The more research I did into Shandong Film and TV Group and Lang Ya Bang, the more emotionally immersed I became into the story, particularly into one character - Prince Jing 靖王 or Xiao Jingyan 萧景琰, the seventh prince of the Southern Liang Dyansty. Prince Jing is the second leading character in this story who emerges as the dark horse in the succession battle and ultimately wins the throne. In contrast to many TV dramas that markets its story around the "one true pairing," Nirvana in Fire is lacking in the romance department. The novel centers heavily on brotherhood and revenge. It chronicles the male protagonist's one-man journey of revenge and the brotherly relationship between Mei Changsu (formerly Lin Shu) and his cousin Prince Jing.
For your convenience, I copied the wiki synopsis of Nirvana in Fire to help you better understand the story.
During the 4th century, war broke out between the feudal Northern Wei dynasty and Southern Liang dynasties, leading Liang's General Lin Xie to take his only child, the 17-year old Lin Shu, to battle. Unexpectedly, Lin Xie was framed by a political rival, causing the unjust deaths of seventy thousand Chi Yan army soldiers, just after they drove off the hostile Wei forces. Fortunately, the young Lin Shu was rescued by a loyal subordinate, although he barely escaped with his life. With the help of Lang Ya Hall, Lin Shu was able to establish the Jiang Zuo Alliance, and returns to the capital 12 years later as the leader Mei Changsu. He secretly assists his friend Xiao Jingyan, the unfavoured son of Emperor Wu and wisely rids the court of scheming officials, successfully overturning the past injustices imposed upon the Chi Yan army ahead of his imminent death.
Top: Liu Shu and Prince Jing as carefree teenage boys.
Below: Prince Jing works closely with Mei Changsu without realizing the man before him is the very person he has been searching for in past 12 years.
Prince Jing is a quiet royalty in the imperial court. Because of his persistence to right the wrong that happened to his best friend and brother, Prince Jing fell out of his father's favor, the Liang Emperor. Although he made countless military contributions, his father refuses to bestow him any recognition. He would rather fight in the battlefield and exile himself from the capital than face scheming politicians. He despises ugly court politics with a passion. The death of his childhood best friend and favorite brother completely destroyed his idyllic worldview. He only later wets his hand in dirty politics and joins the succession race because only power can give him what he sought - justice.
|Prince Jing teaches his nephew archery|
|The Crown Prince and Prince Jing get embroiled into hostage crisis?|
|Actor Wang Kai, Liu Tao, and Chen Long chatting on the set|