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Summary:

On the night after Cordelia’s wedding, Tybalt finds Juliet and declares that he’ll kill Montague before Juliet and her allies will. Feeling that hatred will only hurt his opponent and himself, Juliet starts telling Tybalt about how she has to give up her life and about the current situation with Escalus. Showing him the symbol on her chest, she then questions why she’s revealing this to him since she hasn’t told anyone else about it, and she thinks that it might be because he’s Romeo’s older brother. When Juliet asks Tybalt to support Romeo, he wonders if it’s really necessary for her to give up her life, and she explains that she’s decided to do this for the sake of everyone in this world. After Juliet thanks him and leaves, Tybalt wonders to himself if there’s another way for her. At the convent early the next morning, Portia is checking up on the refugees when she hears a noise outside her window. In the courtyard is Romeo, and he asks for his mother’s forgiveness since he’s going to the castle to attack his father. As Romeo turns to leave, his mother apologizes to him for having him and Juliet shoulder the burden of their two families, but she questions if this is really the path leading to love.

Back at the Capulet’s place, Juliet has donned her armor and listens to Cordelia and Emilia talk about what she should do after this is all over. Antonio interrupts them to inform Juliet that it’s time, so she takes her sword and heads outside to make a speech to rally her troops. While they’re still heading towards the castle, Tybalt meanwhile has already infiltrated it and enters the throne room. As he approaches the throne, Tybalt reveals that he had wondered why he was born and cursed, and he says that he realized the answer was so that he could kill Montague. Since Montague still doesn’t know who he is, Tybalt reminds Montague of his mother and says that the same blood runs through their veins. Tybalt then attacks Montague, but he stops short of cutting into Montague’s neck so that he can ask about Escalus. Montague is shocked to hear Tybalt asking him why Juliet has to sacrifice life, and he recalls how he had seen Juliet in the pool of water underneath Escalus with Ophelia standing over her. Before Montague can answer Tybalt though, Romeo bursts through the doors to the throne room and charges at his father.

By now, Juliet and the other Capulet forces have arrived at the gate to the castle and are allowed through by Tubal after Juliet makes a plea for them to join her in creating a new Neo Verona. They arrive in the throne room to find Romeo and Tybalt both trying to get at Montague while the Duke himself is realizing that it’s Capulet blood that will restore Escalus. To everyone’s surprise, Juliet walks up to Montague and drops her sword on the ground because she feels that she doesn’t need it anymore. She explains that she doesn’t hold a grudge anymore for what happened fourteen years ago, so she has no intention of getting violent with him. All she wants is to return Neo Verona to the people, so she asks him to leave the castle and Neo Verona. In response, Montague admits that he thought if he had power, then he could subdue fate. He then draws his sword and seems to take a swing at her, but he brings it back down into the ground without hitting her. Montague now talks about how glory is like a drop of water falling into water and continuing to spread until it fades into nothingness.

Shortly thereafter though, Montague gets stabbed from behind by Mercutio who starts laughing crazily over how he killed the Duke. Mercutio thinks he’s a hero, and he stumbles away laughing after Tybalt says that he’s not worth killing. Collapsing into Juliet’s arms, Montague then wonders why everyone doesn’t love him, but his final words say that he wanted to be more feared than anyone in this world. With his father dead, Romeo covers him with his cloak and talks about how Montague believed in power over love, and power is what destroyed him. Juliet suggests that Montague was probably afraid of love – that’s why he looked to his sword for help. Turning away from Romeo, Juliet says that if you love too strongly, then the sadness when you lose that person is unbearable. In her mind, she then apologizes to Romeo again for having to break their promise.

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When Montague raised his sword against Juliet and everyone started to react in slow motion, I thought that someone like Tybalt would stop him and maybe kill him. However, he let her live, and in the end, Montague actually got a lot more honorable a death than I thought he would. That’s partially aided by how Romeo and Juliet portray him in such a tragic light after he’s dead, but it’s also because I half-expected him to act crazy until the end – kind of like Mercutio is at the moment. Speaking of which, I wonder if they’re gonna give Mercutio an ending (aka. death) or if they’re just going to quietly forget about him (like they seemed to have with Hermione).
As for Romeo and Juliet, I’d be surprised if both of them didn’t sacrifice themselves. Everything still seems to point in that direction anyway, whether it be the two original trees, the fact that there’s two people who know about them (Ophelia and the old man), and how both the Capulet and Montague family crests are carved on Escalus’ door. The preview shows Romeo and Juliet going their separate paths, but perhaps that’s more indicative of how far apart they grow before the sacrifice than anything else. In other words, a lack of communication could lead to the double death, just like in the original play.

September 12, 2007 at 8:35 pm
36 comments »
  • September 12, 2007 at 8:43 pmRingtails

    Two more episodes to go…
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 12, 2007 at 8:43 pmtakamachi

    :o …so they ended up working together instead fighting each other? :( darn, no epic battle between lovers.

  • September 12, 2007 at 8:45 pmTavita

    well, it’s quite interesting I wonder how this is going to end

  • September 12, 2007 at 8:53 pmGStrike-

    I have a feeling both Romeo and Juliet is going to die…

  • September 12, 2007 at 9:05 pmJay

    are*

  • September 12, 2007 at 9:09 pmbanzemanga

    lol. I am wondering if the series are going to end with the classical Romeo and Juliet plot or are the series going to end with a new happy ending?

  • September 12, 2007 at 9:16 pmgil

    Tybalt…..still alive!

  • September 12, 2007 at 9:26 pmcyoti

    I think it’s going to end with Romeo and Juliet becoming the trees of Neo Verona.

  • September 12, 2007 at 9:30 pmmewmew

    tybalt doesnt die~ yay~ d_^^_b

    i think cyoti is right…i just don’t see juliet *not* sacrificing herself for escarasu/the tree…and even if she does offer herself to save neo verona, as soon as romeo finds out, he’ll *sacrifice himself* along with her.

    x,x

  • September 12, 2007 at 9:32 pmtimoshi huang

    gah. thats good la.

  • September 12, 2007 at 10:04 pmDelirious Dragonfly

    wow

  • September 12, 2007 at 10:50 pmJenn-Jen

    So I’m guessing that all that’s left is the story of Ophelia and the Twin Trees…. T.T I don’t want it to be sad… but then again, whatever it is, it’s inevitable.

  • September 12, 2007 at 10:55 pmBelle

    A Happy Ending would be nice, but… I’m not that much of an optimist.

  • September 13, 2007 at 12:08 amMokokits

    Woah .. the animation looks great!

  • September 13, 2007 at 12:12 amMokokits

    *The preview has a good foreshadowing kind of feeling, Juliet going down a dark red path, while Romeo walks on a bright blue path… interesting.

  • September 13, 2007 at 12:20 amAurora

    yay death to Montague!
    But this means Romeo and Juliet will….;_;
    Tybalt didn’t die (yet?) YAY!
    lol Mercutio’s face XD

  • September 13, 2007 at 12:33 ams

    what about juliet sacrifices herself, and then romeo does, but juliet comes alive and stays alive.

  • September 13, 2007 at 1:21 amMika

    Yeah S, I was thinking something like that too. Juliet sacrafices herself and goes in a death-like state, Romeo comes along and thinks she’s died so he kills himself. Juliet wakes up and sees Romeo dead so SHE kills herself.
    Voila! It’s just like the play ending!

  • September 13, 2007 at 2:25 amAurora

    Speaking of which whatever the heck happened to Hermione? Not that I really care about her (she’s a bitch) but she hasn’t appeared since episode 18 (and that was only for a very brief moment).

  • September 13, 2007 at 5:25 amKandidy

    Oh, Montague is dead!
    Next episode should be the sacrifice of Juliet.

  • September 13, 2007 at 6:23 amShannon

    Tybalt in screencap#3= GASP *___*.

    Anyways, oh well. It seems the series is coming to an end. :o

  • September 13, 2007 at 6:51 amkaiROXmyWorld

    montague is dead!! with a psycho mercutio in the process O__O i was kinda hoping that romeo and juliet wud at least die together…not separately…..even that shot in the trailer where theyre fighting eachother and then fall off that building wud be alrite..for the endin of course

  • September 13, 2007 at 2:20 pmtg

    I was kind of surprised it was made by Mercutio. Ah well. Now that Montague is dead, it’s off to Esculas!! *whoosh away on flying horse*

  • September 13, 2007 at 2:40 pmberu

    But where can we see this episode ? I didn’t find it…

  • September 13, 2007 at 2:47 pmUnknown Voice

    muxaxax
    the preview still gives me a hope for these two to battle and that scene from trailer to happen XD

  • September 13, 2007 at 4:10 pmreiko

    if they scrap the bad end, Gonzo is dead to me. i mean they have had shitty endings in the past, but this would just take the cake

  • September 13, 2007 at 5:35 pmGP

    This show is 24 episodes, if they sacrifice her in 23, then what’s going to go on in 24? A full episode with Romeo being emo and then finally giving his life also? pfft, I’m still expecting a different and anime original ending.

  • September 13, 2007 at 6:51 pmMarie

    I hope they show the battle scene they showed in the trailer…..I hope the story goes so that Romeo will try to prevent Juliet from sacrificing her life, she is convinced that its the only way to save Neo-Verona, so it comes to blows and a sword fight….aaaaah, that would be awesome if the next episode went that way….

  • September 13, 2007 at 8:40 pmMEEE

    WOW. =D

  • September 13, 2007 at 9:52 pmmango

    more tybalt!

  • September 14, 2007 at 5:10 pmsarah

    i think that its sad that romeo and Juliet go in different paths i wonder who is going to happen to the city since the war is over?

  • September 15, 2007 at 4:54 pmTori Kay

    Sorry to say this, you Tybalt fans, but what if Tybalt sacrifices himself to the tree? I mean, he has BOTH Capulet and Montague blood within him…

  • September 15, 2007 at 8:57 pmOtse-m

    What? well… that could be possible, and surely the end he has on the play, but why he should die? Maybe that end could give us a happy end with Romeo and Juliet, alive, happy and together. For that he was worried about Juliet’s decision. Oh! what next?

  • September 15, 2007 at 9:23 pmblaho

    OMG this episode should have totally pulled a gundam seed destiny when montague was gonna stab juliet, rey i mean mercutio should have killed dulli-I mean Montague then not afterwards lol.

  • September 16, 2007 at 3:29 amYoukai Slayer

    They should just toss Montague’s corpse into the pond and let him be the fertilizer for the tree.

  • September 17, 2007 at 3:35 amkandidy

    Last episode spoiler from newtype magazine.

    http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?p=1151143#post1151143