5 Reasons Why “The King: Eternal Monarch” Deserve To Join Your K-Drama Favorites’ List

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The King: Eternal Monarch is definitely not your typical romance K-Drama!

From its grand premiere, the series has been reeling attention owing to its high-concept plot translated to immersive portrayals by its main cast. Gliding to its projected plot; Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, and Woo Do Hwan head to unravel more of the cryptic connections of the two parallel worlds.

With its spiraling momentum, the big comeback project for both writer Kim Eun Sook and Lee Min Ho has been generating online buzz. Adding to that, its stellar cast has so far fused to its ingenious plot with characters of stark contrast.

Moving towards its third week, here are five key points that drive the series’ impeccable run.

A Decisive Hero When It Comes To Love

Right off the bat, the charismatic hero of the story, Lee Gon, expressed attachment to his love interest, portrayed by Kim Go Eun. His cheeky and mushy remarks plus stolen and direct warm gazes to Jung Tae Eul draw swoon-worthy moments for fans who has so far enjoyed their sweet bickering.

Adorably and openly smitten by Jung Tae Eul, he throws knee-weakening lines like: “It’s not that I didn’t know how to go back, I just didn’t want to go.” And, where else can viewers go if the handsome hero is vocally sweet like this?

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A Sweet Swerve From The Usual Heroine

Likewise, Kim Go Eun decorates her new role with dauntless attitude. She deviates from the typical K-drama female lead who is cheerful and optimistic despite many hardships.

Growing up she preferred watching detective shows and her interest leans more on learning new combat techniques than playing dolls. She is definitely no damsel in distress.

She made us swoon when she revealed why she became a detective. “Not everyone can be brave, so I decided to be brave.” She’s a real girl crush character, no doubt about it!

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A concoction of Fantasy Romance + Sci-Fi

Giving a healthy dose of romantic premise, The King: Eternal Monarch not only treats with saccharine moments and humor, its fantasy layer gravitates with the concept of parallel worlds and a magical item that enables the main hero and villain to cross another dimension.

Appearing as a modern day fairytale, with Lee Min Ho all dapper riding on an equally handsome horse, viewers will find it hard to evade his irresistible charm. Mix in a heroine like Kim Go Eun who does not need a knight-in-a-shining-armor makes the love story even more interesting.

Aside from that, details about the Republic of Korea and Kingdom of Corea are introduced by Lee Gon, brushing on interesting points about Korean history.

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Two sides to every character

It’s a double delight for each character in The King: Eternal Monarch! Owing to the premise of parallel worlds, there is a counterpart of everyone in each world. Thus, further challenging the actors who get two different characters to portray.

While we have yet to see everyone’s other version, Woo Do Hwan shines in the spotlight. We get the best of both worlds with his portrayal of stoic, steadfast Jo Yeong and playful, cute Jo Eun Seop. In both roles, his chemistry with Lee Min-ho stands out as the bromance brings much amusement to the audience.

A well-defined story trajectory

Swiftly moving, writer Kim Eun Sook utilizes her signature storytelling by laying a polished groundwork for her story to expand on. Her meticulous weaving of the complex scenarios in both worlds is well-captured by the camera lens of Directors Baek Sang Hoon and Jeong Jee Hyun.

There’s more adventure and romance up ahead for our duo. So don’t miss out because the story is just getting started!

Check out the preview for episode 5 below.

The King: Eternal Monarch is now streaming on Netflix with weekly episodes every Friday and Saturday at 10.30pm.

PR & Images Courtesy of Netflix