Attack on Titan is a manga and anime series created by Hajime Isayama that follows a dark fantasy action theme set in an alternate world very similar to our own. In this world, humans are forced to live surrounded by three walls to protect themselves from creatures known as Titans, who are beings very similar to humans appearance-wise but are instead keen on targeting and eating them.
The last surviving group of humans in the world are called Eldians, and the story has us following Eren Yeager, who dreams of going outside the walls and fulfilling a shared dream of seeing the ocean with his friends Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman. His life takes a tragic turn when a titan breaks the outer wall and causes the deaths of several characters, including Eren’s mother.
Having survived the onslaught, Eren gained a deep hatred towards the Titans and joined the Survey Corps alongside his friends in hopes of one day being able to exterminate all the Titans.
In a shocking turn of events with the Attack on Titan story, however, the entire plot gets flipped around when we find out that Eren himself (or at least a future version of himself) was behind the events of the story by interfering with events in the past to protect the people of Paradis by waging war against the people of Marley which eventually leads to his death to end the war itself.
How Does Eren Yeager Die?
In the story, we are shown the origins of the Titans, which came as a result of experiments on the Eldians by the Marley people. The experiment has them injected with spinal fluids from Ymir, the first human to receive the power of the Titans, the first Founding Titan, resulting in their transformation into the Titans we are familiar with today.
Eren manages to inherit the powers of Ymir in a later part of the story, and using this same power, he manages to gain the ability to control every titan. He uses this to get revenge against Marley and leave the Eldians as the last survivors in the world.
Eren’s decision didn’t sit well with many of Eren’s allies as instead of going to war, they opted to believe that both sides could set aside their differences and form an understanding with one another.
His presence as the force behind the titan’s behavior allowed both sides to unite as they formed a truce with the Marley in an attempt to stop Eren and prevent the many casualties caused by the “Rumbling,” the approaching titans.
Although a lot of people around the world met their demise by being crushed under the walking titans, it all came to an end when Eren was decapitated at the end by Mikasa herself.
In the manga, we are shown that Eren transforms into an incredibly large titan, making the only possible way to stop him is by killing his real body that was located within the titan itself.
The titan that Eren transformed into was called the Founding Titan, which served as the source of all titan powers in the world. Eren’s death also meant the death of the Founding Titan and the disappearance of Titans altogether from the world.
Who Killed Eren? And Why?
Taking Eren’s life wasn’t easy due to the sheer number of other titans protecting him, which made things very difficult. The task of killing Eren seemed simple initially but proved excessively difficult because of numerous factors surrounding the Rumbling.
The group’s efforts and perseverance were rewarded, however, since they were able to provide an opening for Mikasa Ackerman to infiltrate while evading the Titans tasked with protecting Eren. She manages to enter the Founding Titan’s inner body and find Eren, where she swiftly decapitates him as he shows little to no resistance during the moment.
Mikasa’s action resulted in every titan that was a part of the Rumbling and protecting Eren reverting back into their human selves. By killing Eren, Mikasa also destroyed the power of the Founding Titan, thus freeing the world from the cursed power and beginning the conclusion of the series.
This portion remains true for the manga, as the manga series officially concluded in April 2021 with a total of 139 chapters!
In What Episode Does Eren Die?
The manga’s ending was very bittersweet for many readers and fans of the series around the world. Several were content with the ending, while others had a more upsetting reaction since they felt that the ending didn’t quite hit the mark.
Interestingly enough, however, there are rumors that the anime will follow a slightly different route and feature an ending different from its manga counterpart. I just hope that it’s not too different from what we saw in the manga!
Although the anime’s final season has yet to be officially released, it is expected that Eren will be killed off in the last episode of the final season. I recommend reading both the manga and watching the anime to experience both sides of the stories and see the endings they offer.
So, all we can do for now is wait for the anime to start airing again. It won’t be long before we see this smash hit of an anime show come to a conclusion as we are in the last legs of the story.
Since the manga is officially concluded, you can read it if you can’t wait for the anime to catch up. But if you can wait, it’s only a few months before you see Attack on Titan’s conclusion and the end of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin’s story!