With final instalment of Attack on Titan Season 4 fast approaching, we know for sure that Eren is in for a bad ending.
His actions, especially Eren starting the Rumbling, have made fans feel that he has turned evil and is the acting villain of the story. The rest of the characters are teaming up to put a stop to him.
However, what does fate have in store for Eren Yeager? Or rather, what kind of ending has Isayama planned for us?
Does Eren Yeager die in Attack on Titan, or will the other characters make him realize his mistake via talk no jutsu? Read on to find out!
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Is Eren dead in Attack on Titan?
As of Attack on Titan chapter 139, Eren really is dead. He was killed by Mikasa who lopped off his head. In the end, she ended up kissing his severed head. Not all mangakas are comfortable with killing off the protagonist of their story. But Isayama is a different breed.
How does Eren die?
Well, to give you a gist, Mikasa, Armin and the newly formed coalition catch up to Eren in Marley. They launch an attack but seems pretty one sided since Eren had trapped Zeke in paths and was using the power of the Founding Titan.
It’s an all out Titan brawl and things seem more and more bleak for the alliance.
However, Armin manages to break past his defenses and set up Levi to kill Zeke which somehow restricts Eren and stops the Rumbling. We also get to see the weird being which is the source of all Titan powers, but that point is not addressed very well.
The alliance lands a fatal blow on Eren. Despite that he managed to manifest in his Titan form again at in the battle.
To be honest, Eren’s new titan form can easily freak you out! We almost felt that the Rumbling would begin again.
But that disaster did not come to pass (not yet atleast). Mikasa, Levi and Armin ganged up to take on Eren in a quick and epic finale.
Realizing that their target was inside the Titan’s mouth, Mikasa steels her nerves, tightens the iconic scarf and goes for the kill.
The whole Mikasa dream sequence before all of it has been analyzed in detail in this article here.
It was over in one swoop. No drama. No screaming ‘EREH’. No talk-no-jutsu. Maybe the alliance came to the conclusion that the time for talking was long gone.
And by the time Mikasa was done, Eren stood one head short.
This felt too rushed for some reason and we were hoping to get an Eren POV in the end. Well, we did get one as expected (albeit disappointing).
Eren’s side of the story
In AOT chapter 139, Eren reveals that he turned the bad guy so that he could make Armin and the alliance the heroes who saved humanity from extinction by stopping him.
In short, he wanted to die at the hands of his friends in order to guarantee their freedom. He sacrificed his life and freedom for theirs. An ending similar to Lelouch, as many would say!
While there are some inconsistencies in this turn of events, Eren nevertheless managed to achieve his goal. He was killed by the alliance.
The extinction of humanity was stopped (he only managed to kill 80% of the population). And the alliance were revered as heroes in the end.
Somehow, when the alliance were made aware of Eren’s intentions after his death, they began praising him for the “great man” he was. Apparently, the loss of 80% of humanity did not matter to them anymore.
Well, they seemed to have forgotten why the had taken up arms against Eren in the first place.
We wonder if Reiner would have had the same reaction had Eren killed Karina, Gabi and Falco during the Rumbling!
Eren’s death was expected?
Ever since he set the Rumbling into motion, it was given that Eren’s death was inevitable. He was not someone who would give up his plan halfway.
He is someone who keeps pushing forward without caring about the consequences. Or that’s what we thought his attitude was. But somehow, it seems that he was forced to go down the path of Rumbling as a pawn.
And in the end, he accepted his death because he believed there was no way he would be forgiven.
That said; Eren’s death was a given! The only thing was when and how? What kind of losses would the alliance have to take. And let’s be frank, it was not an easy job for the alliance. They went through a lot and had to sacrifice a lot. HELL, WE WENT THROUGH A LOT!!
Connie and Jean were turned into Titans. If that was not heartbreaking, Reiner, Annie and Pieck were attacked by the very same people they wanted to protect. While the Hallucigenia was the culprit for converting the Eldians on Fort Slava into Titans, Eren too has to take his share of the blame.
Mikasa killing Eren too was expected, especially taking the dream from chapter 1 into consideration. So no real complaints there. But it was a heartbreaking moment though. Who did weep for? Was it Mikasa, was is Eren, or was it the Eremika ship that never got a chance to sail properly?
What we don’t understand is, how could a person who cared about his friends make them go through so much pain? Maybe Eren is not the person we knew anymore. His motives still remain hazy to say the least.
Will Eren die in the anime too?
A lot of fans were disappointed with Eren’s death in the manga, and how the ending was handled by Isayama in general. This led to many calling for an alternate ending for Eren and the story in the anime.
In fact, some fans were soo disappointed with the ending that they went ahead and created a different ending of their own. This has led to many wondering if whether Eren will die in the anime too or will the character get a different conclusion.
As far as we know, Eren will die in the anime adaptation of Attack on Titan too. There are no hints that suggest that the ending might change in the anime, though fans are clamoring for it.
A lot of questions still remain to be answered, true. Did Isayama tie up all the loose ends in the final chapter? Maybe, maybe not. But the ending, even with some things wrong in it, was satisfactory in its own way!
Let us know your opinion on Eren’s death in the comments below!!