Realizing that Hohenheim is nearby, Pride launches a fierce attack against Ed, Greed, and Lan Fan. Ed sees that Lan Fan still isn’t 100% with her arm and saves her from Pride’s attack because he knows they’ll need her later. Hohenheim meanwhile wakes Al and then learns whats going on from Fu who has also brought the injured Heinkel. Al blames himself for what’s happened, but he comes up with an idea and tells his father about it. Hohenheim thus heads out onto the battlefield, and his presence causes Pride to pull back his shadows. Al then charges at Pride from behind and gets caught, but while Pride has his shadows around Al, Hohenheim uses his alchemy to trap both of them in a dome carved from the earth.
Ed gets angry at his father for trapping Al too, but Hohenheim reveals that this was Al’s plan all along. Since Pride can’t use his shadows in the darkness of the dome, Al is content about being stuck there with him until the promised day is over. Hohenheim explains that Al didn’t want to tell Ed because he knew that Ed would be against the idea, and through the walls of the dome, Al apologizes to his brother and claims that he’ll be fine for the day. With Pride out of the way, Greed decides to flee the scene and heads by himself to Central because he knows that the only Homunculus left there are Father and Sloth. His goal, as he had stated before, is to become king of the world.
At around this same time, Kimblee finishes killing off a bunch of Ishval men. Back inside the dome, Al talks to Pride about how the Homunculus don’t understand humans and how they could have messed up the Homunculus plans by leaving the country to save themselves. Pride acknowledges that there are people who only care about themselves, but as a counter-example, he cites how King Bradley’s wife once tried to save him from being run over by a car. It made him think about mothers since he had never had one, and he admits to having liked that life, but it also meant that there were people who would sacrifice their own lives to protect something important. That’s what they were counting on with their plan here.
A little while later, Scar and Marcoh’s group arrives in the area and learns that May Chang returned to Central. They make their way to the outskirts of the slum where Pride is now trapped and are reunited with Ed’s group. After some discussion, Fu decides to head off alone to Central to do some scouting, and the rest get ready for the start of the promised day. A few hours later, on this day when there’s supposed to be a solar eclipse, Denny Brosh wakes up in Central and sees smoke rising across town. It is there that Mustang, after one last trip to visit Hughes’ grave, is striking with his group. They still have King Bradley’s wife with them, but the soldiers sent after them have orders only to keep Mustang alive, and the group gets surrounded.
The battle that this episode started with was pretty intense since Pride kept coming within inches of cutting up Ed. As expected, it was Hohenheim who eventually challenged him and got all the extra cool looking shots, but surprisingly it was Al’s quick thinking and plan that ultimately trapped Pride. I guess this means that Al will be sitting out the promised day? I can’t really see that happening since the brothers have already spent so much time apart, and it wouldn’t be right for Al to be absent from what I assume to be the climax of the story.
I should mention that the Kimblee eye-catch after the commercial break gave away the fact that Kimblee was returning this episode, and we didn’t have to wait long in the second half to see him again. I had assumed that he was still locked up after what he did at Briggs, but I guess high command or Father pulled some strings to get him free. It’s a little mind-boggling how many people are in motion for this promised day on all sides. Greed also revealed (or rather, reconfirmed) that he wants to take power, however he didn’t mention how he plans to take on Father and Sloth since they aren’t exactly pushovers.
Anyway, the conversation between Al and Pride slowed down the pace of the episode a lot, and most of the second half felt like a transition from the big night battle to the promised day. This was further emphasized by how they ended on Ed putting back on his red coat and declaring the start of the promised day. Because of that, I didn’t think there would be a post-ED segment, but there actually was with the reappearance of Denny Brosh (it’s been so long I had to look up his last name) and the cliffhanger with Mustang and company seemingly getting shot. It’s a nice cliffhanger, but I’m sure Mustang’s group will be fine since I can’t imagine them dying at this point, never mind the fact that they’re alive in the preview for next week.