Attack on Titan season 2, episode 7 review. (This review contains spoilers).
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.
After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls.
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Episode 7 starts of with Eren having a flashback, back to when he was training with Reiner and Bertholdt before he joined the Scouting Regiment. They talked about their goals and themselves, which when the flashback finished, made Eren angry as he realized that they were both traitors.
Eren has changed into a titan and has engaged a fight with Reiner as the armoured titan. But, it seems like Eren is losing. Not only does Reiner have more strength, but he seems to be in full control of his titan body and knows how to fight properly. Unlike Eren, who is already blinded by his anger.
The Colossal titan, in the meanwhile, has appeared on top of the war and the remaining people of the scouting regiment are trying to kill Bertholdt who is inside. He manages to eat Ymir, who is still in a coma, and another soldier. Hanges and the others try to cut his neck, but before they can, Bertholdt erupts in hot steam, forcing everyone to retreat until they have no choice but to wait until the titan body dissipates into steam.
The scene changes for a bit, and we see Krista and Connie trying to retreat since they have to weapons to fight with. Connie, who seems unaware of how the situation become like this, asks the soldiers protecting them to save Bertholdt and Reiner, who he thinks is stuck in all the chaos. This just shows how Reiner and Bertholdt’s betrayl is something unbelievable to everyone, especially since they had been training together for a long time.
The scene switches back to Eren, who tries to stand up against Reiner, but fails multiple times. His anger is his driving factor, but it doesn’t help him too much as he gets knocked back by Reiner. He has another flashback, but this time to the place where Annie had fought with him.
Recalling what he had learned from Annie, Eren rises again and fights better, managing to lock Reiner in place. We see Eren having better control of his body and he begins to win against Reiner, cracking his enemy’s armour.
However, before Eren can tear off his head, Reiner screams and the remains of Bertholdt’s titan body falls from the wall above where Eren and Reiner are.
This episode was very intense as we see Eren fighting with Reiner. There wasn’t a lot of plot development, but we see Eren progress further as a titan as he manages to control his body. The episode was very chaotic as everyone was scrabbling and confused as to what was happening, but I felt that depicted the whole series very well. There are still a whole bunch of questions unanswered, but the plot is progressing and I want to see what the purposes of Reiner and Bertholdt are and why they are doing all of this.