Judeau is tasked by Casca to relight the lantern. Pippin urgently stops him from doing so when the entire group begins to smell something odd. Further down the tunnel, the female Bakiraka, draped only in bags full of dust and brass bracelets, ignites a spark using the latter items to cause an explosion in the tunnel. The Hawks run for their lives, but the fiery air quickly closes in. Suddenly, Griffith glances upwards, noticing a small column of light coming from the ceiling. Griffith's movement alerts Pippin to the light, and he uses his hammer to smash a large hole into the ceiling, which leads outside. The explosion is sucked out of the escape tunnel and into the open air, saving the Hawks. The group, now close to the graveyard exit, hastens to leave.
Later, the female Bakiraka is executed by the King of Midland for her failure in killing Griffith. The King then orders Anna be imprisoned for cooperating with Charlotte, but the latter manipulates the guilt the King feels for assaulting her into letting Anna go. She then asks the King to let Griffith escape, having suffered enough during his year-long imprisonment. The King, after a moment of silence, acquiesces to her request. She leaves, happy that Griffith will be able to recover in peace.
Unbeknownst to Charlotte or Anna, the King has no plans to let Griffith, or the rest of the Band of the Hawk, escape with their lives. He orders his guards to unleash the Black Dog Knights upon the Hawks. The guards then pay a visit to Wyald, a wolfish-featured man and the Black Dogs' leader, who is in the middle of participating in an orgy. Wyald refuses to undertake the task of hunting the until the mention that Griffith is his ultimate target. Suddenly intrigued, Wyald accepts the mission, having long wanted to confront the legendary White Hawk.