Shalltear has been a subject of contention for me since the very first episode for a very specific reason: The opening of Overlord spoils that she is going to fight Momonga at some point. The way the opening presents it seemed very genuine from the start: that perhaps Momonga’s biggest challenge would be fighting one of his own subordinates. Because of this fact I have never quite given Shalltear the benefit of the doubt and thought every interaction she would have with Momonga would simply be fake and to cover up for her true feelings.
Oddly, this episode of Overlord did Shalltear a lot of justice. I regret that all I’ve done so far is wait for the moment she would turn coat because this episode shows what happens to make her become this: Essentially, she does not willingly revolt against Momonga. Instead, this world shows that there is magic to control the minds of even the undead, something that was impossible in Yggdrisil.
I feel a lot more interested in Shalltear now because her dilemma is not “Oh I’m revolting against Lord Ains and being a badass!” no, Shalltear’s fighting style makes her a berserker. Her personality is not ‘cool’ enough to simply move on from situations and instead she flips out while also being in her extremely disturbing vampire form. Simply put, Shalltear is freaky as hell when she is in her vampire form. Yet she did not willingly decide to fight against Momonga and until the end is trying to not piss him off! This brings the question: why didn’t they hide this plot twist by showing either her in the armor with a concealed face or perhaps just her in vampire form?!
In a way hating Shalltear made this episode more interesting for me. I kept waiting for her to meet someone more powerful who would make her decide she was strong enough to defeat Momonga and it never came- instead her situational rage made her fly right into the hands of someone who could challenge Momonga- or at least someone who would wish to.
I think this is good for the show because so far we’ve seen that very few people can actually take on Momonga. Seeing him fight one of his NPCs, who are all terrifyingly powerful, is the only chance we might get to see him use his staff or actually go all out. I honestly hope instead he will find a way to clear her mind while also using the staff. I wanna see the staff dammit!
In any case the show is beginning to wrap up, but only in terms of this season. Nothing about the show itself feels finished and I’d be genuinely surprised if it gave a conclusive end for the premise any time soon. Here’s to finding out, at least!