Ashes of Love (Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost): Episode 63 Final Summary

JM = Jinmi ; XF = Xufeng ; RY = Runyu ; LY = Liuying ; SH = Suihe ; QY = Qiyuan

XF: I used the sword and the fire technique to remove Qiong Qi. You won’t die. I threw away the herb. RY, live for thousands of years in loneliness. Try your best to compensate for your mistakes.

RY turns on his waterworks again 😛

XF keeps thinking about what Lord Doumu said, but the poor guy still can’t understand and keeps asking “JM, where are you?”

At JM and XF’s house in the Human Ream.
RY: The flowers at your place are very pretty.
XF: Just wildflowers and can’t compare to the flowers at your place.
RY: After she’s gone, my flowers disappeared. Still no news? Three years. Has the freezing effect become more serious?
XF: Hasn’t happened again.
RY: This is the last wine bottle made by JM.

XF wants to have a toast, but RY doesn’t do that anymore 😛

RY: I don’t drink now. I’ve been drunk in a dream for too long. I need to wake up. I’ve realized that conquering the Heaven Realm means I need to be a good Heavenly Emperor. Happiness and sadness aren’t meant for Heavenly Emperors. XF, we’ll live for a long time and it’s lonely. If we have someone, that’s good. She always had you in her heart.
XF: What’s the use of saying this? She’s gone and can never return.
RY: Have you opened the box?
XF: Looking at it reminds me of her. It just makes me sadder.
RY: Whatever doesn’t belong to us, we can’t wish for it. Whatever is yours won’t escape.

RY leaves after speaking like Lord Doumu 😛

XF remembers while looking at the pictures JM drew.

He knew that the rabbit was JM. He pretended to be drunk and called for SH to remind himself of how much he should hate her. When she told him she loved him, he threatened to kill her, but if she says it again he would forgive her.

XF hears JM calling him.

In the Flower Realm, flowers bloom again, which means JM’s spirit is coming together. But the flowers die, meaning that JM’s spirit is disappearing. The Flower Chiefs activate the Flower Hall of Time to save JM.

Time freezes and JM appears before XF.
XF: Is it really you?
JM: It’s me, Phoenix. I’ve returned.
XF: Where did you go for three years?
JM: I’ve always been with you. I saw everything you saw, heard everything you heard.
XF: I thought you’d never return. I was wrong. Can you forgive me? Don’t leave me again.
JM: I won’t ever leave you again, Phoenix!!

JM begins to fade.
XF: I’m begging you not to leave me.
JM: So I’m a tear in your eye. It’s fated we would separate.
XF: JM, you promised we’ll always be together.

JM kisses his eye where she lived for 3 years. As time returns, JM disappears.

[Note: I’m kind of disappointed JM’s hilarious monologue when she’s a teardrop in the novel isn’t in the drama. However, this part is very sad, so it’s understandable for the drama to expand the sad moments. Including funny moments would ruin the flow of the story, I suppose.]

XF visits Chief Mudan in the Flower Realm.
XF: So that’s what Lord Doumu meant. I couldn’t find her throughout the 6 realms. Who’d think she lived in my eye. It’s hard for us to meet again, but we’ve separated again. Is this Heaven’s will?
Chief Mudan: When I opened the Flower Hall of Time, I felt that her spirit wasn’t weak, but she was just a flash of light.
XF: When she lived in my eye, the freezing effect never occurred. She absorbed the cold in my body and helped to cure me.
Chief Mudan: And she slowly condensed into a drop of tear and cultivated a true form to save herself. Maybe you two will meet again at another place and another time.
XF: JM, I’ll wait for you. I’ll definitely find you.

It’s the day Tang Yue Shop’s young miss will marry into the Prime Minister’s family. Strangely, she’s been obsessed with demons ever since she was little. When she grew up, she began to cultivate, but while people strive to be immortal, she wants to be a demon.

[Note: Woot woot, JM’s father has been reincarnated as her father in the Human Realm. Hopefully, Lord Liaoyuan is alive somewhere in the Human Realm, too!!!]

As the bridal party makes its way through a forest, a phoenix appears and scares everyone away. Oh look, who else could it be but our beloved arrogant Phoenix!!! 😛
Lord Doumu: JM was protected by the ash. In the Heaven-Demon war, she used her body to save the 6 realms from war, earning immense merit. Her fated calamity has been resolved. She’s waiting for you where you first fell in love.

[Note: At first I was disappointed because where’s the sea of flowers as described in the book? But having them meet again in the forest where she first saved him and they fell in love while living in a hut nearby is very meaningful.]

XF: I’ve arrived.
JM: But I’ve accepted wedding gifts from the Prime Minister. What to do?
XF: Too bad. I’ve prepared 6,000 years of divine strength.
JM: Then I’ll reluctantly obey.

XF holds JM.
XF: In this life in this lifetime, forever, you can only be my wife.

Tangyue: That’s the story of my parents. Two years after my father stole the bride, I was born. It’s been 7 years. Our family of three lives peacefully and happily in the Human Realm.

As TY fishes for a wife, LY’s daughter drops by. She met a handsome disciple from Mount Kunlun and will go to Kunlun to convince him to marry her.

In the Demon Realm, LY has become a great ruler. She forbids demons from fighting each other and aims to unite all the demons so the realm will be strong.

The Flower Realm brings a new flower that’s been created by JM. LY gets to name it.

SH has gone crazy. She thinks she’s the Heavenly Empress and runs into the sons of the late Demon Lord.

Tangyue continues fishing for a wife, and RY appears.
RY: Did you mother teach you to fish for a wife?
Tangyue: You can fish with me. Mom said there are many pretty wives in the lake.

JM appears.
JM: I wondered why there’s a Heavenly energy in the area.
RY: I had some business and passed by.
JM: You have to care about humans fighting too?
RY: Are you happy? Of course, you are happy.

RY leaves.
JM: Let’s go home.
Tangyue: But I haven’t fished for a wife yet.
JM: I’ll tell you a secret. That year, your dad threw a big tantrum and demanded my hook.

XF appears. The three of them talk about what they’ll eat.

[Note: Tangyue’s true form is a white egret, a water bird, as in the novel.]

In the Heaven Realm.
RY: I’ve got my revenge. My fate is in my hands. I became the untouchable Heavenly Emperor. Got everything I wanted, but I still have nothing.
Kuanglu: It’s not like you don’t have anything. I and the Nightmare Beast will always be with you.

The End.
JM: Even though I still can’t see colors, Phoenix’s gaze and my son’s smile are the most beautiful scene in my heart, far more beautiful than any scenes in the world.

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37 Replies to “Ashes of Love (Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost): Episode 63 Final Summary”

  1. Ugh my heart!!! 😭

    I’ve finished watching it all but since I still can’t move on yet, I’m binge watching it all over again and again!!

    I didn’t know you’d still do the recaps!! Thank you for your time!!

    1. My understanding is JM was born human and through cultivation became immortal. In the scene which first showed JM’s reincarnation as she was about to marry into the Prime Minster’s family, the villagers talked about how obsessed she was with cultivation. The wrap up of the drama shows what happened to everyone after 500 years. JM/XF were still living happily in the Human Realm with their son, so by that point, JM had to be immortal or she’d die a long time ago.

      Another reason I think JM is immortal is the Flower Realm sent a new flower creation to the Demon Realm as a gift. As we’ve seen in the drama, JM is the only person who can create flowers because she’s the sole successor of the late Flower Diety. And JM cannot create flowers if she’s human.

  2. Oh thank you Lidge 💋💋 I was puzzled by the ending too and now I know . Ashes is such a lovely story and Deng Lun and Yangxi were spot on perfect for the roles. Don’t you love it when you get two leads who not only looks good but can act too.

  3. Hola una pregunta
    ¿Jinmi se vuelve inmortal cuando tiene a su hijo o sigue siendo mortal y solo se reencuentra con xufeng en cada reencarnación?

    1. Sorry, I don’t know Spanish so I have to reply to you in English. JM was reborn as human and cultivated to become immortal. Please see my reply to Polaris above for clarification.

  4. I’m confused with the ending. JM says something « … in mind… from distance… » and it seemed like XF can’t see JM or may be he hates her?? Somebody make me understand the ending.

        1. The last scene is JM watching XF playing with their son and then all 3 of them go home together. In voiceover, she says she still can’t see colors and the most beautiful view in the world to her is seeing XF and their son.

          XF and JM have a son together, which means XF can see JM and he doesn’t hate her. Not sure why you think XF hates JM because the story is about his deep love for her despite her betrayal. XF had a chance to kill RY and rule the Heaven Realm or continue to rule the Demon Realm, but he gave all of that up to go look for JM. The search took many years until he found her reincarnation and then after marrying her, they decided to live a simple life in the Human Realm.

  5. Ya lo entendí!!!!!!, entonces son inmortales viviendo vida simple en el reino humano!!!!
    Que paso con el Sr puchi y el tío casamentero??

    1. No idea, but presumably, Lord Puchi and Fox Uncle are still doing OK. I hear there will be a sequel about JM and XF’s son so maybe we’ll know then. As for as I know, Yang Zi and Deng Lun won’t be in the sequel.

  6. I love drama too!
    Could you clarify in Ep52, right after JM obtained the Jiu Ying green eye internal pellet, the scene where XF was protecting SH from JM… was XF using his Phoenix Feather to draw JM’s soul into it (hence the golden phoenix wings surrounded JM) and then planned to destroy her soul or was he trying to destroy the feather with her soul in it (before RY showed up to save JM)?
    Thank you Ildge!

    1. The Phoenix Feather doesn’t draw souls into it. Rather, it functions as a protection shield.

      When the owner is in danger, the Phoenix Feather automatically activates, which is when wings appear, forming a mystical barrier enveloping the person. Nothing can penetrate this barrier, keeping the person safe.

      The owner of the Phoenix Feather can also use it to protect someone else by throwing it at whoever they want to protect. For example, at the beginning of episode 6 when the Qiongqi monster went to the Heavenly Realm and fought with RY and XF, it had an opportunity to strike at JM. XF and RY couldn’t get to her in time, so XF threw the Phoenix Feather at her. A mystical barrier appeared around her and saved her.

      In episode 52, XF used the Phoenix Feather as a weapon and threw it at JM, intending to injure her so she would stop attacking SH. However, when the Phoenix Feather reached JM, it turned into wings. XF said he wanted to harm her, but the Phoenix Feather can sense his true feelings, which is he still loved her. Therefore, it turned into a mystical barrier protecting her instead of injuring her. His true feelings were exposed, which must have been extremely embarrassing, so XF acted like the Phoenix Feather didn’t obey his command (i.e., malfunctioned lol) and tried to destroy it.

      I don’t think XF destroyed it though. At the end of the drama, it looks like JM was wearing it in her hair.

      1. Ildge, Thank you for the detailed explanation! Love your comments and insight that totally makes sense.
        This drama has a number of heart wrenching scenes, I still cry when I re-watch.

  7. I just finished watching this on Netflix. At first I did not understand why my mother was so obssesed with this (this is the 14th time she has watched it). But as soon as I began to watch it I fell in love with Xufeng. Is fair to say that my mother is as madly in love with him as Suihe, hahaha. Now that I have just found out that this is a novel, I would love to give the book to her as a bday gift. Thank you so much for posting this 🙂

    XOXO from Mexico

  8. Ep60 – Three years later when XF living as a mortal in the hut he and JM shared, RY visited him..

    Is the bump on XF thumb (as XF reached for wine bottle) really from JM ash spot she got from D.Lord (fortune visit with her water deity father) and that’s how JM entered his soul when she died (they held hands that glowed briefly) to eventually heal the XF’s cold element in his body that made him suffer?

    1. Since the drama is based on a book, I rely on the book to understand what happens in the drama. The book didn’t say anything about XF’s thumb.

      This is what I remember from the book regarding JM’s death. Her soul was destroyed by XF and RY’s power blast, so there’s no chance of reincarnation. Reincarnation is only possible if the person dies with the soul intact, like dying from old age, illness, etc., sort of like going from one lifetime to the next one and so on. This is why XF and RY were devastated because she would be gone forever.

      As JM’s soul was dispersing and disappearing, her fist glowed. The ash started working to preserve a piece of her soul because as the drama explained later, JM sacrificed herself to stop a war and saved many people, earning immense merit. Her element is water and with an incomplete soul, she turned back into the simplest form of her element, which is a drop of water. She didn’t have a body and needed a host and XF was closest, so I guess that’s why JM became a tear in his eye.

      While JM lived in XF’s eye, she absorbed the water in his body from the freezing effect and cured him. At the same time, absorbing water allowed her to build back her soul and eventually, she became strong enough to escape because she didn’t need a host anymore. With an intact soul, she was able to reincarnate. After XF cried, JM appeared and then disappeared. Then we see a frost flower with a missing petal floating upward to the sky. That’s JM on her way to reincarnation.

  9. Ildge, Thank you again for the wonderful explanation. I almost wish the book was translated into english. Such a lovely romantic story!
    Thank you, it’s so appreciated Ildge!

  10. I absolutely adored this series… I live n the Caribbean from spanish fscebdants, travel a lot and I do not ibow why but Asian culture is my favorite, so much wisdom and history!
    I have seen many their dramas but this one was very well presented and played by the actors.
    Thank you very much for your comments and recap!

  11. Hey, anyone know what the significance is of Tangyue’s assertion that Runyu is the only one in the world who remember’s [Tangyue’s] name?

    1. In China, it’s normal for kids to have a nickname used by people in the family and close friends. In my opinion, since RY called TY by the actual name, it shows RY isn’t close to XF and JM, which is understandable given what happened. The relationship between XF/JM and RY would probably be cordial but distant.

  12. Hi. I just finished watching this series. Loved it, but felt like it was like the same tragedy on repeat a few times. Regardless, a few things about the ending that really confused me is.

    When the voiceover of the JM’s father’s master (Lady Duaomo) giving the explanation about how JM’s soul was saved because she saved so many people in the war and that she is waiting for him where they fell in love. I mean, when did she realize this and when did she tell YF? Because she did not tell YF this when he first when to go see her to ask for advice on how to get JM back. At that time, she only told him that she sees what you see and vice versa.

    Also, YF seemed sure that JM was the one in the marriage carriage. So if he knew that was her all along then why did he not go see her sooner before she got engaged or the wedding day?

    And if JM had all of her memories, then why would she agree to a marriage with the Prime Ministers son?

    1. I think the voice-over is a way for the drama to explain to us, the viewers, how JM was able to live again after her soul was destroyed.

      The wedding part in the drama is pretty much like how it was in the book. Don’t know why the author wrote the story this way, probably to make it dramatic to have XF and JM meet again on the day she’s supposed to marry someone else.

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