Finally Roswaal is starting to include Subaru into his schemes.
I had my suspicions about Roswaal L Mathers and I am finally starting to get answers about him. He is finally letting Subaru in on some of his schemes. The more Subaru knows the more we know as an audience, of course the pace at which we learn is limited to Subaru. I wish sometimes Subaru was a bit smarter or handled his situation better, but I have decided to stop wanting Subaru to handle things differently. He is not going to change, and if he does change it’s not happening quickly. Either way Roswaal has Subaru in the palm of his hand. Subaru’s blind devotion and love to Emilia make him perfect for Roswaal as long as relationships stay the same between Roswaal, Emilia and Subaru. So what have we learned about Roswaal since the start of the new story arc?
Let’s start with the self admissions by Roswaal. Disturbingly he admits to setting up the confrontation with the Witch’s Cult. The battles of the previous story arc were all due to his planning; he claims that he wanted to make Emilia the hero to build her fame and reputation. If she can defeat the Witch’s Cult it simultaneously is able to dispel prejudice against her being the Witch and she also is capable of handling the most hated enemy of the Kingdom of Lugunica. It’s a recipe for success. Subaru of course handles the information poorly and instead of taking the time to find out more about Roswaal’s plan, he instantly gets mad for Rem’s sake. While he is justifiably upset he throws away the perfect opportunity to learn more from Roswaal himself.
The other aspect of the conversation with Roswaal is that he knows that Subaru has bound himself to Emilia. He even uses this as a talking point when filling in Subaru on the details. Roswaal points out that Subaru is Emilia’s self-declared knight. It seems part derision and part plotting. Subaru looks nothing like a knight and handles himself without dignity at times. But if you were Roswaal why not use Subaru’s intentions against him. After all it makes them both partners in crime to make Emilia the winning candidate for the royal selection. Subaru needs Roswaal, and Roswaal has full confidence in Subaru. But where does that confidence come from?
Putting the conjecture hat on it has to be that Roswaal either knows about Subaru’s return from death ability, or he suspects it. This idea isn’t originally mine, it’s actually a friend’s idea that I agree with. If Roswaal knows or suspects Subaru’s ability it explains why he believed that Subaru could win the battle against Betelgeuse (Petelgeuse) Romanee-Conti. Roswaal for some reason believes in Subaru’s game changing ability for the royal selection process. Subaru is a pure chaos element in any plan, because he is a foreign element from a different world. No one knows what he is going to do next. Subaru doesn’t understand this new world, nor is he going to abide to its rules.
If Roswaal is confident in Subaru’s abilities, then it makes him the biggest gambler of the royal selection process so far. And his gamble so far has paid off. Even if you have the most broken ability return by death, like Subaru does, it doesn’t mean as much if you don’t control your own destiny. For now Subaru is playing into all of Roswaal’s schemes and there is nothing he can do about it for now. Well played Roswaal.
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