Okay, it’s time to get to work. The best part about BBJX was that the famous battle for the throne can be read online and there’s plenty of information which works the same way as a drama synopsis.
So I did a little digging into Goryeo’s history to see what we can find. There wasn’t much information available honestly – so it doesn’t help much and we still don’t know what’s in store for us in the drama.
Those watching the drama and do not wish to read spoilers – DON’T CONTINUE READING.
Anyway, so the king right now is Taejo of Goryeo – the founder of Goryeo. As Hae Soo recently just praised him that he unified the country and something about the battle with Baekje – means that our story starts from the crown prince.
The crown prince, Hyejong of Goryeo, will succeed the throne after Taejo’s death. After he succeeded the throne, that’s when the conspiracies and power struggles between the siblings started, starting with 3rd prince (Wang Yo) and 4th prince (Wang So). Despite knowing, Hyejong does not do anything to stop both of them.
He died from a disease in his second year and the 3rd prince succeeded the throne. 3rd prince (Jeongjong), failed to strengthen the throne despite his efforts.
And 4th prince (Gwangjong of Goryeo), became king after 3rd. There isn’t much information on how he rose to the throne. He was aggressive as a king, strengthening his power and getting rid of his rivals.
So we know that, this is the sequence for the throne succession.
And for those of you who wish Hae Soo end up with 4th prince, sorry but you may have to burst that bubble because you can’t change history. Unless of course, they stay together but without an official title (like Rouxi in BBJX).
4th prince’s consorts are “Queen Daemok” and “Lady Gyeonghwagung”. Queen Daemok is known as the half-sister of Gwangjong, so… I’m placing my bet on Yeon Hwa? Lady Gyeonghwagung is known as the niece of King Hyejong (crown prince).
[EDIT]: In case you guys are confused on why the half-siblings actually got married, apparently, during Goryeo Dynasty, marriage within members of the same clan was permitted. As weird as it sounds, it was okay to do so. It wasn’t allowed during Joseon Dynasty though.
So I guess that’s a rough idea on how the historical arc in the story will turn out. It’s sad that there isn’t much on the other princes, which means that most of the story involving the other princes won’t give as much impact as BBJX. But I guess that’s up to the writer’s imagination and we’ll see how it turns out 🙂
After researching for a bit, there really isn’t much to find. I guess there’s a high chance that the drama would rely heavily on the romance portion. Putting that aside, I am excited to see how the writer manages to portray the throne succession and I hope it would be good.
If any of you knows more of the historical content, feel free to share 🙂