Eren Manipulates Grisha to Survive – Attack on Titan S4 Ep 20 Review 

So, it would appear that Eren Yeager was the mastermind all along. What memories did he see? This is a review for Attack on Titan the Final Season Episode 79.

Check out our previous episode review here

Attack on Titan Season 4 is Pieck Fiction!  

My only regret is that they didn’t end the episode off with Eren’s sick one-liner to Zeke after jumping out of Grisha’s memories. 

Ah man…where to begin? Let’s start with a flashback, or rather… 

What Did Eren See When He Kissed Historia’s Hand? 

In typical AoT fashion, let’s first go to the manga, and then we’ll cover the anime. 

Eren Yeager kisses Historia Reiss' hand at the military ceremony in Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 90
Eren Yeager kisses Historia Reiss’ hand at the military ceremony in Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 90

In Chapter 90 of the manga, Eren touches Historia’s hand during the funeral for the fallen after the retake of Shiganshina. We see bits and pieces of Grisha’s conversation with Frieda, who is possessed by Karl Fritz, the 145th King of the Walls.

Basically, this is the man who ‘overrides’ the will of any royal who inherits the founder, and subdues their consciousness to his ideology. 

Karl Fritz ideology possesses any royal dependents who inherit the founder - taking away their free will. From Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 89
Karl Fritz ideology possesses any royal dependents who inherit the founder – taking away their free will. From Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 89

We get Grisha’s speech about coming from outside the walls, before the scene is cut and we can only see Eren’s grimace on his face. 

In Season Three, Episode 22 of the anime it plays out pretty much the same, except Eren is severely depressed.

The 9 survivors of the last Survey Corps Mission (Levi, Hange, Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Sasha, Jean, Connie, and Floch) ride out to the ocean, and Eren is upset to learn that the scenery is the same as his father’s memories.  

Finally in Episode 79 of the series, we got the full memory of what Eren saw when he touched Historia’s hand: his future self with Zeke, and his father the day of the rumbling

Grisha sees Eren in Chapter 1 of the manga, and then again in chapter 121.
Grisha sees Eren in Chapter 1 of the manga, and then again in chapter 121.
Why Did Eren Manipulate Grisha? 

Eren mentioned that he was ‘disgusted’ by his father’s actions that day during a conversation with Zeke in Marley. And…Eren wasn’t lying. 

Throughout the episode, you can catch little glimpses of Eren shooting nasty looks at his father Grisha, and casting a softer gaze on Mikasa.  

Eren wraps the red scarf around Mikasa for the billionth time...I’m pretty sure the “it’s warm” scene means something – maybe to signify Mikasa continually starting the time loop of both the anime and manga series?
Eren wraps the red scarf around Mikasa for the billionth time…I’m pretty sure the “it’s warm” scene means something – maybe to signify Mikasa continually starting the time loop of both the anime and manga series?

Do you guys remember the speech Eren (Kruger) gave (his father) Grisha atop the wall in Chapter 88-89/S3 Episode 21? 

Aside from the reminder to “love somebody inside the walls”, Eren also reminds himself and Grisha why they keep moving forward:  

Both Eren and Grisha Yeager had to go outside the walls to start their stories. Shingeki no Kyojin manga panels from chapters 1 and 88.
Both Eren and Grisha Yeager had to go outside the walls to start their stories. Shingeki no Kyojin manga panels from chapters 1 and 88.

The Owl then hands Grisha a photograph of his family, that Kruger took from his home – no doubt in preparation for the vision he was shown by Eren via the Attack Titan. 

Eren (Kruger) continues on… 

We sought freedom, and our brothers and sisters paid the price for it. There’s only one way to pay them back. Those actions will follow us until they’re repaid. Even IF we die, Even AFTER we die.  

Eren tells Grisha twice to "Stand. Fight" - two rounds to the fight, two timelines between anime and manga series?
From Shingeki no Kyojin chapters 88 & 121, respectively.
Eren tells Grisha twice to “Stand. Fight” – two rounds to the fight, two timelines between anime and manga series?
From Shingeki no Kyojin chapters 88 & 121, respectively.

After all…you started this story, Didn’t you?” 

Eren tells Grisha he started this story in Chapter 88, and Eren reminds Grisha again in Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 121.
Eren tells Grisha he “started this story” in Chapter 88, and Eren reminds Grisha again in Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 121.

Eren had given Grisha that speech twice now, and still Grisha faltered when it mattered the most.  

All inheritors of the Attack Titan had been belligerent since the beginning of time, never following anybody – striving to always move forward.  

To always seek freedom. 

"In Every Era, this titan...has always moved ahead, seeking freedom. It has fought on for freedom. Its name...is the Attack titan." - Shingeki no Kyojin Ch 88
“In Every Era, this titan…has always moved ahead, seeking freedom. It has fought on for freedom. Its name…is the Attack titan.” – Shingeki no Kyojin Ch 88 

Despite those receiving one of the nine titan shifters inheriting the will, or ideology of its previous inhabitant, Grisha refused to fulfill his mission – kill the Reiss family (except the father) and retake the founding titan.  

Meaning: Eren had to influence Grisha yet again because Grisha simply would not listen, and fulfill his duty

In order to push Grisha forward to fulfill his last mission as an Eldian Restorationist, he uses the trip to PATHs with Zeke in order to influence the past, and force his father Grisha to kill the Royal Fritz family within the walls. 

Had Eren not manipulated Grisha, he would not have been born. 

“Make a family…love someone inside the walls.” 
Eren tells Grisha to have a family, and love somebody inside the walls in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 89
Eren tells Grisha to have a family, and love somebody inside the walls in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 89

Had Eren not manipulated Grisha, Historia would not be born (by the sparing of Rod Reiss). 

"I noticed that what was growing inside of me is the child of evil." Note: as many of you know, Eren's Final Season ending theme is called "Akuma no Ko" which can be translated to "devil child" or "child of evil". The Earth Devil and the Goddess make a pact, yet again. (Captions from the Ai Higuchi “Akuma no Ko” Anime Special Ver. on YouTube.)
“I noticed that what was growing inside of me is the child of evil.”
Note: as many of you know, Eren’s Final Season ending theme is called “Akuma no Ko” which can be translated to “devil child” or “child of evil”. The Earth Devil and the Goddess make a pact, yet again. (Captions from the Ai Higuchi “Akuma no Ko” Anime Special Ver. on YouTube.) 

“If you want to save them all…Mikasa, Armin, and the others…carry out your mission to the end.” 

Had Eren not manipulated Grisha, Kruger would not have the photo Grisha used while writing his life history in the books recovered from the basement, letting Eren know who Zeke was beforehand. 

Eren stands over his father Grisha's shoulder as Grisha writes the books that Eren will later retrieve from the basement in Season 3. Attack on Titan the Final Season Episode 79
Eren stands over his father Grisha’s shoulder as Grisha writes the books that Eren will later retrieve from the basement in Season 3. Attack on Titan the Final Season Episode 79

Had Eren not manipulated Grisha, he would not have the titan serum he later used to turn Eren into a pure titan, before giving him the basement key and allowing Eren back on that PATH using the Founder. 

As instructed, Grisha steals the titan serum from the Reiss family, and later injects it into Eren once he learns of Carla's death. Attack on Titan the Final Season Episode 79
As instructed, Grisha steals the titan serum from the Reiss family, and later injects it into Eren once he learns of Carla’s death. Attack on Titan the Final Season Episode 79

The entire Attack on Titan story hinges on Eren figuring out his memories, jumping through various timelines, and piecing it all together memory shard by memory shard. 

And with that, I think I’ll leave it here… 

Eren explains what he sees to Armin in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 139
Eren explains what he sees to Armin in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 139

But, tell me your thoughts. 

Did you enjoy this installment of the PATHs Reverse Uno saga between Zeke and Eren? 

How about that freak out with Grisha over killing them kids? 

And… 

Do you feel bad for Frieda Reiss and how she was used all the way up until her death? 

次のエピソード: Eren Starts the Rumbling

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