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Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang have fought hard alongside their friends to bring the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas, the northernmost Kingdom in Remnant. However, the futuristic urban-sprawl may hide just as much danger as the Grimm-infested tundra that surrounds it. Enemies and allies will collide as our heroes fight to stop Salem's forces, but banding together is dangerous when you don't know who you can trust.

Volume 7 is the seventh season of RWBY. It premiered on November 2nd, 2019 on the Rooster Teeth website, and ran for 13 episodes with a holiday break on December 28th, 2019.[1] Starting with Volume 7, RWBY stopped being uploaded to YouTube. The volume was preceded by Volume 6 and followed by Volume 8.

Overview

Ruby's Group successfully arrive at the kingdom of Atlas with the Relic of Knowledge where they work with General Ironwood towards his goal of building a communications tower on Amity Colosseum to restore global communications and tell the world of Salem and unite Remnant against her. However, the arrival of Arthur Watts and Tyrian Callows in Atlas, the looming threat of Salem and the growing trust issues between our protagonists make things more complicated.

During the Volume, the heroes learn that Penny Polendina was rebuilt following the Fall of Beacon, the Happy Huntresses led by Robyn Hill attempt to help the people of Mantle no matter what and Jacques Schnee attempts to become a member of the Kingdom's council in order to remove the Dust embargo made by Ironwood. All the while, the heroes are trained by the Ace Operatives and become actual Huntsmen. While they work with Ironwood throughout the Volume, his continued extreme actions towards Mantle begins to make them question if they are doing the right thing.

Characters

Major Characters

Other Characters

Minor Characters

Episodes

Main article: Episodes
Chapter Episode Title Original Air Date Run Time External Link
Trailer Volume 7 Trailer October 3rd, 2019 1:36 Rt-favicon.png Volume 7 Trailer
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1 "The Greatest Kingdom" November 2nd, 2019 18:06 Rt-favicon.png The Greatest Kingdom
2 "A New Approach" November 9th, 2019 18:18 Rt-favicon.png A New Approach
3 "Ace Operatives" November 16th, 2019 17:33 Rt-favicon.png Ace Operatives
4 "Pomp and Circumstance" November 23rd, 2019 17:48 Rt-favicon.png Pomp and Circumstance
5 "Sparks" November 30th, 2019 19:58 Rt-favicon.png Sparks
6 "A Night Off" December 7th, 2019 16:58 Rt-favicon.png A Night Off
7 "Worst Case Scenario" December 14th, 2019 18:15 Rt-favicon.png Worst Case Scenario
8 "Cordially Invited" December 21st, 2019 15:37 Rt-favicon.png Cordially Invited
9 "As Above, So Below" January 4th, 2020 18:19 Rt-favicon.png As Above, So Below
10 "Out in the Open" January 11th, 2020 15:40 Rt-favicon.png Out in the Open
11 "Gravity" January 18th, 2020 20:20 Rt-favicon.png Gravity
12 "With Friends Like These" January 25th, 2020 18:02 Rt-favicon.png With Friends Like These
13 "The Enemy of Trust" February 1st, 2020 24:11 Rt-favicon.png The Enemy of Trust

Development

Main article: RWBY Development

The development for Volume 7 began shortly before the finale of Volume 6 aired.[2] Eddy Rivas and Kiersi Burkhart were added as co-writers, in addition to Miles and Kerry. The first voice acting sessions for key characters happened on April 23rd.[3]

On July 5th, 2019, the official RWBY Twitter account confirmed that Volume 7 will premiere in November.[4] The premiere date was confirmed to be November 2nd, 2019 on July 19th, 2019. [5][6]

A sneak peak of the first episode was played at RTX 2019 on July 5th, 2019. The clip would be made public on October 31st, 2019.[7]

The trailer for the volume was released on October 3rd, 2019.

On December 28th, 2019, in lieu of an episode, Rooster Teeth aired a "FRWBY" Volume 7 Recap bonus special. The video featured the voice of Forest and a clip for Chapter 9.

Development for Volume 7 ended on January 30th, 2020, two days before the finale aired, with Sound Team wrapping up the final episode.[8]

The Ace Operatives and especially Elm Ederne and Harriet Bree were designed to experiment with diverse body types.[9]

Originally, Cinder and Neo were intended to be more present in the Volume, but the crew had to cut back on their appearances, instead making them instrumental to Ironwood's collapse.[10]

The writers originally were not sure about having a montage in the episode "Sparks".[11] Originally, there was no montage in the episode with the team instead sitting around a table talking about what they did.[12] During the montage, Vine asked Jaune if he ever considered extending his Aura. Since Jaune couldn't do it himself yet, this would have led into the introduction of the Disc Grenade as a substitute later in the Volume. However, the introduction of the Disc Grenades had to be moved to Volume 8 instead.[13]

The sub-plot featuring Robyn Hill's efforts to obtain supplies to Mantle was a late addition to the Volume's outline.[14]

Qrow and Robyn being arrested at the very end of the Volume was added late in development so they could effectively be "parked" in the same location as each other for most of Volume 8.[15] Kerry Shawcross admitted that he repressed the memory of changing a storyboard for the final episode of the Volume so Qrow and Robyn could get arrested during the last week of storyboarding for the episode.[16]

Trivia

  • The main theme of Volume 7 is Trust.

References

  1. Kerry Shawcross' Blog Post
  2. Chad and Miles Interview
  3. Lindsay Jones' Twitter
  4. Official RWBY Twitter
  5. RTX 2019 RWBY Panel
  6. The Official RWBY Twitter
  7. Entertainment Weekly
  8. Chris Kokkinos on Twitter
  9. RWBY Panel | RTX 2020
  10. RWBY: Volume 7 Director's Commentary – Chapter 11
  11. RWBY Volume 7 Crew Commentary - Chapter 5
  12. RWBY Volume 7 Crew Commentary - Chapter 6
  13. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary Chapter 2
  14. RWBY Volume 7 Crew Commentary – Chapter 5
  15. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary Chapter 4
  16. RWBY Volume 8 Directors' and Writers' Commentary Chapter 4
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