The past two weeks have flown by and “Mr. Queen” has, without a doubt, made it better. This show remains fantastic in plotting and character development without any of the teeth-gnashing, anger-inducing tropes that unnecessarily drag out conflict in other shows. For those of you who are waiting for the show to end to determine if it’s worth the watch, “Mr. Queen” is definitely worth it.

Without further ado, let’s dive into what we loved and hated about the latest quartet of episodes.

Warning: spoilers for episodes 13-16 below.

(Note: due to the confusion in addressing Bong Hwan and So Yong, fans of the show have coined the term “So Bong” to refer to the two merging characters. I’ll be using So Bong to refer to our favorite Queen, and the pronoun “he” because this show is called “Mr. Queen” after all!)

1. LOVED & HATED: The bed scene and its aftermath

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Consent. After hiding in the kitchen and drinking himself silly to avoid seeing Cheoljong (Kim Jung Hyun), our Queen (Shin Hye Sun) falls into a deep sleep. So deep in fact, that when he wakes up and sees Hong Yeon’s (Chae Seo Eun) lovely face, he tenderly tells her that she’s the first person he saw upon entering Joseon and the last thing he thought of before jumping in the lake. They kiss and well, go from there. That’s a big confession, but as it turns out, it isn’t Hong Yeon gently watching over the Queen but Cheoljong. So imagine So Bong’s shock when he a) wakes up next to Cheoljong whom he’s seriously catching feelings for and b) liked their night together.

His shock and horror is played for humor but there is the question of how consensual this was. After all, the Queen had no idea it was Cheoljong and would definitely have refused if she had known. Yet, Cheoljong had no idea So Bong was drunk or thought he was Hong Yeon. The confusion goes both ways because the poor man was under the illusion that So Bong was consenting.

However, many people will rightfully point out the following: Doesn’t this mean that So Bong’s in love with Hong Yeon? We’ve seen how tender he is with her and he’s made it clear that he genuinely cares for her, so why the King? Why not Hong Yeon who makes perfect sense as a love interest?

The answer is simple. Love doesn’t make sense. Byeong In (Na In Woo) has rooted for So Yong from the very beginning. He’s fought his father for her, risen through the ranks to ensure her safety. It would make sense for So Yong to fall for him, but that’s not how it works. Hwa Jin (Seol In Ah) has lied, yes, but she also genuinely loves the King and many of her feelings (for example, regarding the concubines) are valid. It makes sense for Cheoljong to stay with her, but that really isn’t how it works.

So why use Hong Yeon as a plot device at all? Because So Bong’s reaching for what makes sense to avoid his feelings which don’t make sense to him and because mistaken apprehension is the name of the game with our royal couple. We’ve seen time and time again, our couple wouldn’t be together were it not for the mistakes. They’re both strong personalities (despite the King having had to keep his under wraps for years) and tend to be quite set in their opinions once they form them. So it makes sense that Cheoljong, colored by his dislike of the Andong Kim clan, never gave So Yong the benefit of the doubt, and that So Bong, colored by his impression of Cheoljong from history books and how he treated So Yong (and of course that murder attempt) would be equally reluctant. They would never have willingly sat down together and talked things out.

Sleeping together is the final nail in the coffin for So Bong’s confusing identity, telling him to open his eyes already. It was beyond time for So Bong and Cheoljong to come together on their own as opposed to by mistake, so it’s equally refreshing when they stop dancing out each other and finally talk things out. Cheoljong finally learns that So Yong saved his feast and So Yong finally learns that she’s been writing sappy love letters to Cheoljong this entire time (much to her horror of course).