Has Madam Red, Francis, the undertaker, Diedrich, Lizzy, Edward, and Lau figured out that our Ciel was not the first born real Ciel?
From the evidence I’ve seen:
Madam Red – Must have. The way she looks him over when he shows up at the hospital, the wording she uses when she’s playing chess with him, even how she acts and what she says when they later confront each other as adversaries. Particularly what she says when she’s poised to stab him… that he should never have been born… that’s because no one was expecting twins; he really was this unexpected extra at the time. A bonus gift, but also an extra burden. She should know, since she nursed him back to health every time he got sick, and that must have been quite often. And they must have played against each other at chess countless times. She seems to know exactly which twin she’s playing chess with during the Jack the Ripper arc. She had no expectations for him to return to the manor, claim the earldom, pick up the watchdog post, or even seek revenge. Real Ciel would have been expected to do that, but not the younger twin. The earl explains quite honestly why he’s returned and accepted these burdens. He even vague-explains what’s so unusual and useful about Sebastian, and I don’t think he would have told this to just anyone… not even Aunt Frances, and definitely not Lizzie.
Frances – Probably not. I’ve never noticed her say or do anything to suggest she’s figured it out. Plus, unlike Madam Red, she seems to have not spent nearly as much time with the Phantomhive children. Looks like the Midfords had a tendency to just let Lizzie play at Phantomhive Manor without them, since they are never shown in any of the flashbacks of Lizzie and (real) Ciel playing.
Undertaker – Definitely. He must have realized it (almost) immediately. He must be severely near-sighted, but he’s not that blind. Just like with Madam Red, Undertaker says things in a way to suggest he knows, and the earl doesn’t really seem to hide it from him. The fact that he tells Undertaker he chose to wear the watchdog collar speaks volumes.
Diedrich – Highly doubtful. Of course he knew there were twins, but he’s spent most of his time in Germany, so he probably never got to know them well.
Lizzie – Not originally, but now she must. She spent a lot of time at Phantomhive Manor, but it seems that she mostly played with real Ciel outdoors, possibly while the earl stayed inside, too sick to play outside… let alone run around the manor grounds. Besides, she was real Ciel’s intended, so it would make sense for her to focus on bonding with her future husband. That said, she sure had some serious doubts when the earl returned and claimed to be Ciel. He seemed shorter, frail, and kept forgetting to call her Lizzie instead of Elizabeth. Her true fiance would not have made such a mistake… and kept making it over and over to the point that she would feel the need to say something about it. Then they celebrated Easter (a bit late) after the Campania fiasco. She was testing him by saying she’d decorated her own egg, as usual. She’d never actually done that before, and he failed the test… miserably. Still, she didn’t want to admit to herself she’d been accepting a lie all this time. So, she wonders what could have possibly happened “that month” to make him not realize she’d never decorated her own egg before. Faulty memory? She had become so good at rationalizing everything and making herself believe she was somehow wrong about her doubts. But things must have changed around the time she decided to stay at Sphere Music Hall. She visits real Ciel/Lord Sirius there. Blavat has told her who-knows-what, but there is probably at least some truth in it. It’s possible that she’s now had conversations with real Ciel leading up to the events of ch’s 129 and 130. Whatever she now knows, it must be why she told Sebastian that “she alone” could “not return to that side”. She had trusted the earl, and he’s now lost her trust (for now, anyway).
Edward – Nope. Even if he didn’t have “Edward vision” (only focusing on Lizzie), he never spent enough time with the twins to tell them apart. Even once the earl returned, he spent minimal time with Edward. Didn’t even know Edward attended Weston. Edward likely treated real Ciel about the same - didn’t really want him to take away his precious little sister.
Lau – No way. Lau apparently didn’t join the “aristocrats of evil” until after the earl became watchdog. In fact, Lau probably has no idea there were ever twins.
Thanks for the ask! :)
Chlaus – Highly doubtful. Just like most others, he would have spent more time with real Ciel, since the kid was being groomed to take over for Vincent and was more likely to be out in public with Vincent, too. And, like Diedrich, he seems to have spent most of his time out of England. Italy for him.
7 times Victor Nikiforov was extremely gay for his fiance and it showed on his face
7. The “my boyfriend just made puppy eyes at me so I decided to give him my soul, my body, and the whole world” look.
6. The “this boy is so cute and perfect I want to squeeze his cute little body and kiss his face but since I can’t kiss his face I’m going to settle with squeezing his perfect body everytime I get while I scream internally” look.
5. The “ZOMFG DID HE JUST BLEW A KISS AT ME?? DID YOU SEE THAT??? OMG I THINK I JUST DIED A LITTLE” look.
4. The “I’m at the point of no return nobody save me i’ll die happily in the arms of this wonderful boy” look.
3. This one needs a gif. The “somebody hold me right now this boy is too cute for this world too beautiful omg what’s happening what is this feeling inside of me ***It Must Be Love playing in the background***” look.
2. The “I saw him already this morning we woke up in the same bed and everything but oh my god Yuuri there you are why did you took so long nevermind I’m so glad you are here I’m so happy to see you again run to my arms my beautiful fiance” look.
1. The “literally dying from proud I am, how much I love this wonderful, perfect boy, how happy I am to see him triumph and how unbelievably lucky I am to be engaged to him” look.
The Troubadour, a place named by the Rolling Stones to be one of the best rock ‘n roll clubs, where Elton John made his US debut, where Neil Diamond recorded “Gold,” where Bob Dylan gave his first folk-rock performance, where Led Zeppelin and The Eagles held jam sessions, the last place where Janis Joplin partied, where Charles Bukowski met his wife, where Guns ‘n Roses were signed and Johnny Cash played one of his last shows, named a must-play by Billboard, and now, where Harry Styles performed a secret show and dueted with Stevie Nicks and changed the music industry forever.
That sequence — shown in the concept art above — occurs about halfway
through director Patty Jenkins’ highly anticipated DC Comics standalone
(due out June 2), in the grim no-man’s-land between English and German
battlefield trenches. Though Diana has been told she can’t cross it and must play by man’s
rules, she takes it upon herself to save women and children threatened
by the Germans. “It’s a very powerful moment,” Gadot says. “We have a
character committing to her true self, doing what she believes needs to
I also have to say that I’m enjoying Corvo’s story a lot more than I thought I would. It’s a less typical narrative Emily’s belated coming-of-age story.
I mean. Emily is still clearly the more natural protagonist, going through events that shock her out of her privilege, force her to face her past trauma, and becoming a better Empress.
But there’s something weirdly satisfying about watching Corvo realize that the only true threat to the throne has been people like him. He’s spent fifteen years not processing what it means to be a goddamn sorcerer, even though it’s what let him bring his world back into a semblance of normalcy in the first place.
If Emily needs to take a good, long, hard look at the Empire she rules, then Corvo needs to stop shutting his eyes to the underworld that he belongs to.