We’re at the home stretch.
Recently it was confirmed that Attack on Titan is in its final volume, which will be released in either May or June.
This means the story will end on either Chapter 138 or 139, so three or four chapters left.
With the end now in sight, we are probably going to get some big reveals and character deaths soon, most likely starting with the upcoming Chapter 136.
It’s just a matter of how how Hajime Isayama will surprise us with the next twist in the story, and I think it may have something to do with a certain scene that was added to the premiere of the anime’s final season.
What Does Falco’s Dream in Season Four Episode One Mean?
The first episode of Attack on Titan‘s final season was fantastic and one of the best things about it were all of the little scenes added in by Mappa, creating a new experience for Manga readers like me.
One of these new additions was a brief piece of dialogue that had my jaw on the floor as I considered its implications.
When Falco is recovering from his probable concussion, he tells Gabi, Udo and Zofia that he dreamed he was flying around with swords, fighting Titans.
Now, this could be foreshadowing for him eventually using his Jaw Titan to fly but the one thing that doesn’t make sense is Falco having swords.
This makes it much more likely that he is experiencing a Scout’s memories.
It could be Freckled Ymir’s, since Falco gains her Jaw Titan but wouldn’t Falco only be able to access those after he gained the Titan?
In fact, the only Titan Shifter that we know of that can access memories throughout space and time is the Attack Titan, which is currently in possession of Eren.
So, could this mean that Falco will eat Eren at the end, becoming the next Attack Titan?
This theory could also be supported by Eren having a memory shard of Falco in Chapter 130, which was long before they meet.
Although, many people online who have heard this theory seem to dislike it so, if it does happen, it will be interesting to see how it is received.
Personally, I’m not sure how I would feel about it.
Guess I’ll just have to wait to see how Isayama writes it, if this is indeed what he is foreshadowing with this added anime scene.
What Will Happen to Armin and Pieck?
Back to the manga, Chapter 135 saw Armin and Pieck being left behind on Eren’s gigantic Titan form, with the both of them in life threatening situations.
Sadly, I think this may be the end for best girl Pieck.
She is one of the few characters who doesn’t really have an arc or a connection to many of the main characters so her death feels pretty likely.
I will honestly be surprised if she somehow makes it out of the next chapter alive, the happy kind of surprised that is.
As for Armin, I am much more convinced that he will survive the hentai situation he has found himself in.
I stated in my previous predictions post, where I outlined my thoughts on who among all of the important characters left in the story would die, that I thought Armin would live.
He’s the narrator of the story, and I think there may be a simple way for him to transform into his Colossal Titan to escape.
This simple way being Annie’s ring.
Some have speculated that, after their romantic talk in Chapter 131, Annie gave Armin her ring to protect him.
So, with his mouth now covered by the hentai Titan to prevent him transforming, Armin could use Annie’s ring to cut his finger and transform.
There are also two interesting things Armin could do, both having to do with dialogue.
The first is try to talk to Bertholdt, but I don’t know if Bertholdt could really say anything back since his soul looks like it is being controlled by Ymir.
Speaking of, Ymir is the other character Armin could try talking to.
She is the one allowing Eren to continue the Rumbling so, if Armin can convince her to stop, then the battle will be won.
Of course, if the talk no jutsu fails, then Armin may have to go to their last resort of stopping Eren, potentially killing him.
This is where the explosives come in.
Chekov’s Explosives: Who Detonates Them?
Before being impaled by the Warhammer Titan in “Battle of Heaven and Earth,” Pieck barely managed to wrap the explosives taken from the Jaegerists around the neck of Eren’s Titan form.
There is a panel of the detonator after Pieck is stabbed, so it is likely going to be important in the next chapter, just like how the anti-Titan gun Colt showed off in Chapter 118 was foreshadowing of Gabi using it to decapitate Eren in Chapter 119.
So, the question is, who detonates these explosives to try and stop Eren?
Well, my money is on Pieck, yet again.
She is the one who is closest and I think this could be how she ends up dying, sacrificing herself to try and stop Eren.
Even if Pieck isn’t the one who detonates the explosives, I see her playing a role in it.
Since Gabi is probably the only character left with a well established connection to Pieck, and she’s a great shot, maybe Pieck will hold up the explosives for Gabi to shoot.
Whatever happens to Pieck, and whoever detonates the explosives, I highly doubt this will kill Eren.
The guy’s too smart to just hide out in his nape.
He is most likely elsewhere, hiding using the power of the Warhammer Titan, along with Zeke.
So, if Pieck does die detonating the explosives, it could tragically be all for nothing.
And she’s not the only character in danger next chapter.
What can Levi do at This Point?
Levi has been through hell and back this arc, both physically and emotionally.
Not only has he lost his last remaining friend from the old Scouts, Hange, but Zeke exploding the Thunder Spear has left him extremely wounded.
His situation was worsened in Chapter 135, when his leg was bitten by a Titan while he was trying to save Connie, most likely breaking it.
Not only this but Levi is likely bleeding internally, as evidenced by him coughing up blood shortly before getting his leg bitten.
Levi is pretty much in so shape to fight now.
I know he’s a super soldier but the guy’s a mess.
Any more fighting from him is most likely going to result in his death at this point.
At least we know he won’t die until he has his final confrontation with Zeke.
After that, all bets are off.
Where are Kiyomi and Yelena?
Unlike Pieck and Levi, I don’t expect Kiyomi and Yelena to die at all.
The two of them were not on Falco’s back with Annie and Gabi at the end of the previous chapter, so this means that they likely stayed behind on the boat heading for Hizuru.
I think Isayama may be keeping Kiyomi alive for some role in Mikasa’s epilogue, if Mikasa does end up surviving the story.
I’m not honestly sure why Isayama decided to have her stay behind.
It felt like Yelena had more story to give, since her relationship with Zeke and mini rivalry with Pieck have yet to be resolved.
Maybe Isayama couldn’t find a way to fittingly put these things in the finale so he just had Yelena stay on the sidelines?
Either way, I am a bit disappointed that we most likely won’t see an end to Yelena’s arc.
In any case, I do expect her and Kiyomi to survive the story since they are so far away from the final battle now.
Any Chance of Zeke, Eren or Historia?
Every chapter we ask whether these characters will show up in the next one, don’t we?
We saw Historia at the beginning of “Battle of Heaven and Earth,” where it was revealed that she is currently giving birth.
Due to the potential importance of this plot point, with her baby possibly being the one we see in the final panel preview, I don’t see Historia showing up again until the penultimate, or very last chapter, unfortunately.
I do think Isayama has severely underused her character though so, however he ends hers her story, it can hopefully satisfy her fans.
As for Zeke, I really hope he turns up soon and gets his rivalry with Levi resolved because we haven’t seen him in the present story since Chapter 122.
While I have faith that Isayama will at least show Eren and Historia by the end, there is always the fear that Isayama will reveal that Zeke died off screen.
This said, I do have faith in him not to do this because of Zeke’s importance to the story, it’s just a little concern I have.
Fingers crossed that Isayama can bring back Zeke in a meaningful way before the end.
Then there’s Eren, who I’m not really concerned about.
He might not appear next chapter physically but he is still the main character so he is going to show up and make a big appearance by the end.
It’s practically guaranteed.
It’s just a matter of what happens to him at the end.
Does he live, die, or get stuck in the Paths Dimension?
Only time will tell, and a short amount of time at that, with only three or four months left until this epic story reaches its conclusion.