In a chilling cold cave amidst a snowstorm, a memory unfolds: a young boy is taunted and mentally tortured by a menacing figure, echoing the silhouette of a goblin but different who seems to be training him as well.
The traumatic recollection of the boy’s sister’s tragic fate at the hands of goblins forms a dark backdrop. However, the boy’s intellect shines through as he cleverly solves a deadly riddle set by his master, narrowly avoiding a lethal icy trap.
Cutting back to the present, Goblin Slayer wakes up, disoriented, in a room beside the Priestess. Both are vulnerable, a fact made more evident by their shared state of undress. The situation becomes clearer when Sword Maiden comes into the room and explains that this was a resurrection ritual due to how severely injured Goblin Slayer was in the last episode
And with a significant revelation, the Sword Maiden confesses her traumatic past with goblins. This moment emphasizes that even the most powerful individuals can be haunted by traumatic events, making them relatable and human.
As the episode progresses, light-hearted moments fill the atmosphere. The entire party regroups, and during a meal, Goblin Slayer is advised to fix his equipment. While on their task, a moment between Goblin Slayer and the Priestess sheds light on his psyche: he’s not just a stoic warrior but someone deeply scarred who clings to the vestiges of his past. This sentiment echoes during their conversation about his childhood and his once irrational fear of walking.
Further unfolding events introduce familiar characters, the witch and the spearman, who provide Goblin Slayer with a mysterious item to aid in his quest. A contrast is shown in the town’s farmhouse, where concerns for Goblin Slayer’s obsession clash with unwavering faith in his return.
Back in the sewers, the party confronts a monstrous beholder, a creature capable of melting its targets with a mere glance. But Goblin Slayer’s strategic mind, combined with the party’s collective strength, proves lethal. Using a bag of flour, they set up an explosion that annihilates the beholder, showcasing their ingenuity and teamwork.
The episode concludes with the discovery of a mysterious mirror, hinting at deeper layers of intrigue and challenges ahead.
This episode was just okay to me. I’m more of an action guy and this episode was mostly lore and personality establishment for the characters. The action starts after more than half the episode has already passed and the climax of the episode is more about using wits than brawn which isn’t as fun to me. Despite all the negativity, this was not a bad episode. Overall, this episode was just okay. Nothing great, nothing bad.