- The second part of the final season of “Attack on Titan” premieres on January 9.
- The season will bring the story of Eren Jaeger, eager soldier turned faction leader, to a close.
- Things you should remember before watching include information about Eren, Zeke, and Mikasa.
Since the anime adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s wildly popular manga series premiered in 2013, “Attack on Titan” has become a global phenomenon. Over the course of that run, its universe has greatly expanded: What started as a straightforward story about humans fighting off man-eating monsters to survive has morphed into a political story that attempts to grapple with the intergenerational legacy of war.
Ahead of tuning in on Netflix for what’s sure to be an explosive final run, these are some of the key things you should know.
Warning: Major spoilers for “Attack on Titan” through season 4, part 1 ahead.
After Eren escapes from prison, he rendezvouses with the Jaegerists, whose members include Floch Forster. Their goal is to find Zeke, thereby reuniting his royal blood with Eren’s Founding Titan power, and reestablish a New Eldian Empire. Jaegerists killed Dhalis Zachary, captured top officers in the Scout Regiment, and take over the Cadet Corps, commanding cadets to beat instructor Keith Shadis in the process.
Yelena explains this euthanization plan in episode 16. Unable to reproduce, Eldians will slowly die out, taking the destructive power of the Titans with them. In theory, erasing this power will bring about greater peace in the world.
During the conversation, Armin attempts to fight Eren, only to be stopped immediately by Mikasa. She lets him so, where he once again attempts to fight Eren. Eren wins, telling Armin that they’ve never fought before because it wouldn’t be a fair fight. He then captures and imprisons both of them.
Eren’s possession of the War Hammer Titan is more recent. He gained its power, which involves creating structures out of Titan flesh, after eating Lara Tybur during the raid on Liberio. Its power is what allowed him to escape from prison following the raid.
Azumabito reveals that the shogun that her family is descended from had a son who frequently visited Paradis and met with King Fritz. Amid the Great Titan War, the son was left on Paradis, and MIkasa is his direct descendant. In the words of Azumabito, she’s “the hope of Hizuru.”
After Eren’s escape, Mikasa rebuffs Azumabito’s offer to escape to her ship in the face of a looming assault on Paradis.
Ingesting Zeke’s spinal fluid meant that, at his command, the soldiers would turn immediately into Pure Titans. Zeke leveraged this power to attempt to escape from Levi, turning all of his soldiers who had drunk the wine into Titans.
However, there are others, including Falco, who have ingested the wine and haven’t yet been turned into Titans. Niccolo says that he was instructed to serve the wine to high-ranking officers by Yelena.