After what’s definitely felt like more than just a week’s hiatus, Naruto’s back… and the flashbacks continue. Interestingly enough though, things don’t end up quite developing as straight forward as anticipated. Yes, both Madara and Hashirama ended up stopping their respective fights and became the heads of their respective clans — but from there, it sure didn’t work out as smoothly as anticipated. I suppose I was kind of expecting something like a truce between the two after that happened — in order to form the village — but in the end, it looks like the awakening of the Sharingan (“The Curse of the Uchiha”) and the death of Madara’s brother would ultimately make that an impossibility.
As such, it’s starting to turn out that the agreement between the Uchiha and Senju might never have been with Madara at all — or at least not something that he chose to do himself. It makes sense considering how we know he turned out, but admittedly, part of me was assuming that Madara actually started things off with Hashirama personally, especially from how the flashbacks have been up until now. Of course, it’s still possible that he comes around at this point — despite the fact there was clearly no way Hashirama would sacrifice his brother (or would he?) — but it’s looking increasingly likely that the defecting Uchiha will force Madara’s hand. In that context, it’s suddenly pretty easy to see how one thing would lead to another, and well… now that you see all the pieces filled in for the most part — it’s quite something to say the least.
Looking forward, looks like we got… more flashbacks — though it seems like we’re almost caught up for the most part — and well, when things get back to the present day, it looks like the end’s getting more set in stone by the minute. Because as it looks now, it seems exceptionally likely that Sasuke will at least end up letting the revived Hokage assist Naruto — though, theoretically he won’t have much of a choice either way, considering the Hashirama already broke his control over him, so we’ll likely at least see Senju vs. Madara again — and may end up either helping himself or coming back for one last fight with Naruto to settle things after Madara/Obito are defeated. Guess we’ll see. Just take that with grain of salt, as usual.