Certainly, Kirei is a man with no morals.
Given how evil he is from the last episode by shoving the blame of Tokomi’s death on Kariya, what you will witness won’t surprise anyone. He simply goes beyond that when he asks Irisviel for answers about her husband before choking her to death. It’s sad to see her die as Kiritsugu loses yet another woman. Not only that, Kirei does exactly what Kariya did and choked her to death. I don’t know exactly why Urobochi decided to have these two women die a rather painful death while others gets killed quickly. Perhaps he doesn’t want the death to be too apparent. Still, it’s intriguing.
On the other hand, I expected that Kirei would laugh at Kiritsugu’s ideals after hearing it from her. Asking for “world peace” from the grail is unrealistic considering human nature. No matter how may times you eradicate evil, it’s a never-ending cat and mouse game. As seen from his past experiences of bringing his ideals to the extreme, it’s a tragedy. He sacrifices the people he loves and don’t get the results he wanted. In a way, this makes Shirou Emiya look tame in comparison.
Lastly, there is the talk between Weaver and Rider before the battle. It’s kind of heartwarming that his grandparents enjoyed having them around even though they aren’t blood related. However, that is not the amazing part. When they are fast asleep, Weaver simply uses all of his commands seals up in his speech before he let Rider go and relieve him from the duties of being a master. Although one can say that he did this to escape from danger, it’s there to show his weakness complex. He might not be the strongest master in the war, but befriending a servant and maintaining a close relationship matters more. It’s shown with Rider admitting that they are still friends despite his flaws. Even if he loses, hopefully Weaver will gain a valuable lesson and understand what being a man is all about.
Aside from that, I think the stage is set up for the war. It’s apparent that Berserker will face off Saber, although it’s clear that he won’t win while Gilgamesh face off Rider. However, the scary part of this episode is Irisviel getting consumed by the Grail. From all the blackness and the last bit of dialog she says at the end, Lancer’s prediction is right. The grail is already corrupted by evil. The questions remain, what are the repercussions? Whatever they might be, it doesn’t look pretty. ¶