I found this episode wonderful, but when I went to the reddit discussion to alleviate my need to discuss through reading others' discussions, it was practically empty! This episode was just great! Just as we're losing ourselves in Oriku's OPness (face it, the guy is using his intelligence to cross levels, but even the burnt corpses survived his desperate fight) this episode hits us in the face with how the characters are fallible. The prince is extremely righteous, and his morals are as unbending as Oriku's but he finds himself on the chopping block, and his last minute recanting is too late to save him. Meanwhile, Oriku's treacherous servant yet again sacrifices his morals to preserve his own life by licking the guy's foot, but he's pushed one stop further when told to decapitate his friend as he begs for his life. It's too much for the servant, but he's gone too far to turn around, as to not follow through is death. Meanwhile though, Oriku's fellow shinden deshi, who has neither the prince's morals nor the servant's self-preservation instincts, bursts in and slaughters all the evildoers because they didn't give her the pretty dress they lured her with (they probably wanted to make her a sex slave tbh). She has none of what the other two have, but she has power and talent and that settles everything. It was just awesome, and it's a shame the discussion was so dead. I'm really glad I remembered I had this series on hold.