Nirvana in Fire: Eps 24-33 (Review)

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Unfortunately the bromance between Jingrui, Mei Changsu, and Yujin that I loved so much has dissolved.  Although Yujin and Jingrui (who continue to be besties) have no hard feelings towards Mei Changsu, they part ways with him because things simply cannot go back to the way they used to be.  This, I suppose, the inevitable outcome.

“I understand that all humans have to make a choice.  You [Mei Changsu] chose to reveal what you think is most important to you, and chose to abandon me.  That is merely your choice.  If I chose to hate you because I was not chosen by you, then aren’t there too many unforgivable things in this world?”

“How I treated you was because I was willing to.  If I was able to get such loyalty in return, I would of course be happy.  But if I don’t, I have no regrets as well.”

-Jingrui

What really amazes me though, is Jingrui’s response: mature, understanding, gracious and forgiving.   He has no regrets, no blame, or feelings of victimization.  Yes, he still takes this ordeal hard, but he knows that his birth secret, family’s wrongdoings, and Mei Changsu’s actions don’t reflect on him.  It would’ve been so easy for him to feel like crap, thinking that Mei Changsu didn’t choose him and Xie Yu ordered his assassination because he wasn’t worth anything to them.  That’s not the case though–Mei Changsu and Xie Yu’s actions only reflected what their priorities and values were.  Jingrui is clearly one of the most worthy guys with the biggest heart in the story.  I think we can all learn something from Jingrui’s example.

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I feel I am in the minority here, but…I really like the Emperor (Ding Yong Dai).  It’s not that I like what he’s done or how he rules with an iron fist, it’s just…I enjoy all of his scenes and how well his character has been developed.  The Emperor walks the fine line between his various roles as a gracious yet authoritative father, a doting ‘husband’ who is pampered in the harem, and the ruler of the nation.  Whenever he facepalms at the princes’ bickering, erupts in anger at the inept Crown Prince, or becomes suspicious of someone, the audience knows and understands why he’s acting in that way.  The Emperor isn’t just some irrational guy who has temper tantrums.

I also like how we can see that the Emperor is not invincible, nor is he heartless without a conscience.  Although he asserts that his handling of the Chiyan army case was correct, we can see that he’s still uncertain about it even to this day.  Also in regards to the Crown Prince–it seems like the Emperor truly believed he was doing his best to build up the Crown Prince to become the emperor.  I loveee the scene when he catches the Crown Prince red-handed–we see  the Emperor’s utter disappointment and how he feels like everything he did for the Crown Prince was for naught. BUT the Emperor is still not to be trifled with.  When he commented ‘I’ve gotten soft’ I was all, crap this is soft?!  What exactly was he like in his younger days?!?

My only gripe relating to the emperor is that literally everyone constantly repeats “the emperor is paranoid” all throughout the drama.  We get it–he’s paranoid!  There’s no need to repeat so much!  Lastly, on a side note, how come everyone except for the emperor knows that Mei Changsu is manipulating things behind the scenes?

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Anyways, let’s get back to the main story arc in these episodes.  Eps 24-30 are pretty much the build-up to the climax in eps 31-33.  Prince Jing rises to prominence throughout episodes 24-30, thus becoming the clear rival to Prince Yu.  Prince Yu, Xia Jiang, and Banruo mobilize to strike back once they realize that Mei Changsu is on Prince Jing’s side.  (Note: Banruo already knew this long before Prince Yu realized it.)  Episodes 31-33 are the culmination of their first offensive attack.

“…the more he [Mei Changsu] becomes my enemy, the more clearly I can see his heart.”

-Prince Yu

It was great seeing how things went into chaos with Mei Changsu falling ill, his subordinates scrambling to hold the fort, and the enemy’s plan going into action.  In short, I loved it.  Again, it’s not that I want Mei Changsu & Co. to fail, it’s just that I want them to be challenged.  The story wouldn’t be so interesting if it were all smooth-sailing to success, right?  I enjoyed seeing MCS grasping at straws, trying to salvage what was left of all that he had planned and worked towards.  It goes to show that his plan is not unbeatable, that things can go wrong in an instant, and that the enemy is a strong opponent.

Mei Changsu’s illness is getting so bad that he has me worried for his health!  I could feel his subordinates’ worry for him and I wanted to echo them whenever they told him to go to sleep.  On top of that, the winter weather looks painfully cold and all MCS is wearing to keep himself warm is..fur around his neck.  Does anyone know if they filmed this all during the wintertime?  Because we can actually see the actors’ breath when they breath.  O_O  Su, please hold on ’til the end of the drama!

My favorite Mei Changsu scene in these episodes is when he blows up at Prince Jing.  It’s unclear whether he actually lost his temper or whether it was a calculated shock-tactic move.  Either way, it was surprising and cathartic to see Mei Changsu raise his voice and vent his frustration for once.  I suppose a lot of people probably liked this scene too because he said what was on everyone’s minds:

“You have loyalty, but why don’t you have brains?!”

-Mei Changsu

WORD!

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Jingyan is an interesting character because he poses the greater question of to what extent one should stick to one’s morals.  Prince Jing’s strong moral code is separates him from his opponents and motivates him to do good.  He represents the extreme ideal of someone who is unshaken, steadfast in his values of justice and loyalty.  How many people, when faced with a moral dilemma, have wished to be able to confidently do what they believe to be right?  To not ever consider compromising their morals?  Prince Jing is able to do just that, something that most people could or would not do.

Yet his extreme sense of justice is also his flaw, in that he can’t see the bigger picture and the consequences of his actions.  Maybe one action is ‘right’ (saving the Chiyan survivor Weizheng’s life) but the overall outcome would be far more ‘wrong’ and hurtful (Prince Jing & Co.’s downfall).  Jingyan has a limited foresight, is impulsive, has a big temper (he’s so scary when he’s angry o_o) AND is passive aggressive.  After watching these episodes, I see why people call him a “blockhead”.  T_T

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Jing Fei (Consort Jing) is becoming a more important character now that Jingyan is rising to power.  She has already gained the emperor’s favor, which is a plus for Jingyan.  AND she’s the 3rd person to discover Mei Changsu’s true identity!  Omg!  On top of that, Yujin’s dad and Prince Jing are suspicious about Mei Changsu.  But now that more people have caught on to Mei Changsu’s identity, I understand why he decided to conceal it.  Even though Jing Fei tries not to let on that she knows, even she accidentally slipped up in front of the emperor.  And let’s not even discuss Meng Shi, who is WAAAY too obvious and suspicious.  LOL.

Overall

These episodes felt slower to me in comparison to the previous story arc because it took a long time for Prince Yu & Co.’s plans to go into action.  However, I’d say the confusion and backlash from Prince Yu & Co.’s schemes/the climax of this story arc matches up to Jingrui’s in terms of intensity.  It was difficult seeing Prince Jing & Mei Changsu’s partnership almost go down the drain for good.  I hope that Prince Yu & Co. have some more schemes up their sleeves, just for the sake of keeping things fresh and interesting.  I enjoy seeing Mei Changsu react quickly to unforeseeable situations.

Note: I’m currently on hiatus, so I’m slowly watching & writing about Nirvana in Fire when I can.   No spoilers in the comments please.

Nirvana in Fire OST – Main Theme Song

This is my favorite song off of the OST so far.  Epic and beautiful–it evokes a lot of emotion whenever I listen to it.

Quote translation source & English subs: Viki

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  • I agree with you that the Emperor is an interesting character. He makes an interesting side character with brains as opposed to other emperor side characters we see who seem to merely function as puppets.

    I actually had some gripes with Mei Changsu’s illness being the source of his uprooting. To me, it was kind of like saying he was so smart and his calculations so perfect that the only thing that stands between him and victory was some outside factor. I feel it fails to acknowledge how difficult it is sometimes to perfectly calculate all the people that fit into a situation and how multi-factorial it can be… but then again, if you really look at all the important people that Mei Changsu has to take into account like the Crown Prince, Prince Yu, Prince Jing, the Emperor, Xie Yu, Xia Jiang, etc. their personalities all tend to have one aspect that is brought more to an extreme and that extreme is usually what Mei Changsu seems to take advantage of.

    • Hmm I didn’t think about that until you mentioned it. Then again, MCS isn’t taking very good care of his health, thus increasing the likelihood that he would be bedridden. If he’s really this brilliant he would’ve foreseen this happening soon and he would’ve prepared his subordinates better for this kind of situation.

      • This is true. I guess I was just miffed since I could see the problem build up while in ZHZ, some of the plots were un-foresee-able until they actually happened… When MCS was pleading with the doctor to at least leave him some time awake and everybody else around him was against it, I almost threw my hands up in despair with a big “nnnooOOOOO!!”

        • I would like it if things went downhill again, with MCS not being out cold. But I’m now on ep40 and that has yet to happen, so I doubt it. T_T And yeah, all of the schemes are easy to predict for the audience since the drama shows us everything going on behind the scenes with the enemies. Like Banruo, Prince Yu and Xia Jiang’s meeting, etc. Whereas in LZH schemes like Mei Zhuang’s faked pregnancy felt like they came out of nowhere and had more shock factor.

      • I’m not good at English. Just want to tell you,Mcs want to die after revenge. From start ,Lin cheng told to Mcs, all the time for him alive is 2years, no more 2 year . Mcs don’t want to survive after revenge. The reason is so difficult to explain. This is HUGE (Mcs actor) talked about Mcs in his thoughts. 
         胡歌(H):可能大家经常问的是我跟谁谁谁的关系,但没有人问林殊跟梅长苏的关系是什么样的。林殊跟梅长苏其实是一个人,从外表上看只是换了一张皮,换了一个身份。但我在演这个角色的时候,我对梅长苏的理解,我没有把他当成一个人,因为当他重生以后,他就不是一个说我们用世俗的意义来理解的一个人。他是七万赤焰军的一个整合体,他是背负着那七万人的期望的一个整合体。他就像一个符号一样的回到了京城,他没有个人的情感,没有个人的生活,他唯一要做的事情就是伸冤,唯一要做的事情就是把所有人的希望都放到靖王的身上,让他去延续当年祁王的意志,让他把浩然正气带到这个朝堂之上,然后当他所有事情做完的时候他就消失了,所以在整个过程中他不是一个人的存在。
        these chinese,I don’t know if it can show in your pc ,or someone can transfer into English.
        Huge said:Mcs not a human being. he is a symbol. He became into the bad man for revenge. So he want to kill himself after revenge ,because he would like to have a clear conscience.
        I have transferred bad. So wish someone could transfer for you.

        • Hu Ge (MCS’s actor): “I am often asked about my character’s relationship with other characters. No one ever asked what is the relationship between MCS and Lin Shu. Yes, they are the same person, with a different appearance and identity. However, when I am acting MCS, I have a different interpretation. I did not treat him as a person. This is because I feel that we cannot understand him as a human being after his ‘rebirth’ as MCS. He should be interpreted as the embodiment of the 70,000 ghosts of the Chiyan army, carrying their desires for vengeance. He returns to the imperial city as a symbol of justice. He does not have personal feelings and personal life. The only thing he wants is to clear the name of his army by pinning all their hopes onto Prince Jing to continue the path of Prince Qi and foster a court that is governed with law and righteousness. When this is done, he will vanish. Hence, he does not exist as a human being in the whole process.”

          There is no wonder that he is successful in interpreting MCS.

        • I tried to use google translate to understand the general meaning of what you said. Mostly it translated it strange but a person can still guess what the meaning is, except for this part:
          “But I play this role, I long for the Soviet Union plum understanding, I do not regard him as a person, because when he was born again after, he is not a man we say that a secular meaning to understand.”
          Soviet Union plum?!?

  • Thank you for your reviews, really appreciate it. I have not been catching up on Chinese dramas for a few years (since Bu Bu Jing Xin) and saw the 1st episode of this since I enjoy Hu Ge’s acting. Safe to say I have not looked back and am now rewatching the series. It feels a long time since we have seen multi-faceted characters, solid acting, good CGI (!), beautiful sets and a wonderfully paced story. Some may think it moves too slowly sometimes but I like how there is a certain nuance and they clearly have a solid idea on where the story is moving to, though it does help to have the original writer onboard. Can’t wait for more from this production team.

    • Thanks. 🙂 In terms of pacing, there are slower periods in the drama but it’s not for the sake of dragging it out. Some period c-dramas are painfully slow just to drag out the story as long as possible; thankfully NIF doesn’t do this.

  • I really enjoy your review, great insights. I actually don’t mind the slower pace when the story was building up to its climax. It gave me time to think and put all the clues that were giving out together and it got me hyped me up for the intensities later. Also, even when nothing was really happening, I was distracted by the great interactions between the characters. Really great series overall, one of the best I have ever seen.

  • I enjoy reading your review on this drama even though I have already watched the entire drama (some parts more than once). It’s nice to have someone else’s perspective in a drama like this where each scene/action/movement can be a clue for a bigger moment. I never thought much about the emperor but it’s true he became the way he is because of all the lies and things that happened to him… so his paranoia is not unfounded. I look forward to your other posts for the rest of the drama!

    And in response to the filming/weather for this drama…. I saw in an interview elsewhere that they started filming in the winter when it was really cold and into the spring/summer. So the scenes with the cold air were filmed earlier, and some of the scenes where it’s suppose to be cold were also filmed when it was warmer so poor Hu Ge had to bear with the heat from the fur.

    • Thanks. 🙂 It can be assumed that the emperor probably went through the same kinds of difficulties and conflicts that Prince Yu/the Crown Prince/Prince Jing went through. He’s no stranger to the fight for the throne. And wow, props to the cast for surviving the cold & heat. X_X I feel cold just from watching the winter scenes!

  • Thanks for your review. Enjoyed it. The Emperor did get soft in my opinion, and understandably so. Thinking of how he mercilessly jailed his once favorite son and ordered to kill his best mate, now he is even feeling sad and uncertain replacing a son who has so much disappointed him. You can imagine When he was young it was all about him and power, anything in beween need to die. But now, he has let out his soft side of being a father, being a husband. That’s what normally would happen When one’s getting old. I understand why the Emperor is in the dark about MCS being behind all that. Firstly, he said himself MCS is the least possible person who could have survived that massacre, because he specifically ordered to kill him in that he knew too well of his ability and potential and didn’t want to leave any chance of being revenged on. Secondly, as MCS foresees about Jingyan being alone when being a emperor and on the top of the power ladder, every emperor does, which is why in Chinese history quite a few emperors became close with and lay trust on their eunuch servants. They simply don’t get told a lot of things before they get too big. My favorite scene of this whole show is when MCS is waiting in the snow for Jingyan to see him, and then loses it by calling His Highness by full name (not Prince Jing, not Your Highness, not Jingyan, but Xiao Jingyan) as he did as Linshu, then utters the most famous quote “You have warm heart, you have loyalty, why can’t you have brains?”. Probably it doesn’t make much sense in English, but in Chinese, Your Highness is what MCS should call Jingyan being a prince. When talks about him with a third party, Prince Jing is the correct word. MCS can never call him by Jingyan, let alone Xiao Jingyan. But Linshu can. Linshu was his friend, normally Linshu would call him by first name Jingyan, the full name Xiao Jingyan is only used when one gets angry or serious. I hope these subtleties didn’t get lost in the translation. This plot reminded me of a similar story from the great novel named “Three Kindoms”, where the Emperor Liubei decided to lead his whole army to revenge for his blood brother’s killing despite pleas from his most trusted adviser and helper, the famous military strategist Zhuge Liang, and all other officials. QING (brotherly love), and YI (the willing of doing anything for your mates, the determination in putting your mates needs before yours) are the two qualities that Chinese value the most, the two things that Xiao Jingyan is loved for. As you can tell from the story, and as it has always been in the history, the two things are both double-edged sword in extreme situations. It’s not just a moral dilemma or lack of foresight that is bothering Prince Jing. He’s one who wouldn’t hestitate a second when it comes to Qing and Yi towards his mates. He is not dumb at all, he doesn’t have a temper problem either. Just he’s really serious about his bottom line. The blockhead fame mostly is just a joke by fans. It comes where he, as a close friend of Linshu, is the last one who recognize MCS’s real identity. I don’t blame him though. Out of all of those who have recongnized him, Concubine Jing is because of her discerning eyes as a woman, Duchess Nihuang due to her sixth sense as his longtime girlfriend. Xiajiang is more from a guess as a desperate last resort. Mengzhi was told of by MCS. Jingyan did pick up all the clues. He just couldn’t believe that could be possible.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment! I wouldn’t say that Jingyan is dumb. His ‘blockhead’ reputation is not because of his not knowing who MCS is but because of his inability to see the larger picture & tendency to be impulsive. It’s great that he has strong morals and will do anything for his comrades, but in some cases going to those extremes can make things worse in the long run.

    • Hi Josh.. I am glad that I found you.. I hope that you don’t mind me asking about some of your comments as I am so very confuse..

      1. “Thinking of how he mercilessly jailed his once favorite son and ordered to kill his best mate
      Can you tell me more about this?”
      ==> So.. Qi Wang is his son? not his brother?? And then, Lin Shu’s father is actually the Emperor’s best mate? Was it stated in the drama? I have only watched up to ep 33.. But, kindly help to enlighten me as I am very confuse..

      2. “Concubine Jing is because of her discerning eyes as a woman”
      ==> I think.. It’s more than that.. I remember there’s a scene which Jing Fei pray for someone.. (I can’t read the chinese character) Is it Lin Shu’s mother? Is it Chen Fei?
      “Xiajiang is more from a guess as a desperate last resort.”
      ==> I forgot.. Which one is Xia Jiang again?
      Mengzhi was told of by MCS.
      ==> Actually this is not true.. As Meng Zhi said in the early of the episodes.. He said “Even your face has changed.. I know that it was you from the start”.. Remember?

      If you know more about the Emperor’s background, kindly let me know…
      Thank you so much for your comment…

  • Hi Heisui! After reading your Nirvana in Fire ep 1-6 review, I went on a marathon and actually loved it! I’ve always loved a smart court politics ancient drama whether it’s Korean or Chinese. And on that note, I binged watch NIF and is now having a withdrawal problem. T T Do you have any recommendation for a similar period Chinese drama that’s not focused on romance?

    Btw, I totally agree on the King’s part, it was amazing to see for the very first time that there’s a decent king in ancient drama who is not heavily influenced by his consorts (on the most part he can still get annoyed at his kids lol), his eunuchs (Gao gong gong is SO cute!) and a prime minister or army general. I can also still say that he is a pretty sage and smart king himself, waging his two princes on a full out war, knowing (and actually enjoying) that the court was filled 3:3 between prince Yu and the Crown Prince. It was actually interesting to see how he began to worry when prince Yu filled in too many of his people in the court but did not realise that prince Jing was filling the court with his people by inserting honest but low ranked ministers. And when he said “I am getting old now” after catching the crown prince red-handedly, I think he meant that he would have immediately stripped the crown prince out of his title and either send him to exile or kill him. This is after all the king who got to the throne after a coup, forced his first son to drink poison in prison and (whether he knew the exact details or not) eradicate 70,000 of his best soldiers who had just won a battle on the borders. How he got on the throne must have what made him paranoid and to a short extend, I believe that the king’s suspicious nature is a good thing for the court and the empire.

    And as much as I adore prince Jing (I think Wang Kai looks hottest in traditional garb), I believe that without Mei Chang Su, he will not be as sage as his father. Prince Jing is someone who rules through his emotions, although as the drama progresses he would learn how to cool himself down, he is still very emotional. That is why the king repeatedly calls him a blockhead and did not see this particular son as a good option to be the king b/c well, he could be easily fooled as long as his ministers could press the right buttons, just as how the King himself agreed to have the Chiyan army be eradicated. And really, until the end of the drama, I still could not understand how Mei Changsu got his bones and skin be ripped off and have his facial structure changed fully without having a single scar (what is this? Ancient period plastic surgery?). And just saying, even after the drama explained how he got the disease, I still don’t get it lol. But anyways! Love your reviews and I hope you could recommend me an equally smart political drama. <_<

    • I too am happy that the emperor is actually smart. He generally knows when people are trying to influence him. And yes for the Eunuch Gao! I love how snarky he is and how he always knows what to say and do. Eunuch Gao & the emperor are so funny together, heh. I’m not sure about the details of how MCS recovered from the poison/changed his appearance in the novel. But I assumed that it may be because doctors in Jianghu might have better healing abilities than a doctor in the earthly realm.

      I don’t have much background with watching political dramas in general so I don’t have any recommendations for you at the moment. >_<

      • Awww that’s okay hehe btw has The Imperial Doctress aired yet? It’s said that it’s going to be slated for 2015, but, I can’t find it anywhere. O.O

        But yes! the king is super smart and snarky. You can see that he acts like how a father would to his annoying children vying for his seat. I can totally portray the same scene happening in a 2015 Korean drama about chaebols lol. Even how he got the disease is weird. They tried to explain this explicitly in the drama but I just can’t seem to understand it with my logic, like you need both heavy snow and extreme heat then you need to be bitten by some snow insects then to get rid of the poison, you need to have your bones and skins pulled out and reformed. Just…how…on earth did they manage to pull someone’s bones and skins out in that ancient time (which I believe is still in the BC period not the AD period), like woah…

    • Hi… I hope you don’t mind me asking you some questions as I am very super confuse…. Here we go:

      1. “This is after all the king who got to the throne after a coup, forced his first son to drink poison in prison”
      ==> Who? Is it Qi Wang? So, the king killed Qi Wang, Chen Fei, and Lin Sui’s family is because He’s trying to get the throne? I thought it happened when he’s already the Emperor.. Now I am more confuse…

      2. Eradicate 70,000 of his best soldiers who had just won a battle on the borders.
      ==> They actually won??? I thought they lost.. That’s why the Emperor was angry to them… Can you tell me more about this war to me???

      3. How he got on the throne must have what made him paranoid and to a short extend,
      ==> So, the throne wasn’t rightfully his at the first place?

      Thank you and sorry to ask you these questions.. But, I am very curious…

  • Thanks for the review. I have been a silent reader for your blog for quite some times.

    As for character in NIF I agreed, the emporer character is one very flesh out and developed well. We can see him clearly and it is potrayed by a capable actor. I think what the Emperor meant by of his younger days is his is very harsh (dealing with prince Qi).

    Apart from him and Mei Chang Su who is of course my fav character, Consort Jing and Marquis Yan quickly become my fav too.

    But I really don’t understand why Wei (the leitunant of Lin Shu) easily give information to Nihuang about MCS identity). I have observe that trace of the past can’t be easily erase hence the habit reagrding the stroke of the book ( this is quite dangerous), and Wei (he is leitunant naturally he should be more careful) and how/why MCS asked Commander Meng to ask for the book from Prince jing which is naturally he will slip out certain things. As for his face changing, does the book or drama explain how he change drastically? Does in the historical ancient chinese medicine there is something that can change someone face so much?

    Overall, I enjoyed this masterpiece of drama immensely and its subtlety.

    • Thanks for commenting. 🙂 I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how it explained MCS’s change in appearance. But remember this is a fictional drama and it’s not meant to be an accurate depiction of history.

  • Thank you for the recap and review. It gives different perspectives to the characters, and better understanding of their reactions. I do hope that you complete the full review, looking forward to it…

    I think this drama is so successful because of a combination of reasons. The theme of friendship and family ties are an important and differentiating factors from the usual romance-centric drama. The acting and cinematography are superbs, i actually needed to focus on watching this drama to see each expression of the actors and actresses. Listening to each conversation is a bit more difficult due to langugage issue but the little i can make out of the conversations are real jewels.

    Most importantly, this drama is full of subtle interpretations which allow each individual to make a conclusion on the situations, feelings and leave some room for a bit more imagination. It does not shove down our throat in terms of black and white, leaving a lot of gray in between.

    I really like Hu Ge’s interpretation of the relationship between Lin Shun and Mei Chang Su, whereby MCS represents the embodiment of the symbol of justice. Looking at how Hu Ge’s usual extroverted interactions, portraying this role may be extremely difficult as MCS is so restrained and “calculated”. The lines between being restrained/ calculated to achieve selfish means vs to achieve justice can be blurry. It takes a lot of discipline to achieve the latter, and avoid the former.

  • Hi Heisui.. Finally, there’s a drama that you and I watch together again… Thank you and because of your first recap, I tried to watch the drama and went on marathon… I am now on episode 33..
    Btw.. I still don’t understand Mei Chang Su / Su Zhe’s background.. REALLY.. I am so super confuse…He’s in fact the son of the general right? But, here are what I am confused with:
    1. What it has got to do with Qi Wang and Chen Fei? Is Qi Wang the Emperor brother? But, isn’t Chen Fei the Emperor’s concubine?
    2. The relationship of Su Zhe and Ning Shui.. I know that Ning Shui is both a princess and a general.. Is she a daughter of the Emperor as well? or the Emperor’s niece?
    3. I recall that there’s a scene which states that Mei Chang Su (Lin Shu) before was in fact one of the great grand empress favorite’s great grand son.. So, which one of his mother / father was in fact royal family?
    4. What happened in the 70.000 battle army? Who did they fight against? Also, there’s a scene which Su Zhe talks to one of the official who supports the Crown Prince about this.. But I still don’t understand what they talked about… Can someone enlighten me?

    Thank you Heisui.. Hope that my question is not too much to ask…

    • Hi, I recommend you try looking at this character chart to better understand the character relationships.
      1. Prince Qi was the son of Chen Fei & the emperor.
      2. Do you mean Nihuang? I’m not sure if she is related to the emperor by blood.
      3. MCS is the son of General Lin and a princess whom I think was the emperor’s sister.
      4. The emperor sent troops to bring down the 70,000 soldiers because he was tricked into thinking they were rebelling.

      • Hi Heisui… Thank you for the character chart and relationship.. I found one in bilingual language and it also helped a lot…. Actually, Ni Huang is the son of the Emperor from Yu Nan province.. She is in charged to guard the border there… And, she was MCS’s fiance before the battle…
        Thank you again for replying my comment..

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