The main focus of this episode is on the politics taking place within the walls. What appears to be a final judgment for Erwin turns out to be a catalyst for a coup d’etat.
And… wow. This episode proves just how much of assholes the current leaders in power are. Sure, I already knew this from reading the manga, but seeing it in animation really emphasizes just how terrible these people really are. Oh, and I really loved how Erwin threw the charge being leveled against him into the leaders’ faces. They so deserved that.
But, it’s refreshing to see that even after the success of the coup d’etat, Erwin still has lingering doubts. To me, this is realistic. From what we saw earlier, Erwin has his own motivations, but he also brings up some moral and ethical questions for himself and for the audience to ponder.
While this episode focused more on the political side of the story, it doesn’t mean that it’s boring. Yes, there’s a bit of talking… but, there’s also some action when the coup d’etat gets underway. This may not be an action-packed episode, but it’s not a boring one, either.
Levi and the other Scouts who are with him play a rather diminished role in this episode. We primarily see them right near the end, when Hange is giving them, as well as the audience, some important backstory about the Reiss family.
Eren, on the other hand, basically only appears in one of the final scenes. Since we see this in the preview, I will say that this final scene is setting up something important that will be happening in the story. So, for those of you who really aren’t fans of Eren, you may not enjoy next week’s episode as much because he should be playing a bigger role in the story again at that point.