The conflict with the Jaegerists in Attack on Titan erased Bertholdt’s memories for Armin, blurring the line between good and evil.
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When Bertholdt Hoover and Reiner Braun identified themselves as the Titans who destroyed the Wall at the beginning of Attack on Titan, the pair became the complete villains of the series. However, Part 4 managed to do the impossible by making the characters Reiner and Bertholdt (albeit postnatal) tragic and empathetic. In Season 2, when the duo attempted to flee Paradis Island with Eren Jaeger as their prisoner, Bertholdt pleaded with his friends in the Survey Corps that “someone has to do it.” Now, as Armin and Connie are forced to betray and kill their comrades for the greater good, and Bertholdt’s tearful lines become harder than ever.
The line between good and evil is blurrier than ever in Attack on Titan as the Legion of Reconnaissance and Marley’s Survivors rallied together to stop the Roar. Eren, Floch, and the Jaegeists plan to exterminate all life outside of Paradis Island to ensure the survival of the Eldians residing. Eren’s closest friends agreed that genocide was not only wrong, but that in the long run it wouldn’t make the Eldians the only people on an empty planet. The Marleys, on the other hand, managed to stop the Rumble in the first place – thus they invaded Paradis Island.
Unfortunately for the Scouts who survived hoping to stop Eren, the Jaegerists were their former teammates, some of whom they had known since their days in the 104th Cadet Corps. The Jaegerists let it. their suffering at the hands of Marley and general bigotry from the rest of the world. Eren’s followers have decided that revenge is the best path to peace and they are willing to sacrifice their lives for their cause. In their eyes, Mikasa, Armin, Connie and Jean were traitors for trying to stop Rumble. The Survival Scouts and Jaegerists fundamentally disagreed on what was better, and since the Scouts were in the minority in their stance on Rumble, they were branded as villains. betray.
This conflict is similar to why Reiner and Bertholdt destroyed the Wall in the first place. They are taught that the Eldians on the island of Paradis are demons who will destroy the world if they can and that getting rid of them is the best way to save it. Their mission is to get Marley back the Founding Titan, which is why they keep trying to kidnap Eren Jaeger. At the height of the conflict, Bertholdt tearfully admitted that he truly considered the Scouts as his friends and that it was terrible to betray them, but someone had to do it.
The true meaning of Bertholdt’s words is clearer than ever; someone has to have blood on their hands if they want to save the world. The Jaegerists are ready to kill people to protect Paradis Island, and now the scouts realize that they will have to do the same to stop Rumble. Not wanting to attack their old comrades at the port, Armin and Connie tried to find a flying boat without bloodshed, but Floch and Jaegerist didn’t fall for the trap. Returning to Bertholdt’s plea, Armin realized that he was no different now than Bertholdt was then. Just as Eren admitted he and Reiner resemble each other when Eren attacked the Liberio compound, there is no path to peace without bloodshed in the world of the Titans.
Diplomacy has really failed in Attack on Titan, and it will now be a fight to the death to stop Eren from destroying the entire world. Even the meek and quiet Bertholdt Hoover was able to cling to his ambition at great cost, and now Connie and Armin are forced to do the same as Connie tearfully killed two great teammates. his oldest. Floch may be just a psycho, but most Jaegeers just want Paradis Island to be safe, no matter the cost. Whether Rumble succeeds or not, things will continue to go from terrible to indescribably worse on Paradis Island as Attack on Titan continues.