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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (3,455)

Empress Ki is a historical drama that aired from 2013 to 2014. The show is set in the 14th century and follows the story of Ki Seung Nyang, a Goryeo-born woman who rises to power and becomes the Empress of the Yuan dynasty in China. The show stars Ha Ji-won as Ki Seung Nyang, a strong and determined woman who is sold to the Yuan dynasty as a slave. She initially works as a palace maid, but her wit and strength soon catch the attention of the Emperor of China, Ta Hwan (Ji Chang-wook). Ta Hwan is a weak and indecisive ruler who is manipulated by the powerful Empress Dowager Tanashiri (Baek Jin-hee).

As Ki Seung Nyang rises through the ranks of the palace, she becomes embroiled in the power struggles between the Emperor and the Empress Dowager. She also finds herself caught between her loyalty to the Yuan dynasty and her love for her homeland of Goryeo.

Other notable characters in the show include El Temur (Joo Jin-mo), a powerful chancellor of the empire who opposes the Emperor and his supporters; Yeon Chul (Jeon Gook-hwan), a corrupt official who is allied with Empress Dowager Tanashiri; and Wang Yu (Joo Jin-mo), a prince from Goryeo who becomes a rival to Ta Hwan for Ki Seung Nyang's affections.

Empress Ki is a sweeping epic that spans over 50 episodes. The show features intricate political intrigue, intense battle scenes, and romantic entanglements. It also explores themes of power, loyalty, and sacrifice.

One of the standout aspects of the show is the incredible performances of the cast. Ha Ji-won delivers a fierce and captivating performance as Ki Seung Nyang, while Ji Chang-wook portrays the Emperor with both vulnerability and strength. Baek Jin-hee is also impressive as the conniving Empress Dowager.

In addition to the exceptional acting, the show boasts stunning production design and cinematography. The sets and costumes transport viewers to the world of 14th century China, and the battle scenes are particularly impressive.

Overall, Empress Ki is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas. The show is full of twists and turns, and the complex characters and relationships make for compelling viewing. While the show is certainly lengthy, it is well worth the investment of time for those who enjoy epic, sweeping stories.

Empress Ki is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (51 episodes). The series first aired on October 28, 2013.

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Episode 51
51. Episode 51
April 29, 2014
The Emperor continues to drink Kolta's poison knowing that Kolta is the head of the Eagle House. The Dowager kills herself in front of Nyang by drinking poison.
Episode 50
50. Episode 50
April 28, 2014
Nyang finally becomes the Empress of Yuan and Wang Yu gains his throne. Nyang is trying to find out about the Eagle House and confiscate their assets.
Episode 49
49. Episode 49
April 20, 2014
Nyang is sent to the temple to repent for her sins and ask for forgiveness. Wang Yu sends all the grains he bought to the palace to distribute to the people.
Episode 48
48. Episode 48
April 21, 2014
The Emperor is kept locked up in her room so that no one will know that he is awake. Bayan is sent to prison for trying to kill Nyang and her son Ayu.
Episode 47
47. Episode 47
April 15, 2014
Kijun admits his feelings to Yunju. Yunju's father comes unannounced to visit her at Jagyong's house.
Episode 46
46. Episode 46
Nyang runs to save Maha's life after finding out that he is her real son. Maha's true identity is revealed and he is kicked out of the palace.
Episode 45
45. Episode 45
April 8, 2014
The Empress finds out about Maha's secret about his birth by threatening Yon Hwa. Nyang tells the Dowager and Maha that she will reveal all the secrets soon.
Episode 44
44. Episode 44
April 7, 2014
Kim Sunju is just in time to save Wang Yu and his servants from being executed. The Emperor breaks the promise with Nyang and start to drink again.
Episode 43
43. Episode 43
April 1, 2014
The epic story of Empress Ki continues.
Episode 42
42. Episode 42
March 31, 2014
Wang Yu returns to Koryo and takes command by refusing to provide for Yuan any longer. Bayan takes his men to war with surrounding countries and tries to take them over.
Episode 41
41. Episode 41
March 25, 2014
Nyang and Wangyu begins their plan to remove the money from El Temur's house. Tal Tal finds out that he has been tricked by Nyang and rushes back to see the secret room empty.
Episode 40
40. Episode 40
March 24, 2014
Nyang finally finds out about the secret funds El Temur has been collecting. Bayan announces to the Emperor that he wants to go to war and conquer surrounding countries.
Episode 39
39. Episode 39
March 18, 2014
Bayan Hudu becomes the new empress and Nyang continues the search for the secret funds. Wang Yu is also searching for the secret funds to help Nyang become the empress.
Episode 38
38. Episode 38
March 17, 2014
The Dowager opposes Nayng becoming the empress and makes Bayan bring his niece to run Nyang out. The former empress was hanged from the square for the public to see.
Episode 37
37. Episode 37
March 11, 2014
Nyang is in the Ice Palace and calls everyone in to start planning to defend the Emperor while Bayan takes the palace. Wangyu complete's his job by opening the gate for Bayan's soldiers to enter.
Episode 36
36. Episode 36
March 10, 2014
Bayan begins his plan to go to war with El Temur and marches to the capitol. El Temur receives word from his men that his son is bringing Bayan and won the war.
Episode 35
35. Episode 35
March 4, 2014
El Temur begins to have nightmares after Nyang recovered the talisman and broke the curse. Wangyu begins to train the bums Wongjin brought as new recruits.
Episode 34
34. Episode 34
March 3, 2014
The Emperor comes to save Nyang and her servants from being punished for the Emperor's injury. The Empress decides on a curse to try and kill Nyang.
Episode 33
33. Episode 33
February 25, 2014
The Emperor is shot by a poison arrow. In the meantime Wang Yu gets stabbed in the process of helping Nyang run away from the guards.
Episode 32
32. Episode 32
February 24, 2014
Nyang avoids being accused of the attempted assassination of the Prince. The Empress calls in Wang Yu and Nyang together for a drink.
Episode 31
31. Episode 31
February 18, 2014
The Emperor converses in front of El Temur and also shows him that he can read. Tal Tal brings the spies from Eagle House in front of the governors.
Episode 30
30. Episode 30
February 11, 2014
Nyang and Wangyu finally meet together and go their own ways. Feisu finally completes deciphering the book they found in Huksu's house.
Episode 29
29. Episode 29
February 10, 2014
WangYu finds out about Nyang's situation from Tal Tal after they arrest Huksu. Nyang continues her revenge on the Empress.
Episode 28
28. Episode 28
February 4, 2014
Nyang begins her plan to take the empress' power away from her. Wangyu meets with Hukso to get Musong back by telling Hukso that he is the husband of El Temur's niece.
Episode 27
27. Episode 27
February 3, 2014
Nyang starts to teach the Emperor how to read and write every night by covering it as a party. The empress makes a decision to lock Nyang in the archives and give her an impossible task to finish.
Episode 26
26. Episode 26
January 28, 2014
When Nyang becomes a consort she begins to fight with the empress with the support of other people from Koryo. Wangyu is fighting to stop counterfeit money from entering Liaoyang.
Episode 25
25. Episode 25
January 27, 2014
Nyang commences with the selection process for the consorts. Wang Yu continues to search for who is behind the counterfeit money.
Episode 24
24. Episode 24
January 21, 2014
Nyang is found by Bayan in Liaoyang province. Nyang ascertains the blood vow and shows it to Bayan.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
January 20, 2014
Nyang gives birth to a son with a unique dot on his feet. The emperor and Wang yu finds out about Nyang and plans their revenge against the empress.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
January 14, 2014
The emperor makes a decision to hide injured Nyang in the pavilion so the regent's men cannot find her. Nyang's party is attacked by thieves while they were trying to help Nyang escape.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
January 13, 2014
WangYu has obtained permission from the Regent to return to Koguryo to visit his "sick" father. Nyang and two others stay behind to look for Jukho to order to find the blood vow.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
December 31, 2013
Wangyu meets with the Dowager and wins her trust. Wangyu asks Nyang if she wants to be his Queen once he goes back to Koryo.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
December 30, 2013
Wangyu and Yeonchul comes up with a plan to fake Yeonchul's death to find out who are loyal to him. Nyang tell the emperor that she does not want him to speak to her again.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
December 24, 2013
The palace fills with rats and begin the curse of the late Khan. The emperor decides to actively search for the Blood Vow.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
December 23, 2013
The Emperor and the Queen Dowager ask Wang Yu if he is interested in marrying one of the princesses. The Emperor opens a shadow play for Yang but uninvited guests decide to join them.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
December 17, 2013
El Temur attempts to discover who sent the appeal. Wang Yu finds out that Sungnyang was the one to help and chooses to not see her again.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
December 16, 2013
Wang Yu figures out a way to infuriate El Temur, but needs Sungnyang to accomplish it. The Emperor challenges Wang Yu to a soccer match.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
December 10, 2013
Wang Yu brings victory with him to the Yuan Palace. The preceding Yuan Emperor is said to have written a blood vow previous to his death and all are scrambling to find it.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
December 9, 2013
of the palace, but gets caught by the Emperor.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
December 3, 2013
Nyang is ordered to spread the rumor that Lady Pak is faking her pregnancy. General Bayan disguises himself as Batolu, but runs into unforeseen trouble on the battlefield.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
December 2, 2013
The Empress orders Sungnyang to give Lady Pak the powder that will cause her a miscarriage. The Emperor further suspects Nyang of being Sungnyang.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
November 26, 2013
The Koryo King leads his men to their first victory against the Turks. The Emperor makes Sungnyang a part of his retinue.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
November 25, 2013
The Koryo King defeats Yom and takes command, but is given poor resources to prepare for battle. El Temur is enraged when he finds out that the Emperor has taken in a concubine.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
November 19, 2013
Sungnyang plots to take revenge on Emperor Togon during his wedding ceremony. The King of Koryo and Yom Byongsu are to duel to see who will be commander.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
November 18, 2013
The King of Koryo finds out that Sungnyang is a woman and tires to protect her from Tangqishi. Meanwhile, at the capital of Yuan, Tanasiri is taking lessons to be empress.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
November 12, 2013
Yom falls for Sungnyangs trick and brings in Prince Togon's body into the palace. Prince Togon becomes conflicted about choosing to tell the truth or becoming emperor of Yuan.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
November 11, 2013
Sungnyang and Prince Togon continue their way to Kaegyong to find the Koryo King. Meanwhile, El Temur takes Koryo's palace under his command.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
November 4, 2013
The Yaun Prince asks Sungnyang to instruct him on how to defend himself. El Temur plans a full-on attack on Daechong Island in order to kill the prince.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 4, 2013
Sungnyang mistakes the Yuan Prince for a Yuan soldier. For the prince's safety, the Koryo King barricades the prince inside the Koryo palace.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
October 29, 2013
Sungnyang reveals to the Crown Prince that there is a spy among them. Prince Togon is exiled to Koryo.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
October 28, 2013
Sungnyang masks herself as a man and works to free women who were sent to be Yuan concubines. King Wang Ko commands Sungnyang to get close to Wang Yu to lure him into an ambush.
Where to Watch Empress Ki
Empress Ki is available for streaming on the MBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Empress Ki on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    October 28, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (3,455)