With a rebellion squashed, a king shaken, corrupt nobles reinstated, merchants wreaking havoc, and a grudge match like no other, you know things have got to be moving towards a rather dramatic conclusion in this, the penultimate week of The Joseon Gunman.

I have to say, I was a little surprised at how quickly last week's rebellion was brought to an end. Things for both the king and queen were looking rather bleak at the end of last week's episodes so I was expecting a little more than Choi Won Shin and Hye Won suddenly stepping into the role of heroes, to bring about the end of what I thought would be a much more drawn out rebellion. I suppose with only four episodes left, there wasn't really time to draw out this rebellion but it did seem like a bit of a waste, seeing as how the only thing that really came of the whole thing was the death of Soo In's father, which seemed totally pointless and the waste of a perfectly good character. Though, I suppose, ultimately it did bring about the beheading of Master Toad and his tadpoles and for that I was happy. Sometimes you just want to see the bad guys get what's coming to them and this time,at least, we weren't disappointed.

Unfortunately the king was dumb enough to let one tadpole go and I'm really hoping he comes to regret that decision because he should. Kim Byung Jae is a total scumbag and I still cannot believe that he went from exile, to reinstatement, to the brink of death, to being the puppet master of the king. How could this happen!?! All I can say is the king had better see the error of his ways soon or there's going to be hell to pay. The people of Joseon aren't going to idly sit by and let their food and their freedom be regulated by a bunch of corrupt merchants and greedy nobles. If the king thought the rebellion of his leaders was bad, he's going to be in for a shock when his entire country turns against him. I just hope Yoon Kang's Robin Hood-esque acts are enough to keep the peace with the people or things are going to get ugly before the end.

Speaking of ugly, I was surprised at how ugly things got between Yoon Kang and Yamamoto. All this time I thought Yoon Kang and Yamamoto had, if nothing else, a mutual respect for each other but it turns out, Yamamoto has respect for absolutely no one. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this, seeing as how every single merchant in this story is only interested in what's best for them but still, I was hoping Yamamoto would be different and maybe even be able to help Yoon Kang out. Sadly, the only thing Yamamoto managed to do was alienate himself from one of his strongest allies and kill off his entire entourage, including the noble Kanemaru. *sobs*

With things left as they are, I'm really wondering how this story is going to wrap itself up. I have no doubt there's going to be a massive showdown between Yoon Kang and Won Shin and I'm sure both will be mangled and bloodied before one of them eventually gives up the ghost but what's going to happen with the rest of the story? Will the king finally get his head on straight? Will there be another rebellion? Will Yoon Kang and Soo In actually get a "happily ever after" or will their story be one of tragedy and woe? I'd love to know your thoughts on all of this and more so be sure to leave me a comment below!

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Catch up on past posts from the Joseon Gunman Drama Club:

Episodes 1-4: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Episodes 5-6: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Episodes 7-8: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Episodes 9-10: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Episodes 11-12: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Episodes 13-14: [Part 1]

Episodes 15-16: [Part 1] [Part 2]

Episodes 17-18: [Part 1] [Part 2]