This is another calm episode in terms of action but instead we have a few new mysteries and answers to some old ones.
We’re back with Connie, who’s devastated by the state of his village. But the lack of bodies and blood rouse their suspicions and one of the senior Corps members suggests that perhaps they all escaped. Connie naturally latches on to the hope offered but their team leader, Gelgar, is more skeptical. The full stables and ruined buildings make him doubtful about the villagers’ safety. All the same, they set out to continue their search for the breach in Wall Rose. As Connie is about to go, the titan on his home garbles out a Welcome Home that stuns him and reminds him of this mother. But Reiner persuades him to continue with the mission and off they go.
In the other team headed by Nanaba, Ymir (finally named onscreen!) expresses her concern for Christa and herself as they’re unarmed. But Nanaba says that they must stay to deliver reports. What follows is a conversation between Christa and Ymir where it’s revealed that Christa shouldn’t have gradated in the Top Ten and that she thinks Ymir somehow ceded that spot to her so that Christa could go to the Military Police and be safe. Ymir doesn’t deny it but she does reassure Christa that she’s only there for her own self. How is that reassurance, you ask? Let’s just say that these two are complicated. And I love their relationship.
Elsewhere, Hannes is unsettled because they’re near that Wall and has yet to find a single titan despite the fact that the area should be teeming with them if there’s a breach.
Night falls and the scout teams are still patrolling the wall…in total dark with only torches for illumination and no idea when or how a titan might attack them. That should do a number on anyone’s nerves. Thankfully, they make it without becoming titan-chow and the two teams even end up running into each other. That would be nice if it weren’t for the fact that neither has found the breach in the wall.
With all these hints, we have to ask. Is there a breach? And if there isn’t, then where are the titans coming from?
Rather than search again, the teams decide to retire for the night in the ruins of an old castle that’s nearby.
Back with Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Hange, Levi and Nick, Hange is fondling a piece of rock that’s revealed to be Annie’s hardened skin from her titan form. For some reason, it didn’t disintegrate when she turned back. Hange earlier compared it with a piece of the Wall and found out that they both have the same composition. In other words, Armin was right last episode. The three walls are made of titans.
This gives Hange that idea that if they find the breach in Trost, Eren can harden like Annie and plug it up without resorting to conveniently large boulders. Armin takes it a step further and proposes a night-time excursion to Wall Maria for the same purpose.
That’s all nice but…can Eren harden?
(Yes, I am juvenile.)
No but really, everyone’s assuming that Eren can harden his skin like Annie and the Wall titans but we’ve seen no indication that. The best we’ve got is the odd burning thing he did at Stohess and that’s nowhere close to hardening. But I suppose we’ll see more on that later.
Soon after this, they reach a district and Nick is stunned to see the refugees from Rose. He visibly wavers but maintains that one person can’t divulge the secrets of the Wall Church. But he does give the name of a soldier – a recent cadet in the Survey Corps that the Church was assigned to watch – whose order can break their silence.
It turns out to be…Christa. Eren and his two cohorts describe her. When Mikasa mentions that she’s the girl always hanging out with Ymir, the latter’s name elicits a kinda shocked reaction from Levi and Hange.
The plot thickens!
Back at the castle, titans have surrounded the scouts and the senior officers prepare to take them on.
I just really love this shot of Nanaba
Hange and squad (not Levi though) head towards the very same castle for the purpose of assessing the wall and meeting up with the front lines.
Whew that’s it. A lot does happen in this episode even though they all just ride around and talk for the most part. But the next episode should more than make up for that.
Also, I’m enjoying the return of the OST from the first season. It’s so good.
We also get this gem after Sasha delivers a report to Hange and is given a potato in return.
Sasha/Potato is the true OTP