Eren’s PATHs Vision in AoT Episode 78 Fully Explained 

Does Eren Yeager’s vision before meeting Zeke in PATHs hint at multiple timelines – proving Attack on Titan Season 4 will receive an anime original ending?

Check out our previous AoT Theory here

Alright, so let’s take a look at Eren’s Memory Shards: 

Gabi blows off Eren’s head, and Zeke catches it before his consciousness fades. 

Eren loses his head on one fine day in Shiganshina. Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 19
Eren loses his head on one fine day in Shiganshina. Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 19

A vision of Mikasa wearing the red scarf (that looks partially blue or violet due to the lighting) on the day Eren usually wakes up from his vision. Let’s refer to this as Eren’s ‘restart day’. 

Certain parts of Mikasa's scarf look blue, or almost purple in the lighting.
Certain parts of Mikasa’s scarf look blue, or almost purple in the lighting

A closeup of Eren’s green eye with white tinges, similar to whenever he used the Founder’s power or the Warhammer Titan in the manga. 

A closeup of Eren Yeager's eyes while he receives memories on his journey to PATHs.
A closeup of Eren Yeager’s eyes while he receives memories on his journey to PATHs
Does Eren Have the Power to Erase Memories?

Eren mentions he can erase Historia’s mind to make her “keep quiet” about his true plans, then the manga panel shows his eye lighting up like this.

The vacant look in Historia’s eyes after both her conversations with Eren and Frieda could suggest that Eren indeed did erase Historia’s memory to protect his secret plans.

When Frieda erases Historia's memory, the book is on the page where the earth devil and goddess make a deal. Attack on Titan Season 3, Episode 6
When Frieda erases Historia’s memory, the book is on the page where the earth devil and goddess make a deal. Attack on Titan Season 3, Episode 6
The book flips from the deal between the deities, to two images of butterflies, bees, and leaves being shown. Does this signify two alternate timelines?
The book flips from the deal between the deities, to two images of butterflies, bees, and leaves being shown. Does this signify two alternate timelines?

Good guy Reiner during their training days in the military. 

Reiner embodies his role of trying to be everybody's "older brother" to mirror Marcel during his Paradis Island training days
Reiner embodies his role of trying to be everybody’s “older brother” to mirror Marcel during his Paradis Island training days

Grisha Yeager’s memory of his little sister Faye from ‘that day’. 

A memory of Faye Yeager on the day she died
A memory of Faye Yeager on the day she died

Eren’s encounter (through PATHs?) with Frieda Reiss brushing her hair in a mirror in SnK manga chapter 53. 

A flashback of Eren Yeager encountering Frieda Reiss through the PATHs/Founder connection in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 19
A flashback of Eren Yeager encountering Frieda Reiss through the PATHs/Founder connection in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 19
Eren connects with Frieda Reiss after a long day of titan training via PATHs? From Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 53
(Notice Eren's eyes are shining, a sign of the founder in use.)
Eren connects with Frieda Reiss after a long day of titan training via PATHs? From Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 53. (Notice Eren’s eyes are shining, a sign of the founder in use)

Reiner with his red Warrior Armband on the ground groveling in Liberio. 

Reiner in Liberio, Marley
Reiner in Liberio, Marley

This scene looks different to me for some reason, but it just may be Eren’s POV that adds to the mystery. Can’t really see much in the background, and both Eren and Reiner were standing when he transformed underground…so it had to be a little before that. 

A scene of child Armin smiling…wearing what looks like green clothing. 

Child Armin smiling in what looks like either green or beige clothing. From Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 19
Child Armin smiling in what looks like either green or beige clothing. From Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 19

A scene of the Reiss family on ‘that day’ when Grisha confronted Frieda before stealing the Founding titan. Maybe the overlay is meant to signify the blending of both Grisha and Eren’s memory of that day? 

An overlapping memory from both Eren and Grisha of the Reiss Family's demise in the anime timeline
An overlapping memory from both Eren and Grisha of the Reiss Family’s demise in the anime timeline

Since both father and son(s) were in the underground church, and influenced one another.  

It also reminds me heavily of Eren’s FREEDOM panel in chapter 131. 

Child Eren experiences "that scenery" in Shingeki no Kyojin ch 131
Child Eren experiences “that scenery” in Shingeki no Kyojin ch 131

Maybe this is a nod to Eren freeing himself from the infinite time loop by gaining knowledge of the future from interactions with Historia. 

A shot of Levi looking sinister with his Survey Corps cape on.  

Levi Ackerman looking mean while wearing his Survey Corps cape
Levi Ackerman looking mean while wearing his Survey Corps cape

There’s something to the left of him, but I can’t make it out. We also can’t see the left side of Levi’s face, which would let us know if this was before or after his encounter in the forest with Zeke. 

Sasha and Connie being idiots and messing with each other’s faces. This one might be from when the Survey Corps went to Marley in chapter 123.  

Sasha and Connie wearing suits and being idiots (in Marley)
Sasha and Connie wearing suits and being idiots (in Marley)
The Survey Corps have drinks with Ramzi and his family in Marley. Shingeki no Kyojin ch 123
The Survey Corps have drinks with Ramzi and his family in Marley. Shingeki no Kyojin ch 123

(or from the School Castes timeline, but let’s go with the drinking in Marley theory for now.) 

Falco staring at something offscreen with someone to the left of him. 

Falco in a dark location with what looks like titan marks around his eyes. I have no clue who that's supposed to be in the corner. Unless it's Connie from the fiasco that was ch 126...
Falco in a dark location with what looks like titan marks around his eyes. I have no clue who that’s supposed to be in the corner. Unless it’s Connie from the fiasco that was ch 126…

Maybe this is the jail scene? But it seems like Falco has the titan marks across his face, meaning he already inherited the jaw in this timeline? 

Eren Kruger’s memory of seeing his family burned alive as a child while hiding in the closet. 

An Eren Kruger memory
An Eren Kruger memory

This looks like Bert’s colossal transformation from season one, episode one – but it’s skewed. And the frame is devoid of color. 

(Could this be the Colossal Titan apparition from Mikasa’s Lost Girls OVA?)

Bertholdt Hoover's Colossal Titan looking pretty sinister in Eren Yeager's memory. From Attack on Titan S4 Ep 19
Bertholdt Hoover’s Colossal Titan looking pretty sinister in Eren Yeager’s memory. From Attack on Titan S4 Ep 19

Sauna Reiner from the Bessatsu Shonen Magazine cover makes an appearance! 

Sauna Reiner from the Bessatsu Shonen Magazine cover is canon!
Sauna Reiner from the Bessatsu Shonen Magazine cover is canon!

Ramzi the Thief from chapter 131 of the SnK manga.  

Ramzi the Thief Boy from Marley in AoT S4 Ep 19
Ramzi the Thief Boy from Marley in AoT S4 Ep 19

This looks like when Eren was apologizing, and Ramzi asked him “why are you crying?” 

Ramzi asks Eren "why are you crying" in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 131 after Eren admits he wanted to "wipe it all away"
Ramzi asks Eren “why are you crying” in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 131 after Eren admits he wanted to “wipe it all away”

Grisha’s despair during the aftermath of murdering the Reiss family, while chatting with ethereal Zeke and Eren. 

Grisha Yeager's despair after murdering the Reiss Family
Grisha Yeager’s despair after murdering the Reiss Family

Falco’s jaw titan flying toward Fort Salta from Eren’s pov in the final manga chapters. Signifying that the Attack on Titan anime is indeed, a different timeline than the manga. 

Falco's Jaw Titan flies toward Fort Salta during the Alliance standoff in Marley. As seen through Eren's Founding titan pov. (From Eren's vision in Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 78)
Falco’s Jaw Titan flies toward Fort Salta during the Alliance standoff in Marley. As seen through Eren’s Founding titan pov. (From Eren’s vision in Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 78)

A dual shot of day and night, with Grisha’s basement key in the middle. 

Day and Night, with Eren Yeager's basement key in the middle. Almost as if it has cut time itself in half.
Day and Night, with Eren Yeager’s basement key in the middle. Almost as if it has cut time itself in half.

Do you remember what Grisha told Eren in the season one episode nine flashback before turning him? That he has to master his power – that is the key to everything.  

“Upon reaching the basement, you’ll discover the truth! It’ll be a hard and unforgiving journey, but you must succeed! If you want to save Mikasa, Armin, and everyone else, you must learn to master this power!” 

The same line Kruger tells Grisha in season three – which most likely came from Eren’s future memories. 

Maybe the ‘night’ and ‘day’ split could signify the two different timelines Eren went through to get to the final one in the anime. 

Historia’s panicked face.  

This might be from the scene I showed earlier in the post regarding Eren's memory wipe.
This might be from the scene I showed earlier in the post regarding Eren’s memory wipe

I don’t think this is Queen Bee “Stacy” Historia from Attack on School Castes, but Historia from the farm before Eren erased her memories.  

Goth Mikasa and Nerd Armin from Attack on School Castes make their anime debut! 

A scene of the ocean, with 6 white dots in the sky. 

A scene of the ocean - maybe off the coast of Marley?
A scene of the ocean – maybe off the coast of Marley?

The image is now reversed, with the black crows from season one, episode one of the anime timeline, and the crows that follow Eren in the season four, part two opening. 

The ocean image reversed, with the black crow that symbolizes an AnR/AoE timeline
The ocean image reversed, with the black crow that symbolizes an AnR/AoE timeline

This is a reverse from the white bird Eren sees when he is traveling through PATHs after another timeline failure, and might be the bird Falco sees in the manga – which turns to a black crow in the anime timeline. 

The white bird in ch 130 flies away from the Global Allied Forces and toward the horizon. From Shingeki no Kyojin ch 130
The white bird in ch 130 flies away from the Global Allied Forces and toward the horizon. From Shingeki no Kyojin ch 130

Finally, Ymir walks in darkness that gradually turns to light, and she seemingly transcends PATHs.

Eren helps Ymir leave PATHs, while Mikasa frees her spirit permanently and sends her to a different timeline in ch 139
Eren helps Ymir leave PATHs, while Mikasa frees her spirit permanently and sends her to a different timeline in ch 139

This could be a reference to chapter 139 when Mikasa frees her, and she is seen attending the Shingeki no Kyojin the MOVIE screening as Gothkasa, Nerd Armin, and Eren leave the premiere in School Castes. 

But, what do you think about all of this? 

The complete memory shard panel we got (with the anime-only scene of jaw titan falco) from Shingeki no Kyoji manga chapter 120. Hmm - it seems like a lot of things were actually added, and improved. This should be a very interesting anime season!
The complete memory shard panel we got (with the anime-only scene of jaw titan falco) from Shingeki no Kyoji manga chapter 120.
Hmm – it seems like a lot of things were actually added, and improved. This should be a very interesting anime season!

Does this definitely confirm the multiple timeline theory, and signify that we’ll be getting an anime only ending for AoT

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