding of it was not too great because of the lackluster translations.  Please tell me what I missed or if I’m wrong because this scene is kinda murky for me.  From what I gathered it was basically showing how the empress is still obsessing over her rightful title as empress and how Zhen Huan ruined her life.  And Zhen Huan gets the final revenge on the empress by removing her title from the records or something.  The lasting impression I have of the empress is when she is ironically repeating “Empress” to herself as though she is finally realizing that the title is all meaningless.


Zhen Huan has one last costume change as empress and omg, her new headpiece is so gorgeous!  As you can see I took many screenshots of it since it is the very last one!!!!!!!  I like it because it’s very refined and regal yet also not too flashy.  One thing I love about the ending is that Zhen Huan does not have an obligatory ending monologue, there is no attempt to preach life lessons or have a super memorable quote or anything like that.  Our view into her mindset is now limited because the people she used to confide in (Mei Zhuang, 17th) are now gone.  Zhen Huan is all alone despite having her allies, Jin Xi, and her children by her side.  Love the part where she sheds a single tear and then smiles, again such an understated detail but very powerful.


“Jin Xi, I’m tired.”

Don’t have much to say about the ending scene except that I really like how one of her last lines in the drama is when she tells Jin Xi that she’s tired.  A very simple line..but it struck me then and there that Jin Xi is the only companion she has left and after attaining the highest status, she doesn’t seem any happier than she was back when she was experiencing the turmoil of going up against the other concubines.  Comparing Zhen Huan to her younger days, I think that she was happiest when she, Mei Zhuang, and Ling Rong had just entered the palace and they were all besties who were still optimistic about their life in the harem.


Well this is my last LZH post so I worked extra hard on it. I tried harder to read between the lines and interpret Zhen Huan & the emperor’s characters more since they are the main highlight of this episode and they are also the characters who have built up the most walls around them.  Zhen Huan started out as being a characters whose thoughts and motivations were clear and out in the open..but gradually she began to wear her heart on her sleeve less and less until we could no longer know exactly what she was feeling and thinking.  The emperor remained closed off to everyone, even to Zhen Huan there was a part of him that was restrained and we could see this in his final scene.

It’s hard to describe just why I loved the Legend of Zhen Huan so much, all I can say is that all 76 episodes, despite their slow parts, have been a great watch.  Before watching LZH I really thought nothing could top Bu Bu Jing Xin but of course, LZH proved me wrong.  To me LZH is a masterpiece, I can never get tired of watching random episodes/scenes over and over again.  The costumes and acting cannot be beaten, the writing was spot-on and I love how LZH was NOT some romanticized tale of a love story with the emperor, nor was it an overly dramatic weep-fest when the characters constantly bemoan their fate of being a concubine stuck in the palace.

I will forever be a fan of Sun Li, Lan Xi, and JIANG XIN! and of course other actresses have left great impressions on me–particularly the ones for the characters Jing Fei, Cao Gui Ren, and maybe Duan Fei.  The draw of the drama may not be a ‘big name cast’ for all the characters but wow, they really casted all of the side characters wonderfully (except for 17th, what was with his casting? T_T)  and all of them had substantial character development.

………….One day I had someone comment using the username “lzhfreak” and YEAH I think I should use that username too because that is what is what I am.  I admit it and I’m pretty sure everyone already knows it.  😉  Even after I’ve finished the drama for so long, I still go back and rewatch a random scene, look for more pretty stills of the drama, and even listen to the soundtrack and keep up on news about the cast.  I can’t help it!  >__<  Anyways I will stop ranting about how awesome LZH is, HAHAHA…to all of my readers who have stuck with me for all of my reviews, thanks so much and I hope you enjoyed the drama as much as I did.  Hopefully you were not disappointed if you checked out LZH based on my RAVING REVIEWS.  And to those occasional commenters who told me that they tried LZH based on my reviews and enjoyed the drama, thank you!  Whenever I get those comments I feel like I’ve successfully lured over one more person into LZH, HAHA.  😛

In other news, Sun Li has been nominated for an International Emmy Award for her performance in LZH!  Woot woot!  Lastly I will say that this may be my last review post about LZH but it will not be the last time I will talk about LZH…because I will never shut up about this drama! 😛   I will probably be going back and updating some of my old reviews so that I can get rid of the ‘bandwidth exceeded’ pics in them. >__<

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I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • Hi there! I just want to say thank you so much for your LZH recaps and reviews. I’m currently finishing it up on Netflix, it may be condensed and not detailed but its enough to get me drawn in. I want to thank you again for your dedication and insights. At first I just wanted to give this drama a chance but I never knew how addicted I would get. I don’t know why but it’s just an amazing production. I’m glad I got to watch this and maybe one day I’ll commit to the original 76 episodes.

  • I realized that occasionally, Zhen Huan would poke fun (then mock) the emperor for being like Cao Cao. The irony is that the actor for the Yongzheng emperor, Chen Jianbin, played Cao Cao superbly before he filmed for LZH. 😛

  • I came across your website when I started watching Nirvana in Fire and started reading what you wrote about LZH too ^_^

    It’s been a few years since I last watched LZH, but reading your reviews about the series I started to remember some of the scenes. Reading your review on the final episode, I listened to the ending song again, and I still really like how the song’s lyrics ties in so closely with ZH’s struggles and her life overall. There was a line in the middle of the song that goes something like this:

    “Getting not what is desired,
    Desiring what is always out of reach,
    Watching fate mock us,
    A game to see what fate turns us into.”

    It’s like at the very beginning when ZH doesn’t want the emperor to notice her, but he does notice her and ignores the others who want his attention more than ZH does. Also like in the very last scene when she says those last words: she’s not happy even though she has become the Dowager Empress. At some point in the series she remarks how she only wants a simple, uncelebrated life that she can spend with a person she loves deeply and who loves only her. That was all she really needed to be happy. But then fate dealt her another hand, all the events sent her life spiralling in an opposite direction, and she had to become this plotting and opportunistic person to protect herself and her family…I liked how the song summarized, in a way, a sense of helplessness, and illustrated a pattern–that whenever ZH was close to her happiness, it was snatched away from her, and though on the surface she has everything, she never desired it.

    I also really liked these lines:

    “Waiting for the moon,
    Waiting for sunrise,
    Waiting for spring showers.

    But the winds don’t sympathesize ,
    And bring rain and snow,
    That break the plum blossom branches”

    Ultimately every line in the song points to the same idea, only using different images to evoke it again and again.

    (Just found this better and more detailed translation on YT ^_^:

    • Thanks for sharing some of the lyrics! I love the OST especially since it suits the story so well! Zhen Huan’s ending does make me wonder how her life would’ve been if she had never entered the harem in the first place.

  • Just finished the Netflix version. I would pause it every few minutes to fill in the details with your recap. I like how earnest and off the cuff your writing is; very natural. Thank you so much!!!!

  • I liked the ending. I thought that the show would end with her son dying or something, and she’d live with that regret forever…but for the type of person that ZH was, i dont think that there could have been any other kind of ending – at least regarding the path that her life took. She’s not impulsive and sell-serving enough to leave her post and abandon her family to be with 17th prince. I know that some reviews say that she became more power hungry or whatever – I don’t really think that is the case. I think she still remained vigilent in her views from episode one. She wish that she was not noticed by the emperor because she could never be free. In the end, all her acts of “cruelty” were acts of revenge – not acts out of selfishness. Ultimately she never became someone like the Queen or Hua Fei, who did horrible things to people – guitly and innocent and everything in between, because of her /love/ or feelings for the emperor. She cleaned a wrong with a wrong. Even for years she did not kill the emperor despite the fact that he had forced her to kill the one that she loved – she only killed him at the end because she wanted to protect her children. That is why I do not think ZH necessarily changed that much in her ideas. Obviously, she has become more desensitized to murders and deaths, but she doesn’t dispose of people for no reason, and I find it hard to imagine that she would murder or even bully an innocent person as the other “power hungry” consorts did. Secondly, I liked Huan Bi until the very last few episodes. ZH has always been good to her and she still chose a MAN (and even more – a man who didn’t love her and treated her like crap) over ZH, the only person who has ever given 2 craps about her. She deserved her ending.

    • That’s interesting how you pointed out Huan Bi chose her love (for a guy who didn’t love her back) over her sorta sisterhood with Zhen Huan. I think Huan Bi always yearned for a life outside of servant-hood though. She also wanted what Zhen Huan had for a while..who knows, maybe that influenced her feelings for 17th even after she stopped being jealous of ZH. I do think Huan Bi could’ve found someone else and Zhen Huan would’ve supported that too.

      It’s also interesting that ZH was pushed into action to protect her children. But I still think there were feelings of revenge there, even if she was mainly doing it for survival. She didn’t have to tell the emperor about Mei Zhuang’s kid, or that she hated him this whole time..but she did, to hurt him emotionally.

  • I watched both the DVD version and the Netflix version. Really disappointed with the Netflix version as I think there were some parts that were missing. Like when Zhen Huan went to visit Consort Hua for the last time (where she banged her head into the wall, committing suicide), Consort Hua talked quite a bit about her part romance with the Emperor when he was just a Duke, but the Netflix version did not show that!?

    Also, the last part where Zhen Huan became Empress Dowager and went to visit the Empress, she actually said that the Empress will remain “Empress” until the day she dies. Wherein she will NOT be buried in the Tailing Mausoleum (I think that is where only the Emperor/Empress) will be buried), instead, she will be interred in the Mausoleum where all the other concubines are buried. And Zhen Huan also decided to bury Empress Chun Yuan (the Empress’ sister) with the Emperor. That was such a brilliant move. The Empress hated her sister all along for being the one the Emperor truly loved, and projected her hate toward Zhen Huan because she looked like Chun Yuan.

    And at the end, Zhen Huan’s like, “Enjoy the rest of your days…….. Empress.” And shot her such a triumphant look. Brilliant acting. Empress just can’t believe her goddamn ears.

    I took Chinese Literature back when I was in school and we learned a lot about Chinese history. I always felt bad for the women that the Emperor took into his harem. Most of the women don’t live very long due to the intense jealousy and cruel devices in which they concocted to murder the other concubines. Heartbreak and pregnancy issues also resulted in them dying very young. All in all, I think there were just too many damn women and too much free time back in their day.

  • The last scene of empress and ZH, actually I understood a little different. As it was implied, the empress was paranoid about her title. Maybe because after losing her son and the emperor’s love, that’s the only thing she still have. So even after she lost all her power, she still long for an upgrade for her title from empress to empress dowager, which shoulde be the case if a new emperor take the throne. But ZH took advantage of emperor’s words about not willing to see the empress anymore. If they let her become an empress dowager, then after her death she will be buried with the emperor, which means she will live with the emperor in the afterworld as in chinese culture. That could be explained as againt the emperor’s words. So they decided to keep her title as empress, won’t make her empress dowager. I don’t think the emperor thought this far while saying those things. It’s just an excuse for zH to avenge on empress, destroying her last hope. No wonder she died not long after this conversation. Also to explain why theres no record about this empress in history.

  • Hello, the last scene.. The emperors empress is actually pissed because she was supposed to become the empress dowager, the position that truly held most power, at the very least was by far the safest position in the country. The empress believed her son the third prince would ascend the throne, making her the most powerful person in the country. Zhen took all records of her life so on her death, it would be as if she was never even alive at all. And you are absolutely correct in the last part of that scene when she was screaming empress over and over, it was because that position was meaningless, as opposed to the position taken by Zhen. This entire show is so freaking good I’ve seen the American version and the 76 episodes and I keep rewatching get it and I always notice something new that I didn’t notice before.. I love your blog btw.. (^_^)

  • I have now finally finished the drama and in the hours since have been by turns processing, reminiscing, sobbing (being the sentimental type), reading all the comments on this blog post, and all in all growing even more admiration for this magnificent show — a work of art really. Also, impressed by the dedication of all who’ve voiced their thoughts on this blog — most of all you, Heisui, our convener! I do have a few nagging and perhaps downright ignorant questions (mostly about plot) that I hope you or anyone can help me out with:

    -Did the later episodes ever touch on what happened to Precious Cao’s daughter, the princess Wen Yi?

    -What happened to the 3rd Prince? Was he at the funeral rites in ep. 76? His face never managed to etch itself into my memory of the cast of characters.

    -I think I may have gotten the 4th Prince confused with another character. Who is this Duke Shen that ZH’s little sister Yu Rao got married to? I thought she was married to the rounder-faced, earnest-looking guy who I always thought was the 4th prince?

    -Being newish to Chinese dramas I was as shocked as Sergris to learn of a “voice actress” for Sun Li. Is this very common for Chinese dramas or just palace/historical dramas — and just for TV or for films as well? I’m also puzzled b/c Ada Choi’s voice actress had an accent, too, which I had figured was just b/c Choi is from HK!

    Thanks again for this blog.

    • A self-edit: just looked more into my clueless 3rd question above and see that Yu Rao was married to the Emperor’s 19th brother, Yunsi. When did we first see Yunsi in this drama? I’m trying to trace how in the world I got him confused w/ the 4th Prince. (Or is it that the 3rd and 4th Princes rather resemble each other?)

      And another question: What do you make of the eerie electronic sound effects when ZH enters the Empress’s courtyard and there’s that short exchange about pigeons? Is is implied that ZH deliberately planted those pigeons (and told servants to keep ’em coming) in order to torment the Empress w/ a constant reminder of her confinement, vs. the birds that can always fly up and away? If that’s the case, do you think the music casts a shadow upon ZH’s character, or at least reminds us of her ambiguity by now, since such a move is so artfully cruel? Those sounds effects were just so extraordinarily out of place in the drama that I felt the scene had some meaning I wasn’t grasping (?)….

      Also, those birds reminded me of how ZH chose the new character/name for An Ling Rong (can’t remember what it was now), which also had to do with a type of bird! And Ling Rong hated those birds and hated that name, saying to the Emperor that it just reminded her of her daily life as a caged bird.

      OK, as you know there’s no end to thinking about this drama. Bye for now. Thanks again! 🙂

      • Thanks for commenting & reading! It’s great to know that you liked the drama! By the way, there is an upcoming sequel called Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. It will be set in the new emperor’s (4th prince/ZH’s adopted son) reign.

        -I didn’t notice the sound effects in the scene with the empress the first time I watched it. I think the pigeons are there to show how desolate the empress’ palace is. I don’t remember any hints that ZH put the pigeons there.

        -I think you got 4th prince (the one who becomes the next emperor) mixed up with the one who married Yu Rao. They are both younger princes so it might be easy to confuse them. I’m not sure exactly when Yu Rao’s husband-to-be first appears in the drama.

        -3rd prince was the former crown prince, right? I don’t think we ever got to see his final ending.

        -Yes, most all c-dramas have voice actors to dub over the cast members. You may even recognize ZH’s voice actress in some other period c-dramas, lol. Sometimes actors do their own voice-overs. For instance, Jiang Xin’s real voice is used for Hua Fei.

        • Hi again Heisui, thank you for helping me figure all that out!

          Also wanted to share with you that since watching “Zhen Huan” I made my way through two contemporary dramas: “When A Snail Falls in Love” (a smart, quirky show that’s part action, part mystery, part romance, w/ stylish cinematography; I hadn’t seen any TV show quite that cutting-edge-feeling from China and loved it) and “Les Interprètes” (an interesting premise, set in Shanghai & Switzerland, with a very compelling female protagonist, but at times unbearably melodramatic like an old telenovela or 80s US soap opera; skipped a lot to the end). Just thought I’d share that with you. Thanks again!

        • If you like the ancient Chinese political struggle drama, I recommend a drama called the Yongzheng Dynasty, telling the story of how the emperor in ZH climbed the throne. ZH tells about the rumored battle, and this drama is about the court battle. The actor performed very well and the plot was very good.

  • P.S. I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for the “Ru Yi” sequel you mentioned! (It seems like a lot of remarkable female characters in premodern China were named Ru Yi? Fan Bingbing’s character in “Empress of China” started out being called that, too, and I came across a 2012 TV show set in the early 20th c. called “Ru Yi.” Huh….)

    • I’m not sure if there’s a significance to the name Ru Yi, or if it’s just a coincidence. Thanks for the recommendations, I heard that both dramas are very popular!

    • They are different Ru Yi. Though pronouncing similar, Fan Bingbing’s Ru Yi is written as ‘如意’. Ru (‘如’) means ‘as’ and Yi (‘意’) means ‘will’, so together ‘如意’ means ‘as will’. “如意” is a quite popular female name for low class ancient Chinese as the meaning is frank. On the other hand, Legend of Ru Yi’s Ru Yi is written as ‘如懿’,the ‘懿’ here meaning something like ‘elegance of woman’. This word is very high class and sometimes particularly used for queen. Like ‘懿旨’,meaning ‘the queen’s order’.

      • Thank you roc for clarifying! I had guessed 如意 for at least one of those names, but also appreciate your explanation of frankness as that name’s appeal for ordinary folks naming their daughters. Wouldn’t we all like to live as we will, alas. 懿 is a beautiful character entirely new to me. Thanks again for taking the time to edify. I have learned so much from this show and from this blog’s discussion around it 🙂

        • You are welcome saskiaw:) LZH is my NO .1 Chinese drama even after Nirvana in fire, and this is a great blog to talk about shows. Enjoy!

  • I feel silly for asking, but I am having a hard time finding out who the younger, lower ranked concubines are after Zhen Huan comes back to the palace. I know who Lady Ying is, Huanbi’s former servant. But the other 2-3 concubines, I think are Sun, Zhen and Kang. Please let me know which is which, and if you have pictures, and their titles if you know them. I am doing a review of this series for my friends.

    • Sun, Zhen, and Kang are on the three lowest rank for concubines (Daying (8th) Changzai (7th) and Guiren (6th). I can’t really remember which is which based on their picture, but I do remember that Kang was a Changzai, Sun was a Daying. I don’t know about Zhen tho

  • I started watching this year’s ago, but I never got around to finishing because the subs were so confusing. I wish someone would properly sub it. I watched like the first 20 episodes and I really liked them, but I couldn’t push through the rest with the subs.

  • Does Zhen Huan still feel something for the Yongzheng Emperor? Like….oh man, the last scene with the emperor dying is so powerful. There is so much hatred in her talk towards him, yet, I feel that she felt like she had no option anyways regardless of whether she felt for him or not.

    And also, am I the only one that felt *really* bad for the emperor at the end? Yes, he betrayed Zhen Huan many times, but just think about the crap he’s had to deal with. The Empress was killing his children left and right, Consort Hua was always causing mischief along with her brother (with the possibility of him becoming too powerful and trying to start a coup), almost all of his concubines were absolutely evil and conniving, his brothers were also challenging his rule (and considering that he wasn’t the favorite of the previous Kangxi Emperor and wasn’t supposed to be emperor at first)…can we all agree that Yongzheng has had A LOT to deal with?

    It is very obvious that he really cares for Zhen Huan, even if he projects Chun Yuan unto her. He cares about her more than anybody else…but damn does he have trust issues! The guy just couldn’t move away from the past, and that ultimately became his downfall.

    What do you think were Yongzheng’s last thoughts as he was dying?

    If I were in his shoes, I don’t know who I would be able to trust, and I think I would become suspicious of everyone around me. I am more sympathetic towards the Yongzheng Emperor than most people I believe.

  • Finally finished this drama after 3 tries because of poor subs in some parts, haha! Excellent, masterpiece! Is all I can say. The acting, costumes and even the acting were all top notch as you said!!! I am amazed at how the writers were able to tell a fictional story while sticking the real historic facts. Bravo!! I give this drama 11 out of 10, it was that awesome! Sun Li is definitely a great actress and so is the actress who plays Hua Fei.

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