After 11 years, the Attack on Titan manga has reached its conclusion Here’s how the final chapter ends the series
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Attack on Titan Chapter # 139, “Toward the Tree on That Hill”, by Hajime Isayama, Dezy Sienty and Alex Ko Ransom, available in English now on Kodansha
After 11 years and seven months, Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga has come to an end Chapter 139, “Final Chapter: Towards the Tree on This Hill,” is a satisfying and moving conclusion to a story that has captivated readers all over the world As dark as the series is, there is light at the end of the tunnel for more of its main cast than fans might expect, even if not everyone makes it out alive. Here’s how the epic saga ends and what fate ultimately holds for Eren Jeager
In the penultimate chapter, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and the remaining warriors fought Eren and the shining centipede that was the origin of all Titans, once nestled in the backbone of the Founding Titan After entering Eren’s Titan mouth with the help of Levi, Mikasa beheaded Eren’s human body and kissed him goodbye for the first and last time. The final chapter confirms that it killed him – for good this time As the dust settles, Mikasa brings her head to Armin, who mourns his loss with her in tears.She then leaves the battlefield with it, knowing that a Proper burial will not be granted to Eren after the devastation he caused via The Rumbling
Much like the chapter’s namesake, the final pages reveal – three years later – that Eren’s grave is under the tree on Paradise Island where he often took a nap as a child. Mikasa tells her that their friends, Armin, Jean, Connie, Annie and Pieck, will be arriving soon to visit him, along with Levi, Gabi, Falco and Onyankopon, presumably With nostalgia, she asks if he is happy before confessing to him that she wants to see him again
As the words leave her mouth, the scarf Eren gave her when they first met slips around her neck To her surprise, a bird appears in front of her and ties it around her again Smiling at him as he continued his flight, she said, “Thank you for wrapping this scarf around me, Eren” Previously, a bird-like bird flew over Armin and the others on the ship bound for Paradise The Scout Unit used wings as a badge and the birds, in general, were used frequently throughout the series as obvious symbols of what Eren so desperately yearned for: freedom
Eren’s endgame, throughout, was ridding the world of the Titans.The opening pages of the final chapter reveal the entire conversation on this subject between him and Armin via the Path – when the commander was still on the ship heading to Eren’s Wall Titans army “You did it for the future you saw using the power of the Attack Titan,” confirms Armin, clearly referring to Eren’s decision to kill 80% of humanity with the Rumbling. When Armin asks him if he really needed to take things to this extreme, Eren shows him a vision of a primordial volcanic land. According to him, “the power of the Titans continues to exist because Ymir has obeyed King Fritz for 2000 years“Despite the violence the monarch committed against her village, her parents and even her own body, she really loved Karl Fritz It is this bond that has bound her to him and his family for two millennia
Eren says he doesn’t fully understand her, but he knew she longed to be free, waiting all the time for someone to “release her from the agony of love.” Until then, we thought this person was Eren when he got all the power of the Founding Titan from her Instead, Eren reveals to Armin that this person was, in fact, Mikasa, which is why Ymir smiled at the end of Chapter 138 when Mikasa chose to kill Eren Somehow, this choice freed her, but only Ymir herself knows why.Once Eren and Armin’s conversation ends in The Path, he erases Armin’s memory, which Armin recovers in chapter # 139 after Eren’s death.
Eren’s death and Mikasa’s release of Ymir also result in every Titan’s body turning to dust, and those that have been transformed are restored to human form. Knowing his sacrifice, Eren’s friends are grateful that he has finally let go of the Curse of the Titans, but non-Eldians remain wary of them.
The chapter ends with the aforementioned three-year jump, when the day the Rumbling was arrested became the “ battle of heaven and earth ”’However, although the Titans are gone for good, the Islanders are still afraid of what the rest of the world might do in retaliation.The new nation of Eldia installs its army under the Jeagerist banner In a letter to Armin, the Queen Historia, now mother of a three-year-old girl, writes: “If we win, we live If we lose, we die If you don’t fight, we can’t win Fighting Fighting This fight won’t end as long as Eldia or the world does not disappear This is what Eren said, and he might be right Even so, he chose to leave this world in our hands This place we now live in A world without titans “
Armin, Reiner, Annie, Jean, Connie and Pieck hope that upon their return to the island – after destroying the walls and killing Eren, the symbol of the islanders’ resistance – they can negotiate a peace treaty like United Nations Ambassadors for the Peace Talks We never know if they succeed or not, but Connie’s faith in Historia and Armin’s assurance that telling their side of the story will be enough to end things on a hopeful note
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