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    • Overall, I liked the chapter, after a second reading. Because the first one was considerably ruined because of someone on Reddit who didn't get the concept of "No spoilers or names i titles", and something like 10 min after the first leaks dropped on r/titanfolk (I don't look at the leaks, I just see that the leak thread is posted, meaning the chapter is close to be released) Someone titled "RIP Hange and Floch". And I know that I'm far from being alone, lots of people have been spoiled. And ironically, as Hange's birthday was the 5th of september, many fanarts about her were posted, and many people thought it was a spoiler, they thought it was a tribute to her death. And ironically, they got spoiled by something which wasn't supposed to be a spoiler.

      Good :

      - Hange's death wasn't the best death we've got in SnK, but it was still a good one. Her going 

      - This (probably) last tribute to all the fallen member of the Survey Corps. Even minor characters like Dieter Ness and his horse Charrette were here. Touching.

      - The plane is finally flying. It means the final confrontation with Eren and the end of the manga is near.

      Cons :

      - How did Floch even survive ??? I know it was an extremely popular theory that he survived and that he would show up trying to ruin everything for the alliance, and I knew it was most likely going to happen, but still. How are we going to justify that he survived, after a few days with an important blood loss and nothing to heal himself, without any food or any water... In terms of plot armor, it's right next to Armin surviving a 50 meters fall after being burnt alive for five minutes. At least, he didn't kill Hange, which is what I feared after being spoiled both of their deaths. Because if Hange died killed by Floch when he wasn't even supposed to survive in the first place, that would have been really... Uh...

      Neutral :

      - Armin as the new leader of the Survey Corps. Well, it's not like it's going to change anything by now, but was Hange aware of Erwin's will to have Levi as the next Survey Corps leader after her ?

      Other :

      - Are Annie, Falco and Gabi's roles done ? Might be possible, I don't really see what they could ad to the story that the other characters couldn't accomplish. 

      - The area where Yelena think Eren is heading is the equivalent of the Atlas mountains (アトラス, atorasu in Japanese). The name given to it in the chapter is the same, but in reverse : スラトア , suratoa.

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    • Razzylada wrote:

      How are we going to justify that he survived, after a few days with an important blood loss and nothing to heal himself, without any food or any water...

      As far as I'm aware, the boat trip took less than a day. 

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    • DiegoAg47 wrote:

      As far as I'm aware, the boat trip took less than a day. 

      Odiha is on the Arabic peninsula, and Paradise "is" Madagascar. It means thousands and thousands of kilometers. When you type "fastest ship" on Google, you get results about modern ships, about a bit more than 100 kilometers/hour. So, with ships from the WW2 era, it should be even slower. So yes, unless they had teleportation tools, the trip took a few days.

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    • So much happened in this one.

      It feels right having Hange go out doing what she loved and fighting the Wall Titans (even though I am disappointed she didn't get her request fulfilled by Pieck). I think she easily filled the big shoes left behind by Erwin and the other soldiers who went before her. Also, Annie had so much more growth here; although her dialogue with Reiner and Pieck was good, the interaction between herself and Mikasa was the highlight of the entire chapter for me. It led to the two actually understanding the other more clearly instead of Mikasa still trying to fight her; I am still curious who won their fight long ago back in the Training Corps. Plus, that (final?) lingering look Annie and Armin gave each other showed that there certainly is something forming between them both.

      Speaking of Armin, it's going to be weird seeing him taking control of the Survey Corps; I was certainly surprised by him being chosen, but I think Hange saw that Armin's mind was more valuable as a leader as opposed to Levi's fighting abilities. I imagine Armin will either let Levi have free reign or simply cede control to him once the crisis has been resolved or dealt with (just like what he did with Jean during the Battle of Shiganshina). 

      And last, but certainly not least, Floch is FINALLY dead. It's time to sing!

      (in key of 'Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead') "Ding-dong, the fascist's dead! Which fascist? The fascist Floch Ding-dong, the effing fascist Floch is dead."

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    • I wonder what those airships are capable of. Based on the timeline, it seems plausible that they'd be capable of bombing at least. Maybe there could even be some prototype artillery airship that would give Eren some trouble (especially if they flew high enough to avoid his Titan's projectiles). Being the Founder, Eren is probably going to impale them using the Warhammer's strength.

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    • She didn't fill Erwin's shoes. She pretty much failed at everything she did.

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    • Ugh... I have thoughts.

      The chapter had some good little moments (loved Reiner and Annie making up, including Annie telling him how she struggled not to kill him), but once past the individual character moments, it didn't feel like Isayama had much of a plan this chapter.

      For instance, Pieck asks Kiyomi to look after Gabi and Falco, and Reiner independantly asks Annie to look after Gabi and Falco. (Pieck's even with Reiner when he does it, and she doesn't say "Dude, I already asked Kiyomi.") It's like Isayama had a outline note saying "someone needs to look after Gabi and Falco" and ended up having two different people making the same request twice in the same chapter. It's not anything critical, but once you notice, it looks unorganized.

      Similarly we have the flying boat research base in the mountains when it's apparent that these things need water. Maybe there's a nice big lake out there, but nobody says anything, not even Eren who would have reason to want to know more about the location (especially if he's concerned about these flying boats!).

      And there's the timing of Floch's attack. He waits an entire day to shoot the plane at the least convenient moment, but he's dragging himself like he just got out of the water. (Why is he wet? If he passed out along the way he should be dead, and if he didn't, why didn't he get out of the water and hide on land?)

      Literally the only reason Floch shoots the plane at that moment is so Hange has to make a big sacrifice. It's not like he could have been listening to them from outside. He's already so far away when he shoots that being outside and around a wall probably would have prevented him from hearing any normal speaking voices. And you can tell that his being there is shaky to begin with because even the characters comment on how he must have gotten there.

      Again, I like some of the small moments, like Annie noticing that Mikasa is not wearing her scarf anymore, or the looks between Annie and Armin as they go their separate ways. Even Hange's death, divorced from the fact it was only necessary because Floch managed to hold on to a WW2-era ship going 40-50 mph (65-80km/h) for hours on end, was still a good moment. I just don't feel like this was a narratively fulfilling chapter.

      It's like Isayama realized that it would be really boring if they just arrived at Odiha and refueled (and true, it would have been a quiet chapter), but his idea of livening it up wasn't well executed.

      There are a couple things that I don't consider plot problems, so much as things I would have liked had they gone differently.

      First, I really wanted Hange and Levi to make a final stand together, seeing as they're the two remaining members of the old guard and have a long history together. Levi is in doubious condition for facing Eren (no matter his only needing two fingers comment), but he might do all right against mindless Titans if he's actually in something resembling fighting shape. I know a lot of people wouldn't like to see Levi making any kind of final stand, but I think if he stayed it would have been a nice moment of solidarity.

      That said, he still needs to avenge Erwin so if Zeke is still out there somewhere, I hope Levi kills him.

      Second, I'm not surprised Armin was named the new Survey Corps Commander, but I am disappointed. I'm not surprised because of Armin's prominence in the story and the reason Hange chose him (because at the end of the day, Hange's the one making the decision). I am disappointed because Armin has never succeeded as a leader.

      He's really good at strategy, we see that in the plans he's come up with time and again. He's absolutely someone you would want in an advisory position, but he also lets his doubts get the better of him. A strong opinion from a trusted comrade could get 850 Armin to immediately reconsider his last suggestion without going through why it is or isn't a better idea. We haven't seen enough of 854 Armin to know whether this is still true, but we haven't seen enough to say it isn't either. He hasn't taken on a leadership role ever since the timeskip.

      It may well be that Armin rises to the occasion to make tough calls in what chapters we have left, but so far we've only seen him willing to sacrifice himself rather than other people. Being the Survey Corp Commander has historically meant making a lot of regrettable decisions, because that's part and parcel of being a military leader when your enemy is thousands of times more powerful than you.

      That said, who else would Hange have named? Levi is likely not interested. Erwin chose Hange over him and Hange did not consider him either. Being close to Levi, they quite likely understood his lack of interest and/or aptitude. Being a leader requires some level of people skills which Levi is not particularly good at. Especially as commander, he would have to deal with people beyond those in his military branch.

      If Isayama had integrated Jean more post-timeskip I would have loved seeing him promoted (Connie even suggests that during one of the timeskip flashbacks that Jean shouldn't become a Titan because he'd be needed as a future leader), but the only current arc material where it feels like things got personal with him are when Floch's involved, and Floch's dead now. Jean just hasn't had the narrative attention for a battlefield promotion, which really left Armin as the only choice.

      One final note though. Back in the Return to Shiganshina arc, when Eren and Mikasa were fighting Levi for the Titan serum to save Armin, Eren said that Armin will be the one to save them all. He hadn't seen the future yet, so this was just Eren being optimistic, but from a writing perspective, I can see that Isayama has been wanting this to happen for a long time. I just don't think he set it up well enough that Armin was obviously the right choice.

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    • I think if Isayama were to kill off Eren now it'd feel contrived no matter what, even worse so if it somehow leads to "world peace" which would make no sense and something Isayama has pretty much made his characters state out right(Floch, Yelena, etc) as an impossibility.

      Also the downplaying of the founders power seems very prevalent. Isayama had made it out to be that the Founding titan was this absolute power that could control and manipulate Eldians at will. By rights, none of the Warriors or Survery Corps should even pose a threat to Eren. The scene with Levi saying he only needs 2 fingers also feels a bit forced to me. Yeah he's an Ackerman, but he's insanely crippled and it seems like the inevitable outcome of fighting the Colossals is death due to the heat. I would have honestly preferred if he had been killed off back when Zeke blew himself up.

      The way in which Isayama has built up this alliance has been pretty bad over all in my opinion. It just feels a bit forced in many ways. At this point I'm considering Isayama might go for an "everybody dies" ending except with maybe Paradis still standing? Or Paradis could also get rumbled. Not sure, but at this point it seems preferred over the alliance wins everything is fine world peace is achieved cliche shounen ending. I really really hope Isayama doesn't do something like that.

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    • How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      Overall, my feelings are similar to Rune's. Hange's final stand feels silly given the number of Wall Titans (even if it was to block off the road or whatever). I dunno, the fact it was a contrived situation imagined up to kill off a vet just sticks out a bit too much for me.

      And Armin becoming Commander isn't really doing it for me either; it just kinda highlights how sidelined Jean has become. I guess it makes some sense from a in-universe perspective, with Armin still being idealistic, and more sure in his position than Jean.

      I'll miss Floch. Yeah, he was a bit of a Saturday morning cartoon villain, but he was one of the characters you could rely on to add flair to this arc.

      Soon as how Eren & Zeke (who are always absent) are usually the only ones to drive the plot, Floch doing something, and not just reacting to events made him one of the better characters to me. Also, he was starting to be written more realistically as well. Ah well. Didn't take a clairvoyant to predict his death, and I guess his role in the story had finished anyway.

      Not a fan of the blushy-crushy bit with Armin & Annie, but that might be me not caring about shipping. It's pretty much guaranteed something happens on the boat right? Let's hope Annie's main role on returning wasn't being Armin's waifu...

      I don't mean to be a negative Nancy or whatever, I'm just becoming more nervous about SnK sticking the landing as we come to the end. This chap did have some good moments, as pointed out by Razzylada, Winston, and Rune anyway.

      I don't think this alliance mini-arc has been anyone's favourite, but now we're on the plane, I'm sure good stuff is ahead.

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    • RuneLai wrote:

      Similarly we have the flying boat research base in the mountains when it's apparent that these things need water. Maybe there's a nice big lake out there, but nobody says anything, not even Eren who would have reason to want to know more about the location (especially if he's concerned about these flying boats!).

      Flying boat is just their word for plane, so no, water is not a necessity.

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    • Marco1995mega wrote:

      Flying boat is just their word for plane, so no, water is not a necessity.

      For a flying boat, water is a necessity as it does not having a landing gear. A flying boat is an actual vehicle, rather than their word for plane. Flying boats have sponsons under their wings, as a method to provide stability to the aircraft while it is on water, like we see in Chapter 132.

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    • Hange's death convinced me, but not fully. Not only the way she died was similar to the one Armin was about to die at Shiganshina, but the general vibe was similar to the Magath/Shadis death a couple of chapters ago: "let's sacrifice to buy time for the main group to flee". It's not that it doesn't make sense, it's just that i had kind of a déjà-vu reading it.

      P.S.: Kinda sad how only six of the "Shiganshina 9" are still alive. Speaking of which, did you also feel a death flag on Levi when he said "See you, Hange" at the end of the chapter?

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    • KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?

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    • At this point, I have no idea how things are gonna end. Everything just looks so bleak and hopeless, the world is being flattened, and even if Eren does manage to change in the end and stop his plans for destroying the world, he's already stomped several countries by now, and I don't know what's going to become of the world once the Rumbling ends, how anybody's gonna be able to move on with their lives. Man, I always knew that Attack on Titan was hardcore, but this is just... something else. This is by far the most somber and depressing manga I've ever come across.

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    • YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD!!

      I feel this is gonna sum up the ending to this well enough.

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    • RuneLai wrote:
      Ugh... I have thoughts.

      ...

      Similarly we have the flying boat research base in the mountains when it's apparent that these things need water. Maybe there's a nice big lake out there, but nobody says anything, not even Eren who would have reason to want to know more about the location (especially if he's concerned about these flying boats!).

      ...

      Some translations mentioned Salta base as an airship gantry i;e Zeppelins. Maybe that one you used just got it wrong.

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    • Monolith77 wrote:

      RuneLai wrote:
      Ugh... I have thoughts.

      ...

      Similarly we have the flying boat research base in the mountains when it's apparent that these things need water. Maybe there's a nice big lake out there, but nobody says anything, not even Eren who would have reason to want to know more about the location (especially if he's concerned about these flying boats!).

      ...

      Some translations mentioned Salta base as an airship gantry i;e Zeppelins. Maybe that one you used just got it wrong.

      Officials refer to it as "Flying Boat"

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    • I really like these chapter but i feel sad about  hangi 😭💔

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    • X440z wrote:

      Monolith77 wrote:

      Some translations mentioned Salta base as an airship gantry i;e Zeppelins. Maybe that one you used just got it wrong.

      Officials refer to it as "Flying Boat"

      Yep. While the official translation has made errors before, it has consistently called the flying boat that we actually see the "flying boat," so the idea that the flying boats at this research base are somehow a different vehicle would be weird. If a different Japanese word was being used, then it should have called for a different translation.

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    • Well this chapter was the penultimate to real final battle of this story and with some intense moments and sacrifice. I guess to start, that Floch can finally lay to rest after getting hooked to the throat, and his final words telling of why he did what he did, which goes all the way back to the Return to Shiganshina Arc, of needing a devil to defeat their enemies and protect their island home.

      But most of all, the way Hange went all out best she could to protect her comrades was nothing short of courageous, and sort of similar to how Armin sacrificed himself of being burnt alive. Still though very sad but I was also very happy to see that Hange made it to the other side finally seeing Erwin (which how many chapters has it been since we have seen Erwin in character?) and her deceased comrades. I guess there is a afterlife in AoT after all.

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    • Now i think Isayama will probably move to Eren POV again, focusing on the Rumbling, Marley, some flashbacks again and Liberio before he will have to face the Alliance in the final battle

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    • Tears, tears, tears - that's all I saw while reading this chapter

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    • I'm not glad Hange's dead, but I'm not sad either. Hange led Paradis and the SC down the worst possible road, deluding everyone and herself into believing they could just sit down and make peace with Marley and world, even though they have no intention on letting Eldians live. The fact that both herself and Armin are blatantly against the Rumbling without an alternative solution, instead choosing to save the people of the outside world, shows how weak and shortsighted they really are. Although Gabi and the Warriors are my most hated characters, Hange had been pretty unlikable post-timeskip (as have Armin and Mikasa). Hange's legacy will be that of a traitor to her people, someone who turned their back on their own kind and sold them out to the enemy.

      And I'm convinced that, with Floch's dying words, Jean will wake up to the reality of being unable to live free with the rest of the world and cause him to turn against the alliance and support the Rumbling.

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    • I myself , think the latest two chapters as a prepration of the final and the most important arc of the series.
      I also see them as thr answers to my questions about the unity and the intentions of the characters , so I think these two chapters were totally necessary for the story (I said this bcs I saw ppl who said  Isayama is taking it long 😐😐)
      The most visible thing in chapter 132 , was the intention of Isayama about Levi , I think he didn't kill him bcs he wants him to do sth really important , although he may not survive from the hell that the squad is heading toward.
      I pray that if Levi is thought to be killed , there would be the most memorable and tragic one! Bcs he deserves that as one of the most fascinating characters of all time.
      Thx for reading❤.

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    • With each passing chapter, I care less and less about what will happen to the characters. I honestly didn't feel anything after Hange's death because there is nothing at stake anymore. The whole situation is FUBAR with Eren razing the world with the Rumbling, and the "Alliance" trying to stop him without any real plan to do so. Not to mention they're trying to save a world that will always hate them for what they are, and as Floch said, if they succeed in stopping Eren, everyone on Paradis Island will die, especially after what Eren did. I still want there to be good payoff at the end of all this, but it's getting increasingly difficult for me to care anymore.

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    • RuneLai wrote:

      KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?

      Its not even hammering in if they will fight him. Its hammering in how they don't want to fight him, and that Isayama is doing his part not to let readers think this is all leading to a fight. In fact, chp 131 solidifed through foreshadowing that we are not just in for a talk, but we're in for one in the same style as the talk Eren and Armin had during the season 1 boulder mission. 

      Besides, not to state the obvious, but Eren being killed will achieve nothing worthwhile in the long run.  There's no guarantee it will stop the rumbling, and his people will still be demonized. We all know the story ends with peace and freedom, and that can't happen if Eren dies as "the bad guy" so something is going to happen that we're not expecting.

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    • Attackcjc wrote:

      RuneLai wrote:

      KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?

      Its not even hammering in if they will fight him. Its hammering in how they don't want to fight him, and that Isayama is doing his part not to let readers think this is all leading to a fight. In fact, chp 131 solidifed through foreshadowing that we are not just in for a talk, but we're in for one in the same style as the talk Eren and Armin had during the season 1 boulder mission. 

      Besides, not to state the obvious, but Eren being killed will achieve nothing worthwhile in the long run.  There's no guarantee it will stop the rumbling, and his people will still be demonized. We all know the story ends with peace and freedom, and that can't happen if Eren dies as "the bad guy" so something is going to happen that we're not expecting.

      THIS! Very well put. Couldn't have said it better myself if I tried. You just made my day with this. Thank you.

      Something else I think is worth considering is that at some point in episode 25 of the anime, Eren was in a state very similar to what he's in right now. This was in that filler scene where he was fighting Annie. But as he was about to make a move on her, he softened up at the last moment and couldn't even finish her off. With this in mind and just knowing how Eren's heart really works in general, I don't think it would be too farfetched for him to do the same basic thing again in the current manga.

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    • Eradicate Us wrote:

      Attackcjc wrote:

      RuneLai wrote:

      KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?
      Its not even hammering in if they will fight him. Its hammering in how they don't want to fight him, and that Isayama is doing his part not to let readers think this is all leading to a fight. In fact, chp 131 solidifed through foreshadowing that we are not just in for a talk, but we're in for one in the same style as the talk Eren and Armin had during the season 1 boulder mission. 

      Besides, not to state the obvious, but Eren being killed will achieve nothing worthwhile in the long run.  There's no guarantee it will stop the rumbling, and his people will still be demonized. We all know the story ends with peace and freedom, and that can't happen if Eren dies as "the bad guy" so something is going to happen that we're not expecting.

      THIS! Very well put. Couldn't have said it better myself if I tried. You just made my day with this. Thank you.

      Something else I think is worth considering is that at some point in episode 25 of the anime, Eren was in a state very similar to what he's in right now. This was in that filler scene where he was fighting Annie. But as he was about to make a move on her, he softened up at the last moment and couldn't even finish her off. With this in mind and just knowing how Eren's heart really works in general, I don't think it would be too farfetched for him to do the same basic thing again in the current manga.

      No prob! And yeah, I remember that awesome moment, and believe it or not, it isn't filler. Isayama considers the anime to be the final draft of the series, so he had to had greenlit that being in the anime.  I agree with everything you mentioned, as I was thinking the same already.

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    • Attackcjc wrote:

      RuneLai wrote:

      KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?

      Its not even hammering in if they will fight him. Its hammering in how they don't want to fight him, and that Isayama is doing his part not to let readers think this is all leading to a fight. In fact, chp 131 solidifed through foreshadowing that we are not just in for a talk, but we're in for one in the same style as the talk Eren and Armin had during the season 1 boulder mission. 

      Besides, not to state the obvious, but Eren being killed will achieve nothing worthwhile in the long run.  There's no guarantee it will stop the rumbling, and his people will still be demonized. We all know the story ends with peace and freedom, and that can't happen if Eren dies as "the bad guy" so something is going to happen that we're not expecting.

      It's not a question of will they kill Eren. It's can. If they're asking the question "Can you kill Eren?" and the answer is yes, but they don't, that's fine.

      But if the answer is no, then why bother asking the question over and over again when the person asking (mostly Annie) and the audience already suspects they know the answer?

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    • RuneLai wrote:

      Attackcjc wrote:

      RuneLai wrote:

      KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?
      Its not even hammering in if they will fight him. Its hammering in how they don't want to fight him, and that Isayama is doing his part not to let readers think this is all leading to a fight. In fact, chp 131 solidifed through foreshadowing that we are not just in for a talk, but we're in for one in the same style as the talk Eren and Armin had during the season 1 boulder mission. 

      Besides, not to state the obvious, but Eren being killed will achieve nothing worthwhile in the long run.  There's no guarantee it will stop the rumbling, and his people will still be demonized. We all know the story ends with peace and freedom, and that can't happen if Eren dies as "the bad guy" so something is going to happen that we're not expecting.

      It's not a question of will they kill Eren. It's can. If they're asking the question "Can you kill Eren?" and the answer is yes, but they don't, that's fine.

      But if the answer is no, then why bother asking the question over and over again when the person asking (mostly Annie) and the audience already suspects they know the answer?

      I think the answer to that question is due to the fact that, if this was any other series, all the characters would be flocking to fight Eren no questions asked.  If a fight with Eren was in the cards, after what happened in chp 123, there wouldn't be any debate over it between the characters, and even the ones who proposed it ended up turing away from it (Reiner, Gabi, Annie).

      I think this is Isayama's way of setting the stage and telling people not to just expect a fight and Eren's death, as many are expecting.  There are people who just think Eren should just die now, ignoring the signs the story won't go in that direction, and on another topic, these are also the same people who honestly thought Eren agreed with Zeke's euthanasia plan, when evidence going as far back as season 1 disproved that.  They just bought into how things looked on the surface and not all the details surrounding the situation.

      My point is, Isayama's method of storytelling is to keep things mysterious while leaving a bread crumb trail as a hint of where things are going.  In this case, he wants to show a dilemma over Eren, but he wants to also hint that they won't end up fighting him.

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    • Attackcjc wrote:

      Eradicate Us wrote:

      Attackcjc wrote:

      RuneLai wrote:

      KemonoTitan wrote: How many times is the "can you kill Eren" question gonna pop up? Guess Yams wants to hammer it in for the speed-readers.

      At this rate I'm going to be disappointed if they can't. Otherwise why bother asking the question?
      Its not even hammering in if they will fight him. Its hammering in how they don't want to fight him, and that Isayama is doing his part not to let readers think this is all leading to a fight. In fact, chp 131 solidifed through foreshadowing that we are not just in for a talk, but we're in for one in the same style as the talk Eren and Armin had during the season 1 boulder mission. 

      Besides, not to state the obvious, but Eren being killed will achieve nothing worthwhile in the long run.  There's no guarantee it will stop the rumbling, and his people will still be demonized. We all know the story ends with peace and freedom, and that can't happen if Eren dies as "the bad guy" so something is going to happen that we're not expecting.

      THIS! Very well put. Couldn't have said it better myself if I tried. You just made my day with this. Thank you.

      Something else I think is worth considering is that at some point in episode 25 of the anime, Eren was in a state very similar to what he's in right now. This was in that filler scene where he was fighting Annie. But as he was about to make a move on her, he softened up at the last moment and couldn't even finish her off. With this in mind and just knowing how Eren's heart really works in general, I don't think it would be too farfetched for him to do the same basic thing again in the current manga.

      No prob! And yeah, I remember that awesome moment, and believe it or not, it isn't filler. Isayama considers the anime to be the final draft of the series, so he had to had greenlit that being in the anime.  I agree with everything you mentioned, as I was thinking the same already.

      Good point. And the stuff we see in advance in the anime and spinoffs often turns out to be foreshadowing events to come. You and I are on a very similar wavelength.

      Plus, why would Grisha all of a sudden regain the faith he lost in Eren and then inject him? There must be a good reason for that.

      I even still see Zeke being fought as a major threat after Eren is back to normal and clearly on their side again.

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