Sasuke managed to survive Deidara's suicidal attack by hiding inside Manda and then teleporting themselves. Manda was killed by the explosion, and Sasuke was exhausted after the long battle, so Hebi decided that it would be best to take a break.
Elsewhere, Pain and Konan were visited by a mysterious guest who appeared to be giving them orders. It was revealed that this person was in fact Tobi, who revealed himself to be Madara Uchiha. Madara gave the two the task of capturing the Nine-tailed demon fox's jinchÅ«riki.
The Eight Man Squad assembled at the blast site, and, thanks to Kiba's powerful sense of smell, were able to locate Sasuke's scent.