Guys, guys, you all seem to be missing the main points of the last strip.
Two important but not essential
forces are about to clash. Before, we were worried that either Wanda+Jack were croacked, and GK would be royally screwed, or Jetstone was "converted", in wich case GK became a rolling ball of doom curb stomping all oposition, neither result being satisfying.
Instead, the author now pits Ansom and a bunch of secondary characters stabbing each other whitout cheesy mancer links.
If any of them dies, the story can continue whitout much trouble. None of the main characters are involved except Jillian, and she'll probably pull back if things get too ugly. Ansom either gets to die in the battlefield (again) or stand over a mountain of dead royals.
So, the real question here is, how much rockers can Ansom take down under Hamster's tactical genius? Because from a commander's point of view, this is a golden oportunity. Destroy several of the enemy main leaderships, weaken their troops and make sure your actualy important units (the mancers and dwagons) run to fight another day.
Because I don't know about you, but I believe the time for politics and dealings is ending, and we'll finally get some fine Erfworld-grade combat going on.