I want to warn people who read my site, most of my theories are my own discoveries after watching the series, reading the manga and looking for information about it. If you have not read the manga and you do not want me to ruin what will happen in the second season of the anime with the analysis of this chapter, it is better that you do not read it.
I will begin to analyze this chapter, because it is a very revealing chapter, that’s why I did not analyze the previous chapters to this, if you want to know what happened in the previous chapters, I recommend you to see the anime and read manga.
The chapter begins with the reading of the books, which they found in the basement, and also says, that whoever finds the books, will be the bearer of hope. Which leads me to think, that Grisha did not know who could find the books, maybe because he did not think to show it to Eren from the beginning. After this message, it shown us the childhood and family of Grisha Jaeger.
When he and his sister are about to leave their house, their mother stops them and tells them that they must first use their bracelets (some bands in their arms), and asks Grisha not to leave the walls under any circumstances. They live in a ghetto, that is, a neighborhood or zone inhabited by people who have the same origin or condition and they live isolated and marginalized for racial or cultural reasons. This is because they belong to a race called the Elddians.
When Grisha’s mother warns him not to leave the walls for any reason, this reminds me Carla warning Eren. Grisha likewise decided to take a walk with his sister, then Grisha’s sister is excited to see a Zeppelin and she longs to drive it one day. But the Zeppelin quickly disappeared from their sight, and that’s when Grisha takes her sister by the arm and together they run out of their gueto, to see the dirigible.
After arriving at the new district, Grisha and his sister are treated with contempt due to their race, quickly they arrive at the field and can see the landing of zeppelin, but both are discovered by two soldiers. they call themselves Marley’s warriors. and ask them if they have the permission of exit, to which Grisha responds that they do not have any permission of exit, so they are brutally punished. One of the guards takes Grisha’s sister across the field, while another guard stays with Grisha.
The next day they found his sister dead at the river’s edge. The warriors began to persecute the Jaeger family, because their son crossed the walls, and they insist them in that they should teach the history of their ancestors to their children so they understand why they are treated like this. If you realize, this whole situation refers to the Second World War, where the Nazis lock up the Jews for being an ethnicity considered as inferio, they had to have a band on the arm that would identify them, otherwise they were executed immediately. The vehicles that appear in the chapter are of the first world war, so it could be a mixture between both, we must also remember that almost all the names of the characters of shigeki are German, with what’s allusion makes more sense.
After this it shows us as Grisha’s father tells him because his ancestors were sinners. 1820 years ago a woman named Ymir Fritz made a pact with the devil thus obtaining the power of the titan, with this power her tribe could defeat all their enemies, when she died these powers were divided into 9 parts. The founding titan (is the first of the nine titans, granting its user the unique hability to control the actions if the titans “it is named the coordinate”) the attack titan, the colossus titan, the armored titan, the female titan, the beast titan, the jaw titan, the cart titan, the warhammer. These powers were distributed by the people of Ymir, called the eldians.
According to the story told by the Marleyans, the Elddians subjected the rest of the races considering them inferior and forced them to join them, this lasted more than 1700 years, but one day the remaining Marleyans decided to make a revolution against the Elddians in order to recapture the mainland. This war lasted 80 years.
With the start of this, one of the descendants of the royal family decided to flee the mainland to a nearby island called paradise island, there he took great part of the people of Eldia and built the 3 walls for protection, but unfortunately not all were taken there. The Marleyans won the war and punished the Elddians by locking them in ghettos.
It is revealed that Grisha was a great doctor, since he inherited the hospital from his father. when he grew up and turned 18, he discovered that his sister was killed by Marleyans. Grisha decides to join the people who want to regain the pride of the eldians and interprets all the data they have available.
And they realize that they have been deceived by the people of Marley, apparently, the Elddians never submitted to other races, but they created a balance between the 8 existing races, without it they all fought for no reason, and from what can be seen, each of the factions possesses a titan power.
When the war between the Elddians and the Marleyans ends, the Marleyans succeded in taking 7 powers of titan, and it is here when the question arises: How could the Marleyans win the war, if at first they did not possess any titan power?. I think it was thanks to an alliance they made with one of the 8 races, and because they took advantage of the suitable moment to fight.
The war begins when the king Fritz number 145, decides to leave the mainland and exile hiself in paradise island, without him the balance of races would break provoking a nonsensical struggle, at that moment the Marleyan warriors took advantage to let the other races destroy each other and thus steal the powers of titan being the winners of the war.
It is revealed that when King No. 145 decided to isolate himself on the island, the lineage of the Fritz who separated from the one who would now carry the power of the coordinate giving rise to the new royal family the Reiss, only they would act from the shadows eaving a lure Reiss with the same surname of the original lineage.
Going back to the present it shown us which is called nocturnal owl, and basically is the woman will marry Grisha “Diana Fritz”, the last descendant of the royal blood. Grisha plans to return the power of the first titan to Diana so they could defeat the Marleyans.
A year later Grisha and Diana were married and had a son whom they called Zecke, and Grisha says that technology has advanced at an alarming rate. It also reveals how the photograph found in the basement was taken.
A little later the Marleyan warriors made an announcement to the Eldian people, commenting that King Fritz had declared the war. Although I believe this statement is false, since there would be no way that King Fritz would have communicated with them, and there was no reason to declare war on them, this false argument served as an excuse for them to be able to take over the coordinate and fossil resources of paradise island.
On this occasion they needed to recruit soldiers of the eldian blood, of healthy children between 5 and 7 years, in return the relatives of whose children became warriors, they would obtain recognition and they would live with luxury, later they commented, they would only choose a few children, since they must be able to assimilate the titan power. Imagine how many families wanted to give their children without hesitation to improve their living standards and how many children had to be disposed by incompatibility.
They could not attack immediately, since King Fritz threatened people with releasing the 10 million colossal titans and would wipe out the whole world, if they attacked him. The walls were a measure both defensive and offensive against enemies.
Grisha plans to infiltrate his son Zeke and get titan power, to get the coordinate before the Marleyans. But it was his worst mistake, since when Zeke turned 7 he betrayed his family and gave them to the Marleyan government, they were sentenced to wander on paradise island until they were devoured by titans. As I explained above the explanation of this chapter reveals many mysteries and belies many theories.
Finally there is revealed the mission of the infiltrated cadets in the 104 squadron and their reason to hate people who live inside the wall. They infiltrated in order to obtain the coordinate and conquer the great island, taking out the natural resources and their hatred of people is because they are eldians, the five children chosen to inherit the titan power were: Zeke, Reiner Braun, Annie Leonhardt, Bertolt Hoover and Marcel Galliard-
But in my opinion only Zeke and Annie were the Eldians and the other three pure Marleyans, since we know Zeke is Grisha’s son, about Annie, if you realize Reiner insisted, she should prove, she was a true warrior; if she were Marley she would have nothing to prove, do not? And if you notice, she was very pious with the people of the walls, maybe because she knew they had their own blood and they were innocent.
It can also be shown that the 5 candidates were forced to perform that mission, and that’s why throughout the series you can see they are fed up and want to finish their mission as soon as possible to return their home. Zeke’s words “the damn mission” make sense, since from infance they have been forced to kill against their will.
Although they do not explain how Grisha acquires his titan form, since if he was devoured and transformed into a common titan he must have eaten a changing titan to return to his normal form, means this, the warriors sent a warrior with the powers of the changing titan and Grisha devoured him? This would be a case similar to Ymir, since she regained her normal form after having devoured Marcel.
It can be evidenced, a hatred towards Ymir not only to have the name of the creator of the titans but by the fact of being born, since she is an eldian. It is also revealed why Isayama said that Ymir kept the key of the series, but he did not refer to the current Ymir but to the first one, since she was the one who created the titans.
It reveals which is the ideology of the first king is and why they should not break the walls and free mankind, since if they destroy the walls they would free the colossal ones destroying the world, in addition the people inside the walls are being protected from the cruelty of the outside world.
One of the powers might be related to the Ackerman family, although this power would not be to become a titan, but to have the titan power in a human body, it is noteworthy that a small number of Eldians accompanied the king number 145 when he isolated hiself on the island, and it is likely that in the group were people from Ackerman clan, who would be in charge of protecting the king at any cost.
I tried to reveal the greatest number of secrets revealed in the 86 chapter in this post, but they are a lot, so it is impossible I have not missed some.