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Recap / Trollhunters S 3 E 10 A House Divided

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Strickler and Barbara are captured by Gunmar while Blinky and Arrrrgh! try to find allies. Meanwhile Merlin gives Jim a choice that could change his life forever.

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  • Alien Blood: In the case of Nomura.
    Toby: Blood. There's blood on the rug, and it's purple!
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Merlin reveals he has a pair of blades in his gauntlets.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! go to various troll-populated locations to recruit in the upcoming war, but none of them feel up to doing so because they think doing so is a lost cause.
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  • Cerebus Syndrome: You can tell that Nothing Is the Same Anymore when the ending credits lack the usual Ending Theme, the music gone and replaced with a heartbeat and ominous tones in the water that Jim is floating through.
  • Clip Show: During his time pondering whether to go through with it and turn himself into a troll or not, memories of previous adventure play, showing the events that led to that moment.
  • Foreign Queasine: Toby finds Merlin's request for haggis less than appetizing.
  • Foreshadowing: The episode opens with Jim still mourning the destruction of his Vespa, staring at a poster of a happy normal boy riding one. By the end of the episode, the rest of that normal life has been destroyed too.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Merlin shoots Jim's phone out of his hands with the amulet.
  • Go Through Me: Not wanting Jim to save Barbara and Strickler and prevent Morgana's return, Merlin slams the door and won't let Jim leave the house.
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: While Merlin knows various secrets of the Amulet that Jim does not (having made it and all), it is still Jim's Because Destiny Says So, so he was still able to don his armor against Merlin.
  • A House Divided: As the episode's title implies, the Trollhunters face a conflict of interest within their group. They could either focus on going after Gunmar and his armies and leave Morgana imprisoned, or free Morgana and kill her at her weakest, thus preventing any risk of the Eternal Night from ever happening before Gunmar can enact it.
  • Humans Are Special: Inverted. In-contrast to the Aesop the series (even Merlin himself in "Unbecoming"), Merlin insists that Jim being human will be nothing but a hinderance when facing Gunmar, hense why he brewed a potion meant to turn him into a troll. This eventually convinces Jim to agree to the transformation despite the protests of everyone else.
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  • Necessarily Evil: While Merlin cares about the fate of the world, he cares more about the bigger picture and is willing to risk Strickler and Barbara’s lives and let Morgana be free if it means preventing greater catastrophe.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: While defiant at first, Strickler does not agree in freeing Morgana until Gunmar agrees to let Barbara go free.
  • Point of No Return: Jim could either stay a human and risk everything, or accept Merlin's potion and turn himself into a troll permanently, giving everyone a better chance at winning at the cost of his old life.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • Gunmar gives Strickler one after the ruse fails: Free Morgana and he will let Barbara go, refuse and he will kill Barbara.
    • Merlin provides Jim a choice in regarding to. Ensuing battle with Gunmar; stay human and risk the fight, or pass the Point of No Return and become a troll permanently.
  • Spot the Imposter: Strickler isn't fooled by Usurna's ruse because Barbara has always called him by his first name Walter.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: While his friends are formulating a plan and arguing whether to go after Gunmar or Morgana, Jim is tuning all of it out, staring at a poster with a Vespa while classical music plays, Jim still mourning over his demolished vehicle.
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