Edward returns home and finds his father, Hohenheim standing over his mother’s grave. He asks why they burnt down his house. Were they running away? However, there’s one more question that needs answering!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 20) – Father Before the Grave
Hohenheim didn’t exactly seem bothered to see Edward or that they burnt his house down. He seemed more interested in asking questions and issuing warnings. He believed that Edward and Alphonse burnt down the house so that they could pretend it never happened. Edward refused to believe it, but there must have been some doubt in there.
As Edward slept, Hohenheim spoke with Pinako about what happened at his old house. He wanted to know if they were sure that the person they created was actually their mother. What colour was her hair, her eyes? Did anyone check before they disposed of the body? Of course, Edward overhead all of this. It played on his mind until he couldn’t take it anymore.
Edward and Pinako went to the site of his old house and started to dig. They kept going until they had recovered most of the body. It was undoubtedly not their mother. If anything it was more likely a male body with black hair. Surprisingly, that seemed to relieve some of the pressure on Edward. He even phoned Izumi and asked her about her child that she tried to revive.
When he got back to central, he told Alphonse about what happened and then said that he believed Alphonse’s body was still in the void with the Truth. Maybe he could still save him. Edward then received a follow-up call from Izumi. She told him that the thing she created could not have been their baby. She thanked Edward before hanging up.
What did you think?
Not a lot happened, but there’s a lot to process. The fact that Hohenheim warned Pinako and told her to flee this country tells me that he knows that a disaster of epic proportions is coming. Quite possibly some sort of huge sacrifice in order to create a new philosopher’s stone. I do wonder exactly what he’s up to. This act seems to be counter to that of someone that is intending to kill the entire population of a country. Could Hohenheim be working against King Bradley?
The person that consumed Greed certainly looked like Hohenheim. Maybe there’s much more to this than we’ve seen so far. I’d also question why he gave Edward the information that pushed him forward. There are lots of moving pieces and slowly they are coming together. I can’t wait until I can see the complete picture. I do love a good epic story like this.
What have you learnt?
So the body they created was not their mother. Then who was it? Alphonse confirmed that when he returned from the void, he could see Edward from within the body. We know that the law of equivalent exchange means that you can’t create something from nothing. Surely, that means that when they created the body, it needed a soul, and Alphonse was where that came from. Presumably, you can’t create one from the ingredients they had gathered.
If that’s the case, what happened with Izumi? Where did the soul for the child come from? I’ve got some darker ideas and I don’t really want to bring them into the world so I’ll let you think about it for a while, but in order to create something, you must first destroy something else. This really is a fascinating world with an intricate and well-thought-out story. Sure, we have more questions than answers, but that’s great. It’ll keep us watching.
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