Recap: With Kains and Yoruko dead, Kirito and Asuna try to find culprit. When Kirito reasons that it’s impossible for someone to have committed these murders within a safe area, he figures out that Yoruko and Kains have faked their deaths. Yoruko and Kains have planned everything just to get Schmitt to confess to his crime. Their plan backfires when a PK group appears to kill all of them. Kirito manages to save them and they find out that Grimlock has played a larger part in the events surrounding the former guild.
So we find out that Yoruko and Kains have staged their deaths. By piercing their armor and letting its durability decrease, they were able to make it seem like they died by teleporting as soon as their armor expired. That’s just so clever! This is one of the reasons why I like this series so much. Instead of just focusing on fighting, weapon skills, and portraying everything like a typical MMO world, we get a plot like this that’s simply amazing.
I’m surprised that Kirito is so observant. He’s was able to figure out Kains and Yoruko’s plan as well as figure out that Grimlock was behind Griselda’s death. He probably wouldn’t have been able to figure out everything without Asuna though. She’s the one that brings up the fact about items expiring and marriage. It’s also cute that they’re spending so much time together. They compliment each other quite nicely.
I think that was such a beautiful ending to this episode. Even though Grimlock was possessive and his actions were unforgivable, he still believes that he did it out of love. When we see Griselda’s ghost, she didn’t look angry or regretful. Instead, it seems like she still loved him despite everything that happened. It somewhat gives us closure.
We find out more about marriage. When marrying someone in SAO, it’s pretty much like marrying someone in real life especially because it’s not really a game anymore. You’re agreeing to open yourself up to your partner as you might find out about a different side to your partner that you didn’t know. You also share your inventory with each other so there’s nothing you can really hide from each other. Anyways, we learn about Kirito and Asuna’s view on marriage, which nicely sets us on a path to them eventually getting together.