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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 26: Traitor

In Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 26: Traitor, the Alliance is handed their first test as the Jaegerist take over the port and kidnap the Azumabito family. The situation is delicate as they need the flying boat to get to Eren. Hange is afraid that the Jaegerists will destroy the boat upon learning that the alliance is present. Annie Leonhart argues they need to “take out all their enemies simultaneously in order to avoid the destruction of the flying boat.” However, Mikasa Ackermann points out they need to avoid endangering the Azumabito family. The Scouts want to hold off the Jaegerists, while rescuing the Azumabito family without killing any of the Jaegerists. Annie and Pieck don’t think a plan like that is possible.

Annie concludes that it’s “too much” to ask of the Scouts. Reiner suggests they remain behind, however, Hange returns to tell them must fight. The Wall Titans have likely reached Marley already, they need to move fast. Armin and Conny arrive outside of the port building on horseback. They claim to be chasing the Cart and Armored Titan’s. They need the Azumabito family to ready the flying boats so they can give chase. When the move closer they’re stopped by Daz and the interestingly named Samuel Linke-Jackson. They confront Armin with rumors of the alliance. The flying boat is armed with explosives and before they can be removed, Floch becomes suspicious.

Conny hard lessons

If they were in a hurry, why use horses instead of a faster means of travel? He prepares to shoot the engineers. In the commotion, Mikasa crashes through the window. Floch flees from the room ordering the killing of Mikasa, Armin, and Conny. Mikasa rushes the Hizuru engineers and Kiyomi into the basement. At the dock, Armin and Conny come into violent conflict with Daz and Samuel. Daz tries to reconnect the detonator and blow up the flying boat. Samuel shoots Armin. As Reiner and Annie transform into their Titan forms, Conny is forced to kill Samuel and Daz.

If anything can bring the alliance together it’s fighting together. Sharing a common foe can reinforce a sense of shared purpose and strengthen the weak bonds between the two sides. I wasn’t really buying the “friendship” between the Scouts and the Jaegerists. It’s convincing regarding a potential conflict with Eren but I didn’t even remember Samuel or Daz. Regardless, killing them especially after his reluctance will endear Conny to the Marleyans. Conny specifically seems to be learning hard lessons in these recent episodes. I wonder how he’ll deal with killing his friends and leaving his mother to be a Titan.

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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 24: Pride

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 24, “Pride” opens with Hange Zoe treating a severely injured Levi Ackermann. She concludes that the only reason he’s survives is due to “being an Ackermann.” Hange wonders if they might end up imprisoned. When Eren sends his message, Levi awakens. Hange explains the situation to Levi, who’s still reeling from his failure to defeat Zeke Jaeger. At the end of the last episode Levi and Hange encountered Theo Magath and Pieck Finger. Their both searching for Zeke. Hange assumes Eren has him to make use of his “royal blood.” Conny Springer continues to manipulate Falco Grice as they camp in the woods. As I predicted, Conny is starting to feel guilty for deceiving Falco, who trusts him.

It all falls apart when Falco remembers Conny from when Gabi Braun murdered Sasha Braus. Conny reveals his mother, still trapped in the house for what’s likely been years now. He tries to trick Falco into getting close to his mother by suggesting they “clean her teeth.” It’s all so awkward. Suddenly, Gabi and Armin Arlelt appear and warn Falco. Desperate, Conny takes him hostage, holding a blade to Falco’s throat. Armin decides to risk his life by climbing on the a beam and preparing to feed himself to the Titan’s mouth. Conny drops Falco and saves Armin. When Conny asks Armin “what his backup plan would have been” he responds “Conny’s mother becoming human.” I wasn’t prepared for such a touching answer. This arc ending with the result I expected but not in the way I expected.

Jean’s great escape

Yelena and Onyankopon are set to be executed for opposing the Eldian Empire. Yelena seems ready to die but Onyankopon is more talkative. Onyankopon is a interesting character in Attack on Titan. He’s thinly drawn but innocent in a way that everyone else isn’t. He genuinely wanted to save his homeland and aid the Eldian people at the same time. Other characters notice this, even Floch. I don’t feel bad for most of the characters in Attack on Titan at this point, especially now that their all been indicted in someway. Personally, I would have been fine if Yelena got killed but not Onyankopon. Regardless, Jean and Mikasa have a plan. They collude with the Cart Titan to rescue Yelena and Onyankopon and escape with supplies. Hange, Armin, Mikasa, Levi, and Annie all join forces with the Marley to save the world.

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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 22: Thaw

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 22,” Thaw,” opens with Eren telling the Subjects of Ymir that he “will use the Titans to trample all life in the outside world in order to protect the people of Paradis Island.” Annie’s father back in Liberio realizes this spells doom for the Eldians. In the Shiganshina District, Reiner Braun tells Gabi that Falco was taken by Jean Kirschtein and Conny Springer now that he’s a Titan. Reiner tells Gabi she needs to escape. Reiner has no hope of stopping Eren, whereas, Gabi still thinks she can. Her first step is to find Falco. With Falco in their custody, Jean and Conny meet up with Mikasa and Armin. They discuss Eren’s plan and consider feeding Falco to Dot Pyxis or Conny’s mother.

This suggestion leads to conflict between Conny and Armin. Conny accuses Armin of not only hypocrisy, he’s only alive because he ate Bertholdt Hoover, but not caring about his mother. Armin tries to argue that killing Falco would “invite more conflict,” between them and the Warriors. While Armin has a point, I think it’s makes more sense to feed Falco to Conny’s mother or at least Pyxis. Before they can decided, a Titan interrupts and Conny escapes with Falco. Considering the fact that this is Attack on Titan, Conny is more likely to have to kill his mother, be killed by his mother, or by Gabi than save her. I have no hope for his plan.

Annie returns

Elsewhere, Jean, Misaka, and Armin regroup with others outside the fort. They collect Thunder Spears to slay the remaining Titans, including Pyxis. When the battle ends, all the Pure Titans are exterminated and so are the Marleyan forces. Floch Forster, Onyankopon, and Yelena are dejected after Eren’s betrayal and Zeke’s defeat. Gabi learns of Falco’s kidnapping from Armin and Mikasa, and begs Armin to asks Eren to focus only on the military. When she mentions that Eren stripped Reiner of his Titan armor, Armin realizes something. Suddenly, in a basement, Annie Leonhart is freed from her Titan hardening.

It should have been obvious that Annie was going to be apart of this episode once her father appeared. Despite that I was surprised that she woke up. Earlier in this season, Eren accused Armin of falling in love with Annie due to Bertholdt feelings towards her and Armin eating him. Considering he was lying during this moment I don’t know how much truth there is to it. Regardless, Annie was fond of Armin, famously allowing him to live when she was seeking Eren. She’s not trustworthy, but she could end up on any side of this conflict. I can’t image Armin, Mikasa, and the others allowing Eren to conduct a mass genocide. However, like I said before this is Attack on Titan.

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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 20: The power of the Attack Titan

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 20, ends with a major reveal. Zeke takes Eren through the memories of their father, Grisha Jaeger. Zeke has one goal to show Eren how his father’s ideology is manipulating him. Zeke is clearly bitter for being “abandoned,” accusing Grisha of forgetting he “had a first son.” Zeke tells Eren that their father of using his position as a doctor to “cozy up to those in power,” so he can “hunt down the king,” and “steal the Founding Titan.” If Grisha fails his wife and son (Eren) would suffer as well. It’s Zeke not Eren that is shocked early in this episode. Eren and Zeke learn that Grisha found the King’s hideout years before they expected. Grisha appears to have stopped the pursuit of the King at this point. Zeke assumed that Grisha never loved any of his children, but he realizes that he did love Eren.

Eren gets more intense in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 20
Eren gets more intense in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 20

After travelling through several more memories, Eren tells Zeke that the reason he betrayed him wasn’t because Grisha manipulated. He’s always destroyed those that tired to “steal his freedom.” We also learn that Eren wanted to join the Survey Corps since childhood. Eren doesn’t want to remain ignorant of the outside world. His father is terrified at the revelation. He goes to beg the royal family to stop the Titans and save his wife, daughter, and son. Eren begins to rage in the background as Grisha explains the significance of the Attack Titan, to “defy self-righteous kings.” Furthermore, Grisha claims that the Attack Titan “allows its holder to glimpse the memories of its future inheritors.”

The past can’t be changed

Grisha removes a scalpel from his jacket and prepares to eliminate the royal line. However, he can’t bring himself to do it. Grisha is a doctor. He can’t bring himself to take lives especially children. While he hesitates, the royal family beg their sister Frieda to kill Grisha. Eren tells his father to stand up and remember what he’s fighting for. To avenge his sister, comrades, Dina, and, Kruger. It turns out Grisha killed the Reiss family on the orders of Eren. With the Attack Titan’s ability to see the future, Grisha tells Zeke his dreams are dead. He’s seen the future, Eren wins, and it’s horrible. He tells Zeke, he have to “stop Eren.” Suddenly, Zeke returns to the Paths, with Eren looking down on him.

I will admit, I find the fact Eren is responsible for everything to be confusing. Time travel always has the potential to confuse. Eren is given more agency that everyone else and turns out to be the manipulator of events. It’s farfetched. Attack on Titan also rewrites it’s own story. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Regardless, I’m excited to see how this series ends. Eren violent behavior is getting worst. I guess he’s still the “good” guy, but I’m not sure what that even means in this series.

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Attack on Titan, Season 4, Episode 17: Eren rages, as Marley invades

Short Summary:

The Marleyan’s invade the Shiganshina District. Eren Jaeger is confronted by Porco Galliard, Pieck Finger, and Reiner Braun. Overwhelmed, Eren is under threat of being killed. Onyankopon free’s the scouts, hoping they will rescue Eren. They don’t trust him. If they rescue Eren that means supporting the “euthanization plan.” Armin tries to convince them that Eren isn’t planning on euthanizing anyone. His words are met with silence.

Levi is in the worst way in Attack on Titan Season 4
Levi is in the worst way in Attack on Titan Season 4

Attack on Titan Season 4 continues exactly where episode 16 left off. Hange Zoe is holding the motionless body of Levi. She tells Floch that Levi’s dead. Attack on Titan is willing to kill off major characters but I don’t think they’ll kill Levi, yet. However, he likely won’t return to battle for a long time if at all. With all the betrayal in this season, it’s difficult to keep track of who’s on who’s side. I had completely forgot about the Jaegerist and the fact that Hange was their hostage. While they’re distracted by the return of Zeke Jaeger, Hange grabs Levi and jumps into the river. Zeke explains that he was in the “paths” a channel that connect all Titans and Subjects of Ymir. While there, his body is remolded by a strange girl. Episode 17 introduces some questions regarding the Titans. Who’s the girl? How did she control the Titan that resurrected Zeke?

In the Shiganshina District, Eren transforms in to the Attack Titan and faces Porco Galliard, Pieck Finger, and Reiner Braun alone. With all the power he’s gained and cult he’s inspired Eren has become arrogant. He marches into the fray certain of his victory. At least in this episode it appears he miscalculated. Pieck snipes at him from a distance, while Reiner and Porco engage directly.

The Cost of Betrayal

Having betrayed all his friends, Eren has no allies with the skills to combat the other Titans. While Eren struggles to fight Reiner, Pieck, and Porco the Marely army slaughters the Jaegerists. This was the most unrealistic part of this conflict. Even though Marley surprised them, it doesn’t make since that they would make better use of the environment than the Jaegerists. There were several moments when the Jaegerists were just standing there out in the open being massacred. Meanwhile, Yelena is just standing there talking about how “special” Eren is.

The most proactive member of the Jaegerists was Onyankopon. In his panic state over Eren’s possible death, he releases the scouts. Conny Springer isn’t so eager to help. With all the betrayals he doesn’t know who to trust. In my review of the last episode, I argued that the main theme was the “consequences of mistrust.” As part of the audience you feel like Conny. Who can they trust? Armin makes one final plead. Arguing that Eren is still worthy of their allegiance. Is he? Eren’s behavior was out of character for him. Armin’s argument feels plausible but are we just giving into wishful thinking? At this point everyone’s confused. Especially the scouts.

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Attack on Titan Episode 7: Recap and Review

Episode 7 – “Assault”

Attack on Titan Season 4 episode 7, “Assault” raises the stakes as the Beast Titan and the Cart Titan join the Jaw Titan. They shoot the Scout Regiment down. Running out of power, Lara Tybur uses her power to impale Eren again. He blocks his neck in time. Falco Grice and Reiner both survived Eren’s transformation. However, Reiner has lost the will to live. Eren attempts to crack Lara’s crystal, only to break the Attack Titan’s teeth. He abandons the Titan, then creates a new one. Pieck, Porco, and Zeke are confident that they have the upper hand. Pieck states that “he Warriors are the ones currently controlling the battlefield because their opponents are limited in weapons and fuel, having arrived using omni-directional mobility gear without a supply line.” With the Marley military surrounding the interment zone, she believes the only obstacle is Levi.

However, this isn’t true. In the harbor, Marleyan fleet prepares to dock. Suddenly, Armin Arlet transforms into the Colossal Titan, destroying the fleet in a nuclear explosion. The Warriors realize they underestimated the Scouts. Porco charges at Eren, hoping that capturing the Founding Titan would end the conflict. Zeke is defeated by Levi, who strikes at his nape. The Beast Titan collapses in front of Magath, Falco, and Gabi. Levi triggers an explosion, forcing Magath and the children into cover. Elsewhere, the Scouts attack Pieck and the Panzer Unit. Sasha Braus snipes one member, Carlo. Pieck is then overwhelmed by Jean, when he hits her with a thunder spear near the eye. The rest of the Scouts bombard the Panzer Unit with Thunder Spears, killing them.

Eren is starting to lose it

Meanwhile, Porco reaches Eren. He bites off his hand, then rips out one of Eren’s eyes. In the barrage, Porco scratches the Lara’s crystal. An airship carrying Hange Zoe arrives. Hange explains the plan is to pick up the scouts, but they only have one shot at it. Porco tries to attack the ship, but Mikasa surprises him. She cuts off both his legs, leaving him at the mercy of Eren. The Attack Titan tosses Porco before pulling off both arms. Eren then jams the crystal containing Lara into the Jaw Titan’s mouth. Taking advantage of the Jaw Titan’s teeth, Eren crushes Lara like a walnut, while Porco begs him not to. After he kills Lara, Eren allows the blood and spinal fluid to flow into the Attack Titan’s mouth, gaining the War Hammer Titan’s ability. As Eren prepares to consume Porco’s Titan ability as well, Gabi and Falco call for Reiner to aid them. Reiner finally awakes, transforming into the Armored Titan.

Attack on Titan episode 7 was brutal. This series has conditioned us not to expect any easy battles and to prepare to see our favorite characters die. I thought I would side with the Scout Regiment only, but I found myself switch sides. Falco and Gabi are both innocent (at least where the Scouts are concerned) but I felt sorry for them. They have always been victims, but Eren specifically has caused them pain. I wonder if they will become like him. Continuing the endless circle of violence. Eren’s brutality is becoming troubling. I’m thinking that he’s going to become the villain, or at least the anti-hero. Eren has no regard for human life. It disappointed me that Levi and Mikasa didn’t shine. However, it’s clear that they are going to be important to the Paradise military force. Overall, Attack on Titan “Assault” was another breathtaking episode.


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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 6: Recap and Review

Episode 6 – “The War Hammer Titan”

I’ve been saying this all season, but it bears repeating. Attack on Titan has been to humanize the Eldian’s. Consider Willy Tybur, in episode 6, we see that he’s a father of 5. This successfully humanizes him. We think of his children being fatherless. However, he goes on in his conversation with Captain Magath to show little concern for Eldian’s life. The sympathy he earns in the previous scene is relinquished and when Eren eats him in the following scene, we don’t care. Eren’s assault has a devastating impact. While he massacre’s the attendees, the warriors suffer losses. Zofia is crushed under rubble. Udo tries to save her and is trampled to death.

The tragedy has the likely effect of radicalising Gabi. She can’t understand “why Udo and Zofia” had to die. The answer is they didn’t. However, Gabi is pushed further when Sasha kills a soldier in front of Gabi. Shocked by the violence, Gabi grabs a gun. I think Gabi will end up killing one of the Scouts, probably Sasha in revenge. However, Gabi’s not the victim here. She has killed plenty of people. She may be too young to or to bias to release that she’s no better than anyone else. That is the theme that Attack on Titan is trying to make. There are no angels here. It’s tragic that it involves a child like Gabi at all, but this is the world of Attack on Titan.

Look at what you’ve done, Eren

Lara Tybur is actually the War Hammer Titan. She quickly dominates Eren, when she impales him on a spike. The Titan can create any weapon it chooses. This makes the War Hammer titan a versatile Titan. Overwhelmed, it exposes Eren. When the War Hammer Titan asks “his last words,” he calls for Mikasa to take action. Mikasa arrives in typical epic fashion. Soaring through the air with new armor, she fires eight Thunder Spears into the nape of the War Hammer. As she pulls the triggers, they explode, appearing to kill the host. Once reunited with Eren, she asks him to “come home.” Eren’s “mission” to invade Marley seems to have been another one of his reckless decisions.

The Marley’s army prepares for a full assault. Eren notices that the War Hammer function differently from other Titans. First, it doesn’t have the nape weakness. Eren notes that the titan appeared “from the feet,” instead of “from the head.” Lara isn’t inside the War Hammer Titan at all. She’s hiding underneath the stage attached to the Titan by an umbilical cord. Eren transforms a second time, pulling out Lara from her hiding place. He tears the umbilical cord and the War Hammer Titan collapse. As he prepares to eat the Titan, the Jaw Titan attacks him from behind. Before it can kill Eren, Levi arrives slashing the jaw of the Titan, preventing him from biting.

It shocks Galliard that the Survey Corps isn’t afraid of him. Titans had besieged Paradis Island for decades, resulting is the Survey Corps developing skills and means to deal with Titans. This has also happened to the nations that surround Marley. This episode tests us. As viewers, we are rooting for Eren as he slaughters the masses. The “masses” unfortunately include children. Soldiers are expected to die and have made victims of other. I won’t lie, I was enjoying this massacre, especially when Eren kills the soldiers. Attack on Titan has attempted to make us feel for the Eldians, but I think they needed more time. War creates victims of everyone. The Survey Core may win this fight, but they could lose the war or at least more of themselves. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so they could get slaughtered in the next episode.

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Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 5

Episode 5 – ‘Declaration of War’

Attack on Titan has been making the case that both Marley and Paradis Island have reason for war. However, episode 5, “Declaration of War” undermines this case. Willy Tyber reveals the sorted his of family and King Karl Fritz. As Tyber tells this tale, Eren and Reiner discuss their similarities, while the Scouts work behind the scenes. Able to hear the stage from the basement, Eren shows Reiner that he’s already cut his hand. Reiner ask Eren, “why he is in Marley.” He responds that he there for the same reason as Reiner, “he has no choice.” Reiner breaks down. Since the beginning of the fourth season, Reiner has been at the center. Particularly, his guilt at the death of his friend, the attack on Paradis Island, and the betrayal of the Scouts. Reiner is a more sympathetic figure. Falco Grice is also sympathetic. Having trusted Eren when he was unaware of who he was, he becomes a pawn in the war. When Falco realises that Eren is from Paradiso Island, he’s devastated that he aided the enemy. Eren apologizes.

Elsewhere, the soldier escorting Pieck, Porco Galliard, and Zeke Jaeger orders Zeke to “go to the gate.” Pieck claims to find the soldier to be “familiar.” Most fans would instantly think of Armin. The soldier is much taller than the Armin we remember, but he resembles him. Willy tells the audience the entire history of the Eldian Empire. Using the power of the Titans, the Eldians dominated humanity, wiping out “many ethnicities and cultures.” However, the story of the Marleyan hero Helos was false. King Karl Fritz was the one that wanted peace. The Tybur family and the King colluded together to end the violence. The King moved the Eldians to Paradis Island, threatening to unleash a thousand of Colossal Titans. Despite this threat, the King accepted the invasion of the Paradis Island because he believed that “the Eldian sins could never be atoned for.”

Eren Jaeger is a threat to world

The soldier brings Galliard and Pieck into an abandoned room. He cuts a rope near the wall, opening a trapdoor beneath the two Titans. Pieck notes that they’re “too cramped to transform without being squashed to death.” Back on stage, Willy tells the shocked audience that the peace King Fritz wanted ended when Eren stole the Founding Titan. He announces that the “new threat to the world is Eren Jaeger.” With the Founding Titan’s power, Eren can command “millions of Colossal Titans at any moment.” In the basement, Reiner tells Eren that “they wanted to save the world.” Eren seems to see himself in Reiner, who blames himself for the tragedies that happened to Eren. Although Eren claims that he and Reiner “are he same,” he will “continue moving forward until his enemies are destroyed.” Eren’s eye turns bright green, and he transforms in the room with Reiner and Falco.

Eren emerges from underneath the stage, crushing Willy and tossing him into the air. I thought Falco’s presence was going to prevent Eren from transforming. We assume that Eren’s the “good guy” and won’t kill a harmless child. Attack on Titan has been making the argument that there are no heroes, just sides. Regardless, if the Marley nation had left Paradis Island alone, they all would have peace. The fear and bigotry of the Marley’s lead them to attacking the Island, resulting in the uprising that caused Eren to rise in power. The cycle of violence started with the Eldians, but could have ended with the Marley nation. They instigated this war, now they must suffer the consequence.


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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 7

Your Anime Crush (Mikasa Ackerman)

My anime crush is Mikasa Ackerman . If you don’t know, she is one of the title characters of Attack on Titan. What’s not to love about Mikasa. She’s loyal, pretty and strong. Mikasa is a little dark because they murdered her parents. She loves Eren and Armin fiercely and will do anything for them. Mikasa has a strong sense of morality. I think her dependence on Eren is a little unhealthy, but nobody is perfect. She’s brave and was the top graduate of her class. Her ability to fight is impressive and I think she’s bad ass.


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Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 4

Episode 4 – “From One Hand to Another”

Theo Magath learns that the Tybur family has arrived. Although the Tybur family is Eldian, they have prospered. Magath meets Willy Tybur that introduces him to the rest of his family. Magath believes that “war is too distant for the average Marleyan,” and he aims to reinstate the “Marley’s conscription system.” Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 4 gestures at the likely conflict that going to occur between Paradis Island and Marley. If the people have gotten comfortable and no longer take war seriously, they’re about to experience battle first hand.

Willy tells him that his family does control Marley, but they have given the nation freedom. He plans on revealing ‘the truth to the world at the upcoming festival.” Considering the hostility between Marley and Eldia, it’s surprising that the Tybur family is in control. I hope we learn how they gain that position. At the military meeting, Reiner points out the weaknesses in the methods for invading Paradis Island. He dismissed by the strategist, who concludes that “it was not worth letting an Eldian talk.”

Outside, the Warriors watch as Falco beats Gabi in a footrace. They celebrate, but his brother doubts that he will surpass her. The candidates head to the festival stage that’s under construction. The Tybur family will declare war in front of the ambassadors from other nations. Udo points out that “hatred for Eldians is even worse outside of Marley,” as a result, he doubts the other nations will support them. Elsewhere, Falco visits Kruger (Eren). He tells Falco that after “the festival he will go back to his hometown.” Attack on Titan, maybe foreshadowing the plan the scouts have. Attack during the festival and then return home. When a doctor approaches, Falco runs off. The doctor introduces himself as Dr. Jaeger. He tells Eren about Falco’s family and warns him not to get Falco in trouble. Eren suspects that Dr. Jaegar is talking about his past. He asks him “if he has regrets,” and the man says “everyday.”

Meeting Dr. Jaeger

Dr. Jaegar is the father of Fay and Grisha Jaeger and the grandfather of Zeke and Eren. They introduced us to Dr. Jaeger in the 20th episode of Attack on Titan. His daughter Fay is murdered by a Marley Public Security officer. Dr. Jaeger was a coward and meekly accepted the fake story he was told. In the present, he expresses regret for what happens and has a breakdown. During the festival, Gabi and the other candidates enjoy food outsiders prepared. During the night, they prepare to watch the announcement. Meanwhile, Falco leads Reiner away to a basement. There he introduces him to Kruger, who Reiner immediately realizes is Eren. Attack on Titan Episode 4 was the last chance for the candidates to experience a normal life before the war. The series is clearly ramping up to an explosive battle. I suspect that in the next episode it will start. I feel sorry for Falco. He seemed to like Kruger (Eren) and was so excited to introduce Reiner to him. He going to have bigger problems going forward, but I think it will hurt him.