Per usual I’ll start with warning people that this will contain spoilers. I’ll try to start with some spoiler-free thoughts though.
Let’s begin with the usual question, did I enjoy this episode: Yes/No.
I did, so the answer is yes.
This was the final episode of this volume. Now, was the last episode a sign that they lost their momentum of this volume? Would an excellent volume have a weak end to it?
Well… No. Luckily no. The last episode was the lowest point of this volume, and it’s as if this episode didn’t care much about it, as it just did its thing quality-wise and my lawd, was this glorious.
I don’t think there was a final to a volume quite like this. Usually, it’s action scenes and conclusion, although with the last volume it ended up on a cliffhanger. What about this finale?
While there’s plenty of action, there’s also a lot of things that belong in a start or an end of a season/volume/show. It’s not a normal episode and it’s aware of it. It’s made on purpose with a certain message and a very clear undertone, as well as different pacing. This is really all I can say without spoiling anything.
From now on, expect spoilers.
We begin with team Jnr vs Neo.
It starts with Neo trashing Ren and Nora and then Oscar going at her (Neo). It
doesn’t go too well for him and the lamp gets loose. Both of them reach out for
it and Oscar is the one catching it. Neo goes for him, but Jaune steps in and
force-pushes her back. Team Jnr+o regroup and attack again. With Nora and Ren
getting ready to attack, and suddenly Oscar throwing himself to grab Neo’s
legs. As the attack connects… it turns out it was all an illusion that shatters.
Then they get approached by an Atlas soldier and they start to run.
jump to Penny/Winter vs Cinder. Penny attacks but Cinder just grabs her fist
with her Grimm-arm, I assume it’s a big thing considering Penny is like a super-strong cyborg thing right? Right. She then proceeds to throw Penny into a wall
As Cinder starts to walk back into the room, Winter suddenly attacks with birbs
followed up by a more direct attack. As they cross blades, Cinder comments on how all
atlas elites are the same. She comments on how them (Atlas) keeping power means
they will keep it forever, but it just makes “us” (the rest I guess?) hungrier
for it (power). She then proceeds to kick the fuck out of Winter.
Just in time for a save, Penny throws one of her swords at Cinder only for her
to follow up on all that hunger metaphor with how she refuses to starve. They
fight for a bit and considering its 2 on 1, Cinder clearly outmatches them,
although the numbers keep things fairly balanced. Apparently, Cinder knows that
too so she just tackles the fuck out of them GOES THROUGH A WALL AND OUTSIDE
THE BUILDING with them. Also, Cinder can fly now. Regardless Winter falls off
and it’s an aerial battle between Cinder and Penny. OR IS IT, it’s not. Winter comes
back on… I’m not sure. A bull griffin? Well something awesome, that’s for sure.
They continue the fight for a bit and at one point Winter gets knocked off of
her creature thing (I’m sure some people will know the name of it) and gets hit,
losing her aura as she falls down. Penny flies to grab her, and Cinder
understanding she has a free hand to go grab Winter maiden’s power and flies back
into the building. Winter, of course, is pissed saying her life doesn’t matter
and Penny simply states that she disagrees with that.
Jaune’s group, they still run but it’s clear that Oscar isn’t keeping up. After
going through the twisted maze that is the academy Oscar gets lost
and as the atlas soldiers approach he gets saved by… Nora, pulling him into
safety. OR IS IT, it’s not, it’s Neo. He then does a slow-mo dodge back as an
umbrella tries to stab him (Oscar). As he flies back he notices that Neo has
the lamp. After the attack, she starts to run off. She stumbles upon Jaune, who’s
confused and Neo uses that to her advantage as she just jumps over him.
Next on her patch is Ren who has his weakness for Nora used against him, making
him unable to attack Neo looking like her (Nora). Neo beats him to the ground
and continues her run. As Ren gets up he has a “realization” face. Sadly the
Neo pursuit is stopped as Atlas soldiers catch up to them. They start to run
and as they do, we see Ren crying. We briefly cut to the Atlas soldiers as they
run, and one of them is holding a lamp.
We cut to black
where we hear some loud banging metallic sounds, only to see Cinder’s face.
They talk and the Winter maiden is confused, saying she was waiting for something,
but isn’t sure what she was waiting for. Cinder answers it was her she was
waiting for and reaches out for her with the Grimm-arm. But before she could
even touch her, the winter maiden grabs the arm, and Cinder is unable to get
free. Cinder tries to stab her but is pushed back by the power of the winter
Maiden, who turns into a fuckin tornado of ice and power and starts attacking
Cinder. She then summons cold so… Well, cold, that it’s too dangerous to come
near it. Winter and Penny land on the roof, seeing the fuck off tornado and
Winter explains that this is the power of a fully realized Maiden. Sadly she
can’t get close because the cold is too much for her. Penny realizing she’s
more durable than humans jumps into the tornado.
Jaune’s group once more, Oscar apologizes. Jaune says it’s fine. Ren starts
losing his cool, as he says they weren’t ready to become huntsman. Nora says
that’s not true, and he snaps back at her, saying that if that was true, they
would still hold the lamp. Now Salem and Ironwood have the relics and they have
NOTHING (Insert meme here). Jaune tries to get him back in line. The awkward
situation is interrupted as their scrolls get a sudden voice message from Penny’s
creator. Apparently, Him, Maria, and team RWBY have stolen a ship and will try to
run away. Sadly, soldiers catch up with Jaune’s group and they have to get into
a defensive position and wait. As they do, Jaune’s hit with a realization that
Oscar isn’t with them. We cut to Oscar communicating with them and telling them
that there’s something he has to do alone and they have to go on without him.
with Penny, as she’s in the eye of the storm, or something. Well, she’s in the
tornado. She manages to get to the Winter maiden. She touches her and that gets
her attention. Penny asks if she’s alright, and the Winter maiden explains how
she was waiting till she was ready, how she lost track of time, how she had to
protect the power of the winter maiden. But now she’s ready. Penny asks if she
understands what it means. She says she remembers she will be gone. The tornado
ends and the Winter maiden falls, Penny runs up to her and holds her. She asks
her name and Penny answers. She then asks if Penny is the one. Penny looks
behind, shocked at the question, and before she can answer we cut to Ironwood.
hears the elevator and he assumes it’s Winter. He starts apologizing, but as he
turns around he realizes it’s not. It’s Oscar. Ironwood asks who he has the
pleasure to speak with, and Oscar says it’s just him. They talk about trust and
how Oscar wants to get it back. As Ironwood asks if he came to fight, he
answers that no, that’s exactly what Salem would want. He then explains how
holding his staff calms him down, but he puts it back onto his belt. Ironwood
asks if he still thinks if he’s afraid, Oscar answers that they are all afraid,
but gets interrupted as Ironwood breaks his calm demeanor. They have what we
heard for a few episodes, how abandoning Mantle is screwing up any hope of
reuniting Remnant and how surviving of a few won’t mean much, which Ironwood
counters that it all won’t matter if Salem wins. It all gets interesting once
Oscar calls out and calls Ironwood by his name, James, and says he’s as
dangerous as she (Salem) is. Ironwood goes silent for a moment. Only to tell
him that James is what he is to friends. To him (Oscar) He’s the General… AND
FUCKING SHOTS HIM, apparently the impact of the bullet pushes Oscar into an
endless pit, as we see his aura twinkle.
Penny, she still can’t give an answer, but it took too much time, and Cinder gets
into the icy bubble that was created. As she yells how the Winter maiden is
hers, she extends her arm, only to have it cut by Winter, who also comments “no”
as she sees the Winter maiden and Penny. It has to be painful as fuck for Cinder as she
starts screaming. It takes a bit for her to regrow the arm, after which she
goes into a frenzy, attacking Winter. Winter lost her aura, as such after a
short spar between the two, there’s blood.
The next part is very chaotic, on purpose of course, as we cut between various scenes
with dramatic music playing in the background.
Maiden closes her eyes and Penny takes her hand. We see some sort of energy
flow between them.
We briefly cut to Oscar who’s just falling down an endless pit, as he’s about
to give up and close his eyes, we hear Ozpin, as his eyes glow for a brief
moment. That seems to empower the boy as he tries to reach out for the staff
that’s floating next to him.
Back to the Winter maiden scene, Winter (Not the maiden) is trashed around and
ends up on the ground. As Cinder approaches her with a knife, most likely to finish
the job, we see snowflakes and ice in the air in front of Cinder, who turns
Oscar manages to grab his staff.
We see Penny open her eyes and there’s power in it, assuming she got the Winter’s
Oscar focuses and the staff starts rotating its clockwork inside of it.
Cinder is furious that someone else got the power, but the scene gets
interrupted as Weiss yells out after her sister. The camera pans up and we see
Ruby and Weiss.
Oscar’s staff starts to glow and the glow covers the boy’s body.
Back with Cinder, she goes furious and looks like she’s about to attack, but
she glances at Ruby and her silver eyes and grows afraid. She then gets btfo’d
by the silver glow.
Finally, Oscar with his newly found powers turns towards the ground and I
assume tries to bounce off with the refreshed/newly gained power.
Finally, we cut to black.
As we have
the black screen, we hear… Ozpin’s voice(?) I question this since it was so
long since I heard him. He starts explaining how every creature on this planet
We briefly cut to see Oscar just falling among some orange background.
We cut back to the Winter maiden scene, where we see that Cinder had to run
away, as we see a burnt place in the frozen dome and her nowhere to be found. As
Ruby falls to her knees from the exhaustion of the silver attack, Weiss runs up to
Winter. Winter is pissed off and asks “What did you do.”
The voice continues by saying we underestimate fears power even though it’s so
Penny is sad over the death of the winter maiden and Ruby runs up to her asking
if she’s alright, asking what happened. Penny answers that she’s gone. Winter says
that’s not true, that she’s part of her (Penny) now.
We finally see what’s going on with Qrow and Robin. The Atlas soldiers arrived,
with Qrow just calmly standing there and Robin waking up.
The voice continues by talking about the fear of getting close to someone, fear
of losing someone, fear of failure.
We then cut to the airship as Jaune’s group runs in. As they do, the ship immediately
flies off. Yang asks where’s Oscar and the relic.
The fear talk goes on, explaining how the more people depend on you, the more
power those fear have.
We cut to arrested Qrow and Robin, Qrow holding onto the bloodied badge of
The voice says that the fear itself isn’t worthy of concern. That what we
should be concerned about is who we become while the fear overcomes us.
We briefly cut to Oscar falling and growing confidence.
We then cut to the Winter maiden scene once more, where Winter is telling them
to surrender, Weiss answers how they can’t and Winter suggests they run. Weiss
doesn’t want to leave Winter because she’s hurt, but Winter answers that she’s
not leaving her. That she’s just giving them a head start. After that, she uses
the communicator and calls for medical back up as well as reinforcements. Weiss
comments how they all have to carve their own way, at that point the airship they
stole flies by. Apparently, Penny joined them in their run away.
The voice cuts in once more, asking if we’ll forgive them if we’ll understand why
they did the things they did. If we’ll even recognize the person, or if the
person will be what we will become to fear.
As the voice goes on we see a few scenes. We see a pretty warm scene of Ruby
leaning against Penny and Weiss grabbing her (Penny’s) arm. We see Ironwood getting a
text message from Winter how “It’s gone.” And how Neo delivered the artifact to
Cinder, who seemed to be very much offhand about it, which upset Neo. We see
that Watts isn’t dead, he’s in a cell and he smiles as he sees the black storm
We see Oscar landing by using his powers, he starts talking about this power
and these memories, saying how Ozpin is back and how he saved him. Ozpin
retorts by saying that it’s Oscar who saved them. Ozpin seems to want to
apologize or talk about something, but Oscar stops him and tells him that all
he wants to know is how they can save Atlas next.
Back on the rwby airship, we hear radio
communicates about reading about hostiles and how they can’t be right. We cut
to see a dark cloud filled with red lightning. Among that, we see a big fucking
whale, a Grimm whale that is, on top of which Salem stands, smirking.
This is how you make a final episode to a season/volume. I most likely said this before, but I really came from low expectations if I said it before. This was just beautiful to watch. It wasn’t just a bunch of action scenes or talky scenes that concluded certain things and started new ones. No, it was, in a way, more artistic. It felt special. It’s hard to explain it without sounding pretentious or like I’m trying to overblow this. It wasn’t the best thing since underwear, but it was impressive, well done and it did its job of concluding a certain part of the story and rolling straight into the next one.