Why McMillan could be shady as hell
What I want to say as an introduction as that the Weston Arc was mainly about appearances. Masks people desperately tried to maintain in order to properly operate and ascend the social or hierachical ladder as well as how values can be twisted by greed and pride. The P4 were guilty of this, Derek Arden, who was an utter douchebag, was guilty of this, Maurice, Vincent, hell, the whole studentry did it. But what about McMillan? No such twist was reserved for this character. Was he genuinely such a good guy? Naturally, this theory focoses on the other possibility. That we just haven’t seen this twist of character yet.
His very first appearance is kind of odd. The first time Ciel visits Weston College, he accidentally stepped on the lawn, without knowing what consequences it would serve him. This mishap gets noticed really quickly and we see various people’s, who also noticed that Ciel must be a duckling at this point, reactions to it. Some feel compassion for him, some a little bit of indifference and some experience Schadenfreude. But no McMillan in sight at this point. But why do I point this out at all and why is it “bad” that McMillan was introduced the way he was? Well, when Edmond and the others approached him, they reprimanded him lightheartedly and then leave just as quickly.
This not only signals that this was a strange occurrance, but after that McMillan, who at this point is a stranger to Ciel, hugs him passionately.
Note the panel here. People might consider me crazy for what I am going to say, but shady characters are never introduced with panels like these.
McMillain practically creeped himself into these panels (no pun intended) and asserts himself slowly but surely on these pages without making himself too suspicious and too dominating, maintaing a position of insignificance while shifitng the focus on other (topics, people).
Not only artistically speaking is McMillan’s entrance to the story a little “odd” for a person that repeatedly follows and assists Ciel throughout this arc. McMillan knows a great deal and has a keen interest on royalty and important people and Edmond loudly and clearly mentioned Ciel’s family name, which is quite known throughout the country due to his Funtom companies. And well, some people know his name for entirely other reasons… And Ciel is new, fresh and inexperienced in “the game” all pupils participate. He would be actually the best candidate to be manipulated. Or to gain from him in any way. I mean, McMillan practically loudly and passionately proclaimed his interest in these four and continues to do so throughout the arc with other people, but to Ciel, who is cynical and sceptical towards every stranger he encounters doesn’t question McMillan’s sudden entrance and asserts himself in his life at all. Either McMilly is really good at manipulation or Ciel dismissed McMillan’s persistence because he has such a person at home as well (yes, I am referring to Soma).
More under the cut.