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 7 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 7 recap contains major spoilers –
After the cliffhanger in the last episode, The King’s Affection episode 7 starts with Yi-hwi coming in defence of Ji-un and telling King Hyejong that she is the one who transferred the prisoners. As everyone gasps, she says that since the living conditions had become really bad in the prison, the prisoners ended up starving or freezing to death. She took up the responsibility on her shoulders to bypass such a cruel fate for the current prisoners.
She says that she has further information regarding Samgaebang. When the King allows it, she adds that Ji-un never disobeyed the caste system custom, rather, it was the upper caste men who disobeyed the custom. She brings in two people who corroborate her story and portrays Ji-un in stellar light. In the end, she blames the King and the high-ranking officials for Ji-un getting appointed as the Royal Tutor.
In a flashback, in The King’s Affection episode 7, Yi-hwi tells Ki-jae that she, too, wants to follow her lead. Back at the court, Ki-jae looks pleased with his granddaughter. Ji-un, meanwhile, looks at Yi-hwi with nothing short of adoration and admiration. Later, he thanks both Yi-hwi and Jaeun and she promises him that he will get to meet his friends soon.
Ji-un runs off to meet them and comes face-to-face with Seok-jo who is bringing his friends. As the three have a tearful reunion, Seok-jo applauds Ji-un for earning Yi-hwi’s trust so fast. He further adds that he won’t force him to make a place in the palace, however, he is not allowed to be a physician, if not for anyone else then for his mother’s sake. Ji-un seems to be taken aback by his father’s sudden burst of excitement.
That evening in The King’s Affection episode 7, Ji-un meets his mother who wants to throw fists at people who are speaking ill of her son. She also asks him to move back in and says that he should be happy with what he’s doing since that’s the true definition of success. Ji-un seems a little pensive after hearing all of this from his mother.
The next day in The King’s Affection episode 7, Ji-un and Yi-hwi have their lesson. However, Yi-hwi is a bit confused – she asks him why he hasn’t left yet since he was supposed to leave the palace behind once he got reunited with his friends. Ji-un clarifies that he wants to stay a while longer at the palace since his heart still lies there. His previous idea of Yi-hwi clouded his judgment regarding her being cold-hearted. But that’s not true and he has realised that he is a very generous and good person.
However, Ji-un’s very cheerful demeanour has Yi-hwi all kinds of confused. He excitedly starts walking with her and at one point trips and almost falls before Yi-hwi rescues him – a repetition of earlier scenes, but this time gender-reversed. She pushes him to the ground when he realises it’s an extremely awkward situation and he calls her cool with excited glee. They study together and it is evident that both are feeling a certain kind of way towards each other.
The next day in The King’s Affection episode 7, King Hyejong’s poor health results in Yi-hwi being appointed to greet the envoys from Ming. However, Yi-hwi’s grandmother expresses her annoyance with Ki-jae and says that he is overstepping his boundaries. A counter-threat later, Ki-jae is seen screaming at her and it seems like both have something or the other on each other’s heads. It is also pretty obvious that he is not on good terms with King Hyejong.
Later that night, in The King’s Affection episode 7, Yi-hwi asks her father’s permission to greet the Ming envoy in his place. After initially declining, he gives in after she asks him whether he doesn’t trust her because of her grandfather or Gyeom. The question does the trick and Yi-hwi is later seen drowning in work. Ji-un gives her special pills to relieve her stress. Jaeun notices the smile on her face due to Ji-un, too.
Nowhere is it more apparent than at the market when Jaeun and Yi-hwi meet Ji-un with So-eun. The entire time they have a meal together, Yi-hwi constantly side-eyes the girl and asks awkward questions. Her jealousy seeps through to the point that Yi-hwi just looks odd. This is supposed to be a funny scene, but I just feel second-hand embarrassment for Jaeun who has to sit there and bear witness to this silliness.
The Ming envoy finally reaches the palace and everyone is ready to receive them in The King’s Affection episode 7. Although Yi-hwi and Jaeun are welcoming and warm, the same cannot be said for the people of Ming. It turns out, though, that one of them know Ji-un, although it is not enough to bypass the awkwardness at the table. It turns out that there is a secret meeting happening between Seok-jo and the Ming – Ki-jae hopes to be given permission to develop land in Yeoyeon. The latter agrees with the proposition.
It’s a mess that night though when the offer of women turns the Ming Crown Prince off and he goes to the extent of killing the man in front of everyone. When no one says anything, Yi-hwi steps in and reminds him that he’s a guest at the palace and he cannot dole out punishments. Ji-un, too, steps in and gets in the middle of it and gets alcohol thrown at his face. However, when he tries to throw more, he is escorted out.
Upset, Yi-hwi runs off and Ji-un follows her. However, she asks him to stay out of it and then walks off. It’s a sad situation all around, where all three have things that they want to tell each other but are unable to.
The next morning in The King’s Affection episode 7, kicks up a fuss regarding the food and whether punishment from last night’s excitement has been given out. As Yi-hwi gets more agitated, Lady Kim signals Yi-hwi to keep calm. This is caught by the Crown Prince of Ming who takes it way too personally and one thing leads to another and he cuts her hair off. Yes, you read that right, 0 to 100 in literal 5 seconds. Everyone is left shocked, but no one more than Yi-hwi, who follows him and punches the daylights out of him.
The episode ends with Ji-un and Jaeun looking on in horror as Yi-hwi sits there devastated and confused.
Final thoughts: The King’s Affection episode 7
The King’s Affection episode 7 has wound itself up to be a really great watch. The last 6 episodes where a precursor to full-on entertainment and intelligence and this episode is nothing if humorous and full of action. Also, watching Yi-hwi standing up for the person she loves is a sight to behold. I was hooked to the screen throughout.
The King’s Affection is streaming on Netflix.
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