It Stays in the Family
Hwarang could be pretty much called a story of wasted relationship potential. I’ve been waiting for the interaction between KIM Sam Maek Jong and KIM Yeo Wool since the end of episode 5, but they have barely spoken since then. What’s the point of introducing such an intriguing, fictional character, and then completely waste and ignore such an epic opportunity?
Yeol Wool’s mother is the sister of the previous king WHICH MAKES HIM BOTH MAEKJONG’S COUSIN AND HIS COUSIN ONCE REMOVED. Queen Ji So is King Beopheung’s daughter who married her uncle, Beopheung’s younger brother (meaning Maek Jong is the former’s king GRANDSON AND ALSO HIS NEPHEW) = Ji So is YEO WOOL’S COUSIN and Maekjong’s father is YW’S UNCLE. That’s consanguine marriage in practice for you.
That’s the reason why I was so intrigued by their first meeting because judging from Maekjong’s face he’s aware about YW’s indentity and their connection.