Best episode yet, and for one simple reason: Saber and Irisviel barely had any screentime. It’s about time. I enjoyed how when they told Kiritsugu to go save the kids from Caster he just told them to shove it. He needs to worry more about Maiya though.
Ain’t no Cure for Love
Now this is the kind of development I can get behind! A demented wife tragically magicked into falling in love with Lancer, and threatening to amputate her husband!
I never thought I would find myself saying this, but I actually felt sorry for Archibald here. I mean, the guy just nearly died and lost all his magical ability. Only to wake up strapped to a bed with his wife threatening to amputate his arm.
Despite how heartless he’s seemed so far, it actually felt to me like the part that hurt him the most was that it was his wife who betrayed him. He even knows that it’s because of Lancer’s mole but doesn’t say anything. Does he love his wife? They certainly don’t seem to have the best relationship. But I think that in his own way he does love her, at least a little bit.
Lancer’s side of the triangle is equally tragic. He doesn’t even want the grail, but only wants to be loyal to his master. But he ends up repeating the past and stealing his master’s wife, through no fault of his own. And he ends up serving the woman who betrayed his master, even while he is partially aware of it.
For once, his knighthood is not pointless and irksome like it was when he was posing and fighting Saber: there’s a weight and a cost to his honor, and it becomes tragic and noble. Now if only Saber and Irisviel could become equally weighty.
And the rest of the episode was Waver and Rider! Yes! I love how Rider won over the old couple that Waver is living with so easily.
And Waver is actually earning some respect from his servant! By barfing. Oh, and by finding Caster’s lair. But Waver looks downright cool here:
Well, at least for a little bit.