As we know the level of emotion has been different between Ash and the various travel companions when they all left him. Do you think the episode where Iris and Cilan depart from Ash should be emotional?
Do you want Iris and Cilan to burst into tears that they can't travel with Ash anymore? I've been thinking that the writers are going to do a "original series rehash" with Iris and Cilan, and actually have Ash cry about them splitting up. Remember how the last ep of the Unova league had that "final image" picture that was the same as the last Indigo league episode?
I have this weird feeling that the BW trio separation will be done very similar to the original trio separation for this reason.