Volume 4, Chapter 9: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

RWBY: Volume 4, Chapter 9: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

It's been several months since the Fall of Beacon, and the world of Remnant is still recovering. Tensions are high, lives have been lost, and the members of Team RWBY... are divided. Each of our heroines now faces a journey of their own. While some must search inward if they ever hope to move on, others will venture out into the world in search of answers. Alongside the remaining members of Team JNPR, Ruby Rose has begun the long trek to the kingdom of Mistral, but the road ahead is full of surprises. New friends and enemies await, while the threat of an even larger catastrophe draws near.

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  • user-5610f2cd13d7d

    14 hours ago

    I hope Yang doesn't lose the metal arm

  • Alexgoldriver

    19 hours ago

    RIP barber man who cut yang's hair 

    • teamMAZE

      15 hours ago

      my sentiments exactly 

  • crimson_flare

    1 day ago

    lol Now they just need to cut off yang's other limbs and be like ha! she was actually based on darth vader the whole time!!!

    • Zarozian

      23 hours ago

      Or you know...Edward Elric.

  • tuckerdudess

    1 day ago

    never realized Juan and rens connection

    • crimson_flare

      1 day ago

      volume 2 chap 6 :)

    • teamMAZE

      15 hours ago

      they consider each other as the brother they never had 

  • axleonex

    1 day ago

    Caveat on the new character, I think it would've been better if her skin 'fazed in and out' slowly instead of shifted all at once. Just a small caveat.

  • Kat4

    1 day ago

    so as Weiss and Yang take a step forwards, Rwby and Blake take a step back. I like the title of this episode. I really hope Qrow and Sun make it. They are my favourites

  • Eclypce

    1 day ago

    Aww. Zwei is so cute in this episode!


    Taiyang fighting makes me wonder what is his weapon. I want to see him fight using it.


    Btw, how come they did not see that giant foot print before walking on it.

    • juddstonk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 day ago

      It's probably a gauntlet type weapon. 

  • Sacath

    1 day ago

    Weiss has become my favorite character now. Always had a soft spot for summoners.

    • m00n__princ3ss

      7 hours ago

      She's been my favorite character since the last volume. At first I didn't like her that much in the first two seasons because she seemed so bratty and stuck up. When volume 3 happened I related so much to what she felt and since then she's been my favorite  blue_heart weiss

  • Goldenbird1999

    1 day ago

    Team RNJR splitting up now. Ish hits the fan

  • Goldenbird1999

    1 day ago

    Blake getting answers, Weiss breaking out, Yang Training. This is what i like to see

  • Goldenbird1999

    1 day ago

    Great to see my girl Yang back in action!!!!!

  • LucentLight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Is it just me or does Zwei look diiferent

    • Kaitlyn221 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 day ago

      The new animation style lends him more expression.

  • TheCrimsonFckr

    2 days ago

    So Weiss finally activated her Stand. Neat. Maybe she can finally defeat DIO.

    • The_Hawke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 day ago

      KONO DIO DA!!

  • aeroXDgamer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Ehhh I'm calling it now, it is definitely a Grimm that Ruby and Jaune will encounter on their road. I will not say exactly what type of Grimm it is but judging from the shape of the giant footprint near the end of this chapter and the animalistic references most Grimm have, it is definitely a Alpha of a Grimm type we as the audience saw in previous volumes. Again just my hunch xD.

    • Wotster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 day ago

      See I think they are going to encounter the Tribe. That footprint was also outside Shiro village when it was destroyed by Raven's Tribe. Honestly I think that Ruby Jaune and Qrow encountering Raven at this point might not be such a bad thing; Raven has a twisted sense of family for sure but she still has a sense of family. Everybody gets one save from her, thats her rule, maybe this will be Qrow getting his one. Likewise its just a hunch

    • Akhaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 day ago

      And, if these were footprints, wouldn't we see more of them following? I think that it's a symbol for Raven's tribe.

  • noneqaf

    2 days ago

    Guys, remember that time when RWBY was about R W B Y and not goddamn Jaune? No? Me neither. 

  • thecht

    2 days ago

    Don't stray from the path...

  • thecht

    2 days ago

    Follow the yellow brick road...

  • AxonPotential FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Does anyone else think that the god of light had a contingency plan for the grimm?

  • Iceflower3

    2 days ago

    RWBY has come a long way since the first Volume, but I still find myself annoyed after each and every episode. You look at the length of the episode before watching and you think, "Oh cool, 14 minutes of RWBY!" But really it feels like much less because of all the different story arcs. We saw each member of team RWBY in this episode, and they each have their own story arcs. If Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang each got an equal portion of this episode, that's 3.5 minutes each (14/4). Three and a half minutes of screen time! That's nothing! The episodes may be longer nowadays, but the story progression has slowed way down due to team RWBY's split.


    I like this show a lot, but I will not watch it anymore until all of the Volume is released. That's the only satisfying way to watch this anymore without feeling like it's dragging on and on forever. 

  • Rwbyemerald FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    I can't find the new WoR anywhere. Could someone send me a link?

    • Cupcake190 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      I have the same problem.

  • AxonPotential FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    If Qrow dies "Justice will be swift, justice will be painful, it will be "Unfortunate!""

  • Rwbyemerald FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    are we getting a new episode today? It keeps saying it will appear "2 months ago"

    • adsamcik

      2 days ago

      Nope World of Remnant as expected this week

  • Belvoir

    2 days ago

    if I qrow dies we all die, and if he does die let him tell ruby he is her father

    • Scythe2

      2 days ago

      Ohhh my gosh literally that is the stupidest theory. 

  • nbeRO FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Why people dont like Sun? I think that he was making more sense than Blake in a long run, because Adam made it VERY clear for Blake that he WILL make his mission to destroy everything she loves, that clearly painted a target on her back. Why did she thought that by simply coming back home Adam suddenly will leave her alone? If I was in her situation, instead of "getting rest" I would alert my family and friends that they are in potential danger and should be on guard! But so long she acts like nothing happend and that everything is OK. Yet Sun understands that there are still people that are dangerous to her and everyone she cares about, and all he wanted so long is to help her and keep her safe! Of Course he was acting awkward in recent situations, he is not a part of her family after all, yet his motives are fucking noble! Now Blake should realise that she cant run anywhere from trouble, because it follows her, and it wont just disappear - she must fight!

    • datdude

      2 days ago

      I don't like sun because he's annoying. 

    • nbeRO FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      @datdude thats not the reason for not liking someone, its just his attitude.

    • Chassie

      2 days ago

      I love Sun he's awesome!

    • stacyxrwby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      I love Sun so much.... NEEEEEEEEH

    • MiaSummers

      1 day ago

      People don't like Sun because he has no purpose in the story other than being a love interest. He's a manic pixie dream guy, which is a trope that can work, but not when we have 5 main characters (RWBY+Jaune)+ a bunch of secondary characters that are actually interesting and useful in the story. 

      Also, in order to try to justify Sun being there, Blake is acting out of character. Seriously am I supposed to believe Blake didn't even consider the White Fang would be after her after what Adam said? Seriously? Why would she think that when she was completely paranoid before? She's acting out of  character even according to this specific volume!


      Basically, Sun is there for love interest and comic relief, but a love interest with no life of his own tends to suck and as for comic relief, it was just a matter of trying a bit harder with other characters. Sometimes it's not about having a character who is doing stupid stuff to be funny - it's about just delivering a good joke at the right time - it's not easy, but hey... no one said being a writer is easy (alright, probably someone has, but that person was wrong)

  • avanology

    2 days ago

    Man, this show has become waaaaaaaay depressing, but still, great writing, art direction, animation, production design. everything awesome. Except for...you know..the depressing part.

    • cgaylemarie

      1 day ago

      still loving the show but I REALLY miss the happier days T^T 

  • montech

    2 days ago

    I know i said sun should just earlier but this is what i really meant i meant that sun is not an immportant charater is more live the guy that dies first in a horror movies so i dont get why peole like him so much

    • RWBYfan_23

      2 days ago

      rwby isnt a horror movie

  • Yolocat56 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Annnnnd i don't care what happens to sun, don't like him much at all from the very moment he winked at blake all those years ago

  • Yolocat56 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    i think that tyrian will comfort ruby and jaune with a deal that if ruby comes with him queitly qrows life will be spared, and then he will backstab and kill qrow in true cliche plot twist manner

  • Catkalico

    2 days ago

    i love blakes animations for her ears when the girl says "give it to me" and blakees all like "no" and her ears go back and tbh its just so adorable. i really love blake, the animations are great  blake

  • julianfriendly08

    2 days ago

    uhh why i see is black screen?

    Do i need to use the First members?

  • Winter_Rose1738 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Please don't kill off Qrow

  • ThatNormalBunny

    2 days ago

    Don't you fecking dare let Qrow die :o

  • breckcole FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    I hate this show sometimes..

  • Uqluiorra123

    2 days ago

    Hey, look. Rooster Teeth revived Martial Arcs. Cool.

    • Pezantri FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      So by that logic, all the characters who hugged Zwei are a thing? Damn that pup has a harem

    • Eclypce

      1 day ago

      Didn't even know that pairing exists. 

  • Wolv022

    2 days ago

    If Sun   dies, we riot.

    If Qrow dies, we burn this whole production will mysteriously burn down. Just a case of misfortune is all that will happen.

    • JF1031

      2 days ago

      LET'S START A RIOT...A RIOT. LET'S START A RIOT.

    • RWBYfan_23

      2 days ago

      i feel like we will know when they are going to kill qrow when they relocate to either a bunker or they buy riot shields and bodyguards.

  • yellowturtle7

    2 days ago

    Could the old man in the maiden story be the shopkeeper in S1?

  • King_Ryan16

    2 days ago

    In trying to decipher and categorize their powers and abilities, i am getting a serious paladin vibe from Jaune. As in like a WoW paladin. He has a sword and shield, is goofy and often light hearted and did something wrong (forging his entrance papers) to achieve so much more good. Maybe he will pull off some sort of super cool healing thing. We haven't seen much in the form of necessary healing b/c nobody was hurt after their aura got broken. Also, his sword and shield are a family heirloom. A simple sword and shield has to have some sort of deeper meaning if it was worthy of being a family heirloom. 


    As for Weiss, OH MY GOD SHE FINALLY DID IT. Whitely may have come across as a little hell-bent crazy last episode (or was it 2 episodes ago?) but at least now in their (Weiss & Whitely) conversation he exerts his dominance, but isn't above reason and some good will. Weiss is definitely going on some sort of jail break mission. with or without Winter or Ironwood. Potentially with the help of Clein. (Klein? I have no idea how to spell his name) But i think RT was very specific with their wording and Weiss is going to prove whitely wrong and break out of the castle "all on her own" with the help of her "Royal Guard". 


    As for Sun, no f***ing way is he dying. Qrow MAYBE, as he has been a sort of side character this whole time, but sun is main team arguably protagonist status. I think this play is to get Blake to value Sun more. That weapon didn't look lethal, more paralytic. Iliana (The chameleon faunus girl) looked to be more a spy than an assassin, and wouldn't have a diverse elimination arsenal on her. Plus she had her scroll and was doing recon work, not assassination. PLUS they are still on Menagerie, and the populated part at that. Help is everywhere, and it didn't look like they made it that far from the house. 


    On a side tangent, i don't THINK Qrow will die, as at the end of Season 3, he stepped up and claimed responsibility for what Ozpin left behind. Which he has been working on, but i don't think is anywhere near complete, so either he dies without finishing his mission, and is all "Ruby, <insert more exposition here> you have to finish this! FOR ME!! AND OZPIN! AND ALL OF REMNANT!!!....hurkk......blaaaahhhhh" OR he lives. if put out of commission for a little bit, BUT he lives. ALSO i remember a few episodes back, Ruby did cut off Tyrion's stinger. Those things don't grow back and with it they could construct an antidote, but that probably would've been in Ren's dept, and now that they've split up, errrr, things could go either way for Qrow. 


    But now i wonder a few things. What will happen to Ruby/Jaune/Qrow, Nora/Ren, Sun, and Oscar. People are throwing in a lot of exposition ideas about Oscar and Salem and some sort of Reincarnation/Hosting for the Brothers of Dark and Light, but that would mean that war would've been raging almost eternally within the WoR (world of remnant) which sort of fits the plot so far, so i think those people may have been right. I could spit out some more knowledge about what will happen to Oscar/Ozpin (notice how their names both start with O) and Salem, but this comment is already long enough.

    • RWBYfan_23

      2 days ago

      with qrow, they will put him out of commission until a better death, he is too well liked to be killed by poison, my idea is that they will leave him at an inn to recover and then we will see him recording wor for the rest of the volume, if they kill him here, he needs to die weakening that meta grim whose footprint we are seeing, then have rwby learn to control/reveal her silver eyes thing and obliterate the grim to either potect her team or qrow then we see silver eyes thing again and have an acceptable end to the cooled person here, then they could use qrows sacrifice to try and have raven or ironwood help them or something

  • Alexrwby08

    2 days ago

    I'm really hoping to see more of Salem soon. We haven't seen any of her since episode 2 or 3.

  • Neptune115

    2 days ago

    I offer Sun as tribute for Qrow's health 

    • grantfu246 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      +vickihogan544 Bro yer account got haxed.

    • stacyxrwby FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 days ago

      Wow, alot of people don't like Sun... that breaks my heart, honestly...

    • RWBYfan_23

      2 days ago

      i offer whitley for a qrow 

      no no, people already hate whitley

      fine, i offer whitley and papa schnee

      NOBODY LIKES THEM

      fine, neopolitan

      .... ok deal

  • RedvsBluevsRWBY

    2 days ago

    Zwei looked so realistic in this episode.  Idk why, but I just felt like it deserved to be said.  Also, I think that the village was where Ren had previously lived, or had some past experience.  Just a thought.

    • TPBOO_Scrubs

      2 days ago

      The new Zwei model is fantastic, indeed

  • amusic10

    2 days ago

    Hey RT, you might want to check out the several accounts on YouTube that are ripping the RWBY eps off of here and are A) posting them on their own channels, and B) before they're released to the public. Thought you might want to know.

  • sothisismyusername

    2 days ago

    #IfQrowOrSunOrAnyOtherCharacterWeLoveDiesWeRiotButNotReallyJustPleaseDon'tKillOffAnyone

  • blade28942

    3 days ago

    if qrow dies I'm gonna flip out

  • juli0712

    3 days ago

    I love this mix witween RWBY and GoT, I hope someone dies 

  • Pittshaw

    3 days ago

    I'm gonna get hate, but i think Qrow will die

    • TheCrimsonFckr

      2 days ago

      As much as hope it's the opposite, it looks that way, yeah. And it's such a shame, because if he does die, It'd be a massive case of wasted potential.

    • PlasticBeach

      2 days ago

      I doubt it. Tyrian tried to use his stinger on Ruby even though Salem told him to bring her back alive.

    • Akhaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 day ago

      I'm beginning to get that vibe, too. Sure, his stinger was initially meant for Ruby, but who's to say that he doesn't carry his own antidote around? I'm just proposing it for the sake it, I'm really not sure...

  • montech

    3 days ago

    I just want to say why do peaple like sun so much Qrow i understant but sun seriously

    • Kupsy

      3 days ago

      Because not everyone likes the same things? I find him amusing, and he's almost the only comedic relief in the show at the moment, especially when paired with the Queen of Angst that is Blake.

  • Tporter

    3 days ago

    I hope we see tai's weapon before the end of the season.

  • Tporter

    3 days ago

    soooo a lot of people think that oz is the reincarnation of the wizard that gave the maidens their powers. BUT what if he is actually one of the many human hosts for this God of light? That would also make Salem the Dark god's host. But what about the wizard, I hear you ask. That would be another one of ozpin/oscar/light god's past lives. Something similar to the avatar cycle in atla and lok.

  • sirs30

    3 days ago

    Oh my God at 2:49 I was like "how did her arm not come off when he grabbed it like that?!?"

    • Draegunaut

      2 days ago

      Presumably Atlas (Ironwood) would build their robotic prosthesi to be a little more on the sturdy side.^^ ;) XD

      Cheers!

    • Eclypce

      1 day ago

      Yeah. I was worrying that it is gonna detach in that scene. Also, isn't it painful in her human arm because he is pulling something that is connected to her.

  • crimson_flare

    3 days ago

    good ep