Shingeki no Kyojin – 27
As the second season starts rolling, the mysteries continue to build up as the rest of our cast head out to investigate the extent of the Titans breach into Wall Rose (and try to get a certain now “mute” Priest to talk). In the meanwhile, Sasha gets her time in the limelight as she goes all out trying to ensure the safety of her former village and its inhabitants—her father included. Along the way, we get a look into her past as someone whose lifestyle was frowned upon by the others around them, and the lengths her father went through to help others despite that. Years later, it’s a decision that’s seemingly saved a majority of the village’s inhabitants, and more importantly—influenced Sasha to the point that she’s willing to risk her life protecting someone from that same village without her regular gear. I mean, look at that arrow stab to the eye! I’ll say—that’s a daughter whose grown into exactly the kind of person you hope she’d be.
With all this focus on singular characters (the first episode highlighted Mike’s last stand) however, it’s becoming more and more apparent that this season’s focus is more personal in nature, and it’s a welcome choice that gives us a vital fleshing out of side characters we haven’t really gotten to know aside from their various quirks and the paths they took to train and become members of the Survey Corps. At the same time, the singular focus has given a chance for the series to escalate the drama further by giving us deaths that are even more brutal and drawn out than before—this week gave us a Titan eating a mother alive while her child looked on—while highlighting an important contrast between those that have been safely living behind walls the entire time, those that have had to struggle accommodating displaced refugees from other districts, and those who no longer have a home to return to. To this end, you realize how significant the Survey Corps really is, and it’s not just because they’re humanity’s last hope, but because it’s a thread that manages to bring together everyone capable and willing to contribute regardless of where they came from situation-wise and the views they had before.
Looking forward, it looks like the limelight goes to Connie for the time being, and let’s just say the sight of a random Titan collapsed on his house merely continues to add to the questions this series has presented over the past two weeks, especially if that’s the only Titan in the area. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if something or someone’s going around just spontaneously changing humans into Titans (perhaps the Beast Titan?), and it makes you wonder if Wall Rose was physically breached (Armin’s question of whether Titans would destroy walls made of other Titans seems too convenient), or the threat actually originated from within the two walls itself.
Either way, not knowing what the heck is going on is a terrifying thought given us the horror and surprises we’ve already faced, and we’re only two episodes in! It’s just too bad the Priest seems anything but willing to disclose what he knows, and one hopes that whenever we get to it, the secret he holds—one seemingly more important than the fate of humanity itself—is worth the ride we’re going on now. Oh yeah, and the fact they took the time to repeat the whole “there’s likely no Titan in the 104th” at the beginning of the episode? Yeah, I can’t say I’m convinced anymore. I hope it’s just the paranoia setting in though, cause otherwise, I shudder to think what could happen in the next few episodes. Ugh.
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