This certainly answers the question on how Eren reached the mainland before flying solo. That aside, nice to know that our cast had a peak at life outside the island, even if not an entirely pleasant experience
But all they had were captured warships, so how did they pass themselves off as mere foreign visitors without more civilian ships to rely on?
So this chapter takes the same format as Ch 106, with the storyteller being Mikasa this time compared to Armin. Both notably regretful, and wondering if making a different choice could've changed the outcome.
In their defense, how were they supposed to know? Before Eren's letter, all they and the other Scouts knew about was Zeke's "generosity" with Yelena and the Volunteers, plus his proposed 50 year plan to modernise the island with the aid of the Orientals. It was only after the Raid that they found out that Yelena had a secret message for Eren, which subsequently led to his more radical approach to things.
Still Hidden Intentions?
Well then, onto the main topic of the chapter: Eren's command order. I am certainly no fan of genocide, so taken at face value, I am against his wishes.
That being said, as tempting as it is to settle on that very face value as the answer, something still feels off
(1) In the past year, big lingering mysteries like Zeke's motivations, Grisha's memory with the King and even the truth behind Ancestor Ymir's legend have been revealed to us readers. Yet conversely, we still have not seen Eren's thoughts from Eren's perspective. Something that should've been far less signficant or enduring by comparison, but has still not been revealed to us just stinks of conspiracy.
Pre-time skip, much of the story has been told from Eren's perspective, complete with interal monologues and peeks into his thoughts.
Post-time skip though, thus far we have only seen Eren's views from Armin (106), Hanji (107), Zeke (115) and Mikasa's (108 + 123) accounts ... but never from his own first-person perspective at all.
I feel that Isayama-sensei is still hiding something from us for sure, something that'll once more flip our perspective in retrospect
(2) I can't help but feel that Isayama inserted that whole segment with the (Bedouin/Turkish?) refugees for a reason. The way that Eren empathised with their plight, how similar it is to what they had gone through. The way their freedom were lost, to be exact
If Eren really is intending to crush the entire world, then he will wind up destroying more people's freedom as well, making him a hypocrite. And this here feels off; it gives off a scent that is inconsistent with Eren's whole schtick (despite having already committed to that Raid)
(3) After first reading, I've been thinking about Eren's "broadcasted" declaration, and how counter-intuitive it is.
Notice how he broadcasted to every Subject of Ymir on the planet, not just those on the island? If his intention is indeed to crush the entire world outside, then by means let the islanders know to offset their panic.
But leaking the disaster to come to the Eldians in foreign lands will just risk a number of them warning the non-Eldians about it too, leading some to flee (to the oceans?) beforehand. All the more so since the Warriors received the broadcast as well.
In short, he told too many people about the impending annihilation and risks the damage being lessened (however minute it may be). Given how careful post-time skip Eren has been, there's no way this was done out of ignorance.
Between all the uncertainties, I feel the only thing certain about Eren is that he wants the Walls gone, so they'll no longer be trapped like cattle, as per his desires at the start of the story. Anything else is still game.
A World in Motion
If it's about stopping Eren, or just minimising the damage, aside from going straight for his nape, I can only think of one other option: Annie.
If they can wake Falco up and the Scouts are willing to reveal her location, the new Jaw Titan can crack open her crystal. Her Female Titan (on a ship) can then use its unique ability to lure (just) some of the Colossals to the deep oceans.
But really, with Eren's actions, I don't see a nice way out of this.
- Don't stop the Colossals, and assuming that he's not bluffing, they'll exterminate everyone else in the world
- Stop the Colossals, and Eren will still have already antagonised the entire world, so every muzzle will be trained towards Paradis
What does Isayama-sensei have in store I wonder?
And will we eventually get a similar "looking back" chapter for Eren some time in the future too?
P. S. For the record, I didn't write all this to defend Eren, but to give my thoughts on the events as a whole in terms of a mystery, trying to figure out what Isayama is planning
Edited by gamria, 24 November 2019 - 12:53 AM.