Armin, Reiner and Jean are left stranded after their encounter with the Female Titan leaves them with only one horse, but are soon saved by Christa who arrives with extra horses. They wait for the order to withdraw, but to their surprise they discover their operation is continuing albeit heading in a different direction. Meanwhile, news reaches the center group about their right flank being annihilated by the Female Titan as the latter continues to wreak havoc within the formation. Soon the whole formation reaches the Forest of Giant Trees with only the center row entering it while the rest defend the forest from Titans. Eren realizes something is wrong when his squad has no idea what Erwin's orders are and what Levi is doing. As the Female Titan chases them at their heels, the squad desperately await Levi's command to attack but Levi instead tells his squad to cover their ears as he fires his flare gun.