Thirteen years ago, Hohenheim had lived with Trisha and his two sons, but he had been tormented by the fact that he wouldn’t age with his family. Aware of this, Trisha had brought in a photographer to take a family photo, and she had wanted them to stay a family regardless. Hohenheim had shared this desire to stay together, but when he figured out what was happening with the country, he knew that he had to go. He had found it hard to face his sons when he left, and even now he still carries the photo of them. Back at Briggs, Olivier continues to play along with Raven, and their conversation is interrupted by news that something happened to the advance team that was sent into the tunnel – only a horse and a soldier’s dismembered arm came back. Taking command, Raven tells Olivier to return Sloth to the tunnel and to then close it off, and she complies. Raven also goes to check up on the Elric brothers in the prison and conveys his belief that Olivier is on his side now. When Olivier later releases Sloth, Raven reminds Sloth of the job he has to do and invokes Pride’s name, so Sloth returns to digging in the tunnel.
A few days later, when Olivier’s men are laying cement over the hole, she finally makes her move against Raven by stabbing him in the arm and slashing him into the wet cement. As he sinks to his death, Raven is shocked that Olivier would give up immortality like this, but she’s content with making him part of the literal foundation of the nation. When Kimblee is informed that Raven has disappeared, he’s happy to hear it because it means that he can do as he pleases now. Knowing that the Elric brothers are there, Kimblee brings them a surprise guest: Winry. Officially, she’s here to work on Ed’s automail, but Kimblee makes it clear to the brothers that this was King Bradley’s doing. Meanwhile, over in Central, Mustang hears about Kimblee and Raven’s movements from his network of intelligence sources. He also gets a secret message from Olivier.
So this episode didn’t start with the OP like normal but instead had a long segment on Hohenheim showing that he’s got souls inside of him (like Father?) and that, in the past, he wasn’t anywhere near as bad or as cold a father as Ed often makes him out to be. In fact, he’s portrayed as a pretty good guy, and what I found interesting is that Trisha seemed to know that he didn’t age. And thanks to the fact that they placed this segment before the OP, it didn’t feel nearly as random or disjointed from the rest of the story as I thought it might from the preview last week. It was like a mini-episode hinting at what’s to come.
It was also great to see Olivier finally do something against Raven this episode, which in this case meant killing him and cementing his body. I don’t think that she or Ed and Al really gained anything from the deception though other than confirmation of what was going on, and they lost Sloth in the process – perhaps not the best of trades. Regardless, it does appear that trouble is converging on Briggs, with the appearances of whatever that was in the tunnel, Scar, and now Winry. Bringing Winry into this is pretty well played on Kimblee and King Bradley’s part. It looks like they’re being very cautious in regard to the brothers and wanting to make sure that the two don’t misbehave and interfere. I’m guessing that it won’t stop Ed and Al for long though.
Oh and in related news, the fourth OP and ED have been announced. The OP will be Period by CHEMISTRY, and the ED will be Shunkan Sentimental by SCANDAL. Both should premiere in January.