Bang-Won tells Moo Hyul he is going to kill Bang-Seok (crown
prince) and Jung Do-Jeon (Sambong), and uses Young-Gyu's funeral as
cover for meeting his allies, including Jo Mal Seng and Lady Min's
brothers. The big difficulty is that the king has forbidden private
armies, and even though they have men outside the capital they can't
get them in. Ha Ryon figures out how to smuggle them in under cover
of working on the Queen's tomb. Boon-Yi finds the hidden weapons and
confronts Bang-Won; he refuses to move them and she keeps his secret.
The Ming Emperor dies and King Taejo gets ready to attack
Liaodong. Taejo plans to leave a week before this scheduled day to
work on the tomb, but then he falls ill and postpones the departure
Jung Do Jeon brings his brother Do Gwang and young nephew Jung
Gi-Joon to Granny's cafe for lunch the day before the army is to
depart. She gives safety amulets to Bang-Ji and Moo-Hyul who know
they will have to fight each other. Boon-Yi asks Sambong if the
people really are the foundation of the country. He says the nobles
rule with the welfare of the common people at heart. The commoners
are too busy working and can't learn to read. She encourages him to
find a way.
Granny catches Moo-Hyul moving the weapons and makes him promise
to quit working for the prince after the fight. The scariest part of this show is worrying if annoying screechy Granny will let out the secret. Yeon-Hee gives
Bang-Ji some armor and he gives her the amulet. Bang-Won leaves his
house, collecting men along all the side streets.
Note: The Queen's tomb was being built in the capital city, with
different nobles sending men to work on it every day. Yi Seok Boem
sided with Bang-Won and brought soldiers in on the day he was
scheduled for work. Jung Do-Gwang and Gi-Joon are fictional, but
appear in Tree With Deep Roots, the main plot of which is finding a
way for the common people to read.
Once Bang-Won has collected his army, he sends Juk-Ryong
(Eyeliner Monk) to divert Bang-Ji. Bang-Ji meets Yeon-Hee, we get a
little hugs-and-kisses, then she gives him back the amulet and heads
home; but Juk-Ryong and his men capture her. When Bang-Ji feels
danger looming and runs back to find her, Juk-Ryong sends him on to
Gab Boon overhears Boon-Yi and
Granny in the storage shed talking about the attack. She warns
Sambong at Officer Nam's house, and they escape to Sungkyunkwan.
Bang-won and older brother Bang-Gan capture Nam's house and the
military office, and surround the palace. Bang-Won has papers with
the names of their prime targets, throwing them into the fire as they
are killed. Bang-Gwa, the oldest brother now, spends the evening with
“Uncle” Ji Ran to prove he had nothing to do with the coup and
has clean hands.
Bang-Ji finds Yeon-Hee in the forest with Jo Mal-Seng and his
men, who threaten to kill her if he moves at all. She knows they are
preventing him from protecting Sambong, so she falls on the sword
herself. The men scatter, and Bang-ji tries to find Sambong, only to run in to
Scholar Woo at Sungkyunkwan finds out that Sambong is there and
warns Bang-Won. Officer Nam escapes, but Sambong gives the village
elder some papers for his brother, goes out to meet Bang-Won, and is
killed. The last view is of the paper with Jung Do-Jeon's name
Historical note: Bang-Gwa actually did not know about the revolt.
Jo Mal-Seng was a real officer but did not have anything to do with
Yeon-Hee, who is fictional. The Woo family helped Poeun impeach
Sambong back in Episode 32; after he regained power, Sambong nearly
exterminated that clan. This Scholar Woo was getting revenge. The
Joseon annals state that Sambong was found hiding, but that was
written by the victors so no one really knows.
We get to see Bang-Ji and Moo-Hul fight, slashing and jumping,
eventually stopped by Boon-Yi and Grandma running in with the news
that Sambong is dead already. Sa Gwang sees Moo-Hyul mourning and
decides she needs to take out Moomyung and whoever owned those hidden
While the Mins try to talk Jo Joon around, Bang-Gwa tries to
pacify Ji Ran. The crown prince Bang-Seok is dragged out and
Bang-Won kills him, poor kid. When the king finds out he calls for Bang-Won and
nearly kills him, but Ji Ran stops him.
King Taejo abdicates and Bang-Gwa becomes king. He assures
Bang-Won he doesn't really want to be, and doesn't have a son from
his wife anyway. Officer Nam is chased down and badly injured. He sees
Shin-Jeok and tells him to preserve the Hidden Roots group by turning his body in so Bang-Won will trust him.
When Bang-Ji retrieves Sambong's body the village elder meets him
and hands over the papers. It is a trap; the elder is killed and
Bang-Ji escapes down a cliff. His mother (the Moomyung leader) finds and nurses him, and
he asks to work with them to kill Bang-Won as revenge for Sambong.
Historical note: This rebellion, called the First Strife of
Princes, was August 26, 1398. Bang-Seok and Bang-Beon were killed
separately by assassins when they left the palace later. Nam Eun
escaped but turned himself in and ended up being
beheaded. King Taejo abdicated September 5.
Bang-Won decides to destroy Moomyung by attacking their base of
court servants, merchants, and Buddhism. He allows the tribunal to
interrogate (torture) the Banchon people; Moo-Hyul can't stand it and
asks to return to his hometown.
Bang-Ji finds that among Sambong's papers is one signed by all
Moomyung members, including Shin-Jeok. He approaches Shin-Jeok, gets
a draft of Ha Ryun's about expelling Buddhism, and passes it on to
his mother. She makes a plan to invite Bang-Won to a meeting in the
Bang-Won sees Granny begging Moo-Hyul to give it all up and leave,
and finally gives permission. Boon-Yi meets him too, and he agrees to
release the village people and let them resettle elsewhere. She
invites Sa-Gwang to go with them but is turned down. As the villagers
are loading onto boats at Mapo port, their remarks make her realize
that Sa-Gwang is out to kill Bang-Won and she runs to the meeting
site. Moo-Hyul decides he can't leave without taking formal leave and
heads for the same place.
Sa-Gwang arrives first and confronts the Moomyung soldiers.
Moo-Hyul finds the bodies and rushes on. Boon-Yi gets there in time
to stop Bang-Won from being poisoned, but the Moomyung men attack
Bang-Won's. Sa-Gwang attacks them in turn. Bang-Ji is momentarily
stunned by seeing his sister, but when Sa-Gwang charges his mother,
he engages her. Bang-Won escapes with Boon-Yi; Gil Seon-Mi attacks
them but is intercepted by Moo-Hyul in a flying leap.
Historical note: Mapo is a district in western Seoul by the Han
River. In old days there was a ford there. Buddhism was very corrupt,
with a lot of property (donated in order to keep it from taxation),
and many temples and rituals taking a big toll on the country.
Episode 50 (Final)
Moo-Hyul and Gil Seon-Mi's fight is pretty impressive but Bang-Ji
and Sa-Gwang's is faster and involves more flying. Bang-Won is nearly
captured, but Ha Ryun brings reinforcements. Granny's amulet saves
Moo-Hyul; he leaves Gil mortally wounded but still able to kill
Yooksan when he strikes at Yeon-Hyang (Bang-Ji's mother).
Moo-Hyul breaks into the other fight with another flying leap.
Sa-Gwang tells them she is after Moomyung for forcing Prince Wang Yo
onto the throne, Yi Seung-gye and Jung Do-Jeon for killing all the
Goryeo royal family, and Yi Bang-Won for the hidden weapon storage.
She attacks them both and they help each other and finally cut her
Moo-Hyul officially resigns and Bang-Ji goes away – apparently
not to China with his mother. Boon-Yi takes the villagers to an island. Monk Juk-Ryong bring in the bodies of
Gil and Yooksan, claiming to Ha Ryun that Moomyung is defunct now (but really on the orders of Yeon-Hyang). Since merchants are being
restricted, he offers to be a leader of government sanctioned
peddlers, and admits his real name is Baek Dal-Won.
Bang-Gan revolts, is caught, and spared by Bang-Won. Bang-Gwa
abdicates, and Bang-Won is crowned third king of Joseon. He makes the
Min brothers drink poison when they plan a coup and try to kill his
Bang-Won visits his third son Yi Do and is surprised when he
answers questions the way Sambong and Boon-Yi had done. They visit
Moo-Hyul's village and get him to come back as Yi Do's
bodyguard. Moo-Hyul takes them to Boon-Yi's island; she meets Yi Do
and talks to the king; she is worried about pirates so he orders a raid on their stronghold on Tsushima Island.
Boon-Yi, now turning gray, visits the
mainland. She sees people from Tree With Deep Roots: a young woman teaching hangul to children, and a couple of guards (Cho Tak and Park Pol) who tell her how easy the new letters are. She realizes that this
is the answer to Sambong's problem of
helping the commoners communicate and goes to visit his grave, which is
The end of the show is a montage showing how Yi Do is similar to all six of the Flying Dragons.
Historical note: In January of 1400 Yi Bang-Gan rebelled and was exiled; Bang-Won never killed any of his full brothers. In February he was named crown prince, and in November Bang-Gwa abdicated and Bang-Won was crowned as King. The Queen's brothers were eventually executed for trying to take power, two in 1410 and two in 1416. Baek Dal-Won was a real peddler who saved Yi Soung-Gye's life when he was fignting Jurchens in the north and did become head of a peddler's union.