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In the last episode of Violet Evergarden, when introducing herself, Violet paused and had a bit surprised look.

Is it possible that Gilbert is the one she met there in that cottage? Has there been any statement from the author on this?

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  • I'd imagine she would've had a much bigger reaction if it was him.
    – Rapitor
    Apr 13, 2018 at 20:55
  • Note that there will be a second season with an original story. A new information might come after the 2nd season comes.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Apr 16, 2018 at 14:12
  • I do think that Major Gilbert did survive the explosion due to the fact that they never found the body, and the reaction of violet on the very last episode. Though I do agree with some that say, her reaction would have been more dramatic if it really was him at the door, but I also believe that since she had just recently experienced emotions, she had not experienced true joy yet, so her reaction would be most definitely dulled.
    – Iya
    Oct 30, 2018 at 1:18

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In the Light Novel the anime is based on,

he did survive. He woke up before Violet and told everyone to keep it a secret from Violet so she could grow as a person beyond being a emotionally-stunted loli super soldier while he advanced upwards in the army as part of a spec ops team. He made his grand reappearance on the train to save the day.

On the other hand, the anime

left it vague because it's kinda a crap plot motivation. I personally hate motivations that boil down to "I'm doing this assholish thing so you don't have to suffer/worry, never mind that me being an asshole makes you suffer even more".

The anime staff likely thought that letting him come back would weaken Violet's character arc.

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  • Probably I'd like to bring attention that there will be season 2 with presumably an original story. That's one reason I was unsure to answer it now (in addition to only found the answer from googling without watching/reading it)
    – Aki Tanaka
    Apr 16, 2018 at 13:58
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    @AkiTanaka that's why I explicitly mentioned that it's from the light novel. To give the "statement from the author on this". It keeps this answer relevant even when the anime continues and goes the other way. Apr 16, 2018 at 14:04
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Unfortunately, Gilbert was revealed to be alive in the 2020 movie Violet Evergarden: The Movie, the plot of which is largely centered around him being found by Violet and then him not wanting to meet with her.

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I would imagine so. Unless she knew someone else who would surprise her and not be dead, then yeah. I feel like she was shocked because she finally found Gilbert and I also believe that Gilbert lived.

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