Neither of us are watching the show, anon! (Though thank you for the reminder for me to update our dramas list.) I wasn’t all that excited with the premise, though to be honest, I haven’t heard much about the show. I don’t think anyone I’m following is watching it. What little I heard, back when it was in the casting stages, was that the heroine was supposed to be the shining light that kept the hero from “going crazy.”
That’s not a trope I enjoy very much, particularly once I looked up which king the hero was. Apparently he did quite a bit of purging (by which I mean murdering) in the last part of his reign. Which sounds to me like the whole “shining” plan didn’t work out so well. :/ (Yes, I totally “spoil” myself with sageuks. I want to know I’m walking into a tragedy if I can help it.)
But! I’m always glad to hear that someone is liking ladies in a show I’m not watching! That makes me excited because sageuks—at least the ones I’ve watched—tend to fall into the “history is a study of great men and the important things they did” narrative trap. Too much focus on middle-aged-to-elderly men with beards and fancy hats, not enough time spent on the ladies.
I’ll have to wander through the show’s tags to see if there are any good gifsets of the ladies so I can stick them in our queue.