Guardian: The Lonely and Great God


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  • Drama: Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (English title) / Goblin (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Sseulsseulhago Chalranhashin-Dokkaebi
  • Hangul: 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비
  • Director: Lee Eung-Bok
  • Writer: Kim Eun-Sook
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 16
  • Release Date: December 2, 2016 - January 21, 2017
  • Runtime: Fri & Sat 20:00
  • Genre: Fantasy / Romance
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©

In ancient times, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an unbeatable general in wars, but the young King (Kim Min-Jae) is jealous of Kim Shin and kills him. Kim Shin becomes Dokkaebi (Goblin), possessing an immortal life. At first he thinks that he is blessed, but he realizes that he is cursed.

Closer to the present day, Kim Shin has waited 900 years for a human bride to end his immortal life. One night, he saves a dying pregnant woman (Park Hee-Von) who is destined to die. Meanwhile, the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) is unable to find the dead pregnant woman. The woman gives birth to a baby girl named Ji Eun-Tak (later played by Kim Go-Eun). 9 years later, Ji Eun-Tak lives with her mother and is able to see ghosts. One night, her mother suddenly dies. On that night, she meets the Grim Reaper.

In the present day, Ji Eun-Tak is a high school student. She still sees ghosts and hears their whisper of “Dokkaebi’s bride.” She now lives with her aunt’s family, but she is mistreated by them. On her birthday, Ji Eun-Tak sits by the sea with a lighted birthday cake. At that time, Kim Shin suddenly appears in front of her. Kim Shin does not know why, but he can hear her voice and appears in front of her against his will. Coincidentally, Kim Shin lives with the Grim Reaper at the same house.

Now, Kim Shin appears in front of her against his will, whenever she turns off the lights. One day, Ji Eun-Tak tells him that he is Dokkaebi and she is his bride.


  1. "Goblin" takes over tvN's Fri & Sat 20:30 time slot previously occupied by "The K2" and followed by "Tomorrow With You" on February 3, 2017.
  2. Frst script reading took place August 30, 2016 at Nuri Dream Square in Sangamdong, Seoul, South Korea.
  3. Filming began September, 2016. Gong Yoo and Kim Go-Eun began filming scenes on location in Canada on October 5, 2016.
  4. First still images of Lee Dong-Wook in tvN drama series “Goblin.”
  5. Still images of Gong Yoo and Kim Go-Eun meeting for first time in tvN drama series “Goblin.”
  6. Gong Yoo and Lee Dong-Wook meeting for first time in tvN drama series “Goblin.”
  7. First still images of Yoo In-Na in tvN drama series “Goblin.”
  8. Still images of Gong Yoo and Kim Go-Eun filming on location in Quebec, Canada.
  9. Teaser posters for tvN drama series “Goblin.”
  10. Still images of Kim Min-Jae and Kim So-Hyun's special appearance in "Goblin."
  11. Still images of Kim Go-Eun and Yook Sung-Jae’s first scene together in tvN drama series “Goblin.”
  12. Ep.14 to air a week later than originally planned and ep.15 & ep.16 to air consecutively on Saturday, January 21, 2017.


Goblin (Korean Drama)-Gong Yoo.jpg Goblin (Korean Drama)-Kim Go-Eun.jpg Goblin (Korean Drama)-Lee Dong-Wook.jpg Goblin (Korean Drama)-Yoo In-Na.jpg Goblin (Korean Drama)-Yook Sung-Jae.jpg
Gong Yoo Kim Go-Eun Lee Dong-Wook Yoo In-Na Yook Sung-Jae
Kim Shin Ji Eun-Tak Grim Reaper Sunny Yoo Duk-Hwa
Goblin (Korean Drama)-Lee El.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Jo Woo-Jin.jpg Kim Sung-Kyum Guardian-Lonely Great God-Park Hee-Von.jpg Han Seo-Jin
Lee El Jo Woo-Jin Kim Sung-Kyum Park Hee-Von Han Seo-Jin
Birth Grandmother Secretary Kim Duk-Hwa's grandfather Eun-Tak's mother Ji Eun-Tak (young)
Guardian-Lonely Great God-Yum Hye-Ran01.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Choi Ri.jpg Goblin-Jung Young-Ki.jpg Choi Woong Kim Ki-Doo
Yum Hye-Ran Choi Ri Jung Young-Ki Choi Woong Kim Ki-Doo
Ji Yeon-Suk Kyung-Mi Eun-Tak's cousin Grim Reaper Grim Reaper
Yoon Da-Young Guardian-Lonely Great God-Jo Hyun-Sik.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Kim Chang-Hwan.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Hwang Suk-Jung.jpg Park Kyung-Hye
Yoon Da-Young Jo Hyun-Sik Kim Chang-Hwan Hwang Suk-Jung Park Kyung-Hye
Grim Reaper Grim Reaper Grim Reaper fortune-teller / ghost ghost
Guardian-Lonely Great God-Park Se-Wan.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Kim So-Ra.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Kim Min-Young1.jpg Goblin-Ko Bo-Gyeol.jpg Ma Min-Hee
Park Se-Wan Kim So-Ra Kim Min-Young Go Bo-Gyeol Ma Min-Hee
dorm ghost Ghost Lee Jung Hwa Soo-Jin Kim Yoo-Na Soo-Jin's group
Kim Nan-Hee Guardian-Lonely Great God-An Ji-Hyun.jpg Yoon Kyung-Ho Jung Ji-Hoon Jung Ji-Hoon
Kim Nan-Hee An Ji-Hyun Yoon Kyung-Ho Jung Ji-Hoon Jung Ji-Hoon
Eun-Tak's teacher Ko Hyun-Jung (ghost at library) Kim Woo-Sik Yoo Duk-Hwa (young) Kim Shin's servant
Kim Min-Jae Kim So-Hyun Guardian-Lonely Great God-Kim Byung-Chul.jpg Joon Kim Seo-Jung
Kim Min-Jae Kim So-Hyun Kim Byung-Chul Joon Kim Seo-Jung
King Queen Park Joong-Hun detective Sunny's friend
Goblin-Kim Hye Yoon.jpg
Kim Hye-Yoon
separated family young days wife
Goblin-Nam Da-Reum.jpg Kim Hyun-Bin Guardian-Lonely Great God-Sung Nak Kyung.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Lee Han-Seo.jpg Park Jin-Woo
Nam Da-Reum Kim Hyun-Bin Sung Nak-Kyung Lee Han-Seo Park Jin-Woo
boy beaten by stepdad (ep.1,4) Duk-Hwa (young) (ep.1) Na Kyung-Won (ep.2) girl at bookstore (ep.2) loan shark (ep.2-3,6)
Guardian-Lonely Great God-Yoon Joo-Man.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Kim Nam Hee.jpg Kang Jung-Goo Guardian-Lonely Great God-An Doo-Ho.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Lee Seul-Bi.jpg
Yoon Joo-Man Kim Nam-Hee Kang Jung-Goo An Doo-Ho Lee Seul-Bi
loan shark (ep.2-3,6) doctor (ep.3) doctor (ep.3,9) cafe man (ep.3) vain cafe woman (ep.3)
Yoon Boo-Jin Hong Boo-Hyang Guardian Lonely God-Daniel Joey Albright.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Lee Dong-Yong.jpg Oh Ah-Rin
Yoon Boo-Jin Hong Boo-Hyang Daniel Joey Albright Lee Dong-Yong Oh Ah-Rin
landlady (ep.3) dorm ghost's mother (ep.5) waiter (ep.5) convenience store owner (ep.6) girl in hospital (ep.6)
Hwang Sang-Kyung Guardian-Lonely Great God-Jung Hae-In.jpg Guardian-Lonely Great God-Jo Yong-Jin.jpg Jeon Yeo-Jin Shin Young-Kyu
Hwang Sang-Kyung Jung Hae-In Jo Yong-Jin Jeon Yeo-Jin Shin Young-Kyu
pickpocket (ep.7-8) Tae-Hee (ep.7-8) Tae-Hee (young) (ep.7) mom bus passenger (ep.8) bus passenger (ep.8)
Kim Hyun-Mok Kim Min-Seo Min Young Kim Do-Hyun Guardian-TLGG-Ham Sung-Min.jpg
Kim Hyun-Mok Kim Min-Seo Min Young Kim Do-Hyun Ham Sung-Min
bus passenger (ep.8) Joon-Young (ep.8) Joon-Young's mother (ep.8) audit team of Grim Reapers (ep.13) North Korean soldier (ep.15)

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode AGB TNmS
2016-12-02 1 6.9% 6.7%
2016-12-03 2 8.3% 8.1%
2016-12-09 3 12.7% 12.0%
2016-12-10 4 12.3% 12.7%
2016-12-16 5 12.7%% 14.0%
2016-12-17 6 12.9% 13.0%
2016-12-23 7 13.0% 13.5%
2016-12-24 8 12.7% 11.6%
2016-12-30 9 13.6% 14.6%
2016-12-31 10 13.5% 13.3%
2017-01-06 11 15.0% 14.8%
2017-01-07 12 14.9% 14.6%
2017-01-13 13 15.5% 15.3%
2017-01-20 14 17.5% 16.3%
2017-01-21 15 18.7% 17.7%
2017-01-21 16 20.5% 19.6%

Source: TNS Media Korea & AGB Nielson


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