Volume 5, Chapter 8: Alone Together

RWBY: Volume 5, Chapter 8: Alone Together

Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are each entangled in journeys of their own, but they all share one destination: Haven Academy. Whether it's the promise of ancient relics, mystical maidens, or simply more power, it's clear that the stage for the next great battle for Remnant has been chosen. The question is, with so many players in this game, who's going to come out on top?

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  • SpinjitzuMaster51

    6 days ago

    No No No NO!!! Don't just leave us hanging like that!!!!

  • Platniumpersona

    6 days ago

    so if like ghira kills the fox bros then wouldnt they become martyrs ..

    • midnight_hunter

      6 days ago

      sadly yes

      if the belladonna family died they would be martyrs for the peaceful cause but if the fox bros died then they would be martyrs for the revolutionary side although the WF martyr will be more noticeable because they get messages across

    • zehd

      6 days ago

      But WF attacked the Belladonnas so people might finally see some truth or if they already seen the truth but did not move, when the people finds out they might finally join the Belladonna Cause.

  • petch123

    6 days ago

    is Ghira..... related to tuchson??????????????

    • asgolds88

      6 days ago

      Probably a similar variant of Faunus. 

  • petch123

    6 days ago

    SHIT JUST GOT REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chiktikka

    6 days ago

    Ilia wanna be a lizard overlord so bad +^_^+

  • awmercer

    6 days ago

    Well this week got intense. Small rant of thoughts on the episode.

    Also spoilers so I'm covering most of this, even though everyone should already have seen the episode.

    Well three fourths of team RWBY are still picking up the pieces a little but at least they are recovering together. Weiss makes me happy, I mean I honestly think she has become the most developed and cultivated character in the entire show. She is so much more compassionate, independent, and open than the beginning of the series. And now, she is trying to support her teammate while trying to understand the teammate she was most at odds with. Her listening to Yang and then giving us her version of loneliness was heartfelt and she didn't take away from Yang's feelings or emotions. I also like that she beat Ruby to the punch with Yang. 


    Blake, is the main focus of the episode no matter where you are. I like that she is trying to hear out her former friend and peacefully resolve the conflict. Plus she has so much more trust in Sun it is wonderful how he waited and came in when she needed it. Speaks a bit about her own development. I both like Ilia and dislike her, for the right reasons at least. She shows constant hesitation trepidation over her actions because she can't decide how to identify herself, which mirrors her abilities, until she makes a decision and lashes out as a result. Also I'm thrilled that we have an LGBT character officially in here. I just kinda wish it were under better circumstances, I guess. 


    Also I don't know about all of you, but while I am terrified of what is to come in the ensuing battle, I am really, really, really, hoping we get to see a pacifistic Panther eat some Foxes that think they are bigger than they actually are! Also protect Bellamomma, she's the last good mother the show has. Unless we meet Jaune's mom or something. Point is, keep her safe and get out of her house. Also check on the guard and someone squash queen Arachne and goon #2 when they get there. I have a feeling Blake and Sun are going to end up fighting Ilia and Captain Falcon before they get to the house.


    And finally, I know this show is about team RWBY and I know that it should be mostly about the strong protagonist female leads, but can we get some interaction with Jaune? I know he's not a favorite but I love him as a character and he's basically been stuck on mostly moody teen for the entire season. I actually think Ren has had more lines than him so far. Or at least longer dialogue than two sentences. Ren, the quiet one. And he just seems so withdrawn now, someone needs to help him! Can we have him maybe talk to Yang or Weiss about how he is dealing. Maybe he can bond with Yang about how they don't have their partners with them, and Jaune can make Yang happy about being able to still find her partner or something like that. Or he could talk to Weiss about how he also felt alone because he never really was a trained student to begin with and basically lied his way this far. Point is, I'm an invested fan with the power of literacy and if you didn't want to see this I'm sorry. If not hope you enjoyed it! 

    • caylis

      6 days ago

      Even better, echo the early volumes with a scene between Jaune and Ruby, where both of them open up and get (some of) the development they are sorely lacking. 

    • awmercer

      6 days ago

      I like how you think

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

      6 days ago

      Petition to call the winged Faunus Captain Falcon from

       now on lol

  • cosplayeur_roux

    6 days ago

    So... that happened...


    1. The Bees took a massive smack!

    2. There were rumors from the beginning that there would be LGBT characters in RWBY, and RT has finally delivered on that front!

    3. GHIRA!! BEAST MODE!! HYPE!!!!

  • thotpatrol

    6 days ago

    so ilia says fear snuffes out hate when in reality it instigates it because people hate the ones they fear and that creates a cycle of tyranny and revolution 

    • StevenChenZh

      6 days ago

      You and I have the same idea. When Adam appeared in volume 3, he though oppressing humanity it's the only way for the faunus to live peacefully. Before the season finale, it would....temporaly. It would get them good lifes, but at the expense that sooner or later the oppressed humans will rebel, overthrow them and oppresse them again. It would repeat all the time, creating only a bloody endless cycle of revolutions that would only get innocent people die for the selfishness and lack of mutual understanding of the leaders. With the revelation of Salem, Adam is just basically making the anahilation of everything easier to Salem, but he is too blinded, enraged and selfish to realize that and when the time comes he will realize he doomed his race for nothing

    • SaxNinja

      6 days ago

      AYUP. I didn't like Ilia from the start, and now she's just spouting the same backwards garbage thinking Adam does. I guess Ilia is super into wannabe Hitler types.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      I greatly enjoyed that conversation with Ilia, but amongst all this focus on the romantic reveal, I'm worried we won't point out weaknesses in the full scope of the scene.  Ilia's lines felt very stilted at moments.  Particularly "You know what snuffs out hate?  Fear."  It doesn't sound at all like an angry young woman being torn apart by her conscience, being guilt-tripped by her ex-crush, or raging against a world that doesn't care about right and wrong.

  • shadicnion500

    6 days ago

    Holy shit Blake's harem just keeps growing.


    also its nice to see an actual confession for once, and an actual talk about Blake having a crush on Adam.

  • Jonah12710 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    I can't wait to finally seeing all the mysteries and missions back in action, we've spent a little too much time at confirming conspiracies...which is cool..but I'm sure craving some good solid Adventure.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      What we've definitely spent too much time on this season is recapping stuff we already KNOW.

  • Dark_Gamer_062

    6 days ago

    Ghira I officaly love you now

  • hidden0chaos

    6 days ago

    Loved the Zootopia reference

    • dj782

      6 days ago

      Where was the reference?

    • Makverus

      6 days ago

      I would assume it's the bodyguards being a rabbit and a fox. 

    • regperson22

      6 days ago

      Wait, you mean the nocturnal district?

  • Faeble_

    6 days ago

    Reading comments below and one said that it’s been confirmed by Jeff that the songs aren’t cannon and that fans take them too seriously. Well if that’s the case then what part of the songs should I take seriously if the songs are about the characters? Especially songs about Weiss like.. Some parts of the songs must be cannon otherwise why do they exist other than to just.. have original music? You know..? It doesn’t make sense lol and if they’re not cannon then whats the point of making songs about characters? Shed some light on me plz.

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

      6 days ago

      Jeff has said the songs are have no canonical significance. That being said, they can still be based around the types of characters and have some similarities to their lives. That's one of the many beauties of music. Songs can be interpreted different ways based on factors such as the listener's experience or the images with which it is paired. For example, I recall that Jeff has said that when writing All Our Days, featured on the RWBY Vol. 2 album, he was writing it for his daughter, but since we know it in the context of RWBY, we might tend to think it reflects the relationships between characters in the show, which is why I think of the song as being about the bond between Yang and Ruby.

    • KevSB07

      6 days ago

      Think of it like this: The songs are based on certain characters, but cannot divulge new information about them. This being said, it means that all of the talk of Mercury's past in "I'm the one" might not be true, although I think it still is. 

  • zonemonboy

    6 days ago

    Why am I getting bad vibes from Ghira preparing to attack the two monk faunas? RT, please be nice? I haven't felt this vibe since the Pyrrha vs Penny battle.

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

      6 days ago

      I believe you may be remembering a similar combat ready position. That of a character named Tucson from Vol. 2, ep. 1, a character for whom the fight didn't go well.

  • yangxiaolong866 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    wow, i was so shocked, to find out what Blake dad is. and it is awesome. i can't wait to see the bad guys get destroyed in the next episode

  • Gregory_DeGraphics

    6 days ago

    So, Illia was in love with Blake!? Okay.

  • tpatterson

    6 days ago

    Ilia: I was always Jealous of the way you looked at him. I guess I just wanted you to look at me that way.

    My Brain: Mentaly comprehending please wait...3...2...1 WAIT DOES THAT MEAN WHAT I THINK IT DOES?!!!

    • cosplayeur_roux

      6 days ago

      It probably means what you think it does.

    • woofff

      6 days ago

      "Blackamelleon" ship Ready to sail sir! Awaiting for order to sail

    • davyt_0247 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      Yup it does

  • alexm1239

    6 days ago

    Spiderman, spiderman does whatever a spider can

    • Gregory_DeGraphics

      6 days ago

      Technically in this case, it's Spiderwoman

    • smmk118

      6 days ago

      Minus the spidey-sense as well, or that little ambush would not have worked as well.

  • NightStar_Force

    6 days ago

    Ok what’s with aura lately? If the officers and white fang had aura how come they keep collapsing from a blow that isn’t to the head? I know that it doesn’t take away pain but usually a hard enough hit to the head would knockout a person, remember Yang vs Neo, but getting shot on the shoulder and not faceplanting onto the ground but was KOed, shot on the back and chest


    I mean shouldn’t they be back up or still conscious if they had aura? It could be that they didn’t have it or was drained of it. I liked the episode by the way but this kinda bothered me.

    • tpatterson

      6 days ago

      Aura has to be activated/discovered remember in volume 1 how Pyrrha (RIP) had to activate Jaun's aura and in this volume Oscar is being trained to use his by Ozpin. Just because they are gaurds doesn't mean they can use there aura

    • NightStar_Force

      6 days ago

      Ik how Aura is discovered/ unlocked I’m just saying my opinion on how odd it is, Like does it mean the guys are dead because they’re Aura is unlocked that they died? I mean where’s the hint of blood?

    • HallowedEssence

      6 days ago

      I was thinking about the same thing when Blake knocked that faunus out. I'm assuming these people haven't unlocked it 

    • tpatterson

      6 days ago

      If there aura is broken or is not in use they are mortal like you and I so a shot to head heart etc. will kill them or they can take non lethal injuries like cuts bruises head trauma etc. and the hint of blood is they get shot and they dont move or stand back up again thats a good indication that they were out of aura and are dead or knocked out but more than likely dead as for bat man (XD that was funny in my mind) it might just be that he had no aura or didnt use it. Im not a auratoligist so i cant realy say mutch beyond this but this is all what i have figured out about how it works mainly from volume3 vital festival i just put two and two together and figured it out

    • Jonah12710 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 days ago

      As said in the story there aren't many take can actually use aura, only those who have been trained in the direction of become a huntsman/huntress.

    • KevSB07

      6 days ago

      Everyone has an aura, but you have to have training to be able to use it as a shield. As Ren says, "It takes intense concentration at first, but in time it will become second nature, allowing you to deflect attacks and gradually heal your wounds." These gaurds' only aura ability would be the use of dust, which we know is only useful when activated by someone's aura. When someone is using some object such as a weapon or machine, they naturally activate it with their aura, which I believe to be the reason as to why the food didn't break or behave like edible food during the food fight in Best Day Ever. I also have a suspicion that Adam has some form of dust in his hair, which would explain why it glows at times, but I have no proof for that, I just thought it would be cool.

    • Crystalize

      6 days ago

      Aura is basically justified plot armor.

    • asgolds88

      6 days ago

      I just go with the idea that aura needs to be consciously active and even then unless a person is well trained in it it won't do much aside from absorb one or two bullets. I assume the guards either had their's worn down or deactivated for whatever reason. Plus when watching them be shot there was no obvious blood or injury so maybe their aura did absorb the round but left them weak enough to be unable to continue fighting.  

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      RWBY still has capability for fantastic fights like with Tyrian and the Nuckalavee, despite some over-dramatic proclamations.  But scenes where there HASN'T been any attention paid to the fighting are obvious, and do take us out of the show.  Trifa (the spider woman) and her partner were knocked out with single blows.  But compare them to the showdown with the Malachite Twins, in the Yellow trailer:  A pair of club dancers, with no real role in the show, managed to give and receive more blows than the elite assassins of the White Fang.  How can that be?  


      Also worth noting that half the blows in that scene relied on people coming in from off-screen.  Blake is knocked down by someone landing on her, Sun takes out his target by landing on them, and Trifa is taken out because Blake grabs her from outside the shot, then we cut to a punch.  This seems to be a trick to imply that a blow is powerful without making the effort to account for however-the-heck Aura works

    • EZ-E590 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 days ago

      From TVtropes.org


      • One common fanon interpretation of Aura is that it is a form of 24-Hour Armor: a shield that is always on and will deflect incoming attacks. This actually goes against how it is depicted in the show, where characters are frequently dealt knockout or even lethal blows by attacks that come abruptly or without warning, such as Coco getting knocked out by Emerald in their battle in the Vytal Festival or Yang's injury from Adam's sudden sword strike at the end of Volume 3. Ren clarifies in Volume 5 that it takes a conscious effort to use Aura for protection; with enough training, it can eventually become second nature.
    • NightStar_Force

      5 days ago

      Ugh I didn’t say it carefully.... Ik aura Ik how it works ... but based on how it looked in those moments doesn’t it seem odd? Anyway thanks for the explanation

  • the_order

    6 days ago

    Fuck, this episode was good!

  • MaalikSmith

    6 days ago

    Well chameleon girl gay for Blake and Daddy about to go savage

  • BassBone247

    6 days ago

    The moment at the end where Ghira was getting ready to fight Corsac and Fennec really reminded of Volume 2 when Tukson tried to fight Emerald and Mercury (not in a 'death flags' way).


    Maybe it's just because they're both 'big cat' faunus (Tukson is a puma and Ghira is a panther), but my headcanon that Tukson is a relative of the Belladonnas is slightly strengthened.

  • kevin16242

    6 days ago

    So blakes friend is gay for her but also super emo and is goona kill her family, WTF ROOSTERTEETH

    • tpatterson

      6 days ago

      Rooster teeths loyal navy of subcribers just built a knew war ship to add to the pile and its The USS blake x ilia

  • Ardax

    6 days ago

    Don't kill the Milfadonna or the Big Daddy! Please! Blake is tormented enough without their deaths!

  • Desert_Wobbuffet

    6 days ago

    Well the White Fang poked the Panther and now he is definitely pissed.

    • tpatterson

      6 days ago

      Im not tryin to make up any animals here but It looks more like a warthog to me. 


      (Rvb reference XD)

    • jedi_mercenary

      6 days ago

      tpatterson, why warthog? I mean, he doesn’t really look like a pig. I think he looks more like a puma

  • Song8ird

    6 days ago

    Its nice to see how Blake has changed as a person. The old Blake would have gone by herself, but because she has learned to let people in and not push them away she did the smart thing and brought Sun along for backup. 

  • augustthemagicking

    6 days ago

    I think we will be expecting a snake and fox getting skinned next episode.  He will be wounded but those two fools are fresh meat.

    • DragonTurtle2

      6 days ago

      I know that the Albain brothers are foxes, but who is the "snake?"

  • wildstar956

    6 days ago

    Girha is a BEAST!!!!

  • Its_N8_Again

    6 days ago

    Fuck yeah! Beast Mode activated!

  • Firestar7

    6 days ago

    rip bumbleby and blacksun. Miles said that Like Morning Follows Night and BMBLB aren't canon. At first I didn't know hwat he meant and now i realize...

    • Song8ird

      6 days ago

      Well none of the songs are actually cannon. Jeff Williams has said this himself. I forget the specific quote, but I think he said something like "Fans take the songs too literally" and they don't actually confirm anything. So, that doesn't mean Blacksun or Bumblebee can't happen in the future, but at the same time it doesn't mean they will.

    • Desert_Wobbuffet

      6 days ago

      When was this?

    • NightStar_Force

      6 days ago

      I guess the only way to have it canon is when a ship occurs with the pairing kissing and the song about it turns on

  • LeifAshryver

    6 days ago

    Looks like Ghia plays the Yakuza games

  • thelastcolorsaur

    6 days ago

    At first I was surprised that Ilia had a Blake crush but then I realized, it literally just proves that Blake literally loved Adam...

  • thelastcolorsaur

    6 days ago

    Sorry for spamming literally

  • Mighty_Spoon

    6 days ago

    Holy Jeebus! I can't wait for next week! Also, did anyone else notice the spider faunus' silver eyes?

    EDIT: I see that they're blue now. Darn, I thought things were about to get really interesting.

    • Gregory_DeGraphics

      6 days ago

      Sorry dude, checked the concept art in the credits. They're blue.

  • Cactoos

    6 days ago

    Yuma: "well done sister Trifa"

    Rooting someone that is not only immobilized, but within point blank range should be praised? Any other WF member could've just made a lasso and do the same, and that would probably be more reliable than spider girl's ability.


    Also - hype for the fight(s) that are about to happen next episode!

  • henrycool01

    6 days ago

    10:28 One last thing I'm noticeing alot more insect Faunus. 

    • LeifAshryver

      6 days ago

      well they've already got bird, fish, mammal, and reptile, so I'd say it's safe to assume that there can be a faunus for any real creature.

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

      6 days ago

      It's interesting because, in a world where there is no DNA limitation on inter-species breeding, how do a human and a spider mate?

    • META_374

      6 days ago

      I want a bird Faunus next or better yet, a mythical, ancient, or dinosaur Faunus

    • Crystalize

      6 days ago

      How about a unicorn faunaus. Dragon faunaus are already a thing now so shouldnt be a probelm.

    • careychang2c

      6 days ago

      @Crystalize: Those are bat wings

    • zehd

      6 days ago

      Waiting for a Jurasic Faunus

  • peoplelikesgrapes

    6 days ago

    I heard thousands of bumble bee shippers cry out in pain and then suddenly silenced

  • robertoman

    6 days ago

    alrighty then Blake's dad is op as balls


  • thelastcolorsaur

    6 days ago

    Y'know when Oscar is like, I want my cane back, and qrow just kind of nods understandingly? That's what I did when this episode ended.

  • henrycool01

    6 days ago

    13:54-13:55 That was great Ghira can fight well.

  • Pocparks

    6 days ago

    ghira at the end looking like the wolf among us im SHOOK


    also really nice scene in the middle there with weiss and yang im so happy they're finally interacting.


    i dont know why blake has so much faith in illya when shes done nothing but betray and let her down, i knew shes most likely being forced into it but from blake's perspective right now she's just some ex friend that ruins everything for her but she keeps giving illya second chances for no reason.

    idk but that frustrates me alot, illya in general frustrates me alot because it seems like shes in the way of the blake in the white fang with adam flashback that ive been waiting for since volume 3.


    Also both illya and adam seem like terrible matches for blake because its like theyre both blaming blake for their own feelings, like damn its not her fault you turned into an abusive asshole adam/ she wasnt into you illya 


    also quick question has anyone other than yang and blake seen adam/know who adam is? if so since hes in mistral could RRNJ end up accidentally passing him by or something like that, that would be interesting


    this was a pretty good ep imo, i hope nothing bad ever happens to my girls

    • Pineappler

      6 days ago

      I don't know that Blake necessarily has faith in illya, more that she was trying to get information from her. I only say this because she called on Monkey man Randy Savage like an ambush, suggesting she intended on being put in the position she was in.

    • Nardgo

      6 days ago

      When Blake dies, Illia should bury her just so she can let her down one last time.

  • rwby_rt

    6 days ago

    DAMN Blake's dad is scary.

  • roosterclaw

    6 days ago

    Ghira is soo going to die 


  • serpentax2001

    6 days ago

    so. adam's in mistral, this isn't good, especially for yang's mental state, or for weiss really, i predict that she's gonna get either kidnapped (again), or become a MASSIVE target for the fang, also, spider faunus, nice, was expecting something more like the spider chick from the anime living with monster girls (at least i think that's what it's called),but at least this doesn't trigger my arachnophobia, so that's cool, frezzerburn shippers must've had a field day with this episode, and finally, RIP faunus police, you died as you lived; as background characters without a name

    • LeifAshryver

      6 days ago

      i guess, but we already knew adam was in mistral from last season. Hazel was sent to talk to him and he got oscar a train ticket.

    • GPedia

      6 days ago

      Monster musume?

  • Fr0zen12

    6 days ago

    I hope Ghira turns those stupid white fang preists into nice fur rugs. Anyone else with me on that?

    • Cmoney37

      6 days ago

      I can get behind that idea

  • henrycool01

    6 days ago

    Also I get the bad feeling that one of Blake's parents is about to die. )": I hope to Jesus I'm wrong please Jesus let me be wrong here. fearful cold_sweat fearful

  • henrycool01

    6 days ago

    #1 So is Ghira a lion Faunus. I'm still confused about that. Also did Ilia mean look at me like you look at Adam in the form of a great comrade/Fighter or gay lover?

    • descends_from_shadows

      6 days ago

      Ghira is a panther Faunus. He alludes to Bagheera from the Jungle Book. Seriously bro? They were already friends and she turned pink! Duh...

    • Gregory_DeGraphics

      6 days ago

      Gay lover, totally gay lover

  • descends_from_shadows

    6 days ago

    Yo, on some real shit, when the fuck are we gonna see Sun's gunchucks again? It's been four Volumes!

  • maizewolf124

    6 days ago

    holy  cow blakes dad is  badasss  ! i think he beast    form beauty and  beast

    • raynaninja

      6 days ago

      Blake's dad is Bagheera from The Jungle Book, Adam is Beast from Beauty And The Beast.  


      Go to the RWBY wikia, where they list all the character references.

    • Gregory_DeGraphics

      6 days ago

      No, he's Bagheera from Jungle Book. Adam is supposed to be Beast. I get why you'd think that though.

    • GPedia

      6 days ago

      He's more likely to be bagheera from the Jungle Book, from his faunus traits and his name. 

  • noisetower

    6 days ago

    People talking about Blake and family while I'm here wondering when Weiss change her perfectly symmetrical hairstyle for her usual off-center one. Is it another sign of her distancing from her father and his gilded cage?

    • blakhoel616

      6 days ago

      Weiss has always had an off-center ponytail, and yes it is indeed a symbol of rebellion. The only time we see her with a centered ponytail is in her volume five trailer, which is also the earliest we've seen Weiss timeline-wise

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

      6 days ago

      Pretty sure it was when she left home at the end of V4