Thoughts on Mirror of the Witch

I don’t want to jinx it, but Mirror of the Witch is one the most compelling k-dramas I’ve seen in a while. Excellent story-telling that consistently surprises with unexpected twists, tropes turned on their heads, nuanced acting, and even possibly a sympathetic feminist reading of villainess motivations. Also lots of alluded subtext to keep the lit critic happy – innocence vs corruption vs maturity; integrity vs survival vs loyalty; truth vs deception vs for the good of deceived… Plus almost zero politicking by geezers with wispy beards! That’s almost unheard of for a sageuk. How is it that it keeps getting better and better? 6 more episodes left! Will they be just as riveting?

Read the first episode here:


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