I guess the simplest explanation was the right one. The Aldnoah drive is just linked to Asseylum’s heartbeat, so bringing her back was enough…not sure why they left a wet towel on a patient being shocked, but I’ll leave that alone for now. A lot of people coming together, so I guess you could call this episode a preparatory one. Given that the doctor showed Marito’s past to Magbaredge, it’s possible that he may actually be useful before the end of the show. Rayet has pretty much joined the team (and Inaho’s harem) and Slaine is presumably on his way.
It looks like the show is heading towards some sort of final battle for the last two episodes. A second season has been confirmed for a later, so it’s likely to end on a huge cliffhanger. I’m still curious about what happens to Slaine…surely his devotion to Asseylum is so much that he would never betray her, right? Despite learning the truth behind Sazzbaum’s betrayal, there’s no way he’d continue to fight on the side of the Martians, right? Plus, will Inaho even accept him if he tries to rejoin the princess again?