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The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

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The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10 Review – Quick Summary

In The Dawn of the Witch episode 10, “Snack Time”, Kady, the young assassin the church sent into the village to kill the witches, failed in his task. Even worse, from the church’s perspective, Kady realized he had been lied to. Unfortunately for Coudeau and Holt, the church anticipated that. They had taken precautions. How will Kady react to the church’s failsafe? How will the Tyrant react? And can any of them respond in time?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10

The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10: Lily just wanted Kady to enjoy the meal.

Despite how much effort she had put into cooking, Lily would rather it go to waste than to upset her guest. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Lily is a sweet character. We have seen her be kind and gentle to everyone. She also loves to cook. In this episode, Coudeau wanted to give Kady a lesson in using facts to make decisions. So, he asked Lily to cook a meal. Coudeau shared that meal with Kady, who admitted it was delicious.

Lily asked him which dish he liked the best, and he couldn’t answer. It wasn’t because he didn’t have a favorite. It was because he liked all of the dishes! That’s when Coudeau pulled Lily’s hood down to reveal that she was a Beastfallen.

“Sh-She’s a mouse?!” he said, obviously freaked out (03:52). But his outrage cooled quickly as he realized that he honestly had enjoyed the meal.

Lily, though, was worried that Coudeau’s action had troubled Kady. So she said (03:52), “You can puke it up if you’re grossed out.”

Lily’s heart was in the right place.

Best in Show Moment for The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10

The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10: Lady Hearthful met the Tyrant on his terms

Lady Hearthful decided to use an example instead of argument. It was super effective! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Communication is Hard Enough without Active Interference

How can we communicate? Pretty broad question, I know. Let me narrow it a little. How can we communicate if we are on two sides of a political, or a religious, or an ideological divide? Especially when one or both sides are not only convinced they are right – but that the other side is nothing short of ravening demons?

It’s a question I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It’s one of the themes in the book I’ve written and the series I’m planning writing. Even though both sides share a common language (e.g., English), neither side can even agree on a vocabulary. A term one side uses becomes an insult to the other, and vice versa.

The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10: The Tyrant tried to understand Lady Hearthful's perspective

The Tyrant could not understand how the Lady Hearthful could work for witches. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I liked the answer this episode came up with. My favorite quote came from a scene that provided one example, in fact. Another was from my favorite moment. It helped that the show has tried to humanize even a character as cruel as the Tyrant. We got to see that as a child, he wanted to please his father, but his father beat him regardless of what he did. That set his expectations for interactions with other people. It broke him, in other words.

As the Tyrant sat against a boulder and watched the children try to catch fish, Lady Hearthful stopped beside him. He asked her if “Hearthful” was a northern name, and she confirmed that it was. She even complimented his knowledge of surnames.

Delivery: Lady Hearthful Met the Tyrant on His Terms

Based on his own experience in life, he asked her why she had come to work for a village of witches when a witch had unleashed such horror in the north.

“If a hunter killed one of my family members I wouldn’t hate all hunters,” she said, her eyes on the children (14:37). She even said that to eliminate the threat of that one hunter, she might become a hunter – and learn how to hunt without hurting children.

That was a good answer. She met him where he was, and she took his assumptions forward to show how she would put her own mark on them. And her mark didn’t include generalizations or stereotypes.

The Dawn of the Witch Episode 10: Lady Hearthful's approach included protecting children

Lady Hearthful’s approach would take extra steps to protect children. Hard to argue against that! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Maybe that’s the best answer; maybe it’s the only answer. Maybe in the end, there’s no answer. But she was still in the fight. She’s still grappling with the question. I’ve decided to draw some hope from that.

What did you think of the battle at the end? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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