MY BABIES! He secretly rushes to her in the middle of the night because he can’t be parted from his beloved Nyang while he knows she is suffering alone! And SN is so utterly shocked that he came, for her, who despite his love is still a tribute woman from a satellite state, nothing more than a lowly slave in the eyes of the Yuan aristocracy while he is still the Emperor. When TH shielded her from the arrows with his own body and saved her from El Temur’s plot while almost giving up his life in doing so, SN realized how much he values and loves her, yet, I think she never truly accepted it fully, never believed it would last and remain steadfast and strong for so long becase the favour of the Emperor never lasts forever. Yet, here TH, the Emperor, higher than the sky, the onlyperson who genuinely loves her and care for her in the whole Palace.
I can’t resist a great hurt/comfort scene when I see one and this one is truly squeal-worthy. She is so deeply moved by his visit even though she weakly berates him for coming, thankful he didn’t leave her alone because despite Hongdan and the eunuch TH is SN’s only real friend and kindred soul in the whole palace, the one who truly knows her and understands her. We can truly see how utterly alone she is without him and in an essential way she has become dependant on him, both emotionally and physically. In the last few years, she has seen TH grown into a worthy, honourable and brave man on whom she placed her trust, however, I think by coming to her despite the danger, because he didn’t want to leave her alone, TH has exceeded beyond her own expectations.
When he starts to checking out whether she is alright and notices how terribly cold she is while so gently putting his hand to her cheek - the expression on his face gutted me. And then he takes off his new fur coat and puts it one SN and hugs her to warm her! MY FEELS! One of the best hurt/comfort scenes ever! Nothing beats the bodily warmth. And in that moment, in TH’s arms it’s for the first time since the terrible day when she lost her firstborn child that SN breaks down completely and shows her pain and suffering. She has been bottling it for years but TH and his steadfast love and caring have undone her. I mean iit the first time SN allows herself to show weakness in front of anybody since that die her son “died” so imagine, how huge her trust in TH must be. OMG! Just kill me because I can’t possible survive this amount of shippty awesomeness.