a lot of people are saying that ed is only manipulating oswald and doesn’t have any genuine feelings for him, which COULD be true, but, i mean, look at this gif.
that’s not the face that ed usually makes when he’s being evil/manipulative/otherwise dastardly. his face is soft and he even tightens the hug himself. and most importantly, oswald can’t see his face at this point, so he could reveal his true intentions without getting caught, but he doesn’t.
again, i can’t say for certain exactly what’s going on in his head, but i think that he feels SOMETHING, possibly basic respect or even pity. (i mean obviously we all want it to be a lot more than that and THIS SCENE WAS SO GAY.) but i don’t think that ed is ONLY manipulating him. there’s something else there.