Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Attack on Titan and its end.
Now That Attack on Titan has come to an end after ten years, do we know what Eren Yeager’s ultimate goal really was?
The popular anime series came to a definitive end last week with an epic finale that featured the manga arcs “Battle of Heaven and Earth” and “Towards that Tree on that Hill”. The other heroes of Eldia and Marley came together to stop the Rumbling genocide from destroying the world. Meanwhile, Eren Yeager used the powers of the Founding Titan to slow down his friends and continue killing them.
In the end, the Alliance manages to defeat Eren, but not before the protagonist exterminates 80% of the world’s population. Now, for the sake of hindsight, could we say what the main character really wanted with this killing, or were his actions justified?
What was Eren’s goal i Attack on Titan?
Ever since those first episodes in season 1, Eren Yeager has been searching for freedom for himself and his friends. To break down the walls that separate his people from the truth of existence. The so-called Subjects of Ymir (those trapped in Paradis Island) do so by the end of season 3, but Eren realizes that his people cannot truly be free as long as a nation like Marley exists.
In a way, and as Armin Arlert forgets, Eren is a slave to the very freedom he once sought. He also believes that the only way to stop this cycle of violence is to destroy the opposition and reverse the crimes committed against his own people. So he begins the Rumbling, not only destroying every other nation’s military capabilities but also their civilization on a large scale.
The only catch is Eren himself, who doesn’t seem sure why he’s headed for this devastation. During the series finale, Eren tells Armin that he wanted his friends to stop him, proving to the world that the Eldians can be more than uncivilized men. And yet, what the Marleians did to his people is a great pity for Éren, bringing on them the wrath of the Great Imir Titans.
Either way, we can safely say that what Eren did was a war crime, and if it had been a little less than that, Eldia might have come up with a better solution, one which did not end with most of the world’s life. trampling the population in a senseless act of indiscriminate destruction.
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