All The 'Goblin' References In 'Tale Of The Nine-Tailed' (So Far)

'I know grim reapers well.'

WARNING: *Major* spoilers ahead for Episode 1 of Tale Of The Nine-Tailed! Don't read if you haven't seen it yet.

Lee Dong Wook's new supernatural drama Tale Of The Nine-Tailed premiered this week, and just a few episodes in, there have already been several references to his previous series, GoblinTale Of The Nine-Tailed tells the story of a gumiho named Yi Yeon (Lee Dong Wook), who has been alive for more than a thousand years and who's looking for the reincarnation of his first love. He is pursued by a producer for an urban fantasy show named Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah), while his half-brother Yi Rang (Kim Bum) is the show's main antagonist. 


Meanwhile, Goblin (2016) focuses on a cursed being named Kim Shin (Gong Yoo). In the show, Lee Dong Wook played the role of the grim reaper who guides souls to the afterlife!

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Below is a list of Goblin ~golden nuggets~ fans spotted in Lee Dong Wook's new drama: 

    *That* umbrella scene 

    In Episode 1, on his way to a wedding, Yi Yeon made an entrance that reminded viewers of Gong Yoo's scene in Goblin! I mean...they both had umbrellas and it was raining, so this can't be a coincidence. 

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    When Yi Rang described Yi Yeon

    In the show, Kim Bum's character Yi Rang sat down for an interview to talk about his brother, saying: "He never ages or dies, like goblins or aliens you see in movies." 

    When Yi Yeon talked about grim reapers

    "You even posted a comment on their website that the grim reaper's outfit was all wrong," his veterinarian friend told him during a conversation about Ji Ah's urban fantasy legends show. Yi Yeon replied: "I know grim reapers well." OF COURSE, YOU DO!

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    Tale Of The Nine-Tailed is available for streaming on iQIYI and Viu, with new episodes every Thursday and Friday.

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