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‘The Untamed’: All the hottest book moments the show leaves out

The Untamed is a Chinese Boy Love drama set in ancient China that follows the story of Wei Wuxian (Xiao Zhan) & Lan Wangji (Wang Yibo). The show has become a worldwide sensation and people all around the globe are losing their minds over these two characters. 

The show is based on the novel titled Mo Dao Zu Shi by author Mo Xiang Xiu. Due to the exceptionally strict censorship laws about the depiction of homosexual relationships on television in China, the show was unable to follow the novel’s narrative to its entirety. While the creators of The Untamed did an exceptional job of portraying the relationship between Lan Wangji & Wei Wuxian, the obvious gay content was not included. 

The source material is very explicit. It leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination as the emotional & physical relationship between the two characters unfolds. People are flocking to the internet to read the uncensored version of their beloved WangXian. 

Once the relationship between Wei Wuxian & Lan Wangji gets off the ground, there are many sexually explicit moments between the two. They’re at it like rabbits at every possible chance. Although there are far too many to recount them all here, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite steamy WangXian moments from the novel. 

Parental advisory explicit content warning: things are about to get hot in here!

Chapter 69 – The blindfolded kiss

At Phoenix Mountain, Wei Wuxian finds himself blindfolded during a hunt after showing off before the hunt started. Still blindfolded, he decides to take pause and rest up against a tree. He senses someone approaching & attempts to engage verbally. The person remains silent. 

In the next moment, Wei Wuxian finds himself being pushed up against the tree, hands restrained. He thinks about fighting back but suddenly feels the warmth of the person’s lips cover his own. He goes into shock. 

Wei Wuxian describes the kiss as aggressive, leaving him feeling dizzy. When the kiss ends, the person disappears before Wei Wuxian can take off his blindfold and figure out who the mystery person is. At this point, it is not revealed in the narrative that the owner of the warm, yet aggressive lips, is in fact, Lan Wangji. 

Up until this point, readers are only really exposed to the stoic, noble, composed version of Lan Wangji. This kiss acts to foreshadow the other side of his personality that he has been repressing for so long. The desire that lives inside Lan Wangji is unleashed aggressively here on Wei Wuxian’s lips, and again in many scenes to come in the novel. 

Had this scene been able to be included it, it would have been inserted in ep.25 Lan Wangji finds Wei Wuxian in the woods. They share one of their famous intense stare-offs before Lan Wangji tells Wei Wuxian he wants his opinion on a musical piece he composed. 

Wei Wuxian responds and essentially asks what he means to Lan Wangji, who repeats the question back to Wei Wuxian. Wei Wuxian tells Lan Wangji that he once saw him as his soulmate in this world. Lan Wangji responds that he still considers himself to be that very thing. Sigh!

Chapter 94 & 95 – Breaking the bathtub

Lan Wangji is drunk again, and up to no good! After gallivanting around town causing a drunken ruckus, Wei Wuxian finally manages to get Lan Wangji back to the inn where they are staying. Uncharacteristically dirty, Lan Wangji asks Wei Wuxian to help him wash his face. Throwing caution to the wind, Wei Wuxian suggests that he just help the man bathe instead. 

Lan Wangji’s enthusiastic response to this suggestion is somewhat comical as he quickly strips. Shocked, Wei Wuxian doesn’t know whether he should look down there, or whether he should do the decent thing and cover Lan Wangji up. After a moment, Lan Wangji is reaching for the sash on Wei Wuxian’s robe. Panic sets in and Wei Wuxian informs Lan Wangji that he will not be joining him in the tub. 

After Lan Wangji gets in the tub, Wei Wuxian decides to give him some privacy and turns to leave, causing Lan Wangji to get out once again. Lan Wangji refuses to finish bathing unless Wei Wuxian helps him. This is where things get interesting. 

Unable to hide his desire, Wei Wuxian reaches for Lan Wangji’s abs, but Lan Wangji denies him. They banter back and forth for a moment or two before an emboldened Wei Wuxian dips his hand all the way into the tub and reaches for Lan Wangji’s stuff. Lan Wangji’s reaction is far more aggressive than Wei Wuxian could have anticipated. 

Wei Wuxian is pulled into the tub and assaulted with an onslaught of feverish kisses. The prim & proper, stoic version of Lan Wangji that readers had become acquainted with is nowhere in sight during this scene. Lan Wangji wraps one arm around Wei Wuxian’s waist and slams the other into the side of the tub, which then splits into pieces, causing quite a chaotic mess. 

If there is any doubt in readers’ minds that these two fellas might be more than just good friends, this is the point in the story where that idea is absolutely obliterated. 

So come with us as we journey through 'The Untamed' and unpack all the times Lan Wangji would have said ‘I love you’ if Chinese censorship had allowed it.

The pair end up on the bed. While they don’t actually go all the way and complete the Dance With No Pants, they do engage in other sexual acts that leaves little to the imagination. Once they’re done, Wei Wuxian attempts to explain how he feels to Lan Wangji, who seems to panic at the implication of their actions, and pushes Wei Wuxian away. 

Had this made it into the show, this would have taken place right after Wei Wuxian managed to get Lan Wangji back to the inn after his famous chicken-love-confession. Instead of debaucherous sexcapades, viewers were treated to a very sweet verbal exchange between the two boys that left our hearts singing. 

Chapter 100 – Public declarations of love

In this chapter, Wei Wuxian is in peak form. Having just learned about all the things Lan Wangji did to protect Wei Wuxian after the battle at Nightless City, Wei Wuxian feels compelled to tell Lan Wangji exactly how he feels about him. 

In front of Jin Guangyo, Lan XiChen and other important cultivators, in what can’t be described as any other than a fit of chaos, Wei Wuxian blurts out that he wanted to sleep with Lan Wangji all those years ago. His confession renders Lan Wangji, and everyone else around them, silent. 

Lan Wangji begins to stutter, unable to articulate the words forming in his mind. Wei Wuxian’s confession is essentially interrupted by the weather, and the cultivators take themselves inside, momentarily removing attention from the two men. However, Wei Wuxian, who clearly has no chill whatsoever, continues to publicly declare his love for Lan Wangji. 

He tells Lan Wangji that he likes him, he loves him, that he wants to night hunt with him for the rest of his life. He goes so far as to say that he wants to do the Dance With No Pants with Lan Wangji every single day until they die. Darkness engulfs the cultivators as the wind blows out all the candles, and suddenly Lan Wanji is confessing the very same things to Wei Wuxian. 

Then they’re kissing breathlessly while the other cultivators in the room idly sit by as the scene unfolds. The innocence & hilarity of this scene is why it landed on our list. While the pair might not be engaging in sexytime right here, their absolute lack of regard for propriety or privacy here is everything! 

This would have taken place in episode 47, right after Jin Guangyao captures Wei Wuxian and wraps the string around his neck, threatening his life. 

Chapter 111 – Sexcapades

In this chapter, Lan Wangji & Wei Wuxian finally do the Dance With No Pants. The author goes into great detail during this chapter to explicitly describe the physicality of the exchange, as well as Wei Wuxian’s thoughts & feelings about the whole experience. 

In the spirit of leaving something to the imagination here, we’re not going to recount the scene in detail. Here’s what we are willing to divulge. 

  • While both men are virgins, it’s clear Wei Wuxian has absolutely no idea what gay sex is all about. Lan Wangji, on the other hand, seems to know exactly what he’s supposed to do, and what needs to go where. 
  • When it comes to sexcapades, Lan Wangji’s demeanor changes completely. He is definitely the aggressor in their relationship (and it remains that way for the rest of their lives).
  • Wei Wuxian literally begs for mercy.
  • Lan Wangji redefines the meaning of the word stamina.

Whether or not this scene qualifies as hot, we’re going to let you decide. This particular scene would have taken place in episode 50, right after Lan Sizhui revealed to Wei Wuxian that he is actually Wen Yuan. Instead, viewers were subjected to a world of pain as they watched Lan Wangji & Wei Wuxian go their separate ways yet again, before finally reuniting at the end of the episode. 

Chapter 117 – The incense burner

This is considered an “extra” chapter in the novel. Here, an incense burner that Lan Wangji & Wei Wuxian take back to their room works some magical juju on the boys and takes them into their dreams & memories as they sleep. 

The first memory they arrive in belongs to Wei Wuxian. It’s a cute dream that Wei Wuxian used to have before he died that depicts the two men living together alone in a cabin away from the rest of the cultivation community. In the dream, Wei Wuxian goes out and works in the fields every day while Lan Wangji stays home and keeps their domestic life together. 

This particular memory isn’t the reason this chapter made it onto our list though. After this, Lan Wangji & Wei Wuxian find themselves at the Library Pavillion in Cloud Recesses, inside Lan Wangji’s memory. This is the reason chapter 117 made it onto the list. 

Remember when Wei Wuxian was transcribing all the Lan sect rules as punishment and drew Lan Wangji a pornographic picture? Remember how scandalized Lan Wangji was? Lan Wangji was so upset that the two of them almost ended up duking it out with their swords (their actual swords, not the other ones). 

Well, in this particular memory, the ending of that confrontation between the two boys plays out quite differently. Grown-up Lan Wangji is embarrassed and tries to convince Wei Wuxian to leave the memory, as the version that young Lan Wangji wished would have transpired was much more explicit than what actually did. Adult Wei Wuxian isn’t having it. 

They watch on as young Lan Wangji has his way with a startled & unsuspecting young Wei Wuxian. As the adults watch the younger versions of themselves engaging in the Dance With No Pants, they find themselves aroused enough to do the same. Young WangXian are getting it on, and adult WangXian is following suit, and the whole scene just turns into one big ol’ boink fest. 

It’s worth noting here that some people might not find this scene hot. Lan Wangji uses his forehead ribbon to restrain Wei Wuxian’s hands. The man is so aggressive that he reduces Wei Wuxian to a crying mess – and not the blissful kind of crying, either. Here’s what we do learn from this scene though: even as a 16-year-old kid, Lan Wangji had an animal living deep inside him. 

As this is an “extra” chapter, it would never have made it into the show. If there were no issues with censorship in China, and there was a possibility of a spinoff, or a season 2, this scene would have taken place then. 

Chapter 120 – Breaking more bathtubs. 

This is yet another “extra” chapter. Wei Wuxian is living with Lan Wangji full time at Cloud Recesses by this time. On this particular day, he returns home from a night hunt with the Juniors and climbs into bed with Lan Wangji. The couple, as they do every night, end up fooling around in bed for a long time.

It’s not the fact that the author describes their sexcapades in this chapter in great detail that landed this moment on our list. It’s the ancillary information that we learn about them while they’re talking that we love so much. 

When they’re done, Lan Wangji prepares a bath for Wei Wuxian. As Wei Wuxian gets in, he asks if Lan Wangji is going to join him. Lan Wangji says no. When Wei Wuxian poutily challenges his spouse to join him in the tub, Lan Wangji reminds Wei Wuxian that in the last four days alone, they have broken four different bathtubs. 

Wei Wuxian is quick to point out that he can’t be held responsible for such acts. Lan Wangji agrees that the breaking of the bathtubs is, in fact, all his fault. Lan Wangji, you dog

Again, as this is an “extra” chapter, it wouldn’t have made it into the show. Like our last example, though, we expect this would have made it into a second season, or a spinoff, if they could have made one.

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  • You did an awesome job.. I enjoy reading the novel :)

    March 17, 2020
    • Where did you find it I want to buy a copy

      April 8, 2020
    • Can you please tell me were to buy the novel.

      May 7, 2020
      • you dont buy the novel its for free online just look up Mo Dao Zu Shi by exiled rebel scans you can read it there

        July 28, 2020
  • Oh, Girl, You’ve made my day. I didn’t know anything about the story when i start waching it on Netflix. Yey after first episode I new something is going on. It was so obvious. And beautiful, innocent. And I know that they can’t show sex between them, but it’s there . The way You write about Lan Wangji is wonderful. I love Shadowhunters, I’ve got all books.

    March 31, 2020
  • This is a novel that is very popular with young women in China.

    April 14, 2020
  • Wowoowowo….. But When we watched the entire show, we didn’t like the end at all. We got to the end of Thanks to Novel. Apart from these, the chapter which is different is also revealed that we hope that its season will also be made and we will see it very happily….😊😊

    April 24, 2020
  • You are a great writer! I had to stop and laugh out loud many times. I, too, want to know how I can get the book in English. Thanks!

    April 25, 2020
  • Can someone please tell me were to buy the novel

    May 7, 2020
  • Ok man but that’s bizarre.
    So totally off character the of LWJ
    Where is the consent ???
    Man, for real, most of the discripions that this post says can be seeing as rape
    I’m not joking. That’s bizarre.
    That’s terrible

    May 28, 2020
    • Agree with you totally
      I was shocked with this animal side of sweet noble LZ
      I prefer his tv drama image.

      June 6, 2020
    • There is consent, that’s how WWX likes it. He says it multiple times. He purposely makes LZ lose control. There’s a point where even LZ stops and asks him what he really wants because at this point he’s confused. Everyone likes different things in bed. Can’t judge them. I get it because I can relate to them.

      August 11, 2020
  • Thank you Nikki Hudson for your work and the way you narrated their sex omitted scenes here .

    June 6, 2020
  • For everyone asking about the novel, it was released as a web-series, not a bound book. It has been translated into English though and if you google the title of the book and the author’s name its the first hit that comes up in the google search! Enjoy!

    July 1, 2020
  • I think it’s not unsurprising that since Lang Wangji so often represses his emotions, he would be filled with unsatisfied physical longing for Wei and when he decides to finally take action, he boils over and becomes what many would call aggressive. You can only hold back for so long. The attraction between them is obvious throughout the Netflix series and the actors did a wonderful job with facial expression and small gestures, of showing just how much they felt for each other. That was outside of the more dramatic scenes where they didn’t hesitate to defend and protect one another. In some ways, the heavy censorship was a gift to the series. Sometimes less is more and their unfulfilled physical love created a beautiful tension throughout. I’m looking forward to moving on with the translation of the novel. Thank you for your excellent posts. Your descriptions of the omitted scenes are very well done.

    July 17, 2020
  • Wonderful!! I was looking for something like this! Thanks.

    By the way do you know where can i read the noverl?

    August 3, 2020
  • Waiting for the English translation version with bated breath.

    August 7, 2020
  • I’m confused on chapter 100 because I only remember them hugging and not kissing.

    September 21, 2020
  • I was introduced to this beautiful masterpiece not thru the show, but the Webtoon which led me to reading the novel. Not sure if I’ll ever watch the show, but having seen WWX in his drawn form prior to his “reincarnation”, no one can convince me that he would be the “bottom.” Hopefully readers have also had the chance to read Heaven Official’s Blessing by the same author. The story is indescribably wonderful. So much sexual tension there, you don’t even need smutty scenes. Its also adapted into a webtoon. The drawn characters are out of worldly beautiful.

    November 9, 2020
  • I love reading your Untamed posts!

    January 8, 2021
  • Absolutely hooked on this relationship, can’t get enough of these two, it’s so well portrayed, I really want to read the book now thanks for the extras

    January 30, 2021
  • “Wei Wuxian blurts out that he wanted to sleep with Lan Wangji all those years ago”
    as much as I wish this to be true, it’s just a bit confusing word choice in the translation.
    in Chinese it goes like
    where 刚才 means “just now”. i.e. he’s talking about bath tub incident, not about his first life.

    March 22, 2021
  • There are only 50 episodes in youtube.where can we watch others episode which you describe here.

    November 11, 2021
  • Can some one please tell me where i can watch episode which was describe here i have only watch 50 episode please tell where can i watch other episode it is not available in YouTube

    November 11, 2021

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