We start off the series with a legend. It tells us that everything contains a spirit and energy, including a sword with so much on it. Only the Goblin’s wife can pull the sword turning him back to nothing and allowing him to rest. (I’m not sure what this will have to do with the story but I’m sure we’re going to find out.)
We pan out to an older woman telling a woman (Park Hee Von) the story and how it was a cruel deal for the Goblin to find himself immortal. He is everywhere in the world and not where all at once. She begins to laugh, telling the old lady that she doesn’t believe that the Goblin is still around, let alone that she is his wife. The old woman teases her about once being pretty. She goes to leave after wish the woman goodbye, however, the woman grabs her hand. She warns her that at a time when her life is flashing before her eyes, she should pray for mercy to a God because a God with a soft spot might hear her.
We rewind to 1968 in Paris, and we find Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) walking down the street. A young boy comes out and he stops him, recommending him not to run away from home as his future would be worst if he did. He suggests a few options on what to do but the boy can’t believe what he’s saying. Kim Shin warns him about slitting his wrist which gets his attention. As he asks if he’ll take responsibility if he’s beaten to death. Kim Shin tells him that’s why he broke his father’s ribs for him and just then the man comes out and trips over the potted plant that he previously moved. The boy asks him who he really is but he simply hands him a sandwich and leaves a very puzzled boy in his wake. (I’d be confused too.)
The question is asked again, who is he. He is all of the elements, both light and darkness, however, at one time he was human. We see Kim Shin on the battlefield. He was a military leader whose nickname was God. He was a renown warrior who could beat all of his adversaries on the battlefield. We then see a very well choreographed battle scene.
He arrives back to the palace and they welcome him as a hero. However, once at the palace gates, he’s told to remove his armour and is called a criminal. His army disagrees with the statement. He agrees to remove his armour but does not let go of his sword. He steps forward, telling them that he will see the king and archers fire. They kill some of his men and his lieutenant is appalled because they fought for them. The doors open which grants Kim Shin entrance. He goes in alone as to protect his men.
He comes face to face with a woman dress in white and behind her was the king. He’s told of Kim Shin’s status by his advisor and the threat that he poses. The king is suggested to give him the harshest punishment allowed under their law. When the general arrives next to the queen he’s told that if he come’s any closer the people in front of him will die. The queen tells him to walk forward as he must reach the king. Kim Shin is reluctant but she tells him that if it is her fate to die there, then so be it, but he must reach the king. He goes to tell her something but she admits that she’s always known (Probably that he loves her) and he sets his eyes on the king and pushes forward again. She’s shot through the heart but Kim Shin doesn’t look back. He steps forward and 1/2 of the people are sliced down. He pauses slightly and a guard comes forward to slice his back. Kim Shin’slieutenantt comes running can’t believe they have killed the princess. A guard comes forward to kill Kim Shin , but though he is injured he protects himself. He tells the guard that it has nothing to do with him, and his lieutenant comes to his side. He asks for one last favour and hands his sword to his lieutenant. Though he begs for forgiveness, he stabs Kim Shin through the heart and cries as he dies. HIs friend is killed before him. Kim Shin is to be sent to the fields to be eaten by animals. Before he loses consciousness he looks towards the queen and their eyes meet one last time before she falls still.
Kim Shin lies in the field with his sword sticking out of his chest, as nearby men pray for him to be spared. He believed that the prayers would do no good because no god was listening. That afternoon he died in the field and the sword was never moved.
Fast forward to Seoul in 1998, Wang Yeo (Lee Dong Wook) is walking the streets one foggy morning. He crosses the street and a car comes out of nowhere. It hits him, but instead of anything happening to him, the car is as damaged as it would be if he had hit a tree. He tells the driver that he hit a wild boar and walks off. A van pulls up and the man breaks out of the trance and tells the driver the same information. People start to notice the dead body in the trunk, as does the dead woman. Wang Yeo comes up to her and informs her about the information he received is accurate and if she is the woman he was looking for.
Wang Yeo takes her to a tea shop and serves her tea. He tells her that it will make her forget everything that happened in the previous life. She asked what would happen if she doesn’t drink it. He tells her that she’ll regret it and he hopes she can leave her regrets in the past life. Wang Yeo is suddenly alone doing dishes and he puts away the tea cup in a huge room. When he comes out Kim Shin walks past his shopping. They notice each other, but Kim Shin walks on.
Kim Shin arrives because to the house and is greeted by his butler and his butler’s grandson. We find out that it’s been 20 years since they’d last saw each other. The grandson is a little insulant, but Kim shin seems to enjoy that. After closer inspection, he tells the young boy that he looks like his ancestors.
Back to the past, we see an old man visiting Kim Shin’s sword. He apologises for not looking out for him but he’s been sick. He introduces his grandson, who can’t believe he’s grandfather’s lordship is a sword. At that moment, the sword shifts and he’is told that his servants have saved his soul, however, as punishment for killing so many of God’s creations he will be immortal and watch as all his loved ones die. Only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword and let him rest. His servant is surprised that he returned from the grave. He tells them that he has a place to go.
He goes to the palace to find the king. He stumbles upon his advisors and killed them. He finds himself too late to kill the king as he’s already dead. Kim Shin arrives back to his friend to find him dead and his grandson crying over his grave. He accepts it as his first punishment and the young boy asks him to accept him. Though shocked, as he doesn’t like his own reaction to coming back to like, he agrees to let the boy stay with him.
Kim Shin and the boy board a boat and the boy forgets himself as he enjoys the view. He tries to acts like a servant but Kim Shin just wants him to enjoy himself. When he notices that the boy is hungry he offers him his food. He refuses and when Kim Shin finally gets him to take the food some thugs pick the boy up. He suggests that they let the boy go and they start suggesting that they’ll sell them as slaves. When they drop the ocean, Kim Shin asks if they know what happens when humans act like the lesser animals and he tells them that they’ll meet with the God of Wrath. The waters become rough and one of the men notices him as the goblin that he is. He sinks their boat out of sheer anger and when they beg to be saved he tells them that it’s too late. He pulls out his mystical sword and splits the boat into pieces. (The visuals in this are fantastic!)
Back to 1998, Kim Shin is sitting alone, atop a sign. He is happy that he is back in Seoul at his leisure. He listens to the noise around him and hears a crash. A woman lays in the snow after the hit-and-run coughing up blood. She begs for anyone to save her. Kim Shin comes to her rescue and she asks him who he is. He tells her just anyone. She begs for him to save her, but he informs her that he doesn’t get involved in human lives. He realises that it’s not her own life that she wants saved, but rather that of her child. He grants her wish to live claiming that he doesn’t want to see anyone die that night.
Wang Yeo comes to the accident scene but the woman is not there. He looks at his cards again and wonders why there is snow, rain and flowers. Eun Tak is born healthy and safe. Outside the window of the hospital room a group of ghost group together and whisper about the goblin’s bride making a return.
We fast forward to 2006, Eun Tak is 8 , soon to be 9 years old. She is waiting for her mother to finish work. They talk about getting a cake for her birthday. Eun Tak runs over to a puppy and starts to play, but we see that the puppy is a spirit. After school, Eun Tak arrives home and her mother invites her to light the candles. After a moment, Eun Tak realises that her mother is dead, and she talking to her spirit. Her mother warns her that she’ll be getting a phone call and will need to go to the hospital. Her aunt will arrive after her and she’s to as the woman at the supermarket to go with her. Euk Tak promises to follow her instructions. Her mother warns her to never talk with a spirit again but is grateful that they can see each other one last time. Eun Tak wishes her a farewell and cries at the loss of her mother.
Eun Tak leaves and comes face-to -face with Wang Yeo. She asks who he is. He’s surprised that she can see him. She remembers what he mother says and she turns to head in. He mentions that she has her scarf on. The old woman comes to her rescue and reminds him that 9 years prior she had no name, and since she now has a name he must have a certificate with her name on it. He leaves them and the old woman warns her that she must move as to hide from him. She is left alone to head to the funeral.
Fast forward 10 years, Yoo Duk Hwa (Yook Sun Jae) passes Kim Sun (Yoo In Na) on the street and invites her out for drinks.
Kim Shin is sitting at home reading when he gets a phone call from Duk Hwa about his card not working and he ignores the call.
Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun) is sitting in the cafeteria alone, while the girls of her age talk poorly about her and her abilities and wonders why she acts as if she can’t hear them. She’s walking home when a ghost is bothering her about not paying attention to her. Finally, she screams which scares Eun Tak. She tells her that she knew she could see her but when she looks ahead she apologises and runs away. This leaves a very confuses Eun Tak.
She starts to walks again and Kim Shin is walking towards her. The cross paths and though their eyes meet Eun Tak just walks on by. Kim Shin has a few glances of memories and looks back at her after a quick thought.
Kim Shin sits at home and his butler gives him the file. It contains his new identity. He is advised that he has pulled strings so that he could leave at the end of the month. He asks if it’s really that last time that he’ll see him in his lifetime. Kim Shin thanks him for all the time that he’s spent with him. Just then Duk Hwa comes in. He starts yelling at Kim Shin and his grandfather tells him that he’s the one who cancelled his card. Duk Hwa notices the file on the table and inquires as to when he was leaving. Kim Shin stays silent during the ideal.
Eun Tak wakes up in the morning and makes breakfast for her aunt and family. They wonder why there is seaweed soup and it turns out to be her birthday. She heads out to school and her auth tells her that she should come to the bank with her bank book. Eun Tak reminds her that she has no bank book. He aunt throws a rice bowl at her and asks about the insurance money. Eun Tak reminds her that she has no idea what happened to the money because she took it all for herself. Her aunt accuses her of taking the bank book whenever she needs to go to the bank. Her cousin says that it’s probably possessed and Right before leaving Eun Tak tells her cousin that there is a ghost behind her.
Eun Tak sits alone at the ocean’s edge with a cake. Meanwhile, Kim Shin is sitting alone in the field of flowers where he died.
His butler asks if he’s going to be travelling alone, and Kim Shin admits that it looks that way. Though the butler wants Kim Shin to find his bride soon, he also doesn’t want him to leave. He puts it up to human greed. Kim Shin tells him that, at least for that day, he wants to live and enjoy his company.
Kim Shin is holding a bouquet of buckwheat flowers in his hand. Eun Tak wishes on her birthday candles for a job, for someone to do something about her family and to help her get a boyfriend. She blows out the candles and complains about the weather. Kim Shin calls to her and she spins around. She believes that he’s a ghost at first but he tries to tell her that he’s not. She assures him that everyone says that. She asks why he’s holding a bouquet of flowers, she tells him that they don’t suit him. He hands them to her and she asks what the meaning of barley flowers are and he tells her lover. He tells her to say goodbye to her family since she won’t see her for a while, she should continue looking for a job in a chicken place because she’ll find something soon. He disappears and she asks about a boyfriend.
Kim Shin comes back home smiling but it quickly fades when he notices Wang Yeo. They both mentions that they haven’t met, but Wang Yeo mentions that he’s heard about him. Kim Shin admits that there are a lot of stories about him. Duk Hwa comes in and mentions that they could make some money if they rented the house out while he’s gone. Kim Shin wants Wang Yeo gone because he’s the grim reaper. Wang Yeo mentions that he’s already paid and signed the contract. Kim Shin welcomes him to stay after a threat to take Duk Hwa instead. Kim Shin bids him good luck of being able to kick him off f his territory.
That evening they have a not so nice dinner. Wang Yeo throws pepper into Kim Shin’s water, and Kim Shin throws chilly powder into his soup. Meanwhile, Eun Tak is working on her homework and she thinks about the meaning of the flowers.
Eun Tak goes around town and continues to search for a job at chicken places like Kim Shin tells her to with no avail. She gets frustrated and goes to drink some water. A passerby throws a cigarette in the trash and she blows it out. This summons Kim Shin again and he’s confused. She remains adamant that she didn’t call him not putting 1 and 1 together. She asks if he’s really a guardian angel and he stays quiet. She asks for more information but he stays quiet. She asks about what he sees and he admits that she’s pretty but plays it off as it being the uniform that’s pretty. When she starts joking around about being a fairy he vanishes again.
Eun Tak is in church when she has an idea and she lights a candle. When she blows it out Kim Shin is summoned. She tells him that she’s figured it out. He asks if she couldn’t have brought him to a nicer place. When he starts to walk towards the door. She asks why he’s not disappearing and he tells her that the church is a dead zone to him. He tells her not to follow but she keeps asking about her wishes not coming true and he tells her to wait.
Eun Tak is sitting in the library and blows out a candle on her phone. He appears but she didn’t think that it would work. He turns to leave but she grasps his arm and her hands are encased with blue flames. He can’t believe that she’s latched on to him but she soon has to let go because his flame is too hot.
He reminds her that blue flame is the hottest flame in contrary to her cold flame theory. He tells her to go back to studying and she tries to attest that she’s at the top of her class. She asks if he can give her money but he tells her that he’s busy. She only then notices that his clothes are quite fancy. He tells her that it’s a friend’s death anniversary the following day and when she asks a tonne of question about when he’s returning, he tells her to simply asks her question. She asks if he’s a Goblin. He asks who she is and she admits that it sounds really odd but she’s the Goblin’s bride. She tells him about her ability to see spirits and shows him the birthmark on her neck. He places her as the woman’s daughter. He asks her to prove it and she doesn’t know how. He asks what she sees when she looks at him. She starts to describe him but she can’t see the sword. He tells her that he’s not a goblin and she’s not the goblin’s bride.
Kim Shin opens a door and she follows him through it. This stuns her and him at the same time. He doesn’t know how she did it and she tells him that she simply followed him. She asks where they are and when he tells her Canada, she freaks out. (This was shot in Quebec City, the capital city of the Quebec Province. A.K.A where I’m from… well I’m 2 hrs south of there.) She runs down the street and up so stairs. She asks if he has the power to travel and he tells her that she apparently does too. She tells him that she’s made up her mind. When he asks her about what, she tells him that she’s going to marry him because she’s certain he’s a goblin. She tells him that he loves her and he looks shocked.
I hope next episode we get to see more in Quebec, but I may be a little bias.