At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 42 .. LAST EPISODE!
When Duyun went back to Northern Han to asked for help and troops, he manage to poison Lian Xi who did not trust Duyun at all. The Empress Dowager had tried asking him to take over the crown but he refused. The palace officials had also been pestering both the Empress Dowager and Lian Xi. Lian Xi lay dying and the Empress Dowager dismissed everyone, and saved him by sucking the poison out herself. Empress Dowager might have did it for her own selfish reason. But I believe she accepted Lian Xi as Lian Cheng was always looking out for him, and she remembered Lian Cheng's words of letting bygones be bygones. And also that Northern Han needed a new emperor and only Lian Xi was qualified as he was the last of the Emperor's bloodlines, other then Lian Si of course.
Lian Si came in search of Qiyou but met Duyun who was happy enough to tell her how he killed Qiyou. He then subdued her with some acupuncture points and she became paralysed. He then told her how he had always wanted her but how she refused him and then made her his concubine but promised to make her his empress when he took Chu's throne.
After killing her brother, Fuya left the palace and Chu and went to the river/countryside where Qiyou died to join him. I think she may have commited suicide there, met Qiyou's spirit and then their spirits live happily there together or.... somehow Qiyou did not die and he waited there for Fuya and they met there and spent the rest of their lives together living a simple life away from the palace life... Hmmmmmmmm (this story is from my own point of view...unlike the others here, which was taken from point2 e ok..)
Fuya's mom died, and thanks to Nu arguing with Qiyou who pushed away Fuya's mom who fell after being pushed some more by Concubine Han. Nu of course told Fuya Qiyou did it. Yunzhu thought she did it because she couldn't hold on to that foolish old woman. My question is since Concubine Han knows she is dying WHY does she feel the need to push an innocent person to her death? Fuya in her heart knows Qiyou didn't do it. But she told Qiyou she had to leave him, too many people died because of her but mom died because of Qiyou. Sorry Fuya, she died because of you because Han wanted you to leave and I don't know why she pushed your mom frankly. By that time it doesn't serve any purpose. She left for Zhou . Qiyou in turn gave his kingdom to Qiyun and rushed to find her. They reunited, and that was where he died trying to save her from being ambushed by Chu's army since they were passing through.
I mean Qiyou didn't die also because he never got the chance to deliver a monologue that hopefully ends with YOUR BROTHER IS EVIL! So no, he is NOT dead. But I do believe he will be dead later. Fate is cruel to Qiyou. What a poor guy.
Northern Han is faced with succession dilemma, Lian Xi does not want to be Emperor. Empress Dowager asked Nu, now back in Han for his opinion. What more can he say? LET ME BE EMPEROR?
And why would Nu aka Duyun force his sister away from Shu? What good does it serve him? Nothing because this Duyun is a destroyer and a devious coward like that can never govern a country. Fuya is blind to his faults. If he only dies, everyone will be at peace.
Poor Qiyou. Father never loved him, Concubine Mei never treated him like her own, his mom treated him like shit all his life only because she loved him but died before he can feel any love from her, his brother Qixing betrayed him, Fuya abandoned him, even his own life left him, so to speak. Sigh.... Qiyun will probably fare better as emperor since he is the only man abstaining from any matters of the heart in this series.
At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 40
And poor Qiyou though. Imagine deaths of BOTH sons in one episode after the other, both thanks to Nu. I never quite understand why Nu killed Fuya's baby. She was in a cart or whatever on her way to see Northern Han's empress dowager to stop her from fighting in a senseless war (where the cart's wheel was loosened by the driver on the instigation of who else but Lian Si) when the cart overturned, she didn't die, baby ok, went into labour, Yunzhu ran to get water (like where got water in the middle of a very dry looking hill road?) and Nu pressed on her tummy and in the end killed his own nephew. You may wonder why he did that? Well Qiyou did say he will help Fuya to restore Chu BUT Nu will never be emperor as his heart is black and cruel. Whatever the book may say, I believe in this series, Nu did what he did out of pure vindictiveness. He sees the baby as Qiyou's child whom he hates, but not as Fuya's child, whom he supposedly loves. At this point my favourite character is Lian Xi for his unwavering loyalty to his own brother and even if he hates his brother's mother, he never attempted to kill her. Now look at this evil Nu... what a piece of garbage eh? Anyway so baby dies. Lian Si gives birth, but Qiyou refused to name her empress or the child crown prince.
Lian Si's baby dies mysteriously. Fuya wanted to poison the baby by putting something on the cheek or whereever and release the bees which will sting and kill. She couldn't release the bees, she shouldn't do it, threw away the bees container. Let's just guess who released it in the end. Fuya knows it is her brother because she showed him how it is to be done. Now why would Nu kill Lian Si's baby? Simple; he hates Qiyou and he wants Lian Si and Lian Si told him to get lost and he said to himself "I shall have you, even if I have to carry your dead body back to Chu with me". Lian Si was mad with grief and said Fuya did it, Qiyou said he will investigate and Fuya admitted she did what she did and cried to be executed. Qiyou believes Fuya is incapable of anything evil.
And at the beginning Nu tried to accuse Qiyou of killing Fuya's baby!! Why? Because Qiyou wanted to keep his throne and make his ministers happy and he doubted the DNA of the baby. BUT if Qiyou had wanted to do that, he might as well do a huge show of executing Fuya then, why go one big round to that? Fuya didn't believe, or she did, at this point I really didn't care. How could Fuya believe that nonsense? In the end we find out she doesn't believe.
At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 38
But first, Fuya knows her mom can't wait anymore, and so she lovingly caresses Qiyou's handsome sleeping face and thought to herself "Qiyou, I am sorry" and to her baby she says "Mommy will have to take you along to the afterworld"
I mean even my sis was shouting "Let the mom die! For god's sake, she is OLD". Fuya is crazy. So she thinks use her life to save mom, but after giving birth to child. Now she wants to kill herself and the child for mom. Insane! But Grandpa Hua knows what is happening, drugged Fuya and in the morning Fuya rushes to her mom and her mom is all ok and she finds out Grandpa Hua came the night before. She and Qiyou rushes out and shouted "Grandpa Hua, Grandpa Hua" Grandpa Hua was running away, vomiting blood as he thought "Ya Ya, Grandpa Hua wants nothing more than to take care of your child, see him grow up but Grandpa Hua can't do it. I can't let you die, you have always been my favourite, everyone always say I doted on you too much, but I never felt it was ever enough. I wanted to take care of you forever, but since now I can't, and you have Qiyou to take care of you, I am not worried. I can go, in peace..." and then he fell and they saw him and they rushed to him and a whole lot of talking, but surprisingly Fuya doesn't cry like there's no tomorrow. She was to me way too calm when her "father" is dying. And Grandpa Hua died. Fuya being a heavily pregnant woman should have been very emotional, she wasn't, Qiyou who has been with Grandpa Hua for so many years was also way too calm.
Meanwhile Lian Si was so happy she would be giving birth in a month when she stumbled upon Yun Zhu. Yun Zhu cried "What I said is true!! Concubine Ya will be giving birth in a few days!!!" and Lian Si knew she would lose since everyone confirms Fuya's baby will be a son and Qiyou happily decreed that son will be crown prince and Fuya empress a few days later. Lian Si was very upset and then came "He he he he he" which is Concubine Han with her incessant laughing and she said "Why are you so upset? If the baby was conceived in Northern Han then perhaps the father is your brother" and Lian Si said "No, we all know..." and Han says "Yes we all know, but the Shu ministers don't know, more importantly Northern Han does not know.. who is to know who is the father..." and Lian Si took the cue and wrote a letter to her mom.
In Northern Han, Empress Dowager received the letter and was overjoyed to know Fuya is pregnant and the child is Lian Cheng's. She cried "Northern Han has a successor!". Interestingly she didn't look distraught at Lian Cheng's death. She looks too immaculate. She orders for war to get back the child soon to be born. Minister argues how they can be sure the child is Lian Cheng's and everyone pretty much asked the same question until the attending physician's notebook was referred to (the same physician Lian Cheng killed when he told Lian Cheng Fuya was pregnant and Lian Cheng knew the child wasn't his and so he killed the doctor to save Fuya's reputation) and it wrote clearly it was conceived during her time in Northern Han and so everyone was convinced. By the way Empress Dowager herself will lead the army!
Meanwhile Fuya's brother, that dog Nu tried to instigate another minister to overthrow the empress dowager which he flatly refused and Nu poisoned him. When that minister or general did not show up, Nu himself volunteered to go to war and get back the child
Nu himself alone and gloated how this was his opportunity when Lian Xi grabbed his neck and basically kicked him until Nu revealed what was the meeting about and Lian Xi thought "Brother... has a son?". It is more like a statement than a question. But I think in his heart he should know Lian Cheng never slept with Fuya but then at that time only Qiyou, Fuya and Lian Cheng know for sure what was going on. So to Lian Xi this was like taking back what was his brother's. I am touched by Lian Xi's love and loyalty for Lian Cheng and I hope he doesn't die in the process. I want him to live. Somehow I really like Lian Xi. It is Nu I am finding myself hating, apart from "He he he he he" Han.
Shu finds out about Northern Han's impending attack and the Shu army refuses to fight a war for a bastard child that wasn't Qiyou's. Qiyou was so angry he had the minister who dared speak about the gossip arrested. But Fuya knew there must be some mistake and so she proposed to go see Empress Dowager, to speak to her, because she knows the empress dowager is not an unreasonable person. Qiyou flatly refused but will send an envoy. Meanwhile Han Ming is the appointed general.
May I say again I really like the idea of Lian Xi. He reminds me of Qiyun, except more useful than Qiyun. And the difference between Shu and Northern Han cannot be more obvious than that of the soldiers' reaction. When Lian Cheng wanted to attack Shu for Fuya (to be fair not many knew the real reason), no one doubted Lian Cheng. Now when Qiyou wants to defend Shu for Fuya, everyone doubts him. Why be an emperor when nothing ever works out for you? And Lian Si is such a problematic woman, but Fuya should have just visited her and have a heart to heart talk with her. Don't forget, Lian Si blamed Fuya for Lian Cheng's death and now of course because Qiyou so obviously favours Fuya. Fuya should have been even more generous because I don't think Qiyou ever sleep with Lian Si after they returned, he must have been with Fuya every single day.
At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 37
As for Concubine Han who killed Duwan and Du Ruhai, and Qiyou could do nothing about it as she says she did it to secure his future and to prevent that bastard child from coming back and fighting for the throne, and Han Ming was disgusted but did nothing. She is crazy.
Qiyou thanks to Han Ming and former Chu general captured Shu city and Qiyou forced Qixing to drink poisoned wine, like Qixing forced him and he said "This time let's see if there's anyone willing to drink this for you" and no one did. Duwan who is due to give birth to a son refused to drink and they ended up blaming one another, and Qiyou sniggered "Shouldn't husbands and wives be more united than this?" and he forced Qixing to drink who kept saying "I will give you back your throne! I will go away! Please let me live!!" but Qiyou refused to listen and then Empress Dowager rushed in and grabbed Qiyou, crying very very hard "He is your brother! How can you kill your brother?! He is your brother!!!!" and Qiyou stared at her who was crying hard and he himself teary eyed said "Mother, I am your son too. Where were you when I was forced to take the poisoned wine? Where were you when I was a prisoner of war? Am I not your son too?" and all she could do was cry. Anyway she cried, very hard, silent but crying and Qiyou said bitterly "If you won't let him drink this, then... then I shall drink on his behalf" and he drank the wine and Empress Dowager was shocked as she cried "You er, You er, You er" and HE DIDN'T DIE! He cried as he said "Mother, I am not as heartless as you think I am to kill my own brother!" and he ordered Qixing to be demoted to commoner and kicked out of the palace. But what about Duwan eh? Anyway he was leaving when Qixing angrily said "Go to hell you bastard!!!" and picked up a sword and rushed towards Qiyou who was walking away with his back facing Qixing and Qiyou didn't move, just held his sword backwards and Qixing himself ran towards the sword and basically stabbed himself to death. Qiyou was shocked as Qixing fell to the ground, mother rushed to hold him as he vomited blood and said "Mother, I... I shouldn't have been emperor?" and yes it was a question and then he died. Qiyou was crying, so was mother and frankly, didn't pity Qixing. He shouldn't have been a man because he showed none of the courage nor loyalty of one, more so an emperor.
Qiyou went to release Fuya and hugged her, only having eyes for her as Lian Si stood there filled with jealousy. He became emperor. He have Du Ruhai arrested and dragged away as he begged "Spare your nephew! Spare your nephew!!". Fuya is expected to become empress. Han Ming got promoted into some big time general and Concubine Han thinks she can use Lian Si to shake Fuya who then can shake Qiyou.
Qiyou went to see Qiyun and Qiyun said "I buried Qixing at the top of the hill where he used to love playing and running around at..." and Qiyou asked sincerely "Do you hate me for forbidding Qixing to be interred into the Meng Imperial Mausoleum?" and Qiyun said "You're bound by rules, and the advice of your ministers even if you're the emperor. Moreover he never liked the rules and ettiquettes of the royal palace, so I do think he would be better off buried away from the Mausoleum. Finally he can have some peace" and Qiyou looked at Qiyun and said quite sincerely "I killed him..." and Qiyun said "Brother, you didn't. He killed himself, he dug his own grave, it was not your fault" which is true. Anyway Qiyun begged to be given an imperial post because "The court is still dominated by the Dus and Concubine Han" and Qiyou said "So you wish to assist me...Alright, granted". Funny in the end it is the half brother who shows more loyalty than full brother, much like Northern Han.
Fuya finally fetches her mom home but mom is dying from the poison. So.. Han never kept her promise to Fuya that is kill emperor, save your mom. Nobody keeps their words in this series!
Empress Dowager Du is very sick and so she is dying. She asked her faithful bodyguard, Mo Chou to fetch her some boxes, one contains Qiyou's favourite toy and another the drawing she threw onto the floor when he was little. She cried saying "These are my treasures I protect with my life." but she was crying when Fuya came to visit and assured her Qiyou is coming soon to see her but she laid on her bed, saying "He refuses to see me, because he hates me.. he hates me..." and Fuya assured her he is coming but she said "I am not worried for him. He has you, Fuya and you will take good care of him...". Anyway alone, she is still crying as she said as she clutched the drawing tightly to her chest "With this in my hands, I can die in peace" when Qiyou walked in and commanded "You can't die!" and she looked at him and said "You er, my son, how handsome you look in your emperor's robes, how powerful, just as I always imagined how you will look" and Qiyou said bitterly "I thought you never wanted to see me in these...I am sorry to disappoint you mother" and Du said "You have never disappointed me. You have rose to the occasion just as I expected...but the seat of the throne is never easy, never easy. I hope you can understand my intentions now" as Qiyou said "Your intentions?!" as she said "Yes, I have carefully planned for you, to make sure you suffer, to learn the deceptions of the imperial court, to understand and to be ruthless even to your own family, to be hardened in your resolve. Your father never wanted you to become emperor. He made you a crown prince just so he can buy time and then give the throne to Concubine Mei's son. I saw that from the beginning. You were in danger..but I never expected to see brother killing brother in the end.. I never expected that..."
From what Du said, my take is she loved him the most. First she resented the fact Mei raised him and her own son loved Mei more. But she treated him coldly because she knows from a young age Qiyou is a capable boy and meant for greater things. She also knows her husband loves Qiyun more than Qiyou, has plans for Qiyun to be Emperor and is ruthless enough to get rid of Qiyou in favour of Qiyun. Qixing is different. He is young, no courage and won't be good for greater things so father will let him live. Qiyou however is too smart for his own good and his father will probably kill him. Which is why Du decided to make life so hard for Qiyou, make him so discouraged, opposed him in every way and making all obstacles so that she can kill that ambition of him to be emperor. Because she loved him the most, she wanted him to live and by living means living an ordinary life and that would be to take him out of the race to be emperor. Which is why she treated him so coldly. She wanted him to feel hopeless and therefore have no ambition.
Anyway she cried as she said she can be in peace since Fuya will take care of him and she can go in peace and Qiyou raised his voice as he said "You still love Qixing the most! Because you rather follow him to death than to fight for your live and stay with me!"
In his own way he may resent his mother but he has always yearned for her love and when he kinda realised what she did for him (which until now I still can't reconcile her behaviour although I kinda understand), he went to her, and cried "Mother, please don't leave me alone. Please don't leave me, fight to live! Mother!" and she cried "My dear son, You er, I can't fight my destiny. If it is meant to be, it is meant to be" but Qiyou refused to give up as he cried "Mother, please don't leave me!"
As for Du Ruhai, he got killed by Concubine Han who also refused to let Duwan give birth and so killed her as well. Du Ruhai to his credit cried before he died "The emperor would never be so heartless! It is you! You evil woman! You bitch!!!". Which is good since he knows Qiyou would never have ordered for him and Duwan to be killed. Duwan to her credit begged not for her own life but that of her unborn child. She died anyway.
At point of posting, am watching until ... EPISODE 35
The recap on Lian Cheng and Fuya and since they had so little scenes together, believe me when I said you would have seen those scenes a million of times since well, since all other recaps. Anyway interestingly Fuya after scolded by Lian Si said "He ruined my country, killed my father..." and Lian Si said "But he did all he could for you, he loved you, he died for you, you still hate him?". Well dying for her doesn't exonerate him from his sins but Fuya said "I neither loved him nor hated him..." which is a strange statement band then she said "Lian Cheng, at least you have your release. What about me?" which is true. 2 suffering souls, so alike, so apart. But her true feelings are revealed as she said "Lian Cheng, I hope in our next life we will not be born into royal families. And I hope we shall meet again..." which shocked Qiyou who looked at her wide eyed since I suppose he might be asking hey! what about our 10 lifetimes together huh? Yeap, Fuya basically said to Lian Cheng she doesn't hate him, but she doesn't love him but not because she can't but because of the circumstances rendering such love obsolete. So she wishes that in their next lifetime they be ordinary folks and she hopes to see him again and in that lies the promise of Fuya to Lian Cheng; I will love you if we meet again. So deep down she loves him.
He laid dying in Qiyou's arms, which took quite a long time so the poison must be slow in effect. Anyway Qiyou cried as Xiao Xin Gan said "Don't be sad, I don't deserve your tears, I am only a lowly servant.." and Qiyou cried said "I never thought of you as a servant, you're my brother" and eunuch cried "Your brother? I am your brother? Then my life has not been wasted. Please listen... they will eventually kill all of you unless you become emperor. You.. must.. become.. emperor..." and he died. I tell you I damn well cried!! I mean the last sentence was so true. Fuya said "Qiyou, you must escape. Save yourself" and Qiyou said "No.." and Lian Si said "She is right. You must escape, you can do it. Then think of ways to come back and rescue us" but Qiyou said "No. I will stay. And I will take back what is rightfully mine!" and he said it with such determination you know he will kill Qixing for it!
Concubine Han was laughing happily as she said "Stupid boy. Doesn't he know his brother's temperament? If he let his brother alone, he would have happily lived peacefully right next to this stupid boy emperor but when pushed, Qiyou will fight back! Stupid boy!" and cue "HA HA HA HA". But Han Ming just looked at her like she's mad. And then a manly voice said "You know me so well Concubine Han!" and it was Qiyou who had escaped and he said "I came here to ask for your help" and she said "Why would you think I will help you? What do I have to gain from that?" and he said "because you are greedy for power"
(taken from Point 2 Entertainment....)