Weiyang: Previously Xin’er but takes on Weiyang’s identity to exact her revenge
Tuo Ba Jun (TBJ): Bright & compassionate man who doesn’t care about royal politics and is the Emperor’s favorite grandson.
Tuo Ba Yu (TBY): TBJ’s uncle. He’s cold and ruthless but I think he’s slowly liking Weiyang.
Changle: Weiyang’s oldest sister who hates Weiyang because she thinks she stole TBJ from her.
Changru: Weiyang’s younger sister who’s in love with TBY.
Li Mingde (LMD): Weiyang’s 2nd brother who used to have feelings for Weiyang. He’s now the Prince of Rouran and is also known as Prince Yuan Lie but I’m still going to refer to him as LMD to limit confusion.
Chengde: TBJ’s servant and likes Juntao.
Bai Zhi: Weiyang’s loyal servant.
Jun Tao: Weiyang’s bodyguard & the one who knows her true identity. Currently missing.
Changan: TBY’s servant
Chiyun Nan (CYN): Great General who framed the Hexi King. Also Da Furen’s nephew.
Li Ang: Also known as General Jiao, minister of Ran Rou Kingdom. He’s the one who has been protecting LMD a lot of the times.
Lady Wen: Changru’s and Changxi’s birth mother.
LMD comes in dressed in a gold armour to save Juntao and Chengde as he shoots his arrow at CYN (who’s still masked). CYN fights off the arrows before running away since he’s outnumbered. Then, CYN tells TBY what happened who’s angry that Chengde got some information and is getting closer to finding out about his involvement with the Crown Prince’s demise. CYN tells TBY not to worry and that he has a plan. Next, we see that his plan needs Changle’s help as Hong Luo tells Changle (as per CYN’s instructions) that the person who received the information must not live.
Changle immediately goes to see Chengde but is stopped by 2 guards at the entrance because of TBJ’s order. But she forces herself in and find the doctor tending to Chengde. Seeing a medicine soup on the table, she makes eye contact with Hong Luo who goes to put powder in the soup. Changle quickly asks the doctor about Chengde’s health to hide what Hong Luo is doing. Changle then tells the doctor that she’s concerned about him and will help him drink the medicine. Noticing her smile and suspecting that she’s up to something, Chengde ‘accidently’ knocks the bowl to the floor. TBJ then comes inside after scolding the guards for not listening to his order. Changle tells TBJ that she’s concerned about Chengde and TBJ dismisses everyone, including her. After dismissing everyone, TBJ asks Chengde what happened. Chengde tells him that Changle wants to harm him so TBJ says that its not safe here and he will bring him to another place to recuperate. Chengde then gives TBJ the black item he got from the messenger.Later, we see TBJ, Juntao, LMD and Weiyang having a conversation. Juntao tells them that she’s sure that it was CYN who attacked her. LMD suspects that he is attacking them because they’re investigating the Crown Prince’s matter but Weiyang says that it can’t be him since there’s no reason for him to because the Chiyun family is no longer influential. She says that there must be someone backing CYN and that person is involved with the Crown Prince’s matter. They then guessed that it might be TBY since they have secretly worked together before. Weiyang quickly stops TBJ from going after TBY since they have no evidence and there’s no point going after him. Weiyang tells him that they have to accomplish two goals first: catch CYN to get TBY and get the account book. They also decide to not tell the Princess about this matter since she will be torn because both TBY and TBJ are her family.Then, we see TBJ having a meal with Changle. Chengde then comes in and TBJ says that he must go because of an urgent matter. Changle goes and eavesdrop on their conversation as they talk about the account book – since they’re talking out in the open, I bet this is a trap to get CYN. Yup, it’s a trap as Hong Luo relays the information to CYN. CYN orders his men to get ready for tonight and says that they must not tell TBY and let him get his hands on that account book. Hong Luo asks for permission to join them and CYN agrees.
Then it’s nightfall as CYN and Hong Luo follows TBJ to a place where the supposed account book is located. CYN then tells Hong Luo that if this fails, she will be in charged of the Chiyun family before following TBJ inside. He carefully watches TBJ’s every move and sees him getting the ‘account book’. We then see LMD’s smirk to TBJ since they’re plan is working. We see CYN’s men getting caught as CYN is left by himself, outnumbered.CYN asks TBJ for the account book who throws the papers at him. However, the papers are blank and CYN realises that he has fallen into a trap. Just as he was about to escape, hundreds of armed soldiers surround him. However, he is unable to fight them off as Hong Luo watches him getting trapped and stabbed. TBJ asks CYN who’s his backing but CYN doesn’t say anything. TBJ tells CYN that he knows its TBY who’s behind this. Wanting to help, Hong Luo was about to move in but CYN instructs her otherwise. TBJ then leaves but not before ordering his men to bring CYN to the Emperor tomorrow morning. But then someone shoots an arrow at CYN, killing him in the process. Angrily, TBJ screams out TBY’s name out loud knowing that he just lost a key evidence because of him.Later, Changan informs TBY that CYN is now dead and hasn’t revealed anything. TBY says that death was coming for him anyways since he did this to himself. Looks like TBY made prior arrangements to have CYN followed by his men or else he wouldn’t be able to know that CYN got caught by TBJ. Changan tells TBY that TBJ might be suspicious of TBY now but TBY is not afraid since there’s no evidence against him especially since CYN is dead.Meanwhile, Chengde tells TBJ that he tracked the man (who killed CYN) into TBY’s residence. Juntao comes in to say that there’s no clues nor evidence they can use. But TBJ tries to remain positive, “No matter what, we must find that account book”.
Next, the Emperor sees CYN’s body in front of TBY and TBJ. TBJ stares at TBY who stares back at him. The Emperor then asks them how is CYN alive and whether if he is the Lord Zongzheng’s murderer. As they talk, Weiyang gets closer behind the doors to eavesdrop on their conversation. TBJ reveals that someone helped CYN to stay alive and was behind CYN with these plans. However, TBJ tells the Emperor that there’s no evidence to pinpoint someone as of yet but that he believes that this incident and his father’s incident are related. TBJ proceeds to tell the Emperor that his father was framed by someone who wanted to hurt him. TBJ then tells the Emperor that there’s an account book to prove his father’s innocence. TBY quickly butts in and says that TBJ has not been sharing the clues he found, which is not right and thus does not understand how CYN is involved. TBY continues to make TBJ’s words not believable in front of the Emperor especially since TBJ does not have concrete evidence. TBY brings up Weiyang and how TBJ does everything for her. This angers the Emperor especially when TBJ becomes irrational and blames TBY for killing CYN and framing his father. The Emperor then gives them three days to find evidence. TBJ says that if he fails, he will be disposed.Afterwards, Weiyang tells TBJ that he shouldn’t have said those words to the Emperor until they get evidence. TBY then comes in laughing and says that his father, the Older Prince and him are all the same, “Who’s hand isn’t covered with blood?”. Weiyang tells TBY off and asks if he’s scared of karma. TBY laughs and says “I will definitely get what I want” as he looks at Weiyang. Next, Changle gets the news of CYN’s death. Hong Luo tells Changle that they have fallen into a trap which led to CYN’s death, “TBJ used you!”. Then guards come in, followed by TBJ. TBJ tells her to stop pretending and that he knows she killed his mother. Changle tells him that he’s wrong and that his mother’s murderer is Weiyang. Changle then tells him that if he has evidence, he can kill her. When she realises that he doesn’t have evidence, she laughs as she will be his wife forever and he can’t throw her away. TBJ then orders his guards to not let anyone go in or out. Meanwhile, we see the Emperor playing chess by himself but is unable to concentrate. The Emperor asks his eunuch who is the most outstanding to be the heir. The eunuch says that both TBY and TBJ are outstanding and that TBY resembles the Emperor the most. The Emperor talks about TBY fondly and how he reminds him of his younger days but TBJ’s recent behaviour shows that he’s a bit immature.Weiyang brings TBJ to a place where she goes to pray for the people she misses. Both Weiyang and TBJ talk to their parents and elders. Hearing the bells ring, Weiyang tells TBJ “Look, they’re here to see us”. Weiyang also tells him that the reason she bought him here is to let him know that she will be by his side even if all his loved ones leave him, “I’ll always be by your side and will never leave you”. Later, TBJ tells LMD, Juntao and Chengde that he has already confined Changle so there won’t be any leaked information. They then contemplate about the black rock they have been left with by the dead messenger. TBJ suggests them to separate to find clues with him being with Weiyang to search Lord Zongzheng’s residence. He also instructs the others with their own tasks.Meanwhile, Changan tells TBY that he’s getting closer to the throne. TBY says that because TBJ is risking his life for Weiyang, the Emperor wouldn’t hand the throne to such a person. Back in court, hearing people speaking against investigating the Crown Prince’s matter, TBJ glares at TBY as he knows that he planned this. TBJ quickly pleads with the Emperor and the Emperor agrees to re-investigate the Crown Prince’s death.After that, TBY asks TBJ whether he arranged all this. TBJ tells TBY that it’s out of his control and that he won’t be able to control the Emperor, “In the Emperor’s heart, my father’s death secretly upsets him”.
LMD is stopped by his tracks by the Emperor’s head eunuch who tells LMD that he shouldn’t come to the palace anymore and if there are news, the Emperor will send a messenger to him. Annoyed, LMD asks him if he’s under house arrest but the Eunuch chuckles and says that nowadays the city is not safe, “The Emperor is doing this for your safety”.
Looks like it was TBY’s plan who asked the Emperor to do this since TBJ only has 3 days to find evidence. But since LMD won’t be able to help TBJ, TBJ’s task to find the evidence within the time frame is even harder.
LMD then surprises the Princess with those wind toys, “How did you know I like these? When I was young, my mother used to make these”. The Princess then brings up Weiyang’s situation and how she’s in the dark, “You guys are hiding something from me”. LMD tells the Princess that they are not doing it on purpose but that it is not convenient to let her know.Meanwhile, Juntao and Chengde are following Changan’s every move. Suddenly a huge bunch of soldiers come in holding a portrait of Juntao. So Chengde quickly hides with Juntao since she can’t be caught by them. Later, LMD reveals the whole situation to the Princess who is shocked that her brother TBY harmed the Crown Prince. LMD tells the Princess to pretend that she doesn’t know anything before telling her that he received the Emperor’s order to move into a posthouse, under house arrest. The Princess tries to rush to the Emperor to try and change his mind but is stopped by LMD who says that it won’t be easy to withdraw the order.Meanwhile, Changle is throwing a tantrum since she’s not allowed to leave her room. Hong Luo tells Changle that they must take revenge and that she will help Changle with hers. Hong Luo suggests Changle to notify TBY to help her but Changle says that she can’t even leave her room. But Hong Luo says that she can do it and leaves the room. We see her knocking out the guards before taking one of them to disguise their face onto hers. Then Hong Luo goes to meet TBY at his residence. Later, Weiyang and TBJ are back at Lord Zongzheng’s place still trying to find clues. Weiyang asks TBJ whether his father’s retrial will have a good outcome. TBJ tells her that because it has been so long, a lot of the evidence and witness are no longer her so it will be hard. Weiyang then finds chests which contains the same black stone TBJ has received previously. She continues to open up all the chests to find that one of them is missing the item. She tells TBJ to see what she found and proceeds to put the missing black stone in its place. This triggers something as one of the safe is unlocked and inside there’s a black case. They open it to find a scroll and an account book. This is the evidence they’ve been looking for and TBJ can’t believe that his father was actually framed by TBY!!!!!They quickly head to the palace to tell the Emperor of their findings. TBJ tells the Emperor that he has found evidence of his father’s innocence which surprises the Emperor, “You found evidence?”. TBJ gives the Emperor the two pieces of evidence and says that these are enough to show that it was TBY who framed TBJ’s father. After going through the evidence, the Emperor gets angry that TBY harmed TBJ’s father. The Emperor wants to get TBY here so that he can kill him but Weiyang advises him not to because TBY has the power to get an army and revolt which would be disastrous. Thinking over her words, the Emperor agrees with Weiyang but he is still feeling betrayed by TBY. Outside, Weiyang and TBJ hug as they finally solved his father’s case. Then they see the Head Eunuch leaving the Emperor’s side as he says that he’s going to the Imperial Kitchen to make soup for the Emperor (is he one of TBY’s men?). TBJ says that he will inform someone to make the soup and that the Head Eunuch can go back to the Emperor’s side to assist him. Knowing that he can’t say no or else he will arouse suspicion, the Head Eunuch goes to assist the Emperor. After he leaves, TBJ informs his soldier to observe the Head Eunuch and ensure that he doesn’t contact anyone outside. Weiyang gets suspicious and asks if he’s suspecting the Head Eunuch. TBJ says that he’s no suspicious but being extra careful at this time.Later, we see the Emperor regretting his previous actions towards the late Crown Prince as he tells Weiyang his thoughts. Weiyang tries to comfort the Emperor by stating his accomplishments which makes him happy, “You always know how to make me happy”. The Emperor also seems regretful for his previous attitude towards Weiyang and understands that TBY must have had an underlying plan when he wanted to marry Weiyang. He then tells Weiyang that he has been sitting on this throne for too long, is he foreshadowing that he’s going to die soon? Weiyang then comforts the Emperor, “The Crown Prince will forgive you”, before helping him go to sleep. Note that the account book is under the Emperor’s pillow.Next, we see TBJ and his men getting ready for tomorrow as they make sure everything will go as plan.
Back in the palace, we see the Head Eunuch, still followed by TBJ’s soldier, heading inside the Emperor’s room. He quietly walks in and was about to take the account book but the Emperor woke up. Shocked to see the Head Eunuch betraying him, the Emperor scolds him.Soon, we see TBY inside the palace, asking the eunuch why did the Emperor summon him so early in the morning. The eunuch says that he doesn’t know and leads TBY to the Emperor. As he walks inside the room, we hear the sounds of lightening as the soldiers outside clutch their swords tightly. TBJ quickly orders the soldiers to capture TBY who is shocked at his current situation. Meanwhile, Weiyang goes to the Emperor’s room to wake up him but her face becomes shocked.Then we see arrows shooting at the soldiers and at TBY. TBJ becomes anxious because it will be all over if TBY is dead. But then, more soldiers go inside the room and capture TBJ as the real TBY comes in laughing at the situation, “Did you really think that I will be captured so easily?”. TBY tells TBJ that he lost because he got sold out by his wife aka Changle. Seems like Hong Luo heard all of TBJ’s plans last night and notified TBY of his plans. TBJ tells TBY that the Emperor will not forgive him but TBY says that he will go and see the Emperor to make him abdicate his throne.Back to Weiyang, we see why she was so shock. The Emperor is wounded and is unconscious. Weiyang quickly calls for help. We then see the Head Eunuch telling TBY what he did to the Emperor. This angers TBY, “You killed my father?!”, as the Head Eunuch pleads forgiveness from TBY, “It wasn’t on purpose. I did it for you.”.
Then the Emperor regains consciousness and tells Weiyang that it was his Head Eunuch who did this to him. Before he passes away, the Emperor tells Weiyang that he is passing the throne to his grandson, TBJ, and that he has trusted her with TBJ for a while now. Then an eunuch comes in to inform Weiyang that TBY has brought an army with him and is killing people inside the palace.TBY comes into the room killing everyone except for Weiyang. Weiyang tries to escape but he quickly knocks her out and orders his men to bring her out. He then walks closer to his dead father and laughs at the sight but then we see him grieve for his father.Meanwhile, we see LMD with the Princess who is looking down. The Princess tells LMD that she had a dream last night that something bad is going to happen. She then tells LMD that she hopes that there won’t be any problems with Weiyang but if that happens, does that mean that TBY will be in trouble? LMD tells the Princess that justice must be served and TBY did so many wrong things so he must be punished.
Then Changan with his group of soldiers arrive as he orders his men to kill LMD. The Princess tries to save LMD by fighting against the soldiers gets knocked out. Then Li Ang and his men arrive to save LMD.Back at the palace, we see Weiyang lying on a bed. She then wakes up and remembers everything. Changle then walks in as Weiyang realises that Changle betrayed TBJ. Changle doesn’t deny anything and affirms that it was her doing. Weiyang tells her that her actions killed so many innocent people but Changle doesn’t seem to care, “It’s better for them to die than me right?”. Changle tells Weiyang that she’s not going to love anymore since it brought her so much pain and that she will now live for herself. TBY then comes in just as Changle slaps Weiyang’s face. He dismisses Changle as Weiyang tries to get his sword but then slaps his face.
So, the Emperor is dead and now TBY is in control. Can’t believe that TBY has Changle on his side and hasn’t got rid of her…what was the point of her seeing Weiyang at the end? I wonder if TBY will force Weiyang as his wife? Also, is Changru going to come back? There’s so many unanswered questions and I’m also disappointed at Weiyang’s character. She’s not as strong as they made her out to be at the beginning…I find that I enjoyed seeing Weiyang more when she was the Li’s Household slapping Chunming and not giving a damn about everyone else. Hope the next few episodes in the lead up to the ending will be better – fingers crossed!