Episode 4 revisits the narrative of the gods and their games, emphasizing how they shifted from their dice play to creating worlds and beings, a symbol of a world ruled by both design and chance.
The episode plunges directly into action, featuring Goblin Slayer’s newly formed party of five outside a goblin lair. Goblin Slayer instructs the party to mask their scent with goblin blood. The elf absolutely despises this notion but what else can she do
Within the lair’s tunnels, the team’s dynamic becomes clearer. The priestess’s observation that the lair was perhaps a reclaimed man-made fortress hints at the goblins’ growing threat and adaptability. However, a moment of tension arises when Goblin Slayer remarks on the absence of a shaman, suggesting a more formidable leader could be controlling the goblins.
Amid their exploration, the party discovers a captured elf in a goblin breeding chamber, a grim reminder of the atrocities goblins commit. After finishing off that goblin, the team discovers a map that shows the general layout of the fortress.
Navigating deeper into the cave, the party stumbles upon a chamber filled with dormant goblins. The group then employs magic to silently eliminate the threat. However, their relief is short-lived as an ogre, who received the goblins from the demon lord’s army, confronts them. This sentient being’s presence was behind the more coordinated threat behind the goblins’ activities.
The subsequent battle with the ogre showcases the strengths and vulnerabilities of Goblin Slayer’s team. From the priestess’s protective magic to the dwarf’s earth spells, each member brings a unique contribution. Yet, the ogre’s strength and regenerative abilities seem to overwhelm them. In a climactic turn, Goblin Slayer reveals the power of the magic scroll he had acquired earlier. By connecting to the sea’s crushing depths, the scroll releases a devastating jet of water, cutting the ogre down.
As the episode closes, the group’s journey back to town allows for reflection. Conversations between the priestess and the elf highlight the enigmatic nature of Goblin Slayer — a figure driven by an obsessive mission but also capable of unexpected kindness.
This episode is about what happens within the lair. It starts off with the normal goblin slaying but after discovering the imprisoned elf with the breeding room, it takes a darker tone regarding victims of goblins. The episode also started focusing on the reaction of the high elf within the party and her reactions to what happened with the imprisoned elf. The fight with the orge is also a pretty neat fight. The action scenes aren’t anything crazy but they’re definitely serviceable. The climax of the fight is also pretty well made but it’s less about the physical attacks themselves and more about Goblin Slayer’s wit in utilizing what he has. Overall, this episode was a fine Goblin Slayer episode.