WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Attack on Titan manga by Hajime Isayama, Dezi Sienty and Alex Ko Ransom, available in English on Kodansha.

More than a decade since its publication, the Attack on Titan The manga is just days away from its grand finale, Chapter # 139. The final arc has revolved around a desperate battle for the future of humanity, uniting ancient enemies against a common one: Eren Jeager, formerly the hero. main of the saga. Until the last couple of chapters, Eren was in the middle of using the full power of the Founding Titan to crush the world beyond Paradis Island to dust. While he claimed that he was doing it so that his loved ones could live in peace, free from the hatred and fear of others, those same loved ones have put an end to his unbridled and genocidal rampage.

With the general story a handful of pages from the end, here are the most important questions to ask. Attack on TitanFinal chapter to answer.

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Is Eren really dead … really this time?

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Shonen heroes are famous for their invulnerability, either through necessary ‘weft armor’ or their own inhuman abilities. Eren Jeager can certainly count himself among the likes of Dragon Ballit’s Goku and Bleachis Ichigo Kurasaki as one of the most immortal of the genre, having survived two beheadings on the spot. Mikasa has just delivered her third at the end of the penultimate chapter. After Levi’s Thunder Spear blew a hole in Eren’s Titan’s mouth, the former Scout’s foster sister flew in and severed Eren’s head from the creature’s spinal cord, kissing him goodbye in the process.

Although the purpose of this moment is unmistakable – the double-page length, Ymir’s smiling acceptance in the background, and the cruel twist of fate that Eren and Mikasa’s first kiss is likely to be their last, readers are still suspicious of it. Given Eren’s aforementioned history of cheating certain death, it’s understandable. If the main protagonist of the series really is dead, the final chapter should make it very clear to ease this lingering doubt.

Does Eren really hate Mikasa and Armin?

It’s been so long since it happened, it might surprise some Attack on Titan Fans remember that the last time our core trio were together was the explosive “I’ve always hated you” conversation. On the eve of Marley and Paradis’s all-out war, Eren met Armin and Mikasa at Nicolo’s restaurant and told them some (supposed) horrible truths about the nature of the Titans and the Ackerman bloodline. And with cold conviction, he told his childhood friends that they were the thing he hated most in this world: slaves.

The result was tears from Mikasa, some failed blows from Armin, and chapters and chapters of the duo questioning whether Eren really meant what he said. While his claims about Mikasa’s feelings for him have been largely discredited, and most fans have assumed that Eren was simply trying to push his friends away to lessen their collective burdens in the war to come, we never got proper confirmation of this from him. Now that Eren is likely gone forever, the answer might be something taken to the grave, but you never know, maybe Isayama will throw us a bone, for once.

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Can Eldians be ‘cured’ from the curse of the Titans?

Something from the final chapter of Attack on Titan definitely can – and should – the answer concerns the future of the Eldian race. Mainly, can the lineage of Ymir’s subjects be separated from his genetic curse? With the shocking origin of the Titans revealed to be biological, and that source now in view, those left on the battlefield have the first tangible opportunity in human history to eradicate the Titans for good.

Cutting off the symbolic head to nullify the body is a cliche in fantasy stories, but here it would make literal sense. The brilliant centipede that was extracted from the founding Titan has been shown to be capable of manipulating the composition of its progeny – all living Eldians. Destroying it should mean that all those who were born with the potential to become Titans will never be able to have that potential activated again. Hopefully it will transform people like Jean, Connie, and Gabi as well, but that might be too optimistic.

Who is the REAL father of the baby in Historia?

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In a kind of soap opera twist, there is enough subtle but discernible evidence to support the theory that Eren is the father of Historia’s newborn baby. By Zeke’s order, Queen Historia was relegated to the role of heir until she could inherit the Titan Beast from him. She found a husband and became pregnant, but through flashbacks in subsequent chapters, it was questioned that this unidentified man was her real father.

In a conversation before During her pregnancy, Eren visits Historia and asks her what she thinks of him having a child. The cut of this scene leaves a lot of room for interpretation about what happened next. Eren and Historia already have a kind of survivor bond; That, combined with his royal blood and the knowledge that the task ahead would likely doom his already short life as a Changeling, could easily have led the two of them to decide to have a child together. The final chapter could nip this idea in the bud or prove fans that they were right all along.

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Seriously, what ARE the Titans?

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Zeke’s ‘story time’ opening in Chapter # 137 provided the strongest explanation for the existence of the Titans yet. This was later proven unequivocally by the Eldian / Marleyan alliance that successfully separated Eren’s Titan body from his head, forcing the strange parasitic creature that was curled up on his spine into view. According to Zeke’s narrative, this centipede-like being is what joined Ymir centuries ago to make her the first Titan.

What we do not know is what this being is, how it works and why it chose to turn an entire race of humans into hybrid mutants. There has long been a lot of speculation that the Titans were human experiments gone wrong, creating Attack on Titanpost-apocalyptic world (something the live action movies explored), or alien. Although the creature was photographed at the bottom of Earth’s ocean, the chapter in which this origin appears begins in space, which could vaguely hint at an alien birthplace. This could explain the mixture of science and apparent supernaturalism with which he controls the Titans. Clinging to a human host (Ymir) could further be explained as an evolutionary drive.

These mysteries will surely be too big for a single chapter to answer, but perhaps once the centipede is dead, there will be a little time for a post-mortem examination.

What will happen to Ymir?

Despite being physically dead for the past 2,000 years, Ymir Fritz has been omnipresent throughout Attack on TitanThe story, both mythologically and metaphysically. Once Zeke and Eren reached the Path, they found what appeared to be a bodily manifestation of their soul, trapped by the Fritz family’s slavery, even in death. Once Eren broke that hold on her, unleashing the full powers of the Founding Titan as a result, the line between their united wills became indecipherable.

As the alliance fought to stop Eren atop his Founding Titan body, Ymir, independent of Eren, plotted to stop they summoning all previous Changeling possessors to Eren’s defense. He almost killed Armin in the process. However, once Mikasa finally reaches Eren at the end of Chapter 138, Ymir watches the turn of events with a smile. Ymir was convinced to help Eren (about Zeke) because she promised to free her and allow her to seek the same revenge that he wanted. Now that Eren has been stopped and the source of all the Titans is about to die, will Ymir finally die too? Like the first Titan, and also the first victim from the Titans, so to speak, perhaps her smile, after hundreds of years of silent silence, was the last time we see her. Only the final chapter will confirm this for sure.

Attack on Titan Chapter # 139 will be released on April 9.

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