Yeah the story seems to be coming into another good side plot, Possibly preparing for the end now.
I'd love to see Kirito and Asuna and a very few select friends face off against the laughing coffins!! Then go on to more adventure's as a very small Elite guild!!
I really hope the next episode with Kirito fighting Healthcliff is epic! Obviously Healthcliff will have a unique skill too and I really hope it makes for a great fight with both almost dying but niether does, and ends with Kirito winning! Hell maybe even Heathcliff could join Asuna with Kirito! It's not like hes a bad guy(possibly will be later who knows). He's just making sure Kirito isn't going to waste Asuna's skills, Which is totally understandable!! They all want out of the game!!