This is Corvus and Opeli’s first interaction. Watch as the space between the two diminishes scene after scene.
We next see them get closer when Kasef starts attacking Ezran. This is important because it’s showing the link that is going to make them get closer over time. At first, you would think it’s their mutual dislike of Kasef. But it’s actually their mutual love for Ezran. However, Kasef does ignite something in Opeli; you can see it in her face. It’s this moment she becomes a mom.
At the accusations of Ezran failing as a son, Corvus goes protective dad mode. In a sense, Corvus isn’t just speaking on Harrow’s honor, but his own. The fact that he jumped in the way he does shows that he has a parental attachment to Eszran. And in the corner, we see Opeli immediately taking notice of Ezran’s feelings and is getting ready to rush and comfort him because her inner momma bear was just activated.
After that outburst, we see that the space is almost completely diminished between Corvus and Opeli. And it’s right then that we see a wordless exchange between the two. We see them look at each other at the same time, meaning they have gotten close enough to understand what they are feeling and communicate without words. This look is an agreement that says, “welp, we have a kid now.”
“And we’re going to protect him with our lives.”
Shortly after, Opeli seeks out Ezran and comforts him in a very gentle and nurturing manner. This scene is vital because we’ve seen that Opeli is very traditionalist and by the book whose motivations are all for the best of Katolis. Even earlier with Claudia and Soren, she was very set on extreme punishment and got frustrated. But here, here we see someone who’s heart aches for this little boy and throws away her rulebook to be there for him.
After Kasef, something switched in her brain that made her become a mom, and it shows. Because here, we see that she genuinely wants what’s best for Ezran.
This is proven in this scene
Her smile is reassuring because it conveys that she will support him no matter what.
Corvus gives the same smile as Opeli. A smile of pride.
Opeli being who she is, does not hide the realities that are coming his way and tells him the battle that lies ahead is not going to be easy. Her questions are not to discourage him but to ask if he’s certain this is what he wants.
Overall, it is Opeli’s comfort and guidance, along with Corvus’s loyalty and protective nature, that makes Ezran put on the crown and embrace his new title as king because he found strength in Corvus and wisdom in Opeli.
That is where the episode ends…
The next episode’s arc with Eszran opens with Corvus and Opeli on either side of Ezran watching as he plays with his pet. As they both wear smiles of pride and adoration. They are side by side as equals, taking responsibility for Ezran in equal parts.
You want to know why?
They’re a family