Hey there! So how’s everyone doing after the end of Attack On Titan season 2? We got a mix of everything in the finale – deaths, action, new reveals, new alliances, drama, some Levi, … But why does it still feel like something is missing? The whole time I never had a feeling this was the season finale episode, though it was loaded with important moments!
Episode throws us right back in the middle of that mess they made, colliding mindless titans with Reiner and the scouts. Titans are flying everywhere because Reiner just keeps throwing them where he can, people are either flying, attacking or being eaten, horses run around scared or get crushed under falling titans,… basically chaos. We get to see Ymir charge towards commander Erwin and her comment how he messed up her plan and how all of this is his fault (which it is, he came up with the crazy plan to collide the titans to save Eren) probably made all of us think, at least for a second, that she’s gonna attack him. However, she actually ended up saving him! He still seems to have a fighting spirit in him, though it looks like he is ready to give in and trade his life to save Eren’s. At this point in the episode or season, I am still not quite sure why any of them want him so much.
Ymir & Historia
These two just don’t stop with the whole – “no, I’ll do anything to protect you!” and “no, I am the one to save you!” competition. When Connie calls out to Christa, she corrects him, finally accepting her fate and tells him her name is Historia. She then goes on and tries to understand why Ymir is trying to take her along. It dawns on Historia that Ymir is still trying to protect her and tells her to follow her own advice – stop living for other people. The action scene with Historia is neat and I think it will serve as a base for next season, where hopefully, we will get to see her in action and killing titans some more. The soundtrack at this moment disturbed my concentration on the story so much I actually loudly commented while watching – “The fuck happened with the soundtrack here? That’s some shitty music to include in AOT season finale. It should sound epic, not cheap.”
The titan who ate Eren’s mother
Eren is frozen by the sight of the titan who ate his mother. The clown like teeth smile is creepy enough to stop anyone, but for Eren it must have been especially agonizing to see this creature at that moment. Luckily for him Mikasa is always near him and tries to pull him away or at leat wake him up from the trance. The duo is saved by Hannes, who promises to avenge Eren’s mother. His charge though felt a bit desperate and stupid to me, I was expecting him to be crushed in the next scene. Well, that did not happen like that. He actually got to have a good and fair fight with the clown-like giant titan. As other scouts run to help him out, they are stopped by falling titans coming in like cannon balls. Reiner seems to be rather good at hitting people with flying titans. At that moment it also seems Reiner either forgot about Eren altogether or he just can’t get to him yet as he fights off the horde of mindless creatures. What turned this scene in one of the most emotional ones is what happens next. Eren tries to turn into titan version but fails. He desperately keeps biting into his own flesh, but to no avail. I’m still not sure why he was unable to turn. While bleeding and ripping his hand with his teeth the inevitable happens – Hannes is eaten by the same titan as his mom. Eren’s pain and helplessness are obvious here as he berates himself that nothing has changed and he still can’t do shit about anything. Still, the death of this particular titan was a pleasure to watch!
Eren & Mikasa
Mikasa, seeing Eren broken, screaming and crying, decides to deliver the most emotional speech of the season. It’s definitely declaration of love for him and a thank you for everything he has done for her. She might not have chosen the best moment for it, them being in the middle of battle with titans and right after Hannes died. I think Eren wasn’t quite sure what he heard, he seemed in shock. She really did go with everything a confession like this needs – bad timing, right in between life and death, blushing, crying, eyes sparkling. To me it seemed really the most emotional scene, maybe even of the whole season. Or maybe just because I really ship these two and I hope to see some green-eyed babies in like, season 35. At first I didn’t even notice that she was leaning towards Eren, for a kiss or a hug maybe, and I thought his reaction was enough. He didn’t give her a direct answer, as she didn’t outright say it either, but he did promise her now and forever. His exact words were – “I’ll wrap that around you as many times as you want. Now and forever, as much as you want.” In a way it’s better they haven’t kissed as that would really stop the episode and it just doesn’t fit in the story here. I may be seeing here more than there is to see, but I hope they will develop this further or at least explain some more. Later we get to see Mikasa on Eren’s back as he carries her away and then again on the horse, her hugging him from behind. She finally let him protect her for once?
New powers arise
Maybe the love confession was also partly to be blamed, making Eren see he has to protect her for once and he goes all out! The mix of past events, Hannes death and her speech may have resulted in Eren’s discovery of his new power – he can control titans. This still doesn’t explain why he couldn’t turn into one when needed, but it does explain why Reiner called him Coordinate a couple of episodes back and why he wants him so badly! Obviously everyone around him knows more about him than he himself does. That’s kinda frustrating even for me as a viewer, because I have to guess all the answers and hope Eren is not too dense to see them. Also, if I go back to the titan who killed Hannes – this was so epic and I loved this part! Eren realizes he can fight it and they clash with bare hands. I thought it must have been some sort of weird manifestation of his power, as he can’t seem to turn into titan just yet. But it was really his power to control the creature. His roar brought focus of all the other mindless titans to this one and they ripped it apart! Now that’s a power to be scared off!
Ymir to the rescue…
Ymir has been enigma this whole season. Her decision to help Reiner and Bertholt was a bit weird to me, but then again I just thought, well that’s how she is. That got me thinking – she is never really selfish and does things for herself. Major decisions were always in favor of others – helping them, especially Historia. I got to understand her more later when they are all shown on top of the wall, safely escaping the crazy horde of titans. She said herself she is the only one who could possibly understand what it’s like to return to their “hometown”. She feels like she needs to repay her debt of taking the life of one of their friends and is offering herself to be a souvenir to give when they return back home from their mission. She seems to have come to terms with herself as well, returning back home after all those years. Will see how that goes for her. Will she be treated like a goddess again or tortured and hated?
Season finale is ….
The last episode ended up revealing one major thing and the rest was actually just rehashing information that we as viewers already know. I’m not sure how it is for those who read the manga, but I get the impression they are either bored or angry at the anime version of the story. I was actually thinking a lot of this season as a whole and it feels more like a transition season, more like a planned setup for the next one. Maybe even like they sacrificed this whole season for a lot of background stories, some repeating explanations and some more in-depth character developments. Especially focusing on Ymir, Historia, Bertholt, Reiner, Connie and Henge. I kinda felt like they got the spotlight a lot more than any other character. The season finale doesn’t feel like a finale at all, but more like a setup episode for next season. The information on food rations and people filling up the underground city and the social situation make sense. We never get any more answers about the priests and what they are hiding or about the titans in the wall. Though they confirm it out loud that titans were once humans and that they have been committing giant holocaust by killing them. Or does it still count if they can’t turn into humans anymore? Is it the same as killing zombies? Will Erens new ability to control titans prove to be useful or will it paint an even bigger target on his back?
Season 3 has been already promised for 2018 and I sincerely hope they will not postpone it three times and make us wait another 4 years for another 12 episodes.
Also, who’s this guy? Feel free to comment spoilers, I have an idea who he is and how he’s relevant to the story.
What did you think of the final episode or the whole season?
Thanks for reading!
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