Of the many revelations in the latest chapter of Attack on Titan, a crucial rewrite of the story is perhaps the most shocking.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Chapter # 139 of Attack on Titan, “Toward the Tree on That Hill” by Hajime Isayama, Dezy Sienty and Alex Ko Ransom, now available in English on Kodansha.
Attack on TitanThe final chapter offers a series of revelations, both big and small: from Eren’s admission of an unwavering love for his friends (Mikasa, especially) to the discovery that Ymir Fritz’s own love for her husband is what kept him alive. the curse of the Titan for 2000 years. – only to end Eren’s murder by Mikasa in the penultimate chapter. But those aren’t the most explosive details “Toward the Tree on That Hill” reveals.
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Most shocking of all is exposed on a single page and, with everything else, is easily buried. But Really It shouldn’t be because the implication there is another example of the horrible extremes Eren Jeager has gone to in the name of freedom.
The moment in question occurs within the introductory flashback sequence of Chapter 139. In the sequence, the entire conversation that we did not know Eren and Armin had through the Path unfolds, which Eren erased from his friend’s memory to make sure that the knowledge did not interfere with Armin’s decisions in the next battle: to stop the Rumbling, initiated by Eren. The memory, however, returns to Armin when Eren dies, and of all the expository things Eren tells him, his reasoning for deciding to end 80 percent of the world and why he pushed his friends away, the one who gets the biggest A. Armin’s reaction is that Eren was, at least in part, responsible for his own mother’s death.
As Eren talks about how the full power of the Founding Titan has collapsed his perception of the past, present, and future, forcing him to experience them all at once, he alludes to the inciting incident in Attack on TitanThe beginning that put him on his path to slaying the Titans: the moment Carla Jeager was eaten by the Smiling Titan, also known as Dina Fritz, her father’s first wife in Marley. In the images accompanying Eren’s words, Bertolt, the then-possessor of the Colossal Titan, looks around in horror amid the devastation in Shiganshina caused by his invasion and that of the other Warriors. We only see Dina’s Titan form from behind, but Eren’s narration clarifies the situation. “That day, that time … it wasn’t Bertolt’s time to die yet. The one who let him go and made her go that way was …” Eren trailed off, but Armin’s wide eyes silently acknowledge. that he knows what Eren is admitting. to. Nor does it allow you to dwell on thought; a silent mercy, perhaps.
While we didn’t find out how Eren was able to help orchestrate his mother’s death in the chapter, the answer most likely lies in his earlier time-jumping manipulation of his father, Grisha. While revealing their true intentions to Zeke Jeager, the brothers traveled, like Dickens ghosts, to their father’s past via the Path. Zeke tried to convince Eren that the Eldian radicalist was an abusive father, but Eren turned him around: instead, he actively goaded Grisha from the present to go ahead with his plan to steal the Founding Titan from the Reiss family. Using the power of the Attack Titan, Eren saw his future self do all of this when he kissed Historia’s hand during the medal ceremony, which is the moment when he knew what he had to do to ensure that the future he saw, a world without titans, it could happen. Clearly, he considered Bertolt’s survival to be a linchpin of this. If Dina had eaten the Warrior that day, it is possible that she would not have passed it on to Armin, who could not have used it against Marley and later in the Battle for Heaven and Earth that changed the world.
So there you have it: airtight proof that the Jeager family is one of the messiest in manga and anime history, and that Eren’s commitment to slaying all Titans really knew no ethical boundaries.
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