Actual intense chapter. Interesting setup with all nine gates being demons from Zeref. Magic counsel getting assassinated was a surprise to say the least especially since they were taken out so easily (seriously though, we only really knew a few of their names and abilities and that makes it easy to kill them off, but you would think that at least one of them would put up a fight!)
Question going forward is if E.N.D is their current master that is directing them, or if the nine demon gates are looking to revive their master who is currently out of commission. If E.N.D is their current master, then he must be taking orders from Zeref or intending to carry out Zeref's will.