Scar took Winry as a hostage and fled along with Doctor Marcoh and Mei Chang. Their goal is to pass through the mountains and hide at Fort Briggs, but there’s a problem – Olivier Armstrong has been summoned to Central.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 40) – The Dwarf in the Flask
Olivier Mira Armstrong arrived at Central and was asked by Fuhrer Bradley what happened to General Raven. Aware that she couldn’t keep everything from him, she bent the truth and told him that Raven had been blabbing about everything so she killed him and came to Central with the intention of taking his seat at the table. Bradley was amused by her ambition and allowed it.
Meanwhile, Mustang met with Hawkeye and had a coded discussion in case Pride was listening. Mustang couldn’t believe it but had no reason to doubt her. Could Selim Bradley be a homunculus? How did this all happen?
Many years ago when Xerxes was a flourishing kingdom, a being was created from the blood of a slave. Since the slave had given this being life, it gave him a name. It taught him to read and write and watched over as he learn alchemy. However, there were others that sought to use the being.
The king wanted immortality so it told him what to do. However, it lied about the centre of the transmutation circle. Van Hohenheim and the being were at the centre. They were both shown the truth and when they returned, Hohenheim was an immortal, the being had built a body that was the same as Hohenheim’s, and everyone in Xerxes was dead.
What did you think?
So, this was amazing. I am constantly impressed by Olivier Armstrong and the way she handled herself in front of Fuhrer Bradley was incredible. Although the rebellion is still coming and her men in Briggs will lead the charge. And of course, Mustang and Hawkeye have a code to talk to one another. It would have been far less believable if they didn’t, having worked together for a long time.
However, it was the flashback to Xerxes that will stay in my mind long after this episode. What was the dwarf in the flask and how did they make it from Hohenheim’s blood? As with everything, it raised even more questions, but I love that this all ties back to so many other things that have happened. This is but the first step on the road to the truth, but it was an impressive step nonetheless.
What have you learnt?
A lot of writing advice will tell you that everything you put into a story should have some purpose. It should either progress the plot, develop a character, or explain the world. For the most part, I believe that to be true. You can take this too far in either direction and the story will suffer. This episode showed us just how those things don’t need to happen instantly. Lots of these ideas can be sprinkled in slowly. Then, little by little the picture builds up until it all starts to make sense.
I’m sure we’re nowhere near the point where it will all make sense, but we are on the right path. The more answers it gives us the more likely we are to keep watching. More answers mean more questions. The cycle will repeat itself until you get to the end and hopefully, it will all make sense. This was a pretty big revelation, but there are so many more questions that need answering. It’s compelling stuff.
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