When Episode 1 aired, I could not believe that Hunae would be shown killing an opposing officer who was negotiating under a white flag. It was utterly repulsive and it made no sense to me that the writers and producers would present the title character--whom we're supposed to like and become interested in--doing something so cowardly and low-class. And I was sure that they'd realize the mistake and at least edit the sequence out when the scene was re-aired. But no, the scene showed up yesterday in Ep26 and there she was again, murdering the guy in cold blood.
Even the maurauding Japanese generals in IYSS wouldn't stoop that low. I've mentioned this before, but in one scene, the admiral sends a subordinate to the Japanese as a messenger--along with a big box of severed heads of Japanese soldiers. And even then, the subordinate returned unharmed. And then there was a scene early in DJY when Xue Rengui murdered a Goguryean envoy, and it riled up the Goguryeans so much that I think it led to a military defeat. So why would they show Hunae doing such a thing? I don't get it.
That’s a very good question. We already know that Hunae (at least, in this fictional drama show) is skilled enough to have inflicted a non-lethal wound upon the envoy had she wished (say, through the guy’s sword hand). That would have been a pretty cool shot, too. But, the fact that she killed him outright does signal a clear intent on her part.
My only thought is that some of the fort troops (including the fort commander) were considering the enemy’s offer of surrender. By doing something so atrocious as killing an envoy, she ensured that the surrender option was no longer available. The only choice for the Koryo troops now was to fight and maybe die, or surrender and die for sure.
However, I also have to admit that I kind of doubt that the show’s writer actually thought it through this deeply. Had we seen Hunae explain her actions to the cowardly fort commander, it would have made much clearer sense.
I honestly can’t help but think that it was more likely just poor writing.
Did a white flag always mean the same thing? The flag that was carried had writing on it, and looked like the other flags carried by troops so people could tell whose side that they were on from far away.
The Goryeo envoys never carried a white flag when they walked into the Khitan encampment...
A non-lethal shot is exactly what I was thinking. If she's such a good shot, she could have knocked the guy's helmet off his head or some such silly thing, and made the same statement without dishonor.
According to what I read, there were at least two recorded instances in which envoys or messengers were sent to Goryeo by the Khitans and the Yujin tribe (splinter group of the Khitans) and were all killed. Dishonorable for sure.
Hunae was not involved in either of these particular instances.