Just three more chapters to go and then the Attack on Titan story will come to an end.
I’m very excited to see how my favorite story will conclude and, if the cliffhanger to Chapter 136 is anything to go by, things may get crazy as we head towards the finale.
So, in preperation for the next chapter, here are my questions and predictions for what will happen in Chapter 137.
Is Zeke Physically Dead?
Chapter 136, titled “Devote Your Hearts”, concluded with Armin finding Zeke trapped in the Paths Dimension with him.
In my review for that chapter, I mentioned Zeke asking Armin if Ymir ate him too, and tried to predict its meaning.
My theory about the meaning of this was that when Eren transformed, after Ymir gave him her powers, Zeke was actually eaten, however, because his conciousness was in the Paths Dimension when this happened, he is still alive there while being dead in the outside world.
Before reading the chapter, I was against the idea of Zeke dying off screen because of how his arc would be ended by this, with his rivalry with Levi never being resolved.
Now, though, I am actually okay if Zeke really was eaten because, if he is still alive in the Paths Dimension, it offers a way for him to still have his character arc and role in the story concluded.
Speaking of which…
How Will Zeke’s Story End?
Now that Zeke has finally returned to the story, the big question is about how his story will end.
There are two pieces to Zeke’s story that need to be resolved: his already mentioned rivalry with Levi and also Grisha beggining him to stop Eren.
The latter piece makes me believe that Zeke is definitley going to join Armin in stopping Eren.
How this will factor into the Levi situation is a little less clear.
Maybe Levi still has to kill Zeke to end the Rumbling so Zeke will allow this to happen, or maybe Connie will be the one to do it because Zeke killed his family?
However, I have another theory that I would like to bring up, this being that no one will kill Zeke because he could still be alive by the end of the story, at least in the Paths Dimension.
Some people have been predicting that Eren’s story will end with him being dead in the outside world, while his conciousness stays in the Paths Dimension to watch over it and make sure that it can never be used again.
While this is a good theory, I was thinking, what if it’s not Eren who decides to stay behind in the Paths but Zeke instead, and he uses this to atone for all the wrongs he has committed?
This could also resolve his conflict with Levi, who allows Zeke to live for the betterment of everyone.
There are some holes in this theory, though, like that Zeke is not exactly trustworthy with such a monumental task, what with him wanting to sterilize all Eldians earlier.
Maybe he can be convinced to move past this incredibly flawed and cruel plan to just look over the Paths?
I think this would be a very interesting and unexpected way for Zeke’s story to end, if this is what Hajime Isayama decides to go with.
What Will Zeke and Armin’s Plan be?
I have already said that I believe Zeke will help Armin try to stop Eren, however, how they will go about doing that is hard to guess.
The two are the smartest characters in the story, so them finally interacting will be interesting to see nonetheless.
In any case, the only thing I can even think up of them attempting to do to try and stop the Rumbling, other than kill Zeke, is convince Ymir to stop.
She is the one who holds power over all the Titans and is allowing Eren to commit his mass genocide, so giving her the talk no jitsu may be they’re only option.
How they’ll even go about doing so is beyond me, though.
If anything, they’ll be at a disadvantage, since Zeke wanted to use Ymir like all previous Royal Blooded Titan users did, so she’ll be a tough sell.
Overall, it’s pretty hard to make an accurate guess at how Armin and Zeke will try to stop the Rumbling in Paths.
It could be by actually killing Zeke for good, convincing Ymir to stop, or something else entirely.
What Happened at Fort Salta?
While predicting what will happen in the Paths Dimension is difficult, predicting what will happen at Fort Salta is not.
My one criticism of “Devote Your Hearts” was the incredibly obvious fake out where it was made to look like the Eldians from Liberio and the fort soldiers had opened fire on one another, when this is clearly not the case.
There is no way that Muller, the guy who was preaching about throwing away hatred in Chapter 134, would just give into it again so easily.
It’s obvious to me that the gunshots heard were him firing into the air to call a truce, and the two sides will work togethor, getting the cannons ready to fire at Eren, so they can help the Alliance in a big moment.
I would actually be really impressed if this didn’t happen, though, and Isayama actually went with something else but I don’t think that will be the case.
Will The Big Twist Happen?
Attack on Titan is a story with so many fantastic twists.
The reveal of Reiner and Bertholdt as the Colossal and Armoured Titans, the reveal of the outside world and Grisha’s past, Eren attacking the festival, the entirety of Chapters 119-123.
There are so many amazing twists but those are the very best of them, with the last mention being the greatest part of the entire story, in my personal opinion.
So, with the story coming to an end, and Armin now in Paths interacting with Zeke, I have to wonder if we’re going to get the last big twist of the story.
The reveal of Eren’s perspective, why Grisha gave him the Founding Titan in the first place, and what the heck “See you later, Eren” actually means, this could all be unveiled in the next couple of chapters.
I’d like to predict what these reveals will be are but I have pretty much no idea.
I’ve read some crazy predictions, both fantastic and bad and it will be interesting to see if any of them turn out to be the case.
No matter what the twist is, however, I’m also positive it will result in one thing: Ymir’s freedom.
Her literal rebirth serving as the ultimate personfication of freedom in the story.
Whatever happens, though, I am excited to see what crazy events will transpire in these final free chapters.