Romeo X Juliet – 13
Having been captured, Juliet is taken back to Neo Verona under heavy guard and is brought in front of Montague. The Duke thinks that Juliet tricked his son into going somewhere and questions if she tempted Romeo to destroy the Montague family. Juliet doesn’t say anything, so Montague goes on to announce her execution on the day after tomorrow. Hearing this, Juliet asks if the remaining people connected to the Capulet family can be helped if she dies, but Montague makes it clear that he won’t pardon any Capulet people. Montague later tells Romeo that he was deceived because Juliet only got close to him in order to defeat his father. Knowing that this isn’t true, Romeo declares that he loves her and that they love each other with all their heart. Ignoring this, Montague starts questioning his son about Juliet’s allies, but he doesn’t mind that Romeo doesn’t know anything because he’ll find out sooner or later after Juliet’s execution. Upon hearing this, Romeo demands to know what Juliet’s crimes are, and Montague simply answers that her crime is being the Capulet daughter.
Having heard about Juliet’s capture, Hermione convinces Mercutio to bring her to the dungeon. After introducing herself as Romeo’s fiancée, Hermione thanks Juliet for giving the handkerchief to Romeo and asks her not to play with Romeo’s heart. Juliet, however, declares that she loves Romeo, and when Hermione turns to leave, Juliet quietly apologizes. Hermione tells Mercutio afterwards that she can’t be fooled and that it’s understandable that Romeo was deceived by the handkerchief embroidery. Back at home, Cordelia is in tears over how Juliet had been in love with the son of the Montague family, though Curio and Francisco are determined to save Juliet. That night, they strike by air via winged-horses with Francisco picking off soldiers with bow and arrow while Curio leaps into the front lines. Curio battles his way to the dungeon and finds Juliet, but she at first resists going with him because she’s afraid someone’s going to get hurt again protecting her. This causes Curio to question if she thinks that things will become easier if she dies, and he tries to make her realize that they’ve lived all these years with their hope entrusted to her. What’s more, if she gives up, then Lancelot becoming the Red Whirlwind and dying would become meaningless. Having risked his life for her for so long, Curio finally convinces Juliet to come with him.
The two manage to make their way outside and up some stairs, but Juliet suddenly feels the same sensation that she felt when she saw the large roots with Romeo previously. Water then starts pouring down from openings above them, and it sweeps Juliet away from Curio. When Juliet opens her eye’s she’s in Escalus’ room with Ophelia standing over her. Montague comes down to find them like this, but Ophelia summons a tree root to block his path any further and sends Juliet back down into the water. She regains consciousness in a fountain and is quickly surrounded by guards, but fortunately, Romeo – who had heard of what was happening from Mercutio – jumps down to protect her. With Curio and Francisco flying around above them looking for Juliet, Romeo leads her towards the stairs to a higher level where she can safely join her friends. Juliet wants him to go with her, but Romeo feels that he’ll just get caught again if he runs away, so he’ll stay and find the path that will allow him to be with her. It is not until he tells her that even if separated, they are together that Juliet finally parts with him and escapes with Curio, Francisco, and Antonio.
So Romeo helped Juliet escape, and it looks like he’ll be punished for it next episode. I think Mercutio probably suspected that something like this would happen, which is why he told Romeo of the intruders (Curio, Francisco, and Antonio) in the first place. Everything seems like a game for him, though I would assume that his loyalties still lie with Montague and not just with himself. Hermione’s role also seems to be getting bigger, as she’s met Juliet this week and drawn some lines in the sand in terms of how she’s officially Romeo’s fiancée. I wonder if she’ll end up helping Romeo get together with Juliet out of her love for him or if she’ll antagonize Juliet out of jealousy (or both).
The whole Escalus and Ophelia angle still confuses me, particularly in relation to Juliet, but we’re only around halfway through the series, so it’s still relatively early. Anyway, the preview shows that next week will probably be focused on Romeo for once, with him working in the mines. I can’t imagine that Portia will be too happy to learn that, but she’s probably too powerless to be able do anything about it.