Attack on Titan’s ending has been one of the most controversial endings of the history of manga. The fans have mixed reactions to how the story of Eren Yeager, the boy who sought freedom, concluded. Some say that the maniac mass murderer deserved such a death, while the Eren fans completely reject this ending.
Meanwhile, the anime-only fans are still heading towards the most awaited war between Paradis and Marley, and most of them can’t wait to see how Eren Yeager’s rampage finally ends. Many fans predicted that it would be one of the two Ackermans to bring down the, but little did we know that it would be a combined effort from both the Ackermans that stopped this cycle of hatred. At least that’s how the manga went, and I am guessing that the anime will follow the same storyline unless the production studio gets inspired by the Promised Neverland franchise.
Here’s everything that you need to know about Mikasa’s role in stopping Eren and why she is the only one who could have done it.
Yes, Mikasa was the one to slice off Eren’s head in the Attack on Titan manga, and the Part 2 of Attack on Titan: Final Season is expected to follow the same plot. Well, she did this with the help of Captain Levi by her side, who made way for her with the last thunder spear they had.
She held Eren’s sad face in her hand, bit him farewell will a kiss. For someone like Mikasa, who took Eren’s side no matter how irrational his decisions were, it must have taken a lot of willpower to kill the love of her life.
Before we understand why Mikasa killed Eren, we need to know Eren’s motive behind resorting to rumbling without exploring any other options. Since he inherited the Attack Titan too, he was well aware of how he was going to die and still didn’t try to change it. Armin believes that Eren wanted to be the greater evil that unites the world together, thereby placing the Eldian in a position similar to that of Tybur family after the Great Titan War.
However, there’s another theory that the latest chapter of Attack on Titan hinted towards. The concept of past and present may work differently when you have inherited the Attack Titan, and I doubt if there’s a way to change the future. In other words, the future that Eren saw has been forced upon by destiny on him, and he had no other option but to make it a reality. Either way, Eren believed that its the only way to attain true freedom and peace, so he never backed out from his path
Why was Mikasa the only one Who could Free Ymir?
King Fritz exploited the powers of Ymir and treated her as her personal slave or even worse. He didn’t think twice before feeding Ymir’s corpse to their children. Despite all that cruelty, Ymir kept on serving King Fritz and his bloodline for 2000 years as she fell in love with that tyrant.
Even with all the god-like powers, she was just a slave to the royal bloodline and was ready to be exploited similarly in the years to come. She needed someone to show her the importance of a free will and set her free from the prison called ‘love.’ Well, Mikasa might’ve not suffered as much with Eren, but she surely was blinded by Eren’s love. Right from the day Eren saved her life, Mikasa went above and beyond to ensure his safety irrespective of how irrational his actions were.
When Mikasa chose the world over Eren’s life, she showed Ymir how to prioritize rationality over love. It freed Ymir from all her ties, thereby proving to her that it’s okay to love someone and still go against them. This brought an end to the existence of Titans and the repetitive cycle of hatred that comes with it.
Moreover, Eren’s death freed Mikasa from acting mindlessly like his subordinate. Her feeling towards Eren hindered her ability to think straight and to make her own decisions. From joining the Survey Corps to taking Eren’s side even after the Liberio attack, she did everything keeping Eren’s interest in mind without having a goal of her own. So, you can say that no matter how heart-wrenching it sounds, Eren’s death was good for her and the entire world in the long run.