Edward and Alphonse arrive back at Central where Ling Yao manages to get himself arrested. Before long, they find out about Maes Hughes’ death and are grief-stricken. Edward blames himself while the real culprits are planning more!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 16) – Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms
They arrived in Central excited to see their friends and in particular to catch up with Maes Hughes. He’d welcomed them into his home. Winry decided to head straight there and see Gracia, Maes wife, while Edward and Alphonse headed to his office. However, when they got there Roy Mustang intercepted them before they could find Maes. He told them that Maes had retired and moved to the countryside in an attempt to protect them.
Only moments earlier, he’d looked down on Alex Armstrong for failing to tell them when he saw them last and now he was going a step further and actually lying to them. Riza was not impressed and even called it cruel. It was just a matter of time before they found out and how would that make Roy look?
Of course, it didn’t take long at all. Edward and Alphonse saw Maria who accidentally spilt the beans. She had no idea that Roy had just lied to them about Maes, however. Thanks, Roy! Edward was devastated and raced out of the building. He charged through the streets until he couldn’t run anymore. Alphonse caught up with him, but Edward was determined to take the blame.
They went into Maes’ house and found Winry hugging Maes’ daughter. Edward apologized to Gracia, but she refused to accept it. It was just like Maes to help someone and get himself into trouble. She begged them to continue and not make his death a waste. They thanked Gracia and left for a hotel where they could be alone with their sorrow!
What did you think?
So, apparently, Roy Mustang is considered a potential sacrifice. Does that mean he’s also committed the taboo or is it just because of his status and power levels as a State Alchemist? Who knows, but it would appear that everyone has to be on their toes with Envy wandering around impersonating everyone. Trust no one!
And here I was thinking we’d all gotten over Maes’ death back in episode ten, but having Edward and Alphonse find out later made it that much harder. The amount of time that passed and the mission they’ve been on amplified everything, not to mention that they believe he was killed for discovering more information about the philosopher’s stone. I enjoyed the re-introduction of Barry the Butcher as he’s hilarious.
What have you learnt?
Having an emotional death in a series is great. It shows that you’ve been able to connect with the audience. You’ve made the character affect them in some way and that made their death that much harder. It’s not always easy to do, but this was done very well. So, why not hold a little of that misery back so that we can all relive it once more?
I think that was an inspired decision by the writer as it gave us the time to grieve and move on. In fact, the adventure with Edward and Alphonse, the discovery of Izumi’s past, and the revelation of King Bradley’s true identity made it possible for the memories to slip away. Then, when they started to make their way back it teased us. We knew how they would react, we knew it wouldn’t be easy watching, but it’s also impossible to look away.
Other posts in the series
- Season 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