I almost feel sorry for him.
You have no idea how glad I was to see Ricardo within the first few seconds of the episode. Hearing the shopkeeper’s voice for a second during that flashback rush scared me out of my wits. As I said though, it’d be near-impossible to properly conclude the arc within the time we have left if we went all the way back to the White Whale battle, so it makes sense to have Satella update Subaru’s save point for him. Isn’t she sweet? Did anyone else love how Subaru basically cucked Betelgeuse to his face by talking about how intimate he was with her, and how he could go visit her whenever he wanted? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him that pissed ever before. It was technically the truth as well! I really hope we get another glimpse of Satella before the end, although it’s unlikely as Subaru would have to die for that to happen. For some strange reason, my headcanon has developed her into a cute yet lewd girl who is head over heels for Subaru. A complete yandere, but really cute. Something like this, maybe.
Isn’t Satella a cute?
I want her to grip my heart Anyway, Subaru has had a perfect run so far. He’s basically milked the previous loop and all the knowledge he gained during it for all it’s worth, and therefore he’s made all the right noises. He’s managed to stop Ram from interfering by preempting the issue with the blank letter, and instead of confronting Sloth straight away he chose to covertly meet up with Emilia first. That encounter was actually quite interesting – it felt like Emilia wanted to have had a say in the matter about the mining rights and all that, and she looked rather forlorn to learn that it was all decided without her input. Petra definitely knew the hooded messenger was Subaru, and I have a feeling that Emilia did too by the end of the scene. It’s nice to see her and Puck again at any rate – it’s a little unfortunate that Wilhelm (using the surname he had as a bachelor for some reason) left with her as he can basically one-shot Betelgeuse, but at least both Emilia and Rem are out of the way and no harm can come to either of them. Which is kind of the point of Subaru going through all of this.
So everything is solved apart from actually killing Betelgeuse, which doesn’t appear to have been adequately dealt with at all. Julius says they should kill all the fingers before attacking Sloth, which is a perfectly sound tactic save for the fact that he could just then jump into Subaru once all the fingers are dead. Another option is to just restrain him, but that doesn’t fix the core issue. And I don’t know about the rest of them, but I sure wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if he’s not properly dead and merely locked up instead. Satella also isn’t going to help with killing him, as okay as she seems to be with her cult getting wiped out because of Subaru.
One thing I have noticed, however, is that Betelgeuse seemed as frantic and as pissed off as when Puck killed him during that one loop. I think the fingers were all dead then too, but I do wonder whether his rage is to do with Julius being a spirit arts user and the fact that spirits are his natural enemy. He sounds cornered, in other words, but I’m not sure what it is that’s changed. It could also just be that Subaru taunted him enough about his relationship with Satella. It’s amazing how much he’s learned – he knows exactly how to deal with Betelgeuse and everything that pushes his buttons, it’s a completely different power dynamic to the Subaru that was chained up in his creepy torture dungeon madly screaming his name over and over again. The only thing missing was Subaru introducing himself as Pride.
He could also have learned more about the KKK by quizzing Betelgeuse and pretending that he was a believer in love, but I guess he’d be asked to produce his Gospel at some point and so it’d be hard to keep that up for too long. We do now know that the Ordeal is all about testing Emilia to see whether she’s a fit vessel for Satella to revive into – it’s a bit weird that the test involves trying to kill her, but these guys are all insane anyway.