Gaara’s defense is stronger than Kimimaro’s attack. Defeated, Kimimaro finds solace in the fact that when he dies he will continue to live in Orochimaru’s heart. Gaara tells him that he has been brainwashed and buries him underground. Kimimaro attacks again as he sinks, sprouting a field of bones from the ground, but Gaara protects himself and Lee from damage. Kimimaro emerges from one of the bones, tells them he has not been brainwashed, and prepares another attack. He dies of his illness before he can finish the job. Lee and Gaara discuss Kimimaro and how strong he was, which Gaara notices because he fought for Orochimaru. Even if someone is evil, people who think he is precious will always fight for him. Meanwhile, in the Valley of Completion, Naruto finally catches up with Sasuke.