Wow… this episode had one of the most powerful single moments I’ve seen in anything in a long while.
There’s an episode’s worth of build-up, with Light delicately prodding Naomi (the fed's wife) to get her real name. Twenty-two odd minutes of suspenseful build-up that reaches a haunting crescendo once the snow starts falling and the slo-mo gets rolling. You’ve been on the edge of your seat, shouting at the screen, begging this girl not to slip up. Then, she finally lets her guard down, all the other sound drops and Light’s evil red self appears as he says...
Ryuk just cackles. Abject horror creeps onto Naomi's face. She knows, in that terrible second, that her fate is sealed. It just gives you goosebumps. The feeling's drawn out even further as Light smugly taunts her as she listlessly walks to her doom, symbolically representing by stairs to gallows.
With just one line of dialogue, the show makes your heart jump into your throat. Another show would’ve drawn this whole sub-plot out, so I was surprised to see it wrapped up so swiftly. Then again, this just continues what I've been saying about this show's verisimilitude - - but this is what realistically would’ve happened in the scenario. Light would've found a way, right there. Although, even he acknowledges that chance and coincidence help him more than a little here.
To pile another comparison along with the many I’ve put forth in this column, I’ll say that seeing Light get better at lying reminded me a bit of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. You can just see him finding each lie getting easier to tell. I’ve actually felt those "vibes of similarity" earlier in the show, since both stories have villains as protagonists. Though, neither are cartoonish villains who’re prone to fits of maniacal laughter… oh wait… well, Light is prone to laughing fits, but his characterizations still layered enough that you can be sympathetic to him at times. There’s a real interesting dichotomy of him going back to his room and basically becoming this all-powerful god of death, while he’s still the "good son" in the real world and, in a lot of ways, powerless there.