And with that said, I think it’s time we officially handed Eren his Oscar. This episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season was so intense. I’ll probably never fully understand how their hierarchy works, but I won’t be addressing that this time around.
Today’s blog post is going to talk about Reiner and Zeke. I’ve never been able to determine how I feel about either of them, but that ends today. I’m going with these two as they stuck out quite a bit during the episode.
Reiner was a character of conflict for me. I hated him with a passion when his true ”identity” and allegiance were revealed. It was a straight up betrayal, and him torturing himself with his guilt wasn’t enough to get me to budge. However, in the first part of Attack on Titan: The Final Season, we finally understand why Reiner is who he is. I learnt the extent of his misery – dude just wanted to call it quits, and he was quite desperate. I felt like I could finally be a little more understanding of him, but that understanding went straight out the door after this episode. If I had to be extreme about it, I’d say I’ve lost any respect I had for Reiner.
The moment he believes he’s fulfilled his mission, he tries to end his life by the now transformed Falco’s hands. He sought comfort in the idea and braced himself for what seemed like an inevitable end. Its the easy way out, I suppose. However, staying consistent to the theme of the episode, we got yet another plot twist – Porco.
Nobody expected him to come back from Eren’s blows to his head, but the memory he saw of his brother’s feeble attempts to protect him might have fuelled what little strength he had left – to accomplish one last thing. He says he’s better than Reiner afterall, gives his life (and titan form) to Falco. Here’s why I agree with him, based on this one incident alone. All Reiner wanted was a way out, and he didn’t mind subjecting Falco to the same misery he was in. However, Porco’s only intention was to give Falco his life back. Reiner was upset at the missed opportunity, and I was upset I ever felt like I was too harsh on him. But now we know for sure that he’s a coward, so I’m officially team #FuckReiner.
Contrary to Reiner, Zeke was someone I had absolutely no idea how to feel about, other than suspicious. On hindsight, it makes total sense that neither him nor Eren truly trusted each other. It should come as no surprise that Zeke lacks any sort of compassion, considering he came up with this terrible ”don’t let them breed!” plan. But I was still shocked regardless. He has no compassion for Falco, who he doesn’t hesitate to pit against Reiner after his transformation. He says ”its a shame like he can’t help it” but the man truly doesn’t care.
Another thing I wanted to address was the plan he was so insistent on accomplishing. I’ve caught myself thinking many times over the years, that it’d be great if us humans never existed. At the risk of going into an existential crisis, I felt there wasn’t much point to our existence, and all we do is cause a lot of damage than the opposite. While that may be a valid opinion, However, despite feeling this way, I also can’t deny that we still have a right to exist.
Zeke is missing this point entirely, and is obviously forcing his own agenda, because he feels this is right. He’s also possibly so disgusted by his father, that he does genuinely feel Eldians shouldn’t be allowed to exist, but I digress. I’m also not familiar with how the whole ”command Ymir to not do ____” works, but I did wonder why taking away the power to turn into a Titan was not an option. Or rather, turning Eldians into ”ordinary humans“ for lack of a better term. Surely, this might have been a far less cruel option. But I suppose, if it were that simple, we wouldn’t need such a long and heavy story.
I really wanted to talk more about this episode, but unfortunately this week was just not mine. I’ll regain my strength and come back in full swing for the next episode! You can keep track of this series here. Be sure to check out my socials as well!
Until next time,