As you could probably tell from the title, “Old Story” focused on two very important flashbacks, which helped flesh out the politics of this world in a way that’s only been hinted at so far in this anime.
In last week’s episode, Sannes detailed to Hange about all of the killings that the Military Police had committed in order to keep the peace behind the walls. He mentions three in particular: a teacher who knew too much, a “whore” from some ranch, and a couple who tried to escape via balloon. In “Old Story”, we learn about two of these events. The “whore” was Historia’s mother; the teacher was Erwin’s father. (It makes me wonder if the couple in the balloon will end up being significant later.)
Things are starting to come together with this knowledge. Erwin’s father knew that the history they were taught was a lie. He passed that information onto his son, and they killed him for it. Erwin joined the Scout Regiment to learn the truth and avenge his father’s memory. Meanwhile, Historia’s mother was killed for the simple reason that she had the misfortune to get pregnant by the rightful ruler of the kingdom. I mean, she was 100% a terrible mother, but she didn’t deserve to die because of it. Historia was given a new name and spirited away… and then she joined the Scout Regiment, which I like to think was a giant f-you to her scumbag of a father.
“Old Story” moves the current story along nicely. I’m a fan of the pacing so far this season, as we’re only three episodes in to a 24-episode season and already so much has happened. Erwin has been arrested and framed for murder, and the Scouts are all being rounded up and imprisoned. It seems as though Arwin’s declaration last week that they were all criminals now was more prophetic than he realized. Our intrepid gang of heroes seem to be the only ones left to take down the entire, corrupt government.
Hange detailed her theory about how a Titan eating a Titan-shifter makes the Titan revert to its human form. This is something I already knew but can’t remember how I found that out, so I’m going to assume it’s the first time this has actually been mentioned in the anime. If they want to control Eren’s Coordinate power, then they must have a Titan on hand. Annie, perhaps?
Erwin cemented his status as badass mofo in “Old Story”, calmly accepting being framed for murder and somehow managing to shade his accusers while doing so. The way he promised Dimo’s widow that he would avenge his death was a whole new level of cool. I’m liking that the season looks like it will be focused on both Erwin and Levi, especially considering how little Levi was in season 2.
- I thought Sannes using the word “whore” was meant to be derogatory, but from the way Historia described her mother being picked up in a carriage wearing fancy clothes, she was probably an escort or a prostitute.
- Every time someone says “listen”, Connie holds his hands up to his ears to amplify the sound. Is the poor boy going deaf?
- I hope we can trust Pyxis but I don’t know if we can trust anyone.
- Kenny is the one who killed Historia’s mother. Just how long has he been working with the Military Police?
What did you guys think of “Old Story”?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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