Alchemy of Souls – K-Drama Episode 15 Recap and Review
Alchemy of Souls Episode 15 begins with snow floating lazily on the ground outside. We are in the past and Yeom visits his master, Lee Cheol, who has been meditating for 100 days. Only, it appears at this time that he died. Yeom agrees to give him a quiet farewell, burning him out.
As he takes the stick from the man and prepares to fan the flames, a homeless boy suddenly shows up and calls him crazy for burning his body. His body? Sure! He’s a soul shifter! It’s Lee Cheom!
And as we return to the present, Master Lee tells everyone that he is a Soul Shifter. As a result, he can see other people who have changed their souls, presumably including the queen who is seething with anger.
The king is impressed by his eternal youth and asks outright who the Soul Shifter can be. He can bring that out by instilling fear… but not alone. Do you remember his dog from the start of the season, Gwigu? Well, he decides to bring the dog into the palace as a gift for the king to find the Soul Shifter.
Uk is the one in charge of bringing the pooch inside and if he can do it, Master Lee promises to give him a gift.
The queen is shocked and in her most desperate hour, sends a message to get Cheonbugwan to come quickly to the throne room. Meanwhile, the Queen tries to talk the King out of taking the dog, claiming it is unwieldy and could wreak havoc throughout the palace. She sees this as an attempt by Songrim to humiliate them and begs the king to see the reason.
In the courtyard, Jin-Mu and the other Cheonbugwan assassins show up and try to stop Uk from heading inside the palace. Having little other choice, he raises his sword and begins to attack all the mages. Jin Mu, however, walks away from the fighting and heads for the throne room, begging the king to see reason and kick them out.
With the king torn between the two sides, Master Lee speaks up and mentions that there was someone else born under the king star after Master Seo, which we of course know is by Jang-Uk.
When the Songrim mages leave, Lee tends to his dog while Yul remains preoccupied with what exactly he knows about Mu-Deok and his soul. Lee is also quite confident that he knows who the Soul Shifter is, reflecting on the Queen’s actions and how she essentially revealed herself through her furious attitude.
So-i manages to slip away from the scene of three murders without arousing suspicion (minus one person downstairs). So I actually had no intention of murdering those people herself, it was Cheonbugwan’s killer who did the deed.
As Mu-Deok appears in the room right after, she is framed for the murders. Since the acts were committed by a trained assassin, Park-Jin inspects the area and tries to figure out if she is really responsible or not. Rumors abound in the bar that thugs were looking for a con artist, but instead of So-I, Park-Jin immediately believes it’s Mu-Deok. Or at least Mu-Deok hiring an assassin at least.
When he relays this to servant Kim, she is convinced it is not her. Only, the man killed was actually the guy Park-Jin asked about Mu-Deok’s past, and given that she’s been hiding a dark secret (she’s Naksu, as we already know), that gives him a motive to have the guy killed.
That night, So-I learns that Mu-Deok is in town and is actually serving as the Jang family’s maid. After discovering this information, she has the man killed and decides to go visit her old friend.
Speaking of Mu-Deok, the Crown Prince sits down with Lee and ponders the rumors about Naksu. Specifically about his chilling story and how the killer is still alive and has changed his soul.
The Songrim group discuss who Naksu might be, but things turn frosty when Jang-Uk questions the idea of calling those responsible for burning Naksu’s body fools when they were just scared.
Speaking of the devil, Mu-Deok asks servant Kim to bring him to Jinyowon to see Cho-Yeon, since she met her earlier at the bar. She was buying tickets for a magic show and got upset when the couple talked.
As they leave, Mu-Deok meets So-I but she obviously doesn’t recognize her friend. So I’m thinking about that and trying to figure out if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Speaking of conflicted feelings, Yul also feels the same, desperate to get Mu-Deok to the fortress before it’s too late.
Mu-Deok appears in front of Cho-Yeon and asks her for help, given that she is accused of murder. She asks him to testify for her… but Cho-Yeon refuses to do so, given her embarrassment at being seen there buying tickets.
Getting nowhere, Mu-Deok throws a curveball and suggests that he go ask his mother instead, including telling her what happened at the bar. That does the trick, and Cho-Yeon agrees to help.
Speaking of Jinyowon, Jin Mu plots his next stage of deception with So-I. Do you remember that needle prick and that weird worm-like creature that came out? Well, Jin mu is using that on So-I so she has the Jin family blood flowing through her. Oh, and the worm will eat her inside out if she tries to run away.
Meanwhile, Jang-Uk is brought into the secret room while Yul examines the corpses. Noticing the tattoos on their necks, he realizes they fit the description of the thugs he fought with earlier in the season.
Not only that, but Cho-Yeon’s eyewitness testimony confirms that Mu-Deok is innocent, considering there’s no way she’ll have enough time to kill them after the pair talk.
Although Mu-Deok is cleared, the pair are still locked up separately. Park Jin uses this to his advantage and puts Uk in a difficult position. He uses Uk and Mu-Deok against each other to find out exactly what they are hiding. He wants them to respond to the exact same thing…and they do.
The couple is released and reunites in the yard. So what did they say to each other? Well, they show their jade stones and pretend that they are both in love with each other. Jang-Uk decides they should stick to their confessions, and as they stare into each other’s eyes, the episode comes to an end.
The episode review
Alchemy of Souls returns this week with another very good episode. Essentially, the chapter is split into two, with the first tackling the drama inside the royal palace.
Master Lee’s cunning plan works when he finds out who the Soul Shifter is. The Queen doesn’t make her displeasure a secret either, and her crazy attitude only cements Lee’s feelings.
Speaking of feelings, Jang-Uk and Mu-Deok find themselves embracing their own as well, managing to get out of a sticky situation the only way they know how. It’s a nice way to tie together everything we’ve learned so far, and it works well for bringing the couple closer too, especially if they’re going to keep going to confession.
The magic is still a big part of this story of course, and mixed in with the politics, there’s actually a really solid undercurrent of tension here, as Jin Mu uses his powers and prepares for the final conflict at come.
However, given that this show has already been renewed for a second season, we may well end here on a big cliffhanger – we’ll see!
The next episode
|Expect a full season write-up at the end of this season!|