Well this is it, the truth (and the thing every SnK fan has been waiting to see) is finally here. Or, well, mostly, because while we certainly got truth bombs and (un)surprising looks at world outside the walls, quite a bit is still tantalizingly left just out reach. SnK may have finally reached the promise land, but it’s going to milk this development (and all the accompanying shenanigans) for all it’s worth.
Considering how vital the Basement has been to SnK’s mythos up until this point, the show sure didn’t make too much of a fanfare around it. Barring some quintessential Eren moments (key doesn’t fit? We’re doomed! Nothing in the drawer? What stunt is dear daddy pulling?) it was an unassuming, if heavy moment far detached from the carnage and tough decisions of last week. Sure there were no Titans clogging up the works this week, but the emotional toll was no less prevalent between Eren’s and Mikasa’s walk back to the house and the memories experienced along the way. Reminiscing after all can be cathartic, providing a way to come to terms with what happened and recognizing just how far one has come in that time. Eren for example may completely different from his first season self, but guaranteed part of him never left that house or Shinganshima; returning and collecting the truth was the only way to bring proper closure to that part of his life. Might be a small thing overall, but in this world of colossal threats, every bit of mental stability helps a lot.
Speaking of the mental fun and games to come, there’s also Armin’s changed circumstances to contend with. No question I expect some challenges on the part of our newly promoted strategist before all is said and done (that Bertholdt memory isn’t going to be fading away anytime soon), but considering how well Armin took it so far, I don’t expect too much trouble when the time comes for the kid to actually use his new Titan power. For all the success had so far in securing Wall Maria and finding the truth of outside world, there’s simply too much left at stake for everyone to rest on their laurels. Our big monkey and Reiner are still at large, the Scout forces are pretty much gone, and someone on the blue team has yet to properly venture beyond the walls—oh yeah, there’s a lot of story left to go, and quite a bit waiting for its reveal.
Kind of makes you happy knowing we’re going to get one serious history lesson next week doesn’t it?