Attack On Titan: Does Eren Die In The Manga?

Attack on Titan © Hajime Isayama/Kodansha Ltd.

The Attack On Titan anime is currently in its final arc, and Eren Yeager, our protagonist, has started the rumbling. He is currently on a mission to erase all humanity outside of Paradis Island.

Eren, who was supposed to be the hero, is now a villain, and with such a predicament in front of the people of Paradis and Marley, they have decided to join forces to stop him.

The newly formed alliance is currently moving towards Eren. Did they kill him, or did they find a way to bring him back?

Note: The following article contains manga spoilers.

Does Eren Die In Attack On Titan?

The short answer is yes. In order to stop rumbling, Mikasa, someone who constantly tried to protect him, decapitates Eren’s head in chapter 138.

There aren’t many mangas where the author kills their protagonist, but Attack on Titan is one of them.

As for the details, it starts with the part where Eren approached Fort Salta.

He summoned Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Connie, Levi, Reiner, and Pieck and spoke to them.

Everyone tried to use talk no jutsu, so as to get him to stop the rumbling, but to no avail. He reinforces his intention of not stopping and not negotiating on any terms.

Eren call others again

This leaves the alliance with no choice but to kill him. At Fort Salta, the Marleyan airship tries to drop bombs on Eren and the endless Colossal Titans, but Zeke emerges in his titan form and destroys all the airships.

When it all looked bleak to the fleeing Marleyans at the fort, Onyankopon flew in with Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Connie, Levi, Reiner, and Pieck to confront Eren.

They try to stop Eren and reach near his nape to destroy it, but Ymir helps him by generating Titans to stop his friends in their tracks. Despite this, they are able to reach the nape and blow it up using anti-titan rockets, severing his head from his Titan body.

Eren Colossal titan form

Armin turns into his titan form to kill him, but this proves to not be fruitful as Eren’s head transforms again and turns into the Colossus Titan, and the fight resumes.

While coming back towards Armin, Mikasa realizes that Eren is inside the mouth of the titan and steels her nerves. She brings out the iconic scarf and wraps it around her. She declares that she will kill Eren and asks for support.

With others’ support, she is able to get inside the titan’s mouth, decapitate Eren, and then kiss him.

Why Did Eren Choose To Kill Humanity?

In Chapter 139, Mikasa, Armin, and his old comrades remembered a last message from Eren, which he made them forget using his power. He reveals that he did all of this so that Armin and the others would become the heroes who save humanity.

He also explains that for 2000 years, Ymir waited for someone who could release her from her agony and provide her freedom, and that someone is Mikasa.

Aftermath Of Rumbling

During the rumbling, Eren eradicated 80% of humanity, and following his death, the source of all Titan’s power vanished. Resulting in everyone who transformed into a titan reverting back to their human form.

Even though Paradis earned its freedom, they were constantly worried about the rest of the world’s retaliation. To be prepared for this, they established an army under the Jaeger group, concentrating on strengthening its forces.

Armin, Jean, Connie, Reiner, Annie, and Pieck worked as peace ambassadors between Paradise and the allied nations to promote peace. The additional panels revealed their efforts to be fruitless, and the manga came to another unsettling conclusion.

The tree where Mikasa buried Eren’s head grew out to be a huge and bizarre-sized tree resembling the one from which Ymir got her titan powers.