Eren Yeager Will Achieve His Goal    

Eren Yeager will live on in an anime original ending and achieve his goal of saving Paradis Island. Does The Rumbling opening by SiM hint at what’s yet to come?

Check out our theory on why Jean joined the Survey Corps here.

Did Eren Have Good Intentions for Starting the Rumbling? 

That seems to be the million-dollar question nowadays in any Attack on Titan fan discourse.  What were Eren’s true intentions for starting the rumbling that resulted in the deaths of millions of people worldwide? 

Well, I’m here to give my take on why Eren failed to complete the rumbling, and why with the introduction of multiple timelines in the series, Eren absolutely achieves is goal of rumbling the world, and saves Paradis Island from outside forces like Marley in the anime. 

How do I know this? Well, the new Final Season Part 2 opening sequence heavily hits at Eren Yeager achieving freedom by completing a 100% rumbling, and killing his friends in the process.  

Although in the manga timeline Eren desired to save his friends and allow them to live long and happy lives – in the anime ending (or even the proposed movie) I thoroughly believe Eren will free Paradis through genocide to outside world, and have a child – thus fulfilling Eren Kruger’s memory request to “have a family and “love somebody inside the walls” in Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 88/89. 

Let’s dive into our full analysis and breakdown of the 7th Opening song! 
The white bird leaving behind memories of Eren's friends in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 130
The white bird leaving behind memories of Eren’s friends in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 130
The Rumbling by SiM Lyric Analysis & How it Hints at a Changed Anime Ending 

Watch the Pony Canyon Video Here

Rumbling, Rumbling, it’s coming  

Rumbling, Rumbling 😝 

BEWARE 

Coming for You ♫ 

Eren opens his green eyes, ties back his hair, and puts his jacket on. 

Mikasa takes the scarf off! 

Mikasa unwraps her red scarf in the Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Opening
Mikasa unwraps her red scarf in the Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 Opening

Armin takes a nap, and a mystery person is walking through the military HQ building basement. 

Obviously, Eren putting his jacket on and tying his hair back is in order to get ready for ‘the rumbling’. 

Mikasa is taking her scarf off in protest of Eren’s perceived ideology here (like in the manga) but I also think there may be a hidden meaning to this.  

Eren asks Louise to throw Mikasa's scarf away in Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 126
Eren asks Louise to throw Mikasa’s scarf away in Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 126

More on that later. 

Armin takes a nap because he essentially does nothing of note for the remainder of the series, and maybe, just maybe – the unknown person walking through the corridors could be Annie after waking up. 

We have some footage of the Colossal Titans walking as the sun is up, and coming out as the walls fall during the evening/nighttime. Then a shot of the Colossal titan heading over the mountains people were running to in Marley (I.e. people from Ramzi’s camp). 

A shot of something traveling over the ocean very close to the water’s surface (like a bird) and immediately after we see Eren and Zeke Yeager on opposing sides of the screen.  

A shot of a white bird flying toward the horizon and away from the Global Allied Forces. Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 130
A shot of a white bird flying toward the horizon and away from the Global Allied Forces. Shingeki no Kyojin manga ch 130

Eren has some sort of white light shining down on him, while Zeke is just standing stoically.  

The background is reminiscent of the red titan shifter interior view used during MAPPA’s animation of the series, along with DNA strands in the distance. 

The ocean is shown again, and cue the Attack on Titan the Final Season titan screen. 

All I Ever wanted to do was the right things ♫ 

I never wanted to be the King, I swear ♫ 

Now, here is where it gets interesting. 

Will the Attack on Titan Anime Follow the Manga Ending? 
Eren Yeager and Historia Reiss as King and Queen on Attack on Titan the Final Exhibition playing cards. Notice the two Ackerman are Jokers, or 'wildcards'.
Eren Yeager and Historia Reiss as King and Queen on Attack on Titan the Final Exhibition playing cards. Notice the two Ackerman are Jokers, or ‘wildcards’.

No, I believe that the Final Season of the anime will be different from the manga series ending, whether that be through a Part 3 of the anime, or an original movie with a different ending. 

We’re getting into AnR theory territory again. If you have not yet done so, you can familiarize yourself with the theory by reading this Reddit post

The bird believed to symbolize Eren in the Akatsuki no Requiem music video by Linked Horizon.
The bird believed to symbolize Eren in the Akatsuki no Requiem music video by Linked Horizon

As many have pointed out, Attack on Titan uses a variety of symbolism to convey messages for readers and viewers who enjoy paying attention. One such usage is the appearance of white and black birds to symbolize alternate timelines within the series. 

Carla in Season 1/ Season 3 Episode 20 with a black rabbit and white goose hanging next to one another in a window.
Carla in Season 1/ Season 3 Episode 20 with a black rabbit and white goose hanging next to one another in a window.
Grisha's quill color changes between the manga and anime timelines.
Grisha’s quill color changes between the manga and anime timelines.

In SnK Chapter 91 Falco is on the battlefield delirious, staring up at a white bird flying overhead in the sky. The same white bird from chapter 130 – going in the opposite direction of the allied fleet.  

In the anime, Falco is staring at a black bird, and receives the Jaw Titan memories early. 

Falco sees a white colored bird on the battlefield and it later flies away from Fort Slava.  In the anime, the bird circling Falco is black.
Falco sees a white-colored bird on the battlefield and it later flies away from Fort Slava. In the anime, the bird circling Falco is black.

I am working on a theory as to why Eren gave Falco the jaw titan memories on the battlefield, and how this all ties into the Attack on Titan the Final Season Part 1 ending. 

In Episode 79 again, there is a sequence that mirrors the earlier scene with Falco, where the bird circles Falco and the scene is repeated in an odd manner. You can check out a video comparison for reference via Reddit here. 

Given the themes of the official Akatsuki no Requiem music video by Linked Horizon, the proposed ending many theorize involved Eren, Historia, and their child visiting the grave of a loved one (theorized to be a deceased teenage Mikasa).

In the extra 8 pages of Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 139, we got the “Reverse AnR” ending of Jean, Mikasa, and their child visiting Eren’s grave – which had become a central shrine in a wall-less Shiganshina district. 

The AnR ending also ties into the current 2nd ending for the Final Season, which child Eren receives memories from an older Eren of an abandoned Paradis. In Season 2’s Yuugure no Tori ending a long line of people are shown walking toward the horizon amongst a flattened earth. 

Likewise, Eren turns into a phoenix during the Final Season 2nd ending – the same ethereal phoenix that gives Falco the Jaw Titan memories during Part 1 of the season. (Again, blog posts breaking down the AoT endings and the Falco jaw titan memories theory coming soon.) 

But where am I going with this? And What Do the Various Birds Mean in AoT? 
Eren walks along the wall with a flock of black birds, while another bird seemingly watches him do so.
Eren walks along the wall with a flock of black birds, while another bird seemingly watches him do so
Eren Sees the Past and Future Through White and Black Birds 
The black and white birds shown in The Rumbling opening, juxtaposed with the black and white birds that form from the Survey Corps crest in the 2nd series Opening
The black and white birds shown in The Rumbling opening, juxtaposed with the black and white birds that form from the Survey Corps crest in the 2nd series Opening

In The Rumbling opening, Eren is first walking amongst the white birds, or doves (symbolizing peace). This could symbolize the timeline, or route where Eren chose to save his friends by completing an 80% rumbling so that they could live long and happy lives. 

So we see quick clips of Eren’s friends in their training days, to Jean, Mikasa, and Niccolo visiting Sasha’s grave. 

The warriors on Paradis in reminiscent poses from the second anime ending theme, to the warriors and warrior candidates in Marley. 

The white birds in this case symbolize the manga timeline. Eren walks in the opposite direction of the white doves – symbolizing that he rejects a peaceful solution. 

A white bird is dead in AoT Ending 2. In a clip before, talons of a black bird can be seen.
A white bird is dead in AoT Ending 2. In a clip before, talons of a black bird can be seen.

Eren is walking along the wall, but the side which should be (presumably) Shiganshina is blacked out, and covered in darkness. At 0:34 seconds a raven flies across the screen with one visible eye, similar to Odin from Norse Mythology who saw the world through birds. 

The black bird with a human eye flying in front of Eren on the wall
The black bird with a human eye flying in front of Eren on the wall

There are a ton of parallels between Eren Yeager and Odin already, so let’s just leave it at that for now. 

What’s important to take away here is that Eren is walking on the wall, and is following the direction of the black birds.  

This could be confirmation that Eren did indeed turn into a bird, and the white and black birds throughout the Attack on Titan series symbolize Eren visiting memories throughout different timelines.

We then get a scene of Levi and Hange, followed by a low vantage point of Zeke and Xaver playing baseball. The background shot is skewed a bit, and looks different than it did in the manga.  

Due to the vantage point as well, maybe this could hint at Eren viewing this memory through a bird’s eyes? (Although it may be a stretch, because I went back and watched the episode and couldn’t find or hear any birds during the sequence.) 

What’s important next is that while standing on the walls on Paradis, Eren bites his hand and transforms into a titan.  

Eren bites his hand and transforms on the wall
Eren bites his hand and transforms on the wall

I’d like to theorize that this is when Eren starts the rumbling, wandering PATHs and an abandoned Paradis (as shown in the Final Season pt 2 ending) when time in the outside world has stopped. How would this make sense? 

Well, remember that weird panel in the manga of Eren taking a nap in the manga after starting the rumbling? 

In Shingeki no Kyojin ch 131 Eren stops during the rumbling to seemingly take a nap. But...what if he was actually traveling and visiting everyone through PATHs?
In Shingeki no Kyojin ch 131 Eren stops during the rumbling to seemingly take a nap. But…what if he was actually traveling and visiting everyone through PATHs?

And then after his talk with Armin (in an abandoned Shiganshina) the two fight in chapter 139, resulting his ‘death’ which only resulted in him returning to PATHs and growing a Founder tree like Ymir? 

Reiner, Pieck, and whoever else said they had memories of conversations with Eren.  

Armin gets transported to PATHs and sees a child Eren before seeing a white seagull on the boat before talking to Annie. 

All of these scenes from the manga make sense if Eren was in PATHs the entire time, communicating through a different timeline. (I know that sounds crazy, but let’s just go with it.) 

So, Eren is standing atop the wall, and using the Warhammer titan starts the rumbling while staying on Paradis.  

Eren walking along the wall between darkness and light in The Rumbling opening
Eren walking along the wall between darkness and light in The Rumbling opening

We get glimpses of Eren charging Reiner during the Marley invasion on Paradis, Pretty Boy Reiner against a brick wall (like The Great Escape – Cinema Staff ED)

Pieck in titan and human form, Porky in titan and human form (with Freckles Ymir in the window reflection). 

Porco with Ymir reflected in the window. Attack on Titan the Final Season Opening 7
Porco with Ymir reflected in the window. Attack on Titan the Final Season Opening 7

you tell me what have I missed still wandering in the deep mist ♫ 

Annie waking up in the basement, and the strange scene of Armin with Bertholdt crying over him again for like the 1000x time. 

I still don't quite understand the significance of Bertholdt (in both human and titan form) staring at Armin and crying
I still don’t quite understand the significance of Bertholdt (in both human and titan form) staring at Armin and crying

The Warhammer titan holder Lara Tybur’s last stand in Marley, and then Eren having the Warhammer Titan (and memories) in his literal clutches.  

Eren has the warhammer titan in his clutches
Eren has the warhammer titan in his clutches

(Which would also explain the glimpse of toys Eren saw in season one from the (season four) Tybur family estate, and maybe a future memory of the Tybur family children singing in a choir in Attack on School Castes AU.) 

The Tybur family children in modern school uniforms
The Tybur family children in modern school uniforms

Images of PATHs, blood dripping onto white flowers (could be from Ymir’s backstory episode or past scenes concerning Eren in earlier seasons), Ymir being freed from PATHs (either in chapter 139.5, School Castes, or both.) 

Ymir and her kids make an appearance in Attack on School Castes after being freed by Mikasa in Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 139.5
Ymir and her kids make an appearance in Attack on School Castes after being freed by Mikasa in Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 139.5

Then, of course, footage of the Global Allied Forces trying to stop the Colossal Titans in open sea.  

All I ever wanted to do was save your life ♫ 

I never wanted to grab a knife, I swear ♫ 

Eren’s infamous “freedom” panel from the manga interspliced with adult Eren turning monochrome and switching to child Eren holding the blade he saved Mikasa with from human traffickers. 

If I lose it all, lose it all, lose it all ♫ 

The masses running from the rumbling, mixed with Eren’s declaration to all Eldians via PATHS – where drunk guy who was killed during Eren’s rampage in Season 4, Episode 6 makes an appearance…

Drunk guy makes an appearance in Attack on Titan the Final Season Part 2 after his death in Part 1
Drunk guy makes an appearance in Attack on Titan the Final Season Part 2 after his death in Part 1

and finally, the core 11 standing in their factions reminiscent of the Attack on Titan Ending 2 –  

With Ymir and Krista (Historia), Jean Sasha and Connie, Armin Eren and Mikasa, Annie Reiner and Bertholdt. 

Mikasa Ackerman Will Die in Attack on Titan Season 4 Anime Original Ending 

Mikasa wraps her scarf along the walls between darkness and light that only Eren has been seen walking on, and it is a flashback to everyone running to the tree on the hill.

Mikasa wraps her scarf on the wall in the same place between light and darkness as Eren
Mikasa wraps her scarf on the wall in the same place between light and darkness as Eren

(Quick Note: Mikasa also stands on the wall and watches Eren before being transported to a different reality in her OVA) 

Instead of Eren being first, Mikasa being second and Armin trailing behind – Armin rushes past Mikasa and Eren looks to Armin while Mikasa looks shocked or worried. 

Mikasa looks slightly worried while running toward the tree
Mikasa looks slightly worried while running toward the tree

Eren has a timeskip where he grows up in front of the tree (similar to Mikasa’s Season 1 ED), Eren’s Founding Titan form is revealed, and Eren finally screams with titan marks on his eyes and steam coming from his back. 

A Colossal Titan is shown stepping onto the ground, and a split frame shows a boot print crushing a butterfly in a field surrounded by flowers. Which, I will interpret as Eren finally killing Mikasa, ending the timeloop, and confirming the AnR theory. 

The multiple daggers the Mirror Man carries on him. He also tells Mikasa that he will turn her into a killer (meaning, killing Eren repeatedly in a timeloop)From the Lost Girls OVA
The multiple daggers the Mirror Man carries on him. He also tells Mikasa that he will turn her into a killer (meaning, killing Eren repeatedly in a timeloop)From the Lost Girls OVA

I know that may be a bit of a stretch, but let’s quickly go back to the monochrome scene of Eren, and child Eren’s memory of saving Mikasa from the kidnappers. 

In Mikasa’s Lost Girls: Lost in the cruel world OVA, Mikasa controls time with the help of a blue butterfly. Each time Mikasa wraps her scarf, or holds her hands in a position to “pray”, she creates a new timeline where Eren is safe – usually when they are children within the walls. 

Mikasa makes a wish and changes the timeline and reality at will in the Lost Girls OVA
Mikasa makes a wish and changes the timeline and reality at will in the Lost Girls OVA

In my ‘Mikasa the Butterfly Goddess Theory’, I stated that the monochrome butterfly on Mikasa’s cabin window could signify Eren.  

A monochrome butterfly appears outside of Mikasa's cabin window after she restarts yet another timeline in her OVA
A monochrome butterfly appears outside of Mikasa’s cabin window after she restarts yet another timeline in her OVA

And with that specific butterfly from the OVA being crushed by a human boot print, it can be speculated that Eren will kill Mikasa.  

Does that sound flimsy? Well, yes and no. 

In Ending Theme 2, Mikasa is placed near a ‘praying mantis’.  

Mikasa next to a praying mantis in Attack on Titan Ending 2

In her OVA, child Mikasa watches a praying mantis eat a butterfly.  

A praying mantis eats a monochrome butterfly
A praying mantis eats a monochrome butterfly

Note: Female praying mantis eat their mates after sexual encounters. Putting that into context, the cabin timeline with Mikasa seems a whole lot more interesting… 

A human boot print stomps out the monochrome butterfly during The Rumbling
A human boot print stomps out the monochrome butterfly during The Rumbling

In Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter 138 Mikasa kills Eren by chopping off his head. Or, the praying mantis murders the monochrome butterfly. 

Maybe I’m looking into this too much, or maybe it’s just a coincidence…but in my opinion, these connections are worth paying attention to. 

But, what are your thoughts? 

Linked Horizon - 心臓を捧げよ Cover
Linked Horizon – 心臓を捧げよ Cover

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