The King: Eternal Monarch episode 9 recap and breakdown

May 15, 2020
Daniel Hart 6
K-Drama, Netflix, TV Recaps
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Summary

The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 9 provides the needed tension that we’ve been waiting for as we are on course for a war between both worlds.

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Summary

The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 9 provides the needed tension that we’ve been waiting for as we are on course for a war between both worlds.

This recap of Netflix Korean series The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 9 contains spoilers.


How does The King: Eternal Monarch episode 9 begin?

Chapter 9 sees Lee Gon taking security and Lee Lim more seriously. There’s a willingness to catch him and figure out his motives to stop him. It begins with a frank but loving conversation between Lee Gon and Tae-eul. They are out on a mission and Lee Gon explains how much he likes spending time with her. Tae-eul raises how she struggles to comfort someone who was betrayed by his past. He mentions how Song Jeong-hye will have the face of his mother but that he does not wish to see her because it’s not his mother. With each episode passing, the characters seem to have a mental battle with the ramifications of seeing both worlds.

How does Sin Jae handle the truth?

The last chapter revealed that Sin-jae is possibly from Lee Gon’s world and The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 9 deals with the ramifications. Sin-jae is frustrated and tells Lee Gon and Jo Yeong that if he sees them again, he will make arrests. Lee Gon tells Jo Yeong that Lee Lim brought Sin-jae here. Sin-jae speaks to Tae-eul about his recent experience and asks if she believes all the “science fiction stuff”. A flashback shows that it was Lee Lim who moved Sin-jae between worlds.

The phonecall.

We’ve been waiting for this moment ever since episode 1 and we finally got it. Lee Gon gets a call from Lee Lim from a private number — Lee Gon asks him if he remembers his voice and that he knows he’s in the Republic of Korea. The war between two worlds, the King versus the traitor, has formally begun — it’s going to be immense when they both meet face to face properly for the first time.

Prime Minister Koo wants answers

Prime Minister Koo meets the congressman in prison. He asks the Prime Minister if she wants to become Queen. She admits she does want more power with unlimited terms. She then shows the letters she has been received and asks the congressman to look into it.

Lee Gon tells Tae-eul about Lee Lim

It wasn’t really an elephant in the room considering they both trade secrets now. Lee Gon tells Tae-eul that Lee Lim is in Korea and it really is a matter of life and death — Tae-eul tears up; Lee Gon has to leave. The stakes are getting higher and likely to get more aggressive as each episode wears on.

Swapping places.

On a lighter note and adding a comedic edge to The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 9, Jo Yeong and Eun-sup have officially swapped places, both acting as each other in opposing worlds. Eun-sup is struggling to adjust to being like his alternate self. Lee Gon increases the security in the bamboo forest in case Lee Lim arrives. Lee Gon then asks Lady Noh why she didn’t check up on him when he came back — he’s confused to why Lady Noh isn’t asking any questions. She claims to already know where he is going and looks at his Manpasikjeok.

Marriage.

Prime Minister Koo meets Lee Gon to discuss government business. She can’t help herself and asks about “the traveller” referring to Tae-eul. Lee Gon keeps it vague. She then asks if he’s getting married but he reveals he’s already proposed to someone. That’s her marriage to the throne plans destroyed.

Is it an error?

While checking out the CCTV and reminiscing over Tae-eul, Lee Gon sees a child he recognises and his shoulder suddenly hurts. Lee Gon suddenly realised something on the screen and says “Haesong Bookstore, May 27, 2022 — is it an error? Tae-eul wasn’t wearing that on that day”. Meanwhile, Lee Lim implies he did not move Tae-eul from either world and asks his men to get rid of Jang Yeong-ji. He seems angry — “I need to leave again”. He seems worried about Lee Gon.

How does The King: Eternal Monarch episode 9 end?

Lee Gon says “happy new year Tae-eul” to himself and then the time stops. He knows Lee Lim has arrived in the Kingdom of Corea. King Lee Gon walks through the city on his horse with crowds cheering. He is sure Lee Lim is watching him but he confused as Lee Lim is not showing on any of the CCTV. Lee Gon then realises that Lee Lim has stopped ageing in the place where time is delayed — “a near-immortal life”. Lee Gon approaches Lee Lim while on his horse. He looks at him and says “traitor, Lee Lim!”

The King: Eternal Monarch season 1, episode 9 provides the needed tension that we’ve been waiting for as we are on course for a war between both worlds.

Other points
  • Lee Gon does not tell Tae-eul why he and Lee Lim can transfer between two worlds.
  • Sin-jae has gone on vacation from work and has gone into hiding, drowning his sorrows.
  • Na-ri thinks Eun-sup has changed and not for the better — it’s obviously Jo Yeong. Jo Yeong has had to pass a driving test as Eun-sup didn’t have a licence.
  • Lee Gon asks Prince Bueyeong if he believes in fate. The prince tells Lee Gon that he should get married this year.

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6 thoughts on “The King: Eternal Monarch episode 9 recap and breakdown

  • May 16, 2020 at 4:25 pm
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    Thank you for the recap! I’m not buying into the romance because of its break-neck speed, but I am intrigued by the overarching mystery. With Tae-Eul I think the only thing that changed for her with respects to Lee Gon is that he has money and is in a position of power; she realizes that he is NOT crazy and wants a piece of that good good royal pie. She’s opportunistic, simply put and I think that this has a lot to do with her sudden declaration of love. Also Lee Gon is handsome.

    I don’t know, the character just doesn’t rub me the right way. The writing is pretty lazy in that viewers are left to piece in a lot of the character interactions themselves, I don’t know. Lee Gun and Tae Eul have spent embarrassingly limited time together but are in love, Lee Lim is evil because the writer says so and Na-Ri in both worlds just exists to exist. The background plot is lacking. I wish more work was done with this, but it is what it is.

    Moving on, I want to find out who the palace spy is and expose the nefarious duplicates. Most of all I just want a happy ending for Lee Gon.

    • May 16, 2020 at 5:28 pm
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      Thank you for reading my recap. You make good points about the sudden declaration of love, though it isn’t uncommon in K-drama, it feels more rushed in The King. The story between both worlds is brilliant though.

  • May 16, 2020 at 10:09 pm
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    I think the romance is not rushed. Definitely not on Lee Gon’s side. He has been hankering for her for 25 years and when they finally met, he said she looks even better in person. He did not want to leave her side in the republic. In Tae Eul’s side, even before she truly believed his fantastic tale about Corea, she missed him when he left the first time. She read books about parallel universe, though she is a “flat-earth” kind of girl. The seed of love had already been planted. Then, when she finally found out he was not a deluded weirdo, she saw how caring he was, sneaking to her room in the palace so she did not have to be scared by herself. He cooked for her, he is intelligent, she saw how much loved he is in Corea, attesting to his being a good ruler and person. And he made it clear from the very first time they met that he likes her and wants to be with her. He proposed to her in Episode 2! A woman would be made of stone not to fall for him. if she was just into his looks, she would have fallen for him the very first time she saw him.

    • May 16, 2020 at 10:30 pm
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      And if she was just into his wealth, she would have kissed him back on their first date and not leave Corea. Instead she asked for her ID, telling him she had to go back to the republic while he was cooking for her.

  • May 16, 2020 at 10:18 pm
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    Why did Lee Gon say, “she was not wearing that” on May 27, 2022? Aren’t they in 2019? How did he know what she would be wearing in the future?

  • July 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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    Why did Lee Gon say, “she was not wearing that” on May 27, 2022? Aren’t they in 2019? How did he know what she would be wearing in the future?

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