Izumi and Edward face Greed, but he realises it’s time to run. However, he left it too late as the Fuhrer, King Bradley arrived with a team and has ordered the extermination of Greed and his team of chimaera.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 14) – Those Who Lurk Underground
Izumi and Edward are ready to fight Greed, but he turns and runs. Unfortunately, Izumi is having one of her episodes and that stopped Edward from following. That’s when the military arrived and locked the place down. It’s not just the military though. The Fuhrer, King Bradley is leading the charge and isn’t planning on taking any prisoners.
Greed attempts to fight back, but he’s no match for Bradley. He does manage to knock off his eyepatch which revealed an eye with an ouroboros symbol on it. When Greed’s men arrive, they rush to help but are mercilessly cut down by Bradley. Alphonse who had been kidnapped by the team held Martel inside his armoured body. She was desperate to get out and help, but it would be certain death.
However, Bradley approached Alphonse which gave Martel the chance to try to strangle him. She failed and was cut down inside of Alphonse. This terrifying and brutal experience awakened his memories of meeting the being after they tried to resurrect their mother. Sadly, there were no clues to regaining their bodies.
King Bradley delivered Greed to a mysterious underground facility where he was joined by Lust, Gluttony, and Envy. He revealed to Greed that he was Wrath. That was when their father offered Greed the chance to rejoin his team. When Greed refused, he was melted down and reabsorbed into his father’s body.
What did you think?
King Bradley has been slowly giving himself away for some time now, but this was the moment that everything was confirmed. He is a member of the evil group with the ouroboros tattoos, but surprisingly he’s not the boss. No, that is the man that looks remarkably like Edward and Alphonse’s father! Could he be the same man? It’s possible, although he’s over a hundred years old. Clearly, this is the person attempting to create a country-sized transmutation circle so that he can create a perfect philosopher’s stone.
We also know that they need someone that has attempted the tabooed practice of creating a human as Alphonse and Izumi are candidates for the sacrifice. I don’t think Izumi believed his sincerity one bit and will no doubt find a way to stop him. It would also appear that Edward and Alphonse just learnt about Major Hughes, but then, they’re already a little suspicious of Bradley.
What have you learnt?
It was fairly obvious that Bradley was somehow involved in the diabolical plot that seeks to use Edward as a sacrifice. I thought he would be the one in charge, but it was an interesting twist to make him just another henchman for someone much more sinister. The fact that he melted Greed down and then drank what was left is a pretty crazy idea. The idea was crazy, the execution was something else entirely.
I like that Edward and Alphonse have been wary of Bradley for quite some time and now we know why. It didn’t answer all the questions though which is great because there are a lot more episodes to go. I’m curious how they are going to stretch this out now that we know about Bradley. It’s going to be fascinating to watch, especially as someone that is looking to create a longer series.
Other posts in the series
- Series Review
- Episode 1 – Fullmetal Alchemist
- Episode 2 – The First Day
- Episode 3 – City of Heresy
- Episode 4 – An Alchemist’s Anguish
- Episode 5 – Rain of Sorrows
- Episode 6 – Road of Hope
- Episode 7 – Hidden Truths
- Episode 8 – The Fifth Laboratory
- Episode 9 – Created Feelings
- Episode 10 – Separate Destinations
- Episode 11 – Miracle at Rush Valley
- Episode 12 – One is All, All is One
- Episode 13 – Beasts of Dublith
- Episode 14 – Those Who Lurk Underground
- Episode 15 – Envoy From the East
- Episode 16 – Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms
- Episode 17 – Cold Flame
- Episode 18 – The Arrogant Palm of a Small Human
- Episode 19 – Death of the Undying
- Episode 20 – Father Before the Grave
- Episode 21 – Advance of the Fool
- Episode 22 – Backs in the Distance
- Episode 23 – Girl on the Battlefield
- Episode 24 – Inside the Belly
- Episode 25 – Doorway of Darkness
- Episode 26 – Reunion
- Episode 27 – Interlude Party
- Episode 28 – Father
- Episode 29 – Struggle of the Fool
- Episode 30 – The Ishvalan War of Extermination
- Episode 31 – The 520 Cens Promise
- Episode 32 – The Fuhrer’s Son
- Episode 33 – The Northern Wall of Briggs
- Episode 34 – Ice Queen
- Episode 35 – The Shape of This Country
- Episode 36 – Family Portrait
- Episode 37 – The First Homunculus
- Episode 38 – Conflict at Baschool
- Episode 39 – Daydream
- Episode 40 – The Dwarf in the Flask
- Episode 41 – The Abyss
- Episode 42 – Signs of a Counter-Offensive
- Episode 43 – Bite of the Ant
- Episode 44 – Revving at Full-throttle
- Episode 45 – The Promised Day
- Episode 46 – Looming Shadows
- Episode 47 – Emissary of Darkness
- Episode 48 – The Oath in the Tunnel
- Episode 49 – Filial Affection
- Episode 50 – Upheaval in Central
- Episode 51 – The Immortal Legion
- Episode 52 – Combined Strength
- Episode 53 – Flame of Vengeance
- Episode 54 – Beyond the Inferno
- Episode 55 – The Adults’ Way of Life
- Episode 56 – The Return of the Fuhrer
- Episode 57 – Eternal Leave
- Episode 58 – Sacrifices
- Episode 59 – Lost Light
- Episode 60 – Eye of Heaven, Gateway of Earth
- Episode 61 – He Who Would Swallow God
- Episode 62 – A Fierce Counterattack
- Episode 63 – The Other Side of the Gateway
- Episode 64 – Journey’s End