Romeo X Juliet – 17
Upon learning that the men at the Gradisca mines won’t be able to go back to Neo Verona, Romeo decides that they will create their own place to live in. Meanwhile, William, Emilia, and a fully recovered Conrad arrive at Ariel’s house, and Emilia has to get used to the fact that Odin is really Juliet. Conrad then hands Juliet back her sword, and she vows not to run away any more. Antonio is at that moment with Balthazar and Regan picking up some groceries in town when he spots a familiar face in the crowd: Camillo. Since they suspect that it was him who betrayed them before, Francisco, Curio, and Juliet follow Camillo around town until he returns to a mansion. They confront him there, but to their surprise, Tybalt is also present, and he holds a knife to Camillo’s neck. In desperation, Camillo asks if Tybalt’s going to kill his own father, and Tybalt answers that he will if Camillo does any more unnecessary things. After Camillo runs out of the mansion, Juliet questions who Tybalt is and follows him upstairs to a room with a Capulet family portrait. As she puts the pieces together, Juliet thinks that she and he met when they were young and that he saved her because he’s a Capulet too.
In response, Tybalt points out that his mother is in the portrait, but he reveals that his father is none other than Laertes Montague. He then goes on to explain that Montague got close to his mother before abandoning her to marry Romeo’s mother. His mother had already been pregnant with him at the time, and she died soon after giving birth, so Tybalt had been entrusted to Camillo and grew up in this mansion. Although he doesn’t know why Montague got close to the Capulet family, Tybalt hates Montague because he is positive that his mother was used and that led to Juliet’s parents getting killed and Montague becoming Duke. Back in Neo Verona, Montague is showing off a golden goddess statue to a party of nobles when he runs into Ariel. After chatting with her, Montague gets really pissed off when Mercutio’s father Titus suggests that Mercutio worships Montague and is walking the same path as him. It then starts raining, and Montague doesn’t move from his spot and instead remembers his childhood. Later, Titus brings Mercutio to Montague so that Mercutio can become Montague’s son. Montague seems to accept, but instead of drinking in celebration, he wants to sword fight with Titus.
At the exact same time, Tybalt is revealing to Juliet that Montague’s mother had been a prostitute. As he now attacks Titus, Montague recalls how poorly he and his mother were treated in the past, and he accuses Titus of insulting him. Montague then remembers his mother on her deathbed telling him that his father is a noble of the Capulet family. She had hoped that they could live an easy life if this were true, but she dies soon after. When candle had gone out as Montague was grieving the loss, he had noticed the Capulet coat of arms emblazoned on the candle holder, and it caused him to go into a rage that made him hate the Capulet family. Continuing the story, Tybalt recounts how Montague got adopted into the Montague family and took power. What Tybalt doesn’t know is that Montague got close to his mother and learned something that led him to the room where Escalus is, and he had seen Lord Capulet with Ophelia. Regardless, Tybalt wants to make Montague regret what he’s done. Hearing the hate in Tybalt’s voice, Juliet comments on how he resembles Montague, causing an angry Tybalt to question if she hates Montague. To his shock, Juliet says that she doesn’t hate Montague anymore because she loves his son Romeo.
Montague has meanwhile killed Titus, and afterwards he questions if Mercutio still worships him. With a look of fear in his eyes, Mercutio claims that he does, so Montague orders him to kneel down and tells him to remember that fear and hatred stir up the world. A bloodstained Montague then heads down to Escalus’ room to see Ophelia.
I had been slowly losing faith in this show, but the revelations about Montague and Tybalt’s pasts got me very interested again. Let’s see, Montague’s father had been a Capulet and his mother was a prostitute, while Tybalt’s father was Laertes Montague and his mother was a Capulet. That makes Tybalt into Romeo’s half brother, and while Romeo doesn’t resemble his father in attitude and behavior, Tybalt does. They made quite clear in the way they combined parts of those two scenes between him and Juliet and between Montague and Titus, the latter of which was a rather intense action sequence. In any case, the Montague and Capulet family trees are a lot more intertwined than I originally thought, and it would seem that Lord Capulet met with Ophelia about Escalus too. With more and more things being revealed about the past, I hope that they can carry this momentum into next week’s episode and through the rest of the series, but nothing in the preview got me particularly excited, so I still have my doubts.