The King: Eternal Monarch episode 8 recap and breakdown

May 9, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
K-Drama, Netflix, TV Recaps


The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 8 presents plenty of loose ends which are intriguing but you have to wonder how the Netflix series will tie them all back together.

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The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 8 presents plenty of loose ends which are intriguing but you have to wonder how the Netflix series will tie them all back together.

This recap of Netflix Korean series The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 8 contains spoilers.

How does The King: Eternal Monarch episode 8 begin?

After the revelations of the last episode, Tae-eul is now curious about her alternate self.

As more people find out about the other world, the story is getting more complex and certain intricacies have long term meaning.

An introduction to Luna.

Carrying on from the last episode, Prime Minister Koo thinks Luna is Tae-eul. As Luna tries to walk off, the Prime Minister asks if the King knows she’s an ex-convict and then wonders if she has a twin sister.

Luna is a curious character and assaults a man in an ice cream parlour afterwards. She makes a statement about how she has nothing to lose — this man is the reason she ended up in prison.

Let’s hope the series keeps fleshing out this character — she’s very violent but there’s obviously a background to her story that The King: Eternal Monarch is feeding us drips of.

What are Tae-eul and Sae-jin up to?

Tae-eul goes to the hospital to try and delve into the death of alternate Lee Lim’s death.

Sae-jin finds out the murder victim from the last episode was sedated and stabbed — Tae-eul thinks the suspect is now Jang Yeon-ji. Sa-jin is being off with Tae-eul and heads out to pick up his mother from the police station.

It’s evident that since Lee Gon has become important in Tae-eul’s life, there is tension between Sae-jin and Tae-eul.

It’s love.

The King: Eternal Monarch episode 8 Tae-eul asking the important questions.

Lee Gon and Tae-eul meet again. She asks if he would have fallen for her if she didn’t help — he predictably says yes. Tae-eul realises meeting Lee Gon is fate and she’s decided to love her fate and tells Lee Gon that she loves him.

Lee Gon is flabbergasted but finally says “ditto” before she heads to a stakeout.

Well, that escalated quickly.

How’s the murder investigation?

Jangmi and Tae-eul find Park Jung-gu, the current prime suspect and chase after him. Jangmi catches him.

Sae-jin has a meal with his mother.

Sae-jin is evidently conflicted by his relationship with his mother and The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 8 provides a breakthrough.

He has a meal with his mother at a restaurant. His mother says she’s broken now and she couldn’t pull herself together. They talk about his father who is a convict. Sae-jin confesses that he used to be so happy to be her son and apologises for calling the cops on her. He begs his mother not to ruin herself even more.

Sae-jin is overshadowed in the series so far but episode 8 clearly shows he’s going to be integral to the story.

Back to the murder investigation.

Jangmi and co interrogate Park Jung-gu and he denies any involvement in the murder which brings the focus on Jang Yeon-ji who wants to hand herself in. They interrogate her and she said she couldn’t stand the victim (her housemate). Tae-eul then learns the victim had two phones, one being a 2g phone and she’s highly suspicious.

Jo Yeong catches a spy.

With the tensions heightening due to Lee Lim lurking, it was only a matter of time before Lee Gon fears for his security.

Jo Yeong captures a man that was following Lee Gon and Lee Gon asks him why he is in the alternate world; the questions then turn to the whereabouts of Lee Lim. The man then says “you look like a lot like your father” and mocks how he was killed. The man then goes off in tangents about balance.

A disgruntled Lee Gon asks Jo Yeong to take him back to the palace. The man seems strained by that idea tells them to kill him but Lee Gon gives him permission to commit suicide.

Yeon-ji is in hot water.

It’s easy to tell that Yeon-ji’s murder confession was too easy.

A man asks Yeon-ji in detention why she confessed to the murder. She says she had no choice because she needed to be safe. The man then asks her for the 2g phone but she threatens to hand it to the cops. The man proceeds to threaten her, saying he can cause a power cut whenever he wants and get to her so she needs to be careful.

Lee Lim’s presence is felt more in The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 8 as it’s clear war is brewing between the characters.

Tae-eul discloses information on Lee Seong-jae to Lee Gon.

Tae-eul and Lee Gon have another talk at a coffee place.

She gives the King information on Lee Seong-jaw — the man who is on Lee Lim’s death certificate – apparently he died of natural causes.

Lee Gon is interested in the family and Tae-eul says his alternate self died at 8 which seems to impact Lee Gon. She then reveals the brother’s wife is still alive.

Why is Prime Minister Koo slowly finding out about the other world?

Prime Minister Koo checks out the newspaper again which features President Donald Trump — she rings her mother to see if she sent the newspaper but she says she didn’t.

Koo analyses the paper in more detail and becomes shocked when she sees her alternate self on one of the pages.

How does The King: Eternal Monarch episode 8 end?

Episode 8 confirms that both worlds are interchanging more frequently in terms of story and science.

Sae-jin is starting to uncover the other world and asks Eun-sup to hand over his phone. He sees the photo of jo Yeong and Lee Gon and wants to know where his hotel is.

Sae-jin checks out Lee Gon’s hotel room and sees the autopsy report for Lee Lim from the Kingdom of Corea. Jo Yeong enters the hotel room and they have a fight — Sae-jin looks at Jo Yeong and realises his face is the same as Eun-sup.

Lee Gon then enters the hotel room and it gets tense.

Sae-jin asks who they are; Lee Gon tries explaining where they are from and says he has answered all his questions previously

But then there’s a twist;  Sae-jin asks if he is Lee Gon — Sae-jin has flashbacks of Lee Gon because when he was younger he saw a news report of the king mourning over his father’s death. Lee Gon then realises that he is Sae-jin’s king. Sae-jin is originally from the Kingdon of Corea.

The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 8 presents plenty of loose ends which are intriguing but you have to wonder how the Netflix series will tie them all back together.

Other points

  • Lee Lim meets Koo’s mother. Later, she recognises him from the royal family history book.
  • In a fight scene, Eun-sup and Jo Yeong swap. Lee Gon is trying to make Jo Yeong authentic as his alternate self. He uses a marker pen to put a mole on Jo Yeong’s face.
  • After a brief encounter, Jo Yeong asks Eun-sup if he has a crush on Na-ri.
  • Jo Yeong tells Jangmi that he will come across many murder cases and he’ll get used to it.
  • Lee Lim is told that Luna (alternate version or Tae-eul) is famous for crimes in Corea and now he wants to find her.

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