Bulgasal: Immortal Soul, or 불가살/Bulgasal, is a fantasy-thriller Korean drama created by Jang Young-woo, Kwon So-ra, and Seo Jea-won and stars Lee Jin-uk, Kwon Na-ra, Kim Woo-seok and Lee Joon, alongside other cast members. There are 16 episodes, and Bulgasal episode 11 has a runtime of 65 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
Cursed since birth and exempt from death, a revenge-driven immortal sets out on a quest to reclaim his soul and end a 600-year-old vendetta.
– Bulgasal episode 12 recap contains major spoilers –
It’s a new morning and Hwal and Sang-un try to find out where Eul-tae went off to. It seems like an almost impossible task but Sang-un is more concerned that Hwal might just collapse from blood loss. Their rest brings about more planning regarding what they can do with Eul-tae since they both now know that Eul-tae and Hwal are twins and that one cannot die while the other is alive.
1000 years ago, Eul-tae asks an almost dying Hwal what he has to do to become strong like him. However, Bulgasal Hwal, instead, kills Eul-tae by taking out his heart (or soul?) and making him Black Hole. Back in the present, Hwal and Sang-un share a room. During breakfast, Hwal asks her whether she likes him and lists the reasons why he thinks so. Sang-un agrees with his analysis but Hwal cannot wrap his head around why she would like him. He further adds in the same breath that even though she is a kind-hearted person, he doesn’t like her. A bit hurt, Sang-un says that it might be because of his temper.
Either way, she then tells Hwal that she’d rather that he turns her into Bulgasal so that she can end this forever. That Hwal shouldn’t have to give up his life because of her past mistake and apologises to him for doing what she did 600 years ago. Of course, he refuses and tells her that he doesn’t know how to live as a human anymore after all this time as a monster. Plus, what will happen to Si-ho if she dies?
After they return to the house, Sang-un asks Si-ho for a favour. But before that happens, Hye-seok asks Hwal to not sacrifice himself for Sang-un. In a rather sad turn of events, she calls him her only family and she would be left alone if Hwal dies. She tells him to rethink his decision and asks him to take back his soul from Sang-un so that they can deal with it themselves. Hwal looks sad but isn’t convinced.
Anyway, Si-ho looks into Sang-un’s past again to figure out how all of them were related 1000 years ago in Bulgasal episode 12. Unfortunately, Hye-seok warns Si-ho to not look into Sang-un’s past life as if the memories are revived, everyone will die. She comes back to the present scared and confused. As Hwal and Sang-un leave, Si-ho overhears a catatonic Hye-seok repeating, “they shouldn’t have crossed paths; everything will be destroyed again.”
At Eul-tae’s home, Hwal breaks in to find the complete Bulgasal painting which shocks him. When he takes the painting down though, he sees something more shocking. A complete murder board with Eul-tae tracking all of them for generations. Unfortunately, Eul-tae isn’t there yet and Hwal and Sang-un go off to find him in the mountains since he’s certain that he won’t have the energy left to go anywhere else.
In the mountain, Hwal gives Sang-un a dagger and leaves her in the car to find Eul-tae. Following the sound of his phone ringing, he finds a frail Eul-tae and asks him to tell him everything. However, Eul-tae promises to tell him everything if and only if Hwal kills Sang-un. The latter tells him that he has always chosen to save her every time thanks to his one-sided love and she has always chosen to end him. Hwal (and us!) are very confused with this new tidbit of information.
Eul-tae, angry at Hwal’s choice, promises to end everyone the next time that they meet. Eul-tae then threateningly tells him that he doesn’t have much time. Down the mountain, Sang-un meets one of Eul-tae’s men, who later reports to Eul-tae that Sang-un became very powerful all of a sudden and wasn’t herself. As Hwal reaches Sang-un, she looks traumatised and has been stabbed by Eul-tae’s henchman.
Back at home and now with a gashing wound on her chest, Hwal tends to Sang-un and they later discuss what they know about their pasts. Both come to the conclusion that it’s best if they don’t trust what Eul-tae is telling them and they should rather judge the situation based on what they can see right now. However, as Hwal leaves and Sang-un is left alone in the bathroom, she realises that the wound that she has is in the same place as her sister’s. As she touches the wound, the past comes rushing back to her.
As Hwal hears the commotion and comes up to help her, she stabs him and shakily asks who exactly he is.
Final Thoughts: Bulgasal episode 12
Well, what a twist that was. Ok, sure, we all knew that Hwal couldn’t be the cleanest Bulgasal out there and there must be something in it. However, Sang-un getting back her memories is something that I wasn’t expecting, so that was great. Plus, Hwal murdering Sang-un’s entire clan 1000 years ago? Yeah, that’s a twist all right. This episode was quite thrilling and I was at the edge of my seat throughout.
Eul-tae acting needy was the most hilarious thing I have watched in a while although I do wonder why he is the only one who has all his memories and Hwal doesn’t. That’s something that I am sure we will get to know soon. Maybe he transferred the curse to Sang-un 1000 years ago?
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is streaming on Netflix.
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