I loved seeing a fearless side of King Pyeongwon, empowered not just by his daughter but by his love for his country and his subjects, unlike Go Won Pyo, who thinks he owns the country and its people like land or objects. As they say, patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
If I didn't know better, I would think Go Won Pyo is emotionally and mentally obsessed with the Princess and is probably jealous of her fierceness at the same time. They say whoever envies another confesses his superiority. Go Won Pyo may never admit it, but I am more than sure he envies the Princess like he did her mother.
One can never put a price on one's allegiance to their country, which Go Won Pyo does; it's not surprising to me because only a selfish man who thinks all of Goguryeo belongs to him. They say patriotism is a thing of the heart. A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country. I had hoped, unlike his father, General Go would understand that if one abandon's their patriotism, it's akin to abandoning their soul. His asking Mo Yong to betray her country for the Princess was uncalled for but what's worse is her doing it for her heart. I am deeply saddened to see how far General Go has fallen in the depth of his obsessions for true love never hurts; a person who doesn't know how to love hurts.
Whoever labeled On Dal a fool didn't know him that well. He is far from that. I loved how On Dal and the Princess turned Go Won Pyo's trap on its head and him. He who digs a hole for someone else always ends up in it. Go Geon, and Go Won Pyo' expression as On Dal and the Princess victoriously walked up to the King in the palace was my favorite of this episode. And now that they are both in the palace, I cannot wait for the Princess to uncover Go Won Pyo, Queen Consort Jin, and all the other filth schemes, and most importantly, the little prince is the Consort and Go Won Pyo's son. But, of course, she has to deal with the Shaman first. The war may be over, but the battle continues. Watch Episode 13 here