The descent into madness starts this episode.
Rolo admits to killing Shirley, putting to rest all the speculation, and this sprouts a flower of hatred within Lelouch that leads to him ordering the total annihilation of the Geass Order, massacring many innocents in the process under the name of revenge disguised as peace. Eventually, this leads to a showdown between him and V.V. and he manages to injure his uncle enough, but before the finishing blow is dealt, he is brought to the Sword of Akasha by his father.
On the other hand, Suzaku is also getting more and more desperate, with his heart succumbing to his hatred towards Lelouch, especially after Shirley’s death, which was pronounced as a suicide. He immediately suspects Lelouch of course, and to get his confirmation, he stoops so low as to use Refrain on POW Kallen to confirm his suspicions. He’s certainly not gonna be making more fans now, that’s for sure.
As it is, I really liked this episode as it finally returns the focus back on one of the biggest mysteries of the show, that of the Geass and what it truly is. Shirley’s death was definitely a big turning point for the series now, and I’m glad her death is leading to such big things, instead of being wasted as “emo fodder”, remember Fllay and Stellar?
Her death was definitely a big loss for a lot of people and it has driven both Lelouch and Suzaku to do the extreme. It was really disheartening to see the massacre by the Black Knights and subsequently Suzaku’s attempt to use drugs on Kallen. This will definitely weigh heavily on their character profiles for a long time to come.
Now, with Lelouch finally finding out about the Sword of Akasha, and the “twilight world”, I really hope they explain the purpose of it and the meaning behind the “killing of gods” by Charles and V.V, also hopefully more about C.C. herself as well.