This episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood finally wraps up most of the loose plot threads of the series. While it does lag behind the previous episodes in terms of drama, as the main conflict has already ended, it provides a proper ending to the series (Conqueror of Shamballa was a very poor ending for the first anime series!).
The first half of the episode begins immediately after the conflict, with Roy getting ready to become Fuhrer despite his blindness. However, Dr. Marcoh visits him and offers to give him the Philosopher's Stone if he allows him to be part of the Ishbal restoration movement. He accepts, also using the Philosopher's Stone to restore Havoc's ability to use his legs. This was a nice touch, as I was surprised to see that the show didn't forget the side characters.
I also thought it was nice that Scar finally let go of his bigotry and joined forces with the military in order to restore Ishbal.This is much better than the ending to the first anime series, as Scar never actually turned into a good character and remained an enemy to the military and Edward Elric till the end. His death in the first anime also seemed to be contrived, as he died due to actions that were very out of character.
Meanwhile, Edward and Alphonse finally meet up with Winry, an event that I thought was a bit dragged out. I understand that this is a very emotional moment, but why the hell is this moment dragged out so long? Otherwise, it was a nice scene, even if I never really cared for Winry that much in the first place.
The second part of the episode was the best part of the episode, as it takes place two years after the events of the first half. I was surprised to see Edward settle down a bit, while Alphonse decided to learn more about Alkahestry and explore the Eastern nations. That said, Edward later leaves Resembol and decides to explore the West, meaning that while he may not be an alchemist, he still wants to explore the world and not stay at home all day.
Overall... this was a great episode! While I understand that it could have a few more things could have been wrapped up, it's nice to see that the series has finally ended.
Rating: Great Note: Definitely going to review the FMA Brotherhood movie that was just green lit!!!!