The third season of ‘‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’’ is, by far, the most ambitious season ever released in the franchise. At present, it is adapting the longest arc based on the original light novel franchise. The Alicization of the arc completed the first couple cours in the early part of 2019, and following a brief break, the third season is scheduled to return in the Fall of 2019.

‘‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’’ season three is titled War of Underworld. A new photo recently surfaced online, hinting on what fans can expect from the upcoming season. The photo depicts what happens to Kirito and how devastated he has become following the events in the Alicization arc.

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A new leak surfaced online suggesting that the ‘‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’’ War of the Underworld will have much darker themes compared to its first half. instacodez/flickr

The photo was shared by Moetron News on the social networking site, Twitter, and summarizes what Kirito has been through in the entire past season. Kirito is in a comatose stage, and fans feel that the upcoming season will explore a much darker theme as compared to it’s the series’ first half. Seeing him floating into the air and appears to be currently in limbo, leaves fans with an interesting perspective about the upcoming season.

Rumors have it that the second half will be centered on Alice, considering Kirito is currently on a damaged and vegetative state after the events of the raid on the outside world. Also, the photo gives us a glimpse of Eugeo’s fate, which seems that he will be involved in the events that will happen in ‘‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’’ War of Underworld.

‘‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’’ premiered in October 2018 in Japan and adapts the entire Alicization arc based on the original novels of Reki Kawahara. The series is slated to air in four cours or quarters. The first two cours aired between October and March while the second two cours will premiere this October 12, 2019. For fans looking for the original Japanese release of ‘‘Sword Art Online,’’ they can watch it on Hulu, Funimation, and Crunchyroll.