Warning, Major Spoilers Ahead
Give me a second — I’m still trying to process everything. I’ve mentioned how fast SAO’s plot moves before, and this rings truest in this episode. It’s epic, but it’ll leave you saying, “Did all of that really just happen?”
I knew something was off when last week’s epic boss was beaten within the first 30 seconds. Well it turns out that the head knight is the creator of the game. Wait, what? Yeah, something was strange about him when he dueled with Kirito – but that was totally unexpected.
Now, I would have known this if I read the light novels, but the reveal wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. I’m the kind of person who can’t watch a movie if I’m too familiar with the source material.
Anyway, Kirito fights the creator, Asuna dies, Kirito dies, comes back to life, kills the creator, is reunited with Asuna, the creator reveals he just did all this for kicks, and then it’s game over. All of this happened way too fast, and yet this was easily the best episode of the series (so far). Everything was perfect, the action, the drama, the romance, everything.
Luckily this isn’t the last episode, it’s just the end of this arc. Although, it will be interesting to see where things go from here. I doubt it’ll just turn into a slice of life romantic comedy now that the game is over, so don’t get your hopes up. (Rating: 10/10)