Of course, we might be looking at coincidences. It is however pointed it just how much experience both Rudolf and Kyrie have. Reliable? Probably not, but at the same time there is no real evidence otherwise (also, magic scenes usually being meant as being somewhat truthful, Rudolf and Kyrie had quite the gunfight in EP3, didn’t they?).
And frankly the whole Chiesta 556 = dead = broken gun thing is merely an interpretation of mine. I was actually sure the broken gun had been brought up before that point in the story, but seems it didn’t. However, without it it feels weird why one of them is dead. Why bother having that detail at all? Sure, the “killed” figurine (I am not even sure whether it was just one), but the double-interpretation is quite delicious.
I was thinking of something else, kinda. Mind, this is an… interesting theory, “interesting” as in: probably completely wrong and somewhat insane, but fun to think about. Kinda like the"original intent" theory I brought up in the general spoilers topic, I like taking different viewpoints to see how far I can go with it.
In this theory I assume that Rosa (for the sake of comedy) and Rudolf (for the sake of the internal logic) had the broken gun. Therefore, Rudolf missing is explained merely by that fact. The text supports as much as well.
This is mostly about Kyrie. Turning the chessboard around (hoh boy did she love that phrase) there is no reason for her to gloat as she did to Eva in the garden, after killing most of the others without wasting any time. Her prediction that Eva had the capacity of becoming a mass murder is quite interesting, beyond us having seen that play out in a gameboard (where, according to the rules, no one was allowed to act completely out of character).
Manga EP8 spoilers once again, where spoiler tags would still make it obvious what I mean.
Let’s see who she got:
- Rosa (golden room)
- Hideoyshi (golden room)
- Gohda (rest room mansion)
- George (indirectly through Rudolf)
- Maria, Kumasawa (?), Nanjo (?), Genji (?), guest house
Let’s see who she failed to kill, in order:
- Eva (golden room)
- Yasu (golden room)
- Eva 2 (garden)
Basic idea: know Fate/Stay Night, or Code Geass S2? Remember that whole “taking on all the hate thingy” that seemed to be quite popular in that timeframe? Did Kyrie do the same? But why let some live, some die?
Rosa: dangerous element, much like Eva, but in the current position far more unpredictable (also, judging by her relationship to Maria, not a good choice to give Ange to)
Hideyoshi: assuming she wanted to allow Eva to survive it all, it would’ve made it so much more difficult for Eva to explain away her surviving had her entire family survived
Eva 1: main premise of allowing Eva to get out of this situation, for the murder on Krauss and Natsuhi wasn’t intended yet. However, dangerous as Kyrie realised. How could she prevent Eva from surviving and yet not killing anybody? Do the EP6-Erika everyone.
Yasu: Kyrie might’ve perceived what was going on with her. Yasu was however injured by the shot, unlike Eva. A way to snap her out of her power fantasies? Ding dong it’s the real world. Killing people hurts them. Case in point, the bullet in your shoulder.
Gohda: alright some slight spoilers I’ll actually tag… I was as surprised as any to see manga EP8 make Gohda out to be a sexual predator. I mean yeah he pretty much sucks all the way through but hell. As someone devoted to Natsuhi (remember that dropped plotline?) he wouldn’t have taken their death kindly
Jessica: had Jessica stayed alive, tensions regarding the succession wouldn’t have stopped. Jessica could rightly claim to be the child of the eldest child of Kinzo, which wouldn’t make for a nice family between the two. Greed can change people, see: Rudolf in that situation.
George (indirectly through Rudolf): same as Hideyoshi; had any of the two survived, Eva would’ve been torn to shreds in the outside world.
Question: how could she know that Rudolf would fail to deal with Eva? His test shot in the golden room. If she is as good as the story claims, she might’ve noted that his gun shoots low.
Maria, Nanjo, Kumasawa, Genji: no idea, aside removing possible people Eva could kill; however it is also a common trope of those kinda situations, people having been killed in an isolated environment, to spiral out of control with people turning on each other (might apply to Gohda too)
Eva 2: what better way to prevent Eva turning to the dark side than become the perfect monster for her to slay (and removing all the cattle for the wolf to slay)? That entire exchange is somewhat out of character for Kyrie (at least judging by the tea party), as noted earlier, since she killed the others without much warning. And what better way to endear Ange to Eva than to talk shit about her and familiar bonds in general. Knowing how much Eva treasured George, she sure walked over all the landmines there.
For all we know Eva wasn’t even the one killed Kyrie (she fell backwards in the exchange), Kyrie might’ve done it herself. Pure headcanon I guess.
In japanese fiction there is precedent for those kinda events. Take Lelouch at the end of Code Geass S2 or the background story of “All the Worlds Evil” (or smth) in Fate/Stay Night. Taking in all the hatred and dying with it, taking the hatred along for the ride. The Ushiromiya family sure had enough of that flying around.
Now on a scale of 1 to 2.578.017, how insane is this entire post? I am not sure myself.
See, it sure takes you to interesting places, just going wild with ideas. Probably forgot something but that comes with the territory. Should we call this the “Kyrie did nothing wrong (aside literally everything)” theory? How about “it’s the thought that counts!”
edit: I KNEW I forgot something. So why couldn’t Rudolf and Kyrie survive? Well, given their background there was no way they’d get away with it for real. Just running off into the sunset might be a tad of an understatement of how difficult that would be, to fear the pointy finger of JUSTICE their entire life.