Now that was awesome. No matter the hit or miss animation right now, no matter how much better Wit might have been, when SnK fires on all cylinders and teases the carnage yet to come, I am going to enjoy every moment and eagerly await more. After all, this season is just under halfway finished, and what’s to come, well, let’s just say it makes this look like a walk in the park.
As promised last time, Eren was going to claim the War Hammer Titan, and claim her he did. At least after letting the rest of the Paradis crew show what they’re made of. Whether or not the likes of Zeke, Reiner, and Pieck are expendable tools not deserving of the fate in store for them, it’s hard denying the satisfaction which comes from watching Levi finally get his comeuppance against Zeke or seeing Porco slowly realize how letting his anger get the better of him likely will cost him his very life. Also Reiner going full fatalist and now openly wishing for death, but that’s a bit of catharsis which will have to wait for next week. Right now it’s all about Eren smashing the unholy hell out of things; he’ll get to Reiner when his number pops up on the board.
Not to be left out of things either are some remaining character appearances, with Armin’s debut assuredly the most explosive of the bunch. Yes, the pun is terrible, but I’m not taking it back when Titan nukes are back on the menu. Hange too is finally back in all her eccentric glory, with her appearance in particular answering the question how every one of the good guys intends on getting back home in one piece. Well, those who managed to survive the haphazard Marley counterattack. We’re still early days in grasping the fallout from Eren’s attack, but without a doubt Paradis has shown that Titans and anti-Titan weaponry in isolation aren’t enough on their own to overcome a group thoroughly experienced in asymmetric warfare. To stop Eren from quite literally walking over Marley and destroying what it has built—i.e. by initiating the Rumbling—will need some imaginative thought, and Marley’s leaders unfortunately don’t have all the time in world to think.
It’s just a question who among them will be the first to start taking action and see what works.