In To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 08, “Songstress of Sleep,” Nancy Schaal Bancroft follows Claude, Liza Renecastle, and a company of soldiers to a port town. The citizens are wary of soldiers, but Claude has intelligence that an Incarnate is nearby. While taking a walk on the beach, Schaal accidentally finds Charles, the owner of the local saloon, and an Incarnate named Beatrice. Sensing the Incarnate is gentle, Schaal finds herself forming a friendship in spite of Claude telling her that he was impressed she had been able to gun down her own father. But the skittish locals become suspicious and demand to search Charles’ saloon. Can Charles thrown them off the trail? If he can’t, how will Beatrice react? Where will Schaal’s sympathies lie?
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Best Moment in the Show
Claude’s view of this world is very different from Schaal’s. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I’m a little surprised at my Best in Show moment in this episode. There were plenty of emotional high-points, and two or three of them could easily have been my favorites. Practically anything to do with Thrice (Beatrice) qualified, especially how she died in Schaal’s arms.
This week, though, I’ve chosen to highlight a different kind of character authenticity. This episode did a great job of setting up my Best in Show moment when Claude found Schaal humming after she came back from one of her chats with Thrice. She asked him why he was doing what he’s doing, and he explains, to Schaal’s shock, that he’s Cain’s younger brother. He feels like he has to redress the wrong Cain had done to his family. In an almost bright tone, he said, “”You did well, shooting your father. I’ll do what I must, as well” (11:56).
That’s pretty harsh, right? But it was a perfect indication of who Claude was. I didn’t find out until my Best in Show moment just how perfect it was.
Schaal was looking out to the sea after Thrice died in her arms. She had stood between the soldiers and the dying Beatrice to give the Incarnate a final chance to sing. Claude was angry with her.
Schaal may have pulled the trigger on her father, but the act nearly broke her heart. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
“Let me make one thing clear,” he said (20:30). “The next time you get in the way, we’ll shoot through you.”
As he said that, I remember thinking, “Dude, you don’t know Schaal very well.”
Then he said, “I thought you were going to shoot her.”
The moment’s fidelity to Claude’s character and perspective was fantastic. It completely changed how I saw Claude; and I think it had a profound effect on Schaal, too. I’m not sure where she goes from here, but she’s definitely caught between two worlds!
What did you think of Thrice’s last song? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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