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During the last part of Attack on Titan’s Final Season, we see that the Rumbling is just about to begin. With Eren being all bones and head, the Alliance, (composed of Reiner, Gabi, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, Reiner, Connie, Jean, and Hange) have just begun their quest to stop Eren and his schemes. In the anime, what comes after that remains a mystery.
In the manga, what comes after that is just pure devastation. We’ve all known it at the back of our minds somehow, that Eren had a reason for all of the destruction. He was the villain in his own hero story, but it wasn’t exactly made clear why he did it.
In the next scenes in the manga so much happen. To prevent heart attacks, this article will not be as detailed compared to the manga, but it will still talk about details about the ending, so you know, keep all eyes and ears open.
Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and the remaining Warriors fought Eren and the shining centipede that created all Titans, which was formerly nestled in the Founding Titan’s spine, in the penultimate chapter. Mikasa severed Eren’s human body and kissed him goodbye for the first and last time after entering Eren’s Titan lips with Levi’s help.
The final chapter confirms Eren’s death – this time for good. As the dust settles, Mikasa turns to face Armin, who weeps with her over his loss. She then departs the battlefield with it, knowing that Eren would not be properly buried due to the devastation wrought by The Rumbling.
The chapter concludes with the aforementioned three-year time jump, at which point the day the Rumbling was put to rest became known as the ‘Battle of Heaven and Earth.’ Despite the fact that the Titans are no longer a threat, the Islanders are concerned about what the rest of the world might do in response. Eldia, the new nation, creates its military under the Jeagerist banner. “If we win, we live,” writes Queen Historia, now the mother of a three-year-old daughter, in a letter to Armin. We die if we lose. We can’t win if you don’t fight. Fight, fight, fight. This battle will continue until either Eldia or the world vanishes. That’s what Eren said, and he might be correct.
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Armin, Reiner, Annie, Jean, Connie, and Pieck are left to hope that after destroying the walls and killing Eren, the Islanders’ symbol of resistance, they would be able to broker a peace pact as the Allied Nations’ Ambassadors for Peace Talks. We never find out if they are successful, but Connie’s faith in Historia and Armin’s assurance that sharing their side of the tale will suffice to finish Attack on Titan on an optimistic note.
After that, we see a panel of a woman and kids by the same tree where Armin, Mikasa, and Eren used to play around. A child wanders off and goes into the woods, and he passes by what looks like the same tree where the original founder Ymir had pledged her loyalty to the devil… which looks extremely suspicious but also felt a little like a whole cycle was about to start again.
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Why did Eren push through with the Rumbling?
It wasn’t made explicitly clear as to why Eren had chosen to push through with the Rumbling, but during that scene when Armin remembered their conversation by the sea, Eren said he didn’t want to lose Mikasa to someone else, but he also did not want her to be put in danger, he didn’t want his friends to be put in danger, and so he went through with the Rumbling.
He wanted to save his friends from the danger of being caught red-handed by the government and the other nations, so he acted alone. He knew Armin and Mikasa’s kindness would lead them to the right decision, and that it would be harder to convince them to kill him if he told them about his plan, so he kept it a secret.
Worked well, because, after Mikasa had shown everyone Eren’s head, the Rumbling immediately stopped. Instead of being captured by the Marleyans, the Alliance became the heroes the world needed, and even though they were still treated like Eldians, they finally gained the title of the ‘saviors of the world.’
Eren’s ultimate goal was to save his friends, not the world, but his friends. He wanted them to live a life that would not cause them to go into hiding. The main reason why he didn’t want ANY of his friends to inherit his titan is that he wanted them to live a life that strayed away from being the outcasts of the community, and the whole rumbling stunt did just that and more. Though many are still suspicious, the world views the alliance as the reason why they are still alive, and his friends’ safety was all Eren ever wished for.