Subaru has been dancing in the palm of Roswaal this entire time.
At the end of Episode 38 we get a good look at Roswaal, how has he not driven Subaru insane? Roswaal request is simple for Subaru, he wants Subaru to keep helping Emilia. Subaru after all is the self-proclaimed knight for Emilia. The means of accomplishing that request is different for Roswaal and Subaru. Roswaal would have Subaru throw away his feelings and trample on the will of Emilia to accomplish the goal of aiding Emilia. Subaru resists that method of help. Perhaps the timing of that conversation was off for Roswaal, but it seems like Roswaal is tired of waiting for Subaru to build a conviction necessary to be of use in his plans. If he is telling the truth he has been waiting for 400 years and would explain his impatience.
Remember that previously in the episode Subaru has at least found some emotional center for his reason of being. At least the witches are on board with his future success. Is there a right time to talk to Roswaal?
We, the audience, know so little about Roswaal’s plans, but Subaru is at the center of them. Roswaal even goes as far to call Subaru his hope. If we thought we were going to get a happy ending with Re:Zero, we were mistaken. For a moment we thought we had saved everyone in the battle with Betelgeuse (Petelgeuse) only to realize we aren’t going to get Rem back. I wonder how many times Subaru tried to save Rem and couldn’t? I don’t see a way to get out of the situation that Subaru is in without doing as Roswaal says.
Roswaal after all appears to be the architect of everything that has transpired so far. If he sent the assassin’s after the mansion, did he also send the assassins after Emilia’s insignia? There is a high likelihood after all. Of course we are still unsure of who exactly sent the assassins after Emilia’s insignia the first time. He was also self-admittedly responsible for the attack by the Witch’s cult on the mansion.
With the power of the predictive text Roswaal is able to always be a step ahead of Subaru. I also wonder if Roswaal uses that text to change things, and pre-empt actions that Subaru will take if he is actively using the text instead of passively using it. Of course I also wonder how absolute the predictive text is? Will it always know, is there a way to defy what is written within it? I am not sure. Time will tell as Subaru continues to take action. After all while the witch of greed is certainly knowledgeable, she doesn’t know everything. I assume the text has to have a range of predictions, or gives the most likely outcome.
If Subaru has the ability return by death, having Roswaal with his predictive text makes things interesting especially since Roswaal is a schemer above all else. The text is a perfect tool for Roswaal and his personality. Roswaal is an amazing villain and antagonist. I don’t even hate his methods or reasons for what he is doing. They make sense from his perspective, as long as you remove the ethical elements and remove emotion from the equation. The battle right now is going to be over Subaru’s ability to hold on to his humanity as he desperately tries to outwit Roswaal.
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