Netflix’s The King’s Affection Episode 6 Recap: 50 Whips

The King’s Affection is a Korean drama-romance TV series directed by Hyun Wook Song, based on Lee So-young’s comic titled Yeonmo. The series has 20 episodes and stars Park Eun-bin, Rowoon, Nam Yoon-su, Choi Byung-chan, and Bae Yoon-kyung, alongside other cast members. The King’s Affection episode 6 is 64 minutes long.

Netflix describes the series as:

When the crown prince is killed, his twin sister assumes the throne while trying to keep her identity and affection for her first love a royal secret.

– The King’s Affection episode 6 recap contains major spoilers –

Starting off from the last episode, The King’s Affection episode 6 starts with an awkward Yi-hwi and Ji-un trying to justify what is going on to Ga-on and Bok-dong. She agrees to take part in her lessons anyway but is absent-minded throughout. After sharing some questionable glances with each other, the two are caught by Yang and Yi-hwi says that she forgot her book.

Unfortunately for Yi-hwi though, she realizes too late that the Zuo Zhuan is out in the open for Ji-un to find. Yi-hwi gives some excuse and tells him that she doesn’t remember a court maid named ‘Dam-i’ even though he presses her about it. He later talks to Jaeun about the whole ordeal and how odd it was that Dam-i just disappeared. Jaeun also tells him that he likes someone, but doesn’t divulge who it is. Although Ji-un is disappointed in his friend, he doesn’t press him further regarding who it is.

Meanwhile, Yi-hwi asks Lady Kim how Dam-i’s records were handled, and the latter tells her that her mother dealt with all of that. She later finds out Dam-i was recorded as “left the palace due to illness”. She is left a little heartbroken. The next day in The King’s Affection episode 6, Yi-hwi gives Ji-un a list of court maids and tells him that Dam-i died of an illness not long after he left the palace. He seems sad and Yi-hwi senses that Ji-un was quite attached to her.

However, when he tells her that she was his first love, she is visibly taken aback. Anyway, he apologises for concerning her and later visits her secret “escape hatch” on the palace walls. Meanwhile, Jaeun, concerned for Yi-hwi, goes off to meet her at his favourite place. Ga-on stands behind her the two get to talking. He gets her some things that she wished to eat the other day and that seems to lift her spirits a bit.

Ji-un, on the other hand, is getting Yi-hwi’s former home ready. He gets some flower seeds to plant and find Yi-hwi training. He stops then and there and admires the sight. I am confused as to why Ji-un seems to be falling for Yi-hwi since he doesn’t know that the Crown Prince isn’t a guy. I mean, I would totally ship a gay relationship, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. And considering the era, they would definitely be killed for being gay (which is sad).

Just then someone comes running to let Ji-un know that the Minister of Personnel has lodged an appeal for his resignation. Everyone is shocked to learn this and Ji-un runs off to find out the truth. In court, King Hyejong is furious with this new development and asks Han Ki-jae to explain himself. He talks well of Ji-un but the fact that he hid his true profession is what gets the people in court to take offence. That, and the fact that they think something shady was going on at Samgaebang.

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No Ha-kyung seems really happy at the development though and is happy that the Minister of Personnel has done something to tip the scales in her favour. That night, Seok-jo lets Ji-un know that the King will make the decision regarding his position as the Royal Tutor in three days. Thus, he must do all it takes to secure his position.

The fallout is huge and it causes a rift throughout the palace. Thus, Ji-un asks for Yi-hwi’s help one last time and asks her to keep her promise. She, however, lets him know that there’s nothing she can do for him. Unfortunately for him though, he gets to know that Seok-jo is going to pin the entire incident on Jil-geum. He rushes off to stop that from happening.

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Meanwhile, Jaeun tells Yi-hwi that Ji-un opened up Samgaebang to help children from the slums and accepted the position to help his friends – he never wanted this title. Although Yi-hwi acts unconvinced, it does seem like she has a lot of things to think about. That night, Yi-hwi thinks back to the time when she and Ji-un had discussed their wishes all those years ago. It gives a background to why Ji-un grew up to do what he did and makes Yi-hwi a bit emotional.

Coming back to her quarters in The King’s Affection episode 6, Yi-hwi gets to know that Seok-jo plans to kill Jil-guem and Yeong-ji off in order to pin everything on them. As the murder is about to take place, Ji-un gets there in order to put a stop to it. The father and son fight and Seok-jo tells his son to tell himself that they are living somewhere else. However, Ji-un tries to kill himself and is stopped just at the nick of time.

Just as the two are about to be killed in The King’s Affection episode 6, Yi-hwi comes in and stop everyone. She saves them and tells Seok-jo that if they don’t stop, she will have him killed. Since her grandfather will definitely favour her over Seok-jo. When she comes back to her quarters, though, Ki-jae is waiting for her and tells her that her morality should not cloud her judgement and that she needs to listen to everything that he says. He also adds that if she doesn’t follow his path, he will not forgive her, regardless of how much he loves her.

The next day in The King’s Affection episode 6, Ji-un wakes up and pleadingly asks Seok-jo whether he killed his friends. Seok-jo tells him to find it out himself at court. Once there, they read out his offences and ask for his punishment. King Hyejong tells him that he will no longer be a tutor and will be banished after receiving 50 whips. His friends will be subjected to manual labour.

Ji-un accepts his punishments but tells the court that the punishment cannot be put forth since his friends are missing. Everyone at the court is left shocked and confused, and that is when Yi-hwi comes in. The episode ends with her bowing in front of the King and then smiling at Ji-un.

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Final Thoughts: The King’s Affection episode 6

The episode was interesting as we get to know the background of why Ji-un became a physician and the thrill of the last part of the episode. There was tons of intrigue and action and fewer moments of people looking longingly into each other’s eyes. Don’t get me wrong, there still was a ton of those, but less than the previous episodes. I hope to see more interesting tidbits in the next episode since the envoy from Ming will finally arrive then.

The King’s Affection is streaming on Netflix.

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The King's Affection episode 6 has some intrigue and interesting things happening in the last half that makes it a somewhat good watch.

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