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Wei Wuxian: I shouldn't have been so conceited that I wouldn't even listen to you. That was why others were able to take advantage of me.
Lan Wangji: Wei Ying. You never intended for that to happen. I know that you tried your best.
Wei Wuxian: Right. Those mistakes had already been made. No use regretting that anymore.

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  • Adaptational Expansion: Lan Xichen gets involved much earlier into the dismembered corpse case, and Jin Guangyao encounters Wei Wuxian as Mo Xuanyu prior to the Discussion Conference at the Golden Carp Tower.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Nie Huaisang is still nervous when he's being interrogated by Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, but is nowhere near as jittery or evasive as he was in either the audio drama or the live-action drama.
  • Adaptation Deviation: In the novel, the protagonists barge in the room where Nie Huaisang is in to interrogate him. It goes the other way around in the donghua as it's the latter who stumbles into the room where the former two are in, although Nie Huaisang is still the one being questioned.
  • Break Them by Talking: Downplayed. Wei Wuxian gets Nie Huaisang to admit that he's not completely clueless about the events at Xinglu Ridge by pointing out various facts they observed — facts that Nie Huaisang can't refute.
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  • Call-Back: In The Stinger, Wei Wuxian investigates a corpse and finds Shuanghua's mark on it, which Lan Wangji had informed him of five episodes ago.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: None of the masked assailants stand a chance against Lan Wangji, who knocks them back with a single strum of his guqin.
  • The Faceless: The viewer doesn't get a full glimpse of Lan Wangji's face when he was a child.
  • Foreshadowing: Similar to Lan Wangji in Episode 16, there's a brief moment of hesitation before Nie Huaisang refers to Wei Wuxian as "this... young master".
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji are revealed to have met when they were children, which explains Wei Wuxian's attachment to rattle drums since Lan Wangji gave him one in the past.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Before saying what he knows to the protagonists, Nie Huaisang takes a big gulp of tea first.
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  • I Want Them Alive: Played with. Jiang Cheng makes it clear he wants Wei Wuxian and Wen Ning brought to him alive or dead.
  • I Will Find You: Continuing from three episodes ago, Jiang Cheng continues searching for Wei Wuxian after the latter got away from him.
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The first ending of the donghua plays in the last scene of the episode.
  • Meaningful Echo: Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji's real first meeting and supposed first meeting have both similarities and contrasts. In both instances, when Wei Wuxian sees Lan Wangji looking at him, he smiles in response. But in the past, it's Lan Wangji who offered Wei Wuxian his rattle drum; and years later it was the latter who offered the former a jar of Emperor's Smile.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Jiang Cheng is still looking for Wei Wuxian in the town border, to no luck; and all the while Wei Wuxian is walking back to Xinglu Ridge, where Jiang Cheng finally managed to catch him earlier.
  • Non-Answer: When Lan Wangji asks Wei Wuxian exactly how he died, Wei Wuxian dodges the question by stating that it doesn't matter anymore.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lan Wangji, a cultivator of high rank, kneels to Wei Wuxian when he reassures the latter that he understands that he didn't intend for the events in the Nightless City (and everything before that) to happen. The reason why he kneels is to make it clear to Wei Wuxian that he's not opposing him or talking down on him — which Wei Wuxian mistook him to be doing before.
  • Ominous Fog: Yi City basically looks like a ghost town, complete with being shrouded in mist.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Lan Xichen has no qualms that a demonic cultivator is helping Lan Wangji in his investigation, and sincerely thanks him for his assistance.
  • Saying Too Much: Defied. When Jin Guangyao remarks on how "Mo Xuanyu" has taken up another form of cultivation, Wei Wuxian stays quiet because he might expose himself to someone who personally knows the real Mo Xuanyu.
  • Slasher Smile: In The Stinger, Xiao Xingchen gives a sinister grin upon seeing the protagonists.
  • The Stinger: The post-credits scene, which is more of a brief trailer for the events that will be covered in the next season. It shows Jin Guangyao in a secret chamber, and Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji stopping by a deserted city where they run into Xiao Xingchen.

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