“The King: Eternal Monarch” ~ A tale of parallel world


The King: Eternal Monarch, a famous K-drama, aired on 17th April of 2020, bringing a new theory of the parallel world.

The King: Eternal Monarch, penned by the famous writer of Goblin and Descendants of Sun, is all about a modern-day King.

The latter has experienced a horrible past and somehow finds himself crossing the other parallel world’s door. 

The story is fascinating, but it created so much confusion among fans. And because of that, this show ended up getting low ratings.

The drama recorded its worst ratings, with the episode scoring an average nationwide rating of 5.2% and 6.6% in the nation. 


Kim Eun-sook wrote the show The King: Eternal Monarch.  

It was produced by: Hwa & Dam Pictures and Studio Dragon,  

And the show premiered on SBS TV and Netflix for the Globe. It aired on 17th April 2020 

Synopsis of The King Eternal Monarch

Two worlds connected by a door, the series starts with a modern-day Emperor Lee Gon Kingdom of Corea, who discovers a mythical door opened widely by his uncle Lee Lim, leading him to an alternative reality.

Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho), a modern-day Emperor of the Corea Kingdom, aims to cross the border to an alternative reality where the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom’s stead.

Later he accidentally finds out the detective Jung Tae-Eul (Kim Go-Eun), whom he recognizes using an ID card he got during the turning point of his childhood: his father’s assassination.

Lee Gon’s half-uncle, Lee Lim (Lee Jung-Jin), who had assassinated the previous king, Lee Ho (Lee Gon’s father), is in hiding and assembling armies whilst traversing back and forth between the two parallel worlds.  

Casts of The King Eternal Monarch

1. Lee Min-ho as Lee Gon / Lee Ji-Hun 

2. Jung Hyeon-Jun as young Lee Gon and young Lee Ji-Hun 

3. Kim Go-Eun as Jeong Tae-Eul / Luna / Koo Seo-Gyeong 

4. Kim Si-woo as young Jeong Tae-Eul 

5. Lee Ye-Won as young Luna  

6. Woo Doo-hwan as Jo Yeong / Jo Eun-sup 

7. Jung Si-Yul as young Jo Yeong 

8. Kim Kyung-nam as Kang Shin-Jae / Kang Hyeon-min[26] 

9. Moon Woo-jin [ko] as young Kang Shin-Jae and young Kang Hyeon-min 

10. Jung Eun-chae as Koo Seo-ryeong / Koo Eun-ah[27] 

11. Shin-Soo-Yeon as young Koo Seo-Ryeong 

12. Lee Jung-jin as Lee Lim / Lee Seong-Jae 

Why is The King Eternal Monarch got low ratings? 

Although cast members tried so hard to relish it, the show didn’t go well. The show makers focused on too much time travel and too many jumping back and forth in the time in the story’s narrative.  

The starting point of drama was good because it started for promotions and Lee Minho’s appearance.

But it did not fare well as expected; the ratings are slowing down over time, and based on Nate’s report, the drama showed slow growth in viewership of only 11.6 per cent.  

Makers thought it would become their incredible success as it had started trending all over the internet before even airing it for real. But it ended up getting low ratings. 

According to STYLE, fans of Lee Minho didn’t want to see Kim Go-Eun as the leading actress.  

Critics started to surface online as the drama’s overuse of product placement on scenes is becoming unbearable.

Many viewers noticed the number of sponsored products placed in some parts of the series. 

The other reason is this drama used several sponsorships during the show. People noticed the running advertisements in various scenes. So, it didn’t overwhelm the interest of a viewer.  

Still, despite the low ratings, the cast remained positive on the set and established close relationships, which is a win for the actors and the fans who truly enjoyed the drama.


Simantini Thakur
Simantini Thakur
Simantini, a student of BSc. Forensics is passionate about reading and writing, born and raised in India. She has been writing since age 14. Working as a co-writer at "TWOHT" [The world of Hidden Thoughts]. And now she is really focused to work with Asiana Times.


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