Crown Prince Lee Sun and the gang seemed to be riding the same boat with me as I scream, “adulting is hard, michil geot gata (I’m going crazy)!” I got swamped with work and am now a week late for our Ruler: Master of the Mask reaction. But worry not my fellow K-Drama drunkards, Tipsy unni still got you covered. Hwaiting!

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I decided to dissect Ep 5-6 based on one of Ruler’s four main characters, Kim Hwa-gun (Yoon So-hee). Though Han Ga-eun (Kim So-hyun) is the female lead of the drama, the character development of Hwa-gun on this episode will give us a hint on how the story will unfold.

How to be a Comeback Queen as told by Kim Hwa-gun

First, let me note that the granddaughter of Master Dae-mok is both charming and scary. I adore her spunkiness and go get it attitude, but it also terrifies me. I guess it all boils down to whether you’re on her good side or not.

Here is Hwa-gun’s three-step formula on how to be a successful comeback queen, Ruler: Master of the Mask edition.

1. Win the viewers’ admiration at the start of the drama.

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– During the drama’s pilot, I betrayed Kim So-hyun after my heart skipped a bit the first time Hwa-gun met the prince. Her attitude, combined with the romantic scene, is just too cute that for a moment I forgot she’s not the leading lady.

2. Break the viewers’ trust on the next episode.

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– On Ep 3-4, Hwa-gun failed me when she admitted to her grandfather that she saw the Crown Prince’s face. She got so annoying that I promise to myself I won’t root for her in future episodes.

3. Play with viewers’ emotion by showing your good side once again.

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– Hwa-gun redeemed my admiration on Ep 5-6 for being fearless when she told Master Dae-mok that Crown Prince Lee Sun will be a great king. She even used her grandfather’s own illustration on the tea, water and cup in asserting to him that the masked prince will be an exceptional ruler.

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Hwa-gun’s Anatomy

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– She knows what she wants, she’s determined and she works hard to get it. Her ways can be questionable but you got to give props to her for being strong-willed.

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– The comeback queen is smart and cunning. This is the part where Hwa-gun got scary. I know she has a sly side to her but I did not expect that she will put up her own father against Master Dae-mok.

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– Maybe it’s love or infatuation or what not, but Hwa-gun definitely has strong feelings for the prince. She feels sad when the Crown Prince is in pain, she feels worried whenever he’s in danger.

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She even asked Gon to protect the prince’s life like it’s her own.

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And at the end of the day, I think Hwa-gun will be a big help to Crown Prince Lee Sun on his journey to greatness, and his long and arduous battle against Pyunsoo-hwe.

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Tipys’s Lingering Questions

After Hwa-gun asked for Gon as her birthday gift, will his loyalty be with her or with Master Dae-mok?

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Will Hwa-gun betray the prince or stop helping him once she noticed that he likes Ga-eun?

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How will Deputy Magistrate Han’s execution affect the relationship between

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A: Crown Prince Lee Sun and Ga Eun?

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B. Crown Prince Lee Sun and his father, King Lee Yun?

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C. Crown Prince Lee Sun and hot bodyguard Chung-woon (Shin Hyun-soo), who impersonated the masked royalty to perform the actual execution?

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D. Crown Prince Lee Sun and Commoner Lee Sun?

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What will happen to Commoner Lee Sun after Pyunsoo-hwe mistook him as the Crown Prince?

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What will happen between Master Dae-mok and his son after Hwa-gun roused the latter’s desire for power?

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Tipsy Playing K-Drama Genie

At last, I’m finally seeing the fine actor that Yoo Seung-ho is. In the past episodes, I was a bit worried of his performance and the way he attacks his character. But on Ep 5-6, he proved me wrong and showed his outstanding acting skills.

Screenshot_2017-05-20-04-44-35 The innocence, fear, pain and despair are all mixed in his eyes that you will genuinely pity him.

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And every line that he delivers will pierce right through you.

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As expected, Kim So-hyun once again proved that she is the greatest actress of her generation. Let me mention two scenes; one, the scene where the palace guards were arresting his father; and two, during Deputy Magistrate Han’s impending execution.

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The look on So-hyun ssi‘s face and the feeling she gave is downright convincing. She delicately conveyed to the audience the emotion and hopelessness of a daughter who is about to lose her father.

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Hot Bodyguard Chung-woon

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My hunch in the earlier episodes was confirmed. Yes, yes, I found myself a new daddy.

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Of course, next to this one, I mean, Sexy Bandit Kang Dong Ho (shameless promotion) is still my number one daddy.

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A little promotion won’t hurt, right? Please vote for him on Produce 101, jebal!

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Tipsy Findings

Among our four leads, I pegged Yoon So-hee (Hwa-gun) as the oldest, maybe because I watched her play a more mature role in Marriage, Not Dating. But it turns out that cute water delivery boy, Infinite L, was born the earliest.

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Infinite L (born Kim Myung-soo) – March 13, 1992 (25 years old)

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Yoon So Hee – May 7, 1993 (24 years old)

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Yoo Seung-ho – August 17, 1993 (23 years old)

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Kim So-hyun – June 4, 1999 (17 years old)

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I’ll see you on the next episode. Annyeong!

~ Tipsy Ahjumma

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