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Scene Spotlight: The Crowned Clown Episode 8

**SPOILER ALERT** (The following has major spoilers for episode 8 of The Crowned Clown.)

Marking the end of the first half of The Crowned Clown, Chief Royal Secretary Lee Kyu does the unspeakable: he murders the king, Yi Heon.

Episode 8, the halfway point for the series, begins the clear divergence from the original source as Chief Royal Secretary is forced to choose between his king or his ideals. It's a quiet affair without much fanfare which only emphasizes the destitute state of the fallen king. It's a brilliant scene: shot, scripted, and acted beautifully. My favorite scene from the show thus far, capturing the complexity of the characters and the moral ambiguity of their choices.
The episode starts with the king's unexpected return to the palace which throws Chief Royal Secretary's efforts out the door in a matter of seconds. Forced to face reality, he finally sees what the throne looks like with a rampant king.

The man he once offered his life to now threate…
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Looking forward to Argon

What else can I say? Park Won-sang plays a major role in the drama, and you have me hook, line, and sinker.

Side note, I watched the entire press conference the show held recently, and I actually liked Director Lee Yoon-jung. I only knew her as the Coffee Prince director and then more recently as the Cheese in the Trap director who got into quite a mess. I must admit that I haven't heard very nice things about her as of late, but she seemed so personable and cheery during the press conference that I couldn't help but warm up to her a bit.

Anyways, Park Won-sang only had wonderful things to say about the show--don't they always?--so I'll trust his decision. Also, even if the show turns out to be terrible, I know for certain that Park will be amazing. Besides, the leads are Kim Joo-hyuk and Chun Woo-hee, and that's enough pull for me to check out a first episode even if Park Won-sang wasn't attached.

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3. Mae-chang's backstory.

4. A change in the female lead. (If they don't give Ga-eun something to do, Hwa-goon should be the female lead.)


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