Well we all knew what was coming, but damn, Overlord certainly knows how to keep on surprising. Beating up on the Eight Fingers was to be expected after than grand buildup at the end of last week, but I don’t think anyone expected it to basically be over that fast. Ten seconds or less? Geeze Sebas, whatever happened to the teasing, the sense of suspense? Oh well cannot complain too much, not when you’re doing it in style.
If there’s one key takeaway from this episode it’s that you should never piss off Papa Bones. As Sebas bluntly showcased through mass decapitation no one is on the level of Ainz Ooal Gown’s top brass, and for the chosen few who could be there’s always another putting the upstarts in their place. This was tragic irony at its finest, all that time spent showing off the Eight Fingers’ best and
brightest greatest, only for one angry butler to put his Saitama glove on and wreck face (literally) without a sweat broken. Oh yes, I laughed. Hard. The only thing which could have made it better was Shalltear getting involved, but I think I can get away with taking a few cute faces. Plus we got to watch Entoma go wild in her cute-but-definitely-disturbing fashion (just look at that adorable arm noming), so life isn’t too bad. Well, except my dreams, those will be interesting for a while.
The surprising bit this week, however, lay with Demiurge and what will likely prove to be an ulterior plot at work. Take that mystery man (or woman) Demiurge placed off limits to killing, that wouldn’t happen unless the person can assist in a particular manner, and the only reason a Floor Guardian would want such assistance is to further their (i.e. Ainz Ooal Gown’s) position. If Hilma of the Eight Fingers is the right target (I will seriously giggle if Mare took her by accident), the implications speak for themselves: Ainz (or at least Demiurge) wants to use the Eight Fingers and their powerbase to expand the control of Ainz Ooal Gown. Might look a little convoluted on the surface, but a woman like Hilda would have access to material and contacts which would help immensely for a quiet takeover of key institutions. You know, like the national government. Need look no further than Princess Renner’s network for example, a lot of power can be had before anyone even notices something is awry. What supports this idea as well is how Ainz via his Momon persona (or Ainz’ double, see Rej’s comment previously) just so happened to show up at the right time to “stop” Demiurge. If Momon winds up “killing” an unstoppable demonic threat to the Kingdom, he suddenly gains even greater fame, and with it more material reward. Considering Ainz is a little desperate for cash of late, I wouldn’t put it past him to use the situation with Sebas and Tuare for such a purpose. Paying the bills and expanding political control? Killing two birds with one stone never looked easier.
Of course someone must suffer for all of this winning, and good guy victims of the moment look to be the Blue Rose. This I felt was always going to be inevitable given the reveal of Princess Renner’s true personality (the cannon fodder flags were real), but I’m still surprised that at minimum Gagaran, Tia, and Evileye could put up such a fight and actually overpower a Pleiades maid—seems Overlord isn’t a one trick pony after all. Didn’t wind up saving best ninja and Climb’s one true lover (seriously Climb, take the snu snu offer already), but hey, cannot fault a good and honest attempt. Plus with Evileye still hanging on for some additional thrashing, we haven’t seen the last of this fight just yet.
With a random Demiurge-Ainz showdown now looming, the real fun is just getting started.