The Last Empress

The WORST episodes of The Last Empress

Every episode of The Last Empress ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Last Empress!

Oh Ssu-Ni is a musical actress with a bright personality. Suddenly, she marries Emperor Lee Hyuk. There, Oh Ssu-Ni goes up against absolute power of the palace and fights against the power. Meanwhile, she falls in love with Na Wang-Sik who is a bodyguard of the imperial family. Na Wang-Sik came to the palace to take revenge on the person responsible for his mother’s death. Due to death of Emperor Lee Hyuk’s grandmother, Oh Ssu-Ni breaks down the royal family with the help of Na Wang-Sik and finds true love.

Last Updated: 7/28/2022Network: SBS (KR)
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The Emperor’s Day Off
star
7.40
5 votes

#1 - The Emperor’s Day Off

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/21/2018

After saving the Emperor's life, Sunny safely returns home. The assailant is apprehended, and the Emperor and the Empress Dowager learn that he is the brother of Kang Joon Sung, an Imperial guard who went missing seven years ago. Mysteriously, the assailant dies of a heart attack during the interrogation. Meanwhile, Yu Ra tells her mother that she wants nothing to do with her and her family.

Michelle Arrives at the Palace
star
7.50
2 votes

#2 - Michelle Arrives at the Palace

Season 1 - Episode 47 - Aired 2/14/2019

Michelle, the former empress under Emperor Lee Jeong's rule 30 years ago, arrives at the palace to appoint the legal proxy for the Crown Princess, stunning everyone. Making things even more shocking is her aid, Na Wang Shik, who will also be making a special audit regarding the death of the Grand Empress Dowager and Empress So Hyun. Later, the Empress Dowager orders Ms. Choi to bring her Sa Goon Ja, the old lady living on Chungeum Island.

A Hit-and-Run
star
7.75
4 votes

#3 - A Hit-and-Run

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/22/2018

The Emperor hits and kills Wang Shik's mother with his car. With Wang Shik just behind him, the Emperor loads her body and escapes. Yu Ra convinces him to trust her and tells him to dump the body. She then helps him create an alibi. Meanwhile, the Emperor orders Mr. Ma to destroy any evidence of him being in Bichido.

A Luncheon with the Emperor
star
7.80
5 votes

#4 - A Luncheon with the Emperor

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/21/2018

In the present, mysterious skeletal remains are found on Ehwa Palace grounds with a necklace worth 2.2 million dollars thought to be a gift of the Emperor to the Empress. Jumping back one year earlier, at a luncheon with selected people, the Emperor meets Oh Sunny for the second time. In the blink of an eye, the event turns into a hostage situation where the Emperor and the people almost lose their lives.

The Yellow Truck
star
8.00
4 votes

#5 - The Yellow Truck

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/22/2018

Yu Ra confesses to the hit-and-run accident and tries to stage her death, but the Emperor and his guards rescue her just in time. In the aftermath of securing his alibi, Sunny stands in the spotlight of the media. Despite the nuisance, the Emperor tries to deter the hit-and-run topic and surprises Sunny with a date. Meanwhile, Wang Shik seeks support for evidence he had secured at the accident site.

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The Empress Dowager Underestimates Ms. Min
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8.00
4 votes

#6 - The Empress Dowager Underestimates Ms. Min

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/28/2018

As the Imperial Family gathers to celebrate the Grand Empress Dowager's World Peace Award, Oh Sunny appears on behalf of the Empress Dowager's request to put on a show. But really, she's there to be introduced as the Emperor's significant other. Wang Shik suffers a devastating fall but is rescued by a villager before the Emperor's men can finish their job. Meanwhile, the Empress Dowager threatens Ms. Min to stay away from the Emperor.

The Emperor Starts to Court Oh Sunny
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8.00
4 votes

#7 - The Emperor Starts to Court Oh Sunny

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/28/2018

With substantial evidence of the hit-and-run accident in her hands, the Empress Dowager reclaims her power over the Emperor and blackmails him to marry Oh Sunny. Cornered and not wanting Ms. Min to go to prison, the Emperor starts to court Oh Sunny. Meanwhile, Na Wang Shik determines to become an Imperial guard and asks the old man who saved him, to train him.

The Empress Finds Out About the Emperor and Yu Ra
star
8.00
3 votes

#8 - The Empress Finds Out About the Emperor and Yu Ra

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/12/2018

When the Empress sees the Emperor and Ms. Min together kissing on a cruise ship, she realizes she had been a fool but decides to hear him out. The Empress Dowager tracks down the Prince and asks him to come back to the palace, but the Prince slips away and finds refuge at Ddobong's Fried Chicken, Oh Sunny's father's restaurant. Meanwhile, Woo Bin feels for the Empress and offers his support.

Peanut Butter Cookies
star
8.00
2 votes

#9 - Peanut Butter Cookies

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired 1/17/2019

Chief Chun proclaims his desire for the Empress in front of the Emperor, but the Empress rebukes his words for his sake. The Empress Dowager swaps cookies made by the Empress with ones with peanuts hoping to condemn the Empress's worth as a mother figure. But her recklessness for Princess Ari's well-being infuriates Kang Hee to get her to tell the Emperor the truth about the late Empress So Hyun. Meanwhile, Chief Chun locks up Ms. Choi.

Yu Ra’s Escape
star
8.00
2 votes

#10 - Yu Ra’s Escape

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired 1/17/2019

After calling the Empress Dowager, Chief Joo helps Yu Ra escape from Sunil Mental Hospital. Yu Ra promises the Empress Dowager to give her Na Wang Shik and informs her of his little brother. Meanwhile, the Emperor forces the Empress Dowager to apologize to the Empress with incriminating evidence.

An Investigation of Prince Yoon’s Attacker
star
8.00
2 votes

#11 - An Investigation of Prince Yoon’s Attacker

Season 1 - Episode 43 - Aired 2/7/2019

All the evidence found in the investigation of Prince Yoon's attacker points to the Emperor. However, the Empress suspects it was Kang Hee. But with Princess Ari as her alibi, she can't prove it. She resorts to using Yu Ra to find out more about Kang Hee by reviving Joo Seung's memory. Meanwhile, the Empress Dowager reviews the video evidence captured on Prince Yoon's phone and hides it in her safe.

The Emperor Returns to the Palace
star
8.00
2 votes

#12 - The Emperor Returns to the Palace

Season 1 - Episode 46 - Aired 2/13/2019

The Empress Dowager is shocked to hear of the Emperor's return unscathed. When she talks to him, she tells him to divorce the Empress immediately, but the Emperor tells her he'll resolve the problem his way. Later, the Empress Dowager calls in Mr. Pyo and orders him to stop Empress Eun at all costs from entering the palace. Meanwhile, Kang Hee discovers from Joo Seung that Yu Ra was with him at the mental hospital.

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Wedding Preparations
star
8.33
3 votes

#13 - Wedding Preparations

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/29/2018

Transformed and well-trained, Na Wang Shik, who is now Chun Woo Bin, gets one step closer to fulfilling his revenge. The Emperor hires him as an Imperial Guard. Preparations for the wedding of the century begin, and the two families undergo customary traditions in style. Meanwhile, the Empress Dowager banishes Min Yu Ra from the palace.

The Grand Empress Dowager’s Downfall
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8.33
3 votes

#14 - The Grand Empress Dowager’s Downfall

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/13/2018

Trying to uncover the truth behind the death of late Empress So Hyun, Sunny discovers that Ari is the Emperor's daughter and Kang Hee, the nanny, is her mother. Wang Shil plays both sides and vows to the Empress Dowager to assist her in her ways. Meanwhile, the Grand Empress Dowager learns of the Emperor's immoral ways and tries to put a stop to the Imperial Family's corruption.

The Empress is Arrested for Murder
star
8.33
3 votes

#15 - The Empress is Arrested for Murder

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 12/19/2018

Ms. Hong takes the envelope given by the Grand Empress Dowager containing evidence of the Imperial Family's corruption to the Prime Minister, but it never reaches him. The autopsy of the Grand Empress Dowager reveals poison was the cause of death, the same toxin found in the food the Empress had given her, and as a consequence, the police arrest the Empress for the murder. Meanwhile, the Imperial Family turns their back on Sunny.

Who Killed the Grand Empress Dowager?
star
8.50
2 votes

#16 - Who Killed the Grand Empress Dowager?

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 12/19/2018

The Grand Empress Dowager is found dead, and an investigation of her murder begins. The police question each member of the Imperial Family, but none of them confess to the crime. Meanwhile, while clutching on to an envelope given by the Grand Empress Dowager, Ms. Hong tells Sunny of her last words.

Baek Ho Enlightens the Empress
star
8.50
4 votes

#17 - Baek Ho Enlightens the Empress

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 12/20/2018

Trying to clear her name, the Empress returns to the palace to retrieve a recording device she had hidden in the Emperor's chamber. She barely escapes the Emperor and slips away with the help of Wang Shik and Baek Ho. Later, Baek Ho takes her to his secret operation headquarters and reveals to her of the Emperor's coverup of murder.

Ms. Hong’s Confession
star
8.50
2 votes

#18 - Ms. Hong’s Confession

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 12/20/2018

Without knowing the authorities were tapping the phones, the Empress makes a call to her family and gets caught. But before she makes it into the police station, Ms. Hong confesses to the murder. Later, the Empress broadcasts to the nation a recording of the Emperor and Yu Ra talking about his illegitimate child, damaging the Emperor's image.

Wang Shik Saves His Brother
star
8.50
4 votes

#19 - Wang Shik Saves His Brother

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 12/27/2018

When Woo Bin arrives at the hospital, Baek Ho tells the Empress that Woo Bin is Wang Shik and that his true identity must stay a secret. Luckily, a contact within the hospital assists in hiding Woo Bin’s true identity. Meanwhile, Yu Ra finds Dong Shik and secretly tries to send him away.

Yu Ra’s Cry For Mercy
star
8.50
2 votes

#20 - Yu Ra’s Cry For Mercy

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 1/3/2019

The Emperor brings back Yu Ra and forces her to make false statements accusing the Empress Dowager of murdering the Grand Empress Dowager. Sunny also confronts the Empress Dowager with Cheong Dan, the court lady who disappeared after stating she had eaten the poisoned food. Meanwhile, the Empress Dowager denies all accusations, and Woo Bin asks Yu Ra again where she hid Wang Shik's mother's body.

The Emperor’s Jealousy
star
8.50
2 votes

#21 - The Emperor’s Jealousy

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired 1/9/2019

Wang Shik recovers his mother's body and gives her a proper goodbye. He promises her that he will punish those who are responsible for her death. Sunny stays close by and consoles Wang Shik, and through the empathy, their relationship grows deeper. Meanwhile, the Emperor grows jealous of their relationship and tries to win the Empress back.

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The Scandal
star
8.50
2 votes

#22 - The Scandal

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 1/10/2019

The Empress recovers from the Empress Dowager's attempt to kill her, but it leaves her family outraged and wanting revenge. Sunny learns that Prince Yoon is helping to reveal Empress So Hyun's death, and Prince Yoon gives the hospital director a chance to come clean about what happened to Sunny's mother 10-years ago. Meanwhile, the Empress Dowager continues to manipulate Sunny's fate.

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Prince Yoon Lights the Powder Keg
star
8.50
2 votes

#23 - Prince Yoon Lights the Powder Keg

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired 1/10/2019

The hospital director kills himself to stop the truth from coming out, Prince Yoon publishes the second part of his novel depicting the death of Empress So Hyun, and Sunny finds out that the blood meant for her mother went to the Emperor. Meanwhile, Princess So Jin saves Woo Bin from the Empress Dowager's wrath.

The Emperor Abandons the Empress
star
8.50
2 votes

#24 - The Emperor Abandons the Empress

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired 1/23/2019

As the Emperor reads from Vincent Lee's book, the Empress Dowager screams for him to stop. Soon after, Chief Byun enters the room and demands to know the truth behind her daughter's death. The Crown Prince also emerges and confesses he is Vincent Lee and that the narrative of the book is true. Later, the Emperor abandons the Empress Dowager as his mother and swears to protect Sunny until the very end.

Yu Ra Teams Up with the Empress Dowager
star
8.50
2 votes

#25 - Yu Ra Teams Up with the Empress Dowager

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired 1/23/2019

Yu Ra intends to keep her promise to the Empress Dowager and fetches Dong Shik to the palace hoping to lure in Wang Shik. The Emperor finishes reading Vincent Lee's book and tracks down Prince Yoon to find out more of what he knows. Later, he succumbs to the Empress's words and heads off to the Empress Dowager's garden.

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