Deceiver

Attack on Titan episode 11 opens with the prison escape of Gabi Braun and Falco Grice. Fearing being killed, Gabi plans the escape. She pretends to be ill and bashes the guard in the head with a brick. Falco doubts they can escape at all. Gabi responds that death would only await them if they remain. In Marley, Reiner awakens in a hospital. The first question he asks is “where Gabi and Falco are?” Back in Paradis, Gabi and Falco have been running for hours.

Gabi is determined to get information from Zeke. Suddenly, they’re interrupted by Kaya. She invites them to eat breakfast. Falco tells Gabi to “let him do the talking.” Gabi’s bigotry is on full display here. She doesn’t want to be touched by “the devils,” and she doesn’t want to eat. I suspect that her views on the Paradis Eldians will soften or she kills the family before that can happen. I think the former is more likely, but Gabi is at ease with violence and combined with her bigotry might not be reasonable.

The fissure between Eren and the Military widens. Hange is confronted by the public who questions their treatment of Eren. They believe all members of the Eldian community should have a say. Hange seems frustrated. She tells them, “the situation has changed now that their Walls are open.” Inside, Hange meets with Floch Forster, who leaked the info that they imprisoned Eren. He claims Eren did “nothing wrong,” and is a “savior.” Hange agrees with some of his arguments but arrests him and three other dissenters. If Eren now has a cult surrounding him, I definitely believe he will betray Paradis (or at least the Military) and put himself in conflict with Armin, Levi, and possibly Mikasa. However, Mikasa’s blind devotion to Eren most likely will see her join him.

The Sascha connection

At the Braus family ranch, Gabi and Falco clean the stables. Kaya comes for lunch. Gabi says that Kaya “has not accepted her guilt and asks if she has forgotten the atrocities committed by the people of the island.” This is in response to Kaya telling Falco that most of the workers are orphans. When Kaya asks if that “what’s taught in Marley” Gabi grabs a pitchfork. Kaya tells them what happened to her as a child and asks “what her mom did to deserve that.” She’s aware of the outside world’s bigotry, but doesn’t understand it. Predictable, Gabi holds on to the stories of Eldians from history. Kaya counters with logic, it doesn’t work.

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It didn’t dawn on me until this moment that Kaya is with Sascha’s family. During the Clash of the Titan’s arc, Sascha rescued her from a small Titan that was eating her mother. This being Attack on Titan, this situation will only end in tragedy. Finally, Zeke is exposed as a traitor. Magath tells the remaining Warriors that the world will attack Paradis Island in six months. Reiner notes Marley needs to launch a surprise attack, considering the damage they took. With Zeke now with the Scouts (although they don’t trust him), that gives them (in theory anyway) the power of the Beast, Colossus, Attack, and War Hammer Titans. However, with this new cult of Eren, Paradis may not be at full power to stop Marley from devastating the Island.


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