This drama centers around Habaek (Nam Joo Hyuk), a water God who was born to become the King of the Realm of Gods. In order to assume his throne, he must retrieve the God Stones from the guardians in the human realm. Upon arriving in the human realm, Habaek loses the coordinates of the location of the guardian deities and he mysteriously loses his power as well. In order to survive the human realm, he must now rely to the descendant of the family who promised to serve the gods- Yoon So Ah (Shin Se Kyung).
Bride of the Water God is a drama that I really waited for. Loving Nam Joo Hyuk in his previous roles in Weightlifting Fairy and Scarlet Heart Ryeo, I was waiting for his next project. The premise of the drama also caught my interest since I really tend to love fantasy dramas.
At the beginning, the drama heavily reminded of another TVN fantasy drama- Goblin. However, unlike Goblin, Bride of the Water God failed to connect with me. It was very hard for me to relate with Yoon So Ah and Habaek. There were a few episodes, though, that I liked this drama. On Episodes 5-8, the plot thickens and the characters are evolving. You’re getting to know more of them and mysteries arise. I saw that this drama has a lot of potential, however, the drama failed to reach it.
Maybe I failed to connect with the drama because of the acting. Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung looked unnatural for me. Their acting looked distant and stiff. For me, they weren’t able to convince the viewers that they are their characters especially in the heavy scenes.
Another problem of the drama, for me, is that answers to mysteries are not really that interesting. Insignificant names kept popping up. Some people are important for revelations but the show failed to give any hints at all. Still, the plot twist at the end is great though. It sort of redeemed the drama for me. The drama had a beautiful ending.
The drama had a lot of cute scenes too. Nam Joo Hyuk still got the charms. I think more playful roles suit him than a serious deity. I also loved the character Shin Hu Ye. The complexity of his character is one of the highlights of this drama. I also really liked the other supporting characters Moo Ra and Bi Ryeom. I was looking forward to their romantic story than Habaek and Yoon So Ah.
Overall, this drama wasn’t as great as I expected it to be. There was some nice parts but there are also lots of boring parts.