Question about Rocco in II (1 Viewer)

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Most here have probably seen I and II numerous times. Same here, could probably quote most of both verbatim. But while sheltering-in-place I deemed it was time to share the movies with the next generation, and something bothers me.

Did Rocco betray Michael?

Reasons why:
- we know Fredo let the shooters in and pulled the drapes (or had it done) - but somebody shot the shooters.
- it seems unlikely Fredo shot the shooters, being weak and stupid (and he's bad with a gun).
- Rocco was in charge of villa security.
- Michael told Rocco to keep the shooters alive ("Alive!"). He didn't.
- When Tom repeats the order, Rocco asked where Michael was.
- Micheal then whines to Tom about not being able to trust the others, basically meaning Neri and Rocco.

Reasons why not:
- They never tell you he did.
- Rocco seemed generally loyal and effective, ever since the gun/cannoli run.
- It is the kind of thing Michael would have figured out.
- Rocco probably could have just killed Michael by himself if he was with Roth.

And the kicker: Rocco pretty much disappears until the end, when he volunteers for a suicide mission to kill Roth (deemed impossible to Tom). And Rocco almost got away, but then he turns around to get shot. Extreme loyalty? Penance? Both?

So is an extreme example of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, or just me reading too much into it?
 

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I think we’re not supposed to know bc Michael doesn’t know
But from Michael’s pov it could have been Rocco and that was enough to take action
 

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