Watching the prisoners fight each other, Kabuto tells the dying Kimimaro about Sasuke. With powers comparable to Kimimaro’s, Sasuke must become the new vessel for Orochimaru’s body. Kimimaro is too sick to fulfill this role. Orochimaru approaches the victor, Genyuumaru, who realizes what is about to happen to him. He asks Orochimaru to at least release his family, to which Orochimaru agrees, before taking control of his body. Kimimaro, regretting that he cannot help Orochimaru, leaves, deciding to do one last good by bringing Sasuke back. Elsewhere, the remaining members of the Sasuke Return Team catch up with Sakona and Tayuya. The Sound Ninja notice them, and Sakon goes on the attack.