Step 1. Titans attack.
Step 2. Shouting.
Step 3. Struggle over whether to stay or run away.
Step 4. Shouting (motivational speech).
Step 5. Dinnertime.
Step 6. Shouting.
Step 6 (optional). Killing titans.
Step 7. Shouting.
Step 8. BS internal struggle.
Step 9. Shouting.
Step 10. Cliffhanger.
Step 11. Shouting.
Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy the show. But it’s been rather repetitive. And this constant argument over whether they should run away or fight the titans is getting really tiresome. I get it. Titans are scary. But if you run away you’ll die too. It’s not even a particularly interesting argument… nor are the speeches particularly inspiring. Same thing with Armin and Eren’s internal psychological struggles. It’s been twelve episodes, get over them already.
And the shouting. Once in a while it’s great. It’s very effective at ratcheting up the tension. But when every other line is delivered screaming? Not so effective.
All these issues are amplified by the fact that the show is moving at a snail’s pace. You’ll note that at the end of this episode, bogus psychological issues aside, we’re at essentially the same place we started.