In the time prior to Suzaku’s planned execution, Jeremiah had been deputy consul and had been talking to Villetta about making her into a baroness so that her descendants can be true nobles, unlike the title of knight which only lasts one generation. For now, he has entrusted the parade route for Suzaku’s execution to her, and she’s made all the necessary preparations. Jeremiah doesn’t want to be humiliated any more because he’s now allowed two members of the royal family to be killed in front of him. Villetta doesn’t know what the first time he’s referring to is, so Jeremiah explains that he used to be a guard in the Aries palace as his first military duty eight years ago. The Aries palace was where Empress Marianne was, and on that one night, orders came from above to reduce the number of guards to a minimum. Because of that, the guards weren’t able to defend against the enemy intrusion, and this incident became Jeremiah’s first setback. He then took up a new post in Area 11 where Marianne’s orphans Lelouch and Nunnally had died, but now Clovis is dead too. When Jeremiah starts crying because of the memories of both Clovis and Marianne, Villetta asks him to wipe his tears because he’s not acting very lord-like. Realizing that she’s right, Jeremiah admits that his little sister Lilicia would laugh if she saw him like this, and as part of the distinguished Gottwald family, he vows to avenge Clovis and vindicate his honor. Unfortunately, Jeremiah’s dreams and aspirations go down in flames when, under the influence of Lelouch’s GEASS, he orders his forces to let the enemy escape.
I wonder what Jeremiah would have done back then if he knew Lelouch and Nunnally were still alive. He talked of them and Marianne in such a respectful way, like he truly regretted what happened even though he didn’t seem that concerned about the order from above to reduce the number of guards to a minimum. Of course, I say “back then” because robo-Jeremiah now or whatever he has become now probably couldn’t care less. I also found it interesting that Jeremiah had a little sister and that she was given a name – Lilicia. Perhaps we’ll get to see her sometime in the future.
Overall, this was another enjoyable picture drama that stayed mostly on the serious side. That is, until the very end where the final fade-to-orange shot caused me to start laughing. Seeing this also makes me wonder if we’ll get a Villetta and Ougi picture drama later on since she doesn’t play a really significant part in this one. The picture drama for the sixth DVD, however, has been announced to be a swimsuit episode.