The second episode is not as exciting as the first but it’s still quite engaging. We see Sasha and Connie return to their respective villages in the south while Eren and company leave Sina with the priest, Nick, in tow.
Armin speculates that titans may not be able to penetrate walls made of titans. When Maria and Rose were attacked, it was the gates that were destroyed rather than the walls themselves. Plus the construction of the three walls are oddly smooth, leading him to think that it may be made out of the same kind of material that Annie enclosed herself in. That pretty much means that it’s titans who have been protecting the humans until now and ain’t that a blow?
Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Hange and Levi take Nick with them in hopes that he’ll his change his mind and reveal what he knows of the titans in the walls if he sees the carnage of the titans himself. Eren yells – I missed that – and Levi unsubtly threatens to blow a hole in the guy. But Nick is stubbornly silent. Old guy’s got some serious guts even if we want to punch his face in for it.
Elsewhere, Sasha heads towards her village alone. We see a flashback of her with her father in the days after Maria’s fall. They were hunters but the influx of refugees from Maria drastically affected their livelihood. Her father considered changing their ways but Sasha refused to let go of her culture and conform to the wishes of outsiders. Her dad said she could stay in the forest if she wished but that it also meant she’d have to survive on her own and not ask for help even if she’s in danger because she can’t expect others to be there for her if she’s not there for others. It’s all one big lesson on how humans are social animals.
In the present, she reaches a new village and comes across a house with a titan in it, eating a woman as her child sits there in shock. Sasha takes an axe to it like an utter badass. It’s no use though so she takes the kid and runs. The kid says that everyone else escaped but no one came to help despite knowing that the kid’s mother had bad legs.
Cue another flashback, this one from Sasha’s trainee days. In contrast to the first one, here we see a Sasha who has changed. She’s abandoned her native speech and adopted a more formal style. The frecked-girl-who’s-always-with-Christa-and-whose-name-I-almost-accidentally-mentioned-here says that Sasha shouldn’t be ashamed of the way she is and should just speak naturally. I swear it’s the most aggressive pep talk ever. Meanwhile, Christa-the-Goddess says that Sasha is free to choose the way she wants to be.
This has no importance whatsoever to what’s going on with Sasha right now. Even she acknowledges that. But guys, keep this scene in mind. It’ll be very important shortly from now and then again a long time from now, maybe in season 3.
Once again, back to the present; Sasha lets the kid escape and stays behind to take on the titan by herself with a bow and arrows. Some shots miss but she manages to get one of its eyes. Then there’s only one arrow left. She is completely badass in the following scene. She’s terrified, she’s unarmed except with something that’s all but useless against titans, she’s even shaking too hard to shoot properly… and yet she soldiers on and bodily slams the last arrow into the titan’s remaining eye. If that’s not amazing, then I don’t know what is.
Right after that, she runs away and comes across a group of riders with her father as well as the kid from before among them. He says she’s proud of her – damn yes, he should be – and all is well.
For Sasha. For Connie, not so much.
He too rushes to his village but along with other Corps members. Unfortunately, he finds ruined houses and no sign of life. There’s no blood or bodies either but that’s not as much of a relief as you might think. He goes to his house and finds a titan right of top of it.
Everyone freaks out for a second before they find out that the titan’s limbs are too puny for it to so much as twitch.
So then…how did it even get there?
Another good episode and the questions keep piling up. Armin raises some good concerns about the titans and Sasha’s segment caters nicely to the action part of the show. The real mystery is what happened at Connie’s village. If any of you’ve got any theories about that, please share.