I have a suspicion that Emilia is Satella the witch of envy.
I wrote about my muted suspicions several months ago that there might be a potential for Emilia to in reality be Satella. That or that Emilia was simply maybe a victim of prejudice against half elves who resembled the witch of envy. Like Subaru, during episode 35, you have to take a hard look and wonder. My original suspicions didn’t have as much evidence as they do now. Before watching in season one there were little hints here and there. There was nothing concrete, just whispers of what could be. Drops of words here and there, conversations that felt a bit out of place. Given the nature of Re:Zero itself I was willing to turn more of a blind eye, but I remember what was happening and what has been said that bothered me. Now I have more evidence to support my guess work or in other words conjecture that Emilia is Satella.
Of course others have pointed to the fact it is impossible for Emilia to be the witch of envy. It was over 400 years ago that she had lived. She was sealed away and kept from seeing the light of day. And they may be right. Satella could be long gone, or at the very least be a different entity than Emilia. After all Betelgeuse (Petelgeuse) considered Emilia to be the vessel for Satella, and not Satella herself. It was the reason for his attack on the Roswaal manor to begin with, to bring Satella back through Emilia. There are reasons to believe Emilia isn’t the witch of envy, and good ones too.
Humor my conjectures for a moment. Let’s look at the big picture for Re:Zero lore that we know from this point. The reason why Satella was sealed was because she could not be killed. The reason that Lugnica is in a moment of crisis is because the last blood descendent of the kings is dead. The royal family had originally made a contract with a dragon protector to keep Satella at bay. With that lineage gone, there is no guarantee that the dragon protector will keep the promise to continue to protect the kingdom. The main mission of the royal candidate when selected is that they would have to make a new pact with the dragon, or if that failed establish new safeguards to protect the kingdom from Satella.
Now let’s consider the fact that Roswaal wants to destroy the dragon protector of the Lugnica. He has backed Emilia for a royal candidate. Roswaal has a book that tells him the future. Subaru enters the scene as a game changer for Roswaal. And whose power does Subaru have? No other power than Satella’s power: return by death.
Stepping back, we have to consider the fact that the witches cults still are very much real. They still pose a real threat to the order of the kingdom. The essence of the witches are not gone. The gospels the sin archbishops carry are taboo. While the other witches are dead, their power is not gone. There is some unknown spell, or world mechanic that we are unaware of keeping their power around. Their spirit endures in the world at large. Considering those facts, I don’t consider it a stretch that Satella is actually alive and well.
So how does this fit into the conjecture that Emilia is Satella? Well remember the first name that Emilia actually gave to Subaru on his first adventure was actually Satella. She resembles the description of Satella. In the OVA The Frozen Bond, Emilia wakes up with no memory and is living alone in the snow. She makes a contract with Puck, a great spirit with the ability to actually destroy the world. Puck clearly has a history with her that he is forbidden from sharing with her, and by extension the audience. Emilia has powers that are inexplicable, but for now seem to be under her control.
And now for the first time we actually have something of a visual of what Satella looks like. And while we couldn’t get a complete look, Satella had an uncanny resemblance to Emilia. Why else would Subaru pause when he returns from death at Emilia’s side?
Satella appearance as an apparition while searching for her love Subaru is fascinating and disturbing at the same time. But where did that apparition come from? Why haven’t we seen Emilia separate from that apparition? Something triggered that apparition into appearing. And what if just maybe it had something to do with Emilia actually being Satella? Of course I can’t confirm what hasn’t been confirmed by the anime itself. In the words of Sherlock Holmes himself we need facts to create theories, and not theories to suit facts. I could be well off the mark, but I am confident at the very least there is some kind of connection that Emilia has with Satella. And if I am right, then Emilia has been Satella this whole time.
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