Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Episode 8 Recap – how does Bu-yeon realise her true identity?

January 3, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
Nathan Sartain 0
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An exciting installment that sets the scene tremendously for the final two chapters.

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An exciting installment that sets the scene tremendously for the final two chapters.

We recap the Netflix K-Drama series Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Episode 8, which contains spoilers.

Packed with exciting revelations, wrinkles, and plenty that will factor into next week’s finale, this episode of Alchemy of Souls season 2 proved to be an apt appetizer for whatever is set to come. It’s been a marathon of a series, but based on this chapter, it really does seem we’ll be getting a conclusive, worthwhile payoff.

Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Episode 8 Recap

When their passionate kiss is interrupted by the energy of Uk’s ice stone being felt by Bu-yeon, the couple decides they genuinely wish to be together. As such, the pair need to find a way to convince Ho-gyeong to let her eldest daughter stay away from home. Uk is confident he can, happily practicing his marriage request routine in front of Bu-yeon, but worries soon arise when the monster hunter recalls his previously terse experiences with Jinyowon’s leader. Thus, the priestess decides she will first return home, then attempt to talk with her mother about the situation once she is put “at ease.”

In the midst of her sweet request to have her partner “secretly visit” while she’s away, Bu-yeon again stuns Jang Uk, this time with her exclamation that “from the moment” she first saw him, she knew he was her husband. It’s far too close to a phrase Uk had previously used about Naksu being his master – evidenced by the fact it also causes the priestess to regain more memories – and the scene ends with an intriguing line on how this time, Bu-yeon has “recognized” her partner first.

As Lady Heo hears that Seo Yul has decided to take responsibility for his life being saved in exchange for Bu-yeon’s return home, the medic becomes curious as to why the genius mage didn’t mention the priestess is Naksu. Elsewhere, Jang Uk tells Park Jin and Maidservant Kim that he will do whatever he can to quell Ho-gyeong’s hatred, so she can be convinced to let him wed her daughter.

Acting tensely, Seo Yul bluntly tells Bu-yeon he’s not sure her staying with Jang Uk is good for the couple, considering they’ll cause each other pain. Additionally, the genius says the priestess would not consider him a friend if she “knew what I had planned to do at Danhyanggok.” When pressed about his upset attitude though, Yul does admit he’s hurting, deflated by the fact he knows someone he has “cherished for a long time” will soon disappear.

At that point, Bu-yeon regains more memories, and she is subsequently encouraged to travel to Danhyanggok to discover her true identity, in addition to the reasons why she and Jang Uk will cause each other pain. Still, the priestess wishes to do no such pilgrimage despite her friend’s offer of help before we cut to see Lady Heo eavesdropping in the background.

While Jang Uk is told to bring his gold plaque to a meeting with the Crown Prince, Seo Yul visits the body of So-i. Here, the genius mage is touched by the swindler’s retention of the umbrella he once gifted her, in addition to her words on how he made the world “seem clean and bright,” so states he will attend her funeral. Concurrently, Bu-yeon ponders whether she should head to Danhyanggok, only to appear far less motivated upon seeing the scar given to Jang Uk by Naksu, not wishing to regain any more of the assassin’s memories.

Next, Seo Yul visits Ho-gyeong, and tells her he will help Naksu should she wish to live alongside Jang Uk. Jinyowon’s leader is enraged by this, responding by saying she would then have no reason to keep the assassin alive, but she wavers when hearing Master Lee had told the genius mage that Bu-yeon’s soul would soon return to her body. “Just let her stay where she wants, with the person she wants to be with, for a while,” Yul says, evidently wanting Naksu to have what she desires up until the moment her soul is expelled from the body of Ho-gyeong’s eldest daughter.

Understanding the Crown Prince knows his birth history and seemingly not wishing to fight the royal over the gold plaque, Jang Uk agrees to become general of the North Fortress. This particularly pleases Jin Mu, who believes the monster hunter, much like Park Jin, is “restrained by justice.” Still, as we see, Jang Uk is actually asking Songrim’s former leader for support if he is to engage in any conflict, insisting his actions have been born out of “careful deliberation” and with a knowledge of what he must protect.

Consumed by curiosity, Lady Heo takes Bu-yeon to the Dark Forest and splashes her with medicine, looking to reveal the signs of a soul shifter. However, Seo Yul intervenes before the blue marks proving Naksu’s existence can be exposed, then sends the priestess away so he can set things straight with the reckless physician. Nevertheless, Bu-yeon later ends up seeing the blue marks of the shadow assassin in her own reflection, causing her to both regain memories and wonder if she is her.

Traveling to Danhyanggok, Bu-yeon stands in front of the large tree she vividly remembers. There, her remaining memories come flooding back, and she confirms to herself she is Naksu. Though no time for reflection is allowed, as the soul of a younger Bu-yeon appears, explaining to the assassin she will soon have to leave the body she is in.

Distraught, Bu-yeon sits alone for hours until Jang Uk arrives to greet her. Naturally, this ends up an unhappy reunion, one where the guilt-riddled priestess cuts ties with the monster hunter based on her painful regained memories. Yet even worse, Bu-yeon was so cryptic with her words during the breakup, Uk is led to believe her explanation of the “man I deeply care for” is not him.

As Bu-yeon returns to Jinyowon, telling Cho-yeon she wanted to live in a place familiar to her and away from others, Jang Uk prepares to leave for the North Fortress, his mission being to bring the “same kind of peace and stability” to Daeho that Seo Gyeong brought to Seoho. In the meantime, the Crown Prince will protect Daeho alongside Cheonbugwan as they prepare for the lake’s rite to pray for rain. Elsewhere, Ho-gyeong realizes Naksu’s soul is still in her daughter’s body.

Unable to bear how much he is missing Bu-yeon, Jang Uk secretly visits her one last time prior to his departure for the North Fortress. Here, the monster hunter emotionally tries in vain to get answers on who the person the priestess “deeply cares for” is, though he does get a chance to sincerely express his love for her and state that he will wait for Bu-yeon to miss him, then return “sooner than expected.”

Next, Seo Yul reflects on Master Lee’s words, procrastinating on the knowledge that Jang Uk has the power of Hwansu, and will soon “agonize” over whether to expel Bu-yeon’s soul from her body to keep Naksu’s there. Meanwhile, we see Lee Cheol has discovered the “sacred” turtle with “the energy of the Black Tortoise” discarded by Jin Mu, acknowledging it is ready to help another person “find their way.”

As the Crown Prince tells Jin Mu he will give him his support, excited at the prospect of becoming as powerful as Jang Uk, Park Jin correctly predicts “uproar” now the general public has seen the fire bird earthenware wash up on Lake Gyeongcheondaeho. Most pleased with this is the Gwanju, who knows this panic will help him use the Unanimous Assembly in the lake’s rite. Additionally, Jin Mu gets the Crown Prince to help him continue importing his earthenware, which will in turn aid in his quest to claim Jinyowon for himself.

Helping her outraged mother, who has found out a Jinyowon priestess will not be dancing at the lake’s rite, Bu-yeon heads over with the area’s plaque which allows them to defy royal orders, wanting to convene with the Gwanju she clearly remembers now. Though what actually occurs is far more complex.

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Upon arriving with the once-discarded turtle, Bu-yeon insists on proving her divine powers can keep Jinyowon’s plaque safe (meaning the coveted item isn’t confiscated). As such, she is tasked with fetching the plaque within a day from inside Gwido, a prison used to hold those who performed sorcery, which was created by Jin Seol-ran.

Accompanied by her turtle, Bu-yeon enters a life-threatening environment. Here, she follows her animal, hoping it’ll lead her to the plaque, only to end up attacked by a wraith before she can claim a blue orb. Surprisingly though, Jang Uk is on hand to protect the priestess, subsiding the threat facing his love efficiently. Yet he soon becomes more concerned with who Bu-yeon really is, and the episode ends with Uk questioning his partner upon noticing the blue marks in her eyes.

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