Set in a hypothetical constitutional monarchy in 2018, The Last Empress, follows the story of a musical actress who marries the Emperor of the Korean Empire. As she tries to ease into a life of royalty she gets entangled in the murder of the emperor’s grandmother which eventually led to the downfall of the imperial family, all while searching for true love.
Goo Hae Ryung worked as a historian in the 19th century, which was a profession that wasn’t usually assumed by women. Female historians were generally looked down upon in this era because of their gender. However, Goo Hae Ryung doesn’t fall short of her duties, and soon finds herself involved with Prince Lee Rim.
Yook Dong-sik works in a brokerage company. One day, he witnesses a gruesome murder and comes across a diary that contains a detailed list of the murder logs. He flees and gets into a car accident. He lost his memory and thought that he is the psycho serial killer. His personality changes drastically.
Wi Dae-han is a former politician who took in a girl, Da-jung and her three siblings when their mother died. Together they grew as a family and put on ‘the great show’ for him to become a politician again. Jung Soo-hyun is his former love in college and a current affairs writer with a sense of justice.