「南西へ」 (Nansei e)
“To the Southwest”
Well then, that was a game changer in more ways than one wasn’t it?
Granted, the suspicion’s been there since the first episode of the season, but given the inability of the Scouts to find a breach, one starts wondering not only if there was a breach in the first place, but whether that could actually bode worse for our cast more than anything. I mean, it’s great that Titans won’t be flying through like crazy if that were true, but between the nightmare-inducing “welcome home” Connie receives and the segment of the Beast Titan casually climbing over a wall, doesn’t that mean that the current threat is not only something that’s already within the walls, but capable of spreading/moving around regardless of the wall’s presence? At least with the regular Titans you knew what to expect. Now it’s a Pandora’s Box of potential problems, and this certainly looks like a case of the devil you know being better than the devil you don’t.
On the bright side, it’s not all gloom and doom, as the realization that the walls are made of Titans also brings with it the potential of repairing any damage done to them. Of course, it’s a measure that’s not without risk—Eren’s never fixed a wall in this way, hasn’t perfected his ability to transform, and they’re going on the assumption that Titans aren’t active at night—but hey, a future worth fighting for ain’t something you’d expect to come cheap. Thankfully, it’s a risk that could be lowered if the Priest’s revelation pans out the way we expect it to, and the key to everything may actually lie within the smallest of the new Scouts for the time being. It’s just too bad she’s stuck in a castle surrounded by Titans ain’t it? I knew that darn thing looked too good to be true, especially with the moon shining coincidentally on it just when they wanted some extra light.
With that in mind, there’s a lot going on in the background aside from the continued build up of questions, and perhaps one of the more underrated aspects of the season is how they’re not only emphasizing individual cast members, but using them, their pasts, and their respective hometowns to add in an extra layer of drama. The pacing’s likely slower than what some would prefer, but it’s given the series a moment to give its characters a vital fleshing out they’ve been lacking for the most part, while emphasizing the importance of what it means to be a member of the Survey Corps and a soldier in general. As our Scouts have found out the hard way, there comes a time where you just gotta do what you gotta do, and that’s regardless of whether you’re properly equipped or just signing up to be Titan fodder to give others a fighting chance. Through it all, there’s a whole “fighting for a greater cause” versus “doing what’s best for yourself” aspect going on here, and it’s certainly made for some interesting reactions so far.
Looking forward, I don’t have a doubt that Eren and his crew’ll reach Krista before she ends up being devoured, but one wonders at the potential cost—Ymir looks highly likely to bite the dust at this point—and whether or not her rescue would even yield any worthwhile answers until the Beast Titan’s dealt with. Guess we’ll have to see, though at the same time, is it just me or there’s something really strange about how Reiner’s been reacting lately? That whole bit where he adamantly denies hearing anything despite being next to Connie really makes you tilt your head a bit, though it could be red herring more than anything. Ah well, I suppose I’ll just have to be satisfied with a Sasha Potato moment for the time being.
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