Eren has finally acquired the powers of the Founding Titan and the world of Attack on Titan will never be the same – in the worst ways.
Kodoani.com – WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Attack on Titan season 4, episode 21“From You, 2,000 Years Ago”
Eren Jaeger is the villain of Attack on Titan. Season 4, Episode 21 finally revealed why Eren wanted the Founding Titan’s power, and Grisha Jaeger was right that it was worse than anyone could have imagined. After Eren activated Rumble, Armin Arlert was the first to notice that all of the island’s walls had collapsed. At the same time, Eren used the Founding Titan to talk to the People of Ymir and declare his intention to wipe out all life outside of Paradis Island.
At the end of Season 3, Eren points across the ocean and wonders aloud if he kills his enemies there, will he finally be free? Turns out, Eren was just going to do it. The Eldians are despised all over the world for their ability to become Titans, and the countless crimes the Titans have committed over the past 2,000 years. In fact, hatred for the Eldians is something that the rest of the world in Attack on Titan actually agrees on. Even as Eren and Zeke vie for control of the Founding Titan, a Global Alliance is forming in Marley to attack Paradis Island in retaliation for Eren’s attack on the Liberio Practice Grounds.
Earlier in Attack on Titan Season 4, the army on Paradis Island agreed that their best option was to allow Eren to activate a Rumble pattern with a small portion of the Wall Titans to defeat the Global Alliance. This plan will allow Paradis Island to remain secure as it catches up with the modern world in technology and warfare, while other nations recover from their military loss to the proposed Mini-Rumble. While this could still result in a terrible number of casualties, it was nothing compared to what Eren planned to do now.
Eren saw a lot of future when he kissed Historia’s hand in Season 3, but as Zeke pointed out in “From You, 2,000 Years Ago”, Eren clearly doesn’t see everything. However, it is unclear what Eren saw that pushed him to this point. After all, his plan was a genocide, which couldn’t be justified even considering the world’s hatred of the Eldians. More innocent lives will be taken than those who actually fought against Paradis Island in the first place. Armin’s brief joy that Eren is still really with them quickly crumbles to ashes when Armin realizes Eren officially belongs to no one but himself.
Mikasa was appalled by Eren’s actions as he destroyed only a small part of the Liberio Internship, so it’s hard to imagine her supporting Eren right now because she knows what he’s going to do. As it turns out, the surviving members of the Survey Corps will have to decide once again whether or not they’ll return to Eren, and this time it doesn’t look like he’ll keep their support. While even pacifists like Armin would accept the shedding of their blood in the heat of battle, Eren’s plan to wipe out life across the globe was unnecessary to ensure safety. Paradis Island.
Instead of proving to the world that Eldians don’t deserve to be hated, Eren made sure that hatred would never end – even if only a single non-Eldian could survive Rumble. . As the millions of Titan Colossus begin marching alongside Eren’s massive new Titan form, the world may be powerless to stop him, as Willy Tybur predicted. Zeke Jaeger is the only one who knows how far Eren has come from the sanctuary or has any hope of stopping him, and Eren’s first act upon receiving the Founding Titan’s powers was to capture his brother. Mikasa, Armin, and the rest of the Survey Corps could do nothing but watch Eren wipe out all life outside of Paradis Island.