There are a couple of threads on this movie already, from a few months back, but I didn’t see this mentioned.
Ofilia’s three tasks centered around a key, a blade, and a baby, respectively. Mercedes ended up with tasks involving the same objects. She needed to get a key to the resistance so they could get into the storage room. She needed her hidden blade to escape from captivity and wound the Captain. And she took on the task of raising the baby at the very end.
So there’s a parallelism here, but I can draw no further significance from it. Any ideas?
(Also, there’s only one scene I found hard to explain in non-magical terms: The one where Ofelia hits a dead end in the Labyrinth, but one of the stone walls opens up for her. The Captain follows close behind, hits the same dead end and–no Ofelia, no opening in the wall. Still, I continue to think it is a mistake to read the story as involving “real magic.”)