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WARNING: The following review from the twenty-sixth episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season contains spoilers.

The title of this Sunday’s episode perfectly summed up the theme that surrounded the plot: betrayal. The dilemma of being against those who just a while ago were your companions. A conflict that allows us to reflect on how betrayal is also a matter of positions: it depends on the current state of the context and relationships. Without Rumble, there would be no betrayal. A destabilizing element is enough to reorder the perception of who is “with me” and who is “against me”.

“Betrayal” is an episode that puts the remnants of the Legion, our main team, on the ropes: they must make a decision about attacking the Jaeger Faction to take the Azumabito’s plane; or not, knowing that without that aircraft they will not be able to keep up with Eren. The decision is not easy, as it possibly involves killing his former colleagues. It is understandable that neither Armin, nor Mikasa, nor Jean nor Connie, are very sure at first. Emotions are many and deep.

Similarly, there is a strategic calculation. Going straight into the attack will involve the Azumabito clan, Mikasa’s distant relatives, who they need to pilot the ship. They can’t just kill them. With this the plan is complicated, since they must buy time to prepare the airship, while avoiding the Jaeger Faction to suspect (without killing them, in addition) and protect the Azumabito.

Once the plan fails and Armin’s lie doesn’t pan out with Floch, the lesson that eventually comes through to the team, with an accent on Armin and Connie, is that you can’t always get away with it without getting your hands dirty. This accentuates the ingenuity with which the group acted and pushes them to do what they did not want: murder their former companions.

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The moments of tension when trying to execute the plan are not badly carried out, but perhaps they last less than they would need to exploit the rhythm much better. The animation of the faces of Connie and Armin and of Daz and Samuel (who guard the aircraft) reveal the forced, suspicious interaction between the two pairs. When the shot and Floch finally break the tension, the violence is immediate; you have to act, try to solve by improvising.

Perhaps the hope that such a sketchy plan could be effective was just a way of delaying the inevitable. They still had to fight; they also wounded and wounded them. There is a certain message of resignation in it: I don’t think it is something that glorifies violence, but it is an idea that exposes, cruelly and ironically, that trying to be naive in such a context is, to some extent, one more form of hypocrisy. . Do you have your hands full of blood, but you affirm that you are looking for cordiality? It’s already too late for that.

From a distance, when the gunfire breaks out and Annie and Reiner make their colossal entrance in the form of titans, Falco asks why this has to happen, referring precisely to why violence is always a recurring ending. Yelena asks a question (more rhetorical than genuine doubt), about whether violence will never leave humans. Levi, injured, watches the scene in silence.

This idea, along with Kiyomi Azumabito’s dialogue about Eren bringing no real change, just a downscaling and thus no “peace” to celebrate, touches on what is probably the biggest objection. for Eren’s idea. That “but” that opposes his desire for the world to change: peace will not magically come just because other nations are eradicated. Inevitably, where there is society, there will be divisions, divergences, plurality, oppositions. The world may have fewer humans, but this does not eliminate aggression and violence.

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Paradis will continue to be mired in conflict because peace is not something you possess, but something you work on constantly, something you choose all the time. The divisions that Eren motivates today will undermine it; it can even be said that they are already doing it, from the moment that those who were friends become enemies only because they disagree on the means to achieve the objective.

Hence, the end of the episode is a tragic moment, where affections and even ideologies are debated. While Daz holds the gun to Armin’s forehead, not daring to shoot, Connie manages to snatch the gun from Samuel and kills them both in the midst of a piercing scream and a cry that betrays the price he paid on his soul in exchange for freedom. of that momentary obstacle.

Now they are the traitors, without turning the page. They have killed their former colleagues and oppose the Rumble. Additionally, they did shoot, with the aim of killing. It’s funny to think that Daz shot Armin knowing he could regenerate, but not Connie; it made them doubt the camaraderie that had once united them. Which side is cold blooded on?

Recalling Bertholdt’s phrase: “someone has to stain their hands with blood”. The episode ends abruptly in the middle of Connie’s scream. A battle rages around them, in which they will no longer be able to achieve their goal peacefully. The betrayal must be carried to its ultimate consequences.

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Carlos Carrizales Communicologist. I learned to graduate in everything as an apprentice. Irredeemable cinephile, who can never see everything he wants. Also aspiring journalist. Lover of series, trova, and everything that implies discovering new things.

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