Shikamaru tries to smother Tayuya with his shadow before she can escape, and even though the technique is in close proximity to the target where it worked best, Tayuya can use the power of his cursed seal to counter his attack. Meanwhile, Kimimaro continues to defeat waves of Naruto’s Shadow Clones. Once all of his Shadow Clones are destroyed, the seal holding Sasuke in his coffin dissipates and he emerges. Naruto tries to convince him to return, but he runs away. When Naruto begins to follow Sasuke, Kimimaro attacks, but is blocked by Lee, who tells Naruto to follow Sasuke.