I confess that ending had me checking the calendar there for a second – it positive as hell had an air of “finale” to it. It’s not after all – we now have six extra episodes to go. Nevertheless it was the tip of the novel’s first quantity, which actually explains that confusion. That little epilogue after the tip credit gave us an thought of who the subsequent massive antagonist is prone to be (Bingyue positive as hell didn’t find yourself being a lot of an issue).
I used to be relieved to not have an precise story this week after two eps of large infodumps. Bingyue’s half was resolved fairly early (a pattern I’m noticing with carryover plots on this present). All he needed to do was ask properly and Shouxue would have helped him on precept however no, he needed to go and take Jiu Jiu hostage (and provides her a wound, too). What Bingyue was hanging round for was the attempt to assist Princess Mingzhu (who he’d deliberate to marry regardless of being her nephew), the ghost beneath the tree. And as anticipated, the comb was the important thing to that story. It’s not in Shouxue’s nature to go away struggling souls as they’re, so she settles issues in just a bit too straightforward trend (as normal) by digging up the Princess’ comb and giving her an IC card to paradise (Bingyue too).
Not content material with that little little bit of ghostbusting, the Raven Consort turns her consideration to the Emperor’s night time guests. Gaojun (I suppose we’d heard his identify earlier than however I don’t recollect it) was proper, his mom and Ding Lan are innocent apparitions – however they aren’t the one ones within the neighborhood. Their look a month earlier was no coincidence, as a result of (as was hinted at) the Empress Dowager tried to curse Gaojun earlier than she was executed. Once more, that is disconcertingly straightforward for Shouxue – her being mainly infallible is a little bit of a writing crutch, and we noticed it manifest a minimum of thrice this week.
Together with a little bit of dim sum, Shouxue will get a message from the Flower Princess – Gaojun is doing a little legislating, however shall be checking in along with her quickly. The legal guidelines he enacts are mainly for her profit – he cancels the capital punishment decree in opposition to her clan, on the grounds that they’re all lifeless already anyway. I see this as largely a symbolic gesture – it’s not like she’s going to cease dyeing her hair, or certainly like anybody was excited about killing her. However as a lot as something this sequence appears to be in regards to the Summer time King making an attempt to get the Winter Sort to decrease her guard and let him embrace her – fraternally if not romantically, symbolically if not actually.
These two are each basically form folks, and the notion that they might be associates or lovers is actually believable in a vacuum. Destiny has dealt them a harsh hand in that respect, although. Even absent their distinctive historic relationship it’s laborious sufficient for an emperor to have associates anyway. However that relationship complicates issues immeasurably. He can acknowledge her as a fellow monarch of equal rank in personal, however within the eyes of the world she’ll at all times be one in every of his topics. And, extra to the purpose, a prisoner of destiny – a destiny not even the emperor appears to have the facility to vary.