They also cut away the scene where ZM chances upon ZZR behaving intimately with ZWJ (when he's comforting ZZR after she confessed to him all that she did) and leaves with a broken heart, making ZWJ realize that he loves and cannot live without her. I remember reading an article where Ady briefly describes the filming of this particular scene- ZM runs away after seeing ZWJ hugging ZZR and hides somewhere to cry.
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The old couple were supposed to be killed by ZZR, who also made an unsuccessful attempt on ZM's life while ZWJ was away in Shaolin but they didn't show it in this series. Probably due to lack of screen time again, or perhaps to also lessen ZZR's sins and make her less "evil" (like the 2003 version).
There's also another scene where ZWJ reassures ZM of his love for her- right before the very last scene, when ZWJ and ZM were looking down at the clouds from Mt Wudang. ZM asks ZWJ whether he is really willing to give up his Ming Sect leadership status and ZWJ replies that he would rather lose all he has in the world than to lose her (ZM). I actually find this particular scene the sweetest of all the ZWJ/ZM romantic scenes. A pity the mood was destroyed by the silly scene which came right after it.
Despite all the lovey-dovey scenes b/w ZWJ and ZM in here, I actually find ZWJ less "in-love" with ZM in here as compared to the 2000 and 2003 adaptations. In the previous versions, it was very obvious that ZWJ had chosen ZM and only felt guilt towards ZZR after the wedding scene. In this version however (before the scene where he admits to ZZR that the woman he truly loves is ZM) ZWJ still seems somewhat in conflict as to whether he loves ZM or ZZR. I thought ZWJ looked extremely heartbroken and somewhat devastated during the Shaolin scene where he learns from ZZR that she has "married" SQS. He just kept looking at ZZR with sorrowful eyes and refused to budge even when Zhou Dian tried pulling him away.
Even though ZWJ is less romantic and less mesmerized by the women in this adaptation, its apparent that he has feelings for ZZR but he loved ZM more. Like past adaptations and the novel, he agrees to marry ZZR because:
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1. On snake island, because ZZR was also poisoned, ZWJ had to help heal her and to do that, he had to physically touch her body which was an inappropriate act in traditional times. Hence, XX requested for them to get engaged so that ZWJ could heal her without any worries/restrictions. Being the obedient and filial godson, ZWJ had to cater to XXís requests.
2. Worried that ZWJ might go back on his promise to marry her, ZZR constantly used emotional blackmail on him to voice out her insecurities. To put her mind at ease, ZWJ promised that heíll marry her once they find XX.
3. ZZR returns to Eímei in anger after she spies on ZWJ behaving intimately with ZM at the inn. The Ming Sect members are worried that their leader might put their sect in jeopardy if he ends up with ZM. Hence, they advise him to quickly marry ZZR, reasoning that itíll be an advantage to Ming Sect if they alliance with Eímei. To put pressure on ZWJ, they get ZSF and the Wudang Heroes to support the marriage too.