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Recap: “Faith” Episode 24- FINAL

Joonni: I can’t find the words to summarize this episode for this introduction. I just can’t. It was too great and too powerful for me to describe.

Softy: No matter how you look at it – this was one memorable ending. How they wrapped up the story and connected all the dots will leave its audience wondering why they ever had any doubts to begin with. It has only been a few hours since it ended, but this feeling of emptiness has been seeping in ever since the final credits rolled. How to fill this void is up in the air so I hope our captain Joonni has some ideas about how to wean us off this addiction.

Episode 24- FINAL

Gongmin starts the questioning but Ki Chul interrupts to say he has one request. He starts to pull something from his sleeve and Choong-suk tries to stop him. Unfortunately, Ki Chul takes out the medicine that Yang-gak gave him and eats it. He pushes Choong-suk away and breaks apart from his chains using his newly strengthened power.

The Woodalchi attack Ki Chul who is trying to get closer to Gongmin. He fights back, killing them. Gongmin tries to leave but Ki Chul stops him. Gongmin asks if he has gone crazy. Ki Chul replies that it’s nothing. He only came to find what is his. He wants only Gongmin to remain behind and have all the others leave because they are getting on his nerves. Deok-man tries to attack Ki Chul but fails.

Young enters the royal court and sees his men dead on the floor. Gongmin declares to Young that Ki Chul has gone crazy beyond any help. Young asks calmly what Ki Chul is up to and Ki Chul replies that he came for Eun-soo. Young’s hand starts to tremble and Dol-bae notices. Young sees Dol-bae start to ready his spear and knows what he is planning to do. He whispers, “Don’t do that,” but Dol-bae calls Ki Chul’s attention and attacks. Young screams out “Don’t do that,” as Ki Chul escapes Dol-bae’s attack and grabs his neck and freezes him.

Young kicks up a sword lying nearby and swings at Ki Chul but Ki Chul knocks it away. Young stands in shock to have been so easily disarmed.

Before fighting Ki Chul again, Young checks on Dol-bae. He holds him up by the neck and Dol-bae smiles back at Young, happy to have served his daejang. He dies and Young rests his hands on his chest.

Facing Ki Chul, Young asks for a sword and Deok-man hands him one. Young demands that everyone stands back. Ki Chul advises Young not to try so hard. Young ignores him and orders Choong-suk to escort Gongmin out. Gongmin can see Young struggling to hold up the sword so he asks the other Woodalchi to help Young. “Don’t let him fight alone!”

In response, Young orders his men to stay away. Ki Chul tries to get closer to Gongmin but Young swings his sword heavily at him. It misses Ki Chul and although Young continues to try to slay Ki Chul, his sword won’t move swiftly and Ki Chul is able to knocks it away from Young again.

Young is not about to give up however, so he picks up another sword and asks Choong-suk why he has not left with Gongmin yet. Gongmin declares that he will stay here, behind Young.

Ki Chul demands to see Eun-soo or he will kill everyone here in the palace. Young replies, “I can’t allow it,” and firmly grasps his sword with two hands. Ki Chul asks what Young is planning to do with his broken hand. Gongmin pleads with Young to back off this once. Young replies that he is okay. Gongmin continues to plea, saying that he knows there is something wrong with Young’s hand. Young replies that there is nothing wrong with his hand; it’s just that the sword is heavy.

Ki Chul laughs at Young and swings his sword at him. While at first it seems Ki Chul is pushing Young back, Young is finally able to push Ki Chul away from Gongmin and with a powerful swing, he cuts Ki Chul’s sword in half. Ki Chul is shocked and asks Young what kind of sword he is using. Young replies, “I told you. A heavy sword.”

In Young’s room, Eun-soo gets up from the bed and Lady Choi rushes over to her. Eun-soo looks around the room for Young and asks where he is. Lady Choi replies that he went to the palace briefly because something came up. She asks if Eun-soo is okay and Eun-soo replies that she’s feeling dizzy and her body aches all over. She breathes a sigh of relief, however, because she was afraid everything was going to turn out to be a dream.

Lady Choi tells Eun-soo that Young was with her the whole night. Eun-soo weakly replies, “He must have been very scared.” Lady Choi asks if she thinks the treatment worked. Eun-soo makes Lady Choi feel her forehead and Lady Choi remarks that there seems to be no fever. Eun-soo feels her pulse and says with happy exhaustion, “I must have survived!” Lady Choi hugs Eun-soo and pats her back in relief.

Dae-man is running around in the palace when he sees Hwasooin and Eum-ja fighting the guards and killing them. He runs off to alert the other Woodalchi that Hwa-Eum are coming for Eun-soo.

Young asks Gongmin if he had another reason for allowing this dangerous man (referring to Ki Chul) to enter the royal court. If not, can he kill him right away? Gongmin addresses Ki Chul. He knows Ki Chul wants to kill him but he wants to let Ki Chul live since Ki Chul is a citizen of Goryeo and he heard that Ki Chul’s empress sister also cares about Goryeo. He wonders if Ki Chul is ready to negotiate.

Ki Chul says to Gongmin, “At first, I thought you were simply a weak person with a lot of pride. But now I see you are a politician.” Addressing Young, he says, “A person like you can’t live under a king like him.” Young orders Ki Chul to watch his mouth but Ki Chul continues. “Kings like him only regard you as a hunting dog. He will be ready to throw you into boiling water in the name of duty and you will go in there willingly. You are like that.”

Young angrily sticks his sword into the ground and says to Ki Chul, “I warned you.” Ki  Chul won’t be threatened, however, and he continues to try to tempt Young. “The citizens don’t even know the king’s name but there are only a few that don’t know yours.” Ki Chul’s words remind Young of what the former king said, before he stabbed the Jeogwoldae captain- how the citizens trusted the Jeogwoldae captain more than the king. The king had asked if the person who protects the citizens is the Jeogwoldae captain or the king.

Ki Chul asks Gongmin what he has done by himself to be on the throne right now. Did he even shed a drop of blood? He points to Young and declares that Young was the one that gathered the Goryeo statesmen together. The military also follows Young. He gives a final jab at Gongmin’s confidence- “All you have it the title of king.” Ki Chul says to Young, “You should be the king.” He adds that he can get the decree from Yuan immediately.

Gongmin, his confidence not shaken, sighs at Ki Chul and says to Young, “That person wants your answer.” Young raises his head a little higher and declares, “I will give my answer to Your majesty. Seven years ago, someone I knew was asked a similar question. Because the question was too heavy, he was only able to answer with his life. Now I know that he was wrong.”

Gongmin worriedly exclaims, “Daejang.” Young clarifies his statement. “He was wrong because he ran away.” Ki Chul asks why Young doesn’t want to become a king. Young replies, “I already have a king. What else could I want?” Gongmin looks proud and relieved.

Young picks up his sword again and asks Gongmin if he wants to let Ki Chul live. Before Gongmin can answer, Ki Chul starts to leave the room, saying he has stalled enough. He bursts through the door but the Woodalchi are ready to attack him. Young yells for his men to back off, afraid that they will get hurt, and Ki Chul runs away. Young walks after him.

Deok-man gently places Dol-bae’s spear back by his side, where it should be.

Hwasooin and Eum-ja are making their way to the Woodalchi lair and as Eum-ja stays back to fight off the Woodalchi, Hwasooin continues on by herself. Dae-man runs ahead to warn Lady Choi that Hwa-Eum are coming and Lady Choi starts to prepare Eun-soo to run away to the palace. Eun-soo asks Dae-man about Young but at that moment, Hwasooin enters the room, smiling. She says, “What, you were hiding here all this time?”

Dae-man fights Hwasooin to allow Lady Choi to escape with Eun-soo. But Dae-man is no match for Hwasooin and  she burns his neck. Lady Choi goes back into the room to help Dae-man, leaving Eun-soo alone.

Another Woodalchi comes to find Eun-soo and warns her that Eum-ja is coming so they have to leave. He offers to escort her to the queen’s quarters.

Hwasooin has knocked down both Lady Choi and Dae-man. She starts to leave but Dae-man holds her back after grabbing a wet cloth. He uses it to block Hwasooin’s burning hand and with Hwasooin distracted, Lady Choi comes up from behind and stabs her. Hwasooin dies. (Joonni: I really shouldn’t be this happy about someone dying but my goodness, I screamed for joy. Finally!) Lady Choi asks Dae-man if he is okay and he just says, “Our doctor. Hurry!”

Eun-soo is thrown into a carriage with Yang-gak waiting for her. He knocks her out unconscious. The Woodalchi spy drives the carriage away.

Eum-ja has finally reached Young’s room and he finds Hwasooin dead. He rages in deadly fury.

Dae-man finds Young and reports that Eun-soo is not at the queen’s quarters. She appears to have gone missing. Before Young rushes off at this news, he checks Dae-man’s wound. Happy that he is alive, Young pats him on the head. (Joonni: Thank god this puppy didn’t die. Oh thank god.)

Noguk comes to see Gongmin, who is pacing in his room. She has heard that his room was ransacked so she asks what was it that Hwa-Eum were trying to find. Do-chi, who has been checking underneath the floorboards, shows Gongmin and Noguk the box with the medical tools. Gongmin thinks they are similar to Eun-soo’s tools but Noguk points out that they are not because they are rusted. The other eunuch hands Gongmin another box, which has the last page of Eun-soo’s diary in it. Gongmin remarks, “We will only know after the doctor sees this.”

Noguk asks about Young. Gongmin replies that he ordered a complete search of the capital and told Young to wait. He was worried Young would just be wandering around with his current mental state. Noguk worries about Eun-soo’s health. Gongmin is worried too and knows that Young left her behind to come to him.

Noguk says to Gongmin, “This kind of thought occurs to me. He brought someone from heaven against her will for me.” Gongmin replies, “To speak freely, he kidnapped her.” Noguk wonders, “Is heaven giving them hardships because she doesn’t belong here?” Gongmin replies that since he was the one that ordered Young to bring her here and not let her return, he should be the one receiving the hardships. Noguk, forever wonderful, offers to share the hardships. Gongmin asks why. Noguk answers that she has something to say to him once they find Eun-soo. It’s a word from heaven that the she learned from her. Gongmin asks Noguk to say it but she pleads off. She will tell him later when something happy happens to him. He suggests maybe when he takes down the Mongol barrier up north and reclaim the northern territory. Noguk agrees and Gongmin smiles. She places her hand over his and asks him to think about Eun-soo and Young. He replies yes.

Young has come back to his room. Lady Choi is sitting there, waiting for him. She tells her that Hwasooin’s body is gone and it seems that Eum-ja took her. Since he couldn’t carry both Hwasooin’s body and escape with Eun-soo, there must have been someone else.

Young asks how Eun-soo was and Lady Choi replies that since Eun-soo had a fever all night, not well. Young asks about the poison and Lady Choi tells him that Eun-soo thought she beat it. Young swallows hard and wants to leave right away to go look for her but Lady Choi calls him back. “Where are you going? The king said you should wait.”

Young yells, “I AM WAITING!” More quietly, he repeats, “I am waiting.” Lady Choi tells him to stay here so he doesn’t miss any information that comes in. Young faces Lady Choi and says weakly, “I feel like I am going to die right now. Right now. Me.” He takes his sword off the wall and leaves the room.

Young goes to see Gongmin. Gongmin informs Young that he has ordered emergency inspection points all the way to the border. Young knows that Ki Chul wants to go the portal. Wanting to go chase after him, Young exclaims that he knows the way there. Gongmin asks if Young will follow Eun-soo if he finds her. Young, thinking that Gongmin is scared that Young might go with Eun-soo, asks if that is why Gongmin held him back- to hear the answer to that question. Gongmin replies no. He just wanted Young to move after getting more information. He also wanted to hear the answer, “Yes,” from Young.

Gongmin: “I know how weary you here in this land. Do you plan to follow her?” (Joonni: So Gongmin wants to hear yes to this. Finally willing to let Young go and not be a warrior.) Young replies, “I already gave you my answer. I won’t follow what my teacher gave as an answer and the path he took. So I have already returned. Please help me bring back my woman too.” Gongmin holds back his tears and his relief to hear to that Young will come back to him. Taking Gongmin’s lack of response as permission to leave, Young bows and exits the room.

Shi-wool and Deok-man report to Young that soldiers and informants are out following and looking for Eun-soo, her kidnappers, and the Woodalchi spy.

Eun-soo wakes up to a sword at her neck. Eum-ja demands to know who killed Hwasooin but  Eun-soo doesn’t know. Before Eum-ja can hurt Eun-soo, Ki Chul tells him to back off and Eum-ja grudgingly obeys.

Ki Chul sits next to Eun-soo. Seeing how weak she looks, he asks if she is feeling unwell. Eun-soo asks if she has been kidnapped. Ki Chul replies no. She asks if he will let her leave then if she says she wants to. Ki Chul again replies no, she can’t. Eun-soo demands to know why Ki Chul is doing this. He tells her that they will be going to the heaven’s door together and through it together too. He also shows her the chest with Hwata’s third relic in it.

Ji-ho reports to the Suribang sister that they have spread the notice about Eun-soo to everyone they can, including beggars, so they are bound to find her. Suribang sister says that they have to or else, Young is going to live the rest of his life like a ghost again. “I can’t bear to see that again.” She remembers something and suggests to Ji-ho that they look around at different medicine shops. Wasn’t Ki Chul buying up all the medicine before?

Eun-soo opens the box and recognizes the relic. She starts to gasp at the realization that it definitely belongs to her this time.

With the help of Suribang informants, who located the Woodalchi spy, Ji-ho and the royal soldiers find Ki Chul’s hiding place. Unfortunately, Ki Chul has already left with Eun-soo. But because of the large Suribang information network, Young is able to find out where Eun-soo and Ki Chul are heading next. Choong-suk offers to sends soldiers with him but Young declares he will go alone.

Back in the palace, both Noguk and Gongmin pray and worry over their friends.

Inside the moving carriage, Eun-soo tells Ki Chul that while she is not completely certain, the notes left in the diary indicate that the portal to heaven has something to do with solar flares. She doesn’t know where and when this door connects too but seeing that Young went through and back, one round trip is at least possible. But she doesn’t know what will happen next. She warns Ki Chul that since this will be the first time Ki Chul will go through the portal, she doesn’t know where he might end up.

Ki Chul declares that he doesn’t care. All doors in the world are meant to be opened and walked across. Eun-soo wonders what Ki Chul will do once he goes through the door. He says he will continue to look for and gather anything and everything that will heal his body and fill the hole in his heart. Eun-soo agrees to escort him to the door but she wants him to let her go after that. Ki Chul refuses and declares that they will go together. Eun-soo pleads that she has to stay here but Ki Chul is adamant.

Ki Chul and Eun-soo stop by an inn for the night and Eun-soo secretly grabs a piece of charcoal when nobody is looking.

In the morning, Young is at the same inn, searching for Eun-soo. He doesn’t see any sign of her and is about to leave when he notices Eun-soo’s message in Hangul written in charcoal. Young recognizes it from the flashcard she once showed him, teaching him that it means she is okay.

Eun-soo’s kidnapping party comes up against an inspection point and Eum-ja fights off the soldiers, killing them all.

It is night again at another inn. Yang-gak buys up the whole inn for the night.

Young has finally caught up with Eun-soo. He jumps of his horse and heads into the inn.

Eun-soo is lying in bed while Ki Chul sits in a chair next to her, wincing in pain. She hears him and offers to feel his pulse. Ki Chul refuses, saying he can’t trust his body to someone he doesn’t believe. Eun-soo sighs in resignation. She is about to lie back down when she hears a loud banging outside. Ki Chul leaves to check out the commotion.

Young bursts through the inn door and attacks Eum-ja. They fight while Eun-soo, in her room, slices Ki Chul’s hand with the dagger that Young gave her and escapes from him.

Still fighting, Young maneuvers Eum-ja’s sword to stab Yang-gak. He dies. Eum-ja and Young continue to fight and Young finally kills Eum-ja too. (Joonni: Seriously, shouldn’t be this happy but I am. All the baddies are dying!!)

Ki Chul escapes the inn, closing the door behind him. Young follows after, opening the door. Before he leaves, he notices something behind him and turns. Eun-soo, who has been hiding from Ki Chul, steps out from the shadows to face Young.

Indescribably happy to see her, Young immediately asks her if she is okay. She silently nods yes. He asks if she is feeling ill and she nods no. Before he can allow himself to feel completely relieved, he asks her, “So is everything okay now?” Eun-soo finally finds her voice and she tearfully replies, “Yes.” Young asks for one last confirmation. “So will you be by my side from now on?” Eun-soo, feeling just as relieved and happy as Young, replies in a stronger voice, “Yes.” Hearing her assurance, Young tightly embraces Eun-soo and she cries tears of joy in Young’s strong arms. (Joonni: He doesn’t drop the sword this time!)

Eun-soo and Young lie in bed together. He says to her, “The door opens tomorrow, right?”  Eun-soo confirms. He asks if she will okay, worried how she feels about saying goodbye to her world forever. He knows that she has people she would like to say goodbye to through the door. Eun-soo asks him if she can, wanting to at least say goodbye in front of the portal. He says he will escort her there.

Eun-soo worries about Ki Chul also being there though, and asks if Young will be able to beat him if they fight. Unlike Young’s answer to the same question before, this time he answers with a smile that he can probably beat Ki Chul.

As Young continues to look at Eun-soo with a smile on his face, Eun-soo asks why he is looking at her like that. He replies, “To remember you because I don’t have to forget you anymore.” Eun-soo caresses Young’s face and traces his nose and lips. Young takes her hands and kisses it. He asks her to sleep and she closes her eyes. He continues to look at her and brushes her hair behind her ear.

Ki Chul has reached the portal and it is open. Excited, he tries to go through it but it repels him.

Young and Eun-soo walk through a field with a large tree, arm-in-arm. Ki Chul is at the same field and he sees them. Looking dangerously ill and psychotic, Ki Chul informs Eun-soo that the door is open. Eun-soo replies that her calculations must have been right then. Ki Chul asks her to teach him how to go through the portal. Eun-soo replies, “You just go in.” Ki Chul doesn’t believe her and says, “You continue to deceive me, mercilessly ignoring my sincerest desire.”

Young doesn’t like how angry Ki Chul is getting so he asks Eun-soo to stand back. Ki Chul furiously screams at Eun-soo, “Answer me!” Young orders Ki Chul to stop. Ki Chul declares that there is only this land in this world. “Death will end everything. There is nothing more!” Ki Chul starts to run toward Eun-soo. Young tries to block him but Ki Chul pushes him out of the way. As Ki Chul gets closer to Eun-soo, Young throws his sword at him, piercing Ki Chul through his back.

Young steps in front of Ki Chul to keep him from Eun-soo. Ki Chul takes this chance of close proximity and starts to freeze Young, declaring that he will take Young with him to see what is next after this world. Unable to free himself from Ki Chul’s suicidal and desperate grasp, Young falls to the ground, frozen. Ki Chul also falls.

Eun-soo screams as she runs over to Young and starts to do CPR on him. Young watches her in his frozen state. In voiceover we hear Young ask, “Why was it this person?” (Joonni: Remember what Young asked Dae-man before- why did he bring Eun-soo out of all the other people in heaven? This question is reflective of that. Young has always been wondering  why Eun-soo came into his life.)

Ki Chul gets up and picks up Young’s sword. He walks over to Eun-soo and stabs the ground next to Young. He grabs Eun-soo and proceeds to drag her away. Young lies alone in the field, watching Eun-soo leave, unable to do anything. In voiceover, we hear what Young is thinking. “I wasted so much time thinking that. Father, I finally found it. Is it too late now?”

Young remembers his first meeting with Eun-soo, bringing her through portal, and picking her up with his arms. He remembers her cupping his cheek and playfully tapping his shoulder.  He remembers how she put the flower in his hair and how he leaned on her shoulder. He also remembers the sad moments when he wiped the blood off her ear and saw her cry for his sake. He remembers when she taught him the handshake and when she smiled at him brightly, waving goodbye.

Ki Chul drags Eun-soo to the portal. Eun-soo escapes from Ki Chul by going through the portal but Ki Chul can’t follow her. He falls on his knees and draws his final icy and empty breath.

Eun-soo walks out of the portal and she is back in Seoul. In voiceover, we hear Young says, “But that person will answer like this. It’s okay. Everything will turn out fine. This is just the beginning.”

Eun-soo runs back to the hospital she works. She is ambushed by a nurse who introduces her to the Japanese reporters who have come to interview her. Eun-soo pleads off, asking the nurse to take care of them. Before she leaves, she grabs the reporter’s bag. Back in her room, she packs the bag with her medical supplies and things off her table like the portable projector and her necklace.

The nurse calls the police to report that Eun-soo, the kidnpapping victim, has come back but she is acting really strange, dressed in weird clothing.

Eun-soo runs back to the portal and we hear in the background the news report of a solar flare. In voiceover, we hear what Eun-soo wrote in her diary later, in reflection of this day. “The time in Seoul when I ran only thinking of saving him. What went wrong and when? What did I need to return back to the person I left?” Eun-soo takes one last look back at her world and walks through the portal.

We see the last page of Eun-soo’s diary still on Gongmin’s table, never to be read by Eun-soo again. We also continue to hear Eun-soo’s diary entry. “Was my longing not enough or was it my faith?”

Eun-soo comes back through the portal and she runs to the field where she left Young. But Young is not there and Eun-soo realizes she has traveled to a different time. We hear the narration again: “I grew far from him again.” Eun-soo heads back to the portal but it is too late. The portal has closed. We continue to hear Eun-soo’s narration: “Leaving that person dying, I was left alone in a world a hundred years earlier than his.”

A sad montage of Eun-soo and Young play for us. (Joonni: And at this point during my live-watch, I was a wreck. Literally. My hair was a mess and I was screaming, “No, no, no, no, no!” I was thrashing in my seat, trying desperately to keep my hands on the keyboard.)

Eun-soo resides in the house we saw in her dream before. She pulls out her things from the backpack- the necklace, the diary, the film canister, and the projector. Eun-soo writes in her diary to herself like we saw in her dream. Eun-soo narrates, “Still, I believe everyday that on that day, that person didn’t die. I believe.

Eun-soo uses the portable projector to watch a video of her mom and dad. She talks to them as the video plays. When her mom asks about her cold, Eun-soo replies that she got all better. When her mom asked if she got the food she sent her, Eun-soo replies that she wants to eat her mom’s potatoes but they don’t have potatoes here. In the video, Eun-soo’s mom urges her dad to say something too but he is too shy. Eun-soo waves hi to her dad tearfully, even though he can’t see her. Right at the moment her father is about to say something, the projector dies. Eun-soo is once again alone with not even a picture of her family to comfort her heart.

Eun-soo travels in the same clothing we saw her do before. Eun-soo is at the portal again. We hear her narration: “Someone once said this. A longing heart creates a connection. Only memories will make that moment come true.”

The portal opens again and Eun-soo walks through it and she returns to Seoul. Eun-soo walks back into the portal and she is back in the past. But as everything seems to be exactly the same, Eun-soo doesn’t know exactly what year she has landed in.

Eun-soo goes to the inn to eat and she sees the soldiers there in Goryeo uniform. She stops one to asks (in old Korean speak) why Goryeo soldiers are in Yuan territory. The soldier asks her how this could be Yuan territory when Goryeo fought Yuan and took over this land. He wonders how she could not know this. Was she hiding deep in the mountains somewhere?

Cautiously, Eun-soo asks for the former king’s posthumous name and he tells her it is Choong-jung. Hearing this, she excitedly asks how long the current king has been king and she finds out it’s been five years.

The soldier is called over by someone and she sees that is Deok-man, looking older with a mustache. She also sees Dae-man, who is no longer the puppy of the group, and he is ordering his juniors the same way Young used to. Choong-suk also enters the room, looking for Young. Deok-man tells him that Young went to the tree again. Dae-man adds that whenever Young goes there, he always stays at three nights and four days. So he should go bring him some food.

Eun-soo has run back to the field with the large tree she left Young at before. Young is sitting behind the tree, looking out into the vast sky, when he hears footsteps behind him. He slowly turns around and sees Eun-soo. In return, Eun-soo’s eyes widen in shock. Young calmly walks toward her like he was always ready and expecting to see her again someday.  Eun-soo doesn’t say anything and neither does Young. They just stare at each and smile, as tears of joy fill their eyes. They have come far and waited long but now they are finally together. Yes, their love transcended time and space.

Joonni’s comments:

First, my most sincerest and special thanks to Softy who helped create this community and enthusiasm with her live recaps and tireless updating. I have always admired her for how much heart she puts into her dramas, how unafraid she is to love and praise and wear her heart on her sleeve. I have always considered myself to be very lucky because I always meet the best people and with Softy, I know this luck continues. She is like my very own Young whose loyalty to her readers and drama fans always amazes me and makes me want to follow in her footsteps. I feel incredibly privileged to have recapped this drama with her. Beyond what I can express with mere words.

And all my readers. You guys already know how much I love you all. Thank you for making this journey so much fun. Thank you for always encouraging me and Softy. Thank you for loving this drama as much as we did and more.

I am elated. Absolutely elated. After all that worrying and anxiety because I had no idea how this drama would end, this has got to be the most satisfactory ending ever for me. My heart feels so much at ease and I am right there, right now, with Young and Eun-soo feeling every last bit of their happiness and love for each other. What I feel is indescribable right now and I am having trouble forming the words to properly give tribute to this drama.

The time-traveling story: In short, despite the small holes and questions here and there, I love it. I think I was so curious about the time-travel mechanism because I saw it merely as a plot device to keep Eun-soo and Young apart and I thought the writer was being really secretive and stingy just for the dramatic tension. But after watching this final episode, I understand why she did that. Because it is in the uncertainty about how the time-traveling works by Eun-soo and us viewers that is at the heart of Eun-soo’s love. Writer Song didn’t want the time-travel thing to be perfectly explained or figured out by Eun-soo before she went through the portal to save Young. She didn’t want us to be able to calculate where and when Eun-soo was going to end up. She didn’t want us to know how many times Eun-soo would go through the portal again and again to get to Young. She kept all these details from us till the end because she wanted us to go through the journey with Eun-soo together, through the years she waited for Young and went back and forth through the portal, not knowing where she was going to end up. Writer Song didn’t want us to know until Eun-soo knew so we can experience everything with her, which made this ending so powerful for me. And we could also feel what Young went through, not knowing anything about the portal at all. He just waited with the simple belief that Eun-soo will somehow come back to him because she said, “Everything will be okay.” God, how awesome is this. Writer Song, I have loved all your works so far but admittedly, I was a little worried about this one. I am sorry for ever doubting you.

This final episode wasn’t perfect, objectively, and I can definitely see the holes in the writing and directing. But screw it, I will forgive everything just because of what this ending did for me. My heart is about to burst because Young’s and Eun-soo’s love was so overwhelmingly beautiful, sincere, and transcendent. They never let go of each other and the hope to see one another again, despite all the uncertainty that time and space drew between them. Eun-soo had no idea if Young was still alive but she was willing to sacrifice everything to find him again. She was willing to wait years by herself in an unfamiliar world to get back to him. And Young waited for her, despite not knowing what happened to her and how the portal worked.

Are the tears that are falling down on my face the price I pay for making all those criticisms? My brain stands by them but not my heart. My heart is too full of love and joy right now because ultimately, there is nothing more powerful than love in my book.

I love a wide variety of dramas, from dark thrillers to romantic comedies. But the dramas I love most and last in my heart forever are always about people I can admire and respect, no matter how fictional they are. And there were so many to admire in this drama.

The Woodalchi puppies who were sometimes incompetent but always loyal. Lady Choi who was a constant source of sanity and competence. Noguk whose beauty, wisdom, and strength is too great even more a queen. Gongmin whose love and faith in his citizens should be emulated by other rulers. Young whose sense of loyalty and responsibility was both a source of power and weakness. Young, who showed us that he just a mere human behind the armor, sword, and honor. Yet he also showed us that a human being’s greatest source of strength is love. And finally Eun-soo. My Eun-soo. My darling, darling Eun-soo. My love for her hits me the hardest because I didn’t care much for her in the beginning. I just thought she was funny, and a nice, modern contrast to everyone in Goryeo. But now, my heart hurts the most for her. My heart is the most happiest for her. Because her love was the most powerful of all. Stronger than fear. Stronger than death. Stronger than time. Stronger than space.

Strangely, I don’t feel the need to say goodbye to this drama like I did before with others. Despite being historically set in Goryeo, the story feels so timeless. And now it is such a huge part of my heart, always there to stay. How do you say goodbye to a piece of your heart? You don’t. You hold onto to it, never letting go. Just like Young and Eun-soo. I won’t say goodbye.

I know Softy has already put the cap in her comments but I just love it too much not to do it again.

EDIT: Had to leave this comment here because a thought just occurred to me.

Faith taught me to rethink epic.  Epic doesn’t mean huge battles or flashy CG. It doesn’t mean prefect directorial execution. It doesn’t mean heroes saving the world. It doesn’t mean grand gestures.

With Faith, the epic was in the journey the hearts that our Young, Eun-soo, and Gongmin took. It was in the the small, personal struggles. It was in the smallest gestures of a glance and touch. I now stand amazed by the epic-ness of Faith in all its quiet moments. Thank you, Writer Song, for showing me that.

Softy’s comments:

Now that this episode has sunk in a bit, I finally have some thoughts on it.  I wasn’t expecting a major make out session or more hugs in that last scene. This drama ended as quietly as it started -with simplicity and grace. No histrionics – just a simple silent tearful greeting between two people who have waited years for each other. Not sure any sageuk has done romance like this, but what a great precedence it set for others to follow. I must admit at first all that going back and forth confused the crap out of me so I didn’t know if she was coming or going, but then I realized she was just biding her time till one day she got it right and came back closer to where Young was waiting all along. It was great closure to see an ending for the traveling Eun Soo as well cuz I wasn’t expecting that one day present Eun Soo would be turning into her. That was a clever plot twist many didn’t see coming. Overall I am 99% satisfied, but I do have one issue. What the heck was that pathetic growth on Young’s face supposed to elicit – laughter? Cuz it worked. Smack dab in the middle of typing I was like “omg – that’s all the stubble you can grow in 5 yrs time?” it looked like his stylist glued it on one strand at a time and ran out of time. plus what happened to all the other woodalchi? They all forgot how to shave after Eun Soo left? No woman to impress so they let themselves go? I get the writer was trying to age all of them, but change their uniform or hair style – don’t make them all look homeless is all I am saying.  In all seriousness though, we saw how Eun Soo lived all this time, but I wonder how Young managed to wait each year. At least he had his king, his aunt, and his woodalchi around him so he was better off than her. She seemed so lonely traveling by herself. I really loved this series so I was totally ready to embrace any kind of ending they gave us, but thank goodness it was one that made more sense than others. I guess the lesson to be learned here is trusting in the good intention of the writer pays off and this was her reward. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Written before it aired: After the dust from E23 settled, I can see what’s coming up more clearly. Here are the facts. History has shown that Young doesn’t die at this time. He goes on and lives to be a grandfather. Given that Faith is a story based loosely on historical figures, there is no guarantee it will stay true to actual recorded events. That means he won’t be following Eun Soo to her world more than likely. Eun Soo’s fate is a little more uncertain since she is a fictional character as far as we know and so are all these powers these characters possess along with the time traveling aspect. Since there have been reports that they filmed at the temple again where the portal to heaven lies, more than likely this story will go there. Whether Eun Soo goes through that alone or chooses to remain is what no one knows for certain yet.  At this point, it really doesn’t make sense for these two to fall in love and separate, but I doubt the writer will see it our way. Also neither one of them should have died anyway. That’s why when Eun Soo woke up yesterday, it dawned on me that the writer never intended to kill off Young or Eun Soo from the start. I hate to say it, but the “typical Korean” way to end their love story would be to have them separate. I don’t get why so many Korean dramas go there, but “happily ever after” really is a concept that eludes the writers for the most part. If you don’t believe me compare American or British dramas to Korean ones and tell me which one has the highest rate of ending badly for the main couples and Kdramas will win by a landslide. Having said that, recent kdramas have come a long way and decided to opt for the Disney version once in a while for their finales, but those are still very rare and far between. Maybe it’s the Pollyanna in me talking, but I sure hope Eun Soo stays. If the time traveling Eun Soo had any say in this, she would make her remain with Young. Why would any woman knowingly go through all that trouble to travel around alone looking like she lost everything in the world that meant anything to her if she had the chance now to change her future and remain happy by his side now? Not to mention I can’t think of one thing that would make Young want her to leave his world if she really did recover from her poison. My main concern tonight is for how they will resolve this problem with KC and his ruthless retinue. I say throw all three into that portal and let them get run over by trucks as soon as they arrive. If somehow they manage to cross the street intact, pretty sure the police will swoop in and lock them up for looking so insane. Actually since Eum is sort of good looking, with the right haircut, he could get some jobs as a model I bet. What he does best is to sit around and look good like he is posing so he is already one step ahead of the modeling game. Not sure how Hwa would survive in our world, but more than likely she is going to scare off men for the rest of her life so the idea of her living alone and unhappy sounds like great punishment.  That would make her wipe that smirk off her face permanently. Wow did I really just write all that down without even thinking twice about it. It’s amazing what lack of sleep mixed in with euphoria will do to a person – it’s like you are on some kind of new adrenaline rush. Where are those “kisspirins” everyone is talking about – I could use a batch right about now. Actually I don’t take aspirin so if I could get mine easy on the aspirin and more about the kiss that would be perfect. If any character other than Young administers it then I will pass. Wait – I might make an exception for Deok-man. 🙂

I want to thank Joonni for inviting me over to help recap Faith. Recapping live has been a way of life for me for the past two years, but there have only been a handful of dramas with this much fan fervor and I had a blast here these past weeks and months. Even though we were already friends from OB, I want to think this drama brought us even closer through our many late night texting sessions and emails. I learned a lot from the way you work so meticulously on each recap and hope to apply that much devotion to my recaps from here on. Thank you for all the lessons on the Korean language and sageuk terms cuz I feel honored to have been taught by the master who tackled QIHM. Looking forward to reading more of your work in the future and hope to be invited back if there is ever another great drama like this. *giant virtual hugs* 🙂

To all our beloved readers: I used to think my kdrama experience during coffee prince and SKKS were the most exciting until I saw the love and attention Faith received from all of you. I don’t think the Faith cast knows how much they owe to you guys for keeping the show alive with all your enthusiasm and fandom. Every time I saw music videos, gifs, clips, illustrations, insightful comments, or any kind of contribution, I kept thinking how lucky Faith is to be loved by so many. No other drama has garnered so much online attention in recent years so I hope the Faith cast and crew will one day learn about you guys and appreciate everything you did. Thank you for every word of love and support. 🙂

P.S. Thanks to Sunshine and everyone else who has been helping her on her song. I thought your original voice was really good so I didn’t see why you were so shy about it. If I sang, dogs would come to my door so it was wise of me not to volunteer my services. My sister thinks she can carry a tune, but I have to constantly remind her we are related so being tone deaf does not apply just to me. She chooses to live in denial and sings at the top of her lungs and I choose to move out of hearing range and pretend not to know her. Your song has been the highlight of this series for me cuz what a treat to have lyrics with my name on them. I had music videos dedicated to me before, but this is the first song. It’s an honor that I am going to treasure for life so thank you for all your time and effort in getting it completed. Joonni and I are eagerly looking forward to hearing the finished version.  *hugs* 🙂

Just wanted to say this was the scene that solidified my instinct that this drama could do no wrong. LMH nailed every line of dialogue and every intonation in his speech reflected a range of emotions his character was going through in this moment. It was a visual transformation of a warrior facing his conscience for the first time in his life through the eyes of a woman who finally made him see the light.

Couldn’t resist one more. Man this guy knows how to channel his character’s angst doesn’t he?

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  1. I tried my best not to… but I just can’t hold it anymore. I need to write down everything that is passing through my mind or I’ll never be able to let go!
    So beware, this will be long. It’s not something that can be summarized in just a few words. And my thoughts will probably mirror the ones of many people here… I just have to add my voice to the choir.

    Let’s start by saying this is the first and last time I’m watching a show live. My heart cannot bear the pain of waiting. And I started watching live just from episode 17!!! I’m scared to think what would have happened if I started with the very first one. Never again, I swear!

    I’m watching Kdramas here and there since a couple of years, but I have to say it’s the first time I find a Drama Title so fitting. The drama is not merely talking about Faith. The drama is based on Faith. Without Faith, nothing of what happened would have been possible.

    The first one to have Faith, was King Gongnim. He decided to have faith in Young, entrusting his life to him. And then he extended that Faith in everything he did. How can I forget when he stood there, just waiting to be killed in the ambush at the palace in ep.22 because he trusted that his people would chose him? He bet his life, his men’s life, his whole country life. That is Faith. Faith that he was right, Faith that he chose the right people, Faith that they would prove themselves to him.
    Then there was Queen Noguk and her undying Faith in her husband. It’s often said that behind a great man there is a great woman. In their case, it’s true. She’s the anchor that keeps him steady, she’s his pillar. He has Faith in others because she has Faith in him.
    In Choi Young Faith grew little by little. His first act of Faith was crossing that portal, not knowing what would have happened. Then offering himself to his King. “Start by having me.” Coming from a man who never chose anything in the last seven years, that was a giant leap of Faith. After that, it just kept growing and growing. He robbed his king, he admitted taking bribes, he fled with his most precious possession, the Doctor. But never once he doubted Gongnim would see beyond the appearance, he never doubted his King would understand the true meaning behind his actions. He had Faith in him.
    Eun Soo path towards Faith was longer. She started by just having Faith in herself. She was this lonely, noisy, whiner modern woman at the start and she couldn’t let go of that attitude for a long time. She couldn’t have Faith in anybody, because she knew she was just a mean to an end for the Goryeo people: she was the Heavenly Doctor who would prove the current King was supported by the Heavens. She kept being dragged around, not knowing what her fate would be. How could she have Faith in anybody?
    And yet, in the end she did. She did because she learnt along the way, she grew up. She used to always ask questions “Why? Where? How?” but in the end she didn’t need to. She just knew. Her decision to stay with Young and die instead of going back to the future and live, was based on Faith. She was going to make it, no matter what. She was going to be with Young, until the end, no matter what kind of hell she had to pass through.

    Their Faith in each other, his Faith that she would never give up on him, and her Faith that he would always remember her, I believe it was this Faith that brought them together in the end.

    In my mind, the whole time travel issue was always a Faith thing. You cross the Gate, but you don’t know where you’ll end up. And I never believed that the Gate opening was a simple fact of Solar explosions and what not.
    I actually think Eun Soo wandered in time a lot, ending up every time in different places because she couldn’t grasp this fact until the end. She tried to calculate the opening times of the Gate based on science but she never succeeded to go back to Young until the end, when she thought “A longing heart creates a connection. Only memories will make that moment come true.”
    The Gate wasn’t there when she arrived that last time. But when she surrendered to Faith, when she let go of everything else and just admitted her heart was the only thing that really mattered, the Gate opened. And it lead her where her heart longed to go, a place where another heart was longing for her, creating that connection, the bridge that allowed her to go back to him. I believe the Gate needed that kind of bridge: it needed Eun Soo to surrender to her heart as well as Young to believe she would find her way to him in the end. If one or the other faltered along the way, then the Gate wouldn’t have worked.
    So… why the Gate didn’t allow Gi Cheol to enter? Because he wasn’t driven by Faith. He was driven by Greed. And Greed couldn’t lead him anywhere, Greed doesn’t allow you to actually believe in something. So he was rejected and died wondering why.

    About the plot… what can I say? I loved it, down to the last, boring, political discussion, to the never ending poisoning and to the mysterious Yuan envoy. And of course Young hand shacking.
    I loved the politic part because it was the one that allowed Gongnim to become a real King, growing up and standing strong.
    I loved the never-ending poison plot because it was coherent with Deok Heung character. The guy was a snake. He had no power, he just had his wits. He first poisoned Eun Soo because he knew she would have fled the moment she understood what was written in her diary, and he needed to have power over her, to keep himself alive. And he poisoned her the second time because that as well was a chance for him to stay alive. As long as he was needed for the antidote, he would live. I actually believe he HAD an antidote. As angry as he was with Eun Soo, he would never stake his life in revenge. Young understood it well when he said “I know what kind of bastard you are.”
    And the Yuan envoy? I do believe he was a time traveler as well. It makes sense. Why would the Gate never be discovered? Why can’t there be any other time travelers? He’s another one who went back and forth, trying to do what was best for his land. But in the end, Sohn Yu lost hope. He came to think the men in power only care about themselves. I do believe if he was to try to cross the Gate again, he would be rejected, like Gi Cheol was.
    The hand shacking… it was awesome. Mind vs Heart, Fatigue vs Duty. He just wanted to save Eun Soo’s life, but he kept being dragged back, doing everything BUT the thing he wanted to do. And when ultimately that lead to Deol Bae death… he finally understood. This wasn’t a battle of priorities. He didn’t have to choose between his Imja and his King. He recognized he could never do that. And his hand stopped shacking because his heart was finally at ease. He just needed to keep on, to have Faith. He just needed to do his best, always. And everything would be fine.

    The ending… I was disappointed at first, when I watched it live. I wanted so much more for them. Then, watching it again and again and again, I changed my mind.
    I believe the sheer ending sequence can’t be understood if you don’t listen and watch to both episode 23 and 24, together.
    We see the path they are going to walk. Eun Soo saying that even if she goes back, she’ll never stop looking for him. Young understanding she’ll cross the Gate again and again, never stopping.
    “You never give up, do you?” he asks her, watching her stubbornly making her antidote. But you see there is a hidden question there. “You’ll never give up on me, do you? You’ll waste all your life looking for me.”
    And then… poison to cure poison. The previous Choi Young would have dragged her to the Gate and threw her in. Now he can’t, because he knows it would be of no use. She would come back, again and again, lost in the loop of time. She would never be happy, she would never give up. And so, he lets her try, dying by her side minute after minute, with nothing left other than his Faith that she would be alright.
    And what does Eun Soo do when she wakes up at last? She’s relieved because that wasn’t just a dream. You walked a long way since the start darling. Back then all you wanted was for it to BE a dream. You just wanted to wake up. Now you want to stay in the dream forever.
    Then… emotional rollercoaster until when Young finds Eun Soo at the inn. There is a promise there. “Will you stay with me?”. And then Young smiles because he “doesn’t have to forget anymore.” That’s another promise. He’ll never forget her.
    Now they are on the same page: whatever happens, she’ll never stop trying to find him and he’ll never forget her.
    And that’s exactly what happens.

    Their love was never physical. It was emotional, it was soul meeting soul. It was long, loving glances, smiles, tears. It all started from there, then evolving in hands holding, hugs and just one, stolen, kiss. Because that’s not what they are, that’s not how they say “I love you” to each other.
    It started with glances and it ended with glances. Smile for smile, tears for tears. It ended just like it started because that’s not the end. That’s a new beginning for both of them. And now that I understood it, I can just look at them, share their Faith in each other, their never ending trust that they WOULD be together no matter what and silently count in my mind along Eun Soo, waiting for that first step that will finally lead them in each other arms.
    “One… two… three.”

    October 31, 2012
    • CallieP #

      That is beautiful, Misty

      October 31, 2012
    • Jyam #

      Wow! Thanks Mistysshi. 🙂 That’s a beautiful & perfect insight from you.

      October 31, 2012
    • FANOFKR #

      Thank you, that was so beautiful, you moved me to tears, I too remember in the beginning ES wishing it’s all just a dream but I didn’t make the connection when she woke up she was relieved that it’s not a dream, thanks for pointing it out among other things, I appreciate their love for each other even more.

      October 31, 2012
    • Berita #

      Wow! That’s great perception. You can also join Softy and Co. LoL. I LOVED this drama and am in Africa!!

      October 31, 2012
      • Thank you all ^_^
        I wish I knew some Korean to better understand the drama uffffff.
        I miss it already. I’m rewatching it piece by piece!

        October 31, 2012
    • dani #

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! I really liked the final scene, and I thought it fit the characters personality. But reading your comment about “a new beggining” turned the scene even more meaningful. Thank you.

      I completely agree with you on DH. Even if the plot seemed repetitive, he is a snake, and only thinks of himself. So of course he would use his only weapon (poison) to keep himself alive. He wanted to maintain her poisoned for as long as he could. He only gave the antidote the other time, because CY and KC would kill him if he didn’t.

      I’m still asking myself if Dol Bae’s death was the turning point or just added to it. I think it’s the second. First, because Dol Bae’s death must have increased the weight of his sword. And second… on the scene where KC asks CY the same thing the previous king asked his teacher and CY understood why his teacher was wrong (choose to ranaway), I felt CY stopped wavering and decided to serve as a warrior under his King (to entrust his life to Gongmin).
      All the great things CY had accomplished was to help Gongmim be a good king, and he knew Gongmin had the heart to be a great king that cares for his citizens. So why was he wavering, why couldn’t he trust him his life? It’s like CY knew he was needed and trusted, but forgot that he too needed GM and had to have faith in him. It’s like in the moment he decided to have faith in GM, as a warrior that protects his king and the citizens, he found the strenght to use the sword again, and now fully aware of it’s weight. Because now he needed a reason/belief/purpose to use his sword.
      Aish… I’m still struggling to understand this point :(.What do you think?

      October 31, 2012
      • I think Deol Bae death was the moment Young stopped asking himself what to do (save his King or save his woman) and started doing what he HAD to. He stopped asking questions and he started giving answers.
        He’s a warrior. A warrior fights. A warrior protects his king.
        And when Gi Cheol tried to tempt him, he already knew the answer: running away like his teacher did was the wrong way.
        Staying there, fight, and let the King own him, was the right one.
        When Gi Cheol aksed Gongnim “What have you done to be King?” I was here waiting for Young to answer: “He didn’t have to do anything. A King is someone who possess people. And people fight for him”
        He didn’t, but I bet he replayed that answer in his mind when he answered Gi Cheol he already had a King to serve.
        I agree with you when you say that Young now needs a reason to weild his sword: he’s sick of killing for the sake of killing. But this King behind him, the King who refused to leave him alone to save himself… that’s a King he’s proud to serve, a King he’s willing to defend.
        The sword is still heavy, but as you said, now everything found its purpose again 🙂

        October 31, 2012
        • dani #

          Thank you for your reply! It helped me to understand it better :). True, seeing Dol Bae dead forced him to make a decision, and thankfully what GC said only made that will stronger.
          Haha, I was waiting CY to answer the same thing too. Sure he thought of it (and remembered the talk he had with GM in prison, when he told GM he would do the fighting). I felt it too, how important was that GM decided to stay there with CY (and how he considered each life CY took as his burden too), and that CY was proud to serve him :).

          October 31, 2012
    • Thank you for the thoughts, Misty. I love rediscovering Faith through reading everyones comments.

      November 3, 2012
  2. jgie82 #

    Jooni and Softy,you both made a GREAT JOB in making us love the Faith so much!!! QOUDOS to both of you!i understood every episode well after i read your recaps..OMG!! it’s this is UNPREDICTABLY AMAZING!despite those unfilled holes,the finale was great..loving LMH more..^___^

    October 31, 2012
  3. CallieP #

    Actually, since this is about Faith, we should have realized that there could be only one end to this story. To have faith that they would be together, they had faith that they would be together. ES did and CY trusted her enough to believe it as well.

    I love how their love is built on trust. Remember ES waited for CY even though he was in prison for corruption. She said he told her he would be there and he had never let her down. And at the end CY continued to live and wait for her no matter how long it took because he believed that everything would work out because she said so. He said earlier that if Imja said so, he believed it. Their trust in each other is complete. As Softy said, this is a pure love story that is not seen in kdramas. So will this be the trend in the future. Someone wrote that writer Song said that she is not good at writing love stories. Well, she wrote the best love story ever. Simple, uncomplicated and beautiful.

    October 31, 2012
  4. CallieP #

    Another thing is that even though a little more kissing on the mouth would be great, at least one more at the end, the fact that KHS husband did not want it and maybe kissing for other reasons e.g. mouth to mouth resuscitation was okay but not a regular kiss between two lovers so KHS respected his wish. In the end, the lack of kissing did not really matter since this is a sageuk. Their love showed in other ways were more tender, poignant and refreshing

    October 31, 2012
    • CallieP #

      The post froze on me. Anyway, as I said the other ways of showing love was just as effective as kissing and maybe even more original in this drama. The chemistry between them was so strong that passionate kissing was not really neccessary. Even GM and Noguk never kissed but their love showed through. This drama is more of the pure love than the pervy kind though it was indirectly shown e.g. CY fetish with ES rumpled or wet hair. And even though they never really showed it, it is possible that when they slept on the same bed, they did have sex with each other. Not shown but implied.

      October 31, 2012
      • Amy #

        You have a point – they were so intimate in the bed scene, and we don´t actually know how long time they spent in that bed, because there were 10 days left until the Gate would be open: one day she took the poison, second day she was kidnapped, it seems she was travelling with the kidnappers at the most 3 days… what happened during the 5 days left?

        October 31, 2012
        • Mayra #

          Oh my gosh, OF COURSE they did it…all the hints were there…sexual tension was so strong , I think the first time they did it was when CY pulled her to the bed while she stayed in his room…woodalchi telling ES that he was sorry if daejang was making her sleep unconfortable on the chairs…please! didn’t you see Eun Soo’s face??? (she was like….yeah right….as if!) and the last episode…both lying in bed sooooo confortable with each other? it was completely implied that they had sex… G and N were never shown that intimate with each other…we just knew they started to share the bedroom and N got pregnant…so…what do you think? 😉

          October 31, 2012
  5. CallieP #

    I never thought or planned to be so involved with posting in this blog but everyone is so great and in love with this show that I can’t help it. This drama just gets me so involved in it. I am surprised at myself. So sad that it is over.

    October 31, 2012
  6. I just read this on soompi from Sia3 -why did they leave this scene out? I would have bawled like crazy if I saw this scene – the show had time leftover so they should have included this in somewhere between ES traveling through time

    From Sia3:
    #91 from the script – how did CY survive

    CY closes his eyes, as if he is dead. A rain drops, two rain drops…
    ES: (repeat what she said about how she likes the rain from EP23)
    CY moves one of his hand that was lying across some yellow flowers. He opens his eyes, turns his head, he felt something with his hand among the little yellow flowers. He struggles to move his hand around the flowers. There, an asipirin bottle half buried in the ground.

    He struggles to take out the bottle, at the same time, (we’re supposed to hear CY’s heart beating sound) CY’s heart beat. It started really slow and then races faster.

    He finally got the bottle out with his hand, and because it has been god knows how long so it was covered in algae, but that is definitely an asipirin bottle. CY uses the other hand to search himself, and took out his own aspirin bottle. He looks at both, his heart beat started to beat normally. Under the raindrops, he smiles, he has survived.

    October 31, 2012
    • CallieP #

      Waah! Why did they leave that out? I think they ran out of time so they used old scenes as fillers. Live shoot, 24/7. Everyone must be really tired, that is why they did not extend to 25 episodes. Medical Time extended 3 episodes extra.

      They should reedit and add new scenes for their DVD so many people would buy it. Someone should suggest that to them. It has been done in other DVDs in American movies.

      October 31, 2012
    • Pam #

      Softy, so this is from the official script? Why did they leave it out? Argh! OMO! If they included this scene, it would have rounded the story out so much better!

      So young finds the buried Aspirin bottle and it’s old and covered in algae but has some old aspirin, a shriveled mum and with a note in Hangul “Everything will be okay”. Future ES (who grabbed a bottle of aspirin when she returned to Seoul) buried it when she went into the past, to give Young hope that they will meet again and to live life vigorously! Aish! They should have done this 😦

      Plus, I would have liked to see how Young recovers and how he runs to the portal, only to find a dead KC and ES gone…and see the pain of loss and regret in his eyes! All these holes are going to create flurry of fanfic. LOVE IT…LOVE IT…LOVE IT!!!

      October 31, 2012
      • There was this girl who translated copies of the script all these weeks, but Sia3 translated this and the interview with the writer. I sent Joonni an email of the interview so maybe she will share something interesting when she wakes up.

        Sia3 wrote that “when CY saw the aspirin bottle, he knew that was a message sent from ES somewhere, therefore he also knows that ES is currently trying hard to get back to him” so it makes sense that is why he got up and continued living on and waiting. Pretty sure he knew ES would run back to her world and get stuff to help him and realized she got lost in time.

        the other interesting part of the interview Sia3 translated was this one:

        Q: How long did ES stay in 1250?
        A: 1 year. Therefore when she reunites with CY, they are either same age or only have a year’s age difference.

        I’m a little confused about how that works out, but hey that sort of explains his peach fuzz of a stubble – it’s not 5 yrs worth after all *heehee* I know you and all the other girls loved the stubble, but I guess I like clean shaven Choi Young better. I felt sort of bad for mocking it on my comment cuz I had no idea so many would find it “sexy.” I dont know what LMH was thinking when he decided to add it in. It was a cute try to look older though. 🙂

        October 31, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          I would love to get the pdf of the script!!!(If I could read Korean)

          Softy- Why they didn’t show that scene and filled it with flashbacks baffles me. That would have been so meaningful, but now that you told us about it, I will always remember the scene that almost happened and let my mind fill in the gap and imagine it. Oh, and Softy, when I first saw your comment about the peach fuzz, I was shocked! 🙂 I thought it looked amazingly hot…but it is a good thing that there are different oppinions/perspectives on what people find attractive…gives a more balanced opportunity for people to date and get together…otherwise there would be lots of lonely people in the world. 🙂

          October 31, 2012
          • not softy but here’s my take…

            they didnt have sufficient time to film that scene because they run out of time as they had spent too much time pasting on CY’s fake moustache.beard… 😛

            October 31, 2012
            • Sunshine #

              Nutty, I’m sitting here scrolling through comments in between making soup, and I was LMBO when I read your comment, Oh my goodness, Thank you! My eyes were stinging crazy from cutting onions, and your comment distracted me from that.

              October 31, 2012
            • Hyka #

              hahahah!!! they take so much time making CY’s mustache & beard..really nutty is that why the last part is they just looking on each other? haist what a waste of time… Hahah!!! I thought KHS hubby is restricting LMH to kiss his wife again.. Very obvious her hubby is really jealous w/ LMH…

              October 31, 2012
        • Pam #

          It’d be awesome if Joonni could give us more insight via the script! So much more could have been done to round out the story but I can imagine the Faith actors and staff must be exhausted due the vigorous filming schedule.

          Young has so much Faith and belief in ES. Even when she showed him that old film canister and said she retrieved it from under a rock she said, “Do you believe me?”. Anybody else would have thought she went bonkers! However, Young earnestly replied, “I believe it because Imja says so”. The buried aspirin bottle would have been just another testament to show Young’s faith in ES, in their love and that that hope never wavered.

          The time traveling and aging thing…yes, others here already speculated here that ES was traveling for maybe a few months to a year while 4 years had passed in Goryeo’s time. So, ES was 33 and now 34 and Young was 29 and now 33, give or take a year since ES was in Goryeo for 1 whole year.

          I prefer a clean cut LMH as well…but it was exciting to see him look differently. I agree, re-watching it again, it seems like the make up artist got lazy and took an eye liner and drew in that mustache. It also seems that his face got rounder too…not as angular. He got some chub on his face but I’m sure his body is fine..too fine..hehehe… Thanks for posting this, Softy!

          October 31, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            @Pam, I just assumed the sporadic facial hair was a result of not having an electric razor, or a 5 blade Gillette razor. 🙂

            October 31, 2012
            • Pam #

              LOL @ Sunshine!

              October 31, 2012
          • I am surprised we are in minority about his facial hair. When I first saw, I was surprised that LMH can be uglified so easily. With his face! It just made him look unattractive and common. I think that tried to show his getting older, maturing, passage of time… But I actually think if they would have done something to his hair, it would have made the difference. You remember how he changed hair style every time to signify internal changes?

            October 31, 2012
        • Sussie #

          Thk u so much Softy for this info! 😉
          So, he was waiting for 4 yrs and not 5. 🙂 One less year of suffering for him 🙂

          Did they also explained about how many days/months ES waited until the portal finally transported her back to CY’s time?

          Lot of Hugs! Thk u for all your hard work, dedication and camaraderie during all this time 😉

          October 31, 2012
          • Sussie #

            I was calculating that maybe she just waited like a month since the battery of her mobile projector could not last more than that. since she returned to the portal’s site the morning after that projector was off battery … I calculated a month … What do u think about that?

            October 31, 2012
        • Who is translating and where? Is it on Soompi? Is there a way to read the script?

          October 31, 2012
          • I guess I should have clarified it wasn’t scripts from every episode that she translated – I don’t even know if she had the full scripts or not. I just know from time to time she would post a list of scenes or lines of dialogue that were taken out due to lack of time or director felt it wasn’t needed, but some of those lines or scenes were really good so I felt bad they didn’t make it to the screen. If you go on soompi and click on her name “iceprincess” or something like that – not sure of her exact name – it will direct you to a page of all her previous posts so you don’t have to search thru 1057 pages of the thread.

            That translation above of the omitted scene from E24 was translated by Sia3 though just to be clear.

            From my past experiences with SKKS and other dramas, what happens is that people on the staff or crew sometimes get copies of the script cuz they need to know what the next scenes to shoot are or where and how to set up shots so copies of the script ends up in the hands of someone who can translate them into English and then they get posted and shared on DC or soompi. Sometimes as a special bonus on director’s cut DVDs one full episode script is included. *one extra info I know about dramas is they make a lot of extra drama related stuff to pass around to advertise the show -like postcard photos of the cast (usually with autographs) post its with cast pics on them, fans or umbrellas with drama poster on them in the summer or jackets with drama posters on the back for winter, t shirts with cast pics, specific stuff featured in the drama itself, etc. If there is one object that represents Faith, it would be those aspirin bottles I think. For YAB it was that pig rabbit. You get the picture right?

            What I personally love to read are interviews with the writers. We get to hear from them about what kind of story they wanted to tell, which actors they wanted to play the roles, what ending they envisioned, or what gave them the ideas for their stories. That’s the kind of closure I want. I am really curious if she wanted young and ES to meet up like that by the tree and just stand there crying and staring at each other – like they were drinking up all those past moments of longing where they wanted to do this -just biding for that time when they finally get to look at the one they love again.

            October 31, 2012
            • Sunshine #

              Softy, that is one of the things I wish could be translated…I tried googling anything I could on the writer, specifically related to Faith, and was sorely disappointed with the lack of info in English. I love knowing what the writer was thinking and the process that led up to what we see as the finished product. Maybe I can put in a special request with you two…that if time were ever to permit, to give is a translation or the jist of an interview with the writer(and if possible a video link of the interview…I love watching their facial expressions as they explain their “baby”.

              October 31, 2012
            • conjie008 #

              Wow!! Everyone really dissected this drama to the core it’s overwhelming that it was all great comments, and still getting more as the day passes. After digesting the whole concept of the drama “Faith” and some comments! This “one comment” out weighs all! Why, because it gave the whole definition of the title “Faith”. For what ever reason I was immensely & submerged with this drama, and how “faith” the title will embellish the concept in 2 episodes. As an audience, we all lack in faith for the out come of this drama and what the writer was portraying. But that’s how good the writer is, to put you on edge, let your heart flutter and then drive a person to the extent & limitless of your emotions. After all that, it’s the cliché of the writer that has etched in our hearts & mind about our own “Faith” in this real world. Faith is a deep and meaningful thing, that’s what the writer Song is showing us. Along the century people has lost that in their life. We can only see materialist things, and judging by what you see. Faith has taught me that at lease! It gave me a sense of respect for what the writer is trying to accomplish in this drama. As for Lee Min-ho to pull this off in an awesome thing! Why! Because, Actor’s/Actress have that charisma/beauty & handsomeness about them, but the question is “can they Act”, very convincingly!! As for our leading Lady, there was no question on her part at the beginning of the episode. I knew already, they both accomplished what any writers & director’s has dreamed off. This drama will hold dear in my heart because it give’s us a great message in our own “faith” for one another. Thank you for accomplishing that!

              October 31, 2012
              • FANOFKR #

                Hear hear!

                P.S. So glad LMH got to be CY, can’t see anybody else play that part.

                October 31, 2012
            • Softy, you’re correct about the “script”, almost everyone has a copy of the script. Why!! Cause every scene is scheduled by time slot. The writer/writers most of Dir/Camera crew and even the set director get a copy of the script. So everything is translated for editing, that’s why editing get a copy of the script also

              October 31, 2012
            • sorry her name wasn’t “iceprincess” – it was “icesiren” 🙂

              November 1, 2012
        • FANOFKR #

          How about a poll and see how many liked the ‘peach fuzz’ ?

          October 31, 2012
          • No need – I already read thru all the comments on this recap – 99.9% loved the scruff. I’m standing solo for clean shaven. Pretty lonely over here. I wanted to make a header out of the closing shots with the tree between them, but I was strongly tempted to edit out his fuzz so I gave up the idea. 🙂

            October 31, 2012
            • Sunshine #


              October 31, 2012
            • If it’s any consolation, Softy, my hubby is with you on this one.

              I showed scruffy CY to him last night and he said “WHAT? I grow that much in less than a week!!! What cream is he using that slows down growth for 5 whole years?..I know there’s a budget in filming, but for god sake…make the facial real”…. LOL.

              I think if we took a poll from men, you’ll win by a landslide:).

              October 31, 2012
              • ladyeury #

                Why would y’all think it was 5 years worth??? I think it was just perhaps a couple of days worth.

                October 31, 2012
              • ladyeury #

                It was just something to make him appear older and more mature. It was never said it was 5 years worth. A man can maintain that look. My husband has.

                October 31, 2012
              • Cariad #

                I think your husband is right… dae man did say that he usually goes to the TREE for 3 to four days so maybe he has been there for already 3 days and that would have been his last day there but Eun SOO finally found him… So maybe during that time he never even thought of shaving… He is just there… Waiting… He he

                November 1, 2012
            • Kay #

              Just this once, I had to disagree with you Softy 🙂 LMH is hot with those peach fuzz! It’s actually good to know that he gets better with age. Way better than his BOF days. I thought his City Hunter look was good, but his general Choi looks (various hairdo, uniforms, and mannerisms) were waaaay better. The ponytail Choi of earlier episodes were good with clean shaved face, but my favorite is the shorter hair with some facial hair. Can’t wait to see his next project.

              October 31, 2012
            • FANOFKR #

              You are not alone, clean shaven for me too.

              October 31, 2012
            • You are not the only one… We are just a huge minority.

              November 1, 2012
      • Pam #

        Wait! So this is how the ending SHOULD have happened. ES runs up the hill…Young turns around. He gets up and walks toward ES. They stare at each other in awe and longing. Young says, “Imja, I got your message” and pulls out that old buried aspirin bottle containing dust (the aspirin and mum have disintegrated) and the message in Hangul, “Everything will be okay”. ES’s eyes widen in joy and shock. Flashback: ES is in Goryeo 100 years ago…buries a bottle of aspirin. Flashback to Goryeo 100 years later as Young lays in the field and gains consciousness finds the half buried aspirin bottle with the message. Present time: Young launches ES into his arms for a hard hug…END.

        October 31, 2012
    • Waca #

      OMG…I wish they would have given us this scene instead of feeding us lots and lots of useless flashbacks… I would have loved to see that scene…I did feel something was missing on CY’s side of story. 😦
      Thx for sharing!

      October 31, 2012
    • Sussie #

      This is such an important info! It clarified a lot about how he never lost the faith that she will return to him somehow, that she was ok, that he had to be ok and how he survived bc she gave him (as always) a motive to get up, regain his strength and maintain his will to live ..
      Thk u Softy!!

      Too bad they didn’t showed this … a lot of things are more clear mow. 🙂

      October 31, 2012
    • jhen #

      maybe they’ll have one special episode to show this scene including other mysterious parts of the drama that was left unanswered..hmmm…how bout that? 😀

      October 31, 2012
      • Juliane.Lee #

        Ending version 2 please! 😀

        October 31, 2012
      • Oh, Jhen…you’re making me drool. A ‘special’ for CY and ES would be an awesome x-mas present for the viewers. They should at least do some short ones and post it on YouTube (like Playful Kiss) for us!!!

        October 31, 2012
        • jhen #

          yah right..gukja..i’m hoping they’ll do that..playful kiss made 7 special episodes on youtube..i hope Faith will have at least 10 hahaha!

          November 1, 2012
    • WendyM #

      I noticed that when ES has getting medical supplies there was an Aspirin bottle but later the shelf doesn’t show it so is likely she grabbed what he needed to be saved. What a pity they did not show at least the raindrops and flowers….is a lying down scene should have been easy to fill and cut the flashbacks! Or put the flashback of her saying that in E23. Plus it would have confirmed to CY that she came back and left the bottle there to remind him that she is going to find him. He was a smart cookie and he knew there were other days in that notebook and she figure out plus she had even commented to him that the letter was a letter she wrote to herself…would have been easy for him to believe she travel to the past since he did travel to the future.

      October 31, 2012
      • Totally! Thanks Softy for the info. I would have loved to see a scene about how he survives. It’s easy to deduce that it’s his faith in ES that keeps him going, so it’s not like he did wavered, he just needed extra push/help.

        October 31, 2012
    • ladyeury #

      I read somewhere that they were filming until just a day or two before the airing of the final ep. Sounds like they simply ran out of time.

      October 31, 2012
      • CallieP #

        That is what I said, they ran out of time and used old clips to pad the show. If they had more time or started earlier like PD did on” the legend”, they would have come up with a better directed and edited show and more awesome scenes.

        October 31, 2012
    • oh.. thank you for sharing!
      so, CY found the “youngspirin” bottle, heh? ahahah…

      October 31, 2012
    • FANOFKR #

      Wow Softy, you wouldn’t be alone in the bawling department, what a powerful scene that would be, I agree with CallieP, they should shoot this and put it in the DVD, I would be first in line to buy it.

      October 31, 2012
    • Thanks for sharing this special tidbit, Softy.

      I can’t wrap by head around why they would leave this beautiful scene out and replaced it with unnecessary flashbacks. The aspirin bottle & the chrysanthemum was a big significance and was seen at various points during the series. Imagine how heartfelt it would have been for the audience to see this scene. Now, I feel like we were robbed emotionally ***arghhh****

      Whoever made this decision needs to be executed along with the one who drew those ‘wanted’ ads with the drawings of CY and ES when they were on the run. The drawings on the ad could have been any man or woman walking around town together…geez.

      P.S. Pam, love your scenario as an alternative ending Ah…what it could have been…***swooning****

      October 31, 2012
      • Pam #

        Gukja, thanks!

        I know, that’s my dream fantasy for an ending—Young giving one of his ALL CONSUMING ROCKET-LAUNCH HUGS!!! Remember, he gave 2 to ES…when he confronted ES about marrying DH and after the wedding stopping kiss. *Fanning self*

        LMBO @ your comment about executing whoever decided to cut out the buried aspirin bottle scene and whoever drew those ugly wanted posters! I agree! LOL!

        October 31, 2012
        • Yeah, love love love your dream fantasy ending….***ahhhhhh***

          ‘All consuming ROCKET-LAUNCH HUGS’…LOL. Yeah, i love those hugs he gave ES too. Every time he hugged her, it’s like he never wants to let go. I felt like he just wants to swallow her up. If he can, he probably would pull a ‘shrink the kid’ and put her in his pocket wherever he goes…ha.

          ***swooning and thudding to floor***

          Thanks for the laugh, gutterbuds!

          October 31, 2012
  7. Waca #

    Thank you for the recap!

    I was so afraid about the ending I started by watching the end of the episode raw!
    Then I watched the entire episode raw, and I was bouncing of joy everywhere because I had guessed the right time theory since the beginning!!! ES was part of history, and she wasn’t Hwata. I was so happy!!! Not that I like to boast, but I don’t have much confidence in myself, so I was very happy to have guessed it right. Thank you Faith for giving me faith!!! 🙂

    The ending wasn’t a big grand ending, but it was just like the rest of the drama: flowing strongly and steadily with the characters’ feelings and decisions. I agree with you Joonni, that it is a form of epic-ness.
    I have to say I regret that the show didn’t give us a real kiss somewhere in the story, because I don’t count CPR and aspirin-feeding to be kisses, neither do I count the kiss in front of everybody because of why they kissed. I wanted a real kiss. However, it doesn’t bother that we don’t have any kiss in this last episode in particular, because the way they look at each other at the end is much stronger than a kiss.

    I liked the way they resolved the hand-problem. The way I understood it, it isn’t ES that resolved this issue but Gongmin, isn’t it? Or did I understand it wrong? The way I understood it, CY realized he had to learn to wield a heavy sword. And because his sword is heavy, he is even a better warrior that can protect everything; he doesn’t have to choose between his King and ES. It is because his sword is heavy that he can become this exceptional general that accomplished a lot of things that will be remembered through history. That’s how I understood it.

    Now…what am I gonna do now that Faith is finished? This will leave some hollow in my heart. I hope I won’t catch Ki Chul’s disease. One thing is sure: I will definitely buy Faith as soon as it comes out in DVD…

    October 31, 2012
    • I agree about the sword thing. In that scene with Young facing Gi Chul, I thought here is where you will finally end your internal conflict.

      October 31, 2012
  8. ladyeury #

    So I just had a completely gutterville line of thinking. In the past, there has been discussions about implied nights together. The king and queen, CY and ES living together, etc etc. Keeping in mind that times were different and there is no way that CY wouldn’t ‘shy’ with ES in the same bed in the same room in an inn if they hadn’t done the deed. I truly believe that scene, more than any others, confirmed the past implied scenes. 😀

    October 31, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Ditto hahahaha
      Another fact… They stayed in that town like for 3 more days! I was calculating (with help of my guttermind hahaha)… when she drank the poison there were like 7 days left. So… 7 remaining days, minus one day when KC counterattacked, minus three days running away to Yuan border (that was implicit while they were moving… first night they were staying at one house and the other nights they moved from one inn to the last inn where Young found her),… so we have 3 days left… so… (I let it to your imagination, ha!)

      October 31, 2012
      • ladyeury #

        I was just thinking about that too cuz that last week flew by. Not only that but remember when ES first was poisoned CY was staying outside the room. Now they are comfortably sharing a bed in an inn.

        October 31, 2012
        • Sussie #

          yeah! IKR! they look too much comfortable now… she even touched his lips so freely!
          no no no… they cannot fool me, those two love birds!! hahaha Since it´s a sageuk, it´s just logical that we won´t see much PDA or suggestive scenes. So we have “to read between lines” hahaha

          October 31, 2012
          • we ned to learn from G and N. they never kissed, nor showing some skinship (other than holdin hand), but they did share the same room and bed. and then… BANG! N was Pregnant! hahaa…
            So, ES n CY, in the same blanket, bed, they could be… *nose bleed

            October 31, 2012
          • Juliane.Lee #

            I have that speculation too! The bed scene was just… (sighs in momentary excitement). I’ve always read between the lines. Haha! So… in the inn where they slept together, they were under the sheets. (which for me implies they did the deed) =)) Remember in daejang’s room, they have no blanket or whatever and just held hands (but still I read between the lines) Ha!

            October 31, 2012
      • Sussie #

        By the way, I believe that CY purposely made them to stay there a few more days because CY was giving ES the chance to decide about going through the portal to bid farewell to her parents. One time, don´t remember which episode, she cried loudly in front of him, saying she missed her parents.(but since there was no enough time to show us about the other days… the director skipped to the final day)
        Does this make sense?

        October 31, 2012
        • ladyeury #

          Yup. He would want her to be sure and not have any regrets!

          October 31, 2012
          • Sussie #

            So thoughtful of him, as always!! awww another proof of his great love for her…

            (ES/CY is definitely one of the best k-dramas couples!) they have made me put so high my standard for next couples !

            October 31, 2012
            • ladyeury #

              They have totally raised the bar!

              October 31, 2012
      • WendyM #

        For those of you that are not satisfied for the lack of physical contact for CY and ES I do think they did spend some quality time in that inn during EP24.

        If you remember EP23 when she takes the poison to overcome the other poison, CY takes the calendar and shows her that there is still 8 days until the portal opens and he thought he had time to do stuff for her, that if that experiment fails he would not have even time to make her smile.

        If you go back and look at the number of nights that pass these are some unaccounted. They stayed nearby in that inn by the lake (the one she comes to at the beginning and goes back to the end perhaps?where Woodalchi were staying? another sign of CY remembering those days since in EP1 is said that was the only inn in that Yuan border town near the portal)

        D7 (7 days before portal opens) she wakes up and gets kidnapped, CY meets suribang, they reports of hiding spot. GC leaves that house. At sunset we see CY leaving the palace, at night the child sees GC carriage go by, CY is riding the house. GC arrives at the first inn at night.

        D6: CY arrives at the inn at day sees ES Hangeul writing on the pillar. We see GC carriage, Eum kills the guards. GC arrives at the second inn at night. CY catches with them.

        D5, D4,D3: Not shown even if I miss one day of more ‘travel’ there are still one or 2 nights unaccounted here… plus CY has a horse

        D2 : At night laying in bed under the same blankets… The tenderness while CY looks at ES and kisses the hand after she did touch CY lips then he tells her to sleep, then touching the hair and he leaves the hand in her cheek… that was post an intimate night (too much clothing duh maybe it was chilly).

        D1: They are arm in arm walking with no rush like a date to his favorite tree.and smiling towards the portal (before GC crosses with them)

        After CY asked her that if she would be by his side and she said yes… that hug was too intense to let go. So Goryeo times maybe means wedding vows! No need for a ceremony. I would think they did have some skin ship if not sex at least one of those nights not shown.

        I wish I can see the script too…

        October 31, 2012
      • These questions keep popping up on and off. If you look at body language, interactions, conversations, they have become intimate a while ago. How far, how frequently, etc… left to speculation. I’m not familiar with cultural standards back in Gureyo, but it appears that even basic touching or holding hands would have implied a romantic relationship. Also, after kissing her in front of everybody, he definitely claimed her as “his woman”. So, going back – if you remember the episode when Young came into her room, while she was working on antibiotic samples – at that time something had changed and they became more relaxed and comfortable with each other. It was around the time when she backhugged him and basically confessed how much she wants to be with him So this might have been the turning point. When they are together, they do not have a sense of a lot of discomfort, sexual tension. Although they show a lot of care, desire and passion for each other. Well, I could right a saga on this topic. In this type of drama, especially Korean, it makes sense that they would not show these scenes.

        October 31, 2012
        • WendyM #

          Yes PAM I am willing to go into deep analysis for the sake of the story. This is the only way I can let this FAITH drama go. To solve in my mind the time travel and intimacy questions.

          The Daejang conversation interrupted kiss…maybe is the turning point…Then he even got shy when she asked him back if he came to see her. Then CY gets all sexy and stuff when he backs her to the wall was filled with sexual tension. She reacts a bit surprised and checks her vitals. I though the JB death that night prevented some really interesting night but the next morning CY was dressing it did not seem like some action happened. She did look too happy when she did the hana, dul, set for him to turn and look at her thou (after loosing a friend ?)

          Then after the tea comment about relieves fatigue in E21 (really? ES was a modern women there… hint CY…). That night CY is coming back in the black robe when she tells him to sleep in the bed…he jokes around about for being a new recruit she was ordering him around etc and she takes down the ponnytail. He is a bit nervous he even looks down but there lots of sexyness/tension there I’m sorry. After he grabs her wrist and she lays next to him, ES makes a funny face like thinking “look at him now …this is getting interesting”.I think that was the first night.

          Something started to happen not just sleep holding hands after that he seems to cozy/relaxed helping her and she helps him dress the next day + back hug before battle. After this he looses that cape outfit which maybe a symbol of his RRRR (even when he was pouring oil to the firegirl was too sexy since he splashes her with it. Whooaaa fluteboy was not happy!)

          In EP22 hug after battle/ psycoanalysis of the sword dropping… is not clear if that night they are intimate. Both were in need of some comforting since she loss the antidote too. Beginning of Ep23 after he gets out the anger and says he was killing people instead of finding the cure or my woman. I mean, he calls her his woman, that night no hint of anything but the next day he held her hand in front of the assistant general saying he was busy. No face saving at all. He tells GM also to help him save his woman in EP24.

          And my last gutter thinking is that both times CY is laying in bed with ES he is to next to the wall (may be a symbol too) so there was at least one or 2 chances for having more intimacy, who knows my bet is the tea night, that was the night.

          October 31, 2012
          • Pam #

            WendyM, you need to write me some NC17 fanfiction about their intimacy!!! Just get it out of our system! LOL! I would love to read it. Let me know when you get a blog 🙂

            October 31, 2012
            • WendyM #

              LOL I don’t have a blog. First time following a Kdrama or even commenting about one online. Faith got me bad so detox by fanfiction. I still want to get a hold of that script. Please Joonni 😉

              October 31, 2012
          • Classy #

            omo, this is brilliant..
            my mind is churning up some pretty pervy thoughts

            which I would gladly pass over to Pam
            [ 🙂 ]
            as she is the expert here and can do justice to it..

            October 31, 2012
      • Amy #

        Hahaha! I made the same coment on the previous page – I was counting the days left for the portal to open very meticulously and came to the same conclusion. But unlike the rest of you, ladies, I don´t think they did anything the first time n CY room when they just held their hands. Now however the circumstances were different – she had said that she would stay with him forever and he accepted that, so hat was their marriage night and three days honeymoon – that´s why they were so intimate in that scene – it was clear.

        November 1, 2012
        • Oh ladies..ladies!! Your torturing your self over there w/ gutter thoughts again …hehehe but you gals have theses thoughts .. Oh we’ll can’t complain it’s Friday night and going out!!?

          November 2, 2012
    • Pam #

      OMG! Are we so desperate for OTP to have skinship/consumation that we are willing to go to this depth of an analysis??? Yes we are….YES WE ARE! LOL! You pledge sisters are hilarious! We’re totally going to get in trouble by Joonni for perving here… 🙂

      October 31, 2012
      • Sussie #

        @Pam, there you are, my dear gutter mentor # 2 hehe!! I was just asking myself why you where not sharing your thoughts about this analysis hahaha. We could continue this analysis at “Keeping the Faith 2” 😉 LOL

        October 31, 2012
        • Sussie #

          *you were not sharing (sorry bad typo)

          October 31, 2012
        • WendyM #

          Pam for sure! I do also have some theories for the end after the “tree” with the puppies not around and he was supposed to be gone for 4 days!!!

          October 31, 2012
        • Pam #

          Sussie, I’ve been on time-out in “Keeping the Faith 2” for perving and fangirling too much here! LOL! See you there, Despo Loon #3! 😉

          October 31, 2012
          • Despo loonies and gutterbud members,

            At the next meeting at ‘Keeping the Faith 2”, please ensure to bring your ‘pervy analysis’ to share with the members. Any materials under NC-17 will be rejected just like how the wormhole rejected KC (aka saddest popsicle ever!..still frozen even in death)..…LOL.

            See you all there! **rubbing my hands in excitement***

            October 31, 2012
      • ladyeury #

        *straightening and desperately trying to shine up my ole halo* what? It was just an innocent observation *blink blink* lol

        BTW what is OTP?

        October 31, 2012
        • Pam #

          Ladyeury, welcome to the gutter club! LOL! OTP stands for “one true pairing” and it’s internet slang to refer to our kdrama couples, in this case CY and ES.

          October 31, 2012
      • Juliane.Lee #

        I’m thinking of putting up something for the gutter club. So that we don’t cause so much flooding in here and in Keeping the Faith 2. (just a thought) 🙂

        October 31, 2012
      • Matilda2012 #

        Absolutely in Gutterville, ladies. Blame PD and writer for withholding so much PDA’s for ES and CY. Our 21st century minds are on overdrive, LOL!

        October 31, 2012
      • joonni #

        LOL. Truly, I’m amazed how far people will analyze to make sure that Imja couple got some action. ROFLMAO.

        October 31, 2012
  9. jomo #

    Softy and Joonni-
    Thanks for all the recaps and live caps, and the love you have given Faith over these many months. Watching it with you has made it 10X more fun.

    I really enjoyed this drama despite its faults. It is like the “little epic that could.”
    I think LMH may not have seen high ratings in SK, but his international fanbase just keeps getting bigger.

    Don’t you think if he worked on his English, he could show up as a romantic lead in a non-K film? With his looks, he could play any age. Action hero roles are nice and all, but it is time for the Asian actor to do something else!

    Wondering what is next? I hope you pick the YSH one just so I can make lots of pretty headers of the manboy.
    See you!

    October 31, 2012
    • Actually I remember him speaking English somewhere – on a drama or interview so if memory serves, he would have to work on improving it A LOT, but then again if Rain and LBH could do it and they are even worse, then LMH has a fighting chance. Out of all the 87ers LSG’s English is the best. 🙂

      We were talking about that last night too. We both wanted to do something easy, light, and non sageuk for a change, so if she picks up I miss you, then I won’t be recapping it on my blog. Bet she will love those headers of YSH. I call dibs on Flower Boy Next Door though cuz I love those two leads – plus it looks super fun & easy to recap. 🙂

      October 31, 2012
      • I JUST saw the news on DB about that show. I couldn’t be any more IN for it.
        16 45 minute episodes will FLY by.
        Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

        October 31, 2012
      • Pam #

        @Jomo, I agree, Asian male/female stars need to diversify their roles…long standing problem.

        @Softy, if LMH got into any American movies, I’d be drooling! I heard on one interview that his dream is to act in a movie with Edward Norton but to do that he said his English needed improving first. Well, LMH, if you or your admin people are reading this, I VOLUNTEER, I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE to be your English tutor! *Swoon*

        I agree, Joonni should recap on some fluffy drama next…Faith about killed us all.

        Softy, going to finish Arang so I will read your recaps then.

        October 31, 2012
        • I missed the emailing list for “gutter club” info. kindly send it back!!

          October 31, 2012
        • CallieP #

          I remember reading that LMH wanted to do a Twilight type love story, that could be his entry in non-action movie as a male romantic lead…

          October 31, 2012
          • Hyka #

            CallieP wow! if LMH will do like a twilight type story it is going to be a big commotion to all of his fans…another trademark character that everybody will definitely love to watched…hope he’ll do it..

            October 31, 2012
      • joonni #

        My Seung-gi is good at everything. 😀

        October 31, 2012
        • Softy #

          Did you say “My LSG” – can we share? I saw him since 1n2d – not to mention I must have watched MGIAG like a million times cuz I translated from e7 on.

          Sorry my other comment got lost and went to the bottom randomly – stupid iPhone doesn’t obey well. 🙂

          November 1, 2012
    • joonni #

      I was leaning toward Missing You but seeing how emotionally worn out I am by Faith, I really, really need a lighter drama and that one looks sooooooo heavy. Just saw the new trailers.

      Sigh. My mind is just too preoccupied with Faith right now to care about anything else.

      But no fear. I will get back my head and make a decision soon. 😀

      October 31, 2012
  10. Hi everyone

    I have followed the drama to the end, faithfully each night relying on the team’s recap and comments. So my deepest thanks to the team, especially Jooni and Softy, and I have never followed a drama ‘live’ the way I did with this one..

    I still do not really get the time travelling bit, can someone please enlightened it to me in detail? I will be super grateful.. this question makes me sleepless as I try to watch it again and figure it out..

    – I wonder how can Eun Soo not recall all the other times that she has time-travelled? How does it work? If this is the first time she has time travelled, how can she assess the items/ relics from previous times?

    If the relics are placed there before from previous time travel, how come she does not know she is supposed to love CY already until this time?

    or is it that each time she time travel she has to love CY again – like on a repeat mode?

    Grateful for any response that help me unravel this in my mind.. .. 🙂 sorry if i sound v slow..

    October 31, 2012
    • Waca #

      I’m currently very tired so I hope I will make sense! ^^
      The time theory here is that there is one History that you cannot change. Everything happened. So ES was part of history, that’s why the 3 objects she left one hundred years ago are already here when she travels for the first time.

      So there is no “each time” or “repeat mode”, there is just one ES that travels in this order:
      – from Seoul 2012 to Goryeo (brought by CY)
      – from Goryeo to Seoul 2012 (KC throws her there at the end. She gathers her stuff: the diary, new tools, etc…)
      – from Seoul 2012 to Goryeo minus 100 years : she realizes she’s at the wrong time period. She becomes a doctor (people probably called her heavenly because they thought she was a disciple of Hwata, that’s why her stuff later on were given to KC as “Hwata’s”) and leaves a message under the rock because she remembers finding this message there.
      – from Goryeo minus 100 yrs to Seoul 2012: the portal opens, she goes in, then goes back into the portal.
      – Seoul 2012 to ? : she ends up in another time period, (for example 60 Goryeo plus 60 years) so goes back to Seoul 2012.
      – Seoul 2012 to Goryeo minus 100 yrs: she goes back there for some reason (maybe she prefered staying in that time period rather than in Seoul, who knows) and write down into her diary the date of the time period she visited. Then, each time the portal opens, she goes in, pass by Seoul, and visit another time period. Each time the time period isn’t the one she needs, she goes back and end up in Goryeo minus 100 years, where she writes it down on her diary.
      – From Goryeo minus 100 yrs to Seoul 2012: At last, it is the scene we got to see, her last time travel, but she doesn’t know it yet.
      – From Seoul 2012 to Goryeo plus 5 years: she ends up in Goryeo +5 and sees the woodalchis in the inn. Then she goes and meets CY by the tree. This the only date that is not in the diary because the diary is still in her home in Goreyo minus 100, so she cannot write the date down.

      So, no repetition: it is linear for her. The trickiest thing is to understand that history is a whole, not something that goes from 0 to 2012 and that can change. History is fixed, so ES is part of history, so even if there are things her future self does in a past period, her present self can see those things she’s done.

      So, this is what I understood, but I can be wrong too, so, anybody that has understood it better please correct me. ^^

      October 31, 2012
      • CallieP #

        Waca, you got it exactly right. I hope others who read your explanation finally get it.

        October 31, 2012
      • FANOFKR #

        Argh I am more confused than ever, sorry for being so slow on the uptake of time travelling despite your detail explanation, so in her dream she saw CY lying on the floor dead/wounded, did it really happen or was that averted after heeding the warning letter from future ES? This is my bottle neck on the whole thing, how many times did she meet & fall in love with CY? I am really sorry but its the bee in my bonnet that bugs the hell of me,

        October 31, 2012
        • Waca #

          The dreams were only dreams. Premonitions. That is what I think, and I think it wasn’t a good idea from the writer to put these dreams there because there are just confusing. One premonition about CY dying did not happen, and the other where she saw herself did happen. But I think we just have to see them as dreams.
          ES only met&fall in love with CY one time. There is only one ES in the whole story.
          And don’t worry, it is not that you are being slow, it is that you are thinking too much. The time theory the writer chose is one of the simplest: time is fixed, you cannot change it, you are part of it, even your time travel is part of it. Nowadays there are a lot of other theories (loops, branching, etc…) where we end up with screwing history, changing things, making parallel universes, etc… so now we are accustomed to thinking too much, but really you just have to keep it simple. 🙂

          November 1, 2012
          • Hi

            Thanks so much for the explanation…
            to make sure I understand, the items ES got hold off existed because in the first time of time travel, she is going thru all of that? Something like because of her existence and actions on 1350, it led to the past that had to happen and hence the items were there?

            then does it mean that in the ending, she is just repeating the same action as she did 100 years ago but actually that may not have been necessary, i.e. writing the diary etc?

            I know what you mean by over-analyzing.. but I am fascinated how time travel works and this show has been so great and I am so involved that I do not want to miss out on anything// 🙂

            November 2, 2012
  11. lidy #

    Well, completed my 7hr marathon of faith and after it was over, I hate to say it, but I was suffering the same disease as kc. Ugh, to think I’d share something similar w/ such a man. Well at least unlike him, the hole in my heart wasn’t bc of greed but bc of what comes after faith. When I first heard about faith, I set my mind months ago, that it was a drama I was definitely going to watch. I just knew it was going to be something I will love and from the very first episode, it was love. I didn’t care about the age difference btwn lmh and khs; I didn’t even see it really, but it was amazing to see the changes they brought out in each other to grow as people. It was almost like a ripple effect, bc the changes they brought in each other flowed out to change the relationships of the people around them. Gongmin was correct in telling lady choi that if it wasn’t for es, cy wouldn’t look at him properly.
    Their relationship was one of kidnapper and kidnappee, then duty bound protector/bodyguard, then “partners” who grew to love each other more and more until finally becoming “his woman” that he wanted to protect for his entire life/intended bethrothed and affianced. Seeing the transitions of their relationship is one thing the writer/pd got 1000% right, DAEBAK! There were plot holes that were never explained but I was all in for the romance of the drama and they did not fail. When I first heard about faith I did wonder how they were going to handle the concept of time traveling w/ a plastic surgeon. I was under the impression that cy’s character needed a plastic surgeon to help the princess in his charge, bc somehow she was in danger and needed a plastic surgeoun. Idk how and why I thought that, but that’s what I remember from the initial posts of the upcoming drama faith. Good thing it didn’t go that way. Also faith, originally had starting the male lead from lie to me and hong gil dong and was supposed to be more darker. Also glad, it didn’t go that way, though it did looked interesting but I’d think that version would’ve worked more as a reimagining and as a movie instead of a series.

    Anyways, getting back to faith……regarding plot holes. I can overlook them since the story was so compelling (I even cried. Out of all the dramas I’ve watched though there were those that made me tear up, very very very very few has made me shed tears) faith is now my drama of the year, up there w/ QIM (have to finish that one. Put it on the backburner until subs were completed and got held up w/ other stuff). 1) The yuan envoy w/ the pocketwatch…why did he have it? The only think I can think of is that maybe it was one of the belongings es brought w/ her and left behind. It somehow ended up w/ his great-great grandfather and got passed down to him through the generations.
    2) if es brought the necklace w/ her, then where did that go? How come it wasn’t w/ the other belongings of hwata that kc had in storage?
    3) was hwata ever real or is es hwata? It’s like which came first, the chicken or the egg? The only thing I can think of is that there was a story of hwata and es traveling through the portal brought out the extended myth of hwata’s disciples coming down from heaven every 300 yrs. Or w/ es traveling through the portal created the myth of hwata to explain the heavenly doctor coming down to earth. In every myth, legend/tale there is always one single truth somewhere in it and sometimes it will get mixed up which why they can be found different variations of the same story.
    4) why didn’t they include that scene w/ cy finding that bottle? It would’ve been so much better especially considering they did overuse the flashback sequences. Again, didn’t have too much of a problem w/ it bc es and cy been through so much together. And just when they think, it’s finally at an end and they can be tighter even w/ knowing that kc might be waiting for them, they just had it all taken away from them. Like seeing your life flash before your eyes, and they were reflecting on what it took for them to get there.

    October 31, 2012
  12. lidy #

    Now, getting back to other relationships. I am convinced that w/o es and cy, gongmin and noguk wouldn’t have become close. Their relationship would’ve continued to be strained. I remember early on in ep 1 the look of shock on gongmin’s face when noguk neck was cut. It was obvious that there was love there for his wife but like explained later on that it was bc of mistrust of her intentions (why did she hide who she was? She knew who he was, so did she do it, to get info out of him? Etc ) that he kept her at bay. Even trying to quell his growing feeling for her by making it seem as if he hated her. It was obvious she loved him, the look of concern on her face when they finally made it to the palace and they were no statesmen to greet him. Learning the goryeo language so she can talk to him (we all know it was for gongmin) and him being jealous of cy show to each other that he does care. None of these would’ve happened if cy didn’t fail to read the attacker’s intention before it happened, needing a divine doctor and es saving her.
    To es, it was just a long, ridiculous dream, so getting close to noguk and helping her w/ her make- up was her just going along w/ the scenario. But after staying in goryeo, her relationship deepening w/ the ppl there, she came to to see noguk as her unnie. And it was bc she cared that she wanted to help the couple out by telling noguk some heaven knowledge about her and gongmin and leaving behind instructions to dr jang to help her conceive.
    Mentioned previously, cy is a difficult character to dissect, if not for a better word and how true, how true. He started off as this lazy leader but then after finding out about his past, it was “ah, so that is why he is the way he is.” Seeing his giddy self in the Red Crescent moon army was just so shocking. How did that turn into that, and then the tragedy. And you couldn’t blame him; he lost his leader, a 2nd father to him and his woman and all bc of a king he risked his life for bc of an idealistic dream that what he’s been doing will one day help his country. He lost his faith in everything that day and ever since he’s been living like a dead person. He was already to leave it behind and when that option was taken from him, he was already to die, but es wouldn’t let that happen. She brought him back to life, in more than ways than one. And in return, he brought her to life as well. B4 es was this modern, superficial woman but now the life she is living, though scary, is one filled w/ all the things that she was missing back in modern soul (aside from her parents)
    I know it’s a long post but I think I’m finally coming down to the last of what I wanted to say. Last night, I went to bed thinking about faith. Would also like to say I dreamt about it too but since I don’t even remember what I dreamt about, can’t really vouch for it. And this morning when I woke up, I was thinking about faith. Faith was a fantasy fusion historical fiction saeguk romance, but in my opinion, despite the showing of faith btwn the characters of the drama, faith to me was cy’s story. We all know cy as was it said in history but to see cy the man, was priceless. Lady choi was his head, es his heart, gongmin his king/noguk his queen and the woodalchi his trusted subordinates. But to the core, the man was a protector and when he thought he couldn’t do that anymore, he became a bum on the long. Unable to go back or forward and nothing to do, standing in a standstill. So thank you thank you thank you, he overcame that hurdle and letting him become the man he will be known as in history.

    October 31, 2012
  13. lidy #

    Omg, I wrote a paper! Sorry if it’s too long. Lastly, lastly, after faith ended, I wondered what to do now? What can fill this void? Finally decided to just watch king 2 hearts, since that too I’ve put on the backburner to watch after it was completed. It didn’t pull me in from the very second like faith, but it should be enough until something else comes along. But it’s been a wonderful ride stalking the site, reading the live recaps from softy and jooni’s recap updates/edit. I’m definitely on board for the next drama craze, until then will continue stalking for whatever faith related afterwards. You know what will be great though, if they had an after story for faith, like they did w/ BOF. Would love to see deokman, daeman, choong, lady choi, gongmin and noguk’s reaction to es return. And definitely buying the dvd, and any missing scenes better be included!

    October 31, 2012
  14. I kept on squishing my cheeks because of episode 23 and 24. How special is this drama that one gets to like a lot of characters and not just the first and secondary OTP, not just the good guys.


    From time to time, near the end of episode 23 and more than 15 into 24 I bemoaned Dol Bae’s fate.


    They are together after defeating the bad guys at the end and they’re embracing and I still felt anxious.


    Kim Hee Sun is a beauty.


    Eun Soo went back to Georyeo from the modern world only to find him not where he was supposed to be and the door is closed. Emote and then cut to flashback. I was like “Hwat?” I was trying to get into the moment.


    Overall, satisfied. I LOVE THIS DRAMA!

    Off to to read everything. Before watching, I just skimmed the thread to whet my appetite.

    In the final episode we see how great Eun Soo has been really invested. Imagine waiting and going through the portal again and again in the hope of hitting the right time closer to where her beloved is.

    Ha, so much love.

    October 31, 2012
  15. lidy #

    oh one more thing, i swear. the issue of repetitiveness….others have said the writing was becoming weak w/ the poisoning and running away, same old story and nothing new. faith was a 24 ep drama, if it was longer than i’d agree but when thinking about it, i had no prob w/ it. es is being regarded as a heavenly being, divine doctor w/ knowledge of the future. in that day and age, staying there where you’ll be coveted left and right, who wouldn’t try to run away and repeatedly. es even said so that she would keep trying to flee, and thank you that she changed her mind.

    she tried to run away 3x and kidnapped 2x and held against her will 2x, and all for different reasons, so i don’t really see it as being the same old thing or uncreative.

    now for the poisoning. dh is a douche coward whose only strenght is his usage and knowledge of poisons. so it did not come as a surprise that he poisoned es 2x. kc brought him out of hiding and he saw es as a card to move cy to do his bidding, hence he used poison to implement his plan. if he had left es alone after the ruined ceremony, i’d drink poison myself. whether or not he had the antidote is up for discussion but since he asked kc to avenge him, i’m left to think that maybe he somehow believed that es would survive. she just might find another heaven item to help her and leaving nothing to chance asked kc to get rid of both es and cy. whew, now to get back to work and let my brain rest

    October 31, 2012
    • Waca #

      I agree with you, Faith didn’t seem repetitive to me… ^^

      October 31, 2012
    • dani #

      I agree too. Althought it could seem repetitive, the plot was about a game of power. And in these situations the characters can only use the weapons and knowledge they have, even if it means making a new use of the same strategy. Like a chess game, their every move was always limited. But to our joy, different from other dramas, in Faith the characters would learn with their mistake, and take precautions so that the same trick wouldn’t happen the same again :).

      October 31, 2012
  16. dina #

    Big thank’s to you Joonni and Softy for wonderful recap…we finally here…can I hug you two??!

    October 31, 2012
  17. debberdeux #

    Hi girls. I have not finished reading all of your comments [it’s overwhelming, but I promise I’ll read every single one] but what I’m about to say, I hope is not a repetition of what someone has already said. If it is a repetition, I do apologise.

    The following post is not necessarily a gutter-comment]

    I feel a compelling need to defend His Royal Scruffiness, the Duke of Hotness CY with his scruff. Lol.

    I think it’s not to show that he has aged or anything. The impression that I got from all that scruff is that he looks more weather-beaten. I like the fact that they didn’t change his hair style because it shows that he remained exactly the same, just more weather-beaten to show the hardships and the battles that he has gone through while waiting for ES. It just amplifies how much he longs for her and that proves his unwavering love for her

    [But to be honest, I can never comprehend why people in the olden days feel compelled to grow a beard + moustache. I don’t see the reason why they should. But I’m welcoming this hot scruff. Lol]

    October 31, 2012
    • ladyeury #

      LOL loved this! I’m not a facial hair kind of gal but he looked hot. And I totally agree about the maturity. In the real history CY spent a good portion fighting big big battles. During the time ES was gone we know they faught Yuan and took back land. Also CY became the Commanding General. The ultimate big kahuna. Who knows how many and how big the battles with Yuan have been. The dude is allowed to be scruffy. I guarantee real life CY was seriously scruffy at times.

      October 31, 2012
  18. Mayra #

    “The Gate wasn’t there when she arrived that last time. But when she surrendered to Faith, when she let go of everything else and just admitted her heart was the only thing that really mattered, the Gate opened. And it lead her where her heart longed to go, a place where another heart was longing for her, creating that connection, the bridge that allowed her to go back to him. I believe the Gate needed that kind of bridge: it needed Eun Soo to surrender to her heart as well as Young to believe she would find her way to him in the end. If one or the other faltered along the way, then the Gate wouldn’t have worked.
    So… why the Gate didn’t allow Gi Cheol to enter? Because he wasn’t driven by Faith. He was driven by Greed. And Greed couldn’t lead him anywhere, Greed doesn’t allow you to actually believe in something. So he was rejected and died wondering why”.


    October 31, 2012
    • Thank you!
      Now that I wrote my novel-length opinion, I’m feeling better. It was keeping going around in my head so much that I was going crazy!

      October 31, 2012
  19. My heartfelt thanks to Joonni and Softy for everyone of your recaps for this drama.
    Wonderful insights and comments, which brought laughter and tears. Keep up the
    fabulous recaps, I always look forward to them. Luv ya, etquon

    October 31, 2012
  20. zainab ghani #

    Epic drama! Korea rocks, Lee Min Ho is an amazing actor, why doesnt the world know about this immense talent! I’m a fan all the way from Pakistan!!!

    October 31, 2012
  21. PinkyShrill #

    This final ep succesfully ruins my sleep unless I pour out my excitement.

    I’ve never been much of a Kdrama lover… and I haven’t watched that many Kdramas… but I really didn’t expect this drama would give such a huge impact on my heart. At first I watched only to see LMH, but before I knew it the entire drama had my love. I have too many thoughts about this drama and especially the ending that I can’t put them into the right words. I’m just… simply astounded by Faith. I’m astounded by the casts that are able to live their characters. I’m astounded with every episode in many ways. So either I haven’t watched Kdramas enough to be so bewitched by this one or this one is just especially… special. I’d bet for the latter.

    Though I didn’t contribute much (if there’s any) for this fandom, I’d like to sincerely thank Jooni, Softy and all the people that took part here for the recaps, creations, and comments. I’m truly amazed by how diligent you have been under the love for this drama.

    If I may complain about this drama… It knows too well how to break my heart! (What with all the deaths! For the woodalchi two puppies, they died a hero 😥 And really I hope Jangbin’s [actor’s] eyes get well soon.) And One thing remained a mystery for me, and that is the Dansa Officer. So did the drama really told us why he possessed that pocketwatch…? Whatever it means I was too distracted by the finale.

    After the ending I am positive that this drama is one worth watching over and over again (something I plan on doing). And god help me, Faith has created a hole in my heart that is hard to satisfy. I’m love-sick, and need to feed on Faith fanworks… but such a noob I am that I don’t know where else to look. Can anybody tell me where I can find these fanfics or the like? (sorry for being such a noob)

    October 31, 2012
  22. Juliane.Lee #

    Who’s still got faith sickness?

    Here’s a Youngspirin from daejang

    October 31, 2012
    • Pam #

      I saw this on FB too. I will never look at an aspirin or aspirin bottle the same ever again! Do these come with a LMH lookalike to feed it to us? *Swoon* Juliane, you are going to get us in trouble for fangirling and perving here…LOL! Let’s go to Keeping the Faith 2.

      October 31, 2012
    • Riya #

      Hi, is there any news abt Special Edition or second season? thanks in advance:):):)

      November 2, 2012
  23. Classy #

    And Then they lived HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
    The end..

    I was singing this tune the whole day in office..

    I feel like a LOT happened in finale episode..Seriously a lot, from kidnapping to revealing the 3rd relic to the time jump theory to the re-uniting..
    Phew thats a whole mouthful..

    I was happy that they showed that Young indeed became stronger both in heart and mind finally, when he told Gongming determinedly that he was STAYING..

    Somehow I think he had forgotten who he was in the last few episodes because of ALL that poison nonsense.. but I am happy he found his Footing..
    As for Eun Soo, well honey here is BIG hug for all that separation pangs she had to endure..Talk about long distance this one is further than being on two ends of the world..

    Also the fact that ultimately even the wandering Future /Present Eun Soo also had a happy ending..
    Like Joonni and Softy[To whom I BOW my thanks]
    mentioned..These two at last found their peace in each other’s hearts.. transcending space and time, making the connection with love and memories..

    By far a beautiful love story with a few setbacks here and there,, but hey Ill take anything that gives me a smexy general with a Killer smile and a gusty heroine who shoo’s people off with her screechy english[heavenly words..]

    Not to forget the BROMANCE that shone throughout and the sweet innocent love of the Royal couple.. Faithful puppies ,[with no brains sadly.]

    All in all the drama sang its name through out making the question
    “Is Faith enough to love and live your life??”

    and giving the answer with a BIG YES..

    Sigh!! I will miss
    Correction Missing the drama already..

    Excuse me while i compose and return..

    October 31, 2012
  24. dani #

    Hi Jooni,

    PLEEEEEEASE READ ME >______________<!!!!!!!

    First, thank you so so much for all your and Softy's hardwork to keep us updated, and for the oh so touching posts about the characters in Faith :)! I really love this drama, and your posts made I grew even more in love with it. It will be forever in my heart.

    I too was doubting how the author would connect all the dots left in the last chapter, but she really wrapped all up. Till this episode, I didn't notice that Young still could not have faith/loyalty/trusting in his king.

    Gongmim always trusted Young, but Young, although obedient, still could not trust his life to Gongmim… until this last episode, when he asks for Gongmim to help him bring his woman back. For the first time, Choi Young asked for his help (as a friend and as a servent/warrior). Before, Young was always offering something in exchange (like with the royal seal. He showed that Yuan seal wasn't needed). This time, Young finally told the king that he was one of his persons, and asked for his help (meaning he had faith in him).
    That scene was really awesome. But the most amazing thing that brought tears to my eyes, was noticing that the land where the portal was, was Yuan's land before, what means that Gongmin had ordered Choi Young to take it from Yuan, so Choi Young could wait for Eun Soo return, and garantee that she would be in a safe land when she arrived.
    That Gongmim would give such an order, really impresses me. And even if we don't know what happened in those 4 to 5 years, from this I'm sure that Young passed all that time making preparatives so he could protect Eun Soo when she came back, as he promised her.

    In a way, I thought that the time/space twist was an obstacle for them to end together. But it was just the contrary. I don't think the wormhole repeled Ki Chul only because his heart didn't have a pure intent. To me, it was because the portal was there to connect the people that needed to be connected through time. Not a mere tool. And although she travelled through it many times in order to come back, Eun Soo came back just at the right period of time, after many experiences (maybe she needed it or was needed).

    What makes me love Eun Soo, even more than before, is to see the person she became, her strong spirit, courage and love for life and for Young. Later she asked herself what she needed to do to comeback to that person, and if her longing or faith was lacking. In a way, how much more she needed to keep travelling through time to meet him.
    I recall your post about faith/loyalty. How it is a relationship between two or more people. And Eun Soo says at the end, that longing creates connections, and only memories can bring this moments to life. Both of them was waiting/longing/believing in each other and persisted till a connection strong enough was able to bring them together again. And to add to their longing, was others wishes for their happiness. To me it felt like everyone was connected, even if the end didn't show how everyone else was. I great and strong chain of connections.

    And it was really touching to hear Young talk with his dad. As you said, with Eun Soo he finally found a home, a place where his heart lies. This is one of the things I love the most in this couple. Even with all their sacrifices, they still gave more to the other than it was taken from them. So beautiful, so fullfiling and so dear.

    Once again, thank you very much (to you and Softy)!!!

    October 31, 2012
    • joonni #

      Hi Dani,
      Have no fear. I make an effort to read every comment, even though I can’t reply to every single one.
      You’re welcome and thank you for leaving your thoughts. A pleasure to read and help me love Faith more.

      November 1, 2012
  25. I’m gonna miss this show so much…
    And I have the same thought with you, it was a really great closure, and I’m satisfy with it! 🙂

    October 31, 2012
  26. lidy #

    if es was cy’s second wife, then who was his first? it’s been said that his dead fiance maehee was his 1st wife, but the fact that they were engaged weren’t widely known, if so the woodalchi puppies would’ve known too. lady choi knew about her and bc of the situation w/ kc tried to warn him for her es safety.
    the woodalchi puppies were all grinning like a school girl bc they were unaccustomed to seeing daejang w/ a woman and maybe also bc they’ve never heard of their daejang being w/ or having a woman. to everyone who knew them, it was common fact that es and cy had a relationship and cy pretty much cemented it when he kissed her in front of the officials on the day of her ceremony w/ dh. the kisss practically shouted out the obvious that their relationship is very deep, confirming her to wife status.
    and since 5yrs is alot of time for alot of changes, by then, only a few of the woodalchi know who es was, bc only a few of the original woodalchi from 5 yrs ago are left. that is why she’s known as the 2nd wife who cy loved very very much bc after 4-5yrs of waiting and being a safer goryeo for her, he finally got to love and protect his woman

    October 31, 2012
    • lidy #

      and this time around ppl kept their mouths shut about es returning, that why she’s being referred to as his 2nd wife. and bc most of the ppl from now, present time after 4-5yr gap, aren’t connecting that both women are the one and the same

      October 31, 2012
      • Sussie #

        I like your assumption 😉 I really do!

        But, i think her wife is supposed to be mae (warrior girl). Maybe people got confused at some point of the history since betrothed is almost a wife… So people took her as his first wife. Maybe.

        October 31, 2012
  27. Analysta #

    Don’t have time to read all your comments…i’ll do it tom. All i can say’s the best drama i’ve seen…I thought City Hunter was the best..but no, there’s Faith. And i know there’s more for LMH. Kindly update us here what’s next to him pls…All i know is he’s coming to the Philippines this month! I love ya all!

    October 31, 2012
  28. dani #

    One of my favorite MV of Eun Soo and Choi Young: Better Late Than Never (Superhero – Lunafly)
    The music is just perfect for them :D!!

    October 31, 2012
  29. Sarah #

    lee min ho is sooo handsome *.*
    i cried my eyes out at this episode ;'(

    October 31, 2012
  30. Ditu3ka #

    Thank you so much for wonderful recaps, your hard work and passion. Thank you so so much. You made my weeks so much better. I enjoyed this drama despite its faults because I could shared it with so many people and I fall in love with the show partly thanks to these great recaps and people here. Thank you.

    October 31, 2012

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