In Hidden Sands, the Sands council discusses Gaara’s kidnapping. Some councilors believe the incident was a blessing, an opportunity to finally get rid of the village’s jinchuurika. Others, at the very least, believe it is not worth looking for Gaara, recalling the difficulties that arose several years ago when the Village of Hidden Sand was searching for the Third Kazekage. At this time, Naruto lunges at Deidara, who, dodging the attack, draws attention to how strange someone’s desire to bring Gaara back is, since usually jinchuuriks are despised. Meanwhile, Sasori notices that Chiyo is controlling Sakura like a puppet to help dodge attacks. He emerges from under the rubble of Hiruko and Chiyo is amazed that he still looks like a boy because of his transformation into a doll. Determined to demonstrate to his grandmother that he will not be easily crushed, he manifests another puppet, the Third Kazekage.