Violet Evergarden Final Episode (13): Last show of the winter season


I know spring season is happening, but I want to go ahead and finish the last remaining show from the previous season. This show has been a pretty crazy ride, but I'm pretty happy with this ending. I've certainly had my issues with the series, but I can't deny that it handles the emotional stuff well.

I know that this is nitpicking, but can we really talk about this moving train scene? This guy was definitely lying on the ground when the cliffhanger happened last week, and the guy who actually shot the explosive at Violet has seemingly disappeared. I know that this fact doesn't really change anything, but a little consistency goes a long way with me. Also, there's the scene where Dietfried throws the brooch at Violet, but I won't harp too much.

This is dramatic and all, but it seems a little awkward after we just saw Benedict take care of his bomb in one shot.

I can't remember if we've seen this part of the conversation already, but this line from Gilbert really hits hard. As is stated later in the episode, Gilbert never sees Violet as a tool, so it was probably really painful for him to watch her continue to see herself as a tool.

Ahh, I got baited so hard by this scene. Make it stop.

I know it's weird, but my biggest concern with this series was that it would eventually reveal a living Gilbert. It was literally the last thing I wanted to see. This series was pretty nuts about how it teased a Gilbert reveal throughout the entire season, so I'm actually not sure how I feel about this final scene. I think the ambiguity of the scene is great, and it fits the common theme of hinting that Gilbert is alive. But I guess I just really don't want him to be alive, so maybe this acts as a decent middle ground.

Final Score: 7/10 Many of the episodes felt hit-or-miss for me, but the hits were impressive. The soundtrack really helped with that.



  • Terrance A. Crow

    April 7, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

    I'm with you -- I did NOT want to see Gilbert alive. I kinda feel like that would undermine the whole idea of Violet maturing! I _have_ read other folks saying that Violet had to work through the emotions surrounding his death before she could be ready to return his love, and I get that. I don't mean to disrespect that perspective.

    But dramatically speaking, I'd feel cheated if he were still alive somehow...

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    marthaurion

    April 7, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

    i agree. it just seems odd to me to base so much of the story around his death only to erase it, so i have trouble with the idea of bringing him back. and i agree that it undermines violet's progress.

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