HOLY FCKIN- Mind-blown moment here
Okay I’m probably lightyears behind everyone else on this train of thought BUT
Right at the end of the second series at the zero requiem (stop reading here if you don’t want spoilers) after Nunnally touches Lelouch’s hand, she sees TWO DISTINCT MOMENTS occurring.
Suzaku, Lelouch (in zero’s outfit), and C.C. is C’s world, presumably after Marianne and the emperor have been killed. Suzaku looks like he’s ready to attack Lelouch now. He mentions in the planning conversation (which we see just before this) that both Lelouch and himself realised in C’s world just how much the world was longing for the future. My guess is that Suzaku and Lelouch are having a disagreement over how best to secure that future. Suzaku is possibly planning to kill Lelouch and fix the world himself, or you know maybe he’s just stressed out and is only acting threatening.
EITHER WAY, we know that Suzaku doesn’t kill Lelouch here. In fact, the next time we see them, they’re working on the same plan. Lelouch had already use Geass on him once by ordering Suzaku to live, so he didn’t just order Suzaku to do it. They had to have a conversation. What Nunnally is seeing here is Lelouch going through his plan and convincing Suzaku, a character who all-out HATES him at this point, that he is going to create a peaceful world.
The second thing Nunnally sees is this:
The passing of the mask scene, which we ourselves only see just a moment before. Lelouch in effect tells Suzaku to become Zero to keep the people’s hope alive, and assassinate him so that the world can be united in their joy and freedom over the ‘demon emperor’s death.
Now, the thing I usually take away from this is the simple “oh, Lelouch is explaining that he’s actually not evil and that he did bad things to free the world in the long-run.” Great. Except that I just realised:
Nunnally now also knows that Suzaku is the new Zero.
SHE KNOWS THAT SUZAKU JUST KILLED HER BROTHER.
THIS isn’t just some random masked man with a sword, or a symbol of rebellion. This is Suzaku. Their childhood friend. Someone they went through struggles with and cared about greatly. True, Nunnally knows that Lelouch wanted this, and I think that’s why she and Zero are seen to be working together in the Kallen-narrated epilogue.
But still, how much of a stake is this going to drive between the two of them? How much angst will something like this generate? They can both see this bright new world, but Nunnally will always know that her big brother died at Suzaku’s hand.