Alicia tries to talk to Welkin about what she said to him previously, but he avoids the subject and continues to treat her coldly. Welkin is then informed by Varrot that arrangements for Isara’s replacement are done and that their next mission will be to retake Bruhl. In the meantime, she asks him to take care of Isara’s belongings, and going through the small number of those belongings reminds Welkin of how, after they had first met when they were young, Isara had explained to him that she never stayed in one place for long. Back then, Welkin had thought that she didn’t need to worry about that anymore since the two of them would be always together. Meanwhile, Faldio checks up on Alicia and then hits the books because he suspects that she’s of Valkyrur descent. He is, however, unsure of what he wants to do about this.
Zaka turns out to be the new driver for the Edelweiss, and he and the rest of Squad 7 soon set out for Bruhl. The battle there is fierce, but it’s over relatively quickly because the enemy surrenders. Afterward, Welkin decides to visit his old home, and he’s reminded of Isara at every turn. Staring at a family picture, he realizes that he ended up the same as his father since both of them were unable to protect their family. Alicia then interrupts Welkin’s thoughts because she was concerned about him, and Welkin admits to her that Isara’s death leaves him feeling like part of him was torn up. Alicia feels that she understands what he’s going through because she’s been at his side for so long, so Welkin reveals that he’s been in so much pain yet he can’t seem to cry about Isara. In response, Alicia pulls him close to her and tells him that he doesn’t need to hold it in in times like these.
Alicia then leaves Welkin alone and can hear him start to cry behind her. Welkin eventually emerges from the house and is surprised to find Alicia waiting outside, staring at a plant bed. She directs his attention to some lion’s paws that have sprouted, and the two hold hands while admiring the flowers.
Well, I’m glad that Welkin is finally out of his rut (or so the end of this episode would indicate), but I feel like the lead up to him and Alicia holding hands could have been better developed. There was something unsatisfying about having Alicia comfort Welkin so that he can finally cry – which in itself was a good scene – and then having them hold hands to end the episode as if they’ve both suddenly decided to pursue a relationship together. I was hoping that Welkin would acknowledge Alicia’s importance to him a bit more. At least, that’s how I feel if them holding hands means that they’re now a couple. If it’s just a sign of unity and hope (as represented by the flowers which were admittedly a nice touch and reference back to the beginning of the story), then they could have said more to that effect.
This was still a good episode though, and I like the Isara flashbacks and how they drew the parallel between Welkin and his father. I did think however that the Bruhl battle scene was rather weak since the Imperials didn’t put up much of a fight. In any case, they’ve dwelled for a while now on Isara’s death and its aftermath, and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of action is in store in the coming weeks since Selvaria shows up glowing in the preview and since Faldio has now set the stage for Alicia to power up as well.