A very talkative episode this time around, and there were some shocking revelations and some answers that I desperately wanted. I really appreciate that we finally got a proper look into Ram and Roswaal’s relationship with one another, though there’s still questions of course.
Before I get too annoying, I’ll just get this out of the way right now but wow I love Emilia. I know I’ve said that a million times, but hear me out. Her development these past few episodes have been staggering, and even the other characters can see how much stronger she’s gotten. Her whole conversation with Roswaal was similar to her interactions with Echidna. While both characters would take jabs at her, Emilia responded in her usual polite manner, but with a stronger sense of maturity and confidence. She doesn’t buckle down when confronted by them, and freely speaks her mind with conviction. She knows she’s a person with her own desires and wants to continue to grow and move forward in her life. She slaps down Roswaal’s preconceived notion that he and Subaru are similar, stating that Subaru’s words weren’t so he could force his own ideals onto her, but to help her. And if they were lies, she’d just turn them into her own wishes because this is something she truly wants to do, Subaru just gave her the push she needed. AND! I JUST LOVE HER! Her growth is phenomenal and I continue to be so proud of her. She’s doing this because she wants to, she’s deciding to help Ram because she wants to. Nothing is being forced onto her and she’s going to prove Roswaal wrong, dammit! Ugh…she’s just so good. This season just gave me everything I wanted for Emilia and I can’t get over it. Oh, and the detail of Emilia holding Ram’s hand throughout the whole conversation was sweet. <3
Ram has also taken on the spotlight this episode as well. For the longest time I wondered, what is Ram and Roswaal’s relationship and why is she so loyal to him? So much information was thrown at us but I think I mostly get it, though one thing I still don’t get. So, it turns out that Roswaal was part of the group that attacked Rem and Ram’s village. As it was written in the Tome, Ram had “no choice” but to swear loyalty to him. Why? Roswaal mostly saw Ram is simply a tool to be used, but their deal was that when the times comes he has no desire to live, she can do what she pleases with him. Killing him, most likely, in order to get revenge for what happened as a child. I feel like there’s still some things unsaid right now but we still got a huge revelation. One thing I don’t get after learning all this, is how Ram still seems to have a genuine love/loyalty to Roswaal after all he’s done. She confronted Emilia and pleaded her to save Roswaal from his disillusions of the past and of Echidna. She wants her to take the royal throne so Roswaal can achieve his goal that he mentioned before, and not busy himself with whatever nonsense he has going on right now.
Ram should rightfully harbor hatred towards Roswaal, but it doesn’t seem that way at all. Their fight is mostly just to knock some sense into him. In the end, the only thing I can think of is that Ram genuinely cares for him and probably grew to pity him after all these years what with him clinging to the past. She wants to see him also move forward to be “saved”, like she told Emilia. I’d love to see more on that very soon. Also Puck!!! I always get so happy when I see this little guy! I hope we get to see their fight next time, it should be super exciting.
And just like Ram said, Subaru has some good timing. The boys make it to the mansion in time and are ready to take on Elsa (and Meili, wherever she is). Subaru’s going to handle Beatrice, while Garf is going to take on Elsa. Frederica and Garfiel’s reunion ended up being funnier than I imagined it would be. It’d be cool to see them fight together, but I have a good feeling that Frederica will end up against Meili.
Next time, so many things will happen. Fights, more fights, speaking with Beatrice, and Emilia continuing to take on the trials and free the Sanctuary. Still so much to look forward to!