Attack on Titan S3 – Episode 18
Armin or Erwin, who gets to live and who gets to die. Who’s dream is worth achieving and who has the brighter outlook that can lead humanity to a victory over the Titans. That’s mainly the overarching theme of this episode, that and the immense feeling of loss, regrets and having to say goodbye.
Before any of that though, we get to see the man controlling the beast Titan approaching Eren. I believe the goal was to save Bertholdt, however, with Eren right by him ready to take his head off there is little to no chance of that. Eren is willing to die with Bertholdt if that’s what it takes, but it doesn’t come to that. In fact, he isn’t even attacked by the barrel Titan. The one in control of the Beast Titan’s power recognizes Eren for who he is, and says that he pities him and how he’s been brainwashed by his father.
He vows to return one day to save him, but leaves him for the time being.
However, Reiner is saved before he can be killed. It wouldn’t of been an issue if they had more information and if that had that information faster. Hange could of killed him in a heartbeat if they knew Bertholdt’s status. Who was alive and who was dead, and that they didn’t need Reiner to use the Titan surem.
It’s unfortunate and both Hange and Jean blame themselves for him getting away. It was Hange’s decision to spare him in the end, rather then just kill him straight out and Jean was the one who stepped up first to protest an outright killing. On the off chance they needed him, though, I think it was honestly because somewhere deep down. He wants to cling to the days they all trained together, the days that they were comrades in arms.
I can’t help but wonder how Jean would take it if he found out the truth behind Marco’s death. As the person who was closest to him and was the most torn up about his death, would he be so quick to stop a swift death for Reiner if he knew?
Well, he doesn’t so it’s really useless to speculate about. So after Reiner escapes, the secondary group goes to meet with Eren, Levi and Armin.
Meanwhile, we discover that Armin is still alive. Though just barely, Levi is about to hand Eren the Titan injection to use on him when the one lone soldier that survived outside the wall brings a dying Captain Erwin to the roof. A fight breaks out over who to save. Armin or Erwin, who is the one who will provide the most guidance going on?
Who’s dream is worth preserving?
In the end, when it really comes down to it and everyone but Levi is sent away. After hearing the debate and knowing his own feelings on the matter, he chooses to save Armin.
I love and hate how amazing quotes from this series can be some times.
“He had no choice but to become a devil. It was us that wished for that. And in the end, when he had finally been set free from hell, we wanted to bring him back once more. But I think…it’s time to let him rest.”
Levi saying this words to the one remaining soldier from outside the wall. The one who wanted to bring Erwin back, because he saw him as a devil. That he felt he deserved to suffer in this hell more. Was immensely powerful to me.Goodbyes happen, farewells are inevitable when fighting a war. Be it a war against superhuman creatures, or among humans themselves.
Eventually, you have to say goodbye. No matter what.
Such a deep message from Hange, in the end, Armin eats Bertholdt and will rise again as the one in command of the armored Titan’s power. I knew who was going to get the injection from the start, i did know the manga spoilers from this part.
It didn’t help though, just like last week, as I knew this moment was coming and still struggled to watch the pain Armin was in.
We bid farewell to Erwin. Next week, we’ll reach the basement at long last. Only took us 55 episodes!