HOLY. SHIT. What an episode!! Attack on Titan delivers another nail biter that leaves us begging for more. As usual, SPOILERS for the most recent installment in the Attack on Titan series.
Coming off of last weeks episode, we knew that the Scouts were in for the fight of their lives. Surrounded by Titans, cut off from any feasible escape route, Captain Erwen and company know that they’re going to need to strategically fight their way out of this mess if they hope to see tomorrow, and obviously not everyone will be so fortunate. What this episode does well though is give us hope for a brighter future. While I doubt this is bound to happen, it’s nice to live in this moment where some semblance of victory seems within reach for Eren and friends.
The first chunk of this episode focuses on Erwin’s strategy for handling the Titans, and it sets up the next god knows how many episodes in doing so. While this one focuses on Eren taking on the Armored Titan (we’ll get to that), there are a lot more moving parts that will make this plan a winning one. Levi has to take on the Beast Titan all by himself after all, so I’m sure that will be an episode in itself. Aside from that, the horses need to be transported and secured so any remaining Scouts have an escape plan.
Bertholdt is yet to be seen so the Colossal Titan is still in play somewhere. Not to mention they still need to plug the other hole in the Wall. Needless to say, I think this season will primarily revolve around this battle, showing us a new side of it each week, at least for a while, that is.
The clash between Eren and Reiner is simply fantastic. The writing in this show still kills it, delivering great one-liners for Eren that really drive home what this fight means to him. Eren rolls in with a new bag of tricks this time around too, and while I won’t spoil it here for anyone, Reiner is nowhere near prepared for it.
Eren doesn’t take the Armored Titan down by himself though. This episode also spends its final moments showing off the new weapon all the other Scouts get to utilize, the Thunder Spears. A Thunder Spear is like a tripwire bomb was put into a pike. These long shafts of metal are plunged into the Titan and as the Scout passes them by they pull a pin that detonates the tube. It causes devastating damage, but it is unclear if it’s enough to take down the Armored Titan at this point.
We mentioned in our Story So Far piece that a recurring theme in this show centers around “hope”. With the show leaving us with a bitch of a cliffhanger, it remains to be seen if this is a strong first win for our heroes. What it does do is re-instill that familiar feeling that leaves you cheering for the good guys. That glimmer of hope that maybe, finally, Eren and his brethren are about to turn the tide on these monstrosities. We’ll just need to wait and see.