Well, this week’s episode finally explains the scene in the opening sequence with Shalltear fighting Momonga with the dragon armor…I had been assuming it was a betrayal (or just a look-alike) this whole time. But it turns out the only way the world can produce an enemy strong enough to challenge Momonga is to use one of his own again him. If it had to be anyone, I guess Shalltear isn’t a bad choice…this week’s episode was making me dislike her character more and more anyway. Not only was her crazed voice getting annoying, but her fighting style and lack of strategy in general in combat is painful to watch.
I’m assuming Shalltear will be the enemy throughout the rest of the series (three more episodes left). It makes the most sense timing-wise, but given how much this show has been able to fill episodes with basically dead air, I probably wouldn’t be too surprised if this was resolved next week and Momonga went out to do some other random thing in the remaining time. That being said, I can’t imagine the battle to reclaim Shalltear being too difficult…sure Momonga doesn’t want to destroy one of his allies, but he should be overwhelming enough, especially with the help of Nazarick, to handle this, right?