Mei Niang is pregnant with Li Zhi’s child?!
EDIT: We have solved the mystery. So the plot was supposed to be that Mei Niang was pregnant with Li Shi Min’s child, but the writers thought that deviated too far from history so… they made it Li Zhi child?
Ok that is analogous to not ordering fries at McDonald’s because it’s fat, but then you proceed to order two double-quarter pounders, two Big-Macs, three Filet-O-Fish burgers, a junior McChicken sandwich, 20 pieces of chicken McNuggets with a super-sized coke, AND plus still ordering a side of fries.
You thought her having Li Shi Min’s baby was ridiculous and historically incorrect? So you actually decided that to go for something even more ludicrous and historically impossible?
They decided to change this in the plot afterwards through the voiceover dubbing, which explains why it’s so unexplained in the drama. So please excuse parts of this post where I initially thought that the Li Zhi part was written in intentionally, and I put on my investigative hat to thoroughly analyze the scenes. I ask so many rhetorical questions because this part of the drama was very questionable.
There are too many feels from these three episodes that I have to recap and review them first because I have so many feels. And most of them are so negative at this point because I just cannot accept how they played out the love story!!! Maybe it’s because of my love for Li Zhi Ting (Aarif Rahman) but why did they make this so complicated? Maybe I’m too used to the OTP in most dramas so that this seems just so complicated. I’m so love/hate with this drama right now.
So the Emperor dies and Mei Niang rushes back to the the palace to see him one last time (she’s already there because they captured her along with Princess Gao Yang). Look at how sad she is. Look it. She’s crying so hard right? I can’t believe that she sleeps with Li Zhi within a few days – your husband just died! And you’re so sad!!! She proceeds to cry in Cheng Qing Dian.
Li Zhi and Mei Niang don’t interact for the remainder of the time until she becomes a nun, so this must be where they sleep together.
Which… disturbs me. I have so many unanswered questions. First – their relationship did not develop at all during this time into something romantic, it’s just something one-sided, so how it end up to them banging?! Which leads to my second question: people during the ancient times wear a considerable amount of clothing and layers – they really had to make an effort to sleep together because they would have to take off so many layers. It wouldn’t be like a modern drama where the guy would just slip off his belt or something, they would had to really put in effort to strip down.
Thirdly, did they bang right then and there?! it’s an empty palace yes, but I’m sure there are a lot of guards outside, and given that it’s an open room… And also, that is not a bed. That’s like, a stage or stand. Did they bang there? Or did they migrate to a more comfortable place because then again, they put a lot of effort into sleeping together.
I know historically they get together, but I thought it would be portrayed differently in the drama… At least some build up from Mei Niang that she looks at him romantically or finds him attractive right? As of right now, he’s just a little brother if not worse, as a stepson.
Then there’s the long anticipated scene where Xu Hui asks for Mei Niang’s forgiveness, yet it’s outshone by the many questions that I have about MeiNiang’s guilt-free and shameless demeanour. You banged his son!!!
But this was a good scene. Mei Niang refuses her apology, refuses to be friends with her again. Finally, she stands up for herself, and breaks out of the ‘innocent and pure’ Mary Sue persona for a bit.
Xu Hui, having nothing to live for, commits suicide, and returns the jade bangle that Mei Niang once gave her, mended. It was a sad scene – she was left with nothing in the end, and had nothing to live for.
Mei Niang enters a covent to become a nun because all of the Emperor’s concubines have to suffer that fate if they haven’t produced a child after his death.
They either got a really good wig or did some really good CGI because the shaving scene was very real.
At this point Li Zhi shows up after the whole balding ritual to see her one last time. What bugs me is that he calls her Wu jie jie, which means roughly to be big sister – yo you guys banged!!! Does that not change your relationship dynamic a bit?! Such discomfort.
At this point Wu Wang, Li Ke is sent to An Zhou, to govern that state. Zhang Sun Wu Ji, one of the respected chancellors sent spies to spy on him but all eleven are killed – we don’t know who killed them yet. Shu Fei’s previous servant (as seen in the previous picture) begs him to take action and tries to blame it on Li Zhi (even though Li Zhi wouldn’t do that).