Attack on Titan season 2, episode 8 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 8 begins right where the last episode left off. Eren is battling Reiner in their titan forms and Eren seemed to be winning until Bertholdt’s decaying titan body began to fall on them. Reiner bites the neck of Eren’s titan, capturing Eren himself and begins to run away. Everyone can’t do anything but watch as the steam from the fallen titan body envelops them and makes them helpeless. And Bertholdt, with a still sleeping Ymir, escapes with Bertholdt.
The scene changes to back to the villages where the other soldiers are stationed. Levi is there looking over the pastor as a soldier comes in with some news. There are no holes along the wall, and there are three people who turned into titans. The soldiers, shocked, prepare to go to the wall and aid the troops there.
Back at the wall, Armin is looking after Mikasa, who was rendered unconscious after being hit by a wave of hot steam. We get a flash of the past to when Eren confronted three bullies when he was a child to get Armin’s stolen food back. However, he was outnumbered and too weak, but before he could be beatened up, Mikasa arrived, helping him. The three bullies easily lost to Mikasa, but it turned into a brutal fight that disrupted the people around them.
When Mikasa wakes up from her dream, she immediately remembers Eren and questions Armin where he was. Armin painfully tells her that he was taken away by Reiner and Bertholdt past the wall and had been gone for 5 hours now. Both of them saddened by this fact, they muse over the fact how Eren always seemed to leave them behind and go on his own path.
Hanges encourages them that that was how it had always been and it was a good thing. This gives them the strength to carry on, especially when the reinforcements come and they start on their pursuit after Eren. Hanji directs the troops to go to a nearby forest outside the walls, where she thinks Reiner and the others will be because of specific reasons.
The last scene then shows that the forest is exactly where they are and Eren wakes up, surrounded by Reiner, Bertholdt, and Ymir. His arms and legs are missing and Reiner gives him one last taunt before the episode ends.
This episode was fantastic. Not a lot of action happened, but there was a lot of emotion and character development in this episode as we see Mikasa and Armin interact with one another. And when Hannes talked about their childhood, you could see how much it affected Mikasa and Armin emotionally.
This kind of character development really made the audience get to know them better and to relate to them. I’m looking forward to see how Eren will escape from Reiner and Bertholdt and what Reiner and Bertholdt’s intentions really are.