Goblin Review (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)

The most popular & top-rated drama that is loved by all Kdrama watchers around the world.

“It’s a beautiful life, beautiful day”
Listen to “Beautiful” OST sung by Crush.

If you are confused about whether to watch the popular Gong Yoo’s Goblin drama, then get ready to read this Goblin review.

Spoiler alerts are shown before a sentence in brackets – (SP!)

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Goblin Review

Goblin is a Korean drama of 16 episodes aired from December 2, 2016, to January 21, 2017, on the tvN channel in Korea. Now, it is available worldwide to watch on Netflix & Viki.

Goblin review

It is one of the most-watched Korean dramas & is a popular drama of actor Gong Yoo. It is also known by the name Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.

Summary –

The drama includes the story revolving around a Goblin, Grim Reaper, a high school student & a chicken shop owner along with their relationships in the past.

Main Characters

Goblin - Gong Yoo as Kim Shin
Gong Yoo as Kim Shin

Gong Yoo plays the role of “Kim Shin” who is a Goblin & is now immortal. He was a general in Goryeo’s military who died a tragic death in the past.

Goblin - Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak

Kim Go Eun plays the role of “Ji Eun Tak” who is a high school student & can see dead people. She claims to be the Goblin’s bride who can end his immortal life.

Goblin - Lee Dong Wook as Grim Reaper
Lee Dong Wook as Grim Reaper

Lee Dong Wook plays the role of (well even he doesn’t know his name). He is a Grim Reaper who stays with the Goblin in his house. All the Grim Reapers don’t know their name.

Goblin - Yoo In Na as Sunny
Yoo In Na as Sunny

Yoo In Na plays the role of “Sunny” who is the owner of a chicken shop where Ji Eun Tak works as a part-timer. (SP!) Sunny & Grim Reaper fall in love but they shouldn’t have.

Goblin - Yook Sung Jae as Yoo Duk Hwa
Yook Sung Jae as Yoo Duk Hwa

Yook Sung Jae plays the role of “Yoo Duk Hwa” who is the young heir of the family that has been serving the Goblin for generations. Well, he doesn’t appear much in the drama.


Don’t read if you haven’t watched the drama & don’t want spoilers.

The drama starts with Kim Shin being framed as a traitor & killed by the young king, Wang Yeo. He is cursed by the Almighty God to stay immortal with a sword in his chest which can be pulled out by the Goblin’s bride ending his immortality.

Later, Kim Shin meets Ji Eun Tak, a cheerful high school student who claims to be his bride & can see the sword in his chest. He also meets a Grim Reaper with no name.

The Goblin’s nephew, Yoo Deok Hwa leases the Goblin’s house to the Grim Reaper, and the two end up living under the same roof. Ji Eun Tak starts working part-time at a chicken store run by a woman named Sunny.

While the drama goes on, we come to know about their fate, why they met, why they fell in love, their tragic past & how they react & cope up with their relationships.

In the past life, the Grim Reaper was Wang Yeo, the king who ordered to kill Kim Shin. Sunny was Wang Yeo’s wife & Kim Shin’s sister. Ji Eun Tak has no past life.

Why You Should Watch?

You would think that this is a normal romantic story of a couple, but NO! This drama is more than just romance. It is filled with love, sorrow, friendship, bromance & suspense.

If you are Gong Yoo or Lee Dong Wook fan, you should watch this drama. You would love to watch the bromance between a Goblin & a Grim Reaper. Despite their past, they become friends.

You would get to see the suspense in this drama, why these people came together, why they fell in love & what is the deity’s plan. You get to see the present story as well as the story of their past life.

Goblin still photo of friendship

What about comedy? There are many comical dialogues in the drama which will make you laugh. What you can expect from old-fashioned Goblin & Grim Reaper using mobile phones?

Goblin also includes some beautiful & heart touching OSTs. You will love to listen to Beautiful by Crush, Stay with me by Chanyeol & Punch & other good OSTs.

Overall, if you are looking to watch a drama that consists of fantasy, romance, suspense, history, love, friendship, you will love to watch Goblin. It is a mixture of all the genres.

While some people may find the drama excellent some may say that it is slow & long. Yes! the drama seems to be boring at the beginning but becomes interesting later on.

Other dramas/movies of the cast that are worth a watch –

  • Train To Busan (Gong Yoo)
  • Silenced (Gong Yoo)
  • The King: Eternal Monarch (Kim Go Eun)
  • Strangers From Hell (Lee Dong Wook)
  • Touch Your Heart (Lee Dong Wook & Yoo In Na)


Here are some questions answered that you may ask.

Is the Goblin worth watching?

Yes. It is worth a watch. If you are looking for a mix of romance, suspense, fantasy, friendship & some comedy that will touch your heart, you should watch Goblin.

Where can I watch the Goblin drama?

You can watch the drama on Netflix & Viki.

Is Goblin family-friendly?

Yes, the drama is family-friendly. There are some kissing scenes that are not much intimate. You can watch the drama with your family.

How long are the episodes?

All the episodes’ duration is about 60-90 mins. There is a total of 16 episodes.




Goblin takes you on a ride of emotions that include love, romance, friendship, sadness, comedy with some historical scenes. You will love to watch Goblin drama.





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Hi! I'm Alma Santos from Philippines. I have watched over hundreds of dramas and can speak Korean a little bit. My favorite drama is Crash Landing On You.

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