Daddy Issues and Chess – Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 15 Review

This is a review for Episode Fifteen of Attack on Titan Season 4, the Final Season. Titled “Sole Salvation”.

Check out last week’s episode review here

Ahh. Finally, the Euthanasia plot has been revealed. 

Now the real game of chess can begin. 

Also full disclaimer, I don’t like Zeke. 

I’m about a notch away from full hatred still for this character with the manga ending in less than 4 weeks. 

I was wondering, and maybe even hoping that I’d feel even the tiniest bit of sympathy for his character now that his backstory is animated. But, nope. Nothing. Nada. Zilch

If anything, I found this episode to be comedy. 

The dirty, mildly disgusted look Grisha gave Zeke at dinner made me chuckle while reading the manga, and gave me a full-on laughter fit while watching it animated. 

They captured Grisha’s disdain at having a royal son that was not living up to his expectations perfectly.  

Many people online (mostly anime-onlys) are currently bashing Grisha Yeager. 

Grisha did love his son, but mainly he and Dina raised Zeke to be a tool. A means to an end for Eldia, so to speak. 

When the tool wouldn’t work, and wanted to instead live a quiet life and just play ball…they couldn’t handle it. 

I mean if it’s any consolation, this should all make sense later on in the season…whatever iteration it ends up taking. 

Grisha was just…blinded…by his mission at hand. 

It’s no excuse for how he treated his firstborn son, but maybe they were both victims at the end of the day. 

There's more than one secret in this shot, I think. Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 15.
There’s more than one secret in this shot, I think. Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 15.

Another thing really great about the anime, is that you can see Oscar-worthy acting from here on out. 

The boy who was raised with love, and whose mother said he was special simply for being born into this world.  

Vs. 

The boy who was raised as a tool for a vague goal, and who wished he had never been born into this world. 

Surely, things will go smoothly…right? 

Especially since the one controlling The Founder has the final say in how all of this ends. 

Haha. 

Oh. I wish people who read the manga would really hear that line. Really take into account who’s in charge of all of this. Whose story this series is named after. 

Oh well. I’ve said too much. 

Or, maybe I haven’t said enough. 

Either way, let’s end it here for tonight. 

It’s quite unfortunate that this is the part the season will end off at.  

In a way, everything we’ve seen these past 15 episodes was just prologue for what’s to come next. And the final battle, back in Shiganshina district. Where it all began… 

Oh look, the Season 2 ending. Or rather, the "Tragedy of Lago". Attack on Titan Season 4
Oh look, the Season 2 ending. Or rather, the “Tragedy of Lago”. Attack on Titan Season 4

Do you also find a certain poetry in the war of ideologies brewing in the Attack on Titan series? 

It really makes you think, and examine yourself in a way.  

Maybe I’ve been a bit too honest in my recent reviews of this series, but you should know how I feel inside. Or if you already don’t, it’ll make more sense when the rest of the season picks up – if you stick along for my reviews that long ☺. 

Which Yeager brother do you sympathize with more? Eren, or Zeke?  

And why? 

Was Grisha Yeager a bad father?

And I guess for one final question…do Zeke’s erratic actions make a bit more sense now?  

Although despite wanting a quiet life since birth, even you may be able to admit that as a child he was manipulated by all of the adults in his life…even Xaver. (“Ksaver”) 

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Recommended: (spoilers) Hallucigenia – the Primordial Spinal Creature from Attack on Titan – Anime Anthology 

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14 thoughts on “Daddy Issues and Chess – Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 15 Review”

  1. Crack Theory: Shouldn’t everyone in the world be Eldian or have royal blood? Given the Eldian Empire was like a 1000 years, similar to genghis khan, everyone should be like 0.5 eldian descendants. My crack theory is that everyone could turn into a Titan but because a Eldian King changed DNA of his kingdom( I think the founding Titan power is limited? The Eldians not in Pardis aren’t mind wipes like the ones in the wall) to prevent the plague, the unintentionally made it that Eldian of that branch turn into Titan in away different from others or usual( Spinal Fluid) and the rumour started only those Eldian can turn into Titan, and so on. I have a extreme crack theory that royal blood is inbreed but that for another time.

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      1. In the recent chapter when hallucigenia gassed the Eldians and the surrounding Marleyans were unaffected – doesn’t that mean Marleyans actually can’t turn even if they could before the Founding titan manipulated Eldian bodies?

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  2. Yeah you’re right I still think the royal blood line doesn’t make sense though.

    I wonder if Historia name being history will ever mean anything.

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    1. Nah I agree with you there, it really doesn’t.

      If it means anything, I agree with you that they are indeed inbred in some sort of way. Like for some reason I just feel like Zeke and Historia are more closely related than we think…

      I mean I hope so, lol.
      Unless it’s just Historia because she’s the last member of the royal family that Eren can see the world’s history through…

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      1. Can’t she get memories as well. Didn’t she get memories when she killed her father. If that so maybe she gets memories of royal blood members. I was always wondering how Eren saw Ymir flashback in 122 but Zeke didn’t maybe Hisu told him.

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  3. Bruh I’m so scared for next Chapter. Since 123 I was expecting some sort twist/reveal but everything been pretty predictable, ironically the greatest twist is that there wasn’t any. Do you think he would do a basement like twist in the last chapter? I feel that too little time to flesh it out.

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    1. I personally really want the isekai/alternate universe ending now after reading a theory about it. But honestly…I’ve been preparing to possibly be let down after ch 126/the alliance stuff.

      I’ve got no clue what he’s going to do, lol. I just want it to all make sense, or at least be plausible.

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      1. Haha. Yeah, I think them waking up in a world without titans is what I prefer.

        Oh God that Chapter was bad. I remember everyone thought he was trying to rush the manga. Given how many Chapter after that we’re dragged out. i wonder what was going on there.

        Any predictions on what the final volume cover will be. I’m thinking birds landing somewhere( to convey that they found freedom no longer have to fly motif)

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      2. I don’t know, but it kind of still seems like he’s rushing it. I know he’s probably tired, but we could have used another 5-6 chapters to finish this up, rather than just 1.

        Your probably right. Either that, or a classroom with Eren asleep at his desk 😁

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  4. I haven’t been in the fandom forever. But has isayama ever told the anime to include additional content that he didn’t get to include in the manga. I’m wondering best case scenario he can add things to the anime he felt too burn out to include.

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    1. Yes, he has. Like this season with the Falco memory from ‘a shifter’, and Xaver’s sons toy being changed from a monkey to a ram. Or Porco and Pieck being more prominent in the festival scene with the kids.

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