Literally can’t sleep thinking about how differently Resolution timeline could have gone if only someone had been there to help Pewter.
The flashbacks to Yagyu are great in that they highlight the unconditional relationship between Boss and Date. Man just rocks up at her office out of nowhere and says, “I’m in some deep shit. Like shit I should be in prison for. But my family are in danger and I don’t know what to do. Help me.” And Boss is just like “Say no more.” On the other hand it makes Pewter’s isolation even more obvious. He doesn’t have that unconditional relationship. Or he does, but that person is Renju. Because they had to keep their tie to each other secret, they had each other. That’s it.
The interrogation of Pewter shows it, too. Pewter knows he’s on his own, he’s trying to make Date understand the headspace he’s in right now, perhaps even searching for that support in Date himself, who he thinks should understand. But he doesn’t get that. Date’s in tunnel vision and can’t see that he and Pewter are basically fighting for the same thing.
In the absence of Renju, Pewter needed someone to be there in the way Boss was there for Date. But (in part because of the way he and his partner have had to shut themselves away) there can’t be anyone else. He needed to be able to say, “Look, no one wants to know Renju’s whereabouts more than I do. I know him, and I know something’s not right. I got this weird phone call, and I don’t understand what’s going on, but I know he’s in danger. I’m in trouble. The love of my life is in trouble. He sounds scared. I think that he’s dying. I don’t know what to do. Help me.”
But there’s no one else. Each other is all they have. And that’s how Pewter ends up in a cell, more alone than ever before.